Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 16

16 weeks on February 6, 2016

16 weeks with Lucy vs. Baby #2

And just because I thought it was adorable that Lucy wanted in on the picture this week (she did the hand on her hip all on her own too!)

How far along: 16 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: About 4.5 inches long, weighs about 3.5 ounces, and is the size of an avocado

Weight gain: 5.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: Still managing to wear all my normal clothes but each week my pants keep feeling a bit tighter

Symptoms: Peeing all the time (I really don't remember it being this frequently last time but maybe it was) and getting a heavier feeling lower in my belly as the baby gets bigger and starts taking more space

Gender: I really wish I felt strongly one way or the other but I honestly don't; luckily, we find out in a month! I guess the good thing is I won't get my hopes up one way or the other and will be excited no matter what.

Exercise: Working out 6-7 days/week; combination of teaching Spin/TRX, running, Step Mill, and taking either Clocked or In the Mix @ System of Strength

Food cravings: Fruit (apples & strawberries specifically) and veggies (carrots, celery, cucumbers) with dill dip

Food aversions: Feel lucky I haven't had any real food aversions so far during this pregnancy

Movement: Definitely feeling more movement so I know for sure those were flutters I'd been feeling the past couple weeks

Sleep: Sleeping pretty well for the most part but waking up a bit more than normal (or prior to pregnancy) because my shoulder or hip will start hurting from laying on my side and I'll need to flip to the other side

Looking forward to: Seeing our little peanut again and finding out if we're having a boy or a girl in just 2 weeks!

Best moment of the week: Dr. appointment today and hearing baby's heartbeat (140 bpm)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Weekend Fun

This past weekend was pretty much perfect....spent time as a family (and worked on Lucy's new big girl room and bought her a new bed!), spent time with just Todd on a date night at the newest restaurant in Columbus (The Avenue Steak Tavern in Grandview), and spent some time with friends at a Super Bowl party on Sunday.

Got home from working out at the Y on Saturday morning and while I showered & Todd worked on putting together some of the furniture for Lucy's new room, she was allowed to lounge on our bed to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Once Lucy's new room is completely finished, I'll do a full post with pictures but here's some of the progress (Lucy's current room will stay as the nursery for baby #2 and we're moving Lucy into what was our office/junk room); Todd painted the walls a mint green color last weekend and we had bought a lot of the furniture over the past couple months so he spent some time putting it all together

This was right before we went to go buy a twin bed so her room is almost complete except for some decor for the walls (and I need to move over all her clothes, books, etc. from her current room)

Todd & Lucy testing out mattresses

Once we brought the mattress, box springs, and frame home, Todd immediately got to work on putting it all together

We had a babysitter on Saturday night so we could celebrate an early Valentine's Day by trying out The Avenue Steak Tavern, the newest Cameron Mitchell restaurant in town

Always love date night with this guy & I really enjoyed the restaurant...would definitely be one I'd go to again!

We split the Mushroom Sautee as an appetizer (seriously, who knew mushrooms could be so tasty...the sauce was fantastic!)

Todd's meal came with a salad so he chose the Tavern Salad (a little too "oniony" for me)

I got the White Cheddar Burger and oh my gosh, it was one of the best burgers I've ever had!  The sweet pickle mayo was amazing and a burger always tastes 100% better with shredded lettuce (oh, and those fries were delicious)

Todd had the Veal Milanese which came with a side of linguine and again, it was perfect!

Sunday started with a killer workout System of Strength and a trip to the grocery store followed by baking with my girl; we were going to a Super Bowl party that evening and I was making a Reese's Butterfinger Brownie Trifle as well as Corn Dip to take

Lucy helped with the brownie layer

Finished product!

Low key Super Bowl party at our friends' house; there were about 10 of us and while Todd stayed for most of the game, I came home right before halftime so I could get Lucy a bath and to bed

The rest of this week should be pretty low key and I'm excited for my 16 week doctor's appointment tomorrow, Lucy's second gymnastics class on Thursday evening, and friends coming into town on Saturday.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Weekly Recap: February 1-7

Felt good during my workouts but also feel like I'm having to slow down a little bit too especially during Clocked at System of Strength; however, running is actually feeling a little easier than a few weeks ago.

Monday: 1 hr Clocked @ System of Strength

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 4 mi (8:44 pace) + 15 min cardio Tabata

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 20 min Step Mill + 4 mi (8:40 pace)

Saturday: 30 min Spinning @ Y (on my own) + 3 mi (8:35 pace)

Sunday: 1 hr Clocked @ System of Strength

Total: 11 mi

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 15

15 weeks on January 30, 2016

15 weeks with Lucy vs. Baby #2

How far along: 15 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: About 4-4.5 inches long, weighs about 2.5 ounces, and is the size of an apple

Weight gain: 4.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: Not yet and am hoping to hold off another month or so; I lost weight after having Lucy and had to size down so I'm thinking in a few weeks when my current pants are too tight, I can go back to wearing some pants I have from pre-Lucy that are a size bigger.  I'm in that awkward stage where I just feel blah and fat and am anxious to have a bump instead!

Symptoms: Peeing all the time (I actually had to take a pee break during a class at System of Strength the other day which was the first time I couldn't make it a whole hour but part of that might have been all the jumping we were doing during class)

Gender: I really have no idea and am split 50/50...part of me thinks another girl which is just a gut feeling but part of me thinks boy just because I felt so good in the first trimester and didn't feel that way with Lucy

Exercise: Teaching Spin/TRX twice/week and doing a variety of other workouts the other 4-5 days (running, step mill, classes at System of Strength)

Food cravings: Apples and buttered toast

Food aversions: Nothing

Movement: Still thinking I'm feeling little movements especially when I'm sitting in the car

Sleep: Sleeping great but have had to get up a few times at night to pee and also to get water because I've been so thirsty

Looking forward to: Buying a twin bed for Lucy's new room this weekend and my doctor's appointment next week

Best moment of the week: Painting Lucy's new room and putting together all the furniture last weekend

Monday, February 1, 2016

Weekly Recap: January 25-31

It felt good to get back into my routine and back to teaching after being in California.  I didn't run the 5 days we were there so it was nice to log a few miles last week on the treadmill.

Monday: 50 min Spinning @ Ride Oakland

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX + 3 mi (8:50 pace)

Wednesday: 3 mi (9:01 pace) + 15 min Strength/Cardio circuit

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Friday: 1 hr In the Mix @ System of Strength + 3 mi (8:54 pace)

Saturday: 45 min Spinning @ PAI Yoga & Fitness

Sunday: Rest

Total: 9 mi

Friday, January 29, 2016

Trip to the Bay Area: Day 3-5

With 2 days of our trip down, we had 2 more full days ahead of us before a travel day back home.  Since it was the weekend, Jeff was off work so we were able to spend time with him as well as Meghan & William.  They planned a great Saturday with brunch and a trip to a children's museum for Lucy and then on Sunday we had a brunch planned at one of Todd's friend's house who lives nearby. We enjoyed every minute of our visit but were still sad to leave on Monday morning.

Day 3 (Saturday, January 23)

Tried out another new fitness studio for a circuit-style class 

We drove to Sausalito (which is on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) to have brunch at Le Garage

View of the boats from brunch

We spent most of the afternoon at the Bay Area Discovery Museum which was perfect for Lucy; she had a blast running around and playing while William slept

There were several different buildings to go into with different themes as well as lots of outdoor play areas (not something I'm used to at a museum in Ohio since it's so cold for part of the year)

Outdoor water table

Outdoor puppet show with daddy

Discovery Hall, one of the buildings, had an interactive exhibit about life in China so Lucy was able to go to the Chinese market...

Jeff & Todd played ping pong...

and Lucy and daddy rode a scooter

We also spent a lot of time playing outside at Lookout Cove

She made it to the birds' nest

Really fun afternoon!

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the museum entrance

We all went out to dinner that evening at Drake's Dealership and we were able to sit in the outdoor area which was really cute!  There were string lights and lots of heaters so it was definitely comfortable

Best family pic we could get

Another taster tray for Todd


Day 4 (Sunday, January 24)

Since Todd has quite a few friends that have moved out to the Bay Area over the last 4-5 years (the number keeps growing each year too which makes me sad), one of his friends offered to host a brunch so we were all able to get together and all the kids could easily play too (I think there were 15 adults + 8 kids)

Todd, Lucy, and I with Meghan, Jeff, and William

The whole group (a few people had already left at this point)

We ended up staying at our friends' house for awhile so once we got back to Jeff & Meghan's, we just decided to relax the rest of the afternoon/evening and Todd got in some practice for baby #2

Lucy just couldn't get enough of William


Day 5 (Monday, January 25)

One more chance to hold him before leaving

Waiting to board the plane

She apparently was pretty excited to look at the Southwest magazine from the seat back pocket

More stickers!

The flight home went just as smoothly as the flight out there.  Lucy played some games on the iPad and watched a few episodes of Daniel Tiger so I was actually able to read my book for a couple hours while Todd watched the in-flight entertainment.  It was a long day since our flight left Oakland at 1:30 PM and we didn't land in Columbus until close to 9:00 PM but Lucy was a trooper (lots of snacks helped) and we were so glad we were able to make the trip out there to visit.  We already miss Jeff, Meghan, and William and can't wait to see them again...hopefully sooner rather than later!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Trip to the Bay Area: Day 1-2

Last Thursday, Todd, Lucy, and I took the early morning flight out to the San Francisco/Bay Area to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and meet our 6 week old nephew/cousin!  We were up bright and early at 3:30 AM but luckily had a direct flight to Oakland which means we arrived in California before 8:00 AM.  Lucy is anti-napping on planes (this was her 4th plane trip and the only time she's ever napped was on her first flight when she was 6 months old) but she's at such a great age to travel because she can sit still and be entertained for the 5 hour flight (thanks to lots of sticker books, iPad, and portable DVD player).  Once we arrived at the airport, we picked up our rental car and drove to Piedmont (a suburb of Oakland) where Jeff & Meghan live and where we were staying for our trip.

Day 1 (Thursday, January 21)
  • Direct flight from Columbus to Oakland at 6:00 AM (!)
  • Arrived in Oakland at 8:00 AM local time
  • Hung out with Meghan & met our nephew, William, for the first time!
  • Lunch at Rick & Ann's in Berkeley
  • Hung out at Jeff & Meghan's while the babes napped
  • Take out dinner from The Star
  • Ice cream from Cream
Ready to board the plane

Lucy was excited!

She watched a few episodes of Daniel Tiger

And spent over an hour playing with stickers

As soon as we got her in the rental car, she was out......unfortunately, the drive to Jeff & Meghan's house from the Oakland airport was only about 20 min though

Lucy had been talking about meeting "Baby William" for weeks and was so excited to give him his new Mickey Mouse rattle

We drove to Berkeley (only about a 10-15 min drive) to have lunch at Rick & Anna's with Meghan & William (Jeff was in LA for work that day so we didn't actually see him until the next day)

Holding my sweet, sleeping nephew

Lucy "playing" with William

He's such a great baby and rarely cries so we got to see quite a few smiles and smirks from him during our trip

Lucy did not want to leave his side the entire trip.....which is good considering we're going to have a baby of our own in less than 6 months!

Holding her cousin for the first time

Can't pass up dessert while on vacation and Cream had some amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches

Brownie sundae for Meghan and cookie sandwich for me


Day 2 (Friday, January 22)

Even when I'm out of town I like to work out and find new studios so I was excited to try out Ride Oakland, a Spinning studio, and it was awesome!

Since we were in the Bay Area, we wanted to head into San Francisco (it was about a 30-40 min drive from Piedmont) to show Lucy some of the touristy things, and of course, it was the one day that it actually rained, but that didn't stop us from taking a ride on the cable cars 

Lucy LOVED the cable cars and thought they were like the trolley from Daniel Tiger

Someone is having a good time!

Holding on and looking out the window

The ride is only one way so once we got to the end of the line, we had to get off the cable car and wait for another to take us back to where we started; there was no line for us to get on the initial cable car but we had to wait about 20 min for one to take us back

Cable car pulling into the turnaround to go back the other way

Turning around

We had an outside seat on the way back

Driving past Lombard Street, the famous crooked street

Heading down the hills of San Francisco and back to the Embarcadero

Todd & Lucy in front of one of the cable cars after our ride

After the cable car ride, we walked down the Embarcadero to Pier 39 to see the sea lions

Lots of sea lions hanging out

It started to rain harder on our walk back so Lucy & I ducked into Boudin Bakery for a quick snack of authentic sourdough bread while Todd went and got the car

We stopped at 21st Amendment Brewery for a late lunch before heading back to Piedmont

Todd enjoying a taster tray

We thought we'd miss the rush hour traffic out of the city but apparently there's always traffic so it took us twice as long to get back to Jeff & Meghan's (it took us almost 45 min just to go a few blocks to get onto the Bay Bridge back over to Oakland).  It was a little stressful too as we were sitting in 3 lanes of traffic just about to get on the bridge when Lucy announced that she had to go to the bathroom and there was no where for us to stop or pull over.  I don't know how she did it but she held it for another 30 min and made it back to the house accident-free!

Once Jeff came home from work that evening, we ordered some takeout from an Italian restaurant and relaxed at their house for the rest of the evening.

Part 2 will be up tomorrow!