20 August 2014

30 Weeks with Baby # 2!

How far Along: 30 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 cucumber...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: Maxi Skirts are still my BFF. Seriously :) I'm so thankful that the seasons from Jonah's pregnancy basically match up. I've been able to reuse everything!

Gender: It's a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name, but still not sure about a middle name. Help a girl out :)

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: Thankfully, no...and we hope it stays that way for at least another 8 or 9 weeks!

Movement: It is so amazing to be able to tell where baby boy is based on his movements. I can almost always feel his little bum sticking out. Right now it feels like he is laying horizontally across my stomach, with his feet at my left side and his head on the right. It's especially fun to feel him move his whole body - both sides of my stomach shake! Amazing!

Sleep: Sleep is pretty interesting these days. I wake every hour or two to go to the bathroom, and I have to sleep with a pillow between my legs due to the hip pressure. I love every second of it though...and I know I'm going to miss it when baby boy is here.

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream. I want ALL the ice cream ALL the time, which is a problem due to my Gestational Diabetes. I have a spoonful here and a spoonful there, but I can’t wait to have a milkshake!

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.

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

Best Moment this Week: Every moment is amazing, so it's hard to pinpoint just one! I suppose hitting 30 weeks...the final countdown is on!

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 officially in the 3rd Trimester and less than 10 weeks away from meeting baby!

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

Next Appointment: Tuesday, September 2nd. I will be 32 weeks 2 days. I start twice weekly NSTs this week which will continue until I deliver due to my Gestational Diabetes.


Here is my 30 week bump photo!


And here is my 30 week post and photo with Jonah :)

Only 67 days or less to go!



19 August 2014

Lemonade Stand Mini Sessions

Happy Tuesday, friends! Many of you know that aside from teaching, I am also a photographer on the side. A few weeks ago I shot Lemonade Stand Mini Sessions and I absolutely LOVED how they turned out! My husband and father-in-law built me the wooden stand. I actually used it last November as a Hot Cocoa Stand for my Christmas Mini Sessions.

Everything worked out perfectly, and the little ones had a great time! This was in the midst of Jonah's three weeks of sickness, but I even got a few shots of our little guy. He really liked the lemonade :)

What else could I use this stand for? I was thinking of maybe a "Pumpkins for Sale" or "Christmas Trees for Sale" theme for next year. The possibilities are endless - I just need a little inspiration :)






I'm a tad biased, but isn't our little guy just the cutest? He is getting so big! I wish time would slow down. It's crazy how fast time flies! Have a great day, everyone! Before you go, feel free to check out my photography website and my photography Facebook page :)

14 August 2014

A Little Life Update

Well, hello there! Just when I feel like I’m juggling my many hats – one falls off. It has been a pretty intense three weeks around these parts. For starters, I have been insanely busy with photo sessions! Senior Season is in full swing, which has given me many hours behind the camera these past few weeks. There was even a stretch of nearly two weeks where I had a photo session every single day. Feel free to check out my work on Facebook or visit my photography website!

More important than anything else, the past three weeks have been focused on our little love bug, Jonah. He has been so incredibly sick, and it just breaks my heart. The whole thing started three weeks ago when Kevin got a cold sore. Naturally, he gave it to me a few days later, and then in turn, we passed it on to Jonah. I had absolutely NO idea what the Herpes virus could do to a toddler who had been exposed to it for the first time. Basically, the virus manifested in him for the first time and it can have some really awful symptoms. Jonah had a fever for nine consecutive days. NINE! We were rotating Tylenol and Motrin around the clock, and our poor little guy just couldn’t shake the virus. After almost a week of the fever, the cold sores started appearing. He had 4 on his bottom lip where his lip met the skin on his face, but what’s worse is that he had 15-20 cold sores in his mouth on his gums. Our poor little guy was in SO much pain. He wouldn’t eat anything because the sores hurt him so badly. He drank just enough to keep hydrated, but nothing more. His poor little gums were completely swollen and red, and bled at the gentlest touch. Brushing his teeth was a nightmare, but necessary because the smell was awful and the perfect breeding ground for a bacterial infection. I was in tears almost every day for our poor sweet baby! Finally after days 11 and 12 of sickness, the fever broke and the cold sores began to heal. We had about 5 days of our normal, happy, smiley baby back, and then? Boom. Hand Foot Mouth Disease. This past Monday the fever started again, and by Tuesday morning the open sores showed their ugly faces and our little guy is in the midst of battling yet another virus. I’m sure you can see why we’ll all be glad when sickness leaves us alone for long while! Thankfully Jonah is acting completely normal today. We’re just left with the sores to heal.

School is starting one week from tomorrow. Ummm…what? Don’t ask me where Summer went, because I have absolutely no idea. I went into school today to work on my classroom and I made a pretty big dent! I have almost everything up and ready to go. I think I just need a few more hours to organize and I’ll be ready for next week!

Baby Boy # 2 is doing great! He’s kicking and moving all over the place. It’s hard to believe I will be 30 weeks this coming Sunday. Which reminds me…I’m pretty far behind on my pregnancy updates, so I’m going to tack them on to the end of this post :) I’m looking forward to trying to get back into the blogging world. Thanks for being so patient with me during my long hiatuses! :)

How far Along: Today I am 29 weeks 4 days! We’re officially in the 3rd Trimester and I can’t believe it :)

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 an acorn squash...or about 15.2 - 16.7 inches long and anywhere from 2.5 - 3.5 pounds!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I’m down 8 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight!

Maternity Clothes: Yeppers – all of the time! I just bought a few more tops and another Maxi skirt. I need a few more things to get me through the beginning of the school year and I should be set!

Gender: It's a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name, but still not sure about a middle name. Help a girl out :)

Belly Button In/Out: My belly button never popped out with Jonah, but it did completely flatten out. We are already flattened out with this little man!

Stretch Marks: A few new ones, but I’m okay with it!

Labor Signs: Thankfully, no...and we hope it stays that way for at least another 10 weeks!

Movement: Yes, yes, yes! This little peanut is a mover and a shaker. I swear at times my whole stomach just shakes. I wish I could see what he is doing in there! :)

Sleep: Sleep is getting painful simply because my hips are taking the blunt of the pressure from baby. He has a tendency to sit very low inside of me, which means I have to sleep with a pillow between my knees to help with the pain. It’s okay though, because every ache and pain is worth it!

Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream. I want ALL the ice cream ALL the time, which is a problem due to my Gestational Diabetes. I have a spoonful here and a spoonful there, but I can’t wait to have a milkshake!

Symptoms: Definite cramping and lots of pressure down below. Baby Boy seems to be sitting VERY low and directly on top of my bladder ;)

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

Best Moment this Week: Jonah pulls up my shirt and says “Bee Bee”. He actually has started calling his own belly “Bee Bee” and I can’t help it – it’s adorable. I can’t wait for him to meet his little brother! Oh, and I also felt him hiccup for the first time this week! It’s happened twice over the past two days. Love, love, love baby hiccups!

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 officially in the 3rd Trimester and almost less than 10 weeks away from meeting baby!

Baby Milestones: Baby boy is growing and fattening up in preparation of delivery!

Next Appointment: Monday, August 18th. I will be 30 weeks 1 day. This is just a routine appointment. In September I will start twice weekly NSTs due to being considered High Risk from Gestational Diabetes.

Here is my latest bump photo!

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For comparison’s sake, here is Jonah’s 29 week post.

I’ll check in again soon!
XO