Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Week by week: 18

How far along: 18w4d
How big is baby: The size of a sweet potato. The ultrasound tech said baby is 11oz and in the 95th percentile for size. We got a chubster on the way! :D
Total weight gain: No scale at home so only know after monthly appts.
Maternity clothes: pants with built in belly band and a couple maternity tanks with a pre-pregnancy cardigan
Sleep: Pretty good. 10-12 hours.
Best moment these weeks: Emery saying baby and pointing to the baby on the ultrasound screen, finding out the gender and being able to start our registry. Knowing baby is perfect and all parts are there. Thank you body for growing my perfect babies!
Gender: Secret until tomorrow when we tell the boys first. Hopefully will get a video and can post it.
Craving: Nothing this week.
Movement: Mostly when lying on my left side. I guess baby is head down and facing my left side. Hands in front face so movement is little boxer jabs and knees/feet.
Labor Signs: None and it better stay that way for another 22 weeks.
Belly Button in or out: in and most likely will stay that way. I'd be grossed out if I had an outtie. My belly button is so sensitive.
Stretch marks: Nothing new.
What I miss: Sleeping on my back if I want.
What I am looking forward to: Making muslin swaddle blankets, a soft fuzzy blanket and shopping for things.
Milestones: Nothing major.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Week by week: 17

How far along: 17w5d
How big is baby: the size of an avocado
Total weight gain: No scale at home so only know after monthly appts.
Maternity clothes: pants with built in belly band and a couple maternity tanks with a pre-pregnancy cardigan
Sleep: Pretty good. 10-12 hours.
Best moment these weeks: nothing pregnancy related but loving all the extra willing hugs and kisses from Emery.
Gender: unknown for one more week.
Craving: homemade taco shells which I gave into.
Movement: Still just little popcorn pops here and there when I'm sitting still or laying in bed.
Labor Signs: None and it better stay that way for another 23 weeks.
Belly Button in or out: in
Stretch marks: Looks like some are showing up on the boobs. BOO!
What I miss: Sleeping on my back if I want.
What I am looking forward to: finding out the gender and making our baby registry with our very small list.
Milestones: Not losing my mind an patience with Emery's naughty little streak.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dentist Appointment

Both kids cavity free!

However Ethan has white spots on his teeth from acid softening the enamel. What can we expect when his moms teeth are half rotted, she refuses to get their fluoride prescriptions, doesn't make them brush their teeth and they all live off juice and sugar?! Still too entirely frustrating. I wish she knew the importance of good hygiene especially dental. Dental care is NOT cheap and some day these boys won't be covered by her state insurance or Jake's great insurance.

All we can do is continue to make them brush regularly, take their crunchies every night, avoid juice, no soda or junk food and hope for the best. Maybe someday she will wake up but quite doubtful.

Ethan had xrays done and must have complied well because not once did they have to call for us. No word on the pictures so they must have looked alright.

As for Emery he was a peach. He behaved, showed the dentist how he brushes and charmed everyone in the place. The doctor herself said she was going to steal him for herself. I told her she would have to fight us for him.

Though with his naughty attitude lately is willingly hand him over for an hour to regain my sanity.

Nathan's appointment is next week so we will see if he's worse off or cavity free. Fingers crossed!

No pictures since cameras, phones and video devices aren't allowed in the back :( only picture was of Ethan's tooth with his name for being cavity free.

Family photos

What a flop! Nathan is always too busy pointing at the camera and has a hand in my face or the mist blank expression. Ethan either looks irritated or isn't paying attention to anything or making a stupid face. Emery, you won't even look at me! What happened to you looking right at me and saying "cheeeese". Now I've become that ridiculous person jumping around, waving sticks, trying to trick you into thinking I have something in my hand...which you NEVER fall for.

Out of almost 500 photos I doubt we got 20 good ones. I was so frustrated with the three of you. Last year you were 6ish months old and could just sit and smile so handsomely. 12 months down the road and you can't do either. It's a good thing I love natural photography, catching every moment though its not posed. Those are truly some of the best photos.

I will post them as soon as I have a chance to sort and edit. (meaning after all you monsters are in bed)

Next year you will be 2 1/2 and your little brother or sister will be immobile and hopefully smiling cheerfully. I have high hopes that next year will be a win! Here is to hoping!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Week by week: 16

How far along: 16w4d
How big is baby: the size of an avocado
Total weight gain: staying even.
Maternity clothes: Nope, my yoga pants, tank tops are saved with a belly band. Have bought a few things though.
Sleep: Pretty good. about 12 hours with the exception of the few nights here and there where I wake up for an hour or two in the middle of the night and am unable to go to sleep.
Best moment these weeks: No morning sickness! Woohoo!
Gender: unknown
Craving: Nothing really these past few weeks.
Movement: Little popcorn pops here and there when I'm sitting still or laying in bed.
Labor Signs: None and it better stay that way for another 24 weeks.
Belly Button in or out: in
Stretch marks: Just the few from Emery, nothing new but I know they'll come this time.
What I miss: Not being emotional. My abs not feeling like they're going to rip open with every cough or sneeze.
What I am looking forward to: finding out the gender. Getting moved into the bigger place.
Milestones: Made it through the 1st trimester without dying of morning sickness and battling my first horrible cold. I thank the vitamin D!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

18 Months

You are 18 months today and smart as a whip. You speak 200 words and say more everyday.
You are hilarious. You love blowing spit bubbles, if you see a tv commercial or a billboard ad with food on it you say "mmm" really loud.
You demand "vitamins" everyday.
You call the new Durango "mango".
You love showers but only if mama holds you up so you can stick your hand in the spray, you still don't like it in your face.
You love to test your limits by teetering on the edge of everything. We watch you from the corner of our eye knowing if we stop you that you will try try again. You try again even if you fall. We think you need a skateboard and would cruise around like a mad man but until daddy promises me a mouth guard and a Michelin man suit it won't happen. A helmet and knee/elbow pads are not enough for my worry.
You demand to watch "animals" every morning and since Big Cat Diaries and the Crocodile dude is always on we oblige to animal planet. You have no patience for the commercials and demand to have the animals back. Any cute animal or commercial with animals in it and you get high pitched and say "cuuuute". It is definitely the cutest thing you say.
I ask you to be good for something and you say "yea". If I ask "promise"? You say promise though it sounds a little like Thomas.
Driving by a park you shout "YEAH!" At night night time or when someone's on the phone you say "shhhhh". You are still as obsessed as ever with wheels and tires. Walking through a parking lot with you is crazy tow. You point out every truck, van, bus and want to/try to touch the wheels and tires. It cracks up any bystanders. One man told you to kick the tire before walking away when we drove to Seattle to pick up the Mango (durango). I just laughed and told him we didn't need that yet.
When I get you up in the morning you point to your butt and tell me "poop" if you've pooped.
You have sat on the potty chair a few times but no interest. One time you did go pee but it sprayed all over my leg and the floor. I said "oops!" As I tried to stick my hand in front to stop the mess and I think that just scared you. You don't want to sit on the potty anymore. I try to convince daddy to take you in when he goes potty so he can see big boys go potty instead of just mommies but we are stalled out there. You say anything in the toilet is "poop" which is not what the other parent in the living room wants to hear.
You've started showing much more interest in books the past few months. Not so much reading them but I ask you to point things out and you love it. Just may have to go thrifting for some I Spy books soon.
You are a little like mama and like your space. If you're not snuggling you want one whole couch cushion to yourself. You don't like anyone's feet on it. Yesterday you were trying to push Nathan off it completely so you could sit down. I understand my child, I go a little insane when your brothers all pile on the couch and I have no room to move or breathe or seeing Ethan sitting on daddy's lap. I'd feel suffocated. Maybe by the time you're 4 I won't mind and ill love you sitting on my lap as a giant kid. Please note: I love you on my lap and yet can never get you to sit there for very long. It's the fact of such a big kid on a parents lap constantly that drives me a little space bonkers.
You call Nathan "Na-Neet" and Ethan is "E De". Not sure how you got these when you say everything else plain as day but its pretty cute.
Mama, daddy Na-Neet and E De all love you very very much!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Boys time.

Daddy and your brothers just left to go ride their 4 wheelers and motorcycles. I guess your papa was so excited that he loaded it all up including grandmas dirt bike for him to ride. This daddy and kid time is very important for any kid. You all need that one on one time to be silly boys with out the mama referee there.

It broke my heart watching them leave and knowing you couldn't go and would probably cry. As usual you surprised me, no crying. Just hugs and kisses and then you ran to the window to wave and shout bye and blow kisses.

Someday you will be big enough to have your own helmet, goggles and gloves to go spin out in the mud. Until then we get to snuggle and play at home. Mama has a migraine and is laying low but we made cupcakes today and I'm ready to watch that mess happen :)

Mama needs this quiet time. You and your brudders have been a handful. You are stubborn, haven't wanted to listen or share and they being used to no rules at their "moms" house want to argue and not pick up after themselves. Makes me a little coo-coo and adds a little stress wondering how your new brother or sister will be in the mix. I just have to remember that your daddy and I are a great team with you kids and we will conquer it. We may go to bed exhausted at 8pm but at least you're all still alive, safe and sound with lots of love and full bellies.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

15W5D appt

Today was another baby appt. Let me start off saying I am NOT a fan of Deaconess Hospitall. The layout is whack, the parking SUCKS, the nurse was NOT personable and looked like she had rolled out of bed and came to work. No makeup, messy gross hair in a ratty pony tail, wrinkly scrubs and a gray hoody. She did not look the part at all.

Moving on for a moment.

Baby was a brat about us hearing him/her. Literally took 5+ minutes to get a good listen. At one point baby kicked the doppler and moved away. Finally got a reading of 150. I was thinking ohhh, Emery was at 140 by now but after reading back through past posts he was 150's. So as much as we want a girl it seems we will probably end up with another boy.Don't get me wrong I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Emery and am more than happy for another boy like him or even half as crazy fun as he is.

The rest of the appt was waiting for her to write me a referral for chiropractic care because her script pad was in the safe?! Then they had no scheduling lady. I'm standing there waiting for someone to notice us and hoping they HURRY the heck up because I'm already going to be late for my chiropractor appointment. Someone finally says that the scheduler isn't there and to go to the doctor's side for scheduling. The chick at the front desk can turn in my ultrasound referral but doesn't have scheduling software but will walk me over. I tell her to forget it I'll call because I'm already going to be late for my next appointment.

At least I got my referral and am hoping that my insurance will cover chiropractic care since it's a referral since no medicine will help with the migraines and my back is majorly messed up.

Thankfully the chiropractor said my 1/2" shorter right leg isn't that way anatomically because after my hips being adjusted I was right on. Whew! I didn't want a lift in my shoe like my mom has to have.

I got a groupon for 5 chiropractic visits the other day for $49.00. Hopefully I can supplement the $45.00 visits in between those ones and stretch it out through out my pregnancy. The chiropractor told me that adjustments can help shorten labor time by up to 60%. He was appalled that I was in labor for 24 hours and is certain that this one will be less if I am adjusted regularly. If I can manage once or twice a month I'll be happy. I know I can't afford it weekly. If I can manage a labor naturally and for as long as possible at home in under 12 hours I will be a happy mama.

On a final note, we have three weeks until our gender ultrasound. I was hoping for 18 weeks which would put us 2 weeks from now, but no. She referred me 3-4 weeks from today. I guess the countdown begins!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

One of the Crew

I absolutely adore seeing Emery play with his brudders. He does really well when they're not here and I think the one on one time with mommy and daddy is really good for him. Every Wednesday we ask if he's ready to go pick up brudders we get an excited "YEA!" He has the same response driving by a park so you KNOW its pure excitement. I love hearing him giggle playing, laughing ridiculously when he's tickled, the few and very far between kisses when 4 year old Ethan is feeling lovey and smooches his head or gives him a quick squeeze. He fits right in playing cars and racing around, watching and taking everything in that they do. I can't wait until he digs into legos and knows what do with them other than tuck the wheels away inside his cheek like a squirrel. It breaks my heart when they have to leave, not only so we muss them but I feel like Emery feels punished that they have to go away. Hopefully one day they will be with us full time and he will always have them. I think this new baby will be great for him to have a companion 24/7 other than mama and dadda. My heart is full today, I never imagined it would be this good blending Emery in with two brothers but they all love each other so much, even if stinker Ethan rarely shows the brotherly love. :)