Today I am 35 weeks and three days. Jackson was born at 35 weeks and six days. The nerves are definitely starting to kick in. The test I had last week tells us (almost for certain) that this baby will not come this week or even early into next week but because my past experience says that this baby will come, well...now...I'm a starting to get a little freaked out. It's just that there are so many unknowns. Will he come tomorrow or will he give us a few more weeks and be full term? Will he go to the NICU or will he get to come home with us? VBAC or c-section? Yikes!
This is a photo from sometime last week. Adam got some new lighting things for his photography and I get to be the guinea pig! It's actually pretty fun. I think he has some other ones that give a better view of my gigantic belly but this is the only one I have for now!
Side Note: Jackson and I are playing outside right now and I think that every species of fly known to man is living in our back yard. Seriously-I might lose my mind.
Is the stache really making a come back? I mean, I know that it is cute for kids parties and clothes and I'm totally fine with that. I know it's even popular with the whole photo booth movement and I think that is adorable. What I really, really don't get is 18 year old boys (or even young men) thinking that it is not creepy but cool to grow a mustache. I don't know about you but I almost always get creeped out when I see young men sporting a stache. Maybe it's because they are usually dressed up in skinny jeans that I could never even dream of fitting into and there are about five hairs on their upper lip. I mean, if you are going to have a stache you kind of have to own it. I feel like you have to be a man's man, right? I don't know...maybe it's just me. Nothing against the mustache for men but if you are a 20 something hipster maybe just don't?
I knew this was bound to happen. The one thing that I dreaded most about becoming a parent-the phantom toy. Have you ever been at a house that had a lot of electronic toys around and then all of the sudden-with no contact from anyone at all-the toy randomly starts playing music? Electronic toys with all the lights and the flashing are not really my favorite to begin with-especially when the batteries start to die. Not only do they start to play music at random but then it is slow and creepy and sounds like something out of a horror movie. Well, my parents got Jackson this toy for his first birthday and to this day, it is one of his favorites! It is a car that he can push or ride on but on top of that it plays a variety of different songs at a very loud volume.
The kid loves it and we would never, ever get rid of it. Although yesterday, I was about one second from smashing it on the concrete outside. So the story is...I put Jack down for his nap around 1 like I always do. I finished doing some things around the house and then sat down about 2:15 when all of the sudden I heard the music. This toy was in the hall right outside of his room just blaring a medley of every song it is capable of playing! I jumped up and ran as fast as I could (slowly) to retrieve the toy and in the process of looking for an "off" switch (which I never found) I'm pretty sure I hit more buttons and made even more noise. By the time I got the thing out into the living room Jackson was wide awake and standing up in his crib. There was no recovering. Nap time was over.
Life goes on. After the toy incident yesterday, I packed Jackson a little backpack for the hospital. I have no idea if this is necessary or not but I just put some snacks, diapers, and crayons in a little backpack for him so that everything he might need at the hospital will be ready for whoever needs them. Seriously, so many unknowns! Before bed last night we strapped the backpack on him and had no idea whether or not he would care. Turns out he loved it but it took him a few minutes to figure our how to balance with something on his back. It was pretty cute watching him teeter around the house in his jammies with a backpack on.
Baby update: Went to the Doc on Tuesday and it looks like little Quinn should stay in for at least another week which will put me at 36 weeks! After that, who knows!
As I mentioned before, I'm really trying to enjoy this last bit of time with just Jackson. To make the most of it, you know? So last night we had finished reading stories and he wanted to rock for a little while (which he hasn't really wanted to do lately). I gladly obliged and we sat and rocked in the chair. I started to hear his tiny little voice say/sing something and so I listened closely and this is what I heard...."Jesus me Jesus me". So, if you can't guess what that is-he was trying to sing Jesus loves me. Once I composed myself-yes, there may have been tears-I started to sing the song with him. We sang a couple of verses before I laid him down in his crib to go to sleep. I came out of his room (still kinda crying) and told Adam what had happened. I mean, every day it seems like that little kid does something that just makes me love him more and more. Also, I can't take the credit for him knowing that song. Sure, we sing it once every now and then, but I'm pretty sure he learned it in the nursery at church. (He came home singing the clean up song a few weeks ago!) It's just a really sweet sound to hear your baby boy singing, or trying to sing, Jesus Loves Me.
Our weekend as a whole ended up being pretty busy. Saturday was the annual Bugaboo workout through our gym, Crossfit Albuquerque, in order to raise money and awareness for SMA. The work out is in honor of our friend's son, Benjamin (Bugaboo), who brought joy to his family for 200 days before his little body was ready to be whole and strong again in Heaven. You can read more about Bug and his sister, Addi HERE. I'm pretty sure at any one of these links you can find a way to donate to the cause if you wish.
It sure feels like fall around here this morning. We are playing outside and it's actually a little chilly! It seems that everyone I know is so ready for summer to be over and excited for fall to begin. I would be lying if I said that the cooler weather and all the things that fall brings aren't appealing to me right now, but I just want to enjoy what is left of summer. You see, when fall is officially here, that means that our baby is officially here. We are so excited to meet him but also starting to become totally overwhelmed. We have his crib set up, we have the bassinet set up in our room, all of the newborn (and preemie) clothes are washed and ready to go. The only thing left to do is pack our bags! So, I'm trying to really just enjoy this last little bit of being pregnant and this last little bit of time that I have with just Jackson.
One more thing. Our little baby #2 has a name. We didn't have a name for Jackson until after he was born and thought for sure that we would keep this one a secret until he came but, we haven't. I figure it's about time to share so....Quinn, his name is Quinn. It means wise, council, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time I have seen it written out. So, happy Friday everyone!! I hope that you are enjoying what is left of this beautiful summer!
I thought this might be a fun new perspective this morning. It's kind of funny how huge my belly looks from this angle-especially considering it is in comparison to my big ol' feet. I can't lie though, I had to lean forward a little to get my feet in this picture.
Today I wanted to share with you a sweet little project that Jack and I have been working on. I can't remember if I mentioned it earlier or not. Chances are if I can't remember then neither can you so...here we go!
The back story behind this is that I happened to have an extra piece of plywood lying around the house (I used it for another project about a year ago) that was cut into a perfect rectangle. Actually, I went to Lowe's and asked them if they had any scraps I could have and they gave me one large rectangle that I then had cut into three pieces. One day, in either a moment of sheer desperation or pure genius, I decided that It might be kind of fun to have Jackson paint this piece of wood and then turn it into a functional piece of art for his new room! I painted the entire board white and then let him have at it with all kinds of colors. This project took us about an entire week to get all of the paint just right. After all, a toddler's attention span is not all that great-there are several days worth of paint layers on this masterpiece. Last night we had Adam put on the finishing touches-hooks!! Soon this little piece of art will be hanging in his room and holding jackets, bags, etc. I love the way it turned out! I would even be tempted to hang it somewhere in the living room but I just don't know where. The best thing about this project is that it cost next to nothing ( just the hooks-I had all the other supplies) and Jack and I both had fun creating it!
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I think I mentioned a few posts ago that sometimes we watch Elmo here at our house. Well, I suppose I should let you know that Jack LOVES Elmo. I'm not really sure how he learned about Elmo or who first introduced him to Elmo but I suppose now it doesn't really matter. He's totally hooked. I've never been a huge fan of you tube but now I so appreciate all of the Sesame Street videos that are available to watch!
Jackson is just now starting to get into actually watching things on TV and I must say, the timing couldn't be better. We don't make it a point to set him in front of the tv or anything but sometimes it is nice for both of us to just sit down and curl up on the couch to a curious george episode or some Elmo videos.
Also, did you know that the sure sign that you've "made it" as a celebrity is whether or not you have been on sesame street? Neither did I! Apparently anyone who is anyone has made a guest appearance of sesame street! It's quite interesting and actually, kind of entertaining. One of Jack's (and Adam's) favorite clips is what we refer to in our house as "celli elmo". Andrea Bocelli, that is. He does this little bit with Elmo and instead of his song "time to say goodbye" he sings "time to say goodnight".
I don't blame you if you don't feel like watching it (especially if you don't have kids) but maybe just tuck it away for use at a later date. I'm telling you...it is adorable. Also-Adam and I have become somewhat obsessed with Elmo. We even watched the "becoming elmo" documentary on netflix. I can see why the kiddos like him so much.
A few weeks ago Adam started the daunting task of landscaping our back yard. While it is a tiny, tiny yard, it is still going to require quite a bit of work. Thankfully, Adam has plenty of help.
I can't believe in just a short while I'm going to have THREE MEN in my house. THREE!! Chloe and I are totally outnumbered. Oh well, I guess that's just more help for Adam.
Speaking of Adam...I just have to share something that he said the other day that just made me love him even more. We were watching something on TV...probably the olympics...when he saw something that made him say this..."that reminds me of those tiny shirts from Cache that used to be really popular". I looked at him, knowing exactly what he was talking about, and just started laughing. Once the laughing stopped I just looked at him, baffled, and said, "how on earth do you remember those shirts AND that they had them at Cache." To which he replied, "I had to buy one once." Oh, how I love him! (Please tell me that you all remember those shirts...the tiny ones that are really crinkly and then they stretch out when you put them on...?)
And finally, I'll leave you with this---
I'm pretty sure he's wishing you a happy monday. (also, that is nail polish on his cheek-he can now open everything)