Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cute little nose!

This morning I got to see our little #3!  Her little nose is so cute and looks very similar to Max and Claire's did on ultrasound!

Speaking of Max and Claire... they got to go to the u/s with me this morning.  Sadly, the stomach bug hit our house.  Max was sick last night and Claire had a fever.  U/S was at 8:30 this morning so Justin was already at work and I didn't want to ask mom to come over that early, or infect her with our germs.  Luckily, both kids felt much better this morning and behaved so nicely while at the doctor!  It was really cool that they were able to see their sister moving all around!!
That may have been my last ultrasound :(  I was secretly hoping she wouldn't move the way they wanted her to so I could come back for another u/s! no such luck! BUT glad everything is looking good!

Sunday, December 21, 2014


How far along? 20 weeks!
Weight Gain: ugh.. 16 lbs
Cravings: Not much... just enjoying eating all this wonderful holiday food (see above!)
Symptoms: Feeling good! Just have to pee a lot!
What I miss: Wine :) and big cardio workouts
What I look forward to: I have an u/s Tuesday.  Also, really looking forward to feeling her move!

I'm definitely showing!  I feel like I am growing EVERYWHERE! 

This weekend, the four of us built a gingerbread house.  The kids really enjoyed it!  Max's favorite part was the candy.

Kids also enjoyed having hot chocolate!  
Claire left the table about 10 minutes into the decorating. She went to lay down and ended up sleeping for almost two hours.  She has been complaining about her tummy hurting and not feeling well.  I really hope she is not getting the stomach bug.  Both of our stomachs were hurting today, and again, she took a nap (3hrs) and didn't eat much.
Really hoping for a healthy Christmas!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Kindness Matters

Last weekend when I was shopping with my Mother in Law, we came across a sign that said, "Kindness Matters".  We talk about being kind almost daily with the kids and always point out when others are being kind and what kind behavior is.  It matters.  But lately, or who I am I kidding, the past couple of months, Max hasn't always been kind.  Sometimes I'm torn if he is being a typical three year old boy, or being mean.

Justin and I usually talk about how sweet our little buddy is, but all it takes is five minutes on the playground for that to change.  The last thing I want is for my kid to be labeled a bully.  Typically I think of a bully as a big guy going around punching other kids and calling names.  But what is a three year old bully?  Max is by far the biggest of his peers.  I have seen him walk by a peer/friend and just push them.  I have also seen him being provoked and pushing back out of defense.  Whatever the case may be, I try to handle the situation the best I know how.  Sometimes he gets a warning, other times, he is immediately taken out of the situation and put in time out, or in car to go home.
The other day we had about six of their friends over for a play date.  He was definitely NOT having a good behavior day.  He was put in timeout two times and the last time I took him to his room and he was not allowed out until his friends left (about 10 minutes).  It made me embarrassed and sad.
Last night I had trouble sleeping bc i kept thinking about my sweet boy that hasn't been so sweet.

We had Gary the Elf, bring them chore/behavior charts one morning.  It hasn't helped but I think I need to change his goals to be more obtainable? IDK.  I don't know what else to do besides talk to him about being kind to all his friends, talk about feelings, and punish when the bad behavior happens.  UGH. This parenting thing is hard!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

19 weeks

I've been slacking with the weekly updates of #3.... i blame that mostly on I don't like my pregnant look this time around! Last time I seemed to be mostly belly, this time i'm getting larger everywhere!

Dec. 10, 2010, four years ago, was when I was able to come home from hospital bed rest!  It's crazy to think I was on bed rest for 10 weeks, six in the hospital!

18w 5d

I just look fat.  It def. shows more when I wear maternity pants.  These are just my regular Hue leggings.... pretty much my uniform.

How far along: 18w 5d
Weight gain: 14 lbs
Symptoms: I've noticed some varicose veins on my thigh :(
Best moment this week: Gender Reveal! It's a girl!!
Looking forward to: next u/s the week of Christmas!
What I miss: workout classes.  I've been walking about 3 days a week and I'm bored.  Honestly, I've been going to the gym for quiet time and to read!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gender Reveal

Friday morning was my 18 week ultrasound.  I shocked myself by not finding out during the ultrasound what the sex was.  Baby was facing my back so I will have to go back in a few weeks for another u/s so they can do measurements on the face and heart.  The doctor did say it has long legs!
I had the nurse put the gender in an envelope and I took it straight to our friend, Melisa's house.

Boy or girl?!

Saturday night was our reveal. It was so awesome and really makes things real now!

The hostess had everyone come outside.  Once everyone was outside, Justin and I joined.  They had us, along with Max and Claire, plug in some lights after a countdown.  We are excited to announce we are having another GIRL!!!   I was so in shock!  I'm not really sure why, but the suspense leading up to that moment made the reveal that much better!!

This is a blurry cell phone pic, but it is the host showing Max and Claire where to plug in lights!

Tickled Pink!
Max's expression is priceless!! "oh no! another girl!"

Some of my Best Friends!
so happy!
So.... another girl! Boys are outnumbered!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Story time with Mrs. Claus

Yesterday, some of our playgroup met at Barnes and Nobles for story time with Mrs. Claus.  It was perfect for our kiddos....they were the only kids! They did a great job listening to the story and singing carols after!

Here are two pictures from when we went last year!  (2013)

This year

So lucky to have such wonderful friends!  Mrs. Claus will be here the next few Wednesdays so we may just have to come back!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas pics take 1!

Yesterday, with the help of my Mom, we attempted to take Christmas pictures.  I had planned on doing them while we were in Charlotte for Thanksgiving, but forgot Max's green vest.  
We had a good talk going into the picture taking about how if they were good, it would be done quick and they could have a special treat and we would go to the park.... well... they didn't remember our talk.  I wasn't thinking about what time of day it was.  2:00. lots of sun and shadows and around what would have been a nap time.  All important factors.  Here are a few of my favorites that we will not be using for Christmas card.

Great pic, but has shadows


LOVE this one of the Buds!

He had no idea I was taking his pictures!

Silly guy!
Beautiful girl!  This was after Max pushed her for no reason and she fell and scraped her hands.  That was the end of picture taking!

Then this guy started crying.  
I think next year I will pay the money to have a photographer take our pics :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

16 weeks

Really almost 17 weeks, but who is counting? I'm kind of slacking on pictures, but lets just say I over indulged this past weekend.. think.. cinnamon rolls, doughnuts and movie theater popcorn ;)  

Weight Gain: eek.. 11 lbs large and in charge!
Cravings: none - still have aversion to coffee
Maternity Clothes: few more pieces 
Symptoms: starting to get up a lot at night to pee and get comfortable
Best moment this week: hearing heartbeat! 152  
Looking forward to: finding out gender next weekend!!

My little Indian is ready for Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

15 weeks

15 weeks and growing!  I still don't have the cute "bump" yet, but my tummy (and butt, boobs and legs) are growing.  I had Claire take the 15 week bump and I'm really not a fan of the tummy shots anymore....especially since I am bigger with #3, than I was with them!

Claire gave baby a kiss :)
15 weeks

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs
Maternity Clothes: a few 

Cravings: None!  I went from having some many aversions, to only like an egg and muenster cheese sesame bagel from Brueggers, to being ok with most foods!  I still have not drank coffee from home. The smell still bothers me.  I do, however, love the new Chestnut Praline Latte from Starbucks!

Symptoms: Still getting headaches, but I am starting to think it is from lack of caffeine.  The no caffeine did not bother me at first, but once i added the random starbucks lattes, the headaches started.... I think 

Really looking forward to my next doctor's appointment next Monday.  I feel like I haven't heard it's heartbeat in forever (it's only been 3 weeks)...but since being off all my hormone meds (14 weeks) I get nervous/anxious that something will go wrong.


And a sweet pic of my two favorite little people

Saturday, November 8, 2014

14 weeks

As I was looking back at My Pregnancy Journal while I was pregnant with Max and Claire, I noticed 14 weeks was when I started documenting my "bump".  I am already bigger with one baby then I was with Max and Claire at 14 weeks.  My friends that have had two pregnancies say this is normal...

14 weeks with #3
14 weeks Max and Claire
Ugly pjs in both ;)

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs
Maternity Clothes:  Started wearing a few pants this week.  Shirts still too big
Cravings: Vanialla Chex cereal
Symptoms: Just started getting daily headaches.  Usually starts around 2pm

You can see my baby bump the best first thing in the morning while laying down.   Max and Claire are finally starting to believe I have a baby in my tummy!  I can't wait to feel he/she move!  As of right now, both kids want a brother.  Claire says she wants to be the only girl/sister!!


Today, Justin and I went to look at lots to build on.  #3 means bigger house!  We had a really good day.  We drove around looking at houses and the lot that we may be buying Monday!  Plan to buy lot now, but not build until we sell our house (probably in spring/early summer 2015).

lot for new house!
House Justin and I both love!
I have a feeling I'll be spending a lot of time on Pinterest ;)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

First Trophy!

Last Sunday was Max's last soccer practice/game.  He seems to have really enjoyed this season of organized chaos ;)

At the end of the game all the kids got a trophy.  They all had the biggest grins when their name was called!

Buds scoring a goal!

It was a very chilly last game! 48 and windy!

So proud!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Halloween Festivities

This past week has been full of Halloween fun!  Max and Claire have enough candy to last the year!  Last Sunday, we had a dinner at Starmount Country Club followed by haunted "house" and hayride.

Max was the Red Power Ranger (only bc they didn't have his size in spiderman!) and Claire was a Mermaid.

Wednesday they went to the trunk or treat at their school.  I can't remember the last time I went to a trunk or treat - it was really cool!  There were some very creative trunks!  This night Claire decided she wanted to be a cheerleader.  I think it was a lot more comfortable then the mermaid costume.

Thursday their school had a Halloween parade.  The kids looked so cute in their costumes!
3yr old class
Lastly, Halloween night!  We went over to the Gill's house - ate, kids played in bounce house, then hit the streets for some trick or treating!

They had so much fun with their friends!

Today I " bought" their candy from them.  Told them I would buy them a small toy from Target if I could have all their candy.  Justin will take it to his work.  They don't need that much sugar and I don't need to be tempted ;)