Friday, October 24, 2014

Week 33/ Emerson is 11 months old!

How far along: 33 weeks

Size of the baby: 19in, 4.5 lbs

Total weight gain: Didn't gain any weight since the last appointment, so holding steady at 15lbs gained.

Maternity clothes: I hate all my clothes now but I don't know when the baby is going to come so I don't know if I should order any more. 

Stretch marks: None

Sleep: Getting more uncomfortable, but not horrible yet.

Best moment of this week: Emerson took her first few steps!

Miss anything: It's getting pretty hard to do much of anything, bending over hurts!

Movement: A little less than last week but he's still busy.

Food cravings: Apples

Anything making you queasy or sick: All is well.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor signs: A few back contractions last Saturday night but it's calmed down since.

Belly button in or out: Its still all the way in.  I'm hoping it stays that way.

Wedding rings on or off: On. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Starting to get more crabby and irritated with things that are petty.  Working on recognizing those and not taking it out on Jake.

Looking forward to: Being done.  Getting back home after the hospital.

Names: Not decided, STILL!


Emerson starting taking steps forward this week.  She can take up to about 4 at a time.  She did this on her 11 month birthday, 10/22/14.  She also discovered the stairs this week and you should see her go!  She can get up them so fast and no one even showed her how to climb them.

Emerson video on the stairs

She says new words some times and it's always cute.  She says peak-a-boo pretty well and said please yesterday once. She's started to cry when we tell her no and take something away enforce the "no".  She also had her two front teeth FINALLY come through this week.  I'm excited for them to come in a bit more and to see her smile.

She eats really well and we're about to make the big switch from bottles to sippy cups and formula to regular milk. We checked with her Pediatrician and  got the okay to do this at 11 months instead of 12 months since her new brother will need those bottles soon.  Planning on starting this weekend. Lots of changes for this poor baby!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

32 weeks / Almost 11 months

How far along: 32 weeks

Size of the baby: 19 in, 4lb - Head of Lettuce

Total weight gain: At my last appointment almost 2 weeks ago, I was at 15lbs. gained

Maternity clothes: Same as last year. 

Stretch marks: None yet

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well.  I wake up once to use the bathroom at night but better than last year at this time.

Best moment of this week: My sweet husband grabbed Em out of bed after dinner this week (she was asleep at her normal 7:30p bedtime) and brought her downstairs for me to hug on.  I was sad I hadn't been able to spend more time with her.  She quickly fell back asleep on me, something she hasn't done since she was probably 5 months old.  So sweet.

Miss anything: Jacob has been giving Emerson her baths because it's a little rough for me now.  I miss that time with her. 

Movement: Lots of movement.  This baby is very busy and can kick very hard.

Food cravings: Coffee every AM. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: All is well.

Have you started to show yet: Ah ha ha ha.

Gender: It's a boy!

Labor signs: No.  Sometimes I feel a little cramping but it goes away quickly and hasn't been consistent.

Belly button in or out: Its still all the way in, but barely.  Jacob was touching my stomach and the baby kicked or reached back at him and darn near made the belly button stay out.  Traumatic experience.

Wedding rings on or off: On. 

Happy or moody most of the time: The Johnston House is a happy place.

Looking forward to: Wrapping this up, getting in and out of the hospital safely (without any Ebola).  Dreading leaving Emerson at home for any amount of time.

Names: We're leaning towards Silas as of this week.  We both like it a lot.  We'll see if it sticks. 

Notes on Emerson:

This sweet baby is so fun to be around.  She said "baby" and "daddy" very clearly.  She only has 6 more days until she's 11 months old, so she better take those first steps! I'm going to explain to her that 10 months walking sounds better than 11 months walking.  She's very smart and can show you where her hair is and where your nose is.  I like that she's aggressive- when Jacob crawls around chasing her, he doesn't get to do all the chasing.  Sometimes, she'll turn back around and charge towards him!  She loves her Dad so much and gives us both kisses a lot now.  She loves to dance and still loves the Mickey Mouse Club House that we watch every morning with her bottle.  Looking to get rid of that bottle around the end of the month so we can have the habit kicked before baby brother starts  using them. She's very busy and doesn't stay still for long, unless she's reading books, which is a favorite activity of hers. I feel quite a bit of guilt that she has a really happy life right now and she's doing so well and we're about to really make it different.  I'm guessing that every parent feels this way no matter when you add a sibling, but this baby will have no memory of being without her brother since they're "Irish Twins".  I'm sure God has this already worked out though and there's a reason for us having two babies so close together.