Monday, July 21, 2014

Second Trimester Recap:

My 2nd trimester was wayyyy better than the 1st. I have definitely regained some energy and the morning sickness is gone (#thanksbetojesus). These past 3 months have been the most exciting because we were able to learn the baby's gender (BOY!) and I started feeling movement! I just cannot wait for it to be October so we can snuggle with this little peanut!
Written at 26 Weeks:
When did you find out the sex? 
At 20 weeks I had my anatomy ultrasound and they were able to tell us we were having a boy! We are thrilled! We both originally thought it was a boy, but then around 15 weeks I wavered and started leaning more towards a girl. MFB was right in sticking to his guns!
Have you felt any movement? 
Yes! At around 15-16 weeks I had a few moments where it felt as if a goldfish was wiggling around in my belly for 1-2 seconds and then it would stop. Then there was a 2 week period in between where I felt nada (and of course worried my head off, but everything was fine!). At 18 weeks I was lying in bed one night when all of the sudden it felt like popcorn popping in my stomach for about 4-5 seconds! That was truly an exciting moment because it was the first time the baby really made his presence known! By 23 weeks I started experiencing movement more regularly. We were able to feel/see the movements from the outside by about 25 weeks. 
Has your belly popped?  
Oh, yes! I noticed a big change between 13-15 weeks. It was good timing because I had planned not to tell work until I was 14 weeks and by the time I did my office manager said people had already started asking her if I was expecting! I would say I was "fully" showing by 18 weeks.
At my cousin's wedding when I was 19 weeks!
What symptoms do you have now? 
I have a WAY earlier bedtime than usual. I used to stay up until around 11pm, but now I am always in bed by 9-9:30. If I do a lot of walking or activities during the day, I tend to need a nap or at least a rest on the couch for a period of time before feeling up for going out again. My commute to work is about an hour long drive, so I also tend to be very sleepy right when I get home from work.
Are you going on a babymoon? 
We secretly already did! We went to Cabo when I was just 8 weeks and it was so relaxing. I've also traveled to Texas on business, Palm Beach twice (for Easter and MDW), upstate NY for a wedding, Rhode Island for a girls weekend with MFK, Boston to visit MFB's fam, Long Island, and I have a trip to New Hampshire coming up in August for a wedding. We are definitely getting in a lot of travel before the wee one arrives!
In Palm Beach for MDW when I was 18 weeks!
Worst moment? Knock on wood, I haven't had one! The baby is big enough now that my at-home doppler works, so it has been so reassuring to be able to listen to the heartbeat whenever I please.  
Best moment? Finding out that we were having a boy! MFB came with me to the appointment and it was way longer than I had anticipated. They take measurements and photographs of every body part (which was absolutely amazing to see) and after about 40 minutes of that, they finally showed us the "gender shot" lol. We even got to see the little guy in 3D yawning and moving his arms and legs!
What are you most excited for in the third trimester? Setting up the nursery and finally getting to meet mini MFB!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weekend Recap: ALT's Bachelorette Bash!

This past weekend was my friend's bachelorette vacay and it was amazing!!! We stayed at the Jedediah Hawkins Inn in Jamesport, NY and I already can't wait to go back with MFB. 
The rooms were beautiful (I stayed in The Sage room) - amazing bath products and the most comfortable beds. The food was delicious - 3 course breakfast menu was included in our stay. And the location was perfect - very quick drive to the Jamesport Town Beach and close to shops, restaurants and wineries.
 I immediately fell in love with this town and have already started obsessively researching real estate in the area!!! Here are the spots we checked out: 

1. Love Lane Kitchen - We stopped here before we took a sail around Shelter Island and everyone loved what they ordered. I highly recommend the chicken salad sandwich! 
 2. Jedediah Hawkins Inn Restaurant - Perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner!
 3. Sparkling Point - Beautiful spot for sparkling wine tasting!
4. Station - Absolutely delicious food. Perfect for a romantic dinner or girls night out. There is in an indoor/outdoor bar and fire pit to sip cocktails at as well. I highly recommend the pork milanesa!
5. Noah's -  Great spot for lunch in between shopping or walking around Greenport. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Friday!!!

Click here and scroll to watch the video of the cutest little boy (son of Love Taza) attempting to clean up all of the cereal he spilled - toooooooo cute!!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pregnancy Must-Haves:

I am now 25 weeks pregnant and I'm feeling pretty good! However, sleeping/driving/sitting for long periods of time is starting to take its toll. I think I'm going to have to cave and buy one of those pregnancy pillows. I was REALLY trying to make do without because they are so big, but I'm thinking it is time! Here are some items that I can't live without these days: 
1. Earth Mama Angel Natural Stretch Oil - I've been rubbing this baby on my belly twice a day and so far, no stretch marks! I'm shocked because I'm prone to getting them (I got tons during my growth spurt in 7th grade when I was super skinny, so it is definitely genetic!). We shall see if this magic serum keeps up the good work for the next couple of months! 
2. Kiehls Lotion with Aloe Vera & Oatmeal in Lavender - This lotion has been a life saver when I'm super achy at the end of the day. Before I get in bed I take a nice hot shower and put this on after I dry off. It is so calming and smells sooooooo good!
3. Marigot Robe and PJs - the perfect things to snuggle up in after giving yourself a nice lavender lotion treatment!
Lorient Block Print Robe Lurin Long Pajama Set

4. J. McLaughlin Catalina Cloth Dresses - this fabric is perfect for being pregnant in the summer. It is so light weight and the fact that they are stretchy means I'll even be able to wear them sans baby bump! 
5. One a Day Women's Prenatal - I had heard tons of women complain about how sick their prenatal vitamins made them feel and this terrified me as I have weak stomach to begin with, but these haven't made me nauseous one bit!
6. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair - My skin has been a bit finicky throughout the pregnancy, but this serum works wonders overnight.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reviews: AlMar, Dumbo

Dumbo is such a cute area of Brooklyn. We spent Sunday morning walking around and checking out some of the shops. We stumbled upon Jane's Carousel (so cute!) and took in the amazing view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. We hit AlMar for brunch and I already can't wait to go back. MFB enjoyed the Egg in a Cloud and I got the Breakfast Sandwich. We were both members of the clean plate club! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Weekend Recap: July 4th

Hope everyone had a great long weekend! MFB and I had some friends visiting from Ohio, so on Friday we hit the 911 Museum with them and then stayed in Westchester for the night. On Saturday we hit the pool, moved out some extra furniture and belongings in preparation for organizing the nursery, and went to the belated 4th of July celebration at the NYAC! On Sunday we did some exploring around Dumbo in Brooklyn and then capped off the weekend with a BBQ on our roof!