Silas: 6 months

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Hoooooow is my baby a half year already? It has seriously flown by! (typical, I know…) I started back to work right at 5 months of Silas, hence no check in. As a result, this recap is going to include events and milestones from both months. Many have overlapped and improved over the last couple months anyway, so it seems fitting for them to share a post. Here we go…

 Weight: 17 lbs 6 oz (46th percentile)

Height: 26.5 inches (51st percentile)

Health:

Overall, our little man remains healthy, strong, and is growing like a weed. We packed away many outgrown clothes. Silas is still fitting in some 3-6 month onesies, but his 6-9 and 6-12 month clothes are unpacked and getting some love. We’ve experienced our first little cold (or maybe just symptoms of teething??) with an icky runny nose. Thankfully, no fever has developed, and overall, Silas has remained happy and energetic most days.  Speaking of teething, he has one bottom tooth that has finally popped through, and his top two don’t seem like they’ll be far behind. He can roll from belly to back, but often refuses to. We have yet to see him roll back to belly, but gets awfully close. Despite his lack of rolling, Silas started sitting up on his own right at 5 months, and has continually become better at balancing himself and sitting for long periods of time. Also, kid loves to jump…in our laps, on the floor, constant bouncing with this one.

Eating:

We have been introducing a few foods to Silas in the form of purees. Leading up, he seemed super interested and would watch us eat while mimicking our chewing motions. He constantly grabs for our plates, bowls, cups, and tries to put them straight into his mouth. Therefore, we were a bit surprised, and humored, by his response when given his own turn at food.  Sweet potatoes, carrots, avocado, and banana were all experimented with at different textures/consistencies.  He didn’t seem to hate any of them, but never actually swallowed any of them either. He’d take a few bites, mush each around in his mouth, and then hide it somewhere?? Once he was tired of it, he’d go for another bite, but just lets it all start dripping back out. Ha! He seemed much more interested in chewing on his bowl and spoon. After taking a few days off, we reintroduced carrots a few days ago with much more success, and have since also successfully retried sweet potatoes.

Sleeping:

Overall, sleep is going well. He typically sleeps through the night (7:30-5/5:30). If/when he wakes in the 5 o’clock hour, I pop in his paci and he’s back to sleep till around 6:30 when I feed him before school. (Some weekends we “sleep in” until 7!) He’s then up for the day which includes 3, 1-2 hour naps. Over the past couple weeks, naps have become more hit or miss. We blame this on teething and a snotty/stuffy nose.  Even on our “off” days, Silas often takes two solid naps.

Likes:

being outside, sitting up on his own, chewing. on. everything!, swimming, baths in the big tub, June (our dog), playing in his play center, jumping, reading books: helps turn pages and loves the touch & feel books, blowing spit bubbles, riding on dad’s shoulders, jabbering and squealing, flashing cheesy grins, baking in the kitchen with mom, singing: itsy bitsy spider, you are my sunshine, pat-a-cake, I love you Lord (at bedtime).

Dislikes:

getting his nose sucked out, the Happy Birthday song, being left alone for too long, rolling over

Fun things we did:

Lots of swimming in July & August, visit from Aunt Jill, Pops and Mema, celebrated Dad’s birthday, made tamales as a family, tried new foods, hammocked at the park, and lots of time outdoors (but SO ready for cooler weather!)

Looking forward to:

trying more foods, camping trips & hiking in the fall

Mom:

I’ve been back to work for a month now and have been so thankful for the smooth transition. Having a husband who works from home and is also able to keep our little man has been a huge blessing, and no doubt a major reason for the ease of starting a new school year. I’m enjoying my group of kids, and love my coworkers, making my days fast and enjoyable. Still, once 3:30 hits, I can’t get home to my boys soon enough. I am continuing to nurse when I’m with Silas, and pump when I’m at school. This has also been going well so far, but proven a greater need for me to balance time and prioritize tasks. Our sweet moments together in the morning are some of my favorite, and I can’t imagine starting my days without them. Once I’m home, we play for a while and he eats, then I often wear him while I cook supper. This is another favorite time of mine, and Silas seems to enjoy being in the kitchen and “helping” as well. I look forward to the day he’s old enough to really help.🙂
Thomas and I are signed up for two 5ks this fall which I’m looking forward to. I haven’t been running near enough (still adjusting to the whole ‘working mom’ thing, and waiting for cooler weather!), but am thankful to have these races as extra motivation.

This month in pictures:

First time to try food…not so sure about it. Chillin with his Aunt LouSilas’s response to “Happy Birthday”…we have 6 months to get used to this song.How we do Saturdays.We love visits from Pops and Mema.My little sous chef. Never too young to be in the kitchen.Teething got us like…Family Time: Tamale makingHappy Birthday, Dad. 
Visit from Aunt Jill.Surprised at his own new skills (@5 months)Making his dad proud..coffee lover.Mom’s first day of school. Bedtime Bible Stories with Pops and Mema. 

Silas: 4 months

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Weight: 15.10 lbs.
Height: 25.5 in.

Health:

This month Silas has developed some eczema, but is otherwise healthy. He is more and more vocal each day, full of smiles, and has learned to roll from belly to back. His strength is often demonstrated by grasping our fingers, and pushing himself up to stand when being held in our laps.

Eating:

Silas continues to be a good eater and is becoming more efficient with nursing. When he takes a bottle, he drinks between 6-8 ounces. The 8 ounces came as a total shocker to us when I made a 6 oz bottle and he demanded more after finishing it. The next day, I gave him 7, but once again he was not satisfied. Third time was a charm, and he was happily full with an 8 ounce bottle. Some days he’ll drink less, depending on the time.

Sleeping:

We dealt with some sleep regression which effected both nights and naps. Thankfully, after a few nights of sleep training, Silas successfully sleeps through the night without being nursed, soothed by us, or a paci. He goes to bed between 8-8:30 and will sleep until anywhere from 6-7 am, though this morning he woke up jabbering in his high voice at 5:30…at least he was happy😉 . Weaning from the swaddle has also been a big deal for us this month.  Silas currently sleeps in a sleep sack with his arms free and seems to love it. We’ll work on weaning him from the sleep sack later this month.

Naps have been inconsistent in length. He goes down at the same time each day and will sleep anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (on a good day!!)  As we’ve dealt with sleep regression, 45 mins to an hour have been the most common.

Likes:

chewing on anything and everything, making gurgling noises, squealing, tummy time, playing in the activity center, standing (with assistance), snuggling with mom and dad, singing Itsy Bitys Spider, being tickled.

Dislikes:

the sound of the vacuum

Fun things we did:

vacation to Kansas City, went to MLS game to watch Sporting KC, celebrated Father’s Day, went to the lake-swimming and boat ride, visited El Dorado for 4th of July, had a visit from Jessica and Dillon, learned to roll over, found our high pitch voice.

Looking forward to:

rolling over more, trying to become more mobile

Mom:

Physically-I’ve been thankful to be able to get back to exercising over the past couple weeks. This has included a mix of walks, runs, and Insanity workouts.
Emotionally- Aside from stress in continuing to deal with home repairs, things are going great. As I’ve said before, I’m absolutely loving being mom, and love what each new day brings with my sweet boy.  He is developing such a little personality and it’s so fun to see him learn and discover new things each day. We’ve had some trial runs of what it’ll be like when school starts back up next month as I’ve had a few workshops last week and this week. The first day was especially hard leaving Silas, and I have to admit, I didn’t have the greatest attitude while at my workshop.  That evening and the next morning I made sure to spend a little extra time with Jesus to get my attitude in check. Do I want to leave my son? No. Is it what God has me doing in this season of my life? Yes. So I’m doing my best to have a positive attitude so I can love on my students and serve in this area God has called me. I’m also extremely grateful that Tommy works from home and is able to keep Silas with him at this point. Knowing Silas is with his dad and in GREAT hands is a huge help at putting this mama’s heart at ease when I leave. I’m looking forward to a few more weeks of summer break with my guys, and going to soak up every last minute of it.

This month in pictures:

First Sporting KC game. Slept through the first half, but loved cheering the second half.Cole & SilasReady for some lake time!
Despite the squished cheeks, the boat ride and swimming was a huge hit!

Celebrating “Bubbles” (aka Paige’s) birthday. 4th of July in El DoradoNot so sure about the new hairstyleLoves learning his way around the playset, but not sure what to think about the music that he kept making play. visit from Dillon and Jessica

Silas: 3 months

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2016-06-12 11.57.30Weight: ~15 lbs.
Height: ?

Health:

Silas continues to get stronger and more active each day. He has great head control and loves to look all around when being held. He does great sitting in his bumbo seat, and pulls toys up to his mouth. Tummy time is becoming more enjoyable and Silas pushes up better and better. He starts squirming around as if he wants to (army) crawl.

Eating:

Shortly after our 2 month update, Silas initiated a schedule change that I was feeling nervous about. Instead of eating every 3 hours during the day, we are now eating every 3.5. I use the Mom’s On Call book as a guide for Silas’s naps and eating and knew we were needing to make the transition soon, but our previous schedule was going so well, I was nervous to make any changes. However, because Silas helped initiate this, the transition was smooth and we’ve had no problems since. This also resulted in better naps and an earlier bedtime.

Sleeping:

Month 3 has held more solid nights of sleep. As I mentioned above, we’ve also transitioned to an earlier bedtime and now sleep from 8:30-7:30. Most of the month, we would still wake up once throughout the night to nurse, but over the past week, we’ve dropped all night feeds completely. Silas will still occasionally wake around 4 or 5 am, but takes his paci and immediately is back to sleep. (We’re so thankful that Silas FINALLY decided to take and like his paci!!)  Sleeping arrangements in general over the past few weeks have been switched up due to family vacation over Memorial Day weekend and staying with Tommy’s sister while we make home repairs from flooding. Despite all this, Silas has been a trooper and hasn’t seemed overly bothered by the changes. He is currently still sleeping in our room and in the rock n play, but we plan to transition him to his own room and crib once we’re back in our own house again.

Naptime has been going much smoother with the schedule change as well. Crib naps are being mastered (1-2 hrs 3 times a day). This did get switched up a bit when we went on vacation over Memorial Day weekend as we only took his rock n play for sleeping. He napped great in it, of course, and once we came back and have been staying with Tommy’s sister, we continued naps in the rock n play for about a week. We slowly transitioned back to crib naps and they are getting better and better (sometimes with the help of his paci).

Likes:

wrapped in the Solly-(goes right to sleep most times, otherwise just chill and taking in the world), playing on his play mat, being read to, walking outside, tummy time, being held and walked around, bath time, jabbering in the mornings, paci (finally!! the magic soother!), staring & smiling at the ceiling fan, laying on the changing table (starts jabbering away), being rocked, putting things in his mouth, blowing spit bubbles

Dislikes:

being hot, being left alone too long, air compressor noise

Fun things we did:

Uncle JoJo’s graduation from UAMS. Family vacation to Heber Springs over Memorial Day weekend, lots of hiking, decided the paci is our best friend, enjoying tummy time more, swimming with cousin Isaac

Looking forward to:

vacation to Kansas City, attending first MLS game, celebrating our first Father’s Day

Mom:

Physically-this month started out active-building up my running in distance and frequency. However, due to circumstances with our home getting flooded, all physical activity has gone out the window and been replaced with home repair labor.
Emotionally- I’m absolutely loving this stage and watching Silas’s little personality develop and come alive. He is so happy and easy going, and it makes being his mom such a joy. As I’ve mentioned, our house got flooded the last week of May and we’ve been staying with Tommy’s sister and her family. Tommy and I have been back and forth to work on our house and get things cleaned up and repaired. This means I’ve been having to leave Silas behind which has not been easy. As we’ve progressed and things are getting cleaned up and back in place, it gives me a little more flexibility and we’ve been able to take Silas along with us more as well. However, the first couple weeks I found myself feeling torn between feeling guilty for not being at the house to help more, but also guilty for leaving Silas behind (even though I was only gone during his nap times and would come back to nurse him throughout the day). Knowing that I’ll be going back to school in the fall, I suppose it’s been good practice in being away from Silas. However, I’ve also felt like my time with him has been stolen over the past few weeks, making our summer together shorter and fly by faster. I try not to dwell on this, as I know it will only make the situation worse. Instead, I continue to cherish all the time I do get with him and don’t take it for granted. Silas truly has been such a trooper through all of this, which has made it SO much easier to deal with. He is such a blessing to Tommy and I, and our days are filled with so much joy and happiness getting to be this sweet boy’s parents.

This month in pictures:

A visit from great gma and gpa Hardenbrook.

Uncle JoJo’s graduation and meeting Nonnie and Pappy McFalls
Family Vacation. Heber Springs-hiking at Bridal Veil Falls

38 weeks pregnant vs. 11 weeks with Silas

Swimming with cousin Isaac {thanks aunt Katie for capturing the moment}


Sweet smiles and snuggles on the daily

Silas: 2 months

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 Weight: 12 lbs. 10 oz.
Height: 22.5 in.
Health: 

Silas is a healthy, growing boy. He is strong and has good head control. When I eat a lot of dairy, it seems to bother and upset Silas’s tummy, so I’m doing my best to limit my dairy intake. This morning Silas received his first round of vaccines and was such a trooper.  So far he seems to be feeling fine and has been happily playing and jabbering on his play mat. 

Eating:

Silas loves to eat and doesn’t shy from letting us know when he’s hungry.  He’s still eating every 3 hours during the day, but tends to cluster feed in the evenings. (5:30, 7:30, 8:45/9). I’m hoping to wean him from that middle feed, and then bump his last feed to 8:30 over the next few weeks. 

When we traveled to OKC, I exclusively breastfed so we wouldn’t have to mess with packing and cleaning bottles.  Somehow when we got back home, we never really picked back up on the daily bottle feeds. A few days ago, I was needing a break and Tommy offered to take over an evening feed.  Little did we know our little mister had become quite partial to his milk source.  We’ve since made sure to include a daily bottle feed at 5:30 while I cook supper, and thankfully he’s becoming a little more accepting of it.  

Sleeping:

Soon after Silas hit 1 month, his 2 am feed became a fairly consistent 3 or 4 am feed.  I certainly didn’t mind the longer stretch. We still had some random nights where he’d decide to throw in a midnight snack, and my least favorite night when we were up at midnight, 4, 5, and 7. However, my sweet boy gave me the best Mother’s Day present ever by sleeping from 9:30-6.  I thanked him a million times and showered him with lots of extra kisses.  We slept through the night 3 nights in a row, but the past two nights, we’ve brought back a 3 am snack. We’ll see how his shots effect his sleep tonight.  

Silas has been consistent with his nap time schedule, but location of naps has not been consistent. While his flexibility has been nice, I want him to get used to his crib. Over the last week or so, I’ve been more consistent with crib naps.  As we’ve worked on crib naps, we’ve also been working on letting Silas put himself to sleep.  Once he’s asleep, he has had a pretty stellar sensor for when 30-45 minutes has passed and wakes up. every. time. Naps are then usually finished in the mamaroo to get a total of 1-1.5 hours in.  I’m hoping if we just keep working on crib naps, Silas will eventually get the hang of it and snooze away easily through his whole nap time. 

Likes: 

wrapped in the Solly, playing on his play mat, being read to, walks in his stroller, outside, tummy time in small doses, being held and walked around, bath time, jabbering in the mornings, listening to dad play piano

Dislikes:

Being awake in his mamaroo–too boring? (but sleeps in it great!), paci, when mom eats dairy, sleeping unswaddled 

Fun things we did:

First road trip to OKC-met cousins, aunts and uncles, and great grandparents, cousin trip to Memphis zoo, welcomed twin cousins, watched lots of soccer with dad, celebrated our first Mother’s Day. 

Looking forward to:

Family vacation over Memorial Day weekend, talking and smiling more.

Mom:

Physically- I’ve been feeling great and not overly sleep deprived.  Since getting the official ‘OK’ at my 6 week follow up appointment, I’ve been incorporating some yoga to rebuild my core as well as starting to run jog again mixed into my walks.  I’m definitely out of shape, but feel better than I expected. I’m trying to slowly build back up, and overall, enjoy getting out to exercise before the summer heat kicks in. 
Emotionally- Each day I feel like my hormones and emotions are becoming a little more stable. Yet, there are still days that I find myself more easily overwhelmed. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I can’t ‘do it all’ and know it’ll only get harder when I go back to school in the fall.  I’m trying to cherish everyday at home with my little love, and steal all the snuggles I can get.  As is probably typical for any honest, human mama, I have some days where I feel like things are going great and I’m really getting the hang of things, and other days that I’m questioning our routine, schedule, naps, etc., etc., and wondering if I’m screwing us over in the long run. Ha.  But overall, I’m trying to be flexible and pray daily that I’d be filled with patience and grace for both myself and Silas. I love being Silas’s mom and feel so blessed that God has given me this opportunity and such a sweet son.

This month in pictures: 

🔹Breakfast and snuggles with Aunt Katie and Cousin Isaac before OKC road trip. 

 🔹Roadtrip to OKC. Silas traveled great and was thoroughly loved on by his cousins, aunts, uncles, Pops and Mema, and Grammy and Granddad Baker. 

    
    
 🔹Adventures in tummytime/playtime. 

      
   🔹Lifegroup babes 

   🔹Dad’s mini-me 

   🔹Memphis Zoo 
    
 🔹Cousin love- 6 weeks apart

 🔹Sweet, smiley Silas 

      
   

Silas: 1 month

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In many ways this first month as FLOWN by. In other ways, life with Silas just seems so normal, as if we’ve had him longer than a month.  Either way, we’re loving every bit of it, even the interrupted sleep😉. Silas has made adjusting pretty easy, and is typically pretty chill and content. He’s becoming more alert, flashing more sweet smiles, and always willing to be snuggled. 

Weight: 9.3 lbs (at 3 week appointment)

Height: 20.5 inches (at 3 week appointment)

Health:

Silas has had nothing but good reports at his doctor visits. He is a strong little guy and growing.  His umbilical cord (finally) fell off at 4 weeks. 

Eating:

He’s a great eater, typically every 3 hours during the day, and 4+ hours at night, though he’ll sometimes throw in a 2-2.5 hour feeding during the day. We have started doing one 4-5 oz. bottle feed most days, which gives me a break and allows more dad/son bonding.  He does great with the bottle and has no problem transitioning between bottle and breast. 

Sleeping:

We’re very thankful to (so far) have a good sleeper. Most days Silas sleeps 1-2 hours in between feeds, though some days recently he’s been much more awake and alert leaving only enough time for a short catnap. Mornings are usually his most alert times of the day.  We aim for a 9 pm bedtime feed so that he’s asleep for the night between 9:30 and 10. He’ll usually sleep until about 2, then up again between 6 and 7 am.  I’d be lying if I said this worked every night. Some nights include an extra feeding, and some nights Silas wants to stay awake and jabber for an extra hour after his 2 am feed. However, over the past two weeks, the majority of our nights fit under the 9,2,6 routine. 

He sleeps in a rock n play at night, and typically naps great in his mamaroo, but isn’t so fond of his crib. We’re trying to incorporate 1 nap in the crib each day to help him get used to it and hopefully make transitioning easier when the time comes.  We’ve had one very successful crib nap, a few semi-successes, and plenty of failed attempts, but we’ll keep trying. :) 

Silas also snoozes great when I’m wearing him in my Solly wrap, which works well on days he just wants to be held but I need to get things done. And I can’t say I mind having him snuggled up to me…I know these days will be gone entirely too soon.  

Likes: 

Swinging in his mamaroo, wrapped in the Solly, looking all around, being read to, walks in his stroller, outside, tummy time in small doses, being held, bath time

Dislikes:

Getting his nose sucked, more than 5 minutes of tummy time, being strapped into his car seat, but does great once he’s in and we’re driving. 

Fun things we did:

Newborn pictures, Easter church service, multiple trips to the park, stroller walks, watched a few Sporting KC soccer games with dad, donut date with aunt Katie and cousin Isaac, met great Gma & Gpa Hardenbrook

Looking forward to:

Our first road trip to OKC at the end of the month to meet uncles, aunts, and Stoltzfus cousins. 

Mom:

Physically, I’m healing very well and have been surprised at how quickly I’ve bounced back from surgery and pregnancy in general. I’ve enjoyed getting out and taking Silas on walks, and this spring weather often makes me antsy to start running again.  

Emotionally, I’m absolutely loving being mom.  I definitely have my moments when I’m exhausted, flustered, and break down in tears. I have to work through the struggle of analyzing what I ate and wondering if it’s the cause of a spittier day for my little guy, and reassuring myself that it’s normal and he’s okay.  Thomas has helped me chill out when Silas does get fussy, because again, it’s normal and he’s okay. I’m so so thankful for such a level headed husband, a partner in this parenting thing that helps me laugh and reminds me not to stress out over the little things. Every day with Silas is such a marvelous mystery, full of new developments, joys, worries, dirty moments, and moments I want to freeze and cherish forever.  Having a child has increased my desire to learn to slow down and enjoy each moment rather than wishing ahead of time. While there are so many things Thomas and I look forward to about Silas growing up and developing his own little personality, I don’t want our current days, this current stage, to be overlooked or forgotten. 

I’m still enjoying breastfeeding and so thankful that Silas does so well with it. While I do miss my nights of uninterrupted sleep, there’s something so sweet about waking up with Silas for our nighttime feed(s). The stillness, the quiet, just the two of us…his little grunts, his sleepy smiles…they’re SO worth it. Even during the day, I’ve found myself appreciating  our feeds and the way they force me to be still and take a break from any chaos or busyness in our day.  

Dad:

Thomas is such a rockstar of a dad. I can’t help but continue to brag on him.  I absolutely love watching him with Silas, and I’m extremely appreciative for all he does for both of us. If he can tell I’m getting flustered, or just need a moment to myself, he doesn’t hesitate to scoop up our sweet boy and keep him entertained.  He’s changed way more diapers than I ever expected (if you know my husband, you know how he detests bodily fluids!!) and hasn’t seemed phased by them. Overall, Thomas said it’s been easier than he thought and Silas doesn’t cry as much as he expected. He loves, and gets a kick out of, the many sounds-coos, grunts, squeals- and expressions from our animated little guy. However, he looks forward to being able to really play with our son. Like I mentioned already, he’s very level-headed, takes everything as it comes, and I couldn’t ask for a better partner/teammate. 

This month in pictures:   

    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Silas Graham

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 One week ago today, we got to finally meet, hold, kiss, and love on our sweet boy.  March 12, at 5:01 pm, our 8 lb. 20 inch Silas Graham entered the world. As I sit here trying to think what to type, I find myself speechless. No words can express the amount of love I have for my son. My heart is so full as I sit and stare at him daily.  I hope I never forget these precious days with my newborn.

Going in, I didn’t have a super specific birth plan, but knew a few things I did want. I planned to have a vaginal delivery, I knew I wanted an epidural, and I wanted skin-to-skin and to be able to nurse him ASAP.  But overall, I just wanted to meet the sweet babe and prayed he was healthy.  After about 7 hours of laboring  with strong, consistent contractions, I quit progressing at 4-4.5 cm. Silas wasn’t dropping, so my doctor said we needed to consider other options if nothing changed in the next hour.  C-section was certainly not what I had planned, but by this point, I was ready to hold my little guy. I appreciated my doctor’s approach, as he left it completely up to me, not wanting me to feel like it was something I was being forced to do.  After another hour of no progression, Thomas and I felt at peace with our decision, and preparation was soon underway for a section.  I made sure my nurse once again knew my request of skin to skin and nursing, and she was completely on board.  Again, I felt at peace with this decision.  Within 15 minutes of being in the OR, we heard our son’s first cries.  I was overwhelmed with relief knowing he was safe and healthy.  After a few minutes on the warmer, and his measurements taken, he was safe in my arms.  It wasn’t long after that, I was all cleaned up and we were back in our room nursing him.  Overall, I couldn’t ask for a better experience, despite the change in plans. 

  This week has been a wonderful, magical, tiring experience, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Thomas has not only been the most supportive husband through it all, he’s naturally transitioned into being the best dad a boy could ask for. I absolutely love watching them interact with each other, and can’t wait to build so many memories together. 

    
  Our sweet Silas has made this transition pretty easy for us so far. He’s a good eater, good sleeper, healthy, chill little dude.  I couldn’t be more delighted to be his mama, and am grateful to God for this sweet blessing.  I might be a little biased, but he’s the most beautifully handsome babe I know.  

 

40 weeks: Due Date

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Baby D is the size of a watermelon. 

Symptoms:

Sporadic contractions, more pressure and discomfort in my pelvic area -especially after sitting a while, fatigue, and occasional tingling/slight numbness in my fingers-especially when I’m hot! Speaking of being hot, I’m definitely ready return to my “cold-natured” self. It’s so much easier to bundle up and get warm. I’m realizing how uncomfortable hot hands and feet are…and my poor students get a daily freeze-out when they come to my class since I’ve been keeping my AC cranked. (note to self: for future pregnancies, try not to be super pregnant in the summer!!!)

Exercise:

Walking, squats, jumping jacks, bouncing on my exercise ball…can you tell I’m trying to help this little mister out?! 😜

Sleep:

Still. Sleeping.  8+ hours a night…I’m in for a rude awakening and am apologizing now for and crankiness that may result from sleep deprivation.  I’ve been contemplating whether I should continue to take advantage of sleeping through the night, or start setting my alarm to wake every couple of hours to begin acclimating myself. Ha! So far, I’m still choosing sleep. 

Movement:

I’ve been feeling movements lower, but still not convinced he’s “dropped”. My stomach has been awfully lopsided with his movements lately. Now if only he’d realize how much more comfortable he (and I) could be if he’d just come enter our world.

Weekly happenings:

Grading: check! Sub plans: check! House clean: check! Bag packed: check! Ready for baby: CHECK CHECK CHECK!!!!

We had beautiful weather over the weekend, so after doing some yard work, a final “deep clean”, and making sure everything was ready to go, we enjoyed a weekend outside and time with friends. Yard games, walks, and spicy food happened multiple times, and it couldn’t have been a lovelier weekend. To top it off, it was opening weekend of soccer season, and Sporting won their first game.  We were thrilled and celebrated with homemade shortcake!!  I’ve been taking this week one day at a time, and still teaching away.  Today, my sweet students surprised me with a diaper fund and giant sign to help welcome our little guy. 

  It was the sweetest thing, and they did SUCH a good job keeping this secret for over a week.  Each day, they ask if it’s going to be my last or if they’ll get to see me at least another day, and it just warms my heart.  Friday will be my absolute last day if I make it until then…just two. more. days! Despite my sporadic contractions, I still feel great, and not like I’m 40 weeks.  I have an appointment tomorrow, so I’m excited to see how I’m progressing…or maybe he’ll just decide to come tonight. 😉 Either way, we’re beyond excited and ready to meet our son.  It still baffles me that this pregnancy is about to end and I’ll be having our baby any day now!!! Let’s do this!!