Monday, August 31, 2009

~Jett's Room~

View from the hallway

The circle wall...that took us FOREVER!

The bedding

I wanted to hang his coming home outfit on here, but since we haven't picked anything out yet, I just put this shirt on was the first thing we bought for him :)

The glider will go in this corner once we find different pads or a cover for it.

I would like to get a lamp or a little monkey figure or something to go on the changing table, but other than that, the room is done!

It turned out just the way I imagined it! I love it, and I can't wait till he's here to play in it! :) It took alot of effort, but it was well worth it!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Just a little bit worried...

It's no precious little Isaac is the biggest momma's boy in the world. If you're around him for 2 seconds, you'll figure that out. It's awesome. For me. Not so much for Mike. When Mike gets home from work, he likes to chill on the couch for a few minutes, and who can blame him? He's a hard workin' man! I love it! And I'd love it if Isaac would give Mike as much snuggle time as I get from him. But he won't. It's not that he doesn't absolutely LOVE Mike, he just always wants me. There are a few times when Mike is able steal some snuggle time from him, but it's usually when I'm out of the room, or when he's tired.

The snuggle time with Mike is not what I'm worried about though...

What.the.heck am I going to do when this baby is born? I plan on nursing, and along with the concerns I have about Elijah tearing my house up or starting a fire while I have a wee one suctioned to me, I'm more concerned about Isaac feeling neglected. I've never ever felt like this with any of my other children before I birthed the next. Laney was so excited for Chloe to be here...I think she understood more than Isaac does at this point. Chloe and Laney were both excited for Elijah to be was their first brother and all. And Elijah could not have cared less when Isaac was born. Honestly, it almost shocked me how passive he was about the whole thing. But he's never been a momma's boy...he's pretty much done his own thing since he was born, and he's still like that. But Isaac is a completely different story. I am not exaggerating when I say that I get probably 50 to 100 kisses from Isaac a day. And that's only counting the times he comes up to me for a kiss. "Ma, tiss" is what I hear all day, along with feeling his chubby little hands grab my head and turn my face towards him. Of course, I'm in no way complaining about these wonderful kisses, I love and adore every single one! I just know he's gonna be so jealous when Jett arrives.

When I'm working in the nursery at church with Isaac's age group, there have been times when I've had to take Isaac to Mike so I could actually be of some help in there. He does not like me holding any other kids at all.

He's such a sweet boy, and I absolutely hate the thought of him feeling neglected in any way. As far as how much he's aware of concerning a new baby being in the house, I think he understands there's a baby in my belly. I point to my belly and tell him there's a baby in there, and he knows his name is Jett. Either that, or he just thinks my belly is called Jett. ??? I'm not too sure if he understands that this baby will actually come out at some point though.

Oh how I love this little boy!
I just hope he remembers that when this other little guy is taking up some of his time with his momma!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

31 weeks!

How far along? 31 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Around 25 lbs...

Maternity clothes? I broke down and bought a new pair of jeans... and a new shirt...

Stretch marks? Got 'em

Sleep: It's okay.

Best moment this week: I bought a bunch of summer clothes for next year for Jett this past weekend, and I ordered his bedding! I'm hoping it arrives sometime this week, as we plan on painting his room this weekend!

Movement: My active baby is still active!

Food cravings: It's back to cinnamon applesauce again ;)

Gender: I'm assuming he's still a boy...should I just keep this answer every week? I'm pretty sure he won't morph into a girl! ;)

Labor Signs: Still having braxton hicks contractions a few times a day. I've also had a few painful contractions here and there. It won't surprise me at all if, at my 37 week appt., she checks me and I'm dilated to about a seems like I always dilate early.

Belly button in or out? Flat

What I miss: Nothing

What I am looking forward to: Getting his room ready this weekend!

Weekly wisdom: I'm trying to snuggle alot with Isaac, as he's such a mommy's boy, and a snuggler. I'm a little worried about how he's gonna be once the baby comes.

Milestones: I'm leaking colostrum...I know, you all wanted to know that.

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm totally boy crazy!

I was laying in bed this morning around 5:30 or so...after I woke to use the restroom for the 17th time...and I got into bed fully expecting to feel Jett wiggle around in there. I mean, he always does when I wake up, so I just assumed it would happen again. Well, he didn't. For about 15 minutes, I pushed and poked my tummy hoping to feel any sort of movement. I woke Mike up after that 15 minutes and told him what was going on. I got up to drink something...all we had that was sweet was tea...and got back into bed. I was in tears by this time, so worried about my little man in there. I laid on my right side and just prayed that God would wake him up and let him kick me, to ease my worried mind. Not even before I was done praying, I felt a tiny little poke. I rolled onto my back and started poking around again, and thought I felt some little movements. I turned onto my left side, and he started kicking up a storm. I was so relieved! Thank God my baby boy is still safe and sound in there.
I honestly am so happy we're having another baby boy! I stood in the kitchen today, and just almost cried thinking about how excited I am to meet him! I literally CAN NOT wait! He's so much a part of our family now. As crazy as I know our house is gonna be, I just can't even imagine not having 3 boys!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

First day of school

I'm gonna be honest...I hate the first day of school for my girls. I miss having them here. I guess I'm not to the point yet where I feel free when they're gone all day. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I still have 3 kids here at home (one of them is the little boy I watch for my friend), or maybe it's because I feel like I have more help when they are here, or that I just love being with them and talking about things with them. I dunno...I just know I don't like it when they're at school.

Anyway, enough about me...this is, after all, their first day of school...not mine. ;) Mike didn't go into work today until 1, so he was able to stay at home and watch the boys while I took the girls to school. We walked there, seeing as how we literally live right across the street from the school. We took Chloe to her class first, and she was the 2nd one to get there. Her teacher asked her if she had any papers or anything in her backpack that she needed to put up (which she didn't) and then told her where to put her backpack. She then walked Chloe over to where she puts her name card in the "hot lunch" or "cold lunch" slot. She put hers in the hot lunch. :) They wanted to buy their lunches today. Chloe then sat down at her desk and started reading a book for her morning work. I gave her a kiss and a hug and told her to have a good day, and we were off to Laney's room. I looked back into her room when we were out in the hallway, and she was just reading away. :) Thank goodness we're past the whole crying thing. I can't take that!! It breaks my heart!
We got to Laney's classroom and she was also the 2nd one there. She did pretty much everything Chloe did and sat down to color a picture for her morning work. I gave her a kiss and a hug and told her to have a good day. She was not excited about going until we got there this morning. I think she was ready to see her friends...she kept talking about which ones were in her class this year. :)
That was it. I walked back home without shedding a tear and resumed my normal every day routine with the boys. They will be riding the bus from now on, so I'm happy I was able to take them today!
We went to the open house last night to meet their teachers and to take all their school supplies in. Here's a few pictures from that...

Chloe sitting in the Reading Hut in her classroom

Here she is with her teacher

Laney and her teacher at open house

And here are the pics from today...

All ready to go!

Isaac snuck in for one pic :)

Morning work time

My 1st grader!

Laney in front of her classroom

Doing her morning work

I was anxious for them to come home to see how their days went. They both said they had good days. They answered my questions in their typical manners...Chloe said she couldn't remember anything and Laney gave me details on everything. That's usually the way it is.

30 weeks...the final countdown!!!

How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Total, I think it's somewhere around 25lbs. sheesh...

Maternity clothes? I really want a new pair of maternity jeans, but I can't justify spending $40 on something I'm only gonna wear for another 7-10 weeks.

Stretch marks? Got 'em

Sleep: It hasn't been so great lately. I'm gonna start trying Tylenol pm...hopefully that will help.

Best moment this week: There were lots...Laney's birthday, school starting today, getting the living room and main hall painted, and my dr. appt. yesterday. His heartrate was in the 150's and when she measured my belly, she felt around to see if she could figure out what position he was in and she's pretty sure he's head down! Now he just needs to stay that way!

Movement: It's been out of control. I literally try to rock back and forth in bed, hoping that maybe it will rock him to sleep. It doesn't work. That would be one of the reasons I'm not getting that much sleep. But I really can't complain...I love feeling him wiggling around in there! ;)

Food cravings: Chocolate pudding...which just started today.

Gender: I'm assuming he's still a boy...should I just keep this answer every week? I'm pretty sure he won't morph into a girl! ;)

Labor Signs: I had alot of braxton hicks contractions after we painted on Saturday. I layed down and they went away. I always seem to feel alot of pressure after I walk around for a long time.

Belly button in or out? Flat

What I miss: Nothing

What I am looking forward to: Painting his room in the next week or two!

Weekly wisdom: ??

Milestones: I got my rhogam shot yesterday at my appt. It's just one more step closer to meeting him!

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Laney is 8 years old!

My oldest is 8! It's almost unbelievable, really. She is such a sweet, thoughtful, caring, precious little girl. I feel so blessed to have her as my daughter.

It was 8 years ago that I was looking into this beautiful little face.

How fast they go from this
to this:
Now I get to look into this beautiful little face and actually carry on intelligent conversations with her.
She will be entering 2nd grade in 2 days. I will miss having her here at home to talk to and to play with. Her help with the boys is something I know I will definitely miss as well. She never (well, hardly ever) complains when I ask her to get me something or when I ask her to help me clean up the mess of toys that the boys have made. She's such a little mommy. :)
She was the first one who made me a mother and I'm so thankful for that every single day of my life!
Happy Birthday angel girl! I love you so much!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

29 week belly

I look huge!

And I still have 11 weeks to go...oy...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

29 Weeks!!!

How far along? 29 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I don't think it has wavered too much in the last week.

Maternity clothes? I don't think I could get by wearing anything else at this point. Maybe some pj pants or something, I guess.

Stretch marks? Got 'em

Sleep: I LOVE sleeping on my right side! I will wake up on my back or on my left side, and I'm so happy because it means I can turn onto my right side. Is that totally weird?

Best moment this week: Having a nice, relaxing weekend with my family.

Movement: He's starting to kick really know, the painful, startling, feels-like-he-wants-out kicks!

Food cravings: I've been craving cinnamon applesauce like crazy!

Gender: I'm assuming he's still a boy...should I just keep this answer every week? I'm pretty sure he won't morph into a girl! ;)

Labor Signs: I have been having horrible ligament pains that last for minutes at a time, along with the hardening of my belly. It seems like with each pregnancy, the pains start earlier and are more painful.

Belly button in or out? It has stretched out to where it's just pretty much flat.

What I miss: Nothing

What I am looking forward to: Celebrating Laney's 8th birthday this weekend!

Weekly wisdom: It doesn't all have to be done at once!...I'm still trying to convince myself of that one.

Milestones: We've finally ordered a piece of his bedding!! =)

How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

9 years and counting

9 years ago today, I made the best decision of my life (aside from my acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Savior) and I married this wonderful man.

He's everything I could have ever dreamed of and so much more. God seriously knew what He was doing when He allowed us to become one. I honestly could never imagine walking through life without him by my side. I have never met a man as amazing as he is!!! I love him so much!! He truly is my very best friend!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


My handsome boys and their new hairstyles!

I love my baby boys.

Elijah's mohawk :)

Side view

28 weeks!!

How far along? 28 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I think I'm up total about 23 lbs...already.

Maternity clothes? For sure!

Stretch marks? Got 'em

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well, when this little guy isn't moving!

Best moment this week: Hearing his little heartbeat at the dr. yesterday (upper 140's). And finding out my glucose test turned out fine. I need to get my rhogam shot at my next appt.

Movement: All the time!

Food cravings: I'm starting to crave sweet stuff

Gender: I'm assuming he's still a boy...should I just keep this answer every week? I'm pretty sure he won't morph into a girl! ;)

Labor Signs: I've had a few painful contractions here and there

Belly button in or out? It's starting to pop out quite nicely. :)

What I miss: Nothing

What I am looking forward to: Decorating the nursery...yeah, we still haven't started on that yet.

Weekly wisdom: Rest when you can!

Milestones: I'm in the 3rd trimester and I'm seeing my dr. every 2 weeks now! Geez, it's going really fast!!

How your baby's growing:
By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink his eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.


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