Saturday, August 30, 2014

31 Weeks

How Far Along: 31 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 weighs about 3.3 pounds and is over 16 inches long - about the size of a coconut. That seems like a big coconut to me. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Around 19 pounds. 
Maternity Clothes: Yes! 
Gender: It's a boy! 
Movement: Yes. I don't know if it's a boy - girl difference, but he is so much rougher than sister. 
Sleep: I'm sleeping well, just having to get up once or twice to go to the bathroom. 
Cravings:  White chocolate mocha. Regular Dr. Pepper. An icee. 
Symptoms: I've been saying heartburn, and I do have it occasionally, but it's not too bad. Certainly a lot better than it was earlier during the pregnancy. 
Best Moment this week: We have a long weekend this weekend, and I'm looking forward to getting caught up on laundry, getting Bennett's dresser all cleaned up and ready to fill with tiny clothes. The bed is still not in....that's starting to make me a little anxious. I can tell you that we are already MUCH more relaxed with baby #2!! I would have been crazy at this point with Avery Claire if we'd had this much left to do! 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

32 Weeks

How Far Along: 32 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 weighs about 4.7 pounds (according to the ultrasound tech's estimate) and is over roughly 16.7 inches long. I should start gaining about a pound a week, and Bennett should start gaining about half a pound of that. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Around 20 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Yes! 
Gender: It's a boy! 
Movement: Yes. He's a mover!
Sleep: I'm sleeping well, just having to get up once or twice to go to the bathroom. 
Cravings:  Mcdonalds sweet tea
Symptoms: My ribs on my right side bother me a lot and have been for weeks. I remember this with Avery Claire. This time, my ribs/back on the same side hurt, too. I can tell a difference depending on the bra I wear. Every time I go to the dr, he adjusts my back and it helps for a few days. 
Best Moment this week: Avery Claire and I got to see Bennett on ultrasound. It was so good to see him and know he's doing great! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

30 Weeks

How Far Along: 30 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 weighs almost 3 pounds and is 15.7 inches long. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss:  17-18 pounds. 
Maternity Clothes: Yes! 
Gender: It's a boy! 
Movement: Yes. I don't remember Avery Claire being this active. I can literally feel Bennett kicking the inside of my right hip. I'm 99% sure his head is down on the left side because I can feel him when he gets the hiccups.
Sleep: Getting up once or twice at night to use the bathroom. 
Cravings:  Donuts. Sweet tea. Frosted Flakes. That's just what comes to mind in 4 seconds. 
Symptoms: Heartburn. I feel really good. I'm amazed at how much energy I have - way more than I normally do during the first couple of weeks of school. 
Best Moment this week: I went to doctor again this week to check on Bennett. I'm going every 2 weeks now. My doctor told me they will do an ultrasound at 32 weeks and again at 36 weeks. We're excited that we get to see our sweet little man again - by then, it'll have been 12 weeks since we've seen him. I'm anxious to see how big he measures and how much hair he has! 

Weekend Visitors

We had surprise visitors this weekend! Mema, Mamaw, Patsy, and Sheila stopped by Saturday night before we headed to Lydia's birthday party...

They came to church with us Sunday and came home with us for a tea party! Avery Claire has been all about a tea party lately, with "real" water in cups and "real" cookies!

She put on a singing/dancing show for them after the tea party, then got a little bossy playing school! We enjoyed your visit, girls!! Come again soon!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Go Trojans!

Avery Claire was so excited to wear her Trojan gear to school today! 

We went to the game tonight. It was a jamboree (so didn't count as a regular season game) but this chick loved every second. She asked lots of questions about what was going on, which was pretty impressive. 

This is one of my most favorite pictures ever. He's right where he belongs, and look at those tiny hands grabbing him. Enough said. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gymnastics Begins Again

Avery Claire started gymnastics again tonight. She is all about posing, in case you can't tell!

She's been watching the Makenna American Girl movie and has been performing and doing dance/gym routines for us all week. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

29 Weeks

How Far Along: 29 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 weighs 2.5 pounds and is 15 inches long - about the size of a butternut squash??
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 17ish pounds. It just depends on the day. 
Maternity Clothes: Yes! I kept several dresses and bigger shirts that I thought would last me at least til the beginning of school. I thought wrong. 
Gender: It's a boy! 
Movement: Yes. He is so busy. I do not remember Avery Claire being quite this active, and I certain don't remember her being so rough. 
Sleep: I miss sleeping on my stomach. But I'm sleeping pretty well!
Cravings:  Y'all. What am I not craving? I plan to do a post all about this matter this week. 
Symptoms: Heartburn. I really feel good. I have tons of energy and am taking full advantage of that! 
Best Moment this week: We had a great first week of school. Avery Claire is loving her teacher and has been such a big girl every morning. That makes things lots easier on this mommy! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Gestational Diabetes

I mentioned that I failed my 1 hour glucose test at my last doctor's appointment. I had to go for the 3 hour test. I did try to limit sugar the day before the 1 hour, and I was even more cautious AND ate a lot of protein the day before the 3 hour. 

Needless to say, it didn't matter.  I failed the 3 hour test. I got the message while Avery Claire and I were at the movies last Thursday. My heart sank when I discreetly checked the message and heard that they would be referring me to and making my appointment with an endocrinologist. I heard from the endocrinologist's office that afternoon, telling me they'd made me an appointment for the following Monday at 9 am...which just so happened to be right in the middle of my institute at work. So, they were luckily able to change it and I went Friday. I was told to do nothing special - no fasting, go ahead and eat breakfast, etc.

So, after waiting FOREVER, I was finally called back, where they immediately checked my blood sugar/glucose level. It was excellent. Had it not been, I'd have cried because I only ate a teeny bowl of plain Cheerios because I had no clue what I needed to eat. I met the doctor, who told me I was not his typical gestational diabetes patient. Usually, GD results in more weight gain and puffiness. I've done really well with weight gain and am not puffy/swollen at all. I asked him if the results from my tests were high - his response was that they were postive for GD, but not too high. I plan to get those numbers from my OB next week! I want to know exactly how close I was to passing! 

The nurse gave me a glucose meter, showed me how to check use it. The doctor talked with me about a diet plan, which includes a lot of protein, not a lot of get all of that. He explained how often to check my level and said if it was good through the weekend, to only take it every other day. My fasting level (each morning) is supposed to be 90-100. My level 2 hours after a meal is supposed to be less than 120.  

I ate half a subway sandwich for lunch that first day. By dinner, I was starving. I ate a potato with cheese. I expected a really high number. The next morning, I had Frosted Mini Wheats, which resulted in a high reading. For lunch, I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich WITHOUT the fries. If you know me, you know this was torture. And then they put the fries on the plate anyway. There was no way I could sit there and not eat a few. And eat just a few I did. And my level was good. 

This picture is from Monday. I'm checking my level after meals because I figure if I don't, how will I know what's "okay" to eat. So far, only the mini wheats are off limits. I've even had pizza. It was thin crust, so I'm not sure if that made a difference or not. This is the first week of school, so we get to go out for lunch, which has been kind of hard. And they've had cookies and chips and candy in a bowl on our table every day. But I'm just experimenting/testing to see what works. I think I'm gonna have to try some french fries. Once will surely be okay...maybe it's too much sugar that makes my level go up!

I know this is very boring and if you're still reading, I'm sorry. I just wish I'd documented things like this better with Avery Claire, and want to make sure I could look back if I ever needed to in the future. Although I can pretty much assure you that, unless it's a surprise, this GD diagnosis makes a final decision about baby #3 very easy! 

I have treated myself to ONE of these dandies a couple of times. They are actually quite yummy. And about half the size of a normal York. 

I go back to the doctor (my OB) next week. They hadn't planned to do another ultrasound until 36 weeks, but I kind of expect them to do one sooner, just to check Bennett's size. That's one major concern about GD is that baby grows too big, which makes delivery harder. That thought (about an ultrasound, not about a harder delivery!) excites me because we haven't seen him in almost 10 weeks! I'm really curious to find out if he's positioned like I think he is or if what I think are legs are really fists punching me.  

So, if you have an extra second when you say your prayers, I'd appreciate one...just that this is a very controllable case and that baby Bennett is not affected one little bit! 
So far, I feel much better about this than I did a week ago. I have to say I was pretty upset about it. The doctor was very confident that it was very controllable and that all would be well. After a few days of adjustment, I'm feeling more and more like that myself. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Day of Preschool

I'm biased, but there couldn't be a cuter preschooler in the world. She was so excited about school. This morning at 5:30, I heard "Mama, come here!" When I walked in her room, she asked, "What do you think we'll do at school today?" We talked about it for a second, and she went right back to sleep. 

She was so ready to go and rushed us, but we managed to stop for a few pictures before we left. 

She isn't a little baby anymore...but she loves for me to tell her that she'll be my baby forever and ever, no matter how old she is. She put that big backpack on and carried her nap mat in, said bye to us and ran off to play with her friends. I hated leaving her, but was glad she was so excited. I fought back tears on the way out the door {I don't think Dusty even noticed!}. I managed to keep it together in the car and was so thankful to know she was having fun and that I didn't have to worry about her all day. 

It was hectic this morning, but we did manage a picture with Ms. Donna this afternoon! I can already tell how much she loves her kiddos. Avery Claire was still excited this afternoon and ready to tell me all about her day...again, my Mama heart is happy. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Meet the Teacher / The Night Before Preschool

We went to meet Avery Claire's teacher this afternoon. We knew both of the teachers of the Pre-K/4 year old classes, but we didn't know until we got there whose class she was in.
We were so excited to find out she's in Ms. Donna's class with all of her sweet friends from last year!

Every pose must have the "Elsa hand."

I cannot believe summer is over and it's time to pull out these books for bedtime stories. She is so excited about her teacher and seeing her friends at school, which is so good for this Mama heart. I swear it seems like last year I was a nervous wreck and cried like a baby after I dropped her off for a few hours at Mrs. Brittany and Teresa's. How she turned 4 and is officially a preschooler in one blink of an eye, I just don't know. But, oh my goodness, I am so proud she's mine and realize more and more every day how lucky I am that God made me her mama. 

28 Weeks

How Far Along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: Baby #2 weighs 2.25 pounds and is 14.8 inches long. 
Total Weight Gain/Loss:  15-17 pounds. It just depends on the day. 
Maternity Clothes: Yes! I've really got to get a pair of pants or two to start school. 
Gender: It's a boy! 
Movement: Yes. Sometimes I wonder if people I'm sitting near at church can see my stomach jumping around. 
Sleep: I miss sleeping on my stomach. But I'm sleeping pretty well!
Cravings:  Y'all. What am I not craving? I plan to do a post all about this matter this week. 
Symptoms: Heartburn. Remember that pain in my groin? My OB is also a DO, which is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. He's not a chiropractor, but he determined that my hips were out of line and adjusted them. That pain is GONE! Next visit, I'll be telling him about my back pain. I may give up the chiropractor all-together and keep visiting him even after Bennett is born. 
And a gestational diabetest diagnosis. I did fail my 1 hour glucose test at that appointment, by only 6 points. So, I had to go take the 3 hour test Wednesday, which I found out during the movie Thursday that I failed as well. So, I visited an endocrinologist Friday. I'll do a post about all of that this week. 
Best Moment this week: I went to doctor this week to check on Bennett. They don't plan to do another ultrasound for several weeks, but his heart rate is perfect and I'm measuring right on time. After a couple of days with a stinky attitude about having to watch my diet like I've never had to, I've come to the realization that 1) I should be thankful that I'm able to start school next week. With Avery Claire, I'd been on bed rest for 3-4 weeks at this point. This isn't something that requires those drastic measures. 2) I'm thankful that if there is a problem, I'm aware of it and can control it. Blood pressure wasn't something I had any control over. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Meeting Princess Elsa at Kaylee's Party

Avery Claire went to her friend Kaylee's birthday party today. She got to meet Princess Elsa!! She was so excited and those little girls were too precious. 

They had a snowball fight!

And they were so sweet just sitting in the floor playing with some of Kaylee's new princess toys. 

Avery Claire played like she was Princess Elsa all night. She even had her Barbies posed for a picture at their party. She read them all a story like Princess Elsa read to them at the real party. 

Nana went with us to the party, and on the way home, Avery Claire said "I'm not sure that was the REAL Elsa. Cause she's just in a movie." But she just wasn't sure. She'd told them she was going back to Aarondale {sp?] and she kept asking if she really went there and why she didn't go to her ice castle. and if Anna was there. She really needed some confirmation that she was real!

Friday, August 8, 2014

The Birthplace of Helen Keller

Yesterday was our last movie day until next summer. I was pretty sad to see it end!

One day last week {I can't remember what brough it up}, I told Avery Claire about Helen Keller and how she couldn't see or hear. I told her about how the house Helen Keller lived in was just a few miles from our house. She, of course, had tons of questions about being blind and deaf and wondered how Helen Keller could eat, walk, etc. She's continued to have questions all week. We've pulled up several youtube videos/clips so she could see Helen Keller and see what her life was like. 

Papa and Nana came for a long weekend visit, so while Daddy and Papa worked Friday {and after my appointment with the endocrinologist - more on that later}, Nana and I took Avery Claire to see Helen Keller's house. Her biggest concern was whether or not they'd saved any of her toys. 

She'd seen the video of her slamming her doll down, so she was so glad to see "the doll" on display. There was a room out in the cottage where she was born that had a doll house and miniature doll furniture, which satisfied Avery Claire! 

We were able to take a "tour" with a couple that was visiting from out of town, so we learned a lot while we were there...which brought about lots of questions! It was pretty amazing to see how many out of town people were there to visit something that we've lived near for years and never been to.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Busy Last Week of Summer

Monday, I had a doctor's appointment. I had my glucose test, which I failed. By 6 points. I was so disgusted when I left. And for the rest of the day. 

Tuesday, we got up and headed to get Avery Claire's hair cut. We'd been talking about cutting it short and looking at pictures. I let her make the final call, and she wanted it shorter. 
Can you tell how much she got cut off? I couldn't tell you the last time we even had it trimmed. Miss Jordan even put a braid in her hair, which she loved and wishes her Mama could do. 

After stopping by to help Daddy in his classroom for a few minutes, we headed to the dentist. I tried to snap a {dark} picture of her hair. 

She has been excited about her dentist visit for a week. She loves getting to visit the treasure chest! 

She got a great report - no cavities, or "holes," as she puts it. 

We headed for the pool that afternoon. She posed for a couple of quick pics to show off her new hairdo before she jumped in. 

We also put in her new car seat today. I'm not sure it's a keeper. I do not love the print, but we had to have something that would work so that Bennett could be in the middle. And just as much as I want him in the middle, I'd like for Avery Claire to be beside him. I have a feeling she will be a big help in the car! 
This is what a quick drive does for her after an afternoon of swimming. 

I had my 3 hour glucose test today. I really watched my sugar and carbs Monday and yesterday. Y'all, you know me. I live off of carbs. And everything I thought about eating was loaded with carbs or sugar. I was absolutely starving all day. I did eat a big chicken breast for dinner - I had a few suggestions to eat a high protein meal the day before. It really wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. I was very disappointed to get there and realize they weren't able to tell me my results and that I'd have to wait on the dr to call me the next day! I felt kind of nauseous during the first hour, but then felt okay after that. Our dentist gives out cookies, so I saved my cookie and took it with me. That first bite when I got in the car was divine! By the time I sat down to eat, I felt all shaky and sweaty and like I had to eat a bite or pass out. I'm hoping that was low blood sugar talking!! 

This chick stayed with Becca all morning so I didn't have to entertain for 3 hours in a lab. She was in heaven running errands and helping Becca in her classroom. She wasn't too excited when I called to meet them for lunch. We all three spent the afternoon at the pool, so she got over it! 
Thanks, Becca, for loving our girl. She thinks you hung the moon. We love you and don't know what we'd do without you.