Thursday, February 10, 2011

Winter Fun

Mike recently decided to buy Abigail her very first sled. Even though her snow suit and boots that we purchased for her this year are still ginormous on her (we plan to use them next year now instead), we somehow made it work in order to take her around the yard on one of our "warmer" snow days this season. She squealed with enjoyment the entire time!

The best part of all, which I wish I had been able to catch on camera, was when Louis decided that he wanted to help pull the sled. He pulled the rope right out of Mike's hands and took off running at full speed dragging poor Abbey behind him. Luckily, she didn't seem to mind.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Catching Up

Now that I'm firmly in the second trimester, I thought it's time to write a post dedicated to my pregnancy thus far and baby #2's progress.

To date, I'm now roughly 15 weeks pregnant. While I'm not feeling back to my old self quite yet, I have finally started to feel a tiny bit better. My energy is slowly starting to return and I find that I don't need to nap during Abigail's naptime any longer. I'm still sick off and on, but it's nothing like the crushing nausea I felt during the 1st trimester. I still can't eat much and have lost about 6 lbs. Since I was overweight when I became pregnant with Abbey and then held onto at least 10 lbs. from that pregnancy before finding out about #2, my OB isn't overly concerned yet. I've also been craving healthier foods this time such as vegetables (I've seriously eaten vegetable soup for lunch everyday this past month) and fruits rather than sweets like I did last time, so I'm sure that's playing a large role in my weight loss as well.

I was extremely bloated for the first three months, but that is slowly starting to reside and I've now got what appears to be more baby bump than fat. For comparison's sake, here are two photos of my "bump" that I've taken so far, the first taken at 8 weeks and the second at 12:

(I swear I don't wear purple everyday. It's just a coincidence. Really.)

I also had my NT Scan a few weeks back and, thank goodness, all looks great with the baby. I thought I'd share the latest ultrasound pictures, taken at 12w1d, since it's been about 6 weeks since my original ultrasound. It's amazing how much that little peanut changes in a month and a half!

My instincts are still telling me that this baby will be a boy. Mike refuses, once again, to believe me even though I was right with guessing Abigail's sex early on. I have my 16 week appointment scheduled for next Wednesday, however, and then the appointment after that will be our gender scan where I suppose we'll find out for certain. I can't wait to know so that I can give this baby a better nickname than simply #2. Poor kid.

Oh, and this post wouldn't be complete without an update on my vehicle situation. We ended up selling the Explorer at a dealer auction and then purchasing a Chevy Trailblazer for me at yet another dealer auction. Three weeks after the Explorer kicked the can, I now call this baby mine:

(Disclaimer: No, this is not my actual vehicle. It's a random picture of my vehicle from Google. Mine is currently buried under about 3 feet of snow in the driveway, ha.)

It's so wonderful to finally have my independance back. Whoo!