Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I need to run, really need to run

I haven't run or done any other type of workout for the past 5 weeks. Between school AND grad school starting, running after Fynn, buying a house, and having horrendous morning sickness for the first 15 weeks, I just didn't feel up to it... nor did I really have the time.

And I'm missing it.

My muscles all feel tight, my body feels weak and I just feel restless. I need to make the time this week to do some kind of workout, even if it's just a short run after work before I pick up Fynn. My body needs that release and my mind needs the break that only comes from focusing on moving my body.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

18 Weeks Pregnant with Boo #2

Yay, I'm finally caught up with my pregnancy posts. Today's post is actually posted when I'm 18 weeks! Oh, and how crazy does that sound; 18 weeks. I'm 2 weeks away from the halfway point. Being so crazy busy all the time is making this pregnancy fly by.

  • This week baby Boo is the size of a sweet potato: 5.6 inches long, 6.7 ounces (ish)
  • Wednesday was my 16 week check up (for some reason all my appointments are scheduled late which is weird, but whatever). I've gained about 6 pounds so far, but my doctor isn't worrying yet. Since my horrific morning sickness just ended recently, she knows that I haven't been gaining the way I should for the rest of the pregnancy. The baby is exactly the size he/she should be and everything looks "perfect" according to her. At this point last time I had gained 9 pounds and they were worried then that it wasn't enough. I'm just focusing on eating somewhat well (Oreos are good for you, right?) and not worrying about the scale
  • Speaking of he/she, I always refer to the baby as a "he". No idea why, just the way it slips out. We've jokingly nicknamed the baby Teddy, which would never actually be the name, but I have to be careful or people really will think I'm having a boy named Teddy!
  • At my appointment Wednesday I recorded the heartbeat on the Doppler. I played it for Fynn when I got home and she was sooo excited. She said "that's cool" and asked for it about 15 more times that night and a couple of times since then. It's so sweet to see the way she's processing everything that's happening and how much she actually understands. 
  • Tuesday night I think I felt the baby move for the first time! It felt like two distinct kicks and since then I've felt it 3-4 times that I'm sure of. There are all kinds of other times where I *think* I feel baby, but I'm not sure if it's just stomach gurgling or whatever. 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alexander Prize Pack Giveaway

Remember this book?

Yeah, me too. I loved this book because my little brother's name is Alexander, and I just always love books that seem like they're "about" someone I know... I'm weird like that.

Anyway, you may have heard that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is coming out as a movie starring Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner, which means it will be amazing. The movie comes out October 10th, but until then you can win an awesome movie prizepack right here that includes an Alexander coffee mug, green highlighter, crocodile stress toy and an Alexander reusable bag. Just to help you and your family get excited about the movie.

I saw the trailer for this movie the other day, and can't wait to see it, it looks hilarious and so much fun! I love the fact that they brought the whole family into the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

17 Weeks Pregnant with Boo #2

Written 9/21/14

This week I'm finally feeling better (knock on wood). I've gone all week without getting sick and have only been nauseous a few times and had a couple of stomachaches. Compared to how I felt the first 16 weeks, I'm incredibly grateful and feeling really good.

  • Still feeling super tired though. Part is the usual pregnancy fatigue and part is just not being able to get comfortable at night. Since having Fynn I've been a firm back sleeper- having to sleep on my side again is incredibly uncomfortable and is killing my back. I even forked over the cash for a pregnancy pillow which is helping, but still not great and it requires multiple adjustments throughout the night. 
  • My belly button is starting to get shallower. I told my dad that and he told me to take advantage and give it a good cleaning for the next couple of months before it goes back to normal (FYI, cause I know you're dying to know, when I'm not pregnant I have a weirdly deep belly button)
  • In the dress I'm wearing in this week's pic my belly looks super big. It was totally the dress. The day after I wore it I had a friend at work ask where the baby went because I didn't look nearly as pregnant when in other clothes. I thought I was looking bigger this time around, but if you look at my 17 week pix from last time, I'm about the same
  • I've gained about 3 pounds so far (probably because of all the puking) whereas last time I had gained about 10 pounds at this point. I know my doctor will lecture me about eating enough at my next appointment, but I'm doing all I can. Now that I feel better I'll probably gain 3 pounds a week to make up for it. 
  • Fynn told me this week that "the baby is getting tall" as she rubbed my belly. I guess we tell her how tall she is too much. My mother in law was watching her Friday and commented on how big she is getting, but Fynn said "no, I tall"
  • Baby this week is the size of an onion this week: 5.1 inches long and about 5.9 ounces. 
  • My next appointment is this Wednesday, for some reason I'm a week behind, so it's supposed to be my 16 week check up. I can't wait to hear this little one's heartbeat again.  
  • I had my first crazy preggers dream this week: I dreamed that I went in for my check up, and a friend I used to work with was my doctor. He let me know that I had a miscarriage, and when the "baby" came out it was one of those little white mice... so of course I'm a little paranoid (not about the mouse part, but the miscarriage part) but I am NOT going to replay the crazy pregnant lady scene that occurred around this time last time, so I'm just going to wait until Wednesday to reassure myself that things are okay. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fynnie, let's take a picture!

I asked her to take a picture with me, and she said "A kiss, Mama", so we did a kissie selfie. My heart melts. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

16 Weeks Pregnant with Boo #2

Written 9/14/14

This week was another rough week. I'm so tired of feeling sick, throwing up, and generally just dealing with this. Even with Zofran four times a day I'm this sick. What gives? 

  • I told my class on Monday that I was pregnant... they were not surprised. The general reaction was "yeah, we know". I asked how they knew and one kid piped up and said "well, on the first day of school it was pretty obvious, and then after that we just figured you knew we all knew" Well, okay then
  • My class has also requested that my sub in March be, and I quote "young and cool". Thanks guys, because I'm so old and lame. Fine, whatever. I hope we find a sub that's super mean so they can appreciate how awesome I am.
  • Telling them did open it up though so they asked their questions and got it out. We talked about how it's a long ways until March. That my sub and I will work together before I leave and that I'll come visit with the baby in the spring. They seem pretty cool about things. I've got a REALLY good class this year, so they're pretty easy going about most things.
  • This bump is kinda crazy. Some days it's huge and I feel like it's beyond clear to the world that baby is on board... other days I just look like I've pounded a few too many desserts. It's not really bloat, but I don't know how else to explain the drastic differences. 
  • This week baby is the size of an avocado- about 4.6 inches long and 3.5 ounces.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 2014 Ipsy

Love my Ipsy bag this month. So much so that I forgot to share it last week. This month's theme was Street Style, which would normally make me think that the make up was going to be too extreme for me, but I love everything in my bag this month and I'll actually use the majority of it on a regular basis. The bag is cute, a little rock star for regular use, but something I'll end up using. 

Crown Brush Infinity Crease/Shadow Brush ($6.99)   I can always use a new make up brush, so this is a great addition to my bag. The brush is fantastic, and I've already used it several times since getting it. I love that it's double-sided and multi-purpose. I don't wear much eyeshadow, but it's been great for blending my powder and for what little eyeshadow I do wear. 

I hate things that label themselves as "luxury" anything, it just sounds so pretentious and like you're trying too hard. I love the feel of this lotion. It really does feel luxurious and leaves my hands nice and soft without feeling greasy. What I don't love is the smell. I can't figure out quite what it smells like, but it's far to chemical-y for me to enjoy. Regardless, I'll end up using it and I stuck it in my desk at work because I'm always looking for lotion at work in the winter when my hands get painfully dry. 

I love this facewash. My face felt fresh and clean after using it, and it's fragrance free which I love because then I don't end up smelling like perfume for hours after using it. I can't find anything wrong with this facewash and I might actually go out and buy more when this is gone because I really like it. 

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair ($19)
I don't hate this, but it's not a color I would choose for myself. Too bright and ostentatious for my usual look, but it will be a nice holiday lip color. It's a little sticky, but not bad for a gloss. I love how it feels on my lips and it lasted long enough that I had to take it off (we were leaving the house and it so didn't go with my yoga pants and unwashed hair).

Pacifica Natural Waterproof Eyeliner in Gun Metal ($11)
Okay, so I may or may not use this. I don't usually use eyeliner, but with a light touch, this color might be good for those really tired pregnant days (okay, so every day) to make my eyes pop a bit and make me look a little bit more awake. I'm going to play with this for a bit, because I may end up actually loving it. 

Like I said, a good Ipsy month. For $10 a month, it's a deal that can't be beat. This month I got a total of about $47.79. I say about because I had to estimate on a few products that were sample size (the lotion and the face wash). Either way though, that's almost $50 worth of beauty products for $10- and you don't pay for shipping. Please feel free to use my referral link if you want to sign up! 

Monday, September 22, 2014

15 Weeks Pregnant With Boo # 2

Written 9/7/14

People keep telling me that I'll "turn the corner" soon and start to feel better... I'm starting to think they're all lying because they know I'm going to feel awful for the entire pregnancy.

  • Being back at work is rough. Being on my feet all day and the constant stress is making my all-day sickness worse. Luckily my new classroom is right across the hall from my classroom, making my quick escapes a little less noticeable. 
  • Oh, did I mention my latest grad school class started on Wednesday? Yeah, because more stress will make me feel even better.
  • Wednesday was also my birthday. I felt so awful that night that I couldn't even eat my birthday cheesecake. Drew was so sweet and bought me cake, dinner, and gifts... and all I could do was lay on the couch and feel miserable. Happy 28th birthday to me.
  • I'm debating about telling my students I'm pregnant. Pretty sure some of them already know. I've had a few very pointed stares at my belly the first couple of days of school and then they stare at me with a knowing smile. Maybe it's just pregnancy paranoia, but I'm wondering if I should just confirm it... on the other hand, telling them means dealing with the questions and their worries about when I'm leaving and if I'm coming back... so I think I'll wait a little longer.
  • I keep waiting to feel this baby move! Everything I've read says that 2nd time moms usually fell first movements between 12 and 16 weeks... nothing yet thought. I'm just hoping that less movement means this kid is going to be super mellow, unlike it's sister!
  • This week baby is the size of a navel orange, about 4 inches long and 2.5 ounces.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Social

1. What is your favorite part of Fall?
Apple picking! Which we're actually doing this morning. Fynn is so psyched for it, this girl loves apples and is beyond excited to go someplace where she can eat as many as she wants. 

2. Do you have anything special planned for Fall?

Yes, actually I think we're moving. Nothing's final yet, but there's a plan in place and when it's official I'll share more. Needless to say though, pregnancy, grad school, working full time, a toddler, AND moving... yeah, it's going to be a busy fall. 

3. What is Fall like in your area?

Gorgeous. I think Maine is the epitome of fall beauty. The leaves, the cool weather, you can't ask for more. Just Google fall in Maine and you'll get pictures like this:

4. What is your favorite Football team to cheer for(college or professional)?

Whichever team I don't have to watch. I'm so not a football (or any pro-sport) person, so I just usually ignore it. The only thing I can't stand is when football games affect my favorite tv shows... then I start to really hate it.

5. Do you decorate for Fall? Show us pics!!

I pretty much just don't decorate. Our friends gave Fynn a little mini-pumpkin, and we might buy a couple for our front stoop while apple picking today, but that's the extent of it. Decorating just seems so pointless to me. I love when other people do it, but I just can't see spending the time putting up decorations that have to come down in just a few short weeks. I'm lame like that.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

14 Weeks Pregnant with Boo #2

Written 8/31/14 at 14 weeks pregnant.

I went back to work this week, and being back in the grind of school definitely impacted how I'm feeling. I'm sure next week will be even more intense as the kids come back to school

  • I've been REALLY sick this week. I feel nauseous almost all the time and I've been getting sick multiple times a day again. I'm back to taking the Zofran every 6 hours where before I was only taking it once or twice a day if I was feeling badly. 
  • Since I've been so sick, I also lost all the weight I had gained. As of today I'm back to my prepregnancy weight. Never in my life has losing weight been such a disappointment.
  • Fynn has been a mess this week with me going back to work. She's super clingy when we go to drop her off in the morning at daycare and is in a frenzy to see me when I pick her up. I knew the transition back to daycare after a whole summer home with me was going to be hard, but I didn't realize how emotional I would be about it. It breaks my heart to see her all upset and just wanting her mommy, I feel like such a bad mom when I just leave her there crying, even though I know it doesn't last long and that she loves it there.
  • Sorry for the super blurry belly pic!
  • People at work have been super sweet and supportive as they find out I'm pregnant. I've had lots of offers to help me in unpacking my crates and setting up my classroom. Of course I'm stubborn, so I haven't taken advantage of many of these offers, but I am trying to be careful about overdoing it. I know I overdid it the second day back because my back was killing me and I felt even sicker the next day. 
  • My new school has a "Mother's Room" which was super exciting for me. I peeked in the other day and it has a super comfy chair, sink, storage space and even lockers for pumping mamas to store their pump (or some extra clothes!). I love that the people in charge of designing or new school thought of things like that. When I was pumping for Fynn I was in someone's closet with no lock on it. It was a large room, but not someplace I could feel super comfortable and relaxed in. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Am I that obvious?

The day we found out we were pregnant, Drew was out walking with Fynn and Zoey and our next door neighbor mentioned that she had noticed I was running a lot lately and did that mean we were getting ready for #2?


Drew agrees though, apparently I get all gung ho on the workout front right before and at the beginning of my pregnancies... I guess I just want to be in better shape before the inevitable blob-stage sets in. 

A couple of weeks ago we told this neighbor that she had been right; pretty sure we made her day. This is the same woman who guess that we were pregnant with Fynn early on too... she must have some type of pregnancy-radar.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The cat that ate the canary

Written 7/9/14- 6 Weeks Pregnant

I was that cat this weekend. We were at Drew's parents house having lunch with his whole family and his grandmother. We were celebrating Drew's youngest brother's 22nd birthday. Hanging out by the pool, having fun.

Somehow the idea of Fynn having a sibling came up. I almost died. We haven't told anyone yet, and didn't want to tell that day. So while Drew's brother was going on and on about how Fynn needs a little brother, I was dying on the inside and telling him she actually needs a cousin. The conversation went on for much longer then it needed, with the general consensus being that Drew and I need to have another kid.

When this cat is out of the bag, we are going to laugh so hard about that conversation.

Updated on 8/28/14- 13 Weeks Pregnant

Of course after we told Drew's family we were expecting, we laughed about that conversation. They were surprised that we didn't just blurt it out (actually, so am I).

Monday, September 15, 2014

To my baby daddy on his birthday

Happy 28th birthday to my best friend, husband, and co-parent. It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating your 16th birthday... how time does fly by! 

By our next birthdays we'll be the parents of two kids... then we will REALLY feel old.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Social

1. Favorite Scent
I don't wear any scents in the summer, but now that fall is upon us I'm loving my Guerlian La Petite Robe Noire perfume. My brother in law's girlfriend gave it to me last summer and I love it.

2. Favorite Food
Never ask this of a preggers. At the moment my favorite food is Cap'n Crunch cereal. Is that actually even food? Whatever, it tastes good. Drew bought it for me when he went grocery shopping the other day, and I can't stop eating it.

3. Favorite Sound

Fynn laughing. She has such a sweet, whole-body belly laugh that always makes me smile. Even if she's been the biggest pain the the world, her laugh will make me realize just how sweet she is.

4. Favorite Picture currently on your phone

I'm tied between these two pictures:

5. Best memory of the year so far
Finding out that Fynn was going to be a big sister. We hoped for it, we planned for it, but that moment where it's actually a reality: nothing beats that. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

August Reads

I'm a little late (okay a lot late) on getting out my books read in August. I've been crazy busy with the whole back to school, starting a new grad school class, running after a toddler, and being pregnant. I'm so tired by the time I get home at night that all I want to do is sit down and eat ice cream. Luckily I had a ton of previously written posts to publish that I wrote before announcing my pregnancy here, so I've had plenty of blog content to keep this bad boy running. That said, I want to share what I read last month! I also surpassed my summer reading goal of reading 20 books. My new goal for this school year is 30 again. I was able to beat that goal last year, but I wasn't as busy as I am this year, so I think 30 is realistic.

19. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
I hadn't known before this summer that The Giver was the first in a quartet of books. When I found that out, I just had to read them all. In July I reread The Giver, then I moved on to Gathering Blue. This is a great book about a young girl with a crippled leg who lives in a society that doesn't accept any type of physical or mental handicap. Most people in Kira's situation would be taken to "the field" where they were left to be eaten by wild beasts or killed by the elements. Kira's mother managed to save her from this fate as an infant, but at the start of the book she has recently passed away. Her mother's death leaves Kira's life in jeopardy, but she has one thing going for her that may save her; she is an expert weaver. Artistic talent is rare in their village, and Kira has a talent that has not gone unnoticed by the people in charge. Like I said, it's a great book, but there is no connection to The Giver at all in this book. When I finished it, I was truly perplexed as to how they're part of a series.

20. Messenger by Lois Lowry
Messenger is the third book in The Giver quartet, and it bridges the connection between the previous two books. While I won't go into details, because that would give away huge parts of the plot. The main character in this book, Matty, lives in The Village, but delivers messages to communities all around. He is one of the few people who can travel safely through the ominous Forest. Matty is asked by Seer, a man who is kind of his guardian, to bring Kira safely through the village. Prior to leaving to get Kira, Matty discovers that he has a unique ability to heal others, an ability that becomes important as the Forest starts to turn against him. I know that this is a rather vague synopsis, but there are so many things in Messenger that are connected to Gathering Blue and The Giver, and I didn't want to give away major plot details. Just trust me that if you like either of the first two books, you will love this one. 

21. Son by Lois Lowry
The final book in The Giver series, Son pulls together characters and plot lines from the other three books. The main character in this book is Claire, the birth mother of Gabe from The Giver. Talk about full circle. This book actually starts off before The Giver and ends after the events in Messenger. It is a fantastic conclusion to the other three books and really answers a lot of unanswered questions while furthering multiple story lines. This book had me up reading late into the night because I just couldn't put it down. 

22. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
I was loving Delirium, the first book in this series. Pandemonium picks up right where Delirium left off with Lena alone in The Wilds. She becomes a part of the invalid's society and begins working with them to help free the rest of the world from The Cure and give them back their freedom. Things go badly when Lena begins working undercover with the Deliria Free America, but gets kidnapped by another group of invalids during an attack against the DFA leader. This book is written rather differently than Delirium. The first book was written in present tense only, this one goes back and forth between Lena's present (being captured) and her past (when she first came to The Wilds and began adjusting to life outside society. I liked this juxtaposition because it allowed you to see what it was like when Lena first escaped Portland, but also allowed for the action and intensity of her current predicament. Often her actions in the present are a direct result of things she learned and experienced when first getting to The Wilds.  

23. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Requiem was the final book in the Delirium series and it ended up bringing a lot from the first two books together. Again, the style changed a bit. Rather than just Lena's perspective, it also includes Hana's perspective. Hana was Lena's best friend back and Portland and she's still there seeing the other side of the invalid's rebellion. This book is where the rebellion, and Lena's part in it, really takes off and begins to get more complicated. What makes things more complicated are the two guys in her life; Julian who she was kidnapped with in book two, and someone else from her past, actually two people from her past, that she thought were long gone.

24. Outlander by Diane Gabaldon
This book is sooooo long, but not long in a bad way. I was a little overwhelmed at first by the sheer size of this book. This is an intense and action-packed book. The book starts in 1946 where Claire is on vacation in the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. Due to the war, the two have been separated for 6 years, and this is their first time being back together. Somehow Claire ends up getting pulled through a bunch of rocks and into 1743. The first person she meets in 1743 is Jack Randall, an ancestor of her husband who looks startlingly like him. Randall ends up being a horrible, sick person, and Claire is relieved when she ends up in the hands of another clan who are trying to get away from Randall. There is a lot that happens in the book once Claire ends up with the clan. She travels all over Scotland, is involved in attacks and battles, and develops new relationships that make it hard for her to decide if she wants to go back to her old life. This book has a great mix of action, romance, and history in it that made it hard to put down. 

25. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
I wanted to read this book because I saw the movie trailer and thought it looked great. The book definitely did not fail. It's a quick read and was made quicker by the fact that I couldn't put it down. I think I read it in less than a day while we were up at the lake. In case you don't know, the premise behind this book is that a teenage girl, Mia, is involved in a car crash that kills her family. She's pretty messed up and her body is in ICU at the hospital while doctors are doing everything they can to save her life. Mia is in the unique position of being able to see everything that is going on from outside her body. She is able to see her family, watch the doctors work, and remember the important people in her life and why she loves them. The hard part is the Mia also have the choice about whether she stays, or lets herself die. It's hard choice when the people you love most have died, and the thought of living without them is too painful to bear.

26. All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. Jennifer Weiner is kind of hit or miss for me. Some of her books I love, and others I'm bored by. This one though, was awesome. It's the story of a middle-aged mom who becomes addiction to prescription painkillers. Throughout the story her "perfect" life unravels as she becomes more and more dependent on the pills and less able to cover up her problem as she desperately searches for her next does. What I loved about this book is that it's told from the addicts perspective. In the beginning she doesn't think she has a problem, but even after she's realized how low she's sunk and how much she's hurting others, she can't make herself stop and find excuses to keep using. I found myself feeling a mixture of frustration towards this woman who kept making things worse for herself and sympathy for her inability to fix things.

27. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I usually love Cinderella adaptations, so this book was right up my alley. However, I didn't love this book. It was interesting, but it was also very strange. This is kind of a dystopian take on the classic tale where Cinder is an cyborg who has bio mechanical adaptations that let her "see" when people are lying and give her access to the internet through her own body. Because she is a cyborg, she is viewed as less of a person than others, especially her stepsisters. Her stepmother resents having custody of her and (of course) uses her. Unlike the typical cleaning demands, her stepmother has her do mechanical work because Cinder excels at it and is able to make money for the family repairing things. As an incurable disease begins to take over the country and an alien queen threatens to take over Earth, Cinder has to decide how she will help Prince Kai and what her role is in society. Like I said; interesting, but weird. 

28. Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

I'm still not sure how I feel about this book. In it Henry, a thirteen year old boy, lives with his depressed mother, Adele, who avoids leaving the house. This leaves Henry to feel very alone and bored. On Labor Day weekend, something big changes, while out at the store for some quick back to school shopping, they meet Frank. Frank is a mysterious man with an injured leg and bleeding head. He asks for a ride to their house, which for some reason Henry and Adele give him. Once back at their house, they learn that Frank had escaped from jail after having his appendix out. While in the hospital, Frank jumped out a window and fled to the store where they found them. For some reason (and this is why I'm not sure how I feel about the book) this doesn't really bother Henry or Adele, even when they find out that Frank went to jail for murder. As the weekend continues, Adele and Frank fall in love, Henry starts to view Frank as a father figure, and a strange routine develops. The reactions of Henry and Adele to the situation is what baffles me about this book, but at the same time it also seemed like it made sense in the situation. Like I said, I don't really know how I feel about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but I found it so puzzling and the characters so confusing. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

13 Weeks Pregnant with Boo # 2

Written 8/24 at 13 weeks pregnant.

Last week was spent at the lake with Drew's whole family, which was an awesome, relaxing break before school starts on Tuesday.

  • I felt better this week. Maybe this awful morning sickness phase is passing? I'm officially out of the 1st trimester, so here's to hoping I'll feel better for awhile before I get ginormous. I had a little nausea this week, but I didn't get sick at all which is a major improvement!
  • I haven't gained the 5 lbs my doctor was hoping for me to have by tomorrow's appointment, but I've gained back the weight I lost when I was really sick plus 3 lbs, so I think I'm doing okay.
  • We made our baby news "Facebook official" cause, you know, if it's not on Facebook it ain't happening. We posted our family pic with Fynn in her big sister shirt and got a HUGE reaction from basically everyone we know. I'm glad it's out in the open now, since I definitely look like I've either gained a lot of weight over the summer or that I'm pregnant... and I'd much rather have people know it's really a baby belly
  • Baby Boo #2 is the size of a peach this week; 2.9 inches and .81 ounces, we're finally getting to the point where this baby is gaining some substaintial size... which makes me feel better about how much my gut sticks out!

12 Weeks Pregnant With Boo # 2

  • This week is going to be spent at the lake with Drew's whole family, so that means I'll be able to relax some more (and read some books!) Hopefully now that I'm nearing the end of the first trimester I'm also nearing the end of feeling crappy.
  • Baby Boo #2 is the size of a plum this week; 2.1 inches long and .49 ounces.
  • I feel like my belly has shrunk a little this week (though my bump pic doesn't look like it). I think I'm entering into more of the baby bump phase rather than the mad-bloat phase. Technically I was able to squeeze into my size 6 skinny jeans, but that was so not happening for more than 30 seconds. That said, it's straight up elastic waistbands for me from here on out. 
  • I'm still at just a pound over my pre-preg weight right now. I'm trying to eat well and eat more, but it's been hard with how sick I've felt (and the fact that it keeps coming back up).
  • Now that we've told more people, we've started talking about it more with Fynn. If you ask her where the baby is now she'll run up and point to my belly. She also likes to lift up my shirt and dig her little fingers in my belly button as though she's searching for the baby in there. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Working out when pregnant

Written 7/6/14- 6 weeks pregnant

I am a big believer in working out while pregnant. The first time around it made me feel better to be active and I know it helped with the weight gain (I was that prego that scarfed down the Oreos, ice cream and chicken nuggets-If I hadn't exercised, I would have been a whale). When I was pregnant with Fynn I worked out at least 4 days a week until I was about 30 weeks along and did Zumba and light strength training until 34 weeks. I also walked constantly up until the day Fynn was born.

My plan this time is the same- do what feels comfortable, but not push myself... that's already proving to be hard. See, I started this awesome "work out every day" plan for summer (never thinking I'd actually be able to get pregnant) and I want to stick to that. I feel better. I have more energy. And I do NOT want to become a complete blimp while pregnant. I did pretty well with the weight gain until the last couple of weeks last time; I'd like to do that again. I'd rather not reach whale-esq proportions until the very very end... especially since I'm due in March. Which means I will probably be working right up until my due date.

However, I'm already noticing a difference in my body. I'm 6 weeks along today and I feel like I'm bigger than I was at 12 weeks with Fynn. I'm able to do my normal workouts (running, Jillian Michaels, dance) but I get short of breath much easier then I did even 2 weeks ago. It's like my body is all "damn girl, we've done this before, let me expand and get ready early for this kid". I've heard that this usually happens with 2nd (or more) pregnancies. My body knows what it has to do... so it's getting ready. I'm trying to listen to my body, and rest when I get tired and out of breath... but the competitive fool in me really wants to keep pushing. I'm trying to reign her in. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

11 Weeks Pregnant w/ Boo # 2

Written 8/10/14- 11 weeks pregnant

  • This week was relatively easy (knock on wood). With the Zofran I actually felt human most days.
  • On Wednesday we told Drew's parents and on Sunday we told my family. How we told is a whole other post, but it's so nice now to have it out there and have everyone all excited. Both our families were shocked that we were I was able to keep it a secret for so long... frankly, so am I.
  • Baby Boo is the size of a lime this week; 1.6 inches long and .25 ounces. Baby is getting bigger, but I don't feel like I've gotten much bigger this week. Granted, there are some days where I feel absolutely huge, but for the most part I just look like I've gained a few pounds (even though I haven't)
  • On that note, I've officially gained one single pound in these 11 weeks of pregnancy. I lost a couple when I was really sick for a couple of weeks there. My Dr. wants me to be up 5 pounds by my visit on the 25th... you would think gaining 5 pounds would be easy for me, since I usually gain without even trying, but the one time I need to gain, it doesn't happen. This happened last time too though and I (clearly) made up for it in later months. 

10 Weeks Pregnant With Boo # 2

 Double digits, what what! Oh, and this makes me 1/4 of the way there. Weird to think that I'm a quarter of the way done and we've told about 2 people right now. And this week's picture is what happens when your two year old and husband want to help with your belly picture.

  • This week I was so, so sick. I thought last week was bad? That was apparently just the warm up. I wore my sea-bands all the time when at home just to take the edge off... totally didn't stop me from getting sick 2-4 times a day, but it made me feel a little better.
  • Of course I then forgot to take them off one day when we were outside, so of course we bumped into our neighbors. I didn't want to make a big deal, so I left them on. The next day the husband asked me if we're planning on having more kids anytime soon. Awkward. I told him it would happen sooner or later. They totally know.
  • Mid week it got so bad that I finally called the doctor. Of course when they found out how much I was throwing up (and that I had thrown up 6 times the day before) they said I had to come in to see the doctor. I was hoping to avoid that, but I get why they wanted to check things out. Anyway, I left that afternoon with a prescription for Zofran which is a miracle drug. It's been a complete turnaround in how I feel. I still get nauseous, but it's no where near as awful as before, and I haven't been sick in the 4 days I've been taking it. 
  • I am hungry all the time, but I don't want to eat. Eating makes me sick, not eating makes me sick... I just can't win. I eat a lot of cereal because it stays down more than other stuff. No wonder I haven't gained any weight yet. Sadly I know that this will come to an end soon and I'll start packing on pounds like crazy.
  • Boo is the size of a prune this week. 1.2 inches long and .14 ounces.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Keeping the secret

Written 7/16/14- 7 weeks pregnant

You know when you have awesome, amazing news and you're oh, so excited to share it?

Yeah, that's us right now.

We found out on June 30th, and decided we wanted to wait to tell me. Last time we told our families and best friends within a week of finding out and then told just about everyone after our first ultrasound at 8 weeks... this time we wanted to wait and find a fun way to do it.

We have our friend (and awesome photographer) Erin coming to do pictures in three weeks, so we wanted to do a fun announcement picture with her. I've been scouring Pinterest and good old Google for days now coming up with fun ideas to spill the beans.

But it is HARD to keep a secret of this magnitude. And I keep wondering if people suspect or are going to figure it out. I'm hoping we can keep it to ourselves for a few more weeks until we can announce it in a fun way!

Monday, September 8, 2014

9 Weeks Pregnant w/ Boo #2

This was a rough, rough week. All the pregnancy miseries that come with the 1st trimester hit full force this week. Combine that with Fynn only taking ONE nap this week. Not going to lie, I've been pretty miserable.

  • Prego pic of the week complements of our amazing family photographer Erin. If you live in New England you should probably hire her for your pictures. She's done all of ours since Fynn was born and we couldn't be happier. While the pictures not actually a belly pic, you can see how big I've gotten... seriously, how does the whole world not already know? Or do they and I'm just clueless?
  • I haven't actually gained any weight so far. I keep being either at my pre-pregs weight or a pound below it. Part of that is I've been working out steadily so far, but this past week it's because I've been able to keep very little down. 
  • I've felt so sick this week. Stomachaches, nausea and the requisite morning sickness. I've also felt completely exhausted. All I want to do is sleep, and last time I was able to nap whenever I was wiped out, a 2 year old doesn't exactly let that happen. I make matters worse though because when I could nap (like right now when Fynn's at Mimi's house for the day) I'm stupid and do things like blog, clean the house, or sit on teh couch and read a book. 
  • Brushing my teeth makes me gag. Not sure why, but it feels awful to do.
  • I don't really like food. Most food doesn't sound very good and anything that sounds good ends up making me feel sick after I eat it. Also just the thought of meat makes me feel sick to my stomach. 
  • Boo is the the size of a green olive this week. About .9 inches long... how does something so tiny affect my whole body to such a degree?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Social

1. 5 Things you want us to know about you

  1. I love all  things pink
  2. I'd rather sit on the couch and read a book than do just about anything else
  3. I'm 28 years old with a husband, a toddler, and a baby on the way and I'm still wondering when I'm going to start feeling like a grown up.
  4. I get annoyed by people really easily, which is why #2 exists
  5. I married the guy down the road, who I started dating at 15, at the age of 22.

2. 5 Favorite things about blogging

  1. Stalking people and having it be not that weird
  2. Feeling like I know people who I've never actually met
  3. Commenting on a blog (or having them comment on mine) and having it result in a 20+ e-mail conversation
  4. Bearing my heart and soul and having people actually get what I mean
  5. Documenting life with Fynn, if it weren't for this blog I probably wouldn't have any semblance of a baby book for the poor kid. 
3. 5 Things you are doing before the year is over

  1. Finding out if Baby Boo #2 is a boy or girl (in October)
  2. Getting to the halfway point in my masters degree
  3. Going apple picking
  4. Possibly shooting maternity pix (either before the year is over or the very beginning of last year. Hopefully before full whale-syndrome kicks in)
  5. ...I can't think of a 5th thing that I know I'm doing before the year ends... 
4. 5 Favorite Fall Fashion Staples
  1. Leggings
  2. boots
  3. skinny jeans (okay, probably not this fall, unless I can find some cute maternity skinnies)
  4. Warm sweaters
  5. Cute scarves- though I always feel silly when I'm the one wearing them

5. 5 Favorite beauty products

  1. Mascara
  2. Make up removal clothes for the night I'm too lazy to really wash my face (aka: every night)
  3. tinted moisturizer
  4. yummy smelling lotion
  5. bright colored nail polish
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