Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Dress for Bellie

Friday night some friends of ours from Davisburg stopped by with some clothing and things for Bellie and me. Bellie had fun trying some stuff on. She was really liking her new "dress" a.k.a crib sheet. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sickness Update

What a rough week we've had in our household. Two babies with fevers and mouth sores....not fun. Thank God they are on the mend after a round of antibiotics. I love seeing them return to their normal selves. Happy and playful. Oh, and rambunctious. 

Bob bought some donuts for us and one of the morning when Bellie woke up (during the 5am hour) she wanted a treat. I gave her one and she fell asleep with it. I tried taking it from her and she kept crying. I understand completely. 

Ice cream cones are $0.50 at Burger King right now, so I scrounged around some change in my SIL's car that I borrowed this week and took them to get ice cream. I figured this would feel good on their mouths. I was right. Big hit! 

They were so fussy on Thursday that I tried everything I could think of to help them. They usually loves going for walks. They liked it for about ten minutes and screamed the whole way back to the house. 

I tried letting them play outside and they only wanted to be held. 

The dog helped for a few minutes. 

As did the bike. 

On Friday they finally perked up. It was back to climbing and jumping off furniture for Bobby. I put him in the high chair with some toys while I got around so that I didn't have to worry about him getting hurt. Apparently he was ready for a nap. 

We had an exterminator here on Friday because we had a big problem with honey bees and wasps this week. Thursday night we walked into Bobby's room and there were 73 of them in there (I counted them after they were dead). While the exterminator was here, the babies entertained themselves in the cabinet. They were quiet and happy and I didn't mind one bit if they made a mess. Ha!

Speaking of mess, I was getting ready to wash dishes when my little helper beat me to it. Again, didn't mind the mess as I'm just happy to see her feeling better!

Thank God we are on the mend!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Choosing a Name for Baby 3

I have always liked unique names, and Bob has always liked traditional names. I asked him to think outside the box and he definitely did not disappoint!! To give you a glimpse of how different our tastes are...I went through a list of 5,000+ girl names and liked about 50 of them. I showed Bob my list and he didn't like a single one!!

 When it came down to it, we chose a name we had talked about less than a week after Bobby was born. Haha! We had chosen Isabelle's name before my gender ultrasound and we always knew what our first boy name would be. Bob told me at one time to not even think about asking about baby names until I was almost done with my third pregnancy. After Bobby was born, we were on our way to his parents house for his graduation party and he said "So, what do you want to name our next baby?" Haha! He told me the name he heard and liked. I liked it, too, especially since its origin is Russian and I've always loved Russian names. 

Our boy name is as unique as it gets! It's no secret that we are fans of the TV show "Duck Dynasty". The name we like was one we both agreed on quickly and we planned on it being the first name. However, the plan has changed and Bob thought of another name that has grown on me alot and it will make for a strong name for a little boy. 

So, look at this precious little baby's face...

We are excited to know if this is our little boy, 

Noble Silas Carpenter

Or, our little girl,

Ilya Sue Carpenter. 

Only God, my mom, and an ultrasound tech know! We hope these next few weeks fly by as quickly as the first 32 have!!

Baby 3 Update

It's hard to believe that in 7 weeks or so, we will have another little baby to care for in our family! This pregnancy has been, perhaps, the easiest on me physically. I wanted to jot down a few things to remember about it.
  • I had morning sickness in the first trimester that actually was worse than when I had it with Bobby. I had to take medicine for a few days to help it subside.
  • In my early second trimester we moved and worked on our new house. I don't recommend it, but thank God His timing is perfect. The second trimester is when I have the most energy.
  • I didn't "show" as early as I had in the past. I was well into the 2nd trimester before it was very noticeable. Since I have two little kids to chase after, I didn't gain as much weight as I had in the past. I compared my weight at 28 weeks with Bobby and this baby and I was 8 pounds lighter this time. Hey, I'll take it! (I may or may not have gained 8 pounds since that appointment, though.) Side Note: I just remembered that I nursed Bobby for 20 weeks of this pregnancy, so that's gotta be what helped me to not gain as much weight.
  • One nice thing about being in better shape in my second trimester was the fact that I passed my 1 hour glucose test (when they check for gestational diabetes) with flying colors! With Bellie and Bobby I failed and barely passed the 3 hour test.
  •  We decided to keep the gender of this baby a surprise. I think this will be the only time we do this because I like knowing the gender in advance! I enjoy those 20 weeks of thinking about my baby girl or boy. It also means I would only have to do half the amount of laundry when I'm pulling my newborn to three month clothes out of storage!

  •  I have placenta previa. (See the definition here.)
  • I love watching the ultrasounds of my babies.  Typically only 1 or 2 are given in a normal pregnancy. Since we don't want to know the gender, I've been purposefully not watching them. Because of the P.P., I've had 6 ultrasounds and will have at least one more in two weeks. Not fun. It saddens me to not watch my baby move on the screen. Thankfully, we got a beautiful shot of his or her face. He/she is beautiful. I catch myself glancing at that face a lot when I'm in the kitchen (it's posted on my fridge).
  • I'm measuring two weeks ahead of schedule, which is a first. At my last ultrasound (31w) the baby was sideways. So, even if the placenta moves into the correct position, if the baby doesn't turn into the proper position I will still need a c-section. 
  • I am working on preparing myself for a cesarean, but I'm not quite there yet. The only surgery I've ever had was my d and c after my miscarriage. I have always enjoyed those first seconds of my babies lives and holding them as soon as they're born. In this case, I wouldn't be able to do that. Also, the healing process would be more difficult, because I would have more limitations in caring for my older kids for six weeks. Six weeks is a long time to have to depend on, and ask help from, family. Hopefully, these things will resolve themselves in the next 7 weeks. 
Finally, last weekend while we were at Jehnsen for our vacation, we chose names for our baby!!! I have been so excited about this that I can hardly stand it. 

More to come!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sick Start to the Week

Bellie has pharyngitis this week. Poor girl has ulcers in her mouth and just feels awful.

Here she's pretending a sticky note that the urgent care gave me is a telephone and she's calling her daddy. 

She received a bag of goodies that became her purse. 

Just like her daddy she was very interested in washing her hands with anti-bacterial soap. Ha!

I figured her brother might start getting sick, too. Yesterday he had a fever of 102.  After some Tylenol, he seemed better. Hopefully they'll be on the mend soon!

Another Jehnsen Visit

Last weekend, the four of us headed to the lake to enjoy some time away together. Bellie was geared up and ready to go!

Bellie enjoyed playing with Lucy under the table. 

The playpen came in handy at times. They liked pretending they were asleep. Imagine that. 

I love these two!

Bobby loved touching the fish. Bellie didn't love it, but was willing to after seeing Bobby touch it. 

One morning I baked some cinnamon rolls. Bellie couldn't quite wait and grabbed a chair and a spoon and tried digging in. 

Still working on table manners. 

Heading to the boat. 

Not only did he like petting fish, he liked squeezing them. 

Sweet girl. 

Bob shed his shirt and Bellie scooped it up. Cute sight!

Fun playtoys.