Monday, October 24, 2011

10 weeks

You can see Shane's ten week post here.

It's already started. The whole firstborn gets more thing. More pictures. More attention. And in this case, more blogs. You may or may not have noticed, but I haven't written a post for the new baby since, um, seven weeks. Oops. Actually, I haven't been blogging much at all. I don't have a lot of time right now!

Anyways, I had an appointment with my midwife last Thursday and I got to hear Baby's heartbeat! It was awesome, thumping away at between 140 and 160.  According to old wives tales that would predict girl, but medically I know that early on in pregnancy the heart beats extremely fast like that, and fetal heartrate also varies depending on what they are doing. (Sleeping vs. playing and moving up a storm.) At this point my blood pressure, which I've never had a problem with, is still low, I haven't gained any weight which is fine, and all my blood work was fine. At ten weeks I am starting to have a little more energy--Shane and I even went for a walk a couple of nights last week! Of course, the cooler weather might have something to do with that. I am not feeling particularly nauseous anymore either. Usually if I am it is in the evenings when I am trying to cook supper (um, difficult!) or just from random things I smell or think of. And while the nausea hit earlier this pregnancy (around 5 weeks), neither pregnancy has had terrible morning sickness. I do have to schedule a chiropractor appointment soon, as I can feel things moving far out of whack and I remember how bad it got with my first pregnancy. It was only during this past summer (over a year after Shane's birth) that I finally got enough adjustments to be pain free for a few months and it was heavenly!

I believe that Baby is pretty much fully formed this week and is about the size of a shrimp.  The thing I'm most looking forward to would be feeling movement! I can't wait! And then around Christmas time we should be able to find out the gender. Both of our dads think girl, and while we were in San Antonio with my family last weekend my dad would hold up a boy and girl outfit for Shane and he would always pick the girl outfit. Personally, I don't know yet. I do know that this pregnancy so far has been VERY similar to Shane's.

We love you, little one. Just because Mama doesn't write to you as much doesn't mean that I don't think about you and pray for you every day.  I tell your big brother about you and he asks about you--he calls you baby and he seems to know that you're in there growing strong. I love you, little one!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

We've got the blues...

We've got the blues at our house. You know, you do a fun trip that you've been anticipating and planning for, and then you go on the trip and have loads of fun, and then you get home and it's back to the daily grind and you're down in the dumps for a few days? That's where we are.

This past weekend was my brother's graduation from USAF boot camp and so the three of us plus my family (except my sis and her husband) congregated at a hotel in San Antonio and had a blast together. I think Shane especially had fun with his mehma and bopbop (how he pronounces grandma and grandpa). He might not see them often but it always seems like he remembers them, and loves them.

And now we're home again and I'm just so...low? Sad? Depressed? You know. The good thing is, this happens to me every time I see my family and say goodbye to them, so I know it will wear off soon. The bad part is living with it whole its here! And the really bad part is that Shane caught it this time too. He is just SO grumpy, even when he went to play with his cousin while I was in class which is something he usually loves. All I can do is take him outside.

What really broke my heart was on our drive home, he kept calling for grandma and grandpa. Then this morning when I was fixing breakfast Shane got my phone and was talking. When I asked who he was talking to he said mehma.

I can't wait until the malaise passes! At least I know it's temporary, and there's Christmas to look forward to!

Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4GLTE smartphone

Thursday, October 6, 2011


The weather is finally starting to cool off here after months of temperatures over 100 degrees. And by cool off, I mean that we're dropping down into the 80s. Ha! Cool! It makes me laugh to think of that as cool. Anyways, this lovely weather means that Shane and I are spending more time outdoor. We've gone to the park several times, although I don't have pictures of that since I was too busy chasing Shane around.
He really enjoys being outdoors and in this weather, really, who wouldn't? We're having cool breezes and cooler days and it's just lovely. At our park there is a wooded, paved walking trail that I call the "nature trail" and Shane and I walked on it for a while on Sunday.  Of course I say walk but with a toddler it's more like meandering. We take a few steps and stop to look at an interesting rock, or stick, or leaf, or patch of dirt, or bird flying by. And going slowly is ok with me, because I get to experience the world all over again. I know we are supposed to teach our children things but I think we can learn a lot from them too. Shane is teaching me to go slowly and really notice the world again. I love how the simplest things bring him pleasure.
On Tuesday Shane and I went to Sam's Club to find a new camera. Sam's had a deal where you get a Canon Rebel T3, distance lens, 4G SD Card, and camera case so I got one. I've been wanting a quality camera for a few years now and I'm excited to learn how to use my new baby! I've restricted myself from doing much with it because I have a test in every class this week but I'm hoping to learn it a little more during our 6 hr drive to San Antonio next week. The following pictures are from my new camera.
 After Sams we went to Pei Wei for some lunch! I got my usual Pad Thai and Shane got a bowl of fried rice. He wouldn't eat any that day but he has loved his rice as leftovers. I brought over half my Pad Thai home as leftovers and ate it for supper last night after school. I couldn't believe it, but Shane really liked it too. It was very spicy so we were sitting there eating with our noses running!
 This morning was cloudy and breezy so I took the opportunity to clean out, vacuum, and armor all the car in preparation for our road trip. I just cannot go a distance in a messy car! I corralled Shane in the back of Nathan's truck while I worked (our yard is open to the road) and he found lots of things to look at. Above he's looking at birds, and below he's watching an airplane. He can say "bird" and airplane sounds like "buhplane".
 Shane's sweetest moment this week was when we were sitting on the couch together and he leaned over and kissed my belly a couple times. I asked him if he was kissing the baby and he pointed to my belly. I have no idea why he would do that but they say kids have a sixth sense about those kind of things.  It was very cute!