Tuesday, March 31, 2015

34 Weeks

How Far Along: 34 Weeks
Size of Baby: 18 inches and 4 3/4lbs
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: Maternity tops and dresses, but still in regular pants and skirts, thanks to my weird anatomy :) 
Movement: Trying to decide based on her current activity if she's going to be a black belt in tsu jitsu or run marathons before elementary school.
Cravings: Fruits and veggies, maybe she's already a health nut?  
Symptoms: For the first time with any of my pregnancies I experienced heart burn. It was only once and I haven't had it again, but that was a weird sensation I'd be ok not having again.
Best Moment of the Week: Matt spent the week studying in England at Oxford so the boys and I went to visit with family while he was gone. But the best moment by far was waiting at the airport for him to come home and all of us running into his arms when he walked through the gate! 
I didn't have 34 week posts with Harrison and Jefferson but since I skipped 33 weeks with little lady I added their 33 week links here :)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Birthday Interview With A Six Year Old

Me: Ready to start your birthday interview? Harrison: Sure, I guess, is it long? Me: Just a few questions. Harrison: Ok, I can do a few questions.
What's your favorite color?: Blue
What's your favorite thing to play?: Transformers and Lego's
What's your favorite movie? Transformers
What's your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Football food! (finger foods most commonly known to be served at Superbowl parties- he would live off party food if he could!)
What's your favorite thing to wear?: My new Jedi robe!
What's your favorite game?: Football
What's your favorite snack?: Fruit snacks, can I play Wii now?
Not yet, what's your favorite song?: Angel Armies
What's your favorite book?: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!
Who's your best friend?: Jefferson! And everyone in my family!
What's your favorite thing to do outside?: Ride my bike and shoot my bow and arrows!
What's your favorite holiday?: Birthdays!
What's your favorite thing to sleep with?: My airplane
What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?: Sausage and bacon!! I love sausage and bacon!
What's your birthday dinner?: Football and party food! (See the trending finger food love?)
What do you want to be when you grow up?: A jet fighter pilot!
What's your favorite tv show: Mom, you know what that is! Rescue Bots!
What's your favorite fruit?: Raspberries and kiwi!
What's your favorite animal?: Zebras! (I never knew this about my child, these interviews are quite educational.)
What's your favorite thing to drink?: Orange juice!
What's your favorite special treat?: Those spicy gummy worms! (sour gummy worms)
These are lots of questions Mom, how many more? 
Just one, what's your favorite Bible verse?: Leviticus 26:6, and now are we done?

Happy birthday to my little man that made me a Mommy! I cannot be more proud of the boldness for Christ you possess, the discernment and insight you give, and the leadership and bravery you display! May you continue to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and man! We love you!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

32 Weeks

How Far Along: 32 Weeks (About 2 weeks late since I'm almost 34 weeks, and I totally skipped the 33 week pic. I'm on a roll!)
Size of Baby: 16 1/2 inches and 4lbs
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: Mainly maternity tops now. With the (hopefully) warmer temps I can move into my maxi skirts which are my favorite, pregnant or not. 
Movement: She's definitely still a mover and a shaker, but running out of room fast. So most of her movements are stretches and pushing on my ribs. 
Cravings: Fruits and vegetables, round the clock.  
Symptoms: She's growing fast, which means I'm growing fast and losing more room to breathe and eat. But I'm totally ok with that since it means it's getting closer to meeting her!
Best Moment of the Week: Getting the blessing of spending a week with our best friends in Tennessee celebrating birthdays, beautiful weather, and making memories.
Wilson at 32 Weeks
Jefferson at 32 Weeks

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Day We Went George Bailey

For the most part these brothers are pretty happy having each other- wrestling, playing catch, hide and seek, action figures, and super heroes- all made better by having each other. 
Until one day recently, Harrison lost it with his younger brothers who were a tad too eager to "help" him with some new toys. He loudly stormed in complaining and venting before erupting with, "I wish I never had these brothers!"
Swallowing down my initial reaction of wanting to make him take those words back, I knew he'd never learn from a lecture or any outbursts. So taking a cue from an American classic, "It's a Wonderful Life", I decided to give my own "George Bailey" his wish.
I asked him if he really meant that and he adamantly reaffirmed his wish for a lone childhood. So I told him, "then it's done, you have no brothers. It's just me and you." I told him not to talk to, play with, or interact with his brothers at all and told them the same. I gave Wils and Jeff plenty of fun games and activities to occupy them while Harrison embarked on a day of living without them.
It started off fine with Harrison happily playing intrusion free but soon he was single-handedly completing chores and housework since he had no brothers to help with tasks. Toys grew boring with no one to interact with, and he was not impressed with my lack of free time to play with him as I still had housework to finish. By afternoon he was begging for his brothers back. After they woke from their naps he rushed them in his arms and told them how much he loved them and wanted to play anything they wanted right then! 
It seemed being brother-less was not the wonderful life he thought. Getting his wish made him miserable and grateful all at once knowing he'd rather have brothers to wreck his Lego creations than to be alone. Watching all three boys reunited after that day apart was the sweetest and most rewarding thing to witness. 
Seems "Clarance" had the right idea to give someone what they think they want to discover what they already have. Life with lots of siblings may be chaos and loud, but to these little men, they know they really do have a wonderful life.

Friday, March 13, 2015

31 Weeks

How Far Along: 31 Weeks
Size of Baby: 16 inches and 3.3lbs
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: Still about the same; I've resigned to having the only body type not taken into consideration by maternity clothes designers.
Movement: This girl can move, and kick, and roll, and stretch, and loves digging tiny little feet into my ribs...all during the late night hours when most other humans this side of birth are trying to sleep. So I figure we have some sleep training to begin and get her on our crazy schedule of actually sleeping at night and keeping somersaults contained to daylight hours.
Cravings: If I can get it, it's still fruit. But thanks to insane snow falls and ice and basically an all out last offense of winter, coming by fresh fruit isn't as easy. But that's changing now that it looks like spring is pushing it's way forward. And due to lack of stomach space and an appetite suppressing effect of my thyroid medicine, food in general is just a chore to accomplish and not something I necessarily crave, desire, or want.   
Symptoms: Besides sleep being interrupted by my growing gymnast, I'm also headed into that "wake up every few hours" training God programmed into expecting Mommas so the first few weeks of round the clock feedings aren't traumatic for my sleep deprived self, but for right now it's a lot of clock watching at hours I wish I was asleep. 
Best Moment of the Week: Baby girl was blessed with an incredible shower by the ladies in our small group! She was celebrated with a tea party and prayer, and very treasured gifts and love!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Of Mountains and Mustard Seeds

"Mom, Jesus said if I had faith the size of mustard seed I can say to a mountain, 'move', and it will. But I don't think He was really saying to go around moving real mountains all over. I think He was saying sometimes we just have to have faith in things that don't seem possible."
"You're exactly right Harrison. Faith is a hard thing for a lot of people to understand. Most people feel they need proof to believe in something. It doesn't make sense to believe in something they can't see or solve."
"And Harrison, a lot of those people are going to come and go in your life as you get bigger, go to college, and start a job. They are going to challenge your faith in God. Satan will use their questions to try to confuse you and make you question the "evidence of things not seen."
"Yeah, that makes sense. Like God, because you can't see Him some people don't think He's real. But I do know God is very real. And my proof is because I feel Him. I feel Him sad with me when I make bad decisions and I feel Him happy with me when I do the right thing. I know He's real because I feel Him all the time, and His love no matter where I am or where I go."
"I think I can't wait to see God, but I have faith and I don't have to see Him today to know He's real. 
But still, wouldn't it be really cool if I could just throw mountains around?!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

30 Weeks

How Far Along: 30 Weeks
Size of Baby: 15 1/2 inches and 3lbs
Gender: Girl!
Maternity Clothes: A mix of regular and maternity tops, and I've pulled out some maternity dresses. The maternity pants just will not fit correctly and I've yet to wear any. But my bella band is in high demand these days!
Movement: This week her precious kicks, stretches, and rolls stopped late Thursday night. I tried everything to feel something, anything. I called the midwife and was admitted to L&D Friday morning in hopes we could see and hear our sweet baby girl. Under the monitors and poking and prodding, our little girl's heart beat sounded out strong and her movements picked up throughout the day. Our hearts soared in thanksgiving as proof of her thriving played out on the screens and nurses lovingly referred to our baby girl as Scarlett O'Hara due to the personality she was displaying.
We know God holds our baby girl and is knitting her perfectly. We truly appreciate everyone's prayer and encouragement throughout Friday's adventure and we are counting down the final 10 weeks until we get to meet our little drama queen face to face.
Cravings: Anyone want to take a guess? Still fruit! At my in-laws this week they graciously supplied a steady flow of my craving and I'm pretty sure I ate an entire watermelon by myself! 
Symptoms: Nothing really new, still feeling great, plenty of energy, and just soaking up every little movement I feel her make. I'm still working out and lifting weights. In my past pregnancies I was running several miles a day and by this point I'd have the dreaded round ligament pain when running, but this pregnancy I haven't had that at all and I'm owing it to the strength training and core strengthening workouts I'm doing. 
Best Moment of the Week: Laying in a hospital bed with my eyes glued to the monitors, watching and listening to my little girl's heart beat her presence and praise to her Maker!