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Second Pregnancy: Weeks 24, 26 & May Celebrations

Well, hi there! I have a few things to update on the blog I suppose.

First up, baby bump photos:

 

Week 24 (6 months):

 

and week 26:

 

I definitely feel like I have popped a lot in the past week. Even more after this 26 week photo was taken.

I’m still feeling really strong. I swear, I attribute it to this little boy. I can tell he’s going to be tough as nails. He’s giving me so much strength and I am almost fearless. My yoga practice has been a savior. I feel more “addicted” to getting on my mat than usual. My body and the baby are loving yoga, and if I miss a few days I really feel it. One of my students who also practices Aikido told me that this extra strength was my “ki” –my power within. I thought that was really neat. I even feel my handstands have improved tremendously since becoming pregnant. And I see a difference each week in PIT with how strong I am getting. This is something I am fully embracing because I totally expect to start slowing down a little as I enter the third trimester (and the awful humid summer). Who knows how I will feel, but I hope it is at least half as good as I felt during my second trimester.

I have been focusing so much on my fitness and health, and being grateful about how awesome I’ve felt, but now I need to start thinking about the end game. I can not believe that I will be 7 months pregnant next week! This is really flying by.

 

Right now I am considering hiring a doula, but need to get my husband on board. There are so many things I did not know the first time around, and did not ask because I was either afraid, or just going with the system. I didn’t know all of the options available to me. And while, I know birth can be unpredictable, and you can’t plan everything that’s going to happen, you can still try and avoid interventions and things. Last time around I was open-minded, and fully trusting that my doctors would take care of things. And luckily it all turned out well (until after the birth, where I personally had a scary experience due to all the fluids and interventions). I can look back and say I “could have don’t this and that” but I won’t dwell on the past. I do, however, think it may be good to have one other person to be my advocate, aside from myself and Michael who can help me labor at home as long as possible, and stand up for me at the hospital if things are going smooth, and I need someone to help me make the best decisions and stick to my plan and wishes as much as possible. My mom had 4 natural births herself, and always tells me how she was up and showering afterwards. When I gave birth to Ella she stayed overnight in the hospital with me and was horrified about what happened, again, everything ended up okay but I do not want to deal with that type of rough recovery or scare again.

Anyway, anyone who have given birth know you rarely see your doctor. It’s all about your nurse and support person( s ). The Doula Guide to Birth was such an amazing book and I am going back to read it again and make notes, and a rough birth plan. Giving birth does not have to be so scary, it isn’t about the horror stories you hear. I am learning so much and so grateful to have opened my mind to all of this information. Because honestly, last time I thought ignorance was bliss.

In other events we had Weezy’s 3rd birthday party at the beginning of the month! We invited her classmates and did rented a pony, as well as had the kids paint bird houses (they were $1.00 each at Michael’s crafts).

 

It was a hit!

 

She wanted a “Frozen” (the movie) cake. And while I love making her cakes myself, I did not want to get involved in this. I wanted to have the party, focus on the food and activities and not be up until 2am trying to get this cake right. If you know me at all, you would know I cringe at the mere thought of serving petroleum based toxic dyes to children. Luckily Whole Foods was able to make a BEAUTIFUL cake with NO artificial dyes for her! Yay! Not only that it tasted AMAZING! Seriously some of the best buttercream frosting I’ve had since my wedding.

 

Even the moms were asking for seconds!

 

 

The kids loved it as well Smile

 

The following weekend was my brother’s wedding. Did I mention he got married on my 6 year anniversary (May 10th)? So we now share the same anniversary. He always had to copy off me growing up so this isn’t any different I suppose

The rehearsal was on Thursday night (like I did as well). Everything was amazing.

 

 

Our handsome youngest brother officiated the wedding.

 

I wasn’t sure how sporting zebra print at 6 months pregnant would go, but I was digging it.

Friday, myself  all the girls, including Weezy at the other flower girls got our wedding mani pedis. Then Saturday was hair and makeup and off to the wedding! Everyone involved in this wedding is so close, and the story behind my brother and Meg is so sweet that barely anyone could keep their eyes dry all day. There was so much emotion in the room. More than any wedding I have been to in my life. I took one look at my brothers when I got up the aisle and lost it. CJ was hardly able to keep it together, and seeing the pure love and emotion in Robbie’s eyes was amazing. If you ever saw 27 dresses, you know that the best part of the wedding is looking over at the groom to see his reaction when the bride walks in.

 

All of that on top of the overloaded cuteness of the flower girls (Meg’s daughter and her 3 nieces, and then Ella was the littlest punim), and it was almost too much to handle.

 

We all had a blast. Robbie and Meg did such an amazing job. This was the first wedding that CJ officiated and it was flawless. He is the best. I wish I knew of this talent 6 years back.

Meg was stunning. And my brother didn’t look too bad himself:

 

 

 

 

 

 

<3

Next up…the third trimester! And that awful glucose test. I can’t wait to share my thoughts on that. Something I did not fight last time, but this time I am looking for alternatives to drinking that toxic orange drink. Wish me luck!

 

-Laury

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15 Comments

  • Reply Julie

    That cake looks tasty! Glad you’re still feeling good. =)

    May 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm
    • Reply Laury

      Thanks, Julie!!

      May 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply the delicate place (@misathemeb)

    honestly, i cannot believe how far along in this preg you are! and also, i don’t believe it’s 100% necessary to do that GTT…if you are eating well and gaining weight gradually, your blood glucose levels should be fine and responsive to spikes you know? but it’s totally your call but you do have the right to refuse!

    you look BEAUTIFUL at your bro’s wedding! wait a min…how did CJ officiate? is he a pastor or do the online thing—my FIL and his 2nd wife did something online and officiated each other! i’ve never seen that done before.

    the frozen cake looks adorable..and i haven’t seen the movie haha. but i am def seeing my friend’s kids who are obsessed with it all over my FB feed.

    May 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm
    • Reply Laury

      I know…it is flying by!!!! I don’t think it is that necessary, but if the tell me I can drink 16 pounces of OJ and half a banana I will do the test. I just don’t get why it always has to be some processed factory made franken food!

      And thank you so much!!! CJ got his ordained minister cert off the net a few years ago! Your FIL and his wife officiated their own wedding? I never heard of that!

      May 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Purelytwins

    girl I feel your pain about the Glucose test! My next apt at the end of June is when I am supposed to do mine. And I am thinking of telling my doctor I don’t want to take it nor do I want to get the TdaP vaccination. I am researching both those things and probably going to discuss next on my next pregnancy update. I saw one lady said she refused the test and did a A1C diabetes blood test. So I am going to look into that and see if I can request that test for me instead. Fingers cross. I hope so, as I do not want to take that glucose test as that is a log of sugar! 😉

    And I read that same book. It helped me so much with going into my first birth here soon. I plan on going back to make notes. I can’t afford a doula so I am going to rely on Gary and Michelle to be mine support system. I am trying to have an open mind about birth but also have some things that I don’t want if possible.

    xo

    May 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply Laury

      Yes we should have a choice in the matter. Like I said to Melissa, if I had to bring 16 ounces of fresh pressed OJ and half a banana to the test, I am ok with that. That franken drink loaded with GMO soy, petroleum based dyes, flame retardants and carcinogens is NOT ok with me. I did it before and didn’t know just how awful it was. I figured the dyes were in there but soybean oil? Really???

      You should have your husband and Michele read the birth partner, and you as well…if you haven’t already. We can;t afford a doula but you can get doulas in training for nothing and many that do charge have a sliding scale and will take what you can afford. Looking into it more! I am sure your hubby and Michelle will make great birthing partners for you! So exciting and I can’t believe wer are just a few weeks apart!

      May 30, 2014 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Susan

    Excited for you:). Will check out the doula book. We don’t have Doulas here but hypnobirthing is popular to help with a pain free and minimum intervention book. I plan to read the book soon. Will check out the glucose test for you.

    The only books I have are the Irish pregnancy bible and a pregnancy journal. I did buy Alicia’s Silverstone’s pregnancy book but it’s too extreme for me. Well done for with all the great yoga you’ve been doing. Beautiful wedding photos and of Ella. Delighted for you

    May 30, 2014 at 3:42 am
    • Reply Laury

      Even if you do not have doulas you should DEF read that book and “The Birth Partner.” And Ina May’s books. Lots of info to keep you informed, and less scared. i wish I had rea them the first time. i stuck with more standard books about what to expect week to week and such. I had a journal as well. So excited for YOU!!!! I am still waiting to hear from my doc. All I want is a note saying I can drink 16 ounces of OJ and half a banana instead. It’s the same thing (50 grams of glucose) but with real food. No issue taking the test if they think I need it. Just with that drink.

      May 30, 2014 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    First of all, you look AMAZING! Your skin is gorgeous.
    Ella looks like a little doll in her flower girl dress! So cute.
    I think it’s great that you’re feeling a little more empowered and in control this time around. I hope you’re birth goes as planned!
    I’m feeling the opposite. We’re not TTC yet but after our house gets built I’d like to start. The thing is I broke my pelvis during my son’s birth and the recovery was AWFUL. The worst pain and I couldn’t rest like I was suppose to in order for it to heal. So I’m honestly considering a C section right from the start with the next one. NOT my ideal birth plan but I just don’t want to risk that happening again. It would probably be even worse the second time. So I envy you being able to choose a drug free birth.

    May 30, 2014 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply Laury

      Aww thank you, Kristen!! So sweet of you to say!!!

      And jeez! That is horrifying and I don’t blame you at all for wanting to go that route! I know other women who were in a similar boat. I would probably feel the same. I am just learning so much and there are things that can be done to make it less painful and less scary and with less waiting time at the hospital. Hopefully it works out. You never know. Birth is very unpredictable! So I am keeping that in mind to save myself from disappointment.

      June 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm
  • Reply Debbie

    I can’t recommend a doula any more highly. BEST decision I ever made – seriously. You won’t regret it!

    May 31, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply Laury

      Good to know!!! Thanks!

      June 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Hi Laury,

    I’ve been reading your blog on and off for a while but I think it’s the first time I comment. When I was pregnant I turned down the glucose test all together. I was healthy, feeling great and was showing no signs of having gestational diabetes.
    It’s a personal choice of course but in case you hadn’t thought of bypassing the test altogether I thought I’d let you know some people do 🙂

    June 1, 2014 at 3:04 pm
    • Reply Laury

      Thank you, Alex! I am seeing my doctor on Thursday and going to discuss it with him. That;s really good to know!!

      June 3, 2014 at 11:30 am
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