23 February, 2017

Bump Day - Week 20 - UPDATE!

Praise the Lord! My visit with the perinatal specialist was a GREAT one. He said the isolated Choroid Plexus Cyst was barely noticeable and is nothing that he is concerned with. Apparently, 20 years ago, this was a big deal, but research has proven that now it's nothing.

I was grinning from ear to ear the entire visit, as I watched little Poppy kick and wave on the screen. She was much more cooperative today and we got a really good look at her.

The moment I had been waiting for... visual confirmation that she is, in fact, a GIRL!

Y'all. Seriously look how similar Poppy and Hayes' 20 week ultrasounds look. I'm guessing Hayes will have a little (girly) mini-me!

I know how lucky I am to have one healthy child here with me and another healthy child on the way. It could have very easily gone the other way. Our friends, Paige & Kyle, have very recently suffered the most unimaginable tragedy of losing their first born to a rare neurological disorder, Lissencephaly. You can follow her blog here as she continues to grieve the loss of sweet, handsome baby Jack.

Some days, when I feel like Hayes has been a terror, I'm elbow deep in poopy diapers, and I'm 2 seconds from ripping my hair out, I just want a break. But things have really been put in perspective for me. I want to squeeze, and kiss, and love on my little wild man every second that I can. Just because I can. And that's a wonderful thing.

22 February, 2017

Bump Day: Week 20

Well, it's 3:50am and I can't sleep, so here I am. I haven't been sleeping well for the last few days; I think there's just a lot running through my mind constantly. Nothing specific really, just everything that comes with being pregnant and having a 19 month old and a husband and a house and a job. (Coincidentally, these are all amazing things that I am soooo grateful to have, so they should not be making me lose sleep at night, right?!)

One thing that probably jolted me awake this morning, besides the extreme urge to pee because that's normal these days, is that I have my 20 week check up today. I actually had my anatomy scan last week where we got to check in on sweet baby girl. After seeing her, we were ready to announce that we've decided to name her Poppy Monroe. I've always loved the name Monroe, (I mean, who doesn't love Marilyn?) and we, of course, had to include something presidential like her big brother's name.

She was being VERY stubborn and wouldn't let us get an upright picture of her.

That's her face with her little hand resting under her chin.

The sonographer seemed pleased with everything she saw but she did mention a small cyst on her brain, called a Choroid Plexus Cyst. She said she usually sees them earlier in pregnancy and that they disappear on their own, I guess usually before the halfway point. She also reassured me that it was so small that she almost missed it and to not worry. Everything else looked good, so she said my doctor, Dr. Bailey, would be just probably check it again this week at my regular check up.

I got call on Monday saying that Dr. Bailey had reviewed my ultrasound and wanted to refer me to a perinatal specialist. So today I also get to meet with a new office today too and get an extra look at our little baby! From what I've read, a CPC is nothing to worry about unless there are other abnormalities, which the specialist will check for.

 I think the reason I can't sleep is that I'm so excited to see her again. There maybe a little bit of nervousness sprinkled in, but it's mainly excitement.

I also realized we've been terrible about photographing this growing baby bump, but I guess that's just one of the downsides to being the second baby. So here's what I was able to get in the last week.

Now I'm off to get something sweet and caffeinated (doctor's orders!) so that baby girl won't be so stubborn and "lazy" for the camera. If she's going to be my child, she better get used to it! #momarazzi

14 February, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! I hope your day is filled with a little bit extra love, hugs and kisses. Just in case you missed it over on Instagram, I've been celebrating Love Day with some  DIY bubble Valentines for Hayes' class, cherry heart pies, and the paper hearts I hung on our garage.

The kissing booth pictures are from our most recent trip to the Farmer's Market, where they had a photographer set up.

Hayes and his friend, Cammy at the Farmers Market

Happy Valentine's Day!

09 February, 2017

First Trimester Fun & Not-So-Fun

Okay, so the first trimester of my pregnancy was a doozy. Between insane waves of nausea, headaches from hell, and the incredible urge to do nothing but lay on the couch, I haven't really been the doing much worth blogging about.

I know they say every pregnancy is different, but wow! It's like night and day! When I was pregnant with Hayes, I had practically no recognizable symptoms. Sure, I had a tiny bit of nausea at times and a headache here and there, but it was a relatively easy pregnancy. I'd go as far as to say I LOVED being pregnant with Hayes.

This little bundle? Different story. I'm almost afraid of what he third trimester will bring. But I can't complain, because I still love being pregnant!

Just to get caught up, here are baby's latest ultrasound photos. These are from when I was just about 13 weeks along back on January 3rd. It was pretty cute how she was wiggling and dancing.

You might have caught that I said "she". Because we also found out, via genetic screening, that this little peanut (well, turnip now) is actually a little girl! I couldn't believe it, and I'm still in shock. After having Hayes, I just kind of pegged myself as a #boymomforlife.

Next week I go back in for the big anatomy scan, so I'm pretty excited! All I want for Valentine's Day is a healthy baby girl staring back at us on that ultrasound. And also a whole bunch of wide open mouth slobbery kisses from this heartbreaker.

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