Pregnancy Update: 25 Weeks

Tomorrow I’ll be 25 weeks pregnant! I had a total meltdown last night when I realized how soon this baby is coming and how much we still have to do. Things are truly so so different the second time around. In some ways it’s much harder but in other ways I actually like it a lot more. I think this time around I feel so much more connected to the baby because I know what I’m getting at the end of all this. That sounds so weird but the first time around, you don’t yet understand how much love you will have for your child. I hadn’t experienced nursing yet, or those moments you share with only your baby. The first time around it was almost so alien, so strange. People would explain things to me but I had yet to experience it for myself. This time I am experiencing pregnancy as a mother. This time, I have Dex, a perfect example of what is to come and it makes me just so much more excited to meet this baby and experience all those little moments with him or her.

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I wanted to change up the questions this time around so I took some of these from my sweet friend Allison’s blog! She’s expecting now too if you guys want to follow along with her as well!

How far along are you?: 25 weeks! yeah right!

Baby is: Awesome! kidding, kind of. I think I’m supposed to say: 14 inches long and about a pound and a half!

Movement: Crazy movement. From 16 weeks on I swear I can feel every move this baby makes. My placenta was at the front last time, so I never felt Dex like this. It’s super fun to be able to even feel little rolls and sharp things like (what I can only assume are) feet and knees and elbows. Dex was chill in the womb and chill when he came out so we might be in trouble with this babe!

Total weight gain/loss: I’m up 15 lbs. Which is way more than I had gained at this point with Dexter. But, I’m feeling good and eating well and happy with that!

Maternity clothes?: Yes – I got the most amazing jeans from H&M that make me feel stylish again! For shirts, I’m still just sizing up or getting long tees and tanks! H&M is really the best for all things maternity – whether it’s in that section or not. I also love the maternity line from Asos.com

Belly button in or out?: Almost out – and it never came all the way out with Dexter at all – so that’s different!

Stretch marks?: No not yet, but I’m crazy itchy and I think that’s connected somehow. I didn’t have an itchy belly with Dex until I was like 36 weeks!

Obsessing over: New baby shopping and nursery decorating! I’ve been pinning like crazy and working with an amazing e-designer on the new room! It’s hard when we don’t know the gender but we are going to prepare the best we can and then buy the gender specific touches after the baby is here.

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(cutest new organic swaddle blanket from Darling Littles – softest swaddle blanket I’ve ever felt!)

Sleep: Insomnia has hit me hard! I had it in the first trimester big time and now it is back. It feels like I drank a double americano at 1 am and then tried to go to sleep. My eye muscles literally hurt from trying to keep my eyes closed. Maybe it’s my body trying to give me a taste of what my new life will be like. Up all night, then up with a wild toddler all day. (I CAN do this, I CAN do this!)

Favorite moment this week: Hmmm – not going to lie it’s been an uneventful week. I guess the best part had nothing to do with babies/pregnancy at all but my amazing mother in law came over to watch Dex while I went out for the morning shopping alone! I hit up David’s tea, Lush and H&M and it was magical! Do i feel guilty that the best moment didn’t involve my babies? A little – but Dex saying “mama” for the thousandth time is the best part of my day and I thought that might be a little expected haha

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Working on: Our house. We are finishing up our bedroom then onto the new nursery, Dexter’s toddler room and a playroom in the basement. We were so confident that we could easily get all this done before the baby back in December and now I’m starting to freak out! At the end of the day the LAST thing I want to do is put together furniture or paint a room but it needs to get done. Waaah.. We will get there.

Thinking about: The birth. Always. Sometimes I lose sleep over it. I’m planning a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarian) and feeling all kinds of anxious about how it will go. I know it is the right choice for me and I am so excited at the possibility of it happening but there are so many factors that can throw things off. I know this baby will get here how it gets here and that God has it all planned out but I’m still thinking about this whole VBAC thing alllll the time! (If you have had a VBAC I would love love love to hear from you!!!)

Currently craving: I barely had any cravings this time around until like this past week! Lately, I will think of something and nothing else will do until I have it. I’m loving orange juice, candy (like those 5c fruit candies), pizza, cucumber/tomato/feta salad, watermelon and ice cream.

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Anything make you sick or queasy?: No nothing. I have thankfully been nausea free since around 16 weeks, and it was BAD this time around so I’m so so so happy about that.

What are you most looking forward to?: Meeting this baby and finding out whether it’s a boy or a girl!! (spoiler alert – that will be my answer every week). Last time, we didn’t find out the gender and it was so easy. I was never tempted at all. This time, I am DYYYYING not knowing what it is. I think it’s because last time I was like 99% sure it was a boy in my heart. This time I have no feelings either way at all! I am just dying to know who it is and meet him/her and give them a name and a room in our home. Now that this child exists it just feels like our family isn’t complete until he/she is here. I am however, really working on soaking up my last couple months with one child and being able to spend all my time with Dex – so I’m also just looking forward to that – just the end of this chapter and the beginning of the next.

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Thanks so much for reading!

ps. SO many selfies in this post – just realized haha tired of the back of my phone yet? Me too. :)

B

First Trimester Recap

So I’m past the first trimester, but I thought it would be cool to do a little recap instead of doing weekly updates because the first trimester for me can basically be summed up in 3 words; sick, tired, HUNGRY!

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It felt like my first trimester was only a month long because if you read my last post, you will know that we didn’t find out we were expecting until about 2 months in – which I didn’t mind one bit!

So far this pregnancy has been super different in some ways and exactly the same in others. It has been really fun to look back on my pregnancy updates from last time and compare details.

How it’s different:

Last time I had 13 year old boy acne for like 4 months straight and this time, I’ve maybe had one breakout.

Last time my nausea was just in the morning, this time it has been all day. This time is was also way more intense and although I never threw up there were waaaay too many close calls. I think it might be because this time I change diapers and seeing poop like 4 times a day is about the worst thing ever when you feel nauseous.

This time I had a huge meat aversion. YUCK!

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This time I’m craving more citrus/sweet/cold/fresh things, last time it was all pasta and the saltiest things I could get my hands on. Seriously, all I wanted all day was salami (?!?!)

I don’t think I have mentioned it on the blog before, and I’m even a little uncomfortable mentioning it now but, the biggest difference is last time I had (I didn’t even know this was  a thing) pre-natal depression (also called Antenatal depression). I literally got punched in the face with hormones and felt so down and depressed all the time. I know pregnancy brings about a lot of hormones and emotional changes for everyone but I could tell this was something different. I would get so emotional over the most random things my husband said to me and have super bizarre thoughts about things like my marriage and my body. For example, I had gained maybe 3 pounds and I would literally look in the mirror and loathe myself and feel enormous (but in the second trimester when I had gained like way more I felt amazing).  If my husband said anything to thing to me (ie. teasing me about chewing loud – this actually happened) I would cry for like 2 hours and then tell him that if he wanted out now then he was free to go and I was prepared to raise this baby on my own – and I would mean it. I would see that as a real possibility. Like, what in the actual hell right?!! This was so NOT me and I knew it at the time but I couldn’t get myself out of it. Thankfully it passed on it’s own. I can specifically remember the day where I was getting ready for bed at night and I realized “OMG – I didn’t cry today!!!!!!” and then the next day I didn’t cry, and the day after that and I knew it was over. I thank God for my husband’s patience and grace through that first trimester. It was funny because this time around I could tell he was prepared to tread lightly because of the hormone explosion that happened last time, but this time is nothing like that at all. I was so relieved to not have to experience that. Until this I had zero experience with any form of depression. I was always someone who never understood depression, and even now I don’t think I grasp it completely, but after my experience in my first pregnancy I thought to myself ‘I kinda get it.” I’m a little embarrassed to say that  I was a little insensitive about depression before. You can’t just “be happy” or be told “you’re not fat” or “I want to be married to you” – you still don’t believe any of it. Anyway – I’ve never said any of this before haha – but maybe some of you have felt the same. In case you were also wondering, I didn’t experience any post-partum depression after Dex was born.

First Trimester Recap: 

Total weight gain/loss:  I think I gained about 8 lbs in the first trimester. To me it seemed like a lot, but I started at a much lower weight than I did with Dex. I think it was because of nursing. I still haven’t caught up to what I naturally sit at (120) before pregnancy/dex/nursing. I was also eating for like a full family of 4 in the first trimester sooo. I’m currently about 118 and counting ;) (and because someone always asks I’m 5’2″)

Maternity clothes?: None during the first trimester but this week (17 weeks) I decided I’ll need to go get some maternity pants/leggings. Thinking of trying H&M. What are some of your fave maternity brands?

Stretch marks? Nope – doing the whole sweet almond oil thing again. It seemed to work last time.

Sleep: Sleep was so good the first 3 months. I’ve got a baby who sleeps through the night and my bladder can still make it until morning too! I’m dreading this changing!! I slept better with a newborn baby than I did when I was pregnant.

Best moment: Finding out we were pregnant was in the first trimester so I’ll say that. I also love seeing my little bump and taught Dex to say baby and where his and my belly is. The dating ultrasound was also fun…seeing a little bean on the screen is the best!

Miss Anything? Hot yoga, and I probably would have liked a glass of wine over the holidays but nothing really.

Movement: Not in the first trimester but started feeling them December 27th.

Anything make you queasy or sick:  YES! Meat of any kind, baby poo, garbage smell, weird textures, being hungry.

Have you started to show yet:  Yes! I’m much bigger this time around. When you think about Dexter was literally in there 16 months ago so I think my body is just like “I remember how this goes, I’ll just get started now.” I’m about as big at 16 weeks as I was at 23 weeks with Dexter.

Gender prediction: Last time I KNEW! We didn’t find out but I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was a boy. This time I have a feeeeeling but it’s nothing like last time. If I had to guess I would say girl but it’s still like 60/40.

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^ 15 weeks // full disclosure: I make these black and white to try to hide how filthy my bathroom mirror is. I don’t think it’s working. haha. I told you I was tired – no time to clean.

Happy or Moody most of the timeHappy! So much happier than last time!

Preparations for baby: We haven’t done much yet but I have some nursery plans. We will have to move Dex and decorate a toddler room for him too!

Looking forward to: Feeling kicks and Zach being able to feel them too. Also decorating a nursery and toddler room!

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^ today @ 17 weeks

Thanks for reading! I won’t be updating weekly but as much as I can and as things change! I’m also thinking about changing the questions in this update a little, I feel like so many of the answers stay the same every week. Any suggestions??

-Britt

 

Baby #2 – How We Found Out!

For my first pregnancy I basically thought I was the first person to ever be pregnant. Just kidding….kind of. It was just all so crazy and new and exciting and the whole thing had to be documented. Now this time around, I am equally excited but I remember feeling like not a lot changed last time from week to week so I’m going to be doing pregnancy updates monthly. Even that feels super ambitions as I sit here exhausted at 11:30pm thinking about how my toddler better not have another 6am wake up!

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(my husband  – the artist ^)

I’m (*checks Baby center app on phone*) 17 weeks so I have a bit of catch up to do but I thought I would start with how we found out!

Lets go back a bit. I knew I wanted more children after I had Dex. I also knew I wanted them to be close in age. But when you are nursing and your baby still feels so little it was hard for me to imagine bringing another baby into the family. My husband was totally ready, but I knew my body needed more time. I needed more time. Around Dex’s first birthday, I started to get a little baby fever. Then we started weaning and he started sleeping through the night and I wasn’t exhausted anymore and I thought “Alright, NOW we can do this.” I was still back and forth from time to time, but I was starting to feel ready. My husband and I talked a lot and decided that we would leave it in God’s hands. We believe that He knows what is best for us and He already knows what and when our family will grow so instead of letting our emotions/hormones/fear dictate we would just let go and trust Him. Well — God was certainly waiting for that “go ahead” (Not that He needs it.)

To give you a bit of a timeline here, Dex turned one on August 19th, we went away for our anniversary around the 25th and AFTER that we decided to start the (what we thought would be) long process of “trying” for another baby. Well – without giving you TMI the doctor estimates that I got pregnant sometime around September 1st.. soooooo super super fast….like first time fast!

I hadn’t gotten my “cycle” back the whole time I was nursing Dexter and even after we started weaning so I had no way of knowing I was “late”. I noticed what felt like period cramping around the end of September. I assumed it was my cycle making it’s way back.  Well – it never came and the cramping continued for about 2 weeks. At this point I am still 100% it’s my period. I heard the first one after pregnancy comes back with a vengeance (sorry, that’s gross) so I just thought it was super drawn out and my body was just finding it’s way back from nursing/pregnancy. I was doing makeup at a wedding with my sister in law on Saturday and she had her baby 4 days before me and was weaning and we got chatting and I told her I think my cycle is going to return because I’ve had period cramps for like 2 weeks. She pretty well instantly told me to take a test.

I bought one the next day (which was Thanksgiving sunday) and asked Zach if he wanted a surprise again or wanted to be there for it. He wanted to do the whole wait 3 minutes and look together thing so we did.

Evidently I assumed I was an old PRO at pregnancy tests (HA) and didn’t read the directions at all because we had literally “tried” maybe 2 times and I am totally, obviously not pregnant! I do my thing and leave the test on the counter. The test has 2 windows – one is the control and always has a line -the other (this is so confusing) has ONE line if you are pregnant and NOTHING if you aren’t pregnant (is that not weird??). I am an idiot and figured it was like a plus or TWO lines if you were pregnant and one if you aren’t. I literally made this up because I was totally NOT pregnant.

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(I know!! It says it RIGHT on it – but I was that sure that I was not pregnant so I think my brain just saw what it saw.)

After 3 minutes we went in and I grabbed the test, saw one line, and like a total know-it-all said “see..negative” Zach looked at it and for a second was like “oh. okay”. At this point ready to walk out of the bathroom and move on (because even when you don’t know what you want or if you are ready – when you take a test you suddenly really want it to be positive) and my husband picked up the test and took a closer look (thank GOD!) and it went like this

Zach: Uhhhhhhhhh………I think…….it’s positive.

Britt: *grabs test* No – one line. Negative.

Zach: No…one line..pregnant..see.

Britt: *Takes a closer look. Hand on mouth. Falls onto toilet.* “OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG OMG……..!!!!!”

Dex sensed our excitement and got all excited too and it was actually such a beautiful moment – the 3 of us all hugging in our tiny little bathroom. It took me like a week to wrap my mind around it. I had no idea when it happened and although it was so much quicker than we anticipated we are so blessed that it wasn’t difficult for us and that we have been entrusted with another baby!

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(Took a second – non-trick test to be sure!)

At our ultrasound we found out we were already 2 months along – which was great because no one likes the first trimester anyway ;)

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When people ask I never know what to say. It was a surprise but we also knew what we were doing and 1+1 = 2
soooo we really shouldn’t have been as shocked as we were. It was an amazing thanksgiving surprise!

Thanks so much for reading! I’ll be posting my first trimester update tomorrow!

Britt

My Baby Shower

A couple of weeks ago some of my best friends threw a baby shower for me! These girls are incredible party planners and blew me away with their creativity and how well they knew me! I have honestly never been so overwhelmed with love and support. I am amazed at how much people already love our little babe! God has blessed us so much with friends and family that go above and beyond!

The shower photos were shot by one of my best friends Natalie Young of Mint Photography. She is such a creative and generous person! She is also pregnant with TWINS! Yay! Can’t wait to spend mat leave together. Be sure to check out her blog for more shower photos, DIY projects, twin updates and her amazing photography skills.

Here are some of the details from my shower. I’m gonna caption the photos in Natalie’s words since she is the one who designed most of it.

EEEK – I have been dying to share these photos!

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“We decided to go with a “white food” theme for the dessert table. The little chalkboard signs for the food were handmade with little wooden plaques from the dollar store that we painted with chalkboard paint. They’re totally re-usable!”shower

“The gold circle banners were done with my amazing circle punch from Michaels, gold cardstock and white yarn for hanging. Gold spray paint went a long way for this party as it was used for the chevron placemats, the clothespins for hanging pictures, the mason jar vases and the picture frames.”shower-39

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Love being pregnant with these girls!
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Mom and I

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Me, my mom and my sister!

Thank you to everyone who attended or sent your love and blessings to the baby shower. We felt sooo much more prepared after and it is all because of you! I literally get emotional when I think of how blessed we are. Our baby is SO loved and already has more than it could ever need. Thank you also to Mindy and Natalie for all the love and effort you put into this day. It was my dream shower!

<3

Britt

32 Weeks

Time for another update! I haven’t done one since 26 weeks so a lot has changed!

32 weeks pregnant

For starters. I am enormous. I mean this bump is a full on basketball. I can’t even believe it sometimes. I feel like iphone photos don’t really do it justice. Make no mistake, it is a beach ball and I’m loving every minute of it.

Also, I did the dreaded glucose test and it was not even close to as terrible as everyone made it seem. It was actually pretty good. The hardest part was drinking it in under 5 minutes and waiting an hour to get blood taken.

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We are really settling into our new house. I have never been more in love with my home. It is so bright and something about the fact that it’s going to be the house we bring our baby home to makes me love it even more.

We are just now starting on the nursery. Zach painted it today and we are waiting for a couple of online orders to come in before really getting down to business.The paint we went with is Valspar – Summer Gray, which isn’t a gray at all. More of a soft white.  I just can’t wait for the room to be done. I just want to sit in there and dream about what it will be like once Baby Havens is here. That, and organize every single corner, and then re-organize when I’m bored. Nesting is a real thing. Can’t stop. Won’t stop.

baby closetThis is the start of Baby Havens Closet. I have really been keeping my shopping to a minimum. Mostly because we don’t know what the gender is. Also because we need gear/baby stuff more than we need baby clothes so I have been resisting baby gap with success! Go me!

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Probably my favourite baby purchase so far (other than our stroller. I’m getting to that) is this Von Bon organic baby blanket. Von Bon is an amazing company out of Vancouver, BC. I have followed them on Instagram for a while so when I came across a gift shop in Vancouver that sold their line I was in heaven! Their stuff is incredibly soft and well made and their patterns are original and perfect for when you don’t yet know the gender. Their line is topping all the lists in the blog world for “best baby shower gifts” and “must have baby items”. I could have bought 100 more things but we decided on this adorable feather blanket for now. Check them out www.vonbon.ca. Show this rad Canadian company some love!

Last thing before the update – We got our stroller!!!!!  I never thought I could love a stroller so much. I heard about how moms get all intense about their strollers and check out other moms strollers and I never really got it until I saw all the options out there. These things are insane now and super high-tech. I did a lot of research and read some reviews and blogs and finally decided on the Bugaboo Cameleon. Our stroller wish list looked like this:  had to have a bassinet, had to fold small enough for our little Ford Focus trunk, had to look cute/modern and we wanted it to be easy to fold on my own or with one hand. This stroller met all of our wants and then some. The Cameleon is cool because it can literally transform and shift so many different ways. Zach and I are also big on walking, we walk our dog all the time and knew we would like to be out on walks often with the baby. This stroller is super easy to steer and has a big storage basket below the seat – great for our long walks.  There are so many awesome strollers out there but this one happened to be the right one for us. Until this baby arrives you can find me cruising by the full length mirror in our hall pretty much nightly to see how we (the stroller and I, obviously) look.

Same stroller. 2 different ways. The bassinet is for newborns and the seat is for about 6 months and up. :)

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Okay — Update time! So much is new…

How far along? 32 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  23 lbs! I can’t believe the scale sometimes!
Maternity clothes?: Same old. Maternity leggings, long stretch tanks, and long stretch dresses from H&M. Kinda getting excited to wear my old clothes again. It’s really hard to find shorts.
Stretch marks? Not yet, been using organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil on my belly. :)
Sleep: Sleep has been crap lately. Even with our AC on I wake up so hot in the middle of the night. My hips have been aching and I had my first leg cramp the other night. The leg cramps where you actually freeze and feel like you aren’t gonna make it through alive. OUCH! ps. Love you baby!
Best moment this week: Getting started on the nursery and an amazing beach date with Zach! Probably one of our last solo beach days for a loooong time!
Have you told family and friends: Yes. This question should be removed. Why would anyone write a blog who could answer no to this question?
Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach and back and not having to pee 9 times every night.
Movement: Yes. It has changed more from kicks to slow rolls and pushes. I think it’s getting pretty tight in there. I have this feeling I’m gonna have a really big baby. Neither Zach or I were very big but I keep imagining this baby being a big one on the big day!
Food cravings: ice cream, freezies, grapes, anything cold and summery.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, I think I’m over it. I had rice again the other night and didn’t feel sick at all. Woo.
Have you started to show yet:  Sure have! 23 lbs of baby and what not all up in front. My friends are starting to seem super shocked when they see me in person. It literally is like a basketball under my shirt. So awesome! I already know I’m going to miss it.
Gender prediction: I still think boy. BUT on Saturday, Zach and I were out at some yard sales and we ran into this girl with a one month old baby in a carrier. We got talking and she said that her, her husband and everyone she knew predicted it was a boy and then it was a girl! This is the story of my life. Everyone I see thinks it’s a boy. A homeless woman walked right up to Zach and I and quite plainly stated, “That’s a boy”. It just goes to show, you literally never know. I don’t care which wives tales you believe in, it’s still 50/50.
Labor Signs:  Nope
Belly Button in or out? Out. It might be my fave part.

Wedding rings on or off? on but getting tighter when it feels like 38 degrees!

Happy or Moody most of the timeHappy!
Weekly WisdomNothing that I can recall? Any mammas wanna drop me some wisdom in the comment box, bring it on! <3
Looking forward to: Continuing and finishing up the nursery and my mat leave beginning!! Woo.

xoxoxo B

26 Week Update

26 weeks already! Somedays I can’t believe it. The second trimester is going by much faster than the first. Probably because most days I don’t feel pregnant at all. Other than my growing belly, inability to paint my toes without taking breaks and getting kicked from the inside out, I feel like my old self again!

The second trimester has been good to me. My skin got better, my emotions became more stable (to Zach’s relief) and I have been feeling so much more prepared. I hear the third gets a little bit tricky again, especially in the summer, but right now I’m enjoying this weather and being (almost) 7 months pregnant!

Lately, I have been having a little anxiety about birth. It’s like when you get engaged. You get this diamond ring and you’re all excited for a while and it’s all fun and games and shopping and planning and Pinterest and then you’re like “WAIT, a wedding is going to happen at the end of this, and I have to pay for it, and walk down an aisle.”

For me it’s kind of the same with pregnancy. I found out, freaked out, then got super excited about all the little things that come with having a baby. I went on Pinterest, took pictures my growing belly, talked fun names with Zach but lately it has hit me, a BIRTH is going to happen and I’m going to do it. It’s not necessarily that I am scared. I’m just finding it hard to wrap my head around. Parents give birth, moms and grandmas, adults – not me! I’m like…what… 20? Oh no, wait I’m 26, and married and an adult and now a MOM! I love it. I love every single second of it, but it’s a good thing it takes 10 months because getting emotionally and mentally prepared takes at least that long – and even then I don’t think anything could completely prepare me.

On to the update!

26 weeks

How far along? 26 and a half weeks!

Total weight gain/loss:  a whopping 17 lbs!! Woah mama! Started at 120 now 137! How on earth!?
Maternity clothes?: Yes. Tights, some jeans. Mostly I like non-maternity clothes that will work with my ever-growing belly. I love long stretch tanks from H&M and I bought a couple of maxi dresses for this summer. I’m just buying a size up for now.
Stretch marks? Not yet, been using organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil on my belly. :)
Sleep: Sleep is getting a little harder again, my legs and hips are starting to hurt and wake me in the middle of the night. That restless leg thing. Not cool!
Best moment this week: Being re-united with Zach in Vancouver and him giving me a mothers day card and gift!
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? HOT TUBS!!! The hotel we stayed at in Whistler was stunning and had this roof top hot tub with mountain views and all I could do was put my feet in! (the water was insanely hot). It was raining and chilly out so the top half of me was so cold! These sacrifices are preparing me to be a mom because after walking all day and having a sore back that hot tub was calling my name!
Movement: Pure karate kicks all the time! They are getting higher too and closer to my ribs! The occasional cervix punch as well, that one sucks haha
Food cravings: Watermelon, pizza.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, still rice but I think I’m just scared to try it again.
Have you started to show yet:  Oh yeah! Getting large! I’ve almost gained 20 lbs which is insane! The body is so wild how it works at this time! It’s getting trickier some days to put on socks or sit up from a chair that leans back but I’m loving it! I had a hard time with the weight gain at the beginning but I think it was mostly hormonal. I felt bigger then than I do now and I had gained only 4 lbs. I think it helps too when you actually look pregnant and your belly is hard and round.
Gender prediction: Boy still – i don’t know why. Just a feeling but I LOVE my girl name so I’m kinda feeling like that would be awesome too!
Labor Signs: Around moving day I had some Braxton Hicks. Seemed early but I was super stressed and working hard.
Belly Button in or out? Almost out! and I love it, oh man it’s so cute!

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Wedding rings on or off? on and still loose! No swelling yet!
Happy or Moody most of the timeHappy!  Moody if I’m hungry but what else is new?
Weekly WisdomNothing that I can recall? Any mamas wanna drop me some wisdom in the comment box, bring it on! <3
Looking forward to: Zach’s tour being over and being home together in our new house.

21/22 Week Update – Halfway There!

You know when you honestly can’t decide if something feels like a longer or shorter period of time than it actually was. That’s exactly how I feel. 21 weeks seems like it has taken forever, but at the same time I feel like I just found out I was pregnant. Word on the street is that the second half crawls by and I’ll be dying for this to be over and for our baby to be here but for now I’m just going to relax and enjoy it.

Worst picture quality! Sorry friends!

21 weeks

The halfway mark is pretty exciting and also makes me kinda nervous. Should I have things  more prepared by now? Should we have settled on names? Should I have taken more photos?

Honestly, before I was pregnant I had this idea in my head of how I would handle it. I thought I would be this all-star blogger and do such an amazing job at documenting the whole thing. I thought I would get really into exercising and eating healthy. I thought I would pick up my good camera more often and prepare my photography skills for when the baby comes. But I am coming to realize that I’m still me. I still hate hate hate working out, I eat pretty much the same (which really isn’t bad by the way) and, I still suck at photography. I think its important to be realistic. I could beat myself up about not getting each and every week of this baby bump photographed but in the end it’s not because I was sitting on the couch. It’s because there were far more exciting and fun things to be doing. I had this thought in my head of “this could be the only time I get to be pregnant” and I had planned to be this super woman of pregnancy and honestly it’s not like that.

Sure, I have changed, but the changes are emotional, and spiritual and a gradual maturing and gaining of knowledge. All qualities that I deem far more important to my family than taking gorgeous photos or not missing a beat with this baby bump. I might miss a workout and gain more than so and so gained during her pregnancy. I might not capture every single moment on camera and need to keep some memories the old-fashioned way, in my mind but as long as I’m happy, healthy, and growing in my marriage, friendships and relationship with God then everything else can wait.

Enough rambling. Update time!

How far along? 21 Weeks. 22 Tomorrow.

Total weight gain/loss:  8 lbs
Maternity clothes?: Yes. Tights, some jeans. Mostly I like non-maternity clothes that will work with my ever-growing belly. I love long stretch tanks from H&M and I bought a couple of maxi dresses for this summer. I’m just buying a size up for now.
Stretch marks? Not yet, been using organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil on my belly. :)
Sleep: Sleeping really well! My mom did my dishes at like 730am this morning and I slept through the while thing! (Thanks mom!)
Best moment this week: My mom was down all weekend and the whole weekend with her was my best moment this week. Specifically her feeling the baby kick! Baby Havens was shy for the first day or two and then gave her a few big kicks yesterday and today! Oh! Other best moment this week was finding out my little sister is having a baby girl!!!!!!  Oh and we had our 20 week ultrasound on Tuesday! More on that in a later post.
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? No, this week, not really. I kinda miss being able to predict my size. Shopping for summer clothes is hard when you don’t know what size you will be.
Movement: Yes! Yay! All the time! I can now see my belly move when baby kicks.
Food cravings: Pickles, iced tea, fresh bread dipped in those flavoured oils! MMM carbohydrates!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: rice, avocado, sometimes meat
Have you started to show yet:  Yes! Actually the change from 19 weeks to 21/22 weeks has been the most drastic so far. I think I have officially “popped”. I even had 2 different strangers ask me when my due date was and congratulate me. It shocked me so much the first time that I totally fumbled on saying when my due date was and sounded like a total idiot. (“umm, oh, me? August, ummmm..19th…wait…19th? yeah. August..thats it.”)
Gender prediction: Boy! Zach thinks girl!
Labor Signs: no
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the timeHappy!!
Weekly WisdomGot so much weekly wisdom from my mom this weekend that I couldn’t possibly type it all. Mostly that all the worrying I do is pointless and that as soon as your baby is in your arms this motherly instinct kicks in and I will just know.
Looking forward to: Being reunited with my love in a week!

B