Thursday, February 27, 2014

2nd Trimester with Baby #2


How Far Along? Picture is 26 Weeks, Now I'm 28 Weeks 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: +18 pounds at 28 Weeks 
Baby Related Purchases: Bought a "Bridget" name sign to put in the nursery. I found it on Etsy. I was glad I ordered as early as I did since it will take about 4-6 weeks to make and then 1-2 weeks to ship!  
No - her name isn't Abigail, this is just the example pic from Etsy... :) 
I LOVED creepers from Carters when Lucy was little since they were so easy to get on and off when she was so little and delicate. So I purchased a few of them for Bridget on Presidents Day. Carters had an amazing sale that was 50% off plus an additional 20%!
Stretch marks: Let's hope not!  
Sleep: I really can't complain. Sleeping with my Snoogle as always. I think I wake up so much because I love to drink water right before I go to bed and also drink water every time I wake up. 
Movement: I feel kicks every day and they are getting stronger and stronger. Kicks are so reassuring for me that I never mind them, even if she decides to kick the most when I'm trying to go to sleep! 
What I miss: I miss being able to wear normal clothes. I am SOOOO over winter weather and clothes I can't even explain it. I can't zip up my jackets anymore which feels really weird - I ALWAYS zip up my jackets, so I just feel ginormous whenever I have to walk around with my jacket open. My winter pregnancy wardrobe is pretty pathetic but luckily my sister lent me her clothes, so it has increased in variety. However, I've discovered I'm really picky about how my clothes fit and feel, and I don't really like skin tight clothes. So even though there are lots of shirts for me to choose from, I end up wearing the same ones over and over that I like the fit/feel of. My poor husband... I've decided that working from home + being pregnant is a really good recipe for dressing like a bum. Also, the nursery workers I'm sure have figured out by now that I wear the same outfit more than one day in a row :(.  I also miss being able to move around easily. In order to pick something up off of the ground I have to position my legs really far apart lol. 
Cravings: Recently my cravings have included Skittles (I buy the large bag from the grocery store now...), cereal and milk (this is my nightly after dinner snack), and potatoes in all forms (potato chips, french fries, baked potatoes, etc.) 
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, I have felt fine since about 16 or 17 weeks! 
Gender: Girl! Bridget Ruth Baareman 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: The last two days my back started really hurting after doing the dishes. I feel huge. Sometimes I can feel muscles in my stomach stretching out. 
Belly Button In or Out? About half and half right now. Lucy thinks it looks hilarious, she points and laughs at it! How's that for humiliating?! ;)  
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, this weekend Jason and I are going to Myrtle Beach for a marriage conference  - a gift from his parents for our 5 year anniversary! Here's a reason to be happy, my 20 week ultrasound (seems like light years ago) went great. Here are some of the pics! 
Worries: Trying not to worry and put my trust in the Lord. Lucy doesn't seem to be worried at all and has poked or jabbed me in the stomach many times. Poor baby sister is going to come out all bruised! My most recent big worry moment was this time around 25 weeks when I decided to try the monkey bars out at the playground (don't ask...) As soon as I was hanging up there I realized it was a bad idea and hopped down to the ground a tad too hard. Luckily they were built for children so I probably only dropped 1-2 feet, but it felt like a hard pound on the ground and had me worried about the baby. Needless to say I spent the rest of the day Googling things like "jumping while pregnant" and discovered that as long as I didn't go into preterm labor it was probably okay. 
Best moments this week: We went to Atlanta last weekend to celebrate L and Little S's birthdays. Little S also got baptized so we got to be there for that on Sunday. On Saturday we went out to dinner with my parents and Ben and Kristen to the Iberian Pig, a fancy tapas place in Decatur. The food was delicious, I just felt bad that I was eating more than my fair share of all the shared plates on the table! I think the only thing that could have improved my dinner experience was some wine. On Sunday we went to Pappasitos. I was so eager to have Pappassitos that I didn't even mind the 1 hour wait! Truly astonishing!  
Looking forward to: Weekend with Jason in Myrtle Beach, decorating Lucy's big girl room (this will have to wait until after the Master's Renters).
Size of Baby: This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Our Christmas 2013! Part 1

Even though it is almost Valentines Day, I wanted to take a moment to recap our wonderful Christmas vacation. Plus, since we will be parked in front of the TV watching the Olympics (per Jason's request), I figure it's a great time to do some catching up on the blog. 

Lucy and I went to Atlanta a few days before Jason to spend time with my mom and sister who don't work on Fridays. We went to the mall and took photos with Santa. It was pretty funny to see the difference between last year and this year. This year she was downright afraid of Santa. My mom had some candy with her, and that stalled her from jumping out of his lap for about a minute (long enough for them to grab a few pics). Cousin Wyatt meanwhile was blissfully unaware of Santa and did great! Santa doesn't look too thrilled with trying to keep Lucy on his lap either, haha. I was actually really impressed with his ability to hold both of them. 
After a little shopping and finishing things up for work, Jason got into town late on Friday. On Saturday the 21st we celebrated our 5th anniversary one day late. We went to Ray's on the River and then saw the Hobbit at the theater. Dinner + Movie = my favorite date ever and for some reason it is so hard to fit both into one night. You either have to eat dinner pretty early (which is what we did), or see a movie super late. The dinner, movie, and company were all wonderful. I'm so grateful for the five super happy years I have had since getting hitched. Marrying Jason was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Love you boo! 
That Sunday after church we went on a double date with my parents to see the play the Gift of Magi. After that we went to dinner at Rumi's Kitchen - the first Persian restaurant I've been to, it was really good. Sadly, Jason had to drive back that night to be at work on Monday. 
Lucy and I stayed in Atlanta. On Monday morning I did some Christmas crafts with the kids and Lucy. The crafts themselves were failures - I tried to do those ornaments that you swirl paint around in and for some reason all the paint sunk to the bottom of our ornaments :( It was still fun doing an activity together though. For lunch, some of my college roommates, Julianna and Catie came over to see Lucy and then we headed to J. Christopher's kid free. This has become our Christmas tradition and I love it! It was so fun to catch up. The poor restaurant staff didn't know what to do with us since we stayed so long chatting. I left a good tip to make it up to them :) As you can see the trend of lots of lots of food has started. It is a good thing I'm pregnant and can eat more than normal! After lunch, we returned home and hung out some more with the rest of my family. Kristen was also there with Wyatt and some of our her high school friends, so it was great reunion day! Jason got back around dinner time (poor guy did a lot of driving this year). And we were ready for Christmas Eve! 
On Christmas Eve the baking began! I decided to make a white chocolate cheesecake red velvet from the cover of Southern Living. It was really fun to make and ended up being super tall! That cake had about million steps and took forever to make, but that's part of the fun right? We also made some home made bread and Christmas cookies. Watching Lucy decorate Christmas cookies was one of the highlights of my Christmas. She was super focused and had so much fun. 
For Christmas Eve, my little bro had the special honor of lighting the final advent candle at the 4:00pm service. This is a lot earlier than we typically go, but probably was the best for the little ones. We had to shift Lucy's schedule a little and tried to feed her before we left but didn't have time. This was actually a blessing in disguise because we took her whole snack with us (a chopped up apple and goldfish). We thought that there would be childcare at the service, but when we got there we found out that it required reservations! This would have been no biggie except that our family was sitting on the front row to see L light the candle! I was a little nervous about Lucy behaving well. Luckily we were armed with a diaper bag full of toys, a snack and a sippy cup. Although my attention was very averted during the whole service, she did pretty good and it was very special to have our biggest blessing with us in the service while we celebrated the birth of our Lord Jesus. We had some yummy appetizers and Brunswick Stew for dinner. Here's what Lucy thought of the stew:
That night, we watched It's a Wonderful Life in the basement while the guys played pool. It was fun getting to be there for Wyatt's very first Christmas! 

Kristen, Ben, and Wyatt spent the night at my parents house so we could all be together bright and early on Christmas morning. I was honestly more excited about Lucy getting gifts than getting gifts myself. Plus let's be honest, a toy for her is really a toy for me and Jason too - since we play with them about as much as she does lol. It took a long time to open everyone's gifts since there were just so many of us there - I think 11 in all? Lucy didn't make it to Christmas brunch so we brought her high chair into the family room so she could watch people open gifts as she ate (she's a really slow eater...). That morning she was rocking her Christmas PJs, which she still wears all the time! 
For Christmas, Lucy got a teddy bear chair, a CozyCoupe Car, and a Grocery/Register set from Gigi and Pops, a farm set from Kristen and Ben, and puzzles, lift the flap books, and spin and say from us, as well as a book set with little sound pad and little people school bus from Great Grandma and Grandpa Baareman. We had the traditional scones and breakfast casserole for breakfast and spent the rest of the day playing with new toys and cooking Christmas Dinner. We had delicious beef tenderloin and homemade wheat bread - can't remember the rest!
The day after Christmas, Jason had to go back to August for a work and Lucy and I stayed to hang out a little bit more. We did some day after Christmas shopping with Kristen and Wyatt and bought a lot of yummy stuff from Trader Joes. My mom was on the ball and undecorated the house but I conveniently couldn't help since I got a short bout of morning/evening/prego sickness. That night, my dad and the kids went to see Frozen, which was really good! My mom stayed and watched Lucy. On my final half day I did some shopping with my mom and Summer and got a mani/pedi while Lucy stayed at home with Stormy. On the drive home to Atlanta, Lucy and I picked up Chris from the airport. I was hoping that since I hadn't let Lucy take a nap like normal that for sure she would have passed out in the car the whole drive. Well that didn't go as planned. She slept for 30 min from my parents house to the airport, but as soon as we picked up Chris, she never went back to sleep and instead was crabby and cried a lot of the drive home - poor Chris!

In the next post, I'll write about our 2nd Christmas that we spent with the Baaremans in Augusta! 

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