The kiddos thought they were hiding from me in daddy's closet.
Can you see Grace covering her face...she must be in the witness protection agency or something. Briggs is like..."Whats going on in there?"
Having fun playing at the table while I cooked dinner. I vacuumed and moved the table and chairs and Grace thought that was great fun. She moved all the chairs so they were sitting next to each other 'in a line' and they were walking on them thinking that was so neat.
This picture was perfect!! He stepped into daddy's shoes and then I snuck and got the camera. He saw me aim at him and said, "Cheese!" So adorable!!!!
Today we got dressed and headed out, we got gas and then off to get groceries, then we came back for lunch. Aaron took a good 2 hour nap which he hadn't in a few days and I got one too! Grace had dance class tonight and then the kids got a bath before bed. I wrapped the lil gifts I am taking to the hospital for the kids 'from' little sister and K brought up the luggage so I could pack a bag. I decided to make a list of what I would need for the hospital that way it would be easy to throw the rest of my toiletries n such when it was time to go.
Now I am just waiting, trying to keep the house clean until its time to go!! :)
So tonight I was going to make chicken enchiladas and actually try the recipe with shrimp as well because I had a handful of frozen ones left in the freezer. So before I left for playgroup I took out what I thought was chicken breasts, but in fact was pork. So instead K went to Los Bertos and got us dinner. K decided on a whim that he was going to try their new foot long burrito...yes a foot long carne asada burrito! He did not eat it all..thank goodness! (And we don't normally eat with an empty laundry hamper on the table)
My Air Bear did not want his picture taken.
Grace eating her rice, with her TinkerBell dress on.
Pregnant me...tired of being pregnant..looking huge in that maternity shirt.
I had to take this picture, I was trying to get Aaron ready for bed and he ran and hid in his closet next to this box of diapers. I had just moved these diapers there today. The look he gave me before I took this picture was priceless..so sneaky and clever he thought he was!
36 weeks and 4 days. Going to the grocery tomorrow and trying to keep focused on just living life and being patient!
I went to my OB appointment this morning and my Group B Strep test came back negative. That thrilled me to no end!! That means that I don't have to have an IV unless I get an epidural. They always have such a hard time putting/keeping my IV's in that I am stoked I don't have to do it.
I am also 2 centimeters dilated and 50% effaced now so really this baby could be coming soon!!! Of course I could stay that way for awhile as well, but the trend is that they come early..so I think this one will too.
On my list of things to do today, fold baby linens and wipe down the crib and find the newborn insert for the car seat. There may be more, but we will see.
Just taking it easy otherwise....waiting for little sister to make her appearance!
This Monday brought a windy blustery day and so we spent the day at home doing nothing! Aaron woke up cranky! The first half hour he just fussed and fussed about his Nutri Grain Bar and tried to put it back together. He definitely woke up on the wrong side of the bed as you can see in the picture below! Grace is all about her princess dress and we watched Cinderella again today. She loves princess stuff lately.
Here is a happy boy, it's hard to catch a smile though.
So here I am 36 weeks and 2 days. I should have taken the picture at night because then you could have seen my face better. I need to Windex my mirrors..the kids brush their teeth in our bathroom so the mirrors get dirty fast.
I am looking forward to tomorrows OB appointment at 10am! Hopefully there has been some progression. The last 2 days I haven't felt as many contractions, just little sister stretching out, and a lot of sciatic nerve pain. That has been increasing...boo on that! I'll keep you posted!
So I don't have any pictures from this weekend but I figured I better do a post. I have noticed that I tend to not post if I don't have any pictures and I want to remember more so I better write even if I don't have any pictures to post.
Saturday we got up and had breakfast...Daddy slept in because he stayed up way to late playing his game. And since he doesn't really do that, that often I let him sleep. Also he won't be having much of those nights soon anyways, and I told him I need him to be fresh as a daisy for when little sister comes. :) After he got up and got dressed we headed out to Costco. Needed to get some more toilet paper and such while they still had the coupons out. After Costco we headed out to Cafe Zupas for some sandwiches and salad. It's a gourmet, soup, salad and sandwich place. It is super delicious although kinda of pricey, although we got the kids chicken strips this time instead of the grilled cheese (they weren't really a fan of) and they ate all the chicken strips and fruit cups. So I was glad for that. Because lately it seems you get them something that they want to eat and then they don't really eat it, and I end up thinking, "Why did I even bother?"
After lunch we headed over to the hospital to preregister for when I deliver little sister. Then we decided since we were there with the kids we would go up to Labor and Delivery and show Grace and check it out ourselves. I had forgotten that they had remodeled the post partum rooms and they were nice, especially the bathrooms. There was one baby in the nursery and they have a little step for the siblings to be able to see into the nursery. Grace liked it.
Back home for naps that didn't really happen, so we ended up having a lazy afternoon watching Cinderella. Grace was a HUGE fan. She hadn't seen it before and she is getting so into the princess stuff lately. She has a Belle dress up dress that she loves to put on over her clothes and her Tinkerbell costume too. After the movie she put on her Belle dress and danced with Daddy around and around and kept asking him if he liked her glass slippers. It's funny because I didn't really think she would get into all that stuff at first but she is, and she loves lip gloss and chapstick too! She is so polite, if she sees some of my lip gloss she will ask if she can wear some, so sweetly. And even when I say no, she is very sweet about it.
This morning Aaron woke us up early, and I was feeling really sore. Typically I feel sore and stiff in my inner thighs and pelvis when I wake up but then feel better as I walk around changing diapers and making breakfast. But this morning it was not going away, and church was a little uncomfortable, with their folding chairs. After church we grabbed a quick bite to eat so we could get home and get a pork shoulder in the crock pot for carnitas. My girlfriend was coming over for dinner with her son and he and Grace and Aaron had a blast playing outside and in. It was nice we just had the doors and open and although we had some cloud cover it was plenty warm in the 70's. It was nice to gab while the kiddos played and K was a gem and took care of cooking and cleaning while I relaxed on the couch talking. Probably best though because I have been having a lot of sciatic nerve pain when I walk and it just shoots down my butt and kills me! I feel like the biggest gimp and I think scared Grace a bit yesterday because I had some bad ones while I was getting Cinderella on. Poor kid, she was like, "Mommy you ok?" "Yeeeeppp." Thru gritted teeth. :)
The other pain in the butt has been the heartburn. It doesn't matter what I eat or especially drink, if I do it too much I get heartburn. With the other kids I could drink juice or water and be fine, just not soda. With this one, the last week I can't drink a lot of water or eat too much or I get heartburn. So I have mostly lost my appetite, it's just the not drinking a lot of water that kills me. I feel so thirsty sometimes and just want to drink and drink. It's probably a good thing though the way my clothes are getting too tight. I haven't gained a huge amount of weight, my doctor is fine with it and it is right in the target weight gain area, but I think a lot of the weight is going to my butt! Some of my clothes and such are just getting uncomfortable, more so than I remember with Aaron. But I suppose the point is that you don't remember and that is why you get pregnant again!!! :)
Tomorrow is Monday and I am not sure what I am going to do yet, but just try to stay busy so the day goes by fast. I am looking forward to Tuesday morning and my OB appointment is at 10am...so we will see! Hope you all had a great weekend!
A girlfriend of mine gave me this letter book where the pages are slick so the kids can trace their letters and then wipe the pages off. Grace LOVES it! She calls it her big bird book and always wants to do it. She will sit quietly and trace and trace her uppercase and lowercase letters. There are also some other alphabet game in there as well, that she can do with our help. When we got home from playgroup today Aaron had passed out already so I just took him directly to bed. Grace had some lunch and then I let her do her letters. She is such a doll. I mean how precious are these pictures?
And look at her letters... S T U ...she is a little perfectionist about it. She does each page then wipes it clean before she has to turn the page.
Oh on the pages below she has to draw the line from the capital A to the lowercase a and they having pictures of things that start with that letter. So for A they have a picture of Abby from Sesame Street and an apple. I think she has it memorized now!
My boy's latest achievement is climbing up onto the big chairs by himself. I took these before Grace woke up from nap and later he did it when she was standing right there. She was so proud of him. "Good job Aaron! High five!" And then he did...high five her. I think Aaron is teething again. Yesterday he felt warm and he had a runny nose and then today I changed a bunch of poopy diapers for him and again with the runny nose. As well as his naps were shorter today and yesterday.
Doesn't he look so big here???
Had a wonderful day at playgroup this morning, the kids mostly all played outside and then I let my kids play outside while I mopped my floors. I took these before I mopped. Not that you would notice the difference in a picture. Actually not that you can even notice the difference now, once the dogs and kids came in despite me trying to 'protect' my floors somewhat. But it was nice and it wasn't muddy out today so some paw prints are better than muddy prints.
Tomorrow it is supposed to be 70 degrees so I am going to take the kids to the park and feed them there before hitting the grocery store. Then hopefully I will get some laundry done in the afternoon.
The nice days that we have been having are extra appreciated by me, (so if you could keep those up Lord that would be great!) I feel like I can and want to get so much done. Whereas when its gloomy out, I just feel tired and overpregnant and just want to lay around. So I am so glad that it's supposed to be nice thru Sunday, I think. What would be really convenient would be to have some rainy spring days when I am in the hospital having little sister!
This morning I had my 35 week OB appointment and they did a swab for Group B Strep. I had Group B with both Grace and Aaron. It's not a big deal but they give you antibiotics in an IV during labor because it can be harmful to the newborns. Sometimes you can have it and sometimes not. I am hoping that I don't have it this time around, I really do not want to deal with the IV. I have deep veins and it is such a pain for the nurses to get a good IV line going. I really could do without.
My doctor also checked my cervix and I am about 1.5 centimeters dilated and 30% effaced. So those contractions I keep feeling are doing their thing. We are down to weekly appointments now and my next one is Tuesday at 10am. I don't think I ever went to weekly appointments with Aaron. I think I had my 35 week appointment and then he came the Wednesday before my 37 week appointment which was on a Friday. And since I mentioned Aaron came early at just before 37 weeks I think that made my OB want to move it up some this time around. Which of course is fine by me.
I wish I could say I am trying to be patient, but I am not. I try not to complain, but in my head I am just looking forward to the next checkpoint to see where I am at.
I tried pulling out the newborn clothes this afternoon while the kids were napping. I thought about napping when they went down, but I wasn't tired and so I thought going through the baby clothes would be a good chore. However my belly is to big and it kept hurting my to bed over into the box. Then I did get tired once there was about 30 minutes of naps left. So I came upstairs to lay down for a few minutes but only got about 15 minutes of quiet time.
It was kind of funny though. Aaron's crib is on my wall and I can hear him bang into the walls when he wakes up sometimes. This afternoon I heard him kicking the wall and he may have cooed once or twice but he woke up happy which was nice. Then all of a sudden I heard lamby turn on really loud on the whales button and then 2 seconds later I heard Aaron cry a freaked out cry. Poor boy scared himself with the whales being up too loud! I went in there and he was talking to me, "Coo!' And pointing at Lamby. Silly little rabbit.
I discovered last night that Grace sleep walks. I went in to check on her before we went to sleep and she startled me because she was sitting on the edge of her bed rubbing her eyes. All of a sudden she gets up and walks towards me and then lifts her arms up for me to hold her. I pick her up and then put her back into bed and she lays right down, asleep the whole time. I had thought she had been sleep walking when K was gone and my mom reminded me of the story of how Kayla heard her in the hall and barked. And then the bark woke her up. I heard that your not supposed to wake a sleep walker but I don't really know why or if that is true. I will have to look into it. And we will be changing our door locks now.
I dyed my hair this morning before my appointment. I am really annoyed. I always but the same brand and color. I normally use 2 boxes because my hair is so long and I like to freshen up the color all over when I do it. However being this pregnant I didn't want to take that long standing there, so I decided to just use one. The color I get is Deep Mahogany Brown. The boxes I have advertised they are ammonia free which didn't notice when I bought them, but did realize that it didn't nearly smell so strong while I was coloring my hair. However...it actually lightened my hair a reddish color. You can't really tell that it looks that much different, unless I were to show you pictures of before or after. Right now it probably looks like I didn't do anything. But I of course can tell. The last time I colored my hair was right before my brother's wedding. And when I do it, it is a deep rich color. Maybe I will take some pictures tomorrow and post some before and after. I am truly annoyed. A waste of money and my time and my energy and patience, which is already at a low! :) I already emailed the company, hopefully they send me some new product or something. I am also going to try to take back the other box and get a regular box.
Tomorrow is playgroup and the middle of the week, one more day closer to 36 weeks....
I decided to post the first picture because I think I look smaller here for some reason, so you can compare since you can see my whole body. I don't know.
But then in this picture I look how I feel...HUGE! K took both of these for me before the baby shower on Saturday, so I am 35 weeks here. Tomorrow is my OB appointment!!!! I am so excited, I can't wait. Today I did some house cleaning, vacuumed, picked up the house, the kids toys. Now we are watching Real Steel.
Grace loves it when Daddy gives her a spike on her head. My new computer doesn't have any photoshop programs yet and I was too lazy to download one tonight to fix her redeye. But she is still a cutie pie!
It's finally Friday! Seems like it has taken forever to get here. Tomorrow I am 35 weeks and my playgroup friends are throwing a baby shower for me, so that will be exciting to go to.
Today we stayed home and tried to get the house in order. We also dyed Easter Eggs which the kids enjoyed. I wish I had done it sooner though because I was freaking out trying to keep my hands from getting dyed since I just had my nails done. Aaron kept dropping the eggs in the cups, except it was more like a toss and it would splash a little bit. But then he would clap and be so proud of himself. It actually went pretty good considering he grabbed the yellow dye off the counter when I was getting the tray for Grace and spilled yellow dye all over himself and the floor. But it looks like the yellow came out, so not a big deal. I do feel beat though. I did all the laundry and changed the sheets on the bed and dusted the house. I wanted to vacuum, mop and clean the bathrooms however that did not get done. K can help with those this weekend maybe. Or maybe it will wait until next week.
We had dinner and then the kids played and climbed all over Daddy and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Aaron had us both cracking up, because I think he has learned the word No, except he kind of sings/hollers it. He as climbing on the couch and doing his favorite thing to do which is pull on the blinds and K kept telling him No. Except then he would make this big face, raise his eyebrows and open his mouth wide and say something like, Nooooooooooo. I couldn't ever hear the 'N' and thought he was just yelling and being silly but K thought he was saying No and repeating after him. I was dying laughing because he was being such a ham.
Then right before bed Grace decided to go for a cross country run. She had taken her clothes off and waiting for me to grab a pull-up for bedtime and she started running. I think she had run anywhere from 10-15 minutes straight. Just around the kitchen table and down the hall and back again. She seriously had some focus going on.
But she said the sweetest prayer at bedtime, praying for me and daddy and Aaron and little sister and then all of her playgroup friends. Such a sweet girl she is.
I have been having come contractions a lot tonight. Started at dinner and then kept going for awhile, while I was sitting on the couch when the kids where playing. She was moving and I was getting contractions. I can not wait for my OB appointment on Tuesday. I want to see if I am dilated at all.
K's aunt is going to come watch the kids for me since he has a busy work week next week, which I hope is good so the week will go by fast. But my appointment isn't until 11am. I usually schedule my appointments around 930-945 because then we can eat, get dressed and go. But the earliest they have them is at 11am since I am booking them only 2 weeks ahead now instead of every 4 weeks.
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Time for a treat for me..and I think a bath! My body is tired! Night!
Today was so gorgeous..I didn't even realize it was supposed to be either. I wish I would have planned better. I would have stayed home and let the kids play outside. This morning K let me sleep for another 45 minutes and got up when Aaron did. Which was good because Grace was still on the donut bus this morning and she had a wet diaper. But they ate cereal for breakfast while I slept more. It was very nice because I couldn't sleep very well last night. Tossed and turned until midnight then took a bath and then tossed some more until I fell asleep around 1am I think.
Then the kids and I got dressed and we headed out to Home Depot to exchange a rug gripper thingy and then to the grocery store. I took forever at the grocery today. I was super annoying to myself. I was just lumbering around the aisle and I couldn't think about what was down what aisle and I had to make a few different trips down the same aisle. I had no energy and I felt like a giant pregnant snufalufagus. (You know, from Sesame Street) But the nice weather was so enjoyable and I sent the kids outside to play while I unloaded groceries and made lunch. Then daddy joined us for lunch and I let the kids play for longer after lunch. They didn't go to naps until 2pm but Aaron slept straight through so that is good.
I put them down and ran down the street to get a mani/pedi done. This pregnancy has wreaked havoc on my fingernails, they have only in the last week been getting longer without splitting. It felt great and now I have some pretty nails which Grace loves looking at. She says, "Mom I like your polish." She is just too precious, plus today she must have told me she loved me randomly about 5 times. "Mom, I love you!"
After there late naps we played for a bit before we jumped in the car again and headed out to Grace's dance class and dinner. Her recital is in a little more than a month and I can't wait! Aaron was great and played for the 30 minutes we waited for sister. Then it was back home for baths and bedtime.
I took these pictures on Monday while we were at the Ford dealership getting the oil changed.
I am so glad tomorrow is Friday and I am at 35 weeks on Saturday.
I want next week to zoom by! I should plan a lot of stuff so it will. I think K is going to be really busy next week with work.
I have been having some sciatic nerve pain the last week every once in awhile...I had forgotten how much fun that is..not. Looking forward to a fun weekend!
The time is drawing near for my newest little babe to be born and I haven't been updating my blog very much. I took these pictures last week I think. We had a nice day but it was windy and so since Grace has been freaking out a little bit lately when the wind blows her hair around a lot, I grabbed their hats. They actually kept them on while they played so I snapped away!
The kids can't wait for good weather and frankly neither can I! I feel like this lack of winter has been such a bore. To cold to play outside, but not cold enough for it to snow so you can bundle up and then play outside. I am looking forward to summer for sure! So much so that I have been researching how much it would cost to fix up our backyard some. K and I have been talking and we may or may not do some changes for the summer.
With regards to this last pregnancy I am so over it these days. I originally intended on really trying to enjoy this pregnancy because it will most likely be our last one, but I feel like this is the hardest 3rd trimester yet! A few nights ago we were lying in bed and I got a contraction right at the same time as she kicked up into my lungs. I about tore K's shoulder off and scrambled out of bed (As fast as a pregnant waddler can) so I could get vertical and breath better. I think I scared my more hubby to death. At least when I was pregnant with Aaron I pretty much always took a nap on my lunch when I was working..ha ha that doesn't happen so much at home. I try hard though. I also previously thought that she was going to be a smaller babe than the other 2, however I no longer think that. I think how much more can she grow??? Isn't she done cooking in there?? This Saturday I will be 35 weeks and I keep thinking, "Really? That's all??" I have 37 weeks in my head as the due date and think I might seriously lose my mind if she isn't early! April 21st is her official due date...but that is so FAR away to me.
At least K is home now and he is helping me tons. He got up with the kids this morning and made me breakfast in bed and it allowed me to have some quiet time for me to do a chapter in my bible study which was nice.
Aaron has been talking and talking getting very communicative with us and it's such a joy to watch. He will say, "Uh ohhhhhh drop drop!" When he drops his cup or anything. He nods now to answer a question and is starting to say lion for his little lion lovey. I am going to be letting him cry it out for his naps I think. Because he needs to learn to soothe himself better. It has become a bad habit to go in there and get him his paci before he fully wakes up from nap just so I can get another hour out of him. I tried having him cry it out yesterday and he basically cried on and off for the remaining hour of his 2hour nap. Today they had very late naps due to staying too late at playgroup, so when he woke up I just got him up.
Grace is becoming such a big girl, she is getting better and better at buckling her car seat and I am so proud of her. She is a good helper for me and often plays well with Aaron. She is loving having her daddy home and goofing off with him. And she was a huge helper this morning helping him make pancakes for me. She is such a sweet girl and loves her family. She is still going to her Thursday night dance class and we are looking forward to her first dance recital in late April.
I can't believe this, I was sitting here typing this and I heard some clanking noises. So I got up and Grace's light is on and she is playing with her toys. That is a first! She told me she had to go potty, but I don't think she actually went but a spec. Daddy told her before bed that he would get her donuts in the morning if she had a dry diaper. Later after they were down I was talking with daddy about how she has a hard time with her footie pj's and it might be best to wait a little bit longer to give incentives like that until we know she can get her pj's back on by herself. And also after little sister is born to give her another reason to be our big girl, instead of a baby, like little sister. Plus I told him I had fallen off the bus with reminding her to go a lot while he was gone, because I was just trying to get through the 2 weeks as a sane mommy. I can't believe she was playing!
Well now that K is home, I am going to try to keep my blog updated more frequently before little sister is born. Hope you enjoy the pics..I will try to get some of me up too! Night!
Before I got pregnant I was seriously thinking about cutting my hair short. I don't mean boy short, but maybe somewhere above my shoulders to possibly chin length. Enough for a short little stubby pony tail. The main reason was when I was running and I would pull my hair back and it would get all ratty with sweat from running. Plus I hadn't changed my hair for ever! So then when I found out I was pregnant I decided I would cut my hair right after the baby was born. That way if I wasn't happy with it, the time of growing it out would go by very fast because I would be so busy with 3 kids!
Oh and I have been growing my bangs out that I cut awhile back so they would be closer to the length of my hair when I cut it.
But now, I have kinda fallen back in 'like' with my long hair. And I am looking forward to feeling less pregnant and more pretty and doing stuff with my hair soon.
So I am at odds...should I cut my hair or not? What do you all think? What kind of short haircut do you think would look good with my face shape?
Took the kids to Discovery Gateway Children's Museum today. It was fun to get out of the house and do something. They were having a Dr. Suess birthday party event at 11am, we got there a little after 10am and I couldn't see myself waiting in a line with the kids for that long only so they could sit down and try to be quiet. So we went ahead on in and played and the kids had a great time. ON the way out there was a line for the story time at noon and so we stepped in line to get our free hats and then took of for home and lunch. Aaron was asleep while I was buckling him into his car seat, he was so tired. And I don't blame him it was really loud and very busy in there. But lots of fun things for the kids to do and play. Play houses and grocery stores and farms and water. Next time I think we will try to get there to sign up for one of there art classes.
Grace wanted to take a picture with me here, I am trying to concentrate and smile and listen to the phone make the clicking noise that it took the picture!
This picture is much better. Some mornings we watch the Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That on PBS. It's not one of K's favorite cartoons but they learn about a lot of different animals usually. I don't mind it.
Aaron had a blast running around and he loved playing in the water the best.
I did take some videos, but when I sent them to my email address they will play but without any sound. So annoying!!! And I didn't have my phone on vibrate either.
When we got home we all had lunch and then we all went down for a nap. Kids napped really good. Aaron got a full 2 hours in without waking once and he fell asleep in the car. Grace napped and I napped too. It was great.
I am worried about my little bear though. He woke up not feeling good at all. He had a temperature of 101 and a running nose and super clingy. Of course he is clingy anyway and especially when Daddy isn't home. I am just hoping its not Strep because one of the mom's in my playgroup emailed us that her oldest daughter was complaining of a sore throat on Thursday and tested positive for Strep. We have playgroup Wednesday morning. I am hoping he is just fussy because he is cutting another molar and/or its just a cold. I just came back from settling him down in bed. He is all snotty and congested and I think he he keeps waking because he can't breathe very well. I wish he knew how to blow his nose. We are in process, he kind of has that idea, but always sucks in when we try to blow. It's actually cute, he puts the tissue to his nose and tries but doesn't quite get the concept yet.
Grandma is coming tomorrow morning to watch the kids while I run away for some solo time. I think I am going to go get a mani/pedi and then maybe go shopping.
K text me earlier that he took his test for one of the machines he is training on this week and got a 94! It was a really hard machine and a long test he said. But I am proud he did so good. Now he has the weekend to relax before next week. He comes home Friday and we can't wait to see him!
Little sister is still as busy as ever! Glad though that she stopped hiccuping, she was going strong at the beginning of this post! My next OB appointment is March 6th. Tomorrow I will be 33 weeks!