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Baby Haguewood #2 – 32 Weeks

32 weeks pregnant with number 2

How far along? 32 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs. I can’t seem to make the hump over this weight.  I know a healthy minimum is 25lbs.  We still have a few weeks to go. Most weight is typically gained in the last weeks of pregnancy when baby is bulking up. I shouldn’t be complaining about “not” gaining weight. 

Maternity clothes? YEP!  And choices are running low.  I am so thankful I won’t have to extend into a summer pregnancy, but I was looking forward to lots of maxi dresses and flowy baby bump pics.  I suppose that will translate into flowy postpartum maxi dresses instead.  Hoping and praying I can get my post-baby #2 body back quickly for summer bikinis.  The minimal weight gain helps I suppose. I should probably slow down on the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. 

Stretch marks? No

Sleep: Lots and lots of pregnancy insomnia.  I’ve been trying to drink EXTRA water throughout the day and cut off water consumption after 8pm.  This has helped a bit with the nighttime bathroom trips significantly.  

Best moment this week: I am so proud of myself this week because it has been a tough week, but DAMN, I made it through and my family made it through.  I unexpectedly hurt my back and have been facing some anemic like pregnancy symptoms that have made moving around and feeling good/positive a major challenge. I’ve been in bed and struggling to get around.  

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Awwww I hurt my back and was semi-bedridden.  I have never had any kind of major injury, and i’m not saying thats what this was, but it was super scary.  I have given birth once before but I knew that pain was only temporary.  This was excruciating and beyond the feelings of having contractions.  Plus, I didn’t know how long the pain would last.  Back injuries can go on for weeks and months, and because i’m pregnant there is nothing they can provide for relief like muscle relaxers.  I was just curled up in a ball on the floor crying non-stop from the pain and anxiety.  My mom was so sweet and came and helped with Reagan while I was struggling.  I was able to go to the Chiropractor and got a few adjustments as well as a pregnancy massage to help the damaged muscle and ribs heal.  This made it worse for a few days but ultimately helped the healing process and by the end of the week I was feeling so much better.  I could finally sleep again, was taking multiple Epsom salt baths a day to relieve the pain, and used my favorite Stress Away essential oil to keep calm and breathe away the pain.  I also found the most amazing chronic pain meditation app that I would listen to to take my mind off the pain.  Its amazing how the mind can literally “think away” the physical sensations of pain.  I’ve been using this regularly at night to help get myself to sleep. Having experienced labor and contractions, I can easily say this was so much worse.  My heart goes out to anyone struggling with chronic pain issues.  

Miss Anything? Feeling normal. I’m definitely appreciating that while the final weeks of pregnancy are “uncomfortable,” they are nothing to the feelings of dealing with an injury or chronic pain.  So other than missing a margarita I am just thankful to be feeling better finally.  Its such a relief to know that I can actually ENJOY my final weeks of pregnancy instead of just waiting around to give birth in major pain.  

Movement: Baby #2 is moving sporadically. Baby is much more active in the evening and tends to be quiet and calm during the day. 

Food cravings: Not really.  Eating in general doesn’t sound appealing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.  But I did have several puking episodes from the pain I was feeling in my back. 

Symptoms: All the pregnancy “feels” plus a few extras because of the back and rib pain.  But things are looking UP!!!!

Have you started to show yet: YEP

Gender prediction: BOY!!!

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Out

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: It was a rough week but I am happy to be feeling better!!!!

Looking forward to: Sunshine and warmer temps. I am so grateful to be feeling better and now I just want to soak up every second of the nice weather we are having.  Mommy needs a tan and the sunshine is lifting my mood so much.  I am getting so excited to meet the little gummy bear growing in my belly and Reagan is excited to be a BIG SISTER!!!!!

xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood #2 – 30 Weeks

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How far along? 30 weeks

Total weight gain/loss: +18lbs. 

Maternity clothes? YEP! 

Stretch marks? Nothing yet. I definitely feel a little bigger for this pregnancy and have been slathering on the Mustela Cream still. I think I’m more concerned about getting stretch marks on my bust and tummy at this point.  

Sleep: I have officially accepted that sleep has changed and won’t go back to normal until the new baby is almost 10 months old.  I’m planning out all the movies and shows I will be watching on Netflix and considered getting a Kindle to read during those late night nursing sessions.  I’ve got a pile of parenting books that I am dying to get to. During the day Miss Reagan keeps me on my toes so casual readying is just out.  At night i’m so tanked that I can barely keep my eyes open, let alone read a book.  Night time sleep is restless, full of trips to the restroom, and i’m constantly switching from side to side.  Totally normal stuff and completely expected at this point in pregnancy. 

Best moment this week: We made it through another week and had a successful check-up at the OBGYN.  Everything is looking good and we are just cruising and counting down the days.

Have you told family and friends? Yep!

Worst moment this week: Hip pain, lower back pain, and round ligament pain.  Every time I move or shift from side-to-side in bed, I can hear my hips and pelvis cracking and popping.  This is the point in pregnancy where the body starts producing a specific hormone called Relaxin that softens all the ligaments in the pelvis to prepare for birth.  So much fun.  Its not too bad but does make me feel like i’m 90. Getting in and out of bed id difficult and i’m so grateful that Reagan is learning to walk as bending down to pick her up is getting painful.  

Miss Anything? Everything and nothing.  I’m trying to embrace all the pregnancy “feels” and just remember that this is part of the process of growing a little human.  I see how much Reagan has grown and developed and I almost start crying. Can I get an amen for pregnancy hormones.  Watching her grow from a little baby into a toddler is so magical. She is developing this goofy little personality and is slowly becoming her own person. Knowing I get to see that process in action again is so exciting and makes missing out on sleep and margaritas totally worth it. 

Movement: Baby Haguewood #2 is a little more mellow than Reagan was in the womb.  He/She has always had a lower and steady heart rate, usually in the low 140’s, and moves consistently but not radically.  Reagan always went crazy in my belly and loved moving at night when I was laying down. This baby still moves often but consistently throughout the day.  I did start doing kick counts daily to watch baby’s movement.  

Food cravings: Ice water throughout the day AND ice cream at night.  I’m trying to really pace myself on the ice cream consumption.  I get a terrible sweet tooth in the evening and look forward to eating a little ice cream every night.  Its a bad habit but seriously makes me HAPPY and makes these last few weeks bearable. I’m trying to cut myself some slack and just roll with things.  

Anything making you queasy or sick: Occasional episodes of morning sickness and i’ve noticed when I get upset or feel overwhelmed I get extremely nauseous.  I’ve always had terrible anxiety and actually take medication for it, but this seems magnified in the final trimester of pregnancy. My doctor has me weaning down my meds in preparation for delivery which is slightly stressful.  I’m working on staying calm, practice relaxing breathing exercises, meditation, and warm epsom salt and lavender baths every night make a huge difference.  

Symptoms: All the feels.  

Have you started to show yet: Yep.  Luckily i’m all belly and all baby.  I have noticed some swelling in my legs and feet.  Sitting down and putting my feet up definitely helps.  Water retention has begun as well.  I’ve noticed the puffiness and night sweats that signal oh so lovely pregnancy related water retention.  

Gender prediction: BOY or GIRL!!!! I have no idea this time.  We did finalize our name picks and are so excited for either gender at this point.  

Labor Signs: Nada but lots and lots of braxton hicks contractions. 

Belly Button in or out? Out and tight. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY but definitely moments of emotional breakdowns and anxiety.  

Looking forward to: D-Day!!! I know I still have 10 weeks to go but i’m already ready to be done.  

xoxo Friends,

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Reagan’s First St. Patricks Day

On March 17th we celebrated Reagan’s First Official Holiday…St. Patrick’s Day.  If you’ve followed my blog at all you know I am beyond obsessed with all holidays and any excuse to have some FUN and be extra FESTIVE.  Now that we have a sweet little munchkin I know that our holidays are only going to be that much better!!!! Both my husband and I are from proud Irish families and therefore it was very fitting that little miss’ first holiday was celebrating the Luck-of-the-Irish.  I had to do a little chalkboard for her to honor this special occasion and I made her the cutest little four leaf clover onesie and matching headband.  The onesie was super super easy to make and I loved that she had a matching headband to finish off her holiday look. I am so excited that Easter is right around the corner and we get to celebrate another holiday with our sweet little miss.

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

Reagan's First St. Patrick's Day

All the FUN tuckered her right out.

Who’s ready for the Easter Bunny?!?!?!

xo xo,

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Baby Haguewood – 12 Weeks

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How far along? 12 Weeks, 6 Days

Total weight gain/loss: 117lbs (up 2lbs. so far)

Maternity clothes? I found the most amazing and comfortable Maternity leggings from Gap.com.  I was always super skeptical of “maternity leggings.” Leggings are Leggings and they are comfy and cozy no matter where you get them. NOPE…these babies are the softest most comfortable leggings i’ve ever worn.  They are dark and thick, so nothing shows, and the waist band curves down at the waist so my little expanding belly has room to grow.  My old leggings were getting pretty snug and for the first time in my whole life I officially had a mini-muffin top…not a good look friends.  Que the maternity leggings…aka…my new best friends!!!! I’ll post the link down below…p.s. why don’t people wear these all the time?!?!?! 

Stretch marks? Nada…I did some research this past weekend on the best creams and lotions to help prevent stretch marks. My understanding is that you either get them or you don’t and there really isn’t a whole lot you can do about it.  I’m still gonna give it my darnedest try…I wanna rock a bikini next summer.  

Sleep: Sleeping great but I toss and turn quite a bit.  

Best moment this week: We got to see our little gummy bear on a mini-ultrasound device.  Baby was moving and wiggling and stretching his/her little tiny baby legs.  So adorable and I was just dying and bursting with happiness.  

Have you told family and friends? Yes, pretty sure the whole world knows by now!!!

Worst moment this week: We had a bit of a scare this week when I experienced some unexplained bleeding while working on Wednesday.  Everything looks to be ok with the baby but to say I was freakin’ a bit, might be an understatement.  We did an Ultrasound the next morning and our little nugget was moving around, kicking, and stretching up a storm.  Clearly baby is doing just fine!!! Mommy’s nerves on the other hand are still a little frazzled but i’m working on getting myself grounded and centered again.  Things are looking UP!!!

Miss Anything? The first Seahawks Regular season game is next week and I would love to relax and enjoy a cocktail!!! 

Movement: Nothing felt but clearly baby is having a party in my belly these days. He is a mover and a shaker for sure!

Food cravings: This week I haven’t really had many cravings…no cravings, no morning sickness, nothing! I think my hormones are starting to level out a bit as we round out the 1st Trimester! HOORAY for ME!!!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week!!! Whoop Whoop!!!

Have you started to show yet: Still getting roundish. I’m expecting my belly to pop around 15-18 weeks…but thats just my guess…who knows when it will happen!

Gender prediction: BOY!!!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixture of both this week.  Ups and Downs were running rampant this week because of everything that happened.  Super HIGH high’s and definitely a few LOW points.  

Looking forward to: Planning the nursery and finally locking down some details!!!

xoxo Friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 11 Weeks

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How far along? 11 Weeks, 4 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Started at 115lbs, Currently 116lbs but will get an official number from the doctor next Monday at my 12 week appointment.
Maternity clothes? Not yet…but things are getting pretty snug. I’m rocking mostly flowy dresses and maxi skirts!
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Sleeping Great!
Best moment this week: My belly officially started showing! Just a little round bump so far but its definitely there 🙂
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? Football is starting up soon and i’m a little bummed that I won’t get to partake in the adult beverages.  But our sweet little gummy bear is completely worth it!!!!
Movement: Nothing.
Food cravings: This week i’ve been craving Italian food.  Chicken Parmesan is my favorite!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really…things are getting so much better on the morning sickness front.
Have you started to show yet: My little tummy is definitely getting roundish.
Gender prediction: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixture of both.
Looking forward to: My 12 week OB appointment.  We might get to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

More updates to come next week after we have our 12 week doctor’s visit and also finishing up the 1st Trimester.  I feel like we dashed from 3 weeks to 12 in no time at all.

xo xo friends,

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Baby Haguewood – 10 Weeks

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How far along? 10 Weeks, 3 Days
Total weight gain/loss: Started at 115lbs, Currently 116lbs
Maternity clothes? Not yet…but things are getting pretty snug. I’m still too small for maternity clothes though.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Sleeping Great!
Best moment this week: Baby H experienced his/her very first Seahawks Football game last week!!! So much fun!!! Baby’s Seahawks gear is definitely going to be on point!!!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Miss Anything? A calming glass of vino in the evening…sigh.  197 days to GO!!!
Movement: Nothing.
Food cravings: Thai Food and anything sour!!! I’m loving Newman’s Own Limeade and Sour Patch Kids.  Not the healthiest…but dang they are yummy!!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really…but i’ve been eating toast and eggs for dinner every night and I don’t get sick once in the evening or the AM.
Have you started to show yet: Maybe a little bit.  My little tummy is definitely getting roundish.
Gender prediction: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: Nope.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Mixture of both.
Looking forward to: Getting into my second trimester! Energy is supposed to come back and my belly will get better!

I was finally able to get back to the gym this week also!!! So happy to get my endorphins going again!!! And I officially am convinced Miss Roxie knows i’m pregnant.  She is so funny and is always loving on me and laying on my belly.

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xo xo,

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