My whirlwind of life!

So I left off with my baby being born and now she is 8 months old! 

She is shocked too. 

I have to go back to work in 5 weeks, but it will only be for a short 3 months because, I’m going back to school in September to get my post grad to be a dietitian! It only took 3 years to get a spot, but I couldn’t be more excited for this chapter in my life.

Being a parent has definitely been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I’ll blame most of that on sleep deprivation though!

Gotta sleep when the baby sleeps! 

We bought ourselves a treadmill for Christmas, so after taking pretty much a year off from working out, I’m finally getting back into the swing of working out again and getting back down to a few pounds below my pre pregnancy weight. 

We just got back from our first family vacation to Greece for Greg’s best friends wedding. Vacation is definitely a different experience with a baby but it was so nice and relaxing. 

We are flying back to Seattle on Saturday. We can’t wait for the rest of the family to meet Amelia. We can’t go to Seattle without a trip to Vegas either, so will be there for a week after Seattle. Wish us luck for a 10 hour flight with a baby! 

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Amelia Grace one month 

As all new parents seem to say, I can’t believe how fast this time has gone by. 

The first few weeks were definitely a blur, the days and nights all rolled into one and I now see why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture! From someone who thought they couldn’t function on more than 6 hours of sleep it’s amazing how our bodies adjust, 4.5 hour stints during the night is a huge plus! 

Figuring out breastfeeding is always a challenge and was a little more stressful because she lost a bit too much weight at her 10 day check so I thought she might not be getting enough milk. I started expressing into a bottle to give her some extra milk so that did the trick! 

Love my little baby cuddles! 

 We only had a few trick or treaters this year, apparently not having your outside lights on isnt clear enough, you needed to have decorations out to let people know where to get the candy! We had a mini pumpkin so I put that outside, we didn’t have anyone come after about an hour and I went to check outside and the pumpkin was gone! Haha 

We had a newborn photographer come over and take some pictures, they are adorable! 

She was 6 weeks on Tuesday and we are starting to see some smiles! Can’t wait till it’s more of a regular occurrence! 

We are so blessed and loving every day with our sweet little baby girl. 

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Our miracle is here! 

Amelia Grace was born on October 4th! Our life has been flipped upside down and we are loving every minute with her. 

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36 weeks and a baby shower!

According to my weeks by junk food size, baby is the size of a jumbo bag of chips!


Her measurements from our 36 week ultrasound estimate she is weighing in at 6lbs. It is exactly 3 weeks until my due date today so estimating a 7.5lb baby. I will take that and hopefully won’t be pushing anything too much bigger, yikes!

Weight gained:

 27 pounds, I’ve only gained about .6lb in the past few weeks.


Non-existent other than my mile walks to and from the train station. I have been trying to get out during my half an hour lunch break to get some extra steps in. I found a cute little park right across from the hospital that has been nice to walk around.

 Next week is my last week at work so I’ll have a few weeks before my due date to get some gym time in.

 Any baby related/pregnancy purchases:

 After seeing lots of new moms using it and the good reviews we ordered the wubbanub! 

I had a baby shower on Saturday and we received lots of sweet gifts for baby girl!

One more week at work with this view, gonna miss it!

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32 week bumpdate and 2 year wedding anniversary!

Baby Updates: 

According to my weeks by junk food size, baby is the size of a bucket of popcorn

According  to her measurements from our ultrasound she is weighing in at 4lbs and 7 ounces! I can’t believe she is supposed to almost double her weight in the next 8 weeks!

Weight Gained: 

24.2 pounds up so far.  It’s been a stressful few weeks around here and unfortunately my eating habits are showing it.


Greg still is still on the road to recovery and isn’t walking again yet, so my workouts are being on my feet and running up and down stairs at home!

The gym is so close yet my motivation is so far away!

Food Cravings: 

Goldfish! I’ve been going through my stash we brought back with us from our last trip.  Can’t beat the classic cheddar.  They also have a new cinnamon flavor that we discovered earlier in the year, they taste like graham crackers, so addicting!

I’ve also been buying beet salads at work for my lunches, I always thought I hated beets but fresh ones in salad are really good and a change from just the normal tomato cucumber salads I have.

Food Aversions: 

Nothing specific other than I still am not eating homemade salads and some veggies I roast.  I can happily eat a plate full of veggies if someone else prepares it or if I buy it out, but if I make it, it just grosses me out and I don’t want to eat it.  So weird.


Swollen ankles in the evenings.

Still getting round ligament pain in my lower abdomen, which I imagine will just continue if the baby is supposed to be gaining 1/2 pound a week!

Looking Forward To:

Finally getting our nursery set up and getting baby’s clothes put away and ready for her.

Greg found someone who does flatpack assembly which is awesome since he is currently out of commision, so he came and assembled our crib and changing unit.  There was also a wardrobe that came with the set, but he found one of the pieces was broken and wasn’t able to put it together.  We got the spare parts from the company yesterday but they sent it in the wrong color, and have to wait again for the right ones, so hopefully it will all get sorted soon.

All our baby clothes have stayed packed away in suitcases since while the house renovations were going on. I’ve been so excited to finally get them out and wash all the newborn stuff to get ready for her.

Any baby related/pregnancy purchases: 

We are trying to get all the little last minute stuff we are discovering we may need! Waterproof protector for her crib, cotton to wipe her with initially cause you can’t use wipes?!? So much to learn!

We didn’t have any sort of play mat with toys and we ordered this mat after reading Courtney’s recommendation.

Greg put some batteries in it to make sure it worked and it said welcome to babies paradise, and he said oh no! I thought something was wrong with it and he said it has an American accent!

Tonight we celebrated our 2nd anniversary!

We went to a local Italian restaurant for dinner. They had a nice  little set up for us.

We split a pizza and pasta.

Creme brûlée on the house!

Can’t believe will have an almost 1 year old at our next anniversary!! xoxoxo


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Week 29 update- hello third trimester!

Baby Updates: 

Baby is the size of a bunch of a butternut squash and weighs about  2.5lbs.

Lots of movement is now a regular occurrence which is amazing and still such a weird feeling.  It is sort of making me paranoid though since now is the time there needs to be lots of regular movement to be looked for because something may be wrong if that stops.

I saw my midwife this week and she also gave us information on monitoring baby movement and said the myth that the baby stops moving as much the closer she gets to delivery since she doesn’t have as much room to move around isn’t true and she should still be moving just as much.

Weight Gained:

21.8 pounds up so far.  I took my mini glucose test this week to test for gestational diabetes and that came back all normal which was a relief.


Greg tore his calf muscle during his tennis finals match and still isn’t able to put any weight on it a week later.  I took the week off work to help.  We had a painter in doing the living room/kitchen floor all week so he had to stay camped out downstairs and would have been impossible to carry anything and be constantly going up and downstairs.

My workouts this week have been running up and downstairs all week! It’s nice to not be sitting at a desk all week but being on feet all day has wiped me out.


Food Cravings:

Barbecued corn on the cob.  The weather has been so nice here this week, and with no air conditioning, it’s been a lot cooler to sit outside.  We’ve been using the grill and having dinner outside all week and have been barbecuing corn which I can’t get enough of now!

Food Aversions: 

Dr Pepper zero is starting to not be so appealing to me again which is probably a good thing for both of us!


I’ve heard it can return in the third trimester and it seems like it has.  I’m starting to feel really nauseous again after eating, luckily it’s not after every meal though. Greg had to get me some Preggie pops on Amazon since they don’t seem to have any medicine for nausea for pregnant women here which is hard to believe.  We can’t find it if there is! We initially bought and could only find some sea sickness medicine that was expensive but after reading the small print it wasn’t suitable for pregnant women.

Some round ligament pain from the ligaments in my belly stretching.  If I turn over too quickly at night it feels like I’m being stabbed in the sides of my lower stomach, so painful!

Looking Forward to?

Our ultrasound this week! Our next ultrasound in on Friday, I can’t wait to see baby girl and make sure everything is still moving a long as it should be.  I can’t believe I’ll be starting week 30 next Saturday!

Any Baby/Pregnancy Related Purchases?

  • Cleva Mama Tummy time mat
  • Back seat baby mirror
  • Halo Swaddle Sleepsack


  •  Portable changing station
  • Nursing cover
  • Nipple cream
  • The softest little bath towel!


  • Diaper caddy – I should have checked out the dimensions of this before I bought it.  I thought it was going to be a lot bigger, it says it fits 15 diapers and lots of pockets for things on the sides.  I think it actually might be alright since I will realistically be carrying up and and downstairs anyway so I probably wouldn’t want something huge and heavy to carry.


Greg’s purchase! I can’t beleive she will be here when the new season of TWD starts in October!


Miss Anything? 

I made these ham and cheese scones, they were really good, but having a runny egg with them would have made them even better!


Still sushi, runny eggs, rare steak, and margaritas!!

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27 weeks- Baby update!

Baby Updates: 

Baby is the size of a bunch of bananas and weighs 2lbs.  Apparently this is when we should start talking or singing to her to familiarize her with our voices!

Weight Gained: 

21 pounds so far which is about a pound over the higher end of what I should be weighing this week, and considering I was already around 10 pounds over what I normally weigh when I found out I was pregnant, I shouldn’t be this heavy at this point.

Something positive though is that I have always been in either a calorie depraviation stage before a vacation or going crazy and eating all the food during and after vacation till the cycle started again.  Now that I’m not restricting myself, and eating carbs are not forbidden I don’t obsess over food, I eat what and when I want and don’t feel the need to go back for thirds and eat until I’m stuffed.  I had dinner with Greg’s family last week and his aunt made her famous napoleon cake where I have ALWAYS gone back for at least seconds.  After dinner, I had a piece, was satisfied and was done and didn’t think about needing or wanting another piece, this never happens with dessert!

It’s nice to actually feel like I can be normal with eating, I don’t need to binge because I’m not depriving myself and I don’t feel like I need to eat all the food like it’s the last day I’m going to ever eat again.

There is still way too much processed junk in my diet that I said once the nausea stops that I want to focus on eating as clean as I possibly can for the last trimester of pregnancy.  This  should help me to naturally lose some of the excess fat weight I have gained and to continue being healthy after the baby is born.


These have been non-exisitent. 

 I haven’t worked out since our 8K run in Seattle 3 weeks ago. We have been really busy in the evenings after work with planning our housewarming last weekend,  house stuff and visiting Greg’s family before they move to Hong Kong next weekend so exercise has not been a priority, which is a shame because our gym is now a minute walk away from our house and I thought I’d be living there once we moved in.  Id like to try and go 2-3 times a week.  I’ve been reading so much about the benefits of exercise and making labor easier so I’ve got to try and do what I can with the little time I have left although it’s just going to get harder the bigger I get so I’m not sure what is actually realistic.

Food Cravings: 

Pasta dishes! I basically never have pasta other than a few noodles when I make spaghetti because of how ‘bad’ i’ve always thought it is, so I’ve recently had a few healthier microwave pasta meals that I’ve been loving.  I wish spaghetti squash was available all year round here to try make some healthier pasta dishes.

Food Aversions: 

Nothing anymore!


Peeing every 30 minutes!! Baby is moving around so much now and apparently is really supposed to be moving regularly from week 28.  It’s still such a weird feeling!

Looking Forward to?

Not having to get up to pee 5 times a night, but I’ll probably be getting up that often for other reasons once she is here so maybe it’s just preparation for that?!

I can’t believe I’ll be starting my third trimester next week, the time has flown by but now that there’s nothing in-between and am dreading going to work everyday it feels like these next few months are going to drag, so I’m looking forward to be being off work and with our baby!

Any Baby/Pregnancy Related Purchases?

We bought a diaper dispenser and a UV cover for our stroller.  Still have lots of little things to buy from our registry since my family gave us money to buy things since we couldn’t bring anything back with us from Seattle.

I’ve been reading random articles on how babies can also cry if they are bored but also when they are tired and just want to chill out and be left a lone, but are sometimes over stimulated with toys which can also upset them.  I’d like to try and find a book on this, any moms have any good recommendations or experience with this?

Miss Anything? 

Sushi, runny eggs, rare steak, and margaritas!!

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