Wednesday, June 23, 2010

28 Weeks!

I am now officially in the third trimester!!! Yahoo!!


Taken from BabyCenter.com:

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.
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This is a really cool little interactive graphic that I have enjoyed looking at - as has Kennedy!!
http://www.msichicago.org/whats-here/exhibits/you/the-exhibit/your-beginning/make-room-for-baby/interactiv
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This is from JustMommies.com and shows more info during 28 weeks!!!

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Baby's crown to rump length is 26 cm or 10.2 inches. Baby weighs about 1100-1250 grams or 2.4-2.75 pounds Baby is 2/3 it's final size. Baby is picking up body fat and filling out. Baby is able to partially control it's own body temperature now. Mom may be experiencing increased urination again. Talk to your heath care provider about guidelines to call when having contractions. Mom may be trying to decide whether or not to circumcise if baby is a boy.

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Taken from parents.com:

You're in your last trimester -- congratulations! While it might seem like your belly is ready to burst, your baby-to-be still has plenty of growing ahead of her. In fact, the big story this trimester will be your baby's weight. At about the 30th week, she'll start gaining 1/2 a pound each week. Just think: In the first trimester she was gaining a fraction of an ounce each week; now she's gaining 1 pound every two weeks!

All that baby weight is for more than filling out her chubby cheeks. Now that all of her major body systems are in place and functioning, she needs padding to protect and insulate her organs. Her built-up fat tissue will also help her regulate her body temperature after birth and provide the energy she needs.

Because your baby is adding fat and growing bigger, you might find her movements become less frequent -- it's getting harder for her to maneuver! She was once able to freely kick her legs and move her arms above her head. Now her home is becoming more cramped. You will probably feel more persistent pushes rather than in utero dance recitals. That's normal. Her lack of space is one cue it's getting closer to delivery day. Your health care provider might evaluate your baby's position during prenatal visits to see if she's begun pointing her head down in preparation for birth. To get a closer look at your baby's position, your provider might even request an ultrasound. If you do receive an ultrasound in the third trimester, notice that your baby's entire length no longer fits in the view screen.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day everyone!!!!


A super special HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to my wonderful Dad!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Ephesians 6

1-3 Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. "Honor your father and mother" is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, "so you will live well and have a long life." 4Fathers, don't exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master.



Psalm 127 (The Message)

3-5 Don't you see that children are God's best gift?
the fruit of the womb his generous legacy?
Like a warrior's fistful of arrows
are the children of a vigorous youth.
Oh, how blessed are you parents,
with your quivers full of children!
Your enemies don't stand a chance against you;
you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.



Proverbs 13:24 (The Message)

24 A refusal to correct is a refusal to love;
love your children by disciplining them.



Proverbs 23


13 Don't fail to correct

your children.

You won't kill them

by being firm,

14and it may even

save their lives.



Deuteronomy 6 (The Message)

6-9 Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.

Our Handmade Bird Snacks!!!

We have been thoroughly enjoying all the birds in our backyard this summer! Thanks to Papa Keith, Kennedy is in LOVE with learning the types of birds and their calls! He got her THIS amazing book that we just love!!!! They have them for different regions of the US. It shows you photos of various birds, tells you about them, and then it will play their song(s). It is sooo cool!!!!

Anywhooooo, we checked out lots of bird books from the library. A few of them showed different ways to make snacks for your backyard birds. So I tweaked them a bit and this is what we came up with.

We got 2 sturdy paper cups. Then poked holes in the bottom and strung ribbon through them for hanging.


Here is Kennedy with our ingredients! Our birdfood and some Crisco and a bowl!!!

We melted the Crisco and added birdfood until it wasn't runny anymore.

Then we poured the mix into the cups and let it harden. In retrospect I would have used sturdier cups - the Crisco soaked through the bottom a bit but it still held.
Here is one hanging by our two birdfeeders!!!!
And this one is hanging right outside Kennedy's new playhouse window!!! We haven't actually seen any birds snacking on them yet! :( Maybe we will try again and add peanut butter next time!!!! Or maybe we are too impatient and need to wait another few days!!!

And last but not least I will leave you with a photo of Kennedy "playing" with her snail friends!!! She loves to let them crawl up her arms! Unfortunately, they often fall off and get cracks in their shells! Eek! But they still manage to crawl away!!

Enjoy your Father's Day weekend!!!!!
Blessings!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Recent Sewing Project!!!

Before you read this entire post, keep in mind that I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to sewing! I have sooooo much more to learn! But I am loving this new hobby of mine! Do you think Jeff would build me a sewing room to go along with my scrapbook room?!?! I know better than to ask!!

It seems that lately I have been surrounded by pregnant family members and friends!!! So I have been trying my hand at sewing baby gifts!!! They are way too fun and addicting! This weekend was a baby shower for my dear friend Cris. She is pregnant with her third child. Her first two are boys and this one is a girl!!!!! As you can imagine, this shower was filled with pink! Baby Larkin in going to be one spoiled little girl (as it should be!!)

This is what I created for Little Miss Larkin!!

Now, it was my FIRST time making a bib and a burp cloth - just keep that in mind and don't inspect too closely! I have made 2 more bibs since and they turned out MUCH better!!!!

My new favorite this to make is sensory blankets! I have made them in all different sizes with a variety of fabric types. My obsession for ribbon has come in handy with these!!!!


This is a small burp cloth!

And this one could be a lap blanket or a larger burp rag or a changing blanket! Whatever it is they need at the moment!!!
I cannot tell you how much fun I am having while I learn how to sew! Stay tuned for more sewing goodness in the next few weeks!!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Elijah turns 5!!!!

Cousin Elijah turned 5 last weekend!!!!! It is always a super fun birthday!!!!

You can see they had lots of water fun! Even Tog O' War!!!!


One of the highlights was that our friends Angie and Jimmy brought their new baby girl, Zoe!!! Do you think Logan loves her?!?
All 3 kiddos took turns holding Zoe! It makes me soooo excited for them to hold our little girl in 3 short months!

Here is birthday boy with Dad and Mom!

And a shot of all the kids (minus Logan).

Eliajh seriously had the coolest SpongeBob Cake! Way to go Dad!


And here is the REAL evidence that the party was a success!!!!!!
Thanks for having a great party cousin Elijah! WE LOVE YOU!

Summer is Here!!!!

Yippee!!!!! We love summer! And last week we spent almost every day at the pool!! Kennedy has always been a fish in water - but this year she is brave enough to go under water and stay there! She wants to be in the big pool and swim, swim, swim! But she can't really touch past the stairs! So I have to stay nearby. But that is fine - the water hides my big preggo belly!!!
I bought lots of different floating toys. She is loving just floating in her tube. I will have to show you the animal ones later!!!
This is just a cute photo of her I wanted to share!

And the flowers on our front steps....love them!!!!

Hope you are all enjoying your summer!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Kennedy's Playhouse in Progress

Yippee!!!! Kennedy is getting a playhouse! Jeff scored this huge crate at work! We have been storing it for quite a while and finally are able to use it!!!! It doesn't look like much yet, but just wait and see! When Jeff & I put our heads together we can do pretty darn well!!!

Below, Kennedy had a blast helping Daddy paint the outside! He said she got more paint on herself and the tarp than the house!!!

The playhouse painted and dried!!!!


All the trim, door and fence. We painted for a long time.....but it is going to be so cute!!!!!

Those are all the photos I have for now! The playhouse is now up in the yard and she has been playing in it! We got a rug and I bought fabric to make curtains! Hopefully I can share photos of the finished project soon!!!
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