Some recent goings-on…

I wanted to post these cute pictures that we took from when we picked out a pumpkin and when we went to the park the other day, but they are pretty self-explanatory, so I don’t need to give a lot of commentary.  So, just enjoy the pics.  🙂








24 weeks

What’s new with the baby?

Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound. Since he’s almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing “branches” of the respiratory “tree” as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?

Good – not too much to report, really.  Lots of good movement the last couple of days, so that’s been nice.  My energy is good.  I’ve been taking some naps on the weekends, which has been really nice, and the weather is wonderful so we’ve been outside getting a lot of fresh air!

Weight gain?
 I think I’ll wait till my next appt on the 7th for this!
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I’m not really looking forward to Daylight Savings Time kicking in next weekend.  I love the onset of fall and winter, but I could do without it getting dark at 5pm.  We like playing outside in the evening when it feels the most pleasant, so this will be hard to adjust to.  Maybe we’ll just use flashlights.


No change here.  I got pictures of the bed and tables taken so I just need to get it posted online for sale.  Then comes cleaning out the last bits and pieces and painting and carpet cleaning!  I washed all the newborn and 0-3 month clothing this weekend, so that counts, too!

Highlights of the week?

Hmmm…nothing I can think of, specifically.  We’re kind of in same-old, same-old mode right now.

Belly pic:


U is 2!

Well….U’s second birthday has come and gone.  I handled this one much better than the first one…I think because it didn’t feel like I was losing my baby this time.  He was already feeling like a big kid, so this was just another step in that direction.  We had his birthday party on Saturday, which was the day before his actual birthday, and it was great!  I think we all had a pretty fun time.

The balloons were such a hit – I’m going to remember that as a sure-fire entertainment method for kids’ birthdays from now on.  Cheap and easy!  Urijah and Ada played with them for days afterwards, too.


Story time…


And food!  I think the missing thing in this picture is the sandwiches, which Dad had gone to pick up for us.


This series of pictures cracks me up – it was right after U had blown out the candle and decided to sample the frosting.  His and Ada’s reactions are just perfect, I think!  She is keeping a close watch on things.

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Thanks Nanny and Paw-Paw for my new bike and helmet!  This was the maiden voyage…I think it’s going to take some practice, but he’ll be off and rolling soon, no doubt.  Ada had a bit more experience so she actually got moving a bit on her turn!

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We took advantage of all of us being dressed nicely and looking decent to get some good family pics….and this one probably is my favorite since we had an addition!  This is how our family would look if we had had twins…although they couldn’t look more different, right?



22 and 23 weeks

Since there was so much excitement going on around here with 2nd birthdays and family visiting, week 22 got overlooked so I’ll lump it in today!

What’s new with the baby?

Week 22 – At 11 inches (the length of a spaghetti squash) and almost 1 pound, your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment. If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he’ll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

Week 23 -Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.


Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?

Really good…fall is here, the days are cooler, and that has helped a ton!  I can get outside and not feel like I’m going to drop over from heatstroke.  But I think that would also be the case even if I wasn’t pregnant!  I’m feeling the baby move more and more…still nothing too dramatic, but I’ve begun to see the first movements from the outside.  Just little pops here and there, but it’s nice to feel.  I am noticing that I need more sleep, I think; which is hard since Scott and I are used to staying up late watching tv or movies together.  But waking up in the morning is feeling harder and harder, so maybe my body needs a bit more rest.  I did take a nap yesterday during Urijah’s nap and it was wonderful.  Just what I needed!

Weight gain?
I finally had my prenatal appt this past week and I am up 16 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  Darn you, Haagen-Dazs.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I do miss having my family here, even though it was a busy week!  We had a great time and I will do another post to recap their visit and U’s birthday.  A good time was had by all, I’d say!

I am really looking forward to the holidays.  It feels like I can officially say that now since the weather has changed a bit and we are having cooler nights and days…it makes me want to make chili and bake things with pumpkin and spice in them.  I finally got U’s Halloween outfit ready and now I’m looking forward to the next week or two that we will get to do fun Halloween things around town.  We have one Halloween party lined up with some other moms and kids and a Halloween festival to go to, as well.  We did got this weekend to an Austin nursery that was having their PumpkinFest and checked it out.  We went thinking we would get a pumpkin, but at about $20 we skipped that purchase and just got one at HEB for about half that price.  We still had a fun time, though!  (I have some cute pictures to post but they aren’t off the camera yet.  They’ll come later this week.  It will be picture overload!)

I got in my head this past week that I would need a couple more crib sheets for the new baby’s bed, since the 4 that we currently have wouldn’t really be enough for both kids.  It felt urgent, like something I shouldn’t forget to do, so I had to stop right away and got 2 more sheets, only to realize that it’s probably going to be a while before the new baby even sleeps in his own crib.  But hey….better to have them on hand right?  Ha!  Hopefully this week I can take pictures and post the guest bedroom furniture online for someone to come buy.  Hopefully it goes quick and with not much hassle.  Then I can empty out the closet and the room will be ready for carpet cleaning and painting!

Highlights of the week?

The weather was wonderful – we had a lot of outdoor family time which was really nice.  And U’s birthday party – it was so fun and he seemed like he enjoyed himself!

Belly pic:

22 weeks and 23 weeks respectively

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21 weeks – kind of a boring update. I’m sorry.

What’s new with the baby?
At 10.5 inches and about 12.2 ounces, she’s big enough now that you’ve probably been feeling her movements.During week 21, baby’s digestive system preps for the outside world; she’s manufacturing meconium — the tarry black substance you’ll find in her first dirty diaper!
Food comparison this week is…
(Not sure how we went from a banana to a pomegranate.  that seems…backwards.)
How am I feeling?

Overall..not bad.  No heartburn since those 2 days last week.  Must have been a fluke thing.  Or, it could have been that we had some lemonade in the house and I had some both of the days I had heartburn, and that’s it.  Coincidence?  Maybe…so long as it stays gone, I’m fine with it.  And I might just avoid lemonade from here on out, just in case.  Otherwise, I’m just feeling sort of large.  And I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed with the change in my *almost* two year old.  He has started getting frustrated and tantrum-y when things do not go his way.  I feel like it was a sudden change and I’m not sure what to do with it, but thankfully, the bouts of it are pretty short and he is usually pretty easily distracted.  He’s such a good and easy-going kid, that this sort of behavior is just foreign.  I hope it will be a pretty short phase.  On the flipside, he is really into hugging and kissing right now, so that mostly makes up for the whining and crying.

Weight gain?
Today was supposed to be my prenatal appt, but it got cancelled since there is a mom in labor at the birth center.  Hopefully we can get it rescheduled soon.
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

Family is here!  yay!  We’re having fun so I’ll keep this week’s update short.


Nothing really new this week on this front.

Highlights of the week?

I can’t think of anything particularly stand-out except for Urijah’s first real haircut a couple nights ago.  He was freaked out and he cried, but a lollipop and holding Dad’s hand for the duration seemed to help quite a bit.

Belly pic:

we missed last week’s picture, but I’m going to try really hard to get one taken this week.  Who knew it was so hard?!

Yours? Mine.

I love bargains!  I inherited that from my Mom.  But I also learned from my Dad that you get what you pay for, so when it counts, spend good money.  In this case, I think I did both.  The consignment sale that I  have been looking forward to was last night.  Well, the pre-sale was last night – the sale goes on through Saturday, but since I was consigning some stuff this time and I was a volunteer, I got to shop at the pre-sale.  Which is totally worth the 4 hour volunteer shift I did inspecting people’s consignments and putting them out on the floor.  (Even if there were some really nasty and dirty, stained-up things that some people brought in to try to sell. Really…what are some people thinking?  I couldn’t wait to wash my hands when I was done.)

But anyway, the shopping.  It was madness in there!  Lots of people (mostly women…like 98% women) all looking for the best stuff.  Everyone was super polite and I even ran into a couple of ladies that I had volunteered with, so we got to chat for a bit while looking through the racks.  I did pretty well, I think.  I actually did better for the new baby than I did for Urijah, which was surprising, but I realized that as I was looking at everything, it’s really hard to dress a kid for winter in Texas.  Since this was the Fall/Winter event, everything had to be long sleeved or sweaters, jeans, coats, etc.  So, there were so many cute things, but I was trying to be realistic about what he could really get the most use out of.  Last year, he was wearing shorts sleeves and shorts in January and February, followed by days in sweats and hats.  So, I was choosy and didn’t load up on too many heavy winter items.  But the baby was a bit easier.  I looked for some newborn and 3 month sleepers (since those are fine for a baby for winter/spring) and then I jumped right up to the 9-12 month section for next fall for him, as well.

Here’s what I got for Urijah:


2 sweaters, a button down shirt, one long-sleeve t shirt, a brown sweater/hoodie and some dinosaur pjs

And for the baby:


4 sleepers, a Halloween shirt, khaki overalls, a sweater, 3 piece Christmas outfit, 2 piece newborn outfit, footie pajamas and a 3 piece set with a hoodie.  Oh, and a seriously cute Christmas vest.  Well, my intention it to use it for Christmas pictures, anyhow.)

And this was a steal at $5 for Urijah , as well:


So, 18 clothing items/sets and 1 toy, for $79.  Not bad, eh?  I’m a sucker for Gap clothes for kids, so quite a few things are Gap brand, one shirt was Janie and Jack, and the rest were Carters/Target, etc.  I’m planning to go back on Saturday, when it is the half price day, to see if there is anything else we might need.  The area with the toys was so jam packed you could hardly sort through the tables of stuff without causing an avalanche of Fisher Price and Little Tikes, so maybe that will be easier to navigate on Saturday once the merchandise has thinned out some.  I looked for a booster seat, and there were a few, but nothing spectacular that I had to have.  All in all, a success, I’d say!  Oh, and I checked online today and already 8 of my consignment items have sold (totaling $41)!  Just at the pre-sale last night.  So I can check again each night when they upload all the sales info and it will reflect what items are sold each day.  So exciting!  And since I volunteered, I get 70% of the selling price for my items.  I have a total of 40 things for sale, so I think that I will have made back all my spent money, and then some, by the time it’s all done.

Also, in unrelated news, I ordered a custom diaper bag from a girl off Etsy and it arrived yesterday!  I love it.  I had this same girl make me a purse several years ago and I really like it and it’s held up well, so I asked if she could make me a bag similar to it, just bigger and taa-daa!  Here ’tis:


It’s reversible – grey and white chevron canvas weight fabric on one side, and solid grey on the other.


3 pockets inside and a key fob


and 3 pockets outside on the back.  And the strap is adjustable.  Super spacious inside  – plenty of room for whatever stuff both a toddler and a new baby need.  I think we’re going to have a long and happy relationship!

20 weeks – Halfway point! It’s all downhill from here. (just kidding)

What’s new with the baby?
Baby weighs about 10.2 ounces and measures about 6.5 inches. He’s still got a lot of growing to do, though.  At week 20, your baby has working taste buds, and he’s gulping down several ounces of amniotic fluid each day — that’s significantly more than before.
Food comparison this week is…
How am I feeling?
OK.  This past week the heartburn started.  I never had any heartburn with Urijah, so this is new territory for me.  But I know from Lisa’s experience that it’s pretty miserable.  So far, I’ve only had two nights where it’s woken me up and interrupted my sleep.  And it hasn’t really bothered me at all during the day…just nighttime.  The first night, I didn’t realize what it was for a while.  I kind of felt nauseated and uncomfortable, and tossed and turned quite a bit, and then it registered.  I got up and went downstairs to google what I could do about it.  Interestingly enough, I found a list of foods to eat that could help alleviate it, and apple was one of those things.  So, there I am, at 4 in the morning, standing at the kitchen sink eating an apple.  And you know what?  It totally worked.  In just a few minutes, in fact.  I think it also probably helped that I was practically sitting up in bed, propped up by pillows, when I fell back asleep, but whatever works!  The next night, I woke up really thirsty, so I got a couple of gulps of water from the bathroom sink and got back into bed, and in just a few minutes, the burning sensation started.  Water?  Really?  So I went back downstairs and had some more apple.  Seriously, a miracle food!  So, I haven’t had heartburn the last 2 or 3 nights, but I’ve made sure not to have anything to eat or drink for about 2 hours before going to bed, and I’m propping myself up on pillows at least until I fall asleep.  Seems to be working so far.  But if it comes back, I’ll keep using the apple trick as long as it works!
Also, yesterday and today, I seem to be dragging, energy-wise.  I’m hoping it’s a passing thing and I’ll feel more energized soon.  Urijah is at the go-go-go stage (can it be called a stage if it’s probably going to last for the next 10 years?) and he wants to either be climbing all over you like a jungle gym, or going “fa”!  That’s ‘fast’ for all you lay-people.  He loves to chase and wants to run, run, run – preferably with you running in front of him.  And I feel guilty that I always just want to say, “But, I’m tiiiired.”  So, we run.
Weight gain?
I’m not checking again until my next prenatal appt on October 8th!
What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?

I miss….not much right now.  Looking forward to the family visit, Urijah’s birthday, and doing some fall activities.  Pumpkin patches, Halloween parties and whatnot.


Last night my volunteer shift for the consignment sale and today is when I get to shop early.  So, last night Scott and U were on their own for about 5 hours while I was working.  I’m hoping to find a booster seat for U (He’s about ready to quit using his highchair seat and really, is only about 4  pounds from the weight limit max on it, anyhow), maybe a Beco baby carrier (but I think that’s unlikely because people love those things and they are expensive, so I’ll be surprised if one happens to be at the sale…but you never know!), and maybe some books on potty training and preparing a toddler for a new sibling.  Oh, and maybe a Halloween costume for Urijah, as well.  Still can’t think of something good for him to be, so maybe there will be just the perfect thing there.  In addition to the clothes.

Highlights of the week?

I can’t think of anything specific except for some good rain that we got!  That’s always exciting and a big deal around here.  And especially when it leads to morning temps in the 60s.  Cause to celebrate!

Belly pic:

we’ll take one tonight and I’ll update it later…