Hello Hunger – Nice to see you again

I found my appetite! It had been hiding, but it’s back. Of course, I’m not really complaining; this baby has some growing to do!

Side note – for breakfast today, my son had half a cookie. I know, mom of the year, right? He refused his breakfast, even when I offered him a different fruit to go with it (which he said he wanted… ugh… toddlers). But after breakfast he went #2 in the potty; therefore, he got half a cookie. At least it was a Kashi oatmeal cookie with dark chocolate chips, so I can pretend there’s fiber and antioxidants in there.

But back to my eats. Let’s recap WIAW-style, shall we?

Breakfast: oatmeal, walnuts & pecans, ground flax, and raspberries (meh…)

oatsI was still a little hungry and wanted a bit of E’s breakfast since he notoriously doesn’t finish everything, but he decided he’d rather chew up and spit out what he didn’t want. Gee thanks, kid.

bananaSnack: Since I was still a little hungry, I stopped on the way to work for a grande decaf nonfat latte. Bliss!

latteLunch: Morningstar Farms veggie burger, Eureka organic bread, & side salad (I can only fit so much in my belly right now in one sitting.)

lunchSnack: crumbs

crumbsSnack: cheese and pink lady apple (with a side of jealous kitty)

snackDinner: I made chicken fajitas and served them with beans. Sorry for the messy photo. I cut up Ethan’s food on my plate before sliding it onto his tray, so my plate is always a hot mess.

chickenAt least the fajitas were good! (E got fajita filling, beans, and a little cheese quesadilla.)

fajitasDessert: After my breastfeeding class, I opted for some ice cream. Shocker, eh? Cherry ice cream with semi-sweet chocolate chips – Mmmmmm

Other: I got up the night before last ravenous at 3am, so I had a little cup of rice Chex cereal, and I got up last night for the same thing around midnight. I wasn’t starving last night, but since it helped me sleep the night before, I thought it might help again. Wrong. Oh well, I guess I’m just prepping for those late-night baby feedings, right?

  • Does your appetite come and go, or are you pretty even-keel with hunger?
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36 Weeks: Uncharted Waters

The baby’s still in the belly, which means I’m back with another bumpdate. As Kevin says, we’re in “uncharted waters” these days since Ethan didn’t stay in the belly this long. Lemme’ tell ya – things are getting a little rough. All in all, I still find pregnancy relatively enjoyable, so I guess I shouldn’t complain… but I might a little bit anyway.

pregnancy  pregnancy

How far along? 36 weeks

Baby’s size? About 6 lbs and 18 1/2 inches long

Total Weight Gain: I forgot to weigh-in this week, but I’d guess 23 or 24 lbs?

Stretch marks? Nope

Sleep: Sleep? What is this “sleep” of which you speak?

Best moment this week: Singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” with Ethan – I got a video of him trying to sing it with me, but it’s a little too long for an Instagram post. Just trust me – it’s cute!

Miss Anything?  Sleeeeeeep

Movement: Yes, and I think he has “dropped,” or so they say. He’s definitely lower than two weeks ago, and while I’m happy he’s not kicking my ribs as much, there’s a lot more low pressure to deal with. That can make walking uncomfortable sometimes. Hmmm… I wonder if I waddle???

bellyFood cravings: Lemonade and chocolate chip cookies – but not together

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: BOY!

Labor Signs: I’ve been having some Braxton Hicks, which have gotten a little stronger and more frequent this week. Friday was pretty bad though. I couldn’t hardly get off the couch in the evening before bed. Luckily those let up by morning.

Symptoms: the aforementioned lethargy, pelvic pain, acne, and such

Belly Button in or out? depends

Wedding rings on or off? off until the eczema lets up, which hasn’t happened yet

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy

Looking forward to: My birthday this weekend!!

Speaking of my birthday, mama’s getting out tonight! What whaaat?! Don’t let me fool ya though. I’m just headed out to a breastfeeding class, so it’s not exactly party city over here. My mom is going to babysit Ethan while I go after dinner.

Luckily, she and my dad are going to babysit Friday night too so that Kevin and I can celebrate my birthday a little early. I don’t actually hit 29 until Sunday, but I’m not sure if I’ll do anything on Sunday or not.

I wanted to go to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, but perhaps walking that much in the heat so far from home isn’t the best idea for me right now (just 1.5 hours from home). I’m still mulling it over…

  • What are you most looking forward to this weekend?
  • Where should Kevin take me Friday?
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Simply Spectacular Summer

Hi Friends! I had another simply spectacular summer weekend over here. It wasn’t anything fancy or exciting, but it was good. That’s what counts, right?

walkI kept Ethan home with me on Friday, so we went for a walk before work. He loves stroller walks! Though I questioned my energy levels for it, we then went to the park on my lunch break.

slide    swing

We had loads of fun… until late evening. Ohhhhh those contractions. It’s okay though, they were better Saturday morning. Thank goodness because it was another busy day!

We hosted two other couples from the neighborhood for dinner that night (bbq pork, homemade mac, salad, and chocolate chip cookies). It went well, which was great because I’m trying to get a neighborhood monthly potluck going. A few of our couple friends all have baby boys, and it would be great to see each other on the regular.

pancakesI don’t have any photos from the evening, but I made sure to capture Ethan’s blueberry pancake face the following morning. So cute!

He liked the pancakes, but he is loooooving cookies right now. He gets half a cookie for #2 in the potty, and that bit of motivation has been highly effective. “Cookie” is one of the few words he always pronounces correctly.

We also went to the pool that afternoon. Anyway – I’ll be back tomorrow with another bumpdate!

  • How was your weekend?


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Friday Fitness

Friyay!!! Ethan is home with me today, so hopefully I’ll get to squeeze in my 20-minute cardio routine this morning before he wakes. Buddy has been waking early this week, so wish me luck!

slideOf course, if I don’t squeeze it in, I’m sure he’ll keep me plenty busy. Chasing around a toddler with a bump is exhausting!

So here was the plan for workouts this week, which I’ll be following the next couple of weeks. Walking is mostly out of the picture these days. Sadly, it hurts too much. However, pool walking seems to be okay. Hooray!

  • Monday: elliptical (20-30 min) and Tone It Up bikini arms video
  • Tuesday: stationary bike (20-30 min), squats* and bridge lifts
  • Wednesday: yoga and/or pool walking
  • Thursday: elliptical (20-30 min), lat pull downs and cable rows
  • Friday: prenatal at-home cardio
  • Saturday or Sunday: maybe a walk if I’m feeling up to it

But here is what actually happened this week. I was a bit too tired to make it to the gym before Ethan got up on Tuesday and Thursday, but I got there on my lunch break a couple times. We’ll see how it goes next week!

  • Tuesday: this prenatal yoga routine, which I am currently loving

  • Wednesday: elliptical, squats* and bridge lifts
  • Thursday: Denise Austin prenatal cardio and resistance band exercises for back

*By “squats” I mean wall-ball squats. I put a stability ball behind me, between myself and a wall. It supports me as I squat down holding a dumbbell or medicine ball. This helps support my back while still working quad and booty.

What have your workouts been like this week?

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Laid Back

Today I’m linking up with Amanda for a Thinking Out Loud post. My thoughts this week are mainly about mommy issues (previously discussed here and here), since I’m still working through those in my head, I’m keeping today’s thoughts very laid back.

Thinking Out Loud1. This is one of my favorite weeknight dinners to make at home, or at least something like it. Sausage with fruit/veg/starch is something the whole family will eat, and I am allllll about dinners being quick and easy.

dinnerWell, Ethan actually only ate one bite of his carrots, but at least he went for the corn and protein!

corn2. Ethan and I went to the library yesterday. He’s currently loving the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and Pete the Cat series of books, which is what we got yesterday. Of course, regular at-home favorites are The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, and Goodnight Moon.

libraryWe weren’t going to get anything, but he started freaking out when we just dropped off a book in the parking lot. Okay okay… mama’s a sucker, so we went in for a bit.

toddler3. I was happy I made it to the gym yesterday, but if I told you my workout felt good, I would be lying. This baby’s head was pressing down and pressing down hard. It’s a good thing I didn’t plan on staying long.

pregnancy4. I’ve been loving the TimeHop app lately. There was an adorable video that popped up this week of Ethan exactly one year ago. I wish I could find it on my Instagram feed so that I could share it with you. Anyway – just trust me, it’s cute. TimeHop also told me that 24 years ago this week, the first episode of Rugrats aired. Ahhhhhh! That made me feel old.

And that’s about all I’ve got for today. What’s on your mind this week?

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