Some Things Never Change {a bumpdate}

Hi all! I was looking over the 16-week bumpdate from my last pregnancy, and while this pregnancy felt totally different in the beginning, it’s fun to see how some things just don’t change. In this case, I’m talking preg acne and Pop Tarts. (One is obviously much better than the other!)

bump   16 weeks

How far along? 16 weeks

Baby’s size? Avocado (4.5 inches)

Total weight gain/loss: About 8 lbs

Maternity clothes? I wear maternity jeans now, but everything else is the same.

Sleep: Sleep is very hit-or-miss. It’s getting hard to get comfy, though Ethan and I both had two great naps this weekend.

Best moment this week: I could swear that Ethan tried to say, “I love you” a couple days ago. I had just told him a few times that I love him, and he said “Ba ba ba” with the same tone, inflection, and speed as I was saying “I love you.” I know it’s a stretch, but we had a moment.

Miss Anything? Two weekends ago I missed beer because we met friends at a brewery, but it has been off my radar since then.

Movement: Just a tiny bit – baby is teasing me!

Food cravings: Last week I was craving Pop Tarts like mad. I fought the craving and ended up eating everything in my house BUT what I really wanted. You better believe I picked some up at the store this weekend, though I guess the craving has passed since I haven’t opened the box yet. (Yup, I spent the extra $ on all-natural foods and some organic produce, yet these still found their way into my shopping cart. ha)

pop tartsAnything making you queasy or sick: I cant’ have much carbonation, but I’ve been sticking to water and decaf iced tea anyway.

Symptoms: Great hair, bad skin, strong emotions, bloating, and lethargy (though I do have much more energy than I did a few weeks ago)

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy most of the time but moods have their way of swinging

Looking forward to: My next dr appointment later today – love baby checkups!

dinnerI wanted to share my latest recipe with you, but I’m not sure that it’s quite “blog worthy.” The family enjoyed it (even Ethan), but it needs a little tweaking that I don’t quite have time to do. In short, it was soba noodles with red cabbage, broccoli, sugar snap peas, edamame, and a homemade peanut sauce. Yum!!

  • Had any crazy cravings recently?
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Comfort {Food} Weekend

Hi all! I hope you’re feeling rested or at least rejuvenated after your weekend. It was a pretty good one here. I didn’t do anything special, but there was fun to be had and food to be eaten. Nothin’ wrong with that!

I’m linking up with Katie to show what is making my Monday marvelous (MIMM).

On Friday, it was just Ethan and I since Kevin was still traveling. I picked him up at school a little early to get some extra snuggles, and I made this delicious dinner. Seriously, go make it! (1 cubed chicken breast, peas, a pinch or two of Parmesan cheese, and Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi in sage sauce, which is in the frozen section.)

gnocchiSaturday started early. I made these blueberry muffins before Ethan woke, and later that morning a couple mom friends came over for Moms, Muffins, & Mimosas. Given that two of us are preggers, we all ended up turning down the champagne. Ethan wore himself out running around the house and stuffing his face with muffins!

muffinsKevin was finally home by late afternoon, and his parents stopped by for a quick visit on their way to North Charlotte. Extra fun for E!

famI guess Sunday started early too (preg insomnia stinks). I got up before my boys to make biscuits, eggs, and bacon. Mmmmm, bacon! I saved the other half of the biscuit dough to make chicken and dumplings later that night… with iced tea of course. #southernthangs

breakfastWe got in a couple stroller walks, lots of snuggles, and some yummy food. I even made Kevin a loaf of chocolate chip banana bread. I have a feeling it won’t last too long!


  • What’s making your Monday marvelous?
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Missing My Buddy

Hi All! It’s finally Friday… as if you didn’t already know. I know I’ve been a little MIA this week, but I’ve been feeling a bit conflicted. Spending more time than usual sorting out my own thoughts has left little for the blog.

readTruth is – I’ve been missing my little buddy. I’m not sure why it’s hitting harder than normal. (I obviously miss him all the time when he’s off at school, but it has been growing in intensity.)

cuteYes, he’s in a diaper. Messy pasta & meat sauce calls for a strip-down after dinner.

Maybe it’s just pregnancy hormones (very likely!), or perhaps it’s that he hasn’t been kicking and screaming quite as much at diaper changes. Maybe it’s the warm weather that makes me want to go the the park every day, or maybe it’s just that this is a really fun age.

chairIt is a fun age. No doubt about it. Sure, there are plenty of tantrums, but he wouldn’t quit giving me kisses last night. It was freaking adorable! (Kevin has been out of town for work, so he missed the snuggles, but he’ll be home tonight.)

brioDid y’all know Brio has salmon on the kids’ menu? Ethan loves it!

Anyway – it’s making me want to quit my job. But then again, I’ve got a pretty good job. For a “mom job,” it’s actually a great job, though it could definitely stand to pay a bit more. Hmmm, wonder if my boss would let me go part-time? It just makes me wonder how I’m going to feel with two babies come this fall.

trainsOh well, I’ve got time to think about it. Until then, I’ll be counting down until 4:30 when I can go pick up my little man. TGIF!!!!!

  • Anything got your gears turning this fine Friday?
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Time for a New Plan

It’s Wednesday, but I’m changing it up a bit this week. There’s no WIAW here. I’m instead sharing my new workout routine. As far as the food was concerned, there was some healthy stuff (pumpkin enchiladas)…

enchiladasand some less than healthy stuff. Beans are good for you, right?

starburstI realize I shared a new workout routine not long ago, but it’s not working out for me. It took too much time on my lunch break, which would cause me to make up the time after work. Getting my little man from school 15-20 minutes later than normal just isn’t going to work for me. I thought 15 minutes for some “me time” would be worth it, but I miss him.

gymSo here’s the new modified plan. The morning portion is done at home, and the lunch portion is done at the gym. As always, Sunday is for rest. We’ll see how it goes!


Click here for photo & description of straight-arm pull-down for back from Men’s Health.

This week my mom is visiting, so I haven’t made as many gym trips. However, we’re taking lots of walks!


  • When do you fit in fitness? I often miss my pre-baby 5am workouts!
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15-Week Bumpdate

Hiya Friends! I’m back with another bumpdate. (The 15-week bumpdate with Ethan can be found here.) I wanted to post a little weekend recap yesterday, but poor sleep didn’t help me get a post up in the morning. Getting up with Ethan and then getting up for a midnight snack (so hungry!) didn’t help, but I guess that’s #pregnancyproblems for ya.

bumpAs you can see, the belly is seriously bumpin’. I know you’re supposed to show a month sooner with your second baby, but daaaaaaang. My body didn’t waste any time stretching out, and I think a bit more than my belly has grown, yikes!

I know weigh gain is part of the plan, and I’m trying to embrace that. But to be honest, I’m having a hard time with it. I’ve only gained a few extra pounds from where I was at 15 weeks last time, but even just a few pounds can weigh heavily on your mind. (Yes, puns make me feel better.)

bumpOh well, so far the doc says I’m healthy, the baby is healthy, and we’ll just have to go with it. I’m not even considering giving up my nightly ice cream! (If you’re interested, see a previous post on pregnancy weight gain here.)

How far along? 15 weeks

Baby’s size? Apple (about 4 inches)

Total weight gain: 7.5 lbs (though it’s up or down by the day)

Maternity clothes? I’m still in normal stuff most of the time, but I had to buy new maternity jeans this past week because I washed my old pair with a prenatal vitamin in the pocket. They reeked of fish oil!

Sleep: It was pretty good up until this week. Now it’s suddenly dreadful.

Best moment this week: Seeing my mom for her birthday (She’s visiting for most of the week), and bringing Ethan to Olde Mecklenburg brewery to see a group of friends

Miss Anything? a nice complexion

Food cravings: I’m still into my nightly ice cream, but I’m also loving some spicy foods.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really

Symptoms: A good bit of my energy has returned, round ligament pain, poor sleep, horrible acne

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but easily frustrated if tired

Looking forward to: my morning off today with Ethan and my mom at the park

babiesThis was Ethan loving on Leia who was loving on the bump – so cute!

pastaAnd on a side note, I made Angela’s Lightened-Up Sundried Tomato Basil Pesto last night, and it was quite good. I added peas and shrimp because they boiled easily in the pasta pot. Yum!

  • What are you most looking forward to this week?
  • Mamas – did you gain more the first or second time around?
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