Monday, September 29, 2014

32 weeks

How Far Along? 32 weeks.

Total Weight Gained/Loss? 29 pounds still and holding steady.

Sleep? SUCKS. I stay tired then am wide awake at night. I'm up to use the bathroom a couple times a night again and I still have the pain in my pelvis that wakes me up every time I roll over.

Best Moment of the Week: we had our first shower on Saturday. My little one is so loved and so blessed already.

Movement- all the time. Especially at night. It's strong enough to wake me up. The other night E was in our bed and curled up against me laying on my pregnancy pillow. It drove the little one nuts having her that close. He was kicking and rolling all over her back until she gave up and moved. They're already fighting over Mom.

Food Craving- nothing. Except water and pineapple occasionally. And Cheerios still.

Food aversions- all the things really.

Symptoms- so much pain in the pelvic area. I feel like it's bruised. I know that's terrible, but that's how it feels. I also still feel that sharp pain in my pelvis and down my right leg that wakes me up at night and makes it hard to walk after sitting for a long time. Not the funnest symptom ever.

Labor Signs- lots of Braxton-Hicks. STILL.

Belly Button- pretty shallow, but hanging on.

What I miss- he's low enough now I can breathe again. I just want to be able to bend over. That would be fun.

What I'm looking forward to- now that we've got a lot of his stuff, I am FINALLY feeling the need to do his room and get his stuff ready to go. I'm ready to get that done.

Big Sister Status- Big Sister is getting excited and it's so freaking cute it kills me. Last week before the shower she told her Dad "I'm just SO excited!!". When he asked why, she said because of her baby brother's shower that she couldn't wait to go too. She slays me with the sweet.

Monday, September 15, 2014

30 weeks

How Far Along? 30 weeks. Though I'm still not sure how that got here so fast.

Total Weight Gained/Loss? 29 pounds. Let's not talk about that.

Sleep? still sucks. I don't remember having these problems with E. According to the doc, he's laying on a nerve which is why the pelvic pain is out of control. Every time I try to roll over I feel like I just got stabbed in the pelvis. It's good times.

Best Moment of the Week: just his movement I guess. I know I'll miss this part.

Movement- all the time. And he is STRONG. His butt or something is poking out on my left side and it hurts occasionally but other than that it's just kind of fun.

Food Craving- still meat. Ice water. That's about it.

Food aversions- I'm not super hungry. I get so full so quick that it's not even worth it. When I'm full I feel like my skin may split open which is zero fun.

Labor Signs- lots of Braxton-Hicks. STILL.

Belly Button- pretty shallow, but hanging on.

What I miss- Being able to breathe. Being able to move without the Braxon Hicks showing up. My pelvis not feeling like there's a perma knife in there.

What I'm looking forward to- we're skipping town for a few days this weekend for our last little trip as a family of three. I can't wait.

Big Sister Status- we may have a name. May. E doesn't like it and does a full on pout when she hears it. I'm pretty sure she's going to call this baby by Jackson (her choice) no matter what we name him.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

she makes me smile.

This kid.


Weekends with just my girl are disappearing with a quickness. I realize this. And while I know life post baby will be amazing, I can't help but be sad that our weekends with just our sweet girl will soon be a thing of the past. So until that comes, we will live them up. Big time.
Friday night I invited her to a "sleepover" in my room. Dada was working late so it was just us girls. You would have thought I just gave her a million dollars. Her eyes lit up and she flew upstairs. In minutes, she was back downstairs with her nightgown and her overnight bag which she had packed with her stuffed animals and a few books. Y'all, she was SO excited. So we grabbed my laptop, picked a movie, and hit the hay.

E promptly declared that we were going to "stay up all night and watch 18 movies, because that's what you do at sleepovers!", and we settled into a ton of pillows for a movie night. She lasted one movie. Good grief I do love that little nugget.

Dada moved her when he got home to her room. She was not impressed the next morning that he interrupted our sleepover. Not impressed at all.

We spent the next day lazying around. We tried on clothes (she demanded a picture of her in her Christmas jams with Flash and Max), played with markers (she colors body parts, I color paper, whatever), went and walked Ms. Jamie's dog (E is beyond helpful at this age), and just basically hung out. I LOVE this age. She's such fun.
On the last day of summer, we decided to use our pool membership that we've had all summer and haven't touched. No words on our slackness. So off to the pool we went. And I am so glad.

Years from now on I won't remember how huge I felt. I won't remember that I was sweaty as all get out. I won't remember that getting in and out of that lounge chair almost killed me.

What I will remember is her smile. Her glee at the splash pad. Her joy over sharing a poolside hot dog with her Mama. Her giggles and squeals as I chased her in the shallow end (yes holy cow I got in). Her skinny little arms wrapped around my neck as we bobbed along in the adult pool. We couldn't have ended the day, the summer, on a higher note. It was perfection.

A day spent in the pool with her buddies, lots of play time with my best girl and adult time with my best friend, and a quick stop for Chick-fil-a lemonades on the way home and the day was done. Summer 2014 was over. And it couldn't have ended on a higher note. I kind of can't believe that we just ended our last summer with just E. Holy cow how the times are fixing to change. I am beyond thankful for this incredible weekend with my favorite girl.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

28 weeks

How Far Along? 28 weeks. Hello third trimester!!

Total Weight Gained/Loss? 20 ish pounds. I don't care. It ain't pretty.

Sleep? SUCKS. I would kill for some good sleep. Not even kidding. I cannot get comfortable and my pelvis hurts so bad that rolling over just shoots pain. All fun.

Best Moment of the Week: There's a crib in my house again. That's kind of fun.

Movement- all the time. There's not even any method to it except for that it NEVER stops.

Food Craving- MEAT. I am a straight up carnivore right now. Bring me all the steaks and I don't even like steak.

Food aversions- seafood. Sweets give me headaches. Sad panda.

Labor Signs- lots of Braxton-Hicks. STILL.

Belly Button- pretty shallow. It may actually pop this time...

What I miss- My stomach is SO TIGHT. I just need a break from feeling like my skin may tear.

What I'm looking forward to- so much. My best friend is throwing a shower soon and we've started thinking about his room. Now if I only had the energy to do it.

Big Sister Status- she still swears she's naming him. I'm pretty sure she's never going to back down.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

my girl.

Every now and then it's good to put on paper little bits and things that I think are awesome. Whether they be about trends I'm liking, or shows, it's fun to go back and look at what I thought was cool at a particular point in time.

Like my kid. Who I think is pretty freaking awesome.
She's almost four and a half. How? Well I have no clue really. It has by far been the fastest four and a half years of my life. Yet at the same time, I can't really remember her not being around. Life before her was fun, but life with her? off the charts.

She's a complete Daddy's girl. They make up silly songs and build gardens together and do all the things that a Daddy/Daughter combo are supposed to do. She comes looking for him if he's sleeping in and if it's been a couple of days since she's laid eyes on him (work schedules), she'll wake him up no matter what I say because her time limit of no Dada time has been reached.

She adores that man and who can blame her. But at the same time, she's a Mama's girl something fierce. And I absolutely love it.

She wants to dress like me (maxi dresses all around!) and paint her nails like me and do her hair like me. It's pretty much the cutest thing ever when she says "look Mom!!! We're just alike!!", and while normally that kind of behavior would make me stabby, from her it just makes me pleased as punch.

Which is an expression I don't actually understand but we'll go with it.
She is independent to the max. She wants what she wants and she isn't afraid to tell you. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed a lack of bows and smocking these days. Putting a bow in this girl's hair is likely to warrant tears and while she'll wear a smocked dress on Sunday, she's not a fan really. She put on a smocked short set the other day and promptly declared it "ridiculous". It's not even worth arguing over. And as fun as it is to do her hair while she sobs "it's just NOT CUTE!!!", it's usually better for both of our sanity if I let her win that battle as well and a headband it is.

There are still no jeans in this house. She wouldn't even try them on when we went back to school shopping. She knows what she likes. I only wish I could be as strong in my opinions as she is sometimes. Girlfriend doesn't waver.

She is a creature of habit and doesn't like to deviate from her routine. If you tell her you'll read a back "later", you'll read a book later because it's on her calendar in her head and she won't forget. She's like an elephant that way. She hates washing her hair and will tell you nightly "we washed my hair last night", which isn't usually true (we wash every other night). So yea, sometimes she fibs. We're working on that.

She is hilarious. And she knows it. We're actually working on the whole "there's a time and a place..." to be funny and such. Like school and church aren't really that time. She doesn't get it yet. Or maybe she does and she doesn't care. Jury is still out. She's got jokes. She also likes to make up jokes which aren't always funny but she laughs so hard at that you can't help but laugh at her goofiness.

She's a mover and a talker. From the minute she gets up until she collapses into bed at night, she is moving and talking. She doesn't nap. I beg her to nap sometimes and it's a waste of time. I walked in on her the other day and she wasn't napping to which she replied "now Mama, you knew I wouldn't be napping. I'm not a sleeping creature. I just don't need sleep.". Unfortunately that seems to be pretty true and her parents are sleepy creatures so.... that's not always so fun but we're surviving.

She is convinced that she has named Baby Boy and emphatically tells people all about "Baby Jackson". Unfortunately that's not his name so.. that's been fun. Her teachers at school as well as dear friends have been told all about "Baby Jackson" and while it's kind of comical, I keep waiting on a monogrammed item to show up with the wrong name. AWKWARD. My kid is kind of nuts.
I'm getting pretty nervous about splitting my time when Baby Boy does get here. She and I have had over four years to develop this amazing relationship that I'm scared to see change. But at the same time, I really don't think it will. There's no one on this planet like Ella. That's for sure. She's kind of my favorite little girl EVER.


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