We had a big announcement on our Christmas card this year!
Monday, December 28, 2015
Helen Grace began Christmas Eve (Thursday) with the sweetest gift for us. She woke up early, dressed herself, brushed her teeth and hair, and was cleaning up her room when I found her. Wow!
The weather was record-setting warm that day (up to the low 70s), so we called the Browns, gathered up Addie, and headed to the zoo for some sun and fresh air. And whatdoyaknow? The zoo was CLOSED! We were so shocked and sad. We made the best of it though and headed to Overton Park with Sonic for a picnic, and the girls had a big time running off some steam. Addie was convinced she was going to follow HG around too and made it up the rope ladder with some help from John. (And he had to climb up the other side to get her down too!)
Afterward, we dropped Addie off at her house, and then we came home, got in our pjs, and climbed in mama’s bed for some nice down time. We rallied that night for the candlelight service at Bubba’s church, which HG remembered how (and was excited about) she got to run around afterward last year. She also remembered the hot wax from the candle last year and wasn’t sure if she wanted to hold one, but her stubborness won out and she held her own candle with no problems this year. And of course, she ran around like crazy with the boys after the service.
Then, we headed to Grandma’s to open presents in front of the fire (which was totally unnecessary with the high temps but Jeanne knows I love). We had a wonderful time with a few tears (Jeanne gave me a Pandora bracelet of Peg’s, as well as several gifts for us that Peg had chosen months ago) but lots of laughs and hugs.
When HG started asking for milk and curling up in her chair, we knew it was time for bed. We headed home to sprinkle reindeer food and leave cookies (and a letter) for Santa. She fell asleep cuddled up against me in Mama’s bed, and all was right with the world.
Who is this cleaning up little girl??
Playing at Overton Park
Candlelight service at Byhalia UMC
This is the way John finally had to get her out of the church.
Grandma’s by candlelight too
Time for reindeer food
Letter to Santa
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Cravings: At the beginning, I wanted nothing but guacamole and Panera breakfast sandwiches, but those cravings waned by the second trimester. I generally have wanted nothing to do with salads or vegetables, but so far, no other crazy requests.
Side Effects: By 12 wks, I wasn’t falling asleep sitting up anymore- yay! I started taking Aspirin daily at 13 wks to prevent preclampsia, so I had a little gum bleeding from that (which scared me to death at first). For the record, John says I have been much more emotionally ‘tame’ than last time, so I consider that a big win. Maybe Cressey will be the same way!
Weight Gain: I gained 4-5 pounds by 14 wks but could fit in my larger sized jeans. By 16 wks, my coworkers could see a baby bump. By 18 wks, I had gained 7-8 lbs, and I was limited to very few pairs of pants (one pair of larger jeans and stretchy black work pants). By 22 wks, I was up 13-15 lbs, and maternity clothes were really the most comfortable option. Thank goodness that long tunics and dresses with leggings are in style! By 23 wks, I saw a colleague I hadn’t seen in a while, and she took one look at me and said, “Are you pregnant?”
Movement: Around 14 wks, I felt three seperate twinges that I thought might be her moving. They got stronger by the week, and at 17 wks, I was laying in bed in the morning and could repeatedly feel her move. By 20 wks, I could see her kicks from the outside (see video below). John and HG still (at 25 wks) haven’t been able to feel her though.
Here are some Cressey tidbits…
At DG initiation, we were singing Will You Wear Our Anchor, and baby girl flipped. A sign maybe??
HG really loves to go to my doctor appointments with me, partly because she gets to see pics of Cressey and partly because Dr. Neblett gives his ‘assistant’ a handful of suckers. She has learned a whole lot about all the things you have to do in this process (she was absolutely disgusted by leaving a sample). I told her, “This is what we mamas do for baby girls.” She quickly followed up with, “And it’s all worth it.” She paused for a minute and then said, “That’s why I’ll adopt.”
“When you have a sister, you always have magic because you love each other.”
HG was cruising keychains at a gas station and was frustrated that she couldn’t find one with her name on it. I said, “Well, baby, you have an old name. It’s not terribly common.” And she said, “It’s old but I’m new, so that makes it special. Just like Cressey too.”
At an ultrasound, we were having trouble getting Cressey to cooperate and show us her face. Exasperated, HG said, “We come in peace!” The tech had such a giggle fit that she had to take a minute. She keeps us in stitiches!