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Baby #2 Bumpdate // 28 Weeks

27 weeksHello Third Trimester! This pregnancy has flown by and I cannot believe we’re already in the home stretch. I’m just hoping time doesn’t start to stand still now because I am really feeling it now. I made all of my prenatal appointments for the remainder of the pregnancy yesterday and it made things really real. The nesting period has begun and my before baby to-do list has been solidified. I’m confident that this baby girl will come closer to her due date than Harper did, but I still want to get everything done early. Last time, I went to the hospital with no hospital bag, no diaper bag, no car seat. Harper didn’t even get a crib until months after she was born. This time, I plan to be prepared! I’m hoping to have everything finished by 35 weeks! I’ll write another post all about that soon. For now, let’s get to the bumpdate!

How far along are you? 28 weeks and 2 days.

How big is baby? She’s the size of an eggplant or a head of cauliflower. Around 2 pounds and 15-16 inches, according to my apps.

Total weight gain? 5.5 pounds as of yesterday.

How are you feeling? Oh man. I forgot about how much of a beating your body takes towards the end of pregnancy. I’m not sleeping well because I’m so uncomfortable. My heartburn and indigestion reach a peak at the end of every day. My sciatic pain comes at the most inconvenient times. And if I start doing too much, my belly feels so tight that I have to sit down. A new symptom I’ve been experiencing lately is headaches. I got them a lot in the first trimester, but they went away until last week. Now I’m getting one every day. I told my midwife about them yesterday and she said everything else looks good (like my blood pressure) and it was probably just from the lack of sleep. I’ve only had to take medicine once so they aren’t terrible, but they’re definitely annoying.

Any food cravings or aversions? I have had the strongest craving for peach cobbler lately. I actually bought all of the ingredients to make it last week, but then my mom’s friend made some and brought it over. Truly a gift from heaven! I’m back to craving Japanese food again too. As far as aversions, I’m still not really into fish/seafood, but I can eat it without getting sick. At this point, the only foods I’m avoiding are the ones that give me heartburn and indigestion.

What are you wearing a lot of lately? I may not have gained a lot of weight (yet), but my belly is BIG. And my butt is out of control. I’ve been living in maxi dresses and comfy pants. I’m in serious need of a few more maternity pieces, but I’m trying to wait until the weather cools down a bit because I’m loving the new Fall maternity pieces at Target.

Best moment this week? My 31st birthday was on Friday and it was also my cousin’s wedding day. I had the best weekend celebrating with her and spending time with my family. I’m still recovering though!

What are you looking forward to? Washing and organizing all of Harper’s baby clothes for the new baby!

 

 

Harper Elizabeth // 18 Month Update

IMG_2411It is finally time for another Harper update! She will be 19 months old next week and she has changed SO much since my last update at 12/13 months. We are deep into the baby to toddler transition over here and mommy is TIRED. Raising a toddler is tough enough, but adding pregnancy into the mix is no joke! Whenever I see a fellow pregnant mama out and about with her toddler(s), I mentally give her a fist bump because we are rockstars. (ALL moms are rockstars, by the way!) But as difficult as this phase has been, it has also been the most fun. Harper is so sweet and funny and smart and she learns new things everyday which is so exciting and rewarding for me. But before I go on and on about how awesome she is, let’s get into the update.

Stats

Weight: 24lbs 4oz (75th Percentile) – 4lbs 14.9oz at birth

Height: 33 inches (75th Percentile) – 19.75 inches at birth

Teeth: A new one pops up everyday lately! And her teeth are far too sharp for me to investigate so I’m not even really sure how many she has or which ones we’re waiting on.

Diaper Size: She can still fit a 4, but I changed our Honest bundle to 5s because I noticed that we were dealing with more frequent leaks.

Clothing Size: 18 months (12 months in dresses and shorts)

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Eating

Harper is a fantastic eater except for one tiny thing; she hates meat. She loves to eat so she’ll ask for meat if she sees you eating it and then, once she realizes what it is, she will either hand it back to you (already chewed up, of course) or throw it on the floor. Ugh. This has really forced me to get creative with her meals because I have to make sure she’s still getting protein and iron. Fruit, cheese and veggies can get pretty boring pretty quickly. So I’m on Pinterest constantly looking up toddler meal ideas to keep things interesting for both of us. Thankfully, she loves veggies. She’s obsessed with broccoli and cauliflower, but I honestly haven’t found a veggie she won’t eat. My current goal is to get all of us eating one meal so I’m not scrambling trying to get two dinners ready every night.

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Sleeping

Sleep has been rough for us for the past few months. Harper had a viral infection in May that turned into croup and the combination of the two completely wrecked her sleep. Then we moved in the middle of June and she got a bunch of new teeth and things went from bad to worse. There were a few weeks where she was in bed with us every single night. I’ve never been completely opposed to co-sleeping, and even enjoy it on occasion, but I can’t do it on a regular basis. For one thing, pregnancy sleep is rough enough without having to shield your belly from your toddler’s foot. And the other reason is that I need my nighttime breaks from parenting. My nights are sacred to me. I clean the kitchen while watching tv and hanging out with Sam. I take the longest, hottest shower possible. And then I do my stuff: blog, read, watch Golden Girls, enjoy the quiet. Needless to say, I am desperate to get her back to her normal sleeping routine so that I can have my nights back. Thankfully, we seem to be headed in the right direction this week and I’m praying that she’s completely back to normal before the baby arrives.

IMG_2124Milestones & Development

Harper started walking regularly around 14 months. Now, she’s a climber and spends her days giving me mini heart attacks (see first photo). She’s not super verbal yet. She babbles all day and says a handful of words (Dada, Hi, Bye, Please, Thank You, Oh Toodles, Elsa, All Done, Agua, and Baby), but she usually has to be prompted to say things. She understands nearly everything I say though, so I’m not too worried about it. She imitates everything which is hilarious. I’m not sure if this falls into the development category, but she’s also extremely friendly and outgoing. She says “Hi!” to everyone she passes, especially teenaged girls, and she loves meeting new people and making new friends. We went to musical storytime at the library for the first time yesterday. We were late and it was packed so I took her to the back of the room and tried to get her to sit in my lap, but she wriggled away, walked to the middle of the room and plopped down like she’d been going all her life. That is one of my favorite things about her.

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Likes: music, dancing, eating, going for walks in her stroller, bath time, FaceTime, spending time with her family (especially her cousins), watching movies in her new playroom, and Goldfish!

Dislikes: meat, being put down in her crib while still awake, getting her hair done (which is why it always looks so crazy!), and sitting in shopping carts.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this (long) update on our sweet girl! She is seriously the busiest baby I’ve ever known, and she definitely has “selective toddler hearing,” but she makes up for it by being so dang sweet. I cannot wait to see her become a big sister in the Fall!

 

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 25 Weeks

19942606_10104055171485709_2855514461176994172_oI have been so bad at taking bump photos this pregnancy! This photo was taken at the Idina Menzel concert on Sunday night, which is the day I moved into my 25th week so this will have to do! Now let’s get to the bumpdate…

How far along are you? 25 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? As big as a head of cauliflower and as long as a large cucumber, according to The Bump and Glow Nurture apps.

Total weight gain? At my prenatal appointment on Thursday, I was up 3ish pounds from my starting weight. I’ve probably gained 6 or 7 pounds total though if you count the weight I lost during the first trimester. My goal is to stay between 15-25 pounds gained because my starting weight is on the high side, but I’m not stressing over it. I gained 10 pounds with Harper and she was born 6 weeks early. So if this baby goes full term, and my weight gain is consistent with that pregnancy, I’ll definitely fall within that range.

How are you feeling? I’m still vomit-free, thank the Lord! I do, however, feel nauseous every morning when I wake up. I eat plain cheerios in bed for a few minutes and then it usually goes away. I’m still having lots of sciatic and hip pain. One night last week, I got this terrible pain in my hip/groin area and walked with a limp for a few hours before bed. I also have to pee all.the.time! I can feel the third trimester quickly approaching.

Any food cravings or aversions? I think I’ve finally gotten out of the no-fish zone. I made salmon on Monday night and didn’t feel sick when it was time to eat it. My cravings have unfortunately been sweet lately. In fact, last night I sent Sam to the store for cupcake liners so I could bake rainbow chip cupcakes at 9pm. So bad!

Have you noticed any stretch marks? I have a funny stretch mark story this week. The other night, I got out of the shower and noticed a HUGE, bright red stretch mark next to my belly button (which is where my stretch marks from Harper are). I grabbed all belly oil and slathered it on and tried not to think about it. The next morning, though, I realized that it was just a long scratch! Harper has been jamming her little fingers into my belly button whenever we talk about the baby so she must’ve scratched me that day without me realizing it.

Best moment this week? I mentioned earlier that I went to the Idina Menzel concert on Sunday night. Baby girl must’ve really enjoyed it because she kicked me the entire time. It was so sweet because it reminded me of her big sister who loves music more than anything and dances all the time. I can’t wait to see them dancing together! My second best moment was last week during my maternal fetal medicine appointment. The doctor told me that my cervix looks good and the baby is growing well so I get a 6 week break before my next appointment! Yay!!

What are you looking forward to? As the mother of a preemie, I try really hard not to wish time away during my pregnancy. But I have to say that I’m really looking forward to Fall weather. These 90 degree temperatures are not ideal for pregnancy, especially when you have a 24 pound toddler to carry and chase around. I have half of the summer to go, but I’m extremely excited for those crisp, Fall mornings.

Poll: Did you have a baby shower for your second/third/etc. baby? 

 

 

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.

 

 

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