Friday, May 27, 2016

25 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Just like last time, the photos tend to get more awkward as things progress. This week, I was going for a delighted/surprised expression. Nailed it.

It has already been 25 weeks!? Baby Girl is the size of a baseball glove, or a prairie dog. It's weird to think she will be here in 15 weeks (ish) me, that sounds soon! Now that I'm almost on summer vacation, I feel like I'm in the homestretch. I remember how with Ella, things went by like a blur once I got to summer vacay!
Changes I've noticed:  I HAVE to stretch really well AND drink more water, especially before bed or else...charlie horses! Ahh, lesson learned two nights ago. I'm still limping. I've also got a dry skin patch (my mom diagnosed me with eczema) on my left cheek. It looks kind of like a big pimple. I do randomly get these dry patches every so often (once on my leg and once on my eyelid that I can remember), so I don't know that it's pregnancy-related. I've been using a cream on it, it's not helping but it's also not getting worse. Any eczema creams you swear by, please let me know!

How I've been feeling:  Exhausted. I'm tired of even saying it. It almost goes without say! Did I mention summer is coming? Hopefully then I won't feel so fatigued 24/7!

How I've been sleeping: I woke up quite a bit through the night this past week. I'm able to fall right back to sleep so it's not a big deal. Last night I got over 10 hours of sleep. It was weird, but much needed!

Food and exercise:  This week hasn't been AS good as last week. No students at work always equals going out for lunch. Next week I'll start summer vacation AND my new challenge, MAJOR changes are coming! I haven't been snacking at night, and I've been laying off the sugar! For exercise I've been sticking with yoga and lots of stretching (except for the night before the charlie horse from hell). 

Maternity clothes:  Non-maternity clothes that I expect to fit not! It's not even worth trying them on anymore.

Movement:  Baby is still hanging out and poking me by my ribs. She also likes to stretch out a lot so I feel her in two spots, such a weird feeling!

Best moment this past week:  Things like this...
Also, Ella shoving an M&M in my belly button (what's left of it) and saying that she wanted to "share her special treat with Baby". Too cute, these are the things I want to remember!

Click HERE to check out 25 Weeks with Ella Rose!

Whoa....this is the first time I'm looking back and really noticing a major difference in how much BIGGER I am this time around!

Hubby just said "maybe it's the angle" that man. 
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Happy Sunday! Things are just getting going here at our house, the meals are planned, the grocery list is in progress, and most importantly....Ella just woke up and requested "pasta" for breakfast! This is definitely my child! Ha! It's basically a typical Sunday. Here's the rundown for this week's meals.... 
Sunday: Sunday Sauce
Tuesday: Crock-Pot Turkey Veggie Chili
Wednesday: Stir-fry with Aidells Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs (on sale at Publix this week, the sample lady got me....Ella too)
Thursday: Burritos with leftover chili
Friday: Pesto Pizza

The project of the weekend has been putting knobs about pulls on our cabinets and drawers! This is not a major project by any means, but something that has been put off so many times during the almost two years we've lived here. I can't say it's bothered me THAT much, but now I'm realizing how plain it has been! Wow, it's crazy how much of a difference a little hardware makes! Hubby could have cranked it all out yesterday (he's the best), but the screws for the drawer pulls weren't long enough. I'll share pics when it's completely done, but so far it's looking FANTASTIC! We also put up a big chalkboard in our dining room. I think I might be nesting.

We have a big Disney trip planned for next weekend so we're sticking close to home this weekend. Friday, we went to the square for dinner with friends (video below of the two besties entertaining the crowd). Yesterday we went to Home Depot for hardware, made sandwiches and had a picnic in the living room, painted, checked out our "garden", and I ended the day with a Target trip. Today, I'm going to make a big batch of Sunday Sauce (stocking up the freezer with reserves because I don't do this as much during the summer it seems), and I'll be continuing nesting mode I'm sure.
This upcoming week is going to be busy! My students are officially on summer vacation! If you work in education, you know there is still a bunch to be done even when the kiddos are done! Lots of meetings, and lots of planning for next school year! I'm in disbelief that I've completed my SEVENTH year as a school counselor! It was a successful first year at an elementary school - looking forward to year #2....although let's not rush it, please! Summer is SO close!
Wishing you all a sweet Sunday!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

24 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Twenty FOUR! Baby is the size of something slightly larger than she was last week. My phone is plugged into the wall, and getting up right now to check my app is not an option. More on that later....
Changes I've noticed:  Were those stretch marks on my thighs always there? Maybe they're new....maybe I need a tan? Not pregnancy related....but check out that mani!

How I've been feeling:  Just okay. I haven't been feeling great, but not horrible either. I'm in the home stretch as far as this school year being over...I can't totally blame my total exhaustion on growing this tiny human although it's certainly a factor. Ella has been really testing us lately too... this weekend I hope to get my mind right and rest up because I have been a little irritable, not going to lie! Oh right, getting up and down....bending's all awful!

How I've been sleeping:  I've been having some bizarre dreams! I forgot about this lovely feature of pregnancy. VERY weird! 

Food and exercise:  Yippee, this has been a good week! I've been planning my meals a little better and providing myself better options for during the work day! I've also cut out my nightly iced tea...although now that I'm talking about it - I SO want one! I went a few days without stretching and definitely noticed the difference! I didn't need to be reminded of the importance, but I've been better about it the last few days! On May 30th, I'm getting back to business and coaching a challenge group! I've been out of the swing of things for a while now! With summer coming, I'm ready to commit to really make those changes on a more consistent basis! (If you're interested in joining the fun, let me know!)

Maternity clothes:  As much as I want to buy more work clothes (I'm getting sick of mixing up the same old stuff)'s almost summer, and I should focus on maybe stocking up on a few more things for the horrible heat and humidity! I've been getting a taste of what's to come, it's not pleasant!

Movement:  She's been hanging out near my ribs on my right side a lot lately. It must be cozy over there!

Best moment this past week:   Ella referring to her Sissy by's just adorable and makes it seem so much more REAL! Ella talks about her a lot actually!

Also, seeing Ella bonding with her Daddy is the best! The thought that soon there will be TWO little faces for him to look at like this....ahhhh I just can't handle it! Too sweet!
Click HERE to check out 24 Weeks with Ella Rose!
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

What's cooking this week?

It's Sunday at the Skoblicki house and we're already getting ready for another busy week! We've had family in town for the weekend and you know how that goes.....I'm going to have to make an effort of keeping things somewhat light next week....
Sunday: Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday: Roasted Garlic Spinach White Pizza
Wednesday: Burgers w/ Mediterranean Bean Salad
Thursday: Fresh Market Little Big Meal (Tacos again...was SO good last week)
Friday: BLT Sandwiches w/ Avocado

My cousin Jennifer and her fiancé Mickhael came to visit and it has been such a great weekend! Ella had a blast hanging with them, of course she loves all the extra attention! We mainly chilled the entire time they were here with breaks in-between to eat delicious food. Jen and I pampered ourselves and went out for mani/pedis. Last night we went to our favorite restaurant on the lake and had a fabulous time. I ordered the adult mac n' cheese and OMG it was definitely amazing. Good thing I don't make a habit of eating that rich every night, but it was SO worth it.
We just said "goodbye" to Aunt Jen and Uncle Mick. I have no clue what the rest of the day holds for us. Ella has been very clingy and mushy today...I'm not sure if she's coming down with something (this isn't like her) or if she's just exhausted from an eventful week and weekend. I promised to paint her nails and beyond that who knows! Maybe some crafts? Maybe the water table? I love days at home so I think we'll probably just stick around here and see how she does.

As you can see, it's been a great weekend AND it's still not over. I hope you all had a great one as well! This upcoming week is my last week with students at school...summer vacay is SO close! Yea!
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

23 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

It's week #23 and I'm still uncomfortable, but hanging in there! Our little one is the size of a bunch of grapes, or a chinchilla! Fun fact!
Changes I've noticed:  My belly button is really flattening out. That's so gross, it makes me gag. I finally built up the courage to step on my scale at home. I've gained 17 pounds. My Ovia app tells me that this is the point where Baby and I are going to start packing on the pounds! News flash.... I've gotten a jump start. After I post this, I'm going to work on some squats!

How I've been feeling:  I've been very sore lately. I think it's from the "exercising" I've been doing. I'm not sure I can use that term considering it is the most minimal form of exercise. Regardless, I'm feeling it in the morning!

How I've been sleeping:  It seems like this past week I've been able to fall asleep a little earlier than usual. This end of the school-year business is knocking me out around 10:30, which is early for me! I've been sleeping pretty well, no complaints really. 

Food and exercise:  I'm back to being STARVING during the day and so full by dinner that I could do without it (I usually don't but my appetite is nowhere near how it is during the day). After I put Ella to sleep I've been seriously craving sweets, which is SO odd for me! My way of indulging is with a giant glass of 4C iced tea...which is sooooo bad I'm sure. The glucose test is coming up, I need to lay off all the sugar! Exercise is still stretching....lots of down dog....trying to work off the arm jiggle with my 6 lb. weights. Not much, but better than nothing.  

Maternity clothes:  Mal made an H&M order, I think I need to follow her lead! Seriously, where are all my leggings? Perhaps I should clean my bedroom before I go ordering stuff. Is there really such a thing as too many leggings though?

Movement:  All day. Errr day.
Best moment this past week:   On Tuesday I had an appointment for another ultrasound. Last time, they weren't able to see everything they needed. The princess cooperated this time and we were able to see her sweet face again! A bonus peek! I had to take a half-day off of work, so Hubs and I had some quality time together and had a lunch date. Afterwards I went on a little Old Navy shopping spree and got a bunch of  bloomers for our girl. Believe it or not, I haven't bought anything for her yet! She has plenty of hand-me-downs from Big Sis of course, but she needs some special goodies of her own!
Click HERE to check out 23 Weeks with Ella Rose!
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Sunday, May 8, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Even though this is late, at least I'm posting on an actual Sunday, just like it says below! Here's my plan...
Sunday:  Pesto and zoodles (never made last week) with mushroom/asiago chicken sausage (Yum)
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad
Wednesday: Margherita Pizza
Thursday: Fresh Market Little Big Meal! (Tacos!!!)

This weekend was great on so many levels. Saturday we had a Disney day and went to Animal Kingdom. The weather was perfect too! We haven't yet reached the sticky/humid/stay in the AC kind of Florida weather yet. We saw a bunch of animals, brushed some goats, gave Chip and Dale tons of hugs, and enjoyed the Lion King show immensely!
Today I was spoiled by my wonderful Hubs and baby girl! We had brunch at one of the country clubs, went shopping for some more plants for the front of the house, and then spent the rest of the day at home...relaxed, played and cooked doesn't get any better than that!
Ella was too sweet, and wished me a Happy Mother's Day at least a hundred times! This was surprising only because when we told her it was "Mommy's day"...her response last night and this morning was "'s Ella's day". Somewhere along the line she must've gotten it! So cute!
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It was the perfect weekend, I hope you all had one as well! Happy Mother's Day!
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

22 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Only twenty two weeks? That about sums up how I'm feeling this week! I know I talked about this last week, but my stomach is getting so big, I simply don't have enough skin!!! How does one fix this situation! For some reason, I don't remember this being as much of an issue during round #1!
Changes I've noticed:  I'm feeling large. I still have a long way to go, I'm concerned! Obviously the main thing is that my tummy is growing at such a fast pace and my skin hasn't gotten the memo to keep up. "Jeans Day" at work is not nearly as exciting as it once was, and now when I put on my pants I step in by putting my knees out to the side instead of forward. Do you have a visual? Also, bending down is something I strive to avoid.

How I've been feeling:  None of the above "changes I've noticed" are all that comfortable, so let's just highlight this section with UNCOMFORTABLE!

How I've been sleeping:  It's been difficult to fall asleep with all the kicking. She gets me on my sides in such a way that it actually tickles! Once I'm asleep though, I usually sleep through most of the night without too much tossing and turning. 

Food and exercise:  It's amazing how much it helps to stretch daily! I've been making an effort to do this in the morning and right before bed. Yoga really is my favorite!It was teacher appreciation week at work which didn't help especially on "bagel day"! Otherwise, my dinner choices and portions have been on point!

Maternity clothes:  I've been breaking out those maternity shorts from my storage bin! I have three pairs (jeans, khaki and black) from Ella....I think maybe the collection could use one or two more! The summer is a little hot for leggings 24/7, so they will need to be super comfortable!

Movement:  It seems like she is active ALL day, but it's obviously most noticeable at night! This is one very strong girl! 

Best moment this past week:   Every time Ella does this....and it actually happens quite a bit without being prompted, I love all the affection for Sissy!
So sweet...and check out those shoes! 
Sorry if it seems like a lot of complaining this week, just being honest! Besides the discomfort....I'm feeling fabulous!
Click HERE to check out 22 Weeks with Ella Rose!
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Monday, May 2, 2016

What's cooking this week?

I wrote most of this post out yesterday and then I completely forgot to post it! That has never happened. Maybe because all I needed to do was upload pics? Laziness got the best of, THAT has happened before! I actually had to reallyyyyyy think about whether or not I did this post yesterday. I think I'm losing it. Seriously.

This week, I was aiming for a menu that's slightly different from the norm, yet still easy enough for a busy weeknight. Oh wait, that's always my goal....
Sunday: Turmeric Garlic Shrimp w/ Cabbage Mango Slaw (I left this here because I made it, it was awesome - I still want credit for the fact that I made it)
Tuesday: Crock Pot Salsa Verde Tostadas
Wednesday: Burgers w/ Summer Potato Salad with Apples
Thursday: Blueberry Feta Salad w/ Grilled Chicken
Friday: Zoodles/Pasta with Pesto
This weekend was wonderfully relaxing and fun. We had a lazy day on Saturday, just hanging around at home...chalk on the driveway, cooked some yummy dinner, watched movies. On Sunday, the little girl I used to babysit (Kaci) and her Mamma (Kim) were in town and we spent the day together...blueberry picking, went to the pool, lunch at Cody's and cooked dinner at the house while the girls played. Seeing Ella playing with Kaci made my heart explode, it was the cutest ever! It's kind of surreal that the little girl I watched when SHE was two is now playing with MY two year-old! It was a very sweet visit, wish they could have stayed longer!
Those are some highlights from a great weekend over here!...I hope you all had a great one as well!
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