30 weeks (pregnancy #2)

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Our renovation excitement continues! What a loud, dusty week it’s been. But with noise and dust comes progress, so I can’t complain too much. This week the framing, bulkheads, and plumbing rough-ins were completed. The egress window and electrical rough-ins were also started. Big progress for sure.

How I’m feeling: I can hardly believe that we’re going to have a newborn in our arms in a couple months! I’m looking forward to cherishing all the snuggles (and oddly enough, I’m looking forward to breastfeeding again. Well, the happy moments of breastfeeding, that is!) Apart from this nagging cold, I’ve been feeling more positive than I was the past couple weeks. I’ve gotten myself quite organized, and my productivity has been great. We’re still busy trying to prepare for the launch of my next book on September 6th. With the baby coming in September (presumably), it’s going to be quite an unpredictable month, so I’m working with my publishing team to get ahead as much as I can.

Baby: Baby is apparently around 3 pounds and 16 inches right now. It’s crazy to think baby’s weight will double or triple over the next 10 weeks. When my cold was at its worst earlier this week, I could tell baby was sleeping a lot more than usual. Now that I’m finally on the mend, baby’s activity has returned full force and I’m feeling all kinds of kicks/squirms around the clock. It still amazes me to see my belly move and to feel baby’s body parts pressing against my tummy.

Home life: Next week, the master and powder bathroom renos will begin. I’m definitely not looking forward to that added mess. At least the basement mess is a bit more contained. This weekend, we have to move everything out of our master bedroom/bathroom and move into the guestroom for the next six or so weeks.

I made some good office #shelfie progress this week! Have you seen the Snapchat sneak peeks? Some of you have asked whether I can do an office reveal post when it’s all finished, and I think that’s a fun idea! I’ll try to, but I’m not sure when it’ll be complete. I’ll keep you posted.

Nesting: There’s been no nesting to speak of, as we’re just trying to get rid of dust with vacuuming/mopping each night after the renos. I don’t foresee a lot of nesting in my future, so I’m glad I got a lot done in the second tri. We have a joke in this house where if Eric sees me scrubbing the floor and sink before bed, it means I’m about to go into labour! Let’s hope this little one is cozy in there for a while though.

Hair/skin/nails: My skin’s breakouts have completely cleared up, and I’d even say it’s glowing again. I’ve been using a new cleanser and spot treatment every night before bed (after a friend insisted it would help my bad breakouts), and I cut my chocolate consumption way down (sad face). I’m also drinking a lot of green juice and eating more veggies than I have in a while. Something is definitely helping!!

Symptoms: I ended up getting this bump wedge to see if it would help my back pain overnight. Well, I haven’t found the wedge to be overly comfortable (and it kind of just slides out anyway), but I did find another use for it—a pillow wedge! Since I’ve been so stuffed up with this cold, I’ve found elevating my pillow to be so helpful. The wedge works great for this use. I still haven’t had many other symptoms at all, aside from increasing bladder pressure and catching every cold that comes within 50 feet of me. ;)

Sleep: Adriana is going through a rough patch of sleep where she is waking multiple times a night and getting up at 5am (even after being up very late and waking a lot). Not sure what’s up, but we’re all tired. Eric said, “I wonder if it’s the 2-year sleep regression coming early?” Eek! I forgot about that. I actually think it has to do, in part, with her development lately. I mentioned this a couple weeks ago, but Adriana has been in this amazing phase of cognitive development. Her vocab is growing rapidly, and she’s understanding so much. She rarely stops talking or pointing out colours, letters, and numbers to us. And when it’s bedtime, her mind still seems to be filled with so much excitement about her world, making it hard for her to shut down. It almost seems like she’s in a leap. Last night she finally crashed at 10pm and was up just before 5 this morning…crazy!

Exercise: I took the week off working out due to my cold, but I’m looking forward to getting back into it this weekend! I miss the endorphins and feeling of strength I get from Barre3. On the bright side, I have kept up with our daily morning walks all week and I think the Vitamin D does a body good.

Cravings: Lately, I find that I’m craving a lot of smoothies, fruit, and salads, which is a nice change from all the sugar cravings of the second trimester. It must be due to the relentless heat waves we’ve been getting! Space is definitely getting tight in my belly, though. I can’t eat large meals anymore without getting uncomfortable rib pain. So I’ve been grazing and enjoying a lot of smaller, frequent meals.

Best thing I ate/drank all week: A huge Buddha Bowl from Kerr Street Café in Oakville. I stuffed my belly to the brim with this meal, lol. I’m going to hopefully recreate this one for the blog, so stay tuned!! It’s pretty much all I can think about.

Days left until due date: 68

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1 Maggie July 22, 2016

Super looking forward to that Buddha Bowl! I’m trying out the Protein Power Goddess Bowl this week- aren’t protein/veggie salads/bowls/mixes just the best in the heat? Sometimes I feel like I’m living on my “salad in a jar” this summer. Can’t wait to hear about more baby updates! Glad you’re feeling better!

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2 Angela Liddon July 25, 2016

Thanks, Maggie! Hope you enjoy that goddess bowl. :)

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3 Alex July 23, 2016

Hi Angela, I’m relatively new to your blog but I’m absolutely loving it. I have a six week old and a 17 month old and it’s pretty challenging but I’m still enjoying finding a few moments to give the family some wholesome food. My new years resolution was to try to cook a new dish each week and apart from a few weeks off after my C-section I’ve almost managed it. Am planning on a version of your sun-dried tomato quiche this week and really looking forward to it. Best wishes for the end of the pregnancy, enjoy it and your special time with Adriana before they arrive – breast feeding with a (slightly jealous) toddler is a bit of a challenge x

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4 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Love your NY’s resolution Alex! That’s so amazing you’ve been able to stick with it despite having 2 little ones. Yes, I’m imagining what my oldest will be like when she sees me nursing her sibling! Time will tell…eek!

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5 Sarah July 23, 2016

Here’s an idea to help Adriana sleep if she’s having trouble shutting down before bed…

So when you tuck her into bed, last thing before she sleeps, tell her to imagine a bubble. Make it whatever color she wants. Then tell her to imagine Daddy is in the bubble and Pop! Pop the bubble. Then imagine a new bubble. Have her imagine whatever friends she played with are in a bubble. Pop! Imagine Mommy in the bubble. Pop! Whoever else she saw – daycare teacher, grandma, whatever. Pop the bubble. Make it a fun, but very gentle sleepy game.

It might sound crazy, but I know kids and adults who have really been helped with this in terms of sleeping. It helps them discharge all the energy they’ve accumulated over the day. No promises, but worth a shot. :)

Sometimes a gentle massage helps too. I used to get a back rub to get me to fall asleep when I was her age and older….

Good luck!

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6 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Cute game, I think anything is worth a shot! We currently sing to her on the rocker, but find that depending on the night, the singing either calms her or makes her super excited!! Such a funny age. ;p

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7 Fran July 24, 2016

I’m due with our first baby (a boy <3) at the end of September and got diagnosed with pre-eclampsia last week. Scary stuff, which my gallows humor family used for aaall the Sybil Crawley/Downton Abbey jokes you can think of, and I spent several days in hospital until they managed to medicate my blood pressure correctly.

Now that I'm back home, I'm cooking my way through your back catalogue to get my mind of things. Thank you so much for all the tasty and healthy distraction and the best of luck with your little one!

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8 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Fran, I’m so sorry to hear that! I can imagine how scary that is to go through, It sounds like you’re getting great care though. I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly, and I’m glad the recipes have been such a nice distraction for you.

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9 Bron July 24, 2016

Good luck with the renovations! We are in the middle of renovating our living room and getting a whole new kitchen – luckily the 4 month old, 3 year old and I have moved in with my parents while the bulk gets done(and the husband is onsite to supervise) but I think we will have a fortnight or so of me cooking with an electric frying pan and relying on the toaster while it gets finished! Oh well, it’s all worth it in the end right? You look beautiful – hopefully adriana’s sleep goes back to normal for you soon and you can get some more rest before the little one arrives. Take care!

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10 Angela Liddon July 26, 2016

Oh, I feel your pain going through the renos with kids! That’s so great you can move in with your parents…I wish mine were nearby! But it’s hard no matter how you swing it. I hope they go as smooth as possible for you!! We did the kitchen 2 years ago, and it’s so hard not having a kitchen. But when it’s all over, it’s the best thing ever!

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11 Anna Lee July 26, 2016

Still loving your updates! Work has me crazy, so I’m just now caught up from the last month grrr. I am the absolute worst at renos or any project for that matter. As soon as I start, I want to hurry and finish it as soon as I can. I’m a very impatient person, which is the reason I’m no longer allowed to paint my house or anyone else’s; I do such a terrible job because I’m throwing paint on the walls and rushing to get it done haha. Oh well, that’s what professional paintes are for ;)

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12 Anna July 27, 2016

Hello!

I regiously read every update of yours, for some curious reason I love to know the evolution of your pregnancy and all the life/Adriana updates, which i’ve been following since you gave birth to Adriana (I read your birthstory while I was pregnant, and it brought me to tears).

I wanted to share something with you, which you possibly already know about, it’s a collective blog about motherhood, where you can find some amazing writers and mothers, sharing inspiring, funny, heartful and so so so truthful articles about motherhood journey.

I discovered this blog a few days ago and made it my motto to share it with other moms :)

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http://www.coffeeandcrumbs.net/blog/2016/3/23/pay-attention
http://www.coffeeandcrumbs.net/blog/2014/8/10/a-letter-to-my-pre-mom-self

Those are just 3 of my favorites, though it was hard too choose :P

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and updates with us !

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