Wednesday, August 29, 2012

19 Weeks

This picture is blurry but it cracks me up every time I look at it! Lol.

Baby is the size of a mango this week.

How far along? 19 weeks - almost half way!
Total weight loss/gain: +2 lbs again. +7 total. Ugh. I'm gaining faster with this baby than I did with Lucy. Noooooo!
Maternity clothes? Still stretching out a few of my normal shirts, but wearing mostly maternity.
Sleep: I can't get enough sleep this week. So so exhausted all the time.
Best moment this week: Noticing more movement.
Movement: The kicks are starting to get pretty strong! It catches me off guard sometimes.
Food cravings: Burritos, soup.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown for now. Ultrasound scheduled for September 10! Less than 2 weeks!
Labor Signs: Nothing really, but I started having Braxton Hicks this week. 
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: Being comfortable. 
What I am looking forward to: The big ultrasound!!

Milestones: The onset of Braxton Hicks?

My sciatic has been killing me again lately. Last night I was practically writhing on the couch trying to find a position that didn't send pain shooting from my hip to my ankle. Blech. 

I'm getting nervous that I'm already starting to feel uncomfortable. I just have lots of aches and pains. That's what I get for being so out of shape, I guess. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Some Lucy-isms for the week: When she sits cross-legged she says, "I sit on my lap." Haha. She calls every meal breakfast. She also sometimes calls mealtime "hungry time." Occasionally at work, she'll watch me make lunch, then yell to the kids "Chase! Lyla! Hungry time!" I can't remember if I've written about this one, but when Justin or I are gone for a while and come back, she exclaims, "I miss you all day!" The best is when she says that to me after I've been in the bathroom for 3 minutes. Haha. And her newest one is doing something silly then saying, "I kidding you, Mommy!" Love that girl. :-)

2. I have a cousin who works for a company called Intertek. She posted on facebook that they're always looking to borrow people's cars. They measure parts or something. Anyway, they pay you $100-$150 just to bring your car in for the day. I signed up Justin's car. (The cars have to be in semi-good shape, and my van is not the best.) The next day I got an email that they wanted us to bring it in! I don't know if we were just lucky or if Justin's car is popular or what, but I was so excited! I brought the car down there on Thursday. Now, it is admittedly kind of far from my house (right by the airport in Kentwood), but it was easy to find, and dropping it off was a breeze. Plus, they gave me a rental car to drive home! (A little Kia Rio that reminded me why I love having my big ole van. Haha.) We picked Justin's car back up yesterday and got a receipt saying a check for $125 will be mailed to us within 30 days! Woohoo! If you're interested in doing it (and live in the West Michigan area), go to and sign up your vehicle. There's also a $350 finder's bonus if you drive one of their "most wanted" cars. You never know!

3. On Monday, my boss gave me a bunch of Lyla's outgrown clothes. Woohoo for hand-me-downs! Most of them are still too big for Lucy, so I sorted them and put them in the appropriate bins downstairs . . . which got me going through some other bins, and sorting more stuff . . . and coming across a whole bin of 2T summer stuff I didn't know I had! Argh! We better have an Indian summer now, so we can get some use out of all this cute stuff! When I brought the new 2T stuff upstairs, I decided to clean out some of Lucy's old stuff. I found skirts in her drawers that are size 6 months! It ended up being quite the project, but I'm so relieved to have everything organized now. 16 more days and we'll find out if I'm going to be re-using all those clothes or going on a shopping spree! :-)

4. We went to Red Robin with a gift card last night and Lucy puked part-way through our meal. This is becoming a regular thing at restaurants. She puked a couple weeks ago at Trini's too. I've been trying to think of a common denominator, but I don't think there is one, besides it being a restaurant. At Trini's she had chips and salsa and a hot dog. At Red Robin, she had fries with ranch and mac n' cheese. I do let her sip my Dr Pepper, but she drinks that at home too (yeah yeah, I know) and never pukes it up. I still just hold to the idea that she's eating too much, too fast, and has a sensitive gag reflex. At least she's good about warning us. Last night, she said, "my belly hurts," then started covering her mouth with her hand. We caught it all in the fry basket, and she was happy as a clam a few minutes later. Sorry bus-boys at Red Robin . . .

5.-6. So here's my sad news of the week: my plan for being a Stay at Home Mom went down the tubes. I hate explaining it all, because it sounds so shady . . . My aunt got involved in this Internet marketing business a year ago, and has been making big bucks off of it. She got the rest of my family signed up and they've all been raking in the dough. It's based on a legitimate business, and is not a Ponzi scheme. Anyway, she got me signed up a few months ago, and I was supposed to start making money in a few months. That was literally my SAHM plan. And I was insanely excited. Buuuut . . . last weekend, the company got shut down by the government, and with it my dreams. Haha. I'm being flippant about it, but I was seriously crushed. I'm not going to lie - I cried for a few days.

I sat down with our budget and realized that without my income, we will be short $800 a month. It's not really possible to "cut back" $800 a month. I have to have a job. Sigh. I had a really bad attitude about it all. I felt so cheated and didn't understand why God would wave my dream in front of me only to snatch it away. I know that's a terrible thing to accuse God of, but it's how I felt. So I've been praying about it, and I know other people have been praying for me. And in a matter of a few days, my attitude has slowly been changing.
Don't get me wrong. If the opportunity presented itself for me to stay home full-time, I would take it in a heartbeat. But until that happens, I'm going to assume God wants me to work.

The plan is to get licensed as an in-home daycare provider. I basically have no skills other than watching kids, and I certainly don't have skills strong enough to get a job that will pay for daycare for my 2 kids. (Not to mention, I absolutely don't want to be away from them.) So in-home daycare it is. I only need 2-3 full time kids to make enough money. And just this week, I "signed up" my first part-timer! So if you know of anyone looking for daycare in my area, let me know! And feel free to continue to pray for my attitude. :-)

7. I had a dream last night that I had a baby girl and she was really ugly and I didn't want her! We got home and I was crying and crying that the baby was stealing all my time with Lucy, and she was so ugly, and I didn't want to hold her! Yikes! Talk about some latent fear coming out in dreams!

Then I had another dream that a raccoon was trying to attack me and I decided to reason with it by saying, "I have a 2 year old at home. You can't kill me!" The raccoon stopped in its tracks and said, "I have a 2 year old, too. I couldn't take your baby's mommy away." Lol! Not sure there was any meaning in that dream . . .

Sorry I was so long winded today! Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

18 Weeks

Some comparison pictures . . .
18 Weeks with Lucy
18 Weeks with Baby #2
People have been telling me that I'm leveling off and I won't be bigger than I was with Lucy. Hm. I think these pictures prove otherwise. 

I think I look more comparable to this:
22 Weeks with Lucy
At least the baby is healthy and growing, right? :-)

Baby is the size of a sweet potato this week!

How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: Oh boy. I gained 2 more lbs this week. Up 5 total.
Maternity clothes? Yep
Sleep: Good. 
Best moment this week: Noticing more movement.
Movement: More and more. Justin felt it for the first time too.
Food cravings: Soup. 
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown for now. Ultrasound scheduled for September 10! I've said since the beginning that I think it's a girl, but since I've started feeling movement, I can't help but refer to the baby as "he." Hmmmm. We'll see in19 days!!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: Having a variety of clothes. Already getting sick of my maternity clothes. I'm almost looking forward to cooler weather so I can pull out the fall/winter maternity shirts.
What I am looking forward to: More consistent/stronger movement. The big ultrasound!!

Milestones: Not much. I was kind of boring this week!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Lucy's First ER Visit!

Well we made it 2 years before having to take a trip to the ER with Lucy.

She swallowed a penny at Justin's parents' today. We were both there. We let her play with money all the time. She never swallows it! But she was laying on her back and it must've just fallen down in her throat. I really wasn't too concerned. Kids swallow and pass money all the time.

But then on the drive home from the VK's, she started puking . . . and puking . . . and puking. I still wasn't terribly worried. We all know Lucy is a puker. But I called the doctor for peace of mind and he strongly recommended taking her to the ER to make sure the penny wasn't lodged in her esophagus.

I'm a terrible mother, and I really didn't want to take her in. I figured she'd be fine. I texted my mom and Niki. Niki said she'd be fine. My mom said to take her in. Then people started scaring me on facebook, so in we went. Let me just say, I hope we never have a real emergency or a child in excruciating pain. The hospital is a long drive from our house!!

We got to the emergency entrance and noticed there were signs pointing to a different entrance for "Children's Emergencies." I was actually excited that we were going to get to see the new children's hospital! We walked in, gave the receptionist our information, and there was a doctor waiting to take us back before she could even finish typing everything. We never set foot in a waiting room.

Lucy did great while the doctor (or nurse or resident or whatever he was) took her vitals. She didn't make a peep. Then we went back to triage where we put Lucy in the cutest little gown ever.
A nurse came back immediately and turned Dora on for Lucy. She was in heaven. She cuddled in the bed with me watching Dora happily until the doctor came in. She told Lucy to open her mouth and say "ahhh" so she could look in it. Lucy totally complied. I was surprised she actually said, "ahhh!"

She acted completely normal until the registration lady came in. While I was signing the paperwork, Lucy started puking again. The registration lady grabbed a pink puke bucket and we managed to catch a good bit of it. No penny, though!

As we were cleaning up the puke, the x-ray tech came to get her. Lucy was still crying and not happy about going to "get her picture taken." She was even less happy when she realized I wasn't going back with her. (Justin stayed with her the whole time. I couldn't because I'm pregnant.) I stood in the hall listening to her cry the whoooole time they did x-rays. :-(

Eventually, we went back to the room and watched Elmo until the doctor came in and said the penny had made it to her stomach. That's what we wanted to hear. Now we just have to wait for it to pass! I asked the doctor if I really have to dig through her poop to make sure the coin passes. She said yes. Lucky me. Haha.

We already had plans to go to my parents' for pizza and a birthday celebration for my mom tonight. The doctor gave Lucy a small dose of Zofran (anti-nausea med) before we left, and she was acting totally fine, so we picked up some pizza and headed out there. She ate an entire piece of pizza and wanted more, but I refused to let her have it. She's been acting like her normal, happy self all evening!

What a day. Haha. What a weekend. I am beyond exhausted. Headed to bed now. Just wanted to get all that down while it was fresh in my mind!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Saturday Seven: Wedding Edition

Well in case you're new around here, my baby sister got married yesterday. So this week has kind of been wedding week . . . as you'll see . . .

1. Last Saturday was Libby's bachelorette party. We had an awesome, hilarious time. We started the evening at Olive Garden where we had horrible service, but delicious food!

Then the real fun began . . . We split into 2 teams and had a digital scavenger hunt. Some highlights included:
- Get a stranger (man) to take his shirt off for you
- Take a picture of a mullet
- Dance with a man over 70. Video it.
- Whole group lay on the floor of a department store:
This was Wal-Mart. *shudder*
After the scavenger hunt, we went back to Niki's for dessert and presents. I'd say a good time was had by all.

2. Here's a non-wedding one: on Tuesday, we went to my nephews' soccer scrimmage. They were playing against Northpointe - which is the team Justin coached for last year, and the one his best friend is coaching this year. It was the perfect game: the weather was gorgeous, we didn't have to pay admission (since it was technically just a scrimmage), and I got to see both of my nephews play. Ty is a senior so I'll probably see plenty of him, but Tristan is a freshman, so I'm not sure how much playing time he'll get in a regular game. Plus, Tristan scored a goal! So that was exciting. Lucy loved running around outside and climbing the bleachers. 

3. On Wednesday, we got our nails done. I get an actual mani/pedi maybe once a year if I'm lucky. It was actually kind of painful. The girl drew blood on my fingernails twice, then immediately put this awful antiseptic stuff on it that stung like the dickens. And I was surprised by how expensive it was. Especially once I figured in the tip. I guess that's why I only do it once a year . . .

4. Thursday was the rehearsal. Lucy willingly went down the aisle twice, threw her flowers, and smiled exactly once, then was rewarded with suckers. Haha. The rehearsal dinner was at Amore. It was amaaaaazing. We got some kind of chicken alfredo that was to die for. We are definitely going to have to go back there in the near future.

5.- 7. And Friday was the big day!! I woke Lucy up at 6:00 so she'd go down for an early nap (since pictures started at 2:30 when she is usually napping). She and I snuggled on the couch all morning until I had to leave. I met up with the Libby and the other bridesmaids at 15 East, where we spent the next 3 hours getting our hair and make-up done. We were kind of a difficult group, since we all have very long hair. But it was fun, and I think everyone was happy with the final result. I wasn't crazy about my hair, but I didn't give the girl very specific instructions, so it was my own fault. I loved my make-up. I need to go back and ask for a tutorial so I can learn how to do it myself!

We did pictures at the Rockford Dam (where Lib and Braden got engaged). Lucy was not especially cooperative, but I didn't really expect her to be. She mostly just stood there and scowled. Haha. It was hilarious loading Libby into the back of my van to be transported to and from the church. Her dress took up the entire backseat. 

After more pictures at the church, we had about an hour to eat and do our final primping before the wedding began. I was pretty uncomfortable in my tight dress and we had been crazy busy all day, so really all I ate during the day was half a bagel and a cup of coffee. I nibbled a few bites of crackers and cheese at 5:00 and then all of a sudden I could feel myself getting light-headed. Ugh. I am so not a dramatic person. I did not want to cause problems. But I knew I was going to pass out. I went in the bathroom, unzipped my dress, and sat in an armchair for a good half hour, demanding myself to breathe and quit psyching myself out. By 5:45, I was crying because I didn't think I'd be able to make it through the wedding. Everyone was lining up, and I was standing with my head on the counter taking deep breaths. I have been in a million weddings. I really don't think it was nerves. I honestly think it was a combination of being exhausted, pregnant, and not eating all day. By the grace of God, about 5:55 I suddenly felt 95% better. I got in line, wiped my tears, and walked down that aisle with a smile on my face. There were a few times during the ceremony that I felt light headed, but I just took deep breaths and tried not to think about it. I hope everyone had their eyes closed during prayer, because I was shaking out my arms and legs, taking my shoes on and off, and adjusting my dress. Haha.

Lucy did really well as the flower girl. She didn't smile, and she totally forgot to throw her flower petals, but she walked down the aisle willingly without crying, and -again- retrieved her sucker at the end. :-) Justin took her out during the ceremony because she spotted Chase and Lyla and was upset that she couldn't go play with them. Haha.

We had a blast at the reception. The food was amazing. (Although I only ate about 4 bites, because there was no room in my dress for food!) And we had so much fun dancing the night away. Although I am seriously sore today. I'm a little out of shape! 

It was such a great day. Libby was absolutely gorgeous. Everything came together so perfectly. And I think everyone had a lot of fun! So happy for my baby sister. Wishing her a lifetime of happiness!

Whew! Thanks for reading all that! It's 11:00 am as I'm finishing this, and Lucy is just now waking up. Weddings are hard work! 

P.S. Working on getting pics up on facebook. It's taking forever . . .

Thursday, August 16, 2012

17 Weeks

I don't know when I'm going to have time to take a picture. We're kind of busy this week. :-)

Baby is the size of an onion this week!

How far along? 17 weeks, 1 day
Total weight loss/gain: Well after all my bragging about not gaining a pound last week, I gained 3 this week! Yikes! My bridesmaid dress is pretty tight. I need to cut back for the next few days! (Kidding! Don't lecture me about depriving my baby.)
Maternity clothes? I wore regular jeans with a rubber band to my doctor's appointment last week. When I laid down on the table, the rubber band snapped! Lol. Guess it's time to retire the regular jeans for good. Also, despite not having gained any weight (at least as of last week), they were very tight on my butt and thighs. Apparently my weight is redistributing itself.
Sleep: I spoke too soon about the night sweats stopping. They're back with a vengeance. Blech. 
Best moment this week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat, noticing more movement.
Movement: Yes! Finally! This week, those little taps and pops became more noticeable and consistent. I especially notice it when I'm sitting at a 90 degree angle - like on my computer or driving. I remember saying the exact same thing with Lucy. I love it. 
Food cravings: Hmm. Actually not much this week. 
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown for now. Ultrasound scheduled for September 10!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: Fitting in regular clothes - just because of the bridesmaid dress situation! 
What I am looking forward to: More consistent/stronger movement. The big ultrasound!!

Milestones: Feeling regular movement. I was 18 weeks with Lucy before I started noticing it. I guess it's true what they say about feeling it earlier the second time around.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Saturday 7

I'm writing this Friday night because Saturday is going to be crazy busy. Kent City Baptist EXPO from 9-2 (I'm working in the kitchen - come visit me!), home for a quick nap, then Libby's Bachelorette party. Woot woot! 4 of the attendees are under 21 and 2 are pregnant, so there will be no drinking. We'll have plenty of fun, though!

Anyway, here's the Saturday 7:

1. We put Lucy in the 2s and 3s class at church for the first time on Sunday. It's so weird to think she's done with nursery and moving up to real classes! She cried when I dropped her off, but had good things to say about it when I picked her up. She thought it was so cool that she got to sit at a little table to eat her snack. And she was so proud of her craft. Adorable. I'm going to start working in there once a month. I can't wait to see how she acts.

2. She gave me a run for my money this week. We had our first major battle of wills. I am just so over her not listening to me, and realize the only one to blame is myself. I have got to crack down on her and make her realize I'm serious. We were coloring at Chase and Lyla's house when she dumped out the entire box of crayons. I said, "Don't do that," and started to pick them up, when she angrily swiped them off the table. Actually, it's a big table, so only 2 fell on the floor. I told her to pick them up and she exclaimed, "No! You do it!" I got her down and insisted that she pick up her crayons for the next 45 minutes. She cried absolutely hysterically, pretty much hyperventilating the whole time. There were points when she laid on the floor crying, climbed on my legs crying, stomped around the room screaming. Haha. Finally, I forced her hand over the crayons and put them on the table. Maybe I took the easy way out, but I was so done listening to her cry, and no amount of spanking or time-outs was helping. (Trust me. I tried.) Sometimes I think I'm crazy for having another baby . . .

3. And then, at the same time she can be so stinkin' cute and hilarious. Tonight, I was folding laundry and she was walking around the house with a huge basket of play food slung over one arm, her baby in the other arm, saying, "It's a nice day for a picnic!" over and over. Lol. I made a list of the funny words she says. Most of them are pretty inappropriate - which is what makes it so funny.

Kitty: titty, birdie: boobie, sucker: cucker, deodorant: yogurt (she knows the difference, the 2 words just sound identical when she says them), sunscreen: ice cream (they sound the same), bracelet: bray bray. So cute. :-)

4. In non-Lucy news, Justin started his new job this week. He's realizing it's going to be a lot to learn. But I think he's enjoying it. The bad thing is he's just as exhausted working 8-5 as he was working 6-4. I was really hoping he'd have more energy. Heaven knows my energy is non-existent thanks to this baby-growing business I've been doing. Poor Lucy gets the short end of the stick most evenings as we lay on the couch trying to stay awake 'til bedtime!

5. The Germans have a tradition called Kaffee und Kuchen. It's kind of like the English tea time - a break in the day for coffee and cake. This week, my friend Kelly and I Americanized it to "Coffee and Couchin'" - a time to sit on the couch and drink coffee while our girls play! :-) And when the girls went down for their nap, we pulled out the scrapbooking stuff. I got 4 pages done, and am up to Lucy's 2nd week of life! Lol. We tell ourselves every time, "We really need to do this more often," but never actually do. We're feeling doubly motivated, though, since we're both pregnant. And as we sat on the floor surrounded by scrapbooking stuff for hours, we realized we're not going to be this agile in a few months. Time to get crack a lackin!

6. I spent an hour the other night reading birth stories online, and getting so excited for my own! I loved giving birth! Haha. I had an amazing epidural, no complications, and an easy labor. Sure hope I can replicate that this time around!!

7. I'm down to 7 (non-consecutive) days left of my nanny job. I've been thinking I should get the kids some kind of parting gift, but I'm totally stumped. They have every toy imaginable, and don't want anything my budget can afford. I don't really have any pictures of them for a scrapbook or anything. I thought about blankets with their names on them, but they already have a boatload of blankets. What do you think? Any suggestions? They're 6 and 4.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

For My Records . . .

Had my 16 week dr. appt. today. I didn't gain a single pound since my last appt. 4 weeks ago! Woohoo!

Baby's heartbeat was 148 bpm. (Lucy's was 146 at 15 weeks.)

Scheduled ultrasound for September 10.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

16 Weeks

Picture taken after a very big meal. Haha.
Baby is the size of an avocado this week!

How far along? 16 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: My scale says I haven't gained anything. We'll see what the doctor's scale says tomorrow. :-)
Maternity clothes? Yep
Sleep: I think the night sweats have stopped. Not sure if that's hormone related or weather related (it has cooled down a lot this week). 
Best moment this week: Feeling some definitive movement.
Movement: Last night, I was laying on my back in bed and I could definitely feel my uterus. So I started poking at it to see if I could make the baby mad. Sure enough, I felt a strong thwack. I was so excited! I couldn't get the baby to do it again last night, but I tried the same trick this afternoon and felt that same thwack. I was surprised how strong it was since I don't really feel much in my day to day life - maybe some taps and pops here and there, but considering all my stomach issues, I'm never sure if it's baby or something far less cute.
Food cravings: Well I made Justin take me to Trini's tonight because I wanted a burrito so bad. And I had him bring me home Rolos earlier this week. I'm going to be a rolo if I don't start craving something healthier! Lol.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown. Hoping to schedule the ultrasound at my doctor's appt. tomorrow!
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Out
What I miss: Nothing really this week.
What I am looking forward to: Hearing the baby's heartbeat tomorrow. Feeling more movement.

Milestones: Feeling that first major kick. :-)

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. My dad helped me plant a garden earlier this year. I'm a terrible gardener and have not tended it very often. Especially because it's been so hot, I just can't bring myself to sit in the baking sun and weed. The poor garden was lucky if it got watered occasionally during our dry spell. Anyway, my potatoes have been ready to be harvested for probably a month, and I kept putting it off. One night this week, I was sitting in the air conditioned house watching TV, when Justin came in and said, "I dug up your potatoes. Where do you want them?" Woohoo! We actually got a pretty good haul despite my laziness.
Also pictured - my very overripe zucchini and squash. 

So now I need recipes. Or does anyone have any suggestions for freezing them? 

2. I told Justin before the Olympics started, that I'm one of the rare few who doesn't get too excited about the big games. The only thing I really care about is gymnastics. But of course we've had it on all the time and I've been getting into it. Last night, they did a special about the Magnificent 7 gymnasts who won gold in like '95 or '96. I totally cried watching it! Haha. I didn't cry when I watched this year's gymnasts win gold. I think the Magnificent 7 is more nostalgic for me. I was really into gymnastics back then. And they played such dramatic music during the piece. Haha. Plus, I feel like those girls were so excited and happy and expressive. This year's team was so solemn. Gabby hardly even cracked that infamous smile when she was on the podium for the all-around. And she didn't cry or anything! 

3. Lucy used to have like 15 binkies. Somehow she has lost almost all of them and we were down to 3 by the beginning of this week. One day we were driving to the library and I heard her say, "Uh-oh, Mommy. Binky broke." She handed me a binky with a huge hole bitten out of it! So now we're down to 2. She might just wean herself from them if she keeps biting through them! I'm in no hurry to wean her of them, though. She's such a good sleeper. I'm not giving that up just because I get the side eye from people for letting her still have a binky!

4. So I didn't really get into the Chick-Fil-A drama on facebook this week. I can't get into debates for 3 reasons. 1. I get my feelings hurt too easily. 2. I get angry too fast and don't trust myself to hold my tongue (or my fingers, as the case my be on facebook) 3. I don't think debating is ever going to change anyone's mind. It just makes people madder. That said, I really liked this article: 

This is my favorite line:

It’s quite sad really that those who scream for tolerance seem to be intolerant of anyone who does not hold to their particular view."

That's all I have to say about that. :-)

5. I only have 10 more (non-consecutive) days of work before I become a stay at home mom! While it will be crazy to leave those kids after watching them for 6 years, I'm really excited to stay home full time. I've decided I'm going to have to make myself a schedule/routine, though, or I'll go crazy. It's funny how when I work, I'm so much more motivated when I come home. I make dinner and usually at least do laundry or dishes or something. But when I'm home all day, I don't have a plan for dinner, so nothing ever gets made. And I end up spending all day online or laying on the floor playing with Lucy. Gonna have to put myself on a schedule. :-)

6. I'm not the only one in our household with an upcoming job change. Justin actually got a new job within his company and is starting on Monday! It doesn't come with a raise, but it will be a much nicer job. Instead of driving a truck and working in a 100* warehouse all day, he will be working 9-5 in the air conditioned office!  He used to work long days starting very early in the morning. It was nice because he always had one day off a week, but I think he'll enjoy not waking up at 5 am every day! Since yesterday was his last Friday off, we had a family beach day. I say this every year: we live so close to this big, beautiful lake, but we so rarely make it out there. Last year, Lucy was terrified of the waves and the sand. This year, she loved it! The water was so nice and warm thanks to the insane heat wave we've been having, and we couldn't get her out of it! It was such a fun day.

7. 13 days 'til Libby's wedding! We've scheduled our hair and nail appointments, been going to showers galore, and planned the bachelorette party! Plus the second half of Lucy's flower girl outfit came in the mail today. She is going to be sooo cute. Now just to get her to walk down the aisle! Haha. Getting so close! Exciting!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

15 Weeks

Baby is the size of an orange this week!

How far along? 15 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: As of Monday, I was down 2 pounds, but I've probably gained it back by now. Let's just say I'm about where I was last week.
Maternity clothes? More and more. I can still fit in my regular jeans, but they're so uncomfortable it's not worth it. 
Sleep: I'm pretty sure I could sleep all day every day. I took a 2.5 hour nap with Lucy today and wanted to keep sleeping! 
Best moment this week: Nothing too exciting this week.
Movement: Still nothing definite. I'm starting to think I imagined the "movement" I was feeling a few weeks ago. 
Food cravings: Nothing too crazy this week.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: Unknown. I'm obsessed with thinking of a girl name though. Think that's a sign? Haha.
Labor Signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Out - in fact, I noticed it's visible through my shirt now. Lovely!
What I miss: Being able to eat without being in pain. 
What I am looking forward to: Getting my energy back and feeling better. I'm well into the 2nd trimester. This stuff should be happening soon, right?

Milestones: I don't think there were any major milestones this week. 

I got very sick in Olive Garden on Sunday. The first (and hopefully last!) time I've ever had to deal with that in a public place. Not fun. I lost 2 pounds and spent the next 24 hours in agony. By yesterday I was feeling much better, but I still feel sick every evening after dinner. I've been trying so hard not to eat too much food, but it doesn't even matter what I eat. It kills once it's sitting in my stomach. Blurg. I bought myself some bottled water. I never drink water, so hopefully that will help. And I'm getting back on my Miralax regimen. Plus I bought some broccoli this week. I'm going to make some homemade ranch to help me choke it down. Hopefully  all of that will help correct my poor stomach's issues soon!!

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