Tuesday, April 26, 2011

31 Weeks Pregnant

Today marks the beginning of my 31st week of pregnancy. Each week is 1 closer to having another little precious boy to snuggle!

Baby's development this week: Due to increasing space constraints, the hands and feet stay close to the body (fetal position). He can now process information from all 5 of the senses. At this point, the lungs are the only body system that's not fully mature. Baby weighs approximately 3 and 1/2 lbs and is around 16 inches long. He will continue to gain about 1/2 lb a week from here on out - wow!

I returned my fetal doppler this past week. I have been going to the doctor every two weeks. And anyway, this little man never stops moving! I distinctly remember having "freak-out" periods when pregnant with Hendrix - he would stop moving for a few hours at a time, and it really made me nervous. Not to much the case with Jameson. It's a 24/7 gymnastics party in there with him!

We don't have a TON of stuff to do before his arrival, but there's definitely a list:
1) Raise the crib mattress to its highest position.
2) Wash all the crib and changing table sheets.
3) Get the bumper pads back on the crib.
4) Remove the old bookshelf from J's room and replace it with a new one, like the one we have in H's room.
5) Vacuum and dust J's bedroom.
6) Get all the baby stuff out of the attic (bouncy seat, baby bath, exer-saucer, etc).
7) Get out and wash all bottles and pacifiers.
8) Get out and wash all burp rags.
9) Get another glider rocker to put in H's bedroom so we can use the one we have for J's room.
10) Wash all J's clothes.

Ok, so the list is a bit longer than I expected. Geesh - we better get started. 9 weeks left - that's a little over a task a week!!! Eep! (Very exciting!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend celebrating the fact that He is risen!

Our weekend was pretty low-key, as usual. Matt's best friend, Wade, along with his wife and 3-year old daughter stayed with us Thursday night, as Wade's grandfather passed away and his funeral was Friday, in the Findlay area. Friday evening, we had dinner with them at our house. We had planned to go out, but Hendrix came down with a 103 degree fever, so Matt and Wade ran into Bowling Green and got Mexican take out and brought it back to our house so that I didn't have to drag my sick boy out. After dinner, they took off and headed back to Indiana.

Saturday morning, Hendrix woke up at 6:30 ( about an hour earlier than usual), and he was still running a 101 degree fever, but it progressively got better throughout the morning, which was great! By Saturday evening, it was hovering around 99. Matt and I were supposed to have date night, as free daycare was provided at the church. But we didn't feel right about taking Hendrix out since he hadn't been feeling well, so we stayed home.

Sunday morning, I made a breakfast casserole and breakfast pizza for church. I didn't get any of the pizza, but the casserole was excellent and I look forward to making it for us at home! Hendrix hunted for eggs at church, and we were home by 1 pm. Hendrix was a bit challenging for us this weekend, and he wanted to fight me for his nap. After struggling with him for 20 minutes, he finally fell asleep, and so Matt and I both layed down and napped also.

I'm sure it's just another of the many phases he's going to go through, but he's been testing our patience to the limit the past few days! I just keep telling myself that I can't let him get to me, and I cannot give in, or he'll just misbehave even more. It tests me, but I'm staying strong. I won't have a bratty child, and I know that my perseverance will pay off eventually!
Here are a few pictures from the weekend. Enjoy!

Hendrix hunting eggs at church - the hunt was moved indoors due to rain.

Eating breakfast at church!

Playing with his new watering can from granny in the bathtub.

Hendrix's goods from the Easter Egg Hunt!

Being silly with daddy at breakfast, at church on Sunday morning.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dreams of summer.....

Well, the end of April is quickly, and it's still so darn chilly! Boo!!

But, I am dreaming of the warm (and even hot) sunny days of summer, with green leaves on the trees, soft green grass underfoot, and the sound of crickets and locusts on muggy evenings......Ahhhh.

This summer, granted, may not be much fun, with us having a newborn, non-sleeping creature running the household, but we'll still try to squeeze in as much fun activities for Hendrix as possible. What I'm really dreaming about is next summer.

Jameson will be a year and Hendrix will be 2 and 1/2. We can do so many fun activities! They'll both enjoy things such as the zoo, the swimming pool, the park, and something I'd LOVE to start doing (and this is going to seem weird coming from me): camping!

I'm sure the first time we camp, we'll only do 1 night, and maybe only do 1 night that whole first summer. And we'll try out a night in the back yard before we trek off somewhere away from home and have to come home in the middle of the night due to a meltdown! But when I think of camping, (and I may be a cornball for saying this) I think of a genuine family-bonding experience. Sitting around a campfire, being silly with the boys, playing games, going swimming during the hot afternoons, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, waking up to awesome sunrises, having get it. I may be in for a completely different story when the time arrives that we pack up and head off to a campground somewhere, but it just sounds so fun, and I'm definitely looking forward to it!

I was just on the Coleman website looking at tents, and you can get a very nice sized tent that sleeps 6 for about $150. I don't think that's bad. I'm a hasty buyer, so it's taking self control not to buy it now, but I promise I'm not going to! Hahaha. I just get really excited about things. Matt and I already have an air mattress, and I've been wanting to get cots for the boys, so we wouldn't have to sleep on the hard lumpy ground. I figure we could sleep in one room of the tent, and leave the other room for our food and supplies. Ohhh, my mind is running with this, I just have to pitch it to Matt and get him on board with me.

If you know us well, you know that we aren't very "outdoorsy" folks. Hahahaha!! Don't misunderstand, we thoroughly enjoy spending time outside, but we've never camped, nor were we brought up in families that camped. And if you know me well, you know that I'm, well.....terrified of insects. I love spending time outside, and I'll definitely have the bug repellent handy! Despite this paragraph (that probably makes me sound like a complete loony toon), I still think it will be a totally awesome family experience, and I'm looking forward to next summer!
And of course this summer too - but as I mentioned, it's hard to have fun when you're exhausted from lack of sleep! :o) :o) :o)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

30 Weeks Pregnant

I'm 75% of the way to being a mommy of 2! Woo hoo!!

Baby Development this week: The brain is starting to wrinkle and fold, which means lots of brain cells are developing! The fingernails and toenails are complete, and the bone marrow is now in complete charge of producing red blood cells. Baby is starting to shed his lanugo (the fine hair covering his body). When awake, his eyes are open and he passes the time by looking and feeling around. This week the majority of his energy has been spent on brain development, so weight/height gain hasn't been tremendous. He now weighs approximately 3 lbs and is around 15.5 inches long.

Jameson is still as active as ever. I specifically remember Hendrix going through periods of rest, when he wouldn't move for sometimes a few hours at a time. That is so not the case with Jameson - this little boy moves 24/7!!! Hope he slows way down once he's out of the womb!!

Dual Myringotomy and Ear Tube Insertion

AKA - tubes. :o) The day kind of snuck up on us, but yesterday was it. Hendrix did as well as could be expected for a 17 month old going through surgery. Momma was proud.

We were instructed to be at the hospital at 6 am, which we were. We got registered quickly, and were taken back to the pre-op area about 6:30. The anesthesiologist and Dr. Baxter both came in to talk to us, and surgery started right at 7:30, as scheduled.

Matt had been holding Hendrix, and before I even knew what was happening, the anesthesiologist had taken Hendrix and we were following him down the hall to be taken to surgery. I didn't get to kiss him goodbye or anything, but after the fact, I look at that as a positive thing, as I think maybe it would have upset Hendrix had I kissed and hugged him. I don't think he even really knew what was going on. A formal goodbye would have given him the realization that he was going to be separated from us. But anyway, we got to then end of the hallway, and Hendrix and the doctor turned right and Matt and I turned left and headed out to the waiting area. I cried a little bit. :)

But from the time we handed Hendrix off to the doctors until our pager went off to talk to the Dr. Baxter was literally, less than 15 minutes. After we talked to Dr. Baxter, we waited again, for them to wake him up from the anesthesia. That took about another 10 minutes. Then we got to go back and get him. Poor little bug was just crying and crying. Inconsolable was probably an appropriate word. They had warned us he might be like that. I guess it's a common effect of the anesthesia. You can't blame the poor babies. They feel totally loopy and confused and have no idea why. We sat there with him and snuggled him for about 1/2 an hour, then the nurse checked his vitals, all were well, and we were able to head home.

Pretty impressive, in my opinion, for a 7:30 surgery, for us to be home at 8:45 am!! Hendrix fell asleep in the car on the way home, and slept for about an hour once we got him home. When he woke up, he was still very fussy, though somewhat consolable at this point. We gave him a fruit and yogurt parfait we had picked up at McDonald's and he ate that and most of a blueberry waffle. We were able to occupy him for a few hours. We had corn dogs and chips for lunch. The chips were not healthy at all, but I knew he would eat them, so I gave him some, and of course, he chowed down. :)

I was noticing that whenever he burped or hiccuped (anything that rapidly changes the pressure on your ears) he would cry. I gave him some motrin at noon, and it seemed to help. He went down for another nap around 1:45 and I had to wake him up (very much against his will) around 3:15. After the afternoon nap, he was doing much better, and the rest of the evening went pretty smoothly, other than a few grouchy moments! :o)

I'm hopeful that next sick season, these tubes will keep the poor little guy from having painful ear infections. But I hope we don't have to go through any more surgeries. It's hard - on both the baby and the mommy!!!

Checking out the medical equipment in the pre-op area.

He kept trying to sneak away, and peek under the curtain!

Playing in the crib before surgery.

Sacked out at home afterwards. Poor little bub.

Here are some pictures from the morning.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

New hobby???

So, Matt and I have been working diligently on re-decorating Hendrix's bedroom in the pond life theme. We've been working on the feature of the room for the last couple weeks (soon to be revealed!), and since Saturday, I've been doing some sewing. I really love to use my sewing machine, and I enjoy making things, but I get so frustrated because I really don't know what I'm doing, technically! I'm thinking about buying "Sewing for Dummies." I can get it for $10 on my kindle, and I'd love to be able to make fun curtains, tablecloths, purses, pj pants, and maybe even some clothes for myself. Good investment? I'm debating..... :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

29 Weeks Pregnant

29 weeks - and with a flu bug. Ick! Yesterday morning, I started feeling really bad, and had a touch of flu all day. It was mostly from the southern end - if you know what I mean - but I did throw up last evening, though just once. I feel much better today, though I'm still not 100%. Hopefully I'll keep feeling better as the day progresses. There's too much to do - I don't have time to be sick!! But anyhoo, here's what's going on with Mr. Jameson this week: On a great note, if Jameson were to be born this week, he'd have a 90% chance of survival. His brain can now control his breathing and body temperature, and the sucking reflex has been perfected. His skin is now less wrinkled as he has packed on some fat. This week he is about 15 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds.

Friday, April 8, 2011

28 Weeks Pregnant

Well, I'm a couple of days behind (Tuesday's are pregnancy blog days)....oops. I'm telling you what - this pregnancy has been SO much more draining than my first. I was convinced I had gestational anemia, due to the level of exhaustion, but according to my doctor, my hemoglobin levels are within the normal range. I guess it's just being in my 3rd trimester and juggling 40 hours a week, a toddler, and running a household. I suppose that'd do it. :) Anyway, here's what's going on with Mr. Jameson this week: His eyes are open and he can now blink, and those blinking eyes now have color. He is about 15 inches long and weighs between 2 and 3 pounds. Not too much in terms of development, but right now he's just working on gaining weight. As of yesterday, I'm now going to the doctor every two weeks through 36 weeks. This is exciting, as it means I'm getting closer to the end! Come on, June!!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Skunky weekend.....

What an eventful weekend!

Yesterday, Matt and I were very rudely awakened at 4:45 AM to the smell of a skunk. And I'm not talking about a skunk that was hit outside on the road and the smell found its way in. I'm talking - it smelled like the dumb thing was at the foot of our bed when it decided to spray. It was N-A-S-T-Y. We both got up to investigate the situation, and make sure the skunk wasn't actually in our house. I'm sure the scene was quite comical. We're tiptoeing around with a flashlight, whispering, scared to death of what we're going to find.....Well, we found nothing.

I got up at 6 to head to the hospital for my blood glucose testing, and was gone for about 4 hours. I spoke to Matt while I was there and he said he didn't think the smell was as strong as it had been, so that made me hopeful. I got home a little after 10 AM, and the smell was still just as overpowering. We called an exterminator and he came over and set traps in our backyard, after finding two access points to under our house, both of them "showing activity." And that was that.

This morning (Sunday), we had caught a possum, but no skunk. We must say, we were a bit disappointed. We were hoping to catch the skunk so we could fill in the access points to under the house so no more creatures could be making their homes underneath our home!! But at least we know that skunks weren't the only things making themselves at home under our address. The traps are going to be left out for a week or so, and we're hoping to catch the skunk, then fill in the access points.

Our house still smells, but from what I've read online, there isn't much you can do about the smell other than just let it dissipate. Boo. It's not as bad today as it was yesterday, but we're so used to smelling it at this point, that we've become a bit de-sensitized to it. If the darn weather would warm up, we'd open all the windows, but until then, we're just kind of dealing with it.

REALLY hope it goes away soon!