Baby Dos: 26 Weeks And Counting

Well hi there bumpity bump!!  I've been horrid (that was for you hubs! ha.) about keeping up with my weeks, but thankfully everything has been documented.  So one day....you know with all the free time I have these days....I can update this blog of mine for our blog book.  Side note: that "horrid" word is a word I use all too often for anything and everything and the hubs makes fun of me.  He thinks its funny but obnoxious at the same time.  :)  

So, let's talk about the bump turning 26 weeks.  It can be described as: fast.  This whole pregnancy has been on speed mode and so has the baby's growth.  This week, it's been a great week so far.  Although, I can't really complain about any of the weeks except for two early on where I had a few major headaches which I've never really had.  I've never really been a "headache" kinda person.  So to me they were migraines (which totally weren't, that I know of) because they hurt so bad.  I was O.O.C. (out of commission) for a few hours those days.  But here lately, things have been mucho bueno.

At night its a different story, for some reason I fill up too much on food during dinner that I feel like I'm carrying around 2 tons of water in my front area and I become really uncomfortable.  The hubs says it looks like I should be tipping over.  Ha.  When I feel so full I can't ever lay down for bed.  Ever.  It's just something that I've never been able to do.  Jer, he can lay down and fall asleep after eating a meal.  Not me!  I have to sit up until my food goes down.  Add that fullness with being pregnant and already filled up with a baby equals a little misery right before bedtime.  But that's okay because that's when we get our time to sit in bed, wind down, watch some recorded shows and watch the baby move in my belly!  The best time of day if you ask me.

Sunday, for the first time this pregnancy, I went into full on "nesting" mode.  Things had to get done....and soon.  Luckily Jer was on board, too.  So we sat down got our phones out and made a list of everything that we needed to get fixed/accomplished/diy'd before the baby comes.  What's funny is, most of the things on our list were non-baby stuff.  It was diy'ing things we wanted to do to our house.   Probably because we won't really fix up the nursery until the baby is born since we aren't finding out the gender.  Other than painting walls and setting up the same white crib Boston used.  So we figured, why not work on the rest of the house, first?!

There's one thing about me and pregnancy and that is that I start getting "large and round" about this time.  With Boston I started getting round in the face and feeling heavy along with retaining some water.  The other day I was convinced that my rings weren't going to come off for the remainder of this pregnancy because my fingers had gotten so swollen which I thought would be weird because that meant I would have to sleep and shower with them.  Ha.  Yeah, my mind is weird.  So expect to see chubby cheeks and some round-ness going on with this barely 5 foot frame from here on out.  :)


Our Week

I love capturing some of what we do during a week.  In a few years, I'll be able to remember what we did and when.  It'll be fun.  :)

Last week was pretty typical.  Grocery store, learning, worked out, had playtime with daddy before bed, made cookies, felt loved with a little love note left behind by daddy and had a Fun-day Friday.  

He's at the age that's so much fun.  He is about 90% independent and is super easy to get up and do things spontaneously with (not like you can with an infant with all the things you have to pack into a bag first).  If only he could stay 3 forever.    

Nonetheless, a week with him is always a fun week!



The Good Ol' Glucose Test

Confession: I've not been so good about updating this blog/memory journal throughout this pregnancy.  Life of a wife, mom and a small business owner can surely do that to you.  :) 

However,  I have managed to write everything down.  So very soon I'll be "back-dating" everything so that I can have it for our memory book when I make this years blog posts into a book!

Okay, so, let's get on to talking about good ol' glucose.  

Last Thursday at 24 weeks and 5 days I had an OB appointment scheduled.  It was a regular OB appointment where they took my pee, checked my blood pressure and listened to the baby's heartbeat.  Plus....a glucose test to check for gestational diabetes.  What you do is, drink this not so yummy sugary drink within 5 minutes, sit in the doctors waiting room for an hour, go back in and have blood taken.  They took 2 viles of blood.  One to check my blood sugar (the glucose test portion) and one to check for anemia for any iron deficiency.  Then you wait a few days for the results.

Well those few days ended today when my doctors nurse called to inform me that I had PASSED my glucose test.  Praise God.  If you know me, then you know I'm always a nervous nelly.  Over the weekend, I had even convinced myself that I had gestational diabetes.  Yup, after reading Mr. Google I was convinced I had it and started freaking myself out.  So to hear that my levels were normal was music to my ears.  

However, she did mention that my iron was a tad bit low and that my doctor wanted me to take an iron pill each day.  It's a bummer but I'll definitely take that over gestational diabetes. 

Now here's to praying that I don't develop preeclampsia, again!  



Train Ridin'

Bossy is still into trains.  Anytime we pass a train while driving that is moving he insists that we roll down the windows so that he can listen to the train rolling by.  It's the sweetest thing.  So, it's only normal that we actually get him on a train once in a while even in the hot Texas weather.  :)  
He's mesmerized every time.  And it warms my heart.  The train that we go on in Fort Worth is a mini train that's about a 30 minute ride.  We even stop for some popcorn and drinks on our way back to the station.  It's perfect.  
After building up an appetite from our snack on the train, we hit up Panera Bread that's close by for some grub.  Ham sandwich for him and salad and flatbread for mama.
Ohh and a lemonade slush for the drive home.  :)


the park

A favorite past time for this fella is our neighborhood park.  But for mommy, only when its not 100 degrees outside is it her favorite.  :)  A lot of times during the day when we go it's just he and I there alone.  Gives us nice quality/play time together outside.

This day I took my camera and decided to capture the moment of him playing and just being him.  A kid.  A boy.  He went from walking along an edge that drops off down a steep hill to picking up bugs on the sidewalk to climbing the "rock" wall.  The kid has no fear.

Oh and looking like a teenager already!  



Learning Mornings

Most mornings (not all) are spent having a little learning time (about 30 minutes to an hour).  During that time we'll read, practice adding numbers, spelling words with flashcards, studying United States map, doing puzzles and whatever else I have come up with lately for him to learn.  

I like to document these mornings sometimes because they are fun.  The whole house is quite and it's just me and Boston upstairs in the playroom....oh and brother Jet will come up and visit, too. :)  
When we read we like to spell so that he can get familiar with words in books that we read often.  And this book is our favorite since they are all lowercase letters (which Bossy has known since he was 2).  
After a little reading he played trains while I colored.    
Oh and he took a little break to do a little exercising...or at lease tried. Ha.
He pulled out his doctor case and he checked my vitals.  It's so funny, one time he was checking my heartbeat with his stethoscope and I closed my eyes.  Now, anytime I check his heart he closes his eyes.  He even closes his eyes when at his doctors office. Ha.  Its hilarious what they learn from you.
We had a little puzzle time.  And he decided that I needed help on mine so he proceeded to complete mine for me.  :)
Mornings are my favorite.  And I'm pretty sure he loves them too.

He loves to learn and he gets my total undivided attention and I get to savor these moments with him.  Its a win win!




As we have our afternoon snack, his a popsicle and mine fruit, I like to snap a few pictures of him and our time outside.  We strip him down since he tends to get messy, he chooses a seat at the table on our patio, jet walks around waiting for something to fall off to the ground to eat and we talk.  He's such an amazing little guy to be around.  He is full of thoughts and stories.  Not to mention, I could stare at him all day and just smile.  The different facial expressions that he makes kills me.  I want to be able to look back at these one day and remember what they all looked like.  He's got so many.  It'll also be one of those times where I can look back and remember...."oh yeah, that's when we lived at that home (if we ever move), that's when you were 3.5 years old and that's when you were still at home with mommy all day having your afternoon (after nap) snack."  Those are the memories I want to savor and cherish down the road.  

Watching him grow up is a hard hard thing.  It's bitter sweet.  I can't wait to see him when he's older and what he'll be into and what career he'll choose but I also want to bottle him up and not let him get any older.  I love these days.  The days where he's still home with me.  The mornings when we have learning time and play time and errands.  Even running errands with him are fun.  I know soon he won't be doing lots of those things with me anymore.  The days where he'll be in school all day everyday.  Those are hard to think about.  

So I don't.  :)


Baby #2 Needs A Journal, Too

As soon as we found out that we were pregnant with Boston we immediately went out and got a journal to write in.  We were pretty religious about writing to "the baby" while I was pregnant and up until now.  It's something that we don't share with anyone.  It's contains some of our deepest thoughts to him and sometimes it's just dated and has "I Love You" written on it.  It's become one of the most cherished things that we own.  Over the last 4 years we have loved going back through it and reading what we wrote and what was happening during a certain part of my pregnancy with him or how our lives were when he was only a few days/months old.  There's so much that I had forgotten until I'll start reading all the little fun things that were happening.  It's a journal that will eventually be his when he's old enough to appreciate it.  Until then Jer and I will continue to write to him our thoughts, our love, his growth, what new words he started saying and everything in between.   

Jer writing in Boston's journal one morning while I was in the hospital on bed rest.  Easily, one of my favorite pictures.  It's crazy to think that we were writing to a baby whom we didn't even know the gender of.

So, for baby #2 we knew we wanted to do the same thing.  About 3 weeks after we saw the "pregnant" word on that little stick (after our first sonogram appointment to make sure that my uterus was indeed occupied) we went back to Barnes and Noble and found that they had the exact same journal that we got Boston.  We thought of maybe getting a different style for the new baby but didn't really see any that we thought was "gender neutral" or even cute.  So we opted to stick with the same brown leather journal.  After all, we want to be fair.  :)  

We couldn't wait to start writing to the newest Cook.  And we are excited about continuing the tradition for both babies.
A trip to the bookstore isn't complete with out a heaping bowl of gelato!  It helps that it's within walking distance.  
Nothing like some good ol' gelato to finish a sentimental family night.  Even the baby had a taste.  :)
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