Pregnancy update 38 weeks!

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Welp there she is! We’re in the serious home stretch and now that I’ve got diapers and frozen pizzas, cause that’s pretty much all the necessities I can think of making sure to have, she is officially allowed to come. Kate came one week early, and as of today we are two weeks to due date. The kids are excited.. Luke is tired of my belly preventing us from full on wrestling and asks daily if today is the day she’ll come. Kate just bonks my belly from time to time and says “baby!” .. she can be the more aggressive out of the two so I’m praying for not too many whacks of her little sister; she is also incredibly caring so I think it’ll be interesting to see how she responds! I’m currently picturing lots of gentle loving stroking followed by slaps yikes.

HOW FAR ALONG: 38 weeks!

SIZE: Like normal baby size almost! Which for me was in the range of six pounds. Baby center tells me small pumpkin, which is an odd choice 🙂

SLEEP: Better than a few weeks ago when I had more insomnia! Woop woop. My body is letting me sleep through the need to go potty for the most part too, which is fabulous. I think I’m snoring right now though, which I’m sure James is super happy about 😉

SYMPTOMS: Some nausea from time to time still, but mainly that feeling where you’re just so uncomfortably full. If I get up too fast, she adjusts so uncomfortably. I had restless legs for a little bit but that’s gone away. I had leg cramping at night which has seemed to lessen as well. My boobs hurt people!

FOOD CRAVINGS: Still ginger beer. Coconut oil sizzling in the pan and cooking food in that (?) (we had so much yummy food on vacation cooked in coconut oil and it hasn’t left me). Fries sometimes. Salads with hunks of bread that has that toasted cheese on top from the bakery.

STRETCH MARKS: A few at the top of my belly.

MOVEMENT: Constantly! She is head/back down as of my last appointment (yay) but she definitely feels active and punches down on my pelvis and up to my ribs daily 🙂

NAMES: We landed on one! We are so excited to meet our little.. Emma!

James and I feel pretty ready! We want to see what our family will feel like already with this new arrangement. And since this pregnancy hasn’t left me feeling amazing most days, I am ready to feel amazing, even though that may not be right away. I am also looking forward to sleeping on my belly and having more energy to play with the kids. I’m soaking up the last moments as a family of four, because I somehow feel nostalgic about that presently. I know my time will look different with each of them, but after Kate joined us (and my worries of not having my time with Luke went out the window), I know Emma will only add to our family, rather than leave us in want. Still, I’m savoring it 🙂 Maybe my next update will be with a babe in my arms!

First day of preschool!

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We have a preschooler! A junior scholar to be exact. We are so excited for Luke’s new adventure .. he is totally ready for this!! But we also had no idea what big balls of emotion it would make us! Geez! And it’s only been one day HA.

We can’t wait to see how he grows through this. I have moments where I think that maybe we should just rethink all this social interaction and branching out stuff so I can harness all his amazing moments and memories for myself. But I know that who he is needs this and it will do him well. Sharing these little people who encapsulate a big part of our world is both hard and wonderful.. watching them grow through it, though, is the most amazing part. So go go go little man!

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Oregon road trip!

Earlier this month, we spent time with friends in Central Oregon (Bend!). I was terrible at documenting this trip, which I blame on being 35/36 weeks pregnant at the time.. But it wasn’t for lack of being photogenic, Oregon is beautiful! And friendly! It’s about a nine hour drive from us with some really dramatic backdrops, from desert stretches to incredible views of Mount and Lake Shasta; there are some nothingness moments where we started to use our imaginations. We didn’t pull out any shows to watch on the way up and let Luke (Kate too) enjoy the views. We did on our way home, however, because we were feeling our limit of mindless questions 😉

Our friends were the BEST hosts and we loved every bit of what we got to see! Since our two families have kids similar in age, I’m pretty amazed/thankful we only had one Urgent care trip and one throw up moment (all things considered, yikes). It’s amazing how much there is to do for families in Bend—floating on the river, “chucking” rocks into the river as Luke so appropriately called it (no idea who introduced him to that, ha), so much nature, music, coffee, too many breweries to count(!), live music, museums, art and we barely tapped the surface (traveling with kids and pregnant people, cough me, will assist with that I suppose!). We fully intend on going back and seeing more!

A few places we loved!..
Companion Coffee
the High Desert Museum
Jackson’s Corner
Spoken Moto
Megaphone Coffee
Sunriver Resort (we saw an outdoor concert but it seems like there’s tons more to do!)
Deschutes River
Tumalo Creek (such a sweet spot to splash and chuck things!)
Sunriver Brewery
Sparrow Bakery (I think we had their bread, but also a very large ocean roll on the way home mm!)

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A post injury smoothie break for the boys 🙂

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At the High Desert Museum 🙂

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And some silliness to survive the road trip with small people and pregnant people! We had fun 🙂

Pregnancy update 22 weeks

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One of my only pictures with my bump at 22 weeks 🙂

I’m lucky if I can write anything down this time around so here goes nothin! Our little girl is growing and yes, we know that she’s a she now! We are excited to have another little sister for Luke and for Kate to become the big sis. She is little so she will most likely not remember life without her little sibling. That’s so wild for us since we didn’t grow up with siblings close in age. So we don’t know quite what to expect, but we’re excited for them!

Life has been a little tricky to figure out this time as I’ve continued to be pretty sick.. there is definitely a lot less opportunity to rest since our kids are in such a busy stage! Kate is just in between a year and a year and a half and Luke is freshly three. Some days are pitiful ha, but then there are days that are better. We just take it one moment at a time so I don’t get discouraged by all my nausea and barfing (😬).

HOW FAR ALONG: 22 weeks. Based on the ultrasounds I’ve had, we may be off by a few days.. not sure. Due Labor Day!

SIZE: A banana apparently, or ten inches long. Her limbs are apparently really long, which I have no idea if that means anything as of now.

SLEEP: The nighttime bathroom breaks are calming down a little so I’m able to sleep more.. it’s already hard to get comfortable, so lots of turning, twisting etc.

SYMPTOMS: I have been nauseous for (what feels like) the entire pregnancy.  Although, I think the first month I wasn’t (or I would’ve suspected sooner). There are good days and bad days but if something catches me wrong in the morning.. a smell or phlegm in my throat, I am going to fight it all day. I think I’ve passed the afternoon nap stage (until later..) but depending on the day, I’ll get super tired. Also some sciatica pain but it’s not unbearable. I sound extremely cranky ha.

FOOD CRAVINGS: Today?? Bagels. But I’ve been craving oranges and sometimes turkey sandwiches. Also ginger beer.

STRETCH MARKS: I got some towards the end with both pregnancies and think a few didn’t fully disappear between Kate and this pregnancy.. fun. Just gettin real here 🙂

MOVEMENT: A lot of movement but I’m usually moving so much that I only notice at night or when I’m lying down 🙂

NAMES: We’re not sure yet!! Starting to spend more time on this now that we know the gender (girl!).

And baby makes five!

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A family of five, that is 🙂 Sooo here we go! Our third small person is on the way. I’ve actually found it a little hilarious to try and figure out unique ways to share each pregnancy. With Luke, we were very choosy and careful about how and when we shared, and unknowingly kinda secretive. I think we just didn’t know what to do in hindsight! With Kate, we were further along when we confirmed everything, so we felt like there wasn’t much to wait on. Continue reading

Five sweet Easter traditions with littles 

5 sweet easter traditions with littles.pngHolidays have taken on a whole new level having kids in the mix. I love seeing how the kids (okay well Luke so far, ha) interpret special occasions and it’s made us think a whole lot more about how we celebrate. Actually, it was still totally special before kids too, I probably was much more rested and possibly (certainly..) better dressed 😉 But as a child rearing, less rested and less well dressed person, this is our new world to explore. Continue reading

Bits and pieces

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Luke and I on a little date earlier this week 🙂

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I used to do “bits and pieces” when I first started blogging (in 2011, where’s my cane?! okay okay that’s not THAT long ago now that I think about it..), but I miss doing that so here’s my 2017 take on it. I should add, I physically—almost painfully—cringe when I read some of my blog entries from back then, but then also laugh hysterically because well, that’s all you can do! Continue reading

14 months

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Welp. Kate is no longer ONE, she is 14 months! So this has become a 14 months update. I’ll take it. It is such a wonder to me how two little siblings can have so many differences, and at the same time so similar. Genes are a mystery to me. I’m sure I could remedy that but I don’t know if I have the brain-space. So for now, I’m simply in wonder! Continue reading