Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Biting the Tail: Conversations with Lloyd

So yesterday after picking Lloyd up from school he wanted to finish his graham cracker bunnies from snack time. So I buckle him in, hand him the bag, and off we go. Not 3 minutes into the drive home and he's talking non-stop so I'm half paying attention trying to get onto the highway. Until I hear this:

"Momma!! I gunna bite the butt."
"What Lloyd?"
"Eat the butt! I eat the butt!"

So I glance behind me and, sure enough, he's holding the bunny graham by its head and the butt is gone. He's smiling like a maniac. 

"Oh, Ok Lloyd. You eating the Bunny's butt? Does it taste good?"
"Yup. I like bunnies for snack."

More chatter. Then:

"Momma.... Can I eat the bunny's tail too?"
"You betcha! Go ahead bubba."
"Ok, thanks Mom."

Where do they get this stuff???? Haha! I was shaking with laughter! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 31 weeks

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

31 Weeks

Sweet boy-

You are a movin' and a shakin' in there. Yipes!! You finally seem to be curling up, although you still can turn yourself around too much for my comfort. I'm fairly certain you're head-down but it is so hard to tell! I caught a pretty bad cold from your brother this week that has be laid up coughing, sneezing, and generally feeling pretty "punk" as your Grammy used to say. Hopefully we can get over it without needing meds, I'm hoping we will turn the page soon. I'm drinking lots to keep you hydrated, so I'm sure you have no idea what is going on out here. I also started washing and putting your things away. Made me feel good to do that. 

We can't wait to hold you,


  • Ginger ale
  • Banana Bread
  • Grapes
  • I have hit the "water wall": aka water is no longer doing it for me and I'm forcing it down. I hate to drink too much juice and crap but hydration is hydration. And as we learned with Lloyd, dehydration can toss some too-early contractions your way. So with this awful cold I'm indulging in ginger ale a lot this week. 
  • My skin is looking very stretched these days. I waddle if I have to move around when he gets really low. Everything is happening so soon. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 30 Weeks

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

30 Weeks

Sweet Boy-

This week has been so super busy with different things you have been great letting me do so much, but by the end of the day boy are my bones tired!  These Braxton Hicks continue to bother me mostly at night and when I've been walking around a lot, but not more than they should.  The doctor said everything looks good and nothing is wrong with how things are going so that is always nice to hear. We did come up with an official plan for your birth this week and she was relieved that we were all on board with the same ideas.  Everyone seems to be worried about your size and I just do not really care; you will be here when you get here, and nothing is going to change how big or small you will be anyway.  I am very confident in my body's ability to get you out, so it is just a waiting game now mostly.  Your brother tells you to go to "time out" quite frequently when you kick Momma; I think you are going to give him a run for his money, I cannot wait to see it.

Love always,

  • Banana Bread
  • Peaches
  • Pears 
  • Apples with Cheddar Cheese
  • The OB said everything I'm feeling from the pressure in my pelvis to intense BH contractions is totally normal for a second pregnancy.  Reassuring but not encouraging for the next 10 weeks.  
  • Heartburn is finally here.  Yuck.  

Friday, October 11, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 29 Weeks

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

29 Weeks

Sweet Baby A,

Can you just chill? Like a little? Maybe just for an afternoon? It would be awesome if that could happen because WOW, your feet are all over the place! When I have Bracton Hicks I also feel your tiny shoulders bear down deep into my pelvis now; it is a challenge every day to not get overwhelmed with how fast this seems to go with you. Yet it seems so slow too, like you will always be cramped in my belly forever. We have such a relatively small amount of time left like this and I wish I was enjoying it more. I feel you all day and all day I just dream of the moment you are here. These coming weeks are so full of things I know they will fly past. I shamefully hope they do because then we will be closer to having you home my sweet sweet boy. Keep cooking but know I am waiting for you to come home to me. 

A lifetime of love,

  • Peaches
  • Meatloaf
  • Potatoes
  • Ginger Molases Cookies
  • So much pressure in my pelvis during Braxton Hicks. Definitely adding it to my list of OB questions. It's impossible to move until they're over. Uh oh.
  • Glucose test came back perfect but iron was barely below the minimum. Took the iron pills for 4 days (with a stool softener each day) and still my stomach and intestines were beyond irritated. And re-tore the hemorrhoid from last week. So screw that. It was 0.2 points bellow the minimum, I'll just add more red meat and iron rich foods in as much as I can. Those pills were awful. These hemorrhoids are bad; I better not have to push for 3 hours again or I'm going to need a proctologist more than my OB to stitch me back up. Holy crap (pun intended). 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Baby Diary Take Two: 28 Weeks

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Sweet pea-

Big boy! We are in the last trimester and I wonder daily if we will make it all the way to our due date. I am so wildly uncomfortable and you are so large I find it difficult to believe. Breathing is hard, you put pressure on my pelvis that makes me waddle, my muscles ache, but still you grow and I hold you safely inside. I feel independent body parts all day and can tell exactly where you are at all times. I swear I even saw the side of your foot swipe across my abdomen once. We have much to do over these last few weeks, and I will be so grateful to finally have things ready and to be finished. There's not much to do but enough that I still have a decent sized list for your Daddy. So many cute things await you.

We love you,


  • Grilled Cheese
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Pumpkin Muffins

  • I am increasingly out of breath doing even the simplest things. I have pain in my pelvis from his upper body settling down too. This happened so much later with Lloyd. 
  • My doctors appointment went well and I gained the right amount of weight (+6! Yay!). My regular nurse was out sick and the temp one that was there measured me differently and commented on my size. My OB didn't say anything because I think we all expect me to measure big since he has measured big from all the sonograms and, as she always laughs, "we know you just make big babies". I'm also assuming I passed my glucose test, despite almost throwing up on the nurse, because I haven't gotten a call to come take the 3 hour. Now I go every 2 weeks which is so great. Pregnant ladies live for our OB appointments! I forgot to ask when she'll check the heart again to see if the defect is gone, it's always in the back of my mind. Fingers crossed. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Big Brother Talks

Today after bible study Lloyd and I had this conversation after I had to push on my belly to get baby A out of my ribs so I could even bend over to unbuckled Lloyd's car seat. Totally cracked me up! 

Lloyd: A---- kicking mommy?
Me: Yes it hurts.
Lloyd (to the belly): A----! Bad choice!!! No kick! Bad choice!!!
Me: You're right! He shouldn't kick mommy! 
Lloyd: Time out? A---- time out, bad choices! 

Can you tell what we were telling him and where he spent a lot of time yesterday? Haha. We have had some regular 2-year old behavior issues (aka not listening) following what we are thinking was a minor gluten exposure (bad behavior, then no eating followed by stomach cramps and bad diarrhea). Today has already been remarkably better following the diarrhea so it must be almost out of his system. It's amazing how much just a small exposure turns this boy into a different child. There are so many skeptics out there but if you are an attentive parent and take the trouble to have a child diagnosed instead of writing a half dozen symptoms off as independent, the chances are truly remarkable. 

So glad to have my sweet, happy, fun boy back. We have learned our lesson: Lloyd now has his own jar of peanut butter. Coach made the one time mistake of spreading his gluten bread sandwich pb second after the jelly and just that little bit of cross-contamination was enough. Not enough to cause all the bloody stools, debilitating craps, bleeding rash, vomiting, and bloody stools we had a few weeks ago from a massive exposure. But bad enough to change his behavior. 

He's going to be the best big brother. Rocks his baby doll in Baby A's rocker, puts him in the car seat, changes his diaper, try's to nurse him (haha!), and readys him stories. It's so sweet to watch. We will have our challenges ahead, but this boy is going to be great. I can't wait to watch them grow together. :)