Monday, March 30, 2015

High Desert Fun

Early Friday morning, I headed to my parents' house to pick up my mom for a little getaway. As she is a teacher and was on Spring Break, we were both able to get away to Central Oregon for a little fun.

By 7:45 a.m., we were on the road and making our way to Sisters, OR where we stopped at The Quilt Store (for fabric for some flags mom is making for Baby Moe's room) and then the Sister's Coffee Company for caffeine and lunch.

Recycled pic from last summer

Stopping at Sister's Coffee Company is practically a requirement for any visit to Central Oregon. It's like mixing a dude ranch with your favorite friendly and delicious coffee shop.

A blissful few minutes were spent basking in the sun

And then we were on to Terrebonne, OR, home of Smith Rock State Park. It was already in the 60s by the time we got there, so I put on shorts and a tank for the adventure.

I always seem to underestimate just how hard part of the main trail is. Misery Ridge is a step uphill section that lasts about a mile until you reach the top and have a great view of everything around and below you.

Misery Ridge trail below (the zig zags)

My mom made it up most of the way, but decided to turn around at one point. I figured it was safer for me to continue going up and come down on the back side as it's a bit more gradual. I made sure to take LOTS of breaks for water and to catch my breathe.

Baby Moe and I at the summit

I took the decent slowly as well, making sure not to fall. On the back side, you get a look at Monkey Face. I only saw one guy climbing on it that day.

Probably my favorite view of all is during the second half of the hike where the trail takes you right along the river and gives you this fantastic reflection.

My mom and I met up on the other side and happily finished the hike and headed to Bend to check into our hotel and clean up.

Upon arrival, the hotel handed us warm oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cookies and I am not one to turn down a cookie like that.

We showered and rested a bit and then decided to walk around downtown Bend. Because it's hard to stray from what you love, we ended up eating at Brother Jon's Alehouse. They always have good service and tasty food!

When we got back to the hotel, Baby Moe was camping out in his/her favorite spot - my left side! Can you tell?

The next morning, we walked a mile or so to Chow for breakfast, which I'd heard good things about, but had never been to. We waited outside next to their fire pit for just a bit until we were seated.

I loved the way our hot drinks were steaming in the sunlight.

Everything on the menu at Chow sounded amazing, but I chose the blueberry pancakes and my mom chose a caramelized onion, spinach, sausage scramble with roasted potatoes on the side. Both were delicious!

After a leisurely walk back to the hotel, we packed up and headed home {but not before stopping at Sister's Coffee Company one last time}.

I'm already looking forward to my next trip to Central Oregon (AKA the high desert) and enjoying a few local brews there this summer.

Do you typically order sweet or savory when out to breakfast? What's one thing you're already dreaming about for summer?

Tip for those visiting Smith Rock: You are required to buy a $5 parking pass for the day and the machine only accepts cash, so be sure to have some on hand when you visit!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Third Trimester: Weeks 29 and 30

I'm currently 30 weeks along. It's kind of scary to see my bump app telling me I have 9 weeks and 2 days until my due date. So soon! Things are about to get real around here! 

Week 29

How I'm feeling: Mostly good. This was finals week and it felt good to take my tests and be done for a bit. My mom came down to spend the day with me and attend my first appointment at the midwifery center.

It also happened to be my glucose test for gestational diabetes, which I passed! The glucose drink wasn't that bad. The kind I had was a lemon-lime flavor and clear without food dye and such. It basically tasted like a cold, flat Sprite.

The need to pee frequently has returned, likely because the baby is pushing on my bladder.

Baby: is the size of an acorn squash (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds).

Weight gained:  18 lbs

Exercise: Aqua jogging! I finally gave into the fact that I likely won't be running until the end of this pregnancy on ground, so I decided to head to our local city pool to do some aqua jogging and use their treadmill and weights. I also threw in some running, elliptical, and yoga into the mix this week.

What I'm wearing: My mom took me to Motherhood Maternity for a new pair of jeans (my H&M skinnies got too small), two bras, and a dress for the baby shower.

Baby preparations: I ordered our crib mattress after waking up several mornings worried that we had so much left to do and get for Baby Moe's arrival.

Cravings: All the carbs.

Week 30 

How I'm feeling: Baby is moving a ton. Sometimes it feels like he/she is trying to break out of baby jail. The kicks and movements can be so strong they can scare me at times.

After getting home from the baby shower, I was so exhausted I had a classic prego moment where I just sat on the couch with my feet propped up for a few hours trying to recover. For the most part, I've had a lot of energy throughout the pregnancy, but some days the lack of sleep and/or the extra 20 lbs really gets to me.

Nesting has definitely hit me hard. I just want to clean and organize everything in our house, which is good because there's plenty to do.

Baby: is the size of a cucumber (~15.2 to 16.7 inches, 2.5 to 3.8 pounds).

Weight gained:  20 lbs

Whoa, belly had some growth in the last week...

Exercise: More aqua jogging, walking, weights, and yoga. It does feel a bit weird not to breathe really hard after a workout (like I would with running or HIIT) or be pouring sweat from the forehead. But I know there's plenty of that in my future.

The bump in workout clothes. Likely one of my last walk/runs.

What I'm wearing: Same as before. Starting to wonder how long after pregnancy I'll still be wearing maternity clothes.

Baby preparations: I found a diaper bag (on sale!) and lotion caddy for the changing table at Pottery Barn Kids. We also got some great items at the baby shower, including a Rock 'n Play, baby clothes, hooded bath towels, and more. I also bought some disposable diapers, a NoseFrida, crib mattress protector, and baby lotion. On the nesting front, I deep cleaned our freezer to prep for the extra meals I'll stash away for us to have in those first few weeks.

Friends with older babies have also given me some great gender neutral clothing, so I'm hopeful we won't have to buy too much in that department for the first few months.

Cravings: Cookies, chocolate, and pastries. Yum.

Random thoughts: This week I sort of reached that point where I've just felt overwhelmed a few times about the amount of little (and big) things we need to check off our list. I know the baby will be fine no matter what, but I'm a planner and worrier by nature. Prepping for a baby these days is like training for a marathon - 24 hr dedication, affects your eating/drinking, requires a lot of gear, and can be exhausting.

On the up side, with my endurance background, I'm confident I'll power through many a sleepless night like a champ. Not saying it will be easy, just saying I feel a little prepared in that realm.

How's your week going? Is anyone else already looking forward to summer produce? I refuse to buy "fresh" berries at the store until they're in season here, so I'm impatiently waiting for summer.

Related posts:
The Third Trimester (eeks!)
Where does all the weight go?
The Second Trimester: Week 27
The Second Trimester: Week 26
Pregnancy Favorites

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Baby Shower

Last weekend, a few of my high school girlfriends threw a baby shower for me up in Portland. I thought it would be fun to do it at a restaurant (as Portland has so many fantastic ones), so I suggested Mother's Bistro, home of good food, fun decor, hipster waiters and delicious cinnamon rolls. 

My mom, aunt and I drove up to Portland together. We made a quick stop at Pottery Barn Kids where I snagged a diaper bag on serious sale and a lotion caddy for the changing table. Then it was off to brunch!

Mom and I

I can't wait for some summer sun. I feel so pale here.

Taylor and her mom

After ordering and chatting a bit, the girls had two easy games ready that we were able to play at the table. The best part was getting to read all of the name suggestions that were offered for Baby Moe. I had no idea it was such a good rhyming opportunity! As you can see below... Giz Moe, Pro Moe, Flo Moe, etc.

I gave Hunter and Pro Moe the winning prizes.

After brunch (I had a brie & caramelized onion omelet), I got to open presents. Baby Moe is much closer to having everything he/she "needs," which is awesome!

 The girls and their moms were invited, so it was a fun way to let everyone catch up.

The girls (minus a few who are out of state or had other plans)

Jessica and I

All in all, it was a great afternoon filled with laughter. Likely, the next time I see these girls will be with a little one in tow!

The drive home was a long one thanks to a few wrecks on the freeway, so I was more than ready to get out of the car, unpack the gifts, and relax when I got home. #pregnancyandnotsleepingmakesyoutired

Friday, March 20, 2015

Best of Lately

Since this was so fun last time, I thought I should do it again. Plus, a few things have simply put an extra smile on my face lately. It's nice to notice those little things that can be game changers for your day or week.

These flowers I picked up last weekend at Trader Joe's for $3.99. Seriously. And there were four roses in the bunch!

Individual Sabra Hummus cups. They were $5.99 for a 16 pack at Costco, which turns out to be about $0.38 per cup and make for perfect serving sizes to go in the manfriend's lunches (with carrots) or for post work snacks.

Sending a handwritten note with a matching red stamp. You forget how nice it is to send or receive a piece of physical mail until you receive one yourself. There's just something about seeing your own address handwritten by a friend or family member that is so nice. And a cute notecard doesn't hurt either.

These Kind bars. They are super tasty, low in sugar and are a great portable snack when you're going from one thing to the next.

These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. In search of something sweet, I modified this recipe (adding raisins and a little p.b.) last weekend to meet my fix. 

This guy for his hard work (in the rain) on our front and back yard. Moss, be gone!

The many gorgeous sunrises and sunsets I've witnessed when I'm driving to and from Corvallis for class.

And finally, these itty bitty stripes I purchased for Baby Moe.

Because we don't know the sex of the baby, I really hadn't purchased any clothes (other than some onesies for our announcement shoot) and a few second hand sleepers. But I couldn't resist the other day when our Fred Meyer (AKA Krogers) had Carter's clothes 50 percent off. Plus, I'm a sucker for stripes. 

And finally...

Fashion Friday
This is about the most comfortable outfit I've managed to pull together lately. I went out to run a few errands and study for finals at a coffee shop and this did the trick. So glad these maternity leggings are still going strong!

Chambray shirt: Madewell, t-shirt + leggings: Gap maternity, shoes: Converse

What's putting an extra pep in your step this week? Any special plans for the weekend? Happy Friday, all! 

Tomorrow, some of my high school girlfriends are having a baby shower for me and Baby Moe in Portland. I'm looking forward to catching up with friends and family and enjoying some good food.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Third Trimester (eeks!)

Week 28 marks the third trimester of pregnancy. It's crazy to already be at this last stage. I feel as though I barely got the hang of this whole pregnancy thing and now we're thinking about the little human that will be entering the world in the next 10 weeks or so. 

How I'm feeling: I had one pretty rough day where I felt so exhausted, had a hard time breathing, and just felt off. Unfortunately, this was also a day that I had volunteered to work at the Itty Bitty Boutique, a second hand baby/kids sale in town. I took it as easy as I could, but was still on my feet hanging and organizing baby clothes for 4+ hours.

After dinner, it's quite the show to watch my belly move as the baby kicks and changes position. Baby Moe is sure growing in length because it seems he/she is trying to take advantage of any and all space. So far, we think he/she likes the sound of the manfriend's voice as well as some of our music preferences.

Sleep is so so. I have been having random dreams almost nightly for the last few weeks. I've also been waking up way too early and am unable to fall back asleep. Often, I start running through the list of things we still need to get/do before Baby Moe arrives, which doesn't help.

Baby: is the size of an eggplant (~13.6 to 14.8 inches, 1.5 to 2.5 pounds) and STILL the same size and weight range as the last three weeks. The baby's lungs are now mature enough that she/he could likely survive if born.

Weight gained:  17 lbs

In the past few weeks, my belly really exploded into something you just can't seem to miss. Strangers are definitely opening doors for me more frequently and smiling just because. I even got asked if I needed help out with my one bag of groceries this week.

Sorry for the poor photo quality. What I thought was going to be great lighting (sunny day outside) turned out not to be so fabulous (with or without a flash).

Exercise: Two ~4 mile run/walks (half run, half walk), strength training, walks, hiking, and yoga at home. This week I tried a few yogaglo prenatal classes, which were a bit slower paced and without vinyasas, but probably just what I need. As far as strength training, I'm enjoying mixing it up with a variety of Tone it Up workouts. This week I did this full body toning routine and this light HIIT workout.

Full push ups are out at this point. I can release all the way down on my toes, but I can't push back up.

What I'm wearing: I went to Motherhood Maternity this week and bought two t-shirts as our weather doesn't seem to be turning and I needed a few more tees that fit. Baring the belly is likely not what the rest of Eugene wants to see. ;)

Baby preparations: Bought a few things for baby at the Itty Bitty Boutique, including a few sleepers, an Ergo infant insert, a sound machine, and a Kelty hiking backpack/carrier that had been used once!

Random thoughts: With just a few months to go, my brain has shifted from thinking about a baby in general to wondering who this little person inside me is going to be in the world? Is it a boy or a girl? Will it be easy or fussy from the get go? Will it be tall or short?

What was your best workout of the last week? Did you do anything fun for St. Patty's Day? 

I bought the manfriend some Guinness and dreamt about sipping a frothy beer of my own... soon enough!

I'm done with finals now, so I'm looking forward to a week or so off! Spring term should be interesting as I have a few things brewing between school (if the instructor doesn't mind altering the schedule for me a bit), work, this blog, and baby prep.

Related posts:
Where does all the weight go?
The Second Trimester: Week 27
The Second Trimester: Week 26
Pregnancy Favorites
The Second Trimester: Week 25

Monday, March 16, 2015

Where does all the weight go?

You may or may not have wondered at some point "if a baby is born around 8 lbs, why is it that the mother gains significantly more weight than that?"

I read this information in the book What to Expect When You're Expecting and found it kind of fascinating so I thought I'd share it with you. At this point, Baby Moe is likely 2 to 3 lbs and yet there are several other pounds being put to good use in the form of fluids and important supplies for the baby. So far, I've gained about 17 lbs.

By the end of pregnancy, here's where all those pounds go.

Baby: 8 pounds
Placenta: 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluids: 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
Blood supply: 4 pounds
Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds

Total: 25-35lbs*

A note on pregnancy books
I found my copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting at our local St. Vincent dePaul for $1! In addition, I found a bunch of other popular pregnancy and parenting books there that could be useful. Don't underestimate your local second hand shop for some great, affordable pregnancy resources.

Another great book that I'm making my way through is The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. We received this as a gift from my sister-in-law and I am excited to try out the routine and techniques out once Baby Moe arrives.

*It is recommended that underweight women (based on BMI prior to pregnancy) gain 28-40 lbs, normal weight women gain 25-35 lbs, overweight women gain 15-25 lbs, and obese women gain 11-20 lbs. Obviously, all bodies are different and this doesn't mean that women won't gain more or less than the recommended amount. Source: Institute of Medicine

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Second Trimester: Week 27

I'm currently in week 28 of the pregnancy and almost at 29. I swear the past seven months have just flown by. I go in for my glucose test tomorrow, so here's to hoping I pass! 

How I'm feeling: This week, I was SO tired. I'm guessing the baby is growing a lot right now, which is why I was so exhausted. Sleeping has become a little more challenging and getting up to pee or when I wake up is interesting because I can't really use my core much so I have to rely on heaving myself up with both arms.

The baby was also moving a ton, which is both entertaining and distracting. If I wake up early in the morning (3 or 4 a.m.), often times he or she is having a little party inside my belly.

Oh heartburn, how I despise you. Papaya extract is becoming my friend most evenings as it seems to fix the issue almost immediately.

Baby: is the size of a rutabaga (~13.6 to 14.8 inches, 1.5 to 2.5 pounds) and still the same size and weight range as the last two weeks. I have to say, of all vegetables or fruits so far, this is one that is most foreign to me. I've never to my knowledge eaten rutabaga! At this point, the baby is starting to practice inhaling and exhaling and is showing brain activity.

Weight gained:  16 lbs

I was a bad blogger this week and didn't really take any full profile photos of the bump. Next week, promise!

We had gorgeous weather, so I took advantage of the 60 degree temps as much as possible.

Bump in action on Pre's Trail

While shoe shopping for the manfriend, I came across the kids Vans. Boy or girl, I will definitely be getting a pair of Vans or Toms when the time comes. Why is everything mini so much cuter?

Exercise: Two runs, two yoga classes, weights, and plenty of walking or hiking happened this week. Doing vinyasas during yoga are definitely challenging with an extra 16+ lbs. On the up side, that means my arms are staying very strong. And of course, I'm dropping to my knees on these as needed.

What I'm wearing: The idea of dressing up seems pretty comical these days, especially since I have almost no reason to. Every time I consider trying to put together a skirt and top outfit or attempting a dress, I just think "why bother?" It just seems too hard and awkward. Jeans, a tank and a cardigan with flats are about as dressy as it gets around here. Speaking of dressing up, I need to find something to wear to my baby shower.

Baby preparations: I signed us up for a birth class for April and switched over to the midwifery clinic in town. Starting to think A LOT more about the actual birth. Trying not to panic, but it's pretty scary being this close and feeling like you don't have a birth plan or real grasp on how it will go. I'd like to go unmedicated for as long as possible, but I'm not completely against an epidural if I feel like it's necessary.

Eating/Cravings: I have definitely noticed a need for increased calories as I've gotten bigger. This usually means a little bigger breakfast or an extra snack or two here and there. And occasionally, I need a small cup of cereal or something right before bed.

These days, I'm not sure it's cravings per say, but my sweet tooth is kicking in and I definitely want dessert or pastries regularly. This usually results in me making a healthier version of a dessert I like (i.e. cookies or muffins), but sometimes I snag a pastry with my coffee between classes.

Random thought of the week: What IS pregnancy glow? I don't know, but I'm pretty positive I don't have it. I just feel like a large pregnant person who can't hide her belly from the world. No glowing about it. ;)

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Besides studying (finals are next week), I am looking forward to doing some things around the house and having dinner with friends.

Related posts:
The Second Trimester: Week 26
Pregnancy Favorites
The Second Trimester: Week 25
The Second Trimester: Week 24

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Get Up and Go

With our 'get up and go' days being numbered (12 weeks until Baby Moe is due!), I've been anxious to get out and explore as much as possible. And when I saw last weekend's temps were going to be in the 60s, I was even more convinced I wanted to shake up our normal weekend routine. 

Sunday morning, we headed west toward the Oregon coast for a little hike and some fresh air. I chose Sweet Creek Falls because it wasn't too far from Eugene (45 min or so) AND it was close to the beach, which we rarely visit, but often calls my name. 

The Sweet Creek trail follows the creek and the falls for a little over a mile with gorgeous views around almost every corner. While it wasn't a challenging hike, it was some serious nature eye candy. 

After our little hike, we headed another 20 minutes to the coast where we ate sandwiches on the beach and I walked along getting my feet cold and sandy. 

If given the time, I would probably walk on the sand for a few hours, but after 20 min or so, I turned around so we could head back to Eugene.

I'm already planning our next mini adventure before things get about 10x more challenging. There are a ton of cool hikes just outside the Portland area, but I think we need to plan a night to stay in that area so we can get up and go from there rather than driving the two hours first.

If you live in Oregon, what are your favorite hikes? Or what do you do when you want to shake up your usual routine?

Related post: Brice Creek Trail

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pregnancy Favorites

When you get pregnant for the first time, it's normal to research the must haves both for pregnancy and beyond (i.e. the baby). I know I'm not in this boat alone. After all, you're a first timer and there are a whole lot of other folks out there who have been through it before and have some useful (and dismissible) advice.

As I follow a lot of bloggers who I consider internet friends and whose judgement I trust, I did my research among those who had written about their pregnancy journey as well as navigated online reviews. Below have been some of my favorites over the last six months.

Elasticity Belly Oil by Belli - This stuff smells good, lacks parabens and plenty of other harmful chemicals, and so far seems to be working well (no stretch marks yet!). I put the oil on my belly in the morning and just before bed.

Bravado seamless nursing bra - It might seem silly to buy a nursing bra near the beginning of your pregnancy, but when you're looking at all the $$ you're shelling out, investing in a bra (or three) that works now and later isn't a bad idea. These aren't the sexiest, but they are incredibly comfy and again will serve you for those post-pregnancy months too. 

New/bigger underwear - Hear me out. For the first several months, you won't necessarily need bigger underwear, but eventually as the body grows, some of your old pairs may just feel restrictive. Around 16 weeks, I went to Target and bought six new pair, including a few that were a size larger. Hello, comfort.

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Fluid Knit Pajamas - These are amazing. I just found them a few weeks ago and seriously, they are the softest feeling PJs on your skin! I would recommend these to anyone, pregnant or not. P.S. Until I looked these up, I have always pronounced the brand 'Gillian O'Malley'. Funny how your brain corrects things to make more sense to you. 

Old Navy tamis tanks - These are great because they are soft and extra long to accommodate the bump and yet they don't have the ruching on the side that most maternity clothes do. 

Gap Body Pure Body long-sleeve - light, ultra comfy cotton with room to grow. Plus, Gap often has sales if you're on their e-mail list. 

H&M MAMA slim jeans - For me, these have been the perfect skinny jean with a comfortable belly band (not too tight or loose). By chance, I found one pair of these at our local H&M, but would buy several more pair if I hadn't already bought some LOFT maternity jeans. 

New pillow - Many people swear by the Snoogle pregnancy pillow, but I opted to save the $$ and simply invest in a new comfy pillow so I had enough to put between my knees and one behind my back (to stop me from rolling to my back). 

Beyond the stuff, a few other things have been key:

  • Having a supportive spouse or family member. It is so fun to go through pregnancy with someone who is just as excited and fascinated about the whole process as you are. 
  • Being kind to your self, both body and mind. This was an area of accomplishment for me, for sure. I prepared myself ahead of time to embrace my body and its changes as they came knowing that I might look different post baby, but that I will have something much more important to focus on. But in addition to the massive body changes, I've also learned to relax my expectations for running and exercise in general. Some women can run just fine with huge preggo bellies until the final days, but I am not one of them. 
  • Having a friend that doesn't mind chatting about all things pregnancy or baby. Thank you, Lindsey! We're lucky enough to be just two weeks apart in our pregnancy journey. 

For those of you who have been on this journey, do you have any pregnancy favorites? OR Tell me about your weekend plans!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Second Trimester: Week 26

Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope things are well in your neck of the woods. And a big congrats to Julie of Peanut Butter Fingers who announced she is 17 weeks pregnant. I am currently 27 weeks along, so let's take a look at week 26.

How I'm feeling: Overall, pretty good. Emotions have ebbed and flowed a bit more these last few weeks, which I hadn't noticed earlier in my pregnancy. This week I started having random dreams every.single.night. that won't seem to stop. When I wake up I feel more tired than I would from a normal, non-dreaming night of sleep.

Baby: is the size of a head of lettuce (~13.6 to 14.8 inches, 1.5 to 2.5 pounds). Same height and weight range as last week! But it definitely feels like it's taking up some serious space inside my belly.

Weight gained:  16 lbs

Helloooo bump!

I have a hard time remembering what having my normal stomach looked and felt like at this point. I'm glad I took a few photos right at the beginning to document it. 

Week 5

Exercise: Lots of variety as my running miles become fewer and fewer. This week included a bike ride downtown, the elliptical, walks, yoga, and a few runs/wogs.

Thank goodness for Oiselle! This is likely the only exercise gear I own stretchy enough to grow with the belly until the end!

With the weather being as nice as it's been here (don't throw anything at me), I'm really missing the opportunity to run on the trails. This has me itching to want to drive to some of my favorites and just commit to some long hikes.

What I'm wearing: Much of the same. Stretchy, comfortable everything.

Baby preparations: Date night! Not directly baby related, but the manfriend and I took advantage of the fact that we will not be able to go out easily for dates after Baby Moe is here.

We went out for pizza slices and salad downtown with a side of people watching and then stopped by Red Wagon Creamery for dessert. A tasty (and fun) night indeed! 

Do you and your significant other plan date nights out or are they more spontaneous? Best date idea?

I'm a planner by nature, but if the manfriend suggests going out for dinner (like he did this week) on a random night, I try to be flexible and find a fun, affordable way we can head out on the town. I think some of our bike dates still hold a special place in my heart as my favorites because the bike adds a little freedom and fun to the whole experience.