Hello, Third Trimester | 28 Week Bump Update

I had to double check before typing this out because it didn’t seem possible but today marks the official start of the third trimester for this pregnancy.  It seems like I should only be a few months in at this point but I think that’s primarily because I was so sick from Weeks 4 to 18 that they were a total wash.  It was impossible to settle into the pregnancy at that point.  Add to that the fact that with such a tough journey previously, I wouldn’t have been able to feel emotionally comfortable anyway.  With Ryan, I was unable to relax during the entire pregnancy and couldn’t believe that we were actually having a baby until he entered the world.  Oh, the joys of being emotionally damaged with regards to pregnancy.  I have to admit that I tend to feel a bit robbed that I can’t just sit back and enjoy my pregnancy like so many can.  I am scarred.  Those scars run incredibly deep and while I am unbelievably happy to be carrying this baby, I despise the fact that I am always waiting for something to happen.  I have vowed to try my absolute best to focus on the positive for these last several weeks.

How far along?  28 weeks today | Officially in the third trimester (whaaaaat?!)

How am I feeling?  Physically, feeling really well.  Sleep isn’t a major issue yet with the exception of some crazy pregnancy-induced dreams.  I had forgotten all about that madness!  Also, my hips are starting to ache during the night but the pain subsides as soon as I switch sides.  Besides that, no big issues.

Aversions?  Thankfully, still no major aversions.  As I have mentioned previously, my love of cheese has waned a little…let’s not get crazy though.  I still eat it constantly but don’t have quite the love affair going on as I did prior to this pregnancy.

Cravings?  Cravings continue to be mild but the one that I hope sticks around post-pregnancy is my desire for fruit.  I have never in my life craved fruit on any level.  While I would happily eat it at a friend’s house or social event, the fruit in my own fridge would always go to waste.  During this last couple of months, I have found myself reaching for cold fruits daily…especially strawberries and grapes.

Body Changes?  The weight gain just went into full effect.  I remember gaining most of my weight with Ryan the last two months or so and it seems that I am starting a little earlier with this little one.  While I have the advantage of being tall, I am not the type of girl who stays leans during pregnancy.  My hips take on a life of their own and substantial weight gain is inevitable.  It’s just the way I roll.  I gained approximately fifty lbs. with Ry and I’m on track to gain that this time around…cough, cough, at minimum.  Prior to this pregnancy, I was not in good shape.  I hadn’t worked out in years so my muscle tone was already pathetic and I had never come close to losing my baby weight from Ryan.  Kudos to all the mamas who work hard and drop that weight post-baby…I did the opposite.  Not to mention the fact that my husband opened a donut and biscuit shop during that time so let’s jus say that I lost quite a bit of weight initially but put it back on once I had access to all of that yumminess.  Future goal?  Dedicate myself to a workout program after the time around.  Not for me, but for my kids.  “Kids”…whoa.

Now that I have completed this post, it has sent me into panic mode.  She is going to arrive in the blink of an eye and there is still SO much to do at home.  I have to have every inch of this home organized before she gets here because I know myself and, if it’s not, it’s a slippery slope and soon the Hoarders film crew will be knocking on our door.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful week!



25 Week Pregnancy Update

Good morning, friends!

I just glanced over at the calendar on my desk and almost passed out when I saw the date.  How have we blazed  through June AND July so fast?  Time is sailing by far too quickly…and I need more time to prepare for this baby!  It finally hit me that it is time to start working on getting the house in order.  My hope is to have every inch of the house organized (within reason) by the time this baby girl makes her appearance.  Last week, I went through every piece of Ryan’s old clothing and sent off items or gave away items to friends who are expecting boys.  Granted, I saved a ton of Ryan’s clothes for baby girl but I had far too much and wanted to share it with friends.  I spent several hours working on cleaning out the closet in what will be her nursery.  It was perfect timing because my brother and sister-in-law had a yard sale this past weekend so I jumped on board with them and was able to sell a bunch of items.

A friend of mine just had a baby this past weekend.  Her son arrived two weeks early and it really put things in perspective.  These little ones are on their own timetable so while I think I know how many weeks are left, reality is that I have absolutely no idea.

How far along?  25 weeks and 5 days

How am I feeling?  I mentioned previously that I was finally able to go off all medications for my pregnancy sickness around 20 weeks.  I basically felt sick 24 hours a day for 16 weeks so once that lifted, I began to settle into the pregnancy.  It was so difficult to focus on all of the excitement when I could barely function and needed to focus all of the energy I did have on caring for Ryan.  The fatigue took a bit longer to go away but I have experienced great bursts of energy recently…hence the organizing kick.

Aversions?  During my pregnancy with Ryan, I developed several aversions.  Currently, it’s the complete opposite.  No aversions to anything.  In fact, ever since giving up red meat back in fifth grade, the thought of red meat has always made me squirm.  However, during this pregnancy, I have found myself craving a cheeseburger and pepperoni pizza!  Assuming that this is my body’s way of telling me to eat more protein, I have tried to amp up the amount of protein in my diet.  This includes eating a ton of Greek yogurt, nuts, eggs, beans, peanut butter, and adding spinach and chia seeds to my smoothies.

Cravings?  Besides the random red meat cravings, I haven’t experienced any super strong cravings this time around.  My cravings go in waves and they aren’t very intense.  (During my previous pregnancy, I craved Eggo waffles so badly that David definitely made a late-night run for them when we ran out.)  The only consistent cravings (since feeling well) have been for fruit, cheddar popcorn, chocolate milk and a Vanilla Bean from Starbucks.  Even so, they are mild cravings.

Body Changes?  Well, my bump seemingly doubled in size overnight this past week.  I reached the point where strangers have felt comfortable asking about my pregnancy because it is that obvious.  We are heading to the beach again soon and I must admit, I am not looking forward to spending my days in a swimsuit.  The beach where we go is really quiet, thankfully, but every single person around is crazy fit!  It is unreal.  Not the best environment for someone who is experiencing a ton of physical changes.  As always, I want to stress the fact that I couldn’t feel more blessed to be carrying this baby but it doesn’t mean that the changes to my body don’t have an impact on how I feel about myself in a bathing suit.  Just to further clarify, I would happily look this this for three years if it meant being able to meet our baby girl!

The butterflies have taken up residence in my belly alongside baby girl.  I am getting so anxious to meet her and to see how Ryan responds to his little sister.  He has been telling us that baby sister is in HIS tummy recently so it seems that he is coming around to the idea.  Woohoo!  He also has asked for me to “open my tummy” so he can see her…it has to so confusing for the little kiddos to understand the pregnancy process but man, it makes me giggle when he tries!

Hope you all have a fantastic start to the week!




20 Week Pregnancy Update

I can hardly believe that I shared the pregnancy with you all seven whole weeks ago.  It’s also nearly impossible to wrap my head around the fact that we are over halfway to meeting this little one.  This pregnancy is FLYING compared to when we were expecting Ryan!

How far along?  20 weeks, 5 days

How am I feeling?  This past week was the first time that I have successfully been able to go off all medications!  This little one gave me a run for my money.  I was still feeling sick until week 19.  While I am still far more tired than usual, not feeling ill all the time feels incredible.  Now, it’s time to start organizing the house and actually begin preparing for our new addition.

Aversions?  No major aversions but this cheese-loving girl isn’t anywhere near as drawn to foods like pizza and cheese and crackers during this pregnancy.  It’s not an aversion…just a decreased interest.

Cravings?  While I craved chocolate cake and Eggo waffles ALL THE TIME during my pregnancy with Ryan, my cravings have been more fleeting this time.  Last week, I couldn’t eat enough grapes.  This week, I crave cheddar popcorn.  There was a brief cliche craving of pickles a few weeks ago but that subsided.  Basically, none of the cravings have been intense so far and haven’t stuck around for very long.  The one thing I could happily have at any time is a Vanilla Bean Frap from Starbucks.  Tastes incredible!  I give up caffeine while pregnant so the Vanilla Bean makes me feel like I am drinking an iced coffee even though it tastes nothing like coffee.  It’s more about the experience and feeling of carrying around that silly plastic cup.  That cup holds a lot of associative power!

Body changes?  Because of all the carbs I had to live on during the three and a half months of sickness, there has been a decent amount of weight gain.  Not to mention the fact that I was laying down and resting so often caused my (already neglected) muscles to turn into soggy noddles.  Heading to the beach the other weekend was admittedly tough.  I haven’t felt comfortable in a bathing suit in years and this year was no exception.  Definitely the most difficult insecure I have ever felt.  I have already decided that I refuse to feel like this for another summer so, once I am allowed to begin working out after this baby, a regimen will be in place.  The self-criticism is far too draining.  It’s time to make a change.

Gender?  We confirmed the gender this week at our last ultrasound so I am just waiting to shoot a few gender reveal pics and then will share!

When we first told Ryan about the pregnancy, he wasn’t thrilled.  Whenever we would ask if he wanted a bother or sister he would immediately reply,  “No.  All done.  Ryan.”  This was his way of saying that he wanted us to be done having kids.  It made us laugh but secretly we were praying that he would come around to the idea of being a big brother.  Thankfully, he is becoming increasingly more happy about his new sibling.