Baby Baum #2: Weeks 36 & 37

May 20, 2016

We are at the less than 2 week countdown! Only 11 more days until our scheduled day – which means only 5 more working days for me. I really can’t believe it!

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 36 & 37 weeks

  • He is about 6.5 lbs now and his lungs are in a great spot in terms of maturation if he were born today!
  • He is going to pack on about an ounce a day from now until he is born – whoa!
  • He will be here in 11 days!!

What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: I weighed in yesterday at a total of 170 pounds, which means I have gained from 25-27 pounds this pregnancy. I don’t expect I’ll gain any more from now until he is born. There is just not a ton of room in my belly, so I am feeling full pretty quick.


Workouts: I ran on Sunday and I felt crazy heavy. The baby is sitting pretty low, so my pelvis is getting a bit of the brunt of the pounding. I was able to get on the elliptical this week, and get in 2 days of weights as well. With all the walking I’ve been doing, I am pretty proud of the movement! As long as I can keep moving from now until the 31st, I’ll be happy.

Symptoms: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. I actually started timing them the other day because I felt like they were actually pretty close together. They were about 10 minutes apart for 2 hours, but then completely stopped. I was pretty happy about that!

Food Aversions: None!

Food Cravings: I’ve been hunting down sweets a bit more than usual – I actually planned a doctor’s appointment around cake day at work. I couldn’t miss it!

37 weeks

Sleep: I am finally in the super crappy sleep part of pregnancy. I am easily waking up 4-5 times a night, just because rolling over is so taxing. My hips is really bothering me, which makes the turn over pretty uncomfortable. Looks like my body is just getting ready for some serious sleep deprivation!

Baby Items Purchased:We didn’t purchase anything, but we did receive a few gifts from a sprinkle our friends were so generous to throw for us last weekend. The baby now has a few new outfits of his own, and even a shirt to match Grant! They will be so cute!

Miss anything?: Hmm, I miss seeing my feet on the reg, being able to touch my toes, and a nice glass of wine after a crazy day at work.

37 weeks 2

Do you know the sex? Boy Boy Boy!!!

Happy or Moody? Definitely happy, but I am feeling myself getting a little emotional from time to time. I got this picture from Grant’s school on Thursday, and completely had a tear fest in my car. He didn’t truly even graduate from anything – just aged up from the 1’s to the 2’s at school. For some reason, him growing up completely got to me.


Belly Button in or Out? Out since the first trimester!

Wedding rings on or off? On without a problem. Luckily, I am not swelling up at all.

Looking forward to: Meeting the baby! I had my last OB appointment yesterday, and I’ll have my pre-op appointment next week. Then, we will be set and ready to go!

Grant big brother

See you soon little man! Your big brother can not wait to meet you!

A Day Out With Thomas 2016

May 5, 2016

Grant is very, very into things that move these days. Dump trucks, airplanes and choo choo trains, just to start! When I saw an ad for A Day out with Thomas pop up into my news feed a few months back, I knew we had to make it happen!

A Day Out With Thomas

The event was held in Parrish, Florida which is about 45 minutes away from our house. It was at the Florida Railway Museum, which is something I didn’t even know existed! We bought our tickets for a Saturday morning, making sure to get the very first ride of the day. March in Florida can be pretty hit or miss in terms of weather – we didn’t want to be outside in the heat of the day. I’m definitely glad we opted to go early – it ended up being a toasty day!

We arrived and quickly parked nice and close. Another perk to getting there early was the crowds were pretty minimal. We hopped in line with the other first riders and got into the event within 10-15 minutes of our arrival.

Day out with Thomas 3

Once we were in the gates, it was time to board the train! There were rides every 30 minutes, and the staff really kept to time – always appreciated! We hopped on the train and got a great seat for Grant to take it all in! Being on a real like train was like Christmas for the little guy!

Day out with Thomas 2

The ride itself was about 20 minutes. The train took us out on the track, and then right back in to unload and pick up the next riders. The conductor walked around and gave every child a certificate, naming them conductor for a day. The staff was all extremely interactive and did so well with the kids. There were babies, toddlers like Grant, and even some older kids as well. Everyone loved the experience and there were smiles all around! There were other activities at the event – meeting Sir Topham Hat, a huge gift shop, and other age appropriate things for the kiddos to do. We ended up staying for about an hour or so, and then heading out. It was hot and we just weren’t up for much for Thomas fun after Grant realized we couldn’t just continue to ride the train for hours.

Marcus put together a great video highlighting our day. Be sure to check it out :)

Baby Baum #2: Weeks 34 & 35

May 3, 2016

28 days and counting until the baby is here! He could be here earlier, but he surely won’t be here after May 31st. I can’t wait for him to be on the outside with his brother instead of inside playing the drums on my bladder 😉

Here is what is going on with Baby Baum #2 at 34 & 35 weeks

  • He is about 5 lbs now and measuring close to 20 inches in length!
  • About 15% of his body weight is fat now, and will just continue to rise until he is born
  • With his long length, the urge for mom to pee is even greater <– I can definitely agree with this one!

34 weeks pregnancy 2
What’s going on with me:

Weight Gained: I’m up a couple of more pounds I’m sure, given my belly is looking even more large these days. It is quite the torpedo, especially from week 35. Holy moly!

Workouts: My big goal these days is to get in 30-45 minutes of exercise every day. Whether that is a run with some  walking, a strength workout, or just walking the dog – the constant movement really keeps swelling down and my mood up! It’s a win win! The heat has made it almost impossible to run without walking now, but that’s no surprise. I’m still moving, so that works for me!

35 weeks pregnancy 2

Symptoms: Nothing all too new to report. My low back is sore at the end of the day and I really appreciate getting my feet up. Contractions are at a minimum, but I can most definitely feel them! It is pretty crazy the difference between 1st and 2nd pregnancies in this regard. Everything is so much more pronounced for sure.

34 weeks pregnancy 2

Food Aversions: No aversions here!

Food Cravings: I craved a smoothie over the weekend but I can’t really think of anything I really needed to have.

Sleep: This hasn’t been awesome these days. I’ve been getting super hot at night so this is a killer for sure. I’ve benergy waking up 2-3 times quite toasty. I guess I’m just getting ready for the little guy.

35 weeks pregnancy 2

Baby Items Purchased:I got the baby an adorable outfit to come home from the hospital in. I can’t wait to see him in it! Otherwise, I’ve bought some nipples, pacis and pumping supplies to get ready! We also took a bunch of stuff out last weekend to wash so it’s squeaky clean for when he arrives!

Miss anything?: Same ole same ole – wine, sushi, and pants with a true waist. They’ll all be back in a few short weeks though, so for now, I’ll soak up the last few weeks of pregnancy.


Do you know the sex? Boy Boy Boy!!!

Happy or Moody? Definitely happy, and feeling great!

Belly Button in or Out? Out since the first trimester!

Wedding rings on or off? No swelling, so they are still on no problem!

Looking forward to: My 36 week appointment on Friday! This is when the weekly appointments ramp up and we start really seeing baby get ready to make his appearance!

See you soon, little man!

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!!!)