renegade craft fair

for our 5th anniversary, i wanted to go to new york city. that was our plan. then we got pregnant and had a baby so nyc was out of the question, for now.

we planned a very simple evening out. hc’s parents so kindly offered to watch the kids for our anniversary night. we got ready and headed out the door…so excited for our alone time! i really wanted to hit up the renegade craft fair in wicker park. it was in our old hood and i love how it has sooooo many amazing vendors. plus, i told krissy, from earth cadets, that i would pay her a visit! {check out her shop, it’s local and full of awesomeness}

it was an absolute perfect day, just like our wedding day {our special day had temps in the mid seventies and it was a clear, sunny day}. we found a sweet parking spot, walked our way into the fair, nabbed a drink or three, and started to walk the fair. it was fabulous. we had such a great time drinking and perusing all the handmade goodies.

i know i say it all the time but i loooooooooove chicago. i love the city. i love the culture. i popped into krissy’s shop, found cute matching shirts for the girls and said hello to her! it was great seeing her and chitchatting for a bit before we finished up the fair.

we headed out to the restaurant {coast…where we had our third date} and scored another fab parking spot! we were seated right away {hc had made reservations}, ordered apps, and clinked our wine glasses in celebration of our marriage! as usual the food was amaze. i love coast because it’s exactly how sushi should be done! yummmmm.

we took our time, relaxed, and reveled in our time together with no kids! the funny but awful part of our evening out was that we were spent. oh my goodness. olive and ellie were sick and olive had a horrible night of sleeping, as in she hardly slept and either did we {ironic that it wasn’t our newborn who kept us up but our two year old!}! so when we finished our dinner…we were soooo ready to come home. hahaha! we were going to fall asleep!

nevertheless, it was quite an amazing day. hc made it so special and i am very thankful for his romantic notions. we completely enjoyed the craft fair, our dinner out, and had the most wonderful anniversary date night!

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[yesssssss, chicago cubs wine! hc bought this for our byob anniversary dinner]

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[our super, duper casual night out]

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[our old hood]

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[soooooo many awesome vendors]

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[two beers for hc and vodka lemonade for moi!]

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xoxo

bump update

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well, i had written this post a day before ellie decided to make her debut, so i thought why not post it still? i was a day and half shy of hitting my 40 week mark and i think it’s pretty cool to show her in the belly and outside the belly! i was going to make hc take a 40 week pic of me on saturday, but ellie decided it was time to meet everyone on friday night!

so, here is the last ‘bump’ update we will ever see. oh, how bittersweet it is. ellie, you are a dream and we are so beyond ecstatic that you are here. god has blessed us with two beautiful baby girls and i couldn’t be more grateful for these wonderful souls who now give our lives the magic it needs!

how far along? 40 weeks!

who knew i would make it this far?? so many people thought i was going to go early. as early as 37 weeks! i had a feeling a would go between 39 and 40 weeks but baby ellie had other plans!

weight gain: i slowed down in my weight gain since my 36 week update but definitely picked up momentum the last week or so. i still am outweighing olive’s pregnancy but it doesn’t help i haven’t been as active and eating more than usual.

maternity clothes? i literally have three outfits to choose from and pretend some of my dresses are ‘maternity’ dresses. hahaha! for reals though, i have completely outgrown my maternity shirts and tanks and barely fit any of my bottoms with how BIG my belly has gotten!

sleep: i have digressed. ugh. my first trimester i had insomnia and then the last couple weeks have been difficult. i am anxious on when the baby is coming so my sleep isn’t the best. i also am waking up randomly around 4-5 o’clock in the morning and having a hard time falling back asleep. it’s not the belly that is bothering me, it’s really the anxiety. yuck!

physical state: i am pretty much in the same physical state. i haven’t been as bad in the last week or so but still so darn exhausted and still in pain. i am out of breath very easily and sciatic pain is on and off…mostly on but i see the light at the end of the tunnel!! after i give birth…i will be back to my old self. i just know it!

miss anything? i can’t wait to get my energy back. i can’t wait to be able to do everything myself and not rely on anyone. i can’t wait to move at a fast pace. i can’t wait to not be physically exhausted alllllll the time. i can’t wait to eat any type of foods without worrying if it will effect the baby. i just can’t wait to not be bogged down with pregnancy dont’s!

baby movement: after the 36 week post, this babe continued to be crrrrrrrrazy in the belly. she is a mover and a shaker. it was like wrestle mania inside the womb but the last week, she has really slowed down. i assume because she has gotten so big and there is no more room for her to move. i can even tell how she had grown exponentially.

food cravings: i haven’t had any cravings but i haven’t been eating very well. my palette has changed a bit and i am consuming foods that aren’t so healthy. ugh.

bump status: i have the biggest belly everrrrrr. at the last doctor’s visit, the dr. said this baby won’t be much bigger than olive but my, how stretched out and big my belly is! it should have it’s own zip code!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl! we cannot wait to meet you!

xoxo

dana and scott’s gorgeous wedding

the day had finally come! dana and scott got married!

gosh, i have known dana for a long time and i just absolutely love this girl. i recall dana saying something like it’s been almost 10 years since we’ve met; we totally clicked instantly! i love dana for her quirky nature, her love of sharks, unicorns, rainbows, and the most outrageous, cheesy movies. she is kind, oh so funny, and a complete sweetheart. she is such a laid back girl and because i am so crazy and type a…we have a wonderfully balanced relationship! ha!

we were asked to be there early because i was a chuppah holder. i was beyond honored when dana asked me to be a part of the ceremony. it meant so much to me when she asked me to hold the chuppah. i love weddings, i love dana, and i loved that i was able to be involved in such an important part of her day. i just waited around until i was summoned…it was her uncle david that came up to me and asked me to step up to get ready to hold the chuppah.

it was a circus trying to figure out where i fit in on the holding part of the chuppah. very comical. first, no one let me pick it up {being nine months pregnant}, then there was an issue with me standing in the sunlight, so they moved me from the left side to the right side. then the wedding coordinator thought that me being up front would hinder the bride and groom from getting around my belly, so then they moved me to the back left and that was my final position. hahaha!

i was the talk of the ceremony and reception. it was hilarious. everyone was so concerned, rightfully so…i guess. i am very pregnant but it wasn’t a big deal to me to hold up the chuppah! i was so grateful and excited to do so! dana’s aunt laurie came up to me to make sure i was ok and told me if i needed to sit down, all i needed to do was to wave her down and she would take my place. everyone was so sweet about it, though.

the ceremony was absolutely beautiful. i cried, dana cried, and i loved all the jewish traditions within the ceremony! i had the best seat in the house. front row, right next to them. i couldn’t have been more blessed to have witnessed them joining together as husband and wife.

after the ceremony, we headed back to the building for drinks and apps. after an hour, we were summoned inside and i loved all the decor. dana had succulents everywhere. it was so darn pretty! it was simple but impactful. i loved the classy simplicity of her decorations and details. dana has such a love for bright rainbow colors, i loved how neutral and muted everything was at the reception!

we seriously had such a great time! we sat at the best table with the best guests and enjoyed every minute of her wedding. we took advantage of the photo booth, we ate way too much food, and scarfed up the amazing dessert table! their dessert bar was heaven on earth. there was a plethora of choices and they had a freakin’ smokes bar! you roasted your own marshmallows and an attendant assembled it for you! whaaaaaa? amazeballs.

dana and scott, we wish for your marriage lots of love, honesty, laughter, love, silliness, discovery, forgiveness, love, and a lifetime of friendship. we love you both and we are so excited to see you both begin your life long journey together as husband and wife!

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[loved their cute, modern program]

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[it explained some jewish traditions within a wedding]

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[chuppah holding diva]

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[scott and his parents, gail and derek]

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[the beautiful bride with her parents, marcia and jeff]

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[oh so beautiful]

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[first kiss as husband and wife!]

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[the happy couple]

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[independence grove]

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[38 weeks pregnant and fabulous]

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[the cutest little cheeseburger ]

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[irina and patrick]

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[gorgeous succulents on the card table]

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[gift table]

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[welcoming the bridal party]

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[the happy couple…mr. and mrs.!]

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[how gorgeous is this cake?? love!]

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[cutting of the cake]

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[dying over the centerpieces…so beautiful!]

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[my name is finally right!]

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[love this girl!]

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[how cute is this pic? love her dad!]

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[mini milkshake…seriously so yummy]

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[with the handsome groom, scott]

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[the horah]

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[the s’mores table was divine! we roasted our own marshmallows!]

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[the gorgeous bride and with her friends, lindsey, alyssa, and lashawn]

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[dana and irina]

xoxo

bump update

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how far along? 36 weeks!

this could possibly be my last ‘bump’ post! everyone is guessing that i will go earlier than 40 weeks, so we will see! my next post would be the 40 mark {i carried olive to exactly 40 weeks!} if this babe decides to hold out until then!

weight gain: i definitely feel like i packed on some pounds this time around. maybe because the babes is suppose to grow exponentially the last few weeks and i need to eat to keep her big and healthy! haha! i have my official appointment this week but quite surprisingly, at my 32 week check up, i had gained NO weight! i actually lost weight! whaaaaaa? i was shocked. i have never lost weight with olive and at the rate i have been gaining with this babe, i was besides myself i lost any! i am a professional weight gainer when it comes to being pregnant, so it was a bit of a shock to see the scale lower! so far, for this pregnancy, i have gained a total of 34 lbs. i am expecting to be at least five pounds heavier the total weight i had gained with olive.

maternity clothes? um, what happens when you start to outgrow your maternity clothes?? haha! yes, it’s true. my maternity shirts and pants are becoming too short, too low, or too tight. oh my goodness. what’s a preggo lady to do?? i am definitely not buying new clothes and i will just have to settle that my belly might peek out, y’all. i only have four weeks or less left!

sleep: i’ve gotten a bit better. finally! i am going to bed not so late and i am able to sleep in when i can. olive is a night owl and late morning sleeper {just like her momma!}, so our schedules coordinated pretty well. on days where i can, i will sleep in until 9 am! woo hoo! it’s a bit of give and take…i was on a roll for a few months, where i was sleeping 5 to 6 hours or less every day and that was no bueno! so i am glad i have been able to creep in more hours here and there. eep…until the new babe gets here! that will be a whole ‘nother level of sleep deprivation!

physical state: so, when i was pregnant with olive, i was a freaking trooper. i was the energizer bunny up to 40 weeks. when i hit 37 weeks with olive, my feet started to ache {with no special shoes…just flats everyday} but it didn’t bother me that much. with this babe, i hit 5 months and i was exhausted, like tiiiiiiiiiired. who knew it would only get progressively worse? exhaustion turned into pain. yes, pain. i have so much pressure on my pelvis area…it’s almost unbearable at times. the sharp a pain in my hip joints, the pain and pressure in the vulva area {yes, tmi but all y’all moms out there know exactly what i mean!}, the swelling of my legs, the sensitive throbbing spider veins, the pressure i feel in my bottom half stops me in my tracks! i am barreling through, though…i can do this!

miss anything? i miss being fast. i miss being able to do everything…i am not very good at depending on others and i have to being this pregnant, slow, and in pain. every one has been so helpful but it’s been most difficult at home. olive is very demanding of me and it’s hard to not accommodate. i love doing everything for her and she loves having me do everything for her too. hahaha! there are moments i just can’t. there are days where i am in a lot of pain, so i miss being able to be there for her.

baby movement: this babe is so crazy in there! she kicks more than olive and she’s a total fighter inside! she definitely moves more, i remembered olive was pretty stationary in the tummy but this babe swings back and forth and kicks like a mad person along the way. olive never really bothered me in the womb. i didn’t understand it when moms said their babies would kick their organs, ribs, etc. because olive didn’t do that. welllllll, this baby does d. all of the above. the pressure and the pinching of my bladder is the worst. that is probably the most painful and it’s gotten worse since she’s gotten so big!

food cravings: same old, same old. i have become so routine with what i am eating every day, maybe that is why i lost a little bit of weight last time? i am not craving anything in particular, although fruit has been on my radar of late. i replaced eating a bowl of cereal at night with lots of fruit instead!

bump status: oh my goodness. i am so big. so, so big. how am i so big in the belly?? this babe is estimated to not weigh too much more than olive but my belly is huge! it’s heavy, cumbersome, and i forget how big it is sometimes, trying to squeeze through cracks or getting up or sitting down at a table. ha! i will hit the belly on something! i also cannot reach for items in high places or anything on the ground. so cray, right?!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl! we cannot wait to meet you!

xoxo

bump update

bump update

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how far along? 32 weeks!

weight gain: well, unofficially – none, but my actual appointment is this week. i am now at bi-weekly appointments and then will go into weekly ones, so i will get the official weight gain digits soon! so, at my 30 week check up, i was shocked i had not gained any weight. whaaaaaa?! i couldn’t believe it. i feel like i am always on track to gain something. this is now the second time during this pregnancy where i haven’t gained any weight! i keep hoping i will level out with the same weight i gained with olive but i don’t think that will happen! eep!

maternity clothes? full on maternity wear. i really can’t put on anything else. this belly is too big. my oh my, though, it’s so much more comfortable. i feel like the maternity shirts i purchased are almost getting too small or short?! haha! oh this belly!

sleep: the usual. i am going to bed way too late and not getting enough sleep. i am just preparing myself for this new baby! right?! i think the worst part about all this, is when i try to sleep in on the days that i can, i am so used to waking up early every day that i can’t! arghhhh…it’s the worst. i just pop awake in misery. c’est la vie.

physical state: i am admitting defeat. it feels like i have a twenty pound sack of sand sitting on my belly. yes, i am carrying around a big sack of sand and it’s totally weighing me down, slowing me down, and making me really tired. my legs are exhausted and i am getting uncomfortable just trying to sit or lie down. i have succumbed to compression socks and orthopedic shoes to relieve the stress i feel on my body. yikes!

miss anything? i miss my energy. i miss having a glass of wine. i miss sleeping more than six hours. i miss eating a hearty deli sandwich, cold. i miss that i can walk for miles and miles and not get tired. i really can’t wait to be back to my energizer bunny self.

baby movement: she’s a mover and shaker! it feels like she’s spinning all around my belly. i love watching and feeling her move inside but wow, she’s quite strong. i can’t imagine what it will feel like when she gets bigger. i already feel like she’s going to jump right out! she’s constantly like, hello? i am kind of getting cramped in here! unfortunately, she is still breeched but the doc’s say to not worry until we hit 36 weeks…so i am hoping we get some good news by then!

food cravings: i am not craving much of anything. i am eating my usual meals and snacks. i have become pretty routine with my breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. if you take a peek at my last bump update, my meals have pretty much remained the same.

bump status: i say ginormous but everyone says basketball. haha! this belly feels huge! it’s wiggly, it moves, and i lovingly look at it as it grows, for my darling baby girl is growing inside. i am curious on who she is, what she will be like, what will she look like, and what’s she doing in there when she moves around like she’s beating a drum inside of me. we seriously cannot wait to meet you little one!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a sweet baby girl!

xoxo

bump update

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how far along? 28 weeks!

weight gain: six pounds. bleh. really? still on trend to out gain the weight i gained with olive. at 20 weeks, i was on track to level out but that went out the door. interestingly, hc has been on a diet for the past four months, eating healthier meals, and i have increasingly outpaced his weight loss to my weight gain. ugh. i.can’t.stop.eating. mmmmmmm.

maternity clothes? not only did i break out the maternity clothes last month, i caved in and actually bought a bunch of items the other day. i was so frustrated with my wardrobe. nothing fit. i don’t know what i did when i was pregnant with olive?! i didn’t buy anything! i had dressy pants, maternity hosiery, and i think that was about it. wtf? what did  i wear last time?!!! everything looks like a crop freakin’ top on me right now! anyhoo, i bought a bunch of tanks, tees, dresses, and pants to wear. yay!

sleep: i am trying. not trying too hard. but trying to get myself to bed earlier. olive digressed a few days in sleep a few weeks ago, but besides that, i try and try to get to bed earlier but don’t really succeed. so, sleep has been okaaaayyyyyyy. some nights are better than others. i am always kickin’ myself in that department.

physical state: i am tired. my legs are so tired. i have to wear compression socks and tights. whaaaaaa? yes, like an old lady. i am out of breath. i am tired when i am walking. i can’t believe how exhausted i am?? i did not feel this way with olive, at allllll. not until i hit 36-37 weeks. so, my mind is blown away that i still have ’12’ weeks to go {i put that in quotations because who knows when this babe with make her appearance}. i could cry. i really feel like i could wheel chair myself around everywhere because i am so beat down already. yikes!

miss anything? i miss my energy. i miss wine. warm weather makes me want to have a beer or a glass wine while eating dinner alfresco. i miss my pre-pregnancy skin. i have acne, dry patches, and crazy blotches all over my face. i miss fresh salmon and reaching my toes without being uncomfortable. oy vey!

baby movement: she’s nutty!!! olive was very calm in the belly. well, she did kick like crazy but she was very stationary and was never breeched. she always stayed in the same position. this babe is all over the place. like seriously! she’s always spinning around. kicking, punching, stretching – upside down, right side up, and twirling round and round. she’s constantly breeched and moving everywhere in the womb. this must be a sign of how crazy this second babe will be. gah!

food cravings: no real food cravings. things are about the same. according to the weight gain, i could probably eat a bit less but i do my usual – yogurt in the morning, snack mid morning {a chocolate croissant is healthy, right?}, lunch, dinner, and a late night snack. i go though phases where i really love dessert or i don’t want anything sweet at all. i can definitely say carbs are my best friends.

bump status: so stinkin’ big. so many people say i am small {they’re so sweet} but i know the truth. this big belly don’t lie! i look and feel sooooooo B I G! it’s heavy and i am already having a difficult time getting up and down, whether it be sitting in a chair, laying in bed, or sitting on the couch. holey moley!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl!

xoxo

bump update

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how far along? 24 weeks!

weight gain: i haven’t had an official weigh in yet. my doctor’s appointment is this week, so i don’t look forward to what it will be. haha! i will update this post once i find out but i am thinking at least 6 pounds. i don’t know why, but i definitely feel ginormous. bleh!

maternity clothes? yup! i finally did it! i dug through my closet and found the random pieces that i have. gosh, it wasn’t easy! i didn’t buy much with olive and i could hardly remember where i put it away. it definitely had no rhyme or reason…that is why it took me so long to muster up the energy to look for them! it was like finding a needle in a haystack but voila! i found my pants and purchased some new tights and other items to accommodate this growing belly. wow! what a difference it makes wearing maternity clothes. i am so.much.more.comfortable.

sleep: well, i am just plain irresponsible. i just don’t get enough sleep. i totally have the opportunity to do so but i don’t. olive goes to bed every night at her usual hour and i have the chance to hop into bed myself but i don’t, nope. i am up trolling instagram, or editing pictures, or writing blog posts, or crafting something. i find myself going to bed waaaayyyyyyy too late every night and waking up at the same time every day. ugh.

physical state: tired. tired. tired. my legs are sooooo tired. i can’t believe how tired i am this second time around. everyone told me i would be and i believed them but i didn’t realize that at the halfway point, i would be this tired. i am on my feet all day, olive always wants to play with her mommy, i don’t get a lot of time to rest, sit down, or relax. i feel like the bottom half of body is going to explode. it’s so swollen! yuck! and it’s not even summer time yet, where i feel like i will really blow up!

i am also bombarded with a major case of baby brain. it’s baaaaaaaaddd. i am klutzy, aloof, forgetful, and way too carefree over random things. i can’t remember such odd things to save my life. just ask my husband. it’s definitely not my normal state right now. eep!

miss anything? i miss having a beer or a glass of wine. i miss moving at a fast pace. i miss being able to put on my tights or paint my toes without gasping for breath or feeling like someone punched me in my stomach because i bent over too far. i miss being able to wear a good portion of my clothes. i miss my pre-pregancy skin. my face looks like it warped back into my teenager years with wrinkles. haha!

baby movement: she’s getting stronger by the week! i love it! i am cherishing every moment, constantly thinking it’s my last. i love every kick, every bump, every twirl this little baby girl is doing inside my belly. it’s the best thing ever and oh so amazing.

food cravings: the cravings have tapered off quite a bit. i have become a bit more routine. i usually eat a raisin bagel or have a cherry yogurt in the morning. i snack before lunch and usually eat a sandwich and have some soup for lunch, snack again, and then eat dinner with hc every night {whatever he whips up}. then like clockwork, i usually eat a small bowl of cereal before bed. yup. just like that.

bump status: big ol’ belly. big. big. big. and feeling heavy already. man, the second time around is really much bigger!

gender reveal: as y’all know, it’s a girl!

xoxo

bump update

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how far along? 20 weeks!

weight gain: 2lbs! i am shocked! the first trimester was rooooough but thank goodness this second trimester i have felt more like my normal self. i am somewhat stabilizing in my weight gain! phew!

maternity clothes? not yet. when i was pregnant with olive, i pushed it until 5-6 months but i really, really feel that i need to graduate to maternity clothes soon. it’s more about the fact that i am too lazy to find, pull out, and look for my maternity clothes. haha! it’s in my closet somewhere…

sleep: i am just irresponsible. yup. completely irresponsible with my sleep. i just stay up way too late. i know i can go to bed around 10 or 11 but i just have so much to do! my sleep is solid but i definitely don’t get enough. in the past, i used to sleep for 9-11 hours a day. haha! so crazy, non?!

physical state: i finally started to feel somewhat normal a few weeks ago. the nausea disappeared and my energy was back, but thaaaaaat bump. oy! it’s so big! sometimes it feels so heavy!? already? whaaaaa? my legs hurt a lot too. they feel swollen and tired, like they can’t take the extra weight already. gah!

miss anything? i still am pretty strict with what i consume, in terms of what could or would harm the babes but i am eating more seafood now than what i did with olive. with olive, i didn’t consume any seafood…just because i was nervous about it but this time around, i am a bit more relaxed about it. i still do miss deli sandwiches, salami, prosciuitto, sushi, wine, the usual. mmmmm. i am hungry.

baby movement: total kicks and movement! i am in love! it was at 18 weeks on 2.8 at 5:50 pm. yes. i am a nerd like that. i am so excited for the kicks, punches, turns, and the movement i will feel. i love feeling her move around and it makes me so happy!

food cravings: it’s so in the moment. i don’t crave odd things together but i definitely crave things and when i do, i have to have it!

bump status: it’s like a torpedo sticking out of my belly. the bump is very concentrated. there’s hardly a slope…it’s like it’s my stomach area, then boom, a big belly, then the underside of my stomach again. projectile!

gender reveal: it’s a girl! i knew it! i had a feeling it was a girl and then it was confirmed! on christmas eve and day, when we announced to our family, i boldly called out to everyone that it was a girl. i just had a feeling. i am super excited…i really wanted to have another girl! olive is going to be a big sister and have a little sister! yay!

xoxo

bump update

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how far along? 16 weeks!

weight gain: 4lbs. phew. honestly, i was betting on at least 6-8 pounds. no joke. well, at least, that is how i am feeling! so, overall, i am now three pounds heavier than i was with olive {it decreased just a wee bit…thank goodness!} but nevertheless, it’s still an overwhelming feeling. regardless, with the fact that i lost all the baby weight i gained with olive {almost 40lbs}, no woman ever wants to gain weight {even, even for a miracle of a baby…and it is worth it and a miracle}. i definitely don’t deny myself any cravings…just ask hc, hahaha!

maternity clothes? gah! it’s been a tough battle. i am so big in my lower section. my stomach {obvs}, my hips, my thighs. everything has expanded. man, it’s quite taxing on the mind. i am just rocking out skirts and tights since it’s the most comfortable thing right now. i, sometimes, put on my pants and cringe…so leggings it is!

sleep: so my crazy insomnia had ceased but i am still not taking care of myself by getting enough sleep. i go to bed waaayyyyy too late. i am a bit overwhelmed. i know, i definitely take on and do too much. i think i need therapy for being a type a kind of person. hahaha! just keeding {not really}. once olive is asleep, i tackle all sorts of things on my list and that list is never-ending. it’s like the list to infinity and beyond! so, sleep? i dunno what that is. eep, and this new babe is going to take away what is left of it too. ahhhhhhh!

physical state: bloated, tired, exhausted are my new favorite words and remain my favorite words. my legs are feeling it already. my body totally feels the weight gain {gosh, is it me or the second time around, everything feels 10folds worse?!}. add in not sleeping, being on my feet all day, coming home to an energetic toddler, and taking care of the house; it’s like a cray state of deliriousness.

miss anything? yup, sushi {where’s my dragon roll?}. wine {a nice delicious glass of red}. deli sandwich {i am drooling}. seafood {lobster, tuna, salmon – and i am talking tartare state of being}. hmmmm, i am hungry. on that note…i am hungry alllll the time. every two hours i must eat something! i am trying to choose healthier snacks but it doesn’t always go in that direction! hc has been on a health kick lately, so our dinners are super healthy and low cal, so that is at least helping this mama out!

baby movement: just a few tiny flutters but not really much…i can’t wait!

food cravings: not much has changed from the last month. although, fruit seems to be making a come back. when i get hungry, i love snacking on fruit {bonus!}. with this pregnancy, my cravings are very much in the moment. if i want to eat something specific, i have to have it right then and there. the cravings are very spur of the moment, which kind of drives hc nuts. eep!

bump status: bump is as big as everrrrrrr. like sooooo big. i think all the weight i gained is sitting in my belly {it does jiggle a bit}. ugh.

gender reveal: soon! soon! yay!

xoxo

bump update

here we goooooooo!

via tandeminlove.com

[photo by huy doan @huyfoto]

how far along? 12 weeks!

weight gain: 10lbs. i think everybody and their mama has heard me gripe about my weight gain. at my eight week appointment, i weighed in 4lbs heavier than i did with olive. uh oh…i am on track to gain 50lbs at this point. bleh! my official weigh in happens later this week and i think i might be crossing the 9lb mark {at least}. eep!

maternity clothes? i am about to cross that border. they weren’t kidding around when they said that being preggers the second time around, everything is bigger. uh huh. everything in my wardrobe is about to pop off my body. i am about to graduate into maternity clothes real soon. i guess wearing my regular work pants at 5+ months prego {the first time} is NOT going to happen this time around. haha!

sleep: sleep sucks. it does. the first pregnancy, i didn’t have a toddler to wake me up, keep me up, or zap alllllll my energy. ever since i have been pregnant, i have had sleep insomnia. it’s very sporadic. it doesn’t happen every night but a few times a week where i will wake up at 4am and can’t fall back asleep until about 6am. ugh. it’s the weirdest combo…i am extremely exhausted {like extremely} but i can’t go to bed early like i did with the first pregnancy. plus, the past several weeks, olive has regressed in her sleep patterns {just a few nights so far}. unfortunately it seems to be on the nights where i can actually fall asleep but then i wake up in the middle of the night to take care of her.

physical state: bloated, tired, exhausted are my new favorite words. i am hungry hungry hungry. not so much hangry but desperately hungry. i think about how big and tired i already feel, what the hell? what will i feel like in 6 months?! holy crap, i am scared.

miss anything? sushi. sushi. sushi. wine, seafood, deli meat…although technically i can nuke the crap out of it {until it’s sterile} and then eat it but who wants to do that?! the dr.’s also recommend that i don’t eat hot dogs and bacon…whaaaaaa?! i have to sneak in bites of the bacon. mmmmmm.

baby movement: none yet…i can’t wait!

food cravings: everything. seriously. i can’t even pack a lunch because i have no idea what i will want to eat in the moment. with olive i loooooooved fruit. everything fruity. i still crave, like, and eat it but with this pregnancy i am all about the savory {insert the weight gain}. i love eating flavorful, full meals.

bump status: uuuhhhhhh, is the bump suppose to look like i am 5 months pregnant? cause i look that way. holy belly. it’s sooooo big already.

gender reveal: soon! let me know what you think! boy, girl? my gut said girl and maybe it’s because i want to have another baby girl but then my feelings changed and now i am utterly confused.

xoxo