Sep 22, 2014

Weight Gain Woes

I’m going to be honest here…some days I don’t feel pregnant, I just feel FAT.  I’m not telling you this for sympathy or “you look great” comments (I appreciate them, I really do), I’m just letting you know that this whole weight gain thing screws with your head. 

Coming from someone who’s recently lost a lot of weight, it’s really, REALLY hard..painful even…to watch the scale creep up each week.  (It doesn’t help that my boobs have gotten HUGE – I’m talking up 3 cup sizes already and the baby isn’t even here yet!?)


I’m not one of those women who didn’t gain an ounce until she hit 20 weeks (those of you out there are super lucky!), it’s just not the way my body is built or my genetics work.  I’m trying to stay active, but that’s a struggle with all this extra weight in the front of me now (my back feels the added stress for sure!), and as much as I’d love to say I’m being 100% healthy about my diet, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to caving into my cravings for things like pizza and ice cream.  The thing is – is that the worst thing in the world? To indulge in a treat here or there? Probably not, but the old me is fighting the urge to start counting calories and obsessing over every bite I put into my mouth.
My point is that it’s easy to judge…to say that “when I’m pregnant, I’m going to do X, or I’m not going to gain any more than the recommended weight, or I’m going to eat only fruits and veggies…”  It’s easier said than done.  Normally I’d be harder on myself – tell myself that I’m making excuses and I need to suck it up.  But I’m growing another life inside of me, and I don’t want to do ANYTHING that would put her in jeopardy, and that includes over exercising or not giving her enough calories.  That being said, I’m going to make an effort to be better about my food choices.  Now that I’m further along, I’m having less food aversions than I was earlier in my pregnancy, so I’m hopeful I can start incorporating my healthy staples back in on a regular basis, 21 day fix style.  Food has and always will be my biggest struggle, so I’m trying to remember that with my number one priority being growing a healthy baby, that includes feeding her the right foods now too! 

Sep 10, 2014

BUMPdate: 21 weeks!

How far along are you: 21 Weeks – it’s all downhill from here, right???



Fruit: This week baby is the size of a pomegranate – wait, doesn't the fruit size actually seem smaller this week? I don’t understand their logic sometimes!




Baby bump: No denying it’s there, it feels a bit more intentional this week than it has in the past (where I felt like maybe I just looked fat and/or bloated).
  
Maternity Clothes: I’m still stretching a few pre-baby clothing pieces out for a few more weeks, like those Old Navy Rockstar Skinnies I’m wearing today J  I have a few maternity pieces too, but I think I’m going to try to hold off on buying anything new for as long as possible, I just hate wasting money!

Gender: In case you missed it yesterday, IT’S A GIRL!!

Stretch Marks: No new ones (yet)

Sleep: My new routine seems to involve waking up to pee at 3:30am…and then not falling back asleep L

Cravings: Gummy worms, crispy chicken, and Raspberry Iced Tea…so random!

What Makes Me Wanna Gag: I’m trying like hell to eat grilled chicken…it’s been a battle though!

Exercise: Walking, running, Piyo, and the 21 day fix. 

Mood: I feel pretty good, no real complaints!

Favorite thing this week: She kicked! Not just a little flutter, but a real, honest to goodness kick! I’ve felt her move a few times now, it’s such an amazing feeling!

Excited For: The nursery! And for my husband to feel her kick too J

Sep 9, 2014

Gender Reveal!!

You've been waiting so patiently, so let's just get right to it shall we?




It's a girl! We're very excited and now that we know we're on "Team Pink" we can start planning for the nursery and our registry.  Oh and if things weren't crazy enough right now, we just put our house on the market! Fall is time for change, right?? 
Happy Tuesday :)

Sep 3, 2014

BUMPdate - Halfway!

How far along are you: 20 weeks – half way!!

Fruit: This week baby is the size of a banana







Baby bump: It’s in full effect!! Still not at the point where strangers are asking me about it, but those who know are definitely now coming up to me and rubbing my protruding belly!



Maternity Clothes: I’m still in some stretchy pre-pregnancy clothes, including the dress I’m wearing today, but for bottoms I find that the Maternity ones are getting to be a necessity.  We visited with family this past weekend and I got a whole tub of hand-me-down maternity clothes, so I’m excited to have a few more options now J

Gender Guess: Well – WE KNOW THE GENDER!! Any last minute guesses before I announce???

Stretch Marks: No new ones (yet)

Sleep: It’s getting more difficult to sleep through the night – lots of wake-ups for various reasons, whether is rolling over to get more comfortable or getting up to pee.  Falling back asleep is getting troublesome too.

Cravings: Still on those damn gummy worms – although I think I’m making an effort to quit cold turkey this week...we'll see what baby has to say about that!

What Makes Me Wanna Gag: Not too much these days, I’m feeling pretty good in this category!

Exercise: Walking, running, Piyo, and the 21 day fix.  I’m starting to feel like I have the energy again, but my ab muscles are sore, so I have to listen to my body and do what I can when I can.  Walking with my husband every morning has turned into a nice routine for us though, so I’m happy to have that time now.

Mood: I feel pretty good, no real complaints!

Favorite thing this week: We had an ultrasound yesterday, and I got to see my baby – who’s grown so very much since our last peek! Baby is healthy and absolutely perfect from a medical perspective, so that was so relieving to hear, and of course we found out the gender so I’m so excited about that too!

Excited For: Baby registration and buying stuff for the nursery now that we know the gender J

Aug 26, 2014

Psychic reading - with a gender prediction!

I was recently contacted by the folks over at Psychic Source to see if I’d be interested in a psychic reading.
*Disclaimer: I was given this reading for free in exchange for my blog review, but all opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

I was intrigued: I've never had a psychic reading before, but know plenty of people who have and swear by them, so I was excited to see what they had to say....you can learn more about this company here: http://www.psychicsource.com/about/psychic-readings

My reading was with Cheyenne (this was all done over the phone).  I have to say she was very sweet, and always stopped to ask if I understood what she was saying, and if I had any questions about what she had just talked about.

She asked me if I wanted a general reading or had specific questions, so I suggested we start with the general reading first.

She said she felt that I had a high level of spiritual evolvement and that I was a very intuitive and emotional content person (whoa).  She said she saw that I was facing a challenge at work (this is true), and that she suggested I just “go with the flow”, because I’m naturally good at what I do and have a great deal of leadership ability, so it will all work out for the best.  She also noted that I have a very good balance of male/female energy, which is what makes me such a strong leader.

We talked about where I’m from (Connecticut), and she said that while my home is “Ok for now”, my family may travel West in the future, and a bit South (but not deep south).  This one was a bit weird to me, since my entire family is in CT, but I guess only time can tell!

She said she saw silver and gold down the road – possibly someone is putting aside an inheritance for my family that will retain a lot of value, and that my financial future looks promising (hmm…this one is strange, I don’t really have anyone in my life to leave me an inheritance, so I’m not sure where this would come from).

Now the question I really wanted to know the answer to….am I having a boy or a girl? 



Cheyenne said she felt that it was a girl, but that she would have a strong male energy just like her momma.  She will have a lot of will, but not in a challenging way, and I’ll be able to encourage that in her.  Baby will have a great deal of creativity, be drawn to the arts, and want to be the star of the show. (I find out the gender next week, so we’ll see!)

Cheyenne also said my baby has a great deal of intelligence – a knowingness and awareness that is going to surprise me, and that she’ll have an amazing intuition at a very young age.

Cheyenne asked if I was scared about motherhood, this must be my first she noted (true and true!); she said not to worry, that I’m very organized and will settle into motherhood quite will.  Cheyenne can see that I’m super knowledgeable about not eating poor foods, that I’m aware of nutrition and that she can tell I take good care of myself -  baby chose me for that very reason – she suggested I read up on indigo children/crystal children as I’ll find that those characteristics will fit my baby quite well.  Cheyenne  also noted that Labor will not be difficult for me (here’s hoping!).

Cheyenne asked if we had been considering moving lately (we have), and pointed out that my husband wants to hold off because of finances (this is true).  She told me that the baby doesn't care where we live, but that she does see a new house in the springtime, and that it will be worth the wait.

We then talked a bit about the future... She did say that my husband is going to make an amazing father, and that he’s going to surprise me at how protective he’ll be, but that I’ll have to be the disciplinarian because he’s going to give baby girl whatever she wants J
   
So….final thoughts? This was fun! I would honestly recommend the experience to anyone who hasn't had a reading before…some of it was a little more “spiritual” than I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many things she seemed to be on point with, and I’m even more excited to see if she’s right about the baby’s gender! If you’re interested in getting a reading of your own, contact the folks over at http://www.psychicsource.com!
 

Aug 20, 2014

BUMPdate: 18 Weeks!

How far along are you: 18 weeks

Fruit: This week baby is the size of a sweet potato (yum J )





Baby bump: It seems to be getting more pronounced now…I don’t think I’m at the point where strangers will ask me my due date or anything, but it’s sure noticeable now!



Maternity Clothes: I went shopping over the weekend for some real maternity clothes (I have been getting away with dresses and leggings and stretchy pre-baby clothes so far).  I had a big strike-out in store for tall pants – apparently tall women don’t get pregnant too? So I got a dress this weekend, but nothing else.  After some online shopping, I found a few options at Gap and Old Navy that should arrive by the end of the week, so we’ll see!

Gender Guess: Officially confused – I actually had a psychic reading last weekend which gave me a gender prediction, but I’ll talk more about that in another post J

Stretch Marks: No new ones (yet)

Sleep: Have I mentioned I’m tired? Lol – biggest preganancy symptom right here, I could sleep all day!

Cravings: Gummy worms again!

What Makes Me Wanna Gag: Fish..one of my co-workers had fish in the office microwave yesterday and it made me want to puke!

Exercise: Walking and PiYo.  I went for a run for the first time in a while this past Saturday; I was proud of myself for doing it, but realized by mid-day that it was probably too much.  I got REALLY crampy right afterwards, and by the afternoon I had serious muscle pain right under my belly – almost like I pulled a muscle.  I’m told now this is round ligament pain and it’s common during this phase of pregnancy, but man does it hurt! I’ve been taking it easy since then as a result, I’m still a bit sore!

Mood: Peachy keen jelly bean J

Favorite thing this week: I’ve had a few fleeting moments where I thought that MAYBE I might be feeling the baby move – just little flutters, but I love the thought that this could be the baby!

Excited For: More substantial movement, official gender ultrasound.

Aug 13, 2014

BUMPdate - 17 Weeks!

So I skipped week 16 last week since I was on vacation, but honestly you didn’t miss much…so here’s this week!

How far along are you: 17 weeks

Fruit: This week baby is the size of an onion (well that’s not very cute….)




Baby bump: It seems to be growing every day, but I’m pretty convinced that most people who don’t know I’m pregnant just think I’m fat ;)

Maternity Clothes: I’m still in my regular clothes for now…the only pants I can fit into are my rockstar skinnies from Old Navy, which are super stretchy…other than that, I’ve been sticking to dresses and leggings for the most part, and of course workout clothes J
 
(Flowy top with my rockstar skinnies, didn't feel like a dress in the rain today)
Gender Guess: I’m up in the air…I’ve had 2 dreams now with a baby girl, so who knows…only three more weeks until we find out!

Stretch Marks: No new ones (yet)

Sleep: I can’t get enough, I’m tired all the time, but I end up sleeping for only a few hours at a time before getting up to pee! My hips are starting to feel achy, so I’m seriously considering getting one of those pregnancy pillows

Cravings: This week I wanted gummy worms! So random, I haven’t had them in years, but man were they delicious!

What Makes Me Wanna Gag: My sense of smell seems to be in high gear lately ..you know that musty smell your clothes get if you leave them in the washer too long before switching to the dryer? I feel like that’s all I can smell these days, and it totally makes me gag.

Exercise: PiYo and lots, and lots of walking.

Mood: I feel good for the most part, but I do deal with mood swings where I find myself very irritable, and I still cry pretty easily at just about everything.

Favorite thing this week: I had a super active vacation, so that made me feel better about getting back into my old exercise routines.

Excited For: I keep waiting to feel that first movement from the baby; everything says I should feel it any day now, so I’m super excited for that!

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