Life Lately

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I’m sure this has been said a million times but I can’t believe September is already half over. We still have some pretty hot days but the leaves are starting to change and there is FINALLY rain in our forecast so I think it will start feeling like fall in no time. This will be the last “new” season for us in our new home. It’s so crazy to think that we have almost been here a year. I remember like it was yesterday being handed our keys, walking through the door for the first time and both running to our windows completely in disbelief that this is where we live and this was our amazing view.  I still sometimes look out those windows feeling that exact same way.

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With September chugging right along it puts us closer and closer to our due date. Today I am exactly six months. Six months! I am so happy to be here at six months. So thankful for a healthy pregnancy and amazed at what my body is doing right now. I love when I’m doing something and not really paying attention to my body and then he moves. And it is almost as if the world has stopped. I get to focus in on these little feelings, learning his elbows and little toes and feeling the roundness of his back shifting under my own roundness while we share this space together. And no matter what is going on or where I am it feels like its just us. It is definitely my new favorite feeling.

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This picture is from last week at 23 weeks.

I also love when it is late and quiet and I grab Alex’s hand and rest it right where I’m feeling the most kicks. “Oh, I feel him! Right under this finger! How cool.” It’s such an incredible thing, just the three of us learning each others movements and the baby learning our voices.

I guess I have reached the “nesting” stage as they call it. My apartment is always spotless and I’m constantly looking for things to do/clean.  We’ve been doing some shopping for baby lately and it has been so fun. His clothes pile is slowing growing and my laundry piles are becoming increasingly more cute. We also got a stroller. The most beautiful, incredible, safe stroller and I am head over heels in love with this thing, seriously. Half of my time is spent just giddily pushing it around the living room imagining sweet baby boy inside.

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Of course someone had to try it out. He lasted maybe two minutes before jumping out. Oh well. If you need me I’ll be here staring at my stroller for the next four months. Crazy how sometimes that seems so close and sometimes so far away! I’m sure it will be sneaking up on us before we know it!

My Current Obsession

Like every woman expecting a new baby there is one thing I never stop thinking about – baby clothes. I look at them in every store, check out all the shops online, even perusing Etsy for handmade, awesome finds. But the same things kept occurring to me in almost everywhere I looked. Baby clothes are expensive. And that doesn’t make sense! You seriously are buying an outfit the baby can wear a handful of times over a couple of months. Plus in the beginning they’re just covered in spit up, food and much worse.

So I decided to try to dig a little deeper. Alex and I tried out a local Goodwill and although I found an awesome collection of books, I was only able to leave with one outfit and it was the only 0-3 month outfit they even had. But it was only two dollars and so so cute and well made, that the spark was lit and I kept searching.

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This is the sleeper I got from Goodwill, so cute!

When I got home I decided to google “online consignment shop baby clothes” and after going through a few websites I came across Moxie Jean and fell. in. love.

The prices are fantastic and most of the clothes are Baby Gap, Carters, The Children’s place, etc. And not only do they have great baby clothes, they also have clothes all the way up to 13-14 years old. So I found a few things I loved, received a 10 dollar off coupon code and spent 22 dollars. On five things! I placed my order and it was seriously sitting at my door in four days. That’s faster shipping than most big companies. When I opened the package I was more than pleased. Everything looked exactly like the pictures, was in excellent quality and even smelled good. Here is what I got:

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This great fleece lined sweater from The Children’s Place. Only 10 dollars and in great shape!

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When I saw these OshKosh overalls with tiedye onesie included on sale for only 3 dollars I couldn’t pass them up!

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This extremely soft Calvin Klein sleeper for only 7 dollars!

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And my favorite- Baby Gap hooded jacket. Since baby boy will be born in January we wanted to get him a pretty heavy jacket. This one is so thick and fleece lined. Plus the hood detaches, which I love. Plus this only cost me 12 dollars. Worth it!

The website updates their inventory every Monday and Thursday. I already have another order waiting to be placed, seriously I’m addicted!

If you click this link you will receive 10 dollars off any order of 20 dollars or more. I am in no way being paid to mention this website, or share that link(anyone can share it, it is on their main page, I just copied the link) I just know a good deal when I see one and couldn’t help but rave about the great deals I found!

Weekend at the Beach!

This past weekend, we were invited by some co-workers of Alex’s to spend the night in Lincoln City. Since moving here we haven’t had a chance to check out the beach yet so I was all over it. Growing up in New Jersey we spent a lot of time at the “shore”.  Some of my best childhood memories were spend on a beach, enjoying the sun and building awesome sand castles with my sister.

So, Saturday morning we dropped Oscar off at a dog-sitter, and we were on our way! We drove down with two of Alex’s coworkers and it took about an hour to get there. It was really awesome to see the countryside again and Oregon does not disappoint. I saw so many “pick your own flowers” farms and I can’t wait to make another trip where I can stop and get some!  The temperature also dropped about 20 degrees by the time we got to the ocean and it felt so good. It’s been about 90 consistently in the city so cooler weather was definitely welcomed. Although it wasn’t exactly perfect weather to actually get in the ocean.

The house that was rented was so beautiful. Alex’s co worker was celebrating his wife’s birthday and we were lucky enough to join in on the celebration.

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I loved all the natural wood. Plus we were only a very short walk from the beach!

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It was very foggy on Saturday and so cold! The guys wanted to make a trench(?) so we spent a couple of hours working on that.

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Here they are in the finished project!

That night we grilled steaks and corn on the cob. So so good! We played a couple of games then called it a night. The next day the weather was far more appropriate for beach going.

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Bump at 20 weeks!

 

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There is just something about the beach that is so good for the soul. It is easily my favorite place in the world and I’m so glad we were able to spend a couple of days with good company! Thank you again to our friends for inviting us down, we had an amazing time!

Oh, and here is a bonus picture that the dog sitter sent me.

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Yep, that’s dog you guys. Isn’t he so well behaved?

Celebrating Alex’s Birthday

Things were a little bit more low key this year seeing as it was just Alex and I for his Birthday but we made the most of it! We spent the weekend doing all his favorite things. We started by going to Ground Kontrol(a local arcade and bar, pretty much his dream place, right?) and mostly played the pinball machines. This was my first time there and I have to say it was pretty awesome!  They had cheap food, and a 3 dollar amazing root beer float. They also had one of Alex’s favorite beer and I think a pint was 3 dollars as well.

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They had a really great selection of games as well, but those never seemed to stay open for long. They had Mario Kart and there was someone playing with people waiting every time we went to look. I definitely want to go back and try that out!

We also had dinner at Alex’s favorite place to eat, Boxer Ramen. And I’ll admit, the food is really really good.

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This is the Spicy Pork Miso. My favorite!

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Then on Monday(his actually birthday) we celebrated with burgers at our favorite local burger place, Dick’s Burgers. This is seriously one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. Plus they pride themselves on offering local 100% grass fed beef and making the healthiest choice. We probably eat here at least two times a month. Plus their desserts and milkshakes are incredible. Can’t go wrong! This is where I would share a picture, but I always start eating the second my food comes because it is so good. Oops.

When we got home we had cake, dark chocolate with cream cheese frosting.

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^ Alex started to worry he was going to set off the smoke alarm which, as you can see, also worried Oscar. But then Oscar was just ready for some cake. Seriously laughed until I cried at this pictures.

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Here’s to you, Alex. Happy 27th Birthday! I love you dearly.

 

 

And here is a bonus picture.

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Oscar deep in strategy.

 

Baby C is a…

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BOY! A perfect healthy little Alex.

I am SO EXCITED. I’ve always wanted a boy, pockets full of rocks, digging in the dirt, train sets, the whole thing! I grew up with just my sisters and always wished I had had an older brother. When I first got pregnant, I dreamed it was a boy, and everyone thought girl. I didn’t know what to think when we went in for the ultrasound  and even started to believe everyone else that it was a girl. But there he was, my sweet son.

Everything also went great with the ultrasound which I have been nervous about for months! I’m so happy baby C is healthy and growing. I got a lot of pictures of him and I can’t stop looking at them! His little hands and lips, his perfect head, the way his heart was beating so fast.  It was so surreal watching him kick around on screen. Our technician was new to this location so she was still figuring out the machine so our appointment ended up lasting two hours! We were in heaven!

January has been seeming so far away but now that we know its a boy and that we’re half way through my pregnancy its all feeling very real. We have a name picked out and I love being able to call him by it now. So surreal!

A SON, I am in heaven. :)

19 weeks!

 

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As of yesterday I am officially 19 weeks! Crazy that we are almost halfway there! We’re having our 20 week ultrasound soon and I’m really excited but can’t help but also feel worried. It’s the ultrasound where they check out all the baby’s features, organs and brain function. I’m definitely staying optimistic but sometimes those bad thoughts creep up. We’ve only had one ultrasound so far at eight weeks when the baby just looked like a bean so I’m ecstatic to be able to see all the baby’s features. The little hands and feet and that sweet sweet face, I can’t wait!

I finally invested in some maternity jeans and I am in heaven! I had been doing the hair tie trick for far longer than I should have.  I found the jeans at Old Navy and they are too awesome.

It’s been crazy to catch my reflection in the mirror and see this bump looking back at me. I’ve also been feeling really good! Nauseous very rarely which is awesome after the 1st trimester. I am constantly craving jalapenos and have seriously just been eating them out of the jar. The soft pretzel craving is definitely still there too. I’m also trying really hard to get my veggies in. Since I got pregnant I’ve been totally turned off of them. I try to just add them into things where I can’t really taste them or fight my way through some veggie juice. Fruit cravings are definitely strong so at least that’s something, right?

Can’t wait to share our pictures and gender next week!! So ready!

I Married a Gamer

I married a man who once made an entire home star runner video series using toys and a very good imitation accent for all the characters. A man who has insanely high levels on his diablo and Starcraft game. A man who has more games on his phone than I even knew existed. A man who sometimes spends his lunch break at a local arcade(eating a grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwich) and always stares longingly at the ones in the mall.
This has always perplexed and amused me over the years. I’m not a gamer. Sure, Mario kart is my jam but I’ve never been a consistent player of a game. I’ll download one on my phone, likely one Alex has talked me into playing, play with him for a week or two and then never open that app again. It’s a vicious circle.

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Men always get a bad rap. It’s childish to play games. It means they’re not ready to grow up or be a man. They’re too stuck in a fantasy world to enjoy what’s really going on around them. This made me nervous when Alex and I first got together. Over the years everyone would say he would grow out of it and it couldn’t last. He would get a fancy job and just be so busy he couldn’t even think of games. No dice. It never dulled or faded. I started getting worried, is this okay? Are we going to be sixty and still trying to see how far we can go on a zombies map?
But then something shifted. I started to see a side of it that wasn’t clear to me all this time. You know that look in a child’s face when you give them something they’ve always wanted and they just light up? Somewhere we lose that over the years and I don’t know why because it seems so detrimental to happiness. My husband still has it.

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This may seem like a cooky analogy and I apologize if I seem like a crazy person but I love that my husband plays games. He has this light and easy side of him that I don’t have and I think will be crucial to raising our child. He’s never going to be too busy to throw a ball around in the backyard. Never going to be annoyed by a child countlessly asking him to tell him a story he has to vividly make up with his imagination. Never going to mind playing on the floor with them for hours with building blocks or Legos or anything else you can think of. Because this is an area he strives in, among countless others. He still has that glow. That wonder and excitement from something as small as playing a game.
I realize not all men who play video games share in what I see in my husband but that’s okay. His playing shows me how creative and imaginative he his. How he can spend hours at something and never tire shows such stamina I lose somewhere down the line. I love knowing that this child is coming into the world where I know their father will always listen, always play, always laugh and play games and have fun! Fun, something so very important that seems to get pushed to the sidelines now a days and honestly it is what I want to be the in the forefront of raising this child. And with Alex by my side, this will be more than easy. :)

Pregnancy Favorites// 17 Weeks

As of yesterday I am 17 weeks and feeling pretty great! The nausea has subsided and my energy is finally coming back. In the past week I’ve started feeling the baby kick and it’s been amazing. I love late at night, laying completely still and feeling the little flutter. It’s still too early to feel them on the outside but I’m so ready for when Alex can feel them as well! We’ve been trying but so far, nothing. Soon!

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I thought I would share some things that have been really helping me through my pregnancy. Every pregnancy is different, there has been some things I’ve heard to be lifesavers for other moms but haven’t really worked out for me.

1. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Body Butter.

 

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Honestly, I was prone to stretch marks before getting pregnant so I wasn’t sure if it would even be important to invest in something like this. I decided to try it out and its been awesome! No new stretch marks and it has also faded old ones as well. Plus the smell is subtle. Highly recommend!

2. Amy’s Organic Soup

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This may be a silly thing to add, but these soups have been a lifesaver! They are all organic and BPA free so on days when I don’t feel up for making lunch I can just  throw one of these in the microwave and I’m getting a well rounded meal. I’ve tried most flavors, and there isn’t many I don’t like! So good!

3. Daily Planner

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I tried doing a pregnancy journal and it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel like I was free to just write and I found myself having to fight to write in it. I decided to just order a weekly planner that goes until next December so I could just jot down little things here and there. I organize my appointments, weekly updates and little things here and there. Honestly, I love doing it this way! It has a little folder in the back where I keep pictures and little things and comes with really awesome stickers to keep everything really organized. Plus it fits in my purse so I can take it anywhere. I also love that it goes until next December so I’ll pretty much be able to document from the middle of my pregnancy to the right before the baby’s first birthday.

4. Childbirth Without Fear

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WARNING: If you click on that link the cover of the book is pretty graphic, which is why I’ve included an old cover here. As of right now, I’m approaching as natural of a childbirth as I can have. This book has really taken away a lot of my fears and makes me feel confident that this is something my body is made to do and  I can get through it. I am having a hospital birth but I thankfully found a doctor that is completely on board with giving me my natural birth. I know a lot of people have conflicting ideas on what is best but after my extensive research I definitely don’t think I’m making a bad or hard choice here.

5. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

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This book is filled with really great information. I love that there is tips for how to prepare during pregnancy and a ton of  information for after the baby is here. Highly recommend!

6. Black out Curtains

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We actually just got these as a gift from Alex’s mom for his birthday but personally, I am LOVING them. We got them in navy and there is seriously NO light that gets through. We have a complete wall of window in our bedroom so its been amazing to finally be able to sleep in past 7! These will also come in handy when the baby is born.

7. My Pregnancy App

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I LOVE this app! It tracks the baby daily, gives weekly updates and has awesome pictures and videos while you go along. It also tells you the baby’s size, weight, length, etc. Its been great to have such detailed resources in my pocket.

8. Target Yoga Pants

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These pants have been amazing and so comfortable. The best part about them is they have a fold down waist and since I now have this belly, I just leave it up and they offer great support. 99% of the time I am in pants like these or maxi skirts, another lifesaver!

9. Babylist

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This website has been an absolute lifesaver. It’s basically one list compiled from a bunch of different websites. So I was able to put everything from Target, Amazon, etc in one place without having to send people to a bunch of different registries. Plus, say you just want to shop at Target you can make it show just Target options. Easy!

That’s all I have for now, any suggestions? Is there anything pregnancy related I NEED to have? Let me know!

 

And then there were 3.

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I have started and stop about 15 posts in the last three months. It’s not like I don’t have a ton to write about, I just felt guilty nonchalantly blogging when something so big was happening to us.

A baby. A BABY. We’ve known over two months and it still doesn’t seem real. The nausea and vomiting though, oh those are VERY real. Luckily I mostly just feel sick instead of actually throwing up so that’s been nice. Except for one time I threw up potato salad in my hands driving home from a BBQ(tmi?). But now that I’m out of my first trimester I’m starting to feel better.

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We spend our nights talking about names, wondering what it’s personality will be like and laughing about how much hair we think it will have. I also can’t stop hoping the baby has Alex’s eyelashes because those things are incredible.

I am ecstatic. I’ve hoped and dreamed and longed for a chance to be a mother for as long as I can remember. It’s the one thing I’ve always said I wanted to do. And the second I met Alex I knew I found not only a perfect mate for myself but a perfect father.

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I will never forget seeing that heartbeat flicker on the screen for the first time and hearing Alex say “wow” behind me. It’s so surreal. I feel so lucky that I’m able to do this and every time we go to the doctor she says, “everything looks great! Completely healthy!” Gives me butterflies.

I’m going to try to post here as much as possible to keep our families and everyone interested updated.

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We’re so excited!!!!

My favorite healthy meal

About a year ago when I first started eating healthy I was ALWAYS hungry. And when that happens, it makes it easier to eat something not so healthy. I would prepare this whole meal, eat and feel satisfied for like ten minutes, then hungry. Every single time. On top of that a lot of what I was eating was taking a really long time to prepare and to still feel that hungry after eating it? The whole process started to feel worthless.

But, I am happy to report now I have figured it out. I have the perfect meal I eat almost every single day (sometimes twice a day, seriously) and I can’t get enough of it. And when I’m finished it feels like I just ate a MEAL. I feel full! It’s honestly the best thing, and did I mention it’s one of the easiest and quickest meals to prepare? Sold!

I start with this Power to the greens mix.

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Then I add these chopped veggies. I LOVE them.

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Then I top both with hot quinoa.

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And about half a cup of this salsa. I LOVE this stuff. I think it pairs perfectly with the quinoa and the veggies.

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I also add a little but of this dressing to the rim of the plate, probably about two tablespoons.

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Sometimes I add chicken, goat cheese, avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, etc.

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I normally eyeball all the ingredients but here’s about what I use:

2 cups greens.

3 cups veggie mix

1 cup quinoa

1/2 cup “cowboy caviar” or black bean salsa

2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette.

Layer all ingredients on a plate, then I mix it together as I go along.

 

 

And that’s it! Anyone have any favorite healthy recipes to share? Let me know!