Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 17 Weeks

17weeksPREGNANCY WEEK 17 – May 16, 2015

Well, I am actually writing this late {written, Thursday, May 21st}, so I’ll be 18 weeks tomorrow, but oh well. Winter and I were in Texas for a week so I’m late getting around to a picture and blogging because of the trip.  We had a great time in Texas.  We visited my best friend who recently had twins.  My sister also came from Indiana with her baby on the trip, so it was really fun to spend time with everyone and all the babies.  We had 3 babies age 4 months and a 19 month old toddler.  We managed pretty well!  It was a lot of fun and exhausting at the same time, haha!

My age: 29

How far along: 17 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a pear

Gender: Unknown – thinking pink!  We find out in a few weeks.

Events of this week: Had my 16 week midwife checkup the day after Mother’s Day, and everything looked good.  Heard a good heartbeat of 150 bpm.  Went to Texas for 7 days–we stayed in the house a lot because it’s hard to get out with 3 babies and 1 toddler.  But we did manage to go to the drive-in theatre and see Pitch Perfect 2, go on a few walks, go swimming/splash park, and go to Monkey Bizness.  Two days of air travel flying solo with a toddler went decently well –just exhausting. Now we are home and getting back to our normal routine.

Symptoms: Feeling pretty great overall.  I often forget I’m pregnant.  Experiencing some nausea off and on.  Headaches lasted for about 3 days of my trip.  Heartburn is setting in, boo!

Exercise/Activity: Ok, honest moment….I have practically done zero exercise for over a week.  UGH!!  Not proud of that. With my trip I intended to get at least a walk in everyday, and 3 runs.  Nope, I was out of my mind to think that was possible.  I walked twice and didn’t run.  With 4 babies/kids and various schedules, it was almost impossible to make it happen.  In addition to not exercising, I spent the past week or so eating PURE CRAP, ie ice cream, brownies, cookies, candy.  Combo of not exercising and eating junk has me feeling a little low about how my body feels.  I feel “fluffy,” yuck.  Since I’m back in my regular routine, I have managed to exercise yesterday and today, so I already am feeling a bit better.  I ran 3 miles (plus walked 1 mile) and I now need my Gabrialla Maternity Running Support belt.  I tried without it and my belly felt too big to go without it now.

Last night I went to the store and decided to check out what workout DVDs they sold there.  My sister had mentioned she was doing a Jillian Michaels workout that she liked and it was short but intense.  I cannot depend on running alone, so I feel like a workout DVD (something new and different that I haven’t done a million times) is something I would benefit from.  I bought one of her DVDs last night and tried it out this morning when I got up.  It was about 30 minutes and I feel like I’m going to be sore tomorrow.  It is a combination of circuits which includes 3 minutes of strength exercises, 2 minutes cardio and 1 minute of abs (3-2-1 method).  I’ve been slightly in a rut and bored with relying on just my treadmill to run….so this will be something new and different to challenge my body.  Plus, I have always preached how important strength training is for a healthy physique, but lately my weight lifting has been sub par or nonexistent.

In my first pregnancy, I wrote a post about “My 10 Pregnancy Health Goals” and I think it’s time to recharge and revisit that.  I may even make a new post with new goals for achieving a healthy pregnancy this go round.  I’m just feeling blah after eating so much junk and being inactive!!  New goals for a healthy body and baby.

Sleep: Sleeping great!  Crazy dreams though…

Maternity clothes:  I’m full blown maternity now.  Plus yoga pants.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Sweets – ice cream, brownies, nutty bars, cookies….OH MY!  On day 2 of healthy eating.

Food aversions: Chicken.

Movement: Movement has been back since about 16 1/2 weeks.  I don’t feel it every day, but I am feeling “popcorn” every so often.

Best Moment of the Week: Getting to spend an entire week with my best friend, her twins, my sister and my nephew!

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Feeling healthier in the next few days/weeks as I follow a healthier lifestyle.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Not really nervous about anything.

What I miss: Nothing in particular.

Next appointment: Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 10:30 a.m. – WE HAVE OUR ANATOMY ULTRASOUND!!

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 16 Weeks

16weeksPREGNANCY WEEK 16 – May 9, 2015

We are celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend.  You are 40% of the way there. I have my 16 week checkup on Monday morning and hope for a good report that you are growing well and have a good strong heartbeat. I will likely be scheduling the next appointment for 20 weeks, which will include the anatomy ultrasound. Even though it’ll be fun to find out your gender, I don’t have a pressing desire to know immediately.  I just care that you are growing and healthy, and whether you are a boy or girl really doesn’t matter to me.  Daddy and I have talked and we think it’d be so much fun if you are a girl because Winter would LOVE to have a sister two years apart from her age.  On the flip side, a boy would be fun because that’d be uncharted territory and something new and different.  While I don’t have a strong preference, I think I’d slightly more prefer another girl.  But who knows??  Less than a month until we know.  Until then, I’m okay waiting.

My age: 29

How far along: 16 weeks

How big is baby: the size of an avocado

Gender: Unknown – we think probably a girl

Events of this week: On Cinco de Mayo, we went to a Mexican restaurant with several of our mom and baby friends. I hosted a playdate at our house one morning. I spent 3 days at a women’s conference through our church.  I went with the girls from our life group, and we had a fantastic time.  One of the nights we got a hotel room, that was a blast. It has been unusual weather for Colorado since it’s been dreary and raining all week.  This weekend is SUPPOSED to be my Mother’s Day 9K Race in Boulder, but because it has been down pouring rain for a week without stopping, the race just got cancelled due to flooding.

Symptoms: Not as nauseous as last week, headaches have let up, feeling much more energy, not going to bed early anymore, not napping daily anymore, occasional hip flexor pain, legs/arms fall asleep sometimes if I sit too long, heartburn, feeling pretty good!

Exercise/Activity: I ran 3 days this week. I’d have liked to do one or two more days of exercise, but it wasn’t possible because I was at my conference. My race was supposed to be on Sunday, but due to flooding and poor weather, it got cancelled.  That’s the first time in history I’ve ever had a race cancelled! Maybe I’ll sign up for a 5K that our church is putting on at the end of May.  Overall, I am feeling much more energized for exercise since I’ve made headway into the 2nd trimester.  Grateful to be feeling less tired and able to exercise more.

Sleep: Sleep is good, some nights I don’t even get up at all, but usually it’s once a night to pee.  My dreams are still insane.

Maternity clothes:  I went and did a little shopping to help pump up my maternity wardrobe. At Destination Maternity they were have 30% off so I bought 7 shirts.  I went to Ross and got about 7 shirts there too.  I’m excited about all of my new pretty things!  I’m 100% wearing maternity clothes now with the exception of some flowy shirts that gracefully drape over my bump.  I think it’s safe to say that I look pregnant.  Even to strangers.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Pasta, sweets, fruit, carbonated beverages.

Food aversions: Chicken.

Movement: No movement. At my ultrasound (in March) I was told my placenta is anterior and that could cushion me from feeling a lot of movement.  I am going to ask the midwife about this at my appointment.  Hopefully I’ll feel something soon.

Best Moment of the Week: The women’s conference at church was awesome!

Worst Moment of the Week: None.

What I’m looking forward to: Hearing baby’s heartbeat this week, scheduling the 20 week ultrasound, and going to visit my BFF in Texas.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: Praying for a smooth trip flying solo with a toddler this week.  I am going to Texas to visit my BFF for a week.  Winter usually is a decent traveller, but because our flight is in the afternoon, I am not sure how Winter will do missing her usual naptime.

What I miss: Nothing in particular.

Next appointment: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

Here’s a look at 16 weeks with my first pregnancy compared to this one.  Wow!

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Baby #2 BUMP REPORT – 14 Weeks

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PREGNANCY WEEK 14 – April 25, 2015

And so begins the second trimester!  Bring on the “honeymoon period” of the pregnancy please! I have noticed that I am feeling overall more like a human and my exhaustion seems to be lessening.  It’s exciting to break the 14 week mark since every pregnant woman looks forward to the day she can say goodbye to the dreadful first trimester.

We did have a scary experience this week.  On Wednesday morning, I went to the dentist, and while there I noticed some brown spotting when I went to the bathroom.  This alarmed me, but I couldn’t do anything about it at that moment.  After the appointment I checked again and had the same thing, still very little/light amount, but enough to make me feel uneasy.  I was meeting some friends at the zoo after my appointment, so I decided to call my office after I finished up at the zoo to see what their thoughts were.  After walking around the zoo for a few hours & being on my feet, I stopped at the bathroom again and felt rising panic since my spotting had slightly increased from what it had been earlier that morning.  As we walked out of the zoo, one of my good friends sensed something was wrong with me, and I burst into tears and told her about what was going on. She was such a good friend and told me everything was likely fine, but to call my doctor and see if they could see me if that would give me peace of mind.  She offered to take Winter home with her so I could jet off to an appointment.  She was a lifesaver.  The midwife was able to squeeze me in right away, so I drove there, praying that the baby was okay and desperately hoping to hear a strong heartbeat once I arrived.  Thankfully, the baby is perfectly healthy and fine.  We quickly found a strong heartbeat of 158 bpm, and baby was very active.  The midwife said he or she was doing flips in there.  She said strong heartbeat combined with an active baby is great news.  Most likely the spotting was old cervical blood, nothing to do with the baby at all.  I am SO THANKFUL and grateful to God that the baby is fine and healthy.  I would like to NOT experience that stress again.  I see the midwife again at 16 weeks, so it’ll be nice to only have to wait two more weeks for my next appointment.

Much to say this week!  The last thing I want to write is about announcing the pregnancy.  Over the past week, we told more people about the pregnancy because I wanted to eventually announce on Facebook, but I wanted certain people to find out through us directly first.  So today, at 14 weeks, we put up our announcement with the caption, “Eric and I are excited to announce that we will be adding a baby to our family in October.  Winter will be the best big sister.”  It was really fun to watch all of the “likes” and comments come through.  People are excited for us.  We ended up with 238 likes, which boggles my mind! It feels good to have friends share our excitement.

My age: 29

How far along: 14 weeks

How big is baby: the size of a lemon

Gender: Unknown

Events of this week: Last weekend we went to Glenwood Springs and celebrated Eric’s birthday, went to the hot springs (I didn’t get in the HOT one) and had a date night. This week we went to dinner with friends, I had my biannual dentist visit, we went to the zoo with friends, I went to see the movie The Longest Ride in the theatre with two girlfriends, and we finally announced our pregnancy on Facebook today!

Symptoms: Less tired overall, having trouble drinking enough water because it makes me nauseous, itchy and tender boobs, occasional pains in my hip flexors when I stand up from sitting, occasional nausea, growing out of my normal clothes because this belly is getting bigger.

Exercise/Activity: I only exercised one day this week, a run on the treadmill….but that was on purpose only once.  My spotting scare made me take it VERY easy and use extra precaution the rest of the week.  I hope to resume some exercise again this coming week.

Sleep: Sleeping better.  Still having nightly crazy dreams.  Not getting up to pee every single night like I was before.

Maternity clothes:  I put on maternity pants for the first time on Thursday.  I’ve still been making do with my normal jeans, but it’s so uncomfortable walking around with pants unbuttoned.  I will likely start wearing maternity pieces more from here on out since they are more comfortable.

Stretch marks: No.

Belly Button: In.

Food cravings: Sprite, carbs, pasta.

Food aversions: Chicken.

Movement: I started feeling some flutters this week!  So early this pregnancy.  It feels like a fish swimming in a tiny fishbowl–in slow motion.

Best Moment of the Week: Two things….first was the exciting feeling of baby’s first movements that I could feel.  So special.  The other was the relief I felt at the midwife when I got to hear a strong heartbeat after a spotting scare.

Worst Moment of the Week: Having some light spotting that resulted in me panicking and thinking it was the beginnings of a miscarriage.  Thankfully baby is perfectly fine and healthy and the spotting stopped.

What I’m looking forward to: Finding out if we have a girl or boy growing in my tummy.  We won’t find out until 20 weeks.

What I’m nervous about/praying for: After that scare this week, I have been daily thanking God for a healthy and growing baby.  I just continue to pray that he or she will be fine.

What I miss: My clothes fitting.

Next appointment: Monday, May 11, 2015 at 9:20 a.m.

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