I am celebrating 38 weeks of pregnancy. I am kind of joking about celebrating…heartburn and being generally uncomfortable 24/7 is not much to celebrate, but I am very close to having a sweet new baby in the house and that is worth celebrating. We had a false alarm the other day when I was leaking two nights in a row; I was thinking that it might be my water breaking. Thankfully it wasn’t. It was enough to get me motivated to pack my birth center bags and get more prepared, just in case baby comes a little early though.
Today, two more ladies I know had their babies. Once everyone else starts having their babies that have due dates near me, I get even more eager to welcome birth.
I feel pretty ready. One nice thing about having babies close together is that you don’t forget all of the rigors of birth and motherhood. I have no false impressions about how hard it is going to be. Three and half years between Jane and Maurie left me forgetting what things were like.
I am especially curious to see how Maurie responds to having a baby around. Jane is excited to be a sister again and has told me that she will be my big helper. She watched a great episode of Daniel Tiger where he gets a new baby sister and becomes the helper. (Have I ever said how much I love Daniel Tiger? There is a Daniel Tiger musical coming to the Performing Arts Center here in Appleton that I would love to take Jane to. It is the day after her birthday too.) Cody is ready to get things going with baby as well, but I laugh when I see him carrying Maurie and Jane around. He is going to be a very popular man. Thankfully we have a Lillebaby carrier now, so he may be able to carry all three at any given time. Ha! I also bought another infant car seat (we will have two infant car seats in the van), more nursing bras and Honest Company shampoo and body wash. Of course diapers and few other essentials are still on the list, but everything else I already have.
Anyways, I have been cleaning and organizing for baby, but I get frustrated because as soon as I am done cleaning and organizing I just want baby to come so I don’t have to start all over the next week. Has anyone else felt this way as baby’s arrival nears? It really would be nice to have baby come when I am ready, but thankfully the baby, and God, know when everything should happen. I am ready to focus on baby, have my husband home and hibernate until spring comes. 😉
Jane and Maurie have followed Cody and me in sickness. Yesterday I took them both to the doctor. Maurie’s oxygen levels were low and she was showing signs of difficulty breathing. Thankfully we were able to give her a nebulizer treatment and her levels went up. She has been doing a little bit better since then, even with her terrible cough and fever. Jane has fared just fine outside of a cough. I am looking forward to everyone at our house being healthy so baby can avoid unnecessary exposure to illnesses.
I have done a few new things. I need to perfect the art of sharing how I do things through photos and explanation, but until I do, here are the only pictures I did take. I made–and will be making more– burp rags and we also attempted making our own yogurt, with success!
|Super easy to make…with some help from Cody. 😉 Cody truly is better at sewing than me.|
|This is the yogurt draining through a cheese cloth, making it Greek yogurt. Thank you Connie for the recipe.|
We finally hung up a few pictures in the dining room. I also painted a large mirror that we hung in the dining room and and finished painting our stairwell and touched up some other wall spaces with paint. We were terribly disappointed when we got out the paint and realized that most of it had frozen in the garage. We have transferred it to the basement since, but I am very sad if the cans of paint that were not even ever opened are ruined. Paint is too expensive!
|Getting back from the Christmas parade|
|Cody and the girls after the Christmas parade|
|Apple Pie-The desserts did turn out good!|
|Deviled eggs–a family tradition|
|Jane at her Halloween carnival at school|
|Cody coerced me into wearing a hideous hippy costume for the ward Halloween Trunk or Treat. Cody’s wig was cool though.|
|Jane as a witch. She loves to sing the “I’m a Mean Old Witch with a Hat” song.|
|Trick or Treating on Halloween night|
I have not had the time nor the energy to write lately, but I can see that time is passing and nothing is being written. I find that it is easier to post to Instagram than it is to write a post on my blog, but I love having a more comprehensive record, so I will keep writing.
October is way past and November flew by as it does every year.
October: I have just added some photos from around Halloween time. It was cold the night of Halloween and we just threw away the rest of the candy because Jane was asking for it everyday! I am glad that Jane didn’t have the energy to go to too many houses. I ate way too much candy and Maurie had only Tootsie pops because she is allergic to everything else. I liked it better when I couldn’t have anything because I was breastfeeding.
Christmas Parade was a hit. It was super cold and we didn’t make it to the very end, but both the girls had fun! The only pictures we got were when we just got home. I wish I would have taken some photos of the floats and marching bands.
Thanksgiving: Props to my mom and all the people out there that make their own full Thanksgiving meal! We made our own dinner this year. I have made parts of a Thanksgiving dinner, but not the whole thing, so it was a great challenge and learning experience. I stayed up late the night before Thanksgiving to make pumpkin pies and an apple pie. This was done in an effort to free up the oven for the turkey, rolls and green bean casserole. Well, the day came and since it was also my birthday I ended up talking on the phone with family and neglecting to put the turkey in earlier. We didn’t eat until 3:30pm. When the red button popped on the turkey, indicating that it was done, we all literally cheered out loud and gave each other high fives. We quickly carved enough turkey to eat and sat down to the rest of our meal that was essentially all reheated since it had been done all day. =) Cody made the rolls and as he was kneading the dough I looked over and wondered what had gone wrong because none of the dough was sticking together. We looked over the recipe and he had forgotten two eggs. He was a bit dejected at first and suggested he start over, but I suggested we just add them anyway. Thankfully after adding the eggs the consistency straightened out and we were able to make them. They were more brown than I like, but we were not willing to make another batch, so we ate them all. As you can see, we learned a lot that we will remember for next Thanksgiving, but at the end of it all we had a great feast that tasted delicious. Jane barely touched her food and Maurie wasn’t terribly excited about any of the meal either. Such is life.
After our dinner we took our desserts to a friends house, ate treats, wrote down what we were thankful for and shared, and played games. We played an Eternal Companions Trivia game that was fun. It went a lot better than the first couples game Cody and I played right after we got married. It takes quite a bit to hurt Cody’s feelings and the first time we played a couples game I unintentionally really hurt his feelings. Despite our past bad experience, we gave the game a try and it ended up being really fun. My kids played with our friends’ kids and watched a movie. It was a great way to end the day. We are always grateful for the wonderful family away from family that we have here in Wisconsin.
My birthday: I am thirty years old now. It feels old…like wrinkles and stiff knees old. I think everyone experiences those birthdays where they actually start to feel the age they are. This one was one of those.
Cody bought me some new Miller glasses since I lost one pair and Jane broke the other. I was able to talk to most of my family on the phone and I had many more family and friends wish me a happy birthday. It was a lovely day.
Our anniversary: We celebrated seven years of marriage by getting a babysitter so we could see the last Hunger Games. We laughed on our way there because we have watched Hunger Games for our anniversary or my birthday four out of the seven years we have been married. I am glad the trilogy is over so we can start a new, more engaging tradition for our anniversary celebration. I liked the movie, but I was terribly disappointed with the “horror” previews that came before the movie. I literally had my eyes closed nearly the entire time the previews were on and I wanted to plug my ears too, since scary music is almost as bad as the scary images. What is with them showing demonic previews at a PG-13 movie? Not cool. I even wrote a review on the movie theatre website.
Despite the previews, Cody and I enjoyed being out together without the girls. I am glad to still be married, and I can only see it getting better and better. I am thankful he is my sweetheart for eternity. He continues to love me and serve me everyday. We shared our favorite memories of each other this past year too. You should try that on your anniversary; it is fun to look back at the happy memories you made together.
December will be filled to the brim as well, which I love. Christmas parties, travel, my brother’s wedding and seeing family and friends. I am super excited and will make a better effort to post more frequently.
Quick update on baby #3: Still no name…Cody will be naming this baby, and I am pretty sure she will be born without a name picked out. If you have any good name suggestions that I can send his way, let me know. =)
I just finished a really good book–Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth. If you are pregnant, you should read it. It has moved up to my top three books about pregnancy and childbirth.
I was also able to go baby registry shopping with a friend this month too, and I was surprised at how many things we have accumulated over time. Before we went shopping, I made a list of things for her to consider buying/registering, and if anyone ever needs a list, I have one I can send you.
Baby girl is already head-down, and I am about 26 weeks pregnant at this point. She punches and kicks A LOT. I also feel a lot of energy/anticipation with this baby. I think she is very eager to get to Earth and get things started. I didn’t feel that as much with my previous pregnancies.
I hope all of you are well and that your holidays have been and will be joyful! Until next time.
I have been planning some amazing, creative way to share this news, but all of my attempts have been failures.
I AM PREGNANT!
I was going to take really cute pictures of the girls holding up a sign that said “Big Sisters in March 2016” or take a cool picture of everyone’s shoes and then add cute little baby shoes to the mix and have text somewhere that said “Adding two little feet March 10, 2016”. Anyways, the point here is that I figured that by the time I actually produced these cute photos, the baby would be here already.
Some thoughts you may have now that you know…hopefully in this order and my reply.
2. Wow! Didn’t you just have a baby?
(Yes, Maurie is not quite yet one years old.)
3. Was this planned?
(Yes, just not this soon;)
4. Are you hoping for a boy?
You could have other thoughts, but these seem to be the questions I get most often. The only thing that has bothered me has been that people have found out and not even said “Congrats,” or “I’m happy for you.” Regardless of how many children someone has or how close their children are together, I think adding a human being to a family is exciting and worth celebrating…even the surprise babies.
Here is the story of how we found out. First, I took two pregnancy tests in May and both came back negative. I was appeased and did not consider pregnancy after that. I continued to not have a menstrual cycle, but I decided it was due to my quick weight loss. Three months later, I thought I was really sick. I was so tired, dizzy and feeling altogether terrible. I was still eating a very limited diet and thought I wasn’t eating enough…which I was not eating enough for being pregnant. Eventually I had an impression to get a non-dollar store pregnancy test and check one more time for peace of mind. So after a trip to Walgreens, I woke up early the next morning completely expecting to see negative results. Well, obviously, I double checked the package insert to see that what I was seeing was a positive result. I came downstairs and shared with Cody that I was indeed pregnant. Cody just smiled, congratulated me and gave me a kiss. He was not surprised, but I could see the stress in his face. The two lines on the pregnancy test looked like dollar signs to him and he is right. We love our children, and they are expensive =).
We are also just coming out of some pretty traumatic, tough times with Maurie. She is sleeping through the night after 11 months and I can tell you I truly appreciate it! I laugh though because I have gone from not sleeping because Maurie needs me, to not sleeping because I have to pee a million times a night. However challenging the timing may be, I am just grateful for a healthy baby. When I did find out I was pregnant, according to my menstrual cycle I was supposed to be 13 weeks. When I went into the midwife, we could not hear a heartbeat, so I worried and went in for an early ultrasound. Thankfully, the baby was just fine, but I was not as far along. I can tell you during that time of worrying and wondering, that I was far more concerned that the baby was okay than I was with expenses or lost sleep. Children are work, but the best work!
We told Jane and she was so excited. She jumped up and down and came over to me to look at my stomach, as though she would see something already. She asked me consistently every morning for a week if the baby was coming out. I finally got her to understand that when she turned five years old in March, that the baby would come. She seems satisfied for now. She tells everyone that I am pregnant and that I am having a boy. We rarely have to announce because Jane beats us to the punch.
|Are you serious, Mom? Another baby?|
You can imagine that Maurie doesn’t think much about it. If anything I feel guilty that her babyhood will be cut short. She is still a baby and I am soaking in her milestones. She will be 18 months old when Baby Bowman 3 arrives.
|What? I don’t know what you are talking about. Yes, I am the baby.|
Just to liven things up, we are going to do a gender reveal that is a surprise to Cody and me. In the past I have always just found out at the ultrasound, but I want them to put the gender in a sealed envelope and then I want to recruit a friend to help us set up a reveal. I will share the results in a little less than two months. We will not be sad if it is another girl. Our girls are so unique and such a joy. We, however, will admit that we will be extra excited if it is a boy. We have our top five names for a boy picked, as well as a few girl names. Has anyone ever done a fun gender reveal? Tell me about what you did. I hope my gender reveal plans go better than my plans to announce my pregnancy. =-)
Here is a video of what we want to do. Cody loves baseball.
So, here’s to another adventure!
Hope all is well with you!
I have not written for so long because so much has happened that has been out of my control. My sweet at-the-time 7 month old had a severe allergic reaction to peanut butter. I was dipping an apple in peanut butter and she got a small amount on her finger and brought it to her mouth. The results were scary. Her lip grew about 3 inches, her face broke out in hives and I thought she was actually wheezing. She could barely see because her eyes had swollen so much. She was not okay and neither was I. We rushed to the ER and when they saw her, they admitted her immmediately. Thankfully she was breathing fine and we just had to get the swelling down. The ER doctor said in the 30+ years of practicing he had not seen a baby so young have such a bad allergic reaction. Since then I have done a lot of research and yes, crying. We have gone through one doctor/allergist and we are on to another. I am frantically searching for answers. She still suffers from terrible excema on her cheek and chin and I have been pinpointing foods she reacts to. Her reactions range from hives, itchy face/ears, runny nose to terrible stomach pain. Since I am still breastfeeding, I have eliminated sugar, legumes, gluten, and dairy. We also cannot have strawberries and apples so far. It has been a challenging journey and it is not over. To all those moms out there that have children with allergies and diet issues, I am beginning to understand just how hard it can be. Outside of losing weight, nothing about this experience has been fun. I so desperately want my daughter to heal and I want to find the cause of the allergies, not just a new cream or medicine. Right now gut health is where I am going to focus my energies and she will get an allergy test tomorrow. She is still such a happy baby and I am so grateful she is mine. Now to keep fighting for her health and well-being.