Tuesday, December 16, 2014

37 Weeks

We are officially considered FULL TERM! This pregnancy has flown by and it's hard to believe we are only 13 days away from meeting Shepherd. I'm about to be a mother of 2!! Wow! :) This is something I have dreamed about my entire life and it's even better than I imagined it would be.

The nesting began a few weeks back but really kicked into high gear over the last week. I have a "to-do" list a mile long and I try desperately to mark a few things off every day. I have to brag on my husband too. I really put him to work over the weekend and he was such a trooper. Anyone who has experienced nesting knows there are things you want done that you really aren't capable of doing or shouldn't do. I am so thankful that he stepped in and helped me accomplish some things to mark off the list. We have a few more things to do this weekend and I think I'll finally feel "ready" for Shep to make his debut and welcome him into our home. Although, if he decides to come early then I guess he'll just experience home in it's normal everyday state which is clutter & chaos. But hey...I love that clutter & chaos because it means we have a happy home with a wild toddler running around and we wouldn't have it any other way!

My 37 week check-up was this morning and all is well. I'm not making any progress at this point and I wasn't surprised because I didn't make any with Hatcher either. At my 36 week c/u, the doctor was a little concerned about Shep's position but today he was definitely head down which is great news. My next appointment is for pre-op the day after Christmas...yay!!!

We have kept our days pretty busy so far this month and it's definitely making the time pass by so quickly. I am really enjoying my final days with Hatcher as an only child and trying to do some fun things over the next 13 days since I know I'll be out of commission for the first few weeks I am back at home after surgery. There are days when I just lay down & nap with him & try to enjoy those quiet moments just me & him. He has started waking up in the wee hours of the morning again and he comes to snuggle with us in our bed. I love waking up next to him and getting some early morning snuggles. I keep telling Johny we need to move to a king bed because that queen is about to be packed!! I know he is going to be a wonderful big brother and my anxiety over him not being the only child anymore is slowly starting to fade. Now, the excitement is kicking in & I just can't wait to introduce them and hear Hatcher say "aww wee" in his cute little baby voice!

Here's my 37 week "bump" shot and update! :)

How far along? 37 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: +35 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes
Stretch marks? Nope! 
Sleep: Lots of potty breaks during the night & crazy dreams.
Best moment this week: Hearing Shep's heartbeat this morning...that just never gets old!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Can't think of anything new. Just uncomfortable a lot these days and it's harder to bend over or down without discomfort. 
Movement: Yes and lots of it! Shep is very active and most active late at night. 
Food cravings: Still spicy food, sweets & sweet tea.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Over the past few weeks, I keep waking up nauseous during the night but can't figure out what's causing it. It's definitely not helping on the sleep end of this deal either.
Belly Button in or out? Depending on his position, sometimes it's in & sometimes it's out. 
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? Can only wear the engagement ring now!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward this week: Marking more things off my to-do list, framily Christmas with the Parker's & VanDusen's and getting my presents wrapped & under the tree! It's almost Christmas!!! :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

34 Weeks

It has been far too long since my last post. Life happened & we have been very busy over the past few months. Fall is always like that for us it seems. This pregnancy is flying by & I cannot believe we will be meeting our little guy in just 5 weeks!!

We are scheduled for a c section on Monday, December 29th. He'll be the perfect Christmas present & we just can't wait to meet him! His nursery is nearly complete with just a few final touches to be done. It has turned out better than I expected when I chose a nautical theme.

I had a beautiful baby shower several weeks back & am so thankful for everyone who came to shower our Shep with love! He got so many beautiful things & we had such a great time celebrating him. I'll post about that with lots of pictures soon.

Since my last post, Hatcher turned 2 & we had a big celebration for him! He is getting more & more excited about becoming a big brother. We talk about Shep all the time and he loves to play in his room while Mommy organizes baby essentials. He also loves to give him kisses & point to his ultrasound pictures on the fridge. I just know these two boys will be the best of friends! :)

We got to have another 3D ultrasound on 11/3 and it was so much fun. Shep gave us lots of great pictures & was very active. He has the cutest little nose & chubby cheeks! They had him measuring about 2 weeks ahead of schedule but the doctor isn't concerned at this point because I am measuring right on schedule. We shall see if he decides to make his appearance early but we sure hope he stays in there & is born healthy!

I had my 34 week check-up today & all is well. Below is my "bump" shot & some updates.

How far along? 34 weeks, 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: +33 lbs
Maternity clothes? Oh yes!! And lots of Johny's t-shirts for sleeping! :)
Stretch marks? Nope! 
Sleep: Getting more uncomfortable and having a harder time falling asleep. My wedge pillow is helping a lot though and once I'm asleep I'm usually good minus a potty break or two! 
Best moment this week: Enjoying some quality time in Charleston with sweet friends & hearing Baby Shep's heartbeat today at the doctor.
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over comfortably to put my shoes on. Boots are no joke! Thankful my sweet husband is willing to assist! 
Movement: Yes and lots of it! Shep is very active and most active late at night. 
Food cravings: Still spicy food, sweets & sweet tea.
Anything making you queasy or sick? No
Belly Button in or out? Depends on how he's laying but the past few days it's officially been OUT! That never happened with Hatcher so it's funny to us.
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? Engagement & on...depends on the day!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward this week: Thanksgiving in LaGrange with all of my family! Can't wait for yummy food & good quality family time! :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

24 weeks

These weeks are flying by! I cannot believe we have already reached the 24 week mark. We are making lots of progress & starting to get prepared on the home front for Shep's arrival! 

We recently moved our guest room furniture into our bonus room, turning it into a office/man cave/guest room. It turned out nicely and we are pleased with it. So now we can really focus on the nursery. We paint this weekend thanks to the help of my parents and now I just need to narrow my five grey paint choices down to one! Who knew grey paint could be so hard to choose?

Hatcher is really starting to notice the baby bump now. He waves to the baby and kisses my tummy all the time. It is so sweet! Let's just pray he's that sweet to baby Shep once he's here! :)

I had my 24 week check-up this afternoon so below are the details on that and of course my most recent "bump" shot!

How far along? 24 weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain/loss: +16 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes. Recently bought some fall/winter items and can't wait for my favorite Old Navy skinny jeans to arrive this week! Being able to order my favorite jeans in maternity is super exciting!
Stretch marks? Nope! :)
Sleep: Having difficulty going to sleep some nights because I can't turn my brain off. Lots to think about & do. Hatcher is still struggling with sleeping all night in his big boy bed so snuggling with him in a twin isn't all that comfy either. But I do enjoy his sweet cuddles!
Best moment this week: Having some quality family time with my boys this weekend & getting to hear Shep's heart beat today!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Sounds funny but the bigger Shep gets the harder it is to get a good deep breath some moments. Activities that used to be simple & easy leave me huffing & puffing lately. Glad that sweet boy is growing big & strong!
Movement: Yes and lots of it! Shep is very active and most active late at night. 
Food cravings: Boy do I have a sweet tooth! I made peanut butter cookies with Reese's cups in them the other week and this past weekend chocolate chip cookies. I can't help myself!
Anything making you queasy or sick? No!
Belly Button in or out? In
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but I've had my moody moments over the last few weeks.
Looking forward this week: Painting the nursery & seeing my parents!! 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

22 Weeks

I am 22 weeks pregnant today with our sweet Shepherd! This pregnancy seems to be flying by. I am feeling great and things are going well. 

We had our 20 week ultrasound and check-up on August 22. Baby Shep looked great and is growing and healthy! We loved watching him move all around and boy is he active! He weighed in at 13 ounces which is 40th percentile. I measured right on track and we go back in 2 weeks for the 24 week appointment. 

Shep's nursery planning is underway! We are doing a nautical theme and have picked out the most beautiful bedding from Polka Tot Designs. If you're pregnant and needing gorgeous custom made bedding, check out their site. You won't be disappointed! Our color scheme is grey and white with a mustardy yellow as the pop of color. We have all of the wall decorations purchased thanks to Hobby Lobby, Kirklands and a few fun shops from Seaside during our beach trip. I can't wait to see it all come together!

We are moving Hatcher into his big boy bed tonight and starting to put the nursery together. Stay tuned for a post on Hatch's big boy room! Pray for us that this transition will go smoothly!

Below is my 22 week bump shot and update. 

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: +9 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes! No more Bella's all maternity clothes. It's time to start buying fall maternity clothes since I didn't need those with Hatcher. I have a feeling leggings will be my best friend!
Stretch marks? Nope! :)
Sleep: Sleep is good although usually interrupted by a sweet almost 2 year old who has stopped sleeping through the night lately. 
Best moment this week: The cooler weather which Hatch & I enjoyed very much in the mornings! This preggo mama is ready for fall because playing outside & chasing Hatcher preggo is not easy! Lots of movement from Shep too!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Can't think of anything at the moment!
Movement: Yes and lots of it! Shep is very active and most active late at night. 
Food cravings: Sweet tea. I always love it but lately it's been a must. I try to stick to decaf tea at home but I usually have one or two caffeinated ones a day thanks to Chick-Fil-A. 
Anything making you queasy or sick? This has gotten better and lately my stomach hasn't been as weak.
Belly Button in or out? In
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but I've had my moody moments over the last few weeks.
Looking forward to: Putting Hatcher's big boy room together today and seeing how excited he is about it! This also means we can start on the nursery! 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Expecting Another Little BOY!

We are thrilled to be expecting our second little boy! Baby Shepherd Morgan Ricks is due January 4, 2015. He will also be born via c-section like his big brother so we expect an arrival during the last week of December. What a perfect Christmas present!! 

We have prayed for this sweet baby boy for a very long time. We tried to conceive for 8 months before that pregnancy test came back positive! To say we were excited would be an understatement! We found out very early and waiting for that first doctor's appointment seemed like an eternity but it was so worth it when we saw his sweet little self on that ultrasound screen! Totally worth the wait! 

Shepherd is a name we have liked for awhile and we love the idea of calling him Shep for short. Morgan is a family name on both sides of our families. My maternal grandfather's name was William Morgan Wilks and being able to carry on his name with my son is so special to me. Johny's maternal grandfather's name is John Morgan Outlaw and since Johny is name after him we thought it was perfect. We love a name for our children that represents our families and being able to do that twice now is very exciting! 

Hatcher still isn't sure what all the "I'm gonna be a big brother" talk is all about but he does notice that mommy's belly is growing. We tell him often that his baby brother is in mommy's belly and he will pull my shirt up and wave to him! So sweet & super cute! He will be a great big brother & I'm so excited to have two little boys to watch grow up together!

Nursery planning is well underway and my ideas are slowly coming together. Since I haven't chosen all the bedding yet, I'll save that info for another post. We won't have to buy too much in the way of clothes since the boys will be similar seasons but I'm sure I'll find some things to monogram for Shep along the way! He is a southern boy after all! 

Below is my update although very late but I've enjoyed going back to compare things with this pregnancy to the last one so I want to start updating the blog at least monthly. I am so thankful God is blessing us with another child & cannot wait to hold him in my arms!!

How far along? 16 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: +6 lbs
Maternity clothes? Yes! I've grown much faster this go round and maternity clothes are definitely being worn. I can still do a few pairs of pants/shorts with the Bella band and a good many of my normal tops. 
Stretch marks? Nope! :)
Sleep: Pretty good on the sleep part. Bathroom break at least once a night and I'm starting to get somewhat uncomfortable in my hips so the wedge will probably make an appearance soon.
Best moment this week: Hearing Shep's heart beat at my 16 week appointment!! 
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? My morning cup of coffee! It's needed on those mornings when Hatcher decides 6:00 a.m. is the perfect time to start the day! 
Movement: Not yet but I'm so looking forward to it!
Food cravings: Spicy food! Anyone who knows me knows this is nuts but it's all I want! And brownies have been a favorite this week. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Brushing my teeth and coughing make me gag to the point of possibly getting sick. So weird!
Belly Button in or out? In
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender: Boy
Labor Signs: No
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Heading to the beach today for some fun in the sun with our families! Can't wait to relax & watch HT enjoy the beach & ocean! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Little {Big} Moments

I always remember my mom telling me that I would never know how much she truly loved me until I had children of my own one day. She was so right. I always knew her love for me was enduring, forever and unconditional but I didn't know that when she looked at me it was as if she was looking at her heart living on the outside of her body. That's how I feel about my heart now lives on the outside and that if I loved him even an ounce more I could explode. It's indescribable. I hope I show him that love every single day.

The past few weeks have been challenging as he is teething, has had a chronic ear infection and hasn't been sleeping well. We are all exhausted and irritable. He is also becoming very independent and that little dare devil isn't scared of anything. He is climbing, opening baby proofed cabinets and has recently learned to open doors. Even the door to the dryer which is heavy and it's his new favorite place to hide and play. I have begun to feel like a referee between him and the dog. I am the constant sayer of the word "no" and the rule enforcer. I am always telling him he can't do something that I swear I told him just 10 minutes prior not to do. It's not a good feeling. I feel like I am discipling him more than I'm loving on him. I know discipline is part of showing him love and teaching him right from wrong but some days it can leave you feeling defeated and like you're stripping him of all his little boy fun. It's all part of it but this first time momma is figuring it all out.

Yesterday, I had to take him to the ENT to have his ears checked out. There were several tests in which he had to be held down for and he didn't like it not one bit. There was screaming and tears. There was also a lot of waiting in a not so kid friendly environment. It was challenging and I was fortunate that my mother-in-law was able to go with me to help entertain my rowdy little man for the two hours we were there. Because I had to hold him down and keep him from moving, I instantly became his enemy and not the person he wanted to hold him and console him. That's also part of being a momma. I knew the things I was doing to him were the best thing for him. There were necessary in order to make him feel better and to get him healthy. But, as they get older and they understand what you're doing to them it's hard in that moment. It can break your heart because what they don't understand is that it's all for their benefit even if in that moment it feels like torture.

Today, he and I have been able to have some good quality time together. He had another rough night and gave me an early wake-up call. He got sick at breakfast and scared me to death. So, at nap time I did something I never do during the day. I let him lay in bed with me and we took a nap together so I could keep a close eye on him. But, the little {big} moment happened while we were rocking. He was facing me with his little chubby legs wrapped around my waist. He was stalling as usual but this time I didn't care. He took his sweet baby hands and put them on my cheeks and through his pacie gave me a big ole kiss. Tears weld up in my eyes and I let out a little chuckle. Then he started laughing and repeated this precious sentiment at least ten more times all to my great delight. It was as if God looked down on me and said little're doing just fine and that sweet boy of yours loves you to pieces even when the moments seem difficult. He knows you are his first love, the kisser of his boo boo's, his biggest cheerleader, and the one who will stay up all night and stare at him when he's sick to make sure he's ok. He knows that even when he's getting in trouble it's because you love him and don't want to see him get hurt. I so needed that moment just between my boy and I. A moment when no one else was around and he was showing me his love. Those little moments are BIG ones to me. They're the ones I'm trapping down deep in my heart and will never forget. They're the ones that one day when he's all grown up and doing his own thing that I can look back on and cherish forever.

I live for those moments. Just he and I. This gift is the greatest and I pray that all you other momma's out there get those moments with your children too. The ones that make your heart swell with joy and that remind you of God's great and constant love for His children.

Friday, February 28, 2014

He's Growing Up (16-17 Months)

One night last week, I had dinner with my in-laws and Hatcher while the hubby was out of town on business. Hatcher & his Granddaddy went on a walk around the restaurant while we waited for our food to arrive. I remember glancing around the corner of the booth watching for them. What I saw next wasn't what I expected. When they rounded the corner, Hatcher was holding Granddaddy's hand walking along beside him (he was being held when they walked off) and he looked so big. It was like he morphed into a big kid in the two minutes since they left the table. I thought to myself...he isn't a baby anymore. He's growing up.

There have been many instances over the last few weeks where I've come to the realization that my baby is most definitely a toddler now. It happens so quickly. He went from being a little baby who needed my help with everything to a growing boy who still very much needs my help but doesn't always want it. He is Mr. Independent, I can do it myself momma!! My heart aches because I miss the little baby he once was but I'm overjoyed with each new milestone he accomplishes and am so proud of the little man he is becoming. He is so smart, funny, silly, and most of all loving. He loves to show us his love and he even likes to show love to complete strangers, cars even. At Publix last week, he blew kisses to every parked car we passed as we walked out with our groceries to load them in the car. My heart could explode! He has also started saying "momma" and then offering me a hug complete with pats on the back and him saying "hmmm!" It doesn't get much better than that!

The last month has been very busy for us and we don't seem to be slowing down any time soon! Hatcher got to enjoy his first snow, an ice storm and then beautiful spring-like weather all within a 2 week period of time. He was a big fan of the snow and had a ball playing with his puppy dog and throwing snow balls. We adults enjoyed it very much too!

We are now climbing everything...chairs, gates, cribs, tables. It's constant, full force every single day. Where does his energy come from?! I am constantly afraid of him getting hurt but I also have to let go of that fear and let him be a little boy. Easier said than done for this over-protective mommy! He is so proud of himself when he is finally sitting or standing on whatever he chose to climb.

Bath time is more fun than ever these days. He has learned to lay on his belly and put his face into the water while blowing bubbles. We didn't teach him this, he just started doing it all on his own. I think we'll have a little swimmer on our hands for sure.

Copycat seems to be his new favorite game. He has learned to count to 3...probably because he heard me do it about 100 times a day because he is into everything!! He can tell you what a cow and a rooster say. Recently, he learned to put his finger in his mouth and pull it out making a popping noise. It cracks him up and he does it over & over again.

The boy still loves to eat and doesn't back away from the table often. He has decided that vegetables are no longer a favorite so that has been a challenge lately. We bought him a little plate that's divided into sections and he is doing really well with it. He doesn't turn it over until he's finished eating. We are slowly transitioning him to sit at a booster seat at the kitchen table. It's a challenge because it makes it much easier for him to feed the dog so we are doing it slowly. He also got a sippy cup with a straw that he's obsessed with. Both the plate and cup are from Target and were both less than $2.99.

Along with this spring-like weather we've had recently (until the past two days), means more outside play time! He loves playing in the back yard with Dooley and riding his wagon or pushing his lawn mower around the cul-de-sac we live in. It's so cute &  he loves talking to the neighbors and their animals. He got his first set of skinned knees out there last week. He likes looking at his boo-boo's and touching them. His Daddy told him he looked like a real little boy with those skinned up knees! I wanted to cry when he got them & his Daddy cheered for him. So funny!

Keep us in your prayers please as we take Hatcher to the ENT next week. He has had his fair share of ear infections over the past 6 months and this last one has lasted for two weeks! We have been on 3 different antibiotics and he's still not 100% better. Praying we can find a solution without having to get tubes.

Although, this sweet boy is growing up he will still always be my baby! Watching him become a little boy is such a joy to me and Johny and we can't wait to see what the next few years have in store for us!

Loves riding the race car buggy at Publix!

Watching his first snow fall!

Snow fun! :)

Family pic in the snow!

Proof of the climbing

Eating his breakfast on his new plate & booster seat!

outside fun on his 17 month birthday!

Lunch date with friends!