Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Already Nesting

^^^^^Getting closer and closer to the due date = satiating the baby hunger by looking through old pictures of Nicole's first year of life. Where did my little baby girl go?!

I'm still a little more than 2 months away from my due date, but nesting is 100% real for this mama. I have nearly all of the clothes I need for baby boy's first 9 months of life (thank you, KSL), we got a car seat for him (the one we used for Nicole expired), there are little boy swaddles and bath towels to spare, I even began packing my hospital bag! Never too soon, right? Haha!

Nesting extends beyond preparing for the baby, of course. I felt like super mom yesterday. I ran 3 loads of laundry, a dishwasher load, spent an hour doing my favorite Barre workout class at the rec center, got Nicole to eat broccoli at dinner (more than one piece!), started sorting through one of my "odds-and-ends" boxes left over from when we moved, Nicole and I read lots of books and had lots of tickle wars, I even did some yard work!

Tonight I made chicken parm, and then we had a good 40 people come through our house to munch on Italian bruschetta for an "Eating Around the World" activity. Nicole was in bed without argument at 7:30 despite all the noise and excitement, the kitchen was all cleaned up by 8:45, and now we're sitting and watching Netflix. Evenings like this make me feel like I get so much done.

^^^^^Gah, baby feet!

And yet, despite the nesting...

I feel like there's so much left to do.

Pregnancy insomnia doesn't get any easier when your mind keeps thinking about all the things you want/need to do. We've got to buy a bed for Nicole so we can transfer her out of the crib. There's an embarrassing amount of weeds taking over our yard and lawn. We have some painting and re-carpeting to do in the upstairs bedrooms, I want to finish my decluttering project (more info on that in an upcoming post) so that our spare rooms are empty and ready for guests to use, our bare walls need some decoration... the list goes on and on.

It gets overwhelming. Preggo hormones are on the rise again, so that doesn't help. Thank you, third trimester.


Sometimes I just sit on the couch and read. Or nap. Or count how many times the baby kicks. Or I sit here on a Tuesday evening and watch Netflix. I do anything except think about my to-do list. And it's great.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fresno Trip for 2016

We try our best to make it out to California at least once a year to see my family (I managed to visit 3x last year!) and this year's trip happened this past week! I want to go back in a month for my grandparents' 50th anniversary, but after arriving home a few days ago with veeeeery swollen feet from sitting in the car so long, I'm wary about making the drive again - especially because Doug can't come. (Also... imagine trying to wrangle a toddler by myself at 7 months pregnant while trying to use a gross public bathroom! Ugh!) Flying is an option, but how do I make a toddler sit on my lap for a couple hours straight when my lap is disappearing with every passing day?! Pregnancy problems, yo.

Anyways. Thanks to accidentally leaving my charging cord at home and having a low battery to begin with, the camera only came out on one occasion, and I only got a couple pics. Swimming. And Nicole wasn't loving it. Oh well!

Overall, Nicole had a blast on this trip. She almost constantly had someone to play with, ate way more sweets than normal, saw some fun animals at the Chaffee Zoo, went swimming a couple times (but wasn't a huge fan), and she used up SO much energy. She took 3-hour naps on a daily basis and slept soundly through the night every evening. She's a trooper, and she also handled the car ride surprisingly well. It probably helped that I let her eat snacks in the car for once... ;)

We were staying with my grandparents, but went over to my family's house every morning once we were done with breakfast and ready for the day. Nicole would go to the front door, point at it, tell us it was time to go, and bring us her shoes because she was always so excited to get back over to my family's home and play. So sweet.

I get more and more reclusive each time I visit Fresno. Sorry, friends! Actually, I was reeeeally lazy this whole trip. I vegged on the couch while Nicole was entertained by my family. There were many homemade treats consumed, not a single day where I followed my exercise regime, and more than one occasion where I ate Me-n-Ed's pizza - because no trip to Fresno is complete without eating that glorious pizza! I wish I could have a Me-n-Ed's right by my house in Utah. *Sigh...

I don't regret all the no-bake cookies I ate, even though it resulted in me gaining weight a little too quickly. Time to reign it in for the next couple weeks so that I'm back on track again! I've said it before... I'm determined to not break 30 lbs for this pregnancy, you guys.

Thanks, family, for the good times! And thanks, Fresno, for having an awesome pizza chain. It almost makes up for the fact that it was over 100 degrees every single day. ;) Yuck. But it's okay, Utah Valley has welcomed us back with overcast skies and even a bit of rain! Summer thunderstorms, maybe????

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baby #2 // 26 Weeks

I figured that today would be a good day for a bumpdate since I'm officially 6 months along! Ready to start the third trimester over here! Things are still going very smoothly. The break down:

Symptoms: Nothing aside from occasional back discomfort and feeling tired. I'm pleasantly surprised... with my last pregnancy, I already had some problems with swollen feet at this point, as well as some acid reflux issues. This time = nada. I'm not complaining. OH, I've stopped losing hair! When I brush my hair, there are only a few strands that come off my head. It's awesome.

Sleep: Some mild insomnia most nights. But once I fall asleep, I'm good! I don't need to get up for bathroom breaks, and I'm not even using my body pillow for comfort; it's lying abandoned on the floor next to my bed, waiting for the night when I'll finally need to use it. Ha.

Wedding rings: On! (no swelling, remember?!)

Belly Button: still very much an "innie". It never changed to an "outie" during my first pregnancy, so I doubt it will this time either.

Weight gain: On track. Quick shameless bragging moment: I am SO proud of my weight gain right now, you guys. With my first pregnancy, I had already gained about 30 lbs when I was 6 months along; this time I've only gained 15 lbs!!! My (doctor-approved) target range is 25-30 lbs, which is a huge difference from the 55 pounds I gained in my first pregnancy. If I gain 1 lb a week from here on out, I'll come in at 29 lbs by my due date. I can totally stick to that goal!

Exercise: Shameless bragging one more time: I have been awesome about exercising compared to my first pregnancy. Aside from Sundays, I exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. I think there's only been 1 day (maybe 2?) in the past couple weeks where I've missed my exercise quota. Thank you Provo Rec Center, YouTube videos, and the walking trail by our house!

Maternity clothes: Oooooh yes. I still have some non-maternity capris that fit me (zipper, button, and all), but I prefer my maternity ones. Much more comfortable. But I live in maxi dresses/skirts most days anyways.

Best moments: When I ask Nicole where the baby is, she'll reach her little hands over and pat my belly. She'll even give the baby a kiss if I ask her to. So cute. Also, as per usual, baby boy has lots of dance parties in my tummy. I love it so much.

Funny moment: I mentioned this on facebook, but there was a guy - probably about my age - who came around the neighborhood to set up appointments for learning about solar panels for our homes. I opened the door and he asked if my parents were home. Ha! He was so apologetic, and very surprised when I turned sideways to show him my baby bump to prove that I was indeed a parental figure. Lesson: apparently I don't look old enough to be a parent or homeowner, and also it's still tricky to tell if I'm pregnant sometimes, depending on what I'm wearing. Lose shirts still hide my bump really well.

Looking forward to: Seeing my family soon. None of them have ever seen me this pregnant in person before, so that'll be fun, and it'll be so good for Nicole to spend time with them. I love living in Utah, but being in a different state than my family is a downer.

And some miscellaneous stuff:

I got my glucose test over with on Friday and received my RhoGAM shot yesterday. Ah, the joys of having an rh- blood type. And in a twist of events, I'll be delivering with a midwife this time around instead of an OBGYN. It's not as dramatic as it sounds, I'm still delivering in a hospital and all that jazz.

Finally: I'm researching cloth diapers. SUCH a money saver, but also more time-consuming than simply tossing out a disposable diaper. Do I have any cloth diaper-using friends who want to offer their two cents? Please and thank you!

Yay for babies! And fingers crossed that those unpleasant third trimester symptoms hold off as long as possible! Everything counts when you've got a toddler to chase after!