Pregnancy Update: 2nd Trimester (20 weeks)

Photo by the super talented Brendan Nogue Photography

As I write this, I am currently 20 weeks pregnant and baby is kicking away-we have officially hit the half way mark. Crazy!
Time has flown by and I can only imagine it will continue to speed up as we get closer to the due date.

The photo above was taken at 17 weeks by our good friend and photographer, Brendan Nogue, as part of family photos I had done for my moms birthday. We have done a few sessions with him over the past few years, and they are always so much fun and create the best memories. I highly recommend his talent!

Without further delay...here is my second trimester pregnancy update

How far along: 20 weeks and 3 days

Weight gain: 1 pound to date. Which is funny, as Baby is weighing in at almost a pound. My doctor says babies are like parasites and take what they need to keep themselves healthy and happy.
So no concerns, apparently! I am sure I will balloon up at the end ;)

Baby size:  Approx. 10 inches crown to heel (size of a Mango, length of a banana according to the many apps out there)

Maternity clothes: Purchased some maternity leggings and one pair of jeans. Hallelujah! Normal pants sit in just the wrong spot and make for a very uncomfortable day. All my tops and dresses tend to be a bit blousy and still all fit.

Growing Pains: Lower back pain has been bothering me lately. Yoga seems to help.

Sleep: Not great lately. I blame that on our new puppy and 3 am potty times, not the baby (More on puppy soon!)

Least favourite moment:  Forgetfulness! I feel like such a dummy, I can't remember the simplest things and keep getting appointments and dates mixed up.

Favourite moment: Feeling the baby kick for the time. Such a neat feeling! We were in Phoenix on holidays laying at the pool, and I took a sip of pop and POW! there it was. It felt a lot stronger in that first week (week 16), and almost felt like tapping or poking. Now it's a little less noticeable, and feels more like a rolling sensation.

Miss anything: Nothing lately. Life is so full and busy, it's hard to stop and think what you are missing out on

Movement:  Tons! (See above favourite moment)
Mostly at night and the early morning. Baby loves to kick after any sweets-orange juice, apples, candy-but not chocolate. Also gets feisty when it hears the puppy barking.

Food cravings: Sweets, like fruits, smoothies, candies. Grilled cheese sandwiches.

Sickness: None.

Moods: I thought I was doing pretty well, all things considered, until my husband made a comment that the first trimester was a bit touchy-haha. Looking back, I definitely had a few moments but all is good now.  

Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery, getting into a pre-natal clinic (the one I had hoped for is fully booked until April 2015!), Introducing puppy and baby in a few short months! Our new pup met our friends 3 month old and loved her. What more can you hope for?! :)

 
Baby butt & leg at 19 weeks
 
 

Nursery Inspiration

We are officially a few weeks into living at our new place and absolutely love it!
I keep saying it feels like living in mansion, moving from 800 sq ft to almost 1800.

There are still boxes in every room, waiting to be unpacked. As I slowly make my way through them, I keep reminding myself of my "reward" once I am done the other rooms....tackling the nursery!
But that hasn't stopped me from daydreaming!

Since we are not finding out the sex, I want a very soft and completely gender neutral nursery. The walls are currently a soft yellow-green, which will remain the same. Accent colours will most likely be in greys and taupe's to match the rest of the house.

The "theme" will be birds and baby owls, and I am already scheming up a few DIY's to personalize the space. Can't wait to share how it turns out in a few months, but in the meantime, here is my inspiration board:


Bird Mobile: Etsy
Prints: Etsy
Stuffy: Indigo
Owl lamp: Urban Barn
 

Book Club

This book club post is going to be all about...you guessed it...baby books!

Before we started trying, I picked up a few books to get a head start on "research" (Can you tell I am Type A, or what?). Here are a few of the books I have read before and during my pregnancy so far.


A friend lent this book to me when she found out I was expecting, and I have to say it is really neat! It goes day by day (obviously) with neat facts, medical info, what to expect and photos of the developing fetus. It's fun to pop open every once in awhile, to check in on what your baby is up to :)

This is a book that another mommy friend recommended to me. I had a few questions and was generally interested in learning more about breastfeeding, so I picked it up. I have to say after reading a few chapters, it isn't for me.  It definitely leans more towards the natural, at home birth method and exclusive breastfeeding tone (which is fine, but sometimes came across as preachy). I stopped reading the book after it mentioned how wild animals lick their babies clean and that human mothers should do the same. Um, No thanks ; )


These are hands down my favourite Pregnancy and Baby books. I picked up the pregnancy book before I was expecting and devoured it. I love that it comes from a very practical, medical standpoint and never felt preachy, or 'too much information' at all. Some pregnancy books can almost be a little alarmist with all the information they throw at you. Not the case with this one.

Personally, I am a bit more easy going about the pregnancy side of things than the thought of raising a tiny human, so the "Baby's first year" was a great start to feeling a little more prepared. It has been a huge help in learning more about what to expect that important first year. I know I will refer to it often once our kiddo arrives


This one is for my other baby on the way...my fur baby!
Bernedoodles are a relatively new dog breed, and this Canadian breeder has so many fun stories and great tips on how to care and raise them.

Can you believe our little pup arrives in less than 2 weeks?! I am SO excited