Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Worldwide Day of Play

Our town celebrated Worldwide Day of Play on Saturday with lots of free activities. I wasn't sure how much Sophia would be old enough for, but we wanted to check it out and see how she'd do.

We started off at the YWCA. They had several stations set up, such as hula hoops, ball toss, bowling, etc. that she was still too little for. In the center of the gym they had a huge parachute that they were lifting up for the kids to run under. She wasn't too interested in that, but did try to grab the balls they were tossing on top. They did have one area that she loved, though. Bike riding!

After riding for a bit she noticed the bouncy house and went running towards it. However, once she got inside she wasn't really sure what to do and just stood there while the other kids jumped around her.

So, back to the bikes she went!

After grabbing a snack and throwing some balls around, we headed over to the next stop. They had an Uptown Block Party going on. First they had several fire trucks parked for the kids to touch and explore. Sophia wasn't too interested until she saw the firefighters were handing out fire hats and badges.

Then they had a street full of different vendor booths. The first thing she saw and ran right to was bubbles, of course!

She played with some toys at a local toy store booth, made a music shaker at the Kindermusik booth, more bubbles, puzzles at the library booth, got a balloon, and then found her favorite station. They had water tables filled with corn kernels for the kids to dig in. Of course when she first walked up to it she put one right into her mouth, but once I handed her a shovel she started digging and we couldn't get her away from it.

The temp was back to the 80's, so it was getting really hot standing out in the sun, but we had a really fun time and I think next year she'll be able to enjoy it even more.

Monday, September 29, 2014

21 weeks

Week 21: Your baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound (the size of a pomegranate) and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long (the length of a carrot). You may soon feel like he's practicing martial arts as his initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to his activity as you get to know him better.

In other developments, your baby's eyebrows and lids are present now.  Baby's nail beds are fully developed now and his little toenails and fingernails have started to grow. Your little one might even be born with nails that are in need of a trim; the nails will be very soft to minimize the risks of him scratching himself.

The bump:

How far along?  21 weeks
Symptoms:  Still mostly the same.  Fatigued all the time and had woke up to a charlie horse again this morning.
Total weight gain/loss:  +16 lbs
Gender:  Boy 
Maternity clothes?  Yes, sticking to all maternity shirts now. Regular yoga pants still fit, but otherwise all maternity jeans.
Stretch marks?  Nope
Belly Button in or out? 
Still in
Sleep wasn't bad this week. 
Yes! He is most active between 9-10 at night, just like his sister was.  
Labor Signs:  Nope
Food cravings: 
Just my usual favorites.
What I miss: 
I miss having energy!  Where is that supposed 2nd trimester energy boost?!
What I am looking forward to: 
I have an appointment on Wednesday, so excited to hear my little guy's heartbeat and hopefully find out everything looked good at my anatomy scan.
Best moment from last week:  We got his crib ordered on Saturday!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Faves

With September nearly over (can you believe it?!), I've started buying/putting together our Halloween costumes. I love matching family costumes. Andrew, however, doesn't share my love. But I think I maybe have him talked into it, with a pretty basic costume for him. But I think our costumes will turn out really cute together. Can't wait to show you! So for now, here are some of my favorite family Halloween costumes I found on Pinterest this week.

How awesome is this Lego family? So creative!

I also love this Simpsons family!

I had to laugh when I saw Napoleon Dynamite! Seriously perfect!

This dad gets major props for wearing this on the subway. Love!

Source: imgur via Cassie on Pinterest

And finally, one I think I could actually get Andrew excited about one day, the Star Wars family!

Do you have your Halloween costume figured out yet?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Silly Sophia!

One of Sophia's favorite things lately is to watch puppy videos on YouTube, specifically ones of them going down slides. Her two favorite things combined, what could be better?! And it's really cute watching her watch them. She giggles and points and then asks to watch them over and over. So yesterday I was going to attempt to record her reaction to the videos. Instead, I got this hilarious reaction to her seeing herself on the video screen! Oh how I love this silly girl!

Monday, September 22, 2014

20 weeks

 20 weeks!!!  Half way done! 

Week 20: Your baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now. He's also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel — the length of a banana.  Baby is growing bigger and stronger but still has plenty of room to perform his summersaults or to stretch his arms and legs.

He's also swallowing more these days, which is good practice for his digestive system.

The bump:

And a comparison with where I was at with Sophia. I think this little boy is going to be bigger than his sister.

How far along?  20 weeks
Symptoms:  It was a good week. No more signs of BH. Still just exhausted all the time.
Total weight gain/loss:  +15 lbs... yikes those pumpkin bars, which were oh so delicious, were terrible to me. I'm really bummed I've had no energy to keep walking like I had hoped to. I really didn't want to gain so much this time around but am doing worse so far.
Gender:  Boy!
Maternity clothes?  Yep
Stretch marks?  Still nothing yet 
Belly Button in or out? 
Not too bad this week. This morning was the first time I woke up and could feel a charlie horse starting in my leg. I had those a lot with Sophia, so not excited about the start of them again.
Yes and I can now sometimes feel them on the outside now. Andrew was able to feel him the other night! I'm excited to see Sophia's reaction the first time she feels him.
Labor Signs:  Nothing this week!
Food cravings: 
Those darn pumpkin bars! haha
What I miss: 
Still just mostly missing sleep.
What I am looking forward to: 
Getting his nursery all put together.
Best moment from last week:  We started discussing our name lists. Have it narrowed down to a top 5. Boy names are so much harder than girl names!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Small Kitchen Update

While my in-laws were here the weekend of the gender reveal party, I had Andrew and his dad make a small update to our kitchen.

Last Fall, I found a great deal at a garage sale. I wasn't looking for it, but I found someone selling a kitchen light for just $15! Isn't necessarily my most ideal light, but it was too good of a deal to pass up and I'm happy with it.

I meant to get a good before pic, but of course I forgot. So here's one I took after we moved in.

And the after. So much better! Not bad for $15, eh?

  So one ugly gold light down, several more to go.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I realized I forgot to post about Sophia and I starting Parent & Tot Gymnastics class. We finished our third class yesterday. I grew up doing gymnastics on and off from age 3 to 15, so I've been looking forward to this since finding out we were having a girl! I'm really hopeful that she will love it as much as I did, and so far she seems to!

Her class is from age 20 months through 2 years. There are five girls in the class and I believe Sophia is the youngest. She was a bit of a wild child the first two classes, wanted to run and play rather than sit and listen to her teacher. But thankfully she was already doing better yesterday. And I could tell she remembered certain things and is already learning. It's really cute to watch!

The first thing they do is sit on a mat to do some stetches. Then they sit on a line while the teacher demonstrates what to do at each of the first stations, the beams. Then she has the parents help the kids at each one.


After 10 minutes or so they go sit on another line while she demonstrates the bars and floor stations. Then again we help the kiddos.

After another 10 minutes we move over to the trampolines.

We've been practicing a little at home as well and she can already do a somersault by herself! She picked it up super fast, doing it  by herself the day after I started helping her with it. She's a natural! Summer Olympics 2028 here we come!