March is here!!

You guys…it’s finally March! This is such a big deal for me in many ways…I always LOVE when February is over and March begins. It means that the majority of winter is over, and spring is almost here! I also love March Madness, and 2 weeks off for spring break…and this March is especially important for our family. We find out in about 2 weeks where Ryan will get matched for residency! If you were to ask me a year ago how I felt about the possibility of moving to another state, I would have had a panic attack right there on the spot. I’ve prayed every single day about this to help me adjust to this idea and be excited for whatever adventure God brings us. I have come a LONG way, and now I truly am excited to find out what our future will look like…even if it means uprooting from my home in Indiana.

Now on to how our February was…it was busy! From ear infections to random beautiful weather, to a weekend trip to Arkansas…here is the breakdown of our past month.

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Early in the month, Kinsie had a double ear infection. Poor girl missed a whole week of school, and eventually went to the doctor and was put on antibiotics. It was like having a newborn at night again…she would be up every few hours crying from ear pain. As soon as she started feeling better, Brax caught the bug too. Finally we got everyone healthy again for about two weeks, and then it came back around to Kinsie again! She is currently on a second round of antibiotics and we are praying that Brax doesn’t get it again too!

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Valentines Day

Kinsie and I made homemade valentines this year for her class. She loved sitting down with me and putting together her ladybug valentines! On Valentines Day, Kinsie made heart cookies with Aunt Renata while Brax just enjoyed being a studly “eligible bachelor!”

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Wagon Rides and Kisses

We had a few days of random beautiful weather in February…so we jumped at the opportunity to take the kids outside for some fresh air. Brax got to experience his first wagon ride. He loved the ride and Kinsie loved having a buddy.

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Visiting Abuelita

My sweet grandma has been in an assisted living for a couple months now, and I finally got the chance to go visit her with my dad. I decided to keep the kids at home with Ryan so I could just have some quality relaxing time with my dad and grandma. We took her out for ice cream and she loved it! It was a great day seeing one of my favorite people in the world!

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Arkansas

Out of all of Ryan’s interviews that he went on, Arkansas was one of his favorite places. He loved the program, and the area. Since he knew he wanted to rank it pretty high on his list, he wanted me to get a chance to see it too. We took a weekend trip just the two of us. We loved exploring the beautiful city and imagining it being our future home. Grandma Bev watched the kids for us, and they had a blast too!

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Other Random Indoor Fun

Like I’ve mentioned before, when it’s winter and you have a small house with limited playing space…you have to be creative with your kids to keep them entertained. We made a clubhouse out of a cardboard box, had laundry basket rides, played “Troll Trouble,” took trips to the store to ride the horse, and lots more. Kinsie has been obsessed lately with learning how to write her letters, as well as drawing things like dinosaurs. Tic-tac-toe is one of her new faves too. And as always, the kids love it anytime they get to have cousin playdates!

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I am SO excited that it is finally March! We have a lot happening this month that I can’t wait to find out more about and share it with you! Happy (almost) Spring!

Hello, 3rd Trimester!

How am I already in my third trimester? This pregnancy is flying by quicker than I could ever imagine. I can’t believe we are only 3ish months away from meeting our little man! It honestly still seems kind of far away though, mainly because my body feels much farther pregnant than 28 weeks, but with how quickly the time has gone by so far, I will probably blink and May will be here! I’ve been much more antsy lately about meeting him, probably because our good friends from our life group (who have a daughter Kinsie’s age) just had a little boy about 2 weeks ago. My sister and I got to take his newborn photos, and we could have snuggled with him all day! It really made me anxious to hold my own baby again. I mean, let’s face it…we are lucky to catch and pin Kinsie down long enough to snuggle with her for a few seconds these days!

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How I’m feeling:

I am still feeling pretty well, but definitely having more trouble each day moving around, and still very tired. I feel like I had about 2 weeks of this pregnancy where my energy level was pretty good, and other than that, I’ve been exhausted all the time! Oh, and remember how last month I said I didn’t have back pain yet? Well, that changed! Back pain has been quite an issue the last few weeks. It is very hard to get into a comfortable position when sitting or laying down. Because of that, I haven’t been sleeping great…but I guess that’s God’s way of preparing me for what’s to come again! It has helped to sleep with a pillow in between my knees, and as long as I don’t overdo it during the day, the pain is uncomfortable, but bearable. While I’m more of a warm weather gal anyway, I am especially anxious for spring because I really haven’t been able to breathe well since around November. My nose is stuffy constantly, and then I’m out of breath from pregnancy so I just always feel like I am gasping for air! Let’s hope some warm weather will fix this issue soon! Like I said last month, I really can’t complain too much because both of my pregnancies so far have been great, and I am still so blessed that I am getting to experience the miracle of pregnancy.

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Kinsie loving on her baby brother

Baby Movement:

This baby boy is still constantly on the move, and his movements get stronger every day. While I have always loved feeling him move, I am more grateful for it now than ever. This is because of a little scare I had last week. I hadn’t felt him move for about 7 hours one day, which is extremely unusual for him. I was terrified so my teaching partner covered my class, and I left work early to go to the doctor and get checked out. Luckily my mom was available to come with me since Ryan was at work. They hooked me up to monitors and we soon heard his strong heart beat and cried happy tears! The night before, I had very strong Braxton Hicks contractions, so the nurse practitioner guessed that he made some big position shifts that night and was in a position where I couldn’t really feel his movements. I really didn’t feel him much that entire day, but the next day he was back to his old self, kicking like crazy! It was very scary, but everything was fine and I am especially grateful now for every little kick in the ribs I get!

Size:

When I went to the doctor last week, the nurse said I was measuring about 2 weeks early. However, when I went for my 28 week checkup today, I was measuring right on schedule. I’m guessing he was just stretching out last week? According to my pregnancy apps, right now he should be about 2.5 pounds and the size of an eggplant. However, I am still feeling significantly larger with this pregnancy. As I compare pictures, I think right now I look about what I did at 32 weeks with Kinsie. Even within the last few days, I have had several comments about how much bigger my belly looks…another growth spurt I guess! Something tells me this boy is not going to be quite as petite as Kinsie was at birth!

What else we’ve been up to this month:

We have had some crazy weather patterns the last few weeks. We’ve had some really warm days (like last weekend), and then we’ve had quite a bit of snow (like the weekend before). We took Kinsie sledding for the first time, and she was a fan as long as she went down “baby hills.” Ryan tried taking her down a bigger hill, but she said it was too fast, and the wind blew snow on her face so she wasn’t too fond of that! Still, she has been loving the snow this year. She loves to just walk around and explore, and eat the snow! Last weekend was 70 degrees and beautiful! We spent most of the afternoon outside and Kinsie ran around screaming with glee the whole time. Ryan, baby boy and I enjoyed ourselves outside as well!

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Weekend of February 13 – playing in the snow

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Last weekend (February 20)…beautiful outside! Crazy Indiana weather!

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Baby boy enjoying the sunshine too 🙂

We are still working on potty training. She has some really good weeks, then some weeks where it is a major struggle. Ultimately, we are making progress. Being able to let her run around with just panties on definitely helps the process!

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Ryan is in his Internal Medicine rotation, which doesn’t have too bad of hours, but he still works 6 days a week and every few nights he has a late shift. When he’s home, he tries to multi-task by spending time with us while studying. This usually works out ok for him, but lately Kinsie has turned him into her own personal jungle gym. She climbs and hangs all over him which probably doesn’t make it easy for him to study! He is always a good sport about it though!

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We recently got to go to a birthday party for our good friend’s son who turned one last weekend. He had a Mickey Mouse party, so Kinsie was pumped. She got her face painted with a matching balloon animal, and even had a visit from Mickey. This Mickey wasn’t quite the “Disney World” Mickey that she met recently, so Kinsie was a little skeptical and wouldn’t go near him unless we were right by her, but she still had a blast! Any chance to get out of the house and be somewhere new is always good during the winter. She hasn’t wanted to nap the last few weeks, which has been hard on me because I have been relying on her nap time to take a nap myself during the weekends. I don’t know if she just not getting enough energy out since she’s inside all the time, or if she is ready to give up naps completely. I am REALLY not ready for her to be done with naps, so I’m praying that that’s not the case just yet!

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Well, that’s about it for now. More updates next month as our girl turns 2 and a half!

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