24 WEEKS!! Just 16 weeks to go… okay, that still feels like it is way too far away! Can it just be Christmastime already?! Patience isn’t one of my strengths.
Let’s talk about a few baby things going on this week:
*The belly band use/love/need has begun!!! I am using this one and so far so good (I still love the one I had with Brooke the most but they stopped selling it)!! I mean it isn’t fun to add one more thing to the list of what I need to run each day (I feel so high maintenance ha) but it is so worth it to not feel any pain in my ligaments!
I use the belly band to help with the round ligament pain that can happen in the second trimester and it always really helps me!
*We are starting to get a few things for the baby!! We just got an amazing carrier from Boba. I can’t wait to start using it and Brooke got her own miniature version:) She has been carrying her little baby doll all over the place in her carrier!
*The baby now weighs around 1 1/3 lbs!!! She is also almost a foot long… AHHHH that makes me excited!
*I’ve been reading about how the baby can hear our voices now which makes me so happy. I’m positive that Brooke recognized my voice right away from the beginning! I love thinking about how they are learning already what we sound like (I have a really high voice so I’m hoping she is okay with that;).
*I hit 40.8 miles of running last week! 7.3 of those miles were at a trail race and I seriously loved running on dirt again! Why do I keep doing races while pregnant? I love being a part of the running community and the excitement of race day. I’ve got a few more that I have my eye on over the next few months too!
*The heartburn made a grand appearance into my life again earlier this week so that was really fun:) I’ve also had some waves of nausea again but it is nothing compared to the first trimester so I’m not complaining.
*I started to have a little bit of lower back pain… not bad but it usually shows up mostly in the mornings right when I wake up so I’m guessing it must have to do with how I am sleeping. I have the snoogle pillow… anything else that can help with this?
*I finally got around to finding maternity pants (I was sick of wearing the same three dresses on repeat haha)… I found THESE at H&M and I’m in love. They aren’t expensive, they are so comfortable and I think they are really cute too! I also got these long tanks to go under my tops and I’m loving them!
*What sounds good this week? To be honest, I’m not really sure (other than fruit). Fruit is always on my brain but other than that there have been a few things that have sounded good like fries, pancakes (obviously), cereal and milk. There are a lot of things that don’t sound good but once I start eating them they taste good (it’s not like the aversions that happened in the first trimester).
*One night I woke up to use the restroom and as soon as I got back in bed she started kicking like CRAZY so I got in a good amount of time reading in bed. I could not sleep through those kicks ha!
*I ate chocolate (Brooke’s bday cake this last Sunday) and I didn’t hate it like I would have the previous six months. It tasted somewhat good too. It’s a miracle.
I would LOVE to hear your experience with this subject today (like always:)!
How do we prepare these two cuties of ours for a new baby in our home? The kids are very thrilled for this little girl that will be joining us soon, but I want to know if there are any things that you have done to help the older kids with the transition of having a new sibling. Brooke still has quite a lot of one-on-one time with me (not as much as before I met Andrew… but still a lot) so I wonder how this is going to effect her because there won’t be as much one-on-one time with her. I think Knox will adjust a bit easier because he is all about the MORE THE MERRIER and he loves big groups of people but we will see!
A few things we have been thinking about doing to help them with the transition:
*Something that we have done to help prepare the kids is talking about their roles about being a bigger brother or sister. I always asked them who is going to change the baby’s poopy diapers and Knox and Brooke look at each other and say, “ DADA!!!!” I think I’m going to have to agree with the kids on this one:)
*We have told them countless stories of things that our older brothers and sisters did for us when we were kids to also get them more excited.
*We talk to them a lot about their baby stories and all of the different things we did for them (feeding, bathing, rocking etc) and ask them what parts they want to be a part of.
*Something we have thought about doing is when it gets closer to having our baby we are going to each take our kids on some special dates for some one on one time. We know that it can be a whirlwind when labor starts and all the events in the hospital to the transition back to home with another human…. I get so excited when I think about it more and more. We also really want to make sure to plan special alone time with each kid after the baby is here.
*I’ve heard about some friends buying little presents for the older siblings to give to them a day or so after the baby is born. So that it is like the baby is giving the older siblings a present. Anyone try this? Any other ideas like this that you think helped?
I am ridiculously excited for some more family photos together once the baby is here!
Oh and in case you are wondering about Beretta… Andrew had Beretta before Knox was born and she did really well when he came home from the hospital. Maybe we will give her an extra dog treat each day to help her with the adjustment of having another little one taking up our time;)
Those of you with a few kids… how did you prepare the older ones for a new little one coming home?
Anyone with dogs that brought a baby home… how did your dog react?
Maternity clothes—> what were some of your favorite places to shop?
Who is expecting right now… how far along are you?!