36 Week Pregnancy Update

Well, my original plan was to write a little pregnancy update once a month throughout this pregnancy but I just realized that it has been almost two months since my last one.  That makes it clear just how fast these past several months have flying by.  I don’t remember feeling this way with Ryan.  I really enjoyed the final few months of the pregnancy and felt like I was able to take in all of the amazing moments before he arrived.  With this one?  It’s been a blur lately.  Every time I think about how we have only one month left, I have to double check my pregnancy app because I am in disbelief.

How far along? 36 weeks…although I will be having a c-section at 39 weeks

How am I feeling?  While I am definitely experiencing some discomfort, I LOVE this point in the pregnancy.  The bump, the movement, the bonding that has already begun…it’s all out of this world incredible.  Truthfully, before Ryan was born, I became highly emotional about the idea of not having him in my tummy anymore.  While I was obviously so excited to officially meet him, the thought of our special journey coming to an end made me sad.  Feeling him inside my tummy (and now feeling this little one) is the most amazing feeling I will ever experience.

As for the discomfort, this little chicklet feels very heavy by the end of the day…like I am walking around with a bowling ball under my shirt.  During the night, my hips ache and I have to constantly switch sides.  Thankfully, rolling over usually alleviates the pain long enough for me to fall back asleep for a bit.  It’s interesting because I was physically comfortable with Ryan during the entire last half of my pregnancy.  I am definitely carrying her differently.  Just to be clear, zero complaining happening here.  I would happily experience these uncomfortable symptoms for years in order to bring this sweet baby into the world.

Aversions?  Thankfully, no aversions.

Cravings? Everything.  I am only half-kidding.  For the last couple of months I have wanted to fluctuate between salty and sweet…within a matter of minutes.  If I finish a piece of chocolate, I then immediately want Cheez-Its.  The good news is that my fruit craving is still holding strong.  Now, if only I could figure out how to maintain that one post pregnancy…

Body Changes?  As I mentioned earlier, this baby is positioned differently than Ryan.  I am carrying her more towards the front so the one benefit is that I haven’t spread outwards as much as I did while pregnant with Ry.  My hips and thighs  spread far more the last time around.  Being active with a toddler during pregnancy has also helped.  A lot less sitting around and resting this time.  As far as weight gain goes, I will likely weigh almost exactly what I did with Ryan but I started this pregnancy with 12 extra lbs of baby weight that I never lost.  Basically, I will finish at the same weight but will have gained less.  I gained almost 50 lbs with Ry and then when I started to lose the weight, my husband opened a donut and biscuit shop so…that explains the 12 lbs that I never kicked.  I have ZERO will-power.

Nursery?  The nursery is slowly coming together.  Because I realized how little we initially used Ry’s nursery, there was less pressure this time around to complete her room.  I ordered the furniture a few weeks ago and it was just delivered last week.  Well, most of it was delivered.  I somehow managed to order everything except the chair so that will be arriving next week.  I opted for a fairly neutral nursery.  Our house is very monochromatic and it was important that her room blend in with the rest of the house.  There is a bit of color but it’s a very muted palette.  I have never been a “pink girl” so the gray walls have remained gray although I have selected a feminine wallpaper for the crib wall.  The furniture is a soft white with brass accents and her chair will be a sandy colored linen.  The wallpaper being hung on the crib wall will be installed today and I am crazy excited for that piece of the puzzle.  It should make a really nice impact.  I’ll post a sneak peek on Instastories later!

It’s hard to imagine that we will be a family of four in just a matter of a few weeks!  Excitement is beginning to dominate and squander the feelings of anxiety.  Truthfully, I have been so focused on my fears about being whether or not I can be a great mom to two kids.  Will I have enough patience for both?  How will I balance quality time with each child, more specifically make Ryan feel as minimal of an impact as possible during this major transition?   What does the day to day look like with a toddler and a baby?  Complete transparency, I felt overwhelmed by all of this until recently.  Now that it is so close to her arrival time, David and I are starting to dismiss those thoughts and just focus on preparing as best we can. While I would love for her to continue growing and stay where she is for a few more weeks, I am insanely excited to welcome her into our world!   I just walk into her room and feel overwhelmed with emotion.  The best part will be seeing Ryan move into the role of big brother.  That alone makes me cry because I know that he will be a phenomenal brother to our sweet girl.


At this point in the pregnancy, I find myself wanting to be more comfortable.  Concert tees, cardigans and sweatshirts are the most appealing pieces currently.  Thankfully, the weather is cooling down over the next week (not to mention he fact that I keep our house crazy cool right now because of hot flashes).  I recently picked up this velour hoodie and am excited because it it perfect for this phase of pregnancy as well as post-pregnancy.  It’s unbelievable comfy!






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!