Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baby #2: 36 Weeks Bumpdate

I can hardly believe that I am 36 weeks pregnant... where in the world has the time gone?!

I delivered Jack at 39 weeks and am hoping it will be a similar timeline with baby #2. And if it is, that means in less than 3 short weeks, we will be holding a new baby girl in our arms - so exciting (and terrifying... tons to do!) to think about.

How far along?
36 Weeks (and 2 days - but who's counting?)... the home stretch!

Size of baby?
About 6lbs! We had a growth ultrasound around 34 weeks, and the baby is measuring and growing wonderfully. She is in about the 52 percentile for size, but those measurements can vary so much, so who really knows how big she will be!

I will be very curious to see how much baby girl weighs when compared to Jack. Jack weighed 8lb 9oz at 39 weeks. I have read that babies born within 18 months of each other often have a lower birth weight for the second baby, so I will be curious to see if this is true for us.

The nursery is coming along wonderfully! Jack's first nursery was so much more of a project because we started with a very dark paint color that had decals all over it... it was a lot of work to get it to where we wanted it to be.

The nursery this time along is a smaller room and my parents painted it for us before we moved into our new home - so for the most part, the hard work of painting was over with! We will add wallpaper on one wall (hope to finish that this weekend!), but other than that it was mostly furnishing and decorating.

Looking forward to?
Having our sweet baby girl in our arms. This time around I feel so much more confident with baby care, nursing, knowing what to expect, etc. Maybe this is all false confidence (since every baby is different), but there is some comfort in knowing that we've done this before and survived... and even enjoyed the process enough to want another little baby!

Aye... this is the one thing that I am so looking forward to - with Jack I didn't really have trouble sleeping (other than the normal pregnancy insomnia that everyone seems to get every now and then). But this pregnancy, my hips have been getting sore from sleeping on my side. I am typically a back sleeper, and I CANNOT wait to be able to sleep on my back again!

Not a ton, honestly (other than the normal home-stretch kind of stuff... sleep, etc.). With Jack I had swelling near the end of the pregnancy, but thankfully this time around has not been bad at all. I was talking with John about this a few days ago, and it is hard to say whether or not the swelling is related to the different babies considering baby #1 was in the Texas summer (97 degrees!) and baby #2 is in the Minnesota winter (-7 degrees!)... that's a 100 degree swing, y'all - it clearly makes a difference!

I have also noticed that my immune system is quite suppressed... within the past month I have had a stomach virus not one, but TWO times. I'm really hoping to stay healthy for the rest of the season...

From 8-10PM I honestly feel like she is trying to bust out of my belly! Other than that two hour block, she still moves, but is much quieter.

Missing most?
Oh man, I would love a margarita... I'm not one to crave alcohol, but I am so looking forward to going out to eat and being able to have a drink or two with dinner.

I am also looking forward to getting back into my pre-pregnancy clothing. I know it will likely be a process, but I am so over maternity clothes and can't wait to have more than 4 sweaters and 2 pairs of pants to pick from...

Left to do?
I still need to finish the details of the nursery. I'm hoping that the majority of this will be done this weekend - but hey, let's be real, does the decorating ever really end?! I feel like I'm still decorating Jack's room when I think of something new.

I plan to pack a hospital bag soon - but really, after having Jack, there isn't a whole lot I will need to pack - toiletries, clean clothes for me and baby, my fan, camera, snacks... and that's about it this time around!

I also have a few loads of baby laundry to do, need to make care reservations for our dogs for when we are at the hospital, need to wipe down and wash all of Jack's old baby gear that we will be reusing (car seat, swing, bassinet, play mats, etc.)... but in reality, if none of this got done, we would still be in an okay position to bring home a baby.

For more baby Pray #2
30 Week Bumpdate

Friday, February 9, 2018

Snow Days!

A few weeks ago we had our first heavy snow fall of the year... about a foot of snow in a single day! We couldn't let the fresh snow pass us by without a little bit of playing in it. For being as young as he is, Jack is quite a hardy kid and doesn't really mind the cold - which makes his dad so happy and proud! (...Now, that being said, the kid is way better out-fitted than I am... he has all sorts of winter gear to keep him warm - minus shoes - we can't find a good snow boot that he can easily walk in! Any suggestions?!).

John and I took Jack to the park in the sled and he enjoyed getting pulled around, swinging, and eating snowballs (not sure how he knew about eating snow, but as soon as John handed him a snowball, he treated it just like an apple and went in for a huge bite!). Thankfully it was freshly fallen snow and all white... yikes!

Jack had a little bit of trouble walking in the snow, so he resorted to crawling - I mean, hey, whatever works, right?! A foot of snow is a lot for a little kid to be walking through!

In addition to being pulled on a sled, John also took Jack to a big hill by our house for a little down-hill action. And let me tell you, it is all fun and games until someone gets a face full of snow! The first time they went down a small hill and once the sled stopped moving Jack yelled out in excitement "Yeah!" this point John thought they could graduate to the big kid hill... they got going pretty quick so John put his feet down off the sled to try and slow them down which then sprayed all sorts of snow into Jack's face - and let's just say that although he wasn't happy, he handled it way better than I would have! :) 

Here's a peek at our snow day adventures!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

January Happenings!

I'm having a hard time believing that we are just about half-way through February... where the heck did January go?! Despite it seeming crazy that we are already a month and a half in to 2018, we've actually accomplished quite a lot - exploring our city, preparing for the new baby, and enjoying all that winter has to offer! 

Here's a quick peek of all that we've been up to this past month.


Pre-bed bath time... Nothing better than a clean baby in some cozy winter PJs!

Exploring Linden Hills and the Wild Rumpus Bookstore

I'm pretty sure Wild Rumpus is as cool as it comes when you're talking about children's bookstores. They have chickens walking around, several cats roaming the store, and a number of animals in cages (birds, chinchillas, etc.). The bookstore was super busy, but we will definitely be back to explore more!

Lunch date in the North Loop with my main squeeze... baby free meals = heaven!

Snowy sled rides around the neighborhood!

I took a fun cooking class with my mom at Cooks of Crocus Hill in the North Loop... it was such fun, and I look forward to doing another one sometime soon!

John has been putting Jack in the hiking backpack and taking him for walks around the neighborhood. Jack weighs a little over 27lbs, so he is a pretty good training buddy (read: weight!) for John!

Weekend breakfast dates with my sweet family of three!

John made a trip down to Tampa for the Michigan Bowl game with his dad.

Mall of America trips with Grandma and Grandpa! Jack rode his very first ride (the Big Rig) at Camp Snoopy, and while he didn't have too much of a reaction, I know that he had a great time. :)

Ice walks on frozen Lake Harriet. Jack is too funny on the ice because he some how knows it is different than normal ground and although he would have no problem walking without slipping, he isn't so sure how to navigate it... so he basically stands on the ice and just waits to be picked up!

Art Shanty Festival on Lake Harriet.

A quick trip to Arizona! And let me tell you, the warmer weather was such a nice change of Minnesota mid-January pace.

Hide and seek with the best hider there is!

For my 30th birthday John took me to a delicious dinner at Spoon and Stable. It is quite hard to get in, so we were so excited when they had a last minute 5PM reservation cancel! For your birthday they bring you a large, freshly spun spool of cotton candy... which was basically the sole reason I wanted to go there. ;)

Jack had quite a few sleepovers at my parent's house this past month, and they are always doing such fun things with him - they have fresh blueberry pancakes for breakfast every morning and go on all sorts of fun adventures... let me tell you, Jack has no problem leaving John and me to go hang out with them! 

After one of the sleepovers we met them at the Minnesota Science Museum, and Jack basically said "wow!" the whole time we were there!

Saturday morning donut runs in Lyndale!

My parents live in downtown Minneapolis, and after one of Jack's sleepovers they took him downtown to explore all of the Super Bowl activities... I'm pretty sure he is the cutest bobble head I've ever seen! ;)

Jack is turning into such a ham, and I kind of love it... he knows when he is trying to be silly and he just thinks he is sooo funny!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Baby #2: 30 Week Bumpdate

I'm about 75% through pregnancy #2, so I figured it was about time to finally write a bumpdate! 

John and I are so excited to be growing our family with another child, and although I am sure the blogging on this babe won't be nearly as complete as Jack (#secondchildproblems), I want to at least capture as much as I can while still enjoying the documentation.

So with that being said, here's a quick recap and update on baby Pray #2!

Baby basics: Due date? How many weeks along? Gender? Name?

I am 30 weeks pregnant with a due date of March 13, 2018... however, Jack was born a week early, so I'm trying to prepare myself logistically as though I will be delivering a week early with baby #2 too (making baby Pray's birthdate closer to March 6th). I was induced with Jack at 39 weeks and he was a very healthy 8lb 9oz, and honestly, I'm hoping for a similar situation (39 week induction) with baby #2 since everything went so smoothly for us last time. Depending on when baby Pray is born, Jack and baby Pray will be 16-17 months apart (if born on March 13, they will be exactly 16.5 months... only time will tell though!). 

When we found out we were expecting we had a hunch that we were having another little boy, but much to our surprise, we are having a little girl! If I'm going to be honest, it took us a bit to warm up to the idea (since we think Jack is so much fun and would love for him to have a brother close in age), but with time, we really felt like a little girl is the perfect fit for our family!

The sweet baby's name will be Emma Louise Pray (and John has already started calling her Emma-girl and Emmie Lou!) - we love clean, simple names and Louise is my mom's middle name. We agreed very quickly that this would be the perfect fit! If we were having a boy, we we had a lot more thinking ahead of us...!

Finding out: When did you find out you were pregnant? First reactions? Were you trying?

We found out we were expecting in the very beginning of July. We had just returned from Mexico the day earlier, and turns out I was pregnant (and for those who are concerned, both John and I were tested for Zika and negative!). We always knew we wanted to "baby bunch" and are so thankful that God is growing our family for us with kids close in age.

 Although we wanted to have another baby close in age, we weren't sure if we would be able to get pregnant as quickly as we hoped since I was still nursing Jack. So when we found out that I was indeed expecting, we were quite excited!

Jack was such a good and easy first baby, so I am praying that we get another - and I need everyone to be standing in agreement on this one too - all prayers welcome! ;) I think this time around we are extra excited for this baby because now that we have Jack we know what a gift a baby is to us and how much joy they bring. That being said, I haven't forgotten how difficult the first six weeks are - so I'm bracing myself a bit - but know that the days pass quickly (and John will have paternity leave for 4 of those weeks which will be super helpful with Jack being so little!).

Pregnancy: How are you feeling? How have you been feeling?

I am so blessed to have very easy pregnancies. I don't get morning sickness and honestly, other than feeling fatigued every now and then, I can pretty much operate my life as normal... which is a huge blessing considering that I got pregnant while Jack was not quite 8 months old yet. John also makes zero complaints about waking up with Jack in the mornings if I want to sleep in - but really, Jack sleeps from 7PM-7AM, so it leaves me with time to get plenty of sleep (but hey, I'm never opposed to a weekend nap!).

Although I feel totally normal, it is still a bit hard to say for sure how I'm feeling since my "normal" has been a non-stop host for a life the past 24 months (being pregnant with Jack, nursing him, and then immediately going into another pregnancy) - I would be lying if I said I wasn't curious how I would feel if I could just have my body normalize... I feel like I could probably run a marathon every day (just kidding, but you get my point - it is work growing humans!). :) Either way, I have absolutely nothing to complain about and am so thankful for feeling well.

Pregnancy announcement photo copyright of Audrey Nicole Photography

Reactions: How did your family and friends react? Why did you wait so long to share the news?

Everyone has been so excited for us. The majority of reactions we get are one of two things... either "oh my gosh, you are crazy - they are going to be so close in age" (why, indeed they are!) or "I have a sibling close in age and we loved it!" - they are somewhat binary reactions, but all are still rooted in excitement for us!

We told our parents shortly after finding out because we had preexisting plans to see them and wanted to tell them in person, but we didn't tell many of our friends (or share on social media) until after I was 20 weeks pregnant. We wanted to wait until the 20 week anatomy scan to make sure everything was on track because I was not having much movement. It turns out that I have an anterior placenta (explaining the delay in movement) and everything is right on track - praise God for that!

Also, the reality is simply that we were very, very busy and being pregnant was just one of many milestones that we were working through - selling our home, buying a new home, moving from Texas to Minnesota, packing and unpacking everything, Jack turning one, John starting a new job - all within a 1-2 month span of time... it was A LOT so it was easy to let being pregnant fall to the back burner as we had quite a few immediate changes that were occurring!

Baby #1 vs. Baby #2: Differences in pregnancies?

Honestly, there haven't been any major differences between pregnancy #1 and pregnancy #2. I hear all the time about how the second time around is "totally different," but for me, there hasn't been anything too noteworthy. 

The main difference between the two would really just be the movement - Jack was a very active baby (and still is!), but since I have an anterior placenta this time around it isn't apples to apples. But actual movement aside, I definitely feel less/more faint movements this pregnancy.

Although it is not really pregnancy related, and huge difference between baby #1 and baby #2 is the season in which I'm pregnant. With Jack I was pregnant basically a full Texas summer... basically, it was hot, hot, hot. This time around, I'm pregnant basically a whole Minnesota winter... basically, it is cold, cold, cold!! I have had to start over a whole new maternity wardrobe because everything I previously owned consisted of tank tops and dresses!

Updates: What do you have left to do?


We have been using the baby's room for all of Jack's toys, so I need to slowly transition out all of the toys and start putting the room together. I want to keep the baby's room very similar to Jack's room (whites and very, very light grays) so that our house looks cohesive. My parents have already painted the room for us (thank you!) and I just have a few spots on the ceiling that I want to touch up (and maybe put new trim in the room... we will see how much I can convince John to do!).

I also need to go through all of our baby items and wash carseat covers, swings, bassinet sheets, etc. ...and I need to figure out what clothes from Jack are gender neutral enough to reuse for our sweet baby girl! I also have a pile-high of onesies and burp cloths that need some monogramming (priorities, y'all!).

Up until now we have been focused on getting settled in our new home and celebrating the holidays. And now that it is the new year, I am ready to go all-hands-on-deck for baby preparations!

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