Monday, June 27, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Thirty Six Weeks

I cannot believe I am almost full term! I will be 37 weeks this Thursday, so after that baby can technically come anytime he wants. Although, I would prefer he takes his time. I've got too much I need to get done!

I am feeling pretty darn good, considering. The struggle getting out of bed in the morning is real though. Not because I am too tired, but because sitting up in bed after laying still for so long takes a lot of effort these days. And those first few steps are killer! The achy lower back, and baby settling onto your full bladder. Ugh! Thankfully once I am up and moving around I feel alright. I am still getting to the gym a few days a week, and fitting in a yoga class when I can. I've had to modify big time, but it still feels good to get in there to lift some weights and move my body. Even if it is moving rather slowly these days.

Baby is in a good position with his head definitely down. He moves all the time. I can always count on him waking up at just about 10pm, and I am counting on him being wide awake at 10pm once he is here.

I am so excited to share my maternity pictures soon! My cousin is newly into photography, and it worked out perfectly that she was in town a few weeks ago (she's living down in Virginia) to do a little photo shoot. In the past I've always just given one of my sister's my camera and said go for it, and they are great and I am so happy to have them, but it was fun having someone who really knew what she was doing take pictures. And they came out SO well! I will be sharing my favorites soon, but for now if you hadn't already you can check some out on her blog right here!

Here is the belly at 36 weeks!

36 weeks pregnant with Sam.
36 weeks pregnant with Charlie.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Charlie George turns 3!

My sweet baby Charlie turned 3 years old today! He's been my baby the longest out of his brothers, and I am cherishing these last few weeks with him as my youngest. He is very much a mama's boy, although try and leave him out of an outing with daddy and his big brothers, and he will not be a happy camper.

He is a tough little guy. Although, I guess with two big brothers you don't have much of a choice! He loves crashing trucks, playing super hero's, riding bikes, playing any kind of sport, wrestling (oh the wrestling!) and basically anything his big brothers are doing. He can be such a brute sometimes. As soon as daddy gets down on the floor, Charlie starts pumping himself up for an all out attack. He'll go to the other side of the room, take his stance, put on his fighting face, and then take off after his prey. He loves going high, super high, on the swings. Not the baby swings either. The big boy ones. When I am pushing him (opposed to daddy) he'll go, "Sigh. No mom. That's not higher." All the while I'm cringing having pushed him so "high".

He is also the sweetest little boy ever. The "I love you sooooo much!" is constant throughout the day. He loves to snuggle and give kisses. He LOVES helping me in the kitchen. He'll sit up on the counter to mix, mash, and pour. Sneaking the occasional finger into the honey jar, and asking every few minutes for a hug. Dean and I just love hearing him talk, saying new phrases all the time. "Don't do that ever AGAIN!" when his brothers make him mad. 

It's been two months since I cut him off from nursing and, his favorite, "touching my eat eat." He still asks for it every day. Not once have I given in, and he is still consistently asking, the stubborn little guy. I told him it's going to be for the baby, so he keeps asking when the baby is "going to come out and eat eat." 

He is so much fun to be around, we all love him so much! Happy birthday, Charlie George!

Minutes old

1 year

 2 years old

 3 years old!

"Mom! Look at my BIG elbows!"

Charlie's birth story: Click here.
Charlie turns 1: Click here,
Charlie turns 2: Click here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Thirty Two Weeks

Again, I am a week late in posting this, so technically I will be 33 weeks tomorrow (although the pictures are from last week at 32)!

His head has definitely gotten lower, so am I feeling the extra discomfort from that. But I am feeling pretty well overall.

My cousin is going to be in town next week, and she is going to be taking my maternity pictures. I am so excited!

Other than that, nothing significant pregnancy related has happened. It really is all flying by way to fast!

I am totally bigger than I look in these pictures, I swear! 

32 weeks pregnant with Sam.
32 weeks pregnant with Charlie.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Twenty Eight Weeks

Technically I am 29 weeks now, but to keep my posts all nice and even we'll say it's 28!

I really am feeling great! That's not to say I feel perfect, because at almost 7 months it's impossible to feel perfect or "normal". Baby boy is apparently having lots of fun inside me, and I'm definitely feeling bigger. With every baby it gets easier to accept the changes to my body. Not just the growing belly, but you know, the back fat and even thicker thighs. With every bag of chips I eat or bowl of ice cream, I like to hope it's not only going right to my love handles, but to contributing to my baby's love handles as well. Baby is about 15 inches long and 2.5lbs right now, according to my babycenter app, in case you were wondering.

I have such a long list of things to get done before the baby comes...paint and redecorate the nursery, reupholster the glider, make curtains, finish his baby blanket. I keep putting it all off thinking I have all this time left, but really it is flying by waaaaaaay to fast. Here's hoping I get my butt in gear soon!

Here's the belly at 28/29 weeks. Stretch marks and all!


28 weeks pregnant with Sam
28 weeks pregnant with Charlie

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Twenty Four Weeks

I am feeling SO much better than I was at 20 weeks! I got my hemoglobin levels back up, and I am feeling as back to normal as I can being almost 6 months pregnant. I've been able to get back to the gym, and it has been so good for me. Not only physically, but mentally as well.

The baby is moving more every day. Sam finally felt him move yesterday, and it was the cutest thing!

This is the biggest gap in age between my babies so far. Charlie will be three a month before the baby is born, and he seems to actually understand what is going on. It's so cute having him talking to my belly. Charlie is still nursing in the mornings (I say nursing, but it's really just comfort sucking since my milk is long gone), but mostly he just loves the comfort grab. Like, a lot. The kid is obsessed! I've started talking about how it's going to be the baby's "eat eat" when he's born, and that it's almost time to not eat eat anymore. I am so done with it! But he loves it so much it's hard to say no. One thing is for sure though, tandem nursing/nipple grabbing ain't happening over here!

I feel so much bigger in real life than that first picture, but here is the belly at 24 (almost 25) weeks!

24 weeks pregnant with Sam.
24 weeks pregnant with Charlie.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Pregnancy Diary 3 || Twenty Weeks

First off, thank you for all the congrats and well wishes on our happy news of a healthy baby BOY! Everything looked great on the ultrasound, and we're on track for a mid July baby. There were quite the range of emotions when the gender was revealed. Aside from daddy, we all had our fingers crossed for a girl. The week leading up to the ultrasound Will kept saying, "I REALLY want it to be a girl, but I just know it's going to be a boy." He was right! It was so sad how disappointed they were, the sweet things. We keep talking up how great another boy will be, so I'm sure they'll eventually be fine with it. I'd be lying if I didn't say I was a little bummed at first, but in no time at all I couldn't imagine him being anything else!

I am 20 weeks, and 3 days. I finally realized this week that I am anemic. I've never dealt with anemia before, so I think it took a little longer to realize it than it should have. I just thought it was the normal pregnancy exhaustion lingering longer than normal, but I was starting to feel worse. I looked up the symptoms and I had all of them! Crazy tired, lightheaded/dizzy, headaches, rapid heart rate and trouble breathing. I started taking some extra iron, and I'm hoping I'll be feeling normal soon!

I have always carried my babies low, and especially this early on before I'm huge this is how I feel I look pregnant:

Yep, I carry my babies in my crotch. Here is the actual 20 week bump:

20 weeks pregnant with Sam.
20 weeks pregnant with Charlie.