Archive | May, 2012

Little Bit Bit: Week 26 – A Week Late…

21 May

Yeesh, I promise I’ll try to look better for the next picture!

Same ol’, same ol’ here. Still plugging away on organizing the storage room so we can get down to it with the nursery. Still no idea on how we’re going to decorate it. Still no baby name.

But hey, we’ve got 96 days left, right? :/

 

How far along? 26 Weeks, 3 Days
Total weight gain: Finally hit the 10 pound mark! My doctor is going to be so happy!
Maternity clothes? Yes, although the pants I’m wearing in the picture above are my regular pants.
Stretch marks? No new ones.
Sleep: Awful. Between getting up to pee at least twice, waking up because my arm has fallen asleep from sleeping on my side, and Lakyn not sleeping well, I should be good and used to the newborn schedule by the time Bit Bit gets here.
Best moment this week: Having a dream about Bit Bit and seeing her face! This was so weird to me because I NEVER see faces in my dreams, but there she was, looking exactly like her sister, but had her Daddy’s eyes! I’m so excited to see what she really looks like!
Miss Anything? Besides the obvious, I miss being able to sleep at night without waking up sweating. Yes, I’m warm already and it’s only May. I also miss not being able to walk up our stairs without getting winded. Seriously.
Movement: Late at night, early in the morning, and early afternoon are her most active times.
Food cravings: Nothing at the moment.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m always nauseous when I wake up in the morning, but I take half a pill and I’m good to go. No food aversions lately!
Symptoms: Back pain has kicked in. Also, I’ve really been feeling the extra weight lately. I just feel so heavy all of the time now. I don’t remember feeling this way with Lakyn. It sure is adding to my exhaustion.
Belly Button in or out? In, but getting shallow
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but so so tired.
Looking forward to: Getting my glucose test over with this week, then moving on to bi-weekly appointments!

Mother’s Day 2012

18 May

We make the most of our holidays around here, and even though Mother’s Day isn’t the most glamorous of holidays it ranks right up there with the rest of them for me. Since becoming a momma, I’ve learned all sorts of new things about myself and about life. I’m sure I have way more learning to do, as I’m only 27 (!!!!!), and I’m positive the addition of Bit Bit will teach me a few more things, but I’m feeling pretty good in my newfound mommahood/life knowledge right now.

For instance, I’ve learned to have patience. I would never have considered myself a patient person before Lakyn. My husband would probably argue that I’m still not, and I’d agree that I’m not really patient in any aspect of my life except for where Lakyn is concerned.

I’ve learned that my Dear Momma may not have been as crazy as I thought she was. (Love you, Mom!) You know how it goes. Every teenage daughter says it, “I’ll never be like my mother”. Oh, how silly we daughters are! Maybe she really did just want what was best for me. And I like how the realization sneaks up on you. My favorite are the  little things, like how my go-to pet name for Lakyn is ‘Punkin’, just like my Mom called me. Or how I hear my mother’s laugh in my laugh from time to time, or heaven forbid I get to laughing really hard and I snort like she does! Earlier last week, the Hubs and I were enjoying some play time with Lakyn and I called her ‘stinkpot’. Brandon then asked where I came up with that term? I didn’t have an answer. I honestly didn’t know, it’s just what came out. It’s since happened a few more times as Lakyn’s showing more and more of her ornery side, but a few days later, Lakyn and I called my Mom to talk. Lakyn was preoccupied with something else and told Grandma she didn’t want to talk to her, at which Grandma called her a ‘stinkpot’. BINGO. That’s where I got it. I sound like my mother.

Above all else, is learning that there’s nothing better, nor anything harder than being a mom. That the responsibility of taking care of another human isn’t easy, that sometimes its downright scary, and that some days just require multiple timeouts. For your child and you. Learning to get over what other people think of ‘the mom with the screaming child in the grocery store’ because my daughter is throwing a fit about wanting candy and by golly I’m not giving in!  And having to remind yourself to count to 10…or 30. Maybe counting to 30 three times. In spanish, french, and german.

But the good moments far outweigh all the tough moments. Notice I didn’t say bad. There are no bad moments in parenthood. Just tough learning moments. Like when she calms down and says, “I’m sorry Momma” and I’m instantly at ease. Or when she says, “Had fun today” while we’re tucking her in bed for the night. Or when I’m kneeling on the floor to pick up toys and she runs up throwing her arms around me saying, “tackle you!”. Yeah, picking up the toys can wait. I live for the special, sweet little moments like when Lakyn and I are running errands during the day and she says, “something’s missing.” I ask her what it is and she says, “Daddy” while nodding her head. Be still my heart!

I’ve learned that I’ll pretty much do anything to see her sweet smile or hear her contagious laugh. Even if it means I have to sing the same song 20 times in the most ridiculous voice I can muster, pretend to eat a stinky shoe, squeeze my childbearing hips down the tunnel slide at the park for the umpteenth time because she says, “your turn, Mommma”, or spend a quarter to let her ride those stupid horse ride machine things outside of the stores. Okay, so that one hasn’t actually happened yet, but I know I’d gladly let everyone stare at the child riding the insanely loud rocking horse and the mom standing to the side cheering her on, if it means I get a minute of Lakyn laughs and smiles. In a heartbeat.

 

So when Brandon asked what I wanted to do for Mother’s Day, of course it was going to involve spending time with my two favorite people! I didn’t want to do anything fancy, nor did I need a fantastic gift. I decided that we’d go to a local farm and pick strawberries. Since we couldn’t fit in apple picking last fall, I was super excited to go pick yummy strawberries and Lakyn seemed like she was pretty interested in the idea, too. The day started with donuts and a handmade card (my favorite) from Lakyn and Brandon. It was seriously one of the sweetest things and I’ll treasure it forever! We had such a good time picking strawberries and I’m pretty sure Lakyn managed to put more of them in her mouth than in the bucket. She’s sneaky like that.

 

 

 

Being a parent isn’t always fun and games, and I’m fully aware of that. It’s a lot of trial and error, a generous helping of “your guess is as good as mine”, and a dash of “we should have tried this a long time ago”. I’m thankful for Mother’s Day and all the other special days that let me reflect on how amazingly blessed I am. I’ve always known I have wanted to be a mom. I just never knew how utterly fantastic it was going to be.

 

Pascha (Easter) 2012 Picture Dump

15 May

Yep, this is a little late and seeing how I only have about 5 minutes to write this, I’m gonna skip the words and just give you what you want to see anyway. Pictures. And lots of them. Enjoy.

 

 

Little Bit Bit: Week 24

2 May

I’ve said it before and I’ll surely say it again, but where in the heck is the pause button?! You know those hourglass things with the sand? You know how when you watch them, it feels like it’s taking forever for the last grain to fall? Well, this time I feel like I’m trying to slow it down. Like I’m trying to cover the open end but the sand keeps slipping through my fingers. We have so many things left to do, and I feel like we have no time! This is me officially freaking out.

In other news, Bit Bit has started having hiccups! I’m really enjoying being able to feel all her movements and see my stomach move along with her.

 

How far along? 24 Weeks
Total weight gain: 7 pounds. Finally making some progress here!
Maternity clothes? pants, yes. Still wearing regular tops and dresses
Stretch marks? Not yet
Sleep: sleeping great
Best moment this week:  Finally starting on clearing out our storage room. Which means we’re one step closer to starting on the nursery!
Miss Anything? Oddly, I see people out running all the time right now, and I think to myself, ‘Wish I could do that right now.” WHAT IN THE WORLD IS WRONG WITH ME!?!? It’s the classic “you can’t do it/can’t have it, so now all of a sudden you want it.”
Movement: more & more each day, with the addition of HICCUPS!
Food cravings: still sweets. I’ve got to figure out a good compromise so I don’t gain 60 pounds. This week the craving is cotton candy. <—Yeah, that’ll get me in trouble, real fast.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I threw up in the bathroom of a restaurant last night. Now I have the awesome pleasure of being able to say that I did that with both my pregnancies. Yippee.
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: I’ve been dealing with round ligament pain since about 10 weeks. No joke when I say that I feel like I’m blowing out an ovary whenever I sneeze or move too quickly. That biz hurts!
Belly Button in or out? In, but it’s getting more shallow every day. It never popped out with Lakyn, but maybe it will with Bit Bit?
Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY, but I can cry and get all emotional at the drop of a hat.
Looking forward to: making more progress. I’m most concerned about the crib. I don’t want to have a newborn and still be waiting on the crib to get here. Think I can talk to the Husband into getting it before we have room for it in the nursery?