Sunday, July 20

Baby #2, 33 Weeks

Craving - Hungry Bear Cookies!  It is sad to say, but I have been frequenting there all too often. I can't get enough of their black and white cookies.  Ice cream and sugar cereal are also right up my ally.  This baby has a sweet tooth just like her mama.
Sleep - I fall asleep easily, but awake often to use the restroom.  One night I counted going 12 times.  This baby loves dancing on my bladder.  I have also grown accustomed to sleeping with a pillow in between my legs and having the A/C blasted.
Movement - This week I have really started to notice a difference in her movement.  She is getting so strong in there.  One night Tyson put his hands on my belly and couldn't believe how much she moved.  She kicks and punches all night long.  I can also feel her hiccups every once in awhile. 
Missing - Things have honestly been so wonderful this pregnancy.  There isn't much I am missing lately other than being able to bend over and put my shoes on or paint my toenails.  But I love any excuse I can find to get a pedicure.
Belly Button - It's finally starting to make its way out.  It looks a little silly when I wear tighter clothing.  Penelope always points to it and says "oweeee".
Maternity Clothes - Yes, always but have been trying to squeeze into old shirts, just to give myself a variety.  Just recently discovered how wonderful the maternity line is at ASOS.  My only regret is not ordering anything from them sooner.
Stretch Marks - Still no stretch marks.
Swelling - Only when I do too much throughout the day or get in a place without good air circulation.
Symptoms - Monday after teaching Zumba, I started having back to back contractions.  They were so painful and had me worried.  Luckily after laying P down for her nap, I was able to get some rest and they went away.  My doc said it was body telling me I was doing too much.  I was quickly reminded how labor was going to feel.  The baby still enjoys resting on my sciatic nerve.  It is so painful, but luckily doesn't last too long.  
Overall Mood - I'm getting more and more anxious and trying to embrace these last few weeks with just the three of us.  I am having a hard time thinking about how P is going to handle the transition.  It breaks my heart a little, but knowing she will have a built in best friend, helps ease the worry.
Looking forward to - We leave for our annual Newport trip on Thursday.  I also get to see my sister and brother-in-law.  It has been over seven months since seeing my sister and over a year since seeing her hubby.
Highlight of the week - Having my friend Stephanie come take maternity photos of me and P.  I know I will treasure them forever.  I can't wait to get them back.


Tyson was a sweetheart and knew how much I have been wanting a new pair of Birk's.  I was beyond thrilled when he told me I could go pick some out.

^^^ Can you see the difference from this pregnancy to the last?!?!  I still ache looking back at my swollen ankles and toes.^^^
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Saturday, July 19

2014 Shepherd Family Reunion

This past weekend we ventured to Lava Hot Springs for the Shepherd Family Reunion.  I haven't been able to make it to one in years.  Every five years my mom is in charge and seeing as this year fell on her year, I knew we had to go.  I am so happy we made the trip.  So many fun memories were made.

- floating the river

- watching Tyson jump off the platform at the pool 

- delicious peach and cherry cobbler

- tinfoil dinners that were cooked out in the rain

- witnessing Tyson shoot a 50 caliber snipper rifle

- late night conversations with my aunts, uncles and cousins

- teaching my niece how to float on her back

- dancing around the camp fire


so much more!

It will be crazy to see how much my family grows in the next five years!
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Wednesday, July 16

One Year Check Up

A couple of weeks ago P went in for her annual echocardiogram, to monitor the healing of her heart.  As usual I worried and worried and wondered how the whole test would turn out.  Not so much about the outcome, but how P would hold still long enough for the tech to get clear enough pictures.  Like most things, she proved me wrong.  She did amazing.  She laid still the entire time and even let out a few giggles.  That little girl impresses me more and more every day.  Everything turned out great!  What a relief it was to hear that her heart looked perfect.  

They will monitor her heart again in a year from now, just to make sure there is no scar tissue preventing a normal blood flow through her left pulmonary artery.  

I can't walk through the halls at Children's Hospital without being overcome with gratitude that everything turned out so well for Penelope.  I know what could have happened and just feel so blessed to have our baby healthy and thriving.  Modern medicine is such a blessing!  Her tiny scar has healed amazingly, but I love the little reminder it is to me every day, just how lucky I am to have her in my life.
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Sunday, July 6

Let Freedom Ring

The 4th of July is one of my all time favorite holidays.  

Swimming, BBQ and fireworks what's not to love?!  

We attempted to cool off by soaking in the pool.

Penelope couldn't wait to jump in the water. 

 That girl and the water.

I tell you what!

^^^ GiGi had to get in on the fun as well. ^^^

^^^ Our friends have thee cutest triplets in the world! ^^^

We topped off the night with the annual flag cake and homemade strawberry ice cream.  P was enthralled with the bubbles and glow sticks.  I couldn't get over her baby chubs walking around in diaper alone. 

She wasn't sure what to think of the loud fireworks.  She would snuggle into our chests and hold on for dear life.  As soon as one stopped, she would clap her hands and start the entire process over. 

I am so proud to be an AMERICAN!!!!  

I love this country and am grateful for all of the service men and women who fight for the freedoms we get to enjoy.
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Ruffles & Lace

There is something so thrilling in going to get the mail.  Maybe it's because I wait so long in between my jaunts to the mailbox.  Just last week I went to the maibox and saw a sweet little package addressed to Miss Penelope.  I opened it up, to find the most adorable 4th of July outfit.  My sister-in-law Cortney is beyond thoughtful.  P absolutely loved it and couldn't get over all the ruffles and bright colors.  She begged for me to put it on her.

Thank you Cortney for making this girls day!

^^^ Another bonus, Grandma Brown is here visiting and got to see her in all those ruffles and lace. ^^^

^^^ P decided to lay down on the cement for a photo shoot.  This girl sure knows how to work the camera. ^^^

^^^ She loves her auntie Cara as well. ^^^

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