Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 21

DAVE FELT THE BABY KICK!  We were laying in bed and I told him the baby was having a party and so he put his hand on my belly.  I said I wasn't sure if he would be able to feel anything yet, but who knows.  So he waited and waited... and the baby wouldn't move, like a watched pot won't boil.  And then finally the baby kicked and he felt it!  Such a cool moment :)

This week was very food focused.  I got it in my head that I wanted Thanksgiving dinner and I need to have it!  So I hit the store and made a lazy version with rotisserie chicken and ate it for lunch all week.

I went out for sushi to celebrate Leah's birthday and had some really awesome cooked rolls that almost made me forget that everyone else at the table was eating raw tuna.  I got a spicy shrimp roll, an eel avocado roll, and a roll with crab and octopus!  I don't think I had ever had octopus in a sushi roll and it was really good.

Then Friday we went out to the White Dog Cafe in Wayne to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary.  It's a farm to table restaurant with a seasonally changing menu that has been on my list to try for a while.  We started with happy hour at the bar and enjoyed some parmesan truffle fries and some really creamy mac & cheese.  Dave ordered a bottle of wine and next thing I know the bartender was pouring a glass for me.  I took a few sips and then Dave and I just traded glasses when he was done his.  I can honestly say wine is pretty take it or leave it for me.  I was way more upset about passing up the burrata cheese special everyone around us was enjoying.

For dinner Dave got a lamb bolognese dish and I went with the pork tenderloin and both were delicious.  We didn't save any room for dessert, but they brought us out a super cute dish with a scoop of ice cream.  It was a lovely dinner and a wonderful anniversary celebration.

Saturday we went out to Red Lobster for a belated Mother's Day celebration.  I felt slightly less bad binging on the cheddar biscuits since I'm pregnant lol.  And the Ultimate Feast was everything!

For dessert I made a super easy cheesecake topped with whipped cream, cherry pie filling, and chocolate chips and it came out great.

I guess I'm paying the price for all that eating because I am feeling pretty huge.  A friend from church made a comment that I'm going to be one of those women that doesn't even look pregnant from the back.  And I was like well all 20+ lbs seem to be hanging out up front lol.  My fingers are swollen and I think it's almost time to stop wearing my rings (before they get stuck and it's a crisis haha).  I was thinking I would just get a cheap band but then I found a deal I couldn't pass up.  I found this 1/4 carat diamond ring (retail value $135) for $31 and thought why the heck not?!  It's so different from my wedding rings, so it will be fun to have something different, and I can wear it on another finger when I'm not so swollen anymore.

Other than eating like a pig, I also did some nesting.  Dave finally got most of his stuff out of the nursery closet and I spent some time on my hands and knees scrubbing it out.  Then I stuck most of the baby stuff in the closet, so we could figure out the furniture layout and start moving things around.  I can't wait to get it all set up once we pick out a crib!

This week we also toured a couple of daycares and met a woman who does childcare out of her house.  We have 2 more tours scheduled for the next week, but I think we will be finished after that.  One of the daycares we went to already had no availability for January 2018, so I'm feeling pretty antsy about getting this settled sooner rather than later.  It's such a big decision.

We had another session of our birth class and I'm still really enjoying it.  My desire to have a natural birth has been fully confirmed and I'm even starting to really buy into the hypnosis.  I need to practice and listen to my tracks more, but I'm not super worried about it since we have so much time.  I'm also desperately trying to get Dave on board with hiring our instructor as our doula.  He thinks it's an unnecessary expense, but I think it will be a game changer.  He was also super against me birthing without an epidural at first and now he's fully on board, so we'll see.

Mommas out there, did you use a doula?  Tell me about your experience!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

My Pregnancy: Weeks 18, 19, & 20

Life has been busy and I seemed to fall behind, so I'm lumping some weeks together so I don't miss any!

Week 18:

We spent most of this week in Arizona (I owe you a blog post full of amazing pictures from our trip!) and my most notable pregnancy thing was being super itchy.  I think it was a special combo of stretching skin, healing poison ivy, super dry air, and crappy bar soap.  I was scratching my boobs and belly all week and Dave's cousin's wife kept giving me crap for it.  When we got home, my poison ivy scabs were mostly healed and I got pretty serious lathering up with lotion and I felt immediate relief.

What else?  My hunger was raging and I did not pass up a chance to eat second breakfast when Dave's family was offering.  I felt pretty good on all our hikes, but I could tell towards the end of our 4 mile hike that that was my limit.  I busted a move on the dance floor at the wedding just like normal and it felt great.  I was pretty disappointed when I realized I probably shouldn't go in the hot tub at our rental house, but I stuck my feet and calves in and that was pretty satisfying after a long hike.

Week 19:

I almost forgot to do pics this week, so these kind of suck. They happened at dusk right before week 19 ended.  Oh well.

We had our first Hypnobabies class on Monday.  It was class 2 out of 6, since we missed the first class while we were on our trip.  There are 3 other couples in our class.  We covered nutrition guidelines and an overview of the stages of birth.  Our instructor Keli shared a ton of birth stories and anecdotes with us and class involved a lot of discussion.  Towards the end of class we did some prenatal exercises and then we listened to Keli read a hypnosis script.  I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the rest of the course.

Baby has officially started to occupy my bladder space!  One day I was fine and the next day I suddenly felt like I had to pee all the time.  There's not much in there when I relieve myself, but it sure feels like it.  I can't imagine how bad this is going to get eventually!

I killed it at the gym this week.  Olympic lifting still feels great.  I hit a 115# squat clean, an 80# snatch complex, and some 125# back squats.

I finally felt the baby for the first time!  I was told that it would be super subtle, just a flutter, or even just feel like I had gas, so a few times in the past week or two I would feel something.  But then I'd wonder if it really was just my stomach rumbling and I was trying to convince myself otherwise.  So I just kept waiting to feel something definite.  But while I was driving my car on Tuesday morning, I felt something that was different than before.  It was definitely subtle but unlike anything I had felt.  And then I felt it a couple more times.  Hello baby :)  I can't wait till Dave can feel her!

Week 20:

We had our 20 week ultrasound and it was amazing!  Baby girl was 13 oz and measured perfectly on schedule.  The doctor said the word of the day was normal and that everything looked great.  The ultrasound technology is crazy.  We got to see all her external body parts clearly as well as views of her brain, spine, internal organs, arteries, and even the chambers of her heart.  It was SO cool.  And they surprised us mid ultrasound by turning on the 3D views.  I had no idea that was going to happen.  I generally think 3D ultrasound pictures are lightweight disturbing, but when it's your baby and you can see little lips and a tiny nose... well it's different.  It was such a cool experience and made it even more real.

This week also brought some unpleasant symptoms like some horribly aching feet.  I've been noticing my feet really hurt after being on them for extended periods of time and I typically wear really comfortable footwear so I think it's due to the pregnancy.  My feet don't look swollen yet, so I'm thinking this is going to get a lot worse.  I've also noticed my skin hasn't been great.  My face has been hit or miss, but I have a bunch of blemishes on my chest that are not cute.

Honestly wasn't sure I'd want to put these on the internet or not, but here we go!

It's pretty much a miracle that my boobs fit into a few of my old suits.  I don't think I'll be getting away with that after Memorial Day lol.

Mela is way cuter.  It was her first time at the beach and she loved it, even when she got wrecked by a wave and then rolled face first in the sand to try and dry herself off.

Everyone was texting me Happy Mother's Day and every time I was like who me?  Dave got me a Mother's Day card and wrote a poem in it from the baby.  It was adorable!  Can't believe I'm halfway through this pregnancy.  Time is flying!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 17

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for all the really nice sentiments regarding my last post!  I hesitated to write about the topic, because I didn't want it to sound like I'm fishing for compliments, but it's a definite factor in how I'm feeling right now and I always try to keep the blog honest.  I really appreciate everyone who reached out <3

Now let's check out the bump!

I feel like I "popped" this week and I finally made the leap to start dressing to show off the bump instead of just hiding it with big flowy shirts.  I wasn't fooling anybody haha!

In other news, we started talking about baby names.  I've been thinking about girl names for a while since I "have more pull" for our baby girl (since if we were having a boy we were locked in with David Richard #5, try again next time).  I want something unique.  I don't want 3 other people in her class having the same name.  If it's in the top 50 on Nameberry, it's gone. But at the same time I don't want anything too different, nothing my child has to spell or explain to every single teacher.  Been there done that, anybody who went to school with me knew my catch phrase spelled with a "w" pronounced like a "v".

I recently revealed my long list of names to Dave and at first... he was not impressed.  But he gave it a few days thought and I threw in a few more choices, so now we have a few names in the running.  We have decided to keep the name a secret until she is born.  I've heard a lot of feedback from friends who received rude comments when they told their name to people ahead of time, so they advised us to keep it to ourselves.  And I don't have many secrets to keep these days, so I think it will be fun!

I had somehow avoided buying anything brand new for baby girl, but I finally got sucked into a Carter's sale!  A friend posted it on FB and I was like, I really don't need to be shopping but I couldn't resist.  I got this set for $6.60, originally priced $22 (who pays that?) and I got it in the 12M size since I figure we'll probably have too much when she's born anyway.

I originally thought the shirt said "wild like Daddy" but it
actually says "wild about Daddy."  Cute but just not as good lol.

And in the process of commenting on said FB post, my good friend Heather's sister-in-law offered me a bunch of totes full of baby clothes all the way to 2T!  I also recently received 2 boxes of baby clothes from Shayna's sister.  And on top of that, a friend from college, that I haven't seen in over 10 years, reached out and sent me a nursing bra and some other odds and ends.  Other friends have cleaned out their basements and sent me home with some clutch items too, and Baby Midgley has already received tons of cute new clothes.  The generosity has been unreal!

Regarding the gym, I've officially dropped burpees and I'm doing squat thrusts instead to keep my belly off the ground.  I also think running and jumping may be done, it just feels uncomfortable in my uterus during and after.  My friend suggested a support belt, but I'm not sure if it will eliminate the issue or if I should just rein it in.  It's not like I'll be super upset about not running haha.  I also hit a bunch of golf balls on Sunday and now I'm super sore in my right hip flexor and abs!  I went in with really low expectations but I was actually crushing the ball.

And finally, POISON IVY SUCKS.  Aside from the fact that I avoided getting a ton of it on my face (thank the sweet Lord above), this is definitely the worst bout of poison ivy I've ever had.  I'm guessing it's because my immune system is busy doing other things, but it is horrible.  I am going crazy!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 16

Well I've officially made it... I weigh more than I've ever weighed in my entire life.  I've gained 15 lbs so far, so I feel like I'm probably on track for a 40-50 lbs weight gain.  Eeeeep.  My self confidence is definitely wavering a bit.  Sometimes I'm totally fine with my body, but then other times I'm staring at myself in the mirror thinking WTF is happening.  I know it's all for a reason (a really freakin' awesome reason!) and that it's only temporary, but it's still really hard to accept.  I tried on a few of my summer dresses that I thought would still work and most of them didn't.  The boob sections were too small, the dresses were too strappy for my new grandma bras, or they just weren't flattering.  It was slightly depressing.  I just felt so fat... but then other times I'm like look at this bump! and the changes are exciting.  I think when my bump is more prominent, I'll feel better.  In the meantime, maybe a little retail therapy in Target's maternity section will do the trick ;)

I kept saying I would get my diet under control when the second trimester started, but trying to come up with a meal plan and then actually cooking was not happening.  I just had absolutely no desire and even now, all of my favorite healthy meals sound completely gross.  But this week may be the turning point!  I made a simple meal plan that involved Dave doing most of the cooking on the grill and hit the grocery store.  I traded my typical breakfast of waffles for yogurt, I grabbed carrots and hummus for a snack at work, and I loaded up on fruit.  Cooked veggies are still kind of iffy, but I'm doing what I can.  I enjoyed my favorite salad (spring mix, goat cheese, strawberries, craisins, pistachios, and cucumbers with a blush wine vinaigrette) and I made a giant bowl of veggie packed pasta salad.  I'm still enjoying my desserts because pregnant!  But I'm definitely doing better than I was.

I also made this fruit pizza.  Let's just ignore the sugar cookie and cream cheese frosting and pretend it's healthy, ok?

I made it to the gym 3x this week, which may have been the first time since before the super bowl, so GO ME!  I think I might be done running.  I ran 100m 6 times on Friday during the WOD and by the end of the workout something just felt wrong.  I may give it one more chance, but if it doesn't feel right, even a little bit, that's it!

In front of everyone since I was only doing 100m (instead of 200).

I had my 16 week OB appointment, which was pretty uneventful.  I heard her heartbeat which was 146 and deemed great.  The doctor told me I should start feeling the baby move in the next few weeks, so I'm really looking forward to that!  I'm getting blood drawn today for what I believe is the final step in my genetic testing.  I didn't even realize this test was a thing, but they're sending me to a LapCorp for the msAFP test.  I'm not really sure if this is standard or part of some additional testing I'm getting because of my family history.  Either way, I'm going and then I'm grabbing Chipotle as my reward.

Non pregnancy related, I did a little gardening this weekend and wanted to share the before and afters.  A lot of the people in our neighborhood use landscapers or seem to always be outside doing yard work, so I felt like we needed to step up our curb appeal a little bit.  I want to plant a bunch of things here as the summer goes on and I think I'll probably add mulch once I'm finished putting everything in.  I really have zero experience gardening so I was sort of making it up as I went along, but I think the final result looks pretty good.

I paid the price though, because somehow I ended up with really bad poison ivy.  I thought it was just all over my forearms, but two days later it has finally fully developed and it's on my belly, a little on my legs, and a small patch on my nose.  Wonderful.  I remember there being some kind of vine that I pulled up, but I never even considered it could be poison ivy in the middle of this dirt pit. Ugh!  I might be making Dave do the rest of the planting here... I'll obviously be "too pregnant" aka I do not intend on getting poison ivy more than once this year/pregnancy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 15

15 weeks and I feel like I'm bumpin'!

I think in another month or so it will be something I cannot hide with a flowy shirt.

I officially bought new bras this week!  Huzzah!  It was honestly pretty depressing buying giant super full coverage bras, but my mom kept reminding me that this is just temporary.  It's nice to have some that actually fit now and I got them pretty cheap at Vanity Fair.

My mom and I also popped over to the Care & Share and thrifted some super cute baby clothes for $1 a piece.  Most of the items looked brand new.  I found a maternity shirt and a pair of work pants too.

I'm starting to plan the theme for the nursery and have been discovering that basically every company that makes baby crap thinks all baby girls should only like the color pink (see pic of baby clothes above).  Come on!  I'm obviously doing a purple nursery.  I fell in love with these sheets on Etsy but there's no way in hell I'm paying $80 for a piece of fabric that my kid will probably just ruin.  I'm going to use the pattern and the pops of green as inspiration.

Here's some more of my Etsy inspiration.

I ordered these four 12x12" prints on Amazon for $25, so that's a start.

This week we officially signed up for a birth class!  Much to Dave's dismay, I have decided that I want to shoot for a drug free birth so I wanted to do something more thorough than the classes offered by the hospital.  I started looking at Bradley Method classes but the availability wasn't great.  I was pretty disappointed, but then my coworker told me I should look into Hypnobabies, which was actually created by a previous Bradley instructor so it covers all the same material about pregnancy, birth, and beyond plus the whole hypnosis thing.  The name sounds super woo-woo and I wasn't really sure at first, but I did some more reading and it piqued my interested.  From the website:
In the past, the word “hypnosis” conjured up images of stage hypnotists re-creating Elvis, or people clucking like chickens. Now it is common for hypnosis to be used therapeutically in the practice of medicine, in creating anesthesia for surgeries and dental work, and for personal therapy sessions. 
When learning how to use hypnosis for childbirth, you are taught how the vertical and horizontal uterine muscles work efficiently together when the body is deeply relaxed. The depth of relaxation needed to facilitate an easier, more comfortable birthing can easily be achieved with hypnosis. Women learn these skills in classes, and practice them at home every day until the baby arrives.
By learning and practicing Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis, hypno-mothers are able to enter into self-hypnosis instantly, and create their own natural anesthesia and direct it to wherever they need it. She has total control over her body, and is an active participant in her birth process. She is aware of everything around her, and as birth progresses, she naturally goes deeper inside herself, trusting in her body’s innate ability to give birth with ease and comfort.
Dave is super skeptical but he supports his crazy wife ;)  I'm sure I'll post more on the class when it starts in May!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Pregnancy: Week 14

I finally took my first bump pics!

There's definitely something there, but I'm still trying to wear mostly flowy tops because I feel like it just looks like I have beer gut.

But I did finally embrace maternity pants.  I tried on a pair of maternity leggings that a friend gave me and it was life changing!  After that I finally washed all the pants I got off a facebook yard sale group and a pair of pants I splurged on when Gap was having a 35% off sale finally arrived in the mail.  So much more comfortable!  I really need to buy new bras soon, my boobs are huge.

Our biggest thing this week was the gender reveal.  They called me with the genetic testing results last Monday and asked if I wanted to know the gender and I asked them to mail us the results.  When I hung up, I immediately regretted it.  I wanted to KNOW!  The results came on Wednesday and it took all the self control I had not to rip open the envelope.  I took it to Wegmans and ordered our cake.

On Sunday we had our immediately family over for dinner and then it was time to slice!

I still can't believe basically ALL of my friends guessed that it was a girl.  Apparently I had some kind of vibe going on haha.  I'm so excited, to be honest I really wanted a little lady!  We decided the cake looked like it had been decorated by a child, but on the bright side it was delicious.

Other updates for the week:

Sleep & Energy
I'm waking up multiple times every night but usually can get back to sleep pretty easily.  I typically get up to pee at least once.  I thought I was feeling more energy starting the second trimester, but I keep falling asleep on the couch every night and I'm still feeling pretty beat after lunch.  Hopefully an energy surge is still to come.

I'm still the queen of takeout... I keep trying to meal plan and everything just sounds awful.  I'm also finding that I may need to start eating less than I'm used to, but more often.  I've been feeling uncomfortably full after eating a normal sized meal, so I think I'm already losing some space down there.  But I'm also super hungry, so I think I need to switch to more of a grazing style of eating throughout the day.  I WANT ALL THE AHI TUNA :(

I've been pretty inconsistent in the gym for the past few weeks, between the snow storm, Butler going downhill, and now a super busy week at work.  Oh well.  I need to get back to a set schedule (story of my life...) because any time I get there I feel like a rockstar just for participating.  I attempted some handstand push ups last Friday and they felt super weird in my abs, so those were the first thing to go.  I was also very aware of my belly during my burpees, so I may be switching to squat thrusts sooner than later.  Otherwise everything still feels good!

Shower & Registry
My shower has officially been booked and my registry is pretty complete as well.  I didn't want my shower to be a surprise because I did not want to show up to it all sweaty and frumpy, which is how I anticipate spending most of my summer lol.  I'm also super hard to surprise since I'm such a planner so getting me for my bridal shower was enough!  It's going to be mid June, which is really early, but that's what I wanted, so I'm not huge and struggling trying to set everything up and do lots of laundry.  I want to have the nursery all ready to go well ahead of time, so I can spend the end of my pregnancy relaxing, cleaning, and possibly making a few freezer meals.

Not sure if I'll update every week, but I plan on checking in once in a while.  Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 27, 2017

First Trimester Recap

My goodness this past week has been a rollercoaster.  Celebrating our pregnancy with all our friends has been one of the highest highs, but this week we were also forced to face a devastating low when we decided it was time to put Butler down.  Thankfully, his health made the choice for us and he is no longer suffering.  My heart aches every day, but I know he had a wonderful life with us!

With the good, we must take the bad.  And these days there's a lot of good.  I'm 1/3 of the way through my pregnancy and I honestly still can't believe it.  I updated this post as the weeks went by with random things that were going on, so here's a little recap of my first trimester!

3.5 Weeks
1/18/17 - I woke up and took a pregnancy test, 11 days past ovulation.  I see a squinter!  It's super faint, but it's definitely there.  I can't believe it.  I took another one after work to see if it was real, there's definitely a line.

1/19/17 - I became obsessed with taking pregnancy tests.  I took two more the next day and the line kept getting darker.  I surprised Dave with a tiny orange tie dye onesie and when he opened it he said "it's cute" with no reaction.  I kept starring at him with some crazy eyes and finally he figured it out and got super excited!  My only symptoms are tender breasts, a little bit of light cramping, and the frequent peeing thing is definitely real.  I'm also feeling kind of bloated, but still feeling more slender than when I started my Whole35.

1/21/17 - I gave my brother a birthday card that said "Uncle" on it.  My dad read it out loud and Michelle got it immediately.  Her face was so funny!  My parents took a little longer, apparently they thought we were calling Tom an uncle to the pups.  Once everyone figured it out there was lots of excitement and some tears!

4 Weeks
1/23/17 - I'm wondering how long I'll be able to keep the secret since I'm blogging about how I feel every day, especially if I start to experience morning sickness.  I'm also feeling like it's going to be obvious at the gym, since I'm now trying to keep my level of effort at 70%.  It's honestly pretty hard to sandbag the workouts that much haha.

1/24/17 - I didn't realize how bloated I would be.  My tummy is not reflecting the fact that I've been rocking my diet for the past two weeks.  I'll just pretend it's a bump.

1/25/17 - Dave called his mom to invite his parents to dinner so we could tell them the big news.  Robin said "what's the occasion?" and Dave replied "we have big news" (idiot).  She guessed immediately.  Surprise ruiners, both of them!

5 Weeks
1/30/17 - Went to a networking event with an open bar and was discussing future family plans with an old friend when he said "You're obviously not pregnant now since you're drinking!" I'm glad I asked the bartender to put my club soda in a cocktail glass haha.

2/1/17 - I'm feeling kind of nauseous and all the leftovers in my fridge sound disgusting... wondering if I've officially made it the morning sickness phase.

2/3/17 - Day 26 of my Whole30 and I officially quit.  I was so nauseous and the idea of cooking veggies made me want to throw up.  We ordered pizza for dinner and I felt pretty guilty, but it was also the best thing EVER.

6 Weeks
I've been super nauseous all day, every day for the past week.  Brushing my teeth in the morning makes me gag.  Fun times.  I have no desire to cook and I hate everything in my fridge.  Takeout, for the win!

7 Weeks
My pants are starting not to fit.  I've definitely gained a few lbs (which isn't exactly a surprise since I'm basically only eating carbs & cheese...)

8 Weeks
I had my first appointment and everything went GREAT!  The baby measured as expected and we got to hear the heartbeat (which made me cry)!  I was so nervous leading up to this and it was such a relief to know that everything is going well.  We mailed announcements to our extended family.

9 Weeks
I thought the nausea was going away and then it came back with a vengeance and I finally threw up.  Twice.

10 Weeks
The exhaustion is so real, especially after lunch.  I have to fight the urge not to take a nap at my desk every day.

11 Weeks
The on and off all day nausea has definitely subsided, now only certain things set me off.  Little mints are my best friend.  I'm starting to come around to real food and even bought some raw meat & veggies at the grocery store.

12 Weeks 
We got to see the baby two days in a row!  The first time was at the hospital and they checked the neck thickness, which is a marker for Down syndrome.  The ultrasound tech said everything looked great.

We saw Baby Midgley again the next day at my 12 week OB appointment and it was upside down kicking it's legs in the air.  We said it was doing a jig for St Paddy's Day.

13 Weeks
Because Tom has Down syndrome, I'm "high risk" in the insurance's eyes (which my OB said I'm really not) so I was approved for the fancy new genetic test called Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT).  This means I only had to have my blood drawn once at week 12, instead of twice at 12 and 16 weeks for the standard Sequential Screen, and it is more reliable (less false positives).  Oh and it will tell us the gender super early!  The OB called and told me everything looks normal!  Yay!  What a relief.  They are mailing us the gender results so I can give the envelope to a baker for a gender reveal cake surprise :) All my friends think it's a girl.  I really haven't had any special feelings about it.  I've only had one baby dream and it very closely resembled the birth from the end of Breaking Dawn (aka I'm having Edward's vampire baby)...

And now the first trimester is wrapping up!  The nausea has definitely subsided (except for when I smell something that doesn't agree with me) but the mild headaches have started.  I'm definitely starting to get a bump and maternity pants are looking pretty appealing.  I guess I need to take my first bump pic!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Good News, Bad News

Hello long lost blog!  I've got news!

When we last left off, I was in the middle of my Whole35 and I abruptly stopped blogging without any explanation... well I was super nauseous ALL the time!  On Day 26 I said screw this and ordered a big cheesy pizza!  I'm not exactly proud to tell you that the next month and a half was just carbs, carbs, and more carbs, but that's really all I could stomach.  Even the thought of vegetables made me sick.  Now that I'm hitting the second trimester, I'm feeling a lot better but I'm still really hit or miss with certain foods and haven't had a lot of desire to do much in the kitchen.

Baby Midgley is due on September 28th and I'm honestly still in shock.  I'll post more about baby soon!

In not so happy news, Butler was diagnosed with lymphoma right at the beginning of the year.  They told us 3 to 6 months and we were seeing small changes in him, but for the most part his demeanor was unchanged... until this past weekend.  He was throwing up, refusing his meds, and very lethargic.  Our vet gave us some special food that we've been mixing with water to make into a baby food consistency and his medicine in liquid form so we can give it to him via a large syringe.  He seems to be doing a little bit better today, but we're just trying to give him all the love we can because I think our time with him is pretty limited.

So many things to post about, I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 18 - 23

Day 18, Thursday 1/26/17 - I went to happy hour and didn't drink or eat anything.  I really wanted those $1 chicken fingers more than any alcohol.  I rushed over to Whole Foods between happy hour and choir rehearsal specifically for Tessemae's BBQ Sauce and they had a whole row of Tessemae's products, but no BBQ.  Boo!  I ate a Larabar on my way to choir to hold me over and had a small bowl of chili when I got home.

Day 19, Friday 1/27/17 - The workout was a modified version of Open 16.1: a 20 minute AMRAP of 8 front rack lunges, 8 chest to bar pull ups, 8 overhead lunges, and 8 bar-facing burpees.    This workout holds a special place in my heart because it was the first time I got C2B pull ups, but last Friday and Monday, I was really struggling with C2B pull ups, so I was thinking maybe I lost them.  But as soon as I warmed up I knew today was different.  I was crushing them!  I hit every single rep and they felt amazing.  My booty was on fire from all the lunges (grow booty grow)!  I finished 4+26 beating my score from last time by 8 reps.

I hosted the annual chili cookoff at my work!  Two years ago, I had a seriously unfortunate time when I decided to throw caution to the wind on Day 19 of my Whole30 and try over a dozen different chilis.  It wasn't pretty.  I knew I couldn't do a repeat of that.  I stuck to my chili (which was compliant aside from the bacon & spicy sausage, because I couldn't justify putting the expensive stuff in my chili for my coworkers) and I had a few bites of a handful of other chilis.  No belly aches.  Thank God!

Day 20, Saturday 1/28/17 - 10 hours of sleep!  Because I can haha.  I went to Leah's for lunch.  It was great to catch up and lunch was tasty.  We had mahi mahi, a tomato cucumber salad, and this Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad.  Jeff and Arley came over for dinner and I made a simple Asian beef stir fry.  I totally added non-compliant sriracha (at least it was a more natural version).  I really couldn't tell you why I deemed this acceptable in my head, but I just really wanted that taste in the dish.

Day 21, Sunday 1/29/17 - Lots of sleep and Dave and I both took a nap after church.  Talk about a lazy Sunday.  We went out to dinner with Dave's parents at Bahama Breeze.  I started with an appetizer of lump crab meat, shrimp, avocado, and mango.  It was delicious.  For my entree, I should've gotten the catch of the day with veggies, but I splurged and went for coconut shrimp (which were probably coated in flour and cooked in a crappy oil) with mashed potatoes (that probably had butter and cream in them) and broccoli (butter).  It was super delicious and my tummy was not upset with me afterwards.

For the record, I did not eat whatever those cracker things were.

Day 22, Monday 1/30/17 - Ugh a crappy night of sleep.  I woke up freezing at one point and had to get out of bed to put more layers on.  Butler was also snoring in my face.  At CrossFit we worked on finding a max thruster (squat & then press overhead in one movement).  I got up to 100#, I definitely could've done more but I was being cautious of my back.  The metcon was several rounds of power cleans, thrusters, and burpees.  Thrusters + burpees = awful, but I know they are coming in the Open!  After 3 days of being pretty loose with my diet, I got my act together today.  I was tempted to go out to lunch but I decided to skip and stick with what I had.  In the evening I went into the city for a networking social at McGillin's Olde Ale House (with an open bar and a buffet of wings, meatballs, and other yummy food).  I ate some leftovers before I left work, abstained from all the food aside from a handful of fruit, and stuck to club soda with lime.  I asked the bartender to put my drink in a cocktail glass and nobody was the wiser.

Day 23, Tuesday 1/31/17 - I can't believe it's the last day of January... and that I still have 12 days left!  My friend suggested that since I never commit to the reintroduction protocol (because who wants to do another 10 days after the 30?!) that I should do 30 days and then start the reintro in the last 5 days.  That way I could really evaluate how certain things impact me while not totally blowing my diet for the last week of my gym's nutrition challenge.  So I'm considering that.  I was really hungry when I got home from work so I decided to make 4 deviled eggs and eat them straight to the face (well I gave half of one to the dogs).  I had a lot of regret later... I really wanted to blow off barbell club, but I stuck with my schedule and sucked it up.  The eggs were sitting like a brick in my stomach the entire time I was there.  I did a bunch of power cleans and they were really consistent.  My stomach was still feeling kinda iffy so I skipped dinner when I got home and just went to bed super early.

I've been feeling sort of uninspired in the kitchen the past few days, but we're having a small shindig for the Super Bowl and I'm excited about my compliant, yet delicious menu: wings, guacamole, build your own taco bar, and more!

 So what do you think, should I call it at 30 days and start reintroducing foods?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January Whole30(+5): Days 11 - 17

Day 11, Thursday 1/19/17 - I got 8 hours of sleep and woke up feeling great.  I was really hungry in the morning and ate a compliant Rx Bar that I had hanging out in my desk drawer at work.  I need to make a big breakfast casserole for next week!  I never had my regular afternoon lag and felt full of energy all day.  Dinner was leftover chicken fingers and a salad.  I was happy not to cook!

Day 12, Friday 1/20/17 - Couldn't get my butt to bed early, so I only got 6.5 hours of sleep and I really felt it in the morning.  The WOD was 100 thrusters (45#), 75 wall balls, 50 pulls ups, and 25 burpees.  I broke it up into 5 rounds of 20, 15, 10, and 5.  The thrusters felt decent since they were so light, but halfway through the workout my butt remembered that I did a bunch of pistols on Wednesday and it got really sore!  I chugged along through the workout, but the 25 minute cap got me in the 5th round after 20 thrusters, 5 burpees, and 2 pull ups.  We went over to Jeff and Arley's for dinner and Chef Jeff's fajitas did not disappoint!  I was full of energy all day, but right around 10 pm I started to crash.

Day 13, Saturday 1/21/17 - I slept in till 9 something... I think I got almost 10 hours of sleep lol!  I woke up and felt amazing.  I made some sweet potato hash for breakfast before heading off to the grocery store.

I think I'm starting to become friends with the guys in the meat department at Wegmans.  I found my bacon and stocked up with 3 packs!  We headed to Applebee's for "lunner" for Tom's 25th birthday!  I ordered the bourbon street chicken and shrimp that came with fried onions, mushrooms, and potatoes.  I knew my meal wasn't fully compliant due to whatever the chicken was marinated it, whatever oil it was all cooked in, and it definitely came with a blob of herb butter.  But I avoided boneless buffalo wings, spinach dip, and later watched everyone eat chocolate cake, eclairs, and cream puffs.  The two clementines I had for dessert did not fill the void.

Day 14, Sunday 1/22/17 - Another night of tons of sleep.  Why not?!  I woke up and had some leftover sausage and sauerkraut for breakfast before church.  Afterwards I headed to Jes's for lunch and we tag teamed this mango chicken.  It came out so delicious!  I will definitely be making it again.

Dinner was good, but I still think my wing sauces could use improvement.  Glad I did a trial run before the super bowl.

Day 15, Monday 1/23/17 - I got 7 hours of sleep and really had to convince myself to get my butt out of bed for the gym.  The strength was snatches at 70-80%, every 30 seconds x 8.  I wanted to do 80#, but it didn't feel great for my back, so I stuck with 75# and they felt great.  The WOD was a redo of 15.2, I opted to scale to try and compare my numbers with last time.  I got 114 reps, which was 12 reps less than last time, but I actually worked out 3 minutes less so it was still better!  I finally made the Southwestern Frittata to have breakfast for the week.  After finishing, I really didn't want to make dinner, but I promised myself that it would be worth it and I could get Chipotle tomorrow when I'm actually busy.  My energy was up all day, I felt great. 

Day 16, Tuesday 1/24/17 - Another 8 hour night of sleep and getting out of bed was easy.  I skipped a lunch meeting with free pizza to avoid temptation (and to make up hours for the chili cookoff I'm hosting on Friday).  It was pretty cold out, but finally not raining so I took the dogs for a nice leisurely mile when I got home from work.  I went to barbell club in the evening and we did a bunch of snatches.  I was a little inconsistent, but I did hit some really great lifts.  We got Chipotle for dinner on the way home.  I'm glad the new chorizo is Whole30 compliant because the guy making our bowls told us the carnitas was super dry today.  I really miss dairy and I was pretty sad that my bowl didn't have cheese and sour cream in it.  I really wanted the rice too.

Day 17, Wednesday 1/25/17 - I slept like crap.  I think I'm going to blame the clingy dog who kept waking me up.  We've been pretty loose with the dogs sleeping in our bed since we got Butler's cancer diagnosis a few weeks ago.  They don't usually bother me, but last night wasn't great!  I was pretty annoyed when I woke up at 4:30, but I was seriously full of hatred when my alarm went off at 5:10.  I dragged myself out of bed and off to the gym.  My handstand push ups were so good (with one ab mat under my head) that my coach told me I'm not allowed to scale anymore.  My double unders were super hit or miss, I struggled through the first round of 45, only getting a few at time, but then the next round I did 30 in a row!  I need to get them completely consistent before the Open.  I was a little tired midday, but when I left work I was feeling energized by the great weather.  I took the dogs for a nice walk and then whipped up dinner.  More loaded fries!

Tomorrow marks my halfway point and things are really going well.  Not really sure when I'm going to post my next meal plan because I still have some leftovers and all I can think about cooking right now is chili.  I'm putting my own spin on this pulled pork chili and hoping to come home with the trophy.  Wish me luck!
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