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Baby #3 27 Weeks

Little nugs,

Supposedly, we nearing the end of the ‘sweet spot’ of pregnancy as I’m starting to enter the 3rd trimester. This is a little frightening considering I’ve only been feeling decent for 7 weeks, but I can start to feel the Braxton Hicks contractions increasing as well as the aches and pains.

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I’m in full on nesting mode. Over the weekend, I cleaned all of our ceiling fans,  (this hasn’t been done in 6 years-gross, I know!) washed the insides and outsides of all the upstairs windows and painted the pink and green stripes in Lexi’s room to a dark grey to match the new curtains. We also moved a bookcase and baskets into their room for more storage and added some drawers and another closet rod to the closet to make room for William. I’m loving the way the way the big kids bedroom is coming together and trying to resist painting every other room in the house too. (Seriously, I want to paint the downstairs bathroom, my bedroom, bathroom and completely remodel the kids bathroom). Pinterest is not helping this either.

I’ve mentioned this before but the further along in pregnancy, the less patience I get. I remember feeling this way while pregnant with William. In both instances, Lexi gets the short end of the stick. She seems to be the one I have the least patience with. I immediately get frustrated if she doesn’t listen the first time I ask her to do something and by the 5th time, I pretty much loose my mind. I asked Daddy if she was getting worse at listening, and he told me no, I just have less patience. Sigh. I’m working on this, but it is hard.

I’m pretty indifferent to food lately and most nights I don’t even eat dinner. Nothing sounds very good–but at least it doesn’t make me vom like it did in the beginning. However, I did have a bagel from HyVee the other day and it was so amazing, I went back and bought 6 more! So delish! Sweets are OK, but again, not really craving them the way I used to and I’m still a no-go on chocolate. In fact it is getting worse. If I have a little taste of it here and there I feel the burn immediately.

As I mentioned before, my hips get pretty sore and I notice this most while I’m sleeping. Other than that, sleep is going well.

No update for Lexi this week. With William, it was early December and I had just taken my gluclose test and made a note to myself to eat or drink before the test (too late for that!) William’s heartbeat was around 157 at this point and I had gained 14 lbs, so exactly where I was last week.

All in all, things are going well and I’m loving the warmer weather we’re starting to get.

Love,

Mama

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Baby #3 25 Weeks

Dear Nugs,

Last weeks monthly check in went well. I took and passed my gestational diabetes test and am so glad I’ll never take one of those again! You were busy moving around in there so it took a while to find your heart beat but you were fluctuating between 146 and 152 beats per minute and are measuring right on track! Other than that, not a whole lot going on. Daddy has been busy working on the bunk beds and I was busy taking care of the two other nuggets.

Size of Baby: You are the size of a rutabaga. Approximately 9 inches and 1.7 lbs

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The Bump: Daddy and I attended a wedding over the weekend. I attempted to wear a regular dress and it just felt too tight, so I pulled out a new maternity one and threw on a blazer to dress it up a little. It’s interesting how the bottom photo makes the bump look a little pointy.

Cravings/Aversions: nope nada! I’ve kind of had an upset stomach for the past week or so. Nothing sounds good, but nothing sounds terrible either. So just not eating a whole lot and sticking to pretty bland foods.

What I’m anticipating: Moving forward with the bunk beds. Daddy has made a lot of progress in the actual build of the beds and then it is my job to finish them. The big kids are heading to the cabin with Grandma and Grandpa for the weekend so hopefully we can get a lot done this weekend! Looks like lots of sanding and painting are in my future!

Miss anything: Nope

Worries: Not to much

Differences between pregnancies: With Lexi, the kidney issues I had improved, I was still in pain, but it was managable. I also traveled to Austin Texas for a photo shoot and it was like 90% humidity and 100+ degrees, which right now sounds amazing! With William, we had just gotten over colds, sleep seems to be fairly similar. Also noted that we had a boy name picked out but no girl name, just a few we kind of like–so same story here.

How I’m feeling: Overall, I have nothing to complain about and am in the sweet spot of pregnancy!

Sleep: This is all over the board. I have good nights and bad nights. Some nights I toss and turn a lot, other nights I wake in the middle of the night or early in the morning. I do feel bad that all my movement isn’t helping daddy sleep very well

Movement: Lots of movement. You get stronger every day! Lexi loves to feel you kicking around!

Milestones: I think this is the week of viability. IF something were to happen, you would have a good chance of surviving. Lots of hard work and complications, but you would likely survive. Also, passing the gestational diabetes test!

Best Moment of the Week: On Tuesday it was 60+ degrees and sunny and Lexi had a break from dance and the kids road bikes and we grilled and it was awesome and I can’t wait for the summer!

Sibling talk: Lexi and I were reading her Minnie Mouse books and she was looking at some other princess books. She stops, puts her hand on my arm and goes, “mom, I have a great idea, we can get these new princess books for the new baby and then we can trade princess and Minnie Mouse books, wouldn’t that be a good idea?”

Love,

Mama

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Baby #3 24 Weeks

Size of baby: You are approximately the size of an ear of corn (8.5 inches long and 1.5lbs) Your brain activity is close to that of a newborn and your face is fully formed with eyelashes, eyebrows and hair.

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The Bump: Steady growth! It is definitely firm now and am curious if I’ll get any stretch marks this time around. Shaving and bending over is getting a little more tricky. Also, my jacket is getting harder to zip up-hopefully, I can put it away for the season in a couple of weeks!
Cravings/Aversions: Sweets! However, I’ve cut them out of my diet for the past several days knowing I have my glucose test this week. I’ve been chewing gum and eating craisins, nuts and chewing gum as a substitute. It hasn’t been terrible, but I can’t wait for the test to be over and (hopefully!) go back to eating them again–especially since I bought some Girl Scout Cookies!
What I’m loving: Getting stuff done! We bought Lexi’s new bike this week, I ordered new curtains for the big kid’s room, ordered some fabric to make some valences for the kitchen and dinning room and daddy continues to make progress with the bunk beds!
What I’m anticipating:  Warm Sunshine, whats new? Getting this glucose test over with and getting my hair done tonight!
Miss anything? Sweets!
Worries? Honestly, my biggest worry right now is work. With my boss, my co-worker and I all being pregnant/due within a couple months of each other, I’m worried about what they are going to do for coverage as we don’t have anyone else on our team. There is a lot to learn and a pretty busy time to cover and each passing week is less time to on-board someone.
Differences between pregnancies? With Lexi, we were in Vail photographing a wedding and I ended up in the hospital and cutting the trip short with some kidney issues. With William, it feels pretty similar to this pregnancy. Apparently I was still sleeping on my stomach (although I had reported earlier that I wasn’t). The strength of your kicks and punches also grew with William, which I’m experiencing right now as well.
How I’m feeling: Breathing is a little more challenging. I often find myself sitting at my desk short of breath.
Sleep: This is up and down. I’ll have good nights and bad nights. I’ve transitioning to putting a pillow between my legs now to make sleep a little more comfortable, but this always causes challenges when rolling over in the middle of the night. Most of the time, I can fall back asleep right away, but I’m back to waking up around 5:30 in the morning and being wide awake.
Movement: So much. It is crazy how active you get after I eat. It feels like you’re riding a roller-coaster inside my belly.
Boy or Girl: Sweet little girl!
Milestones: 6 months down, 4 to go!
Best Moment of the Week: Watching Lexi ride her new big girl bike. She jumped right on and we’re working on peddling with the balls of her feet (verses the arches), turning and using the brakes. Hopefully, we’ll take the training wheels off in a week or two!
Sibling Talk: Lexi talks about you daily. She is growing out of some of her clothes and tells me ‘I’ve got a great idea, we can save these clothes for the new baby’. She is also very curious where you are going to sleep. This morning, she was talking about fireworks and was asking, who is going to watch the new baby while we watch fireworks, because fireworks are too loud for the new baby. I told her, I would probably stay with the new baby, in which she responded ‘oh right, you can watch them from the window’.
Love,
Mama
 
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Baby #3 23 Weeks

Little Nugs,

Another pretty uneventful week, and I would like to keep it that way! Next week, I have another doctor appointment and need to take my glucose test, so I’m going to need to cut sugar out of my diet for a couple days, which is kind of terrifying!

Size of baby: According to the app, you are the size of a papaya which is about 1.2 lbs
The Bump: No big changes from last week, I feel like it is a decent size, but others tell me they can barely tell I have a bump. Also, it totally depends on the shirt. See below. The first pictures are wearing a regular shirt and the second pictures are wearing a maternity shirt. Same day.
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Cravings/Aversions: Loving all things sweets! Easter candy has not been helping with this. Avoiding most chocolate sweets as I get heartburn from them, but loving all the different kinds of Jelly Beans, Nerd jelly beans being my favorite! Overall, I just don’t have a huge appetite. There have been several nights over the past week where I just don’t eat dinner because I already feel full!
What I’m loving: Feeling pretty normal. Knock on wood, but I feel like I have finally kicked the bug I’ve been fighting since November! Energy levels are coming back up. I can easily stay up past 9:00 these days and feeling a little more optimistic about life.
What I’m anticipating: Still can’t wait for the weather to warm up. We had a slight set-back this past weekend with a little snow, which your siblings loved! We also have a lot of fun things coming up this spring/early summer that I think will make time fly by! There have also been some exciting changes at work that I’m pretty excited about!
Miss anything? Not really.
Worries? not really!
Differences between pregnancies? No post for Lexi this week and with William, we had just had our ultrasound. He was also positioned with his spine against my belly so feeling lots of movement inside, similar to you!
How I’m feeling: No complaints.
Sleep: Great! Falling asleep quickly and staying asleep the whole night, with the exception of needing to re-position a couple of times, but fall asleep instantly. Also sleeping until my alarm goes off, so the early wake-ups must have been a fluke!
Movement: I’m sure you’re siblings moved as much as you do, but I do not remember this much movement. You love to dance sweet girl!
Boy or Girl: Sweet baby GIRL!!! No name yet and I’m still thinking we’ll wait until you arrive. However, I was writing out some of our top names (like a 10th grader) to see how they looked next to the other kids names and with our last name, and discovered one of my top two names may not work anymore. Still really like that name, but it just may not be a good fit for our family 😦
Milestones: Daddy put together a plan for the big kid’s bunk beds and bought the materials and has started to work on putting them together! I’m pumped!!
Love,
Mama
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Big Brother William

Dear William,

You are going to be a BIG brother to a little sister!! A middle child. I’m kind of at a loss for words for you and haven’t quite figured out how you’re going to respond to this major life change yet, both for when the baby arrives and the impact it will make as you grow.

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When your baby sister arrives, you’ll be just short of 2.5 (assuming everything goes to plan), which is just a tinch older than Lexi was when you were born.

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When you were born, I felt the transition was pretty challenging. Lexi constantly wanted/needed my attention and was intentionally naughty. As a result, I didn’t get to snuggle you as much as I would have liked. I can see you behaving similar to Lexi, pushing boundaries while looking at me and doing something you know is naughty but doing it anyways. On the other hand, I’m hoping Lexi will help keep you entertained and being able to play outside will make this initial transition a little less painful.

I have no clue how you are going to respond to the baby itself. You are very cuddly and affectionate with Daddy and I, always giving us hugs and kisses and wanting to snuggle on the couch or before bedtime and when you wake up. However, I’ve never seen you pick up one of Lexi’s babies or show any kind of nurturing behavior. You’re rough and touch and love to run and play with balls and push trucks around. I could see you being a little rough with the baby and wanting me to ‘send her back to the hospital’ as Lexi used to say but then part of me thinks you could really surprise me and be sweet and love to rock her and give her kisses. Time will tell.

As you grow, you’ll have so many important roles that you get to fill. You get to be a little brother to Lexi, yet also a Big Brother to your new sister and all of the fun things that come along with that. You and Lexi are the best of friends right now and love to play together. It will be interesting if you become the ‘pesky little brother’ as the years go on or if you two remain tight. You also get to watch out for your little sister and make sure nobody messes with her.

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My dear boy, this also means you are becoming the middle child. As a middle child myself and the deprivation i endured (semi-kidding here) I’m going to do my best to make sure you don’t feel left out or over-shadowed by your big and little sis. I do think that being our only boy will really help this. You’ll get to do special things that the girls won’t likely do. And carrying on the family name (both of your grandpas and the last name) kind of puts you into your own playing field. Oh my sweet curly-haired William, your daddy and I love you so much and are constantly laughing and smiling at every funny (and naughty) thing you do. I’m so excited to watch you grow and adapt over the next year and pray there are more moments filled with laughter than tears.

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Love,

Mommy

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Big Big Sister Lexi

My Big Little Lexi,

You are going to be a big sister, again. This time you’re getting a little sister!

First of all, let’s talk about the notion of sisters. They are truly the best! As you grow up and develop friendships, I’m hoping that none will truly ever compare to the one with your sister. I pray you two will share a special bond that I believe is indescribable. Speaking from experience, there is something so comforting about talking to your sister when something terrible has happened, you’re scared, need advice or you’re thrilled beyond words. She is one of the few (perhaps only) person that can even come close to understanding how you feel. Growing up, you’ll have experienced the same memories, have inside jokes, understand the weird family quirks we have or truly how much trouble you’re really going to be in when mom and dad find out what you did. I pray that you two are close and share the same set of values and will always be there for each other in ways that I can’t be. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are going to be moments growing up where you are so angry at each other you spit in each other’s face (when you get older, I’ll share that fun little story in mine and Auntie Sheila’s relationship) but, I also pray that I’ll be able to teach you forgiveness so you’re able to carry on the next day as if nothing happened. Given that you will be 4 1/2 years apart, I’m so excited to watch how your relationship grows and evolves throughout your lifetime.

Second, let’s talk about how different becoming a big sister will be as a 4 1/2 year old than as a 2 year old. This time around, I think you are going to be really helpful verses disruptive (you’ll leave that task to William). I can see you regularly requesting to hold her, sing songs and read books to her and help get bottles or diapers for me. I also have a feeling you’re going to love bossing your brother around and telling him what he can and can’t do with her.

Upon sharing the news with you that I had a baby growing in my belly, you were pretty indifferent and didn’t really react, just went about your regular business of playing with Squinkies. However, as we have talked more, you have shown much more interest in the baby and are pretty protective of the baby and of your mommy.

If William is climbing on me or tackling me, you’re quick to tell him, be careful, there is a baby in mommy’s tummy and you’ll hurt it. The other day, I was putting your ice skates and you kept telling me to be careful so I wouldn’t cut the baby with the blades.You also like to boss William around and tell him that when the baby comes, you’re going to go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for awhile, but it’s OK, you don’t have to be scared, she will bring us to the hospital to visit mommy and daddy. You also love to randomly come up to my belly and rub your nose against it and tell me you’re nuzzling the baby.

Although the questions aren’t as frequent, here are a some of your favorite questions to ask: How does the baby come out? Where does the baby come out of? How did the Baby get in there?  How big is the baby? Will the baby be able to talk? What will happen to my Squinkies and Shopkins–will the baby try to eat them? Where will the baby sleep? How do they know if it is a boy or a girl?

Prior to finding out the baby’s gender, you were 100% positive this baby was a girl and only refer to it as a ‘she’ and ‘her’. I told you many times, we don’t know if this baby is a boy or a girl yet, and we’re just going to have to wait and see. Occasionally, after you catch yourself saying ‘she’ you’ll repeat the little phrase back to me verbatim. ‘Well, we don’t know if the baby is a girl or a boy yet, we’re just going to have to wait and see’

When we did decide to find out the gender,  you played a pretty big role. We were driving home from school, I told you we could find out if the baby was a boy or a girl when we got home. You came tearing into the house and yelled, ‘Daddy, we get to find out if the baby is a boy or a girl’ and started going through the mail. I helped you identify the correct envelope and you started opening it right away. We ran upstairs so Daddy could be with us. You opened it and saw the words and kind of went silent. You helped identify the letter ‘G’ and when you connected the dots that girl starts with G, you got very giddy and announced that you are going to help give the baby bottles, but not change the poopy diapers.

Oh Lexi, you are going to be an excellent big sister to William and the new baby. You are sweet, kind, helpful, generous, thoughtful, protective and honest. Your sweet but honest demeanor are going to be great qualities and make you a wonderful role model to these two little ones. You love to follow the rules and let others know when they aren’t, love to play with your brother and are a great helper to mommy and daddy. I couldn’t have picked a better big sister to your little brother and sister and am so excited to watch you grow over the next year.

Love,

Mommy

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Baby #3 21 Weeks

Size of baby: According to the app, you now measure 11-12 inches or about the size of a cantaloupe. They change from head to butt and now measure from head to foot. You’re taste buds are developing so I need to be sure to eat lots of veggies!
The Bump: It is for sure a pregnant belly now verses a food belly! I’m already noticing it being heavy and feel like I waddle or have trouble moving around. Bending over, shaving and cooking are all being impacted by the bump.

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Cravings/Aversions: Hard to believe, but these are pretty much gone. Still getting heartburn and I’ve identified chocolate as one of the culprits. I’m pretty hungry in the morning/lunch, but could just snack for dinner and then not hungry at all in the evenings. Soda has been upsetting my stomach so I’m moving away from that.
What I’m loving: Movement!! So much movement, but more on that below. Also loving the little growth spurt my belly is going through. I legitimately feel like I can look pregnant if I want to. Also, loving that I can still hide it too.
What I’m anticipating: Warm weather. Temperatures are decent (around 30-40 degrees), which is pretty great for the beginning of March, but bring on the warm sun! I’ve also caught myself thinking about the actual birth a bit more this past week. I really want to make it past July 15th (two days after my due date). One because of the bonus at work and two, because I want two full weeks at home with your big brother and sister before you arrive. However, I’ve feel like you’re going to end up breech and I’ll have a scheduled c-section early or you’re just going to come early and disrupt my plans. 🙂
Miss anything? Energy, but same old same old there.
Worries? not really!
Differences between pregnancies? No post for Lexi this month and with William, we were in Hawaii, I didn’t talk at all about any pregnancy related stuff, just how the trip was going.
How I’m feeling: I’m continuing to feel much better! I haven’t been sick in almost 2 weeks and officially feel like I’m over ‘the hump’. I’m still rocking a pretty good cough and spitting up a lot of stuff (Daddy likes to tease me that I’m a truck driver) but just trying to get all that crud out of my system.
Sleep: Pretty good. Still able to sleep on my stomach/side and fall asleep pretty quickly and stay sleeping most of the night. There have been a couple of occasions where I woke up early in the morning and wasn’t able to fall back asleep. Overall, most mornings I wake up feeling rested.
Movement: What a change from last week. I feel you moving around all the time and it is amazing! Yesterday morning, I even felt you move from the outside so I’m really looking forward to Lexi being able to feel that.
Boy or Girl: Sweet baby GIRL!!!!
Milestones: Getting over the hump of the pregnancy sickness
Best Moment of the Week: You’re big brother turned 2 this week and we had so much fun celebrating!
Sibling Talk: William is still clueless. I told him there was a baby in my belly and pointed to it and then he lifted his shirt and said ‘Baby in William’s belly’. Lexi still loves to call you Gunther or Gertrude and regularly nuzzles her nose against my belly.
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William is 2!!!

Holy Cow my baby is 2!!! Happy Birthday William! We have had such a fun year watching your grow, explore and develop and can’t wait to see what this  year brings and how you will react to having a new little sister.

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  • Height: 35″ tall (62%)

 

  • Weight: 27.7 lbs (63%)

 

 

  • Head: 19″ (82%)

 

Development: At two years old you are right where you should be. You can repeat the sequence of numbers 1-10 and sometimes can count backwards. This month you’ve really perfected your colors, which has really helped you articulate what you want (even if it is a pain sometimes).

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You love to run around (but do not run straight) and climb. You regularly move chairs around the kitchen to get what you want, climb up on the stools at the counter and can open doors about 50% of the time (scary!) You’ve got a pretty good arm for throwing balls (or really anything) and love to kick and chase balls. You’re getting a mini big-wheel for your birthday and I think you’re going to love riding around on that. You still dislike swings, but love to go down slides!

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You are talking a ton these days and I think it is pretty clear most of the time, but people that don’t see you as often have a hard time understanding what you are saying. You regularly string several words together, but are often not in the right order or tense. For example, if I ask you, Do you want to turn off the light? You’ll respond ‘No turn off light’

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Your sister was potty trained at this point (hint hint!) but you are showing no signs of being ready or interested. Sigh. It would have been nice to only have one kiddo in diapers, but I think we’ve got at least another 6-12 months of disgusting diapers with you (if we’re lucky!)

Personality

We are officially in terrible twos with you. You have regular melt downs when you don’t get something you want. These tend to be more intense when you are either hungry or over tired. In general you are pretty particular about what color bowl plate spoon fork or cup you have and will lose your mind around this. You really love the color blue, and green is a close second and heaven forbid we put a pink bowl in front of you. Lexi has also picked up on this behavior from you and I have to admit that it is not my favorite.

If you didn’t pick up on it before, you are pretty darn stubborn. Although I have my moments about being stubborn, I think this mostly comes from your daddy. You are on the verge of wanting more independence. You want to do things by yourself and drink from a cup without a top BUT sill request to be carried around or have me help take your shoes and jacket off or hold your hand when you walk down the stairs. You also love to cuddle, specifically when you wake up or if we’re watching a show or a movie. Just this morning, you cuddled with me in the rocking chair for over half an hour and didn’t request to get down until you heard Lexi. On school days, we don’t get as much cuddle time in the mornings, but it is a routine I just can’t break as it is one of my favorite moments of the day. You also love to snuggle on the couch and will regularly request for Daddy or I to sit right next to you while you watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

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I’ve mentioned this in several other posts, but you are a comedian. You love to make silly faces to make people laugh (usually by looking out the side of your eyes). You love to laugh at your sister’s antics and be tickled.

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You’re also pretty inquisitive about how stuff works. You try and put things together that have broken or come apart and like to play with cause and effect. Just the other day, you were examining how you could stick a handle of a spoon through the cracks on a blackberry container and then shake it to make different sounds.

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Favorites:

  • Books: Little Blue Truck, Trains, Monsters, The Mitten
  • TV Shows/Movies: Choo Choo Bob (like Whoa!!) Mikey Mouse Clubhouse, Chuggington, Finding Nemo, Beauty in the Beast (you have a strange obsession with the Beast and like to roar at people when they make you angry?!?!)
  • Toys: Trains, trains and more trains, trucks, balls, drills, saws, screwdriver, hammers Mickey mouse, play kitchen
  • Activities: running, playing outside, doing and having anything that Lexi has, being wherever your daddy is

I think this sums you up pretty well at 2 years old. I’m so excited for this next year to see how your personality continues to grow and how you adapt to change, because be ready for it my little one, but there are a lot of changes coming!

Daddy, Mommy and Lexi love you so much!!!

Love,

Mama

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Baby #3 Half Way, 20 weeks

Size of baby: You are currently 13 ounces (according to the ultrasound–measuring 4 days early) which is about 6.5″ the size of a mango–says my app.
The Bump: In this picture, it looks more pregnant than just fat, but I really think it depends on the type of shirt that I wear. Now that I’m officially half way there, I’ve allowed myself to start wearing maternity shirts and received several comments from people at work about starting to show.

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The ultrasound: So Fun! The technician was very chatty and loved showing us different views of you and as she said ‘geeked out’ over you. Overall, you are looking very healthy! My placenta is in the front of my belly, but is attached high so they aren’t concerned about placenta previa, which was a good sign. At this moment in time you were breech, so head up and facing inwards, which made it difficult to get a good profile pic of you or a pic of your face. However, we saw AMAZING views of your vertebra and rib cage. We were able to count 10 toes and 10 fingers, saw your kidneys, stomach, your tibia and fibula, the different chambers and aortas of your heart, your brain, your eye sockets and all your little girl parts! It was so fun to see how much you have grown and see how active you are in there!
Cravings/Aversions: I think these are minimizing by the week. I can pretty much eat anything, but nothing sounds as amazing as it did several weeks ago, even the things that are really terrible for me like fast food. With that said, I’ve been trying to be more thoughtful about how much I eat and how fast I eat. Eating slower and smaller amounts to help reduce the heartburn. Typically, I’m pretty hungry through the morning and then after lunch, I’m full and don’t feel like I really need to eat for the rest of the day. I’ll have dinner, which is equivalent to a small snack, but then I don’t really eat anything for the rest of the night.
What I’m loving: This past week, we had amazing weather, over 60 degrees in mid-February. We spent lots of time playing outside and I was even able to open the windows and get some fresh air.
What I’m anticipating: William is turning 2 on Saturday! I’m also excited to feel movement from the outside and have the kids feel the baby kick. Also really really looking forward to spring and warm weather!!
Miss anything? I’m not a huge drinker so I haven’t been missing alcohol really. However, I miss just being healthy. This past week, I got a new cold or the one I’ve been battling for the past 16 weeks got re-ignited. My sinus were in full force for a couple of days and now I’ve got a pretty disgusting cough and sound like I have bronchitis, again.
Worries? I’ve been praying that you’re growing and developing ‘normally’ and we’ll get a clean review at the ultra-sound this week. I’ve also spent a lot of time researching and figuring out preschool for Lexi. We were all set to go at a local church, but then they decided to close their doors, which kind of sent me scrambling to find something else knowing these fill up quickly. As of yesterday, she is registered at two places and we have a tour set up with one of them for next week and then we’ll make a decision of where she’ll go. Also, kind of stressing about all of the things I would like done before you arrive and realizing that it probably won’t happen and feeling a little discouraged by that.
Differences between pregnancies? We’re actually having an ultra-sound at 20 weeks this time. With Lexi, we waited until 21 weeks and William it was 22 weeks. With William this week, we were getting prepared for Hawaii and I was a ball of nerves worrying that something would happen to Daddy or I while gone. No picture of William this week, but here is a comparison of the two girls!
How I’m feeling: This is the best I’ve felt the entire pregnancy. I feel like the warm weather really helped me out mentally and am feeling much more energized. Also, no throwing up is a major bonus!
Sleep: Sleep has been pretty amazing this past week. I took two naps over the weekend and they were divine. Still sleeping on my stomach as long as I bring my leg up on my side. I’ve also slept through each night (as long as Lexi doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night) and have been able to make it through the night without having to go to the bathroom.
Movement: Yes! And lots of it. It is all still from the inside by it is getting stronger and more frequent. I notice an uptick in activity after I eat or drink and am feeling more activity throughout the day verses just when I’m relaxing in the evening.
Milestones: Half way there baby girl! This is mind-baffling in 20 weeks (or so) I’ll be holding you and that we’re only half way through. Most people I know say pregnancies after their first go by fast, and I do not feel like that has been the case for me. Part of it is because I’ve been sick pretty much this entire time and the other part is things are so slow at work that it has made the days go by so slow. Hoping this next 20 weeks fly by!
Also, this is the first week I haven’t thrown up! Progress baby!
Best Moment of the Week:  Hard to pick one… I loved being home by myself all day on Friday, while I was working from home. Work was slow and got a lot of the house cleaned and had the windows open.
Playing outside with the kids, going for walks and just feeling the warmth of the sunshine!
Grandma and I also took the kids swimming on Sunday and Lexi is just a little fish and William had so much fun splashing in the water.
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Baby #3 19 Weeks

Dear Little nugs,

This is my last quiet week at work and next week it will start to get crazy again. As nice of a break it has been to have quieter days, I’m looking forward to being busier again. It makes the days/weeks go by so much faster, which means, I get to meet you that much sooner!

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Thoughts on the photo/bump: In these photos, I think it looks pretty small/unnoticeable especially considering I am almost halfway there. However, I really think that is due to the clothes I am wearing. I’ve been intentionally wearing baggier clothes that ‘hide’ the belly as it just looks like I have a big gut and not really pregnant. I’m noticing it is starting to get bigger. I squish it when I’m making food at the counter or putting make-up on in the morning. It also just feels heavier when I’m walking around.

Cravings/aversions: I don’t think I had any major cravings or aversions this week. Pop is tasting much better, which I’m loving! Daddy makes smoothies every morning and those have been spot on, but fill me up. Other than that, just eating because I have to. Could take or leave sweets or salty snacks. Also working on not eating so quickly or as much in one sitting as it is probably contributing to the heart burn.

What I’m anticipating the most: The ultrasound next week! I always really enjoy going to my Dr. appointments, in my mind they are mini milestones until your arrival and each one down means we’re that much closer to your birthday.

What I’m loving: Movement! It is still pretty faint and infrequent, but enough to feel confident that you are moving around in there and its not just a gas bubble. It isn’t identifiable from the outside, but I’m loving that I can feel you.

I also really enjoy daydreaming about you and what kind of baby will you be. Will you be pretty mellow like you’re big sister, or a handful like your Auntie Sheila. How will William react to having another little one in the house. What will maternity leave look like with a 4, 2-year-old and newborn? I have this dream/vision that it will be so much fun and the two bigger kids will play outside in the sunshine and we’ll go on walks every morning. Somehow I have a feeling this won’t be the case at all and you’re going to come early or have colic or something else I can’t imagine and I’ll be stressed the entire time trying to keep you from crying.

Also, this weekend and next week, we’re supposed to have really nice warm weather (maybe even 60 degrees!!!) which is pretty crazy for mid-February.

Names: Daddy and I haven’t talked one time about what your name will be since we found out you’re a little girl. Strangely, I’m OK with this. As Type A as I can be, I also feel like I’m learning to mellow out a lot more and just go with the flow. I have 4-5 names on my list that I think Daddy likes. My guess is, we’ll wait until you arrive to decide on your name. I like all of the names, but there isn’t one that is jumping out to me more than the others and feel pretty strongly that I just need to see you and bond with you a little before we decide your name.

What I’m missing most: Same as last week–more energy and no more coughing

Differences between pregnancies: No update from Lexi this week. With William, this was the first week I wore a pregnancy shirt (same this time around) and truly felt like I looked pregnant. The belly is getting bigger/rounder, but I’m still feeling just fat and not pregnant. Also with William, we were getting ready to go to Hawaii, which is most definitely not happening this time around and am jealous of that milestone.

How I’m feeling: I feel like this is the same story every week. Blah! Similar to last week, I only threw up once and am gagging over fewer things this week, but am still rocking a pretty good cough and am coughing up a lot of thick (but clear) phlegm. (i know, gross!). Also, heartburn. I don’t remember really bad heartburn with William and even if I did have it, it wasn’t until 30+ weeks. I’ve already had to pop TUMS several times and this time, my heart hurts like a heart attack verses just having a burning feeling in my throat.

Best Moment of the week: Daddy and I went on a double date with Rachel and Jake to the Wild game. So fun to get out with other adults!

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