Friday Favorites: Keukenhof Gardens

Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow. – John Lennon

 

I’m back and ready to share our adventure with y’all! To say that our experience was amazing would be an understatement. I’m pretty sure I say that about every trip we take. Traveling is such an important part of our lives, so every trip is an amazing adventure that we cherish forever. Cheesy, I know, but this one was no different. We spent 8 days in Amsterdam, another 4 at Disneyland Paris and of course 2 travel days. Two weeks away from home soaking up culture, experience, adventure, scenery and more.

The first adventure I want to share with y’all was one of my favorite days in Amsterdam. On our second day, we took a bus out to Keukenhof to see the tulips! I have so many pictures to share with y’all. It was hard to narrow it down, but I think I got it to about 30 something. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

There were so many floral and vine archways that Chloe wanted to go through again and again.

Everywhere you looked there was so much color. According to the Keukenhof website, about 7 million bulbs are planted every year over the 79 acre gardens. We were lucky to be in Holland at the perfect time of year. The gardens are open from mid-March to mid-May and usually mid-April is the perfect time to visit! We were actually there April 13th, right in the middle of April. There were still some flowers that hadn’t bloomed since it was an unusually cold winter. You can see a few trying to pop up in the garden above.

There were also lots of paths and water features that Chloe loved. I even got her to give me a pretty smile which never happens these days. She loved being able to get out of her stroller, climb up the rocks and walk around on her own.

This weird instrument below is called a street organ. I had never seen one before this trip, but we saw several in Holland. Each one we saw seemed to draw quite the crowd.

Apparently each year Keukenhof park has a theme and this year’s theme is Romance in Flowers. According to their website, the park was designed midway through the Romantic period (1857) as an ornamental garden for Castle Keukenhof. Since 1950, millions of tulips have flowered in the garden around the pond with its centuries-old beech trees. Many generations experienced joyous moments there; people have proposed in the romantic tulip garden or had secret rendezvous in the Cupid Garden!

Everywhere we turned there was a different flower bed, a new path and more color as we explored the park.

Chloe personally loved these large white objects in the flowers. She called them marshmallows and couldn’t stop talking about them the whole time we were there. After some deliberation and help from our family, we have come to the decision that they look like duck butts. You know like they’re dipping their heads into the water with their booties in the air. It seemed about right to me! Any other thoughts?

You can’t forget about the windmill! Windmills are a staple in The Netherlands after all.

After we passed by the windmill, there was this big open space with several different staged areas. There was a Delftware garden, a flamingo garden, a flower truck and more! They were so gorgeous and a fun spin on your typical garden.

In the same area, there was also a park for the kiddos and food trucks! We let Chloe play and run around while we ate some lunch. We had pulled pork sandwiches and frites. It was a nice chance for me to sit down for a bit! I forgot how walking around all day can be rough when pregnant. Of course resting didn’t last too long because Chloe wanted her mommy and daddy to play with her! She had a blast and didn’t want to leave.

We had a bit of a row trying to move on from the park and things went downhill for a while. It got pretty cold and windy, so we went into the green houses. The flowers and exhibits in here were gorgeous and in full bloom.

These roses were some of my absolute favorites! They’re so fun and unique, and I love tie-dye. Random fact: In college, I loved tie-dying things. I had tons of shirts, pillow cases, sock and more. It was so much fun that all of a sudden I want to do it again!

Okay back to the flowers, let’s also just talk about these gorgeous marbled flowers! They’re so neat and I just don’t know how they do it.

We had an amazing time spending hours walking around the gardens and greenhouses. Just before we left, we found these colorful birds and I happened to snap a picture of them giving each other a peck! 

I hope y’all enjoyed the pictures! I know there were a ton and I’m impressed if you actually made it this far in my post. Be prepared for more posts from our trip with even more pictures to share. I hope y’all don’t get sick of it, but I have to document our babymoon.

Everyone have an amazing weekend, and I’ll be back Monday with more!

Have you ever been to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens?
What is your favorite type of flower? Besides the awesome tie-dyed roses, tulips are my favorite flowers!

22 Week Bumpdate

And just like that another week has flown by! I know that this time the days are passing so quickly because we’re traveling. I feel like time just passes at a different rate when you’re constantly go go going. Today is actually our last (and 8th!) day in Amsterdam, but we’re not coming home quite yet! Tomorrow dark and early we set off on a train to Disneyland Paris! I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it. It’s going to be so magical.

In case you missed my post earlier this week, check out a few tid bits and pictures from Amsterdam! I plan to share much more when we return, but I had to let y’all in on some fun facts I learned!

Enough about our travels for now because today is all about that bump!

How Far Along? 
22 weeks today
Size of Baby: 
A coconut!
He weighs over the 1lb mark y’all! 
He is also about 11 inches long. 
Weight Gain: 
I’m not positive since we’re traveling, but I think it’s safe to say I’m somewhere in the 12-15 lb range. Who knows, I always think I’m going to gain a lot of weight on vacation, but we walk so much that I end up coming home the same as I left! But you know, hungry pregnant lady, so I guess we’ll see when we get home!
Maternity Clothes:
Yes! I’m comfortable in a lot of my normal shirts, but some are starting to get too short. As for bottoms, I prefer maternity if I’m wearing jeans/jean shorts, but I can rock my prepregnancy athletic shorts and yoga pants. I have a lot of cute cold weather maternity clothes that Nicole let me borrow for our trip.
Stretch marks: 
none

Symptoms: 
Sleep is starting to get iffy. I’m getting more uncomfortable which makes it hard to go back to sleep when I wake up to potty in the middle of the night. I’m also wide awake around 5-6am. Some nights I take half of a Unisom just to get a full night sleep! Other than that I’m doing pretty good. I’m still hungry all the time and dealing with yucky allergies and congestion.
Cravings: 
Salty snacks, buffalo sauce on everything, tuna sandwiches bonus points if it’s from Subway or Potbelly, cereal with milk, apples with peanut butter or chocolate hummus. Pretty much the same as the last month. My sweet tooth has picked up a bit on this trip!
Gender:
It’s a boy!
Mood: 
I’m going to get real with y’all. I’m much more anxious this time around. I feel like I know so much more about everything that can go wrong than when I was pregnant with Chloe. I think I was pretty oblivious with her, and now I’m hyper aware of all of the different complications. I think my anxiety is starting to subside now that I can feel him move more often. Other than that I’m super excited to add this little boy to our family.

Nursery: 
Not a lot going on, but I did by a lamp and a pillow at Target the other day! I’m looking forward to working on it when we get back from our trip.
Movement: 
More and more each day! He’s starting to get stronger and I can see and feel some movements from the outside. I’m hoping to get a video once he really gets going.
Sleep: 
I’ll go ahead and refer back up to symptoms. Sleep has been hit or miss lately. The hardest is getting back to sleep after my middle of the night potty breaks.
Workouts: 
Still going strong! I squeezed some workouts in before we left for Europe, but since we’ve been here, we’ve been walking so much that workouts aren’t necessary! I did bring some workout clothes and went to the gym to do the treadmill and a quick weight workout one day because I could. I’m hoping to do that one more time on this trip. Nothing crazy, just a little something to get my heartrate up even more!
What I Miss: 
Sleeping on my stomach and comfortably on my back!

Belly Button in or out?
It’s gotten much closer to being flat the past couple of days!
Wedding rings on or off? 
On
Labor Signs: 
None really. I’m starting to get the occasional Braxton hicks contractions. It’s not very often, mostly when I’ve been walking for long periods of time. {Which has been every day lately!} Nothing out of the ordinary though!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nothing about Chinese food sounds good to me, so I just avoid it. I’m also vehemently against the smell of fish and fishy smells. I about died walking through the seafood portion of the Albert Cuyp Market the other day! 
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Flying in business class and exploring Amsterdam! I can’t wait to share about out whole trip with y’all!
Looking forward to:
Heading to Disneyland Paris on Friday!

There you have it! 22 weeks down and about 18 more to go. I’m finally in the “honeymoon” phase of pregnancy and not disliking quite as much of it. I’m looking forward to enjoying the rest of our trip and then heading home to start preparations for this little one! Stay tuned for my next “bumpdate” at 24 weeks. You’ll see plenty of bump pictures before them with all of my travel posts though!

i amsterdam

Hello from Amsterdam! I have a little down time and decided to pop in and show y’all a little bit about what’s been going on the past 5-6 days in The Netherlands!

Fun Fact: Did you know that the iamsterdam sign in the back of the Rijksmuseum was placed there in 2004 as a marketing experiment? It’s estimated that it’s photographed over 6,000 times per day! Pretty successful if you ask me. Now the iamsterdam slogan is used to market Amsterdam internationally and promote tourism. It’s clearly working!

The sentiment behind the slogan was to make Amsterdammers feel good about themselves and where they live!
Amsterdam’s strongest asset is its people.
The people who live here, who work here, who study or visit here.
The people of Amsterdam are Amsterdam.
We are Amsterdam.
I amsterdam
– Amsterdam Partners

I just thought it would be fun to start with that interesting tidbit that I learned about Amsterdam! I found it while trying to figure out the exact meaning behind iamsterdam. I love to try and learn as much about a city that I’m visiting as I can while I’m there. It leads to lots of tours, questions, Googling and searching to find information. JP often laughs at how many questions I ask and how often I Google things to find out more information!

Speaking of Googling information about places I visit, today I was thinking aloud about how all of The Netherlands has these intricate canal systems. It made me wonder just why they decided to create them. I learned it was more than one reason. First, did you know that 26% of Dutch territory lies below sea level? There is a bit of a battle between the water and the cities. This is one reason for the canals, to channel the water out of the city. Since Amsterdam was built in the Middle Ages, the canals were also used as a defense mechanism around the outside of the city like a moat. As the city grew, the outer most canal was not longer used for protection, but they kept them for transportation. Goods could be pumped out of the city to ships in the harbor where they would then be traded and sold around the world.

Last little fact…I swear. But this is another interesting one and goes along with the canals because I’m going to talk about windmills!

There are over 1,000 windmills in Holland and they were originally created to help pump water out of the lowlands. The first windmill in Holland dates back to 1400! See what I mean, this is related to the canals though? The water had to get pumped out somehow! Historically they were also used to cut wood, crush grain, build ships and even produce oil and mustard. The windmill I have pictured is currently functioning in Leiden. It’s now used as a Windmill History Museum and has recently been able to grind grain again. We didn’t get to go through the museum, but it did cause me to spend some time looking up all of the uses of windmills!

When I sat down in my hotel room to type up this post, I didn’t plan on giving y’all a history lesson on Amsterdam and it’s key features. It just kind of came to me as I began writing. I hope y’all enjoyed it and maybe learned something new on this Travel Tuesday!

We’re still going to be in Amsterdam until Friday and then we’re off to Disneyland Paris! You can keep up with our adventures of my Instagram if you’re interested. Until then, you can plan on my next bumpdate post to come later this week. Somehow I’m almost 22 weeks pregnant. Time is flying!

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What’s your favorite part?
Do you enjoy learning everything and anything about cities that your visiting?

Meet and Greets Around the World

Meet and greets with your favorite characters while walking around the world. Sounds amazing right? Where can you do this you ask? None other than Epcot at Walt Disney World! In the past, I’ve talked about how you can walk around the world and eat around the world, but today we’re talking about all of the amazing characters you can meet around the world. Stay tuned and I’ll even let you know just where you can find them and when are the best times to visit!

First up, Mickey and Friends at their meet and greet spot in Future World. You can find this walking towards The Land on the left. It’s inside, so you can escape the Florida heat while you wait! Here you can meet Mickey, Goofy and Minnie all at once. The wait usually isn’t too bad, but you can also get a FastPass to meet these guys. Since FastPasses at Epcot are tiered, this is a good lower tier option! It’s family friendly and always fun.

And I mean come on, you get to meet Minnie Mouse and totally fangirl over how much your two year old daughters love her! As you can see, that’s exactly what Ali and I were doing. When you’re away from your babies for a few days, you start to miss them and think about everything they love. When Minnie Mouse happens to be at the top of their list, you have to tell her!

And then she’ll give you extra awesome hugs!

Just across the walkway from the Mickey and Friends meet and greet, you can find more characters! Again these characters are inside which means waiting in the air conditioning. As you walk in, to the left you can meet Baymax and to the right you can wait to meet Joy and Sadness! These are two separate lines. Joy and Sadness are a two for one deal though.

They’re super fun. Joy has boundless energy and is fun to interact with while Sadness gives the best hugs. I think she just gets that everyone needs a really good hug some days. These two make for super fun picture poses!

Baymax is also great to meet! He’s just a big squishy marshmallow. We didn’t wait to meet him this year, but have in the past. Now let’s work our way around the world!
First stop…Mexico! Here you can meet Donald the #1 Duck! He’s decked out in his Los Caballeros gear and looking fabulous.

Coming from Future World, you can find Donald just on the other side of the pyramid in a little cove. He comes and goes throughout the day, and his line is usually pretty short. Fun tip: Inside the pyramid there is a Three Caballeros boat ride! The wait is usually pretty short and is indoors.

Moving right along to Norway! If you want a one stop princess shop, let me recommend princess dining at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. It’s a little pricey, but you get a bang for your buck. You start with an appetizer buffet followed by your choice of main course which there are many options. Then your table also gets a little dessert trio where you can taste common desserts served in Scandinavia! All throughout your dining experience, you also get to meet princesses. They’re available for you to take pictures and sign any autographs for you. 
As you walk in, a princess will be there to greet you along with a Photopass photographer!

That moment when you and Punzie are totally fangirling over each other. Punzie is my spirit princess with her vibrant personality, flighty brainspace, sense of adventure and love of life! She was totally obsessed with my shirt and ear that were inspired by none other than her!

The character that you meet as you enter the restaurant will not be making rounds during your dining experience, so make sure to get all the pictures, memories and signatures while you’re there. Take your time and enjoy it! You paid for this special time after all.

Here’s a look at some other princess that will come your way! Cinderella.

Snow White
Princess Aurora or Sleeping Beauty

Ariel with her human legs!

Belle

You may notice for Belle that we’re back at the entrance where we met Rapunzel. Well sometimes the princess at the front switches out for another princess. If you notice that this happens and you want to meet her, just let your waiter know. They’ll inform someone up front and they’ll let you know when you can go up there. Usually they say to just go whenever! They’re super accommodating. You have to love Disney customer service!

And we had to meet Belle since she’s Ali’s spirit princess! Rachael’s is Aurora, so we all got to spend time with our favorites.

While you’re in Norway, take a peek in the troll shop! You too can get an awesome picture with this troll! And here’s the best part, there’s never a line. How do people not know about his magical gem?

Fun fact: There really are trolls like this in Norway. Don’t believe me? Check it out…on my 2014 trip to Norway, we visited Bergen for the first time and hiked up to the troll park. Yes, the trolls are eerily similar. You know you want to look! We also got a little troll statue while we were in Norway this past summer since we love Norway so much!
While in Norway, you can also meet Anna and Elsa! Since we met them at the end of our race earlier that day, we decided not to visit them this year. But do not fear, I have the cutest picture that I MUST share with y’all because I realized that it never made it to the blog.

Yep, that’s Chloe at 15 months! You can now meet Anna and Elsa at their summer house in Norway! A lot of the wait is indoors as you get to walk through their summer home. Be sure to pay attention to all of the amazing details as you walk through. Disney Imagineers did an amazing job this time.

As you continue your way around the world, next you’ll find China! In China you can meet Mulan at the Temple of Heaven. She comes and goes, so be sure to check the times she’s visiting on your Disney World app or ask a cast member.
In Germany, you can meet Snow White over by the the Wishing Well. This is a perfect place to meet her if you don’t do princess dining!
If you’re on a character hunt, walk on through Italy, America and Japan since there aren’t any characters there! However, I highly recommend making lunch or dinner reservations at Via Napoli. Simply amazing food and dining experience.
Once you pass through Japan, you find yourself in Morocco where you can meet Jasmine! She is at the Lamps of Wonder. I’ve never actually met Jasmine here since she does have specific times that she’s out for meet and greets. Make sure to check your map, app or a cast member for times! And while you’re in Morocco hit up Spice Road Table. If you aren’t hungry, grab some sangria. The sparkling sangria is my personal favorite!
While in France, you get a two for one deal! First you can meet provincial Belle in her spot along the water! I believe this is the only place you can meet Belle in her street clothes. 

Also in France in the France Pavilion, you can meet Princess Aurora!

Next up is the United Kingdom! Here you can meet the one and only Mary Poppins! Again, I haven’t met her here, but she is located in the United Kingdom Promenade.

Finally you can pass through Canada to the World Showcase Plaza. This is the start and finish of the World Showcase just in front of the water between Mexico and Canada. Here you can meet Pluto in the Friendship Ambassador Gazebo!

Epcot is an amazing park to just walk around meet characters, ride a few of your favorite rides, eat a lot of food and drink some drinks! Each country has its own special flair. Be sure to check out the different performances in the World Showcase. Take your time and explore. I promise you’ll find something new each time you visit! 

Have you visited Epcot recently?
What country is (or would be) your favorite? 
My favorites are Norway because of the Frozen ride, princess dining and Anna/Elsa and Morocco because of Spice Road Table and the amazing smells and spices!

13.1 Magical Miles

Just over a month ago, I ran a half marathon at 14 weeks and 3 days pregnant! Not just any half marathon. I ran the runDisney Princess Half Marathon which is an annual tradition for my girls and me! This was my 7th Disney Princess half marathon and my 9th runDisney half marathon. No, it doesn’t get old! Each year get’s better and better. It helps that Disney puts on an amazing event!

Like all Disney races, it started dark and early. Our alarms went off at 3:30am and we were dressed and at the bus stop by 4:00am. The buses drop you off at Epcot where the finish line area is located. Here you can check a bag if you have one, use one of the many port-o-potties, meet up with friends and jam to the music they have trying to wake everyone up.

The start line is nearly a mile walk from this drop off point. It seems like a lot, but it’s a nice, easy way to gradually wake up. There are several potties right before the corrals too which is important info for us runners! The corrals are all labeled very clearly. Just make sure you get to your corral at least 30 minutes prior to the race start if you’re in an early corral because they do close them. Once in our corral, we had the chance to stretch and get excited to run 13.1 miles!

Disney is awesome about starting their races right on schedule! 5:30am Fairy Godmother was there to bippity, boppity, boop us on our way along with some fun fireworks. Rachael and I were in Corral D which meant we had about 10-15 minutes before we were actually on our way.

We started off our race nice and easy. Rachael was running on a bum foot and I was running with child, so we weren’t trying to get a PR. We just wanted to run together and have fun. Around mile 3 we saw the princes and were originally anticipating being able to get a picture with them when we looped back around on mile 10-ish. Unfortunately the road construction going on meant they were in a different place. We stopped in the line for a minute, and then decided it would take us way too long to get through. Instead we took awkward selfies in front of them and went along our way.

Shortly after that this pregnant lady had to pee. I decided to take a potty break between miles 4 & 5. I told Rachael to keep running but just slow down a bit, and I’d catch back up to her eventually. Post potty I had a surge of energy and really kicked it into gear to catch Rachael. It was fun running faster for about a mile, but I was happy to slow back down when I caught her. Right after that we were running into Magic Kingdom!

This year the race course was a bit different and we came in the main park entrance. We ran straight down Main Street USA with a surge of energy! 

After running down Main Street, you hang a right into Tomorrowland. I spotted Buzz with a short line and had to grab a picture with him!

There were several other characters like the Queen of Hearts, Alice, Gaston and Tiana, but they had long lines or we had already met them just the day before. We decided to just head straight for the castle! And then we saw the Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters and couldn’t say no! I’ve never seen them out at a race. The line was a little bit longer, but it was a 3 for 1 deal. Completely worth it. Plus, we got a fabulous picture out of it!

Sassy! And then we really did just head straight through the castle.

We got the cutest castle pics! The photopass photographers there are awesome. They get everyone in and out super quick. We even were able to get two pictures: jump and posing!

Once you run through the castle, you turn into Liberty Square and continue on to Frontierland. There we saw Woody and Jessie, but there weren’t as many characters as usual. I was a little bummed about that. Luckily, there were still tons of photopass photographers capturing some great action shots. There are way more photographers in the parks which definitely makes for happier photos. Running through the parks is the best part of the race after all.

As we left the park, there was a crazy long line for Cinderella & Prince Charming and Aurora & Prince Philip. We didn’t want to wait over 30 minutes, but we were willing to wait 1 minute to snap a picture in front of the dragon! When they said we could run up and get a picture with it, we were all in.

Unfortunately, as you leave Magic Kingdom, you’re only about halfway through the race. The rest is along the many roads and overpasses that connect the Disney parks. When we first left the parks, it was starting to get warm and we wound up right around a very large Galloway pace group. Now I’m not knocking on Galloway training or pace groups, but this group happened to be a tough one to run near. It was very big and the roads were narrow. We were trying to pass and there wasn’t a lot of space. Sadly, a lot of the runners in the group weren’t very considerate of passing runner. Also they were running 0:30/0:30 which meant they were walking 0:30, running 0:30 over and over and over again. That meant they were shouting when to go and when to stop every 30 seconds. It was just a lot to deal with around mile 7-8 running into the sun.

The good news is that we did eventually get far enough away from them that they didn’t bother us anymore. It took a couple of miles though. Other than that, the run kept on keeping on. We saw a couple of characters along the golf course including golfing Genie and the wedding pavillion men, but again, no one that we just had to stop for.

Miles 10 and 11 were ROUGH. We were hot and the course was very hilly and banked. It makes for incredibly achy feet, ankles and knees when you’re already quite tired. The banked turns really took a toll on Rachael’s foot, so we slowed down a bit more. I was able to encourage her and push her to keep going a couple of times when she was ready to just walk. I really wanted to finish the race hand in hand despite her injury! We made it through thanks to extra water stops along the course. Disney really is ready for everything! When they saw how warm and humid it would be for the race, they added extra water stops through the whole course. This helped keep us hydrated throughout. Plus we were able to dump lots of water on our heads to cool us off.

Around mile 12, we got to head into Epcot! You run in through one side of Future World, all the way down to the lake, u-turn and head back out by the Epcot ball and to the finish line.
Being in the parks again and knowing that the finish line was so close gave me quite the surge of extra energy. I may have started picking up the pace quite a bit, and Rachael had to reign me back in. You can see me being the rabbit in the picture above! I just get so excited!

We had to stop in front of Spaceship Earth for a quick pictures since again there was barely a line. We opted not to take a jumping picture since neither of us was in jumping condition with only half a mile to go in the race.

One of my favorite parts of the race is about a quarter mile until the finish line. There is an amazing gospel choir! They really lift you up and make you feel amazing. You just want to clap your hands along with them. Then you turn the corner and you can see the finish line.

As we approached, we grabbed hands, threw them in the air and finished it hand in hand just like we had planned.

It was definitely one of the harder Princess races I’ve run because of the heat, humidity and the fact that I was just out of the first trimester of my pregnancy. I think Rachael definitely agrees with me. We’re not too keen on hot, nasty runs. Despite everything we had going against us, we did it! And we got the picture to prove it.

Not only did we finish the half marathon, but we completed the Fairytale Challenge which was the 10K and the half marathon together. Baby Boy Gougler finished his first Disney race like a champ! I can’t wait to bring him and Chloe back to run the diaper dash and kids races in the future.

After we got all of our goodies, we met up with Ali and got some princess pictures! That’s one of the best things about the princess half marathon. After the race, there are TONS of princesses out to take pictures with. It’s a great opportunity to meet your favorites. The lines look long, but they move pretty quickly!

Anna is one of my favorites and Snow White was the leading lady for this year’s half marathon medal and shirt, so I had to see both of them.

After finishing the half marathon, I ran 22.4 miles and earned 4 medals in just 3 days. That is definitely something to be proud of, and I can’t wait to do it again! Call me crazy, but waking up at 3:30am, dressing up like a 5 year old and running crazy distances is just so worth it!

Now to decide if we’re going to do princess weekend or a different race weekend for next year!

Have you run a Disney race? Which one?
What Disney race would you try to run if you had the chance?

20 Week Bumpdate {Halfway there!}

Woah, we’re halfway there! Woah-O, livin’ on a prayer. Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear. Woah, livin’ on a prayer! It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through this pregnancy. It has been flying by so much faster than my first. We’re definitely busy, plus chasing around and keeping up with a 2 1/2 year old’s schedule keeps me on my toes. Now let’s get to the fun stuff…all the nosey questions that everyone loves getting the answers to!

How Far Along? 
20 weeks yesterday! 
It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway to meeting our little man.
Size of Baby: 
A banana!
About 6 inches from crown to rump or 10 head to toe
Since we had our ultrasound, we know that he is currently weighing 12 oz in the 66%
Weight Gain: 
About 9-10lbs, I definitely indulged over Easter!
Maternity Clothes:
Still rocking my maternity shorts! I tried on maternity jeans for our Europe trip, but can’t find any that feel good and are long enough for me. Luckily my friend just gave birth to her precious twins and let me borrow all of her cold weather maternity gear!
Stretch marks: 
none
Symptoms: 
The Hunger Is Real. I’m still so hungry!
Congestion, exhausted in the evenings, peeing a lot, some insomnia
Cravings: 
Salty snacks, buffalo sauce on everything, tuna sandwiches, cereal with milk, apples with peanut butter or chocolate hummus. Pretty much the same as last time.
Gender:
It’s been confirmed again, a healthy Baby BOY! 
And let me tell you, he was quite proud to show it.
Here’s a fun comparison of 20 weeks with Chloe on the left and 20 weeks with Baby Boy on the right! I feel like I’m much bigger this time around, but looking at the comparison, I’m actually quite similar. 

Mood: 
Happy and excited, but a little anxious
Nursery: 
As before, the nursery is painted, but everything is just sitting in there right now. I’m waiting to work on it until we get back from our trip. Hopefully I’ll have something together in May!
Movement: 
Yes! We have a mover on our hands. I have an anterior placenta which generally means you don’t feel the baby as early on, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for us! When we did the 20 week ultrasound yesterday, he was moving like crazy and I even felt some of the movements that I saw. Also, JP was able to actually feel him for the first time on Tuesday.
Sleep: 
Hit or miss. I’m quite tired in the evenings and fall asleep easily, but tend to wake up early. When JP’s alarm clock goes off at 5:30, I’m usually already awake. I try to continue resting until at least 6:00am if I can.
Workouts: 
Lots of walks, some runs and little workouts in between! Here’s what last week looked like:
Friday: 1 mile walk and the workout above! Only modified the sit up to press with no sit up.
{Here’s the original post in case you want more explanations!}
Saturday: 4.5 mile run! I felt great!
Sunday: 2 mile family walk
Monday: 45 minute spin class
45 minute HIIT Tabata class {I modified the jumping exercises}
Tuesday: 3 mile jog
Wednesday: 3.5 mile walk
Thursday: Rest
What I Miss: 
Sleeping on my stomach and comfortably on my back!
Belly Button in or out?
Starting to flatten out, but still in.
Wedding rings on or off? 
On
Labor Signs: 
None and hopefully not for several more months!
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Raw chicken is about the only thing I really can’t stand these days.
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Our 20 week ultrasound yesterday! It was amazing and baby boy is growing perfectly on track. Overall, he’s measuring about 2 days ahead. I wish I could share some pictures with y’all, but I couldn’t convert the files they gave me on my computer. I need Windows, so my brother in law is going to try it for me!
Looking forward to:
Our babymoon family adventure to Amsterdam and Disneyland Paris! We leave next week!

It’s hard to believe that we’ve passed the halfway mark, but it’s even more hard to believe that we’re heading to Europe in less than a week! I’ll be around on the blog next week. I finally have my last Disney post and my half marathon recap to share with y’all! No bumpdate next week, but I should be able to get one out at 22 weeks while in Amsterdam.

Just for fun, here’s my 20 week bumpdate with Chloe!

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Easter Weekend 2018

Easter 2018, the year that Chloe was the saddest little girl every time an Easter egg hunt ended. Yes, instead of getting a cute, smiling picture of my little girl post hunt, I got pouty pics. Granted the first picture is after the HEB egg hunt and the HEBuddy grocery bag guy totally freaked her out. She was fine with the creepiest Easter Bunny I’ve seen, but not the man in a giant grocery bag costume. Such is life. At least she had the best time hunting eggs over the past few days! I thought I’d post all the pictures from our special Easter weekend.

We started with the HEB egg hunt at 9:00am on Friday morning!

It started okay fine and dandy, but once the kids were released, Chloe was overwhelmed. She is a little girl who definitely likes her personal space. Hers was definitely encroached upon by a little boy who kind of followed her around grabbing the eggs around wherever we put her. It was kind of frustrating, but what can you do? She’s still only 2 1/2, so on the younger side of a 0-4 age group. In the end, she still got some eggs and loved hiding them over and over again in our backyard.

Friday night was our street’s 4th annual Kegs and Eggs party! This is our second Kegs and Eggs and we just love our neighbors. It starts with lots of food and of course a keg! Obviously I didn’t partake in the keg, but I was definitely exercising my ability to eat. {Unfortunately, I’ve been doing that a heck of a lot lately. This little boy has me all sorts of hungry!} Once the whole gang has arrived, the egg hunts begin. We have 3 age groups: 0-2, 3-4, and 5 & up. Since some of the youngest kiddos on the street were gone this weekend, it was only Chloe and Cameron in the 0-2 age group! Cameron just wanted to go play in the street, so we threw some eggs in his basket while Chloe ran around.

We had the 0-2 egg hunt in our yard, which I think Chloe liked because she’s all about being somewhere completely familiar to her.

Not only do we have kid egg hunts, but we have an adult one too! Since I’m pregnant and most of the adult eggs last year were booze based, we decided not to participate. I did get to snap a couple pictures through! This year ended up being way more tame than last year. Less booze and less raunchy goodies in the eggs. It was still fun and we’ll definitely partake again next year!

Saturday was a pool day spent at my parents’ house! We ate watermelon, went for our first swim of the season, filled Easter eggs, ate burgers and stuffed Easter baskets. The whole family was there except Ben’s wife Corbette because she had to work. We were too busy having fun, so the only pictures we got involved watermelon because we have a great love for watermelon in our family!

And in case you’re wondering, yes the pool was COLD! That didn’t stop us though. I also found a way to lay on pool floats that also allows me to tan my back. I’m not sure how long it’ll last, so I may be investing in a pregnancy float this time around.

Easter Sunday started dark and early. We decided to go to 7:30am mass for the sake of avoiding crowds and chaos of all the holiday churchgoers! I’m so glad we did, but getting our sleeping beauty up at 6:30 was a task. Luckily the Easter bunny came, so she was quickly excited!

The cookie basket was actually from Kate {my SIL} and her boyfriend Nathan who weren’t able to make it down for Easter this year!

After mass, we all headed back to my parents’ house and took the traditional post church Easter pictures!

After pictures, we ate breakfast and dyed Easter eggs before JP’s parents arrived. Then our parents hid the Easter eggs while the “kids” went upstairs and held a ping pong tournament. Ben went completely undefeated though I like to think I gave him solid competition. He was probably going easy on be because I’m pregnant!

Every year we have an Easter egg hunt. Egg hunts aren’t just for kids, they’re for adults too! We have a blast searching my parents’ yard for goodies. Especially since there is money up for grabs! This year there were six $20s, some $5s, some $1s and some big change eggs. It turned out that everyone ended up with a $20 bill this year. It’s usually not that even, but it was awesome.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing, catching up, eating way too much and just being together. Holidays with my family are my absolute favorite. We were so lucky to be able to spend this Easter with both mine and JP’s parents! As Chloe gets older everything just seems to get better and better. Plus next year, there will be another little one to add to all of the fun. The more grandbabies for our parents, the better!

Now today is a post holiday Monday blah day. Luckily I have work to pick me up and get me feeling better. I could definitely use a good workout after all the food that I’ve eaten the past 3 days!!!

What are your Easter traditions? 
I love hearing what everyone else does with their family!

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