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  • Pregnant With Baby #2 | First Trimester

    Hi Friends! It’s been ages and I've been wondering when I would finally have the drive to start the blog back up. One of my favorite things to do is make a fresh cup of coffee, sit down and get lost in writing about our life adventures... so I don’t' know why I stopped? Anyways…

     So much has happened but lets start with the biggest and most exciting... 

    WE ARE PREGNANT! Baby is due October 17th and we are over the moon! This little one will complete our family! I cam so excited to have a fall baby, October is my favorite month plus Phil, Camden and I are all born in the Spring/early Summer so it will be nice to have a gap in celebrating birthdays $$$$ 

     Currently, I am 14 weeks and oh so happy to be in the second trimester, as the last couple months have been brutal! Quite the opposite as my first pregnancy, I have been extremely tired and just plain sick. Thankfully, I have been feeling a little less like a cranky zombie and more like a human this week! Woohoo!

    Camden is so excited to be a big brother! He has already told me he will help with daiper changes and feedings lol. Some days he talks about how much he loves his baby brother and how they are going to play trucks and some days he says he loves his baby sister soo... I suppose that means he would be happy with either! 

     

    Food Aversions:

    The smell of my spice cabinet makes me dry heave, so no thank you. 

    Meat. Ugh, I cook it for the boys but it’s a battle to not throw up now.

    Food Cravings: 

    Beer? Uh, this is a weird one for me since I am (was) a wine and cocktails kind of gal. The smell of beer literally makes my mouth water! 

    Caesar Salads

    Raw Oysters... another thing I can't have (basically I am torturing myself with my cravings)

    Watermelon 

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 

    Pickles (cliché pregnancy craving but OMG… GIMMIE ALL THE PICKLES!) 

     Sleep:

    My sleep has been all over the place. Some nights I sleep perfectly and others I literally go crazy laying there waiting for the alarm to go off. I have been using my Himalayan salt lamp, which has helped calm my anxiety and turn off my brain.

     Weight Gain:

    My pre-pregnancy weight was much more healthier than with Camden. I was 97 lbs. at my first appointment with him, but this time around I came in at 112 lbs. and have gained 1 pound so far. Lets hope I don’t gain FIFTY FREAKING POUNDS again!

     How I Have Been Feeling?

    Moods are pretty consistent with random bursts of psycho. I think I have just been too tired to be a total psycho soo that’s cool. LOL

    The tears have just started and mostly because I can’t stand that Camden is growing up so fast. I have been watching old videos of him on my phone and I just sob. Like full blown tears streaming down my face and dripping on absolutely everything.

     I am a little uncomfortable with my body right now, which I expected. I am starting to get a little bump, which only really fits in high-waisted yoga pants or stuffed under a skirt or dress. Bump also looks like it could be beer belly so I have been embracing allll the flowy shirts!

     Movement?

    I did not expect to feel baby until at least 18/20 weeks but at 13 weeks I started feeling little flutters. I went in for an ultrasound and asked about it. Was it just tummy toots or is that my little baby? Apparently, it is totally possible to feel baby as early as 12 weeks with your second baby. So yea, I can already feel my little bean bouncing around.

     Boy or Girl?

    We will find out May 21!

     Baby Gear:

    I haven’t bought much for baby yet, as we have so much leftover from Camden but I am sure that will change soon. I love baby shopping!

     

     Thank you for reading and more blog posts will be coming soon! I have so much to update you all on! 

     

  • 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!! 

  • My Perfect Winter Outfit

    I like to keep my outfits pretty simple in the winter. Being comfy, warm and cute are my objectives (in that order).

    As some of you know, my winter staple is an oversized faux fur coat. For the past few years I have been wearing a vintage black fur that I added a few studs and pins to. Well, that coat is past its prime and I have replaced it with a new fur! A soft blonde fur from the newly opened Top Shop in the DC area! (YES!!!!) Pair that with a black beanie with an extra large puff ball, plain black long sleeve shirt, black skinny jeans or leggings, Doc Martens, over sized sunnies and Alexander Wang's Rocco Duffel bag (in black) and I have myself the PERFECT winter outfit!

    I can't forget those everyday beauty products I can't live without! Armour Lip Gloss in Last Dance, stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Black and Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black (notice a theme? LOL)!

    Achieve this look!

    TopShop Faux Fur Coat

    H&M Black Beanie with Extra Large Puff Ball 

    Dr. Martens (Black)

    Alexander Wang Rocco Duffel Bag (Brasstone hardware) 

    Black Oversized Sunnies

    Armour Beauty Lip Gloss in Last Dance

    Butter London Nail Lacquer in Union Jack Black 

    stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner in Jet Black 

    These are all products that I personally own and LOVE! Cheaper alternatives are available for some of these pieces. <3

  • 17 Week Update & Bump Photo/Halloween Costume and My Own Newborn Photo!

    (Halloween costume! Mama cat) 

    How far along? 17 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: Gained 1 pound this week! I am at 106 lbs now!

    Maternity clothes: I've been obsessed with H&M Basic long sleeve shirts. They are comfy, simple and stretch a ton. I am going to try and get away with wearing these as long as possible! 

    Stretch marks? No. 

    Sleep: Sleep has been GLORIOUS this week.  Except waking up every single morning at 4:30 to pee. 

    Best moment this week:  We are planning a pretty cute gender reveal! I can't wait!! Also baby flutters are starting to get intense and I am pretty sure kicks will be happening soon! My boobs stopped hurting! Weeee!!! 

    Miss anything? Not really. 

    Movement: Flutters!

    Food cravings: Doritos 

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

    Gender: Will find out in the next few weeks! 

    Symptoms: Peeing all of the time!

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and excited all week! 

    Looking forward to: Sonogram appointment in a few weeks to find out if we have a boy or girl!! 

    This photo was sent to me last week. Just a couple of hours old. May 18, 1985. (There! Now everyone knows how old I am, lol) I was SO red! 

  • The First Trimester | 13 Week update

    We saw baby today during a sonogram appointment! The last time we saw him/her they were the size of a little bean and did not resemble a baby at all.

    As soon as the ultrasound began, baby was bouncing all over the place. PARTY TIME!  I couldn't believe how much they had grown over the past 6 weeks! It melted my heart to see these little tiny hands flailing all over place and its little body squirming around. Thats our baby!!! I am in absolute love! 

    We even got a hint as to what the gender might be! Nothing confirmed so I wont be revealing that yet! ;)

    Here a couple photos from the sonogram.

    The first trimester wasn't a walk in the park, but it wasn't as bad as I had anticipated. I was basically nauseous all day, especially at night. I didn't throw up, not even once. But there were times I felt like it.

    I developed a love/hate relationship with food. Foods that I once loved (Old Bay, popcorn, tomatoes) made me feel like death. I turned into such a picky eater. Ginger Ale and Tummydrops helped a lot, as well as a TON of water. Recently, the nausea has died down tremendously and I feel somewhat normal again.

    Sleeping went from not being an issue to being super uncomfortable. I got a sleep pillow and all was right in sleep world!

    My clothes are starting to get uncomfortable so I am living in yoga pants, oversized tshirts and hoodies. I bought my first pair of maternity leggings last week and there is no going back. These things are a life saver and I will be able to wear them as I grow.

    We are very eager to get the nursery going so rug, crib and dresser are already in place! Now to find the perfect glider! I plan on sitting in my glider A LOT so it has to be comfy!

    That is pretty much it! BYE first trimester! Thanks for not killing me!

    Daddy putting together our crib in Star Wars pjs! <3 

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