Monday, November 30, 2015

Update Baby Girl #2

Pregnancy #2 Week 17-20 Update:

I seriously have been slacking with these photos and updates with this baby. I feel so bad. I did so good taking photos every week and Matt made almost all the weekly boards when I was pregnant with Kinley. You can see them all here. I had just started the blog so I didn't do any written updates but I loved doing the boards. I am just not into it as much with this one. She is already getting hit with the 2nd child syndrome. Poor girl. I keep telling myself I am going to do better. The days just really get away from me. I didn't even do a 17, 18 or 19 week photo so here is the 20 week photo which is really 20 weeks 2 days because I ran out of time that day. Mom of two fail!

Here is what baby girl is up to these past few weeks
  • From the last update at only about 3-5oz to now she is the size of a melon at about 10oz. We will find out more in about a week and a half when we do the anatomy scan. 
  • Her sensory development has exploded. Her brain is developing specialized areas for all her senses. 
  • Her uterus is now fully formed and her ovaries are holding over 7 million primitive eggs (that is amazing to me!)
  • She is starting to move a lot more but the movements are still very subtle. Not very strong at this point. It makes me wonder if my placenta is anterior. I was feeling a lot of movement from Kinley by 20 weeks. I will be sure to ask about this at my anatomy scan. 
  • Her arm and legs are the right proportion to each other and the rest of her body and her kidneys are continuing to make urine. 
What is going on with me:

Sleep: I am still pretty tired. But honestly I think that is just my life and the way things have been going lately. Kinley is back to waking up and ending up in our bed most nights and she is a mover. So it makes my sleep very disturbed. I am also waking up a lot to pee so that is disrupting things as well too. But overall I am still sleeping way better than I was with Kinely at this point. And for the most part there hasn't been too much insomnia, where as with Kinley it was every night and it was horrible! 

How far along: 20 weeks 3 days today

Total Weight Gain: Nothing so far. This is very surprising to me and to be honest I hope by my next appointment, in a week and a half, I have gained something. I can't remember how much I had gained with Kinley at this point but I know it was a decent amount. I gained 40 pounds with her. 

Best Moment of the past few weeks: This is a tough one. There have been a few. Kinley turned 2 and we had the best party ever. See the details here. She had a blast. We also got some family pictures done over the weekend so I will be sharing those soon! You can check out some of the sneak peaks over on IG.

Miss Anything: Being able to eat a full meal. Food still doesn't sound great to me and when I eat I usually eat way less than I use to be able to eat. There have been some nights where I have wanted a glass of wine so I have missed that a bit as well. Weddings and holidays make you want a glass or two of wine, lets be honest. We did have a great time at our friend's wedding a few weeks back.

Cravings: I guess you could say sweets. I have eaten way more sweets than I ate before I was pregnant. Another reason I can't believe I haven't gained any weight yet. There are many nights I enjoy some ice cream. That is not a norm for me not pregnant. 

Gender: It's a GIRL!!! We are super excited to have another girl and for Kinley to have a sister. Sisters are the best! We have decided on a name but as of right now we aren't going to share it :).

Symptoms: I don't have many symptoms. I think my boobs are finally starting to grow a little so they have been sensitive but nothing too major. Oh, frequent peeing! That is really non-stop. Overall though, nothing too major at this point. And I hope it stays that way because when I was pregnant with Kinley I was pretty miserable. I am actually really enjoying being pregnant this time! 

Mood: I am still pretty happy most of the time. I am definitely more emotional. I think I have started tearing up many times when certain songs come on the radio. I could also cry a lot easier thinking of memories. My dad recently has some pretty major surgery and I was a mess! Thankfully he is ok and is back home recovering. 

Looking forward to: Our anatomy scan. When we found out the gender it was just a sneak peak so we didn't get any great pictures. Of course it is always great to see the baby but I am really excited for an in depth ultrasound and some great profile pictures. 

I can't believe we are on the down slide of this pregnancy. It kinda makes me a little sad so I am soaking up every minute of it. I can't wait until her kicks get stronger and Kinley and Matt can start to feel her move. We talk to Kinley all the time about her sister but she doesn't really have a clue yet. Well maybe she does and I just don't know it. Kids are super smart! I need to start putting together some ideas for the nursery and start to have a plan about things. Things are so much more laid back and I am much more going with the flow this round. They say that happens with the second. Did this happen with any of you?

I hope you all have a great week. We ended up in urgent care last night with this beauty. Kinley has an ear infection. Poor girl! We got some meds so hopefully she will feel better soon. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Kinley's 2nd Birthday

Remember that farm themed inspiration post I did a few months back?  If you don't you can read it here. Well it all came together this weekend. Kinley doesn't turn 2 until the 27th but with Thanksgiving we decided to do her party the weekend before.

Things turned out so perfect. My aunt was amazing and did all the animal cutouts, the banner and barns. I put together the signs for the food and placed them with an animal. I also made our matching shirts. I will do a tutorial on the shirts later on because there are so many options with making them and they were pretty easy to do!

My brother in law made the "moo moo" cake, as Kinley called it. For Kinley's 1st birthday he made a princess dress unexpected so now he is always in charge of making the cake. He is pretty talented, don't you think? I sent him a picture of what I wanted and he made it happen. I could not have been happier with how it turned out. Thanks Uncle Danny!

Kinley had a tough morning so I put her down for a power nap but then had to wake her up when everyone came. She was not happy at first and did not want to smile for any photos with mom and dad. Really though, would you be happy if you got woken up out of a deep sleep. I think not! I was determined to get a few pictures whether she smiled or not. Finally she warmed up and I got a few smiles out of her. I have learned if I tell her to show me her pretty smile I will get a decent one out of her. 

She was a little unsure of everyone singing happy birthday to her but did a great job blowing out the candles. She did eat some of her cupcake but she made sure to ask for a spoon first. She hates getting her hands dirty. 

It was too funny watching her open the presents. She is very much the one who checks out a situation and if she is unsure she will ask for help. It was so cute, "mom help pease." Once she understood there were toys inside the bags she was all about it. 

Kinley had a lot of fun and we are very thankful for all our family and friends that came to celebrate with her. She defintiely has a blast with all the balloons. We love her to pieces and will be celebrating her birthday all week long! Happy 2nd birthday Kinley Reese. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Letter to My First Born

To Kinley:

There are many things on my mind as we are approaching the halfway point of the arrival of your best friend. At least that is my hope. Welcoming a baby to the family is going to be an adjustment for everyone but I know most importantly it is going to be a major adjustment for you. You are going to have to share your house, your dog and cat whom you love so much, your toys and maybe the hardest part of adding a sibling is sharing the love, affection and attention of mom and dad. Our love and affection will never change for you. You might get a little less attention but that is ok, you are very independent and we will always spend time with you one on one.You are our world Kinley Reese, and always will be, and I am sure your sister will become a part of that world of ours.

We are so excited for you to be a big sister. I know you are too and you might not even know it yet. You are amazing to watch as you take care of your babies. You love to burp them, feed them and rock them, as well as make sure they are warm with a blanket. If that love you have for your babies, or the cat, is any indication of the love you will have for your sister I am overjoyed and so proud of the little girl you are becoming.

There is no need to be nervous about your sister. You are going to learn what it is like to love another, besides mom and dad of course, unconditionally. Having a sister is the most amazing thing ever! Trust me, mom knows! I have two that are pretty special. Now I know you are not always going to want to hug or kiss your sister and you might want to run away from her at times, but trust me, she is going to be your best friend eventually.

You will always be our first born and the one that stole our hearts. No one can take that away from you, EVER. I wonder how my heart can love someone as much as I love you. Though I know some how my heart will expand and your sister will fit right in. Yours will do the same Kinley.  Mommy promises you.

I promise this adjustment will get easier with time. Don't worry about things. Mommy and daddy will always love you and we will never forget about you. Leave the worrying to us. We will figure it out. We will get through it together like we do everything else.

You are going to make the BEST big sister ever and I am so excited to spend these last 22 weeks with you as our only child. You are my world, your daddy's world and pretty much everyone that has a relationship with you. You are the sweetest thing, well most of the time, and I know you will be the sweetest thing to your little sister as well.

If you are having a hard time, don't forget we love you and we are always here for you. Your sister will come and life will change. But I promise you one thing....We will NEVER stop loving you.




Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happenings Lately

Ahhh It has been a while my friends. Time just gets away from me so fast these days. Are you ready for some random rambles. A lot has been going on so that makes the days go even faster I think.

We are halfway into November, with Thanksgiving and Kinley's birthday fastly approaching. Then can you believe Christmas is going to be here?? Oh my!!! I am not trying to rush anything but my mom is coming to town and I am super excited. So really I am trying to rush it :).

What is new lately? Hmmmm. We had our 16 week check up on Baby #2 and everything looks great! We might even know the gender :). I will be sharing more of that later though. But feel free to share your guesses. We are so very excited and can't wait to announce it. I don't get to go back until 21 weeks for the big anatomy scan. I can't wait for some good pictures of this little peanut. I will be 18 weeks Friday and can't believe we are almost to halfway. It really is flying! And overall I feel pretty great except for being tired and dry heaving in the mornings if I don't' eat soon enough. Food just still doesn't sound great.

I know Halloween was a few weeks ago but I never did talk about it. Kinley had a blast. At first she was very skeptical about going up to the houses and talking to the people. After about 5 houses she understood what was going on and got the hang of things. She seemed to really enjoy it and I must say she was the cutest kitty in town. Wouldn't you agree??

Things are really starting to come together around the house. We have finally begun to get some family pictures hung and it is starting to feel like a home. Of course there will always be things I want to work on and it will always be a work in progress but it feels good that things are finally starting to come together. Kinley seems to really be getting settled as well and loves to run the entire house. The only bad thing is the dog keeps throwing up. He must be eating something in the yard but it is not good. It has happened quite a few times and we have been quarantining him in the kitchen for better clean up. We don't know what it could be.

Matt's mom turned 60 this past week and we all celebrated by eating at PF Changs. Honestly it is not my favorite place but it wasn't too bad this time. Kinley was very well behaved and loved seeing her Nee and Pop. Matt and I also took her to the park and she had a blast. We have to soak up all the decent days until winter is here full force.

This weekend coming up we have a wedding to go to that Matt is a groomsmen in. It should be a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to some adult time with my husband. We haven't been able to get out much because things have just been so busy and really we like to stay home with Kinley. Does that ever get easier? Wanting to leave your kids? LOL. Maybe since I work full time I feel like I don't spend very much time with her as it is so I try to soak it all up. I don't mind working most of the time but I do miss her a lot! I wrote about embracing life as a working mom a few months back if you want to check it out here.

That is what is going on with us the past few weeks. Hope everyone is having a great week! Happy Wednesday from this sass a frass.