So What’s Different?

I’ve always heard that each pregnancy is so different.  I’ve been thinking about the differences between my pregnancy with Little G and this one. 

How I look:  So far, I’m showing a little sooner than I did last time, but I’ve heard that is very common.  I actually had somebody notice that I was pregnant yesterday, which is exciting!  With Little G, I felt like I just looked like I was gaining weight instead of looking pregnant.  I so wanted my baby belly to show, but it took forever the first time!  I gain weight easily in my hips and legs and that is where I notice the weight gain at first during pregnancy.  It is the same this time, but I think the weight gain may be a little slower than it was before.18 weeks

18 weeks pregnant.  Picture from the bathroom at  work 🙂

How I feel:  I haven’t been super sick to where I had to stay home from work, but I definitely don’t feel great.  With Little G, I was over the nausea sooner than I am this time.  I’m 18 weeks now, and still feel sick at least one day/week.  I am extremely tired right now and I feel like I will never be able to make it to work early again.  It’s much different being pregnant the second time.  You don’t get as much time to rest since you have another kiddo to take care of.  With my first pregnancy, it was much easier to rest for a little bit when I needed it. 

What I eat:  I still enjoy healthy foods, but my sweet tooth is out of control this time!  I have to be very careful not to have too many sweets around me because I would choose those over real food any day right now, and that’s not good for me or the baby.

Exercise:  With Little G, I did not have any exercise restrictions.  I was not comfortable running while pregnant, so I walked and did workout videos at home 5-7 days/week.  With this baby, I wanted to try to keep running.  Unfortunately, I had some intense cramping less than a mile into my run.  I talked to my doctor and because of those complaints and previous pregnancy complications, I have been restricted to walking only this time.  That’s ok though because I have a friend who is pregnant and she likes to walk, so we can do it together!  I do some pregnancy workout videos with very light weights and stop if I feel anything out of the ordinary.  While exercise hasn’t been show to cause miscarriage, my doctor and I feel that it’s best to play it safe and listen to my body and stop if anything is causing cramping.  I am still exercising 4-6 days/week.

Other Fun stuff:  I can feel the baby move already!  With Little G, my placenta was in the front, so I didn’t feel her move until much later.  Even then, I couldn’t feel her move very much.  It’s so reassuring when you can feel that sweet little baby moving around in there, so I’m excited about that.  

We have our anatomy scan in a couple of weeks.  We’re not going to find out baby’s gender this time, but I’m always nervous about this scan.  We’re praying for a healthy baby and that everything is developing normally.  I’ll fill you guys in on the scan soon!

Any other moms out there wait until delivery day to find out what they were having, or am I just crazy?

Big News!

So, I’ve been away for a bit, ok a long time.  I’ve been exhausted, grumpy and excited all at the same time because of this…


That’s right, we have a sweet baby on the way!  I found out when we were at the beach in May, but only told close friends and family early.  I announced it to the rest of our friends at 13 weeks.  Little G is super excited!

Big Sister

After the picture, I asked her if she wanted a brother or a sister.  She said, “No!”  Oh well, it’s too late!

So now I’m 17 weeks along, have gained 6 lbs and have heard the baby’s heartbeat 3 times!  It’s the sweetest sound in the world.  We have our anatomy scan on August 15, so we’ll get to make sure that the baby is developing as it should.  We’re praying for a healthy baby.  We will not be finding out the sex this time until delivery day.  It will be a fun surprise!  

16 weeksI hear your baby bump shows faster the second time around.  So far, I feel like I look the same as I did with Little G at 17 weeks, but we’ll see!


It’s Almost Here!

I hope everyone had a happy Father’s Day and got to celebrate the special men in your life.  I celebrated Steven by taking a 2 hour nap yesterday…oops. 🙂  It’s ok though, we had a big Father’s Day lunch Saturday and I was up late working on a cake, so he let me sleep for a bit.

I am going fruit and veggie crazy right now. It’s probably because it’s hot and those are my favorite things to eat during the summer. I eat them all year long, but they’re just better now. I got some blackberries the other day (one of my favorites!), but they ended up being sour and bitter, and I wasn’t able to eat them. 😦 Today I’m going shopping and plan to get lots of watermelon!  I’m also drinking even more water than usual (which was already a ton), and I don’t even care that I had to get up to go to the bathroom 4 times last night!  Summer makes me happy and I’m so excited that it’s almost here!

Now, to figure out what to do with this crazy hair of mine! One of my patients actually said, “You need to do something with yourself.” Um, thanks, I didn’t realize it was that bad! Let’s be honest, I hate doing my hair. I think I would rather birth a child than spend time on my hair…ok, that may be taking it a little too far, but I’m sure somebody understands what I’m talking about. Anyway, any suggestions on what to do with this (not the face…I’m not sure what’s going on there, just the hair ;))?


Little G said that this is a much better look, but I’m not sure that I should trust a 1.5 year old…


Do you have any big plans for the summer?
Do you spend a lot of time on your hair?

Remeber Me?

Yeah…I didn’t think so! I’m kidding! After a week at the beach, I came home and have not been feeling well. I’m doing the best I can to make it through work and take care of the little one when I get home, so blogging has taken a back seat for a bit. Oh well, that’s life!

Steven recently had finals, so my parents offered to let me and Little G go to the beach with them so he could have a quite house for studying.  My sister, her husband and their little girl (Little G’s BFF) were already there with her hubby’s family.  Of course we said yes!

Unfortunately, our week at the beach wasn’t as perfect. We had record low temps while we were there and so much rain and wind, going to the beach just didn’t work out for us. We did go out for about 45 minutes, but that was all Little G could take because sand was blowing in her face.

Before we left, I dropped off a cake for a bridal shower.


Then, Little G and I painted our toenails to match. She actually sat there and let me do it!  We used a blow dryer on cool to dry them a bit. She kept saying, “Pretty toe!”

We did get to go out to some of our favorite places to eat (crab claws are the only seafood that I eat). I have tried to like all kinds of fish because I know that it’s good stuff, but I just can’t handle it. The taste and texture just weird me out.

My parent’s have a travel trailer and we stayed at the state park . We’ve done this since I was a kid.  We’ve stayed in hotels and condos too, but since camping there is what I’ve done the most, I love it!  It’s just so pretty and peaceful in the state park, and it’s a great place to run!


Because the weather was so bad, we spent one morning looking at campers.  I am trying to talk the husband into getting a small pop up camper.  He loves to hike and tent camp, but is not too excited about the camper idea.  Little G was even trying to help pick the best one and convince her daddy that we need one someday!

IMAG0379                  IMAG0380I think she will have the final word. 😉

It was so nice to get away, even if the beach wasn’t perfect, and it was fun to spend extra time with my family.  I’m already ready to go back!

Where did you go on your last vacation?

Hard Times…

Not much has been going on in my world lately besides working, taking care of one of the sweetest kids in the world, and getting some exercise. I’ve been at my desk a lot at work lately doing tons of charting, and it’s driving me nuts!  I like to get up and move around, but the charting must get done.  I try to take a break and just walk around and say hi to my patients, but sometimes I get in the groove typing and typing and the next thing I know, and couple of hours have passed and my legs are swollen.  I hate that feeling!  Also, my eyes and head are killing me from looking at the computer all day.  Ok, that’s enough of my whining!

So the hubs and I have been arguing a little more than usual lately.  We’re both just tired and grumpy and need to go on a date so that we can do something fun together instead of just seeing each other in passing as we’re trying to get stuff done.  I must say, the hardest time for us in our marriage so far was right after G was born.  She was a preemie (just came early on her own, for no reason) and required a lot of extra attention, so we were so tired and grumpy all of the time.preemie 1

Here she is in a preemie outfit.  I saved it and still cannot believe how small it is!

Not that you won’t be tired and grumpy if you have a baby that’s not a preemie, but when you have to feed a baby a million times because of weight loss (she was a tiny 4 pounder), you’re not producing enough milk on your own and she can’t latch on and doesn’t even want to eat because she’s too tired/weak, it gets very hard.  We did triple feeds, 5 min of breastfeeding on each side followed by formula mixed with pumped milk for the baby, and then me pumping for 20 minutes – every 2 hours, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week for a few months. 

preemie 3

Can you see how tiny she was?

That means that after I have finished all of that and cleaned up the pumping accessories, I was lucky to be able to rest for about 30 min before doing it all over again.  I forgot to mention that Steven was working out of town at that time.  He spent the week away from home for work, and was home on the weekends.  I stayed with my parents a lot during the week, so my mom would try to get up and do the bottle feeds while I pumped.  I barely ate anything for months because I was so tired, and that definitely didn’t help the whole producing milk situation.  I rarely got out of my pajamas.  It killed me not to be able to breastfeed my baby.  Being a Dietitian, it’s constantly drilled into your head that it is what you need to do and what is best for the baby, and I felt horrible that I couldn’t do it.  I had multiple meetings/conversations with the Lactation Specialists and tried everything they told me to, but it never got better.

preemie 2

Another preemie outfit.  She looks like she was a little stressed too! 

Finally, when G was 7 months old and after a tearful conversation with her doctor (who was also my pediatrician and he’s the best!), I decided to go to formula only.  I was pumping every 2 hours at work (getting almost nothing when I pumped) and it was so difficult to get anything done.  Her doctor assured me that I should not feel guilty and that plenty babies do fine on formula alone.  It was seriously one of the hardest things that I have ever done.  It was so hard for me to let it go, but she wasn’t getting much milk from me anyway. 

Though giving up on the breastfeeding helped me get more rest and become a happier mommy, I hope next time that I can go full term with the pregnancy and that it makes this situation a little better.  I plan to breastfeed again and I think it will be just as hard for me if it doesn’t work out with the next one.

No, I’m not pregnant right now (that I know of), but I was just thinking about all of this and how so many things can affect our relationships.  In the end, I love my husband so much.  We tried to live without each other a few times during the 7 years that we dated, but it just didn’t work out for us.  We may argue, and we’re really good at it sometimes, but I love him and I’m happy that he’s my husband.  Can’t wait to plan our next date! 

What did you do on your last date?

Any ideas for ours?

I’m Back!

Hello blogging world.  I have definitely missed you!  Our computer died, and being on a super tight budget right now, we weren’t able to run out and get a new one right away.  We were doing some research right now, but it looks like we’ll have one by next weekend!  Until then, I’m going to blog from wherever, whenever I get the chance.  Not being able to talk to my friends much between work and being a mommy leaves me with tons to talk about on the blog, and my husband appreciates that I have an outlet because I’ve been talking his ears off lately! 

Where to start…I signed Little G up for Mommy and Me swim lessons.  She absolutely loves it until I dunk her under the water, so we save that until the end.  This past lesson, we were putting toys in the water to encourage the babies to move around to get to them.  My daughter decides to motion for the toys to come to her instead.  It was pretty funny stuff.  Love that kid!


 Here she is trying on her new swimsuit (with Steven hiding the the back because he didn’t want his picture taken).  She has normal ones, but I liked this rashguard suit because it will help protect her from the sun when we start swimming outside, and it’s pretty stinkin’ cute!

 My hubby was gone helping with a huge even in town called Stadium Fest all weekend.  After our swim lesson and a fun baby shower, we stopped by to see him.  He was wearing a hat, which he never does, and Little G was so confused when she saw him.  I don’ t think that she knew that it was her dad until her started talking to her.  After she knew it was him, she got all excited and made him take her out of the stroller.  She has super powers like that where she can make him do all kinds of things.  She’s going to teach me how she does it next weekend.

Sunday was another busy day, just running around getting stuff done.  When I’m off of work, I usually do a workout video and take a shower while G is taking her morning nap.  I wasn’t able to do that Sunday, so I had to exercise around 9:00 pm.  I so should have been getting ready for bed, but I had to get a workout in.  The MTV Movie Awards was on.  I’ve never been a big fan of the show, but when I heard them say Zac Efron would be on, I wanted to tune in because, well, he’s just nice to look at. 😉  I kid, that’s not the only reason that I was watching.  So, I set up the portable DVD player by the TV so that I could exercise and while watching.  It’s all about priorities here!  The show was not good at all, but the workout was!  I ended up having to change the channel to HGTV (one of my favs!) after watching it for a few minutes…I didn’t even see Zac. 


It’s Monday, y’all!  I had to stop and get some real coffee this morning to help me get through the day.  coffee

How was your weekend?

Any coffee drinkers out there? 

I’m Itching…

Itching to run another half marathon! It’s weird not training for anything right now, but I know that I needed some extra time to heal from my stress fracture, so I haven’t signed up for anything.  I’m really trying not to get hurt again, so I’m increasing my mileage slowly.  As soon as I feel ready, I’m signing up for one! Maybe one that looks has something to do with this…

So this week, I had 1 cake order. It was for a little girl’s princess birthday party. I hope that they loved it!

princess cake

My 5K was this past Saturday. I was hoping this would be a speedy one for me, but it wasn’t. I took it a bit easier since I had been having trouble with my hip.  It wasn’t my slowest 5K ever, so that’s good!  I think one of my problems (when I’m not injured) is that I’m so used to running farther than 3 miles, I just can’t wrap my head around pushing myself that hard so early in a race. I hold back and then I finish feeling like I didn’t put enough into the race.  That’s something I need to work on.

Easter Sunday was great! We got up and Little G looked through her Easter basket. She got lots of Disney stuff and a really neat Dora mermaid that jumps into the bathtub and swims.  She loves it!  And guess what…I forgot to take a picture of G in her Easter dress.  Ugh, I am so mad at myself!  Steven plays the bass in the band at church, so he has to be there early.  That leaves me and G all alone to ready to drive the 45 min to church, so the last thing that I am thinking about is taking pictures.  I guess she’ll just have to get all dressed up again this weekend and sit by her basket so that I can take one!

After a great church service, we headed to my sister’s house for lunch. We usually have it at my parent’s, but my sister wanted to give it a shot this year. We all brought a dish and everything was perfect.  It was a great weekend.  

Do you ever forget to take pictures?

Any suggestions to help me remember?

A Whole Week!?

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last post.  It’s been a busy week at work and at home with being a mommy and baking cakes, so I ran out of time.  I have so much to talk about, but I’ll try not to ramble on…too much. 🙂  First of all, my husband, who is currently back in school, was out last week for spring break.  Since I wouldn’t let him go to the beach with all of the other college kids (I kid), he stayed home and got a ton done around the house!  I’ve said before that our house is very small, so the entire thing is Little G’s playroom.  When she has outgrown a toy, we have to take it to one of our parent’s houses to store it.  Not anymore!  My sweet husband added extra flooring in our attic and moved everything up there!  Along with that, he fixed some spots on the ceiling, cleaned the house and spent extra time with Little G.  Yeah, he’s pretty amazing. 🙂

 This week, I made some cupcakes for a sweet girl’s 16th birthday! 


And then I dropped this cake off on Saturday for a little girl’s 2nd birthday.


 Then Saturday night, I was about to give Little G a bath.  I had her sitting on my lap (no diaper on), while I turned her bath water off.  Next thing I knew, I felt somthing warm on my legs…she tinkled on me!  This wasn’t the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Not sure why she hasn’t done it to her daddy yet, but he thinks it’s super funny when it happens to me.


I know, the picture looks makes it look like I did it, but I promise, it was her!

 I have still been having trouble with my hip even though I’ve been foam rolling like crazy.  I’m starting to worry that it may be bursitis.  I’ve taken some time to rest completely and do some stretches and ice it.  I met with my running group yesterday morning and did 3 miles (I was scared to push it too much).  It has stormed the night before and it was so loud that Little G had trouble sleeping.  When I woke up it was still raining.  I only ended up getting 3-4 hours of sleep and had a full day ahead.  Since I had already told the group that I was coming to run, I pulled on my running clothes and headed out the door.  When we got there, we all talked about how we probably would have skipped the run had we not had people to meet.  This is why I love running with other people.  It’s hard to talk yourself out of it when others are waiting on you!  I had no hip pain while running, but it did come back after.  Not any worse, but it was still there.  I’m going to give it another few days, and if it’s not better, I will probably go to the doctor.

After my run, I went home and got ready for church.  After church, we went to Steven’s parent’s house for lunch.  I’m telling you, when his dad gets Little G, she falls asleep right away.   I’m pretty sure he has some kind of magical powers.  I’m thinking about hiring him to come over every night it storms to get her back to sleep! 🙂


I had big plans to wake up and get a workout DVD done before work today.  I decided that since it was the first night that I would able to sleep more than 5 hours, I need to get some sleep and exercise this afternoon instead.  I prefer exercising in the mornings, but I’ve been so sleep deprived, I really don’t want to compromise my health.  I think we sometimes forget how important sleep is in staying healthy.  Whenever have the opportunity to give my body the sleep it needs, I’m learning that I need to do that.  It’s hard when I have so much to do, but I am really feeling the effects of sleep deprivation right now and I need to fix that.

 Do you get enough sleep?

Do you ever run with a group? 


Saturday, Steven and I went out to celebrate our anniversary. My parents kept Little G. Before we dropped her off, we did some pilates together.
Ignore the mess in the picture. We live in a tiny house, so the entire thing is her playroom!

It was actually a boot camp video and it was really hard for me. I’m still sore today, but I love that feeling! When we got home from dropping G off, we got ready to head out for dinner.

I am horrible about forgetting to take pictures, so this was taken in the car after dinner! Seriously, one of the reasons I started this blog was to help me remember to take more pictures. I hope it works!

We started off with blue cheese chips. We ordered them because they sounded interesting. They really weren’t as interesting as they sounded. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese, but this was pretty mild. I actually enjoyed them.

We didn’t come close to finishing them because we wanted to save room for dinner. I decided on the pork tenderloin. It came with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes.

I ate about half of it. Everything was so good! The waiter asked if we wanted dessert, but we were too full.

I know you’re probably thinking about how unhealthy all of these foods are! Why would a dietitian eat this stuff??? When I was in high school and college, I believed in “good” and “bad” foods, but not anymore. I believe that you can enjoy all things in moderation, and that is what I teach my patients. If we restrict ourselves too much and never enjoy foods that we really like, we often go crazy and end up eating too much. I find that when I have some of the “unhealthy” foods that I really enjoy, I take my time and am usually satisfied before I eat too much. Life is all about balance. 🙂

I have a 5K coming up soon and I’m getting really excited. 5K is not my favorite distance, but I love how relaxed this race is and the after party is always so much fun! It was actually my very first race in 2010. I had to tinkle during the whole thing and was only able to run about half of it because the bouncing was not helping the situation. I was so disappointed! I learned my lesson and make a stop at the potty before every race now. 🙂

Any races coming up for you?
Did you remember to wear green yesterday?

Friday Fun Day

A couple of days without a computer will leave you with so much to post! We had another Friday Fun-day at the park. Who knew spending my off days with little ones swinging and going down slides could be so much fun? G loved climbing through the tunnel to my mom and it made her hair look great!

Before we left for the park, I cleaned up the house and opened a package that I had ordered for G for Easter. I had leftover Disney Rewards and wanted to use them before they expired. G loves anything with puppies in/on it right now, so I ordered her some 101 Dalmatians pajamas and The Fox and the Hound DVD. When I opened the package, the inside of the box looked like this…
This is why I love Disney so much. Even their packages are magical!

Today at the park was even more exciting because my brother stopped by with his new girlfriend! It’s a pretty big deal when he brings a girl to meet the family. She was super sweet, so I definitely approve. 🙂 They haven’t been dating long, but they have known each other for years. I think Steven and I dated for about a year before I met his family. He met mine the night of our first date. I still lived with my parents when we started dating and I’m Italian, so meeting la famiglia right away is not that strange.
I think it made him nervous…I’m kidding, he loved them!

And then last night was great. G has been sleeping in her pack n play in our room because it’s been cold and her room has high ceilings and a huge window and just won’t warm up! Last night was much warmer, so she slept in her own room. We all sleep much better that way. I still watch her on the monitor like crazy when she’s in there, but she did great!

What about you? When did you meet your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s family? When did they meet yours?

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