Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Confession Number 110: The Countdown Has Begun

It is hard to believe in some ways, but the countdown to Baby Brother 2.0 is in full swing.  I was 31 weeks on Saturday, which means, if things go how we think the might, we only have 6-7 weeks or so until this little guy makes his appearance!  It is funny how different each and every pregnancy truly is.  I'm not talking only about the physical differences.  Cravings, aches and pains, etc, but also the emotional differences.

The path to get this little guy here has been tagged with stress.  Stress from having nose surgery right around the time he was conceived to stress of wondering if this pregnancy was going to go the same way as Cole's did.  Stress of balancing pregnancy, two kiddos, home and work.  I've really had to learn to give up the stress and just live in the moment.  I know I will need to remind myself of this many, many times as the next few weeks go by.

There are some BIG changes!  It's been awhile since I've posted a good belly shot.  Here is one from 27 weeks.  It is really dark and not very good.

Here is one now, at 31 weeks.

I've had a few people ask how much longer I have to go and when I tell them they are shocked, thinking I'm about ready to pop.  I'm kinda used to that.  I may just carry babies in my belly, but my belly gets BIG at the end.  I'm really hoping to take weekly pics from here on out so I remember this part of the journey. 

In other "new" news, Mr. Wyatt is measuring big, which is no surprise.  At my last appointment he averaged out to about 2-2 and a half weeks ahead of schedule, but his head was 4 and a half weeks ahead of schedule.  What does this momma have to say about that??  Ouch.  That's about it.  We'll keep an eye on him from here on out with non stress tests and ultrasounds to keep an eye on his growth.

And the nesting has started setting in, although it is a little different this time around.  On my mind are things surrounding work.  How do I stay ahead with testing just in case I have to start staying at home sooner than expected?  What can I do in short spurts on the computer at home?  A long, hard day last Thursday that sent me into more contractions than I was comfortable with and feeling exhausted has me rethinking my work game plan just a little.

Also, I'm wanting to spend time with Dustin and Kennedy and Cole each independently before we add another little human to the mix.  We had an amazing Easter weekend together and I had fun time with both of the kids by themselves.  Now, for a date night!  Hoping to fit that in this week. 

Then there is the normal nursery, cooking, cleaning, laundry nesting that comes with the end of each pregnancy.  The nursery isn't even started and I'm starting to get antsy, although it would help if I would make up my mind on what exactly I wanted.  :)  So, yeah, the countdown to family of five has begun!! 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Confession Number 109: I Forgot

I sat down this morning to work on some of the pictures from Little Man's 2nd birthday and realized I never shared my Big Girl's 5th birthday.  It was only 6 months ago, so I'm not THAT late.  A lot has been going on since then and it just slipped my mind.  Anyway, going back and looking through the pics from that day reminded me just how cute her party was and how much I love spoiling my kids on their special days.  :)

Miss Kennedy and I came up with the idea to have a Cake Boss birthday party, since, at that time, that was a show she and I would watch together while Cole was napping.  We both loved it!  I found a vintage type cake shop invitation from bnute.  Betsy does great work and was super easy to work with!  KJ decided she wanted everyone to have aprons, chef hats and cake stands with their own cakes to decorate.  I can't remember where I found the pink aprons and chef's hats online, but the price was right and they were the right color.  I found some fabric I fell in love with from fabricshoppe on Etsy.  I love Etsy, if you can't tell.  I used the fabric to add ruffles to the aprons and make a super cute bunting I hung on the window. 
I embroidered each girl's name on her hat.  Soooo cute!!

Stemmed glassware and vintage china plates were glued together to create cake plates to hold each girl's own cake creation.  I found these for pennies at various thrift and Goodwill stores.  I have to say, what an easy project!!!

The girls had so much fun decorating!  And I have to say, the adults helping had lots of fun, too!!

No birthday party is complete without a real birthday cake to blow out the candles on and eat!  Our cakes always come from Julie Smith from Tasty Creations here in Grove.  She is amazing and always impresses with her decorating skills and tasty cakes!

Looking back, we had so much fun!  I can't believe we are halfway through her year and she will be six before I know it.  That takes two hands to show people!!  How that is possible, I just don't know, but I know I am so excited to see what type of young lady she grows into.  Love ya Miss Kennedy!!