Thursday, March 31, 2011

15 Weeks

I apologize for the continual pictures with no face! I have been taking them myself while Collin is at work and I cannot seem to get the camera adjusted on the timer with my face in the shot!
I'm 15 weeks pregnant!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 15 Weeks
Size of baby: About 4.0 inches - the size of a navel orange - and weighs around 2.5 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 1 lb
Maternity Clothes: Some maternity, some not. Most of my pants are maternity because they're just more comfortable. Shirts/dresses are a mix of small maternity and regular.
Gender: We will find out in 4-5 more weeks!
Movement: Not much to report over the last week. Ready for that stage, though!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Having energy. And I'm starting to get to that part of pregnancy where it's not comfortable to sleep on my stomach and I'm starting to miss that. I'm doing this modified leg hike move and that is working for now.
Cravings: I am starting to get my appetite back - thankfully. Not really been craving much but I'm sure it's coming. I'm pretty good at telling what I don't want though! :)
Symptoms: Feeling much better this week. No major nausea to speak of - yay! I have to be careful what I eat - cannot get too hungry or too full or I feel yucky but other than that, feeling much better! I am still very tired all the time and need a nap every afternoon. My old friend heartburn set in 2 nights ago so now I have a bottle of Tums Smoothies sitting on my nightstand. My face also recently decided to get into this pregnancy and as of this last week I am breaking out like I'm in middle school. Fun times. With Cayden, I broke out early on and then once I got into the 2nd trimester it tapered off. This go around, it's going to be the opposite I guess. It's all worth it in the end for sweet baby, though!
Best Moment this week: Definitely feeling better has been a highlight. If I could get some energy back too, I might start to feel "normal"! Ha!

This has been a weird week. The weather has been uncharacteristically cool and overcast and we've spent a lot of time indoors. Cayden desperately wants to play outside. Cayden developed this weird itchy rash the other night that I was afraid might be the beginnings of chicken pox. He wasn't running fever or acting sick, though, so we figured it wasn't that. Collin says it looked just like an allergic reaction rash that he had in high school. Cayd hadn't eaten/played with/done anything abnormal that day so I don't know what it could have been a reaction to but it went away the next day. That is the second weird rash that he's had in the last month. He has SUCH sensitive skin.

Back to pregnancy - The baby's legs are now longer than its arms this week. And it has functional joints. The hair on its head is growing, blood vessels are forming under the skin, and the baby might already be sucking its thumb at this point. Amazing. The process by which God grows a life is so amazing. To think that Collin and I have anything major to do with this miracle would be entirely self-involved and ridiculous. I am just so thankful He chose to bless us with this baby and is knitting them together so perfectly!

I have been struggling with being so tired. I don't have energy to do much but I'm sure the cloud will lift soon and I'll feel like resuming life as we knew it. Can hardly wait to find out what this sweet baby is in about a month! It's funny to me - with Cayden, we had talked about names from what seems like the moment we learned we were prego. This time around, we have hardly talked about names. I'm sure that will pick up in the coming weeks. It will be fun to start calling the baby by name and not, "it" or "the baby".

My in-laws are coming into town this weekend and we're so excited to see them! We haven't seen them since Cayden's birthday party so it will be great to spend the weekend with them.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

14 Weeks

I'm 14 weeks pregnant!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 14 Weeks
Size of baby: About 3.4 inches - the size of a lemon - and weighs around 1.5 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained 1 lb
Maternity Clothes: I pulled out a pair of secret fit belly maternity pants today and I am SO glad that I did! Forgot how comfy these suckers are! I am starting to wear certain maternity shirts too. I am still wearing some regular shirts but a lot of them just make me look fat - it seems like maternity shirts are more flattering for a baby belly. They make me feel less fat anyway!
Gender: We will find out in 5-6 more weeks!
Movement: I know I've felt the baby a couple times over the last few days. I didn't feel Cayden until about 18 weeks so it seems really early to me but maybe since I know what it feels like this time I am able to recognize it sooner? I have felt the baby a couple of nights this week - an hour or two after dinner when I am laying in bed. It has felt like a small amount of pressure leaning into my belly button.
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Feeling good and having energy. And I'm starting to get to that part of pregnancy where it's not comfortable to sleep on my stomach and I'm starting to miss that. I'm doing this modified leg hike move and that is working for now.
Cravings: Not too much this week. Still in the nothing-sounds-good to me stage.
Symptoms: I think I'm slowly feeling better. I ate some leftovers from Olive Garden on Monday for lunch and it had me running to the bathroom. Baby doesn't like Toscana soup, I guess! I haven't felt as good this week as I was hoping but surely it'll be gone soon. Still feel like I need a nap every afternoon. And I think it's just allergies but I have been getting a headache every afternoon that lasts until bedtime. That's spring in Texas for you!
Best Moment this week: Hands down - feeling the baby. So excited for the movements to get stronger and frequent! We moved Cayden to a toddler bed and he has done SO well. So proud of him for that!

I still get confused about when the 2nd trimester actually starts. Some things say 13 weeks, some say 14, and I even have friends that think it's 12. I'm too nice to correct them but I know 12 isn't right. But, regardless of your thoughts on the matter, 14 weeks means I am there my friends. And I could not be more happy about it! SURELY, I will be feeling a lot better in the next week. I get frustrated because I want to be doing all these things and I don't have the energy for it most of the time. The weather is gorgeous - I want to be able to play outside with my nature-loving-Cayden everyday, take him to the park and enjoy it before the temps are in the 100's and we lock ourselves in the air conditioning for a majority of the summer. My house needs a deep cleaning desperately. My closet needs to be reorganized. I'm pretty sure that Collin isn't loving all the maternity clothes cramped into our already pretty packed closet, creating even less space for him. I need to purge. I also really want to paint a few more rooms in my house that have white walls still. Ahhhh, I digress. Hopefully soon I'll feel good enough to actually mark some of those things off the list.

This has been a big week as far as baby's go. Our friends the Sparkman's welcomed their sweet daughter, Emerson Leigh, into the world on Sunday night. She weighed just over 8 lbs and I couldn't believe she was that big because Michele, her mama, did not look like she was carrying an 8 lb baby! Cayden was 8.3 and I was HUGE! Curt and Michele didn't find out what they were having and I think they kind of thought it would be a boy. I am so excited for them that it's a girl! They have a little boy who's about to turn 3. I think it's so neat for family's to have one of each. I also think it's a cool idea to not find out what you're having. The control freak in me would have a really hard time not finding out if I didn't already have one of each gender. That's kind of what I hope for this pregnancy - that it's a girl and then if we decide to have another we could wait to find out the gender. We'll just see what the good Lord has in store for us!

My former boss and his wife welcomed triplets on Monday morning. They were told all were girls and were shocked that Baby B turned out to be a boy! They had been told during the pregnancy that Baby B had very little amniotic fluid around "her" and that it could signal a potential problem with the kidneys, which could lead to breathing problems after birth. The triplets were born seemingly healthy - Baby B, whom they named Micah, was born breathing on his own. His condition soon worsened and he went to be with the Lord on Tuesday morning. I have been so heartbroken over this. I cannot imagine the roller coaster of emotions that this family is on. The girls, McKenna and McKayla, are still in the NICU where they will stay for a while but they are doing well. Please lift up the Motes family including their 6 year old daughter Madison as they grieve, recover, and care for these tiny newborns. And count your blessings that you have healthy kids!

Monday, March 21, 2011

A little transition

We had a big weekend at our house! Since Cayden has a lot of transitions coming up (potty training, a big boy bed, and becoming a big brother) over the next 6 months, we decided that it was time to move him to his toddler bed. We had talked about doing it around his 2nd bday but we learned about the new baby around that time and I began to feel so rotten that his toddler bed took a backseat for a while. We are blessed with a laid back first born who did fine in his crib - never tried to climb out - and was totally content staying in it so it wasn't a big deal to wait. We are planning on moving him to a double bed this summer before the baby comes in September so we decided to go ahead and transition him to the toddler bed now. He was really excited "helping" daddy take the footboard off his crib and replace it with the little toddler rail. He squealed as he climbed up into the bed himself once it was finished and then bounced around excitedly.

The getting out of bed on his own part just might be his favorite...

I was a little concerned how the night would go. Cayd is a CrAZy sleeper and I had images of him catapulting himself onto the floor in the night. I made a little pallet on the floor in case he fell out of bed (he apparently didn't like the pallet though because every time I went in there after I had put him to bed (which ended up being a total of 4 times), the things from the floor were pulled up into the bed with him!).

He cried his "I'm-a-little-scared" cry when I walked out of the room. I went back in there after a minute and we had another pep talk and prayed again. He cried when I walked out again but only for a second. Then he started playing...and playing...and playing. Until 11:30!!! Which is why I had to go in there 3 more times. He had a poopy diaper but even after I changed him, he still played for about 45 minutes before falling asleep. Crazy kid. I am happy to report that he did not one time get out of his bed on his own, though. We were watching on the video monitor. And he didn't fall out either :)

He woke up for church on his own the next morning (surprising since he was up until 11:30!) and happily played in his bed for 15 minutes before daddy went in to get him. So far so good. Lets hope the next transitions go just as smoothly!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

13 weeks

I'm 13 weeks pregnant!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 13 Weeks
Size of baby: About 2.9 inches - the size of a peach - and weighs around .81 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've gained maybe 1/2 lb at most
Maternity Clothes: I'm wearing maternity pants (not the secret fit belly ones but the stretchy waisted ones) but everything else is pretty much still my regular clothes.
Gender: We will find out in 6-7 more weeks!
Movement: I've felt a little random popping down pretty low over the last week. I keep telling myself it's too early to feel the baby - surely it's just something else. I'm looking forward to feeling more distinctive movement in about a month!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Feeling good and having energy. And I'm starting to get to that part of pregnancy where it's not comfortable to sleep on my stomach and I'm starting to miss that.
Cravings: Over the last week I started craving watermelon lime slushes from Sonic. So good!
Symptoms: I think I'm slowly feeling better. If I let myself get hungry or if I overeat, I get sick to my stomach so I'm trying to just eat a little bit every hour. Still feel like I need a nap every afternoon.
Best Moment this week: Happy to be in the second trimester and getting to the honeymoon phase of pregnancy. I plan to enjoy it thoroughly!
I get confused about when the 2nd trimester actually starts - I have heard 13 and 14 weeks. I have a pregnancy app on my iPhone that says 13 weeks so I am going with it! We have eaten at two swanky steakhouses in the last week and I have eaten way too much rich food. I got nauseas afterwards both times so I am really trying to be careful what I eat. The weather is GORGEOUS here so I am looking forward to grilling out in the near future! My picture this week makes me look so big already! We took the picture right after eating dinner and dessert - I don't think I'm that big all the least not yet!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First sleepover

My big boy had his first sleepover without mom and dad present. Last Friday was our anniversary and Cayden spent the night with his DeeDee and PawPaw! My mom picked Cayden up after she got off work. He was so excited, although he had no idea why! Although we had talked about it all day, he didn't quite get the concept that momma and dada weren't coming too.

Family shot before we headed our different directions. You don't know what a ridiculous time I had figuring out something to wear! I hate being in this awkward - looks like I've just been visiting Dunkin' Donuts a little too much lately - phase of pregnancy. My regular clothes don't fit anymore but I'm not really big enough for most of my maternity clothes - especially nice, go out to a fancy restaurant maternity clothes. Ahhh, I digress.

I wasn't worried about how Cayden would do. He's so comfortable with my parents - I knew he would have a blast and not get home sick. I was, however, a little concerned for my mom about how Cayden would do sleeping. He's not a sleep-anywhere kind of kid and he definitely isn't a good co-sleeper. My parents bought bed rails and put him in a daybed in one of their guest rooms and then my mom slept on the trundle right next to him. I am THRILLED to say that it went wonderful! Cayden slept all night and so did DeeDee! They did all sorts of fun things and he had a great time! Thanks DeeDee and PawPaw for allowing Collin and I to have a nice date night Friday night and for lovin' on our little man. I see lots more sleepovers in the future!

Friday, March 11, 2011

5 Years down...

Today, we are celebrating 5 years of being married. Five years married to my very best friend. They've by far been the best 5 years of my life. Years of joy, sanctification, growth, and a few trials.

My dearest Collin,

God knew what He was doing when He brought us together. You compliment me in so many ways and make me a better person. You spur me on in my relationship with the Lord. You make me want to be a better mom. You lift my spirits when I'm down and constantly encourage me with your positive spirit and love for Christ. I could not have hand picked a better spouse for myself, and I guess that makes sense because it's so evident that God handpicked you just for me.

Five years married have brought us:
-1 apartment
-2 houses
-1 brief move in with your in-laws
-2 kids
-1 new car
-1 lawsuit
- a 300 mile across state move
-a couple different new jobs for both of us
-countless laughter
-the loss of a loved one
-a few disappointments and hurdles to overcome
-unmeasurable joy
-lots of growth

I love you more everyday and look forward to a lifetime more of experiences and memories with you.

All my love,

Thursday, March 10, 2011

12 Weeks

I'm 12 weeks pregnant!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 12 Weeks
Size of baby: About 2.1 inches - the size of a plum - and weighs around .49 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 0 lbs - Weight has stayed the same
Maternity Clothes: I recently started wearing maternity pants (not the secret fit belly ones but just stretchy waisted ones) but everything else is regular. You definitely start showing sooner the second time around!
Gender: So excited to find out - just 2 more months!
Movement: None yet but I'm anxious to feel it - totally my favorite part of pregnancy!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Feeling good and having energy. I would also LOVE to have a corn dog from the fair.
Cravings: Nothing really. I haven't had much of an appetite - nothing sounds good. The only things I have wanted on a somewhat regular basis are some form of potatoes (baked potatoes, potato soup) or grapefruit.
Symptoms: I have been fairly queasy since week 6 but it seems to be tapering off - yay! I feel like I need a nap every afternoon but am hoping to get some of my energy back soon.
Best Moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat via doppler at my doctor's appointment.

I am very happy to be approaching the second trimester and am looking forward to feeling good again. I remember my mother-in-law saying that when she was pregnant with Collin, she just felt awful. Before she knew she was pregnant, she went to the doctor and told him that she knew she must be dying and just to tell her how much time she had. Ha! I have definitely felt yuckier this go around than I did with my first and am ready for higher energy levels and a calmer tummy! At the doctor today, I was told that I am measuring 14 weeks instead of 12. Lovely! The doc said it's just because it's a second baby and that the weeks usually don't line up until you hit the 20 week mark. But still...I cannot help but wonder if I'll have another 8 lb baby. That didn't go so well for me last time so I am hoping not quite that big!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Adventures in haircutting

If you have read this blog for very long you might have read about my experience in getting Cayden's hair cut. It's not been pleasant. I took him a total of 4 times during his second year of life to get his haircut and he acted as though they were trying to murder him. It's a very traumatic and stressful experience for both of us and I vowed not to do it any longer.

Little boy needed a haircut in a bad way. A bad way. It was shaggy in his eyes and stuck out about an inch and a half below his ears on both sides. It was getting to the point that I was embarrassed to take him out in public - ha! So, we put on our brave faces and attempted to give Cayden a haircut at home, all the while hoping that it would go better than last time when I butchered it and had to take him in to Cool Cuts for Kids to remedy momma's bad haircut. We thought he would do better with us doing it but weren't sure how he would act. We decided to do it out on our back porch. We took a bar stool out there and all the materials we were going to need. As we were setting up, I noticed Cayden playing with something on the deck. It was a small hard ball of some sort and he was throwing it down and then running after it. I went over to investigate and out of the corner of my eye I saw it. A piece of it I should say. We used to have a cute little bunny that lived under our wood deck but not anymore... Something had torn it to shreds and there were pieces of it everywhere. Collin took pictures of it but I won't disgust you with the image of Thumper torn to pieces all over our deck. I still don't know what it is exactly that Cayden was playing with but needless to say, we rushed inside and washed our hands about a dozen times while daddy cleaned up the mess. Fun times. So, plan B - we were losing light and decided to move into the garage. Make sure you notice the giant garage sale pile behind Cayden :)

See how long and shaggy his hair was!

So Collin began to cut it...Cayden cried and whined a bit but overall did REALLY good. He kept saying, "I prouda you" - wanting us to praise him for his good behavior. Precious kid. He was playing a game on my phone and it served as a pretty good distraction. That and fruit snacks. Collin started buzzing the back but it proved really hard to fade with the top still so long. Then he tried to cut the top. Before long, it turned into a chili bowl. You can see my hand over my mouth laughing in the picture below. I gave Collin an E for effort - he did a better job than I could have but poor Cayden looked ridiculous. In typical mom fashion, I still think he looked cute though. Ridiculous but cute.

We decided to call it a night knowing that his hair was still salvageable and we'd deal with it the next day. Here he is the next morning sportin' his chili bowl.

From the back - look how uneven it was!

We decided to try to fix it ourselves instead of taking him in. Collin went and bought another set of clippers that had more guards for fading and after another 30 minutes of haircutting, we ended up buzzing it all with an 8. Collin did a much better job fading the back and after a little time to get used to it, we really like it!

He's playing that same game on my phone here. We don't allow him to play it that often but it's the only way I could get him to hold still for a picture! He's a busy boy these days :) It makes him look so much older! Collin thinks we'll still be able to spike the front but we haven't tried yet. We're planning on continuing the at-home haircuts. This is going to be less stressful on everyone, easier on the wallet, and with more practice I have faith that Collin will become a haircutting pro! Hopefully our traumatic haircutting days are over. And just maybe the next haircut won't involve a dead animal!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Morning sickness has found me once again this pregnancy. Actually, it found me with a vengeance and has been rather mean to me this go around. I get randomly queasy throughout the day but if I keep my tummy full I can curb the sickness. I end up hitting a brick wall of nausea around 5:00 every afternoon and feel pretty lousy until I go to bed at night. Thankfully I am married to an incredible man who has selflessly picked up the extra slack around the house. I am not complaining, though, as I'm so thankful to be pregnant and it could be so so much worse. I will be 11 weeks tomorrow so hopefully I'll be feeling better and have more energy soon!

As exhausted and yucky as I've been feeling, I've had a pretty busy several days. Larissa and I volunteered to work the Just Between Friends Sale again this year and we got to shop last night. JBF is a community wide consignment sale. Collin and Clint (Larissa's husband) call it GGS - Glorified Garage Sale. Ha! The funny thing is, it kind of is like a big garage sale for moms. The items are nice - the clothes and shoes go through inspection. Everything goes under rigorous review to ensure that nothing that has been recalled goes out on the selling floor. All bedding (anything with filling actually) gets sprayed down with Micoban. No large baby equipment is sold if it has a manufacturer date past 5 years. It's good quality stuff. I have to share what I got because it's such a great deal! If you have young kiddos (up to size 12) or are pregnant, you have to check it out!

I got a Combi lightweight side-by-side double stroller for $50. In case you're not in the realm of all things baby - that is a good deal! This stroller sells for over $200 retail. I looked at the Sit and Stands, which came highly recommended by lots of people, but I think this will work better for our family. If we go to the zoo, for example, Cayden will be out of the stroller for most of the time and then he'll get tired and want to sit down and lean back and chill. With a Sit & Stand, that's not possible. He could sit down but there's nothing to lean back on. I am almost certain it wouldn't be a good fit for him or us. This stroller is easy to maneuver, lightweight and simple enough for me to fold up and easily put in the back of my SUV (it amazingly takes up less room than our Chicco single!), it's narrow enough to fit through standard size doorways, and it's in really good condition! It needs to be cleaned up a bit (crumbs and things under the cushions but no stains) but another thing I liked about it is that the seat cushions come off and can be washed. I brought it in the house today and Cayden wanted to immediately sit in it and after I explained that the baby in mommy's tummy right now will eventually be sitting in the seat next to him, he acted like he really liked that and kept pointing and saying, "Tiny baby sit here." Ha - we'll see how he likes it once that time is here!

I also bought a Medela electric double breast pump for $25. That is a steal! I borrowed the exact same pump from my sister-in-law when Cayden was born - I just bought my own shields and equipment that goes with it. This go around, I decided I would just see if they had one and got one for a ridiculously cheap price. The newer version retails in stores for over $200. Score.

I bought a video monitor for $75. This is a little more than I wanted to spend but still less than half of what you would pay retail. It's still in the box in almost perfect condition. They didn't have a huge selection of these and I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and get it. Cayden had/has a regular monitor and it worked great but this baby will be put in its crib a lot sooner than Cayden was and the peace of mind is worth it to me.

I got 16 books for Cayden for about $15.50. Since he is a winter birthday and it's so close to Christmas, I like to have little things like this that I can pull out randomly for him throughout the rest of the year.

I got some cute maternity clothes for myself including: (didn't total the prices, sorry!)
2 dresses
1 skirt
2 pairs of shorts
1 top
1 swimsuit (which I am so pumped about because it's C-U-T-E!)

I got some spring/summer clothes for Cayden including: (again, didn't total this up)
6 pairs of shorts
7 tops
2 sweater vests
1 swimsuit
1 pair of pants

I got all of that for about $280. That is an awesome deal! And I have to tell you that the clothes are name brand items. Not that any of that matters but I say that to say that these are quality items that will last. If you are a savvy shopper and live in a place that has JBF, I strongly encourage you to go! Just google Just Between Friends and you will find the website. If you're in a large city, chances are they'll have one. I know they do in most cities in Texas anyhow.