Friday, January 31, 2014

Movement

I am now almost 24 weeks pregnant, which I guess makes me in the middle of month 6 of being pregnant. When someone asks me how far a long I am, I never know if I should answer in weeks or months. Everything now is measured in weeks during pregnancy and I never know the conversion of weeks to months, just that we hope baby stays put until 40 weeks, or as close as possible.
This pregnancy has been very different than when I was pregnant with Lillian and Claire, you know, besides the fact that there is only one brewing this time. I am still tired all the time, but life happens and I don't get to nap like I did during my first pregnancy. I also get terrible heartburn this time around. Last time, it came towards the end and wasn't often. Another difference, I burp all the time. However, one thing that is similar is the feeling of movement. When I was pregnant with the girls I felt those first flutters, with certainty, at 18 weeks. Josh was able to feel our girls move the first time at 23 weeks and they haven't slowed down a bit since. This time, I felt those flutters again at 18 weeks. At almost 22 weeks, Lillian, Claire and myself were snuggling on the couch watching a movie while Josh was stuck at work. They felt their brother kick/punch them for the first time that night. It took a few more days after that before Josh felt him move and since then he has been a wiggle worm and is always moving.
I love that Lillian and Claire kiss baby goodbye in the mornings when I leave for work when they kiss me goodbye. They hug my belly and whisper secrets to him already. Claire comes up with new name ideas daily, her favorites include Alex, Andrew, Tyler, Aiden, and Owen. Lillian hasn't had many name suggestions, but that's okay, because I am at a loss as well. I figure we have until the day we leave the hospital with him to pick a name, no need to rush and settle on a name that doesn't feel right.
I haven't taken many pictures of my growing belly yet, but I assure you, it is hard to miss. Maybe this weekend I will attempt a picture.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Baby Boy

Tuesday I went in for my 20 week prenatal check up and ultrasound to check our little ones growth and make sure everything is looking good. We started with the ultrasound, Josh, Lillian and Claire were all in the room with me and watched on the large screen as the ultrasound tech examined and measured each little part of our baby. I love that Lillian and Claire were able to be there with us and I am really hoping this is a memory that will stick with them as they grow up.
They were really excited at first seeing that sweet little face on the screen, but they quickly became bored as the tech worked from top to bottom getting measurements. Looking at the skull, brain and then abdomen was not very exciting to them. They wanted to know if baby was a boy or girl and they enjoyed seeing the arms and legs wave all around. After about 20 minutes, finally we heard what we had been waiting for, the tech said, there is what we call a turtle head, you have a boy.
Both girls have been hoping for a baby sister for well over a year now. Finding out they are going to have a baby brother instead of a baby sister was a huge disappointment for them. They right away started saying they want a sister, not a brother. Claire said we can have another baby after this one and try again for a sister. She also asked if she could still put bows in baby's hair. Josh has already declared that neither of those are options.
After a day or two they have started to come around and accept they are going to be big sisters to a baby boy. I think what won Claire over was telling her should wouldn't have to share her pink or Barbie's with a brother. Lillian will still put on her fake grumpy face, but I can tell she is excited for a boy.
The rest of the check up went great. Our baby boy is measuring right on track, is weighing roughly 13 oz., has a strong healthy heartbeat and brain development looks fantastic.
Just like my pregnancy with the girls, I have been very blessed with not having any morning sickness and over all feeling really well. The first few months I was hungry and tired constantly, but I have since moved out of that stage and now I can feel like a semi normal person again, but with a growing belly. I started, with confidence, feeling movement around 18 weeks, same as with the girls. Each day I am feeling the movement become stronger and more consistent. This little guy is most active while I am sitting at my desk at work or in the evening after the girls are in bed and Josh and I are spending time together in the living room.
Now comes the fun in having to clean out our guest room and figure out where we are going to put everything that has been stored in there for the last 7.5 years and turn it into a nursery.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Lillian & Claire Turn 5!

Actually, they turned five almost two weeks ago, but like everyone else, these last few weeks have been extremely busy and I have not taken the time to write anything about it.
 
These past five years have been amazing watching my baby girls grow into sweet little girls. Lillian loves to perform. She is always singing and dancing. Sometimes they are songs she hears on the radio or from a show, but she also makes up her own songs and sings them with so much pride. She talks with her hands and pops that little hip of hers out. Her favorite color is still yellow. She eats mustard on her hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers.
Claire loves to talk, especially when in the car. She is very curious and is always asking questions and wanting to know more. She takes so much pride in picking out her own clothes and it usually involves head to toe pink, her favorite color.
Both girls love to snuggle, color and play with Barbie's. They love their princesses and dress up clothes, but adore their time with Daddy and watching Spiderman or Power Rangers. Their room is always a disaster from their art creations, dolls and multiple outfit changes each day. They love to help around the house with cooking and cleaning, just as long as it doesn't involve cleaning their own messes.
 
Their birthday fell on a Sunday this year. Sadly, Josh was working, so we had a low key day just the three of us. The day started with Lillian trying to wake Claire up by sharing her excitement over it being their birthday. When Claire had no interest in waking up yet, Lillian came and climbed in bed with me. She said to me, "mommy, I don't feel any different today. I don't feel five." Lillian is our early bird and Claire loves to spend her morning snuggled in her warm bed. After church, they were able to pick where they wanted a special birthday lunch. They both agreed on McDonald's so they could play in the Play Place. We spent almost two hours there and they had a blast with all of the kids. The night before we had an ice storm with a layer of snow, so the this was a great way to get all that energy out without going crazy in our house. They had  a little time to play in the snow after lunch while I shoveled part of our driveway. We then came inside to warm up and bake a cake together. It was a mess, we had cake mix all over the place sprinkles on the floor, but they did the work and loved it. For dinner they requested homemade pizza and cheese bread. Josh was late getting home from work, but Lillian and Claire were troopers and didn't complain about having to wait to blow out candles and open presents.
I would say overall they had a great day. The only thing that could have made it better would be to have daddy home to celebrate all day with us, but we are thankful for the evening we did have together.