Weekend Wrap-Up

I hope everyone had a great weekend and that your Monday is starting off well!  We had a very enjoyable weekend filled with lots of sun and boating, some cleaning and some relaxing.

My in-laws were in town for a few weeks staying at the home they have in our neighborhood, which if I haven’t said it enough is sooooo nice!  I love having them around the corner!  We get to spend lots of time with them and they are such a big help with Garrett.  Unfortunately, they had to head back down to Pensacola yesterday to make preparations in case Isaac heads their way.  But they will be back in a few weeks so we’re looking forward to that!

We spent a lot of time with them on their boat this weekend,  They have a pontoon boat which is much easier to have G on than our boat is and we soaked up every minute of it, and even got to hang out with Susan, Nate and Caden on Saturday!

Playing in the water

Playing Captain with Daddy

I got up Saturday morning to get G his milk and just got a whiff of yuckiness when I opened the refrigerator door (I’m sure my pregnancy induced super senses had nothing to do with that 😉 but I decided right then and there that I was going to deep clean the fridge as soon as I was awake enough to do so.  Our fridge was in need of a makeover anyways so I did it.  I forgot to take a picture of everything in it before so here is the stuff on the counter that I took out.  Is it just us or does everyone feel like they have a ridiculous amount of condiments!

I took everything out, and threw away any condiment that we haven’t used in the last month.  Then scrubbed down all of the shelves and wiped down the inside

Then after it was squeaky clean and lemony fresh, we put everything back in

I feel like it still looks like we have a lot of condiments but we got rid of a bunch so you can only imagine what it looked like before.

After our day on the lake we came home to the upstairs AC not working and sitting at 83 degrees, luckily the downstairs was fine and it wasn’t too hot outside or else I would have been one very unhappy person.  The worst part of it was that we just had our AC units serviced at the beginning of the month and everything checked out just fine…..regardless, we called the same company that had serviced our units a few weeks ago and thankfully someone was out at our house fixing the problem (a burnt wire) within the hour and, because it had just been serviced, they did it at no charge to us!  We finished off our night with some Jets Pizza at the in-laws and came home to watch a few more episodes of Damages(our new favorite show) and were in bed by 9:30…..pretty lame, I know, but because I’m no longer napping during the day, I am beat by the time it is dark outside, and my husband is just a good sport 🙂

Sunday we went to out to breakfast, washed the  cars, and played.  I menu planned for the week, grocery shopped, and then Dan cooked dinner and we relaxed for the rest of the night

Sunday-Linguini Sorrento (adapted from one of our favorite authentic Italian restaurants)

Monday- Chicken cordon bleu with rice and green beans

Tuesday- Fish Tacos, Fresh Pico and Guacamole

Wednesday- Italian sausage sandwiches, homemade potato wedges and salad

Thursday- Chicken/broccoli stir fry and rice

And today has been pretty productive as well!  I walked 3.5 miles with my boys this morning then went to a spinning and strength class at my gym, ate lunch, took care of some housework and prepped a few things to munch on throughout the week.  And I got to talk to my Mom this morning and wish she and my Dad a Happy 35th Anniversary!!!!   35 years….how awesome is that!  They are such wonderful role models and I am so lucky to have them for my parents!

How was your weekend???  Were you productive today?

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Half Way Point

As of Sunday I am half way through my pregnancy!  Time feels like it is going faster this time around.  Perhaps it’s because I am more relaxed and comfortable with everything that is going on in my body right now, and I’m sure it has a lot to do with this adorable little guy keeping me busy

Before I get into how I’ve been growing, I want to give you a quick update on my Little Man!!  His walking is improving every day and although he still doesn’t like to walk in shoes, or outside in general, (probably because we make him wear shoes outside) he’s getting more and more comfortable walking inside and when he gets excited about something, he tries to run!  He’s mastered “all done” in sign language, (though he sort of has his own way of doing it) and he consistently signs to us when he is finished eating.  He knows what snacks he prefers, and if he has a snack cup full of different types of snacks he will sort them and only eat what he likes (We have a real life Baby Einstein on our hands!)

He’s also learned to wave bye-bye and will typically do it if we prompt him.  Sometimes I will “sing” to him basically just melodically saying ba ba ba, and he will repeat it back to me too, and it’s the cutest thing!  I’m really enjoying this “toddler” stage, he’s learning and doing so much and I feel so lucky to be able to watch him grow every day.

Now on to Baby Boy Brew #2

20 Weeks!!

I don’t really feel like my belly has grown too much since my 16 Week Update, it seems that even though it “popped out” much earlier this time around, now the growth has subsided.  I have read that this usually happens, and I’m sure that within the next few weeks I will have another growth spurt and it will pop out a bit more, but I’m not concerned about it.  Right now I’m on track to gain about 30 lbs with this pregnancy (I gained 37 with G) so that’s a good thing.  I’m hoping to gain a little less this time around but we’ll see how that goes 🙂  My Dr. felt for my uterus at my appointment and it is also right in line with the top of my bellybutton which is where it’s supposed to be.  I’m not scheduled to have any more ultrasounds, but next month I think they’ll start measuring my belly to see if it’s in the range of cm to weeks that it should be.  So far…everything seems to be going great!  My weight is on track, BP is well within the “normal” range, I’m not exhausted every day (only some days) I’m still exercising at least 5 days a week, and I don’t have any swelling in my feet!!  It’s looking like I will be able to go into labor naturally this time (although I know that a lot can change in 20 weeks) so I’m thrilled about that!  Life is good, I really can’t complain!

Monthly Update

How far along?  20 weeks, 2 days

Total Weight Gain: 11-12lbs from my first appointment

Symptoms:  Some round ligament pain when I go from lying or sitting down to standing, and a little lower back pain when I’m walking on an incline with  my dogs, and the stroller.  Along with the occasional bout of heartburn

Maternity Clothes:  Yes, I went shopping for a few new things and thankfully inherited all of a friends’ maternity clothes

Food Cravings of the week:  Blueberries, strawberries, watermelon, and peanut butter crackers

Sleep:  Still not so great.  I feel like my sleeping has been restless, however my husband has informed me that when I do sleep I sleep hard, so hard in fact that I frequently talk in my sleep which is crazy because before this pregnancy, I was never a sleep talker.  Also, I have been having some crazy, weird, but vivid dreams for the past few weeks.

Best Moment this week:  The excitement I have because my Mom is coming into town on Wednesday and my Dad is coming over the weekend!  Also feeling more and more movements from Baby Boy Brew #2 🙂

Movement: See above answer!  His movements are coming more frequently and are now not only flutters, bubbles, and tickles but legit movements.  Looking forward to Dan being able to feel this little one!

Belly Button:  Still an innie…..the best part about an innie is the circle of sweat I get while working out (not)  It’s actually quite embarrassing and I’m kind of looking forward to it popping out a bit more so I don’t have that distinct sweat circle to draw even more attention to my ever-growing belly

What I miss:  Sleeping on my stomach and laying on my back

What I am looking forward to:  My parents visit!  They haven’t seen G since he’s started to walk

Milestones: Half Way Point and feeling Great!!

Munchkin Meals

My friend Brittany has done another link up for the Munchkin Meals segment
and since I haven’t participated in the last few, (my little guy decided he was going to become a less than stellar eater for a while there) I wanted to join in again.

As I stated earlier, my son’s eating habits have changed a bit, he’s starting to become sort of picky, or just preferential I guess, so in order for me to get him to actually eat we stick to what he likes. That doesn’t mean I’ve given up trying to get him to eat different things, but if he ends up just throwing his food on the floor then I know it’s time to resort back to our staples.

Here’s what yesterday’s eats looked like

Breakfast: (not pictured oops) was pancakes with a little bit of real maple syrup, a few bites of my Irish Oatmeal, and his all time favorite mandarin oranges

Lunch:

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Basically it was an un-assembled turkey sandwich; diced turkey breast, avocado and whole wheat bread with some watermelon on the side and water to drink. He also had a Plum Baby yogurt pouch

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Snack was some goldfish a fruit and veggie pouch and water. He doesn’t like to eat many whole veggies so we usually give him at least one veggie pouch a day just to make sure he’s eating some veggies

Dinner(which I also forgot to take pictures of while he was eating it so I took pictures of mine) was oven roasted chicken and vegetables(carrots, celery, potato, and onion) we try to just give G some of what we have for dinner

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He tends to prefer foods that have been seasoned (don’t we all) He ate tons of carrots and some chicken. He loves sweet potatoes but doesn’t really care for white potatoes, and we also gave him some pears after he ate everything else

He’s very tall (just over 34″at 13 months old) and he’s thin but he’s a happy little guy so I think he’s doing alright!

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Boy oh Boy…

…Am I going to be outnumbered!  Not that I’m not outnumbered as it is already.  I grew up in a home with 3 brothers, and I live with my Hubby, my sweet Little G, and our 2 lovable Boxers, and now we’re going to be adding another BOY to the mix!!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely thrilled that we have another HEALTHY baby boy coming and I know God has a plan all worked out for me, I just think that before he gives me my sweet little princess he wants to test me 😉

Honestly, the more I think about it…the more excited I get!  I mean how cool is it going to be to have 2 little boys that are 18 months apart!  They’ll only be one grade apart in school, and I just have this feeling that they are going to be Best Friends, and probably worst enemies at times too but one thing is for sure, and that is that they will have one another.  To play with, to look up to, to look out for, and to beat up on for the rest of their lives.  Regardless of what they go through, they will always have each other, and that just makes me so happy!  Not to say there isn’t a chance that they will be polar opposites, but it doesn’t matter, they will still have one another.  And to me that is just the neatest thing.  Not to mention, they can share toys, and clothes, and I get to dress them in matching outfits for Holidays!!!  I don’t know about you but I always think it’s so adorable when I’m at Church on Sunday and I see 2 little boys, dressed up in similar outfits.  I just love it, and you better believe that’s going to be me, and my boys 🙂

I have no idea who these boys are, but seriously…how cute are they!!!

Now that we know what we are having, we get to go through the whole picking the perfect name process again which was a little difficult with Garrett because Dan and I couldn’t agree on anything, fingers crossed it’s a bit easier this time around.  I also get to start picking out color schemes for the new bedroom!  We have yet to decide if we’re going to keep G in the room he’s in so as not to throw too much change to him at once (plus he is soooooo comfortable in his room I hate to take him from it) but the new room that we will be making a baby room is a bit bigger and farther from our bedroom, and eventually we would like to have Garrett and his little brother in the bigger room together so what do we do???  Do we switch G to the new room now and perhaps just try to keep it as much of the same as possible or do we put the new baby in the new room and let G stay where he is?  In a perfect world we would move G, and he would do great! just hope for the best, but again, I’m worried that all this change will throw him for a loop, and that’s not fair to him. I just want to do what’s best for my sweet boy.

So we’ve got some decisions to make but we’re very excited to be making them, and to add a new chapter to our life story!  I go back to the Dr’s in a week and a half for my 20 week check-up, so I’ll post a baby and a bump update then!  I can’t believe I’m almost half way through my pregnancy!  That means that fall is just around the corner and I am definitely looking forward to cooler weather for our morning walks!

Any advice on the second bedroom dilemma??