June 2017 archive

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 23 Weeks

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Time truly does fly in your second pregnancy! It doesn’t seem like it on a day-to-day basis, but then I look up and three weeks have passed. I can barely remember how far along I am. Since my last bumpdate, we’ve moved to a new apartment and added a new baby girl to our family (my niece, Cori). I can’t even tell you how tiring moving is while pregnant, especially when you already have an extremely busy toddler to take care of. I’ve been doing everything veryyyy slowlyyyy so I don’t tire myself out. I went a little too hard the first few days and it really took a toll on my body. So now I’m taking my time, focusing on the most important spaces (living room/kitchen, Harper’s room and playroom), getting everything situated and organized and then I’ll add the cute finishing touches last. But anyway, I’ll talk about the move in a future post. Let’s get back to pregnancy talk…

How far along are you? 23 weeks, 3 days

How big is baby? According to The Bump, she’s approximately the size of a grapefruit and weighs about one pound.

Total weight gain? No idea. I don’t have another prenatal appointment until July 10th and I forgot my scale at my mom’s house. I would be shocked if I haven’t gained at least a few pounds by now though. My belly is getting bigger (and heavier) everyday.

How are you feeling? So much better! I mentioned last time that my morning sickness and vomiting had come back. Well thanks to another miracle from heaven, it went away just a few days after we moved into our new place! *Insert praise hands emoji* I cannot even explain how much of a relief that is. It was so difficult to deal with that sickness throughout the night and in the morning while also taking care of Harper. Ever since it went away, my heartburn has also gotten better again. Unfortunately with pregnancy, if it isn’t one symptom it’s another though. I’m now dealing with sciatic pain and leg aches. I don’t think I ever had sciatic pain with Harper and I still haven’t really figured out how to deal with it, so if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know in the comment section! My last symptom is rib pain from baby girl’s cute little feet. It amazes me that she can sit so low in my belly and still stretch out so far. Feels like we have another long baby on the way!

Any food cravings or aversions? I’m actually back in that phase where I’m hungry, but nothing really sounds good. I just eat to satisfy hunger. All of the things I want — pizza, Mexican food, etc. — are things I have to avoid, so I just eat boring stuff. And tons of carbs!

What are you wearing lately? On weekdays, I live in maternity workout leggings or my maternity shorts from Target. On weekends, I wear maxi dresses.

Best moment this week? I’ve been talking to Harper about the baby ever since I got pregnant, but she’s still little (18 months) and she doesn’t talk much yet so she usually just ignores me. The other day, though, Sam was praying for the baby with his hand on my belly and Harper came over and put her hand on my belly too. Now, she’ll randomly come up to me, place her hand on my belly and say “Amen!” I’m sure she still doesn’t understand, but it’s still the cutest thing ever.

What are you looking forward to? Nesting! When we were packing, I rediscovered all of Harper’s old clothes and I got so excited to wash them all and get them ready for the new baby. Nesting was probably my favorite part of my last pregnancy, so I can’t wait for that phase to start again.

 Fellow Pregnant Mamas: How far along are you this week and what are your main symptoms right now? 

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Baby #2 Bumpdate // 20 Weeks

18836992_10103942950148169_9218600413148737487_oWe made it to the halfway point! The 20 week mark is so exciting, but also daunting because you still have so long to go! 20 weeks for me is also the point when my bump really starts to make itself known. On Saturday, I was at my mom’s boutique talking to a customer. We were talking about Harper and then all of a sudden she looked down and said, “Oh and you’re expecting another one!” It caught me so off guard because, although everyone in my life knows that I’m pregnant, I didn’t realize I had reached the point where strangers feel comfortable enough to ask me about it. That’s how you know you’re definitely showing! Well anyone, let’s get to the bumpdate…

How far along are you? 20 weeks, 3 days

How big is baby? According to the Bump, she’s the length of a banana now. It also says she’s around 10.1 ounces, but she was 9 ounces at 18 weeks back so I know that’s off.

Total weight gain? Still zero pounds which makes zero sense, but I’m expecting that to change soon.

How are you feeling? Yesterday, my morning sickness came back. So far, it was just that one fluke day, but it totally freaked me out. I immediately started having flashbacks to my last pregnancy where I was still throwing up right at the end, but I talked myself out of the pity party. I’m thinking I just ate something the baby didn’t like the day before. Otherwise, I’ve been having lots of headaches and occasional dizziness lately. I think it’s because I haven’t been drinking enough water or getting enough sleep. Harper had croup last week so there was a lot of co-sleeping and crying and cuddling happening. So this week, I’m trying to take it easy and rest. My hip pain hasn’t been nearly as bad ever since I started sleeping with a pregnancy pillow, but my pelvis is still creaky and sore a lot. I was telling my midwife about it last week and she said it’s because I have “good birthing hips.” Those are great for labor and delivery, but it means that baby stays low and I stay uncomfortable until she comes out.

Any food cravings or aversions? I’m still avoiding fish and I’m also off of beef at the moment. Just thinking about eating a burger gives me indigestion. As far as cravings, my sweet tooth has returned in a major way. I’m trying to satisfy it with fruit, but that doesn’t always work.

What are you wearing a lot of lately? I’ve noticed that maternity bottoms are crucial for me this time. My babies like to hang low so even though I can still fit my looser jeans and pants, I get so uncomfortable in them. I have one pair of maternity jeans and one pair of maternity shorts and they’ve been enough so far, but I’ll probably need one more pair of shorts or cropped jeans to make it through the Summer. I can still fit my looser tops, but anything tight is starting to ride up at the bottom. Thankfully, it’s maxi dress weather so I’ll be living in those for the next few months.

Have you noticed any stretch marks? I have a handful around my belly button from Harper, but I haven’t noticed any new ones yet. My belly has been super itchy lately though so I know the stretching phase has begun. I’ve been using my Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil, but I need to get a thicker cream too.

Best moment this week? This is going to make me sound so selfish, but it was the night that Harper slept in her crib again. She had been in bed with us all week since her cough was so bad. I love letting her get in our bed in the mornings, but sleeping with her all night is brutal, especially when pregnant. I spent the entire night scooting her over and shielding my belly from her kicks. So this tired mama is definitely glad to have her health baby and her bed back!

I also officially hired my doula team last week and I am so so excited about that. I want to have a natural birth this time and I believe that hiring a doula (and working with a midwife) will give me the best chance at achieving that. I’ll do a separate post all about my birth goals and why I want to do it naturally soon.

What are you looking forward to? Being able to feel baby’s kicks on the outside of my belly. She moves around a lot, but my placenta is anterior (in the front of my belly) so I only feel her movements when they’re down low. I’m really excited for Sam and Harper to be able to feel her kick. Harper is too young to understand all of this, but I know she’ll have a funny reaction when she feels her sister kick for the first time.