Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WIAW #48: What's-in-the-pantry Edition

Good morning everyone!  After our busy weekend of having guests in our house, I feel like I've finally caught up on sleep.  I feel pretty glorious this morning :) 

I also got a kick out of Tequila last night--she got COMPLETELY under the covers (like, down-at-the-foot-of-the-bed under the covers) and slept there for a few hours!  When I'd wake up to roll over, I'd peak under and she just looked as happy as could be.  What a funny little pup!

Well, it's Wednesday (and I remembered to take a picture of my meals yesterday!), so it's time for another installment of...
Thanks so much to Jenn for the link-up!  Head over to her blog Peas and Crayons to see what other bloggers are eating, and to find out what What I Ate Wednesday is all about!

Since we had such a busy weekend, I didn't get to go to the grocery store as I wanted to.  So, for the past few days, we've been operating under the "Open up the pantry and see what we can scrounge together."  Certainly not the way I like to do things, but hey, it's worked so far!  Let's see how this strategy went on Tuesday:

No grocery store trip=no milk=can't make the overnight oats for breakfast that I COULD make with the oatmeal in the pantry.  So, I've been hitting up Dunkin' Donuts for Veggie Egg White Flatbreads this week.  
However, Dunkin' must be running low on things, too, because they have been out of the flatbread!  I can get the Veggie Egg White sandwich, but I've been getting it on a bagel or croissant.  Well, on Tuesday, they messed up my order and gave me a Turkey Sausage Egg White Croissant.  Still pretty tasty!

Morning Snack
Not pictured, but I got a chocolate glazed donut at DD to enjoy mid-morning.  So tasty, but yet so bad for you!  That's the downfall to getting breakfast in the morning--I can't resist a donut!

A peanut butter sandwich, carrots, and a clementine!  I really like to eat out of the orange food group, apparently!  Notice the bite out of the sandwich--I was so excited to eat that I almost forgot to take a picture.  Oops :)

Afternoon Snack
My co-workers at one of my schools surprised with me a baby shower in place of our department meeting (how nice!!), so we snacked on yummy cupcakes and some delicious spinach and artichoke dip.  I didn't get any pictures because I didn't bring my phone to the "meeting"--they really got me there!

I made some lemon pepper chicken and served canned peas and canned carrots on the side.  Pretty tasty and healthy meal, especially for a "What's in the pantry?" type meal!

Not a horrible day of eats, but I certainly eat a lot more unhealthy things when I don't meal plan and prep at the beginning of the week.  I'm planning to get to the store this evening and do some meal prep for the rest of the week into next week!

Question for you: What's your go-to use-whatever's-in-the-pantry meal?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks + Combatting Laziness

Good Tuesday morning!  How's your week going so far?  

We had a busy weekend with lots of visitors for the Daytona 500, so I was pretty exhausted yesterday!  There's still a lot of stuff to do around the house after accommodating all of those people, but instead of getting started yesterday, I really needed the evening to just relax and regroup (oh, and watch The Bachelor!).

Well, it's time to bring y'all another pregnancy update!  Check out what's been going on with things now that I'm 35 weeks pregnant!  The countdown to meeting Baby Fish is quickly coming to an end.

Pregnancy Update: 35 Weeks

How far along? 35 weeks (and 2 days)

Baby Bump progress: taken yesterday.  Keeps getting bigger!
Baby's Size? a coconut! Around 18.5-19.5 inches long and 5.5 pounds

What's happening this week?  
  • Baby continues to gain baby fat and will continue to plump up from here on out!
  • The brain is continuing to grow and develop more brain cells, making baby pretty top-heavy.
  • Hearing is fully developed, and baby responds best to high-pitched noises.
  • If it's a boy, the testes have probably descended.
Total weight gain/loss: big jump from before--a total of 27 pounds!  I gained over 5 pounds between week 32 and week 34.  I guess Baby Fish is growing bigger and bigger!

Stretch marks? no new ones, and the ones I have aren't too bad looking.  I'm getting more regular with my cocoa butter application, and I think that's helping!

Sleep: still pretty good.  I am waking up a few times a night, but I'm always able to get back to sleep very quickly.

Best moment this week: At our coaches' meeting, my co-workers surprised me and another math coach (who is also pregnant) with a mini-shower!  They all brought us diapers and painted bibs and onesies for us!
How cute, right?!?  Unfortunately, the wind messed some of them up a little, but they're still adorable :)  It was such a nice surprise and so very appreciated!

Miss anything?: drinking wine outside on a nice day (like this past weekend), being able to wear my normal clothes, being able to fit through tight spaces, breathing normally

Movement: lots and lots of movement!  Still weird to see all the movement happening, as well as being able to feel limbs from the outside.  Joe even got to feel a good amount of movement this weekend!

Food cravings: nothing specific, just having to eat things I get a taste for!  This week, I saw a picture of mozzarella sticks and just had to have some!  I didn't get some that day, but I did get some the next day :)  Yummy!

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope!  I'm very thankful that I haven't had many problems with that.

Gender: We'll find out when Baby Fish is born :)

Labor Signs: none, other than a few Braxton-Hicks contractions

  • swollen feet/ankles
  • acid reflux
  • sensitive gums
  • itchy belly
  • easily irritated (seriously, no patience at all)
  • being excited and overwhelmed about everything
Belly Button in or out? still in, but it's flattening out (and pretty weird!)

Wedding rings on or off? on!  They do get a little tight when I get really warm and toward the end of the day

Happy or Moody?: happy for the majority of the time, but my mood does change pretty quickly.  

Funny moments this week: not sure if this is funny (more cute than funny), but one night while watching TV, Pablo jumped on top of me to fall asleep.  Tequila was already curled up on my feet, so he took the stomach region.  Check out what he chose to use as a pillow!
Too funny!  Baby Fish was definitely moving around and trying to figure out what was on top of him/her.  I wonder if Pablo was able to feel Baby Fish and/or hear the heartbeat?

Looking forward to: seeing my mom, Kristie, my in-laws, and other friends at my baby shower this weekend!  Oh, and I'm really starting to get excited to actually meet Baby Fish!

Exercise this week: this week has been really bad on the exercise front.  All I did was a short walk on Wednesday and Thursday (hmmm, this could explain the 5 pound gain in 2 weeks!).    I'm off to a better start this week, though, as I got in a good workout on Monday!
It was so nice out that I used my landlord's outdoor gym to complete a total body ladder circuit workout!  It felt good to lift some weights again.  I'll tell you what, though, my muscles will be sore for a few days!  I love that feeling, and I'm hoping to ride that feeling to a good number of workouts this week.

Baby Fish Feature: Combatting Laziness
I've shared on this blog before about my habit of laziness and procrastination.  Well, let's just say that the lack of energy during pregnancy hasn't helped this one bit!  The "deadline" to have things ready for Baby Fish is looming, and while I normally do well with deadlines, I've been getting overwhelmed with just how much I still have to do.  That keeps me from getting any of it done, ironically, and the cycle starts again!

Well, over the last week, I've really made an effort to end this laziness/procrastination cycle.  Here are some of the things I've tried to get that done:
  • Pray about it.  I asked my prayer partner at Bible study this week to pray that I would not be lazy or procrastinate things this week.  Since asking for that, I have felt more motivation, so I know the prayers are working!
  • Set a manageable goal each day.  As I said, I do well with deadlines, so if I set a daily goal, then I have a deadline to work toward.  Writing it down and crossing it off when I met it is always encouraging, too!
  • Having Joe keep me accountable.  I share the goals I set with Joe each day, and he does a great job of checking up with me and making sure that goal is met.  Plus, he's setting daily goals and having me check on him, too.  It's a great accountability system!
  • Get things done in the morning or right when I get home.  My motivation wanes as the day goes on, so the more that I can get done earlier in the day, the better.  I've been starting to do a small chore in the morning before work and getting right to work on chores when i get home.
  • Finding pre-baby checklists and other resources online.  One of the reasons I get overwhelmed is that I really don't know what all I need to get done before the baby comes.  I've been relying a lot on websites for checklist and another resources to help me prepare for the baby.  It's great to see what other new moms found helpful before and what advice they can offer now that the baby arrived.
I'm hoping to continue these things to help combat the laziness I've felt and continue to feel lately.  If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share!

Question for you: How do you combat feelings of laziness in your life?  New moms: what are some things I really need to make sure I have done before the baby comes?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Hey, hey everyone!  How's it going?  Things are pretty good in my neck of the woods, but it's COLD!  I know it's not as cold here as other places in the country, but people around here have no idea how to dress when the temperature drops below 60.  It's sad!  Wherever you are, I hope you are bundling up and staying warm!!

I'm feeling pretty random today, so I thought I'd put together a few Thursday Thoughts for y'all!

1. I think Tequila has pink eye :(  Poor baby.  I'm taking her to the vet this afternoon to get it checked out.  This should be interesting, considering she won't even let me turn her head so I can LOOK at her eye.  I'm just imagining how hard it'll be to get any eye drops they may prescribe into her!

2. This weekend is Disney's Princess Half Marathon weekend, and I'm so, so sad I won't be participating!  However, I made the right decision to defer the Glass Slipper Challenge to next year.  The thought of running a 10K and half marathon two days in row while I'm about 25+ pounds heavier than normal (and haven't really run since mid-January) sounds pretty miserable!  I wore last year's shirt on my walk on Monday to be there in spirit!  Good luck to all those running this weekend!
3. Speaking of that last picture...can we talk about my pregnancy boobs?  I've never looked at a picture of myself and thought "whoa, my boobs are huge!"  I made that comment when I shared that picture on Instagram, and I think a lot of my friends got a kick out of that :)

4. Check out the sunset while we were heading up to Joe's grandparents' house this weekend.
I didn't get a very good picture (my mom called right when there was a really good opening for a photo), but it was BEAUTIFUL!  Sunsets like that make 3+ hour drives a little better!

5. We've had some pretty awesome snuggle time during the evening this week.
Yes, Pablo is using Baby Fish as a pillow :)  And I couldn't believe that he climbed up there so close to Tequila!  These two have been keeping me cozy while watching TV this week.  In fact, most of the recent photos I've taken are of these two cuddled up with me.  Crazy dog/cat lady much?

6. I tried the new Tiramisu Latte at Starbucks this week!
It was pretty good!  It's not my favorite of the Starbucks specialties (Peppermint Mocha and Mocha Cookie Crumble Frapp take the cake in my book!), but I will definitely order it again.  I'm happy about this, too, since I DID NOT like the Caramel Flan Latte last year.  Ugh, that was a disappointment of a Starbucks trip when I ordered that!

7. My FitBit isn't syncing to my app, and it's making me mad!  I read their help section on their website and tried resetting it, but that hasn't helped.  I think I need to get on the phone with them and try to get this working.  I'm missing getting credit for the valuable steps I've been taking!

8. This weekend is the Daytona 500, so things are about to get CRAZY around my house.  Seriously, race week and Bike Week are the two worst times to be in this area!  It takes forever to get anywhere, everything's packed, and there are so many tourists to deal with.  I'm going to stay as far away from the race scene as possible, so maybe I'll still be able to enjoy my weekend!

Now, I feel like we're all caught up from this week!

Question for you: What's a thought you're having this Thursday?  Have you tried the new Starbucks drinks?  Are you in to NASCAR?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

Hey y'all!  I was just about to say "Happy Tuesday" when I realized that today is actually Wednesday.  This short week is flying by for me, when normally they seem to drag on!

Since it feels like a Tuesday, let's just pretend that it is and jump right in to the pregnancy update!

Side note: I feel like it was just yesterday I told y'all I was pregnant!  How is it that there are only 6 weeks until my due date!?  The time is just flying by!
Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks (and 3 days)

Baby Bump progress: I normally take these pictures on Sunday, but this was taken yesterday:

Baby's Size? a butternut squash! About 5 pounds and 17-18 inches long

What's happening this week?  
  • Baby Fish can react to and recognize songs--I'm sure there are plenty, as I've been known to sing along to the radio quite often!
  • Baby Fish is urinating about a pint a day (good to know for diaper changes!)
  • May begin to descend lower in the uterus to prepare for birth!

Total weight gain/loss: As of two weeks ago, 21.4 pounds total.  I go back to the doctor today, so I'll know an updated number for sure!

Stretch marks? no new ones!  The ones on my chest have faded a bit (thank goodness!), and I've been much more regular with my cocoa butter application.

Sleep: I slept TERRIBLY on Monday night thanks to some nasty acid reflux, but other than that, sleep has been good.  I've been waking up a few times each night, but I'm always able to go back to sleep relatively quickly.  Tequila is also a great snuggle buddy and loves to curl up right next to my belly.  She must know her little brother/sister is in there!

Best moment this week: Spending Valentine's weekend with Joe!
We went up to south Georgia to visit his grandparents and had a very low-key weekend.  We even got an extra day away thanks to President's Day!  For Valentine's Day, we went to Waffle House for a candlelight dinner and some good ole diner food!
They really did it up in there--they put colored plastic over the lights to dim them, had non-alcoholic wine to drink, took our picture and were going to print it out to mail to us, and even had a 4-course Valentine's menu to order from!  We stuck with their regular menu and had a good time.  Yummy!

Miss anything?: being comfortable for long periods of time in the car, alcohol, fitting in to my normal clothes (I REALLY need to get more maternity tops), breathing deeply/not getting winded so easily

Movement: This child moves all the time!  It's kind of fun to watch my stomach move all around, especially when I'm sitting down.  He/she responds when I lean something against my stomach by kicking at it, and if I put my hand over a limb that's kind of sticking out, it'll move it away.  It's kind of fun to play with him/her!

Food cravings: As normal, nothing specific.  I just have no portion control, but I'm working to get better on it.  I've wanted salt on ALL my food, but if I eat too much of it, my ankles swell.  No good.

Anything making you queasy or sick: On Monday night when I was dealing with my bad acid reflux, I thought I was going to be sick.  Luckily, though, I took some Tums and was able to sleep the rest of the night!

Gender: We'll find out when Baby Fish is born :)

Labor Signs: just some Braxton Hicks contractions maybe once a day(going to confirm this with the doctor today), but other than that none!

  • swollen ankles (not cute!)
  • Braxton Hicks contractions
  • some blurry vision (after looking at a screen for too long)
  • growing belly!  People are actually telling me I'm getting big now (never thought I'd be excited to hear that!)

Belly Button in or out? still in, but it's flattening out (and pretty weird!)

Wedding rings on or off? on!  They do get a little tight when I get really warm and toward the end of the day

Happy or Moody?: happy this week, except for while watching the newest episode of Grey's Anatomy!  Warning to the pregnant ladies (and anyone else, really) that has it DVRed: have a full box of tissues handy!!  It's a hard one to get through.

Funny moments this week: On Friday, my friend Kristie and I were texting back and forth almost all day.  It's kind of killing her that she doesn't know the gender of my baby (and finds out her baby's gender next week--she's due in July!), so we decided to put together a table of the old wive's tales about gender prediction to see what they said about each of us!
Well, as you can see, other than two of them (I didn't know if I was carrying high or low--my guess would have been high??), I am 50-50 on the gender!  So funny!  It was a pretty entertaining conversation, and I'm glad we got nowhere with trying to figure out Baby Fish's gender :)

Looking forward to: family/friends coming next weekend for another baby shower, meeting Baby Fish!

Exercise this week: really not much on the exercise front this week, but I did get in about 3 walks, including a lovely Sunday afternoon walk with Joe :).  I'm going to try to walk every day from here on out so that I at least get a little exercise in.  I'm also hoping to make it back to BodyPump, since I've had scheduling conflicts with it for about a month!