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Thursday, January 29, 2015

04/52

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A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: my little guy had a high fever earlier this past week which was really nice actually (all you parents of 2 year olds know what I'm talkin' 'bout!) since he was very calm and quiet and I was able to have a bit of a break from his usual stubborn, on-the-go, torment-his-big-sister self.
Lily: I didn't actually take this picture as you can see by my feet in the background. Its nice when Andrew grabs the camera as I get a chance to get in a few of the snapshots (even if its only my feet). We went to the park this past Friday afternoon and it was simply the most perfect day we've had in a long time.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

03/52

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A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: I love how his bottom lip sticks out when he's concentrating
Lily: when did she become so grown up looking?!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pregnancy #3 Update: Halfway-ish

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This pregnancy has gone by super fast. How am I already at 21 weeks?!

I've seen those pregnancy update blog posts all over the internet and while I know I'm not motivated enough (nor do I probably have the time) to do weekly updates, I think I can manage to squeeze in the occasional update before the baby's due. If only for my own record keeping.

So here we go!

How far along? 21 weeks and 4 days
Total weight gain/loss? About 20 pounds. *ahem* In the beginning food in general just didn't sound that great and my go-to solution to that is usually junk food...because somehow that always tastes good? I'm eating a lot healthier now mostly because I try not to keep junk food in the house. Willpower I have not.
How big is baby? Size of a pomegranate. About 10.5 inches and 12.7 ounces. It hiccups as a means of practicing breathing and its stomach can absorb energy boosting nutrients from the amniotic fluid it swallows to practice eating.
Stretch marks? No new ones. Yet.
Sleep? I don't feel the need to take naps every day anymore and I can stay up later (past 10) without regretting it too much in the morning. Hopefully my kids don't wake me up too early. I do wake up a few times during the night to roll over which is starting to get difficult and for the past two nights I've woken up in the morning with sore hips.
Fitness? Does chasing kids around all day count?
Best moment this week? Finding out we're having a boy!!!
Miss anything? Sleeping on my stomach. Wearing regular clothes.
Food cravings/aversions? No very intense ones. I do enjoy potatoes, pasta with sauce, and anything spicy. And occasionally I crave something sweet only because I haven't been keeping a steady supply of sugary snacks in the house. No aversions though.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No.
Current Symptoms? Having Braxton Hicks contractions several times a day. I had them a lot with Lily but not that much with Reuben. They're uncomfortable but not painful. Feeling lots of movement now. I can even feel him kick on the outside although Andrew and the kids haven't been able to experience that yet, not for lack of trying. Mostly I feel peppy and somewhat energetic. I was telling Andrew the other day (yesterday? today?) that I feel like this has been a fairly easy pregnancy except for the exhaustion, nausea and heartburn in the beginning. I know I'm only halfway there but so far its been, dare I say it, easy? This pregnancy reminds me of my pregnancy with Lily in a lot of ways.
Belly button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? Off.
Mood? Nesting a bit. Mostly in my head at this point. I have so many good intentions of getting this house clean and organized which haven't come to fruition yet because, well I find other things to do. I have a feeling nesting mode will hit me hard later on though.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Baby #3 Gender Reveal {Video}

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I can't believe how quickly feelings and emotions can change during pregnancy. Only yesterday I was posting how ordinary I feel about this pregnancy, lacking in the usual awe and wonder that accompanies a time like this. Well Lily and Reuben's excitement has certainly helped get me in the mood. I tell you, being pregnant and having older children is so incredible. Lily has designated herself mama's helper, looking for opportunities to assist me. "Mama let me pick up that towel cause you can't bend over cause of the baby." And Reuben really enjoys lifting up my shirt, resting his head on my tummy and snuggling with Mama and baby. Often he gives the baby a kiss too.

If Lily and Reuben were excited before they are doubly so after last night. I had a routine doctor's exam yesterday. Or at least I thought it was going to be routine. She ended up doing a quick ultrasound to check out the heart rate and since I am 21 weeks today it was easy to see baby's gender. Since Andrew wasn't with me the doc wrote it down on a card and sealed it in an envelope for me to take home. I texted Andrew on my way to pick up the kids that I had a surprise for him. I'm pretty sure he'd forgotten that I had an appointment.

Lily could barely contain her excitement and announced that we had a surprise as soon as Daddy walked in the door from work. After dinner I set up the video camera in the living room and as a family we sat down to open the envelope that would reveal whether my little ones are getting a new baby brother or sister.

As you'll see in the video they're very excited and boy is that energy contagious. Please enjoy!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thoughts and Emotions During Pregnancy

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I wrote this post just before Christmas last year (December 19 to be exact) and as usual life went on and it got lost in the shuffle. I haven't posted much about this pregnancy (but I will be soon!) and I have a lot of varying feelings about being pregnant this time (especially with two little ones already). But here it is.

I went shopping today. Just me. Alone. No kids. They were at a friend's house for the day. I went to the mall and meandered. I had a short list of a few things I needed, a couple of last minute small gifts to get, but mostly I meandered. In my meanderings I couldn't help but notice every single mother and baby that passed my way. I don't know if there was an unusual amount of mothers and babies out shopping because of the holidays or if I just happened to notice more of them because well, I can't wait to hold another baby in my arms of my very own. But notice them I did and I even stared a few times because my goodness! they're so cute. One little one in particular had my heart melting. She couldn't have been more than 1 year and she had fallen asleep in her mother's arms, her head snuggled into her mother's neck all cozy like. I swear I wasn't following them around Kmart, they just seemed to be hitting the same sections I was. I watched this mother and child who so naturally flowed together, her shifting the baby weight when her arm grew tired and the little one stirring but quickly settling back down to sleep, and I felt this sense of calm anticipation. I know what's coming. I've been there and I can't wait to do it again. Memories came flooding back of my own little ones snuggling into me while nursing or carrying them in my arms while out grabbing a few groceries. Up until now I've felt nonchalant about this pregnancy. Sure I know I'm pregnant, but I mean its not really a big deal. Its tiny right now and hasn't changed my life too significantly yet. But I feel a bit different today. This could coincide with the fact that I felt this one move for the first time today. Just little butterfly movements. I think its more exciting because I remember what it feels like to hold my own brand new baby in my arms versus being a new mom who's about to do it for the first time. It'll be three years since I've done it which makes it that more sweet.

In most ways life seems to go on as usual. The kids require my attention and I have so many things to do around the house. Everything seems...normal. Sometimes I have to make myself stop and realize "you're going to have another baby," a tiny infant that will rely on me for everything and will turn our lives upside down...at least for a couple of months before things start to settle and feel normal again. Dare I say it...I feel like I'm confessing something here...sometimes it doesn't feel special this time around. Well this pregnancy anyway. I have a suspicion that I'll continue to feel this way until I hold this little one in my arms and then everything will change. And I'm totally cool with that.

Almost a month after writing this now and I still feel "normal." Maybe its that second trimester burst of energy and feeling like my old self again. Yeah, I think that must be it. I feel great and ready to take on the world most days.

I wanted to include a few pictures of my own sweet babies when they were newborns for this post and I had such a fun time looking through old photos. Some of them I was seeing for the first time such as birth pictures that a dear friend took when Reuben was born. I'm talking very detailed pictures. Use your imagination. Up until now I hadn't had the nerve to look at them. But looking through them really brought it all back and as crazy as it sounds I cannot wait to give birth again. Each day brings me closer to holding another little baby in my arms and the excitement is building.

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Lily - 9.5 hours old
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Lily - 4 weeks old - on vacation to visit family in Arizona
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Lily - 9 weeks old
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Reuben - 4 hours old
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Reuben - 5.5 weeks old
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Reuben - 7 weeks old and Lily - 25.5 months old

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

02/52

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A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

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Reuben: playing trains & cars with his little friend who lives across the driveway.
Lily: "Take a picture of me Mama!"

Thursday, January 08, 2015

01/52

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A snapshot of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015.

Lily and Reuben: I glanced out the kitchen window while doing dishes one evening and this is the site I was greeted with. Sitting under Daddy's truck with two of their most treasured possessions.

I mentioned in my last post that I really wanted to start a photography project in 2015 to hone my photo taking skills as well as help me learn how to use my new-to-me camera. Knowing me I'd probably get burned out trying to take a picture every day and give up somewhere in March if I was lucky, so doing something like a project 365 seemed daunting. A project 52 seems like less commitment while still being able to document weekly those things that are important to me, which are my children of course. Luckily they both love having their picture taken and rarely shy away from the camera. That could change any time of course.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

My Dream House

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On days like today when the weather is just warm enough and I'm able to open my doors and let the gentle breeze make its way through the house, I start to feel that familiar twinge of longing. Its a very common sensation that hits me many times throughout the day but is often times brought on by one of several things as listed below:

Emergency vehicle sirens
Neighbors yelling/cursing at their kids/spouses
Lowriders blasting rap/hip hop music
Dogs barking (including mine who barks at people who walk through our yard)
Cars driving too quickly on the driveway that my kids play on
Dust/dirt that clings to everything
No privacy

I was not made to live in New York City, I know for sure.

Its basically just an overwhelming, loud, obnoxious, concrete world we live in currently and sometimes it can leave me feeling a little depressed.

I crave a quieter life away from town with a garden, animals, cool grass under my feet, my kids running free in the yard, the smell of fresh bread wafting from the farmhouse kitchen, trees from which to hang tire swings and lightning bugs in the evening.

My escape when life in this house seems claustrophobic and chaotic, is to pull up my Country Life board on Pinterest and spend a few quiet minutes dreaming of my future farmhouse in the country with its wrap around porch, chickens running around in the yard and squeals of laughter coming from my children who have found some interesting thing to catch their attention. Just glancing through my pins never fails to give me hope that one day we can have all that.

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Having said all that, I'm a bit of a contradiction. I want that life in the country but at the same time I loath the idea of being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no one around for miles and the nearest Target takes an hour to drive to. Well that last part is true now since we don't have one in our town. Personality wise I'm on the extroverted side so I can only go so long without adult contact. So when I'm dreaming of this land in the country its with a vision of being within miles of a decent town.

I'm consciously working on being content and happy in whatever situation I find myself. Namely being here in our tiny house in town. I do love this house, it definitely has certain charms about it. I love how small it is, although we do talk about needing a bit more space especially with another little one coming soon. I love how the sun filters through the large window in the living room and how warm it stays on the occasional cold day in winter. I love that my children have a small patch of grass and dirt to play in as well as a long driveway to ride their bikes on. As long as I keep reminding myself of the small joys to be had here and thanking God for helping us find this house all those years ago, then I don't long for a change as much.

But it is fun to dream every once in a while right?

All pictures are from my Pinterest board The Country Life.