Friday, August 29, 2014

29 Weeks

Size of Baby: Baby James is the size of a butternut squash.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. I am so over my summer maternity wear. Since Claire was born in January, I have a ton of fall/winter clothes that I'm really looking forward to wearing. Come on cooler weather!

Sleep: I'm exhausted and sleeping pretty hard these days.

Movement: Yes, he is moving a lot. Cam finally got to feel it while we were at the coast! Yay!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm still craving sour blue raspberry slushes with nerds from Sonic! They are so good and I can't stop thinking about them! 

What I Miss: I miss being able to wear my real wedding rings. The fake eternity band I've worn both pregnancies is starting to look pretty ghetto. Can't wait to be back in my real bling!

Gender: Sweet baby boy James.

Mood: Fine...up and down! I'm reaching the point where I'm kinda ready for the pregnancy to be done, but also trying to treasure it because I know I'll miss it.

Symptoms: The main issue I'm having right now is swelling in my feet and ankles. It was pretty bad when we were out of town and after the car trip home, but it's looking better now. Otherwise I'm just uncomfortable. It's not unbearable or anything, but I'm feeling it! 

Best Moment this Week: We had a wonderful trip to Crystal Beach/Galveston with Cam's family. It was great fun to get away and spend time with family in such a nice, relaxing place! 

What I'm Looking Forward to: I'm looking forward to the long weekend and to my appointment next week. I'm also looking forward to August being over...come on Fall!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

28 Weeks

Size of Baby: Baby is the size of a large eggplant.

Maternity Clothes: Yes indeed!

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well overall. Whether pregnant or not, August is always a hit-or-miss month of sleep for me because it's too hot to sleep. Come on Fall!

Movement: Yes. I feel like I don't spend quite as much time thinking about being pregnant as I did the first time, so those kicks and hiccups are such a sweet little reminder. "Hey ma, I'm in here!"

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving lemonade and the new slushes from Sonic with nerds candy in them (yes, I'm a five year old). 

Gender: It's a boy...James!

Mood: Pretty good, if not a bit hormonal at times. I'm very excited about all that's coming up in the next few months, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about having two kids under two!

Symptoms: I'm feeling good....just hot, hot, hot! I really hate the month of August, and being pregnant has intensified that. Overall it's been a mild summer, in terms of June and July being less hot than recent years, but the August heat has definitely set in. At a party this weekend a woman and I were talking about how hot it was, and she asked me how I was handling it with being pregnant and my answer was very blunt: baby powder. Seriously...thank you Lord for baby powder. 

Just like my pregnancy with Claire, I did not pass the one hour gestational diabetes test I took last week so I spent Thursday morning doing the three hour test. Thankfully, I passed! I'm very relieved. I'm lucky because the test didn't really make me feel sick or weird. There was a teenage pregnant girl doing the test at the same time I was and she got sick about halfway through...they made her stop and come back another day to do the entire test over again!!!!!!! With Claire, a couple of my three hour test results were borderline so they told me to watch my carbs, but this time around I was well under the limit. 

Milestones: We've reached the third trimester! We're 2/3 of the way there...hard to believe somehow!

Best Moment this Week: Cam and my Dad painted the nursery this weekend. It turned out great and we love the green color! Last night Cam put the crib together and it looks really nice in the room. It's fun seeing things come together! I took pictures tonight and I'll post them soon. 

What I'm Looking Forward to: We're heading out of town on Friday to spend a long weekend at the coast with Cam's family. I can't wait to play with Claire at the beach and eat some fried shrimp!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

27 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I've gained 19 lbs as of yesterday morning.

Size of Baby: Baby James is the size of a head of cauliflower. At my appointment yesterday, I found out our boy weighs 2 lbs, 7 oz.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, everything but t-shirts is maternity.

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty good!

Movement: OMG, yes. He is so active these days! It's getting to the point where it's almost a little uncomfortable, but I'm trying not to take it for granted. Poor Cam still can't feel a thing!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving peanut butter & jelly. After seeing that picture above, I'd have to say cauliflower is my current aversion. Yuck!

Gender: It's a boy!

Mood: Pretty good these days! Getting really excited that Fall is coming!

Symptoms: I'm starting to reach the uncomfortable stage, and the heat is definitely playing a part in that. I feel so sorry for women who are 9 months pregnant this time of year...that must be miserable! Otherwise, as the day goes on I have some swelling, although it's much more manageable than my last pregnancy. My circulation is not great - if I sit on the ground, my feet fall asleep a lot and I wake up in the morning with my hands asleep. Coupled with the fact that my handwriting has turned into complete chicken-scratch, I fear the carpal tunnel may be starting to rear its ugly head!

My appointment yesterday morning was an eventful one and it went very well! I had an ultrasound, did my 1 hour glucose test, saw my doctor, and got my Rhogam shot. Everyone's feeling a lot better about things since my last appointment. I lost a pound since I was there two weeks ago. Baby James looked great on the ultrasound! He's in the 71st percentile right now...if he stays on that track, we'll be looking at about an 8 1/2 lb. baby. The fact that he's not super big made my doctor happy. She does think the placenta will be big. They checked out the extra lobe of my placenta and everything looks fine. The umbilical cord is connected to the main part of the placenta, which is very good, and the extra lobe isn't obstructing growth at all. I know some of this is very technical/boring, but it's mainly for me to have a written record of the appointment. Surprisingly, this additional lobe is pretty big. The main part of the placenta measures about 15 cm, while the lobe is almost 13 cm. A few weeks ago I had read some stuff online that freaked me out. After talking to Dr. Orth, I realized whatever I read about was different than what I have, so thankfully most of that info didn't apply. The only real risks here are 1) the cord not inserting into the larger lobe 2) the extra lobe obstructing the growth of the baby 3) the entire placenta not being delivered (like if they didn't know about the extra part ahead of time). Luckily none of these apply in my situation.

Milestones: Yesterday marks three months until my due date! We'll be holding our little guy in three months or less, unless he decides to make a late arrival. Whenever he does arrive, my doctor thinks it will be a pretty fast labor since my induction with Claire went quickly for a first time delivery.

Best Moment this Week: Seeing this sweet little face on the ultrasound yesterday. He is such a precious pumpkin and I can't wait to see him in person very soon.

What I'm Looking Forward to: Hopefully getting good news on my glucose test tomorrow and painting the baby's room this weekend!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

26 Weeks


I accidentally titled this post "26 Months"....hahahaha! Maybe an indication of how long it feels!

Size of Baby: Baby boy is the size of a scallion.

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and the regular t-shirts I sometimes wear when I'm bumming around here are starting to not be long enough. 

Sleep: It feels like I'm sleeping very deeply lately. I'm also still having really vivid dreams. Last night I dreamed some people Cam worked with (that he doesn't really work with, if that makes any sense) stole my credit card info and I got a call from my credit card company because they were trying to charge $39,000 to my card! Bizarre! My parents were recently victims of credit card fraud so I guess that's where that came from?!? So weird!

Movement: Yes, he's a very active little man these days, but he will still not allow his Daddy to feel any of it. Stinker!

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving caesar salad.

Gender: It's a boy...sweet baby James! 

Mood: Okay, overall. My energy level and patience are definitely starting to wane. And I make no apologies for what might happen to the next person who acts totally surprised and shocked when I tell them I'm pregnant when I'm standing right in front of them. Do you really think this huge bump that starts beneath my boobs and goes all the way to my waist is a gut? Seriously? Just, no. That is no different or less rude than the people who ask a woman if she's expecting before it's too early to tell. 

Symptoms: I have been having some charlie horse cramps when I'm sleeping that could wake the dead! It's odd because I used to have foot cramps very frequently but haven't had them for the last year and a half or so, but now they're back and they've relocated to my calves. Worth noting: I just went back and read my 26 week post with Claire and I mentioned having lots of cramps in my calves! So interesting!

I'm continuing my quest to eat better and it's going okay I guess. Good days/bad days...it's hard to completely ignore cravings when you're pregnant! Three days after that appointment last week I had dropped 5 lbs. That just shows how getting weighed at the doctor at the end of the day is a bad idea. I'm a sweller and my weight can fluctuate wildly over the course of one day even when I'm not pregnant. This is why I never schedule appointments for the end of the day, but my appointment last week got rescheduled. Hopefully things will look better at my appointment next week.

Best Moment this Week: We picked out a paint color that we really like! It's a nice green color with blue and gray undertones. I can't wait to see the room all painted in a couple weeks!

What I'm Looking Forward to: Spending the weekend with family in Houston and getting my doctor's appointment next week out of the way. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

25 Weeks

Size of Baby: Sweet Baby James is the size of a rutabaga.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. Cam's boss had a baby recently and was kind enough to pass along some maternity clothes to me. I feel like I'm wearing the same few shirts over and over, so it's great to be able to spruce up the old wardrobe!

Sleep: Okay, not great. You know when you have really vivid dreams and wake up feeling like you really didn't sleep? That's me right now. 

Movement: Lots and lots of it! Feeling more movement instead of just kicks/punches. 

Cravings/Aversions: I can't really think of anything I'm craving. Really thirsty all the time though. 

Gender: Our little prince James!

Mood: Pretty good, but then bummed out today. 

Symptoms/Medical Concerns: My ankles are swelling if I'm on my feet a lot, but it's much more manageable than my last pregnancy when I was teaching. I have typical pregnancy aches and pains, especially in my hips after sleeping, but sleeping with a pillow between my legs helps immensely. 

My appointment today went fine, but I have to go back in two weeks. I've gained weight really fast these past two months, so now I have to go back in two weeks to get my weight checked, check the baby's growth via ultrasound, and have the gestational diabetes screening. The weight gain could be gestational diabetes, but it's not super likely since I didn't have it last pregnancy and I never have sugar in my urine when they test it at my appointments. What my doctor thinks is more likely is that this baby will be another big one with a large placenta. Claire's placenta was almost twin-sized. I also need to eat better, of course. I remember during my first pregnancy, I gained a lot of weight during the second trimester, got worried about it, and then it sort of leveled out during the last trimester. Hopefully this pregnancy will follow that pattern. And while it's tempting to let it go and vow not to worry about weight until after the baby's born, the weight doesn't just fall off for me the way it seems to for so many other people I know. I nursed Claire for a year, and even with her nursing EVERY TWO HOURS until she was almost six months old, it still took me nine months to lose just the baby weight, nothing extra. However all of this shakes out, being a fatty is not fun. It takes the fun out of everything and makes me feel really bad about myself.

Best Moment this Week: We had a really fun weekend with my in-laws! It's really neat to see how bonded Claire is with her family...it makes my heart very happy. 

What I'm Looking Forward to: We may go look at paint colors for the nursery this weekend and there's talk of a much-needed date night with my Campbell...both very good things! 

Friday, July 25, 2014

24 Weeks


Size of Baby: James is the size of an ear of corn. :)

Maternity Clothes: Yes!

Sleep: I'm getting over being sick, so it's been a little hit or miss lately.

Movement: Yes, lots of it! 

Cravings/Aversions: I'm craving cherry icees and cinnamon candy!

Gender: It's a boy...James Strutton Todd!

Mood: Is tired a mood? Haha! That's what comes to mind! Recently I mentioned being SUPER emotional...that seems to have dissipated a lot, thankfully. 

Symptoms/Medical Concerns: I was sick this weekend, but am feeling much better. Pregnancy congestion is just the worst, especially when baby's pushed everything up so high that taking a deep breath through your mouth is impossible! Claire broke out in a pretty bad rash on Sunday and when I took her to the doctor on Monday about it, her doctor said it was a virus. I guess those "allergies" I thought she was having was actually a virus. I imagine I was sick with the same thing she had. I'm feeling much better, but I'm so wiped out!! I need some energy stat!

Otherwise, just having shortness of breath and a few Braxton Hicks contractions.

Milestones: 24 weeks is when viability is reached! James still needs to stay put a long time, but it's comforting to know that if something happened early, viability is possible and those chances only improve from here on out.

Best Moment this Week: Celebrating sweet baby Claire turning a year and a half! And making progress in sweet baby James' room!

What I'm Looking Forward to: My in-laws are coming into town, so I'm excited for a fun weekend with family! I'm also looking forward to my next appointment on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Claire - 18 Months

Claire, you are 18 months old! How did that happen so fast, my darling girl? It's hard to write a concise post because you're doing so much. You're so much fun and I absolutely love this age! 
Your stats: 
Weight: 28 lbs, 3 oz - 96th percentile
Height: 33 3/4 in - 95th percentile
Head: 19 1/2 in - 99th percentile

You've had a pretty big growth spurt in height! You're wearing 18 month and 24 month size clothes, and I'm definitely leaning toward 24 months for new stuff. You wear size 5 diapers.
 Here's what else you're doing these days:

- You're talking up a storm! You can say lots of words and identify people and animals, and you're saying some short phrases ("More 'dis?", "What's dis?", etc.). You're starting to say new words more easily and with less prompting. The cognitive development at this age is really amazing. 
 - You have all your teeth except your 2 year molars. At your 18 month appointment last week, we discovered you have a pretty prominent lip tie. Pretty surprising, given we've never noticed it before, but it didn't affect your nursing and the doctor says it won't affect speech or eating. It's just cosmetic, and will be corrected when you're older and get braces. I had the same thing corrected when I was 8 or 9.
- You're a really fantastic eater! You love food and will beg for food from anyone in your presence, which can make eating out an interesting experience. A couple months ago, you were being a little picky about eating meat and veggies, but now you're pretty much eating everything again. Your absolute favorite food is fruit. You devour it, and you have the messy diapers to prove it! :)
- You're drinking whole milk. I've found that you will drink a lot more milk when using one cup in particular, made by Nuk.
- You've become a really good sleeper. It's amazing how far you've come in that regard since turning 1! Right when you turned 1 and weaned, you finally started sleeping through the night. I assume weaning played some part in that; your pediatrician says her daughters did the same thing. Now you almost always sleep through the night. We usually put you to bed between 8-9 pm and though your wake time has varied over the last few months, these days it's usually between 8-9 am. Best of all, you put yourself to sleep! We used to spend hours getting you to sleep at night, but now we rock you for a bit and then put you in your crib and you will usually play and jabber for awhile before falling asleep on your own. You take one 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon if we're at home. If we're away from home it doesn't usually happen, and even the slightest hint of a car nap before we get home can blow your regular nap out of the water.
  - You're a happy, spirited little ray of sunshine. You have a strong will at times, but also a very sweet disposition. You're so funny! Your Daddy and I laugh at your antics all the time, and find ourselves talking about how much we love you every night long after you've gone to bed.
  - You are beautiful! I know I'm biased but it's true. You have gorgeous blue eyes shaped just like your Daddy's. Your hair is golden right now like mine was when I was little. I imagine it'll get darker as you get older. 
- You're still very active! I remember thinking when we were in the hospital after you were born that you were a very wiggly little baby, and that's still the case. You never stop! You love to run, dance, and play. The other night we were hanging out with some friends who have two little boys and the mom was telling me about how active little boys are. She commented that you give her boys a run for their money, and it's true! You will play until you are falling down tired, and then keep going. You have major FOMO (fear of missing out) and you don't like to leave a social event to go to sleep.
- I think you're starting to have some understanding of your baby brother. You can say "baby" and your own version of "James", and I think you get that your brother is in mommy's tummy right now. I can't wait to see you two together. When I think of how much I love you and how much love I will feel having two precious babies come November, I think my heart might just explode! 
- You've gone through so much development in the last six months, but to me the most incredible part has been your emotional development. You are so loving. You're more snuggly now than you used to be. You kiss and hug us, as well as your dolls, toys, and pictures in books, often while saying "awwww". You started saying your own version of "thank you" (sounds kind of like "di di") completely unprompted. You have a sweet and kind heart, and that means more to me than anything!
Current nickname: Tootie...I know some day you will be furious with us about this. 
Favorite toys: You are very attached to your miniature purple Carebear, Polly. You sleep with her every night and she goes most places with us. Hands down, your favorite thing to do is read books. You also really like pushing your babies in your doll stroller, riding your rocking bunny, playing with your music toys and your Fisher Price piggy bank, and coloring. Maybe a budding artist like Daddy? You seem to be favoring using your left hand...perhaps you will be a lefty like Mommy? 
I love you so much! I could say it a million times and still never express how much you mean to us. You are a blessing from above, and we love you to the moon and back. 

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (James 1:17). 


I love you, 
Mama