Catching up

So what’s been happening these last few months? Well, the most obvious and dramatic change has been the birth of our son (SK) at the end of February.

Labor and delivery went well. Like with the girls, I was induced, but this time things progressed in half the time…from starting the pitocin to birth was a total of 3 1/2 hours! I had an epidural with EK, and asked for one with MK but it was too late, and with SK I was able to go without medication-didn’t even ask this time-ha!  The first month seemed to fly by.  Life consisted of feeding and sleeping for SK, and we had my family come visit.  The second month came with some challenges.  There were breastfeeding issues that lead to some other issues, but now at three months, we are doing well.  Of course things aren’t perfect, but we are blessed with a sweet boy.

The transition from 2 to 3 children is by no means easy, but I found/find it to be easier than from one to two.  Maybe it is because SK is an easier baby than MK; she was a sensitive little one. Or, maybe it is just because as a mother with two other children I have learned to juggle the demands of life a bit better.

So, right now, our days are pretty laid back.  We have a couple of days each week we try to get out, but most of the time we are home so SK can take his naps, and I can try to keep up with the dishes and laundry (yay, right!).  I won’t deny the fact I am looking forward to SK being a little older so we can do some more fun things.  But I know these days are few, and I am trying to enjoy each of them because he WILL be our last baby.;)

*The three pictures in this post were taken at the hospital by Bella Baby Photography.  Copyrights apply.

Blogging?

For a while now I have been trying to decide if I should continue my blog or not.  There are good reasons to do and to not do.  Finally, I have come to the decision that I would try to get back into it mainly to document the happenings in our life “for posterity’s sake.”  That is one of the main reasons I decided to start this blog in the first place.  So, bottom line, I hope to visit this here ol’ blog more often and I hope you’ll do the same.

28 week pregnancy update

I am now officially in my third trimester.  I went for my glucose test and a regular check-up with my OB yesterday.  All checked out well at my OB appointment.  Baby boy gave the fetal doppler a couple of swift kicks as Dr. Shah was checking his heart rate (132 BPM).  To date, in this pregnancy, I have gained a total of 28.5 pounds (yow-zers!), and I am measuring 29 cm.  Dr. Shah says baby boy is head down, which explains why I have more of a waddle lately.  Thankfully, the pregnancy is progressing nicely; the only minor complaint I have is some round ligament pain when I try to turn to my other side at night.  I’ll start seeing my OB every two weeks now until I’m 36 weeks (then weekly at that point) which is exciting to me because I love hearing the baby’s heartbeat.

Mags wanted a picture of her belly too.  I just want to give that sweet skin a big ol’ raspberrry!

Link to last preggo report:  20 week pregnancy update

“We Whisk You A Merry Kiss-mas”

If you’re looking for an inexpensive Christmas gift, here’s an idea.  I wish I could take credit for it, but credit belongs to my friend and former fellow teacher, Sonya G.  She gave one of these to me for Christmas one year, and ever since then I have kept the idea in the back of my mind to use.  And now, I finally have a reason to recreate her genius for the childcare workers of our MOPS group.

Materials:

whisk ($1.99 each at Target, $0.94 at Walmart-all sold out when I went)

hershey kisses ($2.50 a bag at Walmart)

shredded paper (Dollar Store or make your own)

clear plastic goodie bag (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or any store that sells baking supplies)

ribbon-wire and curling

tag (here’s the pdf: “we whisk you a merry kiss-mas”)

Directions:

Determine how many kisses you want in the whisk.  Gather a small amount of shredded paper.  Separate one set of wires on the whisk so there is a space wide enough to put the shredded paper in.  Add the kisses.  Reshape the wires of the whisk.  Place filled whisk in plastic bag.  Tie wire ribbon around the whisk handle towards the top of the bag to close it.  Tie the curling with the tag under the wire ribbon.  Curl the ends of the curling ribbon.  Done!

I have about $2.65 in each whisk I made.  I had the shredded paper, plastic goodie bags and ribbon on hand for this project.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

EK’s water baptism

This post was written on Nov. 21st, but because of blog issues I wasn’t able to publish this post.  So here it is now…

Yesterday, we celebrated EK’s water baptism.  Last year around this time EK and I were talking in the car and our conversation included her praying for Jesus to live in her heart.  Hubby and I are so proud of what God is doing in EK’s life and are looking forward to watching her relationship with Jesus mature.

Here’s the YouTube video link if you want to watch the baptism:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVubaOglp2Q&feature=g-upl

Hair

Being a female and having two daughters, hair is a frequent topic in our house.  Lately, it is MK who is very interested in her locks.  She combs her hair and wants to have her hair done.  Since she has curls and I do not, I am on a learning curve with how to fix her hair.  Thankful I have her Great Meme, Mamaw and Auntie M to help me in this department.  Mamaw has passed down some curl hair product to accentuate MK’s locks, and since then, I have busted MK on two occasions with her “beauty shop” set-up in the middle of the living room complete with combs, brushes, water spray bottle, hair spray, and the curl enhancer being slathered in her hair.  The other night in one of her primping episodes she got a small round brush stuck in her hair.  It took some coaxing, but I was able to get it out with little damage done.

In other hair news, I got a haircut.  It’s not that drastic, but I wanted to share so out-of-town family and friends can get a glimpse.  So here is the blah picture of me.  I now have an great appreciation for those that can take good pictures of themselves.

 

Having issues with my blog…

I’m not sure exactly what is going on, but I can not upload media to my blog posts (and, who really wants to just read a bunch of words).  So until I figure out what has happened, there will be a hiatus from blogging.  Hopefully, I will remedy this soon.  Until then check me out on Facebook…D At Adventurehood.

The pumpkin patch and Fall Festival

This past week has been full of fall activities.  First, we went with EK’s preschool class to a local pick-your-own ______ farm (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pumpkins) to learn about growing pumpkins, petting farm animals, playing in a corn pit, etc.  Then on Sunday, our church had their annual Fall Festival.  Lots of inflatables and games there—EK’s favorite activity was the princess jumpie and MK’s favorite was getting her hair sprayed purple.

THE PUMPKIN PATCH

THE FALL FESTIVAL

My sister’s wedding

A little over a week ago we celebrated the marriage of my sis, Aunt S, to Chuck (now Uncle Chuck).  It was a simple and laid backed event and might I add the weather was beautiful.  Good times!

REHEARSAL NIGHT:

EK at rehearsal

a gift to the couple from my parents-Korean wedding ducks

the girls with Great Mamaw and Great Papa (my paternal grandparents)

WEDDING DAY:

The venue was Cannonsburg Village in Murfressboro, TN.  This park has historical buildings dating back as early as the 1830’s.

The Leeman house: our dressing quarters

Hubby and the girls before the wedding ceremony

flower girl baskets

smiley faces

bride and flower girls

my flowers

the chapel

stain glass window in chapel

THE RECEPTION:

MK hanging out with my brother, Uncle Bubba

cutting the cake

"You better be nice."

"Dude, you are so in trouble now."

"Oh, I can't stay mad at you." Kissy-kiss

THE GOING AWAY:

Some of the guys at the wedding placed tape across the gate of the park in an effort to hinder the “get away.”  Obviously, the truck won.

bustin' through the tape

CONGRATS SYD & CHUCK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Half way there: 20 wk pregnancy update

This week I turned 20 weeks pregnant; officially half way.  I hope the next 20+/- weeks go quickly as I am looking forward to meeting our newest bundle of joy.  Things are going well in the preggo department; only minor annoyances to deal with like not sleeping well, hunger, and the occasional sciatic nerve flare ups.

We found out about a month and a half ago we are having a boy.  I haven’t posted an official announcement because I wanted to wait until now since this is traditionally when women find out if they are having a girl or boy.  It is funny to hear some comments people make when they find out that we are having a boy after having two daughters.  Most of them are along the lines of, “Man, I bet Hubby is really excited about that.”  To that I answer, “Yes, he is, but he would have been just as excited if we were having another girl.”  Thankfully, I married a man who didn’t/doesn’t feel unfulfilled as a man because he has daughters.  As cliche as it may sound, really we are so thankful to God and feel utterly blessed to have two great daughters and are expecting a precious baby boy.

At my last OB appointment, I had gained 6 1/2 pounds since the previous appt totaling a 14 pound weight gain so far.  I was happy to get these stats as I am trying to gain a little more weight with this pregnancy than with the girls.  With MK I lost the baby weight too quickly, and I think that effected the quality of my breastmilk.  Don’t want that happening this time.

Well, I can’t believe I am doing this, but I am going to share two belly pics with you (and the world wide web-yikes!).  Abby, this is for you since it has been a while since you’ve seen me.  And here is the transformation…

P.S. No, I haven’t been tanning my preggo belly.  It is just the lighting. 😉