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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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

12 favorite children’s stories (and my wishlist)

12 favorite children's storiesLuke is really taking in story-time to the fullest right now. Most evenings, we’ll come into the bedroom with a bang. Having conquered dinnertime with it’s endless multitasking–pesto pasta, peel the oranges, fix Kate some cheesy toast, dishes clean, dishes dirty, fill the water, put out the dog, no show, yes show, no chocolate, yes chocolate, etc–and dinner is won. Bravely, we march, or rather wrangle, our way to the bathtub.

Luke is gloriously proud that he can now undress himself without me (as am I!) and put his toys in the bath, plug it up and place the soap carefully on the edge of the tub. Bath time roars on with laughter, cries, scrubbing, rinsing, nearly a thousand questions and then drying, toothbrushing and running the house naked. We take it step by step, then into to the bedroom and the pajama, diaper, lotion, vapor balm wrangling continues until that solemn, perfect moment of flashlights, a stack of books and a dark room full of quiet, under the cover coziness. Continue reading

Late night essay


Arm asleep, drool on shoulder. Snotty, congested breaths, chests rise and fall. Various limbs nestled tightly with mine, comforted in the closeness. All other beds in the house emptied in the span of a few sleepless hours over a tearful bargain for ours. A haggle often lost by us, I’m sure the record is staggering. Such is the predicament of the midnight hours with our sick children. Continue reading

Our birth story–Kate Abigail

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Hello! Well. Although I’m nine months late to this, my recollection of this incredible day does not grow dim. This girl. Our Kate. Born on a rainy Saturday morning in January.

My feelings toward birth this time around were on a whole, a lot less stressful. Maybe because our we had enough to worry about in our lives at the time? Most likely yes. But across the board, all I wanted was an anxiety, stress, tension free birth. That’s sort of a tall order when you write it out like that–sorry Kate! So stress-free meant that for the first seven months, all I considered in regard to this birth is that James and I would be present. I didn’t really think about too much past that, except signing off on the VBAC agreement and pinning a few hospital bag ideas.

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Happy Maja’s day!

Gosh I love these kids. They bring me so much joy, even when they’re doggin’ (Kate). Then there are days that I am counting down the minutes to bedtime because my brain/body/mind/soul can’t keep up with the crazy and we might not make it 🙂 And then after the quiet and bedtime cuddles, and as the TiVo begins “ba-beep, ba-beep”-ing, I start to miss them (well, Kate is still in my lap at this point usually:). Parenting colors us all a certain shade of crazy, right?? Continue reading