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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baby bump #2: 19 weeks

Excuse me while I go cry for a little bit as today is my first day back to work after a glorious 2 months off (what happened to June, July, AND August off for teachers?!).  OK, so I’m not really back to work, but today is the first day of volleyball.  And I’m already stressed out about it.  Goodbye extra time for the next 10 weeks…

Anyway, on to the good stuff – how’s that baby doing?!

19 weeks with MacKenna

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks

17 weeks

18 weeks


Pregnancy - 19 weeks

When we went to take that picture yesterday, my mom commented that I looked smaller this week than last week.  I’m telling you guys, maternity clothes emphasize the bump.  I feel HUGE (to me) in maternity clothes, but regular clothes, I totally forget I’m pregnant sometimes.  Until I try to squeeze between the grocery cart and checkout counter and remember that I have a little extra to work with.


Hello exhaustion, again.  Most, in part, to that darling toddler of mine, who, by the way, is sleeping much better.  (Now, if anyone could help me figure out how to get her to sleep in her bed again instead of on the floor, I would totally appreciate it.)  Other than that, and crazy, hormonal mood swings, I’ve felt pretty good this week.

The past few days, my appetite has been really off.  I think most of it is from my long run on Saturday.  And the fact that all I want are drippy, dippy eggs for breakfast.  So, I’ve had cottage cheese and tomato every day in the morning this week (along with a few smoothies).  But, I feel like my nutrition is pretty much on track, thanks to the accountability of my PiYo Challenge group.


I didn’t get in nearly as much PiYo as I was planning since Kenna was up extra early this week and barely napped and Matt was back at work.  But, my runs went well, even though half of them were pushing the jogging stroller.

Monday:  3 mile stroller run + PiYo
Tuesday:  5 mile run
Wednesday:  3 mile stroller run
Thursday:  4 mile stroller run
Friday:  3 mile run + PiYo
Saturday:  6 mile run
Total:  24 miles


Baby Stuff

Well, I made our first purchases for Baby #2 this past week!  There are only a few things that I really feel that we NEED for a second baby, and unfortunately, most of those things are expensive, but important for a mother of two.  Here’s my short list:

Double jogging stroller
Another baby monitor
Bigger diaper bag
Nursery bedding + decor
More/new cloth diapers

Like I said, there’s not much we necessarily need since we have kept everything from Kenna.  (Of course, if we have a boy – which I still think we’re having – we will need clothes.)  But, these things will make our life much easier.

So, this week, I knocked 2 of those things off the list.  With MacKenna not sleeping well (better, but not ideal), we really feel like we need a video monitor to keep an eye on her.  We currently have an Angelcare monitor with a motion sensor that is completely pointless right now since she’s not sleeping in her bed (an alarm goes off after there isn’t movement for 30 seconds).  So, I “splurged” and bought a Foscam video monitor on Amazon.  It’s not a baby monitor, but for $65 with Prime (woo!) that can zoom, tilt/pan, 2-way voice, and I use it through my iPhone, I couldn’t pass it up.  (This is the article that sold me on it…)  Plus, we would rather use the motion sensor on the baby since we know the baby won’t be getting out of bed for the first 2 or 3 years – and we are totally paranoid about SIDS and want something that will tell us if he/she stops breathing.

I also went out and bought a new diaper bag!  I absolutely LOVED Kenna’s diaper bag – it was purple and sporty and fit her stuff pretty well.  But, with 2 kiddos (hopefully Kenna will be potty trained by that time, but I won’t hold my breath), it just wasn’t going to work for going to the babysitter.  My mom gave me her 20% off at Babies R Us for a monitor, but since I found one on Amazon, I bought this Fischer Price diaper bag (the same one my SIL has for my nephew) instead.

diaper bag

It’s HUGE, has easy access to wipes, and the zipper part stays open.  It can not only hold our big, bulky cloth diapers, but snacks, toys, and even has a “cooler” for bottles.  Gosh, I love bags a little too much.  Almost as much as I love shoes…

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