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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

36 Weeks Pregnant

For whatever reason, I feel like hitting the 36 mark is a milestone, though full term isn't until 37 weeks. Maybe it's because 36 weeks = 90% of the way through.

The weather's most definitely getting hotter and muggier, which means it's getting more difficult each day to be this pregnant. I feel so lazy sometimes, when we're outside with Hendrix, cause my big booty spends most of the time on the porch swing, or in one of the deck chairs. My cool husband is ok with it though, and very understanding.

Matt's brother Jon and his wife Rachael had their baby girl on Sunday. Gracelynn Aubrey Metz was born around 9 am (not sure of the exact time) and was 7 lbs, 7 oz and 20.5 inches long. I'm next and it couldn't get here sooner!

I called the hospital and made my pre-registration appointment for the OB department. We go Tuesday evening June 7th at 4 pm. While we were outside yesterday, I put the car seat base in the backseat and got that all situated. My car's going to be crowded! :) All we need now is another baby....

Here's what's going on with Jameson this week: He continues to gain about 1/2 lb a week. His gums are firm and have ridges where he'll eventually get his teeth. He has periods of sleep and wakefulness (though it seems like the wakefulness happens WAY more). HE is around 18.5 inches long, and around 6 lbs.







Tuesday, May 24, 2011

35 Weeks Pregnant

I went to the doctor on Friday and got a chance to speak with Dr. Leggatt about induction. I learned that - legally - doctors are no longer allowed to perform elective inductions before 39 weeks. Which makes sense, I suppose. But, I explained our situation with Hendrix, and Dr. Leggatt said he had absolutely no problem inducing me at 39 weeks. So, we're looking at the week of June 20th. Yay!

Baby development this week: Baby's main job this week is just to keep gaining weight. Liver has begun producing waste. His finger and toenails may be so long they curl over the tips of his fingers and toes by the time he's born.

Not a lot going on in terms of development. I can definitely say that this little boy's kicks straight up hurt now. He's either a very large baby, or he's bony. Every time he stretches or rolls, it causes me to wince in pain. Eeeeeek I'm ready for his eviction!!!!!










Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My new hobby (obsession?) .....

A while back, I posted that I wanted to get "Sewing for Dummies" and learn how to sew. Well, I made the purchase. I read and re-read the book, and studied up on various terminology and techniques with which I wasn't familiar.

I headed to Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago, and picked out a couple simple patterns and some fabric and got started. My first project was a pair of pajama pants. Other than the size, they turned out sooooo cute! They are an off-white color with simple multi-colored polka dots on it. (I'll post pics soon.) The only problem is that right now, they fit perfectly over my 34 week pregnant belly. They make adorable maternity lounge pants. However, I'm pretty sure that this fall, when the weather gets chilly and I want to wear some comfy pants in the evenings, they'll fall right off my hips! They're drawstring, and I suppose I could just tie them tightly, but they might look silly. Hehehehe. I'll definitely be making a smaller size next time!

My next project is a skirt. I copied the pattern onto another sheet of paper Sunday evening so I can re-use it. I laid out the pattern and cut the fabric on Sunday, and I'm going to start sewing tonight, and I'm so excited! This fabric is hard to describe. It's almost a paisley pattern, but not really. It's just a decorative pink and brown. Simple, but very pretty. I figure I can just pair it with either a light pink or a brown shirt. There's lace around the bottom of the skirt (I bought brown lace). The pattern for this one is pretty simple as well, so I think it should be fairly easy. So far, just tracing the pattern, laying it out on the fabric, and cutting the fabric, I've put about 1 hr and 15 minutes into it. I think the whole thing can be completed in 3 to 3.5 hours. I'm trying to keep track of how long I spend on each project, in case I want to sell clothing some day. But for right now, it's just a very fun hobby (and maybe my new obsession!).

I'll post pictures when I can!

The dreaded bedtime....

Wanted to update again on the bedtime battles......

Saturday night, it took me 45 minutes to get him to stay in bed and go to sleep, and I had to direct him back into bed 11 times. Matt had bedtime duty on Sunday evening, and sat up in the hallway for an hour trying to get the little stinker to stay in bed. He said he didn't even get a yawn out of Hendrix until 8:35. So, we decided to push back bedtime by a 1/2 hour and see if that helped.

It was my turn again last evening. I'm not sure what it was, but I only had to direct him back into bed 6 times, and was back downstairs within a 1/2 hour!!!!!! I don't expect it to go that smoothly again tonight, but I certainly can hope!

We're not out of the woods yet, but I'm hoping that we are making progress!

34 Weeks Pregnant

I've noticed a marked increase in the number of Braxton Hicks contractions I've been having. I used to get 1 or 2 a day, and it seems like I'm having closer to 4-5 a day now. A couple of nights ago, I had one in the middle of the night, and it was almost uncomfortable. I also think the baby is dropping, or has dropped. It feels very heavy in my lower abdomen. These have GOT to be good signs, right?

Baby development this week: Baby is coated in vernix to protect his skin. The lanugo is almost completely gone, and baby is developing his own immune system. He is between 17 and 18 inches, and weighs almost 5 lbs.

So, so, so ready!









Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bedtime

Well, we've been dealing with Hendrix fighting bedtime now for 5 nights. I think *hope* we're seeing some bit of improvement.

The first night, I ended up giving in and patting his back until he fell asleep. Being mad at myself for that, the next night, I sat in his rocking chair across the room, completely ignoring him, and made him go to sleep on his own. It worked well, as he didn't get out of bed once. The next night, I stood in the doorway. Ended up standing there for over 40 minutes, but he did finally go to sleep. Since Matt and I are working on consistency, I decided we need to start alternating nights so that Hendrix understands he's going to receive the same enforcement/discipline from both of us. So Monday evening, Matt put him to bed. Hendrix fell asleep within 15 minutes for him (GRRR). Last night (Tues) it was my turn again. I sat in the doorway with just my feet visible to Hendrix. He stayed in bed, and he fell asleep in 22 minutes.

I hope and pray that we're taking the right approach. He seems to be making improvements each night. I just keep telling myself that this is a phase and that it will pass. This - for me, anyway - has been the hardest phase he's gone through so far. I'm so tired at the end of the day, and all I want to do is go downstairs and just sit for a while, but right now I can't do that. But I know that with patience and perseverance, this phase will pass. We'll continue to work on it, and I hope to be able to report soon that we're able to leave the room completely and he'll stay in bed and go to sleep!



Tuesday, May 10, 2011

33 Weeks Pregnant

Baby development at 33 weeks: Lungs are almost completely mature now. He can now detect light and can tell the difference between night and day. The bones of the skull are still soft and pliable, allowing for passage through the birth canal. Baby weighs around 4 and 1/2 pounds and is a little over 17 inches long.

I'm praying fervently that all will go according to "plan" as we continue to approach the due date. I'm really starting to stress out about how the whole situation will go, with having a toddler involved this time around. I guess that praying is about all I can do, huh?









Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day weekend was nice. The weather was beautiful!


Hendrix is going through a very difficult stage right now, and it's taking a toll on both Matt and I. He's just being a toddler, and trying to assert his independence as much as possible, and I'm trying to understand that. But it's taking a LOT of patience, and I have to pray for more patience several times a day!!!


The latest with this little monster is that he has decided to get out of bed at bedtime. The first night he did it (Friday night), I put him back in bed 8 times, then gave up and patted his back until he fell asleep (shame on me). The second night, I sat in his rocking chair, completely ignoring him, until he fell asleep. Last night, I stood in his doorway (it took the booger 40 minutes to go to sleep - ouch on my back and feet!). Tonight, I'm having Matt do bedtime duty, and I'll have him stand in the doorway again. I feel that in order to nip this problem in the bud, Hendrix HAS to know that Matt and I will be consistent in our deliverance of correction and discipline. We've got to be a united front. I think (and am fervently hoping and praying) that this phase will pass within a few weeks. REALLY praying it passes before Jameson's arrival.


Sunday, Hendrix decided he wanted to get out of bed at 5:45 AM. I said absolutely NOT, directed him back to bed, and made him stay there until 6:30. I was hoping he'd fall back asleep in those 45 minutes, but no such luck. So I got him up at 6:30 and took him downstairs, where he proceeded to throw a tantrum for over 40 minutes. Matt lost his patience and snapped at him, which upset me and cause Matt and I to get into a fairly significant argument. Sigh. All was ok by Sunday afternoon, but the morning was intense. We went to church, came home and napped, then I worked out in the flower beds for a couple of hours, planting the new plants we got Friday evening. The beds look slightly sparse, but they'll fill in here within a month or so, I'm sure.


That, in a nutshell, was my Mother's Day. Hehehe. Here are some pictures from the day:



The east bed.



The west bed, a mirror image of the other.



My little man with my gardening gloves on. Hehehehe!!





My little helper.







Man, that was hard work. Let's just take a relaxing drive to unwind.
































Thursday, May 5, 2011

Accomplishments from last evening!!!

We had some nicer weather last evening and were able to get outside. It's still been pretty drab and dreary, even though we're into May now, and it breaks my heart when Hendrix has to stand at the sliding glass doors in the back of the house looking longingly outside.......

But yesterday we were able to get out! Yahoo! We went out right when Hendrix and I got home from work/daycare, at 4. We came in for dinner, then headed back out. After dinner, our neighbors from across the street came over and did us a HUGE favor!!! No one but Matt and myself are able to appreciate the sheer mass of "junk" we've acquired over the last 2 years of living in and re-decorating our house. We had about 4 separate piles of construction and yard waste sitting out behind our garage, rotting, smelling.....we had no idea what to do with it. Well, after Matt spoke to Tony the other evening, Tony said he'd bring his trailer over, load it up, and take it to the dump, and all he asked for was the $15 it costs to use the dump. Man, were we ever excited! Well, last night, as we were getting back to the house from taking a walk with Hendrix, we heard and saw them behind our garage, so we walked back there to see what was going on. They had backed up the trailer and were just starting to load up all the junk. Matt helped while Hendrix and I watched (too many rusty nails for that little boy to be messing in!), and within 30-40 mins, our many piles of junk had disappeared!!! Wow what a difference! We have a clear space behind our garage and it looks SOOOO much better!

Our plans for back there are to put down rock this summer, let it settle for a year, then put down another thin layer of rock next summer and asphalt over it so that we can have a functional basketball court back there for the boys when they get older. We also have plans of making a small seating area. It's going to be so cute! But anyway, HUGE thanks to Joie and Tony for all the favors they've done for us these past 2 years!

Wanted to share a few pictures of Hendrix from yesterday. He's just too adorable not to share with the world!!!



Hendrix took a spill down the deck steps and scraped up his forehead and nose. Then he got into a purple permanent marker, colored his hand, then touched his face. While the scrapes are bad enough, the purple marker makes it look like we just punched him in the face!!! Poor little bug!



I kept telling him he didn't need to wear the hat - that it wasn't that cold out. But he insisted on wearing the silly thing. He put it on all by himself!




Should I throw the wiffle ball, or the tennis ball? Which one!?






Tuesday, May 3, 2011

32 Weeks Pregnant

Only 8 weeks until my due date. I'm REALLY hoping only 6 until I have another baby boy. I'm going to ask (beg) Dr. Leggatt to induce me at 38 weeks. I'm not sure if he'll do it or not, and I am also fearing that if he will, that maybe it won't work. But I'd still like to try. The thought of going into labor in the middle of the night is stressing me out and making me anxious - because what would we do with Hendrix? It's kind of a whole different ball game this time around.

But anyway, here's what's going on with Jameson this week:
He should be settling into head down position at this point in preparation for birth (I'm 85% sure Jameson is already head down). He'll double his weight over the next 8 weeks. He spends his time blinking, looking around, feeling, and touching - basically what he'll be doing the 1st 3 months of his life. By the end of this week, he'll weigh about 4 lbs and be about 17 inches long.