Monday, June 17, 2019

17 Weeks 🌈

HELLO 17 WEEKS!  We could be meeting this babe in 20 or so weeks and that is truly mind-boggling.  Less than 5 months it seems.  WOW WOW WOW.  And, for your comparison pleasure, here's the last 4 (from left: Rosie, Annie, Clark, and #5) at 17 weeks...

Goodness where to start?!!?!?  I'll backtrack to Thursday last week when I had my 16 week ultrasound and checkup.  About Tuesday my anxiety set in in full force.  It.was.awful. Truly.  Almost crippling -- all I could think about was the what ifs and what they *could find* at the ultrasound.  It was awful.  I also had two birth moms about to pop and was convinced they would go during my appointment and that would screw things up too.

Thursday came and thankfully both birth moms were still nice and pregnant and I was able to make it to my appointment.  But my anxiety truly was THROUGH THE ROOF.  I don't think it's ever been this bad.  I think a large part of it too is I have done a TON of loss births/sessions lately and all of those weigh so heavily on me.  I decided I am going to take a big break from doing them until 2020 after this kiddo comes just to give myself a break and just snap the healthy, very alive babies until then.  I actually snapped one Friday night and even though he needed a bit of NICU time he's healthy and that was SO GOOD for me.

Anyway, I got to my appointment and the tech, who has done nearly all of my scans, was there and immediately calmed my fears: this baby looked PERFECT.  She said she could basically do the entire anatomy scan right now because everything looked so good.  Bladder was there.  Both kidneys.  Head looked great.  Baby measuring a smidgen ahead (17 weeks) but right on track.  Heartrate was in the 160s.  Huge huge HUGE sigh of relief.

I then went to meet with Dr. Jen and she echoed the same thing Nicole (the tech) said.  Gosh.  That felt so good to hear.  I will say it took a bit still for my anxiety to come down...and it has.  I feel really good now and even allowed myself to order a cute swaddle blanket over the weekend -- something I had really been putting off doing.  I'm slowly allowing myself to get more and more excited and the REALITY that this baby is healthy and going to be born alive.  I'm sure I won't be fully convinced of that until he/she is actually in my arms, but I'm getting there.  And I'm sure a week from now my anxiety will creep up again at my 18 week appointment too, like it always does every other week, but I'm really hoping the good news from this week's scan keeps it at bay.  Then, just 2.5 weeks from now I have my big 19 week anatomy scan which HOPEFULLY won't have any surprises with it!!!  I think I'll set my c-section date too which will make things really real I think.

How cute is this?!??! Clark waving to his little sibling and he/she is waving back!  I thought that was so cool we got a hand shot for this babe's ultrasound too!!!  I love those hand pics SO MUCH.

Overall, besides my anxiety I'm feeling pretty good.  Keeping super busy with snapping and all of that jazz but enjoying summer and spending time with the kiddos!  I've gotten so much one-on-one time with Annie that has been so fun too.

Gosh this baby this week feels like he/she is sitting lowwwwwww.  Maybe I'll have to reevaluate my gender guess for 18 weeks. haha! Welp friends, that's all I've got for week 17!  Onto week 18!  Adios!

Current Gender Prediction?GIRL
Baby is the size of...Buttermilk Biscuit
Cravings?Reese's Pieces
Overall mood?Anxious mixed with excited
Rings on or off?ON!
Movement?tiny little random flutters
Linea Nigra?Supppppper faint bellow belly button

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Polly Flinders

God bless my mom for keeping some of my baby clothes...especially the ever popular in the 1980s Polly Flinders dresses.

I know I use to put Rosie in these -- we have a LOT of them in smaller sizes...but only a few in bigger sizes.  I recently was going through some baby stuff and slowllllllyyyyyy starting to get stuff out for #5's arrival in LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS and found one of my old dresses that I know would fit Annie!

When she got up from nap today we decided to put it on her and OMG.  I'm dying.  We even managed to get a bow clip to stay in her fine/thin hair and I am just DYING at these pics!!!

Naturally we had to have a location change and did some on the steps...and Purple Bunny made an appearance too.

I am SO BIASED but golly is she cute or what?!??!?!  Seriously.  Such a little lady I can't take it!  And I cannot believe she cooperated for me too for pics....must have been in a good mood I caught her in when she woke up!

Anyways, it was a fun little impromptu photoshoot.  I will say, I do love my iPhone (left), but it doesn't have ANYTHING on my big camera!!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Bubble Time!

Last night was super duper fun -- I mean, besides getting first place in the photo contest, we had a BLAST at my cousin's house celebrating her son Ethan (and one of Patrick's best buddies!) turning SIX!

I actually did some updated family photos for them too that you can check out at that link...

But one of the best parts of the night was the BUBBLES!  My uncle Jimmy brought his bubble concoction and the kids had A BLAST!

And duh, since I had my camera with me I had to bust it out to snap some pics of the kids playing!  Also, Rosie was MIA (not really...she was on a special girls' trip with my mom and her friend Jayne and Rosie's bestie Riley!!) so just Patrick and Annie in these :)

Annie clearly had a BLAST with the bubble gun!  Okay so I did snap these below on my iPhone...

....and that's when I realized I could bust out my big camera!  I love my iPhone, but it's got NADA on my big boy!

Uncle Jimmy was AWESOME in showing the boys the ropes in using the big bubble wands -- and also making some big bubbles for them too!!

All in all, the kids had a BLAST tonight (Patrick came home and said it was one of the best nights of his life! haha!) and we had so much fun celebrating Ethan turning six with our cousins!!  Another great night of summer vacay :)
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