Baby Girl – 22 weeks

Hello my sweet girl-

How far along?  22 weeks
Total weight gain/measurements: I have gained a total of 15 pounds so far, some days I can tell that I have gained weight and I am definitely showing a belly.
Sleep: I still go to bed pretty early. I can say this week has not been too bad regarding exhaustion. I have had a lot of energy. I have noticed that I can’t really sleep in anymore and I have gotten much better at napping since I was pregnant with your brother. All is all this week was really good!
Best moment this week:  This week I had my glucose tolerance and anemia test. Both of which has come back normal. Yay. With your brother I had a positive first glucose test so I had to do more testing which in the end turned out negative. So if you had anything to do with the first test being normal, thank you! I have also felt a lot more kicks from you this week too! You are kicking me as I write this sentence <3<3!
Miss anything? I don’t really miss anything. I would have to say with the zika outbreak in the warmer climates it really limits our traveling abilities. We haven’t taken a real vacation since our honeymoon which has been over 3 years ago. I would say that I miss traveling! But I would never risk going to an area with zika so travel will have to wait for your arrival! We are thinking of going to Kauai in January 2019 with you and your brother joining along.
Movement: YES! I have felt lots of movement this week. I know your dad has felt a few of them on my belly! Your brother doesn’t quite get that you are going to be coming but I think by the time you arrive he will understand a little bit better! I know he will be a great brother! He is very sweet, gentle and loving!
Food cravings: This week I have really craved pizza! And I really like salty and then to balance it I have to have something sweet!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: You are a sweet baby girl!
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: No symptoms, I can tell my belly has grown. My ventral hernia is getting more difficult to keep pressure on it the bigger you grow. It will be interesting on how this plays out. I may have to tape it or find a band that is smaller. We will see…
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: I have been very happy this week. Our business is doing great! I think we have found someone to take my place during my maternity leave so that is a good stress reliever! I just feel really good this week!
Looking forward to: I have started buying clothes for you and let me tell you, the girl clothes are so cute! Tu-tus and flowers and pretty colors..it is so much fun! Your room is coming along. I am loving the wildflower theme. I think it suits you and our family! I can’t wait to meet you! Keep growing and getting bigger!
Love,
Mom

Baby Girl – 0-20 weeks pregnant

My sweet baby girl-

I am so happy to become your mom! I have wanted you from the moment I wanted to have a family! I love feeling your kicks, feels like little flutters in my belly! I already love you so so much! I can’t wait to meet you! Your blog is going to start a little different than your brothers.

It has taken me a little time to write a post for you because we had a stressful/scary beginning to your life. To make a long story short we had some genetic testing done because a test came back elevated for Turner’s syndrome. After 4 weeks of stress, genetic counselor, ultrasounds, and lots of blood work we finally decided to get an amniocentesis to rule out whether you will have Turners or not. So wecould be prepared but ALL tests came back negative!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness! We had all your chromosomes laid out and evaluated. YOU ARE PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!

The first trimester was pretty easy. I was never sick, I just had moments where I didn’t feel right and coffee didn’t taste good. But it does now, thank goodness! I was always tired but with your brother I had no time to really be tired. He is a wiggle worm…always busy!

How far along?  0-20 weeks
Total weight gain/measurements: I have gained a total of 5 pounds so far. My doctor told me I was right on track for weight gain. I have never really gotten completely out of maternity clothes from your brother. They are so comfortable and with my two ventral hernia’s(from birthing of your 9lb 7oz brother) they seem to help not rub/irritate those areas.
Sleep: I go to bed really early. We put your brother down around 8pm every night and I let you listen to classical music for about 45 minutes every night and then I go to bed. So even though I get like 8,9-10 hours of sleep most nights I seem to always be exhausted.
Best moment this week: I had a 20 week ultrasound done and could see your cute little face, mouth, nose, chin, hands and much much more. Because my placenta is anterior your kicks are a little muffled and took me a little longer to feel. So within the last two weeks I have been able to detect them. Every week they get stronger and stronger! I love to feel them. Its the best feeling!
Miss anything? I don’t eat any meat any more so there really is no food that I can’t eat because I am pregnant so I would have to say my energy/sleep. Although I power through because I have to keep up with your brother.
Movement: I feel little flutters in my stomach that I know are you! It makes me smile every time I feel one! Keep kickin!!
Food cravings: This week I didn’t really have any cravings but maybe peanut butter MM’s 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope not that I know of.
Gender: You are a sweet baby girl!
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: No symptoms, I can tell my belly has grown. Its grown a little quicker this pregnancy than with Graham but I was told that is normal.
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On, but don’t wear it unless I am going out because it tears the exam gloves I wear at our office.
Happy or moody most of the time: Feeling much better since all of the tests have come back normal and I know that you will be a happy/healthy baby girl. Your dad and I are trying to figure out a name and then a middle name. We have it narrowed down to a couple names and a couple middle names.
Looking forward to: Having my next ultrasound and also getting your room ready. I am going to do a wildflower theme with white furniture.
Love,
Mom

Graham – 21 months

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YOU ARE GOING TO BE A BIG BROTHER! We are expecting a little girl on December 7th! We can’t be more excited! You will be such a good big brother!

 

I can’t believe you are 21 months old! Where does the time go! Your personality is coming out more and more! I love it, you are such a sweet boy. I will be sitting on the couch and you will run up to me and give me a hug and say HI! (over and over again) It is simply the cutest! You even do it with Dad, Nan, and grandma! You also love saying ‘good morning’ too! The beginning of May you had a lot of extra time with Nan. She came to watch you until we found a nanny. I know that she loved every second with you! You really got to know each other! You love to repeat a lot of the words/saying we say like silly boy and big boy and naughty boy, lol! We let you watch a limited amount of TV/Ipad time and you seems to gravitate toward the cartoon Peppa Pig. She is a little pig and its about her and her family. You also love to watch this truck show called Stinky and Dirty. Its about a garbage truck and a loader and the trials and tribulations that friends have. Both shows are pretty cute and you learn from them. You really are not interested in Little Baby bums any longer. These last three months you have really changed in eating. You are still a vegetarian but you seem to change on a daily basis what you like. It is so hard to keep up with it! One day you will love blue berries and the next day you won’t touch them. Same goes from mangoes, pineapple and cantelope…I hope you won’t be a picky eater! You love peanut butter sandwiches(with jelly and or bananas), popcorn, applesauce, meatless chicken nuggets, french fries, potatoes, squash, meatless tofu sausage, lasanga, pancakes, french toast, eggs, toast, crackers and hummus…oh and pizza….you love pizza!! We are starting to talk to you more and more about the potty. We almost always know when you are pooping you are in the crouch/squat position and grunting, hehe! Peeing is a different story but in July you started waking up with dry diapers after naps so we want to start showing and talking more about the potty. Plus, we would like for you to be potty trained before your sister comes to visit. I recently bought you some pull up, which you seem to like more than your diapers. You still love to be read too. We read to you every night. Some of your favorite books are The Big Red Barn, The Little Blue Truck books(3), Quick as a Cricket, The Very Bad Bunny(your dad’s old book when he was little), Peppa Pig Adventure books(5) and the Great Green Room to name a few. You still love to be outside and you are definitely a boys boy. You love your trucks and cars. You still like playing with chalk but not as much as you use too. You would rather go explore or play with one of your trucks or cars. Mom bought you a scooter and a tricycle but you would rather push them then sit/stand on them. I know that you will eventually use them. We have a small plastic pool that you love to play in. You love to splash and blow bubbles. You are like a fish in water! Teaching you to swim will be easy I think. We also have a sand box that you like playing in but its hard for you to understand in order to play in the sand box the sand has to stay in the box. lol, you like to scoop it on to the cement;) At this point you can say all of the ABC’s and you can sing the ABC song even the ending (next time won’t you sing with me). You can also sing Twinkle Twinkle and BINGO and Itsy Bitsy Spider. Debbie our old but new nanny is teaching you more songs everyday. She is amazing and we are so glad we rehired her!! She is so good to you! She takes you to the grocery store, her house, the park, beach and takes you on walks almost every day! I know that you love it!

You are definitely getting closer to the “terrible” twos…you have started throwing tantrums. But it is sooo cute…you super man dive on the floor and then roll over to make sure we are watching you and you scream and cry….the good thing is that it doesn’t last long and it doesn’t happen very often. You also have been biting your nails (fingers and toes) We are always telling you to get you hands out of your mouth. I hope you don’t bite your nails its not a good habit. Mom use to bite her nails but was able to stop on her own but dad still does.

July 4th week we went back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends. You had a blast with Gunner and Gemma. All three of you were screaming and playing by running in and out of the formal dinning room at Nan’s house. It was so cute I have never heard you scream like that before. It was nice that you all played so well together. We went to the Skemp Farm to watch the fireworks and you played in the back of Pop’s pick up truck with your cousins and had a blast running back and forth! Not too interested in the fireworks but that was okay. We also say Grandma and Pop in Milwaukee. We took you to a little kiddie pool where we literally ran after you while you splashed in the pool. You love water!! We also saw some of Mom’s best friends. We went and played with Leslie and her two boys Grayson and Ari. They were a little more rambunctious than you are (they are older) but you loved playing with all of the trucks and cars they had. You also went to visit Jackie and her two boys, Beau and Warren. We swam in there pool. When we first got there you were very shy and stayed out of the water but then once the pool cleared you started jumping into the pool all by yourself….over and over and over again! No fear! I loved watching you! Triffina, Mom’s good friend, came to see you when we were there! She couldn’t believe how much you have grown!

You can see that we had a busy first part of the summer! I love you more than words! I can’t believe I have such a sweet, smart and curious little boy! You are my heart, I love you!

Love,

MOM