19 Weeks {Round 2}

We were able to see baby G2 yesterday at our 19 week ultrasound!
I could sit there for hours and just watch baby move around in there.
We got some good pictures and everything with baby looks great!

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We went into the ultrasound planning to not find out the gender,
and even after a minor freak out on my part, we stayed strong.
Greg made a good point that it would be silly to make a last minute decision
in the moment that we may regret later. If we decide later to find out, then ok,
but we were not going to find out yesterday. Decision made. Shew!
Turns out, baby was in on it too. Our doctor doesn’t even know
because the little booger’s legs were crossed the entire time.
As of now, there is no risk of anyone mistakenly revealing the gender to us.

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I am feeling so good right now and I am so thankful for that.
No food aversions at all… actually quite the opposite. I will eat anything and everything in sight and I have no problem doing so.
I am off the juice kick and have still been chugging water because the “dying of thirst” continues.
I have minor aches and pains here or there,
but overall, I’m really loving the second trimester, just like last time.
I appreciate all the comments and “welcomes” to the yoga community
and I am happy to say that I’ve been to two Hatha mix classes since my last post that I really enjoyed.
Unfortunately, I’ve been put on pelvic rest, low activity & no lifting, etc.
for at least 5-6 weeks, so yoga (and many, many other activities) are off the table.
Major bummer. 

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18 Weeks {Round 2}

I swear I just posted an update yesterday, but I guess it’s been two weeks.
I am getting bigger, but I think that I am actually looking the appropriate size for 18 weeks,
and I don’t feel as ginormous as previous weeks, but then I see this picture and yikes!

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More importantly, for the last week I have been able to feel baby G2 moving around in there!
I don’t remember exactly when I started feeling Kenley move, but I don’t think it was this early.
A couple nights ago, I swear I could have felt a little kick from the outside, but no such luck yet.
I am excited for more movement to come!!

I am still feeling good and no crazy food cravings these past two weeks.
Kenley and I have been eating a lot of pickles though.
The girl loves them, just like her mama, but only the zesty (slightly spicy) ones…
NOT the bread & butter flavor.
They were buy one, get one free at Publix last week and we’ve almost polished off two jars of them. Yum!

I went to my first prenatal yoga class last week and I really enjoyed it.
Confession, it was actually my first yoga class ever!
I am much more of a cardio person, so if the activity doesn’t cause me to sweat profusely,
then I don’t think it’s much of a workout. I think I may start becoming a yoga person though,
if nothing else, for the stretching alone, which I am very bad on my own.

More next week! Happy Wednesday!

16 Weeks {Round 2}

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but this pregnancy is going so quickly, but so incredibly slow at the same time.
By my belly, I feel like I should be a couple weeks further along than I actually am,
but at the same time, I still can’t believe I’m already in my second trimester.
My body is continually changing. Belly is growing, growing, growing; and
my completely deflated-post-breastfeeding boobs have inflated again, so I may be on the hunt for new bras very soon.
I’ve had some odd aches and pains, but overall, I’m feeling really good.

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I am back to eating everything, thank goodness, and I feel like I can eat all day long…
Then, I immediately regret eating said food because I am so full.
I have had more cravings this time around.
Peanut butter on anything, pretzels, apples, bananas, rice cakes, pancakes…anything!
We are not juice drinkers in our house and I didn’t really grow up drinking juice.
I’m always so aware of how much sugar is in it, so I don’t really ever have the desire to drink it…
until I’m pregnant. Last time I drank a lot of apple juice. This time, it’s anything,
apple juice, orange juice, orange juice with mango, V8 Splash, strawberry banana! I love it.
I have also cut a few things out of my diet completely, which has been somewhat sad.
Alcohol (obviously), caffeine (for the most part), deli meat (sad), and raw sushi.
I’ve been craving coffee lately, so I will have some decaf iced coffee and it totally hits the spot.
We are pretty big (diet) soda drinkers, so I have really laid off that immensely.
I basically think about food all day long, and I’m ok with that.

I had my 16 week appointment yesterday and everything looks good.
I’m gaining weight and little baby G2’s heart rate was 149 bpm.
I haven’t felt any movement yet, but I’m anxiously waiting to!

The past two weeks I’ve went for at least one run… I think just one run each week,
but I ran 2 miles each time, with a short break at the one mile marker.
I feel so good once I get out and run and it’s honestly not that difficult.
Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up.
I’m only running outside with Greg and only pushing the stroller during the time to walk,
so it helps having a support system and not pushing a 35 lbs+ stroller.
Still haven’t made it to yoga yet, but maybe next week.

Until next time!

First Trimester {Round 2}

First, a huge thanks to all the messages of congratulations, well wishes, and love on here, Twitter, and Instagram.

As I welcome this second trimester with open arms, I wanted to give you a wee bit more details, rather than just dropping a bomb on you like I did Monday. We have gotten such mixed reactions to our pregnancy announcement, both “yeah I figured it was coming” to “wow!”. We actually were the latter ourselves. Completely surprised. Looking back, it obviously wasn’t out of the realm of possibilities, we just didn’t think it would happen so soon. After the first pregnancy test (on Saturday, March 2nd), we sat at breakfast in shock. I proceeded to take two more tests the following days…you know, just to be sure. There was some confusion with our due date, originally October 21st (which was Kenley’s due date), now October 30th, and we’ve already had two ultrasounds to see the tiny little nugget.

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This pregnancy has definitely been different. For about three to four weeks, I was nauseous 24/7. I never threw up (knocking on wood right now), but I almost felt like I would feel better if I did. Everything smelled, sounded, and tasted horrible. On top of that, I was and am insanely thirsty…all…the…time. Which means I’m drinking a lot of water, which is great, but then I have to pee…all…day…long and all night long, which is fun for no one.

Last time, I took a nap almost every day after work…oh the luxury of being able to nap. This time around, it hasn’t been as easy, but there have been times that I would take a nap after Kenley goes to bed and end up sleeping on the couch until I just moved into the bed for the night. Other times, Greg has played with Kenley when I absolutely had to lay down for 30 minutes to survive the rest of the day. On the weekends, I am fully back into the “sleep when the baby toddler sleeps” mode, which is really only like an hour nowadays.

Speaking of… Greg has been the glue that has held our family together the past 8-10 weeks. He literally has sprayed almost every diaper, made every breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all of us, did loads and loads of laundry, etc. He literally did it all when I was feeling absolutely horrible. There were days that I couldn’t even think straight because I felt so miserable, so I cannot tell you enough how amazing it was to just not worry about anything other than dropping Kenley off at school and getting through the work day. Of course, he will say that it’s his job, but regardless, I appreciate it.

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While I was squeezing myself into regular clothes as long as possible last time, I was pretty much in maternity clothes by 10-11 weeks this time. I swear to you that I had a belly at 10 weeks. It’s amazing how fast that thing pops out the second time around. I am soaking up every minute of stretchy pants. My maternity wardrobe has already grown because I have no idea how I survived last time around, I swear I must have worn a tank top every day. My previous job was a lot more casual, so I have already picked up 3-4 pairs of pants and a couple dresses on sale or clearance with our beloved Banana Republic card (read: Gap & Old Navy). If you have suggestions for cute maternity clothes that aren’t too expensive, let me know.

I have had several people ask me if I’m still running. I am proud to say that I ran one mile (at 12 weeks) right after the bombing at the Boston Marathon. It felt like the right thing to do, to get out and run. I fully plan to start running jogging again very soon. One of my biggest regrets during my pregnancy with Kenley was not exercising much. My doctor said to keep my heart beat around 120 (which is basically only walking), and that’s what I did. Since the half marathon, I feel like I am in much better shape now and at my last appointment, my doctor gave me the ok to do some jogging. So I intend to do just that. I am looking for a couple 5K races to run before it gets too hot. I did a little bit of a prenatal yoga DVD I had the last time around, but I am hoping to finally make it to a prenatal yoga class that is not too far from our house (so I really have no excuse).

I am hoping to write a little bit more about my pregnancy experience this time around. Looking back, I didn’t write as much about my experience as I thought I did… and it’s crazy how quickly you forget the little things, so I’m hoping to change that. There is also a good possibility that this could be the last pregnancy for us, so I want to soak it up. If pregnancy posts aren’t for you, feel free to skip those days. We are excited to start planning another nursery…this time a gender neutral nursery, even though I have no idea where to even start. The looks of the nursery right now gives me anxiety, so I just keep the door shut.

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This turned into quite the post, but you are now caught up to speed on what’s been happening around here the last three months. Now that I’m feeling like a normal person again, I’m hoping to better keep up with the blog and start back on some house projects now that we have somewhat of a deadline coming up this fall!

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what’s cookin’ {kitchen update}

There has been a lot happening in the kitchen, besides cooking…
obviously, because I don’t do that…

Here is our kitchen on the day we closed on the house.
I love it. We love it. But we want to make it our own.

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I’ll start with the most weird obvious thing in the kitchen.
Yep, that’s a huge hole in the wall.
We aren’t sure what it’s all about, but after much speculation and
conversations with our realtors, we think the previous owners had a beverage fridge in there.
I, at first, would have loved to put another beverage fridge in there,
and we even looked and looked for one.
No luck. The size of the opening was very odd and those things are expensive!

Kenley had a hay day when we first moved in. She couldn’t reach the door handles yet,
so she used this awkward opening as her own, personal door to the food.
Obviously, that got old real quick.
Greg did an awesome job patching it up with dry wall.

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Our walls are tricky, too. They are all textured, so to create just enough texture to match wasn’t easy.
He pretty much rocks and you can’t even tell there was a gaping hole there,
unless you’re really looking for it.

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Moving on to another part of our pantry… the door.
I cannot even begin to explain how much I loathe this door.
I’m sorry if you have a pantry door like this and/or love it,
I’m not trying to step on any toes here, but it’s just not my style.
So much so, that when Celeste was here to visit, she immediately made a comment
about how she just couldn’t see me liking it… without even knowing just how much I hated it!
My friends know me.

I was actually surprised to see a similar door installed on a recent episode of
Cousins on Call (one of my fave shows by the way… how can you not love these guys?).
I started to second guess myself and thought that maybe it wasn’t all THAT bad…
but nope. I still dislike it (a lot).

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Like everything, doors are not cheap, so I thought about alternatives.
I got opinions of friends, did some research, etc. and decided
we were going to paint the glass with chalkboard paint,
until we stumbled upon this little gem… chalkboard contact paper.
We thought, for $7.50, we could give it a whirl and if it didn’t work, we weren’t out a ton of money.

It wasn’t super easy to put on, but we did it and it looks great!
I cured the chalkboard twice by completely covering with chalk and wiping down with a dry paper towel.
I. am. obsessed.
I love it!

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Lastly… sorry, this has turned into quite the post, we replaced our island counter.
This was one of the things I wasn’t in love with, but I didn’t dislike it as much as the door.
I just always thought the counter looked too small on top of the island,
and I wasn’t a fan of the cut… triple pencil is the technical name.

We posted this puppy on Craigslist and in 12 hours it was sold.
I could go on and on about how much I love Craigslist, but I’ll save that for another day.

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We decided to go with a butcher block style island and purchased the NUMERÄR countertop from IKEA.
Greg cut it to size and sanded the two edges that he cut.
We love it!

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There are certain things that keep reminding me that we aren’t the first owners of this house,
but the more we do, the more I really feel like we are making this house our home.

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So, that’s what’s cookin’! We hope to keep improving it!