25 April 2014

Baby Bee #2: 37 weeks pregnant

This is the most pregnant I have ever been! I was induced at exactly 37 weeks with Sloan Violet (and she was a whopping 7lbs 9oz)

Baby's Size: 
At my appointment on Tuesday, the doctor guessed that the baby is already 8lbs. This is at 37 weeks. 
We will have an ultrasound on Monday morning to measure. These are pretty accurate, at least it was with 
Sloan.  Sloan was 7lbs and 9oz at 37 weeks. I am now 37w1d. This baby is bigger than Sloan. I can feel that. She also has measured ahead. We will know monday morning!

Biggest ChallengesGroin pain. Is that TMI? I have a numbing pain going through my pelvic region/groin. I think the baby is engaging. Labor can't be too far off. Is it too much to ask her to wait until May?

Cravings:  Sloan's easter candy :)

Movement:  It feels like she is trying to escape. Pushing off of me and digging her head in. I told you, she's engaging.

Sleep:  Back to not sleeping too well. I feel OK though. Just ready.

What I Miss: I miss being able to walk without having contractions or pain in my pelvis. I told you, the end is near.

What i LOVE:  I love these last few moments I have with Sloan as an only child and with Rick as a little family of three. We are trying to make her feel very important because the end is near for her too.

Milestone:  As of 36w5d I am 1cm dilated but only 25% effaced. Labor is near. I bet this has changed by my next appt at 37w4d. I can't wait! Also the ladies at church are throwing a little shower for me this weekend. I am excited about that! I have to finish up my nursery. I plan to hang the letters this weekend!  I'll post all the stuff i've made for her soon. I have more to make, but it will likely have to wait for my leave.
Emotions:  Happy. Tired. A little on edge, but doing good so far.

Maternity Clothes: Several of my tops are too short to cover my stomach. I am sticking to dresses and long tunics or a little belly showing here and there.


It won't be long

21 April 2014

Sloan : 2.75 going on 12!



People talk about the terrible twos, but the truth of the matter is, the twos are WONDERFUL. It's the threes that will get you. I have heard it from everyone and even experienced it myself in my early years of child care and Sunday school instruction. I always loved the 2's, but I am starting to notice that I don't really have a 2 year old anymore. She's more like 2 going on 12. Full of sass and sarcasm. She is really testing her limits, and that is okay. We are here to make sure she knows them and to help her to feel safe within those limits.

I love when she asks for something she knows she cannot have and when i tell her no she will ask again, put her hands on her face, bat her eyes, and smile at me. Where does she get this stuff? I think she melts her daddy's heart, but we are both fairly consistent on letting no mean no, no matter what, though I do like to teach her about God being a God of second chances and that means sometimes Sloan also gets a second chance.
For example, the other day, Sloan used an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet which she knows she is not allowed to do. I took something from her as a lesson ( a privilege nothing tangible) and she asked if she could try again, and proceeded to try to use the potty again, and this time with only a few squares. It was pretty entertaining watching her try to squeeze something out after having just gone. I couldn't help but tell her she could have a second chance and I was proud of her for having a repentant heart.

We are working on letters and numbers. Sloan has some foam bathtub letters and numbers she plays with. She knows "S" for sure and sometimes other ones but nothing too consistent though she does often surprise me.  The other night she grabbed the number 6 (to be honest i could have been a 9, but the way she held it, it was a six)  "Which letter is this mommy? " Oh that's a NUMBER, the number six. "Oh, six. Ok. What starts with six?" um, 6-hundred? 6, i don't know. It's a number, Numbers are for counting like 1-2-3-4-5-6... "Is it Ellie's number?"  No, it's not. I'm not sure whose number six is.

Bless her for trying so hard to understand. We don't do number and letter drills. She knows what the numbers 1-4 look like most of the time. "2" is her number as she will proclaim, at least for a little while longer.

Sloan can recite prayers and songs and is quite the performer. She likes to sing for Rick and I and can really belt out some songs. She also likes to be silly and make us laugh and will make up songs, sometimes with made up words. She still manages to carry a tune.

My favorite "joke" that she has made up, Mommy, do alligators like Crayons or Peeka? I don't know
Sloan, What is PEEKA? She covers her face and then says, PEEK-A-BOO! Totally cute and I captured it on film the first time she did it. You can ask her what peeka is any time and she will do it again.

ROAR!


Favorites:

Food: Broccoli is still her favorite food. She also likes pepperoni, bacon, chicken, quinoa, salad, berries, most fruit, green beans, and SUSHI! She doesn't like the generic, "California Roll" but rather Salmon Nigiri (my favorite). When i get sushi, I will get her a few pieces, a bowl of rice and a side of broccoli. She LOVES it. She also likes salt (thanks to the Beemans) and potatoes. But who doesn't? Sloan still prefers the healthy stuff. I tried to give her chicken nuggets one day and she just sort of looked at them. She picks at fries rather than devouring them first in a meal. She really is a dream child as far as her diet goes and I would like to think I had a lot to do with that, with her daddy's help of course! He tried to take her to McDonalds one rainy day to play on the indoor playground and she said, "NO daddy, McDonalds has Chemicals in it" She makes me so proud to be her mommy! She doesn't really care for Pizza, which turns out, is a good thing because our sweet girl broke out in head to toe hives the other day after some yogurt and ice cream. She knows that milk will make her skin itch. Poor thing! Fortunately we don't drink milk in our house.  She LOVES to eat kale straight from the garden. (we have a few plants in the front yard where we get full sunlight) Sloan will go pick the kale and eat it.

Self Care: Sloan can dress herself from head to toe, though her shoes MIGHT be on the wrong foot. She can brush her own teeth adequately (though I might help get the back ones an extra time). She likes to brush her hair and wear hair bows in lieu of getting a hair cut.

Chores: Sloan helps me put away laundry and knows where all of her clothes go, which means I will sort her laundry and hand her stacks and she will put them away. She also helps empty the dishwasher and put wet clothes into the dryer. It might take a little more time when she helps, but we are building character and work ethic here. She picks up after herself and puts her toys away (most of the time). Sloan also helps us clear the table and sometimes I give her breakable things to carry to the sink. If it breaks it breaks, it's just stuff. Again, we are developing character here and "stuff" is just stuff. No need to sweat it. Things can always be replaced.

Movies: The Little Mermaid is her favorite movie and coming in at a close second is Frozen. You might even say both are her favorites. Sloan loves to watch movies. She likes Tarzan, Finding Nemo, The Lion King,  Her favorite character is Ariel of course.

Color: Her favorite color is Purple because it is her name (Sloan Violet), BUT she really likes the color blue too. Sloan knows all of her colors and likes to match things. She will grab something and tell me what it will match. A budding fashionista or designer??  She obviously knows all of her colors and shapes at this point.

Songs: Part of your World, Let it Go, Under the Sea, Build a Snowman. She still likes kid songs and anything we listen to with a good beat.

Activities and Milestones:  Sloan can SWIM! I feel safe if she falls into a pool. Would i throw her into the middle of a large pool? probably not, but I am certain she will know what to do if she fell off the side into the pool, and actually, she doesnt' have a panic mode. She was swimming the other day and went to reach for a float and it slipped away from her, She didn't panic, she just went under it and swam to the wall. And of course I just watched because I wanted to see how she would react rather than bail her out immediately.

Sloan has an active imagination. She plays with her baby dolls and kitchen regularly. She likes to feed me and make me pretend I am the baby and she is the mommy. We like to go outdoors and run around and play. She likes the sandbox and playing in the water. She also likes the playground, swinging and sliding. Trying to climb trees (she is getting close). Climbing fences. The merry go round is her all time favorite playground "toy" at school. She loves getting dizzy. We read a LOT of books and she memorizes the words and can read several of them to me. Sloan knows that "metamorphosis" means change, and specifically when a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. I taught her the word while reading the Very Hungry Caterpillar and she hasn't forgotten it.

 when she finds candy on the floor she will bring it to me and ASK before eating it rather than sneaking off to shove it into her mouth. Not that we have candy lying around the floor all the time, but you never know when a chocolate chip might escape the counter top when baking.

Playing CHASE!

Sloan is so full of Personality and life! She brings joy to our hearts and always seems to be striving to make us laugh. She loves when Rick and I show affection towards one another, and will make sure we hug and kiss goodbye if one of us is leaving.

Sloan is thoughtful and caring. She is very good at sharing everything and follows directions quite well.













2012:

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2014:




I guess pretty tresses like these just take time.


16 April 2014

Baby Bee #2: 34-36 weeks




I will be 36 weeks TOMORROW, so yeah i'm about a week behind on these posts, i decided to go ahead and add 36 weeks in there. I am down to weekly doctor appointments.  I will get another ultrasound around in 2 weeks to check on her size! Fluid levels are fine. Movement is fine. She's must feel snug in there, I imagine she will love to be swaddled for the first bit as tight as my stomach must feel around her.
Baby's Size: 
Baby is about 6lbs (WOW) and the size of a head of romaine lettuce and 18.5 inches long! I'm so grateful that I have a long torso!

Biggest Challenges: My legs officially feel sore when i walk too much. I was sewing this weekend and my feet swelled up. From Sewing?!?! drat! 

Cravings: Ice cream and Cake.  Might as well enjoy it while i can! And water. Lots and  Lots of Water. 

Movement: Slowing down but still active. I think she is running out of room. My skin seems to think so!  She is still head down and I expect her to stay that way. She has not dropped nor engaged, but I suspect with her weight, the minute she drops, it will break my water and it will be game on. Just a hunch.

Sleep: I am sleeping WONDERFULLY! Really I am. Best pregnant sleep I've had in a while. Sloan is sleeping well. Rick is sleeping well and snoring less. Night life in the Beeman home is so calm and quiet right now. Boy how all that is about to change. Perhaps the calm before the proverbial storm and all that is newborn?
What I Miss: I miss being able to run around and be super active without getting winded or my legs sore! I took my wedding rings off but am not incredibly swollen. Just a precaution.

What i LOVE:  I love being pregnant for just a little while longer. Feeling the baby move. I love nesting! I'm still not gaining too much weight and have even been told I don't even look pregnant from behind, or when i'm sitting down (and my stomach is concealed) That makes me feel pretty good.

Milestone:  Lots and Lots of contractions, they will check me next week! We did a maternity photo shoot at 35w3d and I LOVE the pictures. Esp the ones of Sloan which i will show on her 2.75 blog post this weekend (which means likely next week)

Emotions:  Very excited but starting to get a little sad that Sloan will no longer have my undivided attention. She will totally be fine and Rick and I were just discussing how great it will be for her to have a playmate close in age (sort of close in age?). I expect the girls to be best friends, at least until puberty hits. I am also very excited to go into labor naturally. It has truly been a blessing to have such a healthy pregnancy. Sure I have had my moments of "I will never do this again" but for the most part, I have really enjoyed this pregnancy.  I feel great most of the time. I don't look super huge (unless you ask some of my coworkers who have only had 6 lbs babies or smaller and then they would tell you my stomach is HUGE) and i'm not super swollen. I am very excited about going into labor on my own. The suspense of the unknown. This is the true surprise of pregnancy. Not knowing when the baby will come. I am very excited about that, but am also very aware of my body and a little bit nervous about my water breaking at an inopportune moment. Fortunately, I have a wonderful group of people in my life so wherever it happens (IF it happens), I'm sure it will be fine. I am really hoping to make it past May 4th.

Maternity Clothes: Yes. :) Summer wardrobe ! Which is great because since this baby hasn't dropped like her big sister, my stomach is much larger, and that makes my pants SO much tighter and uncomfortable. So dresses and skirts from here on out. even if some dresses do make me look like i'm wearing a mumu, i don't really care. I want to feel good. Looking good is nice, but not a necessity right now. Either rate, add a necklace and everything looks fabulous!

Sloan LOVES her baby sister so much already!









 

10 April 2014

Crafty Take 2

I have mentioned countless times in this blog that I have to finish Sloan's other curtain for her bedroom. Well a few weeks ago (in March) I did just that:

The second one came out much better than the first. I'll chalk that up to the many hours of practice I have had in between. Sloan was THRILLED. Behind her is the first one i finished last year... The second one is more even, fuller, you name it. But will i re-do the first one again? Not a chance. I do plan to add some blackout fabric to the back of them to make sure the room stays dark, but nap times will likely dwindle for this little one soon enough!

I still have so many more things to finish for Sloans room. Pictures, frames and the like, but it has really come together nicely.

The baby got a new dresser for her room. I finished the drawer fronts with chevron fabric and mod podge. Super easy to do.. In hindsight i probably could have used a wider chevron design, but it still turned out cute. I added pink knobs. i still have to paint the edges of the dresser, but for now, it is fine just the way it is.. Baby girl will have a pink and grey room with a few elephants here and there. I plan to make an elephant quilt for her (with my grandmother's help) but that doesn't have to come until after she gets here.  Never mind the porcelain doll in the corner by the dresser. My grandmother made that for me so that i'll never forget when I had my tonsils removed at age 16. Well I haven't forgotten, nor have i forgotten the doll. She made it from scratch. I don't really know what to do with it, so usually it sits in the closet. I'm not a china doll type of gal, but i love my family. The walls of the nursery will stay blue. The color is Drizzle and it's very calming. Plus if we have a boy in the future (you just never know), he will have blue walls!

I plan to make a few pillows for my new upholstered glider (to be delivered in 8-12 weeks - oops), a changing table cover, and a car seat canopy. I saw one I liked on Zulily, but for the price, I could make 10. Ok maybe not 10, but several. So I think i'll get out my machine and get to work on it this weekend. Grey chevron on one side and minky dot pink on the other. I am very excited to get back to sewing!


Now on to making some more stuff for the baby.  Did i mention her name to you yet? :)

08 April 2014

The Magical World of Disney: Characters

We went to Disney world in February for a day. It was a quick trip and next time we would plan to go for longer, but it was one of those things, life presented an opportunity and we decided to capitalize. We had a fabulous time, but Sloan was not quite ready for these life sized characters. do you blame her? they are huge!

I present, Sloan and the Disney Characters.

First we met Mickey Mouse. Sloan liked him, but not when it came to her turn to see him up close.


She couldn't look at him

After a few rides, we decided to test out Ariel. Sloan seemed to be getting braver and The Little Mermaid is her FAVORITE! Also I thought, not a costume, just a person, maybe it will be better. She at least took a peak under her hands.

While she did peek through her hands, but she didn't really want to look at her.

We sort of gave up for a while and rode more rides, had lunch, the usual. Sloan LOVES roller coasters which is great because so do we! I'll post more on that another time.  Next we met Donald and Goofy. Sloan kept telling us she wanted to hug goofy. But i think in her mind it looked more like this:  OR this 


And less like this:






Peek-a-Boo Donald!

Still not thrilled to be that close to him!


After the fireworks we went to see Tinkerbell. We had just seen her fly over the Magic Kingdom Castle so we knew she would be in her home waiting for us to come see her.

First we met Rosetta. Sloan was aprehensive, but very into touching her roses...


And then the big moment arrived; Sloan met Tinker Bell, who shared her crayon with her.

 
They even made funny faces together and I THINK they are touching here! We had some success!

Afterwards, we rode the Goofy Roller coaster a few times in a row and then went to meet Minnie and Daisy Duck before leaving the park.

Finally Sloan gets to meet Minnie mouse! She loved her outfit!


Touched her crown!

And gave us some goofy grins. Not bad for 10pm after a full day at Disney with no nap!



I think our next trip to Disney will show much more success with meeting the characters. At least for half of our girls :)