Friday, November 21, 2014

15 Weeks

How Far Along: 15 Weeks
Size of Baby: 4 inches, about the size of a softball
Gender: We hope to find out around Christmastime!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I've become a huge fan of leggings and tunic tops :)
Movement: Definitely feeling more defined movements several times throughout the day. Baby is really active right after my workouts, after I climb into bed, and after I eat ice cream ;)
Cravings: While turkey sandwiches and fruit are still a main staple, I've started enjoying my pregnancy must, sherbert!
Symptoms: Feeling great! Energy is back and no more nausea. I think the boys have liked having Momma back and we've been having fun enjoying leaf throwing wars while raking and helping bake cookies since I can stand being back in the kitchen.
Best Moment of the Week: Harrison is really into following along with the baby's development this pregnancy. Today he came and started poking at my tummy saying he was playing with the baby since it can now respond to outside noises. He also likes to kiss my tummy and talk to baby since he learned that this week baby can now hear us. My Momma heart loves watching my kids already interact and build relationships.
And for memories sake...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Normalcy of Chaos

Harrison has decided sticking his tongue out is the perfect new pose for all pictures take in his general direction.
He's also decided to add bull riding, space exploration, and knighthood to the long list of life goals he has written for himself.
 Jefferson has recently announced he has super hero powers which consist of being able to see in the dark.
Not sure exactly how he plans to use said ability, but I'm keeping a close eye on him to make sure he doesn't test out any hidden super hero flying abilities. 
In other normal chaos news, these two have decided toothpaste makes an excellent cleaner and I routinely find their bathroom mirror and counter polished to a hazy mint blue finish and proud men waiting to be praised for their cleaning efforts.
And this little mischievous chunk has taken up penmanship, showing incredible promise for superb handwriting skills. His only downfall is mistaking couches and tables with paper. Also, scotch tape unrolling and throwing non-trash items in the garbage are quickly becoming his superior skill set.

And that's just a quick summation of what's been going on around here and what's been making life fun, full, and well, perfect. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

14 Weeks

How Far Along: 14 weeks...2nd trimester!!!
Size of Baby: 3 1/2 - 4", about the size of a lemon or an adult fist
Gender: We hope to find out around Christmastime!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, but I'm definitely feeling protest flutters around my jeans' waist band when I'm sitting down :)
Movement: Those precious flutters and taps are becoming more frequent. I still don't feel them all the time or even everyday, but I can definitely tell when the flutters are baby making itself known.
Cravings: Still loving my turkey sandwiches on homemade bread and vegetables, any kind, salad, steamed, stir fried, raw. Also fruit, any kind.
Symptoms: Nausea is pretty much a thing of the past. There are a few very strong smells or meals that just don't sound friendly to me these days, but other than that it's been left behind in the 1rst trimester. I'm exercising every day and now just waiting on the baby bump to prove a pregnancy exists!
Best Moment of the Week: The boys have been very helpful in trying to name the baby for us. Their top choices have been Jack, like a jack-in-the-box, since the baby is inside my tummy and will pop out to surprise us (as explained by Harrison.) And Jefferson has suggested the name "Chair" for reasons only he will ever know, but points for creativity :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Celebrating "I Do's"

We took the boys to a wedding.
Actually, the boys were in the wedding; Aunt Cole and Uncle CJ's wedding.
If you have the slightest idea into my boys' personalities, shenanigans, and creativity, I was a little curious as to how wedding performances would go. 
I mean, let's be honest. You give a boy a soft pillow to carry and hold for an entire ceremony, he soon starts hallucinating he's a weapons specialist with a grenade launcher.
And you give a guy who never runs out of surprising things to say a microphone and an audience you're looking at a you-tube worthy stand-up comedy routine.
But I have to say, even with all my momma-mind could envision, once the tuxes and ties were on, little debonairs emerged.
Harrison recited his Song of Solomon 8:6 verse perfectly without any added personal sermon notes or jokes for the bride and groom.
Jefferson made it down the aisle, into his assigned place, and only pretended to throw his pillow to an imaginary wide receiver in the pond behind the ceremony.
There were no injuries with pin loaded corsages, no knee split tux pants from impromptu tackling during wedding party pictures. The only casualties were an enormous count of emptied Coke bottles by a certain 5 year old and anyone unfortunate to be in the line of fire of my boys' rice throwing.
It was a very fun weekend celebrating Aunt Cole and Uncle CJ, celebrating the boys' successful completion of wedding duties, and trying not to think too much about when they'll be in their own weddings as grooms, and probably still randomly tackling each other and consuming way too much caffeine.

Monday, November 3, 2014

13 Weeks

I'm way behind in documenting my weekly pregnancy posts, mainly because I've been too sick, or the boys have been too sick, or I forget to take a weekly picture. But better late than never, complete with a photo-bomb by a big brother :)
How Far Along: 13 weeks
Size of Baby: About 3", the length of a pea pod
Gender: We hope to find out around Christmastime!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, if you remember from my other pregnancies, I've been given a freakishly long torso in which babies like to hide.
Movement: This week I've started feeling those teeny little taps and flutters, mainly when I'm trying to fall asleep :)
Cravings: Cream of fruit flavored instant oatmeal and turkey sandwiches on homemade bread...yum!
Symptoms: After the past few months of non stop feeling green, definitely worse in the evenings, I can see the light at the end of the first trimester tunnel!
Best Moment of the Week: We had an ultrasound this week and got to see a perfectly healthy baby kicking, rolling, and flipping all over the place. I feel so blessed to be given a glimpse into my babies being knitted in secret and watch their little growing bodies. This baby has already stolen my heart as we watched him/her practice thumb sucking and not cooperating with ultrasound techs by moving around too much :)
And just for fun, here's the link for Jefferson at 13 weeks and Wilson at 13 weeks

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Falltember

 Piles of crunchy leaves waiting to be jumped in...
 Fire pits begging for the chance to roast a marshmallow on a stick...
 Chilly evenings snuggled under blankets with mugs of apple cider...
 Homemade chicken noodle soup and piping hot fresh bread for dinners...
 Candy corn, caramel apples, hot chocolate, and cinnamon bread...
 Geese calling out overhead flying south for winter, golden forests, and frosted window panes...
 Because fall isn't all about just bracing for winter. 
My boys remind me in our nightly, "what are you thankful for," conversations, fall is full of amazing moments and around here, we are embracing the best of fall.

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Tradition

What is it about repeating a trip, a memory, a picture in the exact same spot year after year, that keeps families diligently locked into annual repetition.
I guess to some it may sound predicatively boring, but there is something about keeping a memory alive, year after year, generation after generation, that grows an excitement, a bond, and loads of embarrassing stories to tell over the years. 
Our annual apple picking trip is one of these traditions. I've been loaded in the back of a car every Fall since I was a pig-tailed wielding little girl and driven into orchard covered mountains for a day of apple picking.
Before that, my Dad was orchard bound as a cub scout in training. And now my own boys have been annually hiked into apple forests and load carts, crates, and bags full of "edible bombs".
It's something we know is coming, every fall. Just like our Christmas Eve salad, birthday paper chains, and Thanksgiving Day Parade, you know it's going to be there, it's going to happen and it wouldn't be the same without it.
The youngest start falling into the cycle of anticipation and reminiscing and tradition locks onto the next generation. And I think that's the way it's supposed to be. It's how families forge memories and milestones over decades and distance.
It's what keeps disinterested teens secretly enjoying being a part of the crazy family they wouldn't trade for anything. It keeps busy work schedules, crazy deadlines, and hectic rat races behind for even a few hours all for a dedicated moment in the name of tradition.
So here's to years to come of orchard filled memories, apple tasting pictures, and watching boys come to tower over me in the apple picking years to come.