Monday, March 24, 2014

22 Weeks

How far along:  22 weeks

Size of baby:  a papaya

Clothes:  Maternity jeans, workout pants (not because I've been busy working out), regular and some maternity shirts

Gender/Names:  I think maybe we've had a name break through.  Wayne and I went on a date night two days ago and were discussing names.  He likes Knox and wants the middle name to be Haddon.  We will confirm the last name once paternity has been confirmed... just kidding!  :-)  We both love that both of these names come from two great theologians, John Knox and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  Nothing is in stone yet and I will probably stay kind of noncommittal until it's on the birth certificate.  You just never know what could happen between now and then.  

Sleep:  I'm sleeping pretty well as long as I don't end up on my back for too long.  And I'm fighting some congestion.  I will be glad when it's gone but I'm starting to think it might be a sinus infection.  I will see Dr. Fenoughty tomorrow and address it then.   

Movement:  I still think I feel him swoop by my bladder every now and again and I am pretty sure I felt one good kick or punch two days ago while we were watching a movie.  Nothing is consistent yet though.  

Cravings:  *Nothing has changed in this department! *  My cravings so far for this pregnancy can be summed up in three words, pizza, coke, and chocolate.  I do try to limit myself, but I'm not gonna lie, this baby is probably going to come out a pizza addict!  I still chew a lot of ice too but that's really no different when I'm not pregnant, I just get to pass it off as a craving right now, which I think makes it more acceptable.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

21 Weeks

I am now 21 weeks.   21 weeks is a big deal for me.  I delivered my twins at 20 weeks and 6 days.  I'm happy to be past that point.  I guess I feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief at that point.  Not that I don't hear stories of loss much later but 20 weeks and 6 days was my loss, it's the one I lived.  I'm just happy to be on the other side of that number.

So I thought I'd start a weekly update, or at least attempt a weekly update.  It's entirely possible that I'll fall off the wagon after week one but I'm going to give it a shot.  I love looking back at the weekly updates I did when I was pregnant with Ty and I think it's pretty cool to see how my body changed from week to week in pictures.  I love being pregnant and as uncomfortable as it is to have my picture taken, it's worth it in the end to capture these memories.  This is probably my last go at pregnancy.  I think we are done after this so that's all the more reason to remember, whether comfortable or not.

Here's a look at me at 21 weeks...
Yes, I know.  I don't look pregnant.  I hear this pretty much every time I tell someone how far along I am.  I'm not sure how to respond.  I usually just say, "I have a lot of places to hide a baby." when all I really want to say is "yes, I know I'm extremely fat and you can't tell that there's a human growing inside of me.  And yes, I do wish I had one of those cute baby bumps that everyone else gets but this is the body I've earned.... no one's fault but my own." but I'm sure that would send people in a tizzy and cause quite a bit of awkwardness so I'm just going to keep my "I have a lot of places to hide a baby,"answer handy.  Funny thing is that even looking at my own picture, I think the same thing everyone else thinks but when I look down at my belly, I can totally tell that I'm pregnant.  Not to mention my clothes don't fit anymore.  All that to say, yes I am pregnant and yes I know I don't look pregnant.  This is just what fat pregnant people look like.    

Here's the best look at baby's profile at 18 weeks...

How far along:  21 weeks

Size of baby:  a pomegranate

Clothes:  I have a few regular jeans that were too big in the waist when I wasn't pregnant that I can actually wear pretty comfortable right now.  That's the only reason I didn't get rid of them in the recent closet clean out.  Other than that I finally purchased two pairs of maternity jeans and they feel AMAZING!!!  Maternity jeans are one of the best parts of being pregnant.  When I tried those jeans on I let out a big sigh of comfort and all I could think was that I wish they made something like that for when you're not pregnant too!  I have worn some maternity shirts but it isn't totally necessary just yet, especially since my wardrobe tends to consist of t-shirts and sweatshirts.  I'm very trendy you know!  Ha!  

Gender/Names:  This is baby boy #5 for the Johnston's!  As for names we've thrown around quite a few.  Here's a list we've been working on... Knox, Finn, Deacon, and there are a few more that are escaping me right now.  Maybe I should have specified... that was MY list.  Wayne's list looks more like this... Judge, Hawkeye (no, he isn't kidding), Winchester, and many more that he is just sure would make this kid a total badass!  I'm just going to be sure no one allows him near the birth certificate without my approval!  

Sleep:  I'm sleeping fine still.  I am starting to notice that I'm not lasting on my back as long now but other than that I'm good.  

Movement:  This is tricky.  After I had Ty I realized there are things I feel that I definitely would have said were baby movement if I was pregnant.  Now I question everything I feel.  I do think I've felt him some but not a lot yet.  My placenta is in the front and that makes it a little harder too.  My baby's seem to get a big kick out of my bladder.  It must be like a trampoline park in there because that seems to be where I think I feel him the most and where my other boys seemed to spend their time as well.  I can almost hear them, " do you have to pee now?  How about NOW?"  It's a weird feeling.  I also think I've felt some of that squirmy feeling as well, which makes sense because the ultrasound has shown a very active boy every time I've had one.  

Cravings:  My cravings so far for this pregnancy can be summed up in three words, pizza, coke, and chocolate.  I do try to limit myself, but I'm not gonna lie, this baby is probably going to come out a pizza addict!  I still chew a lot of ice too but that's really no different when I'm not pregnant, I just get to pass it off as a craving right now, which I think makes it more acceptable.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gender Reveal

I had my 18 week ultrasound on 2/25, but unfortunately Wayne was out of town so instead of finding out what we were having we had it put in an envelope to open when he got home.  While he was gone, I got a little out of control with the gender reveal boards on Pintrest.  So the lady at the cake store was the first to open the envelope and the girls at Party City were the second to open the envelope so they could fill our box with either pink or blue balloons.  Wayne and I were pretty sure that after having 4 boys, we were probably going to stick with boys but it was still fun waiting to see ultrasound proof.  Wayne got home on Friday and on Saturday evening we had some friends and family over to find out with us.  Everything is more fun with a crowd!  I have no idea if people think these little reveal parties are dumb or not but I think they're fun and assuming this is our last baby I decided to go out with a bang.  

So we had a box filled with balloons for the boys to find out if they are having a brother or a sister.  By the way, they both wanted a sister.  

I think Daddy and Grandpa were happy with the results!

We are a very blessed Mommy and Daddy!

A lot of people have asked if I was disappointed.  I guess the assumption is that everyone would like to have at least one of each.  I'm not disappointed.  Honestly the thought of having a girl was a little scary to me.  All the drama... not sure how I'd handle it.  I've always gotten along with boys better!  The only part of having a girl that I will miss out on is the future.  I love the relationship I have with my mom and I won't have a daughter to have that with.  I'm just going to hope that my boys marry girls that will fill that spot for me.  Hopefully I won't be "that" mother-in-law that she tries to avoid!  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ty's Birthday Fun

Ty's third birthday celebration started on the 15th with his birthday party.  He chose to have a Buzz Lightyear party this year.  This was no surprise since he spends about 40% of his time pretending to be Buzz Lightyear.

Thanks again to my amazing cousin for
the perfect cake!!!

Woody came to the party too :-)  

A VERY fortunate little boy!

Giant Buzz Lightyear.... he may actually
still be floating come Ty's 4th birthday.
He has managed to cause near heart
attacks for both Wayne and me on several
occasions already.  Good job Buzz!  

Loving on Great Grandma!  

Since yesterday was his actual birthday we started off with cinnamon rolls... they loved them!!!

I'm not going to lie.  It was a rough morning.  Apparently it being his birthday doesn't really change behavior.  We had hoped to go to a fun indoor playground but he's had some reoccuring knee issues and it didn't seem like a good idea.  Then we were going to try a movie but one bad choice after another kind of took that off the table.  I so wanted to ignore it but anyone that knows my kids knows there has to be real follow through! 

We did manage to go to lunch and the cupcake store though!  Ty Picked Jimmy John's for lunch (LOVE IT)!   
Jimmy John's

Cupcake shop
Case was pretty happy to celebrate this part!  

There aren't words for how much I love this kid!  

We ended the evening with dinner at Buca Di Beppo!  That giant mess of dessert was certainly the highlight and it was every bit as good as it looks!


Happy Birthday Ty!  Love you so so so much!!!  

Monday, March 17, 2014

Ty is THREE!!!

Dear Ty,
You are officially three years old!  I don't think I can really say that I can't believe you're three because with all that you say and do I definitely don't think of you as two.  I sort of can't believe you are just now turning three.  This isn't to say that time hasn't flown because it absolutely has.  There are so many things that I love about you and a few that could very well drive me to a nuthouse before the age of 40.

You a are a feisty, emotional, hilarious, and thoughtful kid.  You definitely wear your emotions on your sleeve.  There's no doubt in anyone's mind when you are in a rotten mood because you get the meanest look on your face and when you're in a happy mood your smile will melt a room.  You have a way with ladies that literally leaves me in fear of what the future is going to hold.  I have a feeling the long nights of you as a baby are going to have nothing on the long nights of you as a teenager.  Already when you see the girls down the road playing outside, you have to jump on your Harley Davidson battery powered motorcycle to say hi.  It usually becomes quite the production.

You are the most ticklish person I have ever met.  If you even think someone is going to touch your neck you crumble into a ball.  I got Daddy a head massager and this is a video of when we tried it on you.

You weigh 33 pounds and you are about 28 inches tall, although you were not capable of holding still when I just took that measurement so maybe we'll just wait for a more accurate one at your three year appointment.  You wear a 3T in just about everything pretty comfortable.  Your shoes are a size 10 or 10.5.  You have big feet like your brother!  

I have no idea where you got your vocabulary.  I think it might actually be bigger than Case's at times.  You use words like meanwhile, and actually when you are talking.  It's so weird to hear that coming out of your little mouth.  When Daddy or I tell you that we are leaving you tell us to "Drive carefully and don't drive in the mud or the firetrucks and ambulance will have to rescue you."  It is the cutest and I really need to get it on video to show you later.

You idolize your big brother.  In fact I had trouble coming up with a list of your likes because you pretty much just like everything Case does.  If he says it, you say it.  If he does it, you do it.  He is definitely your favorite person.  I don't know what you are going to do with yourself, or better yet what I am going to do with you when Case starts preschool three days a week next school year.  You will most likely be lost without him!

You are very social.  You love to be around people and in a crowd and if the crowd has all eyes on you that's okay too.  You are SO different from Case in this area.  I'm predicting you are going to be the kid that joins every possible extracurricular activity at school.

I think you are much smarter than you let on.  You know your colors, with the exception of blue and yellow. I have no idea why those two throw you off but they do.  I didn't think you knew any letters until I handed you a sucker from the bank and you read the two letters on it out loud, "there's a P and an L".  I had to take it back from you to see if you were right.  I had no idea you knew any letters and I have no idea what other ones you know.  You are not one that has enjoyed school time with me like Case did and if I asked you those specific letters you'd most likely just say "tell me," as you usually do.  You can count to about 15 easy enough but beyond that I just don't know much about you academically because I think  you know more than you let on.

You are pretty into superheroes and love to role play with them.  You love to play with trucks and cars too.  You like the Switch N' Go dinosaurs and transformers but I think that's mostly just because your brother does.  We've had a pretty rough winter and caved on the Wii.  You've only played it a few times but you really like "sword fighting" on it.  It is pretty hilarious to watch you play!

You also love to play in the bathtub.  Even when Case gets out you will stay and play for quite a while.  I am guessing you're going to be a BIG fan of the pool in a few months too!  

You like to watch TV but you don't tend to sit all the way through a whole movie.  Your favorite seat is the recliner all wrapped up in the heated blanket.  You are definitely MY kid in that arena!  You love to watch Sherrif Callie's Wild West, Paw Patrol, Toy Story 1, 2, or 3, Team Umizoomi, Cars 1 or 2, The Polar Express, and right now you and Case are a little more obsessed than you should be with Frozen.

You LOVE sweets!  Chocolate is probably your favorite.  You will try anything we put in front of you though.  Whether you like it or not you will say you do while you rub your belly and say "yummy!" I love to watch you take a bite of something and barely be able to chew it, yet through that yucky face you make you say you like it.  You're a brave eater for sure!  You like spicy stuff just like Daddy.  You're totally his boy when it comes to food.  You're not nearly as picky as your brother.  You don't eat a lot typically but I'm sure that day is coming soon enough.  You love to go out for Mexican food so that you can eat chips and salsa (unless it's super spicy) and queso dip.  You could eat pizza everyday I'm pretty sure, unless of course it is "floppy" because then it just makes you mad and you won't eat it.  You like some fruit and not many veggies.  You love yogurt with chocolate (imagine that) granola in it and oatmeal with peanut butter and brown sugar.  Those two things make up at least part of every breakfast just about.  You have recently started chewing gum.  You are a big fan of cinnamon Trident.  Case won't touch it because "it's spicy" and you can't get enough of it!  So far you've been very good about spitting it into the trash when you're done with it but I'm sure I'm due to find some matted to the carpet now that I've typed that.

Being only 16.5 months younger than your brother, you don't really have your own friends but you sure do enjoy playing with Case's friends, Andrew, Sage, Marshall, JJ, and Allison, in fact you might even play better with them than Case does.  The only friend that is your age is Caroline, your friend from church.  I don't know if Grandma counts as a "friend" but you sure do LOVE spending time with her and Grandpa!!!

You are a pretty good sleeper although I'm starting to get a little scared that naps might be getting close to over, which is much sooner than Case started to break himself of napping.  I'm just going to throw this out there... there's no shame in going back to napping regularly!  You go down for a nap around 2.  You get about 30 minutes of phone time in bed.  You like to watch shows on Netflix and play the Endless Alphabet app.  After that time you usually struggle to actually go to sleep but eventually you do.  The problem is this usually happens when you're due to wake up about 30 minutes later and then you have a hard time getting up.  You go to bed for the night around 8:30 and you again get some phone time first.  After that you like to be "snug as a bug in a rug" with Minnie Mouse, Birdie, and Ni Ni (a dog), snuggled in with you before you fall asleep.  Chances are on most nights we'll hear your little feet run across the upstairs to come and ask me, "Mommy will you make me snug as a bug in a rug please?"  a couple times before you actually go to sleep.  You are so adorable though I do it every. single. time.  You get up in the morning at about 7 to go potty and then back to your room to play until your light goes off around 7:30.

You hate shadows!  There are many nights where we have to adjust things in your room or explain shadows.  Sometimes it scares you so much you have to put the blanket over your head to fall asleep.  On a weirder note you are very freaked out by fuzz.  Yep, fuzz.  I don't know if you think it is a bug or what but you freak out when you see fuzz and Lord help us all when you find some in your room!

You could be darn near self-sufficient at dressing yourself.  It doesn't always end up with everything facing the correct way but it's impressive to me nonetheless.

You are fully potty trained during the day, at naptime (in the event that you nap), and at night.  You did this at about 2.5 years old.  It was a bit of a rough start as you are a little stubborn but once you got the hang of it it's been no big deal.  You even pee standing up already.  It helped a lot to watch big brother all the time.  Now the two of you get a BIG kick out of peeing at the same time!

You also got a new big boy bed when you started climbing out of the crib in August.  I found the perfect bed for you on Craig's List.  You call it your "boat bed."

Ty, I have had a blast with  you this year.  I can't get enough of your snuggles and hilarious sense of humor.  I hope this year brings us just as much fun!  My prayer for your future is that you will grow into a kind man that loves the Lord with all your heart.  Everything else will fall into place.  Please know that today and every single day Mommy loves you with all her heart!  Stay sweet little man!

Love always!