Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving with full hearts and full bellies! We started the week off with celebrating some special birthdays. Laney was so excited to celebrate her daddy – especially since there was cake and cookies involved. 😉
Then we headed up to visit Kyle’s family for Thanksgiving day. The day was filled with delicious food and wonderful company, and Laney had so much fun playing with her cousins.
We got home yesterday, and Laney just couldn’t wait to put up the Christmas tree. We have some more decorating to do today, but witnessing her excitement with each ornament makes me look forward to all the magic this holiday will bring!
Time to get back to my holiday shopping. Thank goodness for online shopping! 🙂
21 Weeks: Size of Carrots
22 Weeks: Size of Papayas (the smallest I could find at the store!)
23 Weeks: Size of Spaghetti Squash
24 Weeks: Size of Corn
Here is a little recap of the last month:
Sleep: These little guys are already night owls. YIKES! Still able to get a good amount of sleep despite my frequent trips to the bathroom, crazy dreams, and the dance parties going on in my belly.
What I’ve missed: Can I get an AMEN! for the fall weather that arrived today?!? Can it please stay?? I’m so ready to snuggle up in sweatshirts, but I am already missing my usual fall wardrobe. I’m sure many of my cozy sweatshirts and sweaters won’t fit for long and apparently a maternity sweatshirt is hard to find…
Food cravings/adversions: Not as many adversions this month besides broccoli. I choke it down by swirling it in some mashed potatoes. 🙂 Cravings: mashed potatoes ;), Life cereal, fresh fruit, strawberries and cream oatmeal, and Papa John’s pizza.
Symptoms: Still feeling pretty good! I feel lots of movement now – especially at night. Which is kinda crazy, since I was just starting to feel Laney at this point. Laney and Kyle have felt lots of kicks now too. I have sore feet at the end of the day on busy days and lose my breath easily, but overall no complaints! Been super blessed so far!
What we’re looking forward to:
Hello 3rd trimester! This pregnancy is flying by compared to the first. I’m a little anxious for the months to come but also couldn’t be more excited!
Another ultrasound tomorrow! Both babes were head down two weeks ago, so I’m excited to see what they are up to in the morning. Still haven’t seen Baby A’s face or heart fully – he is always belly down in the same position. Baby B was on his side last time, so we saw a little more of his face. Hopefully we get full cooperation tomorrow!
We also started the nursery a couple of weeks ago, and I’m so excited to see it start coming together. Big thanks to Grandpa and Kyle for painting it! All of the big furniture is assembled and moved into the room, and it’s fun for the three of us to hang in there. Hard to believe in a few months there will be two more of us! I get teary-eyed just thinking about it! 🙂
Another birthday bash is in the books! This year we went with a mermaid theme, since mermaids are one of our girl’s favorite things and has been for over a year now. She was so excited all week for her party. She was outside with Kyle Friday night while I started decorating and when she came in, she said in a shocked voice, “MOM! Where did you get all of this celebrate!? Is it for my party!?”
It’s a little obvious you are pregnant with twins when your little sister calls you out on the scaled back decor from previous years. I also forgot to take pictures of what I did have, and I didn’t take enough pictures of party happenings. But there was plenty of food, Laney had a blast, and we were surrounded by friends and family… and that’s what really matters! She is one lucky and spoiled little girl with so many special people in her life!
She still didn’t want us singing “Happy Birthday” (hence the face), and she hid behind Kyle. And here is a little video of Laney enjoying one of her gifts. “I’m a pop star!” There have been many concerts already, and I’m sure there will be many more in our future.
Thank you, friends and family, again for making the drive from near and far and making our girl’s birthday so special! Laney asked, “Who is here?” this morning, and was disappointed that everyone was gone. We love you so much!
Today was Laney’s first day of preschool. It doesn’t seem like that long ago we were taking the “last day of school” pictures, but we were both ready! She is in the same school as last year but will be going three mornings a week instead of two. She is so excited and has asked if she can go every day like some of her friends! There was no tears, no hesitation – just walked right in ready to go. Makes my teacher heart happy that she loves school so much, and I know it is going to be such a great year!
As a side note, for the last few days she has decided she really wants to learn to draw hearts. She gets frustrated with herself (as usual) that she can’t draw them just like me every time, but she is continuing to practice (progress!) and has gotten pretty good. She drew a couple of pages worth this morning and decided to give them to her teachers this morning. Love her so!
I asked her a few questions for fun:
How old are you? Three
What do you want to be when you grow up? A big sister 🙂
What’s your favorite color? Orange
What’s your favorite animal? Flamingo (“amingo”)
What’s your favorite shape? Heart (duh!)
What are you looking forward to most this year at school? Being a Rainbow! (name of her class)
13 Weeks: Size of Peaches
14 Weeks: Size of Lemons
15 Weeks: Size of Oranges
16 Weeks: Size of Avacodos
Here is a little recap of the last month:
Sleep: Unfortunately, the second trimester didn’t bring a break in the nightly bathroom trips, but I’m sleeping pretty well overall.
What I’ve missed: Cooler weather! It’s been so hot and muggy.
Food cravings/adversions: Loving BLT sandwiches, butter & jelly toast | Not loving hamburgers and ice cream
Symptoms: Feeling more energy this month overall but still struggling with heartburn off and on. This week was a good week on the heartburn front. May have felt a few flutters off and on but nothing consistent yet. Belly definitely grew the last couple weeks, so I had to break down and get a couple summer maternity items.
What we’re looking forward to: Finding out the genders! Can’t wait to start planning the nursery.
8 years today! I ended last year’s anniversary post with, “I am optimistic that seven will be our best year yet.” And it really has been an amazing year.
First our annual picture…it was a bit too sunny!
We chose to paint our 8 rainbow themed this year for two reasons.
- Hawaii – First, we had an amazing trip to Hawaii. I am so thankful to Kyle for the hard work he put in to complete his ChFC designation and get us there. It really was everything I imagined it would be and more. It would be a dream to go back and explore more islands some day.
- Babies – I remember when I was writing last year’s anniversary post I was secretly hoping this would be our year to expand our family. We’ve prayed for these babes for so long, and it’s almost still surreal for me. I would tell you to pinch me if I didn’t have my ever-expanding belly to remind me. We are just so, so thankful and excited!
Needless to say, the good of the past year has definitely outweighed the tough stuff, and we are even more excited for what is to come in year 8. I can’t imagine a better partner to share this life with – the heartbreak, the joy, and everything in between. I’m one lucky girl!
Not sure what we will do for Kyle’s favorite beach tradition when we run out of fingers in a couple of years. 😉
We had a quiet 4th of July at home after traveling back from vacation. It was a beautiful evening, and Laney loved the sparklers and poppers. We didn’t make it to the big fireworks this year, but we had fun just the same.