Where has the time gone? When I counted up how many months old Levi is now, I was surprised that he is 30 months old! He is such a big boy now too. He’s grown into such a sweet and compassionate boy. He loves to give kisses and hugs and “smuggles”. He still likes to hold my hair but not as often as he used to.

 
Daddy is still Levi’s very favorite person, or so it seems. Almost every morning starts with him asking me “Where’s Daddy?” and when I reply that Daddy is at work, Levi is always disappointed and asks the ever famous question “WHY?” I always tell him that Daddy goes to work to make money so we can buy things. Oftentimes Levi will come back with something that he wants to buy – candy, toys, marshmallows or whatever is on his mind that day. 🙂

 
“Why?” is definitely a favorite word in this house. Much over-used. I do my best to answer all the “why”s , but sometimes I fizzle out of answers and come back with the cop-out answer “Cause”. So now when I ask Levi why he did something, he answers back with that annoying little “cause”.

 

 
DH went squirrel hunting recently and both boys were totally enthralled with the whole process. Once the squirrel was cooked up, Tru and I declined eating it (Tru says he’ll try the next one though) but DH and Levi enjoyed their meal together – squirrel fricassee. Now Levi is anxious for DH to go hunting again! Deer season is right around the corner so I’m sure he will be thrilled with that. 🙂

 

 
Levi is getting better all the time at helping pick up toys and do little jobs to *help* Mommy. He is unmotivated at times to clean up toys but once Tru and I are working with him, he usually does a good job and you can see the satisfaction that both boys have over a job well done. Once we get everything picked up, I usually run the vacuum. Levi always runs to get his toy vacuum and sweeps nearly the whole time that I do. So cute!  I’ve found that if I have the boys clean up in the afternoon with me, they will usually keep the messes picked up the rest of the evening. I’ve even heard them reminding each other to not make a mess. It’s really cute how they work together.

 

 
What is not so cute is how they fight together. We have been relatively fortunate that they haven’t really been too aggressive toward each other…. until recently. Now I’ve seen them becoming more easily ticked off and this has resulted in frequently hitting and pulling hair etc. We are working on it but there’s only so much that I can do. I have noticed that sometimes having them sit together side by side in time out actually helps them not be so angry with each other. Anyway….

 

 

 

A few days ago, Levi learned how to climb out of his bed (playpen). He’s pretty well outgrown it anyway but we hadn’t decided what to move him to yet. This morning, Truett climbed out of his bed (crib) for the first time ever! (Unbelievable considering he turns 4 in 3 weeks and has never climbed out yet) I think it is time to make the switch to big beds for both of them. Tru already has a big bed in his room, so that is easy enough. Now I need to figure out what to do for Levi. This morning he came running into my bedroom bright and early and declared “I done sweepies! (sleeping)” I was most definitely not done “sweepies” myself so he sat on my floor and played with a toy for a bit until I got up.

Some favorites right now:

  • Riding bikes on the sidewalk. DH and I want to get the boys some powered 4-wheelers soon. I imagine they would have so much fun with those!
  • Bubbles!
  • Dry erase boards!! Oh, the sadness these cause when it’s time to put them up….
  • Playing with the cat. I.e. chasing it and trying to pick it up. Thankfully it puts up with the boys, mostly.
  • Playing in the sandbox either here or at the park.
  • Going to the park and giving me multiple anxiety attacks watching the boys navigate the playground equipment. Last week we went and Levi started to fall face-first down the steps. He wasn’t hurt but my panic level rose considerably! (Same park he broke his leg at last year)
  • Feeding pigger with Daddy. Those boys and DH love that pig. Me? Not so much. But I’m happy for them to have their noisy, stinky garbage disposal.
  • Coloring with Mommy. Levi isn’t big on coloring alone but if I color with him, that’s the best. 🙂 I think I enjoy it even more than he does. 😉

 

 

Levi really loves to work on ANY type of art project, or *schoolwork*, as he refers to it. 😉 Tru does work in his preschool books and Levi likes to be included. I found some preschool workbooks really cheap and some of them have things in them that Levi can do. He especially enjoys putting stickers on the correct shapes and he’s getting the hang of circling items. I’ve started letting him cut pieces of paper with kids scissors too. He will sit there and cut paper until it’s nothing but confetti. He knows all the colors quite well. He can count pretty far, I think I’ve heard him go past 12. He’s getting the hang of some letters now too, but can’t recognize them by sight yet. Tru loves to watch Leapfrog DVDs, and even though Levi doesn’t like to sit and watch TV at all, he hears what is playing and I hear him singing the songs off of kid shows sometimes. Kids are such absorbent little sponges! So receptive to learning.

 

 

I wish I could remember some of the cute stuff Levi has been saying lately. Hardly a day goes by without him saying something funny that makes me laugh. I need to jot it down but oftentimes I’m driving or busy and can’t write it down, and later, I’ve forgotten. I also wish I had more video of Levi talking. I realized the other day that I haven’t taken much video lately and lots of the cute transitional phases of Levi learning to talk, haven’t really been recorded. 😦 He talks like such a big kid now. Anything Tru says, Levi repeats. Tru will say “Can we go to the little cart store, Mommy?” and I will answer him. Then immediately, Levi asks the same exact question. He learns so much from Tru!

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You for this beautiful little boy. This sweet little caring person who calls me Mommy. Thank You for the blessing of getting to love him and take care of him. Thank You for all the love and joy that he adds to our family. Please watch over him and protect him as he grows and learns. Keep him strong and healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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How far along? 28 weeks 4 days (8-31-17) I skipped writing my 27 week update but I did take a picture. I skipped taking my 28 week picture though. 😉 I can’t believe I’m in the third trimester now!

 

Symptoms? I’ve been having some low back/hip discomfort and tightness – I wouldn’t really call it pain, just uncomfortable. I also still have the restless legs pretty bad. I’ve had some shortness of breath here and there but nothing too bad. OH! And the return of the need to take that good ol’ Milk of Magnesia again. 😉

 

Weight? +28 to 29lbs

 

Cravings/aversions? I just really can’t stand the thought of seafood and I am back to wanting a nice big salad. 🙂

 

Sleep? Not good. I’ve never been a good sleeper. In fact, some of my earliest memories, around age 3-4, are of laying in my bed, unable to fall asleep. But during pregnancy, I always have this sweet phase where I sleep really well. But I think that is wearing off and I’m back to my usual insomnia again…. 😦

 

Bump? Wow! It feels heavy all of a sudden. I can definitely tell that this baby is getting bigger and heavier all the time. Before, I hardly noticed my belly, but I can feel the weight now! I bought a belly support band a couple weeks ago and I’ve worn it a few times. It does help, but I also feel kind of constricted with it on, so I don’t wear it too much. We might take the boys to the zoo in a week or two and I plan to wear it if I’m doing any long amounts of walking. Zane has changed position after being in the same spot for a few weeks. He was head down with his back on my right side, facing my left hip. Now, I’m not sure how he is in there but I miss his other position because I could feel his kicks better that way. But, as long as he is comfortable…

 

Exercise? I’ve done the elliptical twice this week. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to squeeze in another day or not. I like that it seems to loosen my body up. Oddly, I’ve had some muscle stiffness lately. I’ve been doing a LOT of stretches lately. They help, to a degree.

 

 

I’ve started doing kick counts more regularly recently. I downloaded an app yesterday to make it easier. It’s nice to have the app and be able to track his more active periods and get an idea for what his normal time is to pass the counts. This part of pregnancy always makes me nervous. Maybe even more so than the first trimester.

 

We have a 4D ultrasound scheduled for tomorrow!! I am so excited! I really waffled on whether or not to do it because of the expense. But honestly, I really wanted to do a 3D with Tru and Levi and I just don’t want to pass up the opportunity again. Hopefully it goes well and we get good pictures!

 

I was reading back on my pregnancy posts from Tru and Levi, and I think this pregnancy feels more similar to how I felt with Truett. I feel pretty good really! I am definitely in the nesting phase as there is just so much I want to get done lately and I get one thing done and don’t really feel any better about my to-do list because there is always another thing I want to do. Most of the stuff is really not vital at all to get done, but don’t try to tell my nesting brain that! I froze one meal this week when I made a double batch of meatloaf. I have more ideas of things I can double and freeze as I do our regular cooking. But if anyone has a good freezer recipe, I am completely open to ideas!! I don’t have a ton of positive experiences with freezing meals. (For example, potato soup was a horrible idea!) So, if you have a tried and true recipe, please do share! Thank you!

 

 

Dear God, You know I have had some extra worries this week. Please continue to carry us safely through. Watch over little Zane and sustain his life according to Your will. Please keep him safe and healthy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

 

How far along? 29 weeks 5 days (9-8-17)

 

Symptoms? Nothing new. I get queasy if I miss a dose of Unisom and have to take Zofran if I want to get anything done if I miss a couple days. I still get very out of breath at times, but this is definitely to be expected at this point. I get random, mild round ligament pain but not nearly as much as with Tru or Levi. If I don’t properly support my legs with pillows when I’m laying on my side, I get pain in my pelvis. I can’t complain. I still feel really good. More heavy and lazy than usual, but not too bad. If I’m on my feet a lot, I might get some swelling, and some discomfort in my hips. So I whine and get DH to rub my back. 😉

 

Weight? +31

 

Cravings/aversions? I just can’t go there with seafood.

 

Exercise? Zero days this week. Aside from a very small bit of light stretching, I haven’t done any kind of exercise. I babysat my cousin’s 5 year old son 2 days this week and DH was off for Labor Day so we took the boys to the lake for their first ever fishing trip. (They didn’t catch anything but they loved it and were so adorable!) I had to run errands on thurs, and on tues I cleaned and sat around the house. It’s all good though. I am taking advantage of time that I have to rest right now and not too concerned about sticking to a schedule. Hopefully next week.

 

Sleep? I’ve been giving myself a foot massage every night because it seems to help with the restless legs. Sleep isn’t the best right now but I don’t seem to need as much lately.

 

Bump? Lots of practice contractions. I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but they are a lot stronger this time around. The Dr said that’s because of having gone through labor before. My bump feels extra low and heavy. I still think Zane is a bigger baby than Tru or Levi. I tried looking at my blog entries with them but I’m not sure what they were weighing at their growth scans around this point. We have a check-up and growth scan in 4 days. I’m really curious to see how much he weighs! Zane is having hiccups about 5-8 times a day/night. Tru had them really often like this but Levi did not. They last around 10-30 minutes and I notice that they are around the same time every day. It’s pretty strange really…. My sister is working on some maternity pics for us. I am excited to see how they look!

 

 

I’ll be honest, this week has been hard for me with anxiety. I’m not sure why exactly. I had a few very rough days/nights. I’m sure all the changing hormones aren’t helping.

 

 

We had our 4D ultrasound last week at 28+5 and it was great! The tech said we would have had better pictures if there was more fluid (Oh, please tell me we aren’t going to repeat the low fluid issues that Tru had!) but we did get a few good ones. Z just sucked on his fingers almost the whole time. The tech kept saying how much she wished he would move his hands so we could get better face shots, but I thought it was adorable how he just kept sucking away on them. I think it was his left hand he was sucking on, so I wonder if he will be left handed? The tech said he already has hair and showed us his hair sticking up. SO cute! He definitely looks to have my super huge nose. 😉 I think he has more of Tru’s chin and forehead. From the side, I see Tru. But straight on I think I see a lot of Levi. I guess time will tell!

 

 

Dear God, thank You for carrying us safely though this week. Please continue to watch over and protect Zane as we approach the end of this pregnancy. Thank You for all your love in blessing us with this beautiful baby. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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So, you know how I had talked about Truett’s belly pain and dry heaving/throwing up episodes? Well, a couple weeks ago I took him to the Dr and he was quite concerned that Tru is still having random episodes of fever, albeit not quite as often as last year. (9 or 10 episodes this year, approx 7 without being sick at all) He sent Tru for blood work and an abdominal x-ray that day. I got really shook up because he mentioned one of the big, scary ‘C’ words while we were going over things. So I spent that night freaking out and worrying. Thankfully, the results of the blood work were in the next morning and showed no obvious problems (although his C-reactive protein was right at the cut off for high but his Dr said that can happen and it’s ok – It’s worth noting though since it’s always high every time they test it.) and when his x-ray results came in, they said he was really backed up, despite not seeming constipated, and his Dr said to give him Prevacid and stool softener and follow up in 4 weeks and do a repeat x-ray. We haven’t gotten to that point in time yet but so far so good with the Prevacid etc and I also started him on a daily probiotic for infants and toddlers. We are supposed to make sure he eats at least 11 grams of fiber a day. I wrote down everything he ate for a week and he easily gets 14-20+ grams a day.

The Dr didn’t really think Tru has acid reflux and since these episodes happen whether he has eaten recently or not, neither do I. But it’s worth trying the Prevacid a few weeks and seeing what happens. And he’s also off dairy temporarily, which is no fun for him since he loves cheese and yogurt and the substitutes just aren’t the same.

We also got a prescription for a rash that Tru has around his mouth that looks like a strep-type rash. The ointment did absolutely nothing for it so for now we are assuming it’s not anything contagious, but it sure doesn’t look good.

Then, last Thursday, Levi came down with a fever, as I mentioned in my last post. In less than 24 hours, he was better. Tru came down with a fever that same night but it didn’t go away and he just got so sick. His chest was so rattly when he tried to breathe at night, he coughed all night, his throat was so sore (he kept asking “Why it hurt when the spit goes down!?”) and he was just so clingy and sad. So, Thurs night is when the fever started. Sat night he coughed all night long and cried so I stayed home from church with the boys on Sun. Monday, after another even worse night, I called his Dr and they got him right in. After his Dr looked him over, he said he wanted to do a chest x-ray to check for pneumonia and also because he should have done one last time to look for lumps in his lungs that could be caused by another big, scary ‘C’ word. (For some reason I just can’t even bring myself to type it). So, shook up again, we headed over to the hospital for the x-ray. Would you believe that Tru was actually disappointed that he didn’t get blood drawn this time?! I guess the more stuff you get done, the more stickers they give you. Crazy boy!

The next morning, Tuesday, the nurse called to say that it was indeed pneumonia AND bronchitis. Tru had a terrible night the night before and was on his second day of not getting out of bed without me helping him. In fact, I put a diaper on him because there was no way I was going to make him get up when he was so out of it and weak. I hated to get him up to leave the house but no one could get his prescription for us that day so we went and got it and I was able to get him to not only take his medicine but also eat a burrito!! That was a big score since he hadn’t eaten much at all in days. We had bought 7 different flavors of Powerade the day before (he had only peed ONCE all day) and I had been cycling through them trying to get him to try sips but he wasn’t into it. I did finally convince him that taking sips of ice water would help his cough, so all day and all night whenever he coughed, he would dutifully take a sip of water. Considering that he ran a fever for 5 days, it was imperative that he drink at least sips!

Praise God, by Wednesday Truett got of bed on his own and actually played with toys and had more energy. And today we have come a full week from when he first got sick, and while he still coughs at times, his throat feels better and his chest isn’t hurting. Plus, no fever since Tuesday night! I’m so thankful for our friends and family who prayed for him. I’ve never had an experience with pneumonia and I know it can be serious, so I’m very thankful that he seems to be past that and getting back to normal. But boy is he grouchy!! Today and yesterday were tough as he has just not been himself. Breaking down crying and screaming and acting out of control over little things. It’s been really frustrating, for him and for us! I’ll be so happy when he fully feels himself again and can be a happy little boy.

We still have to follow up about the random fevers and the belly pain etc, but I do feel a bit better knowing the bloodwork was good. I plan to ask his Dr for more information on the x-rays, whether he still wants to repeat them or not. And I definitely feel that I should mention here, his Dr is not at all a fear-mongering type. In fact, he’s very laid back and doesn’t make me feel stupid when I ask all kinds of questions. I really like him! Actually, he was my Dr when I was a kid. I was thrown off when he mentioned those other scary possibilities but I also appreciate him being honest about what the random fevers could mean because that helps me to know more what I should be on the alert for. And also to not just accept that Tru has to always have fevers and not get answers. We really do need to figure this out!

How far along? 26 weeks 6 days (7-19-17)

 

 
Symptoms? Hardly any this week. Some back and SI joint pain (which resolved after a visit to the Chiropractor) and a bit of popping in my pelvis when I roll over and first get up. I’ve had a bit more acid reflux than usual so I started taking pepcid again, which really helps. I’ve had a bit of cramping and more Braxton Hicks but I’m definitely drinking a lot of water and resting when I can.

 

 
Weight? +26

 

 
Sleep? Mostly good, except the boys have been sick so they’ve been in our room and I check on them in the night when they are in their own rooms. And a couple nights I woke up and didn’t feel the baby moving, so of course I stayed up until he kicked a few times.

 

 
Cravings/aversions? Pretty calm on this front. I’m liking burrito bowls lately. That’s about it. The boys had earned free meals at Taco Bell for being in a local reading program, so I took them there this week to get their meals. I actually was able to eat there too and it didn’t make me feel sick. Yay!

 

 
Exercise? This week was busy! I only used the elliptical once. But that’s ok. My weeks usually aren’t quite this busy so hopefully I can get back on course next week. Hoping I don’t get sick with what the boys have!

 

 
Bump? Lots of baby hiccups happening lately! I think he had them at least 4 times yesterday. I think there is a pattern to the times of day that he has them too but I haven’t paid too much attention. I remember that Tru had them at the same times every.day. Zane has had some really busy days of movement and then days that have made me start to worry. I’ve done kick counts a few times to reassure myself.

 

 
Baby buys? I ordered a new car seat for Zane. It already came in the mail and I really like it! Lightweight but feels sturdy. I found a used swing for $45, and since I regret not having one with Levi (and I only borrowed one for a bit with Tru), I bought it. It goes side to side or front to back and converts into a bouncy seat. Hopefully Zane will like swinging. 😉

 

 
Best moment? Tru finally sat still long enough today to feel the baby kick with his hand on my belly. I asked him “Did you feel that?” and he said “Thank you, Baby!” 🙂 ❤

 

 

 

I had my 26 week appointment and growth scan this week. I met another one of the Drs in the practice. I liked her pretty well. She was a bit rushed and that always annoys me, but I do understand they are busy. She was happy that I want to try to vbac again and thought that was a good choice. I get tired of going over the same information with each new Dr, but I guess that’s standard in a group practice.

 

 

 

The ultrasound went really well. I had the same student tech in the room that was there last month, and she got to practice again, which is super fun for me because she’s new at it and loves watching the baby. 🙂 Then the regular tech got to work and measured the brain, head, belly, and a leg. She looked over the heart again, kidneys, bladder and spine. Everything looked to be measuring within a few days give or take. His head is smallish around the 30th percentile, but he has a big chubby belly around the 80th percentile. So cute! OH!! Annnnnd, he was head down! I’m not sure that he will stay that way, of course, but it was good to know that he was at least trying to get into the right position. His back is along my right side and his feet are over in my left side. His fluid was good, around 15cm, I think. And he weighed approx 2lbs 5oz, so he grew about a pound in 1 month. They didn’t say what his overall percentile was but they said he wasn’t too big. The cutest part was to see him holding his toes with his little hand. Such a precious baby. 🙂

 

 

Quick rundown of the week and update on the other little guys: Sunday we had church in the morning. I went to the store to pick up a few things afterwards while DH took the boys home. (Neither of the boys took a nap that day, or any day this week until Tru took a short nap on Friday!! :O ) We were home for a bit before DH had another church to play at that evening. It went well. Levi took along his toy guitar because he was determined to “play with Daddy”. I didn’t actually let him but I kind of wish I had. It was sweet. Monday we went to the Chiro and ran errands and picked up the boys’ final prize from the library (They’ve been getting prizes all summer for checking out and reading books. We read over 100 books in the last 2 months!) Tuesday I had my Dr appointment so my sister K went with me and entertained the boys in the waiting room. Afterward, we went out to eat and bought the swing and some books and dvds for the boys at a second hand store. Wednesday we had story time and had to rush home because I thought the cat was out of water and it was suuuuuper hot that day. Cat was actually fine, but I had to take laundry to my parents house and that ate up the entire day. Thursday, my SIL came over with her kids and that is when we discovered that Levi was running a fever. He was so snuggly all afternoon and his eyes looked weird. He climbed up in my SIL’s lap and she said he felt hot, so I checked his temp and it was 102.6…. Later that evening, Tru came down with a fever. They both slept in our room that night. The next day, I had to babysit for my cousin. It was a long day… Levi’s fever was gone but he was still a little under the weather. Tru ran a fever all day. Today, Tru is still running a fever over 103 and has diarrhea….. And just like that, we have entered cold and flu season. Yay. I’m glad that Levi got better so fast but I feel bad for Tru that he is still sick. Poor kid.

 

 

Dear God, thank You for the good ultrasound that we had and for the fun we had this week. Please watch over Zane and keep him growing safe and healthy. Please watch over Tru and Levi and help them get over this sickness and back to being healthy and happy. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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This week’s picture brought to you by the camera that ran out of battery before we could take a better shot, and some tired, midnight procrastination.

How far along? 25 weeks 6 days (8-12-17)

 

 

Symptoms? Having some pain in my right SI joint. I have another appointment with the Chiropractor next week so maybe he can help me get it worked out. We went on a date last night and stayed overnight in a nearby city. Today we did a lot of walking at a conservatory and art museum, and I could feel the tightness and soreness but some stretches definitely helped! I’ve had some more swelling in my feet and just a bit in my hands. Not uncomfortable though. Just the average end of second trimester stuff. Starting to notice the weight of the belly more but not so much that it has slowed me down too much… unless I’m trying to roll out of bed. Haha!

 

 

Weight? I didn’t weigh myself this morning since we were at the hotel. Earlier this week I was +25. I’m sure it’s a bit more now though with the swelling.

 

 

Sleep? Pretty good as long as the restless legs don’t show up. My body has been waking me up earlier which is actually really nice. I still get up maybe 4 or 5 times in the night but I pretty much sleep walk to the bathroom and back. I’ve actually dozed off mid-pee a few times lately! Ha! Strange but true.

 

 

Exercise? 3 days on the elliptical. I felt so good lately that I upped the intensity (barely) to give my legs a bit more strength. DH rubbed his hand over my leg the other day and was like “Wow! Your legs feel really strong.” Haha! They’re not “really strong” by any means but I am happy to be building back a bit of the strength that I lost while laying around so much. I really need to get motivated to do some back and arm work. Just a bit. Nothing too exciting.

 

 

Cravings/aversions? So, I walked up to the counter when I was buying my coke freeze the other day, and the lady at the counter said “So, is it a pregnancy thing, or….?” And I just started laughing and confirmed that yes, definitely a pregnancy craving. I mean, I like freezes but this is getting silly! Obviously I’ve been in there enough lately that they recognize me. Which is sad because I go to 2 different locations depending on which side of town I’m on. The only real aversion I have is seafood. I usually LOVE seafood but I just can’t right now. DH and I talked about going to a crab shack on our date but I couldn’t stomach the thought of it. I think the seafood thing comes from eating some mussels right at the start of morning sickness. I couldn’t even throw away the shells that were on the counter because I couldn’t look at them. DH had to take them out!

 

 

Bump? I feel like Zane is a very strong baby and maybe a tad on the big side. My next growth scan is actually in 3 days (HOW has it already been 4 weeks since my last appointment? I feel like I was just there!) so it will be interesting to see how big he measures. I know he’s still very tiny but he feels robust in there. I still don’t know how he is situated, but I feel body on the right and limbs on the left. For a day or two, I could tell he’d changed position, but he went back to this spot later so it must be comfortable. Hiccups are down low again, whereas, they had moved to the top of my belly for a few days. And the crotch kicks went away too. Last night I was laying behind DH while we watched a show on TV and Zane kicked and kicked his back. It was so funny how hyper he was in there. I’m learning his pattern of movement but it seems to change every so often to a new pattern. Lately he’s been a night owl, which I love. Sometimes he just pushes one little item out on my side and holds it there until I put my hand on it and he jerks it away. I always think that’s so fun how we are connecting with each other for a moment.

 

 

As I mentioned, we have our 26 week appointment in a few days and I just can’t believe how fast the time flew since my last checkup. I have this appointment scheduled with a Dr I haven’t met yet, so I’m interested to see how that goes and if we are on the same page. The Dr left it in the air as to whether I will have a growth ultrasound at 28 weeks or if I’ll wait till 30 weeks, but I think they start bi-weekly appointments at 28 weeks anyway. (They don’t) I can’t get over how fast this pregnancy is flying! In a way, I feel like March and finding out was a long time ago, but not really.

 

 

I have started to get things ready here and there when it makes sense. I remember when I got to the third trimester with Levi, everything was so much harder to accomplish and I was happy for everything I had done earlier. So, I cleaned out Levi’s closet last week and all the receiving blankets and burp cloths and bibs etc were still in the nursery organizer in his closet. I went ahead and washed them and moved that to my room. I’ve got about 14 bags of diapers stocked up since I found sales and had coupons. I’ve probably got 25+ bags of wipes. I cleaned out the dresser in Truett’s room that was wasted space. I cleaned out his closet and moved stuff around so that I could make better use of it. The freed up closet space meant that I might be able to use the dresser for Zane’s clothes. I was going to buy a new dresser (and still need to) but money is a tad tight at the moment as we had to fix some things on DH’s car, so if I can hold off on that purchase for now and use the old dresser for awhile, that’s great. 🙂

 

 

Dear God, thank You for a beautiful week and for the time DH and I got to spend with each other and bonding with Zane. Please keep him safe and help him continue to grow strong and healthy. May our appointment go well and his ultrasound be good. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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I have to share this story because it is simply too precious not to. The other night we were driving home late at night and the boys wanted to sing Christmas songs. Jingle Bells is seriously one of Tru’s favorite songs and him and Levi sing it all the time. After we sang for awhile, Tru said “Can you talk to me?” When I asked him what we should talk about, he just wanted to talk about “things”. So we did.

 

After awhile, Tru asked me “Is Levi asleep?” At this point, Levi hadn’t made a peep in quite a long time so I thought he probably was. I asked him “Levi, are you asleep?” and he quietly answered back “No. God’s talking to me.” I asked him what God was saying to him, and Levi answered back “He wuvs me.” When we got home awhile later, he told DH the same thing.

 

 

I was quite shocked and also touched. It just melted my heart. Levi had been asking me from time to time “God wuvs me?” And I would always tell him “yes”. But he hasn’t asked me that since. I wonder if God decided to just tell Levi – Himself – that yes, God loves him. And why wouldn’t God speak to a young, innocent child? They don’t know to be skeptical. Surely if anyone could be spoken to and hear from God, it would a sweet little baby.

Moving right along! Already 25 weeks tomorrow! 🙂  This was a busy week.

 

Sunday we had church in the morning, came home for a couple hours and then went to another church so DH could sing there. It went really well and I enjoyed hearing him. I don’t always go with him anymore since it’s not always practical to take the kids at the events he plays at. *Side story: I used to be the bass player in his band years ago but I’ll be honest, I like my current gig of being a mom a whole lot better. 😉 It’s way more interesting!* After that, we went out to eat with his sister and her family. The kids were… crazy to say the least. 😉

 

 

I stayed home and cleaned on Monday. After weekend clean up is always a blast… Not. And I stained my TV cabinet (what was supposed to be) Antique Walnut. It was unfinished pine previously. I don’t love the color but DH does. Tonight I stained my bedroom dresser that was also unfinished. I stained it Espresso. I love it, DH does not. This is as close to winning as we are going to get. 😉 Haha!

 

 

On Tuesday, Tru woke up with bad belly pain and said he was “Bout to barf.” He spent a couple hours on a *bed* on my bathroom floor, sipping orange pedialyte/club soda. He seemed to feel a little better later on so I had a shower and moved him to the couch. Then I had him take off his overnight diaper and he sat down on the floor and asked me to go with him to throw it away. Before I could even get up, he said “Mommy!!” and ran over to the couch and I got my big fluffy bathrobe under his mouth just as he threw up. And just like last time, the belly pain vanished and he was perfectly normal and playing within 30 minutes. He said “I’m better now, Mommy!” and ate and acted just like his usual self. I over heard him taking to Levi later and he said “I threw up on Mommy’s cozy-cozy thing.” (Meaning my bathrobe)  I already had an appointment scheduled for him next week to see his pediatrician about the belly pain but I called them to try to move the appointment up sooner but didn’t get through to them. Tonight he is saying his belly hurts again, right in his belly button… Sigh. At least his appointment is the day after tomorrow. I had a hard time deciding if I should take him to the children’s urgent care when he had the pain on Tuesday but since it went away when he threw up, it seemed silly to go when he was back to normal. I hope his Dr can shed some light on what might be causing this and check him over thoroughly.

 

 

Anyway, since Tru was better the rest of the day Tuesday, I proceeded with my plans to do the glucose tolerance test. I passed (125)! And my CBC came back good. Buuut, they didn’t draw everything the dr ordered, so, I had to go back on Thursday. It wouldn’t have been a big deal except the lab my Dr uses is a half hour away and they won’t let you bring your kids back with you like the lab I usually go to. Which I understand why but still, that meant I had to get my sister to watch them both days so it was a bit inconvenient to have to go back in. But oh well.

 

 

Wednesday, I took the boys to storytime and then we went grocery shopping and ran errands until it was time for my Chiropractor appointment. He said my right side of my pelvis was off by nearly an inch. Hopefully it’s all back in proper placement now so baby won’t have trouble trying to turn head down if he isn’t already.

 

 

Thursday, after my trip back to the lab, I stupidly shampooed my family room carpet. It’s nice to have it clean and fresh and I’m happy to have it done, but 2 hours of pushing that cleaner left my back super irritated the next day. I feel fine now though. 🙂 I’m super particular about my carpet being clean, so I shampoo it every couple months and I love the way it feels so soft and fresh. Also, I think I’m nesting. I bought more baby outfits this week and attempted to go through the 2 totes of baby clothes I have from the boys. I made it through one tote but got too overwhelmed with it (I really honestly don’t know why it overwhelms me) so I’m saving the other one for later.

 

On Friday, I attempted to find my house under the enormous stacks of laundry that have piled up from my dinosaur dryer not working right. I failed. But at least we do have a few more clean clothes. 😉 I also cleaned out Levi’s bedroom closet and had DH move the changing table to our room. Levi *helped* him move it and was perfectly fine about the change… until bedtime. Then he proceeded to cry for quite some time because “I want my dresser in my room! You got to bring it back!” This morning when he came in my room, he reminded me that he wants his *dresser* back. I asked if I can keep in it my room and he said yes. That was the end of it apparently because he didn’t cry about it at all tonight. 🙂 I guess he’s like me and just doesn’t like change.

 

 

I also discovered (huge parenting fail confession time) the infant carseat that I used with both of the boys, is expired by almost 7 years. That means that it was already expired by almost 3 years when I very first used it! :O It was new in the box when my SIL bought it and we didn’t even think to check the expiration dates because it was still in all the original packaging! Obviously, I’ll be throwing that away and I already found a new one that will work with our stroller and probably also with our base that I bought for Levi, which doesn’t expire for several more years. I do wish there was a recycling option in our area for carseats. I know they can’t be reused but all that plastic! Surely it could be recycled into something else…

 

 

Today I went shopping for a dress for our maternity photos. I found one that I think will work alright. It was also half off so, yay!! Then I went out to lunch with my sister and the boys. We had Mexican food and it was SO GOOD!!! I want to eat there every single day….. WHY CAN’T I!!?? Then we got freezes and went to see the progress that DH and my in-laws were making on the house they are fixing up.

 

I’ll try to keep this part brief.

 

How far along? 24 weeks 6 days (7-5-17)

 

Symptoms? A lot of lightheaded/breathlessness. Mild queasiness which is probably because I haven’t been as faithful at taking my B-complex since I started on the multi. I think I need both. Some minor BH but that’s to be expected. Also some slight swelling/puffiness.

 

Weight? I was +23 earlier this week. Not sure currently.

 

 

Exercise? I got in 2 days on the elliptical. I counted the carpet cleaning as exercise for the third day. 😉

 

 

Sleep? Better after I went to the chiro. I needed that for my neck especially. I got my boppy pillow out of storage and after I wash it, I plan to use it for belly support at night. I seem to remember that being comfortable with Levi.

 

 

Bump? I want to think that maybe baby did turn head down this week. His kicks seem higher and his hiccups are way low. But I can’t really be sure. Yesterday he was a wild baby all day/night with the kicks. I think he wore himself out because today has been much more calm. DH was able to feel him kicking last night and this morning and declared that this one might be our “wild child”. 😉 All I know is, I love feeling his movements. I can’t get enough of this bonding time with him.

 

 

My belly feels so much heavier this week! I have been wearing my belly support band which is just a stretchy tube of fabric and not nearly as supportive as the name led me to believe. But it does help. I’ve looked online at other support belts but they all look like they will cut into my lower belly/legs when I sit down. Any suggestions? I’d love to hear what worked for you. My belly is definitely not as perky as it was the first time around. 😉

 

Ok, I didn’t take a picture and I don’t know if I will get a chance to so I’ll post this now.

 

Dear God, thank You for good test results this week and for the things that You helped me get done. Please continue to watch over and protect Zane and help him keeping growing strong and healthy. Please help Tru to get better from this belly pain that he has been experiencing and I pray that his Dr will be wise and accurate with examining and treating him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

How far along? 23 weeks 6 days (7-29-30) Just hours away from viability! I was reading online the other day and a girl who is due around the same time as me commented that she is almost to the third trimester and I was thinking “Well, that’s still awhile away really.” And then today it hit me, that’s only a few weeks! (3-4, depending on who you talk to.) Like, tomorrow is 6 months! (Also, depending on who you talk to.) That’s just…. incredible.

 

 

 

Symptoms? Lightheaded several days this week. Random, short bouts of queasiness. Restless legs. Braxton Hicks contractions, which are surprisingly strong at times. Brings back thoughts of labor like a tidal wave!

 

 

 

Weight? +22

 

 

 

Sleep? I realized I cut this question out without meaning to. Until recently, it’s been about as good or bad as it usually is, with a few extra wake ups to pee. But the last few nights, Truett keeps waking up randomly and not being able to sleep. And in turn, once I’m back to bed, I can’t fall back to sleep as quickly as usual. It takes at least 3 to 4 pillows to be comfortable on my side at night or else I get pelvic pain. With my pillows, I’m fine. It takes a bit of arranging but it works. 🙂

 

 

 

Cravings/aversions? Nothing new. But I’ve got Truett and Levi both begging for freezes now. 😉

 

 

 

Baby buys? I had $30 off in coupons to a local store that sells baby clothes etc, so I stopped in there this week and bought Zane 3 outfits and a 2 pack of stretchy baby blankets for around $11 altogether! I was so excited. So were the boys because they love snuggling the new blankets and “trying them out”. Haha. Levi desperately wanted to try on the baby clothes and stripped down to try to put the pants on. Of course, that didn’t work too well. 😀 I also picked up another 2 pack of thermal baby blankets. And I got white shirts for Tru, Levi and myself and I’m hoping to use them in our maternity photo shoot…. although, the photographer didn’t get back with me on the date yet so…

 

 

 

Bump? Baby’s kicks are so much more forceful this week! I think I said that last week as well but this week, they catch me by surprise. He’s started those lovely “cervix kicks”. (Not sure if that’s actually what is going on, but that is what it feels like.) He gets my belly shaking around and sometimes he’s sticking out more on one side, usually the right. I feel like my belly is always changing shape, size and height but I’m pretty sure he’s still breech since the majority of his strong kicks are in my low abdomen. But the hiccups are also low down so… who knows. This morning, DH was talking to Zane with his face against my belly and Zane popped him right in the nose several times. It got us quite to laughing. I love those bonding moments. 🙂

 

 

 

Exercise? I used the elliptical 3 days this week! I increased my time to 30 minutes and I feel good keeping it there now. That’s enough time that I am sweaty and ready for a break, but not feeling over-tired. I’ve been taking advantage of the boys naptime to shower, have Bible study and prayer, maybe rest or catch up on laundry, depending on the day and to exercise. Which is a total change from the first trimester when I couldn’t keep my eyes open once they laid down. I am happy to have (most) of my energy back. 🙂

 

 

 

I think I have hit the “obviously pregnant” stage as people are no longer hesitant to ask about the pregnancy. Yesterday, a lady pulled up beside me while I was getting the boys in the van and asked “Are you having another boy?” And today, another lady asked me if it was a boy or a girl. I’m quite fine with these types of questions and it doesn’t offend me personally, but I know some women find it super annoying.

 

 

 

Levi has been a bit more clingy to me lately. He wants me to pick him up and carry him around sometimes, which is a bit difficult since he’s about 30 pounds now. He also runs up to me and says “Kiss you” multiple times a day and kisses me. He climbs in my lap many times a day to “smuggle you”, but only for a minute before he gets bored and runs off again. And he is very attached to the baby already, talking about him all the time and asking to kiss him or hug him or feel him kick. Levi was singing in the van on the way home last night “I wanna hold the baby”. He also told me he is going to help with the baby and help potty train him. 😉

 

 

 

Truett, on the other hand, is not at all interested in feeling the baby or kissing my belly. He will talk about Zane quite often but if I ask him if he wants to hold him when he’s born, Tru usually says no. And if I ask him if he is going to help with the baby, he also says no. But he is usually doing this little goofy smile when he says it so I think he is excited in his own way but not as interested in the process as Levi is. Which, of course, is perfectly normal and understandable at the age of 3! I have found it so interesting to see and hear the boys’ reactions to having another baby on the way!

 

 

 

Dear God, thank You for another beautiful week and for the wonderful weather we have been able to enjoy and the time with our families. Thank You for all of Zane’s precious little kicks and for this amazing opportunity to experience pregnancy again and carry another miraculous little life. Please watch over and bless him as he continues to grow. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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These are the outfits that we bought.

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Tru quickly claimed this blanket for watching tv on. 😉

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And Levi chose this “bassetball” blanket to be wrapped up and “smuggled” in. 😉

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My sister bought me these gladiolas last year and they have been absolutely gorgeous this summer. I’ve had some white and some pink ones bloom. Love them!

How far along? 22 weeks 6 days (7-22-17)

 

Symptoms? Very little this week. I dropped my Unisom from 1 pill at night to 1/2 pill. I had only very minimal queasiness which may have had nothing to do with halving the dose. I’ve had some grinding and discomfort in the front of my pelvis but usually only if I don’t keep a pillow between my legs while lying on my side. And I still get restless legs but stretches do help. I had a horrible backache yesterday. I couldn’t decide if I had overdone it the day before since I had shampooed my bedroom carpet. But it finally occurred to me to do a urine dip test (I keep them on hand because I have such frequent UTIs)  and it showed that I had a lot of leukocytes so the back pain may have been the start of a UTI. Either way, I’m always on Macrodantin every day and my back feels a lot better today so hopefully any possible UTI will go away with no further pain.

 

Weight? +20lbs. I had a talk about it with my Dr this week at my check up. She did mention my jump in weight recently but was very nice about it and didn’t lecture me. We talked about watching my portions and sweets, but really, she felt I should stop weighing myself at home and stressing about it. I didn’t ditch the scale just yet but I do feel better now.

 

Cravings/aversions? Perhaps a bad category to put right after “weight”, haha. But anyway, we went out for our anniversary today (9 years!!) and I got to satisfy my craving for Mexican food again. It was delicious. 🙂 But I still can’t talk about Taco Bell. Sorry!

 

Exercise? I used the elliptical twice this week. Less than I was planning but I had to skip yesterday because of the back pain. I hate to use the excuse that I was “too busy” the other days, but I was pretty busy. I hope to hit my goal this coming week of 3-4 days. Honestly, it feels great to get in some light exercise!

 

Baby Buys? I ordered a couple thermal receiving blankets today online. I stocked up on some more diapers and wipes. I have a few more things I’d like to buy new but there seriously isn’t much that we actually need. I do want to go through the baby clothes soon and see what needs extensive cleaning or is too worn out. I saved practically everything whether it was worth saving or not.

 

Bump? Zane has really ramped up the intensity of the kicks this week. FINALLY! I still have periods where I don’t feel him for awhile and I get a little freaked out and go to poking at my belly. 😉 At our anatomy (re)scan this week, he was facing outwards, breech, sitting on his legs. Like a baby kangaroo. At one point he stretched his legs out straight and stood up in there. I saw his little feet and legs and it was just soooooo cute! He also sucked on his fingers the entire time. Which he also did at our ultrasounds at 15 weeks and 18 weeks. I think we may have a thumb sucker!

 

In other news concerning our appointment, the ultrasound was very thorough and made me feel so much better. I can now ascertain that Zane does indeed have a right arm! (We had never seen his right arm on ultrasound) He was in the neighborhood of 1lb 3oz in the 49th percentile. The tech spent lots of time looking over his entire body and measuring everything. Most measurements came out within a couple days +/- of how far along he is, so that was great. She measured the amniotic fluid and checked his lips and palate. She even checked on both of my ovaries! Which is exactly the kind of anatomy ultrasound I am used to and what actually makes sense. *sigh of relief* There was a student tech in the room and she spent a few minutes learning to measure areas in the brain, which was interesting to watch.

 

 

When I got to my Dr appointment, I thanked her so much for understanding my concerns and arranging for us to have a second look. She was so nice and said she was just happy that I felt comfortable asking her. 🙂 We talked about plans for growth scans and NSTs. She wants me to have a growth ultrasound at my next checkup at 26 weeks. I asked her if I should skip the one she ordered for 28 weeks in that case and she said we will wait and see. And she said we will decide later whether to do the NSTs weekly or twice a week. Originally she was leaning toward twice a week but she said we can decide later. I asked her for a plan for testing to be put in my chart to avoid confusion when I see the other Drs, so she took care of that also.

 

 

Next up is all the blood work the Dr ordered 2 months ago and I failed to do. She just laughed and said that’s how you know you are on your 3rd kid. 😉 She decided to have me do my glucose test at 24 weeks so I can do the other blood work at the same time and avoid multiple pokes. The orange flavored drink they sent me home with is clear this time instead of colored orange. And no fasting draw, just wait 2 hours after a meal, drink the stuff and get to the lab for a blood test an hour later. I’ve never done it this way, but hey, less pokes!

 

Dear God, thank You for a good appointment and for the Dr being so kind and understanding. Please help everything to keep going well and for this precious little baby to keep growing well and healthy. In Jesus name, amen.

 

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It’s been a long time since I’ve written an update on Tru, so this is going to be a long one! He is over 3.5 years old now and becoming such a fun little person to hang out with. I mean, he’s always been fun to hang out with, but now we have conversations and hash out ideas and plans together. It’s a super fun age! I think I’ve said that about every age so far, but I keep getting surprised for some reason at how much fun each age and stage is. 🙂

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His super favorite spiderman sunglasses. 🙂

 

Truett has always had a fun personality and said things that cracked me up ever since he started talking. Now though, it’s becoming funnier than ever to hear what he thinks up. For example, when we went to watch fireworks for the 4th of July, Tru saw lots of people walking around with glow bracelets. So, naturally, he wanted one. Really bad! He kept asking me for one but I didn’t have any access to getting him one since they had been passed out earlier by a group and they weren’t for sale anywhere at the event. Of course, this led to tears on his part, followed by a sad drive home when he declared “My heart is BREAKING!” DH, myself and my sister all burst out laughing because it was rather hilarious, but I also felt bad for the little guy as he worked to sniff back a sob. When you are 3….

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I babysat my cousin’s 2 sons a few times over the last few weeks and her 5 year old has a really strong accent. Apparently Tru just thought that was the greatest because I heard him trying really hard to emulate that accent himself. I asked him “Are you trying to talk like C?” and he smiled a goofy little grin when he said yes, he was. He’s also been wearing a ball cap around the house sometimes and I finally realized, I think he is trying to be like his Pap pap since he is the only person I know who wears a ball cap all the time. Kids really do try to mimic everything and everyone they see, which makes me strive to be so careful about what I say around them. (I have a huge rant I could insert here but I think I’ll spare you… for now.)

 

 

 

 

Recently, Tru and Levi decided to put on church for us at home. Since Daddy is a worship leader, they got out their toy guitar (Levi) and toy drums (Tru) and put on ties (which is funny since DH never wears a tie) and played a “song” for us. Then Tru went and got his children’s Bible and preached for us. I managed to get it on video and it was so adorable! My favorite part was how Tru held the Bible out so we could see the pictures. When he would turn the page, he would say “Now…” and go on with the next story. At one point he said “God made you.” and looking up at DH, with all the conviction that a 3 year old could feel, he pointed to DH and nodded while saying again “He made you!!” Such an adorable moment!

 

 

 

 

Tru is having quite a growth spurt this summer. All the clothes that fit him great, even as recently as a month ago, are now too short. Shirts that he wore at the beginning of summer just look funny now. He’s wearing 4T shorts and pants with a few 3T still in the mix. Shirts are almost all 4T but he can fit some size 5.

 

 

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Oh, how this boy has enjoyed catching toads this summer. I can usually get him to leave the toad outside while he promises it that he will be back later. 😉

 

His diet has been pretty good except for not wanting to finish dinner frequently. I think he just gets too antsy and wants to do other things. He usually wants a snack before bedtime and his snacks are more like a whole meal at this point. Both Tru and Levi snack a lot throughout the day. I have a drawer in the fridge dedicated to their snacks (fruit and veggie pouches, applesauce bowls, fruit cups, yogurt, yogurt smoothies, cheese) and a shelf in the cabinet that they can reach (raisins, crackers, and other random items that they go through phases with). They love being able to go get themselves a snack anytime they want. And of course, there is the ever popular peanut butter “shirmps” (sandwich) and occasionally some other kind of “swamwich”. Both words coined by Truett. 😉 He will eat kiwis any time they are available and will try basically any fruit or vegetable. He loves “trees” (broccoli) and likes to pick out the produce with me. He always always asks for corn on the cob and gobbles it up like it’s the best thing ever. Occasionally we find a food he isn’t crazy about (mangos were not a hit) but pretty much any time he asks to buy a new fruit or veggie, I let him pick it out. Letting him make healthy choices now gives me hope that maybe he will always try to eat well. Although he insists that fast-food cheeseburgers are “healthy for my body” because “they have cheese on them!” I totally believe in enjoying life so we do get the burgers and the pizza (another favorite) on occasion. But I’ve also started having the boys make their own personal pan pizza at home with all the toppings (green peppers, mushrooms, onions, cheese, pepperoni etc) so they can get involved with cooking and learning about ingredients. Tru loves helping to make food and I really want to get better about letting him “help” with dinner prep.

 

 

 

I do have a couple concerns with my biggest boy. He still gets fevers for no apparent reason, although less frequently than last year. I keep a fever diary still and he’s had them as often as 2 weeks apart to more like 6 weeks apart this year. Still no rhyme or reason to them. Thankfully they have been lasting only a couple days lately, whereas last year and even early this year, he would get them for 5+ days at a time. His most recent fever was last week. It started in the afternoon and some Tylenol helped cool him off a bit. Then that night I checked on him around 11pm and he felt cool. An hour later he woke up crying and burning up. Some Ibuprofen cooled him down and he woke up with no fever the next morning. So I took the boys to story time and we went from there to the grocery store. When I got Tru out of the car at the store, he was burning up again. I made my stop as fast as I could and got him home and comfortable again. The only pain he complained of was his knee. He oftentimes says his knee hurts when he has a fever. A fact which I’ve mentioned to his dr but they didn’t have any reason to think it was serious. And so it goes….. unpredictable and annoying. Especially for Tru!

 

 

 

The other issue is his belly pain. It seems to occur around the same time as his fevers but can happen by itself. For the last year or so, he will eat something and immediately complain of his belly hurting. Not even 5 minutes later and sometimes while he is still eating. It can be any type of food. Last night I picked him up a burger for supper on the way home from VBS. He ate it and right away started to cry that his “body hurts!” When I ask him where, he pointed to his belly button, like always. Now, I don’t know what to make of that because he had an umbilical hernia when he was a baby and it was pretty large but never caused him any problems. His Dr said it should close on it’s own and it mostly has. I think it may be there still, but only in the very slightest bit. I can barely feel it. Anyway, halfway home he was crying and I pulled over and got him out of the van. I asked him to try walking a bit and he did. He calmed down a little so we got back in and drove home. When we got home he was crying again and in quite a bit of pain so I got him out of the seat as fast as I could and carried him inside. He just balled himself up on the couch and stopped crying. Then he started dry heaving. I was already worried but by this point, I didn’t know what to think. Just a stomach virus? Or something more serious? Should I take him to the Dr or does he need to stay home and rest? Not 15 minutes later, he was perfectly back to normal! Doing some kind of toddler yoga/handstands and laughing like he had never felt sick. I don’t know what to make of it but I am definitely going to talk to his Dr. He is about due for a check up anyway and I want to make sure he isn’t having some stomach/intestinal issue or anything from the hernia. The belly pain is usually over quickly but seems to be more intense now. He never used to cry from it.

 

 

 

Anyway… It seems I have a talented little artist in the making. He will sit next to me with his notebook and crayon and draw “Bob” after Bob. Which is the name he gives to the little potato shaped people he draws. Sometimes he draws his family members. Once he drew me with a baby in my belly. Cutest picture ever! He loves to draw deer with and without antlers and other animals too. He traces his hands all time. He’s known all his colors for at least a year now and loves to point out the color of objects. We haven’t worked on his preschool books this summer but he will do schoolwork for hours! Usually he will do schoolwork until I finally can’t take it anymore (sitting there helping him) and tell him we are done for awhile. That is often followed by tears on his part. I hope he will love learning so much as he gets older!! It is really cute watching him work on numbers and letters and matching things. Watching his little wheels turning. 🙂

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I love how he takes care of his little animals.

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Little adventure loving boy 🙂

 

I’ve found it almost a necessity lately for me to have Tru lay down for a nap when Levi takes his nap. Some days Tru just sits in his bed and plays with his stuffed animals, happy as a clam. Other days he falls asleep for a short bit. Sometimes I lay down in my room with him and he snuggles up to me and falls asleep. At any rate, he is a happier kid in the evenings when he has a chance to rest during the day. For a long time I just let him stay up and play or watch a few shows. That worked at that point but as much as he is growing and super active all day, this seems to be what he needs for now.

 

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I love the sweetness of him holding his cousin’s hand while they walked around the place we visited in Tenn.

 

The boys love playing with their bikes and riding on the sidewalk. It’s been so hot the last couple weeks that we brought their bikes inside. They love driving around the kitchen island. They generally play well together but definitely have their moments. I have found that when Tru is misbehaving, sending him to his room for 2-5 minutes works better than any other method of correction. He almost always comes out happy and ready to play nicely. It seems like such a simple solution but it really helps! I have been working with both boys also on cleaning up their toys. We have days where I barely have to ask and they get right to it. Other days I ask and remind and ask and remind sometimes for a whole hour before they get everything picked up. And it’s seriously so easy to pick up because they just have to put the toys in bins and a few on the shelves. But they can be easily distracted by the items they are picking up. They get it done eventually though and they are always really proud of their work. 🙂 I love them so much! Tru is such a loving kid and he tells me all the time that he loves me. I feel so happy and blessed by the bond and the relationship that we have. I really hope that I will always be close to my kids as they grow up and that they will be close to each other.

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Ok, this is really really long…. I have so much I could say but I’ll leave this here for now.

 

 

 

Dear God, What a beautiful and fun little person Truett has grown into. He is such a delight to be around and I am so thankful for the gift that You blessed me with by putting Tru in my life. I love him so much and I pray that I will never fail him as a mother. That I will always teach him right from wrong and that I will teach him to love and serve You and that You love him very very much. Please watch over and bless him as he continues to grow and learn. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Motherhood: The struggle is real

Inspiration | Healing| Infertility| Pregnancy

"The only impossible journey is the one you never begin." -Anthony Robbins

Dreams, Recipes, and Shenanigans

Just the right amount of absurdity

Our greatest adventure; and our littlest love.

The adventures of our road to parenthood from bump to baby and beyond.

Monika's Musings

My random memories, thoughts, plans, dreams, etc.

Tell Me It's OK

Infertility + Pregnancy Journey

The Last Mommy Blog

The obligatory blog of a newly minted stay-at-home-mom. A little humor, a little insight and more spit up than I anticipated.

I am boob.

Writer. Wine sipper. Cheese hoarder. Wife. Baby Wrangler. Boob.

Pro Mother

Because when we support mothers we also support their children.

I've created life. Now what?

Carrying a human is hard work--but what comes next?

Sunloverlifestyle

Making my own sunshine

A Flower That Lives On A Star

Adoption Through The Eyes Of A Birth Mother

The Almost Mom

Waiting not-so-patiently for our miracle to arrive!

Weathering Storms

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

Living Lighter in Atlanta

losing the baby weight, anxiety, and other heavy things

When $hit Hits the Fan

Nagivating a surprise pregnancy, in debt and unemployed.

B Jor You

Bjorlie Speaks- Life

Adventures of the Tenacious Heart

Beau's journey with a Congenital Heart Defect

The Pregnant Physicist

The greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!

TwoBecomesThree

A pregnancy journey

brownskinnedbeauty

Just another WordPress.com site

Spencer's Little Adventures

Thoughts on life, faith, marriage and raising our Spenny Jude.

The Barren Librarian

Books Make Having a Baby Seem So Easy....

random squeaks

Years of infertility, countless doctor visits, and now a positive pregnancy test!

Fighting Infertility

A Fight Against Primary and Secondary Infertility

OnBeingSuperWoman

The daily life of a Mother,Wife & Entrepreneur

In Due Time

Hope & Encouragement in the Waiting

FIT4FERTILITY

Basically I'm a 30 something gal who's determined to get fit, not just for vanity but for my health and so me and my lovely husband can fingers crossed get preggers!

Christian Daily Verse

Daily Devotional of Earvin Kyle Tupas Amacan

Through This Life

A little about me, a lot about life.

Old School Contemporary

'Why be reliant upon secular media sources, literary works penned by atheists, and embittered hearsay to inform your views on religiosity, or worse still to bring about the lack thereof, isn't that as sensible as asking directions to KFC from Ronald McDonald?' ―T. C. M

My New Normal

Going the Single Mom Route at 40

spiritbabycomehome

Misadventures in recurrent pregnany loss & reproductive immunology

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