**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more here.Have you ever thought about how fun it would be to have a grown up tea party? Well if you haven’t – you will now! (Especially if you check out this video that my friend Tiffanie made that captures every fun detail of our party – OH my goodness- her YouTube channel is so good!) My friend Kalen is basically a party planning queen. She has the sweetest heart and loves to have her friends over to her house for treats and crafts! Recently she’s gotten into tea (the fancy kind) and has even started selling it just for fun. Did you know that was a thing? Me neither. You can check it out here if you want to have your mind blown by how many different types of tea there are. You will get a free 25g bag of tea if you spend $50 or more when you order via the above link by 5/16! …
Oyy! Where has the time gone, friends? Here is my typical “Oh hello! I’m back!” intro. I really can’t believe it’s almost April! I’ve had just about a million blog post ideas swirling in my head that I haven’t quite pulled out of myself just yet. But they’re up there *taps head*. Plus, I’ve been lucky enough to work with some fantastic companies lately that have sent me lovely products to review! I can’t wait to share the results from my at home teeth whitening experience with Smile Brilliant! I’m currently working on that one and I’m kind of excited because my coffee addiction was starting to work in the worst way on my teeth. And y’all know I don’t have the time or money to go get professional whitening done! So, if you don’t either… stay tuned! ;]
We’ve just been moving through the daily grind around here. It’s so wonderful to finally see warmer temperatures here in Lexington. The trees are blooming. We can take walks outside around our beautiful neighborhood pond! Yes, yes, yes! As much as I love the season changes – there is this little part of me that starts to DIE toward the middle of winter. It’s honestly part of the reason I fall silent on this blog. I feel very uninspired during the cold and dreary months.
Nate and I are excited for the spring and summer! Nate’s birthday is right around the corner, Landon’s FIRST birthday is in May (!!!), we have a little anniversary getaway planned for June, and we are heading to the beach in July. I am so very excited to take Landon to the beach for the first time. I know he will love it. We have been having so much fun with him lately – 10 months may be the best age so far! He is so smart and he picks up on everything so quickly. He thinks everything is hilarious. He just learned to clap last week, so he claps for everything! And he got to swing for the first time this past Sunday. I thought he may never want to get out of that swing!
So yes – I just wanted to pop in and say ‘hello’! Reviews are coming soon, Landon’s birth story is coming soon – along with some thoughts on momma life, fitness, pink hair, and everything in between!
Let’s see!! We have just been pushing along through the days and weeks around here. It’s hard to believe that it’s already September – we have an almost 4 month old son! Just plain crazy. He is the sweetest and happiest little bundle. I’m sorry, did I say little? When we weighed him a few weeks ago he was a little over 15 lbs! Shew!
I’ve written 4 or 5 blog posts that I just haven’t had the time to finish. I’ve been meaning to re-write Landon’s birth story. I wrote it all out on my phone right after he was born and apparently it was linked to a work account that was deleted from my phone along with a few other memories and things I “wrote down” the night I had him – completely unrecoverable. Awesome! I have every note ever written on my phone from 2012 until now EXCEPT for the month of May. So frustrating. Hopefully Nate can help me remember all of the little details. =)
So we’ve just been working, enjoying our cutie, and trying to keep up with life. I’m back at Bella Forza Fitness – finally! I’m so enjoying taking aerial classes along with some of my other favorite regular fitness classes again. I’m excited to feel my body regain the strength it lost during pregnancy. So I’ve got my classes a few times a week and Nate has his golf on the weekends. It’s good for us to be able to go do our own things that we enjoy. I feel like it’s important to make that time to maintain our identities outside of mom, dad, wife, husband.
On most days I need 2 or 3 cups of coffee to function. Our house is never clean by my standards. The laundry is never caught up. We’ve eaten a lot of take out and ignored important things to take naps or a hot bath or simply to just sit on the couch. I don’t even feel bad about it anymore. Until I do and I clean like a mad woman. Haha.
We are still dealing with Landon’s health issues and I will give an update on that soon. But overall he is doing/feeling well. To be perfectly candid, I am dealing with anxiety and have had a few panic attacks in situations where I’ve felt out of control of who is touching him. I used to joke when I was pregnant about how I wouldn’t be the overprotective mom who constantly freaks out about germs and people holding him. But then he almost died of a rare disease and we were told to be a little more careful than normal. It’s a difficult situation. I am having to learn to be assertive and tell people that they have to wash their hands or just plain ‘no’ to the little ones who want to hold him and I hate it. We will have to be hermits during the holidays due to flu season and I’m already dreading that. I’m hoping that we get some nice fall weather soon so that we can do some out door things with him before the cold hits. As of right now, Summer temps are still in full effect and it is brutal to do anything outside for very long.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
I’ve been totally slacking on my pregnancy updates. I was 26 weeks on 2/18 and I am now 27 weeks and 2 days! On Monday I had my one hour glucose screening and I got a call the next day to let me know that I passed with flying colors – Hooray! I’m measuring right as I should be and plugging right along. I can’t believe I’m about to be in my third trimester! Daily life is definitely starting to become more challenging. Bending over, putting on socks, climbing the stairs – it all wears me out! I’ve been feeling a lot more tired and achy all over. My back hurts 24/7 and sleep is challenging to say the least. My motivation has felt really off this past week due to feeling tired and cranky overall. I have accepted the fact that I will be uncomfortable from now until the end of May. That isn’t too far off – I got this! ;]
I’ve resorted to using a rolling laptop bag for work. Carrying my giant laptop to and from work everyday through a huge parking lot and up and down a flight of stairs was getting to be too much. So now I’m the pregnant nerd who looks like she’s going to the airport everyday! I’ve also stopped taking my fitness classes at this time. I’ve replaced them with prenatal yoga at home in the mornings before work and so far I’m really enjoying that. I really need to be doing that twice a day though. It feels really odd to go from being extremely active down to almost nothing. That’s not what I had in mind at all. The snow and ice has made it impossible for me to get outside and walk which is frustrating since that is what I really need to be doing at this point. I’m hoping and praying we will get some Springtime weather here soon!
Baby Boy is moving tons lately and I love it. His movements are definitely getting stronger every day and it is so much fun to feel and see!
I’ve made the decision to do the natural childbirth thing. Never in all of my life did I think I would go that route but after doing a lot of research and thinking about what I feel is best for baby and I, that is definitely what I want. I’m well aware that ‘birth plans’ are just that – plans. And sometimes our plans do not work out in reality! But it will not be for lack of being prepared. I’m so thankful to be able to attend natural child birth classes and to have midwives that fully support me!
How Far Along Are You: 27 weeks and 2 days.
How Big Is The Baby?: My app says he is around 2.5lbs!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 20 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Yep, yep – all the maternity clothes!
Stretch Marks: Still no sign of them yet. Still lathering on the Save My Skin body oil and Body Silk lotion!
Sleep: I am not sleeping well at all. I had to start sleeping with a pillow between my knees this week. Up until now I’ve only had one under my back. There is truly no comfortable position to sleep in at this point.
Best Moment This Week: Passing that glucose test! I was super nervous about it. And my Mom got to be at the appointment with me. =) Another best: finding out there is a spot for Nate and I in the Natural Childbirth class I was on a waitlist for!
Movement: Lots and lots! I’ve just started to experience some rib pain on the right side. I think he’s wedging himself up into my ribs now!
Food Cravings: Strawberry nutrigrain bars and green smoothies. I’ve been drinking at least two green smoothies a day made with spinach, frozen fruit, and either orange juice or almond milk. Addicted!
Food Aversions: None. Give me all of the food.
Labor Signs: Nothing!
Belly Button In or Out: Sort of flat, sort of poking out a little. Nate and I have a bet going on as to whether or not my pregnancy barbell is going to actually work in my piercing. He thinks I’m going to have to take it out eventually. Nooo.
What I Miss: Sleep. Feeling comfortable.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Spring weather. Baby showers! Getting the nursery decorated!