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  • Pregnancy in my 20s vs my 30s | Gender Reveal

    Half way there! Woohoo! In a way, I feel like I have been pregnant for everrrr, but at the same time it feels like I was just racing to Target because I had “that feeling”. I am so excited for this little babe to complete our little family! OK, so here is what I have experienced so far. Its not at all what I expected this time!

    If you followed my blog while I was pregnant with Camden, you know it was a magical pregnancy. It was easy and amazing. I wasn’t sick, sore, tired or miserable AT ALL. I was so lucky!!
    This time, things are very very different. Sure, I am almost 4 years older (not in my 20s anymore WAHHH!!) so I get it, but man… its been brutal and scary at times!

    Lets start with the first trimester…
    I was so sick. Like could barely eat anything, my tummy always felt like it was turning! Even water made me want to vom! Eventually, the only thing I wanted to eat were caesar salads, pickles, watermelon and smoothies.

    Another not so lovely symptom that hit me pretty hard was exhaustion. I was more tired in my first trimester than I was when Camden was a newborn. Peeling myself out of bed felt like torture and when I finally got up, I went straight to the couch. Luckily, Cam is a pretty independent kiddo and just played, drew and read so I could sleep. I don’t know how mamas with a demanding child manage while they are in zombie first trimester mode!

    Lets throw a positive in there because I feel like I am bitching too much and there is more bitching to come. I felt my first tummy flutters super early. I think it was like 12 weeks or so I felt him swimming around and by 14 weeks I felt full on kicks! Those little kicks made it feel real, and made me forget about all the agony I was going through. I felt an instant connection and my heart, which was already so full, was about to overflow with love for this child.

    Suddenly, I found myself in my second trimester which usually means a relief from morning sickness and exhaustion. I patiently waited for that relief but I was still a hot mess. Distracted my a growing belly (which popped super fast), a few weeks went by and I was feeling like myself again! The weather was getting warmer, here in Charleston, SC and I could finally wear dresses that made me look pregnant and not just full of tacos! I was embracing pregnancy and LOVING IT! Then I started having a difficult time again. I was getting light-headed to the point of almost passing out multiple times a day. Its a pretty scarey feeling especially when you’re alone a lot or its just you and your toddler. I called my OB office and the nurse immediately blamed it on the lack of meat in my diet (eye roll). Obviously, keeping myself healthy for this baby is my priority so I increased my protein intake with alternatives like nuts and beans, as well as increased my iron intake with strawberries, spinach and tofu. These light headed spells aren’t as frequent now so I guess I am doing something right! I have learned to be careful, especially when its hot and humid (so, like everyday here). I’ve noticed my body is trigger by humidity and extremely hot weather so I will be living in AC ally summer long.

    OK, lets talk varicose veins for a second. I thought varicose veins came with menopause or something? Certainly not in your early 30s! One day, I randomly noticed the veins in my right leg, around my knee looking pretty upset and more noticable than usual. Naturally, I freaked out and went straight to google to learn that its another very unglamorous symptom of pregnancy especially when you’re older (I hate that word). An Instagram friend who is also pregnant had shared that she too had varicose veins, and had experienced them in previous pregnancies and they went away! So, I immediately felt a little comforted. These bitches hurt and if I stand for too long, they begin to bother the hell out of me. So yay for gross bulgy veins! -_- I ordered compression socks and I am impatiently waiting for them to be delivered!

    Currently, I am 24 weeks and feeling extremely large. I was told this baby is big and that my small frame might have difficulties carrying full term but I’m not going to count on that. I think my body will do what its supposed to do and make sure my baby and I are ok.

    So, in the mean time I am happily adjusting to being uncomfortable because after all, I am growing a human… I perfect little human and that makes it so so worth everything. I may not be sleeping well and I may be feeling the every pain of my body expanding and making room, but I am so grateful to be pregnant again and I can’t wait to hold this BOY in my arms!

    Yup! Another BOY!!!!! I am over the moon to be able to raise another dude! Boys are so special, and my life goal is to raise respectful, smart, polite and hard working men in a world that so desperately needs it. Little Moy Boy has a name, but we are keeping it hush until he is born. All I can say is that it starts with a G! Baby G!

    Dress-TJ Maxx

    I have already started to collect little things for little moy boy. Here are some favorites! 

    Prints- Honey and the Hive

    Shirts for big brother and little brother - The Wild Kids Apparel 

    Abby and Finn diapers Size 1

    Avery the Lamb Doll - Cuddle + Kind (One doll purchase = 10 meals to children in need) \\ Sweater, romper and onesie - TJ Maxx

    Wall art, pants and jumpsuit are from Target

    Diaper bag but One Tree - Amazon 

    Postpartum Spray by ma mere- Amazon 

    Boys bating suit- Ollie & Squish

    Vintage find! 

    I was sent the new DockATot from Oh Joy for baby G to enjoy!  I am gratful and excited for him to have sweet dreams in this beauty! - DockATot

    As always, thank you for for stopping by! <3

  • 20 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Gender Reveal! Its a...!!!!

    How far along? 20 weeks! HALF WAY THERE!! Weeee! 

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 114 lbs! Heck yes! The belly is getting big!

    Maternity clothes: Desperate for some new clothes! My fleece lined maternity leggings are cute and all, BUT they are starting to get pills EVERYWHERE which is so gross and up kept looking. So no dice on those. I need to find a new legging that doesn't do that but keeps my stems warm and toasty while comfortably hugging my growing belly!

    Stretch marks? No. Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter every day and lots of H2O! 

    Sleep: Sleep has been OK this week. I've managed to keep comfy. BUT since this last week had been so crazy exciting, there were a couple nights where it was hard to fall asleep. 

    Best moment this week:  Telling our friends and family the big gender news on Thanksgiving! 

    Miss anything? Not really.

    Movement: Kicks for days! I love it! 

    Food cravings: Mashed potatoes and gravy. 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! 

    Symptoms: Restless legs (thanks to Phil for the leg massages!)  as well as a lovely cold just days before Thanksgiving. Pregnancy pretty much kills your immune system and not being able to take medicine prolongs whatever sickness is picked up. Luckily, my stuffy nose and sore throat went away (mostly) after a couple days and I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving!  

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy all week long! 

    Looking forward to: Getting the house cozy for Christmas ad SHOPPING for a baby boy!!!! There are SO many adorable boy outfits out there, I JUST CAN'T!! <3 

    8 Weeks | 16 Weeks | 20 Weeks

    My little "its a..." DIY gender reveal box! I found this idea on Pinterest and though it was THE cutest idea ever! 

    I sent a couple of boxes to out-of-state family. We facetimed them while they opened it!

  • 19 Week Pregnancy Update Plus a Little Bit About Our 20 Week Appointment!

    How far along? 19 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Now at 111 lbs! Woohoo!! 

    Maternity clothes: I am at that point where my old clothes just don't fit. I went to a lovely event at the National Cathedral with some gal pals this passed Monday and was faced with the task of dressing up without a single "maternity" dress or skirt. Its full on winter here in Washington DC, so it also had to be warm! After turning my closet upside down I found a black high waisted midi skirt that I had to pull up under my boobs in order to zip.  I paired that with a cropped black sweater (with a faux leather peter pan collar) that couldn't be tucked in to my skirt so ended up tucking it under my bra and folding it over so skin didn't show. I guess it worked but it was a little uncomfortable. I am a petite person, especially up top so finding something that is not gigantic (that not basic long-sleeved shirts) is going to be hard.

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Good nights and bad… VERY bad nights.  My legs have been crazy restless recently! NO bueno! Yesterday we found out the gender of our baby, I was so excited I didn't sleep a wink and I think baby was excited too because it was kicking all night long. I am also getting a cold so breathing was an issue. -_-

    Best moment this week:  Finding out that we are having a …….!!!! Can't tell until Thanksgiving! But OMG we are so happy and so madly in love with this child! We had a whole 45 minutes to look at our baby so the sonographer could measure all the baby's parts. Everything was perfect! <3 

    Miss anything? I was a little sore this week and the cold weather is a little bummy so I am missing a hot tub right about now! Oh how amazing would that be!!!! *dreaming*

    Movement: Someone is doing karate in my tummy! Lots of kicks! 

    Food cravings: Back to watermelon and ice water of course! 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: ITS A …….! (Will let everyone know on Thanksgiving!)

    Symptoms: My legs are so restless its not even funny! I can't stretch enough! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week with the exception of one moody day where I just wanted to sleep and listen to Lana Del Rey!

    Looking forward to: Telling our family the sex of our baby right before Thanksgiving dinner (some via phone, FaceTime or text) I am also sending a little reveal box to my grandmother and brother in Florida to open via FaceTime so we can see their reactions. I will post photos of our reveal next week! 

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I have so much to be thankful for! We were blessed in SO many ways this year!  

    Right after finding out the sex! SO HAPPY AND EXCITED!!