16 Weeks and Big News!

Ya’ll this pregnancy is going by in lightining speed and it’s kinda freaking me out. For one, the soon to be nursery is still our spare bedroom and two, Diapers is still in the crib-converted toddler bed. And not that I mind this in the least, but you know, we kinda need the crib.

In other news my weight is up to my starting weight so my doctor is thrilled about that. So technically I haven’t gained any but ya’ll I worked hard to get those 3 pounds back, I’ll take it for now.

What else, what else? Oh I’m still running and still feeling really good when I do which I’m extremely grateful for. Overall I can’t complain because this pregnancy has been a breeze (knock on wood).

Now onto my announcement!! Since I had preterm labor with Diapers, my doctor is monitoring me very closely which entails more ultrasounds than usual. I’ll spare you the details on this, but this means we get to see this baby a lot! And I’m not complaining!

So at 15 weeks 5 days, we saw our little peanut and found out the gender of this baby! I feel like I’m in this exclusive club where I get a sneak peak into a secret, and ya’ll it’s awesome! Having a gender really makes this baby seem more like a little person and takes away some of the surreal – if this makes sense.

So without further ado…


Drum roll please….



We are beyond excited to be welcoming another boy into our family and giving Diapers a brother! Diapers seems very excited and randomly talks about his “baby brother”. We couldn’t be more thrilled!



What are your plans for today?

Any good stories about brothers?



1/18 – 1/24 Weekly Menu

Now that the holidays are over and I’m into my second trimester, I’m getting back into my weekly menu planning.

I really like having dinners all planned out and having leftovers for lunch through out the week.

Here’s our menu:

Monday: Taco Salads

Tuesday: Sloppy Joes with broccoli and a side salad

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken Stir Fry

Friday: Salmon and salad

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with sweet potato fries



What’s on your menu for this week?




I Have Some News…

So I know I’ve been posting infrequently and after my half-marathon in November I haven’t talked much about running, and I’ve fallen off the bandwagon of posting working-mom topics. And none of this is intentional I promise.

So why have I been some what MIA?

Because as of today I am just a little over 14 weeks pregnant with Baby #2!

So needless to say blogging in general has taken a back burner and I do hope and plan to get on here more. It’s just really hard to blog about life without talking about the big elephant.

So needless to say this explains my lack of posting, the change of plans for my November half marathon which I ran 5 weeks pregnant, and my general boringness around here.

Since I know you are all dying to know some details here are a few:

Due date: Mid July

Symptoms: With this pregnancy I have felt a burst of energy rather than debilitating exhaustion like I did with Diapers. I’m still running, still staying active, and feel well after 8 hours of sleep. I once again had no morning sickness and for the most part only feel like my patience is thin on occasion. And I’m gassy.

Cravings: give me all the salty and savory foods please! Sweet things taste so sickingly sweet to me right now. For example, a Nutri-Grain bar is off the charts sweet to me. Biggest cravings have been salads, sushi (nothing raw of course), and fresh fruit and veggies. I also ate a lot of eggs and potatos the first few weeks. At 12 weeks coffee tasted fantastic again! Yay! Also I’m missing wine and beer and alcohol this time around. With Diapers I was indifferent.

Exercise: I’m still running and actually had a fantastic 6 mile run a few nights ago. Typically I run 2-4 miles 2-3 times per week and I’m also doing a 30 day yoga boot camp.

Boy or Girl: I don’t know yet but if I based it off of my pregnancy with Diapers I’d say another boy.

Weight Gain: Currently I’m only up 1 pound. And my doctor isn’t happy about it. I dropped 3 pounds between my first and second appointments so my doctor has me supplementing with Boost drinks and other high calorie foods/snacks. I don’t feel ravenous so it’s hard to eat and when I want an apple, I just want an apple. So I’m trying. I know the weight will come.

Maternity Clothes: Not yet. I’m not even showing at this point so I will dust those off in a few more weeks.

Diapers: Diapers is doing well although I don’t think he gets it yet. I can’t pick him up because he’s over 30lbs and I tell him I have a baby in belly and he corrects me saying I don’t have a baby in my belly, I have coffee in my belly. He knows me so well! I know when I start showing and we start prepping the nursery and shopping it will start to be more real for him.

High Risk Update: since Diapers arrived at 33 weeks and 5 days due to spontaneous preterm labor, I am high risk this time around. I have a lot of thoughts on this, a lot of feelings and maybe through the course of this pregnancy I’ll get some of them down on here and out of my head, but in a nutshell I will have frequent ultrasounds and lots of appointments.

Work: work is going well and since I am a Chemist by training and experience, although my role is now an office job, my work still takes me into the lab and our manufacturing plants. Because of some of the chemicals we work with, I do have some limitations of what I can do. However, my time is probably 10% in the lab so I don’t need many accommodations. I am still traveling (traveled at 5.5 weeks so far), but I do know this will turn into teleconferences and other means to communicate when me and/or my doctor are no longer comfortable with it.

Thats about all I have for now but I’m open to answering any questions you have or details you want to know!

Moms to more than one kiddo- how was the transition from 1 kiddo to 2? What was vital to you those first few weeks with your newborn while having an older child?




That One Time I Did Yoga and Happy New Year!

I started a 30 day yoga boot camp yesterday thanks to Becky over at Ok, So Here’s The Plan. She’s been following Adriene on YouTube for a bit now and always has such great things to say about her videos. So when she mentioned the boot camp I jumped on the lets-commit-to-something-starting-January-1st bandwagon. And ya’ll Adriene eased us into a wonderful 30 minute yoga routine and I am sore. I hate to admit it but I guess it just proves how yoga can actually be a good work out.

I’ve always wanted to get into a good routine with yoga but all the classes I have taken 1) are too fast since I don’t know all the poses 2) are intimidating because I can’t to all the poses correctly yet and 3) instructors I have been to don’t offer alternatives or modifications to poses so I have always approached yoga as an all or nothing – you do the pose correctly or no benefit. Well the great thing about Adriene is that she is all about going through your checklist – whatever that means to you and moving during and through poses. So Downward Dog hurts your tight hammies? No problem, slowly move into it and be present. And Adriene guides you through this wonderfully. All in all, I can’t say enough good things about her style and her videos. Check it out!


Also, Happy New Year! Maybe I should have started with this but nonetheless I hope you celebrated well, had a great 2015 and an even better 2016.