Friday, July 29, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Baby #2, 38 Weeks




How far along? Picture taken at 38w, 3d

Size of baby? 6.75 lbs, 14 inches crown to rump - about the size of a leek, according to the internet. Developmentally Baby Sister is clinically mature and ready to be born any time now. At my appointment this week, the midwife guessed that she'll be just about the size MC was at birth. I get different answers from everyone about this, LOL - but everyone seems to be in consensus that at least she won't be like 12 pounds or something crazy!

Weight gain/loss? My weight has been down for my last two appointments so I've actually kind of lost track of this because I can't remember exactly what my pre-pregnancy weight was. I'll just stick with +18 from the 36 week update and call that close enough.

Maternity clothes? Yep, and they are driving me crazy - making me itchy and hot.

Stretch marks? No, although I am starting to develop a faint linea nigra down my belly. According to what I've read this is somewhat late in the pregnancy to develop it, but it will fade in a few months.

Sleep? Still very little sleep. Combined with the fact that it's so hot outside, that I'm having to get up at 5:30am to walk, and I am kinda feeling like a zombie most days.

Best moment this week? BD's work team threw us a little potluck lunch and baby "sprinkle" last week. It was very thoughtful of them, and MC always enjoys visiting Daddy at work. It was supposed to be a surprise for BD, but one of his co-workers accidentally spilled the beans on the morning of the event. 

(Those office jobs sure look tough, right?!)

Food cravings/aversions? Not really. I can't eat much at a time before I feel really full. 

Gender? Girl

Belly button in or out? Out, much to MC's delight. She loves to point it out when she can see it through my shirt.

Movement? Still lots of movement. She is head down so I can feel her feet up near my ribs a lot. A lot of times I can feel her little heels jutting out.

What I miss? I miss not being pregnant.

What I'm looking forward to? I'm looking forward to meeting her, seeing her face, and getting the labor/delivery process behind me. 

How's Mommy feeling? I go back and forth between being done, done, DONE (and annoyed with everyone for everything) and wanting her to just stay put because I know it will be more work when she's here on the outside!

How's Daddy feeling? He's tired of all his co-workers asking him when the baby's coming, how close it's getting to due date, is he getting excited, etc. (Editor's note: This made me laugh so hard! I remember this so well from when I was working during my pregnancy with MC. I was so annoyed because the due date wasn't even here, and it was all people wanted to talk to me about!)

Milestones? I've yet to actually pack a hospital bag, but I have made a list of things to bring in the bag - does that count?!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Butterfly Garden 2016

MC had so much fun with her butterfly garden from last year and talked about it all year long, so we decided to put it on her birthday wish list this year. We ordered the caterpillars after we returned from our beach trip.  


Days 1 - 7

The first week the caterpillars mostly just eat their food and crawl around in their cup.








Days 8 - 9

By day 8 they had all formed their cocoons and began the transformation process.



Days 10 - 14

After the shells had a couple of days to harden,we moved them to the butterfly habitat.





Days 15 - 18

The butterflies started emerging on day 15, so we were all on Butterfly Watch for about 48 hours. It is fascinating to watch them break out of the cocoon and dry their wings. Amazing that just a few days ago, it was a completely different insect!



We fed them fresh fruit and nectar that we dripped on mandevilla flowers that we picked from the pots on our deck.




Day 19

We released them early one morning before BD went to work.





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

To MC, as You Become a Big Sister


I’m sorry that I won’t be just yours anymore.

I don’t really know how it’s going to be when your baby sister gets here. But my first instinct, right now, is to only want to protect you from feeling upset, neglected or unimportant in any way. It’s all I can think about.

I know I’ll get the hang of it eventually, but right now it’s difficult for me to see how I’m going to be enough for two of you. I’ve only ever been your Mama—I’ve figured that out. We’ve figured each other out.

You’re my buddy, my companion, my sidekick.

I guess I’m scared that this is all going to be too much for you—too much change, too much disruption, too much “newness.”

So, while I’m sorry that the era of just-you-and-me is coming to a close, I’m going to stop and decide to always remember this precious, beautiful time we’ve had together and be grateful that you were the one who taught me how to be someone’s mother. You, with your sweet, gentle nature, your enthusiastic and kind spirit, and your compassionate and loving heart.

What an amazing big sister you’re going to make. Your little sister is going to be thrilled when she finds out that you’re the one she got.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Summer Swimming

MC has continued her swimming lessons with Coach Melissa this summer at the outdoor pool we join each year.


She loves these lessons and looks forward to them each week.


Working on her "floppy kicks".


She is officially a swimmer! Sometimes her arms and legs look very uncoordinated, but she definitely gets herself to where she wants to be.



They work on lots of different things during each lesson, but the skill they are focused on right now is taking a breath and continuing to swim.




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Baby #2, 36 Weeks




How far along? Picture taken at 36w, 3d. As of the end of this week, Baby Sister is considered early full-term. MC was born at 41w, 2d - so I'm expecting that we still have several weeks until we get to meet Baby Sister. But if she were to be born at this point, the risk of complications is pretty low.

Size of baby? 6 pounds, 13.5" crown to rump - the size of a head of romaine lettuce, according to the internet.

Weight gain/loss? +18

Maternity clothes? Yep.

Stretch marks? None so far.

Sleep? Ugh, I am so tired all the time. I remarked to BD the other day that I think I have become nocturnal. All day long all I want to do is take a nap (impossible, except on the weekends) and yet when the sun goes down I can't sleep for more than two hours without waking up. Either I have to get up to use the bathroom or I can't get physically comfortable or I'm thinking about my to-do list -- something is always wrecking my sleep. 

Best moment this week? The Big Siblings Prep class that MC went to last weekend. And at my 36 week appointment, the Dr confirmed that she is head down and is unlikely to switch around at this point, relieving the fear of breech positioning or other complications of that nature. The Dr also remarked that she feels like Baby Sister is going to be bigger than MC was at birth (7lb5oz). I have been wondering if Baby Sister is going to be longer than MC because she is causing me so much pain in my rib cage, but the Dr said that many times 2nd babies don't "drop" like 1st babies do, which causes the ribs to painfully stretch and expand.

Food cravings/aversions? It has been so hot here, and I am starting to have some minor swelling in my feet and ankles in the evenings, which I never had with MC, so I am working hard to keep myself hydrated. As a result, I am drinking water by what feels like the gallon and craving juicy fruits - grapes, oranges, watermelon. My blood pressure continues to be normal, so no worries about the swelling, other than being an annoyance.

Gender? Girl.

Belly button in or out? Flat, but just barely.

Movement? Lots of movement, but I can definitely tell she's starting to get snug in there. The movement has turned from sharp, quick jabs to slower rolling type moves.

What I miss? Sleep. I miss sleep.

What I'm looking forward to? I was tested for Group B Strep today, and I am hoping that comes back negative, which means not having to be hooked up to IV antibiotics during labor. I am planning and hoping for another unmedicated labor and delivery, and a big part of pain management for me is the ability to get up and move around, so I don't want to have to drag an IV pole around with me for several hours if I can avoid it! I was GBS negative during my pregnancy with MC, but your status can change.

How's Mommy feeling? Other than the tiredness factor, I'm feeling okay. I am making it a point to get out and exercise at least 3x/week, and MC and I have been spending a lot of time at the pool - both of which help me feel good and keep any swelling to a minimum. I am starting to have some bittersweet moments where I find myself thinking about this being the last of our time as a family of 3 or the last of the time where it's just MC and me together.

How's Daddy feeling? Excited and a little nervous after scheduling our last 4 weekly appointments with the OB after our 36 week appointment.

Milestones? All of our "must do" tasks are done - the car seat and rock-n-play (where she will sleep) are washed and put back together; a couple loads of tiny clothes have been washed, and we bought a box of newborn diapers. So if she came today, we wouldn't be totally unprepared. We are still working in her room. The crib is together, and although we aren't expecting her to actually sleep in the crib for a while, it does make the room look more complete. We're still working on window coverings, wall decorations, etc.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Getting Ready for Baby Sister

A friend handed down to us a really nice baby swing to use when Baby Sister arrives. MC made sure to perform a thorough QC check on it using her stuffed animals.


Recently she attended a Big Siblings Prep class with a local doula. She learned about how babies look and sound and what they do. She learned about diapering and feeding and dressing a baby, and she learned lots of ways that she can help Mama and Daddy when the new baby comes home.



I am working on a couple of DIY projects for Baby Sister's room, so MC needed a project to work on for her room as well. We picked out paints that match Baby Sister's crib bedding, and MC painted a canvas to hang in her room. It turned out really cute, and MC is very proud of it.







Thursday, July 7, 2016

Pictures!

Here are some recent pictures of our girl; these are from June and early July 2016.

The highlight of any trip to Wal Mart for her is putting some coins into this fun money bank that collects donations for Children's Miracle Network.



Making homemade playdough with our neighbors.


So fresh and so clean - just out of the shower and wearing my hair towel.



We attempted to make chocolate covered bananas. They were an epic fail, but someone had fun with the sprinkles!


Having some fun at one of those indoor bounce house places for a friend's birthday party.







Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4th Weekend 2016

We made red, white, and blue pancakes for a festive breakfast on July 4th. We used strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and white chocolate chips.





In the afternoon we went over to our neighbor's to hang out, ride bikes, and eat ice cream.


One of my neighbors found this great idea to protect little hands from the sparks of sparklers. You make a hole in the end of a plastic cup and put the sparkler through the hole. The kids can hold the end of the sparkler inside the cup and not risk getting burned.


Celebrating with her 1st sparkler!