'Stealing' this from Kayla ...cuz, yeah, I'm cool like that...
recipe I made...these Zucchini pizza boats (soooo flippin' good!)
good decision I made...to not cancel my PT appointment tomorrow even though I think it'll be a waste of time...but I HOPE I get proved wrong!!
cool place I went to...Italy last August!! I was hesitant to go (for various reasons) but it was definitely a fantastic trip and I'm so glad we did it when we could.
show that I watched...Jeopardy Tuesday night I believe (Teen Week = best week EVER! ha-ha)
awesome thing that happened...even though it feels weird, it was pretty awesome to actually see my belly move when the baby was moving around! Definitely cooler to see than to feel (in my opinion)
thing I bought for myself...body wash and face wash - does that count?!
good photo of Matt and I...no idea...we never take photos together :/ I gotta get better with this for sure!!
bad decision I made...finishing off the eggless chocolate chip cookie dough last night
(after eating 2 frosted brownies at work that day! Oy!)
time I was really excited...I wouldn't say I was 'really excited' but I was pretty stoked when a co-worker bought me a bag of chips and a bag of Starbursts a few weeks ago...seriously, I was WAY more happy than I should have been over chips and candy #pregnantgirlproblems
time I had a free weekend?...a TOTALLY free weekend?! I can't even remember. Last weekend, though, was pretty low key and we spent a good portion of it at home so that basically counts in my book.
How far along: 25 weeks
Baby Size: cauliflower...Gosh that seems so big...and yet he's got SO much more growing to do!
Maternity clothes: Not yet - I think I'll invest in a belly band though this weekend so I have more jeans/shorts options.
Stretch marks: Not yet...that I've noticed - still super deligent about slathering my belly with Burt's Bee Mama Belly Butter after every shower
Sleep: It's been better...I'll leave it at that
Gender: A lil' momma's boy
Movement: Yup - more and more these days...he's becoming quite the active little boy in there! It's so crazy to me to see my belly move while he's kicking and doing flips and whatever else he's doing in there. Nuts, I tell ya, nuts!!!!
Looking forward to: Our 'babymoon' in a few weeks...nothing extravagant but at least we're getting away to relax and spend some good ol' quality time together <3 We both desperately need it.
Food cravings: Cereal and marshmallow fluff...no, not together....though now that I think about it a spoonful of marshmallow fluff topped with a few Fruit Loops sounds A-MA-ZING!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope and very thankful for that
Labor Signs: No, thank heavens!
What I miss: running...and feeling like my normal self...wine...sushi...walking comfortably...having a waist/abs...yeah, the list goes on...and on...and on...and on...
Symptoms: Got me a case of SPD we think - so that's been a real joy the last few days. I've got my first PT appointment Friday morning and I've been resting and icing lots and it seems to be getting slightly better each day. Other than that, still lots of pressure/spasms because he's so low (according to the doctor he's basically using the 2 ligaments in my lower abs/pubic area as a hammock - just chillin' and growin' making this mommma-to-be super uncomfortable!) and lots of stretching going on.
Nursery: Nothing new here - though we did look at cribs and dressers this past weekend, which I hope means we actually pull the trigger SOON and buy something
Belly Button in or out? In and still have my belly button ring in
Wedding rings on or off? On
Workouts: HA! I have snuck in a little elliptical time because it actually felt good and I know I gotta keep my body moving. I am hoping after Friday's PT appointment I'll get the OK to work out more - even though I'm pretty sure running won't be part of that work out routine until after I give birth (TOUGH for me to swallow not gonna lie!) But I'm keepin' my fingers crossed that if I allow myself to heal properly that MAYBE, just MAYBE, I will be allowed one or two short, slow runs a week!!!
Things that suck: SPD and thus currently not running...'nough said...
Things that don't suck: walks around the neighborhood with the hubs...Oh, and eggless chocolate chip cookie dough...seriously, a pregnant girl's dream come true!
I wish I had an awesome weekend re-cap for you. I wish I had a bunch of really fun, great pictures to show off. I wish I had some incredible stories to share with you. But I have NONE of these.
You see....this weekend was....different for us. We're constantly on the go. Always working on something on the house. Always having somewhere to be. Always doing SOMETHING! But Thursday night, my 24 week along pregnant body and my 6 mile run didn't get along. I spent Thursday night crying because I was in so much pain. I couldn't walk. My body failed me and I couldn't understand why. I'd done everything right. So why is this happening to me now?! Needless to say, I spent Friday and most of the weekend laying low (and feeling sorry for myself...and crying...and feeling like a failure) - icing, resting, taking it easy (not easy for me to do.) The hubs on the other hand worked his cute little butt off - he's seriously a ROCKSTAR! Even with me laid up and not my normal self, we got everything crossed off the to-do list, except blueberry picking. Not too shabby, I suppose. I got my glucose test out of the way...I now own a pregnancy support garment (that's still too big to do what it's supposed to do!)...I cleaned the house (with MANY breaks and not doing as much as I normally would)...Matt finished up some projects and did a bunch of other things around the house...we had dinner out with friends (in lieu of kayaking which my body just wouldn't have been able to do Saturday - Booooo!!!!)...we spent time at Babies R Us working on our registry...went to Target to look at cribs and dressers/changing tables...met up with my mother-in-law and had dinner with her...and just laid low and tried to rest as much as possible. Not overly exciting, I know....
I'm still not back to normal - not even close. I walk as if I've gained 60lbs and am 40+ weeks along. I'm sore. But I'm takin' it easy...hoping to get back to the gym ASAP (and fingers crossed back to running if I can get healed properly!)...get back to my normal self...feeling like ME - as ME like as I can feel pregnant that is :) And on that note, I leave you with this - I speak only the truth...
How far along: 24 weeks
Baby Size: ear of corn according to one email I got
Maternity clothes: Not yet....but probably should be. I'm still just stuffing myself into my regular clothes. I hope to get some non-maternity skirts and maxi dresses this weekend to get me through the rest of the summer.
Stretch marks: Still none (that I can see...I don't exactly go searching for them too hard, though, because I'm too scared of what I might find ha-ha)
Sleep: decent - still waking up, tossing and turning a lot but I'm kinda getting used to it.
Gender: lil' boy
Movement: I definitely feel him more. And just yesterday I was able to see my belly move a little when he kicked.
Looking forward to: doing some 'stock up' shopping trips. I want a good stock pile of basic necessities (baby and non-baby related) to have around so it's one less thing to have to worry about once baby gets here. Yeah, I'm a bit crazy like that :)
Food cravings: still lots and lots of fresh fruit! I went raspberry and cherry picking over the weekend and LOVE having lots of fruit in our fridge!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.
Labor Signs: None, thankfully.
What I miss: having hormones that are in check, enjoying a glass of wine on our back deck, and feeling/looking like my normal self.
Symptoms: still so much pressure in the lower belly - either something is wrong or I'm just carrying REALLY low - it's crazy and so annoying! The lower back still gets bothersome/achy sometimes, too. Oh, and the constant peeing...yeah, I'm so over that!!!
Nursery: Nothing new in this department...hoping to buy some furniture soon though.
Belly Button in or out? In and still have my belly button ring in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Workouts: Still able to keep up with my workout routine of working out 5 or 6 times a week.
Things that suck: starting to cry on the drive home from the gym...for no apparent reason. Yeah, wacky hormones definitely suck! Oh, and making decisions...like daycare...and a name for the little guy...and car seats and strollers...and all that...Oy!! :/
Things that don't suck: Feeling fantastic on this past Saturday's long run. I felt like I could run for forever. Runs like this are few and far between these days so it felt good to feel this way.
Seriously. After this weekend, I think the hubs and I would both welcome some coffee directly into our veins. It was definitely one of those overly crazy, busy weekends. So, I'm warning you now - it's gonna be a loooong post (and I'll try not to include every little detail of our weekend to spare you some ha-ha!)
We both took Friday off...no, not to hang out and just enjoy a day off together. But, instead, to get a couple of big house projects done. My dad was at our house at 7am (THANKS DAD!) to help Matt pour some concrete. I spent the morning at the gym then deep cleaning the house and doing a bunch of other stuff around the house.
After lunch, Matt and my dad finished pulling up the old deck boards and then headed to Home Depot to get the composite deck boards so Matt could work on that project on Saturday. After a quick shower, we headed out to a couple meet and greets with two potential pediatricians, then off to meet up with some of Matt's grad school friends before getting home around 7 to eat this delicious, healthy, summer meal (zucchini boat pizza!!!) By the time we ate and cleaned up - we were both exhausted and were in bed by 9:15!!!!
Saturday I was up and at 'em by 6:15 to get a 6 mile run in before it got too hot. It was perfect running weather and I felt like I could run for forever. I got home and spent a little time with Matt before he headed to CrossFit. Once he left, I did a few random things around the house, then showered up and headed out to go raspberry and cherry picking. I was home by 11:30 and Matt had already started working on the deck.
I left him to do his 'manly' project, while I headed out to go shopping. I found out my mom, sister, and nephew were actually in town shopping as well, so I ended up meeting them.
After shopping, I stopped to do our grocery shopping and by the time I got home around 5 Matt had finished the deck!! He's such a rockstar...I mean, seriously. He worked his butt off this weekend and I love that he's so dang handy and works so hard for us <3
We cleaned up, threw in a load of laundry, and headed out for a date night at one of our favorite restaurants - Sticky Lips BBQ (our first date was actually there) thanks to a gift card we found :) After enjoying a fabulous meal (and some down time together) we headed home to relax for a couple hours - FINALLY!!!
Sunday was another busy day. We met with a potential day care provider then headed down to our hometown for a memorial service/balloon release honoring people that have passed away that belonged to our Church parish (this included my grandfather) and then off to our niece and nephew's joint birthday party (I can't believe they're 5 and almost 3 already!)
Once we got home that evening, we did our weekly food prep, tried to figure out our vacation plans, got ready for the week, and was ready to call it a night by 10.
Did you get all that?! :)
How far along: 23 weeks
Baby Size: a papaya
Maternity clothes: Not yet...but definitely soon!!!!
Stretch marks: Still none (thank goodness!)...and still slathering on the Burts Bees Mama Belly Butter!
Sleep: Not great...but not horrible either. I'm still waking up a lot throughout the night, tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable.
Gender: lil' boy
Movement: Definitely feeling him more and more (and yes, I still think it's weird!)
Looking forward to: a 3 day weekend with the hubs <3 and getting A LOT done this weekend!!
Food cravings: I definitely want to eat as much fruit as possible - cherries, grapes, watermelon, strawberries...you name it, I want it!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. I've learned to not stuff myself like I normally do (hey I LOVE food...don't judge ha-ha) and that's helping tremendously.
Labor Signs: Nope, as it should be still.
What I miss: Still missing a good glass of wine and having abs/a waist.
Symptoms: The same - calves cramping every once in a while, tightness/stretching in the lower belly area, and still needing to pee all the time!! I've also started to notice my back hurting just a little bit but nothing major. Oh, and a little bit of a runny nose/congestion...which I hear is pretty common during pregnancy - Oh joy!
Nursery: Nothing new in this department.
Belly Button in or out? In and still have my belly button ring in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Workouts: Still able to keep up with my regular workout routine. My running has gotten even slower, though, that's for sure.
Things that suck: The fact that running isn't as easy as it used to be. But I gotta stay positive and just be grateful I'm still running. Oh, and the belly getting bigger and bigger...I know it HAS TO but I'm really not a fan of it (in case you haven't noticed...I'm not one of those 'I love being pregnant' women...sorry but I'm just not.)
Things that don't suck: Still enjoying the fact that 'the girls' are getting bigger. I mean I've been small chested my whole life...always wishing for a boob job...so this part of pregnancy is just the cat's pajamas if you ask me :)
3 years ago today I made the best decision I had ever, and will ever, make. 3 years ago I got the surprise of a lifetime. 3 years ago my then boyfriend asked me a very big, important question, one that even though I thought he was kidding at the time, I didn't have to think about my answer. Saying yes when that handsome man in the above picture asked me to be his wife was the best, easiest, most important decision of my life. A decision I've never questioned. A decision that brings me the utmost happiness, joy, gratitude, and unconditional love every day of my life. A decision that changed my life...for the BETTER. A decision that has changed us both for the good. A decision that changed my life forever.
Let's take a step back. July of 2011. I had been working a ton of long hours at work. I was miserable. I was tired. I was cranky. Matt was in grad school and working full time. He had just gotten into a car accident. And we knew in 6 months he'd be student teaching full time - while only working a few hours a week to earn some money for bills. We'd been talking about getting engaged (well mostly me) for quite a while. But with all we had going on I knew it wasn't in our near future...or so I thought.
At the time we were living together, and I walked into our apartment on that Friday evening after a long day, and a long week. To my surprise I walked in to Michael Bublé playing...candles light everywhere...and Matt fixing me a delicious dinner. I honestly thought NOTHING of this. Call me spoiled. But Matt often did super, sweet things like this, especially when he knew I was super stressed. I immediately had a glass of my favorite wine in my hand and he told me to just sit and relax while he finished cooking dinner. I was happy to oblige and therefore, did just that - I enjoyed some conversation with him and just taking a breather. Finally, dinner was ready and we enjoyed a delicious meal. It was seriously OUT OF THIS WORLD good!! As we were finishing up dinner (and a couple glasses of wine later!), I said something along the lines of thanking him for being so wonderful and supportive while I had been such a total b!tch the last few weeks and how lucky I was to have him in my life. He proceeded to tell me how lucky he was...how much he loved me...how wonderful I was...you know, all that sap. He got up from his chair to give me what I thought was a hug....but instead I found him down on one knee next to me...with a little box in his hand...displaying a shiny diamond ring...asking me if I'd marry him. The first words out of my mouth were "Are you serious?" and "Are you kidding me right now?" I kept sitting down...getting up...sitting down...getting up. When I finally realized he was serious I couldn't say YES fast enough!!!!!!! And the rest is history...
I love when we go visit Matt's sister and her family in Saratoga. I, obviously, love spending time with them but I also love Saratoga. I tell Matt all the time I'd totally move there and I mean it. If you've never been, I highly recommend a visit. Downtown Saratoga is full of restaurants and cute little shops. You've got the horse track right there. And, of course, Lake George!
In any case a visit there in the summer means...
- Saturday morning goofy time with Uncle Matt
- spending all day Saturday on Lake George boating and eating a delicious lunch
on the lake...watching the kids swim...watching the guys go tubing...reading and
relaxing..and just soakin' up the sun.
- getting to enjoy a festival which included fun rides for the kids and pig races!!
- dinner isn't complete without a little hummus
- ice cream after dinner for a little one-on-one time with K (no picture...we were too busy chatting and inhaling our yummy ice cream!)
- and, of course, Sunday morning snuggles
- performances by the one and only K as she gets ready for theatre camp this week.
- a little shopping for Miss K for her birthday
- and lots and lots of fun, laughs, and family time alllll weekend long!!
I love seeing other people's baby bumps...but for me personally, I'm not sure how I feel about them. So for today you get a profile picture of the baby from yesterday's ultrasound (22 weeks). Maybe once I get a more legit baby bump I'll be more willing to post a bump picture along with my weekly updates...
How far along: 22 weeks 1 day
Baby Size: A papaya (estimated weight from yesterday's ultrasound is 1lb 2oz!)
Maternity clothes: Nope, not yet. But pants are definitely SNUG so they, at least, are in my near future. Shirts still fit fine, though, since I lean towards my more flowy/loose tops these days.
Stretch marks: None yet...thank goodness! But I'm not holding my breath on this. I'm sure I'll get 'em eventually no matter how much cocoa butter or Burt's Bees Mama Butter I put on my stomach.
Sleep: Pretty good. I only wake up to go to the bathroom once and that's not even every night - more like every few nights so I can't complain about that. I do wake up/toss and turn more throughout the night these days which is unusual for me since I'm normally such a heavy, deep sleeper.
Gender: got me a soon-to-be momma's boy growing in ma belly!
Movement: Every once in a while. More flutters than actual kicks at this point. I describe it as a snake swimming around (and no, I don't love it - sorta freaks me out so I'm definitely ready for actual kicks!)
Best moment this week: Even though I couldn't feel it, he had hiccups yesterday during the ultrasound and it was cool to see that.
Looking forward to: The weekend...where we'll head to Saratoga to visit my SIL, BIL, and niece & nephew for the weekend!!
Food cravings: No real cravings as in 'I gotta have it and gotta have it NOW' but I do want to eat as much fresh fruit as possible, especially grapes and strawberries. Oh, and Captain Crunch cereal - yum!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Only when I eat too much. I graze throughout the day which helps with this. No more big meals for me!!
Labor Signs: Nope, as it should be at this point.
What I miss: Not gonna lie...wine, sushi, and things fitting properly #pregnantgirlproblems
Symptoms: Recently I've been woken up during the night with my calves cramping up. And lots of pressure in the belly area due to stretching/getting bigger.
Nursery: It's painted and we bought a new rug. That's about it for right now.
Belly Button in or out? In and still have my belly button ring in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Workouts: Still working out 5-6 times a week. That *usually* includes (2) three mile runs and (2) six mile runs as well as (2) days of mixed cardio for an hour (really lovin' the elliptical lately and walking on the treadmill.) I also still lift light weights to help keep my lower and upper body as conditioned and toned as possible during this time (though I don't think it's really working ha-ha!)
Things that suck: The calf cramps, the pressure I feel, and peeing every 20 minutes sucks - not gonna lie. Oh, and as I mentioned above...clothes not fitting properly. I'm definitely in that in-between stage and I ain't likin' it.
Things that don't suck: Not getting home until 9 the other night and therefore, devouring 2 bowls of Captain Crunch cereal for dinner and not feeling the least bit guilty about it! Oh, and the fact that 'the girls' are bigger - definitely a big fan of that!!! 2 bowlsEating
my life currently consists of:
- calling the hubs 'my baby daddy'
- not eating healthy...like AT.ALL...(burgers...chips...pizza...starbursts...why, yes please!!)
- spending more time in the bathroom than I do anywhere else
- 'half-assing' my workouts/runs (but hey - at least I'm still working out 5-6 times a week!)
- rubbing Palmer's cocoa butter and/or Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter all over my belly, bum, hips, etc. every day
- trying to sleep as much as possible
- having the hubs ask me if I peed myself every time after I sneeze (I haven't experienced that joy...yet!)
- having multiple meltdowns every.single.week :/
- wondering what the hell we've gotten ourselves into
- worrying and stressing about EVERYTHING day in and day out
Yup - that's right - I'm knocked up. Preggers. Got me a bun in the oven. Whatever you wanna call it - there will be a baby (BOY because yes, I'll be 22 weeks along TOMORROW, so we already know the sex!) coming out of my body (O-M-G) come November. Stay tuned...
It should come as no surprise when I say I love long weekends. I mean, who doesn't love an extra day off? This long weekend was no exception...except that I'm more tired today than I was when the weekend started. To say it was one heck of a long, busy, exhausting weekend is an understatement. But I know - busy is good. But sometimes, I get so wrapped up in getting things done and going...going...going....I forget to just take a breather and relax and enjoy life. One of these days, we're going to take one of these long weekends (or even just a regular weekend!) and just relax...enjoy life...and the simple things. Though this weekend was not one of those, we got things done. We celebrated my parents' birthdays. We celebrated a friend's marriage. And for all that, and more, I'm grateful for the long weekend. Instead of boring you with all the details, I just thought I'd share some photos I took....as they say, pictures speak a thousand words (or something like that, right?!) :) Hope you don't mind the picture overload that's about to happen...
So, here we are. Another month gone. I'm sure everyone is saying/thinking it...but seriously, how is it July already?! I feel like it was JUST Christmas. For realz.
Anyways, let's see how I did with my June goals. This was the first month I've done this and I liked it. I liked having specific goals to work towards and I liked having them published here on this lil o' blog o' mine. So here goes:
1) - read one book = Accomplished!! And it felt GOOD!!! Of course, once I finished said book, I didn't start another one...life has just gotten too crazy lately!! But it'll always be a goal of mine to read more.
2) - clean the inside and outside of my car = Half accomplished. I cleaned the inside...but never got around to washing it. Guess I'll add this to this weekend's to-do list.
3) - organize the basement = Finished...for now ha-ha As I mentioned before, this is ALWAYS a work in progress. We need to get more shelves so once we do that I'll be down there again organizing, cleaning, and re-arranging.
4) - buy a new bedspread = This did not get done. The painting is getting done today so hopefully that's motivation for me to purchase it this weekend. I want this little project done so it's one less thing for us to worry about.
Now onto some July goals...which I haven't thought about yet...so I'll save that for tomorrow or Friday's post. Such a tease I am....
Hey ~ I'm Renée...just your ordinary, 30-something Accountant, new mommy, wife, runner, foodie, & Pinterest addict! Welcome to my newest adventure...stay awhile...look around...and keep comin' back!