Guest Post: Mom's Make it Work

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Today I'm blogging over at my dear friend Julia's blog, My Life in Transition, as a part of her Mom's Make it Work series. I've only rarely guest posted and have been so encouraged by the variety of working moms who have shared!
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I hope you'll check it out and even read back throughout the whole series, here!

18 weeks | Baby Bonus

Friday, April 18, 2014

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How far along: 18 weeks. [18w with Miri, 18w with Ezra, 18w with Isaac]

How big is baby: Baby is around 5 1/2" now and around the size of a sweet potato.

Weight gain/loss: Grosssss, up to 6 lbs. Trying to stay on track for a 22lb gain, since I started 11 above pre-preg, like my MW suggested and with Miri, I was only at a 3 lb gain.

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: Neither good nor bad. Miri didn't continue her sleeping through the night habits.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Everything that always sounds good to me sounds good. This pregnancy has really been pretty tame compared to the cravings and aversions brought with the past pregnancies. I've been trying to stay paleo, but man, dairy seems to work it's way into everything.

Movement: I'm pretty certain I've been feeling this babe popping! 

What I'm loving: I'm thankful for a smooth pregnancy at this point. We've had several losses on my September baby board and it's just heartbreaking.

Symptoms: And here I thought my boobs didn't hurt at all with Miri, but surprisingly, I'm reading that they hurt with her late, like they've been hurting this time too. My face has been breakout city.

What I'm looking forward to: I'm so looking forward to seeing this littler one! Unfortunately, the ultrasound has been pushed back a week to May 9th, as I'll be shooting a wedding in Hawaii last minute!

Best moment of the week: Hmmm, I'll have to come back to add something. It's been a pretty rough week. As if it weren't hard enough on us as adults to slip back into winter with 19" of snow, the boys are having a heck of a time! They went from playing outside for nearly a week to being cooped up again.
 

Happy first birthday, Miriam Joy!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's hard for me to even put into words how amazing it has been to be your mama, sweet Miri. The tumultuous feelings of always wanting three boys, to desiring a daughter (the posts are there, for anyone who still thinks I was hoping for our 3rd son and disappointed to have a daughter), to then being overwhelmed and a bit scared to actually be expecting a daughter, all of these emotions have slowly just faded away into the beautiful normalcy of you, in our family.

Your entrance into the world was not as I imagined, but it didn't matter when I held you in my arms.
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I had no idea what beauty your face would hold, but I was captivated by it and your full head of hair.
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After playing the guessing game of when you'd arrive, it was absolutely surreal to just sit, and be, and have you with us.
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You had everyone absolutely wrapped around your tiny little fingers from the very beginning, including your doting brothers.
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I have to admit, the full head of hair threw me for a loop, and the accessories that went with it, but the rest of you? But those were just mild hiccups. I loved on you with my entire being.
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You absolutely enchanted us.
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You have the absolute face of an angel.
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And when you started to smile? It.was.over.
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I tried to take as many pictures of you as possible!
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And some months I was very successful.
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I mean, very successful.
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You slept well, ate well and had the sweetest disposition.
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You started crawling around 6 months, just like your brothers.
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We bought a new house and you were the first baby to have your own room. 393A9436

You started climbing the stairs at 7 months, also just like your brothers. 1399362_705720425231_505063183_o

And I started taking less and less pictures of you the more you moved, also just like your brothers. 393A9324

But that didn't mean they still didn't happen, sometimes. 393A9093

You started walking about a month before your birthday and have only gained confidence!
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We'll never know why we were blessed with you, but we're so grateful you're ours. 393A3278

You truly are our joy.
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17 weeks | Baby Bonus

Friday, April 11, 2014

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How far along: 17 weeks. [17w with Miri, 17w with Ezra, 17w with Isaac]


How big is baby: Baby is around 5" now and around the size of an onion.

Weight gain/loss: Well, I bit the bullet and I'm up 4 lbs. My MW would like me to gain similar to Miri due to my barely losing any weight after her, so we'll see how that goes.

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: Miri has slept through the night the last three nights, which is an all time record for her. I'm loving it!

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Everything that always sounds good to me sounds good. This pregnancy has really been pretty tame compared to the cravings and aversions brought with the past pregnancies.

Movement: None. I can not wait to start feeling movement and to confirm that this baby is healthy! I will willingly say that I really need to know what this little one is to begin to bond, so very similarly to when I was pregnant with Isaac.

What I'm loving: How excited my boys are for the "new baby." I love that it isn't coerced or a topic we have to constantly bring up to them. They're just genuinely excited.

Symptoms: And here I thought my boobs didn't hurt at all with Miri, but surprisingly, I'm reading that they hurt with her late, like they've been hurting this time too.

What I'm looking forward to: Miri's dedication and birthday party this weekend!

Best moment of the week: Isaac overheard me saying to Tony, "It's a girl!" regarding my friend Erin's gender reveal and Isaac excitedly turned around, face full of happiness "You mean I was right?! It's a girl?!" He specifically and independently prayed for a girl the week that this surprise was conceived and wants a sister for Miri so badly. If for no other reason, which it's not ;), I'm hoping this little one is also a girl, so that Isaac is right!
 

16 weeks | Baby Bonus

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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How far along: 16 weeks. [16w with Miri, 16w with Ezra, 16w with Isaac


How big is baby: Baby is around 4 1/2" now and around the size of an avocado, which I'm very familiar with.

Weight gain/loss: It's funny how I've closely monitored my weight gain over the past three pregnancies, only to this time pretty much say screw it, since I was still 11 lbs up.

Stretch marks: Miraculously none.

Sleep: I've had a really hard time sleeping since we got home. I definitely need a new pillow, but additionally, we're also looking at a new mattress, as we've had ours for 8 years and prior to that it was my Mom and Stepdads for 12. 

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Everything that always sounds good to me sounds good. This pregnancy has really been pretty tame compared to the cravings and aversions brought with the past pregnancies.

Movement: None. I can not wait to start feeling movement and to confirm that this baby is healthy! I will willingly say that I really need to know what this little one is to begin to bond, so very similarly to when I was pregnant with Isaac.

What I'm loving: This week could bring 70F to Minnesota! The kids are excited about Spring and so am I.

Symptoms: I've been very exhausted, so much for the 2nd tri energy this time.

What I'm looking forward to: My appointment on Monday and afterwards being able to schedule the anatomy scan! I tried to call and schedule it already, knowing that I'll be 20w May 2nd, but unfortunately too many people have abused the opportunity and once the ultrasound orders were in, they called to make it for 17-18w. I just want a date to look forward to! Also, shooting Miri's one year session with Gina on Thursday!

Best moment of the week: I'm going to go with waking up the boys at 11:30 to bring them home from my Mom's when we came home from Mexico and that they talked to me the whole ride home.


As you can see above, we're going with Baby Bonus! Although not as endearing as Bless, Love & Sweets, it still is positive and connotes that this baby is indeed a special add on. 

 

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