Tuesday, June 05, 2012

38 weeks

Here we are at 38 weeks...almost done! I noticed I forgot to do week 37! But I have a hard time remember most of anything at this point so we won't worry about that and just work on 38 weeks. I am so tired and exhaused and trying to figure out how in the world to get my 2 little dudes to sleep/stay in their own beds at night. For some reason all they want to do is snuggle with mommy which is really not good at all.

Here we go wtih the details now:

Today's date: JUNE 5th

How far along: 38 weeks

Total weight gain: 18 pounds

Heart Rate: steady at 140

Size and growth of the baby:. Baby isn't kicking and jabbing as much as before because there is so little room left! Instead he squirms and wriggles as if, like you, he's just trying to stretch and get comfortable. By now he is probably floating in a head-down position, and if he has dropped you can feel him bearing down your pubic bones. Even though it could be four more weeks before he's born, he's ready to go: he probably weighs almost seven pounds now and he's almost 20 inches long. This growth is truly a feat: the baby is seven times longer and almost 200 times heavier than he was at the end of the 1st trimester.
Fetal development at week 38

Gender: Unknown

Maternity clothes: Its all to short

Sleep: I so need more of it. I am at four pillows total right now to try and help me get comfortable yet I feel like a need a fork lift to get me out of bed in the morning. I am so sore and stiff after laying in bed.

Best moment(s) of the week: Went and got some new items for the baby and ordered a new carseat after finding that the styrofoam in our had cracked and broken and (I consider) no longer safe.

Movement:I call my stomach movements 'shape shifting' so crazy to see!

Food cravings/aversions: Nothing is satisfying.

Morning sickness: yeah still lingering in the mornings

Labor signs:none

What I miss: sleep and I don't expect to get any anytime soon either. And feeling good. I got hit with major sinus pressure and runny/stuff nose last night and my head feels like its going to explode!

What I'm looking forward to: meeting this baby!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

36 weeks

Today's date: May 22, 2012

How far along: 36 weeks

Total weight gain: 16 pounds

Heart Rate: at 34 weeks baby was 140, this week it is 160

Size and growth of the baby:. Baby's brain is continuing last week's growth spurt. This week her touch-sensing nerves start growing their myelin sheath--the envelope that surrounds the nerves and helps them transmit impulses. Though touch will be one of the most mature senses at birth, the insulation process isn't complete until she is about 12 months old and her sense of touch will actually continue developing through age six! Once she is born you will luxuriate in cuddling her, stroking her skin, and kissing her tiny face. A newborn needs and loves this kind of attention. Holding and cuddling her actually stimulates the production of growth hormone (in you and Baby) and helps her grow healthy and strong.
Fetal development at week 36

Gender: Unknown

Maternity clothes: Limited selection left at this point.

Sleep: hard to accomplish. hard to get in and out of bed.

Best moment(s) of the week: hum...watching the party going on in my stomach at the end of the day as I'm reading before bed.


Food cravings/aversions: not much this week...could still use some deep fried mozz sticks though!

Morning sickness: yup

Labor signs: non at this point and doctor says not likely going to either. Was kind of cramping while sitting in our hard church pews though on Sunday.

What I miss: Breathing with out running out of breath.

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the rest of the stuff ready for the baby.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

35 weeks

Today's date: May 15, 2012

How far along: 35 weeks

Total weight gain: 15 pounds

Heart Rate: Last Week's heart rate was 140!

Size and growth of the baby:Baby weighs more than five pounds this week. He's huge! You're huge! (But neither of you is quite there yet.) Although his lungs are not completely ready for life outside the womb, his kidneys have had lots of practice excreting urine; his liver is producing bile; his heartbeat is strong and regular. His brain, which weighs about two-thirds of what it will at birth, is growing furiously as he also (you guessed it) continues to put weight on the rest of his body.
Fetal development at week 35

Gender: Unknown

Maternity clothes: I only have one pair of shorts that fit comfortably. And all my shirts are getting to short!

Sleep: uncomfortable. My hips were really stiff and sore this morning  when I tried to get up out of bed. Took me some time. And I have to get up to pee a lot

Best moment(s) of the week: Switched rooms with the boys finally. Eli is excited to have the baby sleep in his room (even though it will be a while before that happens)


Food cravings/aversions: Deep Fried Mozzarella sticks...all the time!

Morning sickness: still hits me in the morning then im good to go.

Labor signs: never

What I miss: Bending over to pick things up with out loosing breath. Oh and my toes...they are getting pretty swollen

What I'm looking forward to: We are getting close! So that is exciting. I am going to start washing up the neutral clothing and hospital outfits for the baby. And I have to get all the diapers washed and ready to go!

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

34 weeks


Today's date: May 8, 2012

How far along: 34 weeks

Total weight gain: 14 pounds

Heart Rate: Today's heart rate was 140!

Size and growth of the baby:This week Baby's skin is smoothing out and she continues to plump up (sound familiar? She has a lot of plumping up to do!). By now all of her internal and external structures are functioning. Though she has six more weeks to bake, your baby is a whole person now who acts very similarly to a newborn. She hears well enough to react to loud noises outside the womb (notice any kicking when you turn up the music?); her brain developed enough that she can respond to the sound of your voice. Her tastebuds distinguish flavors and her eyes, though still quite myopic, can differentiate between light and dark. If you could peer into the womb you might see her touching a hand to her face, gripping the umbilical cord, or touching one foot to the other leg.
Fetal development at week 34

Gender: Unknown

Maternity clothes: With the weather changing I am really getting low on maternity shirts. Most of my short sleeve shirts are way to tight/short to wear!

Sleep: Not fun! I am really sore in the hips when I wake up, I try to sleep on my back to help my hips from getting sore but that is really hard to do. I also have to get up to pee all the time!

Best moment(s) of the week: Sunday the baby had crazy hicups! They lasted for such a long time. Bought a dresser (used) for the baby. Now I can start washing up clothes and diapers and have somewhere to put them!

Movement: There's a dance party going on in there!

Food cravings/aversions: Fruity drinks and deep fried mozzarella sticks

Morning sickness: morning visits

Labor signs: nope

What I miss: shaving my legs with out loosing breath, walking normal (my hips hurt so bad!)

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the bedrooms switched around and getting things ready for the baby!

Thursday, May 03, 2012

33 weeks

Today's date: May 3, 2012

How far along: 33 weeks

Total weight gain: 12 pounds

Heart Rate: 145 ;last week, I go back in to the doc next week.

Size and growth of the baby:Baby's movements are slowing down this week. As the your uterus gets more and more cramped, he's curled up, chin resting on his chest and arms and legs cocked. He continues to practice breathing, to open and close his eyes, and to swallow amniotic fluid. In fact, during this last trimester he will be swallowing about 4 cups of amniotic fluid a day! His taste buds have matured now and experts believe that Baby can already distinguish some of the tastes in your amniotic fluid--like onions, garlic, and certain strong spices, like cumin. Some scientists believe this pre-taste is a way to prepare a baby for the different flavors of breast milk, which also changes based on a mom's daily diet.
Fetal development at week 33
Gender: we don't know

Maternity clothes: Getting a limited supply of shirts that are long enough and are comfortable to wear, and I'm roasting in everything.

Sleep: Not great, my hips are always stiff and sore when I wake up. Which is a few times a night

Best moment(s) of the week: We finally have nice weather!

Movement: All the time everywhere!

Food cravings/aversions: strawberry banana smoothies, furit in general and fried mozzarella sticks....

Morning sickness: back to everymorning

Labor signs: nope

What I miss: bending over and just feeling good in general

What I'm looking forward to: less than 7 weeks to go!Time to start getting stuff ready.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

32 weeks

Today's date: April 24, 2012

How far along: 32 weeks

Total weight gain: 12 pounds

Heart Rate: 145 this week, we go back in to the doc in 2 weeks. Can't believe I am down to 2 week visits now.

Size and growth of the baby:
Baby's head will stay squashy and pliable until after she's born in order to help her pass safely through the birth canal, so if you deliver vaginally don't be surprised if your newborn looks more like Marge Simpson than a Gerber baby at first. Even after birth, she will have two soft spots called "fontanels"--one on the top of her head and one on the back--to allow her brain to continue its lightening-speed growth. The rest of Baby's skeleton is hardening up and, like you, she continues to put on weight. Though still very small, she has toenails, fingernails, eyelashes, eyebrows, and a beautiful little face that you'll soon be gazing at lovingly.
Fetal development at week 32

Gender: we don't know, Elijah insists is a grill baby (Girl)

Maternity clothes: Getting a limited supply of shirts that are long enough and are comfortable to wear...

Sleep: Its getting hard to find comfortable ways to sleep. I wake up sore way to much

Best moment(s) of the week: We seen a friends baby boy after church and I said to Eli "Isn't he cute! Our baby will be little like that too!" and Eli replied..."No I want a girl baby." And we also celebrated Zekes 2nd birthday!

Movement: All the time everywhere!

Food cravings/aversions: strawberry banana smoothies and fried mozzarella sticks....

Morning sickness: as long as I don't smell Zekes morning diaper I can do pretty good!

Labor signs: nope

What I miss: moving without being so sore. I am getting more aches here and there and can tell my hips are getting softer and spreading apart even though baby won't come out that way.

What I'm looking forward to: 8 weeks to go!  I was able to find a couple of nursing nighties and bras and a tank top so that was exciting. Slowly writing up some lists of things that I will need to get ready for once we get down to the last month

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

31 Weeks

Today's date: April 17, 2012

How far along: 31 weeks

Total weight gain: 10 pounds

Size and growth of the baby:Though you may feel like Baby head butts your ribs all the time now, he's actually spending the vast majority of his time sleeping. Gaining all that fat we talked about last week is tiring work! And just like adults, Baby experiences rapid eye movement (REM) sleep as well as deep sleep. He also experiences another, unique state of consciousness: an undefined sleep-like state that is unlike an infant's or a grownup's and comes from the immature state of his brain. As his lungs continue to mature, his chances of surviving outside the womb get better every day (though if your baby were born this week he would still be small enough to fit into a large man's hand). It's good that he's sleeping, even if you're not, as the baby is heading into a period of tremendous internal and external growth.

Fetal development at week 31

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: Getting a limited supply of shirts that are long enough and are comfortable to wear...

Sleep: Starting to need a pillow between my knees while sleeping on my side otherwise I get sore. Getting sore in some spots when I wake up in the morning.

Best moment(s) of the week: Listening to Elijah talk about the baby. Its always referred to as a girl, her, she, sister, etc. So cute...not sure what he will think if its a bot!

Movement: Kicks, punches, rotations, its all happening!

Food cravings/aversions: strawberry banana smoothies are so good, and anything with cheese.

Morning sickness: hit or miss still

Labor signs: nope

What I miss: not being tired all the time after doing easy things. And I miss my good feeling back. I think baby is sitting on some nerves and is really hurting my lower back giving me some sharp pains/ spasm when I move a certain way.

What I'm looking forward to: 9 weeks to go!! This weekend we have The Art of Marriage at church and my sisters 30th birthday party! Busy weekend

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

30 weeks

Today's date: April 10, 2012

How far along: 30 weeks

Total weight gain: 10 pounds

Size and growth of the baby:This week--and in the weeks to come--Baby is busy plumping up. She's laying down two kinds of fat beneath her skin: brown adipose tissue (known as "brown fat"), which she'll need at birth to generate body heat, and white adipose tissue (you guessed it: "white fat"), which is an energy source and helps an infant maintain her body temperature. By the end of this week Baby will have made about 2 ounces of fat, which is about 3.5 percent of her body weight. But by the time she is born fat will account for 15 percent of her body weight, which means a major growth spurt is coming! While the baby is still kicking and jabbing like crazy, some babies at 30 weeks have already settled into a head-down position to prepare for birth.
Fetal development at 30 weeks

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: of course! Stuff is getting tight and short though

Sleep: Starting to need a pillow between my knees while sleeping on my side otherwise I get sore.

Best moment(s) of the week: Feeling the babys foot kicking and pushing out my stomach. Didn't feel the greatest but it was cool. David was able to feel the baby as well doing this.

Movement: Kicks, punches, rotations, its all happening!

Food cravings/aversions: chocolate peanut butter combo as well as goldfish, pretzels and cheezits are nasty! Can't stand the smell of the boys favorite snacks and then they come and blow it in your face...gross.

Morning sickness: yeah still lingering on some days not on others...

Labor signs: I might be having some braxton hicks now and again.

What I miss: bending over, its getting harder to shave and pick up stuff off the floor. I miss (not doing dishes) but being able to reach the sink comfortably while doing them, my stomach hurts when I am facing the sink so I have to turn just so and bend over just a tad to reach and that just causes my back to hurt!

What I'm looking forward to: SINGLE DIGIT WEEKS! we are getting there!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

29 weeks

Today's date: April 3, 2012

How far along: 29 weeks

Total weight gain: 8 ish pounds...

Size and growth of the baby:Your baby has tiny eyelashes, fine eyebrows, and ever-lengthening fingernails, but his internal organs are doing the most work this week. His brain is growing rapidly, adding millions of brain cells, and his head is also getting bigger to accommodate all that brilliance. But the biggest news this week is about the baby's defenses: with help from the placenta, Baby is developing an immune system, which gets stronger by the day. The placenta actually begins taking up some of the antibodies from your blood stream and transferring them to the baby in order to prepare for the onslaught of germ exposure once the baby comes out into the world. As the baby builds up his defenses, he is also putting on weight, so much so that you can no longer see the web of blood vessels beneath his skin.
Fetal development at week 29

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes, some shirts are getting to short though

Sleep: It's nice when it happens. And if I do get woken up I have to pee like crazy!

Best moment(s) of the week: hum...I got a coupon for a $20 gift card when you create a registry so even though I don't need one I made one to get the gift card! lol

Movement: more than kicks now. I can feel baby turning around in there too.

Food cravings/aversions: I could use some real chocolate milk...any brown cows around? Should have bought some at the store today.

Morning sickness: hit or miss...driving me nuts

Labor signs: none

What I miss: not having leg, and toe cramps...

What I'm looking forward to: getting to single digits in a couple weeks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

28 Weeks

So okay yeah I am a little behind but with the unexpected gorgeous weather we have had over the last couple of weeks who is to blame right?

So here we go...

Zeke had a new love...bike rides, he loves to wear his helmet so we had to start keeping it in the garage...last night when he woke up at who knows what time he asked for a bike ride...seriously?

We have also made lots of trips to the park, see what Eli and Nyla are wearing...in March? Yeah that is why the delay of posts happened...loved the nice weather and was able to get rid of some of our cabin fever. Oh did I mention how nice it was outside? Thats Eli...running through the sprinkler in MARCH! Wow!
At the park with the Blaauw Cousins
On one of the cooler days while Zeke was napping Daddy took Eli down to the river behind the house to do some 'fishing.'
And all the nice weather wears a boy out...He decided sleeping under his bed rather than on it was the way to go.
And Zeke also has a new favorite...CowBoots! And the good part is he can take them off and put them on all by himself so I don't have to go crazy doing it for him! YAY!
Zeke also had to have his tubes replaced. His were blocked with fluid that had crystallized and was causing some hearing loss and had the tubes completely blocked so no fluid could drain from behind the ear drum. We have to go back in in 6 months for a recheck.
And some water table fun with Elijah...he was dunking his head in the water and catching the water dripping off his hair.

Now on to the next part:
Today's date: March 27, 2012

How far along: 28 weeks

Total weight gain: not sure but go to Dr next week...I'm guessing maybe 7-8 pounds?

Size and growth of the baby:This week Baby can actually smell! Though olfactory neurons (the cells that sense smell) have been developing all along, these cells do not specialize enough to detect odors until around this week. A protective plug of tissue in the baby's nose has also kept chemicals from reaching the receptors inside. But throughout the third trimester, the baby will be able to smell almost everything that you inhale or eat (liverwurst, anyone?), since amniotic fluid actually conducts scent. The baby's taste buds are also continuing to develop and at this gestational age baby will already show a marked preference for sweet tastes.
Fetal development at week 28

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes, some shirts are getting to short though

Sleep: If the boys are not waking me up then I am waking up to go to the bathroom...things are getting squished in there.

Best moment(s) of the week:Trying to get Eli to feel the baby...he looks at me like I'm crazy and is wondering what I am trying to do!

Movement: more than kicks now. I can feel baby turning around in there too.

Food cravings/aversions: chocolate?

Morning sickness: hit or miss...driving me nuts

Labor signs: none

What I miss: not having to pee all the time!

What I'm looking forward to: 12 weeks to go! YAY

Does anyone actually read this blog?

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Birth Order

A friend and I were discussing how similar our children are when it comes to the order they were born in. Here is what we found...

Our oldest children are dependent. They like/need almost constant attention from us, they rely on who ever is around them to help entertain them. They need a companion for playing with, snacking with or just chilling with.

Our second children are very independent. They love to sit and play alone by themselves. Read by themselves and have no problems finding ways of entertaining their minds alone. They do enjoy playing with the older sibling but can get along just fine with out.

So what is the point of all this? I just found that it was so interesting to relate our children to each other and see so many similarities between the birth orders of the kids. Eli always needs someone paying attention to him and we came to the conclusion that it might possibly be because of the fact that they were 'only children' for some time. Granted Eli was only 1 1/2 when Zeke was born but I did notice that he had issues with jealousy and I had to make sure I gave him special time and attention before and after doing things with Zeke (like nursing) otherwise Eli would get really naughty. And then that kind of led to our second child. Who never had mommy to themselves and had to wait for their turn finding their own ways to entertain themselves while waiting. Zeke is very big on going into his room and finding some books or toys to play with with out the interruption of anyone else. He enjoys playing alone and does so well with it unlike Eli who always has to have someone to play with.

Anyways, I just find this interesting and had fun comparing birth order of our children with my friend and seeing so many similarities between the children in each place of birth order. It will be interesting to see how our 3rd babies are!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

25 weeks

Today's date: March 6

How far along: 25 weeks

Total weight gain: 4 1/2 pounds

Size and growth of the baby:Your baby is a hefty 1 1/2-pounder now and it's steadily putting on weight. The fat under the skin helps make baby look less like a mousling wearing a seal skin and more like a real live baby, which means the skin isn't as baggy as it has been. In the next few weeks baby's nostrils will open and baby will practice breathing even more. Small air sacs ("alveoli," rhymes with ravioli) are developing in the lungs. The hair that has sprouted on baby's head is probably long enough that, if you could see it, you could tell its color, and in the next couple of weeks the fused eyes will open. Baby can hear even better now, so you can try hooking up the headphones to play baby your favorite music.
Fetal development at week 25

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes!

Sleep:I am trying to remember what that is! I can sleep pretty comfy and if I was allowed a full nights sleep I could probably get tons of it! But Zeke and Eli are both sick and up extra making it hard to do.

Best moment(s) of the week:David got to feel the baby kick

Movement: All over the place!

Food cravings/aversions: non really

Morning sickness: this last week has been horrible. I hope its not planning on sicking around and its just bad again do to little sleep.

Labor signs: none

What I miss: energy and being able to breath normally. I can tell that things are getting squished in there!

What I'm looking forward to: Third trimester!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

24 Weeks

Today's date: Feb 28, 2012

How far along: 24 weeks

Total weight gain: 4? pounds

Size and Growth of Baby:Your baby is now so fully formed that he would be capable of living outside the womb if an emergency arose. His lungs, though still very immature, could breathe air if need be. Though the brain is much more formed now, the cerebral cortex--the place in the brain responsible for the most sophisticated mental activity (thoughts, consciousness, memory, language)--is not yet functional. The complex human brain, which makes us so different from other primates and mammals, takes much longer to come out of the embryonic stage than any other part of the fetus. In fact, a baby's brain will not be fully formed until after cooking for nine months in the womb and living outside the womb for about a year, during which time it will nearly triple in size!
Fetal development at week 24

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes!

Sleep: I find side sleeping and back sleeping where I am usually the most comfortable. With a couple pillows tucked around my side.

Best moment(s) of the week: Watching the boys play in the snow!

Movement: Baby likes orange juice. :) Moving a lot now and kicking in all directions.

Food cravings/aversions: Cheese sticks

Morning sickness: I swear its going the wrong way! and I can't eat cereal for breakfast or we will be revisiting in no time!

Labor signs: none

What I miss: sleep, but that is more from the other boys than this baby

What I'm looking forward to: Dr appointment on Tuesday (next week) again to hear baby heart beat.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

22 Weeks

Today's date: Feb 14, 2012

How far along: 22 weeks

Total weight gain: 2 pounds

Size and growth of the baby:Baby can hear now: the gurgle of your digestion, the muffled, watery sound of your voice, and your strong and reassuring heartbeat that has been its constant companion. There are teeth buds under the gums, and hair sprouting on baby's head. Baby's tiny fingers are strong enough to grip things now, and fetuses at this age are often spotted holding the umbilical cord. Though baby practices breathing movements all the time now, the lungs aren't mature enough to breathe on their own. The complicated brain-to-eye wiring that will allow the baby to see is working like crazy this week, though it may be more than a month before its fused eyelids open.
Fetal development at week 22
Your baby is...
10.94 inches long
15.17 ounces
about the size of a sweet potato
Sweet potato

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes!

Sleep: I find side sleeping and back sleeping where I am usually the most comfortable. With a couple pillows tucked around my side.

Best moment(s) of the week: Planing games for a baby shower and looking through my baby stuff. So cute how tiny everything is!

Movement: Getting stronger, baby likes to kick down low and on my bladder.

Food cravings/aversions: chocolate this week

Morning sickness: dwindling! YAY! But still present every few days.

Labor signs: none

What I miss: not having to pee every 30 seconds...hopefully the baby moves away from my bladder soon! Its not a trampoline!

What I'm looking forward to: feeling the baby being more active, and for a good friend to have her baby very soon!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Week 21

Today's date: Feb 7, 2012

How far along: 21 weeks

Total weight gain: 2 pounds

Size and growth of the baby:A lot is going on for Baby this week. Fat, for one thing. The little one is finally putting on some chub, a process that will continue for the rest of gestation. With fat underneath it, its skin no longer looks so translucent. Baby's fingernails cover the nail beds completely (and may even need cutting when it's born!) and baby's eyelids and eyebrows are fully formed. But it's brain development that's really taking off: This week, the sensory neurons (the nerves that communicate the sense of touch) are starting to connect to the brain, so the baby is beginning to feel touch. Touch is one of the most important senses at birth and the sensory neurons will continue to hook up to the brain for the rest of the pregnancy. Researchers believe that those nonstop kicks and all that squirming help to program the brain.
Our little baby at 20 weeks (taken Jan 31, 2012)

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes!

Sleep: On the side starting more on the back...this is no fun! I'm a tummy sleeper!

Best moment(s) of the week: ...Eli Can't decide what the baby is...its either a boy baby or a grill baby! lol

Movement: Getting stronger.

Food cravings/aversions: Carrots and dip! yumm

Morning sickness: only about 2-3 times a week!

Labor signs: none

What I miss: energy

What I'm looking forward to: feeling the baby being more active.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Stuck inside

The boys love to play outside. Whether it be spring, summer, winter or fall, they love them all. So this winter (with the lack of snow and over abundance of rain) we have haven't had a lot of chances to go out to play. Usually David is the one to take them out. I like going out but by the time I get the boys dress (which takes forever) I am way to tired to want to go out and figure I could use a few minutes of quite time to myself. The boys love building snow forts and being pulled on the sled. So much fun.
So what do we do when its raining out all the time instead of snowing or the temperature is way to cold to be safe enough to play outside in? We entertain ourselves inside with lots of fun activities.

The boys got a few boxes of Trios for Christmas so they love to get those out to play. Eli love the farm set. He actually got this one for his birthday but its his favorite. Ezekiel has an airplane. I try to pick the strongest thing I can to build for him because he just likes to destroy them and I get sick of rebuilding them 20 times just so he can go and break them again. But they are really fun and cool building blocks.
Or next favorite thing to do is play in our toy bins...yeah we have that cool shelf with removable plastic toy bins which is a really nice toy self. But the bins are usually empty so we take the empty bins and make use of them...Zekes favorite is to fill them with water which is a HUGE HUGE mess so its done either in the kitchen or bathroom with about 8 towels laid out all over the floor. Today we decided to use something else. Eli wanted to 'push' stuff so I grabbed the stale cheerios from the cupboard.
SCORE they thought it was great! They each have their trucks in their bins to do the work of pushing and digging and loading...such boys! lol

I think Zeke liked eating them the most...

We also make a weekly trip to the library for our Laptime Session. Its basically story time with the kids. We also pick out about 6-8 new books a week to bring home and read. The boys love it. Eli is always asking it its Laptime Day. Here are the boys reading their books before bed...all on there own. We didn't make them they just love to read!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

20 Weeks - Half Way There!

Today's date: Jan 31, 2012

How far along: 20 weeks

Total weight gain: maybe 1 pound?

Size and growth of the baby: Baby-to-be is gearing up for the next phase in it's development—filling out. Baby's organs are getting into their proper places. Baby's kidneys are now in position with their familiar bean shape. Baby's brain continues to form and grow. It's teeth are beginning to appear, and baby can swallow. If you haven't been able to feel baby move, chances are you'll be feeling baby move more and more over the coming weeks. Baby is about 10 inches long (crown to heel) and around 10 ounces
Our little baby at 20 weeks (taken Jan 31, 2012)

Gender: we don't know!

Maternity clothes: yes!

Sleep: I forget what that is...hum...

Best moment(s) of the week: Ultrasound this morning!

Movement: Getting stronger.

Food cravings/aversions: Goldfish crackers are disgusting, smell disgusting etc. Anything chocolate and cold is good...ice cream, milk etc. yum.

Morning sickness: still lingering around but not to bad

Labor signs: none

What I miss: I have no idea

What I'm looking forward to: The next 20 weeks going hopefully quick!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Dangling Dreams

Right around the beginning of the year Zeke learned how to climb out of his crib...oh crap! So instead of bringing over the toddler bed and putting the crib into storage (especially sense we will be needing it in a few months anyways) we decided to just take the side rail off the bed and use it as a 'toddler bed.' Really it was made to do that for when baby learns to climb. Zeke is pretty used to sleeping up against the sides of the bed. He loves he head in the corners etc...but because we took of the rail that took away 2 corners for him to snuggle up to which results in the following:

I really don't know how this is comfortable...at all..I would have such a stiff neck! But low and behold here he is sleeping away with his head dangling off the edge of the mattress! Silly boy!
And its not just once that he as done this...it is often!
This time on his belly with his head over the edge.

And then there are the times when we don't 'catch' him sleeping like this in time and he winds up on the floor. This was while he was still learning to sleep in the 'new' bed so kept some padding on the floor next to the bed.
We don't know if he climbed down or fell down but he was sound asleep.

And then there is our Eli...he sleeps kind of funny to sometimes...dangling over the edge etc. No where near as much as what Zeke does but we do have to put him back in the middle of the twin size bed now and again. Here he is sleeping on the edge. Doesn't look to bad with just his arm dangling over but under the blankets both his legs were hanging over the edge as well.

And I wonder why my boys wake up so much at night! They need mattresses on the floor so they don't fall out of their beds so much!