A Birthday and Barbecues

Summer is my favorite season — mainly because I love the warm weather and sunshine, but also because there’s so much to celebrate! 

Last Tuesday, we celebrated Jordan’s 28th birthday with a laid back dinner at home. This is the seventh birthday that Jordan and I have spent together, and I couldn’t help but think of how much our celebrations have changed over time. Gone are the days of elaborate dinners downtown — this year Jordan requested pot roast and ice cream cake, and that’s exactly what he got. I’m a fan of a relaxing night at home, especially during the work week!

After a short work week, we had more celebrating to do with a long 4th of July weekend. Friday ended up being a little bit cold and gloomy, so Jordan and I got all of our cleaning and yard work out of the way on our day off. That night, we went over to my parents’ house for an early 4th of July BBQ. I have no pictures to show for it, but we enjoyed dinner and dessert before ending the night with sparklers.

On Saturday morning, I got up early to do a quick barre workout before Jordan and I met my sister and brother-in-law at the local 4th of July parade. It’s become one of our traditions, and a fun way to start off the day!

We lucked out with beautiful weather, and although it got hot, I was able to stand in a shady spot underneath a tree when I needed a break from my chair in the sun.

We spent the rest of the day at my in-laws for another 4th of July BBQ — we ate, we swam, and we ate some more.

Despite being in my 8th month of pregnancy, I felt like my energy came back for the day and I was able to socialize, swim and enjoy the day without feeling like I needed a nap. I only had one slight emotional moment (not even pregnancy related) when Jordan thought it’d be fun to go down the water slide on a raft…and just barely missed falling over the edge and hitting his head on the cement. Boys. Thank goodness he landed in the water, and his cousin caught it all on her phone, so he was able to see just how close [to hurting himself] he was!

We ended the night by roasting hotdogs over a bonfire and watching the fireworks at the local park. It was a long day, but a fun one!

And now, it’s back to reality. Jordan and I have our hospital tour tonight, so I’m anxious for that! We get to learn how the check-in process goes, see the rooms where we’ll be delivering/recovering, and get registered so we don’t have to worry about that on the big day. I can’t believe how real everything is starting to feel!

Have a great Monday!

What did you do for the 4th of July?

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A Michigan Baby Shower

As I mentioned on Monday, last Thursday my sisters, mom and I went to Michigan for my baby shower weekend. Since my side of the family lives in Michigan, we knew it’d be easier to have the shower there rather than ask everyone to come here — just as we did with my bridal shower. The shower itself was on Saturday, and after getting ready, we spent the morning picking up the food and cake, and setting up the room where the shower was held. We were hoping for good weather, but it was only in the 60s and pouring down rain all day — it felt like fall outside! Thankfully, the shower was indoors, so after everything was carried inside, we didn’t have to worry about it.

The shower was held at my grandma’s condo’s clubhouse. Panera catered lunch — we had a couple of salad options and baguettes — and we served it alongside grapes, chips, and chocolate covered strawberries made by my sisters. Everything was so good, and the strawberries were a hit!

And for the cake…

I thought it was so cute! For anyone local, it was made by Mrs. Maddox Cakes. The booties on top were made out of cake, so of course I brought those home to share with Jordan!

After all of my family arrived, we ate lunch, and instead of playing games, my mom and sisters had each guest fill out a card with advice for the baby (example: Sleep well for your mommy and daddy), and an advice card for me (example: Enjoy each moment because it goes by fast), and I think it was a fun way to incorporate an activity without doing anything too awkward. It was fun to come home and read everyone’s advice too!

After we finished with lunch, I opened presents while guests enjoyed their cake. We had fun gushing over all of the cute baby girl clothes and accessories, and I only managed to cry once — when opening a present from my mom. She surprised me by having her wedding dress made into a baptismal gown and bonnet, and when I opened it she started crying, so of course I did too!

I am still overwhelmed by how loved this baby already is — I was showered with so many nice and thoughtful gifts, and I’m thankful for everyone who was there to spend the day with me!

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My Last Weekend Away

Last Thursday, my mom, sisters and I drove to Michigan — my last long road trip before the baby’s born. The purpose of the trip was my baby shower, but we got there a couple of days early to spend time with family and get things ready for the shower. My bump has grown quite a bit since I last traveled to Michigan a month ago, so I was slightly more uncomfortable and tired than the last time I traveled (I can definitely understand why traveling is off limits during the last month of pregnancy), but it was still fun!

Prior to my baby shower on Saturday, we settled in at our hotel, finalized all of the food and decorations for the shower, and spent time at my grandma’s house with my aunt and youngest cousins, who also came into town early.

On Friday, after a quick hotel workout and breakfast, we headed to Greenfield Village to spend a day back in time.

Greenfield Village is essentially an 80-acre outdoor museum, allowing you to step into the past, including the homes of Noah Webster and George Washington Carver; Thomas Edison’s laboratory; and many other historical sites, including workshops, schoolhouses, and barns with live animals.

After a string of rainy days, we lucked out with beautiful weather, allowing us to stay at Greenfield Village until it closed.

By the end of the day, all of us were tired and hungry, so we ended the night with salad, pizza and frozen custard before heading back to the hotel and going to bed early.

We had a big day ahead of us with my baby shower (recap coming later) in the morning!

I’ve got to admit, leaving Michigan this time felt a little bit sad and weird. I know that things are going to change, and I’ll never be able to get in the car with my parents or sisters and make a “quick” trip up there again — from now on, there will always be kids with us! Of course it’s exciting, just different.

I also have to admit that I’m glad it’s my last trip of the summer. I’ve been having a lot of belly pain and tightness lately, and traveling seemed to make it worse. When I brought it up with my doctor at my appointment this morning, she seemed slightly concerned, but thinks that it’s most likely a form of Braxton Hicks contractions, only the type that I’m having can be compared to getting a Charlie Horse — in my abdomen/uterus — and that’s why the tightness lasts for so long. Because I don’t want to overdo it and put myself on bed rest or induce my labor, I’m going to cut back on my workouts for now, and invest in a maternity support belt, per her suggestion, to see if that helps. Up until now, I’ve been doing everything that I did before pregnancy (for the most part), but I’m realizing that at this point, it’s okay to slow down a little!

It’s hard to believe that 4th of July weekend is approaching, along with a lot of other celebrations that are coming up in the next month. We will be staying close to home, and that’s perfectly fine with me!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

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Father’s Day 2015

I hope that you had a nice Father’s Day weekend! This year’s was a fun one, especially since I got to help Jordan celebrate his first one as a daddy-to-be.

I kicked off the weekend with a barre workout before Jordan and I drove with the rest of my family to Bloomington, Indiana to support my sister in the Arts Fair on the Square.

It’s essentially a big craft show in the middle of downtown Bloomington — a college town — and it was fun to walk around and check everything out. Hilary did really well and sold some big pieces, so we were proud of her!

Later that night, Jordan and I went out to dinner with his family for Father’s Day. We actually went back to where my bridal shower was hosted three years ago, so that brought back memories! (Random fact: I keep calling my upcoming baby showers my bridal showers. I even wrote “bridal shower” on my calendar — oops!)

On Sunday, Jordan and I went to church and out to lunch. Since we were gone all day on Saturday, we also took care of some yard work and cleaning, and I was able to take a little nap before a Father’s Day dinner at my parents’ house. It was such a nice weekend spent with family!

And with that, it’s time for me to get ready for bed. Did I mention that our air conditioning was out for a week? I feel for anyone who doesn’t have AC, especially while pregnant! After being on the waiting list for a week, we finally got it fixed today, and I’m looking forward to a better night of sleep tonight!

Did you do anything fun for Father’s Day?

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Pregnancy Update: June

I realized that I forgot to take a side shot this week, oops!

Baby’s size: Butternut squash

How I’m feeling: Tired. Emotional. The third trimester has brought on a lot of new emotions that have me feeling sad, excited, happy and frustrated — sometimes all at the same time, ha. I know that lack of sleep is partly to blame for all of the extra emotions. I’m still averaging five hours of sleep a night because of insomnia, and it’s tough during the work week. Physically, though — I’m thankful to still be feeling good. I have some aches and pains, but it’s manageable.

Maternity clothes: Wearing them! I’m still wearing my regular workout clothes, but during the week, I wear maternity dresses and dress pants, paired with a few of my (longer) non-maternity shirts and cardigans.

Sleep: Not great. I actually think sleepless nights will be more enjoyable with a baby, because then at least I’ll be up in the middle of the night for a reason, rather than just staring at the ceiling! When I can, I take naps on the weekends — there are times when I can sleep two or three hours at a time in the middle of the day — my body needs it!

Cravings: Same as always — water, sparkling water, fruit, and ice cream.

Aversions: My first trimester aversions are starting to come back. Food never sounds that great to me, especially if I’m the one who’s cooking it. It’s so weird. I used to love grocery shopping and cooking, but I have no desire to do it anymore! I’m really starting to wonder if I’ll like food again once I have the baby?

Movement: Yes! I can feel all of her kicks and flips. I can see (and feel) body parts sticking out now too, which feels a little bit strange. Jordan and I try to guess which body part we’re seeing and feeling — on Monday the doctor confirmed that it’s her feet that are sticking out right by my right rib cage, so now I understand why that side’s been hurting!

What I’m loving: Our Lamaze classes. Biweekly doctor’s appointments. Getting the baby’s room ready. My very patient husband. 

Symptoms: Insomnia, nighttime cramps in my calves and feet, belly soreness/tightness

Exercise: Walking, prenatal barre, strength training 

What I’m looking forward to: Father’s Day. My baby showers. Jordan’s birthday. The 4th of July. Our wedding anniversary. Summer in general!

Best moments of the month: Traveling to Michigan at the end of May to see family — where both of my grandmas got to feel the baby move! Attending childbirth classes with Jordan. Buying paint and furniture for the baby’s room.

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