Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

Happy (belated) Father’s Day to all those dads and daddies-to-be out there! I hope you had a wonderful day!

Geoff and I started the day by sleeping in (which never happens) and watching some TV on the couch, then headed over to his parents’ house for a BBQ and leftovers from Brittany’s bridal shower (more on that later). It was so nice to be able to relax outside on one of the first hot summer days of the year. We got Geoff’s dad a two-sided sign that says, “Grandpa’s Workshop” from Etsy. For Geoff’s first Father’s Day I got him an “I love Daddy” onesie, a Gryffindor onesie straight from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and a Green Bay Packers hat (also from Etsy). Did you get/give any cool gifts for Father’s Day?

We did not get a chance to see my dad this weekend since they live in another state, but we are planning a trip there in two weeks, so I’ll tell you what we bought him then (don’t want to spoil the surprise by having his read about it on here).

After the BBQ we headed down to the beach for our volleyball games. Unfortunately I’m not allowed to play anymore (doctor’s orders) but it was such a nice day to be by the lake and it is really fun to watch everyone play.

We also lucked out and got some beautiful weather for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower this weekend. I helped throw the shower, which involved planning out games, cooking 30 or so of the delicious flatbreads I mentioned a few weeks ago. Everything went extremely well, the food was delicious and everyone seemed to have a great time.

I wasn’t the only pregnant person at the shower since two of Brittany’s cousins are preggo too. They are a bit further along than me, and they each already have one kid, but the good thing is that I get to hear their advice (and I get their maternity hand-me-downs!). Since my bump “popped” out over the weekend, I think it is officially time to go shopping for maternity wear. I don’t need much at this point, but a pair of jeans and a dress would be awesome. I think I’ll probably head to the outlets this weekend. I’ll let you know if I find anything good!

In other news, we had another doctor appointment this morning, and everything is still going great! We got to hear the baby’s heartbeat again, thought this time (s)he was hiding way on the left side of my belly and I started to get nervous again when the doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat right away. Our next appointment is our ultrasound to determine gender, which is exactly one month from today!! Don’t forget to get your guesses in on if it will be a boy or a girl (see sidebar) before the big reveal.

Last thing – have any of you heard of this “Pregnancy Belt” thing? It is a way that dads can feel what is happening when the baby kicks – in real time! This would be so fun to try out with Geoff once I start feeling the baby’s movements. There is a video that accompanies the story, so check it out if you have time – it is adorable how the dads react.

Why my friends are awesome

Just a couple random moments I wanted to mention…

First

I popped one of the buttons off of my work pants yesterday. It was just like in those fast food commercials. I guess it might be time to start wearing the belly bands, or even *gasp* maternity clothes, though I was hoping to get through one more month without them. 

Second

Nate, one of our awesome friends and coordinator of almost every get together (including the Tailgate Extravaganza), is very excited that we are pregnant. We are the first couple in our group having a baby, so whenever people get within 2-3 feet of me he always (jokingly) yells, “WATCH OUT FOR THE BABY!” He is the one who said asked (jokingly, I hope) if he could come along to our next doctor appointment. Oh, and did I mention that he is rooting for the baby to be a 15-pounder? Yeah, he wants a linebacker. Anyway, here is his latest funny comment to Geoff: “My goal is for her to curse not only you at the birth, but me as well.”

Third

Another friend, Emily, has decided that every time I hang out with her she will have a tiny baby cutout to stick on my belly that shows how big the baby actually is. I thought she was kidding, but then I got a picture of this via Facebook:

Nate and Emily are just examples of how super supportive and fabulous our friends are! We are seriously lucky to have this many good people in our lives. Love you guys!

P.S. I’m obviously the worst bump photo picture taker of all time. I can’t believe it has been FOUR WEEKS since I last took one. My mission this week is to get one taken and posted before the weekend is over.

Bring on the baby weight

I mentioned awhile ago that I needed to go in and get re-measured for my bridesmaid dress for my sister-in-law’s wedding in September. By then, I’ll be 28 weeks pregnant, which means I need to plan to get a larger dress size to accomodate for my soon-t0-be-huge bump.

I had planned to get measured last weekend, but they told me I could wait another week (like that will make a difference) before we would really be pushing the deadline for rush orders, so I waited. I making the trek to Sheboygan where we purchased the dresses with my other sister-in-law (the maid of honor), who was picking up her dress since it had already arrived.

I was completely shocked to learn that I have gained an INCH around my bust, waist and hips since the first time I was measured (in March). I’ve only gained five or six pounds, so I didn’t think it would be so much! It freaked me out. So I did some research, and found out that weight-wise I’m right on track to where I should be (according to every site and app I could get my hands on).

They they dropped this bomb on me: I had to order a size 18W.

I’m not even sure what to say about that except that it is my worst nightmare coming true. I totally understand the reasoning behind it – making room for the bump in the underlining, which is the skinniest part, raising the waist line to go over the bump, etc. – but COME ON. From size 8 to 18W in 28 weeks? Talk about hitting me where it hurts. Oh, and by the way, you have to pay extra when they add that nice little “W” on the end of the size for all the extra fabric they have to use to make the dress. They say it means “women’s” but in my mind it means “wide.”

I know, I know, I shouldn’t worry about gaining weight while I’m pregnant, the size shouldn’t matter because they are going to alter it… but UGH. Just go along with me here for a second and feel my pain.

My totally rational response to the size 18W news: eat better and exercise more so that when that size 18W dress comes in they will RUE THE DAY they told me to get a size that large.

I think I’m doing pretty good on the fruit front, but salads will help me get some more veggies. I also have work on getting some more protein in my diet, but I figure that will pick up with grilling season. All in all, I think I’m doing pretty well so far.

I currently only have four doctor-approved methods of exercising (walking, biking, swimming and prenatal yoga), so I decided I have to get out and do one of those things everyday. Geoff and I try and go for walks, but it has been incredibly rainy here, so I need a backup. Swimming for exercise is my least favorite thing ever, so that’s out. I’m seriously looking into prenatal yoga, but I’ve never done yoga before so I’m nervous to just show up to a class. And (until this weekend) I didn’t have a bike.

Solution: Buy a bike. I came straight home from my measurement appointment, grabbed Geoff and told him we were going to buy me a bike. He was a little confused since it was so out of the blue, but went along with it, and we came home with this cute little cruiser!


I’m not a big bike person, but you cannot keep me off this thing! It is so comfortable (“a little too comfortable,” according to Geoff), and makes me feel like a kid again. It is a fixed gear, and you have to push back on the pedals to brake, but the best part is that it doesn’t feel like exercising to ride it. Now I just have to get a wicker basket for the front and I’ll be all set to bike to and fro around the neighborhood, to the beach, mall, etc.

Back to healthy eating for a second. I wanted to share two Weight Watchers recipes that I’ve continued to make since I left the program because they are incredibly easy and super delicious. I did make a few adjustments for personal taste, so follow the link to the recipe if you want the exact points+ values. Let me know what you think if you try them!

WW Spinach, Tomato and Feta Pizzas

Ingredients
4  focaccia flatbreads (found in the deli section)
1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
1 large fresh tomato, thinly sliced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tsp oregano

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Arrange pitas on a large baking sheet.
Combine ricotta and garlic powder in a bowl; spread mixture over pitas.
Top with spinach, tomato and feta. Sprinkle with oregano.
Bake until edges of pitas are golden, about 12 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

WW Tomato, Basil and Smoked Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 lb fusilli, or other spiral pasta
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, or more to taste
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 cup fresh cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 package mozzarella pearls
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
Add vinegar, oil and oregano; toss to coat.
Fold in tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve warm or chilled. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Week 12 Update

I can’t believe I’m already in the last week of my first trimester. I mean, where did that time go?

I know in the last few posts I have said that my nausea has started to go away, but I’m seriously starting to think that the baby can hear those words leave my mouth and then BAM! Two hours later I’m curled up on the couch in a ball (*insert baby evil laugh here*). Overall, it really has started to subside, but it hasn’t gone away completely (YET).

As far as cravings go, I still find myself wanting cereal (Oatmeal Squares or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in particular), but I’m also really having cravings for anything frozen. Baby wants popsicles, ice cream, Frappuccinos, smoothies, etc. Isn’t that weird? It doesn’t really matter what it is, I just want something cold.

I’m definitely feeling my pants getting a little tighter now. Ideally, I’d like to skip the part where you look like you could be pregnant… or just put on a few pounds… and go straight to full-on baby bump. Wouldn’t that be nice? You would start out all skinny and then one day, POP you have a baby belly! I can’t wait to get to that point when can wear all the cute maternity clothes… leggings with tunics, summery dresses, tight t-shirts that hug your bump… Ah, the shopping! I’m probably getting close, but I’m not quite there yet. So for now I’m wearing floaty shirts and blouson tops to hide my teeny bump. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone though.

We have our next doctor appointment on Monday and I’m hoping that we will be able to hear the heartbeat while we are there. I’ve read that after 10 weeks the heartbeat is loud enough to hear, so cross your fingers that we’ll get to hear it! I’m not really sure what else to expect from the appointment, since the only other one I’ve had with this doctor was basically just touching base, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I’m thinking about trying prenatal yoga. I need something to do for exercise other than walking around, and my doctor recommended trying it out. I’ve never tried yoga before, and honestly it just seems like a lot of stretching. I’m willing to give it a try, though, so once I find a place I’ll post a review.

Have you tried prenatal yoga? Did it do anything for you?

This week according to What to Expect:

While it may seem as if you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has!

Your Baby in Week 12 of Pregnancy

By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.

Your Body in Week 12 of Pregnancy

If all those changes in your baby sound dizzying, that may just be you dealing with yet another problematic pregnancy symptom: Lots of women experience occasional dizziness and/or feel faint due to progesterone, which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. The decrease in blood flow to your body and brain, along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, can set your world a-spinning. Do your part to keep your equilibrium by eating regularly, getting adequate rest, and standing up slowly.

Shopping sucks and Preggie Pop Drops

While I was shopping with my friend Katie at the outlet mall this past weekend I couldn’t resist going into the Motherhood Maternity store and taking a look around. They have a lot of cute stuff there, but although my pants are fitting a little tighter I’m definitely not ready to move into the maternity section.

This is my second trip to different outlet stores in the past two weeks, and it really sucks because I can’t really buy anything! I can’t buy regular clothes that I’ll soon grow out of, and I can’t buy maternity clothes because they are way too big right now! The worst part is that I gave away almost all of my clothes when I lost a bunch of weight, and didn’t replenish the clothes in my closet yet. So I have one pair of jeans, no shorts, two dresses and about 5 shirts that are working for me right now.

On the first shopping trip I settled for getting a blouse-style tank and a maxi dress. The blouse is black and is work appropriate, but I can also wear it out during the summer. The key part is that it floats away from my belly, so I should still be able to wear it for awhile before baby gets bigger. The maxi dress is completely the opposite. It is made of that super soft jersey fabric that sort of clings to you, so it really shows off my teeny tiny bump. It is nice because it has a band around the waist but it is a little higher than other dresses so I’m hoping I can wear it all summer, even when I get bigger. It is navy blue and has lace throughout the straps and neckline. I’m thinking coral or turquoise belt and accessories.

On the second shopping trip I found a green scarf with navy polka dots (love) and a bright pink short sleeved blouse top with ruffles that I think I can wear for awhile longer. This one is a little dressier, so I probably wouldn’t wear it out, but I can definitely wear it to work.

One pregnancy-related item I found in Motherhood Maternity were these hard candies called Preggie Pop Drops (also available online at Target and Walgreens). It seems as though my morning/night sickness is starting to subside anyway (hooray!), but I had heard about them from a friend so I decided to give them a try. All the flavors say there are “sour,” but I really only found the lemon one to be sour – the rest are just more tart (I refuse to try the green apple flavor because GROSS). They don’t seem to be anything more than hard candies, but it is nice to have something like that around when you’re feeling sick. I think pretty much any hard candy would work though.

Have you tried Preggie Pops or Preggie Pop Drops? Did they work for you?

Preggie Pop Drops