23 Weeks (Pregnancy #2)

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This was definitely one of the most challenging weeks to date in the course of this pregnancy. We were all hit by a nasty stomach flu; it was Adriana’s first ever, but luckily she didn’t get it quite as badly as we did, although hers has lasted longer. I have other friends who’ve had the stomach flu while pregnant, but I never knew just. how. horrible. it was. Thankfully, Eric took care of Adriana when I was at my worst (and literally couldn’t get out of bed), and then when I recovered faster than he did, I took over and held down the fort. We’re a great team and I don’t know what I’d do without him.

Nesting: Nothing at all, unless you count going on a bit of a cleaning spree post-flu!

Sleep: We all had about 3 nights in a row of little sleep. I tried to make up for it by napping during the day and going to bed super early. I felt like I was on Adriana’s schedule for a couple days. I napped when she napped midday, and I hit the hay right after she went down around 7:30pm. Yes, I said 7:30pm. Yikes. I couldn’t get over how weak my body was! Even now I’m still in bed by 9pm. It’s taking my body a while to bounce back from this one.

Wearing: I’m loving the heck out of my Old Navy and ASOS dresses due to this warm, summery weather. (See this post for the dress deets.) Dresses are all I’ve been wearing lately (aside from during the illness, when I wore PJ’s 24/7). It feels good to get my money’s worth out of maternity buys. I recall wearing my 1st pregnancy maternity clothes down to the bare threads in many cases.

Names: I can promise you that picking a name hasn’t crossed my mind this past week, hah. #survivalmode

Reading: To The Lady Who Spoke Up At The Pool During One Of My Lowest Parenting Moments—one of the articles I read while in bed. How many of us go through the day feeling like we’re not doing a good enough job or that we’re being judged? This story is a great reminder to champion others, especially in their darkest moments.

Exercise: Right now I’m trying to gain back the weight I lost while sick, so I definitely haven’t been working out, but I’m looking forward to getting back into my routine when I feel up to it. It’s been nice getting out for some light walking again though. The sunshine and summer breeze is so healing!

Aches and pains: On day 2 of the flu, I got full body aches, with an especially sore back and calf muscles.

Hair/skin/nails: My skin is absolutely parched from being so dehydrated. I have dry flakes on my skin and a sallow complexion. I really just look worse for wear, which make-up doesn’t seem to be fixing this week—what a reminder how much water and nutrients do for the body! I’ve been in “operation rehydrate” ever since.

Cravings: I was totally put off by food and couldn’t even look at pictures of it for a couple days—I would open my Feedly then close it immediately after seeing a picture of food! Even certain descriptive food words like “spicy” or “Thai” or “chocolate” made me want to gag. I did have this one random craving for mango sorbet though. It was the only thing that sounded remotely good, even though I knew the sugar would probably not sit well with my stomach (I couldn’t even drink coconut water during the day as it was too sweet). Our friends offered several times to pick us up anything we needed, but there was no way I was going to call them on a Saturday night asking them to please pick me up some mango sorbet (though I knew they would in a heartbeat). I debated making some in my food processor (I have a killer recipe for it in my second cookbook), but I realized I was out of frozen mango, and quite frankly didn’t want to get up to make it anyway. Oddly enough, I’m still craving it so I think I will have to treat myself to the homemade stuff this week! Adriana really loves it too. Other than that I’m craving fluids and popsicles lately. Oh, and vegetables again! Glorious vegetables. I satisfied a random craving today for spaghetti squash pasta.

Baby purchases: Thank you all so much for your double stroller recommendations last week! I have some researchin’ and test-drivin’ to do. As Adriana loves to say, “Vroom, vroom!”

PS- You can find my 23 Weeks update from my first pregnancy here.

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1 bex June 1, 2016

Mango sorbet is the best! Glad you are feeling better.

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2 Angela Liddon June 6, 2016

Bex: Mango sorbet is the best! Glad you are feeling better.

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3 Anna Galley June 2, 2016

“Vroom, vroom!” – Had to laugh out loud at this one haha It’s so nice to hear that you and Eric are such a great team and got through the flu together! :)

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4 Angela Liddon June 6, 2016

Heh thanks Anna!

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5 Tiffany27 June 2, 2016

Pregnant with the stomach flu AND a sick baby???? I would have totally given up on life! As in “Tiffany is cancelled this week, please come back next week”. I’m glad you and the family are feeling better.

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6 Angela Liddon June 6, 2016

LOL, so true. Those times really make you appreciate the healthy times. Thanks for your kind words!

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7 Elaine Fraschini June 3, 2016

Sorry to hear the whole family has been ill but pleased that you’re on the mend! I hate loosing my appetite as I love to eat! Ease back in to working out, don’t over do it :)

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8 Angela Liddon June 8, 2016

Thanks Elaine!

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9 Hayley June 6, 2016

Oh man, you totally brought back memories from my second pregnancy last year. The first 16 weeks were a little like that, and even the mere mention of certain food (descriptive words) was enough to send me running to the washroom. That, and brushing my teeth. Ugh. That said, I am so happy to hear you are all on the mend. Being down and out with the flu is difficult enough, but going through it while pregnant and caring for a toddler is brutal. Mango sorbet sounds delicious – excited for the recipe in your next book!

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10 Angela Liddon June 8, 2016

Oh boy, it sounds like you had a rough time! I can’t imagine 16 weeks of that. I had bad nausea, but thankfully I kept mostly everything down. It sure makes you appreciate a normal appetite!

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11 Anne September 6, 2016

I’m reading this late, but I had stomach flu with my second and when I called my doctor to see if there was anything I should do, he told me to go to the ER and get hydrated. Apparently not safe to be pregnant and dehydrated. Glad you are well.

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