We’re Pregnant! 18 weeks

Hi all!  I realize it’s been a few weeks since my last pregnancy update post.  I mainly put this off because I felt like there wasn’t anything major to update you on, and also I was waiting for my belly to pop a little more so that you could actually see it in the photos.  Don’t get me wrong, I started showing pretty much immediately (third time around) but it wasn’t really a “pregnant belly” sort of tummy.  You know what I mean.

But here we are… 18 weeks along!


Outfit details:

Top – made by me two summers ago, also made one in purple solid knit – I love them!

Shorts – Old Navy maternity, handed over by friend

Sandals – Sorel spring ’12 line – they were gifted by my Mom! (cause she’s AMAZING)

It was such a beautiful day again today.  We broke the record temperatures over the last three days.  It was pretty awesome  to have all the sunshine and Enzo loved how much time we spent outside.  He is definitely an outdoorsy boy.  Today we went on two walks, ate our lunch on a blanket in the backyard and played in the front yard while we waited for Claire to come home from school.

me and the boy

How big is baby?   6 inches long, 5.5 oz heavy and roughly the size of a sweet potato

Maternity clothes?  Yes, most of my regular shirts no longer fit over the belly.  I am still able to fit into regular jeans though, and I have been doing my prenatal fitness DVD so hopefully that continues to be the case.

Sleep:  Still sleepy early in the evenings, a few times I’ve fallen asleep on the couch after putting Enzo to bed (which happens at 7pm) and Mark has woken me up to tell me to go to bed.  I am doing better during the day though, and I think it has to do with exercising.

Movement:  A few little flutters here and there.  Or if the baby does a big maneuver like turning over or something, I can feel that.  But mostly still quiet in there.  It’s okay, it can put off that part as long as possible.  Enzo was a maniac and it was super annoying towards the end.

Food cravings:  Not really, and I haven’t been as hungry as I was in the first trimester.  Definitely not snacking all day long.  I will do a small snack in between meals (crackers and cheese, fruit or a small bowl of something salty) but not every time.

Have you started to show yet:  Oh yes, definitely a baby belly now.  The most fun comments are when people ask how far along and then react with “oh!!!!”  like I’m way bigger than I should be.  I love that.

Gender prediction:  Nope, and I honestly don’t care either way at this point.  But that doesn’t mean we are going to wait to find out.  I am certainly not that patient, plus I like to have all my ducks in a row.  We have an ultrasound scheduled for the 1st of May and we’ll find out then.

What does Enzo think?  About a week ago he pointed to my belly and said “ball”.  But other than that, I don’t think he really has any idea what’s happening there.


My sweet little blonde boy!  *sigh* pretty soon he won’t be the baby anymore.  I can’t think about it, it makes me sad!

I know I promised a post on my maternity sewing project would happen today but I wanted to get this one done first.  So look for that coming tomorrow.  Claire has a regional volleyball tournament this weekend, so I thought I would make a comfortable dress to wear with leggings for the day.



Maternity style

With my last pregnancy I wore a lot of maternity pieces that I either bought off Ebay or at stores like Target and Motherhood Maternity in the mall.  In other words, I took the easy way out.  I have a degree in Apparel Design.  I learned how to drape, pattern and to some degree do alterations.  Now do you see why I say that was the “easy way”?

This time around I am hoping to use more of my own skills, and less of my bank account, by making things to fit my growing belly using the tools I have in my head and the supplies I have in my sewing room.  Between the two, I should be able to outfit myself right up until the day I give birth.  And since it is almost summer, the majority of these items can be simple little dresses!  Easy peasy!

I am planning to do a weekly segment titled “Maternity Dress Project – Week #____(whatever week along I am)” for each week of my pregnancy starting next Monday with Week 18.  Woah!   It’s going by so fast!

Here are some dresses that my sewing machine is dying to create…

by More than Me Maternity


So whimsical and beautiful, I also love the fabric kites!


A wrap dress is a definite must! This fabric is so sweet, too bad I can't recreate it somehow! by More than Me Maternity


I won't need the boots or the cardigan for this one of course, but I love the button front! My cowboy boots would go perfectly! from DIYMaternity.com


Florals are huge right now and I intend to try this top out. It's so simple, and I have lots of loud floral printed jersey in my fabric library already! from DIYMaternity.com


I already bought a dress for my sister's wedding in July, but now that I've seen this number, I may need to re-think my choice. I LOVE the neckline on this! Way to rock it Selma Blair!

So stay tuned for more on this.  I was inspired by the 52DressesProject blog by another Portland gal.

What were your favorite maternity items when you were pregnant?



We’re pregnant! Week 11

Hi everyone!  So yes, that is the great news I promised you.

We are having another baby!!! 

So when we had Enzo, we already knew that we wanted to add one more to our little family.   When the girls graduate and move out to go to college (here’s hoping!), Enzo will only be 8 and so we decided that adding one more so that the two of them would have each other to grow up with would be ideal.   It took us 7 months to conceive with Enzo, so not really knowing how our timeline would look with baby #2 we decided to just let it happen when nature dictated.  And here we are!

Baby #2 is due mid-September.  I have my first doctor appointment on the 16th of March and we’ll get some more details then.  I wasn’t really in a hurry to see the doctor, I figured since I just did this everything was fresh in my memory.  They weren’t going to tell me anything I didn’t already know!  So we will be about 13 1/2 weeks at our first appointment.   I’m pretty sure they’ll do an ultrasound to determine the exact due date and make sure the little peanut is growing properly.

I thought it would be fun this time around to fill out a questionnaire every couple weeks, to let you know how I am feeling and what the baby is up to.   And I’ll post some pictures of the belly once it starts to look like there’s a baby in there and not just like I had a huuuuge breakfast.

How am I feeling?








How far along?   11 weeks, 1 day

Maternity clothes?  No not yet, and my goal is not to let my butt and thighs get too big for my normal jeans this time.  Although since I will be pregnant over the summer I will most likely be living in dresses at that point.

Sleep:  Super tired, all the time.  I usually fall asleep on the couch as soon as the kids are in bed.  If I could go to bed with Enzo at 7pm I would, but Claire’s bedtime isn’t until 9pm.  But I am pretty much useless after that.  I think the hubs is hoping I perk back up soon so we can have our evening snuggle-watch-tv-or-a-movie time.

Have you told family and friends: Yes, we told everyone about three weeks ago.

Baby’s Size and Development?  According to the internet, the baby is a size of a fig, measuring about 1 1/2 inches long.  It is almost fully formed, and will soon be able to close it’s little hands into fists.

Movement:  Too soon.  I am hoping though that this baby won’t be as much of a mover and shaker as Enzo was.  He was crazy in the womb!

Food cravings:  Yes, things like miracle whip, pickles, nacho cheese (I know it’s terrible), spicy foods.  I usually crave the spicy foods while I’m pregnant, but I also like them when I’m not pregnant.  And since I am feeling queasy from about noon until 6am, I feel the urge to eat something every couple hours to help settle my stomach.  And if I don’t think I can stomach food then I will suck on a piece of candy.  That usually helps.  And drink 7up.  I am not a fan of ginger, even though they say that helps the tummy.

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Oh my gosh, the first week we knew I was having issues with meat.  I couldn’t eat all of my chicken burrito one night because it suddenly tasted way too much like a chicken.  Haha.  I’m past that now, but one thing I cannot stomach is sweet potatoes.  Enzo loves them and I bought a couple to puree and freeze for him.  I had to ask Mark to do it because just the thought (I’m gagging right now just writing about it) made me want to puke.

Have you started to show yet:  Well, I have a bulge, that’s for sure.  But I’m in that stage of “is she fat or pregnant?”

Gender prediction:  I am not making any.  If it’s a girl, awesome because I have the best girl name picked out.  But if it’s a boy then I will be thrilled because I think two little boys would be really fun.  A lot of family members think it’s a girl because I am more queasy this time than I was with Enzo.  But I wasn’t sick at all when pregnant with Claire, so I don’t believe in that myth.

Mood can be described as:  I am good, not cranky that I know of (my family might tell you different).  But I cry at everything!  Commercials, sitcoms, the Ellen show when she surprises guests with cars or money.  Last night I welled up with tears watching proposals on America’s Funniest Home Videos.  Yeesh.

How is this pregnancy different than the last:  This time around I am way more sick to my stomach.  I even threw up once, which I know, it could be worse I could be doing that constantly.  But I don’t remember it lasting this long with Enzo.  Also, I had really bad acne issues with Enzo.  It was like I was 14 again, and they were big and painful.  I am not having that yet this time, knock on wood.  I wonder if the different time of year has anything to do with that?

So that’s what we are up to!  I’ll do this on a regular basis, sounds like a fun idea.

It’s really rainy and windy outside, and snowing in some parts of the city.  So bundle up and stay warm, wherever you are!