Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 7 Weeks


You may have noticed that I skipped my weekly bumpdate last week. This was done intentionally. During my first appointment last week the doctor moved my due date back five days. To stay on track with the new due date, I decided to skip a week of posting and catch back up today.
How far along: 7 weeks, 4 days

Due Date: March 10, 2018 <--- My due date was moved back five days during my appointment last week.

Baby is the size of: a raspberry - over half an inch long and growing by about 100 cells a minute!

Gender: I have a strong feeling this is a little boy growing inside of me.

Name: We have a couple of girl names narrowed down, but since I'm feeling like there is a boy in there those names won't do us much good. Boy names are impossible!!

Symptoms: Exhaustion and some nausea. I didn't feel nauseated at all with Charlie Beth, so this is new. I also had perhaps the weirdest pregnancy symptom ever last week. Two nights in a row I broke out in hives. I've never broken out in hives in my life. The first night it happened as I was leaving the lake. I actually thought they were bug bites. I decided to soak in an oatmeal bath when I got home, but the itching only got worse. As I realize the bumps were spreading from my stomach down my legs and arms, I realized it was hives. I ended up having to take a Benadryl because they got so bad. The next morning the hives were completely gone. That night, however, just as we were finishing up dinner they returned in the same way they had the night before. I never found a cause so I just chalked it up to the weirdest pregnancy ailment ever.

Weight Gain: No gain or loss this week.

Movement: Waiting (im)patiently to feel those sweet little baby kicks

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing particular

Missing anything: Wine. ;) We were at a wedding this past weekend and I missed joining in on the cocktails

Sleep: I'm always tired. I'm in bed before 9:00 most every night and sleeping soundly until morning.

Mood: Happy overall with a few mood swings mixed in here and there

Maternity Clothes: Maybe.... ;)

Nursery: I found a theme I like if this is a baby boy, but I'm sure I'll change my mind a thousand times before we get started on anything.

Best moment this week: Seeing our little nugget on ultrasound and hearing that sweet heartbeat. Love at first sight!

Looking forward to: A quiet and restful weekend. Our summer has been jam packed every week, so we are excited for a free weekend of NO plans!

Husband is: also thinking this baby is a baby boy. We'll see in a couple of months!

7 weeks with Charlie Beth on the left and 7 weeks with baby Sparks #2 on the right.

Three Houses in Three Years


The summer before Steven and I got married we purchased our first home. It was an adorable starter house right in the middle of the city. It was everything that two young, newlyweds needed. We were a five minute drive from downtown and had access to all the new bars and restaurants right at our fingertips. We loved it!
The minute we brought our daughter home from the hospital, however, we outgrew our precious little starter home. We were stepping over baby gear in every room, and we knew that we needed more space. In Spring of 2016 we put our first home together on the market and a few months later we moved fifteen minutes up the street to a quiet suburban neighborhood that was perfect for raising a family. We loved our new house! The neighborhood was filled with vibrant young couples and there were never less than a dozen kids playing outside at any given moment. We had found our community and a place that we were so excited about raising a family. In fact, the elementary school was just a block from our house. I envisioned walking Charlie Beth to and from school there one day.

However, plans change.
In January of this year my husband was offered an amazing promotion within the company that he has dedicated himself to for seven years. He works so hard for our family, and all of his work had really paid off. The opportunity was something that we couldn't pass up. The only catch? He would have to transfer to a different location. Thankfully for us, the location was only about an hour and a half south of Birmingham. Both of our families live in Birmingham, and we couldn't imagine moving Charlie Beth away from her Grandparents. We decided to split the difference and move about 45 minutes South of the Birmingham city limits. We were still close to our families and I would still be able to keep my job. Steven's commute would be longer, but it was a sacrifice we were willing to make.
So six months after moving into a house that we imagined raising our family in, we put a for sale sign in the yard. God had his hands wrapped around us for this one. In only one day we had two offers on our house and had already found another home that we loved about 45 minutes south. We packed up the baby, the dogs, and the house and once again moved our family to a new house.
That leads us here. Our third house in three years. Although I miss our old neighborhood, I truly adore our new house. It has everything that Steven and I both wanted and needed. It has room for Charlie Beth to run and play, and it has room to expand and raise our family. We are exactly where we are supposed to be, and for that we couldn't be happier.

Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 6 Weeks


How far along: 6 weeks

Due Date: March 5, 2018

Baby is the size of: A blueberry - about 0.25 inches long

Gender: My first thought when I found out I was pregnant was that it's a boy, but now I have no idea. Besides a little nausea very early on, this pregnancy seems to be very similar to my first. It's still early though so that could change.

Name: No idea. Steven wants to wait until we find out the sex before we play the name game because we can't agree on anything for a boy or a girl. I have my top runners, so we'll see if I can convince Steven to go with any of them

Symptoms: The first trimester exhaustion is in full swing. Last go around I could give into that exhaustion with naps, early bedtimes, and sleeping in. This time, however, I'm at the mercy of a wild toddler. 
Weight Gain: No gain or loss this week which keeps me down 6 lbs so far thanks to a stomach bug and some early onset nausea. 

Movement: I know they say things happen faster with each pregnancy, so I'm hoping maybe I'll feel this little one move quicker than I felt his/her sister move, which wasn't until around 15 weeks.

Cravings/Aversions: Neither for the time being. 

Missing anything: Wine. ;)

Sleep: I'm always tired, but I'm sleeping really well. I'm hitting the pillow not long after I put Charlie Beth down to bed for the night and sleeping soundly until her morning wake up call each morning. I am thinking about unpacking the bumpnest pillow and getting it washed and ready for use soon.

Mood: I won't lie, I've been a bit irritable lately. Some days it feels like PMS on steroids.

Maternity Clothes: Well I couldn't button two different pair of pants this morning, so... I started showing pretty early with Charlie Beth, but I thought I had a few more weeks to go before putting away my skinny jeans for this pregnancy.

Nursery: Nothing to note here. I don't have a clue what direction I want to go for the nursery design yet. 

Best moment this week: Making the "official" announcement on social media and the blog. Did you catch the post?
Looking forward to: The first appointment and ultrasound on Monday!

Husband is: Ready to see our little babe on ultrasound.
6 weeks with Charlie Beth on the left and 6 weeks with baby Sparks #2 on the right.

Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 4 & 5 Weeks


I'm so excited to begin weekly "bumpdates" again and document this pregnancy the same way I did with Charlie Beth. You've probably caught on by now, but it's one of the reasons that I relaunched the blog. I've been reading back on some of my previous bumpdates, and it's amazing what I had already forgotten about. 

We found out that I was pregnant super early. I'm in the middle of writing a post now documenting our journey to baby #2 and plan to post it (hopefully) later this week. I had a few strange symptoms that prompted me to test, and I was shocked to see two pink lines appear! At the time, I wasn't quite 4 weeks along yet (3 weeks, 5 days to be exact). I started documenting my pregnancy almost immediately. I'm sharing weeks 4 and 5 below and will share week 6 (the week I'm currently on) tomorrow. I didn't start taking bump pictures until 6 weeks, so the first picture of the bump, well technically the bloat, will come tomorrow. 

4 Weeks
How far along: 4 weeks

Due Date: March 5, 2018

Baby is the size of:
 A poppyseed - less than 0.05 inches long and weighing less than 0.004 ounces 

Gender: We are definitely planning to find out and should know around the middle of September.

Name: Last go around we already had a boy name and a girl name set in stone before finding out I was pregnant. This time is a little different. We have a few names we are tossing around, but nothing for certain on either sex.

Symptoms: Nothing really. Some mild cramping, but otherwise I don't feel pregnant quite yet.

Weight Gain: I actually came down with the dreaded stomach bug a few days before finding out I was pregnant. I lost three pounds during that sickness, so I guess we could say I've gained -3 so far. ;)

Movement: Ekk!! I can't wait to feel sweet little baby kicks in my belly again.

Cravings/Aversions: Neither for now. I have felt a little queasy the past few days, which I hardly felt at all with Charlie Beth. Food in general just doesn't sound too appetizing.

Missing anything: Wine. ;)

Sleep: I've had a sick toddler on my hands all weekend, so we haven't been getting much sleep. My poor girl was awake several times last night battling a high fever. We ended up watching Trolls (her favorite) at 2am this morning.

Mood: Happy as can be!

Maternity Clothes: I have all my old maternity clothes stored away in a closet upstairs, but of course I am going to be pregnant in the complete opposite season this time around, so those clothes won't do me a whole lot of good.

Nursery: When we bought our new house in February we already knew what room we would use for a second nursery. That room is currently painted lime green and housing some of Charlie Beth's old baby gear. We will clear it out and get a much needed fresh new paint of coat on the walls once we find out if we are having a baby boy or another sweet girl.

Best moment this week: Finding out that I have another sweet baby growing in my belly! I'm still in shock honestly. I don't think it has set in that we are about to be blessed with another child. My heart is full!

Looking forward to: Announcing our pregnancy! We told both sets of Grandparents, several members of our family, and a few close friends about the news on Saturday. We haven't decided when we will make the "official announcement" yet, but it will probably be sooner rather than later.

Husband is: Still in shock I think. Baby #2 happened a lot quicker than baby #1, so neither of us have quite wrapped our head around it yet. We're going to be parents to TWO kiddos!

5 Weeks

How far along: 5 weeks

Due Date: March 5, 2018

Baby is the size of: A Black Peppercorn  and is 0.13 inches long

Gender: We are opting to do an early gender scan again and will probably find out the sex in early to mid September.

Name: We have several girl names on the list of possibilities, but boy names are proving to be impossible! Steven has shot down nearly all of my suggestions.

Symptoms: Cramping, which had me a little worried over the weekend. I think it was just due to too much activity chasing a toddler around the lake all weekend and not drinking enough water.

Weight Gain: Still down three pounds after that stomach bug and down an additional two more due to lack of appetite last week.

Movement: I can't wait to start feeling baby kicks again!

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really. I haven't had much of an appetite lately.

Missing anything: Wine ;)

Sleep: Charlie Beth was sick all last week with a terrible virus and high fever. Steven was out of town for work, so I wasn't sleeping much at all while I was up every hour checking on her. I'm still trying to catch up on my sleep.

Mood: Over the moon happy to be adding another little baby to our family. I will admit, I'm a bit more grouchy an emotional this go around. I'm just going to blame it on last week's lack of sleep.

Maternity Clothes: I've ordered a couple of pair of maternity leggings that we on major sale. You can never have enough of those.

Nursery: Right now it's pretty much just a junk room, but we will dive into painting and prepping once we find out the sex of the baby.

Best moment this week: Picking up Steven from the airport Friday night. We missed him!

Looking forward to: The first ultrasound! My appointment is still a couple of weeks away, but I can't wait to see that little nugget dancing around on the screen.

Husband is: Excited, but I don't think the shock has worn off yet.