Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lately with Little B- 28 Months

It's been awhile since I've done a post about B. Before he turned one, I was so good at doing monthly posts about milestones and development. But the months fly by so fast, time got away from me. B is now 28 1/2 months old. How is that possible? I have no idea. I blinked and it happened.
This little boy in in his full blown terrible/terrific twos. He has his own personality and preferences and he isn't shy about letting you know. His vocabulary has exploded the past few months and he is speaking in sentences. I love this stage because they are able to articulate their funny little thoughts. It helps you see the world through their eyes. I need to start a new series of what he says so I don't forget the things that come out of this boy's mouth.
We have been really busy this summer with activities and outings. We've been trying to squeeze in as much fun as a family of three before little girl joins us this fall. We've made numerous lake trips, been to the water park, shot and watched fireworks, went to the fair, and many more things. All of these were new experiences for B and we are finding out what he likes and dislikes. He loves the lake and the water. He asks all the time that we get the camper and go to the lake. I am so glad that he enjoys it because it's something that Mr. A and I enjoy so much. 
We've been to our local pool a few times and it's been neat to see B get braver in the water. We've also taken him swimming at the beach at the lake. He wasn't too keen on the splashing waves at first. Last week, we made a trip to a larger town with a fun water park. That was an overwhelming experience for him but I think he enjoyed it overall. 
For the 4th of July, we bought a few fireworks and shot them off at home. He hated them and cried the whole time. I think he was worried for daddy's safety when he lighting them and running away. We went and watched our local fireworks display and surprisingly he was fascinated with that and really enjoyed it!
We made a trip to the fair and he rode a couple of kiddie rides. He seemed a little confused at first but asked to ride the blue bug again. He smiled the whole time and got to see all of the farm animals. 
He has his good and bad days. Some days he is so independent and plays and uses his imagination and it just blows my mind. Other days he is a mommy's or daddy's boy and only wants to do things with us. He wants to be a big helper and brings us everything we need. Then there are the challenging days where nothing makes him happy and the tantrums come. Oh my word.... the tantrums. I love this little boy more than anything in the world... but holy cow is he stubborn. He will kick and scream and whine and YELL and cry like it's no one's business. It's been a challenge as a parent to deal with these episodes but we are learning. 
He has developed favorites and preferences in his choices. He has favorite toys and movies and TV shows and foods. We watch a million episodes of Little Einsteins and Mickey Mouse. We enjoy Frozen and Despicable Me a few times a week. We have pizza more than I'd like to admit and we play basketball and golf almost every day. He is obsessed with trucks, planes, motorcycles, and combines and playing outside. These things make him who he is. I love watching him enjoy the things he loves. 
B is so excited to become a big brother. He talks about the baby in my tummy on a daily basis. He knows her name and that the guest room will be her room. He plays with his baby doll and takes care of her. He puts her in his bed with his blankie and binky. We talk about what the baby will do when she comes and how he will be my big helper. I remind him on a daily basis that he will always be my baby.... always.

I thank God every single day for the joy this little boy brings to our life. He made us a family and is an extension of our love as husband and wife. I enjoy every minute with him and watching him learn and grow. I am so lucky to be his mama.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 weeks. Last week of my second trimester. It is FLYING by!

Baby Size: 14 inches long and around 1.75 lbs
  

Weight gain: I have been gaining weight again. I still have 6 lbs to gain before I hit my pre-preg weight.
  

Maternity clothes: Definitely. Nothing else fits and even some of the maternity clothes are getting snug.

Stretch marks: No new marks... yet. My old ones are stretched and shiny.
  
Sleep: Sleeping is getting more uncomfortable because of the growing belly and heartburn.
  
Gender: Sweet little girl.

Movement: Constant. She is most active in the morning, any time after I eat, and at night.
 
Best moment this week: Having Mr. A feel her going crazy in the morning. She always thinks it's time to party when I wake up.
 
Looking forward to: Meeting this little girl. The anticipation is so great. I can't wait to meet her and see B as a big brother.
  
Food cravings: Sweets.... sweet sweet sweeeeeetttsss....
  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. Thankfully.

Labor Signs:
Braxton-Hicks sometimes.


What I miss: Being able to sleep on my stomach.


Symptoms: Heartburn and getting short of breath.


Nursery: I have began planning and we moved her dresser in. We are planning on beginning the nursery after the 1st of August.

Belly Button in or out? Still in but it's stretching out.
  

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Anxious. A lot of emotions lately since the time is getting closer. We are having another baby... holy crap!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

One Year House-iversary: Part 3

Today I will conclude the celebration of one full year in our house with some before and afters of the exterior and the bedrooms.

Here's the exterior...
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Here's the guest bedroom. This will soon be turned into the nursery for baby girl.

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Here's the master bedroom... my favorite room in the house!

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... and our last and final room is B's room!
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It's so awesome to see how far we've come in one year. I know the next year will be just as full with house work and making more memories in our home! Thanks for being so supportive and encouraging throughout this whole process. It's been a joy to share it with you!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

One Year House-iversary: Part 2

I wanted to be able to chronicle the full before and after from our first year in our house. Today I will be showing the living room and the bathrooms!

Here's the living room. The new pictures feature the new furniture arrangement including out new La-Z-Boy recliner.
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And the biggest before and after... the main bathroom!














And lastly, here is the recently redone master bathroom.
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Tomorrow I'll conclude the first year through photos with the bedrooms and exterior.