Baby Bird – 40 Weeks

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How far along? 40 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: A total of 12 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Yes… though even maternity clothes aren’t good at covering my belly anymore.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: Sleep… I haven’t gotten much sleep this week. J started his new job so the kids and I have been commuting with him and staying at the grandparents’ houses so that we’re closer to the hospital and J when I go into labor. Last night I slept okay though, and J let me sleep in a little too.

Best moment this week: Nothing to do with Bird, but J started his new job… and he’s SO incredibly calm and happy… which in turn makes our kids and ME happy as well!

Movement: Her movements are bigger and more visible now, though she’s running out of “womb” so it hurts… 🙁

Food cravings: Sweets… chocolate and peppermint things mainly.

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

Belly button in or out? It’s pushed out.. and weird.

Wedding rings on or off? Definitely a little snugger this week. I’ve had to take them off a few times because they hurt 🙁

What I miss: Not feeling like a house… really. 

What am I looking forward too: The countdown is on… she WILL be here soon! 

Weekly Wisdom: Rest. Rest. Rest. I know it’s hard, I’ve had a hard time finding time to rest… but I know that if I DON’T the labor will be hard AND I will be pooped when I come home!

Milestones: 40 weeks… that in itself is a milestone!

Baby Bird – 39 Weeks

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How far along? 39 weeks (and 1 day…)

Total weight gain/loss: As of today I’m not sure… I gained 12lbs in a WEEK apparently according to my last appointment… so I need to weigh myself again soon to see how accurate that was.

Maternity clothes? Yes… though even maternity clothes aren’t good at covering my belly anymore.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: Sleep…I wish I could sleep.

Best moment this week: Finished our Christmas shopping for the kids! We are READY.

Movement: Her movements are bigger and more visible now, though she’s running out of “womb” so it hurts… 🙁

Food cravings: Salad, hummus, pita bread

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Nothing major, just the Braxton Hicks and minor cramping. No visible signs… though I didn’t really have any major signs the last 2 times either!

Belly button in or out? It’s pushed out.. and weird.

Wedding rings on or off? Depends on the day… some days they are super loose so I leave them off, other days they fit fine and I wear them!

What I miss: Hugging my babies close… and having room on my lap for both of them.

What am I looking forward too: Holding my sweet girl!

Weekly Wisdom: Relax. That’s all I’ve got.

Milestones: Officially FULL term! (FYI, 37-38 weeks is considered EARLY term, 39-40 weeks is considered FULL term, 41-42 weeks is considered POST term.)

Happy 2nd Birthday Bubby!

Exactly two years ago today I had just finished at my 40 week (+1 day) appointment with my midwife and my contractions started picking up. I didn’t know at the time, but this little boy of mine was going to come into this world like a whirlwind and NEVER EVER slow down!

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We made it to the hospital around 2-2:30pm, the staff took FOREVER in triage to check my dilation and admit me… I think they were a little shocked when they discovered I was 7cm! Apparently I didn’t “act” like I was in transition… yet.

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We got to our room around 3:30 and Bubby was born at 4:07pm, 7 pounds 10 ounces, 19.3 inches long.

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This little boy has brought so much joy to our lives… and let me tell you… boys are definitely an adventure!

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I have and am still learning patience… because this child has tested it more than his big sister EVER has.

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I have discovered that even at the tender age of 2 that boys find potty talk astronomically hilarious.

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I’m also realizing that even as close as these two are (they are almost exactly 23 months apart) that they bicker like cats and dogs… who knew a 2 year old could drive his almost 4 year old sister so crazy?

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Bumps, bruises, scratches, boo-boo’s, and blood don’t surprise or shock me anymore… and I’m learning to panic a little less.

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I’ve learned that those baby blues (which have slowly turned to hazel) melt me… more than they should probably!

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The bigger he gets (and the bigger Boogie gets) I find myself cherishing those “I luh you mommy” moments.

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I’m cherishing his chubby fingers reaching out to hold my hand, his little chunky feet pitter pattering into my bedroom early in the morning, and his sweet little voice saying, “Daddy… mommy… I want ceweal!”

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I catch myself savoring the sweet smell of his skin, no longer baby but still precious… I catch myself nuzzling him when he sleeps, those rare moments when he falls asleep resting against me.

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This messy, dirty, silly boy keeps me on my toes, there is never time for rest or relaxation when it comes to him…

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He is wild, destructive and ornery.

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He is tender hearted and full of the most amazing smiles.

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He is all boy… sports, superheroes, big trucks… this kid loves them all.

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Days of nursing him are long gone, hours of naps in my arms are long gone, gummy smiles are long gone…

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My baby boy is becoming a big boy before my eyes… and he reminds me often… “Mommy! I am a BIG boy!”

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I can’t wait to see what the Lord does in this little man’s life, to see what He uses his life for… I have a feeling that whatever it is, it will be a grand adventure.

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Bubby, mommy loves you to the moon and back… and back again. As CRAZY as you drive me sometimes, I thank God EVERY. SINGLE. DAY that he allowed me to be your mommy. Every day I am blessed because I’m allowed to witness your silly laughter, smiles, and joy. Daddy, Boogie and I wouldn’t be the same without you, and I’m sure Baby Bird is going to adore having you as her big bubby. “I luh you” sweet boy, happy birthday!

Baby Bird – 38 Weeks

This is a few days late… we celebrated Bubby’s birthday on Saturday (he turns 2 on Wednesday!) so things got a little busy around here 🙂

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How far along? 38 weeks (while this post is late… this picture WAS taken on Saturday at 38 weeks!)

Total weight gain/loss: About 8lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes, although the sweater I am wearing is not.

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: Sleep… what is this sleep you speak of?

Best moment this week: Last week of “early-term”! 39 weeks (which I will update on as well since these are the last few weeks!) is considered full term and 41-42 weeks are considered post-term.

Movement: This baby girl is a soccer player… I’m sure of it.

Food cravings: Apples, peanut butter, and french fries.

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Just Braxton Hicks, some minor cramping and the normal aches and pains of 3rd trimester.

Belly button in or out? It’s pushed out.. this is the furthest it has pushed out of all of my pregnancies… it’s so weird looking!

Wedding rings on or off? Depends on the day… some days they are super loose so I leave them off, other days they fit fine and I wear them!

What I miss: Getting out of the bed without rolling...

What am I looking forward too: Meeting my sweet girl! She’ll be here so soon!

Weekly Wisdom: Thank goodness I’m not an elephant…. do you know how LONG those poor momma’s have to be pregnant?! 21 months…. almost 2 years… that’s an Asher y’all.

Milestones: Last week of early term!

Baby Bird – 36 Weeks

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How far along? 36 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: So last post I said I have gained 12lbs… yea that was way way way off. Apparently that scale was REALLY wrong because I have gained a total of 5.5lbs. Yea. 

Maternity clothes? Yes, though that sweater, tank and those skinny jeans…. all my regular clothes! I’m wearing  a belly band to hold those jeans up though haha!

Stretch marks? Same old ones I’ve had since Boogie!

Sleep: Sleep is almost non-existent. I am waking up constantly to turn over, adjust or getting up to pee. That means we’re on the last tail of this journey!

Best moment this week: We got some amazing news on J’s job front, so even though it wasn’t totally pregnancy related, it made this week AWESOME!

Movement: She loves to stretch and she is constantly trying to push her little feet up into my ribs. It’s pretty uncomfortable, but I am savoring those kicks! Won’t be long before she’s kicking me in the ribs while she’s nursing!

Food cravings: Pomegranate seeds

Gender: Girl!

Labor signs: Just Braxton Hicks, so my body is preparing, but we’re nowhere near that yet!

Belly button in or out? It’s pushed out… so in my case it’s flat lol

Wedding rings on or off? Depends on the day… some days they are super loose so I leave them off, other days they fit fine and I wear them!

What I miss: Not being so overly emotional.

What am I looking forward too: Purchasing Bird’s crib set and her special blanket (we bought Boogie and Bubby super soft cuddly blankets for the hospital… to this day, they are STILL their favorite blankets!)

Weekly Wisdom: Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart!

Milestones: 4 weeks until our EDD!