Saturday, April 20, 2013

A 22-Week Pregnancy Update and Lilleigh Update!

This last week I was 22 weeks! (At this point, almost 23.) It has been so much fun to talk to Lilleigh about how she is going to be such a good big sister to her little sister!

Name: As far as a name goes, we finally decided on a name, and we have a fun reveal (for fam) in the works in the next few weeks - not sure how long it will take to make. So that is to come!

Exercise/ Cravings/ General Feeling: I have been feeling great! I've slacked off a little on working out and gotten a serious sugar craving in the last week, but I am working to get my butt back in gear. Less sugar. And back in the routine of working out. On average, I've been pretty good about working out 3x week and taking long walks with Lilleigh and Sammy throughout the week as well. Lilleigh has recently decided though that she likes to actually walk (not sit in the stroller) during our walks or to push her baby doll stroller, soooo my walks haven't been quite as much of a work out lately... Sammy and I may need to start getting up early for walks.

Energy: As far as energy, I do have energy, but a good chunk of the time, when Lilleigh goes down for nap, I've had to lay down for a bit too. I attribute this to two things (besides pregnancy) - 1. Going to bed too late. Bleh. I am working to get myself in gear in this area too. 2. Since I am pretty sure I had a "mild" (ha - still awful pain, def up there with labor) kidney stone after having Lilleigh, I decided to cut out black tea... which included iced tea and chai lattes. Agh. Those two things are my once a day treats! And now I am realizing how dependent my body is on them for energy and caffeine! And since I don't do soda or coffee, I don't really feel I have another caffeine option. I am still allowing myself to have a chai latte once a week though! And I'm praying the Lord rewards my dedication to not having tea the other 6 days out of the week.

Other prego news: We decided to hire a doula! Midwives are super helpful, but after last time, I learned that while midwives are trained in how to help you labor, their main priority really is overseeing the birth. And while last labor went smoothly, it would be super helpful to have another coach there assisting the process. We were excited to be given a great doula referral and welcome her to our team!

Big Sister: Sweet Lilleigh is just at such a fun age! I love playing with her! She's a social butterfly and loves to be on the go. When she caught pink eye last week, we were stuck at home for 3 days, and she was stir crazy. At one point, she picked up her purse and asked me to take her to the store! We are girls on the move! In the last few weeks, I have tried to start something new at our house of having one day a week where we just stay home and play. I get so caught up in our social calendar that sometimes I forget to just sit and enjoy my time with Lilleigh! So while we are both enjoying our one day a week at home, it is definitely an adjustment for us as well!

Last week we also had our 2-year well visit. (A little late, but we were waiting for our pediatrician to open his new office right by our house.) Lilleigh is 27 lbs and 50th percentile for weight. She is 34" and 40th percentile for height. My tall girl has slowed down her growth! Not a surprise when you stand next to me at 5'3"!

A couple more things of Lilleigh note... Lilleigh has told me she does not like to be called "Lil" but "Lilleigh." Baby girl is growing up!!  And something sweet - We read to Lilleigh every night before bed, usually a book and a Bible story. Her Bible story of choice several nights in a row was Jesus washing Peter's feet. (I love how she has story requests!) And I should also mention that her latest thing is to play or read in her bed for almost an hour before nap or bedtime. (Fine with me. She's training herself to have quiet time!) That said, the other night after we got home from community group, our babysitter said that on the monitor she had been watching Lilleigh sprinkle water from her sippy cup onto her stuffed animals, washing their feet. And then the feet washing turned into an all out bath for each animal. She was mimicking the story of Jesus and Peter! So sweet! And no wonder her bed has been soaking wet those last few nights! No more water in bed!

Overall, Mom and Lilleigh are doing well! We, along with Daddy and Sammy, can't wait to welcome Baby Girl home in August!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

From Easter Through Our Garage Sale!

I've been meaning to update the blog, but garage sale prep took over! Now that the garage sale is finished (see below), I have a few moments to post pics from Easter and these past couple weeks.

For Easter, RMom came to visit, and Lil loved having Mimi here. Unfortunately, I didn't get a pic of those two! But I did take plenty of pics of Lil on Easter!

We actually didn't do the Easter basket first thing Easter morning but let the Easter morning surprise be Jesus coming out of His tomb! (More on our DIY Easter tomb here.)

Then we went to church, where she got to wear her new tutu dress from Tita (So princess-like, of course she's obsessed and wants to wear it daily...) and then to lunch and came home for nap. We saved the basket for after nap.

Then we went to the Widemans' Easter party. There was an Easter egg hunt for the kids (and any adults who wanted to participate!) and lots of yummy food!

Easter was wonderful! And the next week, we went to our local fire station with our neighborhood play group! It was my week to host play group, and I figured the kids would think this was super fun. We had a great turn out!

And other happenings include...

Playing at the play ground with community group. Daddy helped Lilleigh on the monkey bars - just like Dora!

Celebrating my friend Courtney and her first baby, due in June!

And of course, our garage sale, which was this weekend! It was a lot of work but super fun to do it with friends! We may have to make it an annual event!

And considering Brendon and I only had small items to sell, we actually did pretty well at the garage sale! I designated all of our proceeds going to our minivan fund! We figure with two little ones and a dog, we actually may need one a little sooner than we had originally planned for. Originally we were thinking at the arrival of baby #3 in a few years, but with all of the road trips we do, we may need one sooner! Garage sale money isn't a huge contribution in the grand scheme of a car, but every bit helps! (Can you tell I'm a saver? I'm my dad's daughter for sure!)