Baby 2: Thirty-Three Weeks

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How far along: 33 weeks and 1 day. It was right after this update that I was put on bedrest with George, so we’ll see how DC treats me this week with our next appointment.

Sex of Baby W: Gal Pal

Weight gain: I have gained 14 lbs. Apparently though, I look huge and like I am about ready to pop. I get the comment at least once a day that I look like I am going to deliver any minute by the judge of my size. They seem astonished that I still have 7 weeks to go. The other day I was at an event, and almost every person I talked to said this. I wanted to have a recorder that said my due date, “I know the belly is making itself known and I know June is far away,” and “we are having a girl.” It was just slightly frustrating to be at a professional event and all people wanted to talk about was the size of my belly. (While I will admit, that I am also hormonal, so answering the same question literally 30 times got old.) I can still tie my shoes, so that’s something right?

Size of Baby W: ferret or pineapple.

Maternity clothes: All the time. I have been wearing some jersey dresses that aren’t maternity, but are much more forgiving with a bump. I have been getting a lot of comments this month about wearing heels still. Yes, I still wear them. They are part of my normal work wardrobe, and I don’t have any swelling so I’m still rocking them a couple times a week.  This bump ain’t stopping my game.

Baby items: We got all the decorations for her room. I can’t wait for our building to get done so I can get my hands on that room. I have also bought more moccasins that I found for $2. It was hard to resist buying every. single. color. I also bought her homecoming outfit. So so cute. We have our baby shower this upcoming week, so we’ll see what that party brings.

Belly button in or out:  It’s becoming an outie and poking out just a little.

Sleep: Sleep has been a little better these past couple weeks. I am surrounded by a wall of pillows. I also haven’t had to get up as much to pee, so that is allowing me to sleep a little more deeply.

Best moment the past few weeks: Easter weekend was a pretty great weekend. My dad and grandpa also came to visit, so that was fun to show them the house updates.

Worst moment the past few weeks: My blood pressure was up at my last appointment. I am hoping that it was a fluke because I wasn’t with my normal doctor and nurse, and they made me wait almost an hour before they saw me. This is about the time that I was put on bedrest due to pre-eclampsia with George, so I am hoping I can stay away from that. They had me do some extra tests that day, and those all came back normal. That was a relief that it didn’t cost me a trip to the hospital like I had to do several times with George before they officially put me on bedrest.

Miss anything: being able to have George sit on my lap comfortably. Deli sandwiches.

Cravings: I still haven’t fulfilled my Taco Bell craving. I won’t ever say no to a donut. I am still not a fan of many vegetables. I want a Dr. Pepper all the time. I have been craving Cheezits too.

Movement: She is moving a lot. She is also a lot more aggressive than I remember George being. However, they both like(d) to stick their butt out in the same spot next to my belly button. DC also likes to kick my kidneys REALLY hard. I have also started being able to feel her hiccups these last few weeks. She also loves grapefruit because she goes nuts after I eat it everyday.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I am feeling really good. I am tired, and I have fallen asleep on the couch a few times lately. But all in all, I am doing well. I get my steps in most days, and I still am managing to carry George around. I have had a couple days where I have had morning sickness again. I am having some Braxton Hicks/cramps a couple times a day. My belly is also really itchy, so I have been much better about applying lotion to it a couple times a day. I hate driving because the belly pushes the seat belt so much to the side that it feels like it is choking me.

Looking forward to: My baby shower next weekend.

George told me yesterday that he wanted sister to come out. I hope that he is still this excited when she is born.

Here is George at 33 weeks.

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Baby 2: Thirty Weeks

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How far along: 30 weeks and 2 days (There is something about making it to 30 that is so comforting.)

Sex of Baby W: Little Lady

Weight gain: I have gained a total of 9 pounds. Tom and I agree that I am officially bigger straight out than I was with George at the END of his pregnancy. With George the weight was really all over from hip to hip, and my whole stomach held the weight. DC is just a basketball straight out. I can still feel my hip bones this time around. So different.

Size of Baby W: Platypus (minus the tail) or a large cabbage

Maternity clothes: All the time. I am really hoping that the weather starts warming up so I can wear dresses more regularly. The weather is all over the place lately. (But then again, I would have to shave more often…)

Baby items: I did buy some little baseball moccasins. I’m trying really hard not to go broke with all the cute stuff out there. Easter comparison: Target online the other day had only a half page for boys Easter outfits, and there were TWO WHOLE PAGES for girls. Boys want to look snazzy too, and not all in the same polo and mint green bow tie. But now that I have all these choices for DC, it is hard not to go hog wild on getting stuff for her. Anyway, I am going to try really hard to hold out on clothes until her room is completely ready. We don’t really need many other big baby items since we are using a lot of things from George’s baby time. I am still going back and forth on a double stroller option. Suggestions? I want it to fit with our Britax infant seat, which seems to be my dilemma.

Belly button in or out:  I thought it was going to come completely out, but it is still mostly flush with the rest of my belly.

Sleep: Sleeping has been pretty awful. My legs cramp up a lot at night because I am afraid that I’ll move and I will end up on my back. I can’t really ever get comfortable either because I hate sleeping on my left side. My shoulder has been really tight because of it. I can’t remember the last night where I slept soundly. It’s like I am constantly in that half sleep mode. I also have to pee at least once during the night, if not a couple times. I guess this is my body’s way of preparing me for the newborn phase again.

Best moment the past few weeks: I just spent the weekend with my best two gal pals for a ladies only weekend. I will write about it here in the next few days hopefully. It was so good for my soul to see these two!

Worst moment the past few weeks: The week where the Whitener house came down with every variation of stomach issues. George is just now starting to poop normal again. It has been an exhausting and disgusting time in our house.

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Miss anything: Sleeping. Deli sandwiches. Gyros full of feta.

Cravings: Taco Bell chicken quesadillas. Commercials are hard to watch because I pretty much want anything I see.

Movement: She moves the most at night, but she seems to be moving more throughout the day. She loves to sit right near my belly button, and she pushes so hard. I don’t remember this much pushing with George. The other day it looked like I had a cone-head coming out of my body.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have had a lot of discomfort when I am sleeping like I said. The morning sickness has reared its ugly head again. I had one really bad day, and then it has hit me a couple other times but not as horrendous. My gums are bleeding a lot when I brush my teeth. I am super clumsy right now. I was clumsy before, but it is really bad now with my lack of balance. On the plus side, I do not have acne like I did with George. I have had very few blemishes at all in fact. Maybe DC is providing me more with the “glow” than George did. I am starting to waddle a little more and more. I was told twice last week that I looked uncomfortable…both by individuals who have never had children before. I am actually feeling really great for the most part so it kind of bothered me when they said this. Chalk it up to hormones.

Looking forward to: This month in general. We have a lot of stuff going on this month with Easter, baseball games, end of the year celebrations, and our baby shower. It will be busy, but it should be enjoyable.

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Here is George at 30 weeks.

Baby 2: Twenty-Seven Weeks

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How far along: 27 weeks and 1 day

Sex of Baby W: still girl I presume

Weight gain: I have gained a total of 5 pounds. Looking at the pictures from my last pregnancy, I definitely think I am bigger this time around. However, I feel much healthy this time.

Size of Baby W: fennec fox or a head of cauliflower

Maternity clothes: All the time. I also stand by that they should just make all pants elastic, maternity or not. This is great!

Baby items: I haven’t bought anything lately, but I have finished our registry. I ordered our baby shower invites this week. Let’s celebrate this little gal!

Stretch marks: I have a couple , but I don’t really care. I mean they aren’t great to have, but no one is going to see them, so I don’t need to worry about it.

Belly button in or out:  Well it’s like half and half. It’s kind of sticking out but it’s still flush with the rest of my belly.

Sleep: I get up at least one a night to pee. I have had some issues with stiffness and muscles cramping making it hard to get comfortable.

Best moment the past few weeks: Watching our house get framed has been pretty awesome.

Worst moment the past few weeks: Crosby got out of our fence last week. I spent more than an hour driving up and down our street with George trying to call for him. Then as I sobbed in the yard with Grace trying to find a hole in the fence (which there wasn’t), the little bugger just strolled down the driveway with the biggest doggy grin on his face. We have a temp fence in part of our yard with the construction. He had gone to the corner farthest from the house and peeled it back far enough to squeeze through, but it sprung back in place so I would never notice it in the dark. It was awful.

Miss anything: Sleeping through the night.

Cravings: Donuts. And not just any donuts, like Krispy Kreme kind. When I am not pregnant, I HATE Krispy Kreme. Also pretty much any food I see or hear talked about, I want it.

Movement: She moves the most at night. I keep trying to get George to feel her, but he won’t stay still long enough. DCW likes to sit right where her brother did, lopsided on the right side near my belly button. It makes my tummy look silly, but it’s fun to know where she is sitting.

Symptoms/how I am feeling: I have had a lot of discomfort when I am sleeping like I said. There has been a little nausea this past week. The exhaustion has returned as well; I have fallen asleep on the couch at some point every day this past week. I am still getting my steps in most days though! I am trying to stay as active as I possibly can. Some things are getting harder and harder to do, like jumping jacks. My bladder can’t take all the jumping. It feels like it is going to explode when I try to run or jump. Who am I kidding, I need to pee all the time anyway.

Looking forward to: We have a doctor’s appointment this week, and it always brings me some piece of mind to hear the heartbeat and touch base with the doctor.

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And yes we are still wearing Christmas jammies.

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Here is George at 27 weeks. Again, I think the bump is bigger this time around.

To Remember About George at 2.5 Years

There are so many things I want to remember about this stage. I know there will come a time when I can hardly believe that he was this small (even though right now I think he is SO big), and I will have forgotten all the little quirky things that he does. I feel like I have forgotten all the infant stuff already. It goes by too fast!

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So here is what I want to remember about George at 2 and a half years old.

I want to remember that he pronounces his friend’s name Henry like Honey.

I want to remember that he loves to sing Maroon Five. He also will sing when we are at choir practice at church. He likes to direct too.

I want to remember that he says “Hold You” when he in fact wants you to hold him.

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Even though it can be aggravating, I want to remember him being demanding and telling me to “Stop It” or how he puts his finger on my mouth and says “No Talk Mommy.”

I want to remember that we have crossed the potty training bridge, and that we go through a week with less accidents than there are days.

I want to remember that he has claimed it as his chore to clear the table at dinner, and how Tom and I hold our breath that he doesn’t break any dishes when he throws them in the sink. He also has taken this task because he knows we will come play much sooner if we are done with dinner. Sometimes he tries to take our plates before we are actually done eating…

I want to remember that every morning on our drive into town I get a new story about the Paw Patrol gang as he reads to me from his favorite book about his puppy pals.

I want to remember that he knows the difference between plane tracks in the sky and actual clouds.

I want to remember how serious his face gets when he is playing hard or learning something new.

I want to remember that bedtime reading takes close to 45 minutes because while we start with two books (one that he picks out and one that I pick out) we end up reading at least 3 more books because “one more mommy.”

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I want to remember how emphatically he says tractor. He purses his lips and says it from his gut without moving his teeth. His love for these machines grows every day.

I want to remember how Tom and I cannot contain our laughing when George says bridge. It sounds like a bad 5 letter word…

I want to remember how he asks for “nuggles and cuddles.”

I want to remember his new favorite game is face planting on the couch. He stands at the end, and puts his arms to his sides while I put my arms up to signal him to get ready. Then we both count to 3 and scream go. Then when my hands go down he trust falls into a face plant on the couch. This kid.

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I want to remember how he says chocolate=chalket.

I want to remember how he tries to be a helper…most of the time.

I want to remember how he cheers for himself when he is done with brushing his teeth, getting a puzzle done, or he successfully went on the potty. “YAY! I did it!”

I want to remember how he wants to inspect his “big ol’ poops” and how he is so proud of himself that he got it out.

Continuing with the potty theme, I want to remember that his poop time is always hilarious. Either he has to squat so he can bend over and watch it come out, or he has to hug me or Tom while he is squeezing the turd out and coaches himself through the process. “I trying. I do it.” He also likes to coach when Daddy and Mommy are on the potty too. He pulls up a stool, sits, and says “You go poop Mommy? You do it. I flush it.”

I want to remember that when I give him a bath he tries to give me mini heart attacks by actually laying face down and swimming in the water. He never does this when Tom gives him a bath…

I want to remember how he loves doing puzzles. We have a Thomas the Train one that we do no fewer than 5 times a day. He will get it all together, say “I did it,” then break it all up and start it over immediately. And the Thomas one has to be out all the time otherwise he panics, “Where Thomas?”

I want to remember how he protects the babies at his sitter’s house. He won’t let any of the other boys come near them.

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I want to remember how he plays with my hair as I sing to him goodnight.

I want to remember how he kisses my belly to talk to his sister.

I want to remember that he is still sleeping in a crib. Why my crazy adventurous little man has never attempted to climb out of cribs is beyond me. But we will continue to take it for the next couple months before we move it to DC’s room and we transition him to his new big boy room.

I could keep going…There are so many things as I go through our days that I never want to forget. I know he won’t stay little forever ever, but this here will help me remember how sweet and fun this stage was. While we do have our challenging moments where we are both fighting for control of the situation, mostly he is a sweet sweet boy who loves to take the world in around him.

So happy half birthday my little booger. It’s hard to believe that it has only been 2.5 years since you entered this world, yet at the same time it’s like you have always been here. I love you more and more every day!

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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.