Thursday, July 30, 2009

Week 26: Second pregnancies really do go by faster!

I really cannot believe that we are in our 26th week right now. I went to the doctor are the stats:
BP- 117/78
Baby's HB- 144
Belly Measuring- 26
Weight gain- not publically discussing this anymore. :-) Let's just say the french fries and sweet tea won this round, but next month I plan on being a little more cautious about what I put in my mouth. (I say this as I stuff a KK doughnut in my mouth at my desk.)

*Chad has worked so hard this week (in between 3 golf games) getting the nursery together bit by bit. The crib and changing table are put together and ready, and the computer desk is moved to the playroom (with computer still on the nursery floor because that's where everything is still hooked up). The house is in disarray, and it's really sad when you can say that the garage is the cleanest room in your house. :-) In fact, the garage is really cute now because that's where Chad hung all this Dukes of Hazzard memorabilia. Glad he finally found a home for all that stuff. :-)

What BabyCenter says:
The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Way Back When-esday: Ocean Isle Beach Vacations!

In honor of our 5th annual week at Ocean Isle Beach with Brooklyn, this week's Way Back When-esday shows pics from her last five beach vacations. I have also included some reflections as well as pictures to remind of me all the STUFF we had to bring. :-) Now, we will just have to start all over again with Bitty Brother's first trip next year.

Year: 2005
Age: 5 months old
*We were just so unprepared as to how much STUFF we would have to take with us to the beach. Bottles, baby food, formula, dishes, spoons, diapers, wipes, baby tent, etc. etc. etc. It was craziness, and since Brooklyn was under 6 months, I was very nervous about putting too much sunscreen on her. So...we went out about 8am everyday. We were back in the house by about 9:30am, and there we stayed for most of the trip. It was definitely a learning experience for us as new parents! We stayed in a small condo housing my parents, my brother and his "new" girlfriend, Caroline, (God help her for actually sticking with the fam after this vacation- ha ha!), and the three of us.
Year: 2006
Age: 16-17 months old
*Brooklyn was so much more aware of the beach this year. She wasn't truly excited about it, but she did enjoy the "big sandbox." She did not prefer the big pool, so my mom went out and got her a baby pool to enjoy out on the deck of our new beach house (MUCH nicer than the previous year's). We also ended up taking it with us to the beach so she would have a place to play.

Year: 2007
Age: 2 1/2 years
*Brooklyn loved the beach but HATED the pool. This was the year I believe that she actually CRIED whenever we went by the pool, so I had to sneak over there for a few afternoons while she napped. We discovered that our beach house had a great wagon, so that is how we carted our stuff back and forth from the beach....I think Brooklyn enjoyed this ride the best of all! Oh yeah, my mom also bought her another inflatable pool for the beach and for the house.

Year: 2008
Age: 3 1/2 years
*This was a huge milestone year for Brooklyn in that she gave up pacis and pull-ups this week at the beach. She came home a grown woman! Well, just a mature pre-schooler. :-) She still didn't love the pool, but we convinced her to play on the steps of the big pool so the rest of us could at least enjoy it for a bit. She did enjoy digging and playing in the sand a bunch, so we brought tons of beach toys for her.

Year: 2009
Age: 4 1/2 years
*This brings us to the current can scroll down to yesterday's post for a long post about this year's vacation, but I did include two pictures, just for comparison's sake. :-)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Three-Post Tuesday!

It's a three-post Tuesday! Keep scrolling down to read about our family week at the beach, Chad's birthday, and the weekly pregnancy update.

Ocean Isle 2009

Looking back at my pictures, I realized that I was a pretty crappy photographer all last week when we spent the week at Ocean Isle. We stayed in a new house (awesome!) but I didn't get a picture of it. We didn't even get a "family shot" on the beach, and the last night when I wanted to take some family pictures, the wind blew like we were in a tornado, so Brooklyn and I didn't even stay out on the beach. Oh well! There's always next year! I did get some very cute pictures of Brooklyn and her friends throughout the week. We stayed all week and our family/friends, the Pattersons, stayed in a nearby condo. We shared a house with my parents and for the first half of the week, our friends, the Henzlers, stayed with us. Then, they left Wednesday, and Chad's parents spent the second half of the week in our house. It was a great time with everyone. The only thing that was missing was my brother, Eric, and his girl, Caroline. We missed them a lot but cannot wait to see them in Florida in a few weeks for Eric's graduation!

Here is just a "snippet" (or 12) of our week...

Allie and Brooklyn with our "beach loot." The amount dwindled each day, but I took this pic because in all the years before, Brooklyn actually RODE in the wagon. This year was the first year she walked the whole time back and forth to the beach and the pool. She is so grown up now!
Brooklyn on the beach- Day 1 in her first bikini! I think this was the last day I left her hair down, because the poor girl kept having it blow in her face and having to wipe it away with sandy hands. We have never had to worry about long hair before, so we were better prepared the rest of the week! :-)
The whole gang....lots of lounging, eating, laughing, sunburn/tanning, drinking, and digging in the sand all week long!
Day 1 in the pool...just made it to the second step, but we were patient with her.

Brooklyn and her "big sister" Allie. We loved having the Henzlers with us for 5 days!

We seemed to have a holiday/occasion to celebrate every night. Since Aunt Patty's grandson, Bryce, could not come to our family Easter egg hunt in April, we held Easter one evening with an egg hunt for the kids. They loved it and were so excited to get squirty toys, shovels, candy, and money in the eggs.
One day, I french braided Allie and Brooklyn's hair to match. They looked so cute! Gosh, I love having a girl!
One night, we went to see the "Turtle Show" at the Ocean Isle Community Center. It featured NO turtles, just a lady who spoke about the mating and living habits of turtles in the wild. Brooklyn was so bored, so we took pictures of her to keep her entertained.

We also made S'mores out on our little grill. The kids had a great time roasting the first marshmallow but then quickly got bored and just ate them cold (along with chunks of chocolate).
Lots of bocce ball was played out on the beach by the adults.

And the kids flew kites.
And made crab houses.

By Thursday, Brooklyn had decided that enough was enough and she started swimming in the pool. This was a HUGE accomplishment for a girl who, just a few years ago, cried whenever she even SAW a pool. She did a great job, and I hope she continues progressing in her love of water.

And by the end of the week, pre-dinner naps were a must. It's hard having so much fun "relaxing." :-)

Happy Birthday, my sweet husband!

While we were at the beach, we celebrated Chad's 32nd birthday. Brooklyn and I celebrated the night before we left for the beach with cupcakes, Chinese food, and some gifts, but we celebrated with the whole fam at Ocean Isle the last night we were there. We had a great seafood dinner of crab legs, shrimp, baked clams, tilapia, mac and cheese, beans, rice, and birthday cake. Chad received some great gifts, including a ping pong table that he is very excited about putting together.

Happy Birthday, Chad. You are one in a million, and I am glad that you chose me to be your partner through this crazy life of ours! I love you!

Week 24...and 25 (ooops!)

Because of our fabulous beach vacation last week, I also took a vacation from blogging. I was just too relaxed to be creative. :-) Here is a picture right at about 24.5 weeks:

Lately, I have noticed the following things:
-I pee my pants when I sneeze.
-I can no longer paint my own toenails.
-I fall asleep at 9pm.
-I have a very active little boy growing in this belly- especially around 6am.
-I still cannot give up the french fries.
-I have completely given up the idea of exercise until after the baby is born. (It just doesn't interest me right now.) :-)
-I can eat my weight in crab legs.
-I actually feel pretty great besides the normal heartburn and "stretching" pains that I get every now and then.
-I have been craving sweets like crazy.

Here's what's going on with Little Man Johnson (who, no, still does not have a name yet!):
His brain is growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon. Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches (longer than an ear of corn). His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

And not to leave her out, Brooklyn has said the following cute things this week:
"Mommy, I don't want you or Daddy or me to brush my hair." (Me: Well, who's gonna do it then?) "God."
"Mommy, I remember I was so happy when I was growing in your belly."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Week 23....plugging right along

Week 23 has been pretty eventful. Monday started us off with a scare when Chad decided to wake up in the middle of the night unable to breathe. He gasped for about 30 seconds and finally could catch his breath. He went to the doctor the next day and they are trying him with some acid reflux drugs and a modified diet (to also help with elevated blood pressure). Hopefully, this will help him, and we will not have an episode like that ever again. It was scary for a minute and I do not want to have to sleep with one eye open for the rest of my life. :-)

Brooklyn's sweet teacher, Mrs. Ramona, told us Monday that next Friday would be her last day. She is leaving the school to stay at home with her children and work part-time at Kohl's. But because she had surgery Wednesday and we are at the beach next week, Tuesday ended up being her last day with Brooklyn. Brooklyn doesn't quite understand that, but I was super sad to say goodbye to her. Luckily, Brooklyn's other wonderful teacher, Ms. Jeanna, is staying (I hope!), so she and her friends will have one familiar face in the classroom. Ms. Jeanna is a great teacher and I hope that Brooklyn can keep her until she leaves for Kindergarten.

Everyone has been asking what Chad is doing this summer....well, a little bit of everything. golf...painting....carpet cleaning...more golf...mopping...mowing...he's doing it all! It's nice to have someone at home doing the normal everyday cleaning up, but its also nice when he goes out on "paying" jobs and makes a little extra cash for the family (and to support the golf habit). I'm just so ready for a is crazy with redistributing jobs and responsibilities...I need some time to just chill.

The pregnancy is going great! When I read blogs about pregnancies that are "high risk" or complicated in anyway, I realize just how lucky I have been to this point. I will take the minor aches and soreness, the heartburn and the "fatness," and remember just how lucky I am. I hope that the next 17 weeks continue to go as smooth and uneventful. I feel the little man everyday now. Very strong kicks and pushes, but he is so unpredictable that I haven't been able to get Chad or Brooklyn over fast enough. But, we know it will happen soon. :-) I have been craving two things like crazy the past few weeks: french fries and watermelon (and you can see where one will be detrimental to my weight plan more than the other). I actually tried a little bit of Taco Bell on Saturday so I am hoping that maybe my aversion to Mexican is finally gone. I have headaches every day pretty much but luckily two Tylenol usually knock it out in the hour. No swelling or stretch marks...yet...and I hope that continues. I have another appointment at the end of July and then I think I go every two weeks.

Here's how the little man is growing:
Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing him for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when she hears them outside the womb.

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far and staying cool!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Way Back When-esday!

The weeks seem to fly by these days, so I cannot believe it's time for another Way Back When-esday!

July 2005
Brooklyn was almost 5 months old when she went to visit Lutheridge for the first time. Here she is with Uncle Drew, who was working there as a counselor all summer.

July 2006
At almost 17 months old, Brooklyn loved to color, do puzzles....anything that involved sitting on the floor in her daddy's lap!

July 2007
I cannot believe it's been 2 years since Brooklyn's first (and so far only) trip to Disney World! She had a great time and was such a good girl the whole week, despite the heat.

July 2008
This was Brooklyn's first experience with sparklers and she did so well. I don't even like playing with them, so I was super impressed by her bravery!

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Holiday Weekend

What a fun and busy weekend we had! We took complete advantage of the beautiful weather and the time off to just have a great weekend together as a family. Here are some highlights:

Friday: Spent the day at Allie's Nana's house and pool....Here is Chad and Allie swimming and Brooklyn as a bathing beauty.

Saturday: Grace Reigns Down (our band) was actually approved to be a float in the Greensboro parade so we were so excited to be a part of that! Here's Brooklyn in her fun fourth outfit (same dress as last year!) and a sweet ponytail.

With Allie, Callie, and Zoe...

Getting the truck ready for the parade. Thanks, Aunt Patty, for driving!

Then, my camera battery went dead, so I had to take it home to recharge. In between July 4th parties, I charged the camera battery and then we tried our hand at "self timing." Not bad for our first's the "4" of us.Then, we headed to my Aunt Sharon's for a cookout and some family time.

And then, we headed to the Clendenin's house to celebrate Callie's first birthday. I cannot believe it's been a year since this post. :-)

All the Shout sisters...we should have tried this picture earlier in the evening.

Hope you all had a great weekend, too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Way Back When-esday: Independence Day Style!

Oh, I love WBW posts that revolve around a holiday or theme! Here is Brooklyn on her first 4 July 4th Celebrations.

Year: 2005
Age: 4 1/2 months

Year: 2006
Age: 16 1/2 months

Year: 2007
Age: 2 years, 4 1/2 monthsYear: 2008

Age: 3 years, 4 1/2 months


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