Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pregnancy, Round 2

Well, as I mentioned in my last post, the biggest news from the last several months is that we are expecting Baby #2 in mid July.  While this is the most significant news we have, I hate to say that not much has changed as a result. 

Steven was ready for another baby LONG before I was.  Truth be told, I'm still not ready, but I'm at peace with the idea.  I knew that if I didn't just take the plunge, I would never do it, especially as things continued to get easier with Caroline.  One of the biggest factors was also the fact that we only have a limited time left in Wichita Falls, and while it may not be the most glamorous place to live, it is certainly a great place to have babies, especially as far as the military is concerned.  I'm not really into wondering if my husband will be present for the birth of our children.  That being said, I still had my limits.  The absolute closest age range I could fathom was 2 years.  Caroline and her little sister will be 2 years and 4 months apart.  One humorous aspect was how our families reacted to the news.  Their reactions pretty much sum up the difference between my side of the family and Steven's.  My parents pretty much said "Wow.  Really?  So soon?  Oh my."  I think they thought we had made an "oopsie", but it was actually intentional, which I think they found even harder to believe.  Steven's family's reaction was pretty much "Well it's about time!  We were beginning to wonder!".  At the end of the day, everyone was excited for us, even if they thought we were crazy. 

This pregnancy started out basically the exact same way my first did:  MORNING SICKNESS.  I had horrible morning sickness with Caroline and it was no different with this one.  The only difference was that this time I had an almost 2 year old to try to keep up with every day.  I know this sounds crazy, but toddlers don't really understand the concept of "Mommy feels like she is going to die while hugging the toilet, so no, we can not go outside".  I threw up EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  It was pretty miserable.  Of course I remembered that I was horribly sick with Caroline, but I didn't really remember.  I lost weight during the first trimester with Caroline and this time around was no different.  Poor Steven had to come home and pretty much take over every single night.  The poor man didn't have a meal cooked for him for about 3 months.  Thankfully, he can do a lot more than make toast, so he didn't suffer too badly.  We got through it, but I honestly don't know how Christmas happened.  I didn't even decorate.  Yeah, it was that bad.

Once I got through the first 15 weeks, things got much easier.  Ever since then, I haven't had any problems and really can't complain about too much.  I have noticed that things start to get uncomfortable a little sooner the second time around, but nothing too terrible.  My back has bothered me more this time around, but I think that is to be expected. 

And of course, since this is the second baby, I haven't been as good about keeping track of things.  I didn't take pics of my belly every week with Caroline, but I did a little better than I have with this one.  I decided that I would at least try to take pictures around the same time that I took pics with Caroline.  I thought it would be kind of fun to see how my pregnancies compared, physically.  But to be totally honest, once you've seen your body stretched to its limits once, it isn't nearly as exciting to see it go there again.  But I am trying because I don't want this little lady to be jealous of everything I did for Caroline.

One huge difference in my pics: last time I always got Steven to take them. This time, well, I'm doing good to remember them, so I have been taking "selfies" in the mirror. For the record, I have to give those annoying people on Facebook more credit for all of the obnoxious pictures they take of themselves in the mirror etc. Here's to you annoying duck face girls.  I never realized how difficult of a task that actually was, but I digress.  I also tried to make sure that I looked cute and had make-up on, etc. the first time around.  This time I have taken most of my pics in the morning before I run out the door to Stroller Strides.

    One thing that hasn't changed much:  the world's best photobomber.  The picture on the left was in 2010 when we were still living in Charleston.  I'm pretty sure Fred invented photobombing before it was even cool.  As you can see from the pic on the right, he is still at it. 
I think this was the only week that I actually managed to get a pic during the same week.  Go me.

Notice anyone else in this pic???  Yup, that's the world's best photobomber.

As far as cravings go, I have craved a little bit of everything.  In the beginning, it was pineapple.  I was eating 1-2 pineapples a week all by myself.  I couldn't get enough.  Then I went through a pancake phase.  I pretty much ate pancakes for every meal.  But the one craving that has been pretty steady through this entire pregnancy so far has been avocados.  I can not get enough of them.  One of my favorite things has been an avocado mozzarella sandwich.  Pop that thing in my panini press and YUM.  I pretty much eat that for lunch every day.   But I haven't been limited to sandwiches.  If I want an avocado badly enough, I just take a spoon to that bad boy.  I have been eating at least one avocado a day, so this baby will probably cure cancer with all of that brain food. 

Now, not to mislead you, but I am not one of those "healthy" pregnant people and that I don't also crave junk.  Oh no.  I have a sweet tooth on a regular day, but once again, while pregnant, it is in overdrive.  I was the same way with Caroline.  I think the old wives' tale about craving sweets with a girl must be somewhat accurate because I love them.  But, the difference between this pregnancy and my last is my feeble will-power.  I definitely think about everything I eat before I eat it this time around, mainly because I remember how hard it was to take off.  That doesn't mean I don't eat it.  I just means that I think about that Dairy Queen cookie dough Blizzard for three days before I actually go get it.  That is about as strong as my will-power gets. 

One thing that I have done differently this time around is I have stayed in much better shape, as far as working out goes.  I still go to Stroller Strides a couple times a week.  The good thing about Stroller Strides is that most of it can be adapted to big ol' fatties like me.  I'm not running any more, but I am proud to say that I can at least still do push-ups.  My compromise with Steven was that I could keep going to Stroller Strides as long as I didn't run past a certain point.  He thinks that a pregnant woman working out is about the craziest thing ever.  His view of pregnancy is feet propped up on the couch with a bucket of chicken.  The bigger, the better.  I was very "active" with Caroline, but I pretty much stopped working out when I was in my first trimester and was so sick.  After I got to feeling better, I was thrown right into student teaching and finishing my Masters and then moving.  I certainly kept busy and moved around a lot, but it wasn't true excercise.  I'm hoping that by staying active now will help make things easier to get back into fighting shape once this little lady comes out.  Fingers crossed.

And this is where I am this week.  I kind of fell off of taking pics there for a few weeks.  I got so busy with Caroline's birthday party and family visiting that taking my "selfies" kind of got put on the back burner. 

I'm 28 weeks this week, and all things considered, I'm still feeling pretty darn well.  I'm officially in my 3rd trimester, but I haven't slowed down much, mostly because I don't have a choice.  There are only so many hours in the day, and I think I feel like I am on even more of a time crunch this time around.  I remember all too well how life all but came to a screeching halt.  I am currently in the middle of finishing the girls' room, so that is keeping me very busy, along with my mom gig.  I've gained about 12 pounds so far, so I'm not totally miserable yet.  I can still get around pretty well and most of the time I have to remind myself that I am pregnant and I probably shouldn't be doing something. 

I can't believe that I only have 11 or 12 weeks left of this pregnancy.  It is flying by WAY too fast.  I had Caroline 8 days early, and I was probably the one woman in the world that didn't want to have my baby early, mostly because I just didn't feel ready.  This time around, I'll probably be two weeks late, just because it will be the middle of July and I will look and feel like a stuffed sausage.  Oh well.  She has to come out eventually.  I'm just hoping she stays in there as long as she needs.  I'm not ready for any surprises.

Well, that's about it.  If you made it this far into this post, I admire your perseverance.  My husband certainly can't manage to listen to me ramble on and on, so you get a gold star.  Until next time... 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's been awhile... To say the least.

 So, do any of you remember when I said I was going to get back into blogging?  Yeah, so do I.  Here we are about 8 months later and I am finally getting around to it.  One of my New Year's Resolutions was to get back into it, and well, you can see how well that resolution worked out.  Better late than never!  I won't attempt to catch up on the last 8 months, but here are a few highlights:

I suppose the biggest news around here is that we are expecting another baby in mid July!  We're having another little girl, so Caroline will have a little sister.  We don't have a name for her yet, but we're throwing some options around.  We're not in too much of a hurry this time.  I think Steven is still trying to digest the fact that he is going to be out numbered in a few short months.
 Overall, this pregnancy has been just like my first.  I had HORRIBLE morning sickness that started day one and lasted the first three and a half months.  However, this time around, it was a little more challenging because I still had a very active little girl to keep up with when all I wanted to do was die on the couch.  November, December, and the first part of January were just a dark blur.  Needless to say, Caroline watched a lot of Sesame Street during that time!  However, once I got past the morning sickness, it has been smooth sailing.  My appetite returned with avengence and I have been eating like a truck driver ever since.  Other than my intense hankering for raw oysters, sushi, massive amounts of caffiene, and wine, I can't complain about too much.  I just started my 3rd trimester, but I haven't slowed down.... Yet...

I guess another noteable mention from the last several months would be that I started a shop on Etsy called Lucky Sweet Caroline (Caroline was born on St. Patty's day... Get it??).  I have always enjoyed "crafting" and tinkering around, but once I had Caroline, I had so many ideas/projects running through my mind.  Steven has always pushed me to sell my stuff, so I finally decided to open a shop, and just see what would happen.

 I opened my shop back in October and business has steadily increased.  I usually have any where from 1-3 orders a week, so it keeps me busy.  Steven is not planning on quitting his job any time soon, but it is at least a nice little something extra here and there.  Honestly, just having something to focus my obsessive energy and thought processes on is payment enough.  My number one job is still Mom and CEO of the Broussard house, but having a little something that is outside of that is nice.  Some weeks it is a challenge to juggle things and get my orders out on time, but between naptime and some late nights, I have been able to make it all happen.  I have no idea what will come of Lucky Sweet Caroline after Baby #2 arrives, but we will just take it one day at a time.

As for my number one job, wrangling Caroline, I have no idea where to begin.  She has grown and changed so much over the last several months.  To say that she is sassy, willful, and spunky is an understatement.  I am enjoying my time with her more and more every day and I just love the little person she is becoming. 

She turned 2 back in March, and we of course had a full-blown birthday party, which will have to be covered in another post.  I am still just in a little disbelief that I have managed to keep a human alive for 2 years, never mind the fact that I have another little person on the way.
Yup, that's Caroline.  She's changed a little since the last time I checked in, no?  Sigh.  Because I see her all day every day, I don't realize how much she has changed until I see an older picture of her.  The main reason I want to get back to blogging is so that I will have some sort of record of all the things she is doing (yes, I know that's what the baby book and scrapbook are for, but don't even ask about the status of those items).  Oh and for my legions of readers who are dying for the next thrilling installment in my stay at home mom saga.  Fortunately, in my long absence, I have noticed that Blogger has finally made some nice changes which makes it a little easier for a totally impatient and technologically challenged person like myself to crank something out with minimal frustration, so hopefully I will be a little more motivated to get on here more often. 
Hopefully I will see ya sooner rather than later!  So long for now!