32 weeks with baby #2

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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!

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Compared with 32 weeks with baby #1:

32 weeks pregnant comparision between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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31 weeks with baby #2

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Better late than never, I turned 31 weeks last Thursday (December 4th) and was in a mad rush to get things done before our babymoon! Thankfully, we took photos on the day. :)

How far along? 31 weeks
Total weight gain:
 Stayed the same this week with 9 pounds total.
Maternity clothes? Of course, that and I spend as much time as possible in my yoga pants and husband’s t-shirts.
Stretch marks? Just a couple.
Sleep: I seem to be rising earlier and earlier every day. I blame my back pain.
Best moment this week: 
Buying a couch for our living room!
Miss Anything? Being able to walk without feeling like I need to carry my belly around.
Movement: Oh yes. We’ve got an active little one! I’m in trouble. ;-)
Food cravings: Since my sweet tooth is back…pancakes for breakfast!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: The Braxon Hicks contractions and back pain. I took OB-approved medicine (Prevacid) to get rid of the 24 hr heartburn I was having. It made me a new woman!
Belly Button in or out? In, but on the verge of being flat.
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Going on our babymoon!

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Compared with 31 weeks with baby #1:

31 weeks pregnant comparision between pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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30 weeks with baby #2

30 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 30 weeks
Total weight gain:
 Four weeks ago it was 10 pounds, but I got a stomach bug, and lost over 5 pounds. So, from my beginning weight, I’ve now gained 9 pounds total now.
Maternity clothes? Yes, and I need to go shopping for some warmer clothes!
Stretch marks? Just a few.
Sleep: Sleep is about the same. My back is the enemy at this point.
Best moment this week: 
Having Thanksgiving on the day I turned 30 weeks.
Miss Anything? Not being physically limited.
Movement: A lot of movement.
Food cravings: Well, since it was Thanksgiving…pass the dressing and sweet potato casserole!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at the moment.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Typical back pain and dizziness.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Going on a hospital tour!

30 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between this pregnancy and when I was 30 weeks with baby #1:

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the bump nest – a pregnancy pillow review

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During my pregnancy with Liam, I slept with pillows all around me or with a simple straight body pillow I purchased from Target (neither of which were supportive enough for pregnancy). Since I know how precious sleep is any more, I knew I had to have something more substantial for this pregnancy. I called out to you all for suggestions on your favorite pregnancy pillows and this one came up multiple times, so I decided to give it a try!

I was giddy when it came in the mail. All of my sleep problems had a hope of diminishing.

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Well, there’s the Bump Nest pillow in all of its glory! It’s really helped me focus on sleeping primarily on my left side (so I actually sleep with it in the other direction…long portion on my front and the short supporting my back).

It comes in multiple options for fabrics, so you can get it personalized just for you and your bedroom decor.

I chose the Stone Scallop as it seemed to be the most relaxing to my eyes and fit just fine with my decor. The fabric is quite soft and is made of a stretchy knit. Both the pillow case and pillow are machine washable and dry-able (Bonus!). The pillow case simply unzips and the top and you’re good to go.

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Bump Nest Review | crackersandcarrots.com #pregnancy #pillow

The company also is conscious of giving back, so they create baby hats with the scrap material from the pregnancy pillows. Warm comfort all around! I love that.

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The pillow comes with details on how to care and maintain your pillow to make that $99 investment continue to stay a good one.

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If you’ll notice, the Bump Nest’s motto of ‘Shake. Fluff. Repeat.’ is mentioned a few times and rightfully so. However, I wasn’t too thrilled about this at first. They mean it when they say it. The cotton in the pillow slides, and in my pillow ends up settling towards the two ends of the pillows. The head support portion becomes saggy after one night of sleep.

I’ve gotten into the routine of shaking and pushing the cotton towards the head and away from the ends every night before bed. I also use a really thin organic shredded rubber pillow (a thin down pillow would also work beautifully) right underneath the head support portion of the Bump Nest to ensure I always have the head support that I desire. Since adding that extra little pillow, I don’t have any problems with the Bump Nest.

Overall, I’m getting better sleep while pregnant. My back feels more supported, my legs are able to stay level with my hips and my arm doesn’t just fall over my belly, but is supported by the pillow. It’s great to cuddle with and don’t tell my husband (he’s a cuddler and would always spoon with me at night, which when you’re pregnant isn’t the most comfortable thing), but the Bump Nest creates a division of the bed, so to speak. Don’t worry, though, he still cuddles with the short back portion of the pillow. So, I guess you could say we’re both getting good use out of the Bump Nest!

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Oh, and look who decided after day one to take over the pillow after I wake up…

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Well, thank you for your pregnancy pillow suggestion. I’m a fan of the Bump Nest!

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29 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 29 weeks
Total weight gain:
 Four weeks ago it was 10 pounds, but I got a stomach bug, and lost over 5 pounds. So, from my beginning weight, I’ve now gained 9 pounds total now.
Maternity clothes? That and my husband’s t-shirts.
Stretch marks? Just a small amount. Hello, lotion!
Sleep: Darn stress and work load paired with a sick toddler has me up all throughout the night. Plus, my back is starting to hurt a lot when sleeping.
Best moment this week: 
Celebrating my birthday and our 6th wedding anniversary at the Peninsula Grill and getting a prenatal massage.
Miss Anything? I miss exercising and walking without waddling.
Movement: That’s a busy kid in there! Does that mean I’m going to have my hands full again?
Food cravings: Not too much in the cravings department, just yummy food.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, I’m pretty much back to my normal self….this is possibly dangerous. ;-)
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Lots of back pain this week.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving!

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mentally preparing for baby #2

Thoughts on becoming a mother of two and a great resource for mothers and mothers-to-be. I’m honored to be a Similac Strong Moms Ambassador, a sponsored blog partner, this year.

Mentally preparing for a baby is a hard thing to do. Before I had Liam, I spent hours trying to imagine what it’d all be like and how I would handle everything. None of it was as I imagine: some good and some bad. Now that I’ve been through it all once before, I’m becoming anxious about doing it all over again and this time all while taking care of a toddler.

I’m not going to lie, I’m terrified. Liam wasn’t the best infant. He would be up for half the night, so I would simply sleep when he slept. This meant sleeping from 4am-noon most days. However, if baby #2 has a similar sleeping pattern, I will literally get 3 hours of sleep every day. I’m not so sure how I’m going to handle that.

What’s more, is how am I going to juggle loving two children at once?

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Before we had Liam, we just had our dog, Leland. At one point in time we decided we would adopt a playmate for Leland. We had the adopted dog for about 1 week and never could learn to ‘love’ her the way we loved Leland. I know dogs and children are completely different, but it makes me nervous to share the love. And to take it even further, I didn’t fall in love with our son, Liam, for many, many weeks after he was born. I battled postpartum depression, which didn’t help any. But, I would hear of all these mothers who fell instantly in love with their babies in the hospital.

To this day, I still can’t imagine feeling that sort of love so soon. My relationship with Liam, was quite love/hate until we got used to each other, months after he was born. Of course, now I can’t imagine life without Liam and love him to pieces…even when he screams at the top of his lungs in Whole Foods or intentionally slams my favorite dishes on the ground, breaking them into several pieces.

In all seriousness, I’m not quite sure how I’m going to handle it all. How do I show Liam the same love and attention I’ve been showing him these past 2.5 years and balance that all with a little baby who is 100% relying on me to survive? And to freak me out even more, plenty of women I trust have told me that going from having one child to two children is the hardest transition I’ll ever go through. Oh geeze. Commence the freak out session again!

Do you have any advice for a mother-to-be of two children?

Thankfully, I have a supportive family and wonderful husband, who will be my rocks. I’m also thankful that I live in a day and age that I can have my nerves calmed and questions answered within minutes, thanks to the good old internet. One that I’ve been a member of for a while and have benefited from has been the Similac Strong Moms. They have all the weekly and monthly guides to both pregnancy and baby development, guides from nutrition during pregnancy, breastfeeding, supplementing and even a community forum to help answer your specific questions. As an added bonus, they send you coupons, samples and goodies! Click here for more information about becoming a member of the Similac Strong Moms.

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glucose tolerance tests

It seems as though every pregnant woman experiences nervousness prior to going through the dreaded glucose tolerance test between 24-28 weeks. It’s got a bad reputation among the mother community and now I completely understand why.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I was terribly scared, but passed the 1 hour test with flying colors. Easy peasy. Fast forward to this pregnancy and it all changed. I failed the 1 hour.

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So, how does the 1 hour glucose tolerance test work, you ask?

  • You fast from midnight the night before the test. Some practices will allow you to drink water during this fasting period, others won’t.
  • Go to the doctor/hospital and drink a non-carbonated, artificially flavored/dyed beverage that contains 50 grams of glucose within 5 minutes.
  • Then, you wait for 1 hour at the doctor’s office (bring a book!).
  • They then draw your blood to test the blood sugar level.
  • You usually get your results in the next 1-3 days.

Results and what they mean: If you get higher than a 135 mg/dL then you have to come back another day and take the 3 hour glucose test.

During this pregnancy with baby #2, I got a 151 mg/dL after the 1 hour glucose test. Three days later, I’m in for the 3 hour glucose test.

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How does the 3 hour glucose tolerance test work?

  • You fast from midnight the night before the test. Some practices will allow you to drink water during this fasting period, others won’t. I opted to not drink any water, for minimal affect on my test.
  • Go to the doctor/hospital and have your finger pricked to insure your fasting blood sugar level is between 70-105 mg/dL. (Mine was 77 mg/dL, enabling me to proceed with the test.) If so, they draw your blood for initial fasting levels.
  • Then you drink a non-carbonated, artificially flavored/dyed beverage that contains 100 grams of glucose within 5 minutes.
  • You wait 1 hour and have your blood drawn again.
  • You wait for a second hour and have your blood drawn again.
  • You wait for a third hour and have your blood drawn a last time.
  • Then, you receive your results within 1-3 days.

Results of the 3 hour glucose tolerance test and what they mean:

  • Initial fasting blood drawing should be between 70-105 mg/dL.
  • After 1 hour, your level should be between 90-155 mg/dL.
  • After hour 2, your level should be under 155 mg/dL.
  • And after hour 3, your level should be between 70-105 mg/dL.

I ended up passing my 3 hour glucose test with a ratings of 77 mg/dL for fasting, 132 mg/dL after the first hour, 126 mg/dL after the second hour (not so good) and 90 mg/dL after the third hour (awesome!). Thank goodness! I was nervous because my mother had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me. However, she didn’t have any glucose issues with my other three sisters. The body is so strange during pregnancy.

If you don’t pass the 3 hour glucose tolerance test and have gestational diabetes, don’t fret. You may have to do something as minor as watching what you eat or as major as testing your blood sugar levels throughout the day, along with a restricted diet and implementing exercise.

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Tips for the Glucose Tolerance Test

  • Wear comfortable layered clothing – Most likely, you’ll be like me and feel nauseous all throughout the test and you’ll want the most comfortable clothing to wear. You’ll especially want looser fitting clothing around the belly, as your stomach will not feel so good. Also, be sure to wear layers. Doctor’s offices and hospitals are kept cold and waiting their so long, you won’t want to freeze. Also, because of the nausea, you may go through some hot flashes and need to strip some layers.
  • Bring something entertaining – My hospital has free wifi, so I brought my computer with me. I knew if I felt up to it, I could answer emails or work. Else, there was always my favorite Netflix show to keep my mind off of the test.
  • Walk around – This will depend on the advisement of your doctor or nurse. My nurse allowed and actually suggested I walk around during the test. This is what saved me from throwing up during the test. I would take 15-20 minute leisurely strolls outside around the gardens and grounds of the hospital. The fresh air and plants were enough to refocus and calm the nauseous feelings.
  • Prepare for the rest of the day – Be prepared to not feel well the rest of the day. Don’t plan to do anything strenuous throughout the day. Just take it easy and eat sugar-less foods and lots of water the rest of the day.

If you’ve gone through either glucose tolerance test, what were your thoughts on it? Any tips for a new mom preparing to take the test?

 

My thoughts on the overall test:

I never could wrap my head around the fact that a medical professional would advise ingesting so much sugar…purely artificial flavored, dyed and straight-up syrup, for that matter. I couldn’t seem to get over the guilt I was feeling for even putting this terrible drink(s) in my body. It’s something I would never actually drink/eat since I’m so health conscious when it comes to taking care of my body and the baby growing in it. I did research alternatives and read about some doctors allowing patients eating a pancake breakfast, a bunch of fruit or natural fruit juice or even testing your blood sugar levels at home for two weeks. Unfortunately, I learned about these after the fact, but you better believe that I’ll be asking for an alternative if I get pregnant again!

Another question I still have: The nurse who scheduled me for my 1 hour glucose tolerance test told me to restrict carbs/sugars for 2-3 days prior to the test. However, the evening before my test, I browsed the internet and some websites actually suggested ingesting 150 grams of carbohydrates per day for 2-3 days leading up to the test. So, in preparation for the 3 hour glucose tolerance test, I ate normally and healthy (like I always do) and had better outcomes. So, I’m not sure which is the correct answer. All I’m guessing is you probably don’t want to down an ice cream sundae the night before your test. ;-) Anyone know the ‘right’ way to ‘prepare’ for the test?

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28 weeks with baby #2

28 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain: 
Three weeks ago it was 10 pounds, but I got a stomach bug, and lost over 5 pounds. So, from my beginning weight, I’ve now gained 7 pounds total now.
Maternity clothes? Yes and just bought a wintry top from Target. Love!
Stretch marks? A few, but nothing major.
Sleep: Fairly well, but stress is keeping me up lately.
Best moment this week: 
Liam started speaking a 4 word sentence (this is huge because he’s only been in speech therapy for three weeks. He said, “I see you, Mama”. So precious.
Miss Anything? Bending over or seeing the floor under my belly. If Liam stands under me, I can hide my face with my belly.
Movement: Definitely a lot of movement. I actually felt baby hiccups for the first time two days ago!
Food cravings: Probably because it’s getting chilly outside, but I’ve been craving soups and stews.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m still not a fan of chocolaty desserts.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Lots of back pain this week.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Getting a massage next week!

28 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 28 weeks with baby #1:

28 weeks pregnant comparision between pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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27 weeks with baby #2

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How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain: 
Two weeks ago it was 10 pounds, but I got a stomach bug, and lost over 5 pounds. So, from my beginning weight, I’ve now gained 6 pounds total now.
Maternity clothes? For sure.
Stretch marks? They’re starting to pop up around my belly button. Poop on that.
Sleep: It’s been fine recently. It helps that it’s getting cooler. I sleep better when it’s cold.
Best moment this week: 
Finishing the fence and hosting my first yard sale!
Miss Anything? Exercising, in general. I haven’t done anything for two weeks because of the stomach bug and the glucose tests.
Movement: All day long…and don’t forget about night time, too!
Food cravings: I actually wanted coffee for the first time this week!!!! Eeee!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I guess chocolate is the only thing that still doesn’t appeal to me. Pass the fruit!
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Do you count waddling as a symptom?
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Our babymoon! Is it December yet?

27 weeks pregnant | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 27.5 weeks with baby #1:

27 weeks pregnant comparision between two pregnancies | crackersandcarrots.com

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26 weeks with baby #2

26 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain: 
Last week it was 10 pounds, but I just got over a stomach bug, and lost over 5 pounds. I’m sure it’ll go back to normal next week!
Maternity clothes? Yes indeed!
Stretch marks? No.
Sleep: A little more uncomfortable, so more pillows are being added.
Best moment this week: 
I hate to say it, but this week hasn’t been the best.
Miss Anything? Running, still. And I’m missing feeling like myself. Stupid sickness.
Movement: Seems like this baby is always on the move, even when I’m trying to sleep, of course!
Food cravings: Not much this week. Just trying to keep food down at this point.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Just about everything right now.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Lots of contractions and some back and leg pain.
Belly Button in or out? In-ish
Wedding rings on or off? On and fitting normally.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m happy most of the time, it’s just this week has been a little more challenging than others.
Looking forward to: Feeling better and finally finishing the fence!

26 weeks pregnant with baby #2 | crackersandcarrots.com

The comparison between the this pregnancy and when I was 26 weeks with baby #1:

26 weeks pregnant comparison | crackersandcarrots.com

 

…and is this not the sweetest thing!?

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