Thursday, December 20, 2012

Merry Christmas!

So life has been a little nuts since my last update!! We've been slowing down since the landscaping season and seeming to get busier with the apartments and remodeling around the house. Have I ever mentioned that I really dislike being a landlord?! Let me tell ya... not so fun! But we are working out some kinks and making it work! Let's just say that there are a few people that live in our apartments that probably RUN the other direction when they see me coming... oh my husband is so happy he put me in charge of all this now! :)

Along with all this we have had a very interesting week in the Yoder Household! Sunday night a guy who used to work for us a couple years ago called Caleb up and said he had no place to stay... in short he's a homeless alcoholic with lots of problems. Caleb has kept touch with him over the last two years and was mentoring him in a way... keeping up with him and trying to keep him on the right track. So he ended up spending the night in our basement both Sunday and Monday. We did a lot of pouring into him those couple of days... trying to find him other places to go, filling out job applications for him, giving him rides places (yes, he has no car either), feeding him, and praying with him. I was hopeful when he left Tuesday, sober, that he would take some of what we had told him and move in the right direction. Well I'm learning more and more that a person in that type of predicament needs to WANT to change in order to get better. It is defeating and it made for an exhausting week... even though he isn't in "our care" anymore he is still calling and we are still dealing with him but he sure has shown Caleb and I LOTS!

After the shooting last Friday and just encountering another Christmas season I feel like I've been confronted with the importance of sharing Christ, wearing Him on my sleeve per say. The man that stayed at our house showed me once again the vital importance of this concept. When you see a person that has nothing, I mean NOTHING, you can really only offer him one thing... and that's hope, and that can only come from God. It was a great time to share with him about my Savior who he actually shares. He has accepted Christ during one of his alcohol rehabs, but like us all... has gone through valleys and mountain tops. Let's just say... he's in the valley right now! Like the Grand Canyon! Anyway, it was good for Caleb and I to be reminded of our blessings because we have chosen to honor Christ with our lives and live a certain way. And it was good for him to see that we believe all we are and have is because of Christ... and the discernment and wisdom that comes from following Christ. It has just become more and more evident to me that Christ is nothing to be afraid of sharing, I should never be shy of my Savior, whether it offends someone or not...
 "If we disown him, he will also disown us." 2 Timothy 2:12
We have an extremely loving and gracious God, but if we continue to deny Him it separates us from that love and grace He so badly wants to pour out. 

Oh yeah... remember the reason for my post? I'm pregnant still?! Awesome! Two weeks past where I delivered the boys!!!! 
27 weeks 5 days
The boys wanted in on the action... showing me their "babies" too!

How far along? 27 weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: A little over recommended... so it's still my secret! ;)
Maternity clothes? Yup! But the sweater I'm wearing is just a regular one... still mixing it up!
Stretch marks? None, so far!
Sleep: I told Caleb last night that I am already starting to mourn my loss of sleep. Between getting up often with Luke (who seems to be having lots of bad dreams lately), my hands going numb and aching constantly  and just knowing what a newborn is like... well let's just say I was tired and overwhelmed at the thought! Ha!
Best moment this week: Having Caleb get to feel his son do some crazy flips the other night! He was moving around a ton and Caleb was able to feel some feel really good kicks, flips and punches. Along with watching my belly move around too! We were having a blast!
Movement: A lot... see above :)
Cravings: I'm starting to see more and more that yes, I have another little Caleb-boy in my belly. I've been into hot stuff again lately, and really liking the veggie sub at subway since it's only $2. I get pepper jack cheese, ALL the veggies (even peppers) and chipotle southwest. Mmmm... I don't even miss the one slice of deli meat they usually give you! Ha!
Gender: BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: Still none so far!
Belly Button in or out? Still in! But I don't think for much longer!
What I miss: Being able to sleep, talk on the phone, put on my mascara, do the dishes, etc... without my hand(s) going numb!
What I am looking forward to: CHRISTMAS! With my family this weekend and then with Caleb's fam over New Years!! Looking more and more forward to meeting  this boy. It just makes me so curious to think of what he is going to be like... more like Max/Me or more like Luke/Caleb or a whole new mix?! Also can't wait to experience one baby... and prayerfully a positive birth?! I'm just excited!

Also... I was just telling Caleb that the baby is about 14.8" from head to heel. This week the baby's brain is also developing its folds and grooves and he continues to add layers of fat to his body. This may not seem to mean much... but I remember these gestational phases as if they were seared into my brain forever. My boys were two weeks old at 27 weeks 5 days and I was educating myself as a first time mom about how to increase their brain development by approaching their isolettes from both sides, talking to them in different tones and from different sides of their brains. I was encountered with the sobering reality that if I was not proactive about these things... they would merely not happen. I would demand the nurses to change their positions even though it was aggravating for them to work opposite, but I was paralyzed by pictures in books that showed a premature baby's brain at 37 weeks and a full term baby's brain in utero at 37 weeks. An amazing difference and I was determined to change that for my boys! What I am saying with all this is I feel beyond blessed to be able to bond with this baby in my tummy! I feel like everyday I'm given more time to get to know him and more gifts of his development. I am thankful that with two crazy toddlers to take care of I really don't have to worry about their little brother... God is forming him as we speak! Ah... amazing! Cheers to 12 more weeks!

So if you think about it... say a prayer for "that man" who is homeless, controlled by a substance and just like you and me... a sinner who needs God's grace. And also...


Saturday, December 1, 2012


So I have a ton to update on... I know... Oops! It's been over a month since my last update. So hold on... this one's going to be a doozy! :)

Check out those buns! Ha! Ready for a bath!
My hunter-men!

Making some sugar cookies!!
Mmmmm... frosting!
My mom and I got away the other weekend for some much needed girl time! It was wonderful and Caleb did great as always with the boys all weekend. Mom and I started out with a spa day, lots of going out to eat and shopping! It was perfect!
Getting dressed up to head to the spa!
My beautiful mama... having a fun Thai lunch.
One of my finds from the weekend!
More big news... we bought land up by my parents cabin just a couple weeks ago! We are very excited to have some great (hopefully) hunting land and to have a cabin where I can hang out with all four of my boys as they grow and go hunt!
Warming up by the fire at the cabin!
Visiting Great Grandma Clara!! The boys loved her snowman!
Snuggling in mom and dad's bed!
Playing in the snow for the first time this year!!

The boys love their new picture that lights up from Aunt Kathy!!
They are also SO in love with their new monkeys that Aunt Kathy got them too! They have been taking them everywhere and sleeping with them!!
My Christmas mantel... still needs some work but the lights are nice and sparkly! 
And Max today... sleeping with his monkey that his cousin Sammie named Butterscotch... but he can only say Butter Socks... so that's his name now! 
Ok now on to the pregnancy update...
21 weeks 4 days
Thanksgiving Day!
23 1/2 weeks
Latest picture taken Friday...
24 weeks 5 days
Caleb said 'work it' so hence the attitude face!
24 weeks 5 days
How far along? 24 weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: Oh man! Lost track! ;)
Maternity clothes? Yup!
Stretch marks? None, so far!
Sleep: It has been frustrating lately because my hands have been going numb a lot but I had a doctor appointment Friday and found out that I have pregnancy induced carpal tunnel! So now I know why and as long as I keep my hands/arms straight then I'll be good... good luck, right?! It's pretty annoying because I can't put on mascara, talk on my phone, or put my hand/arm up or bent for long without it going numb!
Best moment this week: Well it's been a month so can't think of any one thing!
Movement: Busy,  busy baby! Starting to see my belly move which is so fun!
Cravings: Hmm.... soup from the bakery, with a hard roll still. Mexican, Mexican, Mexican! Not anything weird or super spicy just Mexican food?!
Gender: BOY!!!! 
Labor Signs: None!! Hope it stays that way for a while! So strange but I went into labor with the boys at 25 weeks exactly, on a Sunday... and this Sunday I will be 25 weeks, exactly! Praying I won't be timing contractions in church like I was a couple years ago at this point! Praying he stays put!
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
What I miss: Bending over to wipe my floor without grunting! 
What I am looking forward to: Getting the nursery re-decorated! Found some material with my mom-in-law Friday and it made me so, so excited!!!! I really LOVE it! :)
Recent Doctor Appointment: Friday I had my six month appointment and gestational diabetes check. I don't know any results yet from my GD test but will hopefully hear soon. And the heartbeat was great today... good and strong. Around 154-158. My baby boy scared Dr. Hyser today as she was listening to the heartbeat with the monitor on my tummy he kicked it and made my tummy and the whole thing jump! Ha! Strong, I guess! :) AND... one more time I measured HUGE for my gestation. I measured at 29 weeks this time. So last time I measured at 26 weeks when I was only 20 weeks so 6 weeks ahead and this time I measured 4 1/2 weeks ahead. Who knows! My doctor is not concerned... but I'm thinking what in the world?!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Half Way There!

So we're half way there... 20 weeks down and 20 to go! Below is my picture taken at 20 weeks 3 days... but get this... I had a doctor appointment yesterday and measured at 26 weeks!??!?! Crazy, huh... the doctor said it is no big deal and that it could be because my uterus is tipped different, I had a growth spurt, or I just have a big uterus?! Who knows! We know baby isn't overly big because the ultrasound showed baby growing just on track... this could make for a BIG pregnancy!?

21 Weeks with the twins... for comparison to my singleton... that is measuring 26 weeks?!
How far along? 20 weeks 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: 15 lbs +
Maternity clothes? Yup!
Stretch marks? None, so far!
Sleep: Still the same... waking up lots to pee which makes sense now since my ultrasound. The tech said the baby's head is way down and resting on my bladder.
Best moment this week: Getting to see our baby at the ultrasound!
Movement: More and more everyday! Starting to feel the difference from the kicks and punches.
Cravings: Hmm.... soup from the bakery, with a hard roll still. Nothing else new the past two weeks.
Gender: BOY!!!! We found out at our ultrasound last week. We went into the ultrasound and told the tech that we did not want to find out the gender and then a couple minutes into it ... there it was! Boy parts for all to see! :) I did later ask if they could just confirm the gender so they put the it in an envelope for us to look at later when we got home. We waited until we went to bed and looked and saw just what we thought, a boy. I am really happy we did end up finding out. I think that the opportunity I had to go through some emotions was good before the baby came. Now I can take time to get ready and be more prepared and be ready and excited to welcome another boy. Because just to be honest... I was really thinking it was a girl so the shock was good to get over!
Labor Signs: I had a little bit of a scare the other night and I think it just ended up being growing pains. I had my doctor check my cervix yesterday at my appointment and so far so good! All closed!
Belly Button in or out? Still in!
What I miss: Energy... but I honestly think that is missed because of trying to potty train and parent two 2 and 1/2 year olds and not being pregnant!
What I am looking forward to: Nothing really related to my pregnancy but I am so looking forward to a weekend away in the cities with my mom! We have not gotten away alone since before the boys were born. I can't wait to have girl time, go out to eat and best of all... SPA DAY!!!!!!!!!! :) It will be great!

This last weekend we got away to celebrate my Grandma Gerrie's 75th birthday! It was a great time with family!
Going for a ride on Papa's hay wagon! We all JUST fit! 

Grandma with some of her girls... and Jason! :)
Papa and Max sitting on the porch at the cabin!
Papa with Luke and Max!
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Our family... all 5 of us! :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

18 Weeks!

WoW! I can't believe I'm 18 weeks already! Seems like this pregnancy is really flying by so fast! I think that is one of the benefits of having other children while pregnant... it just goes by faster!

The board says... 18 weeks, baby is 5.6" from crown to rump. (A sweet potato) 
I'm sorry, but that seems crazy to me... already that long!? Super exciting!

The bump is really starting to BUMP! And just so I know, for future reference looking back on these pictures, I think I look lots bigger in person?!

How far along? 18 weeks 3 daysTotal weight gain/loss: I figured I better document this because I will be mad that I never did... so far... 13 lbs... that seems like a lot and I think it's a little more than average or recommended but I just feel better when I eat... so, yeah.
Maternity clothes? Ah, yes... maternity clothes! I forgot how comfortable you are! I am officially wearing them daily! I still have a mix of shirts but I am now in my maternity pants and it's hard to go back! :)
Stretch marks? Curious to see what will happen this time... so far so good though!
Sleep: I tend to wake up between 3-4 am every night for a bathroom break and have trouble getting back to sleep after that. Best moment this week: Caleb got to feel the baby kick last night!Movement: Really starting to ramp up... the baby definitely has it's busy and quiet times... starting to figure out when that is more regularly.
Cravings: Hmm.... soup from the bakery, with a hard roll. Mexican. Really... junk... that's bad I know! AND... to trump all the junk... I have really been craving salad!?Gender: We don't know and won't! And that is final... I think! ;)Labor Signs: None yet, thank goodness!Belly Button in or out? In, but it's looking a little distorted and stretched out.What I miss: I miss not feeling so, well round when I see myself in the mirror before I take a shower... I almost think... wow... how much longer do I have to get how much bigger! Ha!What I am looking forward to: My twenty week ultrasound on October 24th! Just excited to see baby again! Also looking forward to being out of that stage where you feel like you're showing but to the rest of the world you pretty much just look like you just left and all-you-can-eat buffet...

Just had to share some sweet photos of the boys with their newest cousin, Eli. While the guys were in Montana Rach and Eli stayed with us a couple nights and the boys just LOVE Eli and loved that they were staying here! 
This one cracks me up... I think I must have told Luke not to touch Eli!!!
SO sweet!!
Love how all three are in their own world here!
 Crazy to think that pretty soon I'll have three babies!!


So I have a lot of pictures but not tons of time... so here's a speedy update, in pictures!

The other night the boys were playing outside with me and I sent Max in because he was cold. I knew that Caleb was in there doing bookwork at the kitchen counter but I figured Max would just be busy playing with toys... nothing for him to get into to...

Well much to my surprise I walked in about fifteen minutes later to a disaster! As Caleb was obliviously engrossed in his paperwork Max was running around the house with a full (now empty) bottle of baby powder... just having a blast flinging it EVERYWHERE!!! There was almost a white haze when I walked in... and I said to Caleb as calmly as I could... "do you see what is happening behind you?!?!" He turns around and says... "oops, no." Well... it is just a good memory now... and Luke joined in right away too as you can see! The pictures really don't even do it justice... ha ha!

We got away for our six year anniversary in September!! So fun! We just went the cities and shopped, stayed in a hotel and ate lots of good food! I got a haircut which was beyond needed and it was fun to be away and have the time to go get it done! 

Eating out at the Cheesecake Factory! Yum!

My anniversary present... along with getting spoiled all weekend... a second band for my wedding ring!
The only picture of us from the weekend... and really... a not so great one...
These pictures below are from the second weekend in September. We went up to my mom and dad's cabin in Mason to celebrate my brother's birthday! So fun!
Max, Nevaeh and Luke!
Papa's hay wagon... all done now!
These two are partners in crime!!

Nana's gourds!
Just in case your are not aware... we are movie stars! Ha! We filmed a commercial and took pictures for print ads for Essentia clinic. It was fun, actually!

Did I say it was fun?! I meant exhausting! Ha!

The boys in sweaters from great grandma Clara!

Billboard that is in Duluth... haven't seen it in real life yet. 

My puff paint pumpkin!
The boys said they wanted to be babies... like Eli! :)
Sweet go-cart their dad got them!
My fall mantel... believe it or not... the banner is still up!!
Daddy's boys... night before Caleb left for Montana! He's home now though!
Phew... done! :) Now to do my 18 week update!