29 Weeks Down, 11 More To Go!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

29 Week Bump Board 
Third Trimester
I have no clue where to even start on this past week. Possibly, Murphy's Law.
As many of you know I started off last Wednesday
with heartbreaking news that my moms fiancee' had passed away.
We all knew the day would come but the doctors said 12-18 months.
I was suppose to take photos at their wedding on Valentines Day.
He didn't even live to see the month of February.

The only thing I can think is life isn't fair.
So many rotten people get to live when they don't deserve it.
While others who have done nothing but serve their country
and take care of others die suddenly.
How does that even make sense?
Doesn't the world have enough negativity?
Thursday night Brayden woke up at 2am coughing.
By Friday night he had a fever of 103 and was extremely congested. 
We made a trip to the ER where they confirmed it was a virus.
They suggested Pedialyte, Motrin and Tylenol. 
His fever finally broke on Monday and he is slowly getting back to normal.
Brayden had a follow up appointment Tuesday with his pediatrician
 She seemed dumb founded that the doctor at the ER 
never took samples to identify exactly what virus he had. 
She thinks it was influenza or RSV.
 She said to call right away if his fever returned.
Just when I got a slight relief from Brayden getting better 
Matt woke up Monday morning with the same exact symptoms.
Headache, sinus pressure, cold chills, chest congestion, loss of appetite, fever.
Let's just say he's miserable and I am exhausted.

I take back all the prior times I have ever complained 
about being stressed or over whelmed.
I'm not sure if this was some sick karma 
or just life's way of testing my strength 
before we add another little one to our family
but I will be so happy to get past this week.
I can't wait to have my boys be healthy and to have my mom okay.

With my first pregnancy my mom went to every appointment 
With Elena she has only been to two appointments 
I would never hold that against her because I know Scott needed her. 
That's the type of person she is. 
She will go to hell and back to help the ones she loves
Even if that means giving up everything she has. 
Now that she lost the man who finally made her happy
and actually consider remarrying after my father.
I fear that she can only stay strong for so long 
before she slumps away to her bed.
Even if I risk sounding childish or selfish 
I don't want to lose my mom. I can't lose her. 
I have seen depression at its finest.
I don't want her to end up like that.

She's my best friend and I will do everything
possible to make sure she makes it through this. 

Even if I have to drag her out of bed kicking and screaming.

On that note
Highlights and Lowlights of my pregnancy week 28-29 
Elena has seem to found my ribs. It amazes me that she can kick so hard and she's still so little. 
I don't remember Brayden being in my ribs until I was in my final few weeks last pregnancy but
I also admit I put on a lot of extra weight with his pregnancy too.


Increase of appetite
(I am hungry faster)
Slight nausea
Tender nipples
Frequent urination
Braxton hicks
Hunger cramps at night.

This week's big developments: She weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though she's getting pretty close to her birth length, she still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, she'll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. And as she grows and the room in your womb gets tighter, you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee. Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. To meet her increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. 

Weight Gain/Loss: +15 pounds
Sleep: I still toss and turn like crazy. Also there's never much sleep between Brayden waking up and my constant trip to the bathroom. I think I have accepted the whole walking Mombie. Getting prepared for my new baby already.

Best Moment This Week: The best moment of my week will actually be today! I finally get to see my babies face in a 3D ultrasound. Also make sure she is still a girl!
Movement: She's a fighter like her Mommy that's for sure. It always feels like she is making a running motion with her legs on my left ribs.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Still craving my orange juice and anything else that is sweet.
What I Miss: Being able to hold Brayden for long periods of time without cramping up or getting out of breath.
Stretch Marks: Im not sure if they are old stretch marks coming back or little new ones but they are appearing on my love handles again just white not red.
Belly Button: Still looks the same to me. I don't think it will pop.
Mood: Trying to stay positive for all my loved ones.
Labor Signs: I have been having a few Braxton's hicks a day but nothing too serious yet.
Upcoming Appointments/Events: At my appointment last Friday my midwife said I am doing great with my weight and Elena is growing perfectly. We have our 3D ultrasound today at 1 o'clock!
What I look forward to: Having my midwife back, moving into our house, My "baby sprinkle", Brayden's first birthday and the birth of my baby girl and marrying the love of my life.
Weekly Wisdom: Nothing has turned out as we expected. It never does. Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect. We take what we get and are thankful it’s no worse than it is.

Starting weight 119lb - Starting waist measurement 31in.
I am now 134.2 pounds and measuring 38 inches

28 Weeks Down, 12 More To Go!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

28 Week Bump Board 
Third Trimester

frequent urination
harder to pick up and hold Brayden
sore and throbbing lady part. ): 
*apparently it is common due to the baby laying on blood vessels causing swelling.*
blotchy face. Not acne just red spots.
old stretch marks turning white.
restless legs one night
tossing and turning while trying to sleep
tender breasts

This week's big developments: By this week, your baby weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 16 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Weight Gain/Loss:  +11 pounds
Sleep:  Brayden has been amazing sleeping in his crib. Sadly now I can't seem to get comfortable. I toss and turn all night. Left side, right side, sitting slightly up... 
Best Moment This Week: Best moment this week with Brayden was he started WALKING! My little 9 month baby is walking. *tears* Time is flying by way too fast! Best moment this week with Elena was the other night I was laying in the bath poking what I think was her butt and she started kicking back. It seems insane that she's already getting so big and strong. I'm truly so blessed!
Movement: ALL THE TIME. Love her kicks and wiggles. 
Food Cravings/Aversions: This week I actually ate sauerkraut! Hows that for a weird craving. 

What I Miss: I am still missing my clothes fitting right. Starting to get the lovely love handles! 
Stretch Marks:  Ive been keeping an eye out for any new ones but they seem to be doing fairly well. Seeing as stretch marks are genetic and my mother has them I knew I was going to get them too. I am thankful to have the few I do have. After this pregnancy I will be doing a tell and show all fourth trimester post. 
Belly Button: Brayden loves to pick at my belly button. He is so silly. He thinks mommies tummy is a drum.
Mood: This week I actually struggled with the stress and hormones. I took a slight break from social media to allow myself to calm down. With my pregnancy hormones, lets just say, my attitude is ten times worse. 
Labor SignsBaby girl is comfy inside and I am content with her there for the next 3 months. 
Upcoming Appointments/Events: I finally went to the hospital this morning and did my glucose test. I hope that my Doctor gets the results in time due to the fact that I put it on the back burner than life happened and I almost forgot to get it done. I was suppose to have my first appointment with my Midwife tomorrow but sadly she hasn't got her credentials to accept my insurance yet so I will be seeing another female OBGYN. I don't mind I have heard many good things about this doctor but I am still anxious to get back to my normal comfort zone with my midwife before things start to get more "serious". I have a 3D ultrasound next Wednesday on my 29th week. 
What I look forward to: Seeing my baby girls face. Having my midwife back. Moving into our house.  My "baby sprinkle". Brayden's first birthday. The birth of my baby girl and marrying the love of my life. 

Weekly Wisdom: Never forget to tell your loved ones how much you love them. You may miss the chance someday. Life works in mysterious ways. 

Starting weight 119lb - Starting waist measurement 31in. 

I am now 130.2 lbs and 37 3/4 in. 

27 Weeks Down, 13 More To Go!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

27 Week Bump Board 
Third Trimester

I promise not to comment on how crazy fast this pregnancy is going like I do every other week! Instead I will make a comment on the fact that I am in my THIRD TRIMESTER and my pregnancy app said that if Elena was born prematurely at this point that her lungs are developed enough that she would be okay with medical assistance of course.Its such a relief to hear something like that even though at my doctors appointment last Thursday he said baby is growing perfectly and I am looking amazing! 

On that note, 
Highlights and Lowlights of my pregnancy week 26-27 

Confession... I actually took my iPad home with me to the land of no service or wifi and while I laid in the bathtub once
 Brayden laid down for sleep I went to my notes and actually THOUGHT about things that I have experienced this past week. 

Last Sunday I had a mini breakdown which resulted from an argument that Matt and I had. 
Sunday is the only day he has off from work so we usually try to do something that is "family time" but
 most of the time we end up going to the Luckless Store or to his parents. 

I HATE going to the Luckless store on my day off because I am there EVERYDAY of the week.
He on the other hand is at his day job everyday and would like to use that free day to get a few things 
done at the store that he hasn't been able to do during the week days. 

Reluctantly I give in and agree to go but I hate that when we are here 
Brayden gets cranky because he has gone on strike against his walker. 
He doesn't like the way it restricts him from climbing and picking things up. 
He would rather be crawling and walking along things but I don't want him playing on the cold, hard floor. 

Another argument we have is that when we are at his parents or here at the store I am usually on my iPad
 trying to get one of the many things done that I'm not able to do during the day while packaging 
and shipping Luckless orders and taking care of Brayden. 

Matt is extremely lucky that he has a job that allows him to be on his laptop advertising Luckless and many 
other social media things 8 hours a day. He gets frustrated that I take advantage of the time 
I have when his parents help me take care of Brayden those few hours a week. 

I understand his frustration because it is the "only day" we both have off. But its also my only time off.
 I tried to explain to him that I do so much for HIM, Luckless and Brayden that I need my blog and my instagram for myself. 
Those are my releases and it's harder for me to juggle it all because at 7pm everyday we leave to go to our
 temporary home where we don't have Internet. So I work all day and then I am out of service all night. 

I enjoy those hours that we have as a family at the end of the day though. 
Matt usually cooks dinner while I feed and bathe Brayden then get him dressed in his Pjs.
I let Brayden play for an hour before bedtime with all his toys while Matt and I usually watch a movie and cuddle together. 
I feel blessed to have him away from the social media world those few hours a night and I know he feels the same way about me. 

I decided I need to manage my time a little better. 
Maybe having a schedule for myself will help me be less stressed. 
And also Matt started helping with Brayden a little more which has been amazing.
I love him for how understanding he is and for everything he does for me.
I can honestly say he has such a big heart and has grown to be an amazing man and father.

Heartburn kicked in this week. 
Sore back thats more common at night and the morning.
TMI moment sore and throbbing lady part. ): 
*apparently it is common due to the baby laying on blood vessels causing swelling.*
Blotchy face. Not acne just red spots.
Old stretch marks turning white.

Also, knock on wood, no restless legs! 

This week's big developments: This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (about the size of a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.

(I forgot to have Matt take a front bump photo, forgive me!) 

Weight Gain/Loss:  +10 pounds
. (I am the same weight this week as I was last)
Best Moment This Week: This week I have just really been enjoying Brayden. It amazes me how much he has grown and how much he learns everyday. I am such a mom, all I talk about is his sleeping patterns or the silly stuff he does. Can't wait to go through this all with Elena too. I love both of my babies.
Movement: Elena still kicks the most when I am laying down at night and in the morning. I am starting to feel her rolls as she turns! 
Food Cravings/Aversions: Lets just say yesterday I went to tops and came back with a fruit cup of cantaloupe, melon, blueberries, strawberries and I bought banana orange juice! 

What I Miss: I am starting to miss half the clothes in my wardrobe! >.< 
Stretch Marks:  Like I noted above my old ones are starting to look a little more white. They were getting to the point where they blended in but as my belly gets bigger I see them returning. 
Belly Button: I noticed this week that my belly button looks funny when I wear a shirt without a tank top. It leaves a little circle indent. 

Rings: On and still loose as always. I wonder if I should remove this question! 
Mood: Starting to feel less stressed and more like my silly self these past days. 
Labor Signs: Baby girl is comfy inside and I am content with her there for the next 3 months. 
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Thank you for reminding me to schedule my 3D ultrasound and also go to the hospital to take my Gestational Diabetic Screen! 
I have my first appointment with my Midwife, since my 6 week check up after having Brayden, next week! Couldn't be happier.  
What I look forward to: Having my midwife back, moving into our house, My "baby sprinkle", Brayden's first birthday and the birth of my baby girl and marrying the love of my life. 

Weekly Wisdom: Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.

Starting weight 119lb - Starting waist measurement 31in. 

I am now 129 lbs and 37.5 in. 

26 Weeks Down, 14 More To Go!

Friday, January 10, 2014

26 Week Bump Board 

26 weeks already just seems crazy! I figured that since I found out I was pregnant around 3 weeks that this pregnancy would drag on and feel like forever but here I am wondering where time has gone! Not only am I three short months from having my baby girl but that means I am three short months from my baby boy turning a year old! I can't express how blessed I feel and how truly grateful I am to have found such a great man to spend my life with and have two amazing children with. I would have never thought my life would be where it is now when I was joining the Army that summer of 2011. I appreciate every past relationship and friendship that has not only lead me to where I am now but also made me the woman and mother I am today. 

On that note
Highlights and lowlights of my pregnancy week 25-26 
This past week I have gained one pound and 1.5 inches around my waist! 
Besides peeing a little when I sneeze and being slightly more off balanced this week has been a piece of cake. I love falling asleep with my hand on my stomach as I feel my baby girl squirm under my palm. I may not take as many selfies because I have mom bags under my eyes and no ambition to put make up on all but one day a week when I take this photo, but I flaunt my mom look with pride. I know my man loves me no matter how rough I look and he is all that matters. My kids are worth every long sleepless night and dreary stressful day. 

This week I get ready to approach the big 130lb mark. It may not seem like a big deal to others because lets be honest we all have different weights and comfort weights. After I had Brayden I got stuck at 130 lbs for a long while. No matter how healthy I ate or how much I exercised it took me forever to get under that weight and I remember how proud I was the day I stepped on the scale and hit 125.  To this day I remember my frustration with trying to get back to my pre pregnancy weight or at least close to it and the thought of making time to do it all over again with two kids is a bit scary. I'm up for the challenge though, bring it on. 

This week's big developments: The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. She may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. She's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of her lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when she's born and takes that first gulp of air.  She's continuing to put on baby fat. She now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches from head to heel!

Weight Gain/Loss:  +10 pounds.
Sleep:  I am finally not feeling horribly exhausted! It's like I am getting a second wind. 
Best Moment This Week: My weeks fly by so fast it's honestly hard to remember certain moments. I was actually just thinking that I should start keeping a journal that way I can remember how I was feeling certain days and my symptoms. 
Movement: Elena kicks and moves all the time now. I love that she is getting so big. I feel her most when I wake up and at night time when I am laying down and relaxing. 
Food Cravings/Aversions: This week I have got into juice more. Less food and more sweet fluids. I think this is my way of trying to cut back on the sweets as I approach a weight that was quite traumatic for me with my first pregnancy. Orange juice, cranberry juice, raspberry lemonade, orange banana juice. You name it, I love it! 

What I Miss: Somedays I miss how confident with my pre baby body but then I remember how blessed I am to have my babies and the loss that other moms or even women trying to conceive feel. My babies are worth every added pound and stretch mark.  
Stretch Marks:  No new ones yet but applying lotions and oils like crazy!
Belly Button:  Still in for now! 

Rings:  Still loose! 
Mood: Somedays I catch myself very easily getting stressed and over reacting but I am just trying to stay happy and know that I wont be crazy busy and stressed forever. 
Labor SignsThis week really wasn't that bad with Braxton hicks or cramps. I had a few times where my pelvis did pop when I go to sit up out of bed but nothing too painful or consistent! 
Upcoming Appointments/Events: My Midwife is officially transferring to NewYork this week. I couldn't be more relieved and excited as I get closer to biweekly appointments and checking for thinning or dilation. I still can't believe how fast my pregnancy has gone by. I need to call and have a 3D ultrasound scheduled! Can't wait to see my baby girls face. 
What I look forward to: Having my midwife back, moving into our house, My "baby sprinkle", Brayden's first birthday and the birth of my baby girl and marrying the love of my life. 

Weekly Wisdom: Be who you want to be, not who everyone else expects you to be. 

Starting weight 119lb - Starting waist measurement 31in. 

I am now 129 lbs and 37.5 in. 

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