Campbell: Party of Four

Last week we welcomed Isla {eye-luh} Hope into the world. She was a perfect 7 pounds 6 ounces and 19.5 inches long.

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Our hearts (and coffee mugs) are full and we are head over heels in love with this little lady.

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Everyone is adjusting well and big sister couldn’t be more proud.

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Welcome to the world Isla! You were completely and utterly worth the 16 hours of labor I endured to bring you here.

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 29-33

IMG_4175So far this third trimester is just flying by. The month of September was a busy one for us. I’m hoping October settles down a bit so I can finish up some projects around our house before little bebes arrives, but our weekends are filling up. When I look at how close we are to the end, it freaks me out a little bit. Soon we’ll have two little lives to care for and nurture. Yet, when I look back at when I first found out I was pregnant, I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever. It’s a strange feeling, but I cannot wait to meet this little peanut!
Aversions: Nothing really new since I’ve been sticking to what I know works for me. Coffee smells in our house still get to me. I don’t really get this one since I have no problem drinking it, but the smell of someone else making it, makes my stomach turn.
Cravings: Still going strong with burgers and sandwiches. Carbs & protein…it’s what the baby’s craving. I’ve definitely been eating more red meat than usual and I haven’t had any problems with my iron levels this pregnancy. I’m pretty sure that has something to do with it. On the flip side, a cinnamon roll from Cinnabon has been high on my list the past few days. I haven’t had one of these probably since my BMT graduation, roughly 12 years ago.
Workouts: Things are definitely slowing down over here. I still feel good, but I’m not as mobile as I was just a few weeks ago. Exercising while pregnant is a very funny thing and varies from person to person, pregnancy to pregnancy, day to day. While I was pregnant with Madelyn I could walk 2+ miles every day with no problems. I walked (er, waddled) nearly 3 miles the night I went into labor with her. With this baby, walking can be uncomfortable one day and perfectly fine the next. I walked for 20 minutes last week outside and I had such horrible round ligament pain and cramping. But two days prior, I went to a bootcamp cardio class and had zero problems. I’ve been missing running like crazy as of lately and I’m already scoping out races to do in January. I’m still attending spin class at least twice a week and doing barre and the elliptical for cardio. I walked into spin class a few weeks ago and the instructor (whom I’ve never had before) came over to me and asked how far along I was, if I’d done spin etc., etc. He’s like “Well I’ve delivered babies before so if you go into labor, I’ve got you covered!” hah! Thank you sir for that. I plan on pedaling away until baby’s born if all goes well.
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Madelyn: We did a big sibling class with her which was fun. It gave me a chance to see where I will be delivering since we’re at a different hospital this time around. Madelyn enjoys walking into the baby’s room, looking around at everything and saying, “This is where I’m going to rock and feed the baby. This is the book I’m going to read to the baby. This is where I’m going to change the baby’s poopy diaper.” haha! I can already tell that she is going to be a big help.
Energy: Sleep the last few weeks has become a fleeting memory. I’ve been waking up at least 2-3 times a night to use the bathroom and when I get up, baby’s having a dance party in my belly which makes it hard to fall back asleep. Somewhere between midnight and 3 am. So that’s fun. I’ve been making it a goal of mine to get to bed every night NLT than 9pm. I’ve also been trying to rest on the days I have off of work while Madelyn’s napping/resting as well. Nap time in our house has also become a fleeting memory. Sometimes they happen, other days they just don’t.
sleepingpackerfanWhat’s new these past few weeks? We found two doulas we really liked. Decided to go with one and then decided I didn’t need one. I was having a hard time justifying spending the money on one when I’ve had an all-natural birth without one. I’ve been doing lots of research on pain management in labor and I’m pretty confident that Larry, the nurses and I’ve got this covered. Also, the acupuncturist I’m seeing offers acupuncture in labor and delivery. It’s $100 to have her come to either your house or the hospital and spend up to 3 hours with you while in labor. A much easier pill for me swallow as opposed to the $600 + I was about to shell out for a doula. I got the clear from my midwife that I’m allowed to have an acupuncturist come in while I’m laboring in the hospital. Baby’s car seat and bases have been washed and are ready to be installed into the car. I’m still gathering stuff for my hospital bag and slowing putting the finishing touches on the baby’s room. I feel like we’ve made a lot of progress on things the past few weeks, but we still have a lot to do and time is ticking away! As it gets closer I’m getting more excited but yet a little more nervous to go into labor. I’m actually looking forward to giving birth again, just more nervous because you never know how it’s going to happen. I also had a dream that she turned out to be HE. So fingers crossed there is indeed a girl in there or else this little boy will be wearing a lot of pink 🙂

Pregnancy #2 Weeks 25-28

29 weeksAnd here we are in my third and FINAL trimester of pregnancy! For the most part, I feel like this pregnancy has just flown by, but when I stop and think to myself, “I’ve been pregnant since February!” then it seems to be taking forever. Especially when all I want on a hot summer day is an ice cold beer. Soon enough 🙂 For now, I’m enjoying all the movements and acrobatics going on in my belly and embracing my growing bump. This will be our last, so I’m doing my very best to enjoy every minute of it. Even the not so great parts that come along with it. I’m just thankful that I get to do this again.
Aversions:Hard boiled eggs 😦 I just can’t at all. I took one bite into one and I fought to choke it down. This makes me sad because this is the easiest and quickest way to eat them. The good thing is that I have access to a kitchen at work, so I usually cook them over-medium when I get into the office. Good news is that salmon is back off the aversion list! Hallelujah! I took a gamble and tried a salmon salad at The Cheesecake Factory last week and it was amazing and I was so happy! After spending the weekend eating birthday cake, my body was craving something healthy and nutritious.
Cravings: I’ve been craving sandwiches more than normal. I could probably eat a sub sandwich every day for lunch if I let myself. About a week ago I started getting nauseous again (I hear that can happen at the end of pregnancy as well) and the only thing that sounded good to me was carbs, carbs and more carbs. So I’ve been consuming a lot more bread than what’s normal for me…which probably explains why I’ve had the biggest weight gain I’ve had all pregnancy between my 4 week appointments.
Workouts: I’m still feeling really good. Although I’m starting to slow down a bit and trying my hardest not to waddle, I’m still working out about 4-5 times a week. I’ve found that it cuts down on the crankiness and just makes me feel better overall. Running as been put on hold until after the new year and I’m okay with that. I’ve been spending a lot more time on my bike and I’ve found a new appreciation in biking. Spinning class has now taken over for running. I can still work up a great sweat without the high impact that running has. I’ve also taken some HIIT classes at barre which still feel great. I tend to hang out in the back corner because my moves are very modified these days 🙂
biking28weeksMadelyn:  She falls asleep and stays asleep on her OWN!!!! The first few weeks were rough but we stuck to our routine and now she goes doesn’t require one of us to lay there until she falls asleep. I have the best of both worlds. I can choose to get up once we’re done with our bedtime routine or I can choose to lay there with her for a bit and she’s content either way. This makes my life a million times easier. I think she has some idea of what’s coming to her. She’s been very clingy to us which is unlike her. I assembled our bassinet so that I could clean it up and when she saw it in the basement she says, “This is the baby’s bed? Awww cute!” LOL She’s a character.
Energy: It could be worse, but it could also be better. Sleep is becoming more of a challenge. I wake up every night either having to use the bathroom or because turning over is getting harder and I have to literally sit up to turn to the other side. Annoying. I take advantage of Madelyn’s naps on the weekends and take some time to take my own little siesta.
What’s new these past few weeks?
-I’ve been having some increased SI pain at from about 26 weeks. A trip to the chiropractor will be made this week and I’ve scheduled an appointment with an acupuncturist who specializes in pre-natal/post-natal care for the following week.
-Nesting has hit me with full-force. I don’t remember being this “nesty” last time. But I’ve gone on rampages to de-clutter as much as possible. One Friday night I spent over an hour rearranging our linen/medicine closet. I felt a million times better after I threw out all the old medicine and reorganized.
-We’re looking for a doula. A little late in the game because we still haven’t found one :-/ Last time I was in labor, our doctor was incredible. She stayed with us for about the final 3 hours and directed Larry on what to do to help me feel more comfortable. This time, it’s just him, me and our midwife. I don’t expect she will be that hands on, especially if she has other patients to attend to. And I really want to try for a natural birth this time around as well. I’ve met with a few and have a couple to meet with this week, so I’m confident that we’ll end up with someone.
-I’ve been watching birthing videos and reading books to help wrap my mind around the fact that I’m going to be doing this again…
Some things I’m looking forward to in this final trimester? Feeling more and more baby kicks, the cooler weather, and signing Madelyn up for a big sibling class at the hospital. It will be a fun to see what they teach the kids and we also get a hospital tour with it so she can see where the baby will be born 🙂 It will be nice for us too because it’s a different hospital than last time, so we’ll know what to expect come delivery day.

Pregnancy + The Barre Code

Happy Friday! Any fun plans for the weekend? I’m looking forward to a low key weekend with my girl after celebrating her three years of life last weekend. We have a date to the farmer’s market and a baby room to get in order.
Speaking of babies… I’ve been very fortunate this pregnancy to be able to keep exercising without zero complications. Now that I’ve entered my third trimester (wait what?!?!), I’m definitely slowing down-but overall I still feel great and I credit that to staying so active through my pregnancy.
While running has officially been put on hold until after baby is born, one workout that remains constant in my pregnant life is barre, specifically classes at The Barre Code.
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When I was pregnant with Madelyn, there were no barre studios in my area, so I did Barre DVDs instead. While they were good, nothing compares to taking an actual class and staying accountable.
The one thing that I love about The Barre Code as opposed to other traditional barre studios is that they offer a variety of other classes, specifically those that are cardio based. So far, I’ve been able to modify all the classes that The Barre Code has to offer. While I tend to stick with mostly barre, I sometimes try to sneak in a cardio class. Some days, no matter how pregnant you are, a good sweat session is just necessary.
Here’s a run down of all the classes that The Barre Code in Milwaukee has to offer and how I was able to modify them through my pregnancy, the first two trimesters.
Brawl-(description taken from website) Brawl, which has been recognized by SELF magazine as one of the best workouts in the country, is an intense class that combines cardio kickboxing sequences with strengthening work for the thighs and glutes. 
-Such a fun cardio class! I like it because you actually have to remember and think about what’s coming next, so it’s good for the exercising the mind and body.
First trimester modifications: Not too much to modify in the first trimester. Keep an eye on your breathing and make sure not to get out of breath. That’s the main modification for most of the cardio classes. I was able to still get a good workout in, but definitely didn’t go all out like I did pre-pregnancy. I used to leave that class drenched.
Second & third trimester modifications: Range of motion when doing any core twisting exercises has been limited. You’re supposed to avoid any twisting when you’re into the second trimester, so as the belly started growing I avoided this. Instead of twisting, I would just keep my core center and move my arms (in a punching motion). I’ve also had to dial down the cardio. A few weeks ago, we had a segment that was hook left, hook right, burpee. Repeat. I was able to keep up in the beginning but through out class when I felt like I needed a little break, I just kept doing hooks in place of the burpee and skipping out on every other set of burpees. For moves like diagonal knee raises, instead of jumping I would just keep my supported leg on the ground for every other. That helped control my breathing a little bit. You know your body, and you know what you are capable of.
TBC & Interval (Interval has now been replaced with HIIT)-(description on their website) I combined these two classes because a lot of the moves are the same, it’s just the layout of the class that is different. TBC has a cardio section, but is mainly toning. Where as Interval is mostly cardio with a small section of strength training sandwiched in. I will focus on the modifications I made to the cardio sections and talk about the toning modifications in the barre section.
First trimester modifications: Same thing as Brawl, make sure that you are able to still talk, never work so hard that you’re losing your breath. Always have water with you and drink it throughout class as needed.
Second trimester modificationsThe belly’s starting to grow and jumping, burpees etc are starting to get a bit more challenging. For mountain climbers, I took them to the barre. You can still get your heart rate up and keep your core engaged while placing less strain on your core. On days when I couldn’t do burpees, I would either walk one foot back at a time or walk my hands out to a plank, hold it, and walk my hands back in toward my feet. Things like jump squats, I eventually just went to onto my tip toes and never left the ground. A-Jacks also became non-existent sometime in the second trimester.
Barre Code-(Description taken from their website) A full-body workout that consists of isometric holds and heavy repetition, working muscles to fatigue to develop muscle stamina and endurance. A range of different props are used in each class to challenge the body and engage the mind.
My favorite prenatal class to take at The Barre Code.
First trimester modifications: In the first trimester I didn’t have to modify anything. I kept working my core as long as I could to help keep it strong for labor and delivery.
Second trimester modifications: I didn’t have to start modifying abs until I was well into my second trimester and the bump became evident (somewhere around 20 weeks). Some days I could lay flat on my back without zero problems, but other times I’d get short of breath and I’d have to place the playground ball behind my lower back. It all depended on how the little one was positioned in there but at around 20 weeks I stopped laying down, used the playground ball and kept the “crunching” moves to a minimum. Any movements where the instructor had us in prone position, I would either do on all fours or standing, depending on what it was. Some seat movements started to get tricky. There’s one move that works your hamstrings and seat where you have one foot on the barre and the other in the air. For that tricky move, I just kept my feet on the ground and did hip raises. At 27 weeks, any balance work on the green disc became non-existent. It was challenging enough for me just to do one leg lunges into a high knee without the added challenge of the disc and so I set it aside for later use.  Planks/push ups mostly stayed the same with a few plank modifications and taking rests when I thought I needed it. Thighs and arms for the most part didn’t need any modifications either, which is why I think this class is my favorite for my pregnant belly.
I’m so glad that I’ve been able to keep working out through my pregnancy. I wanted to write this post because when I was doing a google search for pregnancy modifications at The Barre Code, nothing came up. There were a lot of blog posts for other studios that offered traditional barre classes, but I was more interested in the cardio classes and some portions of Barre Code since it is faster pace and intense than most barre classes.
A few *Important* things to keep in mind:
-This is just advice that has worked for me. Every pregnant body/pregnancy is different from one person to the next.
-If you’ve never taken classes at The Barre Code, I wouldn’t advise starting when you’re pregnant. Save it for post-baby. I felt comfortable keeping up with this workout because I’ve been doing it consistently for nearly 2 years now.
-Finally, tell you’re instructor that you’re pregnant!! You may not want to tell everyone right away, but it’s important for the instructor to know. They can offer you different modifications at various stages of pregnancy. Take time to ask them questions before or after class. If I get there early enough, I will usually ask the instructor what she has planned for abs and just adjust my own routine as necessary. My PT gave me a few ab exercises to do that are safe throughout all trimesters of pregnancy, so I usually just stick to those. You might feel funny doing something completely different than the rest of the class, but as they see your growing belly-they’ll get it!IMG_2513-2For more tips on how to make workouts lower impact, check out this post!

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? 

For Two Fitness Review

*This post is sponsored by For Two Fitness. Even though for For Two Fitness sent me an item to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Since the belly officially “popped”, I have been on the search for workout pants that don’t cut into my middle causing unflattering and uncomfortable lines around my belly. I purchased a pair of maternity capri’s from Target a few weeks back, and they were okay. Something that would last me throughout my pregnancy.

For Two Fitness sent me the Ultimate Maternity Micro Plush Fitness Pant to try out. Since I am in LOVE with their tank tops, I had high hopes that these pants would be just as amazing.

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What I love most about these pants is that they can be worn 1 of 3 ways: Above the belly, below the belly , and mid-rise.

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I’ve worn the pants now to various barre classes and out for walks with Madelyn. I love the way these pants fit and they’re perfect for barre. One because the studio is air conditioned so I never felt too warm in these pants. And secondly, the flare leg on the pants is flattering  but yet they don’t get in the way too much during seat and thigh work. I have a few other flare-leg workout pants that get caught in the way of each other during certain workout moves.

As far as outdoor activities go, I will probably be living in these pants come fall. So far, we’re having a decent summer and with being pregnant I prefer shorts and tank tops for all outside workouts. Even though the pants breath pretty well, they are still fairly thick.

What I also like about these pants is that they can be worn even after pregnancy. The active capris I purchased from Target are cut to fit a pregnant body so they will fit differently after the baby is born. These can (and will) be worn after baby #2 arrives. That’s always I plus I look for when purchasing maternity clothes.

Overall I think these pants are great for air conditioned studios and cooler weather temps and I would definitely recommend them to any mama to be looking for good, quality workout gear to last her through pregnancy and beyond.

Pregnant mamas out there, what is your favorite, go-to piece of work out gear? Besides having properly fitted pants, I’ve been carrying around my hand held water bottle!

Pregnancy #2: Weeks 16-19

IMG_3731This second trimester has been extremely smooth sailing so far. For the most part I feel about 100% like my old self, just a tad more emotional than normal but other than that, I’m feeling good. I don’t remember being this emotional when I was pregnant with Madelyn but I’ve definitely had my fair share of crying this pregnancy: hubs new work schedule, going through Madelyn’s baby stuff, watching her fall asleep, and even toddler temper tantrums have all brought me to tears. The struggle is real my friends and I hope that this is one side effect that doesn’t stick around much longer.
Aversions: Still going strong with salmon. I made another attempt to eat it the other day, and I manage to get down a “Madelyn” sized portion of it. I now cover my hardboiled eggs in spicy brown mustard. They taste kind of like deviled eggs. A typical breakfast for me is two hard boiled eggs topped with spicy brown mustard along side a mound of fresh strawberries. Weird pregnancy food combinations at its best.
Cravings: WATERMELON! We’ve gone through 4 so far (it’s only June) and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s eating it. Well, Madelyn and myself. Ice water. I’m at the stage in my pregnancy where my water has to be ice cold. Also, burgers. I could eat them for dinner every night if I allowed myself to.
watermelonWorkouts: Same as before. Running and barre. I’ve been going to all of the classes that The Barre Code has to offer to include the cardio classes and I want to do a post on how I’ve modified each class with my pregnancy. Running is starting to be hit or miss. It really all depends on the positioning of the baby at that moment. When I go out for a run and realize it’s a no go, I walk for the planned distance that day. (Usually about 3 miles).
Madelyn: She’s officially in her “big girl” room and it’s been…interesting. We’re back to fighting bedtime and her wanting one of us to lay with her until she falls asleep since now we can fit in her bed with her. The first night in her new room she went down like a dream. I knew it was too good to be true. So we’re working on it and trying different things to see what works best for her (and us) and going from there. If anyone has any tips or advice on how to get a toddler to fall asleep in her bed by herself, I would greatly appreciate it. The good news is that once she’s asleep, she stays in there all night. Even in the morning, she will call one of us to come get her when she’s awake and ready to start her day at 5:45am. She now wants both a brother and a sister. Sorry kiddo.
Energy: I wish the second trimester honeymoon phase lasted until delivery day because energy wise I feel great. I’m more than ready for bed at the end of the night and the day I decided to run the 5k then take barre after I was more than ready for an afternoon nap. But overall, I feel wonderful and I’m savoring every last bit of it because I know what’s ahead of me.
What’s new these past few weeks? My hips hurt at night. When I lay on one side for too long it starts to hurt and I wake up and have to switch over which usually prompts a bathroom trip. I have a snuggle pillow that helps a little bit. Now that it’s summer, I need to keep reminding myself that I’m pregnant. Yesterday I spent way too much time out in the sun doing stuff in the garden and with Madelyn. When we got done swimming yesterday, I ate a giant pretzel and felt much better. I also sat under a tree in the shade at the playground while Larry played with Madelyn…something I never do!
Things I’m looking forward to:
-Our 20 week ultrasound this week!
-Finding out the sex of our baby with our family
-My girls weekend trip
-An anniversary/babymoon getaway
-Feeling more frequent/stronger kicks. Hubs finally felt the baby move the other day and it was like the first time all over again. It was really cute. He had all these questions for me after 🙂 I can’t wait for Madelyn to feel/see the baby moving around in my belly.
-Getting the nursery set up. The positive about not finding out the sex of the baby the first time? Getting to reuse things like swaddling blankets and towels all over again. We also have a good amount of pajamas to get us started. Once we find out what baby #2 is, we will decorate the nursery accordingly. I don’t want Madelyn to go into the room and think that the baby took over her old room. Most things will stay the same, but I want to make it look as different as possible.
We’re having a little party with our family on Sunday to find out the baby’s sex. I was anti-finding out, but Larry wanted to know and we didn’t find out with Madelyn so I’m compromising. I agreed to it as long as we did it with our family in a fun way and not in the ultrasound room.
Cannot wait! Any guesses of we’re having? We’ve got a little bit of both according to the old wives tales.

Pregnancy Number 2: Weeks 14-15

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I am embracing the second trimester with open arms! I can’t get over how much better I’m feeling. I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until I look at myself in the mirror or I try to hold Madelyn for long periods of time.

The first trimester seemed to last forever, but I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy is going to fly by. I’m trying to savor the good parts as best as possible, because this will be our last baby. Larry and I are firm believers in not being outnumbered by our children.

-Aversions: Still have zero desire to eat plain almonds. Salmon was also on my list of things I’m not crazy about, which makes me really sad since it’s so good for the baby. I will try to eat it but I can’t eat as much of it as I normally do. Hardboiled eggs are also still kind of “meh”. I prefer them fried or omelet style with some feta cheese and spinach.

-Cravings: Sweet and salty like no other. Yesterday I had a butter pecan ice cream cone and an hour later I really wanted a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips. I have now tried three different brands of cheese and caramel corn. So far Trader Joe’s wins. We have a trip to Chicago scheduled in the beginning of June and I cannot wait to visit Garrett’s! Creme brûlée has become my dessert of choice, which is new to me in this pregnancy.

-Workouts: Still running and going to barre. I’ve had to modify some core moves in barre and scaled back on the cardio intensity in classes. I’ve noticed that if I go two days without exercise my mood/hormones are all over the place. Unfortunately my family has felt the wrath of this…sorry guys. I had a great gym workout on Saturday and felt like a whole new person. I love endorphins.

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-Madelyn: For the first time ever she said she wants a boy baby! She’s kind of all over the place but is still showing preference for a sister. I told her she get what she gets! haha! She loves playing with baby dolls and will sit and feed them, rock them to sleep and change their diaper. She will even sing to her baby when it cries. She’s going to be an awesome big sister.

-Energy: Much better for the most part. With some changes in our life/work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little worn out by the end of the day, but still a million times better than I was the first trimester. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, hopefully not for too long.

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Feeling kicks from the outside. I’m starting to feel stronger movement on the inside and I love it! It gives me a reassuring feeling that everything’s okay in there.

-Our 20 week ultrasound is finally in the books and a gender reveal party is on the calendar. We’ll be finding out at the end of June if we’re having a boy or a girl.

-Getting Madelyn into her big girl room so that we can start getting ready for the baby.

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth again and I’d really like to have an unmedicated birth again. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same doctor who delivered Madelyn because of insurance purposes. But she was wonderful. So wonderful that I told Larry I would never have another baby without her…I’m eating my words. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to take a crash course natural birthing class because I really can’t remember what we did the first time around. I just remember loving the birthing tub. There are a few classes in the area that are geared toward second time parents. I will probably have some persuading to do 😉

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.
IMG_1482I took another one a few days later just to make sure. No doubt about it. Baby #2 is on its way.
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.