Hump Day Bump Day: 30 Weeks!!!! insane!

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds. A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision – which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
Time is flying by so quickly! I cannot believe I didn’t get a single second to myself in my 6 days off of work to do a single post! So this will also be a catch up post. Last Wednesday at about 7:30 PM my phone rang and it was the Dr. with wonderful news, I passed my 3 hour test! Thank the lord! That test is not something I EVER want to repeat!
Brads family was all in town for Thanksgiving and we had an amazing meal (if I do say so myself), and got to do some fun things. Like Black Firday shopping for the first time in 3 years! Kati and I were so exhausted by the end of the day but it was so much fun! And as a nice mid-day break we went to go see Breaking Dawn. Loved it! I cannot wait for part 2. I got pretty much everything taken care of on my list so that was nice, and for so little money! =) I even got myself a gift. =) Now there is just one more thing I want to get for Ella and it will be from Santa, I want her to have a play kitchen. She LOVES her kitchen at school but none of them went on sale like I was hoping they would for black Friday or cyber Monday.
Yesterday we had Alicia take our Christmas card pictures for us, and I have to say, here is my favorite outtake.
Notice anything different about our family? Like an extra kid?! (One who sports Broncos gear at that) haha, he really wanted in on the action!
How Far Along: 30 Weeks!
Total Weight Gain: I was up 20 lbs a week ago!
Maternity Clothes: Duh
Sleep: Not bad recently (please don’t let that be a jinx!)
Stretch Marks: Still no new ones, thank you!
Best Moment This Week: There were a lot of good moments this week, it’s hard to choose. Although, Ella wanting to kiss Aubrey all the time yesterday was up there.
Movement: Heck Yes
Food Cravings: Pizza and Fountain Cherry Coke! Yum!
Gender: A baby girl
Labor signs: I was getting a lot of BH while we were doing so much walking on Friday, none since though.
Belly button: I’m gonna go with “It’s an Outtie” for $400 Alex.
What I Miss: Nothing! I even through caution to the wind and ate Sushi this week. It was AMAZING!
What I’m Looking Forward To: Meeting my 2nd child!
Weekly Wisdom: Time FLIES by! Embrace it!
And for the 30 week belly pic! I SWEAR I’ll try to get Brad to start taking pictures for me on Tuesday nights!

And just for fun, some lovely pictures from Thanksgiving weekend.

This is Thanksgiving Morning during the parade, Ella wanted to be festive.
 Then when she came to show me the tower she had built, she held it up and it fell to pieces, this is the reaction. Haha, she was so confused/ticked!
 Her very lax approach to Thanksgiving while Mommy cooked.
 She had that same attitude most of the day, until Kasen showed up, told her to put on a dress (I’m not joking!) and then the dancing began!

 A serious conversation between a girl and her dog. =)

 A drunken Brian didn’t want to take pictures with me.
 but we sure got a good very drunken everyone picture, yes, with their mother.
 Ella’s outfit of choice Sunday morning.
 And Daddy’s outfit of choice Sunday morning (see above drunken photo with MIL, that was Saturday night.) =)
 And, Ella’s outfit of choice last night after Christmas Card Photos! Haha!

Hump Day Bump Day: 29 Weeks!

Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week she weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is getting bigger to accommodate her growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby’s skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it’s no surprise that your baby’s nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.
So, yesterday was my 3 hour Glucose Tolerance Test. Can I just say that 1.) I hope to NEVER have to go through anything like that again. and 2.) I could NEVER be a closet Junkie. Haha, check out the aftermath, we’ll start with righty, the “good” looking arm.

Yep, minimal bruising on righty because she only took 1 draw from there (story to follow) and here is lefty, after 3 draws and a blown vein!

Oh yeah! That’s sexy! So, I get to my Dr.’s office bright and early at 8 AM (I did get to watch a GORGEOUS sunrise on my way over the pass though! And I saw a huge heard of elk right off the road) and we got the party started right away, draw #1 out of the left arm (my usually good arm) and then I drank the double strong disgusting drink! For the next hour I felt nauseous and light headed, not fun. Draw #2, right arm, after having the tunicate on my arm for a couple minutes and poking the heck out of it, she finally felt a vein plump, well, she missed and had to dig to hit it. Ouch! Draw #3, a vein just to the right of the initial draw, kind of stung a little since it was so close to the first draw location but everything was fine, until it blew out the vein! At least she got enough blood first. Hour 3 and draw #4 are approcahing, she has me go run my hands under hot water for 5 minutes to see if we can get the veins on the back of my hands to plump up enough to draw from one of those. No dice! So, tunicate goes back on to righty, after 5 solid minutes of poking and feeling around for veins she can’t find anything, so what happens, she draws from the original vein! OMG, I thought I was going to cry. Not only was that specific vein sore from the first draw, I had a blown vein like a mm away from it. But, thankfully that was the last one, and she gave me a bunch of free schwag to make up for the miserable experience. Haha.
After that though, I had my normal appointment and it went very well. I only failed the 1 hour test by 3 freaking points! You had to be UNDER 140 and I was at 142. Blah! I met with a Dr. who is new to the practice and I LOVED her, she is so personable and I loved her bed side manner. I know for a fact that all of her afternoon appointments were cancelled due to a migraine that she had (I was sitting there when they made the calls to reschedule) but she was friendly, and happy, and took the time to talk to me about my history even though she wasn’t feeling well. She said that at my 34 week appointment we would schedule my C-section with whichever Dr. we preferred (Um, you please!) and would schedule it for 39 weeks (Mom, that means February 1st, start looking for tickets!). Little Baby Girls heart rate was in the 140’s and she was measuring right on track. I have had no excessive or speedy weight gain, so hopefully this is all a good sign that I will pass my 3 hour test. Fingers crossed! I should find out this afternoon or tomorrow during the day (the Dr. I met with yesterday is the On-Call doc for Thanksgiving and she said she WOULD call on Thanksgiving if I hadn’t heard from anyone yet.) So yes, good appointment, just a rough 3 hour wait leading up to it. =)

How Far Along: 29 Weeks
Total weight gain: 20 lbs! Yep, I only gained 1 lb in 3 weeks! Score!
Maternity Clothes: That’s a given
Sleep: Miserable! I’m wide awake by 3 every morning
Stretch Marks: No newbies, thank goodness!
Best Moment this week: Taking Ella to meet Alicia’s new baby, Kai. And seeing how much she LOVED the baby! She stood in front of his swing while he was sleeping and just stared and giggled.
Movement: All the time!
Food Cravings: Still Cherry Coke, weird! It has to be from the fountain thoug. And now I’m going nuts for food tomorrow! =)
Gender: Precious Baby Girl!
Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks here and there, but nothing real.
Belly button: It depends on what I’m doing, sometiems it’s flat, sometimes it’s an outtie.
What I Miss: Not a thing! I love being pregnant! It’s so amazing knowing that you’re growing a life inside of you! Love it!
What I’m Looking Forward To: Being a family of 4. And in the more immediate future, Kati and Black Friday Shopping followed by Breaking Dawn!
Weekly Wisdom: Not Feeling too wise today, just Thankful for all I’ve been given in life.

29 Week Belly Pic:

And, since she’s just too darn cute for words, here’s a blury phone pic of Ella wandering around in my shoes this weekend.
She’s just too darn fast to be able to get non blurry phone pics anymore. Haha’

I hope everyone has an amazing and blessed Thanksgiving!

Flashback!

OMG, I was sitting here at work goign through some OLD e-mails and I found this picture that I had texted to myself.

A day shy of 3 months old, and look at how dark her hair was! I cannot wait until her little sister joins us!

Passing Along More Fun

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Christmas Survey

I just saw this Survey and HAD to partake! =)

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?  I have to choose?! I love both but whereas I could drink Hot Chocolate every day, I can only stand a little bit of Egg Nog a Year

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Ours were always wrapped, last year though I left some of the bigger ones for Ella unwrapped. Probably go with the big ones unwrapped, all the smaller ones will be wrapped.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? DEFINITELY colors on the tree, I can go either way for outside.
4. Do you hang mistletoe? No

5. When do you put your decorations up? Sometime after Thanksgiving, usually once it is December.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish? Green Bean Casserole! Yum! And all of the desserts!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? Getting to choose one gift to open on Christmas Eve!
8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I was 7 and I think I found all of the gifts, I immediately told my brother and sister that Santa didn’t exist. (Sorry Sara, I would have told you but you weren’t quite born yet!)
9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Yes, but just one!
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? We have all kinds of ornaments that are special to us that we decorate with. And our tradition will be to buy Ella (and Aubrey when she gets here) a new ornament every year so they can have their own stash when they grow up.
11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I love it in the beginning and when it’s dark and your headlights shine on untouched snow, the way it sparkles. But, we get so much of it that I’m usually sick of it shortly after Christmas.

12. Can you ice skate? I can but I ave not done it in YEARS!
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? The year I was due with Ella Brad got me a Mother’s Necklace, LOVE it!
14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? The memories you make.
15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? I always make a cheesecake, yum.
16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I’m starting a new advent tradition with my daughter(s), and buying an ornament every year I will carry on, as well as opening one gift on Christmas eve.
17. What tops your tree? I need to get a new angel or star.
18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? Giving, definitely.

19. Candy Canes: Yuck or Yum? I like the peppermint ones, but my FAORITE are the strawberry ones.

20. Favorite Christmas show? Movie? Miracle on 34th St, the old one, not the remake.

21. What is your favorite Christmas song? Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire

Play along friends! Fill out your own Holiday survey and let me know so I can check out your answers! =)

Hump Day Bump Day: 28 Weeks!

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can open and close her eyes, which now sport lashes. This movement is more of a reflexive blink than a deliberate opening and closing, but it won’t be long before she’s batting those beauties at you.
This week has been a bit of a roller coaster. I worked, a LOT, like 60 hours a lot, last week. Ella came to work with me on Saturday and Sunday because it is impossible to find someone to watch her on such short notice when they decide we’re opening early. She had a blast though, she loved hanging out with mommy.
Monday I got a call from my Dr. that I failed my 1 hour glucose test, well doc, thanks for waiting almost 2 weeks to call and inform me of this. So, I said I could come in Tuesday (yesterday) for my 3 hour test, oh no, they’ll just wait for my next appointment. Wow, glad everyone is taking this seriously. So, now I have to miss a day of work instead of just an hour or so for the appointment. Oh well, it will make my short week next week even shorter.
Does anyone else find it absolutely insane that next week is already Thanksgiving?! Where has this year gone?!
Anyway. . . . .
How Far Along: 28 Weeks
Total Weight Gain: As of 2 weeks ago I was up 17lbs, I’ll find out again this coming Tuesday.
Maternity Clothes: Only maternity clothes now
Sleep: Amazing until about 4 am, then I’m wide awake.
Stretch Marks: Still just rocking my stretchies that Ella gave me, hopefully no new ones this time around.
Best Moment This Week: Getting paid OT to spend time with my daughter. =)
Movement: All the time, and getting so strong so fast!
Food Cravings: Fountain Cherry Coke. Anyone that knows me knows this is weird, I don’t drink soda.
Gender: A gorgeous girl!
Labor Signs: No real ones, just BH kicking in here and there.
Belly Button: Flat
What I miss: Nothing
What I’m Looking Foward To: My first born meeting my 2nd born!
Weekly Wisdom: Everything happens for a reason.
Belly Pic: We’re back to the heinous broken mirror shot, I’m tired and had no foresight to have anyone take a picture. Ha
Ella LOVES window crayons

I came to work today to find this:

And then here are a couple of Ella from her work days with me. Forgive the blurry phone photos.
Saturday, wearing mommy’s hat

And Sunday, playing on her playmat from when she used to come to work with me. “Mommy, Ella’s a baby!”

I hope everyone has a great week! Think of me Tuesday morning since I’ll be at the Dr.’s office from 8 – noon!

Winners!

Well, this was hard because 7 people entered and I have 6 cards! Ella was not feeling pictures today (she had her flu shot this morning and then was a bit of a Grump after that) so I have no pictures, but she did have a blast pulling names out of her Pumpkin Basket from trick or Treat. Anyway, without further delay, the winners are:

SARAH
BREEDWOMAN
AMY
MELISSA
KELLY
EMMALY
Sorry Faythe! Ella says she’ll get you something cool for Christmas! Anyway, so please e-mail me at rachel.hawkins@yahoo.com and let me know if you’d like for me to mail you the card or if you just want me to scratch off the code on the back and send you the directions & code #.
Also, for anyone who is interested I have 25% off coupons to Carter’s and Osh Kosh so when you e-mail me, let me know if you’re interested in having those sent to you along with your card (there’s also an online code so I can just e-mail it to you if you’d rather not give out your address).
I look forward to hearing from all of you! 

Holy Wind Storm Batman!

Last night we had a HUGE wind storm that produced no snow for us, just a LOT of damage on the mountain! Right at midnight we had a peak gust of 109 MPH! insane!
Here is just SOME of the craziness:

Windows blown out of terminals (far left)

Trees on lift lines

Roofs blown off of buildings

Ski racks blown through railing

At our count right now we have over 400 uprooted trees!

More trees on lines.

And, my dorky husband pulling a “Leaning Tower of Piza” photo op

My Loss is your gain! :::Shutterfly Gift Cards::: Giveaway!

Any of you who are pregnant or who have recently been pregnant know that when you order from Motherhood that they always send you a little packet full of samples, even if your order comes in more than one shipment, you get a packet in each one. Included in these packets are cards for Shutterfly that are worth a $20 credit, awesome-sauce right! Well, I had a couple of orders that were sent in about 3 different shipments each.

My point being, even with ordering Christmas cards and birth announcements in the next few months, there is NO way I will use them all. So, if you want a $20 credit to shutterfly to use towards your Christmas cards, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite Christmas/Holiday tradition. On Tuesday I will put all of your names in a hat and Ella will pull the winners! I have at least 5 if not 6 that I won’t be using! So there will be 5 or 6 winners!
Please leave your comments by NOON on Tuesday the 15th. We are Mountain time (2 hours behind the East Coast, 1 hour behind Central, 1 hour ahead of the west coast) so by Noon mountain time!

Good luck to everyone and I will video or photograph Ella pulling the winners and post them Tuesday afternoon!

The Bump Pictures. =)

So, we get to work this morning and I ask Brad to take a picture of me, well Ella wants in on the action. So you get 3 belly pictures because she kept telling him, “More pictures Daddy!” So he obliged.

Well, by that time, picture fun was not about to end. “Mommy, I eatin raisins. More pictures!”

So, I brought her down to my office to get her dressed and she wanted a “Piggy Tail!” So, after we got ready to go to school, I pulled her hair up in a quick pony tail only to hear “Take a picture, Mommy!”

Ha! Love this kid! =)