My 2nd Trimester Recap

I hope you enjoy this 2nd trimester recap! I’m sharing all those big moments, weird symptoms, lessons-learned, decisions we’ve made and how my fitness plan is evolving.


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Weeks 15-26 of my Pregnancy

Though there were less BIG milestones (in the form of dates) during the 2nd trimester, there is one big date that I don’t think I’ll ever forget…

Important Dates

  • Week 16 – November 29th: I most definitely felt baby boy move for the first time. This was a couple weeks earlier than it was for my first pregnancy, but once you feel it and know what that feeling is, there is NO mistaking it! It was SO EXCITING. It was right before Thanksgiving and we were still recovering from John’s ER visit due to croup (which was very scary as it was his worst respiratory illness to date) and we were exhausted from sleepless nights and pure hypervigilance.
  • Week 19 – December 13th: This was when we had our anatomy scan. We already knew we were having a boy because we did fetal DNA testing and got those results around week 13, but it was amazing to see how much development had occurred since our previous ultrasound around week 12. We got to see all the structures of the brain, verified that we had a 4-chamber heart, take a look at the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, stomach, diaphragm, etc. We even got to see a 4D image of his adorable little face. His hands were up blocking his face for the majority of it, but he still looks absolutely delicious.
  • Week 24 – January 11th: Since we were moving to another state and changing OBs mid-pregnancy, my first appointment with my OB in Columbus marked a repeat of my anatomy scan. I never saw no to taking a peek at my little nugget. He still looks great, but it’s amazing to see how much growth takes place in 5 weeks!

Current Symptoms

  • More energy! After about 16 weeks, I hit my stride, which was good, because we moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus, and I needed to have energy to hit the ground running and unpack. I took a few weeks off from the gym, because let’s be honest, pregnancy + a new house with 3 stories + a TON of boxes to unpack is cardio alone.
  • Some swelling. I’ve noticed that my legs have started to swell. I feel like this is happening quicker than in my first pregnancy, but maybe I just don’t remember it well. I definitely have a good ‘ole sock line by early morning, and more of an indentation by the end of the day. I feel that compression socks are in my future so I just ordered these on Amazon. They got really great customer reviews, so hopefully they will help moving forward.
  • Belly pain. I think it’s mostly reflux and gas. Things really start to slow down the bigger you get!

Baby Decisions (so far)

It’s really hard to move in the middle of a pregnancy and have to find a new OB. I really loved my OB in Oklahoma City, and she really got me. She also knew how to deal with my sometimes crazy husband. I had some complications with my first delivery which require me to see a high risk OB, so having to find a new one halfway through the pregnancy was very stressful to me. However, we found a great doctor here and we have come up with a plan together that is reassuring to both myself and my husband. I had an emergency c-section with my first babe, so the decision of attempting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) vs scheduling a c-section was a big one. With the help of my OB, we’ve decided to let my body see what it wants to do. I’m going to schedule a c-section at 39 weeks, but if I happen to go into labor before that, we’ll see what happens. I can’t have any pitocin because of my previous c-section, so if I’m going to be able to have a VBAC, my body’s going to have to do all the work with no medical assistance. We’ll see…

Fitness Gameplan

I was a member of Fit4Mom when I lived in OKC, and I have continued attending classes since we moved to Columbus. Fit4Mom, if you haven’t heard of it, focuses on strength in motherhood. I love that slogan, seriously. They provide a wide array of fitness classes that you can do either with or without your children, allowing mom’s to stay healthy, model the importance of exercise for their children, and creates a village of other mama friends. I cannot tell you how important my OKC village was to me, and I miss them all so much!

Since relocating, I’ve joined the Columbus East franchise, and signed up for their 6-week Fit4Baby class. Fit4Baby is a 6-week program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnancy. What I love about this is that all the participants are also pregnant mamas and the exercises are geared towards reducing all those aches and pains that come with pregnancy. As a bonus, staying active throughout pregnancy also gives you more energy, and may speed the labor, delivery and record processes. Those are all things I’m for! If you’re looking for a franchise, click here, type in your zip code and try a class for free.

And Just Like That, We’re Ohioans

Last week we moved from Oklahoma City to Columbus. My father and I drove with our goldendoodle, Sophie from OKC to OH, arriving on December 29th, and my husband, son, mother and our amazing nanny arrived on the next day, my birthday. It was a bit of a bumpy arrival due to weather and airport delays and rerouting, but everyone made it safely.

We camped out on air mattresses in our new house for a few days until the moving truck arrived. The moving company was great. We went with Allied and our driver, Perry was seriously amazing. He knew that I was pretty pregnant and had an almost three-year-old and made it up here as soon as humanly possible, getting a crew together on New Year’s Day to get us all settled.

The Giant Moving Truck with Perry at the Helm

The last week has pretty much flown by as we work to unpack and rearrange our lives. Indy, our nanny who has been with us for the last 3 years flew home to Oklahoma City yesterday, and we’ve been pretty devastated since. John constantly is asking for her, and due to my pregnancy hormones, just randomly burst out in tears when I think that John may not see her again for a while.

Our first morning in the new house

One day at a time, right…

Indy was fantastic. She got John’s room unpacked right away so he could have some semblance of normalcy and then moved right onto his playroom.

IMG_5076He’s never had a dedicated playroom before, so this was really special. I’ll post a photo of this sometime in the future now. We just got a sofa from Ikea and it’s mid-assembly…not a pretty sight! She got everything arranged just so for him, and even started to go through his old toys to get things set up for baby boy #2.

She even managed to go through all of John’s old clothes and completely get the nursery set up for me. Seriously, it looks amazing and I am beyond grateful for all the help she gave us. We’re all pretty devastated that she had to go back to Oklahoma though, especially John who asks for her multiple times a day…

However, thanks to all the help she and my parents provided, we can now focus on getting the master unpacked and organized, which is a serious feat. Despite the fact that we have his and hers closets, there seems to much less actual closet space. Therefore, as we open the seemingly endless number of boxes, we have been determining which things we really want to keep and which things we will put into a pile for donations. May I just say, it’s really hard to determine which clothes you want to keep and which you want to donate when you are pregnant. It’s not like you can just try it on to see how it fits and make a decision. Literally nothing fits!

Anywho, I decided that we needed to get our house in order and that meant some serious organization. Cue multiple trips to the container store and lots of Amazon Priming happening over here. Oh, and ordering more furniture. This house is about double the size of our previous house thanks to the amazing basement, which means that we simply don’t have enough furniture to fill it.

This allows me to focus a little bit on my Restoration Hardware obsession and actually purchase some items that I’ve had my eyes on for years. Particularly these chairs and this dresser. I have my eye on this dining room table as well…

The biggest organizational need was our pantry. I tossed a lot of items before the movers arrived in OKC because things were open, or the moving company told me they couldn’t be moved, but there were still a tremendous number of products that needed organization. We ordered some spice racks, some pantry organizational bins, some spinning trays, and lots of [amazon_textlink asin=’B002903KEW’ text=’airtight storage containers’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’healthybea09f-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’1e060209-f415-11e7-8d21-f3a179883953′]. Trust me, getting this pantry organized allowed me to achieve somewhat of a zen-like peace that pre-organization, caused serious anxiety. Indy also helped to organize the pantry (seriously, not sure what I would have done without her!).

We finally got ourselves a Nest thermostat as well. My parents have had these at their house for quite some time and it’s always amazing to be able to control the thermostat from afar, especially when you’re pregnant, upstairs and can’t possibly imagine climbing down the stairs to adjust the thermostat!

There’s still so much more to be done, but we’ve certainly gotten a good handle on the unpacking thus far. And on that note…I’m off to unpack and organize some more!

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