Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Journey To (Earthly) Baby #3: Weeks 21-23

April 29
How Far Along: 23 weeks (and 1 day)

Picture of Baby:
22 weeks

Weight Gain: Up a total of 22 pounds...at 22 weeks. Haven't weighed myself since.

Picture of Baby IN the Belly: (Skipped 21 weeks)...
22weeks {above}
and
23 weeks {below}
Sleep: I had a two week-ish stint where I didn't nap in the afternoon at all. (Was preparing and had a garage sale). But now I am back to napping most days (unless I'm working of course). Still have the occasional sleep insomnia.

Movement: Baby moves every day and movement is getting stronger.

Symptoms: Same-O. Same-O.

Food Cravings: Still loving me some pop. Water isn't tasting too bad these last few weeks though either!!!

Gender: As of today Mase said we were having a girl. I am still having mixed thoughts as to what baby #3 is. Just so thankful s/he is healthy. And SO excited for him or her to join our family in August!!!

Had my 22 week US a week ago and the appointment was mostly uneventful. Cervix measuring gave me a little scare so my BP popped up but thankfully cervix measured in at 30mm and BP came down nicely with me laying on my side. Baby's head was low so the US tech couldn't get a good measure through the abdomen and had to do the vaginal route. The vaginal route isn't what scared me it was the number of times she measured my cervix that started getting me worried. She measured my cervix like 10 times...waited...measured some more...waited and finally said all set. At this point I was freaking until she said final measurement was 30mm. Last cervical measurement is next week Monday!!! And since I will be 24 weeks its also a growth scan!!! Can't wait to see how big my baby is. Oh and for record sake baby's heartbeat was 155.

Molly-16 Months

My Molly girl is full of SASS. Hence why she is often called Sassy and Sassafras!!! 
  • She loves to screech/scream/and whine out orders. Is the queen of tantrums. She knows what she wants (and doesn't want). Isn't afraid to throw out a slap here and there. If she doesn't like something on her highchair tray she promptly throws it to the ground. Tell her NO...and she looks you straight in the eye...makes sure you are watching and throws whatever it is to the floor again.
  • If she gets hurt...at first she does not want to be comforted. But after a minute or two she wants "up.'
  • Girlfriend is BEYOND picky in the eating department. Still gets a morning and a bedtime bottle. Shhhh don't tell.
  • Definitely prefers to be carried everywhere. (Unless you want to carry her...that is when she wants to walk). 
  • Needs to do EVERYTHING her brother does. Needs to eat/drink (that would include a little pop here and there) EVERYTHING her brother eats/drinks. 
  • Her vocab is continuing to explode. Loves pointing at mommy's belly and says "baby." Loves (absolutely loves) waving ba-bye. LOVES being outside. Loves "baby" swings and any slide. Loves doggies, her blankie, and her bop. (Yes she calls her paci a bop just like Mase).
  • Isn't always a fan of getting her diaper changed but when she poops she walks her little booty right on back to her room to get the stinkies out.
  • Had her first bout of stomach flu.
  • Doesn't like men. Except her daddy of course. She LOVES him. Likes her grandpas too...just has to warm up to them.
  • Is the most amazing sleeper. Goes down SO SO SO easy and sleeps 7/7:30ish to 7/7:30ish. Takes (most days) a solid 2 hour nap.
  • Is a BIG fan of her brother!!! (And the feeling is mostly mutual). Cannot wait to wake him if he's sleeping and she's awake. I say okay "lets get brother" and she is off. She does NOT need to be told twice. Calls him bro. Loves to hug and kiss him. And if he wants something that she has...she'll most likely give it to him if he asks.
On April 15 you had your 15 month well child check up and you are as healthy as can be!!! You weighed 20 pounds and 9 ounces. (50th%). You measured 30.5 inches tall. (50th%). And your head measured 18.25 inches round. (75th%).

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Journey To (Earthly) Baby #3: Weeks 19 and 20

April 8
How Far Along: 20 weeks (and 1 day)...HALFWAY BAKED!!!

Picture of Baby:
(19 weeks and 6 days)

Maternity Clothes: Can get away with some non maternity (depends on the style and comfort).

Weight Gain: Up a total of 19 pounds...EEK!!!

Picture of Baby IN the Belly:
19weeks {above}
and
20 weeks {below}
Sleep: Already dread working my 12 hour shifts. They leave me SO exhausted. Naps are a necessary part of every day (unless I'm working). Need to NOT drink so much after dinner but that is when my thirst kicks in...

Movement: Baby started moving a little more frequently after my 18 week appointment and now I feel baby move every day to some degree!!!

Symptoms: Really no more retching (except for the morning of my BIG ultrasound)!!! Just tired and still "dealing" with acne on the back/shoulders...need the sun to dry them out.

Food Cravings: Pop.

Gender: Mason really wants a baby brother. Told him I wasn't making any promises.

Had my 20 week appointment yesterday. And I am SO SO SO thankful to say we had a wonderful report!!! What a relief. My history and my occupation do not help the anxiety. Yesterday morning I was not feeling so hot because of all my nerves (retching, crampy, etc) but that all disappeared when Dr. J said everything looked GREAT. I say everything because even my placenta is normal looking again. What an answer to prayer!!! Baby measured 3 days ahead...weighing in at 13oz (90th percentile). Heartbeat was 152. And my cervix measured 37mm. Next appointment is in 2 weeks for another cervical check and then back two weeks after that for another cervical check/growth scan.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Five On Monday

1. As I wrote in my last "Ten On" Molly loves strawberry jelly and peanut butter toast...she also LOVES ketchup..

2. And guacamole...
3. FIRST trip to John Ball Zoo for the year on April 1. A beautiful sunny and 63 degree day!!!
4. Our friends arrived!!!

Adryanna and Mason
Checking out the bear. Or as Molly says..."dawgie"
These crazy kids have SO much fun together!!!

5. Happy Easter {2015}!!! So thankful for our RISEN Savior. We (I) started the morning off snapping a few pics of my cuties. Molly needs to be bribed with candy which means her hand is often by her mouth...
My heart could explode with LOVE...
After church we went to G&G Vugteveen's with most of the Vugteveen clan. We enjoyed a delicious meal followed by gifts, an Easter egg hunt, and dessert. (Oh and the kids somehow got the daddies to take them to the park).
(Mase had NO time for pictures).
Had to taste test an egg (or two). And yes mommy put on Molly's "running" shoes.
After our afternoon naps...G&G Helmholdt came over. Kids got another small present, went on another Easter egg hunt, ate a yummy dinner of appetizers, followed by a little Mario Cart, and finally some ice cream dessert.
Mase was PUMPED about his cadbury eggs from mom and dad...so much so that he shoved one whole one in his mouth...
Love the excitement on her face. She understood the hunt this go around. No time wasted on taste testing!!!
Showing off his egg.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ten On Wednesday

1. All ready for church. Maybe if we dress Spring-ish...Spring will really truly COME!!!

2. Molly loves loves loves homemade strawberry jelly and peanut butter toast...
3. Nix the toast part. Maybe she just loves the jelly and peanut butter!!!! After she licks it clean she piles it up!!! (And yes my 15 month old still takes a bottle in the morning and at bedtime. Don't judge).

4. Grandma's ARE THE BEST!!! After spending an hour and a half with my mom developing pictures with my two littles in tow (no easy task)...grandma bought Mase a happy meal. (Molly conked out on the ride home). And the day before that Gma H gave mommy money to buy the kids lunch on my way home from my doctor appointment. Mase chose McD's cause he wanted a...you guessed it...a happy meal. (Molly just split mommy's food. She doesn't know the difference yet).
5. They suckered mommy into letting them ride the motorcycle...
6. My little model. If you knew my niece Kylynn you know where he got his moves from. All I said was let me take a picture...he did the pose.
7. Cousins definitely make the best of friends. G&G Vugteveen were baby sitting Austin and Connor so we met them at Frog Hollow (best park ever)!!!
(Don't mind Mason's hat...major mommy fail...I took two Molly hats...whoops)!
All this lady wanted was the cookies.
I could EAT her ALIVE!!!
Sweet boy swinging!!!

8. Look who we ran into at Home Depot!?! on our Friday night errand(s) run!!!
9. Play date with my besties and their kids!!! 10 boys and 2 girls...missing 2 little ladies since their momma had to work. And believe it or not THREE more kids will be coming to this group in August!!! (Thankfully two of the three will be girls....baby Helmholdt sex unknown...getting closer to evening the score)!!!
10. What my kids do when I am in the shower...