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Thursday, August 28, 2014

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 Weeks
Weight gain: 19 pounds
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes: No
Stretch marks: No
Symptoms: Is it TMI to say hemorrhoids. (Sorry)  They really suck though 
Best moment this week:  OBGYN appointment.  Ahh so close to those weekly appointments, but I must say I am enjoying the bi-weekly ones now
Worst moment this week: Take one guess?  ^
Miss anything:   Sleep, of course  
Movement:  Oh, yes
Cravings:   Cheese Dip again
Queasy or sick: This heat is really wearing me out because heat + pregnancy = nausea 
Looking forward to:  College Football kicking off this weekend

Thursday, August 21, 2014

31 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 31 Weeks
Weight gain: 17 pounds
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes: I have two months left, so I might invest in a few pieces.  Maybe just maybe
Stretch marks: No
Symptoms: Heartburn, acid reflux, and constant peeing
Best moment this week:  Finally picking out a name and getting a few Halloween outfits for Keller : )
Worst moment this week: Wanting to eat brownies, but not having the right ingredients.  Yeah....
Miss anything:  Cool weather   
Movement:  His movements kind of hurt these days
Cravings: Brownies and coffee and ice cream  
Queasy or sick: Just acid reflux that makes me extremely nauseated
Looking forward to:  Holding my sweet newborn baby, I definitely have newborn fever


If you follow me on Instagram (@keymckean), you might have seen these images.  But I thought it would be cool to compare my baby bump with Kasen and Keller.  The left picture is 31 weeks with Kasen, and the right is 31 weeks with Keller.  It's crazy to think that I gave birth to Kasen at 31 weeks, and that I'm so much bigger with Keller than with Kasen at this point.  And I still have 9 weeks left to go.  I thought I was so big with Kasen, boy did I not know what big was. ; )

Have a great Thursday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

And we Have a Name

We've finally picked out a name!!!  It's been quite a daunting task finding a name for our baby boy, so to say that we are overly thrilled is an understatement.

His name is Keller Pierce  McKean.  And yep, we are "that" family.  Every member has a K name, and I love it.  If you don't know, my husband's name is Kyle.  I'm Keiley, and our first born son's name is Kasen.  We can't wait to add Keller to our clan.

I found two meanings for the name Keller.  The first was companion and the second was little champion.  And Pierce is my maiden name, so we decided it would be cool to pass down to him.  Also, Kasen's middle name is Merle, which is a fourth generation name from my husband's side of the family.  Kyle and his dad's middle names are both Merle, which was passed down from the original Merle McKean, aka Kyle's grandpa and Kasen's great grandfather.  So, I wanted to give a family name to Keller as well.

Dear Keller Pierce McKean, we can not wait to meet you!!!  


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Big 30



How far along: 30 Weeks!! Seems like such a milestone : )
Weight gain: Lost two pounds, so I'm up 16 pounds total
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes: Think I can make it full term without any?
Stretch marks: Negative
Symptoms: The usual 
Best moment this week:  My Obgyn appointment.  I have began my every two week appointments, which means we are getting close
Worst moment this week: Ever deal with a toddler who refused to nap and woke up extremely early?  Well, no nap toddler struck at our house today, and it's been just one of those days 
Miss anything:  Having more than one cup of coffee during the day.  I've only recently started drinking a cup every few days, and boy have I missed coffee   
Movement:  Still moving and grooving
Cravings: Pizza and sautéed squash 
Queasy or sick: I think it's pretty much tapered off!!  Woo-hoo
Looking forward to:  Getting the nursery finished

Friday, August 8, 2014

Celebrating 29 Weeks

Last week I was a bundle of nerves.  You see, I was twenty-eight weeks pregnant.  And that may not seem like any reason to be worried, but I was.  Reason being that my water broke at the twenty-eight week mark during my first pregnancy with my dear son, Kasen.  I know that each pregnancy is different, but I couldn't help but to feel on edge.  I kept having flash backs and anxiety that my water would break before I reached full term, again.  I know that it could still break before I reach 37-40 weeks, but passing the twenty-eight week marker was a milestone for me.  I even decided to celebrate on Tuesday with some homemade cookies and ice cream for reaching twenty-nine weeks without my water breaking.  

What really helped me get through this past week was writting out Kasen's birth story.  It was a slow release of built up emotions that have been harboring inside.  I'll be sharing his story in a few days, but for now I'm going to continue celebrating being twenty-nine weeks.

So, I've finally gotten around to editing a few of my impromptu maternity photos from our Sunday afternoon adventure to Lake Catherine.      

I will go ahead and put a disclamier on these.  I am by no means a photographer, nor is my husband.  But I love taking photos, and when the opportunity presents itself, I take it.  Despite it being rather crowded, we managed to snag a few photos.  Kyle did a great job seeing that he had a toddler on his hip while taking these.  I'm sure we were a sight to see.




TGIF!  Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

29 Weeks


How far along: 29 Weeks
Weight gain: 18 pounds, I don't think I'm going to hit my goal of only gaining 25 pounds
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes:  Not yet, and I'm really trying not to buy any if I can get away with it 
Stretch marks: No, but I'm much bigger than I was with my first son at this point, so I'm curious if I'll make it full term without acquiring any
Symptoms:  I'm a hormonal wreck
Best moment this week:  Prenatal massage
Worst moment this week: Other than my hormonal breakdowns, it was a pretty good week
Miss anything: Sleep and not seeing the scale jump two pounds every week (I realize I'm pregnant, and that weight gain comes along with it, still very shocking when I weigh in)    
Movement:  He is always on the move, I love it 
Cravings: Cheese Dip and watermelon 
Queasy or sick: None this week!! woo-hoo
Looking forward to:  October 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Anniversary Weekend Adventures

We've had a lot going on at the McKean household lately.  This weekend we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary.  Kasen also turned 16 months old and went to the church nursery for the first time.  He also had a doctor's appointment and was finally on the charts for height.  In reality, these little milestones are not important to anyone else but us.  Just ordinary events that a lot of people experience, but just like birthing a baby, it's an everyday miracle.  Little things like this are new to us and so very exciting.

We began our celebrations on Saturday with massages.  I got a prenatal massage and Kyle got a deep tissue one.  It was perfect.  So perfect, that I think I'm going to have to schedule another one a few weeks before my due date.  After we got done swooning over our massages, we went and got pedicures.  Then, we picked up some fresh flowers on our way home.
We finished off our anniversary escapades with a lovely dinner, complete with two desserts.  Because this pregnant lady did not want to share.  See, I like to take my time when I eat.  My husband is a different story though.  He eats like he has never eaten before, and it's one of his quirks that can really annoy me.  Like when we share food, because I take one bite, and as I am eating that one bite, he takes three.  And his bites aren't small.  So basically I end up getting 1/4 of what we are eating, or I have to shovel food in my mouth as quick as can be.  And that just leaves me disappointed, because I feel like I never got to fully savor it.  So two desserts it was, with no guilt felt for almost eating mine in it's entirety.
           
It really was a lovely day.  My love language is quality time, so my "love tank" got filled.

On Sunday, our actual anniversary, we decided to have a casual day since we celebrated the night before.  We started the morning off by going to church and dropping Kasen off in the church nursery.  It was his first time, and it took a lot of persuading for me to finally feel comfortable with it.  I know, I sound like "that" mom.  The one that is attached to her child.  But he is my first baby, and the thought of dropping him off with someone other than family was hard.  When Kasen was a few months old we would take him to church, and he would sit with us, usually falling asleep.  When he got to be 9 months old, it was harder.  To the point that he was so mobile and loud that one of us would have to walk around outside the sanctuary with him.  And maybe I should have put him in the nursery then, but I just couldn't handle it.  So, we ended up taking a pretty long break from church, occasionally watching online.  I know it probably sounds down right silly.  That I was afraid to let my child go to the church nursery.  But to me, my feelings were valid.  And I had to reach the point of readiness.  To let go just a little bit.  To let him have some more independence.  To stop worrying needlessly about things that hadn't happened.  To take a deep breath, and know that he was going to be okay for an hour with loving workers that would take good care of him and children his age to play with.

When the moment came, I did better than I expected.  Kyle and I watched Kasen through a window for a little bit before heading to service.  And as we left him playing in the nursery, one of us cried.  And it wasn't me.  I was on the brink of it, but when I looked at the tears spilling out of my husband's eyes, I instantly felt better.  It surprised both of us that he was the one to get emotional.  Being a parent comes with emotions that sometimes blindside you.  I don't know if my husband will appreciate me telling that tid bit of information, but nothing is more attractive to me than how much he loves our son.
Kasen did great in the nursery, as we fully expected.  And we finished our weekend with a trip to Lake Catherine State Park.  And that was quite the adventure.  Hiking (even a half mile) with a toddler that doesn't want to be held is a challenge.  Especially when the trail isn't baby friendly.  After two attempts, we finally made it to our desired destination.  Kasen had a blast splashing around in the creek below the waterfall.  And even though I was wearing a dress, I hoped in with him.  Though, that was partially due to seeing a picture worthy spot.  When the opportunity for a good picture presents itself, I never hesitate.  Yeah, it WAS odd.  Seeing a pregnant women hop into the water to take some pictures had to be quite the sight.  But apparently I have no shame in my game these days.  I'll have those pictures up later this week.

All and all the weekend was great.  I love taking Kasen new places and having family adventures.  He had a pretty big weekend, getting to do lots of new things.  And Kyle and I had a lovely anniversary.  Cheers to two years!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Second Anniversary

Oh, this is going to sound so cliche, but I really can't believe I've been married to my dear husband for two years.  This whole "time" thing keeps going faster and faster the older I get.  And I really wonder why that is?  Didn't time seem to stand still back in grade school?  Heck, even high school?  When you thought about how you'd never get out of school.  The years seemed to drag by.  Then, one day you wake up, and your life seems to be in fast forward.  With no pause button.  And no rewind.  
I couldn't imagine anything different though.  Nor do I think I would I want it any different.  Through all the struggles, there have been lessons learned.  I have grown.  As a person, wife, and mother.  Though, there is still a lot of learning left to do.  If you've been following my blog, you might remember my post from last year, on my one year anniversary.  If you're new (or would like to read it again), then you can see it here. It's such a great reminder to me.          


So two years of marriage down in the books.  Two years full of adventure, surprises, hardships, laughter, love, growth, frustration, and joy.  We've had our ups and downs, like most marriages.  But never would I ever want to share this journey with anyone but my husband, especially parenthood.  From marriage, to our sweet soon to be family of four, life is sweeter with him around. 


I absolutely love our tradition of taking a yearly anniversary picture with the number of how many years we've been married in it.  One day I'll have an album filled with them.  Though, I wonder if I'll run out of ideas to display which anniversary it is.  And I wonder if 40 year old me will think this idea is silly.  Or 70 year old me.  I hope not.  Because I'd really love to take one each year.           



I couldn't help myself as I eyed the cake.  I kept imagining smashing the crumbly cake into Kyle's face, smearing it with frosting.  Then, I realized my thoughts became reality.  I figured since I "deprived" him of this moment on our actual wedding day, it was the least I could do.  And being quite courteous himself, he returned the favor.  Right up my nose.  I couldn't smell anything but cake for days.  We are kids at heart, and I love it.  I also love the cute photos we got out of it as well.  Happy Monday!      
 
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