Friday Facts

1. I made chicken stew with biscuits for dinner this week. Normally this wouldn’t be newsworthy, but considering I haven’t spent more than 20 minutes preparing dinner on a weeknight in the past three months, this one deserves to be documented. If you’re looking for comfort food that makes enough to feed an army, I recommend this recipe! I cut out some of the butter and salt, but otherwise kept the recipe the same.

2. By the end of this week, I will have taken four dance classes. I’m sort of hoping that this baby comes out loving dance as much as I do :) .

3. If I have girl, I am buying her this (and raising her on reruns of “Full House” — they don’t make TV shows like that anymore).

4. This is the time of year when everyone starts to go stir crazy because it feels like the cold and snow will never.go.away. However, as I was driving home from Zumba last night, I noticed that it was still a little bit light out at at 7 pm and the snow made everything look so pretty and cozy. I’ll miss that coziness come spring.

5. If you’ve ever been nervous about the inevitable changes that are a part of pregnancy, read this blog post from Madison. I love it.

Tell me 5 Friday facts!

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Pregnancy Update: February

I’ve thought a lot about how often and how much I want to share when it comes to pregnancy updates. I enjoy reading updates on other blogs, but now that I’m expecting, I’m realizing that my outward appearance isn’t changing as quickly or as dramatically as I assumed it would, and I haven’t had the energy to keep up with weekly updates. So, I think that monthly updates make the most sense for me. I’m 14 weeks now, which means that I’m officially in the second trimester!

Baby’s size: Lemon

How I’m feeling: Pretty good! I think that I’m officially in the sweet spot of pregnancy. Besides feeling a little bit nauseous between breakfast and lunch (which typically goes away once I eat), and feeling fatigued in the evenings, I’m feeling so much more like myself.

Maternity clothes: I’m not wearing any yet, but I did take advantage of Old Navy’s big sale last weekend and bought a handful of shorts and tanks. Jordan and I will be going to Florida when I’m about 5 months pregnant, so I thought it’d be good to have some things on hand rather than trying to squeeze into my non-maternity shorts, which I’m doubting will fit comfortably by then.

Sleep: It depends on the night — I’m still experiencing some insomnia. I usually get up once to go to the bathroom and get a drink of water, and then I have a hard time falling back asleep. Lack of sleep makes it hard to function well at work, but I try to make up for it with naps on the weekends!

Cravings: Club soda, water, anything chocolate (I was so tempted to buy Hershey’s Eggs this week, but I’m going to hold off until Easter), Kodiak Cakes

Aversions: Italian food. I had pizza last Saturday and it was okay, but anything with marinara sauce — pasta, pizza, etc. — just doesn’t sound great to me right now. Chicken is slowly making a comeback, but oatmeal still leaves me feeling nauseous!

Movement: Still too early for me to feel it, but I’m looking forward to it!

What I’m loving: Having a bigger appetite, having more energy for longer workouts, watching Jordan interact with the baby more often (he talks to my stomach at least twice a day now :) )

Symptoms: Breakouts, occasional nausea, fatigue

Exercise: Treadmill walks, strength training with 5-10 lb. weights, Zumba and Dance Fitness classes, Barre3. I also just ordered a few prenatal DVDs that incorporate core work (which I’ve been hesitant to do on my own, without direction), so I’m excited to try those soon!

What I’m looking forward to: My next doctor’s appointment, a week from today. I’ll schedule my anatomy scan at this appointment, and I’m so excited for that!

Best moments of the month: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat on the Doppler, celebrating our last Valentine’s Day as a family of two.

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Friday Facts

1. This week, I broke down and joined the gym at work. I was hesitant since I already belong to a gym in the town where I live, but if working out during lunch means I’ll actually do it (fatigue usually hits me at 3 pm and doesn’t go away until I go to bed at night), then I thought it’d be worth it. I tried it for the first time on Wednesday and felt great!

2. Jordan bought me roses for Valentine’s Day last Friday, and they still look nice and pretty this Friday. I’m impressed, Kroger!

3. Yesterday morning, the wind chill was -24 degrees. If you want to wake up quickly in the morning, walking outside in that temperature is the way to do it!

4. Lately, when I’m feeling especially tired but can’t fall asleep, I binge-watch Gilmore Girls. I’ve seen every episode multiple times, but no matter how often I watch it, it never gets old. The early seasons are the best, I think!

5. This weekend, I hope to take a Zumba class, do the usual laundry and cleaning, lounge a little, and attend a birthday party for Jordan’s cousin at a piano bar – it should be fun! I’ll probably be sticking with club soda and lime (something I’ve craved my entire pregnancy so far), but if I feel like mixing it up, do you have any fun mocktail ideas :) ?

What are you up to this weekend?

Do you watch Gilmore Girls?

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Feeling Fit in Fabletics

I don’t know about you, but I actually feel more fit when I’m wearing cute workout clothes. I didn’t come to this realization until I outgrew my Soffe shorts/cotton t-shirt phase. If you were in high school or college in the early 2000s, you know what I’m talking about. They were a staple in the wardrobe of teenage girls everywhere, and while we might have considered them cute, they weren’t the most comfortable things to work out in. The elastic waistband stretched out over the time, the loose fit around the legs and lack of built-in underwear did nothing to help hide things during a run, and the fold-over waistband — that we’d sometimes roll over twice (why?) — wasn’t the most flattering cut. Not to mention, a heavy cotton t-shirt didn’t exactly breathe well.

Thankfully, fitness fashion has come a long way since then, and I feel so much better when I’m working out in clothes that fit properly and breathe! Now, girls of all ages can find clothes that fit well and make them look fabulous in a few simple steps — enter, Fabletics.

Aventura Tank, Salar Capri, Sevan Sports Bra (unpictured)

Kate Hudson co-founded Fabletics, an online store selling a variety of workout clothes, from tanks and sweatshirts to leggings and shorts. To get started, you simply fill out a survey with your workout and style preferences. After taking the survey, Fabletics will suggest outfits that closely fit your preferences, and you can pick out what you would like to buy. The best part is, the first outfit — typically including two to three different pieces — is only $25!

I own three Fabletics outfits, and I love each one of them. The colors are vibrant, and the materials are comparable to any expensive brand that you might buy at a sporting goods store.

My favorite part about Fabletics? The outfits offered change monthly. Every month, Fabletics releases a new collection full of styles, colors and fabrics that you haven’t seen before. If you want, you can use Fabletics as a monthly service (like Stitch Fix for workout clothes) — but you don’t have to, and if you do choose to, you can skip months if you’d like to save money/space in your closet, or you can cancel at anytime.

Hamilton Sweatpant II, Aventura Tank

When it comes to sizing, I’d suggest reading the reviews rather than looking at the size chart. A lot of the reviews for the Salar Capris suggested that they run small, so I went up a size (I’m 5’7″ and wearing a Medium). I’m glad that I did, because they don’t have as much stretch as I expected. The Hamilton Sweatpant, on the other hand, seems to run larger. I ordered a Medium since that’s what I wear in the leggings, but in this style, a Small probably would’ve been better.

When it comes to the tops, I feel like they run truer to size (I wear a Small) — the Aventura Tank is roomy without being too boxy, and it has a little bit of length, which I like when I’m wearing leggings. As far as the bras go, I think that they run a little bit big. I ordered a Medium since that’s what I’d normally wear in a bathing suit top, but it’s not tight enough for higher intensity workouts. It’s comfortable, but I only wear it when I’m walking or doing Pilates. If you’re in-between sizes, I’d suggest going with the smaller one.

Lima Capri, Aventura Tank, wrap is no longer available (the Austin Wrap is similar)

If you’re looking to spice up your fitness wardrobe at a reasonable price, try Fabletics. When you’re feeling good and looking cute, you won’t regret it!

Have you tried Fabletics? Will you?

*Although Fabletics provided me with these outfits free of charge, they did not ask me to write this review, nor was I compensated in any other way. I wanted to share my thoughts because I love this company! As always, all opinions are my own.

* This post contains referral links. If you purchase something from Fabletics using my link, I will receive store credit. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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The First Trimester

Symptoms:

Starting at week 3, my symptoms came on full force. Loss of appetite was the most noticeable one, but I’ve also experienced cramping, fatigue, nausea, insomnia, bloating, breakouts, and some moodiness. Because I felt symptoms so early on, there were times when I’d never thought I’d get relief, but almost overnight, I started to feel better at 12 weeks. When people tell you it gets better, it really does get better! I’m 13 weeks now, which means that next week I’ll enter my second trimester, and I’m already forgetting the yucky feelings that I’ve experienced in the first. I can see why people do this over and over again — you really do forget :) .

Cravings/Aversions:

For nearly 10 weeks, I had no desire to eat, which was frustrating/scary at times — I wanted to make sure that I was getting enough calories for the baby! I basically had an aversion to every food at one time or another, but the foods that I could tolerate the most during this time were: fruit and yogurt smoothies, strawberries, applesauce, chips & salsa, ginger tea, lemon candies, Greek salads, ice cream, cereal, and raw veggies with ranch dip.

Prior to pregnancy I ate oatmeal for breakfast everyday, but I’ve only touched that once since December — so strange! I’ve also had an aversion to chicken, but red meat hasn’t bothered me (I was the opposite pre-pregnancy), and there was one night when I thought I felt like Chipotle, but by the time I got it home, I couldn’t stand the smell of it.

One thing that hasn’t changed? My sweet tooth. Over the past three months, I’ve preferred sweet things over salty things.

Weight gain:

Due to loss of appetite, I’ve lost weight. I don’t weigh myself, so I’m not sure of the exact number, but I’m guessing it’s around 5-10 pounds, based on the way my clothes are fitting. At my last appointment, the nurse told me that I’d lost another pound, so I’m trying to eat foods that are higher in calories. A lot of my nausea and moodiness was due to the fact that I just wasn’t able to eat, so now that I have more of an appetite, I know that eating more and gaining some weight will make me feel a lot better.

Fitness:

Since I couldn’t make up for the calories I was burning during workouts, I decided to take it easy this trimester. When I did have the energy to work out, I did PiYo and Barre3 DVDs, Zumba classes at the gym, long walks, and some strength training with light weights. I probably averaged two workouts a week during this trimester, which was a little disappointing (I think everyone thinks, “I’m going to be super healthy when I’m pregnant,” but the reality can look a little different in the beginning), but the doctor agreed that I shouldn’t overdo it. I know that some of my weight loss is due to loss of muscle, and I’m hoping to gain some strength back during the second trimester!

That bump’s too high to be a baby — I think week 12 is just bloat!

Books I Read:

The Panic-Free Pregnancy, The Pregnancy Countdown, How to Exercise When You’re Expecting, and What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

As a nervous mom-to-be, I really liked The Panic-Free Pregnancy, and read it in a day over the holidays. Surprisingly, my favorite book is What to Expect When You’re Expecting — I don’t find it outdated or overwhelming, like a lot of the online reviews say. I keep it on my nightstand and read the weekly updates once a week.  The other two books, I could’ve done without. In fact, around week 8, I stopped googling (DO NOT google while pregnant)/reading blogs/reading books about what symptoms to expect during pregnancy. If I learned anything, it’s that every woman is completely different, and my symptoms have rarely aligned with what you’re “supposed” to feel!

The best advice I heard:

At the very beginning, a couple of people told me, “Pregnancy is not a disease or a disability, it’s a new stage in life.” I love this.

“Just do what you can and don’t worry about the rest.” — Advice from my mom, when I felt guilty for feeling too sick to clean the house, go shopping, finish laundry, work out, etc. It all gets done eventually, so there’s no reason to feel guilty!

How I felt:

Overwhelmed at first, but excited! Like I said above, I’m already starting to forget the symptoms that made me feel bad, and I’d do it all over again (and hope to — we’d love to have a big family)! 

What I’m looking forward to:

Finding out if we’re having a boy or a girl. Getting started on the baby’s room. Attending an event for expecting moms and dads, hosted by our hospital at a local cafe. Going on vacation this spring.

It’s hard to believe that this pregnancy is just about 1/3 of the way over. Jordan and I are so excited to meet our baby, but we are going to enjoy these last six months as a couple too!

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