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Post-Baby Exercise Plans (Baby BeeHaven Review)

Fun fact about me: I gained 73 pounds during my first pregnancy. Yes, you read that right. Miss Gaia made this mama gain nearly 3 times as much as the "recommended weight" for most, normal pregnancies.I was pretty depressed about the whole thing actually. I had a rough time during those ten months she was in my womb. And to be honest I didn't have a lot of support after she was born. I was really lonely and I continued to not care at all about my body image. I did nothing extra except gain more self-confidence and motivated myself towards my own happiness and finally, after three and a half years the weight began to just melt off. It's … [Read more...]

Where I Pee on Everything

It's not really that funny when it happens, but in retrospect I suppose it can be viewed as rather hilarious. My video game nerd friend in North Carolina finds it hilarious and I'm surprised she doesn't start every Skype conversation with "What did you pee on today?" [image source] Let me begin by explaining that I do my kegels. I have been doing kegels since before I needed to do kegels. It took me only 36 minutes to push out my first baby and I'm told that's rather impressive. I never peed my pants until after that though, and even then I got my ability to not do so by stepping up my kegels. This time around people are reminding … [Read more...]

Hump Day Bump Day – Third Trimester!

I keep asking Hutch to do adorable belly painting (he's a pretty good artist when he wants to be), but he's been slacking all day and I really want to post this. So you get a crappy webcam photo. Horrah! I totally need to paint my nails, or at least take off my Christmas polish completely. I am such a slacker in the nail department. I'm waiting for that nesting thing to kick in so I can actually find the motivation to do all these things. The baby is head down and super low already. He's totally messing with my pelvis and I hurt so bad it's hard to move around and do fun stuff. Gaia and I are lazing ont he couch right now watching Bobby's … [Read more...]

Bump Update (23 weeks)

I'm sure most moms are out getting crazy with the sales today. I am mostly finished, and we went by Wal-Mart last night on our way home from turkey dinner to pick up some stuff. Hutch got Gaia the guitar she wanted for Christmas, and I snagged up some pajamas, a bed set, and and art set for her birthday. (She'll be 5 in just over two weeks, isn't that somethin'?) So no, I'm not shopping today. I'll see what I can find on Cyber Monday if I feel the need to purchase anymore Christmas gifts. Our appointment Wednesday went well. I gained another 8 pounds, which to me was surprising because I thought I'd lost a little weight and evened out all … [Read more...]

The Haps.

At my last prenatal I decided to raid the library. I found two books on a  shelf by themselves just hanging out and they happened to be on my Amazon.com wishlist. I went ahead and decided to check them out and I'm going to eventually read them both before my next visit with the midwife. Once I'm finished I'm go to giveaway a copy of either Get Me Out or Pushed, depending on which read I value more. I'm determined to make you celebrate this pregnancy with me. You can't escape it! We've been looking a lot at baby names the past few days. Our list is ever-changing, but all the names on this ballot are still valid. I told Hutch I didn't like … [Read more...]

Confession: I hate due dates.

If you were told you were simply going to be pregnant for approximately 10 months (yes, ten) instead of given a date what would you do? I tend to think that women would be more patient and wait it out. Having a due date just makes women anxious. Rarely do women listen to their bodies and let the baby decide when it's time. Instead there's this magic number hanging over them like some time bomb waiting to go off. I have told all my loved ones that our baby is due in mid-March, and yet for some reason people refuse to take this as a final answer. They simply have to have a date to go by. I wound up arguing with my lovely boyfriend because he … [Read more...]

It’s a boy!

Yes, that's right ladies and gentlemen. Our household is very please to announce that a penis was spotted during our ultrasound last week. If you've been dying to know then imagine how I feel waiting to tell you! I always wanted to be pregnant for Halloween to do this and I finally did. Check out our announcements!!! Hutch drew the little ghosties and I assembled the rest. The ultrasound photo is our favorite one of the bunch. He has his little foot in the air and his thumb in his mouth. He's totally just relaxin' and being chill. I love him so much already. I'm elated! I panicked for a second when the boy parts were revealed. I have … [Read more...]

My Happy List

I have to admit, being happy doesn't always come easy for me. It's gotten a whole lot easier as this pregnancy progresses though, so I suppose that mean my hormones are leveling off and things are becoming a lot like normal around here. Yesterday while watching The Walking Dead with Hutch the baby was making a lot of fuss about something in there. My placenta is in the front, so the midwife told us that it might take longer to be able to feel movement from the outside. Since he was so active though, I took daddy's hand and pushed it down where I could feel all the ruckus. It took about three minutes, but sure enough Hutch could feel strong … [Read more...]

Hump Day Bump Day – 20 weeks

I swear I'm never going to get a good photo of myself this pregnancy... On with the questions! How far along? 20 weeks Total weight gain/measurements: Total gain is 12 pounds Sleep: Sleep would be fine if I got any. Between my hip pain and my inability to stay asleep these days, it's coming in just a few hour stretches. I love nap times, lemme tell you. Maternity clothes: Yeah, I bought some before my cruise from Old Navy online. Stretch marks? No new ones. Best moment this week: Seeing my little bundle on the ultrasound yesterday! Miss anything? Being able to scuba dive on vacation. :( Movement: I can make him move by laying on my belly. … [Read more...]

Determined to be pain free…

When I was bigger in my pregnancy with Gaia, my back pains got worse with lots of pain throughout all my lower regions. I had a crying fit in my midwife's office about how I wasn't sure if I could trust my body to do what I needed it to to birth my beautiful baby. I did still have the natural birth I wanted with minimal pain and effort. However, throughout all these years (almost 5 years, oh my where has the time gone!) I still need help off the floor. A crappy nights sleep would warrant a horrible day ahead. I never escaped the pain that came with being pregnant and giving birth to my mini beebs. When I barely started swelling up with this … [Read more...]