Citrus Clear Skincare Review

Monday, August 31, 2015
My skin can be really temperamental. It seems like the more complicated products I use, the angrier it gets. I'm always walking the fine line of buying the simplest, cleanest products I can find and when I can't find any...making my own.

Citrus Clear sent me their Sensitive Skin line, to try out and to review.




First, a little bit about Citrus Clear. Citrus Clear is a natural and holistic treatment for acne, great for all skin types. They offer natural acne products designed to meet the needs of adults and teenagers looking to treat acne. They are known for being the most "natural acne treatment". They value each of their unique formulas and ensure that only the most potent citrus juices,, extracts, tinctures and peels are used in their products.

Natural Tahitian Lime Gentle Cleanser 
Designed to keep skin in balance, clean and fresh while removing excess oil without over stripping.



I love this cleanser. It is exactly how it is described - clean and fresh. It smells like I'm on a tropical island and after rinsing it off my face, I feel no trace of oil or make up left on my skin. That's actually amazing for me because I do have oily skin and on top of that...I'm pregnant, which makes my skin extra oily. Not one bit of oil left after using this fantastic and gentle cleanser.


Pink Grapefruit Sensitive Moisturizer
The organic ingredients in this moisturizer leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed, while balancing facial skin tone.

  

This moisturizer is beautifully lightweight. It has been fantastic during the humid North East summer. I wear it under another tinted moisturizer and a powder, and it doesn't feel at all like I'm wearing two moisturizers. It feels like a refreshing primer, under my makeup.


Grapefruit Acne Spot Cleanser
Contains salicyic acid to treat existing acne, prevent future breakouts and control oily skin. 


My favorite thing about this spot treatment is that it can be applied directly to oily skin to remove and control the shine, but is gentle enough that it won't dry out your skin. Cue the music from the heavens! I use this every day! It also smells like the 100% naturally derived grapefruit that it is made from.
It can also be applied directly to a breakout to treat it. I haven't had any big breakouts, so I can't attest to how well it works for that purpose.


Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask
Contains pure plant ingredients, herbs and two types of natural earth clays which penetrate deep into pores and extract dirt and blackheads. 


This is a cool product. It felt so good on my skin. It was the perfect texture...not too thick. After using it, my skin did feel smooth and very soft.


Tangerine Tingle Face Scrub
Can be used as a face wash or a scrub. The longer you leave it on, the more it tingles. The tingling action is the ingredients removing dead skin cells, and stimulating production of fresh new skin cells.


This scrub smelled so good. Just like tangerines. However, I found that I couldn't find a good place in my routine to fit it in. It felt like an extra step to me. Also, since I do have very oily skin, it wasn't quite powerful enough to leave my skin feeling clean.

Thanks for reading! For more information check out Citrus Clear's website: www.citrusclear.com

Disclaimer: I received these products to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own. 


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Toddler Life {Aria}

Friday, August 28, 2015

Little Miss Aria. Oh how you are going to shake up the world.

Aria turns 2 in just a couple of weeks. She's vibrant, has enough personality for 4 children, is incredibly polite, and has a funny little sense of humor. Oh and get this...she's always asking me to race with her! Cue the Rocky music and the daydreams of us racing marathons and Ironman together.

Lately her favorite phrases are "Ma. Wook at me", "Ma. I got boogie", "Uh oh. Where Aria go?", "My baby grow? (while pointing to her belly)".


The Potty

Aria still in cloth diapers. We thought she might be ready to potty train a few weeks ago, so we gave it a go. She was doing things such as showing interest in her potty and following me to the bathroom. After about a week, we realized that she wasn't quite there. She completely lost interest in the potty immediately after we started training.

She also isn't quite at the place yet where she understands that she has to go. I read an article that talked about the difference between "I went pee", "I'm peeing", and "I have to pee". Of coarse I can't find it right now to link for you guys.
Just this past week Aria has started telling me after she's gone. So were getting there. I'm going to keep looking for signs that she's ready, and when its' time, we will try it again.

As most things go with Aria, she always get's to a point where she's "ready" for whatever the change is, and she handles it well.


Food

Aria loves food. She is particular right now...but will still try most things. Most of the foods she tries, she decides not to eat, but at least she tries it.

The only meat she will eat is chicken. But it can't be breaded or else she won't even attempt it. She loves tri color vegetable spiral pasta with pesto, spinach and zucchini. Any plain or spinach pizza (the spinach has to be raw or she won't touch it), any and all fruit, cheese, avocado or anything with avocado on it, kale fries (she won't eat regular fries though...odd child), almond butter or sunflower butter, yogurt, Kind bars, and ketchup...by itself. Gross. Oh and pickles. She would exist on pickles if she could.

As far as veggies goes, she does pretty well for her age. Since she started eating solids we put spinach in a lot of foods. She's used to seeing it there and as long as it's raw, she happily eats it. She also really likes corn (raw and cooked) and carrots (raw only).

I use the Baby Bullet to grind up veggies and put them in EVERYTHING. Not just for Aria, but for the whole family. It does help a lot to ensure Aria gets the necessary vitamins from the vegetables and even the flavors of veggies on her palate. Even though she can't see them, I always tell her they are there. If I make pizza sauce with puree'd zucchini and hemp seeds in it, she will help me prepare it and we talk about what's in it. If I make pesto, she's right along side me blending the broccoli in the Baby Bullet, to put in it. We also put chia seeds in a lot of our food. It's an easy way to get extra calcium, protein and Omega 3's and 6's.

I feel like this works so much better than hiding the veggies in her food because although she won't choose a piece of broccoli on it's own just yet, if you ask her if she likes broccoli she will say
"YES! Mmm Mmm Mmm". Because she loves what we make with it.

Oh, and chocolate. She would sell her soul for a piece of chocolate.


Fun

Aria goes to a few toddler classes during the week. In 2 weeks she also starts gymnastics. We spend a lot of time going on "nature walks" (ie. walks outside in the grass or on a trail), walking at the beach, at the park and playing at Nona and Pop pops  house.

She LOVES to run. When we take Harper on walks she runs the entire walk saying "Ma. I run fast".


Big girl bed

Aria got her first big girl bed this past weekend. My MIL bought it for her as a birthday gift, which was very sweet. We haven't set it up just yet. I'd like to do it before Zoe arrives because a new baby will be a huge transition for Aria, and I also see potty training possibly coming in the next few months as well...which will be another huge transition. Rather than wait until all of that has subsided, we think beforehand may be better.

I think the transition to the big bed may be confusing to her, but I have hope that it may go well. Aria is obsessed with our bed and the whole process of getting under the covers and fluffing her pillow. She tucks herself in and then asks for a kiss so she can "go to sleep". We have a strong bedtime routine for her that I think will afford her some security that everything isn't changing. Also, she knows that if she wakes up and needs me, all she has to do is ask for me and I'll hear her. It's unbelievably rare that she ever does that, unless something is really wrong (ie. her diaper has come off in her crib or something).

Obviously I know that all of these things could change in an instant the moment her new bed is introduced and it could be complete mayhem...but I'm hopeful for now.

On a side note...I'm pretty positive that it'll be a struggle for her to stay in her bed and not play all night long.


Nubby

Oh the nubby. Aria has a pacifier that is called her nubby. It's those Wubanub things with the animal attached to the end. She only gets it at bedtime. We're not totally sure when we will wean her off.

She was pretty dependent on it when she was in her first year. Aria had really bad reflux as a baby, and it helped a lot with soothing.
At 1 year we restricted it only to bedtime and in the car. Then at a year and a half she showed signs of being a little less dependent on it, so we did away with the car. Both were completely seamless transitions.
Honestly, I think when the time is right, we'll just know. Every week it seems like she asks for it less and less at bedtime. She used to want it the minute she got out of the bath. Now we get all the way through bedtime routine and tuck her into her crib, before she says "Oh. Nubby?"
I've noticed that during the night she doesn't even use it. I think mainly it helps her fall asleep...like a security blanket. I watch her in her crib on the monitor, making it fly around and dance before bed.

Well, we are off to the park to play with some friends this morning. Happy Friday and happy weekend!


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What I Ate Wednesday...and more

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Have you ever seen the episode of How I Met Your Mother, where Marshall sleeps in a night gown?
Well, after years and years of resisting even the idea of wearing anything as non functional as a night gown...I find myself right in the thick of night gown heaven.

I'm such a practical person. I always sleep in shorts or sweats, a sports bra and a tank or other not too lose shirt.
The reason being...incase I ever have to wake up quickly and be fully functional to handle any situation, while ensuring my attire is not an issue.

You may be thinking... What in the world could she have to wake up to do so hastily in the middle of the night?

I don't know. But whatever it is...I will be ready.

I think this habit goes back to my days in the Coast Guard where we were often woken up in the middle of the night and had to be ready for anything. Literally, anything.

Well, the other day I went to the Motherhood store to do some shopping...solo! Can you believe it!

I was drawn to these simple, pretty, shorter, pregnancy and nursing night gowns and robes. They were just so beautifully simple and looked unbelievable comfortable. For a minute I had a daydream of a cool fall morning, in my night gown and robe, wearing chunky, knit boot socks, curled up in a chair, sipping coffee on our back patio.

I bought two night gowns and a robe.

I'm in heaven. They are so comfortable! I swear it has even positively affected my sleep. Between the Snoogle and this new bed attire...I may be getting the best sleep of this pregnancy.

Don't worry...I still have my Ergo and a butcher knife tucked under my bed just incase we ever have to stab our way out and make a speedy get away. I've run in a dress before. A night gown can't be that different.


Today's workout is a combo of some cardio and some more cardio, disguised as a strength workout.



I have a thing for doing a handful of strength exercises, in rounds, quickly. For one, I don't have a ton of time and it's a time saver. For two, going from exercise to exercise is great for endurance.
I do take a short rest between rounds, when needed.


On to the food...


Simple breakfast this morning...meaning, we were running late. Sourdough toast, tahini, arugula and chia seeds.



Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Shake with almond milk.



My MIL owns a deli, and Aria and I like to stop in for lunch after her MyGym class.

Wheat wrap, spinach, mixed greens, cucumber, tomato, pickles, red peppers, jalapeno's, mayo (this weeks pregnancy craving) and american cheese.



Live Kombucha Soda! So delicious. the Pomtastic Blueberry is my favorite!



Cranberry Almond KIND Bar and a banana.



This dinner was ah-mazing. Grilled tempe with TJ's Sweet Chili sauce and roasted carrots...which I proceeded to eat about 4 servings of. Recipe coming soon.


Enjoy your day everyone!


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Random Candy and Scary Noodles

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Apparently I've reached that point in pregnancy where random people stop their cars when they see me running, and give me candy.
I didn't know that was a point to reach...but it happened this weekend.

I've been working on the Prenatal Training post about the physiological changes in each trimester. I opened it to finish it up today and publish it, but I just wasn't feeling it for some reason. It felt boring today.
My hormones are very Jekyll and Hyde this pregnancy. If you are waiting for that particular post, please let me know and I'll happily publish is right meow! Otherwise, you'll get it when Jekyll comes back. :)

Aria and I have a fun tradition on Tuesdays. Mondays and Tuesdays are my grocery shopping days. Mondays we go to Trader Joes to get the bulk of our food, and Tuesdays we go to Whole Foods to get the items that TJ's doesn't have. While at Whole Foods we go through the salad bar area and we pick out some foods for us to have for lunch.

She does really well with this. She always picks new things and will try them all. She never fully commits to one of the things she picks. It seems like she just wants to nibble the new flavors, which I'm fine with, because I'm just happy she's open to trying new things. Plus I always finish up what's left.

Until today.

Aria picked out this noodle thing that she LOVED. She ate every little bit of it. After she was finished, I noticed her chest, belly, and mouth were splotchy red. She's very allergic to cashews and pistachios (Yes, I checked the ingredients on the little sign over the pasta, 4 different times, and it didn't have either).

All I could think was that they forgot to include them on the ingredient list and I panicked. I grabbed her epi pen, bit down on the safety and pulled it out with my teeth. I spit it on the floor like I was about to do work. In my other hand I grabbed the benedryl.

Meanwhile, she's feeding her unicorn with a beach shovel, unfazed by anything that is happening.

I stared at the epi pen and the benedryl for a second.

I went with my gut and decided to go with the benedryl first. I gave her a teaspoon, to which she said "Mmmmm". Then she went back to the unicorn and the shovel.

A half a second later I started to think about the time she ate cashew butter. The way her whole face swelled up, as well as her tongue. The way she wasn't acting normal at all, and she looked so scared.

That's when I decided to lick her red belly. Yes, I licked her belly. If you're a parent, you probably didn't even think that sentence was really all that weird.
Wouldn't you know, the damn noodles were just a little spicy. The smallest hint of spice. She was not having an allergic reaction, nor was she dying. She had gotten some of the sauce on face and belly.

What can I say...we love our spicy foods.

Enjoy your day everyone. Here's a fun picture from our hike this weekend. Pj is coaching Aria on throwing stones into the creek. Once a baseball coach, always a baseball coach.



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22 Weeks!

Friday, August 21, 2015
Lately Aria has developed this habit where if I am holding/carrying her and were out in public, she sticks her hands down the front of my shirt, which she calls my "pocket". She also likes to put things in my "pocket".

Yesterday at the grocery store she put a grape right into my "pocket" and then proceeded to pull my shirt down in order to find the grape she lost. You're welcome horrified looking customers behind us.

So I found out on Monday that if we are planning to enroll Aria in preschool next school year (meaning 2016-2017) we have to start the enrollment process by December. As in 3 months! Holy cow! I mean, I'm all for being on top of things but it just feels so early!

I think we are going to do a 2 or 3 half day program, so she can get on a little bit of a routine, and so she can get a feel for being around her peers and with teachers. There are so many options for types of preschools. I think we found one that will likely good fit for us, but more on that later, once we start really getting into it.

Let's get on to this Bumpdate!

22 Weeks



Baby Size: 11 inches, the size of a spaghetti squash

Weight Gained: No clue. Last appointment I was up 7 pounds total. I took Boston to the vet on Monday and weight myself on the big dog scale (one of my favorite past times), and according to that scale I'm up 3 more pounds. I'll know for sure Sept. 3rd, at my next appointment. My belly feels heavier...so I wouldn't be surprised if it were something like 5.

Cravings: Almond butter, Waffles, Eggplant. Not the healthier sautéed kind of eggplant. The dirty, tasty eggplant parm kind. Also, tofu with sweet chili sauce. Not to be specific or anything.

Symptoms: Varicose veins from hell!!!! And spider veins as well. They are so bad this time around. They're really only in my legs but they are just everywhere. They're bright blue, abundant, and hugely puffy. And OMG do they ache!

I'm one of those women who loves my body the way it is. I love that it's muscular and I embrace the fact that I'm not nor will I ever be pencil thin. My thighs touch, because I can squat an ass load. My shoulders are broad, and my hips and waist are the same size. No feminine curves here. Straight as a board. And you know what...I think it's awesome. It kicks ass day in and day out, and it makes beautiful babies.

It's so important to me, to love myself as I am and talk about the fact that I do, because Aria and Zoe (and whoever comes next) are going to learn how to feel about and treat her body, from me.

Having said that...Even with all of that self love flying around, these varicose veins make me feel so self conscious when I wear shorts. SO self conscious. I actually won't even wear shorts unless were at home or I'm working out. I feel like such a hypocrite.

Movement: Baby Zoe moves a lot! I'm so surprised I can feel her so much, with my placenta being in the front. But I feel her all day long.

Cosleeper: It's finished! And it's AMAZING! Well, I still have to paint it, but PJ finished building it and it looks unbelievable! I'll post pictures once it's painted.

Exercise: I've mainly been running lately. I'm feeling the urge to race, but the frugal fanny in me is making me second guess that feeling. Frugal fanny feels that I should save the race money that I would use to race for fun during this pregnancy, and use it after Zoe is born and I'm trained and ready to really go hard.

Sometimes pregnancy makes me feel like I have two personalities though. So tomorrow I may change my mind and go ahead to register and run an 8am race.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Changing Plans and Rambling

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Happy Tuesday Friends! It's only Tuesday and I'm already having one of those weeks where nothing really seems to be going as planned. Lots of curve balls are being thrown our way and each day's plan is going right out the window...first thing in the morning...before it even has a chance to begin.

I did get in an extra run day this morning (unplanned...seems to be the theme), which is always exciting. Today was actually a spin day, but it didn't quite happen.

Aria had a tough night last night. FYI...when you start bragging about how good your toddler sleeps, things of this nature are bound to happen.

I'm not sure what was going on. She kept waking up crying as if she was having a bad dream. Sometimes she would wake up fully and break into a full on teary, sobbing, cry and other times she would be whimpering and crying with her eyes closed. I brought her into our bed, and it still kept happening. After a few hours she was in a sound sleep. Finally at 3:30am, we were able to transfer her back to her bed.

Well, after last night, she was pretty exhausted this morning. When we got to the kids care at the gym, she was a sobbing mess (Which never ever happens! She usually loves playing in there and making crafts to show off.), and she kept saying she needed me. So we went home, Daddy sat with her for a snack (he's on his last 2 days of vacation) and then Aria and I snuggled for a while in bed. When she went down for her nap, I snuck in a really great run. And the funny looks I got from passers by were just a bonus.


Over this past weekend we went to Aria's favorite place in the entire world...as she calls it "The Amial Farm".

We visited with the animals and fed them some tasty treats.



We got up close and personal with an Emu. And apparently had the same excited response.


Every time we go Aria has a blast talking to all of the animals and feeding them. She keeps asking if she can hug them. It's like she can read my mind. I think she would live there if she could.


The heat is back in the North East and every day I feel 3 months more pregnant than I am. There's something about the heat and pregnancy that is just miserable. It probably has to do with the fact that I'm constantly sweating and changing my underwear clothes. You pregnant ladies know what I mean. Oh and the basketball of human that I've stuffed in my shirt and am carrying around all the time.

It's funny because I actually love training in the heat...but existing in the heat...that's just too much to ask for.

Enjoy this sunny day everyone! Were headed to the pool!

BTW...Prenatal Training Tuesday will be back next week. I'm pregnant with a giant's baby, I'm sweaty and I could really use a frozen drink of sorts...so this was whatcha got instead.


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{Prenatal} Training Tuesday

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
My racing buddy/bro in law and I racing together, when I was 4 -5 months pregnant with Aria.

Good afternoon friends! I thought it would be fun to start a Tuesday Training post, where we talk about prenatal health and fitness.

First things first...This will be a reflection of my training, education and experience as a Prenatal and Postatal Exercise Specialist, a Personal Trainer, Labor Support Person, as well as my own personal experiences with pregnancy and fitness. 
I am not a doctor or midwife, nor am I your doctor or midwife. It's always important to discuss starting a new exercise routine with your care provider.

Now on to the fun stuff.

I'm a huge advocate for exercising during pregnancy. It's a great choice you can make for you and your baby!

Babies born to mothers who exercise experience:

Increased physical health scores
Increased intelligence scores
Fewer fetal interventions
Fewer pregnancy complications
Improved nutrient and waste exchange
Improved ability to adapt to the stresses of labor
Easier transition to life outside the uterus

Mom's who exercise during their pregnancy experience: 

Decreased need for non-surgical interventions
Decreased risk of surgical interventions
Fewer pregnancy discomforts
Less weight gain
Reduced likelihood of gestational diabetes
Reduced likelihood of preeclampsia
Faster recovery time after birth

And I just want to get this out there because it seems this old information is still being passed around.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology published their revised recommendations and guidelines for exercise in 2002. The old ACOG guideline recommended that pregnant women not elevate their HR above 140 beats per minute.

The new guideline says "target heart rates cannot be used to monitor exercise intensity in pregnancy". That means, each woman is different, so each woman's guidelines for HR will be different!

The fact that each woman is unique, each pregnancy is unique, and we aren't as delicate as we've been made to seem, is finally getting out there!

Listen to your body ladies! Trust it! You were made to do this!

I'm often asked, "What should I be doing for exercise during pregnancy?"
And the answer I give is "There's no one size fits all prescription. It's different for every woman. So let's talk about what may be right for you."

You don't have to do what your pregnant friend or coworker is doing for exercise, what I'm doing or what anyone else is telling you is the right thing for you. Each woman and each pregnancy is different. While the biology is the same, no two pregnancies are the same. Check in with yourself and with your baby every day. Exist in the space where you feel comfortable!

If you weren't big on exercise before pregnancy, that doesn't mean you can't start during your pregnancy! The important thing will be to start at a place that is comfortable to you. Lower impact exercise can be a good place to start.

These are some good options for lower impact exercises where the intensity can be changed to accommodate your needs as a beginner and how those needs change:

Walking
Elliptical
Swimming
Yoga (YouTube has a ton of prenatal yoga classes of various lengths for free!)
Prenatal Fitness Video's (YouTube has a ton of these for free too!)

If you've been exercising prior to pregnancy, pick up where it feels comfortable for you! Do your thing!

Our bodies are wise. They have a way of letting us know their limits.


During my pregnancies, the only type of exercise I was previously doing, that I determined to be off limits for me, was/is riding my bike outdoors. The reason being...I've had some rough falls over the past few years. Obviously none of them were planned or could have been avoided in the moment. So it just feels like a better option to me, to trade it in for indoor spinning.


Labor

The average amount of time the first time marathoner spends training for a marathon, in total, is about 300 hours.
The average length of time it takes for a first time marathon runner to complete the big event is about 5 hours.

The average time a first time mom spends in labor (her big event) is 12-24 hours.
That's a long ass marathon!

When it comes to preparing for labor, building your strength and stamina in any way, can be hugely beneficial! Labor is very physically demanding, with or without pain management. And for most first time moms, it can be very long. Building up your endurance and your strength prior to, can be very helpful when it comes to managing your energy effectively through the duration of labor and pushing.

For women who have very short or fast labors, it can be just as essential to have that strength and stamina for the big show. Fast labor does not mean easy labor. Your body does the same amount of work in a much shorter amount of time. Having some fitness under your belt can help manage the precipitous changes of your body.


One important thing I learned from my last pregnancy is that my prenatal training schedule is best as a fluid entity. Sure, I plan what I would like to do. But, I listen to what my body is telling me and I change things weekly and even sometimes daily, as needed.

I just recently had a low 2 weeks where I just felt like crap. I went from great runs, spinning, crossfit style strength training to total exhaustion and soreness. My soreness wasn't exercise induced. It wasn't that type of sore you feel after a tough strength session or a long run. It was my hips and under my belly, right where my round ligaments sit.

The relaxin hormone in my body, my muscles and ligaments stretching to accommodate baby, mixed with my growing uterus, were a cocktail for total physical defeat.

During those 2 weeks I took a good look at how I felt physically and I made necessary adjustments for baby and I.

The 2 weeks I was feeling sore and tired I wanted to be sure to give my body what it needed. I toned my runs down to less frequent, sorter runs. I worked in an online Prenatal Yoga class for some stretching and body awareness, so that I could really understand how and what these new feelings in my body were. And for strength, I went low intensity with a Beginner Prenatal Barre class from YouTube.

Additionally I drank a ton of water and allowed myself extra rest days.

I made it over the hump and I am feeling fantastic. I have energy and the soreness has completely subsided. I'm back in the saddle with my runs, spinning and more strength training...and planning for some upcoming races hopefully!
Sometimes it can be hard to wait it out, especially because your body is always changing. But we just have to trust in our wise bodies to tell us what they need.

Stay tuned next week for the Physiological Considerations for each Trimester.

Happy Tuesday Ya'll.

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20 Weeks

Friday, August 7, 2015
Happy Friday!

This has been a great week! We found out that our little one is a girl and were all very excited. Aria runs around saying "big sister" and "baby zodey" (her version of Zoe).

She's also pretty excited that she got to eat a pink cookie last night at the gender reveal.


I think in her world, all cookies would be pink.

I'm also feeling awesome. More on that later.

And planning is fun.

So here we are...




Baby Size: 6.5 inches, small cantaloupe

Weight Gained: 7 pounds as of this morning. I know it's coming. I always gain most of my weight towards the end. I remember when I was pregnant with Aria, at one point I gained 5 pounds in 1 week!

Cravings and Aversions: Nothing new here. I have been eating a lot of stuff on sourdough toast.

Symptoms: After the constant soreness and exhaustion of the past couple weeks, I've finally turned the corner. A tad later than with my last pregnancy, but better late than never. As of Wednesday I'm feeling energetic again. The last 2 day's I've been able to amp my workouts back up in intensity...which puts a big smile on my face.

I also feel like my belly is slowing down a little bit. I look as pregnant as I am now, rather than looking 2 months further along. I'm not really concerned with how my belly looks, but comfort-wise, it feels more like it is supposed to.

Our big appointment: The ultrasound went great. Aria just haaad to lay next to me on the table/bed thing. It was sweet.

We were able to see Zoe's little face and all of her limbs and parts. She wasn't flipping around as much as last time. Her little hands and feet were in front of her face for the first half hour, as if she wanted us to go away because we were disturbing her. She also had her little legs clamped closed, so it took a while before we got the definitive "it's a girl". Although we both knew.

We had a girls name picked out and agreed on. We had tossed around boy names, but didn't bother nailing down anything because we both just knew.

She's also measuring very long right now. I'm not all that surprised. If you've seen my husband, you wouldn't be either. Let's just say he's a tall guy.

After the appointment and finding out it was a girl, my husband started drinking heavily. Just kidding. He actually sat down and started planning a new workout routine. He said if he is going to have a house full of daughters, he needs to buff up to scare away any potential suitors.

Movement: We have lots of movement at times...and then none for a while. My placenta is in the front, which is why I think we go so long without feeling her move sometimes. It creates a little cushion which absorbs some of the movements.

Plans: We are starting to make plans for Zoe's nursery now. Aria has been a big help. She picked out a stuffed Fox and a little onesie. Were thinking of Navy and Coral for her room.

Further than that...not too much else to buy. We have all of Aria's baby stuff...so in an effort to save and reuse, we will use as much of her stuff as we can. Of coarse I'll buy some new things...but mostly we will recycle what we can.

PJ did promise to build this co-sleeper that I want. We co-slept with Aria for a long time and it was the right choice for us! I'll keep you updated on the co-sleeper as it comes along.

I am in the market for some XS cloth diapers. Aria's won't fit her until she get's bigger. I pray to the heavens that we're finished with them by the time Zoe comes. We just started potty training, so I'm not too concerned. Yet.

Cutest thing ever: We were watching Thomas the Train this morning and Aria lifted up my shirt and said "Baby watch Tommy".

Things are pretty slap happy around here. Were very excited and the weather is finally nice. Happy Weekend everyone!


What I Ate Wednesday

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Happy Wednesday friends!!! Today is an exciting day because we are gearing up for tomorrow's big gender reveal day!


I'm so excited to find out if were adding a baby boy or a baby girl to our family. Tomorrow morning at 8am we have our appointment. We're going to find out the gender then, but were going to keep it a secret from everyone else until tomorrow night, when we do the big reveal.

We may get a little crazy and reveal the name as well!

With it being Wednesday, I thought it might be fun to bring back an oldie but goodie, "What I ate Wednesday". I'm one of those weirdo's who is fascinated by what other people eat...because I'm just plain curious and because I'm always looking for new things to make!

Obviously this isn't what I ate today...since it's still today and I'm still eating. This is yesterdays run down of food.


Breakfast

Sourdough toast, tahini, arugula, radishes, tomato and chia seeds.



Around 9am every morning, I have a protein shake. I love Sunwarrior Vanilla! It tastes like cake. I mix it with unsweetened almond milk. It has 19 grams of protein per serving, which is a great contribution to the 70grams of protein needed daily during pregnancy.



Lunch 1

I usually eat my first lunch around 11:30 or 12 when Aria goes down for her nap.

Spinach, arugula, yellow pepper, tomato, pumpkin seeds, homemade balsamic dijon dressing (not pictured)



Chia Drink - 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, lime juice and stevia. Full of omega 3's omega 6's, three times more calcium than milk, fiber, antioxidants, protien and a natural energy booster!



Lunch 2 

Lunch 2 is generally in the 3 o'clock hour.

Tortillas with spinach, black beans, corn, broccoli, tomato, daiya mozzerella




Snack

Cashews, nectarine, carrots, hummus



Dinner

Grapes, snap peas, sweet chili tempeh, and more broccoli.



After Dinner Snack

More grapes...and blackberries.



I'm off to do some work on the blog. This week I'm looking at republishing some of my old content from my pregnancy from Aria, on. Enjoy your Wednesday everyone!


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