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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.

​How far along? 21 weeks 6 days (7-15-17) HOW is this possible already? We are over halfway there and I just can’t believe how fast this is going.
Symptoms? I forgot to mention it last week… I said how I get tired and really achy in the round ligaments. I forgot to add that usually a couple days later, I get lots of popping and cracking in my pelvis. Like right in the middle, front. It’s an audible popping and grinding, especially when I first get out of bed. I think it’s baby having a growth spurt when that happens because I’ve had that happen a few times over the last month or so. It goes away after a day or two. I’ve had a few moments here and there of being a little queasy this week but couldn’t decide if it was truly pregnancy related.  And I do get some swelling in my lower legs/feet from time to time but hey, it’s summer and it’s hot so….
Weight? +20 shocking and scary pounds. **Optional boring paragraph about my weight – feel free to skip** I’m thinking maybe I need to skip weighing myself for a few weeks. I didn’t have a scale when I was pregnant with Tru so I didn’t have the weekly horror of seeing a gain of 2-3 pounds. I gained roughly 39-42 pounds that pregnancy, which was absolutely fine. In the first place, I started at 117 and was really really skinny for my height (barely within normal BMI). I needed that weight. It was all cool. I ended up leveling out at 13 pounds leftover from pregnancy. With Levi, I had a scale for the second half of pregnancy and I stressed beyond measure about trying to keep my weight down (bear in mind, I’d recently been a twig, so any weight gain felt monumental). All the stress about it didn’t do a thing but waste my time and I gained 35 pounds. Which was still absolutely fine and dandy. (By this point of pregnancy with Levi I’d gained 10 pounds and was freaking out. HA! Hahahaha!) Bottom line, whether I stress or not, I gain as much as I gain and there is nothing I can do about it. I only worry because I struggled to get my weight to stop climbing after I had Levi. I lost all of my pregnancy weight from him and then some… and then proceeded to gain back 14+ pounds. So I worry that my days of having a fast motabilism are behind me and the thought of dieting to try and lose this weight after pregnancy is just… I don’t wanna. I know I would suck at dieting. SO! I guess I just have to accept that I will gain what I gain and it’s not worth stressing about. Which will be easier if I am not looking at a scale…. I think. We’ll see how it goes. Really, I just want to be and feel healthy. And I do feel fine so it’s more of a numbers thing with me than what I actually SEE or FEEL.**

Bump? I am feeling less movement now than I had in the last few weeks. I am a little concerned about it but just trying to trust that baby is in a position that makes me feel him less. I DID feel hiccups this week! The first time it happened, I wasn’t sure that’s what it was because I was too busy to sit still and really focus. But the second time was today. We were at a demolition derby and I was holding Tru in my lap. With the way he was sitting against my belly, I really noticed the hiccups in there when they started. I remember feeling all this stuff so much earlier and more pronounced with Truett so I’m suprised I haven’t felt more with Zane. Overall, I am loving this 5.5 month bump. I think it looks cute and it’s not uncomfortable yet so it’s a fun stage. 🙂 

Cravings? I thought about a coke freeze the other day for like 2 hours. And then when I finally decided I’d get one, the machine was in the process of making it so I had to just go without. (Poor me!) But today, I tried again and, sweet success!!! I was so happy. 🙂 The very mention of Taco Bell still makes me almost throw up. But I do want Mexican food in general. Just not TB. Very strange….

Exercise? I think I’ll add this catagory to keep myself motivated. I’ve been trying to use the elliptical more lately in an attempt to keep my legs etc strong for labor. I only used it once this week though. One day I was going to but I babysat my cousin’s 1 and 5 yr old boys from 7am-4:30pm and I was having alot of Braxton Hicks contractions by the time they left so I decided not to push myself. And today we walked and walked at a fair so I was happy with my activity level for today. But my goal is to use the elliptical at least 4 days a week. I do stretches pretty much every day because it helps my back/hips/legs SO MUCH that I can’t stand not to do stretches. I love using my balance ball and doing stretches on it too. I consider having a balance ball practically a necessity for pregnancy comfort because it comes in so handy and helps so much! 

Medicines/supplements? I haven’t updated this in a long time. I am currently taking 50mg Macrodantin for UTI suppression (should do an info post sometime about having intercystial cystitis in pregnancy – I’ll say this, pregnancy always helps me), Lovenox 40mg, 81mg aspirin, 25mg doxylamine succinate (store brand Unisom – for nausea), Homocystex Plus (b complex vitamins – also helps the nausea), and most days I take a half dose or so of Natural Calm which is a magnesium supplement with some calcium – so many reasons why this is good for me to stay on during pregnancy (and was recommended that I take extra magnesium by my OB’s nurse during my last pregnancy). It helps with the pregnancy muscle aches, heart flutters etc. I bought a multivitamin with a little bit of iron in it and I started taking that this week because I think I was cutting corners pretty bad on not taking a well rounded prenatal. 

This is getting pretty wordy so I guess I’ll leave off now. No official picture this week because we didn’t get around to it. 

Dear God, thank You for another week of feeling well. Please help things to continue progressing smoothly with this pregnancy. Please watch over Zane and keep him healthy and safe. I pray that our ultrasound and check up will both go well. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

How far along? 20 weeks 6 days (7-8-17)

Symptoms? 

  • I had a few days of being really exhausted and having bad round ligament pain. I think baby was having a growth spurt. My belly definitely popped more. Everyone at church who didn’t know I was pregnant yet has been commenting now “Are you pregnant!?!”
  • The sleepiness seems to come out of nowhere and I just fall asleep randomly and wake up an hour or more later, confused by how much time has passed. It kind of freaks me out! I’ve been taking advantage of time when DH is home to “catch up” on sleep.
  • I’m also really struggling to control my appetite now as I’m hungry all the time. I think all of this can be attributed to the rapid growth stage that baby is going through.
  • In the mornings I have to drink a glass of water shortly after waking up or I will black out and get nauseated. After that, I’m usually fine for the day as long as I stay hydrated.

Weight? 16-18 pounds depending on the day and level of puffiness. I’ll be honest, I’m panicking a bit about how much I’ve gained. But what can I do about it? Not much at this point.

Cravings/aversions? I almost gagged when DH suggested Taco Bell for lunch. It’s been hit and miss this pregnancy whether I can stomach it or not. Which is weird because I loved TB when I was pregnant with Tru and Levi. I’ve been doing great avoiding caffeine but I let myself get a coke freeze today and it was lovely!!!! 🙂

Bump? Some days there is lots of action in there and my belly will be moving and bumping around. Other days there is less/softer activity but I am starting to see a pattern with kicks in the morning and before I go to bed. If I pay attention during the day, I’ll feel sporadic little pops and wiggles. I love it!! Positively the best part of pregnancy! 🙂 Levi still asks to feel baby all the time and pulls up my shirt to lay his head or his hand on my belly. If Zane doesn’t kick him, Levi always says “Probly sleeping?”. It’s the cutest! Tru hasn’t been too interested in feeling kicks yet but he likes to talk about Zane.

We went to our town’s festival this week for Independence Day. There was a Christian music concert that evening but I left early with the boys while DH stayed since it was going till late at night. We had fun walking around and trying out some of the food there. Pork Loin burger and blooming onion. Yum!! That onion was huge! We split it between 4 adults and Truett and Levi and it was plenty big enough for us all. We also went to a fireworks show last weekend. We didn’t have a great spot to watch from but the boys were still loving it. Tru and my niece jumped up and down yelling and announcing the color of the fireworks with almost every burst. 🙂

I am scheduled for a follow up anatomy scan at 22 weeks 2 days. I made the appointment at the hospital ultrasound center vs doing it again at the Dr office. I feel much better about this plan and I’m very reassured to know that we will be looking baby over (hopefully) thoroughly.

Dear God, thank You for the sweet moments of bonding I’ve had with Zane and Levi lately. Thank You for the love that Truett and Levi have for their baby brother. Please keep their bond strong as they grow through life. Thank You so much for these precious little men. Please watch over and protect them in Jesus’ name, amen.

Sweet snuggling time ❤

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Please pardon our after midnight effort at a picture. And me with a lightly sunburnt face. 😀

It’s been awhile… I think bullet points will make the most sense. In no particular order, these are some things that happened in the last few months.

  • We lost our dog at the end of May. We had him for almost 8 years. His birthday was coming up in July, I think (we didn’t know his exact birthday). He has been our baby for so many years and we are all still missing him a lot. We don’t know exactly what happened and I choose to believe he is still alive somewhere, living happily. You see, for the last few weeks he had been having this daily routine of taking off after a rabbit every evening. I had been doing my best to stop him from running off, but he is a beagle and that is what beagles do. I usually locked him up on the porch once evening came around but that evening my sister L and brother S were at our house and they were outside playing with the kids and stuff. S said he saw River take off after that rabbit and he just never came back. I am fairly certain that he did not get hit by a car as we drove around looking for him. He has run off many many times in his life and always come back, but it’s possible someone saw him and thought he was a stray and picked him up. That is my hope because I don’t want to think anything worse. River was always able to get out of stuff. He was like Houdini with his collar and Tru found River’s collar in the yard. So he would have looked like a possible stray if anyone had found him. I called around to the area dog shelters and pounds and I joined groups on Facebook that report lost pets in our area. We miss him so much. The boys talk about him all the time and want him to come home. 😦 It makes me so sad. I know that we will probably get another dog someday but I am not ready yet. I think it will be awhile before I am.
  • But, we did get a kitten! I have been looking for a good mouse hunting cat for quite awhile and just haven’t found any that I really wanted. Well, my family was in New York last week visiting my Dad’s family. My Aunt posted on Facebook that she had a kitten for someone to adopt. Now, I know that this kitten may or may not grow up to be a great mouser, but I am willing to take the chance. So I asked my Aunt to send her home with my family. I am pretty certain the kitten is a female because it is mostly black but has some calico-type markings. My sister brought the kitten over yesterday and the boys are in love. Truett keeps saying “I love our cat so much!” and both boys keep begging to hold her. So far she is staying in the bathroom until she is a bit bigger but I do plan for her to be an outdoor car eventually. She has done great with the litter box though so that is a plus. I also gave her worm medicine yesterday and plan to get her spayed in a few months. I hope she will be healthy and happy and live many years! The boys had fun shopping for kitten supplies yesterday and picked her out a blue collar with a bell on it. I gave her some toys to play with that we had laying around and so far her favorite thing to play with is a bow like you put on a present. 🙂
  • Our garden is doing great this year except for one cucumber plant that got way too much shade. All our tomato plants are huge and have dozens of tomatoes coming on. We have a few green peppers that are almost ready. I am still using up the ones from last year that are in the freezer! We have had squash out of our garden too. We had some zucchini but it got too big while we were away and I ended up feeding it to the pig since my sister had already brought over 5 loaves of zucchini bread! I might make a few loaves to freeze though with the one huge zucchini I saved since the boys absolutely loved the bread. We had great success with the blackberries I planted last year. I picked quite a few tonight. We had some blueberries too but that plant is much smaller. The boys have loved having berries to pick! It’s so fun for them. We have some strawberries coming on in the strawberry bed I planted this year. I used a massive tire to plant them in and they are thriving and multiplying so well that I have to get more tires and transplant some!
  • There are so many little projects that need done around here and so many things that I want to do in the next few months but I don’t even know where to start and I certainly don’t have the time! I need to stain the furniture that we bought the day before I found out I was pregnant with Zane. It is natural pine wood and it isn’t going to last long in this house without some protective stain and polyurethane or something. I could actually really use suggestions on what to use. I have very very limited experience with doing furniture and I’m so afraid I’ll ruin it.
  • On top of that, this house needs to be flip flopped around to make sense with incorporating another little person. Tru wants to share his room with Zane, but his room is really too small. It would probably make more sense to switch his room with Levi’s and put Tru and Zane in the bigger room… or I don’t know… I guess that will just have to work itself out as the time comes. And Levi’s room is the only room in our house that I haven’t painted yet. Which isn’t bad exactly since it just has plain white wallpaper, but it could really use a facelift.
  • I’m trying to think of all the fun stuff we’ve done in the past few months…. I’m just drawing a blank mostly… We had the company picnic for DH’s work last month at an amusement park. The boys went on a bunch of rides and made paintings for their bedrooms and got a bag of toys they picked out for themselves. So that was fun. Tru remembered from last year that there were boat rides at this place! He was 2.5 last year! How does he remember all this stuff?! Blows my mind.

I guess I’ll call it a night now since this is getting pretty long anyway. Hopefully I’ll do better with the updates and not get so far behind that I can’t remember things. This blog is more for myself to look back on than anything else (although I do dearly appreciate my readers) so I owe it to myself to stay on top of things. 🙂

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