Archive | February, 2012

Little Bit Bit: Week 14

22 Feb

26 weeks to go. That seems like such a short amount of time to me. But saying I have roughly 5.5 months (probably give a couple weeks) left feels like eons away.

We haven’t done a single thing for this baby yet. Nothing for the room, no furniture purchases, not even an item of clothing. Bit Bit, Mommy and Daddy love you, we promise! We’ve decided to wait until we find out exactly what LBB is before deciding on nursery decor. Besides, I have no energy for such decision-making. I can barely muster the energy to brush my teeth in the morning. If you think that’s gross, don’t ask how often I’ve been showering. Or how many days I go without makeup now. It’s alright though, I’m already married and he ain’t goin’ nowhere!

I’ve definitely been more aware of my chub tum these last couple of days. And you better believe certain jeans effect the appearance of the bump. It’s official, folks. There’s a babe growing in there!

Last week, I felt fantastic! Great during the day and the evening as long as I stayed on top of my meds. This week it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. Some days are good, some days aren’t. I’ve thrown up twice this week, but those good days have me sitting firmly at ‘Happy’ on the mood chart. Things are getting better, I can feel it!

How far along? 14 Weeks 2 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Still down 8lbs
Maternity clothes? They’re ready and waiting, but not yet.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping great
Best moment this week: Lakyn pointing to my tummy, trying to lift my shirt saying, “see baby”. I love it!
Miss Anything? Being able to plan anything I want to for dinner. And sweets. And salads.
Movement: Not yet.
Food cravings: Not really. I could still go for a bowl of mashed potatoes at any second, though.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Cheese. Salty foods and sweets.
Have you started to show yet: looking chubby fo sho!
Gender prediction: Boy- I’m sure I’ll have a different answer next week!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy
Looking forward to: Feeling the baby move!

Lakyn’s 2nd Birthday Party – Lots of Pictures!

21 Feb

This little girl is so loved.

After getting sick and having to reschedule her birthday party for a month later, we still had a full house of guests helping L celebrate her special day! Thank you to all of you, so very much. You’re all so near and dear to our hearts and we love you like mad!

It took me dang near two months to figure out what I was going to do for Lakyn’s party. I finally decided that I didn’t want do a full-fledged theme like Dora, or a tea party. I just didn’t want the stress. I felt bad for making such a selfish decision when it came to my child’s once in a lifetime 2nd birthday party, but being pregnant was excuse enough for me to let go of it. Plus, I think it ended up working out just fine! I decided on a colors theme and asked everyone attending to wear their favorite color. You should have seen the rainbow of colors in our house!

Nothing’s changed. We still enjoy having everyone we love all together. We still love watching all our gang’s kids running around playing together. I still end up a stressed out, frazzled mess trying to get things done at the last second for the party. Lakyn still hates having ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to her. Everyone still loves to eat cake and cupcakes. And of course, something will still go wrong. In this case, I realized about 3 hours after the party that I forgot to put the carrots out on the veggie tray. What’s a veggie tray with no carrots?! But even so, I think we can put this party down in the ‘win’ column.

Yep, hates it.

She likes it!

Cousins

We've entered that stage where it's impossible to get good pictures.

Now I’m off to give kisses to my precious two year old and try to figure out a use for all those carrots in my fridge! Suggestions anyone?

Little Bit Bit: Week 12

21 Feb

Monday, February 6, 2012

So I’ve skipped a couple weeks. Sorry. Honestly, I was starting to feel like I was repeating the same things over and over again. Not much has changed, still, but we have started taking belly pictures and I wanted to make sure to include those. I feel like I’m already huge. I know everything happens faster the second time around, but still! I’m not kidding when I say I feel like I’m 5 months pregnant already.

I’m starting to feel a bit better during the day. I can make it through, at least. Evenings are still wretched. It seems like 4 pm rolls around and I’m a goner. I’m hoping as I leave the frist trimester behind, better, easier days will be ahead.

 

Until then…

How far along? 12 Weeks exactly
Total weight gain/loss: Down 8lbs
Maternity clothes? Got out the box of clothes from my pregnancy with Lakyn, but haven’t actually worn anything yet.
Stretch marks? No new ones yet but I’m prepared for them this time. My tum tum resembled a tiger fish after I had Lakyn. No joke.
Sleep: In the late afternoon I get pretty tired, sleeping great at night
Best moment this week: Actually looking forward to eating dinner tonight! And thinking that it was delicious!
Miss Anything? Just about any food you could think of, but especially salads and wine!
Movement: No
Food cravings: White bread, mashed potatoes, crackers and any beverage imaginable, especially orange juice.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything except those listed above. Especially cheese, meats, and anything sweet.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, but I’m sure I just look like I ate too much ice cream or too many cupcakes. Let’s face it, that’s usually true!
Gender prediction: Another girl!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody, but I blame it on the nausea.
Weekly Wisdom: If people offer to help out, let them. I was so grateful for a dear friend who made us dinner this week because I’ve been feeling so crummy. She’s such a blessing!
Looking forward to: Getting a bigger bump & finding out what this little bit bit is!

Little Bit Bit: Week 10

20 Feb

Thursday, January 26, 2012

We had our second OB appointment today. This appointment was at the new doctor’s office (since my doctor switched practices and is now with Women’s Health Care Group at Overland Park Regional) and I can’t say I’m a fan of this new place. My doctor more than makes up for it and I know I just need to get over the change. I’ll get there eventually, but the rude receptionist at the front desk isn’t making things any easier on me! I’M PREGNANT! You’re supposed to be nice to me! Whaaaat? That’s not the way it works? Well, it should…

We got to hear the heartbeat today! It always amazes me. I got all teary-eyed every time we heard it when I was pregnant with Lakyn. I figured since this is the second time around that it wouldn’t be as emotional. WRONG! I was still a blubbering fool. Shocker. It’s such a precious and amazing moment to be able to hear this tiny little miracle’s heartbeat. I can’t explain it. Brandon wasn’t able to go to this appointment with me (he went to all but one with Lakyn; he’s such an involved Daddy!) so I made sure to record it for him. I love that we now have that moment forever and wish that we were prepared enough the first time around to think to record Lakyn’s as well. Little Bit Bit’s bpm was 175, and he/she was moving everywhere. Lakyn was the same way, very active and her’s was 165 at this time point in the pregnancy.

Our next appointment is March 1 (my little brother’s birthday).

*Note: I wanted to take a minute to explain “Bit Bit”. For those that aren’t aware, when I was pregnant with Lakyn, we called her “Tidbit” that way we didn’t have to refer to her as “it”. We (I mainly) wanted to keep this baby’s nickname along the same lines. Thus, “Bit Bit” it is!

Little Bit Bit: Week 9

19 Feb

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Why do I struggle so much with morning sickness? I’ll never understand it. I should be gaining weight when I’m pregnant, not losing it. My meals consist of peanut butter and crackers, mashed potatoes, peanut butter granola bars, and chicken noodle soup. I know, it’s not healthy at all. Believe me, I know! I worry about the baby, about making sure that it’s getting the nutrients it needs. I realize that I need to be eating all these different things for the baby’s sake. BELIEVE ME! I GET IT! I kick myself over and over, I feel guilty beyond belief for not being able to take better care of this child, but those are the only things that I can tolerate enough to put in my mouth. I try to eat other things, but what’s the point if it’s just going to come right back up? Puking isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It hurts! I do what I can, though. I drink calcium fortified juices, I take a bite or two of yogurt every once in a while, I add milk to the mashed potatoes. But cheese is still a no-go. My stomach’s churning from just typing that.

My hope is that this will go away soon, or that my meds will kick in so I can start getting this baby what it needs.

My husband’s been amazing through all this. He runs out at the drop of a hat to get dinner or makes dinner for all of us. He made meatloaf and mashed potatoes the other night. He did wonderful! He’s also picked up my share of the slack around the house and he’s pulling double-duty Lakyn time since I’m either wasting away on the couch or have my head buried in the toilet. What an amazing man! I’m so incredibly lucky.

Little Bit Bit: Week 8

17 Feb

Cheese is currently the enemy.

 

And eating out at restaurants.

Little Bit Bit: Week 7

16 Feb

Monday, January 2, 2012

How I’m Feeling:

It’s been rough these past couple of weeks. Last Thursday I decided that it would be best if I went ahead and started taking my “morning sickness” medication because I didn’t want to be miserable while family was in town and we were celebrating our Christmas together. Plus, we had grand plans of a super New Year’s Eve buffet, complete with cheese fondue and chocolate fondue. I was making the cheese one and just the thought of melting cheese and the smell of garlic was enough to send me running for the bathroom. It’s so weird how something I love so much normally, is the thing that makes me feel sick the most. I love cheese and I LOVE garlic, and those two things so far this pregnancy are big no-no’s. But people, I wasn’t going to miss out on all that awesome food! Also, we weren’t telling family until Saturday afternoon even though we’d be hanging out with most of them Friday. I didn’t want to be a mopey, pukey mess on Friday. It would have been a major giveaway. So I decided to start with the meds so I could enjoy fun family time and great food. Can you blame me?

My plan is to stop taking the medication tomorrow. Bear with me while I try to explain this. When I was pregnant with Lakyn, I didn’t start taking the meds until I was 15 weeks. I wanted to wait it out until after my first trimester since it typically goes away then. When 12 weeks hit, I was so excited to finally be done feeling this way. I had an appt at the end of my 12th week and my doctor, obviously seeing that I wasn’t feeling any better, told me that sometimes it takes up to the end of the 13th week. She also reminded me that there was always the medicine if I wanted to try it (she brought this up in previous appointments, but I wanted to wait it out). At the end of the 13th week, I was still nauseous all the time and still having trouble keeping things down, and at the end of the 14th week, I had had enough. I’m pretty sure Brandon was more excited than I was to start the meds. It was really hard for him to see me that way, and when I’m miserable, it’s pretty hard for him not to be as well. So I started Zofran and just like a snap of the fingers, everything was back to normal! I didn’t feel nauseous anymore. I could think about food, be around food, smell food without gagging and throwing up. I could ride in a car without having to put my head between my knees. It was glorious and these tiny little pills were now referred to as my “magic pills”. As the pregnancy progressed, I would try to not take the pill to see if I could make it without. Even though I was on the medication until the day I had Lakyn, I was down to only half a pill once a day. That’s progress!

I feel the same way with this baby. I want to wait it out during the first trimester and see if it goes away. If we’re traveling down the same path as my previous pregnancy, then obviously I’ll start taking them again. Plus, the pills are working differently for this pregnancy. With Lakyn they took 100% of the sickness away. With this Jelly Bean, it’s only taking away 50%. That is something I’ve been very frustrated with these last few days. I know what it’s capable of doing, and its just not working that way! Of course, feeling this way constantly makes you think and do ridiculously crazy things. We’ll see what ends up happening.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Tonight was good. We got together with some friends for the K-State bowl game and even though our Cats couldn’t pull off the win, it was a good time. We told our friends Terri and Rachel by having Lakyn wear her ‘Big Sister’ shirt. They, just like the Grandmas, spotted it quickly! I actually felt pretty good that evening. I think it really helps to have distractions!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

I’m still taking the pills. If I’m feeling terrible either way, might as well just take them and help with a little bit of the nausea, right?

It still hasn’t sunk in that we’ve got another little one on the way. Brandon and I decided it must be that we have Lakyn and she’s our main priority right now. She’s where our focus is, so the fact that there’s a teeny tiny baby in my tummy still hasn’t completely settled itself in my brain yet.

This week ended in a very interesting way. I’m seriously still in awe. I texted my neighbor Sarah tonight to  tell her the new lights they installed outside their house looked really good. She texted back with her thanks, then texted me right back again with this…’I've been meaning to ask you, is there something you need to tell me?’

WHAT?!?!

I instantly ran to Brandon and checked Facebook to see who had posted something on my wall about the new baby. There was nothing. Not a single thing anywhere. At this point I decided to call her to see exactly what she was talking about. She proceeds to tell me that she’s been having dreams this week about being pregnant. Her exact words were, “and I’m definitely not, so that means someone close to me is. Is there something you need to tell me?” I laughed nervously and kept saying things like, “so weird” and “that’s crazy”, but I never came out and said yes or no.

AND THEN!

She says, “But then last night, I had a very vivid dream that we came over for Lakyn’s birthday party and she was wearing a ‘Big Sister’ shirt.”

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I made Sarah look out her bedroom window (which faces our kitchen window) as I held up Lakyn’s ‘Big Sister’ shirt. We had a good laugh about it for a while, but seriously ya’ll, how weird is that?!

Valentine’s Day

15 Feb

Who doesn’t love a day all about love? Alright, I’m sure there are plenty that don’t love V-Day, but I’m not one of them. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the hype of this day and I love that the Husband lets me.

Did you know that the first flower Brandon ever got me was a tulip? He actually picked a yellow one from K-State’s campus and it sat in a red solo cup on my dresser in my dorm room. Romance. They also made another appearance during Brandon and I’s first ever Valentine’s Day. A bouquet of gorgeous white tulips sat on a table set for a romantic dinner. (The story of our first Valentine’s Day is a story I HAVE GOT to tell you all sometime. Don’t tell B I told you this, but if I had to vote on all the romantic surprises he’s ever done for me, this one would win. I’m sure he’d take that as he’s never been able to ‘top’ a date we had 7 years ago, but everything about this one was perfect. Not that the others haven’t been perfect either, but, you get the point…) That date led to my decision of having my bridesmaids carry bouquets of white tulips in our wedding. I just love tulips, okay?! So how fitting was it that I woke up to a beautiful bouquet of pink and white ones Valentine’s morning? Along with those beauties were some yummy donuts for Miss Lakyn and me. Better believe those were gobbled up without hesitation.

Don’t think the Mister didn’t get a little surprise of his own. He was met with a sweet display after his long commute (of about 30 steps to the basement) to start his work day.

Us ladies were lucky enough to even get a lunch date with our favorite Valentine to Jason’s Deli. Yummy goodness.

Not only did L get donuts for breakfast and a lunch date with her Daddy, she scored some cotton candy flavored chapstick that she lurves, and she was fed candy hearts all day. Do you know how hard it is to not give a two year old candy hearts when she walks up to you full of sass, hand outstretched, and says, “gimme heart”? Yeah, it’s HARD. Don’t worry though, I made her say “please” and justified it with, “it’s Valentine’s Day” so we’re good. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

After we put that big personality to bed for the evening, B once again spoiled me by offering to make dinner for me. He asked what sounded good, I told him that steak with grilled zucchini or fettucine alfredo sounded amazing and he could choose whichever one he wanted to make. He decided on…both. That’s right ladies, he made me both! I told you I’m spoiled! It was delicious, and even though we didn’t eat even half of what was made it’s all good. Leftovers!!!

We were too stuffed for dessert.

I decided to end the evening with giving my wonderful Husband his Valentine’s gift. I handed it to him saying, “I hope you didn’t think that you were just getting a bunch of candy hearts today.” He of course responded with, “I don’t need anything else” like the good man he is. BUT, folks, he needed this and I loved making it for him!

It’s really hard for us to go on dates. Really hard, people. So, I made a little book full of date nights for us! The best part? We don’t have to find a babysitter. The second best part? The majority of them are free, or close to it! So I worked hard on coming up with 12 different ideas for “date nights in” that I knew both of us would enjoy. Then made little cards to write each activity on, and put the book together. Coming up with the ideas was definitely the hardest part, and while I can’t tell you which ones I ended up choosing since the Mr. reads the blog and we don’t open the envelopes until the morning of our date, I can give you some of the ideas that I didn’t end up choosing. Maybe that’ll pique his curiosity about what’s to come!

Ideas that I DIDN’T Choose:

-Water gun fight night

-Sketch artist night. Sketch a portrait of each other. Obviously I didn’t choose this one since I have no artistic ability.

-Ice Cream Shoppe night. Make whatever your little heart desires for dessert. Ice cream floats, ice cream sundaes, banana splits, etc. and enjoy them together.

-Cheese and wine tasting night. This preggo opted out of this one. For obvious reasons, but it’d still be fun to pick some cheeses and wines we’ve never had and explore them together. I’m keeping this one in mind for after the baby comes.

-Jammies, snacks, and shows in bed

-”Guy’s Night”: pizza, wings, and video games. Brandon doesn’t play video games so this one got the boot. It’d be fun for other couples, though!

 

I’m so happy I decided to put this together. I love that we now have planned evenings to spend time together, not worrying about things that need to be done, just enjoying each other’s company. I’m really looking forward to our dates and the fact that I know what we’ll be doing for each of them, is making it a bit hard on me. I want to tell Brandon so bad!!!! But I won’t. I can’t. It’s a surprise!

It was a wonderful day showering my two Valentine’s with love and I ended up getting a whole lot more in return. This Momma’s heart is full!

How was yours?

 

 

Little Bit Bit: Week 6

15 Feb

Monday, December 26, 2011

Ugh! We’re visiting my parents in Topeka and I feel terrible because I’ve just been a bum on the couch in my pj’s all day. It’s funny how after I had Lakyn, I forgot about so many things, little details, about the pregnancy, and now that I’m pregnant again I find myself remembering everything. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought to myself, ” ohhhhhyyeeaaaahhhhh. Yep, I remember this feeling.” I’m feeling pretty nauseous today and I’m sure I look absolutely fantastic to go with it!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Had Chipotle for dinner tonight. It didn’t stay in my tummy long. First time getting sick during this pregnancy. Bleh.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Threw up again this morning, but moving on to happier news…We had our OB appointment this morning! Wanna know what my favorite part was? Seeing my midwife! I’m not gonna lie here. After finding out I was pregnant, one of my first thoughts was, “now I get to see Jeane again!” This lady is amazing! For real, fo realz. If she ends up moving to Cali, or New York, or Montana, I’d move across the country with her (sorry Mom, but it’s true!), because I will not have anyone else deliver my babies. We found out that we won’t be able to have this baby at the same hospital we had Lakyn at due to some office changes with our doctor. We had Lakyn at St. Luke’s South and absolutely loved it there. The rooms were huge, the place was really nice and clean, it was updated, I loved that we stayed in one room the entire time, and the nurses were amazing. With Baby #2, we’ll be delivering at Overland Park Regional, which I’m sure is a wonderful hospital as well. We’ve had friends have their babies there and they really liked it. I’m just struggling with the change right now, but like I said above, I’d follow Jeane anywhere, so Overland Park Regional it is!

Our appointment went great. Went over the usual first OB appointment stuff. Our due date is Aug. 21, 2012. If you remember in a previous post, I guessed the 20th, so I was close! They drew my blood today for the lab work. It’s funny how labor and delivery changes a person. Before having Lakyn, I was TERRIFIED of needles. Someone would have to go with me whenever a shot or blood work was involved. I’d get all worked up and nervous beforehand, I’d never look at the needle, and I ALWAYS made sure I was in mid conversation with someone in hopes of distracting myself from the pain. I know, such a wimp! But it was true. I remember the first OB appointment with Lakyn. I went to sit in the chair and the nurse asked me if I was alright. I told her yes, that I just didn’t like needles and didn’t handle them well. She gave me this sideways glance and said, “and you’re gonna have a baby?” I proceeded to ask her if she wanted to get punched in the face. I kid, I kid! But I sure felt like it. How dare she mock me?!

Today was different though, as I was walking back to the chair Brandon asked if I wanted him to come with me to hold my hand. I told him no. I was feeling fine. Wasn’t worked up over it at all and I actually watched this time! After having a baby, getting blood drawn is a piece of cake! I laughed at how accomplished I felt when it was all done!

Tomorrow we have our first sono! We’re gonna get to see our little bit bit for the first time! We’re excited and we’re super excited to tell Brandon’s family in 3 days!

Remember, August 21st!

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Saturday, December 31st, 2011

We told Brandon’s family today! We had Lakyn wear her Big Sister shirt again and hung out until everyone noticed. It wasn’t long, though. My MIL saw it right away (love that both moms figured it out first)! The faces and reactions were great, and my SIL Monica says she’ll forgive me for lying to her these past couple of weeks! She’s been anxious for another niece or nephew and she’s been asking when it’s going to happen. It was hard to lie to her, but Brandon and I agreed we were going to wait to tell them until (most) everyone was together. Now we start telling the rest of our family and then we’ll move on to telling friends. Our plan is to tell as many people as we can in person. We’re going to make sure to get good use out of Lakyn’s Big Sister shirt!

Little Bit Bit: Week 5

14 Feb

Friday, December 23, 2011

Today I’ve definitely noticed the morning sickness. I’ve been finding that I’m constantly hungry and if I don’t eat quick enough, or eat enough, I start to feel sick. I’m continually munching on things and avoiding sweet things. They just do not sound good. I made a huge batch of cinnamon rolls this holiday season and I just had two little bites. :( At least those calories didn’t end up on my bum bum, right?!? And cream cheese? Yeah, forget about that getting anywhere close to me right now. Barf.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! Today was the day we told my family. We put Lakyn in her ‘Big Sister’ shirt and headed to Topeka. Upon arriving we took her coat off and it took my mom all of 5 seconds to notice the shirt! Her face was priceless! She looked at me and asked, “really?” After I nodded yes, she proceeded to give me the bear hug of all bear hugs. She’s pretty excited! After hearing my mom’s cheerful screaming, my dad and brother were quickly clued in. My parents have another grandbaby on the way and my brother’s going to be an uncle again! Now we can’t wait to tell Brandon’s side of the family this weekend!

Lakyn's Big Sister shirt