Tuesday, May 12, 2015

22 Weeks

Since writing my last post, we have MOVED! Goodness, I did not think I could move another time while Blake was in grad school! But we did it! And we are excited! We really love the new house we're in. It's a bit bigger than the previous house, and the layout is so much more functional. Hopefully we'll be settled in soon!

My favorite room in the new house is, of course, the girls' room. (I kept saying that phrase this weekend - "the girls". LOVE!) It will be interesting, to say the least, to have them share a room but hopefully it will work out! We have a third bedroom, but Blake needs an office so "the girls" will be stuck with each other! 

I had my 22 week check up yesterday and it went really well! Every time I see our doctor, I am more and more grateful for her. I know not everyone has had good experiences with their OBs, but I have been fortunate to find one who I feel treats me as an entire person - not just a patient to mark off the day's "to do" list. I spent more time chatting with my doctor yesterday than I did in the waiting room! That doesn't always get to happen, but it was a nice discussion about babies, taking a Sabbath, people throwing clothes on the floor, and - oh yeah - Macey! 

Heart Rate: 156

Stats: I have finally gained weight! HOORAY! Morning sickness is pretty much totally gone and my appetite is comparable to that of a teenage boy! It feels so good to be able to eat again and to not be sick!!! 

Symptoms: The second trimester is definitely the honeymoon phase for me. With Maleah and now with Macey, the 16/17 week mark was definitely a game changer. I feel good, I have a good appetite, I have more energy, and I'm definitely less grouchy (I think). But I do remember very clearly with Maleah when my morning sickness returned at 32 weeks. I am not looking forward to that happening again! 

Appetite: Great! Not having a lot of cravings or aversions - just HUNGRY! If I had to name the one thing I have loved to eat during this pregnancy, it would definitely be Mexican food. Tacos, chips & salsa, rice & beans, burritos... yum, yummy, yummier! I am also drinking milk like a hoss... seriously can't get enough of it. 


Movement: During the past week, Macey started to get her hands and feet going at the same time! I always think that's so cute! I also felt her roll around a few days ago - I was laying in bed and she was moving around like crazy and then I felt this weird rolling sensation! I had forgotten how fun it was to try to figure out what in the world babies do in the womb when they move around like that!


Sleeping: Eh. Some nights are better than others. :) 


Looking Forward To: Gettin' in the swimming pool!!! I am not, however, looking forward to finding a maternity swimsuit! But goodness the pool sounds like such a great idea right now!


Loving: All this energy I have! I am trying really hard to spend a lot of time with Maleah right now while I have the energy to play! And I am loving being outside. Our new house has a deck and I have lots of plans to spend lots of evenings out there!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Halfway There!

It's a little surreal that we're at the halfway mark for Macey girl! I am 20 weeks and 1 day and WOW are things very different from the halfway mark with Maleah! With that pregnancy, I had already done so much by twenty weeks - 

- picked out bedding
- come up with room decor
- bought clothes
- bought a pack of diapers (just because!)
- had an infant swing at the house (a hand-me-down)
- created three registries
- started reading books about babies
- was sleeping with a pregnancy pillow 

For sweet Macey, here's what we've done so far: 

- bought 4 newborn outfits just for her... on sale... with a coupon...
- looked through one box of Maleah's clothes to see what Macey could wear for her "coming home" outfit
- flipped through one book about babies long enough to remember that babies eat 10-12 (OR MORE!) times a day in the beginning (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

That's it. Poor second kid. I can't imagine if we had a third - it might not get a single thing for itself before it's first birthday! But that's the great thing about having another child of the same sex - we already have most of the necessary baby gear and we have more baby girl clothes than we care to admit. So if you think about it positively, we've been preparing for Macey since 2012! I like the way that sounds!

But, for real, I am starting to get the itch to do something to prepare for her. First on the agenda - move! We are moving in less than two weeks, which is a large reason as to why we haven't done much of anything to prepare for her. When we move, baby stuff will come out of the attic and into a spare bedroom. We'll be able to better plan out the girls' room (they will be sharing once Macey is sleeping through the night). And I'm waiting to get all of Maleah's tiny clothes back from my cousin so I can start organizing the little tiny baby clothes in an effort to stifle unnecessary shopping. :) 

Another big difference in this halfway mark for my pregnancies is that I am pulling the Preggo Card early. With Maleah, it was FULL STEAM AHEAD until about 34 weeks when I realized I should probably take a hint from my aching body and rest more. With this pregnancy, I'm really listening to my body and to my brain and saying "no" when I need to -- and without guilt. Growing a baby is a lot of work!

I'm also really relishing this pregnancy, as it is probably my last. We are really liking the idea of having two kids, two little girls. Only time will tell if this really is it for us, but I'm really embracing pregnancy this time just in case. :) 

In just twenty more weeks or so, we'll be holding another sweet baby girl. I just cannot wait! I have already had three dreams about her! In each dream, she has a head full of dark brown hair... so we'll see if that rings true! In my last dream, she was also a really superb nurser (the complete opposite of her big sister!) - so I'm definitely hoping that's the case this time! 

Regardless of any lack of preparation on our part, we are definitely just as excited about meeting our littlest girl! I can hardly imagine what it will be like to have two sweet girls living in our house. I have so many hopes and dreams for them as the grow up and I just can't wait to get going on our life as a family of four!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's a...

GIRL!

I can hardly believe it! We are having another little sweetheart in September! We are SO very excited and now the reality of having two kids is starting to FINALLY sink in. Two kids -- two GIRLS!

We are now just over 18 weeks along and things are going well! Just like with Maleah, I'm feeling much better at this point - almost like I could do this a hundred more times! :) Here's a little update about our newest little love!

Our appointment was at 2:45 Monday. We arrived at maybe 2:35 and were literally called back for our ultrasound by 2:43! I was shocked! The baby hadn't moved for a couple of hours so I was afraid it would be asleep, and sure enough the first glimpse we got was of a cute little baby turned toward my back. Thankfully the ultrasound tech was able to get it wiggling and it didn't take long to get "the" shot! As soon as she froze the screen, I knew exactly what it was - a girl! But I waited for the tech to announce it (just in case my diagnostic skills were rusty!). When the tech said "it's a girl," Maleah put on the most hysterical pouty face!!! She was convinced it was a boy!

Blake thought it was a girl all along, so he wasn't surprised! Deep down, I thought this baby was a girl - all my symptoms were identical to my pregnancy with Maleah. Plus I just felt like it was a girl! But, I had a dream it was a boy so I decided to go Team Boy! Guess I should've just stuck with my gut! 

The tech did all the measurements and baby girl measured right on track and looked healthy! It was such a relief to see some of the details God has been knitting together in our precious little one. His design is so intricate and so delicate that it is really astounding to get to see it through the ultrasound machine! All this time, He has been putting together our second sweet girl while we've just been going through life as usual (well, kind of)! Dr. Ray said everything looked great and she's hoping for another healthy pregnancy, baby, and delivery right along with us! 

So... the name. We are naming this baby girl Macey Ellen. Macey is just a name we really love - it's common enough that people know what it is but not overused. And it's cute!!! Ellen is a family name on my mother's side - my great-grand mother was Ellen, my aunt is Ellen Ann, and my cousin is Holly Ellen. I really like family names and have always wanted to name a daughter Ellen. My aunt pointed out that this will make over 100 years of Ellen's! Amazing! I hope Macey loves her name as much as we do!

Heart Rate: All four chambers going strong at 144!

Stats: I have gained 0 pounds in the past two weeks! Oops!!! Actually I realized I still haven't technically gained any weight! I lost 2-3 pounds in the beginning and have put those back on, but I'm still having a hard time getting further than that!  Hopefully a better appetite during this second trimester will do the trick! I did not gain quickly with Maleah but had a super healthy pregnancy (and ended up gaining 25 or so pounds by the end) so I'm not concerned (and neither is my doctor). The tech said Macey is about 7 ounces (I can't remember how long she's supposed to be). So tiny!

Symptoms: Thankfully most of the annoying symptoms are gone (morning sickness, I'm lookin' at you). But now some of the more comical (??) symptoms are appearing. Like a hairy belly. And super blue veins. And pregnancy brain. And sore joints in places where I didn't even know a joint existed.

Appetite: My appetite has been so-so. I still am not eating the fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables that I want to, but they just aren't super appealing! And I'm honestly having a hard time eating enough during the day. I went through this same thing with Maleah... gaining weight shouldn't be so hard! But, then again, puking every day shouldn't be part of your life... so... there's that. Heartburn is also making a comeback so some of my favorite foods - spaghetti and all things spicy - are now followed with a handful of TUMs. I am still craving all things spicy, sour, and salty! Anything with LOTS of flavor sounds good to me.


Movement: Last week, Macey REALLY made her presence known!!! I feel her throughout the day and I just love it! I definitely did not feel Maleah this consistently until I was a few weeks farther along. Blake has even felt her a time or two - but she's super sneaky like her big sister was! As soon as I put his hand on my stomach, she stops moving! The ultrasound shows I have an anterior placenta (meaning it's located on the front instead of the back). Typically an anterior placenta means you don't feel movement as quickly or as forcefully - Macey doesn't seem to let that get in her way! Although now I understand why I can only really feel her on my sides and further down on my stomach. But I'm sure at the rate she's going, that ole placenta will soon be her punching bag and I'll be feeling her all over!


Sleeping: This past week was definitely the week where sleeping comfortably became a problem. My stomach is big enough that I can't get in my magic almost-on-my-stomach position anymore. Boo! But I think I'll be getting a pregnancy pillow soon that will help alleviate some of the discomfort. Though it might mean Blake winds up sleeping on the couch through half of my pregnancy again... 


Looking Forward To: I can't wait until Maleah can really feel Macey moving!!! I tried to get her to feel tonight but since they aren't super strong right now, Maleah didn't totally understand what she was feeling. I'm also looking forward to getting over the sinus crud!!! It is NO fun being pregnant and being sick. 


Loving: Feeling Macey move around and knowing she's healthy. Just like with Maleah, I am definitely trying not to take any of this pregnancy for granted. It's not always easy and means a lot of physical and emotional discomfort at times... but it's such a joy to experience. Now the agonizing five-month wait until Macey's arrival!!!!!