Oct 29, 2011

17 Weeks

This is a fun time in my pregnancy, I'm not nauseous, I'm not huge, and this week I started to feel the baby move. A few weeks sooner than when I felt Kins. Actually being able to feel the baby makes me feel a connection to this little one that's harder to feel when I'm just imagining that there is a baby in there. Instead of often totally forgetting I'm pregnant at all, I get cute little reminders a few times a day that there's a wee baby in there, doing his/her water aerobics. This week I also had the first person mention me being pregnant who didn't already know. And next Friday I have an ultrasound, where we will be able to get a good look at this little and and hopefully find out the gender.

Oct 24, 2011


There's a rail along the side of our bed, and she loves to climb down onto it so she's in a little nest between the wall and the bed.
Sitting on Daddy to read a story.
Fashion savvy.
We went to a hay maze over the weekend. She liked to stack handfuls of hay from the ground onto hay bales. She would have stayed in one place doing that for a long time. She didn't get why everyone else wanted to leave.
Happy about wearing mama's hat and glasses.
Cuddling up, saying, "night night".
After watching daddy repair her train she was very interested in learning the skill.

Oct 19, 2011

First Trimester

This time around has been different than with Kins. I got morning sickness sooner, at around 5 weeks, and it hit me harder. I never actually threw up, but my tastes have drastically changed and I've had a harder time eating very much. It's the weirdest thing to NOT want chocolate chip cookies all the time. I usually make them once a week or so and never tire of them. I'm 16 weeks now, and the morning sickness is gone, but the dessert cravings have not returned. Wouldn't that be neat if they never did?

With Kins I kept jogging until my side pain stopped me, this time I was too sick in the morning to eat a meal and get jogging before the sun got cooking.  And the few times I managed the morning sickness was twice as bad when I got done. My body just decided to rebel against jogging this time. Now I'm getting the good old side pain again, and my belly is getting big already too. I think jogging is on pause until April.

I had the usual 1st trimester exhaustion this time, just like with Kins I think. With Kins I was working, so I would just go to bed at 9 every night. This time, I stayed up with Tim (you know, till like 10:30, whew!) but as a result I needed a nap when Kins took her nap. Now I'm skipping most of the napping, and it feels so nice to use the time for me or to do something productive.

The other thing that's different this time around is my size. Here's my 16 week picture this pregnancy.

For comparison, here's my 22 week picture with Kins. I think it looks pretty similar to the current 16 week pic. 

Oct 6, 2011

22 Months

She can sing the tune of the entire alphabet song and many of the letters in the song right. It's her favorite song, and she sings it to herself often. She understands a lot of what I tell her now. She knows where to go and what to do when I suggest taking a bath, brushing her teeth, putting things away, going to get certain things, getting down from inappropriate places, going outside, going in the bathroom, changing her diaper, playing with certain types of toys, ect. She says a lot more words now, and copies words constantly when I say them even if she's not actually using them herself yet. She asks for help and seems to really enjoy the attention of getting help. She goes, "hep!" when she wants to get down from someplace high, where she's probably not supposed to be in the first place... but at least she asks for hep rather than falling down, right? It's very cute. And now for some pictures!

She's obsessed with buckling things these days.
Still loves riding in her carrier.
Playing in the dirt is a big favorite. Digging in it with a stick makes for an extra thrill. This dirt area is at the edge of our yard, and if she has her way, we rarely get past our property line on "walks".
She loves climbing into her stroller. She doesn't even mind if she doesn't get taken anywhere, it's just super cozy in there I guess.
A Halloween warm up suit I couldn't resist buying.
Story time at the library with Bears. They loved sitting in the chairs like adults instead of sitting on the floor in front of the story teller like the other kids.
Climbing up on top of the back of the couch and into the window is entertaining for an indefinite period of time. I always get bored of having to sit there behind her to make sure she doesn't have a fall before she gets bored, and I sit there with a book reading for quite awhile sometimes.
Hanging with Bears is a favorite past time. She gets so excited when he and Laura come over that she doesn't know what to do with herself and just runs around the house screaming. The last time he was over she got very into feeding him and giving him water from his straw cup. She was very nurturing. She also watches him play with toys, then helps show him how it's done. That or sometimes steals them...
Her box is still sitting in the living room. Probably will be there for months... if not longer.

Driving Bears around at the mall.
She went through a period of refusing to nap this month. Here she is all passed out in her carseat from the exhaustion of not napping properly.
And here's how she was looking for several days without napping at all. After all else failed, I finally resorted to letting her cry it out. She cried for 1.5 hours the first day, it was terrible. But, 4 days into it she was only crying for 6 minutes, and now less than 1 minute, if at all. And she's her full of energy and happy self the rest of the day now.
Inspecting tires is her specialty.

She loves bath time. When I suggest it she runs to the bathroom screaming, "tub!!"
Tunnels are her favorite part of the park.
Observing tennis.

Oct 3, 2011

No Rabbits Were Harmed

In the discovery of this pregnancy. Did you know that back in the day they would inject rabbits with the urine of women who thought they were pregnant, then dissect the rabbit to see if its ovaries reacted to the pregnancy hormone to confirm pregnancy?  Interesting I guess, but sad. And sort of a morbid way to announce my pregnancy come to think of it. But, even more morbid to actually find out about it that way. Maybe we need a new paragraph.

Yep, I'm finally pregnant again. Like last time, it wasn't as simple as I'd imagined. This time the staying pregnant part was more of a challenge than the getting pregnant part, but, that was also tricky until I weaned Kins. Turns out nursing, even only 2x a day, cuts my luteal phase (that time between ovulation and a period) down to about 8 days consistently. Not enough time for most little eggs to make a long journey and set up house. Weaning did the trick though, and I was pregnant again on the next cycle.

I had an ultrasound to check a few markers of health and some bloodwork, and all signs point to a healthy baby. We had so many ideas for what to name this little one, a couple being Friggleheimer and Champagne, but When Tim suggested Shanaenae I knew it was the right choice. It sounds a bit feminine, but as Tooter pointed out, if it's a boy we can just call him He-naenae. Can't get more masculine than that, now can you? We never gave Kins a pre-name name, but I'm enjoying it this time. Shanaenae hates spearmint gum for example. And Shanaenae doesn't enjoy lots of cookies or dessert. Having a name lends itself to easy explanations I find.

Without further ado, I present to you, Shanaenae:
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