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Friday, October 9, 2015

28 weeks! Third Trimester!!

Lucas and Fenton just love posing for Belly shots!

Ill hold my belly too mama!

our inspiration for baby boy #2's nursery! Greens, Navy, Gray and White! And really love the sign too!

Made a ton of Apple Muffins with all our Apples we picked!

Playing in the leaves at Grandma and Grandpas!

How far along? 28 weeks!!! Yay 3rd Trimester! Can't believe how quick this pregnancy is moving along, probably because Tim is gone more and I am much more busy chasing a busy toddler!
Total weight gain/loss: ugh! 15-16# I was shocked when I weighed in!
Maternity clothes? all the time! Even have to upgrade to larger maternity pants this time around, oh the second baby Ive noticed a little more weight gain! or maybe baby boy is just bigger than Lucas, which is hard to imagine!
Stretch marks? still none! 
Sleep: waking up a bit more, more due to a little more discomfort from lying on my left side so much, but i do remember I am not half as sore as I was last with Lucas -- must be our new bed!
Best moment this week:  or past 3 weeks…Passing my Glucose test at 26 weeks!! I was a little more worried this time, not sure why! Hearing baby boys strong heart beat at 26 weeks-- back up to 155bpm, having another great weekend picking apples at an apple orchard, doing all the fall activities you can imagine! And spending last weekend in Grand Forks hanging out with family, going to the Sioux hockey game, and going out to a farm to pick carrots - so much fun!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! we are not telling anyone our name til he is born though (we haven't even come close to deciding on a name yet!)
Miss Anything?  getting shoes on is getting to be a bit more of a challenge, having more energy, and still my mobility has declined quite a bit!
Movement: lots and lots of movement, if this is any indication of our baby's personality, it is looking like he will be more active than Lucas! Although I did find out with Lucas my placenta was anterior (so it was like a cushion between the baby and front of belly, and this baby the placenta is posterior which could be why I feel a ton more movement all the time!) my name badge at work is continually bouncing due to baby kicks! He might be jump roping with his umbilical cord!
Food cravings: apples, hot chocolate, mexican, oranges
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope! feeling great!
Have you started to show yet:  Yes! I have been told this one looks like a little basketball as well, but I still feel like my hips are a lot wider this round!
Gender prediction: allll boy
Labor Signs: definitely braxton hicks have started! holy cow! seems like the more I am on feet and on my long work days when I get home at 6, they really kick in, now sometimes at around 3:30 my stomach will continually tighten and its almost hard to breathe-- this happened now 3x! at around 26-27 weeks. I have felt pretty good this week with minimal braxton hicks, but am also trying to drink a lot more water!
Belly Button in or out? out and showing through my clothes! ugh! this also did not happen with my first pregnancy
Wedding rings on or off? On no swelling what so ever
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! but getting a little stressed, haven't really gotten a ton done for this baby boy yet!

Looking forward to: receiving baby boys nursery set (ordered in the mail through Amazon!), having my mom come down mid-October to help organize baby things, then the Bina's coming down for a day, and then soon it will be Halloween! So much fun. Also super excited that Tim was able to pull of getting Thanksgiving off (and black friday)!! 

Monday, September 21, 2015

25 Weeks!

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 12-13lbs
Maternity clothes? all the time! getting sick of my short sleeves and ready for long sweaters, maternity leggings and boots!
Stretch marks? still none! 
Sleep: pretty good still! toss and turn a bit through the night, wake up lying on back a lot, still using my amazing wedge to support my growing belly!
Best moment this week:  (or past 2 weeks!) celebrating Lucas 3rd birthday with family, Tim repainting the nursery and setting up the crib again (woohoo!), and having a fun fall family day at a corn maze/pumpkin patch!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything?  moving fast! Lucas has a new bike and oh man he can go fast, sometimes I can barely keep up with him. I feel like I am getting a lot slower quicker with this pregnancy!
Movement: lots and lots of movement, more at night, but able to see lots of movement from the outside
Food cravings: apples, squash, doughnuts, pumpkin flavor (pumpkin chocolate chip cookies mmm)
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope! eating and everything and anything, feeling like i need to start watching my eating a bit if I want keep the weight down a bit!
Have you started to show yet:  I am feeling and looking pretty big these days, with Lucas I was all belly, this one I am getting round and gaining weight every where! 
Gender prediction: allll boy
Labor Signs: might be starting to feel some braxton hicks already…stomach feels a little tight here and there
Belly Button in or out? out and very weird looking, not sure where it looks so much more strange this pregnancy ha!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: hearing our baby's heart beat again in a few days at my 26 week check, taking out and organizing all my baby boy clothes (and a whole tub of new clothes from my sister!), organizing the nursery, and Lucas starting skating lessons in a few weeks! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

23 Weeks!

When mom and dad were gone Lucas got frozen yogurt-- lucky boy!

Tim tried out paddle boarding in WI, and i took up water biking!

all ready for the big day

Lucas at the farmers market with Grandma and Grandpa!

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: up 8-10#!
Maternity clothes?  all the time for shirts and pants at work! So much  more comfortable! I will have to go and find some more dress pants for the winter season! I was able to wear capris all the way through the last pregnancy!
Stretch marks? Nope! 
Sleep: pretty good! Still using the boppy wedge every night and sleeping great! But it is getting a little harder reading books with Lucas and putting him to sleep!
Best moment this week:  Being able to have my parents come down and watch Lucas for the weekend while Tim and I were off to a wedding on a small island in Wisconsin! It was very relaxing weekend for this pregnant mama! Then coming home and switching Lucas to the guest room to his new bigger room. That means the baby room will be a blank canvas to get started on! Going to start unpacking all the cute infant clothes from Lucas and from my sister!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! all our friends know by now! 
Miss Anything? not too much this week! still miss the coffee every once in awhile!
Movement: feeling him move a lot more all around. He still sticks pretty low for the most part when sitting, but lying down he is all over the place, lots of kicks going on and maybe some hiccups! So much fun, I love this part of being pregnant
Food cravings: peaches, cereal, bakery goods, BLTs, ice cream
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Have you started to show yet:  oh yes! I think my abdominal muscles are much more stretched this round! Lots of people can tell I am expecting (looks like a basketball again) but this time feel a bit wider! 
Gender prediction: all boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In halfway
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and much more energetic

Looking forward to: having time to start on the nursery this weekend, maternity clothes shopping over the weekend and getting some things accomplished that I usually couldn't with a toddler around! Yes, thats right, Lucas is going to grandparents in Washington this weekend! I have to work Sat-Monday at the hospital and Tim has training in Seattle all weekend, so Tim and Lucas are flying out for the weekend! Its always hard to let your little boy leave but he will have so much fun hanging out with all his cousins in Washington!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

20 Weeks!

Had to get one more shot with my other two baby boys! :) 

Look out world Lucas is going to have a little brother!! We found on Wednesday August 12th our big news!! We did not find out right during our US and instead asked the US tech to write down the gender in an envelope -- then we took our envelope to our grocery store and they quickly made a big cupcake with colored frosting inside, either blue for boy or pink for girl, that we couldn't see until we cut it. We then picked Lucas up at school, had everyone take a final guess-- Lucas and Tim guessed girl, and I guest boy, and came home and had a cake cutting celebration-- cutting into our cupcake to discover lots of BLUE frosting which meant we were having another little boy!!! 

We couldn't be more excited to add another little boy to our family! There is just something about a mother and son bond that is hard to describe and just so special! Lucas will also love having a brother to play cars, trucks, legos with and all the boy things! 
My motherly instincts were insanely correct on baby #2! A ton of friends and family thought I was having a girl (or maybe just wished!) but I knew that this little one was a boy the whole time!! 

Baby boy looked completely healthy on our ultrasound, they were able to view his heart, spine, brain, skull and get all the measurements they needed. He is pretty active just like Lucas was during his 20 week scan-- I feel like I can already see a resemblance in their profiles! Love seeing our baby for the first time!

How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: up 8#!
Maternity clothes?  all the time for shirts and pants at work! So much  more comfortable!
Stretch marks? Nope! 
Sleep: still not too bad at all! I started to use a little boppy wedge from my sister that I used last pregnancy, and that keeps everything pretty comfortable! Able to sleep on both sides, and also end up on my back without any issues!
Best moment this week:  Finding out the baby's gender! and  being able to watch baby move all around, he was doing lots of turns,  yawns, and practice swallows during our 20 week US. yay!!! and feeling lots and lots of kicks and flutters, Tim has now felt baby boy move a few times too!
Have you told family and friends: Yes! we kept the gender a secret for a few weeks and sent out scratch off cards to close  family and friends revealing baby #2's gender! 
Miss Anything?  coffee, lattes, frappucinos did i mention coffee? with a early riser and active toddler I miss having that extra caffeine burst in the morning! 
Movement: strong kicks/punchs once in awhile, mainly at night, otherwise lots of flutters still throughout the day. I feel this baby a lot lower than with Lucas!
Food cravings: cantaloupe, baked goods, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, peaches, nectarines
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Have you started to show yet:  yep! getting huge! I feel like I am 4 weeks ahead of where I was with Lucas! Much much bigger this time around!
Gender prediction: all boy!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In but starting to look quite strange!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and tired!

Looking forward to: moving Lucas to our guest room and being able to get out all our cute newborn boy clothes! Getting our nursery all organized and possibly repainted! Also, looking forward for a weekend away at a friends wedding! Grandma and Grandpa will be coming to watch Lucas for the weekend while Tim and I head out to a wedding in Wisconsin! It will be nice to take a few days off work and have some time just as a couple!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baby Ireland #2 Due December 2015!

And we are back….with another announcement!!!! 
Baby Ireland #2 due December 30th, 2015!!!
I wasn't going to return to blog writing and updates but I have really enjoyed looking back at the updates I made when I was pregnant with Lucas. It has been fun to compare how I am feeling and how things were going at different points in my pregnancy! So…I decided I better to keeping do it for Baby Ireland #2! (even if no one reads our blog! :)) and it might be a little less detailed but I still busted out the chalkboard for another round! I always said I would try and do the same things I did with Lucas with our next baby! So here goes nothing!

We found out we were expecting on April 24th, 2015! I calculated my due date and it came up right around Tim's Birthday! We couldn't be more excited to add to our family!!!

First photo of our little one! 8 weeks pregnant at our first OB appointment!

8-9 weeks pregnant in Maui Hawaii -- can't believe I was already starting to show a little bump!

5 year wedding anniversary and baby #2 on the way!

10 weeks pregnant! Baby was moving everywhere and his/her little legs were kicking like crazy - we could see a nice strong heart beat!

First Trimester complete, not the best photo ever!! Heard baby's heart beat at 14 weeks on the doppler! 158 bpm!

Lucas added to my chalkboard at 16 weeks!! Started to feel flutters/movement at 15 weeks!! So much fun!

Lucas loves posing for chalkboard belly photos! Heart beat 155 bpm!

Feeling great!
How far along? 18 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 5# total weight gain 
Maternity clothes?  maternity pants all the time, or yoga pants! but still am able to wear my normal shirts
Stretch marks? Nope! using by hurts bees belly butter and mustela stretch mark cream! Never had any stretch mark with Lucas and he was 9.4#! The creams either work, or its good genes!
Sleep: we bought a new bed a few weeks ago, and it is amazing! nice king size with lots of space! Cant even feel Tim move anymore! No issues sleeping at all! Except a toddler waking up at 5:45 all the time!
Best moment this week:  Feeling baby move all the time with lots of flutters going on! and hearing the heart beat again at 18 weeks-- 155bpm
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything?  Drinking coffee/caffiene-- I have completey cut out coffee and caffeinated pop since finding out I was pregnant, Tim has coffee all the time and it smells so good!
Movement: little fluttering going on here and there!
Food cravings: jimmy johns, peaches, cucumbers
Anything making you queasy or sick:  Nope!
Have you started to show yet:  yep! showing much much earlier with this baby then with the last! makes me a little nervous!
Gender prediction: 99.9% sure there is another baby boy in my belly!! Feel almost the same way as I did with Lucas! We will find out in 2 weeks though!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and much more energetic

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender-- we will find out on Aug 12th whether baby #2 is a boy or girl!! We are very excited for that day and not sure if we will tell anyone yet when we find out. We both have no preference whether baby is a boy or girl. It would be fun for Lucas to have a brother to play with, plus we have a TON of baby boy clothes, toys etc! But also fun to have a little girl to experience a whole different side of things! Lucas for some reason really wants a sister! maybe the word sister is easier to say ;) 

Its crazy how fast the time has gone and how I am already almost half way through this pregnancy! I felt really great up until 9 weeks which was perfect timing since we had just returned from anniversary vacation (I was so worried about feeling morning sickness on a long plane ride) !  Once we got back, I started feeling much more fatigued, some cramping, and much more nauseated and had lots of food aversions (vegetables, dinner time ha!) ! I even threw up once (which I never did with Lucas). This lasted from about 9-13/14 weeks and then once I hit the second trimeter all my symptoms disappeared and i have felt great! I barely even feel pregnant, except my growing belly and the fluterry movement going on! If the rest of my pregnancy goes this well, this will be a piece of cake! But I know from experience Ill likely be more uncomfortable as the time goes on, so I better enjoy it now and get lots of things done (like Christmas shopping!) before I get too big!