Second Trimester: Re-cap

Rings on or off:

On-I never had to take them off last time, so I figure that I’ll be fine this time.  I did have a reaction to metal during my last pregnancy, which lead to a rash on my ring finger.  This time, all is well!

Cravings:

Anything sweet. Candy. Cookies. Ice cream. Fruit. Christmas Tree Cakes. I try to keep it all in moderation, but it is pretty nice to have an excuse to eat whatever you want 🙂

Aversions:

I’m still not a fan of raw meat or anything with strong smells or flavors.  Thankfully, I have an appetite again and I don’t feel like I’m going to puke all day.

Physical Differences:

This baby is carrying lower than Donovan did. I am also having way more pelvic and hip pain, which is supposedly caused by stretching ligaments.  When I stay active it doesn’t seem to bother me as much.

The long flight to Barcelona was way harder on my body than I expected.  On the way there, I slept in a weird position and had lower back pain for a few weeks.  As if being pregnant wasn’t hard enough on my back!  I also had to pee a million times on both flights.  Sitting in one position for long periods of time is not comfortable, so I felt pretty miserable on the flight home.  Oh, and add a fidgety toddler to the mix.  It was a loooong flight.

Does Donovan know what is going on?

I think he is understanding more and more.  During Christmas, he was very interested in Baby Jesus and once the holiday was over, he began referring to the baby as Baby Jesus…I had to help him understand the difference 🙂

When did you start feeling the baby move?

It was some time around 20 weeks and my trip to Chicago.  Those hiccups.  They are hard to miss.  The rest just feels like flutters.

What are you doing to get ready for the new baby?

Not much yet.  Just lots of thinking about doing things.  With all of our traveling, BOLD and work, the holidays, and just general lack of anxiety this time around, we just haven’t really made any moves to get things in order.  I am certainly a planner and I know that we have lots to do, but I also know that what needs to get done, will get done.  The rest is extra.

Any predictions about the sex?

I think girl and Doug thinks boy.  Donovan is still certain that he is having a “sissy”.

Any names chosen yet?

I thought that we had our names set from the get-go.  But, Doug just didn’t seem as excited about these names as he did last time.  So, we have been looking for inspiration and we have yet to decide.

Other differences this time around?

It is nice to not feel so anxious and uncertain about what was to come.  Doug and I both know what to expect so we just pray for a healthy pregnancy, delivery, and baby.  Not finding out the sex also takes some pressure off of us to have certain clothes and everything monogrammed…like I would anyway 🙂

All of the doctor appointments are way more annoying this time, since it is all pretty boring until the end.  Plus, I forgot how much they stick you and take your blood in the second trimester. I go to a large practice so I see different doctors for each visit. It is interesting to get to know each of them and understand their different perspectives and personalities.

I am lucky that I haven’t really gotten too big either.  Some people really have no idea that I am pregnant.  And, I sometimes forget, too.  I’m not too uncomfortable and I can still do pretty much anything that I want.  If I overdo it, then of course I feel it, but for the most part, I have to remind myself that I am pregnant and to slow down.  Donovan certainly keeps me pretty busy.  I am still able to wear Donovan (thank goodness!) and I am still breastfeeding.

One of the biggest differences is work.  Last time, I was in a college setting with students who, I’m pretty sure, were just worried that being pregnant was a contagious condition.  I didn’t get a lot of attention from them or tons of questions about how I was feeling.  And, no one touched me, ever…which, I was ok with!  This time around, I work with more people who have their own children or grandchildren.  They have experienced pregnancy and are so open and friendly about discussing their experiences and want to know how I am doing.  And, the touching of the belly is way more of a frequent occurrence.  This time around, I am ok with it.

13 weeks

Week 13

14 weeks

Week 14

15 weeks

Week 15

16 weeks

Week 16–.can you tell it is bedtime 🙂 I lost week 17’s picture somewhere 😦

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Week 18–From California!

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Week19–First day of BOLD!

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Week 20–On my way to Chicago to see the Cubs!

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Week 21

22 weeks

Week 22

23 weeks

Week 23

24 weeks

Week 24–On our way to Barcelona!

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Week 25–From Barcelona!

26 weeks

Week 26

27 weeks

Week 27–BOLD graduation!

With Love,

From Me to You

Donovan: Month Ten

The New Year always makes me sentimental.  I like reflecting on all that has been accomplished and all of the events that made the year memorable.  2014 has been the best year of our lives.  Nothing can compare to the joy that we experienced as we welcomed Donovan to our lives.  Watching him grow and change has been such a blessing and it was taught us so much, too.  Moving back to Florida and buying our home has truly made life more complete.  Saying good-bye to the best year ever was harder than I thought it would be.  But it also reminded me that there are many memories yet to be made.

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In true Schwartz Family tradition, we rang in the new year with our close family and friends.  It was wonderful to be able to drink this year and someone even made an appearance at midnight…I guess he couldn’t miss out on all of the fun!

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We suffered through a horrible FSU game:

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Donovan has become quite the little “helper” with chores:

Folding Laundry

Folding Laundry

He really loved laundry!

He really loves laundry!

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Packing Christmas items

Putting his toys away

Putting his toys away

Entertaining/annoying Stella

Entertaining/annoying Stella

We celebrated Cuba night at our house with the Mitchells (Photo credit to Mary):

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We suffered through a Packer play-off game:

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Using my new bread maker!

Using my new bread maker!

We enjoyed a chilly day at the Children’s Gasparilla Parade with the Motleys:

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And a fun visit from the Saliards.  And, they shared some very exciting news!

Baby Saliard will be arriving August 2015!

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We enjoyed a St. Pete sunset on MLK weekend.  Complete with dinner at the Hurricane and lots of Grouper! YUM!

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And lots of fun with family:

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10 month photos:

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With Love,

From Me to You

Donovan: Month Nine

Kathy Visits

Doug’s mom came to visit right after Thanksgiving.  We took her to eat at the Columbia and took pictures where we had taken our engagement photos many years before.

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Donovan enjoyed so much quality time with his Grandma Kimmy.  They were so sweet together and we really appreciated her help as we were getting the house ready for the reception for Donovan’s baptism.

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Donovan’s Baptism

Donovan’s baptism was on November 30, 2014.  The ceremony was perfect and the reception was lots of fun! To read more about the baptism, read my blog post here

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Christmas Time

We had lots of fun enjoying Donovan’s first Christmas season.

We pick out our (well at least the first one for me and Donovan) first real Christmas tree:

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Donovan learned about the reason for the season.  Thank you to the Mitchells for the cute Nativity set!

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Donovan met Santa and went to Christmas Town.  There were tears 😦

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We celebrated the season with friends.

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We started wearing our food:

Carrots

Carrots

Peas

Peas

not sure...avocado?

not sure…avocado?

We went to the Live Nativity in Sarasota

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My sisters and I enjoyed our annual sister day:

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I got an early Christmas present! #wearallthebabies

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Christmas Eve

We hosted my family for Christmas Eve dinner at our house.  Doug did a great job making the prime rib and stuffed mushrooms.  We quickly learned that heating at really high temperatures results in lots of smoke.  It was a little hectic getting ready for dinner, but the food was delicious!

We opened presents and Donovan loved his new car!

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We went to mass at Nativity then came home.  We read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” and got ready for bed.

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Christmas Day

Donovan loved all of his many presents; however, the paper and boxes were far more interesting that what was inside of them.

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We enjoyed opening presents together as a family.  It was so special waking up in our house and starting family traditions!

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We went to Sarasota to enjoy the holiday with my family.

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Random photos:

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9 Month Photos:

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With Love,

From Me to You