Oct 17, 2014

BUMPdate: 26 Weeks!

I know, it’s been far, far too long since you’ve had a decent #bumpdate from me, so here you go!!

How far along are you: 26 weeks – I actually am into the “less than 100 days to go” countdown…eeek!!!

Fruit: This week baby is as big as a head of lettuce (well that’s not very adorable…)

Baby bump: It’s in full effect!! There’s really no question now, although strangers still won’t come out and ask, they just stare at me strangely…

Maternity Clothes: Yes, yes, and yes.  I still have a few dresses I can wear that are stretchy (like the one in this pic) , but who knows how much longer that will last.


Gender: Baby Girl J

Stretch Marks: No new ones (yet)

Sleep: I wake up every night to pee, but so long as I get my workout in each day I’m getting a good amount of sleep each night.  I’m still tired a whole lot though!

Cravings: No new ones really.

What Makes Me Wanna Gag: No specific food, but I’ve been getting heart burn like crazy – at this rate, she’s bound to come out super hairy because it’s non-stop!

Exercise: Walking, running, Piyo, a little Turbo Jam, and the 21 day fix.  I do what I can, when I can, even if it’s not every day its better than nothing!

Mood: I feel pretty good, no real complaints!

Favorite thing this week: Our little girl is moving quite a bit these days, she’s super active and kicking around on a regular basis.

Excited For: Deciding on a name and starting the nursery!

In other news...I think I NEED this shirt, don't you!???

Happy weekend! :)

Oct 2, 2014

No more excuses

I've let my little corner of the internet here slip away, I'm sorry for those of you waiting on regular posts from me, my life has just gotten so crazy lately and to be honest, I'm usually too tired when I do have the time that I don't want to come up with a new post! I hope you cut me a little slack on that, but to tell you the truth, I feel like I've been full of excuses lately. 

I'm pregnant.  So what.  That's not an excuse to throw out my good eating habits or my daily exercise routine, or just feeling good in my own skin.  I posted last week about weight gain woes and feeling more fat than pregnant some days, and that's still very true, but the more I think about it, I'm realizing that I'm feeling so terrible about it because I KNOW I'm not making the best choices.  I've started a new round of the 21 day fix more times than I can count during this pregnancy and fell off after just a few days when I gave into my cravings.  I've been using those excuses, and the "I'm pregnant I'm allowed" mentality to allow myself to slip back into my old habits, and to tell you the truth, I'm miserable because of it.  I've been very lucky in having a fairly easy pregnancy with no major issues or morning sickness (vomiting) issues, so it's about time I take advantage of that.  I'm starting (yes another) new round of the 21 day fix on Monday.  I will eat healthy for me AND my daughter, because we deserve to be healthy, period.  Here we go (again)!

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!
 

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