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 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 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.