Monday, April 10, 2017

37 week (baby #2)


37 weeks - baby is the size of swiss chard (if swiss chard were the size of a watermelon, haha)
She weighs about 6.5 pounds and is somewhere between 19-22 inches long!


How far along: 37 weeks - Officially "term"
Swelling: Nope, can't believe it!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep this week has been good - but I've been working like crazy, so I think the pure exhaustion helps me sleep!
Best moment of the week:  This weekend we took some maternity pictures! It was an unusually cool weekend here in Central Florida, so it was a perfect afternoon with no humidity and comfortable temperatures! A tad different from the pictures I took with Harper on the 4th of July in 90 degree weather and 100% humidity! I've also been working a lot this week and I just love being a midwife so very much!
Worst moment of the week: Can't think of anything beside the common discomforts of pregnancy - gagging, heartburn, frequent urination. All of which really aren't that bad.
Running/Workouts: I'm really missing my crazy workouts these days. I tried running but at only a half a mile in I had awful side stitch pains throughout my entire stomach (and not a contraction pain), so I listened to my body and stopped. Weights, elliptical, bike and walking from here on out.
Missing anything: Scrubs that fit!
Movement: With only three weeks left until my due date, I am sad to know these little kicks inside my belly that I love so much will soon be over. The kicks and punches are stronger each day and I can't get enough!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: No changes - barfing and gagging aside, this really has been a pretty amazing pregnancy.
Energy level: I feel pretty good, even working 12 hours shifts! But as soon as I get home, I find myself falling asleep before Harper.
Labor signs: Definitely contracting, but I can't say that they are painful yet. My cervix is only 1cm dilated and I haven't started to efface yet. Since Harper came a week early, maybe this girl wants me to experience a 40 + week pregnancy.
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Excited
Looking forward to: A few days off after this weekend and maybe spending some time in the pool!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2:  I truly cannot believe I am already 37 weeks pregnant. Where has the time gone?! I guess now we are officially on "baby watch" - the uncertainty of when/if labor will occur is more fun this time and less stressful. I am looking forward to experiencing labor and contractions all over again (as weird as that sounds).  My gut tells me I'll make it to at least 39 weeks with this baby...but only time will tell!





Monday, April 3, 2017

36 weeks (baby #2)


36 weeks - baby is the size of a honey dew melon
She weights almost 6 pounds and is about 19-20 inches long!

How far along: 36 weeks!
Swelling: No, and I can't believe I can still see the bones in my ankles this far along!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Hit or miss - constant cycle of being uncomfortable, repositioning and getting up to pee every night.
Best moment of the week:  What a wonderful week - I celebrated my 31st birthday on Friday. Then, on Saturday I was surprised by my friend Jen with a baby sprinkle! It was truly unbelievable. I wasn't planning a shower this time around, but being able to celebrate sweet baby Lucy was so wonderful. She did an amazing job organizing and decorating - and secretly invited my friends and family who were all there to surprise me! I am so grateful we have friends like Jen in our lives!
Lastly, on Sunday, I have my first shift as a nurse midwife! I caught a sweet baby boy and baby girl! I am so blessed to be starting this wonderful career!
Worst moment of the week: This was another wonderful week!
Running/Workouts: Running is slowly coming to an end this pregnancy - I ran a whopping 1 mile total this week, which caused two days worth of terrible hip flexor and hip pain. Instead I've been spending time on the elliptical and bike followed by some weight lifting. Wish I could still knock out the miles like before, but I am feeling good nonetheless!
Missing anything: It's way too early to say this - but I miss a good nights sleep...
Movement: This week I've had a few kicks that have caused some pain - she's definitely getting bigger and stronger by the day in there!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: Gagging, nausea and vomiting seemed pretty bad this week. The end of this miserable part is near though!
Energy level: Completely and totally nonexistent
Labor signs: Same painless contractions and slight pressure...should start getting my cervix checked this week though...
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Loved
Looking forward to: Hoping to get some maternity pictures taken here in the next week or two - can't wait!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2:  Each month has on average 30-31 days, except the last month of a pregnancy which has 1,724 days...or at least that's how it feels. Am I right? Honestly though, this pregnancy has flown by. I still feel great most days and I am so thankful for that! I feel like my belly can't possibly get any bigger, and yet this babe has the potential to gain about another two pounds before her big arrival. I can't express enough how much I love being pregnant. I truly am looking forward to this last month of the pregnancy!

Monday, March 27, 2017

35 weeks (baby #2)


35 weeks - baby is the size of a coconut
She weights almost 5.5 pounds is about 19-20 inches long


How far along: 35 weeks down - 35 DAYS to go!
Swelling: No - but I am rocking a very sexy waddle these days
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: It hasn't been too bad lately - the exhaustion has been winning most nights and I'm able to get some rest.
Best moment of the week:  This week I flew to NYC for my friend, Anthony's wedding. It was so nice to see so many old friends from high school and college! I also was lucky enough to stay with my step-brother who lives in the city. We had so much fun hanging out and hitting up all the bakeries in manhattan! He just landed his first role on Broadway, so I got to see him perform in the show Beautiful, The Carole King Musical. What an amazing show! Coincidentally, my Dad and step mom planned a trip to NYC the same weekend as me, so I got to see them as well. All in all, it was a fun, albeit exhausting weekend! AND I didn't give birth while out of town or on the airplane!
Worst moment of the week: It was a pretty great week!
Running/Workouts: Workouts have been good - never made it to a gym while on vacation, but I was averaging 5-7 miles a day, so I didn't feel too guilty about it.
Missing anything: I miss my stamina a little bit - I get tired, winded and sore so easily these days.
Movement: Her little movements get better and better each week! Some times they're just little taps and rolls, other times it's like she's in a full on rave in there! Love it so, so much!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: Same ole, same ole.
Labor signs: Contractions still aren't painful, but are more noticeable. The pressure is also getting a bit more uncomfortable. My prediction is I won't make it my due date of May 1st....we shall see.
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: My birthday is the Friday - and it's not just any old birthday, it's my golden birthday (my age and birthday day are the same, 31). Annnnnnnnd, I will also be 31 days from my due date! I'm such a weirdo when it comes to numbers and I am loving this!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: Now that all the weddings are done, and my traveling is complete, I feel very content in knowing she can actually come any day now. Hopefully not in the next two weeks, but at least I know I won't be far from Phil or the hospital. It's still gone/going by entirely too fast, so just trying to savor these last few weeks being pregnant and getting so excited to meet her all at the same time!!



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.