2nd Trimester Update

I can’t believe I am already sharing my second trimester update!! This pregnancy is seriously flying by and I cannot believe I am in my third and final trimester. I have been so incredibly lucky to have felt great the entire time (sorry to all my girlfriends who have not had this experience!!) With time passing as quickly as it has, thankfully we have also managed to get a ton done in preparing to welcome our little one into the world. We found out the gender at our 20 week ultrasound on March 8th and although we were pretty dang certain we knew what we were having, it was amazing to confirm that we are indeed having a BABY GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Both of our parents were away on vacation and my siblings don’t live close by so we had our close friends over for dinner at our house to do a mini gender reveal. I made cupcakes filled with pink icing to share the news (and didn’t take any photos-d’oh). No one was surprised as everyone guessed we were having a girl!
That weekend I headed to Lowe’s and picked up paint for the nursery and we got the ball rolling right away! I already had ideas for a girl nursery pretty well locked down, just needed the confirmation from our ultrasound. I chose Behr Illuminated for the walls which is a beautiful pale, blush pink (I will do an entire post on all the details of the nursery). We painted, replaced the flooring, added a board and batten accent wall and started setting up the furniture we purchased on sale over the winter. Although it seemed really early to have purchased a crib and stroller back in November, I am so happy we took advantage of sales when we saw them which has helped us out huge financially to have spaced out these bigger purchases. I’m also so happy we were able to get all of the major work and renovations done during the cold weather months when we don’t have much else going on. We are so thrilled with how the nursery came together. It still needs a few finishing touches decor wise and I will share once it is complete!!

Our wedding photographer is a friend of mine and she is the absolute best and gifted us a maternity photo session. I am so excited for this to happen in May and can’t wait for her to capture the nursery and all the details of our babe’s sweet room to share with you. I have also been fortunate enough to receive a TON of hand me down clothes from friends of mine with baby girls so our little one has a seriously awesome wardrobe already. I have two baby showers coming up in May and June which I am so excited for but we really don’t need much as we have been so lucky to inherit lots of amazing items. I am a planner and organizer so having all of these things early is so helpful for me to feel prepared as the nesting urge is super strong! I have been cleaning, purging and organizing most spaces in our home and trying to check off items on the to do list and complete projects while I can.

So that’s what we have been up to the past 3 months!! Below I shared some more details from this trimester :)

How far along: 28 weeks

Gender: GIRL !!

Weight gain: 16lbs

Maternity clothes: Tights are still my go to clothing choice, typically paired with a long t-shirt or tank and a cardigan. I recently bought the Fabletics maternity tights and they are AMAZING!! I wish I could have gotten two pairs but they were out of stock so I got a regular pair for postpartum and they were on special for 2 for $36! I have some maternity jeans and a few of my oversize tops and sweaters that still fit but the days might be limited. I bought a pair of white maternity jeans as these are a staple for spring and summer. I am so excited for warmer temperatures so that I can start wearing more dresses and skirts. I have a few I have been paired with nylons and booties but am looking forward to breaking out more t shirt and maxi dresses. My favourite places to shop have been Old Navy, Urban Planet and Amazon. For the most part, I am still shopping in the regular section and just sizing up with the exception of pants, these are all maternity! I am so happy to be getting bigger in the warmer weather months where I can slip into flats or sandals and don’t have to worry about zipping up a coat!

Sleep: Still sleeping well but up 2-4 times to pee. Just preparing for those night feedings :) I have started using my maternity pillow and it is the best!! I found I was waking up on my back (strange since I wasn’t a back sleeper to start) and this provides lots of support and sort of cradles me which I love!

Best moment so far: Finding out we are having a girl at our 20 week ultrasound, feeling her kick, flip and move around and creating a beautiful space just for her !

Miss anything: less frequent trips to the bathroom? Just kidding, if this is my biggest complaint at 28 weeks I would say I am managing well :) Still not missing alcohol like I thought I would because not being hungover is pretty awesome lol But I will be VERY excited for a real cocktail and wine once our babe is here this summer!

Movement: Lots of kicks, wiggles and flips! I wasn’t sure how much I would feel after our 20 week US as I have an anterior placenta which means it’s at the front of my uterus/tummy and acts as a cushion to baby so you sometimes can’t feel as much. But I feel lots of movement and although baby’s placement typically feels quite low (like right on my bladder, all the time!)  I have started feeling more up in my ribs and along my sides. It is the strangest/best feeling! I especially love when she wakes up when I start to move around in the morning :)

Cravings: Still loving sweets in the morning- fruit, smoothies, yogurt, syrup, jam, cereal, etc. Also loving frozen yogurt and fresh fruit for dessert and I continue to treat myself to a good chicken or beef burger and fries on a regular basis :)

Food aversions; still eggs- YUCK! but that is it.

Queasy or sick: I have been so incredibly lucky to not feel sick or nauseous at all. I even avoided winter cold/flu season for the most part! This has allowed me to absolutely love being pregnant and the time is passing so quickly!! I have started getting some mild heartburn around 5pm but this typically goes away when I eat dinner (and maybe take some tums). I’ve been getting regular massage and chiropractor adjustments which has also been helpful in dealing with some new pains and aches. I am starting to feel a bit more winded and have to remind myself to slow down sometimes. I anticipate starting to feel more and more uncomfortable as babe and I continue to grow and we get closer to our due date. I am really lucky to be taking vacation prior to my mat leave so I can relax the last few weeks of this pregnancy!

Looking forward to: Meeting our sweet girl in less than 3 months !!!!

-Jess xx

Photo at 20 weeks, just before our ultrasound confirming we are having a girl :) 

Photo at 20 weeks, just before our ultrasound confirming we are having a girl :) 

Our wedding video

 We are so, so, so excited and thrilled to have our wedding video and to share with you!! We could not be happier with it. We almost went without a videographer and we are so glad we changed our minds. This decision was largely impacted by our budget but the more I thought about it, I knew I would feel disappointed if we didn’t have video footage of our wedding. I was so happy to find Yuri Rabin and that he was available for our big day. He did an absolutely amazing job and was incredible to work with. In addition to our highlight video we also received a 2hr wedding film which included additional edited footage of us getting ready, our first look, photos, cocktail hour and beginning of our dance all set to music of our choice. As well as full audio/video of our ceremony, speeches and first dances. It is amazing to be able to relieve our day over and over again and we will cherish this forever. Enjoy!!

Jess, xx

We're having a BABY !!

Well it’s been over 6 months since my last blog post and a lot has happened during that time. We were married October 13, 2018 and it was THE BEST DAY !! Full post to come on our wedding details and decor once I have my professional photos back :) We went on our amazing two week honeymoon to France, Monoco and Italy and I will share another post sometime including photos of our trip. Following our wedding and honeymoon things were busy as I went through and organized wedding decor to advertise and sell, get ready for Christmas and celebrate the holidays. But most exciting of all…..on November 14th, 2018 we found out, we are PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are so excited to be able to share our news that we are expecting a little one July 23, 2019 ! We announced on social media on January 25th for my husband’s 30th birthday.

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We have had two ultrasounds so far, a dating ultrasound at 9 weeks which confirmed that there is in fact a little peanut with a heartbeat in there. Our second ultrasound at 13 weeks we got to see our little one looking a lot more like a baby. It was so wild to see Baby K squirm and wiggle, kick their arms and legs and flip over AHH so surreal and just the best seeing our little one. We cannot wait for our next ultrasound at 20 weeks when we get to find out gender :) And then comes the fun part of decorating the nursery!! Can’t wait to share all of (my) our plans.

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I wanted to include details of our experience of planning to try and finding out we are pregnant, not only to share with you but also for me to document and keep track of (seriously, baby brain is a thing already). I wanted to start by saying that this has been my journey so far and I understand that it may differ from lots of other mamas’ but I am simply sharing for those that want to hear :)

So here it is, personal details and all ;

Last spring I went to my family doctor to talk about family planning knowing that we wanted to try right away once we were married. We had no expectations but knowing that it could take up to a year, we didn’t want to delay it. I asked about planning to go off birth control after having been on it for 10+ years and was encouraged to go off approx 3 months prior to intending to “try”. My current pills were scheduled to end in August about two months before our wedding so that’s when I went off. Come August, I didn’t renew my prescription like most months and started taking a prenatal vitamin. I downloaded the app “Glow” to begin tracking my period and ovulation. I was very fortunate to have my cycle return immediately (again I recognize that this is not always the case and was very fortunate for this to be my experience). I had some people ask why we weren’t just trying as soon as I was off the pill but I wanted to enjoy cocktails at my September bachelorette weekend in Chicago, as well as my wedding and honeymoon. I couldn’t go to France and Italy and not enjoy the wine, right?!

So the first time I would be ovulating after the wedding was while we were in Italy. I continued to use my app and made a mental note of the date but we were in Italy, on our honeymoon so things were going to happen regardless of ovulation :)

We had an amazing, relaxing honeymoon filled with travel and wine and the best food! We arrived home on October 31st and I was super sick with a cold for the first few days.  I actually thought to myself upon returning home “I will be totally cool if we don’t get pregnant until the new year” as we had a few out of town weekends and the holidays coming up. The following week, I was back to work and I still felt under the weather but was now feeling a bit sick to my stomach rather than cold symptoms. I brushed it off thinking “even if I am pregnant, you don’t feel nauseous this early”. My husband kept saying things like “you’re probably pregnant” and “it’s that baby making you sick” every time I referenced it. Everything I read said that I would test negative at this point either way so I tried my best to avoid buying any tests. Then I caved and bought a few of the cheapos at the dollar store. I took my first test on Nov 9, 13 days after ovulating and it was a negative. No big deal as it was what I was expecting. And with a negative pregnancy test, I enjoyed some wine with friends that weekend. My period was expected on the 11th and didn’t show up. The following day I had some light spotting which I thought might be the start of my period. I talked to a friend who was pregnant who had spotted for a few days prior to a positive test. The next night I took another cheapo test and tossed in the garbage before the time was up as it showed an initial negative (which I now realize is actually just the control line). I had ordered a few first response early detection tests and read that you should take the test first thing in the morning. So the morning of Nov 14th, I woke up early to get ready for work and decided to take a test, again with expectations that it would be negative like the last two. I had my shower and when I got out, I saw a faint second line staring back at me. I smiled to myself in the mirror in disbelief, did a little happy dance and went downstairs to tell my husband. He was still in bed but awake, and I told him “I just took a positive pregnancy test” to which he replied “told you you were pregnant”. We kissed and cuddled our dog for a few minutes in bed before I returned to getting ready for work, all the while thinking “holy shit I’m pregnant and now I have to carry on like nothing is up!”. Despite wishing for this, I did not think that we would be lucky enough to get pregnant so quickly. Thanking our lucky stars for this !! I took three more tests over the next two days following the initial positive to confirm as I was still in disbelief.

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Keeping it to ourselves only lasted a matter of days. Yes I know, you’re “supposed” to wait BLAH BLAH BLAH. But seriously, how can you not tell people when you are so excited?! I understood that anyone I told, I would also have to share the news with them if anything unfortunate happened and that was fine. We told my sister and my mom right away. I gave both of the gramma’s a baby blanket and card from Baby K asking them to keep the blanket safe and warm for when they come to snuggle my mom always says “love you to the moon and back” so I was so thrilled to find this I Edie to give to her with the blanket

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We also told our close friends that live on our street and would know what was up if I wasn’t drinking. We waited for my husband’s parents to be home from Florida before sharing with them and the remainder of our family at Christmas which was so much fun being able to celebrate such exciting news around the holidays. We also shared with friends on New Years Eve. Again no drinking = big give away and I didn’t really care too much to pretend or fake drinking. Although I have found some great non alcoholic beers and wines!
My first trimester was actually great, I was so lucky to not be sick, just tired :) I am officially into my second trimester and have some serious nesting happening, with projects on the go and lists of projects and things to do while I am still able to and before summer is here.

One of my favourite bloggers Jessica Garvin shared updates on her pregnancy which I loved reading and inspired me to share my own experience as I am sure I will soon forget;

How far along: 17 weeks

Gender: unknown until the beginning of March :)

Weight gain: 4lbs

Maternity clothes: tights and over sized sweaters are a staple for me in the winter but have been a wardrobe favourite now more than ever. I said goodbye to my normal jeans and pants with a button and zipper a few weeks ago as I can’t stand the feeling and pressure on my stomach especially when sitting down. I was super fortunate to receive a basket FULL of maternity jeans, tights and clothes from girlfriends and bought my first pair of maternity pants recently. Loving sweater dresses and high waisted nylons for work 

Sleep: sleeping well but up several times a night already to pee and often have “awake time” from 3am-4am. My husband jokes that this is preparing me for being up in the night with the babe, I am also always freezing going to bed and require layers in order to get to sleep and peel them off throughout the night. Also. need a pillow for in between my legs. Haven’t started using my maternity pillow yet.

Best moment so far: our 13 week ultrasound, seeing our babe wiggle and squirm :)

Miss anything: Not really. I actually thought I would miss wine more but I am loving weekends without hangovers. I thought the holidays might be tough but made it through just fine, indulging more in food :) I suspect I might miss booze once we hit summer patio season but I will enjoy my non-alcoholic beers and virgin cocktails until baby K’s arrival.

Movement: Lots of movement at our ultrasound but none that I can feel yet 

Cravings: Loving sweets in the morning- fruit, smoothies,  yogurt, syrup, jam, cereal. Usually, I am savoury/salty over sweet l but I actually ordered french toast when out for breakfast and have been making waffles and pancakes at home.. Also, a bowl of cereal or yogurt and granola with fruit before bed- I never used to eat after dinner. And a cheeseburger and fries once a week :)

Food aversions; Eggs- YUCK! The smell of meat cooking also isn’t my fav 

Queasy or sick: No, I have been super lucky that I haven’t had any morning sickness. I did have a bit of what felt like motion sickness on about 3 occasions that were very short lived. Struggled a bit with feeling dizzy and light headed. My only negative symptom has been the hormones - holy emotional roller coaster!!

Looking forward to: Finding out gender and planning the nursery decor!!

We are soooo excited for what the coming months have in store and even more excited for summer with our babe!! Stay tuned for more updates on our adventure :)

-Jess xx