Friday, September 27, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 27 Weeks

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

27 Weeks

Sweet boy-

I keep counting the weeks until you are here; 3 months left still which is so hard to imagine.  I cannot help but think about the day you will arrive--will we be frantically running to the hospital and worrying about having all our things? Will it be calmer and more planned? Will we have the quiet delivery I wanted for your brother but didn't get? More than anything I don't want to feel rushed; I want to savor the beauty of your birth. I love you so much, so much my whole soul aches for your arrival. Come to me safely my sweet. Safely and with many blessings into our arms.

Love, 
Mommy

Likes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Egg rolls

Changes
  • Sunday after church I felt a muscle rip off my lower right rib. Luckily I was sitting down or I probably would have collapsed. I had tears running down my face, it was excruciating. It's bothered me on and off since then, I keep feeling him push that muscle and it strains again. I keep waking up with lower abdominal pain, which I expect, but the rib pain is awful. 
  • He moves around even when I'm moving around and standing up. I end up holding my belly like I remember doing those last few weeks with Lloyd, just for support or my muscles ache. Thirteen more weeks, how???? 
  • If we eat out, my hands and feet swell up like crazy. So I guzzle water, which makes my muscles hurt until I go to the bathroom, and it's a crazy cycle. I really hope I can wear my rings as long as possible. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 26 Weeks

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

26 Weeks

Sweet boy-

I love all your movements. You aren't very cramped in there yet and you make use of all the corners. I keep expecting to see definitive limbs crawling across my skin, so far it's been too hard to tell. Although I can tell once your feet get going because they feel so different and tiny pushing on me. It is difficult to sit for long periods of time because you get really pushy and my muscles start to cramp and Braxton Hicks bother us both.  I have started piecing together your room and special things. I am looking forward to having it all put together. So many little things to get ready. 

Love,
Mommy

Dislikes
  • Chicken
  • BBQ
Likes
  • Banana Bread
  • Candy Corn
  • JalapeƱo "Poppers"
  • Iced Mocha (decaf)
  • Nutella
Changes
  • It is already hard to breathe if I sit for too long. Just like with Lloyd, people already say how "lucky" I am to be tall and have "so much room". But all it really means is that my babies don't curl up until the very end when their luxury accommodations are finally at a limit. I have the same dang number of internal organs people! This baby feels so big in there, but everyone thinks so the further along they get. Even maternity pants aren't comfortable by the end of the day; I'm already camped out in yoga pants by dinner. 
  • There is such a thing as anal incontinence. I didn't really have a problem with urinary incontinence with Lloyd and haven't with this one either. But ... Yuck. Thanks to a lifetime of GI issues and hemorrhoids, I guess I can add this secret pregnancy side-effect to my list. Hurl.
  • While my weight gain is steady it seems so slow still. 14 weeks left and I have got to put on some serious weight soon. Most have the opposite problem but for those who struggle, it is a frustrating battle. I have zero appetite and force feeding yourself is agonizing at every single meal, it is literally a battle of wills to sit and force bite after bite down. Three to four times a day. Every day. With minimal results. It was annoying with Lloyd but eventually the weight flooded on. Then breast-feeding brought a massive hunger. Yet another reason labor is the best part. I love delivery. :)
  • My feet have started to swell a little by the end of the day. Just enough that I can feel how tight the skin is and it's yuck. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Few Precious Weeks

In just, what are really, a few more weeks this little person will be a big brother.  I had tears running down my face this afternoon after he crawled in bed with me during my nap and fell asleep.  It was all I could do to bury my face in his sweet neck and hold on tight. These precious moments are passing too quickly; this baby of mine grows up too fast and it is about to get exponentially more grown-up once we add a new baby to his life.

I have sibling guilt I guess. We knew we wanted more, prayed and prayed, but simultaneously I feel so guilty taking away from it just being the 3 of us.  He was our first blessing.  My tiny little baby.  Now he'll be a big brother and it won't just be the tiny family that he made us into.  This little child made us a family.  Sometimes I can truly see how some can stop at 1; but for us, we feel incomplete as a whole.  Even though it is hard to turn his world around.  I just wish he was old enough to really remember our time as just a family of 3.  Because it has been so incredible.

He's going to be such a wonderful big brother. He kisses Baby A all the time, hugs my belly, asks me if Baby A kicks me when I have that "ouch child, not the ribs" look on my face.  He's so sensitive, so loving, so empathetic that I know he was meant to be the oldest.  But it still breaks my heart.  

Looks like I have some special "mommy and me" and "daddy and me" days to plan before little man arrives.  That and to finally work on the presents Baby A will be "giving" him in the hospital.  Boy are they cute once I get them done. 

Sweet boy, still don't grow up too fast. You will always be my baby. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 25 Weeks

Wednesday, September 11. 2013

Dear Baby A-

I am exhausted!!  You are moving non stop! I keep expecting to see a little foot fly by on my belly but so far just big bumps.  Sleeping is uncomfortable because you push really hard the second I lay down.  I spent the last 4 days painting: first priming your baseboards, then painting them, then priming and painting your brothers, then painting your remaining wall.  But now I can start decorating! The fun part! Daddy got your carseat and other random items out of the attic so they have time to air out.  I am so ready to see the room start to look finished so I can put you in it.  I really am looking forward to being in the hospital with you, feeling you come out and hearing you cry, holding you on my chest, and seeing your beautiful precious face.  Keep getting chunky in there!

Love, 

Momma

Dislike
  • Chicken
Like
  • Candy Corn
  • Banana bread
  • Hummus with Carrots
  • Pot Pie
  • Fruit - Peaches, Nectarines, Plums




Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lloyd's First Day of Preschool

I know some people think it's bizarre that we have put Lloyd in a 2-day a week preschool at our church.  Here's my answer: at 2 years old our son is desperate for more learning and interaction.  He does so much better with it. He looks forward to it and enjoys it immensely.  He is a 2 year old boy, he needs to start learning how to sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher now so we don't have the "do we hold him back? do we chance it?" problem.  

So here is my little goob, didn't even care that I left (obviously, see photo #3).


So far, the most challenging thing is what to pack for lunch and nap time there totally screws with our day.  But yay, he's loving it already.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 24 Weeks

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

24 Weeks

Dear sweet Baby A-

This week we have both been able to gain a bit of weight I think.  My muscles are feeling really strained by night time and my belly looks massive to me all of a sudden.  You have been getting the hiccups fairly regularly in the morning and your shoulders (I think) have a tendency to jab my bladder each time you jolt.  It sure makes it interesting!  Your Daddy loves rubbing my belly every chance he has, your brother talks to you and gives you sweet kisses all day, and I love rubbing you as you move around in there.  We had a good doctors appointment this week and everything looks normal, as long as I can put on more weight (what a uncommon struggle that is!).  We were told to think about taking you a week early, but I am pretty uncomfortable with that at the moment.  With the holidays and your size, I think it would make a lot of people more comfortable but I do not want to rush you out before your time.  Even though I dream constantly of the day when you will be here and I can hold you.  Your quilt is even done; how much I look forward to wrapping you snugly in it.  

Love,
Mommy

Dislikes
  • Chicken
  • BBQ

Likes
  • Banana Bread
  • Fruit
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Marshmallows
  • Butternut Squash

Changes
  • I've been getting nose bleeds for about 2 weeks now.  Every few mornings I wake up with one usually, although today I had one driving Lloyd to preschool.  They're usually mild but a few have been of decent length.  So annoying.
  • My OB had to put me on a medicine for a bacterial infection she didn't feel comfortable swabbing me for but I had come/go symptoms of since my last appointment.  Since they can lead to pre-term labor it's mostly precautionary, but the side effects are terrible! I have had metal mouth all week; it tastes like a jar of pennies in my mouth no matter what I eat or drink and water just makes it worse.  Plus dry mouth! The combination is disgusting.  Today is my last day of the medicine and I'm so ready! Yuck!