Monday, November 24, 2014

24 Weeks

How far along?  24 weeks
Total weight gain:  +4ish pounds..probably more, haven't been to the doc in 2 weeks
Maternity clothes? yes and no
Sleep:  so last week I couldn't sleep...wasn't tired at night so would stay up and do things by myself as Kyle was on super early mornings so would go to bed at like 8:30-9.  This week...I CANNOT get enough sleep.  I am napping during the day...which I hate doing because it's my only time to actually get stuff done and I am going to bed at like 9 or 10 and sleeping until 6:30 or 7.  Before I would totally wake up at like 2 or 3 and not be able to sleep for a few hours so that is why I would stay up.  Not this week.  Maybe my body is just catching up.
Miss anything?  Not having to pee or at least not feel like I have to pee every 5 minutes.
Movement:  yep, lots of kicks!
Food Cravings:  Same...everything from home.  We went to a mennonite bakery nearby this weekend and had cinnamon rolls and donuts and they were really really gooooood.
Anything making you sick or queasy:  just the smell of weird things or ketchup that has been sitting out for a while.
Gender:  GIRL!!   
Labor signs:  no!
Symptoms: throw up sick a couple mornings a week, some evenings I feel like blah, and then I've had this weird stomach feeling the last few days which is hard to explain.  It feels like I'm full and and my stomach is stretching out....kind of.  Now that I write it out that explanation doesn't sound like it but it's really uncomfortable.  Don't remember that with Ella.
Belly Button in or out?  in
Wedding rings on or off?  on
Ella:  When asked she still thinks baby sister is in her tummy.  Also, she saw something at the store and said we needed to get it for baby sister.
Mood: ugh...I don't even know. 
Excitement this week:  We head to Florida for Thanksgiving.  Ella is excited to see Grandma and Grandpa, Aunt Laura and Uncle JJ.  I've been reminding her about the pond in their backyard that has turtles and fishies and birds and she thinks that sounds fun.  Not looking forward to a 12 hour drive.  Eeek!
Looking forward to:  spending time with Kyle's family and watching Ella love them.  They don't know what they have in store for them!  She's a lot more active than the last time they saw her.  Uncle JJ hasn't seen her since Christmas last year so he'll see the biggest change.  

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cousins Galore

My sister and her family came to visit us down in Mississippi over labor day weekend.  With two toddlers and one who still naps twice a day we didn't really get to do too much.  However, we did make a trip to see the Alabama campus and went to see the Mississippi State campus as well.  In Starkville they have a wonderful bagel shop so we made sure to stop there for some bagels as well.  We had a great time just hanging out....the adults had most fun once the kids were in bed!  ;)  But Callan and Ella had a blast together.  We just love watching them play together.

I was 11/12 weeks along while they were visiting and because I was feeling awful and hadn't had an initial doctors appointment we decided to keep it a secret until I had my appointment the Tuesday before they left.  Anyway, they watched Ella while Kyle and I went to a squadron event doctors appointment.  Turns out everything with the pregnancy looked great and I was officially 12 weeks 2 days at that point so on the way home from the appointment I texted mom a picture of the ultrasound.  She of course immediately called and scolded me a little for waiting so long to tell her.  :)  Then, when we got home we of course lied about how the squadron event was fine and uneventful.  But I immediately went and got the Big Sister book I had bought for Ella and told her to go show Aunt Kiki her new book.  Ella still at this point was pretty clueless (well, let's face it, she still is) about being a big sister but you have to start somewhere.  I was kind of around the corner when Ella gave Kalee the book and it took her a second but she peeked her head around the corner with this look on her face that I knew meant something.  I said, "you too?!"  She shook her head yes and that's how we found out we'd be having cousins galore!  
Kalee and I went outside to talk away from the kids and the men real quick to give each other the down low.  They had only found out shortly before they had left to come down that they were expecting so she was about 5 weeks along and then I told her I was 12 weeks.  

We had a day and a half to discuss our thoughts and worries on having another child.  But we were so happy that these kids are close together in age.  I mean, how blessed are we that the kids will grow up together?!  Yes, they may be far away from each other but they'll be close.  Such an exciting time in both of our lives!  

Here are a few pictures from their trip here.

I was able to take a few family photos for them while they visited.

This was the email we sent out to our family, letting them know both Kalee and I were expecting.

Right outside the University of Alabama football stadium.

This was at the student union on the Alabama campus.  Very nice union.

We stopped and got popsicles at a local popsicle shop. The kids loved it.

Callan had to squat like his dad in order to take a bite.

Ella tuckered out after so much fun in Tuscaloosa.

this was suppose to be of Callan, but that's Kalee holding Thomas for Callan to watch since he wasn't napping.

This was the ultrasound picture I sent mom.  Little baby b #2's first photo!

Callan playing in the teepee I made for Ella.

Just thought I'd show you the goodness you're missing out on at the bagel place.  Yes, that's egg and sausage with scallion cream cheese...tastes like heaven.

Monday, November 17, 2014

23 Weeks

23 Weeks

 That's right, this is current!....I am 23 weeks pregnant again for those of you who didn't know!  My official due date is March 15.  We are so so incredibly excited and so so incredibly blessed to be able to add another little one to our family.  This is one of those exciting things that's happened in the last 5 months that I've been MIA.  Dealing with pregnancy and a toddler is terrible so fun!  ;)

I've been waiting so long to start doing blog posts....
  1. because I haven't felt well...forever...ugh!
  2. because it's much harder to get things done with a toddler running around
  3. because we waited until I was 18 weeks to tell anyone (I wasn't showing and that's when we found out what we were having so we thought it'd be fun to say we were pregnant AND having a girl all at once)--you know, two birds-one stone.
  4. because I haven't been able to share our news with a few of my close friends personally yet.  Literally, it's so hard to get a hold of a couple of know who you are! 

How far along?  23 weeks
Total weight gain:  +4ish pounds
Maternity clothes? A couple maternity shirts but old clothes including jeans (for now) are still fitting.  I will be wearing tons of leggings this winter and I've had to order some maternity jeans since I was pregnant in the summer with Ella and I don't have many pants that will fit (besides leggings).  I'm sort of at that in between stage where I don't really have much of a bump yet and am just feeling like I ate too many cupcakes at a party or something.  Once it pops out a little more, I'll definitely be dressing the bump!  
Sleep:  sleep is great but totally not happening
Miss anything?  Sleeping through the night.  Feeling like somebody hasn't invaded my body.  haha
Movement:  oh dear, yes!  since 17 weeks.  She goes crazy when I'm slightly reclined sitting or laying down.  Maybe I should say like a 60 degree angle.  haha
Food Cravings:  any food from NE that I cant have and Chipotle (that hasn't changed with this pregnancy).  Mom and Dad came this weekend and mom and I made a cherry pie.  My hopes were that it would taste like Grandma Joyce's yummy cherry pie.  It didn't.  Mom says the cherries we used were not the same as what Grandma gets but it did taste good!  Also, mom was sure the crust wasn't going to turn out...but it was great! Maybe not very pretty but very yummy!
Anything making you sick or queasy:  meat!  Yuck!
Gender:  GIRL!!  We have another girl on the way and COULD NOT be more excited!  I'm just thrilled for Ella to have a sister.  They really are the best.  (Love you Kalee!)  Kyle is very excited to have another girl, too.  He said he knew from the beginning that this one was a girl.  I have reasons to believe that I had no idea just from differences in pregnancy which I'll expand on later. 
Labor signs:!
Symptoms: still getting sick in the morning occasionally, and by sick I mean throwing up.  But it's very occasional.  Sometimes in the evenings I have a rough time just not feeling great but I'm actually feeling a little better than the last 22 weeks so that's a plus.  :)  Also, last week at 21/22 weeks I started having some stomach pains for a few days and it felt like she was in there with a large paint scraper--scraping the lining of my stomach.  It was rough.  I'm sure it was just my stomach, etc. actually starting to expand and move around. 
Belly Button in or out?  in
Wedding rings on or off?  on
Ella:  Says she's a big sister and when asked where baby sister is she pats her tummy and says, "ella's tummy"  Then sometimes she also says in addition to her tummy "mama's tummy, daddy's tummy, gigi's tummy, papa's tummy" you know...just going around the room.
Mood: pretty good....except today I'm a little depressed as mom and dad took off after a weekend visit. Ella had the best weekend ever, so did I.  She LOVED having Gigi and Papa with her. 
Excitement this week:  I'm taking Ella to the Children's Museum this week so that means I may get a Target trip in and CHIPOTLE!!! 
Looking forward to:  putting another baby girl nursery together, the holidays, meeting baby girl #2!  Eating the 14 batches of scones mom and I made and froze for my freezer!  haha!

trying my hardest to push out the bump!