• Happy Prime Day!! I’m so excited to be shopping all the deals today, how about you?? #ad Lucky for us, my fave @kindsnacks are on sale! You can stock up just in time for the craziness of back to school. This Caramel Almond and Sea Salt bar is sweet and salty with just 5g of sugar! It’s keeping me going while I shop all day. 😉 #kindcollective #bekindtoyourself #primeday #amazonprimeday
  • Blaire cleaned her room and made her bed today. I think it’s so cute when she makes her bed and carefully arranges her animals! She usually cleans her room once a week, Sunday is the perfect day to start fresh. The majority of her toys are in there, she gets them all set up how she wants and I just feel bad making her put them away! Do your kids pick up their toys every night?
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  • Well we don’t have a Nordstrom near us, but we do have an Aldi. Most of their summer items are on clearance and we scored this sweet pool for $7. Winner, winner. 🦄☀️ #blaireandben
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  • messy house, no makeup, and a kid who doesn’t want to wake up from his late car nap... meaning bedtime will be difficult. But what’s so different about that?! 🤪☹️ When your kids come out of your bed for the 1937 time tonight, just know you’re not alone. •
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  • If you need me I’ll be here taking a nap. JK. I’ll be in the car, curled up with my maternity pillow eating milk duds... hopefully taking a nap at some point. And I already changed into a comfy tee and some shorts that won’t button for the 6 hour drive. 🤣🤣🤣 How’s your Monday going?
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  • this. kid. He just melts me with how freaking adorable he is. Then he will go and say something like “Mama I want my binky NOWWWW” and then I remember he’s just as crazy as he is cute. 😍😝 #benjaminp
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  • Happy Fourth! It’s finally under 90° so we are out and waiting for fireworks to start! 🙌🏻 Hope you had a great day with your family. ❤️🇺🇸💥
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  • I’m 26 weeks now and this is how my every day goes.
me: 
stranger: when are you due?
me: October 8.
stranger: 😳😳😳😳
I can’t believe it’s only another 14 weeks to go! Ben was born just past 38 weeks, so it could only be another 12. 😬😬😬🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #photobyblaire •
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  • Blaire walked in on me doing the dishes and asked if she could take over. After, she proclaimed she was really good at it so it should be her new “chore”. They’re all yours, kid. 🧽 Do your kids do chores? Do they get an allowance? #blairep
  • This kid! He loves the water just like his sister and they’d spend all day and night at the pool if we let them. I can’t wait for the long weekend! What are your plans for the 4th? 💥 #benjaminp
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  • #ad You guys know we bought our forever home in March, after nearly a year of looking. Finding the right home is stressful! We lucked out and found one in an AMAZING neighborhood! While we love our house and love the location, there are a few things that need to be updated. Like the windows… and while they don’t NEED to be replaced immediately, we know they need to be replaced in the near future and it’s going to be a big job.
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April 23, 2019

pregnancy update: 16 weeks

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13 week ultrasoundGosh, this pregnancy is just flying by so quickly. I am already 16 weeks and haven’t written a single post about it here. So, let’s start from the top with some of the questions I’ve gotten so far, then I’ll get into my “typical” pregnancy update bullets.

When did you find out you were pregnant?
Monday, January 28 and I was exactly 4 weeks pregnant.

And how did you find out?
We spent the previous weekend away in Galena. I drank two glasses of wine Friday night. Then had another glass Saturday night and immediately felt TERRIBLE. Monday morning my Clearblue App popped up saying I should’ve started my period a few days ago and asked if I wanted to log it. I figured my cycle would be off for a bit considering it was literally the first cycle after my miscarriage in December, but I figured I may as well take a test since I had a box of them. Seeing that positive pregnancy test was definitely a shock and I honestly didn’t believe it.

I called my doctor immediately and they sent me to have my HCG and my Progesterone tested – my HCG was higher than it had been at any point during my December pregnancy.  I was retested two days later and then again one week from the day I had my positive test. My numbers increased as they should have and I had an ultrasound 10 days after my positive pregnancy test. Since my December pregnancy was a “Pregnancy of Unknown Location” they believed it was ectopic, but not developing as it should have, resulting in my very low HCG numbers. I was able to have the first ultrasound at 5w 3d because my HCG was high enough that there would be SOMETHING to see. They wanted to confirm it was in my uterus and not ectopic or a blighted ovum. I went back for my second ultrasound two weeks later and we could see our little 7w 3d baby (still with a tail, lol) and a beautiful, perfect heartbeat. 

What did your OBGYN say about conceiving so quickly after your miscarriage?: 
Holy moly, I got this question from a lot of people. Throughout my pregnancy in December, my OBGYNs thought it was probably not viable due to the low HCG. But obviously miracles happen and sometimes they can come around. They immediately though it could be ectopic, although most ectopic get higher and then lower, then rise, then fall. Mine were always rising, barely, but rising. So I held out hope. After 4 weeks and two ultrasounds showing nothing in my ovaries, Fallopian tubes or uterus, I was diagnosed with a pregnancy of unknown location. I was given one week to miscarry on my own before I would be given a dose of Methotrexate to start the miscarriage. I ended up miscarrying on my own over the course of two weeks. So, I was told (by my OBGYN) if I had have a dose of Methotrexate (the shot used to end an ectopic pregnancy) I would have had to wait at least six months to conceive again. Since everything happened naturally and “without complication” I was told it would be safe to try to conceive again right away.

When are you due?: October 8, 2019!

Are going to find out baby’s gender?: YES. We considered not finding out, but ultimately I just REALLY love to know ahead of time. Although knowing this is our last baby has made it bitter sweet for me. Having one of each, I would just love one more of each! So finding out what we’re having definitely makes it more real to me that this is the last time we will ever have the excitement of it.

How far along: 16 weeks

Total weight gain: None yet. Not sure how that’s possible with the size of my belly.

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: These past few days I’ve just now felt movements here and there that I’m SURE are the baby. By this time with Ben I had already felt flutters for a week or so.

Mood: Overwhelmed. Honestly moving and being exhausted and not feeling well has been really hard. I know I have a short temper with the kids and I NEED to fix it. We are hosting Easter here next week so if I tackle one room per day (unpacking and cleaning) then I’m hoping I can get back into a routine. It’ll help get my anxiety under control and hopefully some patience too.

Food cravings: Frozen Strawberry Lemonade and sour candy! For some reason anything sour seems to help with my nausea.

Gender: We did the Sneak Peek Home Test kit and found out it’s a boy! 

Sleep: If my kids were sleeping better, then I think I’d sleep like a rock. Ben had croup and was waking a lot at night and Blaire still crawls in our bed most nights. Now that we have spent our first month in the house, they are slowly becoming more comfortable in their new rooms. So fingers crossed everyone will be sleeping in their own rooms all night soon.

Highlight of the Week: Finding out baby’s gender… seeing him moving all around on the ultrasound. 

Miss Anything: Fitting in my clothes. Being pregnant in a different season means I am in some dire need of new maternity clothes.

Symptoms: Fatigue. I had my usual morning sickness (not getting sick, just feeling nauseous) almost days until around 12 weeks. Now it’s just here and there, although more intense when I do have it.

Looking forward to: Hopefully kicking the fatigue to the curb for this second trimester. Mama has a house to get in order!

Blaire & Ben with Ultrasound

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    • Last night was our first night in the new house. 👏🏻 We still have lots of stuff to bring from the old house and then lots of cleaning over there before the final walk through and closing next Monday. Then we can focus on getting this house unpacked and organized. But first, I would like a nap. 😴 #blaireandben
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