January 16, 2017

34 Weeks! We made it!

This picture was actually 29 weeks but I just got them back this week and LOVE them!
Photo Credit: Stephanie Denton Photography
Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 34 weeks!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a Pineapple. (19 inches, around 5 lbs)

28 wks vs 33.5 wks
Maternity Clothes: Yep. All Maternity when I get dressed. Otherwise yoga pants and XL t-shirts... I'm trying to stay away from jeans and booties these days. SO MUCH SWELLING.

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes but more distinct movements which are more uncomfortable for me. He flipped from one side to the other last night and it was almost like labor pains. YEOCH!

Sleep: Almost nonexistent. I sleep for 45 min to an hour at a time before I have to pee. Then I am awake from 2-4 almost every night starving. I think he's just preparing me for when he's here and I'm not sleeping.

What I miss: Feeling normal. I think I say that every week. I'm just ready to feel good again but I am enjoying the last few weeks of feeling him move and being thankful that my body can do this but third trimester is ROUGH.

Cravings: Nachos. Coffee. I wanted steak this weekend which is unusual because I typically don't like red meat when I am pregnant. Been eating lots of berries and yogurt.

Symptoms: Swelling in my hands, feet and face. My wedding rings don't fit anymore. My socks leave marks. People keep telling me they can tell my face is swollen (thanks for that ;)). So I guess the end is near. My blood pressure has been surprisingly good. My check up last Wednesday was good. My doctor said short term goal was 34 weeks-- which we hit today! But long term we'd like to hang on til 36! She has me coming weekly right now. Then on Wednesday night my blood pressure shot up again and I had to go back and be monitored. Again. Thankful my lab work was ok and my blood pressure hung out in the ok zone so I was sent back home on modified bedrest. And here I am. Just hanging out. Other than yesterday morning, it's been pretty good as long as I am taking it easy. Hoping to keep on coasting until I go back to the doctor on Wednesday! 

Also:: My friend Jessica set up a Meal train for us yesterday. We've had several people ask how they can help and right now this is the biggest need so I can just rest and not have to worry about getting dinner on the table every night, especially since evenings tend to be when I am feeling the worst and my blood pressure is the highest. A family friend, who I love dearly, set us up with a whole weekend of meals last weekend and it was a HUGE lifesaver. Two of my good friends brought over a basket of snacks this past week and drinks for us and the boys. And legos for the boys (halleluljah, anything to keep them entertained right now!) It completely filled up our snack drawer and that has been the BEST for the boys because they can just go get their own snacks and caprisuns without needing my help. One of my sweet blog readers sent a pizza gift card last week and it came in SO handy yesterday when my blood pressure shot up and I was stuck on the couch. And my boys are ALWAYS thrilled with pizza! Anyways... just sharing that because I've had lots of emails and texts asking how you can help-- here is the link! 

Since I literally was confined to the couch all day yesterday we ordered pizza and had a LOTR marathon! 

Favorite Moment this week: Got to finish up the nursery for the most part and picked up these adorable hats for Sawyer that I had embroidered at a local boutique.


That's all for today! I may update later in the week after my doctors appointment. Otherwise I'll just be at home hanging out. Happy Monday!!

January 11, 2017

Picture My IBS

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Most of you know that I am a nurse, or I was a nurse in my former life (ha!) so discussing gastrointestinal problems doesn't phase me one bit... but it can be embarrassing and something that is hard to share. When I was asked to consider posting on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative, I knew it was something that had touched my life, and touches thousands of other lives and needed a voice.



While I am definitely NOT an artist, this was a fun little project to do. Immediately I knew what I wanted to draw because IBS is something that has affected me for so long, and until I accepted it, learned to deal with it, and figured out what worked for me, it really did feel like "The Missing Piece" of the puzzle of an otherwise bright and cheery life. IBS no longer feels like the missing piece to me.



Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic condition characterized by recurring abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits (diarrhea or constipation). It affects many people and everyone who is affected can be affected differently. 


I have personally dealt with IBS since my college years. It comes and goes and is worse in some seasons that others, but I have learned to cope with it and it is just part of my life now. I have been for multiple scopes and had lots of blood work done. So while I have sought treatment over the years, it is estimated that only about 1/3 of people with IBS seek treatment because it can be embarrassing to talk about. A new initiative called Picture My IBS offers people (like me!) a new way to show their feelings about how IBS impacts their life. By creating an original piece of artwork, in whatever form you feel best lets you express yourself and your journey with IBS. Picture My IBS was created by The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) in collaboration with Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals and aims to help those with IBS find a better was to communicate with their doctors, to share their IBS journey so that they don't feel so alone.



As part of the Picture My IBS initiative, a panel of judges will evaluate submitted artwork and the Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two to a luxury hotel and spa in New York City, and five Honorable Mention Winners will receive a $100 American Express gift card. All winning art will also be featured on the Picture My IBS website. Whether you have IBS or you have loved ones that do, Picture My IBS would love to see your artistic expression. Visit PictureMyIBS.org today for details and to enter the contest for a chance to win one of these exciting prizes.



So today, I encourage you, if you have dealt with or are dealing with IBS, take your blank canvas and create something totally you that shows how you feel about IBS. Then submit it to this amazing campaign and give IBS a voice!
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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of the Picture My IBS initiative.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY UNITED STATES, D.C., AGE 18 OR OVER. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THE SPONSORS OF THE CONTEST ARE ALLERGAN USA, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT HARBORSIDE FINANCIAL CENTER; PLAZA V, SUITE 1900; JERSEY CITY, NJ 07302; IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. WITH AN OFFICE AT 301 BINNEY STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02142; AND THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF GASTROENTEROLOGY. APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE OF ALL PRIZES IS $6,500. ODDS OF WINNING DEPEND ON NUMBER AND QUALITY OF ENTRIES RECEIVED. ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 1, 2016 AND FEBRUARY 28, 2017. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. PLEASE SEE COMPLETE CONTEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AT PICTUREMYIBS.ORG.

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January 10, 2017

A Year Of Intentional Living!

So I know I haven't shared much fitness related stuff lately-- mainly because I'm not doing any fitness related things until I have this baby. And trust me, I cannot WAIT to get going again. I've just been working on my before picture again so I can have a killer after picture later this year. I am not worried AT all about losing weight after I have Sawyer. I am actually super excited about it because I know that I have all the tools that I need to make it happen this time, even while nursing, which I struggled with SO much after I had Rhett.


So I wanted to share about my new group that I am starting this year! My word for 2017 is Intentional. I want to be intentional in all areas of my life- so I thought what better way to do this than to invite my friends to be intentional with me! In thinking about 2017 I wanted to take my groups one step further. I think there is SO much to be said for accountability groups in health and fitness but I feel like we need more than just that to be successful in our journies. I want to live my life intentionally this year- in my health and fitness journey, with NUTRITION, as a MOM, as a WIFE, as a Believer, with my finances and my TIME and I want to be able to serve others as I work on myself. So this is where I ask you to join me in this journey! I feel like we need all of these aspects to be healthy and fulfilled and to live the life that God has for us! While this is an all-encompassing group, I am a health and fitness coach, and a certified plant-based nutritionist and I will be talking about the things that work for me and the products that I've used over the last three years that have changed my life but you are in no way required to use them to join this group! Everything I share has been what has helped me in all these aspects or what I am currently using to grow in these areas. If Sawyer stays put my goal is to get the group open this week. Anyone can join. I will be sharing different things I am learning spiritually, along with some fun acts of kindness, healthy recipes and meal plans and lots of fitness related things. People in this group will be doing Beachbody programs that we'll be talking about, but you don't have to do them to join us! I made a little google form you can fill out if you want more information on any of this!!


On that same note, I wanted to share something that Beachbody has JUST released. There is a new All Access Challenge Pack where you can get access to every single program that Beachbody has for a WHOLE year for one low fee. This is an amazing deal, because it gives you a year of top of the line programs (like Insanity, p90x, T25, 21 day fix, 21 day fix extreme, country heat, PiYo, core de force, active maternity, yoga retreat, etc) so when you finish one program you can just hop into another one!  With the challenge pack you also get a month of shakeology and the portion fix container system to give you all the tools you need to get going this year! Again, if you want info on this be sure to fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM  and I'll send over more information!

And if you're still on the fence and wanting to try Shakeology, I JUST got my box of samples in! I have cafe latte, chocolate and vanilla. They're 7/$40 shipped or 7/$35 if you're local to me and want to pick up and I only have 4 sets of the 7 day samplers available. This would be a great way to get started by TRYING Shakeology in our new group before deciding if you want to buy! You can email me to claim one of the 7 day samplers- first come first serve!


I've also had several people ask me what program I am planning on doing postpartum. I've thought long and hard about it and I am leaning towards 21 day fix to get me going because I know how to modify the meal plan for breastfeeding and its gotten me the best results in the past. Depending on when Sawyer makes his arrival I'll be starting that once I get the all clear at my 6 week postpartum appointment! You're totally welcome to join me in that, but like I said I plan on doing all of my accountability stuff in the year of intentional living group!

That's all for today and that's a little about how I'd love to have you join me in 2017! Here is the link to the google form one more time!

Happy Tuesday!

January 9, 2017

33 weeks!


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 33 weeks!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a honeydew melon. (19 inches, 4.5 lbs)


Maternity Clothes: Yep. All Maternity when I get dressed. Otherwise yoga pants and XL t-shirts... which are starting to show my belly now that he's dropped a little bit.

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes but more distinct movements which are more uncomfortable for me. 

Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty well this week other than waking up EVERY single night at 11:30, 2:30 and 4:30 to go to the bathroom.

What I miss: Feeling normal. I think I say that every week. I'm just ready to feel good again but I am enjoying the last few weeks of feeling him move and being thankful that my body can do this but third trimester is ROUGH.

Cravings: Nothing really. Everything gives me indigestion. E-V-E-R-Y thing. Like even water. I'm liking string cheese and coffee this week. I don't know that there is anything else really specific.

Symptoms: Indigestion, swelling (hands, face, ankles and feet), blood pressure issues... tired all the time. You name it. I've been on modified bedrest now for a week and I have been able to keep my blood pressures under control as long as I don't over do it. I feel really good in the mornings and really bad in the evenings every day and my pressures go up, but as long as I lay back down they go down on their own. I go back to see my doctor on Wednesday and I am hoping to be able to keep coasting on Modified Bedrest as long as possible. Thankfully I've got help with the boys so it's been totally doable so far. 

He's going to be here SO soon!!!! 

January 6, 2017

Visiting Lucy! New Years Weekend In Review!

We spent New Years down in Little Rock visiting our favorite baby girl (and her mom and dad and brother).



It was the first time any of us got to hold her and we were all (including the boys) SO smitten with her. She still has a few hurdles to overcome before going home. Please continue praying for her and Jordan and David!

Happy Friday! 

January 4, 2017

Update and 32 weeks!

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 32 weeks 3 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a head of lettuce (19 inches, 3.8 lbs)

Maternity Clothes: Yep. All Maternity when I get dressed. Otherwise yoga pants and XL t-shirts.

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes but more distinct movements which are more uncomfortable for me. 

Sleep: I've been sleeping pretty well this week!

What I miss: Feeling normal. I think I say that every week. I'm just ready to have my body back to myself. I said that last week and I am saying it again this week. (yep, this again)

Cravings: Dairy. All the dairy. Yogurt with berries, string cheese, ice cream.

Symptoms: That's where this post will get interesting. If you follow me on social media then you probably already saw that Sawyer and I spent the day in L&D being observed yesterday. My blood pressure started creeping up last week some and was pretty high on Monday night. After resting in the L&D triage all day my pressures stabilized and my labs all came back ok. I went to my normal doctor's appointment this morning, my blood pressure was still good and I turned in my 24 hour urine. My doctor just called and my 24 hour urine is still within normal range so I get to be on modified bedrest for now and as long as I can keep my blood pressure under control at home I'm good until I see her again next week. I am still measuring about a week ahead and his heart rate is great, I got to listen to it all day yesterday on the monitor. I am so thankful to be able to live a somewhat normal life for now, but I have to take it easy- which means no grocery shopping (yay for grocery pick up) or cleaning or anything active- like at all. We REALLY want to make it to 36 weeks!

So that's the update. Nothing like an eventful pregnancy.   

December 30, 2016

31 weeks!


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 31 weeks 5 days

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a coconut (18 inches, 3.2 lbs)

Maternity Clothes: Yep. All Maternity when I get dressed. Otherwise yoga pants and XL t-shirts.

Gender: Baby BOY! Sawyer Anthony. 

Movement: Yes but I can tell he's getting bigger because his movements are more distinct now (like oh yeah, that's an elbow) and not as jerky/frequent. He gets hiccups a few times a day and tried to flip all the way around the other day and it was extremely uncomfortable.

Sleep: I've been sick so I haven't been sleeping well because of that. The last few nights I've finally been sleeping all night again, just getting up to go to the bathroom a few times, and it feels SO good to rest.

What I miss: Feeling normal. I think I say that every week. I'm just ready to have my body back to myself. I said that last week and I am saying it again this week. (yep, this again)

Cravings: I really don't think I am craving anything. There are definitely lots of things that I don't want to eat though. I've been getting full really easily and haven't been able to eat dinner, it's SO weird but I am assuming it's because he's on my stomach now too. I have been waking up at 3:30 in the morning starving though, so I usually eat a granola bar and go back to bed.

Symptoms: Indigestion. And just not feeling good if I overdo it. I am getting to the point where in my previous pregnancies my blood pressure starts rising, so that's no bueno. With both boys I got put on bed rest around 34 weeks so I am in crunch mode to get everything done this week while Bryan is off and I think it's come back to bite me. We need baby boy to keep cooking for several more weeks. My OB has me checking my blood pressure at home so i am keeping a close eye on it so I know when I need to slow down.

Best Moment this week: Opening a few Christmas presents for Sawyer and getting his nursery put together. My hope is to get it finished up this week and I'll share pictures next week! He's going to be here so soon and I am SO excited!!
 
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