Monday, May 2, 2016

What's cooking this week?

I wrote most of this post out yesterday and then I completely forgot to post it! That has never happened. Maybe because all I needed to do was upload pics? Laziness got the best of me....now, THAT has happened before! I actually had to reallyyyyyy think about whether or not I did this post yesterday. I think I'm losing it. Seriously.

This week, I was aiming for a menu that's slightly different from the norm, yet still easy enough for a busy weeknight. Oh wait, that's always my goal....
Sunday: Turmeric Garlic Shrimp w/ Cabbage Mango Slaw (I left this here because I made it, it was awesome - I still want credit for the fact that I made it)
Tuesday: Crock Pot Salsa Verde Tostadas
Wednesday: Burgers w/ Summer Potato Salad with Apples
Thursday: Blueberry Feta Salad w/ Grilled Chicken
Friday: Zoodles/Pasta with Pesto
This weekend was wonderfully relaxing and fun. We had a lazy day on Saturday, just hanging around at home...chalk on the driveway, cooked some yummy dinner, watched movies. On Sunday, the little girl I used to babysit (Kaci) and her Mamma (Kim) were in town and we spent the day together...blueberry picking, went to the pool, lunch at Cody's and cooked dinner at the house while the girls played. Seeing Ella playing with Kaci made my heart explode, it was the cutest ever! It's kind of surreal that the little girl I watched when SHE was two is now playing with MY two year-old! It was a very sweet visit, wish they could have stayed longer!
Those are some highlights from a great weekend over here!...I hope you all had a great one as well!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

21 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

HELLO twenty one weeks! This little one is now the size of a baseball cap. She has been doing a lot of growing in there...such a busy lady! It was time for a mirror selfie! It's late, so I'm going to make this one snappy...

Changes I've noticed:  I can't see my toes anymore. My tummy is being stretched to the MAX! My skin is so tight, I've been "lotioning" like crazy...so it's very shiny too! It almost sounds nice, but then throw in all those veins! Yikes! My belly button is starting to flatten out already. "It's all very National Geographic" (-Knocked Up).

How I've been feeling:  I'm feeling good but I'm definitely "feeling pregnant". Simple things like getting up and putting on my shoes, are chores now. I'm just so achey, and I fatigue really easily! Why is this happening so soon!?

How I've been sleeping:  No problemo when it comes to sleeping....thank goodness! I started using one of those wedge pillows to help me stay on my side. It sometimes works. Some mornings I wake up and it's on the floor, and I'm on my back. I try though!

Food and exercise:  This weekend was rough, but I've been doing better since. I've been eating breakfast every day, usually something fast like a granola bar and fruit. I've also been drinking my chocolate Shakeology, which is a lifesaver most days in order to hold me over until lunch. Every night before bed, I've been doing some yoga and stretching followed by some squats. I need to focus on getting my strength and flexibility back!

Maternity clothes:  Oh yes! Maternity work clothes, and it feels REALLY good to get into those leggings afterwards! 

Movement:  She is still non-stop, and her kicks are strong! Not only is she kicking, but she is always rotating around. Just now I looked down and she was all on the right side poking out. It's like she's doing acrobatics in there!

Best moment this past week:  Obviously EVERY moment from our fun trip this past weekend! A good part of our time spent together was spent talking about Sissy! Ella has been very snuggly, always hugging my tummy and rubbing it. I have been encouraging her to sing to baby, it's so sweet! 
We also finalized Baby Girl's name and chose how we're going to spell it! Tonight, I made her a pretty painting for the nursery at Painting With a Twist. It was strange not posting a pic of the final product, but I'm going to be good and keep it a surprise. I'm in love with how it came out!

So that sums up week #21 with this new sweet pea!
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Monday, April 25, 2016

What's cooking this week + a recap of our trip!

A little late, but I'm here to share what's cooking! We have been super busy around here! My dad was in town last weekend, and this weekend we went away for a three day trip to Orlando, then St. Pete. It was FABULOUS. Let's get right to it though...
Tuesday: 5-Ingredient Chili
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with One-Pan Spinach Artichoke Mac 'N' Cheese 
Thursday: Caprese Chicken Panini
Friday: Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Black Beans, Sweet Corn and Sweet Potato & Steak for Hubs

As you can imagine, I'm exhausted (although I'm sure no one feels bad). Can you really complain about being tired after a trip this sweet....
Just to recap...
Saturday: We went to Magic Kingdom and did a TON! Ella rode her first roller coaster with Daddy and we met Ariel too! Afterwards, we went to our hotel for a quick nap (for Ella and Mommy), then Flippers Pizza for dinner. The timing was perfect to head over to Epcot to catch the fireworks. Ella was in her glory...so was I just looking at this face!
Sunday: After an early breakfast at Panera, we went over to St. Pete for some beach time at the Dolphin Beach Resort! It was 82 degrees and sunny....the perfect recipe for an incredible beach day! We had a blast, and even caught up with our friends Jen and Will at Bongos Beach Bar and Grille for a yummy dinner and beautiful sunset! After a walk on the beach we were all ready to recharge for round two!

Today: Round two! Breakfast on the beach was delicious, Uncle Will even joined us! More sandcastles, finding shells and swimming. St. Pete is such a beautiful beach, and of course another day of perfect weather didn't hurt either! We had one more yummy beachside meal before heading home. 

What a fabulous trip! Our girl was so good too, she had so much fun, went with the flow, and slept great...such an angel! Not going to lie, it took some convincing to get her to leave the resort today...but do you blame her?! So now we're home, and unwinding from our short and sweet 3 day anniversary getaway. I think I'm about ready for the week. All of that fun in the sun has got this Mamma completely BEAT! After I write out my grocery list, it's bedtime for sure! Goodnight!
Cuddled up this morning on her air mattress....and to think, I was worried she wouldn't sleep on it! She LOVED her "special squishy bed"! Ha! 
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Friday, April 22, 2016

20 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

It's the halfway point already! I don't know what happened between last week and this week but I'm feeling LARGE. According to my Ovia app....Baby is the size of a paper plane, or Belgian endive. Interesting! According to my calculations, she is the size of a Buick!
Changes I've noticed:  I haven't stepped on a scale, but I'm assuming I've packed on a few more pounds in the past week. My dad came down for a visit and we ate A LOT of really good food, so I wouldn't be surprised. I've just been feeling really bloated between the "not so great" food choices and baby growing very rapidly....there's no room in there! Most nights this week I've felt like I'm about to burst! It's too soon for this! Check out that work belly!
How I've been feeling:  As you could imagine, feeling bloated doesn't feel very good. I'm hanging in there, but a little extra energy would be nice!

How I've been sleeping:  Despite the fact that I've been sleeping really well, it would probably be a good idea not to get involved in binge watching House Hunters before bed. I've been going to sleep way later than I should....and I'm definitely feeling it in the morning!

Food and exercise:  See above section on "changes I've noticed"....next week, better choices for sure!!! 

Maternity clothes:  I'd say my wardrobe is about 75% maternity.  I should probably hang some of it up. The heap of clothing isn't helping with my morning routine! It's time to swap out some things that won't be fitting me for a while. 

Movement:  There were two days earlier this week where she was a little more calm than she was over the weekend, but lately she has kicked it into high gear and has been extremely active. I'm telling you she is busting out of there! I don't remember being able to see my stomach move so early on with Ella. As I'm typing this I see her poking out and making herself known! 

Best moment this past week:  We picked a name!!! There's still some discrepancy on the spelling...but the name is set, and it's perfect! I don't think I'll be announcing it until she is here though, that's what we did with Ella Rose!

As anxious as I am to meet this little sweet pea that has been having a party in my tummy....I am okay with time slowing down just a bit! How is it halfway already? Emotions have been a little out of control, especially when I think about the fact that my time with "just Ella" is coming to an end so quickly. I'm trying not to think about it too much and just enjoy this time! 

Today is a very special day!!! Stephen and I have been married FOUR years! We've created a life far more wonderful than I ever could have imagined! Happy Anniversary to my other half! We took Monday off of work and planned a very special getaway with our sweet girl! It's going to be a blast, I'll be posting a BILLION pics I'm sure!  Yay, family fun in the Florida sun!
Happy Friday!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

19 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Uh-oh, I'm slacking! I started bumpdates with Ella at 17 weeks! I guess that's the way it goes when it comes to round two. I better get on it! Here we go....
Changes I've noticed:  I've gained 13 lbs, so that would be the obvious biggie. Since becoming a Beachbody Coach last March, I was in MUCH better shape at the start of this pregnancy than last pregnancy! Weight-wise, it wasn't too drastic of a difference but obviously I was much more toned. That has all gone out the window at this point. #goodbyeabs

How I've been feeling:  TIRED. You know this is the exact same time of year when I was pregnant with Ella (Ella's b-day = 9/3....my due date = 9/5) so I'm going through all the same motions of the school year at the same point in my pregnancy. Example - this is not my first time going through "testing season" at work during the 2nd trimester. All I could say is thank goodness it didn't fall during the 1st...because I don't think I could have functioned during all those late nights if queasiness was thrown into the mix. Regardless of the fact that I'm through the 1st trimester, the tiredness remains. Everything takes extra effort! By the end of the day my body is just completely shot! I've also been getting headaches, although not nearly as frequently as I was a few weeks ago, they still pop up from time to time. Trying to stay hydrated...surely that helps!

How I've been sleeping:  Not too bad, I am a little restless at night but nothing major. I've been trying to sleep on my side but it's not easy to stay that way all night long. I haven't busted out the body pillow just yet, but soon!

Food and exercise:  My excuse is that testing season caused me to eat HORRIBLY...but the truth is I wasn't eating fantastic even before that. The 1st trimester brought nothing but late in the day nausea, and I ate mostly grilled cheese and cinnamon toast crunch. Once I started to get into testing, it was a lot of fast food. Ugh, talk about one extreme to the other. It drives me nuts that I was eating 1,000,000 times better when I was "eating for one". Major guilt...blah, blah, blah....I'm over it. I'm through the rough patch and making MUCH better choices. Work in progress, people! Oh and exercise....I've done some Beachbody Active Maternity workouts, a little yoga, lots of stretching, some running here and there but there is no actual routine. Another work in progress. We'll get there!

Maternity clothes:  I dug out all the old stuff which was NOT in the best shape. I broke down and splurged on a trip to Motherhood. I've been wearing mostly all maternity clothes for weeks now not just because it's more comfortable (obviously) but because I invested in it...so I'm using it! 

Movement:  I can say that in the past week I've gone from just feeling like there's a little fishy swishing around in there to feeling actual kicks! They aren't too frequent but some are pretty strong...I was able to SEE it earlier today! Can you believe this strong little lady!? She's incredibly active!

Best moment this past week:  There are two! First was Monday night when I told Ella that I felt Baby kicking, she literally cracked up and kept saying "baby is so silly"....it was adorable to see how excited she was!!! And the other moment was this morning with Hubs....seeing this pretty face! Such a cute profile... just like Sissy! 
That's all for my first official bumpdate for our second sweet girl! Almost halfway there already! Whoa...it's definitely going faster this time! 
Goodnight!

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