Tuesday, February 28, 2017

And her name will be. . . .


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!

Monday, February 6, 2017

28 weeks (baby #2) - THIRD TRIMESTER!!!

28 weeks - Baby is the size of an egg plant!

How far along: 28 weeks - Officially in my third trimester!
Swelling: No
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is okay - it seems like the first trimester fatigue is back though, and I just can't sleep enough
Best moment of the week:  This weekend I got to see some old friends to celebrate the groom to be, Anthony. Massages, brunch and a drag show, among other things. So much fun to see everyone! Harper and I also got to enjoy a lot of time outdoor with the nice weather - some side walk chalk, bike rides, rides in her little car and a trip to Leu Gardens to check out some dinosaurs.
Worst moment of the week: It was good week besides fighting a headache one day this week.
Running/Workouts: Taking it week by week, but currently still running and working out. I have some days where the runs feel effortless and amazing, and other days where a quarter of a mile is pure torture.
Missing anything: Not feeling short of breath.
Movement: My favorite thing to do when I'm lying around is to watch my belly jump and push at baby girl hoping for a reaction. Feeling her move seriously never gets old.
Things that make me queasy/recent cravings: Fruit, yogurt and Chipotle! However, rang in the third trimester this afternoon by throwing up my entire lunch. No bueno.
Energy level:  Pretty low this week - most mornings, if we don't have plans or I'm not working, I get up early to work out and walk Juno, shower, eat breakfast with Harper and lay on the couch all morning. I feel like such a bum, but it's been hard lately finding the energy or motivation to do much.
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Nervous
Looking forward to: The paint in baby girls room is all finished - looking forward to moving the crib in and getting a start on decorating it!
Something surprising about being pregnant with baby #2: Ya'll - in roughly 10-13 weeks this baby will be here (God willing). I don't know why, but this fact just hit me. 10 weeks ago was the beginning of December and that seems like just yesterday - so my point is, she will be here in the blink of an eye. I think when you start trying for a baby, you consume yourself with simply getting pregnant. The positive pregnancy test, the reassuring lab work to follow, and of course, seeing a precious beating little heart for the first time at the ultrasound. This time, even more than the last time, I kind of almost forgot that after achieving the goal of getting pregnant, we now have to bring a baby home! And we already have a two year old in our home. So that makes TWO little people we are going to be responsible for. I sometimes get heart palpitations just thinking about it! Even though those annoying discomforts of pregnancy are starting to kick in, I sometimes wish I could be pregnant longer than 9 months. All the rough parts aside, being pregnant is my most favorite thing in the world. Oh yeah, and I also have no idea how we're gonna figure out how to take care of a newborn and a toddler...