Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I'm an artist!

Last Saturday night, I went to a painting class with my mother-in-law and one of my sister-in-laws. One of my good friends from church came too. The artist who runs the class teaches you step by step to recreate one of her paintings. I was so nervous about painting. I'm creative in many ways but I've never painted anything decent in my life. Well, I ended up having so much fun and my painting turned out great! I can't wait to go back and do it again! I love my cowgirl boots!

Friday, March 9, 2012

30 weeks

How Far Along: 30 weeks

How Big is Baby: Over 16 inches long! I'm measuring right on track so baby girl is growing as expected. The doctor is watching my growth very closely this time around since Julianna was born 3 weeks early due being growth restricted.

Weight Gain: about 15 pounds.

Sleep: Good, I'm asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.

Health: Blood pressure is great but I did discover the source of my upper abdominal pain. When I was pregnant with Julianna, I had the exact same pain in the exact same place. Two doctors during my last pregnancy could never explain what it was but I did have a small crack in my ribs. Well, my doctor has determined what it is after all. It's a hernia. She said it's due to the way my uterus expands during pregnancy. Like last time, she said it should go away right after delivery. The pain is just awful though. If I sit too long, like while driving in the car, it hurts really bad. I either need to be standing (which hurts my back if I stand too long) or lying on my side (which I can't do during the day- teaching while lying down doesn't exactly work). So Tylenol is my friend and I relax as much as possible when I get home. I try not to carry Julianna around more than necessary. I'm glad to know what it is now and that my little Olivia is not in danger.

Clothes: If it's non-maternity and not a dress, it doesn't fit right now. My belly took off in growth in he past couple of weeks. My dresses are getting short too so leggings are a necessity.

Best Moment this Week: Hearing Julianna tell my belly, "luv you, Livi." Julianna hasn't been sold on this idea of a "little sister" so far. To hear her sweet little voice say that was just priceless.

Food Cravings: I require sweets at the end of each meal.

Movement: Tons of movement!

Gender: She's a girl.

Name: Olivia Grace

Labor Signs: Just tons of Braxton-Hicks contractions. Much more frequent this week.

What I Miss: A glass of wine!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Julianna's 2nd birthday party next weekend. Edit: Painting a masterpiece with my mother-in-law and two of my sister-in-laws tonight!

Milestone: Reaching my 30th week- about 10 weeks to go!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

29 weeks

Pregnancy: 29 weeks
Weight Gain: 15 pounds
Sleep: Good, still needing lots of it.
Gender: It's a girl!
Name: Olivia Grace
Feeling: I feel like I've gotten a lot bigger in the past week. Bending over isn't quite as easy anymore.
Health: Good as far as I know. I have my 2-week checkup on Monday afternoon.
Movement: Tons of movement, mostly in the evenings.
Size of Baby: A squash.
Cravings: Sweets and chicken salad.
Belly Button: In but it's getting much more shallow. It stayed in with Julianna but I'm not really sure about this time around.

There isn't a special post this week dedicated to maternity fashion. This week, if I found something that fit, I went with it. I have less and less clothing options as my belly is growing. Like I said last week, I own very few maternity tops. I have been relying on longer shirts and layering a long tank underneath my shirt.

Tomorrow begins my 30th week of pregnancy. This pregnancy has seemed to move so quickly. I can't wait to meet Olivia but my goodness, I have so much to do before she arrives!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

hello, march!

It's already March. March is going to be a busy month. The biggest event is Julianna's 2nd birthday! I can't believe my little girl will already be 2 this month. Time has flown by but we have really enjoyed every moment of loving on and getting to know our sweet girl. She has developed such a personality and is getting so smart! She is communicating in more complete sentences and can follow directions really well (when she wants to).

The weather was beautiful today- couldn't ask for a prettier day. When Nanny (my mom) brought Julianna home from their afternoon out, we went straight outside to enjoy the last few moments of sunshine. Julianna loves bubbles and had a great time trying to blow them. Unfortunately, she didn't quiet blow any bubbles but she did make a fun, sticky mess.