Why I Rarely Write About My Weekends

Almost every Sunday night, I used to sit down with my laptop and recap my weekends. I’d tell you about the food I ate, the exercise I did, and how I filled my time. They were never particularly exciting posts, but I figured it was a way for me to remember how I spent my free time, while giving you insight into what my days look like.

And then, I stopped.

The major reason for stopping was my pregnancy. After the holidays were over, most of my weekends looked like this: eat when I can, sleep, eat again, sleep some more, repeat. Not very exciting things to read (or write) about. Truthfully, my weekends still look pretty much the same. I don’t sleep well, and because of this the work week drains me. On the weekends, all I want to do is rest — and I let myself!

The other reason, though, is because I was spending so much time trying to capture a moment, that I was often missing the moments right in front of me.

“Wait, let me take a picture of this [insert food here] before we start eating!”

“Can we just get one group shot before we start [insert activity here]?”

“Hold on — will you take a picture of me so I can post it on my blog?”

There is a time and a place for taking quality pictures that help you remember a moment, but I began to realize that, for me, none of these were those moments.

Jordan and I spent this Saturday with his family, celebrating the life/mourning the death of his grandma who passed away last weekend. After the funeral, we spent some time going through an old photo album at his grandpa’s house — photos of his days in the war, of high school basketball games, and of celebrations when his kids were still little.

It was nice to learn more about Jordan’s grandparents and reminisce, but it also made me sad to think that our kids might not have things like that to look back on. Who knows where this blog, or the internet in general, will be by the time I’m in my 90s.

After this “ah-ha moment,” I decided that I want to start putting photos in albums. I want to start taking pictures of things that actually mean something — last night’s dinner and gym selfies don’t exactly count.

While I will write about my weekends when I do something fun or exciting or meaningful, I will also make sure to document it elsewhere (Shutterfly is too easy and convenient not to use!). And if I’m having too much fun to take a picture, I’m not going to worry about it!

I’m sure this will all change when the baby is born and I want to document every little thing that he/she is doing, but until then, I’m going to enjoy these last few months as a family of two and enjoy each moment as it comes :) .

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Pregnancy Update: March

Baby’s size: Sweet potato

How I’m feeling: Pretty good! I’m in awe that I’m almost to the halfway point — while the first trimester felt slow, this one is flying. I know that I have 22 weeks to go, give or take, but I’m already getting excited to meet our baby and become a mom.

Maternity clothes: Still wearing my regular clothes! Target has so many cute summer maternity dresses, though, so I look forward to wearing some of those later this spring and summer.

Sleep: Ehh, it’s been better. I was a good sleeper prior to pregnancy, but now I feel like I’m constantly restless. I usually fall asleep around 9:30, and then wake up around 3:30 and have a hard time falling back asleep. Thank goodness for weekends when I can catch up on sleep!

Cravings: Almost the same as last month — club soda, water, anything chocolate, Greek salads, any type of dessert/baked good. I’ve also been craving grilled hot dogs with mustard (we bought a pack of nitrite-free ones last week and Jordan grilled them for me — so good!). I’m looking forward to summer produce, because things like corn-on-the-cob, peaches and strawberries also sound good to me!

Aversions: This is my most noticeable pregnancy symptom — not a lot sounds good to me. Mainly — anything with a strong smell/a lot of spices, pizza, Chipotle and onions. Going out to eat is a challenge, as is cooking dinner. While I was the complete opposite prior to pregnancy, right now, the more plain something tastes, the better!

Movement: I’ve felt a little bit! Right now it feels like little taps/muscle spasms/popcorn popping, and it is so cool. I only notice it when I’m sitting quietly at my desk, usually after I’ve gone for a walk or eaten lunch.

What I’m loving: Feeling more like myself, warmer weather (and a better mood that come along with it), having more energy for workouts

Symptoms: Breakouts, food aversions, occasional round ligament and lower back pain

Exercise: A lot of walking — on nice days, I’ve been walking 30 minutes at lunch and an hour after work. Strength training isn’t as desirable to me right now, but one day a week I’ll do a workout with 10 lb. weights, and I’ve been trying to do Suzanne Bowen’s Prenatal Barre Workout a couple of times per week (I love this one). I bought 10 Minute Solution: Prenatal Pilates also, but I have yet to try it.

What I’m looking forward to: Our anatomy scan, one week from today! Jordan and I have decided to find out the sex of the baby during our ultrasound, and then keep it a secret until Easter when we’ll tell our families. I‘m also looking forward to our upcoming vacation! And not pregnancy related, but I’m still looking forward to it — getting my hair cut. Pregnancy has made my hair even more unruly than usual, and I’m looking forward to seeing my stylist next week for a cut.

Best moments of the month: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler again (and recording it for our families to hear), feeling the baby’s kicks for the first time, enjoying some warmer weather

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5 Secrets for Surviving the First Trimester at Work

Prior to getting pregnant, I always wondered how women got through the first trimester of pregnancy while working full-time. Did they take time off? If constantly getting sick, did they run to a bathroom on a different floor? Did they nap in their cars during lunch? I really had no idea. The short answer is: you just do.

For me, it wasn’t always easy. I felt pretty crummy for a good 11 weeks, and just recently, my nausea has returned. Trying to concentrate on important work-related things can be difficult. But, with all of that being said, I’ve never had to miss a day of work because of it. You do find a way to get through the days, and over time, each one gets easier! Here are five “secrets” for surviving the first trimester at work (aka, things that worked really well for me)…

1. Sip on ginger tea.

During my first trimester, I bought this tea in bulk. I kept a box in my desk at work, and at least two in my cupboards at home. For me, it worked better than any other type of ginger drink. This tea eases a queasy tummy and takes the nausea away, if just for an hour or two. If you’re experiencing nausea, it’s worth a try! I buy mine in the health food section of Kroger, but I’m sure you can find it in other stores too.

2. Tell at least one co-worker early. In my office, we sit in cubicles. No matter how hard you try to have privacy in this type of environment, you really don’t. So, when I started feeling sick as early as 3 weeks along, I became paranoid that my co-workers would notice my massive intake of saltines, constant trips to the water cooler for my tea and my overall lack of energy. For this reason, I told three people — my boss and two team members — early. I immediately felt a sense of relief once someone knew why I kept turning down lunch plans and making bathroom trips every 30 minutes. I know that everyone’s not comfortable telling people so early, but for me, it really made a difference in my attitude at work. I didn’t feel like I was hiding something, and if I was having a particularly hard day, my co-workers didn’t question why.

3. Make yourself move more.

If you have a sedentary job like I do, you might find that sitting all day feels like torture when not feeling well (this is how pregnancy is unlike the stomach flu — for many people, getting up and moving, even just a little, can actually make you feel better!). Another thing that felt good for me? Cold air. I’m thankful that I experienced my first trimester in the middle of winter, because lunchtime walks in the fresh, cold air helped me push past my nausea and get through my day. If you can’t go outside and walk, make a point to get up and walk to the printer, the bathroom, or anywhere not near your desk, at least once a hour. It helps.

4. Eat every two hours. If you’re having a lot of food aversions like I did/do, this might be difficult, but it really does make a difference. I made myself (and still do) eat something small about every two hours, to level out my blood sugar and keep the nausea away. Your doctor will probably tell you that a healthy combination of protein and carbs is the best cure for “morning” sickness, but no matter what it is, eating something is better than eating nothing. Greek yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, almonds, or sometimes even just a handful of crackers, were my go-to foods.

5. Sleep more than you ever thought possible. One of the reasons I rarely worked out during the first trimester? Sleep > exercise. I would take a nap after work, eat something, and then go right back to bed at 8:30 pm. I spent most of my weekends in bed rotating between sleeping and watching TV. It sounds terribly lazy, but my body required more sleep than it ever had before, and the only way I’d feel decent during the work week was if I slept a lot at night and on the weekends. If I had to choose between sleep and chores or sleep and exercise, I’d choose sleep every time.

The good news is, it does get better. I’m not sleeping around the clock anymore, I’m exercising regularly, and even though I’m still experiencing food aversions and nausea, I’ve learned how to deal with it. Feeling those baby kicks for the first time was another reminder that it is definitely all worth it :) .

If you were/are pregnant, how did/do you survive the first trimester while working?

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Thursday Thoughts

1. On Monday, Mother Nature teased us with 70 degree weather, making me believe that spring is really here. On Tuesday, it was 40 degrees. Go figure. Despite the extreme temperature changes, I’ve still been getting outside for a walk everyday. When the birds are chirping and the sun is out, I don’t care how cold it is!

2. Speaking of walking, I have a feeling that, with as much as I’ve been walking, this baby is going to want to be walked all of the time. I’m thankful that he/she is due in August, because it will give us several months to enjoy outdoor walks before winter comes around again!

3. I’m pretty sure that I felt the baby’s kicks for the first time yesterday! After walking and eating my lunch, I sat down at my desk to get back to work. I was kind of zoning out, when all of a sudden I felt something along the lines of tapping/twitching. It was almost as if the baby was saying, “Hello, I’m in here!” I haven’t really felt pregnant since the first trimester when I constantly felt sick (I’ve felt really good/like myself!), so it was a nice reminder that there is someone in there! I know it’ll only get better as the baby gets bigger.

4. Jordan and I finally joined the 21st century and got Netflix. I’d heard mixed reviews so I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but I love it! Considering I’ve been watching it a lot more than I’ve been watching cable, we’ll probably be getting rid of that soon. I don’t even think I’ll miss it!

5. I need a new pair of tennis shoes. Since I’ve decided not to run during my pregnancy, I think I’ll forgo my usual Altra shoes and buy a pair that’s geared towards walking and cross training. Any suggestions? I’m open to anything, but I need something with a wider toe box.

Favorite Netflix shows?

Favorite pair of walking/cross training shoes?

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Anti-Nausea Berry Peach Smoothie

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

During my first few weeks of pregnancy, I could stomach hardly anything. Breakfast was an especially difficult meal for me. Once a big breakfast eater, all of sudden I found myself throwing away oatmeal, waffles and pancakes after taking just one bite. It didn’t take me long to realize that hot foods would be out for a while.

Once I realized what I could eat — mainly, lots of fruit and anything cold — smoothies became my go-to morning meal. I think I ate one every day for at least three weeks straight. A nice, cold smoothie gave me some energy and took my nausea away long enough for me to get ready for and commute to work without an upset stomach. Being that it was December, I’d never been more thankful for giant bags of frozen fruit (and a good blender)!

With warm weather on its way, smoothies will be making a comeback in my morning routine. Pregnant or not, they are such a good source of fruits, dairy* and protein, in one portable drink!

Berry Peach Smoothie with Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla

Serves 1

1 small container 2% Greek yogurt

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen peaches

1 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla

*If you do not eat dairy, you can substitute the Greek yogurt with your favorite non-dairy version.

Simply add all of the ingredients to your blender — I add in the order of yogurt, fruit, and then milk (you may use more milk or less, depending on how much liquid your blender requires) — and then pulse until smooth.

I usually make my smoothies in the morning, but they can easily be stored in the freezer or refrigerator (depending on how thick you like them) for several days. For a little bit of extra fiber, add your favorite granola to the top and enjoy!

Do you make smoothies at home? What is your favorite flavor?

Have you tried almond milk?

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