Friday, April 29, 2016

Preparing for Baby Boy #2

Hi there!

I woke up at 5:30 this morning ready to start the day.  That never happens.  The big cozy chair that takes up half the nursery arrived this week.  I decided to test it out so I'm relaxing in the chair and thinking about baby boy that will be here come summer.  Also, I don't want to wake up my husband this early and if my dog knows I'm up and about he'll want to get outside.

Preparing for baby #2 is an entirely different experience.  There is less and more to think about at the same time.  For example, I feel much more prepared in the “stuff” department.  We know what the basics are that we need.  There are a few items I want to purchase this time around (or already have) either because we need a new version of that something or I want to try a new product.  I want to buy a baby sling because while I do really like the baby carriers we own, I’m anticipating needing something like a sling for the first few months.  In another way I have more to think about because Sage is in the picture.  He’s still my baby and the family dynamic will certainly be changing.  We are so excited for the change, but nevertheless it is still a change.

My brain is focused on being able to manage a toddler and a baby this time around and quite frankly that changes my entire mindset.  I’m not sure I left our couch much at all the first month with Sage.  I’d feed him, he’d nap in my arms, and we’d do it all again.  I know I ate and showered so I suppose I did get up sometimes.  Sage had reflux and feeding him was a process in the beginning.  He had to be held upright for 30 minutes after every feeding and for the first two weeks feedings were every two hours.  I know with Sage in the picture that I will not (and cannot) be glued to the couch with baby boy.  My husband will be around to help, but I know I’ll want to be there for Sage as well.  I’m not sure what the balance will look like, but it is certainly on my mind.

I still want to buy a few new bottles to start fresh, I’m wondering if I need any new pump parts, and we still need to stock up on baby essentials (disposable diapers for the first month, wipes, soap for bath time, etc.).  From there I think we may need a few more cloth diapers as well as I’m not sure when potty training is going to happen for Sage.  He’ll be almost two when baby boy #2 arrives so I’m planning on some time when both are in diapers.  Even though I’ve done the whole baby thing, and not that long ago, it still feels like a while ago in some ways.  It’s amazing how quickly they go from baby to toddler.  Life with Sage at 21 months old is so different than the baby days.  We have got bedtime down to a science and then we greet him come morning around 7 o’clock.  Basically by 8 o’clock each night my husband and I have the night to ourselves.  I know this will be something that most certainly changes at least in the early days with baby boy.

Because I like to feel like I’m being productive, I’m reading Moms on Call Guide to Basic Baby Care.  I never came across this book when Sage was a baby, but I’m so happy to have found it now.  A lot of the information is a complete refresher at this point, but it is a great resource.  The authors are moms who are also pediatric nurses.  The book cost $10 on my Kindle app on my phone and I’m really enjoying making my way through it.  I know I’ll refer back to it numerous times in the first six months with baby boy.

I’m relaxed right now, but I’m definitely entering nesting mode.  Every week we get a few more things in order making me feel more and more ready for baby boy.

One thing is for sure though, we already love you so much baby boy and can’t wait to meet you! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pregnancy #2: 29 Weeks Update + Spring Cleaning

Hey hey hey!

Something I’ have noticed about pregnancy #2 is that I forget how many weeks I am.  People ask me and I have to think about it or refer to the Bump app on my phone to double check my progress.  Time is flying by and slowing down at the same time right now.  I have it in my mind that I need to prepare for my due date to be two weeks early.  I know I won’t necessarily go early, but in talking with other ladies it seems like it could definitely be a possibility so I’d rather have that in my head now.  With that mindset, my due date could be the very beginning of July.

Over the weekend we picked out the chair for baby boy’s room.  We are keeping Sage’s chair in his new room and consequently needed a new one for the baby.  I love it!  It is a big and cozy recliner that will take up half the nursery, but I know now how much time I’ll spend in that chair so it is exactly what we wanted.  We figure eventually we’ll move it out to the family room or into Sage’s room (which is much bigger than the baby’s room).  The crib is setup and baby boy's room is almost set.  The drawers aren't filled with clothes yet except for this cute outfit.  I also cleaned out my car over the weekend which is a relief.  It took all of 15 minutes.  Just had to throw out the junk that somehow accumulates.  Spring cleaning is happening little by little.  

Also, in the spirit of Spring, I chopped off all my hair.  It’s light and fresh and will take some getting used to, but I’m really happy about it.  It’s just fun to try something new.  I haven’t had my hair this short in years.  It was around this length when I met my husband and that was six years ago, so it has certainly been a while.  The hairdresser was like “there’s no going back…” and I told her “go for it!”.  I figure by the time baby boy #2 is a year it will be long again and maybe then I’ll want to take the time to style it.

I’ve had a cold the last week.  Thankfully nothing too horrible that it took me out of work, but it is still lingering.  I’ve just been super congested and have a little cough.  My husband has been dealing with the same cold and Sage has had the sniffles so we’re all fighting something.  It actually feels better to be up and moving around though opposed to just lying around.

I found out at my last appointment that I’m anemic and need to start taking an iron supplement.  This did not surprise me as my iron levels dropped during my pregnancy with Sage at this point.  I’ve also brought Green Monster smoothies back into my life in the hopes of also getting a solid kick of iron that way.  My cravings for nutritious food have also increased.  Vegetables are making much more of an appearance.  Sage was even loving the green beans I had the other night which made this mama so happy.  He was actually choosing to eat green beans over his pasta which shocked me!  It’s all about the little things, right?

In case you missed it, Love A Latte is going to be getting a renovation soon.  Watch out for that!

Do you have long or short hair?  Which do you like better?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Making the Most of Each Day as a Full-time Working Mom


A big part of the reason I have made much less of an appearance on the blog since becoming a mom is because I also work full-time.  When I get home from work, I rarely spend any time on my phone until my toddler is in bed for the night.  Most evenings there are still things that need to be accomplished once he goes to bed and I want to spend the remainder of the night hanging out with my husband.  These days I’m ready for bed by 9 or 10, so the weeknights fly.

Life is different now than it was when Sage was a baby.  When he was a baby, I’d bring him inside and he’d happily play on his mat (before he was mobile), sit in his vibrating chair and swat at the hanging toys, or I’d have him right in the kitchen with me in his rock n’ play while I cooked dinner.  These days as my baby approaches two (ok, not for four months but still!), he’s got much more of a say in how the night goes.  Now that the weather is nice the last thing he wants to do when we get home is go inside.  He wants to play outside basically until bedtime and my getting dinner on the table is much more of a challenge.  Luckily most nights my husband and Sage play outside while I work on the things that need to happen inside the house, but then I’m torn between wanting to make a nice dinner (something I do take pride in and also enjoy) and being outside.  Also, I want my house to be clean, but I don’t want to spend the night after a long workday cleaning.  Do you see what I mean?  It’s about making choices.  Here are few things that I focus on to make the most of the work days:

I try to have at least a few meals planned for the week.  I never have five weekday meals planned.  On the weekend we grocery shop and stock the house with food so that for a few meals during the week we are set.  I expect to get takeout or go out 1-2 times a week.  It just simplifies dinner.  There will be a pizza or Mexican food night, or something of the sort, and I’m totally ok with that.  We’ll probably do quesadillas one night, Italian one night, and breakfast for dinner another.  I’m so happy that it has become grill weather because that simplifies dinner a ton and there are so many more options with grilling.  I also just placed by first Blue Apron order for next weekend and I'm really excited about that!  It's supposed to be three meals that will feed my husband and I, and I'm hoping Sage too.  I'll definitely keep you posted on how the Blue Apron meals go.

My house will never be super clean…like ever.  Some days it will probably look like a disaster.  My husband and I will catch up on laundry and get the kitchen in order and then it might look a little better.  I don’t (and truly cannot) sweat this.  If I worried about how clean my house was it would take up so much unnecessary space in my mind.  It’s just not worth it.  My family will be well fed and we’ll enjoy each other’s company and have fun, but we’ll do so with dog fur that needs to be vacuumed on of the rug, dishes that are never ending, and piles of laundry that never seem to go away. 

I pack my son’s bag for the sitter the night BEFORE.  Oh my gosh does this make a big difference in the morning!  I always get mad at myself in the morning when I haven’t taken care of Sage’s diaper bag.  We cloth diaper and that requires a little extra effort to make sure diapers are clean.  At this point I’m washing diapers every 2-3 days which is no big deal (but I know that will be changing soon with baby boy #2 on the way).  I pack breakfast, lunch and snacks for my son each day so making his meals the night before takes so much pressure off my morning.  It just takes a little thought and it is so worth it.  Otherwise in the morning I’m rummaging through the cupboards and refrigerator trying to pull something together for him and it just doesn’t make me feel good. 

I read something a while ago when I was going back to work when Sage was 4.5 months old.  (It was hard at first and I wondered how I’d make it all work).  I read that it’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend with your child, but the quality of the time together.  I think of that every single day.  When my husband and I get Sage out of bed in the morning, even though we often don’t get more than 20 minutes with him before it is time to go, we make that time count.  We greet him in bed together and give him lots of hugs and kisses.  We get him dressed for the day and offer him a little breakfast.  Sometimes there is time to read him a book or play.  It’s an important moment each workday.  After work we devote our attention to him.  It might not be both of us exclusively focusing on him, but we give Sage as much love and attention as we can.  Following his bedtime routine is also very important to us.  We do bath every other night and then we follow the rest of our routine.  We end the night with book time, cuddles in his rocking chair, and he gets a sippy cup of milk in his rocking chair while sitting with either my husband or I.  We talk and joke with him before he goes to bed.  This is another special time each day. 

I’m not hard on myself, or I try not to be.  I think as a parent you sort of have to lower your standards for certain things.  I don't mean that in a bad way by any means.  I just mean that we aren't all superheroes and getting everything accomplished is tough.  I just try to focus on the important stuff - my family.  There are never enough hours in the day to get everything I could possibly want to get done, so I’m not going to try.  I’ll just do my very best.  I also try not to make comparisons between myself and other moms because that’s not fair to me (or them) either.  By being kind to myself, I’m a better mom. 

What are some of your tricks for getting through the workweek? 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Love A Latte is Getting a Makeover

Hey hey hey!

I wanted to keep you in the loop on my upcoming plans for this little space of mine because Love A Latte is getting a makeover!  

I created this blog over three years ago and I love what it has become, but there are things I want to change too.  I’m not in love with the look anymore, but I still want something that is happy and inviting.  I want my site to be more user friendly as well.  Maybe you’re just looking for posts on motherhood, pregnancy, plant-based breakfast, etc., and I want it to be simple for you to find what you’re looking for.  Also, I’ve grown a lot as person over the last three years.  I started this blog as a newlywed who spent tons of time running.  Do you remember all my running posts?  Well, I still love to run, but that part of my life is on the back burner right now as my husband and I focus on parenthood.  I’ll get back in the running groove eventually.  My point is that a lot of life happens in three years and I think it is about time I bring Love A Latte into the present.

I plan to post more on my experiences in motherhood, plant-based eating, and getting back into running.  I’m a full-time working mama and I want to do more posts on how the day-to-day of that goes.  I want to connect more with all of you who are still here reading (thank you for sticking around!) and with new readers.    The first step is going to be the renovation of this space.  That will be taking place over the next month or so, but hopefully by summer the new site will be up and running (same website address by the way).  If there are days where the site seems to be under construction, I apologize in advance.

In the meantime, let’s stay in touch!  Also, let me know if there are topics you’d like me to touch on more going forward.  I’m so exciting for this new beginning for Love A Latte and can’t wait to share it with you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pregnancy #2: 28 Weeks Update

Hey hey hey!

I’m running on very minimal sleep and pregnancy is totally not to blame.  Apparently we lost power last night very briefly, only I didn’t know that is what happened.  Just before midnight I woke up to Sage’s white noise machine blaring the heartbeat sound option.  We always keep it on the white noise option for him and I typically can’t hear it in our bedroom.  However, when it switched to the heartbeat option it was super loud and it woke me up out of a sound sleep.  I was out of it from just being asleep and then my anxiety rose as I tried to figure out what had happened.  My first instinct was of course to go check on Sage.  He was sound asleep and apparently the noise maker had no impact on his sleep.  I woke up my husband because I just had to.  He walked around the house just to make sure everything was in order and then we went back to bed, but I couldn’t sleep because I just couldn’t comprehend what had made Sage’s noise maker do that and by this point I felt wired.  Long story short (or six hours later and me attempting to sleep, but really just resting in bed and reading a book on my iPhone) and I discovered what had happened.

I went to set a timer to drink the glucose drink for my doctor's appointment (this morning was my test for that) and I noticed that the clock on the microwave was blank.  Power outage!  Duh!  My sitter later confirmed that she too had lost power in the night right when we had.  So, I’ve been in a sleep-deprived daze all day.

Let me back up to the weekend though and then I’ll get on with my 28 week update.  The weekend was spent relaxing with family, grilling out, playing outside, and even a trip to the zoo.  On Sunday afternoon while the boys napped, I began to organize baby boy's room.  Oh my gosh I forgot how precious newborn clothes are!  I came across a newborn onesie and extra diaper and they are so tiny.  My heart melted.  The crib isn't put together yet, but soon it will be.  I feel more accomplished knowing that the rest of the room is in pretty good shape.  

This morning I learned that my appointments will now be every two weeks which makes me happy.  I like getting to hear baby boy as much as possible.  

Weight:  Gained 20 pounds (few more than I had with Sage)

Body:  Heartburn is the worst symptom.  It was raging all last night.  On a happy note, I felt baby boy kicking all through the night so he was my company.

Cravings:  Nothing in particular, but I've had a few tasty veggie burgers lately.  I definitely fill up quicker these days.

Sleep:  Aside from last night, sleep has been very good.  I typically get 7-8 hours.  I'm tossing and turning to stay comfortable and laying on my back is definitely not an option as it makes me feel sick.

Best Moments:  Lots of time spent with family!  Sage also got to play with his best buddy that lives across the street a bunch.  We've observed that sharing is his biggest struggle right now.  Hard to reason with a 20 month old on this topic, but we're working on it.

Tell me you've had a nighttime fiasco like mine!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hi There, Third Trimester!


Well, today I had tacos for lunch and then a few hours later a tempeh BLT sandwich.  That definitely screams third trimester hunger.

It wasn’t so bad getting out of bed Monday morning, but it was hard saying goodbye to Sage when I dropped him off at the sitter.  He came down with an ear infection on Sunday and still wasn’t 100% back to himself.  He did sleep through the night and wake up his happy self, but I could tell it was hard for him to let go of the weekend.  It was a weekend of fun.  We celebrated my dad’s birthday on Saturday.  Sage got to ride the carousel and run around the mall.  We ordered Chinese for lunch and my husband and I brought the lemon raspberry cake.  Sage even slept the whole car ride home which is always a plus.  My husband and I got to listen to a podcast and relax.

Out of the blue on Sunday morning Sage started crying hysterically and pulling on his ear.  Luckily our pediatrician is open on Sundays and we were able to take him that day.  He spent the morning cuddling on the couch with us which just about never happens.  My husband and I kept looking at each other like, “is he really just sitting here with us?”.  As much as we love to snuggle with Sage, we also knew it must mean he wasn’t feeling right because he normally is all play.  Nap time was tough because Sage just couldn’t get comfortable with his ear hurting him.  I was happy to let him nap on me for an hour and a half though.  We just rocked in his chair as I attempted to hold him like a baby even though his legs were hanging off the chair and my baby belly was in the way.  I still cherished every second of it.

On Monday, Sage slept in and I focused on getting his lunch ready.  Overnight chia oats for breakfast and black bean noodles with tomato sauce and cheese for lunch.  Veggie pouch, banana, and fruit strip for snacks.  Got to make sure he doesn’t go hungry!  My husband had leftovers from the weekend and I totally dropped the ball and didn’t bring anything for myself.  Luckily my work has a cafĂ© with a salad bar, so I’m never without food.

Today, Sage got to spend the day with my dad!  Sage was saying "papa" early in the morning when I told him grandpa was visiting and was very happy to see him walk through the door.  Normally Sage goes to his sitter's house so this was a special treat.  It was a treat for me too because I went into work a little late.  I started the day with blueberry pancakes.  I'd say that's a wonderful way to start a Tuesday as well as the fact that I'm officially in the third trimester with this pregnancy!!

It has been another good week.  I’ve gotten solid leep, I’ve eaten lots of delicious food and I’m feeling well.  I’m tired though.  I suppose that is certainly to be expected.  We have plans to set up baby boy’s room this weekend.  I can’t wait to organize and make it all ready for him.  There really isn’t that much to do, but just making a little progress here and there makes me feel good.  My sister-in-law just had a sweet baby girl so it will be a little while before we get any of the hand-me-down clothes back, but I’d like to at least have the room setup and ready for him.  We have a rock n’ play that Sage slept in for the first few months because of his reflux, but I’m wondering if I should get a bassinet this time.  I foresee using the rock n’ play all around the house during the day like we did with Sage, but maybe it would be nice to have a bassinet next to our bed in the beginning.  There is a huge neighborhood sale in May and I’m hoping I can find something then.

I just said goodbye to my dad who had a wonderful day with Sage, and P.B. & Cookies Ben & Jerry's is calling my name...and Sage is still napping.  I think I better take a few minutes and just sit on the couch with my dog and my ice cream.

What's new in your world?

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Thoughts on Pregnancy #2

Today’s post is about my second pregnancy.  I truly just put my thoughts out there on how this pregnancy compares to my first.  In many ways it is quite similar, but it also has its differences.

It’s just different because it’s not all a surprise.  With my first pregnancy, everything that happened was new to me.  I had no idea what to expect.  My growing midsection is not a surprise nor are the other physical changes.  I’ve seen my body like this before.  It’s still miraculous and I’m still amazed every day by it, but I know a bit more what to expect.

I look at my son, Sage, each day and I’m just filled with gratitude.  I’m so excited for him to have a brother.  I’m excited for my husband and I of course, but I’m really excited for Sage.  That is a new feeling because obviously with baby #1 there was no sibling in the picture.  The whole sibling thing makes me so happy.  I have a brother and he was my best friend when I was little.

Giving up coffee (again) is no big deal.  I’ve had a few decafs this time around though.  I didn’t have a drop with my first pregnancy.

 Losing sleep from pregnancy (getting up to pee, tossing and turning to get comfortable, etc.) is nothing compared to how I know sleep will be with a newborn.  Sage didn’t sleep through the night until he was close to 10 months old so I really get it.  I’m typically asleep by 10PM and get up at 6AM.  I know to cherish this sleep.  I also know that no matter what kind of crazy sleep schedule baby boy #2 has me on when he arrives that I will survive.  My point is that I have zero complaints about pregnancy sleep issues this round.

I cherish my time with Sage.  I know our family dynamic is going to change with a second baby.  I know my attention will be divided.  I’m just enjoying this time with Sage when my husband and I can give him our undivided attention because this time – right now - is very a special time too.  

Food is not as fantastic with this pregnancy.  Overall food just doesn’t have the appeal I remember it having during my first.  I remember how my taste buds immediately changed as soon as I had Sage.  I’m just rolling with it, eating frequently, and doing the best I can to get the proper nutrition for me and baby.  This pregnancy sometimes I eat more because I know I need to eat something rather than I’m really craving it.  

I’ve learned to embrace my messy house.  I have an almost 20 month old who makes a mess.  He plays with a toy and drops it (we’re working on the whole cleaning up thing).  My goals these days are just keeping up with the kitchen and laundry.  My husband and I will do a full cleaning and I swear a day later you wouldn’t know it.  My house looks like kid central.  Yes, I absolutely want to do a deep clean before the baby arrives, but I also know that everything will not look perfect.

 I love maternity clothes even more this time around.  The first time it was a little scary (ok, 100% the wrong word, but it was a bit unsettling…sort of )  watching my body grow and gaining weight.  This time around I’m totally embracing it.  I know that my body needs to get bigger and I need to gain to provide for baby boy and I’m so happy to be doing it (again)!

I wonder if there’s any chance we can get Sage potty trained by the time baby boy arrives.  Any suggestions?  He’ll be close to two when baby boy arrives.

It’s really nice knowing all the unnecessary junk I don’t need to worry about acquiring.  With Sage I had no idea what we needed or really didn’t need.  I understood the basic necessities, but there is just so much baby stuff out there!  This time around there are a few new (or used and just new-to-me) things I’d like to acquire (swing, few more cloth diapers, maybe a bassinet), but other than that I want to keep it simple.  I did just order a sling to carry our newborn around in.  I’m excited about that because I never had one with Sage.  I had the fancy moby wrap that I had to watch You Tube just to get it on right.  I’m hoping the sling is a bit easier to get on and off, but does the trick.

My husband and I got to go on a date recently and it was so wonderful spending time just the two of us.  I know that we’ll have a lot less of that when baby #2 arrives so I want to make sure to get in more dates over the next few months.

I get excited thinking about running again.  I wasn’t running much when I got pregnant so it wasn’t something I was about to pick up during pregnancy.  That being said, I look forward to getting out there with baby #2 in the stroller (once he’s old enough).  I was slow to get back in a fitness routine after Sage and I have no idea how it will go this round, but regardless, I look forward to it.  I have BIG running goals.  It’s just fun to think about right now.

Feeling baby boy’s movement is still the best thing about pregnancy.  It’s my favorite part.  I just feel so connected to him like he’s saying, “hi mom!” every time I feel a kick or flutter.  Hi baby!

I wonder how Jax (our dog) is going to acclimate to baby #2.  He is just warming up to Sage.  He’s the sweetest dog but he certainly misses being the baby.

I am starting to think about how labor is going to go.  Will it be fast?  Will it take 27 hours again?  How will Sage do when we’re at the hospital?  How will Sage react to his brother?  Unanswered questions that only time will tell…

Tell me your thoughts!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pregnancy #2: 26 Weeks Update (and Weekend Fun)

Hi there!

The start of the workweek was rough.  We had such a nice weekend and getting back in the swing of things Monday morning was certainly a challenge.  I got to work and found one of Sage’s truck magnets in my shirt.  I looked down at my round stomach and saw an object bulging from my shirt.  How that magnet made its way there, I definitely don’t have a clue.  Certainly a Monday morning thing.  Also, it’s winter again.  I made the mistake of not parking my car in the garage on Sunday night and Monday morning it was a winter wonderland.  I can’t really complain because it truly has been a very mild winter, but once April hits I don’t think it’s fair for snow to make an appearance, especially since we were already given a big glimpse of Spring.  Oh well…hopefully Spring will come back soon.

Thankfully getting out of bed was much easier this morning.  My husband and I went to bed at 9 o'clock last night.  Yay for lots of sleep!  I even did laundry and cleaned the kitchen when I got up this morning.  Amazing how little things can make me feel so accomplished.

Back to the weekend... Sage slept in until 8:30AM on Sunday morning.  Craziness!  He woke up rested and ready to take on the day.  I didn’t know what to do with all that extra time so my husband and I made a big Sunday morning breakfast.  Everything was prepped and I was ready to start cooking all before Sage was out of bed.  We then went to the mall for a few hours because we wanted to get out of the house, but the snow limited our options.  They have these car cart/stroller things at the mall which basically makes the experience for Sage.  He gets to feel like he is driving a car, we can store all of our stuff underneath it, and everyone has fun.  It was nice to get a little exercise (and Starbucks).

Grocery shopping didn’t happen until Sunday late afternoon.  With a blueberry bagel and Cookie Monster’s company, Sage was happy to join us.  I made faux chicken pattie sandwiches for dinner.  Avocado, vegenaise and buffalo sauce for toppings.  Delicious!  My hubby and I finished watching the movie The Night Before after Sage went to bed and suddenly it was Monday.  Love the weekends with my family.

Now onto my 26 week pregnancy update.  My last week of the second trimester…wow!  I really want to get baby boy’s room set up soon.  Sage has been settled in his new room for a while now which makes me so happy.  We need to put together the crib in the baby’s room (used to be Sage’s room) and then I pretty much just have a bunch of organizing to do.  I never really fully organized the closet before Sage arrived and I’d really like to do that this time around.  I also started typing up Sage’s food/schedule for family that will be watching him while we are in the hospital.  It makes me feel like I’m being productive just having things written up.

Weight:  Gained about 17 pounds.

Body:  Heartburn is the biggest symptom.  Definitely making more of an appearance and it’s hard to predict what will set it off.  I often find myself trying to fall asleep at night sitting up a bit to calm it.  My bump has really popped at this point.  I saw my reflection while we were walking the mall and no doubt about it that I look pregnant now.  With the second pregnancy I know how to expect my body changing, so it is not nearly as shocking.  I’m really enjoying it and I love watching the bump grow.  Lifting Sage is getting a bit harder.  My husband has been doing a lot more of the lifting him in and out of the car seat.  I especially notice my bump when I’m reading Sage books and he wants to sit in my lap.  I’ve been feeling very good other than fatigue.  I had a headache on Sunday and my sinuses were bugging me, but I’m sure that is more weather related than pregnancy.  I'm feeling lots of movement and I love every second of it.  The movements are very pronounced and my husband can feel them too.  Baby boy is doing flips or karate.

Cravings:  I was just reading my post from 26 weeks pregnant with Sage and wow does all the food I was making look good.  Makes me really want to step up my game right now!  Food is quite good these days.  I eat smaller portions, but more often.  Often my eyes are bigger than my stomach.  I made a quinoa salad with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing for lunch yesterday that was delicious.  I topped it with an avocado and dug in with chips.  I also bought another package of Silk dark chocolate almond milk so I can have that each morning.  It just sound really good when I first wake up.  Also, this ice cream is tasty.

Sleep:  I fall asleep really easily.  Put on a TV show and I’m out within ten minutes.  That being said, I toss and turn a lot in the night and have to get up to use the bathroom at least once.  Sleep really hasn’t been bad though.  Sage woke up in the night on Sunday and really I was more tired from that than anything pregnancy related.  I guess he’s prepping me a bit for when his brother arrives.

Best Moments:  Time with my family!  The workweeks are busy and go by in a flash.  I cherish the time with Sage and my hubby so much on the weekends.  Lately if Sage is with just me, he’ll want to know where daddy is, and vice versa if he’s with my husband.  He’s keeping tabs on us and it’s so sweet that he wants both of us hanging out with him.  Loves to be with his people!

How was your weekend?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pregnancy #2: 25 Weeks Update

Hi there!

I’m officially 25 weeks pregnant.  That third trimester is around the corner...  Oh my goodness!  It sort of hit me that while I still have a few months to go, I’m also a significant way through this pregnancy.  On that note I thought it would be nice to pop in for an official pregnancy update.  After eight hours of sleep last night I woke up this morning pretty energized.  Dragging myself out of bed wasn’t too bad and after showering I found an outfit I really like, so that always makes the workday better.  My husband and I had to go in and get Sage out of bed at 6:45AM so I was able to accomplish all my morning tasks quite easily before he woke up (breakfast, make lunches, make breakfast shakes, pack up my car with Sage’s stuff for the sitter and food for me at work, comb my hair, even put on makeup today…).  Sage got out of bed with a smile on his face.  We got him dressed for the day and he shared some of his daddy’s breakfast shake and had some raspberries, and then we were off!  I treated myself to Starbucks on the way to work because my mom gave me a gift card for Easter.  Hurray! 

Weight:  I’ve gained around 15 pounds I'm guessing. 

Sleep:  It has been a solid week of great sleep.  I only get up to pee sometimes.  I definitely toss and turn throughout the night, but I tend to get about eight hours each night and I’m soaking all that sleep in.  I took a two hour nap during Sage’s nap on Saturday which was amazing.  I typically never nap so this was a bit out of the norm for me, but I knew I needed it.  I woke up feeling better too.

Body:  I’m feeling good!  I’m definitely feeling the extra weight and boy am I ready to climb into bed each night.  My skin has been really clear this pregnancy and I’m loving that (please stay that way!).  I get random aches and pains, but nothing major.  We drove to visit family over the weekend and I wasn’t feeling so great in the car ride there and it was tough to get comfortable.  I think that had more to do with needing to eat something though.  Heartburn generally makes a strong appearance at bedtime and random points throughout the day. 

Cravings:  I’m enjoying more breakfast shakes.  Today’s lunch is a mixture of quinoa and lentils with tomatoes and spices.  I’m excited to dive into that with a pile of tortilla chips.  Tempeh BLTs were delicious on Monday.  I’m going strong with my bowl of cereal before bed.  I haven’t been cooking hardly at all this pregnancy.  It has been a lot of simple and basic meals.  I can’t wait to start grilling each night because I know that will make for lots of healthy dinners.

Best Moments:  Feeling baby boy kick and move around is my favorite.  I like to say hello to him and chat.  Sage is doing well with his arm cast which is such a relief.  Bath time is tough, so we’re doing more towel baths lately.  Visiting family for the holiday was fun and as always Sage was the main entertainment.  Sage also participated in his first Easter egg hunt over the weekend and had a blast.  

I have a strong desire to clean my house.  I should rephrase - really just want my house to be super clean before baby boy arrives, but the last thing I want to do after the workday is clean.  My husband and I are tackling rooms here and there and working to clean stuff out.  I have a feeling some more serious Spring cleaning will happen soon.  Sage is a pro at pushing around his toy vacuum.  If only that did the trick!

What’s new with you?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Growing Bump, an Arm Cast & Lots of Cuddles


Where to begin this post... A big thing is the fact that my sweet boy got a cast on his arm, so I'll start there.  Last week Sage was sick two days.  He had a low-grade fever and just was out of sorts.  The doctor said it was something viral and by the weekend he was feeling much better.  As a working mama I never get to spend weekdays with my boy so even though he was sick I cherished being home with him.  We cuddled a lot and just hung out around the house.  He was such a trooper for being sick.

One of the days Sage was itching to get out of the house so we went to the playground right by our house.  I should preface this with the fact that Mr. Sage is a little daredevil.  He climbs on everything.  Toddler gym each weekend is heaven for him.  So anyways, while coming down a step (just a bit off the ground) he fell down.  He was upset (as was I because I hate to see him sad), but we sat on the steps and gathered ourselves.  It was hard to tell if Sage was upset because we were approaching nap time or if he was hurt.  Later that day we took him to the doctor and she didn't really think anything serious was wrong with his arm because he had full movement of the arm he fell on and he was playing with his toys.  The next night my husband and I took him to an orthopedic urgent care type place and Sage got x-rays.  It was determined that there wasn't a break and we were scheduled with an appointment with the doctor Monday midday.  Sage still had full motion of his right arm and was still climbing things, but we could tell he was trying not to much too much weight on his right arm.

The doctor determined on Monday that he had a minor fracture in his right elbow and wanted to put a cast on it.   She knew that as soon as he started feeling better he could potentially hurt it further because toddlers don't take it easy.  If it had been an adult, she said a sling would suffice, but a toddler needs added protection.  

Sage did such a great job as they put on the cast.  I feel sad that this happened.  The lady that put on his cast said she sees it all the time and it's common, but still, it's hard.  He's supposed to have the cast for three weeks so I hope the time goes fast for him and that he quickly acclimates to having it on.

In other news, my bump is growing!  I saw my belly move for the first time the other night.  I've been feeling movement for while, but this was serious movement.  Little guy was kicking or doing flips.  Hope he was having fun!  My appetite has been better too.  I actually started my day with a smoothie yesterday, then had overnight chia oats, then a quesadilla with black beans and other goods.  I don't just want pasta anymore!  

My sister-in-law had her baby girl last week (hurray!) and she's such a sweetie.  I can't wait to meet her.  I'm sure Sage will look like a giant next to her and I still consider him my baby.  I almost forgot to mention that Sage got his FIRST haircut over the weekend which makes him look so grown-up.  We went to a salon just for kids and it was so sweet to watch.  He looks like a little boy curls gone.

There was a lot in that post, but it's been a loaded few days.  Say lots of prayers Sage has a fast recovery!

What's your worst injury as a kid?  (My husband broke his leg, but I've only had stitches...)