baby 3 - 17 weeks!

Total weight gain: I started off smaller than I was with Brooks, but I weigh the same as I did with him at this point.  I am currently up 10 pounds!  Yikes!  My levels were off (which is why the blood work was positive - see last post) which made me feel dizzy and more sick so my diet was lots of fries, mac and cheese, and Kix.  I would try to eat salads and throw those up.  I would also try to make smoothies and could sometimes eat them....but mostly ate crackers, cheese, things like that so my weight gain is no surprise.

Maternity clothes:  Yes for pants.  I have some exercise shorts that I still fit in, but any of my LuLu or nicer things I am not risking me stretching them out.

Stretch marks:  Nope because I obsess about lotion 2x a day!

Sleep:  Compared to how I slept about a year ago, sleeping like a dream.  I had really bad insomnia due to a hormone thing so I do not take closing my eyes and actually sleeping for granted anymore.  I have to sleep with ear plugs which is a habit from last year I need to break.  When you have insomnia every little sound gets to you...the dog moving or your hubby rolling.  With that said, Emerson is all over the place and likes to come to our bathroom, turn on the lights, and cry for water.  I have no idea what has gotten into her.  Matt and I joke that when our kids are adults living in their own homes we plan to stay over and act like toddlers as pay back.  Like refusing our dinner, waking them up because we want water, things like that.....we are so mature.

Miss anything:  I do miss getting a good workout in!  I was very good about working out 6x a week and eating healthy before baby and being dizzy has left my workouts VERY modified.  I am not stressed about getting back to my old size or anything, I just miss a good sweat with lots of burpees, jumping rope, and hot yoga.  I had diastasic recti after Brooks and actually saw a PT for it, so I am very very careful this go around.  I will more than likely have it again because of another pregnancy, but at least I know I am not making it worse by doing planks or mountain climbers.

Movement:  Not yet!  Just a few flutters.  I CANNOT wait for this.

Food cravings:  Not really.  I finally able to eat more like my old self which is nice.

Anything make you queasy?  I still avoid BBQ, anything with a red sauce so all Italian dishes, and even salsa.

Symptoms:  Just more hungry than normal.

Happy or Moody:  Mostly happy!  I have had a great summer with my kids, but I am ready to have a few hours to myself once school starts.

Looking forward to:  The weekend!  Matt has been working long hours/ going to the PGA so it will be nice to have some family time together.

Exercise:  2 walks, 2 yoga classes, and my weights workout I do in our basement.

Other:  Emerson had her 4 year well visit and she did great with all her shots!  I am glad she won't have anymore until middle school, but she really did handle it better than I expected.  I treated her to a lunch date and she picked Panera because she loves their mac.  Brooks was just happy to be along for the ride.

Matt and I went to the PGA that was here in Charlotte on Saturday.  It was a blast, but SO hot!  I lasted about 6 hours before I called it quits. 

And here is a picture of my little Brooks.  He was struggling going down for a nap and actually let me rock him which NEVER happens.  I am the worst at the transition from rocking a baby to sleep to placing them in their crib still sleeping.  Love my little wild guy.


Life Lately

Where to begin?  I guess I will cut to the chase and just announce that we are expecting baby #3 this winter!  We are super excited and cannot wait to meet HER!  That's right...we already found out the gender.  We had a bit of a scare this pregnancy because I tested positive (1:86) chance for Downs during my second trimester screening.  We were actually in Hilton Head on vacation and I got a call from my OB's cell phone on the way to dinner.  He explained that he already made an appointment for the next day and I needed to come back to have a level 2 ultrasound.  So we did and during this ultrasound they found a few soft markers.  Baby girl has a sandal gap, an echogenic intracardiac focus, and a small nasal bone.  All of these things happen in normal pregnancies, but seeing them combined with my blood work they increased my risk to 1:40.  Matt and I decided to move forward with amniocentesis and I cannot put into words how much stress and anxiety it caused waiting for those results.  It was a brutal two days, but Matt was beyond amazing since I couldn't lift either kid or carry much at the beach.  Luckily we found out she was healthy and the genetic counselor asked if we wanted to know the gender and I couldn't resist.  I did not want anymore surprises.  Plus deep down I think I didn't want to know the gender because I didn't want to bond with this baby until I was further along because of the miscarriage last fall.  I haven't spoke of this on here because it has been too painful, but I had one spot of blood at 9 weeks and went in for an ultrasound and found out the baby had passed 10 days earlier.  Life changing.   Seeing an ultrasound like that is something no one should have to do.  We decided to have a D&C because my sister-in-law was getting married days later which honestly sucked.  All you want to do after that is to be alone and eat your feelings and here I was in a wedding and trying to smile.  I LOOOVVE my sister-in-law to death, but the timing couldn't have been worse.  It was a beautiful wedding and seeing my little girl as the flower girl was a lot of fun, so maybe it was a bit of a distraction as well.  If anything I learned from that experience how much of a gift even having a child really is.  Not that I didn't know that before, but it really made me grateful to already be a Mom.

I plan on doing weekly updates as best as I can with this baby because I really enjoy looking and comparing my other two pregnancies.  Stay tuned!