Saturday, December 31, 2016


So... apparently I forgot to do this post. Sorry! This is from two weeks ago, and we were busy getting all ready for Christmas. Reid finally got over his nasty cold. I don't know why he had it so long, poor guy. He seems to get everything he comes in contact with and takes a while to recover.

We did have a fun week though. It snowed again, and we did a bunch of fun Christmassy things.
 He was pulling around his "babies."
 Our little snow man stayed up for a few days! We usually get rain right after snow, but this time it just got sunny and stayed cold. So the snow stayed around, which was fun.
 Our cuties.
 They really love each other, and they also love tomato soup.
 Date night! On Friday night Del and Patty braved the snow/ice to watch the kids for us so we could see Rogue One. It was a lot of fun.

And then I think on Saturday night we drove around to look at Christmas lights. The kids loved it! We had to stick to flat neighborhoods because it was still pretty slick on steeper streets. They only plow main roads around here, not side streets. I'm not sure why...
 Ruby made a page of blueberries for Reid while he was napping because they're his favorite. And he's been liking to take care of Baby Pluto lately.
 She's so pretty.
 And he's so handsome.
 We made these healthy frosted brownies which were delicious. They worked really well as bribes to get the kids to nap. Ruby has been still napping about half of the time, which is nice for me because I need naps right now too.
 Reid got these hives at dinner on Saturday night, which was weird. We think it was related to his virus. They went away by the next day.
Frozen drive to church, it was gorgeous out. 
 They love to ride the bus!
 Sunday night we slept out by the Christmas tree. We watched the Santa Clause, which was fun, but then the kids stayed up until almost 10pm!
 Lounging during the movie.
 All snuggled up for bed. Andy slept by them on the floor and I got the couch. :)
 Morning!! They were so excited to wake up in the living room all together.
 This is the usual state of our table. The kids love coloring and making crafts.
 She made this "R" for her preschool star of the week poster coming up on her birthday week.
 Snuggling together. She took a nap in her sleeping bag.
And then they set them back up in the living room and played "camping."
And they also got out a bunch of play food, and Reid kept getting up from his sleeping bag to go eat something.
 She makes the cutest Lego towers.
 They were so excited because they got a "Sorry!"
 And then they lost. Hahaha
 Almost done with our Christmas Advent Nativity! It turned out so cute.
 Showing me how to do their workout.
Silly kids at bath time. 
 They love their baths and their bath toys. But after the bath Reid is always really cold and likes to cuddle, which is so cute.
 Morning hair... we drove down to Sublimity to get hair cuts on Wednesday! He was very much in need.
 She loves it. And we love visiting Janna.
 She does really good at it all...
 ...and so does Reid!
 Handsome little guy. He looks so grown up with his new hair cut.
Pretty girl. She found this snow globe and loved it. 
 And then she was upset in the car because her friends weren't home when we tried dropping something off at their house, so she pouted like this for a while. Hahaha
 Thursday night we went down to McMenamins to have some dessert and see the Dickens Carolers. 
 Dessert was delicious...
 And the music was so fun! They came and sang Frosty the Snowman to us at our table.
 Hat included.
 The kids got to ring jingle bells during the song, which Ruby did. Reid just sat there staring the whole time.
 Pretending to sleep under the tree again.
 Taking care of Baby Pluto.
 Nap time!
 Post nap, sometimes he is cranky and just wants to snuggle for a while.
 I finished the baby's stocking in time for Christmas!
Ruby made a bunch of Christmas cookies with play dough. They were delicious.

Friday, December 30, 2016

23 weeks

So... I've definitely worn this shirt for three Thursdays in a row now... Hahaha

This post is a day late because we were all puking yesterday! Ruby started on Tuesday night at dinner at my parents' house, and then the rest of us all started on Thursday. But thankfully today we're all on the mend, thanks to our parents helping out a ton. I only threw up once, which I'm very thankful for. It wouldn't have been good for the baby or my stomach if I had gotten it worse.

Little Baby is 11 inches long now, or something. The only good thing about my diastasis recti (separated ab muscles) is that I can feel the baby's little feet and body parts in crazy detail. It's really fun to feel it kicking around in there all the time.

Speaking of DR, I ordered a new splint and a prenatal core training program. It's 6 weeks long, and it will help me not make my diastasis work, and maybe even start to heal it. I'll probably start it next week when the splint comes. It will feel nice to have some belly support and to feel like the baby isn't just going to fall out of my stomach for the next 17 weeks.

Changes this week: Movement galore. This little one is active, like my other two. My only concern is that it seems to like being up late at night (and all through the night) and sleep during the day. 

Cravings this week: Nothing, with being sick... maybe chicken noodle soup.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

22 weeks

Little Baby is almost a pound already! I started feeling it kick way up higher a day or two, so I wonder if it flipped around and is head down now. I still feel it down low too. It sure moves around a lot, which I love. It's really active in the evenings and during the night, which I'm afraid will me that it's awake at those times when it's born...

The kids have been trying to feel it kick, but they're not really patient and don't know what they're feeling for. I'm sure they'll be feeling it soon though.

Today marks the day where if I did go into labor, the baby has a slight chance of survival, and they would try to save it. That's pretty crazy. In about 4 weeks, babies born at that gestational age have a 90% or more chance of survival. That's exciting!

My insomnia has been back BIG TIME. Two nights in a row this week I just laid there awake for about 2 hours. It makes days rough, and I am sooooo tired. I slept better last night though, so let's hope that continues. I've been trying to do high protein snacks at bed time to keep my blood sugar more regulated in the night, since I know that can contribute.

Changes this week: No sleep, exhaustion, more kicks!

Cravings this week: Carbs still... all of the carbs. Sourdough toast, bagels, treats, etc. It's rough.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

More snow and still sick!

Our poor kids are still sick. They both have a cough, and Reid has been throwing giant tantrums because he's so tired. :( His fever is gone, which is good. He was really tired and cranky on Monday, and didn't want to eat much, so I took him to the doctor on Tuesday. He was fine when we were at the doctor's office, one of his ears was a little red, but not infected. But then on Wednesday he didn't feel good again. Poor guy! I think he's finally recovering though, and ate more and had more energy today.

Ruby was so incredibly sweet this week. One day I got Reid down for his nap, and then I was super tired. So I laid down on the couch, and she played quietly in my room for a long time (came out to look at me a few times, and to get art supplies) so I could rest. Then when Reid woke up, she said, "Are you grumpy, buddy? Do you want to snuggle on the couch and watch the Wiggles?" She also has been a big helper with setting the table, cleaning up toys, washing the window, etc. What a special kid!

Reid has been going potty a lot more on the toilet. He even told me he had to go a few times today! It's been nice to use less diapers, we may switch to pull-ups so he can go easier. Or just go for undies and deal with accidents for a while. He'll get it soon though, I'm sure.
 Tired, sick family. :(
He has been just wanting to lay down.
 Ruby pretended to be pregnant and gave birth to Baby Bob. It was so cute.
She prays so sincerely, I love it. 
He was doing this a lot this week. 
 We went down to the Pullen's for dinner on Sunday. There were lots of pretty Christmas lights out, and this fun snow man at their clubhouse down the street.
 We had fun playing the baby grand piano.
 Monday... it was not a good day. He woke up screaming and I couldn't get him to calm down. Then it didn't get any better the whole day. He took a nap at 11:30 while Ruby was at school, after we got home from grocery shopping.
 We got Ruby's school pictures back, it turned out so, so cute.
 They were doing a balance beam for their workout.
 So cute.
 Giving some money at Fred Meyer. Every time I go there to get something specific, they don't have it. :/
 We're doing a Clean Baking group this week, which has been really fun. Both of the kids like helping me cook, but they don't really love doing it together. So Ruby made Reid this "stove" out of paper and taped it to the floor so he could pretend to cook soup while she helped me. What ended up happening is that she took the whole time making the stove, and Reid got to help me make the pumpkin cookies. Haha!
 They sure were yummy!
Starting to feel better! 
 This is the picture that Ruby drew while I was napping. It's our family on a hike, and it's adorable!
 Baby bump! Getting big and feeling great.
 And sick again on Wednesday.
 He wouldn't let me do anything. I couldn't rock him, feed him, read to him... anything. So I put him to bed and that helped.
 It snowed on Wednesday afternoon, so we made healthy hot chocolate and popcorn, and watched Mickey Mouse Christmas.
 Snowy walk! It was really cold.
 Breakfast this morning. We love our morning time of connection.
I grabbed these photos from the Village Baptist Facebook page. This is Ruby's Thanksgiving feast we missed. She had fun with Grandma though. 
 And her class enjoying the Teepee.
 Today they snuggled on the couch together...
 ...a few times. They really love each other.
 It didn't do freezing rain after the snow (a real treat around here!), so we got to play in it today!
 We built this adorable snowman. The tuna can hat, carrot, and raisins were her ideas.
After we played for a while, Reid dropped his raisins, and then freaked out for about 45 minutes. :( He's inconsolable when he gets like that. The only way I finally got him to calm down was getting him to sleep. I hope he starts feeling all better soon.
 Ruby's first school Christmas program was supposed to be tonight, but it was cancelled because of the snow and ice. I think I was more disappointed than Ruby was. But we had her do her songs for us on our stage and she loved it. School is also cancelled for tomorrow, so we're officially on Christmas break!
 Then we did family games, we started with blind man's bluff...
...and then played Simon says, and mother may I. :)

Play, play, play

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