Everything Second Trimester


H O W A R E Y O U F E E L I N G - -

Not going to lie, the second trimester was hard. Not physically, but emotionally. I went through a lot of ups and downs that I never thought I’d have to think about at this time in my life. The one constant has been how strong my love for Ryan, our family, and this little baby is and how they’ve kept me from falling apart.

On a lighter note.. the second trimester is where it’s at! All the little bits of nausea and body aches felt in the first trimester went away for me. I could still fit into some of my regular clothes and honestly I would forget I was carrying this guy inside me most days! ..in the beginning at least. My taste buds for the regular (healthy) foods I usually ate came back, which was refreshing to know I wasn’t going to be limited to meals of scrambled egg sandwiches and burgers for the rest of my life.

I went through a crazy nesting phase already - lets call it mid-pregnancy-crisis?? - and sold both of our sofas and all of our guest bedroom furniture, ordered a new sectional and dresser, and got our second bedroom more set up to be a guest room/nursery. I’ve found myself googling how to remove stains from the stove top and figuring out how to bleach my bathtub? Things I’ve never thought or cared about before. Bless Ryan’s heart for just going along with it and helping move all the furniture where I wanted it lol love you Ry. We actually sold his truck too!! We loved that thing and would sleep in the back bed where he had built a custom queen size platform for our camping trips. It was a sad day, but it only had one row of seats aka not the best for fitting a baby car seat, and there are better things coming. ;)

Some beautiful things that happened during the second trimester were: our babymoon to Italy along the Amalfi Coast!! my baby shower!! (both blog post coming soon) and going through confirmation! I had been going to classes with Ryan as my sponsor the past year and was finally confirmed Catholic on Easter weekend! His mom and dad came out to be with us for the weekend since my mother-in-law was also one of my sponsors. Such a beautiful weekend and I’m so thankful to be able to bring this baby into a loving, supportive, Christian family as well as strengthen my relationship with God.

We found out around 24 weeks that baby boy was measuring big (already over 2 lbs!) so they moved up my due date by 8 days!! I didn’t know that was a thing this late in the game, but that would explain all the kicks and wiggles I’ve felt since about 14 weeks that have been getting stronger and stronger. Can’t wait to put a little face to all that movement :)

W O R K O U T S - -

I’m definitely more of a cautious pregnant person in terms of working out - listening to my body and cutting down the frequency/intensity of my previous workouts. I haven’t ran or jumped since being pregnant and I know that is totally a mental thing, but I prefer the stair master (said no one ever), the elliptical, and just walking outside on beautiful days for cardio. I’m rounding the second trimester out at gaining around 19 lbs so far. My weight gain has been very strange, just like the first trimester, I gained like 10 lbs in a matter of two weeks and then just kind of hung out there. The best thing about pregnancy so far.. letting the belly hang out with no cares.

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

End of first trimester (13 WEEKS) vs. end of second trimester (28 WEEKS)

C R A V I N G S - -

  • Gummy worms + gummy bears

  • Peanut butter + bananas

  • Fried rice + orange chicken

F A V O R I T E P R O D U C T S - -

I bit the bullet and started ordering maternity wear and let me tell you.. life changing. I thought I was going to be one of those mamas who would try to postpone the maternity clothes for as long as possible, but it just feel so much better with a few maternity staples. I’m also the type of person who can be in paradise and a little chilly, making me completely uncomfortable and miserable, so I should have known any inconvenience would annoy me. With that being said, I am only buying the bare minimum on a budget… leggings, one pair of jeans, a few dresses. Here are some of my favorite things that have gotten me through the growing bump so far:

Pregnant Mamas - what have been your favorite items during your pregnancy??


Thanks for checking in and looking forward to sharing more in the future.. can’t believe baby countdown is under 10 WEEKS!

xx

Rachel

Where Do We Put a Baby?


Hi friends! As you know I’m preggo with our first baby (!!) arriving this July :)

Not going to lie, I’m kind of starting to panic a little bit thinking of all the stuff we need and where we are going to put it all. We are living in a 2-bedroom home right now in Monterey, which we love! I really don’t want to give up the guest room because we are going to be having so many guests when the baby arrives, visitors in Monterey, for Christmas, and then will be moving again come the end of the year/next January. Soooo yeah we need to find places in our current house for the baby, which I’m trying to tell myself won’t be too hard since it will just be from 0-6 months until we move to a new house.

With all this new stuff, I realized some parts of the house and our current set-up just isn’t going to work.. our sofa situation for example. As much as I love the blue velvet sofa (Home Reveal Here) it just is NOT comfortable at all and I miss our L-couch situation and how amazing they are. I should have listened to Ryan, but insisted on getting this beautiful (but terribly uncomfortable) velvet sofa. Don’t tell him I said that.

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So I’m starting now to rearrange places and utilize the space we do have a little bit better in the house. Let’s call it a little Spring Cleaning, shall we? I was introduced to a cool new website, called Reel. The basic idea of the website is that you can find what you are looking for - anything from designer items to crate and barrel wine glasses - and start a “reel” where you pay a certain amount of money each day to save up for the item, aka you never have to charge a purchase to a credit card and go into debt. I love this idea because I’ve always been taught to not buy what you can’t afford and these days, credit cards make it very easy to do just that. With Reel, you can find the item you are looking to purchase, choose how many days and how much you want to pay each day to work towards owning the item. This is also a great opportunity to add in a little motivation for all those long days working.

Your “reels” may look something like this:

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Honestly this idea was brilliant to help people stay out of debt and work towards something they are wanting. More FAQ about Reel can be found here.

As far as finding a new couch.. who knew it would be so hard?? Our room is kind of an awkward size, so finding a good sectional is not easy. Then add in the color scheme, dog-friendly and baby-friendly capabilities, and trying to spend less than it costs for a car. At least we have a little bit of time to try and find the perfect fit until baby comes I suppose. I can just picture it now all snuggled up in the corner of the sectional holding him while he naps :)


Thank you to Reel for sponsoring this post.

Old Wives’ Tales on Predicting your Baby’s Gender

& How Correct Ours Were


Before we found out the gender of our baby, we were looking up all the tales and signs out there to make a prediction or give us any information, I was SO impatient and wanted to know asap. Those of you mamas who wait until birth…. amazing control! I don’t think I could ever!

From the very beginning, I thought our baby was a boy. I had this weird dream around 6 weeks, kind of like when you’re falling and you suddenly jerk awake, I was awoken by something screaming “BOY BOY BOY BOY” in my head haha writing it out it sounds super creepy. It definitely made me believe it was a boy from the very beginning, how could I not right?! We also had tons of little clues from life that all gave us “boy” results lol for example: pulling a wishbone apart boy vs. girl for each side, asking Franklin to shake our hand.. boy or girl (btw he predicted the presidency, where we would end up on our next tour, and now the baby’s gender all correctly) and receiving blue roses with a flower company collaboration, when they offer tons of different colors.

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1. Sweet vs. Salty

Wives’ Tale: If you find yourself craving all things sweet, that’s a sign you’re having a girl. Cravings for salty or even protein-rich foods mean it might be a boy.

Baby Dishman: My cravings are definitely savory. Before getting pregnant, I would always have sweet breakfasts like chocolate protein oatmeal or peanut butter, banana, and honey toast. With this baby, all I want are bagels with cream cheese or avocado toast and eggs.

Verdict: BOY

2. Morning Sickness

Wives’ Tale: If you're suffering from excessive nausea and morning sickness, it’s said you could be having a girl.

Baby D: I never threw up once throughout the first trimester, aka when morning sickness is supposedly most prevalent. I did feel nauseous in the morning if I didn’t have breakfast right away and take my prenantal vitamin with orange juice, kind of like a hangover. Definitely thankful because I’ve heard horror stories of morning sickness.

Verdict: BOY

3. Pregnancy Glow

Wives’ Tale: If your complexion is bright and your hair is shiny, you could be having a boy. If you’re breaking out and skin is dry, it may just mean you’ve got a girl growing. It’s said that “little girls steal Mom’s beauty.”

Baby D: I don’t know about the whole “pregnancy glow” thing, but I never had major break outs. I started lathering my body (and belly) in lotion and oils from the very beginning in hopes of helping to decrease stretch marks.

Verdict: BOY?

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4. Partner’s Weight Gain

Wives’ Tale: if your partner is gaining weight alongside you, that could be a sign that you’re carrying a girl.

Baby D: Lol this one makes no sense to me. Does that mean your partner gets more lazy?? Ryan is definitely the opposite and is out and about doing something active everyday. He was on board with getting back on track after the holidays - minus the random cravings every now and then ;)

Verdict: BOY

5. Moody or Mellow

Wives’ Tale: If you’re feeling more moody than mellow, you might be having a girl. If you’re more chilled out, legend has it you should get ready for a boy.

Baby D: Hmmm this one was definitely on a day-to-day basis for me. I would be very calm one day with the mindset “whatever happen will happen” and freaking out and crying for NO reason the next day. I would say overall, not chill.

Verdict: mostly GIRL

6. Carrying High vs. Low

Wives’ Tale: Carrying high means you’re having a girl, while carrying low means it’s a boy.

Baby D: We found out the gender at 11 weeks, so I wasn’t showing at all. The evening bloat was definitely real and I got so excited and would push my belly out at night after dinner haha. Also, don’t really know where “low” or “high” would mean so ??

Verdict: Inconclusive

7. Baby’s Heart Rate

Wives’ Tale: During your ultrasound, pay attention to baby’s heart rate. If that little ticker is beating faster than 140 beats per minute, get ready for a girl. If it’s lower, this signals a boy.

Baby D: The first time we saw the baby and listen to the heart rate was around 8 weeks, and we were so amazed there was really something in there and the heart was really pumping we didn’t pay attention to the pace of the heart rate! It is an indescribable feeling watching another little heartbeat pumping inside your belly.

Verdict: Inconclusive

8. Chinese Gender Chart

Wives’ Tale: Match the age you were when you conceived and the month of baby’s conception to see what the Chinese calendar reveals. You can find a Chinese gender predictor here.

Baby D: Age 26 and November conception leaves us with predicting a girl!

Verdict: GIRL

9. Headaches

Wives’ Tale: Extreme headaches while pregnant are said to mean you are carrying a baby boy. No real headaches? Girl.

Baby D: I’ve hardly had any headaches my entire life (thank you lord) but after becoming pregnant, I had a few in the afternoons and they were no joke. Nothing serious and they went away in a few minutes, but man headaches are not fun.

Verdict: BOY

10. Ramzi Theory

Theory: Depending on where the placenta is growing in your uterus (from 6-8 weeks), it will tell you if it’s a boy or girl. If your placenta is on the right side of your uterus, it’s a boy. Left side, girl. More information explaining the theory can be found here.

Baby D: This is superrrrr confusing to me so Ryan spearheaded this research and concluded my placenta was on the right of my uterus, therefore a boy.

Verdict: BOY


Wives’ Tale final Count:

Boy: 6 | Girl: 2 | Inconclusive: 2

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We are so blessed to welcome our healthy Baby BOY in July!!

Keep in mind this is all fun and games, but you have a 50/50 chance on being correct haha!

xx