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I have so much to say and so much to post, but my work updated their firewall and I'm not able to blog here... Which means I'll have to blog from home and that's near to impossible.

Hopefully I can squeeze something out this weekend because we found out the gender and I'm 18 weeks!!!

See, lots to share!!

More later.

breaking up

Yesterday was an emotional day.  Monday wasn't much better, either.

It started last weekend when Coen wasn't interested in nursing during the day or take a bottle.  From there, I went to work on Monday and attempted to still pump... only to get 1 ounce between both of them in 20 minutes of pumping.  Then Tuesday came and 1 ounce was what showed up on Tuesday too... So then I made the decision that it was time to hang up pumping.

Am I don't nursing then?  NO.

I'm still nursing Coen at 4:30am and at 7am, but that's about it.  It's interesting how Coen really doesn't have much interest in a bottle at all anymore.  I know that the goal is to get him weaned from a bottle at 1 year old, but he's already more interested in eating food than drinking a bottle.  Some days are different than others, but for the most part yogurt wins over formula.

So, yes.  I'm done pumping, for now.  But I'm still nursing Coen and for that I'm completely thankful.


17 weeks | Baby bump

How far along: 17 weeks

How big is baby: The size of an onion. (From the Bump) Baby's skeleton is hardening, changing from rubbery cartilage to bone, and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord is getting thicker and stronger, and those little fingers and toes are now topped by one-of-a-kind prints.

Weight gain/loss: +8 lbs. But let’s be honest, Girl Scout cookies arrived and I cannot stop myself. Plus, I’m drinking water like crazy. Just retaining some weight. It happens.

Maternity clothes: Not really. Just pants here and there. I still can fit into my big-girl jeans. That’s a big deal!

Stretch marks: Just the leftovers.

Sleep: Sleeping like a dream. It’s amazing. Honestly. I wasn’t sure that it was ever going to change and I was okay with that. Now, I enjoy every minute of shut eye I get and the longer the stretch the better I feel! Thank you Coen. Thank you.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Just starches, fruits and water. I also crave a good salad from tim…


Coen has been sleeping through the night for the last two weeks, almost consistently. He will still wake up around 3:30am or 4:30am to nurse but goes right back to bed. He goes to bed around 8pm, I usually try to crank out a few chores and then veg out on the couch which usually means, I'm out too. So, basically we are both getting 7 to 8 hours a sleep each night and that hasn't happened since he was 4 months old.

I'm not going to lie. I'm beginning to feel human again and it's an amazing feeling.

16 weeks | Baby Bump

A little late... I'm sorry.

How far along: 16 weeks.

How big is baby: An Avacado. (From the Bump) Watch what you say... tiny bones forming in baby's ears mean the little one can now pick up your voice. Eyebrows, lashes and hair are starting to fill in, and taste buds are forming. And, if you're interested, an ultrasound might be able to determine gender.
Weight gain/loss: Nada

Maternity clothes: Just pants for comfort.
Stretch marks: Nothing new.
Sleep: Doing much better.  Coen is cold free and sleeping through the night, so sleeping for me has been marvelous!
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Honestly, nothing.  I love eating!
Gender: We don't know yet.
Movement: No, but I'm not worried.
The belly: It's starting to pop out a little bit, but nothing really big yet.  I'll picture it this week...
What I'm loving: I'm loving sweets, always!  Chocolate & peanut butter combos are my fav.
What I (think I will) miss: Just being able to sit with Coen for as long as I c…

8 years

8 years.
1 house.
4 cars.
1 dog.
2 cats.
1 miscarriage.
1 baby boy.

Today, I've been married to my best friend for 8 years.  Seems crazy that it's already been 8 years and we'll soon be celebrating out 10 years anniversary.   It's been a great ride and I look forward to all the years ahead of us...

Happy Anniversary, Babe.

Coen, 9 months

This picture was from a few mornings ago when he was playing with his glow worm right after he nursed.  This face.  Is just. PRICELESS.  I cannot stand it and absolutely love it! Good golly, he's cute!

Dear Coen,
This weekend you turned nine months and as I said that aloud, I about got choked up just saying it.  I cannot believe how quickly this time has passed and how excited you make us for each passing day.  Your curiosity and ability to learn is absolutely amazing.  You also bring so much joy to us every day, just by looking at us.  We love you so much and while the last nine months have been a blast, we cannot wait to see what the upcoming months have in store for us and for you!  It's going to awesome!
We love you to the moon and back, Bubba.... Mama & Dad

This month, I'm going to lay things out a little differently.  I'm going to give a little update on his states and then I'm going to vomit pictures for pure enjoyment and entertainment...
Measurements: 2…

15 weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 15 weeks. (From the Bump) Continuing the march towards normal proportions, baby's legs now out measure the arms. And, finally, all four limbs have functional joints. Your fetus is squirming and wiggling like crazy down in the womb, though you probably still can't feel the movements.
How big is baby: The size of a Navel Orange. Average size: 4 inches, 2.5 oz.
Weight gain/loss: This last week, I've not gained anything.  From the beginning, I'm up only 3 pounds.
Maternity clothes: I wearing maternity pants, skirts or leggings with dresses to be comfortable, however, I can still fit into my "big girl jeans" without my belly band and actually enjoy wearing them!  Tops, no thank you.  They all make me look bigger than I am.  So, I'm going with comfort and whatever still fits that is part of my "normal" wardrobe.
Stretch marks: Just the left over ones.
Sleep: Aside from having a cold that wakes me up because my nose is running, I cannot breat…

Plastic Toy Nightmare

With Coen's 1st birthday quickly approaching, I've begun to have a lot of worry about our house becoming a plastic toy nightmare (as my friend Lauren refers to child's toys/house).  I've watched some of our friends houses be invaded with plastic toys and I fear that it's about to happen to us, without even realizing.

My only (possibly) solution to fixing this problem...
Request gift cards to a specific store to create a larger project for Coen.  Our friends did this to build their son a play set.  I thought at the time that it was sort of a weird request, because he was only one, but then when it was built and he was older, it was perfect.  And for the most part, everyone followed in suit. For us, this scenario won't work because we don't want a play set in our backyard.  We have plenty of parks around to make use of their swing sets.  But I like the idea of having a main goal.My other option is to say nothing and just let people bring whatever they'd li…

the bug bit me & then I bled

Last week Coen was diagnosed with a viral infection that created a double ear infection and pink eye in both eyes.  I thought I was in the clear.  I thought I had missed the boat on getting his bug, but then it bit me ( I supposed co-sleeping with a sick baby will inevitability make you ill). 

It started Sunday night when I thought I was dying.  I had this constant dry itch in my throat that I could never soothe.  It was terrible.  I drank hot liquids, water and tried to keep cough drops going all day.  Nothing was working.  I basically started to sound as though I was loosing my voice and by Monday morning, I basically had "man voice" going, which was awesome. Monday started some pressure in my head and drainage in my nose and throat.  This morning, it's about the same except the pressure is starting to fade a little.

With all the drainage this morning, I had a really hard time clearing my throat.  So much so, that on my drive in I got so chocked up that I ended up get…

14 week | Update & Other Info

Dr. appointment went great.  We're still shooting for September 1 as our due date.

The heartbeat on this babe was REALLY hard to find.  It's just so low and hidden that it didn't want to be found and we would get it on the doppler, it would scram.  My dr. joked that this must be a middle child because it's already causing trouble.

The heartbeat was in the 130s.  What does that mean as far as gender? I don't know and I don't want to think about it.  It's not how my brain works.  Will I be finding out soon? Yes, in 4 weeks.  So I'm just going to wait until then.  There's no rush.

On another note, a friend of my sister-in-law started a new blog that is really great.  It's based on design and really great style.  Check them out if you get a chance. Like Me Some, this is their blog name.

Lastly, if you are in my local area, you might find interest in this new place that just opened up.  Would be a fun place for a birthday party or maybe even a baby …

14 weeks | NEW Baby Bump

Belly picture thoughts: I plan to post pictures again, but I need to a) capture a picture of my belly (because I haven't yet), b) feel comfortable about posting what is both remaining baby pudge and what is new baby (because right now there isn't a true difference) and c) wait a few more weeks until I'm showing a bit more (just to confirm that it's a baby belly and not chub).

How far along: 14 weeks. (From the Bump) Your adorable little fetus is busy with thumb sucking, toe wiggling, and (not so cute but equally amazing) making urine and breathing amniotic fluid as the liver, kidneys and spleen continue to develop. Lanugo (thin, downy hair) is growing all over the body for warmth.
How big is baby: The size of a lemon.
Weight gain/loss: + 2 lbs.  Not really concerned since I have been trying to just not starv myself and keep up on water.  Honestly, I thought I'd be up more since I've had this constant need for sugar.  Specifically chewy sugar (air heads, gummy worm…

Birthday Wishes

Today, my sister turns 28!
Aside from celebrating her birthday tonight, she's had a busy week (packing) and a really busy weekend ahead of her (packing everything into a truck and taking off for Chi-Town). The weekend they move is here and they are off (Saturday) to start a fabulous new journey together!
If you'd want to wish her a happy birthday, too, head over to her blog and show some love!  She's working on a facelift with Jess at Diamond Doll Designs, so if nothing else, go and check it out!  I think it's really coming together nicely!
Happy 28th Birthday (Aunt) Julia!! 
Hope you're having fun packing! See you tonight.