Halfway There! (Foxlet 2: 20 Weeks)

Well whaddya know, just like that *Thanos snap* another month has come and gone, so I guess that means it’s time for my now-monthly blog updates (::sob::). I swear, I really do want to be posting more frequently but life is an insane mess these days and my personal blogging has fallen so far off the priority list that it actually depresses me. But hey, instead of dwelling in the doldrums about it, let’s dive right into all that aforementioned insanity, shall we?

LIFE

Jenny and the kiddos came up to visit during Mia’s Spring Break, so we got to spend lots of family time together and even braved the ridonkulous tourist traffic to go see the cherry blossoms in DC! Nothing like having visitors to finally get you to take advantage of the cool stuff that exists in your backyard that you totally ignore on a daily basis, lol.

We also celebrated my birthday a bit early while they were still in town with a giant dual-family dinner… which honestly ended up being kind of a disaster hahahaha.

I don’t know why I thought that 11 adults, 2 kids, 2 toddlers, and a baby out at a restaurant was a good idea in the first place, but I was already skating on thin ice with the entire idea… and then Penny ended up barely napping that day and thus was a total clingy overtired NIGHTMARE the entire time (save for the first 15 minutes when we took these photos lololol).

She only wanted to sit on (not with, ON) me, wanted to run amuck the whole time, was continuously melting down into a puddle of tears and tantrums, and even ended up shimmying out of her diaper right there in the restaurant partway through. I even spilled an entirely full glass of iced tea all over myself trying to wrangle her at one point, lol. At least we were in a semi-private area and at the restaurant really early so it wasn’t too terrible for other diners, but it was… not the best. But hey, I tried! And I learned a valuable lesson too, which is that dinner celebrations like this will either A) take place at home or B) involve a babysitter in the future.

Things went much smoother on my actual birthday the following week, where Sean surprised me by taking me out to one of my favorite sushi spots, Penny was muuuuch better behaved, and our waitress was in complete love with her so it made for a very pleasant evening all in all. And it was a great day in general because I also caught a movie and had lunch with my parents and mother-in-law (who actually shares the same birthday with me!) earlier that day.

Not a bad way to ring in my 31st year!

MOVING

We are still deep in the throes of packing up our stuff, preparing our house to be listed, and moving. Things slowed down a wee bit on that front for a little while, but we’re back on the train and things are starting to chug along again. Just trying to go through all of our crap, living amongst stacks of boxes and piles of stuff, figuring out what to pack up first, what to sell, what to keep but keep accessible, etc, has been one of the biggest things affecting my stress and anxiety lately (let alone getting to the point of actually listing and selling this place, lol) but I’m trying to keep everything in perspective. Trying being the operative word, of course, but just like the process of moving in general, I am a work in progress, heh.

WORK

Things are continuing to chug along at work, too. I actually received a promotion a few weeks ago, so you’re now looking at the Senior Community Director of Yelp here in Northern VA! The parameters of my job aren’t changing much, which is great because I love what I do and want to continue doing exactly that, but it does come with a few added opportunities, responsibilities, and perks so that’s a definite plus. We’ve got a lot of exciting initiatives, campaigns, and fun stuff coming down the pipeline, so now the trick is figuring out the balance between keeping work a top priority, and also not letting it get me even more stressed out given everything else I’ve got going on, haha. (And also starting the painstaking process of planning for my maternity leave!)

PENNY

Penny continues to be just the absolute light of my life. She is 100% a full-blown TODDLER now (see above story about my early birthday dinner, lol), but she’s also got so much personality (she’s FUNNY!), is starting to show imagination and creativity, is starting to actually sit through full books being read to her, reacts to scenes happening in movies (“Oh no!” “Uh oh!!” “Yayyyyy!!”), cheese for the camera, and is just the biggest joy.

She’s still a pretty good eater, although admittedly is starting to get a little pickier. She primarily alternates between great days (she had salad last night!) and good days, with the occasional yogurt-and-chicken-nuggets-only day thrown in there. Her favorite foods are eggs, cherry tomatoes, bananas, yogurt melts, and whatever Mommy is trying to eat.

She’ll be 20 months (!!) in a short 12 days, and I continue to be simply flabbergasted at how the time is flying by. She’s wearing 24 month/2T clothing, weighs around 28 pounds, and is a little over 34″ tall (maybe 34.5? Haven’t measured here since her 18 month appointment but I do think she’s sprouted up a bit since then.) We love our giant girl!

BABY FOXLET

And finally, an update on how Baby Foxlet #2 is doing — which is great! We had our anatomy scan on Monday and everything looks normal, which is the best word you can hear when you’re lying on the table and they’re scrutinizing every little artery and bone and body part. Sean is still holding fast to not wanting to find out the sex of the baby, so we’re still keeping it hush-hush, although I just couldn’t hold out myself (shocking, lol), so I do know myself. Hopefully Sean will crack sooner rather than later so I can announce it though! Any guesses?

Alas, while our little bean’s checkup went hunky-dory, my own 20 week checkup was a bit less golden. I clocked in some high blood pressure, which isn’t great. Some of you may remember my preeclampsia diagnosis with my first pregnancy which involved several blood pressure spikes, being sent to the hospital a couple times, then eventually being put on bedrest and being induced at 37 weeks on the dot.

My doctor prepared me that previous preeclampsia might mean I have an increased chance of getting it again, so while I can’t say I’m surprised that this could potentially be a sign of that, I am just a little worried about it presenting itself so much earlier this time. I know everything happens sooner in subsequent pregnancies than in your first (hello my belly!), but given that I’m 21 weeks tomorrow, it’s just a much longer time to try and manage my blood pressure (if that’s what this is.)

However, there is a chance that it’s just stress-related, or maybe even just a bit of a fluke reading (I swear that just getting my blood pressure checked makes my blood pressure go up because I get so nervous about it now!). And “just” having high blood pressure doesn’t necessarily mean I have or are going to develop pre-e again (gestational hypertension is a thing in and of itself), but they have started me on blood pressure medication and I’m going back next week for another check. Fingers crossed!

And that just about catches us up, I think! Today my goal is to get as much done as I can while also trying to reduce my stress and anxiety levels. I got a pretty good night’s sleep last night for the first time in a loooong time, I have a massage scheduled for later (woot!!), and I’m working guided meditations with my Calm app back into my routine (I was doing really well with that for a while, but it kind of slipped off my radar).

As I’ve been feeling a bit better lately sickness- and energy-wise, I’m trying to work more regular exercise back into my life again as well. I did a yoga class (highly modified, lol) on Tuesday and it was great (though humbling, since folding forward and scrunching my body up isn’t the easiest thing these days), and I’m going on lots more walks outside with Penny since the weather has been so lovely lately. Hopefully it’ll all pay off with lowered (or at least maintained) blood pressure and feeling better in general!

Foxlet: Week 20 (Halfway there!)

Well helloooooo Week 20! We are officially at the halfway point of this pregnancy, which is kind of crazy to think about. On the one hand, it already feels like I’ve been pregnant forever (partially because I found out pretty much as early as one is able to, lol), but on the other, it feels like September’s gonna be here before I know it!

Foxlet’s Size: Foxlet is the size of an artichoke, banana, or a pint of root beer. Mmmm, root beer…

Weight Gained: Holding steady this week; nothing gained, nothing lost.

Symptoms: Nausea is continuing to get better, huzzah! I had a super visceral vomiting reaction to Sean showing me something that had gone bad in the fridge and asking “Do you know what this was?” (recommendation for all husbands/partners/families/roommates of pregnant women: don’t do that.) But other than that one off, I haven’t been throwing up, and my nausea in general seems to finally be lightening up… as long as I keep food in my stomach, that is! If I let myself get too hungry, I get super nauseous and feel terrible, but now that I’ve identified the cause, it’s definitely my own fault when it happens. Which means I can’t really blame the baby anymore, darn.

I’m still experiencing pretty bad round ligament pain though, and what I think is a mild form of pelvic girdle pain. On the bright side, those little maybe-gas-maybe-baby pops and bubbles I was feeling last week? They’re definitely Foxlet rolling around in there! I can feel her multiple times a day now, especially at night or when I’m leaning forward. It’s both totally weird and super awesome at the same time.

Emotions: Less cranky this week than last, and just kind of all-over-the-place-emotional again.

Cravings: Fruuuuuuuit (as always), xiao long bao (soup dumplings), ham & cheese Hot Pockets, and blueberry eggo waffles. I am the healthiest.

Aversions: Hallelujah! I think my red sauce aversion seems to be going away! I successfully ate dishes that had some kind of red sauce not once, but twice this past week! Sean made eggplant parmesan one night at home, and I noshed on some meatballs at Alta Strada when meeting a friend for lunch. Victory at last!

Sleep: It’s been okay this week. It takes me a while to really feel tired, and I get hungry around midnight so my bedtime routine lately has included a late-night snack, lol. I’m really loving the pregnancy wedge pillow I picked up on Amazon shoved under my bump.

Purchases:  So my lesson this week is that I’m not allowed to go into baby stores anymore, because I will buy something. Apparently window shopping just isn’t really a thing for me anymore. Exhibit A:

Also, Sean and I met up with his aunt & uncle who were in town visiting us, and they totally spoiled Foxlet! Not gonna lie, I’m finding that the getting-presents part of being pregnant is pretty great. 😉

Wearing: started busting out the belly bands and I really love how much support they give. Plus I feel like they help round out my bump and makes it look cuter, heh.

Missing… raw fish, man! At my big event on Friday, one of the vendors was serving up these insane poke bowls, while another was serving perfect-looking sashimi, and I wanted both soooooo badly.

Looking Forward to… my Level 2 ultrasound next week! This is the “big” ultrasound where you get to see tons of stuff, they explain all about how the baby is developing, and you find out the sex (unless you’re me, and you elected to find out on your own 4 weeks ago, lol.) I’m super excited to get into all the nitty gritty details of how she’s developing (and to confirm that she really is a girl… juuuust in case).