Home of the free because of the brave! Happy Memorial Day everyone!
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.
-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 ;-)
I started out my weekend with a sweaty Friday night brawl class with my sis and woke up Saturday morning for the grand opening of The Barre Code Brookfield. The studio is beautiful. It’s also nice and close which is a huge plus.
On Sunday, I woke up and was all set to run a 5k with Madelyn in the jogging stroller.
I signed up for Run Like a Mother 5k-a mother’s day race I’ve been wanting to do for a few years now, and the weather was awful. Not only was it in the low 40s, but it was rainy and windy. Something I probably could have forged through but I felt bad dragging Madelyn down to the lakefront for a race. I got to my mom’s house and we decided that Starbucks sandwiches and coffees sounded like a much better idea. I HATE not doing a race that I sign up for, but I had to think of the little peanut.
I purchased this For Two Fitness tank a few weeks ago. I LOVE their tank tops and workout gear. I wore their stuff with when I was pregnant with Madelyn and I’m looking forward to wearing it with baby #2. It’s very comfortable and grows nicely along with a growing belly.
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Later in the day we met my mom and sister at Firefly for an awesome Mother’s Day brunch. I decided to wear my top from Stitch Fix. I never did a review of Stitch Fix because I received my first box early in my pregnancy and wasn’t sharing the news yet, but they sent me some really awesome things. I will definitely be doing it again.
I love how light and comfortable this top is and can’t wait to pair it with some jean shorts and cute sandals.
The husband and Madelyn definitely spoiled me this year. I got this necklace I’ve been wanting for a while on Etsy.
And a fun little polaroid camera. I love it!
We gifted my mom with a weekend in Chicago to see Dirty Dancing the musical. I cannot wait to head to the windy city with my two favorite ladies at the end of this summer.