Baby Baum #2 – The Details

November 24, 2015

Thanks for the congrats on Baby Baum #2! I am so so excited for Grant to have a sibling and am really looking forward to all of the fun with pregnancy. Here are some details on the pregnancy so far!

How did you find out you were pregnant?

I was feeling a little funny (a lot like last time) so I thought it would be good to take a test. I took a super cheap one on the Friday before traveling to Cleveland, and got a crazy faint positive. I had gotten a couple of faint positives in earlier months, so I really didn’t think much of it. I just threw it to the side and boarded my plane. The next day, I was just super lethargic and could tell something was up. My sister and I went to CVS and grabbed a First Response, and it was super positive – definitely no mistaking on that one.

What kind of pregnancy test did you take?

The first one was the Wondfo dip stick. The other was a First Response (the one with the pink dye).

How many?

2 Wondfo’s and 2 FRER – 2 come in the box, so why not use them 😉

What were your first symptoms?

I was lethargic and just felt off. I felt exactly the same as I did when I found out I was pregnant with Grant, so I had a pretty good feeling.

Who did you tell first?

I actually told my sister since she was with me when I bought the test. Marcus was out running errands at the time, so I told him later that day. This was probably 30 minutes before we found out!

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My first reaction:

I was thrilled! I had some tough times in the 30 days prior to this because of the meds I was on (i’ll talk about this in a later post) so I was pretty down about the whole process. I ended up getting pregnant on the 3rd and final round I was able to have the medicine (Clomid), so I felt super fortunate.

Was your baby planned?

Most definitely!

How far were you when you found out?

Right at 4 weeks.

How did your parents/family react?

Everyone was thrilled. Telling everyone about baby #2 is much different, since I feel like they more so expected it. With #1, no one even knew we were trying so we really caught people off guard!

How did you tell your friends?

A few of them knew right away since I had the issues with the medicine the month prior, but most of our other friends found out sporadically from about 6 weeks to the 12 week mark. We did tell a few more people this time around a bit earlier – our ongoing joke was that it was the worst kept secret ever.

Baby Details

Due Date: June 4, 2016

Do you know the sex? Nope

Will you find out the sex? No! We are waiting to find out on his or her birthday!

Any names? We have a couple that spilled over from our list with Grant, but we haven’t talked about it too seriously.

Were you trying long? Since May

Any ultrasounds? Yep! I’ve actually had 3 ultrasounds already. I had a pretty big issue with an overstimulated ovary, so I had to make sure it was shrinking the way it needed to as the baby was growing.

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Have you heard the heartbeat? Yep! A couple of times now – it never gets old.

Will the baby have siblings? Grant and Winnie B, of course!

Have you felt the baby move? Not yet.

How do you feel?

I’m back to feeling pretty normal for the most part. I am still really tired, but that is to be expected. I am thinking I’ll get some energy back in the coming weeks.

Do you have morning sickness?

Oh man, yes. I feel like the morning sickness started almost immediately – week 5 this time. I was just a little queasy, and then had a real problem week 9. I felt like I couldn’t eat a thing and just want to crawl into a hole. Luckily, it really only lasted about 10 days and then really lightened up. I think I am on the other side of it now. I’ve actually been able to eat lots of veggies and some really healthy food, which I remember being a big no no for me last time around.

Do you have any cravings?

Just salty things really – and its really not that I am craving them – I just prefer it more so over sweet stuff. I am not usually a big sugar lover, so this isn’t really out of the norm for me.

Do you have any food aversions?

Nope, not yet.

Do you have any mood swings?

I feel myself getting a little more agitated now later in the day, but they haven’t been anything crazy. I’m usually not a very moody person either, so I don’t expect all too much here.

How far long are you now?

I am 12 weeks and 3 days. I hit the new week each and every Saturday, so this coming weekend I will be 13 weeks along.



The 20th is a Big Date

November 20, 2015

The 20th tends to be a big date for us around here. Marcus and I started dating on the 20th of September, got engaged on November 20th (6 years ago today) and then got married on March 20th. Its only fitting that another big event (or in this case announcement) should happen on the 20th.

Grant Big Bro

We couldn’t be more thrilled! Details to come soon :)

A New Race in Town – The Goody Goody Turkey Gobble

November 16, 2015

One of my favorite things to do on Thanksgiving (other than eat, of course) is to get involved in a turkey trot. These races tend to range from a mile, to a 5k, 10k, and even a half marathon (!!) in some places. I’ve been running the same Turkey Trot for over 10 years. It is a 10k over in St. Pete and I really do love running it. This year, I am deciding to stay in Tampa for an all new turkey trot! Since the race in St. Pete was the only one offered for so long, it is amazing to have one available here in Tampa, just a few minutes away from the house.

Goody Goody Turkey Gobble

The origination of the race is a pretty fun story too. A group of runners started meeting at the downtown YMCA years ago for a run on Thanksgiving morning. After years and years of all showing up for the run, they decided to go ahead and make it official with a true 5k race, starting at the Amalie arena in downtown, and then heading down Bayshore Boulevard for an out and back course. This race is the Goody Goody Turkey Gobble!

Good y Goody is a new-to-me restaurant here in Tampa (it was around years ago and is coming back), started by Richard Gonzmart, who is a Tampa legend. He is the owner of the ever famous Columbia restaurant (1905 salad and sangria anyone!?) and will be catering the post race breakfast. I am pretty pumped to try the food and see what it is all about.

I can’t wait to just drive 5 minutes down the road and run a great 5k with thousands of other runners from Tampa. I know it is going to be awesome and think it is the perfect way to start off the holiday!

Running in the Dark with Night Runner 270

November 5, 2015

We all love to hate Day Light Savings Time. In the fall, we get an extra hour of sleep, but its dark by 6pm (at least here in Florida). Then in the spring, we are gypped that hour, but its nice and light at night. There are good and bad aspects to both time changes, but there is one thing that is pretty consistent. It’s dark at times when it isn’t convenient – early morning, right after work – aka, the best time there is to get out and run!

A company funded by Kickstarter was nice enough to send me something to help get through all of these dark morning and evenings – The Night Runner 270. These 270 degree lights secure right to the top on the shoe, right through the shoe laces. They don’t bounce or jiggle at all. You really can’t even feel that they are there.

Night Runner 270

I was honestly a little skeptical at first. I was expecting them to make the run feel a little jostled and not smooth at all. I was pleasantly surprised. The visibility is good and it is really nice to not have to actually hold onto something. There are 2 LED lights in the front, and then 2 red LED lights in the back so you can be seen from 270 degrees. The batteries are rechargeable, so the lights themselves are even lighter.

Night Runner 270

I think my favorite part of the lights is the look I get when I run by people who haven’t seem them. People will actually stop and straight up stare because they haven’t seen anything like them – and neither have I! If you are looking for a way to stay bright at night, I really do recommend looking into the Night Runner 270. Really and truly!

I was given the Night Runner 270 to try for my honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Very Toy Story Halloween

November 2, 2015

Welp, it’s been solid month since I’ve been around on the blog. A lot and nothing has been going on all at the same time. I’ll get into a bit of that in the next few weeks but I want to share some fun photos from Halloween!

With Halloween being on a Saturday, we decided to go ahead and actually dress up as a family and I am so happy we did!

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We embraced our inner Disney fan and decided to dress up as the cast of Toy Story. Grant was Buzz Lightyear, Marcus was Woody, I was Jessie, and Winnie was Ham the pig!

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We bought Grant’s outfit, but completely DIY’d our own. There was lots of iron ons, paint and thrift store trips, which made it all the more fun.

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Since Grant was only a few months old last Halloween, this was the first one where Grant could actually walk around and trick or treat. We really weren’t sure how it was going to turn out, but figured we would go ahead and give it a shot. We loaded up his wagon and made our way through the neighborhood

Halloween 2015_5Grant did surprisingly well. He had so much fun going up to the different houses and knocking on the doors. He loves knocking on doors these days, so actually being allowed to do it at different places was so fun for him.

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He held onto a few pieces until they were pretty darn melted since he really doesn’t understand the whole point of collecting the candy is to actually eat it. I’m ok with that – he will figure it out soon enough!

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This was the first year we had a theme dress up as a family and I have a feeling it is going to be a tradition to be continued. We had an absolute blast!