Saturday, March 31, 2012

The countdown to baby craft

I know I have not been writing much. We've just had a lot going on. But I'm hoping to get caught up on the blog this weekend. I was home all last week with a sick little boy. Finn had croup and an ear infection. So, I had to be creative with stuff for us to do. I decided we would go ahead and make a countdown to his baby brother or sister.

Step 1 - Get some construction paper, crayons, scissors, and stickers! Finn and I colored and put stickers the blue and pink paper.

Step 2 - While Finn was still coloring, I started cutting the pages in strips. And making rings that were connected.

Step 3 - Here's the finished product! We hung the countdown by our kitchen table and every night after dinner we will remove a ring and talk with Finn about who's coming soon!

Friday, March 16, 2012

32 week update!

Baby is the size of: a small melon - feels like a squirmy melon to me! haha!

Symptoms? I still have nausea from time to time. Good days and bad days like it's been the who time. My sciatic nerve has been bothering me too. I just have to rest in the afternoons. Also, braxton hicks have started. 8 wks til the due date - but hey, who's counting?!?

Maternity clothes? Yup, and I love them. So comfy. I do still have one pair of regular jeans that I can wear - unbuttoned of course. But I can wear them :)

How's your sleep? I'm sleeping pretty good. I do wake up every 2-3 hours to pee. But I can go right back to sleep after I go to the bathroom so that's good. 

Feeling movement? WOW! This baby is so active!! Baby wakes me up around 2 or 3 kicking. I'm grateful for the movement. Just a reminder of the miracle growing inside of me. 

Food cravings: I still could eat Mexican any day or time. But other then that - it's just been salty food. I haven't really wanted anything sweet.

How much weight gained so far? Based off my 32 week doctors appt - I have gained 11. The weight is definitely all in my belly. At 8 months pregnant with Finn, I had gained 47. This pregnancy is so different!

Belly Button in or out? The belly button is out! I hate how you can see it in all my thin shirts.

Favorite pregnancy moment this past month? My favorite was for sure the maternity pictures. We had such a fun time with our awesome photographer - Jason. My second favorite moment was my first baby shower for this little angel. It was a great time and I got loaded up with all kinds of essentials - diapers, wipes, etc!

What are you looking forward to next month? Getting everything ready! We are going to use the first week of April to get everything in the house ready. Carpets cleaned, clothes washed, swing set up, etc...I can hardly wait to see it all baby ready :) Also, I have another baby shower at the end of March. I'm looking forward to that too.

And here are a few pictures...

 Just wanted you to see how I really do have a big belly - under shirts, it doesn't look like it :)
 Normal side shot pic
 Just for comparison, here I am 32 wks pregnant with Finn.
 And I thought this was pretty crazy - here I am with mom at my 2009 shower for Finn (i'm 28 wks)
And then here I am with my mom at my shower for this baby (i'm 30 wks)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Maternity Photos

Our amazing photographer, Jason Pendley - did a maternity shoot with us last weekend. Here are a few of my favorite pictures...

Monday, March 5, 2012

A great afternoon...

This past weekend my good friends threw me a baby shower to get me prepared for baby #2! It was a great afternoon. I didn't get pictures with everyone - but here are a few from the day. Big thanks to my awesome hosts for throwing a great shower. Michelle, Ashley, Jill - you ladies are AWESOME! So blessed to have you in my life. Love you!
My beautiful hostesses (from left to right) Jill, Ashley, Me, and Michelle
 The awesome cake - seriously, so cute and it was YUMMY too!
 I was "showered" with some awesome gifts - diapers, wipes, a few cute outfits, and much MORE!
I was also "showered" with sweet words in cards from loving friends and family!
My Cambodia crew (from left to right) Laura, Me, Jill, and Ashley (Carrie and Claire - missed you!)
My sweet friend, Ashly and I
Work friends (from left to right) - Dawn, Michelle, Jana, Me, Christy, and Allison
Last but not least, me and my mom!

Friday, March 2, 2012

An interview with Finn

I thought it might be fun to do a little interview with Finn since he is talking so much. Below is the video and underneath that is a transcript for the video :)

And just in case you can't understand him - here are my questions and his answers:

What's your name? Finn Walkup
What's your favorite color? Pink
What's your favorite food? chicken and ranch
Do you sleep in a big boy bed? Yea
Who's your best friend? Will
What's your favorite animal? Giraffe
Do you know the ABC song? Sing it. Singing the end of the ABC song
What's your favorite animal (i tried to trick him-haha)? Elephant
What's mommy's name? Rachael
What's daddy's name? Gregory
What's nana's name? Nana Walkup
Do you have a girlfriend at school? Yea (he didn't tell me her name during the video but a week later he told me her name was Skylar Anna Kate - thats two girls names form his class)