Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Baby #2 - 22 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 22 Weeks. 5 months of pregnant! Phew!
 
Size of baby: The size of a spaghetti squash (about 11 inches crown to heel and nearly 1 pound).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total gain of 10 pounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: She is so shy about moving for other people! She lets me know when she wants me to roll over or change position though!
 
Sleep: I never feel like I've slept enough.
 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Grapefruit. Watermelon. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad and ok fine... French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
 
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, and a little bit of faintness.
 
Best Moment this week: Martha heard Arden having a "conversation" with Chloe this week and though most of it was undecipherable, Martha heard Arden tell Chloe she was having a baby sister! So sweet!

Belly Picture: 
22 Weeks and four days.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Monday, July 21, 2014

Hospital Bag Checklist

I compiled a list of things to pack in my hospital bag from several fellow bloggers and friends before packing it up. I'm going to be needing this again sooner than I think!

Mama's Bag:
  • 2 Nursing Gowns. - You won't want to wear pants.
  • 2-3 Nursing Bras
  • 1-2 nursing tank tops and a cardigan. (wearing normal clothes helps you feel better)
  • 1 pair of really loose pajama pants.
  • Sweatpants and t shirt to wear home from the hospital - be sure it's loose and comfy
  • Slippers to walk around in.
  • Flip-flops to wear in the shower.
  • one size up boyshorts from target to wear while at the hospital - I wanted these nice and loose and the hospital underwear they give you are HUGE.
  • Socks - I didn't want to use hospital socks bc I'm a germ-a-phob
  • Hair ties.
  • Brush.
  • Headband for labor to keep your hair out of your face.
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner.
  • Travel size body wash and lotion.
  • Travel size deodorant, toothpaste and new tooth brush. **Buying travel size allows you to have everything packed/ready to go and not trying to remember everything when its hospital time!!! Plus showering will make you feel human again.
  • Mascara - you just had a baby, put on some mascara and be proud of yourself.
  • Soft Toilet Paper - This one's important. Hospital toilet paper is not your friend. This might be the most important thing.
  • Cell phone charger.
  • Camera.
  • Books to read. There is a lot of waiting.
  • A blanket or lovie that you've been sleeping with for the baby to have. Arden was comforted by my scent.
  • Going home outfit for the baby - I used the hospital's little baby clothes while we were there to avoid bringing too much.
  • Baby socks (can also be used as scratch mittens but most little newborn clothes have the sleeves with the foldover mittens.
  • Pillow from home.
  • A cheap, color pillowcase so it doesn't get mixed up with hospital pillows. It will probably get all sorts of stuff on the pillowcase so be prepared for that.
  • Pediatrician information.
  • Pre-natal vitamins.
  • All paperwork you may need.
  • ID information.
  • Stool softener.
  • Little handout gifts for nurses and visitors.
  • List of who to call.
  • Extra small bag or space in your bag to stash everything from hospital bassinet.
  • Lanolin.
  • Boppy.
  • Extra boppy cover.
  • Neosporin. Arden had a gash on her head from my pelvis.
  • *be prepared for any clothing, etc to possibly end up stained so don't bring your favorite stuff*
Daddy's Bag:
  • Snacks. We brought apples, granola bars, etc.
  • a sandwich or two if you have time to make it before you leave.
  • Bottled drinks like water, gatorade, etc.
  • Sweatshirt - I kept the room freezing, it was summer and Kyle asked his parents to get him sweatpants and a sweatshirt!
  • Sweatpants - see above
  • Socks
  • Blanket and pillow - hopsital ones aren't that great.
  • Twin sized blow up mattress - didn't do this but Kyle says next time he will. He was uncomfortable on that pullout chair thing they gave him.
  • Phone charger.
  • Books to read.
  • ID information.
  • Clothes for 48 hours.
  • Chocolate for your wife once she is allowed to eat again.

Things to use from the hospital:
  • Baby clothes - their little t shirts are great and prevent rubbing the umbilical cord!
  • Baby hats
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • baby blankets
Things to take home from the hopsital:
  • I stocked up on diapers, wipes and anything that was in her bassinet.
  • a couple of the little baby t shirts.
  • hospital blanket.
  • hospital hat
  • pads from the hospital -yes they are huge but you can't buy anything that's as soft as those.
  • Any kind of prescription creams or ointments or tucks pads they give you.
  • Pain meds if you are prescribed any.
  • inflatable donut to sit on for the next few days.
  • Nasal sucker thing. The hospital has the best one ever.
  • Pacifier.
  • The awesome hospital jug they give you. Love that thing.

Other things to not forget:
  • Car seat...obviously. We had ours ready to go when I was 35 weeks pregnant, just in case.
  • Important paperwork. Have your husband focus when they tell you when to turn in what. Pain meds made it a bit foggy for me to remember how to get her SS card and birth certificate.
  • If you have a dog, have someone take home something the baby has worn to let the animal smell the article of clothing. This helps them to be familiar with the scent and not freak out when you bring home your tiny human!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Baby #2 - 21 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 21 Weeks. Almost 5 months of pregnancy!
 
Size of baby: The size of a carrot (about 10.5 inches crown to heel).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total gain of 9 pounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular clothes and maternity pants. I'm digging the stretchy.
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: She loves to move around at 4 AM and late in the evening!
 
Sleep: Sleep is going well enough.
 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Grapefruit. Watermelon. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad and ok fine... French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
 
Symptoms: Random fits of gagging, tiredness, acid reflux/heartburn, night terrors, cravings, always hungry, light headed, seldom headaches and good ole laziness!
 
Best Moment this week: Kyle felt Emma kick again! She has been shy for him.

Belly Picture:  This was taken at 21 weeks and 4 days.

 

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Arden's Big Girl Room

With the wonderful news of a baby sister, also came my nesting instinct. This probably surprises very few of you. I'm known to be organized and with plan. It's a safety net for me. My life feels more in control and functional with some sort of plan and organization. I even plan when to relax...otherwise, it won't happen!

I developed an overwhelming feeling last Saturday that we needed to give Arden a big girl room and start our new project of decorating Emma's room. Begrudgingly, my husband obliged. He's no dummy, he knows not to mess with a pregnant women's nesting instinct. I should probably thank Kathy's best friend Diana for this...Kyle learned a lot about how to and not to treat a pregnant lady through her five boys!

So, my wonderful husband moved furniture all around and in every which way I asked to humor me. Poor guy. We finally decided on a position for Arden's bed and got to setting up. Arden had the most fun helping Daddy with screws and bringing in pieces and telling Mommy to watch out! and be careful! She laughed and giggled the entire time! She helped put the sheets and blankets on the bed and jumped right in! We stayed and played in her big girl bed for a while, telling her what a big girl she was and what special room she had! She pretended to sleep and wake up and go back to sleep.

Needless to say, it was a breeze putting her in bed that night. She loves her room!

Big girl bed!

No more baby furniture!

Mommy is on the hunt for new decorations.

So proud of her new room!

She looks so tiny in that full size bed!

My little toddler is growing up and getting more independent by the day. It's bittersweet to think I have less than year left of her being a toddler and we'll be in the pre-school stage! Exciting and heart-breaking. But she's taught me just how fast it goes and even though the world tells you before their born, you really never know until it happens. I'll be able to appreciate it more with Emma. It's just not fair that you have a baby for only one year! A toddler for only two years, a preschooler for two years and then they are off to school, read: preparation to leave mommy forever!

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Baby #2 - Gender Reveal!

We were so excited to find out who this little person was growing in my belly. Unfortunately, Kyle had to work offsite for the day and was unable to make it to the appointment. And being the crazy wife I am, I decided to come up with a way for us to find out together. Sounds great right? Yeah that's what I thought...

I had talked myself up. I could do this. I could be patient for a few hours. No big deal. Then, my dear friend Maggie and her texts landed on the bad angel side of my shoulder. "Well, if the envelope just happens to fall and land open and you accidently read it...then will you tell me?" She's just as bad as I am with patience and two impatient women are a dangerous combo! So, we exchanged a few laughs and texts and she enjoyed being an instigator for a little while, what are friends for any way?! (Just remember Maggie, you tempt me and I tempt you...I know what desserts you like, ha!) At this point, I still fooled myself into thinking I could do this no problem.

SO. The appointment was early afternoon and I had a card and envelope ready for the nurse to write the gender in. I was doing well at this point, easy breezy. I then quickly ran by Baby Gap and picked out a boy and girl outfit. I took them to the register and handed the lady my card and the envelope. She then placed the correct gender outfit in the bag, without me seeing, and hid the other to put back on the shelf. The butterflies started kicking in about here.

She handed me a well wrapped package with my card and I was on my way. Then, my brain started racing...how heavy is this bag? Does this feel like it could be weighted with the boy or girl outfit?! I picked up pace to the car and tossed the bag to the other side. We are finding out together, I reminded myself. This, after all, was my idea. I couldn't go back on it now!

I worked the rest of the afternoon with the package in the car calling my name. Thankfully, I was swamped and the day went by quickly.

Then, I got a text. "Babe, my work day is running a little behind. Can you pick up Arden today?". Fine. Plus, I figured we'd get home at the same time and we would open the package immediately. Maybe it's better this way.

I picked up Arden. We drove home. No Kyle.

We waited ten minutes. No Kyle.

We stuffed our faces with oreos to keep from opening the package. No Kyle.

30 minutes passed. No Kyle.

Texts from friends and neighbors started with "well what is it?!" to which I still had no answer. I think I had the neighbors watching out of their windows for Kyle's truck to appear.

I finally broke down and called him. I mustered up all the calm I could and said Hi honey, how was your day and where are you?! He laughed and asked if I had peaked and I said no but I might...it's staring at me begging to be opened!! He was about 20 minutes away.

So, I sat and stared at the package while Arden ran brought her dolls back and forth to me.

Finally, we heard the garage door open and Kyle came inside. "Ok, let's open it!!" I yelled. "Now wait honey, I just got home"..."excuse me, what?!". He laughed and humored me "ok, let's open it."

We let Big Sister Arden have the honors and this is what happened...


Daddy is bringing the package over.

Arden looks at the ultrasound.

Decides it's nonsense and package opening time!

We're having a SISTER!!!!!!!!!!

We are just thrilled, especially Arden! I think she's looking forward to having a buddy to place Frozen with and share sweet little girl secrets and team up against mama as teenagers with. Ha!

Kyle is excited to have another sweet girl to share his heart with and spoil. That's what Dad's are for! He said "Well God gave me three women (mom + big sisters) growing up to tell me what to do all of the time, it's only fitting that he would give me three women to tell me what to do as an adult!" Kyle is the man of the house and we agreed to always have a male fur-baby to give him some additional testosterone in the house!

Kyle and I couldn't be more excited to be parents of girls!

Emma Kathryn, you are so loved already! We just can't wait to meet you and see your similarities and differences to Arden. I have a feeling you two are going to be different and I'm excited. See you soon, little bug...but not too soon! Grammy says no more babies the first ten days of November, there are so many! Life lesson #1, always listen to The Grammy! :)

PS...Do mama one favor. Please don't come late. Thanksgiving in the hospital just isn't the same!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Baby #2 - 20 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
 
How Far Along: 20 Weeks. 4.5 months. HALFWAY!
 
Size of baby: The size of a banana (about 6.5 inches crown to rump).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total gain of 7 pounds.
 
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular clothes and maternity pants. I'm digging the stretchy.
 
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
 
Movement: Lots of kicks. I'm starting to get to know her routine.
 
Sleep: I miss it but still getting plenty compared to newborn nights :)
 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night.
 
Cravings: Green smoothies. Blackberries. Grapefruit. Watermelon. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Dark chocolate (but it gives me heartburn) and ok fine and French fries.
 
Deterrents: bar-b-que. cooked vegetables (except asparagus).
 
Symptoms: Random fits of gagging, tiredness, acid reflux/heartburn, night terrors, cravings, always hungry, light headed, seldom headaches and good ole laziness!
 
Best Moment this week: Finding out we're having another girl!

Belly Picture:  Yeah...I was too lazy for that. Maybe I'll remember this Friday!

Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Germany 2014

Kyle and I were fortunate to have the opportunity of a lifetime to visit Europe this Summer. My Uncle Dave has been working overseas in Stuttgart and invited us over!

Our Itinerary included:
Stuttgart, Germany
Garmisch, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle
The Eagle's Nest, Austria (Hitler's Hideout and Entertainment House)
Berchtesgaden, Germany
Dachau Concentration Camp
Paris, France
Rothenburg, Germany

We were busy to say the least, BUT we had the opportunity to see so much in 8 days. (We were gone for ten days but spent 22 hours traveling each way.) Uncle Dave planned the entire trip and we didn't have to worry about how to get where or where to stay. Everything was set up and planned to allow maximum time to enjoy this beautiful part of the world! My Uncle Paul and cousins Rachel and John flew in too and joined us for the trip. We had a blast catching up with everyone and experiencing the German culture. One thing is for sure, when you get a bunch of Thompson's together there is plenty of good food, joking around and laughter.

Here are some photos!

Before Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle
 
Neuschwanstein Castle
 
View from Neuschwanstein Castle
 
Rach + Gelato
 
John + Gelato
 
Austria

Bumps in Austria

Eagle's Nest at the top of the photo
 
View from Eagle's Nest
 
View from Eagle's Nest
 
View from Eagle's Nest
 
View from Eagle's Nest
 
Dachau

Dachau

Dachau - the entire space was living quarters, now taken down

Dachau - replica of living quarters

Bump in Paris
 
Hotel de Ville - Original
 
Gargoyle at Notre Dame

Eiffel

Cousins in front of the Eiffel
 
Uncles at the Eiffel
 
Sunset in Paris
 
Notre Dame
 
Top of Notre Dame
 
View from Notre Dame
 

Lock Bridge
 
Our lock

All of our locks
 
Pizza in Paris
 
Rothenburg
 
Kathe Wohlfahrt Delivery Truck
 
Rememberance candles for Dad, Uncle Jeff + Gramps

Shops in Rothenburg

Rothenburg Square

St. Jakobs

St. Jakobs

St. Jakobs


 


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