8 Week Update

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How far along? 8 weeks? See below

Weight Gain? 3 pounds

Cravings? Cheese! Last pregnancy was milk, this time cheese.  My body must know that a teeny human is leaching all of the calcium out of my body, because I can not get enough swiss, blue, meunster, aged cheddar….

Sleep? WAHHH!  I am having major insomnia in the middle of the night, as in tossing and turning for hours around 3 in the morning.  I typically try to fall back asleep leaving me tired and useless the next day, but feeling like I shouldn’t take a nap because I have stuff to do.  From now on I’ll be getting up and trying to be productive and then having plenty of time to sleep during naptime.

Queasiness? Not as long as I eat enough.

Best moment this week?  Having our doctor make us feel really good about a vbac!

Looking forward to?  Our next appointment!

At our prenatal, our doctor made us feel really good about attempting a vbac, however the ultrasound wasn’t full of good news.  We came into the appointment at 8 weeks however the ultrasound put our little bean at 6 weeks.  First of all, I’ve never had an early ultrasound…. with a wand….inside my body.  I thought I was getting undressed for the physical exam; way too much happened to my body at that appointment. Second of all, I understand that no one in the medical field likes to give any false hope but I would appreciate a slightly less fearful attitude.  Anyway, the doctor said that everything looks good just not big enough, which could be due to a late ovulation or any number of factors.  I’m thinking my babies just grow slowly and are small.  Eli was a 42 weeks gestational period and only 7.5 pounds, meaning, born at 40 weeks would most likely be a 6.5 pound baby, not exactly large.  We are prayful and hopeful that everything is perfectly fine and that I am growing a teenier than normal babe and would so appreciate it if you would join us in that!

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Schedule

For some people a general plan for the day or the week is sufficient to get them going, for others the need to map out the day.  And then for a special few, they need a full and total gameplan; broken down by the hour or even more, the half hour.  I’m constantly resisting the urge to be the crazy scheduler, as a stay at home mom of a singular child, my days shouldn’t be that hard to manage.  And yet,they are. Wiithout a schedule, but a definite to do list, I find myself sitting on the couch, knowing what I need to get accomplished and thinking that I will have plenty of time to do it.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.

As much as I hate doing it, I have to sit down and write out a schedule for myself about every three days.  I would love to do it a week at a time but with weather changes, differences in naps and a general inability to follow through on what I plan, I have to to be able to change things up quite frequently.  The benefit of writing down a half hour increment plan for the day, is that I can look back on my day and see that I did something!  Staying home with a toddler all day constantly makes me feel as though nothing is actually getting done, the messes and tantrums keep coming and someone is always hungry (usually me!). Having everything written down means that I can look back and say, the floors got cleaned in the morning, we played with the train and took a walk, I paid the gas bill and took a nap after giving myself 20 minutes of downtime.

The trouble that I’m having is finding a planner that works for me.  I like to have half hour increments of time, plenty of room for writing, space to write in at the top things that need to be placed in the schedule below, thick paper so there is no bleed through and a regular at a glance monthly calender as well (high-maintenance!!)  As of right now, I’m using a notebook and on the hunt to find what I want, otherwise I’ll be designing something myself and letting any of you that would like to borrow those templates.  However, if any of you have a suggestion for the planner I’m looking for, please shout it out, I’d love to save myself the time!

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Grace for the Body

**First of all, I’m happy to report that, while our monster is still a monster, we are coping with the two year old so much better.  I’m taking a nap almost everyday (which is why I have been MIA) to summon up the patience to handle Eli and putting him in his room to calm down works wonders.**

Recently I was talking to some of my girlfriends and one of them mentioned gaining 5 lbs in a day.  5 pounds!?  First, let’s be clear about the physical improbabilty of gaining 5 pounds in 24 hours; if a pound equals 3,500 calories, one would have to consume 17,500 calories over what one’s body needs to survive for the day.  Basically, this is impossible.  And yet.  It has happened to all of us.  Stepping on the scale can make us feel elated, discouraged, angry, frustrated, gratified; a medley of emotions.  As women, our bodies are constantly judged. The most surprising part of the constant judging is that the mass majority of this comes from ourselves.  Rarely ever are we noticing the flaws in others, but are constantly holding a microscope up to our own insecurities and issues.  The one major exception to this?  Pregnancy and the post-partum body.  Typically, bodies are not a regular topic of conversation, until there’s a baby in there.  Once pregnant, there will be a constant internal and external dialogue about the size, shape and weight of your body.  While I am not immune to the negative self talk and the need to control something, while the idea of treating our bodies with grace, understanding and thankfulness is noble, what we all really need is a dose of reality.

At 7 weeks pregnant, as in just barely pregnant, the size, shape and weight of my body fluctates, a lot!  This is normal, and something that happens to EVERYONE!  The need to think so poorly of these bodies that carry us through the day and help us to do all of the things has to stop.  Here is what our bodies actually do throughout the day:

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30 minutes after making the poor choice to indulge in the donuts at a playdate.

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15 minutes after avocado toast, scrambled eggs and a big glass of water.

There is a GIANT difference between these two pictures.  Our bodies change all day due to what we eat, drink and how much we sleep, levels of stress and level of activity.  I would like to see women accept their bodies in the same way that we accept a filtered and prefected instagram picture, finding our best side and sticking with that as the image that we want to hold as our own.  If we feel good and are physically able to do the things we wish to do, why not just realize that our bodies are just that, bodies?  They are not a definition of our worth, not a reflection of our value, they are a tool, sometimes a good looking tool, sometimes a bloated one, but no less important and vital to our lives.

Drowning

Eli hasn’t even been two for a month and I am just barely keeping it together.  Let’s just be real here.  It could be the fact that it has been windy and overcast and since its March, my resolve “to get outside everyday” has clearly been overshadowed by the modern convenience of 73 degrees inside.  It could be that since I am pregnant I am more tired and slightly more irritable, therefore I have less patience for a boy that needs it by the bucketload.  It could be that between babysitting, play dates and nursery at church, he keeps coming face to face with the fact that the world no longer revolves around him.  It could be that he is two.  All I know is that I’m very close to checking out.  I’m drowning in trying to tame the two year old beast, in trying to understand what he wants, in trying to make him a decent human.  He is currently in bed, screaming his head off, in the hopes that he will get a good nights sleep and that we can begin anew tomorrow. So to all you other mamas regretting your decision to procreate, I’m right there with you, loving my monster while hating him, just like you. I’m right there, being thankful for bedtimes and fresh starts in the morning.

March 2016 Goals

Welcome back to goal time! The sun is shining, I got 8 hours of sleep last night- let’s do this!!!!

Garden:  This month I am getting several of our seeds started indoors and getting the rest of the yard ready for spring.   Basically I will be pulling all the weeds, mapping out the raised beds and getting the non garden part of the yard all ready for springing time feeding and planting.

Daytrip:  I’m thinking a little trip to jumpcreek or to a sledding hill, some sort of outdoor mini-adventure.

Girl’s Brunch: These always start coming back when the weather warms up and I am so very excited!

Easter Celebration:  It’s gettting to be so much fun to do holidays with Eli and this one should be no exception.  Hopefully he will at least say Jesus so that we know we are somewhat headed on the right path.

Garage Organization:  My parents will be here at the end of the month and that always means that I will be taking advantage of home improvement knowledge and free labor 😉  We need to build some overhead storage so that we have room in the back room for the new baby!

Date Night:  Lots of advantage being taken this month 🙂  It’s really a gift I’m giving the grandparents…

Master Bedroom: … Seriously now

Read a book:  Real talk, I haven’t finished a book in a year! A year!!  It’s ridiculous, and I keep wanting to change it, but there is just so much to do!

That should be plenty to keep us busy with this month!

Pumpkin Muffins

Towards the end of my pregnancy  with Eli I got it into my head that the best thing to stockpile my freezer with wasn’t meals, but muffins.  While it probably would’ve been prudent of me to stockpile both, I loved having those muffins as something easy to grab and munch on all day long.  With this new pregnancy and the slew of babies that my friends have been having, I’m back to muffin mode.  This time around though, things are a little healthier, you know due to the feeding, growing and caring of both born and unborn offspring.

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Pumpkin Muffins with a Crumble Topping

Pumpkin Muffin:

3/4 cup Whole Wheat Flour

3/4 cup All Purpose Flour

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 1/3 cup Pumpkin Puree

1 cup Sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup applesauce

1 tsp. Vanilla

Crumble Topping:

1/2 cup Oats

1/3 cup Flour

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/4 cup Cold Butter

1/2 cup Walnuts

 

Heat oven to 350.

Combine both flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

Pile the pumpkin puree, sugar, eggs, applesauce, vanilla on top of the dry ingredients.

Mix everything together until juts combined, it will be a fairly wet batter.

Portion into greased muffins cups, filling them 3/4 of the way to the top.

Make the crumble topping:

Combine oatmeal, flour, brown sugar an salt in a bowl.

Cut the butter into chunks and mix into the dry ingredients, mix with hands until small pea sized sizes form.

Gently mix in the walnuts.

Crumble the topping over the top of the muffin batter.

Bake muffins for 30 minute, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy these delicious and healthy little treats!!

 

Round #2

Baby Platt #2 coming November 2016

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Clearly super stoked about our big news! Haha!! It’s ok buddy, I understand that older sibling trauma.

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5 weeks

While everyone is busy casting their votes in an election that appears to have no reasonable options :), we will be welcoming baby #2!!

We are so excited and weirdly bored with this pregnancy.  The whole planned and second pregnancy thing is so very mellow and low key.  There hasn’t been a freak out scramble to figure out what the hell we are going to do and how to fix what has just happened.  Not to say that this isn’t a super amazing time and little miracle, but we are basically just waiting for November!

I have been feeling good, not all that different from how I normally feel.  I’m extra sleepy and voraciously hunrgy, but that’s been the only change.

I’ll be keeping everyone updated with the same questions I did with Eli.  I’m so excited to see how the pregnancies relate to each other.

How far along?  5 Weeks

Weight Gain? 2 pounds

Cravings?  Just insanely and constantly hungry.  Not craving anything, but I’ve really been enjoying eating lots of fruits and veggies.

Sleep?  If I sleep it is a really great deep sleep, the kind you wake up from not knowing what day it is or where you are. I’m also being very conscientious of trying to get in a nap on days that I’m feeling extra tired.  Basically this pregnancy I’ve been able to focus on taking care of myself a little bit better than last time.

Queasiness? Nope

Best moment this week?  Finalizing the division between a doctor or a midwife for prenatal care and delivery.

Looking forward to?  Getting the pregnancy started, I love the bump and the miracle, not so much the exhaustion and waiting.