Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks + Making our Registry!!

Hey y'all!  How's it going?  It's my last day of work before we get 3 days off for Thanksgiving, so I'm doing pretty well!  I'm thankful that I have tomorrow off, since traveling will be a little easier (hopefully) earlier in the day.

Time to talk pregnancy around here today!  Let's jump right on in with my 22 weeks pregnancy update!

Pregnancy Update: 22 Weeks
How far along? 22 weeks (and two days)

Baby Bump progress: Joe took a good one this week :)
I feel like my bump changes shape from day-to-day and depending on the time of day.

Baby's Size? a papaya!  Around 9-11 inches long and weighs between 13-20 ounces.

What's happening this week?  
  • Eyes and lips are more developed--Baby Fish is starting to look more like a newborn!
  • Speaking of eyes, baby can now perceive light and dark
  • Sleeping in cycles, about 12-14 hours a day
  • Baby can also hear sounds--my voice, my heart beating, blood moving, stomach rumblings, and other loud sounds in the "outside world"

Total weight gain/loss: As of my last appointment, a total of 10 pounds since my first doctor's appointment

Stretch marks? no new ones!  I've started slacking with the cocoa butter, but now that I'm starting to show a lot more, I know I need to get back on it!

Sleep: Still sleeping well, other than waking up about an hour before my alarm each day.  Luckily, I'm able to go back to sleep, but it's annoying!  I also haven't been able to sleep in much on the weekends.  I guess I'm getting ready for the lack of sleep I know is coming when Baby Fish arrives!

Best moment this week: Joe and I had a really low-key but fun weekend.  We got out and were social some, but there was also ample time to relax!  Perfect mix for me, since going out is not always the most fun for me when I'm the only one not drinking.

Miss anything?: sleeping through the night, having to be careful which what I'm eating (I wanted to order ahi tuna at a restaurant on Saturday, but that's a no-no!)

Movement: Baby Fish seems to be pretty active!  I believe his/her feet are on my left side, so any time I lay down on that side, I feel some little kicks. Every now and then, I feel something on the right hand side, so I guess he/she is stretching out!

Food cravings: This week has been alllll about the sweets.  I've been craving the lemon pound cake from Starbucks.  Quite a pricy little craving all week, though.

Anything making you queasy or sick: not that I can think of this week!  I'm thankful that that seems to be behind me.

Gender: our ultrasound tech knows, but we don't!  We'll find out when Baby Fish is born :)

Labor Signs: none (thankfully!)

  • The forgetfulness continues!
  • Some small cramps (growing pains, I'm sure!)
  • Some indigestion
  • Getting very hungry pretty quickly--and getting hangry if I don't get food right away!
Belly Button in or out? in

Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody? I've been slightly more moody this week, though I'm happy most of the time.  I do get a little impatient with people faster than I normally would (I think)

Funny moments this week: I think the funniest thing was how overwhelmed Joe and I both were while registering for baby items!  There was so much stuff in the store, and we were both a little clueless about what all we needed!  After talking to some friends at work yesterday, that seems to be a normal feeling for first-time parents!

Looking forward to: doing more research into baby items (more details below) to solidify our baby registry, seeing family this week

Exercise this week: Workouts were o.k. this week, but not my best week.
Tuesday-2.34 mile run
Wednesday-one-hour BodyPump class + 25 minute incline walk
Thursday-rest day
Friday-2 mile walk with Tequila
Saturday-rest day
Sunday-rest day
Monday-1.54 mile run + 0.76 mile walk with Tequila-it was warmer than Tequila and I expected, so our run turned to a walk!
I made a plan for workouts this week, and I'm hoping I can stick to it, especially with traveling for Thanksgiving! I also have my last half marathon of the year on Sunday, so there will be some activity this week, at least!

Baby Fish Feature: Making our Registry!
On Saturday, Joe and I began the process of our baby registry!!  Back when we registered for wedding gifts, Joe was less-than-enthusiastic to do it because he felt weird "asking people for gifts."  He shared a similar sentiment before we got to Babies R Us, but he wound up getting in to looking at the different items and found some things he liked!

We wanted to get a few things on the registry in case anyone wanted to buy us baby stuff for Christmas.  The main thing we really decided on was a theme and bedding for the nursery!  Check it out.
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Pretty cute, huh?  I wanted a jungle animal theme, and when Joe was cool with the Disney stuff, we went the Lion King over Finding Nemo (though that set was adorable, as well!!) in case Baby Fish is a girl.  The Nemo stuff was just a lot of blue!

We also looked at strollers, car seats, and portable sleeping sets.  That's where we'll need to do some research! We like the travel systems for strollers (includes an infant car seat that snaps in and out of a base in the car and a place in the stroller), but we don't know the best brand.  We also don't know if we want to go the pack-and-play route for portable sleeping or not.  Decisions, decisions!

Luckily, we'll have some time this week to do some research before making a final decision on brands and everything.  It's hard to plan for something you've never experienced before!  Luckily, we had a few close friends and a family member we can turn to, which has been very very helpful!

Question for you: Have you ever registered for a wedding or baby?  Any suggestions on things we need to have for Baby Fish?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Prepping for a Healthy Thanksgiving Week

Good Monday morning to y'all!  How was your weekend?  Joe and I didn't do too much this weekend, but that's just what I wanted.  Plenty of relaxation before traveling to see family for Thanksgiving on Thursday :)
Nice description of our weekend :)
Speaking on Thanksgiving (which is on Thursday for all my non-US readers), this week can often be a tough one when it comes to continuing a commitment to healthy living.  There's a lot of stress between preparing for family and/or traveling to see people.  You're out of your normal work routine (if you job gives you days off this week).  There's an abundance of food pretty much all week long.  So, today, I wanted to share some things that you can do to have a healthy Thanksgiving week!

1. Plan, plan, plan!  One thing that always alleviates my stress is to have each day planned out.  Not only will I have healthy meals and workouts planned, but I can avoid the stress of "so much to do, so little time!"
It's so much easier to stay in a "routine" if you have your days planned out.  It also helps you make sure that you're doing everything you need to do this week :)

2. If you're traveling: pack healthy snacks for the trip.   It's always so tempting to pick up "junk food" on a road trip or walking through the airport.  To avoid that, make sure that you pack some convenient, healthy snacks for your trip.
I usually bring chopped vegetables or protein bars to keep me away from the junk I could get at the airport.  Other ideas: sliced apples, citrus fruits, nuts.

3. If you're staying at home: only purchase what you really need at the store.  This time of year, there are all sorts of treats displayed all over the grocery store.  When you do your shopping, make a list of what you need and stick to it!  Not only will that save you time, but it'll keep you from overspending AND overindulging during the holidays.

4. Find a way to be active once a day.  Even if it's just taking a 20 minute walk in the evening, doing something is better than nothing!
After walking around Joe's grandparent's horse farm last Thanksgiving
Once everyone's together, try to get the whole family out and doing something active!  Just playing outside in the yard is a great way to get some exercise (and let those kiddos burn off some energy).  It's amazing how a little activity can make you feel better, both physically and mentally.

5. Get an accountability partner!  Joe and I normally do a good job of keeping each other accountable in our healthy living goals (he motivates me to stick with the workouts, I keep him eating healthy stuff).  It's so much easier to stay in your healthy routine if you have someone holding you to it.  It could be a family member, a friend, a blog, or a community!
I'll be using the Holiday Sweat Challenge to keep me accountable this week.  Today's the first day, and earning those points are definitely motivating to me so far.

6. Bring a healthy dish to share at the Thanksgiving meal.  There are tons and tons of "healthified" recipes of the Thanksgiving classics.  Use Pinterest or even just an Internet search to find them!  Also, try using some baking substitutes to cut down on the butter, heavy cream, etc. that might be a part of what you're making for Thanksgiving.

Hope those were helpful tips for you this week!  Feel free to use me as an accountability partner this week and tell me what healthy things YOU are doing in the comments!

Question for you: How are you prepping for keeping up with your healthy eating/exercise this week?  Share your tips with me!!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Five: Favorite Fall Foods

I apologize for my lack of posting this week!  I had some ideas for yesterday's post, but they never came to fruition.  Hopefully, this weekend, I can put those ideas together and have them ready to go for next week :)

Anyone else excited it's Friday?  Joe and I have a weekend of no plans, so I'm looking forward to some relaxation these next two days (oh, and some Virginia Tech football, of course!).  But before we get to the weekend, let's talk fall foods today!

I'm linking up with the DC Trifecta bloggers (Eat Pray Run DC; You Signed Up For What?!; and Mar on the Run) today for the Friday Five.  Today's theme is "Favorite Fall Foods."  How appropriate with Thanksgiving right around the corner!

1. Hot Apple Cider
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Not only is this temperature perfect for the weather, but the apple flavor and the spices are the epitome of fall!  I love warm drinks, and apple cider is my go-to during the fall.

2. Casseroles
Fall makes me think of Thanksgiving, and casseroles are my favorite dishes in the spread!  There's a great mix of vegetables in casseroles with some sort of tasty topping.  Some of my favorite casseroles: green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, and this pineapple casserole!

3. Stuffing
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Speaking of Thanksgiving, stuffing is another traditional food that tops my favorite fall foods.  I love bread, and stuffing is essentially flavored bread.  I'm a big fan!  Plus, there's so many different ways to make stuffing.  I actually had some quinoa stuffing the other day at Joe's clinic's pot luck, and it was really good!  I'm trying to get the recipe, and I'll share it with you if I can.

4. Soup
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It must have something to do with the cooler weather, but I always want hot foods in the fall.  Soup is one of those foods that I never really want during the rest of the year but always crave during the fall.  Nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup or tomato soup to warm up when it's cold outside!

5. Hearty Crock-Pot Meals
Again, continuing the warm foods trend: I always want something warm for dinner during the fall.  Crock pot meals with meat, veggies, and some rice are perfect for sticking to you, as well as warming you up for an evening of snuggling on the couch with a blanket!  Some of my favorite crock pot recipes can be found on my crock pot challenge recap post.

Thanks to Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar for hosting the link-up!  Click over to their blogs to see other bloggers and their favorite fall foods.  Have a great weekend :)

Question for you: What are your favorite fall foods?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Insta-spiration #2

Hey everyone!  Hope your Wednesday is off to a great start :)  It's a cold one down here in Florida--it was 38 degrees when I got in my car!  
Now, I know those of you up North have much colder temperatures, but going from lows in the 60's to lows in the 30's is a drastic change for the Floridians!

Anyway, let's get on to today's post.  Between being really tired and busy this week, I just needed a little inspiration to get moving this morning.  Thanks to a search of #inspirational on Instagram, I found these images and just wanted to share them with you!  You can see my last Insta-spiration post here 

(All of these images were found on Instagram, and I do not know the original post-er to give credit.)

Good point!
Need this as my running pace slows!
Yup...needed to hear that!
True story!
Why wait?  Today is a good day!
Good philosophy for life!
I liked this image :)
Side note: It's funny to me the differences in the images I chose for my first Insta-spiration post as compared with these.  Obviously, I'm in a different stage of life, and I know I'm much more reflective about choices that I'm making and how they affect Baby Fish and the future of our family!  We all need different things at different times!

I hope some of these resonated with you if you're feeling a little down today.  Have a great Wednesday!

Question for you: What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes?  Anyone I should follow on Instagram that posts a lot of good ones?