Saturday, July 27, 2013

Growing up so fast

Miss Ava is getting SO big.  She has become a pretty good crawler and is pulling up on stuff on her own all within a couple of days of each other.  I can't believe it.  She is just learning so much and catches on to things so quickly.  She loves to crawl to the couch which I have been occupying A LOT lately and pulling up on it to make quick visit.  With her crawling, she is making it very obvious just how much the floors need to be vacuumed.  She finds every piece of something she can and the dog and cat hair just sticks to her.  Yuck!  I do feel bad for her, though.  She has a very tired and sick feeling mommy.  I haven't been much fun for her.  Even on Zofran, I am still struggling to get things done.  I am just anxiously waiting for this 2nd trimester to begin and hoping I am not one of those unfortunate ones who carries these symptoms with them throughout pregnancy.

With all of the things that she has been learning lately, it has made me thankful that she is so healthy and developing as she should.  I am very grateful for that. 

Baby 2 update

Yesterday was a good, relieving day.  Week after week of not feeling good and no actual, physical sign that I am pregnant has been hard.  Yesterday made all of it worth it.  We heard a good heartbeat.  We were very excited. So, so far so good!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Week 9-baby 2

I am 9 weeks and 2 days today.  All I have to say is this first trimester needs to be over!  I have been sick most of the time.  I was so desperate I called the doctor to see what could be done to ease the pain.  They had me try vitamin B6 but that did nothing for me.  So, then we moved on to Zofran.  It helps the vomiting, but I still feel pretty nauseous throughout the day.The hardest part is there is nothing I can eat that gives any relief to the nausea. Crackers, cheerios, bread don't last but during the moment I am eating them. However, with the Zofran, I have been able to eat more food and by body doesn't reject it.  I have been extremely tired and very stuck in like a depressed state.  I am not sure what that is all about...never felt that way with Ava.  I was so thrilled the entire time.  This is definitely going differently than the last pregnancy.  I know I should be extremely grateful for being pregnant.  It is what I prayed for.  But, I think week after week of not feeling good and being tired takes a toll on you. 

We go to the doctor on Friday.  Hopefully we will hear a heartbeat with the Doppler. 

On another note, Ava is officially crawling (at a snails pace) but still.  She is getting around faster and faster every day.  I am constantly having to watch her like a hawk as she crawls towards the TV wires (we've really got to do something about those) and our shoes.  I have shoes randomly thrown all over the house where Ava can't see them.  Maybe we should be putting them in the closet, but who has time for that? 

Thank goodness for Curtis!  He has been so supportive, loving and patient with me during this more difficult pregnancy.  He is great with Ava when he gets home and basically takes over even after he has worked a long day.  He washes bottles, sweeps the kitchen, vacuums the carpet, does laundry, and whatever else I need done.  I am very blessed with my little, growing family.  However, I am very ready to welcome in the 2nd trimester in just a few more weeks.  Come, 2nd trimester, Come!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

week 6- Baby 2

I am 6 weeks and boy to I know it!  I have had a rough week.  This week I have had many food aversions. They are so bad that I can't plan out a weeks worth of dinners because I never know if I will actually be able to eat it.  We have ended up going to the store every other day after I can figure out what I can stomach.  I don't remember having so many food aversions when I was pregnant with Miss Ava.  Although, even though I was pregnant this time last year, that pregnancy is a blur.  I remember being nauseated, but I don't remember it being all day.  Another difference is that I could eat Cheerios and that would help me feel better when I would be nauseated.  This time there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of anything that really works and takes the nausea away. 

Last night I was really sore in my abdomen.  I am sure those were round ligament pains.  It feels like your stomach has done a workout and let me tell you, there have been no stomach workouts over here! 

I had one night of very painful heartburn.  Thought I was having a heart attack.  It hurt really bad. 

I feel like such a bad mommy.  I don't feel like playing much and I just want to hold Ava and hope that she is ok with just hanging out with me on the couch.

I feel like a horrible wife because there has been NO cleaning coming from me.  I mean NONE!  I have no energy and get sick feeling.  Poor Curtis!  But he is doing an excellent job of picking up my slack! 

At 6 weeks until you see that baby on an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat, you wonder if you really are growing a baby.  I find comfort in the nausea because it is a reminder that there is a little someone growing in there, but wish I could be handling it better than I am.  I am truly thankful for this little life and to God for giving us another opportunity to parent.  But, I will say, I am ready for the 2nd trimester to come.  I am ready to have some energy back and not feel so icky.  I am sure Ava and Curtis are ready for that, too. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ava is 7 Months old

Ava Elizabeth
7 months
July 5, 2013
Ava is 7 months old today.  She is discovering more and more every day.  She is such a pleasant baby.  She can entertain herself for quite a long time.  She hardly cries unless she is hungry or tired or being laid down instead of being held.  She is still super cuddly.  Mommy has spoiled her with holding her during nap times and she doesn't want to go to her crib for naps without a fight.  So, we are trying to get back into the naps in our crib routine.  I just love holding her when she is sleepy and I realize that she won't always want to be held and cuddled.  She is somewhere over 17 and a half pounds.  She wears size 3 diapers and is in 6-9 month clothing.
Ava is growing her first tooth.  I keep trying to snap a picture of it but I haven't had any success.  She has handled teething like a pro (so far...).  She puts her thumb in her mouth and plays with this new thing in her mouth.  She has also discovered that her mouth and roof of her mouth can make a new noise and so she smacks all the time.  It is loud and she does it at inappropriate times which can be quite embarrassing.  She isn't crawling yet, but she rolls around everywhere.  She rocks on her hands and knees but hasn't put them together on how to get around.  Her favorite places to roll-the wires of the tv and shoes.
She loves to play.  Whether she's bouncing like a crazy woman in her bouncy chair or playing with her stacking rings, stacking cups, elephant, baby doll, and caterpillar she keeps herself very busy.  Her favorite stuffed animal would be her elephant that we got from a student of mine (Thanks Annabelle!) and she LOVES her rings.  She hasn't figured out how to stack them on, but she can take them off like a pro and chew on them. 
She likes to suck her thumb and hold her lovie blankie also from an old student (Thanks again Annabelle) When I am holding her as she falls asleep she likes to twirl my hair.  So sweet. 
She eats stage 2 foods and gerber puffs.  We also give her yobaby yogurt.  She has oatmeal in  the morning and I don't think she is a huge fan but I give it to her anyway. 
She sits in a high chair and a shopping cart.  That has made shopping so much easier.
Some of my favorite things about this month:
~how happy she is in the morning when I get her. She kicks her legs and giggles.
~listening to her talk to herself in the crib
~her sweet voice
~she giggles and chuckles when she gets picked up by someone because she loves to be held
~how happy she gets in her bouncy seat
~her face when she hears songs like Jesus loves me.
~her temper when you take something she wants but can't have away
~her smiles during prayers
~how she makes changing her diaper near impossible
Here are some other cute pics: