Monday, March 29, 2010

Brogan and Anna Claire

Brogan and Anna Claire had a play date two days in a row! They are so cute together...and only one week apart in age. Shanda and I took them to play at the BCA playground and told them to hold hands while we walked on the sidewalk. They listened and didn't let go until they got to the gate. Aren't they so sweet together? :)

Holding sweet!

Don't they look so BIG drinking water from the fountain?

Saying goodbye :)

Just like Daddy!

We had some sweet friends from church graciously lend us their crib (since Brogan doesn't want to give his up yet). Brogan has never really played with a toy tool set so I never expected him to be so obsessed with helping Tadd. It was so cute watching him copy everything Daddy did. It must just come natural for boys to love their tools. Brogan "worked" the whole time Tadd did and never got bored :) Here are some cute pictures of Brogan working alongside his hero...

Springtime fun at the park!

I have been in desperate need of warmer weather and thankfully it's here for the most part. Tadd and I took Brogan to the city park to play and have a picnic lunch. It was beautiful- I sat on the bench and soaked up the sun while Tadd chased Brogan all over the playground :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

38 Weeks!

*How far along?: 38 weeks 1 day

*Weight gain: up 2lbs. so 23lbs.

*Sleep: the last couple of nights have been tolerable, it's the turning over and getting out of bed that kill me- seriously, the pelvic pain is torture.

*Stretch marks: none

*Best moment of this week: Just being with Brogan. I have been so emotional lately thinking that these are the last few days of it being just Brogan and Mommy during the day. Everything is about to change in his mind and it makes me so sad for him. I'm sure he'll adjust and it may be easier since he's so young, but I feel like I'm letting him down.

*Movement: She likes to stick her butt sassy already :)

*Labor Signs: More cramping and Braxton Hicks...nothing painful, just annoying

*Food cravings: I have eaten my weight in turkey sandwiches this week. We went through two loaves of bread and two packs of deli turkey in one short week! I ate one every day at lunch and one every night for a snack. Nothing special to it- turkey, bread, mayonnaise, and salt. This might be why I gained 2lbs. this week! :)

*What I miss most: Brogan sitting comfortably in my lap while we read. I have to sit him over to the side on a pillow now :(

*What I'm looking forward to: seeing our baby girl!! AND WE HAVE A NAME!!! I woke up with a peace about it yesterday morning. Now we're just deciding between two spellings. Oh, and still no middle name.

*Measuring: 35cm. I think the way they measure is pretty stupid. I had a student observing my midwife this week and she measured me and got 38cm. I was like "whoa- I grew 4cm this week!" The midwife did it and said she had to stretch the tape to get the 35cm. None the less, no ultrasound.

*Milestones: Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long. She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. (

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Future NBA star?

I love having a son! He is 100% boy and it tickles me to death when I see him get excited over a ball...or a rock...or a bug. Tadd and I took him to feed the ducks a few weeks ago and I stopped to show him a daffodil. He said "oooh" and then proceeded to stomp on it. All boy :)

Playing basketball with PapPap

Even a ball player needs his lovey :)

Taking a Cheeto/Dorito break

Brogan and Daddy

Brogan and Mommy

Brogan- 20 months

Sunday, March 21, 2010

37 Weeks!

*How far along?: 37 weeks 1 day

*Weight gain: no change this week...still up 21 lbs.

*Sleep: this question just annoys me

*Stretch marks: none but I am starting to swell just a tiny bit. I never had any swelling with Brogan- even at the end of June. I can still see my ankles and knuckles, but my rings will hardly come off and my socks leave an imprint on my legs. Hopefully it won't get much worse.

*Best moment of this week: Taking Brogan to the City Park to ride the rides. He rode them last summer but it wasn't the same. This year he was SO excited to ride the "shoo-shoo" (train) and the carousel. He thought he was so big riding the other rides with his cousin "Tee" (Stevie).

Saturday morning Tadd and I got brave (and desperate) and cleaned out the closet in baby girl's room. It is amazing how much stuff winds up in there. We moved the twin bed around and took the mirror off my old dresser to make it look more like a changing table. We still have to pick up a crib from some sweet friends who are letting us borrow theirs.

*Movement: I love the daily hiccups...they are so soft and fast. I'm trying to love the other movements since I know I'll miss them once she's born. But the headbutts to the cervix?? I could do without those.

*Labor Signs: Last night was a little 2am I woke up with Braxton Hicks every five minutes for about 2 hours. I didn't call the doctor since they weren't painful- just drank a bottle of water and ate a granola bar. After the 2 hours, the contractions finally eased off. I'm telling you- I HATE the thought of going into labor at night. It scares me to death. Weird, right?

*Food cravings: Grilled zucchini and pineapple with Hawaiian marinade. We ate this several times this week- thanks to Tadd :) Also, Subway roasted chicken subs with an enormous amount of lettuce. Andddd, I had my first milkshake of this entire pregnancy on Friday. Banana milkshake from Cook-Out- my favorite!

*What I miss most: walking like a normal person and not a penguin

*What I'm looking forward to: finishing up the nursery (painting, cleaning out the dresser drawers, filling them back up with baby girl clothes, opening a pack of NEWBORN diapers haha!)

*Measuring: 34 cm. Yes, I am still measuring behind and I didn't get the u/s I wanted :( I saw a new doctor at my practice and I can't say that I'm a big fan. She was not friendly and when I told her what the midwife said last week about possibly needing an u/s, she said "Why? You're a small'll probably have a small baby." Gee thanks lady. Granted, I'm sure she's right but dang it- I want another u/s!!!

*Milestones: Your baby is now considered FULL TERM even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel. Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

36 Weeks!

*How far along?: 36 weeks 1 day

*Weight gain: +1 lb so 21 lbs total

*Sleep: Bad week of sleep for Brogan = REALLLLLY bad week of sleep for me

*Stretch marks: none

*Best moment of this week: Some super sweet ladies at church threw me a Baby Sprinkle and I got some of the CUTEST outfits, blankets, and other PINK baby items. I feel so blessed and loved.

I went shopping with my mom and Brogan after the Sprinkle and picked out GIRL BEDDING! Woohoo!

*Movement: oh yeah...and she wants OUT :)

*Labor Signs: nothing serious, just some cramping at night

*Food cravings: still Ocean Spray cranberry-grape juice (2 bottles this week), fresh pineapple, key lime pie...I guess tangy stuff

*What I miss most: when my maternity clothes fit lol! My tops are getting pretty snug

*What I'm looking forward to: finally getting the nursery together

*Measuring: Ok...I was 33 1/2 cm. at my 34 week checkup. The midwife measured me on Friday and I was 31 cm. She measured again and said she could MAYBE get 33 cm. if she really stretched. She said that if my measurements aren't up by my next appt. this Friday that they would schedule a growth ultrasound. Obviously, I hope baby girl is doing great and that she's just on the teeny side, but oh how I PRAY I get another u/s! I had two 3D u/s with Brogan and I've only had one this pregnancy. I like things to be fair :)

*Milestones: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. (

**Sooo, about having that perfect name picked out...I'm more confused now than EVER. It's so frustrating. I thought I had decided (since Tadd is pretty much okay with all of our final choices) but I just can't commit. I guess we will take a list with us to the hospital and wait until we see her to choose her name.

36 weeks at my Sprinkle...I love these tulips!!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

35 Weeks

*How far along?: 35 weeks

*Weight gain: +5lbs so 20lbs total. I have officially gained more weight w/ this pregnancy than with Brogan. I blame it on the pop tarts, dunkin' sticks, and cinnamon toast crunch that were calling my name at the grocery store

*Sleep: way too little

*Stretch marks: none

*Best moment of this week: I have really enjoyed playing with Brogan here lately. It's like you can see the light bulbs turn on over his head when he figures things out. He's gotten very good with puzzles and enjoys playing with his cars and basketball hoop. He's also talking more, although Tadd and I are probably the only ones who can understand him :)

Also, the "nesting" instinct has slightly hit me. Let me just say that I never felt the need to "nest" before Brogan was born. So WOOHOO for me haha :) We finally painted and redecorated the hall/kid's bathroom and it looks so fun. I'm dying to work on the nursery but I'm still trying to pick out pink bedding. I've found a couple online that I can't choose between.

*Movement: not many kicks...more like she's trying to stretch out and get comfy but is having a hard time finding room

*Labor Signs: more and more braxton hicks...some are more uncomfortable than others

*Food cravings: Pretty much anything unhealthy and also Ocean Spray cranberry-grape juice- I've gone through 4 bottles in 2 weeks!

*What I miss most: the days where I didn't have to pop Tums like candy...seriously, why does a peanut butter sandwich cause such insane heartburn??

*What I'm looking forward to: watching Brogan interact with his baby sister...I know it's gonna be a little hard on him but I can't wait to see him kiss her! :)

*Measuring: 33 1/2 cm. Now I'm back to being a little behind.

*Milestones: 35/35!! 35 weeks down and 35 days (hopefully less) until she's born!!

Also, I **think** we may have decided on the first name. We aren't going to tell anyone before she's born because we want to see her first and make sure she "looks" like the name we've chosen. No definite middle name either :(