Pregnancy #2 Weeks 25-28

29 weeksAnd here we are in my third and FINAL trimester of pregnancy! For the most part, I feel like this pregnancy has just flown by, but when I stop and think to myself, “I’ve been pregnant since February!” then it seems to be taking forever. Especially when all I want on a hot summer day is an ice cold beer. Soon enough :-) For now, I’m enjoying all the movements and acrobatics going on in my belly and embracing my growing bump. This will be our last, so I’m doing my very best to enjoy every minute of it. Even the not so great parts that come along with it. I’m just thankful that I get to do this again.
Aversions:Hard boiled eggs :-( I just can’t at all. I took one bite into one and I fought to choke it down. This makes me sad because this is the easiest and quickest way to eat them. The good thing is that I have access to a kitchen at work, so I usually cook them over-medium when I get into the office. Good news is that salmon is back off the aversion list! Hallelujah! I took a gamble and tried a salmon salad at The Cheesecake Factory last week and it was amazing and I was so happy! After spending the weekend eating birthday cake, my body was craving something healthy and nutritious.
Cravings: I’ve been craving sandwiches more than normal. I could probably eat a sub sandwich every day for lunch if I let myself. About a week ago I started getting nauseous again (I hear that can happen at the end of pregnancy as well) and the only thing that sounded good to me was carbs, carbs and more carbs. So I’ve been consuming a lot more bread than what’s normal for me…which probably explains why I’ve had the biggest weight gain I’ve had all pregnancy between my 4 week appointments.
Workouts: I’m still feeling really good. Although I’m starting to slow down a bit and trying my hardest not to waddle, I’m still working out about 4-5 times a week. I’ve found that it cuts down on the crankiness and just makes me feel better overall. Running as been put on hold until after the new year and I’m okay with that. I’ve been spending a lot more time on my bike and I’ve found a new appreciation in biking. Spinning class has now taken over for running. I can still work up a great sweat without the high impact that running has. I’ve also taken some HIIT classes at barre which still feel great. I tend to hang out in the back corner because my moves are very modified these days :-)
biking28weeksMadelyn:  She falls asleep and stays asleep on her OWN!!!! The first few weeks were rough but we stuck to our routine and now she goes doesn’t require one of us to lay there until she falls asleep. I have the best of both worlds. I can choose to get up once we’re done with our bedtime routine or I can choose to lay there with her for a bit and she’s content either way. This makes my life a million times easier. I think she has some idea of what’s coming to her. She’s been very clingy to us which is unlike her. I assembled our bassinet so that I could clean it up and when she saw it in the basement she says, “This is the baby’s bed? Awww cute!” LOL She’s a character.
Energy: It could be worse, but it could also be better. Sleep is becoming more of a challenge. I wake up every night either having to use the bathroom or because turning over is getting harder and I have to literally sit up to turn to the other side. Annoying. I take advantage of Madelyn’s naps on the weekends and take some time to take my own little siesta.
What’s new these past few weeks?
-I’ve been having some increased SI pain at from about 26 weeks. A trip to the chiropractor will be made this week and I’ve scheduled an appointment with an acupuncturist who specializes in pre-natal/post-natal care for the following week.
-Nesting has hit me with full-force. I don’t remember being this “nesty” last time. But I’ve gone on rampages to de-clutter as much as possible. One Friday night I spent over an hour rearranging our linen/medicine closet. I felt a million times better after I threw out all the old medicine and reorganized.
-We’re looking for a doula. A little late in the game because we still haven’t found one :-/ Last time I was in labor, our doctor was incredible. She stayed with us for about the final 3 hours and directed Larry on what to do to help me feel more comfortable. This time, it’s just him, me and our midwife. I don’t expect she will be that hands on, especially if she has other patients to attend to. And I really want to try for a natural birth this time around as well. I’ve met with a few and have a couple to meet with this week, so I’m confident that we’ll end up with someone.
-I’ve been watching birthing videos and reading books to help wrap my mind around the fact that I’m going to be doing this again…
Some things I’m looking forward to in this final trimester? Feeling more and more baby kicks, the cooler weather, and signing Madelyn up for a big sibling class at the hospital. It will be a fun to see what they teach the kids and we also get a hospital tour with it so she can see where the baby will be born :-) It will be nice for us too because it’s a different hospital than last time, so we’ll know what to expect come delivery day.

Pregnancy #2 Weeks 20-24

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And here we are, finishing up 24 weeks. The second trimester is cruising right along very smoothly and I have zero gripes or complaints. So much so, this is the last pic I took…21 weeks-Whops! I’m savoring every minute of this because I know that in just a few weeks that can, and probably will, change.
My energy levels are still relatively high/normal. I’m really motivated to get the baby’s room organized and redecorated. I’ve been carrying bins of clothes down from our attic to see what baby girl #2 will need. It’s nice that we’ll get to reuse a lot of stuff, but because Madelyn was born in August and this baby will be born in the Fall, the first few month’s of clothes and sizes don’t match up with the seasons. So I’ll be doing some shopping and rummaging in the next few weeks to see what I can find. I was able to score 2 Aden & Anais blankets at a rummage for $6! A pack of 4 runs about $35 in the store.  Since not really much is new in the last few weeks of this pregnancy, I want to talk about being “Team Green” until the very end versus finding out the baby’s sex halfway through.
I’ve been fortunate enough to experience it both ways. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, we (or rather I) elected not to find out. Hubs wanted to find out but I won that battle and we waited until she was born. Best. Decision. Ever. Now I know what that surprise feels like and there’s a lot of stuff that we can reuse because the every day stuff (sleep sacks,towels, blankets,etc…)are all gender neutral.
Common questions I received while being Team Green: How are you going to decorate the nursery? How do you not want to know?! You’re going to have so much green & yellow! Last one’s not really a question, but you get the point. I LOVED Madelyn’s room. I had a lot more time during my first pregnancy to get quite a few DIY projects done. This time around? Not so much. And OF COURSE I wanted to know! It was killing me but fun at the same time. I had one person tell me I was carrying this way so that meant I was having a boy and then I’d turn around and someone else would tell me I was carrying another way that meant girl. I got more joy out of watching everyone else try to guess what she was. Another reason I didn’t want to know because I felt as adults, it’s the one last “good surprise” left in life. It was one surprise I couldn’t ruin for myself and I liked that.
When we found out we were expecting baby #2 husband right away said that we were finding out. I was reluctant, but I knew it wasn’t fair to hold out again when I knew that he really wanted to find out. In marriage, there’s this thing called compromise…it got the best of me and I gave in. I said to him that I didn’t want to know at the 20 week anatomy scan with the ultrasound tech, that if we were finding out it had to be with our family in a fun and exciting way. Enter silly string party.
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You guys, thinking of that day makes my eyes well up with tears. The emotions I felt in a matter of minutes was insane. I went from nervous to calm, to excited, to happy that everyone could be there to know that we were having another girl. It was amazing and fun and I wouldn’t take that back for anything. We got to hug our family right away and they got to share in the moment with us.
Some pro’s about finding out midway through
Being able to prepare!! Going through all of Madelyn’s stuff and purging what we’re not going to use, has been wonderful. We’ve also slightly altered the room colors. The old room was painted a turquoise color and was staying that way regardless. If we found out baby was a boy we would add in more navy blues and greens. Now that we found out she’s a girl, we are adding in coral and gold. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
Deciding on a name. We’ve never had an issue coming up with a girl name, but boy names are always an issue for us. Thankfully, we will never have to have that argument.
Preparing Madelyn for a sister. I can’t wait to see these two together. We keep asking her for name ideas, even though baby 2’s name has been decided. The one thing we are keeping secret until the birth. Even from (especially from) Madelyn.
Cons of Waiting until the End
Even though I’m so happy that we were completely surprised the first time around, there were some cons that came along with it.
Not knowing the whole 9 months. I was pretty confident that Madelyn was a girl from the very start. I had several dreams where she was a girl. I just had a gut instinct. And then all of my friends started finding out they were having girls and I thought there was no way we ALL were having girls. So I became undecided again. I drove myself nuts.
Texting our family the news. My mom and sister were at the hospital when Madelyn was born so they knew right away at 3:29am she was a girl. We had to wait until a more reasonable hour to send people a text letting them know she had arrived. This time around my friends called and congratulated us and we were able to share the news with our family and see their reactions.
The moment you find out. Maybe because I was just so tired and stunned at what I just did, when hubs told me she was a girl, I didn’t have the same reaction as I did when we found out via silly string. I was just happy that our baby was here and that she was healthy and that I was done giving birth. Nothing else mattered.
I thought that finding out the baby’s sex during pregnancy would make me less excited to meet her/give birth etc. But that’s not the case AT ALL. I think of her every day. How she will look. Will she get my curly hair? Will her eyes stay blue or will they turn green like Madelyn’s? Will she have more olive-toned skin? Things like that. I think of her personality. If she will be quieter/calmer than Madelyn? Will Madelyn be super bossy and will this little lady stand up to her sister? She’s quite active in there, but I remember Madelyn being non-stop in utero-a personality trait that carried on into toddler life. I’m just as scared for labor/delivery as I was the first time around. Maybe even more so because I know what I’m getting myself into. I keep thinking that the L&D will be the same as last time, but that I can clearly not be the case. In the next few weeks, I’m going to brush up on laboring techniques, as I’m hoping to another all natural birth.
Moms out there, where you totally surprised or did you find out the sex of the baby? Mom’s of two or more children, were your labor and deliveries the similar or completely different? 

Our Baby Reveal Party

A few weeks ago, we had a baby reveal party with our family and if you follow me on Instagram, you already know that baby C is a….GIRL!
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We are so excited and thrilled to be blessed with another baby girl this fall. Since finding out, one of the top questions from people’s mouth is “Another girl, are you excited?” Followed by, “How does Larry feel about having all girls?” We are both very excited. What matters to us most is that the baby & mom are healthy. Yes, it would’ve been nice to have one of each but at the same time I’m so close to my sister, I really wanted Madelyn to have that special relationship in her life and I knew this would be the only shot at that since we both agreed that no matter the outcome, two kids is our max.
We had our ultrasound on a Wednesday. Baby girl was breech so the tech told us right away that sometimes they can’t get a great look down there because of the position. Everything looked healthy but she wasn’t cooperating to get a great profile picture, which should’ve been our first clue we were having another girl! She kept arching and stretching her head back. Madelyn was the same way, moving around so much that we couldn’t get a good picture. But when it came time for the tech to get a look at the “goods” she said the baby moved her legs and she was able to clearly see what we were having.
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 Hubs and I looked away from the screen when she was in that area so we had no clue. The tech wrote the baby’s sex on a thank you note I had planned on giving to my friend who was helping us out the following day. She wrote it and then sealed it up. That night, hubs went to work while that envelope sat in my purse. I was so tempted to open it so many times I had to put it in my car to forget about it! I’m notorious for ruining surprises for myself.
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 That Friday, I went out of town with my girlfriends for the weekend, which was a nice distraction to try to get my mind off of it. However, Saturday night all I did was toss and turn because I knew on Sunday we would know what we were having. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about something that I couldn’t sleep. I felt like a little kid at Christmas again.
That Sunday evening we had our close family over. Larry grilled brats, we had some sides, and of course there was cake. I decided it would be fun to find out via silly string. I had thought about cupcakes/cake but figured Madelyn would get a kick out of silly string…

062815_Campbell_007To pull off the silly string reveal, I went to the dollar store and purchased 11 cans of pink and 11 cans blue (for the number of people we were having). I gave all the supplies to my friend, told her how I wanted them wrapped and said to keep the unused silly string until I saw her afterward so I could return whatever we didn’t use(sidenote-Dollar Tree only does even exchanges, not returns). She was nice enough to deliver the cans to our house on Sunday afternoon when I got home from Door County and even made this cute little box to put them in.

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After everyone got there, we ate dinner and did the reveal afterward. I was waiting for my friend, Jenna, to come over and take pictures since I figured everyone else would be preoccupied. I really wanted someone there to capture the moment. Jenna works with us and is starting up her own photography business so she was the perfect person to ask.

She was able to get some really great moments and definitely captured the emotional roller coaster it was. I was so nervous the whole day. Why? I’m not really sure. It was probably more excitement than anything. Madelyn, Larry and I stood there as we faced our family and I explained on the count of three everyone shoots their silly string.

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The initial reaction when something is coming at you is to close your eyes.

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When I was finally able to open them and saw it was pink I was like “Oh it’s pink. Pink means we’re having a girl. Madelyn you’re having a sister!” As soon as those words came out of my mouth I started crying.

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I was so excited and after I hugged my husband and daughter, I gave my sister a big hug. I was crying out of excitement for having another daughter as well as having our family there with us to share in the moment this time around. It was so much fun and something I will never forget.

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Along with the silly string reveal we had a few other fun things at the party. We took votes on whether the baby would be a boy or girl. It was pretty much split until we asked Madelyn whose vote is in yellow :-)

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We also needed help naming the baby and asked for both boy an girl suggestions. And then we did an old wives tales symptoms thing. I don’t normally believe in those, but the majority of the symptoms pointed to girl. 062815_Campbell_027People with kids out there, did you choose to find out or wait until the baby was born? If you found out, how was it revealed to you?

 I’ll be back next week to give a pregnancy update and to talk about my feelings on finding out vs. waiting having now experienced it both ways. Have a great weekend!

Pregnancy #2: Weeks 16-19

IMG_3731This second trimester has been extremely smooth sailing so far. For the most part I feel about 100% like my old self, just a tad more emotional than normal but other than that, I’m feeling good. I don’t remember being this emotional when I was pregnant with Madelyn but I’ve definitely had my fair share of crying this pregnancy: hubs new work schedule, going through Madelyn’s baby stuff, watching her fall asleep, and even toddler temper tantrums have all brought me to tears. The struggle is real my friends and I hope that this is one side effect that doesn’t stick around much longer.
Aversions: Still going strong with salmon. I made another attempt to eat it the other day, and I manage to get down a “Madelyn” sized portion of it. I now cover my hardboiled eggs in spicy brown mustard. They taste kind of like deviled eggs. A typical breakfast for me is two hard boiled eggs topped with spicy brown mustard along side a mound of fresh strawberries. Weird pregnancy food combinations at its best.
Cravings: WATERMELON! We’ve gone through 4 so far (it’s only June) and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who’s eating it. Well, Madelyn and myself. Ice water. I’m at the stage in my pregnancy where my water has to be ice cold. Also, burgers. I could eat them for dinner every night if I allowed myself to.
watermelonWorkouts: Same as before. Running and barre. I’ve been going to all of the classes that The Barre Code has to offer to include the cardio classes and I want to do a post on how I’ve modified each class with my pregnancy. Running is starting to be hit or miss. It really all depends on the positioning of the baby at that moment. When I go out for a run and realize it’s a no go, I walk for the planned distance that day. (Usually about 3 miles).
Madelyn: She’s officially in her “big girl” room and it’s been…interesting. We’re back to fighting bedtime and her wanting one of us to lay with her until she falls asleep since now we can fit in her bed with her. The first night in her new room she went down like a dream. I knew it was too good to be true. So we’re working on it and trying different things to see what works best for her (and us) and going from there. If anyone has any tips or advice on how to get a toddler to fall asleep in her bed by herself, I would greatly appreciate it. The good news is that once she’s asleep, she stays in there all night. Even in the morning, she will call one of us to come get her when she’s awake and ready to start her day at 5:45am. She now wants both a brother and a sister. Sorry kiddo.
Energy: I wish the second trimester honeymoon phase lasted until delivery day because energy wise I feel great. I’m more than ready for bed at the end of the night and the day I decided to run the 5k then take barre after I was more than ready for an afternoon nap. But overall, I feel wonderful and I’m savoring every last bit of it because I know what’s ahead of me.
What’s new these past few weeks? My hips hurt at night. When I lay on one side for too long it starts to hurt and I wake up and have to switch over which usually prompts a bathroom trip. I have a snuggle pillow that helps a little bit. Now that it’s summer, I need to keep reminding myself that I’m pregnant. Yesterday I spent way too much time out in the sun doing stuff in the garden and with Madelyn. When we got done swimming yesterday, I ate a giant pretzel and felt much better. I also sat under a tree in the shade at the playground while Larry played with Madelyn…something I never do!
Things I’m looking forward to:
-Our 20 week ultrasound this week!
-Finding out the sex of our baby with our family
-My girls weekend trip
-An anniversary/babymoon getaway
-Feeling more frequent/stronger kicks. Hubs finally felt the baby move the other day and it was like the first time all over again. It was really cute. He had all these questions for me after :-) I can’t wait for Madelyn to feel/see the baby moving around in my belly.
-Getting the nursery set up. The positive about not finding out the sex of the baby the first time? Getting to reuse things like swaddling blankets and towels all over again. We also have a good amount of pajamas to get us started. Once we find out what baby #2 is, we will decorate the nursery accordingly. I don’t want Madelyn to go into the room and think that the baby took over her old room. Most things will stay the same, but I want to make it look as different as possible.
We’re having a little party with our family on Sunday to find out the baby’s sex. I was anti-finding out, but Larry wanted to know and we didn’t find out with Madelyn so I’m compromising. I agreed to it as long as we did it with our family in a fun way and not in the ultrasound room.
Cannot wait! Any guesses of we’re having? We’ve got a little bit of both according to the old wives tales.

Pregnancy Number 2: Weeks 14-15

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I am embracing the second trimester with open arms! I can’t get over how much better I’m feeling. I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until I look at myself in the mirror or I try to hold Madelyn for long periods of time.

The first trimester seemed to last forever, but I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy is going to fly by. I’m trying to savor the good parts as best as possible, because this will be our last baby. Larry and I are firm believers in not being outnumbered by our children.

-Aversions: Still have zero desire to eat plain almonds. Salmon was also on my list of things I’m not crazy about, which makes me really sad since it’s so good for the baby. I will try to eat it but I can’t eat as much of it as I normally do. Hardboiled eggs are also still kind of “meh”. I prefer them fried or omelet style with some feta cheese and spinach.

-Cravings: Sweet and salty like no other. Yesterday I had a butter pecan ice cream cone and an hour later I really wanted a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips. I have now tried three different brands of cheese and caramel corn. So far Trader Joe’s wins. We have a trip to Chicago scheduled in the beginning of June and I cannot wait to visit Garrett’s! Creme brûlée has become my dessert of choice, which is new to me in this pregnancy.

-Workouts: Still running and going to barre. I’ve had to modify some core moves in barre and scaled back on the cardio intensity in classes. I’ve noticed that if I go two days without exercise my mood/hormones are all over the place. Unfortunately my family has felt the wrath of this…sorry guys. I had a great gym workout on Saturday and felt like a whole new person. I love endorphins.

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-Madelyn: For the first time ever she said she wants a boy baby! She’s kind of all over the place but is still showing preference for a sister. I told her she get what she gets! haha! She loves playing with baby dolls and will sit and feed them, rock them to sleep and change their diaper. She will even sing to her baby when it cries. She’s going to be an awesome big sister.

-Energy: Much better for the most part. With some changes in our life/work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little worn out by the end of the day, but still a million times better than I was the first trimester. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, hopefully not for too long.

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Feeling kicks from the outside. I’m starting to feel stronger movement on the inside and I love it! It gives me a reassuring feeling that everything’s okay in there.

-Our 20 week ultrasound is finally in the books and a gender reveal party is on the calendar. We’ll be finding out at the end of June if we’re having a boy or a girl.

-Getting Madelyn into her big girl room so that we can start getting ready for the baby.

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth again and I’d really like to have an unmedicated birth again. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same doctor who delivered Madelyn because of insurance purposes. But she was wonderful. So wonderful that I told Larry I would never have another baby without her…I’m eating my words. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to take a crash course natural birthing class because I really can’t remember what we did the first time around. I just remember loving the birthing tub. There are a few classes in the area that are geared toward second time parents. I will probably have some persuading to do ;-)

Dear Pregnant Self

Last year, during Christmas, we announced to our families that we were expecting a baby.  I had just taken a pregnancy test a few days before and was shocked with the results.  It was a little earlier than planned and I was nervous/scared that we weren’t ready for this and all the changes that come along with a baby.  I realize now that it was silly to feel that way.  My pregnancy went by so quickly (even though at the end I thought it was never going to end) and looking back there are some things that I wish someone would’ve told me.
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Dear Pregnant Self-
I know this isn’t in the intial life plans right now, but remember that God’s plans are always greater than our own.  As you go about the next 9 months try to always keep these things in the back of your head:
It is totally normal to feel scared, freaked out etc…This is all brand new to you and it’s the fear of the unknown.  You can read as many baby books as you want (or don’t read them at all), nothing will prepare you for motherhood the way having a newborn will…and guess what? You’ll know exactly what to do.
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When pregnant and given the option, always choose sleep.  The dog can wait to be walked, the gym workout can be done at a later time, the laundry can wait to be folded.  Sleep is your friend in the early months of pregnancy.  You’re tired all the time anyway…go with it.  Your body is truly telling you to rest before you can’t anymore.  When you’re at your biggest and sleeping on your stomach is no longer an option and that little baby decides she wants to put her feet in your ribcage at 1am, you will have wished you chose sleep.  Not to mention all the late night visits to the bathroom.
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You’re going to gain weight.  There’s no way around this.  This is actually a GOOD thing.  It means that your little baby is getting healthier and stronger.  You can continue to remain as active as you want-this will actually help offset the fatigue.  The number on the scale doesn’t define who you are and your baby isn’t going to care how much you weigh.  And the good news?  You will lose a lot of this weight shortly after delivery.
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You’re not a celebrity so don’t hold yourself to such standards.  The “baby weight” will not fall off overnight And THAT’S OKAY.  In real life, there are no nannies, personal chefs or trainers.  It’s just you, that baby and your husband.
Labor.  It will be intense.  It will be fast.  Physically, it will be the hardest thing you ever do.  But it will be worth 110% worth it.

before things really started to kick offYou think you love that baby now?  Oh man just you wait.  Words can’t even describe-so I’m not going to try.  There is no love like the love you have for your child.  Once that baby is born, you will finally understand the true meaning of “unconditional love”.  It’s a different kind of love than what you have for anyone else-even your husband…

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 Speaking of the love for your husband.  It will triple once you see him become a father to your baby girl.  You will see a whole new side of him and it will make you fall in love all over again.
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Remember that these next 9 months go by fast so cherish every single moment.  Both the good and the bad.  Remember at the end when all you wanted is for the baby to just come out?  After the baby has arrived, you will be in the grocery store, see a pregnant lady and say to yourself, “I miss that.”  Just you wait.