Monday, July 6, 2015

24 weeks!

Pat on the back for myself, I actually took a photo of our weekly update on the date my weeks actually changed! (only took me 5ish months, ha) 

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I've got an appt tomorrow, but most recently, +7lbs.
Maternity clothes? absolutely
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: the constant movement! baby is much more active lately and it has been so fun to feel and begin to see on the outside
Miss anything: a solid 8hours of sleep.
Movement: all over the place
Food cravings: nothing really
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes. 
Gender: Team Green
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? getting ridiculously flat already
Wedding rings on or off? On (thankfully!)
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: the baby getting hiccups!  
size comparison. 24w with Emerson on the left, and 24w with baby no2 on the right.

Monday, June 8, 2015

20 weeks/half way there/ultrasound photos!

Its crazy to me that we are half way through this pregnancy already! it seems like just last week I found out we were pregnant, and yet, here we are!
as I'm progressing further into the 2nd trimester, I've noticed my nausea has subsided (thank goodness!) and my energy is finally returning. Granted, I still want to go to bed at 8pm each night, but I think that is likely a combination of regular life + a 2yr old + pregnancy, so I can't fully blame the baby.
The baby is more visible as the days go by, and in the mornings i have a very noticeable hard lump where he/she is laying.  The movement has become much more regular, and i notice it when i'm laying down for bed, or if i sit for too long.
i'm showing enough to the point that strangers are comfortable asking if i'm pregnant, mostly women, but still! we are so proud, and know he or she is an absolute blessing, so i love showing him or her off to the world :)

How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: at the scan last week i had somehow lost weight, so as of now, +4lbs.
Maternity clothes? absolutely
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: Brandon feeling a slight kick!
Miss anything: my sleep has been very fitful recently, so i'm hoping i can go back to getting a good night's rest before too long
Movement: yes, and loving it :)
Food cravings: nothing really
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes. 
Gender: Team Green
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? getting ridiculously flat already
Wedding rings on or off? On (thankfully!)
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: the baby getting hiccups! 

We had our 20 week ultrasound this past week and it was just as amazing this time as it was with Emerson. when we first saw this sweet baby, he/she literally looked like a bowling pin and was about 2" long from head to feet. Now, the baby is fully formed and the tech estimated about 10" long and 11oz in weight.  Seeing the fully formed little human growing inside me was so awesome. the features were so different from Emerson's, and yet contain similarities. 
We chose not to find out the gender again, but have some suspicions.


profile shot
right foot (we made sure to count all the fingers and toes!)

left foot
He/she was very stubborn, just like Emerson was, and had settled into a nice comfy spot, head down, feel up towards my sternum, and refused to move for most of the appt.  We could see that the baby was awake, with small movements or twitches periodically, but made sure to keep the face towards my spine for a good majority of the appt.  We got these good face shots towards the end though :)

It is so interesting to see how the babies look so different from each other. The nose and mouth are completely different than Emerson's! This baby has Brandon's straight nose, where as Emerson had my more rounded one.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015


I figured since I'm nearing the half way point, I should probably get on the weekly-ish baby updates.  I feel badly that he/she has been slighted thus far in the tracking department (you'll remember I took a photo weekly when pregnant with Emerson), but I've taken a good number periodically up to now.

yes, I took this in the bathroom at work. we don't have a mirror that captures my full upper half at home (that I can find) so this will suffice for now!

How far along? 18 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: At my apt last week I was up 6lbs. if you try telling that to any of my clothing though, it would beg to differ that that number should be considerably higher
Maternity clothes? absolutely, and have been in them for a few months now. I haven't been able to button a pair of pants in months
Stretch marks? Nope
Best moment this week: finishing the kitchen cabinets!
Miss anything: not so far
Movement: I'm feeling what I know is the baby moving (finally!) I've felt some flutters for the past few weeks, but nothing consistent, until recently!
Food cravings: nothing really
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes.
Gender: Still unknown to us :)
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? getting ridiculously flat already
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Our 3D ultrasound next week, which means we are nearly half way done!

I had noticed it nearly immediately, but I am much larger this time around than I was with E. while a part of me is very grateful I skipped through the 'is she just fat...?' phase pretty quickly, I can already tell I'm going to be quite large at the end.

An interesting/slightly disheartening revelation from today: my belly already hangs out of a non-maternity shirt. lesson learned, retire this shirt asap.

My belly button has flattened out considerably quicker this time around as well.  I have little doubt that i'll have what I refer to as 'a turkey timer belly button' by the end of this pregnancy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

a few month's update

As the months have ticked by, life has slowly been picking up speed.  we have had some unseasonably warm days, and this results in spending a good amount of time outside, and far fewer moments inside! as a result, I've fallen off the blogging wagon (again), but have clawed my way back with my infamous 37+photos and descriptions of how our recent months have been spent! Sorry, but enjoy!

these recent months have shown many new facets to her personality, and it has been so fun to watch her learn and grow!
Her vocabulary is off the charts, and she will speak in somewhat full sentences to communicate her wants/needs. 
She has a very ornery side and is quite independent with activities. 
She has begun to push boundaries to see what she can get away with, but is receptive to discipline (as much as a nearly 2 year old can be).
She got my sensitive spirit and will cry at the drop of a hat.  She tries to push boundaries and can act out on occasion, but the minute you scold her or tell her that her behavior is naughty (she hates that word) she will burst into crocodile tears and cling to your leg apologetically.
She loves the men in her life (daddy, papa(s) and her uncles) and the women come a close second. She is friendly towards certain strangers, but very cautions around others.
She has a few friends at daycare and church she has grown quite fond of, and will ask for them frequently.
She is more and more fun as the days go by. she is an actual person now, with desires and the ability to communicate them, and each passing day is better than the last!

Emerson is still a HUGE fan of being outdoors.  when we pull into the garage and close the door she cries. everytime.  she loves to be in the fresh air, and we are sure to take full advantage of the gorgeous area we live in and take hikes frequently.

We are so fortunate to have a large yard (well, technically two or three.. we have a large fenced in back yard, and a huge side yard, and then our front yard) and while most of E's toys are designated to her play area in the backyard, we didn't have a tree with sturdy enough branches to hang her swing, so that was relegated to the side yard.  If you've spent any amount of time at our house, E has surely asked to you take her and 'siiim?' (that's toddler for swing). and if you oblige her, she will likely shower you with smiles and hand holding/dragging you out to it.

the weather here as of late has been somewhat of a roller coaster, but we have broken out the firepit a few times and E loves it!  She knows its hot, and will walk past it and tell us 'hot mommy/daddy' and continue on her way. 
I love this girl to death, but she gets dirtier by the day!  she loves to dig in the dirt, and many of her clothes have slowly become so stained that they are purely designated 'play clothes'
In preparation for this summer, we purchased a large tent to go camping!  Emerson thinks it is the greatest 'tunnel' and loves to run around in it when we set it up.

She loves to play hide and seek, and is actually starting to get better at hiding!
She has been able to count to 3 for a while now, but recently has started counting to 10 (with some varied assistance). she gets stuck on the number 4, but when we say it for her, she continues on her merry way.

We recently enrolled her in a weekly gymnastics class (gymnastics is a loose term. she and other kids her age (1-3) are able to have free reign of gymnastics equipment and practice on the balance beam, jumping, hanging on the bars, and having fun in general.)
She's still not the most coordinated kid, but her attempts at running are much more identifiable, and she is getting much closer to actually jumping, rather than just calf raises :) 


she has also taken an affinity to coloring of any sort.  She loves to draw with crayons, markers, chalk, pens/pencils, basically anything she can get her hands on.


She is still fiercely independent but will snuggle on occasion. usually with B.


She loves to help 'cook'. and by cook, I mean yell until she can stand on her stool to see the counter, help add ingredients (many of which end up on the floor), turn on the mixer, sit on the counter to watch the ingredients mix together, and then lick the batter wand.  She then proceeds to check on the item multiple times, standing in front of the oven door, with the light on, until the timer sounds, so which she runs to find me and yells 'all done!!!'



LOVES bath time! this girl will be a natural at the lake! however.. after we had this joyous experience of using bubbles in the bath (for the first time ever!) she pooped in the tub :(  i heard it before i saw it (yep) and once it began to float up behind her and touched her back, she lost it. Full on screaming/crying, and she stood up, which made the mess worse!  i had to stand her up, rinse her off and wrap her in the towl, all the while, she is yelling/crying 'poopy mama' at me.  so sad, but i had to power through (and try not to throw up).
Bathtime after that was traumatic for a few weeks, she wouldn't sit down, and insisted that there was poop in the water, even though there wasn't. 
we also haven't been able to have a true bubble bath in nearly 2 months.

the aftermath.
We had a blast this Easter!  I had ordered her dress from a fellow mommy friend, and seeing her all dolled up was adorable! 
We chose to dye eggs this year and she did pretty well!  granted, she lasted doing about 2 eggs and Brandon and I did the rest, but we had a good time!

We then lucked out with gorgeous weather for Easter Sunday and were able to do an egg hunt in our backyard.  She didn't understand the concept at first, but once she learned that there was candy inside the eggs, she had a blast running around the yard and finding the eggs.


we have an amazing tourist attraction here called Bear Country, and every year they open their doors prior to the season starting and allow the public to see/pet the baby bears! B and i had never gone before, so we braved the rainy weather, and the experience didn't disappoint!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

and then there were 4 :)

Yep, that's right! our family of 4 is growing to include a new baby! we are due October 24th (smack at the beginning of pheasant season, sorry babe ;) ) and couldn't be happier!
our announcement :)
 And yes, true to form I took 5 pregnancy tests a few tests to confirm :)

We took this the night we found out we were pregnant. Emerson ruling the roost as usual!

a few ways that this pregnancy has differed from our first:
- It is FLYING by! i'm 15w5d already, and the weeks are going so quickly.  On one hand, i'm grateful bc it means we are that much closer to meeting our little one, but on the other, I feel like i'm giving this baby the short end of the stick as far as documentation goes!  I take random progress photos to see how big my belly is (read: its BIG) but I have yet to do a pregnancy board of any sort =/

took this yesterday, 15w4d
- I had slight morning sickness. When pregnant with Emerson, I had very few issues, and often had to remind myself I was pregnant.  This time around, even still(!!) if I don't eat frequently enough I feel nauseous, and I've thrown up twice before work.

- I am exhausted! the first trimester I was regularly in bed around 8:30pm, and had zero issues waking up throughout the night.  Now that i'm in the second trimester, it has gotten a bit better, but I don't remember being this tired the first time around!
- My skin is clear!!!!- this folks is  HUGE deal! with Emerson my skin was a mess. This time around, my skin has cleared up rather than gotten worse!  *cue angels singing*
- I'm showing waaaay faster.  I've always heard that you 'pop' faster with the second child, but trying to keep the pregnancy a secret until 12 weeks was quite difficult.  I had two coworkers ask me when I was around 10 weeks.
On the whole I feel really good though and can't complain! we are over the moon excited for this new addition and cant wait to meet him or her!