Week 4-20 through photos

I never documented many photos throughout the months/weeks with bebs, and I somewhat regretted it. So here I am going back in time, sharing some photos that I took along the way when this little one was a secret (heehee!). 

I intentionally have been wearing the same (sorta) clothes so I could see the belly growth. Here we go!

4 weeks pregnant

8 weeks (This was Easter Sunday)

12 weeks (This was on Mother’s Day)

16 weeks along – I started to really show around 18 weeks or so. Here it looks like I just ate too much! haha.

20 weeks pregnant – the day I took my announcement photos with bebs. 

I’m pretty happy about the boost of energy I have during this second trimester. Like my last pregnancy, the only real symptoms I have/had are sheer exhaustion within the first trimester. I slept for hours during the day when I put bebs down for his afternoon naps. Definitely took advantage of that! It’s definitely more difficult being pregnant with a toddler running around. 

I’m also taking full advantage of this time where I have tons of energy to take my son out on adventures, and not having to pee constantly – I know that my small bladder syndrome (lol) will creep up on me in the coming weeks and I won’t be able to walk a block or two without realllllllllyy needing to go. TMI? Oops. 

I have a lot more posts coming up, as I said I’ve been documenting this pregnancy so much! 

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Bebs is a big brother!

Bebs is going to have an adventure buddy for life!

Our family has been growing for 20 weeks, and I’m excited to announce we’re expecting baby # 2 due late November. Already growing well and measuring ahead (another big baby!). We’ve found out the gender of our baby quite early on – but wondering if you have any guesses as to what we’ll be having? I’ve been dying to share this new with you all for so many months. Being pregnant with bebs I announced it at 18 weeks.

At my last OBGyn appointment the other week, I questioned my Dr as to why I hadn’t been having so many appointments with this pregnancy as I did with bebs. He told me “well, for a non-dramatic person, you certainly had a lot of drama with your last pregnancy, didn’t you?” – even though he only saw me from 37 weeks on, since I switched OBgyns/Insurance at the last possible minute and it was the best decision of my life (although a little stressful, trying to get in with that “fave doc” of mine). It all worked out! Well, who knew – I mean, I kinda knew there was some high risk stuff going on with bebs but seeing as it was my first pregnancy I had no idea what was “normal” and what wasn’t with regarding seeing so many Docs. Ha! Consider my naive. 

Routine OB appointments have been strange of course, as I’ve been going alone. Scott hasn’t been allowed to join me in the doctors offices for these joyful moments of seeing baby on the ultrasound screens or hearing the heartbeat. Hanging out in the waiting room with other women, trying to smize with your eyes to be friendly with everyone quietly sitting in the waiting room while we all wear face masks and remain 6+ft apart to promote safety and to meet COVID guidelines. 
 
Now I need another Instagram handle to come up with (see @minikerms here), heehee!!
 
Hooray the news is out! The end!
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Simple skincare for my toddler

When bebs was born, I was overwhelmed with the amount of e-mails coming through to me about sharing their skincare brands for me to try out on my son. I’ve heard some great things about some brands, so I accepted some of those in the past. But upon using some, I noticed my son had unfortunately inherited sensitive skin from me. Reacts to a lot of products! So, I’ve had to step back and go back to basics just like my own skincare. Keep it simplified and our skin is happier that way with less reactions to products. There’s only a handful of products that we use on him. I’ve yet to mix things up and try new products because I just don’t want his skin to get sore or irritated.

He’s pretty close to two and a half, and so for the last year I’ve been going back to simple basics for him when I put him in the bathtub for a soak. No more bubble bath and bubbles (it gave him a bit of a rash!), as much fun as it was. At least he has a ton of bath toys to keep him entertained while he’s in there. He could stay in the tub for an hour if we let him!

Here are the few simple skincare products I use for my toddler:

  • Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion (I use this on my legs too after shaving and showering since it’s super hydrating and my skin stays super moisturized)
  • Johnson & Johnson baby bar soap & baby shampoo (old school products, yes but those are what have been working thus far for bebs)

And that’s it.

What do you guys use on your babys skin? Do you have any other recommendations of what products I should try on him that is hypo-allergenic and good for soft toddler skin? I’d love to hear your input – please and many thanks!

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