Well Hello There Third Trimester!

There are some mixed messages out there as to when exactly the third trimester begins, but I’m going with 28 weeks. Which is me…today! So, so-long ‘fun/breezy/carefree’ second trimester, and hellllllo homestretch, aka, apparently when you get miserable again. Yay!

In efforts to remind myself how I am feeling and when, I’m here today to capture my highlights from Weeks 22-27 (July 18-August 28).

The hubs and I spent some time up in the great Lake Okoboji area. First with some friends for the weekend and then a few days with my family. It’s never enough time, but I have to admit I was a bit ready to get back to a routine.

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I’m doing to my best to stay in shape. Or rather, not sit on the couch every night. I’m not sure I’d consider myself ‘in shape’! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So the hubs, some friends, and I headed out for a bike ride from Blackstone to Red’s Alehouse. It was about 13 miles. Nothing too long…but boy there were some HILLS! I just made sure once I got to the top to take it slow and lower my heart-rate.

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A good old fashion wedding, they never get old for me! This one was for a dear friend from high school. So it was a bit of a HS reunion, with a whole lot of fun on top. Congrats again Noah and Ashley!

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Let’s talk about this dress for a minute, shall we!?? I love it!! I tried so hard to make something from my closet work, to save a little money, but my loving husband watched me try on about 7 options with more and more sadness as each attempt made me more and more depressed. Tight on my a**, the seam didn’t hit belly bump right, etc. So he finally said, ‘Why don’t you go out and by yourself something nice.’ Gosh, I knew he was a keeper!! So here was my find…it was comfortable, cute, maternity and on sale for $20! Bonus!

Fins Up! This rockin’ crew made our way North to check out Jimmy Buffett at Alpine Valley, WI. An experience I highly recommend to everyone in their lifetime. If not for Jimmy, someone. Alpine is a super cool venue. As for the JB experience, think of your favorite college tailgate…and add flamingos, inappropriate ‘spin the wheel’ boards, and lots of margarita machines.

I got asked a few times throughout the day ‘why I was there’ or ‘does it suck to be sober’. I honestly don’t give it a second thought until people draw attention to it. So…I was there to have fun with my friends and enjoy one of my favorite musicians. And no, it doesn’t suck to be sober. I enjoy hanging out with my water and kickin’ baby belly. And by the way…you are a drunk idiot. There, are we fair now? Kthanksbye.
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Lastly, my wonderful husband and I celebrated three great years of wedded bliss. You can check my post all about that here.

General Notes/FAQs/Comments:
How are you feeling?
Still great! Lucky me…trust me, I still know this! Although, bending over is getting to be more and more challenging. Buckles on shoes, shaving, picking things up, etc. is all getting to be a little more…strategic!
Have you felt baby kick?
Yes! I felt baby kick in early July. But around week 25 I could actually see my belly move a bit. I call this my ‘don’t mind me as I stare at my belly while I listen to you’ phase! It’s so neat and makes it so very real. I also have moments where I feel like a character from Men In Black with an alien inside trying to bust out…not too far off when you really think about it!;)
Are you finding out the gender?
Nope. One of life’s surprises, and we’re taking advantage!
Do you have names picked out?
Yes, and we have for awhile. It was an easy process for us!
Are you sharing?ย 
Nope! Nice try! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nutrition: Can someone please pass me a cookie, cupcake, donut, brownie, ice cream?! Gross! I think I’ve had one of the following once a day, if not more. Can I get another GROSS?!!!! Ugh! I also can’t go a day without fruit. My favorites are grapes and blueberries these days. So I guess it balances a bit!?? I’m also getting better at not resorting to cereal as an acceptable dinner. Baby deserves better nutrients than that, so I try!!
Fashion: I’m well in to the world of maternity to clothes. I still have some pants I wear that I simple don’t button, dresses are the best, and some of my normal tops are stretching right along with me. I’ve had no signs of growing feet (knock on wood!!!!), and I still rock heels and wedges. Yay for that!
Health: I’m still doing my best to be active every day. Mainly walks and yoga at this point. I have dreams of getting back in the pool as the weather cools down, but we’ll see. I started a weekly prenatal yoga class and love it!! I find the class beneficial in both building strength but also learning techniques for laboring.
Body: Let’s make this quick, shall we? I officially don’t weigh myself any more. I ย feel great, so that’s what I focus on. Also, at this point baby alone weighs over 2 lbs, and growing, so I know that what I see on the scale is not just me and my excess indulgence in cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚ My belly button is about half-way popped out. I embrace this cute little bump-on-my-bump! I don’t have any visible stretch marks…yet. EK! I lather up with tummy butter at least twice a day, and again am doing my best do the weight-gain slow and steady. I’ve had some acne kick-in. Not surprising as I suffered from this growing up. And without Birth Control pills keeping those hormones in check, and all sort of other hormones kicking, again, this isn’t surprising. Thank goodness for a ‘summer glow’ and makeup!
Emotions: I experienced what I consider my first pregnancy hormonal breakdown. Lets just say I was stuck in the middle of nowhere with someone who was interested in conversing about breast feeding. My most touchy subject. Oye! Regardless of what triggered it, it was my first ‘I can’t control my tears and no I don’t want to talk about it’ moment. My husband handled it like a champ. Thanks babe!
Life: I stared up MBA classes again this week. I’m excited to get started again after the summer off, but some anxiety comes with knowing that soon I’ll be balancing this with a baby and a working husband also in school. How will I take care of baby those nights I have class and the hubs works? How will I handle the emotion of going back to work AND giving up a night away from my new bundle of joy!? Ek, it’s a lot to think about. I remind myself to take things one day at a time and the end result will be worth these more challenging times.
Baby Prep:ย The nursery made some great progress during these weeks and I’m happy that it’s not something the hubs and I put off. We also registered at Babies ‘R Us and Target. BRU…phew, totally overwhelming. Target, it’s like 3 aisles, so it was a breeze! I’ve signed dadio-to-be and I up for a Birthing Class. That should be interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also dabbled in to the diaper purchasing world. I figured a little head start would do us good. And there was a killer coupon in the Costco ad this week that I couldn’t refuse! I have about 150 ‘newborn’ diapers and about 200 ‘size 1’. I know, I know…I’m no where near set. Baby steps people…literally!!

Phew, so there you have it. I have to admit, I am quite ready to be done being pregnant. But I know I’ve had it good, so complaining just really isn’t fair! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wish me luck, 12 more weeks to go!


Traffic Stopping Bright

I caught my reflection a couple times today and thought, ‘Wow, this shirt is so bright it’s like those people that stop/slow traffic!’ Likely on my mind since I past road construction on my commute every day! You know what they say, Iowa has two seasons; Winter and Construction!


Shirt: JCP, Jeggings: Old Navy, Shoes: Steve Madden via Von Maur, Necklace: Cookie Lee


Toss in a little spin for fun…!


Nice and long in the front and back, which is totally flattering in my opinion!


Cheers everyone, and Happy Friday!!!

Three Years of Wedded Bliss

To my handsome husband: You are simply the best. The BEST I tell ya!

Today marks our 3rd Anniversary. And I hate to brag, and I’m of course 100% biased, but we had the best wedding ever. Likely because we have the best friends and family ever…but also because it’s when we became partners for life. Cheers to us!

A favorite photo from our special day!

I took some time to reflect on what this past year entailed for us. So far, we haven’t had a dull moment. And given our first little nugget comes along here in a few months, something tells me we won’t any time soon!

So here are some highlights:

Our 5th Jimmy Buffett concert together at Alpine Valley. As long as he’s touring, we are there!


Running the Chicago Marathon. Probably one of the highlights of our marriage to date, and honestly, years to come. Training together, running the whole race together, crossing the finish line hand-in-hand. It was amazing. There will be a next one for us some day, but Chicago 2012 will always be our first!


Volunteering together to serve the free Thanksgiving meal to North Liberty residents. It was a great afternoon of giving back. 


Another wonderful holiday season together. We have such great times and memories with both sides of our families.


Visiting our friends in Colorado. What a trip! It was a great way to kick off 2013 and we look forward to many more trips out there exploring other great things the Sunshine State has to offer. Bonus: We also found out here that we were going to be Aunt and Uncle again….#8 is set to arrive this week!!


Another great trip with great friends…attending a friend’s wedding in Charleston, SC. Five days at a house along Folly Beach and exploring historic Charleston. With wedding fun as a bonus! *Fun note here: I found out two days before leaving that I was pregnant. Talk about exciting…but also a bit of a buzz kill as ‘fake drinking’ for 5 days was a bit challenging! ha


Memorial Day weekend…telling the world we are going to be parents…PARENTS! It still doesn’t seem real!


Doing our first triathlon as a relay. I swam, the hubs hates that part anyways, and he finished out with the bike and run. We didn’t set any records, but we had a lot of fun!


Enjoying live music on Lake Okoboji over the 4th of July. It’s our favorite holiday!! It was the perfect afternoon.



And that my friends, pretty much circles us back around to August 2013. Time flies when you are having fun!

In the words of American Pie, “To the next step!”

Busting at the Seams!

Sad day…my button ups have run their course as options of tops to wear. I, of course, knew this day would come, but it’s a hard one for me. I LOVE button-ups. Especially for work. And I know I could go buy some maternity versions, but I’m fortunate enough to have a good little stash of other tops, so it’s definitely in the ‘things I don’t need to buy’ category. But maybe just one…and I’ll make it black or white, so it’s nice and plain so I can spice it up with accessories.


Shirt: Old Navy, Pants: Old Navy (maternity), Shoes: Old Navy, Necklace: Cookie Lee

Goodness, I swear I’m not sponsored by Old Navy…just a coincidence! ๐Ÿ™‚


Also, another said point…doing any sort of fun ‘messy’ tucks is kind of impossible with a maternity pant, given the ‘panel’ and all. Ahhh, so my challenge begins to find new and different ways to mix things up. Shall we learn together?!!


Clique ‘hold the belly pose’ here. I only did this because I am six months TODAY in this photo. A benchmark I felt like remembering with a photo!

20130731-211009.jpgSeriously people..those buttons can’t stretch any further. EK!!

Dresses are the Best!

I have to admit, this is a pretty stellar season to be growing a baby bump. Dresses are awesome. I honestly ask myself why I don’t wear them more!? I’m a little bit at that in-between stage though. I can still wear non-maternity options from my current closet, but they are starting to get a little short (especially in the front, duh!). But maternity dresses just seem really big and wiiiiiide. This will be nice as I grow out more, but it looks a little off in the meantime.

Here are some fun ones I’ve been wearing lately!


Dress: Old Navy, Blazer: JCP, Shoes: Von Maur


Here I am dressing up this otherwise casual dress for work, by adding a blazer.


But without, it’s the perfect little summer dress for a night out with friends!


AND, it’s baby bump friendly! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is another fun little dress. This lovely group of ladies and I are enjoying an awesome night at a local winery. We try to get together once a month to take a break from….life!

1081937_10101607299964929_661178357_nDress: Target

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Dress: Target (actual maternity dress), Cardigan: Express, Shoes: Aldo

Here is my lovely Sister-in-Law. We are BOTH rockin’ the preggo bellies and comfy and cute maxi dresses.

I certainly plan to take these dresses, and this comfort, in to the fall as baby continues to grow. That’s what leggings are for! Pregnant or not…it’s a great way to stretch your summer wardrobe into the fall months!

Things I Don’t Understand: Shark Week

Things I don’t understand…Shark Week.


They can eat you people…EAT YOU!!! So, welcome to my biggest fear. It was hard for me to even Google the picture here. I won’t watch Jaws. And I’ll never put my head under water in the ocean. Don’t judge, you likely have a fear too!!

So go ahead and watch your Shark show people…I’ll be looking forward to when we can talk about something new next week!

This Shirt’s Got Back

I love a fun shirt! I’ve moved more towards having solid staples in my closet over the years, as they last longer and of course can be spiced up with scarves, layered looks and jewels. But a fun shirt full of pizzazz all on its own is still fun! Just don’t let yourself fall too far in that trap of “but I remember wearing that here, or there.” Okay, maybe that’s just a note for me!? ๐Ÿ™‚

This shirt is what I deem a mullet shirt. See, it’s all business in the front…


Shirt: JCP, Jeggings: Old Navy, Shoes: Vanity

And party in the back…!



Throw in a little hair swing for fun!!


These little blue beauties were $20 from Vanity a few years back. They complete my rainbow of colors, that’s for sure!

Happy Monday all, make it a great week!