Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts

Tickling Baby Feet - 26 Weeks (Baby #5)

This is the last pregnancy update in the second trimester!

Baby Girl is nearing 2 lbs. in weight, is starting to hear other people's voices from inside the womb (aside from mine), and should be practicing breathing!  

I am feeling pretty good still!  That burst of nesting energy that I had a couple weeks ago has slowed least until after our trip to New Orleans, because then I'll probably get back into full-blown closet-cleaning mode.  But I am happy to report that our school cabinet and Gwen's closet are looking much cleaner and more organized after all my efforts.

I've mentioned several times that my belly has been consistently bigger this pregnancy, but looking at these pictures, I would say this is about what I looked like at 28 weeks pregnant with the other kiddos.  Which means we are only looking about 2 weeks ahead now, instead of a full 4-5 weeks!  I think the rapid belly-growth is starting to even out.  I am enjoying the size of my belly right now - right around 28 weeks has always been the sweet-spot in pregnancy for me, and with my belly a little bigger this time I think we're just hitting the sweet spot a little early.

These last couple weeks mark the first bit of sciatic nerve pain (which I've had with all my pregnancies), and the first rib pain from my belly growing into my ribs.  The sciatic nerve pain held off for a really long time, so I'm pretty happy about that!  The rib pain seems earlier than my other pregnancies.  I am not complaining, however, because this pregnancy has been one of the easiest on my body overall!

My favorite development is that we have finally reached the phase where this little girl's limbs are strong enough to jut a foot or hand out the side of my belly - and I love it!  I love running my fingers over my belly when she does that and feeling the little foot-lump under my skin.  It makes me feel more bonded to my baby when this happens, like she knows I'll tickle her little foot and that's why she kicked so hard in the first place.  

She seems to be a pretty active baby during the day, but not as much at night.  This may change as she gets bigger and her movements are strong enough to wake me up, but for now let's just hope this sleeping-at-night pattern holds!

Since Baby's hearing is developing more now, I think the goal for the next couple weeks will be to sing her some lullabies.  I always think that surely babies can form an attachment to certain songs if they've been hearing them from the womb.  There will be some favorite hymns in the rotation.

I'm also planning on printing out some social security top 1000 name lists so I can start sorting through them on the plane to New Orleans - it will be a good, long stretch of alone time, so I can really think it through and see which names jump out.  Wish me luck, because we still don't really have any front-runners in the name department!

I thought I'd throw in a picture of the newest big sister too.  I think she's starting to really understand that there is a baby in there!

Third trimester, here we come!

Nesting Early? 24 Weeks (Baby #5)

I don't know why, but with every baby I feel the need to change up the nursery.  Up to this point it's been necessary since we've been alternating boys and girls, but this time I just wanted to make sure this baby still had a unique look to her room.  I put together Clarice's nursery specifically for her, and I want to put something together specifically for this baby too.  This week I picked up the last thing I was wanting for the Baby's nursery, and it's making me just that much more excited to meet this little girl!  Baby prep is in full swing, even though we've still got 3+ months to go.

This is still technically "viability week" I guess, even though babies have survived when born as early as 22 weeks!  It's always a little comforting to get past that point where you know all hospitals would try to do something if Baby was born early though.  I feel like she is getting stronger too - up to this point her little kicks have been so delicate, but this week she got in some pretty good jabs!  I am excited about it because I love the big kicks later in pregnancy, and I kind of forgot when in pregnancy they start to feel stronger.  With the other kids it got to the point where I could feel a little arm or foot under my hand, and I can't wait for that again.  It's the coolest feeling, and in my mind it makes for good bonding with Baby, because surely she can feel my hand too.

I'm feeling great overall - Baby Girl has been so easy on me this pregnancy.  I haven't really had any back pain, the round ligament pain has calmed down, I am tired but not excessively so.  I do have heartburn some days, but other than that I feel pretty comfortable!  It's probably good that I'm nesting early because who knows how long this will last, but I am just thankful that this pregnancy has been one of my easier ones so far.

The kids are still excited, but I think they've accepted that it's going to be a while before the baby arrives.  Wyatt keeps talking about wanting it to be fall, and I think the motivation is half because he's excited about the baby, and half because fall means it's closer to Christmas!  Gwen tells anyone who will listen that we are going to have "three little princesses" in our house.  Clyde asks to see the baby's pictures every time he spots an ultrasound.  And Clarice seems to be understanding more too - she pointed to my belly the other day and said "bebe tum-mee", which was adorable!

Back to the baby prep - I do think the nesting is kicking in early this time.  Or maybe it's partially pre-school-year cleaning too, but I feel like I need to organize every area of this house before this little one arrives.  Every time some difficulty comes up in keeping the house in order, I get the idea that this could be solved with better organization.  And maybe it can, but I hope I can keep things in perspective and not drive myself and everyone around me nuts with the to-do's!   

I'm going to try to get back to my old-fashioned blogging routine this week (it's just kind of falling by the wayside with summer!), so I'll save all the nesting details for then.  Stay tuned!

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Patriotic Gender Reveal Party!

Since we found out the gender of Baby #5 on July 3rd, I knew I wanted to do a patriotic-themed gender reveal party this time around! Kind of a late 4th Of July celebration/gender reveal.

It's pretty easy to do patriotic food too - I made some swirly patriotic fudge, and a s'more dip in the colors of an American flag.  Throw some American-inspired Hershey kisses and red, white and blue flowers in there, and there you go!

We served hamburgers to our guests, and asked everyone to bring a side to share - and there was plenty to eat!

We had our friends and family wear a pin with their guess.  I basically just cut up some decorations from Hobby Lobby and hot glued them onto pins - red hearts for a girl, blue hearts for a boy.

Everyone expects some sort of gender reveal party games at our parties, so I came up with a couple...

Game #1 - Guess how many pieces of candy are in the jar.  There were slightly more red M&M's for those who thought they would be talented candy guessers.  There were 311 pieces of candy, with $5 Starbucks gift card for the winner!

Game #2 - Our Baby Name Game involved learning the names of everyone in the room, and then coming up with a baby name (opposite of each person's gender) that starts with the same letter.  There may have been ulterior motives to this game, since we don't have a girl name pick out yet.  I got a couple ideas from everyone's sheets!  For participating, guests were entered into a drawing for another $5 Starbucks gift card (the promise of a prize just makes any little game so much more appealing).

I won't show all the pictures of our friends and family here, but we had a great party!  It was fun to visit with everyone and enjoy all the wonderful food that everyone brought!  And of course, our family dressed up in all our patriotic attire.

Finally, for the actual reveal we did a little contest too.  I made pudding/whipped cream pies for a "pie" eating contest...

In each pie was a paper with the combination to open this box:

I put a pink glow stick on the inside!  We had originally planned this party in the evening because we wanted to announce Baby's gender with a sparkler...but our county was put under a fire ban right before our party, so I resorted to a glow stick instead.  It worked out pretty well!  Everyone was extremely competitive and fought over the box, but in the end, my sister got to open it!


Baby #5 is a sweet baby GIRL, and we are so excited!  

Also, for those of you who entered your guess on Baby's Gender...the poll ended up being almost dead even for boy vs. girl guesses!  Thank you to everyone who participated, I had so much fun reading through all the guesses.  And the winner of the drawing from those who guessed correctly blog friend Alex, from Inspiration Clothesline!  I'll shoot you an email soon Alex so I can send you your prize!

It's A GIRL! 22 Weeks (Baby #5)


In case you missed it on Monday, now you know - Baby #5 is a GIRL!  We are excited to have another little lady in our family!

We found out on Monday the 3rd, and then spent the next day celebrating 4th Of July.  I never got to write a post about that, so I thought, "Why not include it in this update?"  Little Girl's first fourth of July in the womb, and we announced the gender with a sparkler, so it seems appropriate!

Baby's First 4th (On The Inside)

We went to a fireworks show with my family on the 3rd after we found out the gender at dinner.  I coached the kids not to say ANYTHING about the baby, and they actually did really well!  They didn't let the secret out at all before our party, and I was pretty proud of them.  It's nice to know you can count on your kids not to say something when you don't want them to.

On the actual 4th we were invited to dinner with some friends, and they bought a bunch of fireworks to do in their culdesac - it was nice, because the fire ban was on by then so we couldn't do any sparklers or fireworks at our house!  At both fireworks show and the smaller fireworks with our friends, the kids were so into it.  They cheered every firework and jumped around and were generally just really excited.  Clyde loved the "little fireworks" (sparklers).  We left for the drive home right as a lot of fireworks shows were starting, and we got to watch three different shows from the car as we drove through town, with the kids cheering in the backseat!  It was so fun.  I have my eye on a good show for next year now, since we were able to scope out four different shows this year.

The only child not as into the fireworks was Clarice - she cried when it got too loud and wanted to be held every time a firework went off.  Poor sweetie.  She is generally fearless, so it surprised me a little, but I can't lie, I didn't hate the extra snuggles!

Alright, enough about Baby Five's first 4th of July, and back to the update!

How I'm Feeling

I have been feeling pretty good for the last couple weeks, but for some reason right around when we found out the gender my back started hurting!  I have been having such an easy pregnancy as far as back pain goes so far, so I can't complain too much, but my sciatic nerve pain is getting to me.  If I sit for too long on a soft surface, it's hard to get up without my lower back hurting.  I'm not sure what shifted in the last couple weeks to cause this, but something did.  I need an adjustment.

I have also been eating too much lately, and I got on the scale the other day, which was rather alarming.  I haven't been feeling good about the way I'm gaining weight, and decided it was probably time I started to be a little more regimented about working out during pregnancy.  Derek's gym let me try them out the other day, and I had so much fun riding on the stationary bike, and I felt energized afterward, so we're going to add me to the gym and my plan is to go at least 3 times a week.  I think it will be a great stress-reliever for me and also hopefully keep the weight gain to a reasonable level!  Or as I told Derek, at least if the weight continues to come on quick, I'll at least feel healthier.

Ready For A Girl?

Then obviously the big news is finding out we are expecting a sweet baby GIRL!  I am excited to know another piece of the puzzle of who this little one will be, and I find myself trying to figure out her personality now that I know it's a she.  I think she seems like a pretty relaxed baby so far.  She doesn't kick too hard, and I feel like there are some good sleep patterns developing because she only kicks during certain times of the day.  She is also in the proper position already, head down and facing my back, which I am happy about!

Look at her cute little pixie chin!

I will say, for some reason we were not really as prepared in a practical sense for a girl.  You'd think I would have been mentally preparing for either either gender, but I actually was trying to not get set on one or the other at all, so this practical unreadiness is totally by coincidence.  We just had more stuff ready to go if it was a boy, and until this point I didn't want to make plans for a girl, lest I get attached to the idea of a girl and it wasn't a girl.  Does that make sense?  So here is the status:

-I had a whole bag of boy hand-me-downs, but I cleaned out a bunch of our girl clothes before we found out I was pregnant, so this baby definitely needs her wardrobe filled in.  

-We had a boy name ready to go (leftover from when we were expecting the other boys), but we have absolutely no girl name at all.  Not even an idea.  

-For some reason I had a vision in my head for a boy nursery, but I couldn't figure out where to take a girl's nursery!

At first I was letting all this stress me out a little bit, but then again, all this extra preparation and planning will actually be pretty fun.  I spent this last week shopping for girl nursery items, and I'm really excited about the direction it's going!  We started looking at girl names, and I am reviewing my previous baby-naming system.  And as for clothes...the budget is a little stressful, but how can shopping for baby girl clothes not be fun?

So here is to the next few weeks of fresh plans for this little girl!!  And if you think of any baby girl names that go with my other kids' names, send them my way!

Stay tuned for photos of our patriotic gender reveal party coming next week!

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