Thursday, December 21, 2017

20 Weeks//22Weeks//Baby #3


Somehow I am already halfway through this pregnancy.  Hard to believe as I still feel like we just found out this little baby was on the way.  But it has been 3 months since I randomly took the test that confirmed the reason for my symptoms.  Haha.

What Fruit are you // a carrot // spaghetti squash
Due date // April 12th
How far along // 20 weeks // 22 weeks
Next appointment // end of the month
Gender // it's another girl!
Total weight gain/loss // I'm actually not sure.  I hadn't been monitoring the scale when I got pregnant.  Officially according to the doctor I am up like 13 pounds.  It feels like way more.
Swelling // none.
Maternity clothes // all the way when I am trying to look like my life is sort of put together.  I needed maternity pants super early and I'm already finding a lot of my regular shirts just are't long enough.
Belly button // in
Sleep // all the time.  I wake up with sore hips.  But I have no problem falling and staying asleep. // could always use more.  Still enjoying the occasional afternoon nap while Brooke sleeps and Grace watches a cartoon cuddled up next to me.  But never feel fully rested.
Food cravings // none really.
Symptoms // just always tired and always out of breath.  Haha.  I've also had some weird other dealings with this baby... some bleeding early, rapid heartbeat a handful of times and I'm already on medicine for insulin resistance that I am experiencing with my fasting numbers.  I've been testing my sugars since about 15 weeks.  Which I loathe... but I had gestational diabetes with my first two pregnancies, so... I know the drill at this point. // had to cut back on the meds because I was waking up with crashed sugars making me have the shakes, being extra sweaty and miserable until things stabilized again after eating.  It seems to be back to normal now that I am taking a half dose of what I had before.
Movement // when I lay on my side or sit down for any amount of time.  Rob can't feel her yet as she is SUPER low still. // we have feeling on the outside.  She is CONSTANTLY moving it seems.  She's super low in my pelvis and so it is a way different feeling with this one than with my other girls and those pregnancies.
Labor signs // none.
What I miss // beer, not feeling like a whale and my independence to carry heavy things when I need them moved. // my range of motion.
What I'm loving // after a loooooong day of wrangling kids and managing the house, sitting down at night to relax for a moment and feeling this sweet girl move around.  I'm soaking up every moment knowing this is for sure our last pregnancy. // the cute new maternity shirts I've purchased on sale lately.  Sold off all my maternity wardrobe after I had Brooke... so starting from scratch with this one.
What I'm looking forward to // Christmas!  I just can't wait to see the joy on the girls faces and seeing family and just all of it. // the next few weeks of Christmas activities.
Best moment this week // the weather being gorgeous and seeing this little lady during the growth scan last week. // seeing Santa with my big girls.


To read about Grace at 20 weeks, click here.
(I missed 20 weeks with Brooklyn.)

To read about Grace at 22 weeks, click here.
To read about Brooklyn at 22 weeks, click here.



always,
amanda
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Ghosts and Turkeys

It is almost Christmas... so what better time to talk about Halloween and Thanksgiving.. am I right?  We all know how it goes when I'm in the process of growing a kid.  My blog game becomes almost nonexistent.  Who knows when we add a third kid to this gang how I will be able to keep up with just about anything.  I do miss reading blogs though and actively keeping this thing updated.  No promises though that this "schedule" is going to change anytime soon.

This year has been so exciting for us because we are celebrating our first holiday season in our new home.  And that makes everything just a bit more special.


Wayyyy back in October was of course Halloween.  Besides the typical trick or treating on Halloween night, we also went out to my sisters Halloween event.  She's the Program Supervisor for a nearby towns recreation department so we love to get out there and support her and her efforts.  Actual Halloween was on a preschool day this year so besides having a little Halloween party during school, Grace was pretty excited to wear her costume to school for the costume parade.  Halloween night we had my parents and sister over to our house for dinner.  Then while Rob, dressed as Olaf to appease his 3 year old, answered our door at home... I had some much needed help taking the girls around the block.  It was pretty chilly for all of us but we lasted longer than I really expected we would and both kids had a great time running up to each door and collecting their loot.


Then what seems like forever ago, but was really just a few weeks ago, we hosted Thanksgiving at our house.  Since we spent the first 6 years of our marriage being tied to the Army for most holidays, it has been nice to host family and enjoy the holidays at home without having to travel on crazy long road trips to see those that mean a lot to us.  This is our second year hosting Thanksgiving... but in my book last year was a failure compared to this year.  This year we have a dining room with a table big enough to hold my family, my parents and my sister.  So I cleaned, I decorated, we cooked and we celebrated all that there is to be thankful for in a true sit down meal fashion.  It was delicious.  After the meal there was football to watch and for the first time in my life I was at a store right after the doors opened for Black Friday shopping.  We were there to get ice cream and just showed up at the wrong time, but I can now say I have done it and don't ever need to do it again.  That is what actual Black Friday is for... not Thanksgiving night where I still want to be thankful for all that I am blessed with, not wanting for things and gifts that can wait for tomorrow.

Now we are in Christmas mode.  I've been ahead of my usual curve with Christmas shopping and have just a few people left to buy for.  After getting the wrong Christmas cards from Walmart.com two times, they finally showed up as I ordered them and went out the door this week.  Our holiday plans are made and almost completely booked.  Christmas programs at school have been enjoyed and well documented and we have just one week left before break.  The wrapping paper is about to be busted out and the Christmas outfits have been washed.  We. Are. Ready.

Hope you are enjoying a safe, warm and happy holiday season with you and yours!


always,
amanda
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

SATCOM Curse


The Satcom curse is alive and well in our household.

And we are having another girl.

For those of you not familiar with the "nerdy" side of the Army... the satcom curse is something satellite communication soldiers believe in.  It all goes back to our time at Fort Meade way back in 2010.  Soldiers believe(d) that all their time spent near radiation kills off all of the male sperm and they are destined to have only girls.

This was 7 years ago... but we have 2 girls already and found out just about two weeks ago that this baby I'm almost halfway done cooking is also another girl.  Dashing my husbands hope of having a boy of the human variety and not just the furry kind.

Of the people we were stationed with at Fort Meade... I can count on one hand the couples that left and had boys.  Most of us?  Have girls.

It is what it is though and we are very excited to welcome this baby come April.  My husbands shock was very evident for a few hours, but baby #3 already has a name (that was decided upon within 24 hours - beating all other naming time periods by days) and I've already started scooping up some of the cutest baby girl items as I come across them.  Unfortunately I thought we were done having kids so I had started selling off most of our baby gear... but still hadn't sold the majority of our baby girl wardrobe.  So a loss and a win.

All I know is I can't wait to go through the newborn phase just one more time.  There is nothing sweeter.



always,
amanda
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Currently

A gif from the church picnic we went to with my parents last weekend.

Making: A plan for a couple of Saturdays from now.  Birthday parties and painting classes.  It will be a fun one!
Cooking: Nothing - just finished eating breakfast, peanut butter toast.
Drinking: Milk.

Reading: Besides the words on this screen, text messages from my mom and husband.  I haven't read an actual book in quite awhile.
Wanting: The wind to chill out before it seriously damages something in our backyard.
Playing: Old movies I've seen 100 times.  The Notebook and Pitch Perfect to name a few.

Listening: To my sweet Brooklyn play with her toys in the playroom and the washing machine whirl behind the laundry room door.
Wishing: Rob's dry cleaning was available for pickup BEFORE 5 pm today.
Enjoying: The picture Rob asked me to find from his time in Kuwait back in 2012.

Liking: All the fall vibes.  Pumpkins, sweaters and my babies excited to wear there Halloween costumes several times over the next couple of days.
Wondering: If we will get to find out for sure whether the baby is a boy or girl this weekend.  He or she is another stubborn Gregory baby, making it difficult on us.
Hoping: Grace is having tons of fun at preschool this morning.

Marveling: At how much Brooke has grown lately.  Maybe not physically but she talks so much more lately and has this ornery little personality that keeps us busy but constantly in awe of how sweet she is.
Needing: To actually get ready before preschool pickup.
Smelling: Cool fresh air with a hint of pumpkin spice.

Wearing: Pajama pants and an oversized t-shirt.  Pregnant = comfortable.  Duh.
Thinking: Of todays to-do list.
Feeling: Tired.  Always tired.  Otherwise I am just annoyed this morning with healthcare related things.  The joys of adulthood.

It is a cold, windy day here in Kansas.  Winter like temps are supposed to arrive in time for the weekend, if we don't blow away first.  I say bring it on.  Even though juggling kids and jackets is a GIANT pain in the butt.. I will take it over summer heat annnnnnyday.

Happy Tuesday friends!


always,
amanda
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

All that is left to say about summer.

It's almost Halloween and the Kansas weather is officially doing that thing where if you dress for the morning temperatures you will basically be dying by the time the afternoon rolls around.  Luckily it is also the time of year where the humidity is mostly gone and I praise the Lord every day that we are no longer living in the south.  Four seasons for life y'all.

In my last post I announced our latest news.  This pregnancy has been relatively rough.  I'm VERY tired all the time.  I spend my afternoons napping while Brooke does and somehow wake up still tired.  Luckily the morning sickness and nausea has for the most part subsided.  I've been playing catch up on the house when I am not sleeping and I'm always busy running Grace all over town to her activities.  So blogging has definitely hit the back burner.  Probably a lot like how most of my leisurely activities will once this baby makes his/her debut.

Today I am here to officially close and wrap up our summer 2017.

Starting with July.


-We celebrated the 4th with some of our new neighbors.  They had a gathering at their house with and it was a great opportunity to meet even more neighbors from our street.  I will probably never stop talking about how happy I am that where we finally decided to settle down came with some super friendly neighbors that we trust and appreciate.


-The girls and I spent one hot morning going to our first Touch-A-Truck event.  In the past this has been on my list of events to attend but the word free often brings rather large crowds when it comes to the military community so we never made it out.  My sister works for the recreation department in a town just south of Kansas City.  So we were able to enjoy the event without huge crowds and both girls really enjoyed themselves, minus the scorching heat of the day.


-I said a few posts ago that we aren't big pool people.  When we moved to Lawrence, Rob joined the local country club for the golf benefits and with it came an amazing new walk in pool that is rarely overcrowded.  We spent a few evenings this summer swimming, playing and in Brooke's case, floating.  Grace also completed swim lessons this summer.  We are a few blocks away from the University of Kansas and in the summer swim team students teach lessons to local kiddos.  We saw a HUGE improvement from these lessons and while she still isn't a huge fan of putting her head under water, she will put half her face in and knows how to kick herself around.  Making it 100% worth it in our mind.


-What seems like forever ago, we finally got to hang out with and meet Jen and E at Wonderscope in Kansas City.  It's an indoor children's play museum with rooms for painting, a farm, grocery store, nursery and vet's office among many other activities.  It was awesome finally getting to meet Jen after all this time of keeping up with each other via blogs.  Hopefully before to long we will be able to catch up again.


-We went to our second Royals game of the season in mid-July.  Kara and her fiancĂ© Mike invited us to the Royals vs. Rangers game.  The boys claim the Rangers and all 4 girls claim the Royals (sorry Rob!).  It was a CLOSE game but the Royals pulled it off.  Baseball games are not my favorite for entertaining my children... but somehow we made it through.  Definitely with the help of Kara!


-At the very end of July my core group of friends from high school were all reunited for one evening in Manhattan for dinner, drinks and catching up.  Kara, Megan and I drove out to meet up with Allison and we laughed and talked, probably embarrassing the people near us at the restaurant.  It was just like our pre kids dinner outings.  Now 6 kids and 2 on the way later, things are a wee bit different.  Megan stayed the night as our first official house guest in our new home and more chatting, good food and trips to the pool later, we accomplished all the time spending together we hoped to.


-We capped off the month of July with another trip to the lake with my family.  Rob was able to master my dad's new toy, a jet ski.  So most of the weekend was spent on the water playing, napping and feeding the fish.  Grace used her new found swimming skills to actually swim alone and really had us all impressed with her abilities and trust for her lifejacket.

On to August.


-The girls and I started the month of August with a trip out to Western Kansas.  My cousin Shelley and her family were back visiting from South Carolina, so we made the 5 hour drive to spend time with them and other family members.  This trip coincided with the county fair.  Cheap tickets and food make it still the best fair I've ever been to after all these years.  The girls both got to ride some rides and the train and we played a few games.  By the second night the crowds were growing so we dipped out a bit earlier.  I was able to see several of my cousins and aunts and uncles before we headed back home. So it was definitely worth it.  Even though... I was coming down with..

-I spent one very miserable week with hand, foot and mouth.  It was AWFUL.  I'm 90% sure I caught it at the local indoor playground... that we have yet to step foot in since.  Adults are supposed to be mostly immune to this... except me, of course.  Luckily I was the only one to catch a major case of it. Thank God.


-We went to the US Open Cup semi-final match where Sporting Kansas City ended up winning after a VERY intense penalty kick shootout.  It was a late night, but definitely worth it to witness another major win for our city.  My family was able to join us and even though my dad still doesn't like soccer as much as football, everyone had lots of fun.

-One afternoon was spent at the mall with Kara and her sister.  We were there to help pick out engagement picture outfits, but spent a good chunk of time cruising the Disney store and riding the carousel.


-We took another trip out to the lake with Rob's grandparents and my family.  Rob was able to take Grace out on the jet ski and we spent one really nice afternoon floating and listening to a live band play in a nearby cove.  It was a really good, exhausting weekend that we all enjoyed.


-Grace started soccer in August too.  While it ended up not being her thing right now, we think it may be someday.  I went ahead and signed her up for the local club soccer team.  But at 3 they spend a lot of time running drills and after dribbling the ball up and down the field, Grace wasn't into any of the other drills and it turned into meltdown city with Rob and I very frustrated by the time we headed back to the car on Saturday mornings.  So after a few weeks of this we abandoned it all together.  I don't fight with Grace at all when it comes to gymnastics, so I knew that right now this isn't her thing.  We will try again in a few years when she can actually play an entire game.

-Oh and we found out about number 3 at the end of August too!

So that's the last of our summer.  It was a good one for the most part. A few lows, but mostly highs capped off our entire summer.  We definitely didn't plan for it to end with me pregnant... but we firmly believe that everything happens for a reason.

Here's to the holidays (hopefully I actually get back in here before then. ;) )!


always,
amanda
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Surprise

If you have been around this blog for any amount of time... you know that month plus long blog silence can often be attributed to one of two things.  We just moved or I'm pregnant.  Since we bought our forever home in March and don't plan to move that can only mean one thing...

I'm pregnant.

Again.


We've only known for about a month but somehow my first trimester is already over, the family and friends have been let in on our secret and earlier this weekend we made it known via Facebook.

This was not a planned pregnancy.  It actually came as a shock.  But we are excited none the less.

And praying for a boy.

Things have been chaotic lately with a VERY busy 18 month old who keeps me on my toes and an active 3 year old that I'm constantly driving to preschool, speech or gymnastics.  I've also struggled for the first time with first trimester symptoms and it is has been a rough early pregnancy.  Nausea, heartburn, early doctors appointments for bleeding and of course extreme exhaustion.  I'm finally starting to come out the other side of things.  Even the disgusting floor beneath our kitchen table got mopped this weekend.  That's a huge accomplishment.

Now if only I can get caught up on laundry...



always,
amanda
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