Friday, April 7, 2017

37 weeks down, 2 to go...

We have almost made it through this miracle of a process.  I know I will look back and wish I embraced my last pregnancy a little more than I have but it isn't exactly the easiest 40 weeks of a mom's life.  While I may complain about the aches, pains, nausea and body changes, pregnancy is one of the most incredible experiences I will ever encounter.  I know I am blessed to be able to carry my own children, and for that I am extremely grateful!

However here are some things I am looking forward to in the coming weeks...
1.  I will be able to eat chocolate and baked goods without feeling like I want to vomit (darn heartburn).
2.  My lower back will no longer be in excruciating pain when I am on my feet all day.
3.  I can finally get rid of the only two shirts remaining that fit over my large belly.
4.  I can hold Owen and Grayson again without feeling like the baby will fall out.
5.  I can lay flat on my back.
6.  I can have a glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage of my choice.
7.  I can breathe through my nose at night again.
8.  I can throw out my pregnancy pillow (which is the only way I have been able to sleep for the last 25 weeks).
9.  I can stop getting the "oh my you are due any day" looks while out and about.
10.  And last but not least I can snuggle this chubby little baby Leo.

If you noticed above, I should actually have about 3 weeks left until delivery.  However if you know my past history you know that I delivered a 9.4 lb baby prior to this pregnancy.  Grayson never measured big so the doctors were not concerned about his weight but this baby, he has been measuring about 2 weeks ahead since my 20 week anatomy scan.  My doctor did another ultrasound last week and at 36 weeks baby Leo was measuring 7.14 lbs.  According to the ultrasound he looks chubby and perfectly healthy.  Because I was dilated to 1.5 and 50% effaced at 36 weeks the doctors decided that they will continue to check me and if I continue to dilate and efface I will be a good candidate for induction at 39 weeks.  I have never been induced before so I have my concerns, but I am even more concerned about delivering a baby close or over 10 lbs.  Of course I have heard the horror stories but I also have a lot of close friends who were induced and had great experiences so I am going to trust my doctor's opinion on this one.

We took Owen and Grayson to the ultrasound so they got to see Leo's cute little chubby cheeks.  They were so excited to discuss how cute their baby brother is and how they can't wait to hold him.  Having older children during this pregnancy has made the process so much more fun!  Here is a video of the boys seeing their brother on the big screen...

video

Owen and Grayson have been very helpful this time around.  I can hardly bend over at this point to pick up toys strewn throughout the house so they have been working hard to assist me throughout the day.  And when I can't bend over to take my shoes off they are always there to lend a hand or two...

They have also been helping us get ready for the baby by setting up his bed...

 And then of course jumping in it to make sure it is sturdy enough to hold their brother...

 And of course they had to check out the softness...
Owen has been working diligently on a baby book for his brother...



While the boys are busy preparing my belly continues to expand and baby Leo is getting himself ready for his arrival into our crazy little world...
 This picture was taken right before Brian and Lauren's wedding (please excuse my messy hotel room) I look small here, but at the time I thought I was ginormous...



See what I mean, nothing fits over my belly anymore...
 The boys are always running to give me a hug and kiss and they never forget to do the same for their baby brother.  It is pretty sweet to see them turn into my protectors during this pregnancy.  They want to make sure that I am feeling okay and comfort me when I need to rest.  I am very proud of the boys they have become...


 36 weeks...


Pregnancies must seem like eternity to little ones.  Many questions have been coming up lately from Owen, examples include "how will the baby come out of your belly?", "do you spit him out of your mouth?", excuse my language but "does he come out of your bum?", "what will he be wearing when he comes out?", and  "are we really going to get a baby?" ".

Grayson on the other hand isn't very concerned with how Leo will get here but what he will do with him once he arrives "I will snuggle him and rock him" and my personal favorite, "daddy will clean the house while mommy feeds the baby".

I am so thankful to that I get to experience this miracle one more time and over the next couple of weeks we will be praying that all goes smoothly and we will be holding a healthy little boy at the end of this.  Leo James Drapp is our rainbow baby and I know he will be the perfect way to complete our family of five.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Christmas 2016

This post is about 2 months late.  I would like to blame this on my two busy boys and the giant baby I'm carrying in my womb.  I have been writing a weekly blog post for my boss for a little over a year, I think maybe this has caused me to slack a bit in my personal blog writing.  I am going to make an effort to update my blog regularly.

So if I can get my memory to work correctly we did a lot of fun things over the holidays to celebrate this magical season with Owen and Grayson.

Of course once our elf, Dewey made his debut we knew it was time to let the Christmas fun begin...
 Owen watched a lot of Home Alone to prepare for this holiday season.  I think he perfected his Kevin face...

Our first real event of the season was the Carmel Christmas tree lighting.  We went with Allie and Nolan this year, both of our husbands happened to be out of town and this being one of my most favorite events, I did not want to miss it!
 Reindeer kisses with the elf...
Next we went to the Zionsville Christmas parade, this was our first year experiencing it and I have to say it came a close second to my other favorite event.  Fake snow falling from the town square buildings, hot cocoa, train rides, trolly rides and seeing so many of our favorite characters.  I am not sure why I don't have any more pictures of this night, except this one of my sister and I...

Our first real celebration this year was Christmas with the Drapp family.  They usually come to Carmel and stay for a weekend in December.  We have a nice dinner and open presents while enjoying our time together.  This year we celebrated a little early because Brian and Lauren are getting married the first week of January so they were in full wedding planning mode...





The day after the Drapp family left we had our neighborhood Christmas party at a local pizza place.  Santa came without his beloved Mrs. Clause, she was sick.  Santa still did a great job entertaining everyone but we definitely missed seeing his adorable wife.




It snowed a bit in December, which made me especially happy so of course we spent a lot of time playing in the snow...
 Building snow caves with our neighbors...
Going to Connor Prairie with our friend Hogan to see what Christmas was like on the prairie...

And sledding of course...


The following weekend our elf Dewey packed our bags and left us some very special tickets to go on our first ever Polar Express event....


Funny enough our neighbors, the Bell family and the Grelecki family were given the same tickets from their elves so we all got to go together.

We spent the night in French Lick, Indiana at a waterpark hotel and went on the Polar Express that night.  The boys loved the elves, and the train ride.  It was all very authentic to the book and real to them!







Next we celebrated with the Prather family in Martinsville....
 One of the boys got the Pie in the Face game, I think the adults had the most fun...


The next day was Christmas eve.  We went to mass at our church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  Again due to the huge crowds we were in the gymnasium for this service.  At this point I think unless you camp out in the church Christmas eve morning you don't get a seat for the 4:30 service anywhere but the gym.  We still arrived 20 minutes early and the four of us had to share 2 seats.  Which ended up being Brad in one seat and Grayson, Owen and I sharing another.  I don't think I will have room for another boy on my lap come next Christmas.


We came home, ordered pizza and the boys opened their presents from each other.  Then we left cookies for Santa and carrots for his reindeer next to the chimney of course...
 Grayson was exhausted and wouldn't cooperate for photos...
 Or for our annual reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, so off to bed he went without reading books that night...

We woke up the next morning and Owen was super excited and could hardly wait until brother woke up to open their presents.


They opened presents, played for a long time and were so thankful for all that they have this year.



Then we left everything behind and set out for our last and final Christmas celebration in Lexington.


When we lived in Lexington we would celebrate with the Majors family every Christmas night.  We really missed doing that since moving to Indiana so this year we decided to go.  We left around lunch time and made it just in time for dinner and playtime with the cousins.



We stayed at a hotel in Lexington and let the boys swim with their cousins...
We even got to visit Kiki for a bit while we were in town...

This was our last Christmas as a family of four and I think we made the most of it.  I can't wait to have our complete family next holiday season.  Now still trying to come up with a name, all suggestions are welcome.  I want something that feels perfect because I just know this rainbow baby will be absolute perfection!