Thursday, August 29, 2013

Crazy Pregnancy Brain

Pregnancy brain is a real and scary thing. So is nesting. And the nesting bug has hit. Here's what I did this morning:
  • Started diapers
  • Got Lloyd up and breakfasted
  • Put diapers out to dry
  • Stripped the bed, changed the sheets, put sheets in the dryer
  • Baking soda carpets in A's room and Lloyd's room--vinegar'd the stains
  • Put sheets in dryer, quilt in washer with bath mat
  • Vacuumed carpets (yuck!)
  • Mopped up bathrooms
  • Quilt in dryer, mat outside, and dog blanket in washer
  • Put my clothes away and tidied up Lloyd's closet
  • Get Lunch cooking and enjoy sitting with Lloyd as he demolishes his lunch
  • Get blanker in the dryer and quilt on the bed
  • Off to Costco!

I was exhausted but it felt good to get all that done. Lloyd was great and was very helpful and playful all morning--enabling me to actually get that all done. But after dinner was a hilarious chain of mental events that Coach was rolling his eyes at.
  1. Thinking about birthday cake and how yummy the one I'm going to get is going to be.
  2. Start thinking about how easy it would probably be to make a gluten free angel food cake--the cake we always had growing up.
  3. Thinking about how Lloyd can't have it and what I would do about all the left over egg yolks.
  4. Think about making him pudding.
  5. Get out of bed and start making pudding.
  6. Notice how nasty the vent grate is on our stove and how I wish it came off. 
  7. Figured out how to take it off. Put it in the sink with soap and boiling water. Scrub.
  8. Continue mixing pudding.
  9. Spray down stove and scrub off grease from grate.
  10. Finish pudding.
  11. Leave grate to soak overnight.
  12. Ignore husbands rolling eyes.
  13. Eat pudding.

Haha. Oh pregnancy!

Baby Diary Take Two: 23 Weeks

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

23 Weeks

Dear Sweet Pea, 

Cozy? Comfortable?  You seem like it.  You wake up mostly at night now to do your exercising and wow do you move.  I guess it is finally quiet and peaceful so you don't know what else to do but play around.  I know you will understand your Daddy and I, but will you also recognize your brother's voice? He loves to pat you and kiss my belly; "kiss baby" he says.  I cannot wait to see you both together, it is something I have looked forward to since the very beginning.  I feel larger by the day so you must be getting larger too.  It is hard for me to believe that you will be here in just a few months now, we are even almost through with the second trimester. I am already looking forward to going to the doctor every two weeks.  There is so much to get done but I know it will all happen. I am looking forward to washing all your things and getting your room ready. I will feel much better seeing all your tiny clothes waiting for you.  Daddy loves to rub my big belly now, I hope you can feel all our love in there.  

Many kisses,
Mommy

Dislikes
  • Leftovers
  • BBQ (the smell still makes me gag!)
Likes
  • Fruit
  • Raspberry hand pies with vanilla ice cream
  • Salt, on everything
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Cinnamon raisin toast
  • Sloppy Joes
Changes
  • I was doing really well with the weight gain (up 6 pounds! yay) until the middle of the week and all food at lunch and dinner just seemed ick.  Making lunch is awful and I have no motivation to cook dinner.  Going out isn't even appetizing.  So frustrating.  So I'm back down to only +4lbs.  Just in time for my OB appointment this week though. I have got to gain more! This is so frustrating, I hate having to force food down all day long.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 22 Weeks

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

22 Weeks

Sweet boy-

Comfy in there are we?  You kicking fool!  All night long you roll around and kick me, boy you are strong already!  I keep wondering just how big you will be when you come out of there--it makes me excited! I hope you have dark hair like your brother and I, and those light eyes of your Daddy--but there's always a chance you could be a little blond baby.  What will you look like?  Huh?  I wonder. Genetics is a funny thing.  It has been an exhausting week, for some reason I cannot get enough sleep.  I am totally pooped by lunch time.  We even had a reprieve from the heat so I can't blame it on 100 degree temperatures right now.  Although it will be hot again soon, do not let Texas fool you.  I have so much to do for your arrival, I really do need to start checking things off my list.  Daddy is back in football though so it has been hard to get much done between being so tired and your brother, but I try to make time every day to get something done that will allow me to get your room ready.  You have so much stuff already piled up in there! Exciting!

Love,
Momma

Likes
  • Blueberries
  • My mom's banana bread (GF)
  • Cranberry juice
  • Cafe Mocha's (sad panda)
  • Homemade sloppy joes




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Funny Boy

Is my kid the only one who has days when he is an absolute riot from sun up to sun down? Seriously, he's killing it today. Here's a selection:

Get home from Spouts, I am cooking lunch so we sit down on the couch to cool off. He launches himself up and starts frantically pulling his pants down.
Lloyd: "Momma, done wit pants."
Momma: "ok hold on and come here, you still have shoes on. Can you get it off by yourself?"
Lloyd: completely frantic "MOMMA!!! Done wit PANNNNTTTTSSSSSSSS!!!"
Like I'm torturing him with them. Weird naked child! 

As we are getting in bed from choosing our nap time book:
Lloyd: BURP "'scuse me's"
Mommy: suppressing laughter
Lloyd: "wanna cuddah. Lay momma's arm" lays down "Cuddah on mommahs boobies."
Momma: eye roll. Curses Coach silently.

I woke up from falling asleep next to him (hello, pregnant). He rolls over:
Lloyd: "...More fries" burrows face in pillow

P.S. 'Fries' consists of any toasted vegetable in stick shape. Although today they were sweet potatoes with lunch. 

What a guy. So funny!

Gluten Free Banana Bread

So my mom's banana bread is ridiculous.  It's not very healthy, but it's so good. I'd found a good eggless blueberry bread that I make for Lloyd with banana's (and is good), I still really wanted some of my Mom's.  So I converted it to Gluten Free and (woohooo!) it worked!!! And it even, which is unusual for gluten free, browned and got a crispy crust on it. The ultimate victory!

And am I the only one who thinks of this when they say ridiculous:
Sooooo anywho sorry for being off topic and here is the recipe, printable follows.

Gluten Free Banana Bread

1 ¼ c Gluten Free AP Flour
1 c Sugar
Dash of salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Xantham Gum
½ c Oil
3 Small Bananas (or 1 c puree)
2 Eggs

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix dry ingredients in bowl.  Mix oil in until combined, add bananas and well-beaten eggs.  Bake 40 – 45 minutes in a greased bread pan, until top is  browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.




Monday, August 19, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 21 Weeks

We are all caught up after this post!  This week will mark the beginning of my 22nd Week of pregnancy, so this is my last "catch-up" post!  I'll try to post between Wednesday and Friday of each week now, so lets get started!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

21 Weeks

Dear Sweet Boy-

You have managed to flip yourself around a few times but it is hard to tell if you stay that way.  It is nice to have my belly button jabbed with your feet instead of my bladder, that is for sure!  You are so active I love it; you may never understand fully how wonderful it is to have you be so movement-oriented during this pregnancy.  Do you know how much I need that every day to remind me you are OK?  We have less than 5 months left until you come and I am going to start getting things ready for you in the next few weeks.  It will be much easier once your big brother goes to school, but the baby quilt I made you sits by my bed at the moment and I look at it with big smiles thinking of wrapping your tiny little person inside of it this winter.  There are so many things I cannot wait to experience with you.  Keep cookin'.

Love, 
Momma

Likes
  • Rice Krispies
  • Ice cream cake
  • Fresh tomato salad
  • Nectarines
  • Almost anything spicy
  • Homemade peppermint patties

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 20 Weeks

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

20 Weeks

Sweet boy,

Oh my darling, I adore you.  Despite this being a troubling week for us as a pair, I feel immensely sure we will make it together. We are half way now, only the big and heavy parts really remain--you get heavy and I get big.  Your feet are still down and you make it uncomfortable with those Feet of Furry going all day every day.  I am looking forward to when you flip around and those feet are just busting my ribs (never thought I would say that!) because you keep kicking my crotch and bladder.  You are going to be pretty unhappy in there when you eventually run out of room. This week also marked, finally, some small weight gain! Hurray! I need to keep that up to make sure you have plenty of nutrients to draw from now and after you are born.  

Love always,
Mommy

Dislikes
  • Goat Cheese
Likes
  • Mineral water with lime
  • Iced Mocha
  • Refried beans
  • Rice Krispie Treats
Changes
  • This little guy is infinitely more active than his brother.  His kicking jolts me and is uncomfortable already, I am afraid for when he gets some weight behind those limbs. I had some contaminated food and he barely moved for 2 days, terrifying, but yet another sign to us that my Celiac diagnosis deeply effected all our pregnancies.  I am now even more paranoid about all these diet restrictions. If you can imagine.
  • I put 2 pounds on! For me this is a massive victory, especially considering I had 15 to struggle to gain back from morning sickness.  I'm exceedingly worried about gaining more than enough for not just now but maintaining a steady weight after the birth with breast feeding and a restricted diet. I lost so rapidly with Lloyd that it almost effected my milk a few times, so I'm a bit concerned preemptively--as usual.
  • The perinatologist was unable to clear the heart defect they viewed at the 19 week standard ultrasound. My OB believes it will go away, but if it doesn't it could be a soft marker for 2 different issues.  So we continue to pray for a healthy baby.  Nerve wracking at first but now we are just hoping it solves itself as most do, we are told.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 19 Weeks

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

19 Weeks

Sweet boy,

Boy did you give us a good look at all your tiny parts at our big ultrasounds this week! We got to see your feet, your hands, and your beautiful face.  Last time you looked just like your big brother but now I am not quite sure you will have your Daddy's head or chin! I guess we will just have to wait and see! You are already measuring big, no surprise there, and wiggly.  You kicked the ultrasound wand so hard it jumped on my belly--Daddy even saw it and laughed. You are so incredibly strong, you bounce around like on a trampoline all day.  I look forward to it every morning and you wake up every afternoon very active.  After seeing your hands and feet moving around all I could do was think about holding you in my arms; I am looking forward to labor and meeting you.  I hope you are too, I feel like you're going to get cramped in there really soon!
Love you so much,

Momma

Likes

  • Smoked oysters
  • Nectarines
  • Mineral/Sparkling water
  • Fuzzy Tacos
Changes

  • Our OB appointment was wonderful with the long ultrasound.  I cannot wait for him to be here. But they couldn't clear his heart so we had to go to the perinatologist later in the week for a Level 2 u/s.
  • This little boy uses my uterus as a trampoline, my goodness! Lloyd was never this bouncy! It startles me constantly but I live for those movements, I'm so glad he's active.  But I'm worried about when he's bigger and cramped--it's going to be uncomfortable for both of us for sure! Especially if he's even bigger than Lloyd. Yikes.




Monday, August 12, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 18 Weeks

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

18 Weeks

Sweet boy-

This week has been plenty busy for everyone and it seems to have come and gone almost before I could write to you.  Daddy is done with summer break this week and we had a lot to do around the house so I can start really preparing for your arrival.  In the next few weeks we will probably start getting your furniture back down from the attic and out of your brothers room.  I am very ready to start cleaning and putting the clothes we have for you away and ready.  I also got more fabric to make the blanket we will bring you home from the hospital in.  Nesting is real and it was making me crazy to not at least be starting to get ready.  I already have piles of things ready for you!

Love,
Momma

Dislikes
  • Chicken
  • Fish
Likes
  • Tomatoes with basil and olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Mexican food
  • Refried beans
  • Mineral water
  • Grilled Brie and orange marmalade sandwiches
Changes
  • I am finally able to use conditioner on my hair again, it has been so greasy thus far.  However, my scalp became ultra sensitive and I had to change to a natural, essential oil based shampoo to keep from scratching my head like someone who has lice. Agony!
  • Belly grew again and my muscles are not happy about it. I have a lot of sharp and stabbing lower round ligament pain all day. If I twist or bend I can (literally) feel the muscles pull away from the cartilage.  This is scaring me for when it's closer to the end.
  • ABC is far more bouncy than his brother was in utero.  Lloyd mostly slid around and flailed limbs once he ran out of room. This kid is on a trampoline in there.  Keeps jolting me! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 17 Weeks

Wednesday, June 17, 2013

17 Weeks

Sweet boy-

You are really busy in there! I've already felt you move against my hand and so has Daddy! That is incredible! I feel you on and off all day, every day--even when just walking around some times. You are getting really big, your movements make you feel like a real baby is growing! You bounce around a lot then just kind of slide around; you are going to hate being cramped in there in just a few months! We have gone swimming a lot this week to beat the heat and it makes this growing belly less heavy.  It is a wonderful feeling, I can't wait to take you swimming next summer. You will love spending time in the water! 

Love,
Mommy

Dislikes
  • Chicken
  • BBQ
Likes
  • Fresh tomatoes with basil and oil
  • Smoked oysters
  • Mineral water
  • Refried beans
Changes
  • The little guy moves so much! Lloyd mostly did what I always described as "body surfing my uterus", this baby bounces around a lot. And then will suddenly slam up against my uterus so hard my skin starts to pull; this is what Jon was able to feel so soon!
  • If I walk too much the muscles feel so strained already, by the end of the day I'm in excruciating pain and hobbling around.  I really didn't know I was in such poor shape! And I still am 7 pounds down!
  • Still zero appetite, making getting this weight back on awful.  Not to mention frustrating.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 16 Weeks

Wednesday, June 10, 2013

16 Weeks

My sweet boy-

Growing again are we? Your momma is BEAT at the end of the day.  Add some pretty awful nightmares giving me fitful nights and its been a rough week.  My muscles are also really straining again, which is about right according to the books--you really start growing these next few weeks.  I've been able to put a few pounds back on (finally) and so I am sure that it is all related.  I've also noticed that if I do not wear my all-stars or running shoes with my orthotics, my hips and back are feeling broken by the end of the day--which is hard in the heat we have been having.  So I wear shoes even just around the house. You are going to give me a run for my money later on, you are already bouncing around a lot in your temporary home.  Once those limbs are bigger my ribs are going to be in trouble, but I love it.  Keep kicking!

Love,
Mommy

Dislikes

  • Goat Cheese 

Likes

  • Nectarines
  • Chai Tea (although I can't have a whole glass, too much caffeine)
  • Orange Juice
  • Cucumbers with Balsamic Vinegar

Monday, August 5, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 15 Weeks

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

15 Weeks

Bambino-

You must be growing because I am sick again, not as bad as a few weeks ago though, and my abdominal muscles are really painful as they stretch to accommodate you.  The few pounds I had managed to gain back have partially slipped away which is so defeating because I was working so hard for each one of them.  We told much of the extended family about your arrival and so many people are excited to meet you.  You are so loved and prayed for.  I hope you know that.  Just one little favor? Please come on your own, we don't want to force you out--that is not fun for anyone. Just something to think about for the next 25 weeks!  I also started to feel you move occasionally, which I love.  I feel you the most as I put your brother down to sleep--I love to think you are enjoying the books with us.  I think of you all day my sweet.

Love,
Momma

Dislikes
  • BBQ
  • Katsup
  • Meat
  • Grease of/on anything
Likes
  • Pancakes
  • Bagels with butter
  • Orange Juice

Friday, August 2, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 14 Weeks

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

14 Weeks

We made it to the second trimester! This is so incredible my darling! We have prayed so hard for this!  We had a sonogram at the beginning of this week and found out you are a little boy! Just like Momma felt from the beginning.  I am so excited to have a house full of boys, I adore being a boy mom! Your little profile already looks like the little baby you are becoming, you have your Daddy's head!  I hope you get my hair color and your Dad's eyes--it is such a beautiful combination! Papa is already planning his first hunting trip with you, are you excited?

Kisses a plenty,
Momma

Dislikes
  • The smell of charcoal BBQ (still).
  • Lunch in general
Likes
  • Pancakes
  • JalapeƱo poppers. Yummmm