Friday Favorites: (Prenatal) Yoga


I am linking up with Andrea, SheafferNarci and Erika for another edition of Friday Favorites!

This Friday I am talking about my renewed love of yoga.  For the last 10 weeks I have been attending 1-3 prenatal yoga classes per week at Yoga On High, and I cannot say enough good things about it.  I signed up for two classes, but because I had to miss a few here and there I made up most of the classes by attending three different ones per week.  This actually turned out to be super-awesome because I was able to experience three different instructors and their techniques/personalities.

Here are a few of my yoga favorites:

1.  This Lululemon yoga mat. IMG_5889 I got it a few years ago, and it is finally getting LOTS of use.  I was a little leery of it because it seemed extra big/thick, but now I am in love with it and the extra cush it has compared to other mats.  No need to put a blanket under it when using it on hard floors.  Pretty much all the yoga clothing that fits great right now on me is Lululemon.  I <3 Lululemon

2.  This Manduka yoga bolster we use in class. IMG_5893It looks so simple and yet provides such lower back relief when sitting on it.  It is also amazing for relaxation poses, etc.  Love it.  I’m thinking about getting one to have at home, it is that great.

3.  The flexibility and balance.  Stretching feels soooooo good right now, and taking time to intentionally (and correctly) stretch/pose has been wonderful.  I can now tell a difference in how I feel when I haven’t practiced yoga for a week.  My balance has also been helped during this time of clumsiness and loss of balance.  It is amazing how a belly full of baby can throw off your center of gravity!

4.  The breathing. IMG_5888 At a time when getting a good breath is really hard, anything to ease it is welcome.  And it was/is really amazing how by the middle/end of each class I am able to breath much better.  The techniques and intention with breathing (and the relaxing) make my breathing much easier.

5.  The friends.  I have made a few really good friends in these classes.  It is BEYOND nice to go to a place where everyone else is pregnant too.  They totally gets how you are feeling and what you are going through.  It is really fun to watch everyone’s belly get bigger and bigger throughout the session. :)

I am really looking forward to the next session (and so sad that we have a couple weeks off between the sessions).  I won’t be able to make it the entire session because I am due in the middle, but I am going to try and double up on classes as long as I can.  During this break I am planning on trying a couple beginning classes that my instructors recommended for me (a beginner Hatha class and a beginner Ashtanga class).  I have been doing some at home, but it just isn’t the same as going to a class.  I hope to see my fellow pregnant friends back in class in January!

Also, my super-awesome instructor Jenn has a great blog here.  She is so amazing and helps so many people (including me)!  Some of the breathing techniques she explains are incredibly healing and you must read about “feeling your feet.”  It is an incredible tool for anyone, yoga-practicer or not.


Second Pregnancy – 29 Weeks

I am now 29 weeks and into my third trimester.  Whooooooosh!  I think this time of year with the holidays is making the time go even faster than it already has been going. Lots of changes have been happening!

29 Weeks

29 Weeks

The baby girl is growing fast!  At 29 weeks, she is about 17 inches long and about 3 pounds.  She is moving a ton, and her movements can be felt and seen from the outside.  Sometimes she feels really low (hello, kicks in the bladder) and other times I feel like her foot is way up high near my lungs.  There is also a decent amount of time that it feels like she is transverse, like I can feel her head on the left and her foot or bum on the right side of my belly.  Next week I have an ultrasound, so I will be curious to see what her positioning is then.

28 & 29 Weeks

28 & 29 Weeks

I had a dentist appointment this week, and was reassured that my gums and teeth are in great health.  It is crazy how much more tender and sensitive gums are during pregnancy.  Every time I floss it’s as if it is my first time in months.  I know that dental health is really important, especially during pregnancy, so I floss all the time.  So to still have gums that bleed everyday is frustrating.  Thankfully my awesome dentist put my mind at ease about everything.

The last few weeks I have been getting reeeeeeaaaaallllllllllllyyyyyy good sleep (like 8.5-9.5 hours without waking more than once).  It was awesome.  Key word, “was.” :( At 29 weeks I seemed to have hit a sleeping speed bump.  If (more like when) I wake up during the night to go to the bathroom and get a drink, it takes a looooong time to get back to sleep.  A few times I just got up and started my day. Last night was a lot better, so I am hoping that my sleep doesn’t stay horrible for the duration of the pregnancy.

Ahhhhh... Sleep

Ahhhhh… Sleep

I also had been experiencing a lot more ease when breathing, but at the 29 week mark, baby girl seems to be crowding my lungs.  I find it hard to catch a good breath, sometimes to the point of making my eyes water.  I really need to practice my yoga breathing techniques more, because I always get much better breaths during/after yoga practice.

The sleep and the breathing trouble are downers, but really they are the only two.  And for that, I am so thankful.  I am really feeling great!  I am able to walk a lot still and practice prenatal yoga, both of which make me feel great.  I don’t have many aches and pains at all, and my appetite is good.  I get full fast, but then get hungry fast as well.  I am sure it is all because of the baby taking up limited organ space in there.  I don’t really have any food aversions anymore, but I have been eating a lot of popsicles and cold cereal.

My brain is taking a beating… I think it is both due to being pregnant and having a toddler.  I forget what I was going to do/say a lot.  People probably think I am a space-cadet at times.  I also ramble… I will start talking with a point in mind, and then it is gone.  But my mouth keeps on going, haha!  Sort of like this post, it was meant to have some sort of direction, but I ended up just rambling on :)


I have been a little emotional lately, but I learned a fun fact from my yoga instructor last week:  a pregnant woman has more hormones during pregnancy than a never-pregnant woman has her entire life.  Whoa, that is a lot of crazy hormones!  I get sad sometimes thinking how fast the time is going and how much I want to cherish this entire experience.  I am hoping that I am relishing every kick and tumble I am feeling now.  Growing a human is such a miracle. <3 <3 <3








Friday Favorites: A Vegas Babymoon



I’m linking up with Shay, Erika, Andrea & Narci again this Friday Saturday for Friday Favorites!

Friday Favorites

This past weekend (Thursday – Monday) my hubby and I flew off to Vegas for a “Babymoon” getaway before this new baby girl arrives. We got married in Vegas about two and a half years ago ❤️ We just love Vegas, and we aren’t big gamblers –  a rare case of people who go to Vegas for R&R!IMG_5709

The morning we left, my mom came over to watch Ashton for the long weekend.  Seriously, there is NOTHING like having family close by to help out.  She is priceless, and I am so thankful & blessed to have such an amazing, helpful mom.

We headed to the airport, got all checked in and got some Starbucks (of course).  I hadn’t even looked at my ticket, but when we boarded my husband surprised me with first class!  He is so wonderful <3  We had some delays, and I may have bombarded the airline with tweets about not wanting to miss any of our time in Vegas.  After some close calls and running through the DFW airport, we made our connection and arrived in Vegas only a little late.  Phew!

We stayed at the Marriott Grande Chateau, and it was really nice.  It is a non-gaming hotel, but walking distance to the strip (right across the street from Planet Hollywood).  It is nice to not be bombarded by people gambling and smoking in the morning when you go down to the lobby Starbucks :)  The room was really nice- a suite with a full kitchen, living room, washer/dryer, etc.  It was great that it was so nice, because my husband ended up not feeling well for most of the trip, so we spent a lot of time just relaxing in the room.  Because he didn’t feel well, I don’t have as many pictures as I had planned on taking.  I am REALLY going to try and take more pics to document things.

After getting situated in the room, we headed out to get something to eat.  The time difference the first day was difficult, especially since we got up so early to fly out.  But it worked in our favor for dinner as we were sitting down to eat around 5pm (we sound like blue hairs in Florida getting the early bird special) ;)

This was my travel/dinner outfitIMG_5670

We ate at Masa at the Aria which is part of the Mandarin Oriental.  We have stayed at the Mandarin Oriental before, and it is really beautiful.  The food was smaller plate Japanese cuisine, so we tried a few things.  EVERYTHING was so yummy!  We both had the miso soup to start, and it was so good that when we got home I got stuff to make miso.  Mine is just not the same.  Womp, womp, womp.

After eating, we walked around the hotel/casino for a while and finally retired back to our room early when we couldn’t stay awake any longer.  And then we slept and slept and slept… Oh glorious sleep!  I jolted awake at the normal time I wake up with Ashton, but after a while I fell back into dreamland and got more sleep than I have gotten in a LONG time!

The BUCKEYES played the next morning, so we watched that game and then headed to my favorite- The Wynn!  We went to lunch at the Terrace Point Cafe where the food never disappoints.  I started with an amazing green juice (I want one right now) and then my entree came with the most delicious truffle fries.  They balance each other out, right? ;)

Saturday “walking-around” outfit:IMG_5673IMG_5677


We walked around the mall after (the Fashion Show mall there is incredible).  After that we went back to relax at the hotel because we had to stay up late for the show we had tickets to that night.

And then there was the show… THE BEST!  We saw the “Aces of Comedy” show with Ray Romano and Kevin James.  They. Are. Hilarious.  But there were two surprises:

1.  My hubby surprised me with FRONT ROW SEATS!  Awesome!IMG_5684

2.  They had a surprise guest at the end:  Adam Sandler!

The whole thing was just incredible.  Even better?  At the end of the show they did a Q&A and when asked what each of their favorite roles have been, Ray Romano said his role right now on Parenthood.

The rest of the trip was mostly lounging and relaxing.  The Rock & Roll marathon was the next day, so there were a  lot of road closures.  We walked around some, watched some of the runners finish and napped.  My hubby was still not feeling great, so it was good to rest a bunch before the travel day home.

The next day we headed home to 3+ inches of snow… And with that, the vacation was over, boohoo!  It was so nice to get away just the two of us.  (But we sure did miss our little munchkin)IMG_5671


26 Weeks (Second Pregnancy)

Finally LIVE!  Real time pregnancy updates before this nugette arrives!

Wow, 26 weeks!  I am almost to the THIRD trimester.  What?!?!  These weeks are absolutely flying by, but they are going really, really well.


The Baby:

  • This week she is the length of an English Cucumber (about 14 inches long), and weighs about a pound and two-thirds.
  • I am feeling tons of (strong) kicks/punches all day and night.  She definitely is having major dance parties at night.  I can even see some of them through my shirt.
  • She responds to noises/voices now.  I think she knows Ashton’s voice, because she moves a lot when he is jabbering close by.  A few times when he has been laying his head on my belly, she has kicked and made his head move, haha!

How I am Feeling:

  • I am feeling really good :)  I have energy, I sleep pretty good and wake up feeling pretty rested.
  • I walk with Ashton in the stroller about 5 days a week.  I am slower, but we still do about 3-4 miles at a day when we walk.  I have also been doing prenatal yoga which I LOVE!
  • By nighttime I am pretty tired, but that is good because I have been able to go to bed a little bit earlier.  I am really trying to get all the sleep I can right now, knowing how sleepless those first newborn weeks can be.
  • The only sleep issues I have had are a little bit of restless legs at night when I first lay down, and sometimes problems going back to sleep if I wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.  But to be honest, i’ve never been good at falling back to sleep at night when I get up, pregnant or not.
  • I’ve had a little bit of heart burn (nothing severe) pretty regularly.  Maybe this means a headful of hair for the nuggette? I only got heartburn towards the end of my pregnancy with Ashton, and he had a ton of wild hair!
  • My hair is great!  It is growing so fast and getting so thick… I am REALLY dreading the point postpartum when it all starts shedding again.  Booooo!  It’s really strange, with Ashton, my hair didn’t grow much at all and didn’t seem any thicker.  Maybe it is the female hormones from being pregnant with a girl this time.
  • No stretch marks yet, and hoping it stays that way.  I didn’t get any with Ashton either, so hopefully it is hereditary and they stay at bay.
  • No real aversions to food, but no real cravings either.  Everything pretty much sounds good.  I eat a lot of Luna/Clif Bars, overnight oats, veggies, fruit.  Not much meat, not a lot of gluten.  I feel a lot better when I avoid gluten, I have found.

Random Things:

  • This week I have my monthly OBGYN appointment and the glucose test.  A lot of people seem to dread the glucose test, but I really don’t think it is that bad.
  • My belly is getting bigger and bigger, my winter coat is just at the point where it isn’t going to zip in a week (maybe sooner).  I found a great deal on a big coat from The Gap that will work for the rest of the pregnancy, even with layers underneath.  So, I plan on continuing the walks outside as long as possible.
  • I look pregnant enough that people comment on it or ask my due date without fear of being wrong :)  That is always fun, but it also catches me off guard sometimes too.
  • Things like doing dishes and putting Ashton in his crib are interesting… I have to turn a bit sideways, because my belly gets in the way to stand normally, ha!
  • Putting on shoes and socks is becoming more of a chore.  Slip-ons are the best, but with the cold weather, there aren’t many options.

A Baby B’Gosh Surprise!

When I hear “Osh Kosh B’Gosh” I immediately think about my childhood, corduroy dresses, overalls, etc.  It’s just a name that has been around for generations of childhoods.  So when Osh Kosh B’Gosh reached out to congratulate me on my pregnancy, I was so excited!  To top that off, they sent me a complimentary gift for this baby girl that was so generous and sweet.  I was beyond thrilled!  It was like Christmas morning opening it up :)IMG_5566IMG_5576

Look at these adorable goodies:

A long sleeve “You Melt My Heart” super-soft onesie:



A Classic

A Classic.

A Denim Jacket:


Seriously, stop it. This is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

A Corduroy Dress:


My lack of photo skills don’t capture the cuteness of this red dress.


I cannot wait to dress baby girl in this little outfit!IMG_5585

Let me just tell you how SOFT the denim is.  It is like buttttah.  (cue the old Mike Myers skit from SNL)

Like Buttah!

Like Buttah!

Seriously though, unlike any other denim brands for kids, it is actually one that I look forward to dressing my baby in.  I have purposely not purchased any jeans, overalls, etc for Ashton since most brands are stiff, rough feeling and hard to even get on a kid.  After feeling these pieces for the baby girl, I am going to buy Ashton some goodies from Osh Kosh B’Gosh too.

It’s so versatile too.  With those four pieces, I can create quite a few outfits.  That is sweet music to my ears, because buying a lot of clothing for kids is just silly.  They outgrow things sooooo fast.  So having basic, good quality items like these from Osh Kosh B’Gosh that can be mix & matched seems like the best way to go to get the most out of each clothing item for kiddos.

On another note, these little pieces of cuteness they sent me have gotten me sooooooo excited for this baby girl.  I don’t get a lot of time to actually think about her  while chasing after Ashton, but this gift made me stop, take it all in and get really excited.  I cannot wait to dress her up, kiss her cheeks and love her to pieces in person.  Thank you Osh Kosh B’Gosh for all of these gifts. <3

Friday Favorites

On this last day of October (Happy Halloween!), I am going to try something new and link up with Momfessionals and Erika for Friday Favorites.Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites This Week:

1.  This little Ohio State Buckeye football player.  Our trick-or-treat was last night, and it was so fun to see Ashton ride around in his wagon and watch all of the kids in the neighborhood.  He isn’t really of age to understand the whole thing, but next year I am guessing will be a blast!Buckeye

2.  Home Sweet Home!  After a road trip to Florida, it is soooooo nice to be back home and able to sleep in my own bed.  We all slept a ton the first night back :)

3.  Fall & the Holidays.  From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, I am just so excited about it all.  I think more than other years, I am so excited about them.  I really think that kids make it all so much more special, and I am planning on taking it all in and enjoying every last drop.

4.  Speaking of “every last drop,” I can’t get enough of my favorite Half-Caff Soy Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Get in my belly.  Do the red holiday cups come out tomorrow???IMG_5554



Second Pregnancy: Weeks 20 & 21

*** Almost Caught Up!  This Was Back When I Was 20 & 21 Weeks Pregnant ***

Well, I hit the half-way point – whoa – how can I be half way already?!  With my pregnancy with Ashton, it seemed to last forever.  This time it is flying!  I am so excited to meet this little girl, but I’m not going to lie, I am a little nervous at the same time.

I am getting bigger and finding that maternity clothes are the only items that are comfortable.  This last week I went through all of my clothes and old maternity clothes to see what would fit and what needs given away or put in storage.  I didn’t need maternity clothes in the cold weather when I was pregnant with Ashton, so most of my maternity items are short sleeves or tanks.  I did find that some of my non-maternity sweaters fit decently (for now), so that will be good now that the weather is turning consistently cooler.

I am happy to report that the eczema (if that’s what was wrong) seems to have passed.  I have been using CeraVe cream after my dermatologist advised it, and it seems to be working great.  Maybe my skin was just super dry adjusting to the temperature changes.  No nausea, no joint pain, sleeping decently (when Ashton doesn’t have a bad night)… I think I am in a sweet spot!  The only negative is that if I don’t get enough sleep, it is like it ignites my hormones and I can/will cry at ANYTHING!

I am feeling lots of movement from the baby girl and I love it.  I actually could see my belly move when she kicked the other day.  She also gave Ashton’s head a good kick when he was laying on my stomach  yesterday, haha!  I had a checkup and heard the heartbeat this week and everything was great!  My blood pressure was a little low, but it typically is.  We will keep an eye on it and any symptoms it might/might not cause.

I actually remembered to take a photo to document the bump this week!

Weeks 20 & 21

Weeks 20 & 21 After Yoga