Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Sunday mornings are for jammies! That's a thing, right? We are lounging over here. There's lots to do around the house. It will get done, but I'm in no rush.
Sunday: BBQ at Mom & Dad's house! (Gotta love it!)
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Cucumber Avocado Subs
Thursday: Pulled Pork with sweet potatoes and mixed veggies
Friday: Roasted Garlic Spinach White Pizza

For most of this weekend, the theme has been "RELAXATION". Not total "laying around the house all day" kind of relaxation, but "taking it easy and enjoying quality time doing homey things" kind of relaxation.

Yesterday, we had some Mommy/Ella time in the morning when we went shopping for her new "dancin' shoes". My baby started dance class this past week, she's a natural of course! We also bought lots of goodies to finish of Lil Sissy's room. At night, we met up with friends for dinner, dancing and ice cream with the kiddos.
Tonight we are going to my parent's house for a BBQ, and then Grandma may come back to my house to put Ella to bed so Hubs and I can watch the last episode of Game of Thrones with my dad on his fancy-schmancy new TV! We literally binge watched that entire series in a little under 2 months. LOVE it! Now we have to wait for season 7 like normal people?! We need something new to get into...suggestions?! 

So that's it over in our world. Enjoying one more day of chilling before we get back to the grind! 

Happy Sunday! 
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

36 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Baby Girl is the size of a chihuahua...or a cabbage patch doll!
Whoa, she's getting big, I promise....this pic seems to be a bit deceiving. I don't know if it's the angle, or the black shirt but I'm glad I snapped this one a few days prior. Now, this is a little more realistic!
At my appointment on Wednesday, I found out that I'm two centimeters dilated already! I'm not surprised because I've been feeling all kinds of pressure lately. She feels very low and it doesn't particularly feel very good! The news doesn't excite me too much because I know there's really no way to know if this means she's coming early or not. I'd like her to cook a little longer despite the fact that I'm very OVER being pregnant. Regardless, I'm trying reallyyyyyy hard not to rush whatever time I have left and enjoy our last days of being a family of three. My next appointment is on Tuesday, so we'll see if I'm progressing any more. I'm trying not to put too much stock into it though. 
As you can tell, I've been taking more photos of the bump these days. I never know which bumpdate is going to be my last. I had to take this one of my shiny coconut oiled belly the other day! Just weighed myself...I've gained exactly 30 pounds so far (same as 36 weeks with Ella). I'm super bloated and noticing that I'm seriously retaining water. I've been vigilant in making sure I'm drinking lots of water. There's nothing worse than waking up with cramps in my ankles and calves. The goal is to avoid that altogether! Speaking of waking up...I wake up anywhere from 4-6 times per night. Getting up to go potty is not as big of an issue for me as the actual act of getting up out of bed. It takes a lot of effort. Looking forward to having a core that works again!

Two more weeks left of work! It has been intense, I'll just leave it at that! I'm planning to stop working about a week before my due date (I'm about 90% sure of this, may extend it if I'm feeling fabulous). It would be nice to have a little time home to prepare for Lil Sis. Her room is coming along, it's starting to look like a newborn is going to be living here soon! Hubs, Ella and I are getting very excited! 

Click HERE to check out 36 weeks with Ella Rose! 
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

What's cooking this week?

We are less than a month out from my due date, and something tells me I should get getting going on stocking that freezer with food for after baby! I did this with Ella and it was SO helpful to have the option of many ready-to-go meals within that first month. Right now I still have some frozen sauce, but that's about it. Here's what else I'm adding to the mix. 
Sunday: Manicotti (parents are coming over!) and a side salad
Tuesday: Double batch of chili in the crock pot (freezing 1-2 meals worth)
Wednesday: Pasta Aglio E Olio with broccoli
Thursday: Crispy Cheddar Chicken (making 2 trays, freezing one) with brown rice and broccoli (leftover from night before)
Friday: Turkey Meatloaf (making 2 freezing one) with red potatoes and green beans

Awesome! I'm SO excited to not only have EASY things planned for the week, but also to be able to say I'll have 3-4 more meals ready to go for future lazy dinners. Standing in my kitchen and spending a ton of time cooking does not appeal to me. I'll get back into my more adventurous cooking mode someday soon. For now, keeping it easy and cooking in bulk when possible.

My parents are coming by for dinner tonight and I'm clearing out not all, but some of my frozen Sunday sauce. I hope to be able to make one more big batch before baby sometime in the next few weeks. That's always good to have around!

We are having a stay-at-home day. I'm excited, even thought this means I'll be cleaning bathrooms and bedrooms! Poor baby's room is still a disaster, all of her clothes we will need in the beginning are washed but they don't have a home yet because we've been shuffling furniture around. Let the nesting finally begin! Baby Girl's nursery WILL be in some kind of order by the end of today. Also, that hospital bag WILL be packed for real this time. #SUNDAYGOALS

Next week is the first full week since we've gone "back to school'! We are really in school mode now. Here are some pics of our first day on Thursday. Ella switched to a new building and seems like such a big girl now that she's started Pre-K 3! When I picked her up on Thursday, she proudly said "Mommy, this is my new school"! Love my smiley girl! XO
Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week! 
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

35 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

THIRTY FIVE weeks! People keep telling me I look small, but I sure feel GIANT this week! Baby Girl is the size of a bunch of carrots, which is a weak comparison. I looked up alternatives and decided that a pineapple is way more fun to say!
I'm not sure how much weight I've gained, it's not like I weigh myself often....and I just ate a donut so it will have to wait until next week! I'd be willing to bet it's at least two more pounds since I last checked a week ago. My belly is rounding out a lot more and baby is starting to drop! The pressure on my pelvis is getting intense, but not enough to alleviate the squishing of my lungs. I feel full all the time, even when I'm hungry. Does that make sense? It doesn't to me either, but it's the only way to describe it!

Here's another thing that makes no sense. Even though I'm waking up anywhere between 4 and 7 times during the night to pee....I'm still sleeping well. I'm as comfortable as I can be at this stage and falling back to sleep is never a problem. That's probably because I'm exhausted and working like a dog. Everyone keeps telling me to "take it easy" but there is sooooo much to be done at the beginning of the school year it's impossible to do any such thing. I'm work. Somehow I need to really make a switch and nest at home because it is time! I swear I'll have that hospital bag packed tomorrow for real. I've been talking about it for weeks now! 

My girl is moving around so much in there but instead of being quick, fluid kicks and jabs, it's more like slow stretching and rolling around. It's so weird, and feels like she's bruising me in a few spots. She's such a strong little lady! 

My work wardrobe is limited, even my maternity clothes are getting tight and uncomfortable. My khaki capris are not long for this world. I may wear them one more time but with a long shirt, juuuuust in case. It looks like the seam is about to give. I have a pair in blue and black, so now I'm scared! I have about 3(ish) weeks left of work, so it's going to have to stretch...literally!

Thursday was the first day of school. I wore the same dress as I did on the first day of school when I was pregnant with Ella. Remember, I'm on the exact same track as I was since my due dates are only 1 day apart. Look how much smaller that belly looked 3 years ago!
 I'm thinking Sko Dos is going to be at least a 7 pounder (Ella was 5 lbs. 13 oz.)! Calling it now! Three days ago I said at least the days go by, my "guesstimates" are increasing! Here's a (ridiculous) pic I took about an hour ago, before the donut. Tomorrow is 36 weeks, that's nuts! Less than a month until my due's almost time to meet Sissy!
Click HERE to check out 35 weeks with Ella Rose! 
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

34 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

I'm so late posting this! My app has already switched to 35 weeks so I don't even know how big Baby Girl is. I think it was some type of cabbage...or maybe also a baguette?! Oh well, let me dramatically fill you in on my 34th week....
I gained another pound. That means I've gained 27 pounds so far. My biggest challenge has been staying hydrated. Work has been ridiculously busy and I just can't get enough water in no matter how hard I try. It's a priority I swear, I'm somehow falling short because my braxton hicks have been in full swing, not to mention all the charlie horses and cramps I wake up with every night and morning.

Nowwww, let's get the complaints out there. I'm exhausted. Everything hurts. It's official...I'm to "that" point. I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore. Just. So. Done. And the heat! OMG, my office is a sauna! That's not the hormones (although I'm sure everyone thinks I'm the crazy overheated pregnant lady)'s downright HOT!

No matter what though, I'm SO excited about work! There's nothing like the fresh start of a brand new school year, it's one of my favorite parts about being a school counselor. The goal is to put on my happy face and crank these next few weeks out! Students start on Thursday and the 16/17 year is already off to a great start! Despite the excitement, I'm thinking right now isn't the best time to be writing this. I practically worked all weekend long and I'm drained both physically and mentally.  You're just catching me at a bad time. Honestly I feel decent when I wake up in the morning and I'm able to power through most of the day, but as soon as late afternoon rolls around, it's like I turn into another person. I try to get as much relaxation in as possible when I'm home. I'm really looking forward to being able to get down on the floor and actually PLAY with Ella. Poor girl probably thinks Mommy is such a lazy bum!

I have some simple meals planned for the upcoming week. I'm not sure I'll even be around much to cook so at least there's not much to think about. I haven't done a "what's cooking" post in a bit...but the plan is to clear out my freezer (grilling up meat and pairing with simple veggies...a taco salad one night...finishing some leftover sauce....nothing fancy). I want to make room for some meals for when baby gets here. When Ella was born, I stockpiled the freezer with things like turkey chili, and chicken fajitas. Maybe I'll check out some of those ready to go freezer crock pot meals I pinned ages ago. If anyone has any favorites, let me know! Right now I'm "nesting" but it's translating to my office. Switching gears to nesting at home! I should probably pack that hospital bag. I've only been talking about it for the last month!

We took some maternity photos last week with our friend Bobby. Although I didn't feel like doing a fancy formal photo shoot, it was important that I had some photos to remember this pregnancy by! It is so darn hot and humid out, it had to be quick! For being such a last minute and casual thing....I'm LOVING how these photos came out! Here are a few...
Click HERE to check out 34 weeks with Ella Rose! Ha, I was so ready at this point last time. Slackerrrrr!
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

33 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Hauling this thirty three week girly around sure is getting exhausting! She's the size of a cauliflower blossom or a ferret! Here's a quick update...
Somehow I'm still at 26 pounds gained, which is bizarre because I feel like I'm growing by the second! I don't really "crave" specific things, but I have had a bit of a sweet tooth which I've been satisfying with lots and lots of fruit! We've gone through a watermelon, cantaloupe and a pineapple this past week. There's a tiny bit left, but not much...I'll probably kill the rest of it as soon as I'm done posting. I've also been enjoying lots of berries and my morning shakes! YUM!
I've been trying my best to get some kind of a workout in a few times a week, this is not easy because by the end of the day I'm just SO done! The only shred of motivation I have left in the evening is thanks to my challenge group...honestly without those ladies pushing me I doubt I'd be unrolling that yoga mat or picking up a weight. Even though I'm rocking a bit of the flappy arm, I've noticed my arms have definitely toned up over the past few weeks. It's my own version of toned, but I'm proud!
I spend a good portion of my workouts trapped in what I call the "upside down turtle".
I read my 33 week bumpdate with Ella, and it is just so spot on! I don't usually read them before writing these updates but wow if you want to know basically exactly how I feel about trying to be a normal functioning working adult WHILST being it! Throw in being a mom to an almost three year old and...well, I need more naps built in to my day! I'm going to go eat some melon and struggle to stay awake to watch another episode of Game of Thrones. We have a busy day tomorrow! Wish us luck as we attempt to take a few maternity photos in this ridiculous heat!

Click HERE to check out 33 weeks with Ella Rose!
*Fun fact....I wore the green tank top I'm wearing in the Ella bumpdate post to bed last night. My belly sticks out the bottom. It has obviously shrunk in the wash. Yeaaaa, let's go with that. 
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Back to work I go! Whoa, this was definitely the fastest summer vacation in the history of all my summer vacations! I knew that was going to be the case, but that doesn't mean I'm mentally ready to switch out of summer mode. Starting to get the right mindset by thinking about what to cook...
Tonight: Healthy Baked Eggplant Parmesan with a side of pasta for Hubs and Ella
Tuesday: Tacos!
Wednesday: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps with roasted potatoes and green beans
Thursday: Chicken Sausage with grilled corn and salad
Friday: Whole Wheat Pineapple Flatbread (my own creation that seems good in my head)

Obviously we're buying a pineapple this week which I plan to put to good use. I'm only about a week into my challenge group so I'm keeping things light. On the not so "light" nights, I've got my own ways of improvising. For example, taco night will be a taco salad night for Mommy. Tonight I'm going to make my eggplant portion less "parmed" than the rest of the crew. It's all good in moderation. I'm not trying to lose weight, I'm aiming more for well balanced meals while exercising restraint when it comes to breads and cheeses!

We had family in town for the last few days so I've been surrounded by nothing but breads and cheese! I'm not kidding. It was all very tempting but I kept it somewhat in check. That olive bar at The Fresh Market really gets me though. They have that in heaven, I'm sure of it. I know that stuff isn't horrible for you, but surely I still had more than the recommended amount! The housewarming party for my parents was a blast. In addition to a major feast complete with what I'm assuming is the entire meat section at The Fresh Market that they grilled up....we spent most of the day poolside! My parents really seem to be adjusting to Florida living!
What a great way to end a fabulous and memorable summer!
Have a wonderful week!
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Saturday, July 16, 2016

32 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Another week down and Baby Girl is the size of a Florida Pomelo. Should I know what this is, or am I a terrible Floridian? At my appointment on Monday, they told me she is 3 pounds 5 ounces!
I'm getting bigger, and although I CAN reach my toes (if I try really hard and contort myself in weird ways), I just avoid it when possible. Mom and I went to get mani/pedis the other day and I'm glad I finally broke down. On my time hop it popped up that this was basically the exact time I gave up with Ella so "yay" for making it just as far! Look at this view, I took this photo of my lap in the car the other day.
I've gained 26 pounds this pregnancy, which is basically where I'd like to be at this point. My challenge group started this week and I'm feeling really good! It's so nice to have the extra incentive and motivation because more than usual, it's tempting to eat junk and lay around. It's hard to lay around when you have a child as active as Ella, and as far as junk there really isn't much in my house but you find ways. I'm definitely finishing this pregnancy out on track though!

I've traded in some of my now "too tight" tank tops for long flowy tanks. The majority of them aren't maternity, just whatever I've dug up from Marshall's and TJ Maxx. I hope to be able to live in them from now on, a few are work appropriate. OMG, I go back to work on Monday! Eeeeek! I'm going to channel all the energy I can over these upcoming weeks. Starting a school year while pregnant is not ideal, but I've done it once before with all of the Middle School scheduling chaos at my last job, surely I can do it again!!!! I'm as mentally prepared as I can be!
This is what my plan is for the next 7ish weeks (I'm really 33 weeks right now)! It is JUST. SO. HOT!
These past two days have been super busy. Stephen took Thursday and Friday off of work so we could do some fun family things. We went to Sky Zone, to see Finding Dory (Ella's first movie), and to the Orlando Science Center. I've been on my feet a lot but I'll be taking it REAL easy this weekend. Family is in town to visit my parent's new house and I'll be lounging around whenever possible. Also, I'll be getting a lot of pool time in. I have probably not been in the pool as much in the past year as I have been in the past week. Ella is learning how to swim a little bit with her puddle jumper and we are able to stay in the pool much longer than we used to. With the craziness of the move, I didn't get her into swim lessons this summer like I originally wanted to, but we'll get there! Swimming has been awesome exercise though, and really helps with my circulation. The veins are in full force!

Here's a peek of Sko Dos's little face. I can't wait to kiss those lips! 
Click HERE to check out 32 weeks with Ella Rose!
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Oh my! This is my last Sunday before I go back to work! That means this is the last "non-work week" that I'm planning meals for. It also happens to be a short one because Stephen took some time off at the end of the week to do some fun things. We aren't sure yet what those fun things will be....I'm thinking something indoors! It. Is. HOT!
Tonight: Sunday Sauce w/ Tomato Mozzarella and Arugula Towers
Tuesday: Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad
Wednesday: Quick Garlic-Lime Marinated Pork Chops and Cilantro Lime Rice
Thursday: Chicken Sausage, Grilled Corn and Sweet Potatoes

I'm also starting my July challenge group tomorrow, so I'm going to be extra conscious of my nutrition for the week. Things are settling down as far as my parents living down here now. We are eating out less and home more. We're also getting back into a more "normal" routine. The party's over, kids!

We aren't up to much today. My parents are coming over later for some dinner, so I'll be doing the typical Sunday Italian thing! Also, Hubby and I are just doing some organizing and starting to go through the newborn boxes that we packed away from Ella Rose. Let the nesting begin! I better get on it, I only had all summer! 
One more week of summer vacay with this smiley girl!
Have a wonderful week ahead!
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Friday, July 8, 2016

31 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

See this look on my face....
That's the face I make several times a day now when I come to the realization that this baby is coming SOON! There may still be two months to go (I'm actually closer to 32 weeks as I type this), but it's going to go FAST! That's IF she waits until the actual due date (9/5)...which would surprise me since it seems she wants to bust out of my belly ASAP. Who knows. If she's stubborn like Big Sis, she could very well hang out a while in there. Either way, I'm not ready yet! Although I do look (and feel) like I'm closer to 40 weeks than 30 (especially in this pic)!

I'm ditching the categories on these bumpdates since they are now getting majorly repetitive. This week I've been feeling like I've got energy during the day but crashing hard at night. The Braxton Hicks contractions have been occurring more frequently, and I'm starting up again with the round ligament pains. How much bigger can I get? According to my scale I've only gained 25 pounds which surprises me because I feel so much bigger this time around! My belly button is about to pop. When I lay down on my side it actually does poke out a little bit. Not sure why but that seriously freaks me out! There's this one spot on my right side just below my ribs where she's been jabbing a foot or an elbow (I wish I knew what was what) out so often that I feel like I'm actually bruised! 

Prediction: this girl won't even entertain the idea of a swaddle...just like her sister!

I lied. I was pretty dead set on "no more maternity purchases" BUT Macy's was having a really good sale and no joke - I was in desperate need of new maternity leggings. Two pairs, all regrets.  Two tops also ended up getting in on the purchase. How did that happen? 

I'm getting really anxious to meet this little one. The excitement is building as reality is setting in...soon there's going to be four of us. Somehow, once I reached the 30 week mark - it all started to get real. With the excitement comes many other emotions. I can't even stand the thought of Ella no longer being my one and only. It's normal, I know that once I take a look at Baby _____ my love is just going to multiply and not have to be divided. Even knowing that, it's tough, made harder by the fact that I have only ONE week left of summer vacation! We've had a busy summer and now it's almost time to adjust to a whole different type of craziness for a bit before the REAL crazy comes very shortly after that. Lots of changes and adjustments...this is the stuff real life is made of! Scary. Mostly exciting! Bring it. 

Looking forward to getting a glimpse of the little Miss at my appointment on Monday. Stay tuned for pics, hopefully we can get a good shot of her pretty profile! 
Click HERE to check out 31 weeks with Ella Rose!
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Sunday, July 3, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Back to a routine, sort of!!! Here's a look at what's cooking, with some of my usual commentary...
Tuesday: Tacos (on an actual Tuesday...I feel like it's been a while)
Wednesday: Spicy Chicken and Udon Noodles (an excuse to use these noodles that I've had in my pantry for a while now)
Thursday: Pineapple Turkey Burgers with steamed broccoli
Friday: Pizza (may turn this into a veggie pizza if we have any extra bell peppers and broccoli by the end of the week)

I feel like I say this ALL the time, but it has been BUSY around here! For realsies this time. Between my parents move, my brother visiting/helping with said move, Stephen's brother coming to town for a night, and a visit with my Aunt and Uncle in's weird to sit here and just chill on my couch! These are all good wonderful things, but Mamma is TIRED! 

Tomorrow we are planning to have a lazy morning at home, and then we're going to go over to my parents house (so weird to say that) for a little BBQ. I'm going to make an appetizer and a dessert to bring over. After going Pinterest crazy for about an hour, I've decided on Hot & Cheesy Bruschetta Dip and Italian Lemon Pound Cake. I may love to cook, but baking is SO NOT my thing. For one, I am not really a big "dessert person" and for patience for measuring is little to none. My mom doesn't have a backup dessert, so basically I feel like Rachel making the English Trifle! Hopefully my lemon cake doesn't "taste like feet"!
Our little lady had a blast playing in the water today at the Gaylord Palms when we visited with Aunt Laura and Uncle John. We put her into bed around 7:30 and I have to say I'm ready for bed pretty soon myself! 
My proud girl had the best day! Her face says it all!
I let the belly out for a little sunshine today!
Have a Happy 4th and a wonderful week!
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Saturday, July 2, 2016

30 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

A little late on this bumpdate, there's been a lot going on around here! I've been running around quite a bit with this big old belly of mine! There's definitely a cantaloupe sized baby in there...and if you tell me she's bigger than the average cantaloupe, I wouldn't be surprised. This week, I'm feeling LARGE!
Changes I've noticed:  I'm slowing down and realizing I'm really not able to do the things I think I can do. I've been noticing this for a while actually, but for some reason this is the week that I had the reality check and realized that I really need to take it a bit easier. I've been taking advantage and sitting whenever possible, and really making more of an effort not to pick Ella up as much as I can. She's getting older and more independent so luckily she's been able to do things like climb up into her booster seat, and get in and out of the tub on her own. She's even been able to climb up into her carseat although sometimes needs a little boost. I've been asking her to "do it like a big girl" a lot more lately, and when someone else is around I've been asking for assistance (although I'm so impatient, this is not easy for me). Sometimes it's unavoidable but I've been feeling lots of stretching and pulling when I pick her up, and I know I really shouldn't be lifting anyway.

How I've been feeling:  Very sore and achey but powering through! I've also been feeling like my belly has gotten very big this week! Maybe it's just how she's positioned but I feel like she's poking out much more than last week!

How I've been sleeping: Our days have been jam-packed! There are no issues falling asleep, but I've been going to sleep late just to wind down a bit from our busy days! This past week I've been able to sleep on my side and wake up in the same position....success!

Food and exercise:  Some strength training here and there, and a bit of yoga is the extent of it. I'm going to count all of the running around and helping my parents with unpacking as a workout though! My goodness, staying on track with nutrition has been tough since my meals weren't planned out this week. We did a lot of winging it, and ended up eating out a bit more than usual because in addition to all of the moving that went brother was in town so there was a little entertaining. This upcoming week will definitely be better because I'll be back on a little bit more of a routine (there's really been no routine this summer), I'll plan out my meals, and since I'm feeling so HUGE I've been more motivated to drink my shakes and load up on healthier fruits and veggies whenever possible!

Maternity clothes:  Nothing new, still rocking the usual shorts and leggings! I've got a romper that is at end of life...but it's been comfortable. I may be able to get another week or two out of it!

Movement:  Baby is still getting her moves on around 7:00, she's been very consistent!

Best moment this past week: Oh my many! My mom is finally here, and my parents have closed and moved into their new house! I thought it was pretty great this morning when we went over to watch Zootopia. Stephen, Ella and I were all snuggled up on their couch, it was exactly how I pictured it would be. Ella was so excited to be there, it was adorable! Looking forward to making many more memories with the girls at Grandma and Grandpa's new house! So happy they are here!
This was at my house last week when my mom finally got to Florida! Three very happy faces! XO
Also, the other night it was fun goofing off in the new house with my brother...just like old times!

Click HERE to check out 30 Weeks with Ella Rose!
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Friday, June 24, 2016

29 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

It sure is HOT to be hauling this pineapple all over! We're staying cool when we can, but WOW I don't remember the heat bothering me as much last time!
Changes I've noticed:  I've noticed some stretch marks on my hips and thighs but honestly they may be old ones from my many weight fluctuations! They don't bother me, I've been lubing up with cocoa butter and coconut oil and whatever happens, happens. Speaking of weight, I've gained 23 pounds. I think most of it is in my arms!

How I've been feeling:  Hot and easily fatigued! Early in the day I'm okay, but around dinner time...I'm just done! It depends on the day, obviously I tire out faster on the days I'm more active - which is most days! This isn't the lazy/relaxing summer that I was picturing....Ella and I have been on the GO!

How I've been sleeping: We've been having Game of Thrones marathons and going to sleep a little later, but it's been okay. Ella hasn't been waking up until about 7:30-8ish and that is PLENTY of sleep for me! I'm usually up well before her, getting ready for whatever the day holds! I wish I would stay on my side all night long, but I usually have to correct myself the few times I wake up through the night.

Food and exercise:  Ahhhh, I had such a good streak going last week with the exercise and this week...not so much. I've been doing 2-3 short workouts throughout the day...grabbing my weights when I can, dance parties with my girl, and squats while waiting for Ella's mac n' cheese to cook...that sort of thing! It counts, but I'll be getting back to working out with Autumn (Beachbody - Active Maternity -on demand) next week! My chocolate Shakeology is still giving me that extra energy boost I need, and helping with my wacky appetite. I'm basically ALWAYS hungry, but not really in the mood for anything! It's weird. We've had a ton of fruit around since my dad has been here...lots of melon, and lots of berries! We've also been doing quite a bit of grilling and our meals have been accompanied by fresh veggies too! I did have a few week moments with microwave popcorn and iced decaf Dunkin Donuts coffee! It happens. Moving on!

Maternity clothes:  I have two options when getting ready in the morning....leggings or shorts. It's pretty nice, not going to lie! Trying to stay comfy is the key to keeping as cool as possible!

Movement:  This peanut is downright violent's like "why are you being so rough in there, chil"!?! The activity usually gets going around 7:00 in the evening and sometimes keeps me from falling asleep quickly. I don't mind though!

Best moment this past week: Hubby kept me company for my 3-hour glucose test ...which wastn't exactly the "best" moment"...but it was pretty awesome when I found out this morning that my results were normal! This is where one of those iced coffees came into play!
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