Sunday, May 29, 2011

Pregnancy So Far

It's definitely true what they say--no pregnancy is ever the same. It started out just great--no morning sickness, tired but not exhausted and I felt good--that's how my whole pregnancy was with Luke. It's changed this time. I am almost 11 weeks pregnant and I started feeling not so great about the time we went on vacation 3 weeks ago. It wasn't bad just a few food aversions and not so much energy. The week we got back from vacation it became very difficult to eat a normal diet and that has continued. I currently eat bagels with cream cheese or peanut butter, jello, fruit smoothies with Carnation Instant Breakfast for some protein, cereal, chicken noodle soup and chicken salad sandwiches. I have thrown in a few random meals here and there but they usually make me feel pretty miserable. I am very grateful that at this point I'm not actually getting sick because I absolutely hate that (not that anyone thinks it's fun but I haven't thrown up in over 10 years--maybe too much information but there you go). This feeling is so foreign to me and I'm having a hard time adjusting. The house isn't very clean, there is a huge pile of laundry to fold and unfortunately for Troy and Luke I haven't been cooking too much. I know this sounds like a lot of complaining but I'm glad that my body is doing what it needs to do to maintain this pregnancy. I just won't be too sad to see the first trimester end so I hopefully start feeling better.

On a more upbeat note, I have had two ultrasounds so far. The first was to confirm the pregnancy and the during the second one we were able to hear the heartbeat (172 bpm) and the baby even wiggled a bit for us to see. Luke was fascinated during the second one and told me later that day how cool it was to see the baby move in my tummy.

Currently, we have not decided if we will find out if we are having a girl or a boy. I should say I haven't decided because Troy does want to know. I am leaning slightly toward yes but I'm not for sure yet. I'll definitely keep you posted on this.

Oh, I guess I should tell you too that my due date is December 18, Troy's birthday. However, I'll be having another c-section and my doctor said that would happen at about 39 weeks so somewhere close to December 12 (not the 11th because that's a Sunday). Obviously that could all change though.

And finally a pic of me at almost 11 weeks. You probably can't tell in the picture too well but I definitely have a bump and I had to start wearing stretchy clothes or leave my pants unbuttoned last week. Definitely another change from the first pregnancy.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Big Announcement

We are very excited to announce that we are expecting our second child in mid-December. Luke is so far also very excited about being a big brother. Stay tuned for more info about how this is going for all of us.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Okay, so this afternoon was a little stressful. I'm sure you've seen the news about the tornadoes here in Oklahoma today. First let me say that we were very fortunate--our thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their homes or worse here and in the other states hit by these terrible storms this season.

I started watching the weather continuously about 3 this afternoon. At 3:30 I decided that I wasn't going to go to my haircut appointment that was scheduled for 5. About 4 I called to see if Troy was coming home and learned that he had tried to leave but so many people were leaving at once that the parking garage was at a stand still. He decided to stay at work rather than chance getting caught in his car in a bad storm. It turned out to be a good decision although I would have preferred to have him home with us. After talking with Troy, I gathered supplies to take into the tornado shelter in case Luke and I needed them.

As it turned out, I took Luke and Maggie into the shelter twice during the early evening. Let me say that it's not much fun to be by yourself and get your toddler, dog and important possessions into a shelter. It's even less fun to get your 65 pound dog out of said shelter. Luke did a great job listening and following directions and actually had fun in the shelter playing with the flashlight. As I said, I didn't think it was quite as great as Luke.

I was more than happy to see the sun come out and for Troy to make it home this evening!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Captiva Island, FL

Last week we went on a family vacation to Captiva Island, Florida. It was a wonderfully relaxing week of family time on the beach and in the pool. The only exceptions to those two activities was a quick trip to Sanibel Island to see the lighthouse and a boat trip for sightseeing and fishing. Sarah joined us on Wednesday afternoon which allowed Troy and I to have some moments of "us" time. We went out for a nice dinner one night and took a couple of quiet walks on the beach.

One of my favorite quotes from Luke which he said numerous times throughout the week, "We're doing 'it' (whatever activity we were up to) together guys!" He truly enjoyed having all of us together for so many consecutive days. More than likely Luke will not remember anything from this trip when he's older but Troy and I will have wonderful memories of our family trip to Florida.
Mother's Day with my munchkin on the beach :)
Chillin' in the pool
Having fun splashing with Dad
Watching the sunset
Luke absolutely loved playing in the waves with Dad.
We attempted to fly a kite--Luke enjoyed it for maybe a minute before he was done.
Family shot on the way to see the lighthouse.
"Look at my glasses Mom."
Walking to the beach
In the ocean
My favorite from the trip
Sharing a "shiny shell" find with Aunt Sarah
Mom and Luke actually caught a fish!
Dad caught 4 fish
Enjoying the ride
Mantees at the boat dock
Playing in the waves


Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter Weekend

Last weekend (I guess it was 2 weekends ago now) we went to KC to celebrate Easter with my family. We arrived Thursday night and left Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately the weather was a bit cool and rainy so we didn't get much time outside. We did manage to go to a neighborhood egg hunt Saturday morning amid a few sprinkles--Luke was able to check out a police motorcycle, a fire engine, talk to the Easter bunny and participate in a crazy egg hunt where he got 6 eggs. Saturday night we spent with my Dad and Frankie. We did another egg hunt and Luke had fun chasing/being chased by Grandpa and playing MarioCart with him.

Sunday morning we all got ready and went to church. I have to say that we were all impressed by how well he sat through the service without one complaint. After church, it was time for another egg hunt with Emma and Mary (my cousin's daughters) and brunch. It is a tradition that we spend the day with long time family friends the Masonbrinks. Although not everyone was able to join us it was fun to see them and catch up. Luke was quickly ready for a nap so we loaded up the car and headed home.

Some Pics

I haven't felt much like blogging lately. Not sure why, just haven't. Anyway, I just downloaded the pictures off the camera and thought I would put a couple of recent ones on here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

Luke is wearing my hat--the sad thing is that it fits! April 16
At the park with Benjamin and Ashley. April 19