Pregnancy #2 Weeks 34-38

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And here we are…almost 39 weeks. This will be my final pregnancy update and to say I am excited/nervous/ready is an understatement.

I’ve been doing a lot of things over here to get my body ready and to help get labor started. As of right now, I’m feeling like I did the few days before I went into labor with Madelyn, so I know she’s on her way. I’m trying my best to be as patient as I can, but I can say waiting around for baby #2 is much more difficult than it was the first time around.

Up until this week, I’ve been feeling really good. Almost too good to be true, leading me think that I would be pregnant forever. I’ve been seeing an acupuncturist in Bay View who specializes in treating pregnant women and also seeing a chiropractor throughout my pregnancy. I think the combination of these two are the key for feeling so great throughout these last few weeks of pregnancy. That and staying as active as I possible can with barre and walking.

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I’ve been having irregular contractions and other things happening since Saturday morning. So naturally, I went for a 3 mile walk this morning and cleaned our house from top to bottom. Nesting happening in full force over here this weekend. It’s hard for me to sit still when I keep thinking that moving around will help her get into a good position for active labor to finally start, but I finally put my feet up long enough for me to write this post.

This pregnancy has had its shares of ups and downs (lower back/sciatic pain early on) but overall it’s been mostly all good. I’m so thankful that I was able to do this again and that I had a very healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy. Now all I can do is wait and pray that the delivery goes just as smoothly as it did the first time around. We’re ready for you baby #2. Can’t wait to meet you 🙂

Pregnancy #2 Weeks 20-24

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And here we are, finishing up 24 weeks. The second trimester is cruising right along very smoothly and I have zero gripes or complaints. So much so, this is the last pic I took…21 weeks-Whops! I’m savoring every minute of this because I know that in just a few weeks that can, and probably will, change.
My energy levels are still relatively high/normal. I’m really motivated to get the baby’s room organized and redecorated. I’ve been carrying bins of clothes down from our attic to see what baby girl #2 will need. It’s nice that we’ll get to reuse a lot of stuff, but because Madelyn was born in August and this baby will be born in the Fall, the first few month’s of clothes and sizes don’t match up with the seasons. So I’ll be doing some shopping and rummaging in the next few weeks to see what I can find. I was able to score 2 Aden & Anais blankets at a rummage for $6! A pack of 4 runs about $35 in the store.  Since not really much is new in the last few weeks of this pregnancy, I want to talk about being “Team Green” until the very end versus finding out the baby’s sex halfway through.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience it both ways. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, we (or rather I) elected not to find out. Hubs wanted to find out but I won that battle and we waited until she was born. Best. Decision. Ever. Now I know what that surprise feels like and there’s a lot of stuff that we can reuse because the every day stuff (sleep sacks,towels, blankets,etc…)are all gender neutral.
Common questions I received while being Team Green: How are you going to decorate the nursery? How do you not want to know?! You’re going to have so much green & yellow! Last one’s not really a question, but you get the point. I LOVED Madelyn’s room. I had a lot more time during my first pregnancy to get quite a few DIY projects done. This time around? Not so much. And OF COURSE I wanted to know! It was killing me but fun at the same time. I had one person tell me I was carrying this way so that meant I was having a boy and then I’d turn around and someone else would tell me I was carrying another way that meant girl. I got more joy out of watching everyone else try to guess what she was. Another reason I didn’t want to know because I felt as adults, it’s the one last “good surprise” left in life. It was one surprise I couldn’t ruin for myself and I liked that.
When we found out we were expecting baby #2 husband right away said that we were finding out. I was reluctant, but I knew it wasn’t fair to hold out again when I knew that he really wanted to find out. In marriage, there’s this thing called compromise…it got the best of me and I gave in. I said to him that I didn’t want to know at the 20 week anatomy scan with the ultrasound tech, that if we were finding out it had to be with our family in a fun and exciting way. Enter silly string party.
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You guys, thinking of that day makes my eyes well up with tears. The emotions I felt in a matter of minutes was insane. I went from nervous to calm, to excited, to happy that everyone could be there to know that we were having another girl. It was amazing and fun and I wouldn’t take that back for anything. We got to hug our family right away and they got to share in the moment with us.
Some pro’s about finding out midway through
Being able to prepare!! Going through all of Madelyn’s stuff and purging what we’re not going to use, has been wonderful. We’ve also slightly altered the room colors. The old room was painted a turquoise color and was staying that way regardless. If we found out baby was a boy we would add in more navy blues and greens. Now that we found out she’s a girl, we are adding in coral and gold. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
Deciding on a name. We’ve never had an issue coming up with a girl name, but boy names are always an issue for us. Thankfully, we will never have to have that argument.
Preparing Madelyn for a sister. I can’t wait to see these two together. We keep asking her for name ideas, even though baby 2’s name has been decided. The one thing we are keeping secret until the birth. Even from (especially from) Madelyn.
Cons of Waiting until the End
Even though I’m so happy that we were completely surprised the first time around, there were some cons that came along with it.
Not knowing the whole 9 months. I was pretty confident that Madelyn was a girl from the very start. I had several dreams where she was a girl. I just had a gut instinct. And then all of my friends started finding out they were having girls and I thought there was no way we ALL were having girls. So I became undecided again. I drove myself nuts.
Texting our family the news. My mom and sister were at the hospital when Madelyn was born so they knew right away at 3:29am she was a girl. We had to wait until a more reasonable hour to send people a text letting them know she had arrived. This time around my friends called and congratulated us and we were able to share the news with our family and see their reactions.
The moment you find out. Maybe because I was just so tired and stunned at what I just did, when hubs told me she was a girl, I didn’t have the same reaction as I did when we found out via silly string. I was just happy that our baby was here and that she was healthy and that I was done giving birth. Nothing else mattered.
I thought that finding out the baby’s sex during pregnancy would make me less excited to meet her/give birth etc. But that’s not the case AT ALL. I think of her every day. How she will look. Will she get my curly hair? Will her eyes stay blue or will they turn green like Madelyn’s? Will she have more olive-toned skin? Things like that. I think of her personality. If she will be quieter/calmer than Madelyn? Will Madelyn be super bossy and will this little lady stand up to her sister? She’s quite active in there, but I remember Madelyn being non-stop in utero-a personality trait that carried on into toddler life. I’m just as scared for labor/delivery as I was the first time around. Maybe even more so because I know what I’m getting myself into. I keep thinking that the L&D will be the same as last time, but that I can clearly not be the case. In the next few weeks, I’m going to brush up on laboring techniques, as I’m hoping to another all natural birth.
Moms out there, where you totally surprised or did you find out the sex of the baby? Mom’s of two or more children, were your labor and deliveries the similar or completely different? 

Our Baby Reveal Party

A few weeks ago, we had a baby reveal party with our family and if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that baby C is a….GIRL!
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We are so excited and thrilled to be blessed with another baby girl this fall. Since finding out, one of the top questions from people’s mouth is “Another girl, are you excited?” Followed by, “How does Larry feel about having all girls?” We are both very excited. What matters to us most is that the baby & mom are healthy. Yes, it would’ve been nice to have one of each but at the same time I’m so close to my sister, I really wanted Madelyn to have that special relationship in her life and I knew this would be the only shot at that since we both agreed that no matter the outcome, two kids is our max.
We had our ultrasound on a Wednesday. Baby girl was breech so the tech told us right away that sometimes they can’t get a great look down there because of the position. Everything looked healthy but she wasn’t cooperating to get a great profile picture, which should’ve been our first clue we were having another girl! She kept arching and stretching her head back. Madelyn was the same way, moving around so much that we couldn’t get a good picture. But when it came time for the tech to get a look at the “goods” she said the baby moved her legs and she was able to clearly see what we were having.
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 Hubs and I looked away from the screen when she was in that area so we had no clue. The tech wrote the baby’s sex on a thank you note I had planned on giving to my friend who was helping us out the following day. She wrote it and then sealed it up. That night, hubs went to work while that envelope sat in my purse. I was so tempted to open it so many times I had to put it in my car to forget about it! I’m notorious for ruining surprises for myself.
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 That Friday, I went out of town with my girlfriends for the weekend, which was a nice distraction to try to get my mind off of it. However, Saturday night all I did was toss and turn because I knew on Sunday we would know what we were having. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about something that I couldn’t sleep. I felt like a little kid at Christmas again.
That Sunday evening we had our close family over. Larry grilled brats, we had some sides, and of course there was cake. I decided it would be fun to find out via silly string. I had thought about cupcakes/cake but figured Madelyn would get a kick out of silly string…

062815_Campbell_007To pull off the silly string reveal, I went to the dollar store and purchased 11 cans of pink and 11 cans blue (for the number of people we were having). I gave all the supplies to my friend, told her how I wanted them wrapped and said to keep the unused silly string until I saw her afterward so I could return whatever we didn’t use(sidenote-Dollar Tree only does even exchanges, not returns). She was nice enough to deliver the cans to our house on Sunday afternoon when I got home from Door County and even made this cute little box to put them in.

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After everyone got there, we ate dinner and did the reveal afterward. I was waiting for my friend, Jenna, to come over and take pictures since I figured everyone else would be preoccupied. I really wanted someone there to capture the moment. Jenna works with us and is starting up her own photography business so she was the perfect person to ask.

She was able to get some really great moments and definitely captured the emotional roller coaster it was. I was so nervous the whole day. Why? I’m not really sure. It was probably more excitement than anything. Madelyn, Larry and I stood there as we faced our family and I explained on the count of three everyone shoots their silly string.

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The initial reaction when something is coming at you is to close your eyes.

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When I was finally able to open them and saw it was pink I was like “Oh it’s pink. Pink means we’re having a girl. Madelyn you’re having a sister!” As soon as those words came out of my mouth I started crying.

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I was so excited and after I hugged my husband and daughter, I gave my sister a big hug. I was crying out of excitement for having another daughter as well as having our family there with us to share in the moment this time around. It was so much fun and something I will never forget.

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Along with the silly string reveal we had a few other fun things at the party. We took votes on whether the baby would be a boy or girl. It was pretty much split until we asked Madelyn whose vote is in yellow 🙂

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We also needed help naming the baby and asked for both boy an girl suggestions. And then we did an old wives tales symptoms thing. I don’t normally believe in those, but the majority of the symptoms pointed to girl. 062815_Campbell_027People with kids out there, did you choose to find out or wait until the baby was born? If you found out, how was it revealed to you?

 I’ll be back next week to give a pregnancy update and to talk about my feelings on finding out vs. waiting having now experienced it both ways. Have a great weekend!

First Trimester Recap

Thank you everyone for your kind words, messages/texts etc. We are thrilled and so excited for, what will likely be, the final addition to our little family!
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a glimpse of the behind the scenes from our photo shoot
I found out I was pregnant with #2 toward the end of February. I didn’t think I’d get a positive as quickly as I did. The first initial test had a very faint second line. So faint that when I came and told Larry I said, “I think that I’m pregnant.” He replied, “You think?” I showed him the test and we both agreed, though faint, there was definitely a second line.
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IMG_1497I’m officially in my second trimester and so far I’m feeling a million times better than I have been the past few weeks. My energy levels are back to normal and the extreme nausea has subsided.
My appetite has been all over the place. Eating paleo totally went out the window since all I wanted the first couple of weeks was CARBS! Not the healthy kind either. Bowls of cinnamon toast crunch, buttered noodles with parmesan cheese and a lot of pizza was consumed. How I managed to escape this trimester with nothing but a 3lb weight gain is beyond me.
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Aversions: Almonds. And beef jerky. I assume this has something to do with all the almonds and beef jerky that I consumed on my way to Guam. I still can’t stomach almonds…unless they’re covered in chocolate, like in a KIND bar or something along those lines. I could also do without hardboiled eggs, but I’ve been choking them down when I have to since they’re convenient and good for the baby.
Cravings: Equal parts of sweet and salty, so naturally Trader Joe’s Chicago mix popcorn is right up my alley, kettle corn, green apples & sweetened sunflower butter. And oranges. I can’t eat enough oranges. Or cheese. When I was feeling nauseous, cheese was the one thing that made me feel better.
Workouts: The only thing that makes me feel “normal” in this growing body of mine: working out. I’ve been able to keep up running about 3 times a week and I’ve been keeping it to about 3 miles a run. It’s what I was doing before I got pregnant, so I don’t want to push for anymore at one time. Other than being slower, running still feels good to me. Because I’m not training for anything this summer, Madelyn has been joining me on a lot of stroller runs. She seems to be enjoying herself and that stroller is giving me a good upper body workout!  And barre. I’m still attending all classes. At the cardio classes I make sure just to watch the intensity so that I don’t get out of breath and for burpees I’ve stopped going all the way down to the ground and I just keep my arms in a full-arm plank position. Exercise makes smart babies 🙂 It’s science.
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Madelyn:  When we first told her she was going to be a big sister her response was simply. “No.” And that was the end of it. When I explained there was a baby in my tummy she got excited and now she will pat my stomach and say “good morning” or “good night baby”. It will be fun to see how she reacts to there being a baby in the house and interesting when she’s not the only one getting our attention. As of right now she doesn’t want a sister, she wants a “girl baby” and to name her Viviana after her best friend at daycare. I ask her once what we will name the baby if it’s a boy and her reply was, “Stinky!” No joke. That one had us laughing for awhile.
Energy: Finally feeling somewhat normal. The few days before I was set to leave for Guam, I was exhausted to the point where I couldn’t function. I had so much packing to do but I was too tired to even think about it. That was a few days before I found out I was pregnant. The week after I returned home was one of the toughest. I was about 6 weeks pregnant then, suffering from jet lag and a time adjustment. My body was screaming, “what are you doing to me?!” It took about a week to feel back to “normal”. From that point on, I made it my goal to be in bed by 8:30pm. When you’re pregnant with a toddler to chase around, the game totally changes. First time pregnant moms out there, my advice to you is to take a nap whenever possible. Times when I’d have my eyes closed for a minute, I’d hear a little voice saying, “Mama wake up!” And that was the end of that.
What I’m looking forward to in the second trimester
-Feeling the baby move! I’ve been feeling tiny little flutters, but I can’t wait to have Larry and Madelyn feel the baby moving around in there. That will be exciting!
-Having our 20 week ultrasound and seeing our baby again.
-Getting a real baby bump. The in between stage is the worst.
-Making it through the day without feeling nauseous and tired.
-Planning a reveal party. {sigh}. Since we were surprised with Madelyn (all my idea), Larry really wants to find out what we’re having. While of course I want to know, I also like the fun of surprises. I feel like it’s the last real surprise you get in life. I finally agreed to find out but I had some conditions. We have to find out in a fun way (not in the ultrasound room) and I want all of our family to be there. Not sure what method we’re going to use to find out but the party will be sometime this summer. Grandma, you’ll have to get grandpa back up here!
Has anyone been to/hosted a baby reveal party and saw a unique surprise? I know balloons & cake are the two most popular ways, I’m just trying to think outside the box a little bit.