Wednesday, September 23, 2015

30 weeks // baby girl // countdown mode.


30 weeks has arrived. 10 weeks OR SOONER until we meet our little girl. I had both boys early. Jake, at 38.5 weeks, and Asher at 36.5 weeks. So... my doctor has a feeling that we will see her around the same.

I went to my 30 week appointment and saw our little one. She's already head down! woo hoo! This could mean VBAC part 2. Some doctors look at it as a normal vaginal birth (after one successful VBAC), and others will always consider it a VBAC. Either way... a safe delivery is the most important thing. I've been through both, and would do either.

My due date is November 30. She is measuring a week and a half early just like the boys. She is an estimated 3.5 lbs already. The doctor said she has a good size head, so she's happy she's facing down already. She may just stay! Here's to hoping. I don't feel kicking as much as the feeling of her sticking out of my body. I feel body parts all the time. And more rolling motions. She's VERY active.

I have pretty easy pregnancies. But, this one has had more challenges. I believe it's because of the lack of rest I get chasing after my boys. I have developed an "irritable uterus" and now am forced to lay down after 6pm. The fear is complete bed rest or medication to stop contractions. Since I had both boys early (and especially Asher at 36.5 weeks), we are trying to limit lifting, exercise, and just relax when I can. It is almost impossible being a stay at home mom, with kiddos that only go to school part of the day, or part time. But, I'm doing better with my neat freak ways, and Grant as well as Amelia (our babysitter - who is like a little sister to me) are helping me at night.

The pain sensation that I feel is lots of pressure. It feels like my stomach gets extremely tight, and the only way to relieve it is to lay down... and on my left side. Even sitting down doesn't relieve the feeling. It's like a balloon filling with too much air and is about to pop. That's the best way I can describe it. It happens in the evening especially after I've had an active day. Some nights it doesn't happen... but, for the most part it does. The more rest I can get during the day, means a better evening.

But, other than that... everything is the same as the boys. Everything is going as planned... I don't get sick... I have energy... and we're back on the heartburn train. Looks like this baby could have lots of hair as well? hehe. We shall see soon enough.

Here is an updated picture of me...
And also, a picture of me at 30 weeks with all three of my pregnancies.

Jake - 29/30
 Asher - 30/31
Baby girl - 34/35
Pretty similar? I think so. I've gained about 17 pounds... but, I know after 30 weeks is when I gain the most weight. I'm trying to eat healthy along with wanting ice cream, skittles, and fried pickles. haha. 

Hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Big week for Jake!

This has certainly been a big week for Jake. He turned five, started T-K at his elementary school, grew 3 inches since May, and is starting fall T-ball, as well as continuing soccer.

I don't want to post the pictures of him at his school, because his school name is on them. But, I did take a few at the house before we left.

He was so excited, and he's loving school so far! I'm such a proud mommy. Here are Jake's updated stats:

Age: 5
Height: 3'11"
Weight: 54 lbs
Size: 7
Shoe size: 1
Fall sports: Soccer and T-ball
Favorite things to do: Disneyland, sports, going to the park, play dates with buddies, adventures with his brother, and chocolate.
 My oldest baby.
 Birthday celebrations. Fun breakfast, shopping, lunch, and dinner and dessert out with family!
 My boys on Jake's first day of school.
Asher was so excited to pick up Jake after school. When we were walking to the car, Asher grabbed his hand. Love these little brothers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Happy 5th Birthday, Jake Bowman!

My oldest baby is FIVE. Why does five sound like such a large number? Is it because five comes with starting elementary school this year (T-K on Wednesday)? Or starting big boy sports (soccer as well as T-ball this fall)? Or becoming a big brother for the third time (this November)? I'm not sure. I just know that this little guy made me a mommy, and has changed my life forever. :)

Dear Jakey,

It's hard to believe that five years ago, you were born. Making me the happiest I have EVER been. I had no idea what to do, how to do it, or any direction from anyone. Your father and I just did it. From the moment below (the first time I was able to actually hold you), we bonded. Everything I had ever wanted. My first son. God blessed us with you.
When I brought you home we grew together. You have taught me perhaps more than anyone I know. I adore you. My love is so deep for you, your brother, and for your sister. I'm so incredibly lucky.

Over the last five years I have seen you turn into a little boy. Someone who is compassionate, loving, caring, silly, and smart. You have more friends than the average teenager. And all of them love to be around you. The joy you bring us and others is contagious. You are always so calm, cool, and collected. In every situation. You always have the right thing to say at the right time. Is this even possible for a five year old? Well, it is. You put a smile on all of our faces always. One of my favorite things you do is problem solve. It's incredible. You have the ability to look at a problem, and figure out a way to solve it or improvise.

Oh the places you will go! You are going to go far Jake Bowman, and I can't wait to see you grow into the person God designed you to be. Stay positive, happy, caring, loyal, and loving. You are special in so many ways. I'm grateful. You are a blessing to us all.

You are my sunshine, always and forever,

Your mommy.

Our favorite place to go together:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Keeping up with the Stones

And just like that... It's the beginning of fall. We had a busy summer. Beach, bay, stay-cation to Disney's Grand California, swim lessons, play dates, bbq's, lunches, dinners, circus, carnivals, OC fair, Disney day and nights, on and on. We certainly had a great summer. 

I'm never sad to see summer go. Probably because I like to take the kids places when it isn't crowded and another huge reason is that I can't wait until Christmas. This year... it's I can't wait until our baby girl is due!

Here are some pictures of what we've been up to. There are a lot. And this is just a few! WOWSA!

Laguna Beach. One of our fave spots.
These boys. Lounging in the sun. 
 Story time on Wednesday afternoons.
 Bay days...
 Fourth of July BBQ at our house.
 Just a few men and their babies. 3 more babies to add to this picture soon.
 Sunday Church.
 Stay-cation at Disney's Grand California Hotel.
 Awesome parade and firework show.
 Circus with auntie, uncle, and cousins!
 Suite life. The best when you have kids. Thanks to my aunt Audrey! So much fun!
 Japanese Carnival. The boys ate udon and rice. We also won 3 goldfish... which are still alive and extremely lively and large.
 Birthday parties for best buds.
 2 different VBS's! One at our church we attend, and another at the boys preschool. 
 Bouncing fun!
 Orange County Fair!
Grant ocean swam 2.2 miles. Dwight Crum pier to pier challenge.
 Sharing a room. They don't like to sleep in separate rooms. Very sweet.
 Swim lessons, and swim parties.
 Jake had his tonsils and adenoids removed the second week of August. He's totally feeling better now! So glad that's over!
 Back to silly.
 Soccer in the park with daddy.
 Lunching some more...
 Summer nights playing football with cousins.
 Asher played soccer at his school this summer.
 He loved it!
What a fun few months. I hope to continue this blog so that my kiddos can see all the fun things we did, and what was going on in our lives. This blog started right after Grant and I got married in 2009. Seems like so long ago. :)
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