Friday, May 29, 2015

31 Week Bumpdate



Y'all I'm not sure how this week completely get away from me! Monday was Memorial Day, Tuesday we dealt with Houston flooding (a post on that to come next week!), Wednesday I was exhausted beyond belief and Thursday my mom and aunt came over to help decorate the nursery

How Far Along? 31 weeks 


Size of Baby: A coconut! She's between 15-17 inches and weighs somewhere around 3lbs! She's only a few inches from the length she'll be at birth. From here on out it's all about packing on the pounds. Who doesn't love a chunky baby? Except let's hope she steers clear of 9+ lbs at birth since I weighed a whooping 9lbs 12oz. No lies y'all. I was a ball of muscle. JP wasn't a tiny thing himself. He weighed just over 8 lbs, but dropped to 7lb 15 oz because he peed :)


Baby Amy at 2 1/2 months old! I need to get some baby pictures of JP to share for our next bump date!

Weight Gain: Probably up 23-24 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm right on track and actually feeling good about my gain which is important because originally I struggled with accepting it!


Maternity Clothes: Yup! Target and Pink Blush Maternity are still my go tos. I recently bought a new dress from Pink Blush for my maternity pictures! You'll have to wait to see it though!


Stretch marks: I may have found a few under my left boob :( Luckily it's a spot that is reserved for my husband and my eyes only. And eventually Chloe :) 


Symptoms: Occasional nausea in the morning, lots of gas (sorry JP!), rib pain, back and foot aches, anemia, occasional headaches.


Cravings: Bread, peanut butter, cookies, more peanut butter, toast, peanut butter crackers, crunchy cookies, peanut butter and jelly toast, cookie butter, cold fruit, peanut butter cookies, etc. Moral of the story is...if you want to make me happy, give me bread, cookies or peanut butter. I'll be pretty happy if you bring me fruit too :)


Gender: Little Baby GIRL!!!


Mood: Crabby in the early morning, happy during most of the day, crabby and irritable in the evening. So I'm crabby when I'm exhausted.


Nursery: I'm giddy with excitement. I have the coolest most helpful moms and aunt ever. First, my mother-in-love, Jody, came last weekend and paint the whole room PINK! She is pretty much a professional and the walls are perfect. Isn't she the BEST?



Yesterday, my mom and Aunt Dianne came over and helped me start hanging things on the walls! We got a good start, but I'm waiting until after my showers next month to finalize everything.


The "C" was given to me for Mother's Day by my little brother's girl friend, Brittany. It fits her room perfectly!


Belle was originally in my sister-in-law's room when she was a little girl and I'm loving it above the guest bed in Chloe's room!


Movement: My ninja gymnast is still very active. Mornings, evenings and when I'm trying to go to bed are her favorite times of the day. Now her kicks and flips are more like stretches and I'll just see (and feel) movement drag from one spot to another. Little girl is running out of room in there. Her kicks and punches are also becoming a little more violent and even startle me sometimes!


Sleep: As long as torrential rain and thunderstorms aren't destroying Houston overnight, I'm actually sleeping pretty well. I've been pooped lately and cherish every minute of sleep I can get.


Workouts: I've been staying really active! Lots of walks with the pups as long as it's not raining and I'm continuing to workout with my classes. I'm a bit slower and have to modify some of the exercises, but I feel like a rockstar! I shared this picture on social media from earlier this week:




What I Miss: Being comfortable in the evenings when relaxing on the couch!


Belly Button in or out? I've pretty much popped. My really inny belly button is now an actual button!


Wedding rings on or off? On


Labor Signs: No, let's keep it this way for 9 more weeks!


Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat. I don't eat red meat due to digestive issues, but I'm even having trouble eating chicken some days. 


Best Moments The Past 2 Weeks: Seeing Chloe's nursery come together and celebrating JP's 29th birthday!


Looking forward to: Maternity pictures and my 10 year high school reunion next weekend! 


31 weeks and May is over. 2 months until I get to see my sweet baby girl's face! I've started having dreams about her and it fills my heart with so much joy! June starts on Monday and this next month is going to be crazy...high school reunion, maternity pictures, baby showers and a wedding. I. Can't. Wait!




Holy cow! It's hard to remember what I looked liked at the beginning of this pregnancy. I've gotten used to the bump and the changes. I think the funniest thing is that back at 21 weeks, I totally thought that I had a big bump. Yeah...not so much! I'm hoping there won't be an additional 41 week bump picture to put my 31 week bump to shame...

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Tips for Traveling when Pregnant!

Hello friends! Happy Friday and happy long holiday weekend! So in honor of Memorial Day and summer coming up, two very busy travel times, I thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks to traveling while pregnant. I've traveled quite a bit through out this pregnancy. Of course, I made sure to run it by my doctor each time. Remember to talk to your OB before traveling while pregnant. As long as you're not a high risk pregnancy, being pregnant doesn't mean you need to put life on hold or not do the fun things you want! You just have to do things a little slower and listen to your body (and baby!).



Traveling in the First Trimester
I found this to be quite the challenge. Chloe's first adventure began at just about 8 weeks gestation when JP and I went to Boston with Rachael and Joe. At this point, no one knew I was pregnant except for my husband, mom and sister! If you have to hop on a plane or take a long car trip during your first trimester, here are some tips and tricks to feeling your best!

  • Get anti nausea medicine from your doctor before traveling if you're experiencing morning sickness. In Boston, I didn't have medicine yet and I was quite miserable for part of the trip. 
  • Pack lots of snacks. You never know when you'll be hungry or nauseous. Pack crackers and ginger chews or hard candies for nausea and other snacks that sound good and are easy on your stomach for when the hunger urge strikes and it's no where near meal time.
  • Prepare to take potty breaks. They're going to happen. Warn your travel companions if necessary especially on a road trip.
  • Listen to your body. Need to sleep a little longer than planned? Do it. Don't feel like staying out late? No problem. You're body is going through so many changes, so just sit down at a coffee shop or restaurant for a while if you're out and about and feel like you need a break!



Traveling in the Second Trimester
By the second trimester, usually the nausea has gone, people know you're pregnant and you're starting to have more energy! I've found this is the BEST time for traveling! It was perfect that my annual Disney trip fell right at the beginning of my second trimester.

Beginning of Second Trimester tips

  • Get out of your seat and walk around once every other hour especially when traveling by plane. Changes in your body mean changes in your circulation. Pregnant women are more likely to get blood clots, so be sure to move around and get your blood flowing!
  • Pack belly bands for shorts and pants even if they still fit just fine. Comfort is key! I found myself unbuttoning my shorts after meals and wished I had a belly band.
  • Snacks. They're important and necessary so bring them! I needed to eat something as soon as I woke up to keep nausea and starvation at bay, so rice cakes with peanut butter, crackers, trail mix, and other easy snacks to keep on hand were great.
  • Have fun! This is one of the easiest times for traveling and enjoying your changing body!




End of Second Trimester Tips

  • Get out of your seat and walk around once every other hour especially when traveling by plane. Changes in your body mean changes in your circulation. Pregnant women are more likely to get blood clots, so be sure to move around and get your blood flowing!
  • Wear compression socks or stockings if taking a long flight. You will thank me later. I wish I would have packed mine because my feet and ankles swelled up like crazy on the long haul flights!
  • Drink TONS of water. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. I can't stress it enough. You'll feel so much better.
  • Take breaks. You will not regret it. We took 1-2 hour late afternoon/early evening rest breaks. During this time I could take a nap, shower or bath or I could just relax on the bed and read or watch TV.  The key is to put your feet up and just rest! 
  • Bring supportive shoes. Pack shoes that are supportive and comfortable. You may want to look cute, but go for comfort over style. Trust me on this one! I ended up buying a pair of Converse to wear because I was constantly wearing tennis shoes and needed another option! My boots worked great for the cooler weather in London, but the rest of Europe was pretty warm in my boots!
  • Pack lots of under ware and socks. Thanks to pregnancy, you'll probably want to change your panties during your afternoon break! Sorry if that's TMI, but it's true. Same thing with the socks! I felt much more refreshed and ready to go after changing.
  • More snacks. I can't describe the need for snacks enough! Avoid a food emergency and have snacks on hand at all times. During our Europe trip, the best snack we had was a giant bag of trail mix. I got a large basic bag from the grocery store then added more M&Ms, almonds and banana chips. It allowed me just to have a small handful every now and then if I felt hungry or knew my blood sugar was dropping! Energy bars, peanut butter crackers and apples were also easy to keep in our backpack and eat on the go.




Traveling in the Third Trimester
We went to Colorado at the beginning of my third trimester and plan to go to Georgia/North Carolina in a few weeks. This is a hard time for travel as you start to feel huge and uncomfortable. This is a key time to check with your doctor before every trip. Also, be aware that at a certain point, you shouldn't fly and airlines may not let you.

  • Keep up the walking around on the airplane. Maybe even increase it to once an hour. This goes for car trips too. Let your travel companions know ahead of time that you'll need to stop about every 2 hours to stretch your legs and get your blood flowing. Most likely, you'll need to go potty anyway!
  • Ask for a pillow on the plane to place behind your back. The extra lumbar support is nice to have and keeps your back from killing your during the whole flight.
  • Pack only clothes that are comfortable and you know fit you. Comfort is key at this point. Leggings are your friend. Plus if you pack something that doesn't fit the way it used to, it's super discouraging and a little demoralizing.
  • Use the potty any time it's available to you.
  • Drink even MORE water. You'll feel better and it decreases swelling. Doing this also makes the above tip even more important!
  • Ask for more pillows as soon as you arrive at your hotel. I sleep with a pregnancy pillow at home and miss it when I'm on the road. Get additional pillows to support your neck, back and belly!





There you have it, just a few of the tips and tricks I can thing of for traveling while pregnant! The main key is always listening to your body. Head any warning signs. Plan your adventures with extra time than usual. Always have snacks on hand. Prepare for potty breaks. Have fun. Cherish every moment. And take lots of pictures!

Are you planning on traveling while pregnant?
Where are you headed and what trimester are you in? I love hearing about everyone's travel stories especially when babies are on the way!


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Breezy, Sunny London Days

The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. -Stephen Fry

Now that we've officially been back from our European adventure for a few weeks and I actually spent a weekend at home, I figured it was time for me to share some of the 100's of pictures I took! Before pictures, I would like to say that we got to experience 3 sunny days in a row in London and just one cloudy. It doesn't get much better than that! We had to deal with chilly wind and even got a little wind burnt, but it was worth it for the sunshine.

I really want to let the pictures do the talking, so I'll bullet what we did and saw each day!

Day 1:

  • Arrived at London Heathrow airport and took the tube to Victoria Station to find our hotel!
  • Walked to the Thames River and stopped at The Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and saw Big Ben from both sides of the river!
  • Rode the London Eye
  • Walked back to our hotel had dinner, explored around our hotel and hit the hay!










Day 2:

  • Took the Original Bus Tour hop on hop off bus! {Travel tip: During the slow season, you can buy one day and get one free! This lasts until June 30, 2015)
  • First stop: Hyde Park. We spent lots of time just walking around and enjoying a sunny London day. 
  • Walked over to the Wellington Arch and onto Buckingham Palace where we were able to watch the changing of the guard. (In case you're wondering, it happens at 11:00am.)
  • Hopped back on our bus tour and took it to Picadilly Circus where we explored and had lunch.
  • Took the tube out to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium for a tour! (Great for any soccer fan! JP loves Arsenal and had a great time.)
  • Went back to our hotel, freshened up, ate dinner and saw Wicked! It was a-mazing. Obsessed.



















Day 3:

  • Went to the Portobello Road Market! If you're in London on a Saturday, you must go! It's the World's larges antiques market with tons of shops, boutiques, bakeries and food carts. It's open other days of the week, but Saturday is the main day where all the shops are out! We picked up several trinkets and souvenirs and I even got a few things for Chloe and myself! We spent HOURS here. I had the time of my life and JP enjoyed it quite a bit as well.
  • Took the hop on hop off bus to the British Museum. My pictures here aren't the best, but we enjoyed our time there. I think I just soaked most of the history in and forgot about my camera! 
  • REST time back at the hotel. I was wiped after traveling and an insane day 2. 
  • Dinner and exploring around the hotel before an early bedtime.










Day 4:

  • Three words: HARRY POTTER DAY! We took a bus to the Official Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter! Any avid Harry Potter fan would love this adventure! Now this is not a theme park, more like a museum. You get to see original sets, costumes, how scenes were filled, special effects, make up, animatronics and the coolest scaled model of Hogwarts. We went with the morning tour so we were up early and on the bus by 7:45am. We were back around 3pm. It's a 1-1.5 hour bus ride from London to Leavesden, but it wasn't bad at all.
  • Took the tube to Harrod's for some window shopping, sampling and chocolate buying!
  • Dinner and a short walk before calling it a night!




I'm a Slytherin :)
















Day 5:

  • We ate a quick breakfast, took some last minute pictures and took the tube to King's Cross Station! Then we were off to Paris!

I'll be back with Paris pictures...hopefully soon!

If you're interested, here are a few other posts from our European travels:



What are your favorite places and things to see in London?
Looking for more tips or want to know what to do in London? Just ask! I know we didn't get to do everything, but I know a few people who live in London and would love to help!

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