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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.

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NewMerfbaby the Ear of Corn

NewMerfbaby is 24 weeks!

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The length of an ear of corn! I had to go with Corn on the cob this week – it’s one of Riley’s favorite foods :)

How I’m Feeling: More round ligament pain on my right side. My Chiropractor worked on it and gave me an exercise to help strengthen my pelvis since every time I’ve seen her that’s been out. I’m more winded when I have to go up and down the stairs multiple times in a row, but I’m felling pretty good otherwise. Just getting more pregnant :)

Belly/Weight: 19lbs gained so far. Last time at this point I was at 18, ha! Belly is out and round. I catch it out of the corner of my eye sometimes – and I can’t believe I look pregnant, duh.

Life Changes: Funny – this was the point when I was pregnant with Riley that I added in Poultry because I couldn’t keep up with the protein required. After eating only fish for years I’m all-in on the meat now. This baby wants Red Meat – which is something I’ve had never enjoyed the taste of!

Movement: Kicks that make me go “oof!” I forgot how jabby they are for a while. Until he runs out of room and is just pushing his way around in there.

Sleep: Going pretty well – I could use some afternoon naps this week, but I’ve been busy getting things done during naptime.

Cravings: Frozen Yogurt. We ran an errand to the mall on Monday night (new MacBook Pro, welcome to the family) and I really wanted some fro-yo, so we stopped and grabbed some on the way home.

Exercise: Had to cut my workout short this morning, Riley woke up with I had about 20 min left. He chilled and ate his snack and watched a cartoon for a few min – but it didn’t last long.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week: Talking more about our future as a family of 4. It’s crazy and exciting to think that our family will include one more person in a few months. I feel like this pregnancy is going so quickly, and soon we’ll have another baby boy in this house!

On My Mind: Riley. He spent his first night in his “big brother” room last night in the new bed and did really well! Took him a little while to calm down and relax but after rubbing his back and sitting with him he fell asleep and woke up at 7am today! He took both his (very short) naps in there today too and did better going down each time. Tonight I laid him down and sat on the end of the bed until he fell asleep. I think over the next few days I can probably start working my way further and further away. To top it off I think he’s getting his “second molars” so that’s a bummer. He was cranky and chewing on his hand yesterday – and same today. I thought there was no way, he already has all of his teeth, except his 2 year old molars….oh, wait. I looked it up, and those start coming in between 20 – 30 months. Who just turned 20 months?! My little Textbook Baby…right on schedule. Explains the weak naps :(

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NewMerfbaby is as long as a Beer?

NewMerfbaby is 21 weeks today! And about the length of a beer bottle. Cheers!

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How I’m Feeling: A little fatigued and run down. It’s probably the warmer weather we’ve been having – and the very active toddler in my life…I took a massive mid-morning nap on Sunday and felt so much better.

Belly/Weight: Not sure on the weight, but my belly is getting bigger! I’m starting to fill out my maternity tops, and finally feeling “cute” pregnant. My belly has started to itch a little – so it’s growing!

Life Changes: Got an awesome gift card to StitchFx for my birthday, and since they do Maternity clothing now I love them even more. I got a cute maxi dress and shirt that I kept. I’ve been much less reserved about investing in maternity clothing this time around. I know I’ll have friends in the future that might appreciate the clothes – and I can always sell them back. A maternity consignment store opened here in Burbank, and ThreadUp also pays pretty well for used Maternity clothing

Movement: Lots more movement! At my Chiropractor appointment today when she was done adjusting my pelvis he started kicking. I moved my hand down to my tummy and my Doctor asked if he was moving more because she gave him some more room! Ha, how crazy is that?

Sleep: Sleeping harder this week. With the time change it’s darker until later in the morning so Riley and I both sleep until about 7:00am/7:30am – it’s heaven. I don’t remember many times in my life I’ve been able to sleep in until 7:00am.

Cravings: Sweet stuff. I’ve been having frosted mini-wheats in the morning for breakfast – such a throwback to Jr High! I’ve also not been super into water. Not sure why, I’ve always been a big water drinker but since I have Dysgeusia (my mouth tastes like I’ve been sucking on pennies) water hasn’t been cutting it so I’ve been drinking flavored water (I heart La Croix!) to kick the taste, it doesn’t fix it totally but it helps a little.

Exercise: Back to my workouts. If it wasn’t for my trainer I probably would easily skip traditional workouts. Playing with Riley and working in my garden keeps me active, but I know it’s good to focus on strength too.

Favorite Pregnancy Moment this week: The Anatomy Scan Ultrasound. Everything looks great, and he’s growing right on track. He wasn’t into having his picture taken so we didn’t get a good keepsake shot – but it’s ok. I sort of think the 3D photos are creepy. Especially since he was moving around, so they look sort of crazy.

On My Mind: This toddler of ours! I’m making more preparations for him, and reading/researching more for him than NewMerfbaby! Normal, right?! I finally had a “duh moment” and ordered Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers and started reading it last night. I wish I would have read it months ago! I gained so much confidence reading her other books, and I’ve recently felt like parenting a Toddler is so much harder than figuring out a Newborn. I hit a breaking point last week and felt like such a Mama failure. I was struggling with losing my patience with Riley, and starting to doubt what I know to be true about his personality. Little background: the Baby Whisperer uses 5 types of babies/toddler personalities and by knowing which personality your child identifies with most it can help you better communicate with them. I LOVE personality quizzes – I think they are awesome! When Riley was little I was sure he was a Textbook baby. So I learned his cues, and with the exception of teething and massive growth spurts we navigated that first year pretty well! Textbook babies hit development milestones on track, and thrive on routine and consistency. They will be social, but he need some time to warm up to a group or new situation. As Riley became a Toddler I started to doubt his personality type, and thought maybe he was more Touchy or Spirited. Last night I took the personality test for his toddler age and 14 out of 20 questions identified him as a Textbook Toddler! Kids can be a mix of 2 types, but they mostly fall into one category. I had been right all along – I just need to amend my skills to adapt to his Toddler personality. I already feel better and I’m excited to read more of the book, she even has a chapter on preparing your toddler to become a big sibling. Eeek!