Bumpdate: Week 16

How Far Along? 16w, 5d - due October 15, 2015

Gender: We find out for sure on Monday, May 18th!!!!

Weight Gain:
+7 from day 1 on my scale. At the doctor I'm only up 3.

Maternity Clothes: I had the exchange my AG jeans for the smaller size. I really hope this was the right call, but after two wears they were just way too baggy and were driving me crazy. I wore my J.crew minnie pants today and can zip up the zipper all the way but I am just about busting out of them.

Nursery: June will bring some changes.

No but the doctor said to expect some feelings between weeks 17 and 20.

Symptoms: Overall, this pregnancy has been really good to me and I feel really lucky that I've gotten by relatively pain free. This week did have a few weird ones....
  • Hormonal and emotional - wowza this past week they hit me hard. As I was driving to Palm Springs for work I started crying because of some kind of radio show, and then it was just a total downpour. This weekend I was just really irritable and moody and just felt off.
  • My skin is definitely not falling into the category of "glowing". I've never worn foundation or face cream but I just put in an order for a Bare Minerals "Complexion Rescue" because, my skin needs a rescue formula badly!
  • My lower belly is starting to make some changes and it's been really weird to wake up and feel like a hard stomach. It ebbs and flows but if I catch it when it's hard, it's the weirdest feeling ever. I feel a lot of pressure and some round ligament pain which is uncomfortable but not painful. 
Sleep: I haven't taken a nap all week which is the longest stretch I've gone since becoming pregnant! I've been taking Unisom about twice a week and it really helps keep me asleep for the entire night. I love it.
Joel: I think he got pretty frustrated with me this weekend when I was boiling over at everything, but he remained calm and nice and tried to stay out of the path of fire when it was getting really bad. And, I just feel really thankful that he has been to every appointment with me, no questions asked, staying til the (sometimes very long) end, and always finding a way after the appointments for a celebratory treat. I know not all partners do so, or can, and Joel drops literally everything to make it happen which....well...I don't want to start crying....

Workouts: 5 and a lot of walking on Sunday so 5.5! I'm proud of this one because I even made it to the hotel gym twice while I was in Palm Springs.

Cravings: Ready for a cupcake on my birthday!

What I Miss: I had a major urge for a French martini (specifically from Mastro's) this weekend. That may be my first real, real drink after baby.

Random Things: Baby turns 17 weeks this week, and I'm turning 27 years - and we'll both be celebrating in Vancouver, B.C.!

Best Moment This Week: Feeling enormous gratitude and relief after our 16 week check up. Hearing the heartbeat (clocked in at 139bpm) is just amazing. I felt like I could walk on water all day after my appointment.

Looking Forward To: Monday, May 18th is our anatomy scan and we will find out the sex as well! The doctor said I'll start feeling some movement in the next few weeks so I'm really looking forward to that as well - and a more prominent baby belly. 


I want it ALL

I'm not sure if I can call it nesting or just the desire for a major closet/hair/makeup/and house upgrade, but I have an itch that needs to be scratched! 

I just feel like I want everything perfect, and I want it right now. And I want to spare no expense. And I want it to be done by someone else. And then I'd like to go on vacation with a new hairstyle and a lot of calorie free cupcakes.

Is that too much to ask?


stacks on stacks. pajama set / calvin klein

 VT Interiors - Library of Inspirational Images
Reese Witherspoon - long bob with long side swept bangs 

Pray for Joel.


Weekend Recap

While I was in Palm Springs Joel told me he had gone through his cookbook from Christmas (The French Laundry by Thomas Keller) and wanted to make dinner for us on Friday night.

He opened up the dinner with this bad boy, so I knew I was in for a treat since I would literally put truffle oil on cereal.

I watched him cook away and was overall impressed with the amount of work and technique he used. I cook for us a lot, probably 80% of the time, but I do the easy stuff. When Joel cooks, he goes all out, so I took a seat and watched him do his thing without too much commentary.

The appetizer was a truffle infused homemade creme fresh with parmesan crisps (so cool, easy (I think), rosemary bread, and homemade baked potato chips. Really, really good.

He went back into the kitchen for dinner and made some of the best mushrooms I've ever had, an asparagus puree, and scallops.

A very fancy French meal at our house on Friday! 

Saturday morning I made it to spin class and then hung around watching the Derby show until we had to leave around 3. I caught Roscoe trying to snuggle with his brother or sister which was pretty over the top cute even if he did this before baby.

Saturday afternoon we had a birthday party for a friend and I got the pleasure to be her crib while her parents played in the poker tournament - obviously my party highlight! This tiny little nugget is three months old if you can believe it!

We left the party early to grab a sushi and catch the end of an awesome Clippers game. They won in the last second which seriously made Joel's whole weekend. 

Sunday morning we walked to Starbucks before Church and then spent the rest of the day shopping. I am having zerooooooo luck in the shopping department which is getting really annoying since I'm not loving anything in my closet.

I was in quite the mood this weekend -  especially while we were shopping. I was just super irritable and moody and emotional a solid 80% of the time. I'm pretty sure I started crying when I felt like my purse was too heavy. Ah....fun times!

Thankfully one online purchase worked in my favor . We ordered a new patio rug and thankfully (for everyone's sake) I'm really happy with it.

 Regardless of my prickly mood this weekend, that's a thing of the past because it's my Birthday week! The best present of all will be a great doctors appointment tomorrow, followed maybe by a cupcake and our trip to Vancouver! Here's to my last week of 26!!


Five on Friday


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I spent most of the week at a work conference in Palm Springs. I love any work trip that doesn’t require a flight because it just makes life so much easier. It  was really nice to have my own car and be able to go home right after the conference was done. I will say though, I always think its going to be so fun to be in a hotel room alone, eat out, and just enjoy the peace…but it’s never as fun as I think it is. Plus, the three days of eating at restaurants non-stop have me feeling sluggish and gross I really need to take a solid break from white shit and sugar! 

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Keep your eyes out at Target for this wide brim white fedora. I had spent months looking for a hat just like this and I was willing to pay like 6x the price. I liked J.Crew’s version but the brim just wasn’t wide enough for what I was looking for and looked too fedora-y, so when I stumbled on this one for $15 dollars, I basically hit the jackpot. Plus, two different girls at the pool came up and asked me where I got, so that always helps boost the ego!

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I happened to catch Kim Richards on Dr. Phil on the treadmill after work on Tuesday, and HOLY COW, homegirl is a mess! She fully admitted to drinking within the last three years, pluspopping pills “every once and a while”.  She was super diva-y and very quick to make sure we all knew that she wasn’t using while on the show (like that mattered), but overall she was just a train wreck. Lisa Rinna must be just dying! She took a major beating at the reunion and all of her worries and concerns about Kim were totally validated.

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Are you snapchatting? I’m not sure how I feel about it but I tried to snap a lot while I was away this week and it’s actually kind of fun and a little weird (tshields622). My favorite people to follow are CattSadler and DamselinDior – they've got some damn cool lives.

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I have my eyes on next week like whoa! We have a doctor’s appointment which I’m literally counting down the seconds for, my birthday, a trip to Vancouver, Mother’s Day and my Dad’s birthday - plus, we celebrated my sister Hannah's 25th birthday yesterday! We are packing in quite a punch lately.

invest in people.


Bumpdate: 15 Weeks

How Far Along? 15w, 4d - due October 15, 2015

Gender: Starting to really want to know for certain!

Weight Gain:

Maternity Clothes: I wore maternity jeans on Saturday and it was really weird! I was in between sizes when I tried them on and the sales girl told me to go with the bigger size. I'm not sure if I should have listened because they were just about falling off of me by the end of the day. I'm holding out hope that they'll fit later (because they were super expensive) but I have the receipt handy just in case.

Nursery: May and June will bring some changes.

No but looking very forward to it. 

Symptoms: I finally caught up with sleep thanks to Unisom. I took it two nights last week and I think it helped get my body back into action. I do feel like my stomach is starting to push out a little, but it's not clearly defined bump and could easily be mistaken for too much food. I also have to pee an ungodly amount - especially right when I lay down.

Not feeling the insane wave of exhaustion every afternoon which has been a nice change. It's not 100% gone....but I see it decreasing.
Joel: Honestly, he's so, so, so good and I would be so, so, so screwed without him. Besides doing all of the heavy lifting this weekend with our new rug, he's really thoughtful and picks up a lot of slack at home. I'm rewarding him by being a great designated driver though.

Workouts: 5, M-F. I think I got all of them...1 spin, 1 hike, 2 treadmill sessions, and 1 weights-day. This week will be harder since I'll be in Palm Springs but I still feel better on the day that I get in something. 

I may need to up the weights workout because I was holding a ten pound baby this weekend for maybe fifteen minutes and I told Joel my arm was literally shaking so that's slightly concerning!

Cravings: I'm not in a "I have to have this and I'm waking up thinking about it" type of craving situation, but pizza always sounds good and I love tart green apples with cheddar cheese. 

What I Miss: I missed drinking a glass of wine at birthday party this last Saturday. Something is always fun about day drinking and the white wine just looked so good!

Random Things: We had a family friend offer to give us a lot of their baby stuff which was just the most kind, generous offer, I still can't believe it. We are going to take her up on it, see how everything fits in our house, and see if we can make it work. 

Best Moment This Week: Thinking that maybe I have a little bump has been fun. I sent a few pictures to my mom and sisters and a few friends and it was pretty fun to get their reactions of the first signs of baby bump.

Looking Forward To: I kept saying the next appointment was May 3rd but UGH it's MAY 5th! Next Tuesday, next Tuesday, really really looking forward to next Tuesday. Just the assurance that everything is going according to plan will be music to my ears. And I'm really excited to be able to give everyone a date for the anatomy scan.


Weekend Report

This weekend was equal parts busy, relaxing, and productive. We watched my cousin's pup Pudley all weekend while they were in New York, so Friday morning I took both dogs out for an early hike. I hadn't been hiking in almost a month so it felt great to be outside and on the trail....and I'm still sore.

Plus, it meant that we had two tired dogs (the best kind) for the entire weekend, especially since Joel had run them both the morning before as well.

You nay notice in the picture above, our carpet was ready to be swapped out. We had originally purchased a remnant piece from Home Depot that worked great for the last 3 years but it was starting to pull pretty badly and the edges were exposed so they were fraying badly. We had a new carpet made so Friday night we Joel rolled up the carpet and spent a solid bit cleaning the massive amounts of carpet residue that was left behind.

We rewarded ourselves with pizza and a bomb virgin Moscow Mule, along with the Bruce Jenner interview. Pretty solid combo if ya ask me.


Saturday was the busy part of the weekend. I snuck in a walk and starbucks date with a friend before we celebrated the first birthday for our friend's sweet son.

Joel and I snuck out around 4, ran a few errands and then drove down to Manhattan Beach for drinks and dinner with some friends. We ate at Fishing with Dynamite, which has been on our must-eat list for a year. They don't accept reservations, and we had six in our group, so the wait was every bit of two hours. Thankfully, we were with good company so after stops at a few bars in the area, we were finally seated for dinner. 


Dinner was fantastic, but by the time we finally got home close to midnight, I was exhausted. I woke up feeling hungover so I was thankful Sunday was pretty chill. Plus, Joel brought me Starbucks in bed, which just might be my favorite thing in life.

Plus, we managed to get the new carpet down, get a few loads of laundry done, and get dinner made....so even though we bummed around, we crossed off our Sunday to-do list.

I leave for Palm Springs tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to a great week of a fun work conference, hotel living, and some pool time.


Friday Five: Travel Edition

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Number 1 Travel Rule
Always Carry-On.  In fact, I'm actually a little scared that this will have to go once a baby join us on our travels, but carrying on is my unbreakable rule. About four years ago I started traveling with this rule and it is just life changing for me. First of all, it helps make me a really smart packer. I did have to get over the fact that I would need to re-wear while on vacation, but once I settled with that, I truly saw the light. It is so much easier - for everyone! I did my honeymoon for two weeks in a carry-on, and Europe (my tips here) so now, every other trip seems like a breeze to only have a small bag.

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Must-Have Item
Multiple Pashminas. No matter where I'm going, hot or cold, I always have scarves (and layers). My mom imparted this wisdom on me when she said she used her pashminas when she backpacked through Europe for everything from bath towels to pillows....and she is right.  There is nothing a good pashmina can't fix so I always wear one on the flight and have another in my suitcase. If it's hot, cold, sunny or smelly, these babies are life savers.

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Airport Tip
Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check. I'm not a weekly traveler...probably on average monthly or every other month I'm flying somewhere, but still, I have found Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check to be a game changer. It's $100 dollars and you have to interview at the airport, but it has added hours to my life! The lines are always much shorter, security is a breeze, and if you fly internationally you don't have to go through customs on your way back into the US. Make your appointment - it's worth it.

Also, fly Virgin. It's just my all time, all time, all time favorite airline. Pay the difference - every time. It's worth it. And if you're delayed, pay the $40 bucks and check into their lounge.
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Summer Plans 
We are packing a lot in before October when travel will have to take a solid 3 month hiatus. In May, I've got Palm Springs and an impromptu trip to Vancouver! June I'll be in Nashville for a shower, and then Joel and I will spend the Fourth of July in Chicago. I go back to Chicago in August for a baby shower and then we are going to celebrate a babymoon in Aspen. I love keep a lot of things on the books to look forward to!

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Favorite Part
I love the anticipation of trips. I like getting organized, finding new outfits, getting my house in order for me to gone, packing my toiletry bags, everything. I just love the "Christmas-Eve" excitement that comes the before we go anywhere. Traveling, even if it's a road trip, is one of my absolute favorite things in life - always has been - and I feel uniquely lucky to have the opportunities and abilities to travel the world, stay in touch with friends and family as frequent as I'm able to, and make life long memories. There's just nothing like it. I'm really hoping, dog, baby....babies...that we always keep travel a big part of our lives...
This is going to be me this year. I promise myself that


Thursday's Random Thoughts

::: I have been in a ripe mood all week. It's been pretty gloomy all week and I haven't slept solidly since last week so by 2pm each day I turn into a lazy, irritated, headache filled, bitchtastic version of myself. :)
Dear Self: Don't Focus on the Negative

::: I've also been on jury duty which is another excuse I'm giving myself for being so grouchy. Every night this week I've had to check at 6pm to see if I need to report to court the following day. That means that I wasn't able to have any meetings set for this week, and everyday at home with nothing but my computer gives me horrible cabin fever - plus side - I haven't been called to report (yet).

:::Since January, I've been reading pregnancy books only and I was due for a little break in the action. I wanted a mindless beach read and Mary Kay Andrews always pulls through for me on that. I read Summer Rental in about a day and it's just an easy, light, cute book if you're looking for an something entertaining and fun.

::: I'm obsessed with 19 Kids and Counting. I stalk their hashtag, keep up with all of their corny YouTube clips, and watch their show all the time. I'm actually scared for the day that they cancel it. Although, these kids keep popping up with more story lines (Jessa's pregnant) so I don't see that happening any time soon.
Pregnant Duggars

::: I have a business trip in Palm Springs next week and I'm so excited for the little getaway. It's the perfect business trip because it's only two nights away and  only a two hour drive from home. . I'm looking forward to reading another Mary Kay Andrews book and just sitting out at the pool when my conference ends at 3 each day.
Wherever this is.

::: Are you a Today Show fan? Joel and I watch it everyday and then I watch the 9'oclock hour when I'm at the gym. Does anyone else pick up on majorly weird vibes between Natalie and Tamron? I'm pretty sure Natalie hates Tamron and is very fake nice with her. I find their dynamic super uncomfortable. Am I alone on this?

::: I'm on a TV show kick here (time to find a hobbbbby!), but what are we thinking about the Full House reboot? Do you think you'll watch? I loved Boy Meets World growing up, never missed an episode, and haven't seen one of Girl Meets World, so I'm thinking I probably won't watch Fuller House either, but who knows....

::: I had a family friend who lives out in LA offer a LOT of baby goods for Joel and I to just have. It was such a kind and generous offer, and it was so out of the blue, it just made my whole week. Not having my family and cousins here in LA, I really didn't anticipate many hand-me-downs like I would have had we been living in Chicago. We are likely going to take everything she offered and see how it all works, which means I might have a whole lot of baby stuff in my house a lot sooner than I bargained for! Just imagining touching a crib or a bumbo seat feels surreal, so I know when it's in our house it's going to be a crazy feeling.
appreciate good people.  they are hard to come by.

::: We've got another action packed weekend with a lot of fun things planned, and a lot of necessary to-do's, but I'm going to really try and kick up my good-mood attitude and really start putting a little more pep in my step. Life is good and we have so, so, so much to be thankful for.

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