Friday, September 30, 2016

Baby #2 Third Trimester Recap

Well, we've reached the end of September...which means that tomorrow is October aka the month that Baby Graybeal #2 arrives! (Or at least he had better arrive because if I'm still pregnant come November, I'm will be shocked slash pretty irritated...ha!) So I figured now was as good a time as any to do one last pregnancy update on what this trimester has been like! Although it's probably going to be a little more short and sweet than my first and second trimester updates because mama is tired :)

One of my favorites from our maternity photos last month :)
 How far along:    
37 weeks as of yesterday, so full term! Or so I thought at least, but the email I got from my pregnancy app yesterday said technically you're not considered "full-term" until 39 weeks? But either way, I'm definitely in the home stretch!

  Baby's size: 
Not sure, but he feels HUGE. If I had to guess, I think he'll be as big as Henry (who was 9lbs 8oz) but he honestly could even be bigger! (Sort of praying I'm wrong though, ha!)

 Weight gain/Bump status:
I honestly haven't been paying very close attention to it this pregnancy but when I checked on our home scale yesterday, I was up 23 lbs from my weight at my first midwife appointment this pregnancy. And granted, that starting weight was a tad higher than my pre-pregnancy weight before Henry. But I also gained a little more weight when I was pregnant with Henry so basically I'm right in the ballpark of where I was when Henry was born. As for the bump itself, I feels pretty giant. I feel like people see me and they're like WOW, when are you due?! Aka you're obviously so pregnant that it's not even questionable to ask about it since you look like you're about to go into labor any minute. Ha.
 
In Hood River at 30 weeks
Gender:
BOY! Although Henry has been into saying "baby" for awhile, more and more he's been starting to say "brother," except it sounds like "brudder," which is adorable. His favorite thing at the moment is to say "Oh brudder!" and he thinks it's hilarious :)

Movement:   
Yes, lots of it! And while it's not painful, when I do feel him move it's pretty intense. I'll feel him moving around from really low down all the way up to my ribs at the same time, so that's part of what makes me think that he's a pretty big guy!

Dressed up for a wedding, also 30 weeks
  Food cravings:  
Sugar. So much sugar. Which isn't abnormal for me since I have an extreme sweet tooth even not pregnant, but I've eaten way too much of it this pregnancy!! It's just so hard to resist, especially when you can't have wine...ha. But as for weird or abnormal cravings, I haven't been wanting anything too out of the ordinary?
  
Sleep: 
So sleep has definitely been the best recently, but I know that's kind of to be expected at this late in the game. Thankfully, I haven't been too physically uncomfortable (and I actually haven't even used the Bump Nest pillow that I had to buy when I was pregnant with Henry) but having to get up to use the bathroom is usually what wakes me up earlier than I'd like in the morning. Not to mention, I get much more tired at night and fall asleep on the couch watching TV, but then when I actually get up to go get in bed, I have a hard time falling back to sleep. Obviously the simple solution would be to just get in bed earlier, but that would be way too easy...ha! Also, I have been having weird dreams and I feel like I'll wake up randomly and just feel like I don't get a really sound night's sleep. But I know it could be worse, so I'm trying to appreciate the sleep I am getting now!
 
31 weeks
Miss anything?
  Being able to get my wedding ring on and off! I hadn't been wearing it much lately because my hands have swelled some and then with the hot weather, I could not get it on my finger. But the other day, I really wanted to wear it for something and so I just shoved it on my finger and now I cannot get it off for the life of me. Whoops! Also, I miss being able to do things like put my shoes on easily or get Henry in and out of his car seat without my giant belly getting in the way. 

Workouts:
Ha...no. At least no pfficial "workouts." But considering Henry's favorite thing is to "run, run!" and just take off at full speed, just getting through the day is a workout with this belly most of the time.

Mirror selfie at 33 weeks
  Maternity Clothes?
 Pretty much all maternity clothes at this point, with the exception of a more roomy tunic type things or some workout clothes. I bought quite a few maternity items when I was pregnant with Henry though, but I did end up purchasing a few additional maternity pieces last month because Target/Motherhood Maternity had some good sales. Plus, the majority of maternity stuff I bought with Henry was very tight and clingy and since I feel like both me and the bump are a little bigger this go round, I found myself wanting a few more looser maternity things :) The good part is that it should be stuff that I can more easily wear postpartum as well! I have to mention a favorite piece this pregnancy has been this 'maternity and beyond' dress that I got from Hanna Andersson; I wore it to my nephew's bris when we were in NYC and it was super comfortable and flattering! (Literally everyone I talked to seemed shocked my due date was so soon when I was wearing this dress because sort of helps to minimize the bump, in a good way!)

Central Park at 34 weeks
  Symptoms:
Well at the moment I have a bad headache, and I definitely feel like I'm more prone to them when I'm pregnant. Thankfully they haven't been too terrible this trimester, but every now and then I'll get one and it's not fun. Other than that, I feel pretty good overall, but I'm definitely starting to slow down. I feel like my energy level has been pretty good, mainly because I don't feel like I have a choice since I have to keep up with Henry! And I was just fine doing lots of walking on our trip to New York earlier this month. But I also notice lately that I do get more tired and feel like I need to sit down and will almost get winded doing simple things, which probably has something to do with the fact that there is a baby squishing my organs up into my ribcage...ha!

Apple picking at 36 weeks
  Mood: 
Overall, I feel like my mood is really good these days, but there are definitely a lot of mixed emotions as well. On the one hand, I feel much less anxious about the whole birth experience this time around; I think after going through it once, you realize that so much of it is out of your control and it's just going to go how it goes and that's fine with me :) What's harder this time with Henry is just knowing that I could go into labor at any time. Granted, we're lucky to have family and friends to rely on so I have no doubt everything will go smoothly when the time comes! But since the longest we've ever been away from Henry is for one night, it is a little weird to think about leaving him for longer than that. Seeing our nephew in New York was really surreal and I think it's finally hitting both Cameron and myself that we're going to have one of those soon, ha! And then with Henry, I'm at that point where I'm feeling all the feels. Some days, when he does stuff like run away from me in a parking lot, I seriously wonder how on earth I am going to handle him and a newborn. Other times, when he's been so sweet and snuggly, I feel kind of sad and emotional that his time as "the baby" where we can focus all our attention on him is coming to an end. And then there's other times where he's playing with his little baby doll we got him or pointing at my belly that I'm super excited to see just how much he's going to love his little brother. Pregnancy has a way of really heightening your emotions, but I know it's going to be even more intense once the baby is actually here, so I'm just trying to go with the flow :)

Lost Lake at 36 weeks (This is from the same day as the apple orchard picture, I just don't look as huge. LOL.)

  Best moments from the third trimester:
-Last month, Cam and I had a wedding to go to and so we left Henry with Cam's parents, and it was really nice to get away for a night! And while we aren't planning on any more overnight trips before my due date, I'm hoping that we'll be able to get out for at least another date night or two!
-Having my friend Ali take some family/maternity photos for us!
-I know I've already mentioned it a few times in this post, but our trip to NYC was definitely a highlight from this trimester for sure! I wasn't sure if we were going to be able to go or not since the timing was so late in my pregnancy, but it ended up being just fine and I'm really glad we went!
-I think the best part of this trimester has just been soaking up one on one time with Henry because I feel like he's grown up SO much over the past few months as his language has really started to develop. And while he definitely has his moments, overall, it's really easy to go places with him at this age so I've just been trying to enjoy it before I have two kiddos in tow!

Mirror selfie taken from my Snapchat yesterday (so 37 weeks) trying on glasses at Warby Parker :)
Looking forward to:
-Tonight, I'm going out with some of my mama friends to celebrate baby #2 and I'm really looking forward to it! I know it's popular to do a 'sprinkle' for a second baby these days, but since we're having another boy and they'll be so close together, it just seemed kind of unnecessary? But it is still an exciting time so I'm looking forward to celebrating with some of my mama friends who I've gotten to know since Henry was born! 
-Finally being able to start baby #2's nursery! I've mentioned on the blog before that we couldn't really get going on the nursery until we finished our basement and then moved our bedroom downstairs. Thankfully, Cameron finished the basement (and it looks amazing!) and so he recently moved his office down there. In the past two weeks, we've repainted the room that was his old office and moved our stuff in to that space. So, the room that will be baby #2's nursery is finally empty and ready to paint! And while we are hoping to at least get it painted before he comes, I know it's not going to be "done" until early 2017, especially since there are couple things in Henry's room now that we're planning on moving to the nursery but we want to wait until after the holidays. We did already move the bassinet into our bedroom since the baby will be sleeping there for the first few months anyway, but I'm excited that we've finally reached a point where we can at least get started on this little guy's room!
-Not being pregnant anymore. With Henry, I felt like I never really reached that point where I was super uncomfortable and just over being pregnant, but this time around, I'm definitely more in that place. It just feels so cumbersome going through the day with this huge belly sometimes, that I'm definitely getting excited for it to be gone. But at the same time, I do also really like being pregnant and it's still really neat being able to feel the baby move, so I know I'm going also going to miss it a little bit too.
-Obviously, what we're most looking forward to is baby boy's arrival! Can't wait for him to join our family oh so soon!

  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Visiting My New Nephew in NYC

Earlier this month, we took a quick trip to NYC and it feels like time has been flying since then! (We actually came home two weeks ago today, which is crazy because it feels like we just got back!) Even though traveling with a toddler during my third trimester of pregnancy wasn't exactly ideal, I'm so glad we went because it was really special to be able to go meet our new nephew, Samuel! Plus, knowing that we won't really be traveling over the next couple of months as we adjust to life with a newborn, it was great to be able to fit in one last trip as a family of three to one of my favorite cities :)

I already shared a few photos on Instagram while we were there, but since I had quite a few on my phone that I never got around to posting, I thought I'd just go ahead and share a few more here! And since traveling with Henry means the space in my bag that used to hold my DSLR is now filled with snacks, so all these are all (not the best quality) iPhone photos, but oh well :)

Meeting sweet little Samuel Max for the first time at a week old! Granted I'm biased, but he is a super cute baby :)
Overall, Henry did so well around the baby! But newborns do sleep a lot, so he would lose interest fairly quickly once he was snoozing...and he ended up being a lot more interested in checking out everything in my sister and brother in law's apartment, which (understandably) is not exactly toddler-proofed. So basically, while we were at their place we had to alternate between holding the baby and trying to keep Henry from breaking things, ha!

Another highlight of our time in New York was getting to go to Samuel's bris! The ceremony itself was fairly quick, but there was a nice brunch after where we got to visit with some of Melissa and Ben's friends which was fun. It was a special day and I'm happy we were able to be there for it.

So many bagels, so much lox
Family group shot with my parents and Ben's sister and brother-in-law
Henry being super well-behaved...ha! (Actually, for being jet lagged, he was pretty good thankfully!)
I've been able to hang out with my sister's friends on a lot of my previous visits to the city and then they all came to her wedding in France last summer so it was fun seeing them again!
 And last but not least, a little candid shot...ha :)
Since Samuel was just over a week old while we were there, a lot of the time on our trip was spent hanging out at Ben & Melissa's apartment as he was a little young to be out strolling the streets of NYC. But we did have a fair amount of time to get out and explore aka burn off some of Henry's energy! My sister has lived in the city for over five years now and before she lived there, Cam and I had college friends in NYC that we used to go visit...so basically at this point we've been quite a few times, and we know that we'll be going back again in the future. But, it is always fun to go see at least a few of the more touristy spots while were in town, especially now that Henry is getting bigger!

My dad, Henry, and Cameron in Grand Central Station
Central Park!

Henry was a little small for the rides they had set up in Central Park but he liked looking at them!
Having fun at the Lego Store near Union Square
Playing at Madison Square Park, pretty sure Henry was the only kid there with his parent and not his nanny!
Walking (well, sitting) on the High Line :)
It was gorgeous weather the day we went so it was super crowded, but it's still a fun place to go! And it's super convenient for going to Chelsea Market which has so many great food options!
Dylan's Candy Bar is pretty close to my sister's apartment so of course we had to go...for Henry, obviously :)
Henry looks super grumpy, but he actually had a lot of fun (and probably too much candy...ha)
I think Henry's favorite part of the whole trip was getting to ride in taxis...ha! We took a big shuttle bus to and from the airport since we obviously wouldn't want to take him on the freeway without a car seat. But once we were in the city, we did take a few cab rides sans car seat and it was fine since they're not required and you're never really going very fast with all the traffic. Henry thought it was pretty cool though!
Times Square is definitely one of my least favorite parts of the NYC just because it's so crowded, full of terrible chain restaurants, and an overall nightmare. We usually try to avoid it when we visit if possible, but since Henry is kind of obsessed with lights, we figured that should probably take him to see it. I think he was both mesmerized and on sensory overload...ha! And even though it was annoying to deal with the crowds, it was worth it :)
 
Family selfies are hard...
...especially since this one loves taking my sunglasses!
My parents were out in NYC for quite a bit longer than we were, and it was nice being able to spend some time with them while we were there. It's also kind of ironic that they're getting all grandsons (at least so far!) after having two daughters, boys are definitely a different ballgame!

When we were trying to take these pictures, Henry did not want to let go of this card he was holding but I thought that maybe I could quickly just take it from him so I could get one picture without him holding it...
I was wrong. LOL.

One of the days we were there, Cameron, Henry, and I ventured over to Brooklyn!

We had breakfast at Iris Cafe Store #9 and I'd highly recommend it. It's kind of a low-key place but the food was great and it's in a really picturesque area of Brooklyn Heights! (Plus it's super close to Brooklyn Bridge Park!)
I had heard that Brooklyn Bridge Park was an awesome place to take kids, so I was really excited to take Henry to check it out since he loves going to the park these days. The park has tons of different sections and it was really fun to check out. It ended up being pretty hot the day we went, so we ended up spending most of our time at Sandbox Village and Water Lab, which are both at Pier 6. Since we were there on a week day after school had started, they were both pretty empty and so it was amazing to have these incredible parks virtually to ourselves!
After changing Henry's clothes, we headed to DUMBO to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge!
Henry was not super pumped about pictures at this point :)
I posted about this on Instagram, but when I was in NYC two years ago, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge while pregnant with Henry. It felt surreal and like deja vu to be doing it again, only this time Henry got to walk with me!
Speaking of walking, we did a LOT of it! Thankfully, I felt really good, but still, it was kind of a lot for being as far along as I was! (This was a little before and after shot the day we went to Brooklyn and did the most walking) Needless to say, I've definitely been trying to take it a little easier since we've been home!
"Baby!"
Saying our goodbyes to Samuel when left two weeks ago; it's crazy because I feel like he's already changed a bunch in the pictures my sister has been sending me this week compared to how he looks here!
 
This silly boy looked like a literal giant next to his cousin!
One last artsy b+w shot from the Brooklyn Bridge :)
 So there you have it, our visit to NYC in a nutshell! It was a fairly quick trip, but I'm so glad we were able to go. Even though it wasn't technically fall, we did get a little bit of nice fall weather while we were there (along with some hot and humid weather, which wasn't quite as nice). It's crazy to look back at this post from almost two years ago when I was pregnant with Henry and we were wedding dress shopping for my sister - so much has happened since then! I didn't end up getting a chance to write a post about our last visit to NYC for Thanksgiving this past year (although there are a few pictures from that trip in this post) but Henry wasn't even walking at that point and so it was a very different experience. I'm not quite sure when we'll be visiting next, but it's surreal to think that we'll be a family of four! And as hard as it is having my sister (and now my adorable little nephew!) on the opposite side of the country, the silver lining is that it gives us a pretty great reason to go to NYC!


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