Saturday, October 31, 2015

Week 34

So we are officially FIVE weeks away from our set cesarean date! Wow! In only five weeks I will get to hold and snuggle our third baby, God willing of course. 

My 34 week appointment went great. Nothing new, just routine. Baby is around the size of a cantaloupe now! I am hoping to follow my OB's advice for some pelvic relief the next few weeks to carry this cantaloupe around :) My other option is physical therapy--- definitely don't have time or money for that, so I am going to try and follow Dr. Placeks directions for my belly band and a large exercise ball! 

I made sure to have get somebody lined up to take care of our boys when we go to the hospital so that is one thing checked off my list. They will get to spend the weekend with their Meemaw so I'm sure they won't miss their momma and dad one bit! 


My list before baby is most likely not going to be completed but I'm still trying to get as much as possible done! My next priority is to get some meals on the freezer. I hope to have some things for breakfast, dinner and supper made up ahead of delivery day and in the freezer. 
I am also plugging away at our Christmas shopping! If I don't get it purchased or made before baby Aspen arrives, it most likely won't get done after! ;) 
I was hoping to get our bedroom painted, but I'm thinking that is not going to be checked off the list. 

Anyways, here are some updates on how momma and baby are doing at 34 weeks pregnant:

Craving: steak and tators... For real! My hubby needs to take me out to eat I think! 

Feeling: hiccups! Poor babe! 

Belly Button: poking out more and more I believe 

Wearing: my belly band for extra support and comfy pants as soon as I get home! 

Symptoms: still sore, still lots of acid reflux :(  nesting mode is really kicking in, however it is a little difficult to get much done between work, and chores, and two little boys. I'm pretty sure my bladder needs emptied hourly these days, which also takes so much time, especially when I always have a toddler following closely behind! 








Thursday, October 29, 2015

33 Weeks

I wanted to get this post done this past weekend... but... it didn't happen :)

Procrastination and household chores got the best of me.

Anyways, update on being 33 weeks along with our third little blessing:

                

Craving - Anything sweet!

Sleeping - Not getting as much as I would like, but that is to be expected.

Symptoms - So sore! My lower back, hips, and pelvic area are all sore. It hurts to roll over in bed, hurts to stand up, hurts to turn my upper body... just hurts. Baby Aspen is a lot lower than the boys were so of course there is more pressure down there, plus my ab muscles were pretty much non-existent before getting pregnant this time so I am sure that doesn't help.  The pain pretty much feels like I just had a cesarean... only it has been about 14 months since Noah was born... PLUS the pain in my lower back and hips.
I also have a ton of heartburn and wake-me-in-the-middle-of-the-night acid reflux... which I did have with both boys.
The braxton hicks contractions have been going strong and can occasionally take my breath away, but they are nothin' compared to the lower pain in my hip/pelvis area.   (I am done complaining now, I know I will forget about all the discomfort when she is in my arms!)

Belly Button - Just barely poking OUT. If I am just wearing a T-shirt around the house, you can see it. You can't tell it's an outie when I get dressed for the day though since my outfits are a little more layered due to the changing weather.

Currently Anticipating - My 34 week appointment in two days. We are getting closer to my scheduled cesarean date so we will start discussing details, which is always VERY exciting. PLUS I am getting my hair cut that afternoon and I need it SOOOOO bad! Seriously, I can barely get a pick through my ends because they are so damaged right now.

Wearing - My clothing options are getting a little slimmer these days. I am not one to spend a ton on maternity clothes. I think I have one pair of new jeans and a couple new t-shirts (and by new, I mean bought them when I was pregnant with Noah :)  Other than that I have bought used from friend and family or the thrift store. I also had some loaned and given to me. I am finding that so many of the actual maternity clothes I had though were either too big or just not my style. I try to not be picky but I just can't pull of bright pink shirts, especially when I have nothing in my wardrobe to pair it with. I can't wear jeans to work so 4 out of 7 days I need something besides jeans. My favorites have been leggings with long tunic style tops, and stretchy, colored jeggings.
I have also been wearing a belly band to help support my BIG OLE BELLY :)

Feeling - A lot of movement under my ribs, she likes to hang out on my right side. She has also had the hiccups about every day for the past 4 or 5 days.

             


We are all so excited to meet Aspen and hold her close to our hearts! Soon, very soon.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fitting five people in our two bedroom home

"How are you going to fit everybody in your house?"

"When are you moving?"

"You better start building a new house."

"Are you looking for a bigger place?"


HA! I have heard these statements and questions so much lately! People, I love you, but your driving me bonkers. We have a plan. Always have. And guess what... God has the ultimate plan and it seems to suit us just fine right now. We are happy with His plan for our family right now, we are actually loving it.

Before having any kids, Jerrad and I both knew we wanted more than a "couple" and talked many times about having four babes! As we are on number three and people keep asking "Are you done after this?" we are still saying four! GASP!!!! We do hope to have a bigger home by the time we have another babe, but since number three is still cookin' in my womb, I would say we have some time :)

As we get closer to my cesarean date I am feeling all the "nesting" vibes and trying to tidy our little home. Yes, we have every intention of staying in our little two bedroom home with three kiddos.

The boys will share a room... that has always been the plan, but Noah is still in our bed so we are trying to get him to sleep in the crib in the boys room now.. pray for us, would ya? He has never been a good sleeper but is FINALLY sleeping through the night so we are slowly working towards him sleeping in the crib... at least start out in there, that would be a giant leap.  The boys have the bigger bedroom and closet so that helps with all the toys that I hate :)

When we bring baby Aspen home she will of course sleep in mine and Jerrad's room. OR the living room.... since I often fall asleep in the recliner while nursing my littles (If you have never done this, YOU ARE SUPERMOM!)  She has a little dresser in the corner of our room for clothing, blankets, burp rags, etc. We also have a long dresser that the hubby and I share, I have set up a little changing area on top of that for her. I also plan on decorating the area just a little girly for her. Since Noah slept in our room for so long, I have no plans or hopes of Aspen doing much different.

Our living areas: kitchen, dining, and living room are all decent size so we aren't extremely cramped, just cozy. We also have so much outdoor space to make up for the lack of indoor space. Right now, with our kiddos still little, we actually enjoy our small space. If only I had a little more storage space....

WHY we aren't leaving our home....
*It is our first home.
*We own it, free and clear.... moving would mean adding an expense that we don't currently have. (I am not bragging or trying to toot my own horn here, just stating a fact... also, it is a trailer house with an addition, so obviously not too expensive HA)
*We bought Jerrad's grandparents farm a few years ago and make payments on that... not cheap, and we can't afford another mortgage.
*We still fit, just a little cozy.
*We are trying to make a life for ourselves and our kids... which includes a GET THE HECK OUT OF DEBT plan... Just because society thinks we need a bigger home, doesn't mean we actually do.


Of course, we do not owe anybody an explanation of WHY, however, some people can't wrap their heads around it so I thought I would be kind enough to explain. You're welcome.

Love and blessings to you all,

Dakota 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lil' Pumpkin Baby Sprinkle

This last Sunday we had a little celebration to gear up for the arrival of baby Aspen. The party was put together by my good friend, Angela, with some help from some of our church family and sister, Emily.

There were a couple quick games and then everybody helped to make some BEAUTIFUL headbands for baby girl! We now have an amazing stash of hair pretties that were made out of love for our precious babe. Hopefully she will not mind wearing them, being the first girl out of three kiddos I am a little excited to dress her up in pink and bows! :)

The party had a "Lil' Pumpkin" theme and it was extremely beautiful. I couldn't have asked for better people to love on us!

I had requested this cake from a "Pin" I had seen, and requested the flavor to by carrot... It came out perfect, and YUMMY!!!

                                                 


Angela decorated the large "A" with washi tape! I already have the perfect place for it and will share pictures when I get her little area all done.

                                                   


The cupcakes were done by the same gal that made the cake and each had a cute little pumpkin on top! Angela made the hanging decorations above the table out of coffee filters that she died herself.



All the tables had the lace looking tablecloths and fresh baby's breath, so sweet and girly.

                                                


Everybody pinned a note to include in Aspens baby book.

                       


Headband making supplies.
                       


With five boys and a love of pink, Rebecca was very excited to make a headband, or two!

                                   

Noah found somebody with food of course! Thanks Amanda for sharing! :)

                  


Party favors. I just added some Elmer's glue to the top of the little pumpkins and spread it out a little, sprinkled gold glitter and tied on a Thank You tag that I stamped.

                    



Our family is very loved. We are so blessed to have all these amazing people in our lives that want to celebrate with us! Thank you so much everybody for sharing in our excitement for Baby Number Three!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lately

Wow, it has been awhile :) 4 months, actually, since I last posted on here. We have been busy in those last 4 months though, just like everybody else during the summer months. Life will kind of settle down for the next month or so, then pick back up again as we go into holidays and BABY TIME!!!


We are seriously just a little over seven weeks away from meeting baby Aspen. This pregnancy has flown by, and I am assuming it is because we have a four and one year old to chase after. Parker started school, and soccer... Noah is crawling and furniture cruising everywhere and in every cupboard these days. One of these days he will surprise us and walk across the room :)  (wishful thinking)


As we get closer to our cesarean date for baby Aspen, I am becoming more aware that I am pregnant... and that we are, in deed, having a little girl. Honestly, with the busyness going on, I don't get much time to actually think about this pregnancy or how it will be having our first baby girl...   I am reminded much more often as she kicks and squirms in my belly though. Pretty sure she is going to be just as active as the boys... I am not sure if she sleeps much. All.The.Kicking.All.The.Time.   She seems to enjoy getting right into my ribs, on the right side (much like the boys).

We will be celebrating her pending arrival this weekend at church with a little "shower". I firmly believe in celebrating every baby, no matter how many you have had, so my friend Angela is throwing an amazing party and all my guests will help make pretty little headbands! Fun, RIGHT??? :)


I will try to post photos of the party afterwards, as I am sure it will be beautiful... Angela knows how to party  :)

As we grow :)