Saturday, August 23, 2014

5 Weeks Pregnant w/#3

This week, Baby is the size of a: (an) appleseed
How far along? 5 weeks
Due date: 4.26.15
Total weight gain/loss: +0
Maternity clothes? No
Sleep: not sleeping, just awake thinking in the middle of the night. 
Best moment this past week: found out I was pregnant. 
Food cravings: none
Movement: none
Symptoms: pregnancy brain something fierce, nausea & exhaustion. 
Labor Signs: no
Stretch Marks yep, leftover stripes 
Swelling? Nope
Belly Button in or out? in
What I miss: not a thing
Feeling toward Pregnancy: Surprised. 
What I am looking forward to: figuring out a car seat configuration. 
Milestones: nursing two kids and pregnant, telling everyone. 
News:  called Kate M. & Goldie this week to set up interviews. Have an interview at our house at 9:30 tomorrow morning with Goldie. Planning a home birth. I don't want to pay for a doctor visit also, I'm not sure what to do. Plus the idea of lugging the boys to the OB. Barf. 

Day I found out. 

5 weeks with Luke & 5 weeks w/#3

Friday, June 20, 2014

Up in the middle of the night

This is my norm. Has been since Arie was born. I can't even imagine what sleeping for more than an hour or two at a time would be like. It's a good thing that I really love coffee. 

Arie has been up for an hour and a half. I think he's finally drifting back off to sleep. 

Luke has mostly stayed asleep while I manage Arie. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014


I've been up since 3am. Arie woke up and needed to be changed. While Jack was changing him, I sat up in bed so I could nurse Arie without waking Luke and without being contorted and uncomfortable. 

By 3:20, Arie was back to sleep and I was awake. Righty was full and aching and Luke was fast asleep. Luke finally stirred at about 3:45 and he nursed and was awake, so I checked his diaper. Wet. I got up to change him and checked on my flats in the bathroom hanging from the shower curtain for the flats challenge to see if they were dry. (Almost.) 

Now it's 4:30 and I think Luke just fell asleep. I'm going to give Gina few minutes because the last time I tried to transfer him to the bed, we woke up immediately. Blah. I'm tired. 

I have a LLL meeting in the morning and I'll definitely be having some coffee. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Everybody's sick

Except me, so far. 

Arie has been throwing up randomly since Friday or Saturday. Luke started throwing up everything about 24 hours ago. And Jack has been sick for 4 or 5 hours now. 

I'm completely covered in Lukey barf. It's 5:13 am and I've slept for maybe 2 hours total all night, not at all consecutively. Arie keeps waking up whining. Luke is not sleeping soundly. 

I just got up and changed Luke's diaper. He's wetting more last night than he did yesterday. It's 6:07am now. Luke fell asleep on the changing table and so I picked up the room and folded laundry and picked up the bathroom. I scrubbed the inside of the toilet out, but as I was filling the sink with disinfectant, Luke woke up. So now I'm rocking.  Luke threw up quite a bit in the last few hours. But he's nursed non stop, to the point where my left nipple is a little sore. 

Arie and Jack are sleeping soundly now too. 

If only I had a maid, I could at least have a hot cup of coffee while I wait for the sun to come up. 

Id rather not sleep and have my babies be sleeping soundly. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2 years old and 9 months old

Arie 2 Years old and Luke 9 Months old! 

  • Cloth Diapering
    • Diaper laundry... It's just become one of those things that you just do that's like eating. We are still using our GMD Red edge prefolds stuffed in covers or my BumGenius 4.0 pockets. I am occasionally using some prefolds that I converted into fitteds. We just use whatever is there, honestly. 
    • Potty training for Arie is not really progressing with the potty, but the more Arie communicates, the closer we are to that. Now after he poops, he will say, "Poo pooed." So... that's progress of some kind :)  
  • Tandem Breastfeeding
    • Still breastfeeding! I can't believe I made it to two years with Arie!!
    • We are struggling right now with Arie not opening his mouth wide enough while nursing, so he leaves teeth marks on my nipples and it hurts a lot. 
    • Luke just got his 7th tooth too. He's an awesome nursing baby.
    • Still not 100% sure if Luke is getting the sign for milk. But, we're working on it. 
    • Arie is 22lbs and Luke is 19lbs!
    • Still dairy and soy free. I tried a couple bites of Arie's birthday cake that had butter in it and Luke threw up most of the day the next day, soooo... still no dairy.
    • I am no longer pumping to donate. It was a big headache. It didn't work out like I had imagined lol

  • Sleep
    • Big things are happening in the sleep department. 
    • We moved Arie's big boy bed into the nursery. We set up the twin bed in there and he gets nursed and then I sit with him until he falls asleep and then he sleeps his first stretch of sleep in his bed and then comes to our room. 
    • He's also napping in his bedroom too. We do the same thing, nurse and then sit with him and read to him and pat his back or talk to him until he falls asleep. 
    • I'm getting excited about setting our real bed back up. Luke is crawling, so I think we are possibly going to wait until he can climb off the bed. I'm not quite sure or sure how long that will be or when. 
    • The stretches with Arie in his room are longer and longer. 
    • Luke still wakes up to nurse all night long, but it isn't disruptive and everything really is working out very nicely.
    • I have been attempting to set Luke down in our bed more so that I can shower or do something, but even with just Arie in his own bed has opened up so much freedom!
  • Home life - House stuff
    • We have so so much stuff on our to-do list.
    • I'm in the process of painting our grout to refresh it. It looks way better, but getting the time to dedicate to just concentrating on painting the floor is super difficult. 
    • We are just working day to day to try to keep up with the toys, laundry and diapers. 
  • Going Out and About
    • Going out is now something that I'm limiting to as little as possible, still. 
    • I'm definitely still loving the organic grocery delivery! 
    • I'm still leaving for LLL meetings and random play dates or shopping trips. I don't know where I would be without babywearing. 
    • I'm going to 3 different LLL meetings, and last month I went to 4. It's a nice way to get out with two babies and just get out of the house. 

  • Brotherly Love
    • Arie asks for Luke every time he's not around. He doesn't even want to go upstairs without Luke coming up at the same time. 
    • Luke wants to be in EVERYTHING that Arie has. Luke makes car noises because Jack and Arie make car noises. Luke drives his cars and trucks because that's how Daddy and brother do it. It's so dang cute. 
    • I'm loving this stage. I can't believe how much they are in to each other. 

  • Luke
    • Weighs 19lbs 4oz and is 27" long. He wears 12 month clothing and some of Arie's shrunken 18 month clothing. 
    • He has 7 teeth, 4 on the top, 3 on the bottom.
    • He says Mama and Dada.  
    • He's the happiest little boy. 
    • I love his hair. It's the sweetest thing ever.
    • He started crawling and now he's trying to pull up on things. He will climb on whatever is his level... the dog beds, small shelves... whatever he can. 
    • He can sit himself up from crawling now too.
    • As far as I can tell, he doesn't have a favorite food. But he's no where near as picky as Arie, he will eat or at least play with and taste everything that we've put in front of him so far.
  • Arie
    • Talks constantly. I'm understanding almost all of what he says. Right now he's holding onto a water bottle whispering, "red. Water. Water. Pink. water." lol. The water bottle is red. 
    • He has so many words now that I've lost count. He's putting sentences together too. 
    • His second birthday party was a blast. He got a TON of presents. Lots of legos, and some john deere tractor stuff and puzzles. 
    • He's 22lbs and 33" tall I think. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I Survived Two Under Two!

I can't believe I'm even writing this... This blog has changed so much in the past few years.

I have now survived having two children under two. I have a TWO YEAR OLD now! It's just insane to me.

Arie turned 2 on March 5th.
He's so full of spunk and personality and he has so much to say.

We had his birthday party yesterday and that was a roaring good time as well :)

I wil have to get some pictures uploaded from his party and all of his presents. He definitely understood that the presents were for him and that he got to open them.

I can't believe I've already had two years with this miracle baby.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A difficult season

I really try to keep everything in perspective as much as I can. Especially now, when I feel like we are really struggling. 

We wanted kids more than anything else on this earth. The Lord saw fit to give us TWO! Right on top of each other! 

I've been sick (Hyperemesis with both pregnancies) and we have two super clingy, super needy babies. I'm so thankful for them, no matter how they are. 

But I want to say, this has been a difficult season of life. Parenting is difficult, but this season with two under two has been an incredible feat to overcome. This winter has been the coldest and most snow in recorded history. We have used more wood than we ever would have expected. With me being sick and pregnant and taking care of Arie this past spring and then taking care of two babies all summer and fall, it has left me zero time to help Jack with the wood. 

Jack has also been blessed with a great job, but he has been working a LOT. 

In the past almost 3 years, I don't think we have had a minute to stop and catch our breath. Maybe 4. With the foster parent training, then me getting pregnant and being more sick than I could ever imagine, then our foster son coming and going, then Arie being born. Then the whirlwind of a newborn. And another pregnancy with Hyperemesis and taking care of a high needs infant. And now two high needs babies. 

It really has been incredible that the house is still standing. 

We are almost there... I can see the light. 
18 days until Arie turns 2. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bible Study- what I needed to hear

Just a little note about something The Lord is doing in my life today... 

I was looking up the scripture for the Bible study 30 Ways in 30 Days for today.  It was 1 Peter 3:15... And in my own Bible, I looked up 1 Peter 1:15. 

But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (1 Peter 1:15 KJV)

It was definitely what I needed to hear today. On top of: 
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15 KJV)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7 month & 22 month updates. A little late.

7 Month Update

  • Cloth Diapering
    • Diaper Laundry goes in the wash every morning. Having two washing machines is amazing. 
    • We used prefolds and covers all month. Both of the boys have seemed to outgrow the red-edge prefolds at the same time, both in absorbency and size/fit. 
    • I attempted to convert some prefolds to flats and my work seems to hold up only a few washes and I'm not sure why. I'm trying to avoid buying any more cloth diapers, but it appears inevitable. 
    • Potty training is slow, but I'm in no hurry. We have a potty seat and we still need to get a step stool. Arie will pee on the potty if we set him up there, but he doesn't let us know if he has to go or if he has gone. I'm not really in a hurry, but as the days go by and his communication skills and ability drastically increase, I know that it's not far off. 
  • Tandem Breastfeeding
    • Both boys are still nursed on demand around the clock. Both waking probably equal times throughout the night, between 3-5 times or more on really bad nights. 
    • Luke has two bottom teeth and 3, almost 4 top teeth. He hasn't bit me very much in the last month while nursing, thankfully. 
    • Arie now only signs for milk or asks for "milk." Luke sometimes signs but I'm not sure if it's on purpose. 
    • Arie seems to be eating a little bit better. Kinda. He throws A LOT on the floor, but I can almost always get him to share a smoothie with me. Today's creation had bananas, kiwi, avocado, kale, spinach and grapefruit! 
    • Arie is 22lbs 4oz and Luke is just under 18lbs. 
    • I'm still dairy and soy free! I'm not in a hurry to add it back in. I feel great physically and my diet is not lacking, so I'm not planning to even consider adding it back in until after Luke is 1. I have been dairy and soy free since May 1st 2013, so 8 1/2 months now. 
    • The most exciting breastfeeding happening in the last month was that I started pumping to donate! I have about 250 oz in my freezer and I'm adding to it every day. I am able to pump 8-14oz a day, depending on how much time I have. 

  • Sleep
    • Some nights are worse than others, and I know this won't last forever. 
    • Arie sleeps next to Jack most of the night now. He starts by getting rocked or laid down next to in his bed and then when he wakes up he will either ask to nurse or call out for Dada. 
    • Floor bed is still ok. I'm looking forward to having a normal bed back one day. 
    • We usually change the boys about once a night now. 
    • Naps are okay. (I'm rocking the boys as they nap as I write this!) They are generally from 12ish to 3ish. Give or take an hour. Somehow Luke will cat nap in the morning and then take a real good nap at the same time as Arie while I rock them both. And then again before bed, Luke usually takes another 10-20 minute cat nap. 

  • Home life - House stuff
    • I'd love to accomplish more projects, but there is just no time. 
    • Jack's birthday was this past weekend and we had Jack Sr., Lisa, Daren and Kelly over to have dinner and cake and to celebrate. 
    • We are looking into systems that will make us more self sufficient by using our wood burner to generate electricity. 
    • I'd love a maid. 
  • Going Out and About
    • Going out is now something that I'm limiting to as little as possible, still. 
    • I signed up for Door to Door Organics delivery and now I don't even have to leave to go to the grocery store. It ends up being the same or cheaper than what I would spend if I went to the store but I don't ever have to leave. 
    • I'm still leaving for LLL meetings and random play dates or shopping trips. I don't know where I would be without babywearing. 

  • Brotherly Love
    • Arie has started getting rougher with Luke. 
    • Arie is very interested in Luke and what Luke is up to. He shares things with him and tries to play with him. 
    • Luke loves To a quack at Arie and play with whatever Arie has. 

  • Luke
    • Weighs about 17lbs 12oz. He's wearing 12-18 month size clothes. 
    • He has 5, almost 6 teeth. He laughs when tickled, reaches for me when he wants me to pick him up and loves to cuddle and bury his face in you. 
    • He only sleeps on my lap, in a wrap or carrier, or right next to me with either his legs on me or his arm draped over me. 
    • He's the happiest little boy. 
    • His hair is starting to get longer and grow a little bit over his ears 
    • He's eating raw fruits and veggies when he feels like it. Not much gets down, but he enjoys making a mess. 
    • He sits up for 15+ minutes at a time now. I can set him down with toys or by his activity block and he will play and play. 
    • He and Arie now have little chairs that attach onto the counter where they sit to eat. 
    • He is doing little push ups here and there showing the beginning stages of crawling. 
    • He is also strong enough that he can handle short baths in very shallow water with Arie without my help in the tub. 
    • He hasn't said his first for sure word yet. 
  • Arie
    • Talks all the time. After the past week of him asking all day for Dada, and me answering, "Dada's at work." He now says, "Dada's at work." All day. 
    • He knows so many words, it's amazing. He's learning shapes and colors and the alphabet! 
    • He's also started to put two words together: "red car" and say phrases "get down". 
    • He has started to climb and sit on the back of the couch and hang out. 
    • He decided that my mom is "ammaw" and Jack's Parents are "eemaw" & "peepaw"
    • I can't believe how much of the alphabet he knows. He recognizes letters everywhere and in all different fonts. 
    • I'm about to switch him from 18-24month sizes to 2T!! He's gotten so tall.