Belly Day | 30 Weeks

Baby Bump Belly Day Progress Pic - 30 Weeks

his week I feel about as unfocused as my picture turned out! We’ve been spending the week getting used to our routine again after returning from my parents last weekend. Something about the last two weeks seems to have sent my pregnant-ness into superdrive! I went from feeling moderately pregnant with some annoying pains to OH MY WORD I can barely move, someone please come carry me around everywhere and make my joints stop screaming! I truly don’t mean to complain as much as I do, but if I have to think about how annoying these things are a bazillion times a day, it’s hard not to talk about it when I have the chance. I’m almost to the the point where anything that drops to the floor is dead to me. DEAD I tell you!!! Actually that will probably be my status next week, this week I just curse the object that fell and grunt extra loud when I bend down to pick it up. I say “bend” down, but really it’s something more like a creaky, stiff contortion of hilarity. Oh, and if we’re in Best Buy and Miles decides to take off at full speed down the aisle, there is zero hope of me being able to catch him. Thank goodness I seem to only visit Best Buy along with my husband.

I guess that’s it for all the complaining. NOT! I also have a strange nerve pain in my upper hip (read: Butt cheek) I’m assuming it’s my sciatic nerve, although I thought I had sciatica with my first pregnancy, but the pains hurt differently, so I really have no clue what I’m saying. Baby has made an adjustment in position the last few days and all of a sudden he is poking SOMETHING downwards into my… stuff. It hurts. If I sit or lay down for more than a minute, I will find myself truly questioning if I’m going to be able to get up.

All those things are annoying, but I still have to admit that it beats my previous, miserable pregnancy.  I have other things to be grateful for, such as my husband who chases our two year old through Best Buy and every other place we go. He also keeps his grumblings to a minimum when I ask for things like ice cream and Panera bagels to satisfy my cravings. I have friends who let me whine to them. I find joy in day dreaming about doing things (I didn’t actually accomplish much this week, but I thought a lot about accomplishing things). So you see? There are good things going on. I also got to drop by Ikea Saturday. That always is sure to make me smile. Even better, we bought a dresser to put in the boys’ room for the new baby!!! Next order of business is you assemble it and start loading it up with all the tiny onesies and PJs from my stash of baby boy clothes. Just one of the many tasks I will be day dreaming about doing in the week ahead, I’m sure.

Baby’s Size| Cucumber

How far along | 30 weeks

Sleep | Miles has been going to bed early (or on time I guess) and this is great because it allows Steven and I a chance to watch TV (and eat ice cream) in peace, but it also means that when Miles is jumping on the bed, wide awake at 7 a.m. I find myself yearning for another hour of sleep. Otherwise it’s been average sleep for pregnant me… frequent bathroom wakings and endless strange dreams.

Clothes | This week during my previous pregnancy I said “Next time I think I’ll be pregnant in the fall, thank you” and here I am pregnant during the winter months and I truly love it. I have been waking up in a pool of sweat still, but I can’t remember the last time I actually felt a chill in my bones the way I normally feel during winter. Also, I am really getting big. I know this first because it’s evident when I see my reflection in the mirror, but I also noticed the new dress I just wore for the first time three weeks ago is almost too tight to wear at all. Sigh. I also have found that most of the zip hoodies I’ve been wearing the last few months can’t actually zip over my belly anymore. This made me think to myself how fun it would be if I could buy a maternity hoodie. I’m assuming those exist and I’m feeling pretty determined to find one now.

Cravings | It’s funny how cravings can be influenced by the season. Last pregnancy during this week I craved peaches, watermelon and cantelope which I haven’t even tasted once this pregnancy. Instead I make myself smoothies with pineapple, banana, spinach, yogurt and a splash of grapefruit juice. In fact I think I’ll be making one for myself when Miles wakes up from his nap in a bit. I also craved Panera cinnamon crunch bagels with cream cheese. I think I might also have to make one of those for a snack, too.

Food Aversions |  Nothing at all. I even have been enjoying mushrooms lately, which I’ve despised my whole life.

Symptoms | I covered most of these in my complaints above, but here they are: mild swelling, nerve pain in my butt, baby kicking my crotch, throbbing back if I sit at my computer too long, general weakness and achiness. End.

Doctor’s Appointment | The sugar swill wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. They took my blood and I’ll hear back about that sometime this week. I met for my usual appt with a nurse practitioner that seems completely ignorant, but it doesn’t matter because I didn’t really have anything important I needed from her. Starting at my next appointment in two weeks I’ll be seeing my actual Dr. for the remainder of the pregnancy. I’m happy about this.

Movement | It’s insane how much this baby moves. I wonder if this is a foreshadowing of his personality outside the womb, if he’ll be just as squirmy haha. I feel hiccups consistently now. He flips around so much! There are crazy twists where baby will completely swivel and scrape my uterus from the inside… it’s almost scary, all that movement in a place you can’t access. It’s also kind of painful, but I don’t care because it’s more than equally exciting.

Belly Button | I’ve begun to subconsciously rub my hand on it over and over like a weirdie.

Gender | Gentleman.

Best moment of the week | Buying a dresser was a nice step. I also have been happy to see Miles achieving new skills like color matching and learning some letters during our “school” time in the morning.

What I’m looking forward to | Touring Shawnee Mission Birth Center (haven’t actually made an appointment but I want to do this soon), tucking newborn baby things into our dresser and buying some new pacifiers.

What I miss | Going to Dicks Sporting Goods and believing I could wear those things and be more active. At least when I’m not pregnant I can deceive myself into thinking I would actually wear and use running shoes or exercise … things…

Mommy and Miles Photo - 30 Weeks

Belly Day | 29 Weeks

Baby Belly Bump Progress Pic - 29 Weeks

I decided to switch it up a bit this week, title-wise. I read a post on Scary-Mommy about annoying preggo terms and now I can’t get the vision of a “baby bump” disease out of my mind.

This past week was one of those where everything in life shifts a bit. The plan was to drive down to my parent’s house in the country early in the week and stay there for 9 days to look after their home business while they were away for a marketing show. My grandma was just getting out of the hospital so they delayed their trip by a day, then late that same day my grandma passed away. Even though she had been in the hospital, she was expected to be able to return to her life and carry on as usual, so this wasn’t really expected for any of us. God knew, though and I think it’s providential that Miles and I were able to see her one final day and play with her and to be there with my family during everything.

Grandma Barb - Celebration of Life

We spent the week together with much of my family, sharing great stories about my Grandma Barb and laughing together (and crying together). There was pain and difficulty that week, but I most definitely see the hand of God in it all. She was a witty, strong woman who could always be counted on for an honest perspective and a humorous comment about any situation. I am sad to think she won’t get the chance to meet her newest great-grandson and that I won’t get more chances to be with her and laugh with her, but I am glad to have gotten to know her more over the past year and a half. Here are some photos from the “celebration of life” we had on Sunday. I left my family that day after our celebration and spent some time to myself during the drive back home, thinking about life and God and accepting the changes that are shaping my life.

In baby news, he’s moving around a lot! Also, I am huge. Anytime someone asks when I’m due and I answer with “May” I can’t say I’m surprised by their incredulous expressions. I look at myself in the mirror sometimes and freak out. I remember how humongous I was at the end of my pregnancy with Miles, so I can only imagine what I’ll look like in another 11 weeks! Gah!

Reading back over my 29 week update during my pregnancy with Miles I re-read my commentary on baby hiccups in utero and wanted to compare the pregnancies. This pregnancy I have not felt this baby hiccup a single time until yesterday, then I felt them 3 times before going to bed! It’s funny to already see differences between my boys and it makes me anxious to get to know this new personality.

Baby’s Size| Cabbage

How far along | 29 weeks

Sleep | Very different with your 2nd baby since this is, more often than not, dictated by your older child. Luckily Miles has been going to bed early and giving me time to hang with my hubby. Unfortunately this means he wakes up earlier and I end up exhausted in the mornings. The actual sleep is acceptable. I am very sore and achy in my joints and hips and this makes getting up and turning over very painful, but I deal.

Clothes | I am back to wearing my nursing bra because under-wires are the devil when you have a massive belly encroaching from below. I also scored some comfy (but hideous) shirts from Walmart yesterday for $1 each.

Cravings | I feel like I am constantly nibbling. I’d say half the time I nibble on something good (like an apple or other fruit) and the other part of the time it’s horrible, like ice cream. That reminds me!!! Remember the amazing ice cream from my dream that I described in my previous post? The mint chocolate chip in a waffle cone with chocolate shell coating?! Well… my incredible hubby got all the fixings so I could make one! It 100% totally and completely lived up to (exceeded, actually) my expectations!!! It was just…well… amazing. I’ve had several of these miracles since. Here is one indulgence from the other day.

Food Aversions |  Nothing, dude.

Symptoms | I feel like I’d tried to keep the miserable symptoms at a distance, but they’re slowly closing in! Aahhh, frightening! My fingers and toes feel swollen when I try to clench them, although I do not notice any visible swelling in my feet, which is nice. I also have yet to make an appointment with a chiropractor but I really really need to do this soon. I am having nerve and joint and muscle and tendon pain in my entire pelvic region and it’s constant. It’s worse when I bend over a lot to pick up the house or lay/sit in one position too long but I feel it all the time. Even with these increasing miseries we still have not reached the misery of my previous pregnancy.

Doctor’s Appointment | I will be going to one next Monday, they are now 2 weeks apart!

Movement | I have noticed that baby is positioned differently than I remember Miles being when he was in there. For one, I think I’m carrying a little higher, so most of the movements are felt around my belly button and not down in my bladder and cervix area. This is a nice variation and the only semi-negative result of this difference is that when he really wriggles and stretches and moves it seems to hurt the edges of my uterus more. Did that sentence even make sense?! Basically it’s more “scrape-y” feeling. Now it all makes sense, right?! He moves SO much. I love it, I truly do.

Belly Button | Outie! But it’s weird and crooked and pokey.

Gender | Is anyone even confused about this?

Best moment of the week | The week was so full of significant moments it’s hard to pin one down. Plus, many of those moments were bittersweet so I’m not sure I can say they were “best.” Looking back, I am especially grateful that Miles and I spent time with Grandma Barb the day she passed. I also really loved spending a day in Nevada with a few of my siblings. We had lunch together and grabbed groceries and goofed off on the drive to and from town. It was great to feel the closeness of family this week.

What I’m looking forward to | Being in the “30” weeks because that makes me feel better about being huge, for some reason. I am also looking forward to getting out all the baby things and finding places for them in the new house. Things like burp rags and pacifiers and the like.

What I miss | I miss being able to see a toy on the floor and bending over to pick it up without giving it a single thought.

Baby Bump Day | 28 Weeks

Baby Belly Bump Progress Photo - 28 Weeks

I am now 3rd Trimester OFFICIAL! In celebration I went to the doctor this morning. It was just your routine prenatal visit but it always makes it seem so official and exciting. Especially when your tag-along two year old behaves moderately well. Today’s appointment was pretty basic, baby’s heartbeat was 160, everything seems to be going well and I was gifted some relief to find out my official weight so far.

That was my segue. I have been meaning to talk about weight a little bit for the last several weeks and keep forgetting. I have the usual body issues I think a lot of women have and that deep, dark history is a novel for another time, but I don’t remember saying much about my weight during my blog posts covering my first pregnancy. Now I wish I had, because I can’t remember just when I gained what and that sort of thing. This much I know about my previous pregnancy: I was 150 lbs at my first appointment with Miles (8 weeks) and by the end of my pregnancy I had gained 62 lbs for a total of 212 lbs.! Yikes. Between pregnancies: during the 2 years following Miles’ birth I slowly lost almost 50 lbs of that weight, but I stubbornly clung to some of the chub. Also during that time our scale broke and I never bothered to buy a new one. I don’t even know what my weight was most of the time. That brings us to the current pregnancy: I was happy to notice that I weighed 163 at my first appointment this time (14 weeks), since that was my lowest weight since my first pregnancy. Of course I have not wanted to gain as much as I did the first time so I freaked a bit when, at 20 weeks, I had jumped to 173! Ahhh! Then at 24 weeks I about had a heart attack because the scale said 187!!!!! I was wearing some very heavy Uggs and carrying a small, coin-filled purse and a light jacket. Surely they must have weighed about 10 lbs, right?! That’s what I kept telling myself every time I’d start to panic about that number. This is why the last 4 weeks I have been terrified to see the scale at today’s appointment and I felt an extra dose of guilt for every bite of ice cream I let myself consume and I input my meals into My Fitness Pal just to keep myself a bit more accountable. Anyway… that brings us to TODAY! That exclamation point means it was good news! Today I weighed in at 189 and I am satisfied with that. It means I’ve gained just about 2 lbs a week this trimester, which is the most I would be okay gaining without feeling like a big, face-stuffing hog.

I know it must be pretty tedious to hear me go on and on in such boring detail about my weight, so thanks for indulging me.

This week I’ve been obsessing about getting all of Miles’ clothes out of storage and going through them and organizing them in a way that will be more accessible when this new baby needs those clothes. I haven’t actually done much to make any of that organizing a reality, though because we need to buy a dresser first and make more room in the closet for another wardrobe. I swear… I am such a hoarder!!! I have a clothes problem and it leaks into my kid(s)’ closets!!! I’m trying to force myself to minimize but it’s such a challenge.

In toddler news this week, Miles has achieved his “doorknob opening” skill. Yay. (<— no exclamation point there). I am now determined to find some door knob safety covers but I’ve heard terrible things about all the ones I can find on Amazon or Walmart. I’m just about desperate enough to try them anyway, but I think I’m secretly clinging to the possibility that I can find ones like my parents had when I was little. They were clear and basic and I thought they worked pretty well as a kid. I’m probably going to have to break down and spend money on the lame ones… I should just accept it.

Wow I’ve gabbed on for a bit, haven’t I?

Baby’s Sizekabocha squash

How far along | 28 weeks

Sleep | I have reached a point where I need to have a pillow in between my legs and I sleep a bit more on my side these days and less on my tummy-ish. I am almost getting annoyed over how many insane dreams I have each night, ALL night! Last night I dreamed of a baby bird with a broken leg that I had to fix, a mini chihuahua that was as small as a mouse and in my 3rd dream of the night I ordered a huge waffle cone with mint chocolate chip ice cream at DQ and requested that they dip it in hard chocolate stuff (I’m going to assume you know what that means). They completely jacked up my order in my dream and I woke up craving it so badly. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all day. I don’t even remember my 4th dream, I must have just given up by then.

Clothes | I wore My new sweater dress thing over the weekend and it was nice to feel like I tried to look cute! Many of my “comfy” pants are starting to feel tight on the waistband and that makes me sad. :( I only have one pair of maternity jeans so I’m just doing what I can to make it work.

Cravings | Can we once again mention ICE CREAM!? Specifically the ice cream cone of my dreams?!

Food Aversions | This week during my previous pregnancy it was hamburgers… Ummm I just downed a patty of perfection, smothered in goodness yesterday from Five Guys. So I guess what I’m saying is… still nothing. Oh, wait. I did have a gyro yesterday and it was nasty to me. Although, I think that has more to do with the fact that I do not have a fondness for Mediterranean food.

Symptoms | I have felt more swelling lately, primarily in my hands when I’m walking a bunch. I think I just need to drink more water. I have a pimple right in my middle of my chin. Annoying! I had not really struggled with pregnancy acne this time around as much, until this little bugger showed up. When I am on my feet for very long, for any reason, I start to feel like my hips are going to give out on me. This past weekend was a blast, but I had some achiness to show for it. I don’t know if this is pregnancy, but I’ve been really clumsy lately! I have a suspicion that it could be related to my swollen hands having trouble grabbing and holding onto things.

Doctor’s Appointment | Just had one! I already talked about it, but everything looks great! Next one is scheduled 2 weeks from now.

Movement | This little one really loves to do what I call “jumping jacks.” I feel like I’ve mentioned them before, but I just feel so many limbs and body parts stretching out and he’ll do that over and over. I like to hold a hand on each side of my belly to feel as many of the extensions as I can at once. I was just thinking this week that I haven’t felt any hiccups. I’m not sure if that just comes later in the pregnancy (I can’t remember) or he doesn’t hiccup as much as Miles did. I feel him squirming a lot lately, too, trying to get comfortable.

Belly Button | I think we can officially say outie! The anticipation was killing me… not really.

Gender | Jumping Jack

Best moment of the week | Spending a 60-something degree weekend with my Steven and Miles and getting to double-date with my bro and sis-in-law. There may have been an ice cream moment or two in there, as well.

What I’m looking forward to | Getting a dresser in the boys’ room and getting it all arranged and organized so that I feel more prepared for an infant again!

What I miss | I dwell on all the adventures I will be free to partake in once I’m no longer preggers and I really hope I actually go out and do more of those things this summer when I finally can. Any time we drive back from the city I see Schlitterbahn and think “if I wasn’t pregnant I would totally do that.” So we’ll see… haha.

28 Weeks-  Miles and Mommy Bonus Photos

Baby Bump Day | 27 Weeks

27 Week Pregnancy update baby bump pic

This is my last week in the second trimester!!! I’m not sure I should be happy or sad about this. I’m going to go with happy because it means the time is counting down to the day this second little boy will enter the world! My body is counting down, too. This week I feel like some of the latter pregnancy symptoms I’ve been avoiding thus far have slammed into me. My face is noticeably chubbier, my walking is at least 50% waddle, swelling began to creep back into the picture around the middle of the week and I’m starving… constantly!!! Considering how annoying that lists sounds there are other great feelings creeping back into my mind. I’m day dreaming of giving my new little boy a bath, of smelling his little infant head, of knowing again what it feels like to lift up his tiny weight into my arms when it’s time to nurse. We had a gorgeous, spring-like day of perfection last week. It registered at 73 degrees and I spent a couple hours sitting on the back porch listening to the birds and imagining what the “real” spring will bring with it. I imagined all the trees covered in pretty blossoms when we welcome a new life into the world. Ahhh I can barely stand to think of it right now!

Another amazing thing was revealed this week. My very best friend of many years (somewhere around 16, what!?!) is also expecting her second baby!!! YAY!!! One of the very best experiences of my life was when we shared our first pregnancies together in 2012 and it is just as amazing this time around! She is due with her little nugget in September 19, actually, which was the exact due date I had with Miles.  Isn’t that crazy?! I adore this crazy, wonderful blessing-filled life. I can barely contain it! Here is the adorable series of smiles she shared with the world this week. Isn’t her little girl, Natalia the prettiest you’ve ever seen?! I’m beyond impressed that Lizzy managed to get her 2 year old to behave so sweetly for these. I’m lucky to get eye contact from my toddler haha.



So yeah, I think you get the point that this week was a good one. It wrapped up with a lazy Superbowl Sunday at home with Steven and Miles. We pigged out on things I shouldn’t be eating but still manage to cram into my face every day. We went outside together and built a snowman and I marveled at the way snow thrills the child within me. Oh, and I totally meant the child in my soul, not in my uterus.

Baby’s SizeI tried to find a food that wasn’t the same as last pregnancy’s comparison (cauliflower). Apparently my choices are rutabaga and small pot roast (!?)

How far along | 27 weeks

Sleep | Lots of vivid, obscure dreams. I find that when I wake up to shift in bed my stiffness is relieved when I lay on my back for a moment (which I know you’re not even supposed to do) Unfortunately I often fall back to sleep before I remember to switch back to my side. It freaks me out. That was random, please forgive me. I’ve had allergies this week. I suppose it could be a mild cold, I’m not sure, but it feels like allergies. My nose has been itchy and runny and my throat a little itchy, too. So my nights have been relatively restful, with frequent pee/shift/nose-blow breaks and weird dreams.

Clothes | This really isn’t expect to change until I am once again a size 5 (hahahahha)

Cravings | Ravenous. Apparently I’m right on track with my previous pregnancy, see here. My mom and I talk about this crazy hunger monster that takes over when we’re pregnant and one thing she has always said and of which I am vividly reminded, is how when you’re pregnant, food tastes just as amazing as you hope/expect it to. It’s like I can taste every single drop of yum in everything I consume. I feel like someone has tapped me on the head with a magic wand and now I can finally taste the secrets that live in food. Like, did you know that peanut butter contains the essence of every wonderful thing that has ever happened to every peanut that has ever existed since the beginning of man kind? Basically it feels something like that. God help me if you hand me an ice cream bar or chocolate brownie.

Food Aversions |  I find I am highly offended by an empty plate.

Symptoms | I once predicted that the misery of my previous pregnancy was a mechanism my body was using to get all the crappy symptoms out of the way so all my future pregnancies could be “breezy and wonderful.” I’m not sure I’d go that far, but I feel like a bit of a pregnancy veteran (I know that’s not really true. That status belongs to people like my mom who have 7 children, lol) or more like a rock star. The other day I just stood up with this determination, a command to myself ringing in my consciousness “Come on now, just stand up and walk like it ain’t no thing. This big round belly isn’t going to stop you!” I’m going to force these thoughts as long as I can. Meaning as long as I can be in denial, basically haha. But for real… I’ve had more swelling this week as well as some heartburn, which I never had with my first pregnancy. I’ve had more cramping ligaments and just plain achy everywhere. Meh.

Doctor’s Appointment | I have my 28 week appointment on Monday, Feb. 9! Then I start going every 2 weeks and that is insane to me!

Movement | He moves so much! I think I keep saying this, but it’s true. I’m pretty sure I can tell where his head is and which little jabs are his feet. They all excite me though and I think he seems more active when Miles is playing near me and we’re being goofy together. I think he wants to be part of the action. It’s adorable!

Belly Button | It’s a weird crooked, bumpy thing. I’m going to call it an outie.

Gender | Boy oh boy

Best moment of the week | Playing outside in the “spring” weather during the week, then building a snowman with Steven and Miles on Sunday, haha!

What I’m looking forward to | being 3rd trimester official!

What I miss | Shaving my legs with ease.

27 weeks with miles laughing27 weeks with Miles Cute

Baby Bump Day | 26 Weeks

26 Weeks Baby Bump Pregnancy Progress Pic

Joy. That’s what fills my heart and thoughts today as I write this post. The past week God has given me peace about all the decisions I have had to make and answers to the questions that I’ve been stressing about internally. I’m not saying I have actually made these decisions, but I feel peace about it all and I’m just going with the flow. It’s pleasant.

This week I found comfort in a daily routine that was part accomplishment and part relaxation. I did just enough each day to make myself feel like I was productive and useful, but I was (mostly) careful to rest frequently. Friday I pushed myself harder than I should have, but it felt good to have the house picked up, the laundry almost completely done and the bathrooms mostly cleaned. As a special treat that night, Steven and I traveled to “the city” for the most amazing Chinese food ever. Since moving to Leavenworth I have not often had the opportunity to indulge in my favorite Chinese restaurant, Fortune Wok. From beginning to end, my meal was a dream. In fact I still dream of it now. The rest of the weekend we spent running errands, and Miles got to spend time with all his grandparents at least for a couple hours each.

That brings us, once again, to this day. Since Miles has been sick, we haven’t really had great nights for sleep. He wakes up often with a cough or discomfort or a stuffy nose. Last night, however, he did not wake up all night!!! I only woke up once myself for a bathroom run. This morning I awoke feeling incredibly refreshed. The sun was shining brightly and the day turned pleasant and warm so Miles and I went outside to play. Now I’m drinking a chai tea latte and recounting my blessings. So yeah… JOY.

Baby’s SizeScallion. I cant help but think of Veggie Tales when I think of scallions.

How far along | 26 weeks

Sleep | Some really awful nights, a couple good ones and one amazing one last night. I’m still smiling thinking about it. I enjoyed approximately 9 hours of mostly uninterrupted sleep. Bliss.

Clothes | I can’t wait to wear the dress I bought last weekend with Bethany. Someone invite me to a party. K, thanx.

Cravings | ICE FREAKING CREAM! I really have to work hard to only eat one Magnum ice cream bar each night after dinner. I tried the dark chocolate with fudge variety and it’s amazing. I’ve also been drinking chai teas and the Chinese food I ate the other night was glorious.

Food Aversions | I haven’t really had any for so long, but I realized the other day… broccoli=meh

Symptoms | While reading over my 26 week update from my previous pregnancy, I realized this was the week I first got any stretch marks. Those are there forever already anyway, but I noticed that I either have new ones (on my thighs) or the ones I had are now beginning to show again. Sadness. I keep meaning to talk (complain) about it since my last Dr. appointment, but I’ve gained so much more weight than I had expected. I guess you could call that a symptom. :P My Braxton Hicks have been manageable. Friday my hips were screaming at me for being on my feet so much. It took all weekend for them to recover. I still have a moment each time I stand up from a chair where I’m not sure my legs will be able to hold me. After I take a few steps I am able to walk around pretty normally.

Doctor’s Appointment | It seems to be coming up so soon. My next one is early to mid February! The awesome news from my last Dr. appointment is that the results of my glucola test were normal!!! This was such a relief to hear.

Movement | He moves constantly! I like to try to imagine what part of him I feel pushing against different sides of my belly. I think he must love to do what I call “jumping jacks.” Miles got to feel him move the other day, but I’m not sure it really made much of an impression.

Belly Button | It’s about 70% outie now.

Gender | Still a little dude

Best moment of the week | Is it shallow to say it was eating Chinese food the other night? Okay, actually for real the best moment was when I asked Miles if he was excited that he was going to get a little brother. He said “Go get brother!?! Go drive, get brother, ok?” I guess he was pretty excited since he wanted to go pick him up that very day. Since that day Miles likes to pull up my shirt and “see bruhver.”

What I’m looking forward to | I just realized this category has been missing for the past 5 weeks!!! It must have been deleted in the copy/paste process and that makes me sad. Anyway. This week I’m looking forward to 28 weeks. I don’t know why, but it seems like the next big milestone.

What I miss | I was reminded of another activity I would love to do but can’t. Horseback riding. Lol.

Bonus Cuteness!

26 Weeks Miles and mommy

Baby Bump Day | 25 Weeks

Baby Bump Day Progress Picture | 25 Weeks

For the fun of it all, I will quickly recap what turned out to be a busy week, filled with both frustrations and fun.

I had three Dr./Dentist appointments last week, this means I was running around, my brain filled with many medical questions about baby and my body and it just swirled around in there until I wanted to explode! Luckily it all wrapped up with a glorious weekend that was the perfect balance of adventure and relaxation. I like lists and headings, so how about this:

Dentist Consultation #1

Several weeks ago I broke a small piece of tooth off one of my back molars. This is in addition to losing about half of another molar more than a year ago. I put off doing anything about either of these issues until now because: No money, no pain and a strong distaste for dentists. Just over a week ago I began to feel pain in the newest broken tooth, so we set up this consultation to see what our options were. Unfortunately they are both pretty bad off and it was recommended that I extract the broken tooth I’ve had for the past year (they don’t think there is enough left to save) and I could either choose a root canal/crown to fix the newly broken tooth, or also choose to have it extracted. They then set me up with a consultation with another doctor regarding the extraction(s).

Prenatal Doctor’s Appointment & Glucose Test

This appointment went pretty well in my opinion! There was a lot of nervousness leading up to this one because when I was pregnant with Miles, the results of my glucose test were borderline, so they had me come in for the 3 hour test. That big, long test was pure torture! I remember being bored out of my mind, passing out in an empty exam room while I waited between blood draws because the blood sugar craziness was causing me to crash. The results of the second test were also borderline. Anyway, I did not want to have to go through this again. I was extra careful not to consume any sugar/carbs the entire morning before my appointment, because I did not want to have to go in for the second test this time. Miles came with me to the appointment and he actually behaved in a most fabulous way and I am extremely grateful that he found it in his crazy toddler heart to be easy-going that day. I was supposed to get my results by phone the next day but didn’t hear anything, even by the weekend. Figuring they might be closed on Monday, I will have to call Tuesday and I’ll let you know!

Also at this appointment I told the nurse practitioner about all the Braxton hicks I’ve been having because she asked and she cautioned me to call if I had too many of them. That freaked me out a bit, I thought it was just an annoying but normal thing to be dealing with (and it totally still could be, I guess) but she successfully has me a little freaked. Due to the awesome second-trimester hormones rushing through me, I have been zipping around, cleaning everything in sight and I can’t seem to stay off my feet, no matter how badly my hips ache at the end of the day. Now I’ve been forcing myself to slow down a bit more, stay off my feet every few hours and drink a lot more water. The Braxton hicks are still pretty frequent but after forcing myself to take it easy all day Friday I noticed they eased up a bit the next day. I’m just going to keep trying to be responsible with myself and this baby and not push myself too hard.

Dentist/Doctor Consultation #2

At this consultation I was given options for having both teeth extracted. I guess it’s recommended to have these kind of procedures done during the second trimester, so now I feel the pressure to make a decision right away. I still haven’t decided exactly what we should do, since any procedure has some small risk involved and leaving it is also a risk. Any insight is welcome if you feel like sharing your opinion on these things.

Well after all those crazy appointments I was happy to spend Friday taking it easy and letting myself get excited for the weekend when my sister Bethany came to visit us. The weekend was spent laughing, shopping, relaxing and just all around enjoying ourselves. Steven had Monday off from work so we chilled at home as a family and took care of Miles, who was sick with something (I’m thinking the flu) and dealing with a sore throat and such. All around I can’t complain with how it all ended this week and I’m anxious to see what comes of the next week!

Baby’s Size| An Acorn Squash

How far along | 25 weeks

Sleep | The quality of my sleep has once again been determined by my 2 year old and not by my pregnancy. The past four nights in a row have been pretty awful, between waking up to help a fussy, stuffy-nosed, sore-throat-toddler and having my own bladder and Braxton Hicks issues.

Clothes | I found the cutest sweater dress/shirt thing while shopping with Bethany and now I just need a good excuse to wear it. I also have a new determination to buy some Toms, not that it’s the smartest thing to buy shoes when you’re preggers.

Cravings | ICE CREAM. So funny since I apparently craved this during week 25 of my first pregnancy. I will always marvel at my capacity for ice cream when I’m pregnant. When I’m not pregnancy I like to enjoy a bite or two of ice cream here and there. You will never ever find me drink more than about 20-30% of a milkshake. When I am pregnant, however, I will down an entire ice cream cone or shake before even noticing what happened.

Food Aversions |  Who are we kidding!? I don’t think this one will become relevant again.

Symptoms | I have been reminiscing lately about my past pregnancy woes and comparing them to this time. I am a person who loves to compare things, it helps me make sense of the world. Anyway, I don’t want to jinx anything, but I am so happy to barely be feeling any swelling this pregnancy so far. Just this weekend I noticed some swelling in my hands after walking around most of the day with them dangling at my side, but that’s so much better than I remember from the first time. In addition to the very subtle swelling, this week my Braxton Hicks are stealing the show. I feel them frequently and while they aren’t painful, they are downright uncomfortable and now I am trying to track them and I’m finding it difficult. I’m having trouble distinguishing the milder BH contractions from a simple aching back or constipation or the discomfort of baby jabbing his head down into my butt. Sigh.

Doctor’s Appointment | Having just been to my 24 week appointment, I am now scheduled for mid-February (28 weeks). After that I switch to every two weeks! I seems like time has flown by sometimes.

Movement | I’ve been able to tell the feet movements from the head movements and he’s practicing his full-body stretches lately. Pretty sure he’s doing jumping jacks in there sometimes.

Belly Button | I have a little”blip!” on the top. I rub my hand over my belly just to feel it sometimes because it’s weird.

Gender | Male

Best moment of the week | A great weekend with my husband, baby(ies) and Bethany.

What I miss | Peeing like a regular human.

Baby Bump Day | 24 Weeks

24 Week Baby Bump Progress Pic

I am a housework machine. Every day I’ll wake up, start making an egg and spicy turkey sandwich on English muffin with avocado, unload and load the dishwasher, eat my breakfast (and I do feed my child), then I spend as much of the rest of my day as I can manage picking up constantly and doing laundry and organizing things. The other day I actually ironed. I despise ironing. The unfortunate side effect of all this running around is that by the end of the day I’ll find myself barely able to walk because of the strain on my back and hips and my Braxton Hicks have been more severe at night. I wish I felt this way all the time, not just for a few weeks while preggers (I mean the cleaning all the time, not the pain).

I really have very little else to say because I spent almost the entire week at home, being a mom and housewife to the extreme (and stuffing whatever food I could find into my mouth).

I always have felt like the 24 week mark is a big one, so I was excited to hit this part of the pregnancy. In celebration I have decided to share a side-by-side of my bump pics comparing my pregnancy with Miles to this one. The angle is weird, the color is weird, the cutout is weird, the hair is weird and I’m big. Yeah. :)

24 Week Baby Bump Comparison

Baby’s SizeCantelope. Now that really seems massive. Eek!

How far along | 24 weeks

Sleep | It’s been consistent and that’s good. Miles is sleeping pretty great and that’s good for me. I wake up more than he does now since I have to run to the bathroom so often. I’m a little achy these days. I was reading about sleep during my last pregnancy and am so happy to know that at this point in my pregnancy I haven’t had to suffer through super swollen feet and I haven’t even wanted to sleep with a pillow between my legs. My favorite sleeping position these days is on my side with my top leg bent high up so that I’m half sleeping on my stomach. It sounds weird but I love it.

Clothes | I really haven’t changed anything here and probably won’t for several more years. I like to wear comfy lounge pants, a tank top, a t-shirt and a hoodie. I’ve been stealing Steven’s jackets alot because all mine are too small now, but even with the cold temperatures lately I am happy to venture out in a cardigan or hoodie and do without a jacket or coat entirely! This is the joy of winter pregnancies.

Cravings | I’m fighting the sugar cravings as best as I can but it’s tough.

Food Aversions |  NOTHING

Symptoms |  I really want to take a moment to say how grateful I am that this pregnancy seems a bit milder than my first. I’ve had very limited swelling anywhere and although my hips hurt, especially after long days on my feet, I haven’t felt the need to use lidoderm patches and the pain doesn’t throb through me constantly like I remember. They seem like small things but the lack of those symptoms make this pregnancy a lot less miserable in my opinion. Also, I realized this week that I haven’t had any acne problems like last time!

Doctor’s Appointment | Just a few days away!

Movement | Great movement. It makes me feel so… pregnant!

Belly Button | LAME

Gender | Little Brother. Awwwww.

Best moment of the week | The feeling that comes at the end of the day when I’ve accomplished several small tasks and I sit in my chair waiting for Steven to get off work and I stare at the clean house and kitchen and sigh with pleasure at the thought of cooking dinner in a clean kitchen, feeling proud of myself.

What I miss | If you read my description from this category from the corresponding post during my pregnancy with Miles you’ll see that I was pretty unhappy with the state of my body and self. I feel so much better about myself this time. The only thing I really miss is the freedom to really get healthy the way I could if I wasn’t pregnant. Specifically I wish I could work out, but with the way my hips and back treat me when I’m pregnant, I just can’t. So I guess you could say I miss being the fitness superhero I never have been and fantasize I could be.

Baby Bump Day | 23 Weeks

Baby Bump Progress photo - 23 Weeks

Since last week’s update I feel like my pregnancy has really taken hold of my body. It’s like a I skipped 2 months in 2 days! All of a sudden I feel the weight of my growing belly in everything I do. Grabbing onto my new-found motivation with enthusiasm, I cleared out and organized our clothes closet and cleaned our room and Miles room and at the end of it all I realized it was too much for one day. My hips were screaming at me that evening and every day since I have had to consciously take it a bit easier to avoid unpleasant evenings.

The great thing is that pregnancy has also taken hold of my mind! I am baby, baby, baby! This week has found me dreaming of ways to set up the boys room for two and trying to remember all the things that come along with having a newborn. During the first part of this pregnancy I couldn’t quite accept that I was allowed to go crazy with planning and hoping. I felt like it was just the beginning of a rather lengthy journey and the freshest pregnancy memories in my head were those of a 3rd trimester. Now that I’m creeping up on that final trimester, I am getting giddy and anxious and excited. I love this second trimester. Any moment of the day I will feel the good hormones pumping through my body and simple bask in the wonderful feeling of it all. Knowing this part is will only last so long just encourages me to try to soak it up all the more.

In other news, all week I’ve thought about the “Cravings” category in the list below and how the last couple weeks I’ve had trouble recalling any specific cravings. Well, this week I found myself adding craving after craving to that list in my head. All of a sudden my taste for Subway meatball subs has been replaced with Subway sweet onion chicken teriyaki with all the veggies. I’ll try to remember all the tasty things I indulged in this week and list them for you later.

Baby’s SizeEggplant (That’s so big!)

Sleep | A little painful these days now that my hips hate me again. I wake up pretty stiff and sore. That’s the worst I can say about it, though!

Clothes | This has been a good week for clothes! I’ve taken advantage of the end of year sales on clearance items and ended up with some new (gray!) pregnancy jeans and several big t-shirts. Score!

Cravings | Ok let’s see… frosted pink and white animal cookies, Subway sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwiches, tuna and wheat thins, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, bagels loaded with butter, hot chocolate.. that’s enough for this week.

Food Aversions | Seriously nothing. Nothing I didn’t already hate. In fact I’m eating things I was never a fan of, like mushrooms and jalapenos.

Symptoms | Stiff back and hips and some pain in my ligaments. Braxton hicks. Pee.

Doctor’s Appointment | Coming up! I’m seriously terrified about my glucose test. Still requesting prayers.

Movement | SO much of it!!! It’s something special for me, getting to feel all his dance moves when I’m going about my day.

Belly Button | Pretty much just flat.

Gender | Penis.

Best moment of the week | I’ve had some great laughs with my hilarious husband and Miles has been really cute and grown up lately.

What I miss | Let’s add another fun adventure to the list of things I can’t participate in: skiing. I saw a billboard for Snow Creek and now that we live so close I immediately thought “we should go skiing!!!” then I realized that not only is that not safe in my condition, but I probably would be way too off balance. Lol!

Baby Bump Day | 22 Weeks

Baby Bump Pregnancy Progress photo - 22 Weeks

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! We are moving so fast! I’m thrilled and terrified. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Now that Christmas has passed, my thoughts are crowding in on musings of organization and getting the boys’ room ready for two! I have plans for matching boxes to hide junk, a few new pieces of furniture and finding ways to make their little room something special for them both.

Christmas was awesome. Miles is at a fun age now. He knows how to rip the wrapping paper off and gets excited about his toys, but he isn’t old enough to be disappointed by anything. It was great to watch him light up with every new gift and to see him helping everyone else open theirs. His favorite gift might be a Spiderman action figure I bought at Goodwill for $2. Our whole family was blessed with love and family and gifts this year and it was a sweet couple days we all got to spend together. I’m sitting somewhere comfortably in the middle, I feel no regrets for Christmas fun that wasn’t had and yet I’m still feeling little spurts of holiday cheer as we wait for the new year to come along officially.

Baby’s SizeA papaya. Oooh, that’s fun to say.

Sleep | Pretty awesome! Activities associated with Christmas have thrown off Miles’ naps and such a bit, but I’m still getting what I need. Depending on what position I end up in, I occasionally wake stiff and sore, but nothing I can’t live with.

Clothes | I was given an awesome Christmas sweater by my hubby and plenty of new, comfy footwear and some clothes! Comfort is queen.

Cravings | Really I haven’t had any cravings, I’m just stuffing it all in. I ate way too many chips the other day and Miles and I have been downing mandarin oranges like crazy. I also had a pretty great order of french toast at IHOP the other day. Ok. I need to stop now or I’m going to wake up Miles from his naps, pack up and head to IHOP right now.

Food Aversions | Maybe something gross like…. like…. nope. Nothing sounds gross.

Symptoms | Pretty much what I’ve already been describing. Plus the need to pee is intensifying daily in both frequency and urgency.

Doctor’s Appointment | January 12… Crossing my fingers. Good glucose, good glucose…

Movement | <3

Belly Button | The top of my belly button is starting to poke, like the lip of a shelf. Ew.

Gender | Crazy little man in there, being cute and boyish.

Best moment of the week | Christmas with my family! Making holiday memories with kids is just fantastic.

What I miss | Drinking beers. SO funny because I don’t drink beer, but I kept seeing others drinking it lately and it makes me jealous.

Bonus Pic!

Pregnancy progress photo with Miles - 22 Weeks

Baby Bump Day | 21 Weeks

Baby Bump Progress Picture - 21 Weeks

I can’t believe how quickly the weeks are passing! I haven’t even managed to get my 20 week update finished so I can post it and here I am writing about 21 weeks! Not much is new in the preggo department. I’ve been busy making preparations for Christmas and doing what I can to have it all together when the day is upon us. After the disaster that was the previous puke-filled week, this week has been glorious!  The symptoms I’m having are mild and manageable, it makes me want to fully indulge in this second trimester. I keep trying to remember what it was like last time at this point in my pregnancy. Was I this un-miserable? When does it get miserable again? Perhaps I shouldn’t think about that just yet.

Here’s something I can talk about. Names! With Miles I was scared to just grab onto the first name I liked and go with it. I was worried I would pick too early then look silly if I changed it, or say it too often before he was born and be sick of it by the time he arrived. Plus, we just didn’t feel certain about it until he was here. This time, although my list of potential boy names is very long, mostly because I hadn’t found any I just love and so I have filled my list with “hmmm… maybe?” names. Well Steven and I still aren’t certain but we seem to have both jumped right onto one of the names and the more I think about it the more it just feels right. We’re still not making it official and reserve the right to change it at any time, lol, but right now we’re about 90% sure we will go with the first name “Finn”. I also like the variation “Finley” and call him “Finn,” but we aren’t really sure about that one. We’re also completely unsure about middle names. We have a couple other names that we haven’t taken off the table just yet, but I find myself wanting to tell Steven “Finn is kicking!” without even thinking about it. So we’ll see. I won’t be sewing it onto any blankets or anything yet, but it has sort of nestled itself into my brain now.

Another exciting development this week… my sister-in-law announced that she is also expecting!! She is due at the end of July and I am crazy excited for her and my brother and their (growing) family! Last time I was pregnant I was surrounded by other pregnant ladies and this time I was starting to get lonely. Haha. I’m looking forward to sharing the experience with another so closely!

I don’t have anything more to say so I’ll move on to my facts and additional photos. I took my 21 week photos on Christmas Day, so I have some special additions to the photos this week.

Baby’s SizeApparently the only comparison available this week is carrot, same as last time. Much like the nose on the snowman Miles and I made the other day!

Sleep | Now that we’re over the bug, sleep has settled into something enjoyable and fairly predictable. I’ll take it!

Clothes | Nothing new. BORING.

Cravings | Same as it has been. I’m boring this week. No, wait!!! I’ve been downing peppermint mochas! But that might have more to do with this holiday season. Nothing says Christmas to me like a Starbucks Peppermint mocha. Oh, and Jesus… of course.

Food Aversions |  Can’t say that I have any… unless you suggest something and I’m like “UGH!”

Symptoms | They haven’t been too bad. Just overall sore, achy, stretchy and heavy. I’m beginning to really think about my decision to sit on the floor. Do I really want to have to put in the extra effort to stand up later?

Doctor’s Appointment | I still have a few weeks until another appointment. I’m terrified for my glucose test thing. Pray for me. I reallllly don’t want to have to come back in for the 3 hour test the way I did with Miles.

Movement | Movements everywhere all the time! I freakingggg adore it. He’s kicking and flipping and dancing constantly. I can feel it often from the outside now so I’ll sit with my hand on my belly while we watch movies or when I’m trying to fall asleep. I might be wrong but I think he’s moving more than Miles did at this point.

Belly Button | Blech

Gender | This one won’t be changing so I might get rid of it. Or I’ll leave it and say things like how excited I am to see what kind of big brother Miles will be and what little boy things they will do together.

Best moment of the week | The best moment of this week was actually the whole weekend, getting to see my family and celebrate my dad’s birthday with him and finding out that my brother and sister-in-law will be having another baby! The thought of this growing gaggle of cousins makes me warm and fuzzy feeling.

What I miss | Walking up the stairs without wanting to pass out.

Bonus Photos!

Christmas morning photos with my boys

21 Weeks - Christmas Morning Miles with Christmas Tree 21 Weeks - Christmas Morning family with tree