Hang tight, Loyals. Today's post is going to be quite a doozy. Be prepared to read a little bit about a lot of things such as hot colored denim, amazing nude flats on the cheap, marginal cord insertion, anatomy scans and outdoor fun. How's that for Tuesday Tids and Bits, eh?
Loyals, I am in love. Obsessed, really, with these jeans. It's no secret that I've been jonesing for a pair of colored denim for months now, however never came across a pair that would fit my ever-expanding, ahem, midsection. Until, however, the day that I wandered into the ridiculously overpriced but so incredible A Pea in the Pod. And stumbled upon no less than 6 different colored pairs of Awesomesauce.
For the record, I will likely have to promise another baby to The Husband the second he finds out how much I paid for these pants. But can you put a price on looking hot and feeling good while growing a human? Right, I didn't think so either. So, Loyals. Thanks to these pants, it looks like we'll be trying to Baby Number Three sometime in 2014. If you feel so inclined to jump on the Colored Denim Maternity Skinny bandwagon, you can find these pants here. You can find the awesomely soft top that I'm wearing there as well. I mean, I had to. Don't judge.
Moving on, let me share another reason why I should not be allowed near a mall without a Toddler:
The most incredible pair of $8.99 nude flats you will ever find. From, gag me, Payless. It's true. Due to quality issues, I had not bought a pair of shoes from Payless since 1999, much less wandered into one. But when a stir-crazy 19 week pregnant Mama ventures into the mall sans toddler for the first time in godknowshowlong, everything is fair game. I believe these flats are normally priced at $16.99 but due to a favorable mis-pricing, an entire shelf of these beauties were marked down to $8.99. Score one for Mama. C'mon. You know you want a pair. You can find them here. Let the record show that I am not above a good deal or an adorable patent leather nude flat.
In my semi-weekly bumpdates, you may recall that for the last couple of weeks we've been "looking forward to" M2's anatomy scan on the 30th. Well, sweet Loyals, let me re-introduce to you a one beautifully perfect and healthy little M2! Who, thankfully, is still a boy. Yes, in fact, there is a tiny weenie floating around in my belly. (That one's for you, Meredith!)
Once again, I am in awe of Creation. Truly. As the sonographer scanned over my belly and pointed out each chamber of his heart, each ventricle of his brain, his tiny perfect vertebrae, his little button nose, his long bony fingers, his handsome femurs, I couldn't help but praise Him for such a wonderfully made little miracle. I mean, this stuff is just wild. WILD, LOYALS! And I am so, so thankful. M2 was incredibly cooperative for the technician and was quick to stretch and tumble and wiggle in between scans.
One thing we did learn was that I have something known as "marginal cord insertion" this pregnancy. Basically what this means is that M2's umbilical cord enters the placenta at its edge rather than in the middle where it's supposed to attach. I've been reassured that it's nothing to worry about at the moment, but one of the major risks involved with such cord placement is often low birth weight babies. When the Maternal Fetal Medicine attending sat down with me after the scan, she half-joked that with my history of large babies (let's not forget the 9lb 10oz toddler I birthed in June 2010) a smaller baby may not necessarily be a terrible thing.
This does mean that I've earned myself (and M2) a few extra ultrasounds down the road to monitor both his growth and the cord blood flow. As of yesterday, M2 was measuring at a little over 12 ounces which is right on target for his gestational age!
Can we take a second to talk about those bony fingers? That's my boy! He's got his Mama's fingers for sure!
Speaking of The Toddler, I just had to share these pictures from our playtime in the yard yesterday.
With all of the excitement surrounding M2's scan, C was Mr. Anti-Naps as soon as we walked in the door from the doctor's office. With nothing but a beautiful sunny and unseasonably warm day ahead of us, I could only think of one thing to do: Run around outside like total and utter nut jobs. And run around we did, Loyals.
C's new favorite thing to do is "gick! gick!" a ball around the backyard. It looks like we're going to have to invest in a soccer ball as to not confuse him any further. He also refused to wear his hat for most of the time because he has this crazy obsession with feeling the wind in his hair.
Loyals, I kid you not. This kid is hysterical. All in all? It was a pretty awesome Monday, if I do say so myself. I hope your week started off not too shabby as well. We all know how much Mondays can suck around here. Don't forget to enter my latest giveaway here for the chance to win one of TWO $50 gift certificates to my FAVORITE paper company, Minted!
Happy Tuesday, Loyals!