Pregnancy Post – Weeks 34-37

As of last Friday, I officially hit “full term” (37 weeks), according to my midwives. This is huge, because it means that when I go into labor, I can go to the birth center rather than a hospital. I hope Baby C stays put a few weeks longer, but it’s a huge sigh of relief to hit this point. Especially since as I’ve previously mentioned, I have several friends who recently have had pre-term births.

I’m on weekly midwife appointments now, and Baby C is looking good. She’s still measuring small (about 3-4 weeks behind), but has a strong, healthy heartbeat and will likely be on the smaller side (just like her older sister). I gained 27 lbs with M, but at my 37 week appointment I was only up 21 lbs (I even lost a pound), so it looks like I won’t gain as much this time as I did with the first pregnancy.

Baby C moves and thrashes constantly, and I’m having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions mixed in with a few real contractions here and there. Last night I woke up with contractions several times, but never anything consistent. I had the same thing happen with M for several weeks before I went into labor so I’m not really thinking I’m “that close” to delivering, but who knows what will happen.

We are currently working on putting our house back together after I thought it would be a brilliant idea to remodel our master bedroom at 36 weeks pregnant. In my defense, the materials took WAY longer to arrive then we originally planned for and it should have been done around 34-35 weeks. At this point it’s done, and looks great (our 1970s bathroom was open to the master bedroom–it was so weird—so we had it closed off, put in a pocket door, retextured all of the walls and replaced all of the baseboards) and I’m glad we did it. Our contractor was very motivated to finish before I popped out this baby, and I greatly appreciated that. The house is a mess, things are displaced, but we’re slowly working on getting it back together.

Overall, I feel pretty good. I’m large and in charge, and the bump is massive. As long as I don’t overdo it physically, I’m ok. I really have to pay attention to when my body is telling me to slow down or I pay for it for 2 days. I’m still doing yoga classes twice a week and it’s helped so much. I’m having a lot of right hip pain and IT band pain right now, so I try to do stretches every day to help keep this area loose. The hip pain has actually been the worst complaint I’ve had during this pregnancy, and I never had this issue with my first pregnancy.

We feel pretty prepared for Baby 2.0’s arrival at this point. All of the baby gear is out of the attic and is in the garage (we are bringing it in the house after M’s party), and we’re installing the car seat this weekend. I have a few freezer meals made, and am hoping to make a few more next week. I made a ton of stuff the first time, and am probably only making half as much this time since it’s so late in my pregnancy already. I’m working on wrapping things up at work over the next week or so, and I’m looking forward to some time off. I only work about 15 hours a week, but since I’m not an employee, I don’t technically get a maternity leave. I’m planning on taking 2-3 full weeks off, and then going back “as needed” for probably 5-7 hours a week through the end of the year. It’s not ideal, but I love my work-from-home gig and this is what I need to do to keep it, so we will make it work. Fortunately, I have my mom here in town and she is a HUGE help, so I think I can manage to work it out.

Right now, we wait for Baby 2.0. I’m planning on posting to the blog soon after she’s born, but instagram will likely have the first notification :)

Miss M at 21 Months

Miss M is going to be 22 months old in a few days, but I was determined to write a post about her little life before she turns another month older. She’s at such a fun age right now, and I wanted to make sure to document it since I’ve slacked off since she turned 1.

This is going to be a mommy-bragging post, so feel free to skip it if you don’t want to hear about all about Miss M’s life.

Miss M is a chatterbox—no other way to put it. The kid talks in 3-5 word sentences and knows more words than we can count (she passed most of the 2 year milestones verbally at 16-17 months). We understand about 90% of what she says and man, she gets MAD when we don’t understand what she’s saying. She can count to 10 and knows most of her ABC’s.

She LOVES to sing and knows a bunch of songs–it’s adorable to hear her singing. Her favorite songs to sing include “Row, Row, Boat”, “Itsy”, “Frosty the Snowman”, and “See Pony Galloping” (all her names for the songs). She loves to sing in the car and while we’re trying to get her to go to sleep. She also will spontaneously bust out a song while having dinner, shopping, or playing outside.

Speaking of music, we did music classes this summer and she absolutely loved it. They incorporate music and movement, instruments, and other activities in the class and she absolutely flourished during the classes. I’ve never seen her so into something. We’re not doing the classes this fall since my due date falls in the middle of the semester but plan to pick them back up in January. She was the model student too–it was so cute!

Miss M has been taking swimming lessons since June and after a rough start, she now LOVES to go and asks to go all the time–“swimming daddy!” (swimming with daddy). She can go under water for 7 seconds, float on her back, jump off the edge and hold onto the side. She’s working on kicking under the water right now.

She’s a very cautious kiddo. We’ve gotten lucky that M isn’t a “destructive” kid (I’m sure Baby 2.0 will be). She’s never really thrown things, broken things, or destroyed things. She looks before she leaps and isn’t a risk taker. Sometimes I wish she would jump more into things because that’s how I am, but she is so similar to my husband and I’ve had to learn to work with that :) She’s a little introvert, and I’m an extrovert so I’ve definitely had to change the way I deal with social situations with her and it’s made a huge improvement in her behavior. I wish I would have made these changes earlier.

Miss M is a pretty good eater. The child who hardly touched food until she was 13 months old has turned into a little foodie! I’ve actually heard this is common in exclusively breastfed kids—they don’t eat much solid food until 12-15 months but then they aren’t that picky. M loves chicken tikka, pizza, black bean soup, spinach with cumin and coconut oil, blueberry muffins, peanut butter, peas, stinky cheese (like  triple creams), and pretty much anything from an expensive restaurant that we bring home (haha). Most of the time she will eat whatever I give her unless it’s something she can’t chew it well, or it has eggs, is fish, or is spicy. She’s not a huge milk drinker, she drinks maybe 4-6 oz most days (sometimes goat, sometimes cow, sometimes almond).

Miss M is a huge bookworm. She reads books constantly, wants us to read to her all the time, and takes books everywhere. If we go to a playdate, most of the time she ignores the other kids and looks at the books. It’s adorable.

Speaking of books, one of M’s favorite things to do is go to Barnes and Noble with mommy. We get Starbucks first–she gets a milk or a water, and we split a bagel with extra cream cheese. Then we play with the train and/or the lego table, then we read books. We usually go about once a week and stay for 2-2.5 hours. It’s crazy! I have to drag her out of there. She has so much fun, and this has been a great thing for her and I to go together while I’m hugely pregnant.

I’m not sure how much she understands about this pregnancy, but she knows where her baby sister is, her name, and loves to give her hugs and kisses. She also gets irritated at daddy when daddy doesn’t tell Miss C “bye bye”. We talk to her a LOT about the baby and show her newborns and tell her that’s what is in mommy’s tummy, but we aren’t sure how much she comprehends. We will see in a few weeks :)

Other things Miss M likes: baths (OMG, I thought this would never happen), walking her stuffed animals in the toy stroller, putting stickers on mommy’s belly, cooking with mommy and daddy, spending time with gammy (my mom watches her a few afternoons a week and they have a BLAST), Elmo, Clifford, dressing up her stuffed animals in diapers and newborn clothing, shoes (daddy is in trouble), wearing bobby pins in her hair, riding in the ring sling on mommy’s side (still babywearing at nearly 34 weeks pregnant!), her play kitchen (she loves to make soup and coffee).

Things Miss M dislikes: large crowds, people that don’t respect her space (seriously, and she will LET YOU KNOW), extreme heat (and we live in Texas…), when you don’t understand what she’s saying/asking, kids her own age (she does much better with kids 2.5 years-5years),  when mommy has to wake her up in the mornings (we wake her up if she’s not up by 830-845…lazy bones!).

We love you, sweet girl! I can’t believe you’re almost 2!

Pregnancy Update – Week 30 – 31

The theme from the past 2 weeks has been FOOD.

I’ve definitely hit that point in pregnancy (again) where I just cannot get full. I eat constantly, and I make sure to eat a lot of protein and healthy fats but an hour after finishing a meal, I’m hungry again. It’s ridiculous.

Here’s how this morning went:

730am -wake up and eat 2 blueberry protein muffins.

9am – drive M to my moms for the day and head to my midwife appointment.

930am – drop M off and eat a cheese stick and some crackers.

10am – midwife appt. I AM STARVING and they offered me granola bars. Yes, they offered to feed the pregnant beast. I had to decline since I have a nut allergy, but I definitely was running out the door and didn’t want to chat for too long since I was hungry and starting to get dizzy.

1040am – hit up starbucks for a protein bistro box. Eat the entire thing in 10 minutes.

1110am – swing by my husbands office to switch cars (he had to take it in for an oil change and inspection….I love that he does those things for me) and ask him if he has any food on him because I’M STILL STARVING. All he has is his lunch. He says I could have it, but I feel bad. He tells me to stop and pick something else up to eat.

1130am – stop for an egg and cheese kolache before running errands. Eat the entire thing. FINALLY, I feel full.

Yeah, so I basically had 4 breakfasts today. This is becoming a daily occurance. I remember it happening with M too, but man, the hunger is INTENSE.

Ok, enough about food.

I had a midwife appointment this morning and as of today everything looks good. My Gestational Diabetes blood draw came back great (EAT ALL THE COOKIES), my iron is “amazing” for a pregnant woman (and I don’t take any vitamins, I only eat real food!), and my weight gain is fine (+19 lbs) so far. Baby C has also turned head down–woohoo! Let’s hope she stays that way. I had a feeling she flipped the other day when I started feeling hiccups in my lower abdomen instead of up by my ribs. Now her tiny tushy is shoved up in my ribs.

I’m still feeling pretty good, but I’m starting to move more slowly. It takes me longer to get up off of the floor after playing with M, and I’m not as quick to hop out of bed (which always makes M mad). I’m walking slower, and after a long day of activity my body aches for the bed. I’m sleeping ok, not great, but ok. I’m having issues with heartburn and it’s not awful, but it does tend to wake up me about once a night. I’ve also been taking power naps for about 20-30 minutes while M naps. I’m still attending yoga about twice a week and it helps with the aches and pains SO MUCH.

I’ll be 32 weeks on Friday. Wow! We’ve also got less than 2 months until the official “due date”. Time flies!

Pregnancy Post – Week 28-30

We’re closing in on the final stretch of this pregnancy! How crazy is that? I’m officially in the 3rd trimester and we’re getting closer and closer to meeting our newest addition.

It’s been a BUSY few weeks—I’ve been swamped with work, and we’ve been doing a lot of things around the house recently in preparation for Baby 2.0.

I had the test for gestational diabetes test and since I never heard from the midwives, I’ll assume I passed (they only call if you failed). I chose to decline the glucola drink and instead had a yummy breakfast at a local cafe. My husband was able to come with me so we had a lovely brunch date. I may have also been so hungry that I ate about 25% of his breakfast, as well as all of mine. Time to celebrate passing the test with a cookie!

I have a LOT of friends who are pregnant right now, and in the past few weeks, 2 of them have ended up hospitalized long-term for pregnancy complications. It was completed unexpected for both of them, but it has really opened my eyes to how quickly things can go wrong. Both of them at this point are just hoping to carry their babies to 36-37 weeks. It’s horribly sad, and it has made me so incredibly thankful for my (so far) boring, run of the mill pregnancy. It’s also a good reminder that you can have the best “birth” planned (one was planning a home birth, the other a natural hospital birth), but sometimes things go to crap and you’ve got to prepare for Plan B, C, or D. One of these friends lives in Austin, so I’ve been trying to go visit her about once a week. I always get questioned while walking around on the antepartum unit (where most of the moms are on bedrest) while super pregnant. I think some of the employees think I’m trying to break out of the place! Crossing my fingers for both of them to make it until full term—getting out of the hospital doesn’t even sound like an option for either of them at this point.

On a different note, my appointments are now every 2 weeks. Crazy! At my 30 week appointment, Baby Girl was breech AGAIN. She’s been breech or transverse most of this pregnancy. I know it’s normal for babies to stay breech this long, but I’m starting to get a bit anxious for her to turn. The midwives showed me where her head was an how to feel for it and I can often easily find it up near my ribs. I’m hoping at the 32 week appointment she’s turned. I can feel her flipping from breech to transverse often (transverse HURTS like hell!) but I haven’t been able to feel her go head-down (I know this since I can always find her head).

Overall I’m still feeling pretty good. I’ve been able to keep up with yoga 2-3 times a week and this has made such a huge difference. My husband and my mom are all about making sure I can get to a few classes a week because it makes my body feel so much better. I really appreciate them helping me out—it’s better for everyone when mama goes to yoga! :) I occasionally take short naps with M, but overall my energy level is still pretty high. I’m hoping that continues for at least a few more weeks.

Just over 9 weeks until the due date!

…But WHERE will ya’ll sleep?

If you know me in real life, follow on instagram, or have been following here for awhile, you’ll know we co-sleep with M and are big fans of co-sleeping.

M is nearly 21 months old and we are STILL co-sleeping. We’ve gotten a LOT of questions recently about how and when we’re transferring her to her own room. We have no plans to transfer out of our room until she wants her own space, which is not right now. We also plan on co-sleeping with Baby Girl 2.0 because let’s face it, I highly doubt I will ever have a child who will tolerate a crib. I KNOW—you probably think we are batty!

We are fortunate that we don’t hear many negative comments about co-sleeping because our families are fine with it, and for the most part we tend to hang around other parents who also co-sleep or who support it. But I know there are a lot of opinions about it out there, and occasionally we do hear people make negative comments about it—usually about how your marriage will suffer (well, I’m pregnant again….soo…yeah), how nobody will ever get any sleep (we all sleep pretty hard most nights, unless M is teething, and she’s so loud I would be up even if she was in her own room), and how it can cause SIDS (it doesn’t cause higher SIDS rates—suffocation can happen if you don’t do it safely, but suffocation is NOT SIDS!).

We bought a king sized bed last year, and it’s working just fine now—even with my husband, M, me and my 20 pillows. I think we could easily add Baby Girl 2.0 into the bed, but it would be nice to have the option of a little more space. I’m planning on crashing in the guestroom with Baby Girl 2.0 for 4-6 weeks, until she’s sleeping in slightly longer stretches and not needing a diaper change every 1.5-2 hours, but after that, we needed a plan.

Enter Mega-Bed.

We’ve decided to add a twin bed to one side of the king bed. We plan on attaching it with bungee cords and basically “sidecarring” it to the king sized bed—like we did with the crib for a few months (which M never liked). We aren’t entirely sure WHO will sleep in this bed—we’re going to buy bedding that is comfortable for us, but is kid-approved too. I’m hoping at some point M will sleep there, but it wouldn’t surprise me if my husband ends up on twin bed occasionally. Our room will be pretty tight, but fortunately we do have the space to create mega-bed.

I’ve talked with a lot of mommas who co-sleep with 2 or more kids (including one of my midwives who had THREE in the bed and created ultimate mega-bed–a king AND a full bed pushed together), and it seems like very few people report the kiddos waking each other up–it seems like they learn to sleep through the noise of others at a young age.

We’re in the process of shopping for the other half of mega-bed, and I’m hoping we have it set up by mid-September. I’ll be sure to post a picture here and on instagram once it’s been completed!

Weekly Pregnancy Post – Week 25 – 28

I have been doing a decent job keeping up with these posts, but then started to have some computer issues and couldn’t open WordPress. I don’t have a ton of time to blog and every time I had 15 minutes to write a quick post, I couldn’t open the site and I ended up giving up. This morning it appears to be working—hooray!

Here is a summary of what has been going on the past few weeks:

We’ve gone on several trips over the past few weeks and we’re definitely all tired of traveling and are happy to be at home right now. At this point, I don’t really have a desire to travel and are only planning 2 2-hour trips from now until my due date. Hopefully we won’t be adding anything else to the agenda :)

Baby Girl 2.0 moves all the time. She’s slamming her body all around, and my stomach often jumps. Miss M moved a LOT, but I don’t remember her movements being this forceful until around 30-32 weeks. It appears we have another active little girl on our hands!

Fortunately I’m still feeling pretty good physically—no real complaints, and I hope that continues. I have a little bit of back pain, but as long as I consistently do yoga it’s completely manageable. I feel fortunate to still feel so good physically, as I have several friends who are pregnant with their second kiddo and they are having a rough time. As long as I get enough sleep, occasionally a short nap, do some yoga and eat a lot of food, I’m pretty good to go.

Both M and I have been suffering from a summer cold recently, but I think we are both finally over it. We had a rough few days, but luckily my mom and my husband were able to help out a little more so I could get some rest. Summer colds are the worst!

We hired a doula a few weeks back, after interviewing 4 different ones. We ended up hiring the last one we interviewed, as she was by far the best fit for us. I may write a post later on how we picked her, because it was a LONG process—many doulas never responded to our emails, 1 that I interviewed totally put down women who give birth in hospitals willingly (which I did the first time and really have no issues with it for other people, we simply want something different this time), and 1 took “mirroring body language” to a whole new level and I felt like she only said what she sensed I wanted to ear. The doula we ended up choosing is highly educated, well travelled (and has done research on women and birth in other countries, and I did my master’s project on women & HIV in Africa so we had a LOT to talk about), and she has a very involved husband who has a flexible job which allows her to work part time (very similar to my situation). She also has attended home births (and had one herself), birth center, and hospital births, but most of her births have been home births or birth center. Many of the other doulas I interviewed had done 0-2 birth centers or home births.

I had an appointment with my midwives yesterday and Baby Girl 2.0 did not want them to feel her position or check her heartbeat. She was so wild they couldn’t feel her head, but pretty sure they found her feet and her butt, and it appears that she’s head down, or slightly transverse (which is fine). She’s also super LOW, which concerns me a little bit because I had pretty intense pubic symphasis pain with M starting around 34 weeks (she was also super, super low). Apparently my children like to hang out as low as they can, for months. The belly is measuring about 10-14 days small, pretty much exactly what I measured with M. I’m hoping this means she will be on the smaller side too. My blood pressure is borderline low, but is ok at the moment (usually it’s the opposite problem!). I have to be careful not to stand up too quickly or I get super dizzy.

I’m now on 2 week appointments with the midwives—crazy! I have my glucose screening in 2 weeks. The glucose drink made me sick last pregnancy and I refuse to drink it again, so they are sending me for a big breakfast instead. My husband will be coming with me–he’s looking forward to the test!

26 Week Photo:


Pregnancy Post – Week 21 – 22

This week really flew by! We had a lot going on and then had lots of family visiting for the weekend of the 4th. Looking forward to a slower week next week.

The bump continues to grow quickly. I’m having a tough time sitting with my legs crossed since I’m carrying SO LOW this time. I’m noticing that when I move, I need to be a little more careful about where the bump is. I’m also starting to run into things with the bump. Baby Girl 2.0 is crazy active and I think she may have moved into a transverse position at some point during the week because I was getting bumps and thumps on both sides of my belly at the same time.

A little bit of news this week….we’re switching care providers, again. It’s been a decision that I’ve been debating since the first meeting with the new practice, and I finally came to the conclusion that it was time to make the change. I really wanted to like the new practice—they are supposed to be low-intervention and very hands-off and they have 2 docs and a midwife, so it’s a small practice. To make a long story short, I had a fairly quick (but really not that fast) labor with M (and probably would have been faster had I not had a stressful situation going on regarding my paperwork/doctor and then an epidural) and it’s possible this labor may be really quick (or really long…who really knows?). The first time induction was brought up, they made it seem like it was for MY benefit since I have a toddler running around. I wasn’t bothered by that, because I’m sure some moms would prefer that, especially if they didn’t have someone to watch their toddler at the drop of a hat. But I made it clear that was not an option unless it became medically necessary. The conversation should have not continued past that point. But it got brought up again. And AGAIN. I continued to decline this option, and wanted to yell, “DON’T YOU PEOPLE WRITE ANYTHING DOWN????”.

After the last time, I started to get very concerned that if something goes a little bit wrong (like my Strep B test comes back positive) they are going to push and push for induction. I’m well aware I can decline it, but I’m really not in the mood to have to defend my choices over and over again.

Additionally, I’ve come to the realization over the past few months that we had what a friend called “The Kate Middleton Experience” in the hospital (Birth Story, Pt 1 and Pt 2) because I gave birth on a holiday weekend and was the only patient on L&D and 1 of 3 in the postpartum unit. We pretty much had an entire nursing staff to ourselves, and I had lactation consultants and nurses trained in breastfeeding at my beck and call for 2 days (and we definitely had some issues early on). Overall, the experience was great for a 1st time mom but I know it’s not likely to happen again since I’m not due around a holiday. I have a sinking feeling we will need to “battle” for our wishes this time, which I am not in the mood to do, and I don’t particularly want to stay in the hospital and signing out AMA sounds like more hassle than I want to deal with.

Still reading? Ha, this is a long post.

After realizing that I don’t particularly want the rest of my pregnancy and delivery to be a battle of wills, we decided to switch to a low-volume birth center (it’s basically a home birth, but in someone elses house. Having a tiny house and a toddler took the real homebirth option off the list). The place is great, and I love the midwives, but I’m not thrilled that I have to make this switch. However, my desire to be left alone as long as things remain uncomplicated is stronger than my desire for an epidural this time. If for some reason I risk out of the birth center or have to transfer mid-labor, then I’ll be delivering in a different hospital than the one where I had M. As long as things go well, I should be able to leave the birth center 2-4 hours after Baby 2.0 is born, and the midwives provide several home checks after birth so I don’t have to go into an office. If I have to transfer to a hospital for some reason, we will deal with things as they come.

I’m sharing this on the blog since it’s my “journal”, but we’re not publicly blasting the fact that we’re going rogue and planning a birth at a “controversial” location. With pregnancy, birth, and parenting it’s pretty much “you’re damned if you do, you’re damned if you don’t”, so no matter how and where you give birth, people will judge/make comments if they would have done something differently. There are so many “debates” in the mommy world and I’ve made it a point to take myself away from those (I unsubscibe from blogs, facebook pages/profiles, instagrams, etc. that overshare their opinions—even if I agree with them) because I don’t find them helpful, I think it adds to isolating people who may not fully agree with your decision, and this birth will be no different (so don’t send me articles on OMGhowwonderfulnaturalbirthis or how OMGbirthcentersaresodangerous). I choose to stay far away from the crazy, divided birth culture going on in many areas of the US right now. The decision has been made based on what is best for us, we’ve paid in full, so it’s DONE.

Ok, enough ranting. It’s been an eventful week, but I’m looking forward to week 22-23!

Pregnancy Update – Week 20-21

I can’t believe I’ve hit the halfway mark with this pregnancy. It has FLOWN by. I wish I had more time to just sit and enjoy it, but that’s life when you’ve got a toddler and you work :)

Overall, I’m still feeling pretty good. The belly is growing at a rapid pace and I’ve had multiple strangers ask me this week when I’m due. Before this week, I got mostly belly stares (Is she pregnant? Or is that a taco belly?). Even my husband told me I look “really pregnant” all of a sudden.

As long as M sleeps, I’m sleeping pretty well. She’s working on cutting 3 teeth right now, so we’ve had a few nights recently where she’s been restless and pissed off for half of the night. Fortunately, she seems to be dealing with these teeth better than previous ones.

My only complaint has been the back pain. I’ve mentioned it here before, I’ve had tailbone pain and lower back pain since before I got pregnant with M. I don’t think my body fully recovered from my first delivery and so the back pain came back quickly. Well, now it’s radiating down into my right hip. Boo. Fortunately, as long as I can consistently do yoga I’m able to keep it in check. We’re making it a priority and trying to make sure I can get to about 3 classes per week. It’s much cheaper than a chiropractor or acupuncturist, which was going to be my next step.

Ok, I’m done complaining.

This little girl moves ALL THE TIME. M was WILD in my belly and she’s constantly on the go. Looks like I’ll be getting another crazy kiddo. If we got a calm child, we would probably think there was something wrong with her, so we’re prepared :)

If you know me in person (or on instagram), you’ll know I have way too many baby carriers (I haven’t used a stroller in over a year). When M was a newborn, I used the Baby K’Tan wrap with her. I wasn’t a huge fan of that carrier, and quickly moved into using the Ergo, Lillebaby, and a thin wrap. This week I purchased a beautiful Oscha Roses ring sling for Baby C. It’s half linen, half cotton, so it will actually work well for M too. I can’t wait for it to get here and start breaking it in (you definitely have to break linen in!). It should be a great option for keeping her close (because we know my children hate all the things meant to contain babies—swings, bouncers, cribs, pack and plays, etc), breastfeeding, and chasing around a toddler. One day I’ll write about babywearing during pregnancy—I get a LOT of questions about it when we are out and about now that I’ve got quite a belly.


Have a great week!

Pregnancy Update – Week 19-20

I can’t believe at the end of this week (tomorrow), I’ll be halfway through this pregnancy! That is, unless someone decides to hang in there a little longer.

I’ve definitely hit that “sweet spot” in the pregnancy and overall have been feeling pretty good. I have a decent amount of energy, and I can still chase the toddler around pretty easily (though it takes me a little bit longer to pull myself up off the floor). I’ve had some growing pains this week and have to be a little careful not to twist and move too suddenly.

I had a doctors appt this week and now I will start going every 4 weeks (I’ve been going every 6 weeks). I’ve only gained about 6-7lbs so far, and I’m definitely happy about that. It looks like I gained right about the same with the first pregnancy, I really thought I had gained like 10lbs with M at this point.

At our doctors appt, we had the anatomy scan. Since we are limiting ultrasound exposure as much as possible this time, I thought about skipping it, but ultimately decided to go ahead with it and make sure all of 2.0’s parts were there and everything was measuring correctly just in case we needed to be prepared for something unexpected. Good news is that Baby 2.0 looks great, all the parts are there—10 fingers, 10 toes, and all of the organs. AND…..we found out Baby 2.0 is a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We unfortunately had to take M to the ultrasound (my mom is out of town and I didn’t want to wait until next week), and several friends offered to keep her while we went but we thought it would be ok. She did NOT like it when mommy climbed up on the exam table and basically freaked out the whole time. Thankfully, the tech quickly got down to business and was showing us the legs, the feet, the butt, and OHYEAHITSAGIRL. Um, what?!?!? Both Will and I looked at each other in total shock and I said, “DID YOU SAY GIRL?????” and she confirmed that is in fact what she said and the baby was definitely a girl.


We are absolutely thrilled and I was a lot more surprised than my husband. I’ve felt like this baby was a boy the entire time—this pregnancy has been a lot different, and I KNEW M was a girl, so I was certain this was a little boy. M and my husband went out into the waiting room pretty much right after that (they have a GREAT kids area, it’s so awesome…not that we plan on taking her again) and the tech did check again a few minutes later and showed me all the ladybits in detail. We were fortunate to get a very clear “money shot”—there are definitely not any boy parts on this baby. I would have loved having a little boy, but I have always wanted 2 daughters. My husband loves having a house full of ladies, so basically this is exactly what he wanted (even though people think he’s crazy!).

We are SO excited that we will be welcoming Baby Charlotte into our family in a few months!

We went shopping for her after my appointment, because she can’t only wear hand-me-downs from Big Sister. TINY NEWBORN CLOTHES, OMG.


I’m still in shock that it’s a GIRL. Ah! Can’t believe it.

Pregnancy Update – Week 16-17

This post was written the week of May 23-May 30, 2014.

One thing to say about this week, pregnancy-wise: BACK PAIN.

Ugh, it’s been BAD this week. Lots of tailbone and SI pain. The only thing that helps is massages and yoga, and fortunately I’ve been able to attend 3 yoga classes this week and do a bit at home. It’s improving, but I have to keep up with the stretches or I pay for it.

I had to go into the office for a workshop this week, and since I work from home, not everyone knows I’m pregnant. Some people were definitely surprised—it was kind of amusing :)

I’ve been feeling pretty good this week, the only day I’ve needed a nap was after the night M was up yelling half the night because her teeth were bothering her (stupid molars).

One kind of bittersweet thing also happened this week—M weaned herself from breastfeeding. Sigh. I knew it was coming, the milk has basically dried up, and she was only nursing at naptime and bedtime. It was a little unexpected, and I definitely didn’t expect the last time we nursed to be the last session. I never loved the idea of tandem nursing a 2 year old and a newborn, but I wasn’t completely opposed to it, and I didn’t want to force M to wean if she wasn’t ready and/or have a traumatic ending to what has been a pretty great nursing relationship. She decided she was ready, and as long as someone snuggles her to sleep (we still co-sleep), she’s happy as a clam. It was extremely uneventful and unexpected. I’m happy we made it 18 months, and hope to make it at least that long with Baby 2.0.

I’m also feeling a LOT of movement right now. I’ve been feeling “flutters” for about 1-2 weeks now, but now I DEFINITELY feel Baby 2.0, especially in the mornings (I think 2.0 is hungry). I love feeling little baby movements!