Motivation Monday

Looking back I see that this was a pretty heavy week of exercise, although it didn’t really feel like it. Four OTF classes in one week is kind of unusual for me, but I try to take advantage of it when I’m able to go, since that’s not always the case due to scheduling conflicts and sometimes lack of energy. Pregnancy, and all the not-so-fun side effects that often come along with it, can make it so easy to slack off on the exercise. I did not sleep well this week and subsequently had very low energy and would have preferred to go lie down on a park bench during my lunch break. However, I know that 99% of the time I will feel better and more energized if I go exercise. Even if that just means heading outside for a walk. When I was pregnant with Asher Wade, all I really did was walk and do the elliptical, which is still great and definitely better than not doing anything at all, but this time I am doing OTF and a lot more weight training, and running of course. After I had AW I found that I had lost a lot of muscle tone because I basically didn’t lift any weights during my pregnancy. I don’t want that to happen again. Between OTF and regular strength training, I am probably the strongest I have ever been and I am absolutely not going to let all the hard work go to waste. With my first pregnancy I was more concerned with gaining too much weight, and I thought cardio was the best way to avoid that. This time I am more concerned with holding on to my muscle, and I’m putting more focus on strength training, but still doing a decent amount of cardio. I guess it’s kind of an experiment to see which route will ultimately yield the best results, so the jury is still out on that one.

Stats from this past week:

Monday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.5 mph) and a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating cardio intervals and strength training intervals)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: Was really not feeling it today and basically just walked down to the gym on auto pilot and told myself I would change and at least walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I ended up running into my friend in the locker room and she was struggling with the same lack of motivation so we decided to head outside for a walk and it ended up being so nice and just what I needed! Exercise buddies are the BEST.

Friday: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (alternating between cardio and strength intervals)

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Full disclosure…I had planned to make today a total rest day, but after a few hours of dealing with a VERY ornery almost 4 year old, I decided I needed to escape and de-stress and went to a 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class.

On another note, I am technically supposed to be running/walking a half marathon this coming Sunday. Asher Wade and I are flying to Sarasota for a few days while he’s on spring break and there’s a half going on while we are there. I committed to doing it awhile back, knowing the route would be beautiful and the weather likely nice, as is the usual in Sarasota in March, but now I’m totally psyching myself out. I haven’t done any long runs since my last half in November. I couldn’t find any training buddies this go around (other than 4-5 mile runs, which I have done a lot of) and I absolutely cannot stand running by myself. SO BORING. So basically I am going into this completely unprepared. I know I can do a combination of jogging and walking, and honestly, I don’t know that I should be running 13.1 miles at 5 months pregnant anyways, so a jogging/walking combo is probably better anyways. Not to mention I’ll be stopping at every single porta-potty along the route;) Wish me luck!

I just had to post this picture because it kind of cracks me up. 

It snowed in the early hours of Sunday so while Matt headed to church, I decided to keep AW home. He’s had a little cold and between that and the new sleeping arrangements, his sleep hasn’t been the greatest this week, and he’s been rather grumpy and ornery. At some point that morning he was literally losing his mind over I don’t even know what, and I snapped this, sent to Matt and texted, “S.O.S., I will meet you at OTF at 12:30 and hand him off to you. May the force be with you.” Matt met me there and took Mr. Grumpy Pants to lunch and then promptly met me back at OTF an hour later and gave back Mr. (still) Grumpy Pants so he could do the 2:00 class. Parenting ain’t nothing without teamwork.

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 17 Weeks

How far along: 17’ish weeks. My OB said we’d have a more accurate estimate at my 20 week anatomy scan.
Due date: Somewhere between August 4th and August 11th…again, hoping to have a better estimate at my next appointment
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: an avocado, one of my most favorite foods
Weight gain: Ummm, 10 pounds, lol! I gained really slowly in the beginning, but apparently packed it on over the past month. It’s mostly in my belly, which already feels so heavy, but I can also see it in my thighs. I know I sound like a broken record, but this pregnancy is so different from my first! At this point with Asher Wade I had only gained 4 pounds and I was barely showing.
Maternity clothes: Yep. All the time, with the exception of my regular leggings and some tunics.
Sleep: Better, although I still wake up at least once during the night, or really early in the morning before my alarm goes off. My Snoogle has helped immensely.
Movement: Still some flutters and I’m pretty sure I felt a few random kicks this past weekend.
Cravings: It’s all over the board and changes day to day. I cannot plan for anything because I have no idea what will ultimately sound good come meal time. Last week I was on this breakfast kick and hit up the Whole Foods breakfast bar twice, filling my to-go container with enough breakfast food for that morning AND for lunch later in the day. Mexican food is pretty much a staple. We had friends over Friday night and did a taco bar and it was everything and more. Fruit (especially pineapple), chips (especially with guacamole) and bread (especially cornbread…so random) are staples as well. I crave sushi too, and was happy to have some two weekends in a row. I definitely find myself craving protein. Also still scarfing gummy and fruity candies.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular…it’s just that a lot of stuff doesn’t sound good one day, but then may the next.
Symptoms: Some lower back discomfort, especially after sitting for extended periods, a lot of tightness in my belly, which my OB says is likely from my uterus expanding. A swirl of spider veins have popped up around my left ankle. Maybe TMI, but my boobs are incredibly sore and tender. Good times;)
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly
What I’m looking forward to: Getting started on the nursery (we made a tiny bit of progress this weekend, and various furniture/decorative pieces are starting to be delivered). We are planning to shiplap one of the walls in the nursery, so I’m anxious to get started on that. Once that’s completed we’ll be able to start arranging furniture and setting up the crib. It’s not for another few weeks, but I’m looking forward to our 20 week ultrasound.
Best moment of the week: Getting a good report at my appointment last week and hearing that strong heartbeat.
Thoughts on pregnancy: It feels like it’s going really slow. Maybe that’s because I’ve been more uncomfortable this go around, but I just assumed it would go by fast since we are so much busier than last time and generally have so much going on. It really seems to be dragging though. I’m trying to relish in it and enjoy everything since this will most likely be my last baby, but it’s been a challenge. Maybe it’s the fact that we are so busy all.the.time, and I can’t actually sit back and enjoy the whole experience, or maybe it’s because we’re so busy that we haven’t had time to do any preparations, or maybe it’s still just so early that it hasn’t totally set in yet. I don’t really know, but I’m hoping my attitude softens a little in the coming weeks. I’m also hoping that our weekends will slow down so we can put more focus on preparations.
Here’s a couple bump pictures that I randomly took last week. I’ve got to get better about asking Matt to take pictures of me in the same outfit so it’s easier to tell the progress, but you can definitely see how much I have popped.
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Friday Faves: Pregnancy Must-Haves

So here I am, pregnant again, and busting out all of the preggo paraphernalia. Some of these items are favorites from my first pregnancy, but several are ones I have discovered this go around that have made this pregnancy a little easier. Some of them I will continue to use even after this baby is earth side because I love them so much (probably not the Snoogle because I know Matt will be ready to kick the “third person” out of the bed ASAP).

*Snoogle pregnancy pillow. This thing is a lifesaver. Besides my general state of uncomfortable, I really should be trying to stay off my back, and this helps me stay supported on my side so I don’t inadvertently roll over. I love the curved design (as compared to other pregnancy pillows, which are basically just extra large rectangular pillows) because it allows me to stick one end in between my knees, which helps support my belly, and the other end cradles my head nicely. It does take up some space in the bed…almost as much as if there were another person in the bed, but it’s a sacrifice that’s necessary for the short-term.

*Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil and Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil. This is my stretch mark preventing dynamo and I can attest that it works. I was all belly with Asher Wade and it looks like I am going to be this time as well, which means I gain most of my weight in that area, which also means lots of stretching to accomodate. I use these oils every single night, rubbing all over my belly and hips, and they help keep stretch marks at bay. Plus they moisturize my skin really nicely and don’t have an overpowering scent.

*Dove Winter Care body wash and Curel Ultra Healing lotion. I have had the driest skin this pregnancy. Not sure if it’s just the weather (although we’ve technically had a very mild winter) or something to do with hormones, but my skin has been dry and sooooo itchy. I tried a few different lotions and finally settled on this one since it worked the best at bringing me some relief. I’ve also used all brands of body wash, but have found this one to be the most beneficial right now. My skin feels so much softer when I get out of the shower. Once I layer on my lotion, I am good to go and itch free.

*Good pregnancy jeans. I swear by the Gap Maternity “True Skinny” jeans (with the full panel). Look and fit great and have just enough stretch, without getting too stretched out after wear. Definitely invest in some good jeans, especially if you’re pregnant in the fall or winter.

*Yeah Baby! by Jillian Michaels. This has been my pregnancy book of choice this time, primarily because it offers a lot of great advice and direction for exercising throughout pregnancy, including specific workout routines and do’s and don’t’s. I’ve also really enjoyed the recipes and meal plans. It is full of so much, science backed, information and the medical/diet/exercise contributors provide a lot of valuable insight.

*My beloved Genie bras. Yes, the “as seen on TV” ones. Even these are not the most attractive of bras, I swear they are the most comfortable things ever. With my, umm hmm, changing bust line, the stretchiness of these have been necessary. They never tug or dig into my skin and they are seamless and work under most tops. Plus, they work great for nursing, so I plan to continue to wear them after the baby arrives as well.

*Dum-Dum lollipops. These have helped my nausea so much. I’ve kept a huge bag in my desk drawer since finding out I was pregnant. Several people have advised me to go buy ginger lollipops and supplements, but Dum-Dum’s are super cheap and I find they work just as well.

*My planner, because #pregnancybrain. I have been so forgetful and somewhat scatter-brained this pregnancy. I’ve had to resort to pretty much writing down everything. I use my Outlook calendar at work, but even that hasn’t been foolproof. I have to write everything down in my planner and refer to it throughout the day to make sure I don’t miss anything. My Outlook calendar serves as backup and sends me those reminders 15 minutes before I have something, assuming I remember to create the reminder….

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 14 Weeks

How far along: 14/15 weeks. I’ll be curious to get an update at my next appointment because at my last one I was measuring a week ahead, which means I’m actually 15 weeks now.
Due date:  Somewhere between August 4th and August 11th…hoping we will get a more accurate DD at my next checkup.
Gender: BOY!!
Size of baby: a large lemon, or my fist
Weight gain: overall around 5 pounds I think, definitely all in my belly
Maternity clothes: Yep. Thankfully I have quite a few things from my pregnancy with Asher Wade since I was pregnant during the winter. I was so happy to finally bust out the maternity pants and stop trying to squeeze into my regular ones. I had forgotten how much cute stuff I had. I also have a lot of tunic type tops and leggings in my wardrobe which have come in handy. I pretty much wear Gap Maternity because it fits well and holds up, but doesn’t break the bank. I’m thinking about ordering a few things from the LOFT maternity line to see how I like that brand. Once it starts to warm up I’ll definitely have to get some spring/summer items considering most of my stuff is for cold weather.
Sleep: It varies night to night, but it’s generally not great. I’m exhausted at night and fall asleep easily, but I almost always wake up around 4 or 5 (last night it was 2) and often can’t fall back asleep. I bought a new Snoogle pregnancy pillow, which is helping me get a little more comfortable.
Cravings: The nausea has gotten better, but I’m still limited in what I actually want to eat. There’s a lot of things that I normally love that just don’t sound appetizing. I’m really trying to focus on eating more nutrient dense and balanced meals, but it’s hard when all I really want is grilled cheese, pizza and Mexican. At lunch I’ll literally walk down to the cafeteria and wander around until I find something that sounds ok. It’s pointless to pack my lunch because what may sound good in the morning, likely won’t sound good at all by the time lunch rolls around. I also get really intense cravings for specific things. Like last night I desperately wanted a fried egg sandwich, so that’s exactly what I made. I’m craving chocolate candy bars, like Snickers and Milky Ways, and still loving fruity candies like Skittles. I’ve a couple cups of coffee and they’ve tasted OK, but still not like before where it was literally the first thing I wanted upon waking.
Symptoms: As I mentioned my nausea has gotten better, although I still get little waves of it periodically. I have to watch what I eat or I get really bloated and have some indigestion (I felt horrible after eating a lot of cheesy, fatty snacks at a Super Bowl party last weekend).  Fatigue and general tiredness has gotten better. My hair and fingernails are growing crazy fast. I seriously feel like I have to trim my nails every few days. I’m still a little itchy, but not as bad as a couple weeks ago. I’m wondering if it’s more to do with the cold weather and drier skin?? I started using a really thick lotion (plus argan oil on my belly) and I think that’s helping. My growing belly is getting a little awkward and slowing my movements down and it gets tight towards the end of the day. Overall though, I feel pretty good, just not as great as I did with Asher Wade;)
What I miss: Consistent sleep, having a normal appetite and sleeping on my belly.
What I’m looking forward to: Starting on the nursery now that we know the gender, and getting Asher Wade settled in his new room. Not pregnancy related, but I’m also looking forward to a little overnight getaway with Matt next weekend. Oh, and my mom coming in next week!
Best moment of the week: Making this pregnancy public! It was so fun to have those sweet pictures done for the big announcement. It was also an exciting time when we found out the gender. We did a little gender reveal with some cupcakes for Matt, AW and me and it was really fun to share that moment as a family. I was also thankful to receive positive results from the Harmony testing.
Thoughts on pregnancy: I’m getting to that phase where the sight of any little newborn makes me tear up. Gah. I love newborn babies and I CANNOT wait to hold my own again. I keep wondering if he will look like Asher Wade and if he will be similar to Asher Wade in personality. I’m just curious overall how the whole experience will differ. I just remember how shocking it was becoming parents for the first time, and how much it threw us for a loop adding a newborn to our lives. We literally had no idea what we were in for…ignorance is bliss I guess UNTIL you realize just how unprepared you are. This time I feel like we will have a much better handle on things and know what to expect, at least to an extent. Obviously I understand that this baby could be totally different. Asher Wade was such a challenging newborn and I feel like a lot of that new motherhood joy was stolen because I was just trying to get by without losing it. Besides the obvious shock of being new parents, he had that awful colic that was just incredibly difficult to deal with and manage. While we were in the thick of it all it just felt like it would never end, even though in reality it only lasted 10 weeks or so. It’s reassuring to know now that those challenging moments are fleeting and that season will pass. Knowing that makes me feel so much more at ease and I really think I will savor those newborn days so much more and not wish them away. Especially knowing this will (most likely, although we know God has a sense of humor) be our last baby. I want to soak it all in….purple face crying and all;)

BIG News!!!

So it’s no secret that I’ve been a little M.I.A. on here over the last couple of months. Whenever I have some big news I tend to hold back from a lot of social media, including blogging, because I’m always afraid I’ll slip-up somehow or post something that gives it away. I know that’s totally unlikely, but you know when you’re keeping a secret and you’d rather not take the chance of inadvertently disclosing it, so you avoid all forms of socialization? That may be a little dramatic, but you get my drift.

Anyways. Back to the big news….

I’m pregnant! With another baby BOY! My due date was originally 8/11, but I’ve been measuring about a week ahead, so now we’re looking at 8/4. That puts me at around 15 weeks this Friday. Everything looks great and I have a healthy, strong baby boy growing inside me, and for that we are so thankful. Since I’m 35 (and considered “old” as far as pregnancy goes) I knew there were some added risks, so it was a relief to hear that everything looked perfect. It was recommended that I do that Harmony testing to check for any abnormalities, and it also checks for a Y chromosome in case you’d like to know the gender. So we were able to find out the gender at 12 weeks, which was pretty cool. Can’t believe we are going to have TWO little boys running around our house!

Answers to the usual questions:

Were you guys trying? We weren’t being “intentional” like we were with Asher Wade (tracking my cycle and whatnot), but we also weren’t being “careful.” I stopped taking the pill in September and had a positive pregnancy test around the first few days of December.

I thought y’all were only going to have one kid?! Honestly, we weren’t sure whether we’d have another kid or not, even though deep down I knew I probably wanted one. I couldn’t imagine not having another, going through pregnancy and delivery again….it’s all just so magical. Still though, we were pretty content with Asher Wade and our family dynamic and had never really made a decision one way or the other. Suddenly though I had this strong desire to have another baby. Kind of like when I just “knew” I was ready the first time. I brought this up to Matt one day and he said he felt the same way. So it was definitely meant to be.

How did you find out? I was actually at Orangetheory at lunchtime one day and something just felt off. The workouts are always challenging, but this day felt especially difficult, and I felt very lethargic. My cycle isn’t always 28 days, so even though I was 1 or 2 days late, that wasn’t unusual. Still though, I just knew something was off. As soon as I left Orangetheory I stopped at CVS and picked up a pregnancy test. I drove back to work and promptly took the test in the bathroom stall. That positive sign popped up in literally 5 seconds, clear as day. I took a picture of it and texted it to Matt. Needless to say he was a little shocked to see that text message come through;)

How have you been feeling? Eh. December and January were pretty rough. I was so queasy throughout most of that time. Thankfully I was off work a lot due to the holidays, but there were several days where I just counted the minutes until I could get home to the couch. The weird thing is I never actually threw up. Not once. But I felt like I was going to 24/7, which is sometimes even worse. And then there’s the general exhaustion and tiredness. There were so many nights where I’d come home from work and not leave the couch until I relocated to our bed. I appear to have turned a corner over the last week or so, thankfully, and I’m hoping to have a smoother ride going forward.

Is this pregnancy different from your first? YES! So different. I didn’t really feel sick the first time and I honestly remember thinking I felt even better pregnant than I did not pregnant. I remember telling people all the time during my first pregnancy that I would totally be pregnant for the rest of my life, lol. Not so much this time. Besides the aforementioned nausea, I just don’t feel great in general. I’ve had headaches, and a lot of pressure and discomfort in my belly. Sleep is already a challenge and I’m barely in my second trimester. I’m much more tired, but then again, I have A LOT more going on this pregnancy because I have another child to tend to. Not to mention I’m almost 5 years older. I’ve been so itchy as well, which is random. Then there’s this belly. Right now my 14 week bump is about the size of my 20 week bump with Asher Wade. I started showing so early this go around, which I know is normal, but it still shocked me. No complaint there though….I LOVE this sweet baby bump. So overall, it has just been a very different pregnancy. I don’t mean to sound negative…just being honest. Doesn’t change the fact that I am SO THANKFUL and beyond excited for this new little life.

Did you want a boy or girl? I really didn’t have a strong preference one way or the other. I wanted a girl for silly reasons like buying little girl clothes and decorating a girly nursery and just for something different, but I also wanted another boy because I know what to expect and we already have so much “boy stuff” and I honestly just love being a “boy mom.” I had no idea how much I would love having a little boy until AW came along. He completely stole my heart a million times over, and I have no doubt this new baby boy will do the same thing.

How did Asher Wade react to the news? I’m still not entirely sure how much he actually “gets it.” He calls the baby “mommy’s friend in her belly” and he’s finally starting to understand that he has to be careful around my belly. When I picked him up from school yesterday one of the teachers told me that he had informed everyone that he was getting a baby brother, so obviously he understands a little. He has been very clear that he wants a baby brother. We took him to one of the OB visits and he was fascinated with the ultrasound and watching the baby bounce all around. He got upset when the tech moved the wand and the baby went out of view. Overall, I’d say he’s been rather agnostic about the whole thing, but at least he’s not bitter;)

I’ll be doing regular updates throughout the pregnancy like I did with Asher Wade, so definitely check back for those (probably every other Friday). I’ve been writing posts and saving them in draft form ever since I found out I was pregnant, and I just made them public, so feel free to check them out here, here, here and here.

We had these precious pictures taken this past weekend in anticipation of our big announcement and I just love how they came out. I ordered this sign (in digital format) from a cute shop on Etsy called Coconut Designs and had it printed with a foam backing at FedEx. I love the Valentine’s Day theme. You wouldn’t know it by looking at the pictures, but Asher Wade was a total turd that day and we almost didn’t think we’d get any shots, but thankfully he came around right before we were about to pack it up and call it a day. I just love his sweet smile and spirit.

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 12 Weeks

Due date: August 11, 2017
How far along: 12 weeks
Size of baby: a large plum…one of my favorite fruits:)
Weight gain: overall around 3 pounds
Maternity clothes: I’m still able to rock my looser fitting clothing (mainly tunics and leggings), but I’m basically just wearing that stuff in an effort to hide my bump at work. As soon as I make my announcement to my immediate team (probably tomorrow), I’m going to stop worrying about trying to conceal the bump and embrace it instead! I’ve pulled all of my maternity clothes out of bins and I’m ready to finally feel comfortable. I’m kind of over using a hair tie to close the button on my jeans;)
Movement: Lots of flutters and swooshes and what feels likes swimming in my belly, especially at night. I didn’t feel anything with Asher Wade until around week 16, but I’ve been feeling all kinds of things this go around for a couple of weeks now. No idea if it’s actually the baby swimming laps in there, or just some gas and other stomach stuff. During our ultrasound today that little peanut was moving nonstop.
Sleep: For the love. Why am I already having such a hard time?! I fall asleep pretty quickly, but I almost always wake up around 4 and can’t get back to sleep. I’m really struggling with staying off my back and I know I need to start being careful about that. I think I’ll have to order some sort of pregnancy pillow that will help me stay on my side.
Cravings: Still somewhat limited in what I can/want to eat, but I do find myself craving certain things, like chocolate (I got a Milky Way out of the vending machine yesterday, which is something I would normally never do, but it just sounded so dang good), birthday cake (lol!), McDonald’s strawberry milkshakes, fruity candy like Skittles or as of late those Sweet Tart gummy hearts that come out around Valentines Day, pizza, sandwiches (Tofurkey and Swiss has been my jam, and I also still crave tuna fish salad), Mexican food, crackers and chips, especially Baked Cheetos.
Symptoms: My nausea has gotten better during the day, but it gets bad starting around 4:00 every afternoon and gets progressively more uncomfortable as the night goes on. Coupled with being so tired when I get home in the evenings, I often just lay on the couch until relocating to our bed. I feel bad because I normally enjoy playing with Asher Wade or taking a family walk with the pups, but I literally just feel like I have zero energy and it’s all I can do not to close my eyes. I remember this getting better in the second trimester with my first pregnancy, so hopefully I’ll turn a corner soon. Otherwise, I’m pretty good during the day and have been able to keep up my exercising as long as I do it by lunch time. I’m still really gassy and get bloated easily, but again, hoping that will ease up soon.
What I miss: Consistent sleep and feeling like myself. Totally vain, I know, but I also miss being able to use all of my Rodan + Fields products (retinol isn’t recommended during pregnancy).
What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the sex! I had all the testing done today and now we are just waiting on results. We are planning to do a little gender reveal with some cupcakes for just Matt, Asher Wade and me, and then we will officially make this pregnancy public around Valentine’s Day!
Best moment of the week: The ultrasound today and seeing our wiggly little peanut, bee-bopping all over the place. Heart rate was strong and everything looked great! Feels good to get to that 12-week mark and I can’t believe I’ll be entering my second trimester!
Thoughts on pregnancy: While I haven’t been near as paranoid as I was when pregnant with Asher Wade, I’ve found myself being a little more cautious lately. I was really happy to finally make it to the 12-week mark and have our doctor appointment today, and I hope my anxiety and fears start letting up a little now. I’m anxious to get all those test results, but again, that’s kind of my personality. I’m still a lot less anxious this go around as compared to my first. I’ve also found myself starting to take it easier at the gym and really being careful not to push too hard. I know how important it is to listen to my body. However, I’m determined to keep up my workouts. With my first pregnancy I pretty much just walked, but this time I am doing Orangetheory and more high intense exercise in general. I’m curious to see if I reap any benefit from this during delivery/recovery.
In other news, I am already so in love with this new little peanut! It’s so amazing how quickly you bond. I am fiercely protective already and I just feel this surge of love every time I touch my belly. As difficult as pregnancy can sometimes be, it’s truly incredible to have this life growing inside of me. It’s just such a miracle.
We’ve been so bad about taking bump pictures, but here’s one I snapped in the bathroom at work…
And our 12 week ultrasound picture… 

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 10 Weeks

Due date: August 11, 2017

How far along: 10 weeks
Size of baby: a prune, but hopefully not as shriveled
Weight gain: I honestly have no idea, but I’d guess 1-3 pounds, all in my belly for sure
Maternity clothes: no, but any day now….I have an obvious pooch and it’s pretty much stretchy leggings and tunics right now and I actually did bust out a pair of maternity leggings the other night
Movement: no
Sleep: not great due to the constant queasiness makes it hard and it takes me awhile to get comfortable, and then there’s the 1 or 2 bathroom trips during the night, and for whatever reason I wake up around 5 and can’t fall back asleep
Cravings: I’m still craving tuna salad sandwiches, which is of course one of the things I’m supposed to limit while pregnant, and then there’s the veggies burgers with extra pickles, avocado and fries, Mexican food in general (especially things like the burrito bowls at Moe’s), tomato soup (preferably Panera) and grilled cheese to dip in it, cinnamon raisin bagels warmed up with nothing on them, Skittles and other fruity candies, Wendy’s Frosties, Clif bars (but only the Sierra Trail Mix flavor…random).
Aversions: I still can’t stand the smell or look of coffee, dairy (with the exception of a Frosty), sweets (except for the aforementioned Skittles) and pretty much anything other than what I listed above. It’s hard for me to even open the fridge or pantry sometimes.
Symptoms: queasy pretty much all day everyday, but especially in the evenings, and I’m more tired in general and so flippin’ gassy!
What I miss: feeling normal and not having this nausea all the time
What I’m looking forward to: our third ultrasound in a couple of weeks and finally making this pregnancy public
Best moment of the week: Getting to see our sweet baby at our most recent ultrasound, moving around like crazy, and with a very strong heart beat of 169. We brought Asher Wade with us and my heart about melted as he got so excited when the baby popped up on the screen. He intently watched and asked questions and then got worried when our nurse moved the wand and the baby went out of view. “Where’s the baby?!” He also kept asking me if I was “feeling well” and seemed a little nervous about me laying on the table with the wand on my belly.
Thoughts on pregnancy: I’m kind of in this awkward phase where I really want to get going on preparations, but I don’t quite feel like we are in that “clear zone” yet if you know what I mean. For some reason I feel so much more at ease when I get to that 12-week mark, even though we’ve had two great appointments and everything looked perfect. For example, the plan is to move AW in to what is now the playroom and make his current room the nursery. I’d love to get started on this, but am still hesitant to get too ahead of myself. I’m also ready to tell people at work because I’m getting tired of wearing bulky clothes to hide my growing bump, but again, I feel like it’s too soon. We have told several people (way more than what we did with AW), but I’m ready to make it officially public. I’m technically 12 weeks on the 26th of this month, but we are leaning towards a Valentine’s Day announcement:-)
Here’s my 10-week bump picture and a side by side comparing to my 8-week picture. Not much change.

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 8 Weeks

Due date: August 11, 2017
How far along: 8 weeks
Size of baby: a juicy raspberry
Weight gain: I honestly have no idea, but I’d guess maybe a pound or so

Maternity clothes: no, but it won’t be long….I have an obvious pooch and it’s pretty much stretchy leggings and tunics right now
Movement: no
Sleep: ehh, the constant queasiness makes it hard and it takes me awhile to get comfortable, AND I’m already making 1 or 2 bathroom trips during the night
Cravings: it’s not that I really crave things so much as there are only certain things that actually sound good to me, like Taco Bell bean burritos (must be Taco Bell ONLY), tomato soup (preferably Panera) and grilled cheese to dip in it, cinnamon raisin bagels warmed up with nothing on them, tuna salad (preferably Penn Station), Sonic tater tots, pickles, veggie burgers with sweet potato fries, chips and crackers, Skittles
Aversions: a lot of stuff, including my beloved morning coffee (I can’t even stand the smell or sight of it), dairy, sweets (except for the aforementioned Skittles) and pretty much anything other than what I listed above
Symptoms: queasy pretty much all day everyday, but especially in the evenings, and I’m more tired in general
What I miss: feeling normal and not having this horrible nausea all the flippin’ time
What I’m looking forward to: our second ultrasound next week
Best moment of the week: It’s not pregnancy related, but taking a trip with Matt to Savannah was exactly what I needed. We did a decent amount of sight seeing, but we also rested A LOT and slept in every morning. Made to order breakfasts at our sweet B&B was perfect for my weird cravings/aversions and Savannah has so many great food options that I was always able to find something to eat. But again, the extra sleep and general lack of responsibility was absolutely ahh-mazing.
Thoughts on pregnancy: It’s just so different this go around, and I’m only 8 weeks. I can’t believe that I’m already showing, whereas with Asher Wade I didn’t “show” until like 14 weeks. I’m getting nervous about trying to hide it, at least at work for the time being. I was definitely not this queasy with AW either, so that’s been a not-so-fun experience this go around. On the flip side, I am way more relaxed this time and don’t freak out over every little thing and I’ve definitely gone against some of those “pregnancy rules” like not sleeping on your back, not taking hot baths, not eating soft cheese or sushi, etc. I realized just last night that I’m not supposed to be using products containing retinol, which my night cream definitely has in it. Honestly, I should probably be a little more cautious, lol. Already an obvious second child and he/she isn’t even earth side yet;)
8 week bump pic…just a little pooch:-)

Pregnancy #2 Journal: 6 Weeks

Still somewhat in shock that I’m preggo and writing this update. I mean, I do understand how babies are made, so it shouldn’t be all that shocking that I have found myself in this state of affairs, but it’s still kind of surreal. I’ll tell you what’s really surreal…going back and looking for my 6 Week update from my pregnancy with Asher Wade so I could follow the same format. I ended up going down this rabbit hole and reading posts from way back when and let me tell you…I hardly even recognize or remember that time in my life. It is so DIFFERENT. Want to make yourself feel really old? Go back on social media and see what you were doing on the weekends 5 years ago. Let’s just say it wasn’t a Saturday full of Costco, Target, laundry, wiping pee off the walls, arguing over what super hero underwear to wear, Disney Jr., 6 a.m. wake-up calls and 9 p.m. bedtimes. Life changes, y’all.
On that note, I feel old. This pregnancy has been rougher on me so far. Granted I am 4+ years older and I do have a 3.5 year old toddler now, but man, I’m on the pregnancy struggle bus. I’ve been very tired and nauseous and just generally feeling blah. Exercise has been a challenge, and besides totally lacking the motivation to be active, I just don’t have the strength or energy. I’m also dealing with a nasty cold and clogged ears. Hoping this is just temporary and that I’ll feel better once I get through the first trimester. Matt has really stepped up his game and has been handling so much around the house and with Asher Wade, which I am so thankful for. Most days I just want to come home and lay on the couch and eat saltines.
Due date: August 11, 2017
How far along: 6 weeks
Size of baby: a sweet pea (which is also what I’ve started calling this baby)
Weight gain: I feel like I’ve gained 10 lbs., but in actuality I haven’t gained any weight…I just look really bloated and like I’ve enjoyed one too many donuts
Maternity clothes: not yet, but I’m most comfortable in leggings and tunics, assuming I can’t be in my comfy pj’s
Movement: no
Sleep: not really any different, other than struggling to stay off my stomach and dealing with this cough
Cravings: more like what I can actually stomach…pretzels, crackers, bagels, fruit, french fries, Taco Bell bean burrito, pasta, salty snacks
Aversions: a lot of stuff, including my beloved morning coffee, dairy, sweets
Symptoms: queasy pretty much all day everyday, head aches, fatigue and low energy, bloated
What I miss: feeling normal
What I’m looking forward to: our second ultrasound in 3 weeks, telling our parents this coming weekend
Best moment of the week: going in for my first OB appointment and ultrasound and getting to hear the heartbeat…best sound in the whole world:-)
Thoughts on pregnancy: It’s so different this go around. I’m not near as paranoid or anxious. I’m not following all the “rules” so strictly and have been sleeping on my stomach, soaking in warm baths, taking cold medicine, and just generally doing things that I avoided like the plague with my first pregnancy. I followed every single little rule to a tee the first time, and this time I’m just following the main rules…you know like no binge drinking, shooting heroine or eating raw meat;) In all seriousness though, I’m just not as paranoid and trust my body more this go around. I think I’m also still in the “Is this really happening” phase, so I haven’t entirely gotten in the preggo mindset and accepted the fact that things are about to change. Fast.
I don’t have a bump picture because there really isn’t much to see. Also, I’m a little bitter after I went back and looked at my 6 week bump picture from my first pregnancy? I mean, pretty sure I had a six pack. I was hoping I’d be back to my pre-pregnancy (first pregnancy) physique before getting knocked up again, but seeing as how it’s been 4+ years and I’m still not there, I guess I’ll throw in the towel on that one. There’s still hope after I pop this baby out, right??