04/28/2017

FriYAY Week 12

Hello, hello! It’s been a couple weeks since I shared a FriYAY post, so I thought I would jump back in today with a few favorites from the week.

Thank You!

Baby #2 is a Girl!

I want to start by saying a big thank you to everyone for the congratulations on expecting a baby girl! We are still in a bit of disbelief that Jack is going to have a little sister. I am so looking forward to experiencing the joys of being a mom to both a little boy and a little girl, and can’t wait to add a little pink into the mix. One thing is for certain though: We need to pick a name! We had our boy name picked, loved, and tied with a perfect bow. Our girl name though? It’s still up in the air. I would LOVE any suggestions you may have for girl names! Feel free to leave in the comments below. 🙂

The Staples Every 30-Year-Old Needs in Her Wardrobe

The Staples Every 30-Year-Old Needs in Her Wardrobe

I ran across this article from Lauren Conrad’s website and knew immediately it was one that I needed to Pin. As I inch closer to that 30’s milestone, I recognize that my closet may need a refresh as well. Just like when I was pregnant with Jack, I am looking forward to adding a few new pieces to my wardrobe after baby girl is born and my body has recovered. Over the years I’ve definitely become much more considerate of my clothing purchases and try not to make many impulse purchases anymore. This has been huge for both my budget and for putting outfits together. A few of my takeaways from the article include adding a pair of tailored black pants, a really good bra (<– Especially after having a baby, it’s important to be refitted!), and a blazer to my post-baby wardrobe.

Favorite Homemade Cleaning Recipes

Favorite Homemade Cleaning Recipes

As someone who is all about sticking to cleaner and safer beauty, I am also upping my standards for cleaning supplies too. I ordered a few Norwex pieces last year (including the window cloth, everyday cloth, and bathroom scrubber) and really loved how they worked using only water. I hope to add the Norwex mopping system to my supplies after we move into our new house. I want to start cleaning our hardwoods in the purest way that I can! I ran across this article though from one of my favorite bloggers, iHeart Organizing, about her favorite homemade cleaning recipes. I appreciate that she uses whole, cleaner ingredients, shares her favorite cleaning tools, and includes recipes for everyday messes like Shower Soap Scum Spray and Air and Fabric Refresher. Definitely another great article to Pin!

Motherhood During the Toddler Years

Motherhood During the Toddler Years

I shared this post on Instagram yesterday, but wanted to share it here as well since it seemed to resonate with a lot of other mothers. Some days I forget just how little he truly is. When he’s running at the park, throwing baseballs and kicking soccer balls, and soaking in his surroundings like a sponge, it feels like babyhood is already a million miles away. And some days, I expect too much out of my toddler because I see his need for independence and growth, and his intelligence shines through. Then there are moments like this one during yesterday’s nap that puts back into perspective that my boy is still so little. He needs his mama for hugs, and kisses, and cuddles, and to hold his hand and show him the way. And frankly I need his hugs, and kisses, and cuddles too. I pray my boy grows and learns every day, while never losing his loving heart and perfect joy. ❤

Baby Girl Nursery

Restoration Hardware: BELLINA LOW-PROFILE ARCHED PANEL CONVERSION CRIB

Restoration Hardware: BELLINA LOW-PROFILE ARCHED PANEL CONVERSION CRIB

Although I won’t be worrying too much about baby girl’s nursery until we get closer to moving into the new house (probably not until the end of the year), I’ve already started looking at furniture and color palettes. I know that I would rather invest in really good furniture that will literally last her most of childhood. I actually had no idea that there are cribs that convert to a full size bed as well! Jack’s furniture is very nice and from Pottery Barn, but his bed will for sure need replaced when he transitions out of the toddler bed, and with that I may replace the dresser to match as well. I ran across this crib at Restoration Hardware Baby and fell in love! It’s a little pricey, but it can be a crib, toddler bed, and full-size bed all in one. I feel like if I invest in a really good piece that will last, then it will be worth the extra cost. I haven’t made any decisions yet, but I definitely have my heart set on finding pieces that will grow with her.

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! 🙂

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. 🙂

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