An Odin Update

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a complete update on Odin, who is now 2 years, 3 months old. So here’s what he’s been up to:

Odin’s beloved Patriots won the Superbowl and Odin was very excited about this. It’s amazing how quickly he recognizes the Patriots. There was a sports memorabilia stand set up in Costco in Ottawa, where there was a signed photo of Gronk spiking the football and Odin started cheering and pointing when he saw the picture. Needless to say, the photo is now in our home, and was an early birthday present to Ryan.

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Mom went away for her first business trip alone, and when I got back, Odin and I had a much needed ice cream date together. It’s nice to have someone around who shares my love of ice cream, except when he tries to eat out of my bowl instead of his.

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Odin announced that he is going to be a big brother in July. He waves hi and bye to my belly and gets up close to it and shouts ‘hi’ when he wants to ‘talk to the baby’. It’s adorable.

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We moved to a new house (this was the house as it was being built, right now it’s covered in snow). Odin loves his new house because it’s a few doors down from a huge park and when he first came in, he saw his lime green walls from the old house had followed him to the new house. We painted the interior of our home the exact same as our old house – both houses were custom builds, and we weren’t planning on moving when the first house was built, so we had only lived there for 2.5 years. I’m so glad we made the house seem as familiar to Odin as possible, as it has made the adjustment much easier.

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Odin loves puzzles and books, especially books that make sounds. He also loves to draw, but mostly with markers, and on himself. He is still Lego obsessed and loves music. His current jam is ‘Uptown Funk’. He is a dancing machine when he hears that song. Odin has gotten extremely chatty and is getting away from his shy phase. Every store we visit he says ‘hi’ and ‘bye’ to the cashier, hands over my Starbucks cards thinking he can pay for groceries with it, and loves riding in the shopping cart. As with the Movie ‘Planes’, Odin can’t get enough of Thomas and Friends and Planes: Fire and Rescue. I’ve lost count, but in the past week alone we’ve averaged roughly 5 viewings of that movie each day (he watches intently for a bit, then plays, but don’t think you can change the tv even if he isn’t paying attention, he has a sixth sense). Odin is getting really chatty and it’s not just gibberish anymore. He comes up with the funniest sayings. He is also very good at using his manners – saying ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’, which is also sometimes ‘I welcome’ instead of thank you.

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Odin is super helpful and loves to ‘be a big boy’ – his words. He loves to vacuum, help bake cookies, put laundry in the wash, ‘fold’ laundry, and loves the broom. He feeds Reese at breakfast and supper and I love the look on his face when he does these things, he is so proud of himself.

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Week 18

I felt like the first trimester was NEVER going to end. I had weekly doctors appointments and blood work, I was extremely sick and keeping the pregnancy a secret over the holidays isn’t an easy task. But we managed, and here we are, two weeks away from being halfway there!

How far along are you: 18 weeks.

Cravings: Billy Miner pie from The Keg. When I get a craving, it’s always very specific.

Weight gain: 7-8lbs, differs based on the day and time.

Maternity clothes: I still can’t believe I’m typing ‘no’ right now. The bump is finally starting to make an appearance though:

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Movement: Not much. The occasional flip or flop, but that’s all. It was the same way with Odin. I rarely ever felt movement or Braxton Hicks, even though both of those things were happening.

Gender: Waiting until delivery to find out.

Best moment this week: Finally getting into a routine. With the move and starting a new job, the last month has been pretty hectic. We also FINALLY got our fridge delivered – it was a very long debacle and I’m so glad it’s over. We also got to visit with Ryan’s grandmother and some of his uncles, and my family got together for dinner at our new home on Sunday. It was nice to have everyone together, and of course, Odin loved showing off his new big boy room.

Running: This week my blood pressure (which is pretty low to begin with) dropped even more, and I’ve developed anemia again with this pregnancy (it’s amazing how the second trimester is a mirror image of my pregnancy with Odin), which had me feeling a bit sluggish for a couple of days. I still managed to run 5 of 7 days for a total of 57km. At this point in my pregnancy with Odin, I think I had dropped down to 5km per run and was maybe running 4 times a week. However, back then it was a really hot summer and I didn’t have a treadmill like I do now. It’s been absolutely freezing here, so my weekly mileage would likely be a big fat zero if it weren’t for my treadmill (too icy and slippery – too afraid of falling).

Week 17

I’m going to do my best to commit to weekly, more likely bi-weekly, pregnancy updates. I did a terrible job documenting my pregnancy with Odin, and haven’t done a great job so far this time around either :/

We finally broke the news around week 13 that I was pregnant:

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How far along are you: 17 weeks with baby #2!!!

Cravings: Chicken Pad Thai…All. The. Time. Apples. Grapes. Really cold fruit in general.

Weight gain: 6-ish pounds. I was really sick for a lot of weeks, and my appetite is finally getting back to normal.

Maternity clothes: Not yet – still able to wear my jeans and regular clothes (I still can’t believe this!).

Movement: None that really sticks out. The occasional flutter, but with Odin, the location of my placenta made it difficult to feel movement, so the same thing could be happening this time too.

Gender: We are waiting until delivery just like we did with Odin. If I had to guess, I’d say boy again, but I really have no clue.

Best moment this week: I’m going to say still being able to run and still being pregnant. It was such a rocky road to get here, and I’m so thankful for it everyday. I am also happy that IPS tests came back clear and I am off of weekly doctors and blood work appointments (I was closely monitored for 13 weeks based on my miscarriage history).

Running: I’m going to add this in each week since running is still an option for me 🙂 I had a lot of great runs, but one on Friday that just didn’t feel right so I stopped. Also, fellow Oiselle Flock Member Emily Hess over at Pages of Miles posted an Instagram photo of a shirt she had gotten that was a pair of running shoes made to look like a set of lungs. IT was super cool and I needed to know the meaning behind it. In a nutshell, it’s in support of the Let’s Rock CF campaign to raise funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Research. You bet I ordered one immediately!

Worst moment: I think I’m going to leave this out in the future. I find it hard to come up with something for this – and I don’t really like thinking about these types of things.

We are finally getting settled into our new home, and I’m adjusting to my new job where I am fortunate to be able to work from home now. These two things make life so much easier now and we’re so blessed with the opportunities 2015 has given us – and it’s only February!

I wish I had done a better job at documenting running through pregnancy #1 to compare to pregnancy #2. I feel a lot better running through this pregnancy, and last time I stopped running around the 6 month mark. I think the fact that it’s winter and I have a treadmill in my house have made this easier, as when I was pregnant with Odin, I was pregnant throughout the summer months. It would just be nice to compare the two experiences since running is a huge part of who I am.

Third Time is a Charm?!

To say we’ve had a lot going on lately would be an understatement. One thing that seems to be a common trend though is that the third time seems to be a charm. We listed our house three separate times and on the third time it sold. Also, I suffered two miscarriages in 2014, only to find out the day before Odin’s second birthday that I was pregnant – the third time in 2014. The difference? I am still pregnant.

Seeing a + on the pregnancy test evoked a lot of emotions – I was too scared to get excited, because I had miscarried twice between 5.5 and 6 weeks pregnant. Once week 5 day 4 rolled around, I found myself holding my breath. This would be a trend for almost everyday until I hit 8 weeks pregnant. Except for the time I started bleeding at 6 weeks pregnant, the bleeding stopped after a few hours and I rushed to the hospital to learn (to my surprise) I didn’t miscarry – I was still pregnant! Now, shy of 17 weeks, I find myself still holding my breathe, but beginning to breathe a bit easier each day.

As soon as I got a positive test, I went straight to my doctor. He had told me after miscarriage #2 that he wanted to do some blood work the day I got a positive test. So I did. Then, it was weekly blood work, appointments and the occasional ultrasound. It was very different than when I was pregnant with Odin. With Odin, I got pregnant on our first attempt and had a super smooth pregnancy and delivery. I felt reassured with the additional doctor’s appointments, but it was so hard to not get too far ahead of myself – which honestly, is kind of sad, but that was my headspace. I knew all to well what could happen, and my bubble had already been burst a few times within the year.

Now, my perspective has become brighter and I worry less about what could happen and simply enjoy being pregnant and getting through each milestone. I’m so, so excited for Odin to become a big brother!

From this point out, I’ll be sharing weekly pregnancy updates and am also willing to answer questions anyone has. Dealing with conception can be frustrating, but no one needs to go through it on their own 🙂