Thursday, August 18, 2011

29 weeks!

Okay, so this picture was actually taken Sunday at 28.5 weeks :). Officially in the third trimester for a week now!

I already feel this guilt concerning Charlotte since I have not done an adequate job of documenting this pregnancy or just things about her in general...I know I shouldn't feel that way, but I do want to do better!

We already think she is such a sweet girl :). She is very active inside me, but I don't think her jabs are quite as strong as Anniston's were at this point. Don't get me wrong, Anniston is VERY sweet, but she is also VERY strong (more on that later). Charlotte is active when I am resting, as I guess most babies are, and I enjoy watching my stomach move around...lately 10pm has been a pretty "awake" time for her :).

I have felt great this pregnancy! I had a little more queasiness than I did with Anniston during the first trimester, but I never actually "got sick", so I know to be very grateful for that. I was tired the first several weeks and craved fruit and sour candy. Although I have gained weight steadily (those lbs just keep piling on!), I am gaining at exactly the same rate as I did with Anniston, so I am also grateful for that not being too different.

My body being different has not affected me too much...I do notice it more now when getting up off of the floor after playing with Anniston, but honestly I really feel good and like I can do most things. OH, but leg cramps have been a little more frequent this go-around...trying to load up on potassium and fluids. And, I had some heartburn pretty bad a few days ago, but then again, eating spicy food and chocolate chip cookies probably didn't help :).

I have been working on Charlotte's nursery and am excited! We are keeping Anniston in her crib for a while longer (for many reasons), so we bought a new crib for Charlotte. It was SO reasonable, and I LOVE it! I have been through all of Anniston's baby clothes and just need to wash them for Charlotte. OH, and I found a cute dresser on craigslist that I am going to paint.

Well, that is all of the Charlotte news that I can think of right now. We are so excited to meet you, sweet girl!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

growing up!

These pictures are from after church last week. I have been meaning to bring up the fact that Anniston just started going to the church nursery!!! Finally!! This past Sunday was her third time to go alone :). I know I have mentioned this a couple of times, but it has been a while, I think...Anniston has supposedly had some levels associated with her immune system that were a little low since birth, so her doctor (specifically her immunologist) has placed pretty strict orders on her since that time to not be around very large groups of people, specifically children carrying their children germs :). She also has never had a live vaccine (Might not ever, but this is not a big deal since it is only a couple of vaccines, and she is basically vaccinated since everyone else is...make sense? She has had all of the other vaccinations, though...don't worry!) This immune "issue" is something that bloodwork shows she is growing out of, so we are very thankful for that fact!

These restrictions were VERY firm until she was one, but the last year we have pretty much lived life as normal, taking her anywhere and not worrying about having to sit in the corner of a restaurant or trying to get somewhere late so as to limit the number of people around her/touching her. (Although, I am still a little crazy about wiping things down.) The main restriction her doctor gave us was no church nursery or daycare. Not that big of a deal, but it was really getting difficult sitting in a service with a curious toddler! So...we would often skip or one of us would sit out with her in a special little playroom. (I know not many people are in a situation like this, but I now have a heart to look for them. If you know anyone in your church who cannot put their child in the nursery for a time, please offer to watch their child one Sunday during will seriously bless them. We had some sweet friends and family do that a couple of times for us, and I will never forget it.)

So anyway, now she is allowed go!

You know how a lot of children have separation issues, and they don't want to leave their parents? Well, although Anniston has been a bit of a mama's girl lately (totally hate it :)), she has been LUNGING out of our arms to play with the kids in her room. It makes me so glad...and kind of sad that she hasn't had much of that interaction sooner.

Funny: her second week to go to the nursery, we were walking her to her room, and she passed another room that was not hers (the baby room). She got pretty upset because we had to pass up the room that I guess she thought was hers, and she was crying when we arrived at her actual door. I know the workers must have thought, "oh no, this little girl is going to have trouble coming in here", but NO...Anniston was falling out of our arms to play with her sweet friends. I asked her, "do you want to go inside and play with your friends?", and she immediately stopped crying and emphatically nodded her head yes (this is a signature Anniston-move lately...large nods :)). She did not skip a beat once inside. Oh, and I think she eats all of their goldfish :).

So then, when we go and pick her up, most of the boys and girls are standing at the door, waiting eagerly for their parents. Maybe once she gets to know the drill, she will be doing the same, but what was Anniston doing?? Playing, playing, playing. She doesn't even get very excited when she sees us. It is SO fun in there. We saw her talking on the "phone" with one of her little friends in the room one week, and it made our hearts so glad.

I love that she is learning from being around other children, and I love that Stan and I can have that hour together learning and worshipping...feeling like an actual couple. It has been good for us all :).

*Another note is that her immunologist also gave her the go-ahead to start a mother's morning out program for two days a week this fall. (Still couldn't be in a facility that also operated a daycare, so a little bit of a restriction there...not a big deal.) This is something that her therapists have been bringing up more lately, as it will help her with her development/progress to watch and imitate other children. I'm excited about it but also kind of sad... It has always mostly just been me and her during the weekdays, but she is growing up! I always viewed mother's day out as something that would be so great for me if we ever decided to do it, but I am more looking forward to how helpful it will be for her.

Have I mentioned how healthy Anniston is and has really always been??? Sometimes it seems crazy that we even go to some of these doctors because I just want to be like: "Look at her. She is fine. Please don't draw her blood and make her scream." So thankful for her health.

Well, what was going to be a short update turned into a long one! Oops. Hope you are having a great week!

**Oh, and just a neat God-thing about the nursery: The preschool minister told me last Sunday that of Anniston's four (I think) teachers, one is a surgeon, one is an occupational therapist, and one is a NICU nurse. How cool is that? You cannot tell me that He is not a personal God :).

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

two things about me right now:

#1. I have had a MAJOR case of fall started at least a month ago, but I thought I would wait until August to share :). I don't think this has anything to do with me being pregnant in this crazy heat. It's just the way I am, but it started super early this year. I joined Pinterest about a month ago, and half of my pins are for fall and Christmas...

#2. I have had a MAJOR sweet tooth lately. There may or may not have been an incident involving generic fudge striped cookies yesterday. I confessed to Stan, and he was pretty appalled. Like, mouth hanging open appalled. I'd like to think that I have had my pregnancy "moment" and that now I can move on. Maybe? Surely.

Speaking of sweet tooth and fall (you will hopefully understand the fall part in a second), we made these Cinnamon Roll Pulls last Saturday for breakfast:

I was going to type out the recipe, but I figure you can just click on the link above, k? It was very good...definitely too much for our little family, but I can see it being served on a cool fall Saturday morning to company. I like the rustic presentation, and it is SO easy. The only change I would make would be to cut the cinnamon/sugar mixture maybe even in half. The recipe seemed to call for a little much, but maybe our loaf of bread was extra small or something, not sure. Just do it to taste, though. Also, I would make the butter and cinnamon/sugar mixtures the night before to save time the next morning. It's really fun to make if you decide to indulge!

(And, it is DEFINITELY an indulgence. NOT so much health food. Sorry!)