Sunday, October 22, 2017

Parker's 10 year old adventure!


For the kids' birthdays...we've loosely set the rules to be that they get a birthday party with friends every other year....and then *just* a family party on the off years.  This works out well for me in helping to keep my sanity!  ha.  Well this year...Parker turned 10...and it was the year for a party.  The party she wanted turned out to be much pricier than what I thought it would be worth.  And somehow along the way, I came up with the plan for her to have a special day (and night!) with just us...for less than what the TWO hour party would have been!  We let her choose...a special day with us...or a party with friends?  And she chose US!!  Soaking up and enjoying that now because I know it won't always be the case!


We started our special Saturday with lunch of her choice...at Snuffer's.




Next up...we headed to the Galleria where we surprised her with getting her ears' pierced.  She was so surprised...which made it all the more enjoyable for us!





Next up...shopping for a new outfit.  Just because.


Then....ice skating!  She had been asking to go ice skating for a while now...and while she was excited...it was a lot more work than she remembered. ha!  They only skated about 45 minutes.  :)







After ice skating...we check in to our hotel...the Westin at the Galleria.  Another surprise for her!

Then we headed to American Girl where we had planned to get her doll's ears' pierced and have dinner.  She was in her element.  With no brother or sister around to get in her way...she enjoyed perusing through the store and playing with all of the displays set out.  She loved it all.  And it brought so much joy to us just watching her.







We headed back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit.  We had planned on her being able to go night swimming...but it ended up being a fairly chilly day...and even more chilly night!  They both jumped in...took this picture...and then pretty much hopped right on out!  It's a memory!




Oh my little girl... who is not so little anymore.  Growing up before our eyes.  How quickly these 10 years have flown.


And this was something she had made before we left and I love it and don't want to ever forget it.

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Parker,

What a joy and privilege it is being your mother.  I still can't wrap my brain around the fact that you are 10...and my not-so-little girl anymore.  I am so proud of you and how hard you work on your schoolwork.  Thank you for constantly helping me around the house...from picking up the living room (because you can't stand the mess either!!)...how much you pick up the slack of your siblings....and helping Nolan when he needs a hand.  And now...since the birth of Ava...it has been so sweet watching you love her and want to do any and everything for her.  She is so blessed to have you...not only now...but as she grows, she has such a great example in you.  I love your creativity and the way you think outside of the box in so many ways.  It inspires me.  I pray that your love for the Lord will continue to grow...and that you will use your gifts of compassion, intelligence, curiosity, and persistence for His glory.

I love you so much!

Love,
Mommy







Thursday, September 14, 2017

all things baby #4 - part II

The remainder of my pregnancy has been pretty uneventful....which is just what I wanted!!

At my 16 week appointment, she was not able to find the heartbeat with the doppler again...so I was able to have another sono.  This one made me a bit nervous because they've always found the baby's heartbeat with the doppler at this age.  But...again....this baby was very active and moving all around.  Wouldn't sit still long enough to get a good 3d shot of it's face.  :)  But always a treat to see the baby!





One things that has remained the same throughout each pregnancy (after the 1st trimester, of course!)...is I develop a crazy sweet tooth.  I could eat dessert after every meal (including breakfast).  {Insert over 9 pound baby here}.  ha!  With Parker, my go-to was banana splits.  Geoff would run to Braum's and bring us each one a few times a week!  With Grace and Nolan...most nights Geoff would make me a big bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with Reddi Whip and chopped m&ms.  With this pregnancy...I've had a strong craving for butterfingers, and Butterfinger Mixes (blizzards)....but also really just all the sweets!



At 18 weeks, 4 days...we visited the perinatologist's office for a Level II anatomy scan.  My genetic blood work that was drawn at 12 weeks all came back normal...but I also take that with a grain of salt because the genetic blood work with my last pregnancy also came back normal...and it was most definitely not.  My sister's was also not accurate with her last baby.  But anyways.  I was looking forward to seeing the baby and have all of the organs looked over closely.  The doctor went through my history and had some concern with how big my babies are and if I had any history of gestational diabetes.  Three times he asked me if I had a history of gestational diabetes...and THREE times I told him NO.  ;). This baby has measured big like the others.  And I am happy to report that I passed my glucose test with flying colors.  So there!  But still.  This baby is BIG.  And I know it can still have sugar issues when it's born...so praying specifically for that right now!

Anyways.....the baby looked great!!!  Heart, kidneys, brain, lungs...everything looked great!  We looked away when he was measuring anything down low because we did not want to (and have not) found out the gender of the baby!  As we were walking out of the office...I told Geoff I thought I saw what the baby was.  
He said, "Me, too."
I said, "It's a girl."
He said, "It's a boy."
Ha!!  Clearly, we both didn't know what we were looking at...and probably didn't even see anything that would tell us!!


Half way there!  20 weeks, 4 days.  


25 weeks




I had one more sono at 28 weeks to see how the baby was doing and how big it was getting.  I believe the heart rate was between 130-140.  The baby was already a couple of pounds and measuring a little big...in the 74th percentile.  And still very active!

Sweet, sweet baby and it's squishy cheeks!!  Looks just like the other babies.  :)

27 weeks, 4 days.  It's so fun to look back at these belly pictures...because I know I felt so large at these times...but it's nothing compared to how you end up.  ha!



My sister threw me a little "Sprinkle"- which I am so thankful for!  Here I am at 31 weeks.  I figured we wouldn't get in any maternity pictures this time around... and wanted to capture a few here, along with a few with the girls.







34 weeks @ the beach


36 weeks, 5 days 
(in my kid's messy room with a messy mirror because this is the only full length mirror we have!)


last photo with my baby before baby.


last photo as a family of 5!


Next up...her birth-day!

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