Thursday, May 26, 2016

One-on-One Time with My Girl

I'm back to work today after taking off Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week to stay at home with Lucy.  At first, I was a little bitter that Todd was in Mexico for a wedding that he was in (initially, we were both planning on going but once word got out about the Zika virus, my doctor quickly nixed that idea) but realized the days of just me & Lucy hanging out by ourselves are quickly numbered as my due date will be here in less than 2 months.  Plus, Todd & I still have plans for a mini getaway to Florida in a couple weeks so I still have something to look forward to knowing we won't be going on any more trips until next year.  

So let's see, what did Lucy & I manage to cram into 3 days?  We ran a bunch of errands (Lucy is such a little trooper but I knew this was a good opportunity to get Todd's Father's Day presents), played at the mall, went to the Y, went to the park to play and have a picnic lunch, played with chalk, bubbles, and the water table, painted, and read lots of books.  We did a lot but I still felt like we had plenty of down time at home and she still got in her 2-2.5 hour nap every afternoon (my saving grace!).

I love her bedhead (Todd left for the airport at 3:45 AM on Monday morning so I sent him this picture of Lucy once she was up so he would see it when he had his layover)

Stopping by Grandma & Grandpa's to water their flowers after going to the Y

She did a great job

Her reward for letting me shop at a few stores was playing at the play area at Polaris

 Every time she's on this lion, she asks me to take her picture

She's constantly asking to go outside to do chalk and bubbles

Post-nap water painting

Just lounging on our bed watching a show while I showered & got ready on Tuesday morning

Another round of painting after breakfast before running a few more errands

Showing her painting to her ballerina

Driving the train at the Village Green Park near downtown Powell

 Packed a lunch so we wouldn't have to leave and go home to eat

 Tuesday was almost a perfect day in terms of the weather....hardly a cloud in the sky with lots of sun but not humid

By the time we were getting ready to leave & walk back home, we were the only people there

 After her nap, she wanted to play with the water table

Wednesday morning started with a trip to the Y (and just like last summer, when we leave the Y, she goes over to sit on the fence and wants me to take her picture)

Watering the flowers again

Helping me make a cake for book club that evening

Obviously the best part is licking the beaters!

The weather is finally turning around here and it was absolutely beautiful these past few days which meant we were able to spend lots of time outside.  It looks like this weekend should be even warmer too so I'm hoping our first trip to Zoombezi Bay for the season will be in our plans. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 31

31 weeks on May 21, 2016

31 weeks with Lucy vs. Baby Girl #2

How far along: 31 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: A little over 16 inches, weighs a little over 3 pounds, and is the size of a pineapple

Weight gain: 15.5 pounds

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

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions many times a day, constantly having to pee, some random nausea here & there, and SI joint/piriformis pain which is causing sciatica in my right leg with some numbness in my toes/foot (going to PT tomorrow)

Gender: Girl

Exercise: Still managing to work out 6-7x/week but it will definitely be a lot more Spinning since that's tolerable with the sciatica

Food cravings: Nothing worth noting

Food aversions: Nothing

Movement: Lots of movement with the majority coming clear over on my right side and just to the left of my belly buttons; we have a 3D ultrasound tomorrow so I'm curious to see how she's actually positioned in there

Sleep: Been getting up 1-2x/night to go to the bathroom but fall right back asleep

Looking forward to: 3D ultrasound tomorrow & maternity photos on Satuday!

Best moment of the week: Lucy yelling at my belly and telling her sister to get out of there already because she wanted to hold her hand

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly Recap: May 16-22

Still feeling pretty good during my workouts but really have to stretch quite a bit so the sciatica doesn't get to be too bad. I have PT scheduled for Thursday so we'll have to wait and see what kind of stretches and exercises they recommend.

Monday: 15 min Stepmill  + 30 min elliptical

Tuesday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

Wednesday: 20 min walk/jog + Insanity Cardio Power & Resistance

Thursday: taught 1 hr Spin/TRX

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

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

Sunday: Rest

Friday, May 20, 2016

Weeknight Date Night

Todd & I had a rare weeknight date last night.  For Christmas, my parents had bought us tickets to see Dirty Dancing at the Ohio Theatre along with an evening of babysitting Lucy.  Since we weren't able to go out to dinner to celebrate my birthday last weekend, Todd made reservations at La Tavola in Grandview so we could grab a bite to eat before the show.  The food at La Tavola was really good (the housemade bread and sauce were amazing!) and I'd been wanting to go there since it reopened in that location.  La Tavola was originally in Powell years ago and it was always one of my favorite restaurants.  It's closed and reopened several times since then and I'm hoping they've finally found a good location for it.  The broadway show was fantastic as well.  The singing, music, and dancing were all spot on and I couldn't get over how much the female lead looked like Jennifer Grey from the movie.  We also had some pretty awesome seats and were sitting in the front row of the loge so we had plenty of space and leg room.  Plus, our view of the stage was perfect.  My parents kept Lucy overnight so I even "slept in" today until 6:00 AM and went to the gym before picking her up.  

Dropping Lucy off at my parents'

It was super bright out which is why we look squinty

The housemade bread and olive oil were a great start to dinner

I had the Chicken Parmesan which came with a side of pasta and Todd had the Cannelloni which was one of the specials

Date night pic

And then of course once I saw another table order the Chocolate Torte for dessert, I had to get a piece as well

Heading in to the show

Waiting for the show to start

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bump Update #2: Week 30

30 Weeks on May 14, 2016

30 Weeks with Lucy vs. Baby Girl #2

Week 5-10-15-20-25-30

How far along: 30 weeks & 4 days

Size of baby: About 15.5-16 inches, weighs almost 3 pounds, and is the size of a large cabbage or length of a cucumber

Weight gain: 14.5 pounds

Maternity clothes: Mostly maternity bottoms with some maternity & some regular tops

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions, sciatica, and I was super hormonal/emotional earlier in the week which I was not expecting

Gender: Girl

Exercise: Still teaching 2x/week and working out on my own the other 4-5 days/week

Food cravings: Sweets

Food aversions: Nothing but still don't have a huge appetite

Movement: Her movements have really picked up these last couple weeks and my stomach is constantly moving with every little roll and jab she gives

Sleep: Sleep hasn't been too bad but I'm really trying to lay on only my left side so my sciatica isn't as bad in the morning and sometimes my shoulder or hip will hurt in the middle of the night from only laying on that side...and then of course, once I'm awake, I have to go pee

Looking forward to: A maternity massage I have scheduled for next week

Best moment of the week: 30 week appointment today went great!  HR was in the 140s and my belly is measuring right where it should be.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Birthday Weekend

Another busy weekend in the books and another weekend with a celebration....this time it was for my birthday!  Unfortunately, the weather didn't quite cooperate like we had hoped (pretty sure this was one of the coldest birthdays I can remember and we weren't able to go on our picnic).  

On Friday, Lucy & I headed to the Columbus Zoo....and apparently half of the schools in town also had plans to go that day because it was PACKED with school groups.  We were there for almost 3 hours and saw & did quite a bit.  Luckily, we have a gold membership which includes not only admission to the zoo & Zoombezi Bay but it also includes all the fun "extras" like riding the train and carousel, feeding the giraffes, taking a camel ride, etc.  We definitely take full advantage of these extra perks.

Lucy brushing a sheep in the petting zoo area

We happened to catch a glimpse of Jack Hanna who it looked like might have been filming a commercial or something along that sort

Carousel ride

Love this happy little girl

Waiting in line to feed the giraffes

Lucy was just barely able to get the lettuce up to the giraffe's mouth

Ready for the train ride

On Saturday, we drove up to see Todd's family for our niece's 5th birthday party.  It always makes for a long day when we do the round trip in one day (it's almost a 3 hour drive one way) but it was nice to see everyone especially some people we hadn't seen since Christmas & Lucy always has such a great time with her cousins.  Plus, this will probably be our last trip up there until after the baby is born.

My mother-in-law always makes the best cakes for the kids' parties....the theme was Under the Sea

Sunday was my birthday and while my hormones & emotions were running wild (more so than I remember when I was pregnant with Lucy), we still managed to have a great day.  While I was getting ready for the day, Todd & Lucy drove down to campus to pick up donuts at Buckeye Donuts (I'd been talking about wanting a donut for months now).  They hit the spot!  I had a work meeting that took up most of the afternoon (but I did win a free massage!) and when I got home, Todd was making homemade Chicken Parmesan for dinner (besides Japanese Chicken Salad, which he made last weekend for Mother's Day, this is my other favorite dish he makes).  My parents came over later for cake & ice cream.  It wasn't the most exciting birthday but it was still a great day.  For Christmas, my parents had given us tickets to see Dirty Dancing at the theatre and the show is finally this week so we're going to take advantage of our date night by going to dinner beforehand and then we also might try to have a picnic this weekend if the weather is nice so we have a few fun "birthday" celebrations coming up still.

Todd definitely knows I have a love for anything chocolate and peanut butter 

Oh yeah, this girl loves her sprinkled donuts

and she loves her milk

She doesn't mess around

It's crazy to think that next year for my birthday, there will be 2 little girls at the table with me

Reading my card from Lucy

Helping to open my present

Pretty excited for a new camera!

Todd's homemade Chicken Parmesan

Party horns

Luckily, these went back home with Grandma & Grandpa when they left

Time for cake!

Blowing out the candles

She was so excited to help me