Baby #2 Pregnancy Update: Week 29

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: Waiting to be surprised!

Eating/Craving: Dillon found these gluten-free ice cream cones the other day and he bought me some mint chocolate chip ice cream to go along with them. So I’ve been having lots of mint chip ice cream cones. My sister and I used to eat them like crazy growing up and it’s been fun reliving the past a little bit. Also, mint is supposedly harmful to mama’s milk supply, so I went without mint anything while breastfeeding Declan. I am going to soak up all the minty things before this next baby gets here.

Mama Physically:
Feeling great! Lots of resting and lots of naps. I’m back to going on daily walks, back to cleaning the house, and back to normal speed. Well, normal 7 months pregnant speed.

Mama Emotionally:
I went to pre-register at the hospital the other day, and there was a mommy getting ready to go home with her newborn baby and I lost it. Joyful tears came out of nowhere and I was flooded with happy memories of bringing Declan home and just in awe that God has blessed us again and that we’re going to get to bring home another tiny little baby.

The second pregnancy is different because…
This baby is more of a ninja. Declan moved a good amount, but this little nugget gets aggressive! At nighttime while I’m reading in bed, this baby wakes up and gets to moving! Sometimes slightly painful jabs. But I am in no way complaining, I am loving feeling the elbows and knees and feet. Keep the kicks coming sweet baby. Keep growing strong.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 11 months old
Declan has begun to make this stink face. A face he makes when he’s upset. It’s really cute and ugly. He bites his teeth down into a big underbite, kind of makes his mouth go sideways, and squints his eyes closed. Sometimes there’s sound effects as he tries to express himself. It usually happens when he is not so happy about something. I have to get this face captured on film.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
These pregnancy updates! With Declan, I didn’t do any kind of weekly updates. I’m loving the updates because my world seems busier now and it gives me a chance to direct all my attention to this pregnancy before it flashes by me.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
I can’t think of a same, so I’m putting another different. Last time the hospital asked if we wanted newborn photos done, and Dillon and I went to our first reaction of, are they free? How much are they? Anyway, we passed on having the hospital take photos because I didn’t want to deal with paying for them or getting ready or having another interruption. With this baby however, I was reading the paperwork for the photos when I pre-registered this week, and they say it only takes 20 minutes and that we are under no obligation to buy the photos. So I think I will take them up on it this time. I’m not sure how much time I’ll have to take photos and I want to make sure to at least get a couple good ones at the hospital.

Bump Photo at 29 Weeks

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Declan’s 1st Birthday Invitations

My baby boy is almost one year old! Definitely a reason to send out invitations in the mail. I love sending and receiving invitations in the mail. Old school. Romantic.

Since Declan is an October baby, we are having a pumpkin themed party. I found the cutest Our Little Pumpkin Is Turning One invitations on a few websites. They would have been ideal had they not been $2-something per invite. So, Costco wins again at around 69 cents an invite! They didn’t have any that specifically featured a pumpkin, but Declan made it cute enough.

So far for his party we have sent out the invites and froze some tri-tips and chicken that were on sale. I better get to prepping cute decorations and figuring out all the little details. I don’t expect a Pinterest perfect party, but I’d like to make it special for my little pumpkin.

Any tips for a first birthday party or ideas on what makes a child’s birthday party enjoyable for everyone? 

 

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update – Weeks 27-28

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: Waiting to be surprised, but mama’s instincts say boy.

Eating/Craving: Drinking Pedialyte. Eating lots of ground beef patties and potatoes and bananas and other plain jane foods. I finally got my appetite back after being consistently sick for a week, but I stuck with mostly neutral foods seasoned with only salt and pepper.

Mama Physically:
Much better. I mentioned last week how I had lost 7 pounds in less than a week from being sick so frequently, but I am thrilled to report I have gained all that weight back plus a pound!!! I’m pretty small to begin with, so losing that much weight during my 7 month of pregnancy was scary. I have sung praises to Jesus each time I step on the scale and see the numbers rise up. Hallelujah! Also, the Braxton-Hicks contractions have faded for the most part. The random cramping has faded. My body is still recovering from week 26. I’m pretty sleepy still and taking naps whenever I can.

Mama Emotionally:
Oh man, I have been so thankful to get on the other side of that sickness. I’m still not 100% but I can make Declan dinner again! And change his diaper! Doing small tasks like those made me so happy after having to need Dillon to do all the work around the house for a week. I am thankful, thankful, thankful my health is getting better.

The second pregnancy is different because…
My doctor was on vacation when I was getting really sick, but I made an appointment to see her for a follow-up as soon as she returned. She talked with me for about 3 minutes about what had been going on and then she put me on disability from work. So as of 28 weeks pregnant, I have stopped working. The plan was to work until at least 36 weeks.  I am still figuring out how to process it all. I know it is most important for me to take my health seriously and that my health is directly related to baby’s health. I know that work stress was too much for me to handle, despite my best efforts. But I had already taught for 2.5 weeks. I had already fallen in love with my students. We were 8 chapters deep into Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. We had become a family. And then the leader of the family had to leave. And I miss them. I miss being Mrs. Mowdy. I was loving 4th grade and my students. My body was not loving it though, my body couldn’t handle everything I was demanding it do. I was breaking under the stress and I know it’s best for me to be off work. It was really scary getting hooked up to IV fluids and going to the hospital with contractions at 26 weeks worrying, is the baby coming right now? 

But being taken off work is an adjustment so I am looking for my new groove.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 11 months old
Declan is doing great. Sleeping great. Eating great. Playing great. He is such a good baby. He is currently still going to the in-home daycare we found for him when I went back to work. Even though I’ve been off work, he has still been going most days. My doctor told me to couch potato it for at least 2 weeks and that is nearly impossible to accomplish with an 11 month old. This time of rest has been very healing for me.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Battling small amounts of guilt about dropping Declan off at daycare now that I am off work. With the new baby coming in just a few short months I want to enjoy Declan as much as I can, and admitting I need extra help just to rest is tough.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
Declan’s hair sticks straight up in the back. We’ve had strangers joke with us asking if he stuck his finger into an electrical socket. Another has stated jokingly how Declan has a serious case of bedhead. Dillon and I just love his hair. Most people comment on it right away and it always leaves them smiling. I love it. It makes me smile, too.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Keep gaining weight!!!
  • Stay as stress free as possible.
  • Come up with solid goals for before baby arrives — I have a lot of free time to fill now

Bump Photo at 27-28 Weeks
To escape the heat and get some beach therapy, we took off during the week to California’s central coast. It’s only a few hours away. We stayed in our little trailer for two nights. It was amazing to wear Uggs and a beanie. I got to put socks on Declan for the first in months and his little feet were so cute in socks! I’ve missed him in socks. I am so so so so so ready for summer and the heat to be over. This pregnant mama wants lots of hot chocolate, snuggling, blankets, and Ugg wearing.

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update Week 26

This post is over a week late because Week 26 was difficult.

My body broke. The juggling of family life and teacher life and pregnancy life and new mom life and wife life became way too much. I dropped all the life balls. I had ignored signs my body was giving me for a few weeks to slow down and I paid the consequences.

During week 26, all those warning signs my body was giving me became hugely exacerbated.  I was severely bathroom sick and getting dehydrated very quickly. I couldn’t keep or get food in me. I was up all night getting sick for about 5 nights. I was sick all throughout the day. Because I was diagnosed with celiac disease (the gluten-free thing) 8 years ago, I am no stranger to bathroom sickness. But none of my normal remedies were helping in the slightest. I just kept getting worse and worse. I’ll skip all the icky details, but it was severe and scary. I went to the doctor after being sick for two days nonstop and he insisted I take off work for the next week and got me hooked up to two bags of IV fluid, the sugar water or gateraid in a bag as the nurse called it.

Later that night, I was still really dehydrated and started to get contractions. The doctor had said if anything got worse to go to the birth center. Having contractions seemed worse, so Dillon and I went to the hospital around 3 AM to check out what was going on. I got another bag of IV fluids and the contractions lessened. Once a test for preterm labor came back negative,  I was discharged from the hospital and told to feel better soon.

But I didn’t start to feel better soon. Whatever I had stayed strong for the next three days. I had now lost seven pounds. I continued doing a lot of talking with God for wisdom and guidance through this storm. I kept reminding myself that God has already seen me through this and that He has a plan for this baby and my life and whatever comes our way, He’ll lead us through it. That gave me the energy and peace I needed to stay strong during this flareup of sickness.

The doctor also prescribed me an antibiotic incase I had a bad bacteria living in my gut. I’m normally not fond of antibiotics, but I started the dosage and saw slow but steady results. Family came by to help play with Declan and clean and run errands for me so I could just sleep and rest. All of that resting nonstop has allowed for me to now be on the uphill and for many reasons, I am starting to regain my energy, strength, and weight. Thank you, family! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, God!

Week 26 was a long week. I learned and relearned a lot of lessons that week. Two of them being

  1. Stress is a real thing and can unleash havoc on my body. My body is already under a huge amount of pressure to create a human life (again! so soon!) and I need to respect the hard work my body is doing by taking extra care of it.
  2. Each day my body is healthy is a precious gift from God. Don’t waste healthy days being lazy. Don’t procrastinate or waste time. Being stuck in bed made me long to clean the counters or vacuum or sew or cook or travel. Being healthy is a gift and I need to use that energy for good while I have it.

Hospital Bump Photo at 26 weeks: 

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The Summer of Pancakes, Moana, and Naps

The Mowdy family had a slow, sweet summer of 2017. Slow and sweet like maple syrup being poured onto pancakes. 2017 is the summer where Dillon and I both got to stay home. It’s the summer we sleep trained our 9 month old. It’s the summer we memorized the song lyrics to Moana. It’s the summer we started to figure out a balance to being parents, being married, and being ourselves again.

Pancakes

My husband is the main chef in the family. We used to tag-team it really well in the kitchen. He handled the protein and I handled the sides. Then I got pregnant with Declan and couldn’t handle any smells, so Dillon stepped up and took on more tasks in the kitchen. After having Declan, I was usually stuck to the couch breastfeeding, so Dillon continued in his role as the family’s main chef. I had started to migrate my way back into the kitchen more when I got pregnant with Baby #2 but the first trimester nausea and strong sense of smell had me stepping right back out of the kitchen.

One day I know I will be more active again in the kitchen. I still am in there a lot (#dishes…) and make most of my meals, but Dillon has spoiled me this summer with pancake breakfasts. Some bacon, some potatoes and bell peppers, fried eggs, a side of fresh fruit, and a big stack of gluten-free pancakes with butter and maple syrup.

I’m now really hungry and wanting breakfast food.

Moana

We first saw Moana as a family during a vacation to the beach. A beach college town near the coast of California still has a wonderful drive-in movie theater. Declan was about 3 months old, so our family outings were limited but we knew we could handle a drive-in movie with a baby who still mostly slept all day. We stopped and got a gluten-free pizza on the way from a popular pizza place in town that thankfully does large gluten-free pizzas. Most places just do individual size for gluten-free.

The movie night was not as magical as I would have thought. Declan spit up badly for the first time and the whole truck smelled like baby vomit. The pizza had gotten a little cold by the time I was done changing Delcan, breastfeeding Declan, and trying to bounce him in the front seat to go to sleep. I was nervous the other cars were wondering who brought that fussy baby, but Dillon assured me they wouldn’t be able to hear him. Pretty soon after having mommy bounce him and pat his back Declan fell into a deep sleep right on my chest. He normally napped on me, but without the drama first. I remember feeling like a mom because I got my crying baby to fall asleep.

The movie Moana playing in the background during the baby spit-up and the baby crying and the diaper changing was so calming. Probably all the blue on the screen during most scenes.

I ended up falling asleep before the movie ended. Moana and Maui were headed to the island when I feel asleep and when I woke up the credits were rolling. Dillon knows to not wake a sleeping mommy. It was some of the best sleep I got the first few months after Declan was born. Belly full of pizza, pretty songs playing in the background, and my baby in a hard earned deep sleep on my chest.

About two months ago Netflix added Moana! I was thrilled and finally got to finish the movie. Declan is also strangely mesmerized by Moana. He ignores other TV shows or movies when the TV is on, but as soon as we play Moana, this happens…

During rough mornings where Declan wakes up at 4 AM or when one of us needs an easier time watching the baby, Moana goes on in the background and the whole room (Declan) gets calm. Thanks, Disney! It’s his favorite movie. I didn’t really want my baby to have a favorite movie, but sometimes parents need some help.

Naps

This summer is the one where Daddy and Mommy took back our nights! We were so naive about baby sleeping schedules, but after a lot of internet research and helpful baby sleep websites, we got Declan on a really great sleep schedule around 9 months old and now he sleeps from around 6 Pm to 5 AM, give or take 30 minutes either way. He also takes one two hour nap around 8 AM and a second hour long nap around 1 PM. Some days the naps vary and go longer or shorter and some days the second nap is boycotted. But overall, most days and nights are now predictable. No more keeping the baby up until 9 PM because he just doesn’t seem tired. Some nights Dillon and I have to just laugh at how lost we were in parenthood by allowing Declan to dictate his bedtime. We now know all the signs of an overtired baby. Ours gets super super super playful.

Our summer revolved around Delcan’s nap times and bedtime routine. Occasionally Declan’s naps were used as times to get quieter chores done. Mostly Declan’s nap times were used for mommy and daddy to relax. To spend time together. To take naps together. To enjoy each other again before this next baby comes and we will be faced with many new challenges, sleep deprivation being one of them.

When I was pregnant with Declan, I remember getting really annoyed that people would say things like say goodbye to sleep! But man, it is so true. Unless the parents hit the jackpot with a sleeping baby (which I’ve met a few) babies mean less sleep. Especially the first few months when babies are eating throughout the night.

Our summer naps were exactly what Dillon and I needed to prepare for this upcoming baby.

I have a feeling that pancakes, Moana, and naps will always take me back to the slow, sweet summer of 2017.

 

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update – Week 25

A short update this week. Working full time while pregnant is no joke. Each day I am taking it hour by hour. I’m trying to keep up with house chores, blogging, reading, exercising, etc. Work is important but I don’t want it to consume my life. The beginning of school is always the most hectic so I’m really hoping things slow down and become more routine soon.

Due Date:  December 1st

Gender: I think a boy. We did the ring test and it said boy. The heartbeat says boy. Brothers!

Eating/Craving: Small meals or snacks. My appetite hasn’t been very strong this week.

Mama Physically:
Praise God, I got over my cold really quickly. Normally I get a lingering cough with a cold, but this one cleared up very fast. Working all day has made me start to notice things like small amounts of swelling and also how uncomfortable my shoes are to be in all day. I got some leg cramping this week, some minor back pain, and I’m starting to feel the weight of my belly.

Mama Emotionally:
Trying to stay very grateful and focus on the positives. I had to drop Declan off at daycare in the morning (only Daddy has dropped him off before). I held back the tears as I dropped him off, but as soon as I got back in my truck I bawled for a good three minutes before driving to work. It’s strange leaving my baby but I feel really comfortable with his daycare provider. He seems totally fine when I drop him off, excited even. He is being well taken care of and it was a gift from God finding such close, reliable daycare.

The second pregnancy is different because…
I’ve started reading Pinterest lists of anything to do with a second baby. How The Second Baby Is Different. What to do before Baby #2 Arrives. How to survive with 2 under 2.  

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 10 months old
Declan is teething big time right now. He is getting three top teeth at once! It has slightly affected his sleep, but nothing too terrible. Every time I see an older baby or toddler I can’t help but look at all those teeth they have! It’s strange to see Declan starting to have top teeth.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Finish up a DIY sign I’m making for over our bed before I get too big!
  • Be present with my family after work.
  • Think of middle names.

Bump Photo at 25 Weeks

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update – Week 24

Due Date:  December 1st – I am so excited for winter and the holidays and the cold.

Gender: It’s a surprise! But mostly likely a girl or a boy.

Eating/Craving: Homemade chicken soup and red raspberry leaf tea with honey and lemon. I caught a cold this week.

Mama Physically:
I got a sore throat Sunday night that turned into a full blown cold. I had to go back to work on Monday for teacher meetings and to set up my classroom. Tuesday was also a work day where we had teacher meetings and more time to set up our classrooms, however, I had to use one of my sick days and stay home on Tuesday. The kiddos came on Wednesday and I needed to try build up any strength and fight this cold.

Teaching requires a lot of talking, especially the first few weeks of school where routines and everything else get established. By the end of each day my voice has been gone and my body is tired.

Starting the school year 6 months pregnant and sick has been rough. I’ve been living on prayers, homemade chicken soup, and honey/lemon tea this week. A shout out to Dillon for keeping the soup and tea coming all week long! #hallelujahforhusbands 

Mama Emotionally:
Rollercoaster week of emotions. Going back to work had me in tears. I’m somewhere in between wanting to be a full time stay at home mom and being very grateful to help provide for my family and also to have a job with great medical benefits.

After work, I only get to see Declan for about 2-3 hours because he has such an early bedtime. I try to make the most of those sweet hours and get as many giggles and kisses in as I can.

The second pregnancy is different because…

People have funny reactions when they find out I’m pregnant again! Already! 

Being back at work and noticeably pregnant, I’ve gotten a lot of funny reactions from co-workers. With the first baby everyone was more, I’m not sure if gentle is the right word, but just more awwww. With the second, I’m getting a lot of friendly laughs about how close the babies will be in age. Which is totally fine, because we will need a sense of humor to get us through it all.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 10 months old
Declan can climb up the couch. He can’t climb back down and still just dives head first. Mommy and daddy are trying to teach him how to climb down correctly, but he just goes head first each time.

He is also still mostly sleeping through the night. Praise! Having a baby sleep through the night is a life game changer. I’ve been enjoying sleep again so much, it seems impossible that for nearly 8 months I got up three times a night to feed a baby. Hah, but I know I’ll soon remember… 😉

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
Buy a camera baby video monitor. With Declan, we got one of the cheapest ones possible because I didn’t think we’d really need one. And since he was in bed with us for about 8 months, we really didn’t need a monitor to hear him. But now he’s sleeping in his own room and we have the baby monitor on all night. Since it’s a super cheap monitor, it takes batteries instead of charging so we have been wasting money on batteries. We would have been better off to buy a quality one from the start.

I also want the video monitoring kind because it’s fun to see the crazy positions babies get into while sleeping or see the crazy things they start to do when they wake up.

I also imagine this baby will be taking a lot of naps in a closed room while brother is awake and playing  or we are outside with Declan, so a quality video monitor will be helpful. The cheap one we have now can’t even handle going outside the house.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
Work until I no longer can. I started last year 8 months pregnant with Declan and this year I started 6 months pregnant. Last year I worked until 36 weeks pregnant. 36 weeks will be my goal this year as well. Pregnancy can have so many curves, it’s difficult to predict exactly when will be the right time.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Just being a working mommy. Being a stay-at-home mommy (for summer time) had its challenges, too.  And I’ve only been back at work for a week, but it’s tough. On the drive home from work, once I turn onto our street, I ask God to reboot my energy and give me strength to be present with my family. Work is important, especially working with kiddos, but I need to remember after a long day at work, that my family is most important. I don’t want my family to just get what’s left of me. I want to give my family the best of me.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
During Declan’s bedtime routine, when he’s in my lap and having his last bottle while we read bedtime stories, I can feel this other little baby kick me. I’m holding and reading to both my babies.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Take time for ME. To read, to blog, to shop. Whatever.
  • Continue eating healthy now that work has started. The first three days with kids was a blur and I know I didn’t get enough food or water to sustain me. Drinking water at work is hard, too, because I can’t just take a bathroom break when I need to. Someone has to cover my class, which usually isn’t a big deal, but still a slight hiccup.

Bump Photo at 24 Weeks

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Baby #2 – Pregnancy Update Week 23

I am a teacher and school starts next week!

I am also 6 months pregnant. Funny tidbit, when last school year started I was 8 months pregnant.

I am moving from 2nd grade to 4th grade! I am very excited to get to work with the bigger kiddos but switching classrooms while being the mama of a 10 month old and pregnant has been challenging.

My update this week is short and sweet because I have so much to do to make sure week 1 is a success. The way the year begins is the way the year will end.

Pregnancy Update Week 23:

  • I ate TWO cans of sardines this week. They are super nutritious and honestly, did not taste as bad in my mouth as they did in my head. I should have started eating this superfood sooner. Some other fish have a lot of health benefits too, but I favor sardines because they are already cooked!
  • My belly feels BIG. My belly grew a lot this last week and is officially limiting what I can do. I’m working on an art project to hang above our bed and my belly started protested to all the time I spent working on the floor bent over.
  • Also, my calves and feet are started to swell when I sit for longer than an hour. Something I discovered at a teacher training this week. I will remind myself to constantly move and constantly rest. A delicate balance.
  • Baby In the Belly has been moving so much this week. I think it’s because I’ve been to a lot of teacher trainings where I have to just sit and listen so I’m not moving around as much to rock baby to sleep.
  • Baby Outside of the Belly has finally gotten a second toof and has the cutest sounding laugh I’ve ever heard. I will do just about anything to make that baby laugh.

Bump Photo at 23 Weeks 

 

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Orange Room Progress: Closet Organization

My orange room was not baby friendly. Naturally Declan was drawn to the orange room. I knew immediately after watching him venture over to the bookshelf full of scrapbooking and sewing materials that I needed to put everything in the closet. I already had the white bookshelf and we got the black shelving from Costco for $20. Super pleased with how it turned out. Now Declan can come into my orange room with me and explore it somewhat safety. I still have some baby-proofing to go. Babies will just find anything they aren’t supposed to!

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update – Week 22

 

Due Date:  December 1st

Size of Baby:  Grapefruit. I always have Dillon guess and he says the fruits/veggies don’t line up. I have to agree. Last week baby was a carrot and this week a grapefruit?? Hmm…

Gender: Waiting to find out until the big day.

Eating/Craving: Pears! I used to make homemade pearsauce, like applesauce but just pears, and when we were grocery shopping I smelt the pears and proceeded to buy 10. I would say with this pregnancy pears were the first thing so far that I. Had. To. Have. 

Mama Physically:
No real complaints. Sometimes extra sleepy. Pregnancy has been kind to me. I’m still able to move around with Declan and don’t feel any major physical restrictions yet.  I’m loving how I’ve finally started to gain some weight, about 5-7 pounds depending on the time of day.

Mama Emotionally:
I am thinking about how this baby will look and act. I’m really interested to see how Declan and this baby will be different. I’ve really only been around Declan, so everything I know about babies is just true to him. For instance, he does not like stuffed animal toys very much. He prefers spatulas or spoons or remotes or whatever is hard. He has one stuffed animal he favors sometimes and it makes my heart melt when he carries it around with him. But he usually just carries a big plastic spoon. I wonder if new baby will be the same or if all of Delcan’s soft toys will get some playtime finally!

The second pregnancy is different because…
I’m already a mom. Dillon’s already a dad. When this baby arrives, we will know how to change his/her diaper. Dillon won’t be surprised by the meconium. We will  know how to put the baby to sleep. We know about cluster feeding and just how often a newborn eats and sleeps and poops. We aren’t baby experts, but we are no longer newbies. I’m not watching youtube videos on how to swaddle a baby. Dillon won’t have to figure out how to install the baby’s carseat. I’m not looking up other mamas’ lists of What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag or what items are Must-Haves for a Newborn.

I am already a mom, and God willing, all the mommy tools I have in my belt will come in handy. I don’t want to get over confident since baby could live life way differently than Declan.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 9 months old
Declan is officially sleeping in his bedroom in his crib! I loved bedsharing with him in the beginning months and for a month or so he has been sleeping in his pack n’play or crib, but still in our bedroom. This week we moved the crib into his bedroom. He naps in his bedroom and he sleeps in his bedroom. This is major because for the first 8 months he was in our bed in our bedroom.

I was a tad heartbroken to see him sleeping in his own room, but then I remembered, I’ll have another baby sleeping in my room in about 4 months, so not too sad about it.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
I would love to announce the birth of our baby to the neighbors by putting out pink or blue balloons in the front yard by the street. I’ve seen other houses with balloons out front and I really want to do that this time, too. I probably won’t see the neighbors for at least a week or so after baby is born, but I’d love to still include them in the celebration.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
While at the hospital, stock up on as many postpartum feminine care products as possible. I asked the nurses last time for extra pads, extra mesh underwear, extra witch hazel pads, extra numbing spray, and anything else they would give me. They were super accommodating and it was such a relief to not need to make a trip to Target.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
Looking up daycares. Declan has never been to a daycare before. He’s barely even been babysat. Summer is almost over and that means teachers must return to work.  The thought of him in daycare makes me cry. Which I know is part first time mommy and part pregnancy hormones.

How noticeable is a 10 month old amongst a group of 4th graders???

Big sigh. I know we have been spoiled and Declan has been spoiled to get these 10 months together. But I can’t stop thinking about how much attention he gets from us and how I sing to him and rock him to sleep for his naps. And how he has a super awesome set schedule with eating and independent play and exercise play and naps and outdoor time and man, oh man. His little world is just going to turn upside down.

Right now Dillon is still able to stay home with him for a few weeks, but I know daycare is inevitable with two working parents.

I know daycare won’t be as bad as I’m envisioning it. All I can see are the possible negatives. I am blinded by thoughts of other kiddos germy spit on all the toys and the kids poking each other in the face and the older 2 year old kiddos being obsessed with babies and trying to carry him. I picture him at nap time just standing in a pack n’play crying his heart out searching for me or his daddy and not understanding why we aren’t there with him.

Oh man. I think this will be my hardest parenting move yet. Learning to let go.

I know there are positives to daycare, too. He will probably love it. But my mommy heart is just sad about it all. Even as I write this I am crying. It is going to be tough when I have to drop him off for daycare.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
With Declan now in his own room, sleeping from roughly 6:30 PM to 5:30 AM, Dillon and I have gotten some time to ourselves. We have been sharing a bedroom and bed with a baby for over 8 months! We had forgotten what it was like to be able to talk in bed, read in bed with a light on, and not tiptoe around everywhere. We even moved our toothbrushes back to our master bathroom because we don’t have to worry the sound will wake the baby! Reclaiming our bedroom has been really great for mommy and daddy. Haha, although there still is a baby in bed with us… getting bigger and claiming more territory every day.

How I did with #PregnancyGoals Last Week

  • Eat fish.
  • Sort through Declan’s old clothes
  • Drink raspberry leaf tea daily
  • Continue 30 minute morning walks

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Drink raspberry leaf tea daily
  • Continue looking up baby names
  • Pray for baby – this is a lifetime goal and reminder to seek God for help with this baby
  • Pretend I’m on Amazing Race and eat lots of sardines quickly

Bump Photo at 22 Weeks

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