27 Weeks (Pregnancy #2)

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This week has been a busy one, but great nonetheless. Whenever it’s a short week due to a holiday—like it is this week with Canada Day tomorrow—I always find it’s a bit more hectic than usual to try and wrap everything up.

Adriana has been so much fun lately; I can’t get over how much change we’ve seen in her. It really is true that the 18–24 month period has so many exciting changes. She says new words every day, and we just can’t get over how much she understands and tries to do on her own now! (She currently loves dressing/undressing herself. When I got her from her crib this morning her PJ shorts were inside out and on backwards, lol.) We’re also making a tiny bit of progress with some of the behavioural issues we’re struggling with, so that’s been encouraging to see.

Mood/how I’m feeling: I’m feeling good overall, with a touch of pms-y emotions on the side for fun. There’s a looming sense of excitement/stress/anticipation with everything going on right now, but I’m trying to take it day by day. I’m relying more than ever on to-do lists, which help me feel more in control, and I make sure to take an hour at the end of each day to unwind (usually by reading or watching a show), which is so key!

Home life: We finally booked a contractor, and some of the early renovation work is supposed to start next week with a basement window install. It sounds like the renovations will be going well into October—past baby’s arrival—so I’m trying to mentally prepare myself (lalalalala) for this upheaval. It helps knowing that once it’s finished it’s going to be amazing to have extra room for Adriana to play, and for our guests who come to visit.

My office is coming together nicely—have you seen any of the progress pics on Snapchat? It’s been a fun project. Decorating the workspace has been a dream of mine since I started the blog (many years ago, now!), so it’s awesome to finally move forward with it. As I mentioned, I’m going with a gold and white theme, which is feeling so fancy-pants. I might use green for an accent colour, and have my eye on some gorgeous leaf watercolour prints. I’m also planning on enlarging the new OSG logo on a print and framing it. I’m pretty much a disaster when it comes to home decor, so if I pull this off it’ll be a miracle!

Nesting: We got rid of some furniture this week. It turned out that the brother of one of our friends was in need of furniture for his new place, so it worked out perfectly. Next week we have to empty out the basement for the renovation (everything will be going into a storage locker). And by “we”, I mean Eric and his strongest friends, heh. (You can bet this mama is pulling out the preggo card on that one!) Anyway, I’m definitely nesting more this pregnancy than I recall doing last time. Last time, I was mostly focused on reading pregnancy books/nursery/baby gear.

Hair/skin/nails: Remember last week when I said that my skin was breaking out like crazy? Well, it still is! At first I thought it was from eating too many sweets, but when I thought about it some more I wondered if it was from a new probiotic that I started. I have since cut out the probiotic to give my system a break. I don’t know if that is the cause though. It could just be hormones. As for the sweets, well, I haven’t been so successful in cutting those out. You win some, you lose some, I suppose!

Sleep: We made Adriana’s room a bit darker for the summer, and so far it’s been life-changing! Ok, it’s only been 3 days, but she’s slept an extra hour each morning, and I also think she’s been happier as a result of the extra sleep. I hope it isn’t just a fluke! My sleep, on the other hand, has been pretty blah this week (aside from the later wake up). I go to bed around 9:30pm, but baby loves to kick and move all over the place from 9:30–11:00pm, so I’m finding it hard to nod off while the gymnastics are going on. Then I’m up a lot in the night (last night I was up 5 times). I know once baby is here I’ll be wishing I had this much sleep though, so it’s all relative.

Wearing: Lately, I’ve been pretty uninspired with my maternity clothing. You could say I’m in a bit of a funk!

Symptoms: No major changes in my symptoms this week. I’m still having lower back pain on and off, and other normal aches and pains. I’m feeling a bit slower and it’s more challenging to do things with the growing bump. I’m asking for help more often rather than trying to be a hero. Last night, I also had a ton of Braxton Hicks and was basically couch-bound for a couple hours until they subsided.

Exercise: As I mentioned, I’ve felt slower for the past couple weeks! I can’t believe I’ll be in the 3rd trimester this coming Monday!!! Out of respect for my body and energy levels, I’ve cut down my workouts to what feels good at this stage. I’m all about adapting as you go. I’m now doing about 30 minutes a day, alternating between Barre3-and-cardio vs. all-cardio days. This is working well for me right now, and I expect that I’ll keep modifying my routine as the due date approaches.

Reading: The Awakened Family: A Revolution in Parenting by Shefali Tsabary. I saw her on The Social last week, and was so impressed by her approach to parenting. I’m only a couple chapters into the book so far, but it’s so enlightening. I find myself thinking of her words throughout my day, and I do think it’s helping me be a more patient and understanding parent. She’s all about letting your child feel free to express their true personality, without your own personal fears and ego getting in the way.

Cravings: I wouldn’t say this was a craving, but I did something weird recently. I got the brilliant idea to spread Sunbutter on sweet potato chips to create chip sandwiches. (You may have seen this on Snapchat!) Peculiar. I’m still on the raspberry/cherry/blueberry bandwagon, and new this week: plums!! I was so crazy for plums when I was pregnant with Adriana two summers ago. I also forgot to mention that I’ve been buying fortified almond milk as an easy way to sneak more calcium into my prenatal diet. I like the So Nice brand (it’s in the refrigerator section). One cup has 30% of the RDA for calcium…not too shabby. I’m also eating a ton of almond and sunflower seed butter.

Best thing I ate/drank all week: Hands-down, a mashed avocado kale salad. I’m obsessed and have been making it a lot. I hope to share the recipe in the future!

With the holiday tomorrow, I’d like to wish my fellow Canadians a wonderful Canada Day weekend! And to my American friends, a happy Fourth of July!

Also, just a heads-up that there won’t be a Friday FAQs going up tomorrow due to the holiday; however, it will resume next week. Have a fun and safe weekend, everyone.

PS- You can see my 27 weeks update from my 1st pregnancy here!

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1 Jenn June 30, 2016

Angela, reading through your post reminded me of my many sleepless pregnancy nights, browsing Pinterest in the wee hours of the night. The only nights could expect a decent sleep were those following my prenatal yoga classes. I found the exercises and breathing really helped relax both my mind and body.

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2 Ellary July 1, 2016

Although I don’t have kids, I’m reading Bringing Up Bebe, by Pamela Druckerman, as it was recommended as a good read by a friend. The book is about an American raising her kids in Paris, and the difference between American and French parenting. It’s enlightening and interesting. If you’re investigating parenting techniques and/or want a different perspective, check it out.
Happy Canada Day and have a fabulous weekend! The weather should be glorious. :-)

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3 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 2, 2016

Thanks Ellary! I’ve heard about this book, but have yet to check it out. :) I’ll have to do that soon. Happy Canada Day to you too!

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4 Anne Gannon July 2, 2016

Hi Angela!
I love your pregnancy posts. Very inspiring and a lot of women can relate. My husband and I are currently trying and it is now our seven month trying (which is crazy because with our first one I sneezed and got pregnant) which is a little disheartening. Seeing your pregnancy posts make me smile and I hope soon I will be creating my own pregnancy posts. Keep up the amazing work and much love from our family to yours!
Anne

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5 Angela Liddon July 8, 2016

Hi Anne, Thanks for your kind words. :) I’m happy to hear you enjoy the posts so much. Sending you lots of baby dust, and hope you have good news soon!

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6 Rebecca July 2, 2016

I’m reading Dr. Shefali’s book as well…so good, and eye opening!

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7 Angela Liddon July 8, 2016

Glad you’re enjoying it too, Rebecca!

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8 PinaColada July 5, 2016

Love the dress you’re wearing, you look great! (Although at first I was wondering where your leg went in the pic, looks like it disappeared :p)

Looking forward to your new book as well! Lots of exciting things happening!

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9 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Haha it is sneakily hiding out behind my dress, isn’t it? Thanks for your excitement!! It means a lot.

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10 Lauren July 5, 2016

Hi Angela,

I just wanted to comment and say that I also enjoy your updates, and love your pregnancy wardrobe! :) I’m 18 weeks pregnant, and have been following a lot of expecting moms on social media. It’s always fun to see how different women’s pregnancies are from one another. For instance, some women are super athletes during their pregnancy (I don’t know how they do this!), and some slow down and take it easy. It’s been tough because I love working out, and being pregnant has definitely slowed me down a lot, so I’ve made adjustments. I’ve started prenatal yoga, which I absolutely love, and have just stuck to light (very light) weight lighting, walking, and swimming. Yoga has been great to breathing and relaxing, which I’ve had a hard time regulating. Maybe this could help you as well?

One of the reasons I started following your story a while back is because I was vegan before getting pregnant, and I love your recipes! Unfortunately, though, I have decided to incorporate dairy and chicken & fish back into my diet for my pregnancy for health & development reasons, which was tough at first, but I’m getting used to it. (I’ll probably go back to vegetarian or vegan as soon as I deliver however.)

Anyway, Congratulations on your 2nd child! I hope everything goes well. I follow both of your accounts on Instagram – that’s my one and only social media, ha ha! So don’t forget to update your baby account on there! ;) I know you’re a busy lady though.

Take care,
Lauren

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11 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Hey Lauren,
Congrats on your pregnancy, and thanks for the kind words! I admit I have totally forgotten about my poor “theglowspot” Insta account…I think I have too many social media channels going on! Haha. And I’m so hooked on Snapchat right now. I agree, it is interesting how women approach fitness during pregnancy; it’s such a personal thing! I remember this time during my first pregnancy I couldn’t even lift weights due to the rib and back pain. I’m so thankful this time not to have gone through that (knock on wood!). I hope you continue to feel great!

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12 Hayley July 5, 2016

I love reading about your second pregnancy just as much as I did the first time around. I can’t wait to find out the gender!

Are you able to write (doesn’t have to be in this section) about babies first foods (particularly iron rich), as well as some of Adrianna’s favourite dishes? Thank you!

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13 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Hey Hayley, So happy to hear how much you enjoy the updates! I will certainly keep your post idea in mind for the future. :)

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