First Trimester Recap

Thank you everyone for your kind words, messages/texts etc. We are thrilled and so excited for, what will likely be, the final addition to our little family!
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a glimpse of the behind the scenes from our photo shoot

I found out I was pregnant with #2 toward the end of February. I didn’t think I’d get a positive as quickly as I did. The first initial test had a very faint second line. So faint that when I came and told Larry I said, “I think that I’m pregnant.” He replied, “You think?” I showed him the test and we both agreed, though faint, there was definitely a second line.
IMG_1482I took another one a few days later just to make sure. No doubt about it. Baby #2 is on its way.
IMG_1497I’m officially in my second trimester and so far I’m feeling a million times better than I have been the past few weeks. My energy levels are back to normal and the extreme nausea has subsided.
My appetite has been all over the place. Eating paleo totally went out the window since all I wanted the first couple of weeks was CARBS! Not the healthy kind either. Bowls of cinnamon toast crunch, buttered noodles with parmesan cheese and a lot of pizza was consumed. How I managed to escape this trimester with nothing but a 3lb weight gain is beyond me.
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Aversions: Almonds. And beef jerky. I assume this has something to do with all the almonds and beef jerky that I consumed on my way to Guam. I still can’t stomach almonds…unless they’re covered in chocolate, like in a KIND bar or something along those lines. I could also do without hardboiled eggs, but I’ve been choking them down when I have to since they’re convenient and good for the baby.
Cravings: Equal parts of sweet and salty, so naturally Trader Joe’s Chicago mix popcorn is right up my alley, kettle corn, green apples & sweetened sunflower butter. And oranges. I can’t eat enough oranges. Or cheese. When I was feeling nauseous, cheese was the one thing that made me feel better.
Workouts: The only thing that makes me feel “normal” in this growing body of mine: working out. I’ve been able to keep up running about 3 times a week and I’ve been keeping it to about 3 miles a run. It’s what I was doing before I got pregnant, so I don’t want to push for anymore at one time. Other than being slower, running still feels good to me. Because I’m not training for anything this summer, Madelyn has been joining me on a lot of stroller runs. She seems to be enjoying herself and that stroller is giving me a good upper body workout!  And barre. I’m still attending all classes. At the cardio classes I make sure just to watch the intensity so that I don’t get out of breath and for burpees I’ve stopped going all the way down to the ground and I just keep my arms in a full-arm plank position. Exercise makes smart babies :-) It’s science.
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Madelyn:  When we first told her she was going to be a big sister her response was simply. “No.” And that was the end of it. When I explained there was a baby in my tummy she got excited and now she will pat my stomach and say “good morning” or “good night baby”. It will be fun to see how she reacts to there being a baby in the house and interesting when she’s not the only one getting our attention. As of right now she doesn’t want a sister, she wants a “girl baby” and to name her Viviana after her best friend at daycare. I ask her once what we will name the baby if it’s a boy and her reply was, “Stinky!” No joke. That one had us laughing for awhile.
Energy: Finally feeling somewhat normal. The few days before I was set to leave for Guam, I was exhausted to the point where I couldn’t function. I had so much packing to do but I was too tired to even think about it. That was a few days before I found out I was pregnant. The week after I returned home was one of the toughest. I was about 6 weeks pregnant then, suffering from jet lag and a time adjustment. My body was screaming, “what are you doing to me?!” It took about a week to feel back to “normal”. From that point on, I made it my goal to be in bed by 8:30pm. When you’re pregnant with a toddler to chase around, the game totally changes. First time pregnant moms out there, my advice to you is to take a nap whenever possible. Times when I’d have my eyes closed for a minute, I’d hear a little voice saying, “Mama wake up!” And that was the end of that.
What I’m looking forward to in the second trimester
-Feeling the baby move! I’ve been feeling tiny little flutters, but I can’t wait to have Larry and Madelyn feel the baby moving around in there. That will be exciting!
-Having our 20 week ultrasound and seeing our baby again.
-Getting a real baby bump. The in between stage is the worst.
-Making it through the day without feeling nauseous and tired.
-Planning a reveal party. {sigh}. Since we were surprised with Madelyn (all my idea), Larry really wants to find out what we’re having. While of course I want to know, I also like the fun of surprises. I feel like it’s the last real surprise you get in life. I finally agreed to find out but I had some conditions. We have to find out in a fun way (not in the ultrasound room) and I want all of our family to be there. Not sure what method we’re going to use to find out but the party will be sometime this summer. Grandma, you’ll have to get grandpa back up here!
Has anyone been to/hosted a baby reveal party and saw a unique surprise? I know balloons & cake are the two most popular ways, I’m just trying to think outside the box a little bit.

Podcast Love

I first discovered Podcasts on my phone when I could no longer run and I was forced to walk {or waddle} while I was pregnant with Madelyn. I didn’t like listening to fast paced music while I was moving at turtle speed so I downloaded lots of pregnancy podcasts to prepare {and scare myself} for delivery.
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                 Flashback…Woah belly!

After she graced us with her beautiful presence and I was back to running, it was back to listening to music and podcasts kind of fell away.  That was until the end last year.
I was out to dinner with a friend of mine when she started talking about podcasts, one in particular called Serial. I had no idea what she was talking about the time. It sounded intriguing but I kind of just brushed it off until I saw other people posting things on social media about it. I decided to check it out and immediate became HOOKED! And I got everyone around me addicted as well. I remember one Sunday morning my sister texting me and telling me she had laid in bed for hours just listening to it. Hastag lazysunday.
I was only behind a few episodes so I caught up quickly, each week waiting for a new episode to be released on Thursday. I listened to them in my car on the way work after I dropped Madelyn off at daycare (not child friendly). I would sit in my car in the parking lot once I got to work just to try and finish an episode.
After Serial ended (they’re coming out with a new season focusing on a new case), I went on a quest to add more podcasts to my collection. It was a nice change of pace for the morning commute. I listened to lots of them focusing on nutrition, running, parenting and relationships.
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Here’s a list of some of my favorites:
1. Serial. The podcast that started my addiction. The whole season tells one whole story-a true story about a murder. You hear from all the people involved and go over court records. It’s amazing.
2. Balanced BitesLiz Wolfe & Diane Sanfilippo discuss all things paleo. They talk about current events, places that they’re going to be and go over Q & A session from their listeners.
3.  Marriage More. This is a Christian based podcast hosted by Jeff and Mandy Rose. They’ve been married for more than 10 years and they talk about complications in their marriage, love challenges to do with your significant other and ways to help better your relationships. It made me happy to hear that Larry and I aren’t alone in some of our marital disputes.
4. Another Mother Runner. How I did not realize they had a podcast is beyond me since I’ve read both of their books and just purchased the third, which I can’t wait to dive into! Sarah and Dimity interview guests and cover topics ranging from everything involving nutrition to sports bras. I’d highly recommend this podcast to any female runner, not just those of the mother sort ;-)
Do you listen to podcasts? What are some of your favorites? I’m always looking for new and interesting ones to subscribe to.

Highs and Lows from the Weekend

I know. It’s Wednesday night. But the weekend technically ended for me yesterday since I had some extended time off.

-Morning impromptu breakfast dates are kind of the best. Collectivo has the best baked oatmeal in the world.

collectivo-I finally finished painting Madelyn’s room. I painted her trim white and the part where the wall and the closet door meet. I’m happy with the way it turned out. Because I needed a break in between coats to run to Target and to run for my sanity, I didn’t finish until 10pm Friday night. Best night of sleep in a very long time.

sneakpeekbedroom-Madelyn slept until 8am on Saturday. It was amazing.  I should’ve known..

morningtime-Monday she pointed to her throat and said “it hurts.” We spent Tuesday at the doctor’s office and on the couch.

couch-In between the illness and couch time, Madelyn managed to make her daddy a birthday cake. She was such a great help, she even cracked an egg into the batter before I could stop her. Guess who got the crunchy piece of cake? I can just hear her laughing at me…

birthdaycake-My BFF’s husband threw her a surprise 30th birthday. It was fun to see all of my friends. A girlfriend of ours helped out with the decorations and made a collage for her which included some lovely photos of us circa 1990s. Ones I’ve been trying to hide from hubs. We all agreed we have gotten finer with age.

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-Stroller running is getting easier. When Larry and I first set out on our first stroller run of the year with Madelyn, I started out pushing her. I got about a quarter mile in and I told him that he had to take over until we turned around and that I would take her on the turn around. I couldn’t catch my breath. Now we’re running 3 miles at a time and I can run up some decent hills with her at a slow pace.

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What are some of the highlights from your weekend? I discovered some fun new podcasts that I want to write about in another post! Always a win!

Friday Favorites!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post. Here’s a list of the things that I’m loving this week:

My Grandpa. This week and every week. He painted the majority of Madelyn’s room and I’m finishing up the rest today. I hate painting, but I love my grandpa for doing this for us.
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My Kelly Moore Bag. Happy {early} Mother’s Day to me! I recently traded in my Canon Rebel T3i for a newer model, so naturally the new camera called for a new home. I love that I can carry my camera around in a bag that looks like and acts like a purse and. No need for multiple bags. The bag lady look just isn’t my jam and I was always forgetting something.
IMG_3409All The Boston Marathon recaps. You can read some of my favorites here, here, and here. So inspiring!
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Lunch time workouts. Makes the day go by so much quicker!
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This article. 12 Simple, Important Things You Only Learn from your Little Sister. Thanks Melissa for teaching me so much :-)
Now it’s off to finish painting and putting Madelyn’s new room together. We have a fun weekend planned filled with birthday celebrations. So many April birthdays!
What things are you loving this week?!

Escape Artist & My First 5k of the Year

Is it me, or is this week just flying by? Maybe it’s the fact that today is my last day of work for the week. I wish I had something super fun planned on Friday for Madelyn and myself but I will be finishing up some painting in her new big girl room while she plays with her friends at daycare.

Confession time: She will be 3 in August and she still sleeps in her crib. We haven’t really had a real reason to move her out of it and she goes to sleep so well, that we didn’t want to mess it up. The girl will tell us when she’s tired and say, “Bed, I wanna lay down.” I’m nervous that will all change when we put her into the twin bed we bought at Ikea. We have had a few escape attempts, but none have been successful.

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When your kids are too cute to reprimand…

Yesterday was Earth Day. I so badly wanted to do a run outside, but that wind. And the fact that I saw snow falling from the sky. I decided it was best to take it indoors and so I settle for a little work place treadmill action.

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3 miles in 34 minutes. The treadmill was a little rough today. I did a 5k this weekend while pushing Madelyn in the same amount of time. Something about that fresh air & a little girl shouting “Faster Mommy!” gets the legs running a little quicker.

Speaking of stroller runs, I signed up for my first official “race” of the year. I will be pushing Madelyn along the shores of Lake Michigan on Mother’s Day at the Run Like a Mother Race. I wanted to do this one last year, but for some reason, it didn’t work out. Fingers crossed for good weather.

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Stroller moms out there, do you like running races while pushing the stroller? Any tips or advice?

Parents: best way to keep your kids from walking out of their “big kid” beds? I’m waiting for the day that I wake up and this tiny person is staring at me in my sleep…

A Fun Little Weekend + An Easy Weeknight Meal

Happy Monday friends! Mondays aren’t too bad for us here, because our week doesn’t start until Tuesday :-) Today we have a {rainy} fun day filled with chores, grocery shopping and parent/tot tumbling classes! But first sweaty workouts followed by meeting up with friends.

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This past weekend was a very eventful and fun one for us. The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we started our Saturday off with a nice 3 mile run. I woke up at 6:30am on Saturday morning and the first thing I did was check the weather…Currently 57. First thought, “We need to get out and run!” Then I heard a little person next door to me clapping and singing BINGO. I could’ve laid there and listened for a little while longer, but I got us up, ready and out the door in about a half hour. Madelyn still in her pajamas and me in my running clothes :-)

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When we got back, little miss kept herself occupied with a back dated issue of Runner’s World Magazine, while I got us ready to meet up with a friend and her daughter at the zoo. It was a wonderful afternoon, followed by an effortless nap time. We will be spending as much time as we can outside this summer because fresh air followed by youtube kids lullaby station = hours of afternoon napping. Everyone wins.

Later that day, my mom came over to babysit Madelyn for us while hubs and I went out to enjoy some quality adult time. It was our first date night out since I’ve been back from my trip…the first date night since Valentine’s Day! We were long overdue. We decided to mix things up and try out a new to us restaurant called La Reve. It’s a french restaurant located in the village of Tosa and their food was amazing. A few people raved to me about how good their food was so we decided to check it out. It did not disappoint. After eating dinner at La Reve, we got a little creative and ventured over to Arte for some drinks and canvas painting. I have been to wine/painting bars a few times now, but hubs was a first timer. He was a little hesitant, but after a few beers, he was feeling artistic. We both had so much fun and agreed it was a nice way to switch up our typical date night.

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Weeknights tend to be a little more chaotic and on the go around here. I try to keep our meals as quick, easy and healthy as possible and avoid eating out as much as possible during the week. Varieties of slow cooker chicken tacos are amongst a household favorite. A few nights ago I was craving sweet potatoes. I bought a whole bag of them from Trader Joe’s and needed to use them up before they went bad, so I came up with a great concoction, I had to share it with you guys. I used this recipe for rice (subbed olive oil for canola oil). It was quick, easy and delicious. Much better than any boxed “Spanish” rice I had thought of getting. Hubs peeled and cut up some sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and chicken thighs. I cooked the chicken in olive oil and seasoned it with garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper. Once that was almost done cooking, I added the sweet potatoes and lastly the bell peppers. When I had everything combined in the skillet, I added this fajita seasoning. Once everything was done cooking, I some rice in a bowl, topped it with the chicken mix and added avocado, cheese and a little bit of sour cream. It was delicious! So quick, healthy and easy. You can really add anything to the skillet mix. I think next time I would add onions, but we were all out.

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I’m off to finish up {er, start}  the rest of my to-do list and work on a photo project for tomorrow’s photography class. Have a great day!

Question of the Day: What’s one of the funnest date nights you’ve ever had? What’s your go-to meal for busy weeks?