04/24/2017

Baby #2 is a …

Baby #2 is a Girl!

GIRL!

We are so excited to announce that Jack is going to have a little sister! I went back-and-forth the entire pregnancy so far wondering if it was a boy or girl. With Jack, I had a feeling from the beginning that he was a boy, but with this pregnancy it was much more of a guessing game. There were times when the pregnancies felt entirely different, and other times when they felt exactly the same. I guess it just goes to show that you never know until you know! ūüôā

Baby #2 is a Girl!

04/21/2017

Pregnancy #2 Posts: Weeks 13-18

To read about weeks 4-7 of Pregnancy #2, click here.

To read about weeks 8-12 of Pregnancy #2, click here.

By this point in pregnancy the nausea and fatigue were¬†finally starting to slow down. I can’t tell you how happy I was to begin feeling a bit like my normal self again. It really is so funny how quickly you forget the hard things about pregnancy once you look into your baby’s eyes! I am certain that if we all focused on those early weeks, many of us would stick with being a mom of one. ūüôā

Pregnancy #2 Posts: Weeks 13-18

How have I been feeling? Although I still felt tired, I no longer required my daily nap.¬†I began eating healthier and was even able to introduce vegetables and fruits back into my life, the number one food group I had been avoiding now for weeks. During this time is when we were busy prepping, planning and packing for our big move, so honestly these days flew by. The second trimester is declared the sweet spot for a reason. So many women finally exit the nausea stage, and they aren’t yet big enough to feel too uncomfortable. It’s typically a win-win!

At my 17 weeks checkup we heard the baby’s heartbeat again, and I was up seven pounds. This surprised me because at this point in my first pregnancy I had also gained seven pounds, but I definitely didn’t show as much as I did now.

Pregnancy: Weeks 17, 18 & 19

Week 17 with Jack! Huge difference!

However, as much as I knew that my bump was swelling and fluids, it still didn’t feel so great when people would tell me how huge I was for how far along I was.¬†Does anyone else thinks it’s a little strange / slightly upsetting how honest people are with pregnant women? A little tip – If you wouldn’t tell a woman she is huge when not pregnant, it’s probably not the kindest thing to say when she’s expecting either! ūüėČ

Fitness was still lacking during these weeks. I could blame it on the cold weather, but honestly I just still didn’t feel like I had the energy for workouts. I did get a couple walks in during the week though, and I also tried to go to the gym 1-2 times a week for some weights or treadmill work. Nothing too crazy though! I didn’t want to exhaust myself and I knew if I worked out too hard I would be done for the rest of the day. When I did convince myself to get moving though, it felt so good to sweat and get my heart pumping again. Endorphins = good for the body and soul!

Symptoms

  • Fatigue (Less than the first trimester, but still present)
  • Nausea¬†(Less than the first trimester, but still present)
  • Bloating (Continuing to to show and grow¬†more now than I did with Jack at this point!)
  • Hungry all the time. Constantly needed to be snacking on something! This really helped my nausea and energy levels.

Food Cravings

  • Mexican food, Chipotle, Guacamole and Chips
  • Soup of all kinds – Broccoli Cheddar, White Bean and Ham, Cheesy Potato Soup
  • Cherry tomatoes with lots of sea salt and black pepper
  • Trader Joe’s Pink Lemonade with lots of ice
  • Potato Chips still have my heart
  • Deli Sandwiches
  • Big Salads with ranch dressing
  • Pasta with marinara

Food Aversions

  • Depends on the moment, but my aversions were getting less-and-less at this point.
  • Coffee, chocolate and peanut butter were still not my favorites, but they began making an appearance in my diet again. ¬†I was finally able to have a few lattes so that made me very happy!

Thoughts

I am writing this post 18 weeks in, and I’m already forgetting those early weeks of pregnancy! Although I still have more than 20 weeks to go, it feels as if this pregnancy is flying by. I am not sure if it’s because I’ve been busy with Jack, or if it’s also because everything this time doesn’t feel quite so new and scary. Maybe a combination of both? It’s nice to feel a little more settled and to know so much of what’s to come next. When I was in the thick of my worst days with nausea and fatigue, I tried to remind myself that those weeks are limited and that relief will come. I have also been feeling really sentimental about adding another little one to our family. I pray every night that Jack and the baby will love each other, look out for one another, and be buddies for life. Having a close-knit family is the most important thing in the world to me, and I pray for a smooth transition for Jack as he becomes a big brother. The good news with Jack also being little when the baby comes is that he won’t really comprehend or anticipate the change. He will literally never remember a time in life without his baby brother or sister.

Read More Posts from Pregnancy #1:

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 13 & 14

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 15 & 16

Pregnancy Posts: Weeks 17, 18 & 19

04/19/2017

A Pretty Peach Mocktail for Spring

I’m not a big drinker, but when the timing is right or when the¬†weather is sunny and warm,¬†I love¬†a cold cocktail at happy hour with friends or on a date night¬†with my husband. My¬†favorite orders include a glass of wine, a mojito, a margarita, or¬†my go-to drink of¬†tequila, soda water and a splash of orange juice with a lime wedge. <– Always my wedding drink of choice and when I don’t want a lot of sugar in my drink!

A Pretty Peach Mocktail for Two

Since I’m expecting, I still want to be able to enjoy a pretty drink on the patio – sans alcohol of course. We whipped up this springy mocktail for Easter and it’s been on repeat all week. The peach juice is pretty sweet so a little goes a long way, and the lime juice really cuts through all the sugar. It’s a great drink for everyone! And, if you want to spice it up a bit, include a little tequila or vodka into it for a mocktail turned cocktail.

Pretty Peach Mocktail for Spring

A Pretty Peach Mocktail for Two

Ingredients (For Two)

1 cup crushed ice

4 oz. Peach Juice

12 oz. Soda Water

2 lime wedges

Directions

Add crushed ice to a pretty glass and then pour in 2 oz. Peach Juice, 6 oz. Soda Water, followed by a squeeze of lime. Toss the rest of the lime wedge into the glass and serve immediately. For a second mocktail, repeat the previous steps. Enjoy!