October 30, 2011

Early Signs of Nesting...

Last month, I cleaned out the garage while Graham was napping and Chad was at work. Ever since we've moved into our house (almost a year ago now!) the garage has defititely been the most neglected part of the house. I was always tripping over crap getting in and out of the car, and I was just plain sick of looking at the mess!! I finally decided to just do something about it. It really didn't take long at all, and I even swept the whole thing and cleaned out the cobwebs. I also finally set our garage doors to where we can open them with the key pad and don't have to use the garage door opener, which is great when we go on walks... or if we ever get locked out! It only took a year!! Ha!


Junk everywhere, no oragnization, lots of stuff that needed to be tossed all just thrown on the left side of the garage. I was embarrassed to open our garage door on that side!!


I threw a lot of stuff away, moved everything else to the right side, so I could park on the left, which makes it easier to put Graham in the car. I organized everything and grouped it together. I don't mind going into the garage at all now!! Much better!! Chad was definitely surprised and impressed when he got home that day! :)

October 25, 2011

18 Weeks

How Far Along: 18 Weeks

Size of baby: A Sweet Potato

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I'm at 123.5 so almost to what I was when I found out I was pregnant.

Maternity Clothes: I think the past week I popped a little more! I am in maternity pants, and using the bella band still pretty regularly. My regular shirts are starting to look a little funny unless they are long/stretchy/have an empire waste

Gender: GIRL!  Although I will feel even more confident after our 20 wk ultrasound. I don't really have any doubts, but I guess it's just still hard to believe I'm getting a daughter!

Movement: Last week I was feeling movement all the time, but yesterday I still felt her several times, but not as much. I think I was just running around a bunch yesterday so maybe I didn't notice. As I'm typing this though, I'm feeling her do a big roll and I can even feel a hard spot where she is pressing!

Sleep: Same as last week: Sleeping good!

What I miss: I am having some pangs for an ice cold dos equis with lime.

Cravings: Coke. I was dying for one at the grocery store this morning, and I had to stop at Mcdonlads on the way home. Also, chips and queso.

Symptoms: Still feeling light headed when I'm out and about. I felt a little faintish at the grocery store this morning. I need to make sure I have a bottled water and a little snack with me at all times.

Best Moment this week: Chad felt her kick for the first time! It was just a little one, but I hope there's a lot more to come in the coming weeks.

Best comment of the week: Same as last week: Still getting compliments on how thin I am looking. I'm enjoying it now b/c I know it will be short-lived :)

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the nursery cleaned out and painting her room. Also, taking weekly belly pictures. I finally found the perfect spot in the house to take them. I love seeing other peoples belly shots, but I am so bad at taking them! I'm going to try my very best to take one every week from now until we leave for the hospital.

Milestones: Baby's legs are now stretched out enough to measure head to toe. She's around 10 inches! This is crazy to me, because Graham was 19 inches at birth, so she's more than half way there!! :)

Can you believe she's yawning, hiccuping, sucking and swallowing? She's twisting, rolling, punching and kicking, too -- and she's big enough that you might be able to feel her doing it!

October 24, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch


Weekly Dinner Menu

I have to say, last weeks dinner menu was great! The enchilada casserole and crock pot angel chicken were both huge hits! I felt a lot less stressed over making dinner, and just felt like the week went smoother. I looked forward to dinner every night. It's not a huge stresser for me, but I always kind of dread figuring out what we're having that night, so it eliminated any of that.  We ended up eating leftovers the next night a few times, so I didn't cook the salsa chicken, so that made it on this weeks menu. Also, for crock pot dinners, go get crock pot liners!!! You just line your crockpot, then throw away after the meal!! Love little things like that that make life easier! :) Here's this weeks dinner menu:

MONDAY: Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken, Served over Uncle Ben's Converted Rice, Pinto Beans

TUESDAY: Cheeseburger Macaroni, Fresh Steamed Brocolli

WEDNESDAY: Crock-Pot Pizza Soup, Salad & Crescent Rolls

THURSDAY: Smothered Chicken, Fresh Steamed Asparagus, and Baked Potatoes (Having my parents over for dinner for my Momma's birthday!!!)

FRIDAY: Going out to eat with friends!!

SATURDAY: Lunch: Sandwiches at home (grilled cheese or tuna salad)
                        Dinner: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

SUNDAY: Leftovers/Fend for youself/Maybe I'll make Chili

October 23, 2011

17 Weeks

How Far Along: 17 Weeks

Size of baby: An Onion
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I last weighed in at 123 so I've started gaining back a little.

Maternity Clothes: Same as last week: I'm wearing my bella band and using it to make regular jeans more comfy and hold up my maternity jeans since there still too loose. My normal shirts still fit fine.

Gender: Definitely a girl :)

Movement: I started feeling movement this week! I first felt her last Sunday and she hasn't stopped since!! I have felt lots of rolls, a few really strong kicks but mostly that "bubbles popping" feeling. Love it!!

Sleep: Sleeping good!

What I miss: Turkey sandwiches. Because of the risk of listeria, I have been avoiding lunch meats, but I miss them!

Cravings:  Hmm let's see... I had cookies and milk for breakfast the other day!

Symptoms: I have almost fainted twice now! Once was at my best friend Kirby's wedding. We were taking pictures and I almost passed out. I hadn't eaten much all day and had been running around, so I wasn't too shocked it caught up with me. But today it happened again! This time, I was at the pumpkin patch with G and Chad waiting for the hayride when I began to get super light headed and sick to my stomach. I had eaten lunch before we went and drank water and had some sugar in my system so I'm kind of at a loss. I think it was just standing still for a while and it was kind of hot. I never experienced this with Graham, so I am hoping this isn't going to be a frequent thing.
Best Moment this week: Getting an ultrasound and seeing her in 3D! She is so beautiful and big!!
Best comment of the week: Still getting compliments on how thin I am looking. I'm enjoying it now b/c I know it will be short-lived :)
What I'm looking forward to: Getting the nursery cleaned out and painting her room.
Her rubbery cartilage is now turning to bone.
And she's growing some meat on those bones -- putting on some fat.

She's growing a stronger, thicker umbilical cord, too


I wrote this post almost exactly two months ago, after staying up late reading a blog about a family who had suddenly lost their baby due to a rare illness. I saved the post, and honestly had forgotten all about it. For some  reason, I just remembered it today. After re-reading it, I've decided I should go ahead and publish it. It was written in one of those moments where you feel like your eyes are opened and you feel so incredibly grateful for everything you have. For me, those moments don't come as often as they should. But I want to remember how I felt that night.

I hear people say that they are blessed all the time. I say it all the time, too. And I mean it. But do I truly feel it?  I know it's true,  and it's probably obvious from an outsiders perspective.  I may not have every high tech gadget, or own an expensive pair of high heels, have the perfect face or body, or an impeccable wardrobe. But I have the things that matter. I have the things that are important. I have blessings. So why is it so hard to be satisfied with what I have? I have begun to notice something about myself. When I want something, I want it immediately, and when I get it, I may be happy for a short while, but I eventually find something else I can't live without. I don't even consider myself a particularly materialistic person, or hard to please, but  the truth is I am. I think a lot of us are. I have so much, how could I possibly want more? Somehow I do. Because I'm searching for material objects to fill a void only the Lord can fill, and it never works. But tonight, the Lord has put a thankfulness in my heart. Tonight I am just grateful. Grateful for the health of my baby boy. Grateful for the health, and amazing heart of my husband. Grateful for the solidity and happiness of my marriage. Grateful for the health of my whole family. Grateful that I have a new baby growing strong in my tummy. Grateful for my health. Grateful for being able to get pregnant so easily. Grateful for our warm home, food in our fridge and enough money to pay the bills. And it's all enough. It's so much more than enough, and it's so incredibly humbling. So many people out there are suffering; enduring more than they should ever be expected too. Hurting in ways that no one else can understand or comfort. But, they can be grateful too, that we have a God who promised His enduring grace, mercy and love no matter what this fallen world burdens us with. He will provide, and protect us, if we follow Him. I am grateful too, that when we do fall on hard times, we will be able to look to the Lord for comfort, and we will be comforted. So as I go to bed tonight, I don't have to worry that for every blessing I count, there is a chance of it disappearing. I will just be grateful for all that I have been given right now, and be able to trust and rely on the Lord, whatever comes. I guess that is the only blessing that I need.

October 21, 2011

Doctor's Appointment: 17 Weeks

We had a doctor's appointment yesterday and we got an ultrasound, which I wasn't expecting so that was nice! Since I switched doctor's, they had to measure Claire to date the pregnancy. Everything looks perfect so far! She was measuring 17 weeks, 1 day so she was a couple of days behind my due date, but since every baby develops at their own pace at this stage, that is perfectly normal. She had her ankles crossed part of the time, and then she had her little body folded in half with her legs up by her face, and all her extremities in front of her. She is defniltey a girl, and she is the cutest little thing I've ever seen! Well, besides her big brother, of course. We were able to get a neat 3D picture of her beautiful little face, too!!! So amazing to see your baby's face for the first time!!! My next appointment is in 3 weeks, where I'll get an anatomy scan. So thankful to the Lord that our precious girl is growing good, and that we have a healthy mommy and baby!!!

Claire's Blog

At the risk of y'all thinking I have way too much time on my hands (as Chad says...) haha :) I made a little blog for Claire. I will still do updates on this blog about her and my pregnancy, but I wanted to have more space to devote to the pregnancy, pictures, updates, letters to her, etc. Before you think I am a bad mommy, don't worry I did this for Graham too!! I just never made it public. I'll keep it public until after she is a few weeks old, and then I plan to print it out as a pregnancy scrapbook. Take a look and let me know what you think of the nursery I am thinking for her!


October 19, 2011

Feeling Like Fall

It's in the low to mid 60's today and it is finally feeling like fall!!! I got to wear leggings and boots this morning :) Everyone is loving this weather, including Graham. He wants to be outside all day long. This morning we had our little play group at Traci's house and we let the kids run around outside. It was pretty chilly, but they didn't seem to mind. Traci and Carl live on some land, and the boys love playing outside.

Graham chasing Tripp

Nina and Traci

Graham and Tripp

Me and Traci with our pregnant bellies. Traci is due to have Tucker next month! Tripp is 4 months older than Graham, and Tucker will be 4 months older than Claire! :)

On the way  home, Graham had conked out in the car, so I put him to bed, then did a little fall cleaning. I have a crock pot meal all ready to go for tomorrow, and I think I'm going to make some banana bread this afternoon. Enjoy this weather, hopefully it will stick around for a little while!!!

October 18, 2011

Graham Updates

Graham is now 16.5 months old!! I figured I needed to post about what he's been up to lately. I really love the stage he is at right now, but it definitely has some challenges.

SLEEP:  Last week, he was a horrible sleeper. He had a hard time falling asleep every single night and woke up multiple times during the night. He got several molars in recently so that did not help. I hate giving him tylenol every night, though becasue I feel like I'm going to OD him! Thankfully, he has been doing much better this week, and he has actually slept in really late the last 3 days!!! Yesterday he slept until 9 and today I woke him up around 9:30!!! He is napping right now, and yesterday he just took one long morning nap but did seem a little whiny by the evening. Not sure if he still needs 2 naps or not, but he seems to do best with a morning nap around  9 and an afternoon nap around 1. It could be chaning soon though.

EATING: He is still a champion eater. His favorites are still grapes and he loves these cheddar bunnies, they're basically goldfish.He will eat most any veggie though. Lately I've been giving him spinach and he seems to like it. This morning he ate a banana the regular way, without me cutting it up for him! He is so good at taking small bites and chewing up his food well. If he takes a too big bite, he'll just spit it out. Choking really freaks me out, so I am so glad he is not a choker.

TALKING: He is trying to repeat so much, everything we say I can see his little wheels turning trying to figure out how to talk. He makes up his own words too, airplane is "po" and he can say "hi" really well. He is still doing a lot of grunting/ yelling when excited and he has his own little language that sounds a little like chinese! He understands everything we say, and he'll bring us a specific toy/object if we ask him to so I know he will be a big talker in just a matter of time.

PLAYING: He will gravitate towards one specific toy and play with it for several days and then move onto the next. Right now he is loving pushing his walker all around. He gets so mad/frusturated when he can't fit it through a tight space like between the kitchen table and wall. He also loves to kiss the dishwasher. He can see his reflection in it since it's black and there are always mouth marks on it, haha!

PROBLEMS: He has started hitting other kids! It's so awful, I get so embarrassed but I know he is not doing it to be mean, it's just his way of trying to say hi or play with them. I just read a good article online about it here which had some helpful ideas and explained the reasoning behind his behavior. So, I'm sorry in advance to all our future play date buddies and moms, I am working on it with him!!

FUNNY/ CUTE THINGS: Sunday, when he was sitting in his high chair eating breakfast, I was standing next to him, and he kept trying to feed cheerios to my belly! Makes me think he knows there is a little someone in there :) I've been trying to tell him that his baby sister is in mommy's tummy and point to my belly and say "Baby Claire" but I don't think he really gets it yet. Maybe when my tummy starts getting bigger and he can feel the kicks. He LOVES to dance, and he dances like no baby I've ever seen!!! The way he moves his hips is absolutely hysterical! He also dances in the car and has some sweet hand movements!! Also, if me and Chad are laughing about something, he will chime right in, so cute!!!

Busting a move for everyone at Chad's birthday dinner

Eating some "Sghetti"

Graham and our friends baby Corbin

Graham and his cousin Jaxson

Trying to steal some of Jaxson's birthday presents

Visiting his Grandma and Pepaw

Hanging out with his cousin Charlotte

Still loves playing basketball

Loves drinking out of water bottles. Getting a sip from Gamme, Chad's Grandmother

Hanging out with Gamme. We had Gamme and Chad's Dad over for dinner for their birthdays last month.