Friday, October 31, 2014

Third Little Weldy: Twenty-seven Weeks

So. Remember that whole, "We're pregnant!" announcement we did awhile back and then didn't elaborate at all? Well. We're still pregnant, still so very excited, but beginning to realize why I didn't get to take ballet lessons when my older sister's did…there isn't enough time in the day, you guys. 

We aren't lacking in excitement about this kid though. If anything, we might even be more excited than we were with kid one or two. Not to sound like we're picking favorites, but with baby number one everything was new and overwhelming and holy cow we are having a baby! And then, round two, everything was different, a girl! How will Otto react? TWO kids! Now, we have an idea of what we are doing and can't wait to meet this new little person. His siblings are also adding to the fun, they are PUMPED to meet this guy! Baby's are so special, this one even more so because he's ours!

The Highlights:
How far along: 27 weeks
How big is baby: Almost two pounds, 14.5 inches.
Weight gain/loss: A lot. Like, a lot a lot. Doctor's appointment next week if you're interested in an exact number. 
Maternity clothes: Yes. Although today I discovered that Chris' fuzzy sweat pants still fit. Good thing he's such a kind person, they have just been claimed by the pregnant lady. 
Stretch marks: Why yes, but they are nothing new. Maybe we can make it to the end without any new additions? 
Sleep: We've reached a completely new level of tired. I made hot tea this morning, but didn't realize there was a coffee k-cup already in the machine…the taste didn't even seem off to me. Sleep is sporadic, this little guy's siblings are taking turns needing to sleep with Mom and Dad, which is, ahem, fun.  
Best Moment of the Week: The weather changed! No more sweating it out over silly things like preschool pickup! 
Movement: He's getting stronger everyday! Last night he woke me up several times with his party dance moves.  
Symptoms: Swelling in trying to take over. But watching my diet and having Chris encourage me to walk in the evenings is helping keep it in check. 
Food Cravings: Cheese. It's tasty. Cabot's Extra Sharp Cheddar please. Side of avocado and cookie dough ice cream go with it nicely. Meredith and Otto are on to my 'special Mom snacks' though and will gladly help eat them…up until this point neither liked my choices. 
Gender: Boy! Nameless, per usual Weldy naming trends. I did panic enough this week to have Chris break out the name books and spend some time paging through. 
Labor Signs: Nerp. Braxton hicks are fun though. 
Belly button in or out: Did it even go back in?? You can see it from outer space. 
What I am Looking Forward too: Meeting this guy! He already seems to take after his Dad, don't invade his space by resting anything on the bump or expect him to do any moving in the mornings, not his thing. He's a little scared of Meredith, she accidentally kicked me in the ribs while I was helping her get dressed on morning last week and the poor little dude freaked! He ran all the way to the bottom of his little home as quickly as he could, and now when she's near and making noise he gets a little feisty. 
Daddy: Keeps adding names to the list, calm as usual. He leaves the panicking to me. 
Otto: So pumped about a new sibling. He refers to his little brother as 'his baby' and asks on a daily basis if today is the day his baby will be coming out. "Can we go to the hospital on Thursday and get my baby out?" We've starting planning the baby's space in our room, and Otto is a little distressed we won't be letting them share a room. Maybe when he starts sleeping though the night we'll talk. Heck, when Otto starts sleeping through the night we'll talk. This week Otto's name choice is E-k-d-r, pronounced Canaan. 
Meri: Is most excited about the possibly of changing diapers. She has been practicing on anything and everything, including her older brother. They were playing happily together in her room, but it quickly escalated to Meri running down the hall towards the kitchen shouting, "Otto all clean! Need to wash my hands!" and Otto following close behind WEARING a diaper.  Pretty sure we need to enter that girl in hog tying competitions, I have no idea how she did it. Potty training for herself however, is slow going. I will say that the increase in bladder function caused by pregnancy correlates nicely with encouraging her to try.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hill Country Vacation

We escaped from DFW last week for a little family vacation. We spent the week in SouthCentral Texas enjoying the hill country. The weather was perfect, staying in the low 80's and Chris was with us all day everyday! We realized on the drive down that this was our first family trip where we weren't just tagging along on a business trip or visiting family.

We started the week with a little golf…and realized that we shouldn't be holding our breath for college scholarships in that department. Chris played the entire game with his non dominant arm and still won by a large margin. Lot's of fun though!

Daddy and his golfing buddies!
We took lots of walks, my goal for the trip was to test out the new stroller and make sure that #thirdlittleweldy got plenty of exercise. The pregnant waddle is developing quickly, but I'm trying my best to stay mobile. These two crazy kids loved the outdoor time!
Dipping their toes in the Guadalupe River with Dad!
Otto ended up going in to his waist, but assured me it was okay, "I can just take my clothes off in the car, Mom, and go to the hotel naked!"

We stayed at my parents timeshare, which was pretty perfect. Having an extra bedroom and full kitchen  is the way to go when traveling with littles. Most nights we cooked, but we did venture out for a few fun dinners as well.

We browsed downtown Gruene and had dinner at the Gristmill. Very fun place to eat, great food, and sitting outside overlooking the river can't be beat.
Oldest dance hall in Texas
Continuing with the 'exercise the pregnant lady' theme, we spent an evening at the dam on the East side of Canyon Lake. Chris ran it twice in the time it took the kids and I to walk across, but the views were spectacular and the paved surface for pushing the stroller plus severity pounds was excellent.

When we finally made it to the far side Meri did a full pirouette saying, "I did it! Meri did it! Where is my camera?" Little miss needed to document her impressive feat;)
She was quite the picture taker on our trip, requesting "Cheesse!" until you obliged her with a pose and a smile. Must be a second born thing;)

Otto has decided that he's into "Spooky, creepy music." He and Chris have been sharing an iPod.
Another stop we made was at Hamilton Pool. Such a neat place! You hike to the pool down 1/4 mile of rock steps, and it is just gorgeous. Shaded, clear water, mature trees.

The water was a little muddy and swimming wasn't allowed due to the E. coli run off from the local cattle pastures, but exploring the natural rock formation was enough for us.
Chris was super Dad and carried both kids back to the car. An uphill climb is no joke, but adding 70 pounds is crazy. Glad I was responsible for the lightest kid;)

I think the kids favorite activities were at the timeshare itself. Less car time is always good! They went swimming in the outdoor pool (in October, thanks Texas!) by themselves. (Kiddie pool, 1.5 feet deep and we were sitting on the edge.)
And explored the two playgrounds. We discovered that Meri thinks acorns are collectibles and deer are amazing. She had us take an evening drive just to count the deer (17 on one short street!) and have them admire her. "Wook at me deer! Wook!"
On Friday we finished up our time on Canyon Lake and headed to San Antonio for a special surprise.
Seaworld! (Laugh at the bellybutton, I do.)
Otto was just tall enough to ride most of the rides! First roller coster! He and Chris jumped right in the front seat, crazy guys.
The massive gerbil cage and merry-go-round were more Meri's speed. She LOVED "going round in circles!".
We fed the ducks, and saw the dolphins.
And Otto rode a few more rides:)
And played ultimate tourist:)
The highlight of the day was the Shamu show. So impressive! The kids were absolutely blown away. Otto is a pretty tough dude and tries his best to blasé about big events in life, but even he couldn't contain his amazement.
And then, to cap off the day, dinner and a fun hotel on the Riverwalk! That Meredith, such a poser.
#thirdlittleweldy and I were there too, large and in charge.
The next morning, after a fantastic breakfast where the hotel cook made the kids special Mickey Mouse pancakes, we walked to the Alamo for Chris and the kids first visit.
So glad we got to get away from the normal and spend some time enjoying our family of four before our new little guy gets here. We learned though, 'vacations' aren't really rejuvenating when you have little kids!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Visit to Nana and Papa's!

We got to see Daniel this weekend! It's a rare treat because his current base is so far away, but good news, he is moving much closer in a few weeks! 

Addison was such a happy little girl to get some quality time with her Dad, and we were pretty happy to see him too. Uncle Daniel is lots of fun:) 

The entire Weldy/Paredes/Stepp side! About to expand by two more.
The Stepps, look at that cutie Stephen. Pretty much the best nephew there is, his little brother is a lucky guy.
How can you not love that face?
Addy and her Daddy, two peas in a pod.
All the grands. A coupe might be a little tight with two more little people, it's probably time to trade the mustang in for a minivan;)
Love these two, the BEST in-laws.

Yay for getting to spend a day relaxing with family!