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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

39 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 39 weeks (the countdown is on!)
Size of baby: According to last week's sonogram, she's already around 7 lb 12 oz. Apparently I grow big babies (if that number is accurate). As long as she can fit into her newborn clothes for at least a few weeks, I'm okay with it. :)
Total Weight Gain: 33 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Yes. And some of them are getting a little snug, so I'm down to wearing basically the same few things over and over.
Gender: We're having a GIRL! Harper Kate :)
Movement: Baby girl moves a LOT. And now she's getting big, so it's actually painful. She also gets the most active at night, so falling asleep is pretty difficult.
Sleep: I'm not sleeping well anymore. Crazy contractions are keeping me up late and waking me up early.
What I miss: Not needing to pee every thirty minutes. Really, it's getting out of hand.
Cravings: I don't have a huge appetite these days, but I've been craving Brander Burger and watermelon. I craved burgers with my first two pregnancies, too. 
Symptoms: Lots of back pain the last few weeks. And now I can add some pretty intense contractions to the list. That actually makes me hopeful because I never had them with my first two, but I'd like for them to actually get regular and do something. I'm finally at the point of being over being pregnant. Hey, it's been way better this time around, but I'm just excited to meet our baby girl!
Best Moment this week: It's been a good one! Some friends from church threw a little pool party/baby shower for me and Harper this weekend, so I super enjoyed hanging out in the water with excellent company!

Also, at my appointment on Tuesday they rechecked my fluid levels and are no longer concerned. My doc is a tiny bit worried that she'll end up being as big as Landon (10 lb 6 oz), but he's not pushing me to induce early or anything (which is one of the many reasons I love him). 

And now we're on baby countdown. TMI alert: I go in tomorrow to get my membranes stripped (don't Google it), so hopefully that'll get something started. If not, I totally realize that I'm not even to my due date, so I could still be waiting for a little while longer. Happy August, everybody!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

38 Weeks and a General Update


Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 38 weeks (only 2-ish to go!)
Size of baby: According to today's sonogram, she's already around 7 lb 12 oz. Apparently I grow big babies. As long as she can fit into her newborn clothes for at least a few weeks, I'm okay with it. :)
Total Weight Gain: 32 lbs. (but I actually lost .2 lb since my appointment two weeks ago!)
Maternity Clothes: Yes. And some of them are getting a little snug, so I'm down to wearing basically the same few things over and over.
Gender: We're having a GIRL! Harper Kate :)
Movement: Baby girl moves a LOT. And now she's getting big, so it's actually painful. She also gets the most active at night, so falling asleep is pretty difficult.
Sleep: I sleep okay (as in I can go all night without getting up to go to the bathroom), but finally falling asleep is half the battle.
What I miss: Not needing to pee every thirty minutes. Really, it's getting out of hand.
Cravings: I don't have a huge appetite these days (hence the lack of weight gain), but I was SERIOUSLY craving Branded Burger last night. So we went there for lunch today. Mmmm, it's my favorite.

Symptoms: A big ol' belly. Lots of Braxton Hicks. Lower back pain. Other fun stuff that I probably shouldn't mention on the blog.
Best Moment this week: It's been a really great week since I last posted. Let's play catch up.

Wednesday - My good friend Kendra asked if Landon and Avery could go play at her house so Matt and I could have a day to ourselves. It was much needed and a huge blessing. We went to pick up some cloth diapers that I had bought in Ft. Worth, so we hung out in that area for the day. We got to go shopping at multiple stores without getting kids in and out of hot car seats, and we ate lunch at a restaurant and everything (yay for gift cards). :)  And if that didn't make Kendra awesome enough, she also gave us an early gift for Harper's room, and I love how it turned out (even if the picture doesn't do it justice)!

The kids took late naps, so that night we took them to the drive-in to see Turbo and Despicable Me 2. We were pretty sure they wouldn't make it through both movies, so we set up a little bed in the back of the van so they could sleep while we watched the second movie. I was SO thankful we set up that bed because I was the one who couldn't make it through both movies. Avery and Landon stayed awake through the end (which was well past midnight)! 

Friday - We drove out to Burleson to spend the evening with some of our very favorite people, Candie, Ricky, and Jacob! They only live 45 minutes away from us now, but we hadn't seen them in months. That's just ridiculous. Also ridiculous: I took no pictures.
 
Sunday - I got a huge surprise at church when I found out there was a thank you reception thing for me after the service. It was really informal but so sweet. People wrote the sweetest notes thanking me for serving as the children's ministry director, and there was a money/gift card tree that many had contributed to. I was completely overwhelmed by the gesture; I may have cried when I finally got to sit down and read everything. 
 
Between kids napping at my parents' house because we had a Sunday School teacher training, Matt going to worship team rehearsal, and eating dinner at my parents' since we were already there, we didn't get home until 7 that night. My friend Whitney came over after we got home so we could work on our nap mat project together. We worked until 2am, but they're finished! We had to deconstruct an example, figure out measurements and the process, and then put ours all together, so it was quite a task! I'm glad I didn't have to figure it out by myself! My kids love theirs; in fact, they begged to sleep on them tonight, so I compromised and said they could sleep on them as long as they were on their beds. :)

Monday - I didn't end up going to bed Sunday night until 3am, and Matt was up reading until 2:30, so we were basically zombies. Avery was begging us to go to the park, so when my brother Aaron texted us to tell us that's where they were going, it only made sense that we join them. And Nick got to stop by since he's working days now! We even got to eat lunch at Aaron and Chelsea's. I left for my chiropractor appointment while the kids were napping, and afterward I drove up to see my good friend Kari at the hospital because she had her sweet baby GIRL on Sunday! I didn't get to meet baby Ella because she's having a little bit of a rough start, but it was fun to catch up with Kari.

Tuesday - And that brings us to today. We still haven't gone to the grocery store, so our pantry and fridge are bare. Don't feel too sorry for us though because we used it as an excuse to load up on sugar at the donut store on our way to my doctor appointment. :)
 
We took the whole gang to the appointment since I was getting a sonogram, but I found out while I was there that my OB is in the hospital for exhaustion and hypertension, so I saw his nurse instead. She ended up being awesome (she's new, so I hadn't really met her before), and I found out that I'm dilated to a 3 and 50% effaced. While that means virtually nothing, it's still interesting to know I guess. Also, the sonographer was kinda concerned about my fluid levels, so I have to be checked again next week to make sure everything's still okay. And I'm holding out hope that Harper will stay put until next week so my doctor can deliver her!  

Matt fixed our mower this afternoon!!! This is a huge deal. We've been borrowing our neighbors' mowers for at least a month because ours is apparently a piece of crap and the engine isn't even manufactured anymore, making it almost impossible to find parts for it. But Matt found the part he needed on Amazon and got it running today! And since it was a million degrees outside and the kids insisted on playing out there anyway, we got out the kiddie pools, invited the neighbors over, ordered some pizza, and enjoyed the shade. I love summer!

I still think I'll go at least to my due date, but everybody around me is convinced that Harper will be joining us soon. I took the evening off from my sewing machine, but I'll be hitting it hard tomorrow to catch up on orders. Oh, and I really need to clean my house. Maybe things will be finished before I go into labor? A girl can dream.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

37 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 37 weeks (only 3-ish to go, and I'm now considered full term!)
Size of baby: Over 6 lbs and 19 inches long (the size of a stalk of Swiss chard, whatever that is)
Total Weight Gain: 32 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Yes. And some of them are getting a little snug, oh my goodness. I really don't remember feeling this big with the first two.
Gender: We're having a GIRL! Harper Kate :)
Movement: Baby girl moves a LOT. And now she's getting big, so it's actually painful. She also gets the most active at night, so falling asleep is pretty difficult.
Sleep: I sleep okay (as in I can go all night without getting up to go to the bathroom), but finally falling asleep is half the battle. Landon has also decided that he doesn't like to sleep through the night anymore because he wants to sleep in "Daddy's bed." And since that's not really possible because my stomach takes up half the bed, he throws fits. Every night. In the middle of the night.
What I miss: Not needing to pee every thirty minutes. Really, it's getting out of hand.
Cravings: I don't have a huge appetite these days, but last night I ate a bunch of pickle popsicles. Could I be any more cliche?
Symptoms: A big ol' belly. Lots of Braxton Hicks. Occasional shooting pains in my legs. Lower back pain. Other fun stuff that I probably shouldn't mention on the blog.
Best Moment this week: Getting lots done around the house. I've gotten caught up on some projects and even had some energy to organize our out of control linen closet yesterday. I still have lots to do, but I'm starting to feel like it's a manageable amount (as long as Harper stays put for at least another week!).

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Photo Catch Up: Summer Edition

My blogging has been so sporadic that it's time for a huge catch up post! We've been having a blast this summer. Here's proof!

June 26: Mom and Dad finally got back from their extra long European vacation, so they joined us for a trip to see Despicable Me (the first one) at the local theater for their super cheap summer movie series. We grabbed breakfast at Chick-fil-a first though to make sure they were acclimated to Texas life again. We met up with some friends at the movie, and then we went to Chick-fil-a again for lunch. Don't judge.





June 28: The boys went to the Ranger game with the men's ministry at church, so the girls took a break from cleaning to go get snow cones!

June 30: Fun outside! Landon's hair cut, unpoppable bubbles, a blow up pool, and Avery's new roller skates make for a perfect summer evening.





(This is the big, unruly dog that our crazy backyard neighbors complain about.)


July 1: Avery and I had so much fun decorating her new wooden dolls. Coloring is extremely therapeutic; I don't know why I don't do it more often!



July 2: We took advantage of the awesome weather and spent the morning at the Dallas Zoo (membership passes have been an awesome investment for us).








July 2: After our fun zoo trip, my whole family found a day that worked for all of us to go to the Ranger game! We lost terribly in an ugly game, but the weather was perfect and the company was the best. (And if my mom ever posted pictures, I'd have the group shot to include here, haha.)









July 4: We hung out at the house during the morning and then stopped by my friend Kari's surprise birthday party before the annual Fourth of July party at the Talley house!
Avery was super excited that her friend Hailey was in town! She's missed her since she moved away!



Landon hates fireworks right now. He was traumatized by them at the Ranger game and hasn't gotten over it!

Hahaha, this picture makes me laugh so much! I feel like this is a preview of what we'll see in ten years.

Sisters!


This week we're staying home because this cute kid is potty training! He is doing SO awesome, and there is absolutely nothing cuter than a little boy in Mickey Mouse briefs, hehe. (And maybe now that it's worked twice people will stop giving me a hard time about potty training our kids so "early." Hey, at least we won't be buying diapers anymore.)