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Bumpdate - 20 weeks

20 Weeks Bump Update

So many people have messaged and asked how I am doing with my pregnancy so I figured it was about time I shared an update! I have always heard that you show much earlier with your second than your first, but that has not been the case with me. I'm still wearing my regular clothes (though I think maternity jeans will be purchased soon) and only in the past week and a half did I really start showing. In case you didn't see this post, we are happily having a BOY!

How far along: 20 weeks and 1 day! My week always begins on Thursday.

Thoughts: I am amazed that we are already at the halfway mark! Although, if this baby is anything like his sister and decides to come early, then we have already passed the halfway mark. I'm so excited for another baby, I've waited a long time on my second child. I can't wait to snuggle and cuddle with him when he is a newborn. My memories are a bit fuzzy from when Kendall was a newborn, but I'm excited to experience it all over again. Being completely transparent, I do sometimes get a bit overwhelmed when I look at Kendall and think of a lot of the milestones we have successfully completed (sleeping through the night, separation anxiety, potty training) and realize we have to do that all over again. But the thought of a precious little boy completing our family makes me not focus on the tough parenting things that lay ahead (and I know there are more to come once we get to the teenage years).

I've shared this with some of my friends, but I feel it bears repeating here. When we moved out of Northern Virginia to begin a brand new life and allow Tolar to go back to school, we knew that a second child would be put on hold for awhile. I did mourn the fact that my children would not be 2-3 years apart as my sister and I are 2 1/2 years apart and extremely close. However, God always knows the right plan and took care of us. You see, I'm a neat freak through and through. A clean house makes me feel in control. Well, when I imagined life and birthing my second child, I never imagined building a brand new house! But God knew! Can you imagine how out of control I would feel moving into a new house with a messy toddler AND a newborn? I would have gone crazy!!!! Luckily by the time we move, my Kendall will be just a few months shy of 5 years old and she is already able to help me out with lots of things around the house. And she is old enough to know that she too also likes things to be neat and tidy. God is so awesome; I love how He takes care of even the tiniest details in our lives.

Advice Received: Surprisingly I don't think I've received any baby advice. I guess people assume that since I've already gone through this once that I know what I'm doing (ha!)?!?! I've already given myself some advice...and that is that I'm going to hold my baby as much as I want. When Kendall was a newborn I had so many people tell me that I shouldn't hold her all day because she would get used to that. And yes, I held her quite a bit, but the thought that I was "spoiling" my child was always in my head. Well, I'm ignoring all of that and will hold this baby as much as I want. Because here I am with a 4 year old wondering where my newborn went! One of my favorite things to do with Kendall was have her curl up and fall asleep on my chest as a newborn. The last time she did that, I had no clue it would be the last time and I miss that feeling! So I'm going to snuggle my baby and hold him because I know the newborn months will be over in an instant.

Baby: I have been tracking the baby (we call him Blueberry) in two apps: Ovia and Baby Center. I prefer Ovia the best so I will tell you the stats from there. Baby is the size of a Belgian Endive and likely about 10 inches tall. He also likely weighs about 10 1/2 ounces.

Movement: My doctors told me I might start feeling the baby move around 14 weeks, but I only felt one tiny flick about 15 weeks. For the past week I've really been feeling the baby move. I feel very light thumps on both sides of my abdomen. Unfortunately they aren't strong enough to be felt from the outside yet, and I cannot wait for Tolar and Kendall to be able to finally feel the movement. I wonder how Kendall will react.

Sleep: I wish I could say I'm sleeping like a champ right now, but I'm not. I wake up often throughout the night to readjust my position and attempt to get comfortable. Since I am in my second trimester, it is important for me to sleep on my side from here on out. I'm normally a back sleeper so this is a huge adjustment for me. Luckily, one of the fabulous midwives I see told me I don't have to fully sleep on my side so I've started sleeping with a pillow tucked under my right hip. This adjusts my body just enough so that the baby is shifted to the left but I still feel somewhat like I'm sleeping the way I prefer.

Food: This pregnancy I haven't really had any aversions to a particular food or smell. During the first trimester, my appetite barely existed and I preferred very bland foods. If I felt like eating, which was not often, I usually wanted bread. Now that I'm in my second trimester, my appetite is back though I'm not ravenous by any means. I feel like I eat exactly the same now as I did before I got pregnant. I have not noticed a need for an increase in food yet. Just like my pregnancy with Kendall, grape tomatoes taste amazing! I'm always a fan of grape tomatoes, but they taste even better when I'm pregnant. I don't have any cravings and really eat a very normal diet.

Weight Gain: When I was pregnant with Kendall I gained 33 pounds and unfortunately did not lose it all right after she was born. I lost about 20 of those 33 pounds. Just before I got pregnant, I got serious about losing weight and had lost 7 pounds. Since I do not want to gain 33 pounds again, I've talked with my doctor about a safe amount of weight to gain and we both decided on 15-20 pounds (though I'm focusing on 15). According to the scale at my last doctor visit, I've gain 3 pounds so far this pregnancy.

Preparing for Baby: Since this is our second child, we are a bit more laid back with our preparations. I think some of that is attributed to the fact that this baby will likely arrive before our new house is built, so I'm not rushing to set up a nursery. I have decided to decorate the nursery with a mustache theme - I'm still deciding on colors. I did go through all of Kendall's old clothes last week to determine if anything could be passed down. My sister had given Kendall some of my nephew's gender neutral clothes, so all of those are being kept for Blueberry. I love that Blueberry, Kendall and my nephew will all get to wear some of the same clothes. I kept everything from when Kendall was a baby, so I don't think we are going to have to purchase a ton of stuff. Luckily the majority of the bigger items (pack n' play, bouncy seat, activity mat, crib) are gender neutral so we won't have to purchase those again. Tolar and I plan to create an official list of everything we need once we get through Halloween.

Prayer Request: My prayer will always be that this baby is born completely healthy and with no complications. If you could join me in praying that I'd be ever so grateful. We give all praise to The Lord that we have had great test results so far throughout the pregnancy. Because I am 35 years old, I'm considered "Advanced Maternal Age" which means I've gone through a bit more testing and monitoring than last time. I'm not considered high risk though because the only "risk factor" I have is my age. Since I don't have high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or anything else at this moment, my doctors do not consider me high risk.
One other prayer request I have is for the delivery. Even though I've successfully delivered one child I'm still anxious (a lot anxious) to do it again. I'm most nervous (again!) about the epidural. There will be no talking me out of it, I know I am getting an epidural because I do not handle pain that well. I received one with Kendall and I plan on receiving one this time too if I am able. However, I'm still very nervous about it. So please pray for calmness for me.

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Pumpkin Patch Family

Every year since Kendall was a baby, we have visited a pumpkin patch around Halloween and always have an incredible time. Halloween is Tolar's favorite holiday and has fast become Kendall's favorite too, so I have a feeling we will be "pumpkin patching it up" for many years to come.

Each year Thornspring Farms adds more and more activities to their Fall Festival making a day at the pumpkin patch so much fun. From slides and slingshots to tractor train rides and a bounce pad, fun is sure to be had. I love watching the pure joy on my daughter's face as she experiences one thing after another. And I guess you can consider us lucky that Virginia has temperatures of 76 degrees in October so we could enjoy a full Saturday outside.

Pumpkin Patch Slide

Entertaining with Greet & Gather

Entertain at home with Greet and Gather
Thank you Greet & Gather for the complimentary box. All opinions are completely my own.

The older I get, the more I realize I absolutely would choose a fun night of staying in at our house instead of "hitting the town." Staying in doesn't always mean that I want to be in my jammies and binge Netflix (although that is quite nice a lot of the time!). Often times, I'd love to invite our friends or family over and entertain. Something about enjoying a nice glass of wine with fine cheeses and spreads, surrounded by those you love just feels right.

Lucky for us all, there is a brand new subscription box company that can help us entertain like pros! Greet & Gather was specifically created and curated for those who love to entertain. You can sign up to start your monthly subscription and receive a box full of 4-6 items that you can use the next time you host an event in your house.
Greet and Gather

A Ginger Kid

A Ginger Kid Play and Learn

As a mom of a four year old, I've seen a lot of toys enter and exit my home. I know what toys keep my child's attention and which ones are going to get donated in a few months because they will be forgotten. For us, the tried and true toys that stick around are the ones that grow with Kendall. The toys that can offer her different levels of learning AND the toys that are durable are the ones we keep over and over again.

So imagine my absolute delight when I discovered A Ginger Kid. Besides the fact that the title of the company is the most appropriate toy company ever for my Kendall, we absolutely fell in love! The toys are wooden toys which are always a favorite with us because we know they will stand the test of time. Every toy we have gotten to play with is so beautiful! They are all painted with such brilliant colors and have complete attention to detail. Plus the toys offer so much more than just playtime. Many of the toys allow your child the opportunity to work on problem solving, memory building and motor skills.

I also love that A Ginger Kid is a local store with an online presence! You don't have to be local to me to purchase these incredible toys. Some of our favorite toys include:
Tick Tock Clock
Motoring Along

All Tied Up

All three of the above toys (and so many others) teach Kendall important lessons that she will use throughout her life - like tying her shoes and telling time - while allowing her to still use her imagination and play creatively. And a bonus for moms who like a clean house?!?! All of the toys come in their very own carrying bag, so you can keep all of the pieces together neat and tidy.

Mermaid Themed Birthday Party

Over the summer, our Kendall turned 4 and she insisted on having an Ariel themed birthday party. Who am I to deny my little red head of that!?!

I created an under the sea/mermaid themed party using a purple and teal color palette. I really like this color palette and I'm trying to convince Kendall that she needs this to be the decor in her new bedroom once our house is complete. But that's a different blog post all on its own.

Once I decided on the color palette, I set out scouring Pinterest to find some inspiration. I'll admit, I'm not a "create fun things in my own mind" type of person. But I can copy the heck out of stuff on Pinterest that other creative people have already come up with. Which is exactly what I did for the decor of her party. #worksmarternotharder

The decor:

My favorite part of the decor was the jelly fish that I made out of paper lanterns, streamers and ribbon. This project was a labor of love and it took me six hours to make six jelly fish. I did not know when I started out that it would take so long to complete, but the finished product was completely worth it. They turned out so pretty. I mostly used this tutorial (#5) to create them. We strung the jelly fish between the trees in our front yard to help make it feel like the party was underwater with the jelly fish swimming above us. We also purchased some bubble machines to help with the underwater feel.