Pregnancy Update: 20 weeks

Last week we went to the doctor for our 20 week ultrasound.

Everything looks good- baby is a little above average on size, but really that is hard for even an ultrasound to know at this point.  Heart rate was 154 consistently and baby was super squirmy.  S/he was also very shy, covering their face and booty- not only could we not see the facial features but the tech couldn’t find out what gender baby was; legs were crossed at the ankles and hands were on the face the entire time.  In this picture you can see baby’s hand, and profile.  We will get another ultrasound at about 30-34 weeks.  Apparently our doctor likes to do ultrasounds twice- once in the middle, and once towards the end.

19w2d ultrasound

I am feeling good.  Some days I am up a few pounds, other days I am down a few pounds.  So I am still going with no weight gain?  =)  Belly is much bigger, and baby is kicking, moving all over the place and gets the hiccups a lot!  Lexie had hiccups all the time- I don’t remember Max getting them.  I just remember how often Lexie got them, and it was what seemed like all. the. time.

We are excited to still not know the gender.  We both almost caved the day before the scan, but decided we definitely do not want to know.  Our to do list for before pregnancy is sloooowly getting smaller.  Very, very slowly.  I am not sure that we will get bunk beds built, because A) I still want Max in his crib, and B) I don’t think JTom will have time to build them anyway, with all our projects and his traveling.  So, they will probably just share a crammed bedroom for a while.  I am okay with that.

In typical second-trimester style, I have more energy than I did during the first 13-15 weeks trimester.  I do have days that I am wiped out, but overall feel good.

So … yea.  That’s it for the half way point.  Yay!

Pregnancy #3 Update: Beginning of Second Trimester

Well, with my first two pregnancies I updated pretty regularly. This time, we didn’t announce the pregnancy until almost 12 weeks, so I haven’t really been writing updates thus far.

We are almost 16 weeks along now; I had a doctor appointment last week and everything was great. The heartbeat was 157 (I think…) and the doctor okayed me to stop the progesterone supplements. My next appointment is in April and we will have the anatomy scan. Here, they only do one ultrasound (what’s up with that?!) at 20 weeks. We had an ultrasound at 6 weeks, to date and confirm the pregnancy.

6 week 2 day ultrasound- Quiet in the chaos

We will not, however, be finding out the gender. We have a girl and a boy, all babies are September babies and the nursery can be gender neutral. I am good with that. (ok, so if you know me well, you are probably as surprised as I am that I am okay with not “planning” for a girl or boy…) The urge I have to perform a home baby gender test is a little too strong at the moment!

The surprise of finding out in the delivery room with only my husband far surpasses my innate need to plan, design, and decorate. I can’t wait to spend that moment with him. We are also not talking names. To anyone. Or to each other, for that matter. =)

J.Tom and I haven’t even discussed names, because we can’t seem to agree on anything. So, I figure if we wait until we have him or her in our arms, we can whip out the handy dandy name list and we can go from there. I just don’t feel like arguing over names, or listening to other people’s opinions of names when we don’t even have a name semi narrowed down yet. *and I’m not saying that all snotty* If we happen to come up with names before the baby arrives, I will be happy to discuss. But we said this time we want to wait until we have our baby in our arms, and that’s what I am sticking with.

It will be fun.

Lexie is very excited about “baby #3.” We don’t call the baby “the new baby” because that just seems mean to the siblings. So it is baby #3. Max is pretty clueless, of course. He is too obsessed with eating, throwing things, and chasing the dog.

Oh yes, we got a new dog. She’s furry, and sweet, and smart, and precious.

We will room Lexie and Max together. For now we are planning on J.Tom building bunk beds- the top bunk will be above the crib, and then when Max is ready to move to a big bed we will build a bed frame for a bottom bunk. I really like snuggling in the bed with Lexie, so maybe I will just put the crib in her room and take out a dresser…. It is up in the air for now.

It is hard watching my babies all grow up on me! It is exciting, of course. This pregnancy wasn’t originally planned. After experiencing a loss in early December, we decided at the very last minute (literally) to try for baby #3. The timing worked out to being another September baby, which I had hoped would happen, but hadn’t actually thought would happen. Just before our loss and all we decided to wait another year. Funny how God works.

No nausea since about week 12-13. I have 3-4 days of TONS of energy, and then a day or two where I am exhausted and can’t keep my eyes open. I workout a few times a week with T25, or we go for walks on warmer days. No weight gain so far (well, technically I gained back the weight I lost in the fall, but that happened before this pregnancy, so I don’t count it) but I am pretty sure my hips are bigger! How does that happen? … And I haven’t lost the weight from Max, so it doesn’t seem likely that I need to gain much. The doctor is good with that.

Still praying for a healthy 5 more months. I hope to go full term, as usual. Big healthy babies seem more durable when you have a Max Payne running around the house. Poor Mister, he has no idea what is coming! Then again, neither do I.

Pray for me, friends! =)

 

Baby Summary Weeks 8-9

I know, I’ve been slacking. I am running behind on Max’s updates.  Things have been very … crazy around here.  But crazy good!

For the last week, Mister has been waking at 4:00am in the morning!  Sometimes as early as 3:30am!  I knew this was a possibility, that he would go from sleeping so well, to waking early.  I also read that sometimes before babies start sleeping through to wake up time, they may teeter-totter going from 3:00am, to 4:30am, back to 3:00am, etc.  That’s exactly what Mister did for the last week.  Then suddenly, at 10 weeks old he slept through to 6:00am!  Woo Hoo!  
Now, the last two days he woke at about 4:00am or so, fussed for a minute, then went back to sleep before I even got to his room.  I think this also has to do with us starting some CIO. At first I let him cry during the day for anywhere from 10-20 minutes, depending on how he was crying.  And so far, things are going really well; he is only waking for about 3-6 minutes now, fussing and falling back asleep.  It’s amazing!  I’m not doing hard-core CIO; I didn’t do it until 8 months with Lexie, but i didn’t really have to until then.  With Max I need him going to sleep on his own sooner than she did, so that’s why I am trying it earlier.

Anyway, for his weeks 8-9 everything was pretty much the same as before.  Week 9 he started eating more at each feeding.  He will nurse and now takes about 4-5oz after nursing… So he is a hungry little Mister!  His schedule is the same, based on a 3 hour routine…  He is talking a LOT, super snuggly, laughs at mommy, daddy, and Lexie all the time.  He is staying awake for a little longer now.  His wake time is about an hour to an hour 20 minutes, depending on what we did during wake time.  If he was super stimulated (ehum, by Big Sister) then he may go down earlier.  His wake time includes: diaper change, eating, burping, playing, talking, diaper change, and swaddling/wind down for nap.  That’s a lot to fit into an hour and 20 minutes, so there isn’t much “playing” quite yet.  I am anxious for the day he is awake longer, but I know it will come.  I’m just ready for him to get to interact with all of us more.  =)

I’m making Mister’s summary shorter this time, because Sissy has MUCH bigger news going on these days than Bubby does!

playing with Mister

Love Bug is back in school, two days a week.  We were getting read to put her in gymnastics when JTom remembered that we put aside a rather large chunk of his paycheck at the beginning of the year for mother’s day out.  Our plan was to have her home w me after I stopped cleaning houses, which was at 7 months pregnant, until max came.  After Max came we would do mother’s day out one-two days a week for Lexie’s sake and mine.  Well …. we FORGOT!  So, to use up the rest of the money (because it’s a cafeteria plan we will lose it if we dont use it) she is going 2xs a week through january.  Then she will drop to once a week.  However, we are still doing gymnastics- and she LOVES it!  We went last Friday to try it out.  She was already a beginner tumbler, she’s had so much practice in her crib and all … so she fit right in!


Speaking of cribs … we are in a big girl bed now!  Scary I know- but so far so good.  She loves it, the transition was an easy one.  She is still in her sleep sack, not sure when we will discontinue it, but she can’t get out and roam as long as she wears it.  =)  Plus, she loves her “night night gown” … i think she feels secure in it.



A few weeks ago Payne came to visit us, and then the next weekend Granny and Mia came to visit.

Payne and Max

Just a singin’

curls

gymnastics

wasn’t so sure about the foam pit

Life is Good!

Granny and Max

Mia, Max, and Lexie

Granny and Lexie cooking “greens”

Bed head

Lookin like her Mama

Counting her “monies”

New clothes from Granny

Such a precious girl



News and Nursery, Hooray!


Somehow I missed last week’s entry. Not sure what I was doing.. probably being lazy. =)

Well, update: we are 25 weeks along! Only 15 left, which is not very many to get everything done, about 3 full months if I go until the end of August. The only changes I have noticed are my back hurting, not sleeping through the night, and what may be the pregnancy ligament pain on my left side. It isn’t that bad, just shooting pains sometimes. I have a short torso, so I am thinking all this expanding in the way of my tummy is a little harder on that area. However, I have noticed I am carrying Lexie Raye more across, and less “out front,” if that makes sense. I have been told by several moms that this is what a girl does; and this is also how my mom carried me.

The doctor last Tuesday, May 11th, checked me for some swelling; he seemed to think there might be some in my ankles (which is probably from all that salt I am craving, before I never put sat on my food) but he said it is nothing really right now. Every time the nurser would try to get Lexie Raye’s (we are calling her by both names) heart beat, she would move in the other direction, but it was strong and fast. Dr. G also said she is growing fast! She is way above m belly button now, which seems weird to think about. Yesterday, I was on the phone with my mom and Granny, the phone was on speaker laying on my tummy while I laid in bed, and she was just kicking away while they were talking. It was the funniest thing, so I think she will know their voices when she arrives, because she sure liked them yesterday. =)

We have started on the nursery, and now I just need to do closets and cabinets (which is this weeks chore). After everything is thrown out and taken to Salvation Army, it will be time to wipe down baseboards, walls, and wash all the blinds in the house… Not sure how I am going to get the big window’s blinds washed, but I will figure it out!

J being the wonderful husband (and daddy) he is, painted the nursery, moved all the trash out, and moved the furniture in. We are on our way to progress! The crib is even more beautiful than I thought it would be in the nursery. The dress and chest of drawers look great and will be perfect for storage (since the closet is not very big). We decided to go with no doors on the closet; my mom and I are going to put up some curtains and tie them to the sides with bows. The closet is long and narrow, so with doors you just can’t get to the back and everything, so this will be a perfect, girly solution to that problem.

I have 3 pictures Ms. S got Lexie Raye for the nursery when we went shopping a few weeks ago, which I think will go perfectly in there! I just have to decide where I want them before I go putting holes in the wall. I cannot wait to get the bedding and J.’s rocking chair set up either! (Oh, so much to do!) I think I have decided to put the glider in the living room, but I am not sure yet. I do not know where I will spend the most time, in the living room or in the back of the house where our room and the nursery are. I will prob put the rocking chair in the nursery and the glider in the living room; but I have a feeling things will get moved around several times before I make up my mind…. poor J!

Here are some pictures of the nursery furniture, the walls are “Quaker Grass” green from Lowes. Below is the crib, my favorite piece of furniture in the entire house now! It is just perfect, and I cannot wait to get the bedding put on. =)

The piece on the left is the chest of drawers, and the right is the dresser. I am thinking I want to find a hanging mirror to go over the dresser, but I just don’t know what kind yet…

I think 2 of the pictures Ms. S for will go behind the chest of drawers with a small lamp. I can have some storage on top of the dresser, but the changing pad will be on top of it, so there will not be much room for a lot. I cannot wait to add all the finishing touches to the room! I think my friend J who is the crafting QUEEN wants to make the letters for Lexie Raye’s name to go over the crib. Which will be beautiful! Everything is coming together perfectly and I am so excited!!

Lots of love and prayers to family and friends! We miss you. We should be home the weekend of June 26th for the Memphis baby shower, so I will definitely see you then!


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday! Also, I am so happy to announce our friends L and A welcomed their beautiful, healthy baby girl into the world yesterday, Easter! How very exciting and we just cannot wait to meet baby B.

Also, today we are exactly 19 weeks along, putting the baby at the size of a mango. This mean only one more week until we know what we are having! (Don’t forget, you can vote on the gender over on the left hand side of the page. So far boy is winning.) No new symptoms and no symptoms have decreased. Still have lots energy (yay) which only took me about 17 weeks to get back. I know for a few other moms to be it was a quick 12 weeks, oh how jealous I am. Anyhow, with the exciting news of only one more week to go, I have been looking at baby bedding for the nursery. Below is the nursery furniture we have ordered from JCPenny, it should be here sometime this week or next:

The bed is a convertible bed, so it becomes a toddler and a full size bed. My sister in law suggested the convertible style, because she loves the one they have for Baby E. I fell in love with this bed because of the curves, and also because it is not a slay bed. We have a slay bed in our room, which is beautiful and nice, but I am just not a fan of big slay beds like I thought I would be.

Here is the chest of drawers and we also ordered the dresser, which I am having trouble loading the image of right now. We only did this because the bed converts into a full sized bed which will be used for years to come, so we thought it logical to get the other furniture to match. Also, instead of a changing table which will never be used again, we are using the dresser as a changer with just a changing pad on top. I think this is what a lot of people are doing now, because changing tables only have one use.

I cannot wait to get the nursery put together, but we need to get it painted first. Depending on the gender, I have chosen these 2 bedding sets:
This one is obviously for the boy; a baby wildlife theme. This is about as Southern as I am going to get with the baby stuff! =) No camo, hunting, etc.m There will be plenty of time for that when he is older and obsessed, just like his daddy! haha

And here is the possible bedding for a girl. I like the butterfly theme, because butterflies are my favorite! However, I am not a big fan of pink, so I like the fact that the room can still be painted a light sage green and has a lot of greens in the bedding and not too terribly much pink.
(So now, family who cannot make it to Hot Springs in the future can see what the baby’s room will possibly look like.)
Also, as we have all noticed, spring is officially here! J harvested our first batch of asparagus this weekend. We are probably having that tonight, with the rest I need to go pick along with chicken noodle hold the soup. You can find the recipe here:
http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/food/recipes/chicken-noodle-hold-soup/
It is one of J’s favorite dinners and it is healthy, too!
So, hope everyone has a fabulous week and enjoy this beautiful, sunny weather!


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