Wednesday, April 30, 2014

14 Weeks: Hello, second trimester!


How Far Along: 14 weeks... Squishy is the size of a lemon!
Gender: We'll know soon! I scheduled the appointment today! 
Weight Gain: -6 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! And by the way, thank you to my new maternity pants for squishing my baby belly in so I look smaller this week! hahah! I will make sure I wear my old stretched out ones for next week's pic!
Sleep: Excellent! 
Best moment this week: A good report at our doctor visit... We got to hear the heartbeat on the doctor's doppler.
Miss anything? Wine!
Movement: Little nudges! I missed baby wiggles <3
Cravings: So this week, I learned how to make spicy mayo... You know, the stuff they put on sushi? Oh yeah. So I went and got some japanese egg fried rice, and stirred in some home made spicy mayo. It was HEAVEN!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Feeling great!
Symptoms: Feeling better this week since I started taking probiotics again. And, see that necklace I'm wearing in the pic? It's Baltic Amber, and it's made my headaches disappear! I might never take it off!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Happy!
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender so we can start shopping!


Another fun moment this week was, we got our first package of fluffy mail: 10 newborn sized cloth diapers! We started cloth when Zoey was around 6 months old and we love it! How cute and tiny are these?!


Also, last Saturday, we went and participated in The Great Cloth Diaper Change in Nashville! It takes place every year in locations all over the world, and for the last 2 years, we've broken the Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time in multiple locations! Last year it was 8,301, and Zoey and I have an official participation certificate from Guinness! Here's hoping we break the record again!


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nail Post: Knocked Up Nails Prenatal Princess

Hey! As most of you know, the original intention for this blog was nails! While I'm not doing my nails on a regular basis anymore, I do sometimes feel the need to polish my pretties! Since I'm pregnant again, I thought this would be the perfect time to show you one of the gorgeous polishes from my collection: Knocked Up Nails' Prenatal Princess!

Knocked Up Nails is a company with 5-free polish that is focused toward expecting mamas! Because all of their products are free of the majorly dangerous chemicals that are toxic to growing tiny humans, they are perfect for us sacred vessels of life. Not to mention, the beautiful colors in their line have witty pregnancy-related names! I dare you to look through their website and come away not wanting a creamsicle or mint chocolate chip ice cream!

So, without further ado, here is Prenatal Princess.



Prenatal Princess is a light pink chrome with a wonderful formula! No streaks and very easy to work with. It's almost a one-coater, but I used 2 thin coats for this manicure. The dry time is a little slow, but the lasting power is wonderful! I chip polish very easily and quickly, and this manicure has lasted 3 days on me with only 2 small chips and just a bit of tip wear. (Might have lasted longer, but I have no pregnancy safe top coat right now!)

To dress it up a bit, I sponged OPI DS Signature on the tips, and I love how it turned out!



If you would like to try Knocked Up Nails, check out their website linked above! They are available for $10 a piece. Also, be sure to like them on Facebook!


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

13 Weeks Pregnant


How Far Along: 13 weeks.... Squishy is the size of a peach!
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: Still -5 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Still loving my maternity jeans... I got a fold down maxi skirt at Old Navy last week and I was in heaven! 
Sleep: Much better! 
Best moment this week: Seeing Zoey interact with my new niece Aleigha, who was born last month... She was so sweet and gentle with her! She is going to be such a great big sister!
Miss anything? Eating without getting full after 4 or 5 bites.
Movement: It's getting a little more consistent... I feel little nudges every night when I settle in to bed!
Cravings: Not much...
Anything making you queasy or sick? Still feeling good! 
Symptoms: Constipation has reared it's ugly head again, so I have started taking probiotics and upping my water. Ugh!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Much happier! I can tell I'm moving out of my first trimester. ;)
Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment next week, and scheduling the big ultrasound!


And for your viewing pleasure, here is a picture from Easter! It was Zoey's first Easter egg hunt (she was too little last year) and she was so excited! She got the hang of it quickly and hasn't stopped asking for eggs ever since! Lol!


I hope everyone had a great Easter! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

12 weeks!


How Far Along: 12 weeks. Squishy is the size of a plum!
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: Holding steady at -5 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Definitely the pants... Still a little small for shirts. 
Sleep: Good! Especially since the Z-monster has decided to finally start sleeping through the night pretty consistently! 
Best moment this week: Finally finding Squishy's heartbeat on the doppler! We found it last week faintly, and I got a video of it... But I found it today again! It held steady in the 160s.
Miss anything? Wine! (See a trend here?)
Movement: Still a few random pokes and flutters.
Cravings: Nothing much this week. Food is delicious though!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope! Feeling good!
Symptoms: I'm feeling pretty great: The headaches are still there, but I've been getting a break from them, the fatigue has tapered off... I can tell the end of the first trimester is near!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Getting happy!
Looking forward to: Easter festivities with my family this weekend! Also, Zoey's first Easter egg hunt! She will have a blast!


And a little extra: If you're interested in comparing, here's my 12 week post with Zoey!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

11 Weeks



How Far Along: 11 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: I had a stomach virus for a day that made me lose just a bit more, but I've held the loss, so I'm -5 lbs now.
Maternity Clothes: Yep! Loving my maternity jeans!
Belly Button, in or out: In.
Sleep: Getting better.
Best moment this week: This week was pretty neutral. Like I said, I came down with a stomach bug, and a few days before that my daughter had it. So, moving on!
Miss anything? Wine!
Movement: Starting to feel a few pokes and flutters, and I'm really thinking it's the little squishy saying hi! I felt Zoey around 14 weeks.
Cravings: Yesterday, I had my first intense craving... for Arby's! I drove all the way across town to get it, and it was delicious!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope!
Symptoms: I'm not feeling as great this week. I have had an intense headache for about 4 days now, and I only got relief today after I drank a cup of coffee. I'm not normally a coffee drinker, but if it helps these terrible headaches that nothing else will touch? Sign me up!!
Labor signs: Nada.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time? Irritable, and I have a pretty short fuse. 
Looking forward to: Finding the heartbeat with the doppler, of course... Still haven't had much luck there. Of course, I also can't wait to find out what we're having so I can plan our new nursery!


I have a few ideas in mind for some not pregnancy related posts, so keep an eye out for those! I've been hard at work on Zoey's felt board, and it's turning out really cute so far. I can't wait to share it with everyone!


One last thing: I don't know if any of my readers are cloth diapering Mamas, but this week in my shop, I have a 10% off code to celebrate a year of Itsy Stitches making cloth diapers! Head over to my Storenvy shop and take a peek, and if you like what you see, use "ITSYVERSARY" for 10% off! And spare my Facebook page a like as well? Cheers!

<3~ Amber

Thursday, April 3, 2014

This eggo is PREGGO! (10 weeks)

Hooray! More belly pictures!

I decided to start up my pregnancy log again on here... I enjoy going back and reading Zoey's old posts, and a few people have expressed that they enjoyed reading them as well! So, here you go! <3

How Far Along: 10 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight Gain: -3 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: Oh yes! I totally missed how super comfortable maternity pants are, so I'm all about it! I can't button my old jeans anyway... I'm showing a little faster this time around!
Stretch marks: Just the old ones around my hips and inner thighs. 
Belly Button, in or out: In.
Sleep: On and off... Zoey has just started sleeping in her own bed, so when she sleeps like crap, so do I. I have a hard time getting back to sleep when I wake up as well... I'm sure that won't be changing any time soon!
Best moment this week: Finding out that I hit double digit weeks AND lost 3 lbs! Maintaining is good, but losing is better... I gained 20 lbs while I was breastfeeding Zoey, so I want to keep my weight gain to an absolute minimum this time.
Miss anything?: Wine!
Movement: None yet... I can't wait to feel those first flutters!
Cravings: Nothing really yet. 
Queasy or sick: Nothing! I've been so lucky this far... I was a little queasy in the first few weeks after I found out, but after 6 weeks or so it tapered off, and I've been feeling great ever since! No food aversions either!
Looking forward to: Starting to feel the little bean, and finding the heartbeat with our doppler! I haven't had any luck yet, but I didn't find Zoey's until around 11.5 weeks.


Wondering about the "not twins!" at the bottom? That's a little joke for everyone that has felt the need to ask! Haha! Believe it or not, thanks to a little thing called "muscle memory", many women DO show faster with their second! I've had this comment made multiple times already. So, no... I'm not having twins. Yes, I'm sure. And yes, my doctor DID double check! (But seriously? Don't ask a pregnant woman if she's having twins. Ever. Unless you want to be asked awkward questions about the size of your abdomen, whether there is a baby growing in there or not! ;)  )


By the way, check out my cute little chalkboard! I wanted something a little more fun this time around. Want to learn to make one yourself? Stay tuned, I'll do a tutorial!

Surprise!



We're pregnant! 
Baby #2 is due October 29th! Baby blog coming tonight! :)

-Amber


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