Friday, October 31, 2014

38 Weeks

How Far Along:  38 weeks
Size of baby:  According to Baby Center: Close to 7 lbs  and 19 1/2 inches long.  I'm guessing he's bigger.
Weight gain: 39 lbs
Maternity Clothes:  Yes.  
Gender: It's a BOY!
Movement:  Yup.  My ribs seem to be a favorite kicking post lately.
Sleep: At this point, "sleep" to me is only waking up 4 times a night to go to the bathroom.  So based on my revised "sleep" scale, it hasn't been too bad.  
Symptoms: I did not experience many BH contractions with the other two kids.  This one?  BH for weeks.  And they continue to get worse and more frequent by the day, which I guess is a good thing.  It's hard to understand unless you've been pregnant, but it's the wrong kind of pain in the wrong places.  But it still sucks and I'm O.V.E.R. it.  
What I miss: Hmmm...what's a new one?  Oh yeah...walking like a normal person.  I can't do it.  I walk like a duck.
Cravings:  Ice and fruit.  
Best Moment this week:  Well.  Today I had my 38 week appointment and was informed that I've made no progress in the last week (or two weeks, really) and this child is showing no signs of wanting out. I can deal with the 38 week part, it's just the lack of progress over the past few weeks that's frustrating when the rest of my body flat out hurts. However....there were a few moments/conversations today that made once again thankful that this is a normal pregnancy.  With that being said, I just hope this child evicts himself before we have to do it for him. If you need me, I'll be making laps around the neighborhood eating lots of pineapple. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blessington Farms

Last Saturday we took the kids to Blessington Farms.  During the Fall they have all sorts of activities: a pumpkin patch, hay rides, animals, a corn maze and lots of fun slides.  It was a super cute place with lots of photo opportunities, but I decided to leave the big camera at home and just enjoy watching them play.  I couldn't resist some iPhone pictures.  We had a great time!

 Jon is a great sport.  This mommy wasn't getting on any rides or climbing up hills to slide!

These are for you, Granny and Papa K!  Look how happy they are holding chickens.  Can we get some at the Kleckley Ranch?  (just kidding)

Seriously, they loved the chickens...

Ice cream to finish the day!

36 Weeks

How Far Along:  36 weeks
Size of baby:  According to Baby Center: 6 lbs (size of romaine lettuce...seriously, baby center??)  and 18 1/2 inches long.  
Weight gain: 33 lbs...that is not a typo.  No weight gain the past 2 weeks!
Maternity Clothes:  Yes...I'm down to three shirts that cover my belly.  
Gender: It's a BOY!
Movement:  Yup!  Hiccups, kicks, punches, you name it.  Madeline thinks it's hilarious to feel the baby move.
Sleep: At my appointment on Thursday my doctor said I could take Unisom.  Amen.  Except it made me feel like such a zombie, that if my water broke during the night I think I'd go right back to sleep.  
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks are driving me bonkers, along with the back pain.  And I forgot what it's like to be able to breathe normally, which has sent me into a panic on multiple occasions.      
What I miss: This week I'm mourning the feeling of productivity.  I'm good for one activity a day (like grocery shopping, dance class, etc) before I'm hurting from the symptoms listed above.  You know what would help?  A GIANT MARGARITA.  (I kid. Not really.)   
Cravings:  Ice and fruit.  This is an aspect of pregnancy I do NOT complain about (you're welcome).  I'm thankful that all of my cravings have been relatively healthy and I'm not sending Jon out for burgers and ice cream at 11 pm. 
Best Moment this week:  I feel like we're in waiting mode, which is an awesome feeling.  Full term is Thursday, and I'll be doing the happy dance around the neighborhood as we're walking our soon to be established evening 1K.  The comment I made about starting to exercise once I hit full term?  I wasn't kidding.  Of equal excitement, the kids seem legitimately ready for the arrival of baby brother/little dude.  They talk about him often, so I'll leave you with these funnies:

Jon and I were having a discussion about something.  Madeline walks over, puts here hands in the air and says, "Guys, guys, be quiet.  Dad, Mommy is right because she has a baby in her tummy."  She got a high five for that one.

In the morning we'll ask the kids what they dreamed about the night before.
Jon to Andrew: "What did you dream about last night?"
Andrew: "Baby brother"
Jon: "What about baby brother?"
Andrew: "I give him snacks."
Jon: "Like what?"
Andrew: "A graham cracker with peanut butter and chocolate chips."

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sibling Class and Thoughts on Pregnancy: 3rd Trimester Edition

First: The cuteness.  A few weeks ago we took the kids to a sibling class at the hospital.  They learned important things, like how to change a baby's diaper, swaddle and how babies should be held.  Andrew treated the baby doll like the real thing:  He carefully held it, and ever so gently kept poking it in the mouth.  I think he was wanting a reaction or something.  Madeline kept insisting that she knew exactly how to do everything and was concerned with what she was going to name her pretend baby.  She listened to every word the instructor said. 

After the class we took a hospital tour.  To my surprise, the first stop was labor and delivery.  They took a group of kids behind the big doors where all the action happens.  We were in an empty delivery room and the instructor was explaining all of the equipment (and yes, this was a class for 3-5 year olds).  Shockingly, Madeline did not (and has yet to) ask how the baby gets out of a mommy's tummy.  I have a feeling that question is coming.  Initially walking back to that area (where both Madeline and Andrew were born), I expected to feel nervous.  My reaction was quite the opposite.  I was giddy.  Why?  It's the light at the end of my tunnel.  If I was a few weeks further along I would have begged them to let me stay. 

During the first trimester I had lots to say about how I felt at the time.  In hindsight, I should have done a "thoughts on pregnancy" for the 2nd trimester.  (Summary:  A cake-walk compared to the first, and better than the third).  As far as the third goes: I do not remember being this physically worn out compared to the first two.  I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that I'm tending to two small children that seem to need something 24/7 and I can't rest as much as I probably should.  And then at night I can't sleep.  Vicious cycle which shall not end anytime soon.  About once a week I wake up feeling rested and I feel like I can conquer the world.  Luckily I have a husband who is a huge help once he gets home.  

We moved Andrew to his new room (the former guest room) and so far so good.  The day we finished moving his stuff was rough for him, though.  He thought he was getting 2 rooms:  Andrew's room (with the crib) and Andrew's big boy room (new one).  He climbed into the crib and was saying, "Dat's my bed.  Dat's not baby brother's bed.  Baby brother not here."  He got more excited when we pointed out the fun parts of the new room:  Sheets with vehicles, the bookshelf where all of his books were, the dresser with his clothes, and plenty of space for big bear to sleep next to him.  The baby's room is done, but needs some help in the knickknacks department.  It sounds like one of those things I'll reserve for later.  For now, Jon has set up the card table in the room and is enjoying his very temporary home office.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Madeline loves to discuss her birthday party plans (which changes daily), even though her birthday is months away.
Madeline: "Andrew, I'm going to have a princess tea party birthday!"
Andrew: "No, an elephant birthday."
Madeline: "No Andrew, princess tea party!"
Andrew: (starts singing) "Glory to God in the highest, Jesus is going to love your elephant birthday party."

After I told Madeline she couldn't have something....
"Mom, you don't always get what you want either because Jesus is our Father.  You and Daddy have to listen to him too."

While we were in church Madeline was observing everyone going to communion.
Madeline: "Why are the kids drinking wine?"  I told her they had made their First Communion and were only having a small sip.
Madeline: "When do I drink wine?"
Me: "After you make your First Communion."
Madeline: "But kids aren't supposed to drink wine! Wine is for grown ups."
Me: ....

She asks SO many questions about Heaven.  Here are the latest... "Are there roads in Heaven?  How do we get up in the air past the clouds?  Is there grass in heaven?  I don't want to fall through clouds.  Do we live in our house in Heaven?  I like my house.  Can I live in the same house in Heaven?"

Andrew asked for a cup of milk.  After I gave it to him he said, "Thank you, princess mommy."

Madeline was drawing a picture on the easel.  Andrew points to it and says, "It's a spider."  Madeline responds, "No Andrew, it's Jesus hanging on a cross."

Me: (for the 540546th time): "Andrew, stop jumping on the couch."
Andrew: "I'm jumping for joy." (In school they've been learning a song called "Jump for Joy")

We were in the car and Madeline randomly tells me, "Mom, I know everything except for sharing."

Andrew opened the freezer and saw ice cream.  I told him if he finished his dinner he could have some.  He said, "That sound like a great idea, Mommy."

When I bring the kids to school I'm always having to remind them to hold my hand as we cross the parking lot.  Madeline told me, "When I'm older I'm not going to have to hold your hand, like when I'm 16."

Andrew moved to his big boy room, and has a small statue of St. Andrew on his dresser.  I walked into his room and he was jumping on his bed.  I said, "What are you doing?"  He said, "Jesus (St. Andrew) watches me jump on the bed."

We were at my mom's house on a weekday and Andrew kept asking where everyone was.
A: "Where's Poppy?"
Me: "At work."
A: "Where's Weasle?"
Me: "At work."
A: "Where's Daddy?"
Me: "At work."
A: "Where's Uncle Peter?"
Me: "At work."
Andrew (looking confused): "Why do all the peoples work?"
Me: "To make money."
Andrew: "ooohhhhh"

Monday, October 6, 2014


Last Wednesday was my 32nd birthday.  Have I mentioned how much I love the fact that my birthday is on October 1st?  Fall is my favorite season, and I feel like October 1st is the un-official start of it.

 My day started by Jon getting the kids dressed, fed and ready for school before he left for work...a treat for me!  After I brought the kids to school I drove to League City to picked up my mom to do some shopping.  We spent too much time at Home Goods where I may or may not have bought more ceramic pumpkins.  After a few more stops we went to get a pedicure, then headed back to Pearland to pick up the kids.  When we got to the house my mom played with the kids and cooked dinner while I took a nap, until this little booger barged into my room and said he wanted to "take rest with Mommy."  And this, my friends, is the first picture I took on my special day.

(Side note: As I typing this I'm cracking up, realizing how much the definition of a fun/enjoyable birthday has changed for me over the last 10 years...polar opposite to what Aimee's day looked like on Saturday when she turned 21.)

That night my parents, Peter, Niki, Maria, Ryan and Mark came over to eat.  We sang "Happy Birthday" with a Milky Way cake, the same thing I have every year on my birthday.  Maria and Ryan were super sweet and picked up bunt cakes for the kids so they could have their own.

After cake we (the kids) opened presents, which included some of my favorite buzzwords, like jewelry, and wine.  Peter and Niki wanted to make sure I was stocked up for after this baby is born.  I kissed the wine bottle.  Ain't no shame in my game.  

I posted this jewel 2 years ago, but it's worth posting again.  

34 Weeks

How Far Along:  34 weeks
Size of baby:  According to Baby Center: 4 3/4 lbs (size of a cantaloupe)  and 18 inches long.  
Weight gain: 33 lbs
Maternity Clothes:  Yes...I'm down to about 4 shirts that cover my belly.  
Gender: It's a BOY!
Movement:  Yes, way more than his siblings, especially on the right side where his feet and hands are.   Madeline gets a huge kick (literally) out of feeling him move.
Sleep: At this time I'll thrown in the "God is preparing for me to have a newborn by this lack of sleep" line.
Symptoms: Typical end of the pregnancy road symptoms: back pain, braxton hicks, can't sleep, loss of appetite, hard for me to breathe, blah blah blah, etc.  It was the same thing with the other two, so I'm just rolling with it.  
What I miss: My regular clothes, sleep, and wine.  I also miss being able to do something active for more than 10 minutes before I need to sit down and rest. 
Cravings:  I've been drinking so much water that the taste of it is no longer appealing.  Enter: chewing ice.  Don't tell the dentist.  I've also been craving fruit and baby carrots (random, I know).  
Best Moment this week:  We finally moved Andrew over to his big boy room and got the baby room situated.  Clothes and baby clothes are washed, I've sorted through baby things, bedding is up and other baby supplies have been bought.  I FINALLY can think of having this baby without getting into some sort of panic mode.  Except he doesn't have a name yet, but early decisions like that are for rookies, right? :)

Thursday, October 2, 2014


As suspected, the fall freight train is running full speed ahead.  October?  Already?  Bring it.  September just flew by.  I pulled out my big camera yesterday to take a 34 week pic and realized the last time I used the big camera was for a 30 week picture.  Oops.  I'm extra-thankful for the iPhone these days!

This kid. He said there was something scary on TV, so he watched through his fingers.

He's been into "reading" comics on Sundays.  His favorite?  Charlie Brown. 

I asked him to put the water bottles in the refrigerator and this is what I got instead.

 September/October is birthday overload for our families.  When we were in Bryan for the Lamar game we celebrated Kenneth and Jordan's birthdays with a Granny style brunch (translation: lots of good food).  

My friend Stephanie is pregnant as well...she's due 3 weeks before me.  Our friend Sara hosted a sprinkle for us and Lara made the cakes.  Have I mentioned how great these neighborhood friends are? All lovely families and lots of fun.    

 Madeline and Andrew participated in the Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 1K.  The kids run around the Astrodome and end up inside of Reliant Stadium.  Jon rand with Madeline, and she ran the entire way!  We were so proud of her, especially after her "training" incident.  My parents came to watch and my dad ran with Andrew. And by running, Andrew stopped every 3 seconds to point out everything around him.  ("It's a flag!  It's a golf cart!  Where's JJ Watt?")

 A few weeks ago was Grandparents' Day at the kids school.

My dad was attending a big meeting downtown afterwards, and asked us to remind him to remove the "#1 Grandpa" medal before he left.  

Later that week my family came over to celebrate Niki and Ryan's birthdays.  My kids are lucky to have Aunts and Uncles that let them blow out their birthday candles. 

 And try on their engagement rings. :)

A good night's sleep is rare these days.  I saw this picture on Facebook, and I'm pretty sure I look like this most days.

 If you're on Pinterest you've probably seen the 30-day squat/ab/etc challenges.  This 30 day nap challenge is one I could easily accomplish! 

Last Sunday night I went out to eat with this wonderful group of ladies.  Most of us have known each other since Madeline was 6 months old, and we used to work out together 2 times a week before the oldest ones started school and babies 2 and 3 started arriving.  Sometimes I really miss those days.  They gifted Kleckley baby #3 with plenty of diapers and wipes!

 I could write an entire post about this one and potty training but I'll spare you the details.  He tells us multiple times a day that he needs to go, but will sit on the potty and do nothing.  On Monday night he told us he had to go after bath time, so he sat on the potty and went #1.  I might have overreacted, but Andrew was very pleased with his Superman sticker and two M&Ms.  In other news, he has yet to repeat.  Oh well.  All in his time.  

On occasion Madeline likes to crawl around and meow like a cat. She found this ribbon, tucked it in her pants, and claimed it as her "cat tail."  She wore it around the house most of Tuesday and had a huge fit anytime someone touched it.

Kids:  They might be needy and leave me worn out at the end of the day, but they never cease to crack me up or make me smile!