Baby Barrett #2 (8 weeks in the making)

(Read with caution. Pregnancy Posts may have T.M.I.)

How far along? 8 weeks, due May 6th (Baby is now the size of a kidney bean.)

Total weight gain: down 2 pounds instead (But weight fluctuates so who really knows?)

Maternity clothes? Not yet, and we’ll definitely have to do some shopping when that time comes

Stretch marks? Not from this pregnancy, but some faint remains from the last one

Sleep: exhausted a lot of the time now… Sometimes my eyelids feel as heavy as bowling balls. I don’t get to nap with all the little ones I care for, but I try to close my eyes while rocking a baby and go to bed early.

Miss Anything?
Enjoying food maybe? The things that don’t sound good to me and make me want to gag far outweigh what does sound good, and of course those craving aren’t always accessible for me either. I have been SO thirsty, but water and everything else just sickens me. I’ve had a few sodas that seemed to taste good, but I don’t want to get into that habit again. Maybe it’s the carbonation that is good to me.

Movement: As crazy as it may be for me to feel anything this early, I’m pretty sure that I have already. It actually kind of startled me like “what was that?”, but it happened a few times all in a row. I’m pretty in-tune with my body, and I remember what it felt like from my last pregnancy, so that must’ve been it. I felt Ryce Man move for the first time at 11 weeks. 

Food cravings: Shrimp Po-boy from O’Neil’s and Slap yo Mama’s wings

Anything making you queasy or sick: Opening the refrigerator, opening the pantry, and pretty much every food you can think of

Gender: Too early to tell

Name: Wouldn’t you like to know? I’ll probably give he or she a nickname here on my blog for safety reasons, or I may decide to reveal both names 😉

Labor Signs: too early for all that

Belly Button: innie

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: the moods are swinging 😉

Looking Forward to: no more nausea

Next Appointment: not set yet…. waiting for some things to get done first

It’s fun to watch Ryce Man interact with babies we come in contact with (anticipating how he’ll do I guess), at church and the baby I care for here at our house. He tries to say “baby”, but it kind of sounds like “bubble” to me. 😉 So cute! Sometimes he plays and doesn’t have a care in the world for the baby, and other times he’s very interested in him. At church, someone will show him a baby to see his reaction, and he always walks right over to get a peek. It’s precious.


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Pushing Pause on Tot School

As you know we are expecting Barrett Baby #2 into our family in May, which means I am now in my first trimester. Because of this extra exhaustion and nausea I’m dealing with, combined with the infants that are also in my care now (our home daycare), I am not able to do much with Tot School right now. As much as I hate this, it’s just a part of life. We still read together and color and do activities – they just aren’t planned and documented for the time being. I’ll let you know when we’re back up and going again!

Baby Barrett #2 (7 weeks in the making)

(Read with caution. Pregnancy Posts may have T.M.I.)

How far along? 7 weeks, due May 6th

Total weight gain: down 2 pounds instead (But weight fluctuates so who really knows?)

Maternity clothes? Not yet, and we’ll definitely have to do some shopping when that time comes

Stretch marks? Not from this pregnancy, but some faint remains from the last one

Sleep: Crazy dreams and waking some through the night… by 9/10am I’m exhausted and ready for a nap so I usually nap with the kids here if they let me. 😉

Miss Anything? Normal breakfasts… Instead, when I wake up I immediately go into the kitchen and prepare my oatmeal. While it’s cooking, I crush up my prenatal vitamin, folic acid, and my generic zofran to help with the nausea. I’m gagging the entire time I’m doing this, and I usually have to stop half-way through breakfast to throw up, before I can finish it. I know, totally gross, and tmi, but it’s the real truth. After that I’m good, unless I smell or think about foods – almost everything makes me queasy.

I also miss drinking my Crystal Light drink mixes. Those were my fave, and we’d make them by the gallons here, but they’re making me queasy too, so regular water it is!

Movement: As crazy as it may be for me to feel anything this early, I’m pretty sure that I have already. It actually kind of startled me like “what was that?”, but it happened a few times all in a row. I’m pretty in-tune with my body, and I remember what it felt like from my last pregnancy, so that must’ve been it. I felt Ryce Man move for the first time at 11 weeks. 

Food cravings: At the moment, I don’t want to think about food. I’ll get back to you on that one.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Opening the refrigerator, Crystal Light drink mixes, lots of other things

Gender: Too early to tell

Name: Wouldn’t you like to know? I’ll probably give he or she a nickname here on my blog for safety reasons, or I may decide to reveal both names 😉

Labor Signs: too early for all that

Belly Button: innie

Wedding Rings: On

Happy or Moody most of the time: the moods are swinging 😉

Looking Forward to: no more nausea

Next Appointment: not set yet…. waiting for some things to get done first

Sewing: My New, but Short-lived Hobby

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Burp Cloths, Carseat Belt Covers, Key Fob, & Flannel Receiving Blanket

I have ALWAYS wanted to sew. I see all of these adorable outfits (especially for girls), and I want to be able to make them for my girls someday. My favorite blankets with Ryce Man were some that a local seamstress just added a hem to a yard of flannel fabric. So one day I decided to post on facebook something about how I would love to be blessed with a sewing machine (perhaps someone had one collecting dust??). And someone did. I got a response offering to let me borrow the sewing machine of a lady in our church. This was a top-of-the-line sewing machine that even had an embroidery attachment so I could do monogramming. I was super excited, but the only catch was that it was to be “borrowed” and later returned. Oh, well. At least I would enjoy it for a little while.

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Bib & Burp Cloth Set (the bib now has a button added)

I had no clue how to sew. I didn’t know a thing about a sewing machine, but I was determined to learn. I took out the manual and read while the kids slept. I read and read and looked at diagrams. Not a single thing made sense to me – It was in another language (seamstress-ese?). I read about bobbin winding, and I couldn’t find out how to know whether I was supposed to use the upper threading option or the bobbin thread for particular projects – turns out, you use both for all projects. I really had no clue. But I did learn. I followed the steps on the diagrams and threaded the needle, wound the bobbin, and installed the bobbin. I was ready.

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Bibs that now have buttons added to them

I was excited and scared to make my first stitch. The foot pedal terrified me, but I did it. I went oh-so-slow. Justin’s grandmother came over one day to give me a few pointers, and she joked that I would never finish anything at that pace. My stitches were crooked, and it took me forever to do them that way too. 😉

Eventually, I learned how to line up the fabric with the presser foot and make a straight stitch. I leaned how to make a curved stitch, correctly by following the fabric. I learned to cut fabric, and to make hems, and to turn things inside out so they turn out prettier. I told you I was determined, and I learned how to sew – the basics anyway. I can do anything I put my mind to.

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Monogrammed Blanket I made for a friend having a baby girl

Unfortunately, after I worked hard to learn how to operate a sewing machine and even monogram, she asked for her sewing maching back. The downside of borrowing things… I was super sad, but now I’m working extra hard to save up to buy one of my own. Hopefully, in the near future, I’ll be able to pick up this hobby again.

Barrett Family News

I just love Pinterest and all of the neat ideas I find. I used two found ideas to share our most recent news… 

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Yes, we are pregnant. We are due May 6, 2014, and Ryce Man will become a big brother, and I’m sure he’ll be a great one!

To answer a few questions…
Were we trying? 
Yes, but why people ask this question is beyond me. It’s as if to say -Is this baby an oops? or Did you want another baby?- I mean Really?!
All babies were created by God and have a purpose, no matter how they were conceived.

Actually though – this has been the most-asked question we got before we announced are news –
“When are ya’ll trying for the next one?”  -“Um, tonight?” Do you really want us to answer that?

People also have loved telling us that it’s time for another one. Now, yes, we did agree, but that also OUR decision, not theirs.

Do we want a boy or a girl? 
We’d love to have a girl, but like every parent would  say, we just want a healthy baby.

T.M.I. – Read with caution… 
We waited until I was sure that I had missed a period before taking a test, but still found out early I guess so I am 4 and a half weeks now. I am tired, and have been taking a short (15-30 minute) nap every day. I am peeing a lot, but I also drink a lot of water. My belly feels fuller now, especially after I eat. That’s the only symptoms I am experiencing now, and I am hoping to get a prescription of Zofran before the nausea kicks in.

Lots of updates ahead!