Bianca Lively


36 Weeks |Num.2|

Wow there, look at that belly!

Hi. This poor baby, I feel terrible that I haven't documented the last 6 weeks of this pregnancy. Life got ahold of me like a ton of bricks, and I just completely stopped documenting my pregnancy bi-weekly. But, enough is enough! And since I only have a few weeks to go, (3 to be exact) I figured I'd start getting back into my blog, and keep track of the very last few weeks. Sophia has been amazing lately, she already is showing me how amazing of a big sister she will be to this sibling. She hugs on my belly all day long, kisses it, and says "wake up baby" just to feel the baby move. It melts me. And I can't wait to see how she will be when she actually sees and meets our new little family member.

Pregnancy Update:

How far along: 36 weeks! WHAT?! How and why did it fly by this time?!
Gender: Still unknown. It's so crazy to think that I have no idea what we're having. I feel no different than I did with Sophia, so maybe its another girl? Or maybe I just have super easy (hormonal) pregnancies haha
Weight gain: I've gained a total of 23 pounds so far. Still in the recommended weight gain zone. And I haven't worked out! So terrible, but I can not wait to get back into a workout routine.. We shall see how this works with two kids. Haha
Maternity clothes: Yes, just the pants. I got myself two maternity jeans. One pair from when I was pregnant with Sophia, and I got myself these black ones which are amazingly comfortable. I love them. Oh wait, I also got myself a pair of maternity shorts. But still rocking the leggings and tank tops with lose overlays. Kind of like the photo above with Sophia. 
Stretch marks: Not yet, but I do kind of see a little something coming in. And i'm like pouring body butter on that thing like no other haha. I've been terrible about moisturizing my belly. I need to do it twice a day from now on. 
Sleep: I've been waking up a lot in the middle of the night. Having to use the restroom and adjusting myself to the other side takes me some time. Even just getting out of bed is a mission. "Rolling out of bed" is taken to a whole other level now. 
Best moment this month: Sophia got her big girl bed! And we both absolutely love it! She surprisingly sleeps in it all night. Its awesome. I know she's super comfortable.
Worst moment this month: Other than other things going on in my life right now, I'd have to say there hasn't been any worst moments this month. I feel truly blessed right now in life having God as my foundation to look on the bright side of everything. Like every, single, thing. Love it!
Movement: Oh my, yes! This baby moves like so crazy and so much! Constantly, stretching, kicking, and rolling. It amazes me how much it moves. Sophia was a super chill baby in my belly. So everyone's saying this is a boy.. But again, we shall see!
Cravings: Not craving much.. Pretty satisfied with my food intake haha
Queasy or sick: I have been feeling a little sick lately. Not sure if it's stress related, but I definitely feel as if i'm going to throw up every day. 
Labor signs: I did go into the hospital in February. I was having contractions so they went to monitor me and they were 5 minutes apart. I freaked a little so they kept me there till they spread out. So far, i've been having them more, but not as intense and as much.
Belly button in/out: My belly button is basically flat. It's a little more out than in though. 
Wedding rings on/off: My wedding rings are on. But I do notice some days when I'm putting on lotion it's hard to take them off. So, who knows if they'll fit come 2-3 weeks from now. 
Mood: My mood has been peaceful. I feel happy and content. I have my sad emotional break downs as if someone in my life has passed away, but then I pray and pray and completely feel 100% again. God is my savior! And why I didn't rely on him years ago, kills me. But I'm focusing on today and only today. :)
Looking forward to: I'm looking forward finding out what the gender is. No one knows anything!! It's an exciting feeling and I can't wait. I can't wait to experience that moment alone with C too.. It was amazing having that intimate time with him when we had Sophia. And this time will be even more intense since we have no clue as to what the sex is. I can't wait to meet my new baby. And also to see Sophia's reaction.. It's going to be the cutest!!


Healthy Pregnancy

When I was pregnant with Sophia, I had the most active healthy pregnancy the whole entire time. I gained weight at a healthy steady pace, made sure to drink enough water throughout the day, and constantly worked out and ate all healthy foods. This time around, in the beginning I was extremely tired the first about 6 weeks. And definitely didn't take care of myself as much till about halfway through my pregnancy- week 18 to be exact, but who's counting. I wasn't eating terrible, but I wasn't eating the healthiest either. And I definitely wasn't working out. But I guess you can say that chasing after a toddler was my workout for a while.
Once I hit 18 weeks, I decided to make a change. I wanted that healthy active pregnancy again. So I got my garage set up into a gym, got a treadmill and elliptical, and organized all my weights. Since this time I had no time to physically make it to the gym everyday because I have no one to watch Sophia, I had to make my own gym at home. Which I love. Here I've written a few things that I do, to help me stay healthy and active during my pregnancy. Hope this helps some of you!

1. Get at least 20-30 minutes in of a workout. The only time I have to workout, is during Sophia's nap. Since I have breakfast so early before anyone wakes up, I normally have a snack when Sophia has breakfast. She plays a little, then takes a nap. That's then my que to get a quick workout in. I automatically wake up in the mornings and put my workout clothes on so that I have no excuse later on. I start with about 15-20 minutes of cardio always keeping my heart rate around 140, and then work on my lower body, upper or core. Yes, I still workout my core. And no, I don't mean sit ups and crunches, I mean planks, and stretches. Just to keep my core strong and tight. 

2. Outdoor hiking. I try to get out now as much as I can with Sophia. Even if it means going for hikes or walks around the park. But I made a deal with myself that I'd at least go on a hike every other week or every week if I have the time. So hiking has been amazing. Pushing a stroller up a slightly steep mountain with a two year old and a backpack on carrying water, snacks and jackets in case it's cold makes the hiking much harder and better. I've been looking up kid-friends hikes and have found a lot of awesome ones in LA. 

3. Drinking one gallon of water a day. Trying to drink at least a whole gallon a day has been hard, I have to pee every 20 minutes as is, so drinking tons of water makes me pee even more. But water has its benefits and helps with elasticity of the skin which can help with stretch marks, and helps with staying hydrated, especially if you workout. You'll need the extra water. 

4. Eating 5-6 small meals a day. Making sure you get the proper nutrition everyday is so important. You want to have at least 5-6 small meals a day. Especially while the bump grows, you typically start to get less and less room in the belly to eat 3 normal sized meals.. Makes you so full, and in pain.. So eating small meals helps. You're constantly eating, and never starving.

What do you do to help you stay active during pregnancy? I'm always looking for different options!

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