Sunday, August 28, 2016

Baby #2 // 32 Weeks

I'm officially over 7 months along and I haven't hit the "I'm tired of being pregnant, get this baby out!" phase yet, so I'd say things are chugging right along! Just 8 weeks to go. Crazy. Since it's been a while since my last bumpdate, I'll make this one a little more detailed than my others have been.

Baby is: The size of a squash.

Sleep: Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep, but comfort isn't the problem - it's getting my brain to shut off! How many times can your brain re-think about the same topics?!?! Over and over and over! But once I fall asleep, I'm out for the night (aside from waking up to turn over in bed, which is starting to take some effort). I often have the urge to nap in the afternoons while Nicole is napping. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't.

Symptoms: Just some weird dreams and occasional back pain. The only other symptom is that I feel faintly car sick unless I'm the one driving. How strange! It's only been happening the past week, but... it's just a really strange symptom to have. No swelling or heartburn or new stretch marks yet, though!

Mood: My mood goes crazy on occasion, but mostly I'm still my normal self. I'm guessing that I have at least another 3-4 weeks of peace before the more extreme mood swings start. Hormone levels get crazy in those last few weeks. At least I'll be expecting it this time around.

Braxton Hicks: Yep, I've been having them for several weeks now, at least once per day, usually more. They're short and painless, and it's a great opportunity to practice relaxing into the contraction. I want to do a meds-free delivery, and it's time to start mentally preparing myself for that.

Baby's movement: He doesn't sharply kick me anymore; rather, he makes strong, deliberate pushes against my stomach, and spends a lot of time shifting around to get comfy. Also, this little dude gets SO many hiccups! There was one evening where he had the hiccups 3 different times in the space of a couple hours. Cute, but also annoying because I always feel the hiccups in my cervix, and it tickles in a very aggravating sort of way.

My movement: I haven't started doing the "preggo waddle" yet, but I generally can't swoop over to pick things up off the floor anymore; I have to squat, but hey, that's good for my legs, right? I have to move more slowly when I'm getting up off the floor or out of bed now too.

Wedding Rings: On all the time. Even when I exercise (which is awesome because at this time last pregnancy my fingers would swell up when I was active.)

Belly Button: I can hardly believe it, but... it popped! Well, kind of. When I'm standing or sitting upright it pops (but just barely) and it turns back into an "innie" when I'm lying down.

Weight gain report: I was sick last weekend and didn't eat much, so I ended up losing weight. I'm currently 1 pound lighter than what I was aiming to be at 32 weeks. Hey, I'm not complaining, and the sickness was very short... but just long enough to reset my appetite and eating habits. It's like I got a clean slate, and it's been great to eat well this past week.

Exercise report: I missed 2 days last weekend from being sick, but aside from that I haven't missed a single day since we returned from our vacation back in July! 6 days a week for at least 30 mins, baby! (Sunday is my rest day).

What I've done/bought for baby: Nothing new to report. Right now I'm just trying to find the perfect double stroller, and I'm stalking KSL looking at the Mamaroo's that get posted because MAN those things look amazing.

Best moments: This isn't baby-related, but... it made my month to be able to see Newsies on tour in Salt Lake City two days ago. It became one of my top 5 shows on my "To See" bucket list the moment I found out they were bringing it to the stage!

Looking forward to: Having our master bedroom renovation finally completed in the next week or two. We've been waiting for cooler weather to do the painting and whatnot since the master bedroom is the only bedroom with a ceiling fan, and it's just too hot at night to sleep without it. We finally moved our furniture to the spare room and patched the drywall, now we just have to texture, sand, prime, and paint! And once we do that, we can replace the carpet in the baby's room and paint Nicole's room, and then get her switched to her very own big girl bed. Yep. Eeek! The goal is to have the entire top floor of our house completed before October.

Things are getting real, and I'm getting excited! So close to newborn snuggles and nursing and baby clothes! We just won't think about the sleep deprivation and hormones and whatnot ;)

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????