37 weeks

How Far Along: 37 weeks last Saturday (officially considered full term)

Fruit/Veggie: A stalk of swiss chard

Size: 6 and 1/3 lbs, somewhere around 19 inches long.

Baby changes: His lungs & brain continue to mature & he is working on becoming a chunky monkey.

Best Moment this week: We had a really good rain the other night…that was pretty wonderful. We had some sweet friends over last night for dinner & Bananagrams (my new favorite game).

Coming in at first place for the worst moment this week: my computer DIED…the really sad part is I hadn’t backed my stuff up to an external hard-drive (I know. I know. Believe me…I KNOW. So don’t tell me what I should have done or I told you so. I am already pretty crushed).

I am begging the Lord that the data recovery people will be able to pull my files off…otherwise Hudson’s first year of life in pictures/videos is gone…and I will really be devastated. I don’t even want to talk about it. Let’s just pray they can get them off…ok?

Gender: Boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: He still likes to stick his feet in my ribs. His little body parts are much more noticeable on the outside of my belly as he rolls around.

Food Craving: Turkey club sandwich from Shlotsky’s. I had it for lunch today actually…mmm…so good.

Sleep: So so. For being almost 38 weeks preggo, it could be worse.

Symptoms: I’ve been having some off & on pre-labor-ish symptoms, hopefully my body is gearing up to birth this little guy sometime soon! By “sometime soon” I mean in the next 3 weeks 🙂 I’m still anticipating going past my due date.

What I am looking forward to: Thanksgiving is tomorrow! (seriously? where did 2011 go??)

My belly: I took this with my phone. Which is old. And not at all fancy. So you might have to squint.


36 weeks

How Far Along: 36 weeks

Fruit/Veggie: A crenshaw melon. Again with the weird produce…apparently a crenshaw melon is a teardrop shaped hybrid cross between a Casaba melon & a Persian melon (which are both native to Iran & Turkey).

Size: Weight: Almost 6 lbs. Length: A little over 18.5 inches. (Both are per BabyCenter averages).

Baby changes: Gaining fat & filling out…could be gaining as much as an ounce/day from here on out.

Best Moment this week: We had SO much fun seeing friends in OK last week. Also, this past weekend some sweet friends threw us a baby shower. It was such a fun, special time to celebrate this little boy who we are about to meet & pray over him.

Gender: Boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: Nothing really new to report. I am at the stage where we can still and watch him roll around in my belly, it is so entertaining. He likes to stick his booty out on the right side, which makes me look really lopsided. Silly boy 🙂

Food Craving: Spinach mashed potatoes. I kind of made up one day when I was cleaning out the fridge and it was a hit with all of us. They are so yum and a great way to eat LOTS of greens. I’ll share the recipe soon.

Sleep: Not bad. I’ve woken up a little sore the last few mornings from sleeping so hard and forgetting to roll over. Its kind of a nice feeling.

Symptoms: My chiropractor is amazing and has really made SUCH a difference in the lower back pain that I was experiencing! I’ve started getting heartburn if I eat too much, or sometimes just because. My ankles disappear for about 3 days after I work at the hospital 🙂 It seriously takes like 72 hours for the cankles to go away. Otherwise I am still feeling really good!

What I am looking forward to: He is coming out soon 🙂 I am so excited to meet our little man!

My belly: I didn’t take a 36 week picture. Oops. I’ll take on this weekend at 37 weeks. Guess you’ll just have to wait it out.

{Tot School} Apples & Pumpkins

{I started writing this post 2 weeks ago as October was ending…just now getting around to finishing it & posting. Oh well. Better late than never, right?}

Hudson & I so enjoyed the coolness of the fall that October brought. We read some fun books about apples & pumpkins. We got to visit the pumpkin patch. We made pumpkin pie play-dough. We made an apple pie & ate oodles of delicious honeycrisp apples. We thanked the Lord for the gladness that harvest time brings. October was fun.

October was also a c.r.a.z.y. month full of events. Hanging out with friends. The World Series. Sickness. Daddy out of town. Company in town. Celebrating new babies. A funeral. On & on…

I had a lot of fun “apple-y pumpkin-y” activities planned for us to do that we never got to.

And if I am being honest, I had to fight some guilt over that…that if I was a “better” momma we would have accomplished more learning & activities. {Or posted this 2 weeks ago. Or actually finished the laundry for once.}

I don’t know about you but I find that since becoming a mother I am even more susceptible to believe lies that my goodness and merit and worth are rooted in my actions & my doing.

When the truth is, I have no, zero, zilch goodness or merit or worth of my own and I am completely unable to earn any by my actions. My worth is only found in Christ. I am able to teach, train, parent, love my children only through Christ.

I am praying that you mommas who read this are able to allow the sweetness & hope of that truth to sink deeply into your heart.

This is one of those seasons that we can completely fill with busy-ness and absolutely miss the boat when it comes to actually enjoying family, growing hearts of thankfulness, and anticipating the celebration of our Savior’s birth. Believe me, I am queen of busy-ness. I am begging the Lord to remind me to slow down and really soak Him in & dwell on the beauty of this season. Praying the same for you & your family.

With that said, here is the rundown on {Tot School} in October.

{Theme: Apples & Pumpkins}

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Our placemat looked like this

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Our memory verse was Isaiah 9:3

“They will be glad in Your presence as with the gladness of harvest”.

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Our family worship songs were: The Doxology, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Our morning worship mix can be found here (we listen & sing & have a dance party while we play in the mornings)

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You saw pics of the pumpkin patch here.

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I found the idea & recipe for pumpkin pie play-do here. FYI- I increased the cream of tartar to 1T. per some reviews that I read. 

Hud wasn’t the biggest fan of  the play-do. The first time we tried it he just poked it a little. Now he’ll play & squish it more.

He is signing “all done” in this pic. 

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image found here

The recipe for the best apple pie you’ll ever eat can be found here. Just make sure to make the following changes:

Replace 1 T. of the water with vanilla. Add in about 1 t. of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg with the sugar.

As for the crust, I’ve used the frozen kind and homemade kind, both are equally delicious. The first is obviously faster & easier.

Oh, and don’t be afraid to try doing a lattice on the crust. It is so easy, promise! Google “lattice pie crust” if you are nervous, there are a million little “tutorials”. You’ll be so proud of yourself & your pie will look like Grandma Ople actually made it.

Hudson helped make the pie by eating apple slices while we were baking.


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I made this match game by printing & laminating pictures of different color apples & pumpkins.

(I used the same images for his placemat. Found them all on google)

Hudson had fun carrying the pieces around, I would name the colors or items while he played with them.

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{Apple & Pumpkin Books We Enjoyed}

Apples, Apples by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Cute & simple board book about a family that visits an apple orchard. We both really enjoyed it.

Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshman & Cheryl Ryan

I really enjoyed the cadence of the text which explores & describes different items growing on a farm. Great opportunity to talk about colors & textures. I didn’t love the illustrations though.

How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

An apple pie is easy to make! Unless of course the market is closed, in which case you must become a globe-hopping grocery shopper, from finding the finest Seminola wheat in Italy to the freshest apples in Vermont. 

The Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

Peter the Tiger is looking for the perfect pumpkin. Lots of fun rhyming & tongue twisting in this one.

Pick A Pumpkin Mrs. Millie! by Judy Cox

Silly Mrs. Millie takes her class of kindergardeners to pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. The wordplay in this book is funny & imaginative and would be great for older kids though it was still fun for us to read & enjoy.

It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall

A brother & sister plant pumpkins for their favorite time of year. The book is simple but does a great job talking about plant life cycles. I loved the illustrations & this will be a great book when Hud is bigger to incorporate science.

Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

A cute simple little book about Biscuit the puppy visiting the pumpkin patch with his friends.

It’s Fall by Jimmy Pickering

I really really liked this book about Sally & Sam two fast friends enjoying fall, from turning leaves to harvest to hayrides. I didn’t love the page where they dressed up for Halloween, so I skipped it. 

The Pumpkin Patch Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs

I really enjoyed this little allegorical book which tells the story of a loving farmer who turns a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. A fun gospel conversation starter for kiddos who are a little bigger. 

35 weeks


How Far Along: 35 weeks

Fruit/Veggie: A honeydew melon

Size: Weight: About 5 & 1/4lbs. Length: A little over 18 inches. (Both are per BabyCenter averages).

Baby changes: Gaining fat & filling out. Kidneys are fully developed and liver is beginning to process some waste products.

Best Moment this week: Oh my goodness! My parents are the best!

My dad has been working on the boys room this week, putting up board & batten – it is looking SO good! Can’t wait to show you when it is all done. My mom came over too and has been my absolute biggest hero helping me deep clean the WHOLE house. I’m talking ceiling fans, blinds, base boards, kitchen cabinets, my stove…it is all amazingly clean…I’ve totally been feeling the “nesting” urge and I am now feeling much more ready to have this baby {though not quite yet 🙂 I have a few more projects to tackle}.

Gender: Boy. {Owen Paul Stone}

Movement: I can tell he is feeling a little cramped these days, sweet little rolly guy.

Food Craving: Ice. Clementine oranges. Blueberry bagel with cream cheese.

Sleep: Pretty good.

Symptoms: Nothing new. I went to a chiropractor on Thursday and will be seeing her through the end of this pregnancy, hoping it will help with the lower back pain & with delivery. I worked at the hospital last night and came home with some serious cankles. Gross. That is my least favorite part of pregnancy. Well…that and constipation. Yep. Probably my two least favorites…TMI?

What I am looking forward to: Hudson and I are talking a road trip to OK to visit some of my bestest girlfriends & their babies. Super excited to see them!

My belly: Here I am at 35 weeks…

Halloween 2011

I decided since pumpkin carving was a little too “out of our league” it would probably be zero fun and that we would do pumpkin painting instead. See that cute little painted pumpkin??

Well…this is pretty much how Hudson felt about the experience…

Not a big fan of finger painting at 14 months! (but we’ll get there…) So Daddy painted him instead of the pumpkin…

And then we watched some airplanes & life was good again.

This love of planes is what inspired his costume this year.

Last Halloween Hudson was a cow {2.5 months old}

And this year {as you saw from the pic I posted yesterday…} he was an aviator!

I found the little bomber jacket at a resale shop for $5 and everything else we already had…so it was an easy costume to throw together.

I am so crazy in love with my boys. All 3 of them.

Hud had such fun dumping candy out of his bucket and putting in back in…

Nerds = a fantastic musical instrument 🙂

We decided to stay home last night and hand out candy/trick-or-treat on our street because it is such a great time of year to meet our neighbors. We’ve had LOTS of people move away recently and new neighbors move in and for the most part our neighbors all keep to themselves so its been hard to get to know people on our street but we got to meet several new faces last night. Yay! Praying that the Lord will open some more doors & we will be able to get to know them better!

We had a great time in {tot school} in October learning about apples & pumpkins and I’m working on putting a post together about it. Hopefully it will be up soon!