32 Week Bumpdate

Happy Friday to y’all and happy Bump day to me! Actually, my bump day is on Thursday, but it’s easier for me to share it on Fridays with y’all most of the time. I feel like I just posted my 30 week bumpdate, and here I am sharing my 32 week bumpdate today! We have a lot of exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share with y’all!
How Far Along? 
32 weeks yesterday!
Size of Baby:
It depends on who you ask! This week he is the size of a squash, a head of lettuce, a Florida Pomelo or a backpack. What that really means is that most babies of this gestation weight between 3-4lbs and are 15-17 inches long! Since we had a weight estimate at 30 weeks and baby boy is gaining about a half a pound a week, it’s safe to say our little man is probably closer to 4.5 lbs. Getting closer to that birth weight!
Weight Gain:
Up about 24 lbs according to yesterday’s appointment!
It’s funny because I appear to be on track to gain exactly the same as I did with Chloe.
Symptoms: 
I feel incredibly fortunate because I don’t have much to can truly complain about. Except for one thing…sciatica and back pain. I’m proud to say that I’ve actually done something about it! I started seeing a chiropractor last week and he is working wonders. My pelvis was tilted and putting too much pressure on my sciatica, so he’s helping me to even it back out which will also help when it comes time to deliver. I still have a sore and aching back at the end of the day, but that’s just part of having a large bump and larger than life boobs all on the front side of my body!
Cravings: 
Pretty much the same over the last month. Fruit, yogurt, ice cream, cereal and milk, more ice cream, more fruit, smoothies, snow cones, etc. I also am still obsessed with tacos. {I had them for dinner last night!} Oh and one really weird craving for me has been Pop-Tarts. Y’all the brown sugar ones are the bomb. Until I impulse bought this box, I couldn’t tell you the last time I had a Pop-Tart!
Mood:
I feel like I’ve been in a really good place lately. I’m a little emotional from time to time and my poor husband gets the brunt of those outbursts. Otherwise, I’m feeling really confident about adding this baby to our family. I’m also feeling confident about his impending birth and I’m kind of excited about labor and delivery. I haven’t mentioned this on the blog, but I am hoping to have a natural delivery. I have nothing against pain management and if I feel I need it, I will ask for it, but I’d like to avoid an epidural. I’ve been preparing myself mentally and physically for this! I’ve learned so much more about birth and a woman’s body since I gave birth to Chloe and I’m kind of obsessed!
Nursery: 
I’m itching to get in there and hang pictures, put on his sheets, organize his bookshelves and put together his toy bin, but I can’t. I’ve been waiting on his baby shower which is TOMORROW! Which means that hopefully next week, I’ll be sharing a nursery post with y’all. This momma is in nesting mode, so I bet I’ll be in there putting everything together as soon as possible.
Movement: 
All day, every day. He is a busy little man. His jumpy movements have become more controlled and much stronger! Sometimes I fight him and push back on whichever limb is jabbing me. It’s fun to feel and interact with him. Feeling baby is by far my favorite part of pregnancy. Now if only he’d keep him limbs out of my ribs!
Sleep:
I’m exhausted at night and have no trouble falling asleep! I’m actually pretty good at staying asleep…until about 6 or 6:30am. It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, by 6:30am I’m awake and can’t go back to sleep. I know, I know it’s not that bad. It really isn’t, I’m just trying to soak up all the sleep I can until this baby comes because I know I’ll be sleep deprived for the next year at least!
Workouts: 
Same old, same old! Walking is my friend and the more I move and stay busy, the better I feel. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Thursday: 2.1 mile walk
Friday: Rest day
Saturday: 2.15 mile walk
Sunday: Cleaning workout! 
Monday: 45 minute cycle class + 30 minute Tabata class
Tuesday: 4 mile walk
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Chase your toddler around the splash pad workout
What I Miss:
Laying on my stomach! I can lay on it on a special table at the chiropractor which made me realize just how much I miss being able to do it! 
Belly Button in or out?
It’s out there.
Labor Signs:
Occasional Braxton Hicks, but that’s about it!
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Not really these days. I will say that cooking is pretty much the last thing I want to do. If I was cooking more, I may say that things like raw meat bother me.
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Our family day trip to the beach, long days spent at the pool and surprising one of our best friends with an engagement party!
Looking forward to:
Our baby shower this weekend which also means some of my best friends are coming in from out of town. I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it! 
Well I’m off to clean my house, meet up with some besties for breakfast, go to the chiropractor and then wait for another bestie to arrive at my house for the weekend! Let the baby festivities begin!
Mommas, have you ever considered or accomplished a natural birth? 
If so, I’d love any resources or tips you have for me!

My Third Trimester {Summer} Must Haves

Hello summer and hello third trimester of my pregnancy. Both have actually been around for a few weeks, but as it gets hotter, I keep getting bigger! I thought it would be fun to share my pregnancy must haves for making it through the summer months. Not all of them are necessarily summer related, but they’re a must no matter what time of year you’re pregnant!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning, at no cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase!

Maternity/Long Tank Tops
It’s summertime in Texas, so I’m hot. I’m pretty much melting most days. If I know I’ll just be in the house for a while, I usually don’t even wear a shirt. A sports bra totally does the trick. My husband was helping me with laundry the other day and he mentioned that all I had were tank tops to wash. Why yes because that’s all I wear! I have a few from Motherhood Maternity, but most are just simple tanks from Target and I sized up. The tank below is one I snagged from a Motherhood Maternity sale! They have lots of cute shirts with pregnancy puns if you’re into that sort of thing. Clearly I am!

Comfy, Supportive Sandals
Again it’s hot here and sandals are a must. I live in them! The key is to get a good, comfy, supportive pair that you can slip on and off easily. Gone are the days where you can tie your shoes quickly or at all really. Seriously, tying my shoes is an Olympic event these days and I always come up gasping for air! I’m all for my tennies when I’m going on a walk or working out, but as for the day to day, sandals all the way. I found these at Target and I’m obsessed. They’re like Berkinstock’s, but less expensive. They have them in several different colors too. If you’re thinking about ordering some, I’d size up!

Palmer’s Tummy Butter
A must have for mommas as those bellies get bigger! Even if you don’t get stretch marks, {they are hereditary you know!} this stuff is great for hydration. As your belly grows, the skin stretches and thins. It can make your skin itch, but this tummy butter helps combat it. It also smells great!

Smarty Pants Prenatal Gummy Vitamins
Obviously these are for more than just the third trimester. This is more of an overall pregnancy must have. I love these gummies! They taste delicious and don’t make me sick. Any pill form of prenatal makes me so sick and I throw them up more often than not. The only problem with gummy vitamins is that you don’t get the iron. Personally, I’d rather take an iron supplement than try to stomach prenatal pills.

NEOtech Belly Support Belt
Third trimester comes with all of the aches and pains. You’re always looking for something to help ease the pain naturally and long term it seems. This pregnancy I decided to give a belly support band a try. I really like this one because it’s easy to use and definitely eases my lower back pain. It’s great when you’re on your feet for long periods of time or even when working out.

Exercise Ball
Whenever you can’t seem find a comfortable position to sit no matter what you do, reach for your exercise ball! It keeps your pelvis in line and actually makes your back feel better. Lounging on the couch is one of the worst things for your back even though it feel like the right thing to do when you’re in pain. Next time try an exercise ball and notice the difference. They’re also great for some women during labor!

Nursing Bras
By the third trimester, bras are uncomfortable and your breast and band size has likely changed. Not only has it already changed, but it will continue to change until you deliver and your milk comes in. I pretty much put away all of my regular bras during my second trimester and stick to my bigger sports bras and nursing bras. I found this three pack of nursing bras on Amazon and decided to give them a try. I love them! They are comfortable and provide enough support without being tight or irritating my rib cage. They also come with band extenders for each bra to help your growing frame! Another great place to buy nursing bras is Kindred Bravely. I have purchased several items from them and love everything from their under the bump panties to maternity/nursing jammies!

Large Water Bottle
Hydration is key during pregnancy, especially during the third trimester. I recommend getting something that holds at least 30 oz that you can take around with you everywhere you go. My current go tos are my Yeti or RTIC. They hold so much water and keep it cold which is necessary in this summer heat. The colder the water, the more likely I am to drink it these days! Some other good options are HydraFlask, Tervis or anything you have that you know you’ll keep reaching for throughout the day.

Heating Pad
It’s hard to avoid back pain when you’re pregnant. By the end of the day your shoulders are tight, you lower back is killing you and you have knots along your shoulder blades. Having a big belly and larger than life boobs can do a number to your back. Enter heating pad for relief! I actually have a rice heating pad that goes over my shoulders and down my back. My mother-in-law bought it for me after I gave birth to Chloe and experience a lot of back pain. It’s been a God send and I’m so grateful to have it! Here is something similar {and another one} to the one I have on Amazon if anyone is interested. I look forward to heating it up in the evenings and just relaxing on the couch. Now if only I could find a comfortable position that lasts…

Chiropractic Care/Massage
Back pain is no joke during pregnancy, and if you don’t get to the root of the problem, it has potential to get worse. Last pregnancy, I got a few prenatal massages, but the ones in my third trimester were the most beneficial! This pregnancy, I started seeing a chiropractor for severe sciatica pain. It turns out my pelvis was quite tilted and that could have had some adverse effects on this baby being able to descend into the birth canal for a vaginal delivery! So far it has been a great decision for me to go, and I’ll continue as long as it keeps helping. I think the main thing you need to do is listen to your body and know if you need to do something about pain. You know your body best and I believe that when you’re pregnant you get to know your body even better.

A few other items that I feel like I need these days are my pregnancy pillow, good walking shoes, air conditioning, watermelon and iced coffee. Yep, that rounds out my list quite nicely! Stay tuned this week for my 32 week bumpdate!

What are some of your pregnancy must haves?
What do you think helped you get through pregnancy in the hot summer months?

A-M-Y: Spell Your Name Workout

I have something a little fun for y’all on this Monday morning. Okay, fun may be a stretch and it kind of depends on your definition of fun. But it definitely has potential to make something you don’t think is fun into something you are slightly entertained by! Enough beating around the bush, I’m sure you already know by now thanks to the post title that I’m talking about working out.

I’m always looking for ways to make working out kind of fun for my clients. When I find something different and exciting, I try to share with y’all because I know that working out is more like a chore for most people. I’ll be honest, at almost 32 weeks pregnant it’s becoming a bit of a chore for me since I’m getting super tired. If there is something that makes me want to get my bootie off of the couch, then I think a few of you may feel the same way.

Here’s a heads up, I will not claim that I created this workout! The manager of our gym actually came up with this and put it on the Work Out of the Week board at our gym a few weeks ago. I snapped a picture loving the idea and kind of forgot about it until now. Let’s take a look!

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Starting with the first letting of your first name, do the exercise associated with that letter. 
  • Complete the exercise, then find the second letter.
  • Complete the second exercise, so on and so forth. 
  • Continue until you finish your first name. 
  • Still feeling good? Move on to your middle name!
  • Still feeling good? Finish the workout with your last name!

I think that completing the exercise before seeing what you have to do next is part of the fun! For starters you don’t dwell on what’s coming next plus you have the element of surprise that keeps you guessing what might be next.

Here’s an example of a solid workout using my name!

A – 50 Jumping Jacks
M – 20 Burpees
Y – 20 Crunches

C – 30 Squats
A – 50 Jumping Jacks
T – 15 Squats
H – 30 Mountain Climbers
E – 1 Minute Wall Sit
R – 15 Push Ups
I – 40 Jumping Jacks
N – 40 Mountain Climbers
E – 1 Minute Wall Sit

Since I have a nice long middle name, I’m going to stop before tackling my last name. Definitely play your workout by ear. Think about how you feel after each name and decide if you’re feeling up to another one.

Another fun thing about this workout is that once you use your name, you can do the workout on another day using a different name. Your favorite Disney princess. A character from a show your watching. Your spouse or kids. Or just think of a long random word and see where it goes! There are lots of ways your can go about it.

This workout is designed to do with no equipment which means you can do it anywhere! If you’re feeling crazy and have some equipment at home, you can change up some of the exercises to include what you have. If you don’t know where to begin, shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment and I’d love to help you out and customize this workout to fit your needs!

Let me know if you decide to give this one a go and tell me what the hardest part was! I think it’s safe to say the 20 burpees was mine and I definitely had to modify them.

What are your favorite types of workouts?
Do you like something more creative or traditional?
As you can see, I’m a big fan of the creative types that keep me thinking and on my toes!

What to do with a Toddler at the Beach

If you follow along with me on Instagram or my Facebook page, then you may have seen some pictures from our beach trip last Friday! {If you aren’t following me, click those links above and follow along! Leave a comment and I’d love to follow you back!} We had a free day that was full of sunshine, so we decided to pack up a lunch and our outdoor gear and check off one of our summer bucket list items. Galveston Beach is just over an hour from our house and is a fun little getaway. Many Houstonians seem to hate or have bad things to say about Galveston, but I honestly believe it’s because they haven’t been in quite a long time. I really enjoy going for a day or weekend every year. The water may not be blue, but that’s the Mississippi River’s fault not Galveston’s! These days the beaches are seaweed free and so much work has gone into giving Galveston more life.

I mean just look at that sand! No seaweed or trash that people always seem to complain about. I’m telling you Galveston has been making a come back for the last few years. Plus, it’s a beach and not everyone has access to a beach just about an hour away.

I thought that it would be more fun to share with y’all fun things to do with a toddler at the beach instead of just sharing pictures of us at the beach. I mean, I know we’re super cute and all, but some people are hesitant to take their little ones for fear they won’t like it, won’t want to be there, have a bad experience, etc. Toddlers can be super finicky and you never know what they’re going to like or if they’re going to have a good day. Luckily for us, it was a pretty good day for Chlo. She wasn’t too keen on taking pictures, but we got them anyway!


Build a sandcastle

If your toddler isn’t a fan of the water or if the ocean water seems a bit overwhelming to them, start off playing in the sand! It’s less intimidating and getting dirty is always fun. If you don’t already have some, invest in some fun sand toys. Buckets, shovels, strainers, shapes to fill with sand, etc. The good thing is that you can get these from a dollar store! It doesn’t have to be fancy. I recommend bringing extra shovels because your toddler may not want to share with you, but you may be pretty invested in the building of the sandcastle.

Make sure to dig a big hole and fill it up with water! You can bring your toddler to the edge of the water with a bucket to get some water to fill the hole to introduce them to the ocean and waves. Plus the muddy water is fun and it’s neat to watch it disappear.

Pack a picnic lunch
Food is important! Not just to a pregnant lady, but a toddler too. Be sure to pack lots of your toddlers favorite snacky foods. Fruits, chips, Goldfish, cookies, crackers, more fruit, juice boxes, PB&J, anything else your toddler loves. For us, watermelon was a must!

JP got this awesome little table in the picture below for Christmas from my mom, and it’s so awesome. {Here’s a link to the A&M one on Amazon, but they have tons of collegiate, NFL and solids to choose from if you’re interested.} I had to share this because we kind of forgot that we had it, and this was the perfect opportunity to use it! Y’all, it has cupholders. Do you know how great that is at the windy beach? The chairs and table were perfect so that we could eat our food farther from the sand and I could sit in a chair for at least a little bit!

Go on a walk along the shore
I love going on walks, but Chloe is usually in her stroller. Walking on the beach is a much slower pace and your toddler can walk along with you! You can stroll along the sand where the water occasionally rolls up over your feet. You can hold hands and run and jump together. You can kick the water and chase the seagulls. It’s also a great way to start introducing your toddler to the water if they’re intimidated at all by it. Chloe is a fish and took to the water right away, but I know not all kids are the same!


Play jump the waves
One of Chloe’s favorite things to do was to go out in the water and jump the waves with her daddy. She kept head butting my belly on accident, so I left the heavy lifting to JP. As each wave rolled around, JP would count to 3 and tell Chloe to jump. Then he’d lift her up and over the waves. She thought it was So. Much. Fun! It also allowed up to gradually get a little bit farther out into the water.

Cover your legs with wet sand
Something I loved doing as a kid was sitting where the water occasionally meets the wet sand and covering your legs with the muddy sand until the water comes to wash it away. For starters, its a great way to exfoliate your legs if you rub it in a little each handful you place on them. It’s really fun for your little one because they’re getting covered in mud without getting in trouble! Every so often, the water will come up and wash most of the sand away. When that happens, I recommend scooting over a bit or your going to have a very uncomfortable place to sit as the sand washes away from your booty cheeks!

Collect seashells and other treasures
Walk along to find fun shells and other treasures along the shore. You can do this when you’re going on your walk or when you need a break from building your sandcastle. Sometimes you have to walk a little farther down the shore where there are less people on the beach to find the good shells! Once you collect them, you can decorate your sandcastle or save some of the good ones to take home!

Now that you have some fun ideas of what to do, make sure you know what to bring!

Make sure to pack:

  • a blanket
  • chairs, table, umbrella {if you have them}
  • a cooler with plenty of snacks and drinks
  • sand toys: buckets, shovels, strainers, mesh bags, sand forms
  • boogie board
  • lots of sunscreen
  • a hat
  • towels {bring extras}
  • change of clothes
  • goggles {if your kids like/need them}
  • anything else you think you may need!

There you have it! There are so many fun things to do at the beach even if your kiddos are younger and not able to run into the ocean and body surf the waves on their own. We had so much fun taking Chloe down to Galveston for the day, and I know that she had an amazing time too. We spent about 4 hours on the beach which was a good amount of time for Chloe. If you’ll be at the beach for vacation and have quick access to a house or hotel, be sure to plan for naptime! Being in the sun and constantly playing will make for a good long afternoon nap or an early bedtime.

We loved our beach day, so I hope y’all do to! This was a check off of our summer bucket list before baby brother arrives and I’m kind of hoping that we have the time to do it again!

What are your favorite things to do at the beach?
Do your little ones love or hate the water?

Our Summer Bucket List

The first official day of summer is this week, but we’ve been in summer mode for nearly a month around here! Chloe’s last day of school was May 24th, so we’ve been trying to keep busy with lots of fun activities since then.

I feel like this summer I’m trying even harder to focus on fun activities with Chloe since her baby brother will be joining us at some point in August! I want to have so much fun as our last summer as a family of three. I thought it would be fun to come up with a Bucket List of sorts for this summer! All the different things that I want us to do together that I know Chloe will love. Let’s take a look:

A couple of extra items on Chloe’s bucket list that are very specific to us include:

  • Help throw a baby shower for her brother and momma
  • Have a gymnastics birthday party
  • Turn 3 years old
  • Get a baby brother
  • Learn how to be the best big sister

Here’s a peek at what we’ve done so far! I plan to update y’all every other week or so with everything that we’ve accomplished.

Ice cream, watermelon, pools and splash pads are staples during our week, so we checked those off pretty quickly!

We’re working on learning her letters and I’d love for Chloe to be able to recognize all the letters by sight by the end of summer. So far we’ve gone through A-E. We spend a couple of days on each letter talking about what starts with that letter, different activities revolving around that letter, coloring the letter, phonics, so on and so forth. It’s going really well so far and I hope it continues!

Two weekends ago we took a weekend trip with our family to New Braunfels to play at Schlitterbahn and float the river. You can take a look at our good time here if you missed it!

We took a day trip to the beach on Friday since JP had off! It was the perfect getaway. We went to Stewart Beach in Galveston for about 4 hours. Chloe loved having lunch at the beach, jumping waves, finding seashells and of course, building sand castles! I have lots of pictures that I plan to share later this week. Until then here’s a peek at our little fish.

We have quite a few arts and crafts items to work on which I think will be fun for this potentially rainy week we have ahead of us in Houston. We’ve had so many sunny days that most of our activities include the water lately! I’m hoping to check a few more off our list this week. Wish me luck!

Is there something big that I’m missing? I want to make sure we get all the traditional and fun summer activities for toddlers covered! Obviously with a very pregnant momma some things like camping in the backyard are out of the question. Please share any additional ideas that you may have for us! Bonus points if you’re in Southeast Texas and can suggest something specific that we do!

I hope y’all have a wonderful {and dry if you’re in Houston} Monday!

30 Week Bumpdate

30 weeks feels like such a milestone!!! I had an appointment with my OB yesterday {we’re already down to every two week appointments!} and we were able to see our little guy. He wasn’t exactly being the most cooperative though, so we didn’t get to see his sweet face. We were however able to confirm that he is indeed still a boy and about how big he is…stay tuned to find out!
How Far Along? 
30 weeks yesterday!
Size of Baby: 
According to my apps, this baby is supposed to be about the size of a zucchini or my personal favorite a tub of ice cream. At 30 weeks gestation babies are roughly 15.5-almost 17 inches long and 2.5-3.5lbs! They’re getting close to the length they’ll be at birth and just need to pack on the pounds. He should be gaining about 1/2 a pound each week from here on out!
Since we were able to do a grow scan yesterday, we found out that our guy is clocking in at 3lb 11oz right now! A little bit bigger than most babies at this gestation. His body is also measuring a week ahead at 31 weeks which makes sense that he’s a little chubbier! I’d also like to note that he too has a Gougler head and that was measuring at 32 weeks and 2 days! The bigger the head to hold all of his brains of course. I thought that he was going to be bigger than Chloe and this leads me to believe I’m going to be right. Chloe always measured about 2 weeks behind and was in the 35-40% from birth until about 2 when she hit a growth spurt.
Weight Gain:

Up about 22.5 lbs according to yesterday’s appointment!

Symptoms: 
Pretty much the same as the last several weeks. I’m incredibly hungry for most of the day and then not at all really in the evenings. I’m starting to feel really full and like I have no room by the end of the day. My back pain also gets much worse at the end of the day. I’m all about my heating pad!
Cravings: 
Everything cold: fruit, yogurt, ice cream, cereal and milk, more ice cream, more fruit, smoothies, etc. I also am still obsessed with tacos.
Mood: 
I posted the other day about feeling all the feels when it comes to Chloe no longer being the only baby. I know that everything will be just fine when baby boy arrives. I know I will be so in love with him and he is the greatest gift I could give Chloe. At the same time, these pregnancy hormones have me worried about how Chloe will handle it. It’s been us against the world for the last 3 years. She’s my best little buddy and I know things will be different for both of us when her brother arrives. We’ll eventually figure out our new normal and it will be amazing. Until then we’re just going to take on as much as we can and have so much fun this summer!
Nursery: 
No progress since putting Chloe’s old furniture in a few weeks ago. I’m waiting on my shower at the end of the month to get more done in there! Above is a peek at the wall color and decal that were already in the room when we moved in. I decided to keep it as it fits in with our nursery theme. Dinosaurs needed trees to survive after all! The walls are a minty blue/green and I love them, but they’re hard to capture on camera because the lighting in the room is weird most of the day. You can see a few of the dinosaurs already in his collection hanging out in the crib and a cute little dino bin from Hobby Lobby off to the right. I have all of his bedding and room decor on my baby registry since I don’t need much other than nursery stuff, baby boy clothes and diapers for this little one. Hopefully I’ll have a fun nursery to share with y’all by the 34 week bumpdate!
Movement: 
This kid is always on the move. Some days it’s hard for me to tell what position he’s lying in because he seems to poke, prod and jab at me from all angles! I’m happy to announce that he is head down! Over the last week I had a feeling he was based on some of the main pressure points I was feeling. When the ultrasound tech confirmed it, I was so excited. Now I just need him to stay that way.
Sleep:
I’ve been so tired in the evenings that going to bed is not a problem for me at all! I wake up a time or two to take a potty break and I’m up for good around 6:30am most days. I’m hoping I can keep this up and get as much sleep as possible before he arrives and I’m up all the time!
Workouts: 
Walking, easy jogging and lower intensity workouts all the way. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Wednesday: 2.85 mile walk
Thursday: Rest day
Friday: 3.5 mile run {yes, I really ran!}
Saturday: All the walking and swimming around Schlitterbahn
Sunday: Rest/River Float Day
Monday: 45 minute cycle class + 30 minute Tabata class
Tuesday: 2.3 mile walk
Wednesday: 2.5 mile jog/walk 
What I Miss: 
Being comfortable in the evenings! I feel too full no matter how much or how early I eat. My back and feet ache. I can’t find a position that feels good to actually relax. I’m just done by the end of the day and I’m not that pleasant to be around. God bless JP for being so patient and loving me while I grow our baby.
Belly Button in or out?
It’s out there.
Labor Signs:
Occasional Braxton Hicks, but that’s about it!
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Not these days
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Our family trip to New Braunfels this past weekend! We had a blast at Schlitterbahn and floating the river.
We also got to see pictures of Baby Boy during our growth scan today which was amazing! I didn’t have an ultrasound with Chloe after the 20 week scan, so it’s nice to see him later in pregnancy.
Looking forward to:
My baby shower in just over 2 weeks and a beach day trip today with Chloe and JP just because we can!
There you have it. 30 week down and hopefully only 10 more to go! Some days I like being pregnant and most I don’t, but I would do it over and over again to grow these babies that I love so much. 30 weeks is a big milestone and baby boy’s birth is so tangible now. We even talked about labor and delivery a bit with my OB yesterday. While I’m not looking forward to being hugely pregnant over July and August, I’m honored to be this boy’s mommy. I would carry him through the summer all over again if it meant he came to me healthy! 
Now we’re off to the beach for the day simply because we can! Just checking another thing off our summer bucket list with Chloe…which I plan to share with y’all next week. Have a fabulous weekend y’all!

Disneyland Paris is for Twirly Skirts and Sparkly Ears

My last Disneyland Paris post stated that Monday’s need Disney magic. You know what else needs Disney magic? Wednesdays! I have so many beautiful and fun pictures from Disneyland Paris sitting on my phone and computer that I just want to share with the world! We had an amazing and magical time exploring Disney with our little girl. Today I just want to share some fun and happy pictures from our second day there! 
Soon I’ll get around to sharing some awesome tips for those of you thinking about or actually planning a trip to Disneyland Paris. But today, it’ll be more pictures than words!

Those of you wondering, my skirt was specially made for me by my friend Rachael over at Pineapple Tree by Rae. She makes fabulous felt and sequin skirts that are the perfect accessory for any Disney park or cruise! Even pregnant I felt so fabulous in it which is why I had to take so many pictures!

As you can see, we started the morning with a photoshoot! We got into the park early with extra magic hours, so I took advantage of the bright sunny morning and lack of crowds to take some fun shots.

My ears are from Diamond and Wire and my watch bows are from Mouse on Main Street. Both shops are run by wonderful women that are SO easy to work with! I highly recommend both of them.

My diamond ears are actually double sided so they glitter and sparkle from all angles! They have several colors of diamonds to choose from as well as some FABULOUS bows. They also make wire ears hence the Diamond and Wire. If you want to look as extra as you really are, definitely find your way over there before your next Disney trip!

I mean, just look at how extra and fab my hubby looks!

After pictures we decided to focus on little Chlo and ride her favorites. First up, Prince Charming’s Carousel!

I mean, just look at that cheese y’all!

A pit stop for a photo op before going to ride her other fave, Dumbo! I will say that Disneyland Paris has TONS of places to snap pictures which I absolutely loved.

We were so excited to meet Mickey and I knew that Chloe would just love him. But of course, she was in a funky mood when the time came to see him and she wasn’t having it at all. Don’t fret, our Mickey visit did not go to waste because this momma had a blast and got some great solo shots with the main Mouse!

 Later we did a walk through of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

The tapestries that told the story of Sleeping Beauty were simply stunning! It was fun to walk through, but there were quite a few people. I would wait to go until later in the day instead of right around lunchtime when everyone is in the area! 

We had lunch with the princesses which I plan to share our character dining experiences in a post by themselves, but it was magical. It was quite a long lunch and we were pooped afterwards. It offered the perfect chance to head back to the hotel for Chloe to nap while mommy and daddy rested.

It was definitely needed and we obviously look recharged and ready to take on the evening! Also these princesses needed a quick outfit chance to combat the afternoon/evening sun. It was no joke.

We promised Chloe that we would go to the park as soon as we got to Disney. There were actually two parks for little ones to play at which was amazing! She just wanted to run around and slide without having to wait in line, so we stayed there for a while. JP was able to go ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad while Chloe played.

Then it was back over to Fantasyland. We loved the Storybook boat ride as you can see by the over excited cheese that Chloe has going on. I mean, how could you not love riding through the actual Cave of Wonder?!

And of course the carousel one more time as the sun was setting!

I knew that I wanted to stay for fireworks at least one evening and this one was perfect. Since we got a nice mid afternoon nap, I thought we could make it up a bit later. We grabbed a spot off to the right of the castle about 30 minutes before showtime and it was worth the wait! Poor little Chlo was wiped and ended up falling asleep in her stroller just a few minutes before the fireworks and slept through the whole show.

Of course my awesome firework shots are videos, but these are just a few of the snaps I was able to get! The fireworks are definitely worth staying for. I wish that Chloe would have seen them because I know she would have loved them! But that little girl was not interested waking up.

So like I said in the post title, Disneyland Paris is for twirly skirts and sparkly ears. It’s for feeling fabulous and a little extra. It’s for having a blast and living through the eyes of your child. It’s for enjoying every little bit yourself without a hint of guilt. It’s for living your best life, smiling and soaking up the most magical place on earth.

I hope some of these pictures brought a little more joy to your Wednesday! It certainly lifted mine!

Schlitterbahn with a Toddler

Those of you that don’t know, Schlitterbahn is a waterpark in New Braunfels, TX with over 70 acres of water slides, tube chutes, pools, hot tubs and resorts. We’ve been going to Schlitterbahn with my family since I was in 7th grade! Back when I was in school, my family would stay on the Schlitterbahn property at the resort for a long weekend, so we could enjoy the waterpark for a couple of days. It’s definitely big enough for a multiday experience! These days we usually go for a weekend adventure playing at Schlitterbahn one day and floating the river the next. We even did this for my sister’s bachelorette weekend two years ago!

This past weekend we did Schlitterbahn on Saturday and floated the river Sunday with Chloe in tow! I thought I’d share some of my dos and don’ts on doing Schlitterbahn with a toddler.

“I just want to go play and have fun Mom! Stop taking pictures of me!”


Packing your cooler.

You can bring food into Schlitterbahn, just make sure you don’t have any alcohol {though they do sell it at the parks if you’re interested} or glass in your cooler or bags. Make sure to pack lots of snacks that your toddler and you will enjoy! We try to stock up with lots of fruit, yogurt pouches, cookies and sandwich supplies. The snacks will be necessary with all the walking and moving you’ll do all day.

Choosing a home base location.
When you get to the park, the first thing you need to do is find the perfect table to claim with all of your stuff for the day. This is going to be your home base, so make sure you choose wisely. I highly recommend being around the big lagoon in the main park. There is a kiddie area in the far, back corner. If you have a toddler, try to get near there so it’s easy to go back and forth.

Storing your valuables.
There are lockers for rent in several areas around the park. I highly recommend getting one of these for your group. Go ahead and throw all of your phones, wallets and keys in together. This is why most of my pictures are from the end of the day because who needs a phone when you’re having so much fun!

Toddler areas to check out.
There are several areas geared specifically to little swimmers!
In Schlitterbahn West or the Original Park

  • Lagoon Kiddie Park: This is the one I mentioned above. Several small slides in shallow water for the little ones!
  • Lagoon: Great for swimming around with mom and dad or relaxing in a tube.
  • Schatze’s Central Park: Small child area with several slides and fun water features. Designed to look like a little German town.
  • Polywog Pond: Water fantasy area for little ones!

I’ll admit, we spent most of our time with Chloe at the Lagoon Kiddie Park because it was close to our table. There are tables near the Polywog Pond area, but I don’t think there area by Schatze’s Central Park. But you’ll definitely pass by Schatze’s while you’re walking around after finishing a tube chute. You’ll even pass by it while floating along the Raging River and Cliffhanger!

In Schlitterbahn East 
Blastenhoff

  • Kinderhaven: A small pirate ship with slides for little ones. It’s right off of the main wave pool, so it’s easy to get to and see!
  • Han’s Hideout: More supervision needed here, but it’s the bigger pirate ship with easy body slides for kids. Toddlers can definitely do this, but you’ll need an adult to take them up to the slide and another to wait for them at the bottom. You can’t ride with them, so you’ll find yourself running to the bottom if you’re solo!
  • Torrent River/Wave Pool: This is a wavy lazy river. There are bottomed tubes for small riders, but make sure you hold onto them tight because the waves can get BIG! Chloe loved floating around and then playing in the waves at the wave pool.

Tubenbach

  • Sea Creature Cove: Shallow pool with several slides and water features for little ones. Chloe didn’t play in here, but we stopped in to stand under the water mushroom!
Surfenburg
  • Kiddie Coast: Fun activity area for kids. This is a larger area with a pirate ship and submarine with lots of slides and space to play.
  • Kristal River: Lazy river with a quick pace! There are bottomed tubes to float in as well as some alligators to climb and ride around on.
Taking your toddler on bigger rides.
You know your toddler best, so depending on how brave and comfortable in the water they are will determine what you think they can ride! Obviously many body slides and tube slides have height requirements. Be sure to obey these requirements as they are set there for a reason. However, tube chutes don’t have height requirements. These are the much longer rides lasting from 10-30+ minutes with varying levels of intensity. These are found in the old park and in Tubenbach. Chloe rode everything in the lower intensity list except Cliffhanger because we were getting snacks and playing in the Kiddie Park again.
Lower Intensity
  • Raging River
  • Cliffhanger
  • Congo River Expedition
  • The Falls
High Intensity: due to larger quick moving slides
  • WhiteWater Rapids
  • Hillside
In case you’re wondering, I did go on the tube chutes that Chloe went on with no problem at all! They are quick at times and there are some slides on them, but nothing too alarming. Again, make sure you know your body and what you’re capable on in pregnancy before riding. Don’t do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable!
Traveling between parks.
There are free buses for you to use when transfering between Schlitterbahn East and West parks! You can choose to pack up your stuff and move it with you when you head over to another park, or you can leave your belongings at your table. We usually leave ours at the main park so we don’t have to worry about packing up and unloading again. In over 15 years, we’ve never had any trouble with people stealing our stuff! If you feel more comfortable bringing your things, there are tons of tables available at each park. Just know that you may have more difficulty finding a table during the busiest part of the day!
Whatever you do, make sure you have fun! Schlitterbahn is one of my favorite summertime destinations. It’s fun for all ages! This time I loved taking it a bit easier, skipping some of the bigger rides and playing with my girl in the kiddie areas. Don’t get me wrong, I was able to do some things with my siblings while Chloe hung back with her grandparents. It was nice having both JP and my parents there to help out a little! It gave me the chance to relax or play. 
One more recommendation I have for Schlitterbahn is to go with a group! It doesn’t have to be a huge group, but having a few friends or family makes it so much fun! If you have a toddler along with you, it also gives you that many more hands for helping!
Schlitterbahn is a must do in Texas if you have a free weekend or weekday that you’re looking to fill! You get to beat the Texas heat and have fun at the same time. I highly recommend it and I’m pretty sure Chloe does too!
What are some of your favorite things to do with a toddler during the summer?
Have you ever taken your toddler to a waterpark? What do you recommend?

Thursday Thoughts

Do y’all ever have those days that you have a million thoughts running around in your mind that you just want to let out somewhere? When you think about letting them out you realize you don’t have anywhere to put said thoughts/ideas/stories/etc? I definitely do, but I realize that I have somewhere to put them! Not only that, I used to share these random thoughts in this space more often back in the day. Since pregnancy brain has my thoughts scattered and strewn about, I thought it would be fun to just throw out some of the things at the front of my mind this week. Here goes nothing…

  • I still can’t get over how excited I am that my sister is having a BABY BOY TOO! I’ve been keeping it a huge secret over here since they were waiting until they knew the gender to announce their pregnancy. I’ve been itching to share the news since the moment I found out the day before Easter! {I did share on Facebook and Instagram finally this past weekend!} Emily and I have talked about being pregnant together before. It was one of those things that we always hoped would happen, but didn’t know if our timelines would line up. It turns out they did and we are 9.5 weeks apart. She’s due just 2 months after me and I couldn’t be more excited! When they told us, I literally screamed and then happy cried because I was so overwhelmed with joy. We found out this past weekend that they’re also having a boy and I can’t wait! These baby boys are going to grow up together and be the best of friends. Below on the left is the day Emily and Matt told us and we were 9 and 19 weeks. On the right is from their gender reveal  and we were 18 and 28 weeks! 

  • Nesting is no joke. I’ve been itching to change things in my house, redecorate, clean and make everything perfect. The only problem is that redecorating is (a) not necessary and (b) costs money. Don’t get me wrong we have the money, but remember point a? Yeah, it’s not necessary. I’m trying to change things up and put things in different places to make it feel new and fresh to me. I’m also DYING to work on the nursery, but I don’t want to spend money on it until after my shower which is at the end of this month!
  • Why is it so hard to get my toddler to answer my questions? I’ve decided that her favorite thing to do is ignore me. Especially when I ask if she needs to go potty after seeing her hold her vagina or what she wants to eat/drink after telling me she’s hungry/thirsty. I know, I’m totally unreasonable and such a prying mom. I can already hear her telling me how annoying I am in a year or two.
  • Summer is too hot in the south. I know it’s what we get for mild winters, but it’s too hot for a pregnant lady. If I don’t get outside for a walk in the early morning, it’s probably not going to happen. It’s 80+ degrees by 8:00am and scorching 100+ degree heat index by the afternoon. It’s only the beginning of June, so I’m definitely in for it. Watch out pool, here we come.
  • Yesterday was Global Running Day! I’ve post about this day in the past, but it kind of snuck up on me this year. It didn’t help that I haven’t exactly been running a ton lately. I’m more of a walker or a walk/jogger these days! But I have got some runs in and I’m proud to say that I’m still running in my 3rd trimester!!! I tackled 2.75 miles yesterday doing 1/4 mile walk and run intervals. That seems to be the way my body can handle it these days. I don’t pay attention to pace just how my body is feeling. I’m quite slow and okay with it because I’m still running!
  • Yesterday, I cried over spilt coffee. Okay this is more of a story than a thought. I really did cry over spilt coffee. Like I poured a big cup of it, accidentally knocked it over and spilled it everywhere. I then proceeded to bawl my eyes out. Thanks 3rd trimester hormones! Chloe was a little worried for me and later told her daddy that they needed to go buy mommy more coffee. JP actually took her to the grocery store and they bought me a big jug of Starbucks coffee. My baby girl and husband love me so much and spoil me rotten. I could definitely do without these crazy pregnancy hormones though. So irrational!
  • Breakfast is the greatest meal of the day. Speaking of coffee, breakfast is seriously the most amazing meal with the most amazing food. I find myself constantly wanting breakfast foods lately. Yogurt with fruit and granola. Pancakes. Smoothies. Cereal and milk. More pancakes. Omelets. Toast with peanut butter or jam. All the carbs pretty much. I brunched with my friend Ashley and got a pancake flight from Snooze AM Eatery and I’m still dreaming about how rich and delicious they were! Below from left to right: Sweet potato pancake, I want sum’oa pankcake and Peanut butter cup pancake. All delicious and life changing.
  • Did you know that in utero babies can kick with up to 10 pounds of force? I didn’t know this specific fact until watching a video the other day, but I can tell you that I don’t doubt it one bit! This little guy is a kickboxing, back flipping, ninja gymnast that appears to be trying to test his boundaries from every angle possible these days. I’m wrapping up with this thought simply because he is tumbling in there right now and I can’t stop thinking about it! 

So these are some of the many random thoughts that have been going through my head as of late. I would say the not listening toddler, summer heat and love of breakfast have been at the front of my mind and quite recurring these days. Clearly I’m spending a lot of time inside with my toddler dreaming of breakfast…or something along those lines.

What are some of the random thoughts rolling around in your mind lately?
Do you ever just need a place to put all of them? 

Do’s and Don’ts of Traveling When Pregnant

Oh Tuesday, thank goodness you’re here. Monday was a doozy! You know there was once upon a time that I would not have been thankful for Tuesday. I used to think Tuesday was worse than Monday because it was still the beginning of the week and you didn’t go into it the same way as Monday mentally. Thus making it less desirable because you still had a lot of work week left and often would think it was a different day. Clearly I didn’t love my job at the time if I was just wishing the days away! Now bring on the Tuesdays! Granted I am a stay at home mom Tuesday-Sunday, but even when I was working full time as a personal training and fitness instructor I had a new appreciation for Tuesdays. These days Tuesdays are filled with swim lessons, mommy-Chloe time and Travel Tuesday posts! At least I’ve been trying to keep up with my Travel Tuesdays as much as I can…

And today I was able to keep up with it and share some fun travel tips with y’all! Now many of my readers may not be able to relate to traveling when pregnant since you’re either not pregnant, not planning to be pregnant, never getting pregnant again, you’re a man, etc. But I figured if it doesn’t apply to you, hopefully you can share with someone in your life! Babymoon’s are totally a thing these days and you don’t have to stay close to home or do something you’ve done before just because you’re pregnant. During my two pregnancies I’ve traveled overseas twice, driven across country at 34 weeks pregnant, taken trains, planes and automobiles. I’ve pulled together some of the dos and don’ts of traveling when pregnant to help you plan your getaway, work trip, babymoon or whatever adventure you’re going on.

Do: Wear compression socks on your trip. 
Whether traveling on the road or in the air, compression socks help with circulation which you’ll need while sitting for an extended amount of time. They’re fairly inexpensive and you can find them at Walmart or on Amazon.

Don’t: Try to dress up while traveling.
You’re pregnant. This is the time to wear your comfortable clothes especially when you may be in a less than comfortable position like sitting on an airplane. In fact, keep this in mind when packing your trip wardrobe. You want to look cute, but don’t compromise cute for comfort when traveling. Days are often longer and you’re likely to move more than you anticipate.

Do: Get up and walk around as often as possible.
If you can get up and move at least once an hour, you’ll thank yourself later. You will reduce swelling and feel better all around. Yes, even on a two hour flight try to walk at least once. Go to the potty and take a lap up and down the aisle before sitting down. If you’re on a car trip, you’ll need to take more potty breaks, so make sure to walk around while you pit stop.

Don’t: Let discomfort get the best of you.
There is always something you can do to make the best of your travel journey. If you’re road tripping, take an extra pit stop! You should definitely plan for a couple of extras along the way if you’re taking a pregnant road trip. You think you’ll take 2, assume there will really be 3! If you’re flying, get up and walk a couple of laps up and down the aisle then stand by your row and stretch. You can also always go back to the flight attendants and ask for water. They’ve always happily given it to me!

Do: Pack lots of snacks.
You’re pregnant and hungry. Don’t go too long without eating to where you get hangry. Trust me, been there, done that, not fun at all!

Don’t: Forget to drink lots of water!
Whether you’re driving or flying, you need extra water to reduce swelling! Just like I mentioned above, if you’re flying at any point you can always ask the flight attendants for water. They’ll happily give you some! Any time they walk by with the beverage cart or a tray of water drink a cup and don’t hesitate to ask for two. This also goes for once you get to your destination. Drink water with each meal and pack a water bottle to fill up and carry around with you each day.


Do: Take advantage of all the walking you do.
If you’re anything like me, traveling means being busy, busy, busy! We walk everywhere. While it can be tiring, it’s so good for you when you’re pregnant. Instead of taking a cab or public transportation, take advantage of walking when the weather is nice. You won’t regret it and you’ll feel better about yourself.

Don’t: Forget to take some time to stretch in the evenings.
If you’re on your feet all day or even if you spent most of the day relaxing on the beach, take some time to stretch before bed. You’ll wake up with your body feeling better and ready to take on the day the next morning. I highly recommend looking up some prenatal yoga videos on Youtube. Here’s a link to one of my favorites.

Do: Take lots of bump pictures!
You’ll want to remember your pregnant body one day, so don’t be afraid to strike a pose with your baby! I know we don’t always feel comfortable in our pregnant skin, but you’ll regret it if you don’t. Plus it’s a great way to remember your adventures and you can share it with your baby one day.



Don’t: Be afraid to try new things.
You’re pregnant not disabled! Just because you haven’t done something before, doesn’t mean you can’t do it…within reason of course. Obviously don’t do things not recommended for pregnant women and stay within your comfort zone, but be sure to have fun!
Do: Let people know you’re pregnant when there are long lines or uncomfortable temperatures.
Many places will allow pregnant women to go in a handicap entrance or allow you inside earlier when you’re pregnant. Every place is different, so they may say there is nothing they can do. I will say that if you happen to be traveling in Europe, they’re very good at accommodating pregnant women.

Don’t: Be afraid to ask for your husband/partner’s help.
If you’re traveling with your partner, ask for their help. Do you need to sit on a bench and take a break? Send him/her to wait in line for that snack or drink you need. Is your back or your feet killing you after a few days of going nonstop? Ask for that back/foot rub. Did you bring your toddler with you? See if your partner will push the stroller or tend to their needs. They are your partner and are probably more willing to help you out then you know! Quick husband brag: JP has always been amazing about making sure I take breaks, eat food, get back rubs and the time I need to recover each day when we’re traveling. He knows to make sure I’m always fed and well rested so we can have an enjoyable day!

Do: Rock the bump and the attention that comes with it!
You’re going to get looks when you’re pregnant and traveling, trust me. Some places less than others, but there are certain cultures that expect pregnant women to be at home, off their feet and growing a baby. I’ve never had anyone say anything to my face, but I’ve seen the stares and the whispers that follow. Instead of thinking they’re saying anything negative, I like to believe they’re thinking, “What a rockstar momma that’s traveling with her toddler and husband when pregnant!”

Don’t: Overdo it each day.
Remember your limits, you’re pregnant after all. If you overdo it at the beginning of your trip, you may struggle later on. During all of our pregnant vacations, we’ve planned a midday stop back at our hotel to rest for a least an hour or two before heading out again. It makes the evenings more enjoyable, and you may even be able to stay out a little later this way. Remember to kick your feet up during that break to reduce swelling.

Do: Have fun and enjoy your trip!
Whether its a quick weekend getaway or two weeks away in Europe, enjoy the time you have away. Live in the moment and do everything you wanted to do while away from home. If you just want to relax, then relax away. If you want to get out and explore, be sure to check out all of the sights. Whatever you do, enjoy it because we all know that life will change drastically once baby arrives!

There you have it! Just some of my dos and don’ts to traveling when pregnant! I’m not saying that I’m an expert by any means, but I’ve definitely learned a lot from our two European adventures while pregnant. Also traveling from Houston to the mountains in North Carolina and then back at 34 weeks pregnant last time was quite the adventure. I’m sure there are many, many more out there and I’d love y’alls input!

What other dos or don’ts do you have for traveling when pregnant?
I’ll be heading out on a little road trip this weekend with my family, so I’m always looking for what works for others too!