Thursday, September 22, 2011

little sis

We saw baby Charlotte this week! On a sonogram :). She looks beautiful, is big and healthy, and although she is pretty crammed, she has plenty of amniotic fluid, for which we are very thankful. My doctor actually was thinking my uterus was measuring slightly small, but when we did the ultrasound, it showed that Charlotte was measuring 5lb 8 oz!! That is crazy to me that she could be that big already! I am 34 weeks today, by the way... Well, I asked my doctor if the weight is ever very far off on a sonogram (because that just sounded so big!, and somehow I haven't gained more than I did with Anniston), and he said it can be off up to 20%...that's a pound at this point. Oh well, I am just SO very grateful to have another confirmation of a healthy baby, and it really just warmed my heart to think that she is doing so well! And could even be big!

She looks JUST like Anniston's sonogram pics to me. I know they're all fuzzy and generally look similar, but that profile with the chubby cheeks and pouty lips is all big sis.

OH, and we set the date for my section on October 26. I have a feeling it will change once they start checking how far I am progressing, because when I went in with Anniston at 37.5 weeks for the induction, I was 3cm 80% and was starting to have some regular contractions. I know it was a different situation though with a different baby, so we'll see!

Like every other pregnant woman, I get asked a lot "how are you feeling?", so I will just answer right here! :) I am feeling great. I have had some Braxton Hicks lately that I don't remember feeling this often with Anniston...not painful, just tight every now and then. And, I have had round ligament pain in my right lower abdomen usually if I stand up too quickly...not very often and really not bad. It is getting a bit harder to get up and down with Anniston, and I am having to rest a little bit more (nap when she naps). But other than that, I feel pretty energetic and refreshed, especially knowing that the start of fall is right around the corner: *think 4:05am tomorrow!!!

I think that is all of the Charlotte updates for now!

Monday, September 12, 2011

first day!

Just wanted to document Anniston's first day of "school" last Tuesday. :) It was a very cool start to the week, so we were able to pretend that it was fall and wear our long sleeves. She would NOT look at the camera on this day. I made the mistake of telling her that we were "going to see her friends" before I pulled out the camera, and she was just so ready...bag in hand.

I really do think she likes going, and I know it's only two days a week, but I still had a little trouble the first day. Nothing major, and I really wasn't worried about her; it was more of a guilty feeling. I think more of the guilt came from me knowing that her teachers probably aren't making her stand like we would be doing at home or working with her doing our exercises/homework from therapy. BUT, I know the benefits will outweigh those things for just a few hours a week because she is getting some much needed interaction with other children and even with other adults which will, prayerfully, boost her development.

SO, to distract myself from those feelings and to make it a fun thing, I focussed on her cute "gear" and thinking of lunch ideas :).

Here is her cute mouse lunch bag and her backpack. How clever is the cheese zipper on the mouse bag? :)

And here was her lunch. Peanut butter sandwich with veggie sticks, cheese, prunes, and applesauce...yes, our girl can eat. Actually, she has been a bit picky lately (where did this come from?), so I just packed as much as I could fit so she would get enough, ha.

Speaking of her being picky, I have decided to take the Babywise Mom's approach, and I am making sure to prepare her things that I know she likes (or asks for) for breakfast and lunch while being sure to give her what we are eating for supper, making sure there is at least one thing on the plate that I know she likes...with no compromises (not preparing her something completely different after she refuses...she will not starve herself, believe me). This way, I can keep introducing/re-introducing foods. She seems to be doing alot better with this approach. And, I am not going crazy trying to become the short-order cook that I swore I would never be...but was becoming! She was refusing things that she should like, though, so I really think it was more of an acting out thing...I'm learning.

Whew, that was a tangent... all in all, I think Mother's Day Out is going well, and I am thankful that she has the sweetest teachers! And, I will admit that it has been nice for me to run errands by my pregnant myself without needing to lift a toddler :).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

catching up and a God story

Bad blogger, yes I am. I feel like all I have done the last few weeks is paint. A friend of mine asked me to display some of my pieces in her new store which is opening tomorrow, and I have completed nine fairly large canvases for her. I will share more details and pictures soon...I feel blessed to have this opportunity :).

So needless to say, poor Charlotte's room has been on the back-burner. It is in order for today and this weekend though...sweet girl, I love you.

Anniston started MDO this week! She is liking it I think. I'm liking it...I think :).


Now that I am half-way caught up, I have a story that i have been MEANING to tell you for FOREVER. Really, it is embarrassing how long I have withheld this tale.

Let me see if I remember everything correctly (Beth Ann, let me know if I have missed something or written something wrong!)...

When I was pregnant with Anniston, this sweet little family a couple of states away was expecting a little girl as well, and their due date was near ours. WELL, they were planning to name their little girl Anniston Claire also! Completely separate from us...had never had any kind of contact with us and came up with the same name at the same time. CRAZY to me because I had A: never heard of the name Anniston before as a first name and B: had obviously never heard of the name with the same middle name that we had already chosen...Claire.

How we found each other: Beth Ann (Anniston Claire's mom), found this cute store on Etsy that sold personalized tea sets, and she ordered one for the little baby she was expecting. One night, they were trying to find a picture of the tea set online, so her husband just decided to google something like "Anniston Claire tea set" (I am probably butchering this). When the results popped up on Google, he immediately noticed that my mom's blog came up as one of the first hits asking people to fast and pray for our Anniston Claire!

Their family was moved by our story and knew that God wanted them to pray for our Anniston as they expected their sweet Anniston. They are an AMAZING, Godly family. How neat is that?! They asked their friends and family to pray, and they really partnered with us on their knees for our little girl. Through my mom's blog, they found mine, and they kept up with our story until Anniston was born...



They were born on the EXACT same day with the EXACT same name. And, I even think the time was almost the same? And maybe something else? I might need to be reminded, Beth Ann, if you are reading this! ha

We have remained friends and in contact from the beginning, and my mom is even super close to Beth Ann's mom now!

Immediately after they found us, Beth Ann knew she needed to send us a tea set, too, so we have one of our own! A custom Anniston Claire set to remind us of our wonderful, new friends! (tried to find the store on Etsy for a link, but can't find it:( ) Isn't it adorable?:

Speaking of adorable, is their Anniston Claire with her tea set at her second birthday party!:
SO sweet! Okay, she is just so so beautiful. I HOPE to meet them someday! These little girls will have the BEST tea party, I am sure :).

And, here is Anniston with her mom, Beth Ann! Isn't she beautiful, too?!

I feel so incredibly blessed and humbled to be able to share this story that could only have happened because of God. Their consistent prayers for us have meant more than they could ever know... we would not be where we are today without everyone's faithful prayers.

I mean, that's a pretty neat story, right? Same name and same birthday. And, maybe even the same something else that I cannot remember, ha. Jesus, you are so good and personal... Just another confirmation that He knows each of our names and every detail about us all.