Posts Tagged 'Bumpdates'

December 17, 2012

Happy Due Date to me! 🙂

Week 40 Belly Pictures…

Here are the latest stats:

Pregnancy Length: 40 Weeks Exactly (12/17)

Countdown to Due Date: Any time he decides to come!

Weight Gain: Probably 20-25ish lbs. (not 100% sure)

Baby is the size of a: watermelon (19 to 22 in., 6-9 lbs)

New baby developments: He is gearing up for delivery and life outside the womb. His endocrine system is getting hormones ready for delivery. He will send those hormones to the placenta to trigger labor (which he needs to get working on ASAP!). He is also getting ready to take his first breath of air. The first breath at birth requires more effort than any other breath he will ever take again due to the tiny air sacs in the lungs that need to be inflated for the first time.

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: I get up at least twice a night, mainly to use the restroom or because I am uncomfortable. I also find that my mind is racing, so it’s hard for me to fall back asleep.

Feeling: The swelling and pregnancy rash have actually gotten a little better this past week. I am still itchy, but it’s manageable. I have caught yet ANOTHER cold, so that was not fun this past week. Thankfully, it hasn’t gotten as full-blown as the first one I had a few weeks ago. I just hope I can breathe normally when it comes time to deliver!

Health: Pretty much the same progress as my last appointment. No news is good news, right?!

Movement: He’s still not moving as much, but when he does…my whole belly moves!

Cravings: Chocolate still. But I always crave chocolate! Really, I haven’t had any weird cravings with this pregnancy. Now when I was pregnant with PEYTON, I had weird cravings – especially breakfast food!

Nursery: Everything is finished and ready to go. We got the baseball glove chair from Jason’s mom early (it’s Aiden’s Christmas present), and it looks so cute in his room! I am going to add the pictures to the nursery post, but I’ll also add them here. I can’t wait to see him in it! Peyton is all about sitting in the chair until her brother can.

All of his little outfits have been washed and put away. We have been lucky when it comes to hand-me-downs…Mandi has given us lots of Braxton’s things (and we are giving her Peyton’s things for Brylee), and one of Jason’s former co-workers has given us stuff from her little boy. So I really haven’t had to buy too much yet!

Belly: Still big…to the point that when out in public, people always ask when I’m due. It’s been fun seeing the look on people’s faces when I answered, “Today!” People say that I look like I’ve dropped, but I can’t really tell. All I can see are the crazy stretch marks….yuck. 🙁 I debated even posting the bare-belly shots on here this week because they’re just so unflattering, but I know it’s all part of the process. My babies are well worth what they’ve done to my body!

Next Appointment: Here’s the big news of this final Bumpdate…there will be no more doctor’s appointments! We actually scheduled an induction date of Friday, Dec. 21st if Aiden hasn’t decided to come on his own by then. They said we’ll get things started at 7:30, but to be there by 7 am. Thankfully, they said I am progressed enough that I don’t have to go in the night before and do the whole Cervidil thing. If you remember Peyton’s first induction, this is what wasn’t working and the reason we got sent home after three days of being in the hospital. So as nervous as I am to be induced again, at least I know I don’t have to do that step this time around!

I really wanted to be induced on Wednesday, because the doctor that delivered Peyton is delivering that day. However, the only day they have available this week is Friday, as Christ Hospital is BOOKED for inductions. I asked them about trying to wait until after Christmas, but they said I’d be too far along and they won’t let me wait it out. Soooo…Friday it is. The Mayan calendar says it’s going to be the end of the world, so hopefully THAT doesn’t happen. I don’t believe in all that, but it’s kind of funny to think about his birthday being the day the world ends! A fun thing about Friday is that my Godparents’ daughter, Ali, is having her baby boy via C-section that day, too! So our parents can keep each other company in the waiting room. If you’ve ever seen my Godfather and my dad together, you know that they’ll probably get themselves kicked out of the waiting room for bad behavior! Haha.

The closer Aiden’s birthday gets to Christmas, the more Jason and I have accepted that we will be having a very low-key holiday this season. While we’d love to spend it with our extended families, Aiden is just going to be way too little to be exposing him to a lot of people. It’s winter, and the germs are already in full-swing! Plus, I know it took me a good week to start feeling like myself again after Peyton. Hopefully I’ll bounce back quicker this time around, but who knows! We still plan to exchange gifts with our immediate families sometime on Christmas or a day or two after. I know everyone is bummed that we can’t fully participate in family gatherings this year, but we have to look out for Aiden and his itty bitty immune system. So our focus now is to create our own lil’ Christmas for Peyton, complete with resting and enjoying our new family of four. Of course we’ll throw in lots of presents from Santa, Christmas movies, and staying in our PJ’s for as long as we want!

Speaking of Santa…we took Peyton to see him at Great Wolf Lodge this weekend! It was a great indoor place to see him, and the line wasn’t bad at all. They let you take your own pictures (one of the reasons we didn’t want to attempt the mall), and they had a lot of other wintery activities for the kids to do. Peyton has been obsessed with Santa in books and on TV, and usually says, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” when you ask her what Santa says. However, when she saw him in person, she wasn’t the biggest fan. In fact, I felt like we were abusing her by making her sit on his lap. Someday she’ll appreciate these photos and think they’re funny, right?!?

Thanks again for following along with all my Aiden Bumpdates! Please keep our family in your prayers as we prepare to meet our little guy. I would REALLY like to go into labor on my own prior to Friday. As I said, Wednesday would be ideal because then we could have the doctor we really want! As always, we appreciate the love, prayer, and support we receive from our families and friends. We can’t wait to add Aiden to the mix!

December 06, 2012

I want to start this post by thanking everyone for their kind words about my hospital reflections post. I had so many people say that they could relate to my experience, and others that were thankful for my honesty. I am so glad I could help some future mama’s out by sharing my story! I have been very blessed by the kindness of others since I wrote it. I had a friend volunteer to set up meals for us using the online sign-up site, and many others that offered to come babysit while I nap. I’m sure I’ll take all of you up on your offers! Jason and I are so thankful to be surrounded by such a caring community of friends and family members. Aiden is a lucky boy to be born with so many adoring fans already!

I took my 37 week belly pics, but then didn’t have time to blog. So….the belly pics are from week 37, but the latest stats are current (week 38). You get the idea! 😉

Week 37 Belly Pictures…

Here are the latest stats: 

Pregnancy Length: 38 weeks, 3 days (as of 12/6)

Countdown to Due Date: 1 week, 4 days…AHHH!

Weight Gain: Finally asked the doctor…I have gained about 20 lbs. since the beginning of this pregnancy.

Baby is the size of a: watermelon (19 to 22 in., 7 lbs)

New baby developments: He is plumping up in there! His brain is continuing to develop rapidly, at a pace that will continue for his first 3 years of life. His skin has also turned from pink to white. He is ready for life outside the womb…we just need him to get moving!

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Not too bad for this stage of the pregnancy. I usually wake up around 4ish, but can go back to sleep without getting out of bed.

Feeling: Swollen and itchy! The new developments are swollen ankles (I was wondering when they’d start!), and a pregnancy rash. It is on my belly, lower legs/ankles/feet, and upper arms. Doctor said it is harmless, but I am itching like crazy, especially at night! She said the only cure is to have the baby. She even brought up induction today, but I told her I wasn’t ready for that yet. After my first try with induction, I think I’ll wait it out a little more…uncomfortable or not!

Health: Other than the few minor uncomfortable things, I’m great! This may be TMI, but I know some people are curious…at my appointment today, I was 1-2 cm and 75% effaced. Not too much progress, but more than I ever had with Peyton!

Movement: He’s not moving as much now (no more room!), but still likes to give me a good jab every now and then.

Cravings: My new thing has been Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I bought it for my picky eater of a daughter to try and entice her, but baby Aiden decided he liked it, too! Nothing too crazy though. I REALLY want some of those apple suckers dipped in caramel for the hospital (I think they let you suck on things during labor), but I can’t find them ANYWHERE! So I settled for the Jolly Rancher kind. If anyone finds any of the candy apple suckers, I will pay you big bucks for them!!! 😉

Nursery: It’s DONE!!! I have pictures taken, and will do a separate blog post on his baseball themed nursery. Sorry…you’ll just have to be patient for now!

Belly: Oh my how it has grown! I have also finally gotten stretch marks. I was hoping I’d escape them, but no such luck. 🙁 I have been putting on the stretch mark lotion, so let’s hope they go away once I deliver!

Next Appointment: Dec. 14th

 I have decided to work half days all next week, and then take the week of my due date off from school. Between the swelling, itching, and stressing about going into labor at school, I think it’s best for all involved! My long-term sub has already shadowed me for two days, and is ready to start taking over. As much as I love teaching, I am looking forward to my stay-at-home-mommy-gig. I know I am trading one stressful and draining job for another. Being a mom is a 24/7 job, and I know it will have its challenges! But my kids will only be little once, and I want to watch them grow up. I feel like I missed so much working during Peyton’s first year, and I am excited to be home to watch all of Aiden’s milestones. I am thankful for a husband that can look past the financial piece and see how important this is for me and our family. I will need to be a busy bee this Spring and Summer taking pictures to supplement my income, so PLEASE keep me in mind if you want family photos taken! Plus, I think I’ll need a break from the kids every now and then!

Depending on when I have this baby, I may or may not get around to writing another Bumpdate. Thanks for following along with me as I wait to meet the little boy growing inside my belly!

Oh, and one last thing…Brylee (AKA Aiden’s future wife) was born yesterday! Mandi and Brett are our wonderful friends and neighbors, and we are over the moon excited for them. She is a cutie pie, and we can’t wait to watch her grow alongside her big brother, Braxton!

November 04, 2012

Week 33 Belly Pictures…

Here are the latest stats: 

Pregnancy Length: 33 weeks, 6 days (as of 11/4)

Countdown to Due Date: 6 weeks , one day (HOLY COW!)

Weight Gain: Still not sure, since our home scale’s batteries died and I have yet to replace them.

Baby is the size of a: pineapple (19 to 22 in., 4.9 lbs)

New baby developments: Still growing and gaining more weight. His fingernails now reach the end of his fingertips and may even curl over the tip. My pregnancy app also talks about how his testicles are making their way down from his abdomen. But I don’t know if any of us really need to know that lil’ detail…

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Not going as well as it had been. I woke up a few nights in a row with massive cramps in my legs. I know that’s normal during pregnancy, but OUCH! I have to get up and walk around to get rid of them. Also, I have started waking up at least once in the middle of the night (usually at the same time) for no reason. I did this with Peyton, too. I guess it’s your body’s way of getting ready for those middle-of-the-night feedings. Can’t wait! Hehe.

Feeling: Tired and stressed. Report cards and conferences are coming up at school, so that’s not helping. Once those are done, I can turn more attention to getting those last minute things ready for Aiden and finishing his room.

Health: Everything checks out well at the doctor’s. However, heartburn is my new (unwanted) friend. I guess I’ll take it over the nausea I had with Peyton.

Movement: Since he’s bigger, I feel him move much more now! I think he’s starting to run out of room in there. I get a good jab at least once a day that makes me stop dead in my tracks!

Cravings: Everything I shouldn’t eat.

Nursery: We are making progress! Jason painted the walls and they look great! He put up with my crazy paint dilemma. Basically I wasn’t happy with the paint I bought for the three walls and had to take it back. Normally Lowe’s doesn’t take paint back, but I think the guy felt sorry for me and my big ol’ belly. The color we got is much more what I had in mind! My mom started on the baseball wall. Below you’ll see pics of the progress. It’s mainly done, but she needs to add some finishing details. Jason put together the crib and dresser. The dresser is the same as Peyton’s,  but I found baseball knobs instead of the ones that came with it. How stinking cute are they?! I can’t wait to put together all the little details in his room. Everything is bought…I just need to find time (and energy!) to get it all set up!

Belly: I feel like I am the size I was when I delivered Peyton! But I can still see my feet, which is a blessing I suppose. I am starting to get stretch marks around my belly button, which I was really hoping to avoid. So I will now be applying stretch mark cream daily to try and combat them! Also, my belly button seems to be getting smaller and smaller as my belly gets bigger and bigger. I am just waiting for it to pop out. Luckily it never did with Peyton, but I don’t think I’ll be so lucky this time. I am not looking forward to my “innie” becoming an “outtie.”  I’m just glad I heard about this pregnancy phenomenon from my teacher friends at school. I’m thinking about writing a blog post for all my friends that aren’t yet pregnant or are newly pregnant about all the things no one tells you about pregnancy. Would anyone be interested in those tidbits?!

Next Appointment: Nov. 14th

And now for what most people probably came here to see…Aiden’s room! A BIG thank you to Jason and my mom for working so hard – I don’t know what I’d do without you two! I personally think it looks amazing. My mom may need to retire early and start a mural business. 😉 Also, thank you to Pinterest for giving me the idea of the baseball wall, which got the ball rolling (literally) on our baseball themed nursery! And I suppose I should also thank Big Sister Peyton for inspecting all of the hard work and making sure it’s suitable for her little brother. 🙂

And finally some pics of my little stinker, Peyton. She came in the bathroom as I was taking my bump pictures, and I thought I’d try and get her in some with my belly. Well, she instead found the Q-tips and proceeded to stick them up her nose. So me, being the good mom that I am, decided to take pictures of her doing that. But I also got some sweet ones of her “reading” her new favorite book (Goodnight Moon) and hugging her teddy bear. That girl warms my heart and makes me laugh all at the same time!

October 14, 2012

We did our 30 week 3D/4D ultrasound at Becoming Mom this weekend. Ever since then, my mother keeps sending me text messages asking when she is going to get to see pictures of Aiden. Soooo…I had to get on the ball and come up with my 30 Week Bumpdate!

First off, here is my ever-growing bump:

For comparison sake, here is my 31 week bump with Peyton. I was basically two days away from 31 weeks when I took my pics for Aiden, so it’s almost the same!

Here are the latest stats:

Pregnancy Length: 30 weeks, 6 days (as of 10/14)

Countdown to Due Date: 9 weeks, 1 day (Single digits…HORRAY!!!)

Weight Gain: Not sure…our scale’s batteries died. Convenient, huh?!

Baby is the size of a: head of lettuce (18 in., 3.2 lbs)

New baby developments: His brain continues to develop, and he can perceive new information from all five senses. He is making faces, hiccuping (which he does A LOT!), swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet, and sucking on his thumb. He will gain about 3-5 more pounds, possibly more, before he is born.

Gender: Still a boy! Confirmed for the 3rd time at our ultrasound!

Names: Aiden Michael

Sleep: Same – not too bad once I get comfy. I have started having strange preggo dreams though. I had one the other night that I had the baby super early and nothing was ready. Since we haven’t started on the nursery yet, I sure hope that my dream doesn’t come true!

Feeling: More exhausted than I had been recently. I can tell I’m into the third trimester; I have lost energy and get winded more easily. I know it will only go downhill from here (oh boy!).

Health: Still great!

Movement: He likes to move, but not all the time. Still reminds me of Peyton’s disposition.

Cravings: Still chocolate. I made the mistake of buying Halloween candy in advance when I was at Costco. Let’s just say Aiden doesn’t need to go trick-or-treating this year to get his treats! Kit Kats and Twix bars are our candy of choice right now.

Nursery: I have posted pictures of it below. As you can see, not much progress has been made. I THINK I have picked out paint colors for the walls, so I need to go back to Lowe’s and actually buy the cans. Hopefully we can paint the walls this coming weekend, and then my mom is going to be brave and try her hand at painting baseball stitching on one wall. Most everything is bought and waiting in the closet. The furniture is in the room, but still in boxes. I can’t wait until the walls are done so we can start setting things up!

Belly: Still there and growing. It’s getting harder to bend down and pick things up, which is super fun with a 15 month old around. We are making progress in teaching Peyton how to pick up her own toys, so that will be helpful. And no, I am not kidding. This OCD mama is teaching her to put the toys in her toy bins, and then we clap and celebrate. My child WILL clean up after herself! 😉

Next Appointment: Nov. 1st

And now, here is Mr. Aiden! He is currently head up, and so his feet were curled up by his face for the ultrasound. Not too comfy, if you ask me. All I can say is this lil’ guy better flip; I would really appreciate not having a C-section! Oh, and the ultrasound tech said she saw that he has hair. I’m glad she told me that, because they told me countless times that Peyton was BALD. Yes, that would be my daughter with the endless amount of hair. So I guess I need to figure out what to do with his hair, since keeping it out of his face with bows and ponytails won’t be an option this time around!

For another comparison, here is Peyton in her 3D/4D ultrasound. What do you think – do they look alike?!

As promised, here is the progress (or lack thereof) in the nursery. At least it’s cleared of our guestroom furniture, Jason’s desk, and our miscellaneous storage stuff!

Finally, here are some pictures of big sister Peyton. I took the day off on Wednesday for a doctor’s appointment, and we had fun playing in her playhouse on our back patio. I don’t think the nice weather will stick around too much longer, so we’re trying to enjoy our outside time while we can!

Peyton went to her first UC Bearcats game of the season this weekend. Even though she was going on a minimal nap, and was forced to stay up past her bedtime, she still really enjoyed the game. She clapped when everyone else did, and even attempted the UC cheer. She had fun dancing with her BFF, Braxton, during halftime. Braxton was also quite the gentleman and shared some of his soft pretzel with her. 😉 These two are just too funny when they get together. Now that they go to the same sitter (Braxton’s Granny), they are becoming more like siblings. Good thing they can practice sharing and “being gentle” with one another before their REAL siblings arrive!

We’ve had a busy but fun-filled few weeks. I know that the coming weeks and weekends will be just as busy and packed full of Fall activities. I just hope I have enough energy to keep up!

September 24, 2012

I know I’ve said before that I am totally slacking on this pregnancy. Minimal pictures, no blog posts, and basically I am too busy half the time to even remember that I’m pregnant again (aside from my growing belly that likes to remind me!). So…I am going to TRY and do a better job these last few months and weeks of my pregnancy! I am not going to promise weekly “bumpdates,” because I know some weeks they just won’t happen. But SOME are better than NONE, right?! 😉

I have officially given up on my cute Pinterest idea of having Peyton in my pictures (see blog about that here). We may try again before Aiden is born, but I don’t think we can count on those pics. A one year old is not a very willing model, and I have too fancy of a camera for Jason to work consistently. He tries, bless his heart…but with all the settings and focusing issues on a DSLR, it’s just too much when we need a quick picture before *someone* has a meltdown. So I took matters into my own hands this week and did some cheesy 27 week pics in the bathroom mirror. Again, not ideal…but better than nothing! So for anyone that cares, here is what my belly is looking like nowadays…

I crack up whenever people comment on how small I am. Compared with when I was pregnant with Peyton, I feel HUGE! Here’s proof for all you non-believers…

Normally I am not one to show my bare belly. I hate to show my stomach in a bathing suit, even when I’m NOT pregnant! But I know someday I’ll miss my baby belly, so I took a few without being fully covered. View at your own risk!!!

Pregnancy Length: 27 weeks 6 days (as of 9/23)

Countdown to Due Date: 12 weeks 1 day

Weight Gain: About 10 lbs. since I found out I was preggo with #2. (That doesn’t count the 7ish lbs I never got rid of after Peyton! UGH!)

Baby is the size of a: head of cauliflower (16 in., 2.5 lbs)

New baby developments: He can dream (has the rapid eye movement phase of sleep, where dreaming occurs); blinks his eyes; coughs; sucks and breathes. If he were to be born today (which we sure hope he ISN’T!), he would have a pretty good chance of surviving since his lungs have reached the vital point of maturity. Whew!

Gender: Boy

Names: Aiden Michael (it’s a done deal!). Although Jason still throws out “Titus” every now and then, just to get a rise out of me!

Sleep: Not too bad. The hardest part is getting comfortable before I fall asleep. My lower back is KILLING me! Darn sciatic nerve!

Feeling: Tired. More so due to working full-time as a teacher, doing photography on the side, and have I mentioned that I have a 15 month old at home?! 😉

Health: Great! No news is good news. Passed my glucose test at my last appointment…wahoo for no gestational diabetes!

Movement: Feeling it, and loving it! There’s nothing more miraculous than feeling a baby move inside of you. He moves about as much as Peyton did…maybe a tad bit more. Here’s to hoping we get lucky with another mellow baby! 🙂

Cravings: Chocolate! I may or may not have made a batch of brownies on a whim just because they sounded good. Oops. And then there are those darn Peanut Butter M&M’s I keep running into at Kroger’s…

Nursery: The former guestroom is all cleaned out. Now we just need to paint and then we can really get things going! We are for sure doing a baseball theme. We have most everything purchased, including all of his new furniture, bedding, and decorations. That was my summer project!

Belly: It’s there! Luckily I don’t have any stretch marks or that lovely linea negra (line) that develops yet. I hope both stay away, but I’m not counting on it!

Next Appointment: Oct. 9th

Oh, and now some “everyday” photos of Miss Peyton. These were taken the same night as my belly pics. The camera was out and easily accessible, so I snapped a few of her being…well….her. 🙂 Peyton LOVES to play “peek-a-boo” with anything she can find! This night it was our bathroom door.

After her bath and PJ’s, she got in some final play time of the day. First up was the slide that currently resides in our loft upstairs. She is such a daredevil on that thing, but boy does she love it! I think her lack of fear came from her DADDY!

After the slide, she spent some time with her baby. She is starting to really partake in imaginary play, and it melts my heart! She gives her baby doll a paci, puts her in the stroller, and walks her around the house. When the baby falls out, she immediately puts her back in. It’s pretty darn cute to watch, if I do say so myself. She’s definitely a girl after my own heart! I just hope she’s as sweet with Aiden when he gets here!

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