A little about me:

I'm 32 & married to the most amazing man, Eddie who is 30. I have a 14 year old daughter from a previous relationship (although Eddie has been her Dad since she was 6). I was 17 when I had her. Eddie and I were married in November 2012 and are now expecting a son in October 2014! We had a bit of a journey for one year trying to conceive our son - I'm sure that someday I will share all of our trials, but for now I'm just going to bask in the joy that we are able to have a child!
It has been 14 years since I have experienced pregnancy and raising a baby so it kind of feels like the first time all over again.

Monday, May 26, 2014

1/2 way until baby Eddie (Cinco) arrives!

20 weeks done and only 20 to go! (I have a feeling that I will be more like 37 or 38 weeks when I deliver).
Time flies by so fast! This pregnancy I have been trying to focus on the moment and to not rush ahead too fast so that I don't miss the moments that happen during pregnancy. I am focusing on being grateful and excited for every stage of this journey. So far it is working! :o) 
 Like today, I am excited to be showing a little more, to feel baby kicks and more energy. I also know that there will come a time where I am wishing that I was smaller again or that Cinco wasn't kicking as much, but I know that I will be grateful for different things at that point.
There will also come a time when I'm 55, or 75 & I'm remembering this part of my life and wishing I could go back in time. We only have one shot - might as well make the most of it! :o) 

Weight: down to 6 pounds total weight gain again. I'm thinking I will only check my weight at my Dr appointments and no longer do a weekly check-in.

Cravings: still obsessed with corn, baked potatoes (loaded), sour cream and peanut butter. 

Exercise: walking, running, hiking, yoga and doing a squat challenge for 30 days. Basically just staying as active as I can! I'm still not supposed to lift anything too heavy so I've started doing push-ups instead, girl ones. 

(I skipped the last two days...doh!! It's a good thing there's always tomorrow).

Mood: doing good, but I have my moments... ;) 
This morning we went to the dump and threw out a whole bunch of garbage and things we don't need/want or use anymore. Kaina had bagged up all of her stuffed animals, some magazines and a homestuck poster to be thrown away. When we were loading them into the truck I wanted to cry! I felt like we were throwing away her childhood :( things that she once loved didn't matter anymore. This was a really strange feeling for me because I LOVE de-cluttering and I never get attached to material things. For some reason I felt so sad at the time, but I'm over it now. :)

Movement: I've been feeling lots of movement :) no one else has been able to feel him move yet and I'm hoping that will happen soon!

Reading: I love, love, love these books!
Bumpology, Spiritual Pregnancy and Birthing from Within. 
I love reading and researching. The more nervous I am about something the more I will search for facts, tips and guidance. (The more prepared the better)! 

This week my focus has been more on meditating, journaling and trying to make my life as peaceful as possible... The results so far are amazing. :o)


We also went to IKEA to get stuff for Kaina's & Cinco's rooms and an idea of other things we will need.
(Poor Kaina I made her pose in front of the IKEA logo ;-) lol).

I have been focusing more on planning for Cinco. We want to do a gray and white themed nursery with elephants. I've been searching for bedding and found the perfect one at PBK:

How cute is that?! It's a little spendy, so I also registered for one at Target. :)

My Mom got my baby shower invites in the mail and they are SO cute!

 (They're actually more gray in real life). ;)

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

19 weeks and growing!

Hi all! This week not much has changed from the last week but I figured I'd do an update regardless, (I'll try to make it interesting). :o)
(Breakdown of pregnancy weeks, months, trimesters).

Here I am at 19 weeks +5 days:
Still small but I'm packing on those pounds ;-)

Weight gain:
Over this last week I have gained 2 pounds! Bringing my total weight gain to 8 pounds. Must have been the Dicks Burgers, Alfys Pizza and ice cream that I've been choking down on. 

Stretch Marks:
None yet ;)

Food cravings/aversions:
Veggies (thank God), fruit, salads, ice cream and pizza.
I still can't get enough sour cream - I love that stuff!

Doing better. I did have some hard times this weekend with co-workers. It's really hard working with so many different personalities and trying not to take things personally. 
Mostly I just feel grateful all of the time and amazed that I am living the life that I am.

Baby Brain: most embarrassing moment of the week was asking a table if they wanted any A1 or Hines 57 for dessert..... What the heck?! At least they had a good sense of humor and laughed. My face turned SO red. Awkward.

Not too much this week because I was working like crazy trying to save up for my first big baby purchase.
I did hike Old Robe Trail in Granite Falls with my awesome friend, Tequina.

Right now I am at Essential Earth Organic Salon getting my hair done and just had the MOST AMAZING facial, ever.
Mention that I referred you and you receive 50% off your first facial or hair color. :)
Katie is the one that did my hair:
#littlebump :)

First big baby purchase:
The B.O.B Revolution jogging stroller! I found it on Craigslist for pretty "cheap"...
It's awesome and I can't wait to use it :)

Speaking of running... I ran a couple miles the other day in a pretty good time. It felt AMAZING! I love running with some good music :)

Week 18 about 1/2 way through it I woke up and had tons of energy! It felt so great to have my energy back. :o)

My back aches are full force now - so lucky to have Eddie to rub my back and an insurance company that covers pregnancy massage. :-D

That's all for this week!
Happy Memorial Day :o)

Ps here's my cute dog, Porter

Monday, May 19, 2014

A quick shout out to...

My daughter, Kaina!
She's such a great kid! I had Kaina when I was 17 and have been blessed every single day since then because of how amazing she is. 
She has been such a patient and great support to me during this pregnancy. Sometimes I am blown away at how mature and unselfish she is. So grown up for a 14 year old! 
I am so lucky to have been blessed with her 14 years ago. I used to worry about how she would react to me being pregnant or if it would be a good idea for me to have another child while also raising a teenager, but now there is no doubt that this was all meant to be. If anything I think that this journey is making our family closer and stronger.
I feel so lucky to have such an awesome daughter! :o)
I love you Akaina Charisma Shalen!! XO XO XO!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

18 weeks <3

Hi all! Thank you to everyone who checked out my blog last week! I feel so loved :o)

Right now I am 18 weeks, 4 days pregnant - this pregnancy is flying by!

(This picture was taken at 18 weeks, 3 days).

Last Thursday we got our blood test results back... and they all came back normal! There was no extra chromosome found in Baby Eddie's blood! We are feeling extra blessed and so thankful to be having a healthy little boy.

I still can't believe that I am going to have a son! It's so fun going to the store and looking at boy stuff :) 

Thanks to my awesome cousin, Sarah we now have a crib! We also have a super cute Team Ellie onesie, Seahawks beanie, diapers and formula (just in case). Family and friends are SO amazing!! My friend April gave us two huge bags of boy clothes! Also, my Mom, sister and Kaina are planning a baby shower for me in July. SO blessed! Thank you guys! XOXO

What's new this week:
Yesterday I really started feeling him move around - pretty sure he punch/kicked me about 5 times in a row while I was driving. It made me want to cry, lol! How lucky am I to experience this?! After struggling to get pregnant I (we) am (are) cherishing every little moment and not taking anything for granted. 

Food cravings/Avoidances:
I can finally eat bananas again! Yay!
Food cravings are all over the place depending on the day. I have been focusing on eating better and I am eating way less than I was the first trimester. 
I've been drinking lots more water and am feeling really good. :)

Stretch marks: 
Nothing yet :) I have been using this awesome lotion and straight coconut oil.
The straight coconut oil I have been using on my face and it has made such a huge difference in my skin dryness. 

Walking minimum of 2 miles per day - if I have a long day waiting tables and don't have time to walk then I just consider waiting tables as walking. Staying active is my goal - not letting tiredness or fatigue keep my butt on the couch.
I have continued doing my weekly yoga but I'm feeling like I should be doing more so I'm going to start practicing at home. 

On Sunday we registered at Babies R Us! So fun :) Happy Mother's Day to all the other Moms! 
Sunday morning I had to open bartending so Eddie made me some breakfast for the road (so sweet!). When I got off we went to Babies R Us to register then the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner - it was amazing food & such a fun day with my family. I hope you all had a great day as well!

I had a doctors appointment yesterday and I have more great news to report :)

 My blood pressure has continued to stay  in the normal range!! Yay! Anyone who knows me knows that this is something that I have struggled with for quote some time. I was very nervous at my first appointment and my blood pressure was pretty high. Dr Heshmati told me that if it doesn't lower we will just plan on me being induced early again. (I was induced with Akaina at 37 weeks because of pre-eclampsia). I don't want that to happen again so I'm doing what I can to lower it: walking, drinking lots of water, eating bp lowering foods and avoiding too much salt. It seems to be working :o)

My weight gain amount has been great! I had gained about 7 pounds as of last week and now I'm back to 6 pounds total weight gain. 

The heartbeat was good and strong! :)
I bought Baby Eddie this lion yesterday because I couldn't resist!

My DR thinks that everything looks great! This makes me so happy :)

18 weeks: bring on the hormones!!
OMG. I have been SO emotional this week! I spent the first 16 weeks feeling amazing and at 17 weeks I started getting a little more emotional, but this week is crazy. I feel like I am constantly checking myself and reminding myself that things aren't that big of a deal. At least I'm aware, right?!

Speaking of being emotional... I need to give some props to my amazing husband. I am so lucky to have such a strong and patient partner through all of this. He is my rock - I feel like all of this is easy because of him. (Thanks Eddie)!

Eddie started reading this "Dad's Guide to Pregnancy" book the other day - hopefully there is a section on dealing with a crazy person...

Thanks for reading my blog!! :)
Have a great week and enjoy the sun Washington friends!
I'll post again next Tuesday.

Kaina "rocking" Jackson to keep him from whining. She's gonna be a natural with little Eddie!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

It's been awhile and now I'm pregnant!!!

It's been awhile since I last updated this blog and a lot has happened! I am now hijacking this wedding blog and turning it into my pregnancy blog. :D 
After trying for 1 year to get pregnant we found out last week that we are having a BOY!!

Edgar Thomas Raezer the fifth is due to arrive 10/10/14. We can't wait! πŸ˜˜πŸ‘ΆπŸ’•

Two week wait symptoms?

I honestly thought that I wasn't pregnant and that at any second I would start my period. I had lots of light cramping that felt like pre-period symptoms and I felt nothing else. 
When I saw the positive I was in shock! 
We felt (& still do feel), SO blessed!! How lucky are we that we get to have a baby?! Babies truly are a miracle!
I am so incredibly happy! 😊😊😊

Right now I am 17 weeks 4 days pregnant:

Kind of blurry but this is what I look like right now. Barely showing still and almost half way! I bet at 20 weeks I will start showing a lot more. πŸ˜‰

How I've been feeling:

0 - 14 weeks: I couldn't even tell I was pregnant until about 15 weeks. The only symptoms I experienced were round ligament pain & fatigue.

12 weeks: I started bleeding at work and had to rush to the ER. It was so scary, but luckily everything was ok! Just no more heavy lifting and a couple days of bed rest.

Also, at 12 weeks: we went in for the Quad screen that looks for chromosomal abnormalities. 

At 16 weeks: we got results back that our baby has 1/15 chance of having Downs Syndrome. We went in for another Ultrasound (called an ultrasound 2), and another blood test. The ultrasound came back all normal - this is also how we found out we are having a boy - and we are still awaiting the results from our blood test. We should have them by Thursday.

17 weeks: right now I'm starting to feel movement! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ mostly just little flutters and some tightening. 
This week my heartburn started getting worse... I'm hoping that those old wives are right and it means Little Eddie will have a full head of hair!

I've been way more emotional this week and last. Up until this point I just felt calm and tired.

My skin is very dry and I have acne scars so that is making me feel super self conscious. 😞

My weight gain total has been 6 pounds. (I started out at 8 pounds heavier than I like to be so this is also making me feel self conscious). I bet once I start showing more I will start packing on pounds. ;)

Food cravings: everyday is different. Today so far has been watermelon and peanut butter. Yesterday I really wanted sour cream all day... 
Mostly I've just been SUPER thirsty! I crave ice water - I don't think I'm drinking enough so my new goal is 3/4 gallon each day.

Food aversions: bananas, cantaloupe, and now anything sour because I have such bad heartburn. 

Stretch marks: nope, but cellulite is out of control.

Exercise: yoga one time a week and going for jog/walks at least one time per day. I need to start doing more squats for better circulation - so that's a new goal. 

Yesterday we registered at Target and at Nordstrom. Sunday (Mother's Day), we are going to register at Babies R Us. This has been the most fun for me so far πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š☺️

Here are some older pics:

13 weeks :)

14.5 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks :)

I will try and update this as much as I can!

Have a great day!

12 week ultrasound :)