Friday, September 19, 2014

Life Lately

I haven't been on the blogging train as often as I should. It's just been a lot of work, play, rest around here. I thought I would do a post about life lately here at the A's. Be prepared for a lot of randomness.

We've been doing last minute projects to get ready for baby girl! Sewing, painting, and so on... I spent a couple of days sewing washable nursing pads. It was my last sewing project that I needed to complete. My step-dad also completed her bookshelves and we got them painted and hung. The last remaining things to do: clean out the car so we can install the car seat, install her ceiling fan, and hang some art on the walls.
We are so excited to spend our Sundays watching the Chiefs again. Even if they haven't performed the best (tsk tsk) the past couple of weeks, we've been looking forward to this for months! I wish we would be able to attend a game this year.
We were so worn out from traveling that we have been pretty lazy on the weekends. There have been lots of toys played and forts built. Daddy builds the best forts!
We were able to spend an extra day at my mom's house after the wedding. I love spending time with family and making memories! And getting to spend time with my adorable niece.

The weather has been record level lows the past week. We had three nights with frost! I think it's kicking our bodies into gear to stay inside and hunker down for the fall/winter. I am itching to get all of my fall decorations out and take B to the pumpkin patch!

So there's a little glimpse of what we've been up to lately. I need to do these posts more often when I've been absent for awhile. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bumpdate: 36 weeks



36 Weeks
 
How far along: 36 weeks. 4 weeks left till full term. 1 week left till 37 weeks!

Baby Size: 18 3/4 inches long and around 5.75 lbs


Weight gain: 5 lbs gained after gaining back all of the weight I lost in the beginning.

Maternity clothes: Oh yes. Either that or comfy pants shorts and t-shirts.   

Stretch marks: I noticed two new purple ones starting to bud at the top of my belly. All of my marks from B are on the bottom and sides.
  

Sleep: Getting to be a challenge. Turning over is a huge ordeal, I always get shooting round ligament pain from moving too fast. My hips ache if I sleep on one side too long and the baby is always so active at night it wakes me up. Not to mention the multiple bathrooms trips every 3 hours or so.
  

Gender: Sweet baby girl!
 
Movement: Oh my word, yes. She goes so crazy in there and the movements are getting more painful. She grinds her little head in my pelvis and sends me out of my chair. Ouch! 

Best moment this week: Hitting the 1 month remaining mark!
 

Looking forward to: Seeing B become a big brother. I can't wait!
 

Food cravings: Coffee with creamer and anything cinnamon.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
 

Labor Signs: It's been rough. I've been having contractions on a daily basis. I had them consistently for 4 hours last week and went and saw my doctor. She put me on Procardia to help quiet the irritable uterine muscles. I have to take that until 37 weeks.
 

What I miss: Being able to carry B around without feeling like I'm going to keel over.
 

Symptoms: Heartburn, feeling tired and worn out, back pain.  
Nursery: We are pretty much done with this! I have everything necessary done and ready if she decided to come today. That is such a good feeling.

Belly Button in or out? Still in...


Wedding rings on or off? Still on...

Mood: I'm to the point where I'm really uncomfortable, tired, and hurting. I'm getting more and more ready to have her and move on with life. I just pray on a daily basis that she comes when she's ready and in God's perfect time. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The A's Wedding Weekend

A couple of weekends ago, we finally celebrated the nuptials of Mr. A's brother and his new wife! Mr. A was the best man and B was one of the three nephew ring bearers. It was a really busy day and I didn't take many pictures, but I wanted to share the adorableness of my little man in his tuxedo. 
 He was such a ham for the pictures and cried when they were over. He kept saying he wanted to say "more cheese". He got to spend time with both sets of grandparents since my mom and step-dad attended the wedding as well.
 He did a phenomenal job walking down the aisle and wasn't scared or shy at all. He stood up and hen came and sat by me during the ceremony. We made our way to the reception and visited with family and friends. B got to run around the huge building and run off some energy. He stayed for dinner and cake and then he headed back to my mom's house. He hadn't slept all day and was absolutely exhausted. Mr. A and I stayed to enjoy the reception.
Mr. A delivered an AMAZING best man speech. He worked so hard on it and it got an awesome reaction from the crowd. I was so proud of him! We talked with his siblings and danced the night away. I still managed to get my groove on at 8 1/2 months pregnant. We took a bunch of pictures in the photo booth. It was a great day and a wonderful evening with my husband. I enjoyed our time together so much!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Nursery Progress

The nursery isn't 100% complete yet, but I wanted to share the progress with you. I worked really hard one weekend and got all the painting done and furniture assembled and set up. I used frog tape to tape off the arrow pattern and painted it with Clark and Kensington color matched to Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy. I only had minimal touch up to do after the removal of the tape. I am THRILLED with how it turned out.
After the painting was done, I was extra motivated to complete my sewing so I could see the room come together! I made two crib sheets, a crib skirt, three swaddle blankets, and a changing pad cover. I also hung the white blackout curtains and navy sheers. I purchased a grey/tan rug and a simple modular storage for next to the chair.

Here's where we're at today.

It's pretty basic and bare bones as of now. I still have wall decor to hang and my step-dad made some adorable bookshelves that I need to paint. Add in some personal little items and it'll be finished! I am absolutely in love with how it turned out and I can't wait to put on the final touches.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bumpdate: 34 Weeks


34 Weeks
 
How far along: 34 weeks. 6 weeks left till full term. 3 weeks left till 37 weeks!

Baby Size: 17 3/4 inches long and around 4.75 lbs


Weight gain: I finally gained back all of my weight lost in the 1st trimester. As of my appointment yesterday, I am up 2 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  

Maternity clothes: Absolutely. I attempted to find a dress for the wedding and failed. I had to borrow a maxi dress from my mom.    

Stretch marks: No new stretch marks yet. They didn't really pop up with B until a couple weeks before he was born.
  

Sleep: Hit and miss. I have to get up 4-5 times a night to pee and my hips always hurt.
  

Gender: Team Pink!
 
Movement: Yep! You can tell she is running out of room in there. The movements are becoming more like pushes and rolls rather than hard kicks.
 
Best moment this week: A good checkup at the doctor and a great time at the wedding!
 

Looking forward to: Seeing her little face and seeing B's reaction to her.
 

Food cravings: Powdered sugar donuts &  Nutter Butter cookies.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
 

Labor Signs: Sunday evening I had regular contractions for 3 hours. They were painful and I was getting a little concerned. They finally subsided and I've had them sporadically since then. My doctor did a cervical check yesterday and it's still thick but has moved down. So thankfully, they aren't making any progress. We're going to hold off and see how things go before we discuss medication further.
 

What I miss: Being able to wash the dishes comfortably without smashing the belly.
 

Symptoms: Heartburn... esp if I eat a lot of onion or tomatoes.
 
Nursery: The nursery is 90% done. I worked my tail off a couple of weekends ago and knocked out all of the painting and sewing. I still have some small projects to complete and decor to hang on the walls, but I will give you a progress update tomorrow!

Belly Button in or out? Still in but flattening out.


Wedding rings on or off? On, but I only wear them when I go out.  

Mood: I've been having a lot of really mixed emotions the past week. I go from being so excited to bring her home and see her little face to being really anxious about our life changing and feeling unprepared to have a baby and a two year old. A part of me just wants it to be the 3 of us forever. I know once she gets here and we get settled in, it'll be hard to imagine our life before her. I'm just savoring the days with my sweet boy and waiting patiently for her arrival. No rush...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cousins and Best Friends

When I got pregnant less than 4 months after my sister, I thought it was going to be so neat to have our kids grow up together.
Little did I know the absolute unbreakable bond those two little ones would have. As we've watched them grow and develop, they're relationship grows and gets deeper. They're old enough now that they ask about each other, want to talk to each other on the phone, and always ask for one another when they're at grandma's house.


While I stayed at my mom's a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of watching my niece, A, while my sister worked. I enjoyed it so much and so did B. It was a full day of fun for the two of them together. Their dynamic in personalities is so different and complimentary. A is a leader and B is a follower. A loves the attention and B is more reserved. 

B is always the best audience for her dance performances and somersault exhibits. She teaches him things and he imitates her. He is a good eater and she is a picky eater. She tends to eat her food because she sees B enjoying it.

 He plays Barbies with her and she plays trucks and cars with him.

 I am so proud to say that I have no doubt that these two are cousins AND best friends and I look forward to see the relationship they continue to develop in the future.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby

You guys... there are 62!! days left until my due date. Less than 9 weeks. That is 62 days till 40 weeks and 41 days till I'm full term at 37 weeks. Considering that I went into pre-term labor with B at 33 weeks and was on bed rest and medication until he was born at 37 weeks 4 days, I am getting my rear in gear to get ready for this baby. 

The task has been a little overwhelming. We've been really busy with traveling and activities for Mr. A's brother's wedding at the end of this month. It's also summer, so we've been doing activities outside and spending time with our sweet little boy. I decided that August would be THE month to start and hopefully complete the nursery so we are ready to put things away from my shower in September and possibly bring a baby home shortly after that. We are limited on free weekends so I've been trying to do small tasks here and there.

So far we've:

Removed B's crib and rearranged his room.

Moved the guest bed to B's big boy bed.

Emptied the guest room and stored and sold all the extra stuff.

Patched nail holes and touched up paint.

Sorted through bags and bags of clothes, shoes, and blankets I got from my sister.

Washed, organized, and put away all of the clothes and blankets.

Washed and set up the baby swing. We decided to go ahead and do this so B can get used to it being in the living room and learn it's not a toy to play with.

Cleaned and dusted the glider rocker.

Washed and bleached all the bottles and pump parts. I will sterilize them once she gets here. I also cleaned and got my pump ready.

Started taping the accent wall in the nursery. Hoping to get that painted this weekend.

When I look at this post, I realize that I've gotten a lot done. It feels like such a relief to finally be preparing for her arrival. The sooner I get it done, the sooner I can relax and enjoy the last 2 months of this pregnancy and being a family of 3. 
We are making a trip tomorrow to purchase the fabric for her bedding so I can get started sewing. We'll also pick up new blackout curtains and a rug. I have a few ideas for wall decor and storage but haven't made up my mind just yet. I'm waiting to put everything back together with the finished bedding and I will finish that final step. I have a few more things to wash (playmat, rocker seat, & carseat) and get put away and then I feel like we will be prepared for her to arrive any time.