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22 Weeks: Bumpdates

I have this week off and so I have been alternating between being productive and napping on the couch with my cats. Gotta enjoy it, because it looks like it’s back to work next week.

I feel lots more movement the past couple weeks. Yesterday, she was really thumping while I was watching a movie.

She’s getting up there in size:

I got some new symptoms, which is always fun. Last Friday, I got my usual tacos and had intense heartburn. Apparently, it’s almost impossible to not get heartburn while pregnant. I rarely get it usually, so that was a surprise. Luckily, it has just been one night so far *knock on wood,* so hopefully it’s an occasional thing.

Twice this week I’ve gone for a walk and then came back, showered, and ate lunch, and then got an upset stomach. I’m still not sure if it’s related to the walking or something I ate. I had almond butter and peanut butter today, so maybe the oils in those caused it, but I’m going to take a break on the walking and see if that helps. It’s also heating up outside so it makes it a little bit intense.


Target has the cutest kids stuff right now. They make it really hard not to buy things.

I was thinking about these little cubby things:

We are going to need either a dresser for the baby stuff or a cubby organizer, and they have the cutest bins. These might be good for organizing baby things. We also have very limited space in our one-bedroom apartment.

I had one of these again today, and I haven’t gotten tired of them yet. I get a Wawa sub with cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, avocado, and mustard on a wheat roll. They’re ridiculously good.

I finished a painting for a friend today. He’s been helping scoop my cat litter every few days while Greg is gone, and has been generally a tremendous help all around, so I painted his dog for him.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Friday Favorites

Favorite Clothes:
I would love to wear this to the gym when I can wear normal tank tops again (I could still probably for now, but it wouldn’t last very long):

Favorite Food:

I might leave off the spicy ingredients, but doesn’t this tofu look so good? I can’t believe it’s tofu.

Favorite Movie Trailer:
I’m so excited about Doctor Strange. I’m excited about every Marvel movie, and have seen them all so far.

Favorite Funnies:
Me when somebody walks by my living room window and I’m just sitting in my pajamas:

Why buy a new hoodie when one is already broken in?

Sending a sexy picture:

When you have to hit rewind because they weren’t paying attention:

Have a wonderful weekend!


Operation Shower: The Weekend With All The Baby Stuff

I try not to post baby crazy stuff here, because I don’t want to overload anyone who is not interested in reading baby posts. Fair warning: this weekend was all about the baby stuff.

I had too much fun this weekend at Operation Shower not to show pictures.

I do not plan to have a shower, because all of my family members live far away in different states. I’m actually the only one who lives in Delaware. We registered at Babies ‘R Us and Target and sent word of it on our gender announcement card in case family/friends want to send a gift. You may already know, my husband and I are both in the Guard. So when I heard about Operation Shower, I was really excited.

It basically provides group showers for women whose spouses are deployed or recently deployed. A few of my coworkers had been to one before and they highly recommended it.

I was invited to one in D.C. over the weekend and I am so glad I went! I’m also so glad I brought a friend, because no way could I carry all the gear back myself.

I insisted that we leave at a ridiculous hour in the morning, because I thought there would be a ton of traffic on the drive to D.C. Turns out there was zero traffic, so we got there about an hour and a half early, but there was a lot of traffic on the way back.

It was hosted at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Weird name, but impressive building. The building was literally so big that they had two full size houses which functioned as gift shops inside, with room to spare. We stopped at Starbucks, where I was tempted to get a S’mores frappuccino but instead tried the mango black tea lemonade. It was delicious, but I still want a S’mores frappuccino.

 They let us in the doors and immediately were entered into a raffle for later and escorted to our own place setting.

The theme for this shower was Go Wild. The decorations were adorable.

The food was really good; I wish there were more vegetarian options, but we made it work. They had tomato and mozzarella sandwiches and an interesting squash dish which I definitely thought were potatoes.

The desserts were the best part of the meal. I tried a fruit tart, a pineapple cupcake, and a raspberry macaroon. I don’t even like raspberries, but I picked it up because I wanted a pink one. It was all delicious.

 And then there was all the fun stuff, the gifts! They really do a great job. They started off with a gift card, a cute jewelry plate, and jewelry from Stella & Dot.

Then all the fun baby stuff! Everyone gets a ‘shower in a box’ filled with baby items like clothes, toys, etc.

 I originally asked for a gender neutral box, because when I was invited I hadn’t found out the gender, yet. Luckily, one of the ladies working there stopped by to talk to me and offered to switch out some of my gender neutral items for girl items when she found out I knew the gender.

 It was filled with lots of good things like this cute elephant stuffed animal, food, and a baby blanket.

 How adorable is this hedgehog outfit? It also has ruffles on the butt.

 They had raffles for lots of items, and we were down the the last couple raffles and I hadn’t won anything, yet. I already had lots of gear so I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

One of the last items they raffled was a 4Moms Rockaroo. As they were reaching in the names cup to pull out a name, my friend whispered my name and I quickly “Shhhh”‘d him so that he wouldn’t jinx me. Well, I guess I was wrong, because I won and I nearly lost my mind. If I could have picked one item to win, I probably would have picked this one!

 They also had a onesie drawing contest, which I didn’t win, but I got to keep the unicorn onesie I drew.

All of the moms there received so many items, I haven’t even gone through the shower in a box completely yet to look at each one. They also gave all of us an infant car seat and a portable playard for outdoors or indoors. It’s indescribable how awesome this is, and I appreciate it so much. It’s so helpful to have support like that. If you know any military spouses, I recommend it!

My house is now babyville, because I have a bunch of baby items all over the place. At this point, if I took them out of their boxes, I probably would be blocked into my house like a hermit and would need considerable skill to escape.


21 Weeks: Gender Reveal

Sometimes my baby decides to kick my butt and make me exhausted with no warning, so I have been slacking the past couple days (just on blogging, woops). I came home the past couple nights and cleaned and cooked then played games on my computer for a bit before falling into bed. I did also have to work all last week and the weekend and Monday/Tuesday, so that could be a reason as well.

But the good news is that I’m off! Yay! I’m off for at least the next week and a half.
You guys probably just came here because of the words gender reveal, so I will stop complaining about being a tired (surprise, right?) pregnant lady.
The bump is growing larger and larger, although it’s hard to tell. I can definitely tell and feel like soon it may become more bumplike.
I have been so excited since I found out the gender a couple weeks ago and had to keep it secret for a bit! I sent my family gender reveal cards, but now they’ve all arrived so I am allowed to talk about it. 
The baby’s gender is no longer a mystery…
Unless she’s got some tricks up her sleeve (I asked the ultrasound tech, “How sure are you???”). I was beyond surprised, because I thought it was a boy, but we are so excited! I get happier the more I think about all the little girl stuff.
I asked the ultrasound tech not to tell me at the appointment and to give me a gender card inside an envelope instead, so that I could Skype Greg and find out at the same time. I was not nervous at all until I had the card in my hand and was walking out of the office.
I Skyped Greg as soon as I got in my car and was terrified to open the card. I let him look at it first because I could barely keep it together. When I saw the card, I was incredibly happy and crying and incoherent for a moment until I recovered. It was more exciting and overwhelming than I thought it would be.
So she is a she, instead of an it now, and she is getting into some very large animal shapes.
It feels like a little wiggly creature is thumping around in my belly. She was doing some type of acrobatics earlier today, although mostly she’s been getting very wiggly at night. Tonight things have quieted down, so perhaps she decided to sleep.
As a note, I drew our gender announcement, because I guess I have the ability to draw my family as cactuses. Weird skill which I should add to my resume. So, I’d prefer if it wasn’t reused, although if you would like your own plant-based family or otherwise, maybe I can help out.
Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

Friday Favorites

I hope you’re having a fabulous Friday! Yesterday I tried to turn off the lights in one room by turning them on in another room, and I had a dream that a Petsmart worker cut off all my hair. Pregnancy brain is weird. I am actually working this weekend again, but I still have lots of things I am excited about.

(photo via)

Favorite Purchase:

I’m going to an event today that I wanted to look nice for, and I knew that I would prefer to wear a dress. However, I don’t have any dresses that I am comfortable in right now and that would be acceptable attire, so I checked Old Navy and got lucky that they had a few maxi dresses. This one is really soft, fit well, and I will be comfortable enough there that I should be able to wear it all day.


I don’t know if it’s because I’m from the South, but when I see a biscuit slathered with butter and jelly, I cannot help myself. I made these last weekend and they are so yummy.. I drool just looking at pictures of biscuits. I admit that sometimes I will sit at work and stare at recipes for an hour or two, planning for later. I stocked a bunch of these up in my freezer, so that I can have a biscuit stash when needed.

Favorite Health/Beauty Items:

It’s safe to say I bought this mascara strictly because it had unicorns on it. I was in Target, minding my own business, when I was suddenly confronted with pretty unicorns and I was powerless. It turns out it is a really good mascara. I’ve tried it a couple times so far and it’s worked well. It has a twisty part at the top so that you apply it twice – first for length, and then for volume. It really does give me longer-looking lashes.

I also bought Pacifica sea foam face wash, because it had been out of stock for some time at my Target and when I saw it was back, I scooped it up. This stuff smells heavenly. I am scent-sensitive right now, and I love the way this smells. It’s light, sweet, clean, and sea-like.

Favorite Workout:

I went for a run and actually did three miles! It was alternating running/walking, but it’s the most I’ve done in a while! We had absolutely beautiful weather after several days of rain and clouds, so I was antsy to get outside, and I ran like an antelope. At least, I felt like I ran like an antelope. In reality, I probably ran like a drunken squirrel, but it felt amazing.

Favorite Funnies:
When people ask what my plans are:

When someone brings up a topic I know nothing about, but I try anyway:

Introvert life:

I’ll be ready:

Have a wonderful weekend!


What I’ve Been Reading

This has been one of those months where I feel like I have too many books to read and not enough time. I also got a couple books through NetGalley this month for the first time, which was exciting for me.

This is a graphic novel about five teenage girls at a camp for Lumberjanes. They get involved with lots of unexpected supernatural stuff, including mind controlled Boy Scouts. It is utterly charming and fabulous.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This one had me hooked when it said that the main character was obsessed with Outlander. A book within a book – what Inception is this? So, the main character is a lady in her late 20’s obsessed with Outlander (looking at myself). Luckily, the similarities end there. She goes on a quest to travel to Scotland to retrace the steps of one of her favorite characters, hoping to meet her own highlander along the way. She is a blogger, and writes about her travels and whether she finds exactly what she’s looking for. I thought it was cute, and even though it has its’, “Well, duh,” moments where she should know better, it’s fun to watch her stumble around. I recommend if you like Outlander, although you don’t have to have read it to enjoy the book. This made me go out and get a copy of Outlander (I had a digital copy but no hard copy) and the next book in the series (number four) I haven’t read, yet.

Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica – 4 stars
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this as a mystery/thriller. There are lots of threads to try to piece together. The story begins with a young woman who disappears from her Chicago apartment. At the same time, a mysterious woman appears in a Michigan harbor town, drawing the attention of an 18 year old man who is attracted to her charm and beauty. The roommate of the disappeared Chicago woman tries to find answers about her roommate. This was similar to The Girl on the Train, as I went back and forth on what I may have figured out. The end was amazing, although I wish some parts were different (although that’s due to my own interest, not a story problem). I recommend if you like psychological thrillers that are well-paced and keep you guessing until the end.

This was mixed for me. I liked it because I related a little bit to being really into book characters growing up, but at the same time I wasn’t really drawn to any of the characters in this story. I feel like it was less about actual fan fiction writers than it was a growing up story. I have also read Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which I was a much bigger fan of. I recommend if you want to read about finding independence for the first time and a family that is not perfect.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I have heard great things about Georgette Heyer, but it wasn’t for me. It seems like the plot of the book was gone over by every character about a million times. I found it very distracting. Every character had to have explained to them what was going on and where so-and-so was. It felt like a wild goose chase to me. It is about a rake and a lady who tricks him into kidnapping her instead of her sister in order to protect her sister, and all the trouble they get into. I wasn’t a fan of the supporting characters.

The story is about two girls who were abducted as children and were rescued after spending some time with their captor. The story takes place mostly during their adult lives and is about how their lives are different because of their shared experience. It was an interesting concept, but I felt it was a little slow at times. The characters do stick with you and I like that they’re not perfect, but I felt the story could have been better.

Linking up with Steph and Jana for Show Us Your Books!

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20 Weeks: Weekend Updates

I can’t believe we’ve hit 20 weeks. That is the official halfway mark. Sure, I do have a pile of baby gear in boxes already in my living room, but I haven’t opened any of them and the weeks keep going by. It doesn’t feel like it’s been this long, already!

My cat is literally trying to climb up my butt. It’s very difficult to take pictures sometimes.

Bonus picture of him wanting to be held like a child. He likes to claw my legs until I pick him up or play with him.

Anyway, besides him, my actual human child is still growing. I am feeling good, and I feel more movement, lately. Today baby has been a little chill, but other days it is kicking around a lot and it feels like I’ve got a muscle twinge.

I’m assuming soon I shall grow into my final form, which will be much more uncomfortable. It’s still hard to see in my clothes and I doubt people can tell I’m pregnant, but I’ve definitely gained at least the recommended weight on the scale.

I am so excited about this week! Axolotl’s are my favorite; they’re adorable. Baby is also the size of a banana.

We had an absolutely gorgeous day outside after a rainy week.

Boba is obsessed with going outside, and most of the time he just rolls around in the rocks and leaves, but the other day he bolted into the middle of the street after a bird. I put them back on the cat leashes today, and they did well, although Boba likes to roll around and play with his which leads to him being rolled up in it like a burrito.

I got some walking in; today was pretty sunny and I got wiped after a little bit. My short walks/jogs feel really good most of the time, though.

I love that on the weekends I actually have time to cook a full meal and go out to grab food from places I want.

I made pizza and got tacos, which I eat every week; I actually have a taco day. The people who work at the taco place already know what I order every time, and I have no shame.

I made pancakes, and they were much more successful than last weekend.

Tonight I cooked crispy tofu, vegan biscuits, and a sweet potato. I am in all kinds of a biscuit mood. I am from the South and there are just not enough biscuits around Delaware. I was also impressed with myself that I chopped up cold butter in my recipe. Did I make a huge mess? Yes. Did I burn all the feeling off of one finger? I sure did. But it was totally worth it.

I also went to go see Captain America: Civil War this weekend. I love all the Marvel movies, although I have my favorites (Avengers & Thor!). This one was great, but much darker than the other Avenger movies. It was missing Thor, but I loved all the surprise people in it, and it still had its’ few funny moments.

Hope you had a great weekend!