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Counting down the weeks….

Caleb must be going through some sort of growth spurt because it doesn’t matter what time he goes to bed, he’s been waking up around 10am these days. Hey, I’ll take it! So, while he’s snoozing, I figured I’d update the good ol’ blog.

I’m 33 1/2 weeks now! The end is near and we’re hoping to FINALLY get working on the nursery. I’m hoping to paint it this week and get some furniture assembled. We went out this past weekend to buy a new dresser and crib mattress so our “big” purchases are done. The crib and changing table are still in pieces in Caleb’s closet so that’ll free up some space once we can get those out. Then, I can finally see how the bedding looks that I made for her! Next, I’ll have to figure out curtains (got 3 big windows to cover) and wall art.

belly progression weeks 4-33

Overall, I feel pretty good. Most nights, I can sleep through the night without getting up to pee, but I still have to sleep on my back because of my SPD. I have the head and foot of the bed raised (Steve calls it “sleeping like a pretzal”), but it’s the only way I can get comfortable. Most nights, he can fall asleep, but if he wakes up in the middle of the night, he usually goes to the guest room to sleep. Sometimes the SPD acts up if I overdo things, but it’s usually ok after I slap on the maternity belt.

So far, I’m up 17 lbs. I was reading up on my pregnancy with Caleb and I was up 35 lbs. by this point already! Even though I’ve gained half the weight, I still feel really heavy…moving slower, waddling, getting tired…grocery shopping takes a lot out of me! Thankfully, Caleb will sit in the cart (went through an anti-cart phase for a bit) and he helps me pick out fruits and veggies to put in the cart. He’s very much into being mommy’s little helper so I’m glad! I also have tell him my shopping list and have him recite it back to me just in case pregnancy brain sets in. Apparently, we always have to get ice cream according to him!

We went on the maternity ward tour a few weeks ago and the hospital is really nice! It’s also super busy (5k+ births a year? YIKES). They’re very pro-breastfeeding and don’t bathe the baby for at least 6-12 hours after birth. Very into skin-to-skin and family bonding time.

I’ve been doing more arts and crafts. Thanks to Pinterest, I learned how to crochet! I could never do it correctly, but the tutorial looked fairly simple so I decided to give it another go. When I went to buy a crochet hook and yard at Michael’s,  an older lady saw me staring at the yarn with my pregnant belly and asked if I was making something for my baby. I was clearly a newbie so she brought out some hooks and yard and gave me an impromptu lesson in the middle of the aisle. It helped watching someone do it because I made my blanket that night :) Since then, I’ve made another blanket and two additional mini blankets for newborn props. I had some leftover yarn so I also made a pennant banner. I’ve been on a roll!

Steve knitting, me crocheting

Steve wanted to learn how to crochet, too, so I told him I’d teach him. But, then he thought it’d always be a comparison so he went out on his own to buy knitting needles and pink yard so he could knit Jenna a hat :) He used to knit years ago and made me a scarf for Christmas one year so he’s trying to re-learn and pick it up again. How sweet! We spent the other night in bed like two old farts with him knitting and me crocheting as we watched TV…lol. I’m currently working on a big blanket for Caleb since he wanted one, too. We went to Joann’s and he picked out the colors he wanted so I’ve been slowing working on it. Goes by a lot slower when it’s twice the size!

I’ve been also working with felt. I had bought a bunch of wool blend felt from Etsy to make flowers for headbands and recently made a sweet felt food themed goodies for a friend’s 2 year old (magnetic cake with candles, donuts, cookies, macarons, cupcakes) and most recently onesies. Caleb asked for a dinosaur shirt so that’ll be next–can’t forget about my big boy!

felt food–all calorie-free :)

camera onesie for my baby girl

Speaking of my big boy, he hit a milestone at swim class yesterday–he can float independently on his back now! Whenever we did the “mommy and me” type classes, he would always want to bend his back whenever we tried to float him. Since starting classes with a swim instructor, he listens so much better to him than he ever did with us. Yesterday thanks to more snow, he was the only student in class so he got a 1:1 with his instructor and at one point, I saw the instructor with both hands in the air and Caleb on his back–proud parent moment! He did this several more times so he was able to get a ribbon, a bracelet and got his pic taken for the swim school FB page :)

Caleb and his ribbon/bracelet showing he can now float on his back!

Anyway, it’s 10:40am and the beast has finally awoken so more later!


Sewing projects, anatomy scan and meeting a doula

During the week of Christmas/New Years, Steve had a modified schedule where he had a few days on and a day off so I took advantage of having him home and started some sewing projects! My plan has always been to make Jenna’s nursery bedding. Crib sheets, blankets, quilts, changing pad covers–all that stuff is easy. I don’t plan on using a bumper and I will probably reuse the crib skirt that I already have, but if not, I can always make one :)

I bought a new sewing machine as a gift to myself! It’s this one by Brother (I paid $120 for a warehouse box–never opened, but the box was a bit dented. Machine was fine!) mostly because it has more power, it’s computerized and it had a few extras like a quilting table and could do simple lettering. My current one was a Black Friday deal that Steve lovingly bought for me years ago and spray painted the cover pink because I told him I wanted a pink sewing machine. It’s been used plenty, but it can’t handle thick layers and broken needles have come flying at my EYES on more than one occasion.

Anyway, over the course of a week, I stayed up late on more than one occasion to sew three quilts, a big crib minky blanket, changing pad cover and crib sheet! The new sewing machine is awesome and it’s sooo much easier to thread the bobbin and it can handle multiple layers.

crib minky blanket

minky changing pad cover

My 1st quilt using a disappearing 9 quilt block pattern! The back of the quilt is the bird fabric with a bamboo batting.

So proud of my 1st quilt that I signed it. I hope she keeps it forever.

Crib sheet that I tested out on the only crib sized mattress we had in the house–Caleb’s bed!

Saw a jelly roll fabric pack at JoAnn’s so decided to pick it up and try my hand at a jelly roll jam quilt. Not perfect, but pretty! I put it together with bamboo batting and the back has a solid yellow fabric with pink and green chevron fabric.

Not pictured is another baby quilt, but it’s basically a smaller version of the minky blanket I made with quilted blocks of the same fabric. I’m hoping to start the nursery (painting, furniture assembly, etc.) by March, finish by April and be ready by May!

We had another snow day and Steve’s car got stuck for two days! He ended up taking my car one day to go take his GRE’s (yay for an SUV with AWD). It was sooo cold, but Caleb wanted to go play in the snow so I said ok. We made it an hour (well, I did, before I said it was time to go in). The snow was so powdery that it was hard to make a snowman so I shoveled a mound and called it a snow volcano…lol.

This week, I am 22 weeks along! I finally got to see Jenna kicking from the outside and took a video of it. She loves to party late, late at night and when I wake up. When I tell Caleb that Jenna is kicking me, he says, “Jenna, don’t kick Mommy. It’s not nice!”  He’s too funny :)

22 week update

I had my anatomy scan at 22 1/2 weeks. The actual ultrasound was done by the OB and he was very detailed in describing what we were looking at–it was really neat! Everything looked good: saw the heart’s 4 chambers, umbilical cord, no cleft lip, kidneys looked good, spine looked good. She is measuring a bit small–11th %tile. He said anything above 10th %tile is normal, but since she’s on the cusp, he wanted to do another ultrasound at my next appointment just to make sure she’s growing. She’s a lil’ peanut!

I asked him about my weight gain (or lack of, really). At this point, I’ve gained only 2 lbs. He said that my fluid levels were good and placenta was good so she’s growing and healthy–just to keep doing what I was doing and not to worry. It was reassuring to hear that! It’s just so funny how different pregnancies can be. By the time I was 23w with Caleb, I was already up 18 lbs!

I got two generic print outs. In Austin, we got a DVD with video, pics and lots of pics! Not that I’m complaining, but just interesting to see how different offices do things. I’m just glad I have a healthy baby.

Later that day, Caleb started his first parent-free, instructor led swim class. We had been going to one swim school for months, but it was a “mommy and me” type setting and I think he was bored. He couldn’t advance to the next level until he was 3 and potty trained. We told them he was already potty trained, but the age thing was the restriction and they seemed pretty strict about it. We tried out this swim school and the class he’s doing starts at 3, but they said he was close enough that he could try it. The limit the class to 4 students, but he just happened to be the only one there that night so he got a private 1 on 1 class. Steve and I sat across the pool and watched him–he warmed up very quickly to the instructor and did sooo well! Even the instructor said he took direction very well and will learn very quickly so we were super proud of our lil’ guy.

Today, Caleb and I met up with Steve for lunch before meeting with a potential doula. I didn’t have one with Caleb, but had been contemplating one with this lil’ one especially since I’m going to try and shoot for a med-free birth (crazy, I know). She seemed really nice and also includes birth photography on the side so that’s a plus! I’m going to meet with another doula and then decide.

Anyway, that’s what’s going on here! Tomorrow, we’re carpooling with friends to Harrisburg, PA, for a farm show and meeting up with other friends. Then, I have two newborn sessions. Never a dull moment here :)









Current Music: Bastille - Pompeii

Howdy from the half way point

Man, am I ever horrible at updating!

So, it’s Christmas Eve and I’m 20w3d along now. I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy flying by! With Caleb, I felt like the time between appointments always felt like forever and this one, it’s the total opposite. I’m enjoying my time in the second trimester now. I get to eat (and enjoy it), I don’t need a daily nap though I started watching Sons of Anarchy on Netflix so there have been many late nights.

Let’s see what’s been going on. Caleb and I flew over to Chicago and had a mini reunion with the Lisa and Angela (we were all Army wives with husbands stationed at Fort Hood, TX) to celebrate the first birthday of Lisa’s daughter, Caroline! It was an interesting challenge flying pregnant with a toddler while lugging a heavy Britax carseat with me, but it all worked out. We spent a week there catching up and relaxing–even got to see snow!

At the airport when flying back, I sat down at the gate and took off my wedding ring to lotion my hands (they were SOOO dry in Chicago). Caleb distracted me and before I knew it, they were calling people with kids to board. It wasn’t until we had landed and we were out for lunch with Steve that I realized that my ring was missing and that I had never put it back on after lotion my hands.

I was SO upset and I was sure the ring was lost forever. I looked up the lost and found for the airport and it said that if an item was left at the gate, to contact the airline. Well, Frontier only has a form that you can fill out and if you do not heat back in 30 days, they said to consider it permanently lost. I thought there must be a way to contact the airport directly so I called the Chicago police at the airport and after they asked me to describe the ring, SOMEONE HAD TURNED IT IN! I was so relieved and it restored my faith in humanity. Lisa was kind enough to go back to the airport to pick it up and mail it back to me–still in the police evidence bag.

We spent a week at home before I packed up again with Caleb in tow and drove to MA to photograph a wedding of a friend’s younger brother. Smecky was my sidekick and she did great! I also ran into some people from high school. What a small world. I got to meet my mom’s puppy, a doberman named Bella, who is already HUGE!

When I was 16 1/2 weeks along, we went in for an elective ultrasound with Steve’s mom and her mom’s cousin (who had never been to one) and we found out that Caleb was going to have a little sister! We were all ecstatic :) We even got to sneak a peak in 3D/4D which is a little creepy that early on, but it was still really neat. We watched her brush her cheeks with her hands and move all around. The tech said our baby was already “meaty” haha.

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sneak peak in 3D

The next day, I had my 16w appointment with my doc and she had been noticing weight loss and no gain. I had lost some weight during the 1st trimester since I had all day nausea, but I had been eating legit meals for a month now, but nothing was sticking. She was concerned and wanted me to return in two weeks to get weighed so I told Steve to make sure I got third and fourth helpings at Thanksgiving to pack on the weight.

Chanukah was early this year so I cooked a Thanksgiving-type meal on a smaller scale to celebrate and get a jump start on pigging out. We spent Thanksgiving day with friends and family. Steve’s older brother, Jeff, and his girlfriend came into town to spend the long weekend with us so that was nice.

On Black Friday, I went a little crazy shopping for a little girl. Lots of lil’ dresses, jumpers and rompers :) People were telling me not to buy so many things so that they could buy something…haha. I’ve bought two baby carriers (a ring sling made from the Natibaby dandelions wrap, and a mei tai made from the Hoppediz purple pune wrap), and a JuJuBe BFF diaper bag in a purple/pink begonia print. I also bought fabric to make the nursery bedding which should be fairly simple. For $90, I bought enough material to make 2 crib sheets, 2 changing pad covers, crib skirt, two bedding blankets and 2 stroller blankets.

I had won tickets in a lotto to the National Christmas Tree Lighting at the lawn of the White House, but Steve couldn’t come with us so I invited my friend, Kelly and her son, Patrick. It was a super crappy and rainy day so before leaving, Caleb and I made a stop at REI where I bought ourselves waterproof rain pants and I bought Caleb a raincoat and waterproof boots, especially since umbrellas weren’t allowed to be up during the performances.

We met at the metro station and took the train into DC. We walked a few blocks, went through security and found some seats. We bought plenty of snacks for the boys and they did great! They lasted an hour before it became too much with the rain, wind and cold so we left. We got to see the tree get lit, the Obama family, Train, and Aretha Franklin perform. We found a Starbucks for hot chocolate and to warm up before trekking back home.

Obama counting down the Christmas tree lighting with silly faces from Caleb

Train performing at the NCTL
Train performing

The Obama family

Aretha Franklin performing

The next day, we spent a long weekend at Great Wolf Lodge in VA with friends of ours who have an 8 year old son who Caleb just adores. Kelly and her family also met up with us that weekend. They had a blast! It was a bit chilly in the waterpark even though they say they keep it at 83*f. It didn’t stop Caleb despite shivering and getting purple lips. We’re definitely planning to return–maybe in the summer.

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When we returned to MD, there was snow on the ground. That night, it snowed even more so Steve got a snow day from work and Caleb got to build his first snowman (the previous winters never snowed this much). He also had fun throwing his first snowballs :) So, I let the boys have fun while I shoveled and salted the driveway.



I went back to the doc at 18 1/2 weeks to get weighed and finally gained some weight! I guess Thanksgiving and pigging out on vacation will do that to you :) So, we’re back to appointments every four weeks and I have my anatomy scan on January 7th.

Baby name! Steve and I had a lot of difficulty coming up with a name for our baby girl. We just could not agree on anything and it just felt like it was going to be a battle of the wills before one of us caved. Steve like Alexis, Alexa, Alexandra, Cara, Maya whereas I liked Emma, Ava, Brinley, Clementine and Journey. We FINALLY agreed on the name Jenna. It’s not in the top 200, but it’s not too far fetched or a name that people would really mispronounce or mispell. Her middle name will be Mackenzie after Steve’s dad who passed away this summer whose name was Kenneth. So, there you have it–Jenna Mackenzie! Caleb took to the name right away and will refer to the baby by name.

Little Miss Jenna is very active a night–kicking and moving. Caleb was always in-sync with my sleeping schedule and would be active during the day and sleep at night. This little girl is just the opposite! I just hope she sleeps at night once she’s out of the womb.

belly progression weeks 4-19

the half way point

That’s the news here from here :) I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas! Steve is coming home from work and we still need to do some last minute Christmas shopping. Fun times!


Baby #2 Annoucement!

I can’t believe it’s been two months since my last blog update. The day we went apple picking was the day before I found out I was pregnant. I remember looking back at pictures and thinking that my boobs looked bigger and Steve agreed! Ha, men.

Anyway, here’s a more in-depth entry about what the heck has been going on for the past two months and this pregnancy! As you guys know, we had an early miscarriage during the beginning of August right after Steve’s dad passed. The week that Steve planned to go to Texas to help his mom go through some of his father’s items and figure out what to do with the house, I drove to MA with Caleb a few days earlier than planned. Since the pregnancy ended so early (I think I was only 4 1/2 weeks along), we decided not to wait and to try again right away.

Since I had been temping, my cycles were textbook–28 days and I always ovulated on day 14. Right after I returned home, I still hadn’t ovulated, but I did read that sometimes a miscarriage can change things. Steve had booked a B&B getaway at the Chesapeake Bay to kind of get away together while his mom watched Caleb for a weekend. Unfortunately, he started developing a rash on his face that just got progressively worse with the weekend. Later we figured out it was from gluten especially since he was doing so well on paleo and then just fell off the bandwagon with all the crap that had been going on.

Anyway, a week later, I finally ovulated and so from then on, it was just a waiting game. Steve didn’t want me to test early especially with the heartache we both endured from testing so early. I’m just so impatient so eight days later, I tested and got a super, duper faint pregnancy test. I was trying to decide if I should tell Steve or wait and see if the line would get darker as time progressed.

August was a crazy month. I went from pregnant, to not pregnant, back to being pregnant.

I decided to keep the test result to myself for the day and try and figure out a way to tell Steve. I saw on Pinterest that you could decorate mugs with Sharpies and bake them. So, I bought a huge soup mug from TJ Maxx and with a Sharpie, I wrote “You’re gonna need more coffee….for baby #2!”

I forgot why I was up, but it was to do some cooking (maybe for a potluck?), but Steve had gone to bed early so that’s when I started my project. I also decided to pee on a digital test to see if it would register yet and it did! So, my plan was to put the mug and pee stick by the Keurig since he always gets coffee in the morning and that’s how I would tell him. Well, at 1am, he woke up and decided to come down so I was scrambling to hide everything and get him back to bed…lol. I put everything back when I went upstairs for good, but Steve had trouble sleeping and ended up going downstairs AGAIN and seeing my present :)

Steve showing off his new mug

As the days passed, I peed on more sticks to see if the line would get darker. With the early miscarriage, the lines never got dark and after about four days, they were non-existent so it was reassuring to see the lines get progressively darker. I had 20 cheap Wondfos that I had gotten from Amazon so I didn’t feel bad about using 2 or 3 a day. After about two weeks, I stopped especially since the line was as dark as the control line.

Clearblue Easy with the conception indicator finally got FDA approval for the US so I bought a pack of two so I could watch the number go from 1-2 weeks to 2-3 weeks. Every little bit of reassurance helped!

test with indicator

I started taking my weekly pictures at week 4. Of course by then, there’s nothing but bloat so I figured I’d write a lil’ update to the baby as well so this has been my photo project for this pregnancy.


week 4

We told Caleb right away that he was going to be a big brother. I’m not exactly sure he knows what it means quite yet, but he knows that there’s a baby in my belly. He likes to lift my shirt and “knock knock” to talk to the baby. He also tells me that the baby is a girl and her name is “Sophie” and that he has a baby in his belly, too. He is a boy and his name is “Rice”…lol.

week 5

At about week 6, all day nausea hit with it being worse at night–no puking though. With Caleb, I didn’t have any of this so this was all new to me. I drank ginger tea and took b6 to help. I had no appetite and could only really stomach starchy foods so I ate a lot of bagels and chips. Sometimes chips would be my dinner. I also had zero energy. I had experienced fatigue with Caleb, but after an hour nap, I was good to go. With this pregnancy, I needed a 2-3 hour nap everyday (and still do at almost 13 weeks). I just feel sooooooo tired with this one.

week 6

week 7

Finally, the day of our first prenatal appointment came around and both Steve and I were a nervous wreck! But, when the doc said we were going to start things off with the ultrasound, I was happy because it would mean our weeks of waiting would be over and we would know if we had a viable pregnancy. As soon as the doc said, “everything looks good,” a HUGE relief came over us. We got to see and hear the heartbeat (156 bpm) and see our lil’ blob.

our baby blob!

week 8

As my week 8 update stated, according to my LMP, I was 8w3d, but I knew I ovulated late and the baby was measuring 7w5d. The doc still wants to stick with the due date based on my LMP so it is officially May 10, 2014, the day before Mother’s Day!

And at 8w, I started wearing maternity pants full time. Between the bloat and the bump, the rubberband trick and the belly band were not cutting it so I pulled out my old maternity pants and bought some clearanced ones from Target. Ahhh, sweet, sweet relief.

week 9

I rented a doppler at 9 1/2 weeks, but could not find the heartbeat. With Caleb, I found his at 8w5d so it made me a bit nervous. I tried not to think about the possibility of a missed miscarriage happening, but the thought lingered in the back of my mind each time I would try and not find anything.

A strange thing happened a few days later. Caleb and I were laying in bed together when he told me that the baby was gone. Gone? I asked where the baby went and he told me the baby was “working with Zeydie”. Zeydie is what he would call Steve’s dad. And Steve’s dad is not with us anymore. So, that statement really freaked me out especially when they say that little kids are really intuitive. Did I think my kid was a medium? No, but for him to say something like that out of the blue kind of caught me off guard. I told him the baby was in my belly and he replied with, “ohhh. I’m so silly.” I told Steve about what happened and he was saying that in a lot of the books that he’s read about the afterlife, that the spirits are often referred to as “working” so he was starting to worry.

THANKFULLY, a few days later, I finally found the heartbeat. This baby was on the right side of my belly whereas Caleb was always on my left. And it is stubborn! I can’t always find the heartbeat, but I have found it a few times. Steve was so happy to hear it and I recorded it so I could have a copy.

week 10

Around this time, the all day nausea started to subside which was AWESOME! We did a bit of traveling with a weekend trip to NYC to visit Steve’s brother, Jeff, and also a trip to Nashville to visit Steve’s cousin and attend a friend’s wedding. Let me tell you, sitting in a car for 12-14 hours straight is not comfortable, especially while pregnant!!

week 11

Two days before our scheduled NT scan, I got a call that Tricare was not going to cover the ultrasound. Out of pocket, it would have cost $3k soooooo, we decided to pass on it. I’m not sure why they covered it with Caleb–though technically we didn’t really get one because the stinker was measuring a week ahead and was too big to do the scan, but we still got a lot of pictures out of it. Ah well.

week 12

So, I went to my regularly scheduled 12 week appointment where the stubborn lil’ baby couldn’t be heard on the doppler so the doc did a quick ultrasound. Baby was moving all around and heart rate was 154 bpm. I didn’t get a picture, but I did snap a pic of the screen before leaving :) I had lost a few pounds during my first trimester and the doc noted that. She said as long as it didn’t continue, I should be ok. My appetite is slowly coming and I can stomach beef now so I think I’ll be making up for it later on.

12 week, 154 bpm

Pictures from the wedding of me in Nashville started surfacing on Facebook, particularly one of me looking pregnant so I told Steve that we had to take our announcement photo soon. I had plans to do it sooner, but with the fall foliage and wedding season, I’ve been SOOOO busy! So finally I told Steve that we had to do it one night after he came home from work before the sun set so I quickly set up my tripod and snapped a few photos. Caleb was very anxious because we were on the path to the playground so when we finished, Steve took Caleb to play for a few minutes while I edited and prepped the pic for the public.

official announcement!

I think that’s everything so far. It’s almost nap time–yipee! I really hope I get my second wind in second tri soon.