Monday, March 20, 2017

34 weeks (baby #2)


34 weeks - baby is the size of a cantaloupe 
She weights about 4.9 pounds and is about 19 inches long


How far along: 34 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: My Snoogle pillow has been a life saver! I've had more night of insomnia lately though...the whole waking up around 2am, and unable to fall back asleep until 4am. Thanks body, for reminding me about all the fun, sleepless nights I have in store soon...
Best moment of the week:  We had a fun, 4D/HD ultrasound this week! Such an amazing experience to get a sneak peak of this little baby. She was very active, liked to keep her hands by her face, and gave us a couple smirks. She is head down and the technician said she looks to be bald or have very short hair. We got some amazing pictures and makes me all the more excited to meet her very soon!

This week, my new midwife coworkers threw myself and another pregnant midwife (about 10 days ahead of me) a baby shower at work. It was so, so wonderful and so much more than I could have imagined. I have been a nurse at this hospital since 2012, and did two years of nurse midwifery clinicals with these midwives and they are such a wonderful group of women. I am so lucky they are taking me on as a new nurse midwife and proud to be a part of this wonderful group!

Finally, this week, Phil and I also drove to Jacksonville for the weekend to watch our old friends from college get married! My mom stayed at our house and watched Harper. It was so fun to see old friends and have a night away, but we sure did miss Harper while we were away.
Worst moment of the week: My nausea and vomiting were rough this week. I'm grateful they usually come in short bursts, and don't knock me out all day...but man oh man, I am so done with it.
Running/Workouts: Feeling and good and still working out. Running is slow and minimal, but I'm happy with running at least one mile each day in addition to the rest of my workout.
Missing anything: No
Movement: This baby is so active - my favorite thing still to do is find her little body part and gently press...the feeling of her moving back is just so indescribable!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I already mentioned all the nausea and vomiting lately. A new thing I'm craving though lately is banana chips, especially the fresh ones from Publix.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Is feeling large a mood?
Looking forward to: I am flying to NYC this Thursday, by myself, to watch one of my best friends marry the love of his life. I'd be lying if I didn't say I'm a little nervous about traveling at 34 weeks, but so excited nonetheless!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: This pregnancy is flying by way faster than my first one did, especially the third trimester. Aside from the minor discomforts/annoyances, this has been such a wonderful pregnancy. My blood pressure has been good thus far, no carpel tunnel issues, and I just feel really good. Here's hoping and praying these last 6 weeks remain happy and healthy!



Some pictures from the 4D/HD ultrasound at Moms To Be Ultrasound in Orlando! 


Monday, March 13, 2017

33 weeks (baby #2)


33 weeks - baby is the size of a head of broccoli
She weights about 4.5 pounds and is about 19 inches long!


How far along: 33 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: I started using my Snoogle pillow this week...I tried it when I was pregnant with Harper, but never really liked it. This time around, I am loving it!
Best moment of the week:  Spent a day at Aquatica (can you tell we love that place) with Harper, my mom and three nephews/niece. The weather was perfect, the kids all behaved so well, and everyone had such a fun time. This mamma got a little tan going on too! Our pool water is still a bit too cold to swim in, but swimming feel so good when you're pregnant - nothing like being huge but feeling weightless in the water!
Worst moment of the week: I've had a cold most of the week - nothing too bad, but I think I have laryngitis - rocking little to no voice most of the weekend. Coughing and sore throat getting worse as well. There should be a law that pregnant women can't get colds. Sleeping is the hardest, as the symptoms always seem to be worse at night.
Running/Workouts: Broken records - some days are great and I knock out four miles without any problems...other days, a mile feels like a marathon. Feeling good still being very active though! And haven't had any weight gain in my third trimester (yet).
Missing anything: No
Movement: Kicking and dancing like crazy - still is and will forever be the greatest feeling in the world!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: This past week I've had some pretty nasty heartburn for the first time. So I've switched out a few things from my diet to try and minimize the reflux. Worst part is the heartburn exacerbates my nausea like crazy (actually just ran to throw up writing this because of the heartburn). Have I mentioned I won't miss this part of the pregnacy?
Labor signs: The usual contractions throughout the day, mostly when I have a full bladder. Nothing painful though.
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Tired
Looking forward to: We unfortunately missed out on my step sisters wedding this weekend due to it being in south Florida, and the Zika threat. In the next two weeks though we have two more weddings to attend. Happy to be sharing the love with our friends!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: This is the first time I've experience heartburn. Holy moly this crap is awful. Tums only does so much, and just the thought of this chalky little devils nauseates me. Here's hoping this babe has more hair at birth than our bald little Harper had :)


Monday, March 6, 2017

32 weeks (baby #2)




32 weeks - baby is the size of a squash 
She weighs about 3.9 pounds and is about 19 inches long


How far along: 32 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: I'm entering that whole I can't get comfortable, toss and turn all night, and wake up at random hours of the night unable to fall back asleep stage. I know it's only gonna get more uncomfortable from here on out...
Best moment of the week:  This week I had orientation for my new job as a certified nurse midwife! I'm still waiting on hospital privileges to actually start working, but pretty exciting to have my badge in hand that says CNM!
This week we also got the nursery decorated a little bit more and I am so in love with it!
Finally, Harper and I spent a day at Aquatica - high in the upper 80s and sunny - such a fun day in the sun and water!
Worst moment of the week: This week I had a little tumble - I just miscalculated a step going down the stairs, fell to my knees and slammed my foot into a wall (it really does sound worse than it was). By the next day, my pinkie toe was swollen, black and blue and tender to the touch. Pretty sure I must have broken it - luckily it's felling much better this week already.
Running/Workouts: Despite the toe issues, I was able to run 4 miles Saturday - the trend lately seems to be a mile run followed by the elliptical most days, and a longer run once or twice a week.
Missing anything: Sleeping on my belly
Movement: This girl is a mover - sometimes when I can't sleep in the middle of the night, I feel her moving and think about our late nights we'll be sharing awake together in just a few short weeks.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I can't eat bananas first thing in the morning anymore - too much gagging. I did have the classic pregnancy craving this week - ice cream (and I am not an ice cream person). So thankful to Phil for running out and picking up some Coldstone!
Energy level:  Overall pretty good, but definitely struggle here and there to get motivated
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Grateful
Looking forward to: I finally did go through Harper's old baby clothes and sort out a bunch of newborn - 6 months stuff. I also just bought some Dreft laundry detergent this weekend, so I'll be doing lots of laundry and putting all the clothes away in Lucy's room.
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2:  When I think about being pregnant, 32 weeks always stands out in my mind. It's probably one of my favorite weeks of the entire pregnancy. You've got this big belly bump, one that you think can't possibly get any bigger (especially when you don't know any better with your first baby). Little do you know, over the next two months, you baby will gain anywhere from another 3-5 pounds! At the same time, as pregnant as you feel, you still have roughly 8 weeks to look forward to and savor of the pregnancy. For those who are struggling with their pregnancy, this can be daunting, but also encouraging to see a light at the end of the tunnel. For me, I am sad to think there's only 8 more weeks left of housing this little baby. Taking the good with the bad, and enjoying it all as much as I can.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

And her name will be. . . .

Lucy






Once you order the personalized Pottery Barn Kids furniture, the name is official!
Still working on her middle name, and her nursery, but things are coming along nicely.






Monday, February 27, 2017

31 weeks (baby #2)







31 weeks - baby is the size of celery 
She weighs 3.2 pounds and is about 18 inches long


How far along: 31 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is okay, I think due in part to my exhaustion - even though I struggle with getting comfortable, I'm usually so tired, I pass out no matter what.
Best moment of the week:  We had such a fun day at Magic Kingdom this week - Phil met us there after work, we rode a few rides, meet a few characters and princess, and ended the night with dinner at the elusive Be Our Guest restaurant! Such fun restaurant, great service and yummy food! After dinner, Harper got to meet The Beast, and when she met him, she bowed to him before dancing. I tell ya, my heart literally exploded into a million pieces right then and there! Such great memories.
Worst moment of the week: Broken record - but I've been pretty nauseous a few days this week with some throwing up. O-V-E-R it!
Running/Workouts: Knocked out four miles this week at 30.1 weeks - the rest of the week was a mixture of a mile or two, some elliptical and then weights. Feeling good.
Missing anything: I miss not having the sensation of having to pee all the time, which is obviously worse when working out. I miss my bladder control, too! Haha - tmi perhaps...
Movement: I feel her so often, all day long. I was able to get a sneak peak at her this week with an ultrasound and thankfully she is head down!! With all the movement I've been feeling, I was worried she was transverse (sideways) or something crazy,.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: Nothing has sounded too appetizing this week - eating the same old things usually. Throw up at least 3-5 times/week now.
Energy level:  Pretty low this week - I've just been a lazy bum
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Oh so happy
Looking forward to: I think I'm gonna start going through baby clothes this week - and now that we finally have furniture in the nursery, I'm actually excited about doing some baby laundry and getting things organized. Hello, nesting!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2:  I just can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going by now. Oh how I wish I could just pause time or at least slow it down a bit. I relish in the moments when Harper lays next to me and snuggles with my belly. Everything is just falling into place right now that I am overwhelmed with love and gratitude for this life I'm living. I say this every week, but I just LOVE being pregnant, and I'm truly loving every single part of it!





Monday, February 20, 2017

30 weeks (baby #2)



30 weeks - baby is the size of a cucumber (but definitely feels bigger than that!)
She weighs 3lbs and is about 17 inches long!


How far along: 30 weeks! I can't wrap my head around this! 
Swelling: Not really - but after working 12 hours I think my toes looked a little bit puffy
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is okay...until I have to roll over or get out of bed
Best moment of the week:  This week for Valentine's Day we got Harper a hamster! She is so in love with her! We named her Minnie Mouse and she is actually a really cool little animal. Overall, we had a nice Valentine's Day, and a fun weekend spent with family. Bought furniture for the nursery on Saturday and had a picnic at the park on Sunday.
Worst moment of the week: This week we remembered our sweet Zeus, who passed away one year ago on February 17th. He was such a sweet dog, and so great with Harper. I really wish Harper could have gotten to know him for longer, and that he was around to meet the new baby. Pets are family and we miss him every single day.
Running/Workouts: I have good days and I have bad days. I've been able to sneak in a couple of three mile runs, otherwise, I'm sticking to one mile runs before doing some other form of cardio/weight training.
Missing anything: I miss not gagging and throwing up all the time
Movement: Every day and week the kicks/punches get stronger and stronger. I am constantly in awe at her movements and so grateful I am able to grow this little baby.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: With my due date being May 1st - and my love for Chipotle this time around - I'm convinced she will be born on Cinco de Mayo wearing a sombrero and asking for a Corona with chips and guac!
Energy level:  Energy is good - but I get tired easily and need rest breaks when we're out all day
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Slightly terrified (that I only have +/- 10 weeks left)
Looking forward to: Still working on the nursery - now that we have furniture, I hope to get some stuff up on the wall soon.
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2:  This is more about just being mother - this weekend, Harper woke up around 4am crying in her bed. Since moving her to her own room at nine months old she has never woken up in the middle of the night (crazy, I know), so this was very unusual for her. I went upstairs immediately to her room to lay with her - she was crying about her pillow when I walked in, which was still on her bed, so I'm assuming she was just having a bad dream.

I decided to turn my alarm off for the morning, get in bed with her, and sleep with her the rest of the morning. She stayed awake for about another hour - and let me tell you, it was one of the sweetest moments she and I have ever shared. She wrapped her arms around my neck as we laid together and insisted on being right up against me in my arms. I soaked in every single second of her cuddles. I swear, if I can't die an old lady peacefully in my sleep, I wanna die with her arms wrapped around my neck surrounded by unconditional love. While it wasn't the most restful sleep, I wouldn't have changed it for the world.

She finally did fall back asleep and we slept in until 8am (something I never do).  I woke up and realized I am her Mommy, and when she is scared or has a bad dream, simply my presence makes everything better.  Little does she know I'm still afraid of the dark and don't have the answers to everything...but in her eyes, I am strong, and brave, and will always protect her. I think we as mothers judge ourselves too harshly, and always focus on what we're doing wrong, not what we we're doing right. What an amazing privilege it is to be a mother and I thank God every single day for giving me this honor.




Minnie the hamster!






Monday, February 13, 2017

29 weeks (baby #2)


29 weeks - baby is the size of a head of cabbage! 


How far along: 29 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep has been okay - I may be sleeping a little too hard, as I've had a stiff/sore neck for the past few days.
Best moment of the week:  Had a pretty laid back week - some crafting with the Cricut, a trip to the dentist, play time at the park, a visit from Nan and Granddad, a birthday party and some fun at the local fair. All in all, a good week.
Worst moment of the week: The little aches and pains of pregnancy are becoming more abundant and more frequent. Nothing terrible at all, but achy hips, sore feet, exhaustion, etc. are all making themselves well known.
Running/Workouts: I took running down a notch this week - mostly only running one mile before doing some other form of cardio for another 30-45 minutes. Ran a little over three miles on Saturday and it wasn't easy. Days of running 4+ miles may be limited (or extinct) for the duration of this pregnancy, and I'm totally okay with that. However, I feel so much better when I can break a sweat each day.
Missing anything: I've said this before, but I sure do miss ibuprofen when I get these aches and pains.
Movement: So my placenta is in a completely different spot with this pregnancy than it was with Harper. Last time, I had an anterior placenta, meaning it was right in front, so I didn't feel her movement until around 24 weeks, and even though I felt her move, it's nothing like this baby. This time, I have a more fundal/posterior placenta, meaning it's more towards the top/back of my uterus. I am in awe at how much I can feel! I can literally press her little body parts and feel her press back. Her kicks are so strong and visible from the outside. I will never get over how amazing this part of pregnancy is!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: No real cravings - nausea is mostly at bay, but still having bouts of random dry heaving and throwing up - I'm so over that shit.
Energy level:  So-so, I can find the energy when I need to...it's the motivation that I struggle with.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In - but a little itchy lately
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Celebrating Valentine's Day with Harper - she might be getting a little surprise on Tuesday...
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I've got nothing to say this week other than being pregnant is the coolest thing on this planet. Not all of it is wonderful and exciting, but I am so blessed, thankful, and grateful for this baby, for this pregnancy, for this journey. I know so many women dream to be in my position, and I don't that lightly. I've been that women longing for a healthy pregnancy and baby, and God as blessed me with a perfect daughter and now, another one on the way. Loving and embracing every single day!