Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ramblings of a Pregnant Woman

Things I haven't gotten to tell you for 14 weeks

  • I felt nauseous a few days early in the beginning but no sickness. I was rather sick with Liv so I was in denial for awhile....I still am some days. I thought the ultrasound and hearing the heartbeat might make it more real but not really. Maybe when I feel it move....
  • I was having to wake a few times a night to eat and pee but now I'm getting good sleep....maybe it's the second tri-mester or maybe it's the new bed! 
  • Besides tiring easily, I've been able to work and work out and carry on about my activities like normal. Ryan does do most of the meals though. I do already have some round ligament pain which seems way too early to be happening, but the dr. says that's normal for #2. 
  • We found out in July the day we left for Branson to see Ryan's family. I saw my family in TN the next week but we managed to keep it a secret from both of our parents. Sorry! It was hard!
  • I will post videos of us sharing the news with our parents and Liv later.
  • The most prominent change has been what I call my pregnancy agoraphobia. I know at the END of pregnancy women tend to nest and want to be at home. I haven't wanted to nest as much as just avoid people. I feel rude saying that, but it is what it is. Since I am someone who usually enjoys the company of friends, this has been very weird to me. Things like church, Bible study, the gym, the fair, community events, holiday activities, have been difficult. I hope my hermit attitude will change soon and please don't take it personal!
  • I have spurts of cravings. I went through a breakfast burrito phase, a sausage and biscuit phase, a Cheezit phase, a cheddar pretzel and icee from Target phase..... Sadly I have not gone through a salad phase.  My food revulsions are anything healthy. Fruits and veggies always sound disgusting and all I want to eat is bread, meat, and cheese. This is not exactly a good thing.
  • Caffeine is my best friend. I feel awful about this too. I don't think I had a single soda when I was pregnant with Liv, I was convinced it would harm her. I cannot get through most days without a Dr. P now. 
  • I'm convinced that pregnancy has changed my hearing. I've been watching The Office a lot at night on Netflix. And the opening song sounds COMPLETELY different. I hear a whole new part of it and it's kind of like nails on a chalk board. I realize this is very weird.
  • I can still wear most of my clothes although the ponytail holder through the button loop and the belly band have been used. Dresses have been my best friends. I got some great maternity hand me downs from my sister and friends, but my doctor scoffed at me for wearing maternity jeans already at my appt the other day. She said she knew I didn't need them yet, but said she thinks women wear them sooner than necessary because they are comfy.....DUH! She was wearing scrubs and not in surgery right?! ZING! I should've said it, but I didn't because I'm polite.
  • Don't worry, I am NOT with the same doctor who delivered Liv. I'll be at OU and I love my Dr.
  • Although the hospital allows VBACS, I am currently planning on a c-section. 
  • My boobs. Oy.
  • Ryan and I are both convinced it's a boy (mainly because this pregnancy has been so different). Kinda terrified about that. Boys are just an unknown territory (I mean I am married to one but I didn't RAISE him), but I will be happy with whatever gender is growing inside of me....I can learn about super heroes, beyblades, sports, and minecraft right? Or I can leave that up to the father and take Liv shopping!
  • Liv would like to name the baby Brightly Rose if it's a girl and Jack if it's a boy. She is not allowed to name the child. Although if the baby comes out as a My Little Pony we might stick with Brightly Rose.
  • When I announced on facebook that I was pregnant, three other people immediately contacted me to tell me they were pregnant but hadn't told many people yet. It's like there's a secret first tri-mester club out there.....anyone could be pregnant! You never know!
  • I realize my children will be 5.5 years a part and as tragic as this is to some people (seriously, one nurse told me, "it'll be like raising two separate families"), I am looking forward to it. I think Liv will be a great big sister and helper and I do not think the age gap will mean they will be strangers or enemies. I never wanted to have babies back to back, and it is offensive to me to hear people say things like that nurse did. 
  • Although I didn't discuss my family planning with you, this baby was planned so you can stop wondering about that.
  • It is also offensive to hear "Two really is better than one." I cannot tell you how many people have said this to me upon hearing that I am pregnant. Liv would have been fine as an only child. There is nothing wrong with only children. We decided after much deliberation to have another, but there is nothing weird about families who don't, so stop saying that!
  • I'll get off my soap box now, but really people, your opinions are unnecessary sometimes.
  • The room we are adding on to our house upstairs will be the guest bedroom/possible baby room. The baby might get to share a room with Liv, but I would feel bad about putting a boy somewhere with such girly pink curtains and decor. We all know it's going to be sleeping in our room (or the hallway like Liv) for a few months so I'm not too concerned about it having it's own space yet.
  • I hate calling "it" an "it"
  • We find out in 4 weeks the gender.
  • I have taken no belly photos. Second child syndrome begins.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The rest of the visit

Monday was a rough day. Grammy and Papa had to go back to TN and all morning Liv kept getting teary eyed saying "but they'll still be here when I get home from school right?" And no matter how many times I said "no," she kept asking, hoping my answer would change. It was a very tearful good-bye, but she did manage to calm down about 2 minutes away from school thank goodness. I'm thankful they were able to come celebrate her bday. Here are some pics we got.
Opening her gifts from them
Playing her new Frozen game together
The grand opening of John Rex Elementary. The 2nd graders sang a song and my dad met the mayor of OKC
The ribbon cutting ceremony. It was a well done program, but we didn't get to visit with Liv, too many people
Grammy and Liv coloring
 Thank you Mom and Dad for always coming the weekend of her birthday! There's no way I would ever be able to pull off her birthday parties without your help!! And there's no way I'd be able to rest afterward if you weren't there to play with Liv!! Love you!

(We also got to go to the State Fair and Disney on Ice together but that will be another post.)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

And then there were 5....Charlie's part of the family too!

If you hadn't heard already (and I hope you haven't because we are pretty good secret keepers over here), we've got some pretty exciting news in our household. 
Despite the amount of pictures there is only one sibling for Liv on the way!
And she said "she is telling the world!"
To answer your questions.....
1. March
2. 14 weeks
3. I feel pretty great, just tired and hungry a lot
4. Yes
5. Yes
6. I can't believe you asked that one!
7. No we still don't want your unsolicited advice
The only time it's appropriate to show something you just peed on
This might explain why posting has been light, because I go to bed LOTS earlier now! I'll try to fill you in with more info later! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Because who wants to wiggle quietly???

This was the second year for Wiggle Out Loud and we were excited that Papa and Grammy got to wiggle with us! I was helping at the OKCMB booth a bit but then got to enjoy the sights, activities, music, and food!!
Bubble pop in the face!
These two girls are too cool for school
Feeling some rhythms in the Drum Circle tent
Jammin' with some kiddie bands. She was sad Spaghetti Eddie wasn't there this year. Maybe next time!
Wiggling can also include hopscotch
Makin' spin art with Papa!
Testing out her new homemade maraca
Trying Katie Bug's Shaved Ice. I had the Mango with chili pepper. Liv has the raspberry lemonade. 
Enjoying all sorts of musical talent from around our city.
 
This kid never walks when Papa's around!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Frozen Bubblegum Princess Party

For her 5th birthday my little princess requested a Frozen Bubblegum Princess party. Because she loves the movie Frozen, she had to wait until she was 5 to have gum, and she loves all things princess. Sounds simply complicated enough right?!
I had a lot of fun making her cake. The rock candy came in handy for making Elsa's ice palace! Liv requested blue bubblegum balls around it and we managed to find some that were perfect!
I was hoping to have most of the party outdoors but since the weather was a bit cooler on Saturday morning, we moved all the furniture against the walls in our house and made do! 
The kids all wore their favorite princess costumes (unless you were a boy and then you could just wear your fav costume!) and we made crowns with jewel stickers and castles scenes with all sorts of things to decorate them with.
We continued the Thumbprint guest book. This year it was a bubblegum machine! I always like looking at the ones from years past too!
We got out lots of her princess toys to play with and blared the Frozen soundtrack.
We played pin the nose on Olaf, relay dress up race (the whole "relay" concept was a bit hard for the younger ones to understand but it was still fun!), and hula hoop balloon toss.
Then we came inside where it was a bit warmer to sing Happy Birthday, eat some food, and open up presents.
I let Liv and Papa go wild with her haggled garage sale princess decor in the kitchen!
It was a wonderful party and having Grammy and Papa there was just the icing on the birthday cake!
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