bump #2 - 33 weeks!

This picture was taken after my last run.  I had to throw in the towel.  My legs just didn't feel right and it wasn't worth hurting myself.  I am grateful that I made it to 33 weeks!  This past week Emerson and I went shopping, picked strawberries twice actually, and went to our first play date and my friend's house.  I love being home with her!!

Total weight gain:  +22.  No increase this week, but we are leaving for the beach so I am sure I will make up for it.
Maternity clothes:  Duh
Sleep:  I am sleeping great!  I FINALLY got Emerson on a later schedule and she has been sleeping in past 6, sometimes 6:30 and I am so so so grateful!!
Miss anything?  Energy.  I am feeling really pregnant and find myself taking more breaks and naps during the day.
Movement:  All the time and especially at night.  I love it  - soaking up this feeling because it is what I will miss once he is here.
Food cravings:  Nothing really stands out.  I am getting full fast now.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Still avoiding the usual suspects....red sauce anything, peppers, and onions.
Symptoms:  Leg cramps, insomnia, and anemic.
Happy or moody?  Happy!  Love being home with my girl and in full throttle nest mode.  Plus we head to the beach next week!
Looking forward to:  Vacation!!!!
Exercise:  One last run, long walk with E, Tracy Anderson DVD once, and T25 four times that were extra modified. 

bump #2 - 31 & 32 weeks!

I am combining the updates for 31 and 32 weeks.  I am actually 34 weeks now and had this already typed up.  I don't have a computer anymore so I wasn't able to do an update last week.  I do have Matt's old iPad only because on my last day of work I ran an errand before picking Emerson up from school and left my phone on the roof of my car and it smashed into pieces that we couldn't recover.  (I went back to look for it and then Matt wanted to see for himself).  We luckily had insurance and Matt basically sold the guy in Verizon into giving me an early upgrade and money off a new iPad.  We came out on top somehow but it was a very tramatic day.  Nothing like peacing out from your career and then thinking you have to shell out $600 bucks for a new phone.  Fail.  

I am now a SAHM and love it.  I have to say it was werid to quit and basically give up my professional side and security.  Plus I worked with a bestie so I know it is going to be strange not talking to her 678 times a day.  It hasn't been all roses over here either.  It has been an adjustment just trying to figure how much I can do with Emerson being on my own and so pregnant.  I have overdone it a few times and do get frustrated being so pregnant.  It is just been weird to go from sitting a desk to chasing a tot around and feeling exhausted when old Jessica would have been fine.  Or having her literally lose her mind when we have to leave the park or playground and having to carry a kicking a screaming kid out when I feel so big.  Spending so much time with her has been great though, she is truly a sweet and loving little girl and when she comes and gives me kisses or hugs for no reason it really just melts me.  She finally said "love you" on her own and I about died.  Normally we have to say it first.  I am SOOO lucky to have these weeks with her.  I cannot thank my husband enough. 

31 weeks
32 weeks

Total wight gain: +22
Maternity clothes:  Yes and I am so over them.  I might need to buy some large workout tanks now that I am staying home and like to wear workout clothes as my everyday clothes.  I am not a fan of maternity workout pants so I am just wearing some of my shorts or pants that have some give to them. 
Sleep:  Emerson refuses to sleep past 5:45 so we are all up early.... sucks.  I am sleeping hard and I don't even think I move until Emmy wakes. 
Miss anything?  Morning workouts.  I love to get my fitness in before everyone wakes up, but now that I am staying home (awesome!) and Emerson gets up so early, it has been hard to adjust.  I am also getting to the point where I might need to give running up.  I feel great other then my calves and knees are starting to feel different so I know the end is near.  I am still able to do home videos which I actually enjoy so that is what I will be doing until his arrival!  And of course, walks with my tot!
Movement:  Bigger movements which are sometimes almost painful, but I am loving it because this is what I will miss the most once he is here.
Food Cravings:  Nope.  
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I still avoid tomato things....sometimes I eat ketchup which is pushing it, onions, and peppers.  Chocolate sometimes give me reflux too.  
Symptoms:  I honestly feel great minus being sleepy.  If this were my first pregnancy I would be coasting.  I am anemic but I think that is normal.
Happy or moody:  So happy....staying home with E has been a pleasure.  Sure she throws her tantrums and I am figuring things out, but I love it.  
Looking forward to:  Family beach trip.  We are going Charleston for my SIL's graduation, so we decided to add on a few nights for our little family.  Even though I am not supposed to travel at this point, I have my doctor's permission since I am feeling great.
Exercise:  31 weeks - 4 runs and half were 2.3 and the other were only 2 miles.  32 weeks - 3 runs that were 2 miles, 2 T25 workouts, and 2 decent walks with Emerson.


bump #2 - 30 weeks!

This past weekend was glorious.  Matt and I had an Emerson free statycation and loved it.  We ate out for every meal, slept in, and even got things done around the house.  We mainly ran errands to look at furniture and I need a laptop now that I will be staying home - just errands that are hard for both of us to present in because one of us is entertaining her or chasing her around now.  It was awesome to just go in a store together without her as bad as that sounds.  We both missed her though!!

Total weight gain: +20.  I feel pretty great about this number and would love to keep this total under 30 but last pregnancy I put on a lot towards the end so we will see.
Maternity clothes:  Duh
Sleep:  I have been sleeping great this week minus on or two nights.  Can’t complain though. 
Miss Anything?  We went on a date for the first time since this past fall (we need to be better about this) and I really wanted a mojito.  I had a virgin, but it just isn’t the same. 
Movement:  He moves so much!  I feel him mostly in the evenings when I am on the sofa.
Food cravings:  Cereal with really cold milk.  I think because I have been having reflux, this is what I tend to eat for dinner when I don’t feel as great.  I am still on a fried chicken craving which I ate several times this past weekend.  This fried chicken sandwich from Napa on Providence is the bomb.  I made Matt try it too!

Anything making you queasy or sick?  My reflux has been soooo bad.  We had pizza one night and I had one piece and it seriously ruined my night.  Never again.  I know better and of course blamed Matt.  I also had Panera soup and that really messed my tummy up.  I guess from all the sodium?  I will be avoiding that as well.
Gender:  Little dude!  So curious if he will look like Matt or me.  Matt went on a shopping spree and bought him all sorts of athletic hats which is really cute.
Symptoms:  Anemia, leg cramps, insomnia, and reflux.  I never thought the anemic thing was that important but the OB showed me my levels and explained why Iron is so important and that it will be easier for recovery if I get my levels up.  Say no more…anything to make postpartum easier I am ALL for.
Happy or Moody:  Happy!!!!  It feels SO good to quit my job.  I know staying home is going to be work especially being as pregnant as I am and ESPECIALLY when I have two, but it makes no comparison to working full time when you don’t like what you do.  It was sad when I turned in Emerson’s notice for daycare because her teacher sobbed and told me how much she loves Emerson and asked if she could babysit which I am all for.  I love her teacher so this was the hardest part of quitting.
Looking forward to:  My last day is the 27th which cannot come soon enough!  I have another OB appointment that morning so I am excited to see that everything is on track.  
Exercise:  I ran 4 times at 2.3 miles each and did a Tracy Anderson DVD.  I like to run in the mornings and Matt wants to go in the office even earlier than he already does once I stay home so I might be throwing in the towel on running once that happens.  I can still take her on daily walks but I don’t see my pregnant self being home from my runs by 6am.  Maybe I will surprise myself!


bump #2 - 29 weeks!

This past weekend we attended my brother-in-law's wedding.  It was so great to see all of my husband's family and everything came together beautifully.  The weather could not be more perfect.  The weekend flew by and of course I didn't take many pictures (shocker).  As awesome as the wedding was, my favorite part of the entire weekend was taking Emerson to a park near my parents house for her to ride a train.  She LOVED it and freaked out every time the train came by.  It was such a cool experience to have with her.  That park also has a nice playground and she was fearless on it.  Matt is SUCH a great Daddy with her and I love watching them together.

My SIL - Ansley


me and my girl!
I didn't get a true bump picture, but this is pretty close!

Total weight gain: +19
Maternity clothes:  Yessssss and I am so ready to wear my old clothes again. 
Sleep:  I have insomnia almost daily now. 
Miss Anything?  My energy.  I can really tell a difference this past week.
Movement:  I feel him all the time.  It is amazing.  I know I am going to miss this when he is here.
Food cravings:  Fried chicken and I drove to the other side of Charlotte to get some for lunch the other day.  Ridiculous.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Reflux which wakes me up sometimes.  Terrible.
Gender:  Boy!  I think we have decided on a name too.  Matt isn’t 100% but I heard him telling people this past weekend. 
Symptoms:  Anemic, leg cramps, insomnia, reflux, and my belly button has been an out for most of this pregnancy but for some reason it is really grossing me out lately.
Happy or Moody:  Happy!!  I just put in my two weeks notice at work and I am SO excited to have a few weeks with just Emerson before little man arrives!!
Looking forward to:  I have an OB appointment Thursday so I always look forward to those.  Plus depending on the weather we are either going to Beaufort or having an Emerson free staycation this weekend.  As much as I love her, I can’t wait for some one on one time with Matt.  Not to mention going out to eat and not inhaling my food.
Exercise:  Ran 4 x 2.3 miles and did a T25 arm workout that was extremely modified.  Glad I shortened my runs a bit.  People ask me all the time about running while pregnant and the thing is the belly doesn't bother me (so far) it is my calves and legs running with the extra weight that cause me to want to walk.  Every week I run I am thankful because I know it won’t last much longer.


bump #2 - 27 & 28 weeks!

Once again behind posting these!  Better late than never!  

Total weight gain: +16.5
Maternity clothes:  Yes and some are already feeling tight.  I am not ready for that. 
Sleep:  Hit or miss.  He moves A LOT during the night and he has woken me up a few nights.  I am grateful for all the movement though.  Nothing reassures you more that everything is ok.  I really would like a nap which just isn't possible when you work.  Bleh.  
Miss Anything?  I really want a cold turkey sandwich from Jersey Mikes.  I can’t wait to eat this when I am in the hospital. 
Movement:  Oh yea!  I can tell that he is head down because his feet are kicking my ribs on the rights side.
Food cravings:  Food hasn’t been my thing this past week.  I did eat an 8 pack of Chick Fil A nuggets at 8:30 in the morning on the way to my doctors visit….and right before my glucose test.  I was CRAVING protein so bad.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Reflux is backkkk.  It is so awful.
Gender:  Boy!  Sometimes I can’t believe it.  It is a weird concept to think about how your whole family dynamic will change and from what people say this is all in your head.  Once he comes, people say that it will feel like he was always supposed to be here.
Symptoms:  I found out I am anemic.  Pretty common.  The doctor is going to check my bloodwork again because I do not want to take Iron.  I buy prenatal vitamins without it on purpose but I make an effort to eat a lot of spinach and meat.  If they are still low though I will of course take the supplement.  Speaking of doctor, my last visit everything looked great.  His heart beat was 156 and he measured right on track.  She also is all for a VBAC but said that it is really up to my body.  She suggested that I might want to have a back-up c-section scheduled after I hit 40 weeks.  She said it all just depends on how my body progresses because the last thing you want to do is labor and then have a c-section….which sounds awful.  She also said that having a baby, regardless of how, is still going to have a recovery period so I shouldn’t plan on picking up Emerson for a few weeks at least, more with a c-section.  She told me a story of how she had to hide in the closet from her oldest to feed her newborn and suggested that I start preparing Emerson for the baby by not carrying her as much which I am bad about. 
Happy or Moody:  Honestly this past week has just been sad.  I mentioned in my last post that my good friend received some terrible news and it has been hard not to think about her.  You could also say I am moody because I am so cranky at night.  I am exhausted and want to be sleeping by 8 if possible.
Looking forward to:  Emerson’s Easter Egg Hunt at school.  I grin just thinking about it.  Those kids are crazy on the playground which is where they are having it.  I
Exercise:  Ran 4 x 2.75 miles and felt great!

Total weight gain: +18.  
Maternity clothes:  Yep! 
Sleep:  As good as possible considering Emerson was sick most of last week which caused us all to wake up several times throughout the night.  Matt is pretty good about splitting this with me.  Some nights we actually wake the other one up to tell them it is their turn.  She had a respiratory infection and I cannot wait to get her out of daycare.  I know she will go to preschool in the fall and be sick all over again, but trying to work from home while taking care of a sick toddler deserves some kind of medal because you don’t get a break.  Every second she is independently playing or watching TV, you are trying to check emails or work.  It is pretty much impossible.  If I actually cared or liked my job I would be working after I put her to bed like I used to, but I don’t.  I am too exhausted and too checked out.
Miss Anything?  Same as always – cold turkey sandwich from Jersey Mikes!  Recently I have been craving sushi too.
Movement:  Lots!  Matt can see it from across the room now.  He move so much and sometimes it almost knocks the wind out of me.
Food cravings:  Fried chicken.  I can’t get it out of my head.  I had the most delicious chicken sandwich at brunch with my girlfriends and I have thought about it 378 times since then.  I might have to pick it up for lunch one day or go by Price’s Chicken Coop.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Reflux, but I take Tums and know which foods to avoid so I am pretty good here.
Gender:  Boy! 
Symptoms:  Anemic and leg cramps.  I had those with Emerson too and I think I needed more water or potassium.  So I have been drinking like a fish and made banana bread and banana pudding.
Happy or Moody:  Moody.  Staying home with a sick toddler can make a person mean.
Looking forward to:  Matt’s brother gets married this weekend.  I am so excited to see his family and extended family plus I get to hang out with my family.  My parents are going to watch Emerson most of the weekend so it will be nice to catch up with them and my sister, Charlea.
Exercise:  Ran 4 x 2.75 miles and did T25 arm workout that was extremely modified.  I think it is time to cut back my distance a little.  I was wishing the run was over twice now and I am never like that.  It is amazing what the human body can do though.  Being able to “run” (more like a slow jog) while carrying 18 extra pounds it kind of mind blowing.  (Matt thinks of 18 bags of deli meat if you need a visual..haha.)


bump #2 - 26 weeks!

I am late in posting this.  I typically start my blog post the Friday before my week changes (I change on Saturdays) and then edit them on Monday with a picture...typically lame pictures, but this blog is for me to reflect one day and I can't tell you how much I have looked at my first pregnancy posts just to compare.  Well on Monday I received some terrible new about one of my best friends.  The kind of news that punches you in the gut.  You never want to see someone you care about to have to deal with something so heavy.  I am not going to go into it on here, but my mind has been elsewhere this week and posting about food cravings seemed trivial...IS trivial.  But at the end of the day I know this is something she will overcome because she is a super strong person and I know she would think it is ridiculous if I didn't post since I know she is basically my biggest blog fan.  So without further ado, here is a sweet picture I got Matt to take of me as he was late running out the door for work.

Total weight gain: +15.5.  This number has gone up and down all week, but this is where it landed today.
Maternity clothes:  Yep!  
Sleep:  I am sleeping a good amount, but still feel exhausted.  Emerson woke up a few times this week, but went right back down whereas it takes me around an hour.  I have a feeling that my iron levels are low.
Miss Anything?  Not really!  Just trying to enjoy this part of my pregnancy.  I am feeling great and not huge yet so I can still do everything I did before…except bending over to pick things off of the floor. 
Movement:  Yes!  All times of day now and they are bigger and stronger movements which is great.  I feel the most at night before bed.
Food cravings:  Half sweet and half unsweet tea, granola that I make, southwest quinoa salad with avocado, and lots of sweets.  I eat allllll day long.  I can’t lock it up.  I am going to try to stop eating right before bed because that isn’t something I do when I am not pregnant.  I just had to finish all my birthday cake.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Just when I overeat….haha.  I can tell that my reflux is on its way back.  I got a little this week and was able to just take Tums.  I think I am going to avoid tomatoes, peppers, and onions the rest of the pregnancy.  Not worth feeling sick over.
Gender:  Boy!  I keep buying him small things whenever I am out especially at places like Marshalls which is my favorite store.  I bought him a few things from the GAP on sale too.  I have a hard time remembering what all I will need in the beginning.  I just am going to be a psycho this time and have everything I need a month early right down to the paci clip.  I went through all the baby stuff this weekend and there aren't many clothes I can reuse which doesn't surprise me.  Luckily I can reuse all of the gear so I don’t have that much to buy.  Nesting is in full swing!
Symptoms:  On Monday I felt a weird tug and then almost a warm gush on my insides as I was running up a hill.  So naturally I freaked out and called the nurse and she assured me that this was “normal” and I was experiencing round ligament pains/ stretching of my muscles since I had no other symptoms like bulging, bleeding, and he was still moving up a storm.  I reluctantly took her advice and didn't run the next morning.  I think the weather was like in the 50s too which is my favorite temperature to run in.  Wednesday rolled around and I got a cramp around mile one so walked a shorter way home very frustrated.  I know all this makes me sound like a brat, but it is how I feel.  Running is my jam, it is my mental break, I always feel 10x better after I run even if I am super slow and don’t go far.  Thursday I decided to give it another shot and was completely fine!  Hooray!  Hopefully that was just a freak thing and I can keep running a little longer!
Happy or Moody:  Happy and anxious about the birth.  I read a great VBAC success story online of a lady who did it and had a challenging labor (I know having a child is hard work either way) and still preferred it over her scheduled CS that she had with the first.  She even wrote that she thought it would just be easier to have a CS while she was in labor just to get the baby out, but kept thinking how much easier her recovery would be if she continued with the VBAC.  Anyways, it makes me hopeful to at least try it! 
Looking forward to:  My next appointment is Thursday.  Can. Not. Wait.  Even the second time around, I want to go in and hear that heartbeat and hear them say everything looks great and on track.  Plus since deciding on a VBAC I am starting my rotation of doctors.  I get to see the one that actually delivered Emerson this time so I can’t wait to talk to her about baby 2! 
Exercise:  Ran 4 x 2.75 miles, run/ walk 1.6, 3 family walks that are about a total of 3 miles but anyone who has ever walked with me knows I walk slow so I am not sure those "count".  I LOVE running in the dark this time of year.  I feel like I am getting such a jump start on my day.


bump #2 - 25 weeks!

Another gross selfie before work.  We are allowed to wear jeans if you wear a company shirt so I squeeze myself into it on Mondays.  I spy Emerson's legs!!  

Total weight gain: +15 thanks to cake and ice cream!
Maternity clothes:  Yes!  I can still wear some shirts, but why bother.  Maternity tops are so roomy.
Stretch marks:  I haven’t looked for them to be honest.
Sleep:  This week has been great.  Matt is back in town and she has been sleeping which is AWESOME!  Last weekend was brutal with her 5am wake up calls so this is a nice change.  My alarm has been going off anywhere between 5:15 and 5:30 so I can exercise this week though.  The weather has been amazing and I am taking full advantage!
Miss Anything?  Down time.  It has been go go go and I am ready for a day nothing.   
Movement:  Yes!  More and more!  I love it!
Food cravings:  I craved a burger on my drive back from Greenville so I tried one from Cookout.  It was ok.  Other than that sweets and cereal.  I can’t seem to get full in the mornings and end up eating two breakfasts and a snack before lunch.  My oatmeal isn't cutting it.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I got a little sick on my birthday, but overall I feel great!
Gender:  Boy!  I still can’t believe it.  I have started to buy things for him…even diapers.  I bought him a swimsuit which Matt thinks is a little ambitious since he won’t be getting in the pool so I will return it…boo.  Boys clothes are ugly y’all.  They really are.  I HATE graphic tees and I can't find many stores that carry decent boys clothes that don’t cost an arm and a leg.  He mainly owns pajamas at this point which is what Emerson lived in at the beginning. 
Symptoms:  Still getting dizzy and still having pulls on my stomach which I think is round ligament pain.  
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  I celebrated my birthday this week!  Love that my daughter enjoys the sweets that come along with my birthday!!  We had a few friends over this weekend too.  Love my people.  We also got to see our families and my sweet little nephew, Tripp, turned 1!  Such an exciting time!
Looking forward to:  I think I finally have decided what I am going to do in Emerson's room as well as the nursery.  I will do a blog post about that soon.  I really want to design both rooms on the cheap just because they will change again in a few years when we have another.  I have the wall colors picked out so Matt is going to try and paint both rooms this weekend.  Can't wait!
Exercise:  I ran 4 times this week.  I am prettttty slow now, but it still counts!

We really had a great weekend.  Friday we had friends over, Saturday we went to Tripp's party and Sunday we ran errands.  We looked at rugs, went to Ikea, did some meal prepping, had a family walk and Emerson enjoyed her first popsicle.  I am having a hard time coming to terms that she isn't going to be my baby anymore.  Despite the big kid "drama" in her daycare (there are mean girls in her class that won't play with her and call her baby since she is the youngest) she is still my little baby.  I have cried over this a handful of times already.  Not sure what my problem is.

Crafty Patti (my Mom) made Emerson and Tripp bibs to match the theme - super cute!  She sin't feeling the picture.....

Diva won't look!

Tripp kept coming to Matt to play and then Emerson would get jealous and squeeze herself in between them.  My Mom said she did this the weekend before when she was watching both.

Excuse our ghetto cords....we need to have someone come and set up our TV.


bump #2 - 23 & 24 weeks!

So I failed at taking a picture for week 23.....don't hate!  


Total weight gain: +13.  It is so crazy to see this number on the scale.  I have to remind myself how far along I am, but I REALLY want to stay under 30 pounds with this baby.  I remember 20 came off pretty fast, but those last 15 hung around longer than I would like mainly because recovering from an emergency c-section is a real bitch and Emerson didn’t sleep through the night for a long time.  I do think postpartum will be easier in this time around because now I know what it feels like to lose the baby weight but to not have your old body.  Your body is so soft and squishy which is strange.
Maternity clothes:  For the most part.  I am really over winter clothes.
Stretch marks:  I have some on the sides that come and go almost.  I am being diligent about applying lotion.
Sleep:  Pretty good.  I am sleeping hard, like waking up in the same position I went to sleep in.
Miss Anything?  Honestly no.  I was craving wine and had a sip and it was disgusting.  I have zero desire for it now. 
Movement:  Yes!  Much lower than Emerson though.  I think I felt him in two places this week which means he was stretching out which is neat.
Food cravings:  Sweets, sweets and super salty foods like cashews with salt.  I polished off a whole can of those in days.  I have been thinking about fudge icing for days which is ridiculous.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  No, I feel great!
Gender:  BOY!
Symptoms:  My skin is breaking out and I still will feel weird tugs on my belly when I stand.  I remember feeling them with Emerson too.
Happy or Moody:  Stressed!  T-minus 17 weeks (if he is on time) and I have nothing done.  No stroller, no nursery, nothing.
Looking forward to:  Getting things figured out for this nursery.  I need to figure out paint and drapes, the rest we will reuse.  That always means I need to get Emerson’s big girl bed.  So many things!
Exercise:  I ran once, T25 twice, and Tracey Anderson once. 


Please excuse the mess in this picture as well as the quality.  I wonder how long I can get away with the excuse we just moved in?  I look and feel huge!

Total weight gain: +14…averaging about a pound a week
Maternity clothes:  Maternity work pants were super comfortable this week.  I think I am over doing the hair tie trick.
Stretch marks:  I might have a few small ones.  I was freaked out, but now I am hoping they just fade.
Sleep:  Each day is different because of Emerson.  I sleep like a rock and don’t even wake up to use the restroom.  Emerson had a virus this week that has woken her up a few times, not to get sick but I think her tummy is upset/ she is hungry.
Miss Anything?  I am feeling SO much bigger this week.  Matt is out of town so I am doing everything for Emerson which is totally fine, but I never do her bath and that felt hard to me.  It is getting harder to bend over to get whatever she drops too.  I remember hitting this point last time and you just start squatting down to pick things up. 
Movement:  Yes!  More and more!  I love it!
Food cravings:  Sweets still, eggs, granola, and cereal which is strange because I only eat that when I am pregnant.  
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I had to take a time out after changing one of Emerson’s sick diapers from that stomach bug.  So awful.
Gender:  BOY!!
Symptoms:  Getting dizzy every now and then (low blood pressure I assume), and cramps if I sit down too long. 
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  I went to a baby sale and got my Bob revolution double stroller and a Mamaroo!  These were the two big baby things I needed and I am glad to have them taken care of.  I have heard mixed things on the Mamaroo, but we used our Fisher Price swing so much last time that I think I will want the flexibility to have a swing in two different places of the house.  Plus the Mamaroo is easy to move from room to room.
Looking forward to:  My bestie from high school is having a sprinkle for her second daughter this weekend.  She is due in April and I am so looking forward to just catching up!
Exercise:  I ran twice and did T25 twice.  The runs are so much easier if I do them in the mornings.  We had a few warm days here so I was able to get them in before work.  I think these runs are around 2.5 miles now.  I would rather cut this back as needed before I stop completely.


bump #2 - 21 & 22 weeks!

I got behind with vacation so here are 21 & 22 updates!

Total weight gain: +11.  Awesome and I am heading on vacation as a write this so I expect to see this number increase a lot next week! 
Maternity clothes:  Still wearing a mixture of both.  This bump is lower than Emerson so I think my days of wearing regular workout pants are numbered.
Stretch marks:  Still in the clear!
Sleep:  Rough week.  Emerson is sick AGAIN and is not sleeping, eating or drinking.  Needless to say I am a frustrated and sleepy mama.  We actually thought she might have to go to the ER because she wasn’t drinking/ having wet diapers.  She is all better now, but has to have a nebulizer treatment every day for the next 3 months. 
Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my stomach.
Movement:  Yes!  It is the best feeling!
Food cravings:  Still craving spinach salad with egg, avocado, and my honey mustard dressing.  I could eat that every day.  Eating more and more this week – feeling hungrier than normal.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Honestly no.  I feel very lucky.
Gender:  BOY!  We are so excited!  We seriously thought it was a girl since we were told 80% yes based on the nub theory.  I already had everything figured out in my head as far as girl....even had the name narrowed down, so we are seriously surprised!  
Symptoms:  Feeling big which is sad because I have so much time left to go!
Happy or Moody:  Probably more moody – everything is annoying me since I am so tired.
Looking forward to:  Vacation!!!! 
Exercise:  I ran once in the morning through our new hood and it was awesome and then was able to do a run/ walk with Emerson one day.  Both were about 3 miles.  Our neighborhood is very hilly so I need to figure out some different routes because pregnancy and hills don’t work well together for me. 

Total weight gain: +12.  Vacation weight gain!  Whoop whoop! 
Maternity clothes:  Both.  I always wear maternity jeans, but the other types of pants I tend to stick to my regular.  Obviously maternity dresses and tops unless they are the big blouse kind that will fit any shape.
Stretch marks:  I see some on my sides….epic fail.
Sleep:  Amazing since we spent 4 days in Punta Cana so we were both able to rest up!
Miss Anything?  My luggage?  I checked a bag because I was too lazy to decide what would fit/ not fit for our trip.  Plus I forgot to buy travel sunscreen and face wash.  I NEVER check a bag just because it is a hassle.  Well, they lost this pregnant mama’s bag and it has been such a headache.  They told me to buy whatever I would need for 24 hours which would be cool if I wasn’t pregnant.  Our resort had like 3 clothing stores and only one of which is appropriate/ fit….(lots of short saucy dresses & string bikinis in the others).  This one store was super expensive and I am super cheap so I have such anxiety that US Airways won’t pay us back.  We will see.  The good news is that they found my suitcase, but lesson learned…never checking a bag again.
Movement:  More and more….love it!  I can start to see him move from the outside which is cool.
Food cravings:  My spinach salads and I ate my body weight in pineapple and brownies on our trip.  I drank lots of virgin mojitos too which were delicious.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I have felt dizzy a few times, but that has more to do with my low blood pressure I think.
Gender:  BOY!
Symptoms:  This is gross, but sometimes coughing up blood in the mornings.  I have an appointment today and will ask about it.  I also noticed more pulling/ cramping when I stand up.
Happy or Moody:  Both!  Super happy to be on vacation and spend the day we got back with Emerson, but losing your bag in a foreign country is a downer.
Looking forward to:  Setting up our house.  I can’t wait to start on the nursery and Emerson’s room. 
Exercise:  I ran twice.  Once on vacation and once in our neighborhood.  I need to be better.  


bump #2 - 20 weeks!

I can't believe I am halfway there!  This week has been crazy busy.  We are all moved in and LOVE our new house.  It feels enormous after living in an apartment for 4 months.  My parents were able to watch Emerson during the move and we got so much done.  We even went out on a date which we never do because it feels strange to hardly see her during the week to then get a babysitter for the weekend.  I am late taking this picture and am actually 20 weeks 5 days in it.  Notice my little girl wanting to be picked up.  She has been sick again and refusing to eat or drink.  She knows how to worry her parents and how to keep them from sleeping!!  I am so ready for Spring so she can feel better and stay better.

Total weight gain: +8.  Nice and steady. 
Maternity clothes:  I need to buy skinny maternity pants.  I really hate maternity pants (other than jeans) but I am a hot mess tugging and adjusting on this belly band all day at work.
Stretch marks:  Nada!
Sleep:  Emerson is still waking up early.  It is to the point now where are waking up naturally at 4:30.  We are going to bed really early to make up for it though…like 8:30 one night and 9 another. in with it. 
Miss Anything?  Too excited with the move to miss anything!
Movement:  Yes!  Not all the time yet, but more and more each day.
Food cravings:  Spinach salad with egg, avocado, and my honey mustard dressing.  I could eat that everyday.  Still being fat with my lemon pound cake!  I am trying to get back to eating my oatmeal for breakfast but I really just want salty foods in the morning.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Just overeating pound cake so my own fault.  Bleh.
Gender:  BOY!
Symptoms: Insomnia is back.  Such a cruel joke.
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  We moved!  So ready to start nesting!
Looking forward to:  Punta Cana right after Valentine’s Day.  I am the most excited about sitting on the beach reading while possibly taking a nap.  I seriously can’t wait. 
Exercise:  Elliptical and T25 two days although I am going to have to stop these soon.  I might have another month.  I just need them to get me through the rest of this winter.  Once I can run again I am golden.