Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our rainbow baby's blessing way.

I am part of an amazing mommy group here locally and was honored to be one of five mamas this past Friday night who were honored with a beautiful blessingway as we celebrate the upcoming arrival of our babies. For those that aren't aware of what a  a blessing way is , you can think of it as a baby shower without the emphasis on "showering" the mama-to-be with gifts (although I will admit we did still end up with some WONDERFUL gifts that I am so grateful for). To swipe the definition from a parenting website, a blessing way is "an intimate party inspired by an ancient Navajo ceremony. The ceremony is held to prepare an expectant mother for her upcoming birth journey -- to shower mom-to-be with love, support and encouragement. The act of birth is seen as a rite of passage for women, and this is meant to help a woman feel mentally, physically and emotionally ready to give birth."

I almost had to miss the blessing way due to not having childcare, but thankfully, they told me to just bring Piper anyway -- thankfully she is SO well behaved and it worked out beautifully. She didn't make a peep the whole night and that helped make the experience even more relaxing and enjoyable - no worrying about keeping my little one happy because she was content to entertain herself - thank God for having an easy child!

I made this pic collage from a few cellphone pics but it doesn't do the evening justice at all!

The stones each have positive birth affirmations on them to help encourage each other in the midst of labor and we also have special birth bracelets being made that we each put together with beads we all brought to help remember each other, also while in labor. It's just small, meaningful little things like that that mean so much! To know there are other mamas in it with you, praying for you, and lifting you up during a very physically and emotionally demanding time - it means a lot. We also each have candles to light when each of us goes in to labor, to keep us praying and thinking of the one in labor as each of us 'takes our turn' delivering our babies. It's just a special, special thing and I am so honored to be a part of it!

They also gave each of us baskets full of thoughtful goodies for us and our babies as well. I was gifted all sorts of neat things - handmade burp cloths, blankets, cloth wipes, diapers, a maternity photography session, a henna session, etc. Unbelievably generous!

Also, it may go without saying because there were a bunch of pregnant chicks gathering at the same time...but the food was sooooo yummy, LOL. We also photobombed Rachel's phone and took a pic while she wasn't paying attention for her to find later ;) 

Anyway, I don't have my bracelet back yet but I will definitely post a picture of it once it's finished and I have it back. There is one bead in particular that means the absolute world to me as it was hand-picked from a friend and holds a lot of significance for this season of my life as she knows the exact struggles we have faced this past year and has been with us every step of the way. <3 I will never, ever, ever lose that bracelet because her support and encouragement has meant the world to me as we have navigated this process of preparing to meet our rainbow baby, or, as she so aptly put, "our son made of miracles". So, so very true! I can't wait to meet this precious baby boy - words can't describe the love I have for him already. I can't believe I'm just a few weeks away from holding my sweet miracle baby in my arms!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Current Piper-isms

Now that she's quickly approaching 4 1/2 (I've been working on this list for a while), Miss Piper J still has a handful of "Piperisms". It makes me sad that she is losing so many of them but I still cherish the ones she still has. I've never been one to consciously correct her when she misspeaks because I figure she will learn it herself and that's exactly what has happened.

Here are a few that I can currently remember:

--Instead of "because", it comes out sounding more like "uh-cuz"

--Delicious = wishious

--Caterpillar = callih-pillar

--"Smurfs" instead of s'mores. Too hilarious to correct!!! When she asks to eat a smurf, c'mon! I love it.

--One of my favorite songs is 10,000 Reasons so I sing it a lot, and therefore, so does she. She sings one line wrong, though, and it's precious. I even have a video of it! ;) She sings "Bless the Lord, oh my *sore*, oh my *sore*". Sore is supposed to be "soul", ha!

--Toby is still Tovey

--She will add 'uhs' to things to make them plural sometimes. Giraffes = "giraffe-uhs" , laughs= "laugh-uhs", etc.

--She says "gwappa" and "gwamma" instead of grandpa and grandma

--Geography is pretty confusing to her, lol. Any time we drive around the metroplex, she asks if we're still in Texas. She knows we live in Texas but I think she thinks our city IS Texas and when we leave, we're suddenly not there anymore. Kind of a confusing concept for a little one! She knows the name of our city and where grandma and grandpa live yet she doesn't really get that all those places are still in Texas but are also in America. It's a lot to process!! :P

--She is pretty infatuated with American flags and loves to point them out everywhere we go.

--We recently had to switch her to forwarding facing in her carseat because she outgrew the weight limit of our Diono Radian, and she talks non-stop while we drive around. Literally, non-stop. Now that she has 'our' view and can see out a little better, she has a running commentary on EVERYTHING and asks 101 questions every five seconds. It's cute..and exasperating all at once. Lol.

--Grapes are still sometimes called purple strawberries, gymnastics is still nastics, seahorse is still sometimes see-see and other times seahorsie/horsie.

--Every time someone accidentally steps on our little dog (you know, because she lives under our feet lol), Piper calls it "squeaking the dog" LOL. This doesn't happen often but every time she gets stepped on and squeals, I crack up because Piper says "daddy, you squeaked Rio again!!"  and she usually runs over to give her a hug and tell her it's going to be ok haha.

One I forgot that she said about a year ago (she says it right now, sniff sniff) : school busses used to be "bus schools". Lol!

I know I'm forgetting some! I will have to start a new one of these lists and keep adding to them as I think of it. It's hard to remember off the top of your head!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The best of intentions...

We all have those days. Those days with big plans and hopes and expectations. And then they fall apart just as quickly as it all begins?

Yeah, that has pretty much been my entire last few days. LOL.

Mitchell had a three day weekend with the holiday. We planned to get a lot done, enjoy a fireworks display at the lake, then spend the next day on the lake w/ my mama, Sunday was going to productive as well and then Monday was supposed to be a pool party at my sister's house to celebrate my dad's birthday.

So, Friday wasn't so bad. We were truckin' away, getting lots accomplished.  Piper looked super cute in her Independence Day outfit:


Then it was time for the fireworks display! Piper LOVES fireworks and had been dying to go see them the entire week. She has a freaky-good memory and was totally pumped because she remembered how fun it was last year. So, we popped our popcorn like we always do and headed out. We picked up my parents and went to the beach that the Fort Worth newspaper told us the viewing would be. We found the perfect spot...

...and then the display began. The only problem? We couldn't see them. At all. The newspaper apparently gave the wrong address because the display was on the OTHER side of the lake and we couldn't see ANYTHING. There were tons of people at the same address we were and everyone was soooo disappointed. Talk about a major goof on the newspaper's behalf! I am still so annoyed by it, four days later! Thankfully there were enough other people around us doing little fireworks that Piper wasn't too upset and doesn't fully know what she missed but *I* know what she missed and it'll be an entire year before she gets to see it again :( It makes me so sad. She will only be four once, it's not like I will ever "get that back", you know? Ugh.

We raced to the car to try and catch the tail end of it. And we did, literally, catch the tail end of it a little further up the road. We got to watch about 2 minutes of the display from the movie theater parking lot and then it was done. Lol. Can't win for losin'. By this point, she was just flat out grumpy.

My dad suggested ice cream as a consolation prize and we totally hopped on board with that idea.

We headed home after all that and she crashed pretty quick. The next morning, we were up & at it and ready to hit the lake!

We had a good day overall but mid-trip, Piper was acting SO exhausted. She was laying her head down on the tube, practically falling over on the floor of the boat, and we eventually persuaded her to lay down in the back seat. She crashed instantly and was asleep for almost an hour!! If you know Piper, this is NOT like her AT ALL. I could not believe my eyes..

I rigged up a life jacket and towel combo within a couple minutes to keep the sun off of her. Looked pretty redneck but it worked great! ;)

Just as she was waking up, however, we stumbled across a rather confusing and then alarming scene. At first, we thought the game warden was coming for us because he had his lights flashing and was yelling something. Then we noticed the people by the public beach we were trolling past were acting weird. Screaming and hollering but we couldn't make out what anyone was saying. And then the sirens started in. And people started running out of the water and an ambulance pulled up. Not long after, a helicopter started circling. Not. Good.  I got out my phone and tried to figure out what was happening and sure enough, it was bad. There was a missing swimmer and they were searching for him. Pretty soon, a few divers came out. We were just anchored nearby taking it all in for quite a while. Unfortunately, within about an hour, they did find him and he had drown. Horrendous. I honestly never thought I would witness something like that. It always seems, unfortunately, that someone drowns at one of the lakes in the metroplex every weekend during the summer months but I for sure didn't expect for it to happen at the one I was at, right in front of me! Such a terrible tragedy, my heart is broken for his family.

On the way to load up, we also hit a log and it tore up our new propeller. Just another crappy thing to add to the list this weekend! We dropped it off to get fixed today but getting it repaired costs almosts as much as buying new. Really disappointing considering we have a lot more important things to be spending money on right now (like, a baby! lol). Our good day at the lake went from great to....pretty bad, all in the a matter of an hour or two.

The next morning, we were up and getting ready to start getting dressed and ready for church....and then it happened. Piper puked. For the first time in her 4 years and 8 months on this Earth, she puked. All over Mitchell. (I had worried the day before that she was starting to get sick solely due to the boat-nap. Girlfriend DOES NOT crash like that and never has so I was a little bit skeptical but figured the late night from the fireworks must be the culprit, especially since she was swimming for two straight hours in the lake and then went tubing before she fell asleep. )

She INSISTED on the jammies after her post-puking bath -  no worries, we talked her out of keeping them on about 10 minutes later, lol. But she did get good at using the trashcan instead of puking on US!) 

She stayed sick for the entire day with a really high temperature and not eating much but she was still drinking, thankfully. She was sick again all day yesterday as well but puking more and eating even less. She also puked all over me. No fun!! Needless to say, we had to cancel the pool party as well. My poor sweetheart, she was so sad and confused!  She kept saying "I don't like being sick!" and "my tummy feels crummy" . It definitely wasn't the flu because she wasn't "sick enough" for that, it must have just been a mild stomach bug but that was no fun. I am quite spoiled by having a happy, healthy little girl -- I don't like seeing her like that! I am quite grateful that Mitchell and I seem to have dodged that bullet also!

She was about 75% better today but still didn't eat a lot and she was just in a funk all day. She was running a low fever but she was at least up and about and more chatty today so she definitely felt a lot better. Just still not quite 100%. I'm hoping tomorrow she is back to her old self again!

So...anyway. That was my last four days. Not so fun. I am hoping the upcoming three day weekend is a lot less of a downer and lives up to my higher expectations. Lol!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Bumpdate! 28 weeks.

·  How far along are you? --28 weeks (I just had to text my sister and ask her because I forgot LOL. She always knows where she is and I'm exactly two weeks behind her).

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel good! I'm having some typical pregnancy discomfort but I'm confident that regular chiro care will help that significantly! :)

·  Total weight gain: --I had my first gain  last week. I don't weigh myself regularly because I'm not too hung up on it but I guess it was about time the scale moved a little. I've officially gained 2lbs. Not bad for the third tri!!

·  Cool baby facts:  -- "Baby can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world."

How big is baby?  --"By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels."

  Sleep: --Sleep is getting to be uncomfortable for sure! I am having some pretty significant SPD pains and can barely walk when I get out bed in the mornings! It's crazy, I never had that at all with Piper. I'm sure getting adjusted regularly will help that a lot.

Best moment this week:  --Starting the chiro care! Oh, and I registered for my baby shower this week. Starting to feel more and more real, that's for sure. :)

 Movement: --Tons of movement!

·  Food cravings: --Still eating massive amounts of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Thank God for our garden!!! It is producing CRAZY amount of fruit this summer and I am taking full advantage. I've been eating a lot of bell peppers, too -- should have planted those as well! 

·  Food aversions: --Nada!

·  Belly button in or out: -- Still in. 

·  What I miss:  --Having a smaller belly ;) It's gotten so big and heavy!! 

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Getting his wall decal ordered for the nursery. I'm anxious to get it all pulled together. I also need to use my Christmas massage gift certificate for a prenatal massage....that will be heaven.
·  Randoms:  --He finally has a name! Whew! We don't share the name until baby is born (we avoid hurtful comments about our choice that way!) so it will be a surprise. Not too far off now! 

--I seem to be having Braxton Hicks contractions occassionaly. I never had any of that with Piper. Seriously, it's amazing what five years aging will do. This has not been a hard pregnancy by any stretch of the imagination (well, despite being reeeeally sick for the first trimester) but still - it is more difficult than it was 5 years ago! I have so much admiration for the women that do this at 40+ years old! I really can't imagine.

--I have no new stretchmarks from this pregnancy so far, it would be really nice if I didn't accumulate any additionals - I had enough with Piper lol ! ; ) 

Here are a couple more recent bump pictures. My belly has grown A LOT. The top one is a bird's eye view of my sister and I's belly bumps. Her's is the white shirt and mine is gray. Our feet are disappearing!! Lol 

Piper wanted in on the pic :)

Both of those are about a week old so I was 27 weeks in them but it give you an idea of how baby is growing! :)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A few tidbits from the past week or so...

This is just going to be a random compilation of happenings/thoughts so I apologize in advance for the disjointed flow of the update ;)

--Tomorrow my mama is coming over to help me organize the baby's current closet and the office/office closet. We used to store a ton of stuff in the closet and we obviously need to clear it all out! I need to get rid of tons of stuff in the office also to make room for all the stuff we need to store. Gotta make room for baby!! :)

--I started seeing a new chiro today and it was wonderful. I actually really love my 'old' one but I flat out can't afford to go as often as I wish I could. The new chiro operates as a 'box on the wall' payment method for the whole family which is a God-send for us! I will likely be there twice a week for the duration of my pregnancy so it's nice to be able to access the helpful, healing care of a Webster-certified chiro and not go bankrupt doing it. I am so grateful that she handles her practice this way!!

Piper also got adjusted for the first time and she thought it was pretty neat and is excited to go back. She has a zebra table for kids, too -- so cute!

--After the chiro appt, Piper and I headed to our favorite place to spend a rainy afternoon....TARGET! Gosh, we love that store. Lol. I also did my baby registry so that was fun! It's been a long time since I've done one of those. We have most of the big stuff we need (stroller, crib, pack&play, car seat, etc) but we have been out of the baby game for quite a long time and definitely don't have anything boyish so despite feeling a little awkward about it at first, my friends have all urged me to register so...I did!

--I learned how to make authentic Mexican enchiladas this week!!! My sweet friend Liz and her mama showed me how to do it step-by-step. They are so delicious!

--We were supposed to have a pool party at my sister's house this past weekend but we have been getting SO much rain this week and our party was rained out. So, we went to the mall instead. Here's my Piper-girl in the food court snackin' on a pretzel . She seriously LOVES the mall, lol.

I know there was something else I was going to mention but it's escaping me right now so.....bon voyage!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bumpdate - 25 weeks!

Can't believe I'm nearing the end of my second trimester already - just a couple-ish weeks away (some sites seem to say 25 weeks, some say 27, some say 28...so...you know, whatever lol)

I've done a terrible job of updating this lately - it's been 5  weeks. Oooops!

·  How far along are you? --25 weeks! 

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel really good!

·  Total weight gain: --Still nada!

·  Cool baby facts:  -- "Under his skin, capillaries are forming and filling with blood and by week's end, air sacs (also lined with capillaries) will develop in his lungs, getting them ready for that first breath. Mind you, those lungs aren't ready for prime time just yet — but they are developing surfactant, a substance that will help them expand after birth. And speaking of breathing, your baby's tiny nostrils, which have been plugged up until now, are starting to open, and his vocal chords are getting ready to roar. "

 How big is baby?  --This week, baby is about the size of cauliflower and weighs around 1 1/2 pounds and is 13 1/3 inches long! Growing so fast!

  Sleep: --Still sleeping pretty well.  :)

·  Maternity Clothes:  --Definitely 100% in maternity clothing for the duration now. This answer won't be changing!

Best moment this week:  --Getting his nursery painted! I've been waiting to paint that room for a long time and it was a big deal to me to finally get to do it!!! :)   

 Movement: -- Still moving lots and lots, just like his sister did in utero. He kicks hard enough now that it bumps my computer all around if I'm using the laptop.

·  Food cravings: --One of my recurring cravings is sliced tomatoes and sliced red/orange/yellow bell peppers. Can't get enough. And big, elaborate, pain-in-the-butt to assemble because EVERYTHING is in them salads. Lol. 
·  Food aversions: --None, really! Feeling really good right now and I am really appreciating it.

·  Belly button in or out: -- In. Mine never popped out w/ Piper so I don't imagine it will this time either?!

·  What I miss:  -- Clear skin! 
·  What I'm looking forward to:  --Our next midwife appt - love   hearing his heartbeat.
·  Randoms: --I bought his first outfit at Kohls the other day and Mitchell bought him a cute little shirt from his company store as well. :) My mom found a few cute newborn and 0-3 month things also so that was exciting, and I found out that my insurance will provide a free Medela double electric breastpump so I need to see about getting that ordered soon. Huge financial weight lifted there especially as the other baby bills are rolling in left and right! :) 

Oh, also! I forgot that we had our big anatomy scan a few weeks ago and it went really well! Everything looked perfect and he was measuring a little ahead but I seem to grow larger babies so that doesn't really surprise me too much. I'm so curious how he will compare in size to Piper!

Here are a couple of bump pictures since I've not shared one for a couple of months or so.. 

22 weeks and an ultrasound shot of his little feet! <3 He didn't cooperate too well for a profile shot, makes me sad but oh well! 

Also 22 weeks, different vantage point. Piper hugging my belly! :)


A couple of days ago at the lake. Mitchell snapped this picture without me knowing. I was 24 weeks here:

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Saturday Nine [5.10.14]

1) This song is about how the older generation often doesn't understand what the younger generation is up to. Do you keep up with trends?
--Depends on the trend, I suppose. As far as clothes, definitely not. I tend to stick  with pretty basic, non-trendy styles so I can wear them forever lol.  

2) This song was in the top 10 in 1972, which is also the year HBO was introduced. Do you have any premium cable channels?

  --LOL. Um, definitely not. We don't pay for cable, we use bunny ears. I never thought I would be okay with that (I grew up in a house with cable) but honestly, we watch almost no TV so it works out fine for us. I watch a handful of shows and they are all on ABC so it works fine. I like one or two guilty pleasure shows on TLC that my sister records for me and we snark on together when I go and visit. :)
3) Mother Winters taught Sam how to kill the lingering food smells in her microwave (take a bowl of water, add a few drops of vanilla extract, and heat it in the microwave). Do you have any useful household hints to pass along?

  --There are lots but hard to think of them on the spot! Re: the microwave, it's a lot easier to clean if you heat up a mug of water in it for a few minutes first. Helps break up all the cooked on gunk in the microwave and then it just slides right out. 

4) The French word for "mother" is "mère." What other French words do you know?
--Je t'aime. That's about it. 
5) Flowers and plants are popular on Mother's Day. How is your yard or garden? Is it green and/or blooming?

--Yep, green and blooming! Our  vegetable garden is doing wonderfully also. Our tomato plants have little baby tomatoes on them already. 
6) Mother's Day is a big holiday for card shops. So are birthdays, weddings, and St. Patrick's Day. Hallmark sells greetings for everything from "Congratulations on Your New Job" to "Happy Retirement." Who received the most recent card you bought?
  --We mailed my MIL's Mother's Day card yesterday so it would be her's! 
7) Have you put away your winter clothes yet? 

  --Not really. They all just hang in my closet year 'round. I don't have a lot of clothing lol. 
8) Mother Winters used to scold Sam for leaving her dirty dishes in the sink. Sam admits it: as a grown up, she's still a bit of a slob. Do lean toward "neat" or "messy?"

  --Oh, I'm definitely messy by nature. Lol. 
9) To celebrate Mother's Day, Sam is giving away candy bars. Would you prefer classic milk chocolate, dark chocolate or milk chocolate with almonds?
--Milk chocolate with almonds, of those three. My FAVORITE is milk chocolate with caramel. Oooooooh yum. Now I want some. Great. LOL. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Recent happenings.

It seems like we have been go, go, go for the past few weeks and I am starting to wear out! Thankfully, I finally feel really good, have an appetite back and have regained some energy now that I'm in the 2nd trimester so I've been able to keep up a little better. :)

A couple of weekends ago, we went to the airshow at the base because the Blue Angels were there. Pretty darn cool! It was also cool to have them flying over our area for the two days before practicing. I remember watching the Blue Angels on TV as a kid and thinking it would be amazing to see them some day so that was pretty neat. Surprisingly, Mitchell had never seen them either so he was on cloud 9, lol. We took my parents and sister, too, and it was a good day. Hot and tiring, though!

Last weekend, we headed to my hometown for a visit because my grandma Dorothey is not doing well at all. It was pretty sad but I am praying it was a "see you soon" visit and not "goodbye". This is the hardest part about moving far away. I am very close to my grandparents and not being able to BE THERE is hard on me (and my parents). I hate that they're all getting older. It hurts my heart just to think about it.

So, anyway, there was also lots of fun to be had with my inlaws. I was in town a lot visiting my grandma and I think Mitchell was helping his dad a lot so Piper spent a lot of time with Gma Gina and had a blast. Piper even got to sit on a horse, sit in a tractor, "help" burn trash, play the piano with gma and jump on the trampoline with her, too. She was definitely sad to leave! She also spent about 5 hours at the nursing home with us on Sunday and for some reason, she loved it, lol. Mitchell planned to run some errands with her while I was visiting but she started crying and saying she wanted to come back and hang out with mommy in the nursing home so that's what she did. She was a champ! My grandma D got a big kick out of having here there and really enjoyed the art Piper made for her walls to cheer her up. I need to have her send a new one every week or so!

..oh yeah, looking at this pic, I realize she got to shoot a BB gun for the first time, too. She's not a bad shot for 4 years old! ;) She kept calling it a "baby gun" instead of a bb gun, haha.  She loves having so much space to spread out and RUN. Oh, how I wish we had some land!!

The past week and a few days last week I've been homebound because something was wrong with Mitchell's pickup so he's been taking my van to work. So that has been mighty boring! I am a homebody BUT when I know I can't leave, I start going stir crazy, lol. Thankfully, Mitchell is Mr. Fix It and was able to get it fixed and surprisingly , the parts were only ten bucks! We got off easy this time.

We've just been hanging out here this afternoon anyway since there have been some gnarly storms in the area. I don't need any hail damage on the van, thankyouverymuch! ;) Piper decided to put her hat on Jasmine and then her glasses+patch, too. Jasmine is such a trooper, lol. She is the perfect family dog, truly. Aint no way Rio would tolerate any of that!

Speaking of eye patches, Piper had an EXCELLENT appointment yesterday. She has been wearing her glasses for nearly a year now and doing the patching for a minimum of an hour a day for the same length of time. I strive for more per day - I NEVER tell her the time is up, I wait until she starts asking to take it off. Some days, that's ten minutes later ("not yet!"), and some days (a lot of days), she gets distracted and ends up leaving it on for 2-3 hours and I LOVE those days. The more, the better. Anyway, we go for appointments every three months and this time we got a glowing report! Her corrected  vision has improved from 20/100 to 20/40 over the past year and she's even starting to see *some* of the 20/30 chart! WOOHOO! That is a major milestone in TX because 20/40 is the minimum to get your license without restrictions. Her depth perception has improved significantly also. The better we can get her vision now, the better! I want her to have some wiggle room with her vision into adulthood.  It was a little disheartening to hear we will likely be patching until she's somewhere between 7-10 years old (oh my..) BUT I would do anything to improve her vision as much as I can. What we do now affects her vision permanently so I bust my butt every day even though it can be quite the conundrum some days -- I know it will be worth it. Overall, she does the patching pretty darn well but, like any 4 year old, there are days she just flat out doesn't want to deal with it. I can't say I blame her.=\ 

So...that's that, I guess! I've yammered on for long enough so I'll tie this up and update again  in a few days! :)

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Bumpdate .. 20 weeks.

·  How far along are you? --20 weeks! Can't believe I'm at the half way point (well, almost at the halfway point if he hangs around inside a little longer like Piper did). 

·  How I'm feeling:  --I feel great!

·  Total weight gain: --None so far.

·  Cool baby facts:  -- "Baby weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches from head to heal. (For the first 20 weeks, when a baby's legs are curled up against his torso and hard to measure, measurements are taken from the top of his head to his bottom — the "crown to rump" measurement. After 20 weeks, he's measured from head to toe.)
  • he's got working taste buds.
  • Now, he's gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day -- that's significantly more than before"

 How big is baby?  --This week, baby is about the size of a banana 

·  Sleep: --Still sleeping well.  :)

·  Maternity Clothes:  --Definitely 100% in maternity clothing for the duration now, lol.

Best moment this week:  --Piper felt her baby brother kick for the first time yesterday! That was so, so awesome and the smile on her face was infectious. I didn't expect it to actually work - she asks to feel him frequently. This time, he was actually movin& a shakin' pretty good at the time so she felt a big thump and smiled SO big! Mitchell felt him kick for  the first time on Easter (4/20) and has felt him every time he tries since. Pretty cool!

 Movement: -- I can tell he's getting bigger and stronger - the movement is more and more obvious every day. He's also really really active particularly at night, LATE at night, usually from 10pm-1am or so. 

·  Food cravings: --Nothing specific, really, just whatever hits me at the time. :) Yesterday it was ice cream sandwiches. 

·  Food aversions: --I still have them but they aren't quite as strong as they have been so YAY! 

·  Belly button in or out: -- In.  

·  What I miss:  -- Still, clear skin. My skin is freaking terrible.

·  What I'm looking forward to:  --The anatomy scan at my next midwife appointment in two weeks. 
·  Randoms: --Hired our birth photographer last week, woohoo! Also got the nursery bedding in the mail a few days ago and I love it. We also sold the guest bedroom furniture to clear out his room to make room for the crib and changing table so that was exciting. :) We had planned to make it a nursery not long after buying this house so it was a hard pill to swallow when we gave in and made it a guest room instead. I'm so glad it's finally going to be the long-awaited nursery now!!

No bump pic this time...I haven't taken any except for that first/last one.  Maybe next time.

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