Saturday, May 28, 2011

Early Matirement

Well....Baby Boy is definitely keeping things interesting for us this pregnancy.  I think he must be concerned that he is going to be sharing the spotlight with Luke when he arrives and so he is trying to steal as much attention as possible right now.

Yesterday I had my Biophysical profile and 34 week OB appt.  The biophysical went great, Baby Boy passed in record time and looked great...other than the fact that he is still breech, frank breech at that, meaning that his arms, legs/feet and head are all up between my ribs...not too comfortable.  At my OB appt I mentioned to her that I had been having contractions in the last few days so she decided to check if there is any "progress." I will spare you the details, but needless to say, Baby Boy seems to be possibly making his move earlier than desired.  So, my OB told me that yesterday was my last day of work.  I am supposed to take it easy and keep my feet up...not on official bed rest, hopefully I can avoid that, but definitely need to not be driving 1-2 hours away each morning for work and standing on my feet and lifting like I have been.  Additionally, she sent me over to the hospital to get a steroid shot to help with Baby Boy's lung development should he come earlier than 37 weeks.  I go for the second shot today.  At the hospital they also hooked me up to the monitor to track Baby Boy's heart rate and my contractions.  I had about 3-4 bigger contractions in 45 minutes...they want less than 6 in an hour.  So I got to go home at about 6pm last night with list of preterm labor signs/symptoms. 

I am feeling much better today.  I can't believe that I am off work until this baby arrives...hopefully it is a long 6 more weeks!  In the mean time, please pray that this little guy stays put for another three weeks and continues to grow and get stronger and healthier, every day is a blessing.  We really want to be able to bring him home right away from the hospital.  Feel free to add a little sugar on top to those prayers if you have time...we need one final somersault from this little man...mama doesn't want a C Section!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

New Room and Baby Boy Update

Luke has adjusted really well to his new room upstairs!  We are so happy it has gone smoothly.  Below are a few pics of his transportation room, nothing spectacular, but he seems to really enjoy all the space he has to play.  There is now room in the evening for Luke, mom, dad, and both dogs, plus toys! We recycled quite a few items for his room...the table and chairs were my mom's when she was growing up that we sanded a painted, the book shelf Drew's dad made him when he was child that we also painted and the shelf on the wall was in my room as a kid!  He loves the decals on the wall and I don't have to worry about him pulling something heavy down off the wall in to his crib with him! It only took about 2 minutes of coloring at the table for him to draw on the wall with crayon....awesome!

Unfortunately, the little man isn't feeling very well this weekend.  He had a rough night and Drew took him to the pediatrician this morning because we felt Luke wasn't breathing well, and right now he is getting a steroid shot and a breathing treatment, poor little man.

Yesterday we had another biophysical and growth scan, and our second little man seems to be doing well.  He had chunked up 2 lbs since our last growth scan and came in at 4lbs 10 oz.  I feel really good about his size and will be especially happy once we know he is over the 5.5lb mark.  The only down side to the scan yesterday was that he is still breech and my amniotic fluid was a little low, still in the normal range, but much lower than the previous week.  Apparently it can fluctuate quite a bit and the measurement isn't exact so hopefully next week we will be back on track...until then it looks like I will be drinking lots of water and standing on my head in hopes of a better report next week!  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

18 Months

This weekend we set out to take some 18 Month and Family pictures with Luke!  I have to admit that when I envisioned these pictures I thought it would be 80 degrees, sunny and that Luke would be "Luke."  Well, reminder number 5000 that parenting doesn't always go according to "Mom's plan" occurred instead.  Our original plan to take pictures at an abandoned farm got scratched because it was rainy and muddy earlier in the week, so we went to an amazing backup location, Loose Park, one of my favorite KC spots on Saturday morning.  You would have never known that just 3 days earlier it was 95 and sunny here in KC (and I will admit I was kind of complaining about that too because it scared me for June will be like big huge and pregnant).  Yesterday morning it was 45, breezy, cloudy and just down right cold and Luke let us know all about it!  He was not up for pictures, and who could blame the poor little guy!  Our usually sunny, happy, giggly, excited 18 month old was transformed into a cranky, whiny little man that could only be comforted by his daddy, and I will admit that this mama might not have been in the greatest of spirits either!  All that being said, our great friend Bethany Good (check out her photography website (, she rocks!) still managed to capture some amazing pics of our little family of three going on four.  To see a few of our pics check out this link!  Thank you so much Bethany, you are so talented and we really appreciate you putting up with us yesterday!

In other 18 month news, Luke made the big move this weekend to his new room and he did amazing!  He hasn't tried once to go back to his old room and he slept a great 12 hours last night and a wonderful 2.5 hour nap this afternoon!  Yesterday's nap was shorter than normal, but after last night and today I feel totally confident that he is content!  He made it super easy on us!  I will post some pictures of his new room soon, I still have a few pictures I want to hang up and to be honest I am feeling too lazy right now to go take pictures of it!  Right now the nursery is littered with all of Luke's outgrown clothes that I am sorting through and all of the baby stuff is slowly migrating back up from the basement to prepare for Baby Boy!  This little man will be here before we know it!

Friday, May 13, 2011

All Grown Up!

Earlier this week after watching Luke pick up a napkin, walk over and wipe my face, then walk over to the trash can and throw the napkin away I said to Drew "oh my gosh, he's all grown up" to which Drew replied "not really babe, he doesn't wipe his own butt". So that is true, we are far from potty training, but in many other facets I feel like every day Luke becomes a boy instead of a baby. I guess it's a good thing because the little man needs to do a lot of growing up here in the next 6-8 weeks! This weekend we will begin the "big exodus" to the upstairs...something I think I may be more anxious about than Luke! I am mostly worried about disrupting his amazing sleep...I don't want to interfere with our 12 hour nights and long afternoon nap!Luke began sitting at the dinner table with a place mat and plate this week and was ecstatic to do it like mom and dad! He brushes his hair, cleans up his face after meals, likes to pretend wash his hair in the bath, use a fork, fill his own water bottle with ice and water, and many other fun things! It's so gratifying to watch him mature and grow! These last 18 months have been amazing and I couldn't be more proud of our sweet little man.

Last weekend Drew went a little crazy at Toys R Us...and Luke basically walked out with the store...but I know all his fun new toys will help when Baby Boy arrives. Luke is now the proud owner of a water station, sandbox (with a million toys), pool, soccer goal, basketball goal, swing, and a few other items I can't recall right now. We had a great time watching him explore them all last weekend...the water station is by far his favorite!
Checking out all my fun sand toys! 

With Mimi and Daddy on Mother's Day

Mother's Day

My new Water Station...we had to fill it 3 times on Sunday because Luke watered all the plants in the yard with the water many times!

Eating at the table for the first time, so grown up!

Terribly out of focus...but this is Luke's new face when he sees a camera...."CHEESE!!!!"

We had a nice Mother's Day with both sides of the family and enjoyed the gorgeous weather. I am so lucky to be Luke's mom, he brings so much joy to our lives!

Things are good with Baby Boy, the last few biophysicals have all been great, next week is the growth scan and I am anxious to see how his growth has progressed over the last month. I am so grateful we have made it to this stage in the pregnancy and that he is getting all the womb time he needs to be healthy and strong on arrival. The only hiccup is that he is still breech, he has a little time (and a little room!) remaining to make the big flip, but we are getting down to the wire...please say some prayers that he goes tumbling soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Can We Build It?

In the kind words of Bob the Builder, YES WE CAN (well sort of...with some help)! So the bathroom project (see last week's post) is mostly complete!...along with a heavy dose of reality!  I wanted all the aesthetic changes to make the bathroom look "new" way to do that though I have learned it to just tear the sucker down to the studs!  Since that wasn't an option, our bathroom budget went mostly to behind the scenes work-replacing a rotted, leaky window, replacing corroded and leaky plumbing and adding valves and other things I don't really understand, patching and painting the ceiling, and adding an exhaust fan.  None of these things make a bathroom look very cute, but they sure are necessary!  Before you go getting all impressed...we didn't do all of these things on our own, we had some help and left the plumbing and window placement to the professionals!  It is amazing what some new light fixtures, mirrors and a fresh coat of paint can do however to help transform blah into voila!

Now, we are almost ready to move Luke upstairs to his new digs...hopefully he adjusts well, because there is no going back now!

The little man is doing great, so happy, giggly, inquisitive and chatty.  He tells us the longest, most dramatic stories and laughs at the things he is telling us...too bad we know very little of what the stories entail....we play along though with the hope that soon it will all come together!