Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuckered Out

I realize that the only blog posting I've been doing lately is of my weekly bumpdates. And I have no other excuse than I.Am.Tired. Let me rephrase, I.AM.EXHAUSTED. Third trimester hit with full force. By the time Anna goes to sleep at night my whole body aches and I just want to sit in bed with a huge bowl of ice cream and binge watch "The Office" (for the millionth time). For all you mothers who have more than one child to chase around and a huge baby bump, YOU ARE MY HEROS! I don't know how you do it! Based on how I'm feeling lately Juice Drop numero dos may be numero last. I'm venting over my exhaustion now but I can only imagine what I'll feel like when baby boy finally arrives. I'm at least able to currently get 8 consecutive hours of sleep at night--if you don't count the getting up every 3 hours to pee, which I'm sure is just prepping me for what's to come. That'll be a long lost memory come October. Until then I'll enjoy the time I have now after Anna goes to sleep to rest, relax, put up my feet, and dream happy dreams of our beautiful children.

Is is just me or does my belly look HUGE?! And I have 10 more weeks of this!!!

How far along? 30 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a cucumber (huh?? How does he goes from the size of an eggplant two weeks ago to the size of a cucumber?) His brain is getting wrinklier to make way for all that brain tissue, and he's strong enough to grasp a finger!

Total weight gain: 29 pounds

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: what's that? It's a lose, lose, lose situation for me. We're keeping the A/C set high to save money so that makes our bedroom like a furnace. We have the fan turned on which keeps the room cool but dries me out so I have nosebleeds. Not to mention getting up 5 times in one night, being obnoxiously uncomfortable, and baby boy throwing a dance party in my belly. It's just the worst. 

Best moment this week: spending time with great friends (Emily, Susan, and Laura) and laughing so hard my chest hurt after. One of the best feelings. Also the same night, introducing Emily and Laura to Cook Out milkshakes at 11 pm. No regrets (except when I literally fell into bed that night).

Miss Anything? not feeling exhausted all the time 

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: just the usual braxton hicks, nothing crazy this week.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: hearing Juice Drop's heartbeat this Friday (it never gets old!) and working to finish our bedroom and nursery before soccer season starts in 3 weeks!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Staying Fit at 29 Weeks Pregnant (a Bumpdate!)

I'm starting to get looks. Well I guess I've been getting looks for a few months now. But these looks are different. These looks are when I go to the YMCA and I'm sweating on the elliptical or breathing through my bicep curls. I've also received several comments, "is that ok for the baby?" "are you sure all that jumping around is good for you and the baby?" "how are you doing that?" And every time I reassure these sweet people that "yes, it's ok for the baby, as long as I feel good the jumping is good, and I'm doing it just like how you're doing it." I'm pregnant, not disabled! 

I didn't workout when I was pregnant with Anna as much as I do this time around. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that we didn't have a Y membership last time. Plus having free childcare for an hour gives me a great reason to get my butt to the gym! And let me tell you on the days I workout I feel great and on the days I don't get to the gym I feel lethargic and want to just eat ice cream and watch movies all day.

I've got a pretty good routine going. Some weeks are different than others. Some weeks I don't make it to the gym as much as I'd like. Some weeks I take classes and others I go through my own circuit. Whatever I end up doing I try to workout at least 3 times a week. The classes I take at the Y are:

Wednesdays: Athletic Conditioning or Kickboxing
Thursdays: Barre Fusion 
Fridays: Athletic Conditioning

At the beginning of the week or when I'm not able to get to a class I either do a Tabata workout or do a little cardio and weight training.

Tabata Workout (this workout consists of 5 tabatas. A tabata is doing an exercise at high intensity for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes. Rest for 1 minute after each for a total of 25 minutes):

Tabata #1
jumping jacks
mountain climbers
jumping lunges
step jumps
repeat 1x

Tabata #2
reverse lunge to front kick (do opposite next set)
push ups
burpees
sprint step toes taps
repeat 1x

Tabata #3
skaters
hand walks (do opposite next set)
high knees
side step jumps (do opposite next set)
repeat 1x

Tabata #4
wide high knees
squat jumps
up/down plank
forward and backward sprints
repeat 1x

Tabata #5
plank pike jumps
scissors with a twist
front and back jumps
jump rope
repeat 1x

This workout will get you sweating! And it's quick and easy to do anywhere. I did this while we were at the lake house for our babymoon and on the beach in Florida. You don't need a gym to do this Tabata.

The other workout I do is a little longer than the Tabata but I've loved it. It really gets my heart pumping and I can feel the muscles working.

15 minutes on sit down stationary bike, resistance 10 (I still have yet to do the whole 15 minutes at a resistance of 10--super hard!)
20 squats
20 calf raises
20 plie squats (I sometimes hold a 10 lb kettle bell too)
20 lunges (repeat the above lower body exercises 1x)
15 minutes on elliptical (5 min forward resistance 6, 5 min backward squatting low resistance 10, 5 min forward resistance 6)
20 push ups
20 bicep curls
20 shoulder press
20 tricep dips (repeat the above upper body exercises 1x)
10 minute walk cool down on treadmill

Love it! So that is how I'm staying fit during this pregnancy (plus trying to eat right when my cravings aren't coercing me!) and I'm feeling great! I hear that a fit pregnancy leads to a smooth delivery and I'm really hoping that's true. I'd love for this labor and delivery to be much easier than what I had with Anna. So fingers crossed all this working out is worth it!

**Disclaimer:

...Now for a bumpdate :)

Oh, hey, pretty excited about my hair that I got done earlier this week!
Starting the ombre with a few highlights on top :)
How far along? 29 Weeks

How big is baby? the baby is the size of an acorn squash--another vegetable I'm not too familiar with but it's gotta be huge. I mean look at that belly! He's growing fat deposits under his skin and his energy is surging because of it. I can tell with all the movement going on in there! Ouch! 

Total weight gain: 29 pounds--so close to how much I gained with Anna and I still have 11 weeks left! I'm chalking it up to gaining muscle this time around with all the iron I've been pumping ;)

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: hasn't been great. Still getting up several times a night to pee. Baby is moving constantly. And it's hot.   

Best moment this week: spending time with a few friends I hadn't seen in almost a month! It was so good to catch up and begin seeing each other on a weekly basis again.

Miss Anything? being able to pick Anna up so easily. I miss that tremendously. I'm still able to hold her but it takes a lot of effort.  

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: junk, junk, and anything junk  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: braxton hicks have slowed down since last week but I did talk to my midwife about my intense BH's. She said everything I thought she was going to say (rest and water) but she also said I could take Benadryl to help loosen the contractions. Who knew?! P.S. make sure you talk with your dr. or midwife before you do that!

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: pretty happy! 

Looking forward to: beginning Girls Nights again in our neighborhood! We start back up tomorrow and I can't wait to hang out with the girls and my volunteers (who are more like good friends)!

I'd love to hear from you! How do you like to stay fit while pregnant? 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Hello There 3rd Trimester, It's So Nice to See You!

Folks, we are officially in the 3rd trimester! The homestretch! The last 12 weeks! It's crazy to think that in just 3 short months we'll have another little one to chase around and cuddle and kiss to no end. Every time I hold Anna I think about how soon it'll be when she won't be the only one I'll be holding. It's bittersweet. Don't get me wrong, I'm over the moon excited to finally be able to hold my sweet baby boy but Anna and I have had almost 2 good years of just she, her Daddy and I. I'm trying to savor these final weeks because in reality Travis and I will be the only ones who remember when it was just us three. *tear*

I was a little confused when I read that Juice Drop is the size of an eggplant this week. I thought eggplants were kind of small. Until we stopped in Trader Joe's this morning for our weekly grocery run and saw just how massive these things are! I can definitely believe Juice Drop is the size of an eggplant now especially knowing how hard he kicks and punches! Sometimes I feel like he's going to punch right through my skin! 


It feels so good to be posting about being in the third trimester! I feel like I've been taking pictures of my bump forever. I'm so ready for our little guy to be outside of my belly and the only pictures I'll be taking are of him (and Anna still of course ;)


How far along? 28 Weeks

How big is baby? the baby is a size of an eggplant. He's starting to develop more fat so his wrinkly skin is getting more smooth and his lungs are mature enough that if he had to come now he'd most likely survive. Let's just hope he stays in there though for another 9 weeks at least!

Total weight gain: 24 pounds

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: got a pregnancy pillow and it's been a total sleep changer! 

Best moment this week: getting to celebrate our dear friends' and their baby at their baby shower. We can't wait to finally meet their little guy in a few weeks!

Miss Anything? not feeling like absolute crap after I eat a big meal. My eyes are definitely bigger than my stomach these days and all I want to do is eat, eat, eat but my body's saying no, no, no!

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: chocolate!!  

Gender: baby boy!

Labor Signs: I've left this one out on the previous posts because I thought it was a little early to be talking of labor signs but now that I'm in the 3rd trimester and last night I had enough braxton hicks for me to worry I thought it'd be good to add this back in. So yeah, last night I had braxton hicks for almost 3 hours pretty consistently and they were uncomfy until I fell asleep. I researched before I went to bed what I should do and it said if you have more than 6 in an hour to call your dr/midwife. Well I definitely had more than 6 in a hour! But it was so late I didn't feel like calling. I decided to see if I could sleep it off and thankfully this morning they had subsided. I will definitely be talking with my midwife at my appointment later this week to see what I should do if they come on that strong again in the future.

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: I was kind of moody this week. I stress over the littlest of things and then I can become a total you know what. Thankfully Travis can snap me back into reality pretty quickly. He's a great guy to put up with so much! 

Looking forward to: finishing the nursery and our bedroom soon! I'm still in nesting mode!

There's that 3rd trimester bump. Can't wait until he's on the outside of my belly!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Our Small Nest and a Weekly Bumpdate

Nesting has officially set in. The other night I was wide awake at 4 in the morning going crazy pondering all that needs to be done in the next 3 months. In my mind (as to not wake Travis up) I was screaming, "THERE'S SO MUCH TO DO!!!" The next day I might have overwhelmed Travis a bit explaining all that needs to be done and all that I wanted to get. After a good chuckle he reminded me of how small our apartment is, how many bedrooms we have (2), and how if I wanted to buy anything new that would mean I'd have to get rid of something. Wahhhhh!!! 

So today I started. I emptied Anna's bedroom closet. I went through books, dvds, random boxes, clothes, and set them in keep and toss piles. It feels good to have Anna's closet complete and ready for when Juice Drop arrives because in 3 months it won't just be Anna's closet anymore. Yep, they'll be sharing a room. Which is another project in itself. Thankfully when we were decorating Anna's nursery two years ago we didn't make it too girly. The room has plenty of blacks, whites, and grays to balance it out, and we're hoping to add a touch of light blues here and there. 

This is when Anna and I were in the thick of nesting. 
And yay for her room only looking like this for 30 minutes! 


From here it'll be time to work on our own bedroom: downsizing Travis' gigantic desk that takes up most of our room making it oh, so romantic, unpacking books that have been in boxes for almost 3 years and placing them in our bookcase, adding decor, and setting up the bassinet once Juice Drop arrives. But we still have 13 more weeks (hopefully!) until we meet our little guy so until then here's a little bumpdate:


How far along? 27 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a rutabaga (a what?!) and is showing brain activity and his brainwill keep getting more complex! 

Total weight gain: 24 pounds--I was surprised to find out I had only gained 2 pounds in a month. I'm right on track with where I was with Anna now! Phew, baby boy may not be as big as I thought at the beginning of all this.

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: same as usual, waking up at least once a night to pee and occasionally waking up and being wide awake

Best moment this week: hearing Juice Drop's heartbeat--it never gets old and passing my glucose test! No gestational diabetes for me! Yippie! 

Miss Anything? and yet again, a glass of red wine, especially tonight while my friends will be taking sips and watching the finale of the Bachelorette (did I really just admit to watching that show?! #dontjudge)

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: this week, carbs! 

Gender: baby boy!

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: our friends' baby shower this weekend! Can't wait to see them and eventually meet their baby boy in a few weeks :)

I know my nesting of cleaning out closets isn't too unusual. What's the weirdest thing you've done while nesting? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So Close Yet So Far Away

Vacation was absolutely amazing but it's also great being home. It's a good feeling knowing we don't have anymore big travel plans before Juice Drop numero dos arrives. It just means we're that much closer to meeting our sweet baby boy! Ohhh, the anticipation is just killing us! People are already starting to talk about fall and all that comes along with it, like sweatshirts, pumpkin drinks at Starbucks, football, and the cooler weather. But all I can think about when fall is mentioned is finally getting to hold my baby in my arms. It still feels so far away but I know it's closer than I realize. I mean, we're in double digits folks! October 25th is less than 100 days away WAHOOOO! 


How far along? 26 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a head of lettuce and is taking breaths--of course he's breathing amniotic fluid but he's still practicing!

Total weight gain: 22+ pounds  

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: it's been ok. Really starting to get uncomfortable. I woke up to a bloody nose a few times, and not sleeping in your own bed for 2 weeks in a row can really wear on a pregnant lady. 

Best moment this week: seeing sheer joy every time Anna played in the ocean. She loved it! 

Miss Anything? a glass of red wine. Ice cream had to suffice in the evenings--not totally bummed about this. 

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: chocolate! 

Gender: baby boy!

Symptoms: major heartburn--it comes on even before I've eaten, braxton hicks, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: getting back into our regular routine and (fingers crossed) potty training!--well maybe not the whole training part but hopefully being diaper-less very soon! :)  

I'm already missing Island life. Anna's reaction to the beach and the waves was priceless. Post about our wonderful week on Amelia Island is to come! 


Monday, July 21, 2014

Celebrating Freedoms, Family, and Animals

July has been one of the best months this year so far--I'm hoping it doesn't surpass any of the months in the fall and thereafter considering what is to come then, however. In the last three weeks we've had family visit, a babymoon, and vacation. I think I've slept in a bed not my own more times than not. I'm not complaining. I love traveling. And I love when others travel to us. Like when we had my mom, stepdad, and sister come visit over the 4th of July weekend. My mom is simply the best. She is not your typical mom (or grandma) who carries around a Vera Bradley handbag and calls me on the phone everyday just to check in. My mom and I are polar opposites. She's a biker chick, I'm terrified of motorcycles. She has over 10 tattoos. I have zero. She loves cats and always talks about her "boys", and I would be fine if I never saw a cat again for the rest of my life. But when we get together we're like two peas in a pod. We crack each other up. The laughter doesn't stop. When they came to visit it wasn't any different.

We decided to do something other than go to Freedom Park this time--which is usually where we take all our guests who come to stay with us. We wanted to do something different. We choose the Lazy 5 Ranch in Mooresville, NC and it sure did not disappoint. We didn't know what to expect except that they had exotic animals that could come up to your car (or wagon) and you could feed them. How cool is that?! Yes, please!

I was so excited to see how Anna was going to react. She loves animals, she loved going to the Columbus Zoo, and I knew being able to be so close to these animals at the Lazy 5 Ranch was just going to rock her world.

I mean look at that face! I don't remember what she and Mami are looking at but it seems pretty exciting!



So like I said above, you could feed the animals that came up to the wagon. This buffalo sure was hungry, so much so that he salivated and slobbered all over me! 

This is my face after the drool from above got on my arm! Blech!



Anna was a little hesitant at first but eventually she wanted to feed the animals too.



The giraffe was so cool. I had never been that close to one before. Well I've never been that close to any of the other animals either but it really puts it into perspective just how tall these guys are when you have one standing over top of you. Pret-ty uh-mazing!




Anna refused to share her bucket of feed with anyone besides the animals. 


It was such a perfect way to spend time with my family. We don't get to see them as often as we wish we could. It's nice to be able to get away for a day and share memories that we can look back on. We also enjoyed walking around Plaza Midwood and eating at one of our favorite pizza places in Charlotte: Fuel Pizza. While we didn't get to see fireworks or an Independence parade we had a wonderful weekend celebrating being a family and enjoying all the freedoms that we've been blessed with.

You can see at least 4 tattoos on my mom in this pic and you'd think the motorcycle we're
standing in front of was hers, but it's not--she wishes ;) 

Anna loves her Auntie Em. She has been notably named the "baby whisperer".

I'll leave you with two of my favorite ice cream photo shoots to date. This girl can slam some ice cream. Me too, Anna, me too.


But those eyes though. Be still my heart.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

A Babymoon Recap with a Little Bump

Today marks two very important events: 1. we've reached the 25 week mark. For some reason 25 just seems like a big number to me. I don't know why, it just does. And 2. we're only half way through our two week vacation. The first week was amazing and I know this week will be just as great. 

This past week Travis and I spent 4 days BY OURSELVES! Travis' mom graciously drove 7 hours from Ohio so she could spend those four days with Anna while we headed to Lake Norman for a much needed getaway. We did a lot of reading, praying, talking, eating, and sleeping-in in that little yellow house that brings a bountiful of peace whenever we walk through her doors. One of the days I slept in until 9:30 and it was glorious! My favorite part of our time together was getting the chance to pray for our children. It puts things into perspective when you remember God has given you these children for a purpose and for such a short time. We couldn't help but ask Him to guide us through these next 18 years and pray that we'd be the best parents for them, setting them up to live a life for Christ. It was just a beautiful time of humbling ourselves before God and leading us in this crazy thing called parenthood. 

I actually got to read a book! First fiction in two years. 
This man is a true fishermen--even though he caught this one and only little guy below:

And the whole reason we were even on this little excursion was because of that little bump right there.
He has my heart and I'm never giving it back. 

So Anna was in a rare mood when we returned. We were so excited to see her that when we got home I was out of the car before Travis was able to put it in park. We raced to our back gate and Anna and Mimi (Travis' mom) were there waiting at the door. I was hoping for a "Mommy!" but all we got was a blank stare. And for the next ten minutes it felt like she was giving us the cold shoulder. No hug, no kiss, no smile, no nothing. It was like she was saying "hey, you guys left me here and now you expect me to be excited when you finally get back! Think again!" But then we started tickling her and all was forgiven. Phew! I was a little worried we'd never be able to leave her again after that little episode! But only a little worried, not enough to really never leave her ;) Sometimes parents just need a little time away, amiright or amiright, ya know what I mean?!

And now for the 25 week bump update. Here he is, folks:


How far along? 25 Weeks

How big is baby? the size of a cauliflower and he knows which way is up or down now. Hopefully he enjoys being upside down so he's ready to come out the right way! 

Total weight gain: 22 pounds 

Maternity clothes? only when I'm in public trying to look nice, otherwise it's gym shorts, tshirts and tank tops

Sleep: it was great! But that may be due to the fact that we got to sleep in since we were babe-less all week 

Best moment this week: praying for our children (still crazy to me that now we have children!) while on our babymoon. It was a sweet time of lifting them up in prayer and trusting God to help us through this crazy thing called parenting. 

Miss Anything? We went to Cowfish (a sushi restaurant) yesterday and I had to stick with shrimp tempura rolls while Travis and his mom delighted on the real stuff. So jelly!

Movement: morning, noon, and night ;)

Food cravings: chocolate! I indulged in milky ways and twix bars this week, but hey, it's vacation! 

Gender: baby boy!

Symptoms: heartburn, peeing all the time, out of breath, and my favorite: baby kicks! 

Belly Button in or out? out

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy!

Looking forward to: enjoying our vacation on the beach of Amelia Island. We feel so blessed and grateful to be able to spend this next week just kicking back and relaxing in a beautiful setting. 

 Don't think I've forgotten to post about my family visiting over the 4th of July weekend, <Mom>. I'll be back to write a very nice, long post just for you that highlights all the fun we had! ;)