Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Weekend - Part 1

It's Sunday and I am taking a break from cleaning and cooking to post some pictures of a already fun-filled weekend.  We haven't even got to the main attraction....Trick-Or-Treating tomorrow.  Enjoy!!

Painting his pumpkin

Pumpkin didn't last long for he wanted to paint
"art work" and then himself

Having fun mixing colors

Treats I made for the kid's Halloween Party -
Rat Eyeballs, Spider Legs, and Ghost Poop

Peanut Elvis May aka Pumpkin
Gabriel as Frankenstein....
end of the night, had a fantastic time at
the party, but boy were we tired!!

Okay back to cleaning and cooking I go.....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

32.5 Weeks

Dear Peanut,

What a wonderful week our family has had!! Your dad pinned on Captain and we couldn't be more proud of him.  He didn't want to do a ceremony or have any one make a big deal out of it though.  However, I truly believe in celebrating life and every joyful thing you can, so I pulled a mini surprise for your dad.  I made his favorite, Red Velvet Cupcakes, and brought them to work.  Along with a beautiful coin rack for his desk (when you are old enough to understand, your dad will explain the history of the Air Force Coins). 

I would not have been able to pull off the surprise without the help of a coworker (cleared the schedule so I could come up to the office) and your Bice Grandparents (they helped in getting the coin rack).  *Side note, I have become really bad lately about taking pictures lately.  So bad that I do not have a photo of your dad in his uniform and new rank.  As well as a 32 week belly picture.  Must do better!!

We didn't make it to a Pumpkin Patch this year which disappointed me a little but we did manage to get a Pumpkin for your brother.  After I write to you, we are going outside to decorate his Pumpkin.  Watching your brother get so excited about Trick-Or-Treating and Pumpkins, makes your dad and I giddy with anticipation in having two boys to celebrate the Holidays with!

This past week we also had our 32 week Dr. Appointment.  First time we were able to go as a family.  Your brother could have cared less until we listened to your heartbeat.  Peanut, you have one of the strongest heart beats ever!!!  Your dad's head popped up and he just instantly started smiling.  But the funniest was when your brother's eyes widen and he replied "whoa whats that?!?!"  After we explained what it was, we got a "oh cool" out of him and back to his ABC game on the iPad he went. 

We have started noticing a change in him since the appointment though.  He will climb on the couch to snuggle with me/us and will lay his hand on my belly.  Or out of no where, he will run up to me, wrap his arms around my legs, and kiss my belly.  Then he smiles and takes off running again.  I believe he is very ready for you to be here!

Like I said earlier, I don't have any new pictures for this week but promise to do better.  Especially of my ever growing belly.  We have a fun filled, packed weekend ahead of us for Halloween.  As fun as this weekend will be, I have a feeling next year's Halloween is going to be the best....YOU will be here to celebrate with us!
Your Mom

Pregnancy Highlights

Size of Baby -
By now, you weigh around 3.75 pounds and are about 16.7 inches long.  Peanut, you should gain a third to half of your birth weight during the next 7 weeks as you fatten up for survival outside the womb.  Coolest thing is, you now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz.  Which when your brother was born, he had a full head of jet black hair).  I love that your skin is becoming soft and smooth as you plump up in preparation for birth.

Weight Gain/Loss -
I have gained 4 lbs.  I had this weird feeling of feeling like a cow, but I had to remind myself my body is playing catching.  Especially since I have lost 25lbs since pregnant with you.  Weight gain is good!!

Maternity Clothes -
I am loving the maternity clothes I bought! I can still wear my regular jeans, which I do most days, but I have to leave the button undone.  Otherwise you like to kick and let me know you need more room.  

Gender/Name -
Well Elvis George May, I have slipped your name a few times while in conversation.  The people in the conversation with were either not paying attention OR being super nice and acting like they didn't hear your name. 

Movement -
Dr has told me to purchase a belly girdle type of band because you are so low and active, that you are now causing pain.  Often my lower belly and right leg will either go numb or have sever stretching/ripping sensation.  I am beyond thankful you are so active (positive signs you are healthy) but little man, your mom still has 8ish weeks left to carry you.  My goal this week is to find this girdle band and hope it helps. 

Sleep -
Between where you are positioned, your level of nighttime activity, and I can't seem to get comfortable, sleep hasn't happened a lot this week.  I still like to grab your dad's hand while he is sleeping so he can feel what you are doing inside my belly.  He just giggles!!

Cravings -
This week has been a normal week for cravings.  Well, I guess if you call wanting green olives all the time "normal".  However your brother loves it because he would eat olives all day if we allowed him to!

Symptoms -
No swelling or heartburn.  Just battling the pain that is mentioned above.  New one is crying.  I find myself so teary eyed at seeing babies, newborn clothes, or looking through your brother's baby pictures.  I just laugh at the big sap I have become!

Best Moments Of The Past Week -
-Your dad is now a Captain of the USAF
-As a family listening to your heartbeat
-Booking a photographer for maternity/newborn photos

This Week's Activity -
-All things Halloween and Trick-Or-Treating
-Purchasing some cute outfits for you (newborn photos and coming home outfit)

If you were a fruit, this is the size you would be, in my belly. 
However, I like to envision you as a baby, not as a food item.
Peanut you are already one adorable baby!

Monday, October 17, 2011

28-31 Weeks

Dear Peanut,
Oh boy I am ever late writing to you.  I really wanted to do better about Blogging my pregnancy with you on the Blog.  I will say, as each day passes your dad and I are over the moon excited to meet you.  We keep talking about you to your brother but he just doesn't seem to get that you are in my belly.  He laughs and says no baby brother for me!  However, he will see babies in stores or friend's babies and gets super excited. 

As for what we have been doing since I last wrote you, well a lot.  We have slowly but surely organized and cleaned the house (more like rearranging rooms, decluttering, and working on the garage), have been on several trips - Charleston, SC, Gatlinburg, TN, Charlotte, NC, had a "Sprinkle in a Box", and celebrated my 30th Birthday.

The "Sprinkle in a Box" was thrown for us by the wonderful Shelly.  Think I will keep that for another post because there are some amazing gifts for you and your room that I can't show until you are born.  I will just say that my "Ohio Girls" (we all became friends in Ohio but are now spread across 8 different states) are some of the best women in this world!!  The Sprinkle in the box came at a time when I needed their love and support the most.  Can't wait to share the gifts, cards, well wishes, and one day for you to meet them all!

I decided to pick up a journal for you and a journal for your brother to also help record new words, milestones, funny stories, etc.  Lately my drive to Blog isn't what it used to be.  I do promise to do better about recording your life and your brother's life.  As a gift to pass onto you, your kids, and your kids kids one day.
Your Mom

Pregnancy Highlights

Size of Baby -
You measure over 16 inches long.  You weigh about 3.3 pounds (about four navel oranges)

Weight Gain/Loss -
No weight gain but no weight lose either. 

Maternity Clothes -
Took a "Me" Day and went shopping this past Saturday.  Bought some really cute outfits at Old Navy and even a cute pair of skinny jeans.  I thought they help offset my big belly HA!

Gender -
Wonderful boy whom we still haven't shared the name with family/friends.  However you have a few nicknames with of course Peanut being one and then Elvis George May.

Movement -
I read the following "He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy." This is so very true about you Peanut.  I think you move more than your brother did.  So much I have this feeling you just might be longer in length than your brother.  Guess we will see come December.

Sleep -
Sleep has actually gotten a lot better! Reason being is I finally have started taking anti-heartburn medicine the Dr. gave.  Still get up to move, pee, or lay there feeling you move but sleep has gotten better.  Hope it stay!

Cravings -
Anything and everything sweet.  I truly could eat cake, cupcakes, and M&Ms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Your dad just laughs watching me fight the horrible sweet tooth cravings.  They are bad!

Symptoms -
Heartburn is totally gone for the most part.  Some days it will flair up but nothing like before.  Everyone once in awhile I think I am having Braxton-Hicks but you are so low and always moving that I don't know for sure.  Either way nothing major and no swelling so far!

Best Momenst Of The Past Few Weeks -
-Family vacations to Charleston, Gatlinburg, and Charlotte
-The Sprinkle in a Box
-Finding your bedding

This Week's Activity -
-Well still slowly but surely buying things for your room and your brother's room.  Biggest catch is that his bedroom furniture hasn't come in yet.  Once it does then we can really work on both of your rooms.
-Celebrating your dad pinning on Captain tomorrow!!
-Registering at Target and maybe Babies R Us or Amazon

There you are!!!
30 Week Belly
The very last picture taken by your dad, 
on our way home, from Gatlinburg, TN.

Inspiration for your brother's room

Two inspirations for your room -
the canvas was painted by Shelly

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dirty 3-0!!!

First who came up with the saying "Dirty 30"? Why do we have to be Dirty?  Can't we be "Fantabulous 30" or.........whatever I suck a creating new words.  So I guess I will say I am now officially in the "Dirty 30" Club.  Yep, I have been 30 for two days now and it has been great so far. 

I did enjoy my 20s but I didn't live them to the fullest.  I am thankful to say good-bye to 29 though.  29 was a very hard year for my family and I.  I am welcoming my 30s with open-arms and ready to really start living life.  I feel like my 20s were so busy with college, growing up, getting married, being a wife, becoming a mother, and so on, that I let some of my dreams slip away and often watched life just fly right by. 

I have always heard your 30s are great because you truly start to feel comfortable in your own skin and you have a better understanding of who you are and what you want in this ONE life we are given.  I am thankful for my 20s since they brought me my husband, our first child, my college degree, great friends, and much more.  However I truly can't wait to see what the "Dirty 30s" have to offer. 

Here are a few things I am determined to cross off my "Goals, Dreams, and Adventures List" aka Bucket List........
1-Get my degree in Photography.
2-Take cooking classes in baking, sushi, basic skills of cutting, etc. 
3-RUN a 5K.  I have done two 5Ks in my life but I walked/jogged them.  I want to RUN
4-Renew our Wedding Vows on 10th Anniv. (two years to go)
5-Find the following - Church Home, MOPS, and Women's Bible Study.

Above are just a few on what looks like a mile long list of mine.  Right now the 5 above are feeling the most important to me.  Hope you all have a FABULOUS Sunday and whether you are in your 20s, 30s, or even in your 50s......I pray you are enjoying your life. 

Taken from Google Images
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