Sunday, April 29, 2012

18 Weeks...really?!

A few times this week I found myself saying or wanting to say I'm 16 weeks. Even yesterday. Seriously, time is flying! Sometimes it's flying so fast I worry I'm not getting to savor and enjoy this pregnancy. And by now I'm sure this baby knows how fly by the seat of her pants and just go with it. At least, I hope!

I'm still getting sick in the morning (off and on) and I'm feeling hungry faster. I find if I don't pack my meal with protein, I want to eat an hour later. I've developed pregnant acne (oh joy!) and for me it's not cute little pimples sprouting here and there, it's those deep unpoppable craters that lie below the surface, making it look like I have a growth or sore. Yuck...too much? Anyway, this week (or probably the last two) have felt a little more exhausting than usual. We were pretty busy plus Darren worked extra this week, plus I have a 15 month old...did anyone forget? (Side note: I've come to realize having a baby is much easier than a toddler. Not more enjoyable, I LOVE both stages. But having a toddler is work!)

I think the main reason I'm feeling so tired this week though is because of how EMOTIONAL I am...Lord have mercy! I remember crying a lot with Isaiah but this time it's almost embarrassing. I feel like a basket case. I cried at bible study Friday after sharing something that stood out to me in the study. Something I could have easily said 5 months ago without breaking down...and once I started, I couldn't stop. I felt like I could have laid on the couch and told everyone that I think it's so wonderful God chose for the sky to be blue and sobbed the whole time. Then today Darren decided to get baptized at church. It's something we've discussed him wanting to do (he was only baptized as a baby in a catholic church). Today our pastor had an open call for anyone who wanted be baptized and Darren decided today was the day. I tried my best to hold it together, then without warning a sweet lady came up to me and told me how wonderful this was and it was all out from there. And I'm such an ugly crier. Oh well, I love my husband and I'm so proud of him and my heart was exploding with love and joy. And who better to share that public meltdown with than our fellow Christians? I remind myself daily that God is so good. I just pray that he would help ease up on the waterworks for me or least make me a pretty crier. :)

Other than that, the baby is still moving. I can feel her getting stronger but I still only notice the movement a few times each day. Last night I woke up at 3 a.m. (to pee, of course) and when I laid down she went bananas. I probably stayed awake for 10 minutes feeling her do flips. It was like we were having a moment alone. Aaah, love it. Love her. Or him. :)

On a side note, can we please take a moment to appreciate skinny Caitlin? This was at 10 weeks. Geez louise, the growth happens quickly. And no, I didn't forget I have A LOT more growing to do!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

17 Weeks

Me and my little cheeser...he loves helping us take pictures.
I can't believe I'm 17 weeks already and I really cant believe how great I feel. OK, OK...I have my rough moments but I did go a full two weeks without throwing up...until two days ago. :) But, hey, who's complaining? Once it's out it's over! And for that, I'm thankful. I'm tired but it feels more like "mom" tired, not "pregnant" tired, which means I'm keeping my energy up for Isaiah. Thank goodness! This last week was exciting, not just because we got to see our sweet baby, but because our sweet baby is growing strong enough for me to feel him/her moving! This is seriously my absolute favorite part of being pregnant. There is nothing like it! I felt Isaiah moving at 17.5 weeks an this baby at 16.5...which is pretty early so I must say I'm very impressed with my little ones and their strength. Or I'm just really in touch with my body. Nah, my babies are just oober strong. :) I also realized at the ultrasound I have two due dates. The ultrasound info (from my first ultrasound) said September 30th and my doctor came up with October 1st. I'm not sure why or how so I'll have to ask her at our next visit. Not that it's terribly important...I mean, it's only two days difference and I'm sure this baby (like every other baby) knows exactly what the due date and time is.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Surprise Ultrasound

Baby #2's profile

Isaiah's profile...don't they look similar???

Today we went in for a regular check up. (And don't worry, I've gained back the weight I've lost plus 6 pounds. So I'm right back on schedule.) When we went to do the sonogram, Dr. Lee was having trouble getting the heartbeat and when she did, she could only grabbed it for a few seconds. She said my placenta sounded good but wanted me to get in for an urgent ultrasound to make sure the baby is OK. So, of course, I had a mini-freakout but tried my hardest to stay calm. Stress could only make things worse, right?

At the ultrasound we got to see our sweet baby #2! I love him/her so much! And he/she looks just like Isaiah did in his ultrasound...I only wonder if this one will be a brunette...hmmmm. The baby is doing great, everything looked normal and measured on schedule. I was having a contraction during the ultrasound so the baby was a bit squished but still squirming, kicking, and spinning.

We asked if she could see if it was a boy or girl and she said she couldn't see "anything" but it was too soon to tell for sure. Another...hmmmm. Maybe it is a girl! Wouldn't that be a surprise? To me, at least. Of course, we'll love this baby no matter what those parts are. We go in for another ultrasound in 2-4 weeks. :)

Overall, it was a great day. And I loved getting to see that sweet baby growing so big!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

16 Weeks!

I feel great - mostly a little tired still...and hungry. But for the most part, no complaints!

Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

First Trip to the Zoo!

It was so fun taking Isaiah to the first time. Not only because he LOVED it but because it was just as fun for Darren and I. We went with my parents, Riley, Jessica and her kids, and our friends, Katie and Charlie. We stayed for 6 hours and NO ONE had a meltdown - it was pretty remarkable! But, with all the animals, activities, space, and great weather, who had a reason to? Here are some pictures from the day:

Playing at the kids playground area, throwing stuff...of course.

He LOVED the tiger. There's a window where the tiger walks right up to you and he kept laughing - he thought it was great!

My dad, Isaiah, and Darren.

Looking at fish!

The monkeys were great!

My mom and Isaiah.

Love This Kid

I seriously can't help but love this boy more and more every day! He fills my world with so much joy. He is so smart and loving and caring and gentle and sweet and silly and I can't get enough! We love you Isaiah Jonathan Moss! You are such a wonderful little boy!

Happy Easter!

This Easter was spent at our church in Puyallup, then my sister's house in Lacey for an egg hunt and brunch, then back to Puyallup for dinner at my father-in-law's. It was a busy day but it was great to share this special holiday with some of the people we love most.

Trying out his first otter pop!

...and boys will be boys!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Isaiah's First Dentist Appointment!

Today I took Isaiah to his first dentist appointment...can you believe it?! He is getting SO BIG! I feel like I say this every day but it's so true. I cried after I made his appointment. I'm surprised I didn't cry after because he did so good. Of course, there's lots of fun stuff to look at and try and get into at the dentist. He sees Dr. Usha and I really liked! She has a 19 month old so she knows toddlers. I have to say, if I could give my pre-child self advise about choosing doctors, it would be to get pick people that have young children or are still in touch with what it's like. It makes for a much more comfortable, conversation-like visit.

Anyway, back to the appointment...Isaiah cried a little when we leaned him back to examine the teeth but it ended up being much easier for her to look at them. Once that was over he got to pick out TWO toys because he did a good job. He picked a horse and a fish (because he loves to go "blub, blub, blub"). I remember that being the COOLEST part of going to the dentist! Sometimes I still wish I got a toy.

The appointment was more about talking to Dr. Usha about our routine and diet and she said we're doing great. We brush Isaiah's teeth twice each day (after breakfast and dinner). He gets milk at breakfast and dinner so we're sure to brush them after he drinks it. I don't give him juice but he has had on occasion at his aunt's house. :) I give him sweets only sometimes but it's not really something we keep at our house so it's not a huge deal. He also gets fluoride drops once a day. He currently has 8 teeth and Dr. Usha said the molars are next...yikes! He'll go back in for a visit next year. :)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

15 Weeks!

Ooooohhh Baby!

I feel good! (But I might get sick tomorrow morning!) My morning sickness has been very off and on but mostly off so that's good. I feel much bigger this week and I'm getting more and more energy to keep up with Isaiah. Of course, all this sunshine and wandering outside with him is helping. I'm still hungry all the time and anxious about finding out the sex. My dreams are getting weirder and weirder. I had a dream I was having twins. The first was a boy and the second was a girl. Then I had two dreams in a row it was a girl. But for the most part I feel like it's a boy. Not that I would care either way. I just want a healthy little one and I cannot wait to meet him/her!

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds. Finally, if you have an ultrasound this week, you may be able to find out whether your baby's a boy or a girl! (Don't be too disappointed if it remains a mystery, though. Nailing down your baby's sex depends on the clarity of the picture and on your baby's position. He or she may be modestly curled up or turned in such a way as to "hide the goods.")

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Sweet Boy!

Hello personality! Isaiah is really developing into his own person. He's imitating everything, talking a lot, and always letting me know what he wants. He seriously cracks me up every day and he has no idea what a character he is. Here are a few things that have happened recently that I always want to remember:

**The other night I was brushing his teeth before bedtime and he bit me...really hard. I yelled, "OUCH!" Then he got really serious and looked at me like he knew he did something wrong. So I said, "No biting. That hurts mama." We then went to change his diaper and while I'm changing him he starts yelling, "Ouch!" Then smiling. The next morning I was changing him..."OUCH!" And smiling. Little stinker...I'm sure glad I didn't yell something else.

**I started letting Isaiah take Grady for walks and now he is the leash that is. While he prefers walking Grady outdoors, he thinks it's just fine walking Grady around the kitchen and taking the leash (not attached to Grady) to the grocery store. :)

**At night, Isaiah, Daddy, and I snuggle up on the couch and watch Sprout. Usually Caillou and Pajanimals. Isaiah will watch them and start "laughing" at all the appropriate parts. I write "laughing" because it's a fake laugh and he'll look up at me as if he's saying, "Mom, this is hilarious, don't you think?" Well, yes, sweet boy, that Caillou IS hilarious! ;)

**He always likes jumping on the bed and playing basketball. And if I don't start cheering right after he bounces on his bottom or makes a basket, he turns and looks at me with the biggest smile on his face, waiting for my applause. It's like he's saying, "MOM! Did you see that?" I'm pretty sure we're not too far away from him ACTUALLY saying that. Crazy.

**Isaiah has always loved music and dancing and singing. It's something we do every day...all day sometimes! And I must say, he is such a good dancer! He recently started doing this one leg stomp while he's dancing. Darren calls it the stanky leg. :) I'm working on getting it on video...

Speaking of video. There are so many things I want to get on video or take pictures of, but I find myself doing less and less of both. Partly because it's hard to capture a moving object and the other part is because I'd much rather be wrapped up in the moment with my buddy.

There are also a few things I've recently remembered I said I would NEVER allow with my children that I now do:

**Pacifiers - I said it wouldn't go past one year old. It has and I'm OK with it...for now. It's only at naptime and bedtime and if it's the only "baby" thing he's hanging on to, who cares? I can't have it my way all the time.

**Velcro shoes - I used to say they were tacky and looked like orthopedic shoes. But they aren't always ugly shoes...sometimes they're downright cute. And on top of that, they are EASY and Isaiah loves to help me put them on. Velcro shoes win!

**Dirty kitchen and messy house - I have always been super tidy and clean. That just so happens to be nearly impossible with a toddler. Yes, my house is thoroughly cleaned top to bottom once a week. But I'll admit that I leave dishes in the sink, "forget" to always wipe the counter, or pick up toys. And you know what? I don't care. I'd rather play (or rest depending on the time of day). There will be plenty of time to clean later. Right?

Funny just how much life changes when a little person comes into your life. Priorities change. To say the very least!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

14 Weeks

Wow. This is already going by really fast. But, of course, when I'm 40 weeks, huge, and still pregnant I reserve the right to change my mind. Right now I'm feeling much better. I've been sleeping REALLY well which is such a welcomed change. I definitely have more energy to get through the day and I am so thankful. With Isaiah I didn't get energy back until like...18 weeks? Don't get me wrong, I'm still tired and nauseous at times. But I'm easing out of this phase much more quickly than last time. Hooray!

I'm starting to feel SO HUNGRY! I'm not sure if my body is just excited to be eating again or if my body is already getting to the hungry pregnant woman phase. A few things I've really been drawn to are cobb salads, pad thai, eggs, meat, fruit, and I'm dying for a crunchy sushi roll (it's all cooked, don't worry). I also can really feel my uterus stretching and growing. It's starting to feel tight and sore but unfortunately, I just look fat still. :)

My emotions are definitely heightened already. I cry a lot. About everything. Mostly sweet things that make me go, "Awww..." I went to see the Hunger Games with Darren (woo hoo for date night!) and cried through a lot of it, which is funny because I didn't cry in the books. Aaahhh, hormones. :)

The biggest emotion I'm feeling right now is nerves. Not about having a baby, I realize now that can be a more peaceful process than I originally assumed. But I'm scared of being a parent to two little ones. Will I give them both everything they need from me? Will Isaiah feel left out? Will he adjust OK? Will they both realize just how much I love them? Will I be able to balance being a good mom of two with being a good wife to a wonderful man? I'm nervous. I love Isaiah so much and I don't want him to ever feel like he comes second to anything. And I don't want this next baby to feel that way either. I know this is probably just one of those things you figure out as it happens and somehow or another I'll survive. But the anticipation of it makes me very nervous!

I'm also much more anxious about finding out the sex early this time. Probably because we have an empty room filling up with baby stuff that I'm dying to decorate! I just wonder if we'll be making it blue or pink...