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Yesterday, we had a little family get together with some of my closest friends that I’ve known since high school. 

We’ve been a close knit group of friends since high school and even through the many years after, when most people lose touch with each other, we all kind of made it a point to stick together.  For the most part, we were all pretty much a part of each other’s weddings.  We celebrated the births of our children.  We celebrate birthdays.

It didn’t dawn on me until recently that I have known these ladies for at least 20 years!

20 years!

One of the ladies, I’ve known since middle school.  Another one of the ladies, I’ve known since my dance days. 

So that means OVER 20 years!

That’s a long time!

It’s amazing to know that no matter how much life pulls at us in different directions, we can still get together and hang out like nothing has changed.

I’m so glad we get to have these moments.  I’m kind of wishing I took some pictures…

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When M was younger, I used to be able to play with her hair all the time.  I have tons of photos of her in pigtails and bows.  I loved it.

Then, she learned that she could take out the rubber bands in her hair..

I would fix her hair so super cute, like this:

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And within minutes, she’d be doing this:

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(Ignore the Hubby photobomb)

So this is the story from last night…

I had an itch to play with her hair, so took the rubber band that was holding my hair together and put M’s hair in a half pony tail.

As usual, within minutes, she pulled it out and handed the rubber band back to me.  In true “me” fashion, I took the rubber band and pulled her hair back up into a half pony tail.

In true “M” fashion, she pulled the rubber band out of her hair.  I asked her to return the rubber band back to me.  I think she had a feeling that I was going to pull her hair back again, so instead of handing it back to me, she walks down to the hallway, and throws the rubber band down the hall.

Ha!  She’s too smart for her own good.  Lucky for her, she has a persistent mother.

Laughing, I walk over to the hallway, grab the rubber band and tie her hair back again. 

Feeling a slight sense of defeat, she left it in.  Score one for me!

Hubby started getting her ready for bed.  They removed the rubber band and left it on the bathroom counter.

I took the rubber band again, but had no intentions of putting it back in M’s hair. 

However, when she saw me grab the rubber band, she told me, “No Mimi!  Put it away!”

Why does she hate getting her hair fixed?!  She’s so cute with her hair up!  One of these days, she’s going to let me play with her hair.  One of these days she’s going to learn…

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At 9 weeks, I’m so ready for this first trimester to be over.  I’m hoping that this is the peak of morning sickness.  I’m hoping that all the first trimester symptoms are going downhill from here.

Nausea.  Fatigue.   Mood swings.   Bloating, oh the bloating…

I know I shouldn’t complain because I really wanted this.  I think I just forgot how yucky the first trimester really feels. 

With M’s pregnancy, I remember the nausea.  I remember being constantly car sick, even when I would drive.  I don’t remember the fatigue.  I keep telling Hubby that I don’t remember being this tired and lazy, but he says I was.

I’m sure there are a lot of things I forgot from M’s pregnancy that I’m experiencing with this pregnancy.

I can’t wait until I’m out of the first trimester and all it’s yucky symptoms.  I’m so ready for the second trimester!  I really can’t come soon enough.

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When we got pregnant again, I immediately signed up for those Babycenter email alerts to keep me informed the baby on a weekly basis.

Each week, they would compare the size of the baby with something relatable, usually food.

Every week, I would tell M what size the baby in my tummy would be.  Every week, she decided that would be the name of the baby.

“Blueberry, lentil bean” is where the naming stopped.  She didn’t like “kidney bean” and she isn’t interested in “grape.”

If you ask her what the name of the baby is, she will tell you, “Blueberry, lentil bean.”

So now, every time we refer to the baby, that’s what we call him/her. 

I wonder if it will stick after the birth?

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This pregnancy has been pretty rough so far. 

The nausea has been pretty persistent. 

During my first OB-GYN visit, the midwife suggested I take Vitamin B6 to curb the nausea. 

Not wanting to swallow more pills, I looked for more natural methods to increase my Vitamin B6 intake.  In other words, “what can I eat?”

Bananas.

” Foods such as bananas, nuts, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, potatoes, lean meats, and fish are good sources of vitamin B6.” (Babycenter.com)

So, a banana a day!

If you know me, you know that I am NOT a banana person.  There is a small window in which I will eat a banana.  From the time it turned yellow, to right before it starts getting those brown spots.  That usually means that I only have about a two-three day window to enjoy bananas.  

But this time around, I have to endure the banana even when the brown spots start to happen.  I have to sacrifice my little fruit quirk because the bananas are working.

What remedies did you use to curb your nausea and morning sickness?  I’d love to hear your stories in the comments below! 

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If God permits,  this is M’s last summer as an only child.  It’s also the last summer where ‘going out’ is pretty easy.  We only have to pack a few things and we are out the door. 

So, we’ve decided that we need to make the most of it for M.

In January, when we made the decision to try to get pregnant again, we also made the decision to take M to all the places she’s been wanting to go, since it’s a lot easier to take her places now, AND she is old enough to enjoy it.  Because she’s 2 years old, she’s also free to a lot of the places she wants to go too.  That really helps out too!

In May, we went to Disneyland.

Yesterday, we went to Legoland. 

She has been wanting to go because of all the commercials that she’s been seeing for months now.  She especially wanted to go to the waterpark. 

Thank God, the weather was cooperating and we were able to enjoy a day at Legoland, the Sealife Aquarium, AND the waterpark. 

She had a blast!  Because she loves water, she especially LOVED the waterpark.  The wading pools are 2 feet deep and perfect for her to walk around freely and pretend to swim.  She and I stayed in the wading pools for most of the visit, while Hubby got to enjoy himself going down some of the waterslides.  We went down the kiddie waterslide several times and we let her float in the little kiddie lazy river.  Overall, she just loved being in the water.

She was the happiest little kid in the world yesterday! 

She was so happy to be there that it really made me cry to see her enjoy herself so much.  Ok, maybe it’s the hormones, but still…

I’m so glad we had the chance to do this for her.  She’s been asking to go to Sea World and the beach, so those places are definitely on our list. 

I’m so happy to be making these memories for her. 

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This is me at 8 weeks.  I took this picture last Tuesday.  At this point, I’m 9 weeks pregnant and probably looking the same, maybe a little bigger.

I.  Feel.  Huge.

When I look down at my belly, I definitely like I look bigger than what I actually am. 

I know I’ve read in the past that the second pregnancy usually pops out earlier than the first pregnancy.  They weren’t kidding.  By the time I was about 6 weeks pregnant, Hubby and I had to pull the bag of maternity pants out of storage so I can find the belly band I used to wear my regular jeans without having to zip and button them. 

By the time, I made the Facebook announcment last Sunday, I started wearing maternity pants. 

I cannot believe how fast this all seems to be happening.

I really hope this isn’t a sign that I will be HUGE by the time I give birth. 

Share your baby bumpin’ stories here in the comments below!

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