Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Preggers III -- 35 Weeks

How far along?  35 weeks, 2 days

 35 Weeks with Tracey

35 Weeks with the Twins

35 Weeks with Baby Number 4

How I am feeling?  Pretty busy... last weekend we went to Colorado Springs as a family, this weekend I will be in Denver at a work conference, and the following weekend, Hubby has sporting events all weekend.  I'm just trying to keep up at this point, and wonder when I'm going to get our guest room organized for family who will arrive when the baby comes.  Also, I have some aches and pains by the end of the day... but they dissipate when I get off my feet and lay down to go to sleep, so that is very nice.


How big is the baby?  The size of a pineapple -- 18.1 inches long, 5.07 pounds
Sleep:  I love sleep... it is so nice to get off my feet and give my body and my mind a rest.  My body really does take a beating during the day keeping up with my three little ones.  I'm up and down the stairs, lifting little ones, holding little ones, carrying little ones, on the floor with little ones, running after little ones... it is really nice when they all go to bed, and I get to go to bed too.

Boy/Girl Predictions:  Well... we know our baby's gender so no need to predict here.

Baby Nicknames:  I call the baby, "Baby," but Tracey still insists the name should be "'Punzel"
  Best moment this week: We had a lot of fun in Colorado Springs.  I think my favorite thing was taking the kids to Santa's Christmas Village.  I twins were small enough that they had to ride some of the rides with adults so Hubby and I got to ride some of the rides with our kids.  They really had a ball and there were a lot of rides for our toddlers, which was awesome.  A lot of places we go with our kids are really geared more for older, bigger children, and there isn't much for our twins to do.  That was not the case at the North Pole... plenty for children of all ages... probably up to and including age 10.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular...

Missing:  A body that can keep up with me.  I like being able to run after the kids and play with them and be on the floor without being in my third trimester of pregnancy.  It will be nice to not have the aches and pains at the end of the day and feel like my body is getting back to normal in keeping up with everyone.
Movements:  Yes, and I love them -- although they can be uncomfortable at times.  At my last doctor's appointment, the baby had moved to a head down position, so hopefully the baby stays that way until the birthday.

Labor Signs:  Not yet, thankfully.

General Attitude:  Trying to be prepared and make the most of every day and week we have that the baby hasn't arrived.

 What I am looking forward to this week:  I will be glad when the work conference in Denver is over.  I'm excited for a few days of not chasing after my little ones, although I do not look forward to sitting still for three days listening to lectures.  Also, I do not want to go into labor in Denver.  I think we will all breathe a big sigh of relief when I arrive home with no plans to travel again until after the baby arrives.

Milestones: I feel pretty huge.  Throughout my pregnancy, I haven't really felt that big... I mean, I do but not enormous, just pregnant.  Well, there must have been a lot of mirrors in our hotel in Colorado Springs because I feel like every time I turned around I was like, "My goodness, my belly is big."  Maternity clothes that I thought still looked sort of cute were barely covering my belly, and I had no idea.  So... sure, we'll call that the "third-trimester-I-look-like-a-whale" milestone.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Pike's Peak

The top of Pike's Peak was really windy and cold.  It snowed while we were up there... and our little ones were not happy campers.  But, we drove to the top, bundled everyone up, and forced our wind-blown children to take a few pictures.  The plan was to have a picnic at the top... which we did... once everyone was back in the car, warmer and no longer crying.

 It will be awhile before we return to the top of Pike's Peak with our less than cheerful crew.

But, Hubby and I loved the snow, and he found it really funny that I couldn't zip my vest because of my pregnant belly... so I made due with a sort of zipped vest.

Fyi, this is what 35 weeks pregnant looks like.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A Little Early

So, it's no doubt a little early for all things Christmas, but we were able to take advantage of a Christmas In September deal and spent the day at Santa's North Pole in Cascade, Colorado yesterday.

We had to don our Christmas accessories to get the discount... tricky when you have three kids and as the mom you think you've purchased two items for the girls, and one item for your boy... and then your three-year-old insists on wearing the antlers, which was the item for your boy.  So your sweet son ends up wearing a Christmas headband into the park.  (We removed it as soon as we paid for admission and they gave us the Christmas In September discount.)

The kids had a ton of fun on the rides and did really well meeting Santa Claus.  The weather was perfect -- crisp fall weather where we needed coats and layers but were warm enough enjoying the outdoor attractions.

We were especially impressed with how well the kids did meeting Santa when you compare the picture to their meeting Santa last year.

What a great day full of fun...

Friday, September 15, 2017

10 On The 10th

Here are the 10 pictures I snapped on September 10th

Howard has started communicating in his own special way when he wants me to come with him somewhere.

Morning fun with play-doh... everyone still in pajamas.

My pregnancy email update...

Tracey sat at the bottom of the slide for Howard and Caroline to slide into her (no one was hurt)

Tracey decided to help Howard climb the slide using her head... she kept saying, 
"You're not falling Howard, not on my watch."  
I don't know where she heard that language, but it was really funny.

Lloyd and I went for a walk just the two of us on a trail that I've been wanting to try for awhile.  This beautiful tree was on the trail and it reminded me of big wonderful trees back in Michigan.

Everyone climbing on Daddy.

I saw this on facebook during the course of the day, and it made me laugh pretty hard.

After nap, we split some popcorn and watched America's Funniest Home Videos as a family.  Tracey is old enough to laugh at some of the videos, and Howard and Caroline love all the animals they show.

This costume was labeled on Amazon as a "newborn swaddle" caterpillar costume... I guess by "newborn" they mean "4-year-old."

How are you doing mid-month?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Birthday, Hubby!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Hubby.

I love you more than I could possibly say.  
I cannot imagine going through life with anyone else.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday.