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!

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 :)