Tuesday, March 31, 2015

baby bump #2: week 14


this week...

I'm still waiting for the energy boost that comes with the second trimester, but I'm feeling good. 

I'm finding myself being super emotional this week. I think about Weston growing into the smart, funny, independent boy that he's becoming, and it makes me so proud, but makes me a little sad too because it's all happening so fast. It makes me that much more excited to have a squishy baby around again... but then I'm scared about having a newborn again. What if we just got lucky with Weston? He's always been a great eater, sleeper, and a happy baby. What if this one is more of a handful? How am I going to have time to get everything done with a newborn, a toddler and a full time job? I know moms everywhere do it, and we'll do great... it just seems like a lot sometimes. But then I think about how much I love Weston, and the joy that it brings my heart at the thought of having another child to grow, love and care for, and my heart practically leaps out of my chest. 

See what I mean? Emotional spirals. HAHA 

size of baby?
what's going on in there?

This week, baby can make facial expressions - squinting, frowning, grimacing and even sucking it's thumb! Baby's developing lanugo (an ultra fine, downy layer of hair) and by the end of the week, their arms will be in proportion with the rest of it's body!

maternity clothes? 

I'm already sick of maternity pants. Uhoh. For some reason, pants seem like torture this time around. My favorite GAP maternity jeans don't seem to fit the same way as they did with Weston, and all I want to wear is leggings. It'll hopefully be better when spring finally comes so I can wear skirts and dresses. 

stretch marks? 

Not yet. 

movement? 

I've felt a couple things that I SWEAR are the baby moving around in there, but I know it's still early. I'm so ready to feel this little one kicking around in there!

food cravings? 

I am craving fresh food this time around - salad, crunchy carrots and dip, fruit... and ice cream. Also - I'm loving Hi-C from McDonald's. Super random. :) 

anything making you queasy or sick? 

It seems like the queasy feelings are finally going away... knock on wood!

what I miss? 

Feeling rested. I'm ready for the second trimester energy bump. We have so much we want to accomplish before baby #2 comes, and with Weston it makes it difficult. We need to maximize all the free time we have! 

nausea/vomiting?  

I think this is finally going away. Let's hope!

symptoms? 

Growing baby bump and growing pile of pillows in the bedroom. Did not miss my walls of pillows to sleep comfortably! HAHA

labor signs? 

Not there yet. Let's let the baby cook!

gender? 

We're finding out - just not yet. Our doctor's office moved the 20 week ultrasound to 22 weeks to ensure all the parts are developed enough to check (heart, lungs, etc) so we have to wait a while. It seems like torture when I think about how much longer we have, but I really don't have much time to think about it! Being pregnant with a toddler is definitely different! 

belly button in or out?

In. 

wedding rings on or off? 

On, but I do find myself wanting to take all my jewelry off at home now.

sleep?

Once I get tired, there is no convincing me otherwise. I am starting to toss and turn and lay awake thinking about my huge to do list at night, but once I'm out, I'm OUT for the count. 

what I'm looking forward to?

I'm looking forward to spring finally sticking around so I can go for walks, wear dresses and sandals! I'm also looking forward to getting started on all the house projects we have planned for this summer!

**14 weeks with Weston**

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Monday, March 30, 2015

weston's first haircut

Weston had his last "first" of his baby days yesterday. He got his first haircut. It's been needed for a while, but I was having trouble accepting the fact that his adorable baby red hair needed to be trimmed. I'm still not all the way over it, but I'm working on it. :) It helps that he looks pretty cute all groomed up. 

Weston was a little nervous getting into the chair, and was not a fan of the cape covering his hands (and cars) but he got over it and was very brave through the whole experience. Even during the scary hair dryer!! The sweet hair stylist gave Weston a certificate for his bravery, complete with some of that precious red baby hair for mom.
























 And just like that... my baby is a teenager. If you need me, I'll be crying in a corner. 



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

baby bump #2: week 13


this week...

The move at work is finally over, which means hopefully my life can get back to normal!! I'm also starting to feel MUCH better, which is such a relief. It's the start of the second trimester, which is by far my favorite part of pregnancy. Can't wait! :)

size of baby?
Baby is up to the size of a juicy peach... crazy how fast he/she is growing!!

what's going on in there?

Baby is forming vocal cords and teeth, already has fingerprints, and their intestines are moving from the umbilical cord into their tummy! Baby's body is starting to catch up with their head, which makes up just a third of their body size now. If baby is a girl, she already has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries!

maternity clothes? 

I'm officially in the "maternity pants" club, but I'm still wearing all my non-maternity shirts. I'm trying to plan my summer wardrobe, and I am remembering how overwhelming maternity clothes shopping is. 

stretch marks? 

None yet. 

movement? 

I think it's still a little early, but I have felt some roller coaster type tummy twirling going on, which I know has to be the baby doing somersaults in there!

food cravings? 

Soup and salad. I can't get enough of salad with lots of fruits/veggies on it, ranch dressing and hot soup. SO YUMMY.

anything making you queasy or sick? 

Not this week. Thank goodness! I think I'm finally past that point!

what I miss? 

I miss not getting tired so quickly, but that's bound to happen when I'm pregnant with a toddler running around.

nausea/vomiting?  

Not this week. Thank goodness!

symptoms? 

The bump is officially popping. It's like the little baby knew we told the world, and he/she decided to make their debut!

labor signs? 

Absolutely not yet.

gender? 

Dying to know!

belly button in or out?

Still sporting the innie.

wedding rings on or off? 

On. I'll be interested to see if I swell as much this time around.

sleep?

I am EXHAUSTED at night, but tend to wake up several times through the night. I think it's time to bust out the pillows to help me get comfy at night.

what I'm looking forward to?

I am so excited to find out the gender, but I know we're a ways from that, so I'm trying not to think about it too much. Not pregnancy related, but I'm excited for it to be nice out and to be able to be outside in the yard/garden with Weston. 


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

baby bump #2: the first trimester {weeks 4-12}

(I thought about breaking this up into two posts, but I decided it'd be better to just be one extra long post. Feel free to skip this post if you don't want to read a recap of my first trimester. I won't be mad.) :) 



week 4
It definitely took a while for the "seriously!?!?" feeling to pass. We had talked about "baby number 2" for a while, but knowing that they were actually on their way was just crazy! I walked around in a bit of a daze for this week... just thinking about the fact that we were really doing this again!

week 5
We had an ultrasound scheduled for Friday 1/30 to set our due date. Seeing baby sweet pea (our nickname for the little one) was so much fun, but unfortunately it was too early to set a due date. I think not knowing exactly when we were due made it a little harder for the pregnancy to feel "real", but seeing the little dot on the screen melted my heart.

week 6
Apparently baby sweet pea doesn't like afternoons and evenings. I've started feeling pretty nauseous and tired every day around 3pm until bedtime. Not fun, but I know it could be way worse, so I'm not complaining. With Weston, eating some food made me feel way better, but that doesn't seem to help this time around. 



week 7
I've had no time to think about anything other than work for the past few weeks in preparation for our big move to the new offices. It's all so exciting, and I love being such an integral part to the process, but feeling crappy every afternoon when I'm super busy isn't so much fun. I've severely been slacking in the blogging department, and can't wait for life to get back to normal so I can write again! We had our second ultrasound, which confirmed that our due date is September 28th! It was crazy seeing how much the baby changed from weeks 5-7!

week 8
Another week filled with move planning, long work hours for Jake and afternoon crappy feelings. It's so different being pregnant this time. All my extra time is focused on Weston instead of pregnancy. When I feel crappy, I can't just lay around... there's no laying around with a toddler!

week 9
Another week of the same - work, toddler, nausea. I'm trying to finish up the kitchen project I ambitiously started, but it's taking a back burner to couch time. :( Hoping the second trimester energy will help me get it done!


week 10
What's more fun than having a super hectic schedule at work, at home and feeling crappy every afternoon? Adding in a ridiculous cold, that's what. I'm trying so hard to get better quickly, not get Weston and Jake sick, and still get everything done that we need to. And all I want to do is take a nap. Funnnnnnn.

week 11
I'm feeling so much better this week, but I'm still congested and blowing my nose a million times a day. Unfortunately, I ended up giving Jake the cold, and Weston has the sniffles, so we're going through kleenex like crazy in our household. I'm starting to feel more like myself, and am grateful that I'm not nauseous every afternoon anymore! We had an ultrasound, and got to see our little sweet pea! Everything looks great, which is always such a huge relief!


week 12
Announcement week! It was much easier to keep the secret this time around (I think that our crazy schedules and no time for a social life helped that!) but we still couldn't wait to share the big news! Being able to talk about such an exciting thing with all of our favorite people is so much fun!

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size of the baby? 
In the first trimester, baby grew from the size of a teeny little poppyseed to a ripe little peach! 


what's going on in there?

Baby has gone from a blastocyst (a teeny ball of cells) to a fetus with vocal cords, teeth and even finger prints! A lot of developing has happened this trimester, but we still have a long way to go!

maternity clothes? 

I pulled out the maternity pants around 9 weeks, but am still rocking the rubber band with my regular pants. I am excited that I'll have a summer filled with maxi dresses covering my giant pregnant belly again. :)

stretch marks? 

I got a few from the c-section with Weston, but they've pretty much faded away. I'll be interested to see if they pop out again as this pregnancy goes along.

movement? 

I cannot wait for the movements to start. I have felt a couple "flutters" in the past week or so, but I'm sure it's my imagination and not baby!

food cravings? 

With Weston, all I wanted to eat was fruit and carbs. I couldn't think about eating veggies or salads. This baby is craving salads and fruit. I can't get enough crunchy salad!

anything making you queasy or sick? 

I find that greasy foods don't agree with me very well, which is super sad since cheeseburgers and pizza are my favorite foods, but it's probably for the best. :) 

what I miss? 

I don't really miss anything from pre-pregnancy yet... but I also haven't had time to really think about anything but work. I'm excited for life to get back to normal, and concentrate on organizing our house, working in the yard and treasuring my last summer with only Weston!

nausea/vomiting?  

My pregnancy with Weston was so easy, and this one definitely hasn't been hard, but the afternoon/evening nausea from the first trimester will not be missed!

symptoms? 

Morning afternoon sickness, so tired, and a teeny baby belly starting to grow!

labor signs? 

We're a long way from that point.

gender? 

I'm dying to find out if Weston will have a brother or a sister!!

belly button in or out?

In - it never popped with Weston, so I'll be interested to see if it does this time!

wedding rings on or off? 

On! I'm hopeful that this summer will be less hot/humid, and that I'll be able to wear shoes, rings and not swell like crazy!

sleep?

Not enough! HAHA I could sleep/nap/be lazy all day, but there's just not time for that. :)

what I'm looking forward to? 

I'm excited to experience pregnancy again! I think it's such an amazing thing that women get to do, and I feel so blessed to be able to do this again!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

the bump story #2

First... thank you so much for all of your sweet messages! Every single one makes my heart so happy, so please know that we appreciate them all! Just like with my first pregnancy, as soon as I found out, I started writing blog posts so everything was fresh and I remembered every little detail for myself. Sorry in advance, but this week is going to be pretty pregnancy heavy. :) 

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Jake and I had been talking about starting to try for a second baby for a while, and we decided that early in 2015 would be good timing for us. Last time it only took 3 months, so we figured it might be quick, but we had no idea it would be this quick. 

We started "trying" in January, and while we were on vacation in Florida, I started noticing some symptoms that reminded me of early pregnancy with Weston. I brushed it off, thinking there was no way we were pregnant already, but I started paying closer attention.

Just like with Weston, I started getting tired, I started breaking out on my face, I gained a random 5 lbs of water weight (totally blaming it on pregnancy... NOT the vacation food I ate!) and my boobs were super sensitive. On my first day back at work after vacation, I started wondering when I'd be getting my period. I checked my period diary app, and sure enough, I was one day late. That happens sometimes, so I tried not to think too much about it, but just like last time... I knew. My period still hadn't come by Wednesday, which is my work at home day, so Weston and I headed to Target to buy a pregnancy test. He got a train, I got a test. Fair trade, right? 

We headed home, and I went straight to the bathroom to take the test. I had Weston handing me trains and Cooper watching intently, but I took the test, and then stared at the spinning timer... waiting for the result. Then, the word I knew in my heart was coming popped up on the test. 

PREGNANT. For the second time. Weston was going to be a big brother. We were having a baby. Any hesitation I was having about "being ready" flew out the window, and I started getting excited. I asked Weston if he wanted to be a big brother, and he said "no no no no... yes!" (we were practicing the word yes then, so that happened for any question I asked, but I am taking it as he means it!) 

Since Jake had no idea that I took a test, I decided that I wanted to do something "cute" to tell him. I knew I only had until he got home from work, because this is not a secret I'd be capable of keeping, so I started scrambling around looking for the big brother shirts I had stashed away for "the big day". 

so cute and ready for his important new job!!

When Jake got home, I sent Weston to greet him, and Jake immediately read Weston's shirt and said "Seriously?!?! Already???" We had a quick moment of "what did we just get ourselves into?" which quickly turned into "OMG! YAY!" It's crazy to think that at the end of the summer, we'll be welcoming another little rugrat into our lives. We plan on spending this summer treasuring our one on one time with Weston, and getting ready to introduce him to his someday best friend! :)

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**I want to say how truly grateful Jake and I are for this blessing, and we don't take the fact that it came so quickly for us lightly. My heart hurts for everyone that is trying for that baby they so desperately want, so please know that sharing our story is my way of chronicling our life, and I would never want to hurt someone by sharing it.**


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Monday, March 16, 2015

park season.

It seems like spring is here in Minnesota, and we are definitely taking advantage of it. Weston loved going for walks and going to the park last fall, and we couldn't wait to see how much he loved it this year. Let's just say... he is a fan. We've spent almost every single day walking around our neighborhood, pointing at every car, truck, dog, bird and garbage can. We've also spent lots of time sliding, swinging, climbing and running around the park. 


He loves being outside so much, and that makes me so happy... until he has to leave. 
Then it's very sad. 



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