39 weeks with baby #2

39 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

To recap, I had an ultrasound on Tuesday to get an estimate on the baby’s weight. The ultrasound tech estimated a 7.1 pound baby, but there’s a 1 pound error, making it possible that the baby was measuring around 8 pounds. When my OB heard 7 pounds, she didn’t believe it. Even when feeling around my belly, she said there was no way this was just a 7 pound baby, it has to be bigger. She gave us the option of inducing the baby any day beginning this Friday (39 weeks + 1 day). I think we’ve decided on being induced on the due date (February 5th), which means it’s possible that the baby could be upwards of 9.5 pounds. Eek! Fingers crossed he/she decides to arrive before then!

How far along? 39 weeks
Total weight gain: 
18 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes, silly.
Stretch marks? Meh, just a few.
Sleep: A head cold has kept me from breathing normally while sleeping, but I’m trying to get the best nights sleep that I can, knowing it will all end very soon. 
Best moment this week: 
Seeing the baby via ultrasound, even though it was hard to see since he/she is so big!
Miss Anything? Running around with Liam.
Movement: This baby is going to kick it’s way out…on my right side only.
Food cravings: Mint chocolate chip ice cream. So much ice cream.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really.
Gender: It’s a surprise! And I can’t wait to find out! So soon.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions, but almost 2 cm dilated and 85% effaced.
Symptoms: Feeling heavy, pressure in the pelvis.
Belly Button in or out? Flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting loosely.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Having an induction date, baby is coming within the week!

39 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

39 weeks compared to when I was pregnant with Liam:

39 weeks pregnant comparison with two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

 

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sisterhood of motherhood

I’m honored to be a Sisterhood of Motherhood partner, a sponsored blog partner this year and I’m excited to share what the partnership is all about below!

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As you know, I’m due to deliver baby #2 any day now. It’s going to be such an exciting year experiencing life as a mom of two and getting to experience and share all things about new motherhood all over again. The timing of this new journey couldn’t be more perfect. It also coincides with the beginning of a new initiative from Similac called the Sisterhood of Motherhood.

The overall theme of the Sisterhood of Motherhood is to encourage one another in our journeys of motherhood instead of judging one another. I’ll be working with Similac throughout the entire year bringing you real, relatable and fun content and inspiration. We have a lot of amazing things in store to share with you. I can’t wait to get started!

Without further adieu, here’s the very cute and relatable introduction video to the Sisterhood of Motherhood:

Here’s the link to the video, too.

To get more updates and inspiration, like Similac’s Sisterhood of Motherhood on Facebook and follow the hashtag #SisterhoodUnite throughout the year!

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This post was sponsored by Similac and has partnered with bloggers like myself for its Sisterhood of Motherhood program. As a part of this program, I have received compensation for my time, but all opinions are my own. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
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38 weeks with baby #2

38 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 
17 pounds
Maternity clothes? Why, of course.
Stretch marks? Hardly any.
Sleep: This week’s been a little more challenging. Liam hasn’t been sleeping well and I wake up every time I hear him. 
Best moment this week: 
Spending time playing on the beach with Liam, savoring every moment of only childhood as possible.
Miss Anything? Wearing normal pants without feeling like I’m squishing the baby. Even my maternity pants are feeling a little tight lately.
Movement: Sooo much movement.
Food cravings: Chocolateeee!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Can’t drink lattes, but I like coffee. Weird.
Gender: It’s a surprise! And I can’t wait to find out!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions, but 0.5 cm dilation.
Symptoms: Feeling heavy.
Belly Button in or out? Flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting loosely. So grateful to not swell during pregnancy!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: An ultrasound on Tuesday to see just how big baby is…could I possibly be induced again?!

38 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How it compares to 38 weeks with baby #1:

38 weeks pregnant comparision between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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37 weeks with baby #2

37 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 37 weeks
Total weight gain: 
16 pounds…weird, even with the ice cream and brownies I lost a pound.
Maternity clothes? Yes, and I refuse to purchase any more winter maternity clothes since we’re so close to the due date…so I’m basically living in the same three outfits.
Stretch marks? Hardly any.
Sleep: Sleep is good considering my size and back pain. However, the nightly back massages from my husband help me fall asleep with ease. Now, I just need to get to bed earlier to get a full night’s sleep before Liam wakes up!
Best moment this week: 
Crossing a ton off my to-do list, making me feel more relaxed about baby coming soon.
Miss Anything? Walking without pain…better yet, I miss sweating via running!
Movement: We’ve definitely got an active baby. Sometimes his/her kicks take my breath away!
Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but this week we’ve eaten a lot of Italian food. :D
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really…just not into coffee any more. Pass the tea, please!
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions, but no dilation.
Symptoms: Back pain, sciatic nerve pain decided to pop back in, general heaviness.
Belly Button in or out? Flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting loosely. So grateful to not swell during pregnancy!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, despite the constant rain and cloudiness here!
Looking forward to: Savoring these last few weeks before baby comes.

37 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

37 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

Compared to being 37 weeks with Liam!

37 weeks pregnant comparision | crackersandcarrots.com

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36 weeks with baby #2

36 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 36 weeks
Total weight gain: 
17 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes, of course.
Stretch marks? Minimal.
Sleep: With the exception that I flip from one side to the other all night long because my hips hurt and my thighs fall asleep, I’m sleeping exceptionally well! I rarely get up to go to the bathroom, too. I’m pretty sure it’s because I’m working like a man woman all day long and I’m just plain exhausted by bed time.
Best moment this week: 
Spending time with family for New Years.
Miss Anything? More time. I know it’s not something I can get back, but I’m frantically working to get things wrapped up before the baby comes that I’m neglecting to reflect that I’m pregnant, get extra cuddles with Liam and spend quality time with Logan. Sigh. Time is flying.
Movement: Yes, lots…to the point where I’m not concerned about counting kicks. Oh, and the hiccups are crazy often, too.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular. I’m a sucker for grapefruits and chocolate. Not together.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, but I have been not into coffee again. Weird.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks contractions are becoming more frequent and stronger.
Symptoms: Back pain, (heartburn is gone thanks to daily Prevacid) and leg cramps.
Belly Button in or out? Oh, it’s flat alright.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally (I actually thought I had lost one of my rings just the other day because it slide off my finger unnoticed!).
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but terrified of everything I have to do before baby comes.
Looking forward to: Checking things off my to-do list and enjoy some date nights this week, since it’s Charleston’s Restaurant Week!

36 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

 

How I feel:

36 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

And how I compare to my first pregnancy at 36 weeks:

36 weeks pregnancy comparisons | crackersandcarrots.com

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35 weeks with baby #2

35 weeks pregnant | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain:
 14 pounds (gained two this week, thanks to the holidays…oops)
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Stretch marks? Just a few.
Sleep: With the holiday, baby sprinkle, new years, prepping for baby, finishing house projects and work projects and having a toddler who is refusing nap times, I’m exhausted. No time to sleep!
Best moment this week: 
A wonderful Baby Sprinkle with friends and family on Saturday.
Miss Anything? Standing up without feeling so heavy.
Movement: Indeed. Lots and lots of activity in there. This baby likes to gab my ribs and hip bones!
Food cravings: With all of the holiday goodies, I’m just craving raw fruits and vegetables!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, thank goodness!
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: Nope, just your typical Braxton Hicks contractions…getting stronger!
Symptoms: The normal aches and pains of pregnancy, but manageable.
Belly Button in or out? Almost flat!
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally (I actually thought I had lost one of my rings just the other day because it slide off my finger unnoticed!).
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, but terrified of everything I have to do before baby comes.
Looking forward to: The countdown to baby arriving! Lots to do!

35 weeks pregnant | crackersandcarrots.com

Compared to being 35 weeks pregnant with baby #1:

35 weeks pregnant comparison between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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34 weeks with baby #2

34 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.comI turned 34 weeks on Christmas Day!

How far along? 34 weeks
Total weight gain:
 12 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Stretch marks? Minor ones, mainly from my last pregnancy.
Sleep: Didn’t get much sleep this week on account of the holiday prep.  
Best moment this week: 
Celebrating Christmas with family. I turned 34 weeks on Christmas Day!
Miss Anything? My brain slowing down because time is going by too fast!
Movement: This baby is just as active as Liam was. I’m in trouble. ;-)
Food cravings: Anything that I don’t have to get in the kitchen to make, especially home cooked meals.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. Phew!
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: Nope, just your typical Braxton Hicks contractions…getting stronger and longer!
Symptoms: Back pain, tiredness, heartburn (treated with Prevacid).
Belly Button in or out? Almost flat!
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: The Baby Sprinkle on Saturday!

34 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

 

Compared to being 34 weeks pregnant with baby #1:

34 weeks pregnancy comparison | crackersandcarrots.comI feel like I’m carrying the same with this pregnancy, but I guess it does look a little lower (but that could be the slightly different angle). Who knows. The general public’s consensus is that I’m having a girl based on how I’m carrying. We’ll see!

 

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a formula history lesson

It’s a history lesson on the heritage of Similac! I’m honored to be a Similac Strong Moms Ambassador, a sponsored blog partner, this year.

I’m not much of a history buff, but when it comes to knowing where your baby’s food is coming from, I like to be as educated as possible. That’s why I’m excited to share with you a little bit of history on Similac. You see, it all started on a ship in the 1920s by a doctor who wanted to create a feeding solution for mothers to give their children. Similac then went on to produce the first formula with iron to solve the common problem of anemia in babies who were exclusively formula-fed. And as time progressed, they created specialized formulas for infants with special feeding needs, including low-birth-weight and premature needs. And that is all since 1978!

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Probably my favorite part about Similac is the fact that Abbott (the parent company) has a long history of providing breastfeeding education materials to mothers and healthcare professionals. The company has also partnered with organizations to help develop and promote breastfeeding programs. The company supports breastfeeding education, while also supporting mom’s right to choose infant feeding that is most appropriate for her family. Perfect balance, if you ask me!

Here’s a pretty interesting timeline of how it all came to be:

  • 1925: Similac introduces its first milk-based infant formula
  • 1951: Similac introduces concentrated liquid infant formula in the U.S., the first infant formula available in a form other than powder in the U.S.
  • 1959: Similac introduces the first iron-fortified formula in the U.S.
  • 1978: Similac introduces the first iron-fortified formula for premature and low-birth-weight infants
  • 1994: Similac introduces the first formula in the U.S. specially designed for premature babies after hospital discharge
  • 2006: Similac introduces the first certified USDA organic infant formula by a major formula brand
  • 2008: Similac introduces the first formula that included a blend of prebiotics, nucleotides and carotenoids found in breast milk
  • 2013: Similac introduces its first formula with partially broken-down protein for easy digestion in babies with feeding issues
  • 2013: Similac introduces the first infant formula designed for breastfeeding moms who choose to supplement

Here’s a visual, too:

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I ended up supplementing with Liam because he was spitting up so much of my breastmilk. I couldn’t keep up with him and having that extra bottle every day comforted me to know that he was getting a full belly and the nutrition he needed. I’m interested to see how breastfeeding baby #2 in a few weeks goes! This time I’m not afraid of supplementing. You do what you have to do and you do what’s best for you and your baby. That’s what I love most about Similac’s mission….they agree with that wholeheartedly.

Cheers to healthy and fully babies!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, Similac provides a free feeding and nutrition resource where registered nurses, registered dietitians and third-party lactation consultants are available to answer questions about infant formula or breastfeeding Just call the Feeding Experts at (1-800-986-8800).

This post was sponsored by Similac and has partnered with bloggers like myself for its Strong Moms Ambassador program. As a part of this program, I have received compensation for my time, but all opinions are my own. Similac believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Similac’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. Please read my disclosure policy for further information.
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33 weeks with baby #2

33 weeks with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 33 weeks
Total weight gain:
 11.5 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes.
Stretch marks? Just a few.
Sleep: I toss and turn a lot, mainly because my back hurts or the baby decides that’s the best time to do it’s exercises.  
Best moment this week: 
Transitioning Liam to a BIG BOY BED and he’s doing great (2 nights and 2 nap times without even attempting to get out!)
Miss Anything? The ease of putting on my shoes and shaving my legs.
Movement: You wouldn’t believe it. I need to take a video of how crazy my stomach is when the baby is moving around.
Food cravings: Chocolate, especially M&Ms and Haagen Daz Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream. Yum!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, thank goodness!
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: Nope, just your typical Braxton Hicks contractions…getting stronger!
Symptoms: Back pain.
Belly Button in or out? Almost flat!
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting loose. I blame the cold weather.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Sisters coming into town and celebrating Christmas with the family. I’ll turn 34 weeks on Christmas day!

33 weeks with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

33 weeks compared with 33 weeks with baby #1:

33 weeks comparision between the two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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32 weeks with baby #2

32 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain:
 11 pounds, baby!
Maternity clothes? It’s all I wear.
Stretch marks? Just a few.
Sleep: Blah, I’m having a harder time sleeping because of back pain.  
Best moment this week: 
Spending time with my husband on our babymoon.
Miss Anything? Being about to keep up with Liam…he runs.
Movement: It’s a circus in there.
Food cravings: Freaking ice cream!?! Looks like I have my sweet tooth back!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Back pain.
Belly Button in or out? Almost flat!
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting perfectly normal.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: (And TERRIFIED of) Liam making the transition to a ‘big boy bed’ this weekend!

32 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

Compared with 32 weeks with baby #1:

32 weeks pregnant comparision between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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