Hump Day Bump Day: 17 Weeks!

Your Baby: Week 17



Baby’s skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.
Your baby weighs 5 ounces now, and she’s around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, and her sweat glands are starting to develop. 

This past week has gone by relatively smooth. I have been quite tired by the end of the day and unfortunately have not gotten my camera out once since last weeks belly pic! This past Saturday we went out to our town’s Softball tournament to cheer for some friends of ours and boy was it HOT! I think being in the heat and the sun completely zapped me because Sunday I barely got out of bed and Monday I still wasn’t feeling 100%. I think maybe between Sunday and Monday combined I got about half a days worth of calories in. It was not good. My scale says I’m down 2.5 lbs, urgh, I feel like a Yo-Yo this pregnancy! I feel fine for a while, and then I get sick, I gain a couple lbs, I lose a couple lbs. It is never ending!

How Far Along: 17 Weeks
Total Weight Gain: My scale now says +1.5 but as of a week ago at the Dr. I was plus 4 (P.S. I trust my scale as the morning of my Dr.’s appointment it said I was up 4.2)
Maternity Clothes: I throw a couple of maternity shirt in here and there so I don’t stretch my normal shirts. By the end of the day my fat pants usually get unbuttoned but in the morning they are falling off, strange!
Sleep: Not too great this week, I’m thinking about buying a maternity pillow, any suggestions?
Best Moment This Week: The movement is getting SO much stronger, I have a ninja in there! And Ella has been so sweet and cuddly this week, it’s awesome.
Movement: Getting stronger and more consistent every day! I even got to play with the baby a bit this week when it would poke back at me, awesome!
Food Cravings: Breakfast foods & Chinese (Which I think I’ve convinced Brad that we should splurge on this evening for dinner!), and Sushi! Bring on the sodium! Haha
Gender: Who knows? We find out 3 weeks and 1 hour from right now!! Haha!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button, In or Out: A wide innie
What I miss: Not much, if this is going to be our last baby then I am enjoying EVERY second of this.
What I’m Looking Forward To: The gender u/s and Brad & Ella being able to feel some of this movement.
Weekly Wisdom: Don’t take a single second of pregnancy for granted!

And on to the Belly Pics!

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Must add accessories. . .

At any time of day.
We got home from work and school Tuesday like any normal Tuesday. Well, Ella played for a bit and then went back to her room and was very quiet. Just as Brad and I were starting to get suspicious she comes running down the hall and continues playing. The difference, she had added an accessory to her look.

Ha! At least it matched. =)

The Walks and the Bike

Ella is an outdoor girl through and through. We take “walks” at least 3 times a day. If it’s just Ella and I then our walks consist of me carrying Ella most of the way around the neighborhood with her telling me she wants to walk every little bit, which lasts about 5 seconds. If Brad is with us than it’s the same process but we hand her back and forth instead of me bearing the load the whole time. If we go on a walk with the neighbors then Brad and I get a break because Ella will chase Kasen most of the way around the neighborhood. It’s probably about a half a mile around our loop so not bad, but the bigger I get, the harder it will get.
Well, last Saturday Ella wanted to go on a “walk” but this time she wanted to bring her “bike”.

To say that this added a little time to the walk is the understatement of the year! And her riding her bike turned in to something that resembled this most of the time.

But, she still enjoys riding. =)

 And, did I mention that she is a stunt woman? =)

Hump Day Bump Day: 16 Weeks!

Your Baby: Week 16



Watch what you say… tiny bones forming in baby’s ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you’re interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.
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.

To catch up on everything going on with the pregnancy and my decisions, read the post below, it’s kind of lengthy but it was an amazing appointment for me yesterday. But here, I’ll do the survey and post the belly pics (and yes there is some mighty belly this week! I popped!)

How far along: 16 Weeks
Total weight gain: +4 lbs, woo hoo!
Maternity clothes: Just my fat pants for now, but I popped this week so it won’t be too much longer!
Stretch Marks: Just the leftovers still, hopefully it stays that way for a WHILE!
Sleep: Pretty good this week, I’ve been dead by the end of the day so it isn’t hard to fall asleep, it’s just falling back alseep after potty breaks that is the issue.
Best moment this week: How do I decide? the SUPER strong movement from the baby, funny walks with Ella (a post of its own soon to come!), or my AMAZING appintment yesterday!
Food Craving: Eggs, Whole Milk, Hot Chocolate (it’s getting cold up here!)
Gender: I’m confused again. =) I was thinking girl, but yesterday the heartbeat was in the 150’s, Ella’s NEVER got below 162. I don’t know! We find out September 21st!
Labor Signs: Nope!
Belly button, in or out: In but wide!
What I miss: Sushi!
What I’m looking forward to: Brad and Ella being able to feel movement! Finding out if we have a little Miss or Mister on the 21st! 4 weeks!
Weekly Wisdom: Ask all of your questions, even if the seem silly!
And here I am after the pop!

And I intentionally wore the same thing this week so we could compare.





15 Weeks on the left, 16 weeks on the right. CRAZY!

My best prenatal appt. EVER!

Yesterday was amazing! I had a list of questions to ask whatever doctor I was seeing and I felt super confident that the answer to these questions would seriously help me make my decision between trying for a VBAC or choosing to go for the repeat C-section.
When I got to the office I was the last appointment before lunch so it was dead. I went through the usual pee in a cup, weight, blood pressure, and then I had blood drawn for my quad screen. Afterwords I went to my little check up room and was told that midwife B would be right in with me. My heart SANK. B was the midwife who came to visit us the day after Ella was born and pretty much told us we were doing a VBAC with the next one. I wanted my questions answered unbiased so I even thought about hiding my list and just shutting down. When the door opened and I saw that it was P and not B my heart soared and she walked in and gave me a huge hug and just started asking how I was doing, how was Ella, was she excited about the new baby, etc. The appointment took on a whole new tone. We went over my test results from the 1st trimester screening and then she asked me if we’d made any birth time decisions yet about whether to attempt a VBAC or go for the repeat.
I told her honestly that I was scared of the VBAC because I didn’t want to have the same labor experience this time and have this baby go through the same distress that Ella went through. Then I brought up how much more there is to think about this time. We can’t ask our Neighbors to wait for the unexpected call to watch Ella when I go in to labor as they will have a 3 month old at the time and that just isn’t fair to them, so who will watch Ella, what if things go badly again and we’re 2 hours away from the hospital.
My first question for her was: If we do decide to go repeat C-section, how will that affect breastfeeding/my milk supply since I won’t have the hormones of going through labor?
Her answer was that new babies suck more vigorously than older children, as soon as the new baby starts nursing, my body will be sending cues to itself to start producing milk again.
When I asked about weaning Ella, I said she was almost 19 months old and we were still nursing once a day but I didn’t think I was producing all that much anymore. If Ella didn’t wean herself by 21 months I was going to start weaning her then. She said that even that wasn’t necessary. She was so proud that we had made it this far and if Ella didn’t stop that really there was no need to wean her unless I was just ready. (I will be!) So even though I think she’s this close to weaning herself, I will be weaning her before this new baby makes it’s arrival. But, it was amazing to have some support. I feel like the only support I’ve gotten is from my mom and my sisters in the form of being non judgmental. EVERYONE else feels the need to throw in their comments or what they did and why am I still breastfeeding. Always negative. It was so nice to have someone back me and support my decisions instead of being negative. Breastfeeding is NATURAL people! Let me do what I want to do for my child and keep your comments to yourselves! Tangent over. =)
I then asked her if I had this baby via c-section whether it’s elective or labor gone wrong like last time, that if we decided to have more kids down the line, is that even a possibility anymore after 2 c-sections. Answer, Yes. IF (big if) we decided to have more children it’s totally possible, but then a VBAC would be off the table, it would be automatic c-section.
I then brought up this weird feeling I had gotten on Monday that almost felt like braxton hicks but it wasn’t all over my tummy, I felt no tightning on my belly and it was always in the same location. It was just a strong push/pressure feeling. She said it doesn’t sound like Braxton hicks and she was certain that it was the baby pushing. I was so excited but I said that it felt too high up to be the baby. Well, she felt around for my uterus and it was the baby! I’m about 3 finger widths higher then where I would be if this was my first pregnancy since everything has already done it’s stretching. I knew that the babies movements were getting stronger over the last few days, but boy, this kid is strong for me to be feeling it that much! Now I feel him move every day.
She then listened for the heartbeat which we heard instantly as soon as the doppler touched my belly and she said that with where the heartbeat was she’s thinking it was a hand pushing out on my belly. =)
At the end of the appointment she gave me another hug and said she thought I was doing the right thing for both Ella and I with the extended breastfeeding. She then said not to stress about a delivery method, talk with Brad and make our list of pros and cons for each and we would just know waht was right for us and that it isn’t up to anyone else to know what the right thing is for our family.
I left feeling so empowered and positive that I just went to my car and cried for a minute. I felt like someone was finally listening to me. It was amazing.
Sorry, I know this turned in to a novel but I needed to write it down so I could remember that feeling. I wish my delivery had gone better with Ella so that I could have P there as my midwife for this delivery, for sure.

A Poll! A Poll!

After today’s appointment I made my appointment for our 20 week u/s at exactly 20 weeks. So we’ll be going in on September 21st  to be finding out the gender of this new addition. Cast your vote before midnight on the 20th and see if you’re right!
Also, tomorrow I’ll be doing 2 posts, my normal “Hump Day Bump Day” update and a post about the most AMAZING Dr.’s appointment I’ve ever had with my favorite midwife from my last pregnancy. We covered C-sections, VBACS, extended breastfeeding, with no judgement on any topic. AMAZING!

And this is what made me happy. . .

Ha, I haven’t really wanted to eat much this pregnancy. I’ll get about half way through something and be absolutely stuffed, or just not want it anymore. Weird, I know.
Saturday though, I kind of had the house to myself. Brad was in the city at a Rockies game with some friends, and Ella had just gone down for what turned out to be a 3 hour nap! I’d had a craving for this amazing Spinach & Feta spread from a restaurant back home and had bought the ingredients for it the day before, so I got to work.

YUM!
So that was lunch (I’ll post the recipe at the bottom) But then, what’s a girl to do with a basically empty house and no one around to judge? Why, eta a lunch time dessert of course. =) Remember my no-bake peach cobbler I mentioned in my last Hump Day Bump Day Post? Oh yeah, the Palisade peach guys were up here and you can bet we turned the car around to go get some!

And I might have totally added more whipped cream after I took this picture! It was awesome! So yes, quiet house, and food totally made my Saturday!
That evening after Ella was in bed, I rented “Something Borrowed” it was pretty good, followed the book pretty well. I just hated how happy they made the whole thing seem. Sounds weird huh? Haha

Spinach Feta spread

1- 12 oz container of Feta Crumbles
Large Handful (great measurement huh?!) of baby spinach leaves
1 clove garlic – minced
2-3 Tbsp of Olive oil (for consistency so depends on preference, I like mine a little thicker)

Just throw everything into a food processor and mix until all ingredients are combined and no large chunks of spinach are left.
I spread it on slices of warm pita
This Is Amazing!

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

I’m so excited, the blog is getting a new look to go along with the changes in our lives! It should be in the next week or so, you won’t really need to keep your eyes open for it because it’s quite a change and I’m loving it!

***Update: Changes are happening tonight! Woo Hoo!

Hump Day Bump Day: 15 Weeks!

Your Baby: Week 15



Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby’s legs now outmeasure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb.
 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.

Not really feeling like saying much today (I know, Lame!) so I’m just going to go right to the survey.
How Far Along: 15 Weeks!
Total Weight gain/loss: not sure, I head back to the Dr on Tuesday to find out.
Maternity clothes: Not yet
Stretch Marks: All leftovers, and still pretty faded, stay that way!
Sleep: Back and forth I haven’t been sleeping well so I’ve been taking Tyl.enol PM every few nights.
Best Moment this week: I’ve felt the bean move a couple of times this week, and we were watching a show about newborns the other day and Ella looked at me and said “Babies Rock” too cute!
Movement: Every few days I feel a little movement.
Food Cravings: Whole milk and Palisade peaches. Anyone who has access to good peaches, a nice low cal dessert. Slice you peaches in a dish and crumble up Pecan Sandies around them and then add a little whipped cream, delish! It’s like a no bake peach cobbler. Now I just need some good peaches!
Gender: Who knows, I’m so in love with our boy name that I hope I get the chance to use it. =)
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out: In
What I Miss: Sushi!
What I’m looking forward to: Next Tuesday appointment & stronger movement!
Weekly Wisdom: Sleep when your toddler sleeps. Haha
And here I am in my 15 week glory. =)

Rainbows & Birdies & Teeth, Oh My!

*Warning: This post is ALL over the place! Ha! My brain is not working correctly today!*
Friday evening we had a mini storm roll through (maybe 5 minutes long, Maybe!) but it produced some gorgeous rainbows!

Ella’s teeth, oh goodness. We actually seem to be getting off lucky from the horror stories I’ve heard about canines. We didn’t even know she was working on them until her bottom left became so swollen that it’s about to poke through any day. Now the other 3 are starting to swell which has lead to some occasional grumpiness, shorter naps, and some middle of the night fussing. She’s taking it in stride though, a little tyle.nol when she asks for it by telling us her teeth are “owie” and some or.ajel at bed time and she’s my normal happy child 99% of the time. She is a little trooper, hopefully when the other 3 get more swollen and closer to popping through she’ll be as easy to manage as she has been with this first one.
The Winter Park Craft Fair was this weekend and Ella and I went both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday morning my mom was still in town so we just went and walked around for a while but I wasn’t seriously looking, I was trying to keep an eye on where my mom was, trying to keep an eye on where Brad & Ella were, and trying not to eat everything at the dip stand  to sample some of the food goods. On Saturday I fell in LOVE with the most gorgeous necklace I’ve ever seen, I passed the news on to Brad so maybe at Birthday, Christmas, or Baby time it will magically reappear. If and when that happens I will be posting pictures, for now I don’t want to get my hopes up. Haha. Saturday afternoon Ella and I took Ning Ning to the airport to head home. Ella was quite confused when we just left her there and started asking for her when we got to the car. I just told her that Ning Ning had to go back home but we’d see her in a couple of months. Then you Pop some Cinderella in the DVD player and she’s good to go. Haha
Sunday Ella and I went to the craft fair again so we could do some walking and I could actually look around for some things. I wanted to get Ella a Christmas ornament for this year and we found a cute little booth so I told Ella to pick out her favorite. Now, this girl is a girl after my own heart, she came running up to me with an ornament yelling “Horsey, mommy!”

Oh yes, my Child not only picked out a cute rocking horse ornament, she picked out a COLTS rocking horse ornament! Love.It! So we had it personalized and that little guy will adorn our tree this year. We kept walking around and she starts yelling “Birdie, Birdie!” I had no clue what she was talking about so she started pointing at a stand full of stained glass. So, I let her pick out a birdie to bring home because she was smitten!

All 3 days we’ve had him, if we’ve left the house, when we get home she walks to the front windows and says “Hi Ella’s birdie” so stinking cute!
So we’ve had a fun past few days. For the most part, haha.
Brad has had a little problem of chewing tobacco for the last 16 YEARS! Oh yes, exactly half of his life. He finally quit on Sunday and is doing amazing! I’m so very proud of him. But, between his frustration, and agitated pregnant woman, and a teething toddler, it can get a little tense. Ha!
Week 15 pregnancy post tomorrow!