Sunday, March 30, 2014

34 weeks

6 weeks to go! Baby Heartbeat is almost 5 pounds at this point, and I'm feeling it. This week I've just been a little miserable and uncomfortable. The easy tasks are getting hard to do, like tying my shoes, picking up toys, getting out of bed, etc. Sleep has not been great either. But I do love feeling the little guy/girl rocking and rolling around in there all the time. We're getting excited to meet our new little one. Ruby talks about how Baby Heartbeat will play toys with her and where the baby will sit in the car. I think she'll be a great big sister for sure.

Andy and I had a lovely time on our Babymoon this week at the coast. It was so fun to get away with just the two of us. And the big news is that we decided on names for this baby! They're still a secret so I won't share, but we like them. And I'm relieved to have them picked out.

I think I forgot to say that last week we met with our doula Amy. We really love her and are excited for her to be a part of our birth again. She's pretty much fantastic, and actually a lot like me. :) It was nice to catch up with her. I go to the midwife again this Wednesday for my 34 week appointment. I think the baby is in the right position. It might flip around to posterior now and then, but it's been head down now for a while. It gets the hiccups a lot.

Changes this week: Miserableness and tiredness have really set in. There's so much to do and so little energy to do it. I'm just trying to chip away at my to do list one thing at a time.

Cravings this week: Sweets, but I'm really trying to stay away from a lot of them. I passed up a donut this morning. :)

Link to Ruby's 34 week post

Friday, March 28, 2014

26 months and our Babymoon!

Ruby turned 26 months this week. She's such a big girl! And she's getting excited to be a big sister soon too, I think. Andy and I went on our baby moon this week too, and just got back this evening. We sure missed our Peach, but we had a lovely time at the coast together. The weather turned from beautiful and sunny early in the week to downright nasty outside today. Rain, rain, rain. I guess that's spring in Oregon for you though.
We went to youth group on Thursday, and Ruby got a little bit of popcorn.
 FaceTime with cousin Carla and Ruby's second cousin David Daniel. He's two months old and adorable. I wish he was more in the picture. :)
 Ruby made a boat. Her first real play dough creation.
 Friday night we went to Salem after dinner to ride the Carousel.
 She liked her horse "Sonshine."
 Her owie looked pretty bad on her cheek, but I put lavender oil on it a few times and it got better really fast!
 Making soup with Mommy. She loves her play kitchen.
 Comparing eyes with Mommy...
 And Daddy... I think the jury's still out on whose eyes she has. Maybe just a nice combination of both of ours.
 Playing in the laundry basket.
 She and Daddy built a blanket tunnel in the living room.
 And then they built a puzzle inside of it. So cute.
 Then she was playing with his hair. <3
 On Monday we went out to enjoy the last sunny day and met some friends at the park. Ruby liked to ride on the swing.
 And she had fun on the play atv.
 This was a little piece of chicken food she wanted to show me.
 Andy was in Portland on Monday afternoon/evening, so Ruby and I played rice in her pool.
 Well, she played rice while I cut out a new bib for her.
 Watching a little bit of Toy Story. Her favorite.
 Cutie pie with my umbrella and shoes.
 She's been wanting to do finger paint with Daddy for a long time, so we made some. They had fun! Andy made Darth Vader.
 Cooking breakfast with Mommy.
 On Wednesday morning we headed to Portland to start our Babymoon. Our first stop was the Albina Press for some coffee. Ruby downed her plain steamer.
 She went over there and climbed on the other couch, then asked Andy to bring her "coffee" to her. Hah.
 Then we picked up Grandma and Grandpa at the airport and went out for lunch.
 Saying goodbye to our girl! We were sad.
 But at the same time it was fun to get away! We went for a walk around a really pretty lake about half way to Astoria. It was cold and rainy, but lovely.
 Ruby played trains with Grandpa at home.
And she went swimming!
 Lovely ocean in Long Beach, WA.
But then our car got stuck in the sand. :) It took about 20 minutes, and we almost lost it in the ocean, but we got it out. Yikes! We also took some maternity photos, which I'll post next week.
 On Thursday we toured the Flavel House in Astoria.
 It was pretty cool. I like old houses.
 There were really pretty fire places.
 I beat Andy at checkers in the play room. 
 A lovely, relaxing afternoon.
 FaceTime with our girl!
 Andy kicked my booty at Carcassonne on Thursday night. It was fun though.
We stopped at Ikea today, it's always a little stressful. :) But still fun. I liked this kitchen.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

33 weeks

Baby Heartbeat is getting big! I think it's about 4 ¼ pounds at least, probably bigger. I'm getting awfully big too, and uncomfortable, and I'm pretty sure I'm starting to waddle. Only 7-ish weeks to go, and this last trimester is going by really fast so far. There's so much still to be done and I'm running out of time to do it all. Well, the baby will come whether or not we're totally ready, and the good thing is, all we truly need is somewhere for it to sleep and some things for it to wear. I've gone through the baby clothes up through 9 months and separated out the gender neutral things from the girl things and washed all of the gn things. If it's a girl, we can throw the girl things into the laundry real quick and be set. I'm getting excited about my baby shower coming up in a few weeks. My mom and sister are coming up for it (and my birthday too!), so that will be lots of fun.

I went to the midwife this week, and was measuring right at 33 cm. So that's good. The heartbeat was 148 I think, and the baby was in a good position! I'm not sure it has stayed that way, because I think it has flipped to breach a few times in the last few weeks too, but hopefully it will settle into anterior head down soon. The only problem was that I had a little glucose in my urine, which is exactly the same thing that happened at this point last time. It wasn't a lot, though, so I'm not worried. My blood pressure was great, and I've only been having a tiny bit of foot swelling if I'm on my feet a lot during the day.

Andy and I are going on our baby moon this week, and we're so excited! I've had a nasty cold, so hopefully I'll be better by Wednesday when we leave. I'm seriously going to miss Ruby, this will be my first nights away from her, but she'll be in good hands with my parents. It will be so nice to be able to relax at the beach. I think we're going to bring our camera to get some maternity photos taken.

Changes this week: My hips have been killing me at night. The other morning I had to get up at 6am because I just couldn't stay laying down anymore. My left hip hurts whether I'm on my left or right side. :(

Cravings this week: I've been avoiding sugar a lot of the time (except for once or twice a week), so that's good. I haven't really had other cravings though.

Link to Ruby's 33 week post

Thursday, March 20, 2014


 This week we have been blessed with several days of gorgeous sunshine! Rare for us in March. So we've been outside a bit to enjoy it. The sad thing is that Ruby caught a nasty cold (probably from the nursery on Sunday), and now I'm getting it too. She's been really grumpy and has thrown lots of tantrums over the last few days. Sleeping has not been great either, with her coughing or not being able to breathe out of her nose. It's really sad to have a sick kid. Hopefully we will both be on the mend soon.
 She loves riding her bike with Daddy.
 And she likes driving the car too. :)
 Saturday morning we had a coffee/sticky bun date at Panezanellie. So good.
 She had lots of fun and drank most of her steamer.
 Then we went through the car wash ("car dryer"). She got to ride in the front just to go through it, and did not like it one bit. She spent the whole time cuddled up on my lap.
 Coloring with Mommy.
 We went outside to play and read magazines. It was lovely.
 And then we took pictures of our scooter to sell. She had fun playing on it.
 Cuddling on the bed with Mommy.
 On Sunday we had a potluck at church, and she had fun running around.
 Riding on Daddy.
 Sunday night we stopped by before youth group and she had some popcorn which she loved.
 Monday morning we went out to breakfast to use the last of our Word of Mouth Bistro gift card, and then I took Ruby to ride the carousel. Her horse was named Gigi like our chicken, and Ruby kept saying it was a "Gigi horse."
 She and Pauline had fun.
 She likes to pretend to take naps in our bed, her crib, or the couch.
 She wanted to put a diaper on Woody.
 I took her to the dentist on Tuesday and she let them look in her mouth with the mirror, but she really didn't want them near her with the tooth polisher. Maybe next time. Her teeth look really good though now.
 She had a ton of fun jumping from our bed frame onto our bed on Tuesday. It was pretty cute.
 Out for a stroll.
 When Daddy got home we went to the park to play for a little bit, and she came home with very muddy boots.
 She made a caterpillar out of her grapes.
 Yesterday she took forever to get to sleep for her nap, and then she woke up crying and crying about 45 minutes later because she didn't feel good. So I went in there and she fell asleep on me, so I just sat there for a long time. It was lovely.
 Giving Mommy a massage.
 She wanted to unlock the garage and tried really hard.
 On her roller skates with Aunt Becca.
 Walking through the tunnel at the park.
 Mmm... tomato soup.
 This morning we were at the Butenschoen's house and Ruby took a tumble down their stairs from about 3/4 of the way up. She had on play high heels and was attempting to come down. I checked her for broken bones or anything serious, but she seems fine other than the scrape on her cheek. It was scary for both of us!
She tried to diaper her book with a wash cloth. Silly Ruby.

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