May 31, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

My favorite link-up comes at a perfect time with me jumping back into blogging in the middle of a month. It's going to really test my memory too since I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing half the time let alone remembering what I've already done. Such is life with a  newborn and threenager.

What we're eating this week...
If you ask Danny he'll probably say we are hardly eating but that's not the case. We started 21 Day Fix yesterday. We're both going from eating whatever we can get our hands on and how ever much we want so it's going to feel like we're eating less. I was pretty excited to do Whole30, but I'm more excited to do this. I love the idea of not eliminating whole food groups and everything in moderation.

What I'm reminiscing about...
This picture showed up on my Timehop yesterday. Our senior picnic.

I feel like I'm always reminiscing about the days when we were dating when these posts come around. All the girl in that picture wanted was to marry that boy someday. Nine years later we are married with 2 kids and a dog. I've loved every second and wouldn't change a single thing.

What I'm loving...
After a month, I am loving my new phone. I made the switch from Team iPhone to Team Android. I'm sure the Cloud was the easiest thing to understand but I could never force myself to remember how to get into mine lol. Working with all things Google has definitely been easier. From backing up my photos to using the calendar. Yep, I've even ditched the paper planner. Jury is still out on that one, but time will tell since meeting season is upon me. That will be the true test.

What we've been up to...
Tee ball. That's been interesting. We've made so much improvement though. Not so much skill wise. We've just gone from this...

To actually paying attention. I'm pretty sure there was a batter up when he was sitting in the base path picking at his bandaid on his knee. It's been a lot more fun. Corralling 6 3 year olds and 4 4 year olds is harder than herding cats though. I mean, I've never tried to herd cats but surely it's easier.

What I'm dreading...
Meeting season. Due to all the rain in my area, my meetings are going to be delayed but the deadline to report acres will remain the same. On top of that, I have to deal with pumping on the road which requires leaving earlier so I can build in time to pump before since some can take up to 2 hours plus having to pack all the things to make sure it stays cold. It's worth it but dang breastfeeding is a lot of work.

Also dreading moving Charlee to her crib. I'm going to not talk about it though because I'm in denial that I need to do it soon.

What I'm working on...
Surviving. That's enough right?

What I'm excited about..
On Father's Day we are paying a visit to Fair Oaks Farms in Northern Indiana.
This farm is featured in one of the Fun on the Farm movies that Tucker watches and was super obsessed with. He has been asking when we are going to go and since Danny has Father's Day off that's what we are doing. I love taking Tucker to do things like this. It's so fun to watch him get so excited.

What I'm watching/reading...
Still watching Pretty Little Liars. I'm kind of sad that it's going to be completely over soon.
The Chicago Fire season finale was a doozy. Being a firefighters wife, it was a little rough.
The Greys finale was also huge. That felt like the old Grey's to me.

What I'm listening to...
Old CD's I made in high school! I haven't put my music on the new phone yet, so I've had to pull out my CD case. I found so many great CDs and have had the best time remembering all the fun I had listening to those songs with my girlfriends.

What I'm wearing...
Maternity jeans still. I won't lie and don't even feel bad about myself for it. They are comfy. The ones I bought this time around were styling as hell. My shirt game is struggling but I'm fine with my pants situation for now.

What I'm doing this weekend...
I get to work in the concession stand Friday night. I think this officially makes me a baseball mom. Saturday Tuck has a game and Danny works. There's a girls night listed for Saturday night but I haven't heard any more on that.

What I'm looking forward to next month...
The trip to Fair Oaks Farms. Danny's training burn will be done.

What else is new...
We are wanting to move. Hopefully into a house that we have built. We had plans to buy my Grammy's house next to my brother but it felt through. Now we are trying to figure out when to make this move happen and where we want to build. We don't want to move towns. Our village is here and we need them haha.

Bonus: Favorite vacation spot
Orange Beach, Alabama. We are going with my mom, brother and his wife in October and I can't wait! It's an easy drive from Indiana and it doesn't get too crowded. I love it.

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

This weekend was spent doing a little bit of something we love doing: camping! Really though, it felt like just a little bit of camping.

Thursday afternoon I left work a bit early to finish packing and pick the kids up to head up to the campground. About halfway up, Danny called saying there was talk of them closing the campground due to flooding. It's been raining for weeks in Indiana and since the campground is on a lake, some of it was already under water. We decided to just go for it and we'd deal with having to leave if it came down to that. We ended up having beautiful weather for most of our stay since we were at home Friday night. Tucker had a tee ball game Friday and Danny had to work Saturday. His fire department is 35 minutes in the opposite direction of the campground from home so it was easier on him to stay at home. Plus I didn't want to spend all day solo parenting at the camper with the possibility of it raining.

It was really a pretty relaxing weekend though. Tucker is finally old enough to play with the bigger kids without me having to watch him super closely. There are a few girls that are about 10 years old that love "watching" him so he's not totally unsupervised. Of course he found a puddle of water to "make a potion" in which is his favorite thing to do.

He may have ruined his shorts and shirt but he was playing and having the time of his life so I can deal.

Charlee did pretty good camping. She got passed around like a hot potato Saturday night and I paid for it Sunday and Monday. Girlfriend likes to relax and this weekend was a bit too much partying I think. She was a stage 5 clinger both days. She slept really well though! Camping with a 10 week old went a bit easier than I expected it too, but that's probably because I had so much help. Seriously, I barely held her Sunday when I wasn't wearing her for her naps.

We got home pretty early yesterday morning. I spent a couple hours meal planning for us to start 21 Day Fix today. The concept of the program is very easy to understand, but the actual planning was a lot harder than I expected. I was also wrangling a toddler and baby so that probably had something to do with it. I finally went to the grocery with Charlee around 4 and was up until 10:30 prepping due to bedtime for her taking forever. I hope since we are back to our regular routine it doesn't take as long tonight.

Now it's time to enjoy a short work week!

May 23, 2017


I'm going to give this thing another go. Of course, I picked a Tuesday to start again. The last like 10 posts have been Tuesdays so why not. I didn't even plan this.  Life is flying by in the blink of an eye and I know one day I will want to read about it. Plus if it weren't for this blog, Tucker's baby book that I finished when he was nearly 3 years old would be kind of thin. I'm half kidding. And since I'm 3 weeks into being back at work, I'll be able to do it consistently.

I'm going to start with a catch up on each family member then I'll recap March and April. Probably in 2 posts. I'll save May for What's up Wednesday.

We'll start with Danny. He is still at the same fire department he was at when I "came back" the last time and rocking it. This one keeps him busier but I think he kind of enjoys it. He took over the fire training for the department shortly after being hired and is organizing a training burn on a house that was donated to the department. It has him a bit stressed out, so any extra good thoughts and prayers for him would be appreciated :) He is also rocking this dad of 2 thing.

He's pretty much taken over bedtime with Tucker on nights that he is home. I try to do it when he is home some, but to keep Charlee's crying to a minimum is also nice. He isn't mowing this summer, except for my office, his sister's house and one other yard. It's been nice having him home a little bit more. I say a little bit because he is still teaching. We see each other occasionally haha.

Where do I even begin with this one?

Tucker is still a sour patch kid. Seriously, sour and then sweet. I'm sure most 3 year olds are, but man he gives us a run for our money almost daily. He loves his baby sister still. He has recently started calling her Danielle. He is playing tee ball this year. Well, he is on a tee ball team. There's SOME playing going on. He spends most of the games trying to not play.

He has a game tonight and we've had a couple talks about how he needs to listen. We are pretty confident that he is doing the not listening and playing in the dirt to be defiant and not because he doesn't actually like tee ball. He had a blast the first 2 practices, so I think its just 3 year old shenanigans. But when he is sweet he is the sweetest. He is obsessed with giving hugs and kisses, randomly tells me he loves me, picks dandelions for gifts, pulls chairs out for his Gigi, buys flowers for her and Mamaw, and occasionally tells me I'm the best or that I make the best whatever food he is eating. We signed him up for preschool, which will start in August. That's only like 10 weeks from now and will be here before I know it.

Charlee is babying.

Eating, sleeping, eating, crying, eating, spitting up and then more eating. Seriously though, she eats all the time. At her 2 month appointment, she weighed 10lbs 1oz, which is  more than 4 lbs over what she weighed when she left the hospital. If she's awake, she wants to eat. She will eat until she gets sick and then start rooting for more. She does it more now that I've gone back to work since she doesn't get to nurse during the day. Her sleep is pretty good. I consistently get 5 hours the first stretch. Of course I only get about 3.5 or 4 hours by the time the nightly chores are done, but it's okay. Last night she gave me 7 and I think I know how to get that out of her again. She rolled belly to back about 3 weeks ago and is always moving. The nurses commented on her squirminess in the hospital and its gotten worse haha. Makes nursing interesting. She is firmly in 3 month clothes and yesterday even wore a 3-6 month shirt, so she is growing like a weed.

I am doing okay. I am surviving. The first few weeks after Charlee was born were great. I was successfully breastfeeding, I was sleeping 3-4 hours at a time and I felt like I had a good handle on life. Then I didn't. I would have a few good days and then I'd have a day or two that were terrible. I eventually went to the doctor for postpartum depression. I'll write more on that another day, but things have improved tremendously. Going back to work helped. I would love to be home snuggling my newest baby, but my mental health needs routine and maternity leave was the opposite of that for me. I love routine and need routine if my ADD isn't medicated.

That's where we are at as of today. Now that its nearly 11 am I should do something productive for my professional life. I look forward to catching up more!

Mar 14, 2017

Introducing Miss Charlee

Our newest little love has arrived. Charlee Danielle was born on March 9th at 2:57pm. She weighed 6 lbs 8.2 oz and was 19 1/4 in long. She is a petite little girl! 

I didn't get to skip the appointments last Thursday like I had hoped, but I didn't get to go home from them either. The ultrasound was first. Towards the end I noticed the nurse was spending some time focusing the cord, which I hadn't recalled her doing so in the other ultrasounds. I didn't think much of it. The NST went great and showed some uterine activity but none that I could feel. When my OB came in the exam room she started with the good news that the baby looked great and passed the BPP and NST with flying colors then followed with the discovery that there was a knot in the cord. The cord was also a 2 vessel cord. Neither were a big deal but they each have their own concerns. Being that I was 38+2 at this point, she didn't want to risk the baby making one wrong move and the knot causing big problems, so off to the hospital we were sent. Like directly. She said do not pass go, just go over and I'll let them know you're coming. Before she sent us on our way,she checked me just so she could give the floor a starting point. I was 4cm and we suspect she swept my membranes because as soon as I stood up I started leaking. 

If you remember from Tucker's birth story, Danny's sister works on the OB floor of the hospital. Luckily she was working and didn't have to come in. We got there at 9:36 and she got me all hooked up to pitocin so we could really get things going. She also kind of wanted to smack me since this was not the plan and I had to pee every time she came in to up the pitocin haha. My OB checked me around 12 and I was 5cm. She broke my water since it looked like I just had a leak earlier. Things progressed quickly. By about 1:30 I think, I had had enough and needed the epidural. Once it was set, history repeated itself. I was looking forward to some rest while I finished dilating, but once the epi was working I was already at 9.5 cm meaning there would be no nap. 

After about 7 minutes of pushing I had to to stop so my doctor could make it over. Danny's sister said she would be mad if she got me to 38 weeks and missed the birth haha. Once she got over there I pushed a couple more times and Charlee  made her debut! It was 5.5 hours from the time I was admitted to Charlee arriving. 

I've said all along that if I could have a repeat experience of Tuckers birth then that would be ideal. This birth was just as easy and done in half the time. She is also almost the exact same size as Tucker. She weighed a little over 1 ounce more and was only 1/4 in shorter in length. 

Big brother is obsessed! 

I'm sure this is just a honeymoon phase and he'll start getting annoyed with her crying soon, but I'm going to enjoy the cuteness while it's here. 

We've been home for a few days and things are going pretty well. She is nursing like a champ and naps pretty well. I *think* I've figured out how to get a couple good stretches out of her overnight but I'm not going to put much weight in that just yet. 

We are all in love with our newest addition and couldn't be happier that she's here!

Mar 7, 2017

38 weeks

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine being THIS pregnant. While I'm thrilled that she's cooked beyond the point everyone expected her too, I'm also ready to not be pregnant.

Baby size: leek. I hate when its a vegetable that I don't even recognize.
Any symptoms?  everything boobs down hurts. BP is starting to get high. heartburn is a raging bitch still. my brain is mush.
Favorite part this week? Another week without insulin
Least favorite part this week? WAITING!
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

The entire Summers household is over this pregnancy. I'm over it because it hurts. Danny is over it because he's ready to meet his little girl. Tucker is ready to meet his little sister. He's been strapping all dolls and stuffed animals into all of the baby gear. The bumbo, swing, rock n play, car seat... if it is meant for a baby he has tested it. We are all anxiously awaiting her arrival... which we have a pending date for!

March 14th this baby is getting evicted! While her daddy is not happy about the 6am arrival that day, we are excited to know that we don't have that much longer to wait. The 6am arrival doesn't bother me since I'm sure I won't sleep anyways.

A couple weeks ago I came very close to getting put on insulin at bedtime. After a week of better eating, the nurse and doctor were happy and I have made it through another week without it. I have to send my numbers again on Friday and then I'll be done monitoring it so closely. Obviously I'll have to see it through until my induction, but its nice to know that end is in sight too.

Other than that I'm just hoping my body is prepared to birth a baby. I'm 3 cm dilated, so I'm already ahead of the game compared to the 1cm I was when my water broke with Tucker. I'm hoping that helped the induction move quickly since those can potentially take a while. We have one last OB appointment Thursday morning along with a final ultrasound and an NST. I'm also scheduled to have an NST on Monday. Of course the ideal situation would be to skip all that but its doubtful.

Feb 28, 2017

37 weeks

If I had to bet money on whether or not I'd be writing this post, I would have lost the money. I cannot believe I am posting a 37 week bumpdate. Those shots were worth every penny since they did their job!

Baby size: swiss chard
Any symptoms?  everything boobs down hurts. BP is still in the normal range, but getting higher.
Favorite part this week? Making it through the week!
Least favorite part this week? The waiting game
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I just might make it to March! Originally I felt like this could be a long shot, but after the gestational diabetes diagnosis and learning that Charlee was a little thing, it became a little more realistic. However, this past weekend I was nervous that she would arrive simply because it would have been inconvenient.
1. My sister-in-law that will be my nurse, and actually deliver the baby, had a bachelorette party Friday night.
2. Danny worked Friday and Sunday.
3. My OB was out of town all weekend.
4. As of my 36 week appointment last Thursday, I am 2 cm dilated already. I realize this doesn't mean much, but on top of 1-3 and 5 it was just icing on the cake.
5. Storms were in the forecast for Friday night making all of this quite literally the perfect storm for labor to start.

The storm for Friday night fizzled out and I remained pregnant. I took Friday afternoon off work so I could rest before my solo-parenting weekend and when the first wave of rain came through, I was having contractions every 18-20 minutes. That was making me pretty nervous! But, here I am hoping we get the storms they are saying are possible tonight so I WILL go into labor haha.

My diabetes experience is going okay. My numbers have been elevated, but we've attributed that to being sick and I've just gotten kind of lax with the diet since I learned she most likely won't be the typical bigger diabetes baby. But, I've gotten my eating back under control and my numbers are looking better. Its mostly been because the Girl Scout cookies are gone but whatever. They've been higher this morning, but I also had to have a snack at 4 am. I don't know if this means things are happening or if I the extra oreo I had after dinner was a bad idea. Who knows.

I'm nearing the point where I'm ready to be done. Everything hurts, I'm not sleeping well (this is partially due to pregnancy, partially due to dog and kid), and I've 99% mentally checked out of work. Having 2 kids scares that absolute shit out of me, but I'll survive. I probably won't thrive, but I'll survive haha.

Hopefully this is my last update! I'm ready to meet this sweet girl!

Feb 22, 2017

36 weeks

I totally spaced this yesterday and at this point that could mean I miss doing a bumpdate. Not good!

Baby size: crenshaw melon? whatever that is.
Any symptoms?  still have heartburn. my back, hips, and pelvis hurt all the time.
Favorite part this week? Feeling "ready" at home
Least favorite part this week? Experiencing all of the emotion. Sometimes in 10 minutes.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I'm reaching the point where I'm ready to be done, but I'm not quite there. Other than it hurting to do practically anything, I feel pretty good. I'm not super exhausted and my blood pressure has been good. No swelling. I'm still wearing my wedding ring but take it off at night since my hands get a little bigger over night. I've only had a few contractions since the last episode so that's good. Nothing showing up on the NST.

There just isn't much going on at this point. The house is ready. Just need to wash bottles and pacifiers. Bags have been packed. Car seat base is installed. The freezer is stocked with meals. I even got some burritos made.

Work is still mostly ready. I keep having things come up as time goes on, but nothing too major. I have this fantasy of just checking out completely when Charlee gets here for a few weeks, but I just don't think that's realistic.

Danny thinks she'll be here within the next week. I honestly have no idea. I go back and forth between thinking she's going to be in there until closer to 38 weeks, if not 39, and thinking she's got to be running out of room like Tucker did since my uterus didn't change shape between pregnancies. I do know that she is very low and making her way towards the exit.

Tomorrow we have appointments all morning: growth ultrasound, NST and 36 week check up. Tomorrow is my LAST progesterone shot too. After that, who knows what will happen!

Feb 14, 2017

35 weeks

I hate that I am only posting on Tuesdays, but that's all I have the time and energy for these days. Plus I'm solo parenting until Saturday morning pretty much so I'm pretty tapped out already.

Baby size: honeydew melon
Any symptoms?  heartburn is back (thanks, Girl Scout cookies). things hurt. I'm exhausted. A few contractions.
Favorite part this week? Baby girl had a growth spurt!
Least favorite part this week? Not being able to get all the things done.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I am feeling like about 90%. Still hanging onto some congestion in my chest, but my head and nose are clear so the antibiotics and Mucinex are working. The Mucinex is also playing games with my sugar numbers, but that's to be expected.

Our appointment last Thursday went really well. Charlee has almost caught back up to where she is supposed to be. She was measuring just a week smaller than 34 weeks, so she isn't 3-4 weeks too small anymore. There was either a growth spurt or the original measurements a few weeks ago were wrong. Either way I am relieved! My suspicions of her starting to drop were also confirmed. The nurse could barely get to her head on the ultrasound to measure it. I've had a few contractions, but they only lasted for about an hour Sunday night. I was able to walk them off. Not sure if that's how you're supposed to do it, but I figured if they were still coming and going after doing the dishes and folding laundry then it was the real deal. It was not. The NST didn't show any yesterday either.

We took Tucker one on last fun outing as a family of 3 over the weekend: an indoor bounce house place plus lunch of his choice. He had a blast!

It may not have been our last weekend as a family of 3, but I am pretty sure its going to be the last weekend I feel like doing anything like that haha. Plus Danny and I are going to dinner for Valentine's Day this Saturday so it wasn't even an option.

Our house is pretty much baby ready. I still haven't made the burritos that I want to make or busy bags for Tucker. Maybe I'll do the bags tonight since my Valentine will be at a couple meetings tonight.

Feb 7, 2017

34 weeks

34 freaking weeks. How did I get here? These last few weeks have flown by just like I expected them too. I'm waiting on time to start dragging since I'm starting to get really uncomfortable but it hasn't yet.

Baby size: average cantaloupe. That's exactly what my app says.
Any symptoms?  still have the shitty immune system. everything from the boobs down still hurts. some cramping. really tired.
Favorite part this week? We have everything we need for her arrival. It's still sitting in bags, but we have it.
Least favorite part this week? being sick, again. Yes this is the same as last week.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

Not much has changed. My NST and BPP on Thursday went pretty well. The nurse doing the BPP/ultrasound was concerned about my cervix and the possibility of me being in early preterm labor, but the NST didn't show any contractions so my OB wasn't concerned. The NST went well yesterday too. I've been feeling very crampy the last few days so I'm not sure how things will go this Thursday.

I also went to my family doctor yesterday for this sickness that I've had basically since the beginning on January. It did go away for about a week and a half, but came back with a vengeance last Monday. Saturday evening I was riding the struggle bus. My head was congested, my chest was congested, my head hurt from coughing, I couldn't keep my eyes open but also couldn't sleep. I was feeling so bad that I had to call my mother-in-law to see if she could keep Tucker for the night. I had probably overdone it shopping, which was just to Target, but staying home and solo parenting Tucker all day would have probably been more work honestly. Danny ordered me to call the doctor Monday morning and I didn't even put up a fight. They miraculously had an opening yesterday morning so I was able to get in. I was told I have bronchitis and sinusitis. He sent me home with a script for an antibiotic and told me to get regular Mucinex. I was hesitant to trust his knowledge on whether both meds were safe for me to take since this is the exchange we had.
Dr: Are you having any shortness of breath?
Me: Yes, but it's probably more pregnancy related than sickness related.
Dr: Oh you're pregnant?

Uhhhh, okay. I was sitting down, but still. I'll be setting up an appointment with a new doctor after this baby is born. I've been wanting too anyways, but this sealed the deal. I don't know if he's just oblivious, blind, or just that disconnected from his patients. None of those are okay with me so I'll be moving on.

Not much going on right now except for coughing.

Feb 3, 2017

February Goals

I don't have many for the month due to the fact that I'm most likely in the last few weeks of this pregnancy. Because of that, my goals are all related to that and have a deadline. The biggest goal though is to try and keep this girl cookin' through the end of the month. Since finding out my due date of March 21st, my goal has been to have a March baby. February 28th is the 37 week mark, so on or after March 1st is totally acceptable. I realize I have very little control over this, but I can at least make an effort to not overdo it around the house or at work, keep my eating within the gestational diabetes guidelines and try to stay calm so my blood pressure doesn't go up. It was actually 108/63 yesterday which is impressive considering my pregnancy with Tucker. This is when my BP started going to shit.

Onto the goals...
1. Finish Charlee's room - This is one that has a deadline. To ease my mind, I'd like to have this done by the 15th. The 36 week mark is the following Tuesday and that's basically the "any day now" point for me I think. There are a couple things left to buy décor wise and essential wise. I'm buying the rest of the essentials tomorrow and the curtains so I can spend next weekend getting it all put together.

2. Finish prepping for the first few weeks of having a newborn again - I mentioned the other day that we have been freezing meals as we make them. I don't have the desire to spend an entire afternoon or day even to make 15-20 meals, let alone the extra funds to throw at the grocery bill. Doing it in spurts is better for me. Danny made 3 more on Wednesday and I have 2 more that I'm making tonight. I'm hoping Sunday I'll be a little more over this sickness I have going on so I can throw together some beef and bean burritos to put in the freezer. I'm hoping to make some breakfast burritos or sandwiches next. I've been stocking up on snacks and part of my shopping this weekend includes getting things like a big package of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, paper plates, etc. I should add coffee to this list. And oatmeal.

3. Assemble busy bags for Tucker - I've been stashing away some toys here and there for him. My brother and sister-in-law got him a bag of coloring books, stickers and crayons for his birthday. I quickly hid it, like while the party was still going on quick, so I can pull it out and its shiny and new again. A restaurant/shop in town has a ton of Melissa & Doug toys so I got him some reusable stickers and a water painting book. I've also found some easy, little to no effort to throw together "busy bags" on Pinterest and bought some of the materials for. All of these things are mostly for when Danny goes back to work and I'm home alone with both kids. These might not get done. The other stuff is first so this is extra.

4. Tie up loose ends at work - Out of 15 clients, I only have 4 more to meet with. I also need to get things pretty well prepared for taxes so my brother doesn't have to do it. He can handle it, he'll just be busy with the rest of our sales season too. I also need to get my personal taxes ready to be done.  One of my four meetings has to be done next week because its 2 hours away, but the other 3 are local so they won't be a big deal. I'm hoping to have all of this done by 2/17.

That's it for this month. Like I said, all pregnancy related and all under a deadline.

Feb 1, 2017

33 weeks

I skipped the bumpdate yesterday because I was home sick. That's something I haven't talked about on here. I have been sick nonstop! I had the stomach flu TWICE in December and this is my second cold/virus. Tucker had a cold in the beginning on January and after coughing and breathing in my face for a couple days, I finally got ahold of it. I had to postpone a work trip because I was so full of snot. Then Monday as I was leaving my NST my throat started hurting. It literally came on while I was sitting in the chair. Thankfully Tylenol has been helping with the pain but I hate taking dose after dose. I felt horrible Monday night and my whole body was starting to ache so I decided to make Tuesday a rest day. I watched 10 episodes of Gilmore Girls and I drank 90 ounces of water so I'd say I did alright resting and hydrating. I excel at those two activities if given the opportunity.

Baby size: pineapple
Any symptoms?  everything from my boobs down hurts. my shitty immune system is also a symptom.
Favorite part this week? I'm really seeing the movements from this girl. This was my favorite part of being pregnant with Tucker so I'm really trying to enjoy the dance parties.
Least favorite part this week? being sick, again, and unable to take Dayquil and Nyquil.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

My NST on Monday went well. The actual monitoring only takes 20 minutes but they schedule you for 60 in case your baby is being difficult, like mine. The poor nurse, which I know, had to sit on the floor and hold the monitor on my stomach the entire time because every time she let go it would move just enough that it wouldn't pick up Charlee's heartbeat. We had fun chatting though! My gestational diabetes is going well. I've had a few post meal reads that have been above the limit, but I haven't been told by the educator that I need to come back in or start insulin so I'd say I'm doing alright. She actually told me on Monday I don't need to send my numbers in again until February 7th, which is a lot longer than every 4 days like I was having to do.

It's crunch time in terms of baby prepping. Danny and I are both working at getting some meals put in the freezer. So far we have 9, which is 9 more than we had with Tucker haha. Danny is whipping up some chili that is just for the freezer and then making a double batch of beef and noodles today so we can eat tonight and freeze some for another night. I bought food to make burritos for lunches and a couple dinners. We ate a lot of take out after Tucker and I'm hoping to avoid eating take out for EVERY dinner this time around. We also have things to buy. Curtains, new nipples for bottles, blankets, recovery supplies for me, a new changing table pad, the rest of Tucker's gift from Charlee, and another monitor. We also need to do things like get the car seat and bases out and turn the crib back into a crib. I also need to pack my hospital bag and Tucker's bag for Danny's mom's house.

Time to cram 2 days worth of work into 1!

Jan 30, 2017

Weekend Recap

This weekend was busy one minute and slow the next. Our busy, jam packed weekends are numbered though so I didn't really mind.

Friday night we visited with Danny's dad and stepmom for a bit. Well, Danny and I did. Tucker slept in one of the chairs the whole time, and also the entire way to grab Taco Bell and back. It only pushed bedtime back by about an hour so I didn't mind. I actually fell asleep in bed with him.

Saturday was the busy day! We took off at 7:30 to pick up my sister-in-law and her girls so we could all head to the circus in Fort Wayne! Danny's grandpa treated the family to tickets. I had never been to the circus so I was pretty excited. I mean, I spent the first half messing with Tucker's $5 sno-cone and praying he didn't see the vendors with the light up swords. We got there early so we could take the kids to see the animals. Tucker told his aunt he wanted to ride a camel while I was in the bathroom. He quickly changed his mind once he saw how big they were, but then wanted to ride the elephant. The cost $5 more, so I talked him into the pony and it worked. He doesn't look like he enjoyed it, but he did say he had fun.

I knew I would shell out the money for the elephant ride and we'd get to the top of the steps and he'd change his mind. Plus I don't think my 8 months pregnant self needed to be sitting on an elephant.

The circus was pretty cool. A little long for Tucker's attention span and mine even. He was asking if it was time to go yet before intermission even started. He enjoyed certain parts though and almost fell asleep towards the end while the lights were mostly off. We both had a great time at our first circus!

When we got home, we relaxed for a few and then painted a little bit. He found some things from my stash of fun stuff I've been buying to keep him busy after Charlee arrives. 

Shortly after getting cleaned up, we took off to visit Danny at work and go have dinner with my mom, brother and other sister-in-law. Thankfully Tucker slept the entire way home and through the transition from car to bed. I went to bed to watch Gilmore Girls as soon as we got home.

Sunday was the slow day. Danny got home from work late and Tucker and I were lazy all morning. I made a meal plan, ordered groceries and got laundry going while he played and watched TV. Once Danny got home, I worked on Charlee's room a bit, got dinner going, straightened the house some and then laid down in bed for a bit. I couldn't sleep due to the screaming toddler and bladder punching baby, but it was nice to lay in bed for an hour. After I got up we headed to pick up groceries so Tucker would nap. He was insane and that usually happens around nap time. The late nap bit us in the ass though so I almost wish we could have just suffered through it. I tried to relax as much as I could when we got home since I had probably done more than I should have this weekend.

Now its Monday and I have my first NST this afternoon. It should provide the opportunity to get close to finishing a book I've been reading since the end of August!

Jan 27, 2017

32 weeks!

I finally have a morning at work that allows for a bumpdate. Of all bumpdates to not be able to do, I wasn't able to do the one where I actually had things to share. I actually had the 30 weeks post written, I just never published it. I'm going to just move straight to the 32 week update and play catch up.

Baby size: large jicama.. whatever that is.
Any symptoms?  Heartburn has subsided and comes and goes. I've had quite a few leg cramps and round ligament pain so bad that it stops me in my tracks.
Favorite part this week? Since last Saturday, I've gotten 2 projects for her room done!
Least favorite part this week? Getting some not yet alarming news at the doctor yesterday
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

Alright, so when I left off, I was a few days from doing the 1 hour glucose test. I took it and failed, which meant doing the 3 hour test. It also showed slight anemia so I am taking iron pills for the remainder of my pregnancy. Back to the 3 hour test... That was horrible! First you have to fast for 12 hours, then they never tell you that the test is actually 4 hours long because they have to test your sugar when you get there to make sure you're okay enough to do the actual test. I would have felt an incredible amount of rage had I fasted for 13 hours (we were at 13 by the time I got Tucker and I out the door and at the lab) and unable to do it.  I felt so terrible after the drinking the drink and through the 2nd blood draw. I felt fine in the little bit leading up to the 3rd and the anticipation of leaving had me feeling pretty good for the 4th. I took the test on a Wednesday and found out at my next appointment that 2 of my 4 draws were elevated which meant I have gestational diabetes. The days between learning that and my appointment with the diabetes center were rough because I just didn't know what to eat. It was really challenging. After my 2 hour educational appointment, I felt so much better! I'm really loving the diet since I still get to eat things like bread, potatoes, and most importantly cereal. I even ate Chik-Fil-A within the guidelines and got full!

Yesterday we had a growth ultrasound. This originally wasn't in the plans, but I reminded my OB about the shape of my uterus and she felt like it was wise to do an ultrasound. Its a good thing we did. We learned that Charlee is on the small side. 3-4 weeks smaller than her gestational age. Everything else checked out, so there is nothing wrong other than she's just tiny. Because of that, I will do NSTs 2x/week and BPPs (biophysical profile) once a week to monitor her growth. If at any point she falls off the growth curve, she will need to come out. My OB isn't worried at this point so I'm going to try to not worry too.

In 2 weeks time I went from being at risk for having a large baby  to having a baby that might be too small to stay inside at the risk of her not growing.

Now for the fun stuff! Most of her room consists of DIY projects. Her dresser, wall décor, and bow holders. Her dresser is done and full of clothes! It belonged to my mom and dad, so Charlee will have a special dresser like Tucker does!

The bow and headband holders were fun to make too. And pretty easy! I can't wait to fill them up!

I finished up the décor for above her crib last night, but am waiting to take pictures until its on the wall. All I have left to buy for her room is curtains, some bins for the storage cubes in her closet, and something for over her dresser, then her room will be done!

It's been an eventful few weeks for this pregnancy, but thankfully nothing too bad.

Jan 3, 2017

29 Weeks!

Well time is just flying by now isn't it? I knew this would  happen once the holidays were over.

Baby size: butternut squash
Any symptoms?  Heartburn after every meal and it doesn't matter what I eat. I take about 3-4 Chewy Tums per day which happens to be the max amount. Everything from the waist down is starting to hurt.
Favorite part this week? Getting her room cleared out and ideas for decor
Least favorite part this week? Feeling crampy and bad after a couple of long days
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

We got LOTS done over the weekend! Friday morning Charlee's room got cleared out. I think it was Friday anyways. Her swing also got set up. This was no where on my radar until at least mid-February, but Tucker had other ideas. He asked if we could put his train table in the living room in the playroom (which is right next to the living room and practically the same room) and I told him that we couldn't because Charlee's swing would be going there. Well, 10 minutes later the swing was assembled and swinging with a baby doll in it. He even had to give it a try. Since he is about 15 pounds over the weight All of this baby prep will probably get done thanks to him. He was pissed that we couldn't paint the dresser last night. Taking the handles and knobs off and sanding the drawers was not enough.

All of the cleaning on Friday and shopping for dresser paint and shelves for Tucker's room led me to feeling pretty bad. I didn't even want to go shoe shopping. I just felt kind of dizzy, really crampy and just sick. I don't think it was my sushi lunch (it was all cooked!) since I've had the same sushi a couple different times this pregnancy. I think I just overdid it. I guess I'm at the point where things are physically difficult.

Jan 2, 2017

January Goals

Normally I'd recap our New Years Eve, but we went to a party at 6:30 that we didn't even leave for until 6:40 and were all in bed by 9:45, me being the straggler so I could watch an episode of Gilmore Girls and sit on the heating pad. Wild New Years Eve! We did have fun at the "party" we went too. By party I mean, 6 adults and 4 kids and the adults all talked about how tired we were and how much we could not care less about watching the ball drop lol.

So! Something I used to do is post my monthly goals and in an effort to stay on top of my life this year since I'll be adding another tiny human to the mix, it's time to bring monthly goal setting back to the table. I am far more productive and ahead of the game when there are lists. Confession: I've bathed Tucker before simply because I wrote it on my to-do list, even though I really didn't feel like it. I've found that having a paper planner has helped me with that and the Plum Paper Planner works best for goals and lists. And they are cute. The left one is 2016 and the right one is 2017.

I'm writing my goals in my planner and then writing them on here. Maybe that way if I put them out there I'll be too embarrassed to not follow through. Plus it's crunch time on baby prepping so I really need to stick with them! Also, we are not getting baby stuff ready fast enough for Tucker's preference. He cried real tears yesterday because I wasn't ready to work on goal #2 yesterday.

1. Get Charlee's room cleaned out - I wrote this one down in mid-December when I was writing in my planner for the year. This is actually 90% done! There is a picture hanging on the wall that is Tucker's, a tote of Danny's old t-shirts and some miscellaneous things in her closet. When Danny works up the patience to hang something else in Tucker's room (most of our house is plaster walls so it's annoying and creates a mess and some foul language) he will move the picture.
2. Charlee's dresser - The dresser is out of my brother's barn and in our garage. We bought paint on Friday and I'm going today to buy sand paper, brushes and a couple trays or container of some kind. I need to find hardware of the drawers too. Tucker is itching to get started, so he and I will start sanding the drawers tonight or tomorrow. This is also my craft/project of the month to go along with one of my resolutions.
3. Danny's firefighter wall - All of his firefighter stuff is in the garage, but recently he's received a couple of really cool gifts that need to be on display. His career is a big part of our life and deserves a spot in the house. We have the perfect wall in our living room to create a gallery of his things. I was originally going to surprise him with it and have his best friend come hang the stuff up, but I spilled the beans already. I think his BFF is going to come help though. Tucker and I will leave the house because that room is also plaster and since Tucker is in the phase where he repeats EVERYTHING, he should not be present.
4. Photo Ledges - Those damn ledges I bought the materials for last year. I literally have everything to make them sitting in the garage.

It's a short list, but each task is pretty extensive. The dresser is top priority since I need that done before I can wash her clothes and get a better idea of where we are at on clothing this child.