Bumpdate: 23 Weeks

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How far along: 23 Weeks. 

Due Date: September 17

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: About the size of a mango or an ear of corn. His sense of hearing has increased so we’ve been playing him some good tunes in the car and talking to him every night. He should also be getting used to Maggie and Bonnie’s barking so that it won’t phase him when he’s outside the womb. 

Weight gain: Holding out at around 13 pounds.

Maternity clothes: It’s all that fits. I’m loving that it’s warm enough for dresses now. I’ve also had to invest in a few “mom sandals”  (comfort shoes) to help my back and hip pain. 

Movement: Still feeling very subtle movements. Ryan still can’t feel anything, even though he tries hard. 

Best moment of the week: Attending Ryan’s graduation from Rutgers Law School on Thursday! It was a very inspirational ceremony and I did cry, sitting there watching my husband walk across the stage while I held my pregnant belly. We also had a blast celebrating with family and friends at a party on Saturday. The three-day weekend was not long enough. 

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Looking forward to: Going to DC this weekend and celebrating our second anniversary in a week!

Food cravings: Ice cream, watermelon, cheese

What I miss: Drinking summer drinks, wine, and being able to sleep peacefully. 

Mood: Happy!

Symptoms: Allergies and hip pain, that’s it! 

Nursery: It’s really coming together. I love just sitting in that room and looking at all of his little things. 

Loving: I’m really learning to embrace pregnancy this week and it’s been a good week. Hip pain and sleeping problems aside, life is good. We ended the weekend at a pool party and it felt good to float in the water and feel the sun. Happy Summer!

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xoxo Katie

Regional Food From Lancaster: Tell Me About Your Town

Every month, Amanda from Amanda Moments does a fun link up asking bloggers to share specific tid bits about their town/region. This is my first time participating but it’s been fun reading about different areas of the states throughout the past couple of months. 

This month the prompt was a favorite topic for most people: FOOD! So I’m here to talk to you about regional food from Lancaster, PA:

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Photo courtesy of discolverlancasterpa.com

My hometown of Lancaster, PA is known for its Pennsylvania Dutch culture. What is PA Dutch? Not people from Holland….

Pennsylvania Dutch refers to the heritage of German immigrants that made their way to PA in the late 17th century. Some of these PA Dutch immigrants were part of the plain sect Anabaptists who would become what we now know as the Amish. Other assimilated easily with the English and became part of the general community. Yet, PA Dutch culture remains extremely conservative and traditional, with a desire to reject too much change.  

Most of the food that Lancaster, PA is traditional PA Dutch recipes. These are recipes from the 18th century that have changed very little over the years. 

You’d think that with the abundance of fresh produce and meats from the fertile farmland of the Susquehanna Valley we’d have standard healthy and whole recipes. That is not that case. 

Here are a few of Lancaster’s famous PA Dutch foods:

Whoopie Pies

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 Two small pieces of cake, made into a sandwich with a creamy center! Deliciousness! These were originated by German immigrants when they had leftover cake batter. Legend says that they got their name because every time farmers or kids would open their lunch pail to find these treats they’d yell out, “Whoopie!” 

PA Dutch Chicken Pot Pie

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Lancaster’s version of Chicken Pot Pie is not like your grandmother’s pot pie (unless you’re from Lancaster of course!) This dish is a soup, made in a pot with chicken, veggies, and large flat egg noodles (pot pie noodles). There is no crust. I have no idea why it’s still called a pie…

ShooFly Pie

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 Shoofly pie is a molasses pie that gets its name due to the flies that were drawn to the sweet and sticky ingredients and needed to be “shooed” away. It’s very dense and not a favorite of mine at all. 

Chow Chow

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Lancaster is known for its pickles, relishes, and other pickled items. Chow Chow is basically a mix of summer veggies, pickled and mixed together. 

Faschnauts

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 These fried donuts are such a big deal Lancaster has a whole day dedicated to them! Faschnaut Day is the day before lent, the time to clean out your pantry of all the extra lard, sugar, fat and butter. They aren’t as sweet as any other fried donut you’d have but they sure are popular on Faschnaut Day. You can order ahead at your grocery store and as a child I always looked forward to getting mine during school lunch. 

Pretzels

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 My favorite salty snack! Lancaster is known for pretzels and many are made right here! Some of the more famous local brands are Hammonds, Sturgis, Martins. There are even pretzel tours you can go on and one local town’s mascot is a pretzel! I prefer mine covered in chocolate (preferably from local Hershey chocolate!) Pretzels not your thing? Utz chips are made locally as well.

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 And of course we have Hershey’s chocolate made right here in Hershey, PA. The whole town smells like chocolate, it’s mouth-watering. 

 What food is your town known for? Check out the other bloggers linking up this week talking about their famous regional food! 

Amanda Moments

Bumpdate: 22 Weeks

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 How far along: 22 Weeks. 

Due Date: September 17

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby boy is the size of a papaya (yum!) He weighs about 1 pound and his lips, eye lids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct.

Weight gain: 13 pounds

Maternity clothes: Trying to fully embrace the bump and my new set of boobs! Holy cow! I’m not up full two cup sizes.

Movement: Still feeling very subtle movements, but more often. I’m noticing patterns too. He is most active around 10 am and in the early evening. 

Best moment of the week: Seeing college friend in Philly – trying to fit in all the long distance friend time I can before everything changes. 

Looking forward to: Ryan’s graduation this week and subsequent party! Ready to celebrate what we have been waiting for and building for the baby.

Food cravings: Chocolate, cheese filled soft pretzels, pineapples.

What I miss: Working out. Drinking. Shopping for non maternity clothes. (nothing has changed there)

Mood: Feeling more moody this week. Hormones are a little out of control. I feel mad at Ryan for nothing in particular and just get so easily 

Nursery: This week I organized Baby Mac’s clothes in the dresser and closet, he already has so much, it’s so hard to resist all the cuteness, both me and both grandmother’s can’t stop shopping. 

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xoxo Katie

Four Things About Me

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I’ve seen this post floating around blog land for a bit and thought I’d jump on the bandwagon.

I’ve been busy lately and my mind is running in 5 different directions everyday. I’ve come up with multiple blog post ideas but have had no time to actually sit down and write a decent post. I’m feeling very unmotivated by blogging lately and questioning, what’s the point. This happened last summer as well. My blogging goes through cycles and it’s just a down time right now. 

That’s my little disclaimer to say, I wish I could write more authentic and heartfelt posts lately, rather than the bumpdates.

Until then, here are some categories of my life broken out into fours:

Four Jobs I’ve Had
1. Lifeguard
2. Nanny
3. Promotions Director for boating magazine
4. Program Manager for Creative Thinking training company

Four things in my bag:
1. Phone
2. Protein bar
3.  A mess of crumpled receipts dating months back
4.  Too many chap sticks, lip glosses, and lip sticks

Four movies I have watched more than once or ten times: 
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
2. Gone With The Wind
3. It’s A Wonderful Life
4. Father of the Bride

And a bonus number 5 in honor of the 15 year Anniversary of the masterpiece Center Stage.

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Lancaster, PA (place where I was born and where I currently live)
2. Chestertown, MD (college!)
3. Annapolis, MD (4 years post college!)
4.  Hinsdale, IL (a very temporary living situation before moving back to PA)

Four places I’ve visited:
1. England
2. Ireland 
3. Maui, Hawaii 
4. Jamaica

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. The beach in NC
2. Anywhere in the Caribbean 
3.  Sipping wine on a dock somewhere
4. At home reading in bed

Four favorite foods:
1. Crabcakes
2. Ice Cream
3. Macaroni and Cheese
4. Chocolate covered pretzels

Four Favorite Drinks:
1. Iced water
2. White wine
3. Very strong cosmo
4. Lemonade and vodka

Four Favorite Places to Shop for Clothes (when not preggo):
1. J. Crew Factory
2. Old Navy
3. Banana Republic
4. Express ( to all of the above: my goodness, am I basic or what!)

Four More Totally “basic” Things I Love:
1. Taylor Swift
2. Wine
3. The Beach
4. Maxi Dresses

Four Current TV shows I watch:
1. Call the Midwife
2. Pretty Little Liars (yep)
3. Nashville
4. Modern Family 

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
1. Baby Mac arriving this September! (really is there anything else?!)
2. Ryan’s graduation next week and having him home this summer
3. Family beach trip to NC this August
4. Taylor Swift concert in June!
Four Books I Would Recommend
1. The Light Between Oceans –  M.L. Stedman
2. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
3. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
4. Blonde – Joyce Carol Oates

Four things (not people or animals) I couldn’t live without

1. iPhone
2. Books
3. Comfy pj’s
4. Chocolate

Happy Friday!

Bumpdate: 21 Weeks

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How far along: 21 Weeks. 

Due Date: September 17

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: This week he has grown to the size of a pomegranate. Weighing almost 1 pound. He is looking more human these days, with his facial features almost complete, although his eyes can’t open yet. He is also forming his unique toe and fingerprints.

Weight gain: I honestly haven’t weighed myself this week. After indulging in NYC I’m a little scared to, I’m guessing I’m up to around 13 pounds gained. 

Maternity clothes: Yep! Thank god the weather finally got nice and I can live in dresses. Now I’m facing the challenge of finding a maternity bathing suit or two. Any advice?

Movement: I can feel him now!!! It’s very subtle, but it’s there. It’s hard to describe but it feels like a swooshing feeling in my lower stomach area, almost like a wave rolling through. Other times it feels like I have butterflies in my belly. Very weird!

Best moment of the week: Girls’ trip to NYC! My parents got me tickets to see Wicked on broadway for my birthday. This past weekend my mom and one of our best friends shopped and dined in the city and saw the show. It was a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend as well. 

Looking forward to: Meeting our son!! I still have 18 weeks to go and I feel like I can’t wait that long!

Food cravings: Cheese, Smoothies, Cookies. 

What I miss: Working out. Drinking. Shopping for non maternity clothes. 

Mood: Happy and anxious! 

Symptoms: Allergies, tired, hungry, and still experiencing hip pain.

Nursery: Ryan put together the Ikea dresser we will also use as a changing table (and the drama that dresser brought is a post in itself)

Loving: Finally feeling the baby! Feeling good and enjoying the weather. I love thinking about enjoying the Spring next year as a family of three. 

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xoxo Katie

Bumpdate: 20 Weeks. Halfway!

11127667_805512574659_824430882584766943_n How far along: 20 Weeks. Marking the halfway point of this pregnancy!

Due Date: September 17

Gender: Sweet little boy. 

Baby Size: My phone informs me that this week the babe is the size of a banana. He’s around 10.5 inches from head to toe. 

Weight gain: I really “popped” this week, with a total weight gain of …11 pounds. We also did a lot of celebrating all week-long, which means I ate a lot of pizza and ice cream too. 

Maternity clothes: It’s basically all that works right now. I had high hopes that many of my flowy non maternity summer dresses would fit me this summer, but no. How naive. 

Movement: Still not feeling any movement due to my anterior placenta. 

Best moment these two weeks: Ryan finishing law school! We celebrated his accomplishments with dinner out and walking around First Friday in our town. Saturday we sat by the river and enjoyed music and pizza, and Sunday we took a trip to Ikea for nursery furniture and enjoyed more waterfront beach drinks. It is so amazing to talk about law school in the past tense. It was always, “when I’m finished with school we will…” and now we are living our dreams. Done with school and expecting a baby. 

Looking forward to: Girls’ trip to NYC this weekend! And hopefully feeling baby kick soon. Also, can he just arrive already? 

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Food cravings: Milkshakes and Pizza

What I miss: Enjoying an alcoholic beverage outside. Running at my full capacity. 

Mood: Happy and anxious! 

Symptoms: Allergies, tired, hungry, and still experiencing hip pain.

Sleep: It’s always good during the week and bad on the weekends. That should be reversed, right?!

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Nursery: We have the crib set up and have purchased the Ikea dresser we will use for a changing table as well as a glider. It’s really coming together nicely. 

Loving: Celebrating with Ryan, thinking how fast this summer will fly by and how soon we will get to meet our son. 

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xoxo Katie

The End of Law School

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He did it!

As of 10:30 p.m. last night Ryan finished his last final (in Income Tax, gross),

Ryan is officially done with law school!

He is now enjoying a peaceful sleep. One that he has been looking forward to since 2011.

After 4 years of blood, sweat, and tears (well no blood) he is done. After hearing “I can’t do this anymore!” or “Why did I sign up for this” countless times, he made it! And our marriage made it.

When we first started dating and Ryan casually mentioned he was in his first year of law school and hinted to how much stress he would be under and how he wouldn’t be able to commit as much time to a relationship as most women would like.

I sat there and smiled and naively thought, “No problem! I really value my alone time! This will work out great!”

Since we started living together in 2012, I’ve mostly only seen my husband on the weekends. 

Not seeing your husband during the week pays a toll. Going home to an empty house and cooking lunch and dinner for a husband you won’t actually see enjoy said meals gets old. Consoling a tired, stressed, and grumpy husband from afar is difficult. Not having a husband have time to console you in return is hard. I wanted so much to make things easier for him and I tried my best, but there was only so much I could do. Some days felt never-ending and I didn’t know if we’d make it.

But we made it. 

No more 19 hour days! He’ll soon get to lose sleep due to something else, a baby.

It’s been a long journey. Three years ago it felt like this day would never come. I started counting down the days to graduation about 740 days ago. It seemed like an eternity away. Yes, this was the only life we knew together, but I couldn’t stop dreaming of doing normal couple things like talking about our days over dinner, going to happy hour, being able to kiss each other goodnight and having weekends where school work was not on the agenda.

We tried to laugh during the hard times and tell ourselves that someday we would look back fondly at this time of our lives. (doubtful)

We sacrificed our time and our money. Pinching pennies whenever we could. Cooking up cheap casseroles and budget shopping while also trying to schedule and save up for date nights and getaways to make sure our relationship was a priority. We also could not have done this without the emotional support of our families. (and thank you for always having me for dinner and always wiping away my stress tears, Mom and Dad!)

I’m so incredibly proud of him. He’s been tested time and time again but has never given up. He’s pulled off amazing grades and extracurricular activities while also excelling at his job. 

But before we get too excited, there’s still much to do.

May 21: The official graduation! And time to start worrying about the couple hundred thousand dollars taken out in student loans. 

May 29: Ryan’s last day at his job. He’s quitting to study for the bar exam full time, making us a one income family for the summer.

July 29: Ryan takes the Bar Exam!

August 1: We celebrate the end of the bar exam by heading off to NC for a family beach vacation.

September 1: Ryan starts his new job in Delaware.

Oh and because we love a challenge, let’s not forget:

Mid-September: We welcome Baby Mac into the world!

Late October: Move with a newborn to be closer to Ryan’s new job. 

The wild ride continues, but I’m so glad this milestone has been reached. This is the start of a brand new chapter for us. Congrats, Ryan! I’m so proud of you!

On to bigger and better things!