Entering the Third Trimester

I consider myself a pretty positive person. I like to see the bright side of things but my gosh pregancy is not something I love. Part of me feels bad or even wrong for admitting that but it's the honest truth. In fact it is my least favorite thing. And oh boy, do I so envy you mamas who enjoy being pregnant or feel beautiful during those 9 months. 

Between the intense morning sickness I experience, the uncomfortableness and tiredness, it's just not something I enjoy. I really wish I did though. God willing, I would have had so many babies by now! But even thinking about getting pregnant for a second time was terrifying to me. I knew what was coming for me but I just love babies, my babies. I want more even though the getting there part is pretty crappy. 

Being pregnant with a toddler is a whole nother ball game too. You guys, I'm either just a total pansy or I don't know but it sucks! I'm 27 weeks currently and I can't even lift my child into his car seat and there's no way in hell I want to wait 15 minutes in the freezing cold for him to climb up into his seat while he finds every toy in the car and comments on it, picks it up, throws it back down, finds another one and so on while on his way up into his car seat. So I just suck it up, conjure up some strength in my legs and heave him up into his seat while he kicks and screams and yells at me that he wants to do it himself. 

I'm exhausted pretty much every single day. I'm nauseas almost every day and I feel like I'm the size of a house. Pregnancy is just not my thing. 

When I got pregnant this time around I knew I was going to be the fittest mama to ever be. I was gonna eat chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes and be fit. Ha! I wish it were that easy. Although I haven't gained nearly as much as I did with Copeland, it's just pretty much inevitable that my butt is going to rival Niki Minajs. It's weird though, when you get pregnant you know you're going to put on weight. That's just how it goes. But when it actually happens it's really hard to come to terms with, at least for myself it is. I really struggle with seeing my body change so drastically and although I know it's because I'm creating a beautiful life it's still mentally a huge mind F. 

I try to avoid shopping completely because let's face it, clothes just don't look good once you reach a certain point in your pregnancy and they certainly aren't comfortable. 

And then you go on Pinterest to get inspired and you see all these beautiful pregnant mamas in their beautiful outfits and I'm over here like which shirt of the husbands should I wear today? Captain America or the super comfy softball shirt? 

This pregnancy is just so different than with Copeland. Like I've mentioned before, I was so over the moon about being pregnant with Copeland I could've gained 100 pounds and not cared and this time around I'm just over it.

But then my dad called me and said something that hit me like a ton of bricks. It was a random call, my dad lives in California and we don't talk that often. Anyway he called out of the blue to ask how I was feeling and in the middle of talking he just tells me how amazing it is to be able to carry a child. He told me how much he loved when my mom was pregnant, how beautiful she was. If I recall correctly, he used the phrase "it's such a bitchin look" haha my dad has a mouth on him. Anyway, he told me that pregnancy is not guaranteed. There's no guarantee I'll get pregnant again and that I really need to enjoy these 9 months because they are so short. He went on to tell me not to worry about what I see in the mirror, to only care about the life I'm creating and how beautiful of a gift that is. Needless to say, I cried and told him how much I needed to hear that.  

I would love to hear some ideas you all have for feeling pretty, happy, sexy, or you know just for feeling normal while pregnant because I've still got 3 months left and I feel like I want to crawl out of my skin everyday. 

Transitioning Copeland to a Toddler Bed

Copeland has been such a trooper these past two weeks. We've thrown a lot of change at him and he's been so great about it all! To start with, we finally got him to sleep in own room! It's something we've been dreading not only because he's been sleeping in our bed since May and we were dreading the crying and tantrums we knew would come with getting him into his room but we also knew we would miss him sleeping with us. As much as we wanted our bed back to ourselves and have alone time before our second little boy gets here, we do love Copeland sleeping with us. Waking up to baby snuggles is the best!

When we finally set a time to get Copeland in his room, we actually kept putting it off. Seriously it was a lot harder than I thought it would actually be to let myself let him sleep in his own room. The first night though we put him in his crib and he cried and cried. We let him cry for about 10 minutes before we decided to get him. I know every parent says this but I feel like Copeland is pretty smart, he understands most everything we talk to him about so we brought him into our room and had a little talk with him. We cuddled all night and talked to him about how he needs to sleep in his own room because he's getting so big and needs his own space. He really seemed to get that. We told him he could sleep with us that night but come the weekend it was time to sleep in his own room. 

Side Note: It's really strange to me that he wouldn't sleep in his room because he takes naps in there like a champ! When I put him down during the day he's just like "bye mom, night mom, see ya!" But come night time it's so different. 

The whole next day we played in his room, hung up a new toy we got for him (a little parrot he named blueberry), and I really talked up how great his room was the whole day. I would ask him constantly if he liked his room and if he was getting excited to sleep in there and he was! He couldn't wait till josh got home so he could tell him how he was going to sleep in his own room. That night we both sat in his room and read his favorite book, sang some songs and that was it! He went right down and didn't wake up the whole night. Josh and I couldn't believe it! The next few nights went great as well! After about a week we decided we should try moving him into a toddler bed so we could make some room for the babies bassinet and some other things for the baby.  

Josh built him his bed and Copeland got to help, which he loved! He thought it was so cool that him and dad built his own big boy bed! The first night he slept in his bed went great! I think he was so excited about it that there were no problems at all! It was the few nights following that we started having some problems. He would cry when we put him down, he'd get out and come out to the family room and cry how he wanted to sleep in our bed. We ended up having to sleep with him, in his own bed, for about 4 nights. Then one night josh went into Copelands room and talked to him. He told him how he is such a big boy and that he really needs to stay in his bed and not get out until morning when the sun wakes up. And that was really all Copeland needed. A little talk from his dad and that was that. Copeland has been so good since. He does wake up occasionally around 4 in he morning and will just stand by his door and kind of yell at us haha and we tell him to come in and get in our bed. We don't mind at all. Just as long as he falls asleep and stays asleep for a while in his bed, he is more than welcome to come into our bed early in the morning. And honestly, I don't blame him for wanting to sleep with us. It would be so hard to sleep with your mom and dad for months and then all the sudden have to sleep by yourself in a room by yourself. He's pretty independent but I do love when he wakes up early and comes into bed with us :)

One thing though that I have to share with you guys! So one night I decided to put a nightlight in his room. I don't even know why. Copeland has never had a problem with the dark. Anyway I go ahead and put a nightlight in his room and after that he would not sleep in his room. He would scream and cry and beg s not to leave him and I felt awful! I wasn't sure if he was just being a silly and didn't ant to sleep or if he really was scared. He has never been scared before so that just didn't register with me I guess. Anyway after two nights of sleeping in his bed with him (can you picture it? My pregnant self curled up with Copeland in his toddler bed? Yeah, not ideal) I asked him what was wrong and why he hated his room all of the sudden. He kept saying "it spooky" "I don't like it" "take my bed back to store". So I asked him what was so spooky and no joke you guys, he looks at me from behind his comforter and sticks his little finger out and points behind me and says "that big guy". My heart sank and I grabbed him and ran into my room where Josh was laying in bed and I'm just like nope, nope, nope! Copeland's not sleeping in there! Josh thought we both were crazy but oh my gosh. It was freaking creepy! Anyway, Josh went in there with Copeland and figured out there was a shadow being cast onto the ceiling created from his Mickey Mouse ears! I guess it looked like a big guy to Copeland and was freaking him out the past couple nights. I felt awful you guys! All because I didn't want him to be scared of the dark (which he wasn't to begin with) Ugh... Parenting!

Anyway, I really can't believe how well he has done transitioning from our bed to his crib to his toddler all in such a short amount of time! He's one tough little man! We've also been potty training and has been doing amazing with it! I'll share that whole experience in my next post :) 

We are so proud of our little guy and pray that to next baby will be just as easy haha!

My 5 Tips

1. Hang out in their room. Play, read, eat, just be in their room a lot during the day so they become comfortable with it. 

2. Make sure it's a space they love. I really wanted Copeland to love his room so when designing it I kept a toddlers mind in mind. I picked things out I knew he would love and love to look at. 

3. Let them help create a space that is theirs. We let Copeland pick out something special for his room, his parrot Blueberry. He LOVES Blueberry! He tells it goodnight every night and always talks about him during the day. 

4. Talk up how cool their room is. All day long leading up to Copeland transitioning into his room I would just bring up throughout the day how awesome his room was, how I wished I could have a cool room like his, etc. It got him excited and made him proud of his little space. 

5. Just talk to them. Copeland understands so much now and so when Josh talked to him about how he needed to stay in his bed Copeland got that.

Feed Yourself Fit SALE!

It's been a while since we've had a sale for the Feed Yourself Fit Meal Plan and Exercise eBooks so today seemed like a good day for just that!

Since becoming pregnant for the second time I've really wanted to focus on having a healthy pregnancy. I'm not worried about the weight I gain (I honestly just think my body puts on extra weight during pregnancy no matter how healthy I am) as much as I'm worried about what I'm eating.

As most of you know when I was pregnant with Copeland I gained 60 pounds and it took me a while to get it off by exercising and eating right. The past two years of learning how to feed my body and maintaining an exercise program I honestly feel have helped me so much in this pregnancy. I've still gained about 20 pounds so far and I'm only 26 weeks but that's nothing to what I gained last time around 26 weeks and I really believe it's because I was eating healthy before this pregnancy and was probably in what I consider the best shape of my life. When you're eating right and exercising, your body does what it's supposed to do. It goes to the weight that works for yourself.

I still plan on gaining around another 20 pounds before I give birth and I'm totally okay with that :) I won't sit here though and say I haven't indulged during this pregnancy because let's face it, ice cream cones, Taco Bell and Jelly Belly's just have to happen and I'm not even sorry about it. It's just all about balance.

Anyway, for those of you who are not pregnant and are looking for a way to jump start your healthy eating regime my health coach, Brette, and I created the Feed Yourself Fit eBooks with a full 3 week meal plan! It's healthy food, yes but not anything too extreme. We wanted to make this book for everyone. It's easy to follow and it's based off of what I did to lose my 60 pounds I gained with Copeland. It really helps you understand what you're body needs. We explain why you need a certain amount of carbs, fats and protein and really focus on helping you learn how to eat right.

For a limited time we are combing both the Feed Yourself Fit: The Plan which includes a 3 week meal plan with yummy recipes and Feed Yourself Fit: The Routine which includes an exercise program for only $15.00! We normally sell These books for $25.00 combined. By purchasing during this sale you will save $10.00!!!

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Gender Reveal... Finally! ;)

So it's always fun to try and guess the gender of your baby in the weeks leading up to that one big ultrasound.I did all of these with Copeland and so I wanted to try some with this little one!

Of course, these aren't 100% but still fun :)

Feeling Queasy. Apparently being sick in the first 12 weeks means girl, sickness later on means boy as well
as sickness in the morning means girl and sickness in the evening means boy.

Verdict: Well This pregnancy I've definitly been sick with nausea but not throwing up. With Copeland
I was sick day and night and throwing up several times a day! So since I'm not as sick this time I'm going to say...

Verdict: Boy!

The Ring Test. Take your wedding ring a tie to a string. Hold it above your belly, if it moves side to side it's a boy,
moves in circles and it's a girl!

Verdict: Girl!

The Boob Test. Haha this one cracks me up. If your right boob is bigger, it's a Boy, vice versa and it's a girl!

Verdict: Girl!

Cravings. Craving sugary sweets and it's a girl. Craving salty and savory and it's a boy.

This pregnancy I definitely can't help but stuff my face with sugary fruit drinks and actual fruit, apples
and pineapple are my go to. But I also can't stop with the mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and
just cheese in general haha.

Verdict: Not sure!

Bumps. If you're carrying high, it's a girl. Low and it's a boy.

Verdict: Can't tell yet, I'm still just bloated looking haha

Chinese Gender Calendar. You can check it out here.

Verdict: Girl!

Baby Wiggles. If baby is wiggly and jumpy in ultrasounds it means boy, if relaxed it's a girl.

Verdict: Boy! This little one can't stop moving!

Goldie Locks. If you have shiny healthy hair and clear glowing skin, it's a boy. If you're breaking out and have dull hair, it's a girl.

Verdict: Well my hair seems to be pretty much the same and my skin is awesome some days and then horrible others,
so this test didn't work for me.

Hairy Legs. If your hair is growing faster on your legs, it's a boy. If it's the same it's a girl.

Verdict: My hair is out of control which means Boy!

Baking Soda Test. This one is kinda gross but you betcha I tried it haha! Take a sample of your first morning
urine and pour about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into it. If it fizzles like beer it's a boy, if it stays flat, it's a girl.

Verdict: Girl! 

Score: Boy 3 || Girl 4

And the final verdict is.........Oh boy, It's A BOY!!!

We went in at 15 weeks for our gender reveal and as soon as the nurse brought up the ultrasound on the screen
I knew it was a boy. She swiveled it around a bit trying to get a good look and then bam! There he was :)
When she announced it was a boy I felt this sense of peace in my heart. It was so weird. I truly wanted
to have a girl. I think every mom wants a little girl. I love the relationship I have with my mom. She's my best
friend ( I call her at least once a day. Okay, it's usually more like 4 times a day haha) and I want that someday.
But I know we want more than two children so there's always the next ones :)

But getting back to the ultrasound. When she said boy I finally felt that connection I had been dying for for the
past 4 months. I knew He was giving us this little boy for a reason and he is a huge blessing to us. Later
on in the week I would think about Copeland having a brother and get so emotional. It was pretty embarrassing
while walking down the aisles of Target happy crying to myself because I would start imagining having
two little boys. I have a sister and we are 15 months apart and I love her so much. So for Copeland to have a
brother and be pretty close in age completely melts my heart.

As soon as I found out the gender I couldn't wait to start planning everything! When I was pregnant with
Copeland, Josh was still in school and I was planning on taking maternity leave and probably not going
back to work so we had basically no money for anything but the necessities; diapers, a few maternity clothes,
clothes for copeland and that's about it.

We borrowed almost everything from friends and family. My sister even gave me her extra nursing pads
haha. So this time around we can actually go out and get the things we need and I'm so excited for that!
I can't wait to go test out swings, bassinets and pretty much everything that a baby needs! We've already
purchased a few things and are getting all stocked up. It's been so fun checking out all the new stuff that
is out there for baby!

I can't wait to start on the nursery and I would love to have the boys share a room but I'm not so sure how
practical that will be having a toddler and under one year old in the same room. Any advice or suggestions on that?

Anyway, we are extremely excited and I'm totally that crazy pregnant lady crying all the time over how
grateful I am for this little babe :)

We do have a name picked out but we're not telling anyone... yet. I'm not sure how long I can keep this secret so I'll probably be spilling it later on! We are already 24 weeks along so not much longer until I get to snuggle a new little baby.