15-Week Bumpdate

Hiya Friends! I’m back with another bumpdate. (The 15-week bumpdate with Ethan can be found here.) I wanted to post a little weekend recap yesterday, but poor sleep didn’t help me get a post up in the morning. Getting up with Ethan and then getting up for a midnight snack (so hungry!) didn’t help, but I guess that’s #pregnancyproblems for ya.

bumpAs you can see, the belly is seriously bumpin’. I know you’re supposed to show a month sooner with your second baby, but daaaaaaang. My body didn’t waste any time stretching out, and I think a bit more than my belly has grown, yikes!

I know weigh gain is part of the plan, and I’m trying to embrace that. But to be honest, I’m having a hard time with it. I’ve only gained a few extra pounds from where I was at 15 weeks last time, but even just a few pounds can weigh heavily on your mind. (Yes, puns make me feel better.)

bumpOh well, so far the doc says I’m healthy, the baby is healthy, and we’ll just have to go with it. I’m not even considering giving up my nightly ice cream! (If you’re interested, see a previous post on pregnancy weight gain here.)

How far along? 15 weeks

Baby’s size? Apple (about 4 inches)

Total weight gain: 7.5 lbs (though it’s up or down by the day)

Maternity clothes? I’m still in normal stuff most of the time, but I had to buy new maternity jeans this past week because I washed my old pair with a prenatal vitamin in the pocket. They reeked of fish oil!

Sleep: It was pretty good up until this week. Now it’s suddenly dreadful.

Best moment this week: Seeing my mom for her birthday (She’s visiting for most of the week), and bringing Ethan to Olde Mecklenburg brewery to see a group of friends

Miss Anything? a nice complexion

Food cravings: I’m still into my nightly ice cream, but I’m also loving some spicy foods.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really

Symptoms: A good bit of my energy has returned, round ligament pain, poor sleep, horrible acne

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but easily frustrated if tired

Looking forward to: my morning off today with Ethan and my mom at the park

babiesThis was Ethan loving on Leia who was loving on the bump – so cute!

pastaAnd on a side note, I made Angela’s Lightened-Up Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto last night, and it was quite good. I added peas and shrimp because they boiled easily in the pasta pot. Yum!

  • What are you most looking forward to this week?
  • Mamas – did you gain more the first or second time around?
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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Heather for a Friday Favorites post, but to change things up a bit, this is featuring some of Ethan’s current favorites.

Berries: The kid loves berries, and I’ve been loving that grocery stores are starting to put them on sale. Helloooooo Spring! He’d eat them for every meal if I’d let him. We like big berries, I cannot lie.

berriesBoots: He is obsessed with his camo boots right now. He runs over to them and asks me to put them on his feet almost every evening after school. I’m not sure why this goofball likes wearing them after wearing his normal sneakers all day at school, but whatever floats his boat.

Flap Books: He has been into books for a long time now, but he’s really into flap books at the moment. I made him a flap page last night that I hope he enjoys. I’ll show it to him after school today.

craftThe prints were just 19 cents each, and I already had the construction paper. All in all, it is a pretty cheap craft.

flap bookAnd it’s a great way for him to keep family members in mind that he doesn’t get to see all the time.

toddler activityOutside Play: I’m sooooo happy he loves playing outside, but it can be a little bit of a struggle from time to time. He wants to play in the yard every time we get home from school now because we did it a few days in a row. But sometimes I’ve gotta get us inside so that I can cook dinner, and sometimes it’s raining. He doesn’t care; he just wants to play!

Laraballs: We’re all familiar with Larabars, which Ethan enjoys. The problem is that I don’t always enjoy sharing mine with him. So I made a batch of homemade “laraballs” out of dates, raw almonds, ginger, cinnamon, clove, and a wee bit of vanilla flavor. He can’t get enough of them, and they taste like sweet gingerbread. So good! (I tear them up for him though; I think balls would be a choking hazard for little kids.)

laraballsHugs: He is such a sweetie, gifting me with his hugs and kisses every day. But with the baby coming, we’re trying to get him used to sharing mommy, and that isn’t going so well. If we’re all playing on the floor, Kevin will come hug me or rest his head on my belly. Ethan immediately stops what he’s doing and tries to push Kevin out of the way so that he can hug mommy. He pushes in group hugs too. Oh boy, this whole sibling thing should be interesting!

birthdayI want to wrap up by wishing my friend and my mommy very happy birthdays today. I get to celebrate with both of them tonight, and I am very much looking forward to it!

  • What are your current favorites?
  • What are you up to this weekend?
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WIA on St Patrick’s Day

I can’t really play this off as a themed WIAW. It’s just yummy food, some of which happened to be green, and all of which happened to be eaten on St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly, there was no beer, but I’ll get one in about six months.

ethanBut onto the eats…

Breakfast: protein oats with strawberries, followed by half of Ethan’s whole wheat carrot muffin he didn’t eat

proteinSnack: Cliff bar (Fact: I don’t actually even like Cliff bars, but I needed something heartier than your average snack bar. I had this around 10am, and it had to get me through to a delayed lunch.)

cliffAfter an 11 o’clock meeting, I headed to the gym for a quick leg workout.

gymLunch: Panera’s new soba noodle broth bowl with edamame (Remember those Japanese food cravings I mentioned? ha – I had to try it! It was good, and though I found the bowl quite filling, I still ate the side of bread.)

paneraSnack: apple (no pic, just yummy)

Dinner: salad (lettuce, chickpeas, radish, sugar snap peas, bell pepper, and Ken’s light honey mustard dressing) with cheese and crackers… but I had to top off the tank with a lil’ Honey Nut Cheerios after dinner (I cooked corned beef, cabbage, potato, and carrots for my boys.)

saladDessert: ice creaaammmmmmmm!

ice creamI snack much less on days when I’m in the office instead of at home. Hmmm, it’s too bad I’m only in the office about half a day a week!

  • Did you celebrate yesterday?
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14-week Bumpdate

Hello Friends! I hope Monday wasn’t too hard on you. My colleagues kept me busy busy busy, but at least it made the day go by quickly.

Many readers may remember the weekly “bumpdates” of my first pregnancy. I enjoyed looking over a couple of them, and I enjoyed writing them. So I’ve decided to do the same thing for round two.

ultrasoundPhoto from 12 Weeks

My 14-week bumpdate from my pregnancy with Ethan wasn’t in survey style, but you can find it here if you’re interested.

bumpHow far along? 14 weeks (though I look like I did at 19-20 weeks last time!)

Baby’s size? About a lemon (3.5 inches)

Total weight gain/loss: 5 lbs

Maternity clothes? I can wear my tops and stretchy jeans, but since everything looks terrible, I went ahead and dug out some of my maternity favorites.

Sleep: Not bad, better than last time around this point

Best moment this week: I enjoyed our family walk on Sunday and am looking forward to my mom’s visit on Friday.

Miss Anything? I haven’t missed beer/wine much until the weekend, but that’s what I get for going to a brewery on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Food cravings: I was all about the salty food, especially Japanese food, in the prior weeks. However, this week has brought on the sugar cravings. I’ve been loving my ice cream!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Luckily not anymore! The nausea is gone, though I’m still hit or miss on the decaf coffee. Sometimes I like it, and other times I end up pouring out my mug.

Symptoms: A lot of my energy has returned, but that’s not saying much considering how sleepy I was a month ago. I’m not having some round ligament pain and back pain, but not much. The worst thing is definitely the acne… stupid hormones.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: Having a “real” bump that doesn’t just look like a little pot belly

And here’s a funny flashback photo for you. I took this at baby story time when Ethan was about 11 months old (I think?). Let’s hope he gets better with babies before September!


  • What are you most looking forward to this week?
  • Are you doing anything for St. Patrick’s Day today? I’m cooking corned beef and cabbage for my boys, but I’ll probably just makea pb&j myself.
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MIMM Photo Dump

This weekend was pretty marvelous, except for those times when it wasn’t.

We had three separate plans made for Saturday, and all of them fell through. We wanted to go to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for their festival, but morning rains would have made for a muddy afternoon. We then decided to visit Fort Mill for a family-friendly festival, which we later discovered was rescheduled for Sunday on account of the rain.

dogWe then planned on visiting friends Uptown Charlotte for the festival, but our friends said they were actually going to the bar crawl and not the festival, a tidbit they could have mentioned much sooner.

triple cSo when all else fails, visit the brewery and call some friends for pizza dinner. Yes, my pie on Pie Day was in pizza form.

fort milBut it was still a good weekend. We met with friends, enjoyed a nice walk, and had fun at the festival on Sunday instead of Saturday. I even made a delicious shepherd’s pie Sunday night for dinner, which Ethan devoured.

festivalIt’s shaping up to be another beautiful day today, so all of that is making my Monday pretty marvelous. I’m linking up with Katie for the MIMM party.

Oh, and I tried to buy an elliptical off of Craigslist this weekend, but due to poor scheduling and my lack of pickup truck, that fell through too. Does anyone have tips on buying new vs used ellipticals? I really really really want one.

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