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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bumpdate: 31 Weeks

 31 Weeks

How far along: 31 weeks. Officially 8 months pregnant. 9 weeks to go!

Baby Size: 16 1/4 inches long and around 3.3 lbs
  

Weight gain: I'm almost up to my pre-pregnancy weight. Everything from here on will be weight gain.
  

Maternity clothes: Always. Either that or t-shirt and athletic shorts.
  Stretch marks: A few new ones are starting to make their appearance. I got marks on my lower belly with B and this time they are popping up on my upper belly.
  
Sleep: I've been sleeping okay... up 4-5 times a night to go to the bathroom and still suffering from heartburn occasionally.
  
Gender: Baby Girl K

Movement: Oh yes! I swear she is having a dance party in there. My whole belly shakes and undulates and you can pick out body parts such as a foot or a booty.
 
Best moment this week: Mr. A took a peek at her on ultrasound on Saturday and we found out that she is no longer breech. She is in position for birth! I was relieved.
 
Looking forward to: Finishing up the nursery.
  
Food cravings: French fries with ketchup.
  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not anymore!

Labor Signs:
I've had a couple bouts of contractions. After chugging some water and rest, they go away.


What I miss: Not waddling. Haha!


Symptoms: Heartburn, sciatic pain, swelling in my hands.


Nursery: The nursery is emptied. All her clothes are washed, sorted, and put away. We bought the paint and supplies for her accent wall. I hope to start on that this week. The to-do list is getting shorter.

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. My fingers have been swelling.

Mood: Excited. Definitely feeling the nesting instinct. I've been working really hard to get ready for her arrival. 


Here's some bump progression...
 23-25-27-29-31

Friday, August 8, 2014

B's Big Boy Bed

In preparation to start the nursery, we had to start clearing that room out. After much thought and talk, we decided to upgrade B from his converted crib toddler bed to our full sized guest bed.
From this...
 To this...
We debated getting him a twin sized bed, but I felt that it would have been a waste of a perfectly good bed that we already owned and we would lose that extra full bed for any guests that might need it.
So here's where we ended up.
My goal for this room was to rearrange the furniture to still allow him enough room to play. I also didn't want to spend a ton of money on bedding because I would still like to upgrade him into his official "big boy room" whenever he gets a little older. I want him to choose his theme or colors, so I just bought affordable basic bedding to mesh with his existing decor. I let him choose between blue and green sheets and he chose bright green.
This leaves a perfect area at the end of the bed for playing toys and reading books. We spend many hours in here every day.
 
We purchased a safety railing that folds down to keep him from falling out. We also bought a little step stool to give him a little boost while getting up into bed.
The transition to his bed bed has went soooo smoothly. He really seems more comfortable with the extra room. He stretches out and moves around all night long. We haven't had any issues with it. He doesn't sleep covered with the top blankets. He prefers to lay on the sheet and use his little blankets. Mr. A and I have enjoyed being able to lay down with him for cuddles or reading books. It'll also be nice when we have guests. We can put B in our room and still have room for them to sleep without having to break out the air mattress.

I am so proud of the big boy that he is becoming. Looking at my sweet, little baby sleeping in a big bed brought tears to my eyes. It's just another step in the transition of him growing up and becoming a big brother.


I'll leave you with a little peak of what we have left in the future nursery. We're finally ready to get started in here!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fan-tastic!

We finally got around to installing a ceiling fan in our master bedroom. This is one of the last things in this room besides replacing the carpet. None of the bedrooms in our house came with fans and we have been working on buying and installing them as we go. It isn't an easy job... it took us almost a whole weekend because Mr. A had to spend a few hours in the attic and it was 150 degrees up there. The previous fixture was a nasty 1960s light and it wasn't mounted on a beam so the electrical box was never intended to hold any weight. Mr. A had to install a crossbeam and reinstall and run wires through the electrical box. This made the box super sturdy and gives it the ability to hold the weight of the very heavy 52" fan. 

Here's the only before picture I could find with the light.
We chose this 52" fan for this room because it is larger than the other bedrooms. We also decided to do a low profile fan since we have 8 ft ceilings and this one is mounted over our bed. It's a dark bronze finish with white speckled shades.
This particular model has a really neat feature. When you pull and hold the light string it slowly dims the light. It was the reason I chose this one over another model. I can't believe how updated the room looks now. 
 
We've enjoyed the better lighting and the nice breeze while we sleep. We got it installed in perfect time for the hot weather! Only one room remains (the nursery) and we'll be done!

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!