31 May, 2013

Baby Nolan: Week 25

Baby V: Week 25

How far along?: 25 weeks.. only 14 to go!( Only 64 more work days, but who's counting?!)

Maternity clothes?: Yup.. this bump is getting a little out of control

Weight gain?: +5 total( I was feeling pretty good about this into my 6th month, but at my appointment this week my doctor said "gained a little weight this week. We'll just chalk that up to BBQ.")

Sleep: Whenever I can!

Best moment this week: Dad and Stephen building our entertainment center last weekend, Mom finishing Nolan's crib skirt and mobile, and the unplanned ultrasound today at the Ultrasound institute as a volunteer!

Miss Anything?: Being able to move faster!

Movement: Constantly and he's getting strong too

Food cravings: Hmm.. nothing really. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Going too long without eating and still certain foods... Mac n cheese, grilled meat that's been cooked even a little too long...

Gender: Baby BOY!!!

Labor Signs: hopefully not until our scheduled induction date!

Belly Button in or out?: In.. I'd be happy if it stayed that way.

Weddding rings on or off?: On but now that it's getting hot they get tight more often. They may not make it too far into the summer.

Mood: Pretty good this week(Minus the exhaustion and stress that set in Sunday afternoon after 2 days of construction and a house full of people on the way over!)

Daddy update: Stephen has been busy getting back to his civilian job after a month of special ops combat training and helping with all my projects around the house to get ready for baby! Including the built in entertainment center I've been waiting for! :)

Natty update: we're working with natty to get ready for the big change that's going to come when he's a big brother. He's making some progress with jumping but we will see. We're discussing a training class for him.

Looking forward to: Mandy and Baby Carmen's shower tomorrow, our favorite Poppy's bday Sunday and getting our glucose screening over with Tuesday morning!

Too much.. Just.. Too much

Ok, I'm just going to come out and say it. I'm probably going to get some gasps, some back lash, and some of you will be agreeing with me in your heads. I know we're ALL thinking it I'm just going to come out and say it.

I think the internet is ruining it. Don't get me wrong. I'm an internet junkie(ahem.. I'm writing on my BLOG). I'm addicted to Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram.. you name it. But I think with all this internet involvement we're putting way too much pressure on ourselves. Or maybe it's just me?

I love Pinterest. Love, love, love it! But seriously.. now you can't have friends over without having a theme, decorations, theme-inspired food, outfits. Every room in your house needs to be organized top to bottom and look just like a picture off one of your boards. Your children need to be dressed to the T, only fed natural homemade foods, and disciplined according to the latest blog.

Now I haven't even given birth to my child and I'm already getting anxiety. His room isn't perfect. He needs clothes for all these pictures I want to take. Oh goodness, don't even get me started on the guilt I feel from not taking enough pictures or "documenting" enough. I have been beating myself up because I realized I didn't take a single picture to put on the blog from our 2nd anniversary a couple weeks ago. I can only imagine what it will be like after baby Nolan is born! Trying to remember to document all of this pregnancy has been overwhelming enough!(speaking of.. I'll be working on my next bi-weekly after this).

Like I said, I love the internet. I have found so many great ideas on Pinterest. I do most of my shopping online. I love to read blogs and get ideas. But I think mommy bloggers can be some of the worst. Everyone parents differently. These days there are so many contradicting opinions and that's good because what works for one person, may not work for someone else. But there is so much pressure to do everything "right". You have to breastfeed(probably not.), you have to have a birth plan(Umm.. a what? My plan is to get this baby out the best way possible so that we're both healthy. You can't plan for these things!), you have to make your own baby food, they can only play with these toys, you have to do this just right for their development.

I guess what I'm saying is take what you read with a grain of salt. Search pinterest and plan your child's perfect party, but don't beat yourself up if you ran out of time to make one more decoration. Read blogs for baby raising advice, but don't stress when your baby doesn't fit the mold. Shop pinterest for cute outfits, but hey if you got a shower and made it out of the house you're doing pretty good even if you don't have coordinating accessories! Find the perfect organization for your living room, but don't pull your hair out when you turn around and your toddler has pulled everything back out on the floor. Everyone is different and we have to start doing what's best for us and our family and not worry so much about what it looks like in pictures, on the blog, or to all of our mommy friends.

Just a thought.. take it for what you will :)

Happy Friday, y'all!

18 May, 2013

Baby Nolan: Week 23

Baby V: Week 23

How far along?: 23 weeks already.. YIKES!

Maternity clothes?: Pants, yes. But I still wear all of my regular tops that are roomy

Weight gain?: I think I've gained about 2 pounds now from my pre-pregnancy weight, but I'll find out for sure at my next appt. I'm feeling huge already though!

Sleep: I'm still comfortable *knock on wood* so I sleep good minus the 3 or 4 trips to the bathroom that wake me up!

Best moment this week: Mother's Day was last Sunday and it was a great day all around. My sweet hubby brought me flowers and made us breakfast(pancakes and bacon, his specialty!), My very sweet sister brought me flowers too! We cooked out at my Mom and Dad's with my grandparents and enjoyed a nice afternoon with them. My Mom totally surprised me with a new Mother/Son Pandora charm for my bracelet even though it was her day first and she shouldn't have done that! :) We enjoyed our day with my family then went to my Sister-in-law's house for a yummy fajita dinner celebrating my Mother-in-law. All in all it was a nice relaxing day celebrating all the wonderful women in our lives. So blessed to have so many wonderful examples of mothers in my life!

Miss Anything?: An after work glass of wine or beer.. but it's worth it!

Movement: Yes, lots of it! My intestines have become a playground and he is getting much stronger now. Stephen was surprised how much he could feel him one night while we were watching TV. Natty had the best experience this week though. I got up to go to the bathroom one night(big surprise) and when I got back Natty hopped up on the bed and curled against me with his head on my belly. He used to sleep like that every night. No sooner had he laid his big head down, Nolan gave him a good swift kick in the head! He popped up, surprised. Then moved to Stephen's side of the bed for the rest of the night. Poor guy, I feel bad for him but also find it hilarious!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular this week.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Going too long without eating and still certain foods... Mac n cheese, grilled meat that's been cooked even a little too long...

Gender: Baby BOY!!!

Labor Signs: hopefully not until our scheduled induction date!

Belly Button in or out?: In

Weddding rings on or off?: On but had to take them off for a little bit today because my hands were swollen in the heat

Mood: good generally but it does change quickly(poor Stephen!) and I cry more than I ever have!

Looking forward to: Our 2nd anniversary on Tuesday! :)
23 week belly in Daddy's ABU top in honor of Armed Forces Day! :)
My new Mother/Son Pandora charm from my very sweet Momma!
Mother's Day roses from Stephen and pretty purple flowers from Lindsay and Carl! :)

05 May, 2013

Baby Nolan: Week 21

Baby V: Week 21

How far along? 21 weeks!

Maternity clothes? Pants, yes. But I still wear all of my regular tops that are roomy. And I actually wear a pair of regular shorts the other day! :)

Weight gain? Feeling huge. Baby boy has really made my belly pop out more and more, but I'm still holding to -3 on the weight gain. :) I'll probably be on the + side by next week though.

Sleep: I never feel like I can get enough, but I sleep like a baby when I do!

Best moment this week: so much going on... Getting hired and starting training for my post Baby job that I'm beyond thrilled about, giving my notice at my current job that I won't be coming back after the Baby, Stephen being home for the weekend, Lindsay and Carl being in town, Brayden's precious first bday party!... Soooo busy!

Miss Anything? Raw oysters and wine but Baby is totally worth the sacrifice!

Movement: Yes, lots of it! Feels like the Olympics are going on in there. Stephen was finally patient enough to feel him too. The weirdest thing is I can SEE him moving now. I was eating dinner the other night and noticed out of the corner of my eye that my belly was moving. Now I can see it every time he moves. I admit that's a little weird.

Food cravings: carrot cake! But I've been too busy to actually fulfill this craving.

Anything making you queasy or sick: still certain foods... Max n cheese, grilled near that's been cooked even a little too long...

Gender: Baby BOY!!! (had this confirmed at our 20 week anatomy scan where we also found out, to my relief, that he is perfect and healthy!)

Labor Signs: had a little scare on Friday that landed me in L&D triage for a few hours, but thankfully nothing serious and hopefully that will be our last trip there until D Day!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On and comfortable... Hoping they'll make it the while way

Mood: good I just find myself crying more often than I ever have in my life! Movies, TV shows, news stories, songs...

Looking forward to: the family cinco de mayo party today, Stephen being home from training next Friday, our anniversary, and finishing up Nolan's nursery!