5 Weeks 'til D-Date!

I did this with Will, so I thought I'd do the same for this little lady, since, in general I'm significantly more terrible about blogging/documenting our lives these days.  She shouldn't have to miss out on everything.  :)


Mother Name: Amanda
Age: 27
Birthday: October 1st
Height: 5'6
Father Name: Geoff
Age: 28
Birthday: October 31st
Height: 5'11


Is this your first pregnancy?: Nope!  This is number 3, technically.
When did you find out you were pregnant?: This is a more loaded question than you think.  But, I took a test around May 24th that came back positive.
How did you find out you were pregnant?: I took a test - it was positive.    

What kind of pregnancy test did you take?: I don't know. Whatever was on sale at the drug store that week.
How many?: Just one.  I probably took another one a couple days later just for peace of mind.  Pregnant minds can go a little crazy.  :)
What were your first symptoms?: Not too bad.  I dealt with some nausea - certainly way worse than my pregnancy with Mr. Will, but very little vomiting or anything.  I was very tired, however.  Still am.  Ha.
Who did you tell first?: The hub!
Who was with you when you found out?:  Geoff was there.
Was baby planned?: Yes and no.  We weren't stopping a pregnancy, per se.  But, since the miscarriage in January and the recent move, it wasn't really something we were expecting or planning exactly.  But, we were delighted.
When was baby conceived?: Mid to late-April 
How far were you when you found out?: Just about 4 weeks.  I tested as soon as I was able. 


Due date: 1/30/14
Did you want to know the sex?: Absolutely.
Do you know the sex?: Yup!
If so, boy or girl? Girl!
Any names?: Yes.  Baby girl has a name, but I've been avoiding sharing it publicly.  But, it's not a big secret, so if you really want to know, ask me privately (or just wait a few weeks!).
Any ultrasounds?: I've had a few.  I had one at 6 weeks, one at about 10 weeks (after I fell down the stairs at my in-laws), and the big one at 20 weeks.  The doc mentioned they may do one at my next appointment (36 weeks), which would be AWESOME.  I'd love to see her.

Have you heard the heartbeat?: You bet.  That first appointment hearing that little heartbeat was the absolute best, especially after not having found a heartbeat with the last pregnancy.  Her heart rate has trended lower than Will's did, hovering between 130-140 throughout the pregnancy.
Who do you think baby will look like? 
I don't know!  Will came out such a blend, it's hard to imagine what this little lady will look like.  But, I'm certain she's going to be adorable.
Will baby have any siblings?: Of course, big bro Will.  It may take him a bit to adjust to her, but she's going to be lucky to have such an awesome big brother. 
When did you first feel the baby move? This chica has not been much of one for movement.  I think I must be carrying her further inside than Will because I don't feel her movements the same.  I felt her first move fairly early (around 14-15 weeks), but I really have to pay attention.  
When did you start to show?: I don't really know.  If you know me, you probably would have been able to tell around 17-18 weeks.  But, I felt noticeably pregnant long before that.  

How long could you wear your regular clothes? Awhile.  I think I had to abandon my pre-pregnancy pants around 13-14 weeks and the shirts closer to 20-22 weeks.  
Are you excited?: Very!


Did you have morning sickness?: Yeah.  It hit me around 13 weeks and stayed until about 17 weeks.  It was never too unbearable.  I just really struggled making Will breakfast.  
Do you have any cravings?: Not really.  Occasionally I just HAVE to have pineapples or pears, but that's about it. 
Do you have any mood swings?: Oh, sure.  This lady was way worse than Will on my emotions, especially in the beginning.  I felt out of control!  As I've progressed, however, I feel like I've gotten a lot more stable and I'm feeling pretty good these days - albeit easily emotional.
Are you a high risk pregnancy?: Nope.  So far so good.  My doc probably loves it when I come in for my checkups because it's always by the book.  My BP went up around 36 weeks last time, though, so we are keeping an eye on those numbers closely.
Any complications?: Nope.
Formula or breastfeeding?: I will be breastfeeding.
Have you bought anything for baby yet?: Yes.  Although, I feel way behind.  We've got the cradle, crib, carseat (we'll be reusing Will's) and glider.  I had a friend gift me a bouncer seat, bath seat, and play gym (so grateful!).  I've got a few outfits and a pack and play, but that's it.  I haven't stocked up on diapers, I'm short about 20 outfits, a swing, etc... But, it'll all come as it's needed.  Babies need so little at first 
Who will help with baby after their born?:  Geoff will take a little time off and, luckily, my fam is close enough to help out!  My mom will be around a lot, I'd assume and my SIL will probably end up being a life saver.  
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant?:  I'm just in awe of what the human body can do.  I look at my little boy and just can't even believe that I MADE HIM.  I'm excited to meet my little lady and see her unique personality and get to watch her grow as well. 
What is the worst thing about being pregnant?:  All your other organs getting all squished resulting in heartburn, a never ending need to use the restroom, and rib pain - oh, the rib pain!
What's one thing do you miss doing since being pregnant?:  Same answer as last pregnancy: Diet Soda.  If you want to visit me and meet the baby after she's born, an ice cold 20-ounce Diet Coke will get you in the door.  :) 
Any days you wish you weren't pregnant?: Nope.  Pregnancy isn't what I would call easy, but I don't have really terrible ones, either.  I'll be okay with getting my body back when this is over, but I generally enjoy the whole experience.
Are you ready for baby?:  Just about!  I'm not quite far enough along yet to start wishing she'd be here already.
How many kids do you want?: I don't know.  Going from 1 to 2 is going to be a big change, so we're gonna hang tight at 2 for awhile before we make any decisions on future offspring.  
Do you talk to your baby?: Haha.  Not a ton.  Mostly just when I'm calling her a stinker (she stops moving the minute anyone else tries to feel her move) or when I'm asking her to please move her toes out of my ribcage.  But, Will and I talk about her all the time.
Do you still feel attractive?: Eh.  If I go to the effort to get looking cute, usually.  But, if I'm being honest, I very rarely make that effort. 
Have you had your baby shower yet?: Nope.
How far along are you now?: 35 weeks, 1 day


December Photo Essay

Wondering what we're up to?  Now you know!
Helping to decorate Papa and Dizza's Christmas tree.

Cole and Will were good helpers.

These poor reindeer never have their antlers on straight (lately Will has taken to just pushing them over altogether).

Felt tree - he loved it for awhile and has also since taken to throwing all the ornaments on the floor.

Laundry is fun!

Making Christmas cookies with Dizza (i.e. Grandma Gamblin, for anyone who didn't know).

32 weeks preggo (I'm up to 34 now!)

Pinterest helped me decorate with these DIY showflakes.

My nativity display.

Will at the ER after he cut his lip open.  No stitches needed, just glue and tape strips.  It's healing nicely.

Went to the local holiday parade and outdoor market (where do I live!!)

Presents are starting to appear!


So much!

So, I know it's been a long time since I blogged.  Every time I go to do it I'm overwhelmed by how much I have to say and how little energy I have to say it all.  I'm loving my Northern California autumn.  The only problem I have is that it gets dark so early - but it's still 60-65 degrees, so I want to go to the park or play outside with Will, but we can't!

We had Halloween - Will was a doctor, and an adorable one at that.  We went trick or treating at a locale shopping center and stayed in to hand out candy at night.  He liked handing out candy.

Will turned 2 almost a month ago, and he's just as delightful as ever.  He had a couple of weeks where I was concerned that he might be turning into a "two year old," but then he got sick and once that passed, he's back to his good ol' self.  We have a lot of fun.  He weighed in at 30 lbs 8 oz and 36.5 inches tall at his 2 year appointment.  He was 90% for weight and 95% for height.  So, he's a big guy!  It still makes me smile that Geoff and I are on track to have a son who is around 6'3"-6'4".  Not that I didn't think it was possible - we both have tall genes, but when you're average height, you don't think you'll make tall kids!

Baby girl is growing right along.  I'm just shy of 32 weeks now.  I'm doing good.  She sits a lot lower than Will did in my abdomen and she's not as big a mover and a shaker as he was (this can lead to scares when I don't feel her moving!).  But, everything is going smoothly.  I'm a little more nervous with each passing week as my blood pressure didn't spike with Will until about 36 weeks.  I'm hopeful we can skip all that with this pregnancy - but ready for it to happen.

Will is very much into the whole Christmas scene.  He LOVES Christmas trees and all the lights and isn't shy about letting you know.  "Big tree!" "More lights!" and "More trees!" are common exclamations around the house/town these days and he gives me the grins every time.  We went for a drive to find some Christmas lights last night, and he could have done it for hours.  "oooh, lights!  More lights!"

I'm feeling extremely blessed this year having a California Christmas and preparing for baby girl and enjoying my time with Will.  It's a good life I've got and I'm just working to live in the moment and enjoy every day because soon it's all going to change (in a good way - but still very different!).

Hope you are enjoying every day as well.