Monthly Archives: May 2012

Memorial Day

Just a few words to offer since I had a nice post planned but was out of power for a day and a half thanks to Tropical Storm Beryl! It was a quiet, gloomy/rainy day this year–much different from the usual BBQ, boating and flags in the sunshine that I normally associate with the holiday.

I particularly like holidays like Memorial Day since we all agree. It’s not like several of our religious or local holidays that occasionally divide people. Honoring men and women who have literally died protecting people they don’t know or agree with for a greater freedom and responsibility is amazing.

I do hope that wherever you were, you had a sunnier day and were able to enjoy it with friends or family! I’ve been trying to post once a week in line with my new birthday goal for better blog/life balance (as an experiment). BUT, I have to share my trip to the Big Easy with you…so I’ll see you later this week with all those pictures! 🙂


Pregnancy update: 4 Months

Since I finally feel good enough to actually sit down and write, I thought I’d catch back up on some good blogging opportunities! 🙂 A few things to catch you up on, like a construction project and a trip to the Big Easy.

But first, I thought I’d share some more personal news I’ve been keeping to myself (and Jeremy and my Mom) since I first announced our family expansion project.

16 weeks: I don’t look quite so pregnant when I stand up straight, but Jeremy caught me goofing off and I kinda love it.

Right now:

  • Foods–I pretty much drink nothing but water, and lots of it. Occasionally, when I can’t take it anymore, I’ll have a small glass of milk or a huge glass of cranberry juice with breakfast. I’m LOVING cranberry cocktail juice. I also love apples, rice (but especially Jasmine or Basmati with just a little butter and salt-mmmm), toast and cheese sticks. Even though the nausea’s gone, I’m still a pretty picky eater thanks to the baby rules and my acid reflux.
  • Body–After a long time of nothing, then a short time of is-this-baby-growing or just-me-eating-like-it, I’m finally actually showing. I fact, everything on my torso has grown but otherwise, no changes to report.
  • Sleep–I’m sleeping better lately. Not near as much tossing and turning as the past month. I can’t roll on my stomach though or it’s uncomfortable and I still get up in the middle of the night thanks to all the water I’m drinking.
  • Work–Has been 50 times more stressful than usual and I find myself with slightly less patience and stamina than I’m used to. But otherwise, I still have a great department team and enjoy going and building relationships. Last week it was with media, which was a fun change of pace since normally my work focuses on employees and Brand.
  • Other people–From the people who know I’m expecting, I get asked frequently now if I know “what I’m having” (in my head I scoff and say, yes, a baby!) but I actually tell them I will in a few weeks. Most people are very excited and it’s still fun to tell people who don’t know.

What I learned over the past trimester:

  • Calming down–I was soooo excited in the beginning. And before I knew it I was as far as planning the first day of school! I had to quit. I’m trying to live more in the moment and accept whatever that moment brings. Especially when it’s not what I was planning but what needs to happen. Even at work, I would get so personally invested in topics. Now I try to be more reserved and only react to those things that impact me directly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t… 😉 
  • Reality check–I always loved keeping up with pregnant friends and bloggers. The adorable belly pictures, the showers, nursery decorations, the birth announcements! I totally forgot there’s so many emotions and so much work to do before any of the fun stuff and there will be plenty later, too. Planning a nursery is so fun! However, cleaning, organizing, sorting the guest room and actually planning/researching safety ratings etc. to put your nursery together is not nearly as much fun as Pinterest browsing.

Things I’m glad are over:

  • Nausea–Enough said.
  • Worry–That risky window of time where people tell you everything can go wrong, especially since it had been so easy so far, was nervewracking.
  • Ambiguity–I had taken the tests and had the doctor confirm but didn’t feel like anything was different for the first 10 weeks. Then even after I felt different (aka worse), others had no idea and I felt like it was so early that it didn’t count.
  • Patheticness–Generally and overall I was totally worthless most evenings. I’d ask Jeremy to hand me my water glass because if I had to move even an inch, it wasn’t worth it. Terrible! 

What I’m looking forward to in this second trimester:

  • Finding out the sex
  • Planning the nursery
  • Great hair and skin
  • Picking names
  • Showing even more
  • Celebrating with friends and family

So, what’s going on with you? Anybody know a good alkaline food menu or Jacksonville prenatal yoga class? Have a great week!

The last year of my 20s

Yesterday, I celebrated my 29th birthday!

I took the day off from work, which is always a nice way to celebrate. 🙂

I started the day with my second monthly OB appointment where we listen to make sure baby‘s still there and any questions are answered (they wanted to know about any indigestion, I wanted to know if I could spray tan, lol).

I also visited my Mima, took calls from family, Skyped with my Mom, and laid out on my new deck for a beautiful and uninterrupted 25 minutes!

I ended the day with a surprise manicure and pedicure as a gift from Jeremy and a lovely dinner out with friends at Seasons 52 (one of my favorite restaurants)!

My caramelized scallops, asparagus and pearl pasta salad (under 475 calories and soooo delicious).

It’s also time to calculate how well I did on the 28 goals I set on my birthday last year: . See the results on my Goals page.

And make a few more for this year. Here they are, my 29 goals, in no particular order:

  1. Find more blog/life balance
  2. Focus on ways to decrease stress
  3. Carry and deliver a healthy baby
  4. Throw a gender reveal party
  5. Maintain fitness (not weight) focus
  6. Finish dining room projects
  7. Visit two places I’ve never been
  8. Organize photo albums
  9. Scan all photos for safety
  10. Buy a fire/water-proof safe for things like mortgage documents
  11. Take a cooking class
  12. Make peace with what you can’t control
  13. Keep active relationships
  14. Save $2,000 through couponing
  15. Go dancing
  16. Keep paper clutter to a minimum
  17. Buy a simple video camera
  18. Watch my brother graduate from college
  19. Navigate baby shopping without losing my mind
  20. Bake cinnamon rolls from scratch
  21. Help plan a family vacation for next year
  22. Help plan a 30th birthday girls’ getaway for next year
  23. See The Avengers
  24. Finish reading The Hunger Games series
  25. Hang photos in our home
  26. Work on backyard landscaping
  27. Grow Brussels sprouts
  28. Complete a pregnancy photo project
  29. Survive Dec. 21, 2012 😉

So, there you have it. Some are deep, some are superficial, some are fun and some are left over from last year. Haha, okay, and the last one is a cheat.

Have a great week–my Mom would tell you to make it a good one! Feel free to make that a goal…or share another one you have.