Baby MK… 33 weeks

How far along? 33 weeks (+ 2 days)
Total weight gain/loss: The doctor says I am right on track and doing fine.. I will just keep that in mind for my own sanity.
Maternity clothes? All maternity clothes.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Back to sleeping horribly again.  I get up about 5-6 times a night to go to the restroom and have a hard time falling back asleep.  I am basically walking around exhausted.  I guess I should get used to this because I am sure having a toddler and a newborn will be exhausting as well.
Best moment this week: We spent the last two weeks on vacation and it was incredible!  The first week Claire and I were able to go out to southern California to visit with our dear friends who moved a few months ago.  We never got to officially say good-bye to them, which was probably good given my emotions at the time.  It was so great to have some “girl” time (when we weren’t chasing and tending to the children) with my dear friend.  Josh joined us a few days later and combined it with some business.  It was great for us to be with our friends- we miss them a ton! The second week, we rented a house in South Haven, Michigan and had a wonderful, relaxing week as a family.  We walked, biked, swam and just enjoyed our last vacation as a family of 3.  Hard to believe that soon we will be traveling with a little one.
Fitness Level: My fitness level has been down due to vacation.  I did attend a Strollerfit class with my friend in California which was fun.  While in Michigan we did a lot of walking, biking, circuits at the park, push-ups and “Hollie-created” workouts in the yard during nap time.  I am excited to get back into my regular workout routine… regular with pregnancy modifications of course.
Miss Anything? I miss sleep
Movement: YES!  and let me add that I don’t remember wincing when Claire moved or kicked.  Sometimes this baby moves and it down right hurts.
Food cravings: Not sure if water is a craving, but I am ALWAYS thirsty… and I drink well over a gallon and a half of water a day.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: I’m huge!  I know it.  I get rude comments ALL the time and I am over it.  Although for about every 5 negative comments about how big I am, one person usually says something kind.  There was a lady in South Haven who saw me working out in the front yard and later saw me at dinner and asked how far along I was.  When I told her she was shocked at how good I looked and the workout I was doing for only having 7 weeks to go… that made me feel better.
Gender prediction: For the sake of being different, I am officially saying GIRL (even though I have no clue).  EVERYONE, I mean EVERYONE says boy and so I am going to say GIRL… if it is a GIRL, people will be shocked.  We did buy a couple boy outfits on vacation… “just in case”.
Labor Signs: No, and I am hoping I don’t have any until I am 40 weeks!
Belly Button in or out? it is out
Wedding rings on or off? Off
Happy or Moody most of the time:  happy, excited… and getting nervous.
Looking forward to: having the next two weekends at home with nothing to do.  I am hoping we will get some things done around the house and my goal is also to prepare one meal per week to put in the freezer for when the baby comes… so if you have any healthy freezer meal recipes, send them my way.

Baby MK at 33 weeks… no chalkboard this time as we were on vacation!

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Baby Mk… 24ish weeks

How far along? 24 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain/loss: Yes, I am looking and I know, but I am not sharing anymore 😉
Maternity clothes? All maternity clothes.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleeping well, but getting hotter at night.
Best moment this week: About a week ago Josh felt the baby from the outside… so exciting!
Fitness Level: Still about 4-5 times a week.  I can still run an under 9 minute pace for a couple of miles which makes me proud, and am still teaching group exercise.  I know my energy level will decrease
Miss Anything? This has nothing to do with the pregnancy, but being home every day with Claire… but only 7 more working days and I will have this again- I can’t wait!
Movement: oh yes, especially right after I eat.  Now
Food cravings: Just ice cream… I can blame this on pregnancy, right?  I am pretty sure I just have it in my mind that since it is hot and I am pregnant I crave ice cream.  I keep telling myself that this may be the last time I get to blame things on being pregnant so I am embracing it.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: YES!  Much bigger than I was with Claire at this point.
Gender prediction: 4 weeks ago I was sure it was a boy, but now I am back to having no clue at all. We will see in 16 weeks (give or take a few days)
Labor Signs: None and it can stay that way
Belly Button in or out? it is out
Wedding rings on or off? Off 😦  I had to take them off yesterday.  Hey, I made it ten weeks longer than I did with Claire. YAY!!!
Happy or Moody most of the time:  Mostly happy with a few bursts of tears here and there
Looking forward to: Summer and spending the last 16 weeks with Claire as an only child.  Getting the playroom ready for when this baby comes.  

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Baby MK… 20 weeks

How far along? 20 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Yes, I am looking and I know, but I am not sharing anymore 😉
Maternity clothes? I can still wear my regular dress pants, but that is all.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: I love sleep, but this is nothing new from pre-pregnancy.
Best moment this week: Hearing and seeing that we have a healthy baby growing right on track- so much relief.  I sometimes get so fearful and constantly pray for a healthy baby.  I also know that the point of the ultrasound is not actually to find out the gender, but confirm so many health aspects.  Praise the Lord we have a healthy baby!!!
Fitness Level: I’ve taken my workouts down to about 4-5 times a week.  This full time work crap is kicking my butt.
Miss Anything? Nothing at all..
Movement: I feel lots of movement first thing in the morning and before going to bed.  Nothing from the outside yet though.
Food cravings: I had a red meat craving the other day, but that was the only thing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: YES!  Much bigger than I was with Claire at this point.
Gender prediction: Boy… i will be shocked if this baby comes out a girl.  Either way, I will be happy!
Labor Signs: No, and we better not have any for a long while.
Belly Button in or out? it is out
Wedding rings on or off? Still on… I will count this as a success!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and the emotions are coming on more.  I balled in my office yesterday because I couldn’t see my dear friend who just moved to California.
Looking forward to: A warm weekend at home and a long(ish) run on Saturday. 

I forgot to take a 20 week picture until I was 21 weeks, so here it is…

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What do you think?  Boy or Girl?

Baby MK… 16 weeks

Baby Nicholson #2 will be entering this world in September and we can’t be more excited!  We refer to this baby as Baby MK, standing for the first letter of the two names we have chosen.  Just like with Claire, we will not find out the gender until the Baby MK’s birthday- people think we are crazy, but we like it that way.  We can’t wait to see how this little one fits into our family and to watch Claire be a big sister.  We feel so blessed!

How far along?16 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I am actually hitting the scale head on this time, and okay with sharing my weight gain- how things change the second go around.  I have gained 10 pounds so far.
Maternity clothes? WIth #1 I boycotted for a long time.  This one has been a different story since I already have maternity clothes and they are just more comfortable.  About 2 weeks ago I started wearing some pants and tonight we got out my whole box of clothes, so this week it will be in full effect.  I can still fit into regular clothes, but I am done fighting it and ready to be more comfortable.
Stretch marks? Nope.
Sleep: Sleeping well… besides still getting up to go to the bathroom.  
Best moment this week: Just thinking of Claire as a big sister makes and imagining this baby in our family makes me happy every time.
Fitness Level: I was still working out 5-6 times a week, but the stomach bug hit me and I took last week off.  However, I will be back at it this week.  Due to the cold, I have capped my runs to about 3 miles- hopefully this week will increase it.
Miss Anything? This past week I was really sick with the stomach bug so I wasn’t getting the the gym, which I missed.  We also went out to dinner last night and I really wanted to order some ahi tuna, but alas…. 
Movement: I feel little flutters when I am getting ready for bed.  
Food cravings: Not yet.  Just things that sound better than others.  And I almost always have to have lemon in my water.   
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: I think so, Josh says not really, but I think that is him being nice.  Friday during lunch I was wearing a form fitting shirt and a second grade girl said, “I am scared to ask you this, but are you having a baby?”  That moment I decided I am officially showing.  
Gender prediction: I go back in forth which means I really don’t know… and won’t know until the birthday 🙂
Labor Signs: No, and we better not have any for a long while.
Belly Button in or out? starting to pop out
Wedding rings on or off? Still on!!! This makes me so happy as I had to take them off at 14 weeks with Claire.
Happy or Moody most of the time: happy.  I am not nearly as emotional this time around
Looking forward to: An upcoming family vacation and the 20 week ultrasound to confirm we have a healthy baby growing.

Excuse my no-makeup, no shower, I’ve been relaxing all day,  16-week picture.  I had to wake Josh up off the couch to take this.

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39 weeks… will I get in one more post?

How far along? 39 Weeks… the question is: Will I make it to next Thursday to post one more time?
Total weight gain/loss: Enough already!  Let’s stop gaining weight and be on the track to losing it!
Maternity clothes? yes and running out
Stretch marks? Still none
Sleep: Ha, what is sleep?  I guess my body is preparing for my sleepless days ahead.
Best moment this week: Few things… We put up the pack-n-play in our bedroom for when the baby first comes home.  This made it seem even more real- it was the last thing we needed to do.  My best friend, E, and her three kiddos came down yesterday to hang out for the day and keep me entertained- it was a great day.  I am excited to have Baby N and her third be so close in age.
Fitness Level: Walking, walking and trying to walk this baby out.
Miss Anything? I officially miss my pre-baby body and clothes.  As it gets closer, I am really missing my brother and wish so bad that he could be here for this exciting life event.
Movement: Yes.
Food cravings: not craving things, but only certain things sound good.
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No, but I am back to chicken not sounding good or any type of veggie.
Have you started to show yet: one word: HUGE
Gender prediction: This week I am back to girl… I think it is all the adorable clothes for girls.
Labor Signs: Contractions here and there but not often enough
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and I can’t wait to wear it again
Happy or Moody most of the time: I am emotional!  I am ready to be done and have our baby here.
Looking forward to:  The ARRIVAL and seeing my family one last time before the baby comes tonight when we go home for my Grandpa’s 80th birthday!

The Waiting Game

First, some basic facts about me:

1. I am not a patient person.

2. I love routine, a schedule; and in my mind, everything is better when it is planned.

This baby is really working on these above facts.  I have heard that the last few weeks of pregnancy are the longest and I am learning first-hand the truth to that statement.

I stopped working last Tuesday after I took a fall running.  I know, at 37 weeks and 5 days pregnant people are probably wondering why in the world I was still running.  For that answer, see #1.  I had taken the day off of work to take our dog to the vet and complete the hospital tour and registration.  I set out (with our dog) for a fast walk before my day began.  I was feeling good, really wanted to run, and didn’t like the thought of not running until six weeks after I had this baby (again, see #1).  So, I added some run intervals into my walk and spent the last ten minutes running.  It was the last three minutes of my run and I was right around the corner from my house when my dog and I were turning the corner, she cut in front of me, and I tripped (really flew) over her torso.  I landed right on my stomach.  Terrified, I hurried home, called the doctor and was told to come to the hospital.  There I was hooked up and monitored for the day- luckily, Baby N was okay and so was I.  However, that was the end of my running and the end of my working.

At first I was thrilled to be done working.  I didn’t think it’d be too long before I had the baby, especially because when I was in the hospital, I was having contractions every 3-4 minutes, but they were mild.  In my head, it was only a matter of a couple days until they became stronger and I’d have the baby… boy was I wrong!

One week and a day later, I am still waiting.  I am off work, waiting for the baby and am trying to entertain myself.  Everyone says to me, “enjoy this time to yourself.”  Another thing to know about me: I like to be busy and have a hard time being a “lady of leisure” as my doctor requested.  The nursery is done.  The baby’s clothes are all washed and everything is put away.  This weekend I cleaned the house, and did all the laundry.  Now, I literally get up every day and ask, “Okay, is this going to be the day?”  I am really not enjoying this time.  I have the time off of work, so I would rather have it as extra time with our baby rather than time alone.

At 38 weeks and 6 days, I am also just OVER being pregnant.  I am ready to get back into a workout routine (see #2)  and a healthier way of eating that doesn’t revolve around what does and doesn’t sound good at the moment.  I am ready to lace up my shoes, put on my running shorts that will hopefully get looser, and stick Baby N in that baby jogger and pound the pavement!  Ahhh, I just got excited typing that!

So after a rather easy pregnancy, I am done WAITING for this baby to arrive.  I am ready to hold our little one and become a family of three.  Not to mention, I am ready to find out if we will be adding PINK or GREEN to the nursery.

It could happen today… it could happen in a week.  What is your prediction?

38 Weeks

How far along? 38 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Enough!!!
Maternity clothes? yes and running out
Stretch marks? Nope and I am hoping it stays this way
Sleep: I don’t ever sleep for more than 3 hours at a time.  I am usually up for a good two hours in the middle of the night, but I have been taking naps.  I guess I am preparing for what is ahead.
Best moment this week: My mom came down to spend the day with me and go to the doctor.
Fitness Level: Well, I originally couldn’t wait to report that I could run again, BUT that run was short-lived.  On Tuesday, I was running and fell on my belly.  I ended up at the hospital hooked up to monitors for the majority of the day.  However, Baby N is fine, I am fine and all is still well… PRAISE THE LORD!  Note to self: lose some of your stubbornness and don’t try running at darn near 38 weeks pregnant when you are very off balance.
Miss Anything? Running, hence my strong desire to go for a run.
Movement: Yes.
Food cravings: None really
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No.
Have you started to show yet: one word: HUGE
Gender prediction: I am back to a boy this week… man, I can’t make up my mind.
Labor Signs: while in the hospital I was having contractions (albeit mild) every 3-4 minutes.  I am still having a few a day, but they are still mild.
Belly Button in or out? Out
Wedding rings on or off? Off and my hands are getting more swollen by the minute
Happy or Moody most of the time: Excited, anxious, ready… I wake up every day thinking, “Is this gonna be the day?”  Since I am off of work now, I would rather just be home with the baby… I know everyone tells me to enjoy this last bit of “ME” time- I am trying to do that too.
Looking forward to:  The ARRIVAL!