Pregnancy #2: Week 30

Alicia at 20 weeks, me at 30 weeks, and Marie at 36 weeks!

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Crazy! Where has the time gone? I’m already to week 30 of my pregnancy!! Remember week 30 last pregnancy? I shared the awesome baby girl shower my mom and sisters threw for me. This time, we are going to have a smaller boy shower in a couple of weeks.

Week 30

How I feel

Last month, at 27 weeks, I reported having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions. I was pushing myself too much with Christmas preparations, cooking, and packing. At my husband’s encouragement I cut back on how much I was doing at a time, decided to up my intake of water in the mornings and I’ve been doing a lot better! I

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Slowing down as we approach the holidays...

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As you know, I’ve entered my third trimester of this pregnancy – yay!! This pregnancy has gone by so fast! Unlike the last pregnancy, not all of our attention is devoted to my day by day progress, or monitoring the baby’s growth week by week. Instead, we have a toddler to attend to, and family gatherings to plan for.

Over the last week or so I’ve been doing physically more than normal – baking cookies, shopping (again and again it seems!!), cleaning and packing. And I’ve been having more and more Braxton Hicks contractions – not good. It’s not that Braxton Hicks contractions (or practice contractions) are bad per se – they are helping your body get ready for labor. But it’s the fact that

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New Mom Gift Guide

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I have so many friends who are pregnant right now – including my youngest sister!! Wahoo – we are bump sisters! So, I thought I would put together a fun new mom gift guide. You can use this resource for picking up some quick Christmas gifts for you friend (or sister), or to make a list for their baby shower. As a mom who is prepping for baby #2, here are some things I would totally appreciate:

1. Postpartum Herbal Sitz Bath or Bath Teas

Once that Momma has had her baby, she can enjoy soaking in luxurious hot baths once again!! These bath teas are a great aid to perineal and vaginal healing, as well as a c section incision (once cleared to get wet).

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Pregnancy #2: Week 27

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely been craving sweet things lately, especially with all the Christmas cookies, etc. being pinned on Pinterest!! And, I’ve given in to the cravings and have been making sweet things a LOT. (Don’t worry, I’ve given some of it away, but we still have too much in our house.) My latest favorite was the Cranberry Christmas cake – it’s so good and not too sweet. I love the tangy-ness of the cranberries with the sweet cake!! It’s moist and amazing – check it out!!

 

Well, on to the pregnancy update:

Week 27

How I feel/slept – Getting pretty tired most days now. I’m definitely in my 3rd trimester now!! The past three nights

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Pregnancy #2: It's a... (week 24)

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Hello all – it’s been a bit of a quiet month here because we went on a CRUISE!! It was our babymoon before baby #2 comes. We left Ain behind with Grandparents, so it was a nice, relaxing, connecting time with the hubby! I would not do it pregnant again though – my ankles and hands were swollen so bad they were uncomfortable and I couldn’t spend that much time walking around in the heat of Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, and Jamaica. We did have incredible views, though and I LOVED eating all the time!! And we had a room with a balcony!!

 

Last time I updated you on this pregnancy was when I was 20 weeks along. I

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Pregnancy #2: Week 20

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Hello all! So, I’m definitely not updating you all as much during this pregnancy, as I was with my first pregnancy. Haha. Last time I shared I was just 14 weeks along. I also haven’t been taking as many bump pictures. I’ve just taken pictures at 14 weeks, 17 weeks, and 20 weeks so far.

                                               

Week 20

How I feel – Pretty good, pretty normal. Last pregnancy about this time I was having pretty bad round ligament pain. This time I haven’t felt much yet. Maybe it’s still coming…just later.

Total weight gain/loss? – Last

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Introducing Toddler Tuesday + Baby Bump!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you MAY have seen the news. Last we on Facebook we announced it, and now we are making it blog-official – WE ARE PREGNANT!!

 

We are so excited for our new little one, coming at the end of March 2015!!! Today I am officially 14 weeks and starting my second trimester. I’m glad to be past the nausea and aversion to food. Let me tell you, morning sickness is a bit rougher when you have a toddler that you are trying to encourage to eat. The peanut butter smell made me nauseous, but since pb & j is one of the things Ain will eat consistently, I had to put up with it (or feed him

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Ain's Birth Story and How I Realized I am Strong

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I am strong because I labored for 27 hours and pushed for an hour and a half on three hours of sleep and without any pain medication.

 

WARNING: This is a birth story. If reading about childbirth isn’t your thing, you might want to skip this post.  

Labor was harder than I expected. Yes, I had done plenty of reading since I wanted to give birth without pain medication and plenty of people had told me it was the hardest thing they had ever done. But going into labor I didn’t want to have a lot of preconceived notions since every labor is different.

I told others I was trying to prepare myself mentally for a long (maybe 24 hour labor?)

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Breastfeeding Revolution - FREE virtual summit

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I don’t know about you, but ever since I gave birth, I’m reading up all I can about breastfeeding. I seem to constantly have questions and I have overcome my fair share of breastfeeding difficulties – and I’m still within the first two months!

Have you heard of Breastfeeding Revolution? Healthy-mom blogger and breastfeeding advocate, Christine Miskinis, has brought together 21 Mother & Baby experts for a special one time FREE virtual event: Breastfeeding Revolution: Discover the Secrets to the Art of Blissful Breastfeeding.

I’m SUPER excited for this breastfeeding video series  coming up!! It’s going to be running from Sunday, August 11th until the end of August. Everyday they will be airing one video for you to watch (which you will receive

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Welcome to the World Ain Levi Pool!

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Welcome Baby Boy!

 

 

Boy, were you a surprise! Ain Levi Pool (pronounced ‘long A’ and the word ‘in’) was born on Monday, June 24th. His names mean ‘Merciful’ and “Gift of God’. He certainly is a gift. But, he was a surprise as we were expecting a girl (that’s what the 18 week sonogram showed).

He was 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 inches long – same size as his Daddy when he was born! It was a LONG labor – 27 hours and 21 of those hours I was in active labor! I am so thankful to have given birth at the New Birth Company in Overland Park and to have the staff there, my

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