Monday, August 31, 2015

Third Trimester Thoughts

Wow, third trimester is here and November is right around the corner. To a few of my friends, they called this the trimester that never ends. But for me, I didn’t feel this way. Ava and Lily both came promptly at 37 weeks. Granted, the last three months did feel like the longest, I didn’t have to wait past my due date.

This time around, I was pretty slack on providing weekly belly shots and baby stats I was pretty good about my first pregnancy. Unfortunately, it’s a symptom of third pregnancy.  It’s a mix of this pregnancy flying by and my just plain laziness.   

Preparing for a third baby comes with it lots of emotions.  Some say transitioning from one kid to two is the hardest, but I think going from two to three will be hard.  Right now, each parent has a kid. They both get equal amounts of undivided attention and luckily, both my girls have their preference in parent.  I worry about Lily being the middle child only because I was a middle child and it wasn’t always fun. She is especially attached to me too so that won’t help.

The first thing in preparing for this third baby is getting the girls to sleep in their own room. I started by purchasing a bunk bed and remodeling their room. They were all excited about it in the beginning but neither of them had any interest in sleeping in there.

Ava did really well right before Christmas because she really wanted Santa to get her a bike, but we must have been softies because it didn’t take long for her to sleep with Noah in the master bedroom again. We just recently got her to sleep in the room again in the last month. She lost her first tooth and started kindergarten so we told her the tooth fairy only delivers to big girls that sleep in their own room.  So one down! One to go—the hardest part!

Lily has always slept with me (I know, I know-- parenting fail) She never slept in her own room because at the time we didn’t have a room for her nursery. Poor kid didn’t even get to have that either (another middle child thing lol!).  The first two nights Noah put her to bed without me and she cried herself to sleep. Thankfully it didn’t take long each time, maybe 10 minutes for her to fall asleep. And double thankful the crying does really bother Ava. She’s so used to Lily crying anyways.  I think we will just need to stay consistent for another month or two for it to stick.

I’ve had a lot more done with the nursery this time around. Well I skipped it all together with Lily but being that my mother-in-law moved out, the room was an empty slate.  It’s almost done. I have used a few hand-me-downs from family and friends in terms of cribs, car seats, high chairs, etc.  I did however, register for another stroller and some other boyish themed items. Clothes will be the biggest thing. Hopefully I’ll receive a few hand-me-downs there too from family.

I have awesome friends and family who are throwing me a baby shower because this is like starting fresh since I am having a boy this time around. I’m excited to see how the little boy things!

We are still working on a name. Noah gave me a list over the weekend so we have some deciding to do. Hopefully we will stick with something soon!

Other than that, the pregnancy has been going well. I do feel like I’m carrying a giant because my belly feels and looks huge. I’m not sure if it is because this is my third baby or because he’s just a big baby.

He’s been so active and the kicks are feeling more prominent. He’s really only had a couple bouts of hiccups and it’s the cutest feeling.

I’ve gained 20 lbs. already. I really hope not to gain too much more. I only gained about 25-26 lbs with both the girls.

My next appointment is the glucose testing and hopefully I’ll be scheduled for another ultrasound too! I can’t wait to see how much the baby has grown since my last sonogram at 20 weeks.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Wishlist: Maternity Edition

Happy Sunday everyone! I've spent most of my day cleaning, doing laundry, and picking up so I thought I'd spend the evening doing what I do best-- shopping! It may be virtual window shopping but here's to wishing :)

Since the summer is over and fall is approaching, I want some things to get me through the cooler temps. I also want to purchase items that will work around my belly.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Currently Cruzans

There is much to catch you up on.  Summer has officially ended and we were able to squeeze in one last beach mini-vacation before the girls started school.  We went to Amelia Island and it was such a nice trip. It was not too far away and we had a stretch on a private beach and the fun amenities of a fancy resort.

On August 6th the girls started school. Ava started kindergarten and Lily started pre-k (tear!) Where has the time gone?! Both of them have done great so far. I think Ava is having some adjustment issues since she was used to a longer nap time during the day because she’s been coming home exhausted. We have our little routine ironed out.  My work schedule works perfectly so I can get them ready in the morning. We all leave the house at the same time so I have Noah’s help too.  Evening routine has been great too.  Dinner, Bath Time, Story Time, Make lunches and then bedtime. The only thing we need to really work on is Lily. She needs to get out of my bed!  Because once the baby gets here, that simply won’t work.


The same week Ava started back at school she lost her first tooth! The tooth fairy has been to my house twice in the last month! What is life trying to throw at me already?! First kindergarten, then two baby teeth gone! Ava has already grown like a weed during the summer. She’s definitely not a baby anymore and it’s a bit much for this hormonal pregnant mom to deal with so far!

 She also started back at ballet and tap this year. It will be her second year and I hope she loves it as much as she did last year. I still don’t think Lily has the attention span for it just yet but she will be ready next year.  
And in baby news, we still have no name for Baby C. Noah is trying his hardest to convince me to name the baby Leviathan. I don’t hate the name but I also don’t love it. Boys’ names are just plain harder than girls. But as I approach my third trimester I’m feeling anxious for this kid to have a name.  
Yes people,  third trimester! I cannot believe how fast this pregnancy has gone by already. I’m sure these next few months will drag on now that I’ve said that.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a pretty uneventful pregnancy so far. No real nausea or complaints. He is very active. I’m excited for my next ultrasound when I can see the baby again. I love being able to hear his little heart beating at each appointment but there is just something about seeing him on the sonogram. My last one was at 20 weeks. He’s grown plenty since then so I can’t wait to see him!
Bump progression pics
18 weeks
20 weeks
23 weeks

24 weeks

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