29 Weeks (Pregnancy #2)

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Hello, hello! Can you hear me? I’m trying to yell over the sound of the renovation noise. It sure has been an exciting week with our basement renovations going on full force. I’m sure the thrill will wear off soon, but it is nice to finally be making progress. I think baby is wondering what the heck is going on in this place! Be sure to check out my Snapchat for progress pics.

22weekspregnantvs29weekspregnant

And, my, my, what a difference 6 weeks can make! No wonder why I’ve felt like I’m slowing down. Look at that growth!

Midwife appointment: My midwife appointments are now every 2 weeks instead of every month, so things are ramping up! Eek. Growth is on track, and baby’s heart rate is great. Based on her hand-poking (official term), my midwife thinks baby is breech at the moment, but she isn’t concerned at this point as there is still a while for baby to flip. Apparently, staying active on your feet can help—thanks, gravity!—so hopefully my active lifestyle will help baby get into position. I felt this huge movement last week that literally stopped me in my tracks, and I wondered if it was baby flipping (maybe baby flipped head up last week?). Such a weird feeling! (Interesting tidbit: Adriana flipped head down around 27 weeks, according to my update.)

How I’m feeling: Emotional, especially given current world events. Worried, about the world we’ll raise our kids in. Grateful, for the immense amount of love in this house. I’m also feeling a bit swamped, with interviews/publicity for OSG Every Day at the moment…just trying to keep all the balls in the air. This is definitely not one of those laid-back summers, but it’s fun and exciting in its own way! I love the energy and excitement that comes with it.

Home life: As I mentioned, our basement renovations are underway. (Did you notice in this week’s bump picture that there’s a treadmill in my bedroom now? heh.) We have so much activity bustling in this house all day long. It’s kind of a fun change of pace, but I know it’ll get old fast! The contractors (who are awesome and friendly, by the way) start work early in the morning, but luckily we’re up long before they arrive. The bright mornings in the summer make the morning hours so much more pleasant.

The office is still coming along. This week our shelf arrived; it’s looking a bit bare so I need to keep looking for decor to decorate it with. I’m using Pinterest to get some tips on styling shelves—there are some seriously talented shelf stylers out there (#shelfie masters, I’m looking at you!). You can follow along on my Home Office Pinterest board, if you’re interested in what I’m pinning! Who knows, maybe some day I can take a #shelfie of my own to share! There might be hope for me yet.

Nesting: Our donation pickup came this week, and we got rid of soooo much stuff! Man, did that feel good. I can’t believe how much we’ve cleared out in the past couple months. It really is true that clearing out physical clutter helps clear the mind, too. I’m hooked.

Hair/skin/nails: Knock on wood, but my skin is doing so much better this week. I can’t get over the improvement. I’ve been doing a few different things: I started using a new cleanser, stopped taking those new probiotics from a couple weeks ago, and I’ve reduced my chocolate consumption (*cries*), which had gotten a bit out of hand. I wish I knew if it was one of those things. Or maybe it’s none at all! Either way, I’m hoping this better-skin pattern continues!

Wearing: We’re in the midst of another heat wave, so I’m wearing as little clothing as I can get away with. I’m still on the hunt for a maternity dress to wear to the wedding. I discovered that the wedding is outdoors and there’s walking involved, so I’m not sure the dress and heels I tried on last week will work anymore, unless I want to aerate the entire yard. I’m leaning towards something a bit looser and flowy, with some wedge sandals maybe. Hopefully I can find something soon! Time is running o-u-t.

Symptoms: My main symptoms right now are back and ligament pain on and off throughout the day. I’m thinking about getting a bump wedge to see if that helps my back pain overnight. I’m still very stuffed up with a dry, swollen nose. I get occasional Braxton Hicks at night, maybe a few times a week right now. All things considered, I’m feeling pretty great!

Exercise: I felt like I might’ve been coming down with Adriana’s cold earlier this week, so my workouts were shorter in duration. I’m feeling fine now though, so I’ve been back to my regular routine the past two days.

Cravings: My appetite is still strong and I’m not having nearly as many cravings as I was in the second trimester. One thing I’m loving is Sunbutter (a brand of sunflower seed butter). Why is it so darn good?! I love it on apples and carrots. And, of course, by the spoon (my fave). I’m still eating fruit like a madwoman, just like I did two summers ago when I was pregnant with Adriana. Wait, who am I kidding? I eat fruit like a madwoman every summer!

Best thing I ate/drank all week: Healthy Carrot-Banana Cupcakes with Salted Maple Whipped Cream! OMG. This is another preorder bonus bundle recipe (details coming in a couple weeks!).

PS—You can read my 29 weeks update from my first pregnancy here.

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1 Kristen July 14, 2016

I love reading these updates. Glad you’re feeling great! P.S. Those cupcakes sound spectacular:)

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2 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Thanks Kristine!

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3 Lauren F July 14, 2016

Hey Angela –
Small, personal aside for you. I think you may have slipped on the gender of the baby:
“Growth is on track, and baby’s heart rate is great. Based on her hand-poking (official term)…”

Wanted to let you know in case you’re keeping it a secret from your mom!

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4 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Hey Lauren, Thanks for looking out for me! Luckily, the “her” there refers to the midwife’s hand-poking and not the baby’s. :)

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5 B July 14, 2016

Hi Angela!
Just wondering what prenatals you are taking with this pregnancy. I saw your vitamin post with your first where you talked about the Baby & Me Herb Free. I also was taking those but just went to reorder from Amazon and they no longer carry them! This may not be the case in Canada, but I’m in the US and can’t seem to find them anymore. Any advice on good whole food prenatal? Also are you still taking everything from your first pregnancy?

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6 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Hey B, Yep, I’m still taking the Baby and Me Herb Free! That’s too bad it’s been discontinued online! I wonder why? I buy it from Whole Foods and stock up when it goes on sale. I hope they don’t discontinue it there too. I’ve also heard good things about the Raw prenatal, but I haven’t looked into it before.

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7 Ln July 14, 2016

I became obsessed with sunbutter too in my recent pregnancy, esp the crunchy version! Loved it on carrots and cauliflower .. But would also finish a jar in 2 days 😩😩. Question for friday faq’s – have you been able to duplicate the taste of the white linen tomato sauce (i believe you are also obsessed with it lol !) How do they make it taste soo good !?

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8 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Yea, I’m going through jars at a record pace! I have a great marinara sauce recipe in my next book. I think the secret to the White Linen Collection sauce is that they use a lot of olive oil! My fave is opening a new jar and enjoying a spoonful where it’s extra oily! Haha. Is that weird?

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9 Ln July 19, 2016

Ah, we had a feeling that was the secret. Thank you for the reply ..I can’t wait for your next book! 😊

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10 Maddy July 15, 2016

Hi Angela, love these updates! I loved the shelf from your home office that you showed on Snapchat- where did you get it?

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11 Angela Liddon July 18, 2016

Thanks Maddy! The shelf is from Wayfair :)

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12 Michelle July 15, 2016

I couldn’t decide which seemed more daunting… having home renos going on at 29 weeks, or cutting back on chocolate at 29 weeks. OK, lets be real, it’s hands down the chocolate. You are a strong, strong woman!! Looking fantastic!

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13 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Haha renovations make chocolate that much more necessary I’d say…truth be told, I’ve been making up for it with vegan ice cream! muhauha

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14 Stephanie July 15, 2016

Sounds like it might be time for some carob fudge!

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15 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

I totally forgot about that!! Good call. ;)

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16 Julie July 15, 2016

Angela, you look great!

Baby 2 was head up until week 37 when we went for a possible inversion. I went for acupuncture the night before. She turned between sometimes while we were monitoring her heart before going back for the ultrasound. I was relieved!
It’s common for a 2nd baby to toward the end of the pregnancy.

What helped me this pregnancy was going low sugar (I stopped craving desserts doing so. Fruits were ok) and never add any salt to recipes (which we already do since baby 1).

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17 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Hey Julie, I’m so glad to hear it worked out for you in the end! I just had my 31 week appointment, and it looks like baby is head down, so it’s a great start!

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18 Tiffany27 July 15, 2016

OMG your baby is almost here! That went super fast hahahahaha. You seem super chill this pregnancy, good for you. It’s not that you were stressed before, but I’m just glad you seem to feel comfortable with becoming a mommy to another cutie pie soul.

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19 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Hahaha I’m kind of in denial about how fast it’s going! Whoaaaaa. I definitely feel so much more at ease this time around, although I have to admit, this week I’ve started to freak out about the thought of labour again. Thanks for your kind words!

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20 Marta July 16, 2016

Hi Angela,

I followed you pregnancy and then life with a baby posts when I was pregnant myself, (and of course your recipes!) and can’t even imagine having another one right now. Baby is 18months old now and we just moved from Chicago to Seattle. Even though it would be super sweet, I’m ready to settle down and feel at home without any crazy hectic trips (wedding in Indiana right after we moved, hello Mrs Crazy Pants? yep, that’d be me).
Congrats on all your success, I can’t believe my first comment on your blog comes after your incredible growth (in all fronts!) a book, 1.5 kids, your wonderful app, and so much more.

Even though I don’t know u, I love you Ang!! Good luck with the basement reno :)

Marta.

Can’t wait for those Healthy Carrot-Banana Cupcakes with Salted Maple Whipped Cream (are you kidding me with these?? *drool*)

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21 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Hey Marta, Aww thank you so much for leaving me such a sweet comment!! I’m so glad you left it! And more importantly, congrats on your 18 month old and other big life events. Sounds like you’ve been busy!!! Haha. I can’t imagine moving with a toddler! Way to go.

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22 Amanda July 16, 2016

Asos or Isabella Oliver might have good maternity wedding dress options. Also look at Blake Lively pics- shes currently on press tours while pregnant. It looks like shes not wearing maternity dresses but she looks great! Might serve as good inspiration. Good luck with the search!

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23 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Thanks Amanda! :)

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24 Jennifer July 20, 2016

Have you tried checking out a maternity dress rental? I know there are a few out there for formal wear. Just google and some will come up. Or you can just buy more ^__~ I love looking at dresses, and a growing bump can be a great excuse to get some fancy threads.

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25 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

I haven’t yet, but that’s a great idea!

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26 Marga July 23, 2016

Angela, highly recommend just sleeping hugging a pillow for stomach support! My birthing coach recommended it early in my first pregnancy and to the day, I can’t sleep without one! (P. S. That “baby” is now 39?) 😉

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27 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

I like that idea..it’s easy enough! I currently sleep with a small square pillow between my legs, but I could always try adding one to hug. ;)

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