Thursday, May 30, 2013

28 Weeks | Baby #2

How far along?: 28 weeks! Woohoo 3rd Trimester! Here I am at 28 weeks with Ralphie. Feeling about the same size-wise.
Total Weight Gain: Prenatal appointment tomorrow. I think about +18.
Maternity clothes? Nearly always.
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Getting better. Re-teaching myself to sleep on my side. 
Best moment this week: I loved the relaxing visit we had to the beach. Digging a hole for my belly in the sand was great.
Movement: Now in more than one place at once. Generally still just bumps and kicks, but occasionally he really goes at it. He also likes to curl up right on my bladder.
Cravings: Strawberries and dark chocolate. Mmm.
Gender: Sweet, darling baby boy.
Labor Signs: Nothing lately.
Wedding rings on or off: On. So thankful for zero swelling. Hopefully that will last through the hot summer days that are coming.
Happy or Moody most days: This past month started with nightmarish moodiness, and ended with mountain-top happiness.
Belly Button in or out? Half out! 
What I miss: Sleeping on my back. And I really wanted to drink a big margarita last week at the beach.
Starting to show yet: Everyone says so! My midwife told me, "Well, you finally did it! He's just popped right out." :)
Anything causing sickness or nausea: No.
What I am looking forward to: soaking up every minute of this coming summer!
Milestones: 3rd and final trimester! 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

24 Weeks | Baby #2

How far along?: 24 weeks. Here I am with Ralphie at 24 weeks - definitely bigger this time!
Total Weight Gain: Up 14 pounds
Maternity clothes? Mmhm!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: Good, though my back aches a lot.
Best moment this week: I'm soaking up all this activity! 
Movement: Still as active as ever. Punches and kicks have moved to above my belly button, proving just how big baby is getting.
Cravings: I love food, it's true.
Gender: Baby boy :)
Labor Signs: no - except some Braxton Hicks. Need to load up on my water!
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or Moody most days: Happy, though I'll be honest, my buttons are easily pushed these days. :/
Belly Button in or out? Still in, but not as in. 
What I miss: Still nothing
Starting to show yet: mmhm.
Anything causing sickness or nausea: No.
What I am looking forward to: Tanning my belly in Florida sunshine in 3 weeks!
Milestones: 6 Month mark next week!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Good-bye April

Project 365: 196 Lunchtime picnic. Soaking up the days where it's just the two of us.
April is gone in a blink. Travels to see family, the blossoms of beautiful flowers, a covering of pollen everywhere, and little green worms by the thousands. Sunny days, and spring showers almost equally. 
Project 365:199 Pink Blossoms. Shadows.

I spent the larger part of this month battling allergies, and then a nasty sinus infection. It lingers still. But, friends and neighbors blessed us over and over. We are thankful.
Project 365: 184 We love us some baby boys.

This little Ralphie is growing before our eyes. 8 steps in a row is his record. Overly-excited attempts result in scraped knees, but he doesn't mind. He can't shake the ridiculous grin off of his face. We're pretty sure he's just as pleased with himself as we are with him.
Project 365: 193 Hoarding all his favorite blankets.
We took a Monday to buy some seeds and young plants to put in the $1 crates I bought on craigslist. Spinach, kale and mixed greens, parsley, cilantro, melons, tomatoes and cucumbers. Grow little plants, grow!
Project 365: 195 Monday project
May is sure to be full. Zoo going, friend seeing, outside playing, swimming, walking, and toughening up our fare skin for Florida sunshine at the end of the month. [To say I'm excited for this little mini vacation would be an understatement.] Summer is right around the corner!

Happy May, y'all!