February 25, 2014

38 Week Bumpdate...

My "Before-Baby List" is all complete! I would be a great candidate for an early delivery but my children prefer to bake until the last minute possible. Only joking, I am thankful I carry my babies full-term. Not saying it is EASY everyday. My doctor told me "I make some healthy babies"! Thank the Lord for that!

Hospital Bags- CHECK!
I had a little blood pressure scare and symptoms so during one of our weather days, I got us packed! Gage was the hardest for me to pack, but I got it done! 
He is so excited about his hospital bags. If I do not hear him for a while, I know where to look! He is always looking is his snack bag and pointing to the monkey on his backpack making monkey noises.
Bottles/pacis sterilized- CHECK!
I purchased a sterilizer this time and went with the Avent since I use their bottles. (I love the new bottle design by the way)! I am very pleased with it so far, very easy to use. This was another project completed on a snowy day trapped in the house!
Bassinet washed and ready- CHECK!
During our snow days I even made some Pinterst DIY beauty recipes! No, it was not on my list to do so, but I'm glad I did. I hope to share a few of my favorite!
How Far Along? Today I am 38 and 2
   Size of Baby P? 4 3/4 pounds; 18 inches long
Maternity Clothes? Of course... and stretching it over my big ole belly is getting harder everyday!
 Weight Gain? Actually lost a couple of pounds so I am still under 30!
 Stretch Marks/belly button? NO and my sister made a lotion I've started using that I LOVE! I also have started putting on coconut oil! In my hair, on my face, and all over my body... It's a beautiful sight let me tell you!
Gender? Thomas "Graham" Pody
Sleep? Every night brings a new adventure... I'll leave it at that!
Food Cravings? MILK!

What I Miss? Getting dressed up in cute clothes, being able to turn over in bed with ease, being able to get out of bed without bailing out like a whale, and walking without a waddle!
What I am loving? Being totally ready and prepared to meet our new little buddy!
Movement? Yep... his body parts feel quite large!
Other Updates... 
My sweet friends gave me a surprise baby shower... I thought I was going on a dinner date with Lee to Logan's and there they sat! It seriously made me feel so special! First surprise party I've been given:)
I went to the doctor for my 37 week appointment and was able to get a peek at our sweet boy! He is still looking like his big brother based on his profile and he was measuring 7 lbs 8 oz! I was nervous he would be measuring larger than that so I think I may get through this with an 8 pound baby! I'm guessing 8.14! Of course, nothing has changed and it looks like we will be going all the way to our C-section date on March 3rd! 9 days to go!!!
Guess that's all for now! Hopefully I can capture some pictures of his nursery this weekend and post them before it's baby time!
Have a BLESSED weekend!

February 20, 2014

Gage Update...

18 Months Old
Everyday is an adventure with our sweet boy, an adventure full of blessings. Gage is all boy and into everything but he is very laid -back as well. He has a sweet temperament (MOST of the time) just make sure he's had a good nap before taking him into a restaurant.
 He weighs 26 pounds. Definitely gotten taller, not sure on his exact height.
Gage has become quite a picky eater. At one time he would eat ANYTHING, but now he is becoming smarter and he will start shaking his head "no" at the sight of something he dislikes. Luckily,  most of his choice of foods are healthy and nutritious. He still eats carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes in baby food form (I plan to do this as long as he will eat them!). He LOVES fruit: grapes, pears, peaches, pineapple, mandarin oranges & Cuties, strawberries
A few other favorites:
fruit loops
veggie sticks
He will sometimes drink 4 cups of milk before bed. He is definitely his father's child;)
Gage is in mostly 18 month clothes. We have incorporated a couple of  2T items but most are still too large. He wears a size 4 diapers and size 6 shoe. He is still hanging onto those chunky legs, pot belly, and chubby cheeks, which I would love to stay forever!
Gage is not the best sleeper. In the past week or so we have cut him back to one nap a day and that is helping tremendously. Before our change, he was still waking up 3-6 times a night. He is still sleeping in his packnplay across the room. Most nights he is in the bed with us by 3:00. Recently, he has stayed in his "bed" until 6:00.  Fingers crossed it continues! A lot of people ask what we will do when Graham arrives, and the answer is...nothing. Gage will stay in his packnplay and Graham will sleep in the bassinet. And I'm pretty sure we will have two in the bed in a few months! No need to change now, with a C-section I will not be able to travel up and down stairs anyway, so it is what it is!

Heads by Matthew Van Fleet- I have been wanting him to show interest in books and this is one of his favorites! He brings it to me several times a day to read to him.

Showers with daddy- Being 9 months pregnant, showers with daddy have become a blessing! Pretty sure this will be in our routine from now on. It is the cutest thing watching his chubby, dimple booty step into that big shower. He gets right under the water and drowns his face in it. Water does not faze him so this summer by the pool will be an adventure!

Watching TV- My child would watch TV as long as I would let him. A few favorties: Curious George, Mickey, Octonauts, Jake, Chuggington, Higgly Town Heros, Little Einsteins, and Sheriff Callie is a new found love. Pretty much anything that comes on Disney.

Animals- He loves "titty" (kitty) but kitty does NOT love him. He also loves "daw" (dogs). He refers to many animals as a dog or he will bark when he sees one.

Mommy's hair- I have twirled my hair since I was a baby and Gage obviously inherited my habit. He wants in ALL THE TIME, especially when he's getting sleepy. He just sits beside me and twirls it around his fingers. I love it:)

Safety goggles- If you follow me on instagram, you have seen several appearances from the safety goggles. I swear I do not force them on him, he brings them to me to put on him. It's the cutest!

Balls- He still has his ball obsession. Any type of ball, he will spot from a mile away.
 Being outside- The few times weather has allowed us to take him out, he is wide open, running, finding rocks, digging in the dirt, doing anything little boys like to do!
We had a couple of pretty weather days and Lee pulled Gage behind his bike. He loves it, as long as daddy doesn't stop!

We have had a lot of snow this winter. Gage is not too crazy about it but he did enjoy letting it fall on his tiny hands.  

Daddy enjoys taking him on a mule ride in the snow. I am sure you can tell by his face how he felt about it.

Diving into clothes- One of his new favorite tricks is to take off running as fast as he can and diving into daddy's work clothes, HEAD FIRST. You can seriously hear his head ram against the wall but it doesn't faze him one bit! (The child has the hardest head I've ever seen) Then he will sit as still as possible, thinking he is hiding. It is super cute, but he is really messing up my neatly, organized closet;)
His cousin- I have mentioned this little princess in one blog post, but she deserves another introduction.
This is my beautiful niece, Lizzie Grey. Her mommy went to work for a couple of hours, for the first time and we got to keep her! Gage loves her so much! He thinks she wants her paci at all times like he does, so she is constantly getting a paci shoved in her face while visiting Aunt Nanie.

I brought this chair out for Lizzie Grey and some little 18 month old made himself comfortable!

Going to church- He looks like such a big boy in this picture! This outfit stole my heart. He is quite a social butterfly at church. He loves to flirt with everyone and give them high fives.

His packnplay- My child is NOT a good sleeper but he LOVES to play in his packnplay and watch TV. This is a lifesaver while I am getting ready. I put his basket of toys in there and he outsmarted mommy... Little stinker!

More pictures will be added later!:)

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