Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 1/2 Way There!

It is insane to think that I am already halfway through my second pregnancy. With another boy on board, I look forward to embracing #threeunderthree as my twins will have just turned two when Baby Mac (yes, his name will be Mac after my great-grandfather) comes into the world.

This entire pregnancy has been 100% different. And note to all those first time moms out there...ENJOY EVERY SECOND. It is not nearly as relaxing when you are chasing a toddler (or two) around. With baby #2, there is no napping or taking an hour here and there to relax with your feet up. Growing a human means nothing to a toddler. When they go to bed at 7pm, I finish cleaning up and finally, take a sigh of relived accomplishment...I can rest.

Being pregnant with only one baby this time around has made meeting this halfway milestone much different...
  • Estimated Due Date: October 12th...but I'd like to keep him in there until the 20th so I don't have to buy my Geena a birthday present...
  • Symptoms: Now that I have gotten through the sick part of the pregnancy (that mostly evening but a little bit of all day baby hangover), I am feeling great. Tired of course, but I think that is a result of chasing two incredibly busy boys. Biggest bonus of all? No "BROKEN RIBS"!!!! My last pregnancy was plagued with insane back pain. For months it felt like my entire left rib cage was shattered. Lucky for me, just carrying one baby apparently didn't kick up my hormones enough to regularly move my vertebra...whew!
  • Weigh In: Despite my growing belly, it seems minuscule compared to my twin belly. Therefore, sometimes I am convinced that I am just fat and the burrito I ate simply has a heartbeat and likes to kick me most of the day. I popped right away and was massive, but now I seemed to have hit a plateau. I knew the weight gain was coming (as it always does with IVF) so I had worked to prepare my body by getting as fit as possible prior to this pregnancy.  Now that I am cleared for exercise, I am starting to feel a little more in control...but I did pull out those maternity clothes reeeaallly early. I totally forgot how much my bones move when I am pregnant. HELLLLLLLLO hips!
  • Fitness Program: I have committed to at least five days a week. I cycle two to three days for 30 minutes or hike for cardio. I also do multiple strength sessions per week and while trying to fit in some time to slow down and stretch with yoga.
  • Birth Plan: Leaving Orange County and moving to the "country" made it a bit difficult to find a doctor who supported my dreams for that natural birth I so desperately wanted the first time around. Thankfully, after multiple rejections, crying, researching and more crying, I finally found THE most amazing doctor who not only supported my Vaginal Birth After Cesarian (VBAC) goals, but also made me feel incredibly confident and strong in my decision. Traveling to San Diego for Dr. Cap is well worth it considering his practice is literally everything I could ever wished for. With my HypnoBirthing refresher completed, I am excited to take on additional birth classes to help me feel fearless and excited for my upcoming birth. Especially since my Nic will be right my by side as my doula again.  Hooray!

For now, I am focused on spending every precious moment I can with my boys as I know our worlds are going to change so much, so soon. So here we go, countdown to the third trimester and Baby Mac's Birthing Day!

Strive to thrive, 

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