When I was pregnant with Boogie, I was tired all. the. time. Not only was I tired, but I was sick all. the time.   I never got that boost of energy you hear about in second trimester, and although I did “nest” at the end of second trimester and the beginning of third, it took a lot out of me getting her room ready and everything. This time around, as soon as I hit about 14 weeks and my nausea went away I found so much energy! I got the house clean EVERY day! Dinner was cooked when J got home… it was amazing. Now I’m 25 weeks and 2 days and two weeks away from third trimester, and I have no energy. None. Nadda. Zilch. And the timing is awful.

I’ve mentioned it before, but this is my last semester at the local community college and I’ll finally be done with my Associate’s Degree (just general education). I’m taking TWO Biology classes and a literature class, because that is ALL I lack to graduate! Luckily they are all online so I can stay ahead and get as much done before Bubby arrives… but now I’m dreading how hard it’s going to be with Boogie being a toddler and getting into everything and this new exhaustion I’m feeling. Today was rough. I left the same time J did for work to go pick up my books from the bookstore at school, and after waiting in line for 45 minutes I was told that there was a lock on my account and I’d need to go speak to financial aid. Wonderful. Up until this point Boogie was being a very good girl. Waited in financial aid for 45 minutes with about 40 other people, who a vast majority of were waiting for the same reason I was, to be told that it was a simple misunderstanding and to go try again. Luckily the guy who tried checking me out before didn’t make me wait in line again and held my books for me until I came back. So about 2 hours later with a grumpy, hungry and sleepy toddler I was finally on my way… to my other errands.

There are only a few things we have left to purchase for Bubby. Main thing being a car seat, which I found the one I wanted at Babies R Us and it’s on sale… so hopefully getting that on Friday. Other than that we lack a baby bath tub (we didn’t use one with Boogie, we actually showered with her… but I don’t see that being remotely possibly this time around), baby mittens (love those things), medela milk storage bags, bibs, and his coming home outfit. So I wanted to price a few things, including other things we don’t necessarily need but I’d like to have, and then was going to come home and eat lunch. We got home later than planned, and ending up going to see mom at school (teacher work day)… that was a disaster. Boogie has become a very sensitive little girl and burst into tears when the main teacher mom works with was discussing changes to the room with my mom (they are both loud… we think Boogie thought he was angry with mom or something)… then the other assistant mom works with acted like she was crying (thinking it would make Boogie laugh) and she burst into tears… AGAIN. Yikes! I knew we needed to eat soon, so mom and the other assistant said it was fine to leave Boogie with them while I ran across the street to get us some lunch before heading to mom’s house. I was gone MAYBE 15 minutes… and came back to Boogie in tears AGAIN! Needless to say… I was done for the day.

Things were better once we got to mom’s, but I was exhausted. Boogie took a cat nap on the porch on my lap and then woke up long enough to play with them for a bit before mom left for her part time job. Now we’re home… and luckily Boogie sat in my arms long enough for me to doze for a minute (I’m a light sleeper, she moves I wake up… works out well!) but I think that just made me feel worse!

So anyways, this new exhaustion hitting me is NOT fun. It doesn’t make anything easy and I’m praying that I’ll get through this semester and be able to graduate! Thanks for reading my mumble jumble of a vent. At least I’m almost in the last trimester…. right?

24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  Gained 1/2lb at my last appointment… and I’m pretty sure that was oatmeal in my belly, ha!

Maternity clothes? All maternity… except for my awesome pj’s of course, lmbo.

Stretch marks? Mhmm.

Sleep: I toss and turn all night… and I have had to start getting up to pee EVERY 2 hours at least. UGH!

Best moment this week: Had my appointment with Dolly and Bubby is PERFECT! AND we took Boogie to the zoo today…. what fun!

Movement: Feeling him pretty constantly at night, super low in my abdomen… and then randomly throughout the day.

Food cravings: French fries, frozen lemonade, spicy foods

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: None

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? Just wearing my wedding band right now

What I miss: Caffeine! Anytime, anywhere I want.

What am I looking forward too: Finally holding Bubby… although this pregnancy has been super easy compared to my pregnancy with Boogie, it’s definitely harder getting bigger while caring for a toddler!

Weekly Wisdom: Take everything in stride… there will be meltdowns (whether it YOU or your kids).
Milestones: Started feeling him more consistently, at least at night!

22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  Consistently losing and gaining 3lbs…. I go back and forth every other appointment, although I think I’ve gained a bit more in the past few weeks since my last appointment. I’ve been able to eat more hearty meals, so ugh… that means although Bubby is getting stronger, momma’s getting fatter!

Maternity clothes? All maternity… except for my awesome pj’s of course, lmbo.

Stretch marks? Mhmm.

Sleep: I had been consistently sleeping like the dead, however in the past week I’ve been waking up about every 2 hours needing to flip over. My hips are starting to get sore and my belly is getting bigger and bigger so it’s more difficult to roll. Ay yi yi!

Best moment this week:Completely done with Bubby’s diaper stash (newborn stash at least) and all of his newborn clothing is washed, folded, and put away! (And we have far more than we need)

Movement:More and more, but he stays SO low. I feel like my placenta is much lower than it was with Boogie because I felt her much more than I have this little one.

Food cravings:Peanut butter graham crackers, slushies/frozen lemonade, peaches


Labor signs: Just soreness in the belly area

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? Just wearing my wedding band right now

What I miss:Sleeping… I learned while pregnant with Boogie that during this time our body starts “teaching” us how to wake up for nightly feedings…. so not ready for that just yet! LOL!

What am I looking forward too: I am very much looking forward to wearing this little one… I am still able to wear Boogie in a double hammock carry in one of my wovens on my back, but she is so independent that she much prefers to walk herself. I miss those sweet snuggles… so I can’t wait to wrap Bubby on my chest and snuggle with him!

Weekly Wisdom: The earlier you start, the faster things get done, and the more time you have to spend with the wee ones. Boogie gets up about 6 now, sometimes later if I’m lucky and we’ve started a new cleaning routine that’s really working for us! We make beds, wipe down counters, vacuum, and do a load or two of laundry every morning. Then each day of the week we have a specific chore to accomplish (like today we are washing bed linens and yesterday was catching up on any other laundry that needed to be done).
Milestones: This isn’t really a milestone for Bubby, but Boogie is consistently telling Bubby she loves him. She says “luh you bubby”, “luh you baby”, “bubby? ere are you?” lol!


20 Weeks!

How far along? 20 weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  Consistently losing and gaining 3lbs…. I go back and forth every other appointment

Maternity clothes? All maternity… except for my awesome pj’s of course, lmbo.

Stretch marks? Mhmm.

Sleep: I sleep like the dead. Which is crazy, because normally I have a hard time falling asleep! I love it!

Best moment this week: Finished buying Bubby’s newborn diaper stash! EEK!

Movement: Yes, but still not constant. Anatomy ultrasound confirmed what I thought… I yet again have an anterior placenta. Ugh!

Food cravings: Fruit, smoothies, ice, asian food.

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: None… WAY to early for that!

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? Just wearing my wedding band right now

What I miss: Being able to cuddle Boogie without Bubby getting in the way lol!

What am I looking forward too: Spending these last 20 or so weeks with my ONLY child at the moment and enjoying what little time we have left as a family of 3! It’ll never be the same again!

Weekly Wisdom: Cry. And then cry some more. My emotions are on a frenzy right now, I cry over every little thing but I’m realizing that letting those tears go REALLY DO help!
Milestones: At our ultrasound Bubby’s feet were 1″ long!

Summer Blog Challenge, Day 29-33 AND Why I’ve Been MIA

I’m WAY WAY WAY behind on this… To explain a little, Bubby and I had a long discussion about if we were done having babies after Bubby is here. For the time being, at least until Bubby is 4 or older (Boogie would be about 6 or older) we have decided that we want to settle as a family of four and then re-evaluate. This will give us a chance to enjoy the two we have and focus on them while they’re little, take them on a few vacations without toting a newborn around, and then if we feel like our family is incomplete we will go from there. So, since Bubby is very VERY much a boy I have completely de-stashed all of her clothing, at least… I’ve almost de-stashed all of her old clothing. It’s been incredibly frustrating really. I thought it was a brilliant idea to try and sell them on local yard sale pages on facebook, but it’s just been very stressful and annoying. People backing out at the last minute for various reasons, people getting mad because they “claimed” something before someone else (at least they THOUGHT so, however they were wrong!). So… I’m meeting a very nice momma today who is expecting in November as well, and another momma later this week for the newborn clothing, and one more next weekend and hopefully she’ll take the last of my loot! All of these funds are going towards newborn cloth diapers for Bubby. Woo! It’s been a LONG LONG weekend! Anyways… I’m just going to do one long post for the days I missed on the Summer Blog Challenge, so if you’re still reading… bear with me!

Going Green with the Grizls

Day 29: Write a “How to” Post…

Oh geez… lol… How about I share a how to post I wrote a while back on how to make homemade baby legs? It’s very easy, even if you’re a complete novice at sewing (which I am!). You can find it HERE.

Day 30: Post a photo of an outfit that either is your style or you wish was your style.

Oh Pinterest, how I love you! So this outfit minus the jewelry and add short sleeves to the shirt.

Day 31: Talk about something eco friendly that you already do.

We cloth diaper! I love love love it, even though I’m having a hard time keeping up with regular laundry lately, let alone diaper laundry! I’m really excited to get newborn dipes for Bubby so that we have diapers he will actually fit in from day one! Boogie didn’t fit into her stash of one size diapers until almost 10 weeks! That was a long 10 weeks of yucky sposies 🙁

Day 32:  Share a poem you’ve written or just one you like.

My favorite poetry is from the book of Psalms… nothing is more beautiful then poetry for Christ!

Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand —
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Day 33: Travel & plans you have for the summer.
Nada. We MIGHT spend a day in Gatlinburg… but other than that we are staying put. In October, if the midwives say it’s ok, we’ll all be going to Raleigh for 3 days when Bubby goes to take his certifying exam. So… that’s our mini vaca for the year!