Thursday, March 14, 2013
We have a scheduled c-section for this upcoming Monday, the 18th to deliver our sweet baby boy, Andrew Maxwell Sullivan. I know in an earlier post we said we were going to wait to find out what we were having....well, we changed our mind. In my past experiences with carrying the older two kids, I have always waited to know the gender but I have to say it has been fun knowing ahead of time as well. It has been especially exciting to talk about "him" with the older kids and to get to plan all the little details. There has been so much joy over the last 9 months as we have all talked about what it will be like to add another member to our family. We are beyond excited. One thing I have always wanted to do with past pregnancies was to take a series of belly pictures to show the baby's growth over time. Admittedly I have never been very good about it in the past. Considering this will be my last pregnancy (at least that is my plan), I realize that I better capture the moments that I want because this will probably be my last opportunity. So, here is what we've caught on film so far and of course I had to include one of my favorite maternity tops...my Aggie shirt pic on the end. I've got to try to influence Drew early, right? Based on this profile pic, I think this baby boy is going to look just like his handsome daddy. Drew has his Daddy's profile...almost exactly! He has his forehead, his brow structure and even his nose. (With one exception...we think his little lips look a lot like Uncle Jon's) I have also really enjoying planning for this baby...it was extremely fun this time to work on his nursery. I had to knock some dust off my sewing machine to finish this project (I think it had been at least 6 years since I had used the machine)...but it was well worth it. With Brady's help, we selected the fabric and colors that we liked and then with the assistence of Marie Bobalik and Paula Carothers, I got to make all of his customized bedding and room decor. Brady, being a lover of neutrals would have preferred that I had selected all brown bedding (BORING!), but I worked to stretch him a bit by showing him about 20 different room ideas and he ended up picking basically the same patterns and colors that Matt & Reecie had used in Baby Kate's room. Pregnancy cravings: grapefruit and grapefruit juice, coffee (weird, since I have NEVER liked it in the past..but only for a few months because now in the last couple of months I don't really want it anymore...strange, oatmeal, smoothies, and CARROTS (I cannot get enough of these...I think I eat 3-10 on average each day...I'm surprised my skin hasn't turned orange). Mood swings: I guess Brady will have to confirm this but I don't think I have been extra emotinal this pregnancy...with the exception of weeks 32 & 33 where I would cry at just about anything...a youtube video about a dog and an elephant who were friends...I cried A LOT over that one! Favorite parts: I LOVE feeling Drew's movements and it has been neat watching the kids' reactions as Drew kicks them as they touch on my belly. I have not been able to see the movements of the babies as well in my last pregnancies but this time I can even see when Drew has the hiccups. I can even feel his little legs and feet with my fingers when he shifts around. Challenges: I had a lot more nausea in the first trimester with this baby...I have had MUCH more trouble with REFLUX at night when I lay down to sleep...and I also developed 2 hernias with this pregnancy (which I am really hoping will go away as soon as I deliver Drew).