Tuesday, October 22, 2013

We Made it a Week!

Just barely. Wednesday was a tough day for Reagan Grace and I, and when 5pm rolled around I decided that I needed to go ‘home’. I knew that if I started packing right now I could leave by 7 and Reagan would sleep the whole way there. As I began my mad dash around the house to throw a bag together, I started having second thoughts, maybe I should just leave in the morning, maybe I was over reacting, maybe I just needed a good nights sleep.

I decided to stay. I knew I needed to sleep, and that tomorrow was a new day.

When I woke up Thursday morning I kept myself busy with cleaning and organizing. And was glad that I hadn’t made that mad dash for the door.

It has been a harder than anticipated adjustment for me. The biggest absence is not having my amazing husband to rely on. He helps me keep my sanity when I’ve had a no good- very bad day. It’s also been tough to “move in” since the house has been vacant it is DIRTY- DUSTY and overall in need of some TLC. So unpacking takes twice as long because everything has to be cleaned before I can unload my boxes. All the while chasing after an almost 16month old and toting a baby bump around. By 7pm I am grateful when Reagan goes to bed, and I can shower and climb in bed about 8p.

We’ve been getting up every morning between 6:30-7a, enjoying our mornings in front of the fireplace with breakfast and cartoons. I try and get at least one big project done in the early afternoon, and evenings are reserved for a peaceful dinner-bath time-playtime-bed routine.

Reagan and I have been taking daily outside breaks to enjoy the weather. It’s been gorgeous, a little chilly in the shade but the warm sunshine feels great on our face. We’ve collected walnuts, raked pine needles and leaves and had lots of handfuls of dirt and gravel.

I’ve been surprised at how well Reagan has adjusted, she really seems to love it here. She spends a lot of time playing in her new room, and was ecstatic the day I set up her teepee. She has been napping and sleeping like a champ. I wake up a lot at night worried she is too hot/cold, but hopefully that will ease as I get more comfortable in our living situation.

So far, I’ve just been leaving an electric heater in her room to keep it warm. I don’t plan on turning on our furnace until December, the furnace is a HUGE power sucker and will gladly take all our monies from our wallet if we let it. Since the house is so large it will be a struggle to keep it warm throughout the Winter months, so we’ll see how this first winter treats us newbie’s. We have a pellet stove in the upstairs living room that kicks on when it hits 60 degrees overnight. In the morning I kick it up to 65 so we can get toasty warm, and thankfully the Fall sunshine has been keeping the upstairs warm throughout the afternoon.

Deciding to move over 3 weeks before my husband may have been a little ambitious, I will admit. But hey we are one week down, two weeks to go. I’m confident that us girls can make it through just fine. It will be a very pretty sight to see Cody pull in with his truck full ready to move in.


24 Weeks

How far along: 24 Weeks {Oct 21st}
Total weight gain: 18 lbs
Maternity clothes: Yes
Bump Size: Baby Austin is the size of an ear of corn...12 inches long 
Sleep: Good for the most part. Getting used to a creaking old house can be a little rough.
Best moment this week: Cody coming to visit!!
Miss Anything: WINE lots of WINE. Moving is stressful, I could have used a gallon or two to unwind
Movement: Carter is a little jumping bean!
Food Cravings: Wine
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, I've been feeling really good lately
Gender: Sweet Baby Girl
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: Just this large belly I'm sporting.
Belly Button in or out: In, I have a feeling it will actually "pop" this time around
Happy or Moody most of the time: I would have to vote Moody, luckily no one has been around to witness it.
Looking forward to: Getting settled into this house!

First Night in our New (to us) House

We all had a very busy weekend, getting unpacked, cleaning, and organizing. I am so thankful to all my helpers! Shawn got the baby gates installed (big brownie points), the Mom’s cleaned, unpacked and kept me sane, by helping with Reagan. And Cody even sacrificed a lot of hunting time so that he could make sure his girls would be taken care of for the next 3 weeks.

However the busy weekend had to come to an end, and on Sunday about 3pm everyone needed to start their long journey home.

Once the cars were pulled out of the driveway and on their dusty path back to the city, I decided that Reagan and I needed some good outside time. The weather had been rainy most the weekend and we had been so busy inside that some fresh air was in order. Reagan loves playing in the gravel and decided that “jumping” off the railroad ties was a good activity. So that’s what we did for an hour. Once she had burnt off some energy, we headed inside for dinner and a warm bath before bed.

About 7pm she was ready for bed, and I was right behind her. I tucked her in and got myself showered and in bed by 7:45.

I was nervous about how she would sleep, but she slept great! I was concerned about it getting too cold, but only had to turn the little electric heater on at 2am once her room had hit 60 degrees.

We woke up bright and early at 6:30, had some snacks (dry cheerios) and watched Peppa Pig out by the fireplace.

I’ve managed to get the kitchen in pretty decent shape, wash a load of laundry and do some organizing so far this morning (thanks to an unexpected 9am nap on Reagan’s end). The rest of day consists of, vacuuming, maybe a carpet cleaning session, but most important of all:: the internet/tv man is coming.

It was a successful first night. Although we both miss Cody very much, we are looking forward to getting things settled in for his arrival in a couple weeks. Being here early also gives me a chance to do some last minute fall chores before winter sets in.



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

15 months

Age: 15 Months

Stats: {Your guess is as good as mine}

Clothes: Our petite babe is still rocking 9-12 month clothes. Most 12 months are either too big or saggy baggy. I was even able to squeeze her into a 3 month onesie...it was snug, but it buttoned.

Favorite food: Reagan has been loving the fruit squeeze pouches lately, which makes me happy because she has always been picky about fruit. She also loves the old standby, chick nuggs and tots. Mac n cheese, spaghetti, and quesadillas also top the list.

Favorite words: Reagan is loving animal noises, she can moo and woof with the best of them! She also likes bye, belly (bee-eee), eyes (Eee), uh-oh, and BOO (BAA).

Favorite activities: Snacking/eating, dancing, bath time, taking off her socks, rough housing with Daddy.

Last favorite activities: Washing the soap out of her hair. Hates it.

Signature moves: Blowing kisses. Pointing out body parts, knows: eyes, nose, mouth, hair, belly and sometimes ears. Talking on imaginary phones.

Mom's proudest moment: I handed little babe her water cup, which I had just refilled, and some water dripped off of it and on to the kitchen floor. Reagan immediately said "uh-oh!" ran over to the oven and grabbed the towel that was hanging on the door and wiped up the water droplets.

Dad's proudest moment: Getting head to toe filthy playing in the dirt at the farm.

Other milestones: I am amazed everyday by how much Reagan understands, I can speak to her in complete, simple, sentences and she will respond appropriately. Like if I say, "Reagan its time for a diaper change, can you lay down for Mama?" She will lay down on the floor like a little angel (most of the time). Reagan is such a mini me these days, she follows me everywhere mimicking my every move. She has been quite the little helper when it comes to packing, I look forward to unpacking, as she has loved tossing random toys into the boxes as I fill them with items. Reagan recognizes different animals and knows their noises, she loves her pj's with puppy dogs on them, lots of "woof woofs" those nights!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

21 Weeks

Can these weeks s.l.o.w. down please?!

How far along: 21 Weeks {September 30th}
Total weight gain: 15 lbs, starting to really pack them on
Maternity clothes: Yes please
Bump Size: Baby girl is the size of a carrot...10.5 inches.  
Sleep: Good for the most part
Best moment this week: Getting Carter's nursery started, spending time getting the house fixed up.
Miss Anything: Not really
Movement: Oh yes, I love feeling baby girl kick around in there. I discovered She is a fan of Garth Brooks (who isn't).
Food Cravings: Nah
Anything making you queasy or sick: Keeping up with our Saturday curse, I was super nauseous but luckily no puking.
Gender: Sweet baby girl
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out: In
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy with a chance of irritability
Looking forward to: Getting all moved in, officially one month away.