Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pregnancy: 12 Weeks

How far along? 12 Weeks 
Total weight gain/loss: I haven't gained anything, yet. According to the doctor's scale, I am at 123. It's better to own the weight this time and to know that it really is temporary. I sort of want to laugh at how concerned I was the first time. It's important to keep an eye and not go crazy, but you also have to take care of yourself and the growing baby. I hope to stay more active this pregnancy, and once I'm through this trimester I want to start swimming at the gym, again! 
Maternity clothes? I have worn a few things just because they are comfy, and I don't feel like a weirdo wearing my maternity clothes since I am pregnant again. However, I do not need them, yet. 
Stretch Marks? I will report on this as time goes on. 
Sleep: I need more and more and more. 
Best moment(s) this week: Watching my little dude take his first step. Proud Momma moment!! 
Miss Anything? I miss when people didn't assume that my foul mood was because I am pregnant... sometimes there are other things (dear students) that make me a little cranky. 
Movement: Baby cricket occasionally does a little flutter jump, but as bambino gets bigger I am certain I will have more and more to report. 
Food cravings: I am pleased to report that I officially have a food craving! Flour tortillas dipped in queso and hot sauce from Mexican Inn. That is all I desire to eat? 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Anything that is not the above mentioned food. 
Gender: I guess it's time to start guessing. Doctor guesses girl because baby's heartbeat is 180s! Wowza. I am still going to go with a gut here. (50/50 chance of being right...) I think it is a bouncing baby boy, again. 
Labor Signs: Later
Symptoms:  Hello Hyperemesis Gravidarum... I had a rough, rough patch last week, and I couldn't keep anything down. I went into the doctor and was given a few options. Thankfully, the max dose of zofran dissolvable seems to keep food and water in me! Woohoo! I have a nasty headache and am exhausted. I still get pretty nauseous, but just not throwing up all the time is so much better. I am trying to rest and make it through, and we are praying that with the second trimester comes relief for us all! 
Belly Button in or out? in
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time? sleepy
Looking forward to: The first time I was so crazy with anticipation it was hard to know what to look forward to, but now, I look forward to so many little things. I can't wait to hold and meet this baby, to see his or her personality form. I love imagining what he or she will look like. Perspective is such a funny thing! 

Moose: 11 Months

How Big?: Moose man is a giant man! I swear he get keeps getting taller. Each day I notice that he can reach the tops of more and more things. The kitchen counters are still a little too high, but tables are nothing to this kid. He can stand on his tip-toes like a champ! He isn't a plumpy.. In fact, I think he's pretty thin, but I think that is part of his growing tall thing. I will be interested to hear where he is at percentage wise at his 1 year appointment, next month. (OMG ONE YEAR IN A MONTH!) 
Clothing Size?: He is in 18 months and really we can start looking towards 24 months. (especially pjs... I don't know why they run so small) His pants are a little more true to size, but I think that is because he is a little beanpole.  He is in a size 4 diaper because the 3's were just too tight on him for my liking.  
What/When is he eating?: He will eat bread or crackers over any other option, but if it isn't an option he will pick strawberries over any other option. We are weaning him away from his puff-dependency, too. He really likes waffles. He is still drinking somewhere around 5 bottles a day, too. (50ish ounces) Crazy-ness
Sleep?: This kid is so inconsistent with sleep. One night he will fall right to sleep at 7:30 and not even budge until 7:00 the next morning. The very next night he is totally sleep resistant and wide-awake at 5:30. Who knows? He refuses to take naps sometimes, and then, he will suddenly crash out for a 3 hour nap. I just can't get him to stick to a routine. (despite our attempts!) 
Movement?: He almooooost took a step, but then he decided that crawling on his hands and feet was faster. He likes to bear crawl around the house. I keep saying I think he will walk, but then, he doesn't so who knows? First time mom problems....  I wrote all this out Tuesday to post and then Tuesday night he took one step!!!! And then last night STEP baby STEP baby STEP!!!! I wouldn't call it walking, yet, but he is taking a few steps at a time!!! BIG BIG DEAL for this momma, whoop whoop
Milestones?: He has 5 teeth. I can't remember if he had the last one last month or not. I must already be getting pregnancy brain. Oh sheesh. He is starting to babble like a crazy man. I swear he tries to say real words all the time. 
Hardest Moment(s) of the Month: I have been so so so so so (ok you get it) sick with this pregnancy that I just cannot do all the things I want to. One of those things is playing with Moose whenever I want. It is super tough on me. 
Best Moment(s) of the Month: I loooove to watch Sam and Moose play. One of my favorite things, that people think I hate but really I love, is that Moose prefers Sam. He wants Daddy pretty much exclusively. He has started throwing fits when he can't have Daddy. (That is the point at which I sing to Moose "Patience is a virtue, one you have learn, too.") He loves him some boy time! 
Looking Forward to: Moose's first birthday is just a month away... oh holy cow. I have a lot to do. Oh geez... maybe I should have thought about that. LOL 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pregnancy: 11 Weeks

How far along? 11 Weeks - Due date is October 8th  (next doctor's appointment is next week, so hopefully I am still on track with everything... most likely won't change due dates unless they see something off in the 19 week anatomy scan) 
Total weight gain/loss: Loss 2 pounds... Throwing up and throwing up. This is very reminiscent of my first pregnancy. The zofran is a life changer. I am hoping to 1. be less worried about my weight and 2. more active with this pregnancy. 
Maternity clothes?  I have pulled out my belly band for wearing with pants that button. It's not a requirement, and I could probably make the hair-tie trick work for now.... but the button is starting to stick out weird just because of where my belly is so I have been using it anyways. I have been wearing my long skirts, instead. 
Stretch Marks? no new ones so far. 
Sleep: I definitely could sleep a LOT more when I was pregnant with Moose. Now, I hardly ever get in bed early. Naps are out of the question! Man, oh, man... second pregnancies are harder because you already have one! 
Best moment(s) this week: We finished up Spring Break in total leisure style. Sam and I managed to watch a movie!! What?!? This week has been really hard with me being sick, so just enjoying our time with Moose for now. 
Miss Anything? I am missing people not knowing... I know, I know. The first time I was chomping at the bit to tell the world, but this time I wish that I could have kept it to our family a bit longer. That was impossible, of course with my throwing up and the belly bulge. I guess I just feel not ready to share name ideas or what I hope the baby is with others outside my family yet. I just want to enjoy it for us a little while longer before I share. Maybe I am more selfish this time because I know you don't get to keep the baby all to yourself forever. 
Movement: It's too early. I know it is too early. I could have sworn I felt the baby do a little tuck and roll a few days ago. I wonder if this will be a crazy kiddo like the Moose-man was. 
Food cravings: Nothing. Please nothing. I wish I could sleep and not eat. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Diapers, cologne, mac n' cheese (no beuno), pasta, LOTS of things.
Gender: See I'm just not ready to share my guesses just yet. 
Labor Signs: Too early...
Symptoms:  I went to the doctor and got an antibiotic and finally got rid of my SINUS infection. ULG. Do I have symptoms. 1. Exhaustion: I am tired, tired, tired, and I feel like I never get to just rest. It seems selfish anyways. It's that Mom-Life. 2. "Morning-Sickness": more like anytime it wants sickness. Monday was AWFUL. I mean bad, bad, bad. 
Belly Button in or out? Innie, whoop whoop
Wedding rings on or off? ON and still loose.
Happy or Moody most of the time? MOODY. MOODY. MOODY. Dear Everyone, I need a nap and to throw up. Please tell me how terrible I look, and then make a snide remark about my hormones because it's really helpful. Uh, Thanks!
I wish there was a way to explain to my students that being nice to their super sick teacher would be really beneficial for everyone, and can everyone stop looking at me like I have a second head after I throw up for the third time in a day. It's called pregnancy. Preggo Rant Over! 
Looking forward to: Feeling this baby move, so that reality can set in that we are going to have a second little human. I can't wait until we are able to know what this baby is so that we can PLAN! (Sam's least favorite of my favorite words:) 

Pregnancy: First Trimester Must Haves

The first trimester is tough stuff. You are tired ALL the time. If you are anything like me, you are sick ALL the time. Somedays I just don't want to climb out of the bed, but as second-timer I know that there are better times ahead of me, if I can just hang on and make it through.

I am by no means an expert, but these are the things that are helping me get through these first couple of months.

1. Be Maternity BeBand from Target - This little gem is worth it! It's for while you are in between regular clothes and maternity clothes. Even if you haven't popped yet, it is an amazing thing because the first trimester bloat makes pants with buttons really uncomfortable. Embrace the belly and wear this thing! 

2. Cardigan - Twofold: Hiding pregnancy is easier with layers. If you aren't ready to tell the world, then you can keep your secret a bit longer with a sweater. The other thing is I always get cold when I'm pregnant. My thermostat is way out of wack in general, but it's worst when I'm working for two. I always have a sweater or jacket with me to toss on. 

3. Tissue - For whatever reason, the first trimester turns me into a sick, snotty two year old. I mean literally, I am a snot factory. EW! I have to keep tissue in my purse, on my desk, and next to the bed to survive.

4. Gummy Prenatals - My doctor and I have talked this through (you should talk to yours), but she says any prenatal is better than none. I am sooooo sick right now that sometimes taking a pill just isn't going to cut it. The prenatal pills are heavy and make my stomach ache. Gummies are a lot easier to handle, and they are sort of like candy. 

5. Jolly Ranchers  - Hard candy of any kind will do really, but sucking on candy helps me not feel like I'm going to hurl every single second of every single day.

6. Peppermints - When the candy is just too sweet, a peppermint can do the job and calm the angry belly. I try to keep them on hand for post throwing up, too. No one, including you, wants to smell throw up breath.

7. Gatorade - Somedays water makes me throw up more than anything. I have to sip on a gatorade all day just to keep anything down. You have to stay hydrated! It's the key, number one thing! I try to have the lemon-lime flavor on hand at all time. 

It's not the most glamorous list in the world, but it's what is getting me by... The first time I might have had make-up or hair tricks, but this is pregnancy number 2. I have an almost 11 month old at home; beauty is a novelty to me these days. If you are in your first pregnancy and feeling awful, remember to enjoy every second of it because someday you will miss this part... Yes, you will miss the gross bloat, the greasy hair, the snotty nose, and the nausea because trimester one is all about novelty. It's new and surreal. Enjoy the excitement and before you know it... you will feel like a whale and be ready to meet your little blessing!! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pregnancy: 10 Weeks

Please forgive my lack of glamour here... I have been sick! I am so excited to introduce the new board I just couldn't wait any more. 

How far along? 10 Weeks - Due date is October 8th for now
Total weight gain/loss: I have had the crazy throwing up once again (as in I'm in bed trying not to hurl currently)... so I have lost a couple of pounds. My official weight at the doctor's office at week 8 was 123. After all the grief I had the first time around with my nearly 70 pound weight gain, I will gladly take a starting weight that is within 3 pounds of the first time I was pregnant.
Maternity clothes?  Nope. I'm not as naive this time. The first time you're pregnant you think you're a giant, until you actually see what giant looks like (try being 39 weeks pregnant), but I will say that the maternity clothes look a lot more comfy with their stretchy bands. I have already bought a couple of summer things because I realize that squeezing into tight non-maternity clothes is a little ridiculous.
Stretch Marks? I am starting this one behind. I already have stretch marks... thighs, tummy, and chest. But they are already faded (only 10 months postpartum). I anticipate new ones this time around, but hopefully not until the last couple of weeks. 
Sleep: I sleep as much as I can get... but with a baby running around that is easier said than done. I slept in the other day (thank goodness for Spring Break) until 9! The time change is the only reason that I was able to sleep that late. Naps are out of the question... so I will just be a tired pregnant lady this time.
Best moment(s) this week: Spring Break with the family is the best. I love watching Sam and Moose play.  
Miss Anything? Eating anything I want... Not feeling completely sick all the time. 
Movement: Nothing yet, but I believe I will notice earlier. 
Food cravings: Food and I are having a rough time right now.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yep! Eggs, sometimes bananas, peanut butter, whole pieces of meat, changing Moose's diapers. 
Gender: Not ready to guess.... 
Labor Signs: Too early...
Symptoms:  I have a pregnancy cold... My headaches are crazy. My sinuses are so painful. Turns out I have a Sinus Infection because morning sickness and fatigue weren't enough. I throw up even with the zofran. I feel nauseous a lot!!!!! I remember being sick last time, but the allllll day sickness is not a part of my memories. This baby seems to be more of a nighttime sickness baby than morning sickness. I feel nauseous in the mornings, but the throwing up is mostly before bed.
Belly Button in or out? INNIE.... It went back after Moose.
Wedding rings on or off? ON! I kind of didn't even think about having to take them off again at some point.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Emotional... but I don't have time to decide if I am happy or moody. There is too much other stuff going on.
Looking forward to: Moose deciding that he wants to continually sleep through the night, so that I can have guilt free sleep.

Check out the blog about finding out we were pregnant round two:

Wait, who? Pregnant? Oh my Gosh


Pregnancy: Wait, who? Pregnant? Oh my Gosh

Again?!? What?!? Well, yes, yes it's true. Daddy, Mommy and baby make three, so what's one more to make four?

The Riley family is pleased to announce we are expecting! Moose is officially being promoted to Big Brother. 

The Info
Due Date: October 8
How far along: (as of this post) 10 weeks

Finding Out Round 2 
I thought there was no way that I was pregnant again. I dismissed it as a possibility. Things haven't been totally regular for me in all things lady, and since I was only 9 months postpartum with Moose, we just didn't even think it was a real possibility. I had some oddball symptoms, and I do mean odd. I had several blood vessels in my eyes burst because my blood pressure spiked (a little known Preggo symptom, but since I had some high blood pressure at the end with Moose, it was my body's reaction to a fresh dose of HCG). I started feeling extra tired, and my nose knows before I ever do. There have been about a million things going on. There always are with a baby, plus Cheer tryouts and the unknowns for what I will teach next year. Our heater went out downstairs, and that's the point at which I decided to take a pregnancy test. Really, I took it, so I could see it was negative, move on, and keep avoiding white pants. However, that is not what happened. Instantly, I got a BFP! (Big fat positive.. That's fertility lingo.) I was in a little bit of Mommy-shock!

Sam and I have wanted another baby, no doubt. We knew we wanted our kids to be close in age, so don't take any of this wrong. We are ecstatic, but we are also a bit shocked!

Anywho, with all the craziness going on, I didn't want to tell Sam right away. I wanted him to have a few last, stress-free moments, before I dropped the second giant life-altering bombshell on him. (Telling him I was pregnant with Moose during the first week of school my first year with the same district as him was bombshell number one... ) He went to a buddy's diaper poker night, and while Moose slept, I took a picture of our postitive test and turned it into a video clip. 

The next day, I grabbed the computer and turned the webcam to record. I played the clip for Sam.... His response was great. His first question, "who? Who is pregnant?"

My response, "we are."

Total shock - then a mixture of "oh my gosh," "I love you," "wow," "when," and several more "oh my gosh"s! It was fun to go back and watch that together. 

The Blog Plan
We are beyond excited to announce this pregnancy via blog again!!!!! It is my plan to do a weekly blog, but let's be honest it might become a bi-weekly blog. I hope to add insight about what it is like the second time around, and I will be reflecting on the differences between my pregnancies. 

I still plan on updating Moose posts once a month, so you can still see that little wild man growing. I am so excited, and we are truly BLESSED! 

Lots of Love
The Riley's