This month has been filled with sickness...and a little Christmas. We'll start with the good first. We get together every year for a little Christmas gift exchange for Gracyn and Caroline. This year we were supposed to have a fun family get together, but due to sickness we had to reschedule. Due to scheduling conflicts, we had to do it on a Friday night that Clint and Eric weren't available. Katie and I met at Chili's with the girls. We had appetizers, dinner, and dessert! It was nice for the girls to see each other, it just wasn't an ideal place because they weren't able to play. They still had fun though opening their presents after dinner in the lobby! They got the sweetest robes from me and the coolest slippers from Katie. Gracyn wants to wear hers all the time. She doesn't understand that they aren't actual shoes!
Sweet girls in their robes and slippers!
Now for the downfall of this month...sickness. Clint came home on a Sunday morning from work saying he felt bad. Later that morning I discovered Gracyn had a fever. They both stayed home on Monday. Clint went to the doctor and was told he had strep throat. I took Gracyn to the doctor that evening and the poor baby had strep throat and the flu!!! Clint stayed home from work the next day and Gracyn missed the whole week of school. This is the reason we had to reschedule our original family Christmas. Two weeks later, Gracyn started running fever again and this time added a cough. I had to pick her up from school on Monday. I missed work on Tuesday and took her to the doctor....this time she had pneumonia! My poor baby has had a rough month! Somehow I escaped all the sickness, thank goodness!!!
I didn't have a blog when I was pregnant with Gracyn. I started it when she was just a few days old. I always wished I had started it when I was pregnant with her. A friend of mine does a weekly update on her pregnancy and I look so forward to her updates. In fact, I stalk her blog for these updates. After reading her update on week 9 I thought to myself, "Hello?!!! Why am I not doing a weekly update?!!!!" So here we go.
Week 17 - Onion
This week, the baby is perfecting it's yawn! How cute!!! Also, his nervous system is rapidly maturing. The nerves are forming more complex connections and the ones in the brain are further specializing into the ones that serve the senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. The baby is becoming more aware of the sounds around it such as my heartbeat, my voice, and even Daddy's and her big sister's sweet voice!
How far along? 17 weeks
Total weight gain: up 8 lbs. I blame this on Thanksgiving. Christmas, New Years, and my birthday!
Maternity clothes?: Bella band has been in use! Won't be long though...my clothes are getting too unbearably tight!
Sleep: Sleep is fine when Gracyn isn't sick and sleeping with me.
Best moment this week: Movement! The real deal!
Miss anything? Lunch meat!
Movement: Possible movement a couple of times, but for sure the real day today!
Food cravings: Pasta and fruit
Anything making you queasy or sick: No queasiness since 13 weeks!
Gender prediction: No idea.
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: None really as of now.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, unless Clint is mean to me. : )
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender on Valentine's Day!
Gracyn's take on the baby: She is thrilled! She will randomly come up to me and hug my tummy or put her hand on it and say something along the lines of, "He's so cute!" or "She's so sweet!" She is always talking about helping change his/her diapers and giving the baby a bottle. She usually always calls the baby a he, but when you ask her she will say she wants a baby sister. She said Sarah already had a baby brother so she needs a baby sister! There is no doubt in my mind that she is going to be a wonderful big sister! I can't wait for her to experience that!
At the beginning of a new year, I like to look back at the past 12 months. This was a great year. Clint and I got married, we took a beach vacation, and we had a little surprise. Here is a look at the past year with a sneak peak into what 2013 is going to bring us!
Caroline and Gracyn are so stylish!
Making a heart pizza for Valentine's Day!
Chocolate coma from the St. Patty's day candy from Ma!
Pretty little flower girl in Mommy and Daddy's wedding!
Playing water guns at Daddy's high school friend's 30th birthday party!
First Texas Rangers game!
Splashing in the waves in Gulf Shores!
Student of the month!
Pretty Ballerina Robot!
Gracyn's 3rd birthday party! Gymnastics Fun!
Feeding Santa's Reindeer!
And now for a look at what's in store for the Thomas family in 2013!
Gracyn is going to be a big sister! She is super excited! We're due July 5...a little firecracker baby!