17 January 2019

Our Babymoon

Man oh, man. I've been meaning to write this post for a while now...

Two weekends ago Alex & I had our babymoon. We didn't take a long, drawn-out one but it was just long enough and far away enough to leave us feeling rejuvenated. We ended up on the east coast of Florida, in New Symrna Beach, and it was absolutely lovely. Both of us had never been there before so it was really nice to explore a new place together.

Since we were staying in a condo (thank you Stevie and Tom!!), we brought a lot of food with us. Because honestly, being married to a chef means that the food is always better at home. Don't get me wrong, we did go out for a few things, like our morning lattes, French croissants and lunch on Saturday. We ended up at Yellow Dog Eats in the historic district. We stumbled upon after checking out the farmer's market and we were completely impressed. They even had root beer on draft - which made this pregnant mama VERY happy.

Aside from exploring the historic district, we also checked out the beachy-side of town and the Sugar Mill Ruins. On our last night there we walked down to the beach at sunset. So I think it was a win-win. Haha. It truly was a lovely weekend and I'm so glad that we got to spend some quality time together before Cooper arrives.

03 January 2019

Oh hello, Twenty-Nineteen

I kind of can't believe that we are already three days into 2019. And that this year Alex & I will become parents! That's something that is incredibly exciting to me. Especially for two people who went from "absolutely no kids" to "yeah - let's start trying". It's all a little mind-blowing if I'm being honest.

We spent the last day of 2018 with my parents, eating my mom's delicious homemade lasagna. Just spending time together. Afterward, Alex & I came back home watched some Seinfeld episodes and passed out before midnight. I, unfortunately, woke up at around 12:15 cursing my neighbors for still setting off fireworks. Such a grumpy pregnant thing to do.

As for the first day of 2019, we spent it with Alex's parents and sister. We ate even more delicious food and then spent the rest of the evening watching Venom. It turned out to be a lot better than any of us expected.

I'm really excited about this weekend too. Because Alex & I are headed to the beach to have a little vacation of just the two of us before Cooper arrives. And he will be here before we know it, I have less than three months to go! A small part of me is starting to freak out a little, but there's so much excitement intertwined with it.

I hope you all ended last year just the way you wanted it to and that this year brings you so much love and happiness!
27 December 2018

My Second Trimester of Pregnancy

Ah, the second trimester. Or as most women call it, the honeymoon phase. I definitely had a lot of energy at the beginning of the second trimester. No pain, just a few sleepless nights - but that was easily remedied when I finally learned how to fall back asleep. Now that I'm a few days away from the dreaded third trimester, I'm hoping things don't get too awful! Here's what my second trimester of pregnancy has been like...

That pesky night-time nausea I had at the end of the first trimester went away and it's been glorious. What took its place? Well, towards the end of this trimester I started to experience pregnancy rhinitis. And oh my goodness, it has been incredibly annoying. Every evening when my head hit the pillow my nose would clog up, then I would spend the next day blowing my nose. Thankfully I invested in a humidifier and it's done wonders. Except when the weather gets rainy and the pressure makes my nose unresponsive to pretty much any solution.

Another annoying symptom was whenever I would sit on a couch or regular chair I would get a dull ache under my right shoulder blade. Thanks to Cooper getting bigger, he was throwing my posture all out of whack. I wanted to find a pair of maternity leggings that were supportive. I heard about Blanqi, ordered a pair of supportive maternity leggings and they're just lovely. I also got them for half price on Black Friday - which was awesome.

As far as keeping my back and shoulder blade from hurting, I've had to learn how to properly sit as a pregnant lady: with my butt on the edge of the seat and my legs wide with feet flat on the floor. A yoga ball helps too. As well as regularly doing prenatal yoga and going on walks.

Emotional Musings 
I'm not normally one to cry, but since the second trimester rolled around I noticed that whenever I read anything sad about pet rabbits I would break into tears. What made things even weirder was the fact that sometimes I'd be petting Olive and just start crying because I'd think about how one day she won't be with me. And that just broke my heart. This happened more than once too...

Other than that, it's been pretty smooth sailing. Alex and I actually had a conversation about how I really thought being pregnant would turn me into a complete terror. And so far, fingers crossed, it hasn't. I've actually been better than my typical PMS days.

A Few Unexpected Things

  • I really didn't think I'd be able to wake up several times a night to pee and actually be able to fall back asleep. Thankfully I've become a pro at it.
  • My memory kind of sucks. Seriously. Half the time my brain feels like it's broken.
  • I really thought I'd have a lot more cravings, but so far nothing intense or out of the ordinary.
  • Most of the time I don't really feel as though I look as pregnant as I should. I always thought I'd be a lot bigger than what I currently am. Thankfully my weight gain has been right on track - not over or under.
  • I thought I'd talk to my belly more... but I don't. And sometimes I forget Cooper is even in there until he starts kicking. I also feel him roll around it there, which is a pretty weird/wonderful feeling.
  • I also didn't think I'd need a pregnancy pillow, but it turns out that I need some sort of extra support while sleeping. I've found that propping up my regular pillows and using a pregnancy body pillow does wonders. I originally used a body pillow but found it to be a pain in the ass when I had to switch sides in the middle of the night.
  • I really wanted to work out a lot more but naps win every single time.
21 December 2018

Christmas 2018

I'm starting my annual holiday hiatus today so I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.