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December 10, 2017

Halfway There- 20 Week Bumpdate

Yesterday I celebrated the much anticipated milestone of being 20 weeks pregnant! I didn’t write much about my pregnancy with Riley since I was more worried than joyful. This pregnancy is flying before my eyes, so I thought I’d take some time to talk about about my halfway bumpdate and discuss a new path that we’re taking!


The Bump

The bump has made itself known MUCH earlier than my last pregnancy, so let’s just say I’ve been in maternity pants for longer than I care to share… We’ve been feeling baby’s strong kicks for a few weeks now, which is by far one of the most magical things about pregnancy. We also find out gender this week, which is practically keeping me up at night with excitement. Not that I need another reason to be up at night; that pregnancy insomnia is REAL. What do you guys think, another girl, or a baby boy? I have no idea and will be shocked either way!

The Mama

Tired, HUNGRY, and sore; I didn’t think all of these symptoms would be so amplified so soon in the second trimester. Hello second pregnancy! My cravings/aversions have settled down a little bit and have just been replaced by ravenous hunger. I’ll take that over morning sickness any day! I started doing some prenatal yoga recently and have been feeling seriously SO good afterwards. I’ll try to keep that up along with seeing a chiropractor this go-around. No hip pain for me, please. Also, with the rate of this bump growth, I’ve been dowsing myself in belly butter every hour of the day. I’ve made my own this time, so I’ll share the recipe soon! (It’s the most moisturizing thing EVER.)

Feelings & Our Birth Plan

Adam and I are just so excited to meet this little baby already. Although I’m incredibly grateful to be carrying this baby, I’m ready for week 40 to be here! (I’m not going to lie, Mama misses her wine and ab crunches too.) We also made a recent switch from a hospital birth plan, to a home birth plan. We found a midwife that clicked with us and will be pursuing and preparing the birth of our second baby at home. It’s something that’s been on my heart for awhile with this pregnancy based on our unfavorable experience in the hospital with Riley. It used to feel so out of my comfort zone, but now I’m fully embracing this choice and feel the door has officially shut on the hospital option.

Thank you to our friends and family that have been 100% supportive of us in our journey. Going forward, we would appreciate only prayers and words of encouragement, as this is a decision we are continuing with.


How did your subsequent pregnancies compare with your first? Do you have a positive home birth story?

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  • sandy

    Congratulations. What a team you two make! Because of my experience serving as a doula, I think you will LOVE your “home birth” decision. What a great time of excitement, preparation and anticipation.

    December 12, 2017 at 12:33 am Reply
  • Ardella Stake

    You are glowing, and are doing a wonderful job of keeping us the plan for you family.
    Adam and you are so blessed to have found each other, and are so on the same page.
    It is great that you are planning a home birth. Good for you. I think girl.
    Love, Great Grandma

    December 11, 2017 at 3:10 pm Reply
    • Tori

      Thank you so much! ❤
      Adam and I certainly are blessed to have each other; he’s an amazing husband & father! We’re excited to be going on this journey together. We will let you know the gender when we find out!

      December 11, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply
  • Rhonda Klave

    G’pa and G’ma support you and Adam 100% in your decision. You need to do what feels right for you and Baby Sweet Pickle. I’m thinking boy…….want name suggestions? ?????

    December 11, 2017 at 3:26 am Reply
    • Tori

      Thanks Gramma! We have a name picked out for a boy and a girl! Can’t wait to start using them!

      December 11, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply
  • Danae

    Yay home birth! I don’t have a hospital birth story to compare it to, but I definitely felt able to birth at my own pace at home. Baby boy needed a little help breathing at first and though I hemorrhaged afterward, my midwife was able to handle everything and we were both fine. So happy with our decision and will definitely continue to choose home birth for any future bebes. Also, loved having a birth pool, it was magical for pain relief!

    December 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm Reply
    • Tori

      I didn’t know that baby boy had trouble breathing. I bet that was slightly terrifying! I feel like if that were to happen in a hospital setting, which it definitely does, it would have been made a much bigger deal. (Kind of like with Ry girl). I think if a mother still chooses home birth again and again, it must be a good thing, right? You are so amazing! ♡

      December 11, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
      • Danae

        Oh yea, a little bit terrifying. But they just gave him a few puffs and he was totally fine. And yes I agree, all of the other home birth moms I’ve met have continued to choose home birth. So excited for your adventure!

        December 11, 2017 at 7:43 pm Reply

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