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
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:
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!