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My Second Trimester

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Am I really already out of my second trimester? The time has flown by during this pregnancy and I have no idea how, hah. Today marks my first day in my third trimester and the day I go take my glucose test.

Everyone has a different experience and every pregnancy is different. I know between this one and my first, they are night and day!

My second trimester has been by far the best weeks! I had energy (until the last week) and I could actually eat again. As I sit here and write this she is currently doing flips into my ribs. Thanks baby girl! This was by far my favorite thing about this trimester. With this pregnancy I was able to feel her a lot earlier than I did with my son, and my husband and son were actually able to feel her move sooner than we did with my son. She is a very active baby, WAY more active than her brother was in the womb! It does not matter what I am doing, she loves letting me know she’s in there and I am 100% okay with that!


Here are some symptoms I had in the second trimester.

Leg Cramps/Tightness- These started the later in the day and I just felt like I couldn’t stretch good enough. I would have my husband rub them and it would help but come back a couple minutes later.

Back Pain- I had back pain that started in the late first trimester and it went away for a couple weeks but came back with force at the end of my second trimester. I have been cleaning like crazy every since this pandemic started, and my lower back hates it.

Sleep, What is that?- I use three pillows at night to help get me comfortable. The bigger baby girl has gotten, the harder it is to sleep all through the night. Like I said before, she is quite the kicker and flipper. She will wake me up multiple times a night with a swift kick to the rib or bladder, then I have to get up to use the bathroom.

Cravings?- This is so weird to me because I have not had any cravings with this pregnancy and with my oldest it was everyday I just had to have something.

Bleeding Gums/Nose- This is a very common symptom in pregnancy. With my oldest I did not know that and being a first time mom I took myself to the hospital one night because my nose would not stop bleeding and I thought something was wrong. Yes, this is a common symptom so do not freak out like I did!


In all honestly, all the symptoms that come with being pregnant are not so bad when you feel that bundle of joy moving around. It is the best feeling in the world, even when they kick your ribs. I know I will miss it dearly when it is all over.

I cannot believe that in 12 weeks or less we will be meeting our little girl!


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What are some symptoms you are having or had during your second trimester?

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Old wives tales and my pregnancies

Now that you found out that you are expecting, I know one of the first things women think about is wondering what the gender will be. I know with both of my pregnancies I liked to look at different old wives tales just for fun to see what they said about what the gender might be. There are so many and a lot of them are just silly, but it is fun to just try them out and be curious. I have decided to gather up five old wives tales and put them side by side with both of my pregnancies.

1. If you are carrying high, it’s a girl!

Now I know there is no scientific reason that this is true, but with both of my pregnancies this is the case.

With my first, who was a boy, I carried him low and with this pregnancy I am having a girl and she is definitely high.

She is always playing on my ribs, haha.

2. Lots of morning sickness? It’s a girl!

I think this is true with me, this pregnancy I did have morning sickness the whole first trimester, to the point that I lost weight.

With my son, I never had any kind of morning sickness and never had an issue with weight gain or eating.

3. Craving salty foods? It’s a boy! Craving sweet foods? It’s a girl!

This one is silly in my opinion.

With my son I craved just about anything sweet or salty. With this pregnancy, I am five days away from my third trimester and I have not had any cravings at all.

4. Low fetal heartrate? boy. High fetal heartrate? girl.

Some people believe that if the heartrate is above 140 bpm then it is a girl, and if it’s under 140 bpm then it’s a boy.

With my oldest his was between 140-160 bpm and with my daughters, hers has been between 160-170 bpm.

The heartrate can change from one movement to the next, no matter what the gender is.

5. Partners weight gain

This old wives tale says, if your partner gains weight with you then that could be a sign that you are having a girl.

This was not true for me.

With my oldest, who is a boy, my husband and I gained a ton of weight. With this pregnancy, who is a girl, neither one of us have gained a lot of weight.


I am curious if anyone else had the same or different outcomes with these, and what other ones have you checked out?

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How to have a Virtual Baby Shower

With everything going on in the world right now, having a virtual shower is a great option to still bring all of your friends and family together digitally to celebrate the expecting mother to be. I know that this is very emotionally and anxious time for all pregnant women right now, including me, and it is very hard not to think about what will happen. Having a virtual shower will help the mom to be feel loved and supported during these times.

Virtual showers have been around for awhile for other reasons including: bedrest, family that is too far away, or mother’s/guest health.

What forum could you use to have the virtual shower?

Thank goodness technology has came as fat as it has, there are many options for you to choose from to have your shower. Zoom, Facebook Live, Google Hangout, and Skype are some options you can use for your shower.

Skype: This is very well known all around the world. Many people already have an account, and you can have up to fifty people for free on the chat.

Facebook: You can make a private group for family and friends to keep in touch. Mom-to-be can share videos, links, and photos.

Zoom: This is big with video conferencing especially at this time. There might be a lot of people who do have an account already because of everyone working from home and doing online schooling. The free plan you can get from them includes video conferencing for up to one hundred people!

Google Hangout: This one has been around for awhile and many people do have google accounts. You can video call with up to ten people.

Who should host the virtual shower?

I noticed that a lot of moms to be will host their own virtual shower, but you do not have to. During this pandemic I know a lot of us did not plan on even thinking about switching to a virtual shower, so you probably already had someone hosting one for you. Just talk to them about switching to a virtual shower and you can even plan it together if you want.

Are virtual baby showers difficult for guests who are not tech-savvy or elder relatives?

Absolutely not! Once you have it set up, you just send your guests a link to log into the video call, Easy peasy!

What gifts can guests buy, and how do they get it to you?

They can buy anything they want. A lot of registries are online now anyways. Guests from all over can buy something off of your registry and have it sent to your house. My favorite registry is Babylist. You can add items from any store and it is all in one registry and link.

What do you do at a virtual shower?

You can do a lot at a virtual shower! Some mom’s play games, virtual toast, diaper raffle if anyone sent you diapers. Guests are asked to send their gifts directly to the mom and she opens them during the shower, so everyone can see what she received.

Do I still make invitations?

You can send out e-invitations or regular ones through the mail. If you choose to send an e-invitation, there are a couple sites that you can use to personalize your invitations.

Canva: They have a free editing platform to create personalized e-invitation with photos that you can send via email, WhatsApp, or text.

Etsy: They have some great e-invitation options that you can instantly download and customize.


I hope this post helps some moms-to-be out there worried about what they are going to do about a shower. We are all in this together! If you have any other ideas or if you have had your shower virtually, I would love to hear what you have done.


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Four pregnancy apps that I use

Now that you have gotten that positive pregnancy test, you want to know how your little one is growing because you are anxiously waiting for that first prenatal appointment that seems so far away. I was the same way with my oldest and I am the same way once again with this pregnancy, so I totally get it mama! I am here to share my favorite pregnancy apps that I have used with both pregnancies that have helped me make it through. Having one helps you keep tabs on your little ones milestones, what features are forming and your babies size. You can also keep track of your bump by uploading your pictures. I am just over the top and have more than one, haha.

Baby Center Pregnancy Tracker

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This app will show you your babies growth and development including a year after birth. There is a mom community and articles with information and tips. This app has an option to create your birth plan, look up foods and drinks that are safe or not safe during pregnancy. You can upload bump pictures and pictures every month after your baby is born.

Ovia Pregnancy Tracker

ovia pregnancy tracker

This one has many other apps that include ovulation tracker and baby growth developer. This one is my favorite one to use. You can see your babies growth including, how big their hands and feet would be that week. It also gives you a weekly countdown to your due date, articles, and informative videos. You can upload a weekly bump picture if you decide to, and there is a community where you can ask questions and answer other peoples questions.

What to Expect

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This app gives you options you can compare your babies size to including: movie props, fruits, and 90’s nostalgia. This app will track your bodies changes and your babies growth. It includes an awesome mom group that is one of my favorite ones in all the apps. They also have daily articles on baby products, choosing child care, how to pick your babies name, and so much more. This app will also track your babies milestones into toddler-hood.

The Bump

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This app has a planner to prepare for your prenatal care, you can also find reviews on baby products. It also includes your babies development and informative articles. You have an option to set up your baby registry in the app, and your babies growth pictures are in 3D.


These are just the ones I have used and love. There are so many out there and I know what I prefer might not be what you like, so go check out your options and see what fits your preferences.

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Baby registry essentials checklist

I know that once you figure out your pregnant, there are a million things that are going through your head of what you need to get done. I cannot tell you how long I spent on trying to figure out items I needed with my first pregnancy and I had no idea what I was doing and ended up with things I really did not need and not things I really did need. I have decided to put a list together for you first time mommies that have no idea what you really need and what you don’t. I know you cannot control what people buy but it is still nice to know what is essential and what really is not just to give people an idea when looking at your registry. If you do end up with things you do not like or need you can always return them after the shower and replace it with something you need.

There will be some links in the list of items that I have personally used or going to use this time around.


Make sure if you get this you use it. Learn from my mistakes, I was a first time mom and when my son would cry I would just pick him up from his bassinet and lay him in bed with me. Four years later we are still fighting with him to stay in his room all night.

We used a Bouncer and Rock’n’Play and my son loved both, he would fall asleep all the time in them. Some babies don’t like them and some do.

This is the kind of set we received with our son, we have gotten a different set with our daughter this time around that we will use when she is here. I would recommend getting these in a set because it will save you money in the end. I know a lot of people will say that they will not use a stroller but I said the same thing and boy was I wrong! You don’t realize how handy they are especially if you have more than one child.

I used this so many times! My son was very needy and still is, haha. It came in handy when I would cook or clean and he was upset. Also, when he was a couple months old he got really sick with roseola and would only stop crying if we were holding him, so this carrier really got a ton of use during that time.

This is just for the pillow, there are many different covers you can get for these. This really came in handy with my son and I will be using it again for my daughter. They really help when your feeding your baby and I also used it to sit him up, lay him down, and with tummy time.

  • Breastfeeding Cover
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Car Seat Cover
  • Wipes and Diapers

With the wipes and diaper you cannot have too many! I would never turn down anyone who wanted to give me diapers or wipes. Even if you get the brand you do not want to use or the wrong size, there are some stores that will allow you to swap them out. For your baby shower I would do a diaper raffle where people put their names into a drawing for how many packs of diapers they bring and they can win a prize.

With my son we used the Drop in bottles because he had terrible reflux so on top of breastfeeding I had to mix formula with breastmilk in bottles to help. This time we are preparing with Dr. Brown and Tommee Tippee anti colic bottles. You really do not need a whole stack of bottles, around 6-10 would be perfect. If you are breastfeeding and planning on doing it exclusively, it is still nice to have some around just in case.

These are really nice to have especially during feeding if your baby is a messy eater. Also, if your baby spits up after eating or drools a lot it is nice to put a bib on them so they don’t get it all over them.

Okay, so these really are not essential but my goodness are they cute! Regular towels will work just fine for you baby and would probably be warmer, but if you have the budget it doesn’t hurt to have a couple cute towels around.

This is the one that we used with our son and I currently have the same one but in pink on my registry for this baby. I liked how it is comfortable for the baby and the water can reach them from the tub. I also like how you can adjust how high and low the baby lays on it.

I received a bunch of blankets that I really did not use for my son. We had so many that we just stuffed up in his closet and forgot about but receiving blankets really do come in handy especially to swaddle them.

  •  Baby Hangers

Yes you heard me right. Hangers are a necessity, you will want to hang up those cute little onesies and outfits and you cannot use the big ones you use for your clothes. Good thing is they are not very expensive at all.

I love the backpack style diaper bags! This is the one I plan on using this time around, Back pack style is becoming very popular and they are very easy and convenient. With my son I used the over the shoulder one and I was not really a fan with having to carry him, other things going on and carrying the diaper bag was just difficult. This one has many pockets for storage and I am so excited to have the space for two kids, haha.

  •  Extra bassinet sheets

It is nice to have extra sheets where your baby sleeps for those nights they pee through their diapers and it makes a huge mess.

  •  Pacifiers

Now, I only put this on here because some babies want them and some do not. So it may be something you will need or it may not be. I would hold off on buying a ton of them or any at all because the hospital will have some they can give you. My son used the hospital ones and we never had to buy any because he only used them for a couple months and then had no interest anymore.

If you plan on Pumping and nursing

  •  Breast pump

This is definitely a must have if you plan on nursing and pumping. I know they can be very expensive but you can get pumps for free or discounted through your insurance. Give them a call and see what you are approved for.

I loved my nursing bras! They were very comfortable and very convenient when your baby is ready to eat. Honestly I would save your money on nursing clothes other than the bras because you really can make due with the clothes you have. Just regular Cami’s will work with your nursing bra. Plus nursing clothes can get really pricy.

  •  Nursing pads

You will need these to keep your milk from leaking through your clothes. With my oldest I used the ones that are not reusable and it ended up getting pricy, so this time we are going to try out reusable ones.

If you plan on pumping outside of the home, it is nice to have this to store you milk in until you make it back home.

Having Soothing Cream for your nipples is a life savor! I have not used this brand yet but have heard amazing things about them and plan on using them this time around.


Thank you for taking the time to read this post! I hope I can help some new mommies-to-be that are freaking out right now. Just breathe momma everything will work out and you will be well prepared for your little one to be here!

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Five Easter crafts and food ideas

I have decided to put a list of Easter crafts and food ideas that you can do with your kids this year since we are stuck inside for another thirty days. I will be posting links for items that if you do not have them already at home you can order them online. I know this year is going to be hard for families and their normal traditions will have to be changed but at least you are home safe and able to still do something with your kids. I wanted to make some kind of light out of these crazy times and help some families still have fun and have something to do. So here is my list I have found and put together for you, I hope you enjoy!

  1. Easter chick fork painting

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All you will need for this craft is: Yellow paint , plastic forks ,  googly eyes , orange felt , scissors, glue, and a black pen.

This is very simple, you just dip the fork in the paint and go around in a circle, once you are finished with that you take the black pen and make your chick some cute little legs. Add your googly eyes with your glue and put the beak on with the cut out piece of felt. Now you have a cute little fork painting chick!

2. Egg carton flowers

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All you will need for this craft is: acrylic paint , non foam egg carton, glue, paper straws , paint brush ,  pom poms , and scissors.

After you are finished with dying eggs you don’t have to throw away the cartons, you can just make them a fun art project for your kiddos. First cut out four container of the egg carton to make four sides. I would get a plate and put a little bit of each color of paint on the plate so your kids can pick what colors and where to put them at. After the paint is all dry you can glue your pom pom in the middle of your flower and glue the straw on the back. Simple and quick craft for any age child and you can put them in a vase if you want to.

3. Toilet paper roll bunny stamps

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All you will need for this craft is: white paint , cardstock paper (cardstock hold up better in my opinion),  toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls), and a black marker.

This one is very simple and super cute! First you tape three toilet paper/paper towel rolls together and make sure they are all level. Then the top two bend them a little bit to make them look like bunny ears. I would use a paper plate and pour some white paint on it and then let your kids make stamps all over the paper. After they are finished making their bunnies, you can draw the faces on them using a black marker.

4. Rice krispies Easter egg treats

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What you will need for these adorable egg treats are: marshmallows , rice krispies cereal, food coloring , butter, non stick spray, and plastic easter eggs

Melt 10oz of marshmallows and 6 TBSP of butter in a bowl in the microwave, make sure to stir occasionally. After the butter and marshmallows are melted, separate them into two separate bowls and add food coloring of your choice to each bowl and about 3 cups of Rice Krispies Cereal into each bowl. Once it is all mixed together, put non sick spray into the plastic eggs and put some of the mixture into the eggs. Remove the Rice Krispies from the eggs and YAY you have delicious Rice Krispies Eggs.

5. Easter bunny pancakes

bunny-pancakes

What you will need for these cute bunny pancakes are: pancake mix , bananas,syrup (if you like syrup with your pancakes), and blueberries.

What a cute way for your kids to eat their breakfast Easter morning! All you have to do is make pancakes, cut a banana in half for the ears, use the blueberries for the eyes and you can even use it for his nose, and you can either use cheese (which I find strange) or you can use whipped cream for the whiskers even  though it wont be as neat and perfect.


I hope you guys enjoy these cute ideas for Easter this year. I know it is not the way we like to do things but lets try to make the best out of a not so great situation! Let me know if you try any of these ideas with your kids!

 

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