Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Baby Boy Update!

A few baby boy updates....bullet style! I figured I'd share some of the details about our newest addition! There's also so many details I want to document here so I don't forget!

  • Due date is October 15, but I'll be having a planned c-section this time so he'll probably come a little sooner! I'm 19+ weeks now.
  • I've known since February 2, which made me 3 weeks and 4 days! I woke up that morning feeling sick with a cold and wanted to take some cold medicine, but I also knew there was the chance I could be pregnant, so I thought I should take a test before indulging in mucinex and sudafed, even though it was still kind of early to test. Sure enough, there was a faint line. It was barely there, but it was also definitely there! Needless to say, no cold meds but we were overjoyed with our news!
  • M's birthday is October 25, so they'll be almost exactly 3 years apart! 
  • When we traveled to NYC in February I was 6 weeks along. Traveling alone by plane to a place that is 0 degrees with a toddler while newly pregnant and nauseous is....interesting!
  • I have, overall, felt okay. My first trimester, I was queasy and nauseous some, which was different from my pregnancy with M. I was never sick (thankfully), but I also had a lot of just gross days where nothing sounded appetizing or I'd make something for dinner that sounded good and then I'd sit down and feel sick looking at it. Glad that passed after the end of the first trimester. I was also MUCH more tired this time. I taught and worked for 10+ hours a day during my first trimester with M and don't remember feeling sleepy, but this time there were a LOT of naps and I just felt so worn out most afternoons. Now that I'm in the second trimester, I feel overall good. I had a lot of headaches from 12-15 weeks, but those have gotten better and I've found a Coke usually takes care of it if I get one. I've had a pinched nerve in my lower back when I lay down at an angle and some round ligament pain since 12 weeks, but it's not awful. Just uncomfortable.
  • NO RIB PAIN! In my last pregnancy, I complained all the time about upper back and shoulder and rib pain. It was so terrible and began in my second trimester and lasted till delivery. So far, I have had none. I hope I haven't jinxed myself by posting that on the internet!
  • M is thrilled. She found out at 9 weeks when she came with us to our first ultrasound, but to be honest, she did not care at ALL there because she just wanted to play with the desk phone in the room. She was really REALLY convinced the baby would be a girl and we'd call her Elsa, but she's happily accepted the fact that she's getting a brother and is okay with calling him Kristoff. She likes to talk to him and about him and asks me all the time if he's moving and laughing in my tummy. She's also wondering what kind of clothes he's wearing right now. Her little mind trying to figure this all out is pretty funny. She also likes to talk about meeting him at the hospital and rocking him in a chair there. 
  • Like everyone tells you, you show so much earlier after you've been pregnant once. By 10-11 weeks, I felt like I was so obviously pregnant. If you go through my instagram feed, there's a a lot of strategic shots from the last few months of M covering my belly before we shared the news.
  • Funniest craving: scallops and fried chicken. Together. Most common craving: Sopa De Lima from our favorite Mexican place.
  • I have an anterior placenta this time which I've known about since 12 weeks, and I was worried I'd feel him less, but I definitely feel him moving in there. I felt this baby and M move for the first time around 17 weeks. Her movements were much "jabbier", even this early, his are more fluid. I'm guessing that's related to the placenta location.
  • Just a side note, but worth putting in here in case someone else has this...at my first ultrasound at 9 weeks, they found I had a subchorionic hematoma. Mine was very small (1.4 cm) and I never had any bleeding, so my OB told me not to worry or change my lifestyle unless I had some bleeding. Obviously, I still panicked and googled it and made myself more worried (bad idea), but by my 12 week ultrasound it was gone.
  • No name for him yet! We've tossed around a few, but nothing has been decided. Like last time, we'll wait till the birth to announce a name!
I don't think I'll do weekly updates this go round, but I will pop in from time to time with some updates! I love going back and reading my updates from my pregnancy with M, so I want to make sure I have some recorded!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Just in case....

Just in case you don't follow me on all the social medias....

Our baby boy is due October 15, which makes me 18 weeks now. We're over the moon excited!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mother's Day 2015

Last year on Mother's Day, poor M was so sick and feverish, and it was a sad day full of baby Motrin and a lot of couch snuggles. This year, though, she was (thankfully) feeling great and we had a wonderful family day together. A fun day with just the three of us was all I really wanted!

Our morning began at church where we got our photo taken together. M wasn't really up for smiling!

We headed to brunch at The Liberty, where in true toddler fashion, M wouldn't eat the fries that came with her grilled cheese because they had "gween things" (parsley) on them. Your loss, kiddo!

I had an awesome French Toast and J got a Nicoise Salad. It was a wonderful lunch!

After lunch we played for a little while at Latta Park, and then headed home for nap time to M's dismay. After nap time we spent the rest of the evening on the deck playing in her water table and J grilled us dinner.

J is not a steak guy, but I love a good grilled steak, so he was wonderful husband and went big for my Mother's Day dinner. He got us steaks at Block and Grinder and they were SO good. He's a keeper. 

Hope all of my mom friends had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Loves Lately

A few random loves of ours lately....

I found this concealer thanks to my friend Elisabeth on instagram. I have always had dark circles under my eyes, and this is the best stuff I've ever used. The coverage is wonderful without being cakey. Highly recommend! I found mine at Ulta and link above is for Amazon.

I discovered this one from my pal Kate, and guys, if you're a mom and a podcast fan, this is a great one! They discuss so many aspects of parenting, some funny, some make me a little emotional, and some episodes are just plain interesting. I also love that most are pretty short (25-35 min) so I can listen to a full one while doing a chore during nap time. 

I know, I already shared this pic on instagram when these shoes first arrived in the mail last month, but it's time to share my thoughts. I was skeptical to spend $35 on a pair of toddler shoes that weren't a sturdy pair of tennis shoes...would it be worth it? So many moms seem to love them, and I have to admit, they're pretty cute! But I was still weary. And now after wearing them almost everyday for the past month, YES. They were so well worth it. We love them! They are so easy to put on her. They don't get dirty. They're cute with 95% of her clothes. I love them. They are a summer staple in her wardrobe!

J sent this to me yesterday and I was rolling with laughter! If you are a Game of Thrones fan, click above and watch. My favorite line..."people have mistaken me for a pile of crows." Dead!

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Wrap Up

April...where in the world did you go??

Clearly, I've dropped the ball on blogging lately. I managed to post once last month, and it wasn't because of lack of content, I suppose it was more related to the fact that we've just been busy, and in my free time last month I did more reading for fun than blogging or blog reading. 

A few highlights from the last month (some of which have already been overshared on my instagram)....

-I lost a great uncle in the middle of the month, so in the span of 5 days, M and I traveled for 20 hours in the car to attend his funeral in Delaware. We did 10 of those hours with my mom in the car with us, but the other 10 were done on our own. I am so thankful for portable DVD players and digital movies on ipads after that trip! She really did quite well, all things considering, and I'm so glad we went and were able to see so much family who she had never met. 

- We attended quite a few birthday parties for pals of M last month. Lots of spring birthdays! I know a little girl who didn't mind the extra sugar!

- I  had two baby showers last month, both for sweet friends who are due in May and June! I had to miss one for the funeral, but enjoyed attending the other for my friend Michelle. I love showering new moms and shopping for them off their registry now that I'm a mom. Anyone else enjoy it? Maybe because I loved having a newborn and I enjoy reliving those memories?

- We tried a German restaurant out one evening last month for dinner. We went kind of on a whim, not really sure what to expect, but it was really really good! I love schnitzel, and anyone who serves pretzel rolls while you're waiting for your entree gets a gold star from me! 

-Have I mentioned our Bunco group my friend Katie and I started in Charlotte? We play once a month and it's so much fun to get together with those girls. It's a nice night away to socialize with such great girls, and if I win money that's just an added bonus! This past month, our friend Sarah hosted, and I'm still dreaming of the homemade pimento cheese she shared with us.

- M had her first manicure and pedicure last month! She's always pointing out what color nails I have (when they're actually painted) so I bought her some Piggie Paint and we painted hers. She now wants pink nails all the time. 

-My church is doing a sermon series right now on your thoughts/thought life and it's been so so good for me. I have taken so much away from the sermons each week. If you're interested you can listen via podcast (search for New Charlotte Church on itunes, it's the Train Station series). You can also listen on your computer here

- We took care of my good friend's cat while she was away on spring break at the beginning of the month. I am so not a cat person, but my tiny child loves them (all animals really), so it was a fun treat for her to get to go and take care of Foster the orange cat for a week! She makes me laugh though because she talks to him like he's a dog and expects him to listen like a dog. Sorry kiddo, cats don't work that way!

-We started the process of building a garage! We are in the very early beginning stages, but if weather works out, we hope to have it done by the end of the summer. It will be detached, and we're currently toying with the idea of adding a breezeway between it and the house. There's a few tricky pieces about this with the way our house sits and the property lines and windows (I don't want to lose sunlight inside our house!), but J and I are so excited! He's pumped to have a workspace with all of his tools, and I just can't wait to have a place to put strollers, bikes, and other outdoor toys. I also like the idea of being able to buckle M into her seat without getting wet on rainy days. 

- We got M her first passport this past month! It took a bit of work (ie driving 40 min to South Carolina) since only a select few Charlotte post offices offer passport services and the ones that do require an appointment to get a passport application completed, and the woman we spoke with said they had no availability till the end of June, so off to South Carolina we went. The good news is, we now have her passport in hand (and it's hilarious) and we're ready a for a fun vacation this month!

And finally, because what's a post without a photo...my favorite photo from April.
Hoping to be back more this month! No promises though!