Family, pregnancy, Uncategorized

22 week pregnancy update

Three things:

1- my daughter may only weigh about a pound, but she has the cuuuutest clothes and shoes. I’m so excited to dress her!
2- it still feels SO strange to say ‘daughter’.
3- I’ve come to realize that I will, in fact, be “that” mom that wears her teenage daughter’s clothes someday to try to look cool. #fairwarning #noshame

This week has gone by so quickly! And it’s been oddly hilarious.

On Friday, we went on a date for our anniversary to a local restaurant with an all-you-can-eat gyro bar and sat in the patio. I fully believe food ALWAYS tastes better when eaten outside.
After we were done eating and were sitting, talking and enjoying the weather, Ben saw his chance and took off running, escaping the patio through a narrow opening in the gate! Brandon jumped into action with his quick realization that I wouldn’t (a) be fast enough to catch Ben, and (b) wouldn’t be able to fit my belly through the tiny slit in the fencing! (Both very true.) I couldn’t stop laughing after he caught him. The whole situation happened so quickly and I’m sure provided plenty of entertainment to passers by! How are toddlers so darn quick?!

Also, there has been MORE baby proofing being done in our home this week. We literally haven’t stopped locking and moving things for over a year now. Nothing is safe, and just when we think we’re done, Ben discovers something new (AKA dangerous and/or fragile). At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to decorate again, but, rest assured, there has NEVER been a home as safe as ours is right now… I can almost guarantee it.

Although he appears to be lending a helping hand, Ben is carefully taking notes on how he will break into this drawer later.

As Baby Girl has been flipping around in my belly, Ben has also started doing “flips” all around the living room. He’s never even seen anyone do one, but has somehow discovered on his own that he can do somersaults, will do them anytime you ask, and is really good at them at only 20 months old. How?! It’s so impressive! He also poses and smiles when he wants his picture taken (usually with Jack) and will bring me my phone if I don’t have it nearby when his perfect photo opportunity strikes. He couldn’t be any more like me, which I equally love and am terrified by.

Seeing his little personality unfold more everyday makes me so excited to meet his little sister. She has the sweetest and best big brother waiting for her 😘

How far along? 22 weeks

How big is the baby? About 12 inches long and 1 pound! My pregnancy app said she is about the size of a Guinea pig, which made me laugh.

Maternity clothes? Yes, give me all the stretchy!

Sleep? Extra amazing this week, as long as I don’t have to roll over. The cooler nights mixed with us all going to bed earlier has been perfection.

Best moment this week? We had a great playdate with new friends on Thursday that really filled up my cup.

Cravings? Still peanut butter and chocolate anything.

Aversions? None, but I haven’t had much of an appetite this week, for some reason. (You wouldn’t be able to tell by how much I’ve been snacking, though! 🙈)

Labor signs? I started noticing some Braxton Hicks contractions this week. They aren’t painful, just a little uncomfortable. I’m taking them as a reminder to take it a little easier.

Belly button in or out? Ben was trying to “pick” it off the other day, so I think that means it’s officially out 🤣

What I miss? Brandon. He’s been picking up extra hours lately, so we’ve been seeing him less, but I’m so proud of him and how hard he works for our family. I’m thankful it’s only temporary!

Downfalls? So. Emotional. Gah, I can’t even stand how stereotypically teary I’ve been, like every pregnant woman in every movie ever. I don’t remember being like this during my first pregnancy. For example: I have ZERO idea why, but I’ve cried everytime I’ve seen a marching band this pregnancy. At first, I thought it was just a weird hormonal coincidence mixed with bad timing. But guys, between parades and other events around town, I’ve seen a marching band perform on four seperate occasions since becoming pregnant and it hasn’t failed. I wasn’t even in my high school’s marching band or anything sentimental that would lead me to bawl like a baby, but here I am, the weirdo with the big belly that’s wiping away tears as the trumpets pass by– Every. Single. Time. 😭🤣 So embarrassing!

Currently listening to: a great podcast series called RISE Together. Recommend!

Milestones: Ben saw a baby on a commercial, came over and lifted my shirt, pointed to my belly, and said “baby!”. It was so special because he put it all together on his own, and it really felt like he *might* be starting to understand what’s going on?!

What I’m looking forward to? Finishing up some cosmetic home projects Brandon and I have started. I’m so excited about how they’re turning out!

Bump? SO round!

Family, pregnancy

Pregnancy/ Life Update

Gah, this summer just flew by! The kids in my town are back to school, and the leaves have been falling in our backyard. We’ve been in the midst of a very busy season in our home, and I’m soaking it all up! But how in the world is it already mid-August? And is it too soon to start decorating for fall? (Asking for a friend…)

I’ll be SIX MONTHS pregnant with our little girl starting Friday! I can’t believe that. Maybe it’s because we waited so long to share our big news with the rest of the world, but it feels like I just found out! My belly is getting bigger by the day, and her little fluttery kicks have turned into big thumps, usually on my bladder. I’m loving every one of them!

Exciting news: we think we have decided on her name! Keeping it a secret until her arrival, though.

Here is a list of pregnancy questions/ prompts I found that I thought would be fun to share! I’ll try to do these every week or two! If you can think of any funny or interesting prompts, I’d love to add them to my list!

How far along? 21 weeks

How big is the baby? About the size of a carrot… 10.5 inches long and weighing almost a pound!

Maternity clothes? When I go somewhere and need to look decent. Otherwise, it’s Brandon’s shirts and my running shorts, which are even starting to be a little snug!

Sleep? Sleeping great, other than Ben’s recent switch from two naps/day to just one, and therefore a current little sleep regression to go with it. HELP!

Best moment this week? Seeing family at my cousin Chelsea’s beautiful wedding in Cleveland last weekend. My cousin Sarah and Aunt Paula also sent gifts for the baby, since I’m not having a shower. It was so thoughtful and sweet, and now our girl will be dressed to impress at all times! They sent some of the CUTEST clothes, blankets, and decor for her room! Also, Ben has been talking more and his sweet little voice saying some of the things his little mind comes up with is amazing and so rewarding! Lots of great moments this week (:

Cravings? Peanut butter cookies. Can’t get enough. Pretty sure this belly is half baby, half Tagalongs. #noregrets

Aversions? Does cooking count? I usually love cooking dinner, but can we all just have peanut butter cookies or cereal instead this week? No? Okay…

Labor signs? None, thankfully! Little Miss still has lots of growing left to do!

Belly button in or out? It’s currently flat, but threatening to pop at any time. It’s noticeable under my shirts!

What I miss? Sleeping on my belly. I am glad I was able to up until a week or two ago, but I’ve always slept best that way.

Downfalls? My SPD (symphysis pubis discomfort) pain is in FULL SWING. It came on like an earthquake Sunday, and not gradually like I was hoping for. It’s been killing me, especially when I’m carrying Ben. And rolling over in bed. And pretty much any time I sit/walk/move/stand/lay/do anything, anytime, ever. (I think I’ll make a post explaining SPD soon, because so many people don’t quite understand it, and unfortunately I’m a seasoned veteran when it comes to having it.)

Currently listening to: The new Jason Mraz album. It’s so dreamy! Ben and I have dance parties to it in the kitchen!

Noticing anything different? My nose has been super sensitive this whole pregnancy, but it seems way worse this week, particularly to everything that smells bad. I’m declaring it time for the fall candles!

What I’m looking forward to? FALL EVERYTHING! Most of my maternity clothes are fall/winter, and I can’t wait until it gets a little bit chillier so I can wear them.

Milestones? Brandon lifted my shirt yesterday and laughed. He said, “your belly is so big!” (He’s the only one that is allowed to say that without upsetting me. Then he talked to our girl and made belly button intercom button jokes. It was just so cute. Goodness, I love that man. Happy 5 year wedding anniversary, B!)

Bump? Oh yes, no hiding it now!


Family, Uncategorized

Tips for Surviving Your SECOND First Trimester (Newly Pregnant with a Toddler in Tow)

Hi friends, and happy Monday!

I hope this post finds you well and enjoying the summer sun!

In case you didn’t know, you probably do after reading the title… Brandon and I are expecting baby # 2! We are over-the-moon excited about this news, but I had to wait to post this because we have been keeping it a secret from our families for THREE months!

Now that the news is out, and I’m officially pushing through my second trimester, I thought I’d share how I survived the first one. Because let me tell you, it was HARD. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’ve never been more exhausted in all of my life. I’m thankful Ben is still taking 2 naps a day, because some days, I had to too (definitely at least one, or I wouldn’t have made it through most days).

Unlike in my first pregnancy, where I was working back-to-back 12 hour night shifts AND picking up overtime day shifts, working on our kitchen renovations, and going to CrossFit 5-6 days a week during the first trimester, this pregnancy has been full of going to bed early, being nauseous all day with no appetite, and resting as much as Ben will let me.  It’s funny how life has changed in two short years.  I was so active, determined to have a fit pregnancy last time.  That still sounds great, but this time around, the thought of going for a run makes me need a nap so desperately.  Thankfully, much of my energy has come back with the start of my second trimester, and I’m hoping to work out again soon.  But for now, I’m listening to my body.  The demands of taking care of the house and my very spirited toddler are how I’m staying active.  Here are my most helpful tips on surviving that difficult first few months when you need to be a mama first.


Tip #1: Small snacks and bubbly water.

I don’t know why people refer to it as “morning” sickness, when it really lasts all day long.  When you’re feeling yucky and your appetite is nonexistent, it’s best to keep something small in your stomach at all times.  That really helped me to keep nausea at bay, since I found I felt my worst when my stomach was totally empty.  Instead of eating 3 large meals, try eating 5-6 smaller ones, and always keeping snacks around.  I also drank lots of LaCroix, which is carbonated water with natural flavors.  It helped to keep me hydrated when even water didn’t sound very good.

Tip #2: Ask for help.

Brandon was so helpful and understanding of how terrible I felt.  As soon as he got home from work, he’d step right into Dad duty so I could rest, cook dinner, or some days, take a nap.  It’s okay to ask for extra help.  Your body is going through so much, and a little break could keep you from totally breaking.

Tip #3: Celebrate ALL Victories.

Every ultrasound, every new week, every load of laundry folded deserves a reward.  Take it easy on yourself, and celebrate even the smallest of victories.  Reward yourself with a little treat, a face mask, a solo trip to Target, or even an early bedtime.  Growing a human deserves some recognition, Mama!  That’s multi-tasking at its finest!

Tip #4: Diet is KEY.

Cravings are REAL.  Aversions are REAL.  But try to remember that whatever you eat, your growing little baby is eating, too.  Since working out hasn’t been in the cards for me much (yet) this pregnancy, I’m working on focusing on what I can control, which is what I eat and how much I’m eating.

  • You aren’t actually eating for two whole people, so most doctors recommend only upping your calories by 150 during the first trimester.  That could be used on 2 Oreo Cookies, or you could enjoy something filling and nutritious instead, like some rice and veggies that will help you power through your day.  (And really, who can stop at just 2 Oreos?!  NOT ME.)  Also, don’t drink you calories!
  • Protein is also really important, so I’ve been fitting it in throughout my day wherever I can.  I’ve been choosing eggs over a bowl of sugary cereal, chicken with my salads, or a protein bar snack.  Comparing my diet thus far with my first pregnancy, I really believe this is the main contributor to the reason I’ve been able to successfully keep my growing belly relatively small and hide-able for months (and fit into a bridesmaid dress at 16 weeks that I ordered prior to getting pregnant!).  I’m still gaining a very healthy amount of weight, but I’m just making smarter choices.
  • I’m also not giving into every single craving I’ve had– I’ve found that usually a few bites is all I need to satisfy it.
  • If there’s ever been a time to go organic, this is it.  Brandon and I had already switched must of our produce and daily staples to organic ones, but I’ve been trying to really step it up.  After learning about the pesticides in literally EVERYTHING we eat and realizing that they all add up, and thinking about the little person growing so quickly and depending on you for nutrients,  I’ve realized I want to give them the best start I can.

Tip #5: Plan Ahead.

Prepping meals ahead of time– even pre-making PB&Js to throw in the freezer, pealing/cutting fruits, or portioning out snacks– will save you tremendous amounts of time, as well as help you to make healthier choices for you and your family.  Each week, I made sure to keep up with my menu planning and grocery lists and do what I could on Sundays to prepare for the week while Brandon was home to help me.  I also looked ahead at any local activities going on for kids and families, which helped to keep Ben busy and engaged with other kids without as much planning on my (already fatigued) end.  Some of our favorite days were spent trying out new playgrounds and activities put on by our library!

Tip #6:  Go outside!

I’ve been really fortunate to be pregnant during beautiful weather.  Getting some fresh air and sunshine totally changes my mood.  It’s also great for Ben, who would be outside from morning to bedtime, if I let him!  Playing in the rocks or with bubbles keeps him entertained for hours, and wears his little body out for naps and bedtime, which I consider a mom win!  Just some chalk, toy trucks, and a bubble mower will provide endless fun without any stress or mess for me, and watching him play and learn is the best part of ANY day.

I hope you’ve found this list helpful!  Do you have any tips for mamas trying to survive pregnancy with a toddler?  (Any third trimester tips?  It’s creeping up on me REAL QUICK!)  I’d love to hear them!

(I surprised Brandon– and apparently Ben ^^– with a mini photo session to tell him our news, and it was a success! I’ll post more about that soon!)