38 Week Bump Update

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 38 weeks + 3 days

20160524_183438  pic taken at 38 weeks

Baby’s size: Baby boy is as long as a pumpkin. Look at that belly, clearly that kid is the size of a pumpkin…at least.  I think that we can all agree, I’ve “popped” since my 36 week update.

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: Basically the baby is just practicing his sucking and swallowing skills according to my pregnancy app. He’s basically developed and his growing has slowed down a little until the end of the pregnancy, presumably so that he can make his exit without killing his mother. I appreciate that Mother Nature has my back here.

Symptoms: It seems that by Thursdays I’m physically drained.. I’m still working so Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I feel great and then by Thursday it all catches up with me.

Cravings/Aversions: These past two weeks I haven’t been overly hungry and sometimes need to remind myself to eat or snack because it’s been awhile since my last meal…as I was typing this though, I remembered that one day this week where I had two lunches because I was ravenous. Oops. I wouldn’t call it a craving but I’ve been very into all things avocado/guacamole and BLT sandwiches lately. For example, yesterday my boss took me out for lunch and I had a BLT + A (BLT & avocado) and it was basically everything that I needed in my life on a plate.

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Other News:

1// Baby could come literally anytime now and he’s considered full-term and ready for life in the outside world. I spend every night bouncing on an exercise ball for at least an hour trying to get him to drop and “promote” labour. You guys, it’s not working.

2// I’ve started prenatal acupuncture to start getting the baby in an optimal position and to start “ripening my cervix” (TMI?). During my first session the baby was going CRAZY when the acupuncture needles were in. So much movement, apparently due to the increased blood flow in my body during the treatment. I had mentioned to the acupuncturist that I’m not sleeping well so she did some needles to promote sleep and miraculously I slept amazingly that night. Whether it was the acupuncture or a coincidence, I don’t know and I don’t care.. it was incredible. I was supposed to have another session last weekend but like an idiot I left my purse & wallet in James’s truck and he went golfing for the morning and so I had no way of paying for my session since it was scheduled for first thing in the morning before he’s be back home. Fail. I have another appointment on Monday though and plan to go weekly from now on.

3// My last day of work before maternity leave is today. I’m not sure how I feel about it, I guess it’s a mix of… excited, relieved, sad, uncertain, etc. I guess “bittersweet” would be a good way to describe it. because I love my job, but I’m also looking forward to hanging out in yoga pants on the regular. I’m seriously concerned that going from being so busy with meetings all day and having so much interaction with people to hanging out at home mainly all by my lonesome watching daytime TV is going to be a shock to my system. I’m planning daily outings to keep myself busy (i.e. appointments, shopping trips, long walks, etc.) so hopefully that helps keep my spirits up.


Prenatal acupuncture – has anyone tried it? Did it help?

How did you feel going off work for maternity leave?

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36 Week Bump Update

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 36 weeks, holy smokes! How am I only one month away from my due date? The reality that this little guy has to….*gulp* exit my body in the near future is becoming more and more real each day.

IMG_20160508_064600 pic taken at 35 weeks, 5 days

Baby’s size: Baby boy is as long as a head of romaine lettuce

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: It doesn’t sound like there is much mental/physical development going on at this point, mainly just that the baby has been packing on the pounds. I can tell because I’m also packing on the pounds, well.. I haven’t weighed myself once during this entire pregnancy because ignorance is bliss, but I can tell because it’s getting difficult to take deep breaths in most of my clothes. I feel best when I’m in a sports bra and no top so that I can just let this thing hang out. I’m sure that James is super attracted to me right now (ha!)


Symptoms: I’ve been feeling pretty great lately with the exception of being utterly exhausted for the past few days. I’m trying to stay as active as possible but I’m definitely slowing down. A frequent occurrence for me these days is literally seeing stars if I stand up too fast, you’d think that I’d learn to get up slowly but it’s hard for me to admit that I can’t do what I used to. This weekend I asked James if he wanted to do the Grouse Grind with me and he looked at me like I’m crazy and said…you can’t do that right now babe. And then I realized, yeah I probably definitely couldn’t. 

Cravings/Aversions: I’ve been finding that I’m hungry constantly but if I overeat I feel really uncomfortable, so figuring out how to navigate that slippery slope has been interesting. Some days I don’t try to balance it at all, like yesterday…

tweetOther News:

1// We are planning a home birth/water birth with a midwife and a doula. This is a little bit too “alternative” for most people to be comfortable with, but I’ve had a textbook pregnancy so far and I’m a perfect candidate so we’re going to cross our fingers and hope for the best. This means that I’m planning on no drugs/epidural for the birth…but if I absolutely need drugs/the hospital, I’m fine with going that route, I just feel inclined to try it without. Note: I think that I have an unrealistic understanding of how much this is going to hurt.

Our doula came over this weekend for a prenatal visit to discuss our “birth strategy” (my words, not hers) and she was like “What will your coping mechanisms be?”, “Would you like calming music and candles while you’re labouring?”  I actually responded with, “Well, when I’m doing a hard workout I find that ‘Work B*tch’ by Britney Spears really motivates me, so maybe that playing on repeat would be helpful?” and she looked at me with a blank stare. So, I’m sure that she’s really glad that she took me on as a client right about now.



Home birth – have you done it?

Did you have an epidural?

Did you have music on during your labour? If so, what did you listen to?

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Perfect Weekend = Lots of Naps

This weekend was perfect. Why, you ask? Because it involved no travel, pretty much no plans, and long naps. We’ve had such a whirlwind month of April that this was our first weekend to be at home alone in our own space in quite awhile. The weather was perfect, we fired up the barbecue for almost every meal, and I finally relaxed.

On Saturday afternoon after I did groceries in the morning and had a 3 hour nap, ahem.. we went for a long walk on Saturday through Central Park a few blocks away from our house. I love this park so much. It’s huge and it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere in a forest and you can’t hear any traffic noise. I anticipate that we’ll take our baby boy for tons of walks here this Summer.




The one thing that was on our to-do list this weekend was the BMO Vancouver Half Marathon. Well, it was on James’ to-do list, I didn’t think it would be wise to train or run a half marathon at almost 9 months pregnant, especially since I can’t up more than a couple of flights of stairs right now without getting lightheaded and panting. So I just had plans to cheer him on at the finish line. What a crazy experience! This was the biggest race that we’ve ever been to and it was amazing for the experience, but also frustrating because it was impossible to get near the finish line due to barriers put up by the race organizers. I was able to find myself a spot right by the fencing about 100m from the finish line and had my eyes peeled for a guy wearing a blue shirt that looked like my husband. I spotted him and cheered so loud but he had his headphones in his ears and didn’t hear me #fail.




He finished his half marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes which made me pretty proud. While I was waiting for him to cross the finish line, I was watching other runners (so…strangers) run past me and I got so choked up. I always get like this when I watch people finish a race, you can see the struggle, or the elation on their faces, some of them look like they’re in pain, some look strong, and I can relate to both of those feelings when crossing a finish line. No matter how they’re feeling in that moment, they did something that most don’t attempt to try and I felt my heart bursting with pride for strangers. It isn’t even the pregnancy hormones that I can blame these emotions on, I have been like this for years.

kristen basically

Anyways, after his race I asked what he wanted for his reward meal and he wanted homemade burgers on the BBQ so that is just what we did. I didn’t take a photo of my burger which is really unlike me, but I can assure you that it was amazing. After lunch I had a nap which made my nap streak this weekend 2 for 2.

Speaking of food, I’ve been making a real effort to eat as healthy as possible these days. I don’t know if it’s the sunny weather, the baby, or “cravings” but I want healthy food 24/7. I made an epic salad for us for dinner on Saturday night with grilled vegetables on the BBQ (asparagus, zucchini, red onion, cherry tomatoes), grilled chicken that I had marinated for a couple of hours in olive oil, garlic, and herbs, with organic mixed greens, goat cheese, with fig balsamic dressing, and half a piece of grilled naan bread on the side. I want this salad every day this Summer, it’s safe to say that I’m obsessed.


On Sunday night I made salmon with a honey dijon glaze, broccoli, and wild rice & quinoa.


And last but not least, I’ve recently rediscovered overnight oats for quick and easy breakfasts through the work week. The secret ingredients for me are tons of cinnamon and shredded coconut. It keeps me full and satisfied until lunch time which is a rare thing these days at almost 35 weeks pregnant.


And last but not least, here’s a bump selfie in the bathroom at work last week. I officially have a basketball under my shirt. Note: I didn’t realize this picture or almost all of the pictures in this post were blurry until just now, sorry friends. I’ll do better.



Have you started BBQ’ing yet?

When was the last race that you ran? For me, it has been awhile… I’m officially missing running and feeling that excitement to see a finish line though, so as soon as this baby is out of me and I’m allowed to run again, I’m going to start training for a half marathon this Fall.

What did you do this weekend?

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34 Week Bump Update

It’s time for another bump update on the blog… we’re already 34 weeks and having just 6 weeks left literally blows my mind. When anyone talks to me about it, I start laughing with a wild, panicked look in my eyes. I’m adjusting really well over here. Alright, here we go..

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 34 weeks, 1 day 

34 weeks 334 weeks, 1 day in this hotel bathroom selfie

Baby’s size: Baby boy is the size of a cantaloupe according to the Internet

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: Baby weighs 4.5 lbs now and is over 17” long from head to toe. He’s gaining weight and getting chubbier and cuter by the day over here. He can also hear me and I’m supposed to start talking to him a lot, but I feel crazy doing that so I’m just talking to people (James, my family on the phone, people at work, etc.) and I’m hoping that he is used to my voice by now.

Symptoms: Oh, I had a new thing this past week… swollen feet. It’s been a real treat, you guys. By the time I get home from work, the tops of my feet (I wear flats most of the time) are puffy and the skin feels stretched and sore. Then I take off my shoes and its not pretty. I also need a pedicure but I can’t reach my toes right now… I had taken a photo to post, but thought I’d spare people.

Sleep: This past week and a half has been insane for me (us). We flew to Calgary last weekend to visit my sister and then I had a conference for work last week for 2.5 days and had to sleep in a hotel for 2 nights and had full days of conference activities and then evening activities at night which meant no downtime for this super pregnant girl here. Then we flew to Ontario this past weekend for 48 hours at 6:30 AM on Friday and got home late Sunday night and I’m away for work again this week, so like… I’m sleeping fairly well considering that I am physically and mentally drained almost each and every night.

Cravings/Aversions: None, I’ve got a normal appetite and no aversions. Most days I’ve been wanting healthier things like salads, grilled fish tacos, etc., I don’t know if that’s because I’m actually craving them or just because I’m terrified of blowing up like a blimp for these next few weeks left. Probably the latter.

Other News:

1// Someone at work this week told me that my face has gotten fat… umm, thanks…?


2// In more uplifting news, James had his hand on my belly on Monday night and could feel the baby hiccupping. I’d never felt him hiccupping or noticed that this was even happening, and was like “How do you know that?” and then he put my hand it and we could feel rhythmic jumps in my belly in the same intervals that hiccups are. It was so cute.

3// We hired a doula this week and I’m glad that we have one more thing crossed off of the list. She seems a little bit…eccentric, and let’s just hope that she can calm me down during labour and not annoy the living hell out of me. I’m sure the mere sound of James breathing near me while I’m in labour will be annoying, so I wish her luck.

4// My beautiful cousin had her baby two weeks ago and he was 9 lb 11 oz (she’s a rockstar, I would have died), and I met him on our short weekend in Ontario. I fell in love with this little boy and got SO excited that him and our baby are going to be only 2 months (ish) apart in age and they can be BFF’s like my cousin & I are. It was hard to believe that one of those (hopefully a smaller version) is living inside of me right now. In other news, another one of our cousins just announced that she’s pregnant and due later this year, so that means we have 3 new babies coming into our family this year and I can’t wait for Christmas when we can have them all lay awkwardly on a blanket together under the Christmas tree. Not that I’m planning that far ahead or anything like a weirdo..


Mom friends – did you hire a doula? Was it helpful?

Any suggestions for swollen feet?

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32 Week Bump Update

Life has been crazy af lately, so I’m a week behind in posting my 32 week bump update. I’m an awesome and consistent blogger, I know.

Due date: Still June 7, 2016

How far along: Technically I’m 33 weeks today, but in this first photo I’m 32 weeks  


  32 weeks

20160418_064505  33 weeks

Baby’s size: At 32 weeks, baby was the size (length) of kale

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: Baby weighs almost 4 lbs now and is close to 17” long from head to toe. He’s practicing breathing in there and exercising his lungs. Speaking of exercise and lungs, I’m winded constantly because little guy is pressing on my lungs every minute. Sometimes when I’m laying in bed, I randomly gasp because I lost my breath…from laying still. According to the internet, from 32 weeks, baby would have good chance of surviving and thriving but lets hope he sticks around in there for a few more weeks.

Symptoms: My back is still achy, my pelvis is achy by the end of the day, and I’m just growing and growing… feeling large and in charge.

Sleep: I have a couple great nights sleep and a few terrible ones, but I’m just happy to sleep at all because in a few weeks I know that I will be lusting for these days when I wasn’t awoken by a screaming infant.

Cravings/Aversions: Last week I had an intense afternoon craving for a chocolate brownie. It came and went within 30 seconds and I still haven’t satisfied the craving, because #willpower. I’m trying to avoid the urges as much as possible even though you wouldn’t know it by the rate of which my belly is growing.


Good News: My bff Ryan came to visit us for a few days a couple of weeks ago and he has this uncanny ability to stick his belly out and look pregnant… it’s always been his party trick and I think it’s hilarious, so we had to take a belly picture together.


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30 Week Bump Update

You guys, the weeks are flying by over here. How is this pregnancy almost over?! I’m really glad that I (finally) started documenting this pregnancy. Here’s my latest update.

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 30 weeks today! (In this photo I’m 29 weeks + 4 days…close enough)

20160325_153336 hotel room selfie, don’t mind my white running socks #hot

Baby’s size: Baby is about the size of a cabbage

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: Baby weighs almost 3 lbs now and is close to 15” long from head to toe. His head is growing and his bones are hardening and I’m supposed to be having extra calcium for him, so to me, that means cheese. Kidding, I’m not eating that much of it but those blue babybel cheese’s wrapped in red wax are my go-to snack right now.


Symptoms: I’ve had a super achy back for a couple of weeks now and I was literally at my wits end a couple of weeks back at work. I was so over the back pain that I randomly checked out Amazon and ordered a back massager chair cover for my office chair. I have an Obus Form back massager, I’m officially an elderly person. Whatever, it was on sale for $70 and I was desperate. I tracked the package every 2-3 hours for days like a stalker, and last Monday this beauty finally arrived at my office. I heard the angels singing when I opened the box to see this beauty.


Yes, it’s a little cumbersome with its wires and yes, it comes with a remote control like the massage chairs at the spa. I turn it off during meetings in my office because the buzzing is distracting and quite frankly, is embarrassing. But now I can get through the day without wanting to cry and take off my bra at my desk, so it’s staying for the next 10 weeks.

Sleep: I had some very deep sleeps in week #29 and I felt like a million bucks and baby wasn’t kicking much which means only one thing, kid is having a growth spurt up in there. This week is a different story, he’s moving around a ton all of the time and I only slept for 4 hours on Sunday night and then just laid in bed silently willing him to stop kicking me in the bladder.

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing crazy this week for cravings to be honest. Lame, I know. James and I went to Seattle on the weekend (post on that coming later this week) and we went to a random Mexican restaurant that was blasting amazing music which made me feel like we were on a resort and James ordered a Corona because “when in Mexico…Seattle” and I was so sad that I couldn’t have one too. So, I guess my biggest craving was a beer? Does that make me a terrible mother? I didn’t order one, okay?

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Good News: James and I had a moment this weekend where we realized that we have a busy 3 weeks ahead of us with a friend visiting this weekend from Ontario, and us traveling to Calgary in a couple of weeks, that by the time the excitement is all over and we’re back home and life is normal, we’re going to be 33 weeks. 33 weeks means that we’ll be just four weeks away from being considered full-term! I should probably find a doula, get maternity photos done, and take more naps.


Did/do you miss alcohol when pregnant? Is it just me?

Did you buy any embarrassing pregnancy contraptions to help with symptoms? Anyone else buy a vibrating chair cover? lol

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28 Week Bump Update

I’m a little late on this one, I don’t know what happened but I’m really almost 29 weeks pregnant but didn’t want to ruin the bi-weekly update structure I’ve got going on here, so we’ll just talk about last week.

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 28 weeks + 6 days today, but in this photo I’m 28 weeks + 2 days

20160317_191328 a major growth spurt happened since week #26…clearly

Baby’s size: Baby is about the size of an eggplant and people at work are starting to comment on how much rounder I’ve gotten in recent days.. Umm, thanks?

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: His eyesight is developing and he can now sense/see light and is also adding more body fat to his frame. This might be why I was thinking about ice cream all week last week and I’m typically not an ice cream eater so I think that the baby wanted some more fat. I gave in last night and ate half a DQ Oreo Blizzard to help him out in this department. I put the rest of it in our freezer for safe keeping until I get home from work tonight.

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Symptoms: This week’s symptoms haven’t been my favourite. Something that no one tells you about pregnancy is that it often feels like you’ve been kicked in the crotch. Walking, sitting, and just moving in general feels painful in that groin on the regular. It’s awesome, really. And my back hurts by 2:00 PM everyday, so much so that I was so exasperated at work last week that I ordered a massage chair cover on Amazon. I’m tracking the package like a stalker, it’s arriving tomorrow if you’re wondering.

Sleep: In week #28 I have been t-i-r-e-d. I slept for 9-10 hours consecutively for a few nights in a row and it was magical. This streak seems to be over now, but it was fun while it lasted.

Cravings/Aversions: I mentioned that I’ve been thinking a lot about ice cream already, but I’ve also had lustful thoughts for fish and chips recently which I haven’t indulged in yet. Oddly I also have a wrap filled to the brim with veggies and hummus at least twice a week. It’s my favourite dinner these days. So, I guess that I’m doing a decent job of eating healthy with the occasional treats, but treats are what I look forward to most. I mean, obviously.

I’m not sure if this would be considered a craving, but I’m drinking a TON of water lately. I can’t get enough. It has to be cold and I have to drink it from my favourite GNC bottle though, it’s the only way that I’ll drink it. I’m not high maintenance or anything… 


Good News: Week #28 was officially the start of the 3rd trimester, and we’re in the home stretch. I’m hoping and praying that this little guy joins us early (but not too early) so that we can meet him sooner than later. I’m pretty certain I’ll go overdue though because when you’re impatient for something, it’s almost guaranteed that the universe drags it out. It seems to be just the way that life works, eh?


What were/are your not-so-fun pregnancy symptoms?

What kind of Dairy Queen blizzard do you usually get? Usually I get the peanut butter cookie dough but last night I went rogue and got an Oreo one and it was the best decision that I’d made in a long time.

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26 Week Bump Update

It’s time for my 26 week update. I’m aiming to do these every two weeks, or every week if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, but let’s not hold our breath on that one.

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 26 weeks + 2 days

Baby’s size: Baby is about the size of a head of lettuce. Note, we didn’t have a head of lettuce lying around for a visual so you’ll have to settle for a bathroom selfie where my resting b-face is really making an appearance. Next time I will try to remember to smile.

26 weeks  

Boy or Girl: BOY!!

Development: Baby is opening his eyes now and is more sensitive to sound and people’s voices…this means that I need to start putting Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, etc. songs on repeat more often so that he can develop an early appreciation.

Symptoms: Well, a fun “symptom” this weekend was that I was laying on the couch and the baby was kicking so I lifted up my shirt and actually saw my belly move when he moved, which was really cool. I tried to take video of this happening, but I think that he got camera shy and stopped doing it as soon as I started filming. Figures..

A not so fun symptom is that I’m feeling an achy pain in my pelvis towards the end of most days, around 7pm to be exact. I especially notice this “fun” new symptom when I’ve had to stand or walk a lot throughout the day. The aching is really unique and I’ve never felt it before in my non-pregnant life. My professional medical opinion (ha!) is that it’s due to the extra weight up front, and I can imagine it’s only going to get worse over the next few weeks. It’s manageable and I’ve had everything go so smoothly, I am going to just take this with a grain of salt and not complain (publicly).… I will however complain to James because he did this to me, ha!).

Sleep: Sleep isn’t amazing. I miss pre-pregnancy sleeping where I didn’t have a care in the world and my hormones were normal and let me sleep through the night every night. Those were the days..

Cravings/Aversions: I haven’t been hungry lately at all…like, I have to actually remind myself to eat meals. You guys, this is something that I’ve never experienced before in my 31 years on this planet. I’m hoping it means that baby is chilling out this week and giving me a break on the growth spurts. I’ve been growing bigger so quickly lately and I feel like I could just use a breather to mentally adjust to my new…girth.

Good News: I had to take my gestational diabetes test on Monday morning and the orange drink that I had to chug in under 5 minutes was sickeningly sweet and extremely unpleasant. I mean, look at me.


And my one arm bruised so badly from the 3 blood draws that they had to do that I look like an intravenous drug user (thank goodness it’s still long-sleeve weather). BUT the good news is I don’t have gestational diabetes, whew!

One more exciting thing is that we are going for our 3D ultrasound on Saturday morning. I. AM. EXCITED. I can’t wait to see this little guy’s face, I really can’t. I searched “26 week 3D ultrasound pictures” this weekend like a creep on Google Images and I was thrilled to learn that he’s actually going to look like a baby, not an alien like he did in the early days. So, Saturday is probably going to make it all a little more real, and we will finally be able to put a face to all of these kicks. And I’m pretty sure that seeing that little face will make me fall just a little more in love with this little guy than I already am.

Other: I had a terrible sinus cold late last week that I’m still struggling with, and one thing I learned is that being pregnant and sick is not a fun combination because you can’t take any medication (or barely any) and basically have to suffer. This weekend I was beyond sick, James was away until Sunday afternoon so I was solo which meant that I didn’t have anyone to cheer me up, fetch me things, or tell me that I was pretty.


I spent a lot of time with my couch, track pants, and Netflix. Oh, and I didn’t leave the house for almost 48 hours because the world spun every time I stood up which was terrible, but it also meant that I didn’t have to wear a bra for almost 48 hours and that my friends, was a gift….a silver lining to a dark cloud of a weekend, if you will. So anyways, I watched the entire first season of Love on Netflix (loved it!) and then I started on Fuller House. What do we all think of it? It’s really cheesy but I found it oddly comforting.


Has anyone else watched Love or Fuller House on Netflix? What did you think?

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24 Week Bump Update

So, I haven’t been really documenting my pregnancy at all on this blog which is unlike me because I always thought I’d be one of those bloggers who does a weekly update, but…I failed at this. I am keeping a pregnancy book though and am pretty diligent in writing in that week-by-week, but my family and close friends don’t live on this side of the country and aren’t really experiencing this with me, so I’m going to make a better effort to document the last few weeks on the blog for their reading pleasure at least. 

Due date: June 7, 2016

How far along: 24 weeks

Baby’s size: Baby is about the size of a cantaloupe or an ear of corn depending on which website you read… corn and cantaloupes don’t seem like the same length to me but we only had cantaloupe in our fridge, so  I made James take 53 pictures of me with it until I was finally moderately happy with one of them.

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Boy or Girl: BOY!! We did the genetic screening (NIPT) test at 13 weeks and a week later our midwife wrote it in a sealed envelope for us and we went out on a little date after our appointment for Vietnamese food and opened it up together.  


with the sealed envelope



We both felt like it was a boy from the minute we found out that we were expecting, so I was convinced that we have a psychic ability but really, we just guessed correctly on a 50/50 shot. We also had an ultrasound at 21 weeks and they confirmed that it is in fact, 100% a boy. We can now confidently buy boy-ish items and it’s nice to be able to buy gender specific things and start picturing our life with this little guy. 

Development: Baby’s taste buds are forming this week. We ordered pizza on Monday night because I didn’t meal prep or plan on Sunday like I usually do #fail, so baby boy has already started his relationship with Domino’s in utero. Sorry little guy, I’ll do better.

Symptoms: I’m feeling pretty good these days, I can’t really complain. I’ve noticed that this week I’ve been getting extra hungry and extra tired, so I think baby is having a growth spurt in there. He kicks and moves quite a bit now and I’m really looking forward to James feeling it for the first time. I think he should be able to any time now but every time he puts his hand on my belly when it’s kicking, it just stops. :(

Sleep: I was all set to have a major vent session about my lack of sleep, but I’ve miraculously slept 2 nights in a row through the night which has made me feel like a new person. Let’s hope that this keeps up and I can say the same thing during my next bump update.

Cravings/Aversions: I still get random pangs for Franks Red Hot from time to time (I had this craving A LOT in the early days) but other than that don’t have many particular cravings. I also haven’t really had any aversions, just give me all of the food!  In all honesty, I’m trying to be healthy and reasonable in my portion sizes, but some weeks are easier than others.


Pregnant friends/mama’s – did you have any cravings/aversions?

Would/did you find out what you’re having?

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Valentines, Sushi, and Avoiding Real Pants = My Weekend In A Nutshell

I haven’t been around much lately, sorry about that, but don’t worry…I haven’t been going hungry if you’ve been wondering. I’ve been cooking up a storm as of late, its like “nesting” but instead of organizing our house I’m always organizing (aka. daydreaming about) my next meal it seems… Let’s start with this weekend for example, Sunday was Valentines Day and we spent our first Valentines Day as a married couple wearing our oversized Roots track pants (Canadian-speak for sweatpants, American friends), and Netflixing. The day, and the entire weekend in fact was non-stop pouring rain outside because February in Vancouver is rainy af, and so we felt like warm and cozy was where it was at.


no truer words have ever been spoken..  

We didn’t go out for a romantic Valentines dinner on Sunday night because that would have involved putting on real pants and running a comb through my hair, so instead we made plans to have a homemade sushi extravaganza where personal grooming was optional. We spent awhile hanging out in the kitchen, prepping, rolling sushi rolls, and just hanging out in general while making it all. Get ready to be impressed and a little bit jealous… 


James & I were in Tokyo two years ago (see this post for our proposal story there), and took a sushi-making class while we were there so we (sort of) know what we’re doing and went to town making homemade sweet potato tempura, and a mix of cucumber, avocado, and sweet potato rolls (and combinations thereof), and inari (rice stuffed bean curd pocket). I also whipped up some beef wrapped green onion, you know.. for protein, iron, and deliciousness. Now, I realize that this is an alarming amount of food for two people, we had leftovers for our lunches on Monday so it was a win/win situation all around.

Then we went to Dairy Queen and got blizzards because I had a craving for literally a month for one of these and I drive by two separate DQ locations each day on my commute to/from work and quite frankly, this was long overdue. I really can’t blame this craving on the pregnancy, I really think it has more to do with the fact that I have a fat heart and low willpower. 


On Monday morning I went to the gym at 7:00 AM for the first time in 3 weeks which was a major life accomplishment. I realize that this may seem like no big thing for most of you, as it was no big thing for me a few months ago… but I’ve been on the struggle bus with sleep lately. Since like, 2 months pregnant and now I’m 6 months today, I’ve been awake anywhere from 1:30 AM – 5:00 AM for 6 out of 7 days of the week. I’m usually able to get back to sleep around 5AM and fall into a super deep sleep but then my daily alarm goes off at 5:30 AM, so I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled I am when it goes off.


I’ve been missing out on some serious REM sleep cycles which I think are kind of crucial to physical health, mental capacity, and general mood (?) and it has been taking a serious toll on my workout motivation, and quite frankly.. my sanity. On Monday the stars aligned and I slept fairly well and made it to the gym before 7:00 AM. But then I saw a guy working out in jeans and it left me annoyed and confused by people who do that.


I took a mirror gym selfie to prove that I was really there and I realize now that the picture above isn’t so flattering because as you can see my thighs have gotten large and in charge, and I was stretching out my calf during this photo sesh and its really just not the most flattering pose but I thought it looked good in the moment. Also, can we just talk about my belly? Its literally growing by the day and its not going to be long before I’m in full waddle-mode. I love being pregnant (minus the whole sleep thing) but seeing your belly grow and body change is both beautiful and troubling at the same time.

I’ve got a pregnancy post drafted and scheduled for Wednesday to give an update on this little fetus of mine because I realized that I haven’t really done one yet and maybe you guys are wondering? Maybe not. If the latter is true, just skip Wednesday’s post mmk?


What did you do for Valentines Day?

Do you ever take long gym hiatuses?

Pregnant friends/moms – did you have trouble sleeping during your pregnancies? Any tips and tricks to help a sister out?







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