Friday, October 3, 2014

28 weeks pregnant

How I'm feeling:
Heavy. This baby is picking up weight!

What I'm craving:
No real cravings. Just thirsty all of the time.

How I'm sleeping:
I'm now in the insomnia phase of my pregnancy. I find myself wide awake during the middle of the night watching tv or cleaning something because my baby is having a party in my tummy, or because I'm anxious thinking about all of the baby stuff we need to do.

Thoughts:
28 weeks is almost over and we are just about 10 weeks away from D Day. In the midst of all, the baby is doing great, weighing around 2-2.5 pounds. I, on the other hand, are suffering from a little bit of pregnancy acne and just found that I have gestational diabetes. I will admit I felt devastated when I found out but I've met with a dietician and my OB/GYN and we have a game plan. I'll be doing a separate post about this whole situation. Right now, I'm just trying to get my head together for all of the things I have going on this weekend.

Quality Time

I'm still fairly new to this marriage thing and listen, the learning never stops. I honestly learn something new about my husband each week, despite the fact that we have known each other for 7 years. Its crazy. Anyway, the focus of this post is not necessarily the new quirks I learn about him but more about quality time - specifically, how to get it in.

Being parents to a rambunctious 6 year old is not easy feat. Our son is our world and we absolutely love spending as much time as possible with him but...every now and then we want to do something with just the two of us. I love hearing about all the new Transformers and Power Ranger shows but I do enjoy cuddling and watching a romantic comedy occasionally with my better half.

With both our busy schedules and a child raise, plus another on the way, finding time together has become challenging but we manage to make it work. Primarily because I force it to work, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. I recently implemented "Friday Family Movie Nights" as a way for the 3 of us to spend some time together. I confiscate all electronics, we put on pajamas and cuddle up on the couch for the movie of the night. Usually the little guy selects it and we suffer through yet another Disney movie but that's ok; this is family time. Sometimes we find ourselves at my parent's house having movie night with them too.

As for my husband and I, we find time alone wherever we can. Sometimes we lounge in bed a little longer than normal and just talk. Other times we spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon catching up on our favorite tv shows. One thing we do make sure we do each day is eat dinner together as a family. Hubby and I tend to linger at the table longer and just talk about nothing in particular. It's times like those that I appreciate most. As annoying and messy as my husband can be, one of his greatest qualities that I love and attracted me to him is the fact that he is a great listener. He actually listens intently to every single thing you say. What man does that?!

My favorite time now are the foot and leg massages he gives me. My pregnancy has definitely made me slow down and my body is changing everyday. It helps to have a partner who understands that I may randomly go to bed at 8:30pm or that my feet hurt and will massage them for me without complaining.

With just over a year into this marriage thing, I never lose sight of the fact that it is work and that you must work to maintain it. With our family expanding (and planning to expand more next year), I know our relationship must always remain a priority.

27 weeks pregnant and catching up

Has it really been 4 weeks since my last pregnancy update? Sheesh! Well, Ive been busy. Correction: I've been in super nesting mode. Let's run down the list of things I've been doing:

  • Purchased a new ceiling fan for the nursery
  • The crib was delivered
  • Hubby is almost done getting his stuff out of the baby's future room
  • Purchased the travel system (carseat and stroller)
  • Bought a wintersuit for the baby to wear home from the hospital
  • Booked the hotel location for the baby shower
  • Finalized the invitation design; one correction to go back to the designer
  • Finalized my cupcake designs; placing order with the bakery tomorrow
  • Reorganized dresser drawers and clothing for both kids
  • Preregistered at the hospital

That's just the baby stuff. I have a whole list of other stuff that I've been doing as well but I won't get into that list. For now, I'm just going to take a moment to breath and reflect on the fact that I'm 89 days away from my estimated due date. Lawd!

My 6 year old baby lost his first teeth yesterday and last night the tooth fairy brought him 4 whole dollars.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend in Review

Hey there! I wish I had a super exciting, jam packed labor day weekend to blog about but I don't. Nope. This pregnant woman took it easy this year for Labor Day for the first time in years. No Hilton Head, no road trips, no shopping trips, no clubbing. Just me, my little family and swollen feet at home avoiding the Georgia humidity by all means necessary.

Friday
I really can't remember what I did Friday night but I believe it was...nothing!

Saturday
Woke up super early to get downtown for the DragonCon parade. Listen, this event is getting bigger and bigger each year. My brothers are avid participants in the festivities so we go to support them and check out all of the cool costumes. We were a little late getting there so our space for watching the parade sucked and let me tell you, attending this while pregnant is no fun. I was hot, irritable and RET TO GO! We didn't even get to check out the vendors and tour around because I having Braxton Hicks contractors and feeling nauseous. Since we rode with my parents, my dad was like, "Let's get the hell out of here before you go into labor."

Hubby had a video shoot that afternoon and I figured he wasn't going to get home until late (which I was right about) so I pretty much spent the rest of the day doing absolutely nothing around the house except reading and laying under the fan and a/c. Y'all, this heat while pregnant is no joke.

Sunday
Woke up and finished decorating my 6 year's old room. I've been meaning to get some of his stuff up on the walls and clean up the room so you can actually see the floor. Glad I finally got around to it because it looked fantastic. Of course it looks like I did absolutely nothing at this point but whatever. Hubby worked on some stuff in Baby #2's room so we are on track with that. We should be ready to paint and replace the ceiling fan in the next two weeks. I can't freaking wait. We did manage to get out the house and go to the movies with my parents to see Hercules with The Rock. It was a little slow and boring but the action scenes were good. Plus The Rock's body is ridiculous!

Monday
It was too hot to do anything (again, pregnancy issues) so we lounged around the house before heading downtown to pick up my oldest brother from DragonCon. We scooped him up and headed back to the southside in record time. The rest of the day was spent being lazy and catching up on my reality tv (aka ratchet tv). Hubby and I did manage to finally see that movie Noah. It was good. My parents came by Monday evening and my mom and I had a quick meeting about my baby shower. Thank goodness we did because we were going in totally opposite directions. Plus I had to let her know that the guest list count is at 60 so far 0_0. Listen, I have a big family; we don't do anything small LOL

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Product Review: Snoggle Body Pillow


One of the things I have struggled with during my pregnancy has been insomnia and comfortable positioning while sleeping. During the first trimester, sleep was a breeze because that’s all I could stand to do as this little person began to form. As I moved into my second trimester and my belly began to expand, it was apparent that my days of being a stomach-sleeper were coming to end.

Night after fitful night, I would rotate from side to side unable to get comfortable. Even while propped up on 8 pillows while my poor husband suffered with only 2
, I still could not rest comfortably. With several more months to go, a resolution did not seem near. However, my husband being the awesome person that he is, surprised me with a Snoggle body pillow.
photo by me



I’ve seen this pillow every time I’ve visited Babies R Us and vowed to get one but I just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on it. Well, I guess my husband got tired of my restless nights and purchased one for me that changed my life. Not only do I now  sleep through the night but my body feels great. Goodbye sore hips and stiff arms!

It is essentially a body pillow with a curve. You can curl around it or it can curl around you. Need a pillow between your knees to keep everything aligned? No problem. The Snoggle fits easily between the knees without becoming detached at night. I also love the inner lining cover provides you with multiple positions and ways to use your Snoggle. How cool is that? 

I've pretty much tried each position and my favorites are the back-to-back, the swirl around and belly basics. I've each used the swirl while lounging in bed reading and it's fantastic. Let me run you down a list of a few other things I like about this pillow:

Likes:

  • Machine-washable and easy to remove covering
  • Breathable material; I didn't feel hot sleeping on it
  • Stiff and flexible like a regular pillow
  • Great support
  • No weird plastic smell
  • Organic
Dislikes
  • It takes up a lot of space in the bed but the sleep is worth it
  • It only comes in white and brown
  • Pricey; retails for about 59.99 or higher depending on the store
Ladies, trust me when I say this pillow is totally worth the investment pre and post pregnancy. I have friends who swear by and it continue it use it to this day despite not being pregnant. I still have 3 more months to go and I've told my husband to make sure he brings this pillow to the hospital on delivery day. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

23 weeks pregnant

How I'm feeling:
A little more tired and heavy these days.

What I'm craving:
No real cravings this week except salads. I love salads. I could eat them all day.

How I'm sleeping:
My husband is the best husband in the world! He surprised me with a Snoggle pillow that has literally changed my life. I slept through the night for the first time in weeks. I'm planning to do a product review on this item. Ladies, make sure you get one of these during you pregnancy.

Thoughts:
23 weeks. Is it me or is this pregnancy flying by? Seems like just yesterday I was stressing about not being able to get pregnant and now I'm 16 weeks away from meeting this little person. Geez. My anatomy scan and quad screening results came back. Everything is normal and checks out. The next major test will be my glucose test, which they will probably schedule at my monthly check up on Thursday. I think I've gained another pound which brings my total weight gain to 2-3 pounds to date. Not bad. Especially considering I have about 3 more months to go.

Hubby and I have started taking evening walks which seem to really help me sleep at night. I've also been forcing myself to go to bed at 9:30 each night. Boy what a difference that makes. I'm starting to experience some slight swelling in my feet but I try to keep them elevated as much as possible and stretch as often as I can.

Overall I'm feeling good. Plans for my baby shower/baby celebration are underway and my team is on it! Invitation designs have been selected and the date has been confirmed. I'm still on the fence about my location since it seems the guest list is going to be 40-50 people so my current locale may not work. I need to talk it over with my mom again.

I plan to schedule my maternity photo shoot for October sometime so I need to start thinking about outfits for the family to wear. Hubby is almost done clearing his stuff out of the nursery so once he's finished with that, we will move forward with the painting and decorating. I'm having a baby!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thoughts about a large family


via Google Images


When my husband and I were still friends, we both expressed our desires for a large family. When we had our son, we knew we would want to expand beyond one because who really wants just one kid in life? Lately though, I've been feeling some kind of way about the judgment people have when we tell them we want to have two more kids.

"If you knew better, you would get your tubes after this second one."

"Four?! Are you guys crazy?!"

"You're crazy to want more than two. Two is a great balance."

I've heard these statements not only from strangers but from family members as well. WE want more than one child. WE want to have as many kids as the good Lord will let us. So why all the judgment folks? Why all the pushing to get my tubes tied? I would think decisions about MY reproductive system are MY decision but seems I missed the memo on that.

It's a little frustrating to keep hearing this from people, especially from some people who have 3+ kids. Just because your situation is your situation doesn't mean it will be the same for me. I am married to a man who wants to have a whole basketball team of kids and says he's willing to live on farm if need be to raise them all.

I don't think it gets any better than that.