Hello Again.

Oh haaiiiii this is a bit awkward, not going to lie. Two years of radio silence is a  bit embarrassing but you know having a kid and all that jazz. Well lets see here what has happened in two years to bring us to today?

Jason Dean was born! Huge part of my life right now (obvs). He just turned two and is such an awesome kid, I feel very lucky to have him as a son.

JD

I have been back to work since last August, part-time 3 days a week. We have had a lot going on for work though so it feels like a full 5-day work week by the third day that’s for sure.

Biggest thing currently I think is being pregnant with #2!

15wks

I am 16 weeks right now (picture above was taken at 15 weeks because my one from this week was taken in my underwear and…yeah #internetneverforgets). I am measuring about 4 weeks ahead with this bump than when I was pregnant with Jay. Definitely showing a lot sooner this time around!

In super current (meaning so current it hasn’t even HAPPENED yet), we leave on vacation tomorrow!! squeeeeee!!

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Jay and I are flying to Kelowna tomorrow for a wedding (Brian is driving out so all I have to bring is a carry on!?) on Saturday then going to Penticton, and end up in Invermere. SO we will be gone for a total of 9 days! It will be our first family vacation minus weekend trips since last summer when we went to Ontario. I think I am going to Snapchat (tawnylee2) and Social Media the shit out of our vacay because I have been getting SO jealous of everyone’s holidays and it’s finally my turn! Also for the memories….you know.

I can’t promise I will be all over this blog like a dirty shirt BUT I do miss it and will be checking in a lot more frequently than once every two years!

Chat soon!

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6 Months

Oh hey there belly, I almost didn’t see you poking out…

25 weeks

Is it just me or did I all of a sudden sprout a pointy tummy? For comparison sake here is a side-by-side of 22 weeks versus 25 weeks.

6 monthsRight?! It also depends on what I am wearing, but still there ain’t no denying that there is a baby in there. (btw I just realized that I tend to wear this scarf quite a bit…)

In other Baby B news, Brian (finally) felt him kick! He kicks like crazy and Brian has been able to see it (like for realz my stomach moves) but anytime his hand is on there, nothing happens haha. But last night it finally happened and it solicited this reaction from Brian:

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I’m kidding but it was still exciting 🙂 He actually had his head on my stomach so he felt as well as heard the movements which was pretty cool.

We also met with our new OB this week and I already feel a lot more comfortable with her compared to my previous doctor so it went really well. Funny story though: a resident did the doppler to hear the heartbeat and almost as soon as she put it on my stomach he karate kicked the mic and swam away! I have a feeling we have a little handful coming our way pretty soon. This most definitely does not stem from his parent’s nicknames being Tawnster Monster and B the T (Brian the Terrible) growing up…

xo T

21 Weeks

Weeks: 21

Total Weight Gain: About 12 pounds

My Body: Feeling…soft. My belly just keeps trucking along and it feels like it has doubled in size over night. It is now pretty noticeable although still kind of on the lines of “chubby” if a stranger saw me walking down the street. Changes have definitely been happening in other places too but I won’t go into detail about that on here. (you’re welcome.)

Maternity Clothes: I am currently doing a mix and match of my regular clothes with maternity clothes. I can still wear my regular pants and do the hair tie trick (like I am today) but I just noticed that the zipper will not go up as high anymore and my shirt isn’t quite long enough….whoops. Any pants that sit anywhere near my bellybutton are super uncomfortable now too. They either have to be on my hip bones or my full panel maternity pants. Anything in between is awful and Baby B squirms around non-stop. Maternity shirts are slowly starting to work now too as they are long. My regular shirts are slowly starting to creep up as the day goes on so I either have to wear a cami underneath or just wear a maternity shirt.

Cravings: I am craving something sweet at night after dinner a lot lately. I bought mint chocolate chip ice cream on the weekend and that has been treating me so right.

On the topic of food though, since becoming pregnant I really don’t get hunger pains anymore. I go from not really hungry to feed me I am growing to throw up in a matter of seconds. Lately since the baby is a lot bigger it feels like everything I have goes straight to the baby and then my body is left with the leftovers. I had a scary moment last week when he was going through a growth spurt I think and was eating like I normally would but apparently that wasn’t enough and I was pretty close to passing out. I had the cold sweats, my heart was racing and saw stars. Since then I have brought a lot more “just in case” snacks with me to work so I can grab something quick. I have had to quickly get over my food hangups and just eat when my body tells me I need to eat without second guessing myself. For most dinners I am eating the same if not more than Brian and last week I ended up having to eat a second dinner a couple hours later because I was hungry again. I figure as long as I am eating nutrient-rich food there is nothing to be ashamed about feeding my baby (For full disclosure I did break down last week and had McDonalds for dinner but sometimes you just gotta do it and it isn’t a regularly occurring thing). To show you what I mean this is what I brought to work to eat today:

– 1 apple

– 1 orange

– 2 hard boiled eggs

– 1 fruit & nut trail mix bar

– 2 quinoa cookies

– 1 chicken sandwich with avocado, cucumber, lettuce, harvarti, and sriracha on ancient grain bread

I start my day off with a bowl of vector cereal with almond milk, have my snacks and lunch while at work, and then dinner last night was lemon-dill tilapia with couscous and kale (I had two pieces of fish). Then of course my ice cream landed in there later on and a couple of Brian’s jalapeno chips. But overall I am happy with what I have been eating and feeling lucky that I don’t have any crazy aversions anymore at this point.

Sleep: Pretty good considering the weird dreams and the pee breaks. I have switched my snoogle out the last couple of nights in favour of just a pillow between my knees. Sometimes you just need some cuddle time with the husband!

Baby Items Bought/Received: Brian cracked and bought some baby clothes on the weekend. We were in Winners and he went straight to the baby aisle and started looking around and ended up finding some adorable baseball-themed outfits and teeny-tiny socks. I took a picture but I promised I wouldn’t post it because he got all embarrassed but it was so adorable how excited he got 🙂

Best Baby Moment: I felt him move from the outside! The movement has been getting stronger and stronger so it was only a matter of time but it was a shock nonetheless. I was reading my iPad with my arm over my stomach and I felt the movement from the inside and the outside at the same time, it was crazy! I felt it again last night and put Brian’s hand on my stomach so that he could feel too and all movement just stopped ha ha.

Goals: Cleaning my house. That counts right? I think it is a side effect of nesting where I look around the house and all I see is stuff I need to clean or get rid of before the baby comes.

Worries: None…other than cleaning my house.

Looking Forward To: Going on our babymoon in two weeks! Also our first appointment with our new doctor.

 

xo T

 

Boy or Girl

From the very beginning I have called what gender I thought Baby B was and it turns out…

I was right. booya

So friends it turns out there is a little baby BOY inside of me! We had out ultrasound last Thursday and finally got to see him (it was amazing!) but we had to wait until our doctors appointment today to hear the gender and if everything checked out okay. Turns out everything is normal and I was also spot on with when I thought I conceived 🙂 I think my ego has inflated like 10 fold today #bam Unfortunately as predicted the baby also has inherited Brian’s sizable head. At 20 weeks his head is already 5 cm! According to my BabyCentre App, the little guy is 10.5 inches long.

20 weeks

I just cannot wait to meet him!

xo T

Pregnancy Brain 101

I thought I would use my love of GIFs to demonstrate what the past 19.5 weeks of pregnancy has been like for me. Enjoy!

When I dream about drinking wine or beer and it is so real I can actually taste it…but then I wake up.

bullshit

When I finally have a day that it looks like I have a bump and not just that I have eaten too much I’m like:

strut

When my (male) boss has a conversation with me about how much a woman’s body changes during pregnancy

uncomfortable

When I am too hungry to sleep at 3 am and I make a snack. Doesn’t matter what I eat, this is what I look like:

yum

Brian’s face when I tell him what I ate at 3 am:

yuck

When I read too many romance novels due to my raging hormones.

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On the days that everything I own does not fit me right:

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When I think about Brian with our baby:

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When it hits me that my body will NEVER look the same:

mygosh

When people give us tips on “the best baby sleeping technique” and then complain about how exhausted they are because their baby isn’t sleeping well.

yapyap

xo T

18 Weeks

Weeks: 18

Total Weight Gain: About 10 pounds.

My Body: Feeling good! Belly is starting to protrude out a lot further, especially after I eat and it is impossible for me to suck the bottom in anymore. Also in the last couple days my stomach has been SO ITCHY! I have read that this has to do with the skin stretching but man is it uncomfortable.

Maternity Clothes: Still just pants at the moment! I can’t wait for the weather to get hotter so I can wear dresses.

Cravings: I could really go for an ice cold beer right now. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water….

Sleep: It’s been hit or miss the last few nights. Lots of pee breaks and the occasional bowl of cheerios have been eaten in the wee hours.

Baby Items Bought/Received: My sister and mom surprised me with a moby wrap! I have been bitter ever since I got scammed on buying one on Kijiji (it ended up being homemade) so I have been grumpy about them ever since that but still wanted one. Such an awesome surprise.

Best Baby Moment: Lots of moment lately! It is getting more forceful every week. A few weeks ago it was more like flutters and now it is like a rolling muscle spasm.

Goals: The weather is no longer freeze-your-nose-off-cold, so I really want to get outside and walk around. I am going stir crazy being inside all of the time! Summer where are youuuuu!?

Worries: Nada. I am loving that everything is pretty zen.

Looking Forward To: Our ultrasound next week! I don’t think I have ever been this excited/nervous for something before. Both Brian’s family as well as mine have the date in their calendars to remind them to call us after ha ha it is too cute 🙂

excited

16 Weeks

So today started out great! Felt great, looked great, everything was great. Then I got to work and haven’t been able to keep food down since. Goodbye cheerios 😦 Then to top it all off the twinge of a cold that I felt coming on last night reared it’s ugly head and has now manifested as nasal congestion, sore throat, coughing, the works. AWESOME. Okay I will stop being a Debbie Downer now I just needed to get that off my chest.

On a happier note, last night was pretty cool. Our baby stuff from Costco got delivered that we ordered a couple of weeks ago! We also had a mystery box waiting at our front door when we got home that was massive but we had no idea where it came from. Brian and I then spent over 3 hours opening boxes and assembling various baby gadgets. Who knew that a high chair needed that many pulleys and secret lock/unlock buttons?! We sure didn’t. There was a moment of panic too when we were missing the drink tray for the stroller that the car seat needs to latch onto (ie: VERY important piece) and we could not find it anywhere. Brian looked online and since we order it from Costco, there was a chance that we may have to return the entire order. In it’s original packaging….

Needless to see we were kind of freaking out because the stroller was the last thing that we assembled and the thought of disassembling EVERYTHING and putting it back into their respective boxes was something my brain could not handle at that moment. Lo and behold though this morning Brian randomly spotted something underneath the couch and it was our missing drink tray! Hallelujah!

The mystery box was the biggest and heaviest box and was tucked in the corner behind and beneath the rest of the boxes so we did not get to it until all the other boxes were gone. It was a glider! Exactly the one that I wanted and I just knew it was from my Dad and step-mom (I texted to make sure the credit went to the right people just in case). So exciting about all of our awesome baby gear, now all we are missing is a little baby to put in it!

Today you can see a bit more than bloating so I will share my first blog bump photo taken in the bathroom at work:

16weeks

Weeks: 16

Total Weight Gain: About 10 pounds.

My Body: Have been feeling great minus today where I feel like death. My back has been quite sore recently too but I think painting the baseboards did quite a number on me as well as assembling all the baby stuff last night.

Maternity Clothes: Just some pants right now. Shirts are still too big/fit funny.

Cravings: Nothing really…my appetite is finally toned down and is back to normal (read: I am not eating like a starving trucker anymore yay!)

Sleep: Awesome with my snoogle! Except last night because I was so congested.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Our Costco set, and a glider for the nursery. I also tackled repainting the baseboards in the nursery but am waiting on Brian to finish mudding so that we can put some paint on the walls.

Best Baby Moment: This might get a bit too hippy for some people but it is a pretty cool story. Every once in a while a family friend of ours does a card reading for me (ALWAYS positive stuff none of those decks that have a death card in them or anything; these readings focus on where you are at now and gives messages from your guides). Long story short when I was picking my cards to do the reading I was feeling flutters like crazy. Turns out baby pushed out enough energy to have his own reading with his own cards that were very separate from mine (mine had a very clear and distinct message). That was a really special experience.

Goals: Need to exercise! Ah! This is not working at all. Although it is my birthday week so I think I get kind of a pass for that?

Worries: I really want to change doctors. I am a bit of a chicken and am afraid of hurting my doctors feelings though asking for a referral (the OB/GYN that I want only accepts referrals). Stupid I know and I will eventually do it I am just pushing it off.

Looking Forward To: Changing doctors. Going back home to my snoogle after work.