baby bump #2: 25 weeks

Sorry for my lack of posting last week.  It’s been a crazy busy couple of weeks, with volleyball (I’m sooooo over having games 3 nights a week) and our impending move.  But, the good news is:  IT’S CLOSING DAY!  That’s right!  We close on our house today!!!!!!!  Can you tell I’m just a little excited?!  We had our pre-closing walk through last week and we are headed back to the house today for a quick closing walk through to make sure they took care of all the last minute things we asked them to do.  I wish I could say that we were also moving in today, but since I have games the next 2 nights, the move will have to wait until the weekend (when I have my first tournament, of course).  But, it looks absolutely fantastic!  Tons of natural light, a big kitchen, and a playroom for the kiddos (which will go back to being the dining room it was intended to be once they hit puberty).  I cannot wait to show you the finished product!

Anyway, on to other important things…


Pregnancy - 25 weeks

I had my 24 weeks checkup last Friday.  Everything seems great according to the doctor.  I didn’t ask for any measurements – no weight, no fundal height, not even the heart beat.  It just really didn’t seem to important.  With MacKenna, she honestly didn’t even measure my fundal height until I was probably 32 weeks, so I was pretty surprised when she did it.  I looked at my weight when they weighed me, but I had a hoodie and running shoes on, so I’m sure the throws it off at least a little bit, right?  I’m not concerned though.  I’m pretty sure I’ve gained more so far than I did with Kenna at this point, but I’m OK with that.  I still feel good and he seems to be happy and healthy, so that’s all that really matters.


Nothing really too new this week.  I’m tired, of course.  My heartburn has been a little better, except for one night after eating pasta.  I only had leg cramps one night this week – SCORE!  And I’ve been sleeping fairly well.  Some pubic symphisis pain as the week went on, but after an adjustment by the chiropractor, it felt much better.  So, I’m sitting pretty at this point.  I give it about 2 more weeks – once I hit the 3rd trimester, all bets are off.


I had a really great week of workouts this week!  Did I get in everything I wanted to this week?  No, but I adjusted and gave my body what it was asking for – sleep – while also getting in some good workouts.  It’s all about compromise and just listening to what my body needs right now.  It’s difficult getting out of the mindset that I need to get a certain amount of miles in or run a certain amount of days, but I’m trying really hard to just go with the flow and not worry about it.

Monday:  4 mile run
Tuesday:  2 mile treadmill run (opted for some extra sleep)
Wednesday:  PiYo Strength Intervals
Thursday:  4 mile run
Friday:  2.5 mile treadmill run + PiYo Lower Body
Saturday:  rest day
Sunday:  5 mile run
Total:  17.5 miles


Baby Stuff

I wish I could say that I had a ton of baby stuff to talk about, but quite honestly, everything that I could say that is baby related probably deserves a post of it’s own.  I’ve been trying not to spend too much time on baby stuff outside of these weekly posts since I don’t want my blog to be too baby heavy, but I know that discussions about first vs. second child/pregnancy, labor and birth options, boy vs. girl, timing of children would all probably be too lengthy to post here.

I feel like I’m sort of to the point in this pregnancy where things are easy.  My appointments are all 15 minutes or less (even my glucose test which I did this past week) and just aren’t too exciting.  There are no showers to look forward to and the nursery isn’t going to happen until closer to due date.  Boring, right?

Matt’s grandma did bring up a good point today.  Matt was a preemie, born right around this time in his mom’s pregnancy.  His grandma told him today that he needed to start talking to Moose about staying put until it’s really time.  It is crazy to think that in reality, this child could make his appearance at any time.  I mean, the likelihood of that happening is pretty small, but it definitely made it seem a little more real.  So, we’re just going to keep praying that he follows in his big sister’s footsteps and decides to Mama’s womb is too comfy and wants to stay in there as long as possible.

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baby bump #2: 24 weeks

24 weeks marks 6 months, right?  Whoa.  Crazy.


Pregnancy - 24 weeks

Wow, it’s amazing what 3 years difference looks like.  I look like a baby with MacKenna.  At least I feel like I’ve aged well…

No big changes this week.  Still feeling rather large, although my bump looks about the same size as it did with MacKenna.  I had a student tell me the other day that I was still so skinny.  She’s my new favorite student!  Ha!  I did take advantage of actually looking pregnant the other day by parking in the “new and expectant mother” parking spot at the grocery store.  It was more out of convenience since I had MacKenna with me and I was only going in to pick up my prescription.  I always feel bad parking there though since I know that I am perfectly capable to holding a child and walking into a store without the convenience of parking close.  But, I’ll take advantage of it while I can, especially once Moose arrives in a few months.


Besides my constant exhaustion, I’ve had a few new symptoms pop up this week.  One of them being heartburn – as I am sitting here writing this with massive indigestion.  Yuck.  I hated that part with MacKenna.  Looks like I’ll be investing in some Tums for the next few months.

The other one:  massive calf cramps in the middle of the night.  I can feel them through my hamstring with severe pain in my calf and into my foot.  They only last for about a minute, but I shoot up out of bed, writhing in pain until it relaxes.  I actually wake up sore in the morning, that’s how bad they get.  My chiropractor worked on some of my trigger points this weekend, so I’m hoping they become less frequent.  Four times in one week is more than enough.  Thankfully, I can usually go right back to sleep after.


I felt pretty good this week running.  Ankle pain is pretty much gone, and besides one morning with a really sloshy stomach from dehydration (that’s what I get for forgetting to fill up my water before a late volleyball game this week) that caused me to walk more than usual, my runs went good.  I skipped my PiYo workout one morning because sleep seemed a little more mandatory at the time.  Oops…

Monday:  4 mile easy run
Tuesday:  3 mile treadmill run + PiYo strength intervals
Wednesday:  PiYo sweat
Thursday:  4 mile easy run
Friday:  2.5 mile treadmill run
Saturday:  rest day (due to rain and Matt having a track meet)
Sunday:  5 mile long run
Total:  18.5 miles


Baby Stuff

Today is our final walkthrough at the new house!  And we close a week from today!  Which means time to start thinking about his nursery!  For awhile, I was going for a gender neutral room, but decided to go with something he can grow into a little bit more.  So, I am planning an gray, orange, and navy themed nursery.  My mom actually found the PERFECT nursery bedding set on Etsy, with a bunch of different patterns.  I LOVE it and can’t wait to get all settled in to the new house and get his nursery ready.  But, Kenna’s big girl room is the first priority, since she will actually be the one living there first.

Have I mentioned that we also have a name (we think)?!  But, until he is born, he will be known as Moose, although I do have to catch myself time to time from saying his actual name aloud.  It’s driving my mom crazy that we won’t tell anyone, but we want to leave something a surprise!  He’s also gotten 2 more outfits from Gigi (my mom) and an adorable pair of Under Armor shoes (size 4, so Kenna could actually wear them right now) from one of my assistant coaches.  I love little baby shoes!  Too cute!

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tales of our (almost) 3 year old

Sorry I’m not sorry for all the kiddo talk this week.  In honor of Munchkin Meals this week, I thought I would not only update you on MacKenna’s eating habits, but also how all things toddler have been going.  Let’s just say, this child will do everything in her own time…


Thankfully, this is the thing that is going well.  I don’t know if it’s a growth spurt or if we’re just learning how to feed her better, but MacKenna has been eating great!  Does she (we) always make the best choices?  Um, no.  She’s still as picky as ever.  But, she is eating much better than she had been just a few months ago.

Breakfasts are usually something that she can eat on the couch while watching Mickey Mouse or Bubble Guppies.  Lately, we’ve been loving strawberry Nutrigrain bars and Special K strawberry pastries.  She also is just like her mama and loves dry cereal as well.  Many days she will also drink part of a smoothie with either me or Matt (usually Matt, since he’s the one who takes her in the morning, at least for the next couple weeks until we move to the new house).

The babysitter claims that all Kenna does all day is eat, which I totally believe since she tends to be a snacker.  While at the sitter, she eats anything from hamburger to pizza to salami sandwiches – things we can only beg her to eat for us.  Our weekend lunches tend to be more mix-and-match:  lots of salami, cheese, fruit, avocado, and yogurt.  She will sit there for a good 45 minutes eating too.  I’ll take it though!


We’re getting better at dinner, but they are still a struggle most days.  We try to get her to eat what we are eating (who am I kidding, Matt and I have barely had a meal together in the past 2 weeks), but it’s usually slightly different.  We usually end up putting a few different food items on her tray and tell her that she has to eat everything on her tray before she can get down.  It works most days, even if we don’t give her more incentive than that, like dessert or a sucker.


Thankfully, MacKenna’s sleeping has improved, but it’s still far from what it used to be before we went on vacation.  For awhile, we could only get her to sleep on the floor, but we were totally OK with that, as long as she was sleeping.  However, after returning to the babysitter, she is back to sleeping in her bed.  Woohoo!  Love our sitter!

Video Monitor

But, even with that, there is usually at least one night a week where she wakes up in the middle of the night, screaming to let her out of her room because she wants to cuddle.  This is where our sleep training is coming in the most.  We let her cry for 5 minutes (sorry Mom + Dad) and then go back in and put her back in bed.  Usually after that, she falls back asleep, but sometimes it takes another 10 minutes of letting her cry and tucking her back in before she settles down.  When you’re only getting 5 to 6 hours of sleep in the first place, middle of the night wakeups are not my favorite.

Naps on the weekend have also been a struggle.  I blame it on her missing us during the week and getting to spend her weekends with us.  She’ll be fine until we walk out of the room, and then she’ll start crying.  Again, we pull out the good ol’ sleep training we’ve been doing, and many times she ends up sleeping on the floor.  I don’t mind this as much except that her naps are not nearly the 2 hours we used to get out of her, which, for me, is frustrating, just because I always have work (homework specifically) to do on the weekends.  I’m hoping that she’s starting to at least get used to us being away so much and that her weekend naps will get better.


Well, we gave up potty training over the summer, but our babysitter (again, she’s awesome) promised she would have her trained by the time Moose arrives, if not by her 3rd birthday next month.  She started training (re-training) her about 2 weeks ago with the other 2 year old there, and Kenna is still holding out.  I think what’s frustrating is that I know she knows what to do.  She’s peed and pooped on the toilet before, she knows when she’s poopy, but she refuses to actually go in the potty.  I don’t know if she’s just scared to do it or if she’s just being the strong-willed child that she is and just trying to make life difficult.

The babysitter asked about pullups, but I told her that she just treats them like a diaper.  So, we are going to start sending underwear this week.  It makes me nervous because she would hold everything until we would put a diaper on her this summer.  I’m not about ready to go through another bout of constipation with her, but I also really, really want to have a month or two without a child in diapers.  (Side note:  if anyone is looking to sell some of their gently used cloth diapers, we are looking to purchase some in the next few months.)


I know she’ll get there and that she won’t go to Kindergarten wearing diapers, but I’m just hoping it’s sooner rather than later.  I know she will do it in her own time – that’s been her life so far, right?  I know all mama’s of strong-willed children can relate…

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