26 weeks

I was too tired to put on real pants for this week’s photo, so yoga pants will have to do!
Also, in all the hoopla of Leah’s birthday last week, I totally forgot to take a 25 week update picture, whoops! Yet another example she can in the future when she’s complaining about being the forgotten second child. ;)

So this week’s been a tough one because I’m suffering from a bad cold and a cold + pregnancy= death. I’ve felt so exhausted all day, which isn’t been helped by my inability to sleep well at night, due to a stuffy nose and congested cough. I’m hoping it clears up soon! I completed my super fun glucose test today, which resulted in a VERY nauseous afternoon. I do not remember the glucose test making me feel ill when I was pregnant with Leah, but I’m wondering if my bad cold is related. Other updates for this week…(or really, the past 2 weeks!) The belly has REALLY popped! I feel like there has been a LOT of growth between week 23 and 26. Today I saw a nurse who hadn’t worked since Friday and she stopped short and said “Woah! Your stomach grew!!” which I definitely feel is true. She also went on to comment that I “looked huge!” which is just the thing any pregnant woman wants to hear, right?! Cravings haven’t really been too strong the past few weeks…still loving chocolate and dairy with a side of something nice and salty! I found out my other friend who is pregnant in our pregnant trio (we joke that we all signed a pregnancy pact) is also having a GIRL which excites me to no end! Looks like baby will have a built in best friend, and a built in boyfriend! Lucky her! And…..that’s all I can think of. I apologize for the super lame update this week….Seriously, blame the cold; my head feels like it’s stuffed with cotton balls. But, in good news, we are heading up to the island tomorrow for the weekend!! I’m hoping the cool ocean breeze clears out my cold and I’m looking forward to relaxing on the beach with my new library book all weekend. :)

Happy 2nd Birthday, Leah Grace!!

Saturday was the big day! My baby turned two and is officially a baby no longer. I mean, I know that technically she hasn’t been a baby for awhile now, but, when you can still say that you have a one year old, there’s still a “I have a baby” sound to that. But a two year old? A two year old puts you firmly into the “I’ve got a toddler phase.” And there’s just a little bit of heartache that comes with that!

So, in honor of Leah’s big day I hear by give you a play-by-play of Leah’s 2nd birthday!! (Also known as, how a 2 year old refuses to stick to your perfect plan for the day….)

Friday Night
After a fun date night we come home and decorate the dining room with a bunch of Minnie Mouse decorations I picked up at Party City earlier this week. Leah is all about Minnie (and Mickey) these days, so I’m envisioning squeals of utter delight as she happily gazes upon her mother’s hard work. I’m excited.

Saturday Morning-6:45 am:
We wake to the sound of Leah calling for “daaaa-DDDY!” and Lucy whining from her crate. Apparently neither one of them wanted to sleep in. Or maybe Leah was just too excited for her big day? Who knows. Brett and I usually play the “who is going to get out out of bed first” game when it comes to getting Leah on a weekend morning, but today we both bound out of bed to go wish our girl a happy birthday. Brett goes out into the kitchen so he can see Leah’s reaction when she sees the dining room decorations for the first time. I may be a BIT too over-enthusiastic for 6:45 am (Leah is NOT a morning person) and, upon seeing the birthday decor and hearing her mother’s (way too loud) excited squeals of glee, Leah gives the room a half hearted glance and buries her head in my neck.

7 am:
Although we decided on a special birthday waffles, Leah insists on her daily Cheerios first thing. This girl likes her routine.

The smile starts to come on her face, especially when she sees her special birthday princess crown!! Mommy makes the waffles while daddy takes out Lucy. I pour the batter into the waffle iron and wonder to myself why the mix looked a little funny….5 minutes later when I go to take the waffle out, I sigh when I realize that the “waffle” is as flat as a pancake and as hard as a rock. Brett points out that I forgot the egg. Whoops. Blame the pregnancy brain? Or the fact that it’s too early to think on a Saturday morning. Brett takes over, waffle making round 2.

9 am:
We start getting ready for Leah’s big birthday adventure at the splash park! This place is very cool, but we actually haven’t made it inside in the 3 1/2 years we’ve lived here. So we figured Leah’s 2nd birthday would be the perfect time to try it out! We get our suits on and Leah follows me around asking “Pool? Let’s go!!” while I try and ready our packed lunch. 

9:30 am-1:30 pm:
We get inside the park! One of the perks to being up at 6:45 am is that we are pretty much the first family to arrive as the splash park doors open at 9:30 am. Leah takes it all in and I can tell that she is excited, but cautious. This kids is the definition of “slow to warm” so I know it’s going to be an ordeal, inching into the water bit by bit, before she finally gives in and realizes how awesome this place is.

Luckily, it doesn’t take long before she jumps right in and is soon running between the smaller kiddie pool and the much larger “big kid” section. At first Brett and I both stay with her, walking from section to section, but it’s hot and I’m pregnant, and it gets (let’s be honest) a little boring so we quickly resolve to the old switch off and one of us lounges in the shade while the other runs after the little swimmer before switching off. Also, tangent side note, only in south FL do you see moms of young children at the splash park in THONGS. Seriously ladies…not okay.

We have a blast (that water slide above really was fast and a lot of fun!! Leah remained unsure, but mommy loved it…) and it’s apparent around 1:30 that the birthday girl is more than ready for a nap. We drag a crying, hot, exhausted child from the park.

2-4 pm:
After a super quick bath Leah is down for a long, much needed birthday nap. Mommy’s quick to follow.

4 pm:
Leah wakes up in an excellent birthday mood. (Said sarcastically) She decides that pants are the devil and that no one is allowed to touch her, but mommy. Whenever I remind her that she needs to be polite she snarkily responds with a “MY birthday!” as if this excuses her from all rude behavior. And, in a 2 year old’s mind, I guess it does. We quickly decide that a pants-less viewing of her favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is in order.

That decision quickly earned a smile.

5-9 pm:
Party time!! I get Leah’s favorite pizza for dinner, only to be told by the birthday girl that pizza is poison and that she would only like yogurt for dinner, thank you very much. Oooookay, when it’s your birthday, why not?

After dinner we opened presents via Skype with both sets of grandparents and my sister and her family. It cracks me up that this kid will never know anything different than the power of video chat. It amazes me that we have the capability of having her grandparents, some 15 hours away, watch her open her birthday gifts. And Leah LOVED it, so it was super fun to watch her open the gift, kiss whoever was on the screen before excitedly exclaiming, “What’s next?!”

^^The winning gift of the day: Her new baby from my sister and family. Like I’ve said, Leah LOVES babies and this one came with 2 bottles, baby food, a bib and a binkie! What more can you want!? It’s safe to say that this baby has not been without Leah (day and night) since she was opened.

^^”I Two!”

We had her open her last gift after cake since I knew she would want to watch it right away. As she gets older, I’m excited to start her classic Disney collection so we started it off with The Little Mermaid. Leah was THRILLED to see Ariel as she opened the gift and we ended the night with a cozy family snuggle on the couch (with baby too, of course) to watch The Little Mermaid!

And with that, our day was brought to a close. It might not have gone as perfectly planned as I would have liked, but all in all, it was a great day to celebrate 2 years with this amazing girl. Happy Birthday, Leah Grace! Mommy and Daddy love you to the moon and back!

In which I cried and took way too many pictures of Leah eating cookies…

So Saturday was the big day; my baby turned TWO! But backing up a little ways to Friday……

Two years ago on Friday, I was laboring away in the hospital debating whether or not to get an epidural (spoiler alert, I did). At that point I totally expected to give birth at some point during the late afternoon or evening and if someone had told me that I still had over 10 hours left of labor, and that I wouldn’t give birth until the next DAY, I would have punched them in the face. But, 19 hours of labor or not, that sweet girl pictured up there was worth every second of pain because she has brought me nothing but joy over the course of the last 2 years. She is my best little girl friend, my mini me (more in personality than looks) and my heart.

Although her BIG DAY was on Saturday, her teacher offered to do a little school celebration on Friday, which I obviously was all for. We are lucky to have Leah in the sweetest church half day program and her teacher really is the greatest. I know so many school these days have such strict restrictions on what you can and cannot bring in for treats (no glucose, no homemade, no sugar…I’ve heard the list go on and on) but we are lucky to have Leah in a very chill program that, not only allows me to bring in yummy homemade birthday treats, but also allows (and encourages!) me to come in for the birthday snack time celebration where I turned into a full on emotionally charged crazy lady, crying and snapping a million and one pictures of my daughter sitting at the snack table eating a cookie. And yet her compassionate teacher just smiled and said how glad she was that I could stop in.

New York…Part 2

So, besides having a blast in NYC, we did a LOT more over the 10 days we spent with Brett’s family on Long Island. Some of which included…

1. Attending my sister-in-law’s baby shower. Katie is due almost exactly one month before me and she is also having a girl!

Leah joined the girls at the shower as well…

2. We walked around Brett’s pretty home town and spent a lot of time on his parent’s gorgeous front porch!

3. Ate a LOT of Cheerios…(Leah’s current favorite food)

4. Spent some time swimming at Brett’s grandparent’s beautiful back yard pool.

5. Went on a LOT of walks (I’ll tell you what, after living in flat Florida for over 3 years, suddenly having hills made pushing a stroller VERY difficult!!) and stopped to play at a few neighborhood playgrounds.

6. Spent lots of time with family and a certain someone got VERY spoiled with attention and gifts!

^^Leah’s second cousin, Emma, who introduced Leah to the fabulous new world of Barbies. These two became quick friends and it wasn’t long before Leah was asking to play with Emma every night!!

7. Attended the wedding rehearsal dinner at the Becker’s friend’s AMAZING beach house.

^^The wonderful bride-to-be spoiled Leah with a special flower girl present which included Leah’s current top favorite Disney princess doll, Tiana!! (Side note, Leah has yet to watch any of the Disney princess movies, but she does have all the “Little People” princesses and from day one, Tiana has been her all time favorite.

8. Got our wedding hair done!

Okay, so Leah’s might have been a little less fancy. ;)

9. And then it was wedding time!!!

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

^^Photo by Ryan & Heidi Studio

The wedding was BEAUTIFUL. It was held at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport, NY and the weather could not have been more perfect. The bride was a little concerned with rain in the week leading up to the big day (the ceremony was held outside), but Saturday was gorgeous and sunny, without a cloud in the sky. I was a little apprehensive as to how Leah would do as the flower girl, but she did well! When her big moment came she got a little shy, but with the help of Brett’s aunt, she proudly walked down the aisle (throwing a petal or two) and then spent the rest of the ceremony sitting with her nana and papa in the front row. So, overall, I would say Leah’s first flower girl gig was a success!

This kid turned into a little dancing MACHINE at the wedding!! Which honestly surprised me, considering the fact that she hasn’t shown much interest in dancing in the past. We happened to be sitting right by a corner of the dance floor, which I think helped her confidence since mommy and daddy were never too far. It was hilarious because as soon as the music started, she took control of that little corner of the floor and started hopping and spinning (her current dance move involves a sort of side shuffle where she hops primarily on one foot around in a circle over and over again. I think it won’t be long before this dance becomes a national craze…) along to the music. Multiple times people attempted to come over and dance with her, but every time someone tried she would stop in her tracks and shyly stare them down until they finally admitted defeat and moved on. And then she would go right back to dancing away in her little corner. Dancing with daddy was Leah’s only exception, besides that, she was strictly a solo act. I’m not kidding when I say that this kid danced it up until the wedding ended at 10:30 pm, ONLY leaving the dance floor when the music finally shut down. Of course she was passed out in the car by the time we even left the parking lot and the next morning she slept until 9 am, got up for an hour to eat breakfast, and then went back down until 2 pm. The girl was worn out!!! It was such a fun wedding though and we were SO happy to be there to celebrate with Lauren and Jessup, who were such a gorgeous couple!

And on our last day….

10. We worked on our camera poses…

And celebrated a certain someone’s early second birthday!!

And with that it was back to hot and sunny Florida! We had such a blast with so many of Brett’s family members and Leah is STILL asking where everyone is. We are so glad we got to spend such a good amount of time with everyone! :)

24 weeks

So I had the best intentions when it came to posting pregnancy updates from New York, but then of course I never did so I ended up missing two weeks of updates. Whoops. So let’s play some catch up…

Total weight gain: 10 lbs. Let’s talk weight gain for a minute. I had a slow start with my weight gain this time around, due to stress and morning sickness, and by 17 weeks, I still hadn’t gained any weight. But then, at my next doctor’s appointment, at 21 weeks, I had suddenly gained 8 lbs!! The nurse who weighed me let slip a little “oh wow!” at my impressive jump. Obviously she was jealous at my body’s amazing ability to pack on a solid 2 lbs a week for a whole month. I was a little surprised myself, more so because I started to become a tad bit worried that this 2 lbs a week business would continue, which would lead to a nice 45-50 lb weight gain by the end of my pregnancy. When I voiced my concern to my doctor, she just laughed and promised me that my body was just making up for lost time and that it would all even out in the end. And I’m pleased to see that she has been right and that 3 weeks later I’m only up another 2 lbs. BUT! I have also accepted that my body is going to do what my body needs to do. I’m exercising, I’m eating right (well…relatively…besides my overwhelming craving for peanut butter M&M’s and all….) and I am now completely comfortable in allowing my body to do what ever is healthy for this baby!
Biggest craving this week: Peanut butter M&M’s!! I made Brett buy me a bag and they disappeared in an embarrassing short amount of time….Besides that, my love affair with hummus and pita chips has continued. Oh, and we also ate pizza about 5 times while in New York, but I mean, come on, how could you not when you are surrounded by the best pizza in the country?!
Baby is now the size of: An ear of corn and a little over 1 lb.
How I’m Feeling: Still feeling really good! My energy level is up and I’m hitting the gym 2 times a week as well as walking daily. My belly REALLY popped between week 23 and 24 and I feel like it’s super noticeable now. My nurses on my unit make remarks as I walk by and parents and patients have started commenting as well.
How clothes fit: All maternity clothes all the time. Well, besides some longer “normal” shirts. Funny enough, I have some regular shirts that fit better than some of my maternity shirts…odd how that works. My good friend in NYC gifted me with a pair of her maternity skinny jeans and shorts, which has been a nice addition to my small pregnancy wardrobe. My favorite pair of maternity work pants have a full panel and I still have to fold it down to keep them from sliding down, but I’m sure it will only be a matter of weeks before my belly fully fills out the band!
Movement: Baby is dancing up a storm in there lately and I’m finally at the stage where you can physically see my stomach move from the outside. Last night while watching TV Brett got to really feel her flips for the first time, which is always a fun stage. And today during my staff meeting, I could see my shirt jump every time she rolled or kicked!
Random: Funny story; the other day I met a family in the hospital for a therapy dog visit and the mom did a double take when I walked into the room. Apparently they had met me 3 years ago when I was 8 months pregnant with Leah!! She exclaimed “Wow! You’re pregnant again!!” And it made me laugh, thinking that this woman must assume I’m just popping out babies right and left. Funny though that she remembered me AND the fact that I was pregnant!!
Looking forward to: Finally deciding on a NAME! It’s been tougher to agree on one this time around. By this point in my pregnancy with Leah we had already agreed on a name and I loved that because I felt like baby really took on an identity then. I know we still have 16 more weeks, but I’m bugging Brett to decide already so we can start calling this precious girl by her name!! The good thing is, I think we are super close to officially agreeing on one! :)