Week 38!

Here I sit, waiting for the rest of my fam to wake up. I have been up since about 4:10 due to excitement of the most perfect weather and first day of fall. If you don’t know, I LOVE fall (just like any other human…I just love it a little more).

I have been fighting a cold since last Saturday and finally feel like 80 % today so I went to the gym and did a nice and slow workout. Then I treated myself with a decaf mocha from Caribou because why not! It’s been a blast of a day already.

Here we are people…week 38. I technically have a week and 3 days til I’m due but my gut tells me I’m gonna be in labor this time next week so I’m going with one tiny week left of this pregnancy. You know what? I don’t mind being pregnant. The only thing that annoys me is how many people stare at my belly….like yahhhh I know it’s got a large bump growing on it. Thanks.

First, lets do a recap of our last baby shower last weekend. My sister and mom hosted at my parents house and when I arrived the house was decorated so cutely (is that even a word). All the blue decorations with those cute southwest arrows…my sister even made a selfie wall. How clever.

There was a taco bar and margaritas (I had a virgin one…yum!) and cornbread shaped like cactus. My mom made the most fantastic cupcakes.

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We played 3 games:

  1. The baby sock matching game-match as many baby socks as you can in a minute.
  2. Baby word scramble…abby=baby
  3. Baby song game…guess the title and artist of the song with the word “baby.” Think Mariah Carey-Always Be My Baby

It was a blast of an afternoon and I am so thankful for all the friends and family that have helped Sam and I prepare for the little guy.

So this week has been V low key. I got a cold Saturday and haven’t been able to breathe right since…also like so much snot in my nose/throat. I have been snoring like a cow according to Sam so I haven’t been sleeping that great. But that’s OK, I really don’t like sleeping all that much…JK!

This week I’ve had a bit more of an appetite which makes me so happy. I made homemade chicken soup on Monday (I stayed home from work to rest) and have been eating that all week. The best. I’ve also been craving salad with Catalina dressing, pizza, hamburgers (again!), lasagna, mac n cheese, and cottage cheese. LOL. My goal for today is to make Grandpa Marion’s chili and maybe some cornbread, an apple crisp, and tuna salad.

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This is what I look like as of 5:30 AM today 🙂

I still weigh 153ish and my body still feels pretty good. I’m trying to remain calm and just let things happen and not stress out…because stress makes everything worse. This baby will come when he is ready!

At my Dr. Appt yesterday they said my cervix (sorry if you’re a man reading this) is about 50% thin, I am about 1/2 a cm dialated, and the doc touched the baby’s head!!!!! I thought that was so crazy and cool I told her that…I mean c’mon! There’s a HUMAN IN MY BODY. I still don’t understand how that’s possible.

As for workouts this week…I think I did 4? I did get at least 10k steps every day and we did a lovely 6 mile hike on Sunday. I’d rather be spending my time in nature or snuggling my dog and Sam right now.

Today I am getting a massage thanks to my lovely friends and cannot freaking wait. Hopefully I don’t get so relaxed that the baby just slips out…that’d be shocking hehe. The rest of the day I hope to finish cleaning (yeah, I bought Mrs Myers pumpkin cleaning spray and want to spray every surface of my house with it), cooking, and chilling in the nursery…NESTING. Except I don’t live in a nest.

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Sam told me he wants to sleep in the teepee

My dad and I are going to the Apple Orchard tomorrow and I CAN’T wait!!!! They have the best apple donuts and I’m for sure going to eat 2.

Okay, that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have one more update for you before BABY comes! If not, thanks for following these last 9 months with me. It’s been a blast and I’m thankful for you all!

XO

-Hales

 

Week 37

Officially 2 little weeks and 4 short days until this baby’s due date. I am getting so so excited and trying to remain calm/not stressed. This weekend I have my final baby shower and cannot wait. It’s also hotter/humid-er than hell right now and my feet have finally started to swell. Swell.

I just had my Dr. Appointment and they said the baby’s heart beat is at 130 and perfecto. They also said he’s probs around 6 pounds…a good size. Nothing got shoved in my bumhole this time so that was cool. Bumhole or rectum or anus? I’m not sure what you call it and Sam won’t tell me because he says I should know.

My belly feels bigger this week and I seem to be slowing down a bit. I’ve also felt some contractions (I think??) which is cray cray. Everything gets realllll tight but it doesn’t hurt yet. I weighed 154 this week and just want to snuggle Ruth, arrange the baby room, and carpet clean.

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There’s a human in there!

Now, lets take a brief moment to talk about last weekends diaper shower. Sam’s school held a gathering for us at a local restaurant and it was fantastic. There was good food, lots of chatting, and SO MANY DIAPERS. I was shocked. The baby’s closet is literally overflowing with diapers and wipes and I could cry thinking about it. People are too kind and we are so grateful for so many wonderful people.

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Dipey Dipey wipey wipey

Now, this week I’ve been having some weird dreams. I dreamt that I was walking Ruthie by this big lake and we came to a cliff and the lake was full of golden retrievers. All of a sudden Ruthie got loose and took off and I thought she drowned in the lake. She ended up turning up a week later from the woods and I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve also only wanted to snuggle Ruthie lately and pet her. Odd? IDK.

I also had a vision after a midnight pee run that I would start to write a book on my maternity leave…perhaps.

Cravings have kind of been back this week. Salads, cottage cheese, malts, and donuts. OH AND PIZZA. All I want right now is pizza. I just got a margarita pizza from Punch with a Greco Salad. I ate half of it and am trying to pace myself. I’m guessing that pizza will be gone before I go to bed tonight…just saying. Sam’s out of town this week so he can’t judge me.

My morning appetite is still absent so I’ve been trying to have an apple and string cheese at least to get something in my belly. I love cheese. I also had donuts twice this week…sue me.

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Added some fruit for good measure

Sam said I was starting to get feisty this week and hissed at me like a cat…all because I didn’t want to move over when he came to join me on the front step. Sounds like his problem 🙂

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the fun things I found at the Munchkin Market last Friday. I was shocked at how not busy it was when I arrived. I took my time and found some really great things. In total I spent $29 and got a snowsuit (that I saw on Poshmark for $50), a MN wild sleeper, a onesie, a cute little pant/sweatshirt set, and some blocks/cars. Sam and I washed everything and are ready to go.

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The baby snowsuit

Lets see, what else has been happening this week…I know what hasn’t…workouts at the gym LOL. I did one on Tuesday and was so over it. I did a 20 min run Wednesday morning and was also over that. So the rest of the week I’ve been taking it easy and did a couple at home workouts. I might hit the gym tomorrow and try something but I might also not. I’ve really loved walking the dog in the morning before work and she’s finally getting used to walking in the dark. It’s our special time together.

That’s about all that’s happened this week. I’m hoping to make some soups and stuff that we can keep in the freezer so when this little guy arrives we won’t have to worry about cooking. Now I’m off to clean the basement carpet because it’s NASTY.

Catch ya later!

-Hales

 

The 36th Week

Hello!

I just had my 36 week Dr. Appointment and it went well…except for the part where I got tested for some bacteria thing and they shoved a stick in my bumhole. Yeah. I wouldn’t recommend that.

The baby is measuring the right size, heart beat is good, and things seem to be right on track. I weighed in around 153 which means I’ve gained about 23 pounds in the past 9 months. I’m 100% OK with that. After today I have Dr. Appointments every Friday until the due date so can’t wait to see what happens next week.

Now, lets back up to last weekend real fast. Sam and I went to the MN State Fair with his fam and it was a blast! It didn’t even feel that crowded to me. And I survived 5 whole hours there without having a breakdown. So cool.

I drank many waters, got the best chocolate malt from the dairy barn, ate some french fries, walleye fingers, fried pickles, and had a bite of Sam’s pronto pup. All the things were extraordinary. Other things we saw at the fair…goats, cows, and people dodging horse shit. Can’t wait for next year.

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Dairy Queen 

Alright, now back to this week. Things still seem pretty good as far as my feelings go. I haven’t had any crazy dreams, I haven’t spazzed at Sam once, I’m still pooping, no hems, and I can sleep through most of the night. Things that aren’t so great…this baby is pushing on my pelvis and it feels like it’s about to split in 2, my feet are getting a little swollen, and I have zero appetite in the morning (I asked the doc and she said that’s normal since my stomach is basically smooshed into my chest). I JUST want to be hungry!

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I’m carrying a puppy!

Cravings have been zero this week. Nothing really sounds good except maybe a donut? I can’t tell. Oh, and chocolate milk and root beer. Other than that…food is just meh.

I’m still managing to get a few good workouts in here and there although I’m thinking I’m going to be doing all at home workouts pretty soon because waking up at 4:30 am is really no fun anymore. I have been trying to take Ruthie for a walk before work now that I don’t start until 7:30 so that’s been a treat. I’ve also been doing a few treadmill “sprint” workouts and did a 2ish mile run on Tuesday. I don’t even care that I’m not running like I used to right now. There will be plenty of time to get back into it.

This week I had my second baby shower with my mom’s side of the family and it was an absolute blast. My mom and I drove over to my Grandma’s house on wednesday and met my 3 aunts for lunch. The food was delicious and I had a really tasty Root Beer. Then we headed back to Grandma’s house for the most delicious cheesecake from a European Bakery my Aunt Linda brought. SO good. There was a chocolate and a cherry and they were equally amazing.

After the cakes were eaten, we played some super fun games thanks to Aunt Polly. There was the frozen babies in ice cubes game and whoever’s melted first was supposed to shout “my water broke!” Grandma Lois won that one 🙂

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Baby Boy!

There was also the Nursery Rhyme game where you had to fill in the blank about nursery rhymes. I def need to brush up on my rhymes. We also played the candy bar game where you have to match the type of candy to the phrase….like Postpartum tummy=jelly belly. I loved this game because I love candy. The final game was pin the sperm on the egg (we’re all adults here, we can handle it). So creative, so fun.

After the games, it was time to head back home. Man, I have the greatest family and Baby wakey is so lucky.

This week I also got to have dinner with my 3 best gal pals and it was just the best. We met a place called The Sonder Shaker in Minneapolis and it was fantastic. The waitress gave some good recommendations and they even made a mock-garita. YUM. I sure miss margs.

All 4 of us split the deconstructed elotes and chips and guac and there was not a crumb left. Baby wakey gets hungry around 6 PM it seems. For the main course I went with the burger because it’s been a while and this burg did NOT disappoint. It had enough cheese, tasty pickles, and the best sweet potato fries. I’d eat that again.

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Burg and Fried

The gals gave me a prenatal massage giftcard (which was the most thoughtful gift ever!) and I cannot wait to use it next week. THANK YOU!!!

Now tonight, I am going to check out this thing called the Munchkin Market. It takes place at the fair grounds in Stillwater, MN and I hear it’s insane. If you’re a new or expecting mom you get in early on Friday so I’m really hoping to find some sweet stuff. Sam and I are also going to buy our travel system this weekend. I’ll update you on that next week.

For now, have a great Friday and PLZ DRINK SOME wine or a margarita for me.

XO

-Hales

WEEK 35

Goooooood Morning! I think I’ve been up on and off since like 1:30 am. Just couldn’t sleep ya know. Looks like today might be a good day for a little nap.

Another week of being preggo has come and gone and I’m still feeling pretty good…for the most part. I am starting to slow down a bit and feel more tired. My back has been real sore (I asked Sam for a massage but haven’t received that yet) and my pelvis feels like it’s splitting apart…maybe it is? I guess in 4ish weeks I’ll be pushing a tiny human through there so it’s probably getting ready for that. Fun!

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35 week bump

Last Saturday we attended our birthing class and it rocked. I seriously loved it and learned so much. Highly recommend a birthing class for any pregnant mom out there. I mean I feel like I knew a few things but I def didn’t know 1) you can go in the bathtub at the hospital while you’re waiting to push the baby out. 2) You can bring snacks! 3) I’m probably going to make some weird noises and that freaks me out but I’ll probably so in the moment I won’t care. 4) Sam might not make it through watching the actual birth (LOL he got so squeamish during the video clips of birth).

They also fed us Olive Garden which tasted amazing. Sam said we’ll probs only need to take that class once but I loved it so much I’d do it again.

Moving on. I think my belly has grown a lot more. My shirts are like belly shirts now but I don’t want to buy any more new clothes since I have 4 weeks to go. I did buy some postpartum leggings I’m very excited about….oh and some super cute postpartum undies that go all the way up to my belly button. Birth control? Probably.

This week I weighed in around 150. My appetite in the morning is literally gone except for chocolate milk and fruit. I’ve been having an apple and then eating a Clif bar around 11 and that’s all I can manage which sucks. However, my appetite seems to wake up around 2 pm and all I want is malts, brownies, cake, and pizza. COOOOOL.

My amazing mom came last weekend and brought her instant pot and made us some delicious Barbacoa shredded beef. It was better than Chipotle and I ate it every night for dinner. She also made this loaded mac n cheese with mushrooms and roasted red peppers. HOLY MOLY. Sam and I ate like royalty last week. Also, I need an instant pot. Now.

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Homemade Chipotle

This week I started getting ready to pack my hospital bag (just in case!) and ordered some fun things (thanks cousin Amber!) for after having baby boy. My cousin has been a gem and gave me a ton of good suggestions on things to have on hand like witch hazel pads, gripe water for baby gas, pee training pads for the bed (in case of leakage), epsom salts, and feminine wipes. Yay! I’m still unsure what outfits to pack for baby boy but I know they say to pack a newborn outfit and a 0-3 month outfit in case the kid is hugeeeeee.

As far as workouts go this week, I’m still trying to get to the gym a few times a week and do some at home workouts. I got in a 2 mile run and some interval running/walking on the tread at the gym. However, running right now makes me have to take the biggest poops and it gets real uncomfortable so I’m only doing a little bit.

I’ve been real into strict presses, lunges, and thrusters. A fun at home workout I came up with early this week looked something like this:

15 minute AMRAP

50 Backward stepping lunges

40 Bent Over Rows

30 Push Press

20 Single Leg Deadlifts (10 per leg)

*Finish with as many Strict Press as possible*

SO fun! I make sure to take plenty of breaks for water and don’t let my heart rate get highter than 130/140.

Really hoping these workouts help with the birthing process.

Lastly, I stopped at the farmers market Thursday and bought the most beautiful flowers. I used to hate flowers but now I love them. They make me so happy. I also got some fresh green beans since nothing in my garden is ready to harvest yet.

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Flower Power

Okay, that’s all for this week. Really excited for a nice long weekend. Sam and I have a lot of housework to do but we might toss that aside and hit up the MN State Fair. I need some mini donuts and cheese curds.

Have a safe and adventurous weekend!

XO

-Hales

 

 

 

Week 34

5 weeks 4 days til baby boy is due and we still can’t decide on a name. That’s OK though, we will figure it out after he’s pushed out and in our arms 🙂

The 34th week is coming to a close and I am still feeling pretty good. Sleeping isn’t that big of a problem (everything I’ve read says you won’t be able to sleep…LIES!), except for those damn calggf cramps! Ruthie has been just the biggest snuggle bug lately so I don’t even need blankets because she’s just a little heat box.

My belly seems to still be growing and I def can’t see my feet let alone clip my toenails or shave my legs. Sam won’t do it for me so I guess I’m going to have really long toenails and leg hairs…cute. My finger nails are like talons (thanks prenatal vitamins) so that’s pretty fun. I’m not sure how much I weigh because I don’t own a scale but I feel like it’s somewhere around 153.

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Big Green Bump

I really have not had any cravings. I actually haven’t been super hungry lately which is annoying. I guess salads and peaches sound good all the time and chocolate shakes. Okay, so maybe I do have some cravings still. Oh and ice cold water. Can’t get enough of that stuff.

As far as working out goes, it’s def getting harder. I’m getting out of breath faster and I feel like my energy is zapped right away. I made it to the gym 3 times this weeks and did an at home workout. I also did a 3 mile run but I’m over running right now so I think i’ll stick to walking. I can run in like 2 months so whatevs.

I did start a new jobbhhbgh Monday so I’ve been sleeping in til 4:45 or 5 instead of 4:15 and it’s kind of nice. Gives me time to walk the dog before catching the bus which is very relaxing in the early morning hours.

Now, last weekend I had my first family baby shower. It was so great. My aunts on my dad’s side hosted in Wisconsin and I had a blast. There were super fun games (baby bingo, the Price is Right, and Animal Gestational Cycle matching), great food complete with a lion veggie platter, and the most adorable MN Wild cake ever. It was a fantastic afternoon with family and I felt so special and loved 🙂

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Food!

Not much else is new with us. I think we might be nesting? At least I am. All I want to do is clean everything, cook some meals, and wash the baby clothes and blankets/organize. Yeah, that sounds like nesting. Oh, and get in some last month snuggles with Ruthie. She’s just a little angel.

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Baby girlllll

Today is going to be a busy day as we have our baby class! Yay, I’m so excited to learn some things and relieve some of the stress I’m currently feeling. I feel like I know nothing! So that should be fun/exciting.

Other than that, hoping to get some baby laundry detergent today, a rotisserie chicken, and an iced Americano and clean the shit out of the house.

Catch ya next week peeps!

XO

-Hales

Week 32/33

Well hello again. I’m having a serious Deja Vu because I’m currently sitting in the exact same spot as last night as I type this…except I feel as if it’s a lot warmer because I am sweating and I don’t remember sweating last night. #HERMONES

I realized I kind of skipped week 32 (nothing that exciting happened anyone except the trip to South Dakota) so I’m just going to leave it at that and say week 32 flew by.

Lets move on to the current week…week 33. Yeah, wow. My work threw me a baby shower/going away party today and it was lovely. There was an ice cream sundae bar complete with all the toppings and a delicious pickle pasta salad. My team even had some gifts for me to open and it was so sweet. It took everything not to cry. What a fun afternoon.

I had my 33 week Dr. appointment today (they are kind of fun because they always give little gifts at them) and I got to make sure everything with the little guy is going swell. Today I found out in 3.5 weeks he will be considered “full term” and safe to come out if he decides. I’m crossing my fingers he stays in there til his due date though. He’s wiggling non-stop and sometimes I can see little body parts moving around…FREAKY.

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People keep telling me it looks like there’s a basketball in my shirt…NO, it’s a human!

I weighed in at 150 pounds (yee haw) and the doc says everything is right on track. That’s great news! I also found out Sam and I can schedule a tour at the hospital to see what it’s like and see where I’ll be pushing out that lil babe. I love that idea and will probably be getting that set up very soon.

Cravings have again been on the salt train…french fries, pizza, chips….and ketchup. Sam and I made a lovely dinner of steak, potatoes, and veggies in foil packs on the grill Monday and I’ve been eating them every day since. The oddest craving I had was for a foil pack with scrambled egg and ketchup for breakfast…yeah I know it’s weird but it tasted like a little slice of heaven.

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Gimmie that breakfast bowl

I’ve also been craving fruit. Peaches, green apples, and raspberries. For some reason, strawberries do not sound good at all.

It’s been really effing hot here lately so workouts have been getting done in the early morning. I went for a run Tuesday morning before work and it felt pretty good. I think I went about 3 miles at a 10 minute pace then took a huge poo after. I almost had to pull over into the woods but held it for the last block. #pooprobs

I went to the gym 2 times so far this week and did 2 at home workouts. I loved loved loved this morning’s workout. It went something like this:

20 min AMRAP:

300 meter run

7 push ups

8 hang to overhead

9 air squats

Then I did 5×10 Incline Bench/chest flies. SO FUN. I’ve been getting in some nice easy walks with the dog too. I love walking. I mean running still seems alright so I’ll continue tossing that in a couple times a week but walking is really enjoyable.

I haven’t really had any crazy dreams lately either…except I do keep waking up in the middle of the night petting Sam’s arm. That’s a little weird.

Alright people, my brain is all over the place right now and I need to catch up on Bachelor in Paradise (feel free to judge me), so I’ll catch ya on the flip side (week 34)!

XO

-Hales

 

Week 31

HOLY MOLY. 8 weeks to go…this is INSANE. I feel like there is still so much to do to get ready for this little guy (maybe get some more diapers? LOL) but Sam and I are getting more and more excited each day.

I had my 31 week Dr. Appt Friday and everything seems great. She did tell me to find a Pediatrician which I hadn’t even thought about yet. So my task this week is to find a few nearby and do some research. I’m not super picky, I just want my baby to be in good hands. The baby’s heartbeat was solid (YAY!) and he’s been moving like a dancing machine. They did freak me out a little with all this pre-term labor talk, but I’m pretty sure I’ll know what it feels like when I start going into labor right?

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31 weeks of bumps

This week was pretty swell. I actually felt better than the previous week. I do feel like one day my appetite is very small and the next day I’m ravenous for any and everything. Cravings this week have ranged from melon and egg breakfast sandwiches to pizza to chocolate cake. YUM. I am trying to eat as healthfully (is that a word?) as possible but I did manage to fit in a Butterfinger Blizzard, slice of cheesecake, hamburger, and pizza with sauerkraut this week. All good things happen in moderation people!

As far a workouts go, they were actually pretty fun this week. I got in a couple nice runs  (getting harder as the days go by but hoping to run for a couple more weeks) and some good walks with lil Ruthie. I did 3 workouts at Anytime which involved some wall balls, swings, step-ups, rows, 400m runs, and a few other things to keep it interesting. The 4:30 am ladies refer to me as the “Anytime Fitness Baby” which gives me a good chuckle.

So this week, I had a mini breakdown to Sam (I’M SORRY!). I was stressing about all the things we still need to do such as paint the nursery, put up the wall decals, decorate, find daycare, wash the sheets, clean the bathroom, vacuum the house, blah, blah, blah. I made a list and sent it to him. He’s the best and did most of the house chores before I got home from work Thursday. Then he helped me put up the wall decals.

It was SO easy. Sometimes I just stress myself out when really, there’s nothing to be stressed out about. Back to the decals. You literally tape them on the wall, remove the backing, and rub them on with this little scrapey tool. I think Sam and I really bonded over this project 🙂

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Cacti wall

If you didn’t know, I have had an obsession with Bison and the southwest stuff since I was a wee one. I blame my parents for taking us to South Dakota every Labor Day and driving us past the roaming herds. So when we started thinking about baby rooms, I instantly knew it had to be bison/southwest theme (Sam wanted MN wild but I said no…sorry sir). It just so happens that right now everyone must be obsessed with this theme because there are bison and cacti in every store. Trendsetter. Anywho, my sister came this weekend to help me paint and decorate. My design sense sucksssssss so I am very grateful for some help as I wanted this room to be extra special.

Molly and I spent Friday night painting the wall behind the crib a nice dark green (my other options were turquoise, or a bright green which after looking at, were just too much. Plus I like dark colors). Saturday morning we did some touch-ups and called it a life on the painting. PS painting is fun too but beware, your hand might start cramping. Also, shout out to Pittsburgh Paint for going on so smooth and looking luxurious.

The rest of Saturday was spent shopping, getting decor, and organizing the room (yeah, I was exhausted by the evening). I really wanted one of those cube organizers from Target instead of a book shelf because I thought we could do more with it (like store books & toys…genius). At our first Target stop we found what we thought to be the perfect cube organizer when really it was basically made for ants. It was so tiny (made for holding shoes) so my sister returned it and got the one of my dreams.

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LOVE

I am so in love with this room. I hope baby boy likes it as much as his mom. All that’s needed now is a great bison photo for the wall and I think we’ll call it good. Perfect timing actually because my parents, sister and I are taking a trip to yes…South Dakota next week. I’ll be on  the lookout for all things bison.

Lastly, some cute pics of our dogs who behaved SO well this weekend.

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Sleepy Puppers

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Ted and Ruth…the Best of Friends

Have a splendid Sunday. Toodles!

-Hales

Week 23

23 down, 17 to go. YIPES! That’s not very many weeks. How fun! I have my 24 week check up Monday and am hoping to get Sam and I signed up for a couple baby classes in the next week. I’m really pumped (no pun intended) to take a breastfeeding class…Sam on the other hand…

The 23rd week brought a growing belly and even more protruding belly button. I can’t touch it, it freaks me out.

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Now we Bumpin!

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Outtie

I feel like I’ve been a little more tired lately so I’ve been sleeping in in the mornings and doing my workouts outside  after work since it’s been a gem of weather lately. I’ve now been going to Anytime like 3 days a week and doing at home workouts the other 2-3 days of the week. I still feel pretty good but take breaks when I get super tired and try not to let my heart rate get above 135. I’m loving the at home workouts though because I can take my weights and go out to the backyard and workout in the sunshine. Ruthie likes it too because she usually gets a PB treat to keep her occupied for the 13-15 minutes I can’t pay attention to her.

Runs have been nothing more than 3-4 miles. I have been running to the gym which is a nice 1.15 miles one way and a great way to warm up/cool down. My running pace now is about a 10 minute mile. Pre-pregnancy I was doing around 8:10 min miles so I am taking it much easier and it feels really nice. Ruth and I even went for a nice run this week….I probably enjoyed it more than she did.

I’ve also been taking Ruthie on lots of walks/hikes. There’s this great 6 mile loop at the State Park we try to do once a week. It tires her out for a couple days which is nice. She’s just so snuggly and adorable when she’s tired. Ruth and I also went for a fun walk with my gal pal Chels and her 11 month old son yesterday. It was Ruthie’s first time meeting an 11 month old baby and I think she did pretty darn good. It makes me feel better knowing she likes being around kids.

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Little Snuggle bug

Cravings this weeks have been kind of odd. I craved a tuna melt every day and finally had one last night. It probably was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I’m also craving Italian Dunkers (if you remember these from High School)/Punch Pizza, Rice Krispies with blueberries and sugar, tacos, and hamburgers. Cool. At least it’s a fun variety of things.

I did have a spectacular time meal prepping last weekend. My mom gets the most amazing cinnamon rolls from work (except not anymore cuz she is now a retired lady!!!!) and gave me half a case (whadup rolls). You just let them rise for like 2 hours then bake and frost them. They are seriously the best cinnamon rolls ever. Besides the ones from Sand Pedro Cafe in Hudson. But that’s besides the point. So I made the rolls and frosted them then ate almost all of them. I got a hungry baby inside my belly OK?

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Does eating rolls give you rolls?

I also had some fun picking fresh rhubarb from the plant in our backyard. I’ve never actually picked anything from my backyard and I felt so cool going out with a pail and getting about 2 cups of fresh rhubarb. I decided to try my hand at a rhubarb crisp but since I only had 2 cups, I added strawberries and apples. It was super simple to put together and really the only bad ingredients in the crisp were the butter and the sugar (but are they really that bad?). I also pretty much ate the entire crisp but again, whateves Bevs.

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Crispy Crisp

I asked Sam what I should make for breakfasts and he sent me a recipe for egg cups with a sweet potato crust. I was very shocked to see he sent me a recipe with sweet potato in it. I’ve also never made egg cups so I tried those out. They looked disgusting and some of the egg spilled into the empty muffin tin slots but they tasted like a dream. They had ham and pepper and eggs and cheese. I’d probably make these again and double the recipe since it only made 8 and I ate 2 at a time. Again, I ate all of these. I asked Sam why he didn’t have any and he goes…”I picked that recipe because I thought you would like it.”  Aww man, what a guy.

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Getting J(eggy) with it

Other than that, my life has been pretty much same ole same ole last week. I did finish another book which was exciting and I currently have another waiting for me at the local Library. PS have I ever told you how much I love the Library? It’s the most magical place. You can get any book, movie, magazine…it’s pretty neat.

Sam also planned our baby moon road trip but is keeping it a secret. I am so excited!

I’m probably going to go vacuum or do something productive now. Have a swell weekend!

XO

-Hales