Now that I am officially in the second trimester, I thought I’d share some of my first trimester essentials with you. Both of my first trimesters have been drastically different, so that means that what helped me last pregnancy may not have necessarily been useful this time around. When I was trying to find some resources on ways to ease my symptoms, I realized that there isn’t much out there is terms of tips on getting through the first trimester, when you’re bloated and nauseous and feel like you are just working towards nap or bedtime each day. So, here are my essentials for those first few weeks of pregnancy: Ginger Ale or Ginger Candies: Ginger Ale or pretty much any ginger food was a life saver! Ginger helps with the nausea but also relieves some of the bloating. While I…

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Weight gain with any pregnancy is inevitable. The average healthy weight gain is about 25 pounds, but can vary depending on your starting weight. During my pregnancy with Oliver I gained a little over 40 pounds, but I never really noticed it since it was pretty much an all-belly pregnancy. I’ve always been a bit self conscious about my body, but since losing all the baby weight and getting into shape, I’ve been more confident then ever. It wasn’t easy getting into shape, it was hard work and healthy eating, and I was just really starting to see the fruits of my labor (muscle definition). One of the first things I thought when I found I was pregnant was “there goes all my hard work”. I quickly had to come to terms with the fact that I was going to…

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First trimester is almost over! I couldn’t be more excited to get some of my energy back, even though this time around my first trimester was a walk in the park compared to the last! I thought I’d share the differences between my two pregnancies, by trimester, to show just how different each pregnancy can be. Energy: During my pregnancy with Oliver, I was working full time, 8+ hours on my feet all day, so naturally I was exhausted. This time around I’m a stay-at-home mom, and I found myself more exhausted than last time, probably because I didn’t have a full-time job to distract me. Plus, having an active toddler will definitely burn off whatever little energy I had each day. Morning Sickness: First pregnancy, I was MISERABLE! I had morning sickness from week two till my four month, and its…

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I guess I can’t keep this secret any longer…baby Walter number 2 is on the way! We are so overjoyed for this new season of life, and excited for our family to grow and for another precious baby to enter the world! Being pregnant again is a little surreal, and I’m not quite used to the feeling yet. The thought of Oliver being a big brother fills me with joy, and I can’t wait to see him in his new role. I can’t wait to watch Chase become a dad again, and all the care and love he will show to our children! Being a mom again, and all the feelings that come with that is hard to put into words. I feel like I know what to expect, but at the same time I don’t. This pregnancy is already…

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What does it mean to be a mom? It means getting to the grocery store, only to realize your child needs a diaper change and maybe some shoes It means waking up in the middle of the night thinking you’ve heard your child crying, only to then lie awake making sure it wasn’t them It means sacrificing your body, to grow and nourish your baby and then become a jungle gym later on It means getting judgmental stares and comments from total strangers (and people you know) It means not being able to fall asleep at night until you’ve made sure your child is okay, no matter their age It means constantly having stains or dirt on your clothes It means watching the same show or movie over and over again (Boss Baby…30+ times I think) It means loving when…

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