Today I am starting to work on my goal. [That goal was mentioned in the post just before this one.] So, in order to pick back up in the blogging world, I will have to begin with the basics! These basics unfortunately do not include pictures. The reason being that my computer has finally charged its last charge, blinked its last blink, and heated up its last heating... If any of that makes any sense at all. Basically, it no longer works! So words will have to suffice for today.
Our little family is doing great!!! Austin is still loving the whole Computer Science thing at ASU, I am enjoying my part-time job at Chase Bank, and we are both trying to find as much time as possible for our much-needed family time.
Ryker seems to be enjoying his life! He spends his days eating lots of baby food, drinking less and less baby milk, taking short naps during the day, playing with Mama and Dada, and getting into trouble all throughout the house. He is 11.5 months old and is ready to be considered a real grown-up. He is very capable of walking and will complete a whole lap around the room aided by only his walker... However, when it comes to going solo, he becomes completely afraid and sits right down. He will get it eventually! We have the utmost faith in him. He now weighs 22 pounds and continues to be in the 95% for his height. He is going to be one big kid! Dada is already trying to instill all different kinds of sports in him. Mama doesn't fight it.
As for the baby growing in Mama... He/she is doing great also! We find out in less than a week what the gender is. Any guesses? As a couple, we have absolutely no idea this time around. With Ryker, we knew he was going to be a boy before we even got pregnant with him! This second one still remains a mystery until Mama's 20 week appointment next Thursday. There will be an announcement for that. So, stay tuned! Changes/similarities in pregnancy from the first to the second:
<> Acne. With Ryker, I was never reminded of my teenage years! :] My second pregnancy has brought in a constant five months of acne. It is quite funny actually; and it is a little trademark of our second child. I love it!
<> This second pregnancy has been very similar in that I have only been nauseous until about 12:00pm each day. I am very blessed that it has never been accompanied by vomiting or anything of that sort. As the same as before, I somewhat have control this nauseousness with the help of more food. :]
<> Heartburn. With Ryker, I did not experience heartburn one time! I know, I was very fortunate. My second pregnancy has brought some extreme amount of heartburn pain and some not so extreme. Thank goodness this only happens on rare occasions!
<> This second pregnancy has brought along the same cravings. When pregnant, I have not craved very many sweets. Yes, I will enjoy some here and there, but the thought of ice cream or chocolate actually makes me feel sick! Can I tell you how happy this truly makes me? :] As with the first, throughout this pregnancy, I have craved more meals. I guess people call it "salty" cravings. My husband loves this craving. I believe I have made more homemade-recipe-calling meals in the last five months than ever before. And let me tell you, this has benefited everyone.
<> Sleep? What's that? I don't know if it due to the fact that I now have a baby in the house, and I didn't before, but I have not been able to sleep this second time around. I wake up almost every hour. These alone times are priceless though. Since I am still early along, I can only feel our baby move really well when I am completely calm and it is completely quiet. This is our bonding time; which is much needed because there is never any quiet time during the day over here!
I think that about sums up what is on my mind as of now. I am surprised I wrote this much... And shocked that Ryker is still sleeping!
Again, sorry for the lack of pictures. As soon as I figure out how to upload some to our desktop/tv, I will enlighten the blogging world with some wonderful images!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends!