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Friday, November 16, 2012

30 weeks and a little scare {long}

30 weeks is here and I cant believe we are nearing the end, Thanksgiving coming up then Christmas, then baby time! I have been feeling pretty good but there were some things I wanted to mention to the doc. Some days the swelling gets really bad, one day in particular....
I worried pre eclampsia but after putting them up for the night and drinking some water it went down and hasn't been as bad since. I've also had some braxton hicks, ohh and my legs turn purplish sometimes when I'm in the shower.... Doc says not to worry about any of these, all are fine and completely normal, especially with a 2nd pregnancy. When she went to measure me we were hoping I was up.... 23 weeks measured 23, 28 weeks measured 25, and now 30 weeks I still measured 25 cm. Doc did a quick ultrasound and found that baby boy was transverse, laying left to right instead of top to bottom, he was more in a diagonal position. This explained the measurements (which are not all that accurate anyway) Then she noticed my placenta placement looked low and asked me if we'd discussed placenta previa. I immediately started tearing up and told her my friend just delivered at 26weeks because of this. I went on to ask a million questions, (why they wouldn't of seen this at my 20 week) We went back to look at my big 20 week u/s and it looked okay but she decided I needed to get in to a high risk ultrasound just to make sure exactly what was going on. My doctor said if he says transverse she could try and turn him (ouch) but she knows me and that I'm a freak and gave me worst case scenario options about the placenta... I'd have to deliver via c section soon 30-31 weeks but me and baby would be healthy and fine. me: "fine, but its not an ideal situation" doc: "no, not ideal and Ashley I know you and I know you need things to be ideal so lets get this figured out." I was sent home with a lot of questions in my head and a lot of restrictions to follow, the worst, I shouldn't be lifting Will. I was basically on modified bed rest funny since I didn't sleep a wink. I called bright and early the next morning to get in to the ultrasound, with some of my best persuasive skills I got in Friday morning at 8:30. I worked all Thursday, took Tylenol pm and before I knew it I was in the waiting room. Luke met me there, I needed him.... or so I thought. Right away when the ultrasound was started the tech said that he was head down, I kept looking back and forth between the screen and where she was on my belly to make sure, because I couldn't believe that he shimmied his way down there all on his own, already. He must of heard the warnings I'd been giving him. Placenta looked high, fluid levels looked good, and baby boy is measuring a little over 3 pounds, right on track! God does a good job at putting things in perspective for you, for 48 hours I was a scared mommy, but I was also reminded just how lucky I was to still be carrying this baby, and for him to be healthy no matter how weird he decided to lay. I am thankful everyday I can make these sweet loving babies but this week a whole new sort of thankful hit me.... God you are good, you are so so good and thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity. I will smile with every hard kick, laugh through the back pain, and embrace labor, this is such an amazing thing I have been chosen to do and I am forever grateful for that. 

Its been a rough week to be a big brother... I think an extra special weekend is in store :)
cookie and elmo wanted in on the 30 week picture as well! 

my sweet boys profile face, he still covers his face with his arm, shy boy.
Cant wait to kiss these sweet toes!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Monsters Halloween 2012

We had a really fun time taking Will out on Halloween this year! It was his first time trick or treating and though we only went to about 5-6 houses, it was great to watch him enjoy the festivities! He caught right on to the game plan... ring door bell or knock, say TWEEK OR TWEET in your sweetest voice, say THANK YOU, and boom candy in your bucket!
Will has been saying he's scared of lots of things lately one being his costume so I was glad to get it on him without a fight, I'm sure the promise of candy didn't hurt at all!
The night ended with a big pot of chili for momma and dada, and candy and shrek for Will, and answering the door to hand out a little candy. Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!
My sweet boy
on the go

nope no candy in here

first stop!
waiting at the next door


sweet boys

even got a "lift" home

Candy time!

In Nottke fashion, M&M's were the clear winner!

first bite of licorice

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My big big boy!

Well, as much as I want to fight it, as much as he will always be my sweet little baby, William is growing up more and more everyday. Our next step in the process of "becoming big boy" and getting ready for baby was moving Will to a big boy bed {and freeing up the crib} Will is staying in his room, we got him a new double bed and new furniture and it is in the transformation of becoming a pretty cool {Will's new choice words} baseball themed big boy room.
I was nervous for the change, would he like his new bed, would he fall out, would he keep getting out and playing, how would nap time go.... and after four successful nights and two naps I have to say I am pleasantly surprised.
I read up on the subject and wanted to follow a couple tips, I wanted to switch Will with plenty of time left before his brothers arrival so he didn't think his things were being taken or go through too many changes at once. I also kept his new bed in the same spot in his room that his crib was in. We follow the same nightly routine and his has his sound machine and favorite loveys to keep him company.

Thursday the furniture was delivered and Luke got it all set up before we got home, while Luke gave Will a bath I set up his new sheets and bedding and got his room in somewhat of order. He was so excited when he went in and saw his "friends" waiting for him in bed! I got a body pillow and have it under his sheets so he cant roll off which is working great for now, so far he has not attempted to get out of bed at all!
Thursday night after Will was soundly asleep and we rearranged some furniture in the new nursery I broke down a little, he's just getting so big. Luke of course looked at me like I had 10 heads but tried to understand, and I told him " tonight its a bed, tomorrow he'll be leaving for college" ok.... a little dramatic maybe, but it was almost hard to see him make the transition so seamless and smoothly.
Last night in his baby bed, so bitter sweet!
extra long snuggles before bed time

checking out his new digs

bunny and tiger are in here, it MUST be cool!

Ahhhhh.... {you know its gotta be more comfortable than the crib}
Waking up happy in the morning
and flash forward 13 years.... not wanting to get out of bed!

First nap in his bed, a 3 hour success!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Feeling ohh so very blessed

Luke and I have had a lot of hiccups in the little road of our life lately... and lets just say the RED October did not treat us so well this year, okay... I'll leave it at that.
When things happen, sometimes your sad, sometimes depressed, sometimes left questioning things. Many of the feelings I have been having lately however this week a new feeling... Blessed.

I'm blessed for.....
The husband who I've cursed and drives me crazy because he's mine and I love him.
The hyper crazy 2 year old running me ragged because he's doing exactly what he's supposed to, being a hyper crazy 2 year old.
My aching back, because it means my two year old is healthy and heavy and my baby bump is growing bigger by the day.
My sleepless nights, I have a warm bed to be snuggled in and a sweet baby inside of me kicking.
My crowded house, we have too many toys, too much in our pantry, a freezer busting at the seams and closets that are jam packed.
Going to sleep alone at night, it means my husband is busing his butt to make a good living for us.
A crazy exhausting work day, I am busy at work with orders, customers, and new projects all good things!
A mom who is trying, trying so hard. My mom was in the hospital last week and since out she seems to really be trying to get her health, diet, and medication all under control, praying this keeps up.
Friends, whether a text, call, taking Will on a day I needed someone, my friends have been there for me a lot lately and I am forever grateful for them.
Having nothing to wear because it means I'm growing right on track, and right out of my clothes! 
My wedding ring not fitting, means I am very well fed (maybe sometimes too well fed)
My son who makes me cry when he says "momma stay and play" because it means that he loves me and cherishes our time together. 
Weekends. I count down the hours and days till Luke, Will, and I have 2 small days together to be ourselves, act goofy, and be us.

When you really sit and think about all your problems your realize that's not really what they are at all but just little blessings in life leading you down a road of some big amazing blessings.

Momma and Will times snuggles, my favorite time of the day by far.

making pizza with Eliza last week on a day mama Michelle watched Will

Trying to keep my little chef entertained.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October love with picture overload!

staring at the spooky witch

Last Saturday Luke Will and I had a fun little family afternoon at Rombachs pumpkin patch. Fall, Pumpkin patches, sweat shirts, cooler weather, bon fires (not as much anymore) ALL things pumpkin.... I LOVE this time of year! That being said I was chomping at the bit to get my man to the pumpkin patch, it was the first time I was able to take him! Last year we skipped it due to weather and being out of town for Jake's wedding, and boy was the wait worth it! I really liked going to Rombachs because the whole thing didn't center around one big hay ride to pick out your pumpkin, there were so many other things to do and see. The weather was gorgeous and we had a great time, Will was entranced by all things orange and all the spooky decorations, and we might finally be curbing this "I'm scared" stage :)
Sorry for the photo dump, I just couldnt choose, so many great memories!

While I love all things Fall, I also love having a RED October, which we did! Luke and I were lucky enough to attend two of the play off games, but we lost last night to the giants and will not be making it a 12 in 12 this season.... Heres to next year! 

still staring at the spooky witch lol!

My lil family Oct 2012

he was confused why he couldnt pet the animals like at papas farm

Dada sits alone with bert and ernie

looks like a good bite!

Dada is so protective he rode this little ride with Will


this picture cracks me up

what a good daddy :)

Will LOVES tunnels, but this one was a bit too big for his liking

It killed this frugal momma to spend 5 dollars on a pony ride when he owns his very own... but what can I say, he gets what he wants.

Will is totally at that age that is is into absolutely and utterly everything, I've been trying to do some crafts wtih him to have some planned activities but there's only so much he can do too.... We made this pumpkin craft, he did pretty good!
making his jackolantern craft

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first time to carve a pumpkin!

my boys hard at work

HELLO in there

Will with his pumpkin. ;)