Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The bump is growing! McTrois update through 32 weeks

The third trimester is finally here and I totally feel like I skipped over all that second trimester energy burst that everyone gushes over.  I spent so much time trying to keep my eye-lids propped open and to not fall asleep on the couch at the end of the day that I barely got anything done.  And here I am, 32 weeks and I am realizing just how much more preparation I must do!

So, I figured I'd entertain you with some shots of the growing bump before McTrois makes his/her appearance.  

22 weeks -- just before running my first half-marathon.  Celebrated my 35th birthday. 

24 weeks -- still wearing some of my non-maternity clothes, but the bump is definitely getting bigger!

25 weeks - 4th of July week, mini-staycation with our MN friends Jim and Bridget, holiday at big bad Uncle Bill's.

Still growing!  I haven't been running since the half marathon, but I have done a bit of walking.  Lucky for me this has been such a mild summer that I haven't had over-heating problems.  I also do a weekly PiYo class at Destination Maternity here in town.  AWESOME.

Starting to feel huge and contemplating that I still have ~10 weeks to go.  Yikes!!  See my little photo-bomber in the corner?  These boys are obsessed with my belly -- constantly hugging or kissing it.  Little Max loves to talk to my belly and to tell the baby that he loves it and can't wait to see it.  I get lots of questions about if it is going to hurt when it comes out my belly button (LOL).  It has been SO fun to watch their reactions this pregnancy.  Little Max is definitely MUCH more aware of what is going on this time and Sam is playing a pretty identical role to what little Max did when I was pregnant with Sam.  One nice thing is that Sam completely potty trained himself this summer.  Just one morning, it clicked.  It has been AMAZING.  And now he's excited to give the new baby all his diapers so he can wear his Mickey Mouse underwear!  I am thrilled that I at least get a few diaper-free months :)

Rocking my new maternity shirt and some NON-maternity leggings!  :)  That bump is definitely getting bigger though...and I am starting to feel the effects of pregnancy a lot more.  Constant wicked heartburn, getting winded going up stairs, frequent bathroom trips, baby hiccups on my bladder, TONS of moving around -- rolling, jabbing, punching, polka dancing....

One last U/S (hopefully) with good news that everything is within normal ranges and we are good to go!!  This is a not so good profile shot where you can see the forehead on the left, nose and lips.  I can't believe in 2 months we will get to meet this little guy/girl! (Although I'm betting on guy, LOL).

Here's a fun shot to see me during all 3 pregnancies right around week 30-31.

And this morning -- Week 32!!  (another little photo bomber in the background).  8 more weeks to go?  HOLY COW!  Bring it on!  The nursery is almost done...I'll share some pictures of that next!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Catch up - part duex

It has been awhile since I've blogged...and even longer since I've done a catch up blog on what's happening around these parts!  So here you go!  Enjoy!

The boys got their daddy a new hammock for Father's Day and love to hang out and swing with him in it.  (I do too...shhh!)

We went strawberry picking at Basse's.  I was smart this time and dressed the boys in red shirts (not white!) to avoid strawberry stains.  After all, who can resist a berry or two while picking them?  The boys did a great job filling up our baskets....

It was a good thing we wore our boots too!  It was pretty muddy out in the fields...

Sitting in the big chair at Basse's Taste of Country

When we got home I got right to work prepping strawberries for eating, for freezing, and for making jam with...

Of course we saved some to make some strawberry pie with too!!

The boys got busy giving the dog a bath...

And vacuuming out my car!  (I made sure to get my feet in this shot to reiterate that I did NOTHING).  :)

We went swimming with friends on our days off.  Sam has no fear of the water and scoots himself around like its his business....jumping off the the diving board... dunking his head under the water.  He's our little fishy.

Max loves swimming too, he is just more cautious than Sam is.  Sometimes I like that better ;)

My little buddy hanging out with me on the hammock.  Doesn't look so little here anymore, does he?

The boys sing a VBS song they learned at school.  So cute!

I finally started painting the nursery (it is now finished).  New color on the left - BM Blue Grass.  Old color on the left.  

Shiloh is still hanging around these parts.  13 years old and going strong.  She tolerates so much from these boys and overall she's a good cat...

Lots of playing outside with the beautiful weather we've had this year.  Our swimming pool has gotten a lot of use!

We've gone to a few weddings this summer -- this one downtown with my parents.  Don't they look great?

The boys requested "begs and agels" for breakfast so Daddy made it for them.  :)

Sam and I on a morning 'date'

Sam's doing awesome in swimming lessons and is ready to move up to Level 1 as soon as he is 4.

The boys got their hair cut and both requested Mohawks.  LOL

Whatcha doing Sam?  
Sam: "Digging for rubies, Mom"
Yeah...wonder where he learned that!

Sam also loves beer.  LOL

Starting to buy a few cute things here and there for McTrois.  Aren't these TOMs just adorable?

And we're still lucky enough to get to hang out with Grandma Jan and Grandpa Dave from time to time!

Summer has been busy and fun and I can't believe it is almost over already!  School starts at the end of the month!! Yikes!