1/27/15

bump #2 - 18 weeks!


I feel like such a dork in this picture and am 18 weeks and 3 days in it.  My friend, Michael, took this picture of me at work.  Our building has a fake store in part of it so here I am, in our fake store. Better than a selfie though!  Thanks Michael!!

Total weight gain: +7.5…such a jump from last week!   I feel bigger and look bigger!  Crazy how much I am showing compared to last time.  
Maternity clothes:  Mostly maternity although I still don't really wear maternity pants (except for jeans...love my maternity jeans)
Stretch marks:  Still in the clear!
Sleep:  I am sleeping hard and I am not dreaming.  Emerson has been sleeping in, so we all have been sleeping great!
Miss Anything?  I know I am an ahole for saying this, but my old body.  I ran this week and I can really tell a difference.  It is hard to know that I am just going to get bigger (way bigger) and then will have to lose all the baby weight again.  I also miss my energy.  I never got it back, but at least I don't feel sick anymore which is a blessing!
Movement:  I have only felt the baby one other time so I am pretty anxious about my appointment.
Food cravings:  Everything?  I am eating so much lately.  Polished off Matt's plate twice this week. Fatttttt.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I feel great, but I still avoid coffee, bbq, and tomatoes most of the time.
Gender:  I am still leaning towards girl.  I will be shocked (in a good way because I want both) if it is a boy.
Symptoms:  Hungry and snoring…Matt has recorded me and even slept on the couch….whoops!
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  We have the gender reveal, moving, and a vacation all coming up soon!
Looking forward to:  The gender ultrasound!
Exercise:  I ran 2x (3 miles), Tracy Anderson 2x, and elliptical once.  I am having a harder time finding motivation though with this weather.  I really just want to sit in sweats and veg out.

1/21/15

bump #2 - 17 weeks


Another lame selfie taken last Saturday at exactly 17 weeks!

Total weight gain: +4.5
Maternity clothes:  Still wearing a mix of both.  Most of the maternity stuff is huge but more comfortable. 
Stretch marks:  Not yet!
Sleep:  Waking up around 3 or 4 and usually by the time I can fall back asleep it is time to get up.  I really think this was because I was stressed out about the whole house situation.
Miss Anything?  Warm weather.  My cutoff to run outside is usually 32 degrees, but now that I am pregnant it is 40 so needless to say I have only been running like once a week.  I just hate being cold, I am ready for Spring.
Movement:  Yes!  Sometimes in the afternoons.  This is the BEST thing about pregnant…at least right now since it is subtle movements and not punches.
Food cravings:  Really nothing.  I am eating mostly the same as I did before I was pregnant.  I know we will get a foot long Jersey Mikes #9 to split right after this birth so I am looking forward to that.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I still avoid coffee, bbq, and tomatoes.  I will get a cup of decaf usually once a week if I want it.
Gender: My guess is a girl!
Symptoms:  Sleepy but that is because I am waking up early.  Hungry...I have been eating so much more this week.  
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  We move the first weekend in February and I can’t wait!!
Looking forward to:  The gender ultrasound next week!
Exercise:  I am working out 3x a week by either running, T25 Gamma, Tracy Anderson, or elliptical.  Now that I am feeling back to my old self I hope to increase that to 4 days a week.  Working out this pregnancy is a little harder just because my belly grew so fast.

1/19/15

New House!

I am so excited that we finally found a house!  Once we started this whole process of moving we really looked at schools and kid friendly neighborhoods.  Charlotte doesn’t have a lot of hoods with pools that are still close to Southpark where Matt works.  Having a neighborhood pool/ tennis is important just because I know my kids will make friends.  Plus I have talked to parents who drive to a pool and they have said that after you have two, you hardly make that drive.  It just becomes too much work when they are little.  This makes total sense so I am glad ours will be a 10 min walk or super short drive.  I can see Emerson riding a bike up there one day with her friends.  The other part we looked at was schools.  Charlotte schools are weird to me.  Most people I know from here went to private school which is opposite of Greenville.  That just isn't something Matt and I want to “have” to do.  We decided to pick an area where the public schools are top notch which limits Charlotte by a TON.  I know the ratings will change by the time Emerson reaches high school, but for now we are zoned for awesome schools.  Taking the public schools, neighborhood pool, proximity to Matt’s office, and finding a home with a yard really narrowed it down to really one neighborhood which we both love.  We have been stalking this neighborhood for about 10 months and finally found the perfect home.  Emerson approved it!


It will be a stretch for us, but this is our forever home hopefully.  We have the space for it to be anyways.  The best part is that it is on about an acre with mature trees (a little too many, we will have to cut some down) and is near a cul-de-sac.  Two people bought the home in 2007 as a foreclosure, flipped it and when the market crashed decided to rent it.  The biggest negative is that the house is on a septic and we spoke with the previous renters and they said it is broken.  So we finally worked it out with the sellers, but the septic converting to city sewer is something that we will have to take on as soon as we move in which is a long process just because we are working with the city.  Boring stuff, and not where you want to spend money, but it needs to be switched.  The only other big thing wrong with this house is that only 3 of the 5 bedrooms are on the main level (it is a ranch with a finished basement) but there is a space we will use as a playroom for now that could be converted into a 4th bedroom wayyyy in the future.  Other than that, we LOVE this house and cannot wait to move in!! 


These are pictures from the listing online.
























This has been a very up and down process with the sellers so I will be devastated if it doesn't happen even though we have almost walked away.  They just aren't making the process easy.  For example, they agreed to certain repairs and then we got an email this morning saying that they weren't going to do two of them.  Just annoying stuff.  Closing day can't come soon enough!!

1/16/15

big news!

Happy 2015!  Life has been crazy and to add to the craziness, I am beyond thrilled to say that we are expecting #2!!!  I love this little peanut so much already!


Baby E2 is due at the end of June so I am already 16 weeks as I am typing this.  I wanted my kids to be close together in age so this puts Emerson and this baby 23 months apart.  I also want to document my pregnancy just like the last one because I keep looking at my old post now that I am pregnant with my second.  I have to say everything feels different this time.  I have heard people say that is because they think we are having a boy and I have also heard people say it is because of my age...depressing.  The first trimester was ROUGH.  I had nausea almost every afternoon/ evening and was just miserable.  I got sick probably every other day and getting sick at work just flat out sucks.  I was beyond bipolar with food and ate mostly bread and fries.  I would buy something for lunch, take one bite, and toss it out.  I was annoying myself.  It was the hardest in the evening because I didn't have the energy to play with Emerson like I wanted to.  Then Emerson got sick...she got sick a few times and missed all together about a week of school.  Taking care of your sick child when you feel like ass is a joke.  She wasn't sleeping, so no one was sleeping and had bronchitis and then the stomach bug twice....or it made her sick and then came back four days later?  She gave the bug to me so that day was hell.  I cried a lot in December just trying to manage it all - taking care of Emerson, working, taking care of myself, trying to make myself eat and keep it down, plus trying to Christmas shop.  I know I sound like a complainer (well because I am - ask Matt), I just didn't have that bad of a time with my first pregnancy.  I didn't feel well, but I didn't feel miserable plus I had the luxury of coming home from work to just nap.  You can't do that with a toddler.  Thankfully, my husband is awesome and pitched in a ton.  He really is the best guy a girl could ask for.  Plus the sickness is over!  I feel normal again and can enjoy this pregnancy!  The best thing I can really say so far is that the baby is looking healthy and normal at this point which is beyond exciting.   I just can't wait to find out the gender!

15 Weeks!  


Total weight gain:  +2-3.  This was all gained week 5 of my pregnancy before I started feeling bad and then it has been up and down ever since.  I am surprised it isn't higher because I am not being healthy yet.  Fries are my jam.
Maternity clothes:  Umm yes.  Maternity jeans are my favorite.  I still haven’t told work so I am trying to wear just big tops and sweaters rights now.  Basically trying to pull off a moo-moo with pants.  Classy.
Stretch marks:  nope
Sleep:  Actually not bad.  Emerson has been sleeping so we all have been sleeping. Now that I have typed that out she will wake up ready to party at 3.
Best moment this week:  NYE with our friends.  Love my people.
Miss anything?  Yes – being able to eat like a normal person.  I have been much sicker this go around and have to think before I eat anything “will this make me sick?”.  I would love to be able to eat things with tomatoes again….especially salads.  Sometimes I live on the edge and eat them anyways.  This usually has me full of regret hours later.
Movement:  not yet!
Food cravings:  sushi and since I can’t have sushi, Matt has been making me rolls that just have cream cheese and avocado.  And just like last pregnancy, half and half tea, and Jersey Mikes #9 which I get and just microwave but I would like it cold.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Coffee, bbq (I actually haven’t liked it since my last pregnancy) anything made from a tomatoes with the exception of ketchup, mint things, and even sadly enough chocolate.  Those are the constant ones.  I have a few that hit me day by day.  I feel so bipolar with food.
Gender:  We find out the end of January….can’t wait!
Symptoms:  Nausea and reflux
Happy or Moody:  Emotional?  I cried the other day just thinking about the end of the year and how lucky I am for this baby, our new home, and that my family and friends are all healthy.  Like ugly cried in the car.
Looking forward to:  Finding out the gender and moving!



16 Weeks!



Sorry for the lame selfie at work!  Matt has been working long hours and I keep forgetting to take these.  

Total weight gain: +4
Maternity clothes:  I can still wear most of my clothes, but prefer the comfort of maternity clothes.  Elastic waistbands are the best.
Stretch marks:  I thought I was getting some, but have been putting on stretch mark lotion almost 3 times a day. 
Sleep:  Mostly great…I would love to sleep in past 6 just one morning, but that is part of being a parent!
Miss Anything?  My morning runs.  It is just too cold.
Movement:  Still nothing….can’t wait though!
Food cravings:  Sugar cookies which contributed to my weight gain this week!
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I still avoid coffee, bbq, and tomatoes.  Unlike last week, I am so much better with food.  I am eating dinner again so that is good.  So glad the nausea is behind me.
Gender:  I am not having any gender dreams like I did last time so I can’t wait to officially find out.  Not sure if I mentioned on here, but the nub theory said it was a girl.
Symptoms:  Sleepy…not like I was last month, but I could nap every day and go to bed at 8.
Happy or Moody:  All over the place.  We are trying to buy a house and I was really excited about it and then we found out something expensive is wrong with it and might walk away from the deal.  Such an emotional roller-coaster.
Looking forward to:  Either buying this house, or walking away.  I don’t like being in limbo.

11/5/14

Life Lately

Hello Everyone!  A lot has happened since my last post.  Blog fail.  First, my sweet little nugget isn't a nuggest anymore.  She is offfically a toddler and turned 1 at the end of July!  Hard to believe she is such a big girl.  I will blog about her party - but I need to unpack her photos first.  She is walking and starting to talk and her personality has come out.  She LOVES Elmo, bath (even says, "bath, bath, bath" whilewalking to her tub) putting on/ off shoes and socks, and throwing the ball to Stella.  The talking is my favorite thing because it catches me by surprise when she learns a new word.  Like the other weekend we asked her if she wanted to eat and she zombie walked to her high chair saying, "eat! eat! eat!".  We were both like since when does she understand that word?  It is really amazing.





















The other big thing that happened is that we sold our house. Our old home had 3 bedrooms and we knew it wasn’t our forever home, so we decided to just list it and see what happened. Well it sold in less than two weeks which is great and stressful all at the same time. We closed on it this fall and couldn’t find anything we liked in our price range – plus we are being picky about schools this time – so we are currently in a short term rental. That has been an adjustment for sure….especially for our dog, Stella. We moved half our stuff into a storage rental which the movers stuffed to the ceiling. Storage units are so hard to gage how much space you need and the guy assured me it would be enough, but it was a CLOSE call from what Matt said. I had to leave- it was giving my major anxiety seeing your stuff being crammed into a space like that.
We have been enjoying our chore free weekends. We have had a few 1 year old birthday parties (precious!), picked out pumpkins, and have been eating Saturday family lunch outside at restaurants – just fun, relaxing weekends. It has been nice!
















Love my little duck!