Life Lately Pregnancy Edition

I never know where to pick up with this blog when I drop off. Or if I should even pick it back up. I love that I’ve documented so much and am not ready to give up on that. So let’s try this again…

Life lately- summer was fun and filled with sunshine and so many of our adventures were shared here except one BIG adventure that we set out on in late July. Michael and I found out we were expecting our first child! Baby R is expected to arrive in April. If you follow me on Instagram this is not new news and you’ve probably caught some bump photos.

We made the announcement with a fun little video that Michael put together. Check it out!

It’s been a fun adventure so far and it’s pretty incredible to see my body changing to accommodate our baby. We’re keeping Baby R’s gender a surprise and will find out when he or she enters the world on his or her’s birthday!

Everyone always asks how the first trimester was and I have to say that I was pretty lucky and had a relatively easy 12 weeks. I experienced some nausea, mostly in the morning, but a piece of toast or oatmeal usually did the trick. Around 10 weeks I was bloated, constipated, and generally uncomfortable but right around when it was becoming particularly annoying it seemed to pass. The exhaustion was real and I have never been so tired in my life. I was grateful to be on vacation around 8 weeks and thoroughly enjoyed lots of naps. I tried to work from home when I could and sneak in a quick afternoon nap. It made all the difference. I was never much of a napper but this pregnancy has certainly made me one.

Around 11 or 12 weeks I began to feel MUCH better and my energy came back. I’m now 24 weeks and still feeling great. I certainly have my days where I overdo it and end up tired the next day and do get a little run down without enough sleep but for the most part I’m my┬ánormal self, aside from the bump.

I’ve managed to stay active during my pregnancy but not in the way I always imagined. I thought I’d be one of those women who runs their whole pregnancy and even does a half marathon or two with a bump. Right around 6 weeks though, running started to just feel off. I got bad cramps whenever I tried to run and my doctor advised me to walk when it happened. We both agreed it wasn’t worth any possible risks. I did manage to keep up with a run/walk routine a few days a week but as my belly grew I found myself walking more and running less. Eventually I decided it was just more enjoyable to walk. It’s pretty easy to get my heart rate up and I keep a swift pace. It was easy to get out more often before the time change but I’m still getting in 3 or 4 walks a week. I’ve been loving barre. It’s probably my favorite pregnancy workout. It’s easy to modify the exercises that don’t work with a bump and I leave feeling the burn in my arms, legs, and bum. I recently tried doing a circuit workout at home with some light weights and I really enjoyed that too. Circuits are pretty easy to modify and I loved that I could take it at my own pace. I think I’ll be doing more of these as we head further into winter. They are good alternative to walking outside in the dark and cold. Yoga really hasn’t been part of my routine. The few times I tried to do yoga early on I ended up overstretching my back and hips which left me feeling sore and uncomfortable for a few days. It kind of turned me off to practicing at home. Now that my bump is getting bigger I’m more interested in stretching. I found a couple studio’s with prenatal classes near me and I think after the holidays I’ll make an effort to try a prenatal class and see how it goes! Overall my approach has been to stay active without overdoing it which means there are definitely nights where I come home and rest on the couch. That’s fine by me, growing a human is a lot of work!

Walkin and Bumpin

My eating habits haven’t changed much but I do want ALL the sweets. In particular I crave a cheese danish every morning. I try to keep my indulgences to a minimum but it is really hard sometimes. Ice cream, chocolate, and a good pastry are just too good to pass up at times…especially on a tough day or when I’m not feeling particularly great.

Beyond the changes in my body we’ve been starting to prepare for Baby R’s arrival. We always knew we wanted to give what was our home office/spare room a complete face lift when it transitioned to a nursery and Michael’s been busy doing just that. He re-designed the layout of the room and then got to work gutting everything, re-framing the closet, and building a custom built-in dresser and shelves. It’s been a big project but I’m so excited to see the final result. We’ve had fun picking out furniture too. We found a fantastic mid-century modern rocking chair that came to us by fate, and Michael ended up building our changing table so it would be exactly what we wanted. We picked out our crib and once the room is done we’ll get a rug and some curtains. We’ve also been planning the re-design of our bathroom and are so excited to have an updated full bath! The demo and construction for that will be in January and I can’t even wait. I’ll be sure to share photos.

Nursery Renovations

While Michael has been busy tackling the major renovations at our house I’ve been getting all the “life” things in order for Baby R’s arrival. It’s a lot of work to purchase a car, have a will written, get life insurance, pick out a pediatrician, find a nanny, make a baby registry, and sign us up for newborn care classes. Thankfully I got all those things done. My plan was to tackle them all at once so we can get to the fun parts like our babymoon, maternity photos, and baby showers! February is going to be a fun month.

Pregnancy 23 Weeks

I’d say that lastly life lately has been about enjoying time as a couple- heading to dinners, enjoying the ease in which we can go out for a night with friends, spending time with family, and genuinely enjoying this special time. With the Christmas holiday a few days a way we’ve been really trying to enjoy our last Christmas as a couple. We talk a lot about what new traditions we may have with a baby and how we’re excited to take part in our usual ones as a family.

Our second trimester is coming to a close soon but we’re both getting more and more excited by the day for our final trimester and the arrival of our baby. I hope to share more on the blog, and get around to posting some recipes we’ve been loving too!

What has your life been like lately?

 

Reflections on Summer

The weather has a feeling of fall to it. The nights and mornings are cool, and it’s dark by 8pm. Traffic is back with a vengeance. As we transition into fall it’s hard not to reflect on the summer.

This summer felt long, much longer than previous summers. Maybe because we weren’t planning our wedding? This summer was packed with fun, and plenty of time with good friends. The summer was relaxing. The summer made my heart full.

Reflections on Summer

Memorial Day weekend really set the tone for the summer. Then there was the fun day discovering bonsai trees and botanical gardens with my parents, a needed girl’s weekend with one my best friends, a day trip to Maine to spend a beach day with friends. We spent 4th of July at a summer BBQ and saw the Boston fireworks. We had an awesome weekend at my family’s summer camp with my parents, brother and his girlfriend. It was hot, sunny and so fun to float in tubes on the river, eat dinner at the picnic table, and devour strawberry rhubarb pie by the fire. There was golfing, and mountain biking, and a trip to Halibut Point State Park with Michael. A fun overnight at the Casino gave us a chance to just get away together. There was trips to Saratoga to see the horses race. Stand Up Paddling Board, snacks on the beach, and a fun dinner with friends. There was a few cloudy weekends at home to accomplish projects. We went to a good old-fashioned pool party. And spent more days than we can count at our favorite beach. We grilled almost every dinner and went for ice cream almost every week. We even went to Richardson’s more than once. There was weeks of vacation time, plenty of afternoon naps on hot summer days, and I read more books this summer than I could have hoped. This summer was awesome, and better than I could have hoped.

As I think back on summer, I think about how many memories I have. My mind is filled with beautiful snippets of summer days, and fun with friends. Each and every memory is like a beautiful photograph. My iPhone is not filled with photos documenting every moment. In fact, ┬ámy phone spent more time in my bag, or in the glove box of the car as we headed out on an adventure. I don’t even mind one bit that my summer lacks photos, and good social media posts. To me, it was a summer of being present and enjoying the ones I love.

As we head into fall I feel refreshed and ready. I’m looking forward to all things apple and pumpkin. I’m dying to head to Wilson Farms, to go apple picking, to enjoy an apple cider donut, and soak in the cool days. I’m excited for a trip to see friends, time with family, and all that this fall will bring us. I think it’s a sign of a good summer when you’re okay it’s over.

How was your summer?