Thursday, January 8, 2015

31 weeks...holy crap! How is this happening so fast?


 
30 weeks + 6 days

31 weeks + 1 day

What Fruit are you? We were a cucumber last week and a pineapple this week.  How she went from a skinny cucumber to a pineapple I will never know, but there you have it. The infinite wisdom at The Bump tells me she is 15.2-16.7 inches long and weighs between 2.5 and 3.8 pounds at this point.
Due date:  March 10, 2015 - technically my ultrasound dates it at March 11 but I keep the March 10 date.
How far along: 31 weeks + 2 days
Gender:  Still a girl!
Total weight gain/loss:  Up to 166 at the doctor's office.  Lost 2 pounds at my last appointment and gained them back at the one I went to yesterday.Stretch marks: Knock on wood, but nothing yet.  Still don't have the black line down the belly this time either.  It staying that way is probably too much to ask for at this point.
Swelling: Nothing significant.Maternity clothes: It's FREEZING here and we had a 2 hour delay at school today because it was so cold.  I'm getting real tired of all my maternity clothes at this point but I refuse to buy anything else because we only have 9 weeks or less to go.  Also, who do they make maternity clothes for? Clearly not pregnant women, because my belly hangs out the bottom of so many of my shirts now.Belly button: Ira loves to poke at it because it's so far out...he loves the "baby button."Sleep: Pretty good lately - Ira gave me several GLORIOUS mornings of sleeping past 8 over break as well as today so that's been great.Food cravings:  I have really been wanting pizza lately!Symptoms:  Slight heartburn but I haven't even taken Zantac this time.  I swear her foot got caught on my ribs the other night as I was repositioning myself on the couch, which was an odd feeling.  Other than that, nothing major at all.  Just can't see anything at all below my belly.Movement: She is really active at night, not nearly so much during the day, which probably means I need to start praying that she will ever sleep at night once she is born.  She does give me some big flips and rolls during one period in the afternoon but otherwise she's extremely quiet during the day.  What I miss:  Being able to reach my toes in order to paint them.What I’m loving:  Not having to be at work this morning until 10:30 and hoping to have another day of the same tomorrow.  I can do this 10:30-4 schedule!What I’m looking forward to: Honestly? Maternity leave and meeting this little girl.  I still love being pregnant so I don't want to wish it away but it's different this time because I already have Ira at home and I know what it's like to be home with a baby.  I am ready to do that again!Big bro pic of the week: 
Ira at the park over Christmas break - you know it's cold when Ira actually agrees to wear a hat, because that usually ain't happening!

My child covered in chocolate pudding pouch, surrounded by empty fruit snack wrappers, talking on the spaghetti box phone in Walmart.  Whatever it takes.

We will count Peggy as the big sister of the week...I set up the swing this week because I want the new and shiny to wear off of it before we actually have to use it with a real baby and Ira turns it into a carnival ride for her.  Peggy has sniffed it thoroughly and now she guards it like a baby will appear there at any moment.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

28 Weeks Today...Hello Third Trimester!

Excuse my crazy hair...it's pouring out and also I slept on wet hair.  It's the week before Christmas break, people.  Let's just be happy I'm at work.

28 Weeks With Ira...and apparently this is my "first day of first tri shirt" because it happens be what I wore today too! Crazy!

Marination Time: 28 weeks today and officially into the third trimester.  I'm so sad this pregnancy is coming to a close! Slow down, time!!!!

Feeling: Great since I passed my GD test....but I'm still spot checking my blood sugar and following the diet because I don't want this baby to get any bigger.  Ira actually lifted my shirt the other day, patted my belly and said "Francie big girl!" Thanks, buddy.  Thanks.  

Cravings: Cravings aren't too bad, and so far I'm not having TOO hard of a time following the GD diet.  I'm sure it will be tough at Christmas but I'll make it.  

#2 Compared to #1: Actually looking pretty similar if you ask me, though if anyone else tells me I look bigger this time, I might cut them.

Movement: Feeling kicks more up high now, under my rib cage like Ira used to do.  Hoping that's a good sign that she's moving toward being head down.

Sleep: Well, when my weirdo weenie dog Peggy Sue doesn't wake up with barking and growling while laying on my chest, I do ok.  Also, Ira has taken to waking up some nights at 3, 4, or 5. Or even 6, which is actually the worst because then I never go back to sleep.  He will usually calm down and go back to sleep if I just tuck him back in, but I'm such a crappy sleeper that I can't go back to sleep and then I'm up half the darn night.

Highlight of the Week: It's almost Christmas break!!!!! Praise the Lord and hallelujah.

Big Bro Pic of the Week:
We went to see Santa at the Honeycutt Realty Christmas party...but Ira thinks Santa is a terrorist.  In fact, even getting a picture with Santa while also having me in the frame was not a possibility.  Being within 10 feet of Santa makes Ira feel like he needs to assault Santa.  Oh well, I decided it was probably more important to me than it was to him and let it go.  There's always next year!

Friday, November 14, 2014

24 Weeks

Hi, second child.  I'm sorry I have taken no pictures of you in my giant belly lately, nor have I updated the interwebs about your progress.  But I feel you in there, kicking and punching downward so that it feels like I might have a foot hanging out.  You are not forgotten!
{Planning to take a picture in a bit, but I know if I don't hit "post" now, it will never happen.}

24 weeks with Ira, for comparison purposes.  Apparently November is the month in which I paint my nails brown.  And also I'm regretting cutting my hair, now it's in this weird and awkward in between stage and I just want it to grow back out.  I miss ponytails.  #firstworldproblems
Marination Time: As of Tuesday, I'm 24 weeks.  I cannot BELIEVE we are over halfway to having this baby.
Feeling: A little heartburn-y but not terrible, sometimes limping a bit from the sciatic but not that often, and overall pretty good.  Getting a little anxious about the nursery/guest bedroom setup and how that's all going to work with the new cosleeper I bought off of a facebook yard sale group.  And how the entire room is just exploding in pink clothes and blankets that I need to organize.
Cravings: Nothing really lately, except just giving into whatever I feel like, such as the delicious piece of pumpkin cheesecake I had at lunch today.
#2 Compared to #1: Belly button is out at this point, just like last time.  I think things are honestly pretty similar, movement has gotten crazy except I feel her much lower a lot of times than I felt Ira.  And of course there's the issue that I had NO idea this baby was a girl.  I really thought we would have another boy.  But alas, the gender reveal party came along and we shot pink confetti out of a cannon and I almost fell over.  It took us a little while to come up with a girl name, along with me going through the entire family history of my mom's side of the family and then resorting to findagrave.com to come up with inspiration from all of the church graveyards in our part of the county.  All of those were met with a heartfelt "meh" on PB's part, so they were all scratched off the list.  We came back to Frances, which had always been my girl name, and if we weren't sold on it before, we definitely were after Ira started pointing to my belly and saying "Fwancie"...I die! 

Movement: I feel like I'm getting cervical checks from the inside.  Cut that out, Frances! It doesn't feel any better from the inside than the outside!

Sleep: Feeling good as long as I sleep in my own room/Frances' room.  PB's snoring is off the HOOK lately and I have no patience for my usual headphones + earplugs routine.  

Highlight of the Week: It continues to be rough times a bit around here with all my regular babysitters (i.e. Mimi and Nana) out of commission.  We are so blessed to have found a super sweet lady to take care of Ira and fill in those gaps but babysitter mornings always result in crying, screaming, and laying in the floor before we leave the house because he doesn't want to get up and moving and usually me being late to work.  Also PB has yet another ever-loving fire class, which always makes things triple hard because I don't have another set of hands on deck during the work week.  I am looking forward to maternity leave mainly because my schedule is going to be wide open and I will not have to pack bags, relocate babies, and hope I don't forget who has my child on any given day!

Big Bro Pic of the Week: Ira showing off those gap teeth before his second (much needed) haircut. He doesn't love it but he's ok if you let him play with the squirt bottle.  And he looks a heck of a lot better. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

19 Weeks!


The only photo I have at all from this time range is from wacky tacky day for spirit week.  So here you go, folks! 

What Fruit are you? 17 weeks was an onion, 18 was a sweet potato, and now baby is the size of a mango!
Due date:  March 10, 2015 
How far along: 19 Weeks + 1 day
Gender:  Well, we found out...and it's a.....wait for it....all the way at the bottom.....
Total weight gain/loss:  My scale is broken.  Probably due to my chunky thighs.  I have no desire to fix it.  So I have no idea. I don't wish to know.
Stretch marks: Nope but slathering up the belly in Palmer's, coconut oil, or whatever I can get my hands on.
Swelling: Wedding rings have gotten uber tight.
Maternity clothes: Loving maternity clothes, hating that we are still having 80 degree days in October because I'm burning up.
Belly button: Out! But there's still enough skin at the top part that you can't totally see it through my shirt yet.
Sleep: Trying to drink more water during the day so I'm not thirsty at 9pm, which means I drink 12 liters of water and then get up to go to the bathroom 17 times at night. If I succeed at that, I'm ok!
Food cravings:  Well, we have been planning a trip to the Renaissance Festival and went today, so that's had me with bread bowls on my mind.  I finally got my broccoli cheese bread bowl today!
Symptoms:  Both the headaches and the sciatica have subsided and the heartburn is minimal.  I just have lots of pressure if I stand up too long, like so much pressure I think I might need to check to make sure I don't have feet hanging out or something.  But overall I'm feeling great!
Movement: I feel very occasional flutters and flips, but maybe not even every day.  I have to lie down and be quiet or I usually don't feel much of anything.
What I miss:  Some muscadine wine would be lovely.
What I’m loving:  We put out the Halloween decorations yesterday and I'm so excited! My favorite holiday is on the way!!
What I’m looking forward to: Halloween...Ira is big enough to really "get it" more this year and I'm so excited for him.
Best moment this week: Things are still in a rough patch with Nana's health even though she's been home, and this week has been insanely busy with school stuff, taking Ira to the babysitter, and just trying to survive. BUT last week we did find out what this baby is!  Which was by far the best moment because I desperately needed to know.
So, now for the part you've all been waiting for...
It's a girl!!!!

All of the old wives' tales (for the most part) said boy, and I really have been feeling pretty much the same this pregnancy as last time.  Turns out that's just how I feel when pregnant with any baby, apparently, penis or no penis!

I almost fell over when we shot pink confetti out of that darn cannon, I had been so convinced it was another boy.  It definitely took me a full 48 hours or so for it to even sink in and to be honest sometimes it still hasn't.  I'm so excited but then part of me is a bit more anxious than I think I would have been if it was another boy because I would have felt like I already had all of this down pat.  But also? I love pink clothes.

Monday, September 29, 2014

16 Weeks

 Backyard Belly, September 16, 15+0

September 25, 16+2



September 29, 16 weeks 6 days
What Fruit are you? Baby is the size of an avocado this week!  (Last week it was a navel orange).
Due date:  March 10, 2015 
How far along:  16 weeks + 6 days 
Gender:  PB is still team blue.  I'm leaning more toward team blue but I can't name a boy to save my life.  I'm sorry baby.  You have no name.  Mama's trying. Promise.
Total weight gain/loss:  Think I'm up about 5 pounds, though I haven't weighed in a few days.  Started about 143, now I'm at 148.something.
Stretch marks: No, but still using Palmer's stretch mark cream religiously.
Swelling: None.  Wedding rings still fit.
Maternity clothes: Embracing the maternity stuff. Wondering why all pants don't have elastic waists.
Belly button: Popping out! It's popped out a lot in the last week but it isn't so bad yet that you can see it through my shirts.  Soon though.
Sleep: As long as PB is in the guest room or I'm in the guest room or PB is at work, I sleep great.  Like sleep-so-deep-you-don't-remember-where-you-are-when-you-wake-up deep. 
Food cravings:  Candy! All the candy.  Especially the fruity kind I love.  Fountain sodas.  I'm sorry baby.  *Guzzles more diet Pepsi.*
Symptoms:  No more headaches, knock on wood, but the dreaded pregnancy sciatica started rearing its ugly head yesterday.  Thankfully it seems calmer today (I guess because I've been sitting more at work than I was at home yesterday).  I know we aren't in the clear yet though.
Movement: I've only had 2 episodes of definite movement.  I had a bunch of movement right at 15 weeks but then nothing since then except one tiny little flutter.  This is a quiet baby!
What I miss:  Not a lot right now!
What I’m loving:  Ira is saying "truck" constantly.  But the "tr" sounds like an F.  No wait, it doesn't sound like it, it IS an "f" sound.  So when you ask him what daddy does and he says "Truck! Woowoowoowoo [siren noises]" it's pretty amazing.
What I’m looking forward to:  I NEED to find out.  Boy or girl.  Right this minute. (Not changing this answer from last week.  Still on my mind.  Can't even think about names til I know.  Have to know.)
Best moment this week: Nana has been in the hospital this week, so I won't lie, things have been a bit rough.  Ira misses Nana, I miss Nana, we all miss Nana taking care of us and I'm not even that good at taking care of me and Ira and PB so I feel like I can't do much for her.  But despite that, things have been okay.  She got out of the hospital after a week and is home now.  We went to see her the other day and Ira had a great time seeing the cows with Pa-Pa.  
[Insert obligatory weekly photo dump here]:

"Come, cows.  Treat, cows.  Moo, cows!"

Seeing Nana in the hospital.  Ira hearts Nana.

Ira also hearts Pa-Pa and nearly passed out while having his little hairless head rubbed.

Ira likes to put "face make" on Peggy while I get ready.  Peggy is amazingly tolerant of this.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

13/14 Weeks


Never let it be said that I only showed you my "highlight reel" and not the grungy, scary reality, because here it is folks.  13 weeks after a long day in the sketchy work bathroom.  

Perhaps we should start with the differences between baby 1 and baby 2.  Baby 1 - you get weekly updates complete with every burp, toot, and doctor's appointment.  Baby 2 - you maybe get one update a trimester (I'm sorry baby 2, I'm trying for you) and you barely remember your doctor's appointment because Baby 1 thought that either a) he was going to get a shot while you were there or b) they were going to kill mama and cart her away, never to be seen again.  So there was a lot of screaming and crying, despite PB's best efforts at distraction via fruit snacks.  

But now that we are past the "you don't really look pregnant, just maybe like you drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of pizza" stage, I'll try to be better about updating.  And remembering.  And not ignoring you, baby 2.  We do love you so! 

What Fruit are you? Baby is the size of a peach this week! Too bad my belly is MUCH LARGER than the size of a peach.
Due date:  March 10, 2015 
How far along:  14 weeks
Gender:  PB swears it's another boy because most of my symptoms have been extremely similar.  Me? I'm still leaning girl...but I'm much less convinced.  I don't know! I'd like another boy, honestly, but we will see on October 10!
Total weight gain/loss:  I've kind of yo-yoed in the past week but as of today, I'm up about 1.5 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight.
Stretch marks: No, but the belly has started itching from time to time so I busted out the Bio Oil and Palmer's Stretch Mark Cream.
Swelling: None.
Maternity clothes: Ohhhh are we ever in maternity.  I can still slide into non-maternity shirts but it just looks really weird and like I'm a big fatty so I prefer to wear the tighter maternity stuff at this point.  
Belly button: In for now.
Sleep: I've been passing out on the couch by 9pm.  It's really cut into my tv habit! So don't tell me what happened on the end of Big Brother last episode because I still haven't found time to watch it after I passed out during our initial viewing.
Food cravings:  Those have calmed down a lot.  I still want subs occasionally...and now that I'm in a fall mood I've been buying pumpkin everything (but I do that when I'm not pregnant so I don't know that that's a craving).
Symptoms:  The headaches have been killer in the past couple weeks.  I haven't gotten more than 4 or 5 but when I have them, they're terrible.
Movement: I haven't felt much of anything yet, but maaaaaybe a few flutters I could classify as movement? It's starting to be uncomfortable to lie on my belly at this point because I can definitely tell there's a baby in there.
What I miss:  I would love to have a Harvest Pumpkin Ale, especially since teachers eat free at the wing place on Tuesday nights and that would go SO well with some spicy wings!
What I’m loving:  That my job is a bit lower stress this year.  I don't go home every day feeling like I want to run away.  
What I’m looking forward to:  I NEED to find out.  Boy or girl.  Right this minute.
Best moment this week: Taking Ira to the fair! He loved the pumpkin funnel cake, the fried fish, the spinning pirate ship ride, the train (until it broke down), and all the animals.  He especially liked the "puppies" (large goats in the petting zoo).


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some news...

We are pregnant again!  Yep, Ira is going to be a big brother to a new little person due March 10, 2015.  Last time, I was due March 5 so the little folks will be almost exactly 2 years apart.  We were going to wait and try to have kiddos 3 years apart, but PB and I sort of decided all of a sudden that we both felt like 3 years is too long to wait.  We want them to be buddies (even though I know they'll give each other a few black eyes over the course of things).  Two years just seemed like a better time, so a few weeks later we found out we were having another little friend!  I'm seven weeks as of yesterday and haven't been to the OB yet, but I figure now is as good a time as any to start weekly pregnancy updates.  I so loved having these with Ira! 
What Fruit are you? Oh, the fun fruit question.  This week, baby is a blueberry!
Due date:  March 10, 2015 (Ira was due March 5 but I went into labor at 39 weeks and he was born February 27, so I'll be interested to see what happens this time around!)
How far along:  7 weeks
Gender:  No ideas at this point! 
Total weight gain/loss:  I've lost about a pound (though I'm still up 10 pound from my prepregnancy weight with Ira...such is life).
Stretch marks: No, and hoping I can avoid them again. Fingers crossed!
Swelling: None.
Maternity clothes: I'm not showing at all yet (just have residual baby weight from last time) so everything pretty much still fits.
Belly button: In for now.
Sleep: I've been having crazy dreams about twins and having babies in a sailboat and all manner of insanity.  And when I'm not dreaming, I can't sleep!
Food cravings:  The other day I had to go immediately to Jimmy John's for an Italian Nightclub sub and it was amazing.  And I'm already thinking about another one. Other than that, I've been eating a lot of fruit, just like last time.  Also I made PB go get me a witch doctor from What-a-Burger the other day, which I haven't had in years!
Symptoms:  I've been slightly more nauseous this time than last, and I find I wake up feeling a little gross but I get better as soon as I get some food.  I need to eat every few hours but otherwise I'm doing ok!  I've also been really tired, which I think is exacerbated by chasing a crazy toddler.
Movement: To be honest, I've been feeling some little strange flutters here and there.  But then I convince myself it's just gas and move along.
What I miss:  I do miss a nice cold beer every now and again.  And not feeling gross and exhausted!
What I’m loving:  Being home with Ira this summer! We have been to the beach, the lake, the splash pad, toddler story time at the library, and the park.  I absolutely love this age - he's so much fun to play with.
What I’m looking forward to:  Our first appointment next Thursday to hopefully see this peanut!
Best moment this week: Taking Ira to the park and watching him climb on the equipment and slide all by himself!