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.  


bump #2 - 19 weeks!

Another BAD selfie at the gym but this time taken in the bathroom.  Glamorous and terrible quality.  Don’t be fooled….I am not super fit or anything.  I only exercised a few times this past week, and am wearing a fitted top so you can see the bump.  

We had an awesome ultrasound recently which is one of my favorite parts of pregnancy…once they tell you the baby is healthy of course.  I actually became emotional during this visit (it is dark – no one saw) just because I give myself so much anxiety leading into visits like this.  I guess once you have a “bad” ultrasound (Emerson’s birth) you become a worrier.  Hell I think most pregnant women worry.  My appointment was great and one thing I have to start thinking about is the birth - a scheduled c-section or a VBAC.  I was all for the scheduled c-section to have a controlled experience (opposite of last time), but my doctor said I am a really good candidate (he did this without being pushy) for a VBAC since I didn't even get to try last time which is a valid point.  The biggest thing with a VBAC is you can’t receive meds to progress things, the baby has to be ready on its own which I would prefer anyways.  I am not ready to think about this yet!

Total weight gain: +7.5…no gain from last week
Maternity clothes:  Mix of both!
Stretch marks:  Nope, but I am religious about putting lotion on.
Sleep:  Awful.  Emerson had bronchitis and hasn't slept great in almost a week.  The getting up constantly is one thing, but she has been waking up for the day at 4.  That is just rough after a few days of it.  Plus she isn’t napping – she was on a steroid again that made her wild.  I am just ready to have my daughter back!  I also can’t wait to burn her nebulizer.  I might have a medical device bonfire and throw in my breast pump in with it.  Two pieces of equipment you totally need, but you hate at the same time.
Miss Anything?  Sleep?  Haha.  I actually rarely want wine anymore (I think it is like any type of food – once you give it up you don’t really crave it/ want it) but when we officially were back on with the house (it almost feel through again due to the appraisal) I wanted to celebrate with a cocktail.  First time I have really craved a drink.  
Movement:  Yep...a lot at night now that I am awake then.  It is a surreal feeling to be rocking your daughter and feeling your other baby move around inside of you!
Food cravings:  Uhhhh….not sure if I actually craved this or my inner fat girl allowed me to eat this, but pound cake.  I can’t keep stuff like that my house because I go crazy and have no self-control.  Even topped it off with strawberries and ice cream.  Delicious.  I plan on stopping by the Fresh Market and picking up a lemon flavored one today to reward myself for the lack of sleep.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  I know there is a correlation between lack of sleep and nausea.  I felt it again this past week, but nothing like first trimester.
Gender:  We found out last week!  I am going to make a post on it, but I want to try to get a good picture of Emerson which will have to wait till she feels better.  We are planning to do one Sunday.
Symptoms:  Big.  It is getting harder to pick things off the ground while holding Emerson.  I am also starting to get cramps in my calves which I remember from last pregnancy.
Happy or Moody:  Happy!  The gender reveal was awesome and seeing our nugget on the ultrasound completely healthy and moving around is so amazing.  I can’t wait to meet this little person! 
Looking forward to:  Moving!  Ready to start working on Emerson’s big girl room. 
Exercise:  Tracy Anderson one day, T25 Gamma one day, and I did the elliptical one time while watching HGTV so I am not sure how much that counts.


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.


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.


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!!


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.


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!