7/31/2014

Baby Anderson: 15 Weeks

How Far Along? 15 weeks. 

Size of Baby? An apple (about 4 inches, and now weighs 2 1/2 ounces).
Gender? We won't find out for a few more weeks but everyone (aside from Carl) is still convinced it's a girl.

Name? Little Poppy Seed has had their name picked out (boy or girl) for a couple years now. We still love those names as much as we did back then.

Weight Gain? As of two weeks ago I'd gained a total of 4 lbs. The honest truth is that I forgot to weigh myself last week...and then again this morning. I have my 16 week appointment next week so I'll update with the doctors findings then...at least I can rely on the nurse to weigh me because I clearly cannot rely on myself. Ha! 

Stretch Marks? None. And no thank you. My coconut oil on the belly routine at night is still constant...although I'm finding that the smell of the coconut is starting to make me hungry. Specifically for a homemade pineapple upside down cake made with coconut oil. Mmmm.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Very happily on.

Maternity Clothes? I really feel like my belly has popped in the last week! Finally starting to look less like I've eaten a box of Munchkin's and more like I'm pregnant! Woohoo! I am still in my normal clothes, although I'm using my Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands now for all pants/bottoms that zip or button. I still haven't purchased many maternity clothes, I must stop procrastinating. 

Sleep? Sleeping much better at night. Still peeing more than I ever did before being pregnant, but it's become the norm. Beyond excited for my Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow to arrive as my hips are really bothering me in the mornings. I need the extra support! 

Movement? Little love bug hasn't wiggled so that Momma can feel yet. I'm dying to feel movement though! 

Symptoms? Occasionally feeling nauseous and throwing up, although it's considerably improved, yay! Today I had to hang on to a shelf in the grocery store as I talked with Carl about fish because I thought I was going to faint. I felt so light headed and dizzy. That was the first experience in my life I've felt that way (well...aside from when the room was spinning because of too many margaritas.  But that's a different story).

Best Pregnancy Brain Moments? They are now so frequent I find it hard to pinpoint them. Truth. My memory is practically nonexistent, and I'm constantly substituting the wrong words (like potato instead of pen). Lord help me at parent teacher night next week where I meet the parents of my new class. Haha! 

Mood Swings? I'm so emotional! I got teary eyed watching Anna and Elsa in Frozen today at work, and the minute I open my pregnancy app and read about Poppy Seed I cry.

Cravings? Not really having specific cravings, although I'm really loving peaches and bread.

Food Aversions? Tuna, seafood and boiled eggs aren't my friend.

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week? Waking up after dreaming of our baby for the first time (not counting that time two weeks ago I dreamed that I birthed a baby Sasquatch...thank you Discovery Channel). My alarm went off and I woke up smiling and with butterflies in my belly. In my dream Poppy Seed was a little girl (I'm finally convinced we have a Little Miss in there!) with black hair and sweet pink lips. I just held her and felt love like I've never felt in my entire life. It was magical. I can hardly wait to experience that love (girl or boy). I can't believe the halfway mark is creeping up!! 

What I Miss? My nice girly underwear fitting correctly. I went for a walk the other night and it was embarrassing the number of times I had to pull my britches up. I think I might need to surrender to some Bridget Jones panties that fit over my belly. Thumbs down. 

Looking Forward To? My bargain baby goodies that I ordered/shared about earlier today to arrive. Hurry up mail man! 



Spreading the coupon love

Last night I returned home from visiting my Aunt to find that a close family friend had dropped off a booklet of baby and new Mommy coupons. As I looked down through each of the 7 coupons I started to note the giant caps lock and bolded word FREE smacking me in the face. Every one. FREE, FREE, FREE! We're talking gorgeous trendy carseat canopies, nursing covers, nursing pillows, baby leggings...

My first thought?
I smell bull shit.

In my previous experience, if something looks too good to the true...it is.

But then I typed in the link for the Carseat Canopy, perused all of the gorgeous designs, found one I loved (Belle), and smirked as I attempted to enter this all magical FREE coupon code.

...only... it worked. 

IT WORKED!
Entirely free. I bought this gorgeous $50 carseat canopy for a whole lot of nothin'. The only thing I paid after entering the coupon code (FUN814CC) was shipping and handling. 

I also ended up purchasing this nursing cover (originally $35) - design called Jordan
code FUN814UC

and this adorable nursing pillow (originally $40) - design called Firefly
code FUN814NP

And as I smiled at my bargain purchases, I knew I needed to do the right thing and share this awesomeness with the world. 

Here's my good deed of the day.

Other sites and products with their "FREE" codes:
2 Belly Bands - FUN814BB
Baby Carrier Slings - FUN814SS

You're welcome and happy shopping! 

7/28/2014

My addiction to my planners

Disclaimer: 
This post is in no way sponsored; it is just one friend unapologetically supporting/bragging about another friends amazing hard work. I'm so unbelievably proud of all of the time and effort Jen has put into these planners. I love and use them daily, and want to share with the entire world their awesomeness.  

We all know I'm a freak for organization. I need a good list, Sharpies, Post-Its, the smell of Scotch Tape and a kick ass planner to keep my life adventures neatly packaged rather than in a hopelessly unraveled mess.

This time last year I published my Oh how I love a good planner post where I excitedly ranted and raved about my first ever experience breaking away from the planner pack. I was brave and said adios to the almighty planner goddess, Erin Condren. Instead, I decided to support my Twinnie Jen in her latest amazing endeavor and purchased, printed and absolutely fell head over heels with her AMAZING creation,  The Polka Dot Posie Planner. A gorgeous, customized, bright, beautiful and inexpensive print-at-home planner that (sorry Erin, but I've got to say it..) stomped all over my previously adored Erin Condren planner. 
A year on and I sit here smiling as my lap is full of not one, but TWO shiny, crisp, freshly printed Polka Dot Posie planners. And just like a good wine, Jen's planners have continued to improve, mature and make my heart pitter patter as her printable company turns another year older. 
This year Jen's introduced tons of new planners - there are so many new designs, sizes and themes to chose from it's kind of like standing in the middle of a virtual candy store (bring on the Butterfinger bars this preggo shouts through the crowd). For my every-day planner, I decided to switch it up a bit from last year and swapped from the standard large Seasonal 8.5 x 11 planner to what has become Jen's most popular sell, the small Seasonal 5.5 x 8.5 planner
I find that the smaller size is more compact and fits far better inside my Mary Poppins bag of craziness. Even though it was the smaller size, it was still super simple to print (once hubby and I determined which way our new printer needed to have the paper fed back into the printer to complete the double sided printing), and Jen's extremely detailed printing instructions make the process smooth. Plus, I loved that the smaller size used less paper and ink - even after printing I still have more than half of my ink cartridge left and 3/4 of my massive package of 28lb printer paper (that's another change - last year I used 24lb and I find that I love the 28lb paper even more. It's so thick and smooth. I got it at WalMart for like $7. Boom!)

 After I printed my every-day planner I ventured into new territory. Territory I've been wanting to venture into for a long, LONG while. I recycled my pre-existing large discbound bindings from last years every-day planner and turned it into a brand spankin' new teaching planner. You read that right folks, Jen has only gone and designed a freakin' Teacher Planner

Hallelujah
Bring on the cake!

And it's every bit as amazeballs as you'd have imagined.
For a while now I've been looking for a great way to organize all of my lesson plans/resources/circle time ideas/gazillions of Pinterest print off's. Jen's teacher planner is so colorful, happy and perfectly organized that I may have peed my pants a little with excitement as I watched my printer feed the pages out this evening.
 If you're a school teacher (or an awesome Mommy homeschool teacher- of course she's invented a Homeschool Planner too) make sure you check them out.
I absolutely love these planners. I know you'd love them too.

So proud of you Twinnie! Keep kicking ass and you'll take over the world one day.
 xoxo

7/24/2014

Baby Anderson: 14 Weeks

How Far Along? 14 weeks. Hello second trimester! 

Size of Baby? A lemon (about 3 1/2 inches, and now weighs 1 1/2 ounces).
Gender? We won't find out for a few more weeks but everyone (aside from Carl) is still convinced it's a girl.

Name? Little Poppy Seed has had their name picked out (boy or girl) for a couple years now. We still love those names as much as we did back then.

Weight Gain? As of last week I'd gained a total of 4 lbs. The honest truth is that I forgot to weigh myself this morning, and I've just eaten a ginormous bowl of homemade baked Ziti... so weighing myself now would be entirely useless. I'll update next week.

Stretch Marks? None. And no thank you. Still rubbing coconut oil on my belly in hopes that positive thoughts will scare them away.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Very happily on.
Maternity Clothes? Still in my normal clothes, but I am really loving my Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands. (which make things like my skinny jeans bearable). Still haven't purchased many maternity clothes, although I've purchased a few flowy tunics like the one in this picture which I'll pair with leggings and belts in the fall. 

Sleep? Finally starting to sleep better! Hurray! I'm getting up at least once to pee in the night, but that's such an improvement from 2-3 times that I'm barely holding back a happy jig. Hubby's buying my Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow sometime in the next few days and I've never been so excited. I am finding that in the mornings my hips and back are killing. I think it's due to forcing myself to sleep only on my sides. Either way, I fully expect this pillow to be my saving grace.

Movement? No wiggles, but I  can't wait until there are!

Symptoms? Still feeling nauseous and sick from time to time, but it's definitely improved considerably. Halle-freakin'-lujah.  

Best Pregnancy Brain Moments? Today I looked right at one of my co-workers and called him Matt when I fully intended to say Mike. Oh, and earlier this week I forgot my car keys in the house (after I shut and locked the front door), and my phone and purse in the car. 

Mood Swings? Heck yes. I'm bawling all the time. Oh, and hello road rage when slow pokes insist on putting along (and holding up all traffic) in the passing/fast lane. JUST.MOVE.YOUR.ASS.OVER!

Cravings? Currently can't eat enough nectarines. I've also been drooling over pasta dishes. Tonight's baked ziti hit the spot for sure. Yummo.

Food Aversions? Still seafood and tuna fish. Disgusting. I also discovered this week that hard boiled eggs are a hell no. Still finding that I can't stand to be within a 20 foot radius of cigarette smoke. It instantly makes me sick. 

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week? Buying our first articles of clothing for poppy seed. It was just a 3 pack of newborn onsies I found on sale, but they're precious. Holding and hugging them -looking at how small they are- completely melts my heart. I can't wait for our love bug to be wiggling around wearing them. I also think my heart nearly exploded when Carl put his head low on my tummy the other night to see if he could hear the baby's little heartbeat. It was so sweet. 

What I Miss? Going days/weeks/months/years without throwing up. Although I truly am so incredibly thankful for starting to feel better. Yay! 

Looking Forward To? Spending the day at the beach tomorrow for work, and enjoying bargain hunting at the Three Day Stampede this weekend. It's kind of like a MASSIVE garage sale where people donate items that are then sold to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis. It was started and run by my family on Mom's side in honor of my cousins who have Cystic Fibrosis. Every year I'm inspired by their hard work, dedication and passion. It's such a wonderful reminder of what great people can accomplish in a great community. 


7/17/2014

Baby Anderson: 13 Weeks

How Far Along? 13 weeks.

Size of Baby? A peapod (about 3 inches, and now weighs nearly an ounce).
Gender? We won't find out for a few more weeks but everyone (aside from Carl) is still convinced it's a girl.

Name? Little Poppy Seed has had their name picked out (boy or girl) for a couple years now. We still love those names as much as we did back then.

Weight Gain? I've gained a total of 4 lbs. 

Stretch Marks? None. And no thank you. Still rubbing coconut oil on my belly in hopes that positive thoughts will scare them away.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Beautifully soldered (yay!) and happily on.

Maternity Clothes? Still in my normal clothes, although I have started to bust out my Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands. Skinny jeans are officially only comfortable now with the belly bands. I actually bought some maternity clothes from my blogging buddy AP over the weekend, and I've been looking in the shops. I still haven't purchased many maternity clothes though.

Sleep? Still waking up 2-3 times a night to pee, and my hips are really bothering me by 5am. Thinking it's almost time to order my Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow. I've seen so many friends recommend this pillow, but if you know of another that you fell head over tea kettles with, I'd love to hear about it! 

Movement? No wiggles just yet, but I'm unbelievably excited to feel our love bug! 

Symptoms? Still nauseous and sick all the time. Hubby and I had Olive Garden for lunch yesterday and I learned the hard way that Poppy Seed is SO not an Olive Garden fan. Don't think I'll have any interest in going there for at least a year. Oh garlic bread sticks, I'll miss you! 

Best Pregnancy Brain Moments? I'm famous for lists. I love them. Especially when I'm going to the grocery store. So theoretically a 'lister' like myself would find it impossible to forget things when shopping. Um, no. Clearly neat, organized lists are no match for pregnancy brain. Or lack-thereof. Twice last week I left the grocery store forgetting at least 2 different things on my shopping list. Another time I remembered just as we were in the check out line and had to sprint like I was in the running of the bulls in Pamplona for potatoes. 

Mood Swings? Yes, although I feel like I've got a better hold on them. That being said, I did cry reading 3/4 of my birthday cards, and I also bawled in the middle of the pharmacy as I attempted to select a sentimental anniversary card for hubby. 

Cravings? Tart fruit like raspberries, sour unripe blueberries and pineapple. Loving tangy smoothies. Oh, and fresh butter scones with raspberry jam and a mahoosive dollop of clotted cream. I don't know how many times this week I've ranted and raved about how dumb it is we can't purchase clotted cream here in the US. Uh, hello! We American's like buttery cream for our biscuits too! In all honesty, if plane tickets back to England weren't so expensive I'd be on a US Airways flight right now. Thankfully I've found a recipe that I'm excited to attempt. Fingers crossed it meats my extremely high expectations.

Food Aversions? Seafood and tuna fish. Disgusting. Also, I still can't stand to be within a 20 foot radius of cigarette smoke. It instantly makes me sick. 

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week? Getting to hear the baby's heartbeat at our 12 week appointment. It was the most precious, amazing sound I've ever heard. The minute that loud swoosh, swoosh, swoosh boomed out of the speakers I cried. Instant warm, salty, thankful tears streamed down my face. It made Poppy Seed feel that much more real and it was the best moment of my life so far. I'm so glad Carl and I got to share it together.

What I Miss? Other than silly things like not having to pee 80 times in the middle of the night or  being able to enjoy a glass of wine with friends, nothing really. I'm loving being pregnant.

Looking Forward To? Sleeping in at the weekend! 


7/16/2014

3 years

Married 3 years already, together for 13. Boy, does time fly. 
Baby, I love you more and more every single day and there isn't anyone else on the entire planet I'd rather pack and unpack, laugh, cry, and dream big with.These past 3 years of marriage have been wonderful, but what I look forward to most is watching your transition from my husband to the father of our baby. 
We have the best years yet to come.

Let's lift our glasses of bubbly (mine filled with nausea curing gingerale) and cheers to many more.

Elephant shoes.
xoxo

7/15/2014

Birthday Shenanigans

Last Wednesday was my 26th birthday, and Sunday was my sisters 25th. It's safe to say there was a whole lot of birthday fun this past weekend.

Hello cake!

Friday night Carl and I had our 12 week appointment at the hospital for little Poppy Seed, and immediately after we had birthday reservations with my closest family members at Koto's Japanese Steakhouse. I've always wanted to eat at a hibachi table, like always always, so this night out was something this chick has been looking forward to for weeks. 

WEEKS!

So, how was my first hibachi table experience? In a word?
Amazeballs

Not only was the atmosphere and company unbelievable, but the food was the best food I've ever eaten in any restaurant. No lie. The steak was tender and so flavorful (this coming from someone who is often heard saying"no thank you, I don't like steak."), the house made dressing - to.die.for; and the soup I could have slurped down til the cows came home. It was hands down the best restaurant experience, if not because of the food, simply because of the entertainment factor when watching my father try and fail 4 separate times to catch chunks of zucchini our hibachi chef catapulted at his face. I can safely say this will be my go-to birthday dinner restaurant from now on, it was such a hoot. And if you're a hibachi virgin like I was? Get yourself to your closest one pronto! If it's anything like Koto, I promise you won't be disappointed.
On both of our actual birthdays, Mom spoiled us by making our favorite meals and dessert of choice. I had tacos and homemade french onion soup, with a fresh fruit trifle for dessert. Sonya, being the bestest sister around, also brought my pregnant craving ass chocolate glazed donuts (the same ones we used to eat alongside a carton of Monument Farms chocolate milk when we were little girls riding with Dad on the weekends). My chocolate donut was a make-shift cake/candle holder and was lovingly adorned with a large number 3 candle. Why a 3? Because we're innovative. And that was the only candle in the cupboard.  
Sunday Sonya chose a crockpot chicken dish with rice, corn, scalloped potatoes and homemade baking powder biscuits. For dessert Mom made her a chocolate cake which was lovingly topped with a homemade funfetti frosting that was so sweet (thanks to the extra pound of confectioners sugar) that it could pucker anyone's face. Bless her heart. We laughed as a family when Mom admitted to adding the entire bag of sugar, rather than the recommended 4 cups. Memories.
 
It was a week of happy birthdays, cards, yummy cake, yummy food, new memories, laughs and family time.  It was a week of birthday shenanigans.

7/10/2014

Baby Anderson: 12 Weeks


How Far Along? 12 weeks.

Size of Baby? A lime (about 2 inches, and now weighs 1/2 ounce).
Gender? We won't find out for a few more weeks but my mother, as well as the majority of people I've spoken to, are all convinced it's a girl. I still have no 'motherly instincts' as of yet.

Name? Little Poppy Seed has had their name picked out (boy or girl) for a couple years now. We still love those names as much as we did back then.

Weight Gain? I've gained a total of 3.5 lbs. 

Stretch Marks? None. And no thank you. I have started rubbing coconut oil on my belly though in hopes of preventing them. I know this is a great debate - some people claim that no oil or lotion can prevent stretch marks, while other people swear by them. We'll see. If all else fails, I'll walk around smelling like the Hawaiin vacation I wish I could go on. Haha! 

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Happily on.

Maternity Clothes? Still in my normal clothes, although my fitted pants and shorts are beginning to get uncomfortable. I find that I'm definitely gravitating toward stretchy comfy clothes. I did order two Baby Be Mine Maternity Belly Bands on Amazon, and they should arrive over the weekend. I've also ordered some flowy dresses and tunics I plan to pair with a nice skinny belt and leggings. For my birthday my sister and grandmother gifted me with money to go crazy on maternity clothes. I have to admit, I'm awfully excited to hit the shops.

Sleep? Still waking up 2-3 times a night to pee, and my hips are killing me by 5am. No bueno. 

Movement? None yet, but I'm counting down the days to when we can feel our little love bug wiggle.

Symptoms? Still nauseous and sick all the time, but I'm learning how to cope with it better and have mastered stashing small snacks all over the place (bed side table, car, purse, work bag, bathroom (yes bathroom) - hello saltine crackers!)

Best Pregnancy Brain Moments? Trying to pull on grocery store doors that say push. Pushing the lock  instead of unlock button just before entering my car. 

Mood Swings? Lord have mercy, I can't watch a single television show without bawling. And to add insult to injury, I recently read a children's book about monster babies in the Library and got teary eyed. It's embarrassing. I'm also finding that in the evenings when I'm most exhausted and feeling sick I have a super short temper. Poor hubby.

Cravings? Still loving on french onion soup with no cheese, just croutons. Also really loving nectarines, crunchy pizza dipped in ranch dressing and cucumbers with malt vinegar and salt.

Food Aversions? Tuna fish. So vile. Also the thought of homemade macaroni and cheese makes me feel sick. It's still so weird to feel disgusted by something I normally absolutely LOVE it.

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week? Celebrating my 26th birthday, and receiving a surprise package in the mail from a lovely teaching friend in Liverpool who shared her class with me during my student teaching. I bawled my eyes out when I opened my collectible Willow Tree "Cherish" ornament. I've always admired them and to have the first one I ever own be a mama holding her baby bump was so very special. 
Thanks again Rebecca, you don't know how much that meant to me. You're one in a million. xxxx

What I Miss? Running. I can't go for runs, especially in this heat, without my heart rate getting far too high for Poppy Seed. Power walking it is for this prego until I can get back on running after baby is here.

Looking Forward To? Finally buying some actual maternity clothes tomorrow. We have our 12 week appointment in the afternoon, and are heading to the Mall while we wait for my birthday dinner reservations with family and friends at a Japanese hibachi table. While we're shopping, Carl so kindly arranged for my American wedding band to be soldered to my engagement ring and English wedding band. I've been wanting to do that since last July, so I'll be busting out my best happy dance. My rings from our ceremony in Vermont and Liverpool will finally become one, just in time for our 3rd wedding anniversary on Wednesday. 

7/09/2014

26 Today

I can't believe how fast the last year has gone. Shit, I can't believe how fast the past 26 years have gone. I still remember when I was 5 years old and afraid of deflated balloons and Koosh balls. Now, here I am 12 weeks pregnant with mine and Carl's first baby, on the verge of buying our first house, excitedly awaiting my new teaching adventure at a new school in September.

I have so so much to be thankful for. So very much to look forward to.

I am 26 today. 
That means I've had 26 years of stupid mistakes and embarrassing fumbles that have taught me so much. 26 years of continuous growth with tiny buds of wisdom. 26 years of self discovery and self improvement. 26 years of continuous learning. 26 years of adventures. 26 years of happiness, loss and love. 26 years of an unbelievably blessed and beautiful life. 

And while there are people who fret about leaving their 20s, or 'getting old,' I welcome it. Every year of your life is a different one - another new adventure. And while my years of binge drinking, staying up til the ass crack of dawn, and irresponsibly shopping too much at Victoria's Secret may be over; a whole new chapter of life is still ahead. Of course my next year will entail scary mortgage payments, the toe curling pain of child birth and hundreds of poopy diapers - but I wouldn't change it for the world. Yes I'm another year older, creeping closer and closer to the elusive 'hill' we're all so petrified of, but I'm excited and I'm happy and I'm lucky to have another year to celebrate. I'm lucky to have my health, to have my husband and growing family, to have goals and dreams within grasp. 

I'm 26, you guys! And I'm gonna rock the crap outa it, just like I'll rock the crap outa 56 and 86.

Now, where's the cake?

7/05/2014

Baby Anderson: 11 Weeks


How Far Along? 11 weeks.

Size of Baby? A fig (about 1.5 inches).
Gender? We won't find out for a few more weeks, but my mother is convinced it's a little girl. I haven't been having any 'motherly instincts' as of yet.

Name? Carl and I have had both our girl and boy names picked out for years. My Dad actually helped with the girl name way back when I was a senior in high school and we were discussing what our favorite girls names were. Carl and I had only been dating about 4 years at that point (most of which was still long distance) but even then we agreed on it. Dad likes to take all the credit. 

When Carl and I found out we were pregnant, the baby was the size of a poppy seed. Since then we've referred to our little bundle of joy as poppy seed. It's become their temporary name, and if it's a little girl I think it may end up being a sweet little nickname we keep.

Weight Gain? Since finding out I was pregnant at 5 weeks, I've gained 2.5 lbs. 

Stretch Marks? None. And no thank you.

Belly button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? Happily on.

Maternity Clothes? None yet, however my skinny jeans are starting to feel snug. My sister swears when I wear flowy shirts and leggings she can see a tiny bump peeking through. I mostly feel incredibly bloated, and as if I look like I've eaten way too many glazed donuts. 

Sleep? Since about 8 weeks I've been waking up 2-3 times a night to pee, which has been a little hard as I'm so exhausted during my stumbles to the bathroom that my eyes roll in the back of my head and I continuously stub my toe on the door frame. I have found it hard to sleep in on the weekends. I am, however, loving napping when I get home from work in the afternoon. Oh, and last Wednesday I went to bed at 8:50 and didn't wake up until 6:15 the next morning. It was glorious.

Movement? None yet, but I'm counting down the days to when we can feel poppy seed wiggle.

Symptoms? Since about 7 weeks I've had morning all-day sickness and nausea 24/7. By now I've trained myself to eat little snacks throughout the day, as I feel like death the minute my belly is empty.  The smell of cigarette smoke instantly makes me feel ill; to the point where I can't drive behind someone on the road who is smoking in front of me. Aside from that I've been loving knowing our little one is growing big and strong inside me. It's the best feeling in the whole wide world.

Best Pregnancy Brain Moment? Oh Lord, there are too many to count. Let's see...putting the milk in the cupboard and my crunchy nut cornflakes in the fridge. Asking my Mom why she never cut up her penguin for her 4th of July BBQ (and by penguin I totally meant watermellon). And last but certainly not least, standing in the hallway using my fingers to count down the months to January, forgetting October every time while my Mother laughed and said "...try again. You're forgetting that month with all the pumpkins!" 

Mood Swings? Oh God yes. I'm laughing hysterically one minute, bawling hearing Chris Brown's song Forever the next.

Cravings? French onion soup with no cheese, just croutons. Also really loving fruit and kale smoothies in the morning and BACON.

Food Aversions? Tuna fish. I can't even be in the same room when others are eating it. Good God it's vile! A lot of meat doesn't sound or look appealing. Oh, and the thought of risotto makes me gag, which is so weird as I typically adore it.

Labor Signs? Still a long way out. Phew. 

Best Moment This Week?  4th of July festivities with the family. Being home to enjoy these good ol' American holidays that I remember and cherished so much as a child is amazing. All day yesterday while we were at the parade my family and I kept saying "this time next year the baby will be here and full of chucky little baby rolls!"  I cannot wait to become a family - FINALLY - and share with my baby all of the amazing experiences I had as a child.

What I Miss? Being able to eat hot dogs at family BBQ's or drink a nice cold bottle of Woodchuck hard cider. 

Looking Forward To? Our 12 week appointment next Friday evening, and then joining my family for my 26th birthday meal immediately after at a restaurant with Hibachi tables (I've alwaaaays wanted to go).