Friday, July 8, 2016

Summer - Week 2

A little recap of our 2nd official week of summer...

Day #8 of summer... We started off the morning under the sea "Finding Dory" with a group of neighbor friends.  

Georgia and I ran home for a quick change and then headed to the pool for her first official swim lesson (lesson #1 was rained out and we were away for lesson #2).  

Learning to use the kick board

Floating away with Coach Rebecca

Oh... and it also happened to be Nick and I's seventh wedding anniversary.  Time flies.  Georgia and I got home to a beautiful delivery from Nick!

We celebrated with a low key evening on the deck... with lobster!  Gotta remember those Boston wedding roots.

Day #9 of summer... Georgia and I ran our usual morning errands and then met a former co-worker of mine for lunch.  The afternoon weather was gorgeous, so we headed to Butler's to pick some black raspberries on our way home.

Day #10 of summer... Nick was working from home so I headed into work for a meeting with my new principal.  She is "speed dating" the entire staff this summer to get to know all of us.  I also had a few other errands to run.  Georgia is a great errand buddy, but some things get done a lot quicker without her around!  I also had an appointment with my high risk specialist.  They have a no child policy in their exam rooms, so Georgia hung out with Daddy again while I checked that off the to-do list (and learned that baby boy is measuring HUGE!).  

When I got home, Georgia and I worked on a new project... black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream (dairy and nut free!).  We based the recipe off of this one HERE.  Not too bad!

We also worked on another "big sister" coin...

Day #11 of summer... Georgia and I had a massive list prepped and ready to go for our big trip to Target.  The main priority - Georgia's kindergarten supply list.  I wanted to make sure we checked this off the list before the end of summer (and before Baby Thoman arrives and interrupts our regularly scheduled program).  She was really excited to pick out all of her supplies.  No luck on a backpack yet - that appears to be a very significant purchase in her world and she's taking her time deciding on which backpack she is going to rock in kindergarten!

While in Target, she picked out a few workbooks to continue practicing her letters and numbers this summer at home...

We packed a snacky dinner to bring to the pool as we met up with some neighbor friends for evening swim.  Georgia also had her make-up swim lesson scheduled since we were away the previous weekend.  Unfortunately, 15-20 minutes into the lesson, thunder rumbled from afar and the pool closed for the next 30 minutes (aka - the swim lesson abruptly ended).  Ironically, it was a gorgeous night.  The thunder rumbled from one lonely cloud, but rules are rules, so we drove home to a beautiful sunset!

Story of our lives this summer!

Day #12 of summer... I started the day off at Red Door for a prenatal massage (thanks to my teammates for the gift card!) and then met Georgia/Nick at the pool for another swim lesson.  It's amazing to see her progress and confidence grow after just a few lessons.

For weeks, Georgia has been begging Nick to go camping.  Since it was going to be unseasonably cool (aka - NOT 100 degrees), Nick offered Saturday evening in the backyard to her.  She was sooooo excited... before she started asking a thousand questions about bears, foxes, and anything else that could possibly eat her.

Setting up the tent in the backyard

My campers

Of course, before you actually camp, you need a s'more or two!  S'mores are always more fun when Daddy loans you a head lamp.  She quickly became obsessed with "finding" everything that fell into her light beam.

I tucked my two campers into their tent and headed inside.  I figured KC would be all over me all night long, but I think she just sat at the back door and sadly missed her people!  

I wasn't sure if Georgia was going to make it through the night outside, especially when Nick was texting me all of her "fears" early on in the night.  However, she finally fell asleep and I was shocked that I woke up on Sunday morning all by myself in the master bedroom.

Days #13 and 14 of summer... I did find my campers already lounging in the family room by the time I made it downstairs on Sunday.  Apparently the birds are loud in the morning!  Nick seemed to have forgotten that tents are not the most comfortable place to sleep... or his back is just not 20 years old anymore.  Therefore, Sunday was a lazy day just lounging around the house and catching up on missing sleep.  

Unfortunately, the 4th of July was a total wash-out in the DC region.  It was odd to be home and not up at the lake anyway, but the weather was just a real downer.  We didn't travel this year since my doctors would prefer that I was close by in case I went into labor.  Ironically, the weather up in NY looked amazing, so we totally missed out on a great 4th up north.  Instead, we conquered lots on the to-do list in the house... I went through a gazillion baby bottles and pumping parts while Nick shampooed carpets.  We held out hope that the weather would clear in time for the fireworks, but most towns around us cancelled and rescheduled for this week.  We got a great chuckle watching the DC fireworks on PBS... until they started using stock footage since the cloud deck was so low this year!

Oh well... we'll have to catch some fireworks later this summer!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

3rd Trimester Update...

In case you've missed my other pregnancy updates...

When I last left off, I had just found out the great news that I had passed the 1 hour gestational diabetes test at 27 weeks by 1 point.  I entered the 3rd trimester overjoyed that everything was going according to my BORING plan!

3rd trimester?!?!  Holy moly.  I'm still in shock that I've made it this far after all the drama that Georgia brought us back in the day.  I feel like this guy is just jinxing us for drama AFTER he is born! 

A great message to wake up to on May 26th!

It was right around this week that Georgia figured out how to spell BABY and started writing it on every piece of paper that she brought home from school...

She is super excited to be a big sister and is constantly talking to/hugging/kissing/loving on the bump...

The 1st picture with my new "mom bob" haircut!

On June 6th, things started getting real during my regular OB/GYN appointment as we started discussing exactly how this little guy was going to exit my body!  I was also given a new goal date... 32 weeks.  At that point, I would officially be safe to deliver at our local hospital vs having to drive 40 minutes away to the larger hospital with the more intensive NICU (aka - where Georgia was born).  We also discussed whether I would be a good candidate for a VBAC and what would need to happen in the final weeks of my pregnancy to avoid another c-section.  Basically, we were put on the TBD plan as we wait to see how long baby boy is going to hang out in there (the big joke is that I'll end up being 41/42 weeks pregnant this time around!).

That week, I also received my 13th P17 shot.  Just chugging along.

On June 9th, I had my regular high risk appointment and baby officially weighed in at 3lbs, 13oz.  It was official... the kid was bigger than his sister already!  Part of me was so relieved that we finally got to that point.  I know what life was like with a 3lb baby.  At this point, every day and week pregnant was just a bonus to get this kid bigger and to get his lungs stronger.

On the morning of June 10th, my ultimate goal was realized... I was officially more pregnant that I had EVER been before.  I was 30 weeks pregnant.  How did we celebrate?  We made it Facebook official...

On my list of "baby goals,"  there were lots of events to get through during the following week.  Every time I made it through another event, I was thrilled.  On the hit list - Georgia's dance recital on June 11th and her PreK graduation on June 16th.  I couldn't imagine not being present for her graduation, so it was a huge deal to me.  Honestly, I think it was one of the reasons that I was super emotional during the ceremony - I was just so relieved to be there!  I was so scared that I would be put on bed rest before that point and I would miss out on such a huge milestone in her life.

Papa Kevin and my mom also arrived that week to help prep both Georgia's transition to her "big girl room" and to help with setting up the nursery.  I'll have a whole big future post on those events with the big reveals.

My amazing teammates at work also held a special little "sprinkle" dinner to celebrate baby during the last week of work.  As I joked, it was the first time that I had a "shower" while actually pregnant!!

Nick was a huge fan of the giraffe riding his "motorcycle" of diapers!

Thanks to my talented guidance counselor, Danielle, for this creation!

I made it to the last full day of work that Friday (unfortunately, due to snow, we had to come back for a 1/2 day on the following Monday - BOOOOO!)...

That Monday, June 21st, was another huge milestone... I made it through the school year.  WOOHOO!  I'm not sure who was more relieved - me or my team.  No more leave slips for appointments, no more negotiating with doctors' offices to try and get the first or last appointment of the day, etc.  Best of all - this was the first time that I had ever made it through the school year while pregnant, since I left very unexpectedly in mid-April when pregnant with Georgia (and not due until July).

Back to the regular doctor's that week.  Getting on the scale was a scarier and scarier experience every time.  I think I officially hit the 25-30lb gain that week... with lots of weeks to go.  Oh well, not like I haven't lost that before!  I take it as a giant compliment every time someone tells me that I don't look pregnant from behind.

That weekend, we headed out of town for Nick's cousin's wedding in Virginia.

Thoman - Party of 4 (or 3.8!)

In terms of my goal list, that was it.  I made it.  I could also now deliver at the hospital only 10 minutes from our house too.  My only remaining goal was to try and make it to 34 weeks, since that was always the main goal when I was on hospital bed rest with Georgia.  However, I was just thrilled to have already made it this far.  

Georgia and I enjoyed our first week of summer and we ran lots of errands to help prepare for baby.  I also got my tdap vaccine and encourage anyone who plans to be around the baby to get a booster shot.  Nick thought he was okay since he had the shot five years ago when Georgia was born, but his doctor gave him an additional shot since it starts to wear off after a few years.  So, if you plan to see us anytime after baby is born, please get vaccinated... or you will be admiring baby from afar.  

On June 30th, I had another high risk appointment and was slightly nervous because my usual guy was on vacation meaning that I would be seeing someone else in the practice.  Of course, the last time this happened, it led to a whole bunch of extra blood work and a 24 hour urine collection thanks to my nervous blood pressure!  Thankfully, this time around, all was good.  

The most shocking news... baby boy is an absolute chunker... all 5lbs, 10oz of him.  WHAT!?!?!  His head and abdomen are still in the 95%+.  Hello, big guy.  I can't even fathom having a baby that large, especially since we brought home Georgia at 5lbs!  The new joke is that I may end up giving birth to a 3lb preemie and then a 10lb chunkeroo.

I've noticed lately that people love to comment to me about both the summer heat and my size.  Just a friendly reminder that I am ALWAYS cold, so being slightly warmer is delightful!  Although I do love a good freezing bedroom when I sleep.  However, "sleep" is not quite "sleep" these days.  It's more like an hour or two of dozing before I have to get up and pee again... and again... and again.  In terms of my size, people keep commenting that since I've never been 30+ weeks pregnant, that I must be shocked at how big I'm getting/going to get.  Unfortunately, due to Georgia's birth defect and my severe case of polyhydramnios, I've been this big before.  Actually, I was bigger.  I was measuring at 35-37 weeks pregnant at just 27 weeks with Georgia.  So, I've already been there/done that with this whole beach ball size pregnancy thing!  This time around, I'll probably just be disappointed that when my water does break, I won't immediately lose ALL the baby weight like I did with Georgia.

Life is about to get super busy with appointments.  I'm going to start seeing both my regular OB and my high risk specialist on a weekly basis, so that's 2 appointments every week to monitor the final 6 weeks or so of this pregnancy.  Just chugging along...

Monday, July 4, 2016

VA Wedding Weekend - Part 2

On Saturday morning, we woke up and joined the family for brunch down on the big grand porch of the Salamander Resort.  Again, the resort was great with Georgia's food allergies and reassured us that the blueberry pancakes would be a safe option for her, so she was soon digging into a giant stack of delicious pancakes!  We chatted and caught up with aunts/uncles/cousins/grandparents as we enjoyed our breakfast.

Georgia was very quick to remind us that the pool opened at 10am.  By 10:01, she was itching to get over there for some swimming!  Unfortunately, it was a cool and foggy morning in the Virginia hills.  We managed to distract her until 11ish, but she constantly reminded us, "It's past 10!"  Time to suck it up and head to the pool.

The kid wasted no time jumping right into the pool (and managed to convince her Daddy and Grandpa to join her)...

Luckily, the sun made a mid-morning appearance.  The little fish could have easily spent the whole day in the water.  She loved playing with all the other kids, especially Anna, whom we only get to see 1-2x/year.  

With lots of available playmates, I was able to order a mocktail and just enjoy some time in the shade!

Georgia, Grandma, and Daddy playing in the fountains

We ate a quick lunch poolside and then headed back to the room so we could all relax for a bit, shower and get ready for the big wedding!  Georgia was amazed that housekeeping had come into our room to clean-up and even managed to make her pony comfortable.

Thankfully, G crashed for about 90 minutes and probably would have slept for longer, but it was time for wedding prep!

Enjoying the luxury accommodations, including the bathroom with a tv!

I had brought a curling iron and fully intended to "do" Georgia's hair, but we were running tight on time and the humidity had really cranked up.  So, a half wet ponytail sufficed.  For the wedding, all the children were invited to the ceremony and then they had their own ballroom for a "kid reception!"  So, Georgia joined us on the grand lawn for the first part of the evening.

Ready for the wedding (with red rosy cheeks from her day at the pool)

Pre-wedding pictures with Nick's mom and her sisters

All afternoon, the clouds rolled through and managed to cool down the temperatures a bit.  Wouldn't you know that as soon as we were all seated for the wedding, the clouds parted and the sun shined down on the gorgeous bride and handsome groom.  It heated up quite quickly.  Normally this 8 month preggo does okay with the heat, but I was definitely feeling it while we sat there.  

Is my make-up melting off my face yet?!?

Waiting patiently and using her fan to stay cool

The flowers for the wedding were AMAZING.  

After the ceremony, we all headed to the culinary gardens for cocktail hour...

Can we all take a moment and be thankful for stretchy dresses, especially when you realize that you don't own any maternity dresses approximately 24 hours before you are packing to leave for the wedding?!?

We joked that Georgia looked like part of the wedding party with her blush colored dress...

Georgia and Auntie Liz

We soon got word that the kid reception had gotten started inside the resort.  As soon as Georgia heard that there was a bounce house, she couldn't ditch us fast enough!  As we headed up the stairs to go back into the resort to drop her off, we managed to bump right into the bride and groom as they headed down to cocktail hour.

We checked Georgia in with the nanny service and she was more than happy to say goodbye to Nick and I.  I had previously talked with the head of the nanny service on a phone conference the week before and I was fairly comfortable with their plan for food (I packed Georgia her own dinner just to be on the safe side), knowledge of epi-pens, etc.  Nick and I periodically peeked into the kid room throughout the evening.  The nannies got the kids changed into their pajamas and they spent the night doing fun activities, eating their dinners, and then watching Disney movies.  Georgia could have cared less every time that I checked on her.

Nick and I got a sneak preview at the ballroom as we headed back to join the adults and it looked incredible...

The reception was fabulous - great speeches, good music and fantastic food.  With my high risk specialist's blessing, I enjoyed a glass of champagne.  Ahhhhhh....

I can't say I did a ton of dancing, but the bump and I managed a few songs!  My best decision of the evening was switching into comfortable flats after the cocktail hour and ditching my high-heeled wedges!

With the bride and groom

Nick and I also managed to squeeze into the photo booth for some fun...

At the end of the evening, all the guests were invited to join the bride and groom at the front portico of the resort for a "send-off."  We grabbed Georgia (looking very chic in her Paw Patrol jammies!) and joined everyone for a sparkler send-off...

Not surprisingly, Georgia got a second wind after the sparklers, so we checked out the after party at the spa pool for a short time.  Georgia managed to collect and hoard the majority of the glow sticks at the party.  We only stayed for a short time, but long enough to grab some late night grilled cheese and fries and to witness the first person to jump into the pool fully dressed!  We headed back to our room for the night and Georgia loved her new night-light decor, courtesy of the after party and some decorating by Daddy...

We were up early the next morning for the farewell brunch and said goodbye to all the family departing for various locations across the country.  Georgia managed to inhale two giant pancakes after her late night partying!  We had promised her that we would check out the horse stables before we left, so we did a quick trip back to the equestrian center before we packed up and headed home.

So, we wrapped up our first weekend of the summer and headed back across the Potomac to Maryland.  Overall, we loved our stay at Salamander.  It was a beautiful resort and they were able to accommodate Georgia's food allergies, which is always a bonus for us (though I had packed enough food to probably feed all the wedding guests!).  The wedding was fantastic and Georgia loved hanging out with all the kids while we got a chance to mingle with family that we only manage to see now and again.  Congratulations to the newlyweds, Adrienne and Luis (#readytorumblewithaybar)!  Until the next wedding...