Thoughts on Two: During Pregnancy

April 28, 2016

Pregnancy has all sorts of shifts – your body shifts to accommodate your growing baby, your emotions shift because of, well hello, hormones, and your overall thoughts shift as well. After all, you are going to be adding a new family member in just a few short months. With a 2 year old already running around the house, my thoughts this pregnancy compared to last are definitely a bit different. I thought it would be fun to write out my thoughts right now on adding another baby to the family. Then, in a few months, write another post once the baby has already arrived, to see how thoughts have changed.

How do you love two as much as one

I feel like every mom struggles with this. Before having a baby, you know you will love him or her, but you really can’t fathom how much until they actually arrive. Then, once the baby is here, you can’t even imagine life without them. Your love grows so so deep for that little being in such a short amount of time. How can you love two little kids the same as you do one?

Grant beach

How is Grant going to adapt

This is without a doubt my biggest concern. Grant is the center of our world right now. Everything revolves around him, whether it is nap time, noise level in the house, what we do for fun – it’s 100% the Grant show. That is about to change drastically in 5 short weeks. I am nervous as to how he is going to adapt to not being our one and only little guy. There will be times when I know I will have to tell him to wait while I comfort a screaming baby, or times daddy may have to do bed time instead of mommy. That is a hard pill for me to swallow. I am hoping he goes in stride with all of the changes. He is such a well mannered 2 year old and really hasn’t been giving us that terrible two dose we’ve all heard about. He is always happy and I am really hoping he stays that way.

How different this new little guy will be

The only baby I’ve ever been around is grant. I know his mannerisms, his sleeping patterns, and his happy go lucky attitude. Will this new baby be similar or completely different? I am preparing myself for the polar opposite, since we were so fortunate with Grant when he was a Infant. He slept well, was always happy, and just always lit up the day. I hope the new little guy is similar, but I am surely not counting on it.

Who will he look like

I am so curious about this one! Will he look like Grant with blonde hair and blue eyes, or will he have dark eyes like his daddy? I selfishly want to see another blue eyed baby, but that’s just because it will be a piece of me! Being blessed with only boys up to this point makes me want them to look even more like me – as completely silly as I know this sounds.

Baby Baum #2 Maternity Photos_5

Will life return to our new normal quickly

Since we’ve been through the infant stage before, will we adapt quicker this time around, or will we need even more help than before? I am very fortunate this pregnancy in that I am able to take off 12 weeks after he is born. With Grant, I got a new job at the 7 week mark, and didn’t have nearly the leave I would have liked. I am hoping we adapt quickly and are able to really enjoy our expanded family for a bit before needing to go back to work.

Will a scheduled repeat c-section be better as much as everyone says it is

After writing this post, I got so much great feedback and support. Most of the women said how great it was to know what was going to happen and when it would occur. I am definitely liking knowing when I’ll be leaving work, but am still struggling with the fact that I won’t be able to pick up Grant for a solid chunk of time. I am quite interested to see what my experience will be the 2nd time around with a c-section that is planned rather than emergent.

I am anxious to see what really happens in the coming weeks and months with a new addition to the family, and how thoughts might change looking back to now!

 

Baby Baum #2 – Weeks 32 & 33

April 18, 2016

Tomorrow marks the 6 week (or less!) mark until we meet the baby! I get more and more excited each week, knowing the little guy will be growing our family and lots of newborn snuggles are on the way. I seriously can’t wait!

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 32 & 33 weeks

  • The little guy is now between 17 to 19 inches in length, around the size of a pineapple
  • He weighs about 4.5 pounds now and will grow about 1/2 lb per week until he is born!
  • The uterine walls are becoming thinner, so baby can now see the light coming through to help differentiate between day and night

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: At my 32 week appointment, I was at a 20 pound weight gain in total. My weight gain was so front heavy, and I have really tapered off since those first 20 weeks. I am thinking all of my weight gain these days is going straight to the baby – and my boobs! Ha!

2nd pregnancy 33 weeks beach

Workouts: I am consistently running 3x a week, 3 miles at a time. I’ve been taking a few walk breaks here and there, as I am really feeling the weight in my pelvis. Weight training usually rounds out at 2x a week, and then I am walking all of the other days. I’m not sure how much longer the running will last, so I am soaking in each and every time I am able to get out and pound the pavement.

Symptoms: I’ve been feeling a lot of movement and some Braxton Hicks contractions too. If I am on my feet a lot, on the weekends especially, my lower back gets pretty sore. I’ve been taking a lot of baths to help combat that soreness, and it seems to be helping quite a bit. I also had some nausea for about 3 straight days last week, which really stunk. I felt like I was back in the first trimester and am so happy that went away. I was not looking forward to feeling that way until the baby makes his arrival!

Food Aversions: No aversion here!

Food Cravings: I am still quite boring here. I pretty much crave anything that’s easy to make – aka, I am super lazy these days. I am honestly happy eating a PB&J and yogurt for dinner if it means I don’t have to cook. The thought of food prep for baby makes me cringe, although I know I am going to need to start that in the next couple of weeks.

Sleep: I’ve been heading to bed super early each night, usually between 8:30-9pm. With an early bed time, I’ve been up by 6:15 just about every morning, which isn’t so fun. I would love to be able to sleep in just a little bit, but it just is not happening. I spent the weekend at the beach with some friends last weekend (hence the beachfront bump photos), and sleep was definitely less than stellar. It always takes me a little bit to get used to hotel rooms, and this trip was no different!

33 weeks pregnant beach

Baby Items Purchased: I found a ring sling over the weekend at a farmer’s market down in Sarasota, and I am so excited about it! It is very similar to one I borrowed when Grant was little and I think it will be perfect to carry around our new little guy! Otherwise, we bought a new glider for the nursery and I am in love! It is so crazy comfy and I have a feeling I will be falling asleep in that thing a lot!

Miss anything?: I miss being able to comfortably lay on the couch and watch tv. It’s been pretty rough to lay anywhere buy my bed lately, which is super strange. Its better with a pillow between my legs, but still not great. This baby is just growing and growing, and my hips are just not liking the spreading I think.

Do you know the sex? We will have another little boy running around!

6 weeks or less until the baby is here! Woo hoo (and holy moly!!!)

Baby Baum #2: 30 & 31 weeks

April 5, 2016

Today is officially 8 weeks until the baby’s scheduled birthday!  My guess is he will come on that day, given I never went into labor last pregnancy, but who knows – he could be here sooner!

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 30 & 31 weeks

  • The baby is over now, measuring around the size of a coconut
  • Baby boy can turn his head from side to side and he is starting to get some cute baby fat!

What’s going on with me:

BB2 31 weeks

Weight Gained: I haven’t weighed myself since my 28 week appoinment, but I have a feeling I am up a few pounds for sure. My hips are taking most of the brunt of the weight gain these days – shorts are all fitting a little tighter

Workouts: I am doing my very best to keep up the running but its been tough. The baby’s feet have been pushing pretty hard on my pelvis, so running has not been super comfortable. I did get in a run Sunday morning that I felt great about, so I am thinking he has moved a bit. I’m feeling more kicks in my side/ribs, so I think he may be transverse or head down now.

Symptoms: It’s not really a symptom, but this baby is moving like crazy! He is constantly, moving his arms, legs, and little but around. It is so funny to look down and know exactly what body part is poking through my belly. He definitely is an active one.

Food Aversions: Nada!

BB#2 31 weeks

Food Cravings: We were out of town for 5 days in North Carolina and South Carolina. I pretty much didn’t say no to any food -biscuits, ice cream – you name it, I was eating it. I have cleaned up my diet since I got home, so I am feeling a little better about my food choices!

Sleep: Still going strong. I wake up around 5 to pee, but otherwise, no frequent bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. We will see how much longer that will last!

Baby Items Purchased: I caved and bought some adorable clothes for our baby boy. Even though we have so many outfits already from Grant, I felt the urge to get this little guy a few outfits of his own. Carter’s was having a 50% sale, and I just couldn’t say no. I still need to get the essentials – paci’s, diapers, etc. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I went to online shopping!

Miss anything?: Other than the obvious wine and sushi, I am starting to miss some of my old outfits. I am so tired of wearing the 4 workout outfits I have and can’t wait to get back to wearing shorts and a sports bra to run in.

Do you know the sex? YES! We made the decision last minute at the 28 week appointment and found out we are having a BOY!

I feel like I am more and more excited to get to May 31st, the day we are scheduled to have the baby. Maybe finding out the sex did that to me, I dunno. But I can’t wait!

What I’m Buying New for Baby #2

April 1, 2016

Being a second time mom, I have quite a bit of stuff for when our newest addition arrives in May. There is so much I am going to be able to reuse, especially since we are having another little boy. However, there are plenty of items I am going to need to buy again, either out of necessity or desire. Here is a quick run down of what I’m buying new for baby #2!

What I'm buying new for baby #2

Pacifiers

I’m pretty sure we have a million around the house, but for sanitation purposes, I’ll be purging all the old ones and buying new ones for the little guy. I don’t want any pesky germs from Grant affecting his little brother.

Nipples for bottles

This is the same reason as above. I do plan to only grab a couple at first, just to make sure the baby will actually take the bottles we have. Grant wasn’t particular at all with this bottle – if it had milk in it, he’d drink it. Just in case this next baby favors one over the other, I want to make sure we don’t waste money on nipples he won’t even use.

Diapers

We used disposable with Grant, and plan to do so again with the next baby. Bring on the Pampers!

Changing Pad Liners

We have a few of these from Grant, but they aren’t exactly in the best shape. I use them from time to time with him, so I plan to move them with Grant into his new room and get the baby fresh and clean new ones.

A Glider

This is most definitely out of want, more than need, for a couple of reasons. Grant loves to sit in his glider and drink his milk before bed while we read a story. This is part of his routine, and I don’t want to disturb that. Its a part of the evening I really look forward to, so the glider is going to be following him to his new room. Another reason I am putting the current glider in his new room, rather than just leaving it in the nursery, is for comfort. The glider itself is so so cute, but it is not super comfortable, given the amount of hours we’ve spent in it. After a while, my butt goes numb and my back starts to hurt – the padding is just not thick enough. It will be perfect for a toddler’s room where rocking is at more of a minimum now. For a newborn, I am looking for something a lot more cushy given how much time I know I will be spending in it during the first 18 months or so.

Nursery Baby Baum

*Some* Clothes

I want to make sure the new baby has some stuff of his own, and everything isn’t hand me downs. Plus, I just can’t help myself. The stuff is just so dang cute!

A Double Stroller

I lucked out and received a BOB Duallie for Christmas for my family, so I have been all set for a while. I am going back and forth as whether or not to buy a single file as well, but I know I have to have a jogging stroller. I have pushed Grant for hundreds of miles and I know it will be no different with two kids (just a lot slower 😉

A Baby Carrier

I have an Ergo carrier, which I absolutely love. I wore Grant in it for quite some time and really enjoyed using. I will still be using it with our second baby, but I would also like a sling type carrier as well. I borrowed one from a friend with Grant, and really likes the closeness about it. I am just a little concerned that having a baby at the end of May means a summer of baby wearing, so I feel like we may be hot and sweaty all the time. Oh well, I guess that is just Florida in the summer time!

Toiletry Items

Since Grant is still in diapers, I plan to go get double of all toiletry items so we can have sets in each of the boy’s rooms. I do not want to have to go back and forth mid-diaper change to get rash cream, lotion, etc. I am all about convenience!

Do you have a suggestion on a sling type carrier? I’d love a few recommendations before purchasing one!

6 Tips to Get Your Fitness Back

March 29, 2016

We can all officially say that Spring is here, whether you’ve got ice and snow on the ground still or not. If the cold weather plays a big pull in your exercise routine (or lack there of), the snow will melt eventually and it will be time to get back out there into your running routine. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you slip on your sneakers and put away the gloves to get into your Spring and Summer running routines!

6 Tips to Get Your Fitness Back

Run naked

I’m not talking about your birthday suit either – leave your watch at home! As you start running again from an extended break, don’t worry about your time or distance at first. Simply focus on getting up in the morning, or getting out after work to create a routine. The actual act of putting your exercise on your calendar (and getting it done) is definitely the most difficult part. Once you actually start running (or walking) you are golden. You will get it done!

Know your fitness will come back

I distinctly remember after having my first son how discouraging it was going for runs. I was in the most amazing shape before getting pregnant and my come back seemed to be taking absolutely forever. I was going way too slow for my liking and didn’t seem to be making a ton of progress. As soon as I let that go, I started to see my mileage increase and my pace decrease, which made me feel so much better. It took a bit, but I did make progress. As soon as I saw small wins, the big wins followed soon there after and I was back!

Don’t get discouraged

This can be easier said that done, but don’t let a small loss completely derail your success. So had to skip a workout and go to a work happy hour instead. Be sure to get out the next day and get in a great run. If you get sick and have to take off a week, start back up the next week and get back to the great schedule you have come accustomed to. It is easy to make excuses as to why you’ve fallen off the wagon – take the hard way and get right back into it! Don’t lose what you’ve worked so hard to get to!

Marriott World Center Running Trail

Find a friend and team up

Enrolling a friend in your fitness journey makes coming back to running and working out so much more fun. You can take on the journey together and have someone to complain talk to when you have the worst run ever. Schedule a couple of days a week to meet up and run together or take a spinning class at your favorite studio. You will be much less likely to skip out on the workout if you have someone waiting for you at 6am.

Go shopping for some new running clothes

Ok so I know this sounds silly, but it works! How many times have you been so excited to wear something new, whether it is fitness related or not? Go buy a couple of new running outfits and get some use out of them! I’m not talking athleisure either – really go run in the clothes!

Pick a goal to look forward to

Whether you are looking at a race to complete or you sign up for a challenge at your local gym, pick something, plan for it, and stick to it! Having something looming out in the future to keep you accountable makes a really big difference. This is a great thing to get a friend involved in too!

What tips do you have when starting back up into a fitness routine?