Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Week 18: No news is good news

I've delayed my week 18 post simply because I don't feel I have much to write about.  Now that's certainly not always a bad thing.  I'm VERY thankful I'm not writing about continued nausea and vertigo issues.  By God's grace, those have tremendously improved!  Some times, no news is good news.  And I'm okay with that. :)

It's been a more relaxed few weeks here lately.  And since I've been feeling better, I've been getting much more accomplished around the house.  That's certainly a plus.  And the kids and I have been doing more fun stuff together during the day than I was able to when feeling so sick.

I've been attempting to try a few new recipes lately.  Those who know me well know this is one of my greatest struggles as homemaker.  I do not enjoy cooking, I don't cook well, I hate to menu plan, shop and wash dishes.  There, I said it. :)  BUT, considering there are seven people living under this roof (our 5 plus our friend and daughter), I NEED to grow in this area.  I'm actually attending a cooking class tonight to try and improve my skills.  We'll see how that turns out. 

Nothing new and exciting on the baby front.  But again, no news is good news right now.  We have our official gender ultrasound next week so it'll be fun to see him again.

Guess that's it for now.  Maybe there will be more fun next time! :)

Until then...
Take care,
Terra

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Week 17: Vacation Fun

Week 17 was nice.  We were one vacation in Crestview, Florida (a small, mostly military town near Destin).  It's where James grew up and his parents still live.  We try to make it down there once a year, so it's nice to look forward to.  James' mom was in the Philippines this year so we missed her and her usual cooking.  However, she had us more than taken of with the help of another Filipina and we certainly ate well regardless.

I think most of us can agree that we usually feel we need a vacation from our vacation because we tend to stay so busy doing things during that time.  This year, I felt it was a really nice blend of doing and resting.  We made it to the beach twice, visited the Armament Museum, did a small bit of shopping, kids watched a movie at the theater, ate out a few times, enjoyed some fireworks but mostly just hung out and enjoyed one another at the house.  We watched some Olympic trials where the kids became fascinated with the gymnasts and started tumbling around the house.  The swim meets had Hannah temporarily adding "swimmer" to her long list of things she'll be when she grows up.  Her favorite part of the entire trip, hands down, was the pool at my in-laws.  I think she would've been content there the entire time!  Going to look into getting the older kids into swim lessons I think.  Of course everyone else came back with nice tans and I came back with more freckles. :)

The biggest downside for me during the trip was that I had a headache every, single day.  That was not fun at all.  I think it was my regular watching of the giant TV there.  I typically watch very, very little TV.  I've been fine since being home, praise God.

We drove there and back - overnight, as opposed to our usual flying.  By God's grace, it was mostly smooth and to my surprise, the kids did very well with it.  We came back to our AC not working on the second floor of our home, thanks to the week of temps over 100.  We're hoping to get it fixed soon.  In the meantime, the kids have been sleeping on the first floor with us and we're grateful the weather has gotten a tad cooler.

I've been noticing the baby moving around more.  Still small movements but becoming more noticeable.  Always fun.

Until next time, check out our vacation pictures here.

Take care,
Terra

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weeks 15 & 16: It's a DANIEL!

Somewhere along the way, I managed to miss the fact that I forgot to post my weekly update. :)  Sorry about that!  I'm sure you sit anxiously awaiting our new post each week anyway, right?  Totally joking.

As I mentioned in the title of this post, we got a nice, early surprise announcement!  We went to our friend's clinic (the retired OB) two weeks earlier than planned.  Though we knew there were no guarantees, at 16 1/2 weeks we knew there was a possibility we could learn the gender so decided to try anyway.  After all, we're scheduled for our official ultrasound at 20 weeks so it wouldn't be a great loss if we didn't learn anything new.

I always have a little bit of anxiety when it comes to pregnancy before I'm able to physically feel the baby move much.  Not that movement means everything is okay but it is reassuring none-the-less.  So there was a part of me that was anxious going in to the ultrasound.  After experiencing our own miscarriage in 2008 and then knowing many, many friends to lose babies at various stages of pregnancy, I secretly feared seeing a lifeless body on the screen.  To my sheer delight, there was one active, super energetic little baby in there!  The doctor commented several times on how bouncy he was.  Could be interesting as the pregnancy moves along and I can actually feel all that movement.  :)

So there we were, admiring all the beautiful body parts - a nice round head, good looking heart, legs and feet, arms and hands. Then I noticed a little "something" down south.  I uttered a "whoa."  The doctor looked at me and said, "Yep.  I saw that too.  Actually, seen it a few times."  He later went on to say that while we did not have one still, clear shot, based on all those "few times" he'd say with 95% certainty that we were having another boy.  YAY!  Though we obviously would've been grateful and happy with any gender, we're SUPER excited that Benjamin will have a brother!  Right now, between the two girls, we have far more pink and princess than not.  Benjamin is ALL boy and I think he will really love the fun of another.

In other pregnancy news, my nausea is slowly tapering.  Praise the Lord!  During the day I find myself nauseous off and on but I can usually help it by getting food on my stomach.  It's still the worst in the evenings but is more manageable than it was a month ago for sure.  So very excited about that.  I've started having some of the usual pregnancy tenderness and pressure.  Haven't really had any big breakouts on my face (like with past pregnancies) but some on my neck which is not fun of course.  Not too many crazy dreams lately.  Vivid but not as crazy as they were earlier on.  And finally having small bursts of energy here and there.  All this to say, I still feel some of the discomforts of pregnancy but mostly, in a much more bearable, encouraging way!

Until next time...

Take care,
Terra