13 Weeks

Friday, June 19, 2015
It's finally Friday! And were happily into the second trimester.

We had our first trimester screening this week. It was exciting to see the baby again! Especially because last time we saw baby, he/she looked like a lobster. Now baby looks like....a baby!!! He/She was moving around and dancing all over. The whole experience was so nice.

They made a gender prediction...but were keeping it to ourselves until we find out for sure.

Sorry, but no belly pic this week. I'll start posting them next week. We have had the most insane week that I haven't even had time to take a picture.

Baby size: Plum

Weight gain: 3 pounds...although I feel hugely blown up like a balloon and I feel like my boobs must each weigh about 10 pounds now.

With Aria I gained 7 pounds in the first trimester...but I was so much smaller!

Cravings: Vinegar all the time. I have eaten so many bowls of cucumbers with vinegar. Salt and Vinegar Chips. Giant salads with chicken and hard boiled eggs. Bacon.

Aversions: I don't have any food aversions right now, but I can smell EVERYTHING. I'm constantly hunting for smells to extinguish.

Exercise: Running, Spinning, Strength training, Chasing toddler.

Symptoms: Fatigue. Sometimes I get a strange taste in my mouth that I can't seem to shake. I can see my veins all over my body now, which is pretty impressive because my skin isn't light. I must be all that extra blood my body is pumping.

Did you know that during pregnancy your body has 40% more blood pumping through your veins? And after the first trimester, once your energy returns to normal, you can actually perform physical activities at an increased level compared to pre pregnancy, because of all of that extra O2. Which would explain why at 5 months pregnant with Aria I raced a duathlon and blew my running PR out of the water for that distance. Women's bodies are so amazing.

Yes, I am a nerd, which is why I know these things...but I also took a course for certification as a Pre and Postnatal Exercise Specialist a few months ago.

Gender: We won't know the gender until our 20 week ultrasound, but I will tell you what Aria's prediction is. In her words: "Gurl Bebe".

Biggest Difference: So far the biggest difference from my pregnancy with Aria is the lack of time to really focus on the pregnancy. Life is so busy these days that it isn't until the evening when I finally sit down that I think "Oh yea. I"m pregnant".

Enjoy the weekend everyone. I leave you with this picture of Aria and I sharing an apple...

Thursday Truths

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Happy Thursday everyone. It's hard to believe this week is almost over!

I thought it would be fun to round up a light post for today...Thursday Truths. Just a little peek into what goes on day to day in our little corner.

Here we go...

Truth: Last Thursday night Aria stripped down totally naked and peed on the surge protector in our room.

Truth: I can't understand my very wonderful husbands tv watching habits. He watches numerous shows/movies at one time, switching back and forth at each commercial. It makes my brain want to implode.

Truth: It's really hard to make mom friends. I can't figure out how. I talk to the mom's at Aria's play class 3 times a week, but I can't figure out how to be friends with them outside of class. I feel like a teenager who is trying to determine if someone likes me.

Truth: I got my first haircut in 7 months last week.

Truth: Getting light grey carpet was a huge mistake! If I could go back, I'd 100% talk myself out of it. We had new, beautiful, "cloudy" color carpet installed a few years ago...then we got a massive dog and had a baby. It's more of a beige color now...

Truth: We were waiting in line at JoAnn Fabric on Sunday and Aria lifted my dress up to "see the baby". My arms were full so I was desperately trying to wiggle away to get my dress down, but she was determined to see that baby.

Truth: Sometimes I gauge how tired I am, by how much money I would pay at that given moment, for another hour of sleep.

Truth: Trying to explain when the 5 second rule is appropriate, to a toddler, is really hard.

Truth: I often wonder why Daniel Tiger has tiger print curtains. Isn't that the equivalent to me having human skin print curtains?

Truth: I typed our town into the national sex offender registry to see just how paranoid I need to be on a daily basis. I'm not sure if it was a mistake or not.

Well, tomorrow I'll be posting a new pregnancy update! Until then party people...

Baby!!! And Some First Trimester Notes.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Our little family is growing!

This little bundle will be joining us in December. As you can imagine, we are beyond happy and can't wait to welcome this little one. 

I have been so excited to start blogging about this pregnancy! It has been so hard not to talk about it. I wanted to make sure I remembered some of the first trimester fun, so I took some notes on my phone throughout, to have when it was time to blog. 

Here are some of those gem's:

6 weeks: 

I'm so exhausted I can't even fathom how I will make it through the next hour. I'm sure I'll die first. 

So nauseous. The only thing I want to eat is toast with avocado...and panini's. 

My stomach muscles have already given up. Everything is just so jiggly. 

7 weeks:

Pregnancy is...a million beautiful miracles. And constantly having to change your underwear. 

Hot tamales! OMG!!!!

8 weeks: 

Is it just me, or is it really nauseous in here?

Clothes are getting pretty tight...

9 weeks: 

9 weeks and 2 days: I read an article that talked about week 9 being the peak of exhaustion and nausea. Realized I'm actually feeling pretty reasonable. I laughed. 

9 weeks and 5 days: Death. So sick I can't keep food down and so tired that I can't even get out of bed. Went to bed at 6:30pm two nights in a row. 

10 weeks: 

Sauerkraut with Sriracha!!!!

My last note was at 10 weeks...probably because I started feeling so much better at that point. Now, at the end of the first trimester I am feeling no nausea and my appetite has completely returned! I'm still pretty tired most of the time, but I think that's just a normal state of being at this point of life. 

The biggest difference between my two pregnancies thus far...I look so much further along than I did at this point with Aria. Before we started telling people they could tell that I was either expecting, or gaining a bunch of weight in my uterus. The mystery was not there this time! 

Well, Aria is napping so I'm off to stuff my face with this beauty....

And do today's strength training. 

Happy Thursday Friends!

Random Ramblings

Thursday, June 4, 2015
I can't seem to get my mind to a place where it it just quiet. Like, ever. Not even in the middle of the night. I don't know if that's a bad thing or not, but I don't think it's good.

This morning in spin class I was actively trying to quiet my brain and just enjoy working my ass off. But every 6 seconds I was right back planning my cleaning to do list for today, Aria's activities, ways to organize our closet more efficiently, and when the best time would be to have the carpet cleaned upstairs. 

I used to be content just being in one place at one time. Now I feel like I have to be in at least 3 places at a time. Physically I'm in 1 place and mentally I'm in anywhere from 2 to 7. 

And lately I want to paint. A picture. On a canvas.

I'm not a painter. So that's strange.

I have found a fantastic new show to watch. It isn't really new...it's from 2013, but I have just found it, so it's new to me. 

The White Queen. 

I cannot get enough! 

You know how when you watch a really good show or read an amazing book and you can't stop thinking about it? It's that good.  

It isn't on watch instantly, so you do have to go old school and get the DVD's. Or you can purchase it on iTunes. Or there's probably 50 other ways to watch it that I don't know about because I'm so behind the times.

But if you are a super dork like me, and love historical fiction or Philippa Gregory's books, you will LOVE it. 

Well, I'm off to do more of the things :)

Monday Catch Up

Monday, June 1, 2015
I love when Aria falls asleep in the car and I take her out to go into the house...and she rests her little head on my shoulder, sleeping peacefully knowing she is safe in my arms.

We have been quite busy lately. We finally finally finally cleaned out and purged the basement, just like we planned! We got rid of 12 bags of random junk, about 200 old magazines, and old ottoman, some clawed up chairs (from the cat...not a demon) and this big ass jungle gym for cats that we call "Cat Scratch Fever". We actually put "Cat Scratch Fever" outside by our driveway and it disappeared within hours!

Aria and I have been doing lots of fun activities together.

 We make pretend food at the big table, without any pants on. 

Hunting for shells on the beach.

Painting and learning. 

Baking...and cooking. Aria is such a picky eater that I've started having her cook with me a lot. She has fun, loves taste testing the ingredients, enjoys helping with the tasks and the bonus is that she is 10 times more likely to eat whatever it is. Yes, it does take longer to cook everything, but it's time together and she learns and she eats!

Seaweed collecting because shells are so last week.

Licking more spoons. 

Drawing outside. 

And being silly. 

She's picking up words, sentences, object identification and even songs so quickly now. She sings "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" to herself.

My workouts have consisted of strength training and running lately. I have been designing my own strength workouts at home and running in the afternoon. I'm fortunate enough to have awesome in-laws who live 2 miles away and love to see their granddaughter. We go over there and Aria plays while Mommy runs.

And just because I like full disclosure....You guys...I'm so exhausted...and my house is a disaster right now. It's only Monday and I feel like I could lay down and sleep for the next 3 days.

I'm starting to realize that this might be a permanent state of being for the next 17 years...or more...depending on how many kids we have.

But hey, this is our life and I know I'm so blessed.

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