state of a pregnancy: 37 weeks

I can’t believe I even typed that number. 37 is dangerously close to 40, and even closer to 38 and 39, all of which could result in a baby making her appearance much earlier than mom is ready.

And by that I mean, mom doesn’t think she’s ever going to be ready for this baby to come.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to not be pregnant anymore. But with the birth of the baby comes even less sleep than I’m already getting and another huge responsibility on top of Crazy C and everything around this house – housework, projects, my neglected blog, etc.

All things I should have thought about before getting pregnant, right? I know, I know…

You just get set in the way things are and it’s extremely difficult to imagine yourself adapting to a new normal. I will, the family will, and by this time next month I probably won’t be able to picture my life without our daughter, but for now, as her unknown arrival date continues to get closer and closer, I’ll settle for freaking out, self-doubt and taking it all out on my husband.

Last week my family was all lucky enough to get hit by a stomach bug. As if vomiting for 12 hours was any fun anyways, hurling while 8 months pregnant was quite possibly the most miserable thing I experienced in my entire life. Not as bad as being in labor, but I considered how closely it could be compared.

Then the head cold hit me immediately after the stomach bug flew away. I told Jason this a bajillion times and I’ll go ahead and say it publicly now…I don’t have anything to complain about with this pregnancy now that I’m not sick anymore.

Are you as shocked as I am that I said I had nothing to complain about?! Me?! 8.5 months pregnant and NOT complaining?

That’s probably a lie, who am I kidding.

I just cannot even get over how miserable I felt last week, and nothing, not heat, backaches or exhaustion can compete with a head cold/vomiting on top of all of those normal pregnancy symptoms. I get the whole “moms don’t get days off” expression now – because throwing Carter on top of everything else was just the icing on my miserable, I feel so sorry for myself I could cry cake. It was a rough week.

On a positive note, I can still wear my wedding rings, something which I could no longer do at 34-weeks last pregnancy, and although my weight is hovering dangerously close to the plus 50 pounds mark (no thanks to the blueberry pancakes I made for breakfast this morning or my 2 bowls of ice cream last night…), I still don’t feel quite as sluggish and large as I did with Carter. I’m not really sleeping and the sweat while being outside for any length of time is enough to gross anyone out, but in comparison to my first pregnancy, this one really isn’t as bad.

I’m still questioning whether or not I could handle a third, and despite it being “not as bad,” I’m leaning towards, “eff this noise, I’m never doing this again…”

Working out has been inconsistent, unlike my nightly craving for anything sweet, and I’m not afraid to admit that on occasion I have, in fact, felt like a human garbage disposal and I don’t really feel that bad about it (take that, Giselle).

Another thing I don’t feel that badly about is letting my child watch an episode of Team Umizoomi in the morning despite the fact that he’s not yet 2. There is nothing like getting 20-25 minutes of downtime to read a blog or 2, drink a cup of coffee and listen to your son recite patterns and get genuinely excited to do the UmiShake. Sometimes I even use the time to get some chores done, but usually Carter likes us to snug on the couch while he gets his tv treat, and how in the world do you say no to a 21-month old saying, “couch cuddle mama?”

Here’s the family on a recent trip to the beach at the 35-week mark. It’s the best you’re going to get of a belly shot now that I’ve exited the “cute and pregnant” phase and entered the one where everyone looks at you nervously as if you’re going to give birth any second…

family pic - early June

 

 

state of a pregnancy: 28 weeks

Since we last discussed this pregnancy three weeks ago, our family has taken a week long trip to Virginia, added a new room to our home, started a new job, lost every ounce of motivation to stay on top of daily tasks and tackle projects and are currently battling a “very bad case” of hand, foot and mouth disease in one 19-month old.

No one ever wants to hear “very bad case” and “disease” in the same sentence, ever, but fortunately in this case, the skin rash that Carter is suffering through is pretty common for kids and will just kind of go away on it’s own.

In the meantime, I’m in my 3rd trimester with no cute belly shots to show you because I have no motivation to do anything aside from make lists of things I need to do.

Remember, friends, I’m a planner, not a do-er. Despite all my efforts to sport my cape and be a super mom, I haven’t been able to harness my energy after (if I’m lucky…) 6 hours of frequently interrupted sleep and actually get shit done.

I’m behind on my assignments for my internship and haven’t graced you fine folks with my presence in quite some time and I have nothing to show for it but 2 loads of clean laundry that have been sitting, unfolded, on the chairs in my living room for 3 days and a really extensive project plan, complete with associated budget, for all the shit that has to go down before our little girl arrives.

If there was ever a time to magically stumble upon 30-hour days and an untapped source of funds, now would be the time.

My second pregnancy has gone a little something like this…

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state of a pregnancy: 25 weeks

So we’ve hit the big 2-5. This pregnancy is flying by at a pace that makes me super uncomfortable considering all that still needs to be done before the little miss makes her appearance.

Jason and I are making huge life changes at a rapid pace…or, in other words, everything is status quo with us. In the next couple of weeks he’s starting a new job and we’re closing off our two story foyer and making it into a study.

Home renovations and dealing with new insurance crap at my OB’s – a perfect way to ring in that third trimester if I do say so myself.

The rapid pace of this pregnancy is only one of the thousands of reasons why this time around feels so much different than being pregnant with C. The constant peeing and lack of sleep feels familiar…but Carter is keeping me active constantly and I just feel, different.

More accepting? I think J would say that’s a stretch considering my mood swings…but I have been making an effort at appreciating everything my body is doing right now. It really is amazing how the female body actually makes tiny humans.

I can’t possibly eat enough fruit. One day last week I ate an entire pineapple and a pint of blueberries. I have fruit smoothies almost daily and pop mandarin oranges like they are pieces of candy. I bake a lot more now and have been enjoying making healthier things as well as delicious, bad for me but I’ll eat 10 in one night anyways things – like the coconut chocolate chip cookies I baked on Sunday that are now, 3 days later, completely gone.

Blame the pregnant girl plenty…but my husband and son are not off the hook with this one!

I’ve been fervently reading about organic pregnancies and greener living with a baby. While I’ve taken a lot of steps to eat more organically and make our living environment a little more natural, I have yet to consistently cut out my morning cup of coffee. My toddler is just too active and my part-time job too demanding of my energy. I drink decaf green tea during the day, but I just can’t let that morning cup go. I feel guilty about it, but it is what it is. Nobody’s perfect.

I’m on a mission to get my home life a bit more organized and, of course, working on getting Carter’s big boy room and the little miss’s nursery done. My day-to-day during nap time is a series of projects, snacking and house work that is consistently interrupted by the internet and a lack of energy and focus.

Saying Carter is full of energy is such an understatement I almost laughed out loud to myself while typing it. Want to keep your weight in check while pregnant? Get knocked up with an 18-month old running around. This kid is cray cray to the max. Super cute, fearless and a chatterbox – but absolutely insane with energy.

Our nameless baby girl keeps reminding me daily that she’s just as feisty as her brother was at this time – and those little kicks never cease to be an amazing connection to my daughter.

maternity fashion lusts

As my belly continues to get bigger, so does my longing to go shopping for cute, spring maternity clothes.

The weather in central NC can’t make it’s mind up between mid-50s and low 70s, so I’ve been happily swapping back and forth between cropped maternity leggings that are actually still too big (!!) and some really comfortable full length leggings that aren’t maternity but still fit quite nicely over my growing bump. Jeans are a problem as my maternity ones are too big but my regular jeans are too small, and insanely uncomfortable to do anything but stand in with my bellaband.

Getting dressed has been quite a challenge of late and I find myself thankful to be able to spend most days in my workout clothes. I even get to work in them!

But I continue to pin away at maternity fashion lusts, and look forward to when warm weather is officially here for good and I can go pick up a few cute pieces to spruce up my wardrobe and accentuate my constantly growing baby belly.

Here are a few of my favorite maternity pieces right now:

ingrid and isabel drape dress

This Ingrid & Isabel dress would be perfect for the May wedding Jason and I are attending! The coral color is even on sale for $39 right now, but I’m not sure of my ability to get any color on my skin before then, so I was thinking grey might be a fun shade to accessorize with bright, colorful jewelry or shoes.

Ingrid & Isabel actually has tons of adorable maternity clothes! I’d love one of everything, please! They are a little outside of my budget for clothes I’ll only wear for a few months, though, but for a special occasion I could see myself making the splurge.

GAP fushia skinny jeans

These skinny jeans from GAP are brightly colored and perfect for spring! They are reasonably priced for maternity jeans…if I’ve learned anything about pants while pregnant it’s that it is totally worth it to splurge on something that will fit you well and keep you comfortable.

One of my conditions prior to getting pregnant this time was the ability to splurge on some great designer jeans for everyday wear. Something dark washed with the ability to transition from day to night with ease. While I haven’t begun my search for the magic pair yet, these jeans from GAP would make an excellent addition to whatever I choose! (any recommendations on great maternity jeans would be greatly appreciated!)

hatch collection hoodie

I’d like one of everything from the HATCH collection maternity line. The hoodie tops the list, I’d probably never take it off, making my cost per wear relatively reasonable, but with a pricetag of $258, it will sadly never find a home in my closet. A girl can dream though, right?

linen wide leg pants

I found these Enza Costa wide leg linen pants while Pinterest-ing one day. They aren’t technically maternity, and they’re sold out, but how fabulously comfortable do they look?

lulu lemon run back on track tank

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz about lulu lemon. While browsing their site, I’d love to put some sports bras, yoga pants and athletic jackets on my lust list, too. However, if I have to settle with a taste, I’m opting for the run: back on track tank top. At $64 it’s certainly more than I’d prefer to pay for a workout tank, but the fabric looks very breathable and the length looks long enough to be able to wear now and throughout my pregnancy as well as after. The price per wear would likely make it reasonable, making it highly likely that this baby will be mine in a few weeks!

drawstring neck tunic

I love tunics whether I’m pregnant or not. They hide my tendency to overeat at meals. I love this colorful, patterned one from GAP. And look, they paired it with those fushia skinny jeans I want!

Old Navy has a bunch of light-weight and colorful scarves for $15-17 that I look forward to using to spruce up a plain t-shirt.

I’m also loving the spring collection of jewelry at Stella&Dot. The bib necklaces and earrings are drool-worthy.

Where are your favorite places to shop for maternity clothes? What spring styles are you most excited about slipping on in the warmer months ahead?

a massive sweet tooth

Pregnancy number 2 has been different in a lot of ways, but none so poignant as my craving for sweets.

I’ve never been much of a baker. I was embarrassed at my attempt at a sugar-free carrot cake for Carter’s first birthday. Since then, I’ve made small strides by making some ugly although extremely delicious chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting for J’s birthday.

I’m also really awesome at breaking off the pre-cut cookie dough squares and putting them on a baking sheet. And busting open a box of Girl Scout cookies…

I don’t own a Kitchen Aid mixer and the other night when I went to bake some cookies I was actually out of flour. And brown sugar. And even eggs.

I don’t pride myself on my sweet concoctions, but thankfully I can put a mean dinner on the table for my family. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, not so much baking.

My currently baking daughter has prompted me to step out of that though and well, bake along with her.

Last night I made whole wheat applesauce muffins and chocolate chip cheesecake cookies. The cookie recipe I found on Pinterest and have been keeping in my back pocket for just such occasion; a random Sunday night + the Oscars.

cookies and muffins

I managed to eat oh…10 of them.

I woke up with a stomach ache, but there’s really nothing like tons of warm cookies and a glass of milk when you’re pregnant and watching skinny actresses in gorgeous dresses on TV, right?

Here are 6 other sweet treats currently sitting on my food-inspired Pinterest board that I’m dying to try. If these pictures didn’t make you drool on your keyboard, maybe the next few will:

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

strawberry yogurt cake

Chewy No-Bake Thin Mint Bars

chewy no-bake thin mint bars

Red Velvet Espresso and Cream Swirled Brownies

red velvet espresso and cream swirled brownies

Key Lime Swirl Cheesecake Bars

key lime swirl cheesecake bars

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

lemon blueberry loaf

Ice Cream Cookie Pie

ice cream cookie pie

Share with me your favorite dessert recipes! I’m always looking out for new things to flex my baking muscles out on!