24 Weeks

Friday, April 11, 2014


Look at that.  24 weeks.  Altho, if all goes well and I have this baby on my scheduled c-section date, I only 15 weeks left of my pregnancy.  Can I get a high five?   I have a feeling with everything that still needs to be done before then, those 15 weeks are going to fly by. 

I'm definitely feeling more like a whale than a regular person these days.  This pregnancy things have progressed so much faster.  (Comparison photo with Vinny at 24w here.)  Because of it I'm pretty self-conscious about my bump.  I know there's no hiding it, but with the right clothes I can make it look smaller than it actually is.  Cardigans.  They are my best friend. 

Oh, and yes, I've been taking my weekly bump photos in the office bathroom.  As much as I wanted to document this pregancy with my real camera, I just never happened.  Convenience of the iphone won, again.

How far along?  24 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Maternity clothes are in full force lately.  Comfort has been key so as much as I want to rock a great pair of skinny maternity jeans, I always choose leggings instead.  And, as much as I told myself I would never do it, I wear them as pants.  *gasp*  With several trips to Target this week I've picked up a few maxi dresses and I cannot wait to trade my leggings in for them once the weather permits.


Stretch marks?
  Not one!


Sleep: 
I've definitely been more tired than usual the last few weeks.  Almost to the point of 1st tri tiredness all over again.  


Best moment this week:
  Wednesday's 70 degree and sunny day.  It felt so great to get outside and put some flip flops on.  It's been the longest winter in Minn ever and we are going a tad stir crazy.


Miss Anything? 
Definitely could go for some sushi.  Coupled with a glass of wine!


Movement:
  So much movement - all over!  I love it.  While at work I find myself starring at my belly watching all the kicks and punches.  It's definitely my favorite part of pregnancy.


Food cravings:
  Like I said, sushi would be awesome right now.  Altho I am back on my root beer float kick like I was when I was pg with Vinny.  I can't get enough.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  15 more weeks until we'll know!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  It's trying to pop out.  It's not visible under my clothes - yet!


Wedding rings on or off?
  I think they may be officially off.  I didn't swell up as fast as I did when I was pregnant with Vinny, but it's come to a point where they will go on in the morning, but I have to use soap to get them off in the evening.


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
As much as I want to write happy, it would be a lie.  This week has been rough.  I kinda felt like I've been getting smacked at all angles of life this week and, because of it, I've been a little more quiet than usual and definitely a little down. 


Looking forward to: 
Going shopping all by myself on Saturday for a few hours.  I don't even remember what that feels like.  Just me, the mall, my list and starbucks in hand.  It's going to rock. 

Working Mama

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The months, days and hours go by in what seems like an instant.  You blink and it's Sunday afternoon, your baby is napping, you are tidying up the house while in the back of your mind all you can think about is the dreadful Monday morning that is fast approaching.

Being a working mom is hard.  It's something I've been struggling with since my first day back to work after having Vinny. 

There are so many pros and cons.  And I've weighed them time and time again.  With another baby on the way, the price of daycare we will be paying a week, and my overall happiness, I feel it's time to throw in the towel on working my full time corporate job.

I crave being home with Vinny during my days at work.  I dream a life where I can be home, enjoy watching him grow and learn, all while keeping the house in a relative state of clean.  Now, with another baby sure to join our family in a few months, that dream rings louder and louder in my head.

And I know being a stay at home mom is no walk in the park.  That the house will look like a tornado came through it, the laundry will be piled up and the dream of catching up on blogs while the kids are sleeping is something unheard of.  Regardless, at this stage of my life, it's the only place I want to be right now. 

I don't love my day job.  I've never have.  It's not secret.  I wouldn't miss it at all.  The paycheck, however, is something I struggle with. 

Sure, my lifestyle would be altered dramatically.  No more $150 sporadic Target runs a week, no more Starbucks, no more placing a random $150 order on gap.com.  But these are things that I can easily give up to be home with my kids.

Between now and July 25th a lot of decision making needs to happen, along with a lot of hard work and dedication to my photography.  Staying home while watching my children grow and learn all while moving steering my photography business in the direction I would love for it to go is my goal.  I'm hopeful that there will be big changes on the horizon. 

23 Weeks

Friday, April 4, 2014



How far along?  23 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  With feeling (and looking) so much bigger this time around, it's enviable.  I do still wear some shirts/cardigans that aren't maternity.  I tried wearing a pair of my black skinny work pants to work this week and was so uncomfortable, so I'll be sticking to maternity pants for sure from now on.


Stretch marks?
  Surprisingly even after my 9 lb 1 oz baby the first time - not a mark!


Sleep: 
Yes please!  I'd love a little more of it, but I'll take it while I can get it.


Best moment this week:
  One of our venders at work brought in cupcakes today.  I call that a best moment. 


Miss Anything?
  Warm weather, sunshine, flip flops.  You know, the things that Minnesotans don't have for a good 6 months of out the year. 


Movement:
  The kicks and punches are non-stop.  So either we have a baby who doesn't like to sleep, or the next karate kid is in my belly.


Food cravings:
  Sweets (cupcakes mainly), burritos and milk.  In that order too, please.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  I love the mystery!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Semi in, semi out.  You can't see it through my shirts yet, but it's bound to happen here shortly!


Wedding rings on or off?
  On.  Well, kinda.  Yesterday and today my hands have been really swollen so I've taken them off half way through my day.  I was SUPER swollen when I was pregnant with Vinny, and I'm surprised I held out this long.


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
My hour and a half prenatal massage tomorrow afternoon.  With my siatic nerve hurting daily and the stress of my day job - it's more than needed.  

22 Weeks

Sunday, March 30, 2014




How far along?  22 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Yes, of course.  Altho I am wearing a lot of my cardigans that aren't maternity.


Stretch marks?
  Not one.


Sleep: 
Sleep has been great.  Altho I'm getting up once a night to either pee or chug a huge glass a milk.


Best moment this week:
  A surprise visit from family Thursday night.
 


Miss Anything?
  Missing out on purchasing and wearing all these super cute spring/summer clothes. 


Movement:
  For sure.  We have a kicker in there.  I love watching my better while he/she is kicking.  So surreal. 


Food cravings:
  I'm not a huge sweet person, but I crave anything sweet.  I did when I was pregnant with Vinny too.  I need to knock it off since my glucose test is fast approaching!


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  Nobody knows and won't for another 17 more weeks!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  In but I think it's thinking of poking out soon.


Wedding rings on or off?
  On


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
Nesting.  I am actually starting to a little now.  Today's project: organize/clean out nursery #2 closet.  

21 Weeks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oh this belly of mine.  It truly has a mind of it's own.  I wake up every morning feeling so cute and little.  By the afternoon I swear my belly has doubled. 




We had our anatomy ultrasound this week.  Chris, unfortunately, was not able to make the appointment.  I won't lie, I secretly was contemplating finding out the gender.  I figured if Chris wasn't there, I could just play along for the next 18 weeks and pretend like I don't know.  Who am I kidding?  I could never keep that sort of secret.  Besides, as much as curiousity is trying to get the best of me this pregancy, I truly want to be surprised in the delivery room.  So, nobody knows this baby's gender.  Not even my doctor.

Since I was alone, I sat by myself in the ultrasound room for what seemed like forever before my technician came in.  My mind swirled and swirled.  I got hot.  I felt like I was going to throw up.  There's nothing that would lead me to believe that something was wrong this pregnancy, but I can't help but worry.  I don't remember worrying about this with Vinny.  Maybe since everything was so new with my first pregnancy I didn't have time to think of that.  This pregnancy, since I know what's to come, I spend my time worrying and wondering.  All I want is a healthy baby. That's all anyone truly wants, right? 

My technician came in and started the ultrasound.  I felt my heart pounding.  There were a few times where she went silent and just stared at the screen.  Of course I kept asking if everything was ok.  And it was.  After approximately a half hour of checking out this babe she gave me the green light saying that he or she looks perfectly healthy.  Such a relief.  I could finally relax and breathe.


How far along?  21 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Comfort is key to me so, yes. 


Stretch marks?
  None.  


Sleep: 
I sleep like a rock. 


Best moment this week:
  Finding out that this little peanut is healthy!


Miss Anything?
 


Movement:
  All.The.Time.  He/she is kicking me as a type :)


Food cravings:
  Still on the Taco Bell train.  I even had it for lunch today.  No shame. 


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  We'll find out in July!  I did get to see a 3D profile pic of this little peanut at our ultrasound and all I could think was that he/she looked like a boy.


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  In 


Wedding rings on or off?
  On


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
Spending the weekend with my little family.  The days get so hectic and busy during the week that I crave the weekends where can just relax, stay in our jammies and enjoy each other. 

Half Baked

Friday, March 14, 2014

Well hello there half way mark! 

While I sit and type I reminisce about the first half of this pregnancy part of me feels it went by super fast and another part feels it went by so sloooow.  Regardless, I made it.  WE made it.  She/he is half baked.  Only 19 more weeks until my cut date.  Let the countdown begin!

This time around I definitely feel and look bigger sooner than I did while pregnant with Vinny.  (click here for my 20 week belly shot my last pregnancy.) I'm trying to embrace it.  Even if that means trying to squeeze myself into non-maternity shirts still...

 



I almost get asked daily if we intend to find out what we are having this time around.  And, just like we did with Vinny, we are not going to find out the gender next week at our anatomy ultrasound.  It's funny how so many people can't believe we are waiting.  I get shocked faces, and, of course, everyone's 2 cents.

We are having a baby. I have a little miracle inside my belly right now. No matter if it's a boy or girl, it's going to be awesome.


I successfully designed a gender neutral nursery while I was pregnant with Vinny.  I don't have a doubt that I can't design another one.  And who says the closet can't be filled with clothes before baby girl/boy gets here?  Sure it won't be a closet full of blue or pink, but trust me, it will be filled.  Besides, who is to say I can't place a substantial order on www.gap.com while I'm still in the hospital recovering from my c-section? :)

Altho I didn't blog my first half of my pregnancy I do plan on answering the same questions as I did when I was pregnant with Vinny for the reminder of my pregnancy.  So, let's do this.


How far along?  20 weeks

Maternity clothes?  Here and there.  I definitely feel a lot more comfortable in maternity clothes.

Stretch marks?  None.  Lathering up daily with cocoa butter!

Sleep:  Yes please! 

Best moment this week:  Finally getting outside with Vinny to enjoy the sunshine and weather.  This seriously has to the be longest winter ever.  I cannot wait for it to be over. 

Miss Anything?  A nice glass of red wine would be ideal right now. 

Movement:  I started feeling baby girl/boy move about 2 weeks ago.  I love feeling all these little flutters, kicks and punches. 

Food cravings:  Taco Bell.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!

Gender:  Not an idea.  Altho I had my first dream about this little peanut the other night. I dreamt she was a girl! 

Labor Signs:  No, thankfully.

Belly Button in or out?  Still in, huge and wide. 

Wedding rings on or off?  On

Happy or Moody most of the time:  I'm generally happy.  Altho I have been more sensitive this pregnancy.  The littlest of things make me cry or scream.

Looking forward to:  The weekend.  It 's been a long week at work. 

Hello? ... h e l l o ?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hi.  Hello.  Or shall I say, helloooooo?

It's been a while huh?  And by a while I mean like almost 7 months since my last post.

Unbelievable.

I don't even know if anyone still follows me.  I wouldn't.  I could start to go on and on with the million excuses why I haven't blogged in so long, but nah.

A lot has happened in the last 6 months.  The highlights are as follows:

Vinny is now an 18 monther.

I left the comfort of my downtown law firm job of almost 12 years and got a new job in the 'burbs which is closer to home, pays more and allows me to spend more time with my family.

I made it through my busiest season of photography yet last fall.

We spent our first Christmas not traveling to Chicago.  Ohhh I could write a whole blog post on how nice it was to be home, not having to travel and staying in our pjs all day while drinking hot chocolate.

And we are expecting.  I'm currently 18 weeks pregnant!  Vinny is going to be a big brother in July!


Can you say holy thunder thighs?!  My gosh.  Lay off the Oreos girl.

I hope to be back on my blogging routine.  I've missed it.  There's so many bits and pieces of our lives that I wish I would have blogged so I could look back and read them over and over.  It might be a little late in the game to start a new year's resolution, but I've never been one to follow the rules anyways.  So here's to blogging again in 2014!  
 

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