baby bump #2: 17 weeks

Right now, I’m supposed to be having a nice, relaxing vacation – not worrying about homework or the fact that my summer is going to end in the next few weeks.  Instead, I’m listening to my darling daughter scream at the top of her lungs from a pack-n-play that she has now figured out how to climb out of.  *sigh*  So, looks like kiddo just extended her bed time for the week.  Oh, and Mama and Daddy are going to be sharing that nice king-sized bed with a third body.  Let’s hope I’m feeling more kicks from the kiddo in my belly than the one I’m sharing a bed with.

OK, enough of my complaining.  On to the good stuff…

17 weeks with MacKenna

14 weeks

15 weeks

16 weeks


Pregnancy - 17 weeks

I really feel like I’ve popped this week.  I’ve had a few people who know I’m pregnant comment on my belly.  It’s definitely still not huge, but I’m starting to feel pregnant more and more.  It’s weird looking back and seeing that my belly is actually just about the same size.  Funny, because I feel SO much bigger this time around!

Our appointment last week went well.  I’ve gained 6 pounds in the last month, most of which I put on last week!  Stress and weird meal times, thanks to volleyball camp, definitely didn’t help.  But, we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat finally and it was still just as amazing as it was with the first baby.  Such an incredible experience!  Have I mentioned just how much I LOVE being pregnant?!


Definitely wasn’t my best feeling weak.  I ate something that definitely did not sit well in my tummy and was awake for 2 hours one night, trying not to get sick.  It happened the next day too, but only gave me uncomfortable gas.  Ugh.  I’m starting to feel a lot more exhausted and just fatigued all over.  Like carrying MacKenna or even the diaper bag wears me out quickly.  Definitely a feeling I’m not used to.  Headaches, especially yesterday, hit me pretty hard this week.  They’re not migraines, because I can still function, but it just wears me out and it’s hard to concentrate on anything.

I have also been dealing with some pubic symphysis pain after my “long” runs.  This started happening about a month ago, and I finally went to the chiropractor this weekend after my run.  It doesn’t start hurting right away, but after awhile I just can’t walk right.  After getting adjusted, I was so much better.  A little disappointing, as I know I will need to be cutting back on my runs, but that was definitely expected.

Cravings are still fresh tomatoes and cottage cheese.  I’ve also started eating ice cream every single night.  Best way to end a long day!


Besides the pubic pain, things have been pretty good.  Madeline’s PiYo challenge starts next week and I am looking forward to it.  I’m already starting to think about my school schedule and how my workouts will change.  Probably much less mileage and limited strength training.  Right now, sleep is going to be more important!  I’ll still get in plenty of exercise, it just might not be as much as I am used to.

Monday: 5.2 mile run (9:56/mile) + CrossFit
Tuesday:  4.2 mile run (10:00/mile) + CrossFit
Wednesday:  3 mile run w/ the stroller (10:24/mile)
Thursday:  4 mile run (9:34/mile) + CrossFit
Friday:  4 mile run w/ the stroller + Elena (9:51/mile)
Saturday:  6 mile run (9:45/mile)
Sunday:  off
Total:  26 miles


Baby Stuff

I’m feeling so much better after our appointment last week.  This stage of pregnancy is so difficult because, while I am feeling some kicks, they are few and far between right now (too early and too small still), so the unknown is still just scary.  I like knowing that everything is OK with the baby.

We have our anatomy scan at our appointment next month.  We have officially decided to wait until after that appointment to find out if we’re having a boy or a girl, although it is getting more and more difficult.  No big gender reveal party, but we are going to do a gender reveal photo session, finding out while the pictures are being taken.  So, we have a little more than a month before we know officially what we’re having.  I change my mind every week – last week I was thinking girl, now I’m thinking boy.  With MacKenna, there was no doubt in my mind that she was a girl, but this one I’m torn on.  I’m scared to have a boy, but I’m also excited for all the new experiences I will have with a new baby.  I might have to start counting down the days until we find out!

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this + that

Ugh. Longest. Week. Ever.  I’ve barely had enough time to think about a blog post, let alone write something half way decent and meaningful.  Ha.  Because that happens soooo frequently, right?!  So, here’s what’s going on instead…

1.  Volleyball is back in my life for the next several months.  Part of the reason why I’ve been busy this week is that I’ve had volleyball camp all week.  Of course, I planned it from 4 until 7 every day, right smack dab in the middle of when I get a bunch of this done and during dinner time.  I’ll just say, camp is not my favorite week of the year.  It’s kind of my end-of-summer and beginning-of-volleyball time frame.  Makes me so sad that summer is so close to coming to an end.  I’m so not ready for my life to be outrageously busy.

2.  I’m almost done with my summer classes.  HALLELUJAH!  This is the other reason I’ve been busy this week.  Nap times have been spent writing paper after paper every day since the beginning of June.  I have a paper and a half left to write (it should only be one paper but I decided to blog instead of finish my paper… oops) and then I. Am. Done.  And I’ll have my bachelor’s plus 15 hours, which means a bit of a pay bump…

3.  …which we will need to pay for preschool for MacKenna.  We went and visited a preschool on Monday for MacKenna.  We all really liked it, but we are having a slight freak out about paying for it.  With a new house (and subsequent mortgage), a baby on the way (who will also need daycare after I’m back at work), and preschool + daycare for MacKenna, we are starting to pinch pennies a little more.  We have the option of waiting another year and starting her in 3-year old preschool next year (she would be in the 2′s classroom this year), but both of us think it would be beneficial for her.  So, a new car for me will have to wait and cable might be a luxury we can do without for awhile.  Did anyone else wait to start preschool until age 3/almost age 4?


It’s a big deal when your toddler who is scared of everything starts to go down the slide all by herself!  I’m so proud of her!  Such a big girl!

4.  The weather here has been amazing!  It’s been in the mid-70s for highs and lows in the upper 50s.  I’ve still been waking up at 6 to run, but had to postpone my run until later one morning because MacKenna woke up WAY too early, and I was still able to run comfortably.  It’s so nice to be able to play outside and not be sweating like crazy as soon as I step outside.  Of course, as soon as school starts, it’ll be like 100 degrees and absolutely miserable.  So, I’ll enjoy it while I can…


5.  I’m ready for a relaxing week off from volleyball, school, life, etc.  And next week is going to be just that week.  I plan on catching up on reading blogs, laying by the pool, and spending time with my two loves.  With 2 weeks left until volleyball tryouts start, I’m going to enjoy every last second of my summer as I can…

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wiaw: on our anniversary

Last week, Matt + I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary.  It’s still so crazy to me to think that we’ve been married for 7 years!  It has flown by, but I guess that’s what busy schedules and kiddos do to you.

Instead of getting each other gifts every year, we choose to celebrate with cards and a night out on the town.  We usually try to go some place new to us (last year, we went to Milagro which was delicious), so both of us immediately knew that Small Batch was our date this year.

Small Batch opened up earlier this year by renowned St. Louis restaurateur Dave Bailey.  Bailey’s restaurants always rank high on my list, although we very rarely get a chance to go to them since they are all located in downtown St. Louis (which is about 40 minutes from home).  The premise of Small Batch is whiskey and pasta dishes.  The twist is that the entire restaurant is vegetarian.  A little whiskey for him, some vegetarian food for her = a very happy couple!

We had scoped out the menu ahead of time, so we already had an idea of what we were going to eat.  Of course, the menu had changed slightly from what was online, but that didn’t effect us too much.  Matt started off with a small pour of his favorite whiskey brand, Hudsons, while I ordered us some pickles + ferments.  I had had the pickles + ferments at Bridge Tap House + Wine Bar back in March and fell in LOVE with them.  Plus, this preggo mama wants her pickles, so it was a no-brainer.  Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with the options.  We were served green beans, okra, carrots, yellow beets, and pearl onions.  I really enjoyed the green beans and okra, the carrots were just OK, and we hardly even touched the beets + onions.  The beets tasted like dirt (literally) and the pearl onions tasted like sweat (literally).  I felt bad for barely touching half the plate, but it just wasn’t what I was looking for.


Our waitress did come by during our appetizer and brought us the chef tasting of the day, which was a homemade chip with black bean dips and a chipotle sour cream.  It. Was. Awesome!  I was wishing that was our appetizer instead and that little tiny bite was just a tease…


For dinner, I ordered the gnocchi, which was served with roasted pine nuts, roasted tomato, arugula, and snow peas, and tossed in brown butter with fresh pecorino on top.  I absolutely loved the starchiness of the gnocchi – such a good mix of potatoes and dough texture.  The roasted tomatoes were also delicious, but I could have done without the arugula, but that is just a personal preference (I don’t like soggy lettuce).  It had such a light, summery, lemony flavor – perfect for a hot July day (which it was last week, not so much this week).  I ate every last bite.


However, Matt’s was the dish I was really craving.  One bite and I was totally blown away and ready to trade him for the night.  He ordered the carbonara, which was homemade linguini (love the doughiness of homemade pasta), smoked mushrooms, peas, caramelized onions, roasted cauliflower, and topped with freshly grated pecorino cheese.  It was so incredibly rich but absolutely to die for.  The mushrooms had such a great smoky flavor and added so much depth to the dish.  He only ate half of his dinner (I helped by eating several bites) and I ate the rest for lunch the following day.  I’m going back just to get that dish!


I don’t have much to say about the whiskey since I didn’t do any drinking, but Matt was pretty impressed.  The whiskey menu is 11 pages long (including wine and beer) and has everything from whiskey cocktails to just plain old whiskey by the glass.  Matt’s 3 small pours came with a little bowl of ice as well as some warm water, which he tells me helps bring out the flavor and take away some of the bite of the whiskey.  (He’s obviously the whiskey connoisseur, I’ll stick to beer.)

Because Matt had 3 whiskeys, he promised me ice cream for dessert.  The desserts on the menu just weren’t speaking to me, so we headed a little farther down the road to another Bailey restaurant, Bailey’s Range.  We’ve eaten at Bailey’s Range once and I’ve been dying to go again.  Mostly because of the ice cream, but I will say that I had a pretty darn good veggie burger and some delicious fries.  But, oh, the ice cream…


This was a small shake, which was much smaller than I was anticipating, but perfect for how full I was from dinner.  I got a coconut crunch shake – the same as what I got last time – and it was still absolutely incredible.  You really just can’t beat coconut and crunchy chocolate pieces.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful anniversary date with the love of my life!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting another great link up party.  You can check out my post as well as a bunch of other Wednesday eats over at Peas and Crayons.

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