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Baby Friday- 20 Weeks

Western Day at school, so Mase is decked out in his boots and belt buckle and holding his sisters ultrasound photos. He told me it was his new brother.
Western Day at school, so Mase is decked out in his boots and belt buckle and holding his sisters ultrasound photos. He told me it was his new brother.

We had the best vacation ever. It was super short and involved a TON of driving and some wrong directions, but Northern California is just breathtaking and one one time with my two favorite guys with no crazy work emails or dishes was just the best thing ever.

Mason got to see some sharks first hand, but he was annoyed they don’t have whale sharks, and is still requesting a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. Josh told him when he gets $300 in his piggy bank we can go. He makes me help him count his pennies every day now. Poor thing, he has a ways to go!

Our 20 week anatomy scans went really well, they confirmed she’s a girl, (whew I don’t think I can return all of those bows….), and she’s healthy and happy in there. I’m just thankful and awed that there’s a new life growing inside of me and praying she stays safe and comfy until its time to come out.

Total workout fail AGAIN, and I basically ate my way through Monterey, so no wonder I feel huge. I’m trying to get back into some kind of rhythm with a schedule for cleaning my house  and working out around my other work, but someone please tell me it actually is hard to fit in working out when you have a job and a husband and a toddler and you’re pregnant. I feel like I’m being so lame and just not trying hard enough and then I have nightmares about being a literal beached whale and its terrifying. I hate making excuses for myself but, por ejemplo ,last night after sweating my face off all day, taking Mase and picking him up from preschool, doing the grocery shopping, feeding the child, working 8 hours and then cleaning the kitchen, cooking dinner, then cleaning the kitchen again, then getting Mase ready for bed, I put a giant pillow under my slightly swollen cankles on the coffee table and announced to the room that Mommy and/or Jess have officially clocked out for the evening, so thank you and good day.  Josh brought me my phone and the tv remote and gallon of water and I didn’t move for 2 hours. Thank you fall premieres….(OMG…Scandal….). I should have taken that opportunity to work out or clean something or maybe work more but when you look down and your ankles are thick its either lie down and relax or just throw in the towel all together right? I can’t be alone in feeling this way.

Here’s to week 21 and maybe cooler temperatures and little less whining. 🙂


Week: 20
Date: 9/26/14

How big is baby? A banana. About 10 inches from head to foot. We’re starting to grow here folks.

Pregnancy symptoms? Tired and chubby. ( I sometimes just leave last weeks answers since they still apply)

Cravings? Nothing crazy this week. I mean I always want things I probably shouldn’t eat so I can’t really blame the baby for that. I did freakishly demand a frosty from Wendy’s recently and holy cow those things are amazing!

Aversions? Nothing new besides egg and sweating to death in this blasted heat from the pit of hell.

Best moment this week? A healthy baby scan at our big anatomy ultrasound this week. I’ve been especially anxious this pregnancy for some reason and hearing “oh there’s a perfect heart” and “oh look, good brain blah blah blah” is just so comforting.

What are you looking forward to next week? Hmmm nothing comes to mind. Maybe a temperature below 89?

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? Still hot. And very annoyed with this work/life balance thing that I fail at consistently.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? No but not because I don’t need them. I need a stylist, I just opt for leggings and tunic tanks and when that’s too hot I wear my cut offs and that horrid belly band.

Any stretch marks? Not yet.

How much weight have you gained? Offically 11 pounds per the doctor. It feels like 400 so I’ll take 11.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Every now and then I think I do. Nothing consistent and nothing serious but occasionally she reminds me she’s there.

Know gender? Totally a girl.

Names? Scarlett. Josh is still pretending he doesn’t know what’s going on.

What baby project are you working on? I found bedding that might work perfectly this week at Pottery Barn, and if so, I’m going to die of happiness.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? Ugh.



Baby Friday- 19 Weeks


This week was actually pretty awesome. And by awesome
I mean it just didn’t suck so I’m really excited about it. It’s early to tell but Mason has had the best week since we started school and both days his teacher said he did well, so I’m ecstatic.

My main complaint was that it was 5000 degrees and blistered the skin to walk outside. Today was the first day in a week, at least, that I could breathe normally outside. It was around 86 and breezy and I almost grabbed my sweater I was so confused.

Josh found out that his next class was cancelled which would cause a lot of drama for us, including trying to cram a class in with a 3 week old hanging out, but he also found out his administrator graciously decided to waive the class for the students in Josh’s program since it was seriously ruining everyone’s lives. So instead of a lot of upheaval, Josh gets an unexpected 6 week break before his very last class. It seriously could not have come at a better time. When Josh first told me about the class drama, I literally screamed I CAN’T EVEN. It’s probably one of the first times in my life I sensed I shouldn’t worry about something and I actually didn’t. Which I think is strictly due to the fact that I was so stressed out about Mase and work and everything else I’m failing at in life that my brain literally couldn’t worry about anything else. It was amazing! And a few days later Josh told me it had been resolved and in the best way possible and I really just wish I could NOT worry about things more often. That’s my new goal. 🙂

We had some spin victories this week, but strength training fails. I’ve been having some weird tightness/crampy feelings after working out and besides just the general exhaustion it stresses me out so I’m trying to take it easy. And then I stupidly volunteered to bake for Mason’s school PTA event and I’ve got pans of lemon bars and chocolate chip cookies just hanging around my kitchen. Oh and I signed up for the gluten free cookies and totally wimped out and went for the pre made mix, but it was one I’ve never used before, and the cookies are literally crumbling like dust. I’m letting them cool and praying over them but I have a feeling I’ll be arranging lovely gluten free JoJos on a nice plate at 3pm tomorrow afternoon. 😂

The baby is fine, I think I felt her move Monday or Tuesday night which is terrifying because what the heck is she doing the rest of the time?! Speaking of not worrying, I’m pretty sure I will have anxiety about this child no matter what I try to do.

We’re packing up on Sunday for a super quick trip and our one and only vacation this crazy year, and I am just so happy and excited. This trip is quick and close and I’m just so grateful for the opportunity to spend some time together just the three of us. Life has been so nuts lately and it will only get more crazy once our little lady comes along and I am just so happy we get a few days to rest and reconnect and see a whole bunch of Masons great loves, sharks.

Week: 19
Date: 9/19/14

How big is baby? A zucchini . Or 6 inches long and approximately 8 ounces.

Pregnancy symptoms? Tired and chubby.

Cravings? We’re back to ice things. Ice chips, slurpees, ice water, Popsicles etc

Aversions? Egg. Let’s not speak of the hard boiled egg incident that happened at the pool this week Jackson.

Best moment this week? Good sweet moments playing trains with my little boy. He started calling me “mama” which I have no idea where it comes from but hearing his little voice say “do you want to play trains with me mama? For just a little teeny tiny while ok?” Is just the best thing ever.

What are you looking forward to next week? VACATION !! And my 20 week ultrasound.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? Mostly I was just hot.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? No, I got so frustrated there’s like nothing for when you’re just chubby but not hugely pregnant yet. It’s too hot for maxi skirts so I’ve just been wearing my cut offs unbuttoned and hoping I’m not offending people.

Any stretch marks? Not yet.

How much weight have you gained? I seriously can’t even consider it. Probably so much.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Monday night for sure some kicks! More like ballet twists it’s the strangest feeling ever, all I remember are the ninja kicks to the kidney I got at the end so this part is totally freaking me out.

Know gender? Totally a girl.

Names? Still Scarlett and/or Garlic. Although I called her Garlic to mason and he corrected me to “Her name is Sarleck mama, Sarleck”. I like Garlic better.

What baby project are you working on? Nothing really. Once it cools off I’m determined to get her nursery put together. Basically Halloween until she gets here is booked for us so I need to at least have the basics done before then or I’ll go crazy.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? Nope! But I’m considering an L&D photographer so that’s fun. 🙂



Baby Friday- Week 18

18 weeks. My thighs are pregnant too.
18 weeks. My thighs are pregnant too.


Well I wish this week was better but it just wasn’t. I don’t want to repeat the drama but basically parenting is hard  and that basically sums it up. I am working on focusing on the good days and letting go of the rough ones, and its not easy but I’m trying.

This week was also a total workout fail. Tuesday set a bad precedent with my bad gym experience, and then Wednesday just was what it was, and then Thursday I had a meeting and actually today I did my prego strength training DVD so that’s better than nothing. Probably won’t outweigh the ice cream I had last night or the chips I ate like an hour ago but whatever.

I’m going shopping for some other options for clothes, my pants are tight and my tanks are too thin and show my sneaky rubber band trick and it annoys me, so hopefully I can find something fun. I have my eye on the Paige maternity denim because it just has fun elastic panels in the sides, no gross giant band that rolls up to your boobs. We’ll see what I find. I might need some new “maternity” boots too, since it’s technically fall.

I also decided to last minute participate in a Fantasy Football league which is amazing, since we used an auto-draft because we were late, and I have the most random and awkward group of players ever. (yes, even Ray Rice made my cut) Anyway, this whole adventure is perking up my whole weekends. My heart belongs to the Chargers but they have a tendency to break it basically until December and then again in January, so this is helping ease the pain.

We’re taking a quick last minute vacation to take Mase to the Monterrey Aquarium next weekend and I am SO excited. Its our first ever just the three of us family vacation, and I am just so happy. Mase is obsessed with sea life right now, specifically sharks, and he really wants to go to the Georgia Aquarium, but I told him we had to start with Monterrey until he saved enough in his piggy bank for a flight to Atlanta. He thinks he can trade a toy for a flight, so I told him to try and let me know how it works out. Until then, we’ll try Monterrey. 🙂

Oh and being pregnant is fine, I am starting to have trouble sleeping because my sciatica is acting up, which is to be expected. I’m extra tired and annoyed but other than that I’m feeling great and almost half done! We have our big 20 week ultrasound on the 24th and that’s always a fun one. Until then, I’ll just buy more bows.



Week: 18
Date: 9/12/14

How big is baby? A bell pepper. Or 5 inches long and approximately 6 ounces.

Pregnancy symptoms? A lot of feelings.

Cravings? Nutella. Okay so that’s not a pregnancy thing, its probably just a life thing. Besides Nutella, chai tea lattes and sandwiches. Like big fat ones with extra pickles.

Aversions? God help me if I see another egg.

Best moment this week? Hmmm this week was tough. Oh yes! Seeing my Uncle Charlie & Aunt Jill last Monday. They have a special place in my heart and I hate that we’re so far away from each other most of the time.

What are you looking forward to next week? A fresh new week with no mistakes in it yet.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? Ever. Single. One.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? I am going to get some this weekend. At least some thicker tank tops. My tanks show the rubber band trick I’m using on my jeans (the photo above, exhibit A), and it bugs me. I pulled down my maternity clothes box which is a joke. I was like Josh where are all my maternity clothes and he laughed for like an hour and reminded me that I refused to buy them except for like 2 pairs of hideous jeans and a few shirts and just wore regular clothes then got rid of all of my regular clothes because I hated them after I wore them pregnant. Some plans aren’t as smart as you thought they were at the time. I’m just hot and uncomfortable and tired of it this time so I’m giving in early.

Any stretch marks? Not yet.

How much weight have you gained? Still waiting but I’m guessing like 45 pounds already.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Every now and then maybe a flutter but its really annoying me because I can’t see in there and those kicks are all I have to go on. I know, I know I’ll be complaining about it in a few months when I can’t sleep and I’ve got a 9 pound baby doing cartwheels and back flips 24/7 but for now its just nervous.

Know gender? Totally a girl.

Names? I’m still calling her Scarlett and Josh just ignores me. Mason calls her Garlic and that pretty much sold me. 100%.

What baby project are you working on? I color coded her bow collection and also hung up the clothes she has so far in Mason’s closet. A lot of accomplishments. I have a plan for her nursery corner and I’m just waiting until it cools off because I plan to restore an old dresser and turn it into a changing table/dresser combo, then do something amazing I saw in the Pottery Barn catalog with a canopy and gold glitter dots. But its too flipping hot to do anything like that. Hopefully it goes below 80 degrees before February.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? This week I want to schedule a C section in advance. I change my mind about weekly about it so who knows.



Baby Friday- 14 Weeks


Well we had a big week this week! I had an ultrasound on Wednesday and as my doctor was checking out baby he was surprised to see that baby clearly wanted to show off that it is officially a SHE!

I asked him to write it down and stick it in a sealed envelope for me. I contemplated skipping taking Mase to the zoo as we had planned, but I figured I had waited this long, what’s a few more hours…. 🙂 we got done at the zoo and I took the envelope to Sprinkles cupcakes (Josh’s favorite). They took the envelope from me and filled a dozen with either pink or blue frosting for me and sent us on our way.

We had Mason’s preschool orientation Wednesday night so we had to wait until Thursday night to bite into those cupcakes. We had our bestest friends and my dad over, we Skyped in Josh’s family and my mom and brother and sister in law in Phoenix, and after a lot of screaming and yelling and toddlers everywhere, we finally saw the bright pink frosting. I had a feeling it was a girl, mostly because I’ve been so sick, but also I kind if just knew. I’m excited for the adventure of a girl, but now I need to find a new home for all of Masons baby clothes!! 😂

In other news I started working out again which is amazing. I tried one of my fave classes from 24HR, the CXWorks because it’s mostly butt and legs with some ab work that I knew I could modify, and it was awesome but I didn’t modify enough on some of the burpees and mountain climber actions. I was hurting so bad the next day! Good sore in a lot of places but my back was killing me. My BFF who also happens to be a trainer gave me some good tips since my ab muscles aren’t exactly helping to stabilize my core these days, and it was way better the next few times I went! My only issue is the class times are hard for my schedule, so I’m so thankful my friend Mo loaned me her Tracey Anderson Pregnancy Project DVDs. Tracey is actually pregnant and there’s a different DVD for each month of your pregnancy so you know what she’s telling you to do she clearly understands the limitations and/ discomforts. I love it! It’s a little long so I’m working on squeezing it in, but I adore the simple, low impact, but super targeted movements. Especially since I’m having a girl this time and I hear that makes you ugly I’m trying to stay ahead of the game. 😂

We met Masons pre-school teacher today and I managed to not cry at all, which is amazing, I guess I’m saving it all for Tuesday. Today was a seriously crazy day and I’m grateful this week is almost over, and we can enjoy a day of rest together on Sunday as a family.

Week: 14
Date: 8/15/14

How big is baby? A lemon

Pregnancy symptoms? Soooo hot. And tired. And so so so impatient. I’m working on it so hard but I’m just so over everything all the time.

Cravings? The usual icy things and pancakes and chips.

Aversions? Eggs and raw chicken seem to be all I can’t handle. I even drank coffee twice this week. It’s been glorious.

Best moment this week? Gender reveal night with my besties and fam.

What are you looking forward to next week? Working out 5 times.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? So much crying! I think with Mason starting school and finding out I’m having a girl it’s just a lot of changes at once for me. So many tears.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? No but I would appreciate if this baby would be an actual bump and not just look like I’m eating chips and pancakes all day. Oh wait….. 🙀

Any stretch marks? No I’m watching for them though.

How much weight have you gained? I lost a pound according to the doctor.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Nope nothing yet!

Know gender? Totally a girl.

What baby project are you working on? Trying to plan a girl nursery. Lord have mercy.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? Labor is the last thing I’m worried about now. Girls are a lot of work.



Baby Friday- 13 Weeks


Well we had a pretty quiet week this week. Our ultrasound went great, baby is looking awesome. But of course we couldn’t tell gender yet, because my babies don’t like to cooperate on that department. But the point of the ultrasound was to check on the nugget, and I’m grateful baby is growing and happy in there. So far all appears well and I am excited.

I was able to eat chicken twice this week and it seems like as long as I don’t have to see it raw or fix it myself it’s ok. Or something like that. Eggs are still a big no go, and the highlight of my week was when Mase stuffed too much hard boiled egg yolk in his mouth at once and gagged himself and nearly threw up into my hand. Don’t worry, just sights and smells I can never un-smell or un-see.

I’m still super tired all the time so still waiting for those bursts of energy I’m told you get in the second trimester. Orrrrrrr I might just be tired until I die, that’s kind of where I’m landing with this.

As I’m writing this I’m also realizing I should probably write closer to mid-day since it’s kind of late and all I’m doing is complaining. 😉 Sorry!!!

I really have a lot to be thankful for, the nausea has eased up for sure and I’ve got lots to focus on with Mase starting pre-school and work getting busier, so there is never a shortage of activities. I’m currently trying to convince Josh to go on a road trip to Yosemite when he gets a little break from school in September…. It’s not going well. I’m not sure how I ended up with a guy from the Midwest who hates camping, but that’s a story for a different day.

I worked out three times this week! This is an amazing accomplishment even though they were short, I am happy they happened. Except for the last one, it got a little rocky. Apparently my old c-section cut doesn’t appreciate mountain climbers or burpees. I mean they’re bad enough on their own we don’t need any extra drama. My BFF has a set of DVDs from Gwyneth Paltrow’s trainer for preggos, so I’m going to give that a shot next.

We have an appointment with my regular OB on Wednesday and another fun ultrasound, and this time I’m taking Mase with me since he keeps asking why he can’t see the baby. I love the ultrasound appointments. 🙂

Week: 13
Date: 8/8/14

How big is baby? A jalapeño! These food comparisons kill me.

Pregnancy symptoms? Soooo hot. And tired. And super annoyed when Mason runs from me as fast as he can at the beach.

Cravings? Slushies, iced tea, Popsicles, spaghetti with meatballs

Aversions? Any sort of protein in the mornings, eggs at all times, raw chicken. List is getting shorter!

Best moment this week? Dr telling me my NT ultrasound was completely normal.

What are you looking forward to next week? Hmmm more Popsicles

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? A lot of impatience actually, I’ve found myself very short tempered. I could blame it on the heat, being tired and this baby, but the truth is it’s no excuse to be rotten so I’m working on it!

Are you wearing maternity clothes? No but I have to unbutton my favorite cut offs if I’m sitting for a long time. 😂

Any stretch marks? No I’m watching for them though.

How much weight have you gained? My scale says 3 pounds. My scale lies a lot so I’m not sure who to trust.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? I’m pretty sure I did during my last workout and I think it was the baby demanding that I stop.

Know gender? What’s your intuition? Still waiting. Still think it’s a girl.

What baby project are you working on? I bought a onesie and cute little shorts from Baby Gap and that’s as far as I got.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? No, and it gives me anxiety to even think about. I tried researching all of my options and it gives me heart palpitations. If I hear the word VBAC again in the next 6 months I’ll probably vom. The whole thing is nuts ok. It will happen when it happens and then it will be over and everyone will be happy. That’s what I’m focusing on. My favorite labor and delivery nurse from Mase told me “no one has ever stayed pregnant forever, so you have that going for you”. Bless her heart.



Baby Friday- Week 12

Mason received a new pool toy, Mr. Turtle, and he insisted he be a part of today's photo. Enjoy.
Mason received a new pool toy, Mr. Turtle, and he insisted he be a part of today’s photo. Enjoy.


Goodbye and good riddance to you first trimester! I definitely do not remember this part of my first pregnancy, but what I do know is that being nauseas sucks with a capital S-U-C-K-S. I was so incredibly lucky to feel so great when I was pregnant with Mase, and this next trimester better be full of all the wonderful things they promise you, like tons of energy and not gagging at the sight of raw chicken. And eggs in any form. Fingers crossed. My biggest challenge is just fatigue and food. I know I have to eat to help with the morning sickness, but I’m struggling with my choices. I still blame Whole30, but whatever it is, almost everything except meat and vegetables and fruit makes me feel gross. But only carbs help the nauseas part….so I’m stuck with one or the other. That’s why I’m really hoping these food aversions get better quickly because breakfast is the toughest part of the day.

This week started off with this hideous heat wave we’re having, and before you judge me and dismiss my pain, please believe it was 88 degrees in my house at 7pm on Monday night. Not okay. To distract myself from this demonic weather, I decided that I need to get Mase on a better routine before pre-school starts in August, so we’ve been working on that, and he’s just been doing so great. I’m so grateful that he responds so well to my random ideas for structure, so I’m really hopeful that will enjoy his adventures in pre-school, (while I peer in the window and cry, obviously). Which, as a side note, there was a whole section in the packet from his school about how parents staring in the window and visiting in class the first weeks of classes was discouraged! hahah I’m sorry of course I WANT to stare in the window all day but I wouldn’t, at least not in the beginning. They encourage parent volunteers throughout the year, so I’m using that as my way in.

We have our NT ultrasound today, and Josh is coming along for that, which I’m super excited about since he hasn’t gotten to see any of the ultrasounds yet. The second pregnancy is tricky, not only are you juggling work schedules of the two of you, you have to get childcare for the kid you already have too! Most appointments we could bring Mase to, but this one is a long one, so PawPaw graciously volunteered for babysitting. I’m excited for this ultrasound, I’m praying of course that all results are normal and baby is healthy and growing well, but I’m REALLY hoping they tell me the gender. I honestly don’t know how people wait until 20 weeks. I have to know. I either have to prepare myself mentally for a girl or start getting excited about Mason’s little brother getting to use all of his fantastic clothes I saved. Either way, it’s time to know.

Week: 12
Date: 8/1/14

How big is baby? A Lime! Which makes me want margaritas…..

Pregnancy symptoms? Tired, exhausted, more tired. Oh and nauseas which makes me cranky. And hot. Just a bundle of laughs over here.

Cravings? In N Out hamburgers  protein style, hot wings, frozen grapes, frozen yogurt, slushies, Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade. Basically anything with ice involved.

Aversions? Any sort of protein in the mornings, eggs at all times, raw chicken (actually if I don’t see or prepare the chicken, and its cooked and covered with some kind of sauce, I can eat it. For example, hot wings, or teriyaki chicken. If I see the uncooked meat though, I’m done.) But most vegetables are okay now and I like avocadoes again if they’re on something else. More progress!

Best moment this week? Mason asking if he could take the baby out for a little while so I could rest. He pretended to take it out of my belly button and put it in his crib and told it to be good so mommy would feel better. He also told Josh it was his turn to take care of it. Hahahahah I can’t stop laughing about that one.

What are you looking forward to next week? Maybe finding out gender!!! If not then next week should be pretty uneventful in the baby world.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? I’m mostly just feeling lots of sadness as I prepare Mase for pre-school. It’s definitely a bittersweet sadness, I’m happy and excited for him and so proud of the little boy he’s becoming, but also so sad that he’s growing up so fast. He’s just the sweetest, craziest, funniest little thing and I want him to stay precious and innocent forever.

Are you wearing maternity clothes? Not yet, but I’ve noticed that some of my usual comfortable positions aren’t as comfortable. Like sleeping flat on my stomach makes my organs hurt and when I do a complete forward fold it hurts like all over my torso. So things are growing in there. Thanks baby.

Any stretch marks? Not yet! I have been kind of lazy with the toning oil but I got back on the wagon last night after I realized that my pants are getting tight. Ugh.

How much weight have you gained? I vowed not to weigh myself this pregnancy. I’ll update when the doctor makes me.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Every now and then I swear I feel a flutter, but I think I’m imagining things because it’s way early according to BabyCenter.

Know gender? What’s your intuition? Still waiting. Still think it’s a girl.

Have you decided on names? We still like our girl name and Josh has conceded that he “doesn’t hate” my top 2 boy picks. Progress at the Martinez house.

What has dad been up to this week? He’s still working a ton and studying a ton. That will probably be the same until December. Then he’ll probably just be working extra hard.

What baby project are you working on? I considered for about 15 minutes how I would redesign the closet in Mason’s room to accommodate a toddler and a newborn, and was excited until I actually looked at the space, and then I got anxiety and had to stop. I vacuumed instead.

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? No honestly I can’t even imagine it. I hope this baby just decides it wants to come out without any fuss. I mean, if you have a nauseas pregnancy doesn’t that get you a better delivery? Like some kind of trade system? Here’s to hoping for that.




Baby Friday- 11 Weeks



Well here we are, 11 weeks pregnant with baby number two. We finally announced it this weekend to our family and extended friends, and its making it a lot more fun. When basically no one knows you can kind of pretend you’re not pregnant, which is weird and confusing on all counts. I mean there are some benefits, I’m almost a third of the way done and I kind of feel like I just found out again. Which is nice, because pregnancy is a long 40 weeks people. Which in case you were wondering is 10 months, not 9.

I’m grateful I’m feeling pretty decently. Had a pretty rough week 6 and 7, and a rough day here or there, but I’m so thankful that I’m mostly just fine. Food is my biggest issue. Especially because I basically got pregnant on that horrid Whole30, now I’m just confused. Even the thought of eggs makes me want to die, and avocado’s are not okay. Guacamole is acceptable at certain times, but not all the time. Chicken is a big fat no, all I want is red meat and fish and cheeseburgers. Actually all I want is saltine crackers and turkey sandwiches with pickles. I’m really struggling trying to eat healthy and balanced and not gag. My doctor assures me this will get better over the next few weeks, and I’ll be able to eat vegetables that aren’t broccoli, but I’m not convinced. Also all my grand plans for working out died along with my dreams of a flat stomach this summer, as I can barely keep my eyes open to feed Mason dinner, much less attempt a work out. Josh’s school schedule calmed down this week, so I’m determined to fit it in, since we all know what happened the last time I was pregnant (one word, cow). And I’m just hoping that in the next few weeks I can focus on more vegetables in my diet and less gagging.

We had a good doctors appointment last week, baby is healthy and measuring right on track, and I’m going for an NT ultrasound sometime in the next two weeks, so that will be fun. Anytime I get an extra ultrasound, especially a 3D one, I’m happy. So far I’m REALLY feeling like this one is a girl which is kind of exciting, but also terrifying. Josh already said the poor thing is going to have to play with all of Mason’s cars because we will only be able to afford her bows and dresses. We’ll see how it turns out, but I’m betting girl.

Week: 11

Date: 7/23/14

How big is baby? The size of a Brussels sprout.

Pregnancy symptoms? Just tired, and some mornings I wake up pretty nauseous but it goes away if I eat something carby.

Cravings? Meat. Except for first thing in the morning, then I want bagels.

Aversions? Any sort of protein in the mornings, eggs, chicken, avocados, cooked vegetables

Best moment this week?  Mason telling my BFF Sandy “Mommy has a baby in her tummy!”

What are you looking forward to next week? Hopefully another ultrasound and eating more vegetables.

What emotions have you been experiencing this week? The usual panic and anxiety anytime I consider having a second child and working and our small condo and blah blah blah blah

Are you wearing maternity clothes? Not yet, now I just look chubby and bloated so I’m covering it with flowy tank tops.

Any stretch marks? No, and I’m going to buy stock in my toning oil. It didn’t fail me with Mase, so here’s to a 2nd try.

How much weight have you gained? 1 pound. Or so the doctor says. My bloated stomach looks otherwise.

Belly button in or out? In

Felt anything? Sharp shooting pains on my right side, which Josh claims to remember from Mason.

Know gender? What’s your intuition? Not yet, I wish! I have a feeling it’s a girl this time.

Have you decided on names? We picked a girl name and we have a top 3 list for boys that keeps kind of rotating.

What has dad been up to this week? Working more than he should and studying hard.

What baby project are you working on? I can’t even think about it because I get too stressed. Because if I start thinking about Mason and the new baby in the same room I start panicking and can’t breathe. I know it will work but I just can’t deal with it right now. So I’m not doing anything. Except I bought new Aden+Anais swaddles for the new baby at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. That counts right?

Any guesses on when you’ll go into labor? Ha, I probably won’t, like last time.