Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Garden

One of our favorite spring-time activities is getting our garden set up. Chris made us this perfect raised flower bed a couple years ago and we love changing out the vegetation each spring and fall.  But, we definitely have better luck with spring. We tried onions and garlic in the fall and had the cutest miniature fruits. Not good for real use.

This year we planted two types of tomatoes (beefsteak and roma) and jalapenos.  The peppers are almost always a win for us, but we tried them in their own pot last year and could never get anything going. They earned a spot back in the planter. We're also trying summer squash as our experimental vegetable.

Everyone pitched in to help - even Bentley.

Tilling the soil

Oscar was all about it. I think it's the tools

Ready to plant

Watering our newly planted vegetation!

The boys absolutely love watching the garden grow. Our strawberries from last year are coming back, so it would be great to get to eat a few of those. I can't wait to see what sprouts!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

20 weeks

For as slow as the beginning of pregnancy is, the rest of it seems to be a high-speed train. I can't believe we are already halfway to meeting our baby girl!

Baby is the size of a banana

How far along: 20 weeks

Total weight gain: 12-ish pounds? +/- 3lbs :)

Maternity clothes: Oh hell yes. Nothing else. Lots of maternity leggings during the week.

Sleep: I finally do not have to pee in the middle of the night anymore. This went on WAY longer than it did with the boys. I'm enjoying these uninterrupted nights for as long as I can. I'm still pretty comfortable sleeping, but I see a pillow between my legs in the near future. 

Best moment this month: Walt losing his tooth!

Miss Anything: Wine. <-- Same as last month. And running. I've been making a concerted effort to be active. I'm using my FitBit as encouragement! On my long walks, I've tried to jog here and there, but funny enough 10+ lbs really makes a difference. I get winded really easily. I'm also working in some yoga a couple times a week. 

Movement: Still meh.  I feel her more than I did a month ago, but she's still pretty chilled out. Wondering if this is indicative of her personality (wishful thinking). I asked the doctor about this and she said every baby is different. It's nothing to be concerned about and baby girl definitely was wiggly during her sonogram this week.

Food cravings: I'm still eating everything I see. I can't help it! I will say that my sweets cravings aren't nearly as strong as they were with the boys. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. Not getting enough sleep really takes it out of me. I've switched from coffee to tea, so even a pick-me-up doesn't give me the boost I crave.

Gender prediction: Still a girl! Confirmed via sonogram. I think we have a first name. Working on the middle name before we reveal. 

Labor signs: nope (thank goodness)

Symptoms: Feeling really good! I am pretty beat by 8:00 p.m. every night, but most nights this fits perfectly into our schedule. I have some time to relax on the couch before we crawl in bed. (Another luxury I'm enjoying before we're a party of 5). 

Happy or Moody most of the time: I'd say happy! Ask Chris... :)

Looking forward to: Finalizing her name!  We never agonized over middle names the way I am with her.  I'm also looking forward to moving Oscar to his big boy bed, which is imminent!

Here's Baby Girl Bruns' profile. Just like the 12 weer sono, she had her left arm up by her forehead. (You can't see it here).

As creepy as this pic is, we watched her stretch then yawn (she looks like a dinosaur), but it was so cute!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Walt Loses His First Tooth

I think this all started years ago when we first took Walt to the dentist. He's totally fascinated with losing his teeth! He goes to a Montessori school where they put 3-, 4-, and 5-year olds in one class together (it's so the little ones learn from the big ones and the big ones help to lead/coach the littles). So, he's seen or heard about kids losing teeth for quite some time.

About two weeks ago, Walt tried to convince me that his tooth was loose. I brushed it off thinking it was just him willing it to happen. Finally, I took a look and a wiggle, and sure enough it was moving. Not crazy wiggly, but definitely loose. As each day went by, it got looser and looser.  He was so proud of this tooth! He never seemed scared or worried that it was going to come out.

Finally, today when I picked him up from school, he came bounding towards me, said, "Mom, look at my tooth," and smiled BIG. There was the little gap on the bottom - cute as can be.  Not to mention I could see the top of the new tooth coming in, so this definitely was the real deal.

We hadn't talked much about the tooth fairy, so there was a bit of explaining. I made sure he knew that she was taking his tooth (I didn't want a meltdown over that!) and she would give him something in return.

He proudly tucked his tooth in the tooth pillow and waited until morning.  The tooth fairy left him four whole quarters (tooth fairy note: I refused to be sucked into the $20/tooth cycle or even the toy for a tooth. We have 19 more teeth to go. That's a bar that will keep going up and I don't want to be scrambling at midnight trying to find a new Lego toy or searching for a $20 bill). We have some other fun tooth fairy tricks up our sleeve and didn't want to use them all on the first tooth. You want to know what else the tooth fairy did? She threw away the tooth.  Yup. We are horrible people. The audacity not to save my children's teeth!! I think it's great for other tooth fairies who bring grand gifts and memorialize the teeth better than ours did, but for us, we have enough stuff to keep up with. 20+ baby teeth is not going to be one of them :)

At least I took a picture of the tooth!

And just like that, the tooth next to this one is already starting to wiggle. He'll have a big hole in his mouth just in time for Kindergarten!