Monday, August 25, 2014


Forgive my frumpy look, it was late last night when I asked Stu to take a picture of me, and I just didn't really care how I looked! 

How Far Along: 26 weeks & 3 days.

I am Feeling: A bit sore in the back. I pulled something in my back from lifting Forrest yesterday, and it has been tender ever since. A bit emotional from Forrest's allergist appointment this morning; he had a tough morning with being prodded for skin test, and pricked several times for blood draw. Poor kid!! 

Weekly Milestone: Jellybean is as big as a lettuce head! Jellybean is able to blink eyes, and distinguish between darkness, and light. The movements are gradually getting stronger due to the baby's growth, and size. Sometimes, I can see my belly shake! Jellybean is gaining fat on the bones to keep warm, and is beginning to go into a regular periods of activity. While Jellybean is able to stretch out, and roll around, the space is starting to run out, and soon, in a few weeks, Jellybean will have to resign to stay in one position until birth. 

Movements: Jellybean likes to move quite a lot, especially now he/she is getting bigger, and the movements are stronger than before. Jellybean reacts strongly to noises, especially people talking to my belly, and seem to prefer the voices that Jellybean recognizes. It's crazy. 

Cravings: Anything pumpkin. I am looking forward to pie pumpkins (not food, but actual pumpkins that you use to make pumpkin pie fillings...I think I'm on my last 2 frozen pumpkin puree bags so I'm due to make more puree as soon as the pumpkins are ripe to be picked). I want pumpkin spice latte, and am planning on picking up a small cup in a couple weeks when I visit G.B. for my appointment! 

Aversions: Nothing new. 

Gender Prediction: I think Jellybean is a boy. I look forward to the idea of having 2 boys run amok around the house! It will be really crazy, but fun, and also, interesting to see how the boys' personalities differ. Forrest is such a boy, and likes to house rough. He likes all that boy stuff. So if Jellybean is a boy, then it will be fun to see how Jellybean is like to Forrest, and how different from Forrest. Besides, I'm prepared if Jellybean is a boy, from having Forrest, and I would be really surprised if Jellybean turns out to be a girl! I have a gut feeling I will eventually have a girl, but I am uncertain if Jellybean is going to be THE girl in our family. While people are asking me if I would end up disappointed if I end up having another boy, here is my answer...NO WAY. We've been trying for Jellybean for so long that it doesn't matter to me as long as Jellybean is healthy. Also, I think it helps that I know this is not my last pregnancy (think I'm crazy, right? But I LOVE being pregnant, and having a newborn despite sleep deprivation craziness..and Stu is trying to convince me to have 4 kids...but I am leaning to just 3 unless if we end up with a 3rd boy, then we may try for a 4th for a girl...and if I end up with 4 boys, then I'm going to TAP OUT, ha ha). 

What I Miss the Most: Nothing. I'm in a good part of my pregnancy, and remembering how hard it is at the end of pregnancy with Forrest, I'm taking advantage of the "honeymoon" part of my pregnancy!! 

Best Moments of the Week: Getting the house organized, and cleaned! Celebrating Forrest's second birthday. Meeting our new neighbors. Having Spencer, and Wally over for dinner--it's nice to have family live in the same town as you do (Spencer is Stuart's brother, and Wally is his fiancee). 

Looking Forward To: Our house-warming/Forrest's birthday party on the 30th over Labor Day weekend! It will be nice to see family over, and hang out with them! 

Next Appointment: September 8th. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

You Are TWO!

Dear Forrest, 

You are TWO years old today!

Copyrighted to D.J. Steinke
Your baby face has been long ago replaced by a face of a little boy. Your legs no longer carries a certain softness of an infant. They are now covered in bruises, and dirt, which matches the dirt underneath your nails. Your dark brown hair is now light brown-blondish streaked by the sun. I see my eyes in yours looking back at me, and with every passing day, you look more, and more like Daddy. You burst in a big smile, and we see a nearly completed set of teeth. You squish your nose, and bear a grimace of a smile as you tighten your fists. 

You love Sesame Street, especially Elmo, and you're absolutely fascinated by Elmo. Your vocabulary has exploded in the past year. You are able to say so many words, and your favorite words are COW, and MOO. You say it to everybody you greet: COW, MOO! It's precious, and hilarious! I often have to explain to strangers that you've so proudly greeted by saying COW, MOO, that cows happen to be your favorite animal. You absolutely love animals, and are constantly learning new signs for them.

You also sign many words! You are able to communicate when you need your diaper changed, when you are hungry, and attempts to say I LOVE YOU. You are able to sign many names of the animals, mama, dada, more, eat, and so many more.

You now have almost all of your teeth except the dreaded 2-year old molars! Mama is dreading the molars, because with your past experience with a year old molars, you didn't feel well, and it had been tough on you. So Mama can imagine that with 2-year molars, the history may be repeating itself, but at least she is prepared for it this time around...but are you? 

You are fiercely independent, and stubborn. Mama can see it becoming a driving force in your life to get what you need, and want for yourself. It can be both a good, and bad thing. Trust Mama, she knows. You have inherited that from her. You are such a boy! You love house-roughing, and get your hands on what you should not have gotten into! Daddy loves playing rough with you. You have what we call, a stinky eye, when you are contemplating something you should get into. Matter of fact, it is not too long ago when you managed to scribble a black ink pen on our brand new recliner! Fortunately, mama is able to take the ink out, and laugh. Your uncle, Grant, and Grandma Bobbie definitely says that you inherited this from Daddy--seeing that Daddy did the same thing when he was your age!

It has definitely changed how Mama, and Daddy need to discipline you. You definitely do like to BITE when you are unhappy! Fortunately, the biting business is starting to wind down, much to relief to Mama, and Daddy! You are starting to throw more tantrums, because you are not a fan of the word, NO. Mama remains patient when you do this, because she knows that you are simply learning, and slowly understanding the importance of having rules. When you fall down to the ground, and scream on the top of your lungs; Mama, and Daddy just ignores you, even if it earns looks of strangers, and within an instant, you realize that your screaming is not achieving anything, you stop, and move on. It is how Mama, and Daddy rolls. 

With discipline in the place, you are thriving, and growing into a wonderful boy. You LOVE being able to walk everywhere on your own! Because of this, Grandma Tree has gotten you a monkey backpack with a leash. Boy, you are quite crazy about it. You eagerly hand it over to Mama when you want to go for a walk around the block! You are such a little Energizer Bunny! You are always on GO GO GO GO GO. People jokingly say that you will end up walking around the world by age of 3. You are not interested in sitting still. You want so badly to be a part of the world, and be an active participant of what is going on. It is amazing to watch you absorb so much, and learn from the world. 

When it comes to food, you prefer meat, and potatoes type of meal. Mama, and Daddy have been trying to convince you to eat raw vegetables, yet you turn up your nose to them. Mama often have to sneak vegetable into your food by grounding them up, or adding it to the sauce. You do quite enjoy eating a whole banana, watermelon, and sliced apples, but when it comes to other things, you are a bit iffy about them.

You had an allergy test recently, and it had shown that you outgrew several of your allergies. Yay! However, your allergies to dairy, and peanuts remained. The peanut allergy was expected to be a lifelong allergy, and that did not come as a great surprise. Mama, and Daddy were told that you would have to be tested again in a year to determine if you had outgrown dairy allergy. If not, then it was not a big deal. It didn't change who you are! The exciting news was that you were tested negative for any of tree nut allergy. 

Since we have moved, you switched from seeing Dr. Johnson to Dr. Karbon for pediatrician care, and Dr. Karbon has been fantastic with you. You are 35 inches tall, which surprised your parents, because at your last appointment, you were at 0% for height. You must have had a growth spurt since! The nurse could not believe that you are almost 2, because you are so tall for your age. You are 27 pounds, which is a bit less than average for your height, and you are still in a great health regardless. Your head is crazy big like always. Your head is measured at 50 and half inches, and that puts you in top of your peers for head measurement. It makes your parents laugh, because this is nothing new!

As for your allergist, you are now seeing Dr. Warpinski, and Mama have heard of great things about him working with kids. Hopefully, the things Mama have heard comes true! 

There has been a few changes happening in your short life. 

You have been recently weaned from your Nuks (our name for your pacifiers). Mama was not planning on weaning you until after the move, however, she had discovered one night that you chewed through both of your Nuks! It was when Mama told you that you were a big boy now, and no longer needed them to go to sleep with. You didn't like the idea not having a Nuk in your mouth that night, however, you did go to sleep with a little of grumbling. The following day, you had no problem napping without your Nuk. You continued to do great at bedtime. Eventually, you just forgot about them. It confirmed Mama's decision to completely wean you off them. You continued to do great once we moved into a new house, and never did you ask for your Nuk. 

For the second time in your life, Mama, Daddy, the pets, and you have moved! 

With the move, and unpacking going on, you have been such a trooper. On the day we moved out, and moved into a new house, you kept yourself entertained with your toys, and later, one of your grandmas, and cousin! Your bedroom has been toddler-proof in advance for when you are ready to have your crib converted into a toddler bed! You are in an absolute fascination of your new house. Everything is on one floor, and you are able to run from one end of the house to another end. You did have a hard time sleeping in your new bedroom the first night, but after that night, you were back to your regular sleeping schedule (sleeping all night long). You are able to keep yourself busy while Mama, and Daddy are busy with unpacking. 

There will be a birthday bash for you over Labor Day weekend. It's a bit late, but better than never, right? It is easier to throw you a birthday party after everything has been settled in with the new house.

There will be yet another big life changing event for you soon. You will no longer be the only child this come November/December. Your little brother, or sister will be joining the family! As Mama's belly swell, she has been teaching you to sign BABY, and while you do grasp the sign of BABY, you insist that you are THE baby! Soon, you will learn that you are not a baby, and that you are a BIG brother, which is even better! By your third birthday, you will be an old pro at being a big brother, Mama, and Daddy knows it. Then you can teach your brother, or sister how to be a big brother or sister when a third baby comes along down the road! 

It is hard to accept that you are a 2-year old boy running around with a big smile on his face, because the memory of you being a newborn is still so fresh in Mama, and Daddy's mind, and watching you grow up is a reminder that kids grow up way too fast. The past 2 years has flown by within a blink of an eye, and it is only going to get faster as you get older. It is also exciting to watch you bloom into a little guy with a big personality. Mama, and Daddy loves you so much, little dear Stinker-Roo.

Mama & Daddy

Monday, August 18, 2014


How Far Along: 25 weeks & 3 days.

I am Feeling: Happy with the house. It's great! I'm so glad to have my mom, and my aunt to help out with the unpacking. I'm also so happy to have Bobbie, and Griffin (my nephew through marriage, he's such a ham, and Forrest loves him so) to watch Forrest while we had the movers haul stuff into the house on Friday. Forrest just got a really neat present for his birthday, which is a Red Flyer wagon, and he is pretty happy about it. So that makes me happy. Also, I'm stressed about the unpacking; I learned that I can't stand having people stock up kitchen, and I just end up reorganizing everything to the way I like my things to be. I even had my first pregnancy meltdown, and bawled over the lack of pantry space in the kitchen. It took me a good hour or so to feel better. Then Stu rocked by buying me pantry shelves in the laundry room closet to store my canned, and dry goods! I'm sure that I was just really tired, and overwhelmed, because now I'm rocking at stocking up my kitchen, and making things work out. I'm tired from the move, and am thankful that Forrest can keep himself busy with puzzles, games, and watching Sesame Street while I am unpacking. My feet definitely has been suffering from standing on them all day long. However, I'm just so happy that I really don't pay mind to my physical aches. 

Weekly Milestone: Jellybean is as big as a cauliflower. Now, Jellybean is able to tell the difference between up, and down. So that little bugger better be head-down soon! Even though, Jellybean has a lot of space to move around, twirl around, and have fun seeing there's plenty of space yet. Jellybean's nostrils are no longer patent, which is a weird term meaning that Jellybean's nostrils aren't closed anymore, and are open. Jellybean can hear my stomach gurgle, thumps of my heartbeat, and the blood rushing around. It is why I invest in a white noise, or music machine for after birth to soothe the baby to sleep. Jellybean sure gets very excited when he/she hears noises, because then Jellybean moves a lot more! If Jellybean is a girl, then her reproductive organ is completed, and if Jellybean is a boy, then his testes have already descended. So all parts are intact! 

Movements: Jellybean is still all over the place with kicking, and bumping around. While it is a fun feeling, sometimes I would like to just sleep, and have Jellybean rest too. I'm trying to get Jellybean to cooperate so Forrest can feel him/her move. So far, Jellybean is not helping with the sibling rivalry by not moving for Forrest. I'm trying to get Forrest to understand that there is a baby in my belly instead of him thinking that he IS the baby. Jellybean tends to be more quiet when I am on the move. When I rest, Jellybean springs to action, and make up for the lost time. 

Cravings: Nothing. I've been so busy with the move, and eating food that fuels me. I don't really have time to think ugh, or yay about certain food.

Aversions: Nothing at this point.

Gender Prediction: I'm wavering between a boy, and a girl. If I go on heart beat rate, then it is possible that Jellybean may be a boy. However, I do have friends who can easily debunk that myth, because their babies were exact opposite of what old wives' tale claim about gender prediction. On top of that, Forrest's heart rate was pretty high for a "boy" during my whole pregnancy (160s). So, I am not stocking too much in the heartbeat gender prediction thing. The Chinese calender gender prediction claims I am having a girl. Unlike Forrest, I don't have that strong conviction that I am carrying either a boy, or a girl. All I know is that the baby is a human! 

What I Miss the Most: Not being out of breath. I want to be able to do things without feeling like I'm physically incapable. It is harder while pregnant to be able to do things for extended period of times. 

Best Moments of the Week: Feeling Jellybean's heart beat on the fetal Doppler. Jellybean's heartbeat rate is in 139, strong, and clear! Having both sides of my family come together to help us move. Great job, folks, and thank you!! 

Looking Forward to: Getting things squared away in the house. I feel that I can't really relax unless I have things put away, organized, and set up for use. Forrest's birthday party/housewarming party over Labor Day weekend. I want to show off our house! Getting to know the area, Farmer's Market (I didn't have time to go this recent weekend, but had a glimpse of the market, and it looked bigger than the one in Ripon), Shawano County Fair--I want Forrest to see cows, and animals, and flea market on the weekends. It will be fun!

Next Appointment: My next appointment is on September 8th at 10:45 am. I am supposed to go in for a Glucose test. I'm a bit nervous about it, because I have a huge sweet tooth with this pregnancy, and don't want to end up with gestational diabetes. I am sort of sure that I don't have it, seeing that I am measuring a bit behind, which confirms my gut feeling that Jellybean may be making the entrance into the world a week after the estimated due date! Jellybean is a bit on a smaller side right now, and I am surprised to learn that I've been weighing less than I did with Forrest at this point. I find that I don't really care as much about weight gain this time around, and rather listen to my body, and what it needs to nourish Jellybean. 

Monday, August 11, 2014


How Far Along: 24 weeks & 3 days.

I am Feeling: Pretty tired from a long weekend-ish of wedding festiveness, even though it was SO worth it, and all the driving we did. The craziness is only beginning though, because we are moving this week! I've had a few moments where I felt really weepy from being so tired. Happy to get see my family, and to have Joey become an official member of our family! Excited for Lauren, and Joey for becoming husband, and wife! I have been getting a lot more Charlie Horse cramps in my leg. Ouch! It is a good thing that I remembered what Stu taught me from my pregnancy with Forrest by always pointing my feet up in the air instead of forward. It always solve the problem quickly for me. A bit anxious about the move; hoping that everything will go well with our pets, and the movers moving our stuff! While I am ready to move on, I am also a bit sad to be leaving Ripon, and that has been contributing some to my anxiety too. 

Weekly Milestone Growth: Jellybean is as big as a cantaloupe. Holy batman! It is no wonder why I have been feeling achy lately. Jellybean's all senses are completed, and at this point, Jellybean is simply learning how to use, and control the five senses. By the time Jellybean is born, Jellybean should be able to utilize all the senses. At 24 weeks, Jellybean can safely be bought into the world if something has happened to him or her with a lot of advance in medical technology in Neonatal care, but it is better for Jellybean to stay in put until 40 weeks or plus. I'm willing to carry this bub overdue by a week or two if I have to...

Movements: Jellybean is a crazy little baby that loves to move, stretch out, and kick. I've been experiencing more round ligament pain with this little one. Jellybean doesn't have a quite set time where he or she is more active than other. The activity is random, and crazy. It's fun to feel Jellybean busy at work! For some reason, pineapple juice sends Jellybean into an overdrive, and go nuts! 

Cravings: Nothing new. I still find that I have a sweet tooth. I do worry that it will be bad for me, and I try to eat it in moderation though! I find that I prefer fresh, crispy food over junk. If I do go with "junk food", then it's usually my favorite vegetable chips or sweet potato chips with dill dip! I enjoy an occasional drink of pineapple, or pomegranate juice!

Aversions: I definitely notice that with all the wedding festivities we have had that I can't handle the smell of alcohol whether by itself, on people's breath, or whatever. Bleech. It is the same thing that had happened to me while pregnant with Forrest. 

Gender Prediction: A lot of people are guessing that the baby is a girl based on my belly shape, and the pains I have now (even though I can debunk that one--chasing after a toddler, being active, and being on my feet a lot rather than the sex of the baby influencing my physical pains). I am still thinking that Jellybean is a boy, even though I don't have a real strong inkling of who Jellybean may be, and I am just going off based on my dream I had. 

What I Miss the Most: Coffee, especially with pumpkin spice season coming up with the fall. I may cheat, and have a small cup of pumpkin spice latte coffee (after my doctor's approval, of course).

Best Moments of the Week: Lauren, and Joey's wedding! It was so much fun being a matron of honor for my sister, and being a part of their special day. It was really great. I can't wait to see the pictures. My good friend, KT, knitted me a beautiful blanket for Jellybean! I need to post a picture of it soon! Having fun with Stu, and Forrest! Knowing that Forrest had a blast with Gramps Dave, and Gramma Jess while I went out for a pedicure. I bought 2 going home outfits for Jellybean; one for a girl outfit, and one for a boy outfit. The girl outfit has birds on it, because Forrest is really into birds, and loves them. The boy outfit has sailor boats on it. I thought it is just cute! It will be fun to see which outfit Jellybean will go home in! Whatever that is not used will be kept for our future baby, or someone else who gets pregnant in our family.

Looking Forward To: We are moving this Friday, and I am so happy to have everybody back together under one roof. I know I've been harping on, on, and on about this for almost a month, and I am sure some of you are sick of hearing/reading that, but gosh, I am excited. I have a comprehensive list completed for what we need to get for Jellybean, and myself for my recovery from giving birth. I'm just anxious to start shopping to buy what is on the list, and to prepare the nursery room for the baby. I feel good to have that list done, and I just need to finalize it once I am done going through all of Forrest's old baby stuff. I am excited to start working on Jellybean's nursery room. I have a TONS sewing projects that I am ready to dive into by end of this month after all the cleaning, and unpacking is over.

I also look forward to Forrest's second birthday. I'm thinking about having his birthday party to be hosted over Labor Day weekend, and to sort of consolidate birthday party/housewarming party together, and that would be a good motivation for me to unpack, and organize everything by then. I am going to be sad about Forrest turning 2 (it's a good sad though), but I am so incredibly blessed to have a beautiful healthy boy.

Monday, August 4, 2014


How Far Along: 23 weeks & 3 days.

I am Feeling: Thankful for kind people who have come together to donate us their boxes! It has been a lifesaver, especially with us running out of boxes to pack things in, and not having to stress about trying to scour down more boxes from random places. Kind people really do rock. Exhausted from all the packing. It is harder to do all this while pregnant, and I am thankful for my mom to come up to help me pack. I would not know what to do without her help! I've noticed that when I am more tired, I tend to get weepy, and emotional. It is a bit strange to me, because I am not used to being that way. Excited for my sister's wedding!! It will be such a beautiful day. It also marks the last wedding of the summer for us three, and Forrest will be a ring bearer! I am hoping he will do well. 

Weekly Milestone Growth: Jellybean is as big as a Grapefruit (also one of my favorite fruits, but I can't handle it with this pregnancy--the acidity of the fruit gives me a wicked heartburn). Jellybean is busy at work this week! An important substance in the baby's lungs is busy preparing itself for the birth, and this substance is called Surfactant. It basically keeps the alveoli open for when Jellybean is born. Basically, what this means is that the little branches, alveoli, has a special liquid, Surfactant, to keep it wiggly, and open. If Jellybean is born prematurely, then a doctor will have to inject steroids to kick start that liquid to help Jellybean to breath. At this point, Jellybean's heart chambers, and vessels can be seen on an ultrasound! Jellybean can hear, and react to the sounds outside the womb. It explains a lot why the baby kicks up a storm when Forrest's baby monitor goes off, Layla's barking, and noises around me! 

Movements: Jellybean loves to move, and is always moving, with an exception of me staying busy, then Jellybean tends to be more calm. I do notice a difference from when I am packing, and working hard to when I am just resting. Jellybean doesn't move very much when I am moving, packing, and working, yet the minute I get into the bed at the end of the day, Jellybean starts kicking.  I would imagine if I am not so tired to the point of falling asleep, then Jellybean would have kept me up due to moving so much! 

Cravings: Nothing new. 

Aversions: Nothing new. 

Gender Prediction: On some days, I think I may be having a boy, because I had a dream that I gave birth to a boy. On some days, I think I am having a girl, because this pregnancy has been really weird with food. With Forrest, I was a foodie. I loved food, and eating. I craved for MEAT, and all that typical man food. With this pregnancy, I can easily go without eating so much, and I just eat, because I feel I should eat instead of OMG, I need food. I don't have much appetite with this pregnancy, even with help from my heartburn medication, and I don't find that I am gravitating much to meat. Some people swear I'm having a girl, and some other thinks I am having a boy based on my bump. Yes, it's different than what I had with Forrest! It sticks lower, and out in the front with this pregnancy, and my belly button has popped out! 

What I Miss the Most: Nothing really. I'm pretty content now. 

Best Moments of the Week: Knowing that Mom, and I kicked ass at packing, and that we are pretty much done with bulk of things. There are still a lot to pack left, and they are more of last minute things that needs to be packed up during the last week of living here. Finding a fat toad hiding under a rug that I tossed out on our patio a few weeks ago, and showing it to Forrest. Forrest LOVED seeing the toad. Walking with Forrest around the block. Getting boxes from wonderful people, Kristen, and Andy, and Jess. Thank you! 

Looking Forward To: Lauren's wedding! It will be so much fun, and it will be a beautiful wedding. I'm excited for another round of manicure, and pedicure. It will feel so good on my poor feet, especially after a week long of packing.