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Pregnancy w/ Parker


{Tipful Thursday} Favorite Books 0-7 Months

I just love collecting books for kids. I actually started collecting when I was in high school and working at Toys R Us. I would always grab the clearance ones knowing someday they would come in handy! For my baby shower, my Mom and Sister asked each guest to bring their favorite book. It was pretty neat because I didn’t get a single duplicate. It was so cute to read some of the inscriptions as to why they were a favorite. The first gift I opened at the shower was this adorable book case. I had picked it out and planned on buying it for the nursery but my Mom beat me to it.

Parker got Rumble In The Jungle from his cousin, Emilia. He loves all the bright pictures and that I can read it pretty fast 🙂 I make all the animal noises and one day I am sure he will laugh at me!

Pop Up Jungle was one of the books I purchased on clearance when I worked at TRU. I had actually purchased quite a collection while I worked there. I knew they would come in handy some day. Parker, as if it was a surprise, loves the pop up part about this book. He is just now starting to grab at them to touch.

We found Color Train at the local second hand book store. It’s a goldmine for children’s book. This is probably more MY favorite book than P’s but it’s really neat how they incorporate colored ribbon throughout.

Beautiful Oops is another book that is probably more my favorite so I read it to P often. This is such a cute book that takes common accidents like ripping paper or spilling paint, and showing how they can be turned into something beautiful. This is a MUST have for any crafty moms out there to read to their little ones.

Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic that is often the theme of birthday parties for little boys. I love all the big bold pictures and P loves looking at them while I read the story.

I always had a hard time reading Dr. Seuss because of the quick pace it calls for when reading. I am getting better though. I started practicing before P was born. I must have practiced more with Dr. Seuss Sneetches On Beaches because I can read that one pretty well! This particular one is a part of the Dr Seuss Nursery collection. It’s small and has a fun little squeaky button on the front. I also really like the moral of the story but of course, P won’t get it until he is older!

As you can see, the whole family loves reading to him!

Those are just a few of P’s books and I can’t wait to continue sharing our favorites as he gets older!


Welcome Home Parker!

Our new family of three came home today!!! We found this morning that they were giving us the green light to be discharged. I called my parents who were at breakfast buying us surprise balloons. They came over very quickly (we couldn’t tell they were excited) and helped pack everything up. Our discharge nurse was hilarious and gave us the run down on everything we could possibly worry about over the next few days. We cleaned out the room including all of the supplies both Parker and I were using. 
Parker was so alert looking around as we pulled out but quickly fell asleep 🙂
Snug as a bug! 

Someone was very excited to meet their new brother! 

Our first day/night home has been interesting so far. It’s weird to have this little person in the house but we are all working really well together and everyone is just trying to soak him in. Daddy made a great dinner and we took turns holding him while we ate. I had my first PP breakdown when my Mom asked if I needed my chicken cut up because I couldn’t bend forward enough to eat over my plate. It’s been really hard to move around but I am trying my best to take it easy and not do too much.

36 – 38 Weeks

Best moment over the past 3 weeks: The past three weeks have been great! So much is wrapping up with baby prep! 

1. We went to our Childcare class Monday 6/4. It was a great course and we both learned a lot. Rob got to change his first diaper! We learned a lot and received a good amount of information and resources to help us once Peanut arrives. I was dissapointed in some of the views/items the teacher did not approve of though. While I take opinions of those with experience seriously, some things I will not be following. Two examples are the Angel Care Monitor and mirror for the car.

2. We have finished the nursery. My parents came 6/8-6/10 to help finish everything. They have been such an amazing help over the last few months! They brought the dresser and nightstand that we had picked out and my Mom stained for us. She helped washed the rest of the clothing and helped me organize it into the drawers. See my nursery post for pictures!

3. We had another U/S on Monday 6/11. The baby looked great and weighs about 7 lbs 9 oz.

4. On Sunday 6/10, Rob’s unit threw us a shower. The games were great, cake was delicious and we got some adorable outfits. It was such a good time 🙂 His diaper skills came in handy during one of the games.

Miss Anything? Not at the moment 

Movement: Not as much anymore. Baby is getting so big there is not much room to move around.    

Food cravings:  Pb and apples

Symptoms:  I think I have had a few contractions over the last few days. It’s hard to tell now since I don’t know what to compare it to.

Looking forward to: Peanut coming!!! It’s just a matter of time now.


35 weeks down, 35 days to go!!!

How far along? 35 weeks and 2 days
Baby is the size of: Coconut
Best moment this week: This past week was a lot of fun! Rob and I finished up everything in the house (minus a few nursery things and some shelving). It felt so good to get everything done and the basement looks GREAT! Rob put together the stroller which was quite easy. Sarah and Chris came to visit on Friday so we went to get pedicures and the boys went to the range. That night we went to Melting Pot for dinner which was yummy!


Miss Anything? Being able to do things without feeling overtired. I can’t even stand on my feet long enough to take a shower without my feet swelling.   
Movement: Much lower this week and huge reactions after I eat something!   
Food cravings:  This week has been chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Symptoms: My swollen feet and the arthritis in my fingers and wrists has been the worst.   
Looking forward to: 36 week appointment on Friday, my parents coming to visit next weekend and starting to make the nursery decorations.
Other updates: No labor signs yet. My belly button is making its way out but I don’t think it will pop before Peanut arrives.


34 Weeks!

How far along? 34 weeks and 3 days! 
Baby is the size of: Butternut Squash
Sleep:  Nothing new since last week. Staying home has helped because I can nap on and off through the week.   
Best moment this week: Teasing Alice with the video monitor in the babies room. You can take the handset and talk to the baby. Alice likes being in the babies room and the crib. So we decided to start talking to her and it was so cute watching her trying to find us.
Miss Anything? Wedding ring, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Yeppers, rolling back and forth. Lovin my rib cage!  
Food cravings:  Chocolate!!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP, swelling hands and feet, Braxton Hicks, overall discomfort 
Looking forward to: Sissy and Chris are coming Thursday and Friday for a visit. Jen, Jeff and Charlie are coming for the weekend and we are hosting our “Last Bash Before The Baby” party on Sunday! With all of the upcoming guests, we have managed to finish the house which is SUCH a relief. Now it’s just decorations in the nursery, hospital bags and a few other little things 🙂