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Friday, February 26, 2016

16 Weeks


How Far Along: 16 weeks as of last Monday - I know these aren't the highest quality pictures, but real life is this.  There is no time to set up a tripod and try to be official about it with a toddler running around, but I do work out each day so why not snap a pic then?!

Size of Baby: Avocado

Weight Gain: 6 pounds; when I went to the doctor I asked about weight gain and she assured me that this is lower than average so not to be concerned.  That made me feel really good since I've been working hard to stay healthy.

Stretch Marks: Not yet - hopefully not ever

Maternity Clothes:  I am wearing my tops and some of my bottoms.  Really looking forward to spring where I can live in my dresses.

Gender:  CT, Hubby, and I went to a 4D ultrasound last weekend and found out the gender as a family.  We are keeping it a secret until March 12th when we will announce it to our close family and friends at a little party at our house.

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 would sleep in his own bed all night.  He usually starts there, but ends up coming into my room in the middle of the night and instead of fighting it, I just pull him into bed with us.

Missing:  Wine.  Other than that I'm pretty good.  

Loving:  The fact that we have a little special secret between the 4 of us right now.

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Fruit and fresh veggies.   

Feeling: Finally back to myself! I am excited about meal prep and cooking and all the things I love and that just makes my heart happy.  Also loving getting outside for some runs with CT.  Now that I feel good, I've been running with the stroller again.

Looking Forward: Spending as much one on one time with CT as possible.  Date nights with my husband.  A family vacation to the beach over spring break.  Oysters, ribs, and wings this weekend with our best friends.  And our Gender Reveal on 3/12.

Best Moment(s): This week has been a little hectic with some late(r) nights, but I enjoyed 2 nights out with girlfriends this week.  One to a big consignment sale where I was able to sneak away and get some things for baby without getting caught.  And another to a great speaker with some of the coaches on my team.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Pregnancy Fitness Series | Then vs. Now; My Pregnancy Goals

This series focuses on staying fit throughout pregnancy.  Each individual should consult with her doctor before starting a fitness regimen while pregnant as each case is different.  
*Please remember that although I am a certified group fitness instructor and health/fitness coach, I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist.  This blog reflects my personal nutrition and fitness regimen; it is important to consult with your doctor before beginning a routine.*


I've learned so much about my personal health and fitness in the last year and a half of being a virtual health and fitness coach and I'm excited to see where that takes me in regards to my journey with this pregnancy.

In my first pregnancy I was relatively active, but I wouldn't necessarily say I was as healthy as I thought I was.  I consumed pretty much whatever I wanted, avoided strength training, gained more than the suggested 30 pounds, and struggled with water retention.  So I've got some goals for this pregnancy to make it a healthier time for both me and baby.
  1. Watch what I eat
    And I don't mean watch it as it goes into my mouth!  I did a lot of that in my first pregnancy.  I remember being at a wedding and filling my plate at the buffet only to have my cousin say, "Wow!  Are you hungry?!"  Of course I responded saying - "I'm starving and I'm pregnant!  I didn't eat lunch today."

    But, honestly, I was embarrassed.  I realized almost immediately that I was eating way. too. much.  And I was using my pregnancy as an excuse to fill my plate.  It wasn't necessarily filled with bad food, but it was filled.

    This time around...
    I've tried to be conscious of the amount of water I'm consuming because if you aren't getting enough then you can sometimes confuse thirst with hunger.  I'm also replacing Oreos with healthier snacks (and fortunately sugar is not appealing) like oranges, cheese and crackers, natural almonds, etc.
  2. Continue my normally scheduled routine
    In my last pregnancy I continued running and was so proud of myself (and I still am - I should be!) up until 32 weeks.  I had my son at 35 weeks so that was pretty impressive.  However, I slept whenever I wanted, I ran much slower and far less distance, and I completely stopped doing any sort of cross training.

    This time around...
    I am still doing cardio although not as much running as I was doing a few years ago - mostly because I don't run as often now as I did before I got pregnant with my son; I've started incorporating various forms of cardio and strength training.  I'm still doing the strength training and cross training I was doing in addition to the cardio before I got pregnant this time.

    I've obviously scaled back the intensity of my workouts to ensure I'm not lacking oxygen, but I'm still pushing myself particularly in my upper and lower body.  I'm trying to wake up each morning at 5am to get my workout in like I was before baby - I'm hoping after the first trimester this will become easier again.

  3. Bust my butt in my business
    I wasn't just teaching when I was pregnant with CT; I was also doing my National Boards and working on my Master's in Reading so I was super busy.  I ended up not achieving my boards, but I did get my Master's in time to avoid taking any classes after he arrived - literally to the day - if you remember, he arrived 5 weeks early on my graduation day.

    This time around...
    I'm not in class or working on my boards, but I am a virtual health/fitness coach and I have BIG goals for my business between now and this little bundle's arrival.  It's no secret that my dream is to work from home and make this a career and this baby has me wanting that now more than ever.

    If you are interested in hearing more about what I do as a coach, please, let me know!  It's been one of the biggest blessings to me and my family for many reasons and I so badly want to help other women do the same.  I didn't plan to put a shameless plug in this post, but if I could bottle up and sell the feeling and blessings this business has brought me I'd be an overnight sensation - truly, it's the best.

    I'm also man-handling a toddler and doing the whole wife/adulting thing so there's that.
Already, I'm pretty excited about seeing how things go with this pregnancy compared to with CT.  I know each pregnancy is different and that is already the case with this one.  But, it's fun to see how far I've come!

What are your current goals, pregnant or not?

Thursday, February 18, 2016

15 Weeks


How Far Along: 15 weeks as of Monday

Size of Baby: Navel orange

Weight Gain: 4 pounds - this is starting (quickly) to become a stressor for me so I may or may not continue to weigh myself and share.  I know I'm doing what is best for my health and fitness and the baby's and that's what I need to focus on.

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 really loving these pants.

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 would sleep in his own bed all night.  He usually starts there, but ends up coming into my room in the middle of the night and instead of fighting it, I just pull him into bed with us.

Missing:  Wine.  Other than that I'm pretty good.  

Loving:  Slowing down and embracing little moments with CT; trying to really prepare him (and me) for sharing the love.

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Fruit and fresh veggies.  Avocado. Spring!  

Feeling: Finally back to myself! I am excited about meal prep and cooking and all the things I love and that just makes my heart happy.  (As well as my hubby's tummy)

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): Saturday night CT stayed with his Ana and Papaw so that Justin and I could go on a Valentine date.  It was so nice to get dinner and then come home to crawl into bed and watch Shark Tank rather than Blaze or Elmo.  Yes - we are that old married couple.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Difference a Lifestyle Makes

This series focuses on staying fit throughout pregnancy.  Each individual should consult with her doctor before starting a fitness regimen while pregnant as each case is different.  
*Please remember that although I am a certified group fitness instructor and health/fitness coach, I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist.  This blog reflects my personal nutrition and fitness regimen; it is important to consult with your doctor before beginning a routine.*


After I had my son I got to a point where I just knew it was time to do something for me.  With mommyhood comes this overwhelming sense of - do everything for others and put yourself on the back burner.  Any mommies out there relate?


32 weeks pregnant with CT

It's no secret that during my pregnancy with him I battled extreme edema and weight gain - it didn't help that I was taking my National Boards and in master's classes during that time.

I did manage to run throughout my pregnancy until I got to 32 weeks.  However, I ran just a few times a week and didn't do any other type of strength training to supplement.  I say all this not because I'm discrediting what I did to stay healthy during that time, but because I know this time around will be even healthier.

After having CT I established an extremely healthy lifestyle including *mostly* clean eating, cardio, strength training, and good nutrition.  It's easily making the transition into pregnancy/double mommyhood easier.

I've had a few people say, "You're still exercising?!"  There are always opinions on that - heck, there are opinions on everything.  My doctor is encouraging me to continue strength training and running as long as I feel well enough to do so (and as long as my check-ups continue to be uneventful).  If your doctor says it's okay, go for it!

I've had other people say, "You shouldn't be drinking those shakes - you need to gain weight now." There - of course - are always opinions on that and you've got the people who say - "You're eating for 2, have seconds, thirds, fourths!"

It hit me the other day when someone made a comment about Shakeology and the fact that I was still drinking it that 1. people don't truly know what Shakeology is, 2. there are so many 'quick fixes' and 'magic pills' on the market that consumers don't know the difference, 3. people think I'm drinking Slim Fast!

Do you know what my doctor said when I brought Shakeology in to show her?
She grabbed my phone, texted herself the info, and said "I'm interested in this stuff!"

So, there's that.

And it occurred to me today when I stepped on the scale (which I need to stop doing so frequently) and saw a number I've not seen yet on this pregnancy journey that I need to focus on my health and the health of the baby.  I need to not focus on the number on that dang machine.

Friday, February 12, 2016

First Trimester Wardrobe

first trimester wardrobe pants


This go round with pregnancy is so much different than my first!  I'm in a much healthier position personally and that has really affected the wardrobe selections I have because so many of the items I own from my first pregnancy are way too big.  

Luckily, there are tons of things in fashion right now that flatter and accommodate a growing bump.  And I will be able to wear them before/during/after pregnancy!

Most of these items I didn't already own, but I don't mind purchasing since they will be versatile.  It's not like maternity clothing that you can only wear for a few months and then pack away until next time.  Plus, these are sooooo comfortable - I'm kicking myself for not adding them to my wardrobe sooner!

Gauchos took me a while to get excited about.  I remember them being a thing in the 90s for a brief time and although they were super comfy, not being overly flattering.  However, I've found that pants like these are pretty much amaaaazing.  They feel like pajamas, but they don't look frumpy.  In fact I wore a pair to school this week and an 8th grade girl said, "Miss, I loooove your outfit.  I would totally wear that."  Winning!

Joggers may have been my biggest and baddest mistake - I judged them so hard and just knew they weren't cute on me and looked like sweat pants.  Until I actually tried a pair on that I found on the clearance rack at Target.  Oh....how I've been wrong.  These babies are adorable and so comfy.  I love that the bottom has some elastic so I can control the styling and I'm totally adding these and these to my wishlist.  But can we all agree on one thing?  Men should stop wearing them!

The good ole elastic waisted pant.  I didn't even know I could find these for me!  My son lives in them, but for adults?  Someone hit a jackpot there.  I've found a few pair on the trusty Old Navy clearance racks and I scoop them up each time.  For spring/summer they've just released even more and I'm in love.

I had jumped on the legging train before I was pregnant after being introduced to LulaRoe.  If you don't have a consultant, you should totally find one local to you and look at their stuff.  It's amazing!  And almost everything (except the leggings) is made in the USA - win!  Leggings are not pants, but with the right length tunic they are the comfiest alternative ever!

What are you favorite first trimester wardrobe items?

Thursday, February 11, 2016

That's why you don't have a boyfriend...


I came across this article the other day and couldn't help, but think about the ways human beings treat each other. And question, WHY?!

It reminded me of a day shortly after I had CT.  Keep in mind CT was a preemie, born in December which meant I had to be really careful of where I took him and what I exposed him to and I pretty much lived through cabin fever for 3 months.

Once he got to be his birth weight again, I started taking him out more and one place we would often go was to the mall because I could walk around in a warm area.

As a new mom, I didn't get all dolled up; I probably had on minimal makeup and my hair was most likely flat and straight that day, but who cares, right?!

The man at the lotion kiosk - that's who.

You know those kiosks where the people come out and taunt you into trying/buying their junk?  They want you to get your nails filed or your hair straightened or whatever...  Well, the man wanted me to try his lotion.  I kindly declined.

(I was very conscious of what I put on my skin since I would be touching my son + just didn't want to take the time appeasing him when I knew I wasn't going to buy something.)

He quickly responded:

"No wonder you don't have a boyfriend."

Huh?!  What?!  Had I had the energy or desire to even deal with this guy I would have stopped and given him a piece of my mind.  Had he been working at a legit store, I would have called the manager immediately.  But, I was honestly so flabbergasted I didn't even know how to respond.  Really?!

I know not all men cat-call, not all men would ever say something like that so it's not fair to say "men are pigs" or anything like that.  But, it's crazy to me that this woman is getting some of the feedback she's getting - how is this considered a compliment?  Why is this ever okay?

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.