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A Pregnancy Journal: Six Months

Although I look pretty serene in the photo above (thanks, Adam!), I’m at the point in pregnancy that I so conveniently forgot about — no more room. It seems absolutely impossible that I still have three months to go. I’m flabbergasted daily at the thought of where else this little boy can possibly expand to — from the way my body feels, it seems impossible that I can get any bigger (and yet, looking back at photos from my pregnancy with Finn, I KNOW it’s possible!).

I truly enjoy every time I feel this little guy having a dance party in my belly

Most of the time, I start the day with energy and positivity but by dinnertime I’m cranky and uncomfortable. Thank goodness for my husband’s help with Finn — there are some nights where I’m not sure I could make it without getting into a warm bath as soon as dinner is over. The thought of single moms going through a pregnancy solo absolutely floors me — how do you all do it? I can’t imagine having sole responsibility over a toddler while going through a second pregnancy. I try to keep in mind that pregnancy is actually the easy part of having children and I truly enjoy every time I feel this little guy having a dance party in my belly — it is the most awe-inspiring feeling I have ever had. I imagine what those little feet and hands and fingers and toes will look like in just three short months…and I take a deep breath. And then another one.

I’m trying to keep my slowly growing body from becoming as stagnant as it wants to — walking as much as possible, playing with my toddler, making it to prenatal yoga once a week, even though everyday I really just want to sit in a pool like a lump. When I travel, pregnancy workout DVDs are my saving grace and right now I’m currently rotating between three:

Bar Method: Pregnancy Workout (really good for a serious muscle tightening workout — I always feel leaner the next day. And the instructor is pregnant with twins so you have no excuse not to step it up!)
Expecting More with Sara Haley (you break a really good sweat and I would find this energy-boosting workout tough even if I weren’t pregnant)
Knocked Up Fitness with Erica Ziel (comes with an exercise band to help with the lengthening and stretching exercises that feel absolutely great on my sore body)

I’m also really savoring the one-on-one time I have left with my little guy. He starts preschool in two weeks so I’m soaking up our solo time together (and feeling like a softie therefore probably giving him one too many graham crackers). Anytime he asks for something, he claims he ‘needs’ it (ie I need a blueberry muffin, I need to go outside now, I need to go up on mama) which is adorable in the morning and irritating by day’s end. I try really really really hard to keep my cool, because c’mon, how cute is his little face??

We still need a name for this baby…

He’s full of so much love and enthusiasm and I am getting so excited to see him become a big brother.

We still have yet to come up with a name for this second little boy — do you have any suggestions?

Clothing [A Pea in the Pod] Jewelry [JewelMint] Finn’s clothes [Gap] [Paul and Paula]

Photography via Adam Hendershott Hair & Makeup via Emily Sims

Autumn Reeser's Pregnancy Journal

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Autumn Reeser

Autumn is an actress + artist living in Los Angeles with her toddler sons, Finn + Dash. She is constantly inspired by today’s modern woman.

Move LifeStyle is an e-zine for the modern working woman created by Autumn Reeser, Jenn Wong and Ashley Fauset.

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