Baby 3: 33 Weeks

How far along: 33 weeks. Hard to believe we are in the final stretch.

Sex of Baby W: We still have no middle name for mister man.

Weight gain: I have gained 9 pounds total. I feel like this baby is just going straight out. I am starting to get the looks and comments with shock that I still have 7 weeks to go.

Size of Baby W: a ferret or cauliflower blossom

Maternity clothes: It’s all maternity clothes. I really only dress it up a couple days a week since I am still working remote most of the time. I am still able to wear my fall coats, but I don’t think my winter coat is going to work…

Baby items: We have gotten a few things from family members to help us get ready. I am going to be looking here in the next week to get the final few items like a pack and play. We need to put the toddler bed back to the crib setting, but other than that the nursery is pretty ready.

Stretch marks: nothing new in this department, but I am not sure how this belly will stretch out any further.

Belly button in or out:  It is bumping out a little bit past flat. I feel like this is the first pregnancy that it has looked or felt like this.

Sleep: I wake up in a panic almost every night because I have kicked all the pillows around so I can be asleep on my back. I am just so uncomfortable when sleeping. I think I have restless leg syndrome, and I have shooting pains in my left leg. I also don’t feel like I am ever fully asleep.

Best moment the past few weeks: I feel like I am starting to finally get in the groove of teaching virtually. I have had some one on one meetings with my students, and they have given me really great feedback and compliments about how they are enjoying the class and getting a lot out of it. It has been a bright spot because teaching virtually has been a really creative challenge for me.

Worst moment the past few weeks: Work has been a challenge lately. My supervisor of the last three years left the institution onto her next career stop. We have had so many transitions in the past year, and then to lose a spot where I had stability was really emotional. While there are definitely opportunities for me to grow in my position here, it has just been a lot to take in recently.

Miss anything: Hot dogs and deli meat. I am glad that summer is over because I don’t feel like they will be in my face as much. Although Tom keeps buying corn dogs, which might have to be my first meal after this baby is out.

Cravings/Aversions: I have craved beef jerky which is something I eat maybe once every couple years.

Movement: He moves a lot in the morning now. His tumbling is getting a little more aggressive each day. He likes to stick his butt up right around my belly button and on the right side, just like his older siblings did. He also has the hiccups pretty much every day.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have been feeling great. I have been able to keep up with my workouts, which I don’t think I did with the other two. I am tired all the time, but that is to be expected when you have two kids already and your body is trying to make bones and brains for another one. My belly itches ALL the time. I have tried different balms, lotions, oils and cremes to help soothe that, but I think it just is what it is with my belly getting bigger. I am not having any of the symptoms that I had with George and Daph and pre-eclampsia. I also have no swelling. Just carrying around a basketball kind of uncomfortableness.

Looking forward to: We have our maternity pictures this week. It is supposed to snow this week, so we’ll see how it goes. We have never had official pictures taken of any pregnancy, so I am really hoping that it goes smoothly!

You can read about George at 33 weeks here and Daphne here.

Baby 3: 30 Weeks

How far along: Something about making it to 30 weeks is really a kick in the pants to get ready for this baby. I delivered Daph at 36 weeks, so that is my timeline I am trying to prepare myself for.

Sex of Baby W: Baby boy has a first name but no middle name yet.

Weight gain: I have gained 5 pounds total.

Size of Baby W: My app says that he is the size of a motorcycle helmet which seems highly unlikely, so let’s go with the other options of platypus or cantaloupe.

Maternity clothes: It is interesting to start trying to dress this bump for cooler weather. I have never been this far pregnant during cold weather. I pretty much live in the same maternity sweats for most of the week.

Baby items: We haven’t gotten anything new since the last update. We really have to start preparing things…There are still a few things we need, but mostly it is just organizing Daphne’s room back into a nursery, and making the house ready for a newborn.

Stretch marks: No new stretch marks. I am at that point though that it seems hard to believe this belly is going to get bigger.

Belly button in or out:  It is almost flat. I keep thinking that this will be the one that the belly button comes out.

Sleep: I pretty much try something new every night to figure out a more comfortable way to sleep. Almost every night, I find myself asleep on my back. I have also had some cramping in my calves during the night since I am not really moving much.

Best moment the past few weeks: Tom started back as a police officer here recently, and it has been so great to see him doing what he loves.

Worst moment the past few weeks: We had a trip to the ER a week ago. We thought that there was a possibility that my amniotic sac ruptured because I had a rush of fluid down there for about 30 minutes straight. I had a similar thing happen with George, so I wasn’t panicked and thought maybe it was just an extreme peeing my pants. However when we called the hospital they said the only way to rule it out was to come get checked out. It was stressful once we got there because they told us before the results came back from the tests that if I did rupture, I would have to stay in the hospital until I was 36 weeks. Both Tom and I were a little in shock with that statement, so thank goodness all came back ok. Never are you more glad that you just peed your pants…On the plus side, Tom got to hear the baby for the first time since he hasn’t been allowed at any of the appointments.

Miss anything: Allergy medicine. I can’t take any of my prescriptions, and Benedryl does nothing for me. I also miss hot dogs something fierce.

Cravings/Aversions: I haven’t really had any specific cravings. I am just hungry every couple hours. I still don’t want grilled chicken.

Movement: My doctor wants me to do a kick counter every day. I do not remember having to do that with every other kid, so I have been even more mindful of the movement going on. He still mostly moves at night time.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have been feeling great. Most of the time I feel like I am not pregnant. I am still working out most days, and that makes me feel good in so many ways. I have started doing the pregnancy waddle. I also have severe period like cramps, which I feel like have gotten worse with each pregnancy. I also have to pee all the time.

Looking forward to: All the fall things. It’s my favorite time of year, and I feel like a lot of the activities are easy to do and social distance, so bring on all the apples and pumpkins!

You can read about George at 30 weeks here and Daphne here.

Baby 3: 27 Weeks

How far along: 27 weeks and officially now in the third trimester

Sex of Baby W: Male

Weight gain: I have gained a couple more pounds. I have been doing well with my workouts. Out of the three pregnancies, I definitely feel the strongest with this one.

Size of Baby W: My app says that he is the size of a camping lantern which seems debatable. How about a bunch of bananas or a cauliflower blossom?

Maternity clothes: Maternity clothes are the best and why don’t we make all pants with elastic high waist bands and shirts that go long?

Baby items: I have been getting a few items off Facebook Marketplace. There are only a couple things we still need to be fully ready for little man. It’s hard to believe he will be here in only couple months! Yikes! While we don’t have to get much more, we do need to organize his room. We decided this last month to put Daph and George in the same room. I will be sure to share about that transition.

Stretch marks: Nothing new on the stretch marks, but you can see all kinds of veins.

Belly button in or out:  It is flattening out. I’ve never had mine pop completely out, so it will be interesting if over the next 10 weeks this one does or not.

Sleep: Sleep is still not the greatest, but I am making it work.

Best moment the past few weeks: Today I got to celebrate my best friend and her first baby. It was so great to shower her as a new parent-to-be. And our little boys are going to be great friends! It’s been so fun doing this pregnancy together!

Worst moment the past few weeks: School started in the last couple weeks. Everything about it was weird and taxing. We have been asked to do the impossible in higher ed. Teaching a freshmen seminar class is really challenging right now, and I have a lot of anxiety that I am not doing the class justice. So there were a little more bumps in the road to start this year.

Miss anything: being able to sleep on my back.

Cravings/Aversions: I haven’t really had any cravings over the past couple weeks. Just when I want to eat, I need to eat soon. I still am not a fan of broccoli or chicken quesadillas but that seems to be the only thing that I am avoiding.

Movement: I feel him every day now, but mostly at night. George has felt him, and he thinks it is so cool. Daphne doesn’t think

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have been feeling really good lately. I do feel really bloated most afternoons/evenings. I am having to go to the bathroom all the time. But doing pretty good in general. I love this stage of pregnancy though where my belly is big enough to rest my arms on, and I am pretty much rubbing it all the time.

Looking forward to: Getting more settled into our school routine. George has been doing great with kindergarten. We have some other things happening around here that will change our schedule too, so more to come on that.

You can read about George at 27 weeks here and Daphne here.

George Turns SIX

Every year I have this avoidance to George turning another year older. I mean didn’t we just celebrate one? I ask myself how can this be?

But here we are, six years old.

Not that I am a seasoned parent or by any means an expert at anything with motherhood, however George has taught me a lot by making me a mom.

In honor of his sixth birthday today, here are six things that I have learned from my first born.

  • Imagination is not to be fooled with.

This kid comes up with the most creative creations. He is really good at coming up with storylines and rethinking how to use things. His room is a total mess, which is something I have to let go of because he had dreamed up that he built a fort, a railway, or channels for a boat system. Things are not always what they seem. He has taught me so much about looking beyond the confines of normalcy and not sticking within the lines. I need to be able to let him loose with his ideas and hold on to his plans for creations because that will serve him well later on in life.

  • There is always reason to celebrate.

George is always ready to party. He loves ALL holidays and relishes in decorating our house with all the things. He is always asking what the next holiday is, and you can see his eyes just gleam from the excitement. He also is just so excited about the little things. He loves to create opportunities to rejoice in the day to day things. And he is so appreciative of the celebrations. “Treat yo’ self” is his mantra. And celebrations always bring on sugary treats, which are always necessary!

  • A hug is always a good remedy.

If anyone knows me well, they know that I am not a hugger. These are reserved for very few folks in my life, and I will not usually volunteer to do them. However, this kid has melted me down. He is the best hugger ever. And touch has got to be one of his love languages, because he gives about a million hugs a day. In our embraces we have so many meaningful moments. Sometimes they are breakthroughs from arguments and power struggles. Sometimes they are to comfort us when we are sad to just let someone know we are there. Sometimes they are just to remind each other of our immense love for one another. It is hard to not feel some goodness when you have your arms wrapped around someone else. They have definitely been mood stabilizers for us over the last six years. Hugs are George’s love currency.

  • Plans are not always what they are cracked up to be.

George has been “lovingly” reminding us lately that “sometimes plans change, and that’s ok.” This is honestly one of the biggest lessons for me as someone who loves to have a plan and a list at hand. Plans are my way to control things. If there is anything about parenthood that is constant is that plans are going to change. Literally from the moment George was conceived, things are not as I planned them. I didn’t imagine finding out that I was pregnant at a fertility specialist. I didn’t plan on delivering my baby 3 weeks early and having to deal with the NICU. I didn’t plan on littering my house with Legos. But things happen, and that’s ok. I have had to learn a lot about acceptance and letting things be as they may instead of trying to predict and control it all. George is also not a kid who is easily controlled for he often has plans of his own that do not align with mine…

  • Patience

And that leads us to patience. What parent doesn’t say that they have learned patience with parenting? Or better yet, it has showed me how impatient I really am. Along the same lines as the plans, I have to remember that I cannot make George make the decisions that I want him to. He is becoming his own person. And with that he has to make mistakes and make messes of things so he can learn for the next time. It’s these moments that it could be so easy for me to just swoop in and make things happen or to banish him to his room because I just can’t take it anymore. I have to give him opportunities to make his own decisions even if they aren’t the ones that I think are best. It’s the only way he will learn how to work with others, do chores, or clean up his own mistakes. I cannot be a fixer all the time or just yell at him for not putting away his clothes for the millionth time. Patience and prayer my friends.

  • I have learned the most about love.

I thought I knew a lot about what love should be and could be. But until I had George, I never really knew the magnitude of what love could do to you as a being. I mean I love Tom, but there is something about a kid that changes every piece of who you are. There is more love than I could ever imagine. And a lot of that is because of who George is. He loves so immensely and with his whole little body that it is hard not to want to experience that with him. He has taught me that true love means forgiveness and letting things go. He has taught me that true love sometimes also means tough love and not letting you off the hook when you are wrong. He taught me that I don’t have to be perfect to be loved so fully. He has taught me so much about filling other people’s cups and being thoughtful with my interactions. He has taught me that love is a safe place to snuggle into at the end of the day. George is love through and through. And being loved by him is nothing short of magical.

Y’all this boy is everything that I never knew I needed. He is funny, smart, witty, and just a delight to be around. He is a ray of sunshine that just loves everyone around him so fully. He is confident and unapologetically himself ALL THE TIME. I love how he brings out the goofy in all of us, and the energy he exudes helps you to feel freedom when you are with him.

Although some day I do hope that he stops wearing his clothes inside out and backwards…Just saying.

Yesterday I asked him what he wanted to do on his last day as a five year old. He told me that there wasn’t anything left to do and that he was ready to be six. I responded with asking what he was excited about with being six, and he told me he was ready to go to school. So we have a big year ahead of us with Kindergarten on the horizon, and then becoming a big brother again to our newest little dude. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans he gets us into this year.

Happy Birthday Georgie Man. We love you big kid!

Baby 3: 24 Weeks

This seems like a really boring update, but it is exciting to keep moving along nonetheless.

How far along: 24 weeks

Sex of Baby W: Baby W is still a boy.

Weight gain: I have gained a couple more pounds.

Size of Baby W: my app says that he is the size of a GI Joe.

Maternity clothes: I am in anything maternity or fully stretchy. I am going back to work this week so I will have to start wearing actual outfits. That will be interesting since I haven’t seen these people for 5 months.

Baby items: I did reorganize Daphne’s closet to start making room for little man. I need everyone’s secrets on room sharing!

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Belly button in or out:  It is starting to flatten out, but it is still in.

Sleep: I keep hoping for better sleep. There is just no way to get comfortable. I hate sleeping on my left side, and I wake up so stiff and in pain every morning. However, I must be asleep enough because I do not hear or feel Daphne crawling in our bed every night.

Best moment the past few weeks: It was just today, but George’s birthday party was so much fun. Hopefully I will have a post soon to recap.

Worst moment the past few weeks: We had my grandpa’s memorial service recently. It was just really sad and weird to not actually be able to be with family in a normal way.

Miss anything: I have been wanting a cold cut sandwich. AND ALL THE HOTDOGS.

Cravings/Aversions: I have been wanting sweets. My aversions have been grilled chicken and broccoli.

Movement: Little baby guy is moving a lot more that I can actually feel. I feel him almost every day now. It seems that he really loves my daily smoothies because I feel him the most after I drink those at night.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have been having morning sickness a little bit lately. I also feel bloated all the time. My face and lips have been so dry. I feel like I am putting chapstick on every five minutes. And my face feels like it does in the winter, and I have dry patches all over my face.

Looking forward to: The next few weeks are big for George-he turns six this week. Then he starts kindergarten the first week of September. How that is possible, I have no idea. But we are excited for this next phase! We also started a renovation to build on a sun room. I am so excited for all the plant possibilities with all the new windows!

You can read about George at 24 weeks here and Daphne here.