Saturday, July 14, 2018

•Weeks 26-30•

26 weeks, backache all the time! And it's too hot not to topknot. #mombunforlife

Wait, I'm 30 weeks??? Those last two months went crazy fast, and it's only two more months until we meet our girl! Commence freaking out.

The super awesome thing is, aside from diapers and fun extra things, there's nothing to buy! All Isla's clothes should be the right season, unless baby is extremely tiny or freakishly huge. I guess weirder things have happened. They told me at the ultrasound she was measuring a week small, but at this point who knows? 

The main thing I wanted to accomplish this summer was to get Declan day-trained to use the potty. We're at 4 weeks now and he's doing great! He'll occasionally have an accident, (most often when he's busy playing outside) but as long as I keep an eye on his fluids and prompt him to go at certain times, most days are dry! I'm super pumped to have a break from diapers, and that I won't have to have two in diapers again!

Bumpin' into the 3rd trimester at 28 weeks! Up at Horsehead Lake. Also I feel like I'm doing duck lips, completely unintentional.

We had a really fun vacation over the 4th of July at Horsehead Lake, where we've gone the last 3/4 years. It's always great to spend time with extended family, (who are so gracious and generous!) but this time was definitely the easiest with the kids being a little bit older. Plus they slept well and it was just awesome to sit back and watch them have a blast! The weather was really hot, but I was able to escape to a little A/C in the cottage when I needed to.

29 weeks. Super pregnant.

Sorry if you hate bump pictures, haha. I'm feeling a little emotional these days about this probably being my last pregnancy. (I only say probably because accidents do happen, haha.)

We're gearing up for turnover season, which starts this week. Kevin has a LOT of out of town work this year, which I'm not excited about. Except for a visit to the farm next week, I'm not planning on trying to do a lot...wrangling two toddlers in public places is hard enough by myself, add being pregnant and 80+ heat every day and it quickly turns into insanity. 

Oh, one more quick thing. Declan has started acknowledging my belly...he puts his hand on it and waits for me to say "Is that your baby sister?" He says "Yeah!" It's super cute. And at least 5 times a day Isla says "Tell me if you feel the baby kicking, ok?" She'll sit there with her hand on my belly waiting for a kick, then squeals and laughs when she feels one. 

Total weight gain: 14-15 lbs 🙌🏻 
Cravings: Fruit and ice cream! Typical for summer though. 
Miss anything? Not hating pants. Anything with a waistband is the worst.
Movement:  SO MUCH. The doc at my last appointment reminded me that subsequent babies have a lot more room to keep turning and flipping later in pregnancy. She seems to be staying head down, which is awesome! Being able to visibly see her move around is a new experience for me, really cool, but also uncomfortable sometimes. 
Highs/Lows: Vacation, taking down the wall in our kitchen and making this house our own!/The first few days of potty training, the summer heat, being kept up late by lots of savage kicking.
Looking forward to: Going up north...NOT looking forward to solo parenting for basically 6 weeks. But after it's over, it'll almost be baby time!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

•Weeks 21-22•

I'm currently laying (lying? I can't ever get them straight.) on the couch watching my belly's the first time I've noticed being able to see it from the outside!

Last week we had our anatomy ultrasound, and Baby D 3.0 appears perfectly healthy! It was nice timing to find that out right before Mother's Day, another reassurance and reason to thank God for everything He has given us.

A couple days later we had our first (and last, haha) gender reveal party...with our other two babies we found out during the ultrasound, but decided to do something different for the tiebreaker! The original plan was to shoot Kevin with paintballs (the correct color put in by my dad, who was the first to read the gender from the top secret envelope). However, since it's been over a decade since I've played paintball, I forgot that CO2 tanks generally leak when you leave them screwed into the guns. Unfortunately, Kevin needed to make sure that my aim wasn't going to leave him maimed for life, so we did a little target practice on Monday, and by Friday the CO2 was gone. So my dad left the party to buy some emergency silly string, and that's how Kevin narrowly escaped being shot for the first time.

Foiled plans aside, we're having a GIRL!

We're all very happy, although Isla has been sad all week because she thought the baby was coming that day. She can't wait for her baby sister!

21 weeks
(when your dress doesn't show off the baby)

(when you try to get your 3 year old to take an artsy picture of you)

22 weeks

Total weight gain: 9-10 lbs.
Cravings: Nachos, chocolate. And margaritas, see below.
Miss anything? Alcohol. I don't drink very much normally, but I always miss it when I'm pregnant!
Movement: Lots of little hand jabs, no big kicks yet.
Highs/Lows: Getting settled in Eaton Rapids, and finding out another princess is on her way!/SO. MUCH. RAIN.
Looking forward to: A visit to Grammy and Grampy's farm, and Declan's 2nd birthday!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

•Week 15 (17)•

Back again! I'm actually 17 weeks today, but I took my 15 week picture on time and I still look the same counts!

This pregnancy started out with a bad sinus cold, pounding headaches, and crazy pain in my mouth that I thought was my wisdom teeth, but ended up being "pregnancy gingivitis". The rest of the first trimester was similar to the other two: fatigue and queasiness. More food aversions than with Declan, but no severe nausea, thankfully. But with Kevin working in Wyoming for 10 days at a time, I spent as much time resting at home as I could.

Isla is so excited for the baby! She would like a sister, so we have to keep reminding her that God picks the perfect baby for us, and He might give us another boy.

Declan is a super cuddler, and has to sit in my lap whenever possible. I'm nervous about what will happen when he gets evicted by a growing bump!

Kevin and I feel so blessed with another precious life to care for, and a healthy pregnancy so far! We are eager to meet the final addition to our family (unless we decide to adopt sometime down the road). Also, we're close to buying a new home in Eaton Rapids with plenty of room for 3!

^^^^8 weeks to 15 weeks^^^^

Total weight gain: 5 lbs
Cravings: None really, except one week when all I wanted was Chinese.
Miss anything? With two small children, I'm definitely missing some energy!
Gender prediction: Leaning toward girl, but no strong inclinations.
Movement: Since 11.5 weeks!
Highs/Lows: Short OB visits since this isn't my first rodeo, finding our dream property, a short but fun trip to sunny Las Vegas/spending so much time without Kevin, but he's done with WY trips now!
Looking forward to: Moving next week and closing on both houses, ultrasound in less than 3 weeks!

Sunday, October 30, 2016


Four weeks ago, my first baby turned two. Right now she is growing and changing at an astonishing pace, and I don't want to forget a thing. But I know my memory isn't that good, so now I can always be reminded of...

How she squints her eyes, scrunches up her nose and says "Keese!" when I'm trying to take a picture.

How instead of an emphatic "Uh-HUH!", she's started to say "Yah!" like a Swede.

How she has memorized parts of certain books, and reads them out loud.

How if I'm singing a song from a movie or a show that she watches, she recognizes which one the song is from.

How if I'm singing something she doesn't recognize, she stops me and asks me to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider instead.

How she says "Kay, bu-dah!" (It's okay, brother!) when Declan is crying.

How after watching the Summer Olympics, she started swimming in the bathtub.

How she drags around the step stool, so while I change Declan's diaper, she can pinch his cheeks. 

How she somehow has learned to say thank you, or rather "Keek you!" at all appropriate moments. Also whenever she hands YOU something.

How she is more enthusiastic when talking about cake, than when actually eating it.

How her hair is always tangled.

How she pretends to race, and counts down "One...two...ONE!" or "!"

How "hugging" her brother turns into a bellyflop on top of him.

How she runs to help me unload the dishwasher and put wet clothes in the dryer.

How she says "munny" (bunny) and "mana" (banana) even though she says "book" and "baby" and plenty of other "b" words just fine.

How big she reaches for something high up in the pantry, and always does a little jump, like that will help.

How expressive her sounds are. "Hmmmm..." 

How every morning, first she asks where her brother is, and then tells me she's hungry.

How she's usually hungry for crackers but not a lot of other things.

How putting her in a pair of jeans made her look so much older.

How she loves to try to put on her shoes, and clunks around the house with them half on.

How she puts stickers on her nose and leaves them there for hours.

How she tells me I'm cute after I get dressed.

How divine it is to snuggle with her on the couch, because having a still moment is a rare gift. 

How much her brother obviously adores her.

How she loves playing games with her daddy and riding on his shoulders.

How much we love every bit of Isla Florence.

Friday, June 3, 2016

[Week 38-39]

Yesterday I had a false labor scare, which did two things: it made me kick my butt into gear to get prepared for this baby, and it made me realize how much I do NOT want to give birth again. Like seriously. It's not fun! 

Anyway, I was woken up (actually I wasn't quite asleep yet) about 1am with lots of contractions, even after I chugged a bunch of water and laid down again. Almost immediately I started shivering, which happened like crazy the last 5 hours of my labor with Isla, which made me even more nervous. It was too early, I wasn't expecting anything like this for another week! Feeling a little freaked out, I got up, continued doing laundry that I had started earlier, dug the infant car seat out of the basement, and made a list of things I needed to add to my hospital bag. Around 3:30 I laid down on the couch and dozed off for about an hour and a half. As soon as Kevin got up, I started gathering things together. I was so unprepared! Mostly in the food category, I had hardly put anything in the freezer yet. Also, I was supposed to get my hair done yesterday morning, which I ended up canceling to be on the safe side. SO SAD! But by about 10am, the contractions were still so inconsistent and not progressing, that I realized it probably wasn't actually happening. Big sigh of relief. And frustration, because I really wanted some cool hair. 

Since then, I've packed our bags, put 6 more meals (plus a bunch of burritos!) in the freezer, washed the dusty car seat cover, and cleaned up the baby's room as best as I can. While taking care of a tantrum-throwing, sick and sometimes vomiting toddler. Whew! The hospital is going to feel like a vacation! Ha. Jk.

So no baby yet, but it should be soon! I decided to grab (maybe) one more bump shot this morning, mostly because I'm in love with this shirt.

Friday, May 20, 2016

[Week 36]

OMG this baby is coming so soon! I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around it. Kevin brought up a suitcase from the basement a few days ago so I could pack it for the's still empty. I still feel like I have plenty of time, except I don't! 
I've started making some freezer meals, and have a huge list of things to stock up on next month. And I'm pretty prepared with the baby essentials, although Little Brother might have to deals with things like pink towels and swaddles...sorry, son. 
I couldn't resist painting some more trees, so Baby D 2.0's room now has a couple of pine trees, soon to be joined by a fox and an owl! It'll be a sad day when the kids are older and they want to change their rooms...but a good thing that Kevin uses a quality primer, because it's going to need it, haha. I had to put 4 coats of paint on those trees! 

My hair never actually looks like this, I had just taken it out of a topknot. It's so unmanageably long, I can't wait for something new and shorter!
I just read a thing that said you should ideally wean your child from a pacifier between their 1st and 2nd birthdays...ha. We'll see. This girl's moods have been quite volatile lately, and I feel like I'll do absolutely anything for some peace.

I love her hands while she's looking at her little self in the mirror! 💜

Total weight gain: Despite the arrival of ice cream season...19 lbs.
Miss anything? Not having to make the decision: Eat or breathe comfortably?
Movement: Plenty of hiccups, and he's still bopping around a lot even though it must be so cramped!
Highs/Lows: Ice cream season/Aching feet, Kevin being away 8 days over the last 2 weeks.
Looking forward to: Our 4th wedding anniversary, and getting my hair done!! And...birth, I guess? Just kidding.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

[Week 32]

I'm drawing a blank...what to write? Not much is new since 4 weeks ago. The weather is nicer, a little sunny vitamin D is a welcome change! My sewing machine is camped out on the kitchen table, and I'm trying to get as many of my projects done as I can. The weeks are flying by!
Total weight gain: About 16 lbs.
Miss anything? Going to bed and actually being able to's a dance party in my stomach from 10-12pm. 
Movement: I'm getting pummeled every time he wakes up! 
Highs/Lows: Beautiful weather, healthy baby, getting baby projects done, still sleeping fairly comfortably with my fantastic preggo pillow/HEARTBURN, Isla teething, Braxton-Hicks when I walk any faster than a stroll.
Looking forward to: My BFF's gender reveal party! And my brother/SIL's college graduation.