Saturday, July 30, 2011

Getting the Undies Wet

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Baby #3: 30 Weeks

How I'm Feeling:

Flabby.  That's all I have to say about that.  It's not really about the tummy.  It's everything else.  This, too, shall pass.

Baby Center says:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sarah's Toddler Bed Transition

As you saw here on the blog, we were contemplating bunk beds for Caleb and Sarah.  We wanted the option of single twin beds that could be stacked.

Well, that plan was put on hold...because God blessed us with a cheaper option for the time being!

God placed a NICE toddler bed frame at the curb two doors down from our friends Jason and Amanda.  And they snatched it up for us!

Just under $10 for spray primer and spray paint.
Just under $60 for a new crib/toddler mattress.

That sure beats several hundred for a bunk bed frame and mattresses.  We'll save that expense for when Norah's ready to move out of the crib.

By the way, I made Sarah a new pillow case this morning.  Something with dainty pink flowers.  Somewhat vintage since the fabric was from my mom's stash.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Quote of the Day

While watching the battle scene at the end of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Caleb says,

"Two points for Pizza and none for the witch."

Apparently, the English accents have confused him.  That would be Peter,  buddy.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Baby #3: 29 Weeks

How I'm Feeling:

I feel great over all.  I feel like getting out and doing things as well as accomplishing things around the house.  Just not the dusting.  I've never really been into the dusting.  Regardless of what I do, my back aches by the end of most days.  It usually feels better by the next morning.

I went in for a fasting glucose test on Tuesday morning, so we'll see how that turns out.  I'm not sure if they'll call me with results and schedule a consult if I tested high again, or if they'll just wait until my 32 week appointment on August 9.  I'm banking on August 9th, since my results will be normal (as we prayed for).

I've reached the stage where Norah is beginning for form sleeping and waking patterns, so there are long stretches of time when I don't feel her moving at all.  Yesterday evening, I felt panicky over this for some reason, but true to Freeman style, Norah started kicking away as soon as I sat still for over 5 minutes.

Baby Center says:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Training Camp

One of the kids' favorite daddy activities is tackling.
Tackling in the living room.
Tackling down the hallway.
Tackling in the backyard.

Tackling isn't really my thing, but playing with the camera...that's more like it.
I figured out how to take photos at intervals using our camera.
Now that is what I call fun.
Taking pictures...
While sitting under the patio...
While watching my hubby and the kids roll around in the grass.

Go hit the showers.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Baby #3: 28 Weeks

How I'm feeling:

Well, I'm not sure if it's related to pregnancy or just a stomach bug, but I've been sick twice in the last week.  I cannot stand vomit.  I will put it off for hours in hopes that it will pass.  But alas, I've faced my nemesis twice recently.   Ugh.  

As far as my baby-related growth, I think my legs and hiney have been a little more aggressive in growing than the belly itself.  Grrr.  

In other news, my glucose levels were a little high during the glucose test this time.  The OB wants levels below 150 mg/dL, but mine was 159 mg/dL.  I was NOT wanting to do the 3 hour glucose test, so the OB negotiated with me, allowing me to go in for a single, fasting blood draw.  If that is high, then he'll treat me as though I have gestational diabetes.  If not, we'll go on as normal.  

3 more months...12 more weeks until full term.  I'm counting on 2 weeks early, so only 10 more weeks in that case.  :-)

Blood pressure has been normal thus far.  Praying it stays that way!

Baby Center says:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Can You Resist?

The cuteness of kids in the dryer...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Baby #3: 27 weeks

How I'm feeling:

I'm doing pretty well.  I was dreading the glucose test, that's for sure.  I always dread needles, especially needles that draw blood.  In my past experience, it's taken about 5 minutes for a nurse/lab tech to even find a "good vein."  Then, once the needle's in, it takes a good 5-10 minutes to draw the required amount of blood.  I ALWAYS make sure they allow me to lie down.  I've had experience with fainting in the past, so I just don't take my chances anymore!

Today's glucose test was a breeze.  Truly.  After drinking the semi-decent tasting orange drink then sitting in the waiting room with both kids for an hour, the blood draw was over in the blink of an eye.  I've never had a more positive experience.  She found a vein in 30 seconds, stuck me with the needle, and had 2 vials of blood after only 30 seconds with that needle in my arm.  I don't know if my body's changing, or if that lab tech was a miracle worker.  But I think it had everything to do with covering this procedure in prayer.  Praise the Lord!

Baby Center says:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Photos

We are laid back when it comes to celebrating the birth of our country.  Typically, we go to a friend's house outside of city limits to light up our firecrackers and enjoy some hot dogs together.  This requires very little planning on our part.  We pick up some drinks or chips at the store and a bag of firecrackers at the firework stand.  Then we show up and enjoy the evening.  And the fireworks of those around us.  There are always others who are setting off the real deal within a mile or so of where we are.  It makes for a fun show, even without the professionals to do it up right.

The Texas heat and lack of rain threw a kink in that plan this year.  The firework stands were all closed this year.  Dry grass makes for a terribly high risk of grass fires.

Our modified plan for the big day (Monday) was to get our swim on!  We still enjoyed hot dogs, ice cream, and a delicious flag cake.  I missed the fireworks, but was thankful for a nice, cool, wet place to be during the heat of the day.

I only took 2 pictures all day.  That's what happens when you're either wet from swimming or busy dealing with an almost-2-year-old who won't take the nap she so desperately needs.  I ended up spending over an hour trying to get those little eyes to close.  I think the biggest problem was the lack of her silky blanket.  Note to self:  Always bring the silky blanket when there's a chance she'll a nap.

Flag Cake made by Rhonda

This is Larry, who opened his home and pool to us!

Our Saturday plans included running errands and visiting Jadie's mom.  She can really whip up a good meal!  We enjoyed grilled chicken, hamburgers, veggies, baked beans, and chocolate cake.