October is simply my favorite month of the year and I know I’m not alone in stating this. Bring on all the fall things. Pumpkin patches, apple cider, falling leaves, the list goes on and on. Football is in full force, the weather tends to be on the cooler side, but still pretty perfect (60s, sunny, and no humidity!), trick or treaters, Halloween candy, the best movies come back into rotation (Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, etc.), and it brings the promise of the holiday season to come (though I only really appreciate the upcoming holidays, not the less than stellar weather that comes along with winter in the Midwest). Though, we do get to meet our little one in just a few short months, so I’m hoping Mother Nature can hold off on any snow storms until after Baby Mack is here! :)
I wish I could be more timely with these updates, but thus is life. I’m officially in my 26th week and officially past the sixth month mark. I feel like my second trimester has really flown by, unlike my first (which could be because you are keeping a secret for the majority of your first trimester).
We had our twenty week appointment and got to see the little one up close for the first time with all ten fingers, toes, and even their sweet little profile. There’s one image that they printed for us that shows Baby Mack’s little button nose and lips. I melt every time I look at the sonogram. As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t finding out the gender, but that didn’t stop me from trying to figure it out during the ultrasound. Don’t worry, I wasn’t able to see anything. They gave the envelope to Cody and he has it hidden somewhere in our house. I’d like to say that it’s sheer willpower that I haven’t searched for it, but I honestly don’t mind not knowing.
I have to have a third ultrasound in two weeks to follow up on a few things they noted on the 20 week ultrasound, so while I’m trying to keep my nerves at bay (the doctors aren’t too concerned, just taking some precautions) and we get to see Baby Mack at least one more time before their arrival.
At my 24 week appointment, I had to take the the dreaded glucola test. I thought it was going to be this horrible drink, but it was more like a shot of fruit punch. The horrible part was the waiting..did you pass (a letter in the mail) or did you fail (phone call the next day)? Thank goodness I passed!
Here’s a quick update on my pregnancy right now:
What I’m Wearing
I’m strictly wearing maternity clothes at this point. I feel like I’m carrying a little lower which makes wearing anything tight under the belly really uncomfortable, so I’m gravitating to leggings and the jeans that I have that offer a full panel support. The temperatures are starting to drop so you soon will see me living in leggings and cozy sweaters. I picked up the dress you see me wearing in this post in multiple colors, it’s so soft and comfortable and won’t dig into my stomach at all.
What I’m Loving
Baby Kicks: Kicks (or punches) are happening with full force. Within the last few days the kicks have become even more frequent and it still catches me off guard, especially when it feels like they are rolling around vs. just a kick or a punch. I love it, but it’s still so crazy to think about Baby Mack trying to find a comfortable position within such a ‘small’ space.
Cravings & Aversions: I’m finally able to eat all my favorite foods again – I even had steak at the wedding I was at this past weekend. I’ve recently swapped out my love for peaches for anything apple related – applesauce, apple cider, sliced apples, I’m here for it all.
A Growing Bump: I’ve fully embraced my bump and love showing it off. I’ve started to experience people coming up to me and touching the bump. So far, it’s been people I know, no strangers yet. I love looking at pictures from even two weeks ago and see how much my bump is growing. It just shows that Baby Mack is getting bigger and stronger week by week!
Prepping for Baby
What I’m Reading: Still only a little ways through Brining Up Bébé, but staying up-to-date on what to expect each week with my bump apps on my phone. I’ve been following a few more mom bloggers, I love following along with their journeys including both the ups and downs!
Nursery: Slowly but surely coming together. The room has been painted (both walls and trim), dresser and crib have been built. Now it’s onto the accessories and decor. The rug should be in within the next few weeks and then it’s just waiting on the chair (which for some reason had a 9-12 week lead time). I’m working on a blog post filled with before photos and progress photos. Hopeful to do a full reveal post in November!
Registry: I ended up registering at Target, Buy Buy Baby, and Amazon. I think I have the big things covered, but keeping everything is neutral and have registered for zero clothes. I would say this has been the HARDEST part of not finding out the gender. Stores don’t make it easy to shop for gender neutral baby clothes!
What I’m Struggling With
Breakouts: I ended up adding a few charcoal products to my arsenal and have started to notice a difference in my skin. If you are struggling – try the charcoal bar from beautycounter. My friend recommended it to me and I feel like it’s helped clear up my skin.
Heartburn: I’ve had a little bit of heartburn over the past two weeks. I’ve never experienced it before, so just trying to keep an eye on it. It doesn’t last very long and hasn’t gotten in the way of anything like sleep.
Sleep: Speaking of sleep, I’m sleeping through the night again. Some nights Lola has gotten me up, I think she knows something is up, but while I’m up I use the restroom. I suppose it’s just practice for the little one’s late night wake up calls. We had a wedding this past weekend and I made it to 11pm (dinner, one slow song, and hitting up the photo booth), it’s all I could do not to fall asleep at the table. I’m normally on the dance floor until the last song, but I had no shame walking back to our hotel room and watching HGTV until I fell asleep.
Lola: Lola has become my shadow, even more so than before I got pregnant. I’m nervous for the transition once baby arrives, but seeing how she interacts with my nieces and nephews, I’m sure she will be fine. However; it still is on my radar to read up on how to best introduce and transition Lola to our newest addition.
Emotional: I feel like I’ve been less easily irritated in the last few weeks, but still emotional. Everything makes me weepy these days, especially a lot of the videos that pop up on Facebook.
As I round out my second trimester, I’m anxious for the months to turn into weeks as we get closer and closer to meeting our little one. Stay tuned for another update in a couple of weeks!
I’ve waited years (literally years) to finally pull the trigger on some pieces from Hatch. I own two of their pieces, the Slouch dress (seen here, here’s a similar one) and this off-the-shoulder sweater that I picked up on finale sale for only $60. I feel like that is unheard of, simply because they are a higher end maternity brand, but they always have THE BEST styles. They stay on-trend, but the pieces are meant to be worn before, during, and after pregnancy, so the price tag can be justified with a little cost per wear math. I have my eye on The Paperbag Pant as baby continues to grow and jeans become less of an option.
I’ve officially made it to the six month mark and am rounding out my 26th week of pregnancy. I can’t believe how fast the second trimester has flown by. Stay tuned for a bump update later this week, a round up of my pregnancy must-haves and a few post-pregnancy items that I’m adding to my wishlist!