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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

28 Weeks

How far along: 28 Weeks
Weight gain: 15-16 pounds
Gender:  Baby boy
Maternity clothes:  I think I'm going to need to invest in a belly band soon if I want to fit in my regular jeans/shorts in the next few weeks   
Stretch marks: None
Symptoms:  Heart burn, heart burn, heart burn.  Maybe he will have a full head of hair? Oh, and hello hormones!!
Best moment this week:  OBGYN appointment.  I love hearing his heart beat
Worst moment this week: Getting my blood drawn and drinking the glucose drink
Miss anything: Sleep   
Movement:  Boy has started kicking me in the ribs 
Cravings: Nothing really
Queasy or sick: Nausea on the occasion
Looking forward to:  Prenatal massage

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

27 Weeks. Hello, Third Trimester

How far along: 27 Weeks
Weight gain: 13 pounds
Gender/Name:  Baby boy and he has no name
Maternity clothes:  Still only have one maternity shirt, but I may or may not wear it 3+ times a week.  Somehow I'm still fitting into my regular clothes.  Jeans included.  Though, I never said it was a comfortable fit ; ).  
Stretch marks: Not yet, fingers crossed
Symptoms:  My back hurts real bad
Best moment this week: Finding some super cute shoes for baby boy.  I'm glad that we'll get to re use all of Kasen's old clothes, but little guy does need a few things of his own, not just hand-me downs  
Worst moment this week: Dealing with our health insurance and the doctors office on billing issues
Miss anything: Not feeling like a beached whale 
Movement:  My belly looks like wiggly jello as this little guy does somersaults and karate kicks  
Cravings: Cheese dip still and for some reason I've got an inkling for powdered doughnuts.  Might try to whip up a homemade version
Queasy or sick: I'm kind of used to the frequent nausea waves now.  I'm just thankful it's not all day nausea like the first and part of the second trimester
Looking forward to: My anniversary weekend coming up next week

Monday, July 21, 2014

Just Another Weekend Recap

Monday, somedays I wish you were Friday.  And somedays I wish I could nap ALL day, pretending like I had no responsibilities.  That I was a carefree child again.  Why did we take those days for granted?  Days where dealing with insurance, bills, and doctors were left at someone else's hands.  Not your own.  I am not sure why dealing with them has to be so difficult.  It's seriously like pulling teeth to get something taken care of.  Though, I'd almost rather get a tooth pulled because at least then it would be over.  But it is what is.  #adultlife

So yes, I should suck it up, and deal with it.  Though, a glass of wine would surely help.  But that right there is a #pregoproblem .  So is an unbearable cheese dip craving that I don't have the ingredients for. All I can think about is the cheese dip I devoured on Friday.  The Mr. and I had a relaxing date, while the little one spent time at grandma's house.  Though, being overly hormonal didn't start the night out as planned.  Let's just say money talk isn't a great subject for date night.  It might lead to an overly dramatic fight, followed by tears.  And more tears, if your pregnant and have raging hormones.  What a car ride.    

Just word to the wise.  Life isn't always picture perfect.  There are so many behind the scenes moments of a person's life.  No one has it together all the time, despite what their life looks like from the outside.  We all make mistakes, and from those, we have the option of learning from them or repeating them.  Sometimes everyone needs a reminder of simple truths.  Including myself. 

And sometimes you need to be the bigger person and apologize.  Apologize when your pride is so high that the words almost get stuck in your throat.  When you would again, rather have your tooth pulled, because apologizing feels more painful.  Apologize when you don't feel like it, and remember the grace that was granted to you when you least deserved it.  Apologize and mean it.  Then, let it go.  And remember to never bring it up again on a date night.

Then eat an entire bowl of cheese dip.  Followed by the most delicious cupcakes.         

Then walk, talk, and take in the night.  With everything that it has to offer.  Including a gorgeous sunset.  And realize that there is no need to try and suck in your bloated, overfull tummy because you're pregnant.  Que one happy dance.
We ended our weekend spending time with family and comforting a teething baby.  Which meant lots of Netflix and watermelon.  

And then somehow the weekend turned into Monday.  And if you couldn't tell from the beginning of my post, it's been quite the Monday.  So we are just ending the night with some good music.  And that always means a dancing baby.  Seriously, is there anything cuter than a dancing baby?  Kyle and I think not.  Happy Monday!! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Double Digit Countdown

As the second trimester comes to a close, I'm feeling overwhelmed and in crunch mode.  I can't believe I'm already 26 weeks along, but at the same time, I can't believe I'm only 26 weeks along.  Time is a tricky thing.  But we have finally reached the double digit countdown.  97 more days, give or take.  And wouldn't you know, this mama has not done a single thing.  Besides buying two packs of newborn diapers because they were on sale.  I told myself after my last pregnancy that I wouldn't wait around to get everything done at the last minute again.  I lied.  Though, 13 weeks is still plenty of time.

So long as Mr. baby  boy McKean #2 doesn't decide to come into the world early like his big brother.  My water broke at 28 weeks, my first pregnancy.  And I gave birth at 31 weeks.  So maybe that's why I'm feeling a little on edge these days.  I'm also entering full on nesting mode.  This house is spotless.  I mean, I don't know how many times a day I will run the vacuum.  These pregnancy hormones are just enough to throw me over board.  I know deep down that if I don't get everything done before our nameless baby gets here, it will be okay.  It was with Kasen.  And it will be this time around.  Babies don't need much, but really..... try telling that to my irrational hormones.  They don't like to listen.

But as we are winding down the last week of my second trimester, I thought it would be nice to document a few of my favorite things.  My top food cravings this trimester have been home made vegetable pizza & chocolate chip cookies, watermelon, spinach salad, egg sandwiches, and sweet potatoes topped with salsa.  Not a week goes by without consuming one of those foods.

I really try hard not to eat more than two cookies a day, since I feel the need to make a batch every week now.  I didn't have all the ingredients for them last week, and my meals just didn't seem complete.  At least they are made with whole-wheat.  When I tell myself that, it makes me feel better.  ; )  It's crazy to think back to the first trimester, when even the thought of eating anything sweet made me nauseated.  Now my sweet tooth looks like it's come back, with a vengeance.      

And two of my favorite things in one picture.  My new preggers t-shirt and my favorite ginger "beer."  I live off them.  They really help with my nausea, and I can't seem to get enough.  And I can't get over how cute this shirt is.  I wish I would have had it when I was in the chubby looking stage of pregnancy, before my bump popped on out there.  I got a lot of inquisitive looks from people.  Is she pregnant, or is she just fat?

Here is my top 8 Second Trimester Love List

1.Ginger Ale // 2.Pregnancy Body Pillow // 3.Face Cream // 4.Tumbler // 5.Prenatal // 6.Clif Bar // 7.Book // 8. Sleep Shirt 

 1.  I've pretty much lived off of Reed's Ginger Ales'.  They are all natural, and they really do help with nausea.

2.  Sleeping is for the birds these days.  I can't ever seem to get comfortable.  My back constantly aches with the weight of my growing tummy.  Not to mention having to get up and pee ten times a night and not being able to go back to sleep after waking up.  A pregnant friend told me about a body pillow that helps with sleeping.  She swears by the "Snoogle."  I had my mother in law make me one very similar after her testimony.  And it works wonders.  I'm still not sleeping through the night, but I am much more comfy than before.

3. My face has been super dry this pregnancy.  Not to mention I have been breaking out like crazy.  What a fun combination. The only thing that has not added to the breakouts and helped put moisture back in my skin, has been Bella Organics Face Cream.  It doesn't have all the harsh ingredients that most facial products do, and it doesn't feel so heavy on my skin.

4. I love cool water tumblers.  My husband likes to pick them out for me.  I guess it's kinda our "thing."  But it helps remind me how much water I'm drinking throughout the day, and I don't have to re fill a small cup all day long.  I usually go through 2-3 refills in my big mugs each day.  

5. After I learned about preservatives and harmful ingredients that were being added to my food, I took a look at the prenatal I had taken throughout the first trimester.  It was full of preservatives, dyes, and artificial flavors.  Things that I'd rather not intake on a daily basis.  I was shocked that those kinds of ingredients were in a prenatal vitamin.  I switched over to Garden of Life's raw prenatal and love them.    

6. Clif bars are my go to energy snack these days.  They are quick, small, and fill me up.

7.  I love learning.  When it comes to parenting, there is no one size fits all solution.  I am intrigued by different techniques and parenting styles.  So far I am loving the book, "Bringing up Bebe."  I am anxious to finish it.  

8.  It's hot and things are not fitting the way they used to.  I love this night gown from Victoria's Secret.  It's comfy, light, and perfect for my big ole' belly.  And my summer never sleeps because of this lovely pregnancy insomnia.  So I found it humorous as well.  Probably more humorous than anyone else would find it.         

I'm really excited for the final stretch of pregnancy ahead.  I'm trying my best to soak up each week being pregnant, instead of wishing it away.  It really is such a beautiful thing.  And the whole process is so worth it.  Every ache, pain, and pound.

Happy hump day bump day, everyone !!!  

26 Weeks

How far along: 26 Weeks
Weight gain: 12-14 pounds, give or take how many cookies I've eaten that day ; )
Gender/Name:  Boy & still baby no name McKean
Maternity clothes:  I have one maternity shirt
Stretch marks: No
Symptoms:  Acid Reflux, back pain, nausea 
Best moment this week: Making a big batch of homemade, wholewheat chocolate chip cookies.  That makes me feel super lame that my highlight for the week is cookies ; )
Worst moment this week: Um eating too many of the cookies I made.  Hello, weight gain
Miss anything: Sleep.  I'm always sleepy, but I can never sleep #pregoproblems
Movement:  Feeling lots of hiccups this week
Cravings: Watermelon and cheese dip still.  I haven't fulfilled my cheese dip craving quite yet 
Queasy or sick: Nausea still, but it seems to be better this week
Looking forward to: The weekend, lots of baby projects to start on

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Breakfast at the Park

If you didn't know this already, it's hot.  And around here it's not just any kind of hot.  It's the muggiest kind of hot that makes your glasses fog over as soon as you walk outside.  I am definitely trying to make the best of summer.  The heat just gets to me and makes me wish it was fall year round.  Not that I don't like summer.  It's great.  But maybe if I had a pool to go to, I would enjoy it more. Oh, and maybe next summer (when I'm not pregnant) it'll be even more enjoyable.  The heat makes me nauseated.  Though, what doesn't these days?  And now I'm just complaining.    

We decided to spend our morning with a little breakfast at the park.  Followed by playtime.     

If you've never tried to shovel handfuls of bananas in your mouth, you're really missing out.  This baby really knows how to make us laugh.  After Kyle and I finished our doughnuts, Kasen made his way over to our empty plate and decided to lick the remains.  A pregnant women's bladder can't withstand all the laughter that happened after seeing such a sight.  He has never had a doughnut before, so I'm sure he throughly enjoyed the left over taste.  Seriously, he wouldn't even put it down.  I don't blame him.  I try my best to eat healthy, local, and organic if possible.  I've been cooking homemade meals, buying local and organic food, and doing my research on healthier living.  We made the switch about five months ago, but I find myself craving un healthy processed foods on the occasion.  And since my sweet tooth has kicked back in, it makes it all the more hard.  But I'm only human.  Sometimes all a girl needs is an Oreo.  And by AN Oreo, I mean a row of Oreo's.  Moderation is the key, and cutting out as much processed foods on a daily basis makes my occasional indulgences not so bad.  In my opinion at least.        

Kasen's favorite part of the park was all the rocks.  He loves him some dirt.  And don't forget the sticks.  I can't even tell you how many rocks I have pulled out of his mouth.  My reflexes sure have gotten a lot faster because of it.

One of my goals as a parent is to create many memories for our children.  I know Kasen is to young to remember this morning, but the day will come when he will.  And I want him to look back at his childhood with fondness and be able to tell incredible stories to his kids about it.  Being a kid is so magical, and they look at life through extraordinary eyes.  Simple things are the coolest as a kid.  Oh, I will suffer through a million hot summers just to give my boys the best experiences and memories.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!!!      

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

25 Weeks

How far along: 25 Weeks
Weight gain: I decided not to weigh myself this week, due to the amount of junk I ate over 4th of July weekend
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes:  No, I wear a lot of dresses these days
Stretch marks: No
Symptoms:  Heartburn, indigestion, acid reflux, crazy hormones, nausea
Best moment this week: Fourth of July weekend
Worst moment this week: Getting sunburnt
Miss anything: Not feeling so miserably full every time I eat
Movement: Lots and lots
Cravings: Watermelon and cheese dip sounds really good 
Queasy or sick: Queasy with a side of queasy
Looking forward to: Third trimester : )  Can't believe it's only two weeks away!! Woo-hoo

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fourth of July Weekend in Photos

Hope everyone had a fantastic Fourth of July weekend!  Lake days, gooey star s'mores, sunburns, fireworks, and grilled hot dogs filled our weekend with fun.  So, here is a recap for you (in photo form).


 "No more pictures, Mom."
I tried my hand at homemade graham crackers for s'mores, and they did not disappoint.  The star shape added to the festiveness. Mmm, nothing like warm, fire roasted, gooey s'mores.    

Our little one hated all things fireworks.  We took him to see fireworks at a friend's farm, and he was not having it.  So, the next night I thought we'd try sparklers to see if he'd like those any better. NOPE.  Maybe next year.  At least he loved the lake.  He had a baby blast.  And we definitely had a good laugh at his outfit and my cool un even sunburn I acquired.  Kasen looked like an old fisherman with his hat and life jacket on.  And this pregnant mama got a sweet sunburn, despite putting on 50+ sunscreen a few times.  I don't remember the last time I burnt.  Boy, is it not fun. And the Sunday night blues I'm feeling is not fun either.  I'll try to fight the feeling with some leftover s'mores, microwave edition.  Cheers to a great week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

24 Weeks

How far along: 24 Weeks
Weight gain: Up a whooping 10 pounds
Gender:  Boy
Maternity clothes: Nope, not yet
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out:  I'm sure it won't be long before it's all the way out 
Sleep: Already feeling incredibly uncomfortable, so it's been hard to get comfy and stay comfy at night 
Best moment this week: Our monthly OBGYN appointment.  I love hearing little man's heart beat : )
Worst moment this week: Getting the super sugary drink for the diabetes screening test next month.  I'm dreading it already.  Not so much for the drink part (though, it makes me sick), but for the blood draw part 
Miss anything: Cool weather
Movement: Little boy is having a dance party in mommy's tummy.  I feel like he moves alot more than Kasen did
Cravings: Ginger ale & chocolate chip cookies
Queasy or sick: Queasy a lot
Looking forward to: Fall : )  I'm over summer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

4th of July Photo Shoot

Happy July everyone.  I finally finished editing pictures from our red, white, and blue photo shoot this weekend.  I love how all these turned out, even if our DIY star & stripe tanks didn't quite go the way I planned.  Kasen's was supposed to have a blue hand print in place of the blue square.  But as we placed his painted hand down on the shirt, he curled up his fingers.  Oh boy, did it not look like a hand print.  Well, it didn't look like anything for that matter.  Just a weirdly shaped blob that I turned into a square.  And of course in the split second Kyle handed him to me to clean his hand off, he smeared it all over his face.  #forthewin

As I was going through all the photos from this shoot, I came across one that melted my heart.  Big time.  The photo above may possibly be my all time favorite photo of Kasen and I.  It's true what they say, little boys love their mamas.

For my tank we used glitter spray paint that we thought was meant for fabric.  Nope.  By the end of the photo shoot, there was glitter everywhere.  Kasen and I were covered from head to toe.  The paint didn't hold up and really wore off in spots.  Big spots.  
At least it lasted throughout the pictures. I'll have to find or make another Fourth of July outfit for this weekend.  I love festive outfits.  Of course, I might just throw a red or blue shirt on and call it a day.  We will just have to see what this week holds.  The same week that will hold a lake trip and festive cinnamon rolls.  Just a few of my favorite things.  Hoping y'all are having a fantastic start to the week!! Peace, Love, & 'Merica.   

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