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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Orange Room Progress: Paint It White

My orange room, as I call it, was designed to be my ultimate creative area. To sew, to write, to create. The color orange is supposed to spark creativity. It’s bright and happy. So I painted all the walls in the room orange. Orange is bright. Painting the whole room orange was a big error. The orange room did not spark creativity. The orange room was hard to breathe in. It was so so bright. I was James. You know, in the peach. It was not good.

But it took me a while to step back, let go of some pride, and admit that yes, it was a (rather obvious) mistake. I stood my ground for so long because I remember Dillon and others questioning my decorating brilliance, but they were right. It was too orange. Way too orange. So I took down the very few decorations I had added because I knew I had to change something. The room just felt awful to be inside of. 

I have major decorating anxiety so I am proud of myself for trying something bold. And thankfully, I have learned from my mistake. Paint isn’t permanent. It may seem like an obvious decorating mistake, but I had to paint an entire room orange to realize it’s just overkill. So I went back to Home Depot to find the right shade of white. I thought if I painted one wall white then the room would mellow out.

I was wrong. The room still glowed. The orange seemed to just get reflected off the white. So I repainted two walls white. Well, I painted one wall white. The room got neglected for a few weeks, I found out I was pregnant, so then I asked Dillon to paint the other wall because the fumes and smells were too much for this pregnant lady. #hallelujahforhusbands

With two walls back to white, the room no longer glowed! The orange is beautiful and my craft room is finally coming together. I can breathe again in the room.

Stay tuned for more orange room progress! Take a look back at other orange room posts here and here.

Do you have decorating anxiety? Have you ever made a big mistake in decorating? 

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update – Week 21

Due Date:  December 1st

Size of Baby: Carrot

Gender: We are going to be surprised. I was reading my medical updates on the hospital app and thought I accidentally found out the gender! My whole body got hot and I panicked because I did not want to find out through a phone app. Turns out I misread the chart and it was just Declan’s gender. Oops!

Eating/Craving:  Soy sauce, popcorn. Whatever is salty. Salty over sweet for sure. I can barely stomach sweets right now, with the exception of cookies and fruit. With my other pregnancy I also had an aversion to sugar. After Declan was born I went crazy with milkshakes, but each time I try to eat one while pregnant, I’m just not interested.

Mama Physically:
Sleepy. I’ve been taking or wanting to take naps nearly every day. There’s a strong afternoon slump arising. I’ve also gained 4 pounds this week! I’ve only gained 6 pounds total for the pregnancy so far, so the weight gain and sleepiness must be connected.

Mama Emotionally:
Happy and thankful. Sadly, summer is almost over and I don’t want to spend the rest of summer anything but happy and thankful for this time home with Dillon and Declan. People give teachers kudos for working with 20-30 kids all day, but I have to give kudos to people who have jobs that never have a finish line except retirement.

The second pregnancy is different because…
I have only made two green smoothies. With Declan’s pregnancy, I had a green smoothie every single morning. I think I overdid it and am just not ready for them again. I’ve been steaming spinach to get my leafy greens and if I do make a smoothie, I make it with mostly all tropical fruits. Dillon’s not a fan of green smoothies, but if I make it taste like Jamba Juice he is all for it.

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 9 months old
He had to go to baby jail. 🙁 Before having a baby I was not a fan of baby gates. They seemed like a waste of money and inconvenient for the parents. How naive of me. They are amazing and keep baby safe. And mommy and daddy don’t have to constantly go pick him up before he reaches Mattie’s food and water dishes. His baby gate keeps him out of the kitchen and inside our open living room.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…

Make freezer meals. All the lists said to make freezer meals, but I just didn’t want to bother with my last pregnancy. As a result, we had a lot of snacks and takeout when Declan was born. I would love to have a good stash of frozen meals ready to go when this baby is born. Dillon is normally the main chef at this house, and I really don’t want him tied to the kitchen when his energy would be better spent taking care of Declan, taking care of mommy, and snuggling up with the newborn.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…

With Declan, I was able to have a unmedicated, intervention-free, natural hospital birth. It was everything I could have imagined and I would love to delivery the next baby in mostly the same way. There are a few things I would like to try differently, but my goal this time is also for a natural delivery if everything lines up.

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
I am officially done breastfeeding Declan at 9 months. I really wanted to go a year or longer breastfeeding him, but my milk stopped coming in strong when I got pregnant and has been gradually decreasing each month. It was a tough transition to only formula, but my body has switched gears to pregnancy and if the milk won’t come, the milk won’t come. I tried some lactation cookies and a few other tricks, but I had to accept that my breastfeeding journey with Declan is over. Or at least on hold until my milk comes back with the new baby.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
Nighttime cuddles before bed. Right before I put Declan down for his bedtime, I sing him one or two short lullabies. For the past week or so he has been sinking his face into my body, snuggling up as close as he can get. I know it’s because he doesn’t want to me to put him down for bedtime, but I love feeling him snuggle up against me, even for those few quick moments. He used to snuggle me all the time when he was younger, but he has the world to explore now! I treasure any small snuggles he gives.

How I did with #PregnancyGoals Last Week

  • Eat any kind of fish.
  • Sort through Declan’s old clothes
  • Think about how I want to do Declan’s baby book
  • Sort through my closet

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Eat fish. I do take cod liver oil pills, but I need some healthy fish in my diet.
  • Sort through Declan’s old clothes
  • Drink raspberry leaf tea daily
  • Continue 30 minute morning walks

Bump Photo at 21 Weeks

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My Magical Week Due Date

This baby’s due date is December 1st. I previously wrote about Declan’s haunted due date, and well, this baby’s due date is not haunted, but it is significant. December 1st is significant because it falls in the days transitioning from Thanksgiving to December. That week is hands down my favorite week of the year for about a thousand different, legit reasons. It’s a truly magical week.

It’s the week where Christmas is officially coming.

It’s the week where no cooking takes place because the fridge is full of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers.

It’s the week to have pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Perhaps that week we go Christmas tree hunting and the house begins to smell like Christmas. Perhaps we turn on the fireplace and hang up the Christmas stockings while drinking a cup of hot chocolate in a big red mug.

It’s the week radio stations start to play Christmas music. Shoppers find great deals on Black Friday. The neighbors are outside hanging up their Christmas lights and the neighborhood begins to light up at night in celebration of Jesus’ Birthday.

It’s the week people get into the holiday spirit. It’s no longer weird to see Christmas decorations at every store. Christmas cards start arriving in the mail. It’s the week I’ll bring out all the Christmas books and read How The Grinch Stole Christmas to Declan at bedtime, who will of course be wearing some type of holiday pajamas.

When I first did the google search for a due date calculator and December popped up, I was a bit unsure. December is already a busy month. But God knows exactly what he is doing. I absolutely adored having a Fall baby last year and now I get a little Winter baby! Next year Spring baby?? Just kidding, that’s not mathematically possible.

I am overjoyed to add into this magical week the due date of our next baby.

How great would it be if the hospital is decorated for Christmas!?

When was your baby’s due date? Was there something significant to you about that date? 

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Baby #2 Pregnancy Update – Week 20

Due Date:  December 1st   – let it snow, let it snow, let it snow 

Size of Baby: Banana

Gender: Don’t know. We are waiting again but I’m more anxious to find out this time…

Eating/Craving:  Pineapples. Cantaloupe. Strawberries. Watermelon. Peaches. Bananas. Mangos. Just give me all the fruit.

Mama Physically:
Barely even feel pregnant. Praise! Still doing 30 minute walks most mornings and about once or twice a week going swimming. I’m normally not a napper, but this last week I have been enjoying a few long afternoon summer naps.

Mama Emotionally:
Up and down this week. One thing that really helped me emotionally was to go maternity clothes shopping. One might think since I just had a baby 9 months ago that I am all stocked up on maternity clothes. Well I am not. With Declan I bought as few maternity clothes as possible, mostly dresses, and they got worn and washed and worn and washed and worn and washed until they should just get tossed. I did not feel pretty or happy in them. So we went out to the mall as a family, Declan’s first trip to the mall because we hardly buy clothes, and I had so much fun in Motherhood Maternity. I loved it all. I left with a a shirt, a pair of jeans, and a dress. I also got a few regular tank tops from Old Navy one size up that will last most of my pregnancy. Aaannd I ordered a few things online from Motherhood Maternity that they didn’t have the color/size I wanted in the store.

Maternity clothes are expensive. But like all my clothes, these will get worn and washed a bunch. This was some great retail therapy for this pregnancy. And I want to be purposeful to enjoy this pregnancy.

The second pregnancy is different because…
No one tells me to get a lot of rest or take it easy. With the first pregnancy, it seemed as though people were always advising me to get lots of rest and sleep when I’m tired and just relax. Now it’s like I’m a pro or something and don’t need to rest. For the first pregnancy I remember putting “rest” on my to-do list. Hah, and I was on summer vacation or maternity leave so it wasn’t like I wasn’t pretty much resting all day long anyhow…

What’s New With Baby #1?  Declan – 9 months old
Declan has one giant tooth. He has had just one giant tooth for about a month and no real signs that he is planning on growing another one anytime soon. That giant one on the bottom just keeps growing. It’s really cute. We call it his toof. 

With Baby #2, something I’ll do differently is…
I will start pumping and building up a freezer stash of milk as soon as possible. I waited with Declan to start pumping until about 15 weeks or maybe even later, I can’t really remember. Sometime near when I had to return to work. I waited a while because I was fearful of the breast pump and just didn’t want to bother with it. I felt my breasts were already working really hard and didn’t need any overtime. My milk supply was the highest in the beginning months so I really should have taken the time to store up a good freezer stash of breastmilk while I had it coming in.

With Baby #2, something I’ll do the same is…
We are going to wait to find out the gender. The hardest part about waiting for the gender is picking two names. Name choosing is not as much fun being pregnant as it was when it was just hypothetical. It’s easy to name babies that aren’t real. It’s another to have the pressure of narrowing down names to just one. I was talking with a pregnant friend the other day (she’s having twin boys) and she talked about how her husband and her will wait to meet the babies before assigning the names to each one. I’m loving that idea and thinking maybe Dillon and I can come up with two names for each gender and wait to meet baby before choosing.

But I’m having trouble just coming up with one, so hmm…. oh boy… or girl..

A tough mommyhood moment this week:
We had a tough family moment this week. But that’s all I’d like to say for now about it besides that I am trusting God with the unknown and leaning on His peace.

A sweet mommyhood moment this week:
I got a lot of compliments on Declan this week. His hair. His toof. His smile. His happy personality. Sweet comments about my baby just makes me feel like I can do this motherhood gig.

How I did with #PregnancyGoals Last Week

  • Eat sardines. They are mega packed with nutrients.  – Failed It –  They are icky… I will try again next week…
  • Eat a vegetable with every meal. –Nailed it! – I almost always have veggies with lunch and dinner, even if it’s just cucumbers (…pickles) but breakfast was more of a challenge. Last week for breakfast to get veggies in, I just steamed two cups of spinach and called it good. Takes 5 minutes or less to steam spinach. Bonus being spinach doesn’t need to be cut and it was all prewashed. 
  • Find a new glider. Nailed it! – I ordered one off of Amazon and it’s painted white with light pink cushions. If I have a girl, then it fits. If I have a boy — then this mommy needs something pink in her life! I can only take so much superhero and boy stuff. 
  • Make sure Dillon doesn’t get sneaky during the big ultrasound next week(!) and figure out the gender.. Nailed it! – We are clueless.

#PregnancyGoals for next week:

  • Eat any kind of fish.
  • Sort through Declan’s old clothes – keep what I like – donate the rest
  • Think about how I want to do Declan’s baby book – I better get to it or I’ll have two to do
  • Sort through my closet – make an easy to get to maternity section

Bump Photo at 20 Weeks

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