Tuesday, July 30, 2013

29-30 weeks and lots of different emotions

29 weeks

30 weeks

I feel so big! It's hard to imagine 8-9 more weeks of growing. I'm up to 155 lbs and I'm pretty much gaining the weight everywhere. I am so lucky that I don't have to work right now...being able to sit and put my feet up as often as I'd like has been so nice (and we've just gone through a terrible heat wave.) My feet and hands feel tingly sometimes (and when I wake up my fingers have full-blown carpal tunnel!) I'm feeling pretty tired. For about a week I was waking up at 2 or 3 am and I'd end up on the couch with the TV on. I almost don't mind waking up in the middle of the night- it's nice and quiet, lol! But luckily I've been able to get back to sleep and wake around 6...in time to enjoy some coffee before Audrey comes in to snuggle :) When she would wake before 7, I used to send her right back to her room. But now I look forward to having that quiet, one-on-one time with her.

I'm starting to get nervous about everything from how/when the baby will arrive to how hectic life will be with 3. Will this baby arrive early? On its own? What will I do if Chris is at work? How will I manage 3 kids all by myself all day long? Two kids has been very manageable- am I in over my head with 3?? I feel sort of sad for the girls- their life is going to be so different. I have a lot of anxiety starting to build :(

I'm trying to wrap my head around the inevitable...when the baby arrives there will be a lot less sleep. The girls will watch more TV (I feel SO TERRIBLE about this one!) I won't have the energy/will power to pick up the house twice a day (my girls can make a mess!) My patience will be tested constantly. I'll be hormonal. I'll expect Christopher to be a mind reader (and then get snippy when he, in fact, does not read my crazy mind.) Ugh- I'm a mess!

All I can do is prepare this house for the baby and hope for the best. I can spend lots of time with my girls now and enjoy being pregnant. I know it will all work out in the end and we'll get there by taking it one day at a time.

In better news, the nursery is pretty much done!! Once the huge desk was out of the way, I went full steam ahead! It is small- but absolutely perfect for a nursery. I'm starting to love that cozy little space! Audrey likes to help...she says she wants to help with the "accessories." Where did she even learn that word?!

Originally I had wanted to repaint the top walls gray and then add pink or blue when the baby arrived. But Chris loves the green color, and I like the idea of having a "finished" nursery. The color goes with the original bedding we had with Audrey and Abigail, plus the curtains. I really love how it's turning out. Hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago it was the place where I blogged, worked on lesson plans, and finished report cards...and where I'd store boxes for months, lol.

The next few weeks are going to fly by! I'd like to get out as much as possible as long as the weather isn't too hot. Today we went to the mall and Rita's. Tomorrow we're going to try the movies and then head over to Grandma's pool :) Next week Abigail starts swim lessons, Audrey has dance camp, and I start seeing the doctor twice a week. My BIL & SIL will be having their baby very soon!! I'm totally loving Summer!

Friday, July 12, 2013

28 weeks (3rd tri!) and Swim Lessons

I had my growth scan with the perinatologist on Monday. Baby Burns is breech (which is normal at this gestational age.) The baby is measuring perfectly...not too big, not too small- right on the expected growth line (phew!) I, however, am growing at a fast rate! I'm up to 152 lbs! They didn't say anything about my weight, but I'm getting nervous about it with 10+ weeks to go! The tech was super nice- and she remembered Audrey. She said, "You never forget a face or spirit like that. She lights up the room!" She also said how intelligent and sincere Audrey was...we know this :) I was so disappointed that we didn't get better pictures...I guess I've been spoiled with the 3D pics. But then again, I always worry about seeing too much, lol.

Baby is 2 lbs 7 oz! He/she loves to kick and punch on my right side!

Apparently I have to go back in 4 weeks...and that's when I start going twice a week for "testing"- which is a sonogram and 30 minute heart analysis. I vaguely remember doing that with Abigail, but twice a week seems excessive! On the bright side, I'm glad BB will be well-looked after :) I saw Dr K yesterday and he explained that because I'm pre-diabetic, the test needs to be done every 3-4 days. The baby will get 2 points in 5 different categories...that "score" is usually good for a week, but it needs to be done more often in my case. And it looks like we're going to go a week early (Sept 23-27.)

On Monday Audrey Cate had her first swimming lesson! She was a nervous/excited mix. She started to get more excited though as we watched people in the pool and more kids started to arrive. She did well! But more importantly, she had fun and wants to go back :)

The instructor said that she's very comfortable in the water, she just needs to put her face in! She's really hesitant about that for some reason. I'm sure with time she'll come around!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Happenings and Things I Don't Want to Forget

I love summer! It means mid-week dates with my favorite 4 year old! We saw Dispicable Me 2 in 3D and had such a wonderful time.

Chris took Abigail on an ice cream date. He's such a great dad!

Going for an early morning walk

I've pretty much had to Ferber Audrey, lol. She would get out of bed every 5 minutes to come snuggle with me (so sweet, but she would end up falling asleep in our bed!) So I check on her every 5-10 minutes now (she's not allowed to get out of bed.) Works like a charm! She no longer takes naps so she's asleep within minutes. She has quiet time in her room while Abby naps.

The newborn and 0-3 month clothes are washed and folded! I'll put the neutral clothes in the baby's dresser and keep the boy and girl clothes stored in bins until he or she is born. I'm positive we have another girl on the way and so the boy clothes can go to my sister!

Grandma treated us all to the Pinkalicious show at the dinner theater. The girls really enjoyed it!

The girls are getting along so well! The older they get, the better. Things that used to bother Audrey don't anymore (or, not as much.) She gives up toys that Abigail wants and is more willing to share. She invites her to play and loves to teach her things. She handles disputes by telling me rather than lashing out at her sister. I am so proud of her!

Abigail is saying the cutest things: When she wants you to see something (or do something) she says, "Come on, Mom! Let's go! Follow me!" When she's looking for Audrey she says,"Where Audrey go? Where Audrey Cate? Audrey, where aaaaaaaare youuuuuu?" If you have something she wants (or when Audrey has something), she'll say, "I want _____, too!" She loves Audrey's "doctor bag" and tells us to lay down so she can give a "check up." When she says "Thank you" or "I love you", she always adds your name to the end. She says, "You're the best EVER!" She's learned that if she puts up her hand and yells, "WAIT!!!" then we will, lol. She has also started repeating the last word you say as a question. For example, I said to Audrey, "I can't wait to see you dance in your recital!" And then Abigail said, "RECITAL?!" The way she says it, she sounds so incredulous, it just cracks me up. She does this ALL the time!

Audrey is obsessed with spelling. She wants to know how to spell everything, and she can tell me what letter anything starts with.

Audrey really wants to name the baby June. I told her that we'd buy her a baby doll and she could name her June. Luckily she was satisfied with that! For a hot second we were considering Anna June, but Chris just cannot get on board with Anna (darn!)

Abigail "helps" Audrey use the bathroom. She "lifts" Audrey up. Then she gets the toilet paper for her. Then she flushes. It's so funny! Audrey feels like she's teaching Abby and Abby looks so proud of herself, lol. I guess we'll try potty training this summer, but I'm not even stressing about it. She has a severe diaper rash (we saw the doctor and got a rx for cream.) She likes to take her diaper off and throw it away, but she really has no patience for sitting on the potty.

Audrey has not lost her penchant for building and designing. She still loves arranging her little figurines and blocks. She decorates with jewelry. I love how patient and focused she is; it's funny because when we go out, she's all over the place, singing and dancing and talking, and can hardly stay still.

Audrey has turned out to be such a Mama's girl. We're practically attached at the hip. I love it. I know this can't last forever, so I'm savoring every moment and I'm probably a huge enabler :) I hope we're always this close.

Abigail is saying some big words! She says “beautiful” and “mmmm, delicious!!” She’s getting to be as animated as her big sister. She’ll say things like, “Dinner?!? I LOVE dinner!” and “I LOVE Mickey!”

The girls are obsessed with Sublime’s ‘What I Got.’ Every time it ends Abby says, “Again! AGAIN!” and she’ll cry if I don’t replay it. She tries to sing along (she usually gets the last word or two of a verse, while Audrey knows nearly all the words.)

Sometimes, after Abby gets dressed, she says, “Princess!” and she looks SO happy!

Abigail pretends to be asleep when I go to get her out of the car. Then she opens her eyes and yells, "Raaaahhhh!!" to scare me :) It's so funny!

Audrey is SUCH a good girl. She tries so hard to follow the rules and be polite. A few weeks ago we were checking out at Target and she found a coin on the ground. She asked the lady in front of us if it was hers. She was so proud of herself for "helping" a stranger. Such a delightful little lady!

So many wonderful things I get to enjoy! Loving this :)