Pregnancy: Round Two And Still Loving It

5:39 AM Mary Conley 0 Comments

I love being pregnant and I know I am very lucky. It makes me so sad when I hear mothers talk about how awful they feel only because being pregnant is a blessing and it’s a shame to not be able to enjoy it. Each pregnancy is different and my first and second are different in their own ways but, fortunately, I have felt great both times! No nausea, no morning sickness and just the occasional back pain towards the end but how can you not expect that with all this extra weight. 
I almost forgot that at the beginning of both pregnancies my skin always breaks out. The change in hormones does not do a mama good and my shoulders, chest and back turn into a mess. Luckily, it isn’t my face but the breakouts do make me cautious to wear cold shoulder tops or anything that exposes the excessive amount of pimples. This time around I developed a skin rash, dermatographism, that kept me up at night and it took a while to diagnose it. The problem with skin rashes or any situation during pregnancy is you are limited to what medications you can take. After be prescribed anything from the dermatologist and allergist I double checked with my doctor and the pharmacist that it was safe. When the dermatographism flares up I can take a Xyzal at night and a Claritin in the morning but I try not to take them because I feel guilty. The later in my pregnancy the better I feel about taking medicine but in the first trimester I am extra strict on what I put in and on my body. 
Things I Worry About
I’ve actually enjoyed this pregnancy more than my first because I am more relaxed (partially because I don’t have time to worry with my energetic toddler running around). I was so nervous during my first pregnancy that it wasn’t going to workout or something would be wrong with the baby. This time around I have learned to just enjoy what I’m going through since the rest is out of my control. I also haven’t been able to pay as much attention because I am giving so much attention to Myles. That actually makes me feel a little guilty. I know it’s only going to be worse when the new baby gets here but I am prepared for the mom guilt! 

I worry about Myles more than anything. Right now he is our whole world and he is still a baby and needs a lot of attention and help with life. I hate that he is going to feel jealous and sad, maybe even angry, when the new baby gets here. I actually felt this way about our dog when we had Myles and feel bad for him too. Poor Rio has been struggling with the change and the baby isn’t even here yet! 

Occasionally, I worry about how to even manage two kids alone. I know I’ll have help at the beginning, I have an amazing husband who is a wonderful father and family near by who can help too! I try not to actually think about how to care for two kids on no sleep because it’s a little scary and stressful. I’ll figure it out as it comes, don’t we all?!
Things To Figure Out
A lot of people have asked about a nursery. I haven’t really put one together. Myles will be going through enough changes and sleeps great in his room at night (naps are another story) and I don’t want to disrupt that. The new baby will be in our room for the first couple months and I feel like we will be back in Memphis when it’s time for him to be in his own room. I did buy a second crib in Memphis because he will be older by than and I’m not ready for Myles to be out of his crib. He’s too adventurous and we have a good thing going on now! When we are back in Ohio next summer Myles will definitely be in a toddler bed and the new baby will have his crib.

Another reason I haven’t actually set up a nursery is because I think they will share a room. I loved sharing a room with my siblings. I know they are young but if they don’t keep each other up I think it will be great for them to share. With that said,  I have a changing pad on my current dresser that I have filled with clothes, diapers and wipes and that is the “nursery”. 
Some Facts
- No stretch marks with either pregnancy... so lucky! Thanks to Palmer’s Cocoa Butter
- I gained 38 pounds with Myles and so far 32 pounds with this baby (3 weeks to go!). 
- I breastfed Myles for 14 months and hope to have a good experience with this baby (fingers crossed).
- I craved macaroni and cheese during the first trimester. 
- I’m self conscious of my belly button that popped out much sooner this pregnancy. 
- My workout routines remained the same with a few adjustments towards the end. I actually ran the St. Jude half marathon at 4 months pregnant! 
- Myles came on his due date so I’m assuming this baby will too!
- I had to have an emergency C-section with Myles and I’m hoping to have a VBAC this time around.
- I want to have a third child or to keep having children till I have that complete feeling :) I love being a mom and having a family with my husband. It is so rewarding. 
The Breakdown:

This outfit screams spring with all of the pastels. I am loving lavender lately and have purchased a blazer, sneakers, and occasionally due my eye makeup in this color. During Memphis Fashion Week I wore this dress with the blazer and had a whole lot of lavender going on but it was fantastic. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any solo pictures in that outfit. Back to this look, I added this ruffled denim jacket for a more casual and playful vibe. The dress cannot be worn without at jacket this far in my pregnancy. There are just too many bumps popping out all over! I wore these nude open toe shoes to switch up my look from the white mules I’ve been wearing daily. My shoes come in black and in a closed toe version that I have my eye on!

Click here to read about about my pregnancy with Myles. 

jacket | Rebecca Taylor ‘Denim Peplum Jacket’ (more sizes here)
dress | Ena Costa ‘Rib Tank Dress’ 
shoes | Steve Madden ‘Ferris Knit Peep Toe Booties’ (in black
bag | Burberry Spring 2014 Bag (similar)
earrings | (similar
necklace | Express (similar



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