Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Just some random thoughts

While I was driving to pick up my bridesmaid dress yesterday, I was alone in the car (which rarely happens) and I started thinking about this new baby coming. I started thinking about if it's a boy or a girl (my gut is saying boy...for this week, at least) and what he/she will look like. All of my kids look so different to me. Alot of people say that Elijah and Isaac look alike, and I'm always surprised by that. I don't think they look alike at all. And I think I've mentioned it before, but people always ask me if Laney and Chloe are twins. That one is seriously a mystery to me. I don't think they even look like sisters, let alone twins. I mean, come on, Chloe has blonde hair and blue eyes and Laney has brown hair and brown eyes. Really? It must have something to do with how similar they are in size. That's the only reason I can think of.

So, I'm driving along and I start thinking not only about all that stuff, but about how this tiny little being inside of me, no bigger than an apple, will have a personality and a mind of his/her own. It's so much different than when you have your first. With the first baby, you think about all the things like, wondering what they will look like...will they look like me or their daddy or a mixture...and about taking care of a baby and things like, will I breastfeed, what kind of diapers will we use, how will we do the nursery...stuff like that. And, of course you think about those things with every other child too, but now that I have older kids...particularly a 7 year old that has a mind of her own and does things her way, I'm starting to think more about the years ahead with this baby. What kind of personality and character will this kid have? Will he/she love school or hate it? Will he/she be shy or outgoing? It's so amazing to me that my kids have their own free will and their own ways of doing things and their own thought on things. It drives in me even more the fact that, with all these personal thoughts and things they have, it's our responsibility as parents to teach them about the One who made them. That He has a purpose for their life, and He wants each one of them to know Him personally and He wants them to love Him and serve Him with everything they have. Knowing that my girls already understand most of that stuff, and that Laney has already accepted Jesus Christ as her saviour makes me happier than anything else in this world. Chloe is very close, but we don't want to push it on her, we want it to be her decision. I know she loves God and I know she feels bad when she knows that she has done something wrong, and that it doesn't please God. I just pray that God will always give Mike and I wisdom on how He wants us to raise these children, because they are His after all! It's such a big responsibility to have, but it's also the biggest reward ever!

Monday, April 27, 2009

15 weeks!

How your baby's growing:

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

Wow...this pregnancy is really going fast! Only 25 weeks left! :) I'm not really "showing" yet...I can't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy pants without feeling like I can't breathe, so I've been wearing alot of maternity bottoms. My chubby belly just looks like it's getting chubbier. :{ I hate this in-between stage.
I'm the maid (er, matron...I hate that word) of honor in my best friend's wedding on Friday! When we went to get my dress, I didn't know I was pregnant, but I went ahead and got the dress about 3 sizes too big just so it would fit my chest (that's a whole other post)...we just figured I could take it in around the middle, but we're just gonna leave it how it is now that I'm pregnant. I still have to pick it up from the alteration place. Laney and Chloe are the flower girls. :) Laney is gonna walk Daniel (the bride and groom's little boy) little boy down the isle (he's the ring bearer) and Chloe is gonna throw the petals. We'll see how that goes :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

14 weeks

How your baby's growing:
This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.

I'm officially in my 2nd trimester...according to Babycenter. I kinda thought I entered it last week, but whatever. The headaches and nausea are still continuing to get better, although I do have days every now and again where it feels like I just wanna curl up in a ball and do nothing. I try to take naps, but I just wake myself up because I feel so nauseas. I'm pretty sure the sickness lasted till around week 15 or 16 with Isaac, so hopefully I have just one or two more weeks to deal with it!
I swear I'm feeling this baby move!! I know they say you can't feel anything till you're 17 or so weeks, but I know exactly what the first movements feel like, and I'm totally feeling them. I think I even felt the baby have the hiccups the other day...a little thump thump thimp over and over in the same area.
My next dr. appt. is May 4th (I'll be 16 weeks), and then we'll have the ultrasound at next appt....probably the beginning of June! I seriously can't wait!! =)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

18 Months

My baby boy is 18 months old today!!!

In honor of that, I'm going to post 18 random facts about him:

1. He loves to bite anything and anyone!

2. He is definitely a climber.

3. He needs a haircut.

4. He looks totally cute when he runs...he puts his hands straight out in front of him, like he's pushing something, and always has the biggest grin ever while he's running :)

5. He gives smooches with his mouth open, although he can kiss for real, he just chooses not to.

6. He is a very picky eater.

7. He does love corn though.

8. He loves Wow Wow Wubzy and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

9. He has the cutest, fattest little toes on the face of the planet. :)

10. He knows mommy is a push-over when he wants a drink of whatever she's having.

11. He points at whatever he wants, although he's learning more and more words every day.

12. He loves to climb up onto the kitchen table...he needs to learn how to climb back down though.

13. He loves looking at pictures of when we went to Disney World, even though he isn't in any of them. (I'm pretty sure he's thinking That's totally awesome that my family knows Mickey Mouse :D)

14. He looks just like his momma! :)

15. He LOVES to read!!! It seriously is his favorite thing!!

16. He snuggles with mommy on pretty much an hourly basis.

17. He loves to torment his brother and sisters. Seriously. How do they learn these things so fast?

18. He will ALWAYS be my sweet, snuggly, squishy baby boy.

Oh my goodness. I could literally eat him! Sometimes I do bite his cheeks :) Not too hard of course...

Mommy loves you baby boy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

13 weeks and a trip to the ER

Your pregnancy: 13 weeks

How your baby's growing: Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

Ok, so the trip to the ER wasn't for me, but for Elijah. And of course, the paramedics were involved, yet again. I think we're gonna get to know them really well between Elijah and Isaac. Elijah started having a croupy cough Friday afternoon, but he wasn't really acting like he couldn't breathe well, so it didn't really concern me a whole lot. Well, that night around 11:30, Mike and I were watching a movie and I heard Elijah start coughing really hard. I went in to check on him, and he started crying and weezing really hard. My first thoughts were that he was in the early stages of an asthma attack (no, he has never been diagnosed with it, but it can show up any time, right?) and I started freaking out. I was frantically trying to find his pants so I could take him to the ER, and he just kept getting worse. It sounded like it was all he could do to just get some air in his lungs. I finally found his pants and jacket and put him in the van when Mike asked if we should probably just call 911. I agreed, worried that it would get way worse on the way to the hospital. So the paramedics showed up and he had calmed down a bit, which caused him to breathe a little better. They put the blood oxygen monitor on him and it started at around 75% (yikes!), so we watched it for a while, and it eventually went up to 99%! Thank God! The evaluated him for about 15 minutes and told us that we should take him to the ER. I obviously didn't want to pay for the ambulance ride, since he was doing so much better, so I told them that I would take him. It was kinda funny actually, when they were getting ready to leave, they were putting our info into their computer, and the guy said "Oh, it looks like we have Elijah's information already in here." I was like, "Oh, well,'ve seen him before. He's our trouble maker." :) Poor little guy.
We got to the hospital around 12:15am, they got us checked right into a room, and Elijah was really lethargic the whole time the nurses were trying to look at him. I mean, it was after midnight... The dr. came in and said that he had the croup and he was having strider, which I'd never heard before, but apparently it's the sound he was making when he was breathing in. They gave him a breathing treatment and some steroids to help the inflammation in his airways. After being tired and crabby and just laying in the bed, the steroids definitely woke him up. About 20 minutes after they gave it to him, he was bouncing off the walls!!! He would kick his legs and flail his arms around and say "shoo flys, shoo!" I was cracking up. It was like he was on speed. :) He was obviously feeling alot better and the nurse came in to check us out, took one look at Elijah and told me that I had them to thank for the way he was acting...that it was the steroids. Anyway, he is feeling better now, and he does still have a cough, but no more hard breathing! Oy, he's gonna give me a heart attack. I swear.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My little ninjas

Laney and Chloe have been in karate for about a year and a half, and they really like it alot! They are both green belts and have just started working on learning katas, which are basically just choreographed defensive/offensive movements. To watch the brown and black belts do katas at the awards ceremonies is really cool! I'm hoping the girls stay in it until they reach their black belts. I can't wait to put Elijah and Isaac in it...they need the discipline! =)

Here's Laney doing her 16 step kata with Elijah doing his version at the end. It's hilarious to watch him try to keep up with the girls when they practice. =) Chloe knows this kata too, she just didn't feel like performing when I had the video camera out. Go figure.

Monday, April 6, 2009

12 weeks and 1st dr. appt.

How your baby's growing:
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder. Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

I had my first dr. appt. today, we got to hear the heartbeat and everything looks great!! Everything seems much more real after hearing the heartbeat! 12 weeks is a long time to wait to hear it. After searching for it for about 3 or 4 minutes, the nurse (a lady that happens to go to our church, which is awesome!) found it, but only for a few seconds, and Mike didn't get to hear it (he was dealing with a screaming Isaac). I kept thinking she wasn't pushing on my belly hard enough with her little doppler thing while she was looking for it. She knew that Mike wanted to hear it, so she said she would let the dr. try to find it. Dr. Lemberger came in, and found it pretty quickly. She pushed way harder than the nurse did...I know that's why she found it easier. The heartbeat was in the 180's, which is fast, but it's normal for 12 week babies. :) I asked her if she thought it was twins, and she checked my uterus and said that it didn't feel any bigger than it should, so no twins for us!!! She did say that it felt right on track for where I should be, and that my due date will remain October 19th...which just happens to be her birthday too!! :) I still can't believe that there's a tiny baby just hangin' out inside of my body, just waiting to meet us! I mean, hello!!! There is a human being inside of me!! Is that like the weirdest thing ever or what?!?!? Even after going through it 5 times, I still think things like that! =) It's a miracle everytime!!


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