Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 30 Weeks Preggers

Holy cow!!! It’s sooooo freaking crazy how quickly time has whizzed by. The next 10 weeks will go by even quicker, I just know it. I will be going on maternity leave at the end of August and then Baby P #2 may make her appearance as early as 2 weeks after that. Her sister definitely didn’t wait till 40 weeks to come, that’s for sure. It’s exciting, no doubt… but I’m definitely starting to feel nervous about it all.

On to my weekly update….

30 Weeks


What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P is about 15.7 inches long and weighs almost 3 lbs – about the size of a large cabbage!
  • She is surrounded by a pint and a half of amniotic fluid, but will lessen as she gets bigger and takes up more space in my uterus.
  • Her eyesight is continuing to develop, though it’s not very keen. Her eyes will be closed for a good part of the day after she is born.
  • When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision – which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: I will let you know after I’ve had my next appointment which is set for Wednesday, August 2nd!

Workouts: Of course! Every single day at work. Some people don’t think my job is physical, but it really is. This is what I do on the daily:

  • some strength training – lifting and moving mannequins, fixtures, and other visual elements at work. And don’t worry, I’m very careful with it all!
  • cardio – walking up and down stairs, walking back and forth between 2 buildings (I work at a location that has 2 buildings in 1 mall). Consistently for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Anything else outside of work is just “extra”. And no I haven’t done “extra” workouts in a hot minute.

Symptoms: 

  • Slight nausea
  • Swelling in the feet
  • Mild heartburn and yucky tasting burps!
  • The worst leg cramp ever happened the night going into my 31st week! So painful!

Food Aversions: fast food

Food Cravings: donuts

Sleep: I don’t have any trouble falling asleep… but it really is starting to get very uncomfortable moving in bed especially when I want to roll over. And it’s difficult getting out of bed!

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? No baby stuff yet but totally related! I bought an ottoman pouf to go with a rocker my father-in-law gave me after I had Ella. I’m planning on painting it white over the weekend and I still need to buy a 2-piece cushion for it. So I’ll post up some pics of it once I’m done. I won’t get the pouf until next week but here’s what it looks like…

And I finally did our registry! My sister is in the process of designing my Baby Sprinkle invites so I needed to make sure I finished registering before the invites went out.

Stretch Marks: I think there’s some about to appear… it’s been itching just under the belly button. I’ve been lathering up like crazy!!!

Miss Anything?: just about everything that has to do with not being pregnant!

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding Rings On or Off? On!

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy as can be.

Any Movement? Heck yes! She doesn’t stop. Ever!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? not a one. I’ve been pretty boring this week. Just enjoying every minute of free time I get with my only child till life gets even more chaotic!

Looking Forward To? The weekend! I want to continue nesting… cleaning and organizing. And I’m hoping to be able to paint my rocking chair!!!

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My Baby Has No Name

When we found out we were finally pregnant with Ella, picking out a name was not even an issue. We had a boy name and a girl name already picked out before we even found out what we were having. Maybe that's the advantage of being together for over 15 years. We had plenty of time to think about it. And then the year of trying to conceive gave us the opportunity to really solidify our choices.

But it's different this time. We weren't in any hurry to play the name game. Turns out that all the contenders we had previously picked in our pre-baby days no longer held its luster and we just became "okay" with them.

If we were having a boy, he most likely would have been named after hubby's brother. Even though I was all set to use the name if we did have a boy 1st round, I was on the fence about it this time.

But we are having another girl. And there are just so many pretty names out there it's hard to pick just one. We want something pretty that will sound great when paired with big sister's name Ella Juliet in a sentence. We played with more E names. And then some other random names that would pop into my head.

At one point we narrowed it down to 2 names. Both starting with E. But the minute I would start liking 1 name over the other, something will happen… like a "sign"… and I'll see the other name somewhere and then I start favoring that one. So I'm constantly going back and forth. And then the other day, another name came up out of the blue. But that one didn't last very long before I went back to the original 2.

At first I refrained from telling people of the names I liked because I didn't want them to start calling her by either name before I had officially chosen one. Or have them influence my decision either. There are a select few who do know and they've already voiced their opinions on which one they prefer.

But I'm still torn.

The hubby likes both names as well.

At the rate we're going… we'll be picking her name out of a hat at the hospital when they ask us to fill out and sign her birth certificate. And if it does come down to that, I hope we pick out one we actually like and not because we felt rushed to name her.

*sigh*

I just hope our little princess doesn't resent us for not having her name picked out ahead of time if it does come down to picking it out of a hat. And I hope she doesn't think she isn't special or that we didn't care.

We just want it to be perfect.

Just like she is.

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 29 Weeks Preggers

29 Weeks


See? I clean up real nice when I put forth the effort 😂. A lot of my previous pics have been taken just before bedtime because I always forget to take them. Which explains the no make-up or the ‘messy hair don’t care’ look.

And for a bonus this week, here’s a blooper shot 🤣…

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P #2 is the size of an acorn squash, measuring 15.2 inches long and weighing about 2.5 lbs and is expected to double, almost tripling her weight in the next 11 weeks.
  • As more fat is deposited under skin, her wrinkled skin is smoothing out. This white fat is is different from the earlier brown fat she accumulated as a fetus. Brown fat is necessary for body temperature regulation while white fat serves as an energy source.
  • Also, her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature and her head is growing bigger to make from for her developing brain 
  • To keep up with her increasing nutritional demands, I will need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron.

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: your guess is as good as mine! Not even caring about that number at this point. 

Workouts: my job is my workout. Seriously.

Symptoms: 

  • dizziness and lightheadedness – felt like I was gonna pass out on Thursday night after working all day and then shopping till the mall closed
  • headaches
  • Leg cramps – happens when I’m trying to roll over in bed
  • The weight of my belly is making my balance all out of whack. I got on the escalator at work and almost fell backwards with the very little movement it made going up

 Food Aversions: I don’t think there were any this week.

Food Cravings: 

  • Carne asada burrito
  • Crab legs
  • Pancakes drenched with syrup 

Sleep: not a lot of it, but hey, I’m still functioning. Being a working mom of a 2 year old doesn’t give me the luxury of going to bed early or sleeping in till at least 7. I’m looking forward to going on maternity leave so I can get some rest.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? None yet. Been busy nesting and getting the home ready for Baby #2. Decluttering, rearranging furniture and rooms, spring cleaning… once I’m on LOA, I need to do baby’s laundry. So much to do! 

Stretch Marks: nope. 

Miss Anything?: simple things like being able to get up from sitting position without moaning and groaning. Or being able to bend over to pick things up off the floor without feeling like I’m gonna fall over. The belly is ginormous!

Belly Button In or Out? It’s been out. 

Wedding Rings On or Off? Still on!!!

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy! Considering the heat and lack of sleep, I think I’m doing just fine.

Any Movement? Yes and they are starting to really hurt! Some tickle. But as she runs out room, her jabs and kicks are just hard.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? We had our maternity session on Friday the 14th out in San Dimas. Same photographer we’ve used in the past. Totally new location for us.  We won’t see the proofs for at least a week, which is fine, I’m in no hurry to order prints just yet. But we had a good time. I was hoping to get some behind the scenes pics of the session but things were different this time around with a toddler to chase down in between shots. 

Here is my monster before we left for the shoot…


Here she is towards the end of the shoot… “patiently” waiting for mom to finish getting in some solo shots to end the session. Monster was already over the whole thing… she even stripped the bow out of her hair.


And then here is my monster waiting for her dinner at The Melt. 


It was a pretty eventful day for all of us. Fun but exhausting! 

Looking Forward To? Seeing the digital proofs of our photos! Can’t wait to share those with you as well!

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 28 Weeks Preggers

Oh whaaaat?! I am officially in my 3rd trimester!!! How crazy is that? I still have a ways to go but man oh man… I can’t believe how close we are to meeting this little human being! I have been feeling a little anxious about going through childbirth again. I’ll most likely be writing another post about that soon.

Anyway… let’s get on with my weekly update shall we?

 

28 Weeks

 
And, of course, my weekly Bump pics wouldn’t be complete without my little monster wanting in on the action…

 


 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P #2 weighs 2 1/4 lbs and measures 14.8 inches from head to toe which makes her about the size of a large eggplant!
  • She can blink her eyes, which should have lashes now
  • Her eyesight is developing, which means she may be able to see the light that filters in through my womb!
  • She’s continuing to develop billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: Don’t know. Won’t know till my doc appointment in the beginning of August.

Workouts: Lots and lots of walking. At work. At the mall.

Symptoms: 

  • Minor leg cramps
  • some major waddling
  • aches and pains everywhere from my waist down
  • fatigue
  • frequent trips to the bathroom (story of my life!)
  • headaches
  • nose bleed (happened once at night, out of the blue)
  • some dizzy episodes

Food Aversions: I don’t know what is going on with my taste buds but everything just doesn’t taste the good anymore. I have a bad after taste in my mouth after I eat anything. But no food aversions.

Food Cravings: Nacho cheese Doritos and sour cream. Go figure.

Sleep: No much. Not by choice. With the 4th of July celebrations and trying to get back into our routines after not having our toddler for 2 weeks, it’s been a crazy exhausting week. 5-6 hours of sleep for me…combined with the heat wave that we are going through makes for some crappy sleeping patterns. Plus I had to work on Sunday morning so I didn’t get to sleep in much at all.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? We went shopping for maternity photo shoot attire! No easy task, but we managed to purchase some sandals for the monster, a few shirts for the hubster, and a couple of dresses for me. I still need to find a couple more things for the hubs and the baby. So I’m hoping to accomplish that this week at work.

Stretch Marks: none. *knock on wood*

Miss Anything?: being skinny and fit. I hated trying on clothes this weekend. I didn’t like the way I looked in anything.

Belly Button In or Out? Out, out, out!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On!

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy! Moody when I’m at work because well… it’s work. It’s hot and people get on my nerves. Ah well.

Any Movement? Yes! And the movements are starting to hurt!

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? Nothing worth reporting here… not this week anyway. Maybe next week…

Looking Forward To? Our maternity photo shoot this Friday!!!

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 27 Weeks Preggers

27 Weeks

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P weighs almost 2 lbs and measures about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended…so about the size of a cauliflower or head of lettuce.
  • She sleeps and wakes at regular intervals, opens and closes her eyes, and could potentially even be sucking her fingers.
  • She is super active now which means her brain tissue is continuing to develop.
  • She is breathing (amniotic fluid) but her lungs are still immature but would be capable of functioning (with a lot of medical help) if she were to be born now.
  • And it is very common for her to have episodes of baby hiccups (that rhythmic movements I am feeling from time to time) that lasts only a few moments.

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: at my last doc appointment on June 30th, I found out I was still at 17 lbs gained since the start of this pregnancy. Totally didn’t gain anything but maybe a few ounces since my last appointment about 3 weeks prior. I also still feel like that’s a lot but my doctor didn’t seem too concerned. So I guess I shouldn’t be either.

Workouts: not a damn one. Just the hustle and bustle of my work life.

Symptoms: 

  • Mild leg cramps at night…especially when I was up visiting my mother-in-law over the weekend. Not exactly sure if it’s because of the altitude since she lives in the mountains.
  • Lower back pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Hot flashes
  • Some headaches

Food Aversions: it’s been pretty good lately.

Food Cravings: sweets. Junk food.

Sleep: fine except for all the trips to the restroom.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? First baby gift from my favorite sister in the whole wide world!!!

The Sea Punk Tokidoki print Jujube diaper bag. The BRB (Be Right Back). Super cute!!!

Stretch Marks: still the same ones

Miss Anything?: I miss being able to just walk without waddling or feeling like I’ve done a million squats. I’m barely about to enter into my last and final trimester and I’m already feeling like I can barely move.

Belly Button In or Out? Out

Wedding Rings On or Off? On! But I noticed my fingers were a little puffy over the weekend. Must be the heat.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy! Not as irritable this week as the last one.

Any Movement? She seems to be rolling a lot more than kicking and punching. I guess she’s still got plenty of room to be rolling around in there. Her kicks and punches have been pretty mild.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? 

Took a trip up north to get Ella. Had a good time just relaxing and enjoying nature. Spent some time sightseeing in Tahoe. And then came back home in time to celebrate the 4th with my father in law and the rest of the fam. Oh! And since Ella was up at her grandma’s house on her birthday, we had a little celebration for her on the 4th as well. It was a pretty awesome weekend.









Looking Forward To? Shopping this weekend for our maternity family photo shoot next week! Yup.