Wednesday, October 31, 2012

28 Weeks

Baby is the size of an eggplant!

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: Didn't weigh myself this week.
Maternity clothes? Yep. The jeans Niki and my mom got me came in the mail. They're pretty tight on my belly, but fit everywhere else. Just gonna have to try to stretch them out!
Sleep: I've noticed that if something wakes me up in the middle of the night, it takes me forever to fall back to sleep. Annoying.
Best moment this week: Dressing up for our Halloween party. :-)
Movement: All the time. I actually kind of think she flipped breech this week. I felt some major contorting on Monday and have noticed her kicking way down low since then. 12 weeks to flip back around, baby!
Food cravings: Still sweets, sweets, sweets. So excited to raid Lucy's Halloween stash!
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Out. 

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach.

What I am looking forward to: Having this baby out and in my arms.
Milestones:I passed my glucose tolerance test! Whew! And according to my babycenter email, the baby has eyelashes now!
Weekly name clue: I did some research on the social security website this week. I could only go back as far as 1880, but as far back as they kept records, the name peaked in 1884. Over the next few years, it started to go down the ranks. It just started trending back upward in 2002, although it's still well below the top 100. I can see my sisters grimacing thinking of all kinds of old lady names. :-)

I got my maternity belt in the mail on Monday. It's really tight and uncomfortable. And I don't think it really makes a difference. I wore it today while I took the kids to the library. It's getting them in and out of the car, carrying RJ, pushing the stroller, bending up and down, and being on my feet that makes me sore. I was still just as sore today as usual even with the dumb belt on. I also wore it tonight Trick or Treating, but still didn't make it the whole time. And I'm in major pain now. This is TMI, but I seriously feel like I've been kicked in the crotch by a donkey! I'm sore so low. And I know it's only going to get worse as she gets lower!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. One of my favorite Lucy words of late is "family!" She frequently makes us all stand in the kitchen and do "family dance time." And that day that it was 80* this week, we were all outside. Justin went inside to get something and she followed him in, shouting, "Daddy - come out! It family time!" Haha. We also do "family hugs" where the 3 of us hug each other. Apparently she thinks any hugging is called "family" though. Justin and I were hugging the other day and she said, "family!"

2. On Monday after my lovely glucose tolerance test, Lucy and I went thrift shopping with my brother, Luke. He moved back from Florida recently and it's so nice to have him home! I'm so happy that Lucy is getting to know him and has warmed up to him so quickly. It helps a lot that he always has some kind of gadget in his pocket that can play Dora clips or Angry Birds. :-)

3. I felt the baby get hiccups for the first time this week. I felt it much earlier with Lucy. Maybe this baby will have less gastro-intestinal problems than Lucy? Haha.

4. I know this is a Lucy-heavy update, but I'm having a really hard time thinking of anything to write, so here are some of Lucy's funny words:

When she says "I can do it myself," she always says, "I can do it my foot." Haha. I don't know where that comes from.

She pronounces polka-dot "polky-dot." So cute.

And she pronounces swimsuit "swim soup." Which reminds me, I had a bowl of canned soup for dinner the other night, then Lucy was all up in my face talking to me and she said, "Your mouth smell like soup." Haha. Juno, anyone?

5. Here's some exciting potty training news: Lucy is finally starting to go to the bathroom by herself. She pretty much only wears leggings, so she can get them off easily and has figured out how to climb onto the toilet by herself. It's fabulous when she says, "I have to go potty" and all I have to say is, "Ok - go in the bathroom and go." She also apparently grew in the past couple weeks, because she can reach all the light switches in our house now - which is helpful for taking herself to the bathroom.

6. I've been feeling guilty lately about how badly we eat. So I'm making it my goal to actually eat a few servings of fruit a day. And I bought some baby food carrots to sneak into Lucy's food. I put it in her beef-a-roni and cheese roll-up this week and she was none the wiser! I also bought her a new cup with a straw and I'm going to start making her smoothies with spinach in them. But I have to wait for strawberries to go on sale. I'm too cheap to eat healthy.

7. Tonight is our small group halloween party. I can't wait! My costume is going to be pretty fabulous. Haha. Stay tuned for pictures.

Sorry this was a lame one. I'm a pretty boring person lately!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

27 Weeks

Holy cow - I'm getting big!
Baby is the size of a rutabaga!

How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: I weighed myself at Niki's on Monday and was up 19 lbs. Yikes! I looked back on where I was at this point with Lucy - I was only up 15 lbs. And I gained a total of 42 lbs. with her. Ugh.
Maternity clothes? Yep. My mom and Niki each bought me a pair of maternity jeans from Old Navy online. They were both too small. Apparently I underestimated my size. Waiting to get the next size up. Also reordered my maternity girdle. Hopefully it'll be here soon! 
Sleep: Love it. I'm sleeping amazingly well. *knock on wood*
Best moment this week: Getting my Oreo/peanut butter fix
Movement: Pretty much non-stop. Lucy loves to feel her. :-) I told Justin I think the baby moves most when I'm eating or drinking . . . which is always. 
Food cravings: Oreos dipped in peanut butter. Donuts. Cinnamon rolls. Do you see why I've gained so much weight?
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Out. 

What I miss: Being comfortable.

What I am looking forward to: Going through all of Lucy's newborn clothes to see what I have/need for Little Sister. 
Milestones:I think I made it to the 3rd trimester? Trimesters confuse me. 
Weekly name clue: There's an actress with this name who was on one of my favorite shows that isn't on anymore. Haha. Obscure enough?

I had my Glucose Tolerance Test this week. While I was drinking the disgusting glucola drink, the nurse told me some of the new kinds of Mt Dew have as much sugar as the glucola drink. I wanted to say, "Wait a minute - couldn't I just have had a couple donuts and a huge Dr Pepper for breakfast, then, instead of drinking this sick-nasty stuff??" Anyway, I haven't gotten the results yet, but I'm thinking no news is good news. I'm pretty sure my body's very used to unhealthy amounts of sugar. ;-)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Lucy is learning about Noah's ark at church, so we did an ark craft this week. First we built the ark. I cut out the shapes and she assembled them (with my direction). The next day, we put the animals on the ark. (Although as you can see in the picture, a few missed the boat.) A few days later, I cut out a cloud shape and she glued cotton balls to it. Then I cut out rain drops and she taped them up.
Then, finally after a few days we made a rainbow to replace the rain. I cut out lots of little squares of paper and showed her how to put them on the rainbow. She didn't want to do blue, but opted instead to add another row of red. That is hard for me to accept, but I let it slide. ;-)
Grr, not sure what happened to the picture, but you get the idea.
2. Justin took Monday through Thursday off this week to use up some of his vacation days. It was so nice to have him home. And then it worked out that I had Tuesday and Wednesday off. I ordered a hotel and restaurant gift card from my credit cards reward last week, and they came on Monday, so we went on a spontaneous vacation! We're very fortunate to have family who are willing and able to watch Lucy at the drop of a hat. We just went to Muskegon, but really it wasn't about the location for us - it was just a chance to get away. We stayed at the Fairfield and were pleasantly surprised by how modern and updated the rooms were. No floral bedspread! We got there Tuesday afternoon and reveled in the cable TV and fast Internet for a while. Then we went to Red Robin (gift card + free birthday burger) and stuffed ourselves to the brim. Justin spent the rest of the evening watching the Tigers game on cable and I spent it in the whirlpool tub with my laptop set up watching Project Runway. :-) Glorious! We slept in the next morning, and went to the cutest little restaurant in Muskegon: Toast N' Jams. (We actually got there at noon, so it was more like brunch.) I got cinnamon raisin french toast and stuffed hashbrowns. It was amazing. And I had a coupon from the entertainment book! We spent the rest of the day driving down the "shoreline trail" and using some birthday gift cards at the mall. Such a nice getaway!

3. My maternity belt came in the mail yesterday . . . it's too small. I'm pretty sure I ordered the small, but they sent me a petite. Have you seen my belly? I am definitely not petite. So I'm going to have to figure out how to exchange it - the downside of online shopping. Fortunately, though, I've been feeling a little better on the aches and pains front. I think I'm just learning my limits and not pushing myself as hard. Justin wanted to walk down this pretty trail in Muskegon, but I made it about 100 feet before I realized I would never make it back if we kept going. And I was definitely sore after walking the mall. So I guess it's just another excuse to be a couch potato!

4. Last night, I was looking at pictures of Lucy as a newborn and getting so excited for this baby to be born. But then I found the pictures of me 9 months pregnant with PUPPS and had a little panic attack about getting so huge again. Haha. I've always said I wanted 3 or 4 kids, but I'm not so sure my body can handle doing this a couple more times!

5. Does anyone have any good Halloween costume ideas for me? I've already been Juno. I should've saved that for when I was actually pregnant! Our party is a week from today, so I need to start figuring it out!

6. I've been feeling a little depressed lately. I'm overwhelmed by our financial situation - and how it never gets any better. We didn't buy Christmas presents last year because we were so broke, and we're in the exact same situation this year. I'm feeling majorly insecure about my body. I hate my face and my hair and my inability to do anything about it. And I'm completely defeated about my parenting abilities, marriage, housekeeping abilities, and relationship with God. I'm just a barrel of fun, eh?! All I want to do is sleep. I'm realizing it's become my escape. I keep telling myself it's just my hormones and it will get better, but what if it doesn't? What if it's not my hormones? What if I'm just an ungrateful, awful person? Haha. See? Hormonal and depressed.

7. Pastor Chris mentioned Psalm 107 in his sermon on Sunday. I looked it up this week and was amazed at how relevant it is to my life. The theme of the whole passage is how the people were in trouble, they called out to God, and he saved them from their distress. I love this part: (vs. 13-16)

Then they cried out to the Lord because of their problems.

    And he saved them from their troubles.
He brought them out of the deepest darkness.
    He broke their chains off.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his faithful love.
    Let them give thanks for the miracles he does for his people.
He breaks down gates that are made of bronze.

    He cuts through bars that are made of iron.

I love the reminder that God can break down bronze gates and cut through iron bars - aka he can make a way when there seems to be no way (are you singing yet? ;-) ).

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

26 Weeks

Baby is the size of a head of lettuce this week. (So why does it appear that I have a watermelon under my shirt??)

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: Well at my appt. last Thursday I was up 16 lbs. Probably even more now thanks to the excessive amount of donuts and fast food I've been eating. :-/
Maternity clothes? Yep. 
Sleep: Pretty good. Except I've been having such crazy dreams lately. 
Best moment this week: Feeling some insane movement.
Movement: It's actually starting to get a little bit painful. And sometimes I get a little annoyed by the constancy of it. But then yesterday I read a story about this woman who had a perfectly healthy, normal pregnancy. One day she stopped feeling movement, so went to the doctor and found out the baby was wrapped in its cord and was dead. :-( It was a good reminder to be grateful for every jab, roll, and punch. Even if sometimes I swear there must be 2 in there for all the spastic movement that's going on!
Food cravings: Still donuts. And candy. I can't wait 'til Halloween so I can steal Lucy's candy. :-) Think I can give myself Gestational Diabetes? I have to take my test next week . . .
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Out. 

What I miss: My old body - which is saying a lot, because my old body was nothing to write home about. I just feel like a big, frumpy whale. 

What I am looking forward to: Getting my maternity belt in the mail! Haha.
Milestones: According to, she can hear my voice now. 
Weekly name clue: The name has an equal number of vowels and consonants. :-)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Monday was my first day with the new baby. It went surprisingly well! Baby Violet is 5 months old. She started out the day super happy, played well, went down for her nap without a peep and slept for a solid hour and a half. But after she woke up, she wanted to be held all the time and slept in 30 minute increments for the rest of the day. :-/ We'll have to work on that. I was very glad with how well Lucy responded to her, though. She absolutely loved her. She read books to her, gave her toys, put her binky in her mouth every time she cried, and ran to me saying, "Go check on baby! Make sure she ok!" Plus she can say "Violet" really clearly. It's adorable.

2. I made broccoli cheese soup in the crockpot one cold rainy day this week. I didn't have any garlic cloves, so I just added extra garlic powder. Oh boy. Haha. My whole house reeked like garlic for days. Here's the recipe if you want to try it for yourself. It was pretty good. (I know I got it off pinterest, but I can't find the link now. Sorry!)

Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup
o                     1 (32 ounce) bag frozen chopped broccoli – I do not use the stem
o                     2 (10 ¾ ounce) cans cheddar cheese soup
o                     2 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
o                     1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
o                     1 Clove of Minced Garlic
o                     Cheddar Cheese
o                     1 Tablespoon of Butter or Margarine
o                     1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
o                     1 teaspoon black pepper
o                     1 Cup of Chopped Onions
1.  Heat up a skillet on medium heat and melt butter – Sautee onions for about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute.
2.   Place All INGREDIENTS (except Cheddar Cheese) in the Crock Pot. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours.
3.   Garnish with Cheddar Cheese Enjoy 

3. Here's a craft Lucy did recently. I don't think it was actually this week: 

I found a tree template on pinterest. Really, you could probably just draw one, but I'm not that creative. And you're supposed to let the kids fingerprint the leaves on, but I can't handle that much mess. I gave her some washable paints and q-tips. She thought it was awesome, and it was much less messy.

4. My birthday was on Wednesday. I turned the big 2-7. Made it to my late twenties!! We celebrated by going out to Olive Garden and Coldstone. (Thanks to gift cards from my brother!) Mmmmm. Justin bought me some cute, warm boots. And I got maternity clothes/gift cards from the rest of my family. Woohoo! Clothes that fit!

5. I had another little meltdown yesterday. I'm in so much pain all the time. I ordered a maternity belt online on Thursday. I sure hope it comes quickly and works miracles. I loved being pregnant with Lucy, and I was working almost full time doing essentially the same thing I'm doing now - watching 2 little kids. Maybe it's because I'm getting old, or I started out in worse shape, or this baby is just bigger already, but I can't do anything without ending up in major pain. My back, groin, pelvis, and lower stomach all hurt so so badly sometimes I can hardly walk. Only 15 more weeks . . .

6. I had a doctor's appointment on Thursday. I've gained more weight than I anticipated - now up 16 lbs. Guess those donuts are catching up with me. I asked the doctor if I'm measuring big, but she said no. The baby was squirming all over when the doctor was trying to find the heartbeat, and kicked the doppler a few times before she could find the heartbeat. :-)

7. Lucy is doing amazingly well in her big girl bed. A couple days this week she didn't want to take a nap, but I put her in bed and she stayed there. She cried for a while, but she didn't get out! Usually at night, when we put her to bed she gets up once or twice with some kind of stalling tactic, but once she's out, she sleeps all night. I'm actually kind of loving it on Saturday mornings - she gets up between 8:30 and 9:00, meanders into our room, then climbs into bed and snuggles for a while. *love*

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

25 Weeks

Baby is the size of a cauliflower this week.

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: I haven't been keeping very good track from week to week, but I'm now up 16 lbs from my starting weight. Ugh. 
Maternity clothes? Yep. I need more. 
Sleep: Good. I could sleep all day every day.
Best moment this week: Re-arranging Lucy's room to make room for the toddler bed. It'll be a while before the girls are actually in there together, but it was fun to imagine.
Movement: Lots. She's going turbo right now thanks to the cinnamon rolls and coffee I just had. :-) And she's up by my belly button now. Was it last week I was saying she's still so low?
Food cravings: Donuts, donuts, donuts. I could eat them for every meal. Glazed, yeasty, sugary donuts. Mmmm. 
Food aversions: Vegetables. ;-) 
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Out. 

What I miss: Being comfortable. More on that below.

What I am looking forward to: My appointment tomorrow.
Milestones: According to, she's now 13 inches long and putting on baby fat. I can't believe she's that long already! 
Weekly name clue: The name has been on my list for a while. I don't even remember where I first heard it. But then, a couple months ago, I was reading a book with the name in it. Justin happened to look over at my book, point to the page and say, "I like that name." The book was Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan if you want to read it and try to figure out which name it is. :-) 

Yesterday we went to my nephew's soccer game. Afterward, I carried Lucy from the field to the car, which was apparently too long of a walk for me. I am in absolute agony today. I seriously can barely walk. My lower back is killing me, but the worst part is the groin pain. I feel like I pulled a muscle from my lower stomach to the top of my thigh. I actually read about pubic symphysis pain in my weekly babycenter email today and I'm sure hoping my pain is just from overexerting myself and not something I'm going to have to deal with for the next 15 weeks! I'm sure watching the new baby on Monday didn't help. I was already pretty sore and achy from carrying her around all day. (She weighs 18 lbs at 5 months old. Why can't I ever watch a nice little baby?) I have the day off tomorrow, except for a late afternoon doctor's appointment. I'm going to do my best to spend most of the day on the couch, but I don't know how that's going to work with Lucy. Seriously - how do moms with toddlers do bed rest?? 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Saturday 7

1. Last weekend was Ladies' Retreat with church. It was a blast as usual. We stayed up way too late, did some shopping, ate lots of good food, went out to eat a couple times, oh and went to a couple sessions. :-) We also played some hilarious games. 4 on a Couch is always a favorite. We had some new people this year  who made it really fun. And we did a scavenger hunt in the dark. I was running all over the place like a crazy person and was sore for dayyyys afterward. We came in dead last, so it wasn't even worth it! Haha.

2. The thing about vacation is I always expect to come back feeling refreshed and renewed. But that rarely happens. After ladies' retreat, I was definitely very happy to see Lucy, but I feel like I was a worse mother than usual this week! I don't know if Lucy hit the terrible twos all of a sudden or if she was just testing the limits or what, but she was absolutely out of control. On Monday, Justin went to a soccer game, so Lucy had spaghettios for dinner, then we got ready to bring a meal to my cousin who just had a baby. Lucy spilled spaghettios all over her shirt, so I told her she had to change and she absolutely lost her mind. I had to pin her down to get thenew shirt on and she screamed psychotically for the next half an hour. I had to use all my muscle to get her strapped in her carseat. Once I had her in, she started screaming so hard she made herself puke!! Fortunately, I heard it coming and caught it in a nearby blanket. She did the same thing again the next day because she didn't want to take a nap - screamed absolutely out of control for an hour, and ended up making herself puke. Grrr. I did not handle it particularly gracefully. Fortunately, there haven't been any more screaming fits of that caliber since Tuesday, but I know once could pop up at any time. Haha.

3. Here's some happier Lucy news. On Tuesday, my sister texted me that Once Upon a Child had a white, wooden toddler bed for $25. That's exactly what I've been looking for, so I had her snatch it up for me. We brought it home on Thursday, and Lucy was so excited. She went on and on about how she was going to sleep in her big girl bed because baby sister has to sleep in the crib now. So cute.
I wasn't actually going to start the transition just yet, but I figured I better capitalize on her excitement. I hope I don't jinx myself by saying this, but it has seriously been the easiest transition ever. Feel free to skim the next paragraph. It's just for my records.

The first night, she laid right down, cried once because she wanted her stuffed puppy, then went right to sleep with the puppy tucked under arm. At 12:30, Justin and I were sound asleep when all of a sudden a little voice came from right next to the bed, saying "Daaaady?" We both about jumped out of our skin. Haha. Justin put her back in bed and she went right to sleep. At 2:30 I heard her crying, so I jumped up and intercepted her before she could get out of bed. I rubbed her back and she went back to sleep. At 5, she appeared in our room again saying, "Me fall down!" Haha. Apparently she fell out of the bed, but she wasn't too upset. She slept 'til 8 am that morning, which is pretty normal for her. I was really worried about naptime (considering some of our nap struggles of late), so I kept her up later than usual so she'd be good and tired. She was all excited to take a nap in the big girl bed, laid right down, and slept soundly for 2 hours! Then last night (night 2), she went to sleep without a peep at 8:30 and didn't budge til 9:00 this morning! I was shocked when I realized what time it was! So proud of her.

4. I don't have any recipes to share this week. I was incredibly lazy, and we were unusually busy, so I think I cooked once this week. Last night, I was exhausted after a long week, and decided I'm going to claim birthday weekend this weekend since my birthday falls in the middle of next week. I told Justin I wasn't cooking, so he either had to make me something or buy me something. He made me leftover tater-tot casserole that has been in our fridge for a week. Haha. Maybe I should've just cooked . . .

5. I worked in the church office on Thursday. It was the best day ever. I did all the work Pastor Ken gave me, then had lots of time to spare using the fast Internet. Jill Miller came in with a pan of amazing cinnamon rolls. The vending machine guy came to refill the machines and gave me a Zinger that got smashed. My brother even came in and offered to buy me a fountain pop, but I had brought a couple 20 ounces with me. I'd get so fat if I worked there full time!! Mmm. Fat and happy! ;-)

6. I can't think of 7, and this is already really long, so I'm just going to finish with this one (which is going to be long as well - imagine that!). I've really been struggling with what to do about day care. I honestly have tried, and can't get the application to work. I feel like God keeps setting up roadblocks. I've been begging and begging him to tell me what to do, but I just kept thinking of the same 2 verses over and over: "Be still and know that I am God." (Ps 46:10) and "I will fight for you. You need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14). Of course I question if those verses popped in my head because God put them there or if it's just me taking the easy way out - like, "Oh, God told me to be still. I don't have to do anything." Anyway, I got to the ladies' retreat on Friday night and discovered that the theme was "Be still and know that I am God." Honestly, I don't feel like the speaker really touched on that theme very often, but it was coincidence enough that I felt like God was really telling me just to stop striving and start trusting. So I decided to stop worrying about the daycare application and just wait for a while for something else to happen. I didn't have to wait long.

On Monday, I got a phone call from a random number. I never answer my phone if I don't know who it is, but for some reason, I thought I recognized the number, so I answered it. It was a lady who had gotten my number from a friend at church looking for someone to watch her 5 month old daughter. It turns out she lives 3 miles from me (my biggest concern with daycare is that no one will want to bring their kids all the way out to the boonies where we live), and doesn't care that I'm not licensed. She came over later that day and we discussed details. She said she'd call me in a couple days. When she hadn't called by Thursday, I figured she must have found someone else. But she called yesterday and said she wants me to do it . . . starting Monday!

Part of me is terrified to add another kid to my menagerie. I'm having a hard enough time with the 2 I currently watch (including my own - haha). But this baby will only be part time. And we honestly can't survive on the income I'm currently making. I feel like I asked God what he wanted me to do and he gave me a crystal clear answer. So, if he's going to provide the kid, he'll provide the strength and energy to go along with her, right? :-)

Oh my goodness. I should've made that a separate post. Well, as usual, you get 10,000 bonus points for making it to the end of this entry! Have a great week!

Friday, October 5, 2012


I really feel the need to have all my craft ideas in one place. For some reason, Pinterest isn't cutting it for me. So I'm going to put them all here.

1. Scrapbook Flowers, Straw Stems
2. Froot Loop Rainbows
 3. Valentine's Day T-Shirts
4. Glitter Ornaments
1/2 c. salt
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. flour
Food coloring
Squeeze bottle

Food coloring in bubbles. Blow on paper.
12. Monkey Faces (there's a lion template on the website, too)
14. Thanksgiving Cup Craft - this is from, but I can't find the direct link. :-/
Painter's tape + watercolor 
18. Fingerprint Trees (can't find link - sorry!)
I've done this with Q-tips too because I'm anti-mess.

Could also laminate pics and decorate with dry erase markers.

Put sprinkles on paper (blog says to use ice cream sprinkles). Spray with water. Let dry. Shake off sprinkles.
31. Hey Look - Another Ornament! (this one with acrylic paint)
33. Paper Plate Farm Animals (no link)
Q-tip painting

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

24 Weeks

Lucy was not feeling real cooperative today.

Baby is the size of a cantaloupe this week.

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight loss/gain: Idk. I'd guess I'm up 10 lbs by now.
Maternity clothes? We went to Old Navy last week to get the aforementioned maternity skinny jeans. The Old Navy we went to didn't carry maternity! What the world? So disappointing. 
Sleep: Pretty good. Still sweating like a hog.
Best moment this week: Nothing too exciting.
Movement: Oh yeah. I'm surprised by how low it still is. I guess I should be grateful she's not in my ribs yet!
Food cravings: Donuts, raisin bran, and chocolate candy.
Food aversions: Nothing.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? Out. No more weirdness this week. Crossing my fingers!

What I miss: Being comfortable. 
What I am looking forward to: My birthday a week from today. :-)

Milestones: Today is viability day! If she were born now, she'd have a chance of survival. 

I started panicking this week about how I'm going to survive being pregnant for four more months. I'm getting really sore and exhausted, and I know it's only going to get worse. :-( I think I need to seriously consider a maternity belt/girdle to help hold up my monstrous belly. It would be one thing if I was a true stay at home mom with only Lucy to care for. But I'm watching a 15 month old 4 days a week, and I had a lady contact me this week about watching her 5 month old too. We are desperate for the money, but I don't know if I can do it. Ugh. More about that in the Saturday 7. If I don't quit complaining, Justin's never going to let me get pregnant again.

Ok, here's the weekly name clue: her name is a combination of 2 of our family member's names. Here are a couple hints about what it is not: Likita (Libby, Niki, Tayton) or Jorley (Jordan and Kaley). :-)  
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