Feb 2, 2016

Sunny times.

Hey guys!
How are ya doing?
This has been the time every year for the last 4 when I say "We did it! We got through January! That was so dark and gray and awful!" But guess what, not this year. PLENTY of sunshine all month and I'm not even happy that January is over because it was pretty great. That's what I call apprecaiting living in my home state! YES!

Anyway, I'm 18 weeks and 2 days pregnant today. It is flying by like I can't believe. I guess mostly because I don't think about it all day like I did last time. I am still feeling very nauseous some days, but some days I feel totally normal. I have been working out every day and it has been CRUCIAL in my well being. It gives me energy and just makes me feel good. Last time I was pregnant I never worked out and that's probably why all I did was sleep all day. Don't get me wrong, I'm still exhausted most of the time...but the difference that exercise makes on my mood and energy level is undeniable. I know everyone's different but maybe if you're feeling crummy and you're pregnant try some elliptical time or some YouTube pregnancy workout videos.

What else, just eating normal. No cravings really. The only thing I have craved this whole time is Trolli Peachie O's and other gummy candy but I'm over that now. I'm trying to start eating more superfoods since they don't make me want to gag anymore.

Still in most of my regular clothes. I order a bunch of maternity dresses on Asos but they looked so ridiculous with a bunch of excess fabric on the belly...won't be ready for those for awhile.

I know a lot of people have trouble sleeping when they're pregnant but THANK GOD I sleep so good every night. Also thankful that I waited to get pregnant until my daughter sleeps good because man, was she a bad sleeper for the first 18 months (as long as I nursed her). I learned so much from how I dealt with her as a newborn and toddler and this time will be a lot different. I know a lot of people love breastfeeding and that is so AMAZING and WONDERFUL....BUT...I can say with no shame now...that I really really really really did not enjoy it...and I did it for 18 months.....  Anyway, trying to carve out my master plan for this time and we know babies always conform exactly with our plans right? HAHA. :)

Anyway, Goldie is on my lap..."MOMMY! NOW YOU CAN PLAY PLAYDOUGH WITH ME?" so I must go.

XO, Coury
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Jan 9, 2016

The bright blessed day and the dark sacred night.

Hey guys! Gloomy weekend around these parts. Even though winter here is highs in the 60s every day, I am totally over winter. I am waiting for those weird 85 degree January days that I love so much...but it doesn't look like we're going to get any of those so I'll just be happy that we get so much sun.

Feeling better in general. Felt really good this morning but back to nausea this afternoon. I'll be 15 weeks tomorrow and I read in my last belly book that at 15 weeks I was "in the honeymoon phase" of pregnancy. Maybe I'm almost there this time too because I had a really great time with Goldie at the Americana this morning and felt pretty normal for the most part. Good sign. And I had my first donut in months...only ate two bites, but still....progress.

Right now I'm a bit anxious because the gender of my baby....the person I will love until the day I die (probably even longer)...is sitting in my Dr's office right now and I can't get to the results! How dare these people take the weekends off. Haha. Ohhhhh well, I'll find out on Monday and then I'll know forever and ever. HOW/WHY DO PEOPLE WAIT TO FIND OUT UNTIL BIRTH? I'm dying over 2.5 extra days (even though my heart says it's a boy).

I guess I'm in the Valentine's Day spirit with this outfit, but I guess I'm always in the Valentine's Day spirit.

Anyway, I feel like I need to feel some 100 degree desert heat and get in a pool about now. How can I make this happen?

Have a great rest of your weekend everybody! So much love and light to you all. ♥

XO, Coury
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Jan 4, 2016

Baby, baby coming our way.

Hey guys! I know most of you have seen on Instagram that we are expecting another little cinnamon bun in early July. I think Goldie might finally be starting to get it. Daniel Tiger is helping. The only thing is that she will not accept the fact that she might get a brother and not a sister. Yikes. Ha. We will be finding out through the blood test pretty soon! I am so anxious to know...probably more anxious than last time because I'm excited to get Goldie ready for it, either way!  She doesn't want a brother because "He'll like boy things". Haha. I know she'll love it either way and I really do have a feeling it's boy. I don't really know how to be a mom to a boy, but by golly, I will learn...haha. :)

I had a completely miserable two months in there from about 5 weeks to 12 weeks. I'm now 14 weeks and it's insane but I have actually forgotten how horrible it was. I guess that's why we women end up having more than one baby. It was just as awful when I was pregnant with Goldie but I didn't have a three year old to tend to all day so it's been slightly (a lot) worse this time. I have still been getting nauseous but I'm definitely on the up! We went out to Target at night the other day and I realized that it had been months since I'd been out at night with Gabe and Goldie. Gabe has been the absolute best, taking Goldie to toy stores after work and out to pizza a lot of nights. He doesn't even realize what this meant to me when I was exhausted and the nausea was just NON STOP. It meant everything to me to get that time to myself and sleep or rest or clean. It was also so nice to visit my family before Christmas because I got to spend a lot of time sleeping on my sisters bed while my family played with Goldie. SO thankful for those restful times!

Also, I need to say a huge thanks to anyone who reads this or my instagram because YOU helped me survive this first trimester. I was able to work a lot with brands on posts and help support my family during a time that there's no way I could have gone into a normal job and worked. I just wouldn't have been up for it. You helped keep us afloat and I owe you so much for that.

Anyway, Goldie is asleep and Gabe is at the gym and I am writing to you and listening to "The Bangles" greatest hits. I made brownies and I was going to get on the elliptical but, um, we'll see. I do think it's super important to exercise during pregnancy but there's no way I'm going to be doing 45 mins every day like I did pre-preg. The good thing, I guess, is that I am not your "normal" pregnant woman who is craving tons of bad food and overeating all the time. I actually find I have a way smaller appetite when pregnant. Go figure.  When I'm nursing, on the other hand, that's when I could eat 5 times as much as normal. Well, I'm sure you're fascinated by this (but actually I am intrigued by this stuff when I read about other people so who knows).

I'm super excited to dress around my growing bump. I had so much fun last time. I don't have much of a bump yet at all. So far the thing about showing earlier the second time does not apply to me. Actually, almost everything has been EXACTLY the same as last time. This is so comforting to me because I like knowing what to expect and planning. It's the Virgo in me. :)

What else? I'm thankful that I don't have any crazy hormones taking over. I feel pretty normal pregnant. Reading the message boards for July 2016 birth club, I have realized there is a lot of craziness going on. I'm fortunate to feel like myself mentally.

So, this was probably an overshare but, you know, it is my blog after all. :) I'm super excited to share this pregnancy with you like I did last time. I really feel like we're all connected through Goldie and it makes me so happy that there will be another little person to bring us together. *tears*

I don't know if I've mentioned this, but I'm really excited.

Goldie's dress and socks are Louise Misha and her shoes are Zuzii.
My Shoes are Ouigal. My oveys are Kling and Sweater is Wildfox.

XO, Coury
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