Friday Five: Catching Up

Happy Friday! Can I get a TGIF?!? So grateful for that. It has been quite a week here.

ethanEthan was home with me Wednesday and Thursday for a slight fever, but instead of taking the day off, I managed to work while chasing him around the house. Exhausting. His home/daycare status remains TBD for today.

tvI think his fever may just be related to teething. It’s low, and he doesn’t really have other symptoms, aside from refusing to nap and being incredibly irritable. We don’t do much tv time with him normally, but I definitely flipped on cartoons a time or two and just handed him a teething ring.

But onto the five…

1. When your little buddy is sick and doesn’t want to eat his healthy breakfast at home, you head to Starbucks for a muffin… which he still didn’t eat. This reminded me of when my mom and I would drive separately to Starbucks on Friday mornings in high school. We’d both get a nonfat vanilla latte and split a blueberry muffin before heading to our separate destinations.

muffin2. Old Navy is having a big sale on their active wear this week. I got shorts for Kevin and three shirts for me. The one here isn’t all the pregnancy-friendly, but it’s okay for the short-term. I like it now, but I’m going to love it post-baby when it comes down long enough to cover (or mostly cover) my booty. (just like $9 or something)

old navy3. Speaking of active, that wasn’t me yesterday. My foot has a spot that is bugging me, so I’m going to cool it on the walks and elliptical for a week or two. I will still squeeze in time on the stationary bike, and I’ll hopefully be motivated enough to hit the pool.

4. Save a toy! After birthdays or Christmas, I recommend you save a child’s toy if your kid got a lot. I kept a couple in the closet for a rainy day, and I’m glad I did. Ethan is really enjoying his Little People pirate ship that I just whipped out, and if he’d received it when he got all his other birthday stuff, I bet it wouldn’t be getting much attention these days.

toy5. Ice cream! I had Kevin bring home ice cream last night since he was getting home after Ethan went to bed anyway. (He had a work thing.) Oooooh it was gooooood. I got cheesecake ice cream with brownie mix-in from Marble Slab, and I totally recommend it, or at least the brownie part!

  • Favorite ice cream shop? hmmmm, maybe Cold Stone or Spill the Beans in Clemson
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Tasty WIAW

Hi Friends! How’s the week treating you so far? We’re already halfway to Friday, so that’s a plus. I guess you already knew that though, didn’t you?

Ethan’s home with me today. He isn’t feeling that great, and I’ve really been missing him. Extra snuggles for mama! I can’t share What Ethan Ate Wednesday because he hasn’t had much of an appetite the last couple days, but I’ve made up for it. Let’s get onto the WIAW yummies!

Breakfast: protein oats with blackberries and ground flax seeds followed not long after with half a banana that Ethan didn’t eat

oatsSnack: almond butter on a rice cake

snackLunch: cucumber and hummus sandwich with a giant (and incredibly delicious) apple

lunchSnack: two helpings of cinnamon Life cereal (Side note: I wish I had read the ingredients before I bought it. I thought Life was more respectable than that. Nevertheless, I’m sort of an equal opportunity eater, and that stuff is freaking delicious.)

Dinner: I met two girlfriends out for dinner. We met up at a local Indian restaurant, and I ordered Lamb Rogan Josh. So as not to be the creeper whipping out my camera at the dinner table, I snapped this little pic on the way home. I wish it had more vegetables, but it was still really good and spiced perfectly for my palate.

indianDessert: Turkey Hill’s all natural Belgian style chocolate ice cream

ice creamAnd since I mentioned both hummus and ice cream in this post, I can’t help but think of those listeria outbreaks. Sabra’s classic hummus and all of Blue Bell’s ice creams have been recalled. I’m happy to not have purchased those brands this week! According to the CDC, “Listeriosis can be passed to an unborn baby through the placenta even if the mother is not showing signs of illness. This can lead to premature delivery, miscarriage,stillbirth, and serious health problems for the newborn.” Scary stuff!

But enough about the scary stuff. What tasty things are you enjoying this week?

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19-Week Bumpdate

I really need to quit taking these baby bump photos on Monday before I hit the gym on my lunch break. Like, really really. But make up and brushed hair or not, here we are at 19 weeks!

19 weeksSometimes it feels as though time has flown by, and other times it has been slower than Christmas coming. Such is life, eh?

Just for fun, here’s a little side-by side of me at 19 weeks with Ethan and me yesterday. When they say that you show sooner with baby #2, they’re not kidding! I feel huge, and though I know I’ve still got growing to do, it’s hard to imagine a bigger belly.

19 weeks   19weeks

How far along? 19 weeks

Baby’s size? Mango (6 inches) weighing about 8.5 ounces

Total weight gain/loss: About 10 lbs

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Not too bad – except that night this weekend when we attempted to get out of town for a night with a toddler… yawwwwwwwn

Best moment this week: Watching Ethan feed the geese and the deer at my grandfather’s house – something I remember doing many summers with him as a child

ethan and popMiss Anything? coffee

Movement: Yup! Some days I wonder if this baby sleeps at all given all the movement I feel. There are less flutters than with Ethan; this baby went straight to the kicks and jabs.

Food cravings: Sweets and milk! I made a dozen cookies at 5am Saturday morning to bring to my grandfather, but I kept half for myself.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: We find out next week, and I am beyond eager!!

Symptoms: Bad skin, good hair, minor back pain, and trouble recovering from workouts

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy! (except when I cried a little watching that Pandora commercial with the kids and their mommies)

Looking forward to: seeing Ethan this morning. He blew me a kiss when I laid him down in his crib last night, and I just wanted to pick him up and squeeze him all over again… which is of course counterproductive for bedtime.

I want to wrap up this week’s bumpdate with some link love. Enjoy!

1. At my appointment next week, I’m going to talk to my dr about a gentle c-section, though hopefully I won’t need another c at all. A quote from the article hits close to home: I felt that I hadn’t earned the right to say I gave birth to him. I remember saying that same thing to Kevin on our drive home from the hospital, to which he said, “Well, you didn’t.” He didn’t mean to be hurtful, but that still stings. I’ll never forget it.

2. What I Wish I Knew: It’s impossible to ask for help as a new mom <— OMG THIS. The first #5 and the second #2. Oh man, I’m going to try and be so much more helpful to my new mom friends after having a child myself.

3. Hungry for more bumpdates? These ladies also have you covered: Ashley, Julie, Annette, Heather, Nicole, and some more that I think I’m forgetting. Leave links in the comments to others I’ve forgotten to mention. #pregnancybrain

  • What are some links you’re loving this week?
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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Heather for a Friday Favorites post. Here are a few of my pregnancy favorites, at least so far!


– I like this Jojoba Clarifying Scrub by Better Botanicals for face and body. It once came in a subscription box, and I just love the relaxing, spa-like smell.

better botanicals Belli Elasticity Oil smells great too, and it feels pretty good. I only use this sometimes since it’s a little pricey, but it’s a nice treat. I normally stick to Palmer’s cocoa butter lotion.

Belli Oil for PregnancySupplements

– I use these prenatal vitamins. I only tried one other kind, which I didn’t like. They were prescription vitamins that had to be taken an hour before and two hours after a meal. When you’re hungry all the time, counting the hours every day just gets annoying. Plus, my dr and I both like that these Nature Made ones have DHA.

vitamins, dha

– Probiotics!!! During my last pregnancy, I drank a lot of Good Belly probiotic drink. This time I’m taking one of these pills nightly, which dr also approves. I can really tell a difference.


– Maxi skirts!!! I shouldn’t have pluralized this because I only have one, but I really want another. I got a non-maternity one from Target that I could wear during and after pregnancy, and it’s so comfy!

skirt– These Fold-Over Skinny Leg Active Pants from Motherhood Maternity are also quite comfy. They’re not as good for cardio as I’d hoped since they’re just cotton, but they’re good for other things.



– A body pillow is pretty helpful to have when you’re training yourself to sleep on your side.

– Ice cream. Duh.

  • What are some of your favorite things right now?
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Oh man, yesterday was just one of those days. I have a lot more energy than I did in my first trimester, but energy levels aren’t exactly at 100%. That’s okay, it just meant I really enjoyed my ice cream time on the couch after Ethan went to bed!

The workouts weren’t too crazy. I did two round of this Tone It Up booty video.

And later I did two rounds of this FitSugar class. (You know – just needed a reminder of when I was tone and thin. haha)

But the real kicker wasn’t the workouts. It was the dusting of the blinds, furniture, and light fixtures, as well as vacuuming and three loads of laundry in between my work responsibilities. (I’m waiting to get a lot of stuff back from other people at work before I can do my thing, so needless to say, it was a bit of a slow day.)

So by the time I finished cooking dinner with a screamy beast at my feet, I was tired. Luckily the beast liked dinner, but he gets super angry when he’s just the least bit hungry.

cornI don’t blame him. 😉 (Oh, and dinner was ground turkey tacos with zucchini and bell pepper, lettuce, cheese, and a side 1/2 ear of corn.)


  • How are your energy levels lately?
  • Ever have slow days at work? 
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