Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy (Almost) New Year!

Well it's only 10:16 pm but on the likely chance that I'll be snoring through midnight, Happy New Year everybody! :) I may not have taken the time yet to sit down and write my resolutions, but at the top of the list would be enjoying everything 2011 brings me. Our family had so many ups and downs throughout 2010, but I like to think it ended on a high note. We're happy, we're healthy, and we are soon to be joined by another member of the family. I know with the upcoming arrival of Baby Owen, this new year will be full of joy, gratitude, and new experiences. I can't wait to see what the world has in store for my boys and me!

Although I don't have any sparkling grape juice to break out at the moment, I'll raise my Styrofoam cup of Coke and wish you health, wealth, and happiness! May 2011 be an amazing year for my friends and family. Especially this little guy... who said he would wish me a Happy New Year when the "sun comes up"

Happy Friday. See you next year! :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Airplane Chasing

Nathan was a little embarrassed that he forgot his pants while first flying his Christmas airplane, so we did a re-shoot this afternoon... Okay, not really, but he's just so darn cute (and was wearing jeans), that I stalked him like a true paparazzi mom should. He and daddy watched the airplane zip and zoom around the backyard. Santa should be proud of himself - it works way better than I thought it would. Three points for Santa! :) Anyway I was just having a lazy evening and figured since these pictures seemed so cute that you would probably like to see them, too. Nathan's now getting clean in a bubbly tub and a fridge full of leftovers is calling my name. Enjoy the pictures and Happy Monday!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Three Quarters Down

Can you believe we're getting so close? One of my best presents came Christmas morning when Owen and I reached 30 weeks! As you can see in my comparison, this big guy is now the size of a head of cabbage. And if his recent ultrasound measurements are correct, it's a really BIG head of cabbage!

Owen Charles Bauer will make his debut to the world in ten weeks or less. I know that probably sounds like a while, but it's not. Christmas has come and gone and The New Year is around the corner. Then I have a baby shower in January, I'll frantically prepare throughout February and Owen will be here before we know it! We have plans next weekend to knock out the nursery painting, so that's a step in the right direction. :) Hopefully I will find some energy and become a lean (not really), mean (yep) nesting machine! As far as baby updates go, I'm growing by the minute. Here's my 30-week picture update on Christmas Day:

At my 28-week checkup I had gained a total of 12 pounds, but I'm thinking the holidays pushed that number up. I also took my one-hour glucose scan for gestational diabetes that day and apparently that Coke I had for breakfast did not help. I failed miserably and came back the next day to drink that oh-so-delicious glucose punch and have blood drawn every hour for three hours. Harry, Ron, and Hermione helped the time fly by, but it wasn't exactly a fun experience. I thankfully received a call saying everything was normal and no daily blood sugar checks were in my immediate future. Whew! Other than that, I'm getting more uncomfortable by the minute, Owen is trying to escape in a way nature did not intend, and I'm still loving every second. :) Pregnancy is so amazing and I am thankful to be able to enjoy it a second time. I'm cherishing the time this little guy spends in there and I'm counting down the days until we meet face to face!

That being said, I really need to start getting ready for him. At 30 weeks pregnant with Nathan, if I had yet to touch the nursery, I'd be having a panic attack. I'm definitely more laid-back with this guy, but now is the time to get busy. It won't be long! :)

Christmas in Nashville

The Christmas excitement has died down and the new toys have been put away (the toy box still closes, thanks very much), so I think it's time for a quick holiday update. We were so happy that Grammy and Poppy were able to spend the whole weekend with us! After Christmas Eve Mass and a present or two in Hope, we rushed home to try to beat Santa. Although Nathan is not quite to the crack-of-dawn Christmas stage, he eventually climbed out of bed. :) This kid received so many wonderful gifts - from a new set of Legos to a table for his big boy room to the airplane he had been hinting at for weeks. Mommy, Daddy, and Baby Owen got great surprises, too! I'll sure enjoy the prenatal massage I've got coming in a few weeks. Although Christmas was full of family, food, and carloads of presents, leave it to Nathan to always remember the reason for the season. Throughout the weekend (and the days leading up to it), we would hear, "Christmas is NOT all about Santa, you know. It's Jesus's birthday!" I love how unknowing kids seem until they slap you in the face with such simple, important lessons. And this smart guy tends to do it pretty often. Now that you have been properly updated, here's a visual rundown of Nathan's Christmas:

The Christmas morning haul:

Testing out the new airplane (in undies):

Showing off the candy:

A glimpse of the unwrapping:

Heavy concentration needed for the Leapster:

A Poppy ride around the living room:

Falling off of Poppy:

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend that ended with a Sunday cook-out with the grandparents. I hope you were very blessed this Christmas season and spent your time surrounded by the love of family. I also hope your holidays ended this peacefully:

Merry Christmas! :)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hair DO

Just wanted to share an update for those of you who were concerned about Nathan looking like a young(er) Justin Bieber in the Christmas program post. Nope, we didn't get him in the barber seat in time for his singing debut, but we did get him (read: force him) into it the following morning. Unfortunately I had failed my one-hour glucose test to check for gestational diabetes Thursday and had to spend a full three hours at the OB office yesterday morning to retest. Thankfully I seem to be diabetes-free, but this meant Nana had to wrangle Nathan into his haircut. :) Although the experience was full of tears, mean faces, and rudeness, it actually turned out to be the cutest haircut I think the kid has ever had. Good-bye Bieber bangs, hello Nathan's beautiful eyeballs! As cute as I think he is with long hair, I sure love seeing those pretty brown eyes. Happy Saturday!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Make a Joyful Noise

You know I couldn't resist a nice, long picture post after attending NCA's Annual Christmas Program! Yes, Nathan, the rest of his K3 class, and the entire preschool put on quite a show with three songs I had never heard before. The older students stuck with the classics, but Nathan's group sang about angels, kings, and candles. They even had the perfect hand motions to match each line and little Nathan nailed them all! During the days leading up to the program he told me he had no idea what they were singing and he didn't know his hand motions. Either he learned them really quickly or he was holding out on me. :) We started to worry when Nathan said he'd rather let his friends sing while he sat with us. However, after a few hugs and Mrs. Ruby diverting him from running off the stage, he let his little light shine! All he needed was a boost of confidence and a familiar tune. Enjoy these pictures and I apologize for their quality - being tall is a disadvantage when it comes to school program placement. Happy Friday!

Preparing himself for the show

Kneeling down in prayer :)

Pretty sure this is "one little candle"

Smooches from Mrs. Ruby after delivering her Christmas gift

Posing with his "girlfriend"

PS - If you see him soon, make sure you tell him how cute his new sweater is. I have never seen a kid more proud of his outfit. He went to every single teacher and every member of his class, pulling at his shirt, asking "Hey, do you love my stripey sweater?!" Thankfully, everyone gave an enthusiastic yes. :)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

A Peek Inside the Womb

Today was an amazing day for our little family. :) Just like an average weekday back in May 2007, we loaded up the grandparents and headed to Little Rock for a 4D ultrasound. Sure, the trip was a little longer this time and we had a preschooler in tow, but it was just as miraculous as I remembered. Getting to see Owen's sweet face beyond a fuzzy black-and-white image has made his presence so much more real. We visited Baby Views at 27 weeks with both pregnancies and look at those sweet brothers! We're convinced that Owen from the nose up will look more like his dad, whereas Nathan looks more like me (in both that ultrasound and looking at him today). However, the lips and chin choppers are pretty much identical. We will know for sure in a few months and now that I've gotten a sneak peek, I am SO anxious for him to get here!

Now, the details! We got what we paid for with our wonderful ultrasound tech today. She spent 45 minutes going over every body part and ruling out any troubling signs for birth defects, which was such a sigh of relief! The crazy guy was kicking the whole time and now I understand why I feel it so low - he's breech! She assured us that he has plenty of space to turn around, though. And with the movement I've been feeling, I'm thinking he turns around every other day. :) She also said Owen was measuring bigger than average and his thunder thighs proved her right! He weighed in at 3 pounds and was 14 inches long. Who knows if he will follow in his brother's footsteps and show up early, but either way he should be a healthy size. Okay, enough with the chatty chat... here are more pictures for you to "ooh" and/or "ahh" over!

Here's my favorite profile. Isn't he handsome?

I think he looks a lot like Nathan in this one:

He's definitely an acrobat. Look at this foot-on-head action:

And I know everyone who reads this is probably more interested in what Owen looks like from the inside, but in keeping with my every other week belly shots, here is what he looked like from the outside this frosty morning:

I had an amazing Thursday and I hope you did, too. Keep sweet Owen in your prayers that he continues to grow, stay healthy, and stay put until he's ready to meet the world and make our little family even more complete. <3

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas on Main Street

It's a Bauer record - by December 4 we had every bit of Christmas decor out and proudly displayed! Heck, we even have FOUR people crossed off our Christmas list. Because of this amazing feat, we celebrated by taking Nathan to the Nashville Christmas Parade Saturday. He was so proud to represent those Scrappers that he actually decided to don his awesome hat - and if you know him and cool-weather clothing, you'll know this is pretty impressive! Now the headphones, I guess he was just going for cool factor at that point. Anyway, the only pictures I got were of Nathan's face, but I'm pretty sure you'd rather see that than the parade. But to sum it up, Nathan's favorites were "the candy, the ambulances, the fire trucks, the cow dressed up as a reindeer, and the horses." I hope y'all had a great weekend and enjoy seeing Nathan's cute face. I have a feeling there will be plenty more coming this month!

Happy Sunday! :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Decking the Halls

The second we got home today, it was down with fall and up with Christmas! :) As much as we enjoy looking at our holiday decor, putting it up can be a tiring process. However, I'm happy to report that it's all finished, other than the outside lights. It is officially Christmastime at the Bauer household and Nathan is loving it. Jonathan even took a special trip to buy him his own big boy bedroom tree. If that doesn't put visions of sugar plums in his head, I don't know what will! As I was busy helping Nathan spread the ornaments to more than just one branch, I snapped a few quick shots to share. For those who finished their holiday decorating this weekend, sit back, relax and enjoy the view. :) For those who didn't - get cracking!

Oh yeah - and while I was busy stuffing my face with fried turkey and expertly hand-crafted green bean casserole, I neglected to take pictures. However, at one point Nathan colored a hand turkey so amazing, I just had to put down the fork and pick up the camera. Check him out working on both his turkey and a pretty impressive portrait of Daddy:

Happy Sunday! :)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Hooray for Picture Day

How's that for a 25-week belly shot?? I told you it would be great! :) I was just sifting through the shots Meredith took last weekend and trying to determine what our Christmas card will look like this year. I figured I might as well toss a few on here to share. Yep, I knew you would appreciate it. Enjoy these photos and look for yours in the mail in the next few weeks! I hope everyone was as stuffed as a turkey after a fantastic Thanksgiving and spent today sleeping it off. We had a wonderful meal with family and now we are spending the weekend with friends. Check back soon and who knows - there may be a Christmas update. Happy Friday!

(PS - That last pic is one of my absolute favorites, but unfortunately you will only be able to enjoy it here, as it didn't make the cut. Nathan's inappropriate hand placement gets me every time!)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Counting Blessings

As I have been lazy at home with Nathan today, my mind has been busy counting my blessings. In the spirit of the season, I wanted to write them down, not just to share with you, but to have a record of the good things in life. We all have our troubles, but we have to remember to appreciate what we have. So, here we go - my thanks (in no particular order):

  • I am thankful for Nathan. Nathan has grown up to be a loving, caring, and passionate individual. I'm not sure how we managed to create such an amazing person, but I am thankful every day we did.

  • I am thankful for Owen. The fact that I am still able to carry a healthy baby is one of my biggest blessings this year. Every kick, tumble, and roll I feel is another day closer to meeting this little miracle.

  • I am thankful for my Angel. Although this precious little baby was only in my womb for a few months, she will forever be part of my heart and part of my family. I am thankful for my new outlook on life.

  • I am thankful for Jonathan. Without such an amazing husband, I would never have gotten through such a tough year. Plus, I wouldn't have been able to make my amazing children! I am thankful for his love.

  • I am thankful for my Family. From my parents to my in-laws to my siblings to my grandmothers, I am so thankful to have been raised in a loving environment. You make me who I am and you are all an inspiration to me.

  • I am thankful for my Friends. I have some of the best friends anyone could ever have. I know they will always be there and that will never change, no matter how long we're apart.

  • I am thankful for the Opportunities given to my family this year. Our move to Nashville has been great and it wouldn't have been possible without my family believing in us. I am thankful to have a place to call home.

  • I am thankful for my Faith. In a year where I could have turned away from it, my faith is now stronger than ever. I trusted God to help me and ended up hearing a new calling. I'm thankful He has kept me on this path.

  • Finally, a few Extras: I'm thankful for my patch of earth, date nights, a caring OB, my work commute, maternity jeans, time with my family, my CYM kids, four-day weekends, hugs for no reason, and wide-open spaces.

I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving tomorrow and remember to count your blessings, too. No matter what problems you have faced this year, there is always something to be thankful for. Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Preschool, Pilgrims & Pizza

I don't know if it's recorded anywhere that the Pilgrims and the Indians feasted over a hot slice of pepperoni, but Nathan, Nana and I sure had fun at NCA's annual Thanksgiving Pizza Party! Nana and I skipped out of work for a few hours and headed to Nashville for holiday fun. Nathan was so pumped about seeing us at preschool that he couldn't stop talking about it on the way to school this morning. His face lit up when we walked in and then got even brighter when he saw the cupcake collection the school had to offer! We definitely enjoyed ourselves and if you take a peek at these pictures, you can see your favorite little guy did, too:

I hope everyone else's kick-off to Thanksgiving Break was just as wonderful. Have safe travels as you get to where you're going this week and remember the reason for the season! This week, don't worry about what you need, be thankful for what you have! Happy Tuesday.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Rutabaga Baby

Pretty funny-looking vegetable, right?? However, it pales in comparison to the adorable little baby I'm comparing it to this week. That's right, Baby Owen and I made it to 25 weeks Saturday and the kid is now weighing in at a pound and a half - just like your common household rutabaga.

He's getting pretty big and boy, am I starting to notice! I've gotten to the point where his kicks wake me up in the morning. My alarm clock has become pointless these days - if it's not the big boy, it's the little boy. I suppose I'd better get to used to that, though. :) Anyway, I don't have a belly photo to share today, but I should in a few days. One of my BFFs, the fabulous photographer Meredith, took our family pictures this weekend, so I will have the best 25-week photo ever! And it will be posted immediately.

However, I did have an appointment last week and wanted to share an update. My Week 24 check-up went just fine. Nathan and Grammy were able to accompany me and Nathan was even asked to work the doppler again. We either have a doctor in the making or maybe he's just dong it for the free suckers. Either way, it is so awesome to see him involved and watch his face as he finds that strong little sound through my belly. In other news, all my stats were good - my tummy is measuring perfectly and my weight gain is still minimal, but I'm not holding my breath on that one. ;) I also got the news that because Nathan came early, there's a good chance Owen will be a February baby. Because of that, this is my very last four-week wait. I'm starting my every-other-week appointments at 28 weeks! Visiting the OB office more often just makes it seem much more real. His birthday could be a mere three months away and I'm so excited. I'm ready to meet this little boy and I'm sure you all are, too. Happy Monday!