Tuesday, February 24, 2015

It's My Due Date!

Since it's my due date & I'm just sitting around waiting for something to happen, I decided to share a few thoughts from 40 weeks. We took very few pictures this pregnancy, but here is one of me from about a week and a half ago. This is mostly for the benefit of those who don't see me on a regular basis.

38 Weeks

If you would have asked me two weeks ago if I was ready for a baby, my answer would have been a definite NO! Today is a different story. Over the weekend, I heard about 3 babies that were born.  Two of those babies were due after mine. Then, yesterday morning at my appointment, my doctor told me I was 4.5 cm dilated and somewhere between 60-80% thinned. She then proceeded to give me a pelvic exam which created cramping & contractions on and off all day. Needless to say by the end of the evening I was thinking I was more than ready to get the show on the road! After a fairly restless night, I woke up feeling much better…sigh :(

Now, on the day I would typically be at work, I'm sitting at home trying to keep myself busy and not think about the fact that my maternity leave starts today & the clock is ticking that 12 weeks down. A poster at my doctor's office says, "A healthy baby is worth the wait." I guess that's what I'm reminding myself right now. In one week from now, if God allows, we will have a baby. The date has been set and if I don't go into labor on my own, I will be induced for a second time. (I was almost 2 weeks late with Leo before they induced me. This time I'm a little more impatient so we set the date at my appointment Monday. I'm just as dilated and thinned as I was when they induced me with Leo, so my doctor feels confident my body is ready for labor.)

Looking back over the last 40 weeks, it's hard to believe we're at this point. I think because this is my second pregnancy I am more laid back and didn't count down the weeks like I did with my first. Leo also made life busier and kept me occupied over the last 9 months. I think those are the two reasons this pregnancy has seemed to go faster than the last one.

There are other differences in this pregnancy as well. With Leo, I faithfully lathered the Cocoa Butter on my stomach once or twice a day, going through multiple bottles. This time, I pulled out my left over bottle and used it a handful of times. Yes, I still have some left in there for my third pregnancy! Give me a few months and I'll let you know if I regret that lack of discipline. My motivation for eating healthy seemed to diminish this pregnancy too. I remember faithfully getting in my fruits, veggies & grains while pregnant with Leo. This time, carbs and sugar sound good to me ALL THE TIME and I've indulged more frequently than normal leaving little room for those dreaded greens! I'm chalking these two difference up to first time pregnancy syndrome. You know, the I've got to do everything by the book attitude most first time moms have.

Also, that crazy dark line that appeared down the middle of my stomach with Leo didn't ever come this time. I asked my doctor about that and she said that's not unusual. I guess I just assumed it was a necessary part of the process. I'm not disappointed though because that line took forever to disappear it seemed! This time around, I've thankfully had less heartburn & sciatic nerve pain. They have both affected me some, but not nearly as much. I'm also more anxious for labor and delivery. I think I'm more aware of what all can go wrong and how miraculous the whole process truly is. My faith that God's got everything under control is just as strong, but I'm more aware of the magnitude of this little miracle inside my body.

Have there been similarities you ask? Well yes there have been! I'm topping out the scales within a couple pounds of what I did with Leo! I guess I didn't totally over do the carbs and sugar!  I didn't have morning, evening or all day sickness with either pregnancy. This is a huge blessing I've discovered from hearing other women talk about their experiences. My emotions have been fairly steady this pregnancy as well.  I had a couple ridiculous melt downs with Leo, but nothing to drive Ryan out of the house. Thankfully we didn't experience more of that with this pregnancy! We've been working on another little boys room and just like last time, we waited until the 3rd trimester to get that process started. It should be pretty much done by the time we have our baby! We're also just as excited to meet this little boy as we were to meet our first little boy!

Now I need to get off this chair and go mop my kitchen floor.  Maybe, just maybe, that will get the ball rolling! Thanks for listening to my ramblings and thanks for all the well wishes and text messages you've sent my way over the last week. The prayers that you're sending are very much appreciated!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Valentine's Day

Don't you love it when your day turns for the better in an unexpected way? Our plan for Valentine's Day was to stay home & order pizza. With V-Day being on a Saturday we figured it probably wasn't worth the trek to Fort Wayne to be faced with long waits @ nearly every restaurant in town. Well not long after lunch, my phone rings. Sarah & I chit chatted for a while & at the end of the conversation she volunteers Quinn, herself & their kids to babysit Leo for us that night if we wanted to have one more date night before baby brother makes his appearance. Well it didn't take us long to say yes to that invitation!

We decided to head up to the Fort around 5:00 & check out Logan's since they don't do reservations or call ahead seating. We thought maybe we'd have a better chance of not waiting so long. Also, the weather was questionable which we thought may be in our favor!

It is normally more enjoyable for both of us if I drive when the weather gets bad. 
Most of the way I was like this!!

It really was gorgeous!

There were times I was like this!

Um, why are we driving in this?!?!?! Traffic slowed to 30 mph on I69!

Thankfully, after about 3 miles we drove out of the white out & into blue skies!

This was a good sight to see.

This was a BETTER sight to see.

This was THE BEST sight to see! What? Only 1 person in the waiting area? Um, do people know it's Valentine's Day? We ended up having to wait 10 MINUTES TOPS! I told Ryan we wouldn't be able to get in that fast on a normal Saturday night!! Yay for us!!

My Guy Ry!!

Me in all my pregnant glory :)

We sure do love our Leo, but man was this a blast! Not one interruption all dinner long (other than the occasional here's more rolls, here's your food, here's more water, here's the check etc.).

I love when it works out that we can split meals! The two entrees on the menu that sounded best to us were the same, so we shared the meals 50/50!

Dear Logan's, thanks for a wonderful evening! The food was delicious, the service was great & we will more than likely be back for more!

This may become a tradition for us! I think we ended up at Logan's on our last date night before we had Leo too! Thanks again Q, S, J, D, R & A for babysitting & giving us a great night away before we, Lord willing, become a family of 4!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

January Recap

This is how we spent our first month of 2015!

We got to join in the fun for Emitt's Birthday!  Here's the cake we made for him.

The McDonald's slide was fun for ALL!

It wasn't quite as fun for the BIG kids!  
Let's just say those tight spaces are made for smaller bodies!


Otto played hard...

and got hot & sweaty! (I wish I looked that cute when I was hot & sweaty!)

Poor Leo did NOT want to leave.  There were tears folks! REAL TEARS!

We also started working on Leo's new room.  When we bought the house we slapped some paint on the walls & baseboards and left it set for 5 years!

As usual, Ryan's dad has been a HUGE help during this "renovation" project.

If you are like my dad, you probably think these colors are a little bit CrAzY!
Wait till you see the finished room, and then it should all make sense! (We hope!)

Ryan does a great job of sprucing up a boring wall!

 Our trip to Indy with my family is always lots of fun!

A growing family!!!

 I love how we cram around one table for breakfast Saturday morning!

 Elevator Fun

We were on the 8th floor this year and Leo loved the descent.

Peaceful end to breakfast for us after Dad took Leo for a stroll around the hotel.

Ryan finally decided it was time for Leo-Leo to get a haircut, so...

later at home we started buzzing!  Thanks to Ryan holding the iPad, it went way better than expected!

What a difference a little less hair makes!

I also spent time in the kitchen working on some new cupcake recipes!

 Funfetti Angel Food Cake Cupcakes!

Lemon & Blackberry Cupcakes

Minion Cupcakes

To end the month off, we hosted our first rotating potluck.  What a fun group we had! After supper we played Family Feud, and I'd say it's been a long time since I've laughed that hard!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More Christmas Fun

Last year Leo was too young to enjoy unwrapping presents.  This year was a whole different ball game!  At first he was a little tentative, but he soon realized it was fun to open gifts & all he wanted to do was open ALL the gifts in the room!  We had a sad little boy when he was stopped from opening other people's gifts!

"Yuck!"  His words, not ours.  We're not sure why he didn't like the wrapping paper.

The new toys!


Opening his stocking Christmas morning after church!

Holding baby Avi for the first time!!

I think he liked her!


Whitt didn't like to see Grandpa in a hat!

Even after the hat was off, he was still a little unsure!

There was lots of game playing at my family Christmas.

Our last family picture of the year!