29 Weeks

How far along? 29 weeks

Weight gain/loss: +25 pounds *tear*

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time. Tops most of the time.

Stretch marks? Nope... hopefully it stays that way!

Sleep? Between peeing all the time, having a hard time rolling over and dealing with my RLS...sleeping has been a blast!

Best moment this week? Being able to share Thanksgiving with all of our family.

Food cravings: That +25 pounds just keeps staring at me in the face. Quite frankly, I never want to eat again.

Gender: Boy!

Belly button in or out? In

Movement? All the time. 

What I miss? My body not hurting all the time.

What I'm looking forward to: Christmas and getting all of our decorations up. We're going this weekend to cut down a tree and I can't wait for Hannah to help me decorate it! :o)

Milestones: Colson is almost 17 inches tall now, nearly as tall as he will be at birth. But that three-pound weight will likely more than double — and may even come close to tripling — by delivery time. 


And here is a not so flattering photo of my 29 week baby bump.  I'm posting it for all of my loyal readers. I feel huge and in this photo I look huge. 
I feel as though I look like I did when I was 36 weeks with Hannah. 

Only 9-ish weeks to go!

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Hat Photos

Hannah was having some fun with her stocking hat this morning so I took a couple photos.

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Ultrasound Pics

I thought it would be fun to look back on my ultrasound pics (even Hannah's) and have them all be in one post for comparison. :o)

We've had a lot more ultrasounds with Colson (and there will be more to come) because I am technically high risk.
So, here we go:
Here is Colson at 7w3d. We've got a healthy little baby growing!

Here is Colson at 20w. He's a boy!

Here is Colson at 28w. Measuring 7 days ahead! YAY! Grow little man, grow!

Colson is definitely more smooched now than 8 weeks ago. It is so neat to be able to see how he is growing. And while I would prefer that we didn't need these ultrasounds (it would mean everything is going normally in my pregnancy), I am glad that I get to see our little man on screen at least one more time before he makes his arrival—which as of right now, will be any day between February 2nd and February 8th. AH! My next ultrasound will be around 32 weeks.

Now onto Hannah's ultrasound photos.
Here is Hannah's first ultrasound photo taken at 16 weeks. She's a girl! :o)

And here is an elective ultrasound we had done in 4D with Hannah at 29w. It was so awesome to see her move around and see her precious little face.

I'd really love to do the 4D ultrasound with Colson...I think it would be fun to compare. But since we are having all of the normal 3D ultrasounds done with Colson, I don't really see that happening. We'll just have to wait 10 more weeks to actually meet the little man. I'm sure time is going to fly by now that we're into the holiday season!

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Tonight starts a 4 day Thanksgiving bonanza in which we make our rounds to the many different family festivities.

Tonight is dinner with Nick's parents.
Tomorrow is dinner with my parents.
Saturday is dinner with my mom's side.
Sunday is dinner with my dad's side.

And while, yes, that is a lot of different places to go for Thanksgiving...I look forward to it every year. It is something I have aways done and for me it is part of the holiday season. Nick, unfortunately has been dragged into the craziness that is going to many places for the holiday. I can understand why he dislikes it...sometimes its just nice to sit and enjoy being home, but I enjoy seeing all of my family during the holidays. My mom and dad both have larger families so we have always had separate dinners/get-togethers. So yes, that eats up multiple days. For me, it would be weird to just sit at home and not be with my extended family. It's just what I've always known so I guess it's not that crazy to me.

I know I will enjoy my many Thanksgivings this year! And I have so much to be thankful for!

I'm thankful that I still have my family to go be with during the holidays. I'm thankful for our health because that means we are able to see said family for the holidays. I'm thankful for the love and support we receive from our family. I'm thankful that I have my own little (growing) family to share these holidays with and I only hope that our traditions are ones that our children will want to continue when they are older. And I'm thankful for our own house to come home to after we visit with our family. :o)

So I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. And if it's a busy one, with lots of traveling, just remember...that means you still have lots of family and loved ones around to celebrate with! Be thankful! :o)

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28 Weeks

How far along? 28 weeks

Weight gain/loss: Maybe I should start omitting this part of the survey... 

*hangs head in shame* 
I'm up 9 pounds from 5 weeks ago. I'm not very happy with myself. I indulged a bit too much in Halloween candy, I think. I am up a total of 25 pounds which is only 5 pounds short of the total weight gain I wanted with this pregnancy. It looks like I will exceed my weight gain goal...A part of my wants to cry and the other part of me wants to kick my own ass. I'm mad at myself. But there is nothing I can do about it now. Colson is healthy and that is all that matters at this point in time!

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time. Tops most of the time.

Stretch marks? Nope!

Sleep? I still get up to pee and I toss and turn most of the night. It's the norm now, I guess.

Best moment this week? Had an ultrasound this morning and Colson is actually measuring 7 days ahead, which is good because high blood pressure can tend to decrease fetal growth.

Food cravings: Just looking forward to turkey and mashed potatoes...although I won't be eating tons!

Gender: It's still a boy! We saw Colson's little man parts on the ultrasound today. :o)

Belly button in or out? In

Movement? All the time. 

What I miss? My body not hurting all the time.

What I'm looking forward to: A wonderful Thanksgiving with my family! 

I'm also hoping my blood pressure stays in check. Today is was 140/90...and that is with me being on my medication. The doctor didn't seem worried but I know that is high because that is how high it was when he put me on medication. I'm a bit confused as to why he wasn't concerned. :o/ Hopefully it was just a fluke today and in two weeks it's better.

Milestones: Colson is 2 1/2 pounds and 15 inches long. 

I have also reached the point of having doctor's appointments every two weeks. I go back on December 8th. Then 1 or 2 weeks after that I will have another ultrasound, plus I will start having weekly non-stress tests done at the hospital. Time is going to fly by now! Yikes!

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Stocking Hat

One of the first things I bought for baby #2 was a pattern to make a stocking hat. I knew I wanted a cute hat to use for newborn photos. I bought the pdf pattern back before we even knew the gender of this baby but I didn't want to make the hat until I could make it specifically for a boy or a girl.

Well, last week I got around to buying some yarn for the hat. I picked three different colors: white, light blue and a darker gray/blue.

I love how it came out! :o)

Once I finished Colson's hat, Hannah was fascinated with it. She would ask for 'brother's hat' and she kept trying to put it on her head. It was obviously a bit too small for her. :oP So I asked her if she wanted me to make her a hat just like her brother's. Her answer was 'uh-huh'. :o)

So today we headed out to the store to find some yarn for Hannah's very own stocking hat. Again, I went with three colors: white, a dusty pink and a raspberry pink.

Once Colson arrives, hopefully I can manage to get a decent photo of the two of them together wearing their hats. I would have taken a decent photo (better than my camera phone photo) of Hannah wearing her hat but she needed to go to bed. Maybe tomorrow! :o)

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27 weeks

*I'm at a loss for a blog post right now so I'll post a weekly pregnancy update*

How far along? 27 weeks

Weight gain/loss: ugh. I'll let you know next Wednesday.

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time. Tops most of the time.

Stretch marks? Nope!

Sleep? My hips have been bothering me lately so it makes changing positions in bed rather difficult. Fun stuff!

Best moment this week? I am officially in my 3rd trimester!

Food cravings: Panera and sushi...but I don't want them both at the same time...

Gender: BOY! :o) Colson David

Belly button in or out? In

Movement? All the time. 

What I miss? My body not hurting all the time.

What I'm looking forward to: My next ultrasound and doctors appointment next Wednesday.

Milestones: My uterus has swelled to the size of a basketball. Baby is fifteen inches — more than a foot long — and triple (or even quadruple) what it was in week 12. His weight is creeping up the charts as well, coming in at just over two pounds.

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Your Three Words

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." 
~Robert Brault

Play Along!

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A Look Back

I woke up way too early this morning so I have just been browsing through past blog entries and photos. I thought that I would do a little 'look back' post of some photos of Hannah.

2 Years Ago—Hannah wasn't even 1 month old yet.

1 Year Ago—at just over one year old.

Current—Hannah at just over 2 years old.

It's amazing to me just how much Hannah has changed over the past two years. She doesn't even look like the same kid. But I must say, she has gotten nothing but cuter over these two years... and sometimes I think she knows it! :oP

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Just Another Day in Paradise

by Phil Vassar
The kids screaming, phone ringing
Dog barking at the mailman bringing
That stack of bills - overdue
Good morning baby, how are you?
Got a half hour, quick shower
Take a drink of milk but the milk's gone sour
My funny face makes you laugh
Twist the top on and I put it back
There goes the washing machine
Baby, don't kick it. 
I promise I'll fix it
Long about a million other things

Well, it's ok. It's so nice
It's just another day in paradise
Well, there's no place that
I'd rather be
Well, it's two hearts
And one dream
I wouldn't trade it for anything
And I ask the Lord every night
For just another day in paradise

Friday, you're late
Guess we'll never make our dinner date
At the restaurant you start to cry
Baby, we'll just improvise
Well, plan B looks like
Dominoes' pizza in the candle light
Then we'll tippy toe to our room
Make a little love that's overdue
But somebody had a bad dream
Mama and daddy
Can me and my teddy
Come in to sleep in between?

Yeah it's ok. It's so nice.
It's just another day in paradise.
Well, there's no place that
I'd rather be
Well, it's two hearts
And one dream
I wouldn't trade it for anything
And I ask the Lord every night
For just another day in paradise

Well, it's ok. It's so nice.
It's just another day in paradise.
Well, there's no place that
I'd rather be
Two hearts
And one dream
I wouldn't trade it for anything
And I ask the Lord every night
For just another day in paradise

For just another day in paradise
Well, it's the kids screaming. The phone ringing
Just another day
Well, it's Friday. You're late
Oh yeah, it's just another day in paradise

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26 Week Belly Bump

I am definitely starting to feel large...even though I don't think I look that much bigger with Colson then with Hannah.

But there it is...my 26 week bump, for those who were wondering how fat I have gotten!  :oP Enjoy.

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26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks

Weight gain/loss: I don't even want to know. Between the Halloween candy and Hannah's left over birthday cake, I'm sure I've packed on quite a few in the past 2-3 weeks.  :o/ At my last appointment though, I was up 16 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Pants all the time. Tops most of the time.

Stretch marks? Nope!

Sleep? My legs have been driving me nuts so I have been tossing and turning alot. Thank you Restless Leg Syndrome. This in turn has been driving Nick nuts and is keeping him awake at night, which if you know Nick, is not an easy task. That boy can sleep through anything.

Best moment this week? Colson now has some blue and green blankets of his very own, so now he won't have to use Hannah's pink and purple ones!  :oP

Food cravings: I'm just glad the Halloween candy is gone! :o)

Gender: BOY! :o) Colson David

Belly button in or out? In

Movement? Yeppers. He's slowly making his way to my rib cage.

What I miss? Being able to lay on my stomach and being able to bend over with getting out of breath

What I'm looking forward to: Getting the basement far enough along so we can move some stuff out of our current office and I can paint the walls of the new nursery.

Milestones: At 26 weeks pregnant, I'm two-thirds of the way through my pregnancy and my uterus is about two and a half inches above my belly button. He now weighs a full two pounds and measures nine-plus inches from crown to rump. And this week, his eyes, which until now were developing under fused eyelids, start to open.

26 weeks pregnant

I'll be sure to take an updated belly pic today too...once I get dressed! So stay tuned! :o)

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100 Days!

I have hit the 100 days mark on the countdown until Colson's arrival.

Well, my ticker says 100 days but I'm guessing it will be more like 90 days. As of right now, Colson will most likely come 1 or 2 weeks early because of my high blood pressure.

With Hannah it seemed like forever to get to this point but with Colson, time has been flying by. It really needs to slow down but with the holidays right around the corner, I don't see that happening. *deep breaths*

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Your Three Words

Most of the basement has been framed out...but the offices are completely done.

My office:

Nick's office:

We've got the electric run in both rooms but we still have to run cable. Once we have that done, we can go ahead and drywall.

I'm hoping *hoping* that by Thanksgiving the drywall will be up and ready to paint. Then we can get the flooring in and we can start moving stuff out of the current office so I can get the nursery painted and the furniture up. *cue mini freak out*

We're slowly running out of time and I'm really trying to not freak out but it's getting pretty hard to avoid the mini panic attacks. There is just so much that needs to get done.  :o/

But, we've come a long way and it will eventually get there. I just hope that 'eventually' is more sooner than later. :o)


Play along over on Jenni's Blog!

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Potato Head Fun

Ever since we got Hannah and Mrs Potato head for her birthday, she has been totally obsessed. She has been so obsessed that her Auntie Mandi and Uncie Travis got her a Mr. Potato head for Halloween.
(FYI- The Mr. is so much better than the Mrs. Potato head!)

Well, today I thought I would take some pictures of our potato head fun. :o)

Here are a few of mine:

And here are Hannah's:

I helped her a bit, but she is obsessed with the eyes. (if you couldn't tell by the above potato heads :oP) I have a hard time getting her to pick out a mouth and a nose for the potato.

Honestly, most of her Potato Heads just creep me out!  :oP

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