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22 weeks | baby bump

How far along: 22 weeks. (From the Bump) Watch what you say -- baby is now able to hear outside noise from down in the womb. Studies show that baby finds gentle music and your own voice most soothing. Nipples are starting to sprout, and that little face is fully formed. And, baby's starting to settle into sleep cycles, snoozing about 12 to 14 hours a day. It shouldn't be hard to figure out when -- just pay attention to those kicks as they start and stop.

How big is baby: The size of a Papaya.
Weight gain/loss: According to my appointment, I'm up 13 pounds from my start weight.  From last week, I'm up a handful of pounds from last week.  Oh the joys of being pregnant.  Weight watching.  Because I'm doing so good in this area, I might just skip updating you on this one because it doesn't make anyone feel good.
Maternity clothes: Yes.  I'm having a week where I hate getting ready in the morning and nothing I put on feels good or looks good.  Yesterday I had …

double strollers, again

I wrote this post about double strollers and what I'd hoped we would get based on our needs and the amenities that this stroller has, however, recently, I've had a change of heart.

I'm starting to question the importance of a double stroller.

Being that Coen will be 14+ months old when baby #2 is born, he will probably want to ride verses walk.  And baby #2 would probably be okay with being carried in a carrier (like my bjorn or my moby).  Since she's going to be born in late August, I'm not sure how much use of a double stroller we would get right away.  I could see using it around Christmas time at the zoo or something, but aside from that, we haven't really made a lot of use of the single strollers we have, so putting money into something that we may not use.... scares me.

We have a Bumbleride Flite that works with our infant carrier and while I have some issues with it, it would be fine for our strolling purposes.

I'm half tempted to call off the search…

no vbac

When I went into labor with Coen, I had just left my dr.'s appointment and based on my blood pressure and non-stress test results, they wanted me to go to the hospital to get checked out and monitored.  She had also done a more "invasive" internal exam that (apparently) stirred some things up and basically started my labor.  When I arrived, I felt fine.  After a little bit (getting undressed, putting a robe on and getting into bed), I felt as though I constantly had to poop (TMI, sorry) but nothing was happening.  Thinking about this time and what I was saying, makes me laugh because clearly there wasn't a log in the shoot, I was actually in real-deal labor.

We had every intention of striving for a natural labor, complete from beginning to end with no drugs.  I had read a ton of books, experiences, asked 1,000 questions, attending birthing classes and when it all came down to it, I thought we were as ready as we were going to be.  When labor started, I had eye of the…

co-sleeping

Sleep is something we all need.

Coen needs sleep.

I need sleep.

And dad needs sleep.

When one of isn't sleeping (especially Coen), it's hard for all of us to sleep.

Some nights are really good.

Some nights are really bad.

Really bad meaning, he gets up before I've hit my deep sleep and we both can't find sleep again, until I go up and pick him up.

Monday (last week), Coen slept almost 11 hours in his own bed.  This was a complete and shocking blessing because I hadn't had a good nights sleep since before he was ill.  Every night since then, he's had a few hiccups.  I don't know why and fortunately, it's not because he's ill.  I'd like to chuck it up to getting more teeth in, but I cannot tell for sure if that's what's going on or if there is something else.  I can feel teeth moving in his gums, but I don't know if that's the only thing hurting him or if there is something else.

Either way, sleep is really choppy and it makes it h…

at first glance...

I was just glancing through some photos on Pinterest that were labor & delivery related and just thinking about going through that again brought me right back to this moment.  The moment that we didn't get to put on film, but the moment of meeting Coen for the first time. 

He arrived and I was told that he would either not be crying or that it would be a minute before he would cry.  They didn't want him to cry right away because of the meconium that was released in utero.

Delivery was all so surreal.  I mean, it was super fast, to begin with because I went from calmly laboring in a nice birthing suite to being shaved, covered with a face mask and then whisked away to the OR.  But getting in there, getting him out and getting stitched up seem to take no time at all. 

As Coen arrived, what they had prepped me for, was what happened.  Listening and waiting for his cry seem to take forever and when it happened it was the sweetest and most painful thing I had ever heard.  I mea…

21 weeks | baby bump

Yes, another bathroom picture.  Someday, I'll do one from home!

How far along: 21 weeks.  (From the Bump) Baby gulps down several ounces of amniotic fluid every day, both for hydration and nutrition and to practice swallowing and digesting. And, these days, those taste buds actually work! Studies show that after birth, babies are most interested in tastes they've already experienced through amniotic fluid. Meaning, think about what you want your future child to eat as you prepare your own lunch.

How big is baby: The size of a banana.
Weight gain/loss: Currently, I'm up 10 lbs from my beginning weight.

Maternity clothes: Yes, but mainly pants, still.  There are a few tops that I try to wear from time to time, but they all make me look like a house, so I just skip them.
Stretch marks: Nothin' new here to see.
Sleep: Coen is finally feeling better and almost off of his medicines, so that means that sleeping is actually getting better for everyone again.  While he was sick…

high hopes

When I was planning for Coen's arrival, I had really high hopes of making all of his baby food.  But...

... Then he started eating.

I did make his food for the first month or two, but then I toppled off.  Not because I didn't like making it but because he started eating so much that I couldn't keep up with the amount of food that he would need daily, weekly or whatever.

Maybe it's a really bad excuse, but I just couldn't keep up.

So, I bought store made baby food and that's what he's been eating since about 7.5 months old.  We try lots of things, but there are still some things that either don't go down well or that he just doesn't care for.  But that doesn't stop him from eating other things and just loving every minute of it.

I feel like I let him down by not making him food, but it is what it is.

I'm looking forward to the days when he's more adventurous with his eating and more willing to try and eat things with more texture or that …

20 weeks | baby bump

How far along: 20 weeks. (From the Bump) Baby's digestive system is busy creating meconium (a tarry black substance made of swallowed amniotic fluid, digestive secretion and dead cells), which will fill the first diaper after birth. And, speaking of the diaper situation... baby's genitals are now fully formed!
How big is baby: The size of a cantaloupe.
Weight gain/loss: No change from last week, still +8 from original weight.
Maternity clothes: Nothing new here.  Just wearing what fits and what doesn't make me look like a house.
Stretch marks: Nothing new here either.  Just the same from what was left from Coen.
Sleep: Sleeping was okay until about Wednesday night when Coen started to really sound like he was laboring to breathe.  It was an awful sound and an awful thing to watch.  His chest was contracting with every breath and it wasn't getting better.  Thursday morning he woke up sounding like a seal or dog barking and my husband was able to take him in.  We found out…

Coen, 10 months

Dear Coen,

With every month, you completely blow us away with what you learn and what you are able to accomplish.  This month you've grown stronger with your new abilities to crawl, climb and stand.  You are able to control your balance a lot better and you are catching onto things a lot faster.  It's absolutely amazing to watch you and what you pick up or what you remember from just seeing something one time before.

You crack us up with your crawling and we find that you will go just about anywhere and follow us everywhere!  It's very fun to be able to have you move around verses always carrying you somewhere.  We haven't had to manage the stairs yet and I'm excited about that because I have a feeling that you'll master those in one day, when given the chance.

You're still the most friendly baby and have yet to really have a problem with strangers.  You shy away when you're tired or have just gotten up from a nap, but other than that, you're very …

19 weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 19 weeks. (From the Bump) Vernix caseosa, a greasy white substance made of lanugo, oil and dead skin cells (yum) now coats baby's skin, shielding it from the amniotic fluid. (Picture yourself after a nine-month bath, and the need for protection makes sense.) You might actually get to see the vernix at birth, especially if baby is premature.
How big is baby: The size of a Mango.
Weight gain/loss: +8 from original weight.

Maternity clothes: Honestly, because we had an almost non-existent winter, I feel as though I may not have to wear many maternity specific items like I did in my last pregnancy.  I really didn't wear many items that were maternity specific (the last time around) and when I did, they were always just so massive.  With this nice weather, I cannot help but wear dresses and leggings whenever possible.
Stretch marks: Nothing new, but as my belly starts to grow, I can see them fading a bit.  Maybe that's a bad thing, I don't know... but either…

tough

I have some of my pictures from my camera on one of my photo streams on my iPhone.  I like having them there so I can constantly compare how Coen is changing. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get my iPhone until Coen was 3 or more months old, so I don't have my own pictures and videos from him on there.  I do have a handful from what S had taken during that time and the other day, I went back and looked at them.
Talk about emotional.
I had a complete ugly cry going on and I couldn't control it for about 10 minutes.  It was really tough.
I get worked up about small he was and how different he is now.  (Keep in mind that when I was having me breakdown, he was in bed and I was about 5.5 months pregnant.)  I was just having a hard time with realizing how quickly time had passed and how fast we are going to have another little one to watch transform and grow into this loving, playful, energy-filled little being!  It's heart wrenching how fast it goes.  I know that every mom w…

ch ch ch changes....

When Coen was born, he was a brunette...


Over time, he became more of a ginger...


And now, he's definitely blonde (or at least lightening up)...


But if you want the truth about the ginger to blonde transformation (no I'm not putting lemon juice in his hair!), when he's tired or hungry, he sucks his thumb.  In soothing himself, he also twirls hair.  If I'm not with him or his sitter is not close by, then he will twirl his own hair.  In doing this, he is also pulling his hair (or my hair) out as apart of his soothing.  It's strange, but it's what works and unfortunately because of this, his ginger hair is leaving and the re-growth is blonde.

Still cute as can be, but it's interesting how it's all changed... so fast.

double strollers

I'm struggling with the idea of having a double stroller, having to store a double stroller, having to pay for a double stroller and which one is the best double stroller.

Once our new baby arrives, our son will be 14 months old.  I'd hope that by then, he'd start to show some sign of walking, but you just don't know when that will actually happen. Plus, at 14 to 24 months, they will still need some sort of stroller option that works for them so that when they want to call it quits, they can.

Here are my issues:

We have a BumbleRide Flite 2009.  It's been a great stroller, but after using it for a bit... there are some things that I just don't love about it.The lining on the seat has sticky velcro that doesn't always stay put.The storage compartment is too small.It's basically a glorified umbrella stroller.The handle bars are great for me, but too short for my husband. It takes two hands to unlock the stroller and collapse it down, as well.The wheels are…