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Saturday, February 17, 2018

33 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

Week ending Feb. 13, 2017.
Due Date: April 3, 2018



Bump:
Can I just wear dresses from here on out?
C-section scar ache every once in awhile. Sometimes it just feels like the normal, underwear/pants are tight in that area, but other times it really feels like the ache is coming from the inside out. 

Doctor Appointment:

Had a biophysical profile ultrasound done. Last week Eren wouldn't do the practice breathing, this week he was doing it like crazy.
Fluid levels are still high but I didn't get a number from the ultrasound tech.
NST went well. No L&D rush like last week.


Energy:
I need naps. Still.

Physical Symptoms:
Backache is back. I have been slacking on the yoga ball since the L&D scare. I sometimes get contractions when I'm on the yoga ball so I've been avoiding it.
Round ligament pain hasn't really been an issue at all this pregnancy, it was much more prevalent with my first son. So it's just appeared out of nowhere this week, which is weird.
I think I have some very light belly stretchmarks coming in! I hadn't gotten any new ones so far this pregnancy and was actually thinking and hoping I'd get off Scott free, but nope.
In the shower one day I felt like I had a letdown in my right boob but didn't have any leakage.
Had a bad headache one day, haven't had one of those in awhile, so that was weird.
A lot more hip discomfort when I get up to pee in the night or first thing in the morning. It's like a looseness but also acheness. I guess it's just a shock to my hips to have to get up and move after laying all night, because I don't really get the feeling during the day.

Food:
I've been somewhere in between the low carb thing and last week's "just eat whatever you want" thing.

Sleep & Dreams:
It's getting harder to fall asleep. Getting up to pee literally one million times per night. If I drink just one little half glass of water before bed, I will be up all night peeing. But I've been so thirsty lately, especially in the night! 


Favorite Moments of the Week:
Leaving my doctor appointment at MFM and not being wheeled down to labor and delivery. No joke. I was so worried things would happen like they did last week, but this week's appointment went very well.

Random Thoughts:
Packed and filmed my hospital bag video. It's in the car ready to go! Though I pray we don't need it for another month at least!

Love,
Alaina & Baby Brother Eren

Saturday, February 10, 2018

32 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

Week ending Feb. 6, 2017.
Due Date: April 3, 2018


Bump:
Might be getting ready to retire a couple tank tops that are not giving me enough stretch these days!

Doctor Appointment:

Uterus was measuring 34 cm at my 31 wk, 1 day appointment, which is better than I was expecting, definitely! At my 32 week appointment with Calvin, I was measuring 37 cm (a difference of 5 cm vs 3 this time)! So I think we're looking pretty good in that respect. I was actually happy hearing that number, even though it's still "big." :)
If you want to hear about the Maternal Fetal Medicine visit and the following Labor & Delivery stay for two days, click here (I thought sitting down and filming about it was a little easier to explain than writing out a blog post).


Energy:
I want all the naps. Gotta get ahead of the newborn. Sleep now, because there will be limited sleep in a couple months.
When I was in the hospital with Calvin from 32-37 weeks, I napped a lot. I always just attributed it to the fact that I was bored and had nothing better to do in the hospital. But now I think it was just another symptom of the third trimester.

Physical Symptoms:
Out of breath. I keep sighing or exhaling very dramatically because of it. People probably think I'm upset about something haha, but I can't help it.
Justin says I've been snoring. It started at like 26 weeks with Calvin, so I think 32 weeks is just fine this time around haha.
Achy hip again, even though I've been doing the yoga ball thing every night, like usual. 

Food:
Misbehaving on diet. Definitely haven't been low carb a few days this week. Cookies. That's my weakness. Tried peanut butter cookies because at least they have fat and protein. But when those were gone I just made regular chocolate chip cookies and those aren't healthy like in any way haha. So I've had an off week this week in the diet department, I just hope it hasn't negatively affected things. I have another ultrasound to check fluid this week, so we will see how it looks. It had previously been slightly lower at each ultrasound in January, so if it's up this week, we'll know the diet is at least somewhat helping, I think.

Sleep & Dreams:
Weird dreams, but I can't remember them very well. 


Favorite Moments of the Week:
Wednesday night I came out of the bathroom, holding a cotton ball, removing my nail polish, wearing just a big t-shirt and Justin looks at me, smiles, and says, I like your bump to butt ratio and drew some curves with his hands. I just laughed.

Random Thoughts:
Finally got to order a couple clothing items for Eren! We do a monthly budget and January we did super duper bad, so I saved the baby buys for February and ordered them the very first day on Amazon haha. I'd been wanting to get some t-shirts for him since he'll be wearing cloth diapers and I don't want them to be covered by a onesie, I want to see them! (Calvin wasn't cloth diapered until he was 9 months old) I'm very excited to see a little newborn in cloth! :)

Love,
Alaina & Baby Brother Eren

Saturday, January 27, 2018

30 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

Week ending Jan. 23, 2017.
Due Date: April 3, 2018

30 weeks. Holy crap. I literally, absolutely, seriously cannot believe we're already here! And I remember how fast the first 10 weeks flew by, I can't even imagine how fast these last couple months will be! 

Bump:

I feel like Eren has had another growth spurt. I feel like my whole belly just weighs a ton. If I lay on my back while lounging, watching TV or whatever, I just feel like my belly is too heavy, it's uncomfortable to lay like that for more than a few minutes. The weight of my belly rested again my back and spine is not comfy at all anymore. I don't remember ever having this feeling when I was pregnant with Calvin though.
I feel like Eren is sleeping and waking in longer stretches. I feel like he has more periods of stillness than before. And when he's awake, holy crap he's having a party in my belly. I don't feel like his movements have slowed like it's getting tight in there just yet though.
Been noticing Braxton Hicks even when I'm just sitting down.


Energy:
I want to nap pretty much every day, but have yet to do it. I'm okay to stay awake in the evenings, it's just that middle of the day desire to pass out that's taking over these days. 

I got to meet with my regular doctor this week, but next week I get to see Eren on ultrasound at MFM and see if my fluid levels are okay! I am excited to see the results of this three week diet limiting carbs.

Physical Symptoms:
Even though I've been keeping up on my yoga ball hip opening exercises, my hip has been bugging me a little bit this week. It's not nearly as bad as it was back in December before I started using the yoga ball, but it's just not as perfect as it has been lately.
I'm also feeling like it's hard to catch my breath at times. Almost like it's hard to get a nice deep breath. 
Also definitely feeling like I got punched in the pubic bone, it feels very sore and almost strained. I definitely don't remember that being this early with Calvin. 
Been having some very slight light headedness in the last few days of this week. Just a random wave of it here and there. 

Food:
Tomorrow I get to find out if my three week diet helped my amniotic fluid levels. I'm super excited to see the results, but I am preparing myself as well for no real change. The way I see it, even if it didn't help my fluid levels, I know for a fact it's helped in the intense weight gain department, and I'm pretty sure in turn, that has helped the water weight/swelling issue too. If I look at pictures of myself at this point with Calvin, my face was so darn chubby, I almost hate to see pictures of myself at that time. I know I gained a lot of weight with Calvin (over 50 pounds). My feet would be so swollen every night, my calves were so huge it was uncomfortable for me to kneel on them. I don't have these issues this time around. Perhaps that was all going to happen anyway, no matter my diet, but I like to think that at least I tried and at least things look better than they did last time around. I'll know I tried my best to prevent the complications that happened last time with Calvin, even though the doctors all say it was a fluke thing and I had no control over it. Sometimes you just can't help but think, what if I did this differently?
It's kind of how I am viewing my hopeful VBAC attempt this time around. Perhaps I just can't give birth to these big babies naturally. Perhaps that's just not how my body is made. However, if I don't at least give it a try, then I'll definitely never know. That's why I'm prepared for another c-section, even though I know it will suck physically and psychologically, at least I'll know I gave it a go.

Sleep & Dreams:
I feel like I might start needing to pee more than twice nightly! 


Favorite Moments of the Week:
We went to my dad's property to help him lay some pipes. Calvin loves it over there. He could wander around for hours on end and never get crabby or bored, even though it was quite chilly. He loves the tractors. He played in the dirt. He's such a boy haha. I wonder if Eren will enjoy getting dirty too. Part of me can't help but imagine him as just another Calvin, sometimes it's hard to remember he's his own little individual.

Random Thoughts:
I remember when I was pregnant with Calvin, Justin talked a lot about his high school days or the early parts of our relationship, just reminiscing on the old days when he was young and had no responsibilities, etc. I worried about him then, that he was regretting having a kid and being a grown up. We were only married and moved out of our parents homes for a few months when we got pregnant. I'm glad he isn't like this now. This time around, he always talks about seeing Calvin and Eren growing up and playing and us just being a big family together. I'm glad he seems to be more excited for the future instead of dwelling on the past.

Love,
Alaina & Baby Brother Eren

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Colorful Makeup : New Video on My Beauty Channel


I just uploaded a fun makeup look on my beauty channel if you're interested.
I've been really into fun, colorful looks lately. They totally take me back to my early days in makeup when I was super passionate about it and never gave a crap if somebody thought my eyeshadow was too dramatic. Haha. Enjoy!


Products Used:
Pacifica Alight Multi Mineral BB Cream
Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation 2.0
Flower Beauty Daily Brightener Concealer DB1
Loreal True Match Powder N2
NYX Tame & Frame Espresso
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
Makeup Geek Contour Powder Break Up Cool Porcelain
Honest Beauty Luminizing Powder Dusk Reflection
Flower Beauty Flower Pot Blush Warm Hibiscus
Pony Effect Eye Primer
Jordana 12 Hr Made to Last Pencil Eternal White
Sleek Makeup iDevine Ultra Mattes V1
Loreal La Palette Nude 1
Wet N Wild Single Shadow Creme Brule
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
NYX Wonder Pencil Light
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner Trooper
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
Flower Beauty Miracle Matte Lip Rosewood

Watch the video here!

Love,
Alaina