Letters To My Babies and 26 Weeks!

Good morning and Happy Hump Day!  

I haven't done a link up in forever but this one is right up my alley.  A letter to my kiddos when they are all grown up (tear).  I've decided to take another perspective on it and do "My Promise As Your Mom" letter since I don't know much about this new little one.


To my babies (Yes you are still my babies even though you are adults and you always will be),

I imagine you both as successful, happy adults that your dad and I haven't screwed up too much.  I have a feeling that Addison will be a strong, confident, independent, bossy young lady with goals and a drive just like your mom.  And I have a feeling that this new little one will be very laid back just like his daddy and that I will probably have to kick his butt some days to get him motivated.

But no matter who you are and who you become, I will always love you both.  So here you go...these are my promises to you as your mom:

  • I will support you in whatever you do and will help you to achieve your goals
  • I will spoil you even though you are a grown adult
  • Mine and your dads house is always your house - you are welcome to visit as often as you want
  • I will try to let you learn from your own mistakes as hard as that's going to be for me
  • I will always make family dinner on Sunday and hope that you (and your friends/family) will join us
  • I will be honest with you
  • I will be there on your 21st Birthday to buy you your first drink as an adult
  • I will try not to be too overbearing and let you live your life
  • I will still give you a kiss and a hug and tell you I love you each time I see you
  • I promise to be a good listener and sounding board
  • I will give you advice when asked but understanding if you decide to go another direction
  • I will respect your privacy but will be as involved as you want me to
  • I will not pressure you to make the rounds over the holidays and will try and share as best I can
  • I promise to be the best mom I can possibly be
  • And last but not least - I will love you unconditionally and forever

I love you both to the moon and stars,


Pregnancy - 26 weeks:

Weight Gain?  +21.6 pounds - This makes another 4 pound weight gain...ugh!  

Sleep?  Much better but still getting up at least once or twice to pee.  Good thing I barely remember getting up and fall asleep pretty quickly

Best Moment this week?  Not swelling!!!  This is huge right now...last week my ankles and feet were huge and really uncomfortable.  I took it easy this weekend and they miraculously went down :)

Miss Anything?  Being comfortable - this pregnancy has been a lot more uncomfortable than my pregnancy with Addison.  With her I felt almost 100% and could pretty much do anything.  With this one it seems like everything hurts. 

Exercise?  Yes but not as much as I should.  I really can't wait for fall to start so we can take walks at night.  It is still 90 degrees outside!

Movement?  Like a little ninja

Size of the Baby?  Scallion - 1 2/3 pound and 14 inches

Belly?  Yup and I'm unmistakably pregnant now

Food Cravings?  Toffee!!!!  I made toffee twice last week (once for a Sip and See for my sister and once for a bake sale at work) and I had some left over pieces that I have been eating for the last week.  Thankfully it and almost all the other sweets have been eaten out of my house.  If it's there I eat it, if it's not then I don't!

Gender?  It's a BOY!  No names picked out yet.

Pregnancy Symptoms?  Swelling a lot in week 25 but none in week 26.  Some slight back pain and almost a cramping feeling when I overdo it.

I totally got photo bombed this morning...gotta love that little stinker :)

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24 Weeks

Pregnancy - 24 weeks:
Growing Belly

Weight Gain?  +17.6 pounds (Yup that's 4 pounds in 2 weeks - yikes!)  I am really trying to think about weight gain in a positive way but I really hate watching that scale go up after getting to my goal weight back in April.  I know that I have to gain weight to have a healthy baby and pregnancy but it is tough.  

Sleep?  A little insomnia this last weekend - Addison fell out of her bed in the middle of the night on Saturday night and when I came back to bed my hubby was snoring.  I can't sleep at all when he snores so I tossed and turned for 2 hours.  Ugh...thank goodness it was the weekend and I could nap.  Speaking of naps - I literally take one or two every weekend!

Best Moment this week?  I had a Doctor's appointment today and everything looked great - he is even measuring big.  Crossing my fingers he is a little big and comes a little early (I really, really, really don't want a Christmas Eve baby)

Miss Anything?  Soda - I know there are caffeine free ones and ones that are natural but I try and get in as much water as I can.   

Exercise?  Yes...so how do I explain the weight gain.  Not really sure :(

Movement?  Tons!

Size of the Baby?  Ear of Corn - 1 1/3 pound

Belly?  Totally in maternity clothes now and still loving dresses.  Best thing about maternity clothes is I feel like I'm wearing PJ pants to work every day.

Food Cravings?  Frozen Yogurt and I got some today...super yummy!  And looking forward to yummy pumpkin treats!!!

Gender?  It's a BOY!  No names picked out yet.

Pregnancy Symptoms?  The infamous line (Linea Nigra) from my belly button down.  And I still can't breathe...it is miserable.  I am out of breath taking in groceries, walking up stairs or lifting anything if it's hot.  Besides that just the normal aches and pains of pregnancy.
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Catching Up....August

Finally - my last catch up post!

August has been a month of ups and downs...

The first weekend Mike's sister came into town from Nacogdoches.  The girls had a blast playing together and entertained each other all weekend.

We also took Addison and my niece Kenzie to the circus.  This was the first time both of the girls had been and they had a really good time.

The Greatest Show on Earth!

Eating a snack!

Addison loved dancing to the music

But this was also a tough week for Mike's family too.  His Pepaw was put on hospice and so we all went and visited him.  And unfortunately he passed away on August 12.  He was such a great man and did so much for everyone in his family.  He will be greatly missed by everyone.  

Okay...enough sad.  Back to the ups!

Addison started playing Blastball!  I have a feeling she is going to be a little tom boy.  I gave her the choice between ballet and Blastball and she picked blastball.  She is a little slugger too!  She loves hitting and even begged her daddy to get her a tee ball set for the house.  Now they love playing T-Ball every night.

Go Team Orioles!  

Little Slugger!

Addi and Daddy playing T-Ball

We also went to a minor league baseball game with Mike's company.  They hosted all the employees in a suite.  Addison had a good time playing with all the other kiddos and watching real Baseball!

Go Rough Riders

Family Pic

That was August and I'm definitely ready for Fall!  Come on cool weather and all those yummy pumpkin treats!

Pregnancy - 22 weeks:

Well Hello Belly

Weight Gain?  +13.2 pounds

Sleep?  Sleep is good!  I'm still napping on the weekends and we got a brand new bed.  Can I tell you how amazing it is.

Best Moment this month?  Mike felt the baby!  Yay!  I also had my 20 week sonogram and everything looks healthy as can be.  That is a big relief!  

Miss Anything?  Breathing...I get shortness of breath really easily.  

Exercise?  Finally yes!  I have been going at lunch to the Recreation Center and getting on the elliptical for 30 minutes twice to three times a week.  It feels good to sweat again.

Movement?  Big Time Kicks - lots of movement especially after I eat.  Also, lots of movement at night and in the morning.

Size of the Baby?  Spaghetti Squash - 11 inches - 1 pound

Belly?  I have definitely popped.  I can still wear the belly band but not going to be long before I'm totally in maternity clothes.  Loving dresses right now!

Food Cravings?  Sweets...but trying to be good.  Counting calories during the week and trying to eat somewhat healthy on the weekends (with the occasional piece of cake).

Gender?  It's a BOY!  No names picked out yet.

Pregnancy Symptoms?  Oh man...pregnancy symptoms are in full effect.  I have preggo brain like crazy...I literally left my office the other day with my lunch bag and no purse, no keys, no phone.

Also, getting swollen and getting horrible cankles.  But it's only when I'm sitting at my desk all day - I am propping up my feet and trying to elevate them as much as possible.  

And like I said I'm totally out of breath - I can't even walk up stairs without having to take a big breath when I get up there.  This pregnancy is very different than Addison.  I am a lot more uncomfortable now that I'm actually showing.

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