Thursday, March 29, 2018

I slept in my own bed + {19 week bumpdate}

Guess what?! Last night, I finally slept in my own bed for the first time in 16 nights! Now if you're traveling this may seem normal, but we weren't. I was in the same area as my house, but I just couldn't sleep there because we've been having the whole thing painted. I know I've mentioned this before, but you don't understand just quite the enormity of this task until you see my house. We did the ceilings, walls and all of the trim which includes stairs, closets, shelves and of course, my cabinets!

Here's a great compare/contrast of just how beige our walls were. This is the ceiling painted white and the pink/yellowish beige is what we originally had on walls and ceilings.
As of Tuesday evening, they were done with the ceiling, walls and trim. We did a walk through, caught all the little odds and ends and they were finally out of there. The lady working on our cabinets still isn't quite done. She has another coat to put on the cabinets, then she'll bring the cabinet doors back from her shop to install. I'm hoping for it to be done by this weekend. We'll see!

Here's a look at our bedroom in progress! You can barely see a comparison at the bottom of the wall. We did our walls in Agreeable Gray. The wall you see was accented in a slightly darker shade called Mindful Gray. All of the trim and cabinets were done in Dover White.
Yesterday, JP and I spent a majority of the day trying to get things back in order. We had to vacuum, sweep, swiffer, dust and scrub every surface of our house. Two weeks of painters and working leads to a lot of dust and little messes all around. Yes, they covered everything including my floors, but there is still dust everywhere. It does mean that we are getting a really solid spring cleaning. We're also able to get rid of random things that have accumulated over the last 16 months that we don't really need anymore. There is still quite a bit to do, but we've gotten most of our downstairs at least back in place.

Here's a peek at our island! The lighting doesn't do the color justice. It's actually a bit lighter in a color called Oceanside Blue. I plan to take photos with my DSLR once everything is complete to share with y'all!
Today my goal is to start putting things back on shelves and the walls. It's kind of fun since the house feels brand new again. Also, I'm starting to get into that nesting phase, so I'm enjoying making my home my own again. Hopefully next week I'll have my life back together. Once it's complete, I'm going to take some nice pictures of how everything turned out to share with y'all! Get excited...I know I am!


I'm not going to do a full bumpdate today, but I thought it would be fun to give y'all a few details on how this last week as been for me!

Baby Boy is the size of a mango! He's probably about 6 inches long and weighs nearly 8.5 oz.

A protective substance called vernix caseosa now covers his skin. {Vernix is the Latin word for "varnish"; caseosa means "cheese" The more you know!} This keeps his skin protected from the amniotic fluid. This should shed shortly before he is born!

My biggest symptoms this week are still hunger and now I'm getting some round ligament pain as well as SI joint pain. The round ligament pain is pretty mild and I usually feel it when I'm running or doing more intense exercise. The SI joint pain comes and goes as it pleases. Some days I'm fine and other days I'm aching! I suffered from pretty bad SI joint pain at the end of my last pregnancy as well as after I delivered Chloe. I'm hoping that it doesn't get that bad again. Unfortunately there isn't too much I can do about it. 


I'm still working out like normal! I do the moderate intensity exercises during my Tabata class and I've definitely slowed down when I'm running, but I'm still out there. I've been going on lots of walks lately since I was sick and the weather was so nice. I think I added about 13 miles to the baby bank last week!

Next Thursday I get to do my 20 week ultrasound and follow up with my OB, so I'll probably save my bumpdate for Friday! That way I can share all of my pictures and the exciting details!

Have you ever painted your whole house or highered someone just to paint some of it?
How was your experience? Overall ours was pretty good. I plan to give some more details once I post our finished product.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Family Photo Shoot


Hello Monday! We meet yet again. This Monday is already leaps and bounds above last Monday, so I won't complain one bit about it's Monday-ness. I didn't have a scare last night. I'm not as sick as I was last week. And I haven't already been to the OB. So yeah, today is a good day. It's the little things that make it a good day after all.

We're still at my parents' house, so my schedule isn't quite normal. The good news is that the painters are supposed to be done on Tuesday. Yes, tomorrow. I'm not sure if this is actually going to happen, so cross your fingers and say a prayer for us! We love my family and are so thankful that we can stay here, but we just miss our home.

I've been behind on blogging, so today I'm going leave you with just a few of the many pictures we just got back from our mini photo shoot with Brittney from Pink Owl Studios! If you're in Richmond, Sugar Land, Katy area, I recommend you check her out. She has amazing customer service and did a beautiful job capturing my little family before baby boy comes to join us!

P.S. I was 13 weeks pregnant when we took these pictures!












There's a sneak peek at just 12 of the 67 pictures she delivered to me! I had so many favorites, it was hard to choose!

I hope y'all have a happy Monday! I'm off to work at the gym and I can't wait since I missed last week. It's the little things y'all.

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

18 Week Bumpdate

It's kind of hard to believe that I'm already 18 weeks pregnant. It seems to be flying by this time. I'm so busy chasing after a two and a half year old, traveling, working on house projects and more that this pregnancy is going by so fast.

This week I actually had a little scare that I alluded to in an Instagram post. I thought I'd go ahead and share the details since I had so many people reach out to me in concern. It may be a little TMI for some. Last Friday my allergies got so bad, they took a turn for the worse. By Sunday, I developed a nonstop overnight cough and the pressure in my head from my sinuses became so intense that it felt like someone was hitting me with a hammer repeatedly. It was literally the worst headache I've ever had in my life. 

Sunday night I spent coughing so hard that my abs were sore and I started feeling crampy in my lower abdomen. Not really a good sign for a pregnant woman in her second trimester. I eventually got up to use the restroom and when I wiped, the paper was tinged with light pink blood. Cue freak out. Since I was coughing, JP was sleeping in another room and I didn't want to wake and worry him, so I climbed back into bed and tried to stay calm and not lose it. Needless to say, even though it was 3:00am, I didn't sleep anymore the rest of the night.

I got up around 7:00 trying to decide if I should go to work or the doctor. I hate missing work, but I knew I had to make sure everything was okay. I had a feeling that it wasn't anything since the spotting was gone by the time I got out of bed, but you can't leave something like this to chance. I called my OBGYN and they had me come in right when they opened. They were even moving offices and taking limited patients that day, but they didn't hesitate to tell me to come it. They were amazing! 
We did the ultrasounds and Baby Boy looked absolutely perfect. He was content and resting in his little home, and growing like a champ. His heart rate was perfect, my cervix was 3cm in length which is good and my placenta showed no abruptions. I got to talk to my doctor and she did a quick pelvic exam to rule everything out. It looks like the intensity of my cough just caused enough irritation of my cervix to cause minor spotting.

I also went to my primary care doctor to find out that I have a sinus and throat infection which is was caused the severe sinus pressure headache. I'm still feeling under the weather, but so much better! Now that the scare is out there, let's get to the fun and happy stuff!


How Far Along? 
18 weeks!

Size of Baby: 
An artichoke or a sweet potato {Of course sweet potatoes are so many different sizes these days!}
About 5.5 inches from crown to rump and around 6.5 oz!

Weight Gain: 
Around 5-6 lbs depending on the day

Maternity Clothes:
Still rocking my maternity shorts! Everything else seems to fit still.

Stretch marks: 
None


Symptoms: 
Hunger. I'm so hungry!
Congestion. My allergies have been terrible and even turned into a sinus infection this past week.

Cravings: 
Salty snacks, buffalo sauce on everything, tuna sandwiches, cereal with milk, apples with peanut butter or chocolate hummus.

Gender:
Healthy Baby BOY!

Mood: 
Happy and excited

Nursery: 
Our whole house is currently being painted from top to bottom. Literally everything: ceilings, walls, doors, trim, even cabinets. The nursery is staying the mint blue/green, but we're having the doors and trim redone since the previous owners did it themselves. Other than that, no progress. The plan is to transition Chloe to a big girl bed after we get back from Europe, so that means I already have a crib!


Movement: 
I'm definitely feeling flutters. I feel a couple nearly every day but mostly at night when I'm relaxed on the couch.

Sleep: 
I get up to potty at least once a night, but overall I'm sleeping hard.
This last week, I've had miserable sleep. The coughing wakes me up at night and I'll cough so long and hard that I can't go back to sleep and I'm in pain. Here's to hoping this subsides soon.

Workouts: 
Before getting sick, I was working out like normal. Here's what last week looked like:

Monday: 45 minute spin class
45 minute HIIT Tabata class {I modified the jumping exercises}
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: 1.5 mile walk
Thursday: 4 mile run
1 mile walk
Friday: 3 mile walk
Saturday: 3 mile walk
Sunday: Rest

I've rested pretty much since then recovering from this sinus and throat infection.

What I Miss: 
Sushi. We did go on a sushi date around 16 weeks to satisfy my cravings and ordered cooked sushi rolls, but it wasn't quite the same. Don't get me wrong, it was delicious, just not the same.


Belly Button in or out?
Starting to flatten out, but still in.

Wedding rings on or off? 
On

Labor Signs: 
None and hopefully not for several more months!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Raw meat. It still makes me gag. I can handle ground turkey, but that's about it. I also have a hard time with the smell of eggs and bananas, but I can eat them.



Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Getting to hear Baby Boy's heartbeat at 15 weeks 5 days
Getting to see Baby Boy at 17 weeks 4 days even though it was a scary situation. I'm just happy that everything was okay!

Looking forward to:
Anatomy scan at 20 weeks
Babymoon adventure at 21 weeks

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Magical Kingdom Monday + {our next big trip!}


Oh what a Magical Monday it is! At least I'm really wanting it to be a magical Monday. I've been sick the last few days which is not fun at all especially when pregnant. I'm pretty sure I have a bad case of allergies gone wrong. The pollen in Houston is no joke. I tried to push through and pretend it was just allergies and such, but I think I pushed too hard.

I kind of disappeared last week because I had so much going on. I had some posts half ready to go, but couldn't quite get them finished. I was single mom-ing it while JP was in London for work, kind of. We were actually staying at my parents' house, so I had help, but it's not quite the same. Plus we had to get out of our house so that our painters could start painting the whole thing! Literally the entire interior. Checkout my Instagram Stories to see updates. We're hoping to be back in our home and putting it back together in the next couple of days.

Now let's forget about the craziness that was last week and look back to last month when I had the most wonderful time frolicking around Magic Kingdom.


When you're wearing skirts like these, you naturally frolick wherever you go. How could you not? In case you're wondering, that lovely lady in Punzie purple is the creative genius behind these skirts! You can check out all of her inventory or even create your own custom design by heading over to her Etsy shop: Pineapple Tree by Rae!

One of my most favorite things to do around Magic Kingdom is walk around, take in all of the magic, and snap all the pictures! Of course I love to ride the rides too, but sometimes waiting in long lines doesn't sound as appealing when your feet are aching from running all the races. This year we took LOTS of pictures, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the best photo shoot places in Magic Kingdom.

We're going to start with the most obvious...Cinderella's Castle!


The thing about Cindy's Castle is that there are so many places for you to get gorgeous shots. Some will have WAY less people in it if you know where to go. All of the photos above are shot in Main Street as you walk down the main entrance to Magic Kingdom. They're also all by Photopass Photographers, as are a majority of the pictures in this post. I can't stress enough how worth it Memory Maker is when planning your Disney trip! Beautiful, high quality pictures without having to worry about who is going to take your pictures or handing your phone over to strangers. Just saying. Anyways, there are tons of different spots along Main Street USA closer and further away from the castle that you can stop at to snap some pictures.


When in doubt, you can always get gorgeous castle pics from the hub grass! You can find the hub grass in two places: off to the left or right of the castle. This picture is shot on the right side towards Tomorrowland!


You can continue along the right side of the castle and snap some more pictures on the bridge to Tomorrowland! The best part of this spot is that you can get pictures without tons of people in them. In fact, you can get pictures with NO other people in them. There are Photopass Photographers over here, but not all the time like in front of the castle. We never had trouble getting one though!


Since you're on your way to Tomorrowland, you might as well stop and ride Buzz LightYear and Space Mountain! I mean you're there, so do it. I highly recommend getting a FastPass for one or both of these if you can.


If you head to the left of the castle towards Liberty Square, you can get another awesome shot on the bridge just in front of the Sleepy Hollow snack stand. It's a little bit closer to the castle and again you can get people free shots! 

While you're by Sleepy Hollow, you should get a Nutella and Fruit Waffle for breakfast or grab an ice cream cookie sandwich in the afternoon. You won't regret either choice. Trust me, I'm pregnant. 



This spot is also a great place to take post race medal pics! Sometimes there is a PhotoPass photographer hanging out over there for you. See below from our second day at Magic Kingdom!


Once you get your pictures, walk over to Haunted Mansion! It's one of my favorite rides. We had a FastPass for it on our last day there, but the ride had some technical issues. Sad day. Of course it was fixed shortly before we had to leave, but not enough time for us to actually ride it.

Then head back over to Sleepy Hollow and continue walking around the castle until you get to the backside. You'll be pleased to find some special guests.


The evil stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella! They are some of the most hilarious characters to meet. They rotate in and out with the Fairy Godmother who is also just magical. Photopass photographers are always at character meet and greets. They capture the sweetest moments! Be sure to check the app or the Disney Times Guide to see when they'll be out. They're usually easier to catch earlier in the day. You can always ask the character guide what times they'll be there.



Since you're in Fantasyland, you have so many options for great pictures spots. Rachael snapped this cute one below while we were waiting in line for Enchanted Tales with Belle! This "ride" is more of an interactive adventure. It's perfect for little ones, and you can meet Belle at the end.



After your enchanted adventure, keep walking along towards Gaston's Tavern where you can meet Gaston!


He's always good for a laugh and an insult. He definitely loved Alison's Belle skirt, but thought she was a little crazy pretending to be Belle. I personally thought she was fabulous.



Since you're in the area, you should definitely think about riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train! This ride should be at the top of your FastPass list. The line is crazy long if you don't have one.


When you're done, don't forget to stop by Rapunzel's Tower! It's over by the Rapunzel bathrooms where you can also take some fabulous pictures. It's so magical and whimsical over there.


Then you can stop by and meet Rapunzel at the Princess meet and greet spot. The best part about this is that the line is inside in the air conditioning. Plus you get to meet two princesses at once! Right now it's Rapunzel and Tiana or Cinderella and Elena of Avalor.



It's always fun to meet the princesses! Their energy is contagious. Tiana is one of the most underrated princesses. First of all, she's gorgeous. Second, she's got such a fun personality and tons to talk about. Plus she likes to talk about food, and we all know just how much I like food!


Some other great spots in Fantasyland are meeting Ariel in her Grotto and snapping pictures by the Castle wall.

I bet you wouldn't think of going to Storybook Circus for pictures since that's where most of the younger kid rides and attractions live. However, you should definitely find some time to visit Pete's Sideshow for a chance to meet Madame Daisy Fortuna, Minnie Magnifique, The Astounding Donaldo and The Great Goofini. You can meet Daisy and Minnie in one queue and the boys in the other. The wait usually isn't too long and again, it's inside and out of the heat!



One more photo stop you need to check out is Merida! She has her own spot called Fairytale Garden around to the right of Cinderella's castle just where Tomorrowland and Fantasyland meet. Merida is super sassy and fun for a strong, powerful female to talk to!



There are lots of other places around the Kingdom to snap some gorgeous pics. I'll admit, we didn't spend too much time in Frontierland or Adventureland. I couldn't ride Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean was closed for refurbishment, so we just passed on those areas this time around.

Magic Kingdom really is the most magical place around. Looking back on all of these pictures has me wanting to be back right now even though I'm feeling bleh. Luckily, I have my next big trip planned, but it'll be a bit different this time around. In just a few weeks the Gouglers are headed to Disneyland Paris!!! I'm so excited that I can hardly stand it! First we'll be spending a week in Amsterdam. JP has three days of work meetings, so we decided to make this a family adventure. We're heading there a little early to get some family exploring in before JP has to work. After his work is over, we're taking a train to Paris to spend 4 days at Disneyland. It's going to be great!

Now if anyone has any tips, suggestions or must dos in Amsterdam or Disneyland Paris send them my way!

What's your favorite photo spot in Magic Kingdom? Mine is over by Sleepy Hollow!
Have y'all ever been to Amsterdam or Disneyland Paris? What do I need to know?

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