Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cloth Diapering Class/Fear Mongering

So, JA and I attended a cloth diapering class tonight. As you know, we were already committed to using cloth over disposables. Bottom line - less chemicals on baby's skin, less expensive, and better for the environment. The class we attended tonight spent the first 45 minutes detailing all the ways that disposable diapers would eventually harm our baby. They spent 45 minutes listing all the carcinogens and chemicals that would ultimately cause cancer, lower sperm counts, and affect hormone levels. OK... I get it. That's why we went - we knew that disposables weren't great. I could have done without the conspiracy theories. ;)  After, I did get the information for which we went, namely, what different types were available, how many of each to get, and what accessories we would need. We've already purchased our newborn set and when the time comes for the next size, we have a few options to consider. Alice also lent me Ella's cloth diapers so we could try them out to see if they work for us. Either way, I am confident that Baby A's bottom will be covered... literally. :)

Next on the to-do list... hang a clothesline. :)

Breakfast - organic honey nut cereal with organic low fat milk
Snack - organic tortilla chips and salsa
Lunch - homemade egg salad on a sandwich thin
Snack - all natural raspberry lemonade; Asian snack mix
Dinner - slice of cheese pizza; organic broccoli, peas, and corn
Dessert - decaf latte and a peanut butter cookie (we needed a treat after almost two hours in that class!)

Monday, August 30, 2010


After experiencing some fall weather last week, we are back in the 90s here in NJ. I managed not to break too much of a sweat in my classroom today or at yoga tonight. I am about 90% done with set-up at school. To motivate myself to finish tomorrow, I'm treating myself to a mani/pedi and a beach/pool day on Wednesday if I get everything done. (In fairness, the mani/pedi was an end-of-year gift from a student so it's free!) Nothing like a little positive reinforcement to make me hustle. :)  Mrs. Z... are you up for a visit on Wednesday??

This is the actual bathing pavilion down the shore... don't worry Mom - I won't be jumping into the pool!

Breakfast - everything bagel with light veggie cream cheese
Snack - organic celery with natural peanut butter
Lunch - organic Romaine, cucumbers, and tomatoes with light honey mustard dressing; organic strawberries
Snack - Greek strawberry yogurt; Asian snack mix
Dinner - black beans and rice; a few pieces of plantain
Dessert - small piece of apple caramel cheesecake and chocolate cake

Sunday, August 29, 2010

17 Weeks!

I swear it was just yesterday that I was writing the 16 week post... time is flying! Here's what's new this week for Baby A.
Your baby's skeleton is changing from soft cartilage to bone and fat is finally accumulating around it. The umbilical cord — her lifeline to the placenta — is growing stronger and thicker. Your baby weighs 5 ounces now (about as much as a turnip), and she's around 5 inches long from head to bottom. She can move her joints, her sweat glands are starting to develop, and those little fingers and toes now feature one-of-a-kind prints.
Baby better not be thinking of committing any crimes... she's got fingerprints now. ;)
  • How far along? 17 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: +4 pounds (no change from last week)
  • Sleep: I'm still sleeping very well - thank you baby! :)  I'm also getting used to sleeping on my left side (rather than my back).
  • Best moment this week: Celebrating the unofficial end of summer with family and friends.
  • Food cravings: I'm still loving sweets much more than usual and will indulge maybe once a week or so.
  • Gender: We have our educated guess, but we'll wait until the anatomy scan on September 21 to be more certain.
  • Maternity Clothes: This week I started wearing a couple pairs of maternity jeans. They are still quite big, but they feel so much better than having my belly squished in my regular pants.
  • Belly Button in or out? In
  • What I miss: my regular pants (see above comment) :)
  • What I am looking forward to: Figuring out what to wear to work this week... I'm not telling my principal until next week, but we have our big district meeting on Thursday. What do I have that can hide this little bump for a few more days?
  • Weekly Wisdom: Commit yourself completely to what you want to do with the baby (whether it be nursing, cloth diapers, etc.) - great advice from Alice (who also gave me a bunch of great baby gear from Ella). Also, my friend Heather recommended I do the same, but not to beat myself up if what I had planned doesn't ultimately work for me or the baby. Thanks girls!

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an English muffin
Lunch - Panera Bread with Alice! - half a Caesar salad and half a tomato and mozzarella panini; apple
Dinner - assorted Cuban appetizers (plantains, yucca, black beans); garden salad with light honey mustard dressing
Dessert - two oatmeal, Craisin, white chocolate chip cookies

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on whole wheat toast; one chocolate chip pancake
Lunch - "chicken" patty on a sandwich thin with leftover Five Guys cajun fries
Snack - bbq POP chips; veggies and spinach dip; organic tortilla chips with guacamole
Dinner - veggie burger on a sandwich thin with pasta salad and potato salad
Dessert - small pieces of apple caramel cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake (soooo good!)

Breakfast - everything bagel with light veggie cream cheese; OJ
Lunch - organic lettuce, tomato and cucumber with light honey mustard dressing; slice of cheese pizza
Dinner - veggie cheeseburger on a sandwich thin; baked onion rings
Snack - a few salt and vinegar chips and animal crackers; lemon Italian ice (I think I ate dinner too early because I was hungry!)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Prenatal Yoga

Tonight was my first prenatal yoga class. We all know yoga is supposed to be a time to relax and find your center. And that's how it usually is for me... except for tonight. First, when I came home, I discovered that our dog Maggie had the biggest accident ever. Seriously, I have no idea how such a little dog can pee that much! So I had to clean up that mess. Then I had to clean the house a bit since friends were coming over tonight to watch Jersey Shore. Finally, I realized that my class was starting very soon so I had to scramble to get changed... and this is where my problems really started. Apparently all of my yoga pants were in the laundry basket and the last pair was too long. But they would have to do... especially since I discovered all my sports bars were either too small or dirty. Grrrr! Now I'm late, but manage to get myself out the door. Halfway down the street, I realize my cell phone is at home, and it holds the address for the studio. So now it's back home where I proceed to run up and down the stairs searching for the phone. I finally find it behind the couch (?!?!?) and head out again. I eventually get to my destination according to GPS, but I cannot find the building. I finally arrive, 20 MINUTES LATE, and just join the class. At this point, I needed all the zen I could get. All in all, the studio is good, the class was good, and I got at least 40 minutes of practice. And I know where this place is for next time. And I going to buy some new bras. :) Phew...

So I just googled "prenatal yoga" and decided no one really wants to see those pictures! Instead, here's what I looked like trying to get ready today. Imagine when there's a baby in the mix!
At least this woman has her cell phone. :)

Breakfast - organic honey nut Os with organic low fat milk
Snack - Greek peach yogurt
Lunch - cheese ravioli in a red pepper alfredo sauce; red delicious apple
Snack - Five Guys cajun fries and lemonade (Ugh! This is what happens when you're STARVING and drive by Five Guys.)
Dinner - garden salad; slice of cheese pizza; Ghirardelli dark mint chocolate square

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Houston, we have a heartbeat!

Today was our 16-week appointment and we heard the baby's heartbeat on the doppler. Amazing!! It really does sound like galloping horses. The appointment was very quick... everything is progressing well, my uterus is growing nicely ;), and I continue to remain relatively symptom-free. I do consider myself blessed that I'm not getting sick, am sleeping well, don't have heartburn, and can eat whichever foods I want. Thank God for all that! Oh, and I'm up one pound from my 12-week appointment - so far, so good!

Our next appointment is scheduled for September 21 and it's the BIG ultrasound. They do a comprehensive anatomy scan and we'll get to see the baby's adorable little arms and legs, his precious little face, and maybe even his boy or girl parts if he's not too shy. :)

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an English muffin
Snack - organic strawberries
Lunch - "chicken" patty on a sandwich thin; baked sweet potato fries
Snack - smoothie (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, yogurt, and POM juice)
Dinner - edamame; sweet potato roll; vegetable Pad Thai (dinner with Amy and Nicole - our last hurrah before school)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

It looks worse before it gets better

Today was Day 2 in my classroom and I'm convinced I always make a mess before I set up. Here's how I left the room this afternoon...

Looottttts of work still to do... but I enjoy it. Tonight I also took Baby Allen to her first jewelry party. She bought me these earrings. Isn't she sweet?! ;) They will be fun to wear on a night out. And since I can't wear rings because of that silly rash on my hands, I figured fun earrings were important.

Breakfast - Cinnamon life with organic low fat milk
Snack - banana bread
Lunch - half an avocado, lettuce, and tomato sandwich on seven-grain bread; 1/4 baked potato; Ghirardelli dark mint chocolate square
Snack - Greek peach yogurt
Dinner - cheese ravioli and garlic bread
Snack - cheese and crackers; grapes

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back to School

Today was my first day back setting up my classroom. The kids don't come in for two weeks, but it's always good to get a jump start on getting things together. I felt good today and made sure to take breaks as needed. I alternated between moving things around the room and sitting down to work at a table to rest. Baby A was a trooper. He will be spending a lot of time in that room so I hope he makes himself comfortable.

I also told the union rep at work about my pregnancy. She gave me the contact info for our district's rep so I could get all the official information on how to tell my principal. This is my tenure year, so her advice was to wait until after the first day of school (when I actually achieve tenure). I'm going to have to do some strategic dressing to avoid outing myself ahead of time... or like Kristi suggested, just let people think I ate a lot of boardwalk pizza this summer. ;)

Even famous people love Jersey Shore pizza... and by famous, I of course mean J-Woww, not Michael Cera. ;)

Breakfast - bowl of organic honey nut Os with organic skim milk
Snack - Greek strawberry yogurt
Lunch - "chicken" patty on a sandwich thin; taboule salad; Ghirardelli mint chocolate square
Snack - trail mix; Vitamin Water; terra chips
Dinner - Shirley Temple; a few nachos and two jalenpeno poppers; half an avocado, tomato, and lettuce sandwich on seven-grain brain; half a baked potato; two bites of JA's chocolate cake

Sunday, August 22, 2010

16 Weeks

Here we are - week 16! It's true what they say about the second trimester. I feel great and my energy is back (so long as I get enough sleep)! I can't believe the summer is almost over... though I am looking forward to fall. Bring on the cooler temperatures and get rid of this humidity! Baby A seems to be growing well, as my belly seems just a smidge bigger each day. I used to wake up with a pretty flat tummy in the morning and it would be round by the end of the day. Now it's pretty round when I wake up! Here's what's new this week:
Get ready for a growth spurt. In the next few weeks, your baby will double his weight and add inches to his length. Right now, he's about the size of an avocado: 4 1/2 inches long (head to rump) and 3 1/2 ounces. His legs are much more developed, his head is more erect than it has been, and his eyes have moved closer to the front of his head. His ears are close to their final position, too. The patterning of his scalp has begun, though his locks aren't recognizable yet. He's even started growing toenails. And there's a lot happening inside as well. For example, his heart is now pumping about 25 quarts of blood each day, and this amount will continue to increase as your baby continues to develop. 
  • How far along? 16 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: +4 pounds (no change from last week)
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping well (all through the night most nights). In these last two weeks leading up to school I'm going to get back on a bed by 11, up by 7 schedule.
  • Best moment this week: Telling my neighborhood friends about the baby; I also learned my neighbor Jen is due a week before me!
  • Food cravings: I've been liking sweets a little more than usual, but I'm not sure I would call it a craving.
  • Gender: We have our educated guess, but we'll wait until the anatomy scan on September 21 to be more certain.
  • Maternity Clothes: Not yet. Just when I think I'm ready for them, I try on some pants and they fall down.
  • Belly Button in or out? In
  • What I miss: iced tea (it's a staple in the summer)
  • What I am looking forward to: Doctor's appointment on Wednesday - we'll get to hear the baby's heartbeat!
  • Weekly Wisdom: Stop buying things for the baby!! ;)

Today was a weird eating day for me. I'm usually all about eating every 3-4 hours, but not today!

Breakfast - eggs and homefries; chocolate chip pancake; chocolate soy milk; cranberry juice
Snack - a few pieces of Aussie-style strawberry licorice
Dinner - "chicken" patty on a sandwich thin; rest of my homefries; broccoli

Saturday, August 21, 2010

More Stroller News...

I realize that this post is going to get me into some trouble. My family has been reprimanding me any time I buy something for the baby. "You're having two showers!" they say. I know this... but it doesn't always help my ability to resist a great deal. Case in point: gilt had Maclaren strollers on sale this week. I knew that we'd most likely get a Maclaren as our umbrella stroller; you know, the lightweight one we keep in the car for trips to the mall (more shopping!) :)  The one that I liked was a bit pricey (of course). It normally retails for $350. However, with this super amazing sale, I could get it for under $200. You do the math - that's a great deal! So Baby Allen will be riding in style in this adorable Maclaren Spitfire Ryder Buggy. JA likes it... though the first words out of his mouth were, "Didn't people tell you to stop buying things?!" Hee hee hee...

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an everything bagel; OJ
Snack - organic blackberries; banana bread; decaf latte
Lunch - PB&J on whole grain bread; terra chips; Ghirardelli square (dark mint chocolate)
Snack - Greek raspberry yogurt
Dinner - veggie stromboli; Spanish rice; spinach and tomato baked with fontina cheese; gingerale

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on a whole grain bagel
Snack - cantaloupe
Lunch - steamed veggie dumplings with a side of broccoli; sun-dried tomato stromboli; Ghirardelli square (dark mint chocolate)
Dinner - the rest of my lunch

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Angry Mommy

Ugh... I did not have a good experience this evening. I got kicked out of yoga! :(  My studio does not have an official prenatal class and the instructors do not feel comfortable having me in class. Oh well... guess I'm off to find a new studio!

To make myself feel better I went for a walk instead. Not the same, but better than stewing. I also talked to my mom... that always makes me feel better. :)

I also thought some retail therapy might be nice. How's this for a bringing-home-baby outfit?

Fun, right? Today was also a better food day, so I can feel better about that.

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an English Muffin
Snack - piece of banana bread; cantaloupe
Lunch - sandwich thin with taboule salad; organic blackberries
Snack - nectarine; Greek blueberry yogurt
Dinner - steamed veggies with brown rice; steamed veggie dumplings
Dessert - cherry Italian ice

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Angry Baby

Today I did something bad. Very bad. I wore pants. With a zipper. And a button! It seemed like a good idea at the time. Here's how it all went down...

This morning I woke up and decided I was going to wear pants. I was getting sick of wearing dresses because the teaching conference I'm at this week requires us to sit on the floor a lot, and I kept flashing my underthings to strangers. (Now that I'm going to be a mother, I've decided to stop doing that.) So I thought - today's the day I wear my first pair of maternity jeans. I put on a cute top and those elastic waist gifts from heaven. So far, so good. I proceed to walk downstairs, walk the dogs, and get my things together. About fifteen minutes have gone by and my pants are around my knees! Perhaps I'm not quite ready to wear maternity pants. Let me just put on my regular jeans. Which was all fine and dandy for about two hours. And then... oh my goodness do I wish I had those other jeans on! Baby Allen did not appreciate being squished. I managed to suffer through the rest of the day, but barely made it through the door before I stripped them off. Sweet relief.

Since the point of wearing pants was to avoid showing off my underthings,
I didn't think this was the way to go either.

Those jeans have since been washed and placed into the "going to wear next year" bin. Tomorrow I'll be wearing a dress. :)

Breakfast - slice of homemade banana bread; decaf soy latte
Snack - organic grapes and blackberries
Lunch - sandwich thin and taboule salad; organic tomatoes and cucumbers in honey mustard dressing
Snack - bbq chips and Vitamin Water
Dinner - soft pretzel; grilled cheese; a few fries

Well, the afternoon started off well... but the carb crave took over in the afternoon! I will work on that...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


After my 50 minute commute took two hours(!) this morning, I thought it might be a good time to go back to yoga. Now that I'm in the second trimester and feeling great, I'm really looking forward to class. I could use a sense of peace and tranquility after all that traffic. Baby Allen is moving around and kicking and stretching so I figured I would too. :)

Speaking of which, check out these cool videos about what's going on with our little one. I watched the first three last night but I'm waiting to watch the others until I'm that far along. It gves me something special to look forward to!

Breakfast - egg and cheese on a croissant; OJ
Snack - half a corn muffin; Vitamin water
Lunch - half a bagel sandwich with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard; terra chips; fruit snacks
Snack - rest of my corn muffin; pear
Dinner - taboule with whole grain flat bread

Monday, August 16, 2010

15 Weeks

I'm back! And I have to say, I kinda missed this. Of course, we had such a great weekend down the shore with Wendy and Joe that I didn't have much time to think about blogging. Baby A had a lot of firsts this weekend - first shuffleboard game, first mini golf, and first time fist-pumping on the boardwalk. Good times. :)

We are at the 15 week mark - amazing! Here's what's happening with our little peanut:

Your growing baby now measures about 4 inches long, crown to rump, and weighs in at about 2 1/2 ounces (about the size of an apple). She's busy moving amniotic fluid through her nose and upper respiratory tract, which helps the primitive air sacs in her lungs begin to develop. Her legs are growing longer than her arms now, and she can move all of her joints and limbs. Although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light. If you shine a flashlight at your tummy, for instance, she's likely to move away from the beam. There's not much for your baby to taste at this point, but she is forming taste buds.
I'm not going around shining a flashlight on my belly, but I thought that part was pretty cool. ;)
  • How far along? 15 weeks, 1 day
  • Total weight gain/loss: As of this afternoon, I am up 4 pounds. Aaaaannd, I think I have a little baby bump to show. I'm not sure you would notice if you didn't know me well, but I can definitely tell.
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping well and have been able to stay up late when needed. Now that school is approaching, I'm going to try to get myself back on some sort of schedule.
  • Best moment this week: Spending the weekend down the shore with family
  • Food cravings: I've been loving potato chips lately.
  • Gender: We have our educated guess, but we'll wait until the anatomy scan on September 21 to be more certain.
  • Maternity Clothes: Not yet, though I think it won't be long now
  • Belly Button in or out? In
  • What I miss: Being able to sit for extended periods of time - I feel like I have to constantly shift around to get comfortable. I also miss wearing my rings - they all seem to leave some sort of rash/irritation on my fingers. I've taken to wearing my wedding band around my neck now.
  • What I am looking forward to: Learning all sorts of new things at my reading conference in NYC this week
  • Weekly Wisdom: JA has been encouraging me to eat more... gotta love that! ;)
During last week's painting extravaganza, I had to remove my usual belly pic mirror, but hope to replace it soon. In the meantime, what do you think? Do you see a little baby in there?

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an everything bagel; decaf caramel latte
Snack - fruit snacks; half a Kashi protein bar; small black and white cookie
Lunch - PB&J; potato chips; V8 splash juice
Snack - cantaloupe; fruit snacks
Dinner - baked veggie egg roll and onion rings; cucumbers and tomatoes in honey mustard dressing

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Where's David Bromstad when you need him?

Seriously... I need an HGTV Design Star here STAT! If I never look at another door, hinge, paintbrush, or roller again, it will be OK by me. Who am I kidding? I secretly love this stuff, but I am beat! Was it worth it? Totally. Our upper level has such a brighter, cohesive feeling now. And the updated hardware looks great too (I ended up finding a great deal on doorknobs at Home Depot). Here's the finished product... well, not exactly finished. As soon as I began admiring my bright white doors I noticed the trim was looking a little dingy... ugh, here we go again! ;)

Here's a reminder of the before shot...

And now...

Pay no attention to that dull white trim. I'll get to it. It only took me three years to paint the doors so...

Our friends Pat and Meghan came over tonight and Joe and Wendy are on their way down too... so excited to see them! I probably won't update this weekend, but I'll see y'all on Sunday.

Breakfast - Total cereal with organic skim milk
Snack - Terra chips and bowl of organic fruit (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and red grapes)
Lunch - organic blue corn tortilla chips with bean dip, salsa, and low fat cheese and sour cream
Snack - Greek raspberry yogurt
Dinner - Spanish rice with chickpeas

Breakfast - organic egg on whole grain toast with natural ketchup
Snack - organic grapes
Lunch - tomato and mozzarella panini with basil pesto sauce
Snack - granola bar
Dinner - 2 veggie egg rolls, 1mozzarella stick, 2 jalapeno poppers (all baked); garden salad
Dessert - slice of cantaloupe; mixed organic berries and grapes

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How much?!?!

Today I got two quotes for some kitchen improvements. The first was to reface the cabinets and replace the countertops... all for just $10,000. What?? I could get a brand new IKEA kitchen (including appliances!) for that. The second was to paint the walls and cabinets and replace the hardware... for a much better cost (less than a tenth of the first quote). Since I painted the cabinets in our family room I know what a pain it is... very labor intensive. It will be nice to have someone else do the work this time around. My dad also volunteered to help me demo the backsplash and put up beadboard. (Remember that dad?) :)  With those things done, and an eventual countertop replacement it will be a brand new space! Here is the before (ick):

The top cabinets will be painted white and the bottom with be Martha Stewart's "Mourning Dove." The walls will be her "Fledgling". I think we'll wait until I go back to school so I'm away from the fumes. Speaking of paint, I am really loving the new white doors upstairs. The process is slow going and I'm trying to take breaks after every four coats or so. JA keeps reminding me to take care of the baby! I'm using Freshaire which is safe for pregnant women and won't off-gas into our home (so Baby A will be safe upon his arrival). I'm so excited that the nursery doors aren't blue anymore! :)

Breakfast - bowl of organic honey nut cereal with low fat milk
Snack - Kashi granola bar
Lunch - Amy's vegan burrito
Snack - Terra chips; organic pear
Dinner - salad (romaine, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, chick peas, nuts, honey mustard dressing)
Dessert - probiotic La Yogurt

Monday, August 9, 2010

A place for those cute little diapers

When my neighbor stopped by this morning with our mail and newspapers from last week she also had a box from Ruelala - my diaper bag! I'm not "out" to my neighbors yet so I didn't say anything about it but as soon as she left I opened it up to see this:

My new diaper bag by petunia pickle bottom!

I really like the fabric and the fact that it can be worn as a messenger bag or a backpack. It also has a great changing pad feature that unfolds right from the front of the bag:

Now we have a spot for all those adorable little diapers we picked up last week!

My painting is coming along nicely... despite my not getting started until late afternoon. I got tied up in baby gear research, which sucks you in like a black hole. The no-VOC paint is OK... thumbs up for the lack of fumes, but thumbs down for the coverage. I probably should have primed, but I've gotten used to The Home Depot's paint and primer in one... oh well! While there I checked out the door knobs and found some for the same price as eBay - score! So now not only will all our doors be white, they'll have shiny new satin nickel hardware as well. Stay tuned for pics...

Breakfast - one organic egg on whole grain toast with natural ketchup; OJ
Lunch - veggie burrito (a little rice, black beans, onions, peppers, corn, salsa, guacamole, and lettuce); Nantucket Nectars orange/pineapple/banana juice (I know it sounds like a weird combination, but at least it wasn't pickles and ice cream!)
Dinner - baked potato; green beans and broccoli
Dessert - cherry Italian ice

Sunday, August 8, 2010

14 Weeks - Home Sweet Home

No matter how much I love being in MA, it always feels good to be back in your own home. This week I am determined to start AND finish a few DIY projects I've been wanting to do for a while. The interior doors upstairs in our home are all sorts of fun colors - blue, wood, and cream. Why?!?! My goal this week is to paint them all a nice, crisp coat of semi-gloss white (with no-VOC paint, of course). Tonight I will prep the doors (wash and sand as needed). I'll also remove the hardware. I'd like to replace the hinges and knobs but will probably order them on ebay since they have them for about half the price of Home Depot and Lowes... that will have to be a project for another day. I can't wait until we have a nice, cohesive look upstairs instead of this...

Who paints doors blue? Seriously?
In pregnancy related news, and let's face it, that's why you're all here, I am officially in the second trimester today! Baby A is growing up a storm in there and I think I'm looking a little rounder. This photo was taken after dinner, so it could be a combination baby/pizza belly. :)
12 weeks vs. 14 weeks
  • How far along? 14 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss: After my weigh in this morning (August 9) I'm up 2.5 pounds from when I found out I was pregnant. I've been OBSESSED with baby bumps lately, looking at other people's blogs and wondering why they have pregnancy bellies and I don't. So I have to remind myself that everyone is different, and most people shouldn't really have a bump at 14 weeks. I'm just going to continue to watch what I'm eating and to exercise at least every other day.
  • Sleep: I've been sleeping really well. Molly and Maggie, however, have been getting up before six lately. Not a fan of that!
  • Best moment this week: Spending time with my family in MA and asking Wendy to be the baby's godmother!
  • Food cravings: Nothing really... the meat cravings have stopped, though I do find myself looking for variety in my meals. I'll keep an eye out for new things at the grocery store.
  • Gender: We have our educated guess, but we'll wait until the anatomy scan on September 21 to be more certain.  
  • Maternity Clothes: not yet - I even wore a pair of regular jeans this past week (I may or may not have had to unbutton them in the car on the way home.)
  • Belly Button in or out? in
  • What I miss: martinis
  • What I am looking forward to: Wendy and Joe's visit to the shore this weekend
  • Weekly Wisdom: The women in this family were built to birth babies. You will have a great delivery! (From one of my aunts, a mother of 5!, at the wedding on Saturday. From her lips to God's ears!)

This week's big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb! Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he'll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you're having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb.

In other news: Your baby's stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces. His body's growing faster than his head, which now sits upon a more distinct neck. By the end of this week, his arms will have grown to a length that's in proportion to the rest of his body. (His legs still have some lengthening to do.) He's starting to develop an ultra-fine, downy covering of hair, called lanugo, all over his body. Your baby's liver starts making bile this week — a sign that it's doing its job right — and his spleen starts helping in the production of red blood cells. Though you can't feel his tiny punches and kicks yet, your little pugilist's hands and feet (which now measure about 1/2 inch long) are more flexible and active.
Breakfast - egg and cheese on wheat toast with ketchup; one chocolate chip pancake; pomegranate and pear juice
Snack - trail mix
Lunch - organic blue corn chips with bean dip, low fat cheese, low fat sour cream, and salsa
Dinner - two slices of cheese pizza; broccoli and green beans

I need to go grocery shopping - it's on my to-do list for tomorrow, along with a trip to Home Depot.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Family Wedding

Tonight Baby A is attending her second wedding. What will she wear?!?! Love and best wishes to Tamarah and Chris and we can't wait to celebrate with them!

My Mom and I visited a baby specialty store in RI today. The service was pretty bad, and they didn't have any more of the newborn diapers in stock. Oh well... I did order the rest of them online (added the colors clementine and twilight) so we should be set with the newborn sizes. Apparently, like my stroller, the diapers are uber popular and many places are sold-out/backordered until the fall. Craziness!

Breakfast - hard boiled egg white; two slices of cinnamon raisin toast
Snack - peach
Lunch - roasted veggies; cheese ravioli
Dinner - dinner roll; black bean salad; corn and mango salad; plaintain in coconut milk sauce
Dessert - decaf coffee; one pizzelle; two bites of cake

Friday, August 6, 2010

Bum Genius

Isn't that name hysterical? It's actually the brand of cloth diapers JA and I bought today. A few people I know who have used cloth have mentioned that the ones they had didn't quite work for a newborn because they hadn't grown into them just yet. These are size XS and will fit a baby from 6-12 pounds. It sits below the belly button to protect the umbilical cord area. I've been wanting to use cloth for a while now and for a few different reaons. They are better for the environment and little one's bottom. Plus, the average family will spend $3000 on disposable diapers from birth to potty training. We plan to spend a few hundred on cloth, and if we decide to have another child, they can be used again. I can understand that it's not the choice for everyone, but we are committed to making it work for us. Plus, look how cute they are! We got yellow and green so far, but I think I'll add in some blue as well. I think those colors will work for a boy or girl, but JA wasn't crazy about a boy wearing pink diapers. I kind of agree. :)

After visiting the diaper store, we headed into Jamiaca Plain to the Sam Adams brewery. It was a free tour and JA got to sample five different kinds of beer. And I got a root beer - yum! Our third stop today was to visit our college friends. We had a blast catching up and spending time with Robbie and Madelyn (ages 3 and 8 months). On the way home John very sweetly said, "I can't wait until we have one of those to take home too." Awww....

Breakfast - egg and cheese on English muffin; Cinnamon Life with skim milk
Snack - trail mix; root beer
Lunch - avocado, lettuce, and tomato on whole grain bread; lemonade
Snack - spinach and artichoke dip with bread and crackers
Dinner - Caesar salad; parmesan risotto and asparagus

Thursday, August 5, 2010

John, George, Henry, Benjamin, Catherine and Abigail

Today John and I toured a few historic sites in Quincy and Lexington and Concord. I'm constantly on the lookout for names and these were about the only ones I heard all day.  I like some of them... we'll see which one we end up choosing. ;)

A humble beginning for a future president. Baby A will grow up in a Colonial style home too. :)

It was very hot out and we did a good amount of walking but I held it together from about 9 this morning until 5 this afternoon. Yay for returning energy and feeling well! I made sure to stay hydrated and ate a few snacks throughout the day. Here's what I munched on today:

Breakfast - egg and cheese on a croissant
Snack - trail mix and LifeWater; Pirate's Booty
Lunch - Thai veggie wrap (cucumbers, red peppers, alfalfa sprouts, bean sprouts, cabbage, and carrots); Cape Cod salt and vinegar chips
Dinner - veggie burger; corn on the cob
Dessert - blueberry frozen fruit juice bar

On tomorrow's agenda: visits to The Diaper Lab, the Sam Adams brewery, and our friends Meg and Ryan from PC (which includes Meg's adorable guy Robbie and Ryan and Lynn's beautiful daughter Madelyn). I can't wait!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


JA and I are in MA on a mini-vacation. We're staying with my mom and dad which is so nice for me... I love being in the home where I grew up and I hope our little one always feels as connected to our home. Last night I went to Black Eyed Peas with Wendy and six other girls - we had a blast! It was such an entertaining show. Baby A enjoyed it much more than DMB. :)  Fergie was so good... that girl has come a long way since her days on Kids Incorporated!

Breakfast - Kashi Go Lean Crunch with low fat organic milk
Snack - trail mix; Vitamin Water
Lunch - cheeseburger (no meat); small fry; lemonade
Snack - peanut butter granola bar
Dinner - Yesterday before the concert we went to The Greatest Bar and ordered a bunch of very tasty, yet very unhealthy, appetizers. Imagine an assortment of pizza, fries, nachos, and quesadillas. Yum!

Breakfast - one egg and a slice of zucchini bread (homemade by Wendy)
Snack - blueberries; wheat flat bread and veggie hummus
Lunch - slice of wheat pizza; pasta with peas in a light alfredo sauce
Dinner (Trio with Wendy and Joe) - bread (dipped in a yummy spicy oil and tomato sauce); walnut and apple salad; John's fries; several bites of delicious banana and chocolate desserts; decaf cappuccino

Monday, August 2, 2010


Today JA and I found out two couples that we are friends with are splitting. It was such a terrible way to start the day and I can only imagine the pain they are going through right now. I am so thankful that I have such a wonderful husband and I can't imagine anyone else with whom I'd want to be on this journey. Love you John!

I finally got that massage I'd been wanting for a while tonight. Sooo good! Now I'm going to spend the rest of the evening cleaning and packing... not so good! ;)

Breakfast - bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with organic low fat milk
Snack - Sobe Life Water
Lunch - tomato sandwich with balsamic dressing; pink lemonade
Snack - baked potato
Dinner - whole wheat fettuccine with veggies
Dessert - cherry Italian ice

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Thirteen Weeks

Almost to the second trimester!! Actually, I've read it starts at 13 weeks, 13 weeks/3 days, and 14 weeks. I'm going with 14 weeks since it gets me that much closer to 40. :) Here's what's new with Baby Allen this week:
Fingerprints have formed on your baby's tiny fingertips, her veins and organs are clearly visible through her still-thin skin, and her body is starting to catch up with her head — which makes up just a third of her body size now. If you're having a girl, she now has more than 2 million eggs in her ovaries. Your baby is almost 3 inches long (the size of a medium shrimp) and weighs nearly an ounce.

  • How far along? 13 weeks  
  • Total weight gain/loss: +2 lbs.  
  • Sleep: Still getting up once a night on most nights, but I don't usually have any trouble going right back to sleep.
  • Best moment this week: Finishing Camp Invention! :)  
  • Movement: too soon  
  • Food cravings: I came incredibly close to eating half a buffalo chicken wrap on Thursday. I offered JA part of my pizza in exchange, but he refused to be part of my first taste of meat in over two years. He told me if I wanted to do it, I'd have to do it on my own so I wouldn't blame him. As if I'd do that... ;)
  • Gender: We have our educated guess, but we'll wait until the anatomy scan on September 21 to be more certain.  
  • Maternity Clothes: not yet  
  • Belly Button in or out? in  
  • What I miss: sleeping through the night - I should get used to this, right?
  • What I am looking forward to: Going to MA on Tuesday!!
  • Weekly Wisdom: If you're thinking about nursing, be totally committed to it. You'll never get through it if you do it half way. (From Sue, who quit after 6 weeks with her first son and nursed for a full year with her second.)
Rain ruined my beach day today. :(  Boo!  Let's hope it's nice in MA this week so I can get some pool/beach time in while we're up there.

Breakfast - scrambled eggs on a sandwich thin with cheese; OJ
Lunch - Amy's vegetarian burrito; two Twizzlers
Snack - peach
Dinner - edamame, vegetable tempura, avocado roll; a few waffle fries