Second Pregnancy: Weeks 22, 23, 24

Once again, I totally lost track of time. I’m pretty sure it has been a week or longer since I’ve been on here.

24 weeks pregnant

So, what’s baby up to? “Your baby’s growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he’s almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he’ll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop.” Hmm. So can he taste what I’m eating? Like, does he love cheese as much as me? I need to know these things.

Weeks: 24 Weeks (and about three days, today!)

Total Weight Gain: I think I’ve gained about 19 pounds so far, but I feel like I’ve gained about a million. I swear the extra weight randomly hits you like a ton of bricks.

Fitness: Um, about that. I haven’t worked out in a while. I’ve been up and on my feet a lot lately, but I haven’t done anything that resembles an actual workout.

Symptoms: Lower. Back. Pain. That’s about it. Emphasis on that phrase because it is driving me nuts.

Sleep: I get up about once a night, but I can’t complain. It hasn’t been too bad at all.

Cravings:  I sound like a broken record at this point, but there is nothing off limits. I want it all. I am really, really into Publix subs right now, but who doesn’t love those?

Maternity Clothes: Basically, I can’t fit in much that isn’t maternity. I’ve carried pretty low both times, so I need seriously stretchy pants. I live in leggings and I’m not ashamed.

Baby Items Bought/Received: Again, nothing new! Having a second child who is the same sex as the first helps out a ton. I’m sure if it had been different, I’d be much more prone to impulse purchases.

Goals: I am going to get moving again. We got through a busy period at work and Maddux is starting to sleep well again after a rocky patch, so it’s time. I have literally run out of excuses.

Worries: Not too much is stressing me out right now, but I also haven’t had much time to think about it. If I had to pick something, it would be that he won’t be head down. He’s got plenty of time to flip, and I hope he does!

Best Moment: Maddux definitely understands that he’s going to be a brother and it’s freaking cute. He talks about his little brother like he’s already here. “Is he tired?” and “Is he hungry?” are common questions I get. Apparently, I blame those two things on the baby a lot. Eh, it happens. I’m napping and eating for two. ;)

I’ll hopefully get back into a routine with working out and blogging sooner rather than later, but I don’t know when that will actually happen. I’m kind of liking being totally laid-back about it all. I just regret it every morning when it’s hard to move. Decisions, decisions.

Second Pregnancy: Weeks 19, 20, 21

How is it Wednesday already? I had big plans to post this last Friday, and somehow I’m just getting around to it. Life. It happens. Anyway, I’m over halfway to my due date now so this post is totally a celebratory one. 40 weeks, here I come!

So what’s been going on with the baby? According to BabyCenter, it now “weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long — about the size of a carrot. You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better. In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.” Excuse me, guys. She is a he. Get it together. 

Weeks: 21 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I’ve gained about 16 pounds so far, which means I gained yet another 4 pounds in 3 weeks. What can I say? I do work.

Fitness: The only thing I’ve been doing lately is taking Pure Barre when I get a chance. Still itching to run, but I keep making excuses. The cool weather on the way will probably help a ton! At least that’s what I keep telling myself.

Symptoms: So far, this has been the best three weeks yet. I get randomly nauseous, but it’s seriously nothing to complain about.

Sleep: I’ve slept through the night a few times recently, so YAY for that.

Cravings: Everything salty, spicy, or savory that I see. Literally all of it.

Maternity Clothes: The Cartwheel App had 25% off Women’s Clothing so I hit Target up this week. I scored a ton of really comfortable sweaters and hoodies. Bring it on, fall. I’m ready for you.

Baby Items Bought/Received: I haven’t purchased anything recently, but I have started to compile a pretty legit Amazon Wish List for the baby. Just watching for price drops at this point. Frugal forever.

Goals: I’m still working on focusing on Maddux right now. This weekend we’re headed to watch a pirate-themed dinner show with my parents, and I cannot wait to see him absolutely freak out about it.

Worries: Just ready to get into the “safe” zone when it comes to weeks. I know that being in the third trimester is no guarantee of health or safety, but it’s still a milestone that I’m ready to reach.

Best Moment: His kicks are getting stronger now. Pretty soon I’ll be complaining about his feet all up in my ribs, so I’m trying to enjoy the “cute” stage of kicking and punching while I can. It won’t be long until it looks like an alien lives in there.

Hope y’all are having a great week! What has YOUR best moment been?

The News We Forgot to Share

I was just sitting around this morning when I realized that I never shared what baby #2 will be, and that’s a little ridiculous. Apparently things really are different this time around. It’s not that we aren’t ridiculously excited. It’s just that there is so much else going on, too. Posting about things is an afterthought these days.

Well, better late than never, right? I enlisted the help of my best pal, and the soon to be big brother, in creating a quick “photoshoot” for the announcement. We’re shouting out with joy, that…

second baby announcement

Yeah, I rhymed. I may have totally dropped the ball on this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still be cheesy. It’s, like, a mom right or something.

And with that, we’re off to do super cool toddler stuff today. Which means we have to play trains, go to Chick-fil-A, and do whatever else he claims is “a really good idea” at some point today. Have a great weekend!

Second Pregnancy: Weeks 16, 17, 18

Happy Saturday! I’m typing this bad boy up on my phone while Maddux naps, so I apologize if there are more grammatical errors than usual. Hi, autocorrect. I see you. I’m sure the photo is grainy, too, but it is what it is. Ultimately, this was all my doing because I was a huge genius and left my computer charger at work this week. 18 weeks is treating my brain well, huh?

18 weeks pregnant

What’s baby up to? According to, the baby is “about eight inches long and weighs a little more than five ounces. Although she’s enveloped by the familiar sound of your beating heart and rushing blood, she’s conscious of noises from the outside world, too. They filter through the bones forming in her ear and to her developing brain. Her sense of sight is evolving as well; the retinas are more sensitive to light, and if you bask under a hot sun, she’ll perceive a red glow. Other skills she’s showing off: yawning, swallowing, sucking, hiccuping, and making faces.” Whoa, whoa, whoa. That’s nice and everything, but how did they leave out what size fruit the baby is this week? How will I sleep at night not knowing what type of produce I’m carrying?

Weeks: 18 Weeks

Total Weight Gain: I’ve gained about 12 pounds so far, which means I gained 4 in 3 weeks. I’m what they call an overachiever.

Fitness: I’m still working out a few times a week, but I’m ready to run again. Now I just need to find the time. I know, that’s a pathetic excuse. I’ll make some time soon.

Symptoms: Nothing really bad lately, so that’s awesome. I still have a random headache here and there but it seems like they may be getting a little better. Other than that, I’m just getting bigger which comes with its own set of issues. Growing pains, y’all. Growing pains.

Sleep: Can’t complain! It’s not too bad right now.

Cravings: Yes. All the food.

Maternity Clothes: I bought another pile of maternity clothes from thredUP. The dress in the picture is a current favorite. It’s like wearing pajamas all day. I need about 10 more colors and I’ll be set.

Baby Items Bought/Received: I bought some things for the nursery, so that was exciting. I’m also in the process of trying to convince Ryne we need all new paint everywhere and new floors in the bedrooms. I didn’t think nesting was supposed to happen this early. He didn’t either.

Goals: I want to spend as much time doing what my first-born wants to do as possible. It’s going well so far. Today we played with the hose and “washed” everything in the backyard. It’s been a productive day in toddler land.

Worries: Honestly? I need to come up with a birth plan this time. I know they aren’t written in stone but I randomly developed an aversion to needles since I had Maddux. I’ve literally passed out twice now, once before the needle even touched me and once while getting my blood drawn at my appointment this week. I’m going to call that progress. Anyway, I blame my botched epidural for being such a wuss now. On the plus side, I now know the word vasovagal exists. Always a silver lining, y’all.

Best Moment: I’d have to say that our ultrasound this week was pretty awesome. I’ll share more details when I have some time later!

Thursday Thoughts + Aurorae Resistance Bands Giveaway

I miss blogging. I also miss having coherent thoughts. When it comes to brain power, I’m not working with my usual amount. I don’t know if it’s the end-of summer blues or baby brain, but I need some serious help. These next five thoughts might be the only ones I’ve had today. Whoops.

1. Two beach trips are always better than one. It’s just a fact. Last Wednesday I met Ryne and Maddux in Emerald Isle, and then on Saturday we drove to Myrtle Beach for the night since it was halfway home. Best idea ever. It split up the drive and I got to pretend that our vacation would never end. 

emerald isle vacation

2. Last week I also discovered that my toddler loves to do the Stanky Leg and there is nothing I can do about it. I actually don’t want to do anything about it, because it’s hilarious how serious he is when attempting all of his sweet new moves. I’ll probably play this little home video at his wedding, because I’m a great mom like that.

3. While we’re on the topic of random videos, let’s discuss an app I have no idea what to do with. I downloaded Periscope, started following people, and then panicked and didn’t post anything. What does one “scope” about? Please fill me in. And, PS, if you’re on there you can find me @RunPretty! 

run pretty on periscope

4. Here’s a topic I kind of hate touching with a ten-foot pole: prenatal fitness. I swear there isn’t one thing that works for everyone. Right now, walks around the neighborhood and bodyweight moves are my go to workouts, but I would love to start running again. It’ll happen. Maybe. Y’all just wish me luck.

casio watch run

5. One thing that has definitely helped me fit workouts in at home is my new Aurorae Yoga resistance band kit. (Disclosure: I was sent this set of bands in exchange for an honest review.) It’s no secret that I love resistance band workouts, but now I actually have enough bands to complete a variety of moves with a variety of different weights. 

aurorae yoga resistance band giveaway

The kit, which is absolutely perfect for traveling or at-home use, includes 5 exercise bands of increasing resistance, 2 foam padded handles, 1 door anchor, 1 ankle strap, and 1 guidebook. The door anchor and ankle strap are definitely a huge upgrade to my band collection. I didn’t have a way to secure my previous bands, which really limited what I could do with them.

When it comes to quality, I’ve had zero issues with these. They already make my favorite yoga mat, so I knew going into this that they don’t slack when it comes to materials. I have no doubt these babies will last for years to come, which is good because who knows when I’ll be back at a real gym again.

Ready for me to stop talking about them and get to the fun part? Yeah, me too. Aurorae is allowing me to give a set of bands to one lucky reader. Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The giveaway will end at 12 am on September 3, and a winner will be announced within 24 hours. Good luck!