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I feel like I’m on the verge of feeling like myself again, but week 16 still had plenty of gags and pukes. There’s a silver lining in there somewhere. In an effort to be more positive, I absolutely can’t believe I’m 4 months pregnant … and there are only 5-6 months left in this journey! I’ve been looking forward to feeling better, so I can really lean in to the idea of this baby arriving this summer.

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Mama:

  • Aside from feeling like crap most of the time, I, physically (like hips, back, heartburn, etc.), feel really good. I’m a bit surprised that my body still feels so good, considering my activity level has been somewhere between a rock and a sloth for the last 3 months.
  • Last time, I was starting to feel good – I AM SO HOPEFUL!!!!
  • I’m finally feeling up for cleaning and helping around the house a bit. Last week, I cooked for myself!! This is huge.
  • We have some awesomeness (yes, real word) coming up soon: my mom is visiting in just a couple of weeks, then my sister will be here!! We have some travel and camping planned, and I’m just so ready to jump into Spring (feeling like myself).
  • Alba is continuing to embrace this journey. There have been many questions (like, if my head will get big too, or just my belly), and she loves giving love to the baby.
  • Having a second baby is pretty interesting. Not only does it go super-fast, but sometimes I forget I’m pregnant. Then, when it comes to the prep list for the baby, we don’t really need anything this time around. I’m thinking maybe I will invest in some meditation or self-care “classes” … something to channel that energy into.
  • I see my midwives on Thursday. I’m excited to hear the baby’s heartbeat!!
  • I’m still in the limbo of thinking that maybe I’m feeling the baby move, but I’m still so unsure.

Baby:

I’m feeling lazy, so I’ll be grabbing these updates from the Mama Natural week-by-week guide!

  • Baby is developing many beautiful details this week, like creases on their palms, knuckles, and actual fingerprints.
  • The umbilical cord is totally mature now, with one vein that carries oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the baby, and two arteries that carry deoxygenated, nutrient-depleted blood away.
  • Baby’s heart is hard at work, pumping upwards of 25 quarts of blood each day, which is amazing and will only increase as the weeks go by. 

Then & Now:

16 weeks with Alba:

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16 weeks with Baby Dos:

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It’s been just over a month since we announced that we were expecting our 2nd baby (no clever nickname yet) … I can’t believe it’s only been a month! In true “the universe is punishing me” form, this pregnancy has been rough. Like, who would ever allow a mama to have a harder 2nd pregnancy? Chasing after Alba while dealing with constant fatigue and nausea has been hard. While I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow and carry this baby inside of me, I am SO ready for this part to be over – bring me the true 2nd trimester, where everything is candy and rainbows. In an effort to not neglect this child’s memories from the beginning, we are attempting to keep up on weekly photos, just like we did last time. For one, I want to compare photos and symptoms, but two, I think this little human might like to read all about their life before joining us on the outside.

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Mama:

  • According to this week last time, I was done gagging. Not the case this time around. I’m still gagging about everything, and puking is happening every 2-3 days.
  • Most food is the devil. Major food aversions (like, I’m going to end this sentence sooner than later, because I can’t even think about it). I can’t wait to eat a salad again!
  • Aside from the nausea, things are feeling good. I don’t have aches or heartburn yet (yet), so I’m really trying to embrace the last weeks before those symptoms are likely to arrive.
  • Alba has been pretty damn amazing lately. We had a lot of developmental leaps right before she turned 3 – which happened to be when we found out we were pregnant. There were a lot of “we’ve made a huge mistake” moments, but things are really, really lovely right now.
  • I definitely have a bump. I’m almost exclusively wearing maternity leggings + long tops. I much prefer being in this stage in February (vs. July last time). I haven’t had to purchase much, and I’m in pure comfort clothing.
  • So far, we’ve had two ultrasounds. I hope to share the images from the 1st trimester scan, but the money shot (of baby’s beautiful profile) is on Instagram. We have our anatomy scan in early March, and I can’t wait to see baby again.
  • I don’t have any intuition if baby is a girl or boy. I can’t remember when I assumed Alba was a girl … I feel like I just knew the whole time.
  • I’m still in the stage of wondering if every twinge is the baby moving. I’m not quite sure, but I think I’ve felt a few small movements.

Baby:

  • Baby is growing a lot right now. S/he is now about 4 inches from head to butt, and the size of a large apple.
  • S/he’s busy moving amniotic fluid through the nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in their lungs begin to develop.
  • Their legs are growing longer than their arms now, and they can move all of their joints and limbs.

Then & Now:

15 weeks with Alba:

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15 weeks with Baby Dos:

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Happy New Year!! After not posting much here in 2016 (which was actually one of our busiest years of travel/life – I’d love to share some of our trips!!), I couldn’t let this post go unwritten. After all, we’ve shared our New Year’s Day Gorge adventures every year since moving to Portland.

Past adventures: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

In years past, the Gorge has been SUPER windy … this year, we got a windless day. While the wind is pretty fun, Alba could actually enjoy the day without the fear of being blown away. It was a cold day, but so beautiful.

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As always, it’s such a joy to show Alba little pieces of her world. I love watching her soak in the world – it’s the best gift we could ask for.

Next year, we are so excited to take this trip with BOTH of our kids. Oh yeah, we are having another baby!!! Baby Stadick 2.0 will be joining us late summer. We’re over-the-moon (but I’ve gotta tell you, I’m pretty over the 1st trimester … it’s been rough). So, here’s to making 2017 quite a year. More soon!

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Back in January, I shared an update about our little bird – all of the wonderful growth she was experiencing at 2 years old. I hadn’t realized until now that it was the last time I’ve visited this space. This used to be a place I loved sharing our life, our adventures. Something about last winter put me in a weird emotional spot. Now that I’m on the other side, I realize it was likely seasonal depression (thanks, dark Portland winter). Coming through that wave of anxiety and depression felt like a reemergence of myself, almost a new self. Sailing into summer with a 2.5 year old, life feels different. This season of my life is less of a transition (though, with a toddler, everything is always changing so quickly). Our schedule is more predictable, we are generally sleeping better, and we’re eager to get out and show the world to our daughter.

I regret that I’ve all but forgotten this space. The blog itself doesn’t mean much, but the posts and photographs within the pages mean a lot to my heart. This blog followed our life from Indiana to Oregon. We shared so many adventures from the first few years we’ve lived here. It documented my pregnancy with Alba. I got to share the super-humbling journey of becoming a parent. But then, it all became too much. Balancing life and work was a chore – it took everything I had, and even then, I wasn’t great at finding any sort of happy medium. I was overworked, not sleeping, and dealing with too much on my plate. Something had to give … so I stopped posting.

When the sun started shining again, it was like magic. I once again committed myself to documenting our life. Even though I had no plans of sharing it on the blog (it was a thought in my head, but realistically, I knew I wouldn’t want that pressure), I’ve been taking tons of photos. Since January, we’ve done some pretty fun things. We’ve gone yurt camping, tent camping, visited the coast, visited the gorge, taken our first trip to the San Juan islands, and explored more of our beautiful region with our daughter in tow. I’ve documented her face when seeing a sea lion for the first time. I setup the sprinkler, and photographed her playing in the golden liquid light in the evening. We’ve had family photographs taken (so treasured). I have images of our friends … everyday images that mean so much. I’ve been intentional about recording these special moments, but also ensuring I have more time away from the camera. Sometimes it’s just about living in the moment, and allowing it to live in your memory.

Of course, 2.5 isn’t always smooth sailing. We still struggle with sleep sometimes. Our child is very much the definition of a spirited or strong-willed child. We’re exhausted each day, and we’re constantly teaching ourselves how to be better parents for Alba. I’m still working very hard, but I’m happy to report that I have found more of a balance that makes me feel fulfilled. As we find more time to sink into this season of life, I hope I have more to share here … I’d love to share new spots we’ve found for exploring – after all, I know it can be challenging to find resources for family friendly adventures.

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January-20

Remember when I used to document Alba’s life? She will surely appreciate reading about her first year of life. Thankfully, I’ve been great at keeping up with our photo albums. I need to focus more on documenting the little moments that make our life so unique to us … the fun, the crazy, the hilarious.

  • Alba turned two in early January … while my head is spinning (how do we have a TWO year old), I also have moments where I feel like she’s been with me forever. Maybe she has?
  • While she’s still learning new physical skills, most of her growth these days is related to speech. Girlfriend has no problem communicating. I’d say she says over 200 (300?) words … She talks in sentences, and we can usually understand what she’s saying. There are rare times when she just repeats a sound over and over, and we just have to say we’re sorry we can’t understand. I am not kidding when I say this … she talks non-stop. Literally, the only time she isn’t talking is if she’s sleeping, or she’s chewing food.
  • My favorite part of her speech right now is how she says some words. Dinosaurs = die-fears … scary = curry … bandaid = ban ban. When she wants us to open something up, she says, “Open it out!”. Last night, she said, “I want to hang up with Angie!”. We’ll work on those two.
  • With this language development, she can tell us how she’s feeling. A lot of things are scary right now. The giant bear mascot at the grocery store (I can actually see why he’s scary) is “wealwy curry”.
  • Songs! Oh, the songs. Alba loves to sing. She’s really into singing, “Happy birthday, dear ‘gina” – an ode to her lady parts! Her other favorites are rockabye baby, the itsy bitsy spider, and twinkle twinkle little star. She goes to see Red Yarn (a Portland folk musician) a few times a month, and she loves dancing around at home when we have Pandora playing.
  • When it comes to food, she’s basically eating everything … as long as it’s vegan! We still haven’t introduced spicy foods to her (she literally says lettuce is spicy), but otherwise, she enjoys flavors. Her favorite foods are oatmeal, avocado, bananas, rice (wice) + beans, chips + quac, cashew cream, and chick’n strips. She’s starting to eat lettuce & spinach which is a relief (hellloooo, vegans have to eat greens!). She loves her green smoothies, and won’t ever turn down a cupcake. It’s about balance, right?
  • She’s getting her two-year molars right now. FML.
  • Her favorite activities are: coloring with markers, painting, putting stickers on paper, playing with her babies, playing with her train track, her toy kitchen, blocks, and puzzles. She likes open-ended play, and we’ve noticed her imagination is exploding. She loves bringing us “food”, and telling us it’s hot … she then brings us “water” to help with the heat.
  • It’s been fun watching Alba figure out how to communicate & interact with the world around her. Things like catching her when she thinks I’m not watching. I love watching her right before she runs to tackle Jim, or when she tells me she’s going to knock me over. Sometimes she gets a look of “is this okay?” when doing something for the first time. It’s this really beautiful transition of her being super impulsive, and her learning to control herself.
  • On that note: she’s still very much a toddler. I’ve taken a lot of time researching “respectful parenting” with the hopes of being a gentle, kind mom. I know that Alba is a whole person – she’s just very small. This girl is a test of every ounce of patience I possess, but I hope that my intentional parenting will pay off. She is very kind & sweet, but I think if I had to describe her in 1 word, it would be: tornado. She’s feisty and strong-willed. She knows what she wants when she wants it. She’s not afraid of testing limits, and absolutely loves to be involved with everything I’m doing. We’re learning to give into the resistance. Jim built her a toddler tower for the kitchen, and now we let her help us prep food. If I let her “help me” with the vacuum, she doesn’t just cry. If we give her the chance to do something on her own, or have us help her, she’ll always choose to do it herself — and we’re learning to be totally okay with her making messes or slowing us down.
  • Potty training (learning) has been going really well. She’s been wearing underwear since about 18 months. We still have to remind her every hour or so, but she’s starting to tell us she needs to go. We average a few accidents a week, and I hope to get her fully trained (nights included) within the next 6 months.
  • School is going really well. She’s currently attending a small Montessori/RIE school near our home. Her teachers are amazing, and I appreciate that they are constantly evolving the space to meet the needs of the kiddos. It started with 1/2 infants, and 1/2 toddlers, but now that the kiddos are growing, it’s transitioned to toddlers & preschoolers. It means more activities & exploration. I love that she gets a ton of outside time, and interaction with other kids. The downside: we did have a raging case of hand, foot, and mouth over the holidays. Fun times.
  • With all of these things that are going really well, of course there are challenges too! She’s not the most gentle with the pets. It’s hard, because I react quickly if she steps on the dog, and she’s getting exactly what she was looking for (a reaction). Along with communicating well, I know that she understands nearly everything I tell her … this means I find it frustrating when she flat-out ignores me. She doesn’t really care if I’m not paying attention to her, but if I am trying to do something that means my attention is on something else (like talk to Chase’s fraud department about a stolen credit card), she runs to the first thing she can destroy (like my knitting project, a cup full of water, or anything that makes a loud noise). I understand the way out of this phase is growth … it’ll change as she gets older, and until then, I just remember that I’m doing the best I can, and I have to adapt to her as much as I expect her to adapt to me. What else? She still uses a pacifier at night, which isn’t the biggest deal, but we’re excited for it to go soon. In general, toddlers are the kings of “I love this!”, and then, “I hate this!” the next day. So, that’s fun!
  • You know that whole, “No TV before two” thing? Well, it didn’t matter if I wanted her to like TV, she just wasn’t into it. At all. Like, when I was sick, and had no help? Nope, she wouldn’t watch it. In the last month or so, she’s been into watching a few episodes of Daniel Tiger each week, and a friend just introduced us to Puffin Rock. We don’t really have time for TV during the week, but on weekends, I don’t mind if she wants to watch 20 minutes of D to the T (that’s what the cool kids are calling it) before her nap. It gives me a chance to do something for myself! Whattttt??
  • Lastly, one of my favorite things about two is that she is totally just becoming herself. She thinks farts are funny, she loves giving high fives, and she is passionate about giving us kisses on both cheeks. Sometimes she walks up and says, “I love you so much!” and gives me a huge hug. Other times, when I ask her for a hug, she says, “I want DADDY!!”. She likes certain things, and dislikes others. She’s expressive, dramatic, and hilarious. I think we’ll keep her.

So, that’s what life is like at two. It’s exhausting, but it’s really, really fun. And, for everyone who keeps asking: there will not be another baby anytime soon. We’re really enjoying Alba right now!

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