Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Week.23.Questions.




How far along: 23 Weeks

Total weight gain: Feeling good. The Taco Bell I just ate made the belly really BIG!

Maternity clothes: Found a pair of LONG maternity pants (secondhand) for $5.50! They are a little baggy still but definitely the length I want. I need to invest in more shirts. It is getting hard to find shirts that haven't been in the bump pictures yet! 
Stretch marks: Same ol'. Same ol'. My ENTIRE body seems to itch at times. This gets super frustrating. It is like I have a bug bite, but the bite is my whole body. 

Sleep: Sleep is happening! Whew! I start on my right, go to my left, and switch throughout the night. 

Best moment of this week: Spending a relaxing weekend at home with John. 

Miss anything: Eh... nothing specific. I have been getting nostalgic that I want to dance... just dance again. I am looking into it. (maybe it is because it is a GIRL and she will try dance) 
Movement: She has been kicking/punching me harder lately. Today, in the car, I was singing (I was a dancer, not a singer, FYI) and she kicked me hard. I sang more, she kicked again. She is trying to tell me something...

Food cravings: I wanted Ramen noodles SO bad this weekend. It was cold, I was not feeling amazing, and of course, by the time I decided to get up and make them I was kind of shaky... so I lost interest in the hunt for the Ramen... settled for a PB&J. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: If I eat too late I get heartburn and acid reflux. (I puke a little in my mouth, but not violent vomiting!) I have felt a bit of nausea in the mornings lately... I just pray while I brush my teeth to make it through. 
Have you started to show yet:  The toes are gone. I like putting my hands on the belly trying to feel where she is. 
Gender: Little Lady! <3
Labor signs: nope. 
Belly button in or out: in. but it is creeping outward.
Wedding rings on or off: on.
Happy or moody most of the time: eh. I have been feeling blah due to the annoying weather and lack of sunlight. I think I have been pretty happy lately. I do feel my patience is wearing thin at times. 
Looking forward to: Finishing Scandal, Pastor Appreciation Dinner (I am hosting... look for later post!), and hanging out with Michelle. 


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sleep Helps... Tremendously!

Well, last week I was able to sleep! It was amazing! I don't know if it was because of sheer exhaustion or the dogs happily slept in their beds as well. I don't really care... I slept!

So, the week continued with pumpkin carving. (see Pumpkins... Pumpkins...) and then we were able to spend time with some of our church family and their friends. Saturday was cold. Not frostbite cold, but it was cold. We went to the Campbell's house to watch the Buckeye's crush Penn State as it was projected on the side of the house. Very fun! We also had a HUGE fire to keep us warm. It was nice to just hang out, watch the game, and sit by the fire. (the fire was so big, it was still burning the next day) We had chili, hot dogs, dips, desserts, and I really enjoyed popcorn. Here are a few pictures from the night. Yes, we look absurd, it was cold and late. 
 This picture of John is hilarious! I look a mess! -haha-
Just watching the game! :) Way to go Bucks!

Now... the start of this evening was not simple. We had relaxed during the morning. I made chili to take to the game, but other than that we relaxed. Well, I started to get ready and it normally takes me about an hour. Well... I was rudely interrupted by my need to pee... every 3 minutes. I felt like I was about to explode, I'd go in to pee, and about a teaspoon would come out. Seriously?! I was beyond annoyed, frustrated, etc. It is just a strange feeling and no one wants to feel like they have to pee all the time. I couldn't decide if little baby Edmonds was on my bladder for some reason (don't put it passed me, I tried to jiggle her around hoping if she was the culprit, she would move). I was beyond annoyed so I texted my friend Melissa. She just went through doula training (and we are considering the options of using a doula) and I figured she may know what was going on. I googled, of course, and I assume it was the start of a UTI. So... she gave me some hints and on our way to the game, we stopped and bought cranberry juice. It was my drink of the night. Classic. Nothing like walking into a party carrying cranberry juice. No one drinks it unless they can't pee. haha. Oh well, I don't have shame and I was desperate for relief. I did feel better by the morning and I have been diligent to drink more water. 

Sunday was a WONDERFUL day off. We were able to sleep in a bit, relax a bit, do a few things productive, then melt into the couch and recliner and watch 'SCANDAL' on Netflix. When I say we did a few things productively, I mean... I went to the basement and felt it was time to get organized. We have a pretty big basement. But, recently, we have just been taking things to the first 'area' we get to and dropping it. So... I was/am determined to get the BACK of the basement organized and all of the stuff labeled and such so that when the time does come to finish the basement, all the stuff will already be in the area that I want to use as storage (and won't be finished). Might make life easier when that time comes (in 10 years haha). I spent a good amount of time organizing a few things and then I needed John's help. Well... he was already melting into the couch... so I joined him and we decided to watch more of SCANDAL. OH MY WORD! What a show. Yes.... there is scandal. Affairs, sex, treason, lying etc, but the way it is written is so thoughtful and fun to watch. We got halfway through the Second Season... and John shut it down. :( I would have watched it entirely. Anyway... I suggest the show if you are interested. Give it some episodes to get into it. You won't regret it. (and if you do.. sorry) I felt that Sunday was amazing. I felt refreshed going into the new week. 

Speaking of the new week.... 
Stella has been potty trained for about a month. We would normally be naked and she would just go to the potty. Well... she wasn't feeling good one day and we used a pull-up in case of nasty poo. Well... she is now being stubborn and doesn't want panties on. I am glad I was rested. As the week has progressed, things have gotten a little better. We got a potty to go over the big potty. That helped for a little bit. Then, I found flushable wipes with Mickey and Minnie on them. We have been GOLDEN! The problem is, when you suggest that she go to the potty to try (for fear that she is going to zone out and have an accident) she refuses. Flat out. I mean she is a strong-willed redhead. Good thing I am stubborn. She eventually goes when I am ready to walk out the door. I am assuming she no longer needs my constant nagging to remind her. She has been dry... I just get nervous. 
Nudity... always. Clothes are a fight at this point that I am not willing to engage in.

 She would make any face I would... hilarious!
Monday night was full of coloring. Stella coloring 'pia' (Sofia) of course, Kennedy chose Berenstain Bears and Hudson chose bats. Stella still has this picture and adds more color to it daily. It is so sweet to watch how focused she is when she colors. 

So, Stella tends to get carsick when she gets in the car after lunch. So, I plan lunch then we walk around somewhere, grocery shop, play, etc. Well, today we got to go see the puppies. It is a favorite activity! (You should try it.. they let you play with puppies for free, and the puppies get exercise and aren't stuck in their cages) Look at this 'little guy' that stole our hearts. A Neo mastiff (Adi is 1/2 Neo). He was so fun to play with. Stella loved him!
Baby's Best Friend <3
 If I weren't almost 6 months pregnant and he didn't cost $3200, I would have definitely come home with this guy! He was amazing! 

Hope you have a great Halloween this week. The forecast is calling for rainy Trick-or-Treating... should prove to be interesting. I LOVE meeting all the kids, interacting with them, talking about their costumes and sharing candy with the neighbors! Be safe and visit a pet store sometime to play with the pups. They need love. <3

-Alexis-

Friday, October 25, 2013

Pumpkins... Pumpkins... Everywhere!

Well, I was looking forward to carving pumpkins with Stella and Hudson on Hudson's day off of school. Stella was SO excited when we bought them at Kroger. (3.99 per pumpkin and they are gigantic) I sat one in the cart with her and she just giggled. She thought it was hilarious. We worked on what color it was and to hear her say ORANGE is hilarious. She really exaggerates the G!

She hasn't been feeling the greatest so I was skeptical as to how the day would go. We brought in the pumpkins and got to work. These are the BEFORE and very excited faces!

 This is Hudson when he took the top off of his pumpkin. He was shocked to see that much 'stuff' inside. He is now hesitant...
Stella wanted to peek inside too! I was still working on getting hers open!

Let the scooping begin... 
Stella is eager to open her pumpkin! She refused to touch the 'guts' but would stir them with the spoon!
 Action shot! 
Interesting... I like this stuff!  
 I will just say cheese... I am NOT touching that stuff!
 Hudson chose a MEAN, scary teeth, pumpkin. (Thank you Hudson for your easy design)
All Lit Up!
 The Sofia Template... (Thank you Stella for being insistent on having THIS one)
 I carved Stella's mostly on the couch because she did NOT want to sleep in her bed. So she slept on the couch and I carved. I broke BOTH tools that came with the kit, and resorted to many different knives to get the job done.
 All done! Stella calls her PIA! Every time she sees it! 
CHEESE! I love PIA!
 All lit up! <3 I think it turned out pretty well. She was worth the two hours of carving... bloody fingers, etc! (haha) 
Happy Halloween! 

-Alexis

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week.22.Questions



How far along: 22 Weeks

Total weight gain: I think I am still doing well. Sometimes I feel bigger than others. Many have said I look great and I am not big. That is always nice to hear. 

Maternity clothes: Clothes in general are annoying me. Nothing is comfortable. Why!? And I am so grateful for friends giving me pants to wear (so awesome and great for the wallet) but why are ALL maternity jeans I have found... short. 
Stretch marks: Nothing new. The marks are DARK that I do have. Lovely. 

Sleep: Not happening. I hope that I can get this figured out soon. I may be visiting the chiropractor if I can't. 

Best moment of this week: Snuggling with Stella on the couch and taking a nice nap. It was refreshing. 

Miss anything: Sleep. Not the sleep I am getting now, but real, refreshing, sleep. 
Movement: I feel little baby Edmonds move everyday. It is a great feeling. When she is napping (she was probably up all night too) I do get nervous... Shouldn't you be moving!

Food cravings: Nothing specific. I have been wanting sweets more this week. I bought angel food cake at the store... seems better than alternatives. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, I can't say I have felt wonderful. I experienced heartburn and I still get a bit queasy at times. I am just sticking it out... without the medicine to see how I do. It isn't pleasant all the time, but it isn't as awful as it was. 
Have you started to show yet:  The belly is here. I don't think it is big compared to some other bellies I have googled at this stage in pregnancy. 
Gender: Little Lady! <3
Labor signs: nope. 
Belly button in or out: in. (I will say my moles seem to be getting bigger... please don't stress, I have big moles to start with... and it is common for them to grow and they stick out!)
Wedding rings on or off: on.
Happy or moody most of the time: I have not been nice this week. My attitude is not good with lack of sleep. Hoping for better sleep and a better attitude. Sorry for those around me. (I am not crazy, just tired)
Looking forward to: Carving pumpkins with the kids tomorrow and hopefully sleeping more soundly. 



The toes are gone. 

-Alexis-