38 Weeks

 

Today marks 38 weeks! I am really in disbelief that we’re 2 weeks from the due date! I am feeling too good to be this pregnant! Of course, I am so thankful that I am 38 weeks pregnant and still feel wonderful! I’m still able to cuddle Paxton {I even rocked him to sleep one day this week!} I have no trouble putting him in his crib, bathing him or carrying him. And just this afternoon I painted my own toenails…pretty toenails are a must for delivery, right?

The only time I really ‘feel’ pregnant is right when I’m crawling into bed at night. Lately this is when Weston is ready to party, he goes crazy in my belly! I’ve found that putting my belly on John David’s back makes this a little less uncomfortable. My back does hurt a bit at night and rolling over takes quite a bit of effort. However, this is my only complaint, I think I can deal with 15 minutes of discomfort a day!

We had a checkup yesterday and I was about 50% effaced and only about a 1/2 centimeter dilated. I am completely okay with my lack of progress, I really am in no hurry for him to be born! It’s funny the difference in first and second babies, with Paxton we were incredibly impatient and with Weston we’re content with him waiting as long as he would like! {I suppose since we know parenting is much easier when baby is still inside mama!} We are thrilled about welcoming Weston but we know he’ll be here before we know it so there’s no need to wish these last few days away.

 

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of me in the same dress that we took our 38 week picture with Paxton. It’s basically the same angle. {There is a shadow on the one we took today.} I still think my belly is smaller now than it was with Paxton. And as of yesterday I weighed 10 pounds less than I did at 39 weeks with Paxton so I am about 8-10 pounds lighter this go round!

 

38 weeks with Paxton!

And here’s the handsome big brother! He did not want to have his picture taken with mama so we gave him a cracker to keep him somewhat happy!

 


32 Weeks


It’s been 3 weeks since I took a picture of my belly! Weston’s growing!! I’m definitely looking quite pregnant and putting on socks, shoes and bending over is getting to be quite difficult!

Thankfully my energy has come back and we rearranged all the rooms in the house and I’ve organized all 3 closets! The boys closet is the biggest closet in our house so last week I worked on a clothing organization system! I’ve just been tucking all of Paxton’s outgrown clothes into a large tote but now that I have another baby coming and will have two kids, I needed a different system! Each of the boys have 2 sweater boxes with clothes they’ll be growing into within the next year on the top shelf of the closet. I’ll probably still store some of the clothes {like the ones they won’t grow into for a year or more} in the large tote. Getting this knocked out has me feeling even more ready for Weston’s arrival!

While organizing the clothes, I put all of Weston’s newborn clothes in a drawer and the 0-3 months in the bottom drawer since he’ll quickly grow into those! It’s so exciting to open these drawers and see all the sweet tiny clothes and think that in 8 weeks we’ll have another precious little man wearing them!

We’re planning a little in regards to where Paxton will go when I go into labor and I’m making a post partum list of really simple meals that we can easily put together. I’m also working on a list of basic chores, like how to wash diapers {since it’s not as simple as putting the diapers in the wash, adding detergent and washing.} I’m also planning another “de-cluttering sweep” in the next few weeks so our house will be even easier to maintain. It seems the less clutter around, the easier it is to keep our house maintained and that will be very important when adjusting to life with 2!

Weston is a crazy man! He moves all over my belly and is so much more active than his brother ever was! I’m not in any pain or horrible discomfort but I do sometimes feel like I’ve been punched!

And now, here’s some comparison for fun:


With Paxton at 32 weeks! I do believe my belly looks much bigger here!

And for more fun:
With Paxton at 31 weeks…

And Weston at 32 weeks. Even though I’m a week ahead with Weston, I think I look quite a bit smaller. I also think it looks like I’m carrying Weston lower than I carried Paxton. Maybe a smaller belly means a smaller baby…maybe only 7.5 pounds instead of 8.5!! {And I’ve been measuring exactly on track throughout this whole pregnancy so I’m positive the dates are right.}

And a little more fun…here I am at 12 weeks in the same shirt! Wow…what a difference 20 weeks can make!

And here’s the precious big brother:

The best smile we got out of him!! He wasn’t exactly excited to be taking pictures with mama!


Wanting daddy to hold him! And I’ve been absolutely amazed that I’m still able to comfortably carry my 26 pound toddler with this growing belly! It’s amazing how mama’s adapt to take good care of their babies! Although, sometimes I don’t think Weston is thrilled that I’m holding Paxton, he’ll kick really hard which is somewhat uncomfortable for me!


Growing Belly

While playing outside one afternoon with Paxton and taking pictures of him, I saw my shadow on our garage and had to take a picture of my silhouette! I love the way this turned out!! Baby Weston is growing!!

 


27 Weeks

I’m 27 weeks 2 days pregnant (and am posting my 27 week picture, taken at 27 weeks 1 day…not too late this week!) Yay!

Everything is still wonderful! Little Weston is still one little mover…especially during the night. I think he’s really trying to escape sometimes! I do love these kicks and rolls though! I’m finding that I’m even more amazed at pregnancy and the miracle of life this second time than the first. I think when pregnant with Paxton, I just thought of having a baby. Now that I’m a mama I realize that I’m not just giving birth to a baby but to a person. I’m looking forward to watching him grow and getting to know him and watching his personality take shape and his interactions with his brother!

I cannot believe that in less than 13 weeks Weston is due! Now that it’s October, the reality that in 3 months (give or take a few days) Weston will be here. The crazier thing is that July was just 3 months ago and it seems like it was just yesterday so I know the time is going to absolutely fly by!

27 Weeks with Paxton:

I think my belly looks about the same. I think it’s more rounded with Weston but I think that’s due to the different pants (I’m wearing below the belly leggings in Weston’s shot but Paxton’s I’m wearing paneled maternity jeans) and the time of day…my belly tends to look much larger at night and this week’s picture was taken around 8 pm! I do think it’s neat that my belly looks very similar and my growth is consistent with my pregnancy with Paxton…although I’m hoping the result is not another 8.5 pound baby!! {If I could choose, I’d much rather go for 7 or 7.5 pounds over 8.5!!}

I still am in disbelief (and honestly think I will be until the day I deliver) that I’m going to have another baby and going to become a mama of two! Just today while Paxton and I were running errands in town I was thinking how easy it is with just one child and that my whole routine and whole world is going to be completely shaken very soon! Of course, we’ll soon establish a new routine and having two will become easy…or easier!

I’ve spent the last few weeks planning and preparing as far as cloth diapers go! I’m actually enjoying this little “nesting” project and it’s an area where we’ve been blessed, abundantly blessed! I never was worried about having to purchase more diapers but God has once again proven his faithfulness and we’ve been blessed with money for new diapers for the boys. Seriously, words cannot express my thankfulness and awe of how God takes care of us. This scripture sums it up best:

  ” 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:25-34

Big brother in his adorable fleece footie jammies!! Oh my the cuteness! I’m one blessed mama and my heart just melts thinking that next fall and winter I’ll have 2 boys running around/crawling around in fleece footie jammies!!

We think Paxton is ready to become a big brother. Last week we visited my family and he loved my sister’s 4-month-old. He loves saying ‘baby’ and was so helpful, trying to take care of her, give her toys and her paci. He never once showed any jealously towards her when mama or daddy were holding her! This is exciting, hopefully he won’t be jealous of his brother which should make for a much easier adjustment for us all!


25 Weeks

 

Taking a picture every week has become quite the chore so right now it’s every two weeks! I finally managed to remember to snap this picture at 25 weeks 4 days! {It’s not flattering at all, hubby was in a hurry and it’s time for a hair cut!!}

Everything is going quite well. We still have one active little boy. He’s moves quite frequently these days, still much more active than Paxton. Sometime last week I started sleeping with a pillow between my legs and am having a difficult time getting comfortable at night. {I think I was about 37 weeks with Paxton before this discomfort set in!}

I still cannot believe how quickly the weeks are flying by and that we only have a little more than 3 months left. It’s so exciting yet so scary! I am so excited that I’m going to have my very own newborn again but the thought of having 2 babies is a little intimidating. I mostly think, am I going to be able to give Paxton the attention that an active toddler needs while caring for a new baby. I know I’ll probably laugh at some of these anxieties in a few short months once I get into a rhythm with 2!

25 weeks with Paxton:

 

 

 

I can’t tell much of a difference, I do think the angle of the picture makes it look like I’m carrying Weston higher but I really think I’m carrying them about the same!

The biggest thing I’ve been preparing for these past two weeks is figuring out how I’m going to cloth diaper two. I’ve been doing all kinds of research and thinking in regards to diapers. We currently have 24 diapers (between pockets and prefolds) and those last 3 days (I wash every other day and have a day’s supply when I wash.) I figured that we’re going through about 8 diapers a day so right now I am thinking that having about 32 diapers will be the minimum number {I’ll probably want to have about 34 or 35 for a little wiggle room!}. I have a ‘plan’ including a few small diapers for Weston that will fit him trimly and a few more one-size diapers for both boys. Finally coming up with this number of diapers has made me feel so much more prepared! It’s funny what the things are that I worry about these days! I also am going to need a bigger diaper pail! I already need one, with doublers in Paxton’s day time diapers now, we’re filling our pail up after a day and a half so there is absolutely no way I can continue to use it! Time to research the best option for that!

And here’s big brother! He is absolutely adorable in his tractor shirt!

We think he’s beginning to understand that we’re having a baby. The past few days when we ask him where brother is, he’ll point to my belly! So exciting!

And do you think Paxton and I look alike? I think so in this shot! {Probably because I’m gaining weight and my face is getting some toddler chub to it! :)}

 


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