Baby 2: Twenty-Four Weeks

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How far along: 24 weeks and 1 day

Sex of Baby W: A little lady! Her initials are DCW, but we aren’t publicly sharing the name just yet.

Weight gain: I have gained a total of 3 pounds.

Size of Baby W: ear of corn or a puffin.

Maternity clothes: All the time. My last pair of regular pants this week decided to be too uncomfortable to make it work.

Baby items: I bought a pack of headbands. We have also gotten several hand-me downs from friends.

Stretch marks: I have a couple stretch marks on each of my hips. Bummer.

Belly button in or out:  It’s still in.

Sleep: Either I have to wake up to pee, or George starts stirring around 3 or 4 am. I generally don’t get back into a good sleep after that. We are adjusting George’s nap (he was still at 4 hour naps), and that seems to be helping with him snoozing a little later over night. I slept really well at my conference though!

Best moment the past few weeks: The conference I went to was really good, and it was really nice to have some time to myself before we become a family of four. We also started construction on our addition to our house.

Worst moment the past few weeks: I haven’t really had anything bad the past couple weeks.

Miss anything: Not really anything right now.

Cravings: I have been wanting chocolate baked goods. Bring on all the donuts, cake, and brownies.

Movement: She moves the most after dinner, but I am starting to feel her a lot more during the day. Tom has felt her several times, but George never stays on my belly long enough to feel her.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have been feeling pretty good.  I did have a little morning sickness on the flight back from my conference.I have a lot of round ligament pain on my right side. I have had some cramping too. Thanks growing uterus.

Looking forward to: Seeing our addition get further along. I need to blog about how it all came together. We should be under roof here in the next couple weeks!

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George knows that Sister is in my belly. We give her kisses and hugs every day.

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Here is George at 24 weeks.

Bachelor Week 7

I had full intentions of writing other posts this week so that my Bachelor posts weren’t back to back, but alas life.

Anyway, this week I got to watch the Bachelor in a hotel room with Moe’s as my cuisine. Bring on the queso and drama. Also I think this brought my obsession of this show to an all time high (or low) with watching it alone in a hotel room…

  • Nick you have to keep doing this. There is so much doubt, why not just finish this and see where you end up. You will never get this opportunity again.
  • Where is Bimini?
  • Vanessa is going scuba diving. Air and Sea dates.
  • Everyone looks pissed at Vanessa.
  • Vanessa has a lot more depth than you have shown Corinne. All you can say is I have a nanny and you run a multi-millionaire dollar business.
  • Okay they are just going snorkeling, but I was close!
  • Of course that feels like love when you are in a romantic setting like that snorkeling…it’s called the fantasy affect.
  • Nick is just spinning words to Vanessa. You can tell she is just torn.
  • That is so awkward that Nick was touching Kristina’s inner thigh in front of the other women.
  • Swimming with sharks…Are they toothless? Really Corinne?
  • Raven seems to be in the background of this date.
  • I am pretty fearless when it comes to ocean stuff, but I don’t know if I would freely swim with sharks.
  • Raven would just beat a shark with her stilettos.
  • That was sweet that Nick was comforting Kristina.
  • Kristina gets the group rose.
  • Oh wow! I was not expecting Raven getting that rose.
  • I think Danielle would mellow Nick out, but I also think that she may not be able to call him out on his crap.
  • That basketball hoop is short.
  • Danielle is going home on this date…
  • I like Danielle, but I think she is a little dry for this.
  • Nick’s facial expressions are so telling.
  • I hate it when the woman says they aren’t great enough when they are getting dumped. I mean I get it, I have been there, but we should think higher of ourselves. This just wasn’t right for either of you.
  • Where was Vanessa in the goodbye to Danielle? Aren’t they besties in this?
  • Corinne sneaking off to seduce Nick.
  • Nick acts differently around Corinne than he does with the other girls. It seems like it is drunk college flirting.
  • Nick is saying NO to the platinum vagine! Maybe he is learning from his past mistakes.
  • Corinne your idea of cute and nice is just sex. There are so many other ways to show nice affection besides throwing your body at someone. No wonder she is so self-conscious. We have to be teaching women differently about how to respect themselves.
  • All she is doing is making me think about how to raise my daughter.
  • Seriously where is Vanessa?
  • Nick is terrified of Rachel’s dad and family.
  • I love the bartenders that the Bachelor people find.
  • Corinne is going off the rails.
  • NOOOOO not Kristina! I could have sworn there was more there.
  • Kristina, you do deserve better than Nick.
  • I think Jen is the mystery woman coming back from BIP.

Favorites:   Vanessa and Rachel (Although I know she doesn’t end up with Nick because she was prematurely announced as the next Bachelorette. I am excited for her! But I am mad at ABC for doing it before she left this season.)

Bachelor Nick Week 6

This week I have no words and all the words. This show is absurd, and these tweets say it all.

Here it goes anyway.

  • “Open your eyeballs” Nick.
  • Watching Corinne’s reaction while Taylor was talking to Nick was great.
  • Did Nick not hear anything that Taylor said about Corinne? What potential do you see?
  • I think Corinne is always having her own personal cocktail hour.
  • I am ok with everyone he sent home.
  • I think Jaimi will be on Paradise, and maybe Alexis too.
  • Oh the Virgin Islands. I went to the British Virgin Islands when I was in high school, and I want to go back so badly!
  • Why are they screaming out the balcony at Nick’s plane? He cannot hear you.
  • Kristina is gorgeous.
  • How is Corinne able to function taking care of other human beings?
  • I don’t even know what to say about Kristina. No wonder she is a more quiet person in attempts to shield herself, that is a lot to live through.
  • I would not want to play volleyball in a bikini
  • Wow they all got dramatic about this volleyball game and competing for time.
  • YOU ALL SIGNED UP FOR THIS:  for a reality competition on love….This cryfest is silly.
  • This show makes people get ridiculous.
  • Jazmine, you are still there so you are getting reassurance. She won’t stop talking.
  • She is losing it as she is talking with Nick.
  • No surprise that he is sending her home. Why would she do the “chokie?”
  • Did I miss him giving Raven the rose at the group date?
  • This is an interesting 2 on 1 date. I think they both go home. Whitney is going for sure. I didn’t even know her name until this episode.
  • I can respect that Nick tries to keep every rejection between him and the woman.
  • They really like leaving women stranded on beaches.
  • Why is Whitney now bashing Danielle? Weren’t they friends before that?
  • No that wasn’t a great first date, Danielle. It was a tour of all Nick’s past relationships.
  • Danielle, you aren’t on the same page. The music tells it all.
  • I knew he was sending them both home.
  • Nick is in his head.
  • Wait, WHAT?
  • He can’t keep doing this??? What does that even mean? You are the one that keeps coming back to this ridiculous show! I’m going to need you to pull it together and not sound like you are drunk every time you open your mouth.

Favorites:   Rachel and Vanessa

These recap chats have become almost better than the show itself. Melissa Rycroft is one of my favorite contestants!

World’s Okayest Mom

I received this cup from a friend of mine who owns a custom order craft shop, RaeAnn Crafts. She has all sorts of cool stuff she can do from t-shirts to engravings. You should really check her out. I have had this cup for awhile now, and it still looks like new (even with a few trips through the dishwasher). Ashley does great work!

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But the saying on it makes me think every day about the job I am doing as a mom. It is a positive reinforcement that even though I may have an “okay” moment, there are so many more moments where I can love and cherish the opportunity to raise this little man (and soon to be young lady). It’s a reminder that “I’ve got this.” And there isn’t a need to be perfect all the time.

It’s ok to be the okayest.

Here are just some of my okayest moments.

  • George knows the exit we turn for McDonald’s. He will start singing nuggets and french fries when we pull off the highway here before we even get to the Golden Arches. While Tom was on the night shift, we may have gone there a lot…This mama loves her own happy meal and no cooking. I have no shame in this game.
  • I sometimes will skip pages in books when I read them to George. We are at the stage where we read about a billion books before bed. “More books?” he says. I love that he is a reader, but that is a billion plus pages before I get my only introvert time for the day. Selfish maybe, but in my defense we are still reading a lot of pages each night.
  • I will own it. We use the TV sometimes to keep George out of trouble so we can do other things. Paw Patrol and Finding Nemo are very good distractions when someone gets up at 5 am on the weekends.
  • I keep a supply of suckers in my bag to bribe George when we are out in public. I can generally tell when we are on the verge of a melt-down, so the suckers help keep the tantrums at bay before George even has time to misbehave. (I don’t use these all the time, but sometimes you have to survive instead of thrive.)
  • He eats breakfast in the car. I don’t have time/energy to make a big breakfast or deal with arguing with a two year old why he must sit at a table to eat before we leave in the morning. So he gets his milk and breakfast “cookies” (granola bars) in the car.

I have my good moments too, but I don’t think that there needs to be this mentality that I am the perfect mom. George is loved and cared for and fed (mostly) healthy meals. Most of all we have a good time together like this weekend when we played matching games for hours on end. Or the smiles he had when the tables turned and he coached me while I was going to the bathroom and praised me for a job well done. I must be doing something right.

What are your “okayest” moments?

And We’re Having A…

It feels like just yesterday that we were finding out about George.

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And here we are finding out about our little Miss!

George is already a sucker for his sister!

He has been calling my belly and any baby doll “sister” for the past couple months, long before we knew about our lady. He refused to say brother, so apparently he knew.

We are all very excited about Sister!

Except when he realizes he may have to share…

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