Monday, April 30, 2012

18 Weeks!!!!

Whoo hoo for 18 weeks.  Feels like a pretty big milestone for Cinco and I.  We are 2 weeks from being half-way there.  Love, love this baby.

Baby Size:  5 1/2 inches (crown to rump) More like 9 inches head to toe. 

Weight Gain: We're guessing 9 lbs or so.

How I feel:  Pretty good physically.  I am having some lower abdominal pain in the evenings, stretching and such.  Emotionally I am up and down.  I am sure it's a combination of hormones and May 1st being tomorrow.

Symptoms: No heartburn yet (knocking on wood now).  My breasts are sore again.  Let's also mention the hot flashes, and generally being warmer than normal.

Cravings: Nothing in particular, though I am enjoying the first watermelon of the spring/summer season.

Best Part of Last Week:  Cinco responding to Willy's touch twice last night, even though he couldn't feel her/him.  Also, the many, many times I was asked by strangers when I was due.  I am really looking obviously pregnant, and I love it so much! 

What I am looking forward to: 10 more days until Baby Cinco has a name.  Can't wait!!!!!

This past week has been pretty good.  The weather was nice most days, and that helps tons!!  Cinco moves throughout the day.  Every time I feel him/her, I just smile.  It warms my heart so much to feel this little baby just moving around in there.  I also found Cinco's heartbeat in a different place on Saturday for the first time in over a month. 

Last night Willy and I were hanging on the couch watching tv.  He reached over and rubbed my belly.  Cinco ran a leg, arm, bottom, something up against where he rested his arm.  Then a few minutes later, he patted right below my belly button, and Cinco kicked back.  Absolutely amazing.  If Cinco is a girl, she's already a Daddy's Girl.

Here is my 18 week picture.  More definite growth this week!

Here is a comparison picture from last week. I am going to try and do these weekly now.

This is the first time I've worn a dress while pregnant.  Still not a huge fan of it, but it was comfortable.

This week was the first picture where I saw baby curled up in there. 

The boys wanted to see a picture of what Cinco looks like and this one is amazing! They are so, so excited!!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

17 weeks 3 days

17 weeks!!!!!  I can't believe it's been 10 weeks since I've seen Cinco last.  And 12 weeks ago, I was sure Cinco was gone. 

Baby Size:  5 inches crown to rump

Weight Gain 8.5 lbs

How I feel:  Pretty good.  I have had more energy this past week, although my hips are starting to hurt some.

Symptoms:  Nothing new, really.  My morning bloody nose has returned

Cravings:  Anything edible right now.  I am hungry all the time

Best Part of Last Week: Colton's birthday.  I can't believe he is already SIX years old!!

Looking forward to: 15 days until we find out if Cinco is a boy or girl.  Don't forget the poll to the right.

This past week has flown by.  I can't believe we are almost two weeks away from our anatomy scan.  The weekend was really busy with friends and family in town and Colton's birthday party.  We really had tons of fun, but I was quite exhausted by Sunday afternoon.  It took a few day to catch up on rest.  Willy was also sick from a pineapple from Friday-Monday, and that took it's toll on everyone.  I felt for him though, he was pretty miserable.  So happy to have him back to 100%!!

Colton has spent alot of time talking to the baby, and hugging my belly.  He is so in love with this little baby.  He is so excited to meet this little one, and can hardly wait until September.  He asked the other day if he was going to be in the room when they took Cinco out.  I chuckled and told him, sadly no, but he'll be one of the very first to see and hold Cinco.  He seemed happy with that.

I am feeling more defined movement every day.  Normally Cinco likes to move around between 10 and 11 at night when I head to bed.  But the past couple of days, Cinco has been a morning baby and afternoon baby also.  Willy seems to be getting a little anxious to be able to feel Cinco move around in there.  With the increased movement, I am finding I am finally starting to bond more with Cinco.  I smile and talk to her/him more often.  I am feeling more confident that Cinco is here to stay.

Also, we found the Baby Bullet on sale yesterday, and we had a 30% off coupon.  So another big item purchase for Cinco.  We really need to find out boy or girl soon, it's starting to cost us a little, not being able to buy clothes or shoes yet.

Snickers has found a new favorite spot to lay.  I guess after he was pummelled last week, he figured out he better start being nice to Cinco. 

17 week belly shot.  It seems like I am getting bigger and bigger by the day sometimes.

16 week belly shot from last week.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Always Here

They are always here.  Lucas and Caleb.  I don't write often about them right now, but they are always behind my writing.  They are always behind my smile, and of course they are always behind my tears.  I miss them so much.  I feel May looming ever closer, like so many other mamas I have come to know over the past two years.  Although I have felt this year, this birthday will be different from their first, I know deep down it is still going to be hard.

We had a busy weekend with Colton's birthday party (pictures later this week).  My greatest friend, Michelle, from High School came down with her family to celebrate with us.  That is so very special.  Our kids have so much fun together, and even though we live 200 miles apart, our children are still growing up together, just like we talked about ## years ago. 

We, the adults, were all sitting around the table last night telling stories, and having a great time.  Willy and I were sharing a story from a few weeks ago and it led to the picture of the orbs Kristan took last fall. Willy then shared a new story I hadn't heard. 

Last week, he finally put some of Lucas and Caleb's ashes in my locket.  We've been shy about it since the whole glue fiasco the first time around.  Then it really comes down to sitting down and doing it.  Well, I guess he sat down and did it one night before coming up to bed.  When he came down in the morning, the light over their shelf was on.  Sends chills through me and a smile to my face.  My boys are always here.  They will always be watching over us and our Cinco. 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Happy Birtday, Colton

From this sweet little baby...

To this sweet big boy....

I love you so much, Colton.  You blessed us six wonderful years ago at 9lbs 7oz.  I cannot believe what an amazing young person you are becoming.  Happy Birthday!!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

16 Weeks!!

Wow, on time this week, but no belly picture.  Next week I'll have one though.

Baby Size: 4.5-5 inches crown to rump.

Weight Gain: Officially 7 lbs

How I feel:  Still pretty lost and emotional. 

Symptoms: Most first trimester symptoms are now gone.  A few are lingering a little.  I have started my twice a week headaches.

Cravings: Fried Fish...For those who know me well, know how much I DON'T like fish.  At all!!!  This has been my very first food craving that actually changed the way a food tastes in all four pregnancies.  Thank you Willy's mom (Dru) for fying fish last night. Super Yummy!!

Best Part of Last Week: My ob appt.  Baby looks great. Anatomy scan is scheduled.

Looking forward to: Continuing to get to know Cinco through squirms and kicks.

The big thing for this week is that Cinco's ears are working well enough to hear.  When I told Colton this the other night, he immediately sat down next to my belly and started talking to her/him.  He told Cinco about the names we've picked out, what he did that day, just different, random things.  I love how close he feels to this baby.  He is really excited for when he'll be able to feel Cinco move around.

Also with Colton, he is sick again.  Boo!!  He spiked a fever last night with a pretty nasty cough.  He coughed so hard that he threw up several times.  Not any fun, poor guy.  And me, in my heightened state of protection, made him sleep in a pallet next to my side of the bed last night.  This meant I had him coughing on the left and Willy snoring on the right.  It was a very long night, and a touchy morning.  After seeing Dr. H. it has been determined that he has allergy induced asthma (like his daddy).  I love that Dr. H. listens to me, and trusts what I think when we are talking about my children.  We have a good plan in place and hopefully won't have anymore problems.

I am back to menu making and cooking again.  It feels so wonderful to have that structure.  I don't spend as much money and we eat much, much healthier.  I am trying a variety of salads right now before summer gets here.  I made a strawbery spinach salad (Thank you Sarah B.) yesterday that was absolutely amazing!!!!  Plus I found the perfect menu board off Pimterest to make. 

Well, that's about it for this week.  Our anatomy scan is on May 10th!  I won't be posting on here until the 11th though.  I want to tell my family in person, so most everyone else will have to wait an extra day.  I have posted a poll on the right though. 

Have a great week!!
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

15 weeks (2 days late)

Well, at least I am consistently behind.  Hopefully it isn't a sign of things to come...late baby.

Baby Size: 4 inches (An Orange)

Weight Gain: 4.5 lbs (I think, will know for sure tomorrow)

How I feel: Lost.  I feel like I am forgetting everything mid-thought.

Symptoms: Really no changes

Favorite Food: Any chocolate with carmel in the middle.  YUMMY!!

Best Part of Last Week: Feeling Cinco roll around in there.  Her/his movements are more definite. Love it!!!

Looking forward to: Setting up the anatomy scan appointment tomorrow!  Yippee!!!

Again, I am just thrilled to have been pregnant another week.  Each week seems so much bigger than the last.  It is still surreal at times. This pregnancy is so very different from all my others physically and emotionally. It really throws me off at times.

I wrote on Among the Circle awhile back about trying to create differences between Cinco's pregnancy and Lucas and Caleb's pregnancy. With their timelines being so close together, I felt it was important.  But for some reason, things just keep falling in the same places.  I worry about May coming up, with June following.  I'm really not sure what to expect. Guess we'll find out soon.

Also, Colton's 6th birthday is coming up next week.  And this will be his third birthday he has had where I have been pregnant.  Interesting.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

14 weeks (and a day)

Baby Size: 3.5 inches (lemon, yum!)

Weight Gain: 4.5 lbs

How I feel:  Great as long as the sun continues to shine!!!

Symptoms:  My breasts are still crazy sore.  And everything else, minus the nausea, is still going on. 

Favorite Food: Rice Krispie treats and Bush's Grillin' Beans.  The Texas Ranchero ones. 

Best Part of Last Week:  Feeling baby flutters on a daily basis.  Whoo hoo!  Makes me giggle everytime.  Felt the first really noticeable ones on 03/31. 

Looking forward to: Easter this week.  Going to make Cinco a little basket.

I am so very excited to be at 14 weeks.  Every week is just so amazing to me.  The weather has been crazy warm here, so we set the pool up last night.  It's going to be so great to have one in the backyard the boys and I can enjoy all summer.

I am having alot of flashbacks right now.  With Easter and Colton's birthday right around the corner, thre are some definite days that I remember with my pregnancy with Lucas and Caleb.  These are tough.  There are middle of the night moments when I am still trying to rearrange events in my mind to make the outcome different.  It's all mind games.  I find them frustrating, yet I know it's all part of their journey and Cinco's.  I am also making conscious efforts to not wear the same outfit on the same days such as Easter and Colton's birthday party.  Sounds crazy to some, but I know my babyloss mommas completely understand.

This past week I learned of a mom who found out she was pregnant with identical twin boys at 18 weeks. Two days later she was diagnosed with stage 4 TTTS.  I don't know many details right now, but please keep her in your prayers.  It is so hard to learn that another family is falling victim to TTTS, and it really breaks my heart. 

I will end with a 14 week belly shot!

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