Tuesday, June 30, 2015

baby bump #2: week 27


this week...

I'm in my last week of my second trimester. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!?! This pregnancy has completely flown by, and I'm in complete denial that in just three months, we'll have our second little boy here! CRAZY!

Speaking of this little guy... he's a mover and a shaker! Weston had his periods each day that he'd move a lot, but this one seems to move all day, every day! Even when I'm walking or being active, he's wiggling! Crazy! I'll be interested to see what his little personality is like!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby is practicing inhaling and exhaling, opening and closing his eyes and may be sucking his thumb! His hearing development is progressing, and he may recognize mommy and daddy's voices! Baby is showing brain activity, and is gaining muscle tone from all of his moving around!

maternity clothes? 

This week's bump picture shirt is actually a recent non-maternity top, but it definitely won't be fitting until the end!

stretch marks? 

None. 

movement? 

Mover and a shaker - all day every day! What a busy little dude I have growing in there!

food cravings? 

ICE CREAM. That's pretty much it. I really wanted some french toast this weekend, which was delightful BTW!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully, no.

what I miss? 

Not really missing anything this week. Pregnancy has been pretty smooth sailing, and summer is always so busy, which makes it easy to have fun!

nausea/vomiting?  

Thank goodness no!

symptoms? 

Growing belly, slight swelling of feet and hands, lots of acid reflux and the inability to stay up past 9pm. I have also been having some lower back and leg pain - more sore than pain, but not fun either way! I've been trying to put my feet up throughout the day, but it's not really doing much.

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

BOY!

belly button in or out?

In.

wedding rings on or off? 

On, but barely. I have a feeling it won't make it much past the third trimester.

sleep?

Glorious sleep. When I fall asleep, I am OUT. Jake woke me up when I was sleeping on the couch this past week, and apparently he had to call my name several times before I heard him.

what I'm looking forward to?

The long holiday weekend! Lots of time for being at home, hanging with Weston and hopefully working on the basement!

Here's a little comparison of how the baby bump has changed in the past 20 weeks!






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Friday, June 26, 2015

friday five - 6.26.15

Get ready for a not-so-cheery post. HAHA I am a rainbow and sunshine kind of person 99% of the time, but sometimes life gets ya down, and I decided to devote today's Friday five to 5 things that are bringing me down. 


{one} We get to be the proud owners of a brand new furnace and air conditioner! YAY! {insert sarcasm} Our AC stopped working, then started working, and then stopped again. We called a repair company, and they explained that there wasn't really any way to fix it permanently - we could spend money to patch fix it but that's just delaying the inevitable, and not even for long enough to make it worth it. This is the sort of thing I dread as a homeowner - the expensive MUST PURCHASE items. Ugh. I can't wait to have our new, higher-efficiency, working AC installed. Preggo Carolyn does not enjoy sleeping with no AC. :)

{two} We have found two dead animals in our yard in ONE WEEK. The first was a rabbit that must have died on Friday, and since we had such a hectic weekend, we weren't home to find it until Monday. Gross. The second was a mouse that had drowned in one of my flower pots that doesn't have a hole for drainage. Talk about a surprise when you're dumping out water!! I feel so bad for the little critters, but dead animals are NASTY!!!



{three} Pregnancy swelling has officially started. I hoped it would go away after our busy weekend, but it hasn't yet. It's definitely not as bad as it was with Weston, but enough to be uncomfortable. I can still wear my wedding ring, but I'm so paranoid about it getting stuck that most days I leave it at home. I've started making sure to put my feet up when watching TV at night, but it's not doing much. It's all worth it for this little guy growing inside me, but that doesn't make it fun!




{four} My acid reflux is out of control right now. It doesn't matter if I've eaten or am hungry, if I took a drink or am thirsty, if I'm standing up or sitting down... heartburn and acid reflux are there. It's way worse than I remember with Weston, so that's fun. :) I need to get some ginger candies which really helped with Weston, but my pregnancy brain keeps forgetting. 




{five} Ok. I lied. I feel bad making such a negative post... so the last one is positive! :) It's almost the weekend, the sun is shining, and we get to spend the whole weekend as a family! Sign me up!!!


Happy weekend!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

weston's favorite books - cars, trucks & trains edition

Weston LOVES books, and his absolute favorites are the ones about cars, trucks and trains.


We find ourselves reading the same few books every single time, and if Weston loves them this much, I figured other toddlers might love them too!


weston's favorite books - cars, trucks & trains



The thing I like most about these books is that the stories are super cute. It makes it so much easier to re-read books a bazillion times when the stories are good! Weston's favorite part is the pictures of the cars, trucks and trains. (and even some motorcycles!!!)

Do your toddlers have any favorite car, truck or train books that aren't on this list? I'd love to add some new ones to the rotation!! :) 

(I'd also LOVE Little Blue Truck to come out with another book. We love those two books SO MUCH!)



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

baby bump #2: week 26


this week...

This week was a little rough. I couldn't seem to find energy, no matter what I did, and my body felt pretty sore. I am so grateful that I have had two relatively easy pregnancies, especially during more difficult weeks like this. 

I had my glucose test this past week, and I passed! It's such a relief knowing I don't have gestational diabetes! Baby boy is measuring a month ahead now - which is exactly how Weston was at this stage. Looks like we're on our way to having another big boy!!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby's eyes are starting to open, and he can now detect light and dark! He can not only hear noises, but can respond to them with an increase in pulse rate or activity! Baby knows how to suck, and may be sucking his thumb now! He continues to practice breathing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. Baby's testicles are starting to descend into his scrotum.

maternity clothes? 

Same stuff - wearing my maternity pants, with some maternity tops and some regular tops. Most of my maxi dresses and maxi skirts are not maternity, but still work. 

stretch marks? 

None yet!

movement? 

This little guy is a mover and a shaker. He moves a lot more than I ever remember Weston moving!

food cravings? 

It's more a matter of nothing sounding good. I pretty much only want to eat ice cream. I am not usually super hungry, but can eat a meal and enjoy it when I make myself. 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Thankfully no. 

what I miss? 

I missed being able to have a beer with our friends while at the Luke Bryan concert this weekend!

nausea/vomiting?  

Not anymore!

symptoms? 

Growing bump, lots of acid reflux, round ligament pains, sore hips, and slight swelling in my hands and feet. I definitely did not miss the swelling part, and I'm hoping I can keep it to a minimum as the rest of this pregnancy goes on!

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

boy!!!

belly button in or out?

In, but getting shallow.

wedding rings on or off? 

Wedding ring has been off the past few days, since it's been rather humid and my fingers are swelling. I miss my ring, but I don't want to risk getting it stuck on my hand. Hopefully, when the humidity wears off, the ring can go back on!

sleep?

Waking up in the middle of the night for bathroom breaks has officially started, and I am having more and more trouble getting comfortable.

what I'm looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to having a few weekends with no plans, and hopefully getting lots of stuff done around the house! I'm so close to entering my third trimester, which is just crazy to me!!! This pregnancy has flown by and we're going to have a sweet baby boy in about three months!!!

Here's a 10 week comparison of the baby bump:








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Friday, June 19, 2015

friday five - 6.19.15


Happy Friday!!! :) I don't really have the brain cells left to write a funny intro, so let's just get into it, shall we?



{one} Weston hated his second haircut even more than his first haircut. There was screaming, crying, toddler acrobatics, suckers being offered, cars being tossed on the floor and a strange wheels on the bus video that actually helped. Needless to say, I don't envy the woman who has to cut crying toddler hair all day. And I want to know who took my 1.5 year old and replaced him with an 8 year old. 


{two} I have an addiction. To drumstick ice cream cones. The cookie dipped ones to be exact. It's bad, and I love them so very much. It's going to be a HARD habit to break when this little baby pops out of me. :)




{three} Luke Bryan tomorrow, and a Saints baseball game on Sunday. Talk about a fun weekend! I'm a little bummed that Grandma and Grandpa get to take Weston to his first car show, and that I'm going to miss out on the CAR CAR CAR talk, but I know he's going to have a BLAST! 


{four} I started re-organizing Weston's baby clothes this week, and I've been having some really strange reactions to it. I've had the obvious "OMG! SO TEENY! SO ADORABLE!" feelings, but I'm also feeling really territorial about the clothes. They all remind me of Weston and I get super sad about having to share those memories with the new baby. I want to buy baby boy all new clothes, so Westy's stay "Westy's", and let baby boy have his own clothes with memories. I completely understand that I'm being completely irrational, and I definitely plan on using the clothes, but I was shocked when I felt like this! Please tell me I'm not the only one that's thought this? I don't want baby boy to look back at baby pictures and think "wow - mom and dad didn't buy me anything!" HAHAHA. Crazy preggo problems.




{five} Yesterday was definitely a "preggo brain" day for me. I got a ticket for expired tabs, which were supposed to be renewed in MARCH!!!!! How I forgot for that long, and how I got away with it for that long, I have no idea. Then, when I was leaving work last night, I stopped to put the new tabs on my car, and accidentally locked my keys in my running car. I had to walk all the way back to work, and luckily one of my amazing coworkers was there to help calm me down, and wait with me until roadside assistance came. Needless to say, I feel like I need to hire a personal assistant to make sure I don't make any more dumb mistakes! HAHAHA

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

cheesecake stuffed strawberries {recipe}

I haven't posted a recipe in ages, but when I found this recipe for cheesecake stuffed strawberries, I knew I had to share it!

I made these for my sister's bridal shower, and they were a huge hit! They were one of the easiest treats I've ever made, and SO YUMMY! 


INGREDIENTS

1 lb fresh strawberries
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
OPTIONAL - chocolate chips & graham crackers for topping


DIRECTIONS

1. Rinse strawberries, and core out stem and center of each strawberry. 

2. Cut off tip of strawberry so that it can stand alone. 

3. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.

4. Put mixture in a pastry bag and pipe into each strawberry, adding a mound of filling to the top. 
(use a decorative frosting tip to make them "pretty"!)

OPTIONAL - sprinkle graham cracker crumbs or drizzle melted chocolate chips to the top of each berry. 

5. Place in the fridge until thoroughly chilled. 
(don't make too far in advance - the strawberries won't stay as firm with the filling in them)

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Like I said - easiest recipe ever!!! They were so yummy, and I could have eaten the entire tray myself!!! Next time, I think I'd like to try drizzling them with chocolate or sprinkling graham crackers on them, but it's definitely not needed!




Tuesday, June 16, 2015

baby bump #2: week 25


this week...

Not much happening this week... just working on the basement and chatting about nursery ideas. I can't awit until I can start decorating the nursery, but I know that won't be until August or September. Telling myself it's not a big deal... but I want to nest!!!

size of baby?

what's going on in there?

Baby boy is officially over a foot long, and is fattening up! His wrinkled skin is starting to smooth out and fill in! His hair is growing, and now has color! He knows which way is up and down now!

maternity clothes? 

I haven't bought much in maternity clothes lately - living in the dresses, pants and long tops I bought this spring. I have had to invest in some new bras though... the breastfeeding boobies are back. HAHAHA!

stretch marks? 

None yet. 

movement? 

So much! My tummy has started bouncing around when I lay still, and it's so much fun to watch!

food cravings? 

Ice cream is pretty much my only craving at this point. I love anything cold! 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Nope. 

what I miss? 

I'm going to the Luke Bryan concert this weekend with a few of our closest friends, and I know I'm going to miss drinking when I'm with all of them. Other than special events like this, I don't really miss anything though!

nausea/vomiting?  

Thankfully no.

symptoms? 

Growing belly, LOTS of acid reflux, slight swelling when I'm super active or it's really warm, and an ever-moving tummy.

labor signs? 

None yet. 

gender? 

BABY BOY!

belly button in or out?

In, but getting flat and stretched out.

wedding rings on or off? 

On, unless I'm super active or it's really warm/humid.

sleep?

I love sleep. I tend to wake up a few times at night, but I sure love sleep.

what I'm looking forward to?

Luke Bryan this weekend, and celebrating Father's Day with all my favorite dads in my life!

Let's look at how the belly's grown so far...





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