Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 36

36 weeks on June 24, 2016

36 weeks with Lucy vs. Baby Girl #2

Teaching Spin/TRX at 5:45 AM with 1 month till my due date with Lucy vs. Baby Girl #2

How far along: 36 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: About 18.5 inches long, weighs about almost 6 pounds, and is the size of a honeydew

Weight gain: 16.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: Maternity pants/shorts and regular & maternity tops

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, SI joint pain/sciatica, occasional groin pain and upset stomach

Gender: Still a girl

Exercise: With less than a month to go (hopefully!), I've been really proud of myself that I've consistently worked out 6x/week the whole pregnancy and my goal is to continue until I deliver.  I actually feel so much better after I work out that I couldn't imagine not doing it

Food cravings: Diet Coke and Cheez-Its

Food aversions: Nothing

Movement: Lots of big movements like she's trying to stretch and give herself some more room

Sleep: Sleeping great but I do get up 2-3x/night to pee; she must be low or pushing on my bladder because I definitely didn't up this much at night when I was pregnant with Lucy

Looking forward to: Dr appointment on Friday with first internal exam....hoping for a little progress

Best moment of the week: Submitting my leave of absence form at work for my maternity leave which means it's starting to get close!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Summer Lovin'

We were finally home for a weekend but that doesn't mean we weren't busy!  On Friday, Lucy & I met up with some friends (my two good girlfriends from grade school/high school and their kids) at the zoo for a play date.  They were so adorable holding hands when we first met up and were great the whole time we hung out.  I'm hoping they will become lifelong friends just like their mamas are.

Our sweet group of toddlers

They even played together nicely!

On Saturday, we were expecting one of my friends and her daughter from out of town and weren't real sure what time they would come over so we headed to Zoombezi Bay for a few hours since we'd only been once so far this season.  Lucy had a blast and could go here everyday if we let her.

Claiming her spot on the lounge chair

Lucy always likes to start on the slides in the toddler area before moving on to either the bigger kid area, lazy river, or wave pool

We got there right when it opened and there was hardly anyone in the toddler area yet; when we came back about an hour later, it was packed

Family time on a beautiful summer day

Going down the turtle slide

Snack time

Once our friends were in town, we invited some other friends over too and we all walked to the Powell Festival in downtown Powell from our house.  It so hot out that day so we only walked around for a little bit, letting the girls play, before we found a semi-shaded spot to enjoy some dinner from the local food trucks.  Afterwards, we all walked back to our house for drinks, s'mores, and fireworks.  

One of the kids' play areas at the Powell Festival

Kendall & Lucy eating goldfish crackers

Running over to the music stage to hear the band playing

Lucy was their little groupie

Kendall feeding Lucy goldfish crackers (I'm pretty sure they downed almost the whole bag between the two of them)

The lighting was bad but the food we got was delicious!  Todd got pieorgies and I got a greek salad

Roasting a marshmallow with Lucy

Everyone hanging out and relaxing

Olive & Lucy watching the fireworks from our backyard with their daddies

I was sad to see Emily & Kendall leave on Sunday morning but I was really glad they made the trip down from Cleveland

Sunday was spent playing catch up on some housework and yard work while my dad took Lucy to the pool for a couple hours.  We've been lucky that the weather the past few weekends has been hot so we can take full advantage of all the fun summer activities like Zoombezi Bay and the pool!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Weekly Recap: June 20-26

Spinning has become my new in, I never seem to get sick of it and it has turned into my go-to workout.  There's only 1 actual Spinning bike out in the fitness area of the Y I belong to (there are a bunch in the group fitness room but I was told I couldn't use those...I don't get it but I guess I'll abide by their rules) and of course, there's this middle-aged man that gets there right when I do when it opens at 5:15 AM that I'm fighting over to get to the bike first.  Clearly, he won on Monday and I ended up driving back home and just working out at home instead.  It depends on the day but there aren't a lot of options for me if my SI joint pain/sciatica are really bothering me so the elliptical and treadmill are out of the question.  For some reason though, the Spinning bike doesn't bother it at all and actually seems to help loosen things up.

Monday: 45 min cardio/strength circuit @ home

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 45 min Spinning @ Y (on my own)

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr Spinning @ Y (on my own)

Saturday: 40 min Spinning @ Y (on my own) + 15 min strength/cardio circuit

Sunday: Rest

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wedding in Lexington

Like I mentioned the other day, we were in Lexington this past weekend to attend my second's cousin's wedding (my dad's cousin's daughter).  A few of my aunts and uncles as well as my dad's cousins that I haven't seen in a few years were all going to be there so we figured we'd make the drive down to see everyone.  Plus, let's be honest, Todd & I love going to weddings (I've lost count of how many we've gone to over the 8 years we've been together but it's definitely 30+) and we don't have any more in the future that we know of yet.  

So on Saturday after our brewery tour, we met my parents to pick Lucy up from them, checked into our hotel, and got ready for the wedding.  We knew it was an outdoor wedding at the groom's family farm so the dress was a bit more casual especially since it was 85-90 degrees out.  The ceremony was right in the dead heat of the day with no shade so I was dying (wearing a black dress probably wasn't the smartest move either) and was glad the ceremony was over in about 30 minutes.  It was a beautiful set up though and I'm sure they weren't anticipating it being as hot as it was!

Lucy standing on Grandma's lap to get a better view of the bridal party walking down the aisle

The bride pulled up in a VW bug at the end of the aisle to walk down with her dad

Bride and groom exchanging vows

After the ceremony, the wedding planner came over and told us there were special treat boxes for the kids to have; they had a coloring book & crayons, play doh, and a bunch of snacks in them which was really thoughful

Across the field under a large tent was where the reception was set up.  Again, it was beautiful and I really loved & appreciated all the little details that they put into the planning of it.  Oh, and the food was amazing!  They had a southern-style buffet so it was all the good stuff--mac & cheese, bbq pulled pork & coleslaw jars (which were the cutest things), cheese grits, etc.  Despite skipping a nap that day, Lucy was very well behaved and was tearing up the dance floor.  She probably spent a good 2 hours running around on it (before the actual dancing started) and dancing.  It was funny though because she didn't want to dance with me, Todd, or my parents (basically anyone she actually knew) but was more than willing to dance with complete strangers.  By the end of the night, most people knew her name and when she came over on the dance floor, they'd be calling her over.  She's definitely outgoing and a people person!

Cake & cupcake table

Head table (the dance floor was directly behind it)

View of the inside of the tent from the head table; the food and bar were on the other end

We sat with my parents and a couple of my uncles and aunt

The dinner menu

Drink station with iced tea, lavender lemonade, and water

And this was the bar where they even had a few specialty drinks for the night (I know one had bourbon in it and one had champagne in it)

Love this quote

Gift and guestbook table

Family pic before getting the party started

They even had special cups with lids and straws for the kids (I swear, they thought of everything!)

Lucy coloring

All the delicious food; that mason jar on the left side was the bbq jar I mentioned earlier that had pulled pork on the bottom and coleslaw on the top

Digging in to her piece of wedding cake

They had a photo booth there too and luckily they didn't seem to mind Lucy went up 7 times to get her picture taken with different costumes and family members

Rodrick family of 3 (for now)

Dancing with the bride


Lucy made a new friend and they were playing together for awhile

She was totally content dancing with strangers or by herself

She would watch everyone dance and try to copy their moves

The ceremony had started at 4:00 PM so by around 9:00 PM, we (Todd & I) were ready to head back to the hotel (Lucy would've stayed all night if she could--she kept telling us her favorite part of the wedding was the music) so I honestly have no idea how long the reception lasted.  I'm really glad we made the drive down to go though and now we're officially done traveling until baby girl comes in July!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 35

35 weeks on June 18, 2016

35 weeks with Lucy vs. Baby Girl #2

How far along: 35 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: A little over 18 inches long, weighs about 5.25 pounds, and is the size of a coconut

Weight gain: 16 pounds

Maternity clothes: Mostly maternity clothes but I can still wear one pair of regular dress pants for work as well as regular workout clothes (I never bought any maternity workout stuff) and some regular tank tops

Symptoms: Same as the last 6 weeks or so (Braxton Hicks, sciatica, peeing all the time) with the addition of some occasional groin pain/soreness

Gender: Girl!

Exercise: Still teaching Spin/TRX twice/week and working out on my own another 4-5 days

Food cravings: Sweets!

Food aversions: Nothing 

Movement: Lots of stronger pushes and jabs which surprise me at times; it feels like she's taking her elbow or knee and just rubbing it all along the inside of my stomach

Sleep: Sleeping great still despite getting up once or twice every night to pee 

Looking forward to: Every night when I can hopefully lay on the couch for a little bit after we put Lucy to bed :)

Best moment of the week: Celebrating Father's Day over the weekend

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Father's Day 2016

We had a family wedding to attend in Lexington, Kentucky this past weekend so while we were out of town, I had made some plans to celebrate Father's Day for Todd and my dad.  My parents were also going to the wedding and had actually already been in Lexington for a couple days for a UK alumni meeting so once we arrived in Lexington late on Saturday morning, we dropped Lucy off with them at their hotel so Todd & I could go to Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. for a tour and tasting.  The tour was about an hour where half the time was spent learning about their brewing process and having beer samples (they make Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale) and the other half was spent learning about the distilling process and having samples of the spirits they make (mainly bourbon).  The facility itself is just a few years old and was really nice.  We've gone on our fair share of brewery and bourbon tours so we didn't learn a lot of new information but Todd got to sample quite a few new beers and spirits.  Of course, he got twice as many as everyone else since I couldn't drink mine!  It was a great tour and I know Todd was glad I had planned a special outing for him for Father's Day.

The brewery part of the building

The distillery part of the building

The two buildings are connected by pipes that run the spirits from one building to the other after some of the distilling process is complete

Fermentation kettles

Tour guide talking about the different beers we could sample

Beer samples

Todd in his element

Enjoying a taster...or just posing with it

Part of the distillery side of the company

Cooper kettles

Todd and a random horse 

Onto the spirit samples

Enjoying our time together

The wedding was late Saturday afternoon (which I'll have a recap of that up in the next couple days) so we spent the night in Lexington and then had made reservations to have lunch at Moerlein Lager House in Cincinati on Sunday on the way home with my parents.  Lunch was tasty, my dad and Todd enjoyed some taster trays, and it made for a nice stop to break up the drive home,
The restaurant was right on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati so we had some gorgeous views of the waterfront

Lucy and Grandpa opening up presents

Posing with Todd's present from Lucy

Daddy, Lucy, and Grandpa

Taster tray for Todd

Best attempt at a family pic after lunch (Lucy was pretty much done with taking pics and listening by this point)