Tuesday, March 29, 2011

27 weeks pregnant

I'm finally in my 3rd trimester! The light at the end of the tunnel, while faint, is visible! Baby development this week: the lungs and immune system are maturing this week, and if Jameson were born now, he'd have an 85% chance of survival. Brain waves are now firing just as those of a newborn would. He is about 14.5 inches long and just over 2 pounds. Jameson is quite an active little guy so far! I may have just forgotten the coolness of feeling a little one moving inside of you, but I feel like Jameson kicks and moves much more than Hendrix did. He's especially active between 11 PM and 5 AM! Hopefully that won't be a trend after he's born!!

New Toy!

Well, it's Tuesday - pregnancy blog day. However, I'm going to hold off and post the blog this evening from my new laptop that I got this weekend!!! I love my new toy. :o)

Friday, March 25, 2011

We made it to Friday.......

What a LONG week this has been! Not exactly sure why, but it has just dragged on and on......and on. BUT, we've finally arrived at Friday - thank goodness!I'm not working any overtime, and we have no travel plans for this weekend, and I'm so excited about the simplicity of it all! Here's the tentative plan:

TONIGHT: I've been craving B Dubs for 2 or 3 weeks now, so I think we're going out to dinner there. I also want to go shopping for a laptop (we got our tax refund today). With having 2 boys at home, I need mobile internet, because as it stands now, in order to get on my computer, I have to shut myself up in our office, and my computer is painfully slow, so doing something as simple as checking the weather can take, like, 1/2 hour. CRAZY! So, I think we're going to go to Best Buy, B-Dubs, and Menard's this evening. Probably in Findlay.

SATURDAY: With the supplies we purchase tonight at Menard's, we plan on starting to re-decorate Hendrix's room tomorrow. We've decided on a pond theme. We have a very big, grand idea for the room, but we'll see how it works out. The initial stage includes tracing large silhouettes of pond animals onto luan, cutting them out, and spray painting them a solid color (either a shade of green or brown) and hanging them on the walls. Tomorrow, I also plan on working on a couple more spring-cleaning projects. I'm making a big pot of vegetable soup for dinner. MMMMM.

SUNDAY: Nothing planned for Sunday, as usual. Church, leftover vegetable soup, nap, whatever. :) Sundays are my favorite!!

Hopefully I can get as much accomplished this weekend as I want to!!!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Big weekend!

This past weekend was a big one in our household! We didn't go anywhere, we didn't do anything special - other than the fact that our little Hendrix was moved to his big boy bed! It was definitely a bittersweet transition for me. I was very anxious about the whole transition, as I know that some kids have a very hard time with it.

We started Saturday evening. We did nothing different in our bedtime routine. We read our books, said our prayer, snuggled for a few minutes, and i laid him in the bed. Fully expecting him to get out of the bed, I jiggled the baby gate like I was going downstairs, but snuck into Matt and I'd bedroom and waited silently. I waited for 1 minute, then 2, then 5, then 15 minutes had gone by and I heard nothing. I peeked in the room and he was asleep! I was shocked and amazed! Sunday evening and last night - same thing. I fully expect there to be resistance at some point, and I'm sure I will have to physically put him back in his bed several times before the transition is complete, but so far we're doing wonderfully!

I'm so proud. But a little sad at the same time. As a mommy, I suffer from frequent guilt trips. :) I'm kind of on one of them right now, about putting him in the big-boy bed at such a young age, but then I use my rational mind, and I feel better about it. He can't be in a crib forever. In my personal opinion, I think no child needs to be in a crib past 2 years old. I believe 18 months is a good time to start the transition, and we're only 2 months ahead of that. Plus, he's a very mature child, and he's smart. He's not thrown any fits about it, and doesn't seem upset. I think part of my guilt is that he's being transitioned to a cot for naptime at daycare this week also. I feel like all of his baby-security measures are being taken away from him all at once. Makes me a bit sad, but again - he has to grow up at some point, and he's handling everything pretty well.

I'm not trying to grow my child up too quickly, but at the same time, I'm big on the idea of raising independent children. I don't want to have to wipe my 5 year-old's bottom every time he goes to the bathroom. I don't want to have to tie my kids shoes forever, or cut up their food forever, or have to hold their hands through every little detail of their life. Independence is important, and I'm just trying to breed that into my child(ren) from a young age.

But one thing's for sure - I no longer have a baby at home. I have a toddler. Good thing there's another baby coming along in a couple months, because I'm not ready to completely give up the baby-ness yet! :)

26 weeks pregnant

That's right - I'm in the last week of my 2nd trimester. Woo hoo!! This little boy is the most active thing.....I swear, my belly had to look like popcorn was popping in it last night when I was laying in bed.

Baby development this week: Air sacks are developing in baby's lungs, so he'd most likely be able to breathe on his own this week. He's practicing by inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid. His eyes are fully developed this week, and if they were open, he'd be able to see. Brainwaves for auditory and visual systems are now detectable - which means that baby can sense sound and light, though he may not know what it means yet. Baby will begin recognizing my voice, along with those around me (Matt, Hendrix). Baby is now about 1 and 2/3 lbs, and is around 14 inches long.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Some nice weather......finally.

Wednesday afternoon, it was in the mid-to-upper 50's, so we got outside for the first time this year! (Yesterday was even nicer, around 68, but the pictures below are from Wednesday afternoon).

As soon as Hendrix and I got home Wednesday afternoon, I dropped my stuff off in the house, and we stayed outside. He rather enjoyed playing with the snow shovel, as you can see below, even though there wasn't a speck of snow anywhere. He's just so darn cute..... :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

25 Weeks Pregnant

25 down, 15 to go.......Matt and I were talking last night. 15 weeks seems like a long time away, but in all reality, it isn't!!! Here's the "look-forward-to" list: Easter, Matt's birthday/Memorial Day, Jameson. Not too long of a list, huh?

Baby development this week: baby's hands are fully developed now, as is his sense of touch. He spends most of his time feeling around in his dark home. Arms and legs have grown to the proportions they will be at birth. The structure of baby's spine is made of up to 150 joints, 33 rings, and some 1,000 ligaments. WOW! Capillaries are now forming, giving baby a pink glow. Baby weighs about 1.5 lbs, and is around 13.5 inches long.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Post-Baby-Healthy-Body Plan

Not only am I dreaming of warmer weather, and getting this baby born (and OUT of me), I'm dreaming of getting back into good physical shape!

I'm going to be cancelling my YMCA membership when the year commitment is up in June. The membership costs $70/month. It's expensive, yes. It's a family membership, and I thought for sure we'd take Hendrix swimming a couple times a month, and that Matt might be interested in using it to shoot hoops or something (I should have known better). Well, I think since last June, we've taken Hendrix swimming maybe 4 or 5 times, and those swimming trips are the only times Matt has been in the Y. I like the idea of having access to a pool in the dead of winter, but at what cost? I can't afford $840 a year just to take my kids swimming a few times. We live a block away from a community pool during the summer, and there are two indoor water parks around the area for the winter months. I've figured that for a family of 4, it will cost us about $50 to take the boys to the indoor water park. We'd have to go 16 times a year for it to add up to more than the cost of a YMCA membership. I certainly don't see that happening!

So, I'm going to cancel the Y membership, and I'm determined to start jogging outside. I love to jog. That's basically all I do when I go to the gym anyway. I do a few of the weight machines, but mainly, I do cardio. I want a healthy heart, and cardio burns a lot of calories also. I've tried running outside before, and failed. Truth is, running outside is much harder than running on a treadmill. I didn't know this before, but I know it now, and I'm going to make necessary adjustments to make sure I don't fail. Running outside burns more calories, tones different and more muscles, and is much more scenic than running on a treadmill. There is a program online called Couch25K that helps beginning runners get to 3 Km, or 30 minutes of jogging within 3 months. I'm excited! We've got so many miles of scenic trails around us on which I can run. I've got 3.5 months until Jameson is born, then approximately 6 weeks of recovery (that puts me into August). I'm going to run outside until the weather gets too cold/snowy (I'm thinking sometime in November), then run at the workout room at my work (I understand that a 1% incline on the treadmill is the same as running outside). Then, I'll resume after spring hits again.

All I know is that I refuse to be that woman who gets done having her children, and weighs 50 pounds more than she did before she had kids. No. Way.

I'm spending the remaining 3 months of this pregnancy working on developing a healthy lifestyle plan to lose the baby weight, tone my body, and just be healthier overall. I'm well aware that getting 30 mins of exercise a day will be quite difficult with two young children, but I'm blessed with a helpful and understanding husband, and I know that I just have to make time for it. I want to stay healthy and fit for myself, my kids, and my husband, and I'm determined to do it!! :)

Ok, enough about exercise. I've probably bored you to tears..........

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

24 weeks pregnant

Today I'm 24 weeks - only 16 to go! Mr. Jameson is being rather active this morning!! :)

Baby Development this week: Baby is getting ready for life outside the womb, and will gain a 1/2 pound this week alone. Ears are fully functional now, and he can hear sounds outside the womb. Loud noises may startle him. (Time to teach Hendrix what an inside voice is!) The inner ear is also fully developed, so now baby can tell if he's right side up or upside down, and he can feel me moving. He's still about 12 inches long, but weighs about 1 and 1/3 lbs.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Playing in the snow!

As you've probably gathered by now, I'm playing catch up with the blog today!

Here are some pictures from a month or so ago. There was quite a bit of snow on the ground, but I think the temps were near the 40's, so we took Hendrix for a little snowy walk!

Hendrix wanted to help daddy shovel out the cars!

His little size 5 Nike footprint next to mine.

Talking to daddy about the snow.

Hi, mommy!

What do I do now?

Hendrix's bedroom

Well, at the end of January, Matt and I took a couple days off of work to re-organize our 2nd story, and to get Hendrix moved into his new bedroom. I promised pictures would come, and a month and a half later, here they are! :)

This was the room before we moved things around. This was our office/all-purpose room (as you can plainly see).

Hendrix enjoying the bookshelf in his new room.

The reading area.

His bed (we have yet to re-decorate).
We really want to re-decorate and give his bedroom a new theme, but I'm so un-decided as to what theme to go with. We originally wanted to do a midieval castle theme, but lately he's so into animals, I kind of want to do a jungle theme. The next dilemma is that about a year to 18 months from now, we'll be putting the boys in the same room, and I'm not sure if I'll want to change the theme at that point either...... I guess for now the room will remain theme-less...

Family weekend in Indiana (3/5 and 3/6)

We headed to Indiana Saturday morning to make lots of visits to friends and family. We drove, 1st, to Muncie, and stopped at Marsh to see all of our old co-w0rkers. We were there for about an hour, and it was nice to see everyone. Then, we stopped by Gina's house, another co-worker who was off that day. Gina has 2 pet turtles, so you can imagine Hendrix's fascination! Next, we headed to Noblesville, and stopped at Jack and Melissa's house. Jack's youngest son is probably 14-15 years old, so they haven't had young children in their house for a long time. Needless to say, it's NOT childproof!! We were there for about 2 hours, and it was so stressful chasing Hendrix around, trying to make sure he didn't break anything......and it wasn't a complete success either. He knocked over a flower pot and it broke. :( Sorry Melissa!!!

After Noblesville, we drove back up to Elwood and went to one of Matt's parents' church members' 95th birthday party. We were there for about 1/2 an hour, and then headed to Larry and Joyce's house. We got our air mattress and the Pack&Play set up, rested for a few minutes, then Britt/Landon and Jon/Rachael arrived. We all just hung out and spent time together. It was really enjoyable, despite our exhaustion! Hendrix and Landon were just toooooo much fun together!! Here are some pictures of the two Metz boys!

Me (in my jammies) snuggling with Landon and Hendrix!

Matt and Grandpa with the boys.

Playing Mr. Potato Head

Landon says, "whatcha doin' down there, Hendrix?"

Dancing with the drum in circles around Brittany!

Sunday morning, we went to church with my parents, then out to lunch at El Camino in Portland. Mmmmm, it was so yummy! After lunch we went back to mom and dad's for a quick piece of cake, then we hit the road to head back home. It was definitely a whirlwind of activity, as it always is when we go home. We won't be doing any traveling any time soon, if I have anything to say about it. It gets upsetting to me (and maybe only to me), that we go home so often, and not many people come to see us in Ohio. I get that it's hard for people to travel 2.5 hours to visit, but that works 2 ways. It's hard for us as well, especially with a busy toddler who thrives on our routine. But what can I do?

Overall, it was an enjoyable weekend. But I'm definitely ready for a (long) string of weekends spent at home!!! :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Busy weekend ahead!

We're so excited - we're heading to Indiana tomorrow! We're 1st going to stop at Marsh in Muncie to visit with all of our old co-workers. After that, we're heading to Noblesville to visit Jack and Melissa, friends of ours. Then, we're heading to Elwood for game night at Matt's parents' house. Sunday morning, we're going to church with my family, then having lunch and spending some time with them. We haven't seen Matt's family since Christmas, and we only saw my parents for a couple hours at the beginning of February. We're excited!!!

I took Hendrix to the doctor for his 15 month check up this week. Poor baby had to get 2 booster shots: his 2nd HIB, and his 1st MMR. He screamed of course, but it only lasted a few seconds. I took some pictures of him in the waiting room before his appointment. He's just growing up way too fast. **Bittersweet**

I don't remember when my next OB appointment is, but I'm thinking it's coming up within the next week or two. I'm anxious to go. I never got my results back from the quad test. The hospital had told me I was missing an important paper they needed to perform the lab work, but stated they would call the doctor's office that Monday and have them fax it over. If they failed to do that, I'm going to be angry. So I'm wanting to ask the doctor about that. I also want to ask about gestational anemia. I had low iron when I was pregnant with Hendrix, and am about sure I have it again this time around. I've never been so constantly tired in my life! I'm pretty sure I could sleep for 16-18 hours a day if I had the's discouraging to never have any energy. Especially with a 15 month old in the house!
Well, I hope to post weekend pics early next week. Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rocking out on the "guitar!"

I spoke to the surgery coordinator, and Hendrix's tubes surgery is rescheduled for April 18th. I hate to push it back like that, but unfortunately had to do it to be able to miss work without penalty. It's so ridiculous.

After work yesterday, I took Hendrix to get his hair cut. It was his third time getting it cut. The 1st time, he sat there, and didn't flinch! The second time, he had quite a meltdown. This third time, he wined a bit, and of course turned his head to try and get away from the stylist, but it wasn't a meltdown, and he just looks so handsome with his new haircut!

Last night, he was quite interested in our guitar for Rock Bank (Wii). Below are pictures of him rocking out. :)

Blurry blurry Hendrix head!

Wow, daddy! Look what I can do!

What do these levers do?

Fun buttons!

I just LOVE his facial expression in this one!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Wish we could afford for me not to work......

I feel like I've been slacking in my blogging lately. Life just never stops, I swear!!

Well, I spoke to the ENT today, and had scheduled Hendrix's tubes surgery for Monday, March 28th. But my department at work tells me the vacation schedule is full for that day and they're unable to give me the day off. I'm so upset. I've been fighting (and giving into) tears all morning. I've had enough of this department's unwillingness to work with any aspect of its employees' lives outside of this job. THIS JOB IS NOT MY PRIORITY, AND IT NEVER WILL BE! But anyway, I've got a message into the surgery coordinator, and I'm seeing about rescheduling it. If that's not an option, I'm going to see if I can get FMLA. It just amazes me that I'm asking for 1 day - not 2 or 3, not a whole week - for my son's surgery, and this department's management is just like, "Sorry!!" Ugh I'm so disgusted.

This latest work situation is driving me closer to moving to part-time second shift. Matt and I have talked about it. I'm thinking I'd work either 5-9P or 5-10P Monday through Friday. That way, I could be with the boys during the day, and Matt could be with them in the evenings. We wouldn't have to ever worry about ridiculous issues such as the not-being-able-to-get-off-for-necessary-events, child sickness, etc. We'd eliminate the cost of daycare. I'd be making about 1/2 as much money, but as it stands right now, Hendrix's daycare costs me 1/2 of my paycheck anyway, so financially, we'd be sitting at about the same place.

I'm struggling so much right now emotionally with making the decision regarding working and being a mom. My child (soon to be children) are the utmost priority for me right now, and I've got to do what's best for them. I just wish I could figure it out.

Prayers for wisdom are appreciated!!!

23 Weeks Pregnant

Baby's development this week, at 23 weeks gestation:

Baby practices breathing by sucking the amniotic fluid in and out of his lungs. Baby is packing on the weight - he will double in weight over the next 4 weeks! Skin is becoming less see-through, and the body is becoming more proportionate. He is about 11 and 1/2 inches long and weighs about 1 pound.