Baby Coop: First Trimester, Second Pregnancy

I had such trouble with titling this post! I blogged about my pregnancy with Adeline using the title “Mini-Cooper”. Although this baby is technically Mini-Coop 2.0, I’m just not as fond of using Mini-Cooper as the reference to this little one growing inside! I think I’ll just title this second pregnancy “series”: Baby Coop!

Due: February 27th

How far along? 12 Weeks

How old will Adeline be when Baby Coop is born? 2 years and 4 months old.

Here’s a photo of Baby Coop from our 9? week dating ultrasound:

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I’m quite glad that I had such great “records” of my pregnancy with Adeline. I think it will be fun to look back and see how I was feeling (as a first time mom-to-be) during the various weeks. I don’t want the blog to turn back into a baby-only zone, but, I do hope to put up a weekly recap post! I’m hoping that by getting into the rhythm of posting weekly that I’ll be encouraged to post more often. Posting begets posting? We’ll see…

Just as a quick refresher- our pregnancy with Adeline was… unexpected. As in, we weren’t “trying” to get pregnant, we were preventing (just obviously not well enough!) The news of that pregnancy brought a lot of uncertainty and fear to the surface. Of course, things have been fantastic, and God has absolutely provided for us beyond measure. And, Adeline is a pretty cool little gal! My pregnancy with Adeline was easy- just a bit of morning sickness in the beginning, a touch of hip pain around 20 weeks, and a LONG labor. I praise God for the chance to carry and deliver Adeline, and we are so thankful for the chance to do this again!

Getting my Cycle

We found out we were pregnant in mid June, I think I tested positive around 10 days post ovulation. I had been tracking my basal body temperature since January. I had super inconsistent charts that would possibly indicate ovulation, and then my temps would drop back down again 4-5 days after the spike. With a few solid months of charting under my belt, I decided to wean Adeline from breastfeeding in hopes of getting my cycle back.
 
We weaned when she was 19.5 months old, and 3 weeks later, I noticed a spike in my temperatures that possibly indicated ovulation. Well, if you know anything about how babies are made, we “timed” it right and found ourselves pregnant. I wasn’t expecting to see a positive on a pregnancy test (especially not at 10dpo), and I almost didn’t believe it since I had seen a handful of negative tests in the months leading up to this one! And, of course, I can’t find any pictures on my phone of the positive tests. P.S. if you’re “trying” for a baby, Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com has great, cheap pregnancy tests!
 
That means I haven’t had a period since December 2011, right before Adeline was conceived. I won’t lie, I’m pretty stoked to be period-free for 3.5 years (or longer, depending on how long this babe nurses!) 
 

How I told Daniel

I think I waited 2 days after the initial pregnancy test to tell Daniel, I wanted to make sure it was a real pregnancy and not a chemical pregnancy! It just so happened that our power went out ALL DAY on the second day that I tested, and we decided to grab dinner out that night. I scribbled “we’re pregnant!” on a napkin and slid it inside his menu before he arrived (he was coming straight from work). Sorry for the sloppy photo- I was just trying to get a picture before Daniel came in!
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Obviously, he wasn’t super surprised that we were pregnant since we had been trying, but we high-fived and tried to tell Adeline that she was going to be a big sister! She was more interested in the chips & salsa though :)
 

A Comparison

I’m absolutely not going to compare these pregnancies symptom-wise or anything! Just through pictures! I kind of hate to be “that woman”, but this pregnancy has been even easier than Adeline’s. I had a bit of nausea/food aversions during weeks 6, 7 and 8, but it really wasn’t too bad. I had more “morning sickness” with Adeline, but it was cured by eating every couple of hours. This time, I just felt pretty gross/disinterested in food around dinnertime. I didn’t lose weight in the first trimester this time (I think I was -5lbs with Adeline at 12 weeks).

I do think I’m showing earlier, and for space’s sake, I’ll just show you a 12-week comparison! First pregnancy on the left, second pregnancy on the right. You can scroll back and read through all of the old week-by-week pregnancy recaps on the Pregnancy Page.

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So, maybe this isn’t a great comparison shot… but I’m definitely thicker feeling all throughout my whole torso, and I already bought some maternity jeans from Old Navy. I feel bigger throughout my hips/low belly, and I only had 1 pair of maternity pants with Adeline. I carried her SO HIGH that all of my pants still fit until the very end. I think I did the rubber band trick during the last few weeks of her pregnancy, but I don’t mind one bit to have pants that feel GOOD!

Here are the other weeks that have passed:
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Symptoms (or lack thereof)

  • Salty foods=good. Prepared foods=good. Restaurants=good. Basically, if I didn’t have to cook, it tasted delicious.
  • I didn’t start feeling my chest changing until 10/11 weeks. Weird because this was one of the first symptoms with A!
  • Workouts- eh, here and there. We usually take at least 1 walk each day, and I’ve been wanting to MOOOOVE a lot more recently. I’m loving Fitnessblender for quick workouts that I can do at home. I’m also toting a 20+lb toddler about, so I totally count that as a workout.
  • I layed on the couch A LOT at nights. Actually, I started this “habit” well before I was pregnant. From the hours of 8-10, you’ll find me plopped on the couch. Don’t expect me to move.
  • Less of the ‘overwhelming tiredness’, which I wasn’t expecting, especially since I have a toddler running around. Super thankful for the energy though!

That’s about it! This post wouldn’t be complete without a pic of the soon-to-be big sister! So grown up looking with her ponytail (and keys!)

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I’m not sure how I’ll format these weekly (or, realistically, bi-weekly) updates. Anything you absolutely want to see?

Mini-Coooper #2

Most of you may have already seen the news via Facebook or Instagram, but we’re adding a 4th Cooper to our family!

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Our due date is February 27. You’d better believe that I googled “is 2015 a leap year?” as soon as the doctor gave us that date. No worries, no chance of a leap-year birthday for this little one!

We are so excited to share this news with everyone! I’ll be back later this week with a first trimester recap!

Snippets of Life

Crickets have been chirping on this blog, haven’t they? My sister, Catherine spent a week with us a couple weeks back, and since then, we’ve just been busy! Here’s a super random post of a look at the past month or so!

Daniel & I had a much needed date-day courtesy of my mom! She was in town from Florida and she willingly spent the whole afternoon worth Adeline so that we could get away. We trekked away to Miami Whitewater Forest where we hiked a few trails and spent some time in a kayak. We really wanted Sonic limeades after we had spent so much time outside, but the closest Sonic is in Northern Kentucky. Whomp whomp. So we Googled where the closest Coke Freestyle machine was, and we had some great sodas after we had spent a great afternoon outdoors. A huge bonus? This date was under $20!

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Except for the weird pepper trail ams slightly overcooked edges, aren’t these beautiful eggs? I picked up some eggs at the Madeira Farmers market last week and they were so yellow! I wish I could say they tasted super different, bit I couldn’t really notice. It felt good knowing that these eggs came from happier chickens! I’m still trying to perfect my sunny-side up eggs. A good nonstick-pan would probably help, right?

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This cutie has been letting me pull her hair back in a ponytail. I have to use 2 ponytails-one on top & one in the back, bit it’s still super cute!

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Just look at how crazy her hair can be without a ponytail!

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I’m still sad about Adeline being weaned, it has been 2-2.5 months since we weaned, but I still get really sad about that relationship being over. Is this normal? I’m not depressed or anything, just missing that (mostly) quiet bonding time with my kiddo. I think being busier at work also has something to do with it. We had some early wake-ups last week, and I still don’t know the cause, but we got in some great snuggles.

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I love my job (I’m working as a Pastoral Assistant/Communications Director at our church), but Adeline is just so FUN now! She has opinions, she can start to tell “stories”, she interacts with everything around her- and I’m finding myself longing to spend more time with her. Fortunately, I have a pretty flexible work schedule, so I’m trying to figure out what I can do to feel like I’ve got a bit more time with my kiddo.

I love Cincinnati. This is a picture from Bellevue Park. We picked up Thai Express (great, CHEAP Thai food!) when my sister, Catherine, was in town & brought it to this park for a picnic. Check out that view!

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And a photo to prove that Aunt Catherine indeed visited:

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We also got to visit Adeline’s great-grandma and great-grandpa (my dad’s parents). She had a blast touching all of the things that toddlers shouldn’t touch!

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Last bit of randomness-we dressed up like cows for national cow appreciation day & scored some free Chick-fil-A! Thanks to my sister major for sewing this cow apron back in high school!

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Well, that’s all the randomness I have for now. I’ll try not to keep you all hanging for months!

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