NewMerfbaby is a Toilet Brush

NewMerfbaby is 27 weeks!

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About 14 1/2 inches long and 14 weeks to go!

How I’m Feeling: OK. I really feel pregnant this time around – and I overdid it on Friday so I had some intense Pelvic Pressure that was bothering me. Saw my OB and Chiropractor this week and everything looks good! He’s very active, and I’m always thankful when I feel him moving around.

Belly/Weight: Eh, gained more last month than I should have. I’m up 28lbs so far, which is ahead of where I was with Riley at this point. I’m more active during this pregnancy, but I’m not on top of my diet as much. Trying to make little changes here and there to keep the weigh gain slowed. I probably “feel” more pregnant because of that weight gain too!

Life Changes: Passed the Glucose test – yay! Man, that stuff is gross. The color is just so wrong. Ick. Trying to be better about resting and taking it easy during the day. It’s hard because I know I have to preserve my energy with Riley since I have to make it from wake up to bedtime. He does take a nice long afternoon nap, so I get a break in the middle of the day – and I totally just sit and try to relax. Sometimes I pay bills or email – but I try to get off my feet during that time.

Movement: We think he’s face-up right now, and that was part of the reason I had so much pressure on Friday. He was flipping. I feel like he’s high – I have little to no appetite and killer heartburn. I really only eat 2x a day because dinner hardly sounds good.

Sleep: Rolling over at night is getting to be more challenging, but I’m still sleeping well thankfully.

Cravings: Sushi. Oh man, I want sushi BAD. I’ve probably mentioned it to Kelly like 5 times lately.

Exercise: Yep. Had to cancel on Tuesday because Riley’s been sick, and a hot mess. Really hoping to get some Yoga in soon. I need it. My Chiropractor told me I need to take deeper breathes. My diaphragm is super tight and deep breaths will help. I try to be more aware of it – and just thinking about it will cause me to take a deep breath.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week:  Planning a little early (like a month) 2nd birthday for Riley with a few of his (and our) friends. Thinking about his 2nd birthday is crazy – but also realizing that if we wait too long to celebrate it I could be too preggo, or the baby might be here!

On My Mind:  Parenting a toddler. Had to stand my ground on some tantrum stuff with Riley this week and it’s exhausting and embarrassing when it happens in public. I can’t blame it completely on him having a cold and not feeling well – some of it really is him testing boundaries and getting upset when I don’t give in. Just have to think big picture.


NewMerfbaby is a Lunch Box

NewMerfbaby is 26 weeks!

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About 14 inches long and 15 weeks to go!

How I’m Feeling: Sleepy. I fell asleep on the couch yesterday while Riley was snuggling with me watching Curious George. I’ve also had an annoying headache on the right side of my forehead for a few days. Pretty good besides that. I feel like I’m so much more active that I was pregnant with Riley – mostly because I’m doing things with him, or constant picking things up/cleaning/laundry. Normal everyday stuff is tiring when you’re hauling around 30lb toddler and a big o’ belly.

Belly/Weight: Getting up from the couch is starting to be a challenge. Riley’s running out of room on my lap too – but he doesn’t seem to notice and just pushes his way in anyway, ha.

Life Changes: My coordination has been a mess lately. I’ve been running into stuff all over the house. Mostly furniture and walls. Bye-bye balance.

Movement: He’s much stronger and getting active for longer periods of time. At my Glucose test this morning he was bouncing all over the place. Sugar!

Sleep: Still sleeping well – but I stayed up too late a few times this week. Riley’s up around 7:00am, so I’m thankful for that.

Cravings: Kelly sent me a Buzzfeed article about In N Out, so of course I want that for lunch today :)

Exercise: Still working out! Going to really try to make it to some Yoga Classes for these last few weeks. I started really enjoying Yoga around this time when I was bigger with Riley. The stretching is so nice. Riley and I are planning to take a Toddler + Me Yoga class next week.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week:  Lots of kicking and movement in the evenings reminds me to really slow down and think about this baby. I also read this article – so that got me all excited for future family camping and hiking trips. We did #6 on the list with Riley over Christmas and it was a blast.

On My Mind:  Starting to refocus my mind on life with a newborn. I know what it was like with Riley – so I’m excited for snuggles and portability, and napping on the go. Thinking more about labor, and recovery too. Wondering how labor will go this time around. Still need to pick up some items for NewMerfbaby….changing pad, wipe warmer, diaper pail. I doubt Riley will be fully potty trained by July – but who knows, maybe he’ll surprise me? We haven’t been pushing it – since my only goal was to have him in his Big Brother room and that’s been a success!


NewMerfbaby is a Boot!

NewMerfbaby is 25 weeks!

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About the length of a 13″ boot. Kickin’

How I’m Feeling: Pregnant. I’m much bigger at this point that I was with Riley – which seems obvious but also insane. I’m still pretty comfortable, but since my belly is getting bigger it’s hard for Riley to sit on my lap.

Belly/Weight: Belly button is outta control. Even Riley isn’t sure about it. He keeps poking at it to make it go back. Finally he just gives up and pulls my shirt down, like ‘good luck with that Mommy.’ I got some stretch mark lotion since my stomach’s been super itchy so that helps.

Life Changes: The weather’s been so nice lately I haven’t been bitter about living in the Valley. It’s almost too good to be true – like real Spring! It’s coming to an end this week and getting hotter, but it was nice while it lasted.

Movement: Kick and punch! I’m starting to feel him push out too – which is always creepy. But I’m glad that he’s more active throughout the day. When I’m busy I forget and wonder when the last time I felt him move was…now it’s more constant and noticeable so I pay attention more.

Sleep: Last week was harder, but today we turned a corner and I finally felt rested!

Cravings: Milk shake! Mmmmm. Soft serve ice cream :)

Exercise: Back on track – and feeling sore today! My trainer is also pregnant and she’s so great about building my workouts to include lots of pelvic and lower muscle exercises. I feel like I’ll be much for fit going into labor this time around.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week: Riley and I went to a MOMS Club potluck dinner tonight and I got to talk to a lot of other Moms. A few that are pregnant now, and some that have 2 boys, and one that has an 11 week old. I never thought I would need Mom friends – but it’s important.

On My Mind: It took a full week – but I think we’ve turned the corner on Riley’s big brother room transition. At first he was afraid, new room and new bed. So I would sit with him until he fell asleep. Then it quickly became a game of pop-up to see if Mom’s still looking. A few times I would leave the room and close the door, and he would cry and protest. But it shifted from being fearful cries – to cries of protest and not wanting to go to sleep. Which is fine, I was used to that in his crib. Sometimes he would fuss for a few min and then settle down. He was sleeping until 7am the first few days in the new room, and napping for crap and teething so he was a mess. Then he started waking up earlier and earlier – 5:30am um, no. And still only napping for an hour at a time. He turned a corner today and slept later and took a solid nap – he’s like a different kid when he has sleep! I am too, ha! Thankful that the transition is well on it’s way and going smoothly. I’m glad we’re going through it now, so when the baby arrives he’ll be settled. I know he could regress and I sort of expect that, but at least we won’t have to be forcing a big change on him in addition to the baby.