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 pounds...as big as an eggplant.  i love feeling your kicks getting stronger.  sometimes my tummy will all of a sudden leap to the left or right...it'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 house...in 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 year...my 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 himself...no joke...it'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?"

"peekaboo!"

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

"mum...my 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!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

19 and 20 weeks, baby no. 2

ian and i have just returned from a lovely holiday visiting my parents in ohio.  traveling with kids means leaving things like laptops etc. behind in order to fit in one extra book or cuddly toy, hence a lack of blogging once again :)  i was able to fit my camera in though and have lots of pictures and stories to blog.

let's start with a bump update!


19 weeks found us at the sheraton in boston.  it was the day before we flew out to ohio and we joined my dad at his hotel on the last day of his conference.  


oh the joy of a full length mirror!  i haven't had one since we moved into our house three years ago...haha!


i've been feeling pretty well...fortunately getting a respite from nausea and fatigue.  i still have days where i'm more tired than normal, but hey...i'm chasing a toddler around at the same time!  and as long as i stay on top of eating regularly, i am typically not feeling nauseous anymore.  thank goodness.

20 weeks found us at my parents' house after three nights of camping and two days of being ill.  boo.  i should clarify being ill was not the result of camping, haha, just unfortunate timing.  camping was extremely fun and both ian and i slept really well and enjoyed the days outside in the fresh air.  it was really refreshing after such a looooong winter to get some sun and wind.  


as you can probably tell from the 19 to 20 week pics above, this baby decided to grow while i was traveling (or perhaps it was all the yummy camp food cooked over an open fire!!).  either way, there is no denying a bump anymore.  i feel like i look 30 weeks pregnant instead of just 20, but yay for second pregnancies.  


anyway, we've made it halfway already.  it certainly has flown past for sure.  crazy to think the same amount of time again will mean baby's due date!  in the meantime we have lots of exciting things going on...more to come on that in a future post ;)


dear little one,

the past two weeks have been very full with traveling, camping, visiting your grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as keeping up with your brother!  you went on your first camping trip and i can't wait to take you once you are born and can enjoy the sights and sounds for yourself.

you are currently kicking me and doing somersaults as i write this letter to you.  i love feeling your movements inside and remember how much i missed them after your big brother was born.  daddy felt you kick at 18 weeks, the very same day of pregnancy that ian made his presence known to him as well.  it was definitely a deja vu moment!  

as we've reached the halfway point, i find myself growing more impatient to meet you and find out who you are going to be.  having said that though, little one, i'm also quite nervous to be a mummy of two and am happy for you to be staying put for a good few more weeks still!  there are lots of preparations going on out here which will hopefully be done and dusted by the time you arrive.  i can't wait to show you the world and the family that you will be joining.

keep growing strong and healthy, my baby.

love, mummy

p.s. ian says "hi baby" :)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

baby bump debut, no. 2

 the bump is back!

i've been hiding under baggy shirts and sweaters for the past few weeks and finally decided to rock the bump :)  i also realized that my first baby bump post with ian was 18 weeks, so this worked out nicely.


most days i am so busy with everything else, that i actually forget that i'm pregnant.  well now the nausea and fatigue are mostly over, anyway!  it's definitely surreal to look at these pictures and compare them with my pics from ian's pregnancy.  can't quite believe we are doing this all again!!


i am pleased to report that over the past year i have successfully lost quite a bit of weight, workout almost every day of the week and am generally eating much better and healthier.  this is making a huge difference in this pregnancy.  i feel so much stronger (good when i'm lugging a 25-30lb toddler around with me!) and able-bodied.  i ran a 5k at 15 weeks and am currently training for another one in june.  it continues to amaze me what i can accomplish that i never would have been able to while pregnant with ian.  getting healthy has been a huge wake-up call for me and i'm so glad it was before this little one showed up on the radar :)


we have our 18 week ultrasound tomorrow afternoon and i'm looking forward to seeing baby again.  once more we won't be finding out the gender, as both hubby and i really enjoyed the moment after delivery upon discovering ian was a boy.  although it will be hard to wait, the reward is so sweet :)


now i just have figure out how crazy we are for actually going for no. 2!!!  
stay tuned for next week's update :)


dear little one, 

your big brother had the title of "dear baby" and while that is what you are, i wanted you to have your own letters, hence "little one"  :)

we were so excited to find out that you would be joining our little family.  our lives have changed tenfold since your big brother arrived and we know it will happen again once you are here.  i am enjoying this pregnancy with you so far, although you have proven a little more difficult than ian.  nausea, fatigue, early round ligament pain...i either didn't know of these with ian or didn't experience them until later.  

we have seen your little body and your heart beating away.  as soon as the technician pulled up the ultrasound image, ian pointed and said "baby"!  he also knows where you are and when asked where baby is, he will point to my tummy and repeat "baby".  last week he even said hi to you :)  hopefully he's as eager to say hi in october when you arrive!

i can't wait to see you again tomorrow.  a dear friend of mine had her adorable second daughter this past weekend and holding the teeny, swaddled baby made me realize how much i miss the newborn stage and brought a sudden wave of eagerness to meet you!  these next five months will be difficult waiting to meet you in person, so in the meantime i will enjoy feeling you kick and move around in my tummy.

i could go on and on with this letter, so i will sign off here for this week, but know how much you are already loved, little one.

love, mummy