Lately I haven't been able to do a lot of things I'd like to do. Sleeping late. Eating WAY too much candy. Potty training Brenden. Writing on our blog. Uploading pictures. Finishing putting the house together. Did I mention sleeping?
We have so much coming up. Thanksgiving, everything that needs to get done for the Bartlesville Christmas Spectacular (the annual production that Art of Motion puts on), anything and everything for Christmas, a trip out to Colorado (yay!), and oh yeah...I'm trying to grow a person. A very wiggly person who picks right when I'm trying to fall asleep to remind me they are in there. Add on top of that other lovely forms of drama that I will not bore you to death with and you have one stressed out pregnant lady.
Normally I think I would be just fine. Unfortunately, one of my side effects of pregnancy this time around is anxiety attacks. Nothing that leaves me curled in a ball (yet) but it's enough to give me a stomach ache and make me want to cry. The best thing for me to do to combat them is to 1.) eat and 2.) sleep. Eating is NOT a problem, but sleeping sure is. I still try to nap when Brenden naps but my mind won't settle down long enough to let me fall asleep in time for it to really count. When I lay down to go to bed at night I have the same problem. I always feel like my gas tank is running on empty, which doesn't make me feel very confident when I look ahead to the many days/nights of very little sleep after the baby is born.
I really am trying to focus on the positives. As of today I haven't gained nearly as much weight as I did with Brenden. I'm definitely carrying lower and maybe a little smaller since I can still fit into some of my pre-pregnancy jeans with a little help from a hair tie through the button hole. That wasn't possible last time. Brenden has started sleeping later in the morning. (although I'm jinxing myself by typing it) He's also becoming much more verbal and I can usually understand him at least 3/4 of the time. Having the bigger house has made a HUGE difference for us, especially that wonderful thing called a dishwasher. We're actually having Thanksgiving dinner at our house since our living/dining room will accommodate 15 people easier than my mom's house or Mike and Connie's house.
My main goal is to focus on December 1st...our 20 week ultrasound where hopefully we'll find out if the baby is a boy or a girl. After that we can really start planning, which I think will help me a lot. We're also having a 3D/4D ultrasound done about a week after which we've never been able to do. We're very excited to see if this baby will resemble Brenden like I think it will.
I definitely wouldn't mind having another one like this running around. :)
After having to reschedule SO many times due to sickness, bad weather, and everything else under the sun we FINALLY got a chance to do Brenden's 2 year pictures. The weather was gorgeous and the leaves were soooo pretty. She was nice enough to include us in a ton of them and of course the new baby Kelly is totally poking out there as well. :) Brenden barely sat still and poor Sheila was probably worn out after running after him but of course she got some great shots. Please visit her website to see them!
Last night was a ton of fun! We started out by heading down the street (2 whole blocks!) for the neighborhood parade. The kids were supposed to line up by age group but that didn't work out very well. Tim ended up being chosen to judge the 1st to 3rd graders and Connie was nice enough to walk with Brenden in the parade so that I could take pictures.
Afterwards we took Brenden around our cul-de-sac and he did his best to say "Trick or treat!" He was much better at saying "thank you" and "bye". Mike and Connie stayed at our house to hand out candy and wow, they had a rush of kiddos! When we got home he was much more excited about handing out candy to everyone who came to our door. "Trick or treaters! Trick or treaters!" followed by a rush to the candy dish and then to the door. Eventually we realized that he thought HE got a piece of candy every time he went to the door.
I thought for sure he would be up for hours with all the candy in his system but he went right to bed. I think it had more to do with the fact that we waited until later since day light savings was the same night. Another surprise was the amount of steak he ate, which is amazing because HE HATES MEAT. I keep joking that he's already a vegetarian, he really dislikes it that much. But sure enough, he ate a good portion of Connie's steak, some of mine, and a ton of potatoes. A night full of surprises!
Tim is a civil engineer, a Captain in the US Army, and an avid Oklahoma State fan. In his very limited free time he likes to brew his own beer and fish with his dad. Amanda is a stay-at-home mom, which means she spends much of her day explaining why her kids can't survive on chocolate milk alone. Any free time she finds is spent blogging about the kids, pinning fun things on Pinterest, or trying to be crafty. Brenden is a rambunctious 4 year old who loves super heroes, the solar system and practicing for American Ninja Warrior. Lauren is a precocious 2 year old that loves princesses (but hates skirts), singing and dancing along to Adele, and annoying her brother.