Orange

I was about the put C down for her nap when she looked at me and while signing “eat,” said “orange”… Which actually sounds like “ornjshhh” or something like that. 

I was so excited, I jumped up and took her to the kitchen – mid naptime routine – and showed her an orange. I said, “is this what you want?” And with an excited smile, she said “yes.”

How cool is that? She can say some words, but that feels like the first time that she used a word to tell me that she wanted something that wasn’t in front of her.

And being that the poor little buns woke up with a fever that hasn’t ceased and thus has barely eaten today, I was happy to oblige.

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18 Weeks, 4 Days

12/22/15

  How far along: 18 Weeks, 4 Days

Total weight gain: When I checked last, I hadn’t gained any since last time. According to my doc, it’s 2 lbs… but my guess is that I’m closer to 5-7 lbs.

Maternity clothes: All day, every day.

Stretch marks: Nada… yet.

Sleep: I thought we were past the toddler night terrors, but they’ve returned this week. Between the toddler and the puppy, I’ve had a couple sleepless nights lately… but there is a big positive. One that I’m very proud of. I recently took a break from my typical “chick lit” books and picked up Pride & Prejudice… and with my recent night wakings, managed to finish it! Take that, high school self! Not only did I finish it, but I REALLY enjoyed it! Go me!

Best moment of this week: My little bug is doing SO well at school. I cannot even begin to tell you how happy it makes me to see her loving school so much and thriving and growing as she is. She’s just such an amazing little lady.

Miss anything: Maybe a glass of red wine.

Movement: Yes!! Still just little bumps here and there… but it’s so fun! I can’t wait for the big kicks!

Food cravings: Food and I are not in a good place. I’m in my low confidence in my body place right now. SO, I’m trying very hard to make better choices and get my preggo butt to the gym. I have to stay healthy for this little nugget inside of me!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Feeling good!

Have you started to show yet: Yes!

Gender: My cousin claims to be 100% sure it’s another girl. Everyone else thinks boy. I just don’t know!

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: It’s a gaping hole.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve got to be honest, I have been operating on a fine line of wanting to punch people in the face. My crabby switch gets flipped SO easily these days. I can feel myself getting wildly offended by things I’m not sure are actually an issue. I’m trying to take deep breaths. Maybe next week will be better! haha

Looking forward to: We find out the sex of the baby NEXT WEEK!!! AHH!! I can’t even believe I’m already almost at the halfway point! How has time whizzed by so quickly? Another exciting thing… Marky and I are going to paint C’s big girl room this weekend! YAY! I can’t wait to get it all set up!

16 Week Visit with the Doc

This morning I had my monthly check in with the doctor. When I was pregnant with Charlotte, I swear, the appointments used to last an hour. This round, they’re so quick. I literally have no questions ever.

Is that because I’m just so smart and know everything? Or am so dang distracted with working and mommying full time? Who knows!

Either way, it was a nice quick visit with my favorite doc.

Weight: Up 2 lbs (total)

BP: 94/50

Pulse: 88 bpm

Fetal Heart Rate: 150 – by the way, I love hearing the sweet baby’s heartbeat.

Since my next doctor’s appointment won’t be until next year, I brought a little holiday gift for my doctor and favorite nurse today. I made a recipe called “Christmas Crack”… it’s wildly delicious. I put them in cute little jars.

Here’s how they turned out…

16 Weeks, 2 Days

12/6/15

   

 How far along: 16 Weeks & 2 Days

Total weight gain: Okay, I swear I’m only partially doing this on purpose… but I don’t know! I haven’t stepped on the scale lately.

Maternity clothes: All day, every day.

Stretch marks: Praying this vitamin E oil works…

Sleep: I’ve been doing a lot better with sleep… although I was up for 1.5 hours in the middle of the night last night. And oy. Charlotte had been having these screaming crying fits in the middle of the night. Thankfully, she didn’t last night… but eesh. They were so sad.

Best moment of this week: We had a great weekend! Charlotte started gymnastics, which was adorable! And I saw my girlfriends, which is always nice. And last night was the first night of Chanukah, which was just so silly. Charlotte is finally into gifts.

Miss anything: I could have gone for a glass of wine or a martini this week. I’ve been having terrible, terrible headaches and could have used something to take the edge off.

Movement: On Thursday night, I’m like 99% sure I was feeling the baby. I had consumed an excessive amount of 7up and I think little baby boop was fizzing around in there. YAY! Finally, my favorite part of pregnancy.

Food cravings: Mac & Cheese… that’s been my big weakness lately. 

 Anything making you queasy or sick: My headaches have been making me pretty uneasy. Oy and I had a stomach flu on Sunday night/Monday morning. It was terrible. I ended up calling the doctor because I was unable to keep down anything, including liquids. In my weakened state, I got pretty nervous for the little babes. Thankfully, it was gone fairly quickly.

Have you started to show yet: Big bump.

Gender: I can’t wait to find out! I’m so indifferent, but I hate not knowing. Messes with my uber controlling mind.

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: It’s starting to look like a gaping hole again.

Wedding rings on or off: On… but sometimes they’re tight.

Happy or moody most of the time: I was sick and recovering this week, so I’m not sure. Mostly worn out. But again, we had a great weekend and I was definitely all sorts of happy.

Looking forward to: My doctor’s appointment and a fun family weekend!

Baby Kicks!!

12/3/16

  For the past few days, I’ve been feeling like I could feel the baby move when I sneezed or did something abruptly… Just a quick movement and then things felt still.

But tonight, as I ignored the Packers getting their butts kicked by the Lions, I felt continuous baby kicks!

My absolute favorite part of pregnancy has begun!!! I feel really excited. My little baby boo is happily splashing around. 

Could be the excessive amount of 7up I just drank, but either way, my heart is warm.

💛💛💛

13 Weeks & 4 Days

11/17/15

  My dates probably all seem way off, but that’s only because my due date has shifted from May 17th to May 19th and has now settled in at May 20th. No complaints here… gives me more time at the end to get baby to come out naturally.

How far along: 13 Weeks & 4 Days

Total weight gain: Crap… I meant to measure this. Sorry!

Maternity clothes: They just feel so nice hugging my big belly…

Stretch marks: None yet… Holding. My. Breath.

Sleep: Sleep has been okay. Still having at least a night or two of insomnia a week… the pro? Another book down! And FINALLY, I’ve moved on from Chick Lit and actually picked up a classic. I just started reading Pride & Prejudice… thumbs up so far!

Best moment of this week: We had SUCH a great Preschool Orientation… I left feeling floaty and happy and confident with our decision.

Miss anything: Ehh… probably, but I’m not in the mood to complain!

Movement: Sometimes I think I feel little blips, but I don’t really know. It’s too hard to tell.

Food cravings: I’ve been all over the place with this one. I’ll crave one thing and by the time it’s mealtime, I’m craving something else. BUT, one thing I’ve been craving and haven’t satisfied yet is wings. I need some spicy wings.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been much better lately. Not too much to complain about.

Have you started to show yet: Big bump.

Gender: This pregnancy seems SO dang similar to my first… but who knows if that’s really any indication. I don’t know. But, I did make my gender scan appointment… secret is out on 12/29!

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in, but definitely widening.

Wedding rings on or off: On… but sometimes they’re tight.

Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve been a little stressed out this week. This Saturday was this big event I help coordinate every year for a school for kiddies with cognitive disabilities. Anyway, the event is a lot of work and is quite tiring. My mood may or may not have been altered because of it.

Looking forward to: Charlie’s first day of school! Maybe anxious is a better way to explain what I’m feeling. I just hope she loves it.

12 Weeks Pregnant

11/6/15

  

How far along: 12 Weeks!!

Total weight gain: 1lb (2 lbs total)… damn you, Halloween! Although… 0 lbs according to the doctor’s office. So… somewhere between 1-2 total.

Maternity clothes: If you’re not leggings, don’t even think about it! Fine, I do wear two pairs of maternity jeans… but only on special occasions.

Stretch marks: Lotioning to avoid such evil warrior markings.

Sleep: I’ve actually been sleeping better, but I think that’s only due to the fact that I’ve been going to bed way later this week. I’m so chronically tired. The other day, I fell asleep in the 8 minutes it takes to put C down for a nap. I woke up to her little peepers staring at me from over her bottle and her tiny finger stuck up my nose. Sheesh. NEED. MORE. SLEEP.

Best moment of this week: My cuz was here this past weekend and it was total heaven! We had such a blast and it was so amazing to see her falling in love with our girl (and vice versa). Family really is the best.

Miss anything: Hmmm… energy? I miss energy. And sandwiches. We rarely eat deli meat because of the nitrates and preservatives, but man am I craving a delicious turkey sammy… or ham and cheese. Mmm.

Movement: None!

Food cravings: I feel like I’m starting to get back to a good place. I’ve been craving salads. (Thank goodness.) The poor eating was becoming a bit much.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been much better lately. Not too much to complain about.

Have you started to show yet: I have an impossible to hide belly bump.

Gender: Today while I was sitting in C’s nursery, which will be the new baby’s nursery, I was thinking, “I’d be pretty happy if it were a boy!” I’m so indifferent. I really have no clue. I guess my instinct is saying girl… but I can’t tell what it’s based on.

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in, but definitely widening.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I’ve been good this week! Happy to have so much time to play with my cousin and love on my babes (hubs and little one). It’s been a good week.

Looking forward to: My appointment on Monday. I feel like this is such a huge milestone. I’m desperate to hear that heartbeat and feel more secure that things are going to be okay. I still feel so apprehensive about telling people, but it’s become pretty hard not to with this growing bump.

A Pregnant Momma’s Dream Come True

10/29/15

About three weeks ago, I literally had the best day ever and my husband proved to me (for the millionth time) just how lucky I am. On Tuesday night, hubby informed me that I would not be going to work the following day and that he had a special pregnant lady surprise for me!

He had scheduled an appointment for me with my accupuncturist that I saw when I was pregnant with Charlotte in the morning. YES! I love her and it was amazing. I spent a good 2-2.5 hours with her and loved every second of it.

After my appointment, I went into the city and had lunch at one of my favorite spots. I realized that it was my first time having a casual and luxurious dining experience out by myself. I’ve grabbed a quick bite on a work break or something, but have never actually gone to a restaurant alone to just relax and enjoy. And man did I enjoy it.

It was a perfectly sunny day. I spent over an hour slowly eating my DELICIOUS food and reading my book. It was perfection. I was on Cloud 9.

After lunch, I walked around the city. Went into an antique shop, went to Urban Outfitters and bought a new sweater, went to my favorite coffee shop for a chai (and a giant oatmeal raisin cookie). I was the happiest girl on the block.

Then it was time for me to head back towards home for the MASSAGE that my husband had scheduled for me. I was so excited. SO, imagine how hard my bubble burst when they informed me that for some unknown f-ing reason, they had cancelled my appointment. The same appointment that they called the night before to confirm. And, of course, had no additional openings. <<TEARS>>

Okay, not real tears, but I got crabby. And then I felt guilty for feeling crabby. I had had such a wonderful day, I couldn’t let them ruin it. I went next door to do a little shopping at Marshalls only to discover that I was no longer in the mood. I needed to get back to my quiet, happy place. So I got in my car and headed over to a park by my house where I laid on the grass for a couple hours and read my book. I totally got back to that relaxed, unphased spot.

After my quiet time, I returned home for a Thai food takeout night! Mmmmm

All in all, the best day and best surprise ever!