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Monday, January 28, 2013

26 Weeks!!

Hi Everyone!

I am now 26 weeks pregnant - how did this go by so fast? I had a mini meltdown this weekend when  I thought about how soon the baby will be here. Natalie is such a wonderful little lady but BOY does she have energy. I was running around after her and thought to myself, "Oh my gosh, I am supposed to do this while breastfeeding a baby, too?!". Needless to say, I started crying and had to call my husband...poor guy :)

Anyway, after I got over that I started to work on my sign for the week and eventually took the picture. I made the HUGE mistake of looking at my 8 week picture compared to my 26 week picture...so depressing. I know I know, everyone says you're pregnant you are supposed to be gaining weight, but as a person who has been on a diet my whole life, seeing the scale go up (and up and up and up) is a hard pill to swallow. Anyway! I think I am over it now. I retook the picture in a more flattering outfit and felt much better. I will just blame it on hormones.

How far along: 26 weeks
Total Weight Gain: 17.5 lbs
Stretchmarks: Nope!
Sleep: Due to pregnancy? Fine. Due to my 16 month old? One word: Teething
Best Moment This Week: Natalie kissing my belly!
Movement: She is so quiet during the day! Then after Natalie goes to bed she has a dance party :)
Gender: GIRL!
Labor Signs: Started getting some uncomfortable braxton hicks but other than that nothing.
Belly Button: Still in
What I Miss: Being able to stay up past 10pm
What I am Looking Forward to: Taking my maternity pictures! I plan on doing them myself so I ordered a remote for my DSLR...hopefully the come out well!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baby #2 is...

A girl!!! We are so so so excited to be welcoming another little lady into this world. I love that the girls will be close enough in age that they will be able to grow up together and be (hopefully!) best friends! Natalie has been such a blessing and we are so incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful little girl, I really just can't wrap my head around the fact that we get to have another.

Growing Belly

I found on pinterest a blog of a girl who took weekly belly pictures to document her pregnancy. You can find her blog here. I had wanted to do something like this with my first pregnancy but never followed through with it because I couldn't think of a clever way to do it. When I saw her chalkboard idea, I knew I had found what I was looking for.

I went to the thrift store and found a hideous picture in a ugly gold frame for $5. I knew following her instructions I could easily make a nice chalkboard. So I brought it home, took out the picture, and spray painted the frame white. Then I used the actual photo that was in the frame because it was printed on a heavy cardboard material that I could spray with chalkboard paint. After applying 3 coats of chalkboard spray paint to the photo, I reattached the photo to the frame and voila! I had my chalkboard.

I ran into a few problems at first. I thought the photo would be hard enough to stand up to regular chalk (Crayola) but it ended up just scratching the paint and not showing up very well. This is what I was left with:
It was a disaster. The flash from the camera bounced off the paint weird and with the way the chalk hardly showed up, I got frustrated and gave up for a few weeks. I thought about just doing it on a dry erase board but that wasn't the look I was going for. Finally, I remember that while I worked at Starbucks, I used to make the signs for the specials with chalkboard paint pens - perfect! I found them at Michaels, although I thought they were a bit overpriced for what they were but I was already a few weeks behind on my belly progress shots so I got them anyway. They worked perfectly!

Here is a my belly progress so far:

My goal is to take these for the rest of my pregnancy, so check back weekly to see them!

Favorites for Baby: The First Year

Now that Natalie is one, I wanted to make a list of my absolute favorite items that made her first year that much easier. As the first of my friends to get married and start a family, most of the items we purchased were what was suggested on the Babies R' Us registry. Most of the items, I will use again, but not with any type of enthusiasm, but of course there are a special few that I can't wait to break out again!

1.) Plain White Onesies
I know, sounds boring - but really, there's a reason why I am mentioning these first. They give a little extra warmth in the winter months, protect your cute clothes from explosive blow outs, and provide an extra barrier from moisture when your child is teething and you often say to yourself, "Wow, I had no idea such a little baby could produce that much saliva." She still wears them. Every. Day. I cringe a little when I think she won't be able to wear them much longer.

2.) Boppy Pillow
Pretty standard when you talk with any mothers out there, but I really don't think I would have been half as successful with breastfeeding without it. I used it when she was just a few hours old in the hospital, during the day, etc., but when I found it especially helpful was at night. During the day (and I have slept more than 3 hours), sure I can support my baby while breastfeeding no problem, but at night when you are half asleep and can hardly lift your head (let alone your baby), you'll be thanking your (insert family/friend here) for giving this to you at your shower.

3.) Ergo Baby Carrier
I had a Moby wrap in the beginning. Worked great, but a bit of a pain to put on. I used it when we went to the grocery store, but that was about it. One day, I just did not want to deal with the 12 something step system of securing Natalie to me. So off to the store I went to pick up an easy baby carrier - Ergo Baby. Oh my my my...ah-mazing. The weight distribution was the first thing I noticed - how could my 15lb baby feel like 3lbs? I don't know, I don't care. All I know is she is 25 lbs now and I can hardly tell the difference. However I will say, you do need an infant insert to use this carrier for younger babies. I didn't use it when Natalie was that young so I cannot give any insight to how it was, but from reading online, the reviews of the infant insert are so-so.

4.) Boppy Lounger
Natalie wasn't a big fan of the swing or the bouncer - really she wasn't a fan of ever being put down. The only time I could ever put her down to get something done for myself was when I put her in this. It looked so comfortable, I wish I could have bought one for myself. It was also great for tummy time!

5.) Sophie the Giraffe
Oh I can't say enough good things about this product. Not only was it adorable, but it also ended up being Natalie's favorite toy. She carried it everywhere and chewed on its ears until her teething self was content. My husband often referred to it as her dog toy because it has an obnoxious squeak that really does remind me of a chew toy, but Natalie seemed to get a kick out of the sound so I really can't complain.

Other life saving products were Straw Sippy Cups (another post), ZIP UP jammies...none of those snap PJ's that take 45 minutes to put on, baby ugg slippers, and circo socks from target. Yes the cheap ones, they are the only socks that would stay on Natalie's feet and I won't be wasting my money on the old navy socks this time around. I wanted to throw those things out the window.

So here is my list! It's small, but its effective. I didn't feel strongly for many things, but the items on this list I can really say worked really well for us!