Promoted to Big Sis!

I can official announce that we will be adding another Matthews to the family in May 2016!

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We are all so excited to be a family of four. Kinsie loves the idea of being a big sister, and is already practicing any chance she gets. I know that realistically, it will take Kinsie some adjusting once the baby gets here, but overall I know she will be a wonderful, protective, big sis!

The day I found out I was pregnant is actually a fun little story…

Without getting into the details, I knew that I should be able to take a pregnancy test during Labor Day weekend. I decided to try it out before work on Friday. I knew it could still be too early, but I couldn’t wait any longer. At first, I saw just one line. Bummer. I wasn’t devastated by any means, but I was still a little disappointed. I continued to get myself ready for work, and then looked at the test again about 10 minutes later, just to be sure I didn’t see anything. Well…I did see something now, at least I thought I did. The faintest pink line had me blinking again and again and moving to different areas of light to make sure I was actually seeing a faint line and it wasn’t just my imagination. It was so faint that I still wasn’t too sure, so I didn’t want to get too excited just yet. Ryan was in Muncie during this time, so on my way to work, I called him and said, “Well, I think I may be pregnant??” All day at work I could hardly focus. I planned on taking another test the next morning but how was I supposed to wait that long? When I got home from work, Ryan was home from Muncie because we were getting ready to go to Nashville for the weekend, and he convinced me to go ahead and take another test that night. I did, and again, another faint line, but darker than it was that morning. Now I was starting to feel a little more comfortable with the idea that it actually was positive and I actually was pregnant. We drove to Nashville that night, and luckily only saw my family for a few minutes before going to bed because I knew I wouldn’t be able to keep it a secret very long. My family can read me like a book and I worried that they would guess just by looking at me! The next morning, we went and bought Kinsie a “Big Sister” shirt and had her wear it, which is how we told my family (and Ryan’s family a few days later). I took one more test a couple days later just to make absolutely sure since the lines were so faint before and I didn’t feel pregnant whatsoever, and the pink line was nice and bold!

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Can you see the faint pink line?

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All three of my tests…darker each time!

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I am now in my second trimester, so I’ll give a quick update on how this pregnancy has been so far.

Month 1:

  • I started out with no symptoms. None. This made me question if I really was pregnant for a while. I couldn’t complain, but I didn’t feel pregnant at all. After a week or so, the fatigue set in, and it hit me HARD. I remember feeling fatigued when I was pregnant with Kinsie, but this time it was 10 times worse. I am guessing it had something to do with chasing a toddler around instead of resting whenever I was home!

Month 2:

  • Fatigue was still kicking my butt. I took a nap every Saturday and Sunday when Kinsie did, as well as every day on fall break. It was so bad that I couldn’t concentrate at work, and I was practically worthless when I got home each day. Luckily, Kinsie has been pretty good about playing independently lately, so she could play while I at least sat down and rested on the couch.
  • I started craving salty things. Chips, popcorn, pumpkin seeds, and especially pickles and lemons. Very similar to my pregnancy with Kinsie.
  • I could see a baby bump at 6 weeks!! It could have started as just bloating, but this bump was definitely coming sooner than I expected.
  • I am cold…all. the. time. Uncomfortably cold to where I am constantly in long pants and sweatshirts and wrapped up in blankets even in bed. This hasn’t gone away yet. I’m sure I will miss it when I’m a whale and sweating all the time!

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Kinsie looking for her baby!

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Month 3:

  • I am starting to show so much at this point that it is hard to hide. I had to be very selective on what I wore in public. Especially at work where everyone knew me. I wasn’t ready for a 5th grader to ask me why my stomach was getting bigger!
  • I had my first ultrasound over fall break (mid October – 9 weeks). Our little peanut was squirming the entire time! I have a feeling that this one will be just as crazy, if not crazier than Kinsie!

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  • My birthday was November 16, which happened to be the first day of my second trimester. As soon as week 14 hit, I noticed the fatigue starting to subside. I could actually get through the school day without having to smack myself! This also happened to be the day that I felt tiny baby kicks for the first time! I guess that was the baby’s birthday gift to me! I told my staff that I was pregnant the previous Friday, and my students on that Monday. It sure was fun telling my elementary coworkers and students some exciting news!

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I hung this on the bulletin board in the teacher’s lounge and had everyone guess who was pregnant. The picture of Kinsie (and my initials in the thumb tacks) were added after I revealed it was me.

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I told my class through a game of hangman.

  • I no longer have to hide my bump anymore, and thank goodness because I was having to get creative. I am almost 15 weeks, and I look like I did last time at almost 20 weeks. Yikes!

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A lot of people have asked me if I have a hunch on if it is a boy or a girl, and the answer is no. I really don’t have a feeling either way with this one. I thought Kinsie was a boy, so obviously my hunch last time was off. This pregnancy has been very similar so far, but my sister said her two pregnancies were the same too and she had one of each! We will find out if Kinsie will have a brother or a sister after Christmas.

Stay tuned on more pregnancy updates until May!

Puppies and Pumpkins

Ever since I stopped dressing up and trick-or-treating, I have never been that super crazy about Halloween….until I had a child. Now I think that Halloween is even more fun with a child than when I was a child! Kinsie got really into Halloween this year, as soon as costumes and decorations started being sold in stores. I wanted her to pick what she would be for Halloween, so we thought about the things that she was into at the time and gave her a choice. She chose a dalmatian puppy. We found lots of opportunities throughout the month for her to wear her costume. We went to Zoo Boo, then we went to a kids Halloween party at Heritage Lake, we went trick-or-treating on Halloween night, and then finally went to a costume cookout at my sister’s. Kinsie was always such a happy puppy. I may have to take her puppy costume with us everywhere we go just in case she is in a bad mood…it would perk her right up!

Like I mentioned in my last post, Kinsie was quite the little pumpkin picker. We let her decide what she wanted on her pumpkin, and, to no surprise at all, she wanted Olaf. We also let her help us pick out what we would put on our pumpkins, so we went with Shrek and a dinosaur. We let her help clean out her pumpkin and collect the seeds so I could bake them. We weren’t sure what she would think of the slimy pumpkin guts, but she didn’t mind at all! She was really excited about her Olaf pumpkin when we finished carving it. Then later that night after she went to bed, we carved Shrek and the dinosaur (while watching Hocus Pocus of course). When Kinsie woke up the next morning, she was super excited about all three of her pumpkins!

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The week before Halloween, Heritage Lake was hosting a kids Halloween party. We got Kinsie suited up and took her, and it was a lot of fun and perfect for her age. They had crafts, snacks, carnival games, a cake walk, and dinner. She did that cake walk for a good 30 minutes and every other kid around her would win, but not her. She was determined to stay until she won. Finally, with us and the people in charge of the walk rooting for her, she won! She was pumped about her cupcake prize! Another one of the highlights of the night was the tattoo station. Kinsie got to pick out which tattoo she wanted, and of course she picked the dinosaur. She was so proud of her tattoo, she would show everyone and even talk about it in her sleep!

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Halloween fell on a Saturday, so Kinsie had soccer that morning. The kids were encouraged to wear their costumes, so of course Kinsie was down for that. She has soccer class with her cousin Kerigan, and her third cousin, Emery…so the girls (and Briggs) had fun running around playing soccer in their costumes. Kinsie loves playing soccer, but she is often anti-following directions in class. Not this week…I swear, that puppy costume works wonders!

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For Halloween night, we went to my parents’ neighborhood, and Ryan’s parents and brother joined us. We just trick-or-treated around their cul-de-sac, and as soon as we got back around to my parents, it started raining…but by that time, Kinsie’s little puppy legs were getting tired anyway. She was so cute trick-or-treating, and she thought it was so much fun! She has never really had much candy in her life, but she was excited about all the candy she was getting. When we got back to my parents, she enjoyed helping pass out candy to other trick-or-treaters. I let her have a couple pieces of candy, which kept her occupied most of the evening while we watched Hocus Pocus (yes, again…there is no limit as to how many times I can watch it during the Halloween season). Kinsie had such a fun night, and, a week later, she is still carrying around her pumpkin full of candy everywhere she goes!

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The next evening, my sister had a little costume cookout for our family and some close friends. The kids had one more opportunity to wear their costumes, so they were ready to party. We had food, sat around the fire, and let the kids run around and make forts in their costumes. It was a lot of fun!

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Once Halloween was officially over, Kinsie got pretty upset, especially when our neighbor put away his big inflatable black cat and gargoyle (she loved looking at them through the window every night). But we had to remind her, that now Christmas will be coming soon, and we can celebrate that. She is already talking about Santa Claus and Christmas trees! Like I said before, holidays are so much more fun with a child!

Fall Break Adventures

Well my fall break ended 2 weeks ago, so this may be a little late, but better late than never! It always seems that Fall Break is one of the most needed breaks of the year for me. Starting off a school year is long and exhausting (procedures, beginning of the year testing, more procedures, more testing…you get the idea), then throw in working full days PLUS parent-teacher conferences before and after school during the last couple of weeks, I was beyond mentally and physically exhausted and ready for a 2 week break with my family. During Ryan’s third year of med school, they get one “break” rotation…where they aren’t actually doing a clinical, but are usually still expected to do something. The nice thing was that Ryan got to choose when he got to have this break, and what he got to do with it. So we purposefully planned it so that he would have this rotation while I was on fall break. He chose to do some emergency medicine research, which mainly required him to enter data into his computer…which he could do from home. So for the first time in a LONG time, Ryan and I both had somewhat of a break at the same time. As much as I would have loved to go to Florida with my family, we just didn’t know what Ryan’s schedule would be early enough, but it still turned out to be such a nice, relaxing 2 weeks. Kinsie was perfectly content staying at home playing with her toys and playing outside (it was a BEAUTIFUL two weeks). We also took little day trips to places like the Children’s Museum, pumpkin patches, and even downtown Danville! I’ll share some pics from each of our little adventures!

We were finally able to take Kinsie to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum for the first time. She loved it! Her favorite exhibit was the dinosaur exhibit. Ever since then, she’s kind of been obsessed with dinosaurs. She has wanted dinosaur toys, dinosaur fake tattoos, and even made Ryan dress as a dinosaur for Halloween! Ryan’s inner child is pretty happy about this dinosaur phase that Kinsie is going through!

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Like I said, we had some beautiful 60-70 degree weather during my break. You already know how much Kinsie likes to be outside, and now she is starting to embrace the beauty of fall. She loves the colorful falling leaves, and has even starting collecting them, thanks to some inspiration from her cousins. Ryan gets really into any hobby that Kinsie currently has, so he bought her a leaf-collecting kit. Between collecting leaves, sticks, and finding colonies of bugs, she was one happy girl to be outside!

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Downtown Danville is always festive no matter the season, and I drive past it every day on my way to work, so I had seen that they had a scarecrow display around the square. Kinsie really likes scarecrows (and anything else dealing with fall), so I thought she’d like to walk around and see it. Plus, this is the closest place to us that has crosswalk signs, with which Kinsie is still obsessed, so we knew she would be happy either way! She LOVED the scarecrows! Different local businesses made different scarecrows to display around the square, and some of them were really creative! Kinsie’s faves were the Doc McStuffins and Olaf scarecrow. After we walked around, we ate lunch at Mayberry Cafe (their salad bar is one of my favorite things in life). It was a nice little family day trip!

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We went to two different apple orchards/pumpkin patches over break. We first went to Anderson Orchard just the three of us. We picked out pumpkins, ate biscuits and apple butter, drank apple cider slushies, and played on haystacks. Kinsie probably could have stayed there all night. We love Anderson Orchard because it’s cheap and not as crowded, but still offers lots of fall fun. Once my family came back from Florida, we all went to Beasley’s Orchard. We took a hay ride, bought apple snacks, and let the kids run around the pumpkin patch. Kinsie became a pumpkin-picking pro, and even later helped carve her pumpkin (post to come soon).

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I was very grateful to have 2 weeks off with not only Kinsie, but with my husband too. It was SO refreshing, especially after a month’s rotation of him being in Muncie again. We got to have so much quality family time during those 2 weeks, which is all I ever ask for. We didn’t go anywhere super special or do anything extravagant, but we were together, which made it perfect!