Sunday, October 26, 2014

26 Weeks

26 Weeks: Baby O2 is the size of a scallion.  
He.she weighs 1 2/3 pounds and is 14 inches long.  This week little one's hearing is improving and he/she is inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid to help with the development of the lungs.  If Baby O2 is a boy then his little man "bits" are also descending into place- which takes 2-3 months.

How far along? 26 Weeks
Total weight gain? Up 13 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Only in maternity pants.
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter like a mad woman though.
Sleep? I fall asleep instantly but wake up anytime I have to move because it kills my ribs.
Best moment this week? Getting to FINALLY snuggle our nephew, Ian.  He is such a cuddler and loves to grunt and squeak.  I'm pretty sure that Jeryn, Cole, Ian, and Baby O2 are going to be quite the crew of crazy cousins!  Can't wait :)
Miss anything? The days of no rib pains. 
Movement? The kicks really got strong this week and the movements can now be seen across my whole stomach.  Love seeing those little ripples and waves.  All the kicks are still down low which is a good thing for my ribs.
Food cravings? Nothing really this week.  
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nothing
Gender? 98 days until his/her birthday.
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? The only real symptom I feel would be the rib pains I mentioned that are being caused by my uterus/organs pushing them out of place.  It's definitely something that I can deal with and try not to complain about.  Afterall, a healthy and happy baby is the main focus.  Who needs to move and breathe without hurting haha.
Belly button in or out? Completely flat in some moments and then puffs out in others. 
Wedding rings on or off? On 
Happy or moody? Happy- we are sooooo very blessed and remind ourselves of this everyday when we feel slightly overwhelmed with all we have going on.  Good thing we like being busy cause life sure isn't slowing down anytime soon.
Looking forward to? Halloween with Cole Man this year!!!  He wore his costume to a party this weekend and was quite the stud.  Can't wait for Friday when he gets to come to school with Dad for my classroom party and then for trick-or-treating that night!
Daddy moment?  Trent has officially made the "Must Do Before Baby O2" list and the amount of things on there is slightly scary.  Poor guy :(  Especially cause the majority of them I can't help out with.  One day at a time, one project at a time, right?!
Big Brother Cole moment: Cole Man was a trooper this weekend.  We were on the go non-stop and he was so happy no matter what we were doing.  At the Halloween party he participated in his first karaoke session and let's just say he was a BIG FAN.  He took control of one of the microphones and all he would sing was "Dadadada."  He definitely partied hard and slept like a rock that night. We also taught him how to lay down in the leaves so we could cover him up tonight.  He says "night-night" and lays down on the ground laughing like it's the funniest thing in the world.  Gosh, it's so fun experiencing everything through his eyes again.

Monday, October 20, 2014

25 Weeks

25 Weeks: Baby O2 is the size of a rutabaga.  
Our little one weighs a pound and a half and is 13.5 inches long! This week he/she is beginning to put on some baby fat and the wrinkled skin will start smoothing out so the baby will look more like a newborn. Baby O2 is also growing more hair and if we could see it then we'd be able to tell its color and texture.

How far along? 25 Weeks
Total weight gain? Up 12 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Only in maternity pants.
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter.
Sleep? Once I can get comfy then I'm out the second I close my eyes.
Best moment this week? 3 day weekend of fun with my boys!
Miss anything? Being comfortable anytime I move, sneeze, or cough. 
Movement? All the time and still the most frequent at night.
Food cravings? Just my crack filled, I mean salted caramel drink from Starbucks.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nothing
Gender? 104ish days and then we'll know :)
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? The rib pain I felt all this last week was no joke.  I coughed- it hurt, I bent down- it hurt, etc. Loading Cole in his carseat in the truck was enough to leave me gasping for air.  I won't even mention the moment that Harlee jumped up on the bed and her paw landed square on my ribs.  I'd be lying if I said I took it like a champ.  The solution according to Google- have the baby.  Umm, no thank you.  Looks like I'll be enjoying the rib pain for awhile longer now with a happy smile on my face.  Stay put little one and I'll just suck it up!
Belly button in or out? Completely flat in some moments and then puffs out in others. 
Wedding rings on or off? After a month and a half I finally got my rings back from the jewelers!!!  LOVE them. 
Happy or moody? Wasn't moody this last week, just tired from teaching all day and conferences all night. 
Looking forward to? Finally being healthy enough to meet our nephew, Ian, this coming weekend!!!
Daddy moment?  Thanks to Trent we actually got going on the nursery.  Nothing like 3.5 months to go or anything haha. This week he tore out the trim, patched all the holes, and did 2 coats of primer over the red.  He also picked up the barnwood and/or the pallets we'll use for the wood accent wall.  Then Lora was able to do the first coat of the light gray on the other 3 walls.  Love the color we chose- so light and airy that it makes the room feel a ton bigger than when it was red.
Big Brother Cole moment: Cole decided that he would get too big for his britches overnight this week and has asked to go night-night on his own 3 nights in a row now.  No rocking or cuddling, and even 30 minutes before his normal bedtime.  Makes mama super sad :( He has also started putting his hands and head on my belly and will say, "baby." His daycare has a 2 month old and she says he is so good with her and really likes looking at her.  Let's hope he does the same for his own baby!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

24 Weeks

24 Weeks: Baby O2 is the size of an ear of corn.  
Our little one weighs just over 1 pound (supposedly he/she gained 4 ounces in the last week) and is a foot long! The brain is growing quickly and taste buds continue to develop.  His/her lungs are also developing "branches" on the respiratory "tree."

How far along? 24 Weeks
Total weight gain? Up 11 pounds.
Maternity clothes? I finally gave in and put on the maternity jeans this week.  Love how comfy they are!  
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter.
Sleep? The body pillow has officially arrived and is helping me sleep sooo good.  Although I had one really rough night of coughing where I slept in the guest bedroom to give Trent a break.  I should finally start getting over this month long cold cause the doctor gave me antibiotics on Friday at our appointment to help me kick it.
Best moment this week? Having a 3 day weekend with my boys.  Love that Emporia lets you do work days offsite.  We took advantage of it on Friday with our doctor appointment, lunch out, running errands, and a nap.  It was awesome!
Miss anything? Nothing this week. 
Movement? All the time and still the most frequent at night.
Food cravings? Made some caramel apples tonight cause they looked amazing at the store.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nothing
Gender? 112ish days and then we'll know :)
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? I've had two days of slight heartburn and some major rib pains on my right side.  But I'm very thankful that the heartburn isn't too strong yet like it was with Cole. 
Belly button in or out? Almost completely flat which is no surprise since my baby app says my uterus is the size of a soccer ball.
Wedding rings on or off? Off and at the jewelers still...
Happy or moody? Overjoyed  
Looking forward to? Even though I have to pull two work days from 7:30-7:30 this week, I can't wait for the 3.5 weekend that follows it!  We finish up conferences on Thursday around 11 and then I'm off all weekend long!!
Daddy moment?  With another weekend spent at home we got sooo much done again.  Trent and I were able to completely clear the garage of boxes finally and were able to pull all 3 vehicles into the garage and the shop.  Trent is having a ball organizing all his tools in his new shop and got all the lighting put in this weekend.
Big Brother Cole moment: Cole absolutely loves going "aside" (which means outside) to hang with Dad.  He was oh so helpful organizing with Dad this weekend.  We also got in lots of "sing" time down back.  He races as fast as his legs will carry him to the gate at the side of the shop and put his whole arm through to point at his swing-set.  He goes straight to the swing every time and then will end up at the slide.

Monday, October 6, 2014

23 Weeks

23 Weeks: Baby O2 is the size of a large mango.  
He/she weighs just over 1 pound and is 11 inches long!  This week the baby has developed the sense of movement and his/her hearing has become more keen.  The baby hears what we hear, just muffled.

How far along? 23 Weeks
Total weight gain? Up 10 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Not yet but will probably be in the maternity pants before long.  Even with the rubberband or the belly band, the pants are having trouble staying pulled up to where they should be.  
Stretch marks? Nope- lathering on my cocoa butter.
Sleep? Still sleeping awesome- minus one night where I was up all night with violent/scary nightmares.  Lawn mower wrecks, stage 4 cancers, zombies, etc... all of them were awful and kept me awake!
Best moment this week? Taking Cole to the pumpkin patch to see his reaction :)  Oh man was he excited to look at and do everything.  Of course he loved the wagon ride, the tractor ride, climbing on the toys, and seeing the farm puppy.  I hope I can always remember the squeal he let out when he saw a bright yellow pumpkin in the field while we were pulling him in the wagon. We stopped to let him out and he ran straight to it.  Of course that's the one we had to get, so he "helped" Daddy cut it off the vine and everything.  He loves his little yellow pumpkin!
Miss anything? Nothing this week.
Movement? Still the most movement at night and big enough where you are starting to see my stomach bulge out.
Food cravings? Nothing crazy at all.
Anything making you queasy/sick? Nada!
Gender? 118ish days and then we'll know :)
Labor Signs? No- I'd hope not!
Symptoms? Crazy preggo dreams and the baby belly that even strangers are starting to notice now!
Belly button in or out? Still in but very shallow.
Wedding rings on or off? Off and at the jewelers still... :( Definitely ready to have them back!
Happy or moody? Happy/peaceful... amazing what a weekend at home will do for you!  After being gone all but one weekend in September it felt SO good to stay home and get some things done around the house.  The biggest one being that I finally had a chance to completely purge/organize my closet.  I was in my happy zone for those few hours while Trent and Cole did guy stuff.
Looking forward to? 3 day weekend woop woop!  Here in Emporia they let you do your workdays offsite.  So, on Friday we have a doctor appointment for the baby and then I can "work" from home ;)
Daddy/Big Brother Cole moment?  Trent's new toy, his riding lawn mower, arrived on Friday and it was like Christmas around here for the boys.  I honestly don't know who was more excited- Cole or Trent.  They both grinned and laughed like fools which of course melted me.  They had the best time riding around the yard together and Cole now walks himself right out to the shop nightly to go sit on the mower and make vroom noises.  He is all boy!!