27 September 2014

Maternity Photos with Baby # 2!



In November of 2012, about one month before our precious Jonah Alexander entered the world, we had maternity photos taken. Those photos are something that I hold near and dear to my heart and look back on fondly. When you take the time to realize what a woman's body goes through during pregnancy, it truly is amazing and a miracle.

I knew that I wanted to have a few maternity photos taken with this little peanut as well, but due to the pure craziness that is our life - there was just no time to schedule professional photos with another photographer. So, last night, I enlisted the help of my sister! I adjusted all the manual settings and taught her how to shift focus points. The resulting are some of our favorites from our mini photo shoot in our back yard. Of course, Jonah all but refused to be in any of the pictures with Mommy and Daddy, but we still got some cute ones of him by himself. Welcome to Toddlerhood, right? :) I hope that he cooperates enough to get some cute shots with his baby brother for the first time! We'll find out in only a few more weeks :) Tomorrow, I'll be 36 weeks...and I can't even believe it!





Did you have maternity photos taken with your pregnancies? I know it's something I'll always cherish. Now, if I could just take the plunge and hire a birth photographer!

22 September 2014

34 and 35 Weeks with Baby # 2!


How far Along: 35 weeks 1 day today!

Size of Baby: I know that it varies, but according to one of my favorite websites, The Bump, our little jelly bean is the size of a coconut...or about 17.2 - 18.7 inches long and anywhere from 4.5 - 5.5 pounds!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m down 5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm hoping to keep steady at my current weight until delivery. Only 4 or 5 weeks to go!

Maternity Clothes: Yeppers, all the time. With only about a month left, I don’t want to buy anything new…I feel like I wesr th same 4 or 5 outfits! Oh well :)

Gender: It's a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name, but still don’t have a solid middle name choice. Ugh. We’ve been back and forth for months! I honestly don’t think we will have the name set until we see him!

Belly Button In/Out: Flat as a pancake!

Stretch Marks: A few new ones on my stomach, but nothing major!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks like CRAZY!

Movement: I am seriously going to miss him moving inside of me once he’s here. It’s my favorite! This little guy moves a lot – but definitely has his stretches where he is more active than other times. Usually in the afternoon I feel him the most :)

Sleep: Sleep is pretty hard to come by these days. Such is the story for the next few years :)

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream :) All I want is an Apple Pie Blizzard from Dairy Queen. I hope they still have them once I deliver!

Symptoms: I'm going to go ahead and say that I am officially uncomfortable. I didn’t experience the “uncomfortable” part of pregnancy with Jonah. I do feel like I’m a little bigger at this point than I was at 34/35 weeks with Jonah, so that could be why. I just ache and am sore 24/7 and never get any relief. I wouldn’t change it for the world, however :)

Feeling: I feel great aside from the aches, pains, and general state of uncomfortable-ness.

Best Moment this Week: Jonah is infatuated with my belly. It seriously makes me so happy! He gives baby kisses, shares his food with him, and even his toys. He will say baby’s name, lift up my shirt, and say “Hello baby!” I need to get it on video this week!

What I Miss: Nothing. Except maybe being able to shave my legs, hah!

What I'm Looking Forward To: I don’t want to wish time away, but I really cannot wait to see this little boy!

Milestones: We’re only 2 weeks away from being full term!

Baby Milestones: Baby boy’s hearing is fully developed!

Next Appointment: Thursday, September 25th for one of my twice weekly NSTs. My next big appointment is September 30th where they will do a growth scan to see how big our little guy is. From there, we’ll decide my delivery options due to Gestational Diabetes.

I've missed a few updates and photos, but here is my most recent one taken this evening at 35 weeks 1 day courtesy of my iPhone and hubby! (I tried getting Jonah in the photo, but that just wasn't happening!)


For comparison's sake, here is 35 weeks with Jonah!

03 September 2014

32 Weeks with Baby # 2!

How far Along: 32 weeks 3 days today!

Size of Baby: I know that it varies, but according to one of my favorite websites, The Bump, our little jelly bean is the size of a squash...or about 15.2 - 16.7 inches long and anywhere from 2.5 - 3.5 pounds!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m down 5 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm hoping to keep steady at my current weight until delivery.

Maternity Clothes: You bet! I’m living in my Maxi Skirts now that school has started back up. I can’t believe I can now say “I’m having a baby next month!” Welcome, September!

Gender: It's a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name, but still don’t have a solid middle name choice. Ugh. We’ve been back and forth for months!

Belly Button In/Out: Flat as a pancake!

Stretch Marks: I've gotten a few new ones on my stomach, but nothing too out of the ordinary. I'm used to stretch marks. Kevin loves me, stretch marks and all :)

Labor Signs: Ever since school started back up last week I’ve been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions like crazy! At first they really freaked me out, but I’m getting used to them now. They are really uncomfortable, but not painful.

Movement: Little man is still moving around lots! Every morning I awake to little kicks and jabs, and I love every second of it!

Sleep: Sleep is pretty inconsistent these days. I wake up about every two hours to go to the bathroom, and lately I haven’t been able to fall back asleep. Pregsomnia is no fun :(

Cravings/Aversions: I still want ice cream!

Symptoms: I'm officially waddling :) I have heartburn like crazy (I did with Jonah as well and he had a head full of dark hair.) I have days where I experience some pretty intense cramping...but I'm told that it's normal. I’m also now having Braxton Hicks contractions, which I never had with Jonah.

Feeling: I feel great aside from the cramping and the constant pressure.

Best Moment this Week: Jonah kissing my belly and saying the baby’s name unprompted! It made me tear up!

What I Miss: Nothing. I am soaking up every single minute of this pregnancy! :)

What I'm Looking Forward To: I don’t want to wish time away, but I really cannot wait to see this little boy!

Milestones: We’re only 5 weeks away from being full term!

Baby Milestones: Baby boy's skin is getting smoother and he is now strong enough to grasp a finger!

Next Appointment: Tomorrow, September 4th. I will be 32 weeks 4 days. I start twice weekly NSTs this week which will continue until I deliver due to my Gestational Diabetes. Baby boy passed his first one yesterday!

Here is my 32 week bump photo! Can you tell it is humid here? Look at my hair! Haha.


And for comparison, here is Jonah's 32 week update and photo!