18 October 2018

Little Kicks

This past Tuesday, I felt baby kick for the first time. It was incredible and there was no mistaking it. I just knew that what I was feeling was our little bunny bean. At first, I felt three kicks in a row, then a few minutes later I felt two more. Since then I've felt those little kicks a few more times. Both last night and then again this morning and afternoon. Also, does anyone else think of Elaine from Seinfeld when you hear "little kicks"? No, maybe it's just me! ;)

Seriously though, it's such a surreal feeling to feel those little kicks. It makes me fall even more in love with this sweet little babe that I am growing inside me. I honestly can't wait until baby starts kicking more frequently and to the point where Alex can actually feel it himself.
07 October 2018

Fall Goals Twenty-Eighteen

It's finally Fall! I know I'm a little late with this list - but here it is either way! Unfortunately, I didn't complete all of my Fall goals from last year. So this year, I'm going to be a little bit more realistic with what I add to this list. Especially now that I'm pregnant. Even though the weather isn't fall-ish here in Florida, it's still getting cooler in the mornings and evenings.
  • buy an heirloom pumpkin
  • make apple cinnamon muffins
  • bake a homemade pumpkin pie
  • have another cemetery pizza party
  • listen to A LOT of Type O Negative
  • watch Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice
  • on the first cool day, go on a picnic with Alex
  • finish the second season of Stan Against Evil
  • go to Trader Joes and buy a few Fall-inspired food items
  • enjoy being pregnant during one of my favourite seasons
  • make sure to always have an autumn-colored flower bouquet in the house
  • create another Halloween playlist - we might not be able to top last years though

Do you have any goals for this Fall? Let me know in the comments below!
24 September 2018

My First Trimester of Pregnancy

Now that the news of our little bunny bean is officially out in the universe, I figured it would be fun to document my first trimester. because this pregnancy is something I truly want to remember. I mean, after all, Alex & I only want one child. Besides, I'm such a documenter by nature.

We were on vacation in Colorado the week before we officially found out, but the whole time I just knew I was pregnant. After all, we had tried the month before. Either way, I was anxious to find out but we both decided to wait until we got back to Florida. So the day after we got home, I took a test - even though I was only 4 weeks. It was early Saturday morning, I was the only one up, the house was quiet and the morning sun was starting to filter through the curtains. I crept into the bathroom and once the five minutes were up, my suspicions we were confirmed... we were definitely pregnant! Alex was still asleep, so I crawled into bed with him and quietly whispered into his ear that we were pregnant. He turned to me and smiled, "Really?". "Yes," I said and we hugged for a very long time.

Needless to say, keeping our little secret was hard - very hard. The only people that knew for the first four weeks were my mother and my best friend Megan. Our reasoning behind keeping it a secret was this: I experienced a blighted ovum back in March. Which is why Alex & I decided to wait to tell the rest of our family until we had an early ultrasound to confirm that there was actually a baby in there. We had our first ultrasound at 8-weeks. I was a nervous wreck until the technician found our little bunny bean and once she found the heartbeat and we saw the flicker of 165bpm I broke into tears and Alex & I exchanged the biggest smiles. Afterward, we shared the news with his parents, our siblings, and closest relatives. Then at 11 weeks, we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time when our midwife used the doppler. That was even more amazing!

Now for the fun stuff...

So much bloating (as you can see above) and nausea. I had to make sure that I ate every few hours because if I didn't nausea would overpower me. Most nights I had constant nausea, even though I never threw up. My energy was at an all-time low and as a result, I slept A LOT. Needless to say, my workout regimen flew right out the window. I was lucky to even get in a 20-minute prenatal yoga once a week. I was also riddled with crazy food aversions - I couldn't stand the idea of chicken or scrambled eggs. Most nights, while Alex cooked us dinner, I had to stay in the bedroom with the door closed because the smells would make me nauseous and I'd end up not eating as a result. Bland food became my best friend.

Oh, Moses smell the roses, my cravings were bad because I mostly wanted junk food - which is something I normally avoid. Some weeks all I wanted was a hamburger and french fries. I was obsessed with cinnamon gum too. But thankfully I craved healthy things to like fresh strawberries, grapefruit, cheese, fruit smoothies, peanut butter, and no sugar added cranberry juice (I drank two large bottles in less than a week!!). Oh, and a childhood favourite of mine: cheese and tomato sandwiches with mustard. Mmm. Thankfully most of the cravings for junk food started to dwindle at the end of the first trimester and I was back to my normal healthy-ish eating habits.

Well, that about covers it for my first trimester. Keep your eyes peeled for a post on the second one in a few months.
21 September 2018

A List of Love

Wow... I haven't done one of these in awhile. And since I feel like diving back into the blogging pool, I figured it would be fun to start these up again. Besides t's always good to concentrate on positive things. So, here we go...

This month I am thankful for: This month I'm thankful for finally entering the second trimester. Being nauseous every night takes a toll and the fear of miscarriage isn't a pleasant one either. I'm so thankful for Alex and our families. They have been so loving and supporting during this pregnancy and it feels so good to have them in our lives. Also, major props to Alex to putting the nursery furniture together. Since he'll be in the thick of busy season at work it made sense to him to get it all set up ahead of time. Now I just need to decorate!

Things that I have been loving:
  • endless cups of mint tea
  • any and all things grapefruit
  • homemade oven-baked buffalo wings
  • spending every Monday with my parents
  • being pregnant (especially now that I'm in the second trimester)

Now I encourage you to create your own list of love. You can write it in the comments below or make your own post. If you do make a post, be sure to leave the link to it in the comments section. I can't wait to see your lists! Also, you are more than welcome to use the image above on your blog post - just make sure to credit me. 
18 September 2018

We're pregnant!

For the last three months, Alex & I have been keeping the biggest secret of our lives... We're pregnant! It feels so good to finally share the news too. We're beyond excited about having a little bebe join our family next year. Seriously, spring can't come soon enough.

We found out while we were still on vacation in Colorado Springs. Which is wild in itself - that little one made it all the way to the top of Pikes Peak. ;) Thankfully, I had an easy trimester, even if I was slightly nauseated most nights. And the rest of my first trimester was filled with exhaustion and feeling out of breath 80% of the time. Now that I'm in the second trimester, I finally feel more like myself again. My energy has returned and I all I seem to think about is how far away March is.

We've already had our first ultrasound (at 8 weeks) and it was wild to see that flickering little heartbeat. At 11 weeks, during our first midwife appointment, we were able to hear the baby's heartbeat and that was downright mind-blowing. It was so cool having the ultrasound, but nowhere near as cool as hearing our baby's heartbeat. I'm still in awe.

I'm honestly at a loss for words with how crazy all of this is. I mean Alex & I have talked about adding a little one to our family for a while now but it's so surreal to know that I have our little bunny bean quickly growing inside me. Seriously, for two people who grew up not wanting kids, to changing their minds and actually PLANNING for one is crazy. And just think, in seven months we'll have a teeny, tiny baby that's half me and half Alex to love and enjoy.

Thanks for following along on our journey!

22 June 2018

Happy Three Years! It's Olive's 'Gotcha Day'.

Three years ago today, I visited Gainesville Rabbit Rescue looking to adopt. I had seen one bunny on their adoption site and when I got there he wasn't available. So I spent almost an hour doing a meet and greet with a couple bunnies. The first one I met glared at me from a corner and thumped the entire time. The other ones weren't a good fit either. Then Kathy, the loving owner of GRR, told me about "Roxanne". She was a rescue from a hoarder house situation in Georgia. The white spotted bunny was almost a year old and actually had babies already. I was shown the sweet, pretty little girl and decided to get into the bunny pen with her to see if we connected at all.

I remember sitting on the floor of that bunny pen hoping that this bunny would choose me. She hopped around the pen, hopped up to me and I petted her for a while. Kathy then suggested that I pick "Roxanne" up and see how it went. Sure enough, this little bun trusted me enough to let me hold her in my arms. Megan captured the moment too, and I still cherish it to this day. It was our first time together after all. You can see it below...
Then Megan placed the pet carrier in the pen and the next thing I see is the bunny hopping into the pet carrier. She decided that we were meant to be. It was then that "Roxanne" became Olive. And our lives would change forever. It's funny how us humans think that we're the ones that rescue these sweet creatures, and yes - in a way we do, but this bunny has truly changed my life. I love you Olive, we're so lucky to have you in our family.

Want more photos & posts about this sassy little fluffer buns, head over here.
21 June 2018

Cemetery Pizza Club

You read the title right... Alex and I finally had our inaugural cemetery pizza club at Roselawn Cemetery a few weeks ago. If you know me at all this is a very "Danielle thing to do". I mean, it only makes sense. It was pretty fun too. Cemeteries are always peaceful and it was great to walk around and look at all the tombstones after we finished eating our pizza. We're already planning another one for fall, you know, for when it isn't a million degrees outside.

30 April 2018

DIY Essential Oils Face Serum

A few months ago I decided I was done with using store-bought face serums. I had no idea how many unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients were in my old one. Surprisingly, most of the ones you can buy at the store are incredibly toxic. Ever since I received my Young Living premium starter kit last year, I've been replacing things one by one. I've made my own all-purpose spray, added a few drops of lavender to my mascara (I'm still on the hunt for a clean version) and have been diffusing oils like crazy. So making my own face serum seemed like a fun and healthy venture. Best of all, all three oils can be found in the premium starter kit. Just keep in mind you'll need a glass dropper bottle.

DIY Essential Oils Face Serum

2 tablespoons Sweet almond oil
1 tablespoon Rosehip seed oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Copaiba essential oil
1 drop Lemon essential oil (optional)

I’ve been putting this on every night and my skin feels lovely because of it. Also, if you choose to add lemon essential oil, keep in mind that it can increase photosensitivity - so apply the serum at night or when you won't be going in the sun for awhile.