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on May 23, 2014

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The Push and Pull

on May 9, 2014

I type this post with one hand as Collin sleeps on my chest, Rory fidgets in my belly because Collin is squishing her, and Carter is begging for a snack.  (He just got himself some yogurt and I am reminded that independence is one of the benefits of his getting bigger.)  Just a snapshot of life lately.  At 36 weeks pregnant, we are on the verge of a huge life change and I think it’s pretty electric in the air that life as we know it is going to be capital-D Different.  And soon. Life is such a dichotomy right now. Sometimes it’s so hard I just want to scream, run and hide.  When the whining is incessant, the NEED is just so, so, so intense, and the anger swells inside my chest until it boils over and I find myself screaming like a lunatic and wondering who the heck I am.  But then other times it’s EASY.  When my guys are playing nicely together in their room, giggles...

24 Weeks Pregnant

on Feb 16, 2014

Since this is my third pregnancy, it’s really not all that surprising that this is my least documented one.  With Carter I had a whole pregnancy journal that sits on our bookshelf.  With Collin, I was pretty good at weekly blog updates.  But now, I’ve managed a few measly updates in 24 weeks of pregnancy.  Sorry, Rory! As it’s most likely my last pregnancy, I’m trying very hard to enjoy every bit of it. Despite being tired and sore, I really do enjoy this part of being pregnant.  My belly is fully “popped” so it’s pretty obvious I’m pregnant and not just chunky.  And I’m finally getting some of the delicious movement that I love so much.  My placenta is up front again, so the movement] hasn’t been as prolific as it was with Collin’s pregnancy, but I’m enjoying feeling the thumps and bumps and finally some little...

37 Weeks Pregnant = FULL TERM!!

on Aug 20, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Making it to the 37 week mark today! I never thought I could be so proud of myself for being so lazy, but I have to keep reminding myself that I’m actually doing something very important by forcing myself to do nothing. When I started dilating and having contractions almost a month ago, I’d really prepared myself for having a preemie, and I was scared to death about it. But with each day that goes by, I’m grateful for Collin having that much more time to be prepared to face the world…whenever it is that he decides to come. Will we actually make it to September, after all? My doctor’s appointment this week was relatively uneventful since it’s perfectly normal for a 37 week pregnant woman to be where I am right now. I have progressed since last week…I’m now 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced, and his head is really low...

36 Weeks Pregnant

on Aug 13, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Amazing how even when I’m keeping the couch warm, I didn’t have time to blog last weekend. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been too busy holding my breath! It’s amazing how quickly the weeks are flying by, even with nothing going on. I thought they would start to drag toward the end, but thankfully that’s not the case. Highlights over the past two weeks include my first baby sprinkle with my wonderful moms’ group, Modern Moms of Tampa. I was an hour late for it because my doctor’s appointment took forever (see below) but the ladies held out in the HOT park until I got there and it was so nice. We got all kinds of goodies including lots of diapers, wipes, bibs, and even a few handmade goodies…a cross-stitched bib and a crocheted hat. So sweet! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of moms as a support...

34 Weeks Pregnant

on Aug 2, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Hmmm…I won’t say this week has sucked completely because I am grateful for every day that I keep my little Collin in my belly, but it has certainly been a trying week. After being told I needed to take it easy at my last doctor’s appointment, I cleared my calendar quite a bit. We still did manage to get in a fun playdate with my moms’ group, where we got all of the current preggos together for a picture and dished on being pregnant while the kiddos played nicely. (I LOVE Carter’s new-found independence!) Thursday I had another doctor’s appointment and while again, she wasn’t planning on checking me, I made her check me, and then I watched her face grow concerned when she realized that my cervix had effaced 50% over the course of one week, and his head (previously breech) was already very low. While the word bedrest was...

33 Weeks Pregnant

on Jul 23, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Well, the week started out ok! My friend Amanda came over on Sunday with her sweet 7 month old, Ethan. Carter loved “baby Efan” and not only doted on him, but also didn’t freak out when Mama held him. This is the third baby we’ve successfully avoided a meltdown with, phew! Let’s just hope he does this well with his brother! We had a fun day on Tuesday, going to the aquarium with the Wesley Chapel Moms’ Group, then having the Hansard family over to our/their house for a trip to the pool and pizza dinner. But then…. Epiphany of the week: I am officially not Superwoman. I think it was a combination of a lot of variables, but Wednesday my body rebelled against me, and as much as I’ve tried not to let my pregnancy slow me down, it turns out that I really need to slow down. From lifting Carter up and down a million...

31/32 Weeks Pregnant

on Jul 16, 2011

Best Moment of the week: 31: We had a fun trip up to Brooksville to “Clare’s house” (which Carter repeated all the way up there!) where my friend (and soon-to-be-tenant) Jen’s family is currently staying. Her daughter Clare and Carter have already gotten to be good buddies, and we also played with her son Jackson and the other Jen and her kiddos Noah and Jack. We also had a fun trip down to Bradenton to see my friends Lisa and Kori and the gaggle of kids between them, Celine, Donovan, Brendan, Charlotte and Holden. Carter, Brendan and Holden are within a few weeks of each other, and they’re finally at the point that they can all play “together,” kind of, at least! Best of all was Thursday, when we had our sonogram! When we first got there, Collin was flipped around backwards and we couldn’t get a good look at his face (though the reason...

30 Weeks Pregnant

on Jul 3, 2011

Best Moment of the week: We had a great week! We made more new friends on Monday with a “Jen and Kids” get together on Monday (there were three of us!), had a great time at the aquarium with Meg and Hunter on Wednesday, got to hang out with Auntie LeShayne and Carter’s “cousins” Tori and Tristan on Friday, then met the adorable Baby Fischer afterward…what a cutie pie, great job, Auntie Erin!! I think the best moment, and quite possibly the most scary one, was deciding to rent our house out yesterday. I think I mentioned Jen from California in my last post…she and her family decided after looking at some other places to rent ours instead. We had to take a bit of a “pay cut” to make it work, but I think it will be worth it to avoid dealing with a property manager and to have nice, normal (and really, wonderful!) people living in our...

29 Weeks Pregnant

on Jun 26, 2011

Best Moment of the Week: We made some new friends! I unofficially met Jen through one of my moms’ groups…she was moving here from California and had some questions about the area, and I answered them for her, and we’ve been emailing back and forth ever since. Now it’s a few months later, and her family has arrived in the Sunshine State, so she and her sweet kiddos came over for a playdate. Jackson is 3.5 and was perfectly content watching “Myna Mo” on TV while the little ones played, and Clare is 22 months old so she and Carter had a blast! We always love making new friends. Epiphany of the week: My friend Sasha from one of my playgroups is pregnant, too, and she’s due in November with her second son. She just announced that she’s naming him Collin! We both got a good laugh out of our similar taste in names, so there will be TWO cute new...

28 Weeks Pregnant

on Jun 18, 2011

Best Moment of the week: A fun day out at the Aquarium with my moms’ group. I tried out Carter’s “leash” for the first time since he’s been so active lately and I was nervous about having to chase him around when I’m so pregnant. (I swore I would never be one of those parents who put a leash on their child, but there are a lot of things I said I would never do as a parent that I totally do now…those of you who don’t have kids yet will understand this concept much more when you have kids…it’s totally a survival mechanism…for me, and for Carter, too!) Not only did he tolerate the leash well (it’s actually a little tiger backpack he can wear and a strap clips on and lets me hang on to him) but he didn’t run away from me, either. He held my hand most of the time and I just kept the leash as a backup plan that I...

27 Weeks Pregnant

on Jun 11, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Fun playdate at Carter’s girlfriend Abby’s house with my Mommy friends on Wednesday, and lunch with my ex-coworkers yesterday…always nice to spend good times with friends! Epiphany of the week: By golly, I think I must have passed my glucose test! I should have had a call by Tuesday if there was anything amiss, so even if they took their time, I think I would have heard something by now. I thought about calling to ask, but nah, I’m just going to be happy about the lack of news! Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: All courtesy of the Munchkin… Carter had his first really good swear word this week, courtesy of Mama. I don’t even remember what inspired it now, but Glenn and Carter were going upstairs, and I was closing up downstairs for the night. I think I dropped something on my toe, or stubbed my toe, or...

26 Weeks Pregnant

on Jun 4, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Feeling Collin’s adorable little hiccups for the first time! I was sitting at the dinner table and thought he must be flailing around a lot since I was feeling a lot of movement, and when I put my hand on my belly, I realized that it was a predictable pattern and he just had the hiccups! He gets them a few times a day now, just like Carter did. Which means he will probably have them all the time once he’s out, too! He’s been moving a lot more in general, too, and I’ve been able to push back on his feet and have him actually kick me a few times, which is fun! Glenn has had a few “whoa!” moments watching the turbulence in my belly. Also, a pool party with my moms’ group was lot of fun yesterday, but it was flanked by one of Carter’s worst days of crankiness yet! I really, really, really hate teething…it turns...

25 Weeks Pregnant

on May 28, 2011

I really thought I was 26 weeks pregnant today…guess I’m getting ahead of myself! Best Moment of the week: We had a really nice and busy week! We had fun at Tori’s party on Sunday, had our first trip to the pool this year (which was fabulous!) on Monday, had a fun playdate with Meg and her son Hunter (a little younger than Carter, but they played really well together) on Wednesday, Grancy came home and was back at our house on Thursday, and we went to a yummy lunch at Cheesecake Factory with Auntie Lauren yesterday. Today we went to the Aquarium as our little 3.5-person family, then out to lunch and IKEA…spending time as a family is just so precious to me! Epiphany of the week: Wouldn’t really call it an epiphany, but I started registering this week. I made a list of the “stuff” we still need, which really isn’t much since we’re...

24 Weeks Pregnant

on May 21, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Collin really started moving and grooving this week! He put on a significant amount of weight (about 4 ounces depending on my email updates…which is a lot when you weigh less than a pound!), and I think that really helped him make his presence known. I can now visibly see his jabs, which is very cool. Epiphany of the week: I finally have Carter on a decent nap schedule…but once Collin is here, how am I going to lie down with Carter, read him his book (Cat in the Hat), sing him his songs, and help him fall asleep when there’s a newborn demanding to be held?? Please, oh please, let me have a laid-back baby this time around! Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: Carter: “Where’s the dog?” (looking for his green dog stuffed animal, Scout) “There he is!” “Hi!” I love that he was able to ask a...

21 Week Sonogram Pictures

on May 14, 2011

Here are the sono pictures from Collin’s 21 week sonogram! Profile shot: 3-D shot of his face with his hand against his cheek (the funny glitch over his lip is his umbilical cord casting a shadow) Another 3-D face shot, rotated a bit. Already a beautiful...

23 Weeks Pregnant

on May 14, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Carter learned to count to 10 this week, and I couldn’t be prouder of him! He’d been counting to 2 for a while, then started saying “1, 2, 3, 9, 10,” then out of the blue was putting blocks back in the box with Glenn and he counted to 10 all on his own! Now he’s obsessed with counting, and while he doesn’t quite have the concept down all the time, he’s getting there. He’s also loving letters and likes to play with all of his different alphabets, matching the letters up and saying the ones he knows (and pretending to say the ones he doesn’t). Epiphany of the week: Going to the grocery store with two is going to be very, very hard! Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: “One, Two, Free, Fo, Fi, Hicks (with gusto), Se-Nen, Eight, Nine, Ten!” – Carter Obsessions: The little man (soon...

22 Weeks Pregnant

on May 7, 2011

I’ve decided that if you take the time out of your busy schedule to read my silly blog, you deserve to get a little reward. So if you’re reading this now, congratulations! You get to be in on our little secret, and I’d like to share with you our second son’s name. Drumroll please…Collin Edwin McKay! Now let’s get one thing clear….this does not give you carte blanche to share the name with other people who might want to know. You’re part of my special little club, so zip those lips! 🙂 But I hope you like it. And if you’d like to leave me a comment to let me know you read this so I have some people I can say his name out loud to, I’d appreciate it! If you don’t like it, or it’s the name of some really awful person you once knew, or your dog’s name, etc., you don’t have to tell me that. 🙂Best Moment of the...

21 Weeks Pregnant

on Apr 30, 2011

Best Moment of the week: We had a busy social week, going on three playdates, which is way above our norm. Especially enjoyed our Royal Wedding playdate yesterday and watching the fairy-tale-come-true of Price William and Princess Kate with Carter and our friends before my little prince can roll his eyes at me and tell me love is yucky. 🙂 Epiphany of the week: Things that are currently easy are no longer going to be easy when there are two little people to juggle. We picked up lunch from Moe’s one day…which is challenging enough holding one squirming person so he doesn’t tear the whole restaurant apart…what will I do with one squirming person and one tiny person?? Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: Glenn slipped and told our friend (and his co-worker) Erin the baby’s name! We’re so used to referring to him by his name these days that...

HALFWAY THERE!!

on Apr 23, 2011

Best Moment of the week: Seeing real, visible kicks and feeling him flop around in there. Also, taking Carter to his first Easter egg hunt. He did such a great job! I didn’t think he would really understand the concept yet, but he ran around like a champ and picked up a ton of eggs! And this morning, he said “love you” for the first time, then pat me on the back and gave me a hug! Epiphany of the week: None really for me, but Carter has finally started to understand color since he got all of those Easter eggs! Entertaining question/comment of the week: The girls from my mom’s group all agreed that I finally have a baby bump, and Glenn told me I actually look pregnant now! Obsessions: Seeing those kicks What I am most looking forward to this week: Nothing much planned. What I miss the most: Nothing, really. Symptoms: Exhaustion. Milestones: Finally reached the...