Thursday, July 31, 2014

Good News Bad News and Bitter Sweet

I can't believe tomorrow is already August 1st! That means today is the last day for you to have a chance at winning the chocolate Balance Bar Giveaway! If you haven't entered to win yet, be sure to do so before the time runs out!




I have some good news and some bad news. I have been feeling a little better since the last time that I posted. I heard from the nurse about the cramping and she said that it's normal for this stage of my pregnancy. It makes sense, I guess. Everything is growing and expanding like never before. Of course I'm going to feel something.

The bad news is that my car wouldn't start this morning. I don't know what is wrong with it. My really smart husband will be figuring that out after work.

Thank God for family. I live very close to a good majority of our family. So, my grandpa was in my driveway, ready to pick me up, about 5 minutes after I figured out my car was not going to get me to work today. I was only 5 minutes late to work, which makes the "bad" just a little bit better!

Last night, my husband and I started cleaning out the soon-to-be nursery. As I was cleaning out the nursery, I had a lot of emotions. Blame it on the hormones, right?

We have a three bedroom house and for the past few years, it has just been the two of us. Since we've lived in our home, we have used the soon-to-be nursery as a storage room of sorts. Mostly, we had things in there from our time together in high school. Going through some of the pictures, and memorabilia, was really bitter sweet. 

Time goes so fast, and we've come so far. I can't believe we are, where we are, today. It's exactly where I want to be and I just feel so blessed! I don't want to rush this time away, so I am going to try to enjoy the moments, even the ones when I'm not feeling so great.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Baby Proves Me Wrong

Moms out there: have you ever went on to tell somebody about how your good your child has been just to have them go and push another child over not even a minute later, and prove you wrong? Well, that's kind of what I feel like is happening with my unborn child. In a sense.

Just as soon as I say that I am feeling good (and even go so far as declaring myself to be in the "Honeymoon Stage" of pregnancy) my unborn baby goes and proves me wrong. I have had a rough couple of days. Slight cramping, extreme episodes of dizziness, and the nausea; it's back. I talked to a co-worker about these symptoms and she asked me if I'm dehydrated. Well, I think she may be on to something. Drinking water does seem to help, a lot. I'm going to work on my water intake as I wait for a call back from my doctors office. I'm thinking these are okay symptoms to be having, but the cramping does set off some alarms for me.


My favorite view: baby bump!

On a more positive note, I received some good news from the doctors office yesterday. My baby is negative for Down Syndrome and a Chromosome Disorder they tested for at my last appointment. I wasn't really worried about these results, I just had a feeling everything was okay, but it's always nice to have the reassurance.

Even with the cramping and dizziness I've been having, I still believe everything is okay. I am just waiting on a call back from the doctor to give me that reassurance!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Honeymoon Stage of Prengnacy

Just over a week ago, toward the end of my first trimester, I may or may not have become a little impatient (read: hostile). I may or may not have said that I would be calling B.S. on anyone who told me that I was going to feel better in the second trimester, if I in fact, I did not. Well, I'm happy to say that I don't have to call out anyone, because you lovely people were right. I am feeling better! Thank God!

It's been a gradual up and down kind of feeling better, but overall, definitely better! I made a homemade pizza with the best-ever homemade pizza dough for lunch today. That in itself, is saying a lot. Before today, I haven't even touched my deeply-loved KitchenAid Mixer since becoming pregnant. I was too tired to make a frozen meal let alone a homemade one. As I conclude the first week of my second trimester, I am happy to have the energy to make yummy homemade foods once again!

As a side for dinner tonight, I am planning on grilling our first home-grown zucchini of the year! Grilled zucchini planks make this momma very happy!




We picked a couple of our first home-grown jalepeno peppers, as well, today. I think I'll dice the peppers and use them as a marinade for steak. My head is really liking the spicy foods lately; my tummy has yet to decide if it agrees.

As I approach week 15 of my pregnancy, I am getting really excited! I'm excited for so much; holding my baby, seeing my husband with our baby, getting the nursery ready, helping plan the baby shower, possibly taking a little Babymoon together, etc. etc. etc.

I smile every day, just thinking about the future, and relishing the time we are in now. I feel like these are the best days of my life, and it's only just beginning. I remember feeling this way so many times before (the wedding, the honeymoon, the vacations, every-day life together) but this is just so special in a different way! I'm so happy (and definitely happy to be in the honeymoon stage of this pregnancy).

Psst. If you haven't done so yet, click here to enter for a chance to win a big box of happiness (a/k/a chocolate Balance Bars)! It's easy to enter and you have until August 1, 2014 to do so!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chocolate Balance Bar Giveaway

Remember when I received that glorious package of Balance Bars in the mail and how it made my entire day weekend?


Well, friends, I am excited to share that it's your turn to enter for a chance to win your very own box of happiness in the mail! That's right, it's Balance Bar Giveaway time!

Not only is this a Balance Bar Giveaway; it's a chocolate themed Balance Bar Giveaway! How does it get any better than that? (Answer: it doesn't.)

Balance Bar generously sent me 10 of each, Double Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Craze, Balance Bars. Why all the chocolate? Well, why not? Okay, there's really a reason. And it's not just because I'm a chocoholic. The real reason is to celebrate National Milk Chocolate Day on Monday, July 28, 2014! As if we even needed a reason to indulge in a chocolate Balance Bar, am I right?

Can I just tell you, there really couldn't have been a better Giveaway for me to host right now. Being pregnant, I have chocolate milk every single morning, as soon as I wake up. It jump starts my day! The baby and I love it! Ever since I got my Balance Bars in the mail, the new routine of having a chocolate Balance Bar after dinner has also evolved. Bonus: I don't have to feel guilty about it this treat because it's a Balance Bar!


For those of you who have never had the pleasure of trying a Balance Bar, let me tell you why I love them! Basically, it all in the name. Balance Bar is well balanced! It's a nutrition bar made for lasting energy. (Hey, maybe that's why I've been able to stay awake past 6 p.m. ever since those bars came in the mail?) Balance Bars have twenty-three vitamins and minerals in each bar! And, Balance Bars are made up of a nice balance of carbohydrates (40%), protein (30%) and fat (30%). Did I mention how good they taste? Oh, well on to that, now!
Double Chocolate Brownie: Rich chocolatey goodness, falling perfectly in between the realm of dark and milk chocolate!

Chocolate Craze: Milk chocolate lovers, rejoice! How did they fit 23 vitamins in minerals into a bar that taste like it could qualify as "candy bar"? What a treat this is! Definitely, my favorite!

So, now that I have you drooling, if you're in the U.S., it's time for you to enter for a chance to win your very own box of happiness (a/k/a 20 chocolate Balance Bars)! You can enter to win by using the easy Rafflecopter form below! The winner will be selected on August 1, 2014. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cajun Chicken Pasta with Vegetables

We made an amazing new recipe on Monday night, and I just have to share it with you! We slightly adapted this recipe from Skinny Taste. I have enjoyed every recipe I've tried from Skinny Taste, and this one is no different!

Cajun Chicken Pasta with Vegetables

Ingredients:

8 ounces uncooked linguine
1 pound chicken breast strips
Cajun seasoning (to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsp light cream cheese
salt to taste




Directions:

Prep all your vegetables. In a small blender (we used our magic bullet) make a slurry by combining milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions.

Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done, set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell peppers, onions, and garlic to skillet, sauté 3-4 minutes

Add mushrooms and sauté 3-4 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring about 2 minutes.

Return chicken to skillet; adjust salt and Cajun seasoning to taste, cook another minute or two until hot, then add linguine; toss well to coat.

I've been enjoying the leftovers for lunch this week. I almost think it's better the next day, after the sauce as thickened up a bit. So, so good! Let me know what you think!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

First Trimester Favorites

Since I have successfully made it through the first trimester (can I get an Amen?!), I have decided to share some of my first trimester favorites with you!




1. Rich chocolate ovaltine. Added to a tall glass of cold skim milk. Simply amazing! It has been my routine for weeks to have a tall glass of milk just as soon as I can waddle myself down the stairs to get it! By the time that I finish my milk, I am usually awake enough to start getting ready for my day. 




2. Febreze spray. Since pregnancy comes with a bionic nose in which can smell anything within a mile radius, the febreze spray was a real life saver. Good smells = happy momma.




3. Pet cologne. If you have dogs, and you're pregnant, you really need this! Those hairy little fur babies really just stink. Love them? Yes. Want to be around them when they stink? No way. This pet cologne (especially the baby powder scent) has saved my relationship with my dogs throughout the first trimester!




4. Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Counter top Spray. Let's be honest. The last thing I wanted to do when I was exhausted from pregnancy fatigue, was clean. However, if you neglect cleaning, your house doesn't smell so great. Solution? The best smelling counter top spray there is. And guess what? I found it. Love this scent! Just spraying it made me perk up and I swear it gave me the energy I needed to wipe down the counters while I was at it!
















5. Bongo Junior's Plus Sleeveless Drop-Waist Maxi Dress. I bought 4 of these dresses from Sears toward the end of my first trimester. Comfort is really important to me. This is my favorite dress for that! Also, if I throw a cardigan on top, I'm ready for fall! This was just perfect for me!




6. One a Day Prenatal Vitamin with DHA. This is a given.





7. Italian Linen Spray. We spray this on the bed spread each night before we lay down. It really freshens up the room! This summer, the bed time routine has been for my husband to go upstairs, turn on the air conditioner and spray the sheets. It's like being pampered each night. So relaxing to walk into!

These are just a few things that helped make life a little more easier as I was trying not to throw up on my family, friends and dogs. Let me know if any of them help you, too!

Some affiliate links are included in this post. All opinions are my own.

Monday, July 21, 2014

First Trimester: Weeks 9 - 13

Today is the first day of my second trimester! I just can't believe I'm finally here! I am so happy, overjoyed, awestruck and feeling blessed! This little miracle is so loved already!

Since I gave you an overview of how weeks 4-8 of my first trimester went for me, I am going to give you an overview of weeks 9-13, as well! (Spoiler alert: things have been getting better, and better!)


Ginger ale and crackers helped a lot this first trimester!

Week 9:
Feeling a little more normal this week!
Finding that I have a little more energy after work compared to previous weeks!
Still going to bed at 6 p.m. some nights, but mostly 9 p.m. bedtimes.
Taking Tums between 4 a.m. - 5 a.m. each morning to help ease the heartburn.
Starving in the morning but hunger seems to calm down after lunch.

Week 10:
Constant hunger in the mornings continue, and lasting a little longer throughout the day.
Working on getting more water in this week; seems to help ease dizziness.
New routine: large glass of milk with chocolate ovaltine *first thing* when I wake up.
Clothes are starting to fit a little snug!
Aversion from meat but finding that it's not really bad if I try a bite.
Favorite meal: Grilled cheese and tomato soup.
Morning sickness continues but not happening as much throughout the day/evening.
Midnight snacks seem to help the morning sickness.




Week 11:
Eating a little more healthy this week since I'm having less nausea.
Learned that I wake up less dizzy if I sleep on my left side.
Craving: tomato mozzarella on caibatta bread with balsamic vinaigrette.
Hunger has increased.
Slight cramping, nothing to worry about. Mostly just from the baby growing!
Definitely time to start shopping for looser clothes.

Week 12:
Feeling even more back to normal this week!
Little to no nausea, much less fatigue, but still needing an early bedtime.
Some back discomfort this week, mostly when trying to sleep.
The more pillows around me, the happier I am. (And so it begins)
Craving CARBS, carbs and more carbs!
Heartburn is horrible. Thank God for Tums!
Saw the baby doing flips during the ultrasound. Best moment of my life.



Week 13:
Having some good days and bad days this week. Mostly good, though!
Super tired and needing to eat frequently!
New craving: Egg salad sandwiches. Can't get enough!
Bought 3 new dresses for my expanding tummy. So glad for comfy clothes!
Had enough energy to walk 1.25 miles with my husband on a cool evening. It was wonderful!
Some more back issues, thankful for my chiropractor!

The first trimester was definitely harder than I imagined it would be, but I can already say that it was all completely worth it! Just being able to see my happy baby doing flips during the ultrasound made it all worth it for me. I'm so proud, thankful and blessed to have made it through my first trimester. And I'm so excited to see what comes next!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

It Helps to have Ingredients on Hand

Guess what came in the mail?!




I was a little too excited about this delivery! Giveaway details coming soon!

Opening the Balance Bar delivery was a great way to start off my weekend! This weekend has mostly involved a lot of relaxing. After all, it's this momma's favorite thing to do these days!

Want to hear something crazy? Today is the last day of my first trimester. I just can't believe it! This kid is already growing up too fast!

Just as I gave you all the details of how weeks 4-8 went for me, I'll give you the details on how the last few weeks have been going, as well! Look for more on that, tomorrow.

My husband and I are about to go grocery shopping for the week ahead. I decided on 5 meals that we will be making this week. Planning ahead like this should keep us on track and away from the drive-thru's.

Dinner Plans:

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Steak Salad
Tomato Mozzarella Sandwiches
Melt in Your Mouth Chicken
Homemade Pizza

I'm not sure which night we will have each meal but having a list to choose from and making sure we have all the ingredients on hand, is a good start!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Good Thing Egg Salad is Cheap

Readers, I think I love you. Yeah, you guys. The ones who have continued to follow me despite my lack of updates while I was down and out with first-trimester-yuckies. Just so you know, I plan on becoming a regular around here again. I hope you can handle the every day updates, as you once did before.

Just to show you how much I love you, I have agreed to do another Balance Bar Giveaway!

A representative from Balance Bar contacted me a couple weeks ago. It only took me a moment to say yes to hosting another Balance Bar Giveaway, but it has taken weeks to get the taste of Balance Bar off my mind. Thankfully, the Balance Bars should be arriving any day now. Stay tuned for your chance to win a taste of goodness!

Speaking of a taste of goodness, I have had an intense craving for something I wouldn't normally go all crazy about. That craving would be for my dear friend, egg salad. EGG SALAD! I just can't get enough of it! 

Upon my urgent request, my husband made a big bowl of egg salad for me on Wednesday night. I ate a majority of the bowl, leaving some leftovers for lunch on Thursday. Sounded like a good plan, except the egg salad didn't even make it past 9:30 a.m. before it was gone. 

I am obsessed with egg salad sandwiches and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Satisfying a pregnancy food craving; absolutely priceless. It is a bonus, however, that egg salad is cheap!




What isn't cheap, though, is ordering take out to replace the lunch I ate for breakfast. At least I ordered a healthy lunch. Grilled chicken salad with ranch; delicious! Oh, and just ignore those fries on there; it's a Pennsylvania thing. And yes, I am aware that my salad has been demoted from healthy to healthy-ish because of that.

Were you around when I hosted my last Balance Bar Giveaway?
Fries on a salad; are we the only ones who do that?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Beating the Fog of Pregnancy Fatigue

Yesterday, I didn't feel so great. That changed when I got home from work, though. My saving grace was the weather. When I got home from work, it was 60-some degrees out. Did anyone else experience this wonderful weather? The perfect temperature, in my book. There was a cool breeze that made me instantly perk up. I relished my moment of energy by getting dressed to go for a walk.

My husband joined me for the walk. We went to the track and did a few laps. It was a really nice walk! We reached 1.25 miles before I felt like I needed a break. Considering that I haven't done much exercise these past couple of months, I feel like that was a good start. I also felt amazing afterward; more alive. In the midst of the almost constant fog of pregnancy fatigue, the endorphins from walking made me feel wonderful!





Something else that I noticed was that I felt like my old self, being on the track, again. I spent so many hours on that same track these past few years, trying to get healthy. A big reason being so that I could get pregnant one day. It was really great to be there yesterday, pregnant, and doing something healthy not only for myself, but for my baby, too. I am so looking forward to more cooler days and long walks to come!




Moms: what kind of exercise did you do while you were pregnant? How often did you exercise?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sometimes I Feel Better

Since sharing my first trimester eating habits with you, I have been motivated to eat better this week.

And let me tell you, just as soon as I say that I'm feeling better, my body proves me wrong. So, I will just say that since I "sometimes feel better", I feel like I should start eating better, too.

My dinners this week, compared to the last few weeks, have significantly improved. We only ordered out once, so far, and it was last night when I wasn't feeling well. I actually stayed home from work yesterday. It was a bad day.

Sunday: Lasagna Roll Ups
Monday: Tomato, Mozzarella on Caibatta
Tuesday: Combination Sub
Wednesday: Egg Salad Sandwiches


My favorite this week! Tomato, mozzarella on caibatta.


Side note: I have decided that if I don't start feeling better come Monday (the start of my second trimester), I'm calling BS on everyone who said I would feel better in my second trimester. Yes, I am only giving it one day before I call BS on you.

Okay, I was totally laughing as I wrote that. I won't be so dramatic; I will give it two days.

Back to the food.




Not only have I been doing better with my dinners, but my snacks have improved as well. On Sunday, when I was feeling good, I went grocery shopping for healthy snack choices! This is an accomplishment in many ways, first and foremost; the fact that I was able to go grocery shopping and not immediately run to a trash can afterward, was life changing. I think going shopping with a full stomach helped with the grocery-shopping nausea. I'll have to test this again, soon.

After grocery shopping, I prepped my snacks for the week. I bagged up some baby carrots, grapes and sliced bell peppers. I've been eating all of my healthy snacks throughout the day and I've been feeling good about them! Much better than my previous snacks of pop tarts, fruit snacks and chips.

I know by now that I will have my good days and bad days. My goal now is to really take advantage of my good days by planning ahead and making life a little easier for myself during those bad days. Snack prepping is just one way I'll work on that! Next up: meal prepping.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

First Trimester Eating Habits

As I'm nearing the end of my first trimester, I have come to find that I am having more good days than bad days.

I have also come to find that my definition of good days and bad days have changed (and continue to change daily). As of last week, a good day was defined by throwing up only once in the morning and then feeling no nausea for the rest of the day. A bad day was when I needed to go to sleep at 6 p.m. and lose my evening time that I so love to spend with my husband, family and friends. The good news is that even my bad days aren't really bad because it's all for the baby growing in my belly. Anytime I feel yucky, all I have to do is think about my baby dancing around in there (like it was during our 12 week ultrasound) and I instantly smile.




Since I am going into the final week of my first trimester, I think it's finally time to explain what my eating habits have been like (and why you have not been seeing any new recipes posted lately).

1. I've been turned upside down and all around. 

Pre-pregnancy, I would eat a small breakfast, followed by a slightly bigger lunch, ending with the biggest (and most favorite) meal of the day, dinner. I would have healthy snacks in between each meal and aimed to stay around 1500 calories each day. 

During pregnancy, I have noticed a new norm. It didn't take me very long at all to find out that I need to eat something as soon as I wake up in the morning (if not in the middle of the night, too). The repercussions of trying to get ready for work in the morning without eating something first are bad, bad, bad. As soon as I get to work, it's time for my second breakfast. An hour or two after that, it's time for a snack. Lunch comes only an hour or so after that, and then it's time for another snack. By the time that I get home from my all-day eating fest, I am usually hungry but find that I can't finish a normal size meal. I'm usually done eating after that but may need to incorporate a little snack before bed in these coming weeks. I am eating around 2200-2500 calories a day, and for my weight, and the little one in my tummy, I think that's just about right. After all, I've been doing this intuitively for quite a while now and I'm just trusting my gut on this one. 

2. I haven't made more than two meals in my entire first trimester.

Pre-pregnancy, making a new meal, or any meal for dinner, was one of the things that I so looked forward to doing after work. I love to cook, and I love to feed my husband good, nutritious and delicious meals. It may be the Italian in me, but I love when my husband has a full belly of the food I made.

During pregnancy, I can't bring myself to make a meal for not only somebody else, but even myself. I learned around week 6 that opening the fridge without my nose plugged and a blindfold on would send me running to the bathroom. So, I have avoided opening my fridge as much as possible since then. Thankfully, God blessed me with a husband that also loves to cook. He has actually been happy to make the meals as I sit on the couch and call out my order. That is, when I can stand to eat something home cooked. Which brings me to the next point.

3. If I see it being made, I don't want it.

Pre-pregnancy, I often would make it a goal to eat out no more than once per week. Sometimes, we even had a goal to eat out no more than once per month. When trying to eat healthy to lose weight, it works out much better when you make your own meals. I actually preferred home cooked meals, anyway.

During pregnancy, I have been the complete opposite. After a couple occasions of my husband making a meal, me taking the first bite, and finding myself unable to eat it (for no apparent reason at all); we have resorted to ordering out most nights. This habit has become more and more extreme. Last weekend, my husband's card needed an override because the restaurant we ordered take-out at had a one swipe minimum for the day. We just happened to order out from there for both lunch and dinner. My husband definitely used the "my wife is pregnant" phrase during that exchange.

A few other oddities of first trimester eating:

Grocery shopping is hard to do. I never realized that when I see a food (on a box or on the shelf), I imagine what it would be like to eat the food and that determines if I want to buy the food. Going through the hundred of different food flavors in my mind, isle after isle at the grocery store, makes me leave the store and head to the nearest trash can.

Sometimes, I don't know what I can eat until it's in my mouth. Like the time when I ate a brownie and it was so good that I wanted a second. Then, the second I put the brownie in my mouth, I needed to spit it out and couldn't touch another brownie again. Even to this day.

Aversion to chocolate. What in the world?! Chocolate use to be my favorite treat after dinner and now, I want nothing to do with it. Only 20-some years of habit brings me to try a piece every now and again. It only leads to disappointment, however; because the baby is not a fan of it!

Even though my first trimester of eating has been far from glamorous, I am just so happy about my journey so far, and where it will take me next.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

12 Week Ultrasound

This week, we had our 12 week ultrasound. It was hands-down amazing!

It took only a second for the ultrasound tech to find the baby and boy, did it grow! We were expecting to see a big change since our last ultrasound was at 6 weeks, but this was such an incredible difference. I could see it's legs and arms, it's nose and lips! And as soon as the ultrasound tech moved the wand across my belly, I thought I saw the baby move.

Just a moment later, as the ultrasound tech kept the wand still in one place, I saw the most amazing thing I had ever seen in my life. My baby, our baby, jumping and dancing around! It became so active; it was incredibly entertaining! My husband squeezed my hand with happiness and we both laughed.

Our baby, already making us laugh with it's crazy dance moves! Every time I think about it, I smile.




Since the baby was so active (doing dance moves that could only have been inherited from it's father) we got more time to watch the baby. The tech needed to measure the fluid in the baby's neck and since it was moving around so much, it was hard to get a good snap shot. After a few minutes of watching our baby dance around, we got a good snap shot and the tech was able to measure the fluid. .08 mm was the number she got. Anything above 3 mm is abnormal. We were so relieved! My husband squeezed my hand and let out a "yes!" when she gave us the news; such good news!

The moments we got to spend watching our beautiful, healthy baby dance around on the screen were some of the best moments of our life. The really amazing part is, that I know, the best is yet to come.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Shopping Trip to Remember

I'm 12 weeks pregnant and feeling great!

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! My husband and I both really enjoyed the 3 days off from work. We went to a couple of picnics, got a lot of shopping done, went out to the movies with our friends and relaxed, a lot!

During our all-day shopping trip, I bought 4 maternity pants for work, some new shirts, and a super comfortable dress. Comfort is key these days! My husband was a really great sport about shopping all day for just me and the baby. He actually was a lot of help, too. I'm so lucky that he is so supportive, loving, generous and considerate. I really can't say enough about how much he has helped me during this first trimester (and always). He's my rock (and maid, and chef. He's been the ideal mate for getting me through the first-trimester-yuckies. Bless him!)

Our first shopping trip for the baby (and the inevitable maternity clothes), was a trip to remember. It was so special and I hope to always remember the way my husband made me feel during the trip. We were both beaming with excitement, hope and wonder. We tested out rocking chairs, ran our hands across many different cribs, felt the soft baby blankets between our fingers, and we found the first wall-art addition for the nursery.




As each week goes on, I get more and more excited about meeting our baby. It also helps that I am feeling better and better as each week goes on, as well.




Less fatigue and nausea makes me one happy girl!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Great Things About This Week

This week has been really great!

I woke up on Monday, the start of my 11th week of pregnancy, feeling motivated to eat healthy. This is a great improvement from previous weeks; when I was just eating whatever made me the least nauseous.




On July 1st, I decided to start doing something that I haven't done in a while. I decided to start tracking what I'm eating, again. My eating habits have been all over the place since week 6 of pregnancy. Some days, I feel like I'm not eating enough for the baby and other days I can't believe how much I ate (especially lately).

Tracking my food makes me feel good. It's a step in the right direction. I'm not really limiting myself on what I can and can't eat, but I am trying to fit in more healthy choices throughout the day. I'm also not limiting myself on calories. I believe my body seems to be doing a pretty good job at feeding itself what it needs. I've been eating around 2,300 - 2,500 calories, intuitively, and I think that's pretty good for somebody at my weight (233 lbs) while pregnant.

Speaking about my weight, I have stayed around 233 lbs. throughout the first trimester, so far. That is my pre-pregnancy weight and I spoke to my doctor and she is okay with this. Since I was overweight when I became pregnant, it isn't uncommon not to gain much more weight during the first trimester. I know people who have actually lost weight during pregnancy because they started out obese when getting pregnant. However, losing weight during pregnancy is not my goal by any means. I'm mostly eating intuitively and trusting my body during this stage!





Despite not gaining weight, I am losing room in my pants. The baby is growing! I have been slightly uncomfortable in my clothes this week. This morning, I found one of the only remaining pieces of clothing that fits me comfortable. A long, maxi dress. I am so thankful for warm weather and dresses right about now!