Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Baby CDS: 1 Month

I'm so behind on blogging... again. Oops! But, we have a new sweet girl! And she's already a month old (actually 6 weeks as I write this, but I'm trying to give details from her first month!). This seriously felt like the fastest month of my life.


Baby CDS is just about the sweetest little thing I could imagine. We're all soaking in as much newborn baby time as we can. I'm in love, Daddy's in love and big sisters are in love, especially Lady C. Seriously, Lady C's face just lights up every time she sees her baby. It is absolutely adorable. We were worried that there would be some jealousy from Lady C, but there hasn't been any toward baby at all (she does sometimes get upset if Miss A or Little J is snuggling with me).


Baby CDS took to nursing really well right from the start, such a relief. She was/is a big baby. She started at 10 pounds, 11 ounces and by her checkup at 3 weeks she was up to 11 pounds, 11 ounces. So eating is not a problem. Although I did end up with mastitis at 3 weeks, which was awful. I'm hoping to avoid that going forward! She's also sleeping about as well as you can expect for a newborn. Most nights she's only up once or twice, and she goes back to sleep right away after I feed her.

 We used the newborn size diapers that we got from the hospital, then moved to size 1 right away. It was about the same with clothes. I had all of newborn clothes ready, so Baby CDS started in newborn size clothes, but after a little over a week I moved her up to 3 month clothes, and some of those are getting a little tight. 


Of course E had to stick with his tradition of getting Baby CDS a cake for her 1 month birthday. E picked an ice cream cake up from Dairy Queen and it was quite tasty. We all enjoyed baby's cake! And that night Baby CDS got to join E and I for her first party, a work event for E. Baby CDS slept through most of the party, but she definitely the cutest one there! 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Baby #4: 39 Weeks

As I type this, I just got home from the doctor, and it looks like we're going to have a baby tomorrow! Wow! It feels really crazy that we're about to have FOUR kids!
37 Weeks
We're as ready as we can be for baby girl's arrival. Her room is ready, her clothes are ready, we have many (many) diapers and her sisters (at least the big two) are very ready! We just need a name (ha!) and a baby!

I've been feeling about the same as my last post. Still tired, lower back pain that gets really bad at times and some swelling, especially my right leg. It's hard to get comfortable to sleep and to stay asleep once I get to sleep which can be frustrating. I also have heartburn starting in the afternoon most days, and that gets really bad when I lay down. Tums and lots of pillows help most of the time. 

I have been able to stay pretty active through this last month, and I met my goal of going to the gym through 39 weeks. I even made it to the new release of Body Pump on Monday where I got many, many comments from fellow pumpers about how I could still be there. It didn't feel great, and I had to take a few tracks off, but I made it. And made the decision that would be the last day no matter when baby girl came.
39 Weeks, 5 days
My sister is staying with us this week to help out with the girls, which is amazing. I had her quick snap a picture of my belly since it seems this will be the last day of my giant pregnant belly. Now to repack my hospital bag, get a hair cut (yes, I scheduled an appointment for this week) and continue freaking out about having a baby!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spring 2016 DITL

I missed the last two Day In The Life posts, but I'm happy to be linking up with Julia for the Spring 2016 DITL roundup. I recorded Friday, April 1st for our family. Today I am 34  years old and 38 weeks pregnant with baby girl #4, E is 35, Miss A just turned 6, Little J is 4 and Lady C is almost 20 months. 

6:57am: I wake up and look at the time, but I have no interest in actually getting out of bed. I haven't been sleeping well due to my giant belly, so laying in bed sounds just about perfect. 

7:15am: Lady C is up. E is already up getting ready for work so he gets her and brings her to me. I'm hoping for some morning snuggle time, but she is wild when she wakes up. 

7:25am: Lady C has her first breakfast of the day, Honey Nut Cheerios and milk. I sneak a donut, check my phone and watch a bit of the news. 


Love this one from Timehop... more than 8 years ago, but still a great memory!


8:00am: I wake Miss A up for the first time. I start getting ready; change, wash face, brush teeth. Lady C digs through the drawers in my bathroom, finding lots of nail polish. Little J wakes up and comes to hang out. She loves to hang out in our bath tub. I have to go in to check on Miss A every five minutes until she finally got up. 






8:30am: Miss A is finally up and dressed. She has an interesting fashion sense right now. She started with a blue long sleeved shirt, but adds a black long sleeve shirt over the top when I remind her that it's school colors day. It looks a little strange and uncomfortable to me, but I'm going to choose my battles today, and this is not one I really want to fight. We head downstairs for breakfast. We have donuts on half birthdays, and today is my half birthday, so we have chocolate donuts. When Lady C sees Miss A and Little J have donuts, she insists on having one as well. All three are very happy with today's breakfast. I unload the dishwasher and make lunch for Miss A while they eat. Miss A  has some vanilla yogurt, which she ends up spilling all over the floor. I clean up the yogurt and send her to change.



8:45am: Miss A and I head out to the bus stop.


8:50am: I'm back from the bus stop. I do some cleaning around the house, get the little girls dressed, then do a jungle puzzle with Little J. Little J chooses a very bright outfit today!







9:40am: Get ready to leave for the Y. I grab snacks, water, my Target list, mail and take the trash out after getting Little J and Lady C in the car. Little J is really in to nature right now, especially the oceans and dolphins (she loves nature shows on Netflix right now), so she brings a dolphin book along.



10:10am: Get to gym (a little late) and after chatting with our favorite front desk friend, I get the girls checked in at Kid Stuff. Lady C stays in the little kid room, and I take Little J to the big kid room. I quickly head in to Body Pump and find a spot. I'm a little late, but find a spot and get started. I've lightened my weights and take extra breaks to allow me to get through the class and not end up with too much back pain the rest of the day. Today I skip lunges.


11;10am: Class is done. I chat with some gym friends and relax for a bit before picking up the girls.

11:40am: I pick up the girls from Kid Stuff and we head out.

12:00pm: We go to Target and while trying to keep Lady C occupied and in the cart, I don't take any pictures. Today I'm trying to stock up on essentials just in case baby girl decides to make her appearance early. My dad and stepmom are also planning to visit tomorrow so I pick up some groceries for dinner.

1:00pm: We're leaving Target. There is construction on the road home and it takes forever to get home. Lady C falls asleep on the drive, grrr!


1:25pm: Finally home! I quickly get lunch started. Nachos with leftover taco meat. Doritos are one of my favorites, and being really hungry makes them extra tasty today. Little J is pretty happy with this lunch too.



1:45pm: I clean up from lunch and unload the car. Little J picks a treat from her Easter basket, and starts coloring. I pick too many treats from Lady C's basket.





2:20pm: I get Lady C ready for a nap. On our way upstairs we check for Mr. and Mrs. duck in our front drainage area (they have been hanging out there a lot lately and my nature loving Little J loves to check on them). We moved Lady C into her room with Miss A a few weeks ago, and while she's doing pretty well staying in bed at night, I don't trust her for naps so I'm using the pack-n-play. After Lady C is in bed, I start The Magic School Bus for Little J in my room and start a bath. The bath tub is the greatest thing right now. I relax in the tub for quite awhile, then move to the shower to rinse off and wash my hair. Then I do my hair, a little makeup and get dressed. I'm down to the same three or four outfits now. I'm really ready to not be pregnant!






3:30pm: I start some laundry and hear that Lady C is awake. Her car nap seems to have messed with her real nap today. Not cool. I talk to E on the phone for a bit as I get Lady C.



3:55pm: The bus drops of Miss A. The kids from the bus chase the ducks and Miss A picks up the mail on her way home (across the street). I do some work on the computer, mostly bills and still trying to figure out how to change our address with a few companies. Miss A and Little J do their "homework." Miss A has a little assignment from her teacher and Little J works on writing her name. Little J does well with her long name, but has trouble with the letter S sometimes. Lady C builds with duplo blocks and plays with other toys in the living room.




4:30pm: Little J and Miss A go outside. Little J rides her bike. She loves that she can ride without training wheels now. They both dig around in the yard to and pretend to make food for a restaurant. Lady C decides to "help" with my computer work. Miss A and Little J come inside looking for a snack.

My pregnancy drink of choice this time around.

She hates to wear her own shoes, yet loves to wear other people's shoes. So silly!




5:40pm: E calls to let me know he's on his way home. I start dinner, and again Lady C decides to help. She has figured out the knobs on our doors, and loves to raid the pantry. There is very little I can leave on the bottom shelf now, and I frequently find boxes of mac and cheese and cheerios strewn around the house.


6:00pm: E is home! There's always a race to get the first hug from Daddy and today Lady C gets the first hug. She's really loving Daddy lately! When the big girls realize Daddy is home, everyone has to pile on.









6:20pm: Dinner is ready. We have spaghetti, a meal nobody complains about. Big win! We talk about the rules for playing outside (ask before you go outside, always wear your helmet on your bike... pretty basic stuff). Also, our yard is dirt and the girls end up covered in mud, so we talked about only wearing older, outside clothes to play in the yard rather than fancy dresses. Hopefully they actually follow that one!

6:50pm: I clean up from dinner and E takes the big girls outside to clean up the yard and have a fire. We just found out the builder is sending people to work on the yard Monday, so we want to get some work done in advance. I snuggle and play with Lady C, who is not very happy to be staying inside.




8:00pm: E and the girls come inside and I start getting all three ready for bed. Pajamas, teeth, diapers, books.


8:30pm: Girls are finally in bed. Lady C is in the bottom bunk, with Miss A on the top now, and while she's doing pretty well with her big girl bed, she likes to mess around for awhile before staying in bed and going to sleep. Tonight is not too bad. I clean the floors (love this Norwex mop!). I also love the look of our dark hard wood floors, but they show everything. Not my favorite. When the floors are clean, I get ice cream.



10ish pm: Start getting ready for bed and go to sleep. Goodnight!