My baby girl is FOUR YEARS OLD! How did this happen? I feel like it was just yesterday that we brought her home from the hospital tackling this newborn thing, and now she is the most spunky, sassy and sweet little girl! She has grown up so much this past year from a toddler to a kid, its amazing how much they change year to year. She asked me just this morning, “Mom, why don’t you want me to grow up?” I said I do want you to grow up, but I want you to always be my baby, and she said, “Don’t worry, but we have another baby coming that can be your baby!” She’s right, so sweet, but she’ll always be my baby!!
Crafts, coloring, writing, and painting are her favorite things to do and she has perfected writing her own name, “Mommy” and “DAD”. She is so good at drawing houses and palm trees and even drew an elephant the other day that was better then anything I could do!
I love when she tells me that Indian food take out, is the BEST meal I make and when she talks like crazy telling me about all the kids in her class, who went to time out, what her favorite part of her day was and what she is going to dream about as we lay in bed together every night before falling asleep!
I cannot wait until we add BEST BIG SISTER to the growing list of awesome things she is becoming! She is going to be the most loving and helpful sister in the world, and she already cannot wait to show the new baby All.The.Things!
Her party last weekend was so much fun! We tried to keep it small, but it still ended up with 30 or so people there. It has rained every year on her party, so it was so fun this year to have a hot, sunny day! It was so hot in fact that we had to get the sprinklers out, and I even picked up a really cool slip n’ slide for $5 at Target! We still had to keep all the food and drinks inside because of the temperature, and my Dad saved the day by coming over and setting up a huge tent in the driveway so we had some shade. Despite feeling very distracted about the move and not wanting to go to crazy with theming, everything turned out super cute and she loved it which was the most important part! Here are just a bunch of pictures from the day, and a few from her actual birthday the day before the party! Happy 4th Birthday to my Baby Girl!!
Over the summer we took a day trip to Niagara Falls. We went right before the 4th of July because usually any time after that the park is mobbed, no matter what day it is. After 9 years of working of there I thought I had it figured out, but we were wrong! It was still pretty crazy, even on a Wednesday afternoon!
The day trip had two parts, one because I really wanted to go back and see all my old co-workers and two because I figured Ada would really enjoy some of the activities there, since she loves the water so much!
We all took a half day from work and school, and left around noon. Usually the later in the day the crazier it gets, to take full advantage you should plan on getting into the Niagara Falls State Park right when it opens at 9am. Hit the majors like Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds right away!
Our first stop was the Niagara Falls USA Visitors Center, my old home! We spent a good hour there talking with everyone. I picked a good day because almost everyone was there and it was so nice to catch up again! It felt very weird to be in there again, to spend so much time somewhere and then just stop going one day is a strange feeling. Everything looked and felt the same except it wasn’t my desk anymore. I miss the team so much, but I couldn’t help feeling like I still made a good decision for my family to move on. It was so much fun promoting such an exciting destination for so many years, and to see it now and how far its come is exciting!
We left with cookies and cupcakes in hand (that kitchen was always stocked with goodies) and headed to the park. My plan was to try and do both the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds, then head somewhere for dinner. The lines were much longer then we expected and since it was nearing 2:30 by the time we headed out, we only had time for one thing. I chose the Cave of the Winds because it always has been my favorite thing!
The Maid of the Mist is a classic, its a famous stop that if you’ve never done it you should! But since we have, I decided the cave would be more fun for Ada. Of course she was tired of walking before we even got to the attraction, so she was piggy backing it early!
The line at the Cave of the Winds took us about 20 minutes to get sandals and then another 20 to get to the Elevators, (Tip: if you can, don’t stop to sit on the benches and put your sandals on, grab them and keep moving. There is usually time while you are standing in line to put that stuff on and you’ll get a jump on all those people who stopped).
Ada was a little hesitant at first about all that water. She stayed close by and when we got to the top she wanted nothing to do with it. I was so surprised that she was so nervous about it.
The very top of all the stairs is called the Hurricane Deck, we stepped to the side when we got to the top because we were in a lot of peoples way. I let her just stand by me and watch everyone for a few minutes and then all of a sudden she wanted to head in, and I mean ALL. THE. WAY. Something I wasn’t prepared to do and I didn’t really want to get that wet, but that’s the best part about having kids, they force you to do things sometimes that take even you out of your comfort zone! So we headed in and got wet, really wet, and it was SOOO much fun!
I love my little travel buddy so much! I’m so happy she was willing to step back, watch and then dive into something new. We had so much fun, even though it was literally the only thing we had time for.
I didn’t think the Trolley was that exciting, but she kept seeing the “Train” go by and wanted to ride it so bad, so we decided to take the “Train” back to our parking lot instead of walking. We had Discovery Passes, so it included rides on the Trolley all day, but its like $2 for a day pass if you didn’t have the full pass. Girlfriend was all kinds of tired after that, (she also missed nap time at school) so she was actually cool with sitting still for a little bit while we waited for the Trolley.
We had about a 4 minute car ride to the restaurant for dinner and she of course passed out! She never stays asleep once we arrive, so I carried her in with the hopes of her sleeping a little longer but that didn’t last. We went to dinner at Bella Vista Ristorante, inside the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel. Its right on the waterfront and since it was only about 5:00pm it was still pretty empty. The view was incredible and the food is really good, lots of Italian dishes to chose from.
They do a lot of weddings there right on the waterfront, and have an amazing ball room that overlooks the water. After dinner, Ada gave me an insight into her future by pretending to be the “Wedding Girl” with daddy! At only 3 years old she has been to more weddings then I did at 20, so she knows what’s up! But I am not ready!
We had a super fun family day! Its always fun to be a tourist in your own backyard. The Niagara Falls State Park has so much to do, people tend to think that because there are only 4-5 attractions right there that its not enough to keep the family busy, but we spent one afternoon and did one attraction and dinner, it was more then enough for our family and we very easily could have come back and spent 2 or 3 days there trying to get everything in. Niagara Falls USA has so much to offer families, and with it being so close to my heart, I’ll be taking my family every year to remind us that we have a truly special gem right at our finger tips.
Yay! Officially in the second Trimester. Unfortunately feeling worse this week then most of my weeks in the first trimester, but surviving! We got word this week that our mortgage was approved, which means it just has to go to our lawyers now and we can set a closing date. So that is happening sooner then we thought. Our closing date was October 19th, we were pushing for a 45 day close which would have been around October 8th, so we’re way ahead. The problem is, I’m not ready! I’ve been feeling kinda crappy and so tired at night again that I’m not getting much packing done. I try to do a little each day. Hoping I start to get my second trimester energy boost in time to make this transition.
So we’ll just get into this week’s update!
How far along? 14 weeks, 6 days
Total weight gain/loss: Still 5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Trying to just wear loose fitting clothes as most people at my office still don’t know. Its getting harder to hide, but still only wearing the one pair of maternity jeans I bought and the rubber band trick on most everything else.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Sleeping much better! I think we’ve gotten to the bottom of Ada’s sleep issues as Night Terrors, so we’re better managing that by making sure she gets to bed a little bit earlier and going through the full bedtime routine every night. She’s only been waking me up once per night between 2-4am to “cover me up”, I’m sure this is just a phase as well but I’d rather do that then be up for hours at a time with her crying.
Best moment this week: Getting word that our mortgage was approved and we are cleared to move ahead. We also had a doctors appointment yesterday and everything was great. We were able to hear the heartbeat with the fetal monitor thing (156) and it sounded good and strong. We scheduled our Anatomy screening for October 18th so we’ll be able to confirm the gender then!
Have you told family and friends: Most close folks know. Still haven’t told work. It hasn’t come up naturally yet and since its mostly men in my office I feel like it just won’t, I guess soon it will just be assumed!
Miss Anything? Feeling good. Its been a crappy week with headaches and nausea. The nausea isn’t terrible and I think its mostly caused from the headaches. I’ve been just dealing with them because I felt like I was taking too much Tylenol and that was making me uneasy. They have just made me feel not so hot and I miss more then anything just waking up and feeling good every day.
Movement: Definitely starting to feel things. Its not super obvious all the time, but once in awhile I’ll feel some little “clicks”. I also had some shifting feelings really low in my abdomen the other night, which was that all too familiar feeling of Ada moving around. It was before bed and I remember Ada always being very active around the time.
Food cravings: Mostly if I hear it or see it, I want it. Its nothing specific and nothing repetitive. But if someone says “turkey sub” then I want one. The other day it was macarons. I saw some on Facebook and I went to some extreme measures to find a bakery downtown that had them. I came up short and still want one!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Headaches. I’m sure that’s what’s got me feeling so crappy. Its not all the time, they come and go and fortunately are not super intense but just enough to feel shitty! I haven’t had any food aversions, I’m kinda curious what they would be like, to get something and then completely turn my nose from it, I’m more If I see it I need it!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely yes, but I can still hide it kinda well depending on what I’m wearing, or at least I think I can. I don’t know what everyone else thinks. I feel very pregnant though, but can’t help but think how much farther I still have to go (sigh).
Gender prediction: Skip! Gender reveal coming soon. I’ve figured out what we’re going to do and as soon as we do it and share with family, I will share the news here!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Its been flat, and not giving me too much trouble this week, thankfully! The doctor gave me strict instructions to NOT lift anything heavy anymore, this is mostly because of the hernia and because I told her we were moving. Ada is going to have a problem with this!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: I think happy? I’m kind of indifferent, with feeling not so hot and having a lot on my plate between moving, work and Ada’s birthday this weekend I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, managing, but too much going on. We have a lot of exciting things coming up, so I am happy and excited, but I am looking forward to slowing down a bit and not stressing over everything soon. Which then it will just be the holiday season, and I’ll have something else to stress over!
Looking forward to: Ada’s Birthday!! My baby is FOUR today!! How is that even possible?!! She is so excited for her presents and her party. I love this age because she gets it! I tried to play down the gift part this year, but every four years olds birthday revolves around the gifts. We tried to keep the party small, but with such big families even that is hard to do and we wound up with 11 kids and 19 adults. She is having a Trolls birthday, and I love to get all themed and creative, but I’m trying to just keep it simple this year! Its rained EVERY year on her birthday, and we’ve had to move it inside, and this looks like the first year its going to be 85 and sunny, almost too hot! I headed to Target yesterday to look for some fun activities for the kids and found a slip n’ slide and I’ve made note on the Facebook invite to bring the kids swim suits as we’ll have the pool or sprinklers set up also due to the heat! A real summer birthday this year which is different!
And to conclude, a 14 week bump picture. I found this fun App last week called Baby Story. The App itself was free but I paid $1.99 to get fun stickers to add to each week. You can even get them for after baby is born. I made my own when I was pregnant with Ada, but that was 4 1/2 years ago, so one, they didn’t have these cools apps then and two, let’s face it, I had waaay more time to just sit around and count down the days until my precious first child was born, I even had a bump baby book for her. Baby #2 gets shafted a little! No baby book, but at least I’ve been really good about updating the blog, this will be the baby book for all my kids!
If you are a follower of my blog, you might notice that there are some new posts hiding in here. I actually made the blog private for several weeks so that I could document the fact that we are expecting baby #2!!! I didn’t want to share the news publicly for awhile, but I wanted to make sure that I documented everything! I love to look back on this blog as a place to remember everything for myself, a digital scrapbook of sorts, more so then for anyone else! We’re now in a safer place in the pregnancy so moving forward you can follow along with us!
So if you are so inclined to catch up on things, I’ve made this post to include the links to the several blogs posts I’ve done while I was incognito for a few weeks. Feel free to catch up with us, or pick up from where we left off. I’ll be documenting everything moving forward!
Before it gets away from me, I wanted to recap our family vacation to the Adirondacks this year. We didn’t do much, or anything really for that matter. Ada was more then happy to just stay at our cabins paying in the sand, water or the playground. She made some cousin friends this year that she got along really well with and basically wanted to spend every waking minute with.
We went to town one afternoon, took her to lunch for pizza and shopping to pick out her one souvenir gift of the week. She picked a cute little stuffed, pink pig and a stuffed elephant for the new baby! And she got to pick out some candy from the Candy Cottage. She picked cotton candy! She also took a ride on the carousel horse outside the shop, a highlight every year, it will break my heart when she thinks she too old for that!
We took a family kayak trip out on Fourth Lake, which she really enjoyed this year, so much so that she wanted to go again later in the week, so Daddy took her again. Probably one of my favorite pictures from the week! Love when they spend special time together!
I took her for a hike one of our days with a group of the littler kids. A group of them went earlier in the week and we were supposed to go, but we had a shoe incident, thankfully though, because that group did a very long hike. We did a short, flat, 2 mile loop around a lake and even that you would think I was torturing her by making her walk herself.
She got to do her first, solo (without me or dad) tube ride on the boat, which she absolutely loved, she was a little nervous to go out but I’m pretty sure I was more nervous then her! Watching from the dock makes you feel pretty useless if anything were to go wrong. She loved it though and of course they went nice and slow, so she did great! Had the biggest smile on her face! She just looks too old for me in this picture!
And lastly we had a family wedding for the first time ever while we were there. It was fun to have something different to do, although the lack of a babysitter made it harder. Fortunately, Dan has a 13 year old cousin who offered to watch her, and I obviously wasn’t drinking or partying very hard, so we took Ada to the ceremony with us, but then left her back at the Cabin with Dan’s cousin, and I made it back home around 10pm to do bedtime. It was a really beautiful wedding, just a little chillier then we all expected!
And finally I’ll end with a few more favorite pictures from the week. Nothing better then a good family vacation! Ada slept great all week, with the exception of our first night there, which I always expect since its takes a night to get used to our new surroundings. It just always amazes me at how appreciative she is of everything we do, even if it feel likes nothing to me, its so exciting for her. To experience all this through her eyes makes every trip we take, worth every penny! I cannot wait until our next vacation to California in December! Our last one as a family of three!
I’ve been so good about updating this blog every week! Hope I can keep it up!
I had an unexpected sonogram this week! I was having really bad pain around my belly button, mostly after I eat a meal, with my belly getting a little bigger, it takes less to fill me up, but for some reason on Monday the pain was so bad after I ate lunch. I went for a walk to try and get moving a little and it got worse, so I ended up going back to my office and calling the doctor. They wanted to see me, so I went in for a quick visit. She thinks I have a hernia behind my belly button, but its nothing a general surgeon will do anything about during pregnancy and something I’ll have to follow up on postpartum. She suggested a girdle or something to hold it in if it really bothers me. I think I’ll just have to stick to more small meals and try not to eat too much in one sitting, that’s when it seems to get worse. She explained how the GI system slows down during pregnancy and that could be irritating it.
Anyway, she tried to use the little sound machine to get a heart beat on the baby and once again she couldn’t hear it, so sent me in for a sonogram. They all think its weird that they aren’t able to pick up the sound of the heartbeat at 11 and 13 weeks, but the sono tech wasn’t surprised at all. Made me scared for a couple minutes but once I saw the baby on the TV screen again, all was good! Phew!
How far along? 13 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up 5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Mostly just leggings, and the old rubber band trick on my jeans still.
Stretch marks? No, but I am starting to use my cocoa butter routinely now, just in case.
Sleep: I’m so tired by bedtime that I’ve been heading up to bed by 9:30 most nights, but I think I’m going to bed too early because I’m waking up so early and then of course can’t fall back to sleep. The one night I try to push it back to 11, I managed to stay awake but then Ada decided she wanted to be crazy from 1am-3:30, which ended up keeping me up and even more tired the next day! Having kids is rough!
Best moment this week: Getting an unexpected sonogram. I got to see baby again and everything looked great still! I even asked the gender again and she confirmed what she thought it was last time. She said it was still pretty early and could change but she was getting more and more sure of what it was!
Have you told family and friends: Yes, we are telling people, mostly when it comes up naturally or when someone spills the beans for us!
Miss Anything? Wine, I would really like a glass of wine.
Movement: I sometimes think I can feel it again when I’m sitting really still. The sonogram this week it was moving like crazy, arching its back and kicking feet. So I’m not surprised if I am starting to feel it, for real this time.
Food cravings: Tomatoes! I’ve always loved tomatoes, but lately I’ve been eating them plain with just a little salt. I’ve also been having my Tim Horton’s Iced Capps again, which I’ve been avoiding the whole first trimester because of the caffeine. Now that I’m in a safer place, I’ve been having one or two a week again, because they are just so delicious!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope been feeling better lately. The cold is gone and the headaches seem to be gone as well, which is good because I was getting nervous having to take so much Tylenol. I know its safe but still makes me nervous. I also went back to the prenatal vitamins I was taking before. They were making me gag earlier, and while they still aren’t going down perfectly smooth its much better and I think they are just easier on my stomach then some of the other ones I was taking since these ones are whole foods and organic.
Have you started to show yet: I personally think so. I don’t think anyone on the street would call me out yet but most of time there is a little round bump. I still wear fairly lose fitting tops at work because most of my team doesn’t know yet. I think I’ll just let that ride as long as I can and then one day just come in looking really preggo in a fitted top or something. That could be fun!
Gender prediction: I’m going to avoid answering this question until we decide to announce it. I feel like I am 85% sure of what it is and I can’t truthfully answer this without giving it away. Once we get our 100% sure we’ll do some kind of gender reveal.
Labor Signs: No, just hernia signs yikes!!
Belly Button in or out? Let’s not even go there. It felt like it was the size of a grape this week when I called the doctor. Usually I can deflate it when it gets big like that after a big meal and it hurt so bad I couldn’t even touch it. I’ve been feeling okay since that episode, but I really have to pay attention to the size of my meals I think.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, except when Ada keeps me up at night, then very moody!
Looking forward to: Ada’s 4th birthday party is in less then 2 weeks. We are doing a Trolls party so I’m excited to host that. Last party in our old house! I’m looking forward to moving and getting that over with. We also have another (regularly scheduled) doctor appt. next week, if they can’t get a heart beat with the sound machine again, hopefully I’ll get another sono, haha another chance to confirm that gender!
Here’s a picture from our unexpected sonogram this week, my baby already has the cutest little face and side profile! What a little doll!
And lastly a bump picture. Not the best one as I took it myself and with the window behind my head I had to cut it off or it looked silly! But it definitely started to make an appearance this week, so I’ll share it anyway!
We’ve almost made it through the first trimester!! Nothing makes me happier then to get over this hurdle since I know the risk of miscarriages starts to drop dramatically. We had another doctor appointment with sonogram today, and we took Ada along to see the baby, she wasn’t as into it as I thought she’d be, but she was excited after the fact that she was there!! Everything looked great, heart rate was 157. She had a guess as to the gender but said she wasn’t confident enough to confirm that, but she did tell us her guess!! I tried to schedule the appointment for as late in week 12 as I could. We’ll either be waiting until 18 weeks, which will be around the end of October, or I might consider a trip to Baby Bungalow, which is a neat little place that does 3D sonos, but they kinda cost a lot! We have an idea now which might be enough to hold me over, but we’re not sharing until we are sure and right now I’m not sure what I want to do once we find out or how we plan to share the news.
Before I do my weekly update I wanted to share our exciting house news!! I last left off saying we put an offer in on our dream home, and after some price negotiations, our offer was accepted!!! I was driving in my car on my way to work when I got the news and I shrieked with joy and laughter, followed by a whole lot of happy tears! I’ve never done that before! Damn hormones! We quickly took care of all the odds and ends and accomplished in two days what takes most people 2 weeks, but we were able to officially sign off on everything, including a home inspection before we left for vacation! Here’s an outside picture of our new home from Realtor.com…
I could not be more excited to call this new place home! We’re aiming for a 45 day close since the house is vacant and our current house sale is a cash offer, so as long as we can keep our bank and attorney’s moving, we should be able to wrap this up pretty quick! I’m ready to get in there! It needs ZERO work! Which is just the most refreshing thing for us to move in and not need to start 10 reno projects. We should be all settled by the holidays and I’m excited to host some parties this year and get ready for our new addition to come HOME here!
I’ll try to keep updated with how that progression is going, moving while pregnant should be fun, but It will be nice to be settled back in soon!
On to my 12 week update!
How far along? 12 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: Still 4 pounds (or zero pounds since my first doctors appointment which is probably the number they will start from)
Maternity clothes? Not much, I have the jeans but haven’t worn them much because they fall down easily. I bought a new sweatshirt thing to wear with my leggings once the weather starts changing, still too warm now, but I’ll probably live in that shortly!
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Ada is killing me with this lately, she’s usually up at least once, if not twice a night for something. Sometimes its for much too long, like an hour or more. Sometimes its quick but once she wakes me up I have a million thoughts running through my head. Between packing, moving, a new baby, work, birthday parties, or one of the other hundreds of things I have to do, I simply cannot fall back to sleep easily.
Best moment this week: Having another sonogram today and seeing our little peanut look more and more like a baby. It was moving around a lot again and we have insight into a gender now which is a little exciting but still makes me anxious since it could still change.
Have you told family and friends: Same as last week, I don’t think anyone new has found out since them!
Miss Anything? Not really anything right now
Movement: Saw the baby moving a lot on the screen but I haven’t really felt anything since last week when I THOUGHT I was feeling something, maybe soon though since it does seem to always be moving.
Food cravings: Not anything specific, been having a hard time finding what it is I want to eat again, tried a salad for lunch the other day (trying to eat healthy) and I just couldn’t do it, I do feel hungry all the time, I just never know for what!
Anything making you queasy or sick: The cold I have had has had me feeling under the weather, and left me with a lot of headaches, I’m hoping its all related to the head cold and not to my headache trends that I tend to get. I hate having to take anything with a baby on board, but they get so intense sometimes I don’t have a choice.
Have you started to show yet: I have moved to the couches at my office because its more comfortable to lean back and put my feet up, the big bubble in my stomach makes sitting up at a desk feel uncomfortable, but we’re still really just popping out at night time for the most part! Starting to show more for sure and hopefully we’ll be at the cute bump stage soon and out of the fat stage.
Gender prediction: I feel bad for answering this question now because the sono tech gave me her insight and I feel slightly biased, But I’ll answer based on what I would have went off before, those old wives tales. The heart rate dropped pretty low compared to where it was two weeks ago 171 down to 157, and lower means boy (supposedly), but I hear anything over 140 is girl. I still think based on timing it would be a boy, but my gut says girl. We’ll have to wait and see!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? I don’t even want to answer this question anymore because its so strange and I can’t even keep up with what its doing.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! As usual! I feel so relieved after today’s sono to see that all is well. I get so incredibly nervous before a sono appointment and I just feel so happy when its over to know its all good. It gives me such peace to see it moving, see the heart beat, the brain, arms, legs, everything. It looks so perfect already and I’m just so happy and blessed that I am able to do this again!
Looking forward to: Confirming the gender! We have an idea now, but there is just something special about knowing and starting to plan and imagine what your family will look like in a few months. I love so much my relationship with Ada, and I really hope for a boy so Dan can enjoy the special bond of father and son like I do with mother and daughter, but I also love my little girl so much and would take a whole house of them if that’s what is in store for us! Keeping it a surprise just doesn’t sound fun to me, I get so excited to start thinking about our family as soon as I can!!
Took this picture in the mountains last week, but it was on Saturday the official start to week 12!
And another sono picture of our little baby actually starting to look like a real baby! An adorable little side profile of the face. Its weird since sonograms all kinda look similar, but I feel like this is exactly what Ada’s 13 week picture looked like too, lol
And a cute one of Ada doing some light reading in the doctors office. Good thing she is reading up since she went back to school this week!! Pre-k 4!
We just got back from a week in the Aidrondacks, our annual family trip to Old Forge, NY. I’ll be doing a post on that trip recap shortly, but first I wanted to catch up with week 11.
Everything has been going well. We met our new doctors on Friday before we left for vacation. The appointment took waaaay longer then I expected but we met the first nurse practitioner and because they couldn’t pick up a heart beat with the fetal monitor I ended up getting another sonogram. Everything was just fine and we were able to take home a ton of new pictures (which I’ll share at the end).
To avoid sounding repetitive I’ll just dive right into my update!
How far along? I’m 12 weeks 3 days right now, but this update is based on last week.
Total weight gain/loss: Up4 pounds
Maternity clothes? I bought my first pair of maternity jeans before we left so I would have something to wear when it got cold. They are skinny jeans so they fit everywhere but are pretty loose around my waist, which I know is the point. I just don’t have much of a belly to hold them up yet, but they are much more comfortable. Today was my first day back to work and I busted out the old rubber band trick on my jeans. They would button, but this way was much more comfortable.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Slept pretty well for being on vacation and not in my own bed. The bad sleeping is usually because of Ada waking up over something, which has become quite frequent lately. I hope this phase passes because once she wakes me up my mind races and I have a hard time falling back asleep.
Best moment this week: Being on vacation with my family. Ada had so much fun and its so awesome to watch her enjoy the little things soo much! The world is just such an exciting place for her and I love watching her take it all in.
Have you told family and friends: We told more family this week who were all away with us, everyone was very excited. We’re still slowly telling people as we see them! Only one co-worker knows right now, but I have a feeling it will get harder to hide soon.
Miss Anything? Not really right now. I of course wanted wine while vacationing, but I didn’t have a huge desire for it. A few sips of Dan’s once in awhile does the trick for now.
Movement: I swear I feel little flutters when I lay really still, once in awhile. I might be delusional since its really too early, but they do say you can feel it earlier with the second.
Food cravings: Not anything specific. I’ve been eating horrible lately (I’ll blame vacation) and I’ve been getting bad headaches again, I’m hoping they are related and I’m cleaning up my diet starting NOW!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just a really bad headache yesterday left me feeling nauseous, other then that no, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I came down with a bad cold (or allergies) while away, Its getting better, but made me feel pretty crappy for a couple days.
Have you started to show yet: Just Fat, but towards the end of the day definitely pregnant. I think I’m going to pop out soon though. Last time it was around 16-18 weeks that I noticed it pop. I’m definitely not going to last that much longer though.
Gender prediction: I’m thinking girl now. Most of my “old wives tales” point to girl. Heartbeat was 171 on Friday (girl), was craving sweets (girl), my face was breaking out last week like crazy (girl), Ada’s prediction (girl).
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Eh, it pops out when I’m gassy or eat too much, sometimes I can deflate it back in, but it usually comes back out. Otherwise its flat still, but this thing is going to cause me some problems, it hurts when it pops out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, enjoyed our vacation very much but it was time to come home. I was getting a little grumpy by the end when you are just ready for home!
Looking forward to: We have another sonogram on Thursday for the 12 week genetic testing. I’m hoping with a little luck we might be able to find out a gender, but not counting on it! We are finally moving (which I’ll update in my next post), but I am looking forward to that happening in the next month or so as well. Lot’s going on!!
For now, some pictures of the baby from last week and just a couple other randoms!
This one is a picture of me and my BF Katie, who is 4 weeks ahead of me, that we sent to our other girl friend to share the news! We had the boys jump in too!
And lastly a picture of me an my girl from vacation! This one the bump looks to have made the “fat appearance”, but still cute since I know its a baby in there!
10 weeks 4 days today! We saw my IVF doctor for the last time yesterday. I am going to miss them there, they were so great and so on top of everything that it gave me such piece of mind, even in a high stress time period. I really felt like I was in the best hands. I know anything could have happened but they’ve been so quick to move on things that Its felt good!
Friday we meet our new OB doctor. I’ve decided to switch practices because I didn’t like how some of the miscarriages and stuff were handled, even when they had reason to suspect I had some fertility issues going on. I just felt like a lot of things went ignored and I needed a clean slate with someone new! They see you at 10 weeks for the first time, which I feel like is super late, but I’m going into it with a head start, so its exciting!
I got some REALLY exciting news late last week, that my BEST FRIEND is 4 weeks ahead of me, so I am sooooo excited to share in our pregnancy journey together and that our kids will be so close in age! Its always nice to have someone going through the same thing as you, and we’ll be on maternity leave together!! It just further proves my point that everything happens for a reason and exactly when it’s supposed to, now I can share this pregnancy with her!
Here is my 10 week Recap!
How far along? 10 weeks 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 3.1 pounds
Maternity Clothes? Not yet, will be considering maternity jeans soon though perhaps.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Good, as long as Ada doesn’t wake up. Still need to go to bed by 10pm, and when I wake up I still sometimes feel as though I could use another couple hours. I still wake up on my stomach some mornings, which is not the most comfortable way anymore.
Best moment this week: Our last sonogram with the IVF doc yesterday, any excuse to see pictures! Another one on Friday too, AND we FINALLY sold our house!! It will be official this evening after they finish the home inspection, but its a cash offer, so we don’t have to deal with the bank or any assessments and stuff which feels AMAZING! We also put an offer in on my dream home, it was slightly over budget, but has everything we want! Waiting to hear if they are accepting our offer or not! Fingers Crossed!!
Have you told family and friends: We have told most of our immediate family and closest friends. Both Dan and I have let it slip a couple times to people who we interact with on a daily basis, co-workers and such! But after yetserday’s doctor appointment I feel much more confident that everything is just fine, and we can start telling more people. Its going to be hard to hide soon enough!
Miss Anything? I’ve been fairly good lately, the smell of alcohol is a major turn off so I haven’t had too much trouble with that. The tailbone pain that I had with Ada is slowly creeping back, which is disappointing because I remember that being my biggest complaint with her early on. Its showing up much later this time around, so hopefully it won’t last too long!
Movement: The baby was moving like crazy in our sonogram yesterday, flailing arms and legs all over the place, it was so cute! I love the early sonos because the baby is still small enough to see everything. I swear when I was laying still on the table during the sono that I felt a small pulse or heart beat in there, and they told me I was probably feeling it move since it was going crazy! (I can’t wait till I don’t have to call it an “IT” anymore!)
Food cravings: I have a major sweet tooth which I hate, buying candy in the checkout line is not like me and I don’t like eating that kinda garbage, but I just want it so much! Mostly fruity things, like airheads, starbursts, sour patch kids! Doesn’t help that Ada always asks for it, so I’m just like “yeah, throw it in”.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, I haven’t had too much nausea at all in the past week or so. Once in awhile (when I’m hungry) as usual, and I’m pretty much always hungry, but I’ll basically eat just about anything!
Have you started to show yet: A little bit, definitely at night, and I can push my stomach out and make it look really big, or when I suck it in, only the top goes in and the lower abs don’t move anymore! Ada loves when I push my tummy out.
Gender prediction: I’m still inclined to say boy by timing, Dan thinks Girl because he’s just going to get all girls, Ada still flip flops. The heart beat was 169 yesterday which would suggest girl, but they also said with the amount of moving it was doing, its not a surprise that it was so high. She said they like to see anything over 120 bpm. My face has been breaking out a little and the sweet tooth would suggest girl too, so most signs pointing to girl right now!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, the moodiness of last week has subsided, thankfully, I’m definitely more patient with Ada again (for the most part). It helps that we have an offer on the house, so we haven’t had to do showings and stuff which has taken another layer of stress off. The search for our house has been a bit stressful, but now I am just super hopeful that we found our perfect place and we can move on!
Looking forward to: Friday will be our first appt. with the new doctor, another sonogram (and probably our last until the gender one). Excited to hear back about our house offer, the home inspection on our place is today, which I hope goes well. If we hear back from our offer, we’ll probably try to do a home inspection Friday or Saturday before we leave for Vacation, and of course, I am looking forward to vacation next week, hopefully all the house stress will be behind us, I am confident about the baby being well and we’ll be able to relax and have fun as a family! Lot’s and lot’s to look forward to right now!!
Here is our latest sonogram from yesterday, and I’ll skip the baby bump picture this week since it doesn’t look much different from last week and instead leave with a picture of an amazing rainbow from last night. I think it was a sign that our Rainbow baby is giving us a new life to look forward to and good luck in our near future!!
Here’s a recap of the last 3 weeks! (I added all the questions back in now). From here out I’ll try to stick to one recap a week instead of these long ones! Now that we’ve told a lot of people and next week is my last IVF Doctor Appt. I’ll be making the blog public again soon!
August 3rd – Week 7
How far long? 7 weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/loss: 1.6 lbs probably because healthy food is loosing its appeal and I’ll just eat anything that I think I can stomach.
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, I told my sister this week though and so she gave me her bin of maternity clothes so I have some stuff to go through now before I do need anything.
Stretch Marks: Nothing. Worried about how my appendectomy scar is going to look in a few months though! Hopefully it had enough time to heal before it starts stretching!
Sleep: Sleeping great! And out like a light by 10pm. Sometimes I need a nap when I get home from work, my body is just so tired. Dan will take Ada outside to play and let me lay on the couch for a half hour after dinner. Ada had a few sleepless nights over the weekend which nearly sent me over the edge in patience, but she is back to sleeping again, thank goodness!
Best moment this week: Had another sonogram today. This is the one I have been waiting for. My nerves have been on edge trying to get through week 6 and thankfully everything looked great! She had nothing bad to report, we saw a little flickering heart beat at 159 bpm and the crown to rump measurements were exactly on point with 7 weeks 5 days.
Have you told family and friends: I told my sister and brother in law this past weekend but we haven’t been able to tell anyone else. Dan was out of town all weekend so we weren’t able to tell Ada. We want to tell her together obviously and we have to be strategic about telling her, because once we do its game over, she’ll tell everyone, lol
Miss Anything? Not really. I’ve been doing pretty good lately.
Movement: Not yet.
Food cravings: Peaches! I’ve been buying them like crazy and I’m the only one in the house who will eat them, so more for me!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Doing better on the nauseous thing this week. Last week was bad and I was afraid it was only going to get worse, but so far its not been terrible. Still a little bit when I am getting hungry, my pre-natal vitamins are getting harder and harder to take. And once in awhile I just feel like I can’t eat anything at all, but once I do manage, I’m ok.
Have you started to show yet: I don’t think so, but feeling a little thicker lately. It varies by day!
Gender prediction: Still thinking boy, but so far things have been pretty similar to my pregnancy with Ada, so maybe girl?
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? My belly button is so messed up and funny looking from my first pregnancy and from a couple of the surgeries I had, so I am terrified to watch and see what it turns into this time. I told Dan I’m having surgery to fix it once we’re done having babies.
Wedding rings on or off? On, all the time.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! We’ve had lots of family in town for Dan’s brother’s wedding and so we’ve spent a lot of time with them! I wish we could have told everyone in person while they were here, but the timing was not right. We have some hurdles I wanted to get through before I opened up to everyone about everything. I’m excited to start telling everyone though!
Looking forward to: I guess see above. Starting to tell family and friends will be happening soon, so hopefully I can document some of that and share it on the blog!
Here was our second sonogram at 7 weeks 5 days. A little bigger then 2 weeks ago!!
And here’s just an adorable picture of Ada with her two cousins from the night we went to my sister’s and told them! Ada still didn’t know at that point so we had to keep quiet, but she was busy playing with the girls anyway!!
August 9th – Week 8
How far long? 8 weeks, 4 days
Total weight gain/loss: 1.6 pound still.
Maternity Clothes: Not yet, I went through the bin my sister gave me and pulled some things out. I guess I’m kinda excited to dress the bump for fall and winter this time. The seasons are exactly opposite of my pregnancy with Ada, so I’ll definitely need to do a little shopping, there wasn’t much I can use.
Stretch Marks: No
Sleep: I wake up a few times a night but usually have no trouble getting back to sleep. I usually have to get up to pee at least once, otherwise I’m in pain in the morning! I’ve had some crazy vivid dreams though!
Best moment this week: Telling Ada!!! We took a video of us telling Ada about the baby in my tummy and it was beyond perfect. Her reaction was everything for a 3.5 year old! She was so excited at first, and kept asking me if I really had a baby in my tummy, like she didn’t believe me. Then I made a comment about her having to share mommy and daddy and she broke down into uncontrollable tears forever! lol The next morning though she was really, very excited, I think she was crying because she was a bit overtired and it was right before bedtime!
Have you told family and friends: Its been so hard figuring out the logistics of telling people this time because we knew Ada would talk, we wanted to make sure we told her first, but we also want to make sure we are there if she tells anyone else. Its been tricky having a chatty almost 4 year old. But in some ways it makes telling people easier because she is more then willing to tell everyone for us. She told Grandma yesterday morning. She was leaving for California for 2 weeks, so she stopped by before school to say goodbye and Ada just kept showing her the sonogram picture. Grandma was of course thrilled! Later that day we told the rest of Dan’s brothers and sisters by sending out a group text message, not the ideal way to share the news but with more then half of them living out of state its the only way to make sure everyone finds out at the same time! We’re telling my parents tomorrow night, having them over for dinner on the patio!
Miss Anything? Wine or a nice summer cocktail outside on my patio. Flavored water with mint in a wine glass has been a decent substitute but not what I really want.
Movement: Too soon, but I cannot wait to feel this again!
Food cravings: Not really, I’m not too much into sweets usually and this week every night I’ve wanted chocolate peanut butter ice cream or s’mores with peanut butter on them! Maybe its the peanut butter I’m craving!
Anything making you queasy or sick: A little nauseous again this week here and there. Nothing really major and fortunately I haven’t actually gotten sick yet. Its still usually when I have an empty stomach.
Have you started to show yet: Not really but by the night time I definitely feel like I am showing. I don’t know what it is about the end of the day?
Gender prediction: If judging by the heart rate in our first sonogram where it was detectible I’d say girl. It was 159. Old wives tales says anything over 140 is a girl and under is a boy. The first sono was a lot earlier then usual, so I’ll bring the jury back out in 2 weeks when we go for our next sonogram and see what it is then.
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Flat for now.
Wedding rings on or off? Always on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, frustrated with our house still being for sale, but I think that’s unrelated to anything hormonal and just normal frustrations of selling a house. Now that we know we have a baby on the way, I’m just more anxious then anything to get the house stuff sorted out and moving on.
Looking forward to: Our next sonogram which is my last appointment with the Fertility Doctor. I will sure miss her, they have been fantastic there. But looking forward to meeting our new ob/gyn as well, and of course getting another sonogram with them! I hope I have good insurance!
Here is a snapshot of the text we sent to family telling them!!
And here is one of the first weeks I remembered to have Dan take a bump picture for me!
August 15 – Week 9
How far long? 9 weeks, 3 days
Total weight gain/loss: up 3 pounds (My app says 1-5 pounds is normal for the first trimester, I haven’t been eating so great lately though, so its time to watch that!)
Maternity Clothes: No
Stretch Marks: No, the inside of where my appendectomy was is pretty sore though lately and I have a feeling its related to everything inside starting to move around and push things. Definitely something I have to address with my doctor as I’m really afraid its going to get worse.
Sleep: Ada has been not sleeping so great, which means I am not sleeping great. I am usually in bed by 10pm and out within minutes. I think she has allergies, so on days when she is outside or in the grass a lot she wakes up with coughs, boogers and all itchy. Also something I may address with HER doctor soon.
Best moment this week: Telling our friends (see below)
Have you told family and friends: We told a bunch of our close friends on Saturday, which was really fun. Dan just threw the sonogram picture out on the table and walked away, there were then 6 girls sitting there trying to figure out whose picture it was, until someone finally grabbed it and read the name! They were all very excited for us as they all know how long we’ve been trying. So that was really fun! We’ve now told, most of our closest friends and our immediate family. We’ve still asked everyone to keep it quiet until we are ready to share more. Next week we have 2 appointments and I know I’ll feel really good about everything once we get good reports from both of them!
Miss Anything? Cold beer. We had a very nice family lunch date on Sunday to this place called Public House on the Lake, amazing views of Lake Erie, perfect summer day, really called for a cold beer. I don’t usually want beer but everyone else’s looked so good that day!
Movement: Not yet. I read back over my blog posts with Ada to see when I started feeling it last time and shared last time at 14 weeks that I hadn’t felt anything yet, but at 16 weeks I shared that I felt little flutters when I sit still. I know I got sick of the moving around by the end of my last pregnancy because Ada had some crazy legs, but I really am excited to start feeling it again. Hopefully this one is just a little less rough on me.
Food cravings: Chocolate and peanut butter. Last week this was starting to become a thing and now its real! Anything I can do to combine chocolate and peanut butter is a win! I even bought a pack of Reese’s peanut butter cups the other day, I’ve never done that before! I do have more of a sweet tooth then I usually do.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. The nausea has been much better lately, to almost none at all. The fatigue it still bad but getting better!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely more so at night, but mostly not. I have been wearing much more flowy tops lately since I never know when Its gonna round out a little, some days are more then others. I also looked back at blog posts with Ada to see when I started to pop out and I see little bit around week 12 but much more noticeable around week 14. I didn’t really pop last time until 17-18 weeks.
Gender prediction: I keep saying “her” or “she” when I talk to people, maybe its because I already have a she and I’m used to it, or maybe its a sign!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still flat
Wedding rings on or off? Still on
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m gonna have to say moody for like the first time ever! I don’t think I’ve really ever thought of myself as moody, but I’ve been soo irritated lately. I thought it was Ada’s behavior that was making me nuts but I’m starting to think its just my level of patience with her (maybe a little of both?) Where I used to let things go, now they drive me mad. It doesn’t help that the house is still not sold, and we are getting showings like crazy, like every other day, which means people are making me clean and maintain a show worthy house every waking moment, and then not giving us an offer, which in itself its irritating! Keeping the house that clean with a family living in it is damn near impossible, and adding another level of stress to normal life! The worst part is probably half the showings are second showings, which means the same people are making me do it twice! My hormones cannot handle this right now and just writing it is making me angry!
Looking forward to: Of course the 2 sonograms we have next week, but we’re also leaving for our annual Adirondacks vacation at the end of next week. I’ll be finishing up my first trimester while we’re away and I just cannot wait to get the family on vacation for a full week of relaxation! I don’t think I’ve ever needed a vacation more then I do now! Every year I complain about this Adirondacks trip and how I would rather we take the week and travel some place different every year instead of taking the same trip, but each year around this time, I become more and more grateful for the full week of doing nothing, sitting at a lake, and sitting in the sun. Definitely looking forward to that!!
I’ll leave with a few pics I took myself of week 9 bump, starting to get a little one I think!