Holiday photo dump + 23/24 weeks

Merry belated Christmas!  Can you even believe that 2013 is almost over already?  I certainly can’t.  

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday 🙂

I thought I would share some of the pictures I took over my holiday vacation in New York because I know you guys can barely keep your hair on in anticipation of these photos.  I aim to please, people!

So, put your hair back on because here are the pictures…


ImageWe take our puzzles/parcheesi very seriously in this family


ImageImpromptu photo shoot in front of the tree


ImageIt was a full house that included 4 dogs — 2 boxers and 2 wiener dogs (above is a picture of Rocco & then me + Scooby; Otis & Buster did not make it in the photos but I don’t love them any less, promise).




ImageI made everyone stand on the porch and take pictures together.  Above are a few of the many I took.  The pictures came out less than stellar but I think everyone was over the moon about having to get off the couch and stand in the cold.  You’re welcome everyone!


ImageSince the doctor has ordered me to halt my workouts (more on that later), I decided to become one with nature and take a 2 mile walk every day in New York.  My mother-in-law informed me that I don’t “need to worry because the bears are hibernating.”  Hmmmm, maybe me and nature should not be one after all!

ImageAnother day we drove into Brooklyn (my in-laws live about a 1.5 hour drive northwest of NYC) and this was the only photo I managed to take.  Whatever.  Sue me.

In other news, I am already more than 5.5 months pregnant, HOLY SHIT BATMAN!!!  That means this baby will be here in less than 3.5 months, whoa.  Here are a couple of pictures that show me in the last couple of weeks (compare those to what I looked like at 13 weeks, what a difference, huh?)…





Anyway, everything is going along quite swimmingly save for one thing: I have placenta previa.  I won’t bore you with the details but I will say that basically my placenta is sitting low (on my cervix) which means that working out can cause some major problems for me.  This was some pretty devastating news my doctor gave me but you know what?  It certainly could be worse.  The doctor thinks that it still could move up which would allow me to have a regular ole’ vaginal delivery.  If not, I’ll probably have a C-section 3 weeks early.  Either way, I’m sure it will all work itself out 🙂

In the meantime, I will be spending all my gym-time walking on the treadmill.


Happy New Year!!!!








Recent food stuff, treadmill workout and 21 weeks

Howdy friends, how’s life?

Life for me is jussssssst dandy.  If you follow me on instagram, you know that I recently shared a photo of what it looks like in Chicago (HERE).  It’s snowy, freezing and overall miserable.  But, on the bright side, at least I’m pregnant and feel perfectly content sitting my lazy rump on the couch. 🙂

I happen to be feeling somewhat like my old self and therefore, I’m not AS embarrassed about what I’ve been eating these days so I thought I would share a couple of things.  So here goes nothin’…

This is what breakfast has looked like lately: fruit, egg whites and turkey sausage with a side of english muffin

ImageI also made Bryan’s favorite: mashed banana, egg whites, walnuts, strawberries and almond butter

ImageLunch has been pretty boring, I typically bring a salad and then also go pick up either a soup or sandwich from somewhere nearby.  On this particular day, I made a spinach salad with dates, pears, walnuts and goat cheese tossed with olive oil and agave – I think I got a veggie sandwich on wheat from Corner Bakery as well (no photo because I feel like a weirdo taking pictures of my food at work).

ImageDinner has been all around the board including: chili, meatball subs, tacos and…PIZZA!!!  Seriously, who am I?

ImageDespite the abundance of shitty food choices of late, I have managed to keep my snacking pretty normal/healthy; typically, I go for fruit and yogurt (I used to eat carrots a lot but carrots are DISGUSTING these days, such as life).

ImageWorking out these days has also been a struggle.  I’ve noticed that either a) I am just too lazy to bring myself to the gym or 2) I am having one of those days where I just feel like dog shit.  However, even still, I’ve managed to get my whoopie cakes (according to the internets, this is another name for “butt”) to the gym about 4 times a week.  Last week I did this walking workout on the treadmill:

ImageIt wasn’t too bad!

The other day this woman in the elevator at work asked me “I heard you are 5 months pregnant, is that true?” to which I replied “why yes, yes it is” … Apparently, I don’t really look like I’m showing which I guess just means I look like I’m getting fat, ha!  Actually, I think I look like I’m showing.  Here’s a side shot so you can decide for yourself:

ImageOn second thought, I guess this picture doesn’t really show much so here is one with my shirt up (I apologize for the grainy picture, there is zero natural light in my apartment so pretty much all my pictures look like they were taken with a disposable camera):


How have your meals looked lately?  Any good recipes?