Tuesday, July 22, 2014

29 Years | 29 Things

In light of my 29 birthday yesterday and trying (failing) to be a more frequent blogger, I decided to share 29 things with you, my two readers!
 
In no particular order, 29 things about the woman behind the live.laugh.love.baby.
 
1. I love Britney Spears. No shame.
 
2. The spicier, the better. Everything.
 
3. I'm a total wino. I'd gladly pass up any other beverage if it were socially acceptable to drink wine with all meals. Kidding, people!
 
4. I have an irrational fear of bees. It's real bad.
 
5. I'm obsessed with all holidays and color coordinating outfits for each.
My poor girls are doomed - holiday and sister coordinating outfits?! Yes, please!
 
6. I am extremely indecisive and struggle to make most decisions.
 
7. I changed my major 3 times before settling on education. Point proven.
 
8. I'm really crafty, but give me a needle and thread and I'm screwed.
 
9. Dirty Dancing will always be my favorite movie of all time.
 
10. My husband and I were good friends for an entire year before deciding to go on our first date.
 
11. I am double jointed in my arms.
 
12. I have an unhealthy obsession with Hot Tamales and Buffalo Wing Pretzel Bites.
 
13. I danced and played softball growing up.
 
14. I graduated at the top of my class - Summa cum Laude, thank you very much. ;)
 
15. I've been to most tropical beach destinations in Mexico.
 
16. I've lost and gained friendships over the years, but I can confidently say that in the midst of all of this, I learned what a true friend is and am thankful to have few friends that I call my BEST.
 
17. I am extremely emotional and take to heart (both happy and sad) things I read, hear, and watch, even when it has nothing to do with me.
 
18. I taught 1st-4th grades for 6 years.
 
19. I despise, like really despise doing laundry. Worst chore ever!
 
20. I can't stand most of today's Disney movies. Bring back the classics please.
 
21. I can say the alphabet backwards.
 
22. I could probably live off of sandwiches. And sushi. And wine.
 
23. I finally have my dream job, a SAHM.
 
24. I want to write children's books someday. I have the ideas - I just need to put pen to paper.
 
25. I am the best person I know at flip cup, thank you my young-twenty-something-self.
 
26. I have a very type-A personality and tend to struggle going with the flow.
 
27. I love being pregnant after first tri. Even better, I'm one of those.
I loved labor, delivery, and my hospital stay. I can't wait to do it again!
 
28. Though I'm exactly where I wanted to be by 29, I'm terrified of 30.
 
29. I was given the greatest gift on Earth; the gift of motherhood. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

19 weeks | Baby 2 .0


(a teeny tiny bit late -- written Saturday)
 
What's new?
Baby GIRL is starting to grow hair on her beautiful little head. 
Her brain is rapidly growing and developing sensory skills.
Her legs and arms are now proportionate to the rest of her body.
All of her organs are absolutely perfect and according to the ultrasound tech at our anatomy scan this week, she's textbook perfect.
Duhhh, as if we didn't know that already.


How far along? 19 weeks
 
Baby's size? mango, yum!!  - about 6 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 10 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes more than half the time.

Sleep: It's been getting much better, hallelujah!

Best moments this past week: Finding out this sweet girl is perfectly healthy at our anatomy scan was hands down the best moment, though date night dinner at Benihanna and ordering all of our nursery furniture comes in second. :)
 
Miss Anything? Nope!

Movement: Up until the past couple of days, I'd only been feeling the very occasional rolling like movements. We found out at my anatomy scan that I have an anterior placenta, which makes total sense. I wasn't expecting to feel much for at least another month or so, but lo and behold! This sweet princess starting kicking me tonight. I can only feel it when I'm laying down, but even Daddy got to feel her for the first time!
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. My appetite seems to have disappeared though yet again. I typically only want one food for each meal and if I'm not able to have it, then I'm not hungry. This never happened with Ellie, so it can be frustrating, but at least I'm still gaining weight!

Labor Signs: Technically, no. The Braxton hicks contractions seem to have simmered down too.
 
Gender: Well, my mama instincts are one for two! This babe is a GIRL!

Symptoms: Nada! I honestly don't really feel anything pregnancy related. If I didn't have a belly growing outward by the second, I'd never know.
 
Belly Button in or out? It's still halfway there.

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: Typically, very happy. But the last couple days have been really emotional.


Looking forward to: Celebrating my birthday this week! Lots of fun dinners planned with friends and family. :)


19 weeks
 

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

18 weeks | Baby 2 .0

 
What's new?
Peanut is very active -- rolling, twisting, kicking, punching, etc.
Baby's gotta' do something to pass the time, I suppose!
Baby is also yawning, hiccupping, and sucking.
His boy parts (or her lady parts) are officially in place and visible. :)
Baby weighs almost 7 ounces!


How far along? 18 weeks
 
Baby's size? sweet potato, Ellie would approve ;)  - a little over 5.5 inches in length
 
Total weight gain: 8 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes more than half the time.

Sleep: It's been getting much better, hallelujah!

Best moments this past week: My mom came over and spent yesterday afternoon with Ellie. I left for some ME time and it was uh-mazing! I LOVE my sweet girl, but I'm with her 99.9% of every day. It was nice to get out and shop alone. I spent a good chunk of change, but got SO many winter and next spring clothes for Ellie and Peanut. The sales right now are ridiculous folks, you neeeed to go shopping!
 
Miss Anything? It was a rough week with Miss Ellie (she's at the ultimate stage-5 clinger phase), so I would have loooved to have a glass of wine. Or two. Or four.

Movement: I feel Peanut moving around to different spots and my belly gets really hard, but still no legit kicks.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. My appetite is pretty much back in full swing though, so I presume the pounds are surely to follow.

Labor Signs: Technically, no. I still get occasional Braxton Hicks contractions.
 
Gender: Still 110% positive it's a boy according to my mama instincts. :)

Symptoms: This is the first week where I can say, not much. I hardly have any symptoms. I feel like myself. I have energy, the headaches are very few and far between. No nausea. Sleep has been great. I think it took a little longer this time around, but I'm finally back to totally loving pregnancy! (I always have, but it's hard to enjoy it first trimester...)
 
Belly Button in or out? It's still halfway there.

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!!!


Looking forward to: Date night with two of our favorites tonight and finding out Peanut's sex at our anatomy scan on Wednesday, then sharing the news with family and friends.


18 weeks

 
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

17 weeks | Baby 2 .0

What's new?
Peanut has his or her very own fingerprints.
Baby has started putting on some lbs.
Cartilage is turning into bone.


How far along? 17 weeks (as of Saturday)
Baby's size? onion (yuck!) - a little over 5 inches in length
Total weight gain: 7ish pounds - not entirely sure (I want to know) after our vacation this weekend.

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes more than half the time.

Sleep: Great one night, not so much the next.

Best moments this past week: We had several birthday celebrations for my sweet husband this past week. We also had an amazing 4-day weekend at the Flagstaff cabin. We've made our 4th of July celebration an annual one, spending the day/evening at the country club. We love this little tradition of ours and enjoyed a weekend full of cool weather, games, good food, fireworks, family, drinks (for eveeeeryone else, but me!) and fun!
Miss Anything? I would have liked to enjoy a glass of wine or two on the Fourth, but the desire has passed and I'm still doing A-Okay without alcohol.

Movement: I still feel itty bitty flutters when I'm laying down, but there haven't been any indefinite kicks just yet.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. I think I'm slowly getting my appetite back though, so that's a plus!

Labor Signs: Technically, no. I still get occasional Braxton Hicks contractions.
Gender: Still 110% positive it's a boy according to my mama instincts. :) We'll find out for sure on July 16th!

Symptoms: I'm finally starting to feel a lot more like myself. Thank goodness!
Belly Button in or out? It's more than half way out and occasionally noticeable through my shirt. Seriously?? How did that happen already?!

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!!!


Looking forward to: Our Chicago vacation. We aren't going until the end of August, but it's on my mind since we just booked our tickets this week. I love that we're able to travel with Ellie and experience new vacations with her. :)

17 weeks


No chalkboard picture this week since we were in Flagstaff.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

16 weeks | Baby 2 .0


What's new?
Peanut can finally hear my voice! I love that he (??) can ear me yelling at the dogs singing and reading books to Ellie all day long.
Baby's hair, eyelashes, and eyebrows have started growing. 
Baby has started forming taste buds. In fact, today Baby was craving Trader Joes honey wheat pretzel sticks dipped in TJ cookie butter, followed by TJ spicy peanut vinaigrette.
Happy Baby = Happy Mama.
Peanut's head is starting to look more like a baby -- ears and eyes moving towards their final placement.
Baby had tonenails and even pumps 25 quarts of blood through its heart a day!!
 


How far along? 16 weeks
 
Baby's size? avocado- about 4.5 inches in size
 
Total weight gain: 6 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes about half the time.

Sleep: Ehh.. I'm almost giving up at this point.

Best moments this past week: I had a great appointment on Tuesday. We got to hear Peanut's heartbeat! Baby is as healthy as can be. :) JP and I also had a date night, sans the baby and it was amazing! Honestly, all we did was go to dinner at the Keg, but you forget how much you enjoy an adult only dinner out!
 
Miss Anything? Nothing in particular.

Movement: I still feel itty bitty flutters when I'm laying down, but there haven't been any indefinite kicks just yet.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. Still struggling to really enjoy food most of the time though.

Labor Signs: Technically, no. I still get a few Braxton Hicks contractions most days though. I'm trying to drink a lot of water to keep them at a minimum.
 
Gender: Still 110% positive it's a boy according to my mama instincts. :) We'll find out for sure on July 16th!

Symptoms: BH contractions, occasional nausea, and I *think* the headaches are slowly going away. **knock on wood** I'm finally reaching the point of loving pregnancy again, just like I did with Ellie.
 
Belly Button in or out? It's on its way out - about half way there.

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: I'm really happy overall, but this week my hormones took on a whole new level of crazy. It was an emotional week, y'all!


Looking forward to: Celebrating JP's 32nd birthday tonight with friends and our annual 4th of July vacation to the cabin in Flagstaff. 

16 weeks
 
Despite the size of my belly, I can assure you: I am 16 weeks, not 26.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

15 weeks | Baby 2 .0

What's new?
All of Peanut's joints and limbs can move now.
Baby's body is becoming more proportionate.
Baby's eyelids are still fused shut, but they can sense light.
Not much else is going on, other than rapid development!
Grow, Peanut, grow!


How far along? 15 weeks
 
Baby's size? orange- about 4 inches in size
 
Total weight gain: 5 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes about half the time.

Sleep: HORRIBLE.

Best moment this past week: Date night with my little family tonight. It was perfect and just what I've needed.
 
Miss Anything? Nothing in particular.

Movement: I still feel Peanut on my left side on and off all day. Movements are faint and definitely there, though not visible from the outside.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. Most food pretty much always sounds gross though -- unless it's a smoothie or almond chocolate milk.

Labor Signs: Technically, no. However, I started feeling occasional Braxton Hicks contractions this week, which is WAY earlier than I ever felt them with Ellie. They're usually similar, though more painful, than regular cramps. Last weekend it was real bad though-I couldn't move, breathe, and I was crying. No fun!
 
Gender: Still 110% positive it's a boy according to my mama instincts. :)

Symptoms: Just the occasional BH's, still occasionally nauseous in the mornings, but the dreadful migraines are the only thing I'm really hating at the moment.
 
Belly Button in or out? It's on its way out - about half way there.

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: I know teaching like the back of my hand, so learning my new role as an appraisal underwriter is a bit stressful. My plan is to only work about 10 hours or so a week, all from home, but I'll feel a lot more at ease when this too comes naturally. Other than that, happy! :)


Looking forward to: My next appointment on Tuesday.

15 weeks



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Saturday, June 14, 2014

14 Weeks | Baby 2 .0

What's new?
Peanut continues to wiggle all around.
Baby's lanugo has started developing all over its body that will help to keep babe warm!
Baby's working on his or her facial expressions, which if they're anything like Ellie's expressions lately, we're in for a REAL treat.
Other major body parts - kidneys, spleen, liver, etc. continue to develop.
Technically, Peanut should be able to suck its thumb by now, but given my last ultrasound, this genius baby is already ahead of the game. :)


How far along? 14 weeks
 
Baby's size? lemon - about 3.5 inches in size
 
Total weight gain: 5 pounds

Maternity clothes? Yep. I'm officially wearing maternity clothes about half the time.

Sleep: The insomnia is still slowly, but surely getting the best of me!

Best moment this past week: Celebrating my mother-in-law's birthday was really fun, but just the week overall was really relaxing. I LOVE spending so much time with my sweet girl.
 
Miss Anything? Nothing in particular this week - maybe feeling normal.

Movement: I still feel pretty frequent movements, particularly on my left side. Over the last couple of days they seem like itty bitty baby kicks, but still can't be felt from the outside. I can't wait to feel those indefinite big kicks, definitely my FAVORITE part about pregnancy! There truly is nothing in this world quite like feeling your baby move around and getting cozy inside of your body. Absolutely nothing.
 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing in particular, but the overall nausea has kicked it back up a notch. :(

Labor Signs: nope!
 
Gender: I don't know what happened, but over the past week I have an overwhelming feeling telling me it's a boy! I think I felt girl before simply because of already having a girl. It was never a strong feeling though, nothing like how sure I was with Ellie. This boy feeling though, the more and more I think about it, the more absolute I become. And now I feel guilty for referring to baby as a girl for the past month!

Symptoms: My first tri symptoms seem to be making a comeback. I'm back to feeling nauseous most mornings and late at night, occasionally throughout the day. The headaches, though not daily can be really rough. This exhaustion though - it is no joke!!! Where's the second tri energy I was expecting to feel by this point???
 
Belly Button in or out? Definitely in, but the inside part is already popping a bit. Seriously. I'm 14 weeks. What the heck!

Wedding rings on or off? on


Happy or Moody most of the time: Super happy, just overwhelmed with how exhausted I am some days.


Looking forward to: Father's Day tomorrow - I love spoiling our main squeeze. :)

14 weeks


 
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