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!

28 Week Bumpdate: Compare and Contrast

HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER!!! I’m 2/3’s of the way through this pregnancy and I can’t believe how fast it’s flying. It doesn’t always seem to be going fast in the day to day and dealing with aches and pains, but it seems like another week sneaks up on me.

Today I want to do something a little different and kind of fun! I want to do a compare and contrast to my pregnancy with Chloe! I thought it would be fun to see how my pregnancy is the same and different at this point in the game. I typed up my answers for baby boy in BLUE before copying and pasting from Chloe’s 29 week post in PINK.

How Far Along? 
28 weeks today
Hello 3rd Trimester!
Size of Baby: 
Baby Boy is the size of an Eggplant! He’s between 14.5-15 inches long from head to toe and weighs close to 2.5 lbs. He should be gaining nearly half a pound a week up until birth at this point. He’s getting better at controlling his own body temperature and is likely dreaming during his REM sleep! I hope he dreams about meeting me as much as I dream about meeting him.
Weight Gain:
Baby Boy: According to yesterday’s doctor appointment, I’m up 20 lbs.
Chloe: Up 20 lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight. I definitely made up for the weight I lost when I was sick several weeks ago! My doctor said I did “a good job in Europe.” I’m still right on track for a 30-35 lbs weight gain which is what I’m aiming for!

Symptoms: 
Baby Boy: All of the back pain that comes in the late afternoon and stays the rest of the day, hemorrhoids and HUNGER! I’m so much hungrier than I was with Chloe!
Chloe: Occasional nausea in the morning, lots of gas (sorry JP!), rib pain, mid-back aches, hunger and anemia.
Cravings: 
Baby Boy: This week’s favorites include: tacos and everything crunchy like tortilla chips, pita chips, pretzels, cereal, crunchy peanut butter toast and WATERMELON.
Chloe: Cold fruit, cinnamon, rice cakes, bread, carbs
Mood: 
Baby Boy: To be honest, I’ve had some pretty bad hormonal anger lately. I get flustered and frustrated easily which frustrates me more. It’s not always easy to control these pregnancy hormones especially with an almost three year old constantly pushing my buttons.
Chloe: Mostly happy and a little crabby and irritable some days!

Progression with Chloe!
Nursery: 
Baby Boy: We have furniture! Chloe’s old furniture was moved in there when she got her big girl bed. We also got a teal cabinet from JP’s grandparents. I’m waiting until my baby shower to finish putting it together and seeing what else I need, so I promise to share more next month. Here’s a hint: It’s dinosaur themed!
Chloe: Slowly but surely coming along. I’ve cleaned out her room and moved or gotten rid of everything we’ve been storing in there. I’ve rearranged the furniture that is staying, and I’m giving the desk and dresser to my brother for his new apartment. We have her crib, some bedding, some room decor and paint samples! My mother in law, Jody, is coming to help us paint the room later this month! By the end of May, I think I’ll feel like it’s getting there. After the baby showers in June, I know it’ll be ready!
Movement: 
Baby Boy: 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! He also occasionally seems to do a flip or turn in there that makes me so nauseous. I love feeling him all the time though. It was the one thing that I truly missed about pregnancy after giving birth to Chloe.
Chloe: She is a mover! I have a little ninja gymnast in my belly. I love feeling her move and groove inside me. I really love watching my belly go crazy when she’s in a hyper mood. She’s most active early in the morning, after I get home from work and again in the evening after dinner!
Sleep: 
Baby Boy: I’m exhausted! Exhaustion kind of hit me again this past week. I’m in bed and out like a light by 9:00pm. I wake up a couple of times for potty breaks, but I haven’t had trouble going back to sleep. I wake up between 6-7am ready to go though. Crossing my fingers it stays this way for a while!
Chloe:While traveling, I wasn’t always sleeping the greatest since I wasn’t in my own bed. I was tired enough most nights to get a good night’s sleep though. At least I didn’t have to wake up early most days! Since being home and having my bed and my Snoogle again, I’m sleeping better.

Workouts: 

Still good! Lots of walking, easy jogging and lower intensity workouts. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Wednesday: 3 mile mall walk with Chandra {take that Houston heat!}
Thursday: Soul Grooves Dance Class {so freaking fun!}
Friday: 2.6 mile walk
Saturday: 2.3 mile walk; 20 minute body weight workout
Sunday: Rest/Pool Day
Monday: 2.75 mile run
Tuesday: 2 mile walk
Wednesday: 4 rounds Tabata
What I Miss: 
Baby Boy: Not having back pain and laying on my stomach
Chloe: An occasional glass of wine, sushi and being comfortable at the end of a long, crazy day.
Belly Button in or out?
Baby Boy: Houston, we officially have an outtie!
Chloe: Half in and half out. The top has popped and the bottom is in. I can’t tell if it will completely pop out or if it will end up stretching flat 🙂
Labor Signs: 
Baby Boy: Just a few Braxton Hicks contractions each day. I get them when I’m more active these days.
Chloe: No, let’s keep it this way for 11 more weeks!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Baby Boy: Nothing in particular, I get some random waves of nausea in the mornings, but there doesn’t seem to be anything that sets it off. 
Chloe: Not that I can really think of!
Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Baby Boy: Visiting our best friends at their new home in Chicago! It was so perfect having the whole gang back together in a completely new place. It was my last big trip of this pregnancy which I’m okay with because airplanes are getting pretty uncomfortable.
Chloe: Traveling around the world with my best friend and partner in crime. Celebrating my sister’s engagement, my brother’s graduation and spending time with the Gouglers in College Station! Read all about the last few weeks of travel here if you missed it!
Looking forward to:
Baby Boy: A quick trip to College Station tonight, something super exciting that I can’t quite say anything about yet, and a family trip to Schlitterbahn next weekend!
Chloe: Reaching the 30 week mark next week, celebrating my husbands 29th birthday tomorrow, our doctor’s appointment next week (we’ve moved on to every 2 weeks!), and relaxing in Houston all weekend!


I thought I’d add a quick picture of the little lady referenced above! It’s safe to say that my pregnancies were fairly similar at this point. I will say that early on, I was much more nauseous with Chloe and for longer. I dealt with nausea from about week 6 to 17! I also showed much later and in different places. I feel like my booty and legs took a bigger hit last time around! I also started out a little bit heavier when I was pregnant with Chloe. That could have something to do with it.

Either way, I’ve been blessed with pretty easy and fairly uncomplicated pregnancies. I pray that this one continues to go that way for another 12 weeks!

Mommas, how did your pregnancies differ? Fairly similar or totally different?
Any remedies out there for back pain during pregnancy? I’ll try anything!

Friday Favorites: Artis Royal Zoo

Hey hey y’all! It’s Friday and the sun is shining here. I’m going to take that as a sign for a good day. Not only is it Friday, but it’s the Friday of a long weekend which means more fun and relaxing for the whole family! Chloe’s last day of school was yesterday, so there’s going to be a lot of time with mommy and Chloe over the next few months. It’s always nice when daddy can join in the fun with us especially as my belly gets bigger.

Today I wanted to flashback to last month in Amsterdam! Yes, I still have pictures that I have to share with y’all. They do no good to me just sitting here on my computers hard drive, so off to the Internet they go. While we were in Amsterdam, there were a few days where JP had to work, so it was Chloe and me against the city! One day we decided to venture out and find the zoo and I’m so glad that we did!

For starters, Chloe and I LOVE the zoo. We have a zoo membership at home and try to go as often as we can. I saw reviews that the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam was a good one, so we had to check it out.

It did NOT disappoint! We happened to chose a gorgeous day with highs in the low 70’s and not a cloud in the sky. The animals were not only out, but they were active and some were so engaging!

The monkeys were busy eating all of their snacks which Chloe thought was absolutely hilarious. I was able to tell her that monkeys need to eat lots of snacks just like Chloe! She scoffed when I told her they ate their vegetables. She still won’t eat any unless I sneak it in her smoothie!

The elephants were by far our FAVORITES! First of all, the elephant exhibit was huge. They had a really neat area that you could walk all around and even through.

The exhibit has a big water feature with a walkway along it that dips down to water level. It allows you to see the elephants from a totally different angle. We stumbled upon it right as they started playing with the baby elephant! She was so cute and playful and just 6 months old. We stood and watched for at least 15 minutes. They were playing with the water and a ball before moving to the pool.

Chloe and I were both mesmerized. They were so sweet to watch and we even went back again before we left because Chloe loves elephants so much.

The giraffes were also a big hit! They had several viewing areas too. You could see them from the backside of the exhibit or behind the glass up close and personal from the front. They happened to get snacks right as we showed up, so all of them were right by the glass enclosure.

Just next door there was a smaller giraffe area and we saw a baby giraffe! He was only 5 days old!!! He was still super wobbly and unsure that his legs would stay beneath him.

One of the best parts about this zoo were the playgrounds scattered throughout. The large play area was right outside the main restaurant and was a huge hit with the kiddos. Of course the little kid area wasn’t enough for Chloe. She wanted to climb up the big ladder. It was kind of shocking since my little girl is quite the timid one. She insisted though. She was nervous the whole way up, but did it all by herself! Then she got to the top and panicked. She was too scared to go down the slide. Luckily a sweet momma went down with Chloe and her son so that I wouldn’t have to climb up to get her!

Look it’s a wallaby! We were actually able to walk through this enclosure! There were a few animal enclosures that you could walk through and get closer to the animals. The wallabies and lemurs were a few that I remember.

I love seeing animals that we don’t have in our zoo at home. Some we saw were the wallabies, a camel and penguins! The little penguin below wanted to come play with us.

Like I said, tons of play areas throughout the park and you know we had to stop at every single one. I was okay with that. Burn all the energy Chlo!

Another play area was just a large green space with benches, flowers and two huge dinosaurs! An Allosaurus and a Stegosaurus!  Chloe took the time to stop and smell the flowers before attempting to climb the Stegosaurus’s back. She’s not the most coordinated, so she didn’t get too far.

This area was one of the last that we found right over by the aquarium. I enjoyed getting a moment to sit down while Chloe ran around just a bit more because after that we were headed back to our hotel. Of course it was about a mile and a half away and I had been on my feet for about 5 hours.

One of my favorite things about traveling with Chloe is that we seem to find things and visit places that we wouldn’t have gone if she wasn’t with us. JP and I wouldn’t have gone to the zoo, but I’m so glad we got to experience this. It was so neat and one of my favorite zoo’s that I’ve ever visited! Since it was just the two of us and we had no schedule at all, we took our time, revisited our favorite animals, ate a picnic lunch, played at every park we could and even bought popsicles since Chloe was such a good girl!

If you’re in Amsterdam with kids or if you have a spare day and aren’t quite sure what to do, I highly recommend the Artis Royal Zoo. It’s a beautiful zoo with lots of unique features and animals. I would go back in a heartbeat.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look inside a travel day with just little Chlo and me! Now go off and enjoy your Friday and then your long weekend!

Life Lately: May 2018

Lately I’ve been posting a lot about our big trip to Amsterdam and Disneyland Paris. {I still have a lot to share with y’all though!} I’ve also been posting a lot about my pregnancy. Let’s be real, those are some of the biggest things that have been consuming my life these days! But, there is so much more. It’s been quite a long time since I did a lately post, so here’s what’s going on!

{Be sure to check out my new workout down there! It’s a good one and I have a video up on Insta of it!}

Lately I’ve been…

…reading the Century Trilogy. I’m currently on the third book in the series and I’m completely hooked. In case you haven’t heard of these books, they are by Ken Follett and their titles are Fall of Giants, Winter of the World and Edge of Eternity. It’s actually a historical fiction series. The first is around World War I, the second World War II and the thirt around the Cold War, Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War. They follow fictional families from around the world and put them in real life situations that happened back then. I highly recommend them and I’m so glad that my awesome mother-in-law told me about this series! Just so y’all know, they are definitely long books, but they suck you in and you’re hooked!

…listening to The Birth Hour podcast! I’m hooked and I can’t get enough. The podcast is just different women telling their birth stories. There are all types of mommas and birth stories from natural births to planned c-sections. I love hearing about their pregnancies and their experiences. And any woman who has given birth knows that we love talking about and sharing our birth stories!

I had been listening to tons of true crime podcasts, but I had to take a step back while pregnant because of my hormones. I was getting so emotional and worked up, so I figured I could go back to them later. I need happy, good feels in my life right now.

…watching Silicon Valley at nights with the hubby, Outlander when I want to actually pay attention and watch a show and Make It or Break It reruns on Freeform when I want to watch something and multitask! Otherwise you can bet that my TV is on the Disney Jr app or HGTV.

…thinking about the fact that my baby girl is about to turn three and then become a big sister in just a matter of months. It’s been us against the world for the last three years and our world is about to experience some major changes! Amazing and exciting changes, but earth shattering for a three year old! I can’t help but think about how she’s going to take on becoming a big sister. I know that she will be the best, most caring sister to this baby boy, and I’m getting excited to see them together!

She’s also becoming obsessed with all of the baby stuff that we’re pulling out of the nursery! We’ve been storing all of her things in the baby room and not that we’re starting to turn it into a nursery, we’re in there a lot. Chloe loves playing with her Lotso Bear and her baby dolls, and occasionally tries to climb in herself! Looks like she’s grown quite a bit over the last 3 years.

…looking forward to our family trip to Schlitterbahn in a few weeks and my baby shower next month!

…working out as often as possible. My runs have turned into walk/run intervals and just long walks thanks to the rapidly increasing heat and humidity. I’ve also been trying to get more new and creative workouts in at my house. Here’s one that I knocked out in my workout area the other day. It was about 30 minutes and moderate intensity. Not too intense for a fit pregnant lady, but not as high intensity as I could manage without this little guy in my belly! Check out my Instagram to get a glimpse of the moves!

…eating lots and lots of carbs! My diet this pregnancy consists of a lot of bread, crackers, pretzels and tortilla chips. I also have been all about tuna, peanut butter, watermelon, apples, grilled cheese and ice cream.

…working hard on getting the house just the way I want it. After we painted back in March, I’ve been switching out decor, adding new pieces and trying to get my house just right. Some may call in nesting. Okay, I’m definitely nesting. We’ve just gotten several pieces from JP’s family that are making me excited like a tea cart in our dining room, a piano in our foyer and new furniture for Chloe! We’ve moved her old furniture into the baby’s room and after my shower I plan to finish getting the nursery all together!

…happy that we were able to spend last weekend in the Chicago area visiting our best friends’ new home! They just moved up there after living in Houston since 2012, and it was so hard to see our besties move far away last month. Getting together to celebrate Renee’s 2nd birthday was perfect. Having the gang all together like normal was the perfect way to spend my last big trip of this pregnancy. Here are just a few pictures from our long weekend:

…ready for a summer full of fun with my girl and hubby as a family of three! We might as well have a blast doing all of our favorite things while we can. We’ll be hitting the pool, zoo, indoor play areas and more. But lots of time will be spent in the water and air conditioning in this Houston heat!

There you have it! That’s pretty much what’s going on around here as of late. Obviously a lot of it is centered around my pregnancy and getting ready for baby boy to join us in August. I know y’all get that in my biweekly bumpdates, so hopefully I was able to shed some light on other things happening in my world these days.

Now I’m looking for suggestions…send me some books that I need to read, easy shows that I can binge watch and podcasts to listen to! {Podcasts don’t have to be pregnancy related! Just not sad or too upsetting…hello hormones!}

What should we add to our summer bucket list before baby? I want to make a list of things to do with my girl before her brother comes!

26 Week Bumpdate

It’s that time of the week, it’s Baby Boy’s Bump Day! I’m loving sharing this stage of life with y’all and I hope that you’re still enjoying following along on my journey. I’ve always said that I want this blog to be a reflection of my life, and I believe life is a balancing act of all the things we’re juggling. It just so happens that pregnancy is quite a large thing that I’m juggling right now since I’m pregnant and feeling it 24/7! I have a pretty exciting update about my 3 hour glucose screening, so read on to see how that went and some other fun news!

How Far Along? 

26 weeks today!
Size of Baby: 
Baby is as big as kale. Yeah that’s what the app says as you can see above! Another one says that he’s the size of a bowling pin and another a butternut squash. In a nutshell it means that my little boy is about 2 lbs and 14 inches long from head to toe! 2 lbs! It’s hard to believe, but I can definitely feel it in the weight of my stomach.
Weight Gain:
I’m pretty much where I was last time. I’m up about 16-18lbs, so right on track to gain about as much as I did with Chloe!

3 Hour Glucose Screening:
If you follow along with me on Instagram, then you may have seen that I had to take the 3 hour glucose test. I found out last Friday that I failed my 1 hour test by a few points They want your blood sugar levels to be under 130 after and hour and mine was 140. I was so bummed about having to take the 3 hour test and the prospect of having gestational diabetes. I have a great love for carbs after all! I went into the 3 hour test nervous about throwing up because I heard that it can make you really nauseous. If you puke, then you have to start all over again. If you don’t know about the test, you go in after fasting for 12 hours, get your blood drawn, drink a crazy sugary drink, get your blood drawn again after 1 hr, 2 hrs and 3hrs. So 4 blood draws in 3 hours and no food for pretty much 16 hours! I survived and didn’t throw up, but after the test I felt so dizzy, lightheaded and queasy that I had to eat something in my car and sit for 15 minutes before I felt well enough to drive. Well I got the results back yesterday morning and it turns out I do NOT have gestational diabetes. Not only did I pass, but I passed with flying colors. It turns out the original test was just a fluke. Here’s how my results looked:
Fasting: Me- 93 Desired- Under 100
One Hour: Me- 128 Desired- Under 180
Two Hours: Me- 113 Desired- Under 160
Three Hours: Me- 43 Desired- Under 140
 Clearly I passed. But do you see that 43? Yeah that’s actually dangerously low. My body processes sugars so well that it went into overdrive to finish processing all of the sugar from the drink! That’s why I felt so sick. That’s also why I get hangry and have to eat every two hours or so. It’s nice to officially know the reason I feel like I need to eat all the time! I’m not crazy!

Symptoms: 
Back pain is killing me. I didn’t experience it until the last several weeks of my pregnancy with Chloe, and this time it started early on. It’s only getting worse, so I’m trying to do everything I can to make it better naturally. I’ve been walking like crazy because sitting makes it worse. Oddly moving and working out are making it better. I also ordered a belly band which I need to be better about wearing!

Cravings: 
Tacos, tuna salad, tortilla chips, apples and peanut butter, peanut butter and jelly, cheese, watermelon. Quite the variety!
Mood: 
Better now that the glucose test is over! I was super nervous upon finding out I failed the first one which is why I only told a couple of people that I was taking the 3 hour test before I did it. I felt very anxious about having gestational diabetes because I just want to be as healthy as I can for this baby boy! 
Nursery: 
It’s coming together y’all! We officially put Chloe’s crib, dresser and rocker in there. We also put in a small cabinet that we got from JP’s grandparents’ apartment. We still have a lot of stuff laying around and I’m waiting on our shower for bedding and decorations. It’s hard to wait when I just want to buy all of the things! I can’t wait to share when it’s ready!

Movement: 
We have a mover and groover on our hands. His favorite times to move around are early morning and late at night. I’m sure he’s moving more than I realize during the day, but it’s harder to feel when I’m busy!
Sleep: 
Falling asleep is easy, staying asleep is another story. I’m exhausted in the evenings and ready to go to bed by 9:00pm. Unfortunately I’m waking up a couple of times to go to the bathroom, and I’m having trouble sleeping past 6-6:30am. But hey, I’m still getting plenty of sleep, so I can’t complain yet.
Workouts: 
Still good! Lots of walking, easy jogging and lower intensity workouts. Here’s what my last week looked like:
Wednesday: 4.5 mile walk with my girl Chandra!
Thursday: Rest – I was so sick

Friday: Rest – Still recovering
Saturday: 2.3 mile walk
Sunday: 3.5 mile walk/run
Monday: 45 minute cycle class, 6 rounds Tabata
Tuesday: 2 mile walk
Wednesday: 3 rounds of Kettlebell Tabata and 3 rounds of a little workout I made up on the spot and plan to share with y’all later!

What I Miss: 
Not having back pain!
Belly Button in or out?
It’s flat through the first half of the day and an outtie by most evenings!
Labor Signs: 
Just a few Braxton Hicks contractions each day. I feel more when I’m more active, but nothing crazy. Yesterday, I had a huge sneeze which triggered a BH. It was one part hilarious and one part annoying!
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Thinking about the Glucose Test. The first one hour test wasn’t too bad, but my 3 hour test was horrible. I was so nauseous after drinking the sugar drink that I was convinced I was going to throw up. There was no way I was going to throw up and have to start all over again though.

Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Mother’s Day weekend! I had the most relaxing and wonderful Mother’s Day. I celebrated with all of my neighbors at a pool party on Friday, floated in my parents’ pool all day Saturday, and my hubby and Chloe spoiled me all day Sunday. I didn’t wash any dishes or clean up any toys. Also finding out that I don’t have gestational diabetes!

Looking forward to:
Leaving for Chicago tonight to see my best friend and celebrate her baby girl’s 2nd birthday! My last flight and big trip of this pregnancy. 
There you have it, 26 weeks down and about 14 to go! It’s hard to believe how fast this pregnancy is going, but my body can definitely feel all the changes that its going through. 
I’m excited to share my 28 week bumpdate because I’m going to do a compare and contrast to my pregnancy with Chloe! Stay tuned to see what’s up!
Did you ever have problems with back pain, pregnancy or non-pregnancy related?
What were the best ways to overcome the pain naturally?