Bumpdate: 15 Weeks

Bumpdate 15 Weeks

How far along: 15 weeks

Due Date: September 17

Gender: We’ll know in less than three weeks! I can’t wait!

Baby Size: A naval orange; 2.5 ounces and 4 inches long. Baby Mac can now sense light and is moving around a lot (even if I can’t feel it yet)

Weight gain: Still holding at 3 pounds gained. Although I feel like I gained 10. What’s up with that?

Maternity clothes: Wearing my regular jeans with the assistance of a bella band and have purchased a few other essential items. A friend let me borrow a few pieces, including this floral dress I wore for my birthday.

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Best moment this week: Other than celebrating my birthday, the biggest excitement of the week was when my mom and I hit up Weeusables, a local HUGE consignment event that happens twice a year. We waiting in line for 1.5 hours but it was so worth it. We spent a total of $320 but the retail of the all the items we purchased added up to over $1,000!

I scored a Chicco infant key fit 30 Zip car seat for $90 (retails at $229) and it looks like it was never used! My mom and I each got pack and plays. I got a bumbo seat, an activity mat, tons of toys and some clothes (both baby and maternity!) It was awesome and I had such a high from the experience. 

Now I can’t stop peeking into the room to get a peek at all the baby items. 

Looking forward to: Being able to feel Baby Mac move. 

Food cravings: What aren’t I hungry for? 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Broccoli and Alfredo sauce.

Mood: Happy but so overly emotional. Not sure if it was the fact of celebrating another year older but almost everything sends me into happy/bittersweet tears this week. 

Symptoms: Trouble sleeping, experiencing terrible nightmares. Still have the sciatica nerve pain. 

Loving: Even though I wish to hurry ahead and know the gender, get the nursery set up, give birth to finally meet Baby Mac I’m really trying to enjoy this experience. My body is changing almost every day and it’s simply amazing. 

Previous Weeks:

First Trimester Recap                     13 Weeks                                14 Weeks

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32 Happy Things for 32 Years

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Today is my birthday! So I thought what better way to celebrate my 32 years than by listing 32 things that make me happy throughout the years:

1. My baby and everything it holds for our future

2. Ryan

3. Family that loves me no matter what

4. Friends that grow with me

5. Maggie

6. Warm fuzzy blankets

7. Sunshine on my face

8. Diving into the ocean

9. Long walks

10. Chocolate chip pancakes

12. Sand between my toes

13. Porch sitting

14. Wine

15. My Pop-Pop’s laugh

16. Clean sheets

17. Ice cold water

18. Appetizers

19. Online shopping

20. A mom who is a best friend

21. Legs that let me run

22. Singing badly at the top of my lungs

23. Exploring somewhere new

24.  Reading

25. Dunking cookies in milk

26. Coffee

27. Taking a nap while it’s raining outside

28. The first warm day of the year

29. Foot massages

30. Dresses

31. Hand written notes

32. A world that is ever changing

I think this is going to be the best year yet!

xoxo Katie

 

 

Thoughts During A Yoga Class

Thoughts during yoga class

Last week I started a pre-natal yoga class. I was a little intimidated, being a first time preggo and not an expert yogi. A recount of my thoughts:

Wow this place reeks of incense.

Where should I go? Ooops! There’s a class there sitting in complete silence in the dark. 

Guess I’ll just quietly sit over here in the corner.

Woops, dropped my water bottle.

Am I in the right spot? This is what I get for always being super early to things like this. 

Ah here come two other pregnant women! I’m in the right place! I’m going to make new friends!

Shoot they know each other already.

“Hi! I’m new here!”

“Hi…”

Where should I sit? Is it brazen of me as the new girl to take the center room spot? Hell, I’m doing it!

I’m the only new girl here. Wow, everyone else is really further along in their pregnancy’s.

Ok, I’ll guess I’ll just sit here and stretch and act like I know what I’m doing.

Everyone is sitting cross legged. I still call it Indian style.

Sitting like this hurts my legs, I’m going to suck at yoga.

Ok we’re starting! Yay!

Ok we’re just sitting here breathing.

Very heavily.

Amazing! I’ve been breathing wrong my entire life.

The woman next to me sounds like she’s in the beginning stages of labor, she’s breathing so hard. How do I make myself breathe like that?

Wow, I hold my breathe a lot.

Damn these women are flexible. How is the woman in her 38th week of pregnancy more flexible than me?

Ok, so we’re still holding this position.

Please don’t fart.

What do I need to pick up from the grocery store?

Shoot I forgot to breathe again.

Yes child’s pose. I know this one!

Why is she coming over to me? How could I be doing child’s pose wrong?

Oh she’s just making it feel better. Yes stay here with me. No, don’t go!

So now we’re using those foam blocks to balance on.

Don’t fall. Don’t fall Don’t fall.

Damn’t I’m holding my breath again!

How does she make her wrists bend like that?

Ouch! No, this is not a natural position.

My wrists have never felt so weak. How do you strengthen your wrists?

She said this position makes the baby very happy. Hi baby!

Omg I forgot to send that one email at work today.

Focus! Damn’t, forgot to breathe again.

Now she’s telling us to set an intention for our birth and focus on that through the pain of holding a move.

Intention for birth? Stay calm? How in the hell am I going to stay calm?

Ok that’s that. I’m going to keep coming and turn into a crunchy pregnant woman and be so flexible and amazing and be able to stay calm and….

OMG how does she bend like that? Ouch!

Breathe, Katie! Breathe!

Oops, I just realized everyone else is barefoot and I’m the only one wearing socks. 

Oh I like this stretch. This feel goooood.

Wait, we’re done already? That was a quick hour!

Ah yeah quiet meditation time! I could fall asleep. 

But wait, what do I have to get done tonight?

How long am I supposed to lie here in the dark?

Is it weird if I’m the first one to get up?

Ok good she got up.

Yes, I’m coming back next week!

Um interesting! (but no, I don’t think I want to capsulize my placenta!)

See ya!

 

 

Bumpdate: 14 Weeks

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How far along: 14 weeks

Due Date: September 17

Gender: We’ll know next month!

Baby Size: A lemon! 3.4 inches and 1.5 oz. Baby Mac can now hear, squint, frown, grimace, suck his/her thumb. We’ve started talking to Baby Mac and it’s making it so real. 

Weight gain: Still holding at 3 pounds gained.

Maternity clothes: Broke out the maternity jeans and purchased a few other items.

Best moment this week: Celebrating Ryan’s birthday! I also started a prenatal yoga class on Thursday nights and I love it! Only one session and it’s already helping with my back pain and sciatica nerve pain. 

Looking forward to: Still waiting for my belly to pop and I’m also headed to the doctor today and I’m excited to hear the heartbeat again.

Food cravings: Chicken fingers, sun chips, mangoes, and stuffed french toast. Sad story, we got up extra early on Saturday to drive 45 minutes to this amazing breakfast place that has the best stuffed french toast. We got there and they were randomly closed! Ugh! Plus, I may have eaten a whole bag on sun chips on the way home from the grocery store. Oops. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m doing pretty good this week! Everything is good except broccoli. 

Labor Signs: I hope I’ll be leaving this section blank for a while!

What I miss: Sleeping well. And I know I won’t be sleeping well for year ahead. But, insomnia is hitting me hard, I get up at night and just lay awake thinking/worrying about things. 

Mood: Pretty happy this week! So glad to be feeling better. I still cry at almost anything though, but usually happy tears. 

Symptoms: Trouble sleeping and back and hip pain. I’m also already suffering from sciatica nerve pain.

Sleep: See above.

Loving: See both of our sets of parent’s this weekend and taking in everyone’s excitement over Baby Mac. This baby is already so well loved and it makes my heart so full. 

Previous Weeks:

First Trimester Recap                     13 Weeks

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xoxo Katie

Happy 30th Birthday, Ryan!

Tomorrow is Ryan’s 30th Birthday! We’ll be busy celebrating with family, so I wanted to share his annual Birthday letter today:

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Dear Ryan,

Happy Birthday my sweet husband! Aren’t you lucky, a Saturday for your big 3 0!

This year I’ve watched you grow so much.

As you closed out your twenties, I witnessed you getting more patience and confidence and take the fast track to accomplishing your dream of graduating law school and working hard at your job. I never thought I’d be able to take on another person’s dreams and goals like I do with you. I’m honored to stand by your side and fight with you. And in return you stood by me through lots of tears this year as we worked together to become parents.

Your 30th year is going to be so eventful! Graduating law school! Quitting your job! Moving! Taking the bar exam! Starting a new job in a new state! And finally, becoming a father!

One of your most favorite things to say is, “I’m just taking it all in”. 

This year there is going to be so much to take in!

You’ll be saying goodbye to law student Ryan and hello to lawyer Ryan and daddy Ryan. I can’t wait to see you growing into those new roles. 

It’s funny how for years finishing school and parenthood seemed so far in our future but now that it’s upon us it simply feels like our life is overflowing. Like this is how it was always meant to be. We are surrounded by so much change, energy, and life. And I’m just going to sit here with you and take every last ounce of it in. 

This is going to be a year to remember and a great kick off to you joining my in the thirties club. Life is good and I hope to keep celebrating all the moments, big and small, with you. 

Happy Birthday, Ryan! Cheers to another year of you!

xoxo Katie

 

Bumpdate: 13 Weeks

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How far along: 13 weeks

Due Date: September 17

Gender: Can’t wait to find out next month!

Baby Size: A small peach! About 2.9 inches long and .8 ounces.

Weight gain: Well I lost about 8 pounds in the first trimester. I’m now up 3 from those lost 8.

Maternity clothes: I’ve bought a few maternity items (jeans, leggings, tanks and a few dresses) but have not formerly worn any yet. I’m squeezing by in my current leggings and stretchy jeans, but at the end of the day they are extremely tight.

Stretch marks: None yet, but I know they will be coming. I’m using Palmer’s cocoa butter stretch mark lotion every day though.

Movement: None yet! I heard this start around 16 weeks, I can’t wait!

Best moment this week: Getting my hair cut and colored for the first time since early November!!! I felt like a new woman after touching up my four-inch roots. (I was waiting until the 2nd trimester to do it)

Looking forward to: Having my baby bump “pop”. I’m not technically showing yet but I do have a rounder belly. Hoping to look pregnant and not just fat. Also celebrating our birthdays!

Food cravings: Chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, bbq chicken pizza, ice cream, cheesy sandwiches, and lemonade. Being pregnant has turned my appetite into that of a 5-year-old. Oh and ice water. Funny because my sensitive teeth could never handle ice before.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve finally been able to put vegetables back in my diet but I still get nauseous quite a bit. The idea of broccoli and most meat makes me gag.

Labor Signs: I hope I’ll be leaving this section blank for a while!

What I miss: Running and working out hard. Exercise is a stress reliever for me. I’m still going to the gym but my 4 mile runs have turned into 2-3 mile walks. I get tired so easily and out of breath. My doctor recommended keeping my heart rate at 140 and not over doing it. I also miss the occasional cocktail, duh.

Mood: Hormones are making me equally cranky and emotional. I go in swings. But feeling SO much better this week with the nausea and sickness so that puts a huge smile on my face.

Symptoms: Still a little bit nauseous at times, especially at night. Very tired and suffering from pain in my lower back and hips making it hard to sleep and walk for an extended period of time. Heating pad and snoggle help a bit.

Sleep: Not that great. My back and hips are in constant pain at night.

Nursery: Holding off on any real designs at this point because we have no idea where we will be living once Baby Mac is with us. We will be moving into a new home this summer. In the meantime we’ve been spending time selecting other big baby items like the stroller and crib and car seat. It’s so overwhelming with all the choices!

Loving: Talking parenting with Ryan and sharing the excitement of Baby MacDonald with him every day and how much I’m already in love with this child. Swoon. 

Previous Weeks:

First Trimester Recap

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xoxo Katie

Recently Read Vol. 4

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Books are meant to be shared. And I promise, no spoilers!

I’m back for volume three of Recently Read. Sharing my thoughts and reviews on the books I’ve read in the past few weeks. You can read volume 1  and volume 2 and volume 3 here. Have you read any of these books?

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Three out of Five Stars

“I think grief is like a really ugly couch. It never goes away. You can decorate around it; you can slap a doily on top of it; you can push it to the corner of the room—but eventually, you learn to live with it.”

 I’ve really enjoyed many of Picoult’s quick page turning mysteries. Some of my favorites have included, The Pact, The Storyteller, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Tenth Circle. However, this one doesn’t rank as one of my favorites. 

Yes the story, told by various point of views was still interesting and the twists were still exciting, but it also didn’t grip me the same as others. 

Leaving Time is a story about grief, mother and daughter relationships, and letting go. This is the story of Jenna who has been searching for her mother since she went missing when Jenna was only 3. Her story is told side by side to Alice’s (her mother, a a scientist focussed on elephant grieving) life story leading up to the time of her disappearance. Jenna has the help of two unexpected allies, Serenity, a psychic, and Virgil, a drunk ex detective.

All characters are struggling blindly through their own grief and cling to each other. I loved learning all about elephants and their mothering habits and ways of processing grief. The characters were interesting and I did not guess the ending. Yet this book was missing something on a deeper level for me. It felt scattered.  

 

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Two out of Five Stars

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman. As hard as we have worked and as far as we have come, there are still so many forces conspiring to tell women that our concerns are petty, our opinions aren’t needed, that we lack the gravitas necessary for our stories to matter.”

I really wanted to like/love this book. And I really tried. But it just didn’t cut it for me. I truly like Lena Dunham and I enjoy watching Girls, but I found this book lacking. Dunham’s memoir is made up of small stories detailing her childhood and coming of age as a twenty something woman.

Yes, some of the stories were relatable to me like growing up in the dawn of the internet, discovering your sexuality and all of the confusion that comes with it, being an awkward teenager, and dating the wrong people for the wrong reasons in your twenties. But there was also much that wasn’t relatable. Like her ability to live without consequences and off of her parent’s money post college as a privileged New Yorker. The book just felt incomplete, which I guess is true because many people’s identities feel incomplete in their twenties. I just didn’t love it. Simple as that. 

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City of Women by David R. Gillham

Four out of Five Stars

“You avert your eyes enough times, and finally you go blind. You don’t actually see anything any longer.”

City of Women takes place in Berlin in 1943 at the height of World War 2. The city is falling apart and the remains are being held up mainly by women. Everyone is scared. Everyone speaks in hush tones. No one knows who to trust. Sigrid puts on a brave face and does what she is expected to do while her husband is at war and her world is falling apart around her. She continues to work her job, she supports her bitter mother in law, she donates clothing to the war effort, and sits quietly in the shelter while bombs destroy her city. She has become numb to the Nazi rule and the treatment of her fellow Jewish civilians. She is a living ghost.

But soon she begins to come alive. An affair with a mysterious Jewish man sets her heart and world on fire and opens her eyes to the cruelty going on all around her. She finds within herself the belief that she can make change. That she, a low German woman, has power to bring change.

I could not put this book down. Gillham did amazing research for this novel and war torn Berlin came to life as an additional character. There are touches of mystery and intrigue that had me hooked the entire book. 

What have you been reading?