Baby #2: 14 Weeks

Second trimester, we have arrived!

The bummer is that I've been sick most of the week with a sore throat, stuffed up head, headache + tired combo that just continues to linger over the days.

This week I made homemade the easiest no-cook playdough ever for E and it actually turned out really well! E played with it for about 20 minutes straight and wanted to play with it again at lunch. He drove his tractor all over his playdough and then wanted to thoroughly wash it with the dish scrubber afterwards (he wanted to wash tractors like daddy!).

A toy tractor and homemade playdough brought nearly a solid hour of toddler entertainment!

Playdough farming! 

With this pregnancy, I have been very sensitive to smells and have been getting headaches a lot (being sick probably didn't help either). After contemplating for quite a while, Leo and I finally decided to try essential oils. They came in the mail this week and the oils have helped so much for my headaches!

Peppermint in the diffuser was the most helpful for helping my cold and PanAway has been my favorite for topical use.

I was skeptical about using essential oils but now I'm thankful we got them! The house smells good and my headaches are relieved without taking any medication.

Pregnancy Week 14: Baby #2

Cravings: I needed really really wanted General Tso's chicken this week. On Friday, we went on a Panda Buffet date with my brother, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, Leo and little man. They had so many different kinds of chicken - General Tso's, pineapple, sesame. I definitely want to go back more often!

So good.

Aversions: Whatever is for lunch or supper. Breakfast is always fine by me, but anything besides Chinese food for the other meals really turned my stomach. (I don't remember being this fickle with Baby #1!!!)

Eating: Nothing new here. I'm hungry and smaller meals plus snacking throughout the day is what works.

I'm Feeling: Exhausted. Being sick has left me feeling really worn down all week. Guess this is my body's way of saying "take it easy"!

Sleep: I'm ready to pass out by 9:00 pm most nights and wake up for a bathroom trip at least once a night. I remember the whole bathroom-trip-thing starting a lot later with my first pregnancy.

Physical Changes: Not much besides my growing belly and my not-so-great skin. My skin makes me feel like I'm a teenager again! Thank you, hormones.

Weight: Up 5 lbs. from pre-pregnancy weight.

My Prayer for Baby: "Lord, thank You for bringing us into the second trimester and for the miracle of growing this Baby. I pray that our children will display the fruit of the Spirit in their lives and that Leo and I will be role models of this fruit. Thank You for all of the developments Baby and E are going through this week and for the time we have together as a family. Continue to be with our Baby as he or she is developing and with E as he is continuing to develop in toddler-hood. Thank You, God, for the gift of these children and for the honor of being a mother! Amen."
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. GALATIANS 5:22-23
Last Week's Workouts:
Monday: Upper body strength training with dumbbells and a 5-minute lower body circuit.
Tuesday: 3.1 miles on the treadmill, 9:40/mile average.
Wednesday: Sick but managed to fit in some upper-body strength training. Right ankle is sore :s
Thursday: 3 miles on the treadmill, 10:00/mile average. Feeling pretty rough still.
Friday: Intermediate pregnancy strength training x 3
Saturday: 4 miles outside with Leo and the dog at 10:06/mile. Icy and cool, but nice to be out!
Total Mileage: 10.1 miles

Thanksgiving Flashback: E was so excited to get hockey skates from Grandma and Grandpa for early Christmas! Now we just need to get out on the ice when it's above 20°F...

What is your favorite Chinese dish?
Have you used essential oils before?

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  1. I'm super impressed by how much you're able to work out. I had every intention to keep on running during pregnancy, and then the first trimester ickies hit and I was done. By the time I felt better, I was too huge to comfortably run. Keep up the great work!

    1. The first trimester is the hardest for me, personally! It's so hard to find motivation when tired and nauseous... I hope you're feeling better now! My energy is starting to return slightly now. Thank you for stopping by, Julia!

  2. I like all kinds of Chinese food but we haven't had any for a long time since we have an amazing Thai resturaunt in town. Love essential oils. We use lavender on the diapers in a rinse cycle after they have been washed. Makes them smell so good. And used melrose and another one can't remember in coconut oil to make an excema cream for Zane. Although I haven't had good results with peppermint for headaches. Don't have a diffuser, I wonder if that is different than applying it to my neck. Glad it works for you though!

    1. I will have to try using lavender in the rinse cycle on E's diapers! Thanks for the idea, Emily :) Thai food sounds good, too, as long as it isn't too spicy! I really like the peppermint in the diffuser and I'm finding that "PanAway" is the most effective oil I have for applying topically to get rid of headaches. I'm pretty new to all these oils! I've never tried Melrose but that's good it could help Mr. Zane out!

  3. I'm just honored to know you let alone have Chinese with you!! So grateful that I've gotten the chance to see you so much lately! Definitely interested in oils I'm excited for your opinion/advice on them!

    Love you & your prayers for the little one in your belly :)

    1. We really need to go on another Panda Buffet date!!! That place is my new favorite :) Thinking of you and praying for you and Marky!

  4. Chinese food is the best:). If I had to pick a type of food to crave, that would be it! I love cashew chicken, sweet sour anything, and wontons!!
    I have never tried essential oils, but they seem to be the rage now a days.

    1. Oh, cashew chicken is SOOO good. Chinese food really is the best! I think it helps that I don't have it often - I'm not the best Chinese food chef and we have to drive an hour to the nearest restaurant. That makes it all the more amazing :)

      The oils have been really great for me, so far! No more headaches for me and the house smells nice. Thanks for stopping by, Bekki!


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