Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 14 Week

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along? 14 weeks 

Total weight gain:  I haven't stepped on the scale in over a week...guess I should look into that!

Stretch marks?: No. I' finally remembered to order St. Ives lotion with collagen elastin and Bio-Oil just yesterday, so I'll start that nightly regimen as soon as it arrives.

Symptoms: Still dealing with the nausea and exhaustion. I'm soooooo ready to turn the corner and leave this part of the pregnancy in the dust!

Maternity clothes?: Not yet.  However, the dress that I am wearing today {14 weeks} is the same dress that I wore in my 17-week bumpdate for Huston's pregnancy...and this will most likely be the last time I'm able to wear it until after the babe is born! Needless to say, that bump is growing at a much faster pace this time around.

Sleep:  No trouble sleeping whatsoever...except that I just can't get enough of it!

Cravings: Cereal {Cheerios}, toast with honey, ALL.THE.FRUIT, and, of course, Mexican food! 

Food Aversions: No specific aversions...but my appetite changes like the wind. Something can sound fabulous, but by the time it's ready to eat, the smell of it makes me gag.'s been so frustrating.

Mood: I've been super grumpy in the mornings, but I don't think that is a symptom of pregnancy...that's just kind of the norm for me. Ha. I've been having intense feelings of gratitude. Despite being sick all day every day, I'm still so very thankful that I'm able to experience the miracle of pregnancy 

Gender: It's a BOY!          

Best Moment of the Week:  Spending time with my family and friends in Kansas. We made a last-minute decision to drive to Kansas on Saturday since we had an extra day for the Memorial Day holiday. It's always nice to go "home."  It just happened that one of my college roommates was also home visiting her family in Pratt, so it was awesome to catch up with her...and meet her precious new baby boy for the first time! Huston had a blast fishing with Grammy and Grandpa.

Worst Moment of the Week: The morning all-day sickness was intense during the drive back to Kansas.  We had to stop twice along the way for me to get out and throw up. #NotFun #Ick

Miss Anything? Cold deli sandwiches!  Oh, and comfortably fitting in my clothes!

Looking Forward To: We have an OB appointment next Monday, so I'm anxious to hear our little guy's heartbeat again and make sure everything is progressing as it should be.

14 Week Bumpdate

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 13 Weeks

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along? 13 weeks 

Total weight gain: ~8 pounds

Stretch marks?: None. I need to start mixing the St. Ives lotion with collagen elastin and Bio-Oil to ward off stretch marks.  It worked with the last pregnancy, so fingers crossed that it works this time too!

Symptoms: Ohhhhh my....this pregnancy has been so very different than the first time around. I've been so sick {morning AND night...sometimes throughout the entire day!}.  I got a prescription for Diclegis around eight weeks, and it has been a life-saver! I truly believe it's been the only way I've been able to survive at work.  I'm so incredibly grateful for my A-MAZing husband who has picked up all my slack and does literally everything when I'm feeling totally ick-tastic.  I think {hope! pray!} I've started to turn the corner, as I'm beginning to feel like I have a bit more energy.  That first trimester exhaustion was no joke. I remember during my first pregnancy I would take a nap over my lunch hour and then sleep the entire weekend away...somehow that wasn't really an option this time around with a toddler wanting/needing my attention. Although I've complained more than I should about not feeling well, I'm honestly grateful to be experiencing this miracle. 

Maternity clothes?: Not yet...but I've moved into my bigger/looser-fitting clothes.

Sleep:  No trouble sleeping. I've been going to bed so early {between 9:00 - 10:00}, and sleeping through the night until Huston wakes up between 6:00 - 6:30 am. We usually just bring H into our room in the mornings though, so I don't usually roll out of bed until 7:00 am.

Cravings: No cravings that are out of the ordinary for me. I'm eating lots of watermelon, cereal {regular Cheerios with a little cinnamon and sugar added}, Mexican food...and all the sweets in the world!

Food Aversions: Nothing specific...but my appetite is so random. I can love something one minute, but the next minute I can't even handle smelling it. It's been ridiculous!

Mood: Pretty sure I've been suuuuuuper cranky most of the time. I get so tired of constantly feeling sick and tired...but then I remind myself how blessed I am to be able to experience this. Most of the time I do realize how fortunate we are that I've been able to have one child and be carrying our second babe...but there are definitely moments when I catch myself in the middle of a pity party.

Gender: It's a BOY! My blood was drawn at our 11-week OB appointment for genetics testing, and gender can also be determined with that test. We assumed Dr. Jacoby would call with the results while I was in Washington DC for a work conference...and of course, he called on the first day I arrived in DC {Tuesday}. I asked him to call back and leave a voicemail so Ryan and I could listen and find out the news together. It nearly killed me, but I somehow waited to play that voicemail until I arrived home late on Thursday night. We were both totally shocked that it's another boy. We were 100% convinced it was a girl since this pregnancy has been so very different than my pregnancy with Huston.

Baby Movement:  I haven't felt any movement yet. We've had two sonograms thus at seven weeks and one at 10 weeks {we had a scare when I had some severe spotting due to a clot, but everything checked out a-ok!}, and we were able to see his little heart beating in each of those. It was totally different than the first sonogram we had with Huston {11 weeks} because we could see his little body at that point. Even though it mostly looked like a blob on the screen, it most definitely gave us comfort and peace-of-mind to see that tiny heart beating so fast and strong.                    

Best moment this week:  Coming home to my boys after being in Washington DC for three days...and learning that we're having a healthy baby boy!

Worst Moment this week: We unexpectedly lost Lily one month ago {It all happened within 24 hours...she passed away peacefully in her sleep after we discovered there was fluid around her heart.} Of course I miss her, but there are little triggers that really impact me. When we found out this tiny baby was another boy, of course we were excited...but then it hit me that I really need Lily around to give me another girl in the house. Moments like that hit me hard, like a brick wall. I know the hurt will ease as time passes, but I'll forever miss that precious baby dog.       

Miss Anything? Deli meat. I didn't realize just how much I love cold sandwiches!   

Looking forward to: Feeling better and getting some {even just a little} energy back!

13 Week Bumpdate

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Just in Time for the Holidays...

We've got some BIG and EXCITING news to share...

Huston is going to be a BIG BROTHER

We're expecting to add a new little turkey to our family right around Thanksgiving. Although we're not sure exactly when our newest addition will arrive, we are definitely looking forward to being a family of four in time for Christmas! We are beyond excited and just incredibly thankful to be adding another tiny miracle to our family!

Weekly "bumpdates" starting next week {because I feel an obligation to do for Baby Martin 2.0 the exact same that I did for his big brother!}...because I know you can't wait for those exciting posts! ;)

Baby Martin 2.0 Coming Soon...