First, I’m a terrible blogger. I love following other blogs - both because they are insightful and bring a lovely break to my day. But seriously, how do you people manage multiple posts per week with kids and jobs? But anyway, here’s my quarterly post.
Baby 2 is 16 weeks. I have had the same easy going pregnancy as my first. No morning sickness; no hormonal crying jags; etc. as I’ve gone through this, I have kicked myself for not doing a week by week with jameson. It would be nice if I remembered when I first felt a kick, weight gain by month and just general symptoms. I have sincere pregnancy amnesia.
One thing that is entirely different is the speed at which this is going. I remeber feeling that it took forever to get to 20 weeks and that another 20 weeks would be sheer torture. Now, I blink and a month is gone. We are so focused on and caught up in our almost 2 year’s awesomeness (and awfulness) (the other day, as I tried to get her to eat while we were at a board meeting, she said “I’m busy now.” And proceeded to color. What?!). Also different - the bloating. Holy hell, at 8 weeks someone actually asked me of we knew what we were having. The belly size has slowed down (thank god!) and I’ve gained only 3 lbs. not too shabby considering the ice cream and chocolate I’ve loaded up on.
I thought this time i would feel more connected to this little life, knowing as I do the bounty of love that awaits us. But I don’t. It doesn’t feel any less surreal than the First time. It does feel magically and I’m trying to cherish te swirling stomach and I’m going to try and do the same for kicks. This is it. Our last baby. Our last pregnancy. I can’t wait to see my daughter become a big sister but in also terrified of the transition.
At least we have the gender scan to look forward to. We have placed large stake bets on the results. With any luck, my bet will win my an iPad mini.
Has anyone else begun estate planning and establishing temporary guardianship and permanent guardianship for their little person/people?
We have life insurance but haven’t begun the other process. I’m not sure if we should do it through an simple online site or go to a lawyer.
As a lawyer, please go to a lawyer. I can’t tell you how many issues arise because people use forms like zoom legal that fail to meet state specific requirements. The result is often a totally ineffective will and mess for your surviving family to deal. Wills can be expensive but it is money and hassle saved in the long run.
Doula support in childbirth is associated with a 40% decrease in cesarean deliveries among Medicaid recipients, according to results from a study published online February 14 in the American Journal of Public Health.
nineyearsandcounting, for some reason it’s not letting me reblog your response. How do you make your smoothies?
I wish I knew how to fix the reboot issue. Sorry. As to the smoothies, it varies depending on what we have on hand. We have. Blendtec which makes all of it super easy. We always use Greek yogurt (for the added protien). We usually have bananas, strawberries and blueberries laying around. We either add milk or orange juice, though water works too to thin it down. And then we add veggies, which includes any of these: avocado, spinach, kale, carrots.
If we don’t have a lot, I usually make a variety of Monkey Milk. The trick with smoothies is they tend to be hard with sippy cups. We have a EIO cup which she likes - a big girl cup - but we have used straws in the past. I’m sure this only partially helped. But honestly I hit the Internet for green smoothie inspiration when our standards get old. :-)
For dinner, I got her to eat a little bit of pasta and squash, but after the first dozen or so bites, it’s been nothing but rice rusks and craisins. SUPER HEALTHY, Y’ALL.
This doesn’t solve the no-purée issue but i figure I’d offer it up anyway. We have taken to making green-ish smoothies in the morning. This is the only “juice” outle kid gets, but she happily slurps down vegetable-fruit-yogurt concoctions, which a least lets me know she is starting the day better than when all she wants are Cheerios.
Round 2 ended with a miscarriage and a missed ectopic pregnancy. What started in September did not fully resolve in December. My cycle returned promptly and I jumped on TTC bandwagon. I used the clear blue fertility monitor, which honestly just screwed with my head. It have me 19 days of peak fertitlity (as if!) and no ovulation. At least it was borrowed technology because that sucker isn’t cheap. Needless to say, once the monitor dropped to low I figured I had probably ovulated but somehow missed it. I began a tww replete with positive symptoms. Midcycle spotting; tendrr boobs, etc. Nothing amounted at the end of the two week period. Okay, self, maybe you just ovulated later than you thought. I continued peeing on Internet cheapies and throwing them away waiting for my cycle to return. And then, a positive. Just like that. Hardly any symptoms to think and no ovulation sticks to clue me in. After the struggle and the worry associated with achieving our first pregnancy, it seems my body has figured out how to get pregnant. Now hopefully it will stay that way.
Baby 2; pregnancy 3. Let’s hope this one sticks (in the right place)!