Saturday, August 25, 2012

2 1/2 years old!

Age: 2 1/2 years old!

Weight: 35 lbs (93%)

Length: 37 1/4" tall (79%)

Size: Size 6 diapers, until a few days ago. Now size 3T/4T pullups or underwear (more on that in a bit!) 3T shirts and shorts. I'll be curious to see what happens when it's time to wear pants again and how the length on them does.

Hair: I love how it looks now. It's getting longer than we normally let it get, but actually seems to be laying down ok. It's wavy and gets curls in it, especially if it's humid.

Teeth: He has all of his baby teeth. :)

Sleeping: Great, like always (which probably just jinxed us.) Goes to bed at 8pm, we wake him up at 7am. Naps an average of 1 1/2 hours. We've had a few days lately where he's refused to nap, but luckily those seemed to be a fluke.

Eating: I've just resigned myself to the fact that he's a toddler. He'll surprise me and try something new some days, but mostly he likes chicken nuggets, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, cheese, peanut butter/crackers, raisins, granola bars, and milk. (Especially when he can sweet talk mommy into chocolate milk.)

Talking: Oh my word - he talks all of the time. We had to fill out a questionnaire for his last appt and they wanted to know if he had 3-4 word sentences. He either has several all together, or they are 8-10 word sentences. My favorite words are ones like "probably", "either", "rather." How did he learn these?? He still says several things that a stranger probably can't understand, but when you're around him all the time you know exactly what it is. If he does say something that's not coming out right and I can't understand him, he'll pause, think about it a minute, and come up with another word or another way to explain it. Then it's a lightbulb moment and you figure out what he was trying to say in the first place.

Favorite toys/activities: Cars, cars, and more cars. Race cars. Cars with engines sticking out of the hood. Cars with spoilers (which according to him, is the deciding factor in what makes it a race car.) He still loves to read books (except he wants to do it himself now) and loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Octonauts on Disney. He also loves all construction equipment. We're going to have one broken hearted little boy when they finish up the road work near our house.

Dislikes: It can vary. He may love doing something one day and then completely change his mind the next day.

Disposition: He truly is the happiest little guy. Sure, he has his 2 year old moments when you look at him wrong and he cries, but he is overall the sweetest little boy.

Other things about him:
*He is starting to really have an imagination. He was at my mom's last week and told several people throughout the day that he saw 2 dinosaurs in her creek. The T-rex was driving a boat and the Triceratops was driving a racecar. They both needed helmets on their heads.
*He is starting to potty train! Off and on he has been somewhat interested the last few months. He just moved up to the next room at school and they are really focusing on it in there (and he seems to want to follow what his friends do) so we are trying at home too. This is pretty much just our second day and it's going as I expected it would. He's had some accidents, but other times that he's peed in the potty! We bought this truck/ramp racecar toy the other night and he knew that he would get to play with it if he peed in the potty - he did today! So keep your fingers crossed for us!

*I just don't even know how to describe what an enjoyable, funny and sweet little boy he is. I'm super emotional right now anyways, but as I think about how to portray him on here, I just get all teary eyed. You'll just have to come hang out with him in person to see for yourself!

Are we having a boy or a girl?

In 10 short days we find out if this baby is a boy or a girl and I can't wait! I've set up a poll so that you all can make your guesses. :) To help make as educated one as possible (hah!) here are some important things to know. You can make your vote over on the right side of the page, just under the header picture.

1. According to Jason's dad, this one will be a boy as well - because he's a Fletcher. Roland is one of 6. Every single one of them had 2 boys. They only had a girl if there was a 3rd. This is why he was convinced that Luke was going to be a boy. The biggest thing to point out - that is Jason's dad's level, not Jason's. We're not sure what all of Jason's level ended up having, but I do think it was a mix.

2. OWT (Old Wives Tales) says that if the baby's heartbeat is over 140, it's a girl. Under 140 is a boy. We check the heartbeat every few days at home and we're consistently around 162. (A note - I'm fairly certain Luke was in the 160s most of the time as well.)

3. Cravings - OWT says that if you crave sweet, it's a girl. Sour/salty, it's a boy. I don't really crave either. I'm not a fan of chicken. I love steak/hamburgers and also pickles.

4. Chinese Birth Chart - this says I'm having a girl. We were never really sure what it told us about Luke - it looks at the month of conception, and that was questionable.

5. Even and Odd - Legend has it that the Mayans determined a baby's sex by looking at the mother's age at conception and the year of conception. If both are even or odd, it's a girl. If one's even and one's odd, it's a boy. According to this, this baby is a girl. (Luke should have been a girl as well though.)

6. Face break outs - If you're breaking out a lot, it's a girl because "the girl steals the mother's beauty." This is a hard one to answer - I am not breaking out more, so I'd say boy. Although I felt a lot cuter during Luke's pregnancy, so maybe this baby is stealing my beauty. :)

7. Morning Sickness - Apparently if you're pretty sick, then it should be a girl. Little to no morning sickness is a boy. (This was very wrong with Luke.)

So, make your guess! Jason and I both think boy, and that is what Luke is really hoping for. :)

18 weeks!

This is the format that I used for the Luke pregnancy weekly updates. While I'm obviously not doing this weekly, I thought it would be fun to follow every so often.

How far along: 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I really don't even want to answer this question. I went off my metformin at 12 weeks and since then I feel like I look at food and it jumps on me. I truly don't feel like I eat that much, and I know that I'm going to gain weight, but still. Anyways, I'm up 7.5 lbs (compared to 2.5 at this point with Luke.) Because my insulin is so nuts, I actually have an appt with the dietician at my OBs office to go over a modified gestational diabetes diet.
Maternity clothes: I've been in them for quite awhile. They weren't kidding when they say you show sooner with your second! Luckily because some friends and I combined our clothes, I have several bins to sift through. I've noticed that I'm wearing a lot more dresses this time around - they just tend to be more comfortable.
Stretch marks: Just everything from before
Sleep: Some nights I'm up several times, other times I manage to make it through the night.
Movement: I started to feel this baby move a week or so ago, and while it's not completely consistent, I can usually feel him/her several times a day. Just little flutters, but I love it!
Food cravings: No big cravings. I still love red meat and am not a big fan of chicken. I'm also started drinking Arnold Palmer's (half lemonade/half tea) and love them.
Gender: We'll find out in 10 days!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out: In, but it's sort of flattening out, instead of a deep innie.
What I miss: sleeping on my belly or on my back. I struggle to try to stay on my side.
What I am looking forward to: Our ultrasound in 10 days

I'm still waiting for the energy of the second trimester to kick in. So far, not so much. I'm exhausted when I get home and generally pretty achy. I have my first physical therapy appt this week for what I think is SI joint pain. There are times that I can hardly move or can't really get up from laying down.

Luke is adorable with all of this. He has picked out certain toys that the baby can play with, but the baby cannot play with his toys. He still will occasionally ask me to "open it up" and try to lift my shirt up. :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Indiana State Fair

We went to the state fair again this year and had a wonderful time. The Little Helpers on the Farm was there again, but our experience was a little different. Last year Luke was young enough to do what we wanted him to (er, wear what we wanted him to wear.) This year he had his own definite opinions. He was way too cool for the apron and the green hat. :)

We found the little fishing pond again, and Luke quickly figured out that it was just quicker to hold the fish in his hand and attach it to the fishing pole.

He loves tractors!

We also fed the goats again, which I think he was his favorite part. He just laughed and laughed when they licked his fingers.

Crazy to think that next year we'll be taking 2 kids to the fair!