I'm 26 weeks along with baby two and feeling good. Mornings are still a bit rough most days, I wish I could just wake up and drink a big cup of coffee, but I'm usually a bit queasy until I get some breakfast in me. Leg cramps come on strong when I sit for too long, and getting out of bed is difficult! I'm starting to get closer to that third trimester uncomfortable phase, with Hazel it was never thaaat bad, but my body is feeling it more this time around. I'm more sleep deprived and have a lot more going on, but I'm forcing myself to slow down and ask for help more (something I'm quite terrible at). This baby is SO squirmy, waking me up with jabs so the ribs, I love it. I am SO excited to have a newborn, I know it's going to be a huge adjustment, and I really do forget how much work it can be, but I am so looking forward to having another little human to care for, to cuddle and who needs me. Now that Hazel is two, such a big girl, with strong opinions, it makes me all the more excited to have another one who won't deny my kisses or cuddles. At least for now ;)
I'm officially feeling large. As of this week, I've really started to notice my body taking it's toll and feeling the changes of this growing life. The flights of stairs up to our studio suddenly are killer, carrying Hazel around is becoming more and more challenging! My back is starting to ache and leg cramps get the best of me in the evening. My body is doing its job and telling me to slow down a bit.
This has been an incredibly busy season for Dan and me. This month is probably one of his craziest ever. Which has made both of us all the more excited for June and our little Oregon getaway. It's much needed, some good quality time, lounging on the beach and going for long walks in the sun, oh it's going to be good. Counting down the days. It's almost all I can think about ;)
I can't believe we're over the halfway hump! I just bought my first little outfit for baby, and a little blanket now that we know the sex! So fun to be able to do that, with Hazel everything was "gender neutral," which meant lots of grey and yellow, so when she came out a girl I wished I had bought at least something pink! A little advice if you're keeping it a surprise, buy at least one thing pink! I can't believe I didn't, I think I was convinced it was a boy, or that if it was a girl I didn't want to dress her in pink? Who knows, this time around, I'm glad I can be prepared, and buy a few cute new things <3 It was hard to resist this weekend with all the amazing Mother's Day sales going around!
Books before bed with my girl. It's my favourite time of day these days. Once dinner's finished up, and bathtime is done (no bath tonight as you can see by her little mango moustache) Hazel will look at Dan or I excitedly and say either "a few books, yes!" or "3 books" in a very serious manner. She runs off to her room grabbing one book at a time, and running to our bed and throwing it down, and off to grab more. She has her favourites and knows them all by name. Bunny Roo I love You, There's a Wocket in my Pocket, and Runaway Bunny, are the top reads of the week.
We had our 20-week ultrasound today and it was amazing. It was so much fun, so special. Dan and I both had no feelings or idea about the sex, my feelings change day to day, but either way I would have been surprised! We got the best technician, we told her we really really wanted to know the gender, and she said it's hospital protocol, she's not allowed to tell us, we were both bummed. Dan was leaving for the weekend straight after the ultrasound, but we wanted to find out together, so we were like crap, do we have to wait until MONDAY?! We kept hinting how we really wanted to know, and I asked her if it's ever very obvious on the screen, in a bit of a cheeky way. She pretty much went straight to an upwards bum view of the baby and showed us the legs and made it very clear what we were looking at! Dan and I exchanged excited glances and mouthed our guesses, like, is she saying what we think she's saying? It was fun and special, I teared up, and she told us everything looked perfect, our baby was measuring normal and the heart looked healthy, all good things we wanted to hear. Hazel was excited about the little step ladder and was singing a mashup of "Jesus loves me" and the Doxology" the whole time. It was so fun.
I'll link some of our favourite books below because I looove discovering new books to add to our growing collection. I've ordered many on Amazon after seeing a cute one on someones insta-stories, and have a shopping cart still full of them ;)
also: Little You, We Sang You Home , Bunny Roo I Love You, An Army of Hearts.