pregnant with a toddler- the struggle is real

I know pregnancy makes you tired, especially in the last month, but I was not prepared for how tired I’d feel this time around. My daughter had issues with me as her nutrition host and was a tiny, pre-term 3 lb. baby who just made me sick all the way up to delivery. But I could take a nap on demand (when I wasn’t nauseous), and plan her arrival calmly.

This time is so different. While in hindsight I appreciate the fact that my daughter kept me just distracted enough to not have the luxury of feeling sick all day (the DayQuil commercials come to mind when the mom goes into her kids room and asks to take a sick day), as time has gone by and my belly gets bigger, it’s harder for me to keep up with her. I’m tired all day, not sleeping, and chasing a toddler with the energy of a hopping Energizer bunny.

I wasn’t prepared to be this exhausted 24/7 with a toddler running around and an unborn son who thankfully is on target and using my body and thriving. All this while trying to wrap my head around all the things that need to get done to get a house ready to accommodate two little ones with completely different needs.

I struggle with trying to fit in so many things that I want to do with my daughter as we come to a close as a twosome, with the reality that my body just can’t do it. While zoo trips and beach days sound awesome, I’m slowly caving into the fact that movie afternoons are where it needs to be at. Queue up Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

So while I’d love to hear any thoughts out there from other moms who have have dealt with this exact situation, I know that I’m not alone and that I’ll be fine. My mom did this exact thing and my sisters and I came out just fine (or so she keeps telling us). Still- any advice on how to survive this last month of pregnancy with an active toddler would be much appreciated!

friday’s fab five {8.22.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What are you up to this weekend? I’m hanging out with family before heading out to an Indian wedding next week (so pumped). As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how important family (especially parents) are, and hanging with them is pretty great.

Here’s this week’s fab five:

1. Fitbit with Tory Burch $195

image via Tory Burch website

The designers are getting in on the wearables people! This bracelet is super pretty and smart at the same time. That’s how I like my jewelry.

2. Recipe of the week: Summer “Licuado”

image via Food52

A licuado is Spanish for shake, and this one is as cool and refreshing as those hot summer days almost beg for. This one looks especially delicious.

3. Pop-Up Sunflower Notecards $20

image via MoMa Store

How cute are these cards? I love this pop of sunshine when you want to make someone feel better or send them a “Just Because” card. Love.

4. How to Cut Fruit (via PureWow)

I love fruit like watermelon, pomegranate and mango, but it’s such a mess to cut and I know I’m doing every single thing wrong. I like how easy these videos make it look. Do you know how to cut up a grapefruit, mango, pomegranate and pineapple?

5. Song Pick: Enrique Iglesias “Bailando”

So this one is more for my sister, who loves her some Enrique, but this song is totally on my replay list.

That’s it for me, have a great weekend everyone!