baby bump #2: 21 weeks

Well, it’s official!  It’s a…




BOY!  We are so thrilled!  Although Kenna’s first response to finding out she was having a baby brother was, “I can’t like a baby brother.  I want a baby sister.”  And so it starts…


Pregnancy - 21 weeks

Um, hello bump!  (I swear it looks bigger in person!)  Since last Monday, I have definitely popped!  This was my first week back at school with people who haven’t seen me in several months and I have definitely been getting the “I didn’t know you were pregnant!” comments all week.  And students asking me if I was having a baby.  I usually comment, “No, I just gained a lot of weight over the summer…”  They look at me stunned, until I smile and then they ask me a billion questions.  It’s nice to actually be showing and not just look like I have a food baby.  I’m sure stress this week really hasn’t helped the size of my belly (I tend to hold fat in my stomach when I’m stressed).

I will admit that I already am feeling huge for only being halfway through my pregnancy.  (Although, I really don’t look like I’m much bigger now than I was with Kenna.)  It makes me a little nervous for how big I’m going to get in the next 19 weeks.  But the good news is I gained 4 pounds in the last month, bringing me to about 15 above pre-pregnancy weight (of course, I really have no clue since I don’t know what I started at), so right on track.  And baby boy is growing perfectly, measuring right at 20 weeks, if not a few days behind (the doctor said December 31, instead of December 29).


Exhaustion.  Just pure exhaustion.  I thought I was exhausted in the first trimester, but being busy which leads to lack of sleep has taken it to a whole new level.  I passed out cold at 9:45 on Friday night and it was exactly what I needed after a very long week.  This is going to be a tough couple of months during of volleyball season.  I’m trying to stay ahead of things as much as I can, but currently I’m just barely staying above water.  My goal is to be in bed by 10 every night and so far, Friday was the only night that has happened.  I keep telling myself things will settle down and I’ll get used to the school routine again and waking up early.

Everything else has been going good.  My appetite hasn’t been great due to stress, but my ankles have been feeling better (not nearly as tight or painful) and I’m not getting nearly as many headaches as I was a few weeks ago.  In fact, I don’t even know the last time I’ve had one!  I’ve had occasional round ligament pain, usually when I go to stand up, and this little guy really enjoys pushing on my intestines, making my extremely uncomfortable.  But, really, nothing to complain about!



Not my best week for workouts.  I did great during the week, even with having to wake up at 4 AM.  But, when it came to the weekend, rain and exhaustion helped me decide that running just wasn’t going to happen.  I have to keep telling myself that it’s OK to skip a few days, but my non-pregnant self feels like I really need to be doing more.  I definitely needed the rest and I’m feeling much less crabby than I thought I would be, which is good.  (I’m not a pleasant pregnant person to be around all the time…)

Monday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo Lower Body
Tuesday:  4 mile run
Wednesday:  PiYo Sweat (my favorite one so far!)
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo Strength Intervals
Saturday:  rest day
Sunday:  rest day
Total:  14 miles

Baby Stuff

Want to see something interesting?!  This is the ultrasound picture and envelop from our 12 week ultrasound…

Thankfully, I am absolutely positive this is a boy and that we waited to open the envelop until after the 20 week ultrasound!  Otherwise, I would have been really confused!


I have had a ton of questions about names.  Yes, we have a few that we like already, but we aren’t sold on any of them yet.  We also don’t plan on telling the name we do decide on until after he makes his appearance.  For now, we are just calling him Moose – a nickname my friends came up with one night when we were talking about baby names.  You better believe he will have some moose stuff in his room!  I’ve already been shopping on Amazon!  I can’t wait to plan his nursery!  With a new house, I want it to be really cute (I’m not skimping on it just because he’s the second child)!  We also have a toddler room to decorate as well as a playroom!  Only a few more weeks until move in day!  I think I need to start some count downs…


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baby bump #2: 20 weeks

20 WEEKS!  We are officially halfway.  Well, let’s hope!  Quite honestly, though, I don’t really care if this one is late like MacKenna was (I was actually fairly comfortable at 41 weeks, just tired of waiting).  What I really care about is that this baby is healthy.


Pregnancy - 20 weeks

The shadow is pretty bad on that, but I am definitely bigger this time around.

Welp, I’ve definitely grown this week.  On Monday, I felt that I still had a little bit of a bump, but could pass for “beer belly” and not pregnant.  Tuesday, definitely pregnant.  I had a co-worker tell me that I looked more pregnant on Tuesday than I did the day before.  I haven’t really been around people much this summer, so a lot of people are seeing me for the first time since announcing my pregnancy.

We go back to the doctor today, so I will find out how much weight I’ve gained.  I haven’t weighed myself since the last appointment, so I really have no idea.  Last month, I gained 6 pounds, putting me at ~10 over my pre-pregnancy weight.  At this point with MacKenna, I had just gotten to 10 pounds gained, but I’m quite alright with gaining a little bit more with this one.


A better pic of the bump, although I am sticking it out a little bit.  And yes, the lawn mower lines in the grass are actually there, I’m not literally glowing…


I hurt.  All over.  By Friday, I absolutely had to go to the chiropractor to get adjusted because my back and legs were killing me.  I think most of it is due to volleyball – a lot more activity than I’m used to.  I also spent 4 to 5 hours each day sitting at my desk, working on curriculum for the school year.  Fun times.  Plus, my ankle has been really sore and stiff all week.  It feels good running, but I can take one wrong step and I’ll have shooting pains up my calf.  Definitely have been feeling the past few days though, thank goodness.

Cravings have been pretty bad this week.  Salami sandwiches, Caesar salads, the veggie fajita bowl from Crazy Bowls and Wraps.  I haven’t had much of an appetite other than that though.  Stress and being busy makes it hard for me to think about eating.  I won’t lie – there were also several days where I realized I hadn’t gone to the bathroom since I woke up in the morning.  Not good.



After talking to the chiropractor on Friday, I made the decision that I need to cut back on running a little bit more.  I need more rest than I’m giving myself, otherwise I’m going to continue feeling horrible.  So, I’m backing down on my mileage and adding in another active rest day – no running that day, but still getting some sort of workout in.  I’m hoping that will help at least a little bit.

I’m 2 weeks in to doing PiYo and I LOVE it!  I feel like it is really perfect for my pregnant body.  I can modify it, which I usually do, when I need to, and it’s pretty much entirely low impact.  Plus, it’s quick – most of the workouts only take 25 minutes, which is about all the time I have in the morning.

Monday:  2.4 mile treadmill run + PiYo
Tuesday:  4.5 mile treadmill run
Wednesday:  2.4 mile treadmill run + PiYo
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo
Saturday:  3 mile treadmill run
Total:  19.3 miles


Baby Stuff

Today is THE day!  Yes, we’ve had the envelop in our possession since 12 weeks, but we wanted to wait until our 20 week anatomy scan to make it official.  It’s been fun guessing, although I’m happy Matt will be done teasing me that he’s already looked.  Punk.  But, I just can’t wait to put a he or she to this little baby!

I’m still leaning more toward boy – that was my feeling in the beginning and has been more recently, but I would definitely be happy either way.  I already have a girl, so I’m comfortable with raising another (strong-willed) one, but a boy will be a nice challenge.  Matt keeps saying girl, but mostly because he doesn’t want to get his hopes up that it’s a boy.  He really wants a boy, but I definitely can see him as a daddy to girls.  He is GREAT with MacKenna!  There’s not too many guys out there who will sing Frozen, have tea parties, and play with baby dolls like my wonderful hubby does.

So, what do you think?  #pinkorblue?  I won’t be posting our gender reveal pictures (which is actually how we are finding out – no big party or anything) until next week, but I most likely will post them on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter, so make sure you follow me if you can’t wait another week!  And tell me, what do you think?  #pinkorblue? #boyorgirl?

P1250611MacKenna said she has a baby in her belly.  And that the baby is a girl and she wants a sister.  Really, she still has NO idea how much her life is going to change…

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good news/bad news

Good news:  Volleyball started this week.  So far, things have been going pretty well.  We have had a great turnout so far and we should have some decent talent this year.  I’m definitely missing my seniors from last year (they were too good to be true), but my team this year has some good promise!

Bad news:  Volleyball started this week.  I went from feeling so relaxed last week to feeling completely overwhelmed with everything I need to get done.  Not just volleyball stuff (although that is a lot of it) but school stuff too.  I’ve been spending my afternoons locked up in my office writing lesson plans so that I’m on top of everything to start the year off right.  Plus, I’ll need good lessons for my sub in the spring while I’m on maternity leave.

Volleyball Warmup

I’m the one walking on the right side – I had no idea my AD took this picture until I saw it posted on Facebook.

Good news:  I started a new endeavor this week.  I was talking to my friend Elena this past weekend about how much we miss the fitness world.  I really miss motivating people and helping them achieve their goals.  Because really, there’s nothing better than seeing people make progress toward their goals.  Teaching is one thing, but the fitness world is totally different.  So, we both decided to jump in and become a Beachbody coach!  So far, I have absolutely LOVED my PiYo Challenge and can’t wait to start a challenge of my own in the next month or so.  I would LOVE for you to join me, either as a coach or in one of my challenges!  Feel free to email me (klvanhorn [at] gmail [dot] com) if you have any questions or want to tag along with me!

Bad news:  This is totally not a bad thing, but it’s just another thing to add to my already busy schedule.  Between school starting up, coaching, being a mommy + wife, being pregnant, taking grad classes (only 1 this semester), and now Beachbody, I’m certainly going to have my hands full!

Good news:  MacKenna is sleeping again!  Woohoo!  Not only is she not crying (maybe a few little whimpers when we leave her room), but she’s also sleeping through the night!  It’s amazing how much better my mood is when I’m actually getting some sleep!

Bad news:  OK, so she’s sleeping, but she’s sleeping on the floor in her room.  We tell her goodnight in her bed, but as soon as we close the door, she moves her pillow, blanket, blankie, and “babies” to the floor in front of the door and sleeps there the rest of the night.  It’s definitely not ideal, but for right now, we will take it.  I don’t really know how to get her to sleep in her bed again, except if we leave her door open, but I’m afraid that with 4 of us walking past her door multiple times every night, she wouldn’t stay asleep.  And, we’re moving again soon so we know that’ll be another transition for her to get use to.

Video Monitor

Good news:  Matt got to feel the baby kick a few days ago!  Seriously, it is absolutely my favorite part of being pregnant.  I love the reassurance, but I also feel like I’m connecting to the baby, like he/she can feel me and know that I’m patting my belly.  And I’m starting to feel the kicks up much higher now too!  LOVE IT!

Bad news:  I’ve been so busy this week that I don’t feel the kicks throughout the day, unless I’m sitting.  My favorite part of the day (after spending time with MacKenna, of course) is laying in bed with my hand on my belly, feeling the baby kick.  Can’t wait until he/she is kicking a little harder so I can feel it all the time!

Good news:  And the best news of all… WE HAVE A CLOSING DATE FOR OUR NEW HOUSE!  Um, can you tell I’m excited!  As of Monday, they have most of our flooring in, the driveway + patio are poured, and the kitchen cabinets are sitting in the garage, waiting to be put in.  AHHHH!  I’m so freaking excited!

Bad news:  We close at possible the worst time of my volleyball schedule.  Our closing day is a Monday, I have 2 games that week (which is actually better than my usual 3), and my first tournament the Saturday after we close.  Boo.  But, we figure since we’re not paying rent and don’t have an “eviction” date, we can take our time moving in.  The goal is to have MacKenna’s birthday party there in October (and have her room completely setup before we move her in), so we have a few weeks to get everything into the house and then eventually unpacked.


Standing at the back of the house in the living room/cafe area, kitchen is on the left (the half wall is a breakfast bar), stairs to the basement on the right with the dining room/play room directly behind that.

I think I’m going to be busy for awhile… if you don’t hear from me as often, you know what happened.  But, I’m planning on still at least doing my weekly pregnancy post and hopefully one more post each week, depending on how busy I am.  So stick with me, “like” my page on Facebook, and follow me on Instagram and Twitter so we can continue to stay connected and you can see pictures of MacKenna, the bump, and our new house!  (PS – You want to do those things because you’ll find out if Baby #2 is a boy or girl there first!)

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