I did a post on my Instagram on Christmas day, in case you missed it!!! Get ready for an influx of baby related posts :P
Until next time day dreamers!
I did a post on my Instagram on Christmas day, in case you missed it!!! Get ready for an influx of baby related posts :P
Dear Baby – A weekly journal to my son.
When I first found out I was pregnant I decided to write a mini journal. I knew over the course of 9 months I would forget what day/week certain milestones happened. At first this was just a little online journal for my reference, but then I figure hey – why not share with everyone. Bennett, you might read this one day and learn just how excited we were to meet you!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 (4 weeks)
I took a test this morning and found out I was pregnant. I wasn’t expecting that so soon… I suppose it only takes one time for some women. I am currently 3 weeks (or so) pregnant and wouldn’t have known it yet without the test. I am so excited, but it has not set in yet that this is for real yet. Give me a few more weeks and I am sure the symptoms will convince me.
Friday, February 6, 2015 (5 weeks)
I went for a test at the doctors this week. Just waiting patiently to hear back. I am starting to have a really hard time keeping this secret in. We plan on tell the family (grandparents and aunts/uncles) next weekend… I still can’t believe it.
Friday, February 13, 2015 (6 weeks)
I finally heard back from the doctors and it is official! I am nice and healthy (you are very welcome!) so all we do is keep up the healthy eating and exercise. D & I are figuring out creative ways to tell the grandparents…still working on it.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 (7 weeks)
The family knows! Everyone is so excited. Papa Wood calls me everyday… just to check in and offer up names for the list. You also have some pretty excited aunts and uncles. I am still feeling great and I have manged to make it to the gym a few times this week, you do make me very sleepy though. I see daytime naps in my future.
Monday, March 2, 2015 (9 weeks)
Today I went for my first ever ultrasound! I got to see the little jellybean sized you! The doctor confirmed that I was 9 weeks and now that I have proof that you are in there, I am even more excited! I can’t wait to share the news with everyone! Only a few more weeks!
Monday, March 16, 2015 (11 weeks)
Last week you went to England. Yup that is right! You were awesome, we weren’t sick or anything. I have also decided that you really enjoy fish and chips and a good ginger beer. I am fully blaming you for my fish-eating. You know, I am a vegetarian right??
Thursday, April 16, 2015 (15 weeks)
You are slowly starting to appear! I finally admitted that I have the most petit bump happening on my belly. You also continue to make being a vegetarian very tough right now… I see you are a fan of tuna… I think I can forgive you, nut don’t expect a big steak any time soon though! Only a few more weeks until my next ultrasound and we get to really see you!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (16 weeks)
Yesterday I heard your heart beat at my midwife appointment!! It was pretty crazy and I was not excepting it (you know this is all new for me right?!). D and I were super excited about it and it is all starting to feel very real! I also told work about you today… so the word is out!
Monday, May 11, 2015 (19 weeks)
D and I saw you for the first time today! You were being a little stubborn during your ultrasound, but that’s okay, it just means I get to see you again next week. This is all starting to feel very real! I have yet to feel you kick, so of course I was sitting here wondering if you were in fact still in there! OH you are and you are currently about 5 inches long. Kind of a crazy thought! Almost half way there!
Monday, May 25, 2015 (21 weeks)
Last week I had a second ultrasound so we could get a better picture of your spine! You cooperated…thanks!! Also found out that you were most likely a boy (they don’t want to say for sure just in case!) D and I are super excited and already have the perfect name picked for you. I think it will suit you well, but I will know for sure when I see you. Past the half way mark. October will be here in a flash!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (23 weeks)
Finally! I thought I was never going to feel you kick, some people said you can feel the baby as early as 16 weeks, not me. I blame my rock hard abs, but that is just a theory. It is a little disruptive when you go on a kicking fest, but it is also pretty cool to know that you are in there and SUPER active!
Monday, July 6, 2015 (27 weeks)
No real big changes lately, you are moving around lots and people love to ask me how I am feeling and how the baby is doing constantly. All morning you were poking me with your foot/hand, thanks for that baby. One more week then we are officially in the third trimester (um INSANE!). See you soon baby!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (29 weeks)
You have been kicking up a storm lately in there. Not to mention jabbing me endlessly with god knows what! I started painting your room last weekend and picked out a bunch of items for the nursery! D and I are going to baby prep classes this weekend. We are starting to be ready for you to arrive!!
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 (31 weeks)
As I took the dog for a quick walk this morning, everything was starting to get real for me. I cannot believe that we are only 9 (or so) weeks away from walking Lucy together. Up until this point everything has been pretty surreal. Your arrival has seemed like a lifetime away. So far that I couldn’t quite picture life with you here. It is starting to get real. I am trying my best not to panic!
Tuesday, August 25, 3015 (34 weeks)
It is almost time! You are moving around like crazy and have officially grown large enough to kick me in the ribs. You are starting to lose space in there, almost time for eviction. I FINALLY finished painting your bedroom and I am just waiting on furniture to arrive. My bag for the hospital is packed and I think I have just about everything for your bag (just need to pack it up). Daddy is starting to ask me daily if everything is ready and if I have certain items checked off our list, I think it is finally sinking in that you are arriving soon for him!
My hands and feet are super swollen, doesn’t help that we went through a heat wave last week. My back hurts when I lay down and you always choose to kick and punch up a storm the moment I lay down to go to bed. Counting down the days baby!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 (35 weeks)
On Sunday we had a party for you! Man on man your family and extend family (all of my besties) REALLY LOVE YOU! We were both spoiled and I am feeling like I have pretty much all I need for your arrival! Your crib is arriving on Friday, so I can get your room all set up! You are one lucky baby – first on both sides, try to not let it all go to your head!
Thursday, September 17, 2015 (37 weeks)
You are full term this week! That is a nice way of me saying okay buddy TIME TO GET OUT! D and I are all ready for you and he pokes my belly everyday and tells you “time to come out!” We both can’t wait, but we know you really want to be an October baby so we will give it a few more weeks if we have to!
Sunday, September 27, 2015 (38 weeks)
Things are starting to happen. I was having mild contractions all night, but I sill managed to get a decent sleep in. We are just playing the waiting game now, seeing if contractions get stronger and closer together! We might be seeing you a little earlier than expected.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Not going to lie, I was so not expecting your arrival when I started off this weekend! You joined us at 11:18pm on Sunday, September 27! You were quite the effort to get out, but thanks for taking it relatively easy on me, only 4 hours of active labour. I think that might have been a first time mom world record. Can’t wait to get you home.
Mum and Dad
Good morning all!
Bennett Owen joined us on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 11:18PM, weighing in at 7 pounds 3 ounces. We are so overjoyed by our new addition. We had a slightly longer stay in the hospital to make sure our little man was good to come home. We are now through our first week and we are nicely settling into our routine.
Now to attempt to not be a total paparazzi every moment I am near this cutie!!
Hello again day dreamers,
There are a lot of us out there that committed to having fur babies long before the thought of human babies even crossed our mind. D and I currently have Miss Keira our cat and Lucy our not so small puppy. I truly believe there is only so much you can do to prepare animals for kids, but if you are anything like me you have been reading up on anything you can and warning them daily that they have NO CLUE what is in store for hem!
The real prep started when the baby items began arriving, both Keira and Lucy were all about checking out the new furniture (and boxes) and Lucy thinks she must ‘kiss’ every baby item I wash/fold/hang/organize. Keira is another story, we have pretty much had to shut her out of the nursery and hide the bassinet in there… because clearly any soft bed is meant for the cat.
So how am I prepping them, here is what I have started:
These are just a few things I have started in my house. Ultimately it comes to responsible parenting and pet ownership. If baby and animals are in the same room so are you and you are mediating the situation. If you can’t be watching, then baby and animals shouldn’t be together. It will be an adjustment for all of us (especially Miss Keira) but I am sure with time we will find the sweet spot that works for us.
Do you have any other recommendations/tips for prepping animals for baby?
When you first find out you are pregnant there is almost a relief that you have a full 9 months to really come to terms with the fact that you will be becoming a mom or having a baby (again). Around month 7 I was feeling pretty confident about what was coming, and I started the nesting process. Now all the little details are done, with about two weeks to spare (at least 2 weeks…).
You then suddenly reach the phase where you think “why on earth does it take so many months to grow a baby!!” I am certainly there, in what I call the final countdown stage and I have been here since about 34 weeks (currently 38 weeks). I am into the full on discomfort, trouble sleeping, and random back/hip pain stage. I am also to the point where I just really want to meet this little person that has been so content in my belly all these months!
I hear this is the longest part of pregnancy and it’s only 2-4 weeks long. Everyone is guessing when I will ‘pop’ and some are often shocked that I still show up to work everyday.
The fact is the final countdown is really on and I can’t wait to meet you baby D!!!
Step 1: if you have more than one spare room, painfully debate the pros and cons of which room will work best as a nursery.Step 2: convince your partner, that despite the fact that you are only renting you still need to nest and paint/decorate the babies room.
Step 5: plan out decor.
Step 6: Put everything together & enjoy!
A few months back I did an eat clean, train dirty post on doing crossfit throughout my pregnancy. Check out the that post by clicking here. I am happy to report that at 34 weeks I am still trucking along, but have come up against a few challenges that I didn’t really anticipate earlier in my pregnancy.
So everything is in one post, here is a short recap of how I have continued to enjoy crossfit throughout my pregnancy.
For the most part I feel like once your belly arrives in the second trimester the changes into the third are not huge, just everything becomes a little bit harder each week. One thing I really didn’t foresee was how bad the feet (and hand) swelling would be. Last week it was a bit painful to grip the bar (because of wrist/hand swelling), but I found throwing on some wrist wraps really helped and… then there was the shoe struggle. I currently JUST fit into my shoes. Of all the obstacles while trying to keep fit during pregnancy, I never thought this would be the one that really stumped me!
Anyway, I hope this helps anyone who wants to continue crossfit throughout pregnancy. It has really helped me and if you are able to, I highly recommend it! Happy training everyone!!
** Please note, I am not a trainer or doctor – this is purely my own experience with crossfit and my pregnancy. Speak with your health care professional before continuing crossfit and don’t consider crossfit if you were not training pre-pregnancy.**
Although I don’t write about it often, over the years of my fitness adventures I have dabbled in yoga. I love how I feel when I come out of a class, pretty much all of the stress in the world has vanished. I may be the least flexible person on the planet (seriously… it is pretty sad) but I enjoy the movements and the relaxed state of mind you leave class with.
Last week I started prenatal yoga classes. I had been meaning to start earlier in my pregnancy, but I was having trouble finding classes near me and I was also doing crossfit, so at least I was staying active. I am happy I signed up and wish I had of started earlier, but man on man, I did not get that same quiet and relaxed mind and body following the class. Not being a flexible person + a permanent beach ball around my waist = a pregnant yoga train wreck. My body struggled to move fluidly, I have no clue how to “find the basement” while doing yoga kegels, and my body was shocked I was legitimately trying to open up my hips. After 45 minutes of flailing about, at least I finally felt confident while holding deep squats (thanks crossfit).
I won’t give up. I know I am not some crazy yoga enthusiast, but at least I am showing up and attempting to loosing up my body. I was just sad that I didn’t get that relaxed feeling following the class. Instead I had that moment of wow I am huge and holy, I didn’t realize how poorly I could move around. Has anyone else felt like that following prenatal yoga?
We will see how my next class goes!
Hello Day Dreamers,
I started this year off with an Eat Clean, Train Dirty post about my new years clean eating regime. I would love to tell you that I am the best pregnant person ever and have followed this to a T, but that just wouldn’t be right. To see my previous post on what D and I were going to be eating more of and eating less of click here. The concept was really to eat whole foods and avoid processed or bleached foods (aka white bread/rice).
I am proud to say that in my first trimester I was a total champ. I was lucky enough to be feeling good and I was all about green veggies, lentils and everything good. Then came the second trimester – can we say sugar?? I don’t think I have consumed so much sugar in my entire life. I was all about ice cream, candy and to top it off any white pasta/bread/carb I could get my hands on. But hey, I am pregnant. I was just giving the baby what it wanted!
I am happy to report that I have cleaned up my diet as I start my third trimester, but I will be honest, you can still find sour keys and peanut butter ice cream at my house. To make the shift back to healthier eating this is what I did:
Since we are in the midst of summer fresh fruit and veggies are amazing and I have been working them into all of my meals. I would say overall I am eating pretty clean, so I don’t feel too bad about having something sweet in the afternoon/evening. Also as you may have noticed, both fish and dairy are back in my diet for now. I was having some pretty intense fish and cheese cravings so I let it happen, post-natal I will work towards being vegan again. You just have to do what the baby wants right now.
What are you doing to eat clean this summer?
Between my big belly and snoogle fighting for space in our bed and D battling this cold all week I made the call this weekend to set up residence in our spare bedroom. As much as I dislike sleeping alone, I’m not going to lie, I have slept like a baby all weekend.
Two things I have learned since ‘moving out’:
There are lots of changes happening in the house (hence the mattress from the other spare room – nursery painting has begun!) and of course coming soon. I hope my fur babies will do well when baby D arrives!