Saturday, December 20, 2014

lydia at one month

november 19, 2014
{over a month late...poor girl...}

22.25" long
15" head

dearest lydia is such a wonderful baby.  she has made the transition "easy" and while life is definitely more stressful with the addition of a second child, she is not making difficult at all.  she has a very easy going personality so far and is content to just hang out and watch the goings on.  and when you've got a hyperactive big brother there's a lot going!

lydia is doing fantastically with nursing and i couldn't be happier.  i was really hoping we wouldn't have to deal with the issues i had with ian and fortunately she is a champ.  from day one she has nursed successfully and efficiently.  she is much faster than ian was and she doesn't care to comfort suck at all.  she's all about the business and then just snuggles down to cuddle :)  she is sleeping brilliantly at the moment and i'm enjoying the longer stretches at night.  i know this will most likely change as she gets older, but i'll take it for now.  she also isn't fussy about where she sleeps...swing, car seat, baby carrier, mummy's arms...and due to her noisy big brother playing two feet from her naptime spot, she doesn't appear bothered by loud sounds or bright lights.

as you might be able to tell from her pictures, she has been suffering from newborn acne for a couple of weeks now.  i feel badly that her skin is all rough and broken out, but her hormones just need to regulate on their own to sort it out.  it will hopefully clear up by the time she is a couple months old, but right now it's at its worse.  

lydia started smiling around five days old.  i have both my mum and mother-in-law who will corroborate these were actual smiles in response to me...not just a gassy, sleepy smile.  i lovelovelove her dopey, gummy grins and my heart just sings...especially when she smiles at her brother, too.

one thing i don't want to forget about this first month is how noisy a sleeper she is.   no joke, she grunts, groans, giggles, snores, smacks her lips, etc.  gregg and i stared in awe one night as she went about making as much noise as her brother during waking hours, all while fast asleep in her swaddle!  one would assume baby had woken up if hearing all these noises, but no, she's fast asleep every time.  i keep meaning to try and catch it on video, but it hasn't happened yet.  she really is just loud in general haha...her burps could rival a large man after a full english breakfast.  so unladylike!

i will end by saying in comparison to a toddler, a newborn seems like a breeze!  i know we are lucky that lydia is healthy, happy, sleeping and eating well and generally chill, but man...toddlers are so much harder lol!  i'm definitely enjoying this newborn phase again.  i've missed those squishy baby snuggles and the heavenly newborn smell.

love you, baby girlie.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

welcome lydia ruth!

lydia ruth has arrived!

this darling beauty was born after a smooth delivery on sunday october 19, 2014 weighing in at 8lbs, 11oz and 20 1/4" long.  

we are overjoyed to have her here and are falling more in love every day.  big brother ian is already doting on her bringing her toys and blankets and asking to hold "ian's lydia".  my heart is melting to see their brother-sister relationship beginning already.

thank you all for your well wishes over the past few weeks as we have been adjusting to life as a family of four.  the days are slowly returning to the new "normal" and hopefully the blog will see some more posts as i get back to writing again.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

40 weeks, baby no. 2

we made it!

due date day has arrived (and is actually about to leave...haha!)

i was fairly confident that i would make it to my due date, given lack of any labor signs and that i made it there with ian as well (although with his induction, he was actually born on his due date!).  i am fully in support of making sure babies stay in the womb as long as they need, i.e. a full 40 weeks, however now i'm here, i'm sooooooo ready to have this baby!  

this morning ian and i headed out to baby boot camp, as per our normal wednesday routine.  the weather today was really weird and we had a mini heat wave.  86 degrees for the high and wicked humid!  i thought we were done with summer!!!  well, even in the unexpected heat, i worked out hard with the hope of making this baby possibly thinking about coming out soon, but not even one braxton-hicks contraction haha.  now my quads are just really  once we were done there, we visited hubby at work (who brought down gourmet donuts from his morning meeting...way to a nine month pregnant woman's heart!) and headed home for a shower (for me) and a nap (for ian).  the afternoon saw us at my 40 week appointment, where my midwife assured me i will go into labor and that currently everything looks great.  i have appointments booked for next week, should i still be pregnant in eight days...ugh.  we ran a few errands this afternoon and came home to spend some time with hubby before dinner and bed.  the evening was spent with a lovely friend who came to keep me company since i'm not in labor yet!  all in all, a completely normal day.  i feel absolutely fine.  october 15th has been in my head as our end game for nine months now and it's slightly weird that it has come and gone without significance.  guess baby h2 has decided that the 15th was not the day to be born after all ;)

i have no comparison blog post this week, as i was in hospital delivering ian at 40 one wants to see pictures of that hahaha!  from here on out we are in uncharted territory.  we will just have to wait and see when baby decides to come!

dear little one,

not a fan of october 15th, hey?  that's ok.  i don't mind, just as long as you aren't aiming for october 29th ;)  we had an uneventful, albeit hot, day today full of normal occurrences, errands and the like.  i keep waiting to have that feeling of "this is it", but so far you seem comfy and cozy in there.  this past weekend, your auntie becca had her baby...sweet vivian lynn...and i got a lovely reminder of those blessed newborn snuggles.  my arms are itching to hold you, even more than before!

your big brother, having been to the hospital to meet vivian, is now going around saying "mummy hospital baby soon".  he is definitely getting it, although who knows what he will actually think when you are out here with us 24/7!  

i hope you are staying strong and healthy and will decide you are strong enough to be born soon.  i just hope it won't be too much longer...who knows how much weight you are gaining in these last few days!  the midwife today estimated you are around eight pounds right now and i sure hope she's close.  we love you, baby...come meet us soon!

love, mummy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

39 weeks, baby no. 2

39 weeks!

one week to go...well give or take an extra two weeks if this little one decides to stay put for a bit ;)

this past week was a stressful and busy one, but we made it through!  it started with full hvac construction on our house all week.  we had a crew of four guys beginning work at 7:30am every morning.  they were very polite and respectful, but having people out to work at the house and then cleaning up after all the mess was exhausting to say the least.

we also had ian's second birthday, which included a lovely visit from grandma and grandpa on their way through to england, as well as his party the following day for our close friends and a surprise visit from nana.  

we had a slight scare at my 38 week appointment last week when my blood pressure read really high and they were concerned enough to want to send me for an nst.  fortunately i was seeing my regular midwife who listened to everything i had going on in the week (as well as unexpected construction traffic making me almost miss my appointment with her) and agreed that with no other symptoms, i could go home, rest and retake my blood pressure later that afternoon.  if it came down, i was able to stay home and just go for blood work the next day, if it was still high, i would have to go to labor and delivery for an nst.  

thank goodness that after a couple hours of relaxing, my blood pressure was back to normal and we were able to continue about the day as planned.  i went in the following more for the lab work and received great news that afternoon that everything they checked for (most specifically preeclampisa) was absolutely and completely normal!  yay me and yay baby :)

at this week's appointment, my midwife commented how i looked much more relaxed than last week lol.  construction is done...ian's birthday has passed (i really didn't want the children to share a birthday!) and now we are just happily awaiting delivery day.  my blood pressure was a healthy 112/70 and everything was completely normal.  i keep saying to hubby that i don't expect to go early (ian wouldn't have been born on his due date had i not been induced due to the preeclampsia), so i'm fully expecting at least another week of pregnancy.  

i figured i should throw in a pic of our newly minted two year old and big-brother-to-be.  i love how my bump has now become a shelf for him to perch on!  he still won't give us a straight answer as to whether he thinks the baby will be a boy or a girl, but he talks about the baby and the baby things all day long.  it's very sweet and i can't wait to introduce him to this baby soon!

dear little one,

this could well be my last week of being pregnant with you...or we could have three more together!  my 39 week picture and post were the last with ian, as i went into hospital to have him at 39 weeks, 6 days.  somehow, without the preeclampsia complications, i have a sneaking suspicion that there will be a 40 week post coming next week ;)

i actually hope that you stay put until monday afternoon, as your daddy and i have found a local photographer to take some family photos of us before you arrive and i would like to still be pregnant to make it to the shoot.  if you could at least just give me till monday evening, i would really appreciate that.

other than that one last appointment, we are just waiting for you to decide you are ready to meet us.  every night i diligently load the dishwasher, clean up the downstairs, put away the clean laundry and make sure everything is all set, should i wake up in labor and need to leave right away.  it's become a bit of an obsession, but i feel much better knowing everything is taken care of :)  the nesting instinct is really quite strong this time in comparison to your big brother's pregnancy.

we really, really can't wait to meet you now, dearest child.  we are praying for a safe and healthy delivery and plan on showering you with love and affection once you are here.  keep growing strong and healthy.

love, mummy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

37 weeks, baby no. 2

we are officially full term!  go team baby h2!

the past couple weeks have flown by.  the reason for my blog absence (you'll notice we skipped from 34 to 37) is due to an insane nesting instinct that kicked in!  i've been spending every waking moment wading through laundry, setting up the nursery, cleaning out my car, staying on top of dishes and housework, etc.  i'm like a crazy lady...i can't go to bed until all the dishes are done, the laundry is folded and put away.  i just keep thinking, "what if i go into labor tonight?"  

during week 35, my dearest hubby was out of the country for a business trip to ireland.  (when does my "job" require travel to a foreign country minus kids in a fancy hotel haha?!)  it was during this week that nesting really kicked in and i went into overdrive.  ian and i did two trips to ikea in one week and by the time the week was over, i had built five pieces of ikea furniture, completely finished switching ian into his big boy room and cleaned out the spare bedroom and set up the nursery.  i felt like supermum!  fortunately, i didn't send myself into early labor and i'm really pleased with the way the rooms turned out.  it truly is a blessing that we have the space in our new house for each child to have their own room.  (eventually i'll get around to blogging the new rooms, so you can all see my furniture building skills!)

so now at 37 weeks, we are pretty much ready for baby.  i'm still determined every evening to stay on top of dishes and laundry, as well as remembering little things here and there that i want to get done before baby arrives.  honestly though, if he or she was to arrive tomorrow, we are good to go...and it's a good feeling to know that :)

i had a great check up today at my midwife's office and found out i passed my last test...the lovely group b strep test administered at 36 weeks.  fortunately i am negative, as i was with ian as well, which means no course of antibiotics is required during labor.  i'm even more excited this time as it means i should be able to have a labor free of iv's, monitors and medication!  it really does look like i've escaped a second preeclamptic pregnancy and now being gbs negative means i can labor as i please (barring any emergencies with myself or the baby).  hopefully just a couple more weeks to go!

dear little one,

we made it to full term!  according to the medical professionals, if you were to be born tonight, your little lungs would most likely be strong enough to work on their own.  i'm glad to be here once again and know that if i go into labor early, you stand a good chance of being ok on your own.  

i'm sure you can tell how busy i've been...between nesting and taking care of your big brother, i'm pretty much never sitting still :)  we are all ready for your arrival, munchkin.  your room is ready, baby clothes are washed and folded, coming home outfits picked out (one for boy, one for girl) and the car seat is in the car.  i remember how weird it was to see the infant seat in my car before ian was born and now it's just as weird to see two seats back there!  feel free to stay cooking for a couple more weeks, but know that when you do decide it's time to meet the world, we are ready for you.

your big brother is also doing a great job getting ready, as much as an almost two year old can.  he loves going in your room and looking at the "baby's things".  he is smitten with his big boy room, so i think that has helped him to realize that the crib is now for you.  every night he asks to read his "brother book" which is a cute story about welcoming a new baby into a family.  when i ask him now what he will be soon, he replies "brother".  so sweet.  

stay safe and keep growing strong during these last couple of weeks.  we can't wait to meet you, little one!

love, mummy

Friday, September 5, 2014

34 weeks, baby no. 2

34 weeks!

the countdown is really on and nesting is in full swing, haha!  this week hubby is heading off on a business trip and i have so many lists of things to do to organize while he is gone.  before he leaves, he's going to bring up all the baby stuff for me from the basement so i can start washing baby clothes and diapers and such.  as soon as i knew he was going away, the list making began and i'm feeling excited to be getting the baby things out again.  it's really happening!

baby no. 2 has been extremely active this week.  a couple of nights ago, hubby and i were relaxing on the couch and the baby kicked me so hard right near my ribs that i yelped out loud!  we've been on the go a lot this week, in addition to having a teething toddler who's not sure he wants to sleep at night, so i'm feeling quite tired, but somehow i manage to muster up the energy to keep up with my little man ;)

i had my 34 week appointment this week and thankfully everything is still as normal as can be :)  my blood pressure is great and no other signs of anything significant happening, i.e. preeclampsia rearing its ugly head again.  i'm starting to wonder about what it will be like to go into labor.  with being induced with ian, i missed out on the moment of realization of "this is it".  i was already so exhausted from waiting for the induction and then once they broke my water everything happened so fast, i'm kind of worried about it just happening randomly.  what if my water breaks while ian and i are running errands at target, or what if they have to send me to the hospital from an appointment when i have him with me, or god forbid baby decides to come early while one's hubby is out of the country?  haha!   oh well, i guess that's the joy of the unknown when it comes to having a baby.  exciting, but nervewracking!

dear little one, 

you are getting big and strong in there, my love.  what a surprise you gave mummy earlier this week with those super strong kicks!  ian has felt you a couple of times, most often when we are snuggled reading stories.  sometimes he doesn't seem bothered and other times he looks at my tummy as if to say, "what was that?".  i've tried explaining to him that you are just trying to say hello, but i don't think he quite understands yet haha!

i promise i'm starting to get things organized for your arrival.  we haven't done much so far, but hopefully by this time next week, things will be a little more in order :)  i can't wait to see you wearing the tiny baby clothes again and playing with the toys we had for ian.  i know he will be delighted to share them with you!

well my just about five pound baby, it is getting late and while i'm enjoying thinking about you and all the fun times to come, i should probably get some rest.  even if your brother's teeth don't bother him tonight while he sleeps, he doesn't yet understand the concept of sleeping in.  i doubt you will for a while either...those days are long gone :)

you are much loved, little one.  stay safe!

love, mummy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

32 and 33 weeks, baby no. 2

32 weeks and i'm feeling ok!

this baby is starting to make things rather uncomfortable, especially at night.  i'm not sure if i even mentioned this with my pregnancy with ian, but i'm a hardcore stomach sleeper and being pregnant kind of throws a wrench into that whole thing!  i've borrowed one of the pregnancy sleep pillows from a dear friend and that has been my saving grace so far, but unfortunately now this baby is getting bigger and more active, i'm sleeping less and less.  the heartburn has also reared its ugly head and that often gets so bad, it wakes me up.  overall, i'm still getting some sleep which is good!  definitely preparing me for a newborn again, although the timing is kind of stinky, as ian has just about started sleeping through the night reliably!  typical ;)

the last couple weeks ian has really started to pick up his language.  we're definitely hitting that language explosion and it's fun to hear him putting together little sentences.  he's started saying "hi baby" unprompted by me, as well as "sorry baby" when he accidentally (or not so accidentally) bumps my tummy or jumps on my lap a little too boisterously.  


33 weeks and feeling tired haha!  didn't even get my camera out for these ones unfortunately.

i honestly believe this baby thinks the way out is through my right side.  he or she spends the majority of the day entirely over there and in the evening kicks and pushes something wicked all the way around almost by my back.  i have a sore spot on my right side and the midwife said it's possible to get a bruise on the inside when the baby sticks with one spot a lot!  i don't remember this feeling with ian...he moved so much, but always all over...never in the same place all the time.

this week has also brought on some anxiety about how on earth i'm going to manage two!  i am lucky that hubby gets a week of paternity leave this time, but after that i will be on my own with a two year old and a newborn.  i feel like some days i struggle to get everything done with just ian around, let alone him and an infant who requires feeding every two hours and diaper changes as often, if not more!  when will i do laundry, clean the house, cook meals, eat meals, sleep???  i'm not quite sure!  i know when i hold this little one in my arms and he or she smiles up at me, it will all be worth it, but right now i'm in the scared and anxious phase.  i've also realized that i have nothing ready for the baby at all.  by this time with ian, we had things starting to get set up, clothes in the wash, diapers prepped.  currently for this one, nada.  clothes are still packed away, as are the diapers.  car seat, swing, name it...all still need putting together and washing or cleaning.  so. much. to. do!  *sigh* 

well, hubby has a business trip coming up, so i think i will set my days and nights to organizing and laundry.  i know this must be the start of nesting lol...not too long to go now!!

dear little one,

the summer is coming to a close.  children are heading back to school and fall is right around the corner.  i remember being pregnant with your big brother and getting excited for the crisper days and darker nights, knowing it was bringing us closer to meeting him.  unfortunately mother nature is still clinging to summer and decided to bring us a heat wave for the last week of august.  it's been in the 90's the past couple of days and i remember why i didn't want to be pregnant in the summer again.  so much for that plan ;)

for the first time this past week, i have started to feel like i'm running out of room inside for you.  i'm starting to get winded just having a conversation and when i ran hills at boot camp on monday, i felt like a fish out of water gasping for air!  eating is hit or miss...sometimes i feel so hungry, take two bites and feel full...other times i can eat a whole plate just fine.  

i'm starting to wonder more and more whether you are a boy or a girl :)  with ian, i was content to wait until the very end.  it never really bothered me not knowing.  this time around it's niggling in the corner of my mind, haha.  if i sit too long and think, i start wondering about life with a baby girl or baby boy.  how will you look (or not look) like your brother?  if you are a girl, will you be born with hair or as bald as ian was?  if you are a boy, will you be a mini me version of ian or represent different physical characteristics from our families?  so many questions!!  at least we are almost there.  we have your names chosen and occasionally i'll have ian practice them.  it's so cute to hear him say your name.  i can't wait to know which one it will be :)

stay safe and healthy (and try out my left side every once in a can't be much different from the right, but it would help your mummy out a bunch!).

love, mummy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

30 and 31 weeks, baby no. 2

this poor baby hasn't even been born yet and is already suffering from second child syndrome!  completely missed 29 weeks...and am now smooshing together 30 and 31!!  oh least i'm doing most weeks right?  (i'll just keep telling myself that...)

first of all, i can't believe we are in the thirties!  when did that happen??  the weeks are really flying by this time for certain.  

week 30 has been a busy one including a final 5k for this pregnancy.  (i would keep running more, but darling hubby has decided i am soft in the head for wanting to do another race at nine months haha).  the race was up in rockport, ma and it's a beautiful course, right along the coast with the smell of the ocean in your nose as you race.  i ran it last year with ian in the jogging stroller and didn't realize quite how hilly rockport actually is!  this time round i was prepared for the course and felt super comfortable.  i honestly don't feel any different running at seven months pregnant other than getting out of breath faster (i'm trying to oxygenate 40% more blood here people) and the lovely feeling of needing to pee every. single. downhill. step.  haha.  the race went really well and my time was faster than my race at 23 weeks on a flat course...wooo!  (and if my husband is reading this, i wasn't "racing" just happened!)  overall, i'm so glad i kept running thus far and darn it all, i'm proud of myself for running a 5k at 30 weeks!  that is something i never ever could have done while pregnant with ian.  i'm not done exercising yet though, still doing boot camp, but i am putting running on the back burner until after this little one is born.

i realized in going back and looking at my bump posts with ian, that unbeknownst to me, i wore the exact same outfit for both 30 week  i was hoping i would look so much better in these current ones as i was already quite swollen from the beginnings of preeclampsia with ian, but to my despair...i don't see any difference!!  how can that be?!  i guess i'm just destined to be a huge preggo despite working out, losing a ton of weight before this pregnancy etc.  i have come to terms with it and i'm just hoping that the weight will come off as easily as it appears to be going on haha!

and now to present day...

i am definitely feeling well into the third trimester.  about a week ago i felt like i hit a brick wall when it came to my energy levels.  i'm not sleeping well at night (partly insomnia, partly just uncomfortable) and by the afternoons, i'm finding myself falling asleep while trying to play with ian.  i currently play a lot of trains, tractors, bridges and tunnels from a horizontal position on our living room rug lol.  i think this is one of the biggest differences between a first and second have another child to care for.  with ian, if i was tired, i plunked my bum down and took a nap whenever i wanted.  this time around, 5pm hits and although i would much rather curl up in bed and sleep, i have to prepare dinner, pick up toys, run a bath and put the little man down for bed.  it's exhausting, but i honestly wouldn't change it for the world.  ian is getting more and more excited about the baby and i think he is really starting to understand that we are going to have a new baby in our house soon.  (or maybe that's just my optimistic maternal thinking!)

this week has been particularly tiring as hubby has been away in manhattan on business for the week.  we were fortunate enough to have some friends who needed housing overnight while they had some insulation blown in their attic.  the company was lovely and nice to know there was another adult in this giant house other than myself.  (this is my first time in the new house without hubby around).  fortunately, link and ian seem to know i couldn't handle too much more and have both been very well behaved for me while hubby was away.  i am very much looking forward to having him home soon :)

dear little one,

we are getting closer and closer to meeting you every day!  your daddy and i were just chatting today about how we can't believe how quickly the weeks are passing and how we are very soon going to be a family of four...well five, including link :)  we can't wait to see who you will be and how you and your big brother will get along.

speaking of your big brother, he is getting more and more ready for your arrival.  this week he moved into a big boy bed so that you can have the crib to use once you are ready.  he looooves his new bed and i know he will be excited to see you using the "baby bed".  it's been lovely to see him interacting with nell's baby sister, ree and i'm hopeful from watching these interactions that he is going to be the best big brother to you.  

i've also been getting some baby practice in by taking care of ree one afternoon a week.  the first time i took care of her for your auntie sarah i felt like i had forgotten everything baby now that i am the mummy of a full blown toddler!  however this week, things were much easier and i'm sure that once i have you in my arms, we will get the hang of the little baby thing once again :)

stay safe, little one (and keep your feet out of my rib cage every once and while, hey?)

love, mummy

Friday, July 25, 2014

27 and 28 weeks, baby no. 2

once again doubling up on posts for this little one...poor baby! 

27 weeks found us hot and humid here in new england.  as much as this winter dragged on and on and we were all desperate for summer weather, i really would prefer a break in the humidity!  i guess the grass is always greener, eh?

the week was busy attending another wedding, this time in maine.  instead of just going up for the wedding day itself, we spent the weekend with my in-laws in between the wedding celebrations.  ian really enjoyed the whole weekend, as did hubby and i.  it was fun to see some friends from college who we haven't seen in a long time, as well as enjoying a yummy breakfast out with family on sunday morning.

this most recent week has brought the start of my third trimester!  i cannot believe we are in the home stretch already.  we did the lovely glucose test yesterday and while it was not the best appointment in the world (coupled with a cantankerous-needing-a-nap toddler), i haven't heard anything back yet.  usually they would have called by now if i failed the one hour test, so i'm hoping my phone stays quiet for the rest of the afternoon :)

i'm excited to say that i'm still exercising and running.  i have another race next weekend in rockport, ma and i'm really looking forward to it.  many of the mums i run with have been training for the half marathon race the same day and i'm slightly jealous that i'm not able to join them.  it was my goal to run a half this summer, obviously prior to finding out i was expecting, and so now i'm just sticking to the 5k.  it will be fun all the same :)

dear little one,

happy third trimester baby!  we've made it to the final stretch...even though that final stretch is twelve weeks long ;)  you are now about 15 inches long and just over two big as an eggplant.  i love feeling your kicks getting stronger.  sometimes my tummy will all of a sudden leap to the left or's incredible to think how much power you have in your still tiny arms and legs!

your big brother is starting to understand a bit more about you, i think.  he frequently talks about babies, points them out in stores or on walks and gives you hugs and kisses before bed and throughout the day :)  it is very sweet and i cannot wait for you two to meet in person.  

tomorrow your daddy and i are going away to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary!  it is the first time we will have left ian with someone else overnight and although i'm excited for the time, i'm nervous about leaving him.  you, little one, get to tag along for the fun.  at least you are still remarkably easier to take care of, even if i have to choose carefully off the menu and ignore the wine list :p

we love you, little one.  stay safe and keep growing!

love, mummy

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

26 weeks, baby no. 2

the weeks are flying by!  i can't believe it's wednesday again and that we've ticked over to 26 weeks.  this past week we spent a goodly amount of time working on the house.  i got a few more boxes unpacked and am finally starting to find permanent places for things.  we had new appliances delivered on saturday, although through a mistake (times two) on best buy's behalf, we currently have a fridge residing in our living room.  they have now said it won't be installed until monday, much to our frustration.  at least we have the space to hold two fridges for the time being and that the old one is hanging in there for us to be using.

i was excited to return to baby boot camp classes this week.  ian and i took the month of june off from class to focus on packing and moving.  i did keep running, but i definitely missed going to class and working on the strength training.  we've been back twice so far and it's amazing how just one month off feels like ages when it comes to working out.  that first class back kicked my bum!  the second one was a lot better and i'm looking forward to going again next week.  things definitely require some modification, especially now there is a bigger bump in the way, but for the most part, i'm able to keep up just fine.  it's crazy to think how much more active i am this time around.  i could never have done this while pregnant with ian!

i had a midwife appointment recently and i'm happy to report everything looks great!  i worry at every appointment that those early preeclampsia signs will appear again, but my blood pressure is completely normal, still no swelling and my weight gain is actually within the normal range as well.  i feel much more relaxed about my health now, even with the early scare that something was wrong with my kidneys!  praise the lord that this baby is doing well and keeping me healthy too :)

dear little one,

this week has been busy, but also fairly normal in the scheme of things!  your big brother has been having some trouble sleeping, so you and i have been up to comfort him during the wee hours of the morning.  i love that he snuggles me in a big bear hug around my tummy to get comfy for sleeping.  the best is when you start kicking him!  he doesn't understand what that means yet, but i think it's pretty cool you are communicating with him already!  hopefully those kicks will be replaced with snuggles and kisses once you are here though ;)

this weekend you will be attending your first wedding!  your friend nell's uncle andrew is tying the knot with his lovely fiance, hannah, and we are looking forward to celebrating with them :)  hopefully mummy can find something semi flattering to wear and some comfy shoes.  it will be quite a long day, as we will be traveling to connecticut for the day, so please be on your best behavior and no kicking my bladder on those long car rides ;)

well, going to head to bed my little one and attempt to get some sleep.  between pregnancy insomnia and your brother's unsettled nights, it's becoming a rare thing around here!  we love you...stay safe and keep growing strong and healthy.

love, mummy

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

24 and 25 weeks, baby no. 2

i feel like this poor baby is getting left out on bump updates and ‘dear little one’ letters, but honest to goodness, last week i really couldn't blog.  i did take pictures of 24 weeks, but it was after an insanely long day of moving out of our house and crashing in a hotel for the night with no access to internet (unless we wanted to pay an arm and a leg to use it for an hour!).  i am so happy to have our new home with more space and a garden for the kids to play in, but moving while six months pregnant and taking care of a 20 month old is no picnic!  i was exhausted. 

the one thing i am super happy about is the lack of swelling i am experiencing this time around.  by this point in my pregnancy with ian the first signs of preeclampsia had set in (although i didn’t realize it at the time, as it was such a slow progression) and i was sporting some unsightly cankles and a ballooning face.  i am pleased to report that even on move out day when i spent all day on my feet in the 95 degree heat, i arrived at the hotel with the same size feet i started with in the morning!  this may seem like a strange thing to comment upon, but for me it’s a big deal. it is giving me hope that i may continue to have a normal pregnancy and not have to receive an induction at the end (or god forbid before!).  i’m also still able to comfortably wear my wedding rings, even in the high heat and humidity that the past few days have brought.  yay for baby number two helping me out ;)

so yes, 24 weeks saw us moving out of our first house and now at 25 weeks, we are settling in to our new one.  we moved only a short distance, one town over, but it still feels quite far when everything you own has to be boxed up and put on a truck.  i am quite proud to say that despite being increasingly more pregnant and taking care of ian all day, i still have managed to get all the main rooms in the house unpacked and livable.  it has been an exhausting week (not even yet!) and most days i fall into bed already asleep haha!

this little one is continuing to become more active, although as mentioned before, isn’t nearly as active as his or her brother was at this point (with which i’m totally ok).  we are still running and working out…heading for another 5k race at the beginning of august.  i’m proud of myself for still going and not using my pregnancy as an excuse to sit on my bum, although i know how lucky i am to be feeling like i can be up and exercising.  i am slightly bummed that it’s not helping with my weight gain however!  pretty sure i’m on track to overshoot the “expected” weight gain, as the textbooks tell us.  i do however, feel comfortable knowing that the weight isn’t from a lack of exercise or healthy eating.  i’m making good choices (most of the time…ignore the 4 girl scout cookies i ate while writing this post!) and i’m not swollen.  maybe i’m just one of those women who surpasses the anticipated average weight gain…who knows?!

dear little one,

these past couple of weeks have put your mummy through the ringer.  i’m completely exhausted and yet somehow, i just keep going.  i feel like dory from ‘finding nemo'…just keep going, just keep going.  of course, you have no idea what movies are yet, but someday when you are older, i will show you and your brother ‘finding nemo’ and then you will understand :)

your kicks and movements are getting so much stronger!  there are times when i just sit and stare at my tummy moving around vivaciously.  i can’t wait to meet you and see your tiny arms and legs in motion for myself.  you are getting pretty big in there too…average is about one and a half pounds by now and close to 14” long.  where is the time going?  only seven more inches and you’ll have caught up to your brother!  i often wonder whether you will be similar in size to ian or smaller (please don’t be any bigger!!!).  i also find myself spending time wondering whether you are a boy or a girl.  we have decided on a name for each (but won’t be sharing until you arrive) and i think about what your future might look like as my daughter with a big brother to protect you or as my baby boy with his big brother and best friend/partner-in-crime.  either way our lives are going to be so enriched by having you in this family and we can’t wait.

well i suppose mummy should get back to unpacking some more of those lovely “miscellaneous” boxes!  love you, little one.

love, mummy

Friday, June 20, 2014

we're moving!

i've been meaning to write a post about our latest announcement, but due to the nature of said announcement haven't got to posting!

we are moving less than a week!

we have loved our home for the last three years.  it has been the perfect place for us to start our family, raise our son and enjoy our life together.  when we moved in three years ago, we knew this wouldn't be our forever home, but a great starting point.  with the impending arrival of baby no. 2, we decided to seriously start looking for something a little bigger with a yard and a driveway (after this winter we are done with on- street parking and snow bans!), as well as a solid school district for the children.

we were feeling quite discouraged after several months of searching and realizing what an expensive area of the country we reside in, however a delightful house popped on the market at the beginning of april and we knew it was the one for us.  we attended both open houses and met with a real estate agent to have our house assessed and move forwards with an offer.  after speaking with him, hubby was concerned that the budget was just a little too tight and would put us close to breaking point...not somewhere we want to be with a young family.  we said unfortunately we would not be putting in an offer and went back to life as normal.

fast forward three weeks and i'm still stalking the online listing and ogling over the photos.  hubby calls me during one of these such sessions and, without knowing what i'm doing, says he's been thinking about the finances and is thinking we should reconsider offering on the house.  long story short, we put in an offer, it was accepted and we put our own house on the market.  we received five offers after just two open houses with four above asking price!  our prayers were answered and we were really able to move forward with the puchase and sale of both properties.

since the beginning of may we have just been waiting for closing, originally scheduled for mid-july.  fortunately for us, everyone involved got their paperwork and financing through quickly and the closing date got moved up to june 26th.  i was away in ohio when this news came through, so i returned from our trip with three weeks to pack our whole house.  we are now five days away from the movers showing up.  we are coming a full circle and tying things up neatly with a bow and moving out on june 25th, exactly three years to the day when we moved in.  we will then close on both houses on the 26th and move in that afternoon.  by this time next week, i will be sitting on this very couch in our new living room.  i can't wait!

once we are settled and somewhat moved in, i will post pictures of the new place.  it is a home full of quirkiness and character and, while it is ready for us to move in, there is a lot to be done as well.  i'll be stalking home improvement and decor sites for the months to come, as well as blogging our adventures, i'm sure.  our main hope is to have the big ticket things taken care of before baby arrives in the fall.

stay tuned for more house updates :)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

23 weeks, baby no. 2

so i skipped a couple weeks...haha. 
 life got busy, pictures didn't get taken, but baby has been growing!

this week i ran another road race, the louise rosetti 5k, with the baby boot camp team.  i am a fan of the lovely purple team tanks for this year's race, although had to order a size up to accommodate my growing bump!

 i ran this race last first race back after having ian (and several years off from running altogether) with the same team.  last year we all had babes in jogging strollers.  this year those toddlers hung out with their daddies, as many of us are pregnant with our seconds!  we had some fantastic mamas up front (not pregnant/no strollers) who got some awesome times.  i was only three minutes slower than my race time last year, although a good five or six than my best 5k back in december.  i figure i should allow myself some extra time these days ;)  

one final shout out for our boot camp team...we came in second place!  they tally the top seven times from each team (three of our seven are preggo) and we are pretty proud of ourselves :)  not bad for a bunch of mums!  i love being part of such a supportive and inspiring community of healthy mamas.

dear little one,

you've been on a growth spurt, munchkin...or else it's all the extra snacks i've been consuming to cope with feeling hungry 24/7 ;)  you are also getting quite active these days, although not as much as your big brother.  i never had a break from his kicking and back flips whether it was night or day.  you do seem to have sleepy times, especially during the daytime, but when you get going, i can definitely tell you are moving around!  your favorite time of day currently is about 10pm.

we made it through our first 5k together!  surprisingly you don't make me feel much different, with the exception of getting out of breath faster due to all the extra blood coursing around my veins.  it feels really good to be up and active during my pregnancy with you.  i hope that my healthy choices will be passed onto you at an early age and that you might someday come to love running as much as i do.

a funny thing happened this week that made me laugh.  i guess i hadn't realized how much you had grown when i reached across our kitchen counter top and knocked a glass of water over.  i couldn't figure out how it had happened since my arms had gone up into a cupboard to put some mugs away.  then it hit me that it was you that caused the ruckus!  i'm sure it won't be the last time ;)

love, mummy

Thursday, June 5, 2014

ian's first camping trip

as mentioned, ian and recently returned from a trip out to ohio to visit my family.  while we were there, we took advantage of my parents' camping set up and join them for a memorial day weekend camping trip.  i started camping at the ripe old age of six months and enjoyed going every year as a child while we lived in england.  unfortunately, camping in england is a bit different to camping in america (depending on where you live) and we never got to camping as a family in the u.s.  since my mum has taken over troop leader of my sister's girl scout troop, she has got back into camping and the rest of the family has followed suit.  they invited ian and i to join them and i felt it a perfect opportunity to introduce ian to the great outdoors :)  

i'll let the photos show you what we got up to...

first moments at camp...woke up at camp after falling asleep in the car on the way over the night before.  heading to set up his special camp chair with aunt olivia.

my brother's larvo (teepee shaped tent) was the home base for food and equipment storage.  my parents' asashi was our home for three nights...ian and i had the left tent, my parents, olivia and pepper (their beagle) had the right tent.  my brother tarp camped across the way with his own stuff.

early morning sunlight

someone was just a little chuffed that he had his own special camp chair...

and a table to boot!

but then he felt the need to recline in the grown up chairs...haha

pepper on her new doggie camp bed

ian was interested in my camera and took this picture by's one of the best ones i have of my brother!!

hanging out with grandpa before breakfast

snuggles with "uncle"

we took a brief respite from camp to attend "thomas' day out" thanks to my parents.  ian had an absolute blast, but also now thinks that visiting "choo choos" is what camping is all about!

checking out some other large vehicles with grandpa

buttons to push!!

pondering life from a tractor bucket

it's actually quite comfy once you get properly situated ;)

breakfast on sunday morning

practicing for the tightrope

just look at that handsome devil.  i declare there is nothing cuter than a little boy in tiny wellie boots!!

"where's ian?"

"is he hiding?"


grandpa teaching ian about chopping wood.  20 months is old enough to use an ax right...?

grandpa in motion
disclaimer: above toddler was removed to a safe distance before any actual chopping occured!

my brother cooking on the open fire.  everything tasted amazing :)

ian playing with his new dump truck from grandma

" thumb is dirty...see?"

love this boy so much :)

it really was a fantastic weekend and i will remember it for years to come.  ian and i are extremely grateful to my parents and brother for allowing us to use all their gear.  i'm excited to someday get our own camping equipment and take our children on trips to make their own fond memories!