Tuesday, August 27, 2013

37 weeks

*After my post yesterday, I just wanted to say that Manuel had a GREAT first day of school yesterday. I'm so excited that things went smoothly for him. My sweet boy sure is growing up! :)

I'm not going to lie...it feels like YEARS ago that we found out we were pregnant! This is, by far, the my "lengthiest" pregnancy (and of course I mean how it feels not actually time-wise since both of my prior pregnancies were also full term). I'm not sure why it seemed so long this time around...could it be that I knew SO early on (I wasn't even 3 weeks "post conception" when I took the test), or could it be that we didn't find out the gender...who knows, but either way it's definitely dragged. With that being said, please don't think I am ungrateful or have taken this pregnancy for granted, because I haven't. I actually LOVE being pregnant and am really going to miss it! :(    

Now, here we are, full term! :)

How far along? 37 weeks (exactly two weeks from today, at this very moment, God willing, I will be holding my sweet baby in my arms! :) I have to be at the hospital at 7am for my 9am scheduled c-section. 

Weight gain/loss: 20 lbs total (which I'm ecstatic about!!! :) I HOPE to have this weight off in no time, after Baby #3 gets here! :)

Symptoms: crampy, having to pee every second of my life, and general "fullness" at all times, BUT no waddling from this gal! :) All 3 of my pregnancies and I've never become a "waddler" ;)

Gender: Surprise baby!!! However, I will say again that I'm 99.9% sure this is a girl...call it instinct, call it relying heavily on the Chinese gender chart predictor ;), call it what you will, but I will be SHOCKED if the doctor pulls out a boy! :)

Maternity clothes? yes! And lots of my cute summer (non maternity) dresses that can still be worn and look adorable! :)

Sleep: still up every couple of hours...my body will definitely be semi prepared with the lack of sleep when the baby arrives because I haven't slept in MONTHS! :)

Food cravings/aversions: nothing strange or in excess. I did decide this morning that since, for the first few days after a c-section, you can only "drink" your food (until they can hear movement via stethoscope in your bowels-sorry, TMI) I want my "last meal" to be something awesome...right now I'm debating between sushi or Chili's! :)

Movement? absolutely!

What I miss? sleep and REALLY getting to snuggle Manuel and Mia. They can't really fit on my lap as comfy and cozy as they can without a big ol' bump! ;)

Best moment(s) this week: last Tuesday my co-workers threw me a shower which was SO nice! We received a ton of awesome gifts and lots of gift cards! :) Then Wednesday we got to see our adorable baby up close and personal at their growth ultrasound. He/she was measuring approx 6 lbs 6oz and looks great!

What I'm looking forward to: meeting him/her. We're getting SO close!

Next appointment: 8/28/13

And for good measure, my 37 week baby bump:
 Blurry bump pic


Monday, August 26, 2013

"Be kind" (Manuel's first day of 2nd grade)

Those were the words I spoke to my "little" boy as we said prayers last night...today he starts 2nd grade and my biggest prayer for him this year is that he is kind. OF COURSE I want him to excel academically, make friends, etc. but with the way the world is going, with the rate at which "outsiders" are turning to awful measures to get noticed, I just want him to be kind to the children around him. And of course, the words Manny spoke to him before he headed out the door for work..."Be yourself!" Two very simple phrases, but words that can shape his entire year, his entire life! :) We already know Manuel is a smart kid, he excels at reading and at math (although his handwriting needs a ton some work! ;)) but sometimes when it comes down to the basics, the academics need to be on the back burner for a minute, and just focus on the heart of your child(ren) :)

Since I'm going to be on maternity leave starting in 11 days (my last day of work is September 6th, my c-section is September 10th) we opted to not have Manuel attend before/after care for two weeks, so I got to get him on the bus this morning (and will continue to do so until I return to work after my leave) and my mom will be there in the afternoons to get him off the bus. This was the first time I've sent him off to school and HAVEN'T cried (yay me!!!!!! ;) It was fun to watch him get on his bus, in our neighborhood, with all of his little friends (since all prior years he's ridden the bus from daycare). He's really growing up and I couldn't be more proud! :) I hope he has a wonderful first day of school and I HOPE to be back tomorrow with a blog post about how it went :) For now, here are a few pics (from my phone...he wouldn't "allow" me to take my camera to the bus stop! :)) of him this morning...
Although it seems that I'm trying to get a picture of that sibling duo, I'm not ;) My sweet boy (in the green and white stripes) getting on the bus :)
Manuel and his buddy waiting for the bus :)
Sibling photo opt before heading out the door (I got some really cute ones on my "real" camera...at this point, they were over it! :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

36 Weeks

The weeks keep moving along, and I'm one week closer to meeting my baby (I almost said girl, because I'm THAT convinced it's a girl! :)) But we still don't know, so 3 weeks until we meet our newest addition! ;) We are very excited! I'm sad to not be prego anymore though, because I LOVE being pregnant!!!! But I can't wait to become a Mommy again, for Manuel to become a Daddy again and for Manuel and Mia to welcome their new sibling! :) It's definitely a mix of crazy, pregnant emotions! :)

And, I still haven't blogged anything about "life" (other than this pregnancy) which makes me a little sad, but working full time, growing a child ;) , trying to get completely settled into our new house, being a wife and taking care of two little ones is QUITE time consuming! ;) I HOPE to blog more regularly once I'm on maternity leave...we shall see! ;)

How far along? 36 weeks

Weight gain/loss: I'll find out for sure at my next appointment, but I'd guess I'm up a total of 20 lbs now.

Symptoms: having to pee EVERY SINGLE TIME I STAND UP! :)

Gender: Surprise baby!!! However, I will say again that I'm 99.9% sure this is a girl...call it instinct, call it relying heavily on the Chinese gender chart predictor ;), call it what you will, but I will be SHOCKED if the doctor pulls out a boy! :)

Maternity clothes? yes! And lots of my cute summer (non maternity) dresses that can still be worn and look adorable! :)

Sleep: still up every couple of hours...my body will definitely be semi prepared with the lack of sleep when the baby arrives because I haven't slept in MONTHS! :)

Food cravings/aversions: nothing strange or in excess

Movement?yes, but it's definitely changing as the baby gets bigger.

What I miss? sleep

Best moment(s) this week: my friends surprised me with a "sprinkle" for Baby Gomez on Saturday night. It was such a sweet gesture for them to celebrate the arrival of Baby #3.

What I'm looking forward to: my growth ultrasound on Wednesday. I'm curious to see approximately how big this little guy/girl is! :)

Next appointment: 8/21/13

And for good measure, my 36 week baby bump:



Monday, August 12, 2013

35 weeks

How far along?35 weeks (this past Saturday it was exactly 4 weeks until my c-section..September 10th!)

Weight gain/loss: At my appointment last Wednesday it was officially a total of 18 lbs gained for my pregnancy with Baby #3, so far! :)

Symptoms: my knees have been hurting quite a bit these last few days...not sure if that's pregnancy related or not. 

Gender: Surprise baby!!! However, I will say again that I'm 99.9% sure this is a girl...call it instinct, call it relying heavily on the Chinese gender chart predictor ;), call it what you will, but I will be SHOCKED if the doctor pulls out a boy! :)

Maternity clothes? yes! And lots of my cute summer (non maternity) dresses that can still be worn and look adorable! :)

Sleep: still up several times a night to pee...I just can't cutoff my water intake after a certain time. I know if I did, it would help the situation, but if I want to chug water at 9pm, then I want to chug water at 9pm! ;)

Food cravings/aversions: nothing strange or in excess

Movement? a ton, but the feel of it is definitely changing as Baby Gomez grows!

What I miss? just a good nights sleep and not having to pee every time I stand up! :)

Best moment(s) this week: Manny took my car in on Saturday to get new brakes and came home with a "Mom Mobile" instead :) (if you know my husband, this is TYPICAL Manny fashion) We needed it! My current car wasn't going to comfortably fit the 3 kiddos in the backseat, but I was just dragging my feet, concerned about an increased car payment, however Manny managed to get a Hyundai Entourage (we LOVE LOVE LOVE Hyundai's!) for only a few dollars more a month than my current car payment AND the van has 20,000some less miles than my car! Yes, it's older but has only had one owner and we all LOVE it! The kids think it's the coolest thing ever! :) Never imagined myself driving a mini-van, but I love it!

What I'm looking forward to: my next appointment (because I'll be getting a growth ultrasound) and Girls Night on Saturday at my friend Lauren's. This will most likely be my last night out (well "in" :)) until after the baby comes, so it'll be nice to see my friends, hang out and eat! :)

Next appointment: 8/21/13

*I took a pic of my bump this morning, but apparently I didn't save it! :( I'll upload a pic later tonight. The belly is still HUGE! ;) 

UPDATED: 35 weeks 3 day baby bump :)




Monday, August 5, 2013

34 weeks

How far along? 34 weeks (5 weeks until my c-section :))

Weight gain/loss: I have my OB appointment on Wednesday where I'll find out for sure, but I'm guessing it's a total of 18 lbs...after two weekends in a row of lots of eating, it was bound to happen, but I need to slow it down some! ;)

Symptoms: nothing new

Gender: Surprise baby!!! However, I will say again that I'm 99.9% sure this is a girl...call it instinct, call it relying heavily on the Chinese gender chart predictor ;), call it what you will, but I will be SHOCKED if the doctor pulls out a boy! :)

Maternity clothes? yes! And lots of my cute summer (non maternity) dresses that can still be worn and look adorable! :)

Sleep: up several times a night to pee

Food cravings/aversions: nothing strange or in excess

Movement? a ton. Just this morning something was definitely protruding from my belly...my guess is an elbow or knee! :)

What I miss? not being tired and REALLY snuggling my kiddos! We are very snuggly family (that sounds funny, but I hope you know what I mean! :) and when your belly sticks out 17 feet from your body ;) it's hard to really get in good snuggles! :)

Best moment(s) this week: Manuel really getting to feel the baby kick and seeing my belly going crazy. He and Mia have both claimed they've felt it, but I was never sure if they really did, or just me breathing so it was cute to see how excited Manuel got! :)

What I'm looking forward to: our upcoming weekend of NOTHING! We have been SO busy, and this Momma just needs to rest!

Next appointment: 8/7/13

And for good measure, my 34 week bump: