Monday, August 31, 2015

First Trimester Recap


Instead of doing a symptom by symptom breakdown of the past 3 months, I have decided to do a general narrative. There have been plenty of ups and downs over the last three months that I want to remember.



First Trimester Recap

Size of Baby: Baby M  has grown from the size of an Apple Seed to a Peach! Baby is currently 2.9 inches long and 0.81 ounces.

Gender: The unknown is killing me as I am a planner and wanted to start decorating the nursery the second I found out we were expecting. Trying to be patient and am looking forward to our ultrasound in 4 weeks!  

Weight Gain: During the first three months, I lost a few pounds due to nausea and food aversions. It's amazing how many calories I avoided due to not wanting sweets! Hausa subsided in August and I am currently up one pound from my start weight. 

Maternity Clothes: Although I have not gained much weight, my pants are getting a bit snug around the waist. I am hoping to get through September in dresses and cardigans. 

Nursery: Waiting on the gender. Believe me, I have tons of ideas hanging out on Baby Morris' Pinterest board.


Movement: Nothing just yet. I will say though that I have experienced a lot of aches and pains in my lower abdomen over the past three months. Lots of tiny aches and pinches, which I did not expect.

Symptoms: June and July were spent avoiding strong smells at all costs. I have experienced a wide range of food aversions many of which are still hanging around. For the first two months, I hated the though of anything sweet. Thankfully I am over that one! I still have a hard time stomaching any type of meat. Thanks to pregnancy, my boobs have gone up at least a cup size which has made them extremely sore as well. My selections of bras that fit has decreased drastically. When I go for a walk or short run I have to make sure to wear two sports bras. Pregnancy exhaustion is in full force. It is guaranteed that I will take a nap at least four days a week after work. I also go to bed at an embarrassingly early hour.

Sleep: I have only had a few nights of restless sleep.  I am so exhausted at night that I fall asleep very easily.

Cravings: My diet these days is mainly carbs and fruit. I have been living off of grapes, peaches, watermelon and pears this summer.

What I Miss: Cold lunch meat. I have tried a few heated subs and they are just not the same on a hot summer day. Also, over easy eggs. I was surprised when I read they were on the no-go list when pregnant.

Exercise: I really think exercising has helped keep my energy levels reasonable and nausea non existent. I go on walks 5-6 times a week and am slowly starting back to Pure Barre.

Best Moments: We have had lots of great moments these past three months, hearing baby's heartbeat each time we go to the doctor is on the top of my list. Telling our family and extended family we were expecting. Sharing the news with friends.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

Our weekends have finally started to slow down which means there is a bit of quiet time Sunday evenings for meal planning and grocery shopping. Here is what our menu for the week looks like. If you need any meal inspirations check out all my Weekly Meal Plan posts.

Monday: Dinner @ Durham Bulls Game 



Wednesday: Crockpot Lasagna


Thursday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/ Fig & Goat Cheese Salad 


Friday: Date Night! 

Here is a sneak peek at my weekday menu as well!

Breakfast: Fruit & Yogurt Parfait 
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Five

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Friday! I had a doctor's appointment last night to check up on little one and he/she is growing like a weed. Every time I see babe on the screen I am in awe how much they have grown over the last four weeks. Next time we visit it will be for the 20 week anatomy screening! Since it is Friday, I am sharing five things I am loving this week!

{One} Currently Loving.  I have been trying to reduce my screen exposure before going to bed in hopes of getting a great night sleep. I picked up this adorable coloring book from Amazon this week and have been working on it for a few minutes each night before I head to bed. Coloring books are not just for kids yall! 


{Two} Currently Eating.  Fresh Corn Salad. I had this for the first time a few weeks ago at Parker and Otis. It is so simple to make at home. Next time I am making a bigger batch as this one did not last long in out house! 

{Three} Currently Reading.  I stumbled across this article on Facebook regarding a woman's experience with finding herself through fitness. This quote stuck out to me- "What could you spend all that time thinking about if you weren’t thinking about being thin?" I have struggled with body image issues since a teen. Pregnancy has helped change the way I think but I am not 100% there yet. It was a great reminder that are bodies are capable of so much and should not be limited to how clothes fit. Read the article here.

{Four} Currently Loving. Anything and everything bebe related. I tend to get overwhelmed with all the pregnancy and newborn information out there. I tend to save them all on Pinterest for later consumption. You can check it all out on my newly un-hidden board! 



{Five} Coming Up.   My parents are coming into town tonight to attend the Darius Rucker concert and visit our new home! They have also graciously volunteered to help us around the yard as we have no idea where to start! You can always follow along with me this weekend on Instagram (@ashley_carole) or Snapchat (anm0616). 

What are your weekend plans? Any must reads for a new mom? 


Linking up with Lauren ElizabethClareKarliAmanda & April .
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