Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

4 month comparision pic

This pregnancy has been so different from mine with Finn. I've definitely been sicker. Nausea/throwing up, colds, heartburn, and headaches. So I still haven't gained weight but I'm sure it will come. I think that's why I'm so much smaller this time. Plus I have been choosing to eat better.

Be sure and go to my main blog page to vote on your guess - boy or girl!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Taking Back the Twos!

Finn is officially entering what most call the "Terrible Twos." I am choosing not to refer to them as this. He has only lived 26 months and he is just discovering all about life. Basically, I'm declaring that I'm taking back the twos!

It is not easy. Especially when I don't have the hubs to help. He's WAY more patient and calm than I am. But I want to enjoy this year with Finn. I will do this by following these rules for myself:

  1. ALWAYS explain. We explain EVERYTHING to Finn. He's always asking and talking so we know he's curious. 
  2. We set expectations with him before going anywhere! That way when he freaks out, we leave and I can say I told him what I expected before. 
  3. Distractions. Yes, this has been a great one for him. When all else fails - distract so we don't have a tantrum on our hands in public.
  4. Last but not least, bribery - no I mean incentives. We let him know what's coming next if he acts appropriately. 
  5. Punishments - we have found time out and taking things away works the best for him.
And that's it. We will see how this works. Most of all, I go back to what my smart husband said today - "We most remember we are teaching him. Teaching him he can't have whatever he wants." It's responsibility - and I'm glad we get to teach him.

You moms/dads of twos - join me. And take back the twos!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bad days, good days

We all have them. Good days. Bad days.

But what happens when the bad days last for 3 1/2 weeks now?

Finn has been sick for 3 1/2 weeks now. First it was just a cold. Then at 1:00 am on a Saturday night, it turned to croup and we found ourselves at the emergency room.  Then only 5 days later - he wasn't getting better. So I took him to the doctor and it was a double ear infection. So he started an antibiotic. Then just 10 days later, he got hit with a stomach bug. Poor little guy. It was so sad seeing my baby throwing up and just miserable. The next day he was all better and I thought it was over. But it wasn't 4 days later - he threw up again and spiked a high fever. So back at the doctors office we went...his ear infection wasn't gone. And doc thought the stomach bug came back. Oh and one more thing - it seemed like he had either strep or a sinus infection on top of that.

Now that is a lot of bad days. Bad days for my baby boy!

And me - Well, I've had my own ups and downs. Days where I cried. Days where I was pissed all day. But today, today I gained perspective. I had been praying for it. And I'm glad it came.

It could be worse. It could always be worse.

The fact is i'm thankful. Thankful for a God who loves me more than I can imagine. Thankful His mercies are new each day. Thankful for a husband who knows when I need to get out and away. Thankful for friends who call, text, and pray for us. REALLY thankful for a boss and an organization that make it ok for me to miss work to take care of my child.

It's been a rough 3 weeks. But I'm hoping Finn is fully recovered soon.

Thanks for listening to me vent.

Friday, November 4, 2011

1st Trimester Update

 Here is a comparison picture of this pregnancy and Finn's.

My friend Amber has a cute way of documenting her pregnancy. And I had been looking for ways too. So - here it goes. I will be doing this monthly from here on out. Thanks for following along!

I am 13 weeks pregnant. (My weeks change on Fridays - so technically today I am 13 weeks along!)

Sick? Still have nausea and heartburn. But hoping to turn the corner soon. Yesterday I didn't have to take my nausea medicine. But I did have to take it today. Hopefully I will soon have more days like yesterday. For now, I'm taking it one day at a time!

Maternity clothes? Not completely. I'm still able to wear my regular pants. I have worn a few cute maternity shirts but that's just because I feel fat :)

Showing? I am beginning to show. You can see a perfect round circle if I pull my shirt up. I am smaller than I was with Finn but I think that's because I have been sicker this go round.

Weight gain? I have lost a total of 9 pounds. But at my appt yesterday I had gained 2! The doctor was happy.

Cravings? I have definitely craved all fruits. I have eaten lots of apples, grapefruits, and oranges. Now I have had 3 bad cravings and I caved. Krystals and then Taco Bell twice. Very strange. It was definitely the baby. I was just glad to have an appetite.

Tired? Yes - pretty sure I could fall asleep on command.

Names picked out? We do have names picked out. We haven't settled on middle name yet. If it's a girl - Selah and if it's a boy - Micah. Both names were brought to either myself or Greg while I was in Cambodia. So they are special to me! Selah means to pause and reflect and Micah means who is like God.

Are we going to find out the gender? Definitely not. If you have expereinced not knowing the gender til the baby is born you will understand!

Gender guess? Right now I think girl. But I also thought Finn was a girl. So who knows!?

Favorite pregnancy moment so far? Hearing Finn point out the baby in the ultrasound picture. So so precious!

Last but not least, a few pictures from the last ultrasound...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011

Halloween was a wonderful memory with our little boy. We really enjoyed trick or treating, handing out candy, and just plain being together. It was tons of fun and a memory I will always remember. Here are some pics for you to enjoy. I was excited about his costumer because I picked it up at a consignment store on sale for $7. It had brand new tags on it - $24.99. Pretty good deal I'd say. It was a warm and soft costume. And he looks so cute! Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween as well.

Daddy and son
Mommy and son
Yes, he has 3 lollypops. He wanted to try all of them :)
"no, mommy - I do it myself"
Such a cute boy!