Thursday, February 24, 2011

27 Weeks..

{27 Weeks..}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 26 Weeks 
Size of baby: Eggplant
14.5 inches and about 2lbs.
Total Weight Gain: 23 lbs!! BOOO!
Maternity Clothes: Yep
Still a mix here and there. Everything including my jeans are NON Maternity in these pics.
Gender: GIRL!!!!! JClaire
Movement: Constant movement!!
Wow, I say on a daily basis how crazy active this baby is! Everyone can feel her very easily now, she flips, rolls kicks, jabs! LOL!
Sleep: Always tired, not much sleep
I cannot believe how tired I am already.. I wake up about 5x/night though, so that could explain it. I'm just not comfortable anymore.
What I miss: Not getting winded walking up the stairs. Being able to get off the couch without rolling to the side first. LOL!
Cravings: Not many cravings..
Symptoms: I have every preggo symptom. Any you can throw at me, i'm sure I have/had it.
What I’m looking forward to: The 30 week mark. I'm having my Baby Shower that week, so i'm excited. I know it's weird to have a shower for your 3rd girl, but I gave away everything of my girls' stuff! I have nothing left.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Long Sleepless Night

I'm still working Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at work. I'm a cocktail waitress/bartender. So i'm on my feet a lot..a LOT! My awesome boss was sweet enough to build me an entire Bar outside, so I can sit down through the shift. I worked it for the first time last Friday and did really well. I felt much better when I got off that night. No sore hips, legs, or feet.

However, on Tuesday nights, I work alone. No one else is there to help me. I wait tables and bartend. Last night, I realized I cannot do that anymore. While I was working I started to sweat for no reason. It was around 45 degrees last night and everyone else had jackets and sweaters on, but not me. I was in a long sleeve t shirt and burning up! I then got dizzy and nauseous. Yuck. I felt so sick. I had to sit down, finally. It was a pretty busy night too, so I was up running around most of the night. I started to feel a little better, but then when I left, I started having extremely bad heartburn. So bad, I was having acid come back up my throat. Gag.

Then I got home and laid down immediately. I fell right to sleep, on the couch! Woke up around 1am, feeling terrible! I was having strong contractions. To the point where I had to hold on to the pillow and breathe through them. It happened for an hour straight!! No relief at all. It would just come in waves, over and over! Hurt all through my lower abdomen, through to my lower back, down my legs, and between my legs. OMG it was terrible! I seriously could not breathe through it. Like I was holding my breath. Finally, around 2:40am, it stopped. I don't know what brought it on because I drank about 10 glasses of water at work, so I know I wasn't dehydrated. I figured it was just all of the walking I did last night.. Either way, it was awful! I will not be working Tuesdays alone anymore.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Easiest & Best Lunch

Veggie Sandwich {My own creation!}

I wish I had a picture to post, but it was delicious, I think I scarfed it down in one bite. Not quite, obviously, but, it was amazing. I'll list the ingredients below..

2 Slices Tapioca Loaf {Gluten Free Bread}
1/2 Avacado, sliced
1 small Tomato, sliced salted and peppered
3 small Mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. Vegan Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Hummus {store bought}

I toasted the bread, then smeared the Mayo and Hummus on either side, then layered the veggies. It was so sloppy from the Tomato Juices, but it just made it that much better!! I devoured it very quickly. I had whole, natural Walnuts on the side.

I'm kind of a food weirdy and like to enjoy different things that most people won't touch. But seriously, that was better than any Steak, Taco, or Pizza i've ever had! I may be eating it every day for lunch from now on. :)

26.5 Week Dr Appointment

I was supposed to have my "26 WEEK" Dr's Appointment last Thursday 17th, but with all of the snow days we've had, they rescheduled me to yesterday, Monday the 21st. Which was fine with me. I knew it wouldn't be an eventful appointment, but I did want to check on my contractions.

My appointment was at 1:15pm, I arrived about 5 minutes early {stupid!} and I waited on the doctor for ONE hour!! The nurse came in and said that he was delivering a baby. Grr.. how can you be mad about that? I couldn't because I know if it's me in the delivery room, i'm going to want him there. However, I had to pick Cami up by 3:00pm and her school is about 15 minutes away. So I started to get antsy.. But, he arrived in time for me to be seen.

Everything looked great. Baby's heart beat was 150bpm. She's been hanging out right in the middle of where Cami and Carrah were. Cam was always about 165bpm and Carrah was around 145bpm. :) All similar though. He did tell me that the contractions were mosts likely from dehydration, which I suspected..darnit! I had a genious idea though {and someone else suggested it on here last night} to buy the Crystal Lite flavor packets. They work wonders!! I've almost doubled my water intake by adding them to a glass. I'm serious, I cannot drink plain water this pregnancy. It's shocking because I normally drink SO much water. Anyway, I'm glad to know it was nothing serious.

I've gained a whopping 23lbs!! I almost cried sitting there on the bed thing.. Dr told me "By looking at you, I do not see a 23lb weight gain. You look great! It's probably all fluid and water retention that you'll lose right after you have the baby." WAHH! lol, that did make me feel better though. I don't feel near as big as I did with either of my other girls, but I only gained 29lb total with Carrah. Maybe you just retain different amounts of fluid with each baby. Oh well.. i've dealt with it and moved on. {wink}

I start going back to the doctor every two weeks now. Next time I go I have to do the 1 hour Glucose test. Yucky! But I get an u/s too! So that keeps me positive about it. One week from Thursday, i'll be 28 weeks. 3rd Trimester! Yay! Can't believe it has gone by so quickly. But i'm thrilled. I'm ready to have another sweet baby to hold.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Still Enjoying This AMAZING Weather!

Yay for the front that came through! We've had weather in the upper 60's and low 70's for almost a week now. Woo Hoo!! The girls and I have totally been taking advantage of every day that we can go out and not get chilly! Love it!! I'm so not a winter girl. It makes me gloomy, my skin dry, my hair flat..blah! So, i'm very thrilled with this awesome springy weather. It makes me so eager for Easter!

The wind blowing through her hair..

Cutie Patootie!!

Bubbles are always fun.

She's always so photogenic, even without a BOW! lol.

CRC's "Collection" Bucket. She went through the entire yard picking up "treasures" So imaginative. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Braxton Hicks Contractions

Obviously, I'm on baby #3 so I should know a LOT about being pregnant and I do pride myself on knowing quite a bit, but I know nothing ab Braxton Hicks Ctx. I think i've been having them frequently. It's at random times, but I do notice it happens more when i'm stressed or been up walking a lot. It's like a tightening all the way down my stomach to my lady bits that takes my breath away. I went into labor on my own with CRC so I remember what it feels like. It was much more intense than this, but it's still uncomfortable. Baby girl still moves a lot before and after I get that feeling, so i'm not terribly worried. It's just not fun.

Everyone has said "drink more water" and that's all fine and good, but really does water make it stop?? I hate water with this pregnancy. Normally, I drink about 8 glasses/day, but since becoming pregnant it's only around 1 glass/day. I feel terrible, but I try to make up for it by drinking decaf tea, sprite and juice. Blah..seems like everything is making me sick through this pregnancy.

I think i'm going to google contractions and the differences, just so I can be prepared. It doesn't last for long and it's not in any kind of pattern so I know that's a good thing. It's just uncomfortable!! :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

What's On My Play List..

I have several Play Lists on my iPod, but my favorite at the moment is simply titled "Slow" It's a mix of a bunch of mellow, chill songs that absolutely better my day! Just thought i'd share them.. {wink} If you know of any similar songs that I may fall in love with, let me know!!

Whenever We're Alone - Brantley Gilbert
Address in the Stars - Caitlin&Will
I Never Told YouColbie Caillat
Dirt Road AnthemColt Ford
Don't You Wanna Stay - Jason Aldean/kelly Clarkson
Alabama - Cross Canadian Ragweed
HeldNatalie Grant
When You Come Back Down - Nickel Creek
A Little Bit StrongerSara Evans
Marry Me - Train
Colder Weather - Zac Brown Band
If I Die Young - The Band Perry
Who Am ICasting Crowns
Falling SlowlyGlen Hansard
Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
Can't Take My Eyes Off you - Lady A
Hello World - Lady A
HappyLeona Lewis
The Cave - Mumford & Sons
Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons
Wagon Wheel - OCMS
Te Amo _Rihanna
Heaven - Ryan Couron
Impossible - Shontelle
Aint No SunshineBill Withers

Thursday, February 17, 2011

26 Weeks..

{26 weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 26 Weeks 
14 inches and about 1 and 2/3lbs.
Total Weight Gain: ?! Not sure.. Probably 18lbs or so..
Maternity Clothes: Yep
I still throw in a few pre pregnancy things here and there. Both shirts I have on in these pictures are pre pregnancy.
Gender: GIRL!!!!! JClaire
Movement: Constant movement!!
Wow, I say on a daily basis how crazy active this baby is! Everyone can feel her very easily now, she flips, rolls kicks, jabs! LOL!
Sleep: Blah! 
Honestly, I wake up so many times per night, I don't even consider it sleep! Grr..She kicks the side im laying on making it uncomfortable, plus I have to go potty quite a bit, and I have horrible heartburn again!!
What I miss: My job!
I'm still working, but it's getting so difficult. I do not look forward to going in anymore and I used to love when I got to go to work!
Cravings: Sweets!
Darnit! I thought I was going to escape this horrid craving this pregnancy, but no!! I want everything sweet and chocolatey!! Lots of M&Ms!!
Symptoms: Not many other than actually feeling pregnant now.
What I’m looking forward to:  I'm looking forward to EVERYthing being finished. LOL! I know that's a huge task, but I just want it done and waiting for me. I'm not in the nesting mode at all yet, so everything is sort of on hold.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Just Being Kids

Valentine's Day Goodies

I'm not sure if I mentioned that i'm NOT a fan of Valentine's day, but if not, I just did :) I won't get into all the nitty grittys of it. Just never been my favorite "un holiday" Plus it feels like it was JUST Christmas!! Come on.. However, I can't let the girls go without getting anything. I try to make it fun for them, at least. We didn't do anythign extravagant. I didn't even buy them VDay outfits this year. We gave them their goodies the day before VDay so Chris could be there too..

They each got a Butterfly Bear, Chapstick, Candy Hearts, and a HUGE bag of their favorite candy. M&M's for Carrah and Reese's Cups for Cami. Yum!

CDC has been Bowless a lot lately. lol! She's just not a fan of leaving them in these days.. She is a fan of Chappy though :)

Some of these pictures are such bad quality! I turned the flash off because it was so dark in there..

I left the flash on for this one. She's showing off her pretty Chappy'd up lips!

And her bear. Ha! They did not care about pictures..

It was fun though. They really enjoyed all of their stuff, so that made me enjoy Valentine's a little more. The next day my dad and my grandma popped by for a few minutes each and brought the girls {and ME, i'm still their baby} some gifts. Hehe!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Snow, No More

 Today is Valentine's Day and it is beautiful outside! I couldn't ask for better weather. There was plenty of sunshine to go around and the temp was probably around 67 degrees! That truly makes for a great mood not only for myself, but also the girls.

Cami went to school today, but as soon as she got home, we all 3 walked straight through the front door and out the back door to play! We stayed outside for about 2 hours. They loved it , obviously. But shockingly, even I didn't want to come inside. I wish the weather would stay that nice all year around. 
 I cannot believe I got a picture of them together, in the same shot, and both looking toward the camera! It was so sweet, i was sitting on that table and Cami wanted to come sit beside me rather than play, for a minute. Then Carrah joined her. :) Of course I sat there for a few minutes before I jumped up to try and get a picture.

 Self taken of the three of us. I haven't got a picture of all 3 of us in a long time! Please excuse my boob spillage. That's pregnancy in all it's "glory" for ya because believe me, they are usually non existent! {wink}

 My {almost} 5 year old!! Sigh.. that doesn't seem possible..
 Little Miss..

 This is cute. They were playing like they were Dora and Diego exploring.. They were running all over the place. Jumping, ducking, hiding etc.. I love their imaginations.
 I think these photographed really well too. They climbed on top of the dog's dog house while they were exploring. And then the dog ran toward them, that's why their faces look so intrigued. 

 Running down the hill. Actually, Cami was dancing. Wish I could've captured that because it was funny!

Btw, doesn't CRCs hair look similar to CDC's here, back in October 2008. :) They were almost exactly the same age in these pics. One month difference.
{wow the grass is really dead now compared to then! ha!!}

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Crafty Fun

Today has been such a great day! The weather outside is beautiful, even though there is snow still on the groun. The sunshine is amazing!! I'm so bored of being stuck in the house and I know the girls are as well, so i decided to go get some supplies from Wal Mart to make crafts. I bought lots of stuff and only spent $16!

I laid it all out when I got home and wrote the girls' names in glue on their bag {and one on a bag for me as well} and we got to work! They were so well behaved and had a blast making their VDay bags! Fun!
They each got two bags a piece and decorated them both to perfection!

 Mom's bag! :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

25 Weeks..

{25 Weeks}

Pregnancy Highlights:
How Far Along: 25 Weeks {I skipped 24!}
Size of baby: Average Rutabaga {no clue..}
13.5 inches and about 1lb and a half.
Total Weight Gain: ?! Not sure.. Dr's appt next week.
Maternity Clothes: Ohh YES! 
My booty is HUGE!! Good grief, I think my baby's grow in my rear end.
Gender: GIRL!!!!! JClaire
Movement: SO much movement. 
She is a active little girl. It shocks me every single day at how much she moves around. It's not just little jabs anymore, it's rolls and hiccups too!
Sleep: I'm tired a lot..
I sleep a lot. Ha!
What I miss: Hmm.. alcohol {shh!} Just every once in a while..
Cravings: Cinnamon Chex Mix!!
Symptoms: Not many other than actually feeling pregnant now.
What I’m looking forward to:  Clothes shopping for Baby  J.Claire. She has about 6 outfits so far. It's weird because I had everything I needed with CRC. Silly me, got rid of everything after I had her. Oh well, it's fun to shop!!

This was my picture from 24 weeks. I didn't even do a side shot and didn't post that day. Lazy!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

CRC Valentine/Spring Pictures

{Precious!! One of my FAVS! Definitely got an 8x10 in this!}

So, as I was scrambling to rush out the door to get CDC to school this morning, I decided to let her forego her trademark Hair Bow and just go au natural with wavy hair and all.. That is the first time she has ever ventured out into public with no hair bow! We show up to her school and I hear the talk amongst the other parents in the hall. "Be sure to turn in your form, you have to get your pictures taken today." "Come here, you have a smudge on your face. Gotta get cleaned up because you have pictures."
I can feel myself start to panic!! Pictures..what?! Then I remembered seeing that tiny piece of paper in her folder yesterday. "Spring pictures will be taken tomorrow due to increment weather conditions." Crap! I didn't even pay attention to it because of the bad notes from her teacher. Argh! The ONE day in her {almost} 5 yr old life that she leaves the house without a Bow is school picture day!! GREAT! Luckily, I dressed her very cute. I ran back out to my car after I had taken her inside to desperately search for a Bow. Thankfully, God knew I would have a panic attack if my child had to have pictures taken without a Bow and I found one wedged under some trash in the floor board. Ha! Woo Hoo, the day was saved!!
Anyway, after all of that drama, I decided I would take my littlest child, that has had not a single professional picture taken of her since her 1st birthday, to get pictures made.

We ran home, got changed, and headed to Sears. It went amazing!! I actually didn't get there until about noon, smack dab in the middle of her normal "nap time" I was terrified that she would be throwing herself down screaming. But much to my surprise, she smiled and laughed the entire time. Go CRC!!! We got super awesome pictures and I spent way too much money, of course. But, like I said I haven't gotten any made of her since October 2009!!

She was laughing hard in this one. The lady assured me they could take the glare off of her glasses. Yay!

We also decided to take a change of clothes for some impromptu Valentine's shots..
Here's my little chocolate heart!

I did, at one point, have to bribe her with a RED sucker! It matched the shoot so perfectly.

This doesn't look that much like Carrah, but she just looks so mischievous. Hehe!

And, drumroll please, my absolute FAVORITE!!!{next to the first one} Love love love my little love bug!!

And here are some I didn't order today. I can still get them online for up to a week , I think. :) Well shoot, I can't add the rest for some reason...