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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sweet Baby Kicks

23 weeks Pregnant (almost 6 months)




The time has honestly flown by even though it has had its ups and downs! Well for the last few weeks baby Josselyn has been KICKING like crazy (and I am not talking about little flutters anymore) I can literally watch my stomach move as she kicks and punches me lol I would be lying if I didn't say that it can be a little hmmmm annoying at times. I mean she seems to like to kick at the most inopportune times like from 11:00pm-4:00am and for some reason at night she seems to aim right for the bladder area! I end up having to pee like 4 times throughout the night instead of just 2 ;) But honestly, I would NOT trade those baby kicks and punches for the WORLD! It is the neatest, most precious thing to feel my little princess moving all around and I am sure I will miss this feeling when she is born.


 Now John is just as excited as me that baby Josse is so active. John has been able to feel Josselyn move for the last few weeks but last Saturday (the day before Easter) was a day to remember. We were driving to our church outreach and we were stopped at a red light. Baby Josse was kicking like usual and I told John to watch my stomach... all of a sudden my stomach moved and then a few seconds later it moved again! John was absolutely amazed :) That was the first time he actually got see my tummy move because of out little girls kicks :) Then late that night I was reading in one of my pregnancy books that if you want to feel the baby move just put a flash light up to your stomach and the light basically irritates the baby so it will start moving around. Well, I am not sure what possessed me to read that out loud to John but I did....Yup, so he ran to his tool box and pulled out an LED flash light! I ALWAYS feel the baby move so why on earth would I want to feel her kicking at almost midnight (especially when she was actually calm & settled down)  But John on the other hand got soooo excited at a chance to feel the baby kick & didn't have the heart to tell him no, so I let him try this flash light experiment. Sure enough after a few minutes of flashing the very bright light on my stomach little Josse started kicking like crazy! John got to feel 4 good/hard kicks in a row. John found this experiment oh so humorous and fascinating....I on the other hand was having to deal with the repercussions of her not so little tae bo kicks & punches. Well, after John got a good dose of Josse moving, he decided to fall fast asleep...lets just say my little princess was wired and I was up the next 2 hours!!! But I am glad that daddy got some enjoyment and got to feel a tiny bit of what I feel all day long. (But prego friends don't try the flash light experiment unless you are ready to have a wired baby for the next couple hours!)

 

John, Josselyn and I have had a few other memorable moments this past week. One night we were laying in bed and John decided to sing to the baby (John actually has a really good voice) &he was singing a sweet Christian song called "Don't Be Afraid". I am sure baby Josse was loving it but she wasn't moving or kicking. Well, I decided to sing sone of the songs my mom use to sing to me like "Dixie's Land" and "Puff The Magic Dragon" (don't ask my why those were the lullabies my mom sang to me but they were). While I was belting "Dixie's Land" (and my voice is not good like Johns! I am tone deaf like my mom lol) all of a sudden Josselyn started to kick and move. John couldn't believe it. He quickly said, "let me try" so he started singing again in his sweet, soft, voice and nothing...the baby was completely still. So then he told me to start singing because he wanted to feel Josse move some more & I did, and she moved! We were both laughing like crazy. We have come to the conclusion that either Josse was kicking when I was singing becasue she wanted me to SHUT UP or there could be a slight chance that my loud off tone deaf voice is a little more familiar to her and she actually likes it! I am going to guess that she wanted me to shut up though ;)



Well that is a little insight into our life lately! I still can not believe that a real baby is growing inside of me (She is already over a pound! & the size of a baby doll). It is pretty spectacular how human life comes to be and I can't help but amazed and in awe of our majestic God! I still have another 4 months to go so I will keep you all posted ;) I am sure these kicks & punches will only grow harder the next few months. I have heard countless stories about baby feet aiming for the ribs!!! (Eeeek)



So... I guess let the tae bo sweet baby kicks continue ;)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just the 3 of us...

Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Pregnancy...

Oh BABY! I thought the 2nd trimester was supposed to be the glory months, the blissful pregnancy weeks, completely smooth sailing....Ummm I think I may be stuck in the wrong trimester. Lately I have had the WORST back pains along with these horrible aches in my stomach, not to mention terrible itching all over my growing belly (even though I keep putting lotion on it constantly!!!). Well night times have not really been my best friend. There is something uncomfortable about trying to sleep with this annoying basketball protruding from my waist, plus all of these weird body aches that I have never experienced! Together they make for an unpleasant night of sleep...

Well the good news is that there is one thing that makes sleeping through the night a little more comfortable :) NO, it is not the company of my dear, sweet husband and NO, it is not that fact that I have our little princess growing inside of me....it is my life saving "Noody" AKA the "pregnancy body pillow". Yes, the last few weeks John, Noody & I have all 3 been sharing our queen size bed! lol Noody is about the size of me and takes up just as much room as I do. So needless to say our bed has been slightly crammed....

Last week I realized how bad it was when John was rubbing what he "thought" was my leg when all of a sudden he said, "That's your leg right?" I turned over looked at him and said, "Ummm no..." Poor John was caressing Noody not me! haha I know John is not a fan of this enormous pregnancy pillow especially since there is no way to really spoon or cuddle each other with it right in the middle of us. There has also been a slight problem with ALL of the covers ending up on my side of the bed since my new friend has joined us. I honestly have no idea how they all end up with me & Noody but every night John wakes up with absolutely NO COVERS. Ohhh don't feel that bad for John he's not the one growing in size and uncomfortable 24/7!  But like I said, this life saving pillow makes night seem a little more tolerable! So Noody is not going anywhere anytime soon. The 3 of us will have to continue to share our not very large bed for the next few months...Luckily this blissful pregnancy experience is OVER HALF WAY done! I am 22 weeks which is about 5 1/2 months along. So the finish line is not too far in the distance. Unfortunately these final months include: becoming huge as a whale, having swollen body parts, out growing ALL of my clothes, more back pain, more intense baby kicks & possible stretch marks :( But I just have to keep the end result "Sweet Little Josselyn" in mind! So I may not be getting the best nights sleep anymore and I am sure it will only get worse once our new little addition arrives. But my Noody sure does make night time more tolerable for now!



So I guess it will have to remain the "3" of us for the next few months....


After reading my Blog, John couldn't resist taking this picture while I was sleeping!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Baby Nursery, Crib & Dolls, Dolls, Dolls

Hooray...I am finally starting to work on Josselyns nursery :)


We are turning one of our guest bed rooms into her nursery. So far we have sold all of the furniture that use to be in that room! I have completely emptied out the closet that use to be FULL of my clothes & our winter jackets (that was NOT an easy task!!!!) One of the beauties of having no kids was that I got all 3 closets in our house (I am serious) I have our entire walk in closet, plus I use to have both guest bedroom closets! You may be thinking what about John? What about John hes a guy they don't need a closet they have dresser drawers! jk ;) John has the coat closet that is in our room lol which isn't much better than dresser drawers but he said he just wanted one closet that I would not invade so he got his wish! So Anyways Josselyn has an empty room and her OWN closet. We ordered her crib!!!! It will be arriving in a few weeks and I can't wait. It is an adorable Bratt Decor Venetian bronze wrought iron crib! John and his friends assembled and hung her sweet princess chandelier! So now I am just on the hunt for the rest of the baby furniture and her baby bedding.


                                         Josselyn's Crib!                                        Her beautiful Chandelier

Well...working on the nursery has brought up some of my sweet childhood memories ;) I was an avid doll collector growing up! I wish I knew how to explain my passion for dolls as a child lol. I collected Madame Alexander Dolls, Ginny Dolls, Lee Middleton dolls & of course American Girl dolls. The funny thing about me is that I have not changed that much since I was a child. If you know me you know that I am a total CLEAN FREAK and a little OCD.  I believe that everything has its proper spot and nothing should ever be out of place. I am slightly completely up-tight at times and I can be anal, high-stung, bossy, compulsive and all of those other wonderful character traits that come with having a choleric personality! As a little girl things were not all that different. Like I mentioned I LOVED dolls and I took excellent care of them. I pretty much did not even play with them (because I was so anal and I did not want to mess them up). If I changed their clothes I made sure to put them back in their original clothes when I was done. If I wanted to comb their hair I only used a wig brush because I did not want to damage the artificial hair. If the doll came with accessories I kept those little accessories in a plastic bag or in my doll cases (most of my dolls were kept in doll cases so they would not get dusty). I remember getting total ANXIETY when I had friends come over who wanted to "play" with my dolls. In my mind dolls were collectibles and you did not just rough house or play with them! When my other NORMAL 6 year old girl friends would ask me why I was so particular and up-tight abut my dolls I would simply explain that one day I was going to give all of my dolls to my little girl. And I was absolutely serious when I said that! So my entire childhood the motivation behind keeping my dolls in such good condition was that I wanted to one day pass them on to my daughter (I know it sounds crazy) but that was my plan. Well 20+ years later I still have my dolls and they are in excellent condition! My mom moved to Texas this past year and she brought about 12 of my very favorite dolls. As I unpacked them it was a little sad because "time" did cause some of their beautiful dresses to fade and a couple of them have little scratch marks from being moved across the country and their perfect curls are no longer completely perfect because they have been in storage boxes and doll cases but I am sure I am the only one who would notice those little imperfections. My mom and I were laughing becasue my Samantha American Girl doll looks just like the Samantha doll being sold at the American Girl store today! Mine is 20 years old but she looks brand new. My mom said that she wishes she would have told me to just play with my dolls and to not worry so much about keeping them perfect. She said, "Maybe I should have told you not to worry, we will buy your daughter her OWN dolls one day". But I do not think that any of that would have changed how I treated my dolls. I am a perfectionist, especially when it comes to things that I am really passionate about.

My mom kept some of my baby clothes for Josselyn



My Ginni Dolls! These were some of my first dolls

I may have not really enjoyed my dolls as a child lol but the good news is that little Josse has some pretty incredible dolls that she is going to be inheriting and they are full of over 20 years of memories :) It is actually kind of surreal to be passing down my doll collection to my own daughter. From the time I was 6 years old I talked about giving them to my daughter and I even use to imagine what it would be like to be a mom and play with these same dolls with my little girl. Somehow the years have flown by, I have grown up and my role has now changed from a little girl to a mother. I still can not really believe it because sometimes I just close my eyes and I picture myself in Sacramento, California in the little room I grew up in that had blue walls and blue carpet. I can see myself sitting on my pink canopy bed surrounded by all my baby dolls. I remember my mom always peeking in my room and watching me play in my little imaginary world. I am not sure if I am completely ready to become the mother in the story but ready or not here I come...


Here are some of my favorite dolls that Josselyn is going to inherit ;)


                                                    

                          


                       





Thursday, April 7, 2011

Oh geez baby Juanita....

Hello All!






















It seems like I have been gone for a while! I thought I had died but I guess I was just SICK AS A DOG!!! My goodness talk about getting wiped off your feet. This past Sunday night I started coughing and not feeling so good. I went into the doctors on Monday and found out I had bronchitis and a fever! They started me on antibiotics but things only got worse. But Wednesday I was back at the doctor with an ear infection, sinus infection and of course allergies!!! So pretty much I have spent the last 3 days in bed whining and complaining! But don't worry this is a "pregnancy blog" so I am not going to bore you with my sob story. Now on to the good stuff...

Today I had my 20 week sonogram appointment and I got to see baby Josselyn on the big screen (well actually the tiny TV and tiny lap top they use at my dr's office!) The important thing is that I got to see little Josse or should I say BIG JOSSE moving around!!! The first thing the sonogram tech told me was "WOW she is active!" Yes I was a hyper kid and I am sure Josse will be just like her mother (Uh Oh). Josse did not sit still...she bounced, flipped, kicked her feet, punched her fists and then she kept opening and closing her mouth repeatedly (I think she is hoping to catch a bite of something to eat). You may be asking why all the "fat jokes" well little Josse isn't so little so far! At my gender sonogram appointment they informed me that Josselyn was in the 90% percentile for size! They assured me that I would probably have a big baby. Well, things did not change much at this appointment. The second thing the sonogram tech told me was, "she is not going to be a small baby".  :( Josselyn is in the 81% percentile for SIZE! This would not be strange if I was a tall, long legged, super model or if my husband was a 6 foot basketball player. But I am a mere 5' 2" (I usually tell people I'm 5' 3" though) and my husband is maybe 5' 9" (with shoes on of course) so most people would imagine that we would have this little, tiny, petite baby....That doesn't seem to be the case!

I have come to the conclusion that what goes around comes around...Let me explain. When one of my BEST FRIENDS was pregnant I would always joke with her that she was going to have a FAT BABY and if the baby was fat, I was going to call her "Little Juanita" You see my friend and I loved watching Desperate Housewives (I know, I know, not the most wholesome show) but anyways we would watch Desperate Housewives every Sunday and we were shocked when itty bitty Gabby (Eva Longoria) ended up having an extremely healthy (large) daughter named Juanita! So I always told my girlfriend that she would know that her baby was a fat when I started calling her Juanita lol.

Well apparently the jokes on me! So do not ever call your friend's baby FAT because you will have an even FATTER one! And people keep telling me not to ever say that someones baby is ugly (or yours will be even uglier) Hopefully it does not count if you just think it! JK JK I know that all babies are precious, beautiful, gifts from God :) I mean it is amazing that babies look as good as they do when they come out, think about it...they are the size of a watermelon coming out of a hole the size of a pea! So I guess the dreadful cone head is to be expected :/

Well...all of this to stay I guess I will be having a little big Juanita ;) In all seriousness I know that it is a good thing to have a healthy baby! I would be worried if my baby was significantly under weight. Every day I am praising God that baby Josse is healthy and active. I may not be praising God when she is 9lbs and kicking me in the ribs as she flips around nonstop (but for now I am very thankful!) lol I was over joyed when they told me that everything looked great in the sonogram they did not see any birth defects and the sonogram detects (98%) of all the problems. It is so amazing how the Lords hand has been on my entire pregnancy and Josse is healthy as can be. So when I really think about it I have nothing to complain about!

It is not all that bad to have a BABY JUANITA of my own...


Not so little Josse :)

Big ole feet!