Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Announcement and Turtles

Ok- I have an announcement to make...I have officially slowed down.  I can barely hold Kellen longer than a few minutes now, I feel like a beetle stuck on its back when I try and get up, I can't tie my shoes by myself, I have to lean on the kitchen sink when I do my dishes, I am tired and VERY uncomfortable.  My pelvis hurts, my back hurts, my legs are weak, and I feel like I am in a constant daze because I can't sleep anymore.  I am happy and sad at the same time.  I am happy because I am getting close to meeting my baby and that makes me SO SO SO happy, but sad because it really bothers me that I can't carry my sweet Kellen around and I can't take him for the hikes that we used to do together.  Kellen and I used to go on Saturday morning dates together while Evan was at work, but I am so weak I can't do it anymore, at least not by myself.  I had to stop doing my playgroup because I can't chase Kellen around!  I am struggling to get my chores done and things done to prepare for when Grayson gets here. 

I am really not complaining, I know this all comes with the territory and I get that.  But its hard going from an active and fit person to not being able to play with my son like I used to and I worry that its bothering him, that's the hardest part...and I don't like not being able to clean my house!!!!!

In other news, hehe, Memorial day weekend was awesome!!!  Evan and I got SOME cleaning done.  He's been helping me out a ton on the weekends, and I REALLY appreciate that!  Of course I would kill to have my house professionally cleaned right before Grayson arrives, but that just wont happen, so we will tackle the cleaning a little at a time.  I know, I am insane with the cleaning, but it really bothers me that I can't scrub on my hands and knees anymore!  I've accepted that craziness!  Anyways, we we cleaned, and I worked on a project that I've been wanting to do for Grayson.  The other day I was looking around at Kellen's room and everything except for 2 things on his walls were handmade, so I wanted to do the same for Grayson.  I decided a long time ago that turtles were his theme.  I just kept seeing turtles everywhere and thinking about them a lot (when I was pregnant I kept seeing owls and got a different feeling about them when I saw them).  Its like my boys were telling me what their totem was.  So I listen.  I have a lot of projects in mind for Grayson's room, but this is what I did.  I took this old ugly picture...
 And changed it in to this...
I like it!  It turned out exactly how I wanted it.  So, next weekend I will do another one.

We had a BBQ with Amber, Dave and Hyla on Sunday, that was nice.  We love spending time with them.  And on Monday I was so swollen, so Evan and I just did a little work around the house and I took many breaks.  So, its was a nice long weekend.

Oh, and I am changing the look of my blog a little, so bare with me. :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

33 Week update

On Thursday I had my 32 week check up.  I heard the most glorious news!  I will back track a little.  So, when we went in for the first time to see Grayson, back then since we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl, we called him "sweet pea", I was told my due date was July 5 which is also Evan's birthday.  Later my dr told me that Grayson was measuring almost 2 week behind, so she changed my due date to July 14.  I never thought that she should have changed my date.  I felt that I was further along.  At my appointment yesterday she measured me and said that I was measuring 2 weeks ahead of the game. :)  She also said that there is no way I will make it to July 14.  So, unofficially I am 35 weeks, instead of 33.  I am putting it in my mind that I cold possibly have Grayson in 2 weeks!  I want to be prepared this time.  See, with Kellen I thought I would have gone clear up to the 40 week mark since he was my first, instead my water ruptured at 36 weeks 6 days and I had him at 37 weeks.  I have so much to do, so I hope it gets done!!!

How far along? 33 weeks 

Size of Baby: Almost 18 inches and about 4.75 pounds. 

Sleep: Still having issues with my hips burning through the night.  This feeling came back about a week ago.  And peeing every hour has become my new normal.


Best moment this week: Being told that Gray will be here before July 14!


Movement: Oh yea!  He loves moving!  Sometimes he moves so much that my belly looks like its dancing!
 
Food cravings: Watermelon! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I've felt a little nauseous when Grayson is really active, its like a motion sickness kind of feeling.

Pregnancy Brain Moment: Just begin very forgetful.  Thankfully my boss is very understanding!


Name Game: YES!  Grayson!  You can read the blog posting about how we chose that name, NAMING GRAYSON

Labor Signs: If I am on my feet too long I start to get a sharp pain down low and I've started feeling braxton hicks again.

Symptoms:  I am starting to have a little heartburn, but nothing like it was when I was pregnant with Kellen.  The relaxin hormone is back, so I am feeling that achy feeling "down there"...


Belly Button in or out? It is officially out!

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I've done this week to prepare for Baby Martz: I got a couple more items for the hospital bag.

Happy or Moody most of the time?  I am still overwhelmed and stressed out.  I just feel like there is so much to do and I am just having a hard time getting it done.

Looking forward to: My baby shower!  Its going to be June 2 and I can't wait!!!!

What baby Gray is up to this week:
Your baby is still gaining weight (about half a pound a week), and she could grow up to another full inch this week. With that much baby inside your uterus, your amniotic-fluid level has maxed out, which explains why some of her pokes and kicks feel pretty sharp these days. (There's less fluid to cushion the blows.) Antibodies are being passed from you to your little one as she continues to develop her own fetal immune system, which will come in handy once she's outside the womb and fending off all sorts of germs. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

32 Weeks!


How far along? 32 weeks and 3 days  


Size of Baby: About 17.5 inches and over 4 pounds. 

Sleep: Sleeping has become a little bit of a challenge.  I fall asleep great, but I wake up every hour, sometimes twice an hour to pee.  And it is really hard getting out of the bed now.


Best moment this week: Realizing how incredibly blessed I am.  I feel bad about this, but on Saturday, Sunday and Monday I was having a really hard day.  I've been so tired and sore and Kellen has been insanely hyper, plus he's pushing out yet ANOTHER tooth, so I was starting to lose my mind.  I've never been a complainer, I usually keep whats bothering me inside, but over the past few days I have whined so much that I could seriously slap my self into place.  I read a blog about a mom and dad who had to hold their 4 month old baby girl while she took her last breath.  Their sweet daughter had been diagnosed with SMARD (Spinal Muscular Atrophy with Respiratory Distress) and while they were preparing for her to be taken off of her ventilator her tube dislodged.  She couldn't breathe.  Her mom held her and tried to keep her calm while her dad held her and her mom.  I cried harder than I have in a very long time while reading that blog.  Kellen was sleeping when I came across that blog and as soon as I had finished reading I snuck into Kellen's room and told him how much I loved him and would never take one moment for granted, no matter what.  I also vowed to not complain one more time about how uncomfortable I might feel.  Because no one knows how quickly our lives can change, just like it did for this particular family.  I am thankful and will forever show it.  If you want to read what I read last night, here is the LINK.  Be warned, you WILL need tissues.


Movement: LOTS and LOTS of movement!  I know that soon he will be too big to move as much, so I am enjoying all the kicks and punches and stretches.  I love it!
 
Food cravings: Frozen fruit and yogurt and Pepsi.  I am not a pop drinker at all, so craving Pepsi is very strange for me.  So, I've been indulging in about a cup every once in a while.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I've felt a little nauseous when Grayson is really active, its like a motion sickness kind of feeling.

Pregnancy Brain Moment: I've noticed lately that I have a hard time focusing on tasks, and its really bad when I am at work. I have to spend some time writing myself a daily task list.


Name Game: YES!  Grayson!  You can read the blog posting about how we chose that name, NAMING GRAYSON

Labor Signs: None! And the braxton hicks are still staying away!

Symptoms:  I am starting to have a little heartburn, but nothing like it was when I was pregnant with Kellen.  The relaxin hormone is back, so I am feeling that achy feeling "down there"...


Belly Button in or out? It is officially out!

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I've done this week to prepare for Baby Martz: I've been making and freezing some meals to have after Grayson arrives.  I remember having a hard time cooking healthy meals last time, let alone taking a newborn to the grocery store.

Happy or Moody most of the time?  I am still overwhelmed and stressed out.  I just feel like there is so much to do and I am just having a hard time getting it done.

Looking forward to:  I have a dr appointment on Wednesday, always happy to hear Grayson's heartbeat!  And, my baby shower is coming up!  Its going to be June 2 and I can't wait!!!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

My Mother's Day

I had a great Mothers Day!  Even though it was cold and rainy spring day, there was lots of love in my home.  First, I slept in until 9:30!  Then when we all were up, Evan and Kellen went for a drive.  SO I was home alone!  That NEVER happens!  I took a long hot bubble bath!  When I got out and ready the boys went and picked me some really pretty flowers...




...And made me a card. Evan grabbed a handful of crayons, and put them on the floor with an assortment of papers, this is what Kellen did!  Ummmm...HELLO!!!!  Can you see the "MUM"???  Did Kellen really write "mum"???  That's what Kellen calls me!  Mum-mum!  Brilliant child!  Evan traced Kellen's fat foot (ham hock is what we call it! LOL!)


Since it was rainy we decided to get out for a little while.  Evan said he wanted to make me dinner, I said I was craving taco soup...Evan gave me a weird look and said he was planning on making me tacos.  Its weird how we think the same things from time to time.  Like we can read each others minds.  We've done that since the day we met!  So we went to the grocery store and I bought stuff for taco soup.  We got home and Evan and Kellen came up to me and Kellen was holding a little white box.  He handed it to me and when I opened it up I immediately put this on!  Its Kellen's birthstone, Opal!  I love it!


The rest of the day was really quiet and calm.  Kellen was really snuggly with me, so I snuggled with this sweet little boy until he went to bed. 





Even though its only been my second Mother's Day ever, it was the best one ever!  Thank you Evan and Kellen for showing me how much you both love and appreciate me!











Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

 A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

"Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it's life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

"You will simply call her, 'Mom.'" 
 
Today is a very special day that I really look forward to.  I wanted to be a mom so bad for so many years and this holiday reminded me (back then) of what I didn't have.  We tried for a year to have a baby and when we finally found out that we were pregnant with Kellen my heart truly smiled for the first time ever.  The gift that we were given has made my life so complete, and now that we are blessed with another gift, I am beyond thankful.  I am so lucky that I have the best title in the world..."Mum-mum".  
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms and Moms-to-be (you all know who you are ♥ )! I hope that today you feel appreciated and loved by those who matter the VERY most in your life.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kellen's 18 Month Checkup and me

Yesterday was Kellen's 18 month checkup.  I had forgotten all about it until luckily the day before!  So, Evan and I met at the drs office.  I am always a little nervous going in there because I hate it when he has to get shots, even though he has always been so good about them, including not even crying last time!!!!  So, to our very happy surprise he didn't have to get any shots!  YAY!  Kellen is always such a happy boy at the drs office.  He runs all around, naked, ok just a diaper on, and squeals and makes all sorts of noises.  The dr checks him out and then says "give me five".  Kellen knows how to give you five.  He's been doing it forever now, but he refuses to give his dr five! He acts like he is going to, then quickly psychs him out and turns away laughing!  Little booger!  Then the dr waves bye, and Kellen refuses to wave bye bye- which by the way is SO cute!!!  He gets so excited to wave hi/bye.  He laughs and smiles a huge smile, LOVE that baby!  Everyday  I am so thankful that I have Kellen to love.  He has really given my life a purpose!  I am forever grateful for him!

So, here are his stats, he's been busy growing!  I like to see comparisons so here is his 12 month stats and his 18 month stats:
30.5 inches tall- 32 inches tall; he grew an 1 1/2 inches in 6 months!
22 pounds 6.5 ounces- 24 pounds 6 ounces; he packed on almost 2 pounds!
And for good measures, his head is 19 inches...hehe.

Atta boy!  He is doing above average on the gross and fine motor scale.  He is average for communication, but that's all very normal for an 18 month old boy.  He is into everything these days!  We are cutting back on his milk, he loves milk!  So we are aiming for 12-20 ounces a day.  I need to start cutting back today.  He eats pretty good, although he wont eat as much breakfast.  We think that if we cut back on his milk that he will start eating more, but its not like we are worried about his weight, as you all can see!

Today I am 31 weeks pregnant!  I don't have much change from last week, but I did take a picture to document my progress.  This little boy is so active!  He loves wiggling all over the place in there!  If you could see my belly you would see it moving all around!  Some times is lop sided, kinda weird, but those movements are so great to feel!  I love it!


Tomorrow is Mother's Day!  I hope all you wonderful mommy's have a great day with your babies!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My 30 Week Pregnant Belly- Then and Now.

I am getting so big!  I wonder how much bigger I will get!  I think I am carrying a little different than I did with Kellen at this time...or maybe not.  What do you think?

And here I was with Kellen at 28 weeks.  I must not have taken a 30 week picture with Kellen, but I have a 32 week one, so I will do a comparison at 32 weeks.  I can't believe how far I've come!

Monday, May 7, 2012

30 Weeks

How far along? 30 weeks and 2 days 
Total weight gain: 24 pounds
Size of Baby: 16 inches and over 3 pounds.
Sleep: I've been sleeping well still.  I have found that I am starting to get tired again in the afternoon though.
Best moment this week: We are making huge progress on his nursery!
Movement: LOTS and LOTS of movement!  I know that soon he will be too big to move as much, so I am enjoying all the kicks and punches and stretches.  I love it!
Food cravings: Popsicles!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!  Not at all!
Pregnancy Brain Moment: I have pregnancy brain moments all the time!  It would take me forever to write about all of them!  I am constantly "slow to catch the bus!"
Name Game: YES!  Grayson!  You can read the blog posting about how we chose that name, NAMING GRAYSON
Labor Signs: None! And the braxton hicks are still staying away!
Symptoms: Heartburn has eased off...for now!
Belly Button in or out? It is officially out!  I cant say that I like it very much.  I do hope that it goes back in after Grayson comes!
Wedding rings on or off? On
What I've done this week to prepare for Baby Martz: Did I mention that I am in full nesting mode!?!?  Well I am!  I bought Kellen a crib/toddler bed and a dresser.  So, Grayson will be able to use Kellen's crib and changing table/dresser since they are still in perfect condition.  Kellen was really good and didn't chew on his crib like a lot of teething babies do.  Kellen's dresser is now set up in his room, and Grayson's changing table is in his room.  When I change Kellen, I just do it on the floor instead of having to lift him up now.  I packed all of Grayson's clothes into our hospital bag, his newborn clothes are washed, folded and put in his dresser.  We moved the super heavy filing cabinet out of the nursery (ok, Evan did, its way to heavy for me!).  Now all I have to do is get rid of that Queen size bed, and 2 TV's and its all ready!  This weekend I have 3 art projects I want to start so I can begin decorating the nursery!  I will share pics once they are done, and let you all know that I am going to start selling them.  I hope they turn out as cute as I see them in my head!
Happy or Moody most of the time?  I am still overwhelmed and stressed out.  I just feel like there is so much to do and I am just having a hard time getting it done.
Looking forward to:  I am really excited about this weekend!  I have a play date with my friends on Thursday, then on Saturday a really good friend of mine and her 5 month old and husband is coming to visit us, then Sunday is MOTHER'S DAY!!!  I LOVE MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!  I really want to get the supplies for my art projects!  And, I want to try and get more stuff done around the house.  


I didn't take a picture this past weekend to mark my 30 week belly, but I hope to do that soon, I am getting bigger and bigger!  


This is what Grayson is up to this week:
-Your belly’s increasing size is a definite clue that your baby is getting bigger every day, weighing in at over three pounds now (he’ll be packing on the weight at a rate of half a pound per week for the next seven weeks). Also growing daily is his brain, which is actually starting to look like the real thing with those characteristic grooves and wrinkles. And now that your little genius can regulate his own body temperature and turn up the heat, he'll start shedding lanugo, the downy body hair that's been keeping him warm up until now.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Toddler Bed Experience Night #3

I can't believe it! Last night, Kellen didn't climb out of bed once, he didn't cry "mum-mum" like he did the previous night NOR did he fall out of bed!!! I can't believe it only took him 2 nights to adjust to a toddler bed! I am one lucky "mum-mum".