We are so excited about this new member of our family! More ultrasound pics and details tomorrow.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
I thought it would be fun to do a vlog talking a little more about our Ugly Sweater/Gender Reveal party tomorrow. Specifically, about what an ugly sweater is. Because apparently I stink at picking out ugly sweaters.
I think I've decided that "ugly", when it comes to sweaters, is completely subjective.
I think I've decided that "ugly", when it comes to sweaters, is completely subjective.
However, I do happen to think the sweater I got for the party this year is a big winner! I included it in the video, so watch and then tell me what you think:
Will I win the contest with that sweater or not?
What do you think makes an ugly sweater ugly?
Inquiring minds (in particular, mine) want to know.
Come back next week for the gender announcement and party recap!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Here is a peek at our gender reveal party invitations! We decided to combine it with an ugly sweater party this year since we get to find out at Christmastime - it should be a lot of fun!
To make the invitations:
1. I used some blank cards - brown paper served my purposes.
2. I took a basic t-shirt shape, traced it onto some scrapbook paper, and cut all the little "sweaters" out.
3. Then I got a big, thick needle and some colorful string and stitched around each sweater.
4. I used mode podge to glue each sweater to the paper, and I swept a layer of mode podge over the whole front of the card to seal it.
5. I designed the inside text using photoshop, then I had it printed on some semi-transparent paper.
6. I punched some holes in the cards tied the whole thing together with some red and white baker's twine!
I think they turned out pretty cute, and I'm really looking forward to our ugly sweater/gender reveal party! Full party recap (and gender announcement!) coming next week!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
This year was our first Thanksgiving as a family of four!
We started off the morning by going to the Thanksgiving service at our church - I had never been before, but I enjoyed it! They open up the service for testimonies and sharing what you are thankful for. It was a nice way to start the day. I always debate whether I should stand up and say something at services like that though. Our kids were wiggling all over the pews, but if I had stood up I would have said that I am so grateful for them. It was a challenge getting pregnant with Wyatt and Gwen, and then the Lord blessed us with this sweet surprise baby. We haven't been through nearly as much as some to get our kids, but what we did go through has just cemented to me how great a blessing children are! Even when they don't sit still in church and dad takes the baby out, and then the toddler spends the rest of the service waving at said baby who he can see through the back door and occasionally yelling out "Hi Gwendolyn!" while people are trying to talk. Ahem.
We switch off every year between visiting my family and visiting Derek's family on holidays, and this year we spent Thanksgiving with Derek's mom and dad.
Gwen's first Thanksgiving! She ate everything we gave her, so I think she enjoyed it. I suspect that sweet potatoes were her favorite.
Wyatt had a fun time playing and reading his book with Poppa! He didn't want to eat dinner though. Crazy kid.
The kids with their Poppa and Gramie!
Everything was delicious, and after dinner we played one of our favorite dice games. It was a lovely Thanksgiving!
On Friday I went Black Friday shopping with my mom and sister and pretty much finished all my Christmas shopping. Then we headed to the mall because our church held a flash mob there! It was fun to watch and they did a great job!
On Saturday we packed up the kids and went to a small town Christmas parade! It was fun to watch Wyatt this year, because he loved everything about the parade. Gwen was just cold, but she liked smiling at and charming all the people around us.
I took Derek to one of the sandwich shops in town that I go to for lunch sometimes (the parade was right across from where I work), and Wyatt and Gwen were so smiley!
Then we came home and worked on setting up the Christmas tree!
Of course Gwen had to pick out her stocking. Years ago I found these little stockings I liked at Hobby Lobby, so I bought up a few of them for my future children. We let Wyatt pick his stocking for his first Christmas, so this year Gwen picked hers! She chose the red one!
Playing with the nativity set.
Then we started decorating the tree! Wyatt gets really into putting the ornaments up. I love watching him!
Gwen liked looking at the ornaments too. I think the favorites for both kids were the sparkly ornaments!
Gwen kept watching Wyatt put the ornaments on the branches, and she actually grabbed an ornament, crawled over the the tree, and tried to put it up! It was so cute!
Gwen "helped" me put the tree skirt on, and Wyatt was dying to put up the star with Derek!
I love these pictures, Wyatt loved putting the star up!
And just staring at our pretty tree when it was all done.
Derek and I got to wrap up the weekend on Sunday with a date! We went to see Catching Fire. I read The Hunger Games last year and I have very mixed feelings about the Hunger Games, but I wanted to see the other two movies to see how it ends. Mostly because they sucked me in with the love story - I want to see what happens with Katniss and Peeta. After watching the movie (which I liked much better than the first one, movie or book), I decided to go ahead and read the other two books in the series.
I'm still thinking I would not recommend this series to just any young teenager, because it is very violent. It bothers me a bit that it's geared toward teenagers, because I'm not convinced that every teenager in our society will handle it well or be able to pull any point out of it. The violence is supposed to be horrible in the book, but the whole story is still very glamorized. And I still don't think the "point" is well represented in the books (so far), but I will withhold final judgement until I finish the series.
We are a little late on starting advent, so as I write this it's our plan to start tonight! Derek's brother and sister-in-law always send advent stuff for us every year, to go with the advent calendar they gave us, and there are quite a few presents and goodies waiting for the kids as we get closer to Christmas! I think Wyatt will love it.
I love this time of year!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Well, we are off finding out the gender of Baby #3 today! I am so excited to see whether we're having a boy or girl. Our gender reveal party will be on Saturday, so I'm afraid you have to wait until next week for the announcement! In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to revisit some of the wives' tales.
Craving salty/sour things or sweet things?
With Wyatt: I craved salty/sour things.
With Gwen: I craved both.
With This Baby: Mostly craving salty things, but sweet thing taste good too.
Hands dry or soft?
With Wyatt: Didn’t notice.
With Gwen: No difference.
With This Baby: About the same as when I'm not pregnant.
Sick or eating more?
This has been my best pregnancy so far as far as morning sickness goes, but I am never very sick.
Can people tell you are pregnant from the back?
With Wyatt: No.
With Gwen: No.
With This Baby: Not yet anyway.
Carrying High or Low?
With Wyatt: Low
With Gwen: Slightly higher.
With This Baby: This baby feels like he/she is in the same place as Gwen. Now it's kind of a question of whether I carry girls higher, or if the carrying lower with Wyatt was a first pregnancy thing.
Here is a picture comparison so you can decide for yourself! This is me at 20 weeks with all three babies.
Baby's heart rate over 140 bpm?
With Wyatt: It was in the 140-150's range throughout the pregnancy.
With Gwen: Started out much higher than Wyatt's (in the 160's-180's), then in the 140-160's range.
With This Baby: 173 first visit, since then it's hovered in the 150's.
Right or left side while resting?
With Wyatt and Gwen: Both sides.
With This Baby: I like my right side better. This is supposed to mean it's a girl apparently.
Clumsy or Graceful during pregnancy?
With Wyatt: Didn’t notice.
With Gwen: Clumsy.
With This Baby: Clumsy.
Palms up or palms down (when asked to show your hands)?
With Wyatt: I can't remember for sure.
With Gwen: Palms up.
With This Baby: Can you believe it's been palms down? I always thought palms up was more natural.
Has the husband put on weight?
Derek has never really put on weight while I'm pregnant.
Picking up a single key by the round side or skinny side?
With Wyatt: ? Can't remember for sure. Probably round side, because that’s the side I always grab first.
With Gwen: Round side.
With This Baby: I didn't actually pick up a key, but when I just read this question and thought about picking up the key, the skinny side flashed into my brain. Go figure.
Are the age and year of conception both odd/even or one odd, one even?
With Wyatt: One odd, one even.
With Gwen: One odd, one even.
With This Baby: Both odd.
Chinese Gender Chart?
With Wyatt: One chart I tried said boy, and another said girl, so I'm not sure which one was the true gender chart.
With Gwen: Once again, one chart said boy, another said girl! I think that definitely proves it in my mind that internet Chinese gender charts cannot be trusted.
With This Baby: I took a few and thought they were all saying girl, but then one site said boy. I don't trust the gender charts.
So according to the traditional old wives tales, it's:
But according to my previous experience (because my other pregnancies didn't follow the "rules" either) and taking out the questions that cancel themselves out, it's:
Not very conclusive.
So many people have asked me what I think the baby is, since I have had both a boy and a girl before. And the answer is - I have no clue! I've been going back and forth on what I think it is - for a while there I thought there were more similarities to one of my previous pregnancies, but then it started feeling more similar to the other again.
There are a couple of extra "signs" that have confused the issue for me too - like how emotional I've been, certain physical symptoms, etc, that were different between Wyatt and Gwen. When I compare with those things, some of them make me think one over the other. But in general this pregnancy has been unique all on it's own, and not completely like either of my previous pregnancies. So I really don't know! I can picture this baby being either gender.
We shall see (at approximately 2:30 today)! Prayers for a healthy baby and a solid answer on the boy/girl question are appreciated!
Also, I have a poll going on whether you guys think it's a boy or a girl - vote below! There might be a (small) prize waiting for one of the lucky people who guesses it right!
Monday, December 2, 2013
I am officially 20 weeks pregnant!
I have generally been feeling great! Just the same old symptoms, but they aren't bothersome to me.
This week we find out the gender! I am so excited to see whether this baby is a boy or a girl! I have been so confused on what I think this one is - I always thought I might be able to tell with the third baby since I've experienced a boy and a girl pregnancy, but my symptoms have been somewhat inconclusive. For a while there I thought things might be pointing to one gender over the other, but then things evened out again, and I have no clue! We're excited to find out and then announce it at our party this Saturday!
Baby is around 10 ounces now, and 6 1/2 inches long (about the length of a toothbrush)! He/she is also practicing swallowing more.
Derek and I *think* we felt the baby move from the outside last week, I felt it on the 26th, and Derek says he felt it a few nights before that. He always puts his hands on my stomach while I'm sleeping, which I think is sweet - it's like his bonding time with the baby. It's still pretty slight, but you can feel a tiny little bump when baby kicks! Even though I feel like my belly is about as high as it was with Gwen, I think the baby is sitting pretty low, because all the kicks are low.
Wyatt is so cute. We've been practicing asking him where the "new baby" is, and I always point to my stomach and say "In Mama's tummy!" Well, something got lost in translation, and now when I ask Wyatt where the new baby is, he always points to his stomach, and the other day he started saying "Wyatt's tummy!" It makes me laugh every time. We're still working on it, but I think it's so cute. I get the feeling he understands more than he lets on. It'll be fun to be able to tell him whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Obviously Gwen has no idea what's coming, but I think she'll be a great big sister.
I've been a little worried about my weight gain this time around. I always shoot for the lower end of the weight gain range, and I was worried I was getting off track. But I looked it up and apparently I'm still fine. It just seems like I'm gaining faster this time around, but it's probably just my imagination. I've gained about nine pounds so far.
I am just so excited to know the gender! I can see how it might be fun to wait until delivery day to find out, but I don't think I could do it. I like trying to put together the puzzle pieces of who my baby is before I meet them - are they super-active, or more subdued? Are the movements gentle or strong? How do they respond to music? What are their sleep/wake cycles like? And finding out the gender is the biggest puzzle piece I can know before I actually get to meet them! I like knowing. It makes me feel even closer to this sweet little life.
Only a day left to go and I'll know!
I'm doing a little poll on whether you all think it's a boy or a girl! And there may or may not be a (small) prize for one of the people who guess correctly... fill out the form below! Or if you don't care about winning a prize, vote in the sidebar poll to the left!
Friday, November 29, 2013
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I'm probably off Black Friday shopping right now, but I thought I'd share a few pictures of Wyatt's finished room! It took me so long to finish setting it up because I did several of the projects myself.
If you remember from a few months ago, I was trying to decide between a car theme or a construction zone theme. I ended up ordering the construction zone bedding because I liked the colors better - it went better with the yellow walls so I didn't have to repaint, and Wyatt loves trucks!
But the more I thought about it, the more I decided I didn't want to do a specific theme - Wyatt is into so many things right now. Animals, cars, tractors, airplanes, trucks - he likes all of that. So instead of a particular theme I just did a miss mash of things that I know Wyatt likes. I really like the way it turned out, and I'm glad we kept the yellow walls because his room is so bright and cheerful!
The projects I did for his room:
-Derek and I got an old sewing table at the thrift store for six dollars, and I repainted it to turn it into a nightstand. The nightstand was going to be tricky because the bed is so tall, so I was glad we found something that would work - and overall it only cost me $15!
-Obviously I made the felt circle banner, which I posted about earlier this week:
-I also just hung a string with mini clothes pins so We could hang some of Wyatt's art work in his room. I cut out the letters of his name to hang too. I think it will be fun to add some of his masterpieces to the string as he makes them!
-The biggest project was the plaques I made to hang on his wall! I am really happy with the way they turned out. I might post a little tutorial on how I did them soon, so stay tuned.
-New bedding from Amazon.
-The book shelf and storage cubes from Target
Everything else I already had!
It was a bit of a process moving Wyatt into his new room - my little guy is not a big fan of change. But he's to the point now where he'll go down in there pretty easily for naps, and with only a little work at night.
I was going to get him a step stool so he could climb up in to bed - but WYatt can actually climb up there pretty well all by himself, and he has no trouble getting down either! I was also going to get a guard rail since the bed is so high, but I didn't have one ordered yet when we moved him in there - so I just put a bunch of pillows on the floor and a couple pillows on the edge of the bed as a barrier - and Wyatt has had no trouble rolling off yet, so I think I'm going to hold off on buying the rail.
As far as whether he likes the room - he loves his truck bedding! He always wants to lay on his "truck pillow" - the other pillows will not do. He was also really excited about the plaques I made for his wall - he was watching me paint them and couldn't stop chattering about the car and trucks! I think he likes it, he's just getting used to the big switch. I'm glad I included so many things that he likes, because I think it makes him feel more comfortable in there to be surrounded by so much fun stuff!