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31 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 30 weeks. (From the Bump) Welcome to week 31. Can you believe all five of baby’s senses are fully developed? He also keeps getting smarter. That’s probably good to know, since you might actually feel a little dumb. You’re not! It’s just that many moms-to-be find themselves acting absentmindedly during the third trimester. Some say that “pregnancy brain” isn’t a proven physical ailment, but can you think of another time in your life when you’ve had more on your mind than now? We’re guessing no. That right there is enough of a reason to be so forgetful. From 31 weeks on, you’re bound to feel a lot of the same symptoms -- some may get worse, some may become bearable. And you might start to have more trouble getting around as you get heavier and feel more and more short of breath. Remember not to push yourself too much. It’s good for you and baby to get some exercise, but definitely take breaks to rest as much as you need.
How big is baby: The size of a pineapple.
Weight gain…

Children & Family Pets

We love our dog, Toby.
We love our son, Coen (of course).
We've, at one point or another, loved all of our pets (yes, William included). 

However, ever sinceCoen was born, Toby has become second fiddle and he knows it. I think this is pretty typical when a baby is born into a family withpets, but it became pretty apparent (especially) after we gave William a newhome. (We aren’t proud of how that went down, by the way, but we were focusedon what was best for our family and having William in our lives wasn’t the bestfor any of us.)
Toby goes throughphases of where he’s okay with Coen.  Hegoes through other phases when he just doesn’t want Coen to touch him and helets out a warning to let him know that he didn’t like his “pat” or “touch”.  I think that this behavior is based on the waythat I’ve treated him over the last few months and it’s my fault.
Toby is completely STARVINGfor attention.  I used to be the one thatdid everything for him and cared for his every need, including clea…

With so much love...

Thank you Tammy Dean Photography for capture the joy this little boy brings to our lives.  He's an absolute blessing and we are thankful everyday for the time that we get to spend with him and the things we get to watch him learn and do.  He makes us laugh, cry and stop in complete amazement with the little milestones that he's constantly achieving.

We cannot wait for what the years to come will offer, but we know they will be joyful just because we're with you, Coen.

We love him so much...

30 Weeks | Baby Bump

This is what I looked like last time, with Coen, at 30 weeks.

How far along: 30 weeks. (From the Bump) At 30 weeks, your belly’s doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position. It’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about your physical appearance, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt, you’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?) Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart. Like when they tell you you’re glowing, believe them! And take advantage of some of the perks (when someone offers you their seat on the train -- take it!) At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder -- if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be a result of anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it really t…

STTN | Sleeping Through The Night

This was another topic that we covered at his 12 month well-visit.  It's something that we've struggled with for months and I'm ashamed to say that it's mainly my fault.  I hear him cry, I walk upstairs and listen to him stir.  If he goes back to sleep or finds his thumb and stops crying, I just go back to bed.  If I can hear him stirring and not taking his thumb, I usually go into his nursery to pick him up.  Maybe not the best option, but it's what I've done.  If he stirs and stirs with me, I would try to nurse him and if that didn't work we would do a bottle.

When talking to his doctor, he said that he's probably habitually getting up because that's the pattern that I've created.  He's probably not starving, but just in that routine of getting up with me, so he still does it.  He said that at his age, he should be sleeping through the night without waking and sleeping somewhere between 10 and 12 hours at night.  Sounds dreamy, but I wasn&…

Introducing the (Cows) Milk Cup

I have a post coming that will talk about Coen at 12 months, what he's doing and then it will hit on any other point that I haven't already covered in these updates.

But, another point that was talked about at Coen's 12 month appointment was cows milk.  I was a little nervous about the introduction of this, along with many other things that happen at 12 months, but we were here, so we had just leap forward and do it.  With that said, the dr. said to just start cutting his bottle with 1/4 milk to 3/4 formula and basically work on that until the bottle is all milk.  At 12 months, they are only supposed to drink Vitamin D milk or Whole milk, so we went out and bought it and started it the next day. 

He's taking to it great.  At first, you could tell that he could tell a difference, but now he's getting used to it. He doesn't care for a cold bottle, either, so we've had to warm the bottles up when they are mainly milk because they are just too cold for him to g…

29 Weeks | Baby Bump

29 weeks and 4 days...
How far along: 29 weeks. (From the Bump) You’re probably already getting a little preview of baby’s personality, the more your feel him move. You might get some playful kicks and jabs, and start to feel little hiccups, too! At 29 weeks, he’s not just moving a lot, he’s also plumping up. And as he continues to put pressure on your digestive system, you’re going to feel the effects: hemorrhoids, heartburn, pelvic pain and frequent urination are all common at this stage in the game. Week 29 is a good time to start finalizing stuff, like stocking the nursery with baby care essentials and checking out a few potential day cares. You’ll also want to start packing a few things you know you’ll want with you at the hospital at baby’s birth. Leave it by the door, so you can add stuff you think of along the way -- and so you can grab it at a moment’s notice.
How big is baby: The size of an Acorn Squash.
Weight gain/loss: Not a lot of change in this area.  Makes me happy and m…

Her Name

We are still sticking to our plan as to not share our name of our baby girl with anyone.  We have a few people that know, like last time, but it was just to confirm that it was a good name and that when someone hears it, they will give the reaction that we expected..

Her name is different.  It's a surname, we had it picked out since before 18 weeks (more like 12 or 13 weeks) and we love it.

We picked it out after a night of buckling down and us basically saying that we're not walking away until we figure this out.  We had the baby name book out and we were literally just passing it back and forth until we had some better ideas.  The name that we once had for a girl when we were pregnant with Coen has since been thrown out the window for other reasons, so we were back at it again.

The name didn't come from a baby name book, but it was something that we read in the book, just in regards to a meaning of a name verses the actual name.

With Coen's name being a little more u…

Co-Sleeping | The End

We went to Coen's 12 month well visit on Monday.  In that time, we talked to the doctor about a lot of things.  Food, sleeping, bottles, cows milk, lovies in bed with him, car seats, adult/table food, juice, water, walking, motor skills, words, recognition of words, etc... We covered a lot!

The one item that I've been trying to really kick lately is the co-sleeping thing.  For months, I've used the "it's just easier to have him sleep with me than put up this huge fight at night, so we both get sleep" fight and it has worked for a while.  I've realized recently where he really doesn't sleep against me anymore and he'll sleep away from me for the majority of the time.  I tried not to take this personally and just figure that he really does like sleeping and sleeping alone and that I shouldn't just do it cause it works, I should try to adjust him back to his crib or keep him in his crib while he struggles to find his comfort again, when he wakes …


My husband is a teacher.

He's one of those lucky dogs that gets the entire summer off and gets paid the entire time. Seriously, why didn't I become a teacher!?!?

Anyway, our sitters sits for teachers kids only, so that she too will have the summer off.  That being said, this means that summer time is no longer meant for getting projects done and working around the house.  It's meant for daddy-daycare and for saving a lot of money.

Daddy-daycare started on June 4th and so far it's been great.  They've got a great routine going on and have even improved in a few areas where he needed some more structure, so that's been great too.

At the sitter's house, he would take 1 nap per day because that's what the other kids would too and it was easier to have them all sleep at once, verses have one sleeping while the others are awake and then switch them.  It worked out fine, but he's really a two nap sort of guy.  And luckily, S.'s got him on that schedule…

28 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 28 weeks. (From the Bump) Welcome to the third trimester! Moms-to-be who are at 28 weeks and beyond are known for their lack of sleep. Remember if you find yourself up in the middle of the night, do something relaxing. This is not the time to vacuum the house from top to bottom -- even though you might feel the urge to do that at some point. Read a book, drink chamomile tea, listen to soothing music. Then try to get back to bed and get some rest! Being in the third trimester also means much of your and baby’s anatomy are ready to go -- she's prepping for breathing, and your breasts already have colostrum, which is what baby will eat the first few days until your milk comes in. You’ll also start feeling more Braxton Hicks contractions as your body gets ready for labor. Baby will keep getting bigger -- and smarter -- after week 28, and other than that, she just needs a few more finishing touches.

Holy crap, I'm in the 3rd trimester already?!?!  WOW!

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I hate sitting in stopped traffic on a bridge. It freaks me out.I hate seeing parents smoke around their children. Why?  Because it's nasty and harmful to them.  Do I have to say anything else?I hate seeing moms smoking while driving mini-vans with kids or no kids in the backseats. If you smoke without your kids in the car, when they get in they will smell it.  If they are in the car, well, that's a no brainier.I hate parents who smoke while walking their baby in a stroller. Stop.  They can still smell it.I hate seeing children in cars without seat belts or not in car seats. This makes me really sad for their safety.I hate seeing animals in the road that have been hit, especially when you can tell it was probably someone's pet.I hate when people don't know how to merge properly on the freeway. If you have a yield and there is traffic coming in the direction you're merging, yield means stop.I hate people that think the "passing lane" is called the "fa…

Prepping & Planning

Coen's party is approaching at rapid speed.  To say that I'm prepared is a bit of an understatement.  I have some really great ideas, but have not put a lot of them into place just yet and it's going to be on Sunday!

I have this board on Pinterest that is for "1st Birthday Ideas" and then I have this other board that is just for "Let's Party" ideas that I've also packed with some great ideas.  I have a few items that I'm following through with but other things are just being pushed to the side since I really don't have the time or funds to create it all.

So, what's my plan so far?

Create a balloon wreath, which I have a portion of the supplies for and hang this on the front door.Buy a #1 and decorate this in scrap-booking paper to hang in the house somewhere. Haven't decided if it will be apart of the wreath or just an extra item that hangs in the house somewhere.Print all of his block pictures to show the progression of his growt…

My due date

This time last year, I looked like this.  This is me on my due date for Coen.  He wasn't making a single move to meet us.  He was content as can be just relaxing in utero. 
These pictures crack me up because I obviously prepared myself to sell flowers in the morning, but hated life by the end of the night.  I also look so extremely swollen in my feet that it makes me really sad.
I cannot believe that 6 days from now, he arrived and 6 days from today he'll be one.  Very bittersweet.  I cannot believe how time has flown by.

27 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 27 weeks. (From the Bump) At 27 weeks, baby is breathing (it’s amniotic fluid, not air, but it still counts) and even showing brain activity. You’ve got a lot on your brain, too, from wondering what labor and delivery is going to be like to trying to find the best pediatrician for baby. The annoying symptoms you’ve been having probably aren’t going away, but at least you’ve probably found some ways to deal with them -- and hey, maybe you’re used to them right now. As you say goodbye to the second trimester, you can look forward to some pretty embarrassing stuff (like having to pee all the time -- and maybe even when you don’t mean to at all) that’s all par for the late-pregnancy course. It’s time to head down the home stretch. Are you ready?
How big is baby: The size of a Rutabaga.
Weight gain/loss: Up, but not sure by how much.  I'm not counting this week.
Maternity clothes: Yes, but I'm trying to wear every sun dress I have (that aren't maternity) because it&…