Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks

how far along: 22 weeks, 1 day

estimated due date: august 16, 2014

size of baby: baby "a" is the size of a spaghetti squash

some of little man's new wardrobe

sleep: i'm giving up on sleep. i've officially come to terms with the fact that for the next 18 weeks or so, i'll be uncomfortable and after that, i'll be up with a baby. byebye sleep, it was nice knowing you.

total weight gain: 8 lbs

symptoms: i've got some pretty intense hip and back pain and my feet are officially swelling after limited time on my feet. it's not so much fun, but husband has been a champ and has been rubbing my feet and running me warm baths to help with the hip and back pain.

movement: every once in a while, i think i feel the babe, but nothing consistent yet. at the last doctor's appointment, my ultrasound showed that my placenta is up front, and is most likely blocking any baby kicks that i would be feeling. hopefully the little guy get's stronger and starts kicking away! i can't wait till their more consistent.

maternity clothes: full on maternity clothes. loving them.

go to eats: fruit always sounds good. i also have a pretty intense sweet tooth that i'm trying to curb and my latest obsessions are thai food and burgers.

best moment of the week: we went baby shopping! little man is starting to get quite the wardrobe, and he's well on his way to being the best dressed in the family.

a cute little nautical onesie sent to little man by his "girlfriend" kaia

gender: bouncing baby BOY!

what i wish people knew: everything hurts. a lot. 

what i'm looking forward to: little man only wanted to show the ultra sound tech that he is in fact a little boy, so we're headed back for another ultra sound in about a week so they can finish the anatomy scan and get more photos. i can't wait to see him on the screen again!

milestones: little man is developing his senses including forming taste buds and his sense of touch. he also weighs almost one whole pound! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Second Trimester Favorites

hi! since i did a little recap of all the items that got me through my first trimester....i thought it would be fun to do the same for the second trimester.

i started my 6 month (woah! time is surprisingly flying by. i can't believe only a few weeks left and i'll be entering the third trimester) on saturday, and that got me thinking about what i've LOVED the past three months or so.

some are repeats from the first trimester, but sometimes oldies are the best.

1. the body shop shea butter. this first one i wrote about in my first trimester favorites, but it's definitely something i continue to use on an almost daily basis. while, unfortunately, i do have stretch marks already, and i'm sure they'll get worse, i also have extremely dry skin ever since becoming pregnant. something i've never had to really worry about before. i'm learning that shea butter keeps my skin well hydrated and leaves me less "itchy."

2. yogi's mother to be tea. this is also a repeat from the first trimester, but any little thing to get my body ready to push out this sweet boy is a-ok in my book and this stuff supposedly helps prepare the womb for i'll keep drinking this as long as i can.

3. the snoogle!again, a repeat from before, but my love-hate relationship has developed into a full-fledged love-love relationship. as i get bigger, this is my new best friend, unfortunately for my husband. it has taken up permanent residence in our bed, and i don't see why it ever has to leave.

4. a pea in the pod skinny maternity jeans. i didn't want to do fact, i couldn't fathom spending more than $100 on a pair of maternity jeans, because, well, they're maternity jeans. but these are so comfortable and looked so good on and just made me feel good about myself, which is so important when your body is changing, and really not your own, that i splurged. i bought the pair above as well as a pair in a lighter wash and i wear them almost every single day. so worth it.

5. a pea in the pod elbow length shirts.  again, pea in the pod for the win. i bought the above shirt as well as the short sleeve version in all your basic colors (white, grey, black and striped) and they have pretty much become my pregnancy uniform. i wear them everyday with the above jeans and just mix and match with sweaters, blazers, etc to make multiple outfits. i really really wanted to be able to find stuff that worked at a less expensive price, but target and old navy didn't have much that fit my body type.

6. fitbit flex. as it gets more difficult to workout, and walking becomes my main form of cardio, i'm trying really hard to keep up a good workout routine. i ordered a fitbit flex to keep me motivated and make sure i'm trying to walk at least 10,000 steps a day (i frequently clock in at about 9,300). it's been a great way to keep me motivated to get in lots of exercise, which will hopefully benefit me when it comes to, oh you know, pushing a baby out.

7. fruit. especially berries. they're refreshing, good for you, and i love love love them. i can't get enough of them, and will put them in morning breakfast smoothies as well as take them as a morning or mid-afternoon snack. if i have to have cravings, at least it's a healthy one right?

8. foot rubs. those of you who know me, know how much i HATE feet. i hate it when people touch my feet, and although i've grown used to getting a pedicure, for the most part, i don't let anyone near my feet. i also don't want to touch a foot. EVER. (i'm sure that will change for baby boy's cute little baby toes). however, any pregnant lady out there knows how much your feet HURT at the end of the day, especially after walking 10,000 steps ;0) so i am so very grateful for a husband who is willing to rub my feet at the end of the day, even if it's only for 5 minutes. it feels so stinkin' good.

9. denali's mint moosetracks. it was bound to happen, right? every pregnant lady needs a good ice cream craving and mine is definitely the mint moosetracks from denali's. holy ice cream foodgasm heaven. i may have had a heaping bowl of this for lunch two days in row. don't judge me, the baby needed calcium for bone growth, and i was happy to provide him with that. ;0) if you want to be my best friend, show up on my doorstep with a carton of this in hand, and i'll love you forever and ever.

that's it folks! everything that got me through the 2nd trimester. you can read about my first trimester must-haves here. 

Note: I'm not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies or products....these are just items that i've loved the past few months as i've gone through my pregnancy. All opinions are my own. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

i just realized that today is the second anniversary of this little blog here. happy birthday blog!!!

it's been such a fun little hobby for me and has gone from being a little experimental food blog to an ongoing journal of me, that guy i like, and our little adventures.

so to celebrate blogging for two whole years, i'm off to buy some NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE!!!!! (it made this preggo lady super happy to discover that they actually made non-alcoholic wine).

have a wonderful sunday!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It's a....

BOY!!!! husband and i are having a bouncing baby boy!

we're so excited for our sweet  boy to join us on or around august 16th (i'm hoping earlier, but i have a feeling this little guy is going to take his sweet time joining us).

everything is looking great and about the only thing this little guy wanted to show the ultra sound tech was the fact that he is in fact a little boy. he's all boy and proud of it. we are too.

in fact, we're so excited we raced out last night to buy him a few outfits and get started on my idea for a nursery. i knew if it was a boy, i wanted to rock a nautical theme, and target had some of the most adorable nautical theme pieces.

we also scored a cute outfit from target and old navy. i mean that hat...does it get any cuter?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Smitten Kitchen Perfect Blueberry Muffins

you guys....the fruit cravings have not stopped. in fact, i think they've intensified.

my love for all things berries has changed slightly though. before it was strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more raspberries, now i'm all about blueberry and lemon. i have scoured the internet searching for blueberry and lemon recipes and i've found a ton.

and, wouldn't you know, all (recipe) roads lead to smitten kitchen. i should've known better. i mean, i've talked about my love of deb and her recipes before and she's never steered me wrong. so while i was deciding between her blueberry boy bait (i mean), blueberry crumb bars (i will make these one day!) or her triple berry bundt cake (yum!), the mom-to-be in me decided, i better go with something semi-healthy and relatively easy...which is why i decided on her perfect blueberry muffins with a slight trace of lemon zest.

i'm so glad i did. you better believe husband and i will be taking these for breakfast every single day this week. i also wouldn't be surprised if i make another batch next weekend. they're that good.

i didn't change a single thing about this recipe, because, you know, it's deb. so go check out the recipe here and enjoy!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Almond Butter Cups

so i mentioned that i gave up sweets for lent, right? i failed. i failed majorly! i only made it two weeks. two very long weeks.

but in my defense, as a preggo lady, i can't have wine, i can't have sushi, i can't have lunch meat, or certain cheeses or my favorite blue cheese dressing...i can't. i can't. i can't. so the way i see it, i'm giving up so much already (totally worth it for the nugget!) that i should get a pass this lent. dontcha think that's fair? and if you don't, well....hasn't anyone ever told you, you can't argue with a pregnant lady ;0p

also in my defense is the fact that these almond butter cups are chock full of ingredients that are good for you! almonds, oats, almond butter, and chocolate (hey, dark chocolate is good for you). plus there's no sugar in these, so i would argue that these technically don't even count as a sweet.

no sugar = not technically a sweet.

the most important thing though, is that these are good. really really good. and so easy (and fast!) to make. so if you have 10 minutes, and need a chocolate fix (i mean who doesn't need a chocolate fix), you should go make these.

have a great week!

Almond Butter Cups
Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows 

for the base:

1 c almond meal
1/4 c rolled oats, ground into a flour
2 tbsp almond butter 
1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, warmed if necessary
1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or agave nectar)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste

for the topping:
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp canola oil, if needed

Add oats into a high-speed blender and blend on high until a flour forms. Dump into a large bowl and break up any clumps with your fingers. Add the flour mixture to the almond meal.

Add the nut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup (or agave), cinnamon, vanilla, and salt into the bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined. The dough should be fairly sticky like cookie dough.

Line a mini (or regular) muffin tin with paper liners. Portion the dough into each muffin cup and press down until even and smooth.

Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler. If the mixture needs to be thinned out slightly, add 1/2 to 1 tbsp of the canola oil and mix well. Spoon the chocolate mixture over the almond cups in even amounts. 

Place in the freezer in a flat area for 30-45 minutes, until firm. Pop out the cups & enjoy immediately! 

These are best consumed straight from the freezer.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bumpdate: 19 Weeks

how far along: 19 weeks 2 days

estimated due date: august 16, 2014

size of baby: baby "a" is the size of a mango

sleep: i'm sleeping so much better! still up once or twice to use the restroom, but that's down from what feels like a million times so I feel good.

total weight gain: 5 lbs

symptoms: hunger...all the time hunger. i eat like a truck driver. no joke.

movement: i thought i felt a little something something last week, but i haven't felt anything since, so now i think it may have just been gas ;0)

maternity clothes: i splurged at pea in the pod. i just wasn't finding anything i liked at macy's, target, or old navy. i wasn't planning on buying anything when i went in to "look" at pea in the pod because they're so darn expensive, but everything i tried on fit so well and made me feel like i looked pregnant and not just fat, so i guess the splurge was worth it.

go to eats: fruit....all things fruit. my new favorite combo is anything with blueberries and lemon.

best moment of the week: hmmmm....we're in a transition phase and i'm feeling overwhelmed so i don't really have a "best moment" right now.

gender: one more week till we find out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i can't wait!

what i wish people knew: being pregnant is emotionally draining.

what i'm looking forward to: finding out the sex!

milestones: baby "a" can hear us now. i talk to him/her all the time ;0)