Sunday, April 12, 2015

9 Months!

Oh.My.Word! Nine Months! 36 weeks! What?? Three weeks from tomorrow, our family of four will be a family of five! I'm still in shock and full of emotions.  As excited as I am for our family to begin this new chapter, I am terrified.  Three is going to be different.  No more just Max and Claire - my comfort--what I know.  I'm scared of how they are going to react, what the first few weeks will look like as we learn a new Fredrick routine
These past few weeks have been super hard with Max and Claire - mainly because our house is on the market and I feel like I am on top of them all the time about been clean, cleaning up their toys, not messing up their beds.... list goes on -- but what I want and need to be doing is soaking up every single minute I can with them.  Doing fun things.  Just the three of us.

36 weeks
Weight gain:  37 lbs
Symptoms:  a few contractions, spider and varicose veins :(
What I look forward to: agreeing on a name!

Had an appointment last tuesday.  I was sure she was going to say I had dilated some, but Nope! Everything is closed up!  I go again this Tuesday and will try to update, at least if something changes.

This Saturday, our good friends threw a couples cookout shower for us.  It was just perfect.  The hostesses went out of their way to make everything look awesome.  Delicious food, unique decorations and fabulous friendships!



Hard to see, but says Baby Fredrick and arrival date

invitation with some of the desserts
diapers!

i loved this!

a paci tree!
With the hostesses
I wish I had a big group pic, but lucky I have the few I took with my phone.

My in-laws also came in town this weekend and were supposed to come to the shower, but ended up watching the kids.  Claire came down with a stomach bug :( .  She still doesn't feel well, but hasn't thrown up since the one time early Saturday morning.  Luckily she had some breaks where she felt better and was able to ride bikes and enjoy the sunshine!


watching her soccer game, wishing she was playing... but happy to be with Grandpa and Grandma!

Friday, April 3, 2015

35 weeks!


How far along? 35 weeks
Weight gain? I'm a cow - officially at the weight I delivered Max and Claire. ugh
Symptoms? some swelling in legs, pelvic pressure, braxton hicks
Cravings? been eating WAY too much sugar. actually think I'm getting tired of it!

Movement?  A lot.  I'm going to miss that feeling!
What I miss? Pre-baby body - didn't think I'd ever wish for that back!
What I look forward to? Appt this week (tuesday) This will start my weekly appointments!

Still no name. Ugh. And I have a little sprinkle this week so that means no monogram :(  Alice Katherine has been one of my favorite (She could have the same name Kate and William's possible baby girl!) tried to tell Justin that it was a sign, but he didn't buy it!  We still agree on one other name, which it will prob. be, but might as well keep that quiet since we have waited THIS long!

Only four more weeks til we meet #3! We have a second showing at our house tomorrow so hopefully we will have an offer!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

School Easter Party

Today was our school's Easter party.  The kids made their Easter baskets this week (recycled milk jugs) and parents brought in eggs to hide!  While the kids had circle time, a few parents went to the courtyard and hid eggs.  The kids were so excited when they came out!





After the hunt, they did an Easter craft and had story time and yummy snacks!


Ms. Debbie and Ms. Leslie 3's class
When they came home from school we went through their loot! I put their special treats in their own bags so there is no fighting over who has what candy!.... and put it out of reach so I control what and when they have it :)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

4 yr well check

Yesterday Max and Claire had their four year old well check (4yr, 2m).  I was pretty nervous going in because they each had to get four shots!  We talked about it ahead of time and I promised frozen yogurt afterward.  I had my mom come a long so they wouldn't have to watch the other get the shots. Claire went first and did great! didn't flinch, say ouch or cry!  Then the buds went and I was a little more nervous, but he did great too!  No tears!  They were so brave!!

They had an eye and ear test, checked blood pressure, and of course, had measurements!



Max
49 lbs  98th %
45 in  off the charts!

Claire
40 lbs  80th%
41 3/4 in 82nd %

Healthy and growing kids!!

Fro Yo for being so brave!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

33 Weeks and Maternity Pics

33w from a four year old's view!
How far along?  33 weeks 2d

Weight gain? Ugh... yeah, that.. it's creeping.  didn't weigh this weekend, but around 33 lbs

Cravings? Just a little something sweet after each meal! Still loving pimento cheese and wheat thins!

Symptoms?  Braxton hicks, pelvic pressure and a tad bit of swelling

Movement? A lot, especially after sweet treats!  I love it and will miss it so much!

What I miss? As much as I love being pregnant and feeling her move, I'm over feeling like a cow.  I think it has gotten to me more this time bc a lot of the weight gain has gone to butt, legs and arms.  Terrified it's going to be hard to get off.

What I look forward to? Appointment this week.

Name? Justin kind of teased me and said a name that we had agreed on, then as soon as I told a friend for an upcoming shower, he said, "let's hold off on name a little longer!"  It's killing me!

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Our house has been on market for two weeks.  We have had lots of good feedback, but no offers.  I'm being as patient as I can, but really ready for it to be sold and moved into a rental while our house is being built.  Nothing is set up! In fact, I'm not even sure what all I need bc everything is in storage or in the attic! Luckily, this isn't my first pregnancy so I know I what i really need the first few weeks.

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Here are a few of my maternity pics!  A friend from high school (Cyndy Gatewood Photography) just started shooting maternity pics.  We got to be her guinea pigs! She supplied the dress I wore and told me what the rest of the fam needed to wear.  She was going for a vintage look. I am really pleased how they turned out.  Don't love how I look, but love the pics she captured of the kids!


My very favorite!


Mama's boy!


My mini me

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The sweetest touch

Yesterday, Claire captured the sweetest pic of Max on my iphone.  I was resting and Max had climbed into his favorite spot with me on the couch. He so desperately wanted to feel the baby move, so just left his hand on my tummy.  A few minutes had gone by and Claire noticed he had fallen asleep -- which is rare!

Claire has been interested in her baby sister ever since she understood that I was pregnant.  Max, on the other hand, has shown no interest.... until yesterday.  Not sure he ever felt anything, but it made my day and I'm so happy Claire caught this sweet picture!


Friday, March 13, 2015

10 Questions

I was recently nominated by one of my favorite bloggers to answer the following 10 questions!

1. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced?
This is a tough one, but I would say my ectopic pregnancy last year tops the list. Ectopic that ruptured and lost both tubes.  It was an unexpected pregnancy.  Max and Claire were IVF babies and I didn't think we could get pregnant on our own.  I had just gotten back from my best friend's wedding in the Cayman Islands and found out I was pregnant.  I was ecstatic! Went in for my first u/s only to find out it was ectopic. THANKfully,  we had four frozen embryos left and we were able to get pregnant via IVF with #3.

2. What is your dream job and why?
Being a stay at home mom has always been a dream of mine.  It's hard as hell, but what I have always wanted to be!  If I were to work outside of the home, I think I would want to do something in health/wellness.

4.  What's the first thing you notice about people?
I know this is weird, but probably smell!

5.  Do you have any special talents?
This is easy, NO!

6.  Why do you blog?
When I first started, I was basically a wannabe food blogger. I had a good friend that was one and a lot that I followed.  That didn't last long!  I eventually started blogging about my infertility journey, which led to pregnancy and now blogging is basically my baby book for the kiddos!

7.  What is your favorite, healthy snack?
LOVE summertime melons! But only in the summer!  So year round I'd say avocado wrapped in turkey!

8.  What is one thing on your bucket list?
Never really thought about it.  Maybe I should start by making a bucket list? Probably something to do with travel.

9.  What's one goal you hope to accomplish this year?
Finish building our house (that won't start until this summer).

10.  What is your favorite song at the moment?
I've been listening to too much kidz bop lately.