Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Peanut has more presents under the tree than anyone else...thanks Grandparents!
He passed his "practice breathing test" during our ultrasound yesterday. They wanted to see the diaphragm move (like breathing) continuously for 30 seconds. It took a good long while to get 30 seconds but he did it! They will re-measure him next week.
My Christmas to-do list is getting very small now: send a few more Christmas cards, put out a cute snowman post thingy, print out the scavenger hunt clues, wrap gifts, hang a new shower curtain, and get groceries for the Christmas week. VERY manageable (especially since Jeff is doing a lot of these...).
I missed my personal training this week on Monday because of a last minute 8AM meeting scheduled, but was able to reschedule to FRIDAY! Yippee!
I'm getting my hair done tonight...the blond/grey roots need it :)
I'm so excited for my friend Angela, who has announced her new baby is due in May!!! They are keeping the gender a surprise (GAH I CAN'T IMAGINE!).
I am loving two Christmas albums - Katherine Jenkins' album from 2012 and the new Pentatonix album! Check them out...much better than just putting on "Sounds of the Season".
Speaking of, anyone else watching The Sing-off?? I think the Filharmonics will win!
That's all for now, peeps!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Here is what I'm eating now (for the most part):
- Eggs - lots of them! Hard boiled, scrambled, poached in salsa...yum...
- English muffins with peanut butter and honey
- Oatmeal (Have you tried Earnest Eats cups??? Love, love, love the Green Tea flavor. Order online or find them at Target)
- Stoneyfield blueberry Greek yogurt
- Green and/or fruit smoothies
- Carrots and Hummus Roasted chicken, with or without BBQ sauce
- Birds Eye Asian Stir Fry medley
- Horizon cheddar cheese sticks
- Steamed Broccoli with cheese sauce or cheesy popcorn seasoning
- Baked chicken with BBQ, Italian, Low Fat Sesame Ginger...any kind of sauce really
- Veggie soup - Amy's brand is the best!
- Coffee with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (only one per day, and NOT every day! Heartburn...)
- Popcorn - microwave minis or oil-popped Dried apricots and roasted, salted pepitas (DIY trail mix)
28 weeks this week with a 20 lb gain so far...
Hopefully the kid comes out liking real food, even if it is mostly snack-y (and not the random cookies I eat)!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Jeff really LOVES Christmas, and is always on the lookout for more stuff to decorate with. He doesn't think we have that much (until he had to haul it all upstairs this year by himself)...and then when our friends said, "Boy, it's really Christmassy around here!".
I have all of the presents ordered or purchased, except for 2 small things. HELLO AMAZON! I love it. And, am I the only one that pre-shops a bit online for ideas, then makes a spreadsheet for each person, item, source, and cost, and then tracks what I have ordered versus what has shipped versus what has arrived? I might be a little Excel obsessive. But it keeps me organized, on budget, and on time!
Friday, December 6, 2013
She has done an AWESOME job at weight loss in the last year(ish). She started with Weight Watchers and has figured out how to incorporate their guidelines into her life. She has calculated her normal breakfasts and lunches out to a "T" for the points values, and knows roughly how many points she has for the rest of the day. Then she uses her favorite Weight Watchers cookbooks - which she literally RAVES about (and which I agree, contain deliciousness) to finish out dinner.
I think it's amazing she has learned to cook in a completely new way, and that she and my dad have been so open and accepting of new things...Curry! Capers! Almond Milk! Quinoa! Who would've thought an old farmer would eat quinoa!?
Anyway, I couldn't be prouder of her for taking control of her food-lifestyle. It's obviously worked for her, 60+ lbs later. But we got to talking - what's next? How do you get over the next plateau? How do you make it exciting again? How do you FEEL BETTER?
I've been on the journey long enough that my thinking has evolved from 'counting points' to 'counting calories' to 'eating to nourish'...(and admittedly, counting calories SUCKS while pregnant).
But I think my mantra going forward, post-baby, is going to be fairly simple:
1. Don't eat too many calories.
2. Eat real food and don't eat chemicals.
3. Figure out what works for you.
The USDA, Weight Watchers, and a host of other experts will tell you
- eat whole grains! They're good for you! But for my friend with wheat intolerance, they are poison.
- lots of vegetables are the key to success! Especially cruciferous! But for my mom, they are poison.
- consume nuts in moderation! The healthy fats are good for you! But for my dad and sister, they are poison.
- drink dairy! The calcium and Vitamin D are good for you! But for me (in excess), they are poison.
- eggs are a super food! A complete source of protein that is good for you! But for my friend's daughter with allergies, they are poison.
Just because an expert - even a doctor, or a nutritionist, or another paid professional - gives you advice about how to eat healthy, IT DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL WORK FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Losing weight and finding what is healthy for you are three different things. They CAN be the same, but not necessarily.
Conventional wisdom is for the masses. It's not individualized. It can't be.
So, if eating a Subway sandwich makes you go to the bathroom uncontrollably - I don't care how "healthy" you think it is - don't eat it. I don't care if it helps you control calories. Find another way. Because it's poison for YOU.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
1 - it's (usually) our anniversary weekend. This year we celebrated NINE years on November 27th. We kept it very easy by exchanging cards and going out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. No wine for me this year though!
2 - Thanksgiving is a nice long break, but without all of the 'official-ness' that Christmas usually brings. This year, I didn't want to travel so we booked ourselves a campsite at FDR State Park. However, the weather was not cooperating, and with lows in the 20's and highs in the 40's - we decided to cancel at the last minute. Time to cook Thanksgiving dinner at home!
3 - Since we ended up not traveling anywhere, we got all our Christmas decorations up inside and outside. We are totally festive around here and ready to host family in a few weeks!!
4 - We had a chance to just BE together. I was reminded how much Jeff makes me laugh by some of these...I think we are awesome...
Overheard in the Hartman household this weekend:
"Hotboxing" - Going #2 in a small powder room while the furnace is running (not pleasant).
"There's a 'Top Sexy' video marathon on this channel. Late 90's Britney's I'm a Slave 4 U song was followed by late 90's Christina's Dirrty song. How is there not a sex tape?"
After hearing "Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" for the 21st time...still uncontrollable laughter.
"Somewhere inside me, there is still a 9 year old boy that wants to play video games all day long. My 33 year old eyes get too dry though."
"I feel like a pack mule employed by the Grand Canyon. We have a lot of Christmas stuff downstairs."
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Oopsie, I'm well into my 26th week and did not give a recap of my 25th! Well, here goes anyway...
UP - major, major up! I had a prenatal massage!!!!!!!!!! For like 3 hours post massage, it was like I wasn't pregnant - literally NO pain in my hips. It was awesome.
UP - my mom was here and helped me host Bunco, put finishing touches on the house, and finalize everything for the nursery. We are almost done - just need her to make the curtains and we need to order a couple more things, but we are 90% set!
DOWN - when my mom is here I want to be so productive that I push myself way too hard. My tiredness level is crazy...I'm good until probably lunchtime, then crash hardcore every hour until I go to bed!!! And of course physically that pushing makes me not just tired, but definitely manifests itself in right hip pain. BOOOOOO.
DOWN - It's cold. My winter coat doesn't fit. I hung on to a "fat" coat from a couple years ago, so I guess that's what I will use.
DOWN - Weighed in today at my appointment (26 weeks 2 days) and have gained 18 lbs total. Whaaaaat? I have done literally nothing different so how did I gain 6 lbs in a month? This is crazy.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Softshell tacos, salad, or nachos
Shredded Crock Pot Taco Chicken (Jeff made this and people RAVED!)
All the Fixin's - lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, black olives, salsa
Crock Pot Queso
Crock Pot Black Beans
Cream Cheese Taco Dip - one with olives, one without
Veggie Tray and Dip - with carrots, celery, green and red peppers, and sugar snap peas
Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
Water, Wine, Coke / Coke Zero / Sprite
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
I like The Biggest Loser. I like seeing the transformations, the personal journeys and stories, people fighting for their lives...
I also love the trainers. They have so much knowledge, empathy, and skill. I wish I could bottle them up and dose them to me daily!
And fact of the matter is, I lost weight. Not on a ranch or by putting my life on hiatus, but with Time, Weight Watchers, the gym, My Fitness Pal, working with my trainer (hi Carla!)...80 lbs is a lot of weight to lose but I did it.
I'm still heavy. I still have a long way to go. And I know it won't be any easier post-partum, with a new baby, and going back to my new job.
It truly inspires me to see someone my size KILLING IT in the gym. And going through the same struggles as me. And getting to a place physically (and sometimes mentally) where I haven't gotten yet...it's awesome.
But here's where The Biggest Loser gets is wrong for me:
1. The weigh ins. Seriously - why does it take 25 minutes of show to weigh in? I guess it makes for efficient Tivo-ing but it's a waste of airtime.
2. The challenges. These are stupid. I guess it is a "gameshow" so it's probably not going away, but when in real life do you have to open pumpkins and force yourself to eat candy in order to win something? Real temptation success is in the weeks leading up to Halloween where you avoid the candy displays at the grocery store and don't come home with candy in your cart.
3. The education. I wish-wish-wish they would focus more on the nutrition piece of what it takes to "eat right" to lose weight (I bet you the trainers don't follow Myplate.gov). And how do they track calories burned? How do they cycle workouts? How much do they burn per day versus consumption? What about water? Do they have rest and recovery periods? DO THEY USE SUPPLEMENTS????????????????????????
4. The drama. If the show were more transparent about what it takes to take someone who is morbidly obese and change their physicality, the drama of last week's 'cheating scandal' wouldn't have occurred. I have never ever heard of any "rules" on the show - so a "rules violation" to me was crazy. (And seemed like a ruse to bring Ruben back, although I love him too.) Add in nastiness that 'occasionally' occurs in the house, or the true competitiveness, and guess what...I'm Tivo-ing through all of the show again.
So NBC, hear me out - please consider toning down the rhetoric for TV ratings, and increase the focus on weight loss and how it's happening.
You might just be able take your enormous success and change lives.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
I mentioned it to her after the first few sessions, and we marched right over to the long ignored mats where there were a variety of bands, balls, rings, and tube things.
Little did I know the tube things would change everything! I swore by foam rolling after tough workouts or on light cardio days following a workout to get lots of soreness relief.
And now, even though I'm not 'killing it' at the gym, I still needed some relief for my low back, sciatica, and hip pain. I can't afford to get a zillion prenatal massages, and going to the chiro once a week is plenty. My trainer has recently modified some of the rolling techniques (but not by much) and it has helped so, so, so much.
You can get ones that look like this for smaller and more sensitive areas
Or you can get a big ol cheap one (like I did) for BIG areas (did I mention it's my butt that hurts?).
Basically, what you do is - whatever freaking hurts, lay on it and roll. Or have someone roll it on for you. It's called self myofascial release and it's the bomb. Ok, it REALLY hurts while you're doing it, so you have to be gentle at first and then put more of your body weight on it as you progress through the session. But I'm telling you - it works.
For example, my sciatica is doing much better but my hips are starting to really hurt - especially my right one, right where my leg connects and pivots in the joint. Jeff rolled it out for me last night (I laid on my left side in bed, he stood over me and used the roller like he was rolling out cookie dough on my hip) and it felt soooo much better this morning. Not to mention I had to pee like 7 times during the night - because it took the inflammation and swelling down so much. I semi-sprang out of bed this morning, best in like a week.
If you have specific issues just google "foam rolling" and "hips" (or whatever hurts) and watch like a minute or two of Youtube videos for some techniques to work it out.
I've prepared some examples here:
This one is basically what I do for my low back and hip pain
Other hip and sciatica exercises and stretches
Look for others for the glutes and hips - you won't regret it!
Monday, November 11, 2013
It's been a pretty quiet week. I had a lot of late nights at work so it was just a work-sleep-maintain kind of week. But Peanut is not letting me forget about him, oh no! More and more thumps every day.
UP - Our crib and nursing glider & ottoman arrived this week. This means the nursery is ALMOST complete!!!!!!!! We have all the pieces, and have rearranged the furniture, but are still struggling with what to put on the twin bed in terms of sheets / comforter / etc.
UP - We went hiking again :). Only probably 2 miles or so, and we went really slowly, but it was great to get out and hear the creek, see the leaves, and enjoy the fall weather.
DOWN - I'm swollen. My legs, ankles, and feet are quite poofy by the end of the day. Exercise and excessive water intake seem to help, as do elevating and footrubs when I get home.
DOWN - My belly is getting big. I've been eating well and exercising, but I continue to worry about weight gain. I FEEL like I've gained a lot. I have my next monthly appointment this week, so we will see where I weigh in and what the doctor says. Between the bit of extra weight and general swelling, I don't feel like I'm getting around very well (plus my right hip is a killer). It's too early to do the waddle!!!
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Enter For Two Fitness!!! Maternity workout clothes that are cute, and of course, sassy.
I'm uber bummed it does not appear they have plus or extended-chest sizes...but in any case here are some of my favorites on my wish list. (Maybe next time around, HAHAHAHA!)
I would TOTALLY wear this during my personal training days!
Peanut loves to Zumba in my belly as much as I love to Zumba at Maria's class!!! (Which I am delinquent in attendance recently but whatever. I'm still a Zumba-er at heart.)
And of course I could always use some workout capris...even though my "chubbier" workout pants are still working ok :)
Love it! Wish I could wear them NOW!
Monday, November 4, 2013
I convinced Jeff I felt well enough (at 22, almost 23 weeks pregnant) to take me Fall camping. I'm so, so glad we did!!!!
The weather was perfect - hi 65 lo 42, the leaves were at peak beauty, we had smores and campfires and RELAXED, we walked and hiked every day..............I couldn't ask for a better time.
We arrived just after lunch on Friday, and found a great spot. We were on the lake loop, with a bit of seclusion provided by the hillside.
After setting up, we took a really long walk around the 2 campgrounds, met our neighbors who were avid college football fans, and relaxed by starting a campfire. After a quick taco dinner, we had smores and went to bed by 9:30 (hey, I AM pregnant after all!).
On Saturday, we awoke to chilly temperatures. After breakfast, we put on our hiking gear and did a bit of exploring.
Our exploring also included driving to the top of an overlook - not just for the beauty of it, but also for ordering some nursery furniture while it was still on sale (oopsie, I procrastinated that one a bit too long). We needed cell phone signal and this overlook was the only place we had reception. Not a bad place to do business!
Later Saturday evening, a storm felt like it was blowing in, so we made dinner early on our little charcoal grill, had an early campfire, and escaped the swirling smoke by 9-ish and hit the sack early again :)
Sunday was a leisurely day with a brisk temperatured walk, tearing down, and heading home.
It was such a beautiful, peaceful weekend. Jeff and I really had a chance to reconnect, put a lot of the recent worry away, and just BE with each other. I feel so lucky that I have a built-in best friend. And I feel even luckier that I think we're better together today than 9 years ago when we got married.
It's been a joy to grow individually, and to grow together at the same time. And I can't wait to grow even more as our little family of 2 welcomes our baby in a few months.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Remember that massive Honey-Do list? Well, we knocked it down (Jeff in particular) this weekend.
This is going to sound like a laundry list - because it is! I want to take the time to CELEBRATE all of the good work the hubby has been doing.
The nursery is PAINTED! (It looks super fab, even if the color we chose is Martha Stewart's "File Cabinet" tan from Home Depot.)
My childhood bookcase is repaired and repainted an awesome light turquioise / bright blue (covering up the lead paint that was likely on there before LOL). Apparently the shelves were in tough condition, and Jeff had to wood glue and hammer together some fixes on the trim as well.
The guest bathroom paint was touched up (had been damaged by bleach cleaner around the toilet).
The bathroom shower handles were repaired and are no longer leaking!
The kitchen paint that was dinged because I leaned my purse against it too soon after painting was touched up.
The lawn is trimmed up for fall - probably another mow is required to chop leaves but we might be about done.
My car got cleaned, vacuumed, and fully detailed inside by the hubby (it was a bit funky!).
Purchased a foot pedal switch for the fish tank room lamp (long story) and bamboo wood roman shades from Home Depot.
We ordered a crib. :)
We purchased a crib mattress, changing pad, and cover.
We started a baby registry (mostly to just keep track of what we will need to buy, and to take advantage of the discounts when we ordered the crib!).
I bought another pair of jeans and another pair of work pants from Motherhood Maternity (aye-yie-yie).
We tried out a new restaurant - Newk's in Newnan (and it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).
I went to the bank, picked up my fancy shampoo and conditioner, stopped by the farmer's market for my weekly egg supply, bought birdseed (with a coupon!!), and dropped off more stuff at Goodwill.
I started a baby blanket crochet project and purchased YARN and a BOOK for a new project for Peanut.
Washed 4 loads of clothes.
We had dinner with friends and their kids (OMG, I LOVE LITTLE 3-4 YEAR OLDS! THEY ARE HILARIOUS!!!).
Took a nap!!! Ok, maybe 2.
Honestly it kind of felt good to be at work on Monday...all of that stuff made me tired (and I only did about 15% of it!).
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Up - Baby is moving! He is most 'awake' around lunchtime till about 2PM, then again in the evenings (haha, he takes after mom and dad!).
Up - My sister in law HOOKED ME UP! I got a glorious package with TONS of boy baby clothes for 0-3 months, and a bunch of maternity tops that I will be able to put to very good use soon :). She also sent me a couple pairs of jeans - but since she has no butt, and I (ahem) do...they didn't fit. But I will tuck them away in the closet just in case anyway!
Down - I have a crazy metallic taste in my mouth like, ALL THE TIME! So weird.
Down - we had our 2nd anatomy scan ultrasound on Thursday but Baby will STILL not cooperating. We have to go back a 3rd time - in 3 weeks - to get better pictures of his heart and spine. Apparently he was standing straight up, feet down, to the left, and facing forward - so no good photos.
Down - I have been a real bitch this week. Jeff gave me the "you're being totally crazy" look more than once but bless his heart, has hung in there like a champ. I'm going to try to do better this week...or at least be cognizant of when it's happening to try and cut it off at the pass.
Friday, October 25, 2013
I think Gina is a genius. The photos are food porn. The meal ideas are family-friendly. The recipes are HEALTHY and EASY (my two requirements).
Some of my favorite recipes from her site are crock pot barbacoa, Italian turkey meatballs, and huevos rancheros.
But she has outdone herself again with these awesome little Mummy Cake Balls. (3 points per mummy)
I really really really want to eat these. Probably partially because I'm pregnant but also because I just want them!
Here's the problem: I don't want to make them! I don't have any baking ingredients at all in the house (trust me, it's better that way). Plus I'm totally lazy.
So I will just tell yall about them, have you try them, and then tell me how easy it was so I'm inspired enough to possibly try them!!!!!!!!
Uh, a domestic housewife I am not. But I totally appreciate those who are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeff calls it it the Good-not-Great Georgia Airshow. After a year hiatus to "reorganize", they were back! But not in full effect.
Because of the reorganization - and the budget cuts and furloughs - there were NO military planes or shows on display. What a bummer, because those are truly some of the coolest parts about air shows.
But the other acts did not disappoint!
This was an 4-plane aerobatic team that did tons of passes in various formations and was really cool.
This glider plane is TINY! I don't think I could even fit in the cockpit. And it did some amazing stuff. It was probably Jeff's favorite due to the majestic arcing and diving this one did over and over. I loved the two trails it left all across the sky - very cool.
The one that made jump up and about pee my pants was this guy - THE JET TRUCK.
The truck was racing the above red stunt plane. The stunt plane was just barely off the ground, above the truck. As they made the final pass, the JET TRUCK overtook the stunt plane and OHMYGOD A WALL OF FIRE JUST BROKE OUT ACROSS THE WAY WITH A HUMONGOUS BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
The heat flashed in front of us, and the smoke obscured the hot sun for probably 15 seconds. Ok, ok, it was planned pyrotechnics - but I almost lost my shit as much as the 8-year-olds sitting behind us. WHOA DUDE!
After a good four hours out in the bright fall sun, and 3 liters of water - we packed up our chairs and headed home. A super fun day!
PS - Four hours of afternoon sun in October sans sunscreen will still give you a KILLER sunburn. (This note is for Jeff for next year!)
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
AND unfortunately with my being a bit out of commission the past two weeks with sciatica, I haven't felt up to doing much...so Jeff has been handling the brunt of it! He is a champ though - #1 husband if you ask me. :)
Since I have a terrible memory anyway (which is NOT improved with the pregnancy), I have made a list. Truthfully, when I put everything on a list - in one place - I got a LOT overwhelmed.
I'm hoping when my family comes for the holidays they may be able to help a bit with some of this stuff too - especially the outdoor stuff (Dad, I know you like to be busy, and you like to be outside...it's for the best!).
Here's where our list stacks up today:
- Repair and prep for painting
- Paint walls
- Hang new light fixture
- Modify new roman shades with ribbon
- Prep and organize mural
- Paint mural
- Hang quilt on wall
- Buy crib
- Buy rocking chair
- Shop for daybed frame
- Shop for daybed bedding that matches our theme (click HERE for the super cute nursery stuff we got) (but we don't have the bumper, bedskirt, curtains, diaper hanger, or mobile because it's been DISCONTINUED! Blerg)
- Purchase and lay down pine straw
- Redo front mailbox bed / border
- Trim front bushes down the hill
- Power wash and paint the front porch and steps
- Cut apart fallen tree on property line
- Repair fence
- Chainsaw downed tree in back
- Gather and burn limbs and sticks
- Clean gutters
- Dresser – polish and buff
- Hartman table - polish and buff
- Complete DIY headboard
- Look for side lamps
- Buy and Install Wood Blinds (4)
- New office chair
- Artwork over desk
- Look for another downstairs rocking chair / glider
- Run new network cable to upstairs bedrooms
- Have another garage sale, including a mower, TV, night stand, dining room tabl and chairs (in addition to the other stuff that didn't sell)
- Begin researching all baby products
- Start baby registry
- Crochet blanket
- Crochet booties and hat
- Make a Goodwill dropoff
Friday, October 18, 2013
It's FALL! Weather is starting get cooler (ok, low 70's here but like 50's in the morning!) and I love to have a hot breakfast.
I found a version of this recipe on the internet (of course) and modified it just a bit for my liking.
It uses a crock pot - which I love for ease of use in cooking and the quantity of leftovers it makes! I got about 5 servings from this batch.
CROCK POT APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
In a medium crock pot (coated with nonstick spray) layer in the following:
2 medium apples, sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Quaker steel cut oats
4 cups of water (maybe a bit more)
Cook 6-8 hours on low, or until desired thickness. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been eating all week for either breakfast or lunch (since I LOVE breakfast foods all day) and it is so filling and fall-like.
And it's a great way to use up some apples from our orchard visit (without making pie or crisp)!!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Most "hip" people would say - why???? Why would someone EVER pack up and leave the city, with all its restaurants, and good vibes, and stuff to do???
Here are my Top 5 Reasons to Move to the Burbs.
1. Your commute SUCKS.
Seriously. You drive one hour, one way, in heavy traffic...twice a day? That's a true drain on your quality of life... Dealing with idiots. Noxious gases. Stress. Inevitable fender benders. Gas money. Reclaim 10 hours of your life back already. It's YOUR LIFE. You only have one. Make the most of it.
2. Your support system isn't physically nearby.
If you can, move to where your support people are at. Or where you can access them semi-easily. Sometimes you just need someone to come jump your car.
3. You want to save money.
Have you SEEN the rates for apartments in the city? Rent a townhome in the burbs for the same money, twice as much space. Or same space, half the money. And don't get me started on the awesomeness of eating out - I love it, and I love being able to walk anywhere or order in anything. But your health and pocketbook will thank you if you just get groceries and cook more.
4. You own a car in a wintry environment.
Off street parking is stupid. Otherwise it would be available in the city, right? The burbs are sprawling land masses for a reason...get a garage. Or at least a parking space nearby. And for god's sake, hire someone to shovel.
5. You have access to public transportation TO and FROM the city.
Are you REALLY missing out on late night bar crawls if you can still catch the train or cab home? Hey, what, that's what you do now? In the city? Might as well do it to the burbs. Oh, and when you hit 30...just sayin...10PM on a Saturday is about the end of the night anyway.
Even if you check only a few of these boxes...you'll know when the time is right. Just like my sister did.
As someone who had NO IDEA WHAT PREGNANCY WAS REALLY LIKE, it has been super helpful to hear other women going through similar things...or things that don't apply to me at all but similarly suck or are exciting.
Anywho, as we prepare to cross into the HALFWAY POINT (eeeek) I thought I would bring you my new segment............
Ups and Downs - 19 weeks
I'll start with my Downs so I can end on a positive note:
Down - Sciatica pain. WHOA MAMA. I spent one night in my chair - that helped. My chair has like anti-gravity or something - no pressure points. I have been icing and heating. I saw my chiro. Yikes, I really hope it doesn't continue! I called my massage therapist who is injured :( and she advised some stretches and foam rolling with either a roller or a tennis ball (I have both). That is totally on the docket this week.
Down - Remember when I couldn't go potty? Now I can't stop. I probably have been sneaking into too much "wheat and dairy"...known trigger points for gut distress and inflammation. Bad Jessie. Will work on that one this week.
Up - It's a BOY! As long as he never brings me snakes or mice to "look at", I cannot WAIT! Boy Scouts, baseball, piano lessons, camping, swimming, starting campfires, being dirty...it's going to be fun :) :)
Up - Great Georgia Airshow! I have been feeling GREAT for the most part, and we have been going out and doing fun stuff again. So we booked some upcoming fall campground weekends, and are going to the airshow in Peachtree City. Jeff is sooooo excited for the show...I hope the weather holds and we have a great time!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
We can't really tell who he looks like yet though. He would NOT cooperate!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Enter...our new stroller!
Our first baby purchase was from REI (how appropriate) and it was quasi-gear because it will very necessary to take Peanut out camping, hiking, and walking on the gravel.
Anyway, after that detour we finally arrived at the orchard. We picked Rome Beauty and Stayman Winesap, and then purchased some Galas.
We relaxed and people-watched while we shared a milk and fried pies (apple fried pie for me and chocolate pudding fried pie for Jeff). Yes. That's right - Fried Pie. Mmmmm, baby likey.
We had planned to also stop by Burt's Pumpkin Farm to get some ginormous pumpkins - but by that time it was already after 4PM, we had a 2-hour drive back home, and I was pooped (of course).
And, we remembered that last year we paid a ridiculous amount for GIANT PUMPKINS (which were awesome by the way) but we are definitely trying to scale back and save some dough. So we bypassed the patch this year.
But - Jeff has PROMISED to be my photographer next year when we can plop Peanut on huge pumpkins for photo ops. I have no shame there...and we'll probably go to the petting zoo, bouncy house, and milk-your-own-cow too...in our new stroller. Next year.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
So I slyly asked some of my friends (who happened to recently have babies) who their 'lady doctors' were, and if they liked her. (Turns out I wasn't so sly - and Jeff brought over some food in the sack that had the receipt for the 3 tests in it to one of our friends' house so they TOTALLY knew right away too, although they let us wait to tell them!)
Anyway, I called the new OB/GYN office. They asked when was your last menstrual period? I checked my app and told them. They said to wait 2 more weeks.
WHAT?!?! DON'T THEY KNOW I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING AND NEED CONSTANT REASSURANCE????????????????????
So we waited. And then went in at the first possible time. There was no heartbeat. They were too small to see or tell yet. Yes, I said THEY. Two sacs.
One was empty.
So in the very beginning, we had twins...but no longer. And now, we had to wait another week to come back and see if the baby was developing into a viable fetus or not.
After an agonizing week of waiting, we went in again. Still no heartbeat heard - but we could see the faintest flutter on the monitor. 165. Perfect. But they still had concerns because the baby should be a bit further along according to the calendar. So now we had to just continue to wait and see, and get to that sacred 12-week mark.
Granted, the risks really go down once the heartbeat is detected, but I have known too many people...so I did not let myself get fully excited - just anxious and excited.
The summer hummed along, with a spotting scare just a few short weeks after. But - again the doctor said not to worry because it was short-lived and not volumetric. Ok. Keep on trucking.
We did! With lots of resting, napping, sleeping, and grilled cheese / tomato soup combinations...we made it to 12 weeks.
And so far, things continue to go well. I'm really happy to be in my 2nd trimester. I feel a whole let better physically, and mentally a lot of worry has gone away.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
That's one of my favorite quotes (from a movie I've never seen, so maybe it's out of context...but I don't care).
How did we know it was time to have a baby? After almost 9 years of marriage, and definitely over a decade together - what made us take the plunge? Truthfully, I wasn't sure when I wanted kids. I knew in some obscure way that it was in the plan, but just "not now".
After all, I had my career...and Jeff...and we were really happy to travel the world...and sleep in on weekends...and do basically whatever we wanted.
But about 2 years ago, my doctor asked me if I wanted to have kids. "Yes."
Do you know how many? "Maybe 2?"
How far apart? "I dunno. I haven't thought that far."
Well, you should really try to have them before you're 35 because there's this thing called 'Advanced Maternal Age' and...on and on... "Oh. Ok."
Enter my healthiness journey of the past 2 years. Enter the Weight Watchers plunge. Enter the focus on weight loss. Enter the focus on improving my overall health by eating less processed, more organic, more natural foods. Enter the focus on strength training.
All of this, not just for me, but to prepare myself to even be able to conceive, let alone carry a baby.
The other question the doctor asked - which my mom also said she saw on Oprah or Dr. Oz or someone was... Picture your holidays and your life when you are 65. Do you have grandchildren? If so, children come first...plan accordingly.
So. After some soul searching and looooooong discussions, we began trying to have a baby. Nothing happened for almost a year. And then it did.
And we are amazed, excited, scared, nervous, and definitely NOT ready...but we're not waiting anymore.
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
We went to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in sunny Florida. This park is located on the Gulf side, about an hour south of Panama City Beach.
After about a 6.5 hour drive, we pulled into our camping spot about 5PM on Thursday. The drive took us a little longer than anticipated - between 2 gas stops, a lunch stop, and the HOT weather (95 degrees) limiting our speed of towing (no faster than about 62MPH).
And this is probably gross - but somewheres around Eufala, AL we hit a LOT of bugs...yuck...
Anyway, after we arrived, we set up pretty fast, cooked up a quick dinner, and then walked over to see how close the ocean waves were...it was probably less than a 5min walk from our site!!
We walked down just in time to watch the sunset over the calm water. It was beautiful.
Also of course, being a peninsula, there is a bay side as well. The bay is super shallow a long way out in places (we'll get to that later) but it is not walkable from the campground.
On Friday, we woke up to birds chirping and (G-D) yellow flies buzzing. Those suckers BITE! So we cranked on our A/C and had breakfast inside the camper...lame, I know, but it was already really hot and the bugs were impervious to Deet.
Our friend Anna came down from Tallahassee with her almost-4-year-old Owen and spent the day at the beach with us. We had a ball!!! Owen and Jeff were two peas in a pod - they both LOVE LOVE LOVE the water and don't want to come out if they don't have to.
We floated on rafts, jumped waves, chatted, and totally relaxed. And - not too sunburned!
On Friday night, the bugs were having none of it so we decided to go into Port St Joe for a "date night".
We went to dinner at Sunset Coastal Grill. You can see why it's named that!
In addition to the view being absolutely amazing, the food was so incredibly good. Jeff had some sort of local white fish and I had the most excellent fried shrimp EVER. I don't usually order that dish (anti-fried) but it sounded good and was a specialty. I did not regret it! So, so yummy. So fresh and crisp and delicious...I'm hungry just thinking about it.
On Saturday, I learned to snorkel. We headed to the bay side and (upon advice of someone who had been there) walked a small hiking trail to a secluded beach area. We parked our stuff and waded in. Boy, was I glad for the water shoes! Those sea urchins were sharp - and the bay extended really really really far, so you could walk out and not hardly get more than waist deep.
We snorkeled, and snorkeled, and snorkeled...and snorkeled. We came up really often to talk and exclaim how much fun we were having. And, we took one break to eat a bit of our picnic lunch and reapply sunscreen back on shore (note to self for next time, put it almost IN the private bits because your tush literally sticks in the air the whole time). (Also note - not really photo of me and Jeff but wanted to illustrate the tush idea.)
After probably 6 hours in the water, we were pooped. We showered and headed into town again (damn bugs) to hit up Joe Mama's Wood Fired Pizza. So good! Food always tastes better when you're starving, but this was truly yummy.
On Sunday we woke up mega-early to mostly tear down so we could - you guessed it - snorkel some more! We went to a different area of the bay, and saw TONS of stingrays - one so big it startled Jeff really bad...but luckily no real "encounters".
We had soooo much fun and feel super lucky to have the beach only 6 hours drive away. It was a perfect way to spend a perfect weekend! We can't wait to go back soon.