Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WIAW: Pregnancy Edition

It has been a seriously long time since I've done a WIAW post - they are always fun (for me. for you?), but to be honest, I generally think about doing one in the morning, take a picture of my breakfast, and then completely forget about the idea for the rest of the day. Not so great for blogging. Oops.

I actually followed through all day yesterday, and documented a day's worth of eats. It's nothing overly exciting, but it is a good representation of how and what I'm eating at this stage of pregnancy. I have reached a very sad point: my stomach just really can't hold the amount of food that it's used to, and my eyes are always bigger than my stomach these days. I'm having to do a little adjusting to incorporate more smaller "meals" throughout the day rather than trying to eat "three squares." And I'm always walking a fine line between hungry and overly stuffed. Awesome!

Anyway. Let's take a peek at the day!


The usual these days - yogurt and granola, with my first giant water bottle of the day. I've switched to Activia in an effort to keep things, ahem, moving. Pregnancy problems. Awk-ward.

Morning snack

Snacks are a pregnant lady's best friend. I travel with a lot of food these days, especially when I leave the house for work and know I'll be gone for 12 hours. It is always better to have food and not need it, than need it and not have it. I have learned that one from experience.

We had a small celebration for a co-worker who won an award, and there were several boxes of doughnuts calling my name. I managed to stick with half an Entenmann's pumpkin doughnut and some fruit. The doughnut was exactly as good as I imagined it to be.

The banana and PB is what I packed myself for my morning snack, but ended up not eating thanks to the treats. I love those little Jif Natural to-go cups, but they are really hard to find in stores! The only place I can get them is Target - not Wegmans, not Food Lion, not BJs. I stocked up last time I found them.


I was starving at lunch time, and really glad I had brought an extra-large serving of leftover spaghetti and meatballs. I packed the rest of the pan into that container and thought it seemed like a bit much, but by the time I had lunch, I was ready for it. I ate slowly, and cleaned my plate.

Afternoon snack

It was pouring rain when I got home from work yesterday, and nothing sounded more appealing that a cup of hot chocolate. I made it with 1% milk and added some mini marshmallows. Because duh.

A few handfuls of yogurt-covered raisins accompanied my hot chocolate... I got these at Trader Joe's last week and could probably eat the whole box in one sitting. It's taking major self restraint to not demolish them.


I was on single-girl dinner duty last night, and nothing sounded appealing - that is happening more often lately. I reach the end of the day, and food just doesn't sound good anymore, plus I'm usually still full from whatever else I've eaten all day. But, if I don't eat anything, I wake up hungry in the middle of the night. Like actual stomach-growling hunger. Best to avoid that.

I went with an apple and some Trader Joe's Collier Welsh cheddar cheese. It was just enough to keep the stomach grumbles at bay, and light enough that I didn't end up feeling ill afterwards. I mixed a little apple juice into my water - that's a trick I use when plain water just starts to get old. A little juice usually helps out.

I told you it wasn't super exciting - but it's what life looks like these days! Although, if I'm being honest, there is usually a lot more chocolate involved. What can I say? The baby likes it. :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bump-date: 26 Weeks

How far along: 26 weeks

Baby’s size: a butternut squash - or a slow loris (you're welcome)

Maternity clothes: I ordered two pairs of maternity jeans from LOFT and, after wearing once, can already tell I'll be living in them for the duration. They are magical.

Loving: apples with peanut butter, yogurt-covered raisins, the giant bags of "caramel and peanut lovers!" Halloween candy I bought on a whim at Target (word of advice: do not go through the Halloween candy section when 6 months pregnant and hungry - you will barely make it out alive)

Loathing: trying to sit up from a laying-down position, plain water, the general thought required to make meal decisions

Missing: Oktoberfest beers and drinking during Virginia Tech football games... especially when the games go like this past one did!

Movement: all. the. time. Little Dude is in full ninja mode these days.

Symptoms: super oily skin, the return of the middle-school acne (awesome), and wacky, super vivid dreams - notable this week was one where I had forgotten to register for fall semester classes and it was the first day of school... I woke up in a panic!

Workouts: BodyPump almost killed me on Monday - but I really liked the new release! Got in some cardio, too.

Wedding rings: still on!

Husband: has decided 6 months is long enough, and is ready to meet the baby - not quite cooked yet, my love!

Can't wait for: baby's first VT game this weekend! Hopefully the weather is nice and the team is better.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Five for Friday: all the treats

We made it to Friday! Hooray! We have a low-key weekend at home ahead of us: I have a vacuum and a dust cloth calling my name. Not the most fun, but definitely needs to be attended to while I have the energy to do it. Feel free to hire me a cleaning service for my birthday in January. :)

In the spirit of loving Fridays, here are five things I am loving this week - enjoy!

1 // I've been on an organizing / de-cluttering kick (thank you, nesting instincts) and broke out my trusty label-maker... there is something so nice about everything having a place and being IN its place! Don't mind me, I'll be over here labeling anything and everything that sits still long enough.

2 // I had a serious hankering for cinnamon rolls, and I knew that if I didn't make my own, I'd likely be thoroughly disappointed in whichever ones I did eat (sorry, Pillsbury, but your "rolls" just wouldn't cut it this time). I did lots of research, and ending up settling on No-Yeast Required Cinnamon Rolls from Iowa Girl Eats - she has never let me down with a recipe yet, so I figured that would be a good place to start for my first time ever making sweet rolls! They turned out beautifully... and deliciously. I'm pretty sure a warm cinnamon roll with gooey cream cheese frosting is a treat sent straight from the heavens.

3 // the news is finally public and so I get to share my excitement! My college roommate is pregnant and due in March... we are going to be raising babies just months apart!! Fingers crossed that hers is a boy, too, and they can be best friends like their mamas.

4 // I made the most delicious coffee cake to feed to my co-workers this week: chocolate chip sour cream coffee cake from Smitten Kitchen. She totally snagged my interest with her Instagram picture, and I couldn't get that recipe out of my head. It turned out perfectly, and my team gobbled it down.

5 // Nothing like tea in fancy china cups to make you feel special on a random Thursday afternoon. My boss brought this tea set with her from Armenia, and all the dishes are stamped with "made in the USSR" on the bottom. She's going to give them to her daughter some day. Love it!

So there ya have it - a few happies to share on this gray Friday (we've got rain forecast all weekend - stay dry!). Anything fun happening in your world this weekend? If not, I have a few chores you could do for me... ha!

linking up with the five on friday girls:  Darci, Christina, April,and Natasha

linking up with karli and amy

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bump-date: 25 weeks

How far along: 25 weeks

Baby’s size: a Napa cabbage - or a baseball glove, which seems huge?!

Stretch marks: Nope, but using more and more lotion to keep the itchiness at bay

Sleep: I slept quite soundly at the lake this weekend... but that may have had more to do with not having Toby on my head all night and less to do with pregnancy.

Loving: fruit smoothies, any kind of dessert, apples with peanut butter and raisins, cinnamon toast, the invitation for my first baby shower (it arrived in the mail this week!)

Loathing: trying to decide what to have for dinner, the incredibly full feeling that comes when I eat almost anything, plain water

Movement: I do believe we got our first case of hiccups last week - what a strange thing (for me!!)

Symptoms: vivid, strange dreams - such as one where the baby had two ears on one side of his head, but one wasn't a working ear, it was just decorative...

Workouts: a couple long walks - the more the humidity dies down, the better I feel!

Belly button: pancaking. ew.

Husband: was an excellent boat driver all weekend, and talked a lot about having the baby at the lake - we are excited for that!

Can't wait for: wearing long-sleeve shirts now that it's cooler and baby's first Hokies game in a couple of weeks, and lots of fun fall activities - my favorite season is upon us!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Little Lake Weekend

When we opted out of going to the lake for Labor Day weekend, we knew that we would want to fit in a different fall weekend for some relaxing lake time before the weather got cold. We made great progress on our nursery projects, and the opportunity presented itself for some down time. We took advantage, and headed down to the house on Friday afternoon to meet up with my parents.

The weather on Saturday was absolutely gorgeous, and we had a picture-perfect day. After a leisurely morning, my mom and I went for a long walk. Several miles later, we returned to the house to whip up a pan of homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon - it was scheduled to go in the smoker for a bit before dinner, and it turned out really perfectly. For lunch, we took the boat out for a long ride and ended up at the Portside Grill & Bar for Cuban sandwiches and grilled wings. Delicious!

The rest of the afternoon was spent watching our Hokies beat up on Purdue (my favorite kind of game!) and smoking the mac and cheese and some chicken thighs for dinner. (PS - if you have a smoker and have never tried smoking things other than meats, you really must. The flavor on the mac and cheese was AMAZING!!)

On Sunday, we spent some time with coffee and books before another boat ride - have to take advantage while the weather is still nice!

We watched the Redskins game and had lunch before heading back home, (personally) feeling very rested and rejuvenated. After a busy few weekends, and several more coming up, it was so nice to be able to get away and have some quiet time. Our lakes weekend are limited while it is just the two of us still - I know there won't be many more trips before our party of two becomes a party of three!

I am so ready for fall weather, but it was great to take advantage of one of the last "summer" weekends. In case you are wondering, yes, I did manage to get a bit sunburnt on the boat on Saturday... even with SPF50 on! It never fails.