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31 weeks

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I think it’s customary for me to get to this point and freak out about 2 months left! Two months?!

Baby 3 is about 16 inches (the height of a pineapple including the spikes green part) and weights a bit over 3 lbs. He seems to be all knees and elbows because I feel them all day long. He’s flipped to head down and then back again so he definitely has more room to grow.

I’m starting to struggle with sleeping and exhaustion. My lower back has been hurting pretty badly when I get to bed each night but I don’t think anything is wrong; it’s just typical extra weight pain.

B and I took a hospital tour of the hospital where I delivered Ben and where this little dude will be born too. There were many things I missed by having a fast labor last time (triage, birthing balls, the jacuzzi tub, etc) that we had forgotten about existing at all. We aren’t planning on this labor going as smoothly as Ben’s simply because it can’t be that awesome twice. We are really excited that we can use the same hospital because the staff were fantastic!

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22 months

B and I were stunned to do the math and realize Ben is only 2 months away from 2 years old. What?! He’s our baby!!!

In the past month, Ben has started stringing together words to make sentences in a major way. Many of the answers to our questions are more than one or two words now and when he chatters to himself, it’s a whole conversation! His little voice is adorable to hear, especially when he butchers longer words like turning “applesauce” into “asapah.” He mimics and repeats almost everything we say and his vocabulary has exploded. There are some words that are entirely his own like gibby for blanket. That one came out of nowhere! He loves making animal noises and my favorite is the sound an elephant makes when it trumpets because Ben uses his arm like a trunk!

We had been listening to kids songs in the car and suddenly Ben starred picking up on the words, singing along, and asking for favorites. He loves hearing ABCs (A Bees), ring around the rosey (ashes), LE (B-I-B-L-E), a song about brushing his teeth (teeth!), and Old McDonald (E-I-O). If he asks for us to sing when we’re playing and we sing the song he has in mind, he bounces up and down and dances.

Ben almost always uses silverware and dishes, even spoons! He is frustrated with us when we don’t provide them, even if we know the meal would be easier to eat with fingers or that he’d make less of a mess without them. He loves to scoop yogurt for breakfast and has even has mostly broth-free soup.

He’ll eat pasta (“pata”) now but only if it’s covered in sauce. He still isn’t a huge fan of milk but he will drink it when we give it to him with meals. He loves greek yogurt (nono), cheese, black beans, quesadillas (kayeeyah), chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, ice cream, daddy’s cereal, and many others. If he gets hungry enough, he’ll start making hopeful suggestions, “Kayeeyah? Chee? Fruits?” One of my favorite things that he does with food is if he sees me cleaning or chopping vegetables (which is often since we have a CSA subscription this summer), he asks to try whatever I have out. He often doesn’t like it but I love that he is interested and willing! He’s started to play pretend eating and likes to borrow my kitchen gear to play so a play kitchen might be in order for his second birthday.

Ben is testing limits and boundaries and it drives his parents crazy. “Oh, you said I can’t go downstairs? How abut I sit on the top step?” We are trying to be consistent and make consequences to his actions something we can follow through on. Ben has discovered that time out can follow us away from home and he needs to use good listening no matter where he is. He doesn’t always, of course, but it’s not a bad start for 22 months.

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Making faces

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Kitty ‘Gli is his best friend and puts up with lots of love and baby abuse

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We hired a young man from church to help finish some outdoor projects. Ben ran around the house watching him all day and talked of nothing else for a long time after

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Video games with daddy is serious business

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B sold an amp he doesn’t use anymore and Ben was really excited about all the knobs that he could turn

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Ben discovered the racecar carts at Home Depot and is no longer satisfied with a regular cart. He needs to drive the beep beep!

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My favorite part about this photo is that Mowgli just laid there and put up with being steamrolled by a small human twice his weight

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Ben had a brief bought of roseola last month and one of the few things that makes him feel better when he’s running a fever and can’t sleep is snuggling in the big bed and playing games on daddy’s phone

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Building towers is an almost daddy-exclusive activity

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Down it comes!

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Ben has started experimenting with picking out clothes and dressing himself. He *almost* got the hat on right!

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What do you do when you’re exhausted from moving and your toddler decides to wake up pre-7:00? Shows in bed, of course!

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This kid is full of personality

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Ben now requires two blankets, two sock monkeys, his pillow, a stuffed lion, a baba, and a boppy in order to fall asleep. He’s almost got the pillow thing figured out

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I had forgotten that Ben figured out zippers until I went into his room to get him up in the morning and he was naked

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We took Ben on his first big-boy trip to the “beash” last Friday and he LOVED it

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I love my boys!

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30 weeks

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Ho-ly crap! I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that I’m already at 30 weeks. Where did the time go? I need to get moving on all the things we have left to get done prior to New Baby’s arrival, like our bedroom.

Baby is around 3 lbs and getting much closer to average birth length. I am round, have difficulty getting out of bed, am dealing with lower back pain each night, and am feeling the lack of energy that comes with third trimester. I’m also feeling hands, knees, feet, back, head, bum, and whatever else this little boy decides to push at me almost constantly throughout the day.

Ben was sick with a random fever this past weekend that required a lot more snuggles than normal so I didn’t get a lot done. We started moving books and toys into the family room and dug out the hand-me-down kids table and chairs we got from my grandparents to put in the room. It’s starting to feel like we live here instead of like we’re staying in someone else’s house. I’m hoping we’ll be able to make progress on the wallpaper in our bedroom this week. I’m starting to feel the time crunch but without B, that room will never get started because I’m far too unbalanced for a ladder at this point.

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29 weeks

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Baby is around 2.5 lbs and I LOVE seeing that number go up every week! He has plenty of time to grow some baby chub but knowing that he’s bigger (and me too!) is a comforting thought.

New Baby is still breech and enjoys poking me really hard on the inside of my right hip. It is a far stranger feeling than the rolls and flails across the middle of my belly. We are still praying that he flips and stays head down soon. I have enough to think about for the next 10+ weeks!

As a 29 week gift, we hired one of our college students to do the bulk of the cleaning at the old house so I won’t have to push myself too hard to get it ready for our renters. They signed their lease last night and aren’t planning on moving in big things until Saturday so we have some time to finish the final painting and repair projects we had started.

I think that 3rd tri exhaustion has finally caught up with me after being so busy for the last two weeks and going to bed far later than I would have wished every single night. I meant to go back to the old house during nap today to do some painting but collapsed into bed instead. We’ve got a sitter lined up for tomorrow afternoon and evening so B and I will both be able to work. I’m really looking forward to being done with that house!

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28 weeks

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A bit late, yes, but I’m still 28 weeks! This week has been full of chaos and craziness as we prepared for our big move. We are officially in our new house, thanks to the help of several great friends and family members and are excited to figure out how to live here.

Baby 3 is over 2 lbs and really, really close to 15 inches long. I had my gestational diabetes and iron tests at my appointment last Monday and passed both with flying colors! I am glad I can keep eating dessert and carbs but even more excited that I don’t have to take a higher dose iron supplement that would make me sick. My OB felt the baby and told me he is currently breech so all kicks will be really low. Most of the time, I can feel him inside my right hip. It is definitely strange! We are praying he flips over and stays that way so it’s less likely we’ll have to deal with the added recovery time and restrictions of a c-section.

Here’s a belly shot that I took at 28+1.

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27 weeks

Holy crap! Third trimester!
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Friends who I have considered being “pregnant at the same time” are starting to have their babies and it’s freaking me out to no small degree. I’m not ready! I want to meet the little guy and really, I have a long time left, but there is so much to get done!

New Baby is around 2 lbs and 14-15 inches long. Still a very low weight but viability was 3 weeks ago already. Where did the time go?! He is starting to poke me with elbows and knees instead of the more dull kicks of second trimester. His eyes can open and I love him oh so much, even when he squirms into my bladder and makes me have to pee.

I’m still feeling energetic and decent most days, which is a really good thing since we’re preparing to move next week. I can be tired later; I have things to do! I’ve started to get Braxton Hicks contractions but they’re more annoying than anything else. I’m staying hydrated and in the air conditioning when it’s super hot. It’s getting harder to put on pants, buckle shoes, pick stuff off the floor, trim my toenails, shave my legs, and do anything else that involves bending.