41 weeks

Well today is the last day I will feel this baby kick my ribs. I am scheduled to get induced tomorrow at 7 am. I’m feeling good but it’s also a little weird knowing you can schedule the arrival of your child. I am just very excited to meet her. Plus, there’s literally no more room in my belly for her…my skin is literally stretched as far as it can go. Hang on lil girl, hopefully we will be holding you tomorrow!

I had to get tested for COVID yesterday and while the process was so easy and convenient, the test SUCKED. I might be a little emotional right now but man they shove that thing so far up your nose I thought my eyeball was going to pop out. My eye watered really bad but it went away after like 5 minutes.

Life this last week has been very chill. It’s been so hot that I’ve either been in the pool, in the air conditioning, or eating ice cream. My appetite has gone MIA but I blame the heat for that.

Harry has been just a hoot these past few days. He’s obsessed with dump trucks and only wants to play with them and read about them. He makes the silliest noises during dinner time and is getting more adventurous in the pool. Can’t wait for him to meet his sister.

Sam and I are hoping to do something fun with Harry tonight as a last hurrah as a fam of 3…I’m thinking a picnic by the river or ice cream and a walk. Other than that I plan to rest, relax, and maybe pop a few more squats as I won’t be working out for a while after tomorrow.

Thanks for following along on this extended journey-I will hopefully have a baby update post early next week.

Have a great weekend!

XO

-Hales

So this is What 40 weeks feels like…

Well, I for sure thought I’d have another small human to take care of at this point but baby girl is just chilling in the womb. I sure hope it’s cold in there cuz it’s hotter than shit out here. I normally love the heat and humidity but not when I’m 40 weeks preggo. I can’t stop sweating.

We had our 40 week appointment this morning and got another ultrasound which was fun. She’s about 7 lbs 4 oz (crazy they can tell that), has plenty of fluid left and her head was so far down the tech had a hard time getting a good pic of her. So any day now!

PS 4D ultrasounds are insane! She’s got Harry’s nose and dad’s lips, that’s for sure.

So we will just wait it out for now and eat all the ice cream and lime popsicles. I can guarantee we will have a baby by next Friday though as we scheduled and induction for 7am.

In the mean time I’m just chilling like a beached whale hehe. Been spending some quality time in the pool because that is where I fee the best. Harry loves the pool too so it’s something we can do together. Sam also likes the pool so it’s just a big ole fam jam time.

Harry recently also discovered his love for the sprinkler. We ran through it for about 2 hours yesterday and he was just full of giggles and soaking wet. Ah, to be a child with no cares in the world. Makes my heart swell with love.

Sam came home with a 12 pack of White Claws yesterday and I was like WTF. He has never had them and said he needed something light and fruity for by the pool. I love the lime one and was like eff you because I currently can’t drink one. He better save me at least 1! Hehe.

My burger craving is back and stronger than ever. I feel like I could eat a burger a day. My dad grilled some insane bacon cheeseburgers last night and I can’t wait to eat one in about 5 minutes for lunch. I’m also craving lasagna which is stupid cuz it’s 1000 degrees out. And butterfinger blizzards.

Last weekend I had two Culver’s Reese’s concrete mixers and one butterfinger blizzard and it was heaven. I should probably lay off the sugar but whatever.

I am shooting for 4 workouts a week and so far so good. Gotta get those squats in am I right! I keep telling myself doing a small workout a day is better than nothing right? We have also been going on plenty of family walks except for today cuz again, it’s 1000 degrees and I don’t want to give my fam heatstroke.

Well, I’m gonna take my swollen feet upstairs now and scarf down a burger.

Have the best 4th or July and drink a like white claw for me please.

XO

A very pregnant Haley

1 week to go

Well one week ago I thought I’d for sure be holding a baby by now but she’s still chilling in the womb. I hope it’s cold in there cuz it’s hotter than shit out here. I am totally okay with whatever happens…she’ll make her appearance when she’s ready!

Had my 39 week appointment this am and all is well in baby-land. She definitely dropped and is sitting right on my bladder. I have to pee like every 30 minutes which isn’t super great but there could be worse things. I’m dilated to about a 2.5/3 so we good there too. I feel ready and excited!

This week I was a little more anxious just because of the unknown. I’m a very scheduled and routine person so not having like an exact date and time of her arrival messes with me a little but it’s also good and forces me to just go with the flow. I’m just trying to stay relaxed, eat good food, and get rest when possible.

I’ve been walking a ton and doing some slower paced strength sessions to keep my fitness up. Harry has also been keeping me busy because he’s legit non-stop from the minute he wakes to the minute he goes to sleep.

Yesterday Sam had the day off so we took a lovely family walk by the river. To Harry’s delight we found 4 ducks. His day was made.

Also, I realized that when you have children, all privacy goes out the door. Harry knows how to open doors so the other day as I was going potty he barged right in with his book, sat on his potty, and joined me. It was actually pretty adorable so I didn’t mind.

I’m weighing in at about 149 which is like 5 pounds lighter than with Harry but I feel like my belly is def bigger. Weird. I also don’t really care haha.

I haven’t really had many cravings lately but am getting real sick of water. It just doesn’t satisfy my thirst like a fresh margarita would.

Well my sunscreen has soaked in so time to hop in the pool. Hopefully this time next week I’ll be updating you on our baby girl and what we chose for a name. Have a fab weekend friends!

Cheers!

-Hales

2 weeks to go (LOL)

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’ll be less than 2 weeks until this lil gal joins us. Had my Dr. appointment this am and I’m dilated to 2 cm (Harry was a week early and I was only 1/2 cm at this point with him) and that things are looking ready 🙂

I’m excited to meet her and so excited (also a tad nervous) to see how Harry is with her. He for sure knows something is happening because he’s been extra clingy lately and cries any time we leave his room after putting him down for nap/sleep time. I just want to squeeze the little buggar and hold him close (it’s getting hard to do with my large belly).

Life this week has been as relaxed as possible. It’s been hot as shit here and while it feels glorious, my legs and feet don’t really care for it currently. Thank goodness my parents have a lovely swimming hole in their backyard-floating has been a lovely treat.

I’ve been trying to get on as many walks as possible as running is pretty much dunzo until like August. Got in a couple neat workouts this week but am really listening to my bod and taking it easy.

I’ve really been craving lasagna which is weird since it’s been like 90 degrees. I also can’t get enough Stretch Island fruit leathers, chocolate milk, plantain chips, and cheez-it’s.

I’ve had some odd dreams as of late too. One where Harry had a giant gash on his head when I went to get him out of his crib…so gross. The other one I remember was from last night. My hair was so snarly and I could not get it untangled. Hahaha WTF.

Lil girls room is ready and I bit the bullet and got her her own pink diaper genie 🤦‍♀️

I’m also contemplating a double stroller but I’m torn. Harry loves his jogger and I can probably carry her in a wrap in the beginning. Any recommendations would be lovely.

Harry’s just busy as ever. Sam brought him home his own lawn mower and the kid is obsessed with it. He also has this fascination with trying to escape down my parents giant hill. He’s so fast it’s hard for me to catch him and one of these times he might just roll all the way down.

He’s an eating machine and literally gobbles up everything we put in front of him. I swear he doesn’t even chew sometimes. Last night (after swimming) he ate like 2 full cups of pasta and sauce, broccoli, garlic bread, watermelon, and some pb puffs. No clue where the kiddo puts it all.

Well I’m sweating and going to flop into the pool. Maybe next time we chat it will be to introduce our daughter 🙂

Have a swell weekend.

XO

-Hales

OY! 3 weeks to go!

My due date is in 3 weeks but I feel like I could have this baby any moment. I just hope it doesn’t happen while I’m walking around the neighborhood!

I had my doc appt yesterday and baby is doing great. She’s dropped a bit, heart beat is around 145, and she’s head down. You go gurl. I’m only dialated to like 1 cm so nothing but man I feel like my hips are open.

Bending over is near impossible these days. I have to sit down to tie my sneaks. I walk up all the hills on my tiny jogs. I even lose my breath just getting in and out of the car. My belly is huge and round and got real sunburned Monday.

My mom and dad helped set up baby girls room yesterday and I got her a blanket and bath towel so I’d say we’re about ready for her to arrive 😁 Yes, she gets the baseball room for now, sorry Kyle.

I finally feel ready. I’m very excited to meet her and give her a name (we have three picked just like we did with Harry).

I’m done working now and have been laying low. Lots of time reading, walking, eating, drinking water, and sitting by the pool. Ah, relaxed as a mother. I’ve been getting meals from Purple Carrot and am obsessed. Yesterday’s meal was a curried chickpea bowl with millet, mint, lemon, and cucumbers in a cashew-yogurt sauce. Mind blown. Never would I have tried something like this! It. Was. Amazing.

Workouts have still happened but they are getting a little more difficult. I also feel as though I get instantly sore but I’m really trying to keep up on my squats.

I ran yesterday and it felt really great. Like I said, I walk up the hills and take my time. I also pee a little on the downhills but whatever.

Harry’s been a little angel lately and is seriously my best buddy. He’s hilarious, smart, caring, and devious. He loves to eat and play. He enjoys running. The other night he ate two hot dogs, a bun, baked beans, and macaroni salad. Then a piece of rhubarb cake. No clue where the little buggar puts it all. He also loves pool time. Oh, and diggers.

Well I’m sweating now so I’m gonna go wash myself then pick up Harry!

Have a swell weekend, we will catch up next week!

XO

-Hales

4 weeks to go

Yikes-4 weeks until baby wakey’s due date. I mean yikes but also Yay! I’m getting so excited to meet the little peanut and feel much more ready than a couple weeks ago.

I had my dr appt yesterday and yes-got the strep test done where they poke you in the bum hole. It didn’t seem as terrible as my blog post during Harry’s pregnancy said. Maybe after giving birth nothing seems that bad anymore lol.

I’m weighing in at 145 lbs (was 153 with Harry) but that makes sense because this gal is a tad bit smaller than he was. They think she’s about 5 lbs 9 oz right now and in good position for birth. Yippee skippy.

My hospital bag is packed and we have the infant car seat ready to go…so basically we just chill till she decides she’s ready to enter the world 😊

It’s been warm here and Sam is pretty much done scheduling me at work for now so I’m just cleaning, relaxing, and taking in time with Harry until our fam grows. He loves swimming so we have been trying to get in some pool time. It makes him super hungry and also super tired. He’s eating like a grown man but also sleeping 11 hours a night. Win-win.

I have been feeling alright lately. My body is getting really sore and tired and I told Sam this morning that my hips feel like Barbie doll when you’d rip her legs off (no, that was just me that did that)? I have been running a little bit lately-about 1.5 miles-and it feels good but I’m also thinking that’s why my hips feel like this?

I’ve been trying to read more at night before bed and that has been fun. I just finished A Million Little Fires and thought it was an entertaining book that kept my mind occupied.

I am craving cheese burgers and fries, cucumber salad, cheese-it’s (crushed a whole bag yesterday), and frozen limeade. Also-fruit. Berries, cherries, grapes…give me that fruit.

On Sunday for my moms birthday we took a convertible ride to Taylor’s Falls. It was beautiful, Harry picked me a flower, and we all had a picnic near the river.

My mom wanted a DQ cake for her birthday so we ordered her one…funny thing is, so did my dad. We finished cake #1 yesterday and are on to cake #2 today LOL. Harry loves the cake though and usually ends up eating half my piece…rude.

Well I really don’t have much else to say because we have really only been hanging out here and playing Yahtzee.

I hope you have a relaxing weekend and I hope you can spread love and kindness.

XO

-Hales

5 weeks to go

I showed my mom a picture of me at 35 weeks with Harry compared to a picture of me right now and she is convinced baby #2 is a boy. My belly looks very similar to when I had Harry but Sam says I’ve been acting wayyy different which is a sure sign it’s a girl LOL.

The 35th week is upon us and my mind is blown that we now have 5 ish weeks to go until our newest addition joins the fam. It’s an odd time to have a baby but I’m getting more and more excited as the days go by.

I do wish I had a room to decorate for the baby but seeing as we still do not own a house, that’s going to have to wait. I think that’s why this pregnancy seems so different. With Harry, I was able to put things in his dresser. I made his little crib up, hung up clothes in his closet. This time around while we do have a new crib to setup, it just doesn’t feel the same. It’s also being set up in a room with baseball wallpaper soooooo hehe. But I’m incredibly thankful my parents have allowed us to invade their space. We have a roof over our heads and get to spend time together which these days is so precious.

I have a dr appt next week and will be getting an ultrasound so they can check the growth of the baby. I’m excited to see its lil face and arms and legs. So cute.

I’m starting to slow down as this pregnancy progresses. I find myself getting winded much faster. I’m trying to stick to my workouts but when I’m feeling tired or sore I’m giving myself a break (and a pat on the back for doing so).

Harry has been loving the summery weather and we’ve been relaxing by the pool and getting in loads of snuggle time.

The kids an eating machine lately. Must be all the swimming! The other night he crushed 2 whole hot dogs, a bun, two scoops of black bean salad, cheese, coleslaw, and a brownie. He’s been hard to get to bed and night and has been waking up extra early but I think it’s because he’s just so excited to go play outside.

He also got to go on his first convertible ride last week! Loved it. He just sat in the back and yelled VROOOOM!

He’s been giving his sister a ton of love lately and knows exactly where the BB is right now. Oh my little boy ❤️

As for myself, I mostly feel good. With the higher humidity I do feel like my feet are getting a tad swole so I’ve been trying to elevate them at night.

My cravings lately have been hamburgers and ice cream. Gimme all the DQ blizzards plz.

I did a fun workout yesterday that consisted of the following:

5×2 backsquat 5×20 step ups then I did some intervals on the treadmill. It’s been like 3 weeks since I’ve run and man did it feel lovely. I did 45 seconds on, 1:30 at a brisk walk. Cool.

Sleeping for me has been shit lately but that’s expected. I have to pee a lot and I always feel like I’m a million degrees.

Other than that just taking each day as it comes, trying to stay active, and trying to eat mostly healthy. PS my first purple carrot box just arrived and I’m so excited for some plant based foods.

I’m off to make myself another glass of ice cold water, have the best afternoon!

XO

-Hales

7 weeks to go

And we still don’t have a house. It’s starting to stress me out finally. The last 33 weeks have flown by and I kept telling myself “we have so much time.” Well, here we are, 7 weeks away from Baby’s due date. Wake up and smell the coffee chica. Oh and my gut is telling me she’s gonna be early. So let’s just say we really have 6 weeks to go 🤦‍♀️

You could say the stress is starting to add up. I am a pretty positive person but I am not the greatest at handling my stress. I’m not gonna lie-yesterday was a really hard day for me. I had a breakdown at the Chiro and could not stop crying. Sam came to pick me up and was like “what happened to you?” Haha looking back it’s kind of funny but at the time I wanted to punch him.

Yesterday was weird. That’s the only way I can describe it. WI overturned the governors safe at home order and suddenly it hit me-with everything opening up, I feel like the odds of getting this virus are way higher. I thought about my Family and my unborn child. Shit, I’m scared. Running a small business right now is tough. I’m a people pleaser and it’s hard to please everyone right now. I’m also 33 weeks pregnant and an emotional roller coaster. Sam is amazing and the best support system so I’m just trying my best to control what I can control l, remain calm, and keep smiling. PS did I mention I could really go for a margarita?

Well, today has already been leaps and bounds better than yesterday. Sam went on a 3.5 mile hike with my mom, myself, and Ruthie this am at 7:30 and it was amazing. If you know Sam, you know he is not a morning person. Not does he enjoy exercising in the morning unless it’s golf. So it meant a ton that he came with.

I also got some quality time with Harry last night and that kid is seriously the best medicine. He makes me laugh so freaking hard.

I took a melatonin bath, ate a bowl of ice cream, did a Sudoku, and fell asleep. This morning after the hike I visited our fave coffee hut and got the most delicious protein shake. I have the day off so I’m trying to balance being productive with having a self-care day. So far I’ve been stuck in my chair in the yard catching rays with Ruth. That productivity will come later…maybe 😊

Moving on. This girl in my belly is kicking up a storm again. I caught live footage of her the other night and it’s creepy but cool.

Other than yesterday I’ve been feeling good. I get in two walks most days and am working out like 5 day’s a week. I’m trying to keep up with my squats because I feel like that’s what helped me through Harry’s birth. Really strengthening that pelvic floor yeah?

Food-I’ve not really been craving a darn thing lately…except a burger here and there or a taco salad. My appetite is kind of MIA but I know stress does that to a person. We did get some amazing food for lunch on Tuesday and I’m still dreaming of the lettuce wrap tacos I downed.

I’ve officially gained 20 lbs lol but whatever, I’m pregnant.

Oh we finally picked up some baby diapers and got the crib mattress for her. Lol we’re really cutting this close.

My mind is wandering and looking at that picture or food is actually making me hungry sooooo I guess it’s tome for lunch. Thanks for tuning in to my life update. Have a lovely weekend and drink 7 margaritas for me!

LYLAS

-Hales

8 weeks to go

LOL my last post was at 11 weeks to go…my time has been flying. Here we are with less than 8 weeks to go and part of me keeps forgetting I am going to have to push that baby out again.

Actually part of me keeps forgetting a lot. With Harry I feel like my brain was there and fully functional. Baby #2 is the complete opposite. I’ll ask Sam a question and then ten minutes later ask the same question not realizing I just asked the same thing.

I forget things at work. I forget items at the store. I couldn’t even remember Harry’s birthday at his well check on Wednesday. I’m sorry buddy, it’s not you, it’s me.

So let’s start with Harry. He weighs in at a whopping 24.5 pounds and is 33 inches long. He loves reading, playing outside, drinking coconut water, eating garbanzo beans and Mac n Cheese, cars, sports balls, his dog Ruthie, and giving kisses. He’s getting better at putting himself to bed (thank the lord). He likes long walks around the neighborhood in the chariot (Burley). He’s just a jolly ole joy and I love spending time with him.

Now for Baby Girl. She is measuring right at 32 weeks and is still a wiggle monster. Her heart beat as in the 130s. She like eating (especially DQ in bed) and is overall loving life.

I am starting to get more and more winded walking up hills. I also crawl into bed before 8 pm most nights. Epsom salt baths have been giving me life. My low back has been sore but Dr. Shelby (the most amazing human and chiro) has been taking care of me.

I’m still working out when I feel good but am taking two strict rest days a week. This was really tough for me at first but now I look forward to these days. My workouts consist of squats (keep that pelvic floor engaged), presses, and smaller movements like lunges and step back burpee’s. I’m pretty much done running for now but that’s OK because family walks are where it’s at.

I have actually been craving veggies a lot lately and am trying to eat more plant based things. My mom got meals from Purple Carrot and they are amazing. I’ve also been craving blizzards, margaritas (LOL), mac n cheese, salt and vinegar chips, and fruit. Quite the variety.

I’m looking forward to spending Mother’s Day with my family and not doing a darn thing (well maybe a walk). I’m just trying to take in and enjoy these next 8 weeks as a family of 3 (well 4 with Ruthie!).

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. I look forward to hopefully catching up next week.

Toodles!

-Haley

11 weeks to go!

Hey! What a whirlwind of a week it’s been! Between slinging sammies, going for walks, washing my hair, and drinking coffee, this week just flew by! Speaking of hair, my hair has never been longer or softer than this current sitch. I think I wash my hair like 4x a week (otherwise I’d smell like an onion), take a prenatal vitamin, and have really been focusing on drinking plenty of cucumber water. Fun stuff.

So here we are. Week 29. Hello. I was thinking about this last night and started to get a little stressed because my gut is telling me she’s going to be early. If she’s early that means we really have like 10 weeks to prepare. I am unprepared lol. We have a crib and a hospital outfit… that’s about it hahahahaha. We still don’t have our own house which is a tad concerning but I suppose everything will sort itself out? Looks like I’ve got my work cut out for me these next 10ish weeks.

This baby is about the size of a Barbie convertible…whatever that means LoL.

I’m feeling pretty good except for some soreness in my low back but nightly salt baths and icing have been helping with that.

I have not hardly been running at all and I’m actually Ok with that. It was starting to become super uncomfortable and my body was telling me to slow down so, guess what!? I actually listened! I will try to get in some small sprints on the treadmill here and there but family walks are my jam right now.

Also, what’s up yoga! I’ve been trying to do relaxation and stretching 3 times a week and I feel so much more at ease. Sometimes I follow videos, sometimes I freestyle it myself. It’s fun and a different challenge than I am used to. I e also been doing some squats, presses, and knee push ups to stay some-what in shape 🙂

Okay, enough about me. This baby is still non-stop moving! At first it was mostly just at night…now it’s like all the time. I can see little fists poking out of my growing belly and it’s weird. Harry likes my belly and likes to pull up my shirt to push on my belly button. He’s a goof. He also loves giving kisses.

Speaking of Harry, he is hilarious. He recently discovered chalk and decorated my parents entire sidewalk. He loves bubbles. He loves walking around the yard with his homemade waking stick. He also likes biting. He bit me in the shoulder yesterday and it hurt like a b but he said sorry so I’m over it.

He got to play with shaving cream this week at aunt alex’s and had a blast. What a fun idea. I’m about to break out the play dough later today for something new.

This upcoming week looks fab for weather so we will probably be chilling outside as much as possible. Ruthie loves being outside to so it’s something we all can do together! Oh and grill because all I want these days are cheeseburgers and fries.

I also have bi-weekly dr appointments so I’ll check in next week with any updates on the girl.

Well, that’s all for now. Have an excellent week. Remember, you’re doing enough right now.

XO

-Hales