Baby Deuce is Here!

I had a premonition that she would arrive before her scheduled date of May 6! We were hoping that she would stay in there until 38 weeks, and she did…by about an hour!

On Saturday, we decided to have a family day at the zoo and the park to celebrate C’s 2nd birthday (more on that this week!). Much to my surprise, I did not experience a single contraction with all of that walking we did. That was really unusual. So what happened later that night shocked me.

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I’m Relieved About My Repeat C-Section

As I was sitting in C’s room waiting for him to fall asleep, it occurred to me that I am not at all nervous about having this baby. Flashback to two years ago – I was almost panicky thinking about my upcoming birth. I’m slightly shocked that I’m not concerned about this one. My birth with C was quite traumatic and resulted in an emergency c-section. I expected to be a bundle of nerves for any future birth experience.

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Full On Nesting Mode!

Baby Deuce and the ol’ irritable uterus are really putting me through the ringer. For eight hours starting Friday afternoon, I had very painful contractions that were four minutes apart for several hours, then they would become irregular for thirty minutes and go back to four minutes apart. Surprisingly, I wasn’t nervous at all. I’m annoyed and stressed: annoyed that this keeps happening but goes nowhere, and stressed because if the contractions do end up being the real deal then I have so much more on my to-do list before she arrives!

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Baby Deuce: Three Weeks Left!

Busting out of my maternity clothes! My belly is lopsided - Baby Deuce is saying hello to all of you!

I’m busting out of my maternity clothes. My belly is lopsided – Baby Deuce is saying hello to all of you!

How far along? 36 weeks, 1 day

Cravings: Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked Ice Cream, spicy Chinese food

Aversions: All vegetables, eggs, beef

Feeling? I’m so tired! All of the contractions are wearing me out.

What I’m looking forward to: On the plus side, I have three weeks left! Or less! :)

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The Irritable Uterus

irritable uterus

Before you laugh, I must tell you that this is a real thing. I only recently heard about it, but yesterday I was told that I have it.

An irritable uterus.

And here I thought I was just an irritable pregnant woman experiencing a ridiculous amount of contractions!

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So. Much. Cereal.

The closer I get to the end of this pregnancy, the stronger my food aversions are getting again.  I’m eating more often due to the big ol’ uterus that’s squishing my stomach, but I have very few options of what to eat.

The one thing that always looks good? Cereal. Kix, to be exact. So now I typically have cereal for breakfast, cereal for second lunch (around 2pm) and cereal again for second dinner (before bed).

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35 Weeks: Contractions, Preparations and C’s Ear Infection

Oops, I forgot to take a picture for this week!  The past week has been pretty interesting.  I’m starting to wonder if Baby Deuce will be ready earlier than her scheduled date of arrival…

Anyway, this week we get to meet the finalists for the next Mamavation Mom campaign, and I can’t wait to see who they are!  Good luck to all of the applicants!

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Call For Guest Posts

Help Wanted

As you may or may not know, I’m going to have a baby on May 6. ;)  Based on my previous experience with a cute, squishy newborn baby, I expect that she’s going to keep me quite busy for a while.  I probably won’t even know what day it is for a couple of weeks.

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Baby Deuce: 34 Week Update

Baby Deuce 34 Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks, 1 day

Cravings: Strawberries

Aversions: All vegetables, eggs, beef

Feeling? My depression and anxiety are back, and I’m eager for my long-awaited appointment with my psychiatrist today.  I’m also having severe pelvic and pubic bone pain, and a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions.

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C and Baby Deuce: Baby Bump Comparisons!

I thought it might be fun to look back at all of the weekly updates I made when I was pregnant with C and compare that pregnancy to my current one.  It was fun to look at the size of my baby bump as each pregnancy progressed!

16 weeks comparison

I clearly started showing much earlier with Baby Deuce than I did with C!

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Baby Deuce: 32 Week Update

baby deuce 32 weeks

How far along? 32 weeks, 1 day

Cravings: Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies

Aversions: Lots

Feeling? Tired, and apparently it’s obvious. I don’t remember Hubster telling me I was crabby while pregnant with C, but yesterday he told me he’d talk to me after my nap when I wouldn’t be crabby. Oops!

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Baby Deuce: 30 Week Update

Baby Deuce 30 wks

Do I look tired?! ;)

How far along? 30 weeks, 2 days

Cravings: Nothing in particular, but I have been consuming a lot of Chobani.  Peach and strawberry banana are my two favorites right now.

Aversions: We’re just going to skip this one, because the list would be long and obnoxious.

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The Big Brother/Little Sister Shirts Arrived!

I’ve already been planning what C and Baby Deuce will wear for their newborn/2-year pictures as well as our first family-of-four pictures.  Etsy sucked me in to hours of browsing, and I found some super adorable things.  These Big Brother/Little Sister shirts were a must-have on my favorites list!  They arrived this week and I’m so happy with how they turned out.

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Baby Deuce: 26 Week Update

C running out of the picture and me laughing at the impossibility of a posed picture.  Typical!

C running out of the picture and me laughing at the impossibility of a posed picture. Typical!

It’s been kind of a rough week/weekend here, so I’m combining a pregnancy update with my Mamavation Monday post today.  This update includes how I’m doing with eating (healthy cravings for the win!) as well as my lack of exercise (boo for exhaustion from calorie deficits!).

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Baby Deuce’s New Accessories

I got a little excited while looking at some things on Etsy last week.  Here are some of the adorable things that came in the mail this week!

Sophelli Headbands

From Sophelli by Maggie McBride

My Lil Sweetie Boutique Headband

From My Lil Sweetie Boutique

And here are the Big Bro/Lil Sis shirts that I’ve ordered, from The Rainbow Shack.  Note: this is the photo coordinating with the listing, so these aren’t my kids’ names! ;)

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Baby Deuce: 24 Week Update

Pajama Day! The wind chill was -25 degrees, so we huddled up indoors yesterday on Hubster's day off.

Pajama Day! The wind chill was -25 degrees, so we huddled up indoors yesterday on Hubster’s day off.

How far along? 24 weeks, 1 day

Cravings: I had to buy a package of Oreos this week.  Nom nom nom!

Aversions: Where do I begin?

Feeling? I’ve been doing okay with HG, so on Sunday night I decided to skip the Unisom that I’ve been taking every single night (part of my “drug cocktail” as I call it. I’ve been able to do without Zofran most of the time, but not Unisom.).  That was a big mistake!  I felt very nauseous yesterday, and will go back to taking my nightly Unisom.  Ugh!

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Baby Deuce’s Gender Reveal!

Surprise!

Im Having a Sister

Eep! – Baby Deuce’s Gender Might Be Revealed Tomorrow!

It was Hubster who reminded me on Friday’s plane ride home, “Don’t you have a doctor appointment this week?”

YES I DO!

I have an appointment tomorrow.  And I might be able to find out Baby Deuce’s gender.  That is, if the ultrasound tech is available at the time of my appointment and if Baby Deuce decides to uncross his or her legs this time.

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We Bought an Ergo!

Amazon had an amazing deal on Ergo Baby Carriers last week, and Hubster and I decided to snag one.  I’ve been eyeing these up for months.  My sister-in-law loves hers!  I know I’ll be using a carrier a lot so that I have my hands free to take care of C.  I’m just hoping that Baby Deuce enjoys carriers more than C did!

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A Huge Sigh of Relief

I didn’t realize this until before the ultrasound yesterday, but I was getting pretty nervous about everything being okay with Baby Deuce.  I haven’t been able to take my vitamins regularly because they just look too gross to consume (I opted for gummies over pills a month ago, but they still activate my gag reflex for some reason).  In general, I know I haven’t gotten enough calories in the past few months.  That’s been made obvious by my weight loss.  What I am able to eat is not very healthy.  I do eat a lot of fruit, but other than that…lots of simple carbs and then there’s the straight-up crap like poptarts and donuts.  Except for some tomatoes in pizza sauce or the veggies in a burrito, I haven’t eaten vegetables in ages.

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Wordless Wednesday: Sad Face

Baby Deuce had its legs crossed super tight during the ultrasound today. Good news is that it’s healthy.
Baby Deuce had its legs crossed super tight during the ultrasound today. Good news is that it's healthy.

I was devastated, so I got some FroYo to comfort my soul.
I was devastated, so I got some FroYo to comfort my soul.

Baby Deuce: 19 Week Update

Baby Deuce 19 Wks

C was very uninterested in taking this week’s picture!

How far along? 19 weeks, 2 days – I’ll reach my halfway point this week, since my c-section will be during week 39! :)

Cravings: None

Aversions: Vegetables, protein, most things in the world.  The evilest of all evils: onions and beef.

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The Gender Reveal Jitters

We will find out what we’re having on the 19th.  That is, if Baby Deuce spreads his/her legs and shows us the goods.  I’m getting a little nervous.  Okay, I’m getting a lot nervous.

Since this will be our last child (well, our last biological child, at least), I’m nervous that I might wish for the opposite of what I’m having.  I want another boy; but I also want to have a girl.  I’m afraid that if we find out Baby Deuce is a girl, I’m going to be disappointed that C won’t be having a brother. If we find out that Baby Deuce is a boy, I’m concerned that part of me will be saddened that I’m never going to have a little girl.

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Baby Deuce: 18 Week Update

How far along? 18 weeks, 4 days

Cravings: A long john donut – indulged this one, and no regrets.  It was DELICIOUS.

Aversions: Vegetables, meat, um…I think I have more aversions than non-aversions.  I have a helluva time eating anything that’s healthy.

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Baby Deuce: 17 Week Bump Update

How far along? 17 weeks, 2 days

Cravings: Cinnabon – I indulged on Sunday, and it was delicious!

Aversions: Vegetables, protein

Feeling?  Excited (see next question!).

What I’m looking forward to: We have a holiday edition of MOPS this week and I have to figure out what to bake!  This weekend, I’ll be walking a 5k with a great friend, @rachhabs.  We’ll also have Hubster’s office Christmas party that I get to bake another sweet treat for.  Tis the season!

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Baby Deuce: 16 Week Bump Update

C was laughing so hard!

How far along? 16 weeks, 4 days

Cravings: Vlasic Zesty Dill Spear Pickles

Aversions: Most vegetables and protein

Feeling?  Tired!  I think Baby Deuce went through a big growth spurt this week, because I’ve been totally zapped of my energy.

What I’m looking forward to: Hubster was able to get Friday off since he worked on Thanksgiving, so he has a three-day weekend!  We’re planning on some family fun, like going to a holiday lights display and maybe even the zoo.

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Baby Deuce: Week 15 Bump Update

I kept forgetting to take this picture, so C isn’t in it because I knew I’d better take it at the moment it was on my mind.  Oops!

How far along? 15 weeks, 5 days

Cravings: Raspberries, Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

Aversions: Beef, fried foods, eggs, peppers, onions and, usually any type of meat.

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Baby Deuce: 14 Week Bump Update

Helllloooo, second trimester!  I figured that since I’ve finally reached my second tri, and my belly is already much larger than it was at 14 weeks with C, it’s time to start the weekly bump update.  :)   It took about 25 chaotic attempts to get these two pictures.  I couldn’t decide which one I liked better, so I’ve just included both!

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Will Baby Deuce be a Boy or Girl?

I can’t stop thinking about Baby Deuce lately and how eager I am to find out if it’s a boy or a girl.  There are so many similarities to my pregnancy with C, but there’s also some distinct differences.

Similarities

  • Craving McDonald’s sausage burritos for breakfast, and they seem to calm my stomach
  • Aversions to beef and fried foods (except french fries!)
  • Hyperemesis requiring Zofran, Unisom and vitamin B6
  • Belly growing low and straight out
  • Skin issues – dry patches, some breakouts
  • Inability to work with food/cook at all in the first trimester

Differences

  • Required twice the dose of Zofran that I was on with C
  • Constant strange taste in my mouth
  • Altered sense of smell – I always think I’m smelling a strange smell
  • Altered sense of taste – some things taste metallic, others just taste…different
  • Aversion to chocolate and coffee.  Yes!  I usually LOVE chocolate and coffee.

I don’t know what to think!  I’d absolutely love to have another boy so that C could have a brother close in age, and because their birthdays will only be about a week apart and we already have all the right clothes…  But because of the differences in the two pregnancies, I’m starting to wonder if this might be a girl.

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Arming Myself With Information

Now that C is 13 months old, it’s about that time…to think about when to start trying for baby deuce.  PPD caught me off guard last time (well, let’s be honest, the pregnancy itself caught me off guard as well!).  This time, I want to be thorough, knowledgeable and have a game plan.

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