June 1, 2018
Five months already! Below is a little update on how I'm feeling, what I'm wearing, etc!
Wearing: Maternity jeans that I cut off into shorts (so much more comfy than maternity pants and way cuter than normal maternity shorts). I'm not really loving my maternity clothes but also trying not to buy too much new stuff because this is our last babe. :)
Eating: Pretty much like I always do - no real cravings except lately I've been all about watermelon. This pregnancy is really weird because I don't crave sweets and I'm also not super hungry. I've only gained 8 pounds so far and I should be around 12-20 pounds. My doc says it's fine as long as baby and uterus are still growing, which they are.
Feeling: Really good. I'm in the pregnancy stage where it doesn't even feel like you're pregnant, except for the fact that I have to pee every two hours at night. I can feel the baby move now - little pokes and kick throughout the day - which is so fun!
Loving: Feeling the baby move - it really is my favorite thing about this stage! Also, my body pillow is a close second.
Worried About: A little worried about having a newborn right as Jon goes off to Korea, but I know it'll be fine. Also, a little worried about how a boy will fit into our family - it's going to be so different!
Excited About: Have a newborn again! I can't wait to hold him and snuggle him and hear him laugh and make him smile and find out what his personality is like!
April 9, 2018
Our little Elle Evergreen is THREE! Here are a few photos from her special day back in February. It was her request to have a unicorn balloon and pink cupcakes with sprinkles. We started the day with birthday cinnamon roles and a few presents. Then she went to school (and got to wear her "wild and three" shirt with her pink sparkly crown bow). Then after school, we had a fun dinner, cupcakes + candles and opened the rest of her presents. Her favorite presents were her Ariel and Rapunzel bath toys (of course!) and the giant cardboard castle from Didi and Pops. (She's into princesses, can you tell?)
In the second to last photo, you can see her showing us "three" on her fingers - that's how she would do it to get all three fingers up. :)
We love her so much and love watching her grow! Happy Birthday, Elle!
April 8, 2018
We are so excited to be welcoming baby number three into our family in September! This babe will complete our family, and this is my last pregnancy so I'm trying to soak it up, but that has not been easy so far!
I found out I was pregnant at 4 weeks and had a little honeymoon period until week 7 where I felt totally fine. I kept Googling "can you be pregnant and not get sick" because I thought I might be that lucky! I was wrong. :(
I got my usual weird digestion nauseousness right at the start of week 7, and I remembered why being pregnant is NO FUN. I felt super sick all day long. Eating was a challenge. I felt sick when my stomach was empty and then felt sick after I ate. I was a lose/lose situation. I basically tried to sleep my way through the sickness, going to bed at 8pm every night. When I hit 13 weeks, the worst of it went away, thankfully!
If anything, I would say orange juice and bacon got me through those first few weeks. Orange juice would settle my stomach and bacon was the only thing that didn't make me feel bad in the morning.
Now that I'm going on 16 weeks, I still have some digestive issues and still feel terrible if I over eat, but it's not debilitating. I hope that I get completely back to normal soon like I did with my other two pregnancies because I really loved food and stuffing myself full during those pregnancies and would love to do the same this time! :)
My cravings have been SO WEIRD this time around. Pineapple juice, orange juice, pickles, pickle juice, canned peaches and vanilla Snackwells cookies have been my go-tos. I also have had a major aversion to water. I can stomach it if it's cold, but really, I'd rather not drink it. In past pregnancies, I've had a food aversion to vegetables, but that didn't happen this time, so that's good! I was able to make healthier choices than I have in past pregnancies (but that doesn't mean I didn't indulge in plenty of treats, too!).
In addition to first trimester symptoms, I also have some really annoying general pregnancy symptoms that'll probably stay with me the whole time: stuffy nose and tons of spit in my mouth. I had the stuffy nose with my other pregnancies but never the spit thing - it's terrible! I deal with it by sipping on liquids constantly, but it's really gross and my mouth feels gross 100% of the time and I so can't wait for that part to be over.
I've pretty much been wearing maternity clothes since I was 7 weeks pregnant. My digestive issues made me super bloated, so much that my regular clothes just were not comfortable, so I pulled out the box of maternity clothes right away. At almost 16 weeks, I just bought some maternity shorts in preparation for this hot El Paso summer.
I still haven't felt the baby move, but I'm so excited to. That's my favorite part and the thing that makes being pregnant the most fun!
We found out the gender of this baby super early because we had some genetic testing done. I found out over the phone that baby was a boy - and I was SHOCKED! It's a good thing I had a couple days to sit with it on my own before telling the world, because I needed those days to get used to the idea! Since I found out first, I planned a gender reveal for Jon and the girls - a giant balloon that they popped and blue confetti and balloons came out. Watch the video here! Now that I'm mostly over the shock, I'm so excited for a little boy to join our family! I can't wait to see what he's like! (And I'm already having a blast shopping for all new baby boy stuff!) :) We'll have our anatomy scan at 20 weeks to 100% confirm that baby is in fact, a boy!
Stay tuned for more updates!
February 4, 2018
Wren turned five in November - can you believe it?!
On the morning of her birthday, she woke up to cinnamon rolls, balloons and streamers, and she got to open one present before school. Then she got ready in her birthday shirt and headband and went to school for the day. It just so happened that Rowan was flying in on Wren's birthday because we were all leaving the next day to head to Colorado for Thanksgiving, so Jon picked up Rowan at the airport and we all met up at home for dinner and cake and more presents. It was a super fun day!
Wren is 5 years old now, and I am convinced that she is the silliest, sweetest, smartest, most helpful little five year old in all the world! :)
Her favorite things right now are:
Art + Coloring + Crafts - This is still Wren's #1 favorite thing to do! She loves to color, draw, paint, cut paper and do any kind of crafting. As I type this, she's making homemade valentine cards for family and friends. She has her little table that always has crayons, pencils, scissors, paper and coloring books and when she gets quiet, it's usually because she's sat down to be creative.
Princesses + Ballerinas - She loves all things princesses and ballerinas, and she still loves to dress up as either when we are home. For Christmas, she got some ballerina leotards, tutus and ballerina shoes, so that's now a favorite outfit to dress up in. She still says she wants to be a princess when she grows up, even though we've explained that's not really a job. After we saw Disney on Ice, she said she wanted to be a princess from Disney on Ice, so we told her she'd have to learn how to ice skate. :)
Mom/Date Date Nights - Jon and I started this year taking each girl on a 1x1 date night once a month. The first month, Jon took Wren and I took Elle. Wren LOVED it. She talked about it nonstop before, and on date day, she was too excited to take a nap. Jon took her up the El Paso tramway to the top of the mountain, then out for burgers, then to an arcade. She had a blast and now she's already planning my date night with her.
Painting Nails - It's not often that I paint the girls' nails, but when I do, Wren loves it. The last time I did it, she said she felt like a mommy because her nails were painted. :)
Wearing Dresses - Wren would wear a dress everyday - even in freezing cold weather - if we let her. I have to explain in the winter that we're not going to be wearing dresses all the time. In the summer, I buy her so many dresses so she can wear one everyday.
Singing + Dancing - Wren knows the words to so many songs on the radio, and she loves to sing the songs she knows as loud as she can. She gets really into it - almost like she's acting the song out - it's hilarious to watch. We got her a karaoke machine for Christmas, so now she can sing into a microphone, which is very cute but very LOUD.
Throwing Parties - Wren loves to socialize! She loves when we have parties or when we get invited to parties. Recently, she's started throwing her own parties at home in either Elle's room or her room. She'll put on the radio (on her karaoke machine), get out her play food (hot chocolate for everyone!) and give us invitations to come. Then we go and dance like crazy people, stopping for fake food breaks.
Watching Movies/TV + Snuggling - She loves to snuggle up together on the couch to watch TV shows or movies. We don't do it often, but when we do, she loves it. Recently we watched "A Dog's Purpose" together as a family and it was the first movie that's ever made her cry - so sweet!
We love her so much - everyday more than the last! Always so happy that she is in our life and we get to watch her grow!