Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Baby #2 Pregnancy "Update"

I say "update" because I haven't posted anything singularly about this pregnancy. #secondchildproblems Hah. Mostly because I haven't really been posting much of anything. But, I told myself I would pull it together and at least do one post where I could show some side by side pictures from both pregnancies. I really should have renamed the picture files with how far along I was at the time, because it was a pain going back to figure it out for each picture. *sigh*

Pictures of Baby #2 on left, Baby #1 on right 

13 weeks with Baby #2; 14.5 weeks with Baby #1

15 weeks Baby #2; 15.5 weeks Baby #1

18.5 weeks Baby #2; 18.5 weeks Baby #1 

24 weeks Baby #2; 25 weeks Baby #1 

29 weeks Baby #2; 28.5 weeks Baby #1 

31 weeks Baby #2; 32 weeks Baby #1

35 weeks Baby #2; 34 weeks Baby #1


  • Weight gain: at 37 weeks I have gained approximately 30-35 pounds 
  • Stretch marks: NONE. Woohoo! Thank you, lotion. 
  • Aversions: Nothing really that stands out. Burgers haven't been particularly appealing, but I'll still eat them. Mostly I am sick of all food because I have to eat constantly. 
  • Cravings: Sugar? Hah. I have a serious sweet tooth and Christmas sweets did nothing to help that out. 
  • Baby's position: She is head down! When I had my anatomy ultrasound at 20 weeks, she was breech. At my appointment at 34 weeks...still breech! At my 36 week appointment my doctor used a bedside ultrasound to check the baby's position and she had turned on her own! We are thankful each day that she turned (we would have tried a version procedure if she hadn't turned on her own, in an effort to prevent a c-section) 
  • Baby's name: We have a name picked out, but we aren't sharing :) We've told family the middle name, as we had that picked out before we knew Baby #2 was a girl! (We also had/have a middle name picked out for a boy.) 
  • Movement: This girl is crazy active. I'm talking lots of gymnastics going on in there. It's so fun to feel her kicking around though. 
  • Complaints: Back pain. I have this one spot between my shoulder blades that is constantly aching. I've been doing some prenatal yoga (I try to do it each night before bed if I don't get a chance during the day) and I've noticed that it helps loosen the rest of my back. Unfortunately it does nothing for that one awful spot. 
  • Evie's thoughts: She loves to feel "baby sister moving" and will try to find where "baby sister's toesies" are. She will, unprompted, give baby sister a hug and kiss from time to time (melts my heart!). If you ask her where baby sister is growing she will say "in Mommy's uterus!" Sometimes she'll say "in Mommy's tummy" or come and point to my belly. Often she will pat her own tummy as well and say "baby sister growing." We have several books about new babies that we plan to bring out later this month to help with the transition as well. The other day I got out the carseat and washed the cover along with some newborn clothes and Evie helped me fold and put them away (after saying "baby sister wear this?") I love my Evie girl and know she will be such a great big sister! 

We are excited to get to meet our sweet little baby girl! 

Love you all,
xoxo Marissa 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Goals for 2017

I cannot believe that January is here! The time has seriously flown by, even if the days are often long.

I'm still planning on doing a "pregnancy update" post at some point this month. We'll see if I do or not, hah. I did want to take a few minutes here to review how I did on my goals for 2016 and publicly set a few goals for 2017!

Snow out at Camp David, 1/7/2017 

This was my post from 2016 on the goals I set.

Here is an excerpt from that post relating specifically to the actual goals:

My Goals for 2016

Some of these are my individual goals, and others are goals that Graham and I have decided upon together for our family. I hesitated about whether or not I wanted to share them, but I decided to go for it. Being accountable is a HUGE part of accomplishing goals. Now I'm accountable :) 
  • Attend the Temple 3 times this year with Graham
  • Read The Book of Mormon every day as a family (and have personal scripture study daily as well)
  • Post to the blog twice a month
  • Date nights with Graham twice a month
  • Read 20 books (at least 5 nonfiction) 
  • Exercise 3 times a week (and do mini workouts 3 other days)
  • 91 Day De-Clutter Challenge 

Review of how I did: 
--Graham and I were able to attend the Temple two times in 2016 (being pregnant adjusted this goal for us); we did go an additional time with Evie to see the Temple grounds in San Antonio while we were visiting so I'm pretty sure I can count that ;) 

--We did really well about reading The Book of Mormon as a family in 2016. Although I cannot say for certain that we didn't miss a single day, I know that it is a habit that we've developed that is continuing with us for 2017! My personal scripture study was hit or miss in 2016 I feel like. Mostly I would be doing well and then when we would be traveling, house sitting, or have company in town and I would get off track because my schedule was different. 

--Hah. Blog posts. I talked about this previously. I altered my goal to be once a month and then decided I would just do whatever I was able to do. Because I liked spending my time reading (as is evidenced by how well I did on that goal!) or watching Netflix instead. 

--Date Nights: We got out for an "official" date night at least once a month. Some months we hit our goal of two, but definitely not every month. 

--Reading: I surpassed this goal by quite a bit! I ended up finishing 2016 with 40 books read! (9 of which were nonfiction.) I love to read and I loved the opportunity I had in 2016 to read so much. 

--Exercise: I did really well with this for the first few months. Then, pregnancy became a great excuse to lounge around lazily. Towards the end of the year I started back to exercising 3 times a week, although I haven't been on a consistent schedule for quite some time. 

--91 Day De-Clutter Challenge: I stayed with the group the entire time and loved it! I will be doing it again in 2017, although having a baby at the end of January or early February will push things back a little bit for me. 

My Goals for 2017

I wanted to keep things fairly simple for this year because, again, if I haven't mentioned it enough in this post yet, I will be having another baby! And that is intimidating to me in so many ways, even though I am super excited about it as well obviously. 

  • Read 24 books (at least 6 nonfiction) 
  • "Stay" sane with two kids 
  • Treat days every other day (eventually getting to two days a week) 
  • Get back into running after baby #2 is born 
  • Date nights with Graham 2 times/month 
  • Attend Temple at least once with Graham 
So yeah, definitely keeping things on the simple side. This year we will see lots of changes for our family, and I hope to keep you all at least semi up to date ;) 

Happy New Year and wishing you all the very best 2017! 

xoxo, Marissa