Friday, April 29, 2011

28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 28 weeks -third trimester!

Size of Baby: about 15 inches long and weighs 2-3 lbs.

Weight Gain: 10 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: All maternity capris and shorts, a mix of tops and dresses

Gender: Boy! Jefferson Lee

Movement: His kicks are getting so strong! Matt can feel them just lying next to me in bed! With how balled up he is in there I don't know how he gets that much power in his kicks, but my ribs are really feeling him!

Sleep: Pretty good, getting every straight night's sleep I can before it's punctuated with round the clock feedings :)

What I Miss: Nothing, I'm really just enjoying this last trimester of pregnancy.

Cravings: fruit of any kind and rainbow sherbert ice cream!

Symptoms: I have all of a sudden lost all grace and poise when getting up from the couch, haha!

Best Moment of the Week: Enjoying Easter weekend in Pensacola and hearing Jefferson's heartbeat at our doctor's appointment.

Big brother showing off his new jersey from his Great Aunt Sarah. His jersey is roughly 15 inches from collar to hem, the length of "Jeff Baby" (Harrison's name for Jefferson) this week.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hunting Eggs

While in Pensacola, Harrison's very thoughtful Aunt Megan and Uncle Matt gave him an Easter Egg hunt! What two-year-old wouldn't love a custom egg hunt complete with candy and enough loot to make a pirate happy! As soon as he realized the eggs opened and had candy in them, the hunt took a whole new turn! For the rest of the hunt his cheeks remained happily packed with brightly colored Easter candy. This was one very happy egg hunter! His little competitive side came out as he determined to find each candy filled egg. I'd have to say he was pretty good at it, and he was much too good at cracking them open and popping the candy in his mouth before we could stop him! At the end of the hunt, Harrison had an amazing basket of goodies waiting for him. He was so excited to pull out each thing! Thank you Uncle Matt and Aunt Megan for my Easter Egg hunt and basket! - Harrison

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In Love With Sand

When we first stepped out onto the white sands of Pensacola Beach, Matt and I were ready for Harrison to run barefoot in glee! Ha! His first reaction was to ask us to wipe it off, clean his feet, etc. After explaining that going barefoot and getting sand between your toes was the general idea, he begged to go home. But that was oh so short lived. By the end of the first day he was beginning his love affair with sand.
By the second day he would run and tackle, roll, and dive, throw and dump sand all over the place! If every square inch of his body was not covered with the soft white sand he would quickly rectify that by a thorough dredging. He would get handfuls, shovel fulls, bucket fulls, and carry them all over the beach occasionally bringing it to one of us saying it was "special sand!" Since I'm a beach lover it was great to share my excitement with Harrison. Since our trip he has asked every day to go to the beach. We'll go back very soon Harrison, very soon!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hosanna Trees

Over the week leading up to Easter, we would learn a part of the account of the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. We taught Harrison about Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, discussed his miracles, the Last Supper, the crucifixion, and the resurrection. Harrison's favorite was the triumphal entry, I think because it was so active. He is such an animated guy that he loved the activities we did around that account.
Living in Tennessee, one does not easily come by palm branches, so we took sticks and crafted our own palm branches out of construction paper. Then we re-enacted the account waving our branches shouting, "Hosanna!"
Harrison had a blast and multiple times throughout the week would parade through the house shouting, "Hosanna! Yay Jesus!"
For Easter weekend we spent a wonderful few days with dear friends in Pensacola, FL. When Harrison started exploring their yard he promptly noticed the beautiful palm trees shading the porch. "Look," he exclaimed, "Hosanna trees!"
These pictures really have nothing to do with the hosanna tree story, except that there is one behind us, but I had to include how many takes it took to get a picture of Harrison smiling! This was our family Easter morning and Harrison was much more interested in exploring than posing for a family picture. It makes me smile to look back over these outtakes to see his little personality!
We pray you each had a wonderful Easter celebrating our risen Savior!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Not Your Typical Spring Fever

Harrison got a really high fever out of nowhere this past week. He had been perfectly fine when he woke up, but in just a few hours his temp was well above 103 headed to the 104 range. He started shaking really bad and would not eat or drink anything. When tylenol did not bring his temperature down at all we were off to the doctor. After poking and prodding which are never fun when you're sick they determined it would be necessary to take a CBC, a blood count, to make sure it wasn't bacterial. Our big brave boy laid on the exam table as they did an intravenous stick on his arm. Big tears rolled down his cheeks and all he said was, "oww" when they took the needle out. What a brave little man! Being brave has it's rewards...he got a new matchbox car out of it! It's fun to treat him when he is such a brave guy. He ended up just having a virus, but we couldn't be more proud of our tough little man!

(If you can't tell, these pictures are of Harrison showing off his bandage around his arm where they did the needle stick. He said, "It's red! Like Lightening McQueen!")

Friday, April 22, 2011

War Wounds

You never know when something is going to happen, especially with a two-year-old daredevil like Harrison. He and I were having a great morning at the zoo blissfully unaware that our day would take an unexpected turn. We had chased meerkats, counted "pink birds" otherwise known as flamingos, and laughed at monkeys, but Harrison had to top all of that.
After a short water break he grabbed a fistful of rocks and started down a steep paved hill to the bridge to throw them in the water. Let's just say he didn't go down the hill on his feet.
He tripped over a stair at the top of the decline and landed on his face. So at 26 weeks pregnant I am running through the zoo with my bloodied toddler screaming in my arms. You would think we would stand out a little bit, but no one stopped to help.
Finally once we had made it back almost to the front an employee at an ice cream stand stopped to help us. She helped clean the blood off both of us and get the rocks out of Harrison's lips. She even distracted him with strawberry dippin dots while I determined if he needed stitches. Thank God he was fine and it had just looked worse with all the blood, but this guy sure knows how to throw some adventure into the day! I know with boys, this is only the beginning :)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

27 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 27 Weeks

Size of Baby: About 14 1/2 inches long and average weight around 2lbs.

Weight Gain: Holding at 10 lbs, but this little guy is growing fast, I have a feeling the weight will start to really climb now!

Maternity Clothes: Still a mix of tops and dresses, mostly maternity pants, capris, and shorts

Gender: Boy! Jefferson Lee

Movement: A ton! It gets more intense each week! I'm glad he is having fun while he can since his space will be growing smaller the bigger he gets.

Sleep: Pretty good, I seem to get more worn out these days, so I sleep pretty good at night, especially when I have run a few miles during the day.

What I Miss: Not having to use the restroom every five minutes!

Cravings: Rainbow sherbet...yummm!

Symptoms: My tummy just feels so very tight, it even feels strained to take a deep breath like there just isn't any more room. That is not good seeing I have quite a ways to go still.

Best Moment of the Week: Having my family come for a visit and they got to feel Jefferson kicking.

Big brother with our CD case which is 14 1/2 inches tall, about the length of Jefferson.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In The Beginning

As I mentioned in a previous post, we have been reading through the account of creation with Harrison. I would have to say I'm pretty proud that he can tell you what God made on Day 3, or which day God made fish, but nothing makes me more proud than to hear him recall Genesis on his own when no one is prompting him. I caught him the other day with my magazine which I assume he was pretending was a Bible as he was "reading" Genesis 1:1


Monday, April 18, 2011

Our Weekend

This past weekend there was a lot of laughing and playing...
climbing and monkeying around.
There was a lot of staying up too late, eating too much, and way too good homemade ice cream every night.
There was a lot of late night games and movies, inside jokes, and spoiling of a certain two-year-old...
There was a lot of sight seeing, touring, exploring, and remembering...
There was a lot of "I missed you!" And there was a lot of "I'll miss you."
There also had to be a lot of good-byes, but as my Dad said, we have wonderful memories of this weekend to hold onto between visits.
We had a wonderful weekend! Thank you Papa, Mimi, Lina, Hottie, Manny, and Bean for making the trip out!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights

How Far Along: 26 Weeks
Size of Baby: 14 inches head to toe -about the length of a burp cloth
Weight Gain/Loss: Holding at 10 lbs, but with how fast he is growing, I won't be too surprised to see the number go up a lot at my next doctor's appointment!
Gender: Boy - Jefferson Lee
Movement: Oh yes...a lot! I was beginning to think he was a lot lower key than Harrison, but ha! I was wrong! This little guy is opinionated, territorial, and likes to spread out! He also loves to hear Matt and Harrison wrestling and playing. It's like he knows he is missing out and can't wait to join in the ruckus!
Maternity Clothes: Still a mix of tops, some regular jeans, regular dresses(thanks to the long flowy styles this season), and maternity shorts and capris
Cravings: Jelly Belly's! (The pear and coconut flavors!)
Symptoms: Low back pain at the end of very active days- I didn't think that started until later in pregnancy. (I guess it's a different game after your first pregnancy!)
Best Moment of The Week: Having Harrison get excited on his own about the things he can do to help with Jefferson. He also can't wait to watch "Cars" with him!
All of my burp rags (the length of Jefferson this week) are up in storage and I did not get around to digging them out. So here is big brother who wanted to get it on the baby belly shots this week. Take One resulted in his "cool face" pose above. (Not sure what that is, but that's what he calls it.) Take Two-smiles!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"What You Talking About"

Leave it to kids to say the funniest things. It has been such a blast to see what Harrison will come up with next! (Though some of his thoughts create embarrassing situations in public :)Example: "Mommy! That man has a motocycle!" (It was an elderly gentleman in a motorized scooter) One of my favorites is when Harrison doesn't understand a direction or explanation he will say, "Huh? What you talking about?" Cracks me up every time and he knows it, which would explain why he tries saying it when I catch him doing something he shouldn't. The other day he saw one of our wedding pictures. "Mommy and Daddy get married!" I told him we did and how special it was, etc. I asked him if he wanted to get married when he got older. He said, "Yeah, that'd be nice, Harrison get married, to a girl...and I in charge!" Where he comes up with his thoughts I have no idea, but they leave us in stitches! Most recently we have been studying the account of creation in Genesis. Every day we review what God made on which day. Last night this is the way the conversation went,"What did God make on day five, Harrison?" "Birds and Fish!" "Very good! What did God make on day 6?" "Ummm, all the animals, man, and wal-mart!"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Will Follow

Harrison's favorite song lately is Chris Tomlin's "I Will Follow".
Maybe it's the rythym, maybe it's the funny way I sound when I sing it around the house, but this guy loves listening to the song.

I'm glad he likes the song because as we both sing and listen to it the words become more meaningful, beyond just memorization. We find it becomes a prayer almost, for the way we strive to live and the way we want our boys to live.

Harrison is all personality and quite the leader. I am excited to see how God uses these qualities as He forms him into the man He will be. I rejoice over the fruit that will grow from the seeds planted in him from things like the words of this song.

"Where You go, I'll go...Where You stay, I'll stay...When You move, I'll move..I will follow You. Who You love, I'll love...How You serve, I'll serve, If this life I lose, I will follow You. In You there is life everlasting, in You there is freedom for my soul, in You there is joy ending joy and I will follow You"

Monday, April 11, 2011

Snakes and Snails

It is no secret that Harrison is a huge fan of the zoo. He is already memorizing his favorite locations to explore and likes to lead us around confidently to each exhibit.
What is funny to me that of all the animals there, the massive elephants, the imposing tigers, the screeching gibbons, this guy is drawn to the slimy and creepy...what a boy!
Check it out, that thing in the water is not a log, it's a 15 ft. boa constrictor and it's one of Harrison's favorite things to look at.
He'll stare at his massive snapping turtle for a long time and then say something like, "He will bite my hand off and eat it all gone!" (That's what he is saying in the above picture.) Where did he come up with that?
The caimans are another favorite with all their sharp teeth. Though don't tell Harrison it's a caiman, to him these are ferocious alligators.
And these huge fresh water fish, which we learned live in streams and ponds all over the Southeast, yuck, will pause him in his fast moving two-year-old tracks. He has a love-hate relationship with this tank and won't touch the glass.
After spending tons of time observing poisonous vipers, disgusting tarantulas, and slimy frogs, Harrison seems content enough. But I guess my day is coming when he will come in from outdoors with pockets writhing with snakes and snails, and many others I don't want to think about right now :)