03/28/2017

Pregnancy 101: Baby #2!

Thank you to everyone for all of the well wishes on my pregnancy!

Pregnancy 101: Baby #2

We are so excited to add another addition to our growing family, and will actually find out in just a few weeks if it’s a boy or girl. I am a little more than 18 weeks along, so this pregnancy is moving along! I’ve found with baby #2 I’ve had less time to think about expecting, documenting the weeks, and posing for bump pictures, but I have pre-written a few posts on my experience so far. I will be sharing those in the next couple weeks!

Pregnancy 101: Baby #2

I did this fun little survey with Jack when I first announced that I was pregnant with him, so I thought I would complete it again this time around. Here is a little Pregnancy 101 on our second baby:

About Me

Name? Jana

Age? 28

Height? 5’3”

Hair color? dirty blonde

Eye color? green

About the Father

Name? Tim

Age? 30

Height? 6′

Hair color? blonde

Eye color? blue

About My Pregnancy

Is this your first pregnancy? No! –> Read Jack’s Birth Story Part One and Part Two

When did you find out you were pregnant? Friday, December 23

Was it planned? It was planned, but it also happened faster than expected.Especially when compared to how long it took to be pregnant the first time! We were wanting that 2 to 2 1/2 year difference and the two should be roughly two years minus two week apart. 🙂

What was your first reaction? I was shocked, but I also felt really at ease. I think knowing what to expect and what steps come next makes the second pregnancy a little bit calmer. I knew that I wouldn’t be visiting my doctor until the 7-8 week mark, and I also knew it was important to try and not Google every symptom!

Who was with you when you found out? Jack was with me! We picked up the pregnancy test at Kroger the day before Christmas Eve (it was crazy crowded I might add!) so he was really the first to know! 😉

Who was the first person you told? If one year olds count, then Jack! Ha! Followed by Tim that night. I wanted to wait until Christmas to tell Tim, but I knew I couldn’t last that long.

How did your parents react? I told my parents and my brother at the end of Christmas Eve dinner. They were all confused when I first told them, followed immediately by joy! I premised this announcement with it being an ‘early Christmas gift’ and I think it caught them off guard!

How far along are you? Just over 18 weeks!

What was your first symptom? Same as with Jack – an overwhelming feeling of fatigue and exhaustion.

When is your due date? August 30, 2017

Do you know the sex of the baby? Not yet, but I have my appointment scheduled for just a few weeks from now.

Have you picked out names? We pretty much have our boy name picked out, but as far as girl names we are still deciding. We figure we will put more thought into it once we know if it’s a boy or girl.

How much weight have you gained? At my 17 week appointment I had gained the exact same at that point as I had with Jack, about 7 pounds. However, I am definitely showing much earlier this time and my bump is undeniably bigger at this point than it was with Jack. I am thinking I must be carrying more fluid since obviously the baby is not that big. I am not concerned about it though. I know if I eat healthy with a few treats thrown in for good measure, and try to exercise then it will all even out in the end.

Do you have stretch marks? No! I didn’t really get them with Jack so I’m hoping it stays that way with this babe too.

Have you felt the baby move? I think I have, but I’m not 100% sure if it’s a true baby flutter or just my imagination. I had an anterior placenta with Jack (meaning it’s facing the front of my stomach as opposed to the back) so I didn’t feel him kick or move at all until I was closer to 30 weeks!

Have you heard the heartbeat? Yes! We heard the heartbeat during our ultrasound at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 17 weeks. Most beautiful sound there is!

About the Baby

Home or hospital birth? Hospital

Natural or medicated birth? I’ll be having a scheduled c-section this time, so definitely medicated!

Who will be in the delivery room with you? Just Tim!

Will you breastfeed? I truly hope so! I am also praying with all my heart that breastfeeding is nowhere near as ‘eventful’ as last time! I have already began sharing these concerns with my OB and he is going to do some research and find out if there is a specialist who has dealt with my kind of situation. I can honestly say that I am more nervous / anxious about breastfeeding than I am about giving birth and recovering from a c-section!

Do you think you’ll need a c-section? Yes. I decided to move forward with a scheduled c-section for baby #2. I was given the option to also deliver vaginally, but my first delivery was a little traumatic so I would rather it just be scheduled.

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? Yes! Tears of joy!

What’s the first thing you might say to him or her? That I’m so happy that he/she is finally here and that we love he/she so much! I am also so excited to introduce Jack to the baby!

Would you let someone videotape the birth? I definitely don’t want a c-section videotaped, but I had a lot of wonderful pictures taken of my little family right after the delivery while we were still in the OR. I would love to have more of those this time too!

Are you excited or scared about the birth? I am both excited and nervous. It helps knowing what to expect this time, but I also realize that not everything with labor and delivery goes as planned. I will definitely just continue to pray and ask God to take control of mine and baby’s health and safety!

03/24/2017

Surprise!

This sweet boy has some special news he wanted to share…

Big Brother Jack - Baby Announcement

Jack is going to be a Big Brother! Baby A #2 is due in August!

Big Brother Jack - Baby Announcement

03/17/2017

FriYAY Week 10

Well friends, this past month has been such a busy time for my family. As you all now know, we closed on our first home yesterday, so the weeks lately have been filled with planning, moving and preparing for a big change. Now that we’ve signed the papers and handed over the keys, it feels good to start getting settled in as we plan our build. I hope to share a lot about the process of building here on the blog, and I’m looking forward to bringing you along for the journey!

Later today we leave for our spring trip to Florida and I can hardly wait for a little sunshine and warmth! Winter has refused to go quietly, and I’m more than ready to trade in my wool coat for a summer dress. At least for a few days!

After next week, I’m looking forward to getting back into more of a routine with everything from Jack’s activities to writing for the blog, to sharing and working on my Beautycounter business to working out and eating healthy. I’ve been living in limbo for awhile and I’m ready to have more of a plan again! Who knows, I may even find a little time for some reading and completing Jack’s baby book and photo albums I’ve been meaning to do.

Sea Salt Spray Giveaway!

Sea Salt Spray

In honor of our trip to Florida, I thought it would be fun to do a little beach/pool-themed giveaway! Starting today through Wednesday March 22, anyone who make a Beautycounter purchase and / or likes my Beautycounter Facebook page will be entered to win a bottle of Beautycounter’s Sea Salt Spray! You can earn two entries by making a purchase and liking my page. I’m getting close to 100 likes on Facebook, and am hoping to hit that mark so soon! –> PS: If you don’t already follow this blog’s Facebook page, you can do so here.

Beautycounter Style Sea Salt Spray

I love the Sea Salt Spray for creating beachy, tousled waves and for creating volume on hair dried and straightened using a round brush. A little goes a long way as the product is condensed, so a bottle of this spray could easily last you all spring and into summer. If you want to learn more about my experience with it and how I create beachy waves at home, visit this post.

Foam Rolling 101

Foam Rolling

I’ve read countless articles about how good foam rolling is for your body, especially after an intense workout. However, when I’m in the gym I feel anxiety over that little piece of exercise equipment because I don’t know how to use it properly. I thought this article from LaurenConrad.com titled Shape Up: The Fit Girl’s Guide to Foam Rolling 101 was a great read filled with tips for foam rolling newbies like me. It explains how to stretch everything from your IT Bands to your Glutes and Hip Flexors. Definitely a post I pinned to my fitness board for later!

25 Verses to Pray Over Your Marriage

25 Verses to Pray Over Your Marriage

Marquis, the blogger behind Simply Clarke, is constantly sharing encouraging and save-worthy posts regarding bible verses and prayers for all areas of life. I ran across this post titled 25 Verses to Pray Over Your Marriage and knew it was one I would want to reference back to. I am constantly praying for my husband and family, but I don’t often correlate prayers with verses the way I should. A couple of the verses that really stood out to me were Proverbs 22:29, Psalm 46:1 and Ephesians 4:1-2.

Touch of Gray Designs Etsy Shop

Jack's First Trip to Disney - Mickey Mouse

I had a lot of questions about where I ordered Jack’s mickey onesie from so I thought I would share about the Etsy shop I chose. I started doing research a couple months ago for a personalize shirt, but I didn’t want to spend a whole bunch. With that being said, I also was looking for decent quality. I ran across a Touch of Gray Designs shop on Etsy and was happy with the price, and that the design and name were embroidered and not screen printed. Andrea was very easy to work with, and she got the shirt to me in less than two weeks. I am pairing the onesie with these shorts from Gap for Jack to wear to Magic Kingdom.

Unfancy Closet Tour

Unfancy Closet Tour

I’ve shared about the blog Unfancy a lot here on the blog. Caroline does such an amazing job of pairing classic pieces in new ways, and her style is right up my alley. Earlier this week she shared a peek into her closet, and my mouth literally fell open. Talk about a dream closet! You know when you go into a store like Madewell and wish that all of those items could be found in your own closet? That is exactly how I felt when I took a tour of Caroline’s closet. Love, love, love her style!