Happy Birthday

I’d like to introduce the newest member of my little family to the world…

Here she is…

Miss Everly Rose

She made her debut on September 26th, a day shy of her due date.

And like her sister, her birth story was quite chaotic and definitely memorable…one that the nurses in that ward will talk about for awhile. At least it seemed that way by the way they reacted to the news that I somehow popped out a 9.2 lb baby.

Yup you heard it correctly.

No C-Section needed.

Thank God I didn’t have one because my recovery for this one was not as easy as my recovery with Ella. And I can’t imagine how much worse it would be to have had to go through a surgical recovery like a c-section.

Anyway, life couldn’t be any more perfect right now.

Well… maybe if I could get more sleep…then it would be more than perfect. ūüėČ

But sleep deprived and all, this little thing has brought so much joy and love to our lives.

Lots to share in future posts, but for now, just wanted to celebrate the news of Evie’s arrival with you!

Here are just some pictures taken in the last 3 1/2 weeks…

Stay tuned for her birth story and other updates!!!

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Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 39 Weeks Preggers

Still pregnant! Had my doctor appointment at the start of my 39th week on Wednesday 9/20. Still no contractions. Still feeling anxious about going into labor. Anticipating that first wave of contractions is¬†not¬†a fun feeling. My midwife checked my cervix and confirmed I went from 1cm dilated/80% effaced (last week’s appointment) to 3-4cm dilated/80%effaced this week. She said there’s still no way of knowing when my body will go into labor – which is the sucky part about all of this. But she predicts that I could have Baby P #2 before my next appointment. If not, I told her we need to do a membrane sweep/strip at my next appointment to try and get this going. I really am not looking to possibly carrying this huge belly till 42 weeks. Or having to be medically induced to get her out. Nope. I’m not looking forward to doing a membrane strip either because that’s pretty painful, too… but I’d rather do that than being induced with pitocin and other drugs.

Anyway, so that’s where we’re at. We are still just waiting for her to come.

39 Weeks
 

 

 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P is as big as a pumpkin – measuring about 20 inches long and weighing about 7.3 lbs. She is continuing to grow even though the belly is running out of room.
  • She is most likely able to flex her limbs now – and I’m pretty sure she tries to every chance she gets because her movements HURT!!!
  • Her brain is still rapidly developing and getting smarter by the week!
  • Her nails may also extend past the fingertips now
  • At this point, there is nothing left to do except see the doctor each week and wait for Baby’s arrival.

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained:¬†none. Thank Goodness!!! It was only a 5-day break between doctor checkups but still… it was nice to know that I did not gain in that short week.

Workouts: None whatsoever.

Symptoms:¬†Whatever symptoms you get for being almost 9 months pregnant I have ’em all. Braxton Hicks, heartburn, lightning crotch, pelvic pressure… all of the above.

Food Aversions: anything I eat just grosses me out now.

Food Cravings: everything lol

Sleep:¬†very difficult rolling from side to side but once I’m asleep, I’m good.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? nope. Just waiting for her to get here!

Stretch Marks: ¬†I think there’s more since my last post. But at this point, I’ve already accepted that it’s not that big a deal. I’ll still rock them in a bikini once I’m back in shape.

Miss Anything?:¬†Yes. Everything about not being pregnant. I’m over being pregnant. If I can’t even enjoy indulging in foods I crave because I feel gross afterwards… I just want my baby to get here so I can cuddle her instead of wishing she wasn’t hurting me from the inside. She has no room to move anymore…

Belly Button In or Out? ¬†I don’t think it will ever be the same…

Wedding Rings On or Off? OFF!!!

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Neutral. And a hot mess all at once.

Any Movement? Yes. Jabs. Pokes. All kinds of soreness going on.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? Ummm…. nothing really. I’ve just been a homebody these last few days. Trying to keep the house in order and somewhat clean so that Baby P #2 can come home to a clean house.
 
Looking Forward To? Not the actual labor part, but looking forward to meeting this little human who is taking her sweet time baking in my belly.

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 38 Weeks Preggers

38 Weeks and still pregnant! I guess it isn’t always true when people say “if your first was early, then your 2nd will be early, too.” I know I still got a few days to go till I’m “full term 40 weeks” and I could still have her “early.” But right now, she looks to be super content in my belly.

At my last appointment on 9/15, my midwife checked me to see if I’ve even dilated. And yes, my cervix has dilated 1cm and is 80% effaced. While some may think “yay, that means she’ll be here soon!”…hate to break it to ya… it just really means I’m dilated 1cm with a possibility of going into labor really soon. The truth is…I could stay dilated 1cm till 40 weeks. Or I could go into labor any minute. It’s all up to mother nature now. Whenever my body and Baby P wants it to happen, it will happen. I haven’t felt any real contractions yet. Just the normal aches and sharp pains from Baby’s movements down there.

So we continue to wait…

38 Weeks

 

 

Monster and me…

 

 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P #2 is as big as a winter melon, measuring at about 19.6 inches long and weighing about 6.8 lbs.
  • Her head is about the same circumference as the abdomen
  • She has really plumped up and has a firm grasp – which we’ll soon be able to test when we hold her hand for the first time
  • Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb

 

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained: Up 2 lbs from the last appointment. Not something any woman likes to hear but doc says its normal and Baby P and I are totally healthy. So that brings us to a total of 32-33lbs gained.

Workouts: Are¬†you kidding me? Me? Workout? Those words don’t go together. We did go to the mall over the weekend to get some new stuff to wear for Baby P’s newborn photoshoot coming up soon after she’s born. And, let me tell you, this belly of mine made walking that mall almost unbearable after 20 minutes. Muscles ached for days just from that walk. No joke.

Symptoms: 

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Hot flashes
  • Lightning crotch – this is a real thing, I assure you. Google it.
  • Nausea – usually after eating anything
  • Whacked out tastebuds – anything I eat leaves the worst aftertaste in my mouth AND no matter how many times I brush my teeth and tongue, I always seem to have the worst breath ever.
  • Aches and pains everywhere
  • Heartburn/acid reflux – makes for some uncomfortable sleep
  • Itchy belly…because it’s so dang stretched out, it just itches like crazy!!!

Food Aversions: nothing specific

Food Cravings: Ice cream. Fried chicken. But not together.

Sleep: It was pretty damn good up until now. Insomnia kicked in right at the start of my 38th week. Can’t seem to get comfortable with this watermelon belly. And also, can’t seem to shut the brain off. The anxiety of going into labor again is not fun.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases? Nothing new. I’m looking at new bows to add to Ella’s old collection that Baby P #2 will inherit.

Stretch Marks: ¬†Oh don’t even get me started on this one. Gone are the days of flawless abs for this mama.

Miss Anything?: Everything about being mobile!

Belly Button In or Out?  What belly button?

Wedding Rings On or Off? I keep them off most of the time. I put them on when I leave the house.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy but easily irritated if you say or do the wrong thing. For real.

Any Movement? Heck yes. There’s never a dull moment with this Baby. She is ALWAYS moving.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? I think we finally settled on a name! LoL. You’ll find out once we’ve announced Baby P’s arrival.
 
Looking Forward To? Meeting this little human of mine. But not looking forward to labor.

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 37 Weeks Preggers

I think I’m pretty much all set! Been doing laundry and nesting like a fiend!!! Baby P’s newborn clothes and blankets have all been washed and put away and is ready to go! Our hospital bag has been packed and is sitting by the door. The infant carseat that Ella used her first year has been cleaned and installed in the car. Ella’s bag has also been packed for the time that she will need to be staying with relatives while I’m in the hospital.

Now I just need to sit back and just relax as much as I can before the chaos.

With my first pregnancy… my 37 week update was the last one that was published before I went into labor. I hadn’t published my 38 week update because I never made it through the whole week…just a couple of days. I had Ella at approximately 38 weeks and 3 days. So this could also potentially be my last entry before this baby decides to come. The idea is exciting for sure but it still freaks me out to think that she could come any day now.

The belly is still growing and it really is getting harder and harder for me to get up off the couch, the floor, the chair… rolling over in bed? Takes minutes, not seconds, to accomplish. In my last post I mentioned being anxious about going into labor…and I still am… but I hope it doesn’t get harder than this to be mobile. Ella doesn’t quite understand my “slowness” when she wants me to play with her.

37 Weeks

Just out of the shower and getting ready for bed…

 

My big girl and I…


 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P weighs about 6 1/3 lbs and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel, which is about the length of a Swiss chard

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained:¬†I’ll know at my 38 week checkup. Hopefully not much more.

Workouts: Doing chores around the house is my workout. Keeping up with my toddler is my workout.

Symptoms:¬†I wanna say Braxton Hicks contractions but I’m not quite positive. And I know Baby P has “dropped” because the pressure and movements in my pelvic area hurt. Other than that…nothing new.

  • Abdominal pressure. If baby has dropped down into my pelvis in anticipation of labor, she is putting increased pressure on my abdomen, which might make me feel some new aches and pains down below‚ÄĒand a greater urge to pee too!
  • Contractions. At 37 weeks, cramping or contractions are to be expected. After all, I’m going to have a baby soon‚ÄĒmy body‚Äôs ramping up! I may find that the contractions go away if I sit or lie down. That means they‚Äôre Braxton Hicks‚ÄĒnot real labor contractions.
  • Nausea. An upset stomach is pretty typical almost any time during pregnancy. But now that I’m so close to my due date, it could be a sign I’ll go into labor soon. (Whoa!)

Food Aversions: Greasy foods.

Food Cravings: Junk food. Sweets. And greasy foods. Go figure.

Sleep:¬†Frequent trips to the bathroom doesn’t allow for uninterrupted sleep these days but it’s been pretty good. The first full week of being on maternity leave and prepping for Baby P’s arrival didn’t leave me much time to nap with Ella when she takes her afternoon nap. But I try my best to get some extra sleep when I can. That’s about all I can do, right?

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?¬†I bought a new belly wrap. I didn’t need one last time…or at least I didn’t think I did. But my belly is definitely bigger than last time and I need all the help I can get to get back into pre-baby shape.

Stretch Marks: ¬†Yeah, for sure. I can’t really see how many, but they’re there. My belly has stretched more than last time. It’s gonna leave a mark. Oh well.

Miss Anything?: Just feeling normal in my own skin.

Belly Button In or Out? ¬†I don’t have a belly button.

Wedding Rings On or Off?¬†As I’m typing this, they’re on… but that’s because I can’t take them off. My fingers are too puffy.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Happy. Tired but happy.

Any Movement? Yup. All over. In my back. In my pelvic area.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? Yes! So we haven’t exactly picked out a name yet but we did run a poll on Facebook just to see which name people liked most. Of course, it wasn’t meant to be the deciding factor as to which name we’d pick. But it was interesting to see there was quite a few people who felt the need to suggest¬†other¬†names not listed on the poll itself. It was fun to see the results… and we will announce her name when we announce her arrival.
 
Looking Forward To?¬†Getting to spend more time with my Ella before Baby P comes. She is growing so much everyday, I don’t want to miss any of it.

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 36 Weeks Preggers

I went on maternity leave at the very start of 36 weeks (August 30, 2017). I spent the first day relaxing. Fought a cold since the weekend and I just needed some time to relax. Other than that, I’ve been doing everything I can to prep for Baby P’s arrival. Been doing a lot of laundry and cleaning. And making shopping lists. Of things I am going to need in the near future. Like more nursing bras and other postpartum supplies. All of which aren’t 911 but will eventually need to be purchased in the coming weeks. One of my associates at work predicted I’d go into labor early… so I’m working on getting my hospital bag ready to go and getting Baby P’s laundry washed and sorted. So much to do!!!

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

36 Weeks

At the Baby Sprinkle…

 

After the Baby Sprinkle with my monster…

 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P is still packing on the pounds – at the rate of about an ounce a day
  • She weights almost 6 lbs and is more than 18 1/2 inches long – which is about the length of a head of romaine lettuce
  • She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa – the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her 9-month amniotic bath
  • She swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture called meconium that will form the contents of her first bowel movements

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained:¬†5 lbs up from my last appointment 4 weeks prior. Brings us to a grand total of 30 lbs gained total from the start of this pregnancy. *sigh* I guess it’s all for baby right? My midwife did advise me to limit my sugar intake though. But other than that, Baby P is lookin’ good! She’s already head down and in position and her heartbeat is nice and strong. Now it’s just a matter of waiting.

Workouts:¬†won’t be doing anything till post baby. This SoCal heat is unbearable to really do anything. Indoors and outdoors. Not for this prego lady.

Symptoms:¬†still the same as last week. Hasn’t changed much. More exhausted? I didn’t think it would be possible, but I am.

Food Aversions: Anything greasy makes my tummy turn after I eat it.

Food Cravings: Ice Cream. Probably because of this heat.

Sleep:¬†I want more of it!!! It’s been super hot at night so it sucks. I have to get up to pee like every 5 minutes it seems.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?¬†After the baby shower, we went to pick up a few things that we’ll need prior to Baby P’s arrival – burp rags, wash cloths, a few bottles… whatever else we need can be bought later on after she’s here. I also bought some things for myself. Nursing bras, underwear, pjs/loungewear… just the necessities since we have a lot of things already from having Ella.

Stretch Marks:  I think so. Like a lot more of them.

Miss Anything?: Working out. I really do.

Belly Button In or Out?  Out.

Wedding Rings On or Off? Depends on the day. Some days I puff up pretty bad. Other days I’m okay.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Irritable for sure. This damn heat is just too much for this prego lady to bear.

Any Movement? Yes. A lot.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? We had our baby sprinkle!!! It was small and intimate, which was fine by me. It almost didn’t happen because I did not want to stress myself out with party planning. But the hubby decided to take on the responsibility of planning it for us. The main purpose of having it was to celebrate Baby P #2 (who by the way still does not have a name!).

 

Group Pic

 

The kids having a blast out back on the trampoline…

 

Us opening gifts!

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Looking Forward To? Being able to truly relax and enjoy the time I have before Baby P #2 makes her appearance. Gonna spend as much time with my 2 year old as I can.

Emotions Run High

As Baby P #2’s birthday fast approaches, the anxiety is kicking into high gear. The thoughts and emotions have taken over my entire being and I’m just a hot mess.

You’re probably thinking “what’s there to be nervous about? You’ve already been through this once.” Yes I know. And the fact that I have makes it that much more difficult to grasp. With my first pregnancy, I didn’t know what to expect. I had no clue what it was like to be pregnant, how painful contractions felt, or been sleep deprived like no other once the baby had arrived. And now that I have experienced it all, the thought of going through it again gives me anxiety.

Pregnancy #2, I have to say, has been different from the 1st. Being pregnant with Ella was a breeze. There was zero morning sickness. I enjoyed every bit of it all. Even had that pregnancy glow. Had the strength to endure all the aches and pains. Was able to muster up enough energy to get through the day. Was able to nap whenever I could at home! It was awesome! I thoroughly enjoyed it.

But with this pregnancy… although I was lucky enough to have a pretty decent one with no complications, it’s been much harder on me physically. I know a lot of it has to do with the fact that I was a lot more physically fit with the 1st pregnancy than this time around. I never got back to my pre-pregnancy weight or build. And I’m definitely paying for it now. I am always exhausted. I am always sore from the waist down. It takes forever for me to catch my breath. And I don’t have the stamina to take walks when I’m not at work. It’s sad but so true. Having a 2 year old toddler to chase around and keep up with hasn’t been easy either! When you’re in your 3rd trimester with a watermelon of a belly, it’s hard to sit on the floor to play with your toddler. It’s even more difficult to get up and run around playing tag or hide n seek with her.

So what’s got me all anxious?

Well, for one, the element of surprise when that first painful contraction hit? Not anything I expected. Anticipating pain like that for a 2nd time? Not fun at all. Other people have tried to reassure me that this next one will come fast. Maybe so… but that doesn’t make me feel better about going through all that pain again. My hubby tells me all the time that I made childbirth look so easy. And although he means it as a compliment, I always take it like I shouldn’t be complaining at all about this pregnancy and that I deserve no sympathy when I have back pain or when it’s hard for me to walk from point A to point B without waddling. That’s gotta be the hormones talking right there. I’ve never denied that childbirth isn’t painful. Because it does hurt. And just the thought alone makes me shudder. I want to try and see if I can go through this again without any pain meds and drugs. But I am also very open to getting that epidural… simply because I want to rest! Pushing takes a lot out of you… and I think that’s why it took so long last time… because I was beyond exhausted!!!

Let’s not forget about the newborn stage. Yes it’s such a beautiful and precious time. But let’s face it… sleep deprivation will literally make you go insane! Everyone who’s had a kid goes through it. They’re lying if they said it was a piece of cake from the first minute that beautiful thing came into this world. Bullshit. The ones that say that are the ones that have completely blocked it out of their memory. They simply do not remember just how hard it was at the very beginning. Or they do but they don’t want to admit it because they want you to believe they were the perfect parent right from the start. But whatever… the newborn stage is¬†hard.¬†

Ok… so what’s got me all wired up the most about this whole thing? Going through the newborn stage¬†with¬†a toddler. A toddler who has had mom and dad all to herself for the past 2 years. A toddler who has¬†no clue¬†that a baby sister is on the way. Don’t get me wrong, she¬†loves¬†babies. And understands what they are. But she doesn’t quite grasp that mommy has one in her belly and will soon be bringing one into her life that won’t ever go away. She doesn’t know that now she will have to share mommy and daddy with this new baby. So I’m kinda freaking out about that. About having to divide my time and attention between the 2. About having to deal with mom guilt 2x as much.

Many of my mom friends have said that making the transition from 1 to 2 kids is a lot harder than making the transition from 0 to 1 kid. And I believe that 100%. I don’t expect it to be easy. I just hope I am able to adjust well enough to every new situation that comes up.

Anyway… I just wanted to share my thoughts with you about this whole thing. I am officially on maternity leave and I’m really gonna take this time to spend with my Ella before the new addition makes her appearance. And to continue nesting and getting things ready as well as getting in some much needed rest and relaxation.

Wish me luck!

Baby P #2 Bump Watch: 35 Weeks Preggers

SoCal is going through a major heat wave right now and being prego and trying to look cute in this heat can be very difficult for me. When I’m at home, I just wanna lounge around in nothing but my undies and a tank. So this week’s update photo is a rare one! (no it’s not in the partial nude as just described lol). I had a birthday dinner over the weekend so I actually look sort of decent!!!

35 Weeks
 

What is up with Baby P #2 this week?

  • Baby P doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and weighs more than 5 1/4 lbs – about the size of a honeydew melon!
  • She is probably not doing somersaults anymore but the number of kicks should remain the same.
  • Her kidneys are fully developed now and her liver can process some waste products.
  • Most of her basic physical development is now complete and she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

 

What’s been happening with ME this week?

Weight Gained:¬†not quite sure but I’m afraid to find out… needless to say I’ve been eating¬†a lot.¬†What can I say? I don’t plan on being pregnant again so I’ve decided to just give in to my cravings and indulge. Because I am determined to get my bod back into pre-1st baby shape ASAP.

Workouts: Ha! Waiting to hit those weights postpartum for sure!!!

Symptoms: 

  • lower back aches when I’m sitting for too long or when I’m laying in bed
  • major cankles and chubby fingers!

Food Aversions:¬†anything greasy! I’ll eat it and then immediately regret it afterwards.

Food Cravings: donuts!!!! My boss was nice enough to buy us some donuts on Friday. It was sooooo yum. And beer. Ice. Cold. Beer.

Sleep:¬†Not bad…even with the frequent trips to the bathroom and lower backpain… I’ve been getting adequate sleep at night. And even when I nap with Ella.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?¬†yes!!! totally saw these and had to have them…

Muslin blankets

Aren’t they super cute?! I can’t wait for Baby P #2 to use them!!!

Stretch Marks: ¬†I’m pretty sure there will be a lot more new ones. I’ll be able to assess the damage once I pop this baby out.

Miss Anything?:¬†Being mobile. As dramatic as it sounds… I’ve slowed down a lot when walking from point A to point B. It’s hard to walk through narrow spaces. And just being extra careful I don’t do anything to accidentally bump into things with the prego belly.

Belly Button In or Out? Out!!! 

Wedding Rings On or Off? I swelled up pretty bad on Saturday night because of the heat and my rings were stuck. So I think I might just have to take them off and keep them off till after Baby is here.

Happy or Moody Most Of The Time? Neutral. Not too moody but I have my moments.

Any Movement? Yes. And I have to say she totally beats me up from the inside pretty good. Sometimes it even feels like I might be going into labor.

Fun and/or Interesting Things from the Week? A very good friend of mine came over on Sunday the 27th, to bring over some gifts for Baby P #2 and to hang out and let both of our toddlers play. She also brought some food, which is always a big win with this prego lady.
 
Looking Forward To?¬†Finally going on maternity leave! Wednesday 8/30/2017 I am officially on LOA. And then it’s baby shower and finalizing preparations before baby’s arrival. Eeeeek!!!