Monday, September 15, 2014

Pregnancy Update

In the never-ending saga of completely ignoring the blog, here is my first post in months.  Under the guise of actually doing a few different posts, I will limit this to a pregnancy update.  

Right now, I am 34.5 weeks.  That means that I could go into labor and they wouldn’t stop me.  Woo hoo!  Not that that would be preferable (except for my immediate comfort), but it’s a nice thing to note.  I will continue to admit that this has been a very easy pregnancy, but for the past 5 weeks or so it’s been pretty painful .  Not in any sort of problematic way, but lil girl has dropped, and it’s just getting toward the end.  

I’m starting to have more heartburn issues, as well, which has led to the same thing that happened with Robby…weight loss!  I’m hanging in there at around a 29 pound weight gain, so that makes me pretty happy.  We’ll see if I stay under 30 or not, which was my goal.  Even if I don’t, it shouldn’t be too dramatically different at this point.  

I really haven’t swollen this pregnancy, almost at all.  Just enough that I wear my rings on a chain, but generally I’m pretty good.  My feet have held pretty steady, too, and I’m in the same shoes as pre-preg.  I haven’t really been able to wear pants extensively in some time due to how low she is, so the maternity clothes are a bit different, but again, not dramatically.

This past weekend I had two horrible discoveries: my first stretch mark ever and my first grey hair.  I’ll call them related.  I suppose at 33 and my 2nd pregnancy, that’s not all that bad.  I just would like them to stop there.  That’s realistic, right?  

We’re in pretty good shape, in terms of preparation.  I’ve gotten most of the supplies, washed the clothes, decorated the nursery, all of that.  I have not packed a hospital bag, but I didn’t really until I was in labor last time, either.  

I’m still working full time, and terrifying my co-workers, as I have a 45 minute commute, and am over an hour from the hospital.  I intend to work until I go into labor, so that will be interesting.  I have promised to HIGHLY encourage going into labor the weekend before I am due, so if you see me out running...ha!  I have not really exercised in some time.

So, there ya go.  Quick-ish rundown.  Hopefully I’ll at least update when there’s a baby, right? I'm 35.5. Just going to post without lots of pics. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

On the Road Again

Since I'm on a train, here is your post. 

Robby is 3. In every sense of the word. He can be funny, smart, goofy, sweet...and an unholy terror. This morning, I had to leave at 5am and he got up to say goodbye, move to our bed to sleep with daddy, and then threw a gigantic tantrum when Chris tried to drop him at school later. It's the way it goes. 

NH trip
Cousin love
Lots of fairs
3rd bday

My pregnancy

That's the 24 week pic, but I'll be 25 weeks tomorrow. Generally, it's been a fantastic pregnancy. I'm still feeling really good. I was much less nauseous this round, so I've gained more weight, but still only at 19 lbs. It's ok. 

Going to the gym most days. 

And...we're having a girl!  No name yet. 

2nd pg where a basement flooded, we had to put in French drains, and remodel. At lest we're almost done. Chris has done a TON of work. 

Guess that's a quick rundown of 6 months. Ha!  Maybe I'll do better next time. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day +1

Because I have a moment, and who knows when that will next happen, I guess I should mention that we're expecting another little whirlwind October 23. 

That puts me at about 16.5 weeks. I have had a comparatively easy pregnancy this round and am doing well. I was sooooo sick with Robby and figured I was cursed, but was only mildly this time. Which contributed to...I have gained entirely too much weight. I've got to slow down or will really regret it. 

My cravings are very different. Biggest one is tomatoes. They were even an aversion last time!  I have to start slowing there, though, because my good friend heartburn is already back. 

Really the only struggle has been I threw my back out about a month ago and that was pretty awful for awhile. After many chiropractor visits, I'm doing well now, though. 

So, I'm pretty happy this Mother's Day, with my 1.5, and grateful as always for my wonderful mom, who is hanging out with her other grand-kid in progress. :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

The Monster at 31 Months

Since I have not done so well with the text recently, I am going to try and get a bit more down.

Robby has become such a joy to talk with.  He is insightful, creative, and SUCH an instigator.  He is very careful with his speech.  He carefully considers each word before it comes out of his mouth, but his vocabulary is astounding.  Frequently I wonder where something comes from, whether he's yelling, "We be jammin'" in the grocery store, or talking about gardening, or just is asking for the definition of absolutely everything.  He IS making up tons of stories right now.  Last week, I took him to the doctor and had to start with, "Well, he's 2 and 1/2.  He SAYS that his neck, ear, and belly hurt, and he's dizzy.  I only believe the ear."  Also, if you say no, or tell him something he doesn't like, it's "Don't say "nope".  Don't tell me that.  I watch show.  Daddy said I watch show."  Someone else always has supposedly promised him something.  I get in a little trouble, too, when he reprimands his father.  For instance, "Christopher, you not listening.  My tell Christopher to stop."  That doesn't thrill Chris so much at the moment.  He still says "my" for "I" about 90% of the time and skips some smaller words, but he does REALLY well.  We get comments all the time on how smart and verbal he is.

 He continues to look more and more like Jim.  At Thanksgiving, my mom was saying, "It's so weird, he acts like Katy, but he looks like Jim."  Certainly, he has more of Chris's build and face shape, but he looks a lot like my brother.

Music continues to be one of his primary loves.  In particular, marching band music.  He will lead everyone around the house playing different instruments, and insists that it is what we listen to in the car.  He also still loves trucks and trains.  He will tell you that daddy is an engineer, and that means that he draws the pictures to tell the construction workers what to do at the construction site.  He also points out every retention basin and says, "Daddy built that!"  

The animals continue to surprise us.  They are so fantastically tolerant of him.  He loves playing with them, but is still a bit rough.  OK, a lot rough.  But they have never been anything but angelic.  He will tell you that Monster is my cat, Harper is his dog, and that Daddy has a duck (?).  He also claims to see panda bears any time he is out with my mom.

Napping has become more of a battle.  He isn't a big fan.  He still will take 2-3 hour naps at daycare, but fights them at home.  Though as we speak he's on his 2nd hour.  Miracle!  (and I'm cursing myself)  At night, we finally broke the needing to come sleep in our bed, and then had a couple weeks of needing to sleep with the light on, but everything has settled down again.  He sleeps pretty well from around 8/8:30pm until 6am.  He has to have about 5 MILLION stuffed animals, and they have to be arranged properly, but that's ok.  He comes up with a lot of excuses why he can't go to sleep, including that he's peed, though...spoiler...he's still in diapers.  We need to switch to a twin bed, but he's still in a crib without a side for the moment.

Robby was SOOOO excited for Christmas.  And I will try and do a Christmas post soon.  He really understood, too.  He was thrilled to see Santa and did twice.  Once (above) he told him primarily about the motorcycle on his shirt, and the second time he announced, "My throw up on Mommy Daddy's bed."  Nice, kid, nice.  We did a paper chain to count down the days until Christmas, which was very effective from about 10 days out.  He insisted he wanted a train most of the time, but also would tell you guns or a pink castle, just because we had flinched when he said it at some point, and he loved the reactions.  

Cooking is still a big hit, and Chris is a little horrified that I let him do so much on his own.  He measures, dumps, turns the mixer on, etc...  We joke that he could probably keep the animals alive on his own.  For example, he measures 2 cups of food into Harper's dish every meal, then puts 2 1/2 tsp of enzyme on it, adds water, and mixes.  He's got it down.  

Oh snow.  He LOVES the stuff.  He won't stay out forever, because he does get cold, but he REALLY REALLY REALLY loves it.  There is much shrieking if it starts to snow.  We started sledding at the park by our house this year, which has been a big hit.  We haven't had good snow for making snowmen, though, so that hasn't happened yet.

Robby is incredibly helpful, but in his own way.  The above picture was impressive and terrifying.  I went to use the bathroom, and Robby decided to unload the dishwasher.  He carefully put all the silverware into the drawer, except, knowing he wasn't supposed to play with them, he brought all the knives UPSTAIRS to me.  Well, he kind of has the idea.   

Other cute sayings:

- Memaw and Pop Pop live in "Apple Seed" (this is not correct)
- Right now I'm being told "I not want you finish it.  You come down when you finish this?"  Ok, I'll stop.  :)

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Lion at 2.5

Can you believe it!?!?  2.5!  It has gone so fast. And you know what else you won't believe?  I'm on a train. Ok, that was entirely predictable.  I will try to remember to write text later. Almost to my stop. 

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Lion at 29 Months

**Note - I wrote this at least a week ago and didn't realize it didn't publish**

So... This month is actually fairly similar to last month. And I apologize for typos. I'm on a train again, so while that means I have time, it also means typing on a phone. Ugh. 
I say the same, but his behavior is better, and the friend situation seems to be improving. There are so many post 23rd things I want to discuss, but I'll hold off. For behavior, time outs are getting more effective and he will listen and sit at least briefly. Yay!  Less hitting/biting, but more willful disobedience. Mmm. 

He still is music and football crazy and the drum above is part of his Halloween costume. A Penn State Blue Band Drummer. Chris may be influencing things. 

This month my parents really moved here. Robby is getting to do all sorts of cool stuff when they pick him up early in the afternoons. See above. I'm pretty jealous. I believe today they will be swimming. 

Art is a big deal around here, too. He likes cutting, gluing, coloring, and PAINTING. 

I may have lost my mind but I sacrificed a dress shirt and let him paint on canvases with my acrylics. I actually love the one on the bottom right. 

I love when I do get to be involved. Above was a Halloween parade (aka all about the marching band and fire trucks).  Didn't march this year, but he sure thought it was cool. 

Yes, the numbering seems ridiculous. "Almost 2.5", ok?

He's a boy. No way around it. Even Harper will now rough house and play tug with him. Which he LOVES. I love our conversations. I love our morning cuddles (even if Chris is trying to ban him from our bed). And I love my little adventurer.