Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Pregnancy: Last Time vs This Time

Differences between last pregnancy with Mira vs this pregnancy

Last time: Buys all the pregnancy books, looks at "what to expect" app every day, knows approximate size of baby. I am 27 weeks, 2 days, 3 hours. Went 1.5 weeks past due, didn't mind at all.
This time: *wakes up in the morning* Oh yeah, LOL, I'm pregnant. Can't remember how far along I am anymore. Checks my app to find out. Oh. HOW am I going to last 6 more weeks?!

The village:
Last time: Gets thrown 3 showers, everything is purchased off of registry and more
This time: "You made a REGISTRY? That's greedy".

Doctor appointments:
Last time: I wish I could get more ultrasounds! Also I will take ANY blood and urine test possible!
This time: Umm, can we please skip any and all blood work? If I don't need another ultrasound, please don't sign me up for one.

Last time: Gets doc to prescribe most prestigious prenatals
This time: Finds generic prenatals at the grocery store on sale

Working out:
Last time: Got to the gym 2-3 times a week. Ran 10 minute miles until 9 months. Did lots of squats.
This time: Gets to gym maybe once a week. Can maybe slowly run ONE 13 minute mile. Mostly just walks. Lifts light weights.

Last time: Belly was cute. Didn't start showing until 22 weeks. Didn't wear my first maternity top until 26 weeks, could "hide" pregnancy with the right clothing until 30 weeks.
This time: At 31 weeks strangers assume I am going to pop tomorrow. Had to start wearing maternity clothes at 14 weeks. Bought a new winter coat one size bigger, can't button a single button.

Both times: I am soooo excited to meet her and LOVE feeling all the kicks. The kicks are so intense I sometimes jump. She is JUST like Mira was.

One fun thing this time around is there's an older sister in the mix. Every night before bed Mira has to kiss my belly several times, same with in the morning when we are parting our ways to school/work. Sometimes she will randomly just get excited and say "baby!" and come over and hug my belly. She's so cute. It almost makes me forget all the times she told me my butt is "super fat".

Saturday, March 10, 2018

New baby item loves

I'm 33 weeks! Ordered some new stuff for baby #2. A lot of clothes and some other things will be handed down from Mira. I think I've only purchased 1 or 2 outfits for this one. Getting new baby stuff in the mail is too fun :) 

Spectra S2 Pump

 Comotomo Bottle + Haakaa pump

My Breast Friend nursing pillow + Milk Snob nursing cover/carseat cover

Large 4-layer Muslin blanket

Rock 'n' Play Sleeper - this will be super nice to just set right next to the couch those first couple weeks of maternity leave. 

This old fashion waffle knit blanket with silk edges - just like mine when I was little. And these adorable lavender newborn moccasins. 

Flannel burp cloths are the only kind of burp cloths I'll use. They don't get all gross and wet like other burp cloths. Some of these are from Mira, some are new. 
Just 3 of many swaddle blankets. I went swaddle happy this time. 
Monday, February 26, 2018

31 Weeks

Feeling: This was the week that the heartburn really started, as well as the uncomfortable-ness when sleeping. I'm getting too big to be able to easily move from one side to the other. And it takes me a little longer to get out of bed. Ugh, 9 more weeks of this?! I do workout about once a week - jogging on the treadmill, doing lunges/squats, and still the same arm workouts I've always done. I haven't had to decrease my weight for arms, but definitely have for legs!
Last time, though, was worse. I was taking priolsec (heartburn meds) starting around 28 weeks, so I should be thankful it's not as bad.
Measuring: Every doc appt I have been measuring spot on. No new stretch marks, but I've noticed my old ones have reared their ugly head again. And, yeah, I realize I didn't get stretchmarks until 34 weeks last there's still time....
Just know I feel humongous.
Cravings: Nothing too particular. I've been getting back into cooking a lot the last couple months (after taking a small hiatus first trimester) and haven't had the desire to eat out/get take out at all. Just love to cook.
Mood: It's been really okay, I think! I don't know if this is me being pregnant or just me evolving as a person, but I have been having a no-bullshit attitude lately. Like telling the doctor she doesn't need to order any blood tests if I'm not at risk. Feels good to be an advocate for myself. And no, I'm not being stupid. Just sick of seeing medical bills for 10 different tests I know I didn't need. This might be TMI but an example - why did they have to run tests for things like chlamydia and syphilis? I get that a lot of things are standard procedure. But not only did I *not* consent to them, but really I've been with the same partner since forever and now I have to spend money on medical bills to prove it? My insurance doesn't cover that stuff, btw. So maybe, probably, my no-bullshit mood is stemming from that.
What's left? Not toooo much. Yeah we have already done this once, so we "should" have everything we need. But it's been 5 years. Not a huge amount of time, but enough to where a ton of new baby things have come out. So yeah, I've stocked up on a ton of cool new things (baby wraps, breast pumps, bassinet/baby nest/baby basket type things) that maybe aren't necessary but will definitely be an improvement. What's actually left is packing the hospital bag, figuring out how the baby is coming out (ACTUALLY THOUGH), touring the hospital (it's been completely remodeled since Mira was born! - I've seen a virtual tour and it looks amazing), deciding how the baby will sleep in our room (bassinet, dock-a-tot, pack 'n' play?), buying a rocking chair. Also need to purchase some other breastfeeding-related stuff like Lanolin, freezer storage bags, more nursing tanks, and a new breastfeeding pillow (the Boppy kind of sucked tbh).

Oh and I *could* start making freezer meals. Or maybe I'll just buy a bunch of pre-made freezer meals from Trader Joes.

Oh and we will have to install the infant carseat bases. But again, we have 9ish more weeks.
Things that I have done: Washed allll her clothes and blankets with the yummy smelling baby detergent, organized/hung up. Already got my new breastpump sent to me from insurance. Decided on her name. Picked out a take-home outfit. Booked newborn pictures with photographer. Have her spot held at daycare (this needed to be done basically when I found out I was pregnant, but we didn't notify them until I was 3 months pregnant and by then they couldn't get us in until August 13th. Adam's retired mom is going to "nanny" for us from sometime in the end of July until then).

Okay I think I'm mostly caught up. I meant to write/post this earlier but I am starting to get really tired in the evenings. And without a doubt always end up falling asleep on the couch. Yay third trimester!
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Stages of Winter from a Minnesotan's POV

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November - We act surprised when we have our first snow forecast. OMG! I'm just not ready for this! It's supposed to SNOW tomorrow you does every year in November.

December - These flurries are so cute! I'm gonna build a snowman! I'm SO glad we live in a place where we can have a white Christmas. Nothing better than cozy-ing up to the fireplace under a blanket on a snowday. Awww, let's take some family pics outside, where the snow is sticking to the trees all cute-like! I'm gonna take a close up artsy picture of this snowflake and post it to instagram.

January - Back to back snowstorms happen. School is cancelled/delayed about once a week. But we still have to drive places because life. My car gets stuck driving up a hill. Only because the person driving in front of me did first. Thanks a lot. Now I have to reverse down this steep hill and find a different route. Except that other route won't work either. God, it sucks where we live. WHY DO WE LIVE HERE. But also a false sense of optimism washes over me… Like, this is probably getting close to the "end" of winter. Let's just suck it up a little longer. Summer is right around the corner

February - The January shenanigans continue. Back to back snowstorms. Negative temps. Extremely cold wind chills. The city plows are not responsive. Shoveling our cars out of parking spots are the new winter workout. If you're into a back-only workout, that is. I start to fill with rage. I cannot drive anywhere, I cannot walk anywhere, I cannot see anything. White is just the color of our lives at this point. It's too cold for kids to play outside, but driving them across town to spend time at the museum is also risking my life. WHY THE $*%& DO WE LIVE HERE.

March - Literal depression sets in. Isn't March 22nd officially "spring"? Why are we still getting snowstorms? Oh, how LUCKY, it's averaging 32 degrees this week. It's so LOVELY when all this snow starts to half-melt and mix with mud. And then freeze again into solid ice at night. I just love how my child's snowpants get covered in a slushy mud everyday while playing outside at school.

April - Okay. This might be it. Like we still have snow, but it seems like we aren't getting *too* much more. There's a few days where I don't need to wear a winter coat. Like an actual SPRING jacket can be worn. It's still a sloppy mess, though.

May - It's not warm-warm, but it's okay. Like we still have our heat on, but I can at least stand on the front steps and shake a rug without getting frostbite. There's still random piles of snow, if they're big enough they take a while to melt. But for the most part this is spring. It's finally over. Finally.

Oh wait, it's snowing… 
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