Isn’t life crazy but still kind of awesome? Every day seems to be a new wild adventure. Today I’m sharing life lately and some big exciting news!
Happy Monday all!
It feels like it has been FOREVER since we’ve talked! Like we should sit down, sip on a fancy looking latte and catch up.
First off I want to say, I’m sorry for being a little MIA lately. Frankly I’ve had a tough time keeping up with posts, cooking and life in general.
The main reason behind all the life craziness right now and main BIG NEWS is……..
WOOOHOO! Our little family of 3 is getting a new member in August and we could not be more excited!
I am already 15 weeks pregnant and each week keeps flying by! This time around however has been much different than my first baby go around. Much much different.
First trimester I was feeling pretty terrible! Not only was I exhausted all the time but I was hormonal and nauseous on a daily basis. What got me through was knowing it would get better in the 2nd trimester. And sure enough it did (for the most part)!
Once I hit 13 weeks, life got significantly better! Less nausea, actual energy to do things, and all around happier! Mix in some beautiful spring weather in the middle of February I am loving this “honeymoon” trimester!
This has been all over the place. This pregnancy I have noticed my stomach has been much more sensitive to certain foods compared to the first time around. During the first tri I was craving carbs, brothy soups and yes, more carbs. But with all of the nausea it was sometimes hard to enjoy eating and cooking.
My sweet craving has pretty much disappeared like in my first pregnancy, except for the occasional dark chocolate. Instead savory snacks like pickles, olives, crackers and cheese are hitting the spot. This explains the lack of desserts shared on the site. You might also have noticed I haven’t made anything spicy in a while. My pregnancy heartburn is slowly coming back so I’ve been keeping recipes more simple.
I will say after the first Tri I am excited to eat more normal food and actually cook more. You can imagine its tough keeping up a food blog if I am not cooking a whole lot. Luckily I have a loving awesome husband that has been manning the kitchen on nights where I just need to lay down.
Pregnancy with a Toddler
Um. HARD! When I’m feeling great, I normally love having the distraction of an active toddler. Most of the time I honestly forget I’m pregnant! But on the not so good days, when I am not feeling well… those days can be hard. Dealing with long, drawn out naptime struggles or middle of the night toddler wake up calls (thanks 18 month sleep regression) is definitely harder when pregnant.
But the hubs and I both are working together and tag teaming it to make things easier on both of us. One day at a time 🙏
First trimester… a big fat ZERO! Feeling like crap, frigid weather and being tired 24/7 meant zero exercise. This was not a good thing for me! Not working out in the dead of winter contributes to major cabin fever for me.
Fortunately after our last trip down south, I got a kick start on exercising. Since about 11 weeks, I’ve been exercising and my mood and energy level has been so much better.
My main form of exercise is BARRE (which incorporates ballet inspired postures as well as yoga and Pilates). This is my absolute favorite pregnancy workout because it helps me stay toned, limber, strong and in shape.
With BARRE 3-4 days a week plus some longer walks on the other days, I am slowly getting back into shape and building much needed endurance. Plus getting lots of happy endorphins and mommy-time.
I had a lot of ups and down during the first trimester. I was either nauseous, tired, or tired of being tired. Thankfully that only lasted about a month because I hate not feeling like my normal self.
Nowadays it’s going well. In a good mood the most of the time with the occasional anxiety thinking of life with 2 kids. Ha! Watching moms out and about with 2 kids, I keep thinking “that’s going to be me soon! Can I handle that?” I know I can but it still scares me.
Then again I was scared before having Poppy. And I’m doing alright. So I’m trying to acknowledge those feelings when they roll around and tell myself they are normal that it’s going to be OK ☺️
Baby #2 aside, we have been busy lately with fun things. Lots of get-togethers with family and friends, family date nights and trip planning. Our weeknights are filled with daddy/daughter dates, late night BARRE classes for me, Spanish class (I’m teaching one), adventures about town, and watching the new season of Chef’s Table (on Netflix).
You know I had to fit that last bit in there! My love for this show is so great! Hands down my favorite documentary series ever ever! I love it so much I told the hubs we have to pace ourselves this season and watch one episode every other day to make them last. There are only 6!
On the weekends we have been taking advantage of being outside and discovering new winter activities around the city. We are also using the weekends to work on little house stuff here and there.
Overall life is good right now. With a beautiful, intelligent and fun-loving toddler and a little peanut on the way, our hearts are full of love 💗💗💗💗