Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Today Mama and Daddy decided to start decorating for Christmas. We put up both of our Christmas trees, but we did have to go buy a new one. The pre-lit tree that we had did not light anymore. Daddy kept trying but could only get two of the strings to light. Someday Mama would like to get a real tree but this isn't the year.....who knows when baby brother will make his appearance! We also went to Lowes Motor Speedway to see the lights tonight. Again, our weekends are limited until baby brother arrives! Here are pictures of me decorating the new tree and pictures and videos from the speedway tonight.





Hi, Daddy!

Cheese!

Lowes Motor Speedway:
Ready to go see the Christmas lights!




This one's for you, Kai!
I didn't want to get out to get my picture taken with
Mickey and Minnie but Mama took one of them for me.


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving/35 Weeks

Happy Happy Thanksgiving to everyone near and far. Even though we weren't able to be together I was thinking about all of you because I am thankful for each and everyone of you! Today, we went to BeBe and Pappy's house to spend time with them, Nana, Great Uncle Tom, Great Aunt Gerri, and the Ottos. Here are lots of pictures from today....
Mama and I did a little craft project this morning.
Turkey handprints and chocolate pretzels. Yum!

I was very proud of my work.

A family picture.

Pappy and I played football outside.

Baby Nina and me.

Most of the Thanksgiving crew.

My Thanksgiving plate.

The Daddies and their girls.

Great Uncle Tom, Great Aunt Gerri, Chloe, Sophie and me.
 
Uncle Tom and me.

Nana and me.

Great Aunt Gerri, BeBe, and me.
Here are also two videos that Mama took of Pappy and me. We played football together outside for a little bit and then Pappy and I got to make a wish on the wishbone. I didn't quite understand the whole concept but it was still fun. Hee! Hee!
Since today is also Mama's weekly belly picture day, we are also going to include that in this blog.....

How far along: 35 weeks
Total Weight gain: It's Thanksgiving and I didn't weigh myself. :) On Tuesday and the doctor's office it was 29 lbs.
Maternity clothes:  Of course! ;-)
Stretch marks: Same ones.
Sleep: Waking up more and more!
Best moment in the last week: Hearing the heartbeat on Tuesday....128. Also, 2:45 on Tuesday because that meant I am officially on Thanksgiving break.
Movement: Moving, moving, moving. It's no longer kicks because he is running out of room but he's definitely still moving. Sometimes it feels as though he is trying to do somersaults in there and sometimes it hurts!
Gender: It's a boy!
Ayla's current sibling wish: Still baby sister....still not coming true! Hee! Hee!
Ayla's current name choice when asked "What should we name the baby?": She does know the name. :-)
Food Cravings: Nothing in particular but I have been eating a lot of cookies lately. Aunt Gerri and BeBe made a ton and sent home a plate with us.....oh my!
Belly Button in or out:  It's been pretty flat lately.
What I miss: Bryan bought some winter beers. I've tried a few sips and they were really good!
What I am looking forward to: I'm already counting down to Christmas break because that means I'll be on maternity leave. 15 more teaching days....I think I can....I think I can....
Weekly Wisdom: Maternity pants come in handy on Thanksgiving. Ha Ha! (Really though, even my maternity pants get uncomfortable with this big belly!)
Milestones: Nothing major that stands out in my weekly app. He's pretty much just perfecting himself now and putting on some more weight.
Baby Brain Moment of the Week: I thought it was Friday on Tuesday (because we started our Thanksgiving break) and I told Bryan that we had to go home and take my weekly belly picture. Again, general forgetfulness.
Labor Signs: Hopefully not until the end of December.
Weekly Belly Pictures: Taken today at 35 weeks. The first three are just of Ayla because she insisted on getting belly pictures taken by herself. Ha Ha!




Self portrait with Mama

Ayla loves her Sidney!

Friday, November 22, 2013

34 Weeks

How far along: 34 weeks + 1 day
Total Weight gain: Right around 30 lbs. I think.
Maternity clothes:  Of course! ;-)
Stretch marks: There may be some new ones or they are just more prominent with this ever growing belly!
Sleep: Waking up more and more!
Best moment in the last week: Ayla and I had a whole conversation in the car the other day about what she's going to do with her baby brother. Some things included: sitting in the car in his new car seat, that she is going to feed him ("Maybe he can eat cheerios.), going in the police car at Bilo with her, and lots of other cute things that I can't remember right now.
Movement: Moving, moving, moving...especially after I eat chocolate. :-)
Gender: It's a boy!
Ayla's current sibling wish: Still baby sister....still not coming true! Hee! Hee!
Ayla's current name choice when asked "What should we name the baby?": She does know the name. :-)
Food Cravings: Still loving chocolate!
Belly Button in or out:  It's been pretty flat lately.
What I miss: Teaching Kindergarten. It was something that I was good at. I'm feeling overwhelmed in third grade and being 8 and 1/2 months pregnant probably doesn't help.
What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving break! Now it's only two more school day! I think I can...I think I can....I also have my next appointment on Tuesday. I love hearing that heartbeat!
Weekly Wisdom: I'm too exhausted to have any weekly wisdom.
Milestones: According to my app. baby has reached his height that he will be at birth....he's just putting on weight now. Oh my! 
Baby Brain Moment of the Week: The general forgetfulness continues. I have had a few "melt downs" though. I'm really starting to question if teaching is still the career for me. So much pressure on test scores and data that it's not even fun any more. I'm blaming the "melt downs" on pregnancy hormones. I left school after 5 yesterday and as soon as I got into the car, I started crying....couldn't control it. My days at school are definitely much longer than they should be and I don't feel any appreciation for what I do. Again, I'm not sure if it's the hormones or time for a career change. Okay, rant over. :-)
Labor Signs: Hopefully not until the end of December.
Weekly Belly Pictures: Taken today at 34 weeks + 1 day (these were taken today after a LONG week at school and PJs were a must)



Ayla wanted her picture taken with Sidney.

Friday, November 15, 2013

33 Weeks

How far along: 33 weeks + 1 day
Total Weight gain: Oh....I think I'm around the 29 lb. mark. Let's not forget that 5 lbs. 12 oz. are already baby. Hee! Hee!
Maternity clothes:  Of course! ;-)
Stretch marks: Still the same ones...itchy belly again! I need to get some more Cortizone!
Sleep: Waking up more and more!
Best moment in the last week: Hands down the ultrasound on Tuesday! I can't even tell you how many times I have looked at those ultrasound pictures. I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cheeks and cannot wait to smooch them. I'm already in love with the little guy!
Movement: Moving, moving, moving! Today my belly was actually lopsided!
Gender: It's a boy!
Ayla's current sibling wish: Still baby sister....still not coming true! Hee! Hee!
Ayla's current name choice when asked "What should we name the baby?": She does know the name. :-)
Food Cravings: I've been on a chocolate kick lately.
Belly Button in or out:  It's an outie but sometimes it looks flat depending on how he is laying.
What I miss: The general easiness of every day activities. I'm definitely out of breath easily now a days.
What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving break! 5 more school days next week and then a two day week. I think I can...I think I can....
Weekly Wisdom: It's always nice when people tell you that you look "cute" or "great" or "You don't look pregnant anywhere else except for your belly." I have gotten A LOT of belly comments (probably more than I ever did with Ayla) but I do have to say.....it is ALL belly. Not everyone can pull that one off. ;-)
Milestones: Baby's fingers now read the end of his fingertips!Baby Brain Moment of the Week: General forgetfulness. I have been taking my rolling chair out to recess for a couple of weeks now. The other day, I forgot to take it out. That's a perk of teaching third grade....I was able to send two kids inside to get it for me. Today, I forgot to send my spelling bee contestant to the library....luckily someone came down to get him. The list goes on and on....
Labor Signs: Hopefully not until the end of December.
Weekly Belly Pictures: Taken today at 33 weeks + 1 day





Again, a little comparison....

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Chubber Chubs

Mama reporting here:

I had my doctor's appointment today as well as an ultrasound. At my last appointment, I measured at 35 weeks instead of 31. I measured at 35 again and little man is a chubber chub! They were able to tell a lot through the ultrasound and estimate baby's weight to be around 5 lbs. 12 oz. What?!? I still have seven more weeks until the due date! They are going to monitor the weight and will decide closer to delivery if I will need to have a C-section. My next appointment is in two weeks. I did ask the ultrasound technician if she could get me one 3D pictures because we got one of Ayla at 28 weeks. She was really nice and gave me a couple of them! Oh, and I remember the heartbeat this time...148. Here are pictures from today. I'm in love already and can't wait to smooch those chubby cheeks! Ayla has some cheek competition! :-)
Today I am 32 weeks + 5 days....