Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Some first trimester pregnancy memories

I wanted to go back and write down some of my memories from my first trimester. Looking back at the posts from being pregnant with Samantha was really helpful to me as I went through the early parts of this pregnancy and the pregnancy I lost this past summer. It was helpful to know where I was at different times during the process.

Finding out...with Samantha it was a surprise.  I didn't really get a clue until I was about six weeks along already. This time I was feeling sick and 'symptomatic' at three weeks!  I had some of my nausea to an inner ear problem - looking back, it was probably that I was pregnant and things were just getting going nice and early.

I took one of those pregnancy tests with the two lines on August 24. With Samantha the pregnancy test gave me a mixed reading. We weren't really sure if it was a positive test or not.  This time the test came back immediately as pregnant - there was no waiting the 3 minutes or however long it tells you to wait. This was an immediate double line-r.   Just to be sure, the next day I took one of the digital tests - again no waiting...that thing flashed me a Pregnant.

The nausea with this pregnancy definitely hit me hard.  There was no puking but it was definitely more intense than it was with Samantha.  I had it pretty darn good with Samantha I think.  This time I just felt crappy all day...and all night.  Sometimes Samantha would make a noise in the night that would wake me up and then I would just be laying there feeling so crappy.  Usually some food would make it feel better...of course salty is what made it better some times.  Baby also seemed to want a lot of 10:30/11:00 PM egg sandwiches. Oh they tasted so good! Rick was so nice to make them for me...I think he liked the idea of the crazy pregnant lady and her crazy requests. 

We had an ultrasound on September 14 - at 7 weeks, 1 day.  It was kind of a weird experience to walk into that ultrasound room as the last time we were in it wasn't a happy time at all. I really held my breath as the technician looked for the baby.  She found a baby that was measuring right on the date and who had a great strong heartbeat at 141bpm. Oh happy day!

Gettin' big! I am definitely getting bigger faster this time around. I could notice some bump-age starting around week 10.  I looked down and saw a growing belly!

10 weeks
 At 11 weeks I went to HomeGoods to do some shopping and after an unsuccessful trip there I walked out and saw Destination Maternity next door.  I was already uncomfortable in the clothes I was wearing that day so I marched right into that store and bought myself some stretchy jeans and longer shirts!  I really haven't looked back much since then!  Its just so much more comfortable!  I still have a lot of pants that still fit but why make myself uncomfortable when there are stretchy jeans to wear?!

11 weeks getting new stretchy jeans!
Working out...was definitely harder this time around early on.  I felt lightheaded and sick during most of my workouts which was definitely not motivating.  With Samantha I was training for a marathon when I found out I was pregnant.  I decided to drop to the half marathon and finished one at week 11 and week 15.  This time I wasn't doing that much training and the running was just so hard early on.  But I managed to finish a half marathon at the end of September at 9 weeks!  

I was definitely able to finish because I ran the race with my sister, LeeAnn! It was her first half and it was fun to chat with her the whole time and go through the experience with her.

Going through this pregnancy with a toddler is definitely a different and harder experience than it was last time. I was totally exhausted during the first trimester and found it difficult at times to keep up with Samantha.  She's hard to say no to when she is being so cute. We have just had some extra snuggles on the couch.  I am feeling more energetic now in this second trimester (hence a few more blog posts coming in!) so its getting easier to play with my crazy/beautiful/active two year old.

Samantha and I at Rick's baseball game - September 23

So here we are in the second trimester - 15 weeks in. Hoping things continue down this positive path we have been on.  Every day I thank God that we were given this pregnancy and pray that the baby and I will continue to be healthy.  I know now that 40 weeks can both seem like an eternity and also go by in a flash. I'm looking forward to the journey.

Kids Artwork and a Party

At the beginning of October we attended the third birthday party of this cutie patootie here!!

Her mama threw her an art themed birthday party - look at some of these fun details!

The birthday girl's mom made the cake! I was pretty impressed! It turned out great!

All the kids got a chance to be artists while painting their own canvases.

the whole rag tag bunch - hard to get a bunch of 1-3 year olds and a dog to all smile at the camera 

My little Picasso was right into the theme...she loooooves to paint and create. And she's hardly ever clean about it.

genius at work

oh sprinkles will make this better!
 Here was her finished art piece! Genius I tell you, genius! Look at that use of complementary colors and the movement and use of white space...

Well I thought some fun words to describe the day would help finish the masterpiece and be a fun work to hang in her bedroom. I got out my trusty Silhouette machine and got some sparkly cardstock (man that stuff is thick!!) and cut out three words - Celebrate, Friends and Happy.  All words to describe that day.  I glued them on with modge podge and voila - a fun little piece of art work.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Cat's out of the bag!

Samantha and Murphy had some news to share with the world this past weekend. We are so very blessed/happy/excited/(insert awesome adjective here) to announce that Samantha is going to be a big sister. We have a due date of May 2, 2013.

Every pregnancy is a blessing and this one feels a little extra special after we lost a pregnancy this summer. I was about 8 weeks along when I miscarried while on our family vacation at the end of June. It is such an amazing thing that we were able to get pregnant again so soon and continue towards our dream of growing our family.

If anybody wants to talk about a miscarriage or what I went through I would be happy to chat. I feel like its not talked about a lot and it would be good to know from others their experiences to help you through yours.

We shared this picture on Facebook a few days ago - it was so very fun to see everybody's responses and watch the 'likes' and comments stack up! So happy that so many people can share in our good news.

Happy happy day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Beautiful Fall Day

This past Saturday, the 20th of October, we drove up north a little bit and went to this very picturesque farm called, Hodges Dairy Farm. No longer a dairy farm, it is still part of a working farm with crops and animals but more importantly for us it plays host to an annual pumpkin patch! 

Just for fun - you can look back at our last two years of patchin': 2010, 2011

Hodges Dairy Farm

We went up early in the morning and met some friends up there.

Norah and Samantha inspect the pumpkins
We had to test out the bouncy house. Samantha was quite brave with all the big kids - she got bounced on a few times but thought it was funny.

Pay no attention to the sign that says the wagons were just for pumpkins! You can't tell a two year old that wagons are not for toddlers as well!
is this the hayride?
This was our friend, Claire's, first hayride! I think she really got a lot out of it! :)
Claire and her mommy, April
The hayride was maybe eight minutes long but it had some bumps on it which were exciting for the kids and we got to see where all the good pumpkins were hiding! 
we LOVED the hayride!
Evan got his first hayride too - I think he was impressed!
Evan and his mommy, Carla, Samantha and her mommy and Claire and her mommy
Obligatory posed and cute pictures of kids with pumpkins...

Samantha was so serious about her job of holding Evan.  She at one point wanted to hold Claire too but we told her 'two hands on Evan!'

LOVE this shot of this lil' pumpkin...
She picked that leaf up all by herself! She has a future as a model!

After the hayride it was out to find those pumpkins we spotted from the hayride!

this way guys!
Samantha liked the green ones. We had spotted a couple from the hayride and she thought that was cool.  So did I! I've never gotten a green pumpkin before.
um guys? this is getting heavy!
Who needs a wagon when you've got Daddy?!

Can we get these too?!

that's MY pumpkin Daddy!

Its almost impossible to get a good posed picture with Samantha these days. She is not a fan of stopping and looking cute for the camera.  So mommy has to get into awkward poses and/or give her props.  Here we have both in action...

 Would love to tell you that this picture is in response to her seeing something really neat in the meadow...however remember she doesn't like to pose and be cute and that I have to trick/bribe her into cute actions? Well I asked her....'where's Mickey Mouse?' - at least she did something cute in response. Evidently he live in the middle of the meadow at Hodges Dairy Farm - who knew?!

We spent the rest of the morning hanging out outside and soaking up the 73 degree weather.  I wanted some pics with my festive front porch.  At first my only willing model was Murphy.

I had to work real hard to get them to both sit here...but here are my kids! :)
mommy sure makes us do silly things!
 We colored and colored up the sidewalk. Note the dusty knees.  Mommy's knees looked very similar.

This picture makes me laugh - epitomizes my unwilling to be photographed children! But here we are - life is seldom ever perfect huh?!

What a great day - we ended up doing quite a bit more that day! We just couldn't ignore that beautiful weather!  These are the days that we live in Charlotte for!
we will send you off with a conversation with the two year old...

A Fall Conversation from Becky Kobsik on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Resurrection of the blog

I'm guilty - guilty of being a bad blogger. Its been quite a while since I had updated this with any regularity. I let a lot of things get in the way of it - motherhood, a job, a side job with rkDesigns which at times is nutty busy, being a wife, volunteering etc etc. Anyways - excuses excuses. As I was making Samantha's photo book I found that the blog was an immensely valuable journal of our family's memories. I must make the time to jot down stuff from time to time. It doesn't have to be long - just a memory from time to time.  Call it an New October's Resolution. I want to remember that my little girl loved this purple tutu and purple Cookie Monster shirt to the point that it was almost her uniform. I want to remember that she is the cutest, smartest, sweetest little girl ever :)  (can you tell she's asleep and that looking at this picture makes me only remember the good stuff?!)
Be seeing you around the blogosphere!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Finally! Samantha's 2 Year Photo Book

For two years I took Samantha's picture in the same chair with the same background and in the same color clothes. Some days it was a labor of love as my active little toddler did not want to sit still for the picture.  I started taking dozens of pictures to make sure I had a good one for the collage I eventually made.  I have it at work with me and I got a large print to go in the hallway.  I didn't want to just discard all of those other pictures though.  Each picture - even though not perfect was a fun reminder of who Samantha is and a little glimpse into her personality. I made this photo book for her (finally) to help us look back at the fun memories over her first 24 months.

Photo books are the perfect gift for any occasion.

Monday, July 9, 2012

A little bit of dress up

I had to go into the closet to look for something when I ran across my wedding veil.  I thought it would be fun to show to Samantha...who wanted to wear it right away of course.

There was a little bit of coloring in it... 
(Color Wonder markers!  I probably wouldn't let anything else near it)

Then a little bit of twirling action....

Then a rock show...

 Then I showed her pictures of mommy wearing it on her wedding day...she wanted "more time" (to look at them again) a few times.

Here is a little bit of the concert...

in the video at the end you will see a baby swing.  A friend borrowed it for their baby girl. That baby girl had recently decided that she didn't like it anymore and so they returned it.  Well Samantha thinks its the best thing ever.  She has played for hours pushing Diana (my old Cabbage Patch) and playing the music on the swing.  Very cute.

Helping Mommy

Samantha loves to help Mommy water her flowers...sometimes Sammie gets watered more than the flowers...