Week 8 and I want to cry uncle

September 27, 8 weeks 8 weeks today, to the day and things have shifted so much in the last week or so. Somewhere between week 6 and 7 I started to feel a bit uneasy, but I ignored it.  Comparing to my pregnancy with P - it was so easy, barely any queasiness, no real side effects.  But now that I think long and hard I was tired.  All the time - so much so that I almost fell asleep at my desk once - something that is so unlike me I can't even begin to wonder.  And I had back pain.  And headaches.  Bad headaches.  A lot of them.  But I think it only lasted a handful of weeks (3-4 maybe?) and then the symptoms were forgotten. So when I was still feeling great by 6 weeks, I thought I was in the clear.  I thought I escaped any side effects of the first trimester.  I considered that maybe I had over analyzed my symptoms with P because I had nothing else to concentrate on.  And now I have this toddler to chase and I must not be paying as close attention to my body.  Great! Then week 7 hit.  Like a queasy storm.  It started light - just feeling a little off here and there; dizzy, lightheaded, slightly queasy.  I thought I was over analyzing things so I pretended things were fine.  The strangest part was that the symptoms were mostly hitting me mid afternoon and evenings - not at all the morning queasiness I experienced with P. And now, with the 8th week completed, I'm super nauseous, almost constantly with the worst of it happening in the evenings still, and tired. … [Read more...]

Some is the same, some is really different

Happy Monday, peeps.  I'm watching insane winds out the window, sipping coffee, and trying to wake up and wrap my head around this hurricane.  In the meantime, I wanted to start posting some of the posts from the past few weeks. I've started to write about the second pregnancy and saving things to drafts until I was ready to post it - now's as good a time as any. Just to answer a few of your questions that have been left in the comments: This pregnancy was planned.  If you know me and my control freak nature, everything in my life is planned.  Including this tiny little chicken nugget. I found out I was pregnant a day before 4 weeks.  Luckily for us, we had only decided to start "trying" that month and were successful the first go-around.  This makes me think we need to be extra cautious when we're not trying. Right now I'm feeling ok - but I wouldn't have said that around week 7-10.  But more on that later this week.  Here's the very beginning.   From August 13 - 6 weeks Today is 6 weeks.  I know I won't post this for another 6-8 weeks but I wanted to write down what I was feeling in the moment.  So here goes. This pregnancy - it's the same and so different in so many ways, none of which can be found in a baby book.  I think the majority of it has to do with the fact that it's our second baby, though I suspect a lot also has to do with the fact that we're older, more chilled, and more experienced. Let's start with what's the same: The … [Read more...]

Week by iPhone, 43/52

Happy Sunday.  I'm crossing my fingers that Sandy isn't as terrible as she sounds right now, but somehow I don't think this is going to be true. Last weekend was absolutely wonderful since we got to spend the day with my gorgeous sister-in-law who is due with their first baby this January!  The baby gifts, the decorations, it was all so beautiful and wonderful.  P had an amazing time when she wasn't busy whining and crying and we got an adorable family photo out of it. The rest of the weekend was about the same as always - snuggling, playing, and hiding in the crate.  You know, just the usual shenanigans.  We even ran out to the stores for a little while and got P's Halloween costume (which I'm guessing we won't get to use...).  This week I fueled up on the good stuff - delicious salad and donuts.  Which may explain the big belly pic at 12 weeks on Thursday. And here he or she is - our little chicken nugget, aka baby number 2!  We had a very good 12 week check up and the baby looked perfect.  Jon and I celebrated Friday night while our friend Kari babysat.  It's been a while since we've gone out by our lonesome and it didn't disappoint.  We tried a new place in our town, which was delicious, and talked about anything and everything under the sun.  Thanks, Kari! Can't wait to catch you guys up on all the past weeks, but for some, I'm off to put my furniture in the basement up on stilts so it doesn't get ruined when it, inevitably, floods. … [Read more...]

And then there were 4…

We have something exciting to tell you guys...   Baby #2 is due May 9, 2013!   … [Read more...]

Make your own diaper cake

My beautiful sister-in-law had her baby shower this past weekend and I can't even begin to tell you about all the wonderful things that everyone put together.  My mother-in-law made absolutely adorable little onesie and washcloth cupcakes, the father-to-be's mom had delicious treats for us and a house that hosted it, and the mommy-to-be's bff pulled together a ton of games and other decorations.  All in all the party was gorgeous, the company - one of my favorites, and the glowing Penelope was showered with gifts. Peanut and I joined the party (as did Jon for a little while since he made the drive with us), ate an insane amount of delicious food, and watched as the mommy-to-be opened all the adorable little baby gifts. Along with our gifts, Peanut and I brought over a Diaper cake.  In case you've never heard of it - it's a "cake" made up of diapers and other baby things.  I love being able to give the new mommy some diapers and handing her a box of them just isn't my style.  Instead, I go for a cake.  It's simple to make (takes less than an hour, total) and looks great (or at least better than a box of diapers). Pull all your items together.  You'll need diapers, a base (I use a cardboard box, cut out into a circle), tape, a hot glue gun and some glue dots, some ribbon and accessories to decorate.  I like to use Size 1 diapers because you can usually switch to them within the first couple of weeks and they seem to last a month or two so you never have too … [Read more...]