Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Library Party

This morning we went to the Halloween story time party at the library. I took Sophia last year and, even though she was still pretty young then, it was really cute so I was looking forward to bringing her back this year.

I decided we'd be Thing 1 and Thing 2 (baby Landon) for Halloween this year. Andrew is also going to dress up as the Cat in the Hat for trick or treating. She didn't want to wear the blue hat/wig I made to go with it, which I figured she might not, so I thought ahead and bought a Cat in the Hat hair bow from Etsy. I'm really hoping she'll at least let me get a pic of the full costume on Friday. Of course I couldn't get her to smile, she woke up way too early today, but I think she looks awfully cute in her costume and we got a ton of compliments on it.

The first thing they did was read some Halloween books and sing some Halloween songs.

Then they did a costume parade around the library. She didn't want to cooperate for these pictures either.

After the parade, they sang one more song and then sent the kids off for a snack and had some games and crafts set up for them to do.

Aunt Molly joined us at the library.

On the way out she got to test out her trick or treating, which was a fail, but she got her first piece of Halloween candy for the year. 

And a little flashback, this was at the party last year. You might notice she wore the same tutu!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Art Project

Here comes your first of several Halloween posts this week.

Sophia and I created her first Halloween art project today! I absolutely love arts and crafts, so it was really fun to able to do with her. I'm already looking forward to more projects in our future! This first one was very simple. I, of course, found the idea on Pinterest.


All you need is orange construction paper, white art paint, and either the words printed out from MS Word like I did or you could paint them on yourself.

When I started painting her first foot she thought it was pretty funny and I had to hold her still from giggling. By the second foot, she had decided she didn't like the feel of the paint and was over it. The toes got a little messed up, since she scrunched them up, but I think it still turned out really cute!

Monday, October 27, 2014

25 weeks

Week 25: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than a head of cauliflower, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

The bump:

And a comparisson picture. I think this little guy is definitely going to be bigger than his sister was.

How far along?  25 weeks
Symptoms:  Nothing new this week, still just mostly feeling uncomfortable and stretched.
Total weight gain/loss:  +22 lbs
Gender:  Boy 
Maternity clothes?  Oh yeah. And, unfortunately, one pair of my regular yoga pants are no longer comfortable. It's my pair that doesn't have the fold down type of band and when I'm sitting it digs into my stomach. So they are now only being used to walk in.
Stretch marks?  I was afraid I saw one the other but when I looked a couple hours later it was gone. Guess it was just a mark from the way something was sitting on my belly. Not sure.
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in, mostly.
For whatever reason, I had to wake up a lot more for bathroom trips this week. One night was 5 times! Although one of those times I woke up hearing Sophia and went while I was awake anyway. But definitely feeling a little more exhausted because of it. I'm guessing he moved over my bladder or something. Hope he repositions himself soon!
Yes, he was really active several times this week! A few times I could actually see my belly moving. Hopefully I can get a video of it next time.
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
I have suddenly been having serious cereal cravings, specifically the Honey Nut Chex I picked up at Sams last week. So good! I crave it all throughout the day/evening. I figure it's  better than pumpkin flavored sweets.
What I miss: 
I really miss not waking up a dozen times to go to the bathroom overnight.
What I am looking forward to: 
I'm being really hopeful that I pass my gestational diabetes test tomorrow, so *fingers crossed*!
Best moment from last week: Getting the window blinds and curtain rod hung up in his room. I'm thinking I'm going to exchange the curtains I had picked out. After getting the crib skirt, I realized they are much different shades of red. So I'm going back to the store this week to see if there is another color option closer to the crib skirt.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Family Reunion

Over the weekend we had a family reunion with my mom's side of the family in Missouri. We make it over there at least once a year, always for Thanksgiving, and get to see over half of the family most visits. But we have some family members living throughout the US and even one over in the Philippines who I haven't seen since my wedding. They were going to be in town for a wedding on their other side of the family and we decided to all get together for a family reunion while they were here.

So Saturday morning, at 8am, we headed over to Missouri. We all fit into two vehicles since my sister Molly couldn't get the day off work. We stopped first in St. Louis and spent the day visiting Grant's Farm. My mom's sister and her daughter, who live in St. Louis, joined us there as well. It's been years since I've been there, so it was really nice to visit again. It was both Andrew and Sophia's first visit, and they both really enjoyed it as well.

The boys had so much fun feeding the camels!

Then we had another hour or so to drive to my mom's hometown. That night, after dinner, we had fun swimming in the hotel pool until bedtime. Sophia absolutely loved it! She was really kicking her feet pretending to swim while I was holding her and kept wanting to jump in to me. So much fun!

The next morning we got up and ready, had breakfast at the hotel, and then drove over to my grandma's nursing home, where we had a room rented for the reunion. We planned a brunch, which was delicious, then of course took lots of pictures of everyone. Then played over at the really nice park across the street before we had to head back home.

My grandma with her 9 kids.
The siblings in birth order.
All of the cousins who could attend (missing 9).
Cousins plus significant others and children.
My family, minus Molly.
3 of the 5 pregos! The 3 of us are all due within a month of each other.
My aunt made this beautiful blanket for baby Landon!

While we were taking pictures, the kids were all kept occupied chasing around this bunny (which you might have noticed made an appearance in our family pic) and turtle that roamed around this small outdoor space.

 We had a really great time. It was so nice to see (mostly) everyone again!

Monday, October 20, 2014

24 weeks

Week 24: Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at just over a pound - the size of a cantaloupe. Since he's almost a foot long, he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

24 weeks is also a big milestone - viability!!!

The bump:

How far along?  24 weeks
Symptoms:  Still feeling uncomfortable and my belly just feels so tight, like it's stretched to the max. I've been having some fun indigestion lately, too.
Total weight gain/loss:  +22 lbs... hoping some of that is water weight from the extra eating out over the weekend while we were gone.
Gender:  Boy 
Maternity clothes?  Yes, for the most part. I actually had to get a new Fall jacket the other day, found a fleece one for cheap, and it's not maternity so doesn't exactly zip up over my belly but it's really warm so it will do. And then otherwise normal stretchy stuff still fits, but mostly maternity.
Stretch marks?  No
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in  
I've been waking up a little sore lately in my back, neck and shoulder areas. Not terrible, but even with the awesome pillow I'm not completely comfortable.
Yes, still not completely consistent times each day, but I do feel him a lot. I tried to get Sophia to feel the other day but she pulled her hand away, looking annoyed, and said stop! Ok then... lol
Labor Signs:  No
Food cravings: 
Ugh, the sweets...
What I miss: 
Nothing too bad this week.
What I am looking forward to: 
Sophia (hopefully) getting to feel her little brother kick.
Best moment from last week:  Getting more decorative pieces put up in his room. I'm really loving the way it's coming together!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Faves

One thing Pinterest is great for is giving you yummy goodies to crave. So many delicious looking treats. There are tons of Fall/Halloween recipe ideas out there. Lots of cute things for kids, which I'm looking forward to making for my kiddos in a couple years, but also lots of great ideas for get togethers. Here are my favorites I found on Pinterest this week.

These oreo bars look amazing!

This is such a neat idea. I never would have thought of layering them like this, but I definitely want to try it.

Another yummy idea!

Source: Lil Luna via Cassie on Pinterest 

This pumpkin fluff dip looks so good, and what a neat idea putting it in an actual small pumpkin.

Yet another delicious looking combination!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Decor

With Halloween just a couple weeks away, I finally got the last bit of our Halloween decorations put up. We don't have many outdoor decorations yet at this point, mostly indoor, but I add a little bit to our collection each year.

Our porch decorations. Sophia helped me pick the mums and pumpkins out last week. As soon as she saw the yellow one she had to have it. Yellow is her favorite color (aka the only color she knows consistently so far). I haven't decided yet if I'm going to do anything else with the pumpkins as far as decorating them. Most likely not. Next year will be fun when Sophia can decorate one herself!

I have a few decorations set up in our entryway.

And our fireplace.

The large "S", found at Hobby Lobby, hangs on our fireplace year round. It has a blue print on it, so I just covered it in kraft paper so that it fits in with the Halloween colors.

If you're a newer reader to my blog, you might not recognize the candy corn decor over on the left that I made. It was a fun, easy, DIY project that I made a few years back. You can find that blog post here if you're interested.

And the little owl right above the string over on the right is our newest addition. While walking through the Fall decor at Michael's last week, Sophia saw the "whoo" and she just had to have it. They already have everything at 50% off, so I happily agreed.

We'll see if I can find any more goodies in the post-holiday clearance!