Monday, June 26, 2017

baby #2 | 35 weeks

How Far Along35 weeks, 4 days! A lot late this week but for good reason! 

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of a coconut! YUM.

Can someone have one of these ready for me after delivery? Thanks :)

Although... given my appointment on Thursday, I can say with certainty that would be one very large coconut.

Pregnancy/Sleep/Labor Signs: Everett is clearly a big boy. He is all up in my ribs and starting to cause quite a bit of pain.  We'll find out this week just how big he is measuring and I cannot wait :)

I am still sleeping pretty well given that I am so. freaking. close. to the end, I am fairly surprised and over the moon thrilled about. I am getting leg cramps at night which is tough. I try to drink gatorade before bed but I try not to drink too much because of that whole getting up to pee thing. It's a balancing act. 

No labor signs just yet which I am totally ok with. I had my first cervix check last Friday with Dr. Masiky. We are 1/2 cm dilated which is the same as with Natalie. I'll go back next week for another check and for a BPP to check fluid, size and his breathing. 

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: I could not be more in love with this bump. My belly button is flat-ish. For the most part it is flat but sometimes it's a nub. Natalie thinks it's weird and I love it. I have not gained any weight in the last week so I am still up only 35lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. It looks like I will probably gain about the same amount of weight with both pregnancies, but I will still be 24lbs less than my delivery weight with Natalie which feels just crazy to me.

Cravings/Aversions: Craving nothing. Aversions: everything. I have had a rough case of food poisoning since the weekend so food is making me super leery. 

Big Sister: She has been hamming it up all week. I could not be more proud of her. I loved that my parents got to spend some time with her and see what a sweet, sassy little girl she is. She spent the weekend in NJ visiting B's family and she is just obsessed with Unkie's girlfriend, Allison. It is the sweetest. 

Miss Anything: My parents. We had such a great visit with them and I wish that we had gotten more time. I know I'll see them in about a month but it's tough. 

Best Moment: This week has been full of them! Last Wednesday, we got to spend some time with my parents and take Nat to the splash pad and pool where my parents were staying. That little girl had the time of her life. She is so carefree and happy and I wish I could bottle it up and sell it because we'd be rich. 

my mama and me :)

On Thursday, B and Nat came with me to my OB scan which was nice.  It was an anxiety filled scan so I was happy to have B's hand to hold.  And then, after my appointment my coworkers threw the sweetest little sprinkle for Everett :) He is one very loved and lucky little boy and I am one very blessed mama to have such amazing co-workers.

Thursday evening, my family came over and we continued the celebrations. We celebrated my parents visiting and Everett (by virtue of leftover sprinkle cake) and just being together which was nice. We picked crabs, some lucky people drank beers and we laughed and listed to Buffett. Hello summer, indeed!

Over the weekend, in between bouts of dying, I did baby brother's laundry and worked on thank you notes. I have some final little things to snag for his room and then I will post pictures! I packed hospital bags and put together gifts for the hospital nurses. And then on Sunday afternoon, I got to celebrate the pending arrival of my friend Emily's little girl, Harper :)

Can't Wait For: I cannot wait for Everett's room to be done. I know he won't be sleeping in there anytime soon, but it's nice for me to have his space complete. I am also excited for my weekly appointment with Dr. Masiky since we'll get to peak in on baby brother :)

Maternity Pictures | Liz Hough Photo

I first reached out to Liz from Liz Hough Photography when I was just barely pregnant. I wanted to price her out because I was in love with her work. Liz has worked with so many of my co-workers so she came really highly recommended and I can see why! She is flexible and understanding and as a mom of almost 5 month old twins and a three year old, she just gets it. 

When I did Natalie's maternity pictures, I didn't plan outfits with as much thought. This time around, it was so much more fun. I narrowed down the dresses I liked from Pink Blush and I had my co-worker (and fashion guru), Shawn, make the final decision.  Old Navy had the cutest tutu dresses on sale so I snagged three in different colors so that once my dress came in, Shawn could tell me which one would be best for Natalie to wear. Once we settled on a pink dress for Natalie, I opted to let her wear her pink princess heels. It was important to me that these maternity pictures not just celebrate my pregnancy, but truly reflect this moment in our lives and at this moment, princess heels are all the rage. 

We met up with Liz for maternity pictures one evening during the middle of the week at a local park. She had asked if I had a time preference and I said I really loved her work during the golden hour. Rain was in the forecast so I was a little anxious but we lucked out and had really great, although a smidge humid, weather for pictures.  The golden hour is such a beautiful, peaceful, serene time of day and I feel like it is truly reflected in our pictures.

Natalie was a total ham bone during pictures.  She listened so well and really took to Ms. Liz. My heart melted so many times but especially when Liz was taking my picture and Natalie from the background said "You're doing such a great job, Mommy!" I love how encouraging and sweet that little girl can be. Clearly B and I are doing something right :)

I cannot put into words how happy I am with the results of our maternity pictures.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A sprinkle for baby brother

I have talked before about how amazing my work team family is. In fact, I went on a hormonal tangent not too long ago about how thankful I am for these amazing women. I owe so much to them, both personally and professionally. So it really wasn't a surprise that when I told them there wasn't going to be a sprinkle for baby brother, they insisted he get one at work. And not only did they plan the sweetest little sprinkle, but they made it during a time that B and Natalie could come to celebrate too. 

B and I are so incredibly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support of this pregnancy and our little family. We are feeling so blessed, happy, excited and most of all ready to welcome little brother in a few more weeks!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

baby #2 | 34 weeks

How Far Along34 weeks! 

Size of the BabyBaby W is the size of a butternut squash box of cookies! (Cookies sound amazing but cookies mean carbs and carbs are a no-no. Whomp whomp.)

Pregnancy/Sleep/Labor Signs: I have said it approximately 579 times and I will say it at least another 426 but this pregnancy has been so different than my pregnancy with Natalie. I feel much better this time around. 

Sleep is starting to get a little bit questionable. I've made it this far so I guess that's only fair. I need to go buy some extra pillows for the bed which should help out.

No labor signs just yet. I did have a dream the other night that my water broke during a clinical team meeting. Since I missed the one for this month, I guess we'll have to see if it happens at the meeting next month on the 11th :) I have my first cervix check next week which is just crazy that we're already that far along and I am super excited to see how things are progressing at this point (if at all). Fun fact: I was 1/2 cm dilated with Natalie at 35 weeks.

Bump/Belly Button/Weight Gain: I am bumping. I feel smaller this time around even though I have gained nearly as much weight in 34 weeks (up a total of 35 lbs) as I did in 40 weeks with Nat.  I feel more confident and love my body so much more this time. It's liberating. Sometimes I almost forget that I have the bump. The other morning B was still snuggled in bed and I went to lay on his back and couldn't because of the bump and was like well shoot, when did this thing get here?

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing this week!

Big Sister: I could not be more proud of her lately. Last weekend while at the baby shower she was so well behaved. She had impeccable manners. She was a total rock star. I am so incredibly proud of the little lady she is becoming.

She also totally rocked maternity pictures this week and I cannot get enough of her sassy little self. I wish I could bottle up this age. Three has been hard but I think we're turning a corner!'s to hoping I haven't jinxed myself!

Miss Anything: Carbs and chai. While I haven't cut them out entirely (it's impossible and not actually good to do that), I have had to be much smarter about them and that has been terrible. Did you know a venti no water lightly sweet chai has 39 grams of carbs? And a regular no water venti chai has 56 grams of carbs? Hell, cutting those out should mean I am allowed to have bread but it does not. Ugh. 

Best Moment: We did our maternity pictures with Liz from Hough Photography this week and it was so much fun! Liz is seriously a dream to work with and I am already on pins and needles waiting for the final product!

Can't Wait For: We are doing more maternity pictures this weekend! I literally cannot get enough documentation of this last (planned) pregnancy.  This weekend's pictures are with the every so fabulous Monique! We absolutely love working with her! Also, my parents are coming to visit next week and I am so excited to see them! We are spending the whole day with them next Wednesday and then we're hosting everyone for crabs next Thursday. Eek!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Shopping Small for Baby Boy

It is no secret that I love shopping small and have been shopping small for baby brother. I have been sharing all of my finds on my Instagram stories but figured I would share the first of his small shop collection here :)

1. Fox teether from Minted Lane.  This was baby brother's first small shop purchase that I made specifically for him and I am so in love! The wood is so soft and smooth, making it almost delicate while being incredibly sturdy. Perfect for little hands :)

Minted Lane has quickly become my go-to for baby shower gifts. The shipping turnaround is amazing and her selection of teethers is the absolute sweetest.

2. Moccasins from Sweet n Swag.  So this was technically my first baby purchase; however, I bought them before we knew gender as a way to announce our pregnancy. I love love loved their moccs for Natalie and cannot wait for baby boy to have his own collections of moccs and moxfords. 

3. Personalized blanket from Audrey's Bear. This was the first purchase I made that really made me feel like this was happening. Seeing Everett's name on the proof was surreal. 

4. Mama's Boy shirt from Bear and Little Bird Co. I spotted this on instagram and I had to have it. While I don't necessarily want a mama's boy in 20 years, I will absolutely take one now :)

5. Custom artwork from B Monte Designs. B gave me a vague idea of what he wanted to see in a little boy's room: "you know, my touch". Uh huh... so with very little to go on, I came up with the idea of custom drawings of B's truck, his dad's old truck and his brother's older truck (which once belonged to B's grandfather). 

I love love love how these came out. I have my eye on another watercolor of Barbara's that I am tempted to get for the nursery but we shall see :)

I have love, love, loved shopping small for Everett and supporting those mama makers. Please send any small shop recs my way because I am always looking for more!