20 Week Bumpdate!
How the heck are we half-way already? This question has been asked numerous times in our household this past weekend. I've heard it before, on how fast your second (third or fourth) pregnancy goes, but wow. Add on a pandemic, a crazy election, the holidays and yeah - you bet it's flying by with the added bonus of a busy body toddler. I'm not half as exhausted as I was in my first trimester, but I'm way more tired than I've ever been before. Being in the midst of the busiest season with work, living at home in the middle of a lock down and the whole busy toddler thing is a handful. I'm not complaining one bit, but the fact that I'm writing a 20 week bump date right now is mind-blowing!
None the less, I am loving this pregnancy just as much, and feeling 10x more confident throughout the whole process. Just like Addison's pregnancy, I really can't complain. I've been blessed thus far with fairly simple, normal and not too crazy of pregnancies. All the normal symptoms hit me, but nothing that's not expected with creating a little. Looking towards April, I sure am hoping the birth goes much smoothers than Addison's, but all in all I'm feeling happy and confident that we have another healthy little baby.
Baby 2.0 Details
April 26, 2021
My app says baby is about the size of a sweet potato! It also gives two other funny comparisons: the size of Michael's "World's Best Boss" mug in The Office or the size of a Beanie Baby. From our appointment yesterday baby seemed to be about 11 ounces & healthy as can be!
138 (Addison's at this point was 150!)
My weight gain:
This isn't shared to make anyone feel bad or good about themselves. I want to be open as I know it's something we all struggle with or think about during this time. With Addison I gained a lot of weight and have been really working on staying active & eating healthy. So far I'm right on track! I've gained 12-14 pounds (my weight fluctuates a ton) and I have days I'm feeling great or days I just feel big. It happens to all of us. You're doing great no matter what! Try not to focus on it daily and feed yourself with good food. Moderation is key!
Healthy Practices I've Been Keeping Throughout this Pregnancy
One thing that I chose to do exactly the same this pregnancy as I did with my first, was prenatal vitamins! I stuck with taking MegaFoods Prenatal Baby and Me2 multivitamin for so many different reasons. I took these throughout my whole pregnancy with Addison and knew when we talked about baby #2 I would stick with them again. MegaFoods Baby and Me2 is packed with vitamins like B6, B12, D3 and Iron. The iron is especially important to me this pregnancy with being dairy free. The prenatal multivitamins are also made with real food like broccoli, carrots, and oranges.
I recently started trying out MegaFoods Baby & Me 2 DHA & Choline vitamin which supports healthy brain development through pregnancy & breastfeeding + the Bone Health! The bone health vitamin is packed with vitamin D, C, Calcium and Magnesium which is super essential throughout pregnancy. Your little baby sucks up a lot of nutrients from you & it's essential to not only focus on what you're giving to the baby, but what's also benefiting you! I will continue to use MegaFood vitamins throughout this pregnancy and know that it's the best choice for me! Even if I have an off day with healthy eating or staying active, I at least know I'm giving the best vitamins & nutrients to both of us in the end.
After gaining 60lbs with my first pregnancy, I've made a point to stay more active for me & my health throughout this one. Working out and getting outside (even through the cold days) at least 4-5 days a week is at the top of my list. Sometimes my workouts are short because that's all I really have time for! Making time to move my body and to shut my brain off from everything else has been so good for me! I have more information on what I've been doing to stay active saved in my bump fitness highlight on my Instagram feed.
If you know me, you know I love to bake. The holiday season is upon us so sweets making is at an all time high. Temperatures are dropping in Minnesota which means comfort food is also on the top of the list. I'm someone that likes to enjoy these things, but with this pregnancy I'm trying to keep it in check. We went through a ton of life changes during my pregnancy with Addison which threw my healthy diet out the door. Luckily, with this one, I'm way more established in my eating habits. Plus, we are settled in our home & I'm dairy free! My whole life in that sense is completely opposite than it was previously was. Having my mindset to splurge when needed, but pull back regularly is the same way I function not pregnant.
Overall, I'm not putting pressure on myself. I know I'm going to gain weight and that's expected. I don't see myself as someone who gains an average of 30 lbs with her pregnancy, but that's okay. I'm keeping my health at an all time high this pregnancy, in all aspects, and I know it's all about moderation. That's how I function and stay healthy outside of being pregnant so nothing should change now.
Something I'm struggling with: Sleep
With a growing business, a growing baby and a early riser toddler - sleep is at an all time low right now. It's something I'm trying to work on, but have definitely been struggling with. I work early mornings, during nap time and after we lay Addison down at 8pm. I have a massive to-do list in the midst of the holiday season and also try to enjoy some time with Kirby. Sleep has never been a strong suit for me, but boy was it easier finding time for it with my first pregnancy. I sit here wondering when I'll ever sleep once the baby arrives! So, my New Years goal is already set: sleep as much as possible from January-due date and never look back. Wish me luck lol!