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I pulled the ol’ second-baby-gets-forgotten this week, and didn’t remember to write down any details from the week. We did take photos at least, so here we go!

Mama:

  • Spoiler alert: still puking. Ughhh.
  • Even with still being sick, this was definitely the turning point week (or at least the start of a slow turn).
  • I had a midwife appointment, and got to hear the sweetest sound of baby’s heart … 150 bpm – Alba’s was always higher than that, so now I’m thinking mayyyybeee baby is a boy?? Only time will tell.
  • Last time, with Alba.

Baby:

  • Baby Natural’s skeleton has been cartilage up until this point, but now it’s hardening into bone.
  • Baby is putting on some body fat, which will make up about 2/3 of their body weight when they are born. S/he’s developing sweat glands too.
  • Baby is becoming more proportional – its body is catching up to its head.
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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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