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.

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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 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!

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