Eleven Weeks

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How far along: 11 weeks 3 days
Gender Prediction: I'm very much thinking it's a boy, but I would be stoked either way! We should get to find out with a blood test in just a few weeks! :)
Weight gain: Gained a pound back from what I lost, so I have 4 more to go and I'm back at pre-baby weight
Maternity clothes: Just shorts, but I've also been bumming around in my Lululemon yoga pants and they are just making my life so happy!
Stretch marks: Nope
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sleeping mostly well with bouts of insomnia. I have to take a mid-day nap every day or else I'm useless in the evening.
Best moment this week: Everything went wonderfully at our OB appointment! We got to see the little nugget jumping around like a froggy on the ultrasound.
Worst moment this week: I thought my nausea was easing up a bit, and then this weekend it hit me again hard. Relief is on the way, but not quite yet.
Miss anything: Just not wanting to puke all the time! :) LoL
Movement: Possible tiny "bubbly" movements but I still really can't tell.
Cravings: Fruit, Naked Juice, cereal, and pasta...oh, and I still can't shake the Chick-fil-a chicken salad sandwich obsession.
Anything make you queasy or sick: I'm queasy when I'm hungry, okay while I'm eating, and then queasy again after I eat...it's a vicious cycle.
Looking forward to: Second trimester is just around the corner! :)

Until next time! XoXoXo

Back to School, Back to School!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Well, I guess for Baylee it's not really "back to school", because Thursday was her first day ever! We thought long and hard about whether or not to send her to preschool yet, but in the end we decided that she definitely needs the socialization with other kids her age. She has zero separation anxiety, so we knew when the day came it would be harder on us than it would be on her. ;)

I searched all over for the best preschool to send her to, and finally found one that happens to be very close to home. I decided on two half days a week to ease both her and I in, and I think it will turn out to be the perfect amount of time. We signed her up back in May, so we spent the last 3 months telling her what school will be like and getting her completely pumped for it!

On Thursday morning we told her "It's finally the first day of school!" and I have never seen the kid so excited! She's normally a sloth getting ready to go anywhere, but she ate her breakfast at a normal human rate (ha!) and then ran around with me excitedly getting dressed for the day. We even had enough time to do a little photo shoot before it was time to go!

We got to the school and met her teacher, and Baylee was all smiles being surrounded by so many kids and toys. We found her cubby and put her things in it. I gave her a hug and a kiss goodbye, and then she walked into her classroom without so much as glancing behind her. She was so ready. I was great until we got to the car and her Disney Princess CD started playing and then the tears began. It was SO hard leaving my girl with people who were not family, and I kept thinking about whether or not she was okay and having fun.

Noon could not come fast enough! I couldn't wait to rush down to the school to pick her up and hear all about her day! She said that she had so much fun and made new friends, but that she didn't remember their names. She played on the playground, colored, read books, played with the doctor kit, and learned about numbers in circle time. I was actually shocked that she remembered so much about her day! It was so adorable, and she told me she can't wait to go back! :)

I can't believe my baby is a big preschooler!

Until next time! XoXoXo



Ten Weeks

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

How far along: 10 weeks 3 days
Gender Prediction: I have no clue lol but right now I'm 60 boy/ 40 girl 
Weight gain: I'm staying steady at losing 5 pounds, which is good because even though I haven't gained I also haven't lost more!
Maternity clothes: Broke out the maternity shorts this week because it's just more comfortable with my pooch, but I think I'll be able to wear my regular shirts for a while longer.
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Sleeping good, but light. Eeeevery little thing is waking me up. (Peeing 5,000 times a night lol)
Best moment this week: Finally started talking baby names with Brian! :)
Worst moment this week: Mostly every evening the nausea gets really bad. I'm going to try to get through this week and then ask my OBGYN about Diclegis on Friday if I'm still not feeling well.
Miss anything: Being able to eat any food when it sounds good.
Movement: Still too tiny! Baby is about the size of a green olive!
Cravings: Mostly fruit, carbs, and salad. I want chicken salad sandwiches from Chick-fil-A 24/7 and I had some corn bread for dinner the other night and it was pretty life changing.:)
Anything make you queasy or sick: Red meat is grossing me out pretty bad and I can't really eat any vegetables either.
Looking forward to: My first OBGYN appointment on Friday! I've missed her so much!

Until next time! XoXoXo

First Trimester Essentials

Friday, August 4, 2017

I have about 3 weeks left in my first trimester, and I am so excited to kiss it goodbye and welcome all the fun of trimester two! (Baby kicks, finding out the gender, having a real bump and not a "wow did you just eat a big meal?" bloat bump!) For some women, the first trimester is a breeze, but if you're anything like me, the evil morning sickness attacks with a vengeance around week 6 and it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Well, I'm so thankful that this is my second pregnancy, because I can testify that there is, in fact, a light at the end of the tunnel, and sweet sweet relief should be just around the corner! (Unless you're one of my poor HG suffering mamas, which in that case my heart aches for you, and I send all the prayers and love...you are wonder women!)

Here is a list of my favorite things that have made my first trimester a little more bearable so far:

1. Pink Stork Tea This was recommended to me by a couple of mamas on my Instagram, and boy am I glad I took their advice! If you're not a big ginger fan, the taste is a bit strong at first, but I definitely acquired a taste for it. It helps to drink a cup either before or right after a meal, and each tea bag can be used for up to 3 cups of tea!

2. Target Prenatal Vitamins There are a lot of different brands of prenatal vitamins out there, but I have found that for me, the Target brand ones work best. Make sure you get the kind with DHA for baby's little developing brain! I find that taking the pills right before bed helps them to not upset my stomach.

3. Lemon Essential Oil This is another trick I learned from a mama friend! When I start feeling nauseous, I put a drop of lemon essential oil on each wrist and smell it. The citrus scent really helps ease it for a little while and it lasts for a few hours.  

4. Bellabands This is the time when the pooch begins for some women, especially if it's not your first baby! I stopped being able to button my shorts at 7 weeks, so using my Bellabands has helped them last a little bit longer. I recently broke out my old maternity shorts, though! Haha

5. Contigo Water Bottle My Contigo goes absolutely everywhere with me! When I found out I was pregnant, I went out and got a 32 ounce one, because I knew it would help me to up my water intake! Right now, I'm up to 64 ounces a day. 

6. La Croix These are definitely one of those products where you either love it or you hate it, but I'm happy to say that I love La Croix. It is fruity flavored sparkling water, and the carbonation definitely helps settle my stomach after a meal. They come in all kinds of flavors but my favorites are pineapple/strawberry, lemon/lime, orange, and cherry/lime.

7. Saltine Crackers We all know that saltines help settle an upset stomach, and morning sickness is no exception. I keep a baggie of these crackers in my purse at all times just in case I need something in my stomach.

8. Palmer's Vitamin E Oil I swear by this stuff for life! I know stretch marks are mostly genetic, but I put this on every single day with Baylee and didn't end up with even one. The key for me was to start applying as early in the pregnancy as possible. It doesn't help everyone, but it's definitely worth trying!

What are your favorite first trimester products? Let me know in the comments! I'll just be over here drinking my tea. ;)

Until next time! XoXoXo


Nine Weeks

Monday, July 31, 2017

How far along: 9 weeks 2 days
Gender Prediction: So, from the start I was having major boy vibes, but now I'm kind of torn! Maybe I'll have a better idea in a couple weeks. (P.S. I was wrong with Baylee, soooo...)
Weight gain: I've lost 5 lbs (thanks morning sickness)
Maternity clothes: None yet, but I've started doing the "hairband trick" and using my Bella Band with my shorts
Stretch marks: Nope, I didn't get any with Baylee, so I am hoping that the trend continues. I've already started to put on my Palmer's Oil.
Belly button in or out: In, but already stretching
Sleep: Sleeping well, but having to get up to pee a lot.
Best moment this week: Seeing our little nugget at our last ultrasound at the fertility clinic! I have officially graduated to my OBGYN!
Worst moment this week: Had some bleeding again from the hematoma after my ultrasound. I know it's completely normal, but any amount of blood scares a preggo.
Miss anything: Loving food. I can't wait to not be nauseous anymore!
Movement: Not yet...baby it still too tiny!
Cravings: Naked Juice, watermelon, trail mix, peach greek yogurt, milk, and ramen noodles.
Anything make you queasy or sick: Pretty much just being alive. Haha...I'm nauseous most of the day with moments of relief here and there. After 5:00pm I'm no good and completely feel like I'm on a boat.
Looking forward to: Our first appointment with my OBGYN! I have missed her so much, and I know she will be so excited to see that I am finally pregnant again after all this time!

Until next time! XoXoXo

Love List

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Well, Tiny Baby Tibbetts Part II definitely has this mama feeling blah, but the morning sickness all day sickness is so worth it as long as there is a healthy baby come February! I promise to have a "bumpdate" very soon, but for now I thought I'd share a small love list of all my current favorites.

We just got a couple of happy mats from ezpz and mealtime has not been the same since! Baylee loves how silly it makes her lunch look and is more eager to finish her food from each "eye" and the "mouth". I seriously wish we had gotten these 2 years ago, because the non-slip grip on the bottom is a game changer. It definitely would have helped out so much when Baylee went through her "I'll just throw my plate on the floor." phase as a 1 year old! We have happy mats in pewter (shown in pic) and blush but all of the colors are absolutely beautiful! I think we need to try out a happy bowl next for cereal in the morning! 

Recently, my sister turned me on to Rae Dunn Clay and I. Need. It. All. Rae Dunn designs the cutest mugs, bowls, canisters, and all sorts of fun stuff for the home. Right now, items from her collection are available at Home Goods, Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I have had some luck finding pieces on Amazon, however, so that's a good place to check first! My favorites right now are this Hubby & Wifey mug set, the I Can't Even mug, and this spoon rest

We are already in back-to-school time, and I can't believe it! This is the first year Baylee will go to preschool and it's giving me all the emotions. She is going to start with going twice a week for half days, so nothing too crazy, but enough that I'm going to miss her like mad! She already got a lot of school clothes for her birthday, but we definitely need a few more items, and I am loving the new items at OshKosh and Carter's this season! I know Baylee is going to live in shirts and leggings from there this fall and winter. This smocked flutter sleeved tee is perfect for every day, and I have got to get her these jeans. I don't want to spend a lot on clothes that are just going to get dirt, paint, and Lord knows what else on them while she is being a crazy preschooler, so both companies are inexpensive enough that I feel comfortable sending her to school in their clothing. Also, we already got Baylee a backpack from Target, but I just found this unicorn one on Pottery Barn Kids, and now I totally wish we had waited! Maybe for Kindergarten. :)

Last but not least, you may have noticed that the blog has a new header and a new name! "Coffee & Grace" is here to stay as my recipe for surviving this crazy adventure called motherhood. Though I'm not having very much, well any, coffee these days. ;) But I know I will be having my fair share as soon as this little babe comes along! Thank you to my friend, Daniella, for making me such a beautiful header for my new title! I love it soo much! :)

What do you all think of the new look/title???

Until next time! XoXoXo


Oh, Baby! Here We Go Again!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I can't believe I am almost 8 weeks pregnant with my sweet little baby #2! I can't even begin to explain the prayers I prayed and the tears I cried over the years to get to this point, but here we are! Oh, so excited, and oh, so in love already with our little blueberry! :)

We found out that I was for sure pregnant a few days before my beta blood test which was scheduled for 11 days after my frozen embryo transfer. The second line on the home pregnancy test showed up before the control line even did, so I knew things looked great! My original hcg beta was wonderful and came back at 490 (they wanted it to be at 100!). A week later I had a second blood test, and my hcg had risen to 13,763 already which is absolutely amazing! We honestly started to worry about identical twins when we heard how much it rose. (There's only one babe, though...don't get crazy! ;) Haha)

I had my first ultrasound scheduled for a week later, but right before bed on the night of July 5th, I started to bleed. A lot. I freaked out thinking "There's no way this can be happening to me again." Thankfully, I was able to get a hold of my wonderful doctor, and he told me to relax, drink water, and come in for an ultrasound the next morning. I was a nervous wreck all night, but I tried my hardest to stay peaceful and remind myself that this baby's life is in God's hands no matter what. He knows what He is doing.

The next morning, I had my ultrasound, and not only did we see the sweet little bean, but baby was measuring a few days ahead. The bleeding was caused by a subchorionic hematoma in my uterus, but baby was going to be just fine! What a relief! :) (I do have to take it easy until the SCH absorbs itself which should happen no later than 20 weeks.)

We scheduled ultrasound #2 for a week later, and I was pretty nervous. The second ultrasound was when we found out that we had miscarried our last baby, and I was terrified of history repeating itself. Once the doctor got baby on the screen, though, there was obvious growth, and then we got to hear the best sound in the world...a tiny little fetal heart rate of 136 BPM. All the tears!!!

My official due date is 03.03.2018, however, because of my bicornuate uterus, I won't be able to carry to full term, so we are looking at a early to mid-February baby for sure! Right now, I am still under the care of my reproductive endocrinologist, but if all looks well at my next appointment, I will be released to my normal OBGYN! It is so crazy to me, and such a blessing that we have made it this far! I couldn't be happier, and I will start my weekly "bumpdates" on the blog very soon! I can't wait to document this pregnancy just like we did with Baylee. :)

Pink or blue, we love you, baby #2! 

Until next time! XoXoXo