Wednesday, April 6, 2016

36 Weeks - Baby #3

It's been a while... we've finally settled into the new house and it feels like home. I keep forgetting I need to provide an update now that we have moved in and placed furniture, but I never felt like I was ready to share, as I am not done with any one room. I should just share the progress, and soon I will.

One room that is complete is the new baby's room! I will do a separate post on the room. But here is a sneak peek.

Now, onto the baby update... Today I am 36 weeks along! Time has flown but at the same time, it hasn't. The Due Date has always felt so far away, and now we are 28 days away. YAY!

I didn't take very many pictures during this pregnancy, but I did at least take some once a month. Now that I am towards the end, I have taken them weekly just because the changes are big!

 We always said we wanted more kids, but would definitely space them out further than 13 months next time. Then we said once the house was finished we would start trying. Well, we got pregnant before the house was finished! I was moving furniture while at the height of exhaustion and morning sickness and it was not fun! I had no energy. Thank goodness the second trimester gave me a boost to finish unpacking.

10 weeks
We didn't tell family right away, but I found out on Little JCrew's 4th birthday. I quickly ordered fortune cookies with a custom message as a way to tell Mr. JCrew. The boys found out early and we told them to keep it a secret. They did a great job!!

We told the majority of family at Thanksgiving and we originally planned to not find out the gender. This whole time we were thinking it would be a girl. I thought I had done all the old wives' tales to ensure a girl and I was confident because the pregnancy just felt different. I wanted the surprise at the delivery of finding out the gender, but the week of our anatomy scan, we changed our minds (like, the day before). We were shocked when the technician declared we were having our third boy!

I couldn't tell whether he has Little JCrew's long legs or feet, but Baby #3 definitely has the same head-shape as our other boys. He was very active during the ultrasound and has continued to be a constant mover. He favors the right side of my abdomen and loves to put his feet in my rib-cage.

The third trimester has brought on the heartburn just like all the other pregnancies. I think it is the worst part about being pregnant. And this time I have not had the sciatic nerve pain like I did before. Thank goodness! I feel like I can do anything physically.

18 weeks
This pregnancy has been fun, in the fact that the boys are involved. They talk about their baby brother and all that they want to do with him when he is born. (read books, feed him, sing to him, hold him, etc) And Little JCrew is very interested to know Baby #3's birthday. I tell him that I don't know, but the baby will decide.

Now for the waiting game... I am excited to meet this little man.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Cross Yard Decor

This year, we were minimal on our yard decorations.

Our neighborhood had its first Luminary Stroll and over 80 homes had luminaries in their yard. Instead of using paper bags, we bought from a company that had plastic luminaries that look like paper bags. You can choose different light sources, but we got the string of lights so it was easy to space them evenly.

It turned out beautiful and magical. Those that normally don't decorate had them out. Made you want to go on walks every night to see them.

We used the net lights we had from the old house and flung them up on a couple bushes. We spaced them out and it looked good. But Mr. JCrew said there was something missing. He wanted to build a cross. A LARGE cross.

I was happy to oblige. We got lumber, garland and lights and started piecing it together.

I used my Kreg Jig, but I always forget that you need special screws, so we had to run to the store.

Once the cross was together, we stapled the lights on and then the garland.

We painted the stand black so that it wouldn't stand out. And we used sand bags to anchor it down. We have pretty heavy winds here.

It was fun to see it lit up at night, too.

It was a really fun project. Helps us continually focus on why we are here.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas 2015

Another great Christmas was had at our house.

We had pictures taken at our house because of the rain, and I designed our Christmas cards again. I had them printed at Staples this year because I bought the Groupon. They were nice, but didn't fit in the envelope. I had to cut every one of them. I will go back to using Costco next year.

I was not planning on decorating the house because we had just moved in. I thought twice before I had Mr. JCrew move the decorations into the attic, but I was sure. I knew my mom had planned to have her Sunday School Christmas party at our house, but I still wasn't going to decorate. Until her friends insisted that it was expected.

When I looked at the cost of trees, I choked! They are so expensive. We ended up borrowing a tree from our friend for the weekend. The boys helped me decorate it and loved it. But I didn't realize the effect it would have on them when we took it down. Little JCrew's teacher let us know he was acting strange. The only thing we could pin it on was the fact we took down the tree. Christmas was OVER.

After church on a Wednesday, I surprised the boys and asked if they wanted to pick out a Christmas tree. It was my goal to buy one the day after Christmas on sale, but Hobby Lobby was already having them 50% while supplies last. We got a tree, and got an angel topper.

The boys had fun decorating AGAIN! Little JCrew clumped three ornaments together and said it was the three Wise Men.

On Christmas Eve, we baked our cake for Jesus' birthday. The boys really enjoy the tradition.

I frosted the cake and wrote on it, but Mimi thought it would be smart to cover it and the lid ruined the frosting. I never got a finished picture. We are still eating it and it tastes good.

We aim to keep it simple on Christmas. Three gifts and a Santa present. We have a lot of fun gifting to our friends and family. Those years when you get really excited you found something they will like, are the best!

We sprinkled magic reindeer food on the lawn and left carrots on a plate. We left a slice of the birthday cake with milk for Santa. He enjoyed!

Santa brought the boys power wheels!

They really liked them. It rained all day on Christmas, so we backed out the cars and let them ride the four-wheelers in the garage.

The boys still loved everything Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We definitely had a theme with the gifts.

And Avengers are a big hit. Mr. Brigglesworth LOVES Captain America. Little JCrew picked out the Mr. Potato Head.

Mr. Brigglesworth also loves Jeeps! He will pick one out so easily on the road. All he cared about yesterday was his new jeep!

Little JCrew is very into the booklets that come with the toy. As I was getting a toy out, he kept asking me for the instructions. That's all he wanted. Forget the toy!

The rain did not let up yesterday. It had me nervous. I thought our yard was flooding. We have a creek that runs behind the house and it's normally dry except for when it rains. But there was so much rain yesterday, that it went the highest I've seen it in the last eight years we have been here. Roads around us were flooded and unusable. We did not have it bad at all compared to others.

This year, the new Star Wars movie came out. I have not ever seen a Star Wars. Never interested me. But Mr. JCrew took Little JCrew with his family to see it. Little JCrew thought BB-8 (the tiny robot) was "such a cute little robot!" He was rooting for him the whole movie.

So, of course, the Christmas theme over at the grandparents' house was Star Wars!

They got shirts, light sabers, figurines... you name it, they got it. We got gift cards to Build-a-Bear Workshop and we had never done that before. They had a promotion for Star Wars bears and Little JCrew was all about it.

Mr. Brigglesworth chose the Captain America bear... surprise?

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. We will see you next year!
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