Monday, December 26, 2016

22 weeks (baby #2)


22 weeks - baby is the size of a Papaya (1 whole pound this week!)


How far along: 22 weeks!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep has been good this week!
Best moment of the week:  We had a nice week and of course it was Christmas this weekend! Harper had such a great Christmas - she did so well opening her gifts, staying thank you, and just enjoyed everything. She was so excited to leave milk, cookies and carrots out for Santa and his reindeers, and couldn't believe it when they were gone the next morning! We spent Christmas Eve at my Dad's with family, then Christmas was at our house. We ended up having my parents, brother and his family all over for Christmas dinner, and we all had such great time. My heart is so full and so grateful for this life!
Worst moment of the week:  This was another great week!
Running/Workouts: Workouts have been good this week - still trying to add more weight training with running.
Missing anything: Laying on my back - I officially can no longer sleep on my back. Thankfully I usually seep on my side, but I have found myself waking up on my back and not feeling too hot.
Movement: We've definitely got a little gymnast or breakdancer in my belly. Christmas Eve night was a first for me though - I had just fallen asleep and I was suddenly awoken with a kick/hit straight to the bladder. I made a loud noise as I woke and startled Phil, then immediately had to run to the bathroom. Made us laugh after the fact.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I had a flashback of morning sickness Christmas Even night - driving home from my Dad's I got a little car sick and by the time we got home I had to jump out of the car to throw up. Not fun, but luckily it was short lived.
Energy level:  Energy is good - finding motivation to do much over the Christmas break has been the tough part (like study for boards)
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Thankful
Looking forward to: Spending the week with Harper and family, and celebrating the New Year this weekend! Friday is also FSU's bowl game!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I'm just loving this pregnancy so much! Sad it's already more than halfway over, but enjoying this growing baby every day, feeling her movement and dreaming about what she'll be life when she arrives.




Some pictures from our Christmas🎄



 











Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Graduation!!

2.5 years
847 days
7 semesters
103 births
More than 100 cesarean sections
192 DNP residency hours
Approximately 800 clinical hours
Countless break downs and tears
More stress than I thought was possible
(that lead to an ulcer my first semester)
Blood, sweat, tears and an immeasurable amount of KY jelly
One amniotic bath to the face and in my mouth


All this and much more for this moment...
I finally graduated from Grad school!
Dr. Amber, DNP (Doctor of nursing practice)!!
It still seems surreal that I am done with school forever.

Next step is to take my boards and officially become a Certified nurse midwife/Advanced registered nurse practitioner! So for the next few weeks, if you're looking for me, I'll be studying!


When I started this journey I had a three week old infant. I know I'm not the first mother to go back to school, and I just have so much admiration for all the hardworking parents in school. Having a newborn though is not an ideal situation when starting grad school.  During my pregnancy,I had so many people tell me not to start school, or to at least take a semester or year off before starting. While they meant well, I am so glad I stuck with it.

I was taking Physiology & pathophysiology, Adult Health Assessment, Health promotion & role development, and Nursing research & theory my first semester. I think I cried every single day the first few weeks, and then at least weekly after that. I had to drive to campus two hours away every other week. I had to do a prostate exam on a live male model. I must say, to this day, I don't know how I survived that first semester. Yet somehow, I made it out alive and in one piece.





The next six semesters weren't easy, I started each one with tears, a mental breakdown, and saying "there is no way I'll get through this". But somehow,  I was able to take on and tackle everything that got thrown my way.  There is absolutely no way I would have ever completed this program or earned this degree without all the amazing people in my life.

My Mom - she was my editor in chief from day one.  Her knowledge, love and confidence in me is the reason I got through so many of my classes. I will never be able to thank her enough for all that she did for me!

My husband - he put up with so much these past 2.5 years. A shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, and a statistics tutor. Again, he is the reason I was successful in this program.

Aubrey - my partner in crime. We started this program together, and it's because of her that I even applied to nurse midwifery school in the first place. All the miles to Jacksonville and Gainesville, ridiculous pneumonic to remember pathophysiology, a trip to Albuquerque, countless hours studying together and always someone who knew exactly what I was going through and how much stress I was under. I will be eternally thankful for your encouragement to state this step and helping me reach my goal in becoming a certified nurse midwife.

My preceptors Missy and Tracy - You took me as a naive and clueless bird and showed me how to spread my wings and fly. Your patience and unbelievable knowledge you have shared with me is something that I will forever be thankful for! Also, all of the doctors and midwives who took the time to teach me so many skills and explain things to me over and over. You all know who you are and I am forever indebted to you for everything you've done for me.

My friends Jen and Xavier - Jen was my main babysitter for my clinicals and final practicum. Without hesitation or asking for anything in return, she would take my baby into her home and love her as her own while I was at the hospital for 12+ hours completing clinical hours. Phil and I will never be able to thank you both for everything you did to help us while I was in school.

My in laws - who also came over to babysit so often when I first started school. It was so hard to leave Harper when she was only a few weeks old - but knowing she was safe in their care helped ease my fears. They have been so supportive this entire time, and flew in from Colorado just to watch me graduate.

My Dad and Debbie - who have been so supportive and encouraging throughout school. Your support has been monumental in keeping me motivated to keep pushing through.

To Joan - who was my reader for my DNP project - and also served as my confidant as to what courses to take, which professors to take, etc. Your insider trading information was more helpful than you'll ever know!

Michele - who loaned me so many text books when I started, and who also gave me insider information and advice for surviving this program.

My friend Jenn S - who trusted me to not only to be her labor nurse, but in the end, who trusted me to catch her first baby. It was by far my favorite delivery ever and you cemented my decision in wanting to become a midwife. You showed me how strong a woman is and how powerful persistence and patience is during a woman's labor.

My friends in the program - the team work and willingness to help one another out is the reason why I passed many of my classes. Thank you for taking me in as a friend!

Each and everyone of my friends and coworkers - Your words of encouragement means more to me than you'll ever know. Random texts and uplifting messages was the fuel to my fire. Doing clinical hours/deliveries where I work was both exciting and terrifying. The labor and delivery nurses at Winnie Palmer are some of the most amazing nurses you'll ever meet. So you can imagine how intimidating is was for me to learn how to be a midwife in front of them.  I am so proud to have worked with you for the past 4+ years. Thank you for being so kind to me while I was doing deliveries and trying to figure it all out - I look forward to working with you all for a long time!

And last, but most certainly not least, Harper. My sweet, sweet Harper. I had no idea what I was getting into when I applied to grad school when I was pregnant with you. The first 5 months of your life were some of the toughest of my life - and not because you were a newborn, but because I was in the first semester of this program. I wanted to quit so many times. But holding you and looking at you was the main reason I never gave up. You inspire me everyday to be a better person, to keep on pushing, and of course, to just keep swimming. Being your mother will always be my greatest joy and most important title I own. I wouldn't have done all this without you. I love you so much.


I know I've missed people, but to everyone from the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for all the love and support!




















Monday, December 19, 2016

21 weeks (baby #2)





21 weeks - baby is the size of a pomegranate 


How far along: 21 weeks!
Swelling: Nope
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is okay most nights
Best moment of the week:  Where do I begin...the week started out great, I brought Harper to Epcot to ride the Frozen Ever After ride, and then we met Anna and Elsa. She was so star struck and had such a fun time. This week I also had my 20 week anatomy scan - baby girl looked great, she is growing right on target, and everything checked out perfect! I also met my New Year's resolution this week - run 1,200 miles in 2016! As of Sunday, I have run 1,208 miles, 358 of which were pregnant miles! The last 20 or so weeks weren't easy, but it feels pretty damn good to have hit this goal!
Finally, this Friday I graduated! Doctor of Nursing Practice! It was honestly one of the most exciting days of my life. I had to write a blog just for it, you can read it here.
Worst moment of the week:  Overall, this week was perfect!
Running/Workouts: Still running 4-5 times/week. It's slow and not pretty, but I'm still getting it done
Missing anything: No
Movement: Her movements truly do get stronger and more frequent each day!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: It's funny, I'm pretty much craving the same things I did with Harper - orange juice, popsicles, fruit, water....
Energy level:  Energy is good until about 7-8pm...I go down quick after then
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Cloud 9!
Looking forward to: Christmas this weekend! Happy to not be working and spending the day with family!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I know everyone says having a second baby is completely different. I can't decide whether or not I agree with that. I am equally as excited and nervous this time around as I was with Harper. I still wanna take a million pictures of my growing belly. I still get giddy when I feel this little once kick. The only thing I really am lacking are the whole nesting vibes. I remember with Harper I couldn't wait to start planning her nursery, doing laundry and fold her ittybity clothes. This time - I haven't even begun to start planning the nursery and the thought of going through newborn clothes, washing and folding it makes me wanna rip my eyes out (okay, maybe not that dramatic). I'm hoping that changes here soon - or maybe now that I'm done with school I can start using Pinterest again for some motivation and inspiration!

Monday, December 12, 2016

20 weeks (baby #2)



20 weeks - baby is the size of a banana! 



How far along: 20 weeks - Half way!
Swelling: No, not yet
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is great, just want more of it!
Best moment of the week:  I completed my last shift as a student nurse midwife - I delivered 4 babies that day and it was a wonderful end to an amazing 2 years! This week Harper and I also spent some time a Disney, which is always a fun time!
Worst moment of the week:  Poor Harper has had a cough for over a month. Last week the pediatrician gave her an albuterol inhaler to see if it would help...long story short it didn't work and I took her back in this week. This time she got diagnosed with pneumonia and we started antibiotics. She takes her meds like a champ and her cough is practically gone now 4 days in.
Running/Workouts: Running and working out has been good this week - some rainy/cold weather forced me inside to the gym and on the treadmill. It felt good to lift some weights but my legs sure are sore from the squats
Missing anything: Laying on my belly - officially can't lay that way anymore
Movement: Yes! Feeling her every day now! Love, love, love feeling her little movements!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: No real cravings, and nausea is still at bay. Had some not so fun dry heaving this week, but luckily those episodes are short lived!
Energy level:  Energy is pretty good
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Overjoyed!
Looking forward to: I will be graduating from grad school with my doctorate in F O U R short day!!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: Twenty weeks have flown by, and yet it at the same time, it feels like forever to get half way. For me personally, now is the time during the pregnancy that I love the most - belly is getting bigger, feeling stronger movements by the day, morning sickness is gone, back aches and overall pregnancy discomforts are still a few weeks away. I definitely don't feel like I'm glowing, but I am at the point where I am so in love with being pregnant. Here's hoping the next twenty weeks (give or take) don't go by too fast, and that I am able to soak up every single moment!







Monday, December 5, 2016

19 weeks (baby #2)




19 weeks - baby is the size of a tomato



How far along: 19 weeks!
Maternity clothes: Yep
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is good, starting to have some weird dreams
Best moment of the week:  This week was pretty laid back - lots of studying for my nurse midwifery boards and hanging out with Harper. Very thankful that her cough is pretty much gone and she is feeling good!
Worst moment of the week:  This was a good week.
Running/Workouts: Running has felt pretty good this week. Been able to do 5 miles most day outside. Very slow, but feels good to still be running.
Missing anything: No
Movement: Yes! This was definitely the best thing this week. Flutters are getting stronger. I laid bed after I woke up Saturday morning and poked at my belly, and for the first time baby girl kicked back. My absolute favorite thing about being pregnant is feeling these little babies moving inside.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: The other morning I woke up and had an epiphany...I don't wake up nauseous any more! Occasionally throughout the day I don't feel great, or I might feel queasy if I go a long time without eating, but overall I feel great! Hallelujah!!
Energy level:  Energy is so-so
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Blessed
Looking forward to: Two more RN shifts and one more student nurse midwife shift before graduation!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I am so amazed at feeling this baby move inside of me. It was my favorite thing when I was pregnant with Harper, and it's just as amazing this time around.  I would be pregnant forever just to feel a little baby moving everyday. It is truly the most wonderful feeling in the entire world!

Monday, November 28, 2016

18 weeks (baby #2)



18 weeks - baby is the size of a bell pepper 
(Meanwhile, mama feels like she looks about 30 weeks pregnant)


How far along: 18 weeks!
Maternity clothes: Yes, just bought some maternity dresses for upcoming weddings and events
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is good
Best moment of the week:  We all had a fun time in Colorado this past week to celebrate Thanksgiving. It was nice to see family, and on our first day Harper got to see snow for the first time! Our week was full of fun Christmas activities, shopping, and some relaxing in between.
Worst moment of the week:  I had practically zero headaches in Colorado...BUT...my nausea came back with a vengeance. I'm talking pull of the road, throw up on the side of a mountain vengeance. There was a lot of driving around and through the mountains, so I think my carsickness was just heightened and just too much for me to handle. I eventually caved in and took a Zofran, which was such a life savor.
Our flight back was little tough also, as Harper had a pretty bad cough the entire flight. I held her and she slept for a good portion of the 4 hour flight, but when she was awake she was crying and coughing at least every 30 seconds. I know what everyone was thinking - what awful parents bringing that ill child on a flight. I felt the glaring looks the entire flight. One women even told Phil "I hope  I don't catch what she has". After we landed, while we were waiting for our bags in the airport a stranger approached me and said "You deserve the mother of the year award.  I sat behind you, and you did such an amazing job with your daughter. I hope she feels better." She reminded me there are still good people in this world.
Running/Workouts: Let me tell you, I used to be able to run a 1 hour 43 minute half marathon (13.1 miles) when I lived in Denver. This visit - I couldn't even walk up the stairs without feeling lightheaded and short of breath. We stayed just outside of Denver with Phil's parents in Parker, CO - an elevation of 5,869 feet above sea level. This Florida girl was having a hard time breathing at rest, so there was no running or working out. I knew if I felt short of breath, then baby girl wouldn't be getting much oxygen either. It was hard not to workout, but I got a 5 mile run in the day after we flew home.
Missing anything: No
Movement: I'm pretty sure I'm finally feeling little flutters here and there!
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: Like I mentioned before, my nauseousness was pretty high this week. However, true to Thanksgiving fashion, I was enjoying some classic carbs - stuffing, mashed potatoes and lots of veggies!
Energy level:  Energy was super low in Colorado, secondary to the high altitude/low oxygen
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Excited
Looking forward to: I'll probably repeat this for the next few weeks, but I am so excited to be GRADUATING with my doctorate in nursing practice in a little over two weeks!!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I know I keep mentioning this, but I was very surprised how poorly I adapted to the elevation this past week in Denver. We lived there for three years and I was extremely active, so I wasn't at all prepared for how crappy I felt in terms of energy and oxygenation. Being pregnant in high elevation is no joke - major props to all the mamas living a mile high, you all are rock stars!




Monday, November 21, 2016

17 weeks (baby #2)



17 weeks - baby is the size of a turnip! 


How far along: 17 weeks!
Maternity clothes: Yes
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep has been good lately
Best moment of the week:  This week I took Harper to Build-a-bear for the first time. It was a lot of fun and she loves her bear - equipped with a Cinderella dress and frozen pajamas. Phil and I have been once before to make matching couple bears when we first started dating 10 years ago. It's a lot more fun with kids :)
Worst moment of the week:  This has been a rough week with headaches - I've had a headache every day this week, some days are worse than others. One day specifically brought me to tears. I have some good meds that help, and was given some essential oils by my sister in law that has brought some relief. Really hope this is a short lived issue this pregnancy.
Running/Workouts: Running is still slow, and perhaps slowing down each day. Loving this cooler Florida weather and running outside though.
Missing anything: Fitting in my regular clothes...
Movement: I think I may have felt a few flutters this week, but nothing strong enough to completely convince me yet...
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I haven't really craved much this week, and more often than not, nothing sounds good. Looking forward to some thanksgiving food this week!
Energy level:  Energy is low when I have headaches, but otherwise I feel okay.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Catching a flight later this morning to Denver! Excited to spend time with family and Harper seeing snow for the first time (hopefully)!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: For the first time this week, a stranger (a patient's mother at the hospital) asked me if I was pregnant. It surprised me a little, since I was wearing scrubs and didn't think I was showing that much (wrong). However, I for one feel as big as a house, and I'm definitely showing way more this time around. Love that the bump is starting to really pop and I don't just look fat anymore.




Monday, November 14, 2016

16 weeks (baby #2)


16 weeks - baby is the size of an avocado...one of those giant ones I imagine!



How far along: 16 weeks!
Maternity clothes: Yep, and loving it!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is pretty good
Best moment of the week:  I took Harper to see Santa this week. She wasn't a fan last year, and same was true this year. We've been talking Santa up so much lately, and even bought a "pretty" dress just to visit him! She seemed so excited up until she saw him. She immediately cried and wouldn't sit with him. The guys at the Mall at Millenia are so awesome though, they took their time and we were able to get some great pictures of her actually smiling. She's been talking nonstop about Santa since then!
Worst moment of the week:  I've been getting more frequent headaches lately. I'm not one who normally gets headaches, so they've been kicking my ass.
Running/Workouts: Running has been a little difficult this week, as I suddenly started to feel the weight of my uterus while working out. I've also been leaning more towards running outside instead of the treadmill. With the cooler morning and earlier sunrises with the time change, I've enjoyed it a lot more lately. But runs are definitely challenging and slow.
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: I love calamari so much! For the first time, this week I bought frozen squid and cooked it in our air fryer. Not as good as the restaurants but it was pretty tasty!
Energy level:  Energy is pretty good, but I get tired pretty easily
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: We are traveling to Colorado next week - excited to visit family and hopefully see some old friends! This will be Harper's second trip on an airplane. Hoping for nice weather, and perhaps Harper's first snow experience!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: My uterus is just about halfway to my bellybutton this week. I haven't felt her move yet, but I think I've already felt some very mild Braxton Hicks tightness. The more babies you have, the more likely you are to feel movements and contractions earlier. I am definitely more aware of things. Feels like a dream to be on this journey again!









Monday, November 7, 2016

15 weeks (baby #2)



How far along: 15 weeks! (looking about 25 weeks, though)
Maternity clothes: I went out and bought a bunch of new maternity clothes last week...kinda love it!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is good, the time change hasn't been too bad
Best moment of the week:  I did it - on Saturday I ran my first half marathon pregnant (and 10th half marathon ever!) The weather was absolutely perfect, mid 50s when the race started. It wasn't easy, but it wasn't as difficult as I was expecting. I was able to run the entire time. I finished 2:03:05...a far cry from my PR of 1:42, but I am so pleased with my time! Phil and I had a great time in Savannah for the weekend, and my mom had fun with Harper back home.
Worst Moment of the week: Although Phil and I enjoyed a weekend to ourselves, it was still sad to leave Harper for three nights.
Running/Workouts: After running 13.1 miles, I was so incredibly sore that day. A lot of round ligament pain. However, when I work up Sunday morning, I felt great, almost no soreness at all.
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Nothing out of the ordinary
Energy level: I definitely feel like I have a little more energy these days. But come 8pm and I am done and ready for bed.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Accomplished
Looking forward to: Spending some time with Harper - after being away from her for 3 days and then having to work 12 hours Monday and Tuesday, I feel like I haven't seen her in forever! Bring on the snuggles!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I don't have anything insightful to say this week. Sometimes still in disbelief that I'm actually pregnant again. Nothing in this entire world compares to the feeling of knowing you're growing a little person inside you. So in love.

Monday, October 31, 2016

14 weeks - (baby #2) SECOND TRIMESTER!!





How far along: 14 Weeks - Hello second trimester!! And Happy Halloween! (PS - I'm supposed to be Juno for Halloween in the picture)
Maternity clothes: I bought a new pair of jeans and jean shorts - I may look ridiculous, but boy are the comfortable!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is good, so long as I take Dyclegis #addicted
Best moment of the week: I've had so much fun with Harper this week. Her personality is really starting to shine. We went to MGM (Disney's Hollywood Studios) this week and watched a bunch of shows. My favorite was the Frozen Sing-a-long show. Watching this little girl sing along to the songs made me tear up. Maybe it's the hormones, but I think it's because I'm witnessing this tiny baby I gave birth to just yesterday (or so it feels like) turn into a little human right before my eyes. This week we also went to Green Meadows petting zoo, and Harper just loved touching, feeding, and holding the animals. Finally, this weekend I brought out my giant box full of my old Barbies and accessories. She is in love! I had to pinch myself as I sat in her room, surrounded by toys as I played with Barbie with my daughter. Harper is definitely a girly girl and I absolutely adore this stage.
Worst moment of the week: None
Running/Workouts: This weekend I ran 8 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday, for a total of 30 miles this week. This was my last longish runs before the half-marathon next week. It's not pretty but I'm hopeful I'll finish next weekend...
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: I had felt pretty good this week. I actually seem to feel worst in the evenings, but overall I'm feeling good.
Energy level: Pretty tired. When I take a step back and look, I don't know if it's the pregnancy or if it's life...finishing my Doctorate (graduating in 46 days!!!), finishing clinical hours, work, holidays, being a mom to a 2 year old, being a wife, and trying to spend as much one on one time with Harper. So it's a very rewarding exhaustion for sure!
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Going to Savannah, Georgia this week for the half marathon. Harper will be staying home with my Mom, so this will be our first time leaving Harper.
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I am happy we made it to the second trimester. From what I remember from last time, the first trimester drags on the longest, and the last two fly by. Even with all the nausea, exhaustion and discomforts, I absolutely LOVE being pregnant. Love it. I am trying to hard to savor every single second.






Monday, October 24, 2016

13 weeks (baby #2)



How far along: 13 Weeks!
Maternity clothes: Still just a few things here or there
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: My insomnia was so bad (waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep for 2+ hours) that I decided to keep taking Diclegis, but just one at night for the sleep benefits. Guess I could just take Unisom....
Best moment of the week: It's been nice now that everyone knows I'm pregnant. No more hiding or lying. And of course, the amount of love and support we've received from so many people is just unbelievable. This weekend I also took Harper to Seaward for their Halloween Spooktacular event  - Harper was Nemo, I was Darla! It was such a fun day and the weather was absolutely perfect!
Worst moment of the week: It's been a great week.
Running/Workouts: I worked out a little too hard this week, a lot of leg exercises and a long run turned me into a limping, sore mess. Otherwise, running has been good. Less than two weeks left until the half marathon - YIKES!
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Nothing has changed in that department, same smells and foods nauseate me.
Energy level: Feeling okay - but still get to bed pretty early (okay, embarrassingly early) most nights
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Fat - I know that's not really a mood, but man I feel like a whale
Looking forward to: Halloween next week - it's so exciting because Harper understands more and can say "trick-or-treat" this year!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: During our 12 week ultrasound last week, this little babe was measuring a full week ahead! I feel so blessed and so lucky for her to be growing so perfectly and for things to be going so smoothly thus far. Hopefully she doesn't decide to get too big in there though...

Baby #2 is a....

GIRL 















Monday, October 17, 2016

12 weeks (baby #2)





How far along: 12 Weeks!
Maternity clothes: Been rocking my maternity cargo pants
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Insomnia sucks.
Best moment of the week: We had a fun weekend in Tallahassee celebrating FSU's homecoming. I also won an award from the College of Nursing as a Distinguished Graduate. Pretty surreal that I was chosen, such an amazing experience. Unfortunately Harper doesn't really understand the concept of being quiet during an awards dinner, so Phil had to take her out before I accepted my award and gave a speech. I was so sad they missed it, but grateful someone at my table recorded it so they could watch it later.
Worst moment of the week: On our drive back to Orlando from Tallahassee, my nausea got pretty bad - add that to some carsickness and wouldn't you know it, I threw up all over myself in the car. Not fun.
Running/Workouts: Running has felt great, but wasn't able to workout while out of town this trip. We were busy enough though to feel like I got a workout in each day though!
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: It gets really bad when I let myself get too hungry. Unfortunately, snacking all the time isn't doing my weight a favor, but at this point I choose to feel better than to feel sick.
Energy level: This weekend really took it out of me, I am exhausted and it's only Monday.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Excited
Looking forward to: FINALLY announcing our pregnancy later this week!!!!! And our ultrasound on Tuesday!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I am only 12 weeks along, but I am so terrified about being a mama to two little babies. I feel like most days, I barely get by with keeping Harper alive...and in about 6 months we're gonna be responsible for two human beings. The thought alone is terrifying!





Monday, October 10, 2016

11 weeks (baby #2)



How far along: 11 Weeks!
Maternity clothes: Well...the box came down. I forgot how damn comfortable maternity cargo pants are!! So much for making it until my second trimester...
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: I stopped taking Diclegis as my nausea hasn't been so bad - but now I'm waking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time falling back asleep.
Best moment of the week: Our genetic screening blood work came back this week - and everything was perfect! Low risk for genetic anomalies! We also found out the sex....stay tuned!!!! We also took pictures to announce our pregnancy this weekend! They all came out so wonderful, can't wait to share them!
Worst moment of the week: This has been a good week!
Running/Workouts: Working out is the same - mostly good days, some bad.
Missing anything: No
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Nothing new. So thankful the nausea is getting better! But the aversions are still pretty strong
Energy level: Some days I feel great - others days I can't make it through without a nap.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Excited
Looking forward to: Traveling to Tallahassee this weekend for FSU's homecoming!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I know I've already mentioned this, but I can't believe how much I'm already showing! I absolutely love having a bump....but....I know my uterus is just about at the top of my pubic bone. So I have a hard time really calling is a "baby bump" because in reality, there's no baby where my bump is. Trying to enjoy and embrace these changes nonetheless!

Monday, October 3, 2016

10 weeks (baby #2)




How far along: 10 Weeks! YAY for double digits!!
Maternity clothes: No, I made a vow not to get my old box of maternity clothes down until the second trimester...!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: It really is quite embarrassing how early I go to bed...
Best moment of the week: Not pregnancy related, but this week Harper pooped in the potty for the first time!
Worst moment of the week: Everyone at my job is on to me. While I understand their harmless curiosity as to if I'm pregnant, I also think we should respect a woman in her decision to tell people she's pregnant when she's ready. I work in labor and delivery for goodness sake, we all know that most women prefer to wait until the second trimester to tell people. It's also surprising to me how many people seemed to be interested in my reproductive system.  Maybe it would help if I reminded them that our first journey down this road was long, and hard, and painful. Or perhaps if I told them that this go around wasn't a walk in the park either, and we spent four months crying over yet another failed cycle. Or that trying for baby number 2, and getting negative pregnancy tests after negative pregnancy test brought back all those painful memories of infertility and I found myself crying myself to sleep most nights. So yes, while their inquisitions are innocent, I think we all should be a bit more cognitive of what that question might do deep down to a woman.
Running/Workouts: Running feels good - 5 weeks until my half marathon, which is terrifying!
Missing anything: Skinny jeans
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Same things - but lately I've really been into fruit, oranges and orange juice!
Energy level: I'm feeling pretty good...by 8pm I'm ready for bed, but during the day I feel a little better.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Impatient  - come on 12 weeks!
Looking forward to: Taking pictures this week to announce our pregnancy!!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I have been able to find this little babes heartbeat with my home doppler since about 7-8 weeks. It was really difficult at first, but lately I can find it almost instantly! That heartbeat is music to my ears!

Monday, September 26, 2016

9 weeks (baby #2)




How far along: 9 Weeks!
Maternity clothes: No, wearing lots of long jersey skirts and workout clothes most days
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: It's my favorite - but still pretty tired all the time
Best moment of the week: I was able to get another sneak peak at baby this week with an ultrasound. Baby was measuring 3 days ahead! So happy our little babe is growing so well!
Worst moment of the week: After spending the morning at Disney this week, I felt so awful the rest of the day. Headache, nausea, the works. I think the sun and heat took it's toll on me.
Running/Workouts: Running and working has been good. Still doing 5 miles a day, four to five times per week, with some light weight lifting thrown in the mix.
Missing anything: Ibuprofen when I had that headache!
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Sickness seems to be easing off, with the occasional bad day.
Energy level: Low, but perhaps I'm starting to get a little bit more energy.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Get genetic (And gender!) blood work back in a week!!!!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: I feel ginormous! I already have a belly, even though my uterus isn't to blame as it's still tucked away in my pelvis. I hate that I'm gaining so much weight this early on, despite eating relatively healthy and working out all the time. Trying my best to relax and remind myself I'm growing a little human (easier said than done, though).

Monday, September 19, 2016

8 weeks (baby #2)


How far along: 8 Weeks!
Maternity clothes: No, but sadly most of my clothes are already tight :(
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: I can't get enough sleep - naps, early to bed, all of it!
Best moment of the week: We got to see our little bouncing baby this week! At 7.1 weeks the baby was measuring 7.3 weeks with a heartbeat of 160bpm! What a beautiful sight to be seen! Feeling so very blessed.
Worst moment of the week: During the ultrasound, they also found I have a small Subchorionic hemorrhage.  I had one with Harper, and it was nothing. This one is just as small, and even noted in the report as being "implantation bleeding". I've had zero spotting or cramps, which is good. Praying this remains to be nothing.
Running/Workouts: Running is good, slow and steady. Running 5 miles at about an 8:50-9 minute mile most days.
Missing anything: Energy
Movement: No
Things that make me queasy: Same things - I've thrown up twice, right after eating. Mostly I just have all day underlying nausea and some dry heaving.
Energy level: Negative 20
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Blessed
Looking forward to: Baby's first concert tonight - Going to see James Bay!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: These first few weeks are really dragging. I feel like in retrospect the entire pregnancy will have flown by in the blink of an eye AND all I'll want is to be pregnant all over again...but the first trimester of feeling crappy and not been able to tell people is rough.