Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Drive Time

My latest post on the Parenting 360 blog was posted last week!  If you have a minute, check it out and leave a comment on that blog to let me know what you think!  Thanks for your support!!!  Link below:

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Welcome Julian

I am so happy to announce that Lukas' little brother, JULIAN RHYS arrived Sunday July 14th.  He weighed in at 8 pounds 6 ounces (6 ounces bigger than his big bro) and was 21 inches long (1 inch longer than Luke). He arrived 2 days before his due date, which I was very thankful for.  I'll give the details of his arrival at another time, for all you wondering if I went au natural or got shot up with drugs!

Lukas is smitten with his little brother and frequently comes over to tickle his feet and pet his head.  If Julian is crying Lukas comes over and says so sweetly "it's ok Julian" and often comes to sit next to me when I'm feeding Julian.  He kisses his head and knees often and says "I love you Julian" all on his own without any prompting from us.  I really think he loves his brother and is excited he is out of mommy's tummy. 

Lukas came to the hospital the day Julian was born and his daddy introduced him to his little brother.  (I'll share that sweet video whenever we get it uploaded.)  But the most hilarious part about the introduction was that right after meeting Julian, Lukas looks at me and asks, in all seriousness, "Where's my little sister?"  And every day since then he has asked when his little sister will be here and if she's going to come out of mommy's tummy!  So it appears that he really likes this big brother gig and is ready for more siblings!  I think mommy needs a little time before we entertain that thought...

And now for some pictures of our two guys side by side - do you think they look alike?  I feel like they are identical!  Who is who???

Do you think they look alike?
Lukas or Julian?

And one more side by side...who is who???

I'll load some more pictures soon.  We're so in love!!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

39 Weeks - Round 2

How far along? 39 weeks and 2 days...in other words, ready to pop

Total weight gain/loss?  At my appointment this week I'd gained a grand total of 44 pounds.  This sounds excessive (as in, more than the "recommended 25-35 pounds") but I am ECSTATIC!  This is TWENTY pounds less than my final weigh-in with Lukas.  Let me repeat, 20 pounds LESS!  Maybe if a kiddo #3 is in our future I'll be able to keep to the recommended weight gain, but maybe not.  I'm still convinced your body puts on the weight it wants to.

Maternity clothes?  Vomit.  Please go away. The only thing comfortable to wear these days are dresses - anything too tight on my belly makes it hard to breathe.  I'm ready to put these clothes away!  

Stretch marks?  Yea buddy, but I think they're just the old ones getting dark again.  They faded after Lukas was born so I'm hopeful they'll fade again this time around.

Sleep? Considering I'm walking around all day feeling as though a bowling ball will fall out of my vagina at any moment, my sleep has been pretty good.  Last night I tossed and turned quite a bit, and I have to pee multiple times a  night but I remember my sleep being much worse at the end of pregnancy with Lukas.

Best moment last week?  Having four days off to spend with my boys.  I'm really trying to get as much quality time in with Lukas as possible before his little brother arrives.  I know the time of him getting my undivided attention is quickly coming to an end, so I'm getting in as much Lukas-mommy time as possible!

Movement?  Yes, but he's cramped in there so the movements are rather painful and jabby.  You can even make out a foot and knee.

Food cravings?  I've been eating toast with peanut butter, banana and honey every morning this past week.

Food aversions? Nope.

Gender?   Baby boy on the way (at least that's what we've planned for!)

Labor signs?  Yes.  I'll leave out the lovely details, but things are happening, but of course there is no guarantee that real labor will start any time soon.

Belly button in/out?  Out and proud.

What I miss:  Where do I begin?  High heels. Big glasses of wine.  Sleeping on my back.  Martinis.  Graceful movements.  Breathing normally.  I could go on and on....

What I am looking forward to: Meeting Julian, hello!

Milestones: I am still wearing my wedding rings!  

So here's the deal, we're just waiting for little dude to come any day now.  I'm not due for another 5 days but my OB thinks he could come any day now.  Labor signs are moving in the right direction and we're all more or less ready for him to arrive.  I think July 11 would be a fabulous birthday, don't you?  Any thoughts on when he'll arrive and how big he'll be????