Wednesday, February 10, 2016

14 Weeks

How Far Along: 14 weeks as of last Monday (I really intended to write this post on Monday, but LIFE)

Size of Baby: Lemon

Weight Gain: 2ish pounds - some days the scale shows no gain, other days it's 1-2 pounds

Stretch Marks: Not yet - hopefully not ever

Maternity Clothes:  I've got several pair of pants recently that are elastic-waisted so that I can wear them throughout pregnancy and after.  I have maternity items, but my belly just isn't quite big enough for them yet.  I'm okay with that.  I also made an attempt at the belly band for Superbowl Sunday and let's just be real - those things don't hold your jeans up.  There, I said it.

Gender:  Not sure yet, but I made an appoint for us to get a 4D ultrasound down next weekend so that we can take CT and he can see his baby brother/sister.  This will also tell us a little early (16 weeks) what we can expect in August!

Movement:  Feeling little flutters- like butterfly wings

Sleep:  It's not great - I could use more (said every mom ever) and it would be nice if my toddler and dogs would stop ganging up on me trying to stop that from happening.

Missing:  Wine. But I have concocted my own little "mocktail" of gingerale and OJ and it's pretty good for the nights I want to feel like I'm drinking something special.

Loving:  Crossing things off our to-do list around the house.  I spent last Saturday deep-cleaning the house and felt incredibly good and proud of that achievement.  

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Fruit and fresh veggies.  Spring!  I'm ready for the cold weather to either show up with some snow or move out.

Feeling: Finally back to myself! A really, really tired version of myself. But, my energy is back and I've made two 5am workouts in a row this week!  

Looking Forward: Spending as much one on one time with CT as possible.  Date nights with my husband.  A potential family vacation over spring break.  I'm really excited about the appointment so that CT can really see the baby - he talks about the baby a lot, but I'm excited to see his reaction when he realizes it's real.

Best Moment(s): Superbowl Sunday we had family and friends over for the game and that was really fun + superbowl food is pretty much the best ever.  My sweet MIL gave me a china cabinet for my birthday (and painted it!!) and I was finally able to display our wedding china after 5 years of marriage.  I've welcomed 6 new coaches to my team recently and I'm just really excited about helping these women crush their goals, launch their business, and really change their family's lives.

Friday, February 5, 2016

That time I peed on a stick in Walmart

pee on a stick pregnancy

Yuuuuuuup.  You read that right.

So, this time around, I kinda sorta positively knew I was pregnant, but didn't really insist upon taking the test until my husband pretty much said - do it.  I already knew because of how my body felt, but I also knew we needed to know for sure and make an appointment.

One morning I wasn't feeling particularly well and Justin said a few times - you need to take a test!

Well, once that idea was in my head I was like, "I have to take a test and I have to take a test now!"

I had time after dropping CT off before heading to work to go to Walmart and pick up a pregnancy test.  Of course I ran into like 3 former students (who should have been at school already) and had to practically smuggle the test to the cashier - thankfully there were no accusations of stealing.  Then I was in line and the man behind me was like, "Do you mind if I go around you?  I'm on my way to work and I don't want to be late."

Of course.  I let him go around me.  And of course - a former student got in line behind me.  (Who should have been in school already, mind you.)  And of course.  The cashier inspected the package before putting my pregnancy test box in a bag.

It was torture I tell you.

Anyway, I immediately went into the bathroom, peed on the stick, stuck it back in the wrapper-in the box-in the shopping bag and walked ran to the car.

I caught my breath and pulled it out to see 2 lines.  I was pregnant!  So I sent a selfie to my hubby to share the good news.  And here we are....

You thought people just wore pajamas to Walmart, but I took it to a whole new level.  Great story to share with the little bambino one day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Love So Big

Confession time:

If you've been around here for any amount of time or if you follow my Facebook page you know that my son is pretty much my favorite part of life.  I mean, life was good, but now it's in HD - you know what I mean?

Being momma is my favorite job.

So, when my husband and I started talking about Baby #2 I was really excited because I dream of a big family sitting around the dining room table, really loud and boisterous, and just warm.  Like Brothers&Sisters type of family.

I wasn't expecting to feel so conflicted when I actually got pregnant.  Don't get me wrong!  I wanted this baby, I prayed for this baby, way before we even started talking about having this baby.  And I'm elated to be it's momma.  But, it wasn't long after I knew I was pregnant that I started having lots of thoughts and questions like...

Is CT ready to share me?

Am I ready to share CT?!

Can I possibly love another human being as much as I love him?

The other day I was at the doctor for an ultrasound and I got to see the baby and hear it's heartbeat and instantly I just knew:

I love this baby.  There is absolutely no question whether or not CT can share me or if I can share him.  This baby is already part of our family and I can't wait to watch CT be a big brother and I can't wait to watch him love his sibling and to watch him be loved by his sibling.

I have shared these sentiments with others and it sounds like its pretty common for mothers to feel this way, to worry.  We're mothers after all.  It's what we do, right?

I think this pregnancy has me more on edge and anxious than my first!  Part of that is because of CT's unexpected early arrival and part of that is because I have a toddler climbing all over me 80% of the day and part of it is just change.  And you know how I feel about change...

Monday, February 1, 2016

13 Weeks

How Far Along: 13 weeks today

Size of Baby: Peach

Weight Gain: 1

Stretch Marks: Not yet - hopefully not ever

Maternity Clothes:  I've purchased several items off a maternity resale site I found on Facebook and I've found several non-maternity pieces at Target, Old Navy, and Belk that have been really helpful in this transitional time.  I'm not trying to stuff myself into my normal clothes (like I did first go-round) because it's simply uncomfortable.  I also racked up at Old Navy the other day when they were having their online exclusive 90% off sale because the majority of maternity clothing is online exclusive!  

Gender:  Not sure yet, but I keep thinking girl for some reason

Movement:  Feeling little flutters- like butterfly wings

Sleep:  It's not great - I could use more (said every mom ever) and it would be nice if my toddler and dogs would stop ganging up on me trying to stop that from happening.

Missing:  Sushi.  We went out for sushi last night and we've been a few times since I've been pregnant - each time I just get cooked rolls and I'm happy, but the place we went to last night had a very limited selection for me.

Loving:  Crossing things off our to-do list around the house

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Fruit and fresh veggies

Feeling: Finally back to myself! A really, really tired version of myself.

Looking Forward: Spending as much one on one time with CT as possible.  Date nights with my husband.  A potential family vacation over spring break.  

Best Moment(s): Hearing my baby's heartbeat at the doctor last week and see him/her on the big screen.  It's amazing in just 6 weeks how much he/she has grown!  

This has been a crazy busy week - hence the mom over here waving and saying:

"Hi!  Remember me?!  I'm the blogger who is over here NOT properly documenting this pregnancy like I should."

I had been having a lot of anxiety over the Zika virus and whether or not it would prevent me from going on my cruise.  Luckily, Beachbody changed the course of the cruise, removing Haiti from the list and changing it to the Bahamas and Jamaica.  Unfortunately, my doctor is pretty convinced that it is a matter of time before those 2 countries are added to the list and has recommended I not go on the trip.  

Honestly, I'm disappointed because I worked my arse off that for that trip, but I'm more in love with this sweet baby in my belly than anything else and I would miss ALL the cruises if it meant keeping this little nugget safe.  As mamas, we sacrifice and this doesn't even feel like a big one.  Really.

See 13 weeks with CT here.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

11 Weeks

How Far Along: 11 weeks today

Size of Baby: Lime

Weight Gain: 0

Stretch Marks: Not yet - hopefully not ever

Maternity Clothes:  I want to get my BeBands out of storage because by the end of the day my bump action is a little stronger and its uncomfortable to have pants buttoned, but not quite ready for maternity clothes just yet. I've purchased a few new things from a resale site on Facebook that specializes in maternity and I'm excited to start wearing them soon!

Gender:  Not sure yet, but I keep thinking girl for some reason

Movement:  Nada

Sleep:  It's not great - I could use more (said every mom ever)

Missing:  Not too much

Loving:  My growing bump

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Strawberries, soup of all sorts 

Feeling: Finally back to myself!  Praying it stays this way.

Looking Forward: Spending as much one on one time with CT as possible.  Looking forward to our next appointment on the 28th.  Excited for our little "baby-moon" I earned for us with my Beachbody business.

Best Moment(s): Laying in bed with CT before his bedtime and talking about the baby. This past long weekend we did a whole lot of nothing except putter and do little things around the house and it was really nice to just be us for the weekend.

See my 10 week bumpdate here!

Friday, January 15, 2016

How to make Yourself a Morning Workout Person

Ummmmmm.....yeah.  I am a morning person if and only if I get to wake up naturally around 7am or so.  So, setting my alarm a full 45 minutes before it needs to go off is not part of my idea of "happy hour."

But, it is my reality if I want to get my workout in.  Because if you think it's easy to make excuses at 5am, wait until 5pm - they come even easier!

If I waited until 5pm to get my workout in I would be tired, making dinner, chasing a toddler, greeting a hubby from work, cleaning yogurt off the floor, watching Real Housewives on DVR, you get the picture.  It just wouldn't happen, folks!

I'm just going to be honest and tell you - if you weren't a morning person before the first trimester, you aren't going to be one during it!  No way, no how.  So I wouldn't even push yourself to attempt it.  First trimester you are going to be extra tired because you are working on building a life-support system for your baby!  Building the placenta is particularly difficult on the body so normally by the end of the first trimester you start to feel better - there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

Once you start getting your energy back (and if your doctor has cleared you for exercise), you can start attempting those morning workouts again!  Here are a few tips on how to stay energized and be a morning person:

  1. Listen to your body.  This is the most important thing you can do for yourself and baby during pregnancy.  Don't try to be SuperMom; just do what you can.  And keep in mind anything you do right now as far as exercise is benefitting you and baby so don't beat yourself up if you lose your breath easily, get tired faster, or need more rests/water breaks.
  2. Ask for help.  This is soooo hard for me.  I want to be SuperMom - I really do.  I want to do it all.  Fact is, especially right now - I can't.  You can't.  So ask for help.  Ask your significant other to do the dishes, prep dinner one night a week, or get your MIL or parents to keep your toddler for a few hours on Sunday.  It's okay.  (Trust me - as I type this I'm trying to convince myself that it doesn't make me less of a SuperMom to ask for help)  In all reality, getting help in other areas might give you the energy you need to wake up in the morning.
  3. Eat right.  I know this is especially hard in the first trimester, but do your best to eat healthy.  Filling up on cereal, bagels, chocolate, and any other weird cravings only weighs you down and makes you feel sluggish.  Try to replace those things with healthier options like these muffins, fruit, raw veggies and dip, etc.
  4. Get an accountability partner.  I can't tell you enough how much it helps to share my workouts within my virtual challenge groups.  (I also have a prenatal group right now.)  They are cheering for me, for us!  And that makes a world of difference when I'm debating whether or not to hit snooze and roll over.
  5. Get more rest.  I realize this would solve a world of problems, but it's important to keep in mind that when you're exhausted at 8:00 it's simply not worth it to stay up one more hour to get things done if you're going to feel awful the next day.  (At least for me, fatigue causes morning sickness.)
In reality, all of these tips are just going to make you feel better overall, but they will definitely help you in becoming a morning person and potentially getting that morning workout.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Homemade Zupa Toscana in the Crockpot

homemade zup toscana crockpot soup recipe

You know me - you know I love a good crockpot recipe.  What you may not know about me is that I love Zupa Toscana soup from Olive Garden and when I'm pregnant I loooooooove me some Zupa Toscana.  Like my hubby and I have driven 30 minutes to Olive Garden just so that I could sit there and eat endless bowls and breadsticks.  And good waiters and waitresses send me home with a takeout container (and get an extra sweet tip when they do)!

So last year I started playing with the idea of making it at home and I did, but it was a lot of work because I used frozen spinach and did it on the stove and I just knew there had to be a better way.  A way that involved me throwing ingredients into the magic crockpot and then walking away for 4 hours.  Love that magic pot.

I found a few recipes and tweaked them to come up with this:

1 bunch of organic kale (washed and chopped)
3 large potatoes (washed and sliced)
1 carton of chicken broth
1 pint of heavy whipping cream
1 lb sweet italian sausage (browned and drained)
salt & pepper to taste

  1. Brown and drain sausage.  Drain extremely well to cut down on greasiness of soup.
  2. Place broth and whipping cream in crockpot.
  3. Add sausage, potatoes, and kale.
  4. Salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Let it sit on high for 3 hours then turn down to low for 1 hour.  (You could probably just have it sit on low for 6 hours)
  6. Continuously stir and submerge the kale/potatoes under the broth.
  7. Enjoy!