23 May, 2015

37 weeks

I was 37 weeks on Wednesday. SO 2 and 1/2 weeks to go until we meet this little guy. I am up 16 lbs  and I am very happy with that! I can definitely tell that I am getting bigger by the day though. 


 34 weeks 
36 weeks 
37 weeks

On My birthday (may 11th) I had an IVP test to check on my kidneys to see if they are functioning. I had an ultrasound that showed that my kidneys were still dilated, and the ultrasound tech said it was hydronephrosis. I was freaked out because she said that it was urine backing up into my kidneys which really scared me. My biggest fear aside from any of this hurting baby boy is that I am going to continue to have kidney problems for the rest of my life. So I saw my urologist and he recommended and IVP to make sure my kidney is functioning. I was unsure because I felt like I was so close to being done (35 weeks at the time) and I didn't want to put more stress on baby. But they assured me that it doesn't effect him so I went ahead and did it. I am so glad that I did because I was so relived to find out that my kidney is functioning fine and the dilation was just from the baby and he is confident that I passed the stone that I had. The best part was when he told me "If you would like to come get checked out after the baby that is ok, if not that is ok too." Thank you Jesus I am done with that place! I liked my doctor but am happy to be finished with that chapter (hopefully). 

Here is the x-tray that I got at 35 weeks.
To see how he is positioned in there is so fascinating to me. I love it! 

At 36 weeks I was checked and not dilated (cervix wise) at all. At 37 weeks I was 75 percent effaced but not dilated at all. She also said I was measuring a week ahead. I asked to be checked just out of curiosity because with Dane I didn't dilate, with Knox they checked me one time and that was it, and this pregnancy has been so different that I am not ruling anything out. The doctor did warn me that each baby you have tends to be bigger than the last and that freaks me out because Dane was 8 lbs 11 oz and Knox was 9 lbs. In three weeks I have a feeling this baby is going to be HUGE if he doesn't come sooner. I have been having lots of uncomfortable-ness down low especially right after I get up. I have been having a lot of braxton hicks contractions but nothing major. My biggest complaint lately is swelling of my feet and sometimes my hands. 

As far as getting ready for baby we have everything bought and good to go. All we need to do really is put his car seat in and pack our bags. One thing that I have been having so much trouble with is finding nursing bras. I have big boobs and they will only get bigger after I have the baby so I have been having such a hard time picking out what to buy. Physically in the stores in town there is nothing in my size so everything has to be ordered. And expensive. For now I bought some "comfy bras" they are called and I guess I will just see how it goes and what size I actually need when I have the baby. 
  Dane and Knox are getting excited and I am so excited to hear them talk about him and say his name and all that. I was particularly worried about Knox being the baby but he seems to be getting used to the idea. We will see how much he likes him when he gets here! HA! 

My sister got these shirts at the carters store, I love them! I can't believe I am going to be living with 4 boys here in a few weeks. Sometimes I seriously feel like I live in a frat house and want to lose my mind, but really, I wouldn't want it any other way. I do enjoy being the Queen of the family. HA! 


        Dane                                      Knox                                       Baby #3                  
And just for fun, where is a side by side of all 3 of my boys at 37 weeks! 



28 April, 2015

Knox is 4

Yesterday my soon-to-be middle child turned 4. I can't believe it. On the one hand it seems like he is my baby and just can't be that old, and on the other hand I feel like it just flew by.

We have a doctors appointment tomorrow and then I will adjust his height and weight. I think he is about 36 lbs or so.
 
He wears a 4t-5t depending on brand, and is in a size 9 shoe, sometimes 10.

He loves to wear hats. Any kind of hat. He also loves to wear his coat/jacket in the house for hours and won't take it off until HE wants to.


This year has been a VERY big year for him. He started preschool, moved to a new house, became the only child in the house since Dane is at Kindergarten all day, he started coming to work with me at the daycare, and he found out he is going to no longer be the baby of the family. He is not the easy-going type of kid that would take all these changes lying down. Nope, that would be too easy for Knoxie to do!

Knox is doing great at preschool. He loves to go now, although at first he had anxiety and a lot of times said he didn't want to go and cried when I left. He knows how to count past 20, he can write his name, and so many other things he didn't know before. They send home a slip every day saying if your child makes "good choices" or if they had any time outs that day. At the beginning of the year he had more frequent bad choices, but he has probably went 20 or more days making good choices. Makes me proud!


He loves the new house, although he is very adamant that he hates our stairs. He says "I hate the stairs! I think we need to get an escalator!" Keep dreaming son!

I hate to say it this way but he is quite the lazy child. He doesn't have the drive to run in circles and play for hours like his brother. He will say "ugh I'm tired I need a break" and sit down. I asked him if he wanted to play T-ball this year and he said "no thanks" just like that. He is not interested in too much physically activity. I still think he will come around though.


He is very strong-willed.  Sometimes I get so frustrated because it seems like EVERYTHING is a battle. From something so small as scooting over, to leaving every morning for the daycare, to brushing teeth, to bed.Like I said he is not the go-with-the-flow type at all.
 This is him at a bouncy place and after 10 minutes he was done.

 He has to be very gingerly coaxed into things and sometimes bribes must be involved or it is a huge ordeal. HA!


At first he was not very happy about a new baby coming into the family. He didn't fully understand all that would be happening but up until this point he has made it clear that he didn't care for babies. He hates how they cry, he hates how they take attention away, etc. And that was true with most children younger than him. Thankfully the daycare has really helped soften the blow of that one, and he hopefully won't take so much jealousy out on his brother! He even picked out a stuffed animal for him at the store a few weeks ago.

We have a 3 month old baby at our daycare as well as two 1 year olds and so he has had to adjust to smaller children than him, as well as sharing my attention with others. It has been such a blessing. I know when I had Dane I was so worried about him feeling left out but he never did, but Dane is a completely different kid.
He started out being very shy and between daycare and preschool he has really come out of his shell. But everyting has to be on his terms, like he is so sweet and loving but only when he wants to be. It took him SO long to even give his grandma a hug! She was thrilled when it finally happened.


 His current loves include Minecraft (the video game) of course, both pocket edition on ipad and on ps3. Him and brother have recently been watching a lot of youtube videos about minecraft hacks etc, and they think those are awesome. I don't get it but whatever. He loves to play army, guns, and cowboys. When he grows up he says he wants to be a cowboy so he can "hunt people" and ride around on his horse. I assume he means hunt down bad guys LOL. He also said that cowboys don't have kids or get married! DUH MOM! He also loves cars/trucks which is no new thing.

He and his brother have a love-hate relationship it seems. They like each other in small doses but anytime Dane is off of school or something for a few days they fight like crazy. It is a power struggle all the way.

He says the most hilarious things. He current obsession is "dude!" for everything. He is so clever! 
The other day he asked his brother if he wanted to "chill" inside with him for a while. "Chill" ha!

Oh and I cannot forget to mention his love for McDonald's Chicken Nuggets. He is all about McDonald's. Any time you ask him what he wants to eat, or he says he is hungry that is what he wants (bleh!) He is obsessed. He is also very particular how his food comes and if it isn't just so he won't touch it. He likes hot dogs, loves ketchup, his new favorite snack is chocolate cereal bars or chocolate covered granola bars. He also LOVES oreos. He used to be an apple juice freak and then one day he just said "That apple juice is too apple-y" and he hasn't' liked it for about 6 months now. So strange! For a while it was milk, then water, and now he is loving orange juice and grape juice because grandma always keeps those on hand.

 He hasn't formally had to take a nap since he turned three, but every time we get in the car to go home from daycare/preschool around 2:30, like clockwork he falls asleep. Every.time. unless he has food and or an electronic device to play on.



I love you Knoxie, you have brought so much joy to us. There is never a dull moment with you around that is for sure! I could not imagine my life without you in it and I so look forward to seeing you become a wonderful big brother!




27 April, 2015

Knox's Minecraft Party

Yesterday we threw Knox his minecraft party. Knox is OBSESSED with minecraft. He talks about it all the time. He dreams about it. He lives and breathes everything minecraft. So of course a minecraft party is only appropriate.

He loved the "Potions"! Dane informed me not to drink the green ones because those are "die" potions apparently. Whoops I didn't know!


I think he looks like his daddy here!
This was the "creeper toss!" where you throw balls into the creepers mouth or eyes.

Homemade pinata made out of cereal boxes and paper mached over it.
On the menu was Dr. Pepper Pulled pork, Cream cheese slow cooker corn, watermelon and chips BBQ chips (Knox's favorite!)

Grandma Rhonda got Knox the most awesome army outfit and bazooka. He LOVES to play army!
Pinata time!


My version of a creeper cake, the hersheys on top ended up being a nightmare because every kid wanted the chocolate on top and we had hack the whole cake up to get a piece of chocolate on each piece. ha!
DOES HE NOT LOOK SUPER GROWN UP IN THIS PICTURE?! 
 
Knox had so many friends and family members over and we are so thankful to everyone who came to celebrate him. He LOVED the party and that makes it all worth it.

08 April, 2015

31 weeks

 last week before my glucose test.

I am feeling very pregnant these past few weeks. Thankfully I had the stent removed and I feel like a new woman. Now I can complain about normal pregnancy symptoms and not having stent, ha!

This picture is an x-ray they took after my stent was removed and I thought it was cool and had to snap a picture of it.


I had my glucose test at the end of the month and it came back good. I have gained 11 pounds. I am very happy with that.

We had an ultrasound to check to make sure everything is ok with baby boy after all the drama that happened and he is doing great as well. All this that has happened has given me such anxiety because the last thing I would want is for something as "small" as a kidney stone to affect this baby boy forever. But from the looks of everything he is perfect. He is already 3 pounds.




We also set a date for his birth. June 10th. That is exactly 9 weeks away. It seems so soon and so far away at the same time. I feel enormous and knowing how much longer I have to go makes me get nervous. I have recently started to get swelling of my feet and just aches in my legs from standing too long. So that's fun. I have to realize that I have to slow down, and sit and drink plenty of water.

I do feel way more prepared now than in previous weeks. I am really in nesting mode and am determined to get everything together. I had Derek paint the baby's room and it looks great.


We are working on switching out the ceiling fan with one that isn't ancient, and then we will start setting up. We are doing a nautical theme and I can't wait to see how it will come together! The only big thing we need is a swing and I know I can find one at a yard sale so I am holding out. Same with baby clothes. I even bought his first packs of diapers and wipes! Wow it seems like forever since I had to buy diapers although it wasn't THAT long ago!


We also have a name picked out! We will probably keep it to ourselves until he is here, but you never know. We have went this long without naming him what is 9 more weeks?!

Sleeping is a nightmare and I can't ever get comfortable. I am so exhausted by the end of the day I typically pass out while trying to watch a show. I have to get up early (for me) between 5:30-6 to get to work, and that makes for a long day with this prego mama! My arms fall asleep and then I lay on my back and then I can't breathe. Oh the joys!

That about sums up how I am feeling these days. Here is hoping that these next few weeks fly by and we will soon be holding our sweet baby boy, perfectly healthy!




















Six

Dane turned 6 on March 16th. Six. I can't believe six years has gone by so fast. It really seems like the blink of an eye. I just look at him and he is so grown up, he has changed so much in the past year that sometimes I get so sad because I miss my baby. Then he says "I'll always be your baby mama" and then I feel a little better. 
His little freckles get me every time. They are the cutest thing ever. 

 He is about 46 lbs and not sure on his height, but he is right in between size 7 and 8 clothes. The 7's are too tight or too short but the 8's are swimming. UGH! So frustrating when trying to buy him clothes. He is in size 1 shoes. I just started asking his opinion on his clothes but mostly he just wears whatever I pick for him.

He is about to finish up Kindergarten. He LOVES school. He is so smart and loves learning. He is the kid who totally has to be doing something at any moment or he gets so annoyed and bored. He loves "arts and crafts" as he calls them. He draws all the time and he is good at it. All year he has been learning sight words and has started writing sentences. His teacher says he has very good handwriting for his age. I just love to see all his papers come back and his cute little writing. He is constantly counting and adding things together and subtracting numbers. His little brain is always turning.

He recently did a science fair project on which part of his house ha the most germs. He was the only kid in his class that participated. I was proud of him although Dad and Mom did a lot of the grunt work! 

He got to present the science experiment to the class and he felt so special. 
 His best friends in school are Luke and Owen, but according to his teacher he is well liked and has lots of friends. This is just what I want to hear considering how much anxiety he would get at the start of the year. He definitely gets his socialness from his dad. 

He is so much like his mother in so many ways, bless his heart. He needs to know details about everything or he gets antsy. If you are going somewhere he needs to know why, when we are going, what car we are taking, how long it takes to get there, what we will be doing there, etc. He has vivid dreams the same as I do, and a lot of times they result in nightmares or bad dreams. He goes through spurts where they are really frequent and then when there aren't any. A lot of times he wakes up really early (like 5:30 early) and will just lay in his room and wait for someone to wake up. He is an early riser like I am, unlike his brother who will sleep and sleep. He doesn't have to wake up until 7 or so for school but he is 90% of the time awake before that. 
 He loves Spongebob, Teen Titans, Uncle Grandpa, and Clerance. He also loves Minecraft and Big hero  6. He just discovered River Monsters and he is hooked! 

This is a picture of a tiger fish, two sting rays and a cat fish. 

He and his brother fight like cats and dogs. They are just about as opposite as two kids could be. They just seem to be at such a difference in their age gap these days and Dane just gets annoyed by Knox most of the time. He is also a HUGE instigator. He will pick on him and then when Knox retaliates tattles.  But at the end of the day they love each other.
 I am sure this is only the beginning of many different points in their lives when they will be this way. 

For his birthday we asked him if he would rather go and stay in a hotel and go to a water park instead of throwing a party. He was all about it. I am so thankful too because I am pregnant, tired, and just started my own business where all of a sudden I am working full time, and some days I feel like I am barely keeping my head above water. But that is a story for another post. We went up to Kansas City for the weekend and stayed at Coco Key. Before we went to Coco Key we went to Dave and Busters. Dane was SO excited he could barely contain his anxiety/excitement to go play the games. $70 later...hope it was fun LOL. 

Can't you tell his excitement?!


He is dad's side kick and is constantly wanting to be by his side, working alongside him or playing games, wrestling, doing boy things. He is the sweetest boy and is always giving me compliments like "oh mama, I love your dress" etc. He melts my heart. He constantly tells all of us " I love you" which is something we do a lot in our house anyway. He has a sensitive side and gets his feelings hurt easily. He takes things to heart. When I was in the hospital he cried when he saw me in there in pain. He is so caring. :) 

He is excited to have a baby brother and I know he is going to be a big help. He already is such a big helper. I thank the lord for you Dane, you are a true blessing in our lives!


 
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