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. 🙂

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! 😉

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!

 

04/13/2017

Pregnancy #2 Posts: Weeks 8-12

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

Pregnancy #2 Weeks 8-12

During the first weeks of pregnancy I felt a combination of sluggish and nauseous. The food aversions set in and so many of my healthy habits flew out the window. I also found myself very tired and would nap during Jack’s nap times when normally I would work, or write, or do household chores. It turns out though that as tough as the first weeks were, the second half of the first trimester was the real challenge!

How have I been feeling? The sluggish, exhausted feelings carried over into weeks 8-12. The nausea did as well, but on a whole new level. I felt sick pretty much 24/7 and was vomiting multiple times a week. The weird thing is that I could never really pinpoint a time, and sometimes I would be most sick in the morning and other times in the evening. I remember one time I laid down for bed around 9:30 and had to jump up real fast before I got sick. It was hard to guess when the nausea would hit the most, but one thing was for certain, the more full my belly was the less nausea I would feel. I was constantly eating something all day long to help keep the sick feeling at bay. The hardest part of eating all day though was that literally nothing sounded good, and my appetite would change by the second. There were actually times when I would think something sounded good so I would start making it, and by the time it was done cooking I couldn’t even eat it! I also found that anything I ate while nauseated then did not sound good the second time around, so my usually leftover-loving self was not able to eat things more than once.

Fitness was pretty much non-existent during these weeks. Not only was I feeling sick from pregnancy, but I was also taking care of a sick baby, and then I got sick myself! All of this along with the winter weather had me wanting to stay inside and hibernate. I also take Jack to our gym’s daycare while I work out, and I didn’t want him around other kids when he was sick, and then I didn’t want him around kids while his immune system was down. It was a tough cycle! I kept reminding myself though that ‘this too shall pass’ and I tried not to get too worked up or emotional about not exercising. The best thing at this point was to just listen to my body and give it the rest it needed. I remember having a pretty hard time coming to terms with not exercising during the start of my first pregnancy. I missed those feel-good endorphins and I was (to be honest) afraid I would gain a lot of weight and lose my endurance. If I learned anything while pregnant with Jack though it’s that your body is amazing! My weight gain wasn’t crazy, my endurance didn’t become non-existent, and healthier foods eventually did make a comeback in my diet. It was easier to give myself a little grace the second time around knowing that my body knew exactly what to do!

Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Bloating (Still showing WAY more now than I did with Jack at this point!)
  • Feeling ‘Blue’ (I would say that winter, being sick, and not exercising all contributed to this feeling!)
  • Hungry / Not Hungry

Food Cravings

  • Mexican food, Chipotle, Guacamole and Chips
  • Vegetable Soup from Frisch’s (Don’t knock it ’til you try it! One week Tim had to go get this for me twice!)
  • Greek salad with chicken, no feta, and extra dressing from Panera
  • Tortilla Soup (I ordered it from both Max & Erma’s and McAllister’s Deli and loved it! Usually I like more of a brothy tortilla soup, but this time all I wanted was the cheesy/creamy kind!)
  • Skyline Chili 3-Ways (I had this twice – one time homemade and one time at the restaurant – and haven’t been able to eat it again since I felt nauseus at the time. Boo!)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup (Basically soup of any kind was a hit!)
  • Popsicles / Sherbet / Any Fruit Flavored Dessert <– Especially lemon!
  • Cantaloupe and Strawberries
  • ‘Real’ Food (I wasn’t really into anything snacky!)

Food Aversions

  • Coffee / Lattes
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Chocolate
  • Depends on the moment!

Thoughts

I thought the first half of the first trimester was hard, but the second half really knocked me off my feet. It’s so hard to understand things like fatigue and food aversions during pregnancy… Until you’re smack-dab in the midst of it. The second time around I do feel more secure in the direction my body is going. I feel less panicked / stressed / worried than I did with Jack, and I trust that my body knows how to take care of itself while still growing a healthy baby. During these weeks, we also got to hear Baby #2’s heartbeat for the first time and it was so strong and perfect. I remember feeling so unbelievably thankful in that moment to be in this position again, to hear a baby’s heartbeat and to know that he or she will be with me every second during these months ahead. For those first-time moms out there, I hope you know that it does get better and easier! Trust your body and The Lord and the direction of your life. So much of pregnancy is completely out of our control, so letting go of that rigid control for a bit is not only good for your health and your baby’s, but it’s also good for your mind and soul.

Read More Posts from Pregnancy #1:

My. Favorite. Post. Ever.

My Pregnancy 101

WIAW: First Pregnant Eats Post!

Fears with Getting and Staying Pregnant

The Rocky Road to Pregnancy

Simply Surviving

Pregnancy Posts: Week 8

Pregnancy Posts: Week 9

Pregnancy Posts: Week 10 & 11

Pregnancy Posts: Week 12