Tuesday, December 30, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 29 & 30


How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs. Pretty close to where I was with Henley so I think I'm in good shape.

Stretch marks? Yep found my first stretch marks the other day in the mirror. They are on the side of my belly, 2-3 of them about 2 inches long. Since mine with Henley went away so well, I'm really not freaking out (as opposed to the tears I shed the first time around)

Symptoms: I am all better so no more coughing which has been a huge blessing! Heartburn and back pain like always. I'm also experiencing a lot of soreness and aches.


Sleep: Sleep has definitely been better this week. Henley is going through a weird sleep thing but luckily falls right asleep if we put her in our bed.

Best moment this week: Christmas was SO fun. Henley didn't feel well but that didn't stop her from having a blast!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: Not really.

Movement: Tons. I've started feeling hiccups too which are pretty fun.

Food cravings: Nothing specifically. I remember the cravings subsiding in the third trimester last time. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: Yes. Feeling huge lately

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Out and showing in all it's glory through my clothes! 

Wedding Rings On or Off? Just starting to feel a little uncomfortable but I'm still wearing them most of the time

Happy or Moody: Happy for the most part, just sick and uncomfortable. 

Looking forward to: Another long weekend with Hens!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Weeks 28



How far along? 28 Weeks (picture taken at 28 weeks, 3 days)

Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs. Pretty close to where I was with Henley so I think I'm in good shape.

Stretch marks? Not yet, fingers are still crossed. I've been really lazy with my lotions, hoping I don't regret it come March.

Symptoms: This week has been rough. We went to Disney this past week and it was cold. In the beginning of the week I had a cough and now it's a full blown cold/infection. I am on z-pack so hopefully getting better soon. Heartburn and back pain have been the same. I've stop losing hair which is the best!!

Sleep: Sleep has been hit or miss with this congestion and cough. I'd almost prefer not sleeping as opposed to sleeping with a cold. 

Best moment this week: Disney was amazing. Henley had a blast. The nursery is also like 85% done, can't wait to share!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: This week I don't really miss anything other than being comfortable which is partly pregnancy related and partly due to this cold!

Movement: Tons. She moves a lot and I love it. I feel so connected to her when she moves.

Food cravings: Disney's cake pops! Mmmmm I've had more than my share :-)

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: Yes. I had my first crappy comment from a random co-worker asking if I am having twins....grrrr!

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Out and showing in all it's glory through my clothes! 

Wedding Rings On or Off? Off but not due to swelling. I have a rash or dry spot under my ring and it's taking forever to heal so I took my rings off. 

Happy or Moody: Happy for the most part, just sick and uncomfortable. 

Looking forward to: Finishing the nursery and Henley's birthday this week. Her birthday is bringing so many memories of her birth and newborn stage. I'm so nervous and excited to do it again.

Mere :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 26



How far along? 26 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs. last check a few weeks ago. I'll find out for sure on Thursday

Stretch marks? Not yet, fingers are still crossed

Symptoms: Heartburn still...back pain and some slight swelling in my feet. I only realize this because my boots that are normally loose were tight on Thanksgiving. Could have been from standing while cooking though now that I think about it.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty good. One night recently I twisted over in bed while I was sleeping and it sent a sharp pain in my stomach that was enough to wake me up. I think I am going to attempt to bring the Snoogle pillow back in hope that it helps minimize the need for rolling over.

Best moment this week: Thanksgiving was great with ours families but best moment is definitely being off for 9 straight days!! (Seriously guys, I am meant to work from home---it suits me)

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: This week I'd say is the first week I have been uncomfortable more often than not so I miss being comfortable. Shaving was an Olympic feat this weekend in the shower.

Movement: So much it's distracting. She is starting to have moments where she is moving constantly!

Food cravings: No cravings really this week. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: OMG Yes!

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: None thank God

Belly Button in or out? SO far out. I don't remember popping this much with Henley

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy but I did have a few cranky days here and there.

Looking forward to: Painting the nursery (hopefully this weekend!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 25



How far along? 25 Weeks


Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs. last check a few weeks ago. I'll find out for sure next week.


Stretch marks? Not yet, fingers are still crossed


Symptoms: Mainly the heartburn. I had some crazy back pain on Saturday but I was also on my feet cooking for about 4 hours and cleaning before that for our Friendsgiving (which was amazing!!)

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well. The Snoogle hasn't really been that comfortable this go round which is interesting since I loved it before. Some nights I am waking 2-3 times to pee and some nights I am sleeping straight though. 

Best moment this week: I'll do the last two weeks since I skipped last week. We went to Busch Gardens with Henley and she was so fun. She loved Elmo and was actually star struck. It was the best. Macie also is moving SO much these days and even kicks Henley when she lays on my stomach. Love it.

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: Starting to miss being comfortable in certain clothes. A few days this week I just could not wait to be naked and out of tight clothing!

Movement: So much!

Food cravings: Craved the guacamole from Cantina Laredo---they make it tableside. I still haven't managed to get my hands on any just yet.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: Oh yes for sure

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: None thank God

Belly Button in or out? SO far out. I don't remember popping this much with Henley

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy but I did have a few cranky days here and there.

Looking forward to: Getting really started on the nursery. While we were in Tampa for Busch Gardens, we hit up Ikea to get things for the girls room. Ted is planning to start painting this week or this weekend sometime. We have new things for Henley's room and we have some things to move into Macie's room once painted. Cannot wait.  Non-baby related: I can't wait for Thanksgiving. While our Friendsgiving was so fun, we didn't have my mom's dressing or cranberry sauce and those two with turkey is my favorite all-in-one-bite combination....mmmmm!

Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!!!!


Mere :-)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 23



How far along? 23 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs. last week, haven't weighed myself since

Stretch marks? Not yet and getting better about using my Mama Mio Belly Butter

Symptoms: Again the heartburn is an every meal occurrence. I have some muscle pain in my lower abdomen that is just a dull ache that I don't remember from Henley. Other than that, just a back ache here and some exhaustion there.

Sleep: Sleeping great, especially Saturday night in the hotel with hubs for our date night.

Best moment this week: Macie moving so much I can see her jump on the outside. Also date night with hubs was great. We went to a nice dinner (see craving) and went to the movies to see Gone Girl. We then stayed at an awesome hotel for the night. It was our first night away from Henley and it went surprisingly well! She kept telling my mom we were at work. So glad to see when we are in the hospital with Macie, she won't be traumatized.

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: Nothing really that I can remember

Movement: Yes kicking so much. I love it. She seems to be most active when I lay down in bed.

Food cravings: When Ted and I were planning our date night, all I could think about was a yummy steak. We went to a restaurant called Chops and had a really great filet with bernaise sauce---definitely satisfied the craving. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yes (see pic above)

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? It's out and people at work are commenting on it so it's out and visible to the world.

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy!

Looking forward to: This weekend we are going to Busch Garden with my mom and Henley. I'm so excited to see her reaction to all of the animals and the Sesame Street area. I think she will love it. 

We are also planning an Ikea trip while we are up there to get some things for Henley and Macie. Hopefully once we get these we can really get moving on the nursery. 

Hope you have a great week!!

Mere :-)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 22




(no pic this week---working late and DST)



How far along? 22 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs. Went to the doctor this morning and at first the number on the scale totally scared me but then I checked back to 22 weeks with Hens and I was up 11 so not terrible. Doc gave me the Thanksgiving lecture again ;-)
Maternity clothes? Yes! I love all things maternity pants

Stretch marks? Not yet Yay!!

Symptoms: Heartburn is terrible! I forgot how terrible it truly is! Slight back pain here and there, especially if I stand for a long period of time. I've been dizzy here and there if I stand up too fast too which I also had with Henley. Pretty much the same exact symptoms as Henley.
Sleep: Sleep is better this week. Henley's been doing much better with a night here or there waking up but overall I think we are on the up and up.

Best moment this week: Feeling Macie move SO much. Saturday night she was a little ninja, kicking so much!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows.

Miss anything: Nothing really that I can remember

Movement: Yes she has been so active lately. Today at the doctor while he was listening to my heartbeat she was kicking and we could hear it. I love it so much!

Food cravings: Cookies, still cookies

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific.

Have you started to show yet: Uh most definitely

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: None.

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much out :-(  Showing through shirts in all it's glory. Ack!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Mostly happy especially with feeling Macie and a fun Halloween with Henley!

Looking forward to: Anniversary night with hubs. We are going to a local hotel for one night this weekend. It will be the first time I am away from Henley over night. I am a little nervous but know she will be fine. I'm most nervous for when she wakes up and we aren't there :-(

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 21



How far along? 21 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs.  I go to the doctor on Monday so we will see if there is any further weight gain

Maternity clothes? Yes! With the slightly cooler temps I've really been craving some new fall outfits but since that's totally irrational and out of the budget, I think I might look for some new scarves and accessories instead.

Stretch marks? Not yet! 

Symptoms: Heartburn like the heat from 1,000 fiery suns, slight back aches, overall shorter patience.

Sleep: Sleep has been a little messy this week. Henley has been transitioning to a new room at school and her sleep has been wonky, therefore messing with my sleep. Also the Snoogle just isn't that comfy this time around. I'm not sure if getting up and down with Henley is affecting it or what, hoping that changes soon---I loved that pillow last time.

Best moment this week: The starting of the nursery. We began cleaning out the guest room and getting rid of things we no longer need. Ted also felt the baby from the outside which was great!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything: Nothing really this week

Movement: Yes! I love it----hands down the best part of being pregnant.

Food cravings: Cookies, in many different forms but most specifically these homemade whoopie pies I make. mmmm

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific.

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: GIRL! Macie Paige

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In but barely :-( 

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Mostly happy with a few moment of tired and cranky.

Looking forward to:  Painting the nursery and Halloween with Henley. I'll be sure to post pictures of Henley in her costume!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

::Henley:: Sesame Street Live

Third post in a week--shocker right!!

Henley has recently been loving Elmo so when I heard Sesame Street Live was coming to town, I knew we had to get tickets. We had pretty close seats and Henley loved it. She was a little frustrated when she realized she herself would not be joining Elmo on stage but she stood there watching the show for a good 20-30 minutes. We clapped a little and swayed back and forth....after that though, all bets were off. The first half was 45 minutes and then there was an intermission. We left at intermission as we knew she wouldn't care and it was only 30 minutes or so before bed time. Here are some pictures from the night.







Overall I think she did great, especially for a 22 month old. The entire crowd was full of toddlers so no reason to worry about moving too much or making noise. Such fun!



Mere :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

::Henley:: Pumpkin Patch

Fall in Florida isn't really like fall elsewhere around the country. There are no cool night breezes or leaves falling to the ground but there are pumpkin patches (albeit "man made" ones that are set up on busy street corners or parks but pumpkin patches nonetheless). Last weekend we took Henley to a pumpkin patch and snapped a few shots. She has been totally obsessed with pumpkins lately. She loved walking around and even picked out a small pumpkin of her own! We had just been the doctor for Henley's flu shot so this was a nice pick me up.




This weekend we went to a local park that was having a festival. There was a pumpkin patch and a train ride. Henley loved it all, she even saw a friend from school while she was there. Grandma and Aunt Allie joined us too.







 Look at that face---obsessed with "pumpas" I tell ya!

Happy Fall Y'all----now if only the cool weather would head this way!!!

Mere :-)

Monday, October 20, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 20



How far along? 20 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 7 lbs. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! 

Stretch marks? Not yet! 

Symptoms: Heartburn but Zantac has worked so well! A few back aches

Sleep: So good (knock on wood!!) although I did have one night where I was wide awake for 3 hours. It kills me that Henley was sound asleep and I was wide awake.

Best moment this week: So many great moments---seeing the baby on the ultrasound for the anatomy scan, determining that yes for sure it's a girl, feeling her move like crazy and hubs feeling her move too!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Nothing really this week

Movement: Yes! Finally felt her early last week and hubs felt her a few days ago. It's been pretty strong the last few days. I love it!

Food cravings: Not really anything specific, just bouts of "really want something sweet"

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific.

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: GIRL!

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In 

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy!!!

Looking forward to:  The nursery! I have most of it planned in my head and we are going to start cleaning out the guest room this weekend.

...and just for good measure because she's so freaking cute--

Sunday, October 12, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 19


How far along? 19 weeks. We missed Week 18--last weekend we had 2 birthday parties and some awesome weather that distracted us a bit. It really is funny how already having a child changes things. With Henley's pictures I didn't miss a day or take it late at all. I think over half of these pictures have been before or after my actually "week".

Total weight gain/loss: 6 lbs. Right on track with where I was with Hens. Dr. did warn for me to be careful around the holidays though---boo doc! Way to be a party pooper! 

Maternity clothes? Yes! 

Stretch marks? Not yet! 

Symptoms: Heartburn, heartburn, heartburn. 

Sleep: Better and better every day. I have a feeling Henley will start sleeping awesome the minute I enter the pregnancy insomnia stage.

Best moment this week: Moving Henley to a toddler bed which means the crib is in the guest room nursery!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Champagne. Ted and I went to an awards dinner for his industry last night and they gave complimentary glasses of champagne at the door. I really wanted some and hubs saying it was too sweet for him meant it would have been my perfect cup of tea.

Movement: I think, just maybe, I felt the baby yesterday. I'm hoping this week will be it for sure!

Food cravings: Chicken salad again, that seems to be my craving staple this go round.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific.

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: Anatomy scan on Wednesday!

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In 

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy overall, just a few bouts of crank-ass ;-)

Looking forward to: Feeling the baby, anatomy scan, and taking Henley to see Sesame Street Live on Wednesday.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 17


How far along? 17 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4 lbs. (haven't checked since the doctor, hoping not to have crazy weight gain)

Maternity clothes? Yes! I need to get some more basic tops and tanks, I feel so uncomfortable in any non-maternity clothes, so not worth it!

Stretch marks? Not yet!  My belly was itchy today, hope that doesn't mean stretch marks!

Symptoms: Heartburn is back in full force, had some lower back pain which is bringing back memories. <-- Same again this week.

Sleep: Pretty good sleep, I'm super exhausted after a day of errands and chores, I'm heading to bed asap!

Best moment this week: Deciding on the name for sure and the nursery color scheme.

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Not really.

Movement: None yet and I'm getting pretty antsy to start feeling the baby. Henley can be pretty rough and while I know there are plenty of layers to protect the baby, I still want the comfort of feeling those tiny little clicks.

Food cravings: No cravings really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: We found out a few weeks ago and are pretty much relying on that, but I'd still like to wait for the anatomy scan before purchasing anything.

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In 

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy overall

Looking forward to: Feeling the baby!

This week we got some pretty funny pictures, it was hard to pick just one!




Have a great week. I'm off tomorrow and Tuesday to catch up on some Love Mere orders and cannot wait!

Mere :-)


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 16



How far along? 16 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4 lbs. (haven't checked since the doctor)

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? Not yet!  Started applying lotion today!

Symptoms: Heartburn is back in full force, had some lower back pain which is bringing back memories. Also some nausea here and there.

Sleep: This week has been great. Henley's been in our bed but at this point I'm just letting it go...just like Elsa.

Best moment this week: I think we've nailed down the name!

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Not really.

Movement: Nothing yet, at the elective U/S we were told that I have anterior placenta which means the placenta is between the baby and my skin so it could take longer to feel it. I have this last time too and I felt Henley at 20 weeks.

Food cravings: No cravings really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Chick-fil-a didn't sit very well yesterday which is so sad, I love Chick-fil-a

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: Waiting until the anatomy scan in October

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In 

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy overall

Looking forward to: Moving forward with the nursery. I think we have decided on a theme/color scheme. I love it!

Monday, September 15, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 15



How far along? 15 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4 lbs. and I read something that said about now I should have gained about 5 at this point, yay! I'm better off than I thought!

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? Not yet!  Started applying lotion today!

Symptoms: My appetite has changed a little lately, I kind of feel less starving and wanting more light meals. I think a little bit of the adversion is back but no nausea. Oh yeah...can't forget the heartburn :-(

Sleep: Better. Last week I had pulled a muscle in my neck and that's finally better. Henley's sleeping is not much better but hopefully we are getting there!

Best moment this week: We went to an elective ultrasound on Saturday and we now know the sex! 

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Not really.

Movement: Nothing yet although I thought I felt something last night in bed but when I came to, I realized it was just Henley's foot!

Food cravings: No cravings really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: I'm guessing girl. We had our ultrasound and I'm going to keep in a secret for a little while. I want to get the anatomy scan done in a few weeks to confirm. Then I'll definitely share the news!

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In but still stretched from last time. Henley was actually playing with it this weekend, so funny!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy overall

Exercise: None this week. :-(  I think I should just remove this line!

Looking forward to: Picking a name and starting on the nursery!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

::Baby G Take 2:: Week 14

Technically 14 Weeks a few days ago, I'm a little behind


How far along? 14 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: 4 lbs. A little piece of me is nervous as this time with Henley I had only gained 0.5 lb. I'm going to try and be mellow about it and just let it be. 

Maternity clothes? Mostly, they are so comfy!

Stretch marks? Not yet! 

Symptoms: No nausea this weekend which is totally exciting and I've been eating like normal. I pulled something in my neck while sleeping on Saturday and literally couldn't move in bed. I'm not sure if it was due to the Snoogle or if it was because Henley was in our bed. It's feeling much better but still pretty sore when I move it certain ways

Sleep: Mediocre, I need Henley to start staying in her bed but the task of making that happen just seems daunting!

Best moment this week: Hearing the heartbeat yesterday

Have you told family and friends: Yes everyone knows. 

Miss anything? Not really, I splurged on some coke this week, yummy!

Movement: Nothing yet.

Food cravings: No cravings really

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Have you started to show yet: Yes

Gender: I'm guessing girl. We have an ultrasound on Saturday!

Labor Signs: None. 

Belly Button in or out? In but still stretched from last time. Henley was actually playing with it this weekend, so funny!

Wedding Rings On or Off? On

Happy or Moody: Happy overall

Exercise: None this week. :-(  I've talked with hubs about getting bikes, I think that will be fun with Henley and the new baby.

Looking forward to: Finding out the gender and being able to start the nursery! (same as last week!)