20 Weeks Pregnant {Halfway There!}

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How far along? 20 weeks

Maternity clothes? Yep! So comfy!

Best moment this week: Surprising my mom by flying out to visit her in Georgia. She’s so excited to have us here but Evelyn seems partial to Grandpa instead of Grandma…hmmm  

Miss anything: Right now I miss my husband a whole lot cause he’s in Utah and I’m in Georgia. But pregnancy related, I suppose I miss having energy for life. 

Movement: Yeah, very low flutters.

Food cravings: Publix doughnuts! I better get some before I fly home!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, and it’s absolutely fantastic.

Worst symptom: Still just exhaustion and pregnancy acne although the indigestion is steadily creeping in.

Have you started to show yet: Oh yes. The belly has popped.

  Gender: It’s a boy!  

  Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I think more happy. Although if I get too tired I sort of just shut down.

Looking forward to: Last week I really wanted to say going to Georgia, but it was a surprise. So now I can say I’m looking forward to spending more time with my parents and Ga friends.


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19 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 19 weeks

Total weight gain: I’m gonna go ahead and delete this question because the answer depresses me. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! I got some great deals at Ross and Kid to Kid AND I got some birthday money that will likely go to more maternity clothes. 

Best moment this week: Shopping and some super fun birthday festivities. I was surprised with some fabulous gifts including 6 cupcakes from my mom. So much for that no sugar thing.  

Miss anything: I miss being able to go 20 minutes without going to the bathroom. I also really miss feeling cute. I just feel big and I know I’m only getting bigger but it’s so hard to feel attractive anymore… 

Movement: I feel light movement every so often but nothing big. 

Food cravings: My birthday treats have me craving more sugar than I have in a long time. Also, as it turns out, I have to totally rework my preggo diet according to my midwife.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not so much! It looks like my morning sickness has officially passed. 

Worst symptom: Still just exhaustion and pregnancy acne. 

Have you started to show yet: I feel like it’s super obvious that I’m pregnant but I’m pretty sure people just think I’m chubby.. *sigh

  Gender: It’s a boy! And I have it narrowed down to three names. 

  Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty moody, I’m not gonna lie. I think it’s because I’m always so tired. 

Looking forward to: my ultra sound this Thursday. I’m hoping to come home with some pictures of little baby boy. 


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18 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 18 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: Not sure…my scale needs batteries.

Maternity clothes? I’ve been looking around online to buy some but they’re just so expensive!

Best moment this week: This week has been great! We got to do our gender reveal, I started a trade shift postition at a fitness studio so I can have free classes, and I started exercising again. 

Miss anything: I miss having the energy to clean my house. I hate having a messy house but unfortunately my toddler doesn’t care. 

Movement: I feel light movement every so often but nothing big. 

Food cravings: Mother’s frosted animal cookies and Chipins popcorn chips. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: anything gross on an empty stomach. Or the chunky fruit bits in yogurt when I’m already feeling nauseous. 

Worst symptom: Still exhaustion and pregnancy acne. It’s just not fair. I want the ‘glow’!

Have you started to show yet: Yeah but I think I just look like I have a gut, not pregnant necessarily. 

  Gender: It’s a boy! And let me tell you, trying to think of a name has been quite the task. Boy names are so hard!

  Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I’d say mostly happy but I definitely have mood swings that are hard to swing back out of. And if something sets me off and gets me crying it’s nearly impossible to stop no matter what it was that made me sad in the first place. 

Looking forward to: My birthday next week! I don’t even have big plans but I’m gonna get my nails done and we’ll go to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and I get some delish cheesecake!


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Gender Reveal Baby 2.0

We had our ultra sound yesterday and got to find out the gender of our baby! Scroll down to see the big news!

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17 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7 pounds

Maternity clothes? No, I really want to do some shopping with my invisible clothing budget..

Best moment this week: It’s been a pretty good week. I feel like I’ve finally hit my groove as a SAHM. Bring on the second baby!

Miss anything: I feel like I can never get comfortable. And when I finally do, I have to pee. And I wish I had more energy to exercise. I feel huge.

Movement: I felt a very distinctive kick the other night when Chris and I were laying in bed. But nothing since then.

Food cravings: Now that I’m not eating sugar, I’ve been having a hard core craving for it. I’ll admit, Chris did convince me that I could have one sugar treat a week. So I bought a bag of cookies. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about those cookies since.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I have to pretty much constantly be eating. That’s getting a little old.

 

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How to Choose a Midwife

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When we for sure decided that we were going to do a home birth with baby 2.0 I started my hunt for a reputable, kind, loving, gentle midwife who I got along with. It was no easy task.

It’s stressful choosing a doctor to deliver your baby in a hospital but with a midwife you’re meeting a lot of them in their homes, and while this is pretty much how it’s done, it can be hard to get used to when you’re more familiar with doctor’s offices.

Granted, my care so far has been fabulous. My appointments have lasted well over an hour each time and not because I’ve had to wait. I get all my questions answered in the fullest way possible. At my last appointment, my midwife took me into her kitchen to let me try a tea she recommended and some trail mix that she combines herself. She didn’t give me one-word answers but very thorough in depth responses. And I enjoy her company so much that I didn’t even realize how much time had passed.

Point 1 for midwifery.

But I interviewed quite a few midwives before I found the one I KNEW I wanted. Today I want to give you a little advice on how to find a great midwife.

Step 1: What kind of midwife do you want?

There are all sorts of confusing initials when dealing with midwives, so let’s clear some of those up.

CNM Certified Nurse Midwife. A CNM becomes a nurse before becoming a midwife so they are trained and certified in two fields. Generally they only work in hospitals.

CPM Certified Professional Midwife. A CPM is an independent professional who has met the standards and certification through the North American Registry of Midwives. They are trained to work out of a hospital environment.

CM Certified Midwife. A CM has the same certification of midwifery as a CNM, they difference being that they didn’t get certified as a nurse as well.

DEM Direct Entry Midwife. A DEM is trained through self study, apprenticeship, a midwifery college or university program that is separate from the nursing discipline. They are trained to provide the Midwife Model of Care primarily out of the hospital. This includes a Licensed Midwife (LM) and a Registered Midwife (RM).

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16 Weeks Pregnant

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How far along? 16 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 7 pounds
Maternity clothes? No, but they’d probably be more comfortable
Best moment this week: Spending a quiet New Year’s Eve with Chris. We watched a movie and played some games and watched the neighbor’s fireworks from our window. It was perfect.
Miss anything: I miss taking walks with Evelyn. I feel like the cardio would be great but it’s just too dang cold right now.
Movement: I think I feel “flutters” but I might be imagining them
Food cravings: Salty salty salty. Which is good because the midwife has me off sweets.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not eating enough. Dirty diapers. Stinky kitchen sink.
Worst symptom: How can I choose? From occasional nausea to constant exhaustion or constant peeing, to headaches or backaches or acne. It’s never ending really.
Have you started to show yet: I have definitely popped.
  Gender: I don’t know yet, but we find out soon! I’m thinking boy.
  Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly moody. And tired. Which I think adds to the moodiness.
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender.

Seeing as this is my first pregnancy post and I’m already in month 4, let’s see if I can sum up the past 4 months super fast:

I was crazy sick, couldn’t get off the couch, the house was in shambles, Evelyn watched a lot of TV.

I searched high and low and found a great midwife for our home birth. (We decided on a home birth).

I started feeling better but would get nauseous if I didn’t eat. Still just felt sick not pregnant. Evelyn watched…less-ish TV.

I started showing.

 See, you didn’t miss much.

Main differences with this pregnancy are that I already feel huge, way bigger than I did at this stage with Evelyn. I think. I’m trying to be a lot healthier for this pregnancy because A) It just seems like a smart idea and B) I don’t want to gain as much weight. But I won’t beat myself up, I’m just doing the best I can.

I started a prenatal workout that I got for Christmas and although it’s super cheesy, the workout is really effective. I’ve been sore for days. It feels good to be working hard even though I’m pregnant. I enjoy exercise and I’m hoping the more I do it, the easier it will be and the better shape I will be in for delivery.

My eating habits have changed quite a bit. For one, I’m off sugar. Well, let’s be honest, I’m off of desserts, candy, baked goods, soft drinks, etc. I’m not cutting out everything with sugar but I am cutting down immensely. I’m hoping this will help with the weight control, my unfortunate bout of pregnancy acne, and some pain I’ve been having in my joints. I guess we’ll see.

 I’ve also started juicing (read: I’ve juiced 3 times). I’d probably do it more often but it’s a lot of work to clean out the juicer afterwards and it’s hard enough to keep our kitchen clean as it is. I have a hard time meeting my fruit and veggie quota so I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies too. I make them myself with no added sugar.

My midwife recommended a veggie protein powder from a health food store to add to my smoothies. The container said, “natural vanilla flavor” so I thought it’d be good. Turns out “pea-protein” it a flavor that’s a tad overwhelming and turns any smoothie an unsightly shade of green. But the more you drink it, the more you get used to it.

The protein doesn’t bother me nearly as much as the time I juiced a whole pomegranate without peeling it. That was 10 different kinds of awful.

10 Reasons the second pregnancy is harder

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I’m gonna be honest with all you non-mommas out there…pregnancy is not easy. It’s just not. If compared to a walk in the park it would be a park in the dark with limited visibility due to fog in the dead of winter with frozen rain pouring down in sheets in the bad part of town and you’re only wearing a t-shirt and sandals.

Or to put it in fewer words, it’s uncomfortable and unpredictable.

Now picture that same terrible walk-in-the-park situation with a toddler that you are trying to keep happy and entertained.

But if that wasn’t a clear enough picture please enjoy as I present to you,

10 Reasons why the second pregnancy is harder than the first

1. You have to cook for someone else even though every smell makes you want to die.

Yeah, Evelyn has not mastered the culinary art yet and even though everything in the kitchen has a smell, including merely opening the fridge, I still have to get her food. You know, so she lives and is happy and all. When I was pregnant with her, I just avoided the kitchen altogether. Not really an option now.

2. Your perfect toddler wants you to play ALL THE GAMES but you’re so tired, you can’t think straight.

Everyday is the same. I get out of bed, still exhausted after 8 solid hours of sleep, lay on the couch and let Evelyn get toys out of her room. But she doesn’t just play with them, she brings each one to me to play with her. Or she brings out all her books. I just wanted to close my eyes for another 15 minutes. During pregnancy number one, I slept all day and no one minded.

3. Every room in your house has become a complete and utter wasteland because you feel terrible and  tired and your child has traded her name in for, “The Destroyer.”

Feeling too crappy to clean and Evelyn wrecks everything. When all her toys are everywhere she moves onto pulling clothes out of both of our dressers, shredding toilet paper, redecorating the kitchen, etc. And I just sit, and watch and cry. Last time I was preggo, the house wasn’t clean but at least I didn’t have a little monster running around making it even messier.

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Hear ye, Hear ye: Big Announcement

Attention friends, family, and everyone else…I, nay we, have something to say. And what gives announcements better than this fabulous movie trailer. Watch, enjoy, and leave your comments below.

 

And in case you were wondering. We presented our baby announcement to our immediate family on Halloween like this:

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Well that was fast

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Getting pregnant with Evelyn happened so quick. I had heard that for a lot of people on birth control, it took several months for the BC to get out of your system before you could conceive. But for us it took one month.

Then I’d heard from other people whose first baby was a ‘surprise’ or who got pregnant really quick that it was difficult to get pregnant with their second child.

And yet, here I am, one month and one positive pregnancy test later and I’m kind of in disbelief.

It was one of those, “Sure, let’s try having a baby,” or rather, “Let’s stop trying not to have a baby” not really expecting a huge outcome. And I was exhibiting some similar symptoms that I had when I was first pregnant with Evelyn so I was sort of already expecting it but when I saw those two little lines slowly appear on that stick I was in a state of shock almost.

I walked into our room and handed the stick to Chris without saying anything. He looked at it. Then looked again. Then looked a little closer and started jumping in place and grabbed me in a huge hug.

“WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!”

I was equally as excited but shortly thereafter started a brief freak out session. How in the world can I possibly take care of two kids?! And I hate being pregnant! Why did I think this would be a good idea??

But the real question rolling around in my mind that evening was, “How can I love anyone else as much as I love Evelyn?”

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