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Weeks 23, 24, 25, and 26 ~ January 8, 2014
~ Wow! Time is flying!

I cannot believe it has been 4 weeks since my last update. I swear sometimes life just gets away from me. Hopefully things slow down here soon and I can get back into a routine.

Week 23:

On Monday of this week, Brandon texted me at work and said he wasn't feeling well. He had done a pretty intense Crossfit competition that weekend so I thought he might just be feeling achy or bad because of that. He then texted me an hour later and said he was running a 101 fever. Great! He went straight to the doctor and sure enough, the flu! The doctor gave him Tamiflu, a cough medicine, and told him to take Motrin. I really hate when anyone in my family is sick, but my biggest concern was to just sterilize the house and make sure Brandon was kept in quarantine from the boys and me. Both the boys had their flu shots back in September, so I was just hoping they worked. I, however, did not get my flu shot. I've heard too many conflicting reports on its safety, so I just stayed away. I called my OB though to let him know and ask if there was anything I needed to worry about or could do to try and prevent me from getting sick. Unfortunately, Thursday I came down with flu like symptoms, but it ended in bronchitis. My doctor gave me an antibiotic and cough syrup. I literally lay in bed for Thursday and Friday feeling awful and to top it off every time I coughed, I peed myself. I guess that's a luxury of having two kids and being pregnant with a baby pressing on your bladder.

Week 24:

Thankfully by Saturday I hadn't run a fever in 24 hours and I was feeling somewhat better. We had my grandparent's family Christmas celebration that day. It's always nice to see my aunts and uncles that I don't see often. We had a good get together. The next few days were making last minute preparations for Christmas and Santa's big arrival.

Christmas Eve we went to Mass and then to Brandon's parents' house for dinner and presents. When we got home, the boys enjoyed putting cookies and chocolate milk out for Santa and oatmeal for the reindeer. Kaydon made sure we left Santa a note with 1 carrot for Rudolph.

Christmas Day was so much fun! I get so excited to see the joy and excitement on the boys' faces and dread the day when the magic is gone. But for now, I will hold tight on enjoying experiencing Christmas through them! We had my dad and Brandon's parents over for Christmas lunch. I think Christmas is one holiday that I feel blessed to be an only child. I do not have to worry about splitting my holiday between this place and that. Brandon and I made it a point to say that once we had Kaydon, we will stay at home on Christmas and whoever wants to see us can come to our house. The boys love playing with their Santa gifts and I don't want all the pressure of time lines and driving half the day.

Week 25:

The Saturday after Christmas we went to my mom's to celebrate with her and her boyfriend. It was a nice day with just her and my little family. The next few days we just relaxed and stayed around the house. I was blessed that Brandon's vacation days lined up perfectly with my vacation and he was off with the boys and me the entire two weeks I was out for Christmas break.

This week also marked the first time that Brandon truly felt little baby Luca (the name we have picked) kicking me from the inside. I still feel that his kicks are not as prominent as my previous pregnancy with Colton, but he's kicking and moving more and more every day. I just love feeling him kick and move. I think this is one of my favorite parts of pregnancy (besides the end result).

For New Year's Eve we had a few friends over and played card games while waiting for the new year. They all thought it was hilarious that every time I coughed, I would pee myself. I think that was the biggest laugh of the night when I had to tell Brandon to get me a towel so I wouldn't get pee on the seat.

Week 26:

I think this was our most eventful week. We decided on New Year's Day to take a last minute trip to Atlanta. We left our house at 11 for Target and turned the car right back around to go home and pack. I wouldn't suggest just deciding to take a last minute 12 hour drive when you don't start until the middle of the day. But, we survived and made it there safely. The boys did great considering. We did stop about halfway and picked up a portable DVD player for the headrests so they could watch a movie.

I know I mentioned in my last entry that Brandon should know definitely about the new job by the end of that coming week. Well, he did hear that he is for sure getting an offer, but we haven't gotten the official offer as of yet. So, Brandon thought that if we were going to make a decision on this, he wanted me to at least see the area we could potentially be living before deciding to live there. We only stayed three nights, but spent the time looking at different neighborhoods we could be living inand just scoping out the area. Our last day there (before the day we spent driving back), we took the boys to LEGOLAND. I would highly suggest it to parents with little kids. The boys had a great time.

I try to imagine living somewhere that I've only spent three days in and it seems weird. I loved the area, and thought it was very beautiful and scenic. But how could you truly know what it's like to live somewhere if you've only visited. I have only lived in one state and really one area my entire life (besides the three years I lived away for college). I just keep praying and asking for guidance from God that whatever happens is what's meant to happen. I know He will lead us in the right direction for our family. Keeping my fingers crossed that we will have an answer by the end of next week. I'm so tired of being in limbo.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday, January 7th. Everything with baby Luca checked out great. This was a normal appointment. Just weight check, blood pressure check, and pee in a cup. Then the doctor came and listened to his heartbeat and asked if I had any questions. I have been experiencing some pain in my stomach. It is not a contraction pain or a nausea pain. I cannot really explain it, but it just aches. Sometimes I feel like it's too heavy. I just hope my body adjusts because I have too many weeks left to deal with it if the pain doesn't go away. I have also been having some heartburn. I didn't experience that too much with Colton, but it was pretty bad with Kaydon. My doctor told me that I should take a Pepcid AC a day, in the mornings and see if that doesn't help. I also received another gift this week from baby (sorry TMI alert), a hemorrhoid! I guess they can just develop but I sure hope it goes away SOON.

I almost forgot! Colton is officially potty trained. I decided to start at the beginning of my Christmas break and by the time we all went back to work and school on January 7th, he was potty trained! We had a few accidents the first few days but it was because he didn't want to poop on the potty. After a few days, he now tells us when he has to go. According to what they say at school, he will even go pee in the potty himself. I'm so proud of my little boy who is quickly turning into a big boy!

Sorry for such a lengthy update. I guess that's what happens when you go four weeks between entries. Hopefully next week I will for sure know if we are moving or staying. Prayers would be greatly appreciated!

Until next week!
~ Kristina

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