Monday, November 13, 2017

Third Trimester!

Alright, third trimester here we go! I hit 29 weeks tomorrow! Things are still going well, although I'm definitely leaving behind the "cute" pregnant stage and getting into the uncomfortable and "over it" pregnancy stage. I'm still only up about 9 pounds this pregnancy, but I lost a bit in the beginning when I was so sick and baby is growing perfectly! (I also started this pregnancy a good five pounds heavier than I normally am!) I did fail the one hour glucose test and am currently waiting on the results of my three hour. I'm nervous because, but I'm trying not to worry to much because I always fail the one hour in all my pregnancies and then pass the three hour. It's just annoying because I don't hit any of the risk factors to have GD so it's frustrating to have to go through this every time.

We are still holding strong on not finding out if the baby is a boy or a girl, and I"m just so excited for that moment in the delivery room when we find out! We have been throwing around lots of names but haven't settled on anything. We have middle names and I think we are closer on settling on a boys name, but girls names are hard! Overall I feel good except for the ever present rib pain. I'm still making it to the gym 3-5 days a week and trying to focus on getting weights in at least two of those days. I did a spin class yesterday for the first time in forever, and Oh my God it was so hard! Lol, it's amazing how much harder everything keeps getting just week by week. I'm still wearing mostly non maternity clothes although I can't button my pants so I have to rock a belly band with them. It's probably time to just move into maternity jeans. Most of my tank tops still stretch over the bump fine, but I have pulled out a few shirts that I have been wearing occasionally. 

I can't believe we are less then 80 days from meeting this baby!!

And here's a few pics of the bump. The top one is a few weeks ago at about 25/26 weeks, and the bottom one was this weekend heading into 29 weeks!

Fall Soccer 2017

We just wrapped up our first soccer season where we had all three boys on teams! It was pretty hectic and S and I took on coaching both R and L2's teams, but it was really fun. L really improved this season too, and finally seems to be really getting and enjoying the game!

Anyway, just wanted to drop in a few pics of our soccer studs!

R turns four!

This little dude turned four last week.

FOUR!!! I think he officially a little boy at this point, no longer my baby and not even really a toddler anymore. It's pretty amazing to watch this little person he is growing into, but man, it's really freaking bittersweet too. 

He had school on his birthday, and was super excited to wake up to a room full of balloons (our birthday tradition for all the kids) and then take cookies to his classmates, but first we made a special mommy/son date for donuts after we had gotten the two big boys from school.

The rest of the day/night was pretty low key. My parents were in town so we had them over for a pizza dinner, cupcakes, and of course presents. R was very excited for presents, he's been talking about them every since L's birthday back in September. 

He made out pretty well, with Lego's and books and toys, and a new pair of rainbows (because rainbows are his jam!) and a lion sweatshirt that he has been asking for every since he saw it in the store.

Oh, my sweet R. You are hard to even describe. You are our wild child. You are stubborn and feisty. You have a fiery temper when you don't get your way, you like to torture your brothers but you are fiercely protective if anyone tries to mess with them. You give the sweetest cuddles and kisses but you also have the most mischievous little grin that usually means you're up to something. You already love the baby in mommy's tummy and are pretty insistent that it is a baby sister (we will see!), but I'm a little worried about how you will react when they baby actually gets here and you are no longer the baby. You are a mama's boy without a doubt, you love being near me, but your daddy is one of your favorite people in the world. I have no doubt you are going to take this world by storm. We love you so much, my little monster!

Happy fourth birthday, R!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pumpkin Carving and Trick or Treating!

Well, we've kicked off the holiday season with yet another successful Halloween! The kids (especially R) were counting down the days and asking if it was time to trick or treat yet for basically the last two weeks. Needless to say they were pretty excited. Off course before we could do anything we had to carve our pumpkins! It's still so hot here that you really can't do your carving until a few days before, otherwise the pumpkins just disintegrate, so we did ours two nights before the night.

R and L2 had me help them draw faces on theirs, and then they "helped me" carve them (AKA, I carved them while they gave me instructions and danced around!). L actually wanted to try one of the more complicated pictures this year and did a majority of the carving himself, with some help from Daddy. His turned out really cool and he was pretty proud of it!

And then, finally, it was time for costumes and trick or treating! This year we had a red power ranger (R) and blue power ranger (L2) and a ninja (L). Apparently our days of cute, cuddly costumes are over! But they all still looked pretty darn cute and they loved their costumes.

We usually trick or treat with our good friends and their kids, which we did again this year, and we also had some other good friends join us. We ended up with eight crazy kiddos, but it was so much fun!

I had originally planned on only going for about half an hour with them and then going home and handing out candy. I"m starting to get pretty uncomfortable as I move into the third trimester and I wasn't sure I would be up for a whole night out. But I ended up surprising myself (and I think everyone else!) and staying out the whole time. I even went through a haunted house with L and R! (R had to be carried after the first minute, and L2 wanted absolutely nothing to do with it. He followed us in about five steps, saw the first scary person and booked it out of there!)

It was a really fun night, even if I was wiped by the end of it! I"m so happy we, and the kids, have such an amazing group of friends and such a fun neighborhood do make all these memories with!

Happy Halloween! 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

L2 turns six!

On Tuesday we celebrated our sweet L2's 6th birthday. This kid, he is pretty special. He is the sweetest, and the silliest. He is also incredibly stubborn and hard-headed. And determined and hardworking and driven. He's taken us on quite the roller coaster, and tested our parenting skills in the best way possible. As we enter his sixth year we have watched him overcome so many hurdles and I think we are all really just amazed by him daily. 

To help ring in six S went in to work late so he could say Happy Birthday and help get L2 off to school, and then later in the day I went to his school for his "birthday party". I Love the way they celebrate birthday there, all the kids make the birthday kid cards and give them little gifts out of the toy chest and then have cupcakes. It definitely makes them feel special.

Because his birthday was on a weeknight, L2 still had soccer practice that we had to make it to, but then we came back for the house and the boys got a special dinner of McDonald's and then of course more cupcakes and presents!

I'd say six is going to be a pretty good year for him!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wedding weekend

This isn't going to be big post, but a few weekends ago I got to fly out to Lake Tahoe to watch one of my best girlfriends from high school get married. Unfortunately, S had to be in Pennsylvania the week before and it just didn't work out for him to come with me, but if I have to go solo without my husband, there is no group of people I would rather be with.

I don't know how common it is for high school friends so close after so many years, but almost fifteen years later these girls are truly my people.

We are scattered all over the place, and don't get to see each other or talk as often as we would like. And rarely are we all together. But when we are it's like not a moment has passed and we just pick right back up.

The wedding was beautiful and the weekend was so much fun. I actually ended up having more fun than I had expected. Because, honestly, as excited as I was to see everyone it's not always a blast being the pregnant, sober one when everyone else is getting their party on. But I had a blast and am so glad I got to be there!

I leave you with a few more pictures! It was an amazing weekend spent with some of the most amazing people I know!