Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baby Mitchell #2: 19 Weeks



How Far Along: 19 weeks! It has recently occurred to me that I am nearly halfway through my pregnancy!

How Big is Baby: the size of a mango (6 inches long)                                                                                                                                                

Sleep: I will just leave it at Emma still stinks at sleeping.  I started her back on a sleep training regimen last night and it STUNK!    

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: craved Razoos, satisfied that craving for super spicy seafood :); nothing else really, Wes made some really good chicken parm!

Symptoms: sleepy, hungry, irritable, haha- don’t I sound like a joy to be around!  I am also starting to feel myself slow down.  I was sore after a full day of walking, just walking, at the cowtown. 

Movement: loving every single instance that I feel movement; a huge smile spreads across my face when I feel this baby move.

Gender Prediction: still saying girl, but this week I have had a few maybe it’s a boy moments!

What I am worrying about: not worrying too much! Too busy to worry!  I have just been praying that we see a healthy baby on the ultrasound!

What I am loving:  just being pregnant, I am really trying to soak it all in. Time seems like it moves so fast, but yet so slow.  I can’t believe I still have a little under 5 months to go, but on the other hand I can’t believe I am almost halfway done!   

What I am looking forward too: that we get to find out the gender in less than a week! Seriously, in less than a week I will know if I am going to be the mama to another little girl or to a little boy! It will be life changing no matter what the outcome is. 

Best Moment of the week: Emma’s birthday party.  All of our family and friends were there! It was so special to celebrate one year with our little girl!   

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Baby Bloopers

You would not believe what it took for us to get this 12 month picture of Emma.


We started out in her room, clothes off, diaper on, bow on; but, this time I decided to put down all of the calendar pages that I had been saving since this was for 12 months.  She saw the calendar and felt the bow and immediate tears.  I tried to sit her down and she stood up immediately.


Here she is pouting and walking off.  Just imagine, her daddy and I are both walking around the room, animated as can be, playing music, dancing... and she just starts walking off.


And now she's done with the bow. And the picture for that matter.


So we decided the picture wasn't happening like this.  However, I desperately wanted a picture to finish her birthday project (more to come), so my husband came up with a great idea to tape the calendar on the wall and that way she could stand (since she was refusing to lay down or sit) in front of it.  So her and daddy went to go play the drums, and I started taping.

After she had settled down, we decided we would try again- no bow, but this time we added the drumsticks as a prop.  A little sullen at first.


This would have worked, but we knew we could do better.  So we tried to cheer her up with a little goldfish eating.  Beautiful face, Emma :).


And, then all hell broke loose.  And the tears and the screaming started again.


We decided that the picture was going to have to wait until the next night, good decision on our part.  It still wasn't easy.  She is only smiling in that picture because she is looking at daddy's iPhone.  Win for technology on this photo shoot.   

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Letter to Emma: 12 Months



Height: 28 inches (15th %)
Weight: 20.0 lbs (50th %)

Dear Bah Boo (still my favorite nickname for you, although we have been calling you Emma and munch (short for munchkin) a lot more than Bah Boo lately),

How are you already one year old already?  I can’t believe that we no longer have an infant in the house, rather now we have a toddler. 

We had dinner for you on your birthday with all of your grandparents and the boys.  As I was sitting there taking it all in, I thought to myself, Emma you are so loved.  Everyone around you loves you, but most of all your momma.  I don’t think you will be able to comprehend how much I love you until you are a momma one day yourself.  The quote in the Carter’s commercial has been on my mind lately, “the day you became mine, I became yours”.  I am all yours Emma.  When I think about how much I love you, it brings tears to my eyes.  I didn’t think I would be able to love a child this much.  I thought I was much too selfish to put your needs before my own.  This all changed the instant you were born.  My love for you is all consuming.  You will probably be embarrassed by my love one day, but that won’t stop me from loving you any less or taking pictures of you any less J

At 12 months, you walk everywhere.  It is now a rare sight to see you crawl.  This means you also fall all of the time.  Even though you have been walking for two months, you still get your little legs going too fast sometimes.  It is hilarious to see you run.  You play your favorite game with Blake.  You get his attention and poke your head into the kitchen.  When he “comes to get you”, you start shrieking and run as fast as you can to your mommy.  When he catches you, you collapse into giggles- it is so funny to watch J.  You love to be chased and tickled in general, but you love to be chased by Blake the most.  You know how to say a handful of words- mama, dada, bye bye, bahle (bottle), doggie and a whole lot of babbling.  I think you are going to be a talker like your mom.  You understand a lot of things.  My favorites are “give momma a kiss”, “go get mommy a diaper” and “bye bye” .  You also know when you are being a toot (i.e. eating the dog food or getting into their water).  When we catch you, you just flash us your biggest smile.  I can tell we are going to be in trouble.  When we take your clothes off in the morning or at night you love to rub your belly- it is hilarious.  You stayed with strangers for the first time ever this month- i.e. you now attend the nursery at church, for which we are all thankful.  Mommy now refers to you as baby Hercules several times a day.  You are always trying to lift your heavy toys and bring them to us.  We are not so sure why you do this.  Your favorite place to play is still outside.  When it’s too cold, your favorite place to play is on the couch.  You like to bang your hands on the mirror- although you still don’t realize that you are looking at yourself.  You are obsessed with toilets.  You love to watch them flush!  I hope this pays off in your potty training days!  Your giggle and smile is still my favorite thing about you.  You love to giggle and laugh- you are such a happy baby.  This month, you have visited the zoo several times as well as the stock show and rodeo.  You also stayed with your grandparents so your mommy and daddy could have a date night J.                 

The superficial stuff, now.  We have finally moved you up to size 3 diapers.  You are wearing mostly 9 month clothing, but have recently started to outgrow that.  You have four teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom.  They are large teeth and often get commented on J.  You are eating all solids now and have even had some sugar.  You like ice cream much better than cake.  Your favorite foods are probably cheese, guacamole and steak.  Right at twelve months, we switched you to whole milk- you took to it like a champ.  Although, you still get one bottle of formula before bed every night.  You go to bed anywhere from 7 – 8 pm.  You still like to wake up twice a night which drives your mommy nuts.  You take two naps for daddy every day.  You still take a pacifier and, I have no immediate plans to wean you of it.         

My first year with you has been amazing, wonderful, exciting, scary, unpredictable, and more full of love than I could have ever imagined.  Your daddy and I love you more than anyone else in this whole world.  I am going to cherish these next five months when it is just the three of us.  This is such a special time for us, especially since we know it will be ending soon.  I can’t wait to see you become a big sister this year- I have no doubt you will be amazing. 

All my love,
Mommy   

Monday, February 25, 2013

Emma's Tree: 1 Year Old Update

Remember way back when I blogged about the tree my dad gave Emma for her birthday (the day she was born!).  Here is a picture just in case that you don’t remember.


It is about time for an update, don’t you think?  Here is Emma by her tree at one years old.  She is wearing the outfit that my mom and dad gifted her for her birthday!  I think this will be a birthday tradition. Hint hint mom- this means you will have to give her a new outfit every year :).  This is probably my favorite picture :).  


And in case you want to see a vertical snapshot- can you spot a fur brother in the background?


I also thought these pictures were cute- capturing the sun streaks. Hugging the tree.


Looking up at daddy!


And a shot from the top- here she looks so little next to her tree!


And in case you were wondering how most of these pictures turned out- there was always a fur brother or daddy around to ohhh and ahhh at rather than look at mommy :/.


One thing is for sure- our baby has done a lot of growing since she was three months old!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Baby Mitchell #2: 18 Weeks


How Far Along: 18 weeks

How Big is Baby: the size of a mango (6 inches long)                                                                                                                                                

Sleep: Emma’s sleeping has been worse than ever, which typically means my sleep would have been worse than ever, but Wes has been getting up with her every single night.  I seriously don’t know what her deal is.  I am ready to sleep through the night again.  

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: craving chipotle J love that place J

Symptoms: my baby belly grew significantly this week.  At least my face is clearing up a bit :/

Movement: still feeling him/her move about- especially 20 minutes after I eat J

Gender Prediction: at Emma’s grandparents birthday party, I went around the room and had everyone guess if this baby was going to be a boy or a girl.  Everybody with the exception of bobbob thinks this baby is a girl J.  I am still going with girl J

What I am worrying about: nothing J and it is nice! 

What I am loving:  getting ready for Emma’s birthday party and that my husband has been helping a ton with the cleaning, preparations, decorations, Emma supervising.   

What I am looking forward too: Emma’s birthday party tomorrow J.  Cheering my parents on as they finish the ½ marathon and the marathon. 

Best Moment of the week: celebrating Emma’s 1st birthday with our little family and then with our parents.  

*** February has been such a great month.  We have spent a lot of time preparing to celebrate Emma and celebrating Emma.  In addition, we have a couple of house things in the works.  The month has seriously flown by.  I am secretly worried that since we won’t have as much going on in March (after the big gender ultrasound!) that the pregnancy will start to drag on.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

#cakefail

In case you are wondering, I don't tweet.  Surprising, I know :).  But I do like to use the occasional hashtag when texting my husband.  It annoys him- I don't know why!

On Saturday night (Emma's real birthday), we had her grandparents and great grandfather over for dinner to celebrate our little girl- full recap coming soon.  It was her first time to have her own cupcake and the pictures were too cute not to share immediately (for all those coming to her birthday, we will recreate the scene without the fire).

Here I am giving Emma her cupcake with the number 1 candle in it.  It was lit of course :).  #momfail.


Here is Emma very interested in the fire.  


I should have known at this moment to take it away from her.  But, we were already singing Happy Birthday to her.  She thought her family was crazy- all focusing on her, singing her this crazy song with a lit cupcake sitting in front of her.


Then, the moment happened.  She reached her chubby little fingers up and put the flame out with her fingers. Here is her expression immediately following putting the flame out- I love that you can still see the smoke.


And then it happened, the tears started flowing, on her birthday- poor baby girl.


We all were finally able to get her to settle down.  I tried to point out how good the cupcake would taste and she finally gave in and gave it a go.


Yummy!


#icingmakeseverythingmuchbetter

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Can Mama Get a Kiss

I taught Emma to give kisses when she was around 10 months old.  It is one of my proudest accomplishments as a mom.  To me there is nothing better than big wet, fully open mouthed Emma kisses.  However, Emma has been a little bit sparing with her kisses recently.  I have said, "can mama get a kiss"; and I haven't been receiving very many kisses back.  Sad day.

Tonight though, Emma was across the room and I said "can mama get a kiss?".  She came running over to me, her mouth open the whole way and planted a big, open mouthed kiss on me.  Then, she did it over and over again.  The video is a little dark, but its too cute not to share :).

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Emma's Favorite Things: 1st Year Edition

There are a few crucial baby items that got us through the first year with Emma.  Here are some of her favorite things :).

First off, we could not have survived without her swing.  So much so, that we bought a second swing for my in-laws house.  I have mentioned this on the blog before, but Emma loves her swing for naps.  In fact, at one year old, she still takes naps in her swing.  I used to be embarrassed by this, but now I just go with it.

Here is Emma literally the moment that we brought her home from the hospital.



And a close up- already starting to love her swing :).


And at two months peacefully sleeping in her swing!


Here is Emma at 4 months in her swing after waking up from a nap- all smiles.


I need to get a picture of Emma napping in her swing at 1 year old.  Her feet are hanging out!  But it holds up to 35 pounds... so maybe she can use it until she's two?

Second, she loved her playmat.  At first, we just had this dinky little red playmat that Emma liked ok, but didn’t have that many things for her to grab/pull at because we had bought it secondhand and most of that was missing.  When, I was on maternity leave, I made sure she “played” on her mat for two twenty minute periods :).  I was so neurotic back then!


Shortly after she turned two months old, we invested in a fancier play mat- i.e. one that played music and had lots of hanging things for her to pull at.  She LOVED it.  We probably upped her time to about an hour on this a day including tummy and back time. Here she is all smiles!


Looking amazed!


The third thing she loved is her jumparoo. Mommy and daddy also loved this thing, because she would stay in it (content and happy) for thirty to forty minutes at a time.  We were able to fold laundry, empty the dishwasher and cook dinner all whilst she jumped around. Look at those little legs :). 


Fourth, she also loved her activity gym (I think these are what these things are called :)).  We got this for her (used of course) when she was four months old, and she consistently used it until she was about 7 months old.  After that, she could stand on her own and didn’t really need the support of the activity gym.  From time to time, she does go up to it and play with it from the outside. 

As you may remember, the famous picture of Emma yelling at her co-workers :).


And this is where Emma did some of her best reading!


The last is just a little extra, we definitely could have lived without it, but it was nice to have.  This baby Einstein turtle that was gifted to us by my friend Amy.  It was the very first toy that Emma took a liking too.  It also helped her to understand her first command. We could say go get the turtle and she would go over to it and press one of the shells and the music would turn on.  This also helped her learn to clap.  When she was 6 - 7 months old, she was so proud of herself for getting the music to turn on that she would clap for herself after it played music.


As an extra mommy bonus, the thing I could not have lived without was our investment in the Nikon D3100 (DSLR camera).  Ok, I could have lived without it, but it made capturing Emma’s every moments so much more beautiful J.  After all, pictures are the best memories J.  Even just putting this post together, I had so much fun going back through all of the old pictures!


There were also a lot of little things that made our lives easier/were necessary like a car seat, stroller (loved our snap and go decision), books, breast pump, pacifiers, ect.; but the things above made getting through Emma’s first year so much more enjoyable (i.e. were crucial to our happiness).  It will be so interesting to see what the newbie will like/not like.  We are not planning on buying a whole lot of anything new, so hopefully he/she will also love some of Emma’s favorite things :).  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Baby Mitchell #2: 17 Weeks


How Far Along: 17 weeks (written on February 14th)

How Big is Baby: the size of a sweet potato (5.5 inches long)

Sleep: Hasn’t been as great this week.  Emma has decided that she likes to wake up at 11:30pm and 3:00am every SINGLE day.  Part of me just doesn’t understand why she won’t sleep through the night.  She is not hungry, her diaper is not bothering her and she falls asleep the instant she is in our arms.  

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I have started to work spinach smoothies and smoothies back into my diet.  Before smoothies, I would eat breakfast at the house at 6am and then be starving at work by 8am so I would buy breakfast at the cafeteria.  I knew I needed more protein and fruits and veggies in my diets so I have been working smoothies back in.  I have been having one smoothie and one piece of central market breakfast bread and this keeps me full until 10:30 – 11 in the morning!  Also, I love smoothies J I just don’t love the time commitment and clean up commitment that smoothies involve. 

Symptoms: my face is broken out, my hands are already swelling, my back is sore and I still throw up when I forget to take my medicine.  I try really hard not to forget my medicine, but I normally take it right before bed.  When I fall asleep on the couch, it’s the last thing on my mind as I head upstairs.  You can bet that the day after I have forgotten my medicine, I don’t forget it the next night!  I really am trying to savor being pregnant, but some of it is hard to enjoy.

Movement: it was definitely movement I was feeling.  I am now feeling the baby consistently and at least three times a day!  Just love every time I feel the baby move; it’s like its more real J.

Gender Prediction: ok, I am going to go out on a limb here; I think this baby is a girl.  This is mostly driven by the heartbeat.  Also, this week, I had my first (and only so far) gender dream.  In the dream, the baby was a girl.

What I am worrying about: I actually didn’t do much worrying this week J

What I am loving:  that Emma’s birthday is on the horizon; there is nothing more special to me than celebrating birthdays.  I can’t believe it has almost been a year since I gave birth to my sweet baby. 

What I am looking forward too: celebrating Emma’s birthday with the grandparents and great-grandparents on SaturdayJ and going to the zoo J

Best Moment of the week: date night with my hubby at our church’s Mardi Gras; getting flowers and heart candy for Valentine’s day J

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Number ONE Valentine


I bet you all thought this would be a picture of Emma :).  Nope, my number one valentine has always been and will always continue to be my husband.  Everyday I am thankful that Wes is my husband.  I truly married my best friend and cant imagine creating a more beautiful life with anyone else!  Love you baby :).

We celebrated Valentine's day yesterday at one of our favorite Mexican spots.  Here is a cute picture of Emma in her Valentine's day dress :).  So blessed to have this little family of mine :).


We finished our fajita meal by eating this delectable dessert :).  Wes said I created an ice cream monster out of Emma.  It was her first time to eat ice cream.  Her ice cream loving great grandma would have been proud of her :).


Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Emma by the Months

I did a little calendar photo shoot with Emma during her first year in order to capture monthly snapshots.  Looking back, I have learned two lessons.  The first lesson is to invest in a quality camera when you have a new baby.  I cannot tell you what a difference this makes!  The first two pictures are from our point and shoot camera- I am so glad we invested in a DSLR camera.  I have never regretted that purchase.  The second lesson I learned is that these pictures worked until Emma was mobile.  At 9 months, these pictures became incredibly difficult and ended up resulting in tears.  That is why you will only see up to 9 months here!  I am hoping her 12 month picture does turn out when I let her play with all of the paper months surrounding her :).  So here goes.

Emma- 1 Month (look at those skinny little legs and red splotchy body!)


Emma- 2 Months (this was definitely the month of the frog legs)


Emma- 3 Months (stretching all of her limbs out)


Emma- 4 Months (starting to get the hang of these pictures, I feel like she really chunked up between 3 and 4 months)



Emma- 5 Months (she was just starting to sit up, but still preferred to be on her back; she had also found that her hand tasted yummy!)


Emma- 6 Months (girly had learned how to stick out her tongue)


Emma- 7 Months (so happy to be taking these monthly pictures :))

Emma- 8 Months (love those baby rolls on her thighs)


Emma (9 Months- wants absolutely nothing to do with laying on her back! and this was the best that we could get)


You forget how fast they grow!  Cant believe you are almost 1, Emma!  Everyone keep their fingers crossed that we can get a 12 month picture.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love Letter to Emma


… I love the way you blow raspberries
… I love that you slept all the time when you were a baby
… I love your big, bright, blue shining eyes
… I love your smile that is as wide as your face
… I love holding you in my arms and rocking you to sleep at night
… I love seeing you in footed p-jammers
… I love that you love the outdoors and that you prefer to be outside over anywhere else
… I love that you learned to walk early
… I love your baby (rolly polly) thighs
… I love watching you feed yourself
… I love that you get most excited when we let you climb the stairs
… I love the way you giggle
… I love watching you discover new food
… I love the way you rejected the donut hole we gave you
… I love the way you say mama and dada
… I love that you laugh when we laugh
… I love that you wave your hands excitedly in the air (every time you hear music or get excited or are proud of yourself)
… I love that you prefer your daddy to your mommy
… I love that you get excited when you see either set of your grandparents
… I love that when the boys are over, you would rather hang out with them then us
… I love the way you find the dog food everyday
… I love your mad, sad Emma face when we tell you no
… I love that you love to play in your skivvies
… I love that your little belly protrudes over your whole body
… I love that when you take a bath you like to knock the cup off the bathtub at least 100 times
… I love that when daddy walks you down the stairs you like to touch every frame on the wall
… I love that you tap your feet whenever you hear music
… I love that you think dog food is for you no matter how many times we tell you that you are a people (not a fur baby)
… I love that we get to eat breakfast together most days even if you are hankering for my food
… I love that you are petite
… I love watching you smile at strangers
… I love that me, you and daddy eat dinner together at the dinner table every evening
… I love watching you slide down the slides at the park
… I love watching you chase Starbucks around the house
… I love the days and moments that we spent breastfeeding together
… I love that you are healthy
… I love that finding out I was pregnant with you healed me from the loss we had just experienced
… I love your wispy blonde hair
… I love that you put your head on bailey to snuggle him
… I love the way you give mama kisses with your mouth opened wide
… I love that you are easygoing (for the most part ;))
… I love that you hate having your nose touched or diaper changed
… I love that you talk nonstop
… I love that you slept in church for the 1st five months of your life (I didn’t know at the time, what a luxury that is J)
… I love watching you with your Bobbob
… I love that you know how to wave bye bye
… I love watching you get nervous when you are unsure of the situation
… I love that you forgive Starbucks for growling at you so easily
… I love watching you interchange your pacifiers when you see a new one on the floor
… I love that you nap in your swing
… I love that when you are sick you are a cuddlebug
… I love that you didn’t have formula for the first 7 months of your life
… I love watching you give high fives
… I love the way you shriek in excitement when I get home from work
… I love that I was at home when you rolled over for the first time
… I love watching your pearly, white teeth come in
… I love watching you sit in a highchair
… I love that you could talk to a brick wall (and you sometimes do), just like your mommy
… I love that you are the spitting image of your daddy
… I love that you bang your hands on the washer just to hear the different sound
… I love that you spontaneously combust into giggles for no reason from time to time
… I love watching your little personality develop over time; I have a feeling you are going to be spunky!
… I love when you sleep through the night
… I love that you have four grandparents that love you very much
… I love that when you are talking up a storm you bend at your knees to really get your point across
… I love that having you made me want to have more kids
… I love that you are mine and that I get to love you for the rest of my life

Emma baby, I love everything about you.  You are perfect J.  Happy 1st Birthday!

All my love, 
Mommy

Monday, February 11, 2013

First, the Hard Stuff


I can’t help but feel as though I need to honor Emma’s other half during her birthday week.  For 8 – 9 weeks in the womb, Emma was a twin.  Some people may not see this as a baby, but I do.  This was supposed to be my baby.  

During birthdays and holidays, I often find myself wondering about Emma’s twin.  Would the twin have been a boy or a girl?  Would I have been able to breastfeed both babies?  Would Emma like having a twin?  What would her twin look like?  Would the twin look like me- since Emma is the spitting image of her dad? There are so many unknowns. 

What we do know is that they would have been fraternal twins and not identical twins because the doctor was able to see two sacks.  We also know that my body absorbed the baby between 8 and 9 weeks pregnant.  That is literally all we know.   

The grieving process is vastly different with a vanishing twin versus a miscarriage.  Before we went to the doctor, my nurse told me that based on my blood work, we had a 5% chance that I had a viable pregnancy.  I can still remember laying on the ultrasound table with my eyes closed when the sono tech told us that there was a heartbeat.  I was confused, nervous, EXCITED and scared to get this news.  How could there be a heartbeat when my HCG levels were so low.  Was there something wrong with my baby? 

I was so happy to hear the news that we were still pregnant, that it took awhile for the reality of the loss to settle in.  Sometimes this loss is harder than the miscarriage.  I know what Emma is like, so I know that you would have been awesome just like her.  

During this shared birthday week, I just want Emma's twin in heaven to know that Emma will always know about you.  You will always be my other baby.  You will always be Emma's other half. You were so wanted. You are so missed  You will always be loved.  

The three of us cant wait to meet you in heaven one day.  

Love, 
Your Mommy

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Emma's 1st Birthday Week


It is officially the start of Emma's 1st Birthday Week.  In my family, we grew up with birthday weeks.  A whole week that was dedicated to just the birthday girl.  I have very fond memories of birthday weeks and want to carry on this tradition with Emma.  Since Emma is still a little small to understand a whole week of treats directed at just her (needless to say, she is still on a pretty sugar resistant diet), I am going to dedicate all of my blog posts this week to Emma.  I hope when she is grown up and reading this, she will know how much her mommy and daddy truly love her!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Baby Mitchell #2: 16 Weeks


How Far Along: 16 weeks

How Big is Baby: the size of a turnip (5 inches long)

Sleep: I have seriously been having the craziest dreams.  Here are the three most vivid from this week.  First, I was swimming in the lake across from my parents house with baby whales (think baby Shamoo’s) when a bobcat lept up and bit my face off.  I also had a really scary dream about Emma drowning in our swimming pool.  Then, last night I dreamed that I woke up and went to the bathroom and there was blood on the toilet paper.  I called out for my husband and then the blood came gushing out.  In the dream, we lost the baby.  Are these dreams trying to tell me something?? All of these dreams were sad and scary.  I was so happy to wake up and realize that they were just dreams.   

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: This week was a good food week J We went to Johnny Carinos- yummy!  I was also able to have a cream soda- yay for yummy caffeine free drinks!  Also, I had two work lunches at Asian Mint and Razoos- yummy! 

Symptoms: there are some that I can’t talk about on the blog (hello, my parents read this!), but pregnancy can be gross.  That’s all I am going to say. 

Movement: still feeling little flutter here and there and wondering if it is movement or just gas.   

Gender Prediction: still no clue J But EXCITING NEWS- our gender ultrasound (well, really the anatomy ultrasound) is scheduled for March 6th.  Seriously CANNOT wait to find out.  It’s so funny, after Wes and I had Emma we talked about the possibility of waiting to find out with our next baby.  Now that the time is here, I could never wait!  Like I say, I will be just as surprised on March 6th as I would have been on July 25th

What I am worrying about: everything!  Lately I have been really worried about the anatomy scan.  There is nothing that I can do to change it, but that doesn’t keep me from worrying!

What I am loving:  that we bought a double stroller!  Besides Emma’s new crib, it was really the only purchase that we needed to make before this little one arrives.  It’s so nice to have both done and both finished so early!  Also, I am loving that our gender ultrasound was scheduled J yay!

What I am looking forward too: there is so much to look forward to this week! We are taking Emma to the rodeo this afternoon (which means I am only working half a day!).  Wes and I are going on a date to the Mardi Gras party at our church tomorrow night (special thanks to my in laws for watching our little one).  We were talking about it and I don’t think we have been on a date since November! So this is super exciting! Also, Emma’s turning 1 in just a week!!!  Seriously? How can it be a year since I gave birth to that munchkin.    

Best Moment of the week: hearing the babies heartbeat at my OB appointment this week- it never gets old, ever.  Still beating strong with a heartbeat in the 150’s.