Vacation Time!

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We are headed to North Topsail, North Carolina for a week long beach vacation. My entire family is sharing a house on the beach (Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister-in-law, Pop-Pop, Ryan, and myself)!

I’ve been counting down to this vacation since the winter. Although I’m not looking forward to the 9+ hour drive while 33-34 weeks pregnant, I can’t wait to arrive, kick up my legs, and do nothing but sit on the beach and read, eat, and sleep all week.

This week will be a great time to celebrate Ryan being officially done with school and exams forever. It will also be our last vacation as a childless couple, our family’s version of a “Babymoon”. I can’t wait to just hang and relax with some of my favorite people all week. 

As I’m typing this I have yet to pack. Oh, and we’re also bringing the car seat and the hospital bag “just in case”. Yep, we’re crazy worriers. But bringing it is mostly insurance that we WON’T need it, right?!

I’ll be taking the week off blogging but you can always catch up with my on Instagram!

 

 

Bumpdate: 33 Weeks

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How far along: 33 Weeks

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Last week we had an ultrasound and growth scan. I told the doctor how much heavier my belly felt recently and described how it feels like baby boy is going to fall out when I’m walking. His response? “At his rate, he’s going to be walking out because he’s going to be the size of a toddler!” Not comforting words, doc! 

So yes, baby is measuring big. He was already 4 pounds and 14 ounces last week. (average is 4 pounds). But everything is perfectly happy and we got a fantastic report!

Weight gain: 25 Pounds.

Movement: He may be running out of room in there, but he is still giving me steady kicks up in the rib cage. We can also notice when he is arching his back up into me when half of my belly protrudes further out than the other side. 

Best Moments of the Week: It’s been a good week, so I have a few ‘best’ moments!

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1. Baby shower number two for the Philadelphia crowd! It was another lovely day and Baby Mac was SO spoiled. I feel like lately there is a lot of negativity around showers, but I still think these celebrations are so special. There are not many other places where women celebrate women. I truly appreciate everyone’s support!

2. On Sunday, my mom came over and we spent ALL day organizing all the baby’s things. His nursery still looks like Babies R Us exploded in it, but I’m working bit by bit on getting everything was set. This was a fun, yet exhausting, day.

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3. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Ryan took, and completed, the bar exam! Wohoo! Time to celebrate!

Looking forward to: The beach!!! We leave Saturday for a week. 

Food Cravings: Watermelon, smoothies, ice water

Mood: Talk about flip-flopping moods! After a very irritable week last week, this week I felt so happy most of the time! It’s really sinking in that I don’t have that much longer to go! So excited. 

Symptoms: Tired. Achy back. Sore feet and calves. Heaviness. Easily dehydrated (hello 90+ days). Insomnia. The gym membership has been put on hold into November. Going to take it easy here on out. Which is SO hard for me to do. 

 

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The Bar Exam

Well, it’s that time! What the past four years have been leading up to. 

Ryan headed up to Harrisburg last night and today and tomorrow he will be taking the two-day Pennsylvania Bar Exam.

He’s been studying tirelessly everyday since May. I know he will do great, but we appreciate any extra positive thoughts!

I’ve taken some time to study with him and have  briefly looked over his bar prep information and I can’t believe all of the information he needs to comprehend and remember. It’s all over my head and I’m so proud of him for all the work he has done. 

This is basically what our dining room/living has looked like for the past two months.

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I’m excited to celebrate with some much-needed drinks (for him) and our family trip to the beach. This will be our first time together as a couple where he won’t be studying!

I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like to be married to someone who doesn’t carry flash cards with him everywhere he goes.

Go, Ryan, Go!
 

Bumpdate: Weeks 31-32

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How far along: 32 Weeks, less than 8 weeks to go! I can’t believe it!

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby is now just over 4 pounds. (We get a scan today and will know official weight estimate then) He’s fattening up as he prepares to enter the world soon. I should prepare to gain about a pound per week for the rest of my pregnancy (half goes to him, half goes to me). 

Weight gain: 24 Pounds.

Movement: We keep having fantastic reports from Maternal Fetal Medicine, which is SUCH a relief. I feel him so much more these days, mostly at night. He likes to get his legs all cozy up in my ribs and give me a good kicking. Ryan can feel him now too, and we love sharing these moments while parked on the couch in the evening. It’s hard to get comfortable in the car and while sleeping because I feel like he’s really crowding the one side of my belly, diaphragm and ribs.

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Best Moment of the Week: My Mom and two of my best friends threw me a baby shower Sunday. It was such a wonderful day to connect with family that I haven’t seen in forever and celebrate with friends. Baby Mac is already so well-loved. This weekend, Ryan’s mom is throwing me another shower for the Philly area family and friends. I’ll post more about showers after this weekend. 

Looking forward to: Denise’s baby shower this weekend and Ryan being done with the bar next week! He heads up to Harrisburg next Tuesday and Wednesday for two grueling days of tests and essays. He’s been studying intensely since May and I know he’s going to do great, but also ready for the intensity and stress to be over. 

Food Cravings: I don’t know if there just isn’t any more room in my stomach area or if it’s the high heat, but I’m not really that hungry anymore. I’m still craving watermelon and ice-cold water the most. 

Mood: SO emotional and irritable and tired. Last week I was so crabby most of the week. It’s hard to make it through the work day and any after work errands or gym trips. The smallest things can make me cry. I’ve gotten a little better since last week, but if I’m being honest, I’m not always the happiest to deal with. 

Symptoms: Emotional, irritable, tired, sore back, never comfortable. But, I’m also so in love, excited, and anxious. Counting down the next 7ish weeks is like a 4-year-old counting down Christmas from July. 

It’s also getting very hard to workout. I’ve been trying to go to the gym three days a week, but lately, I can barely make it through 30 minutes on the treadmill without wanting to sit down or feeling like the baby is going to fall out. Experienced moms, any tips on how you continued to stay active in your third trimester?

Nursery: I think I’m not experiencing full nesting mode. I think of things that need to be done and I want them done NOW. But then I get too tired to do anything but sit, and then I get irritated that I can’t get anything done because I’m too tired. The struggle is real. But the nursery is really coming together and I will be sharing pictures later in August.

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Eggplant and Spinach White Lasagna

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One of the best things about summer is the plethora of fresh veggies at farm stands.

The other week I picked up a huge eggplant for $1.00 and I decided to try a new recipe. Unfortunately a lot of eggplant recipes include tomatoes or tomato sauce (which I cannot eat). So I decided to experiment a bit.

That is how I ended up with this gooey, mouth-watering eggplant and spinach white lasagna. It was easy and supplied Ryan and I with meals for about 3 days! Plus we got our fill of veggies. 

Ingredients:

  • One large eggplant
  • 8 ounces of spinach
  • 1 box of ready to bake lasagna noodles
  • 8 oz of ricotta cheese
  • Jar of Alfredo sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of basil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper

Cooking Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Spray a 13×9 baking dish and set aside
  • Cut the eggplant in 1/2 inch thick circles and bake for 20 minutes
  • While the eggplant is baking mix together the ricotta cheese, spinach, mozzarella cheese, garlic powder, basil, and black pepper in a large bowl
  • Cover the bottom of the baking dish with a small layer of Alfredo sauce
  • Then lie down the first layer of the lasagna noodles
  • Next comes a layer of the baked eggplant circles
  • Now smear a nice layer of the cheese and spinach mixture on top of the eggplant
  • Place another layer of the lasagna noodles and repeat the above layers again
  • Repeat the layers a third time (or until you run out of ingredients)
  • Sprinkle the top of the lasagna with the remaining cheddar cheese
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

How do you like to prepare eggplant? 

 

 

Bumpdate: 30 Weeks

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How far along: 30 Weeks, I can’t believe we only have 10 weeks left to go! I’m so excited and so terrified. 

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Baby should be well over 3 pounds now and about the size of a large cabbage. This week he went through some major brain developments and is adding on more body fat, making him look more and more like the baby he will be at birth. 

Weight gain: 22 pounds and feeling huge. I’ve always had body image issues and I’m trying so hard not to be vain, but this week I just feel swollen all over. The wedding rings may have to be taken off  permanently in the next week or so. I’m still fitting in 3 workouts a week and trying not to compare my weight gain to others. 

Movement: Doing great! We had another A+ report from the high risk doctor and I’m feeling him move much more. Sometimes when I lie back my belly looks all lumpy and I can tell where in my uterus he is settling. 

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Best Moment of the Week: On Sunday we attended a 8 hour labor class at the hospital. It was both empowering and terrifying. We decided to squeeze it all in on one day instead of attending one class a week for 5 weeks. It was a a lot of information. We learned a lot of new information about breathing techniques, how to stay calm (ha!), and the progression of labor.

My lifetime desire to have a baby has always been shadowed by my deep fear of giving birth. Even the process of getting an epidural makes me faint feeling and nauseous! But the more prepared I am the better I feel.  

The teacher had us do an exercise to simulate the pain of a contraction. She had everyone (men included) hold an ice cube in the palm on their hand and squeeze it for a full minute. Ouch! The first minute, Ryan and I both stopped after ten seconds. The second minute she had us practice some of the breathing exercises we learned. I told myself I could make it through the full minute (or how else will I know that I can make it through a real contraction?!). 

So although I walked out of the class feeling a little more terrified than before I also feel more prepared. It also reminded me that Ryan and I are in this together. As my pregnancy progresses, our bond is growing stronger and stronger. It’s wonderful. 

Looking forward to: Baby showers! My mom and two girlfriends are throwing me one this weekend and Ryan’s mom is throwing me one the following weekend. 

Symptoms: Emotional and tired. Sleep is minimal and normal things like putting on shoes and playing ball with Maggie are getting hard. 

 

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Bumpdate: 29 Weeks, a much better week!

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Aren’t you lucky, two bumpdates in one week. I promise that won’t happen again, I’m catching up after being a bit behind. Maggie wanted to join in on the action this week, she was a good little dog model. 

This week was MUCH better. I feel like a new woman. Thanks for your kind comments after my ranting 28 week bumpdate. Happy that week is behind me and I’m taking on a much more positive outlook moving forward. 

How far along: 29 Weeks 

Due Date: September 15

Gender: Boy!

Baby Size: Just over 3 pounds, wow! He’s a little bigger than a head of cauliflower. This week had some major brain developments and he can now open and close his eyes and feel pain and movement pretty well. Which explains why I always feel him move after I eat ice cream or an ice cold drink. 

Weight gain: Holding out at 20 pounds gained. 

Movement: After all of the low fetal movement scares of past weeks, this week has been such a huge reassurance. I am feeling him move much more these days. Ryan can even feel a few big kicks. The doctor said he looks fantastic.

I still can’t get over watching him on the ultrasound every week. It’s so neat to see him kicking and squirming around. Although I have daily reminders that he’s in there, it gives you a whole new perspective to see him live on the big screen. It truly fascinates me that a living human is growing and being nourished inside me. Stay in there a few more weeks buddy! 

29weekswithmaggiesmBest Moment of the Week: Getting a “fantastic” report from the high risk doctor. I love them! I’ve been feeling better all over this week. No more vomitting or sickness. I also got my hair done and what girl doesn’t feel fabulous after a salon trip?

Looking forward to: July is a very busy month! Baby showers, bar exam, birthing class, and beach preparation. 

Food cravings: Chocolate, ice cream, watermelon, pineapple.

What I miss: Summer drinks, wine, going for a run, and sleeping through the night. 

Symptoms: Emotional, tired, getting out of bed and off the couch takes real effort, endless bathroom trips. 

Nursery: I ordered some prints for the wall this week. I can’t wait to put everything together. 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Fourth of July! We are headed down to Philly for family time, pool time, and eating time. 

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