Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Best Buds in the Mud!





Isaiah has always had such a special connection with his cousin, Gavin. Gavin is such a sweet little lover of a boy and immediately took to Isaiah (even at just 5 months old). Now they're at the age where they can interact and communicate with each other and it is the sweetest thing! On this day, we were hanging out at my sister's house and they were playing in the sand (mud) box and throwing it and dying laughing. Love seeing the little joys of life!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Drivin'!



Fun times!!

Loves to open and close the garage door too.


During the last month or so, I've been teaching Isaiah to drive. It's such an important life skill, don't you think? ;) Let me just say he LOVES it! He goes crazy as soon as I put him in the driver's seat. He must think he's a big boy or something. Letting him drive is a win/win too. It allows me to unload groceries, clean the car, etc. and have a very happy camper while I do it. He seriously will stay in there for an hour. When I let Grady in the car he goes bananas - it must be so funny! I love this kid. If you haven't done this with your toddler yet, I highly suggest you do. Who needs Disneyland when you have mama's car to drive?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

13 Weeks :)



Since I love looking back on my pregnancy with Isaiah week to week, I'm going to try my best to post about this at least once each week as well. We'll see how it goes!

Right now I'm 13 weeks and here are few things I'm going through:

How I feel: Better and better. For the most part I don't wake up feeling sick or get nauseous during the day, which is great but every once in a while I get a wave a sickness. Most of all, I'm just feeling so tired. My back is already starting to hurt too. I'm not sure if it's because my ligaments are loosening up faster or if I'm just able to expand a little faster or if it's just that I carry Isaiah around...or a combo of all three.

How I look: Definitely starting to show! I got that pregnant gut right now and already can't or don't want to button several pairs of pants. I'm at that point where I just feel so fat.

What I miss: CAFFEINE! I'm not even a huge caffeine drinker, I usually just have one or two cups of coffee in the morning but right now I feel like I NEED it! Which is probably why I miss my ENERGY so much! Gosh, I can't fake it through most of the day but then I just crash. And I miss being able to have a glass or two of wine at night...sometimes I feel like I need that too! ;)

How Isaiah's doing:
I tell Isaiah there's a baby in my belly and it's his little brother or sister every day. I know he doesn't really know what I'm saying but sometimes he'll lift up my shirt and put his face on it and go, "Awwww!"

Cravings: Nothing too crazy. Last month all I really wanted was PB and J sandwiches and milk. Or that's just all that would stay down. I also have been eating a lot of fruit, bagels, and eggs. I've also really wanted soda, which is strange because I never drink soda.


Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Baby, Baby, Baby, Oh!!

The entire time I was pregnant with Isaiah, we sang that catchy pop number by the great Justin Bieber over and over again. Well, guess what. That song is back in our heads because I'm PREGNANT!!

That's right Baby Moss: the Sequel is due to make an appearance sometime around October 1st! We are beyond thrilled and can't wait to turn our family of three into a wonderful family of four. :) Life is good. We are blessed.


The baby at 6 weeks, 2 days.


Right now I'm about 12 weeks and feeling good - well, let's just say much better! More than anything right now I'm. just. so. tired. It was definitely a rough last 6 weeks. All the patterns of nausea were very similar to when I was pregnant with Isaiah but this time I actually had to run to the bathroom...a lot. Probably because while running after a one year old I don't have many opportunities to lay down with some saltines until the wave of sickness passes. And proof is in the numbers, at my doctor's appointment last week I lost 7 pounds. It just means my body is working on growing this baby, right? It's a small price to pay for my sweet baby #2.


12 weeks! Starting to poke out much faster this time. My body must know what's happening. :)



My mama's boy had to get in the shot. ;)

Here's the story of how we found out and all the happenings so far in this pregnancy:

Darren and I decided we wanted our second baby to be pretty close in age to Isaiah. When my (TMI ALERT) cycle returned in December we decided to just let it happen. And it did. Quickly. Come January I was a week or two late but wasn't really sure how "regular" I'd be since I was still nursing. I went ahead and took a test...positive! I immediately started crying and said, "Isaiah, you're going to be a big brother!" He smiled and hugged me like he knew exactly what I said. Sweet, huh?



Since Darren was at work, I decided to wrap the test up and give it to him when he got home. He was needless to say kind of shocked. Although I think we both would be just as shocked if we had being trying for a year as opposed to a month. There's no surprise like finding out there's a little life growing in your tummy.

We've slowly been telling friends and family this last month or so and have been covered in prayer. I thought long and hard about posting about a scare we had on the Superbowl and decided I should because, well, it could happen to ANY mama and when it happened to me I thought I was the only one in the world. So, here it goes...after church on Superbowl Sunday (I was about 6 weeks), we were driving to get some donuts and I felt something and my heart just sunk. I started bleeding. A lot. I was terrified. I called the on call nurse and she said to take it easy, it may be a miscarriage but maybe not. The next day my doctor sent me to get an ultrasound. And there we saw the sweet little peanut's heart flickering. Thank God!

The next day at my doctor's office we learned there was a bloody mass next to the baby. She said it could mean: 1) There was a tear between the placenta and uterus wall which means we need to take easier this pregnancy (no running) and be on watch for possible pre-term labor later on, or 2) I miscarried a twin, which doesn't pose any risk for this pregnancy just sadness about another life that could have been.

At about 10 1/2 weeks we went in for a check up and were able to hear the heart beating - best sound ever! Regardless of the scare and worry, we are thankful to still be pregnant with this baby. How blessed are we? God gave us a baby as great as Isaiah and now we get another one! I feel like we've won the lottery. And yes, the water works for this pregnancy are out in full force already. :)

Pregnancy Super Food!

I found this list on Babycenter.com (gosh, I love that site!) and I thought it had some good-to-know details about the food I just so happen to usually eat on a regular basis. Awesome! I have to admit, I like hearing that I'm doing good things for my little baby!

Eggs
"It's amazing what you get in one egg, and for only about 90 calories," says Elizabeth Ward, dietitian and author of Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy.

In addition to more than 12 vitamins and minerals, eggs contain lots of quality protein, which is essential for pregnancy. "Your baby's cells are growing at an exponential rate, and every cell is made of protein," Ward explains. "Plus, as a pregnant woman, you have your own protein needs."

Eggs are also rich in choline, which promotes your baby's overall growth and brain health, while helping prevent neural tube defects. Some even contain omega-3 fats, important for both brain and vision development. (Brands that have omega-3 fats will probably state so on the label.)

As for eggs' bad rap for cholesterol? Not warranted, says Ward. It turns out that eating saturated fat does much more damage to your cholesterol level than eating the cholesterol naturally found in food. And while eggs are high in cholesterol, they're also relatively low in saturated fat, with about one and a half grams per egg.
"Healthy women with normal blood cholesterol can consume one to two eggs a day as part of a balanced diet low in saturated fat," Ward says.

Need more convincing? Eggs are cheap, easy, quick, and versatile. When you're too exhausted to cook a full meal, a couple of hard boiled or scrambled eggs are just the ticket.

Salmon
Not only is salmon brimming with high-quality protein, says Ward, but it's an exceptionally good source of omega-3 fats. And unlike swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, and shark, salmon has low amounts of methylmercury, a compound that can be harmful to your baby's developing nervous system.

Just remember that even for salmon and other low-mercury fish, such as canned light tuna and pollock, the FDA recommends eating no more than 12 ounces per week to avoid ingesting too much mercury.

Beans
Navy beans, lentils, black beans, pinto beans, chickpeas…..there are so many to choose from. "Beans contain the most fiber and protein of all the vegetables," says Ward.

You already know protein is important during pregnancy, but you may not yet realize that fiber could become your new best friend during the nine-month wait. In pregnancy, the gastrointestinal tract slows down, putting you at risk for constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber can help prevent and relieve these problems.
In addition, says Ward, food that contains fiber tends to be nutrient-rich. This is certainly true of beans, which are good sources of iron, folate, calcium, and zinc.

Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes get their orange color from carotenoids, plant pigments that are converted to vitamin A in our bodies, says Ward.

Although consuming too much "preformed" vitamin A (found in animal sources, such as liver, milk, and eggs) can be dangerous, carotenoids are a different story. They're converted to vitamin A only as needed, so there's no need to restrict your consumption of vitamin A-rich fruits and veggies.

Sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin C, folate, and fiber. And like beans, they're inexpensive and versatile. "Cook extra and save them to slice up later as a snack," Ward suggests.

Popcorn and other whole grains
Yes, you read that right. Popcorn is a whole grain. "People love it when I tell them that!" says Ward. Whole grains are important in pregnancy because they're high in fiber and nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium, and phytonutrients – plant compounds that protect cells.

Don't stop at popcorn though. There are lots of other whole grains out there, from oatmeal to whole grain bread to barley. Fluffy, nutty-tasting quinoa is one of Ward's favorites. "Whole grain quinoa is easy to make and is very high in nutrients, particularly protein, making it a superfood in and of itself," she says.

Walnuts
Don't like fish or eggs, but still want to get those omega-3s which are so important for your baby's brain growth? Try walnuts, suggests dietitian Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Stay Lean. "Walnuts are one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3s," she says. "A handful of walnuts is a great choice for an on-the-run snack or an addition to a salad."

Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt typically has twice the protein of regular yogurt, making it one of Geagan's favorite pregnancy foods. And any kind of yogurt is a great source of calcium, which is vital in a pregnancy diet. If you don't take in enough calcium, the limited amount you have will go to your baby, says Geagan, depleting the calcium in your bones and teeth.

"The goal during pregnancy is to make sure you provide everything your baby needs without sacrificing your own health and nutrition," she explains. "Calcium will help keep your own bones intact while laying down a healthy skeleton for your baby."

Dark green, leafy vegetables
Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and other green leafy vegetables are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K, as well as the all-important folate. They've also been found to promote eye health, Geagan says.

Lean meats
Meat is an excellent source of high-quality protein, says dietitian Karin Hosenfeld of North Dallas Nutrition. "Look for lean meats with the fat trimmed off," she says. "When buying red meat in particular, look for cuts that are around 95 to 98 percent fat-free." Beef and pork stand out among meats because in addition to protein, they contain choline, says Ward.

Don't eat deli meats or hot dogs, though, unless they're heating until steaming hot. There's a small risk of passing on bacteria and parasites from the meat such as Listeria monocytogenes toxoplasma, or salmonella to your baby, says Mayo Clinic obstetrician Mary Marnach.

Colorful fruits and veggies
Eating a variety of green, red, orange, yellow, purple, and white fruits and vegetables will ensure that you and your baby get a variety of nutrients. "Each color group provides different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants," explains dietitian Jodi Greebel, owner of Citrition, a nutrition counseling service in New York.

Hosenfeld points out another advantage of eating across the fruit and veggie spectrum: "During the later stages of pregnancy, the baby is 'tasting' the foods you eat through the amniotic fluid," she says. "So if you expose your baby to a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables in the womb, you'll increase the chance that your baby will recognize and accept those flavors later on."

(http://www.babycenter.com/0_the-ten-best-foods-for-pregnancy_10320506.bc)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Each Day Has Enough Trouble of Its Own

Sometimes we hear exactly what we need to hear. That's what happened to me this week. Along with motherhood, as many of you know, comes so much worry. Worry about the well-being of your child. Worry about doing things correctly. Worry about giving enough time to your children and enough time to your husband. Worry about finding enough time for yourself. Worry about being a good mom and a good wife. Worry about getting enough sleep tonight so I can have enough energy to get through tomorrow. The list of worries and anxieties go on and on. They don't tell you about this when we sign up to be parent. Or do they?

Anyway, last week I was reading the Bible. While studying the book of Matthew I came across this verse:

"But seek first His kingdom and all His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:33-34

Isn't that scripture that just makes the soul feel good? I love this passage so much and shared it with Darren. Our conclusion: let's live and be happy in this moment because that's all we can control. God knows what we need. He will provide.

So the next day I was working on my bible study homework for the week. We're currently studying Esther and last week we focused on chapter 4 where Esther is faced with a decision to go to the King to protect the Jews and risk death or stay quiet and have death as her fate. The study for this chapter focused on letting go and letting God take care of it because we can only control what we do in this moment. What the future holds for us is history in God's eyes. As I concluded the week's study, I wrote down Matthew 6:33-34 because it seemed to be so intertwined with the material for that week.

Yesterday at church, (would you believe it?!) the passage we focused on was Matthew chapter 6. The sermon was on spiritual growth and one of Pastor Kevin's points was God KNOWS and he will PROVIDE. He believes in us and that we are IMPORTANT to Him. It is not our job to WORRY.

Yes, that's three separate/unrelated studies of the Bible that just so happened to center around the verse reminding me to let go, and let God. I once heard that coincidences are when God wants to remain anonymous in the situation. A coincidence it may be, but God definitely was not anonymous. I got the message. It's time to let go and let God, and relax into this wonderful life.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Thoughts On Pacifiers

Alright, ladies, I need some honesty. I'm having slight issues coming to terms with the fact that Isaiah is a pacifier baby...scratch that: a pacifier toddler. I'm going to be honest, I've always thought pacifiers are for BABIES and once your BABY can start verbalizing, walking, etc. (basically becomes a toddler), a pacifier is a little inappropriate. That's my personal opinion. Now that Isaiah is nearly 13 months old, he is still using a pacifier and I feel almost embarrassed by it. Call me crazy if you want to but this is how I feel.

I was so worried about my nurse-loving little boy getting off the boob that I never thought "growing out of" a pacifier would be hard - it never really crossed my mind. As it turns out, the day we stopped nursing (his first birthday) it was a piece of cake. We switched the nightly nurse to a nightly bottle of milk then turned that into a nightly sippy cup of milk three weeks later. No problem. BUT, he still uses a pacifier.

Granted, he only uses the pacifier during naps and bedtime (and I let him have it at church because he's still missing mama a little too much in the nursery), but if a pacifier is laying around he picks it up and puts it in his mouth. What drives me crazy is when he starts grunting to communicate instead of using his "words." So I always take it out and put it away. Now I know he's only 13 months so it's not THAT big of a deal...right now. I'm just afraid of having a 3 year old with a pacifier. Actually I don't even want an 18 month old with a pacifier.

I have received different advice from different moms. Some say it's a comfort thing...who cares? It won't be forever. I understand to an extent but excuse me if I don't want a Suri Cruise walking around. Others have told me to just get rid of it cold turkey. That may start happening soon but it's just so easy to let him have it so he can get himself to sleep faster. I guess I feel almost guilty taking it away.

So yes, I contradict myself. I don't really know how I completely feel about pacifiers being used at this age. I do worry about how it will affect his teeth - how straight they are (everyone's seen the buck-teeth pacifier babies - be honest) and decay (we keep them clean and brush his teeth but still, it's something I worry about).

Any thoughts? Am I crazy? Is it a big deal? Is it going to be a big deal soon? Or do I just need to relax and let him get away with one little thing?