Easter 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

Because our closest family lives in Chicago, each Easter we spend it solo.  Easter normally feels like just another weekend, just another Sunday to us. 

This year C's brother and his family made the trip from Chicago to Minneapolis to stay with us for Easter.  Words cannot even express how great it was to spend time with them.  Easter truly felt like a holiday for once to us. 

Last year Vinny was only 8 months old and had no clue what was going on.  This year was a completely different ballgame.  He was a champ at the Easter egg hunt.  Altho once he figured out that the eggs were filled with candy he plopped himself down on the grass and proceeded to open the wrappers.  He truly is my kid.







25 Weeks



I'm a tad late on this one but 25 weeks nonetheless!


How far along?  25 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Of course!  Comfort, comfort, comfort.  I learned my lesson a few weeks ago when I wore my normal work pants to work.  I was ready to go pant-less by 9:00 a.m. that day.


Stretch marks?
  Zero!


Sleep: 
I'm still tired.  The past few nights I haven't been sleeping good.  More so because my mind won't shut off.  I took a power nap in our sick room at work last week.  Seriously feels like first trimester all over again some days.


Best moment this week:
  Well, since this is late, I'm answering as of today, Monday.  Definitely Easter.  We had family from Chicago in town.  Easter has never felt like an actual holiday for us since we never get to spend it with family.  This year was a nice change. 


Miss Anything? 
Wine, sushi, seeing my toes.


Movement:
  All.The.Time.  I love knowing we have an active one!


Food cravings:
  Because of Easter I have consumed more Reese's peanut butter eggs than I should.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  Not a clue.  Not even a guess as to one gender over the other right now.  I'm straight down the middle.


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  It's trying very hard to pop out. 


Wedding rings on or off?
  Off.  I could totally force them on but I fear I'll have to cut them off at this point.  Like when I was pregnant with Vinny, my hands are pretty swollen.


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
I'm a little in between. 


Looking forward to: 
This coming weekend.  All I have on the calendar is a pedicure.  It's going to be nice to have a weekend that's wide open.

24 Weeks

Friday, April 11, 2014


Look at that.  24 weeks.  Altho, if all goes well and I have this baby on my scheduled c-section date, I only 15 weeks left of my pregnancy.  Can I get a high five?   I have a feeling with everything that still needs to be done before then, those 15 weeks are going to fly by. 

I'm definitely feeling more like a whale than a regular person these days.  This pregnancy things have progressed so much faster.  (Comparison photo with Vinny at 24w here.)  Because of it I'm pretty self-conscious about my bump.  I know there's no hiding it, but with the right clothes I can make it look smaller than it actually is.  Cardigans.  They are my best friend. 

Oh, and yes, I've been taking my weekly bump photos in the office bathroom.  As much as I wanted to document this pregancy with my real camera, I just never happened.  Convenience of the iphone won, again.

How far along?  24 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Maternity clothes are in full force lately.  Comfort has been key so as much as I want to rock a great pair of skinny maternity jeans, I always choose leggings instead.  And, as much as I told myself I would never do it, I wear them as pants.  *gasp*  With several trips to Target this week I've picked up a few maxi dresses and I cannot wait to trade my leggings in for them once the weather permits.


Stretch marks?
  Not one!


Sleep: 
I've definitely been more tired than usual the last few weeks.  Almost to the point of 1st tri tiredness all over again.  


Best moment this week:
  Wednesday's 70 degree and sunny day.  It felt so great to get outside and put some flip flops on.  It's been the longest winter in Minn ever and we are going a tad stir crazy.


Miss Anything? 
Definitely could go for some sushi.  Coupled with a glass of wine!


Movement:
  So much movement - all over!  I love it.  While at work I find myself starring at my belly watching all the kicks and punches.  It's definitely my favorite part of pregnancy.


Food cravings:
  Like I said, sushi would be awesome right now.  Altho I am back on my root beer float kick like I was when I was pg with Vinny.  I can't get enough.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  15 more weeks until we'll know!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  It's trying to pop out.  It's not visible under my clothes - yet!


Wedding rings on or off?
  I think they may be officially off.  I didn't swell up as fast as I did when I was pregnant with Vinny, but it's come to a point where they will go on in the morning, but I have to use soap to get them off in the evening.


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
As much as I want to write happy, it would be a lie.  This week has been rough.  I kinda felt like I've been getting smacked at all angles of life this week and, because of it, I've been a little more quiet than usual and definitely a little down. 


Looking forward to: 
Going shopping all by myself on Saturday for a few hours.  I don't even remember what that feels like.  Just me, the mall, my list and starbucks in hand.  It's going to rock. 

Working Mama

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The months, days and hours go by in what seems like an instant.  You blink and it's Sunday afternoon, your baby is napping, you are tidying up the house while in the back of your mind all you can think about is the dreadful Monday morning that is fast approaching.

Being a working mom is hard.  It's something I've been struggling with since my first day back to work after having Vinny. 

There are so many pros and cons.  And I've weighed them time and time again.  With another baby on the way, the price of daycare we will be paying a week, and my overall happiness, I feel it's time to throw in the towel on working my full time corporate job.

I crave being home with Vinny during my days at work.  I dream a life where I can be home, enjoy watching him grow and learn, all while keeping the house in a relative state of clean.  Now, with another baby sure to join our family in a few months, that dream rings louder and louder in my head.

And I know being a stay at home mom is no walk in the park.  That the house will look like a tornado came through it, the laundry will be piled up and the dream of catching up on blogs while the kids are sleeping is something unheard of.  Regardless, at this stage of my life, it's the only place I want to be right now. 

I don't love my day job.  I've never have.  It's not secret.  I wouldn't miss it at all.  The paycheck, however, is something I struggle with. 

Sure, my lifestyle would be altered dramatically.  No more $150 sporadic Target runs a week, no more Starbucks, no more placing a random $150 order on gap.com.  But these are things that I can easily give up to be home with my kids.

Between now and July 25th a lot of decision making needs to happen, along with a lot of hard work and dedication to my photography.  Staying home while watching my children grow and learn all while moving steering my photography business in the direction I would love for it to go is my goal.  I'm hopeful that there will be big changes on the horizon. 

23 Weeks

Friday, April 4, 2014



How far along?  23 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  With feeling (and looking) so much bigger this time around, it's enviable.  I do still wear some shirts/cardigans that aren't maternity.  I tried wearing a pair of my black skinny work pants to work this week and was so uncomfortable, so I'll be sticking to maternity pants for sure from now on.


Stretch marks?
  Surprisingly even after my 9 lb 1 oz baby the first time - not a mark!


Sleep: 
Yes please!  I'd love a little more of it, but I'll take it while I can get it.


Best moment this week:
  One of our venders at work brought in cupcakes today.  I call that a best moment. 


Miss Anything?
  Warm weather, sunshine, flip flops.  You know, the things that Minnesotans don't have for a good 6 months of out the year. 


Movement:
  The kicks and punches are non-stop.  So either we have a baby who doesn't like to sleep, or the next karate kid is in my belly.


Food cravings:
  Sweets (cupcakes mainly), burritos and milk.  In that order too, please.


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  I love the mystery!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  Semi in, semi out.  You can't see it through my shirts yet, but it's bound to happen here shortly!


Wedding rings on or off?
  On.  Well, kinda.  Yesterday and today my hands have been really swollen so I've taken them off half way through my day.  I was SUPER swollen when I was pregnant with Vinny, and I'm surprised I held out this long.


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
My hour and a half prenatal massage tomorrow afternoon.  With my siatic nerve hurting daily and the stress of my day job - it's more than needed.  

22 Weeks

Sunday, March 30, 2014




How far along?  22 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Yes, of course.  Altho I am wearing a lot of my cardigans that aren't maternity.


Stretch marks?
  Not one.


Sleep: 
Sleep has been great.  Altho I'm getting up once a night to either pee or chug a huge glass a milk.


Best moment this week:
  A surprise visit from family Thursday night.
 


Miss Anything?
  Missing out on purchasing and wearing all these super cute spring/summer clothes. 


Movement:
  For sure.  We have a kicker in there.  I love watching my better while he/she is kicking.  So surreal. 


Food cravings:
  I'm not a huge sweet person, but I crave anything sweet.  I did when I was pregnant with Vinny too.  I need to knock it off since my glucose test is fast approaching!


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  Nobody knows and won't for another 17 more weeks!


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  In but I think it's thinking of poking out soon.


Wedding rings on or off?
  On


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
Nesting.  I am actually starting to a little now.  Today's project: organize/clean out nursery #2 closet.  

21 Weeks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Oh this belly of mine.  It truly has a mind of it's own.  I wake up every morning feeling so cute and little.  By the afternoon I swear my belly has doubled. 




We had our anatomy ultrasound this week.  Chris, unfortunately, was not able to make the appointment.  I won't lie, I secretly was contemplating finding out the gender.  I figured if Chris wasn't there, I could just play along for the next 18 weeks and pretend like I don't know.  Who am I kidding?  I could never keep that sort of secret.  Besides, as much as curiousity is trying to get the best of me this pregancy, I truly want to be surprised in the delivery room.  So, nobody knows this baby's gender.  Not even my doctor.

Since I was alone, I sat by myself in the ultrasound room for what seemed like forever before my technician came in.  My mind swirled and swirled.  I got hot.  I felt like I was going to throw up.  There's nothing that would lead me to believe that something was wrong this pregnancy, but I can't help but worry.  I don't remember worrying about this with Vinny.  Maybe since everything was so new with my first pregnancy I didn't have time to think of that.  This pregnancy, since I know what's to come, I spend my time worrying and wondering.  All I want is a healthy baby. That's all anyone truly wants, right? 

My technician came in and started the ultrasound.  I felt my heart pounding.  There were a few times where she went silent and just stared at the screen.  Of course I kept asking if everything was ok.  And it was.  After approximately a half hour of checking out this babe she gave me the green light saying that he or she looks perfectly healthy.  Such a relief.  I could finally relax and breathe.


How far along?  21 weeks

Maternity clothes?
  Comfort is key to me so, yes. 


Stretch marks?
  None.  


Sleep: 
I sleep like a rock. 


Best moment this week:
  Finding out that this little peanut is healthy!


Miss Anything?
 


Movement:
  All.The.Time.  He/she is kicking me as a type :)


Food cravings:
  Still on the Taco Bell train.  I even had it for lunch today.  No shame. 


Anything making you queasy or sick:
  Nope!


Gender:
  We'll find out in July!  I did get to see a 3D profile pic of this little peanut at our ultrasound and all I could think was that he/she looked like a boy.


Labor Signs:
  No.


Belly Button in or out?
  In 


Wedding rings on or off?
  On


Happy or Moody most of the time: 
Happy!


Looking forward to: 
Spending the weekend with my little family.  The days get so hectic and busy during the week that I crave the weekends where can just relax, stay in our jammies and enjoy each other. 
 

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