Weekend Ups and Downs

Happy Due Date week to me!

This weekend was  definitely full of ups and downs… and by that I mean my hormones. They are off the wall.

It started on Friday. My once intern, Cheyanne, was graduating from UCF…

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So we celebrated with shots of Patron in the office (obviously, I had MANY shots) and then a bunch of us went to The Tilted Kilt for happy hour.

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I had never been to the Tilted Kilt before, but the food was surprisingly good (for bar food) and the drink prices weren’t bad either. The downside was that I left wanting to get a boob job.

Unfortunately, I drank too much (unsweetened tea) while I was there – which resulted in a really uncomfortable night. I even tried to go to bed early, but my bladder and my uterus were in a fight all night long. This resulted in, quite possibly, the crankiest Saturday morning ever. The rain did not help. Nor did L’s temper tantrums.

Thankfully (even though I’m paying good money for it), B’s baseball game was cancelled due to flooded fields, which gave me time to work out.

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After 25 minutes of walking and 25 minutes on the elliptical my mood started to shift. Working out is really the best! After lunch and naps (45 minutes for me, 2 hours for the kids — they must have been exhausted!) I felt like a new woman.

Oddly enough the rest of the night (and weekend for the most part), I was in a pretty good mood. I was SO over being pregnant that morning and then something shifted into “I’m OK being pregnant for another week.” (Remind me of this later this week when I am overdue!)

Yesterday we took it easy in the morning. We were out of coffee – so we made a breakfast trip up to Starbucks. This picture pretty much sums us up…

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I snuck in a mid-morning catnap (I was really attempting to read and I guess I fell asleep!) and then we all headed to the gym after lunch. I walked for 30 minutes and did 20 minutes on the elliptical while I waited for Dan to finish up his spin class (I miss spin, but not the pain). I felt like my hips were going to pop off after walking. Is that a good sign?

After quick showers, we headed over to my dad’s for a visit. The kids swam in the pool while my dad and I got attacked my Love Bugs and watched the surfers in the ocean. The waves were pretty rough and it was high tide so we skipped going down to the beach. It was definitely a gorgeous day though!

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We got home around 10 and just crashed. Maybe it was the beach air, but I actually feel incredibly well rested today. Sure I made my 900 trips to the bathroom last night, but this is probably the best I’ve felt in weeks (of course, I’m jinxing it just by saying it!). 

I know there are quite a few people rooting for me to have this baby tomorrow… in which case I say,” Bring on the Labor!!” In mind though, I have at least another week. It’s doable.

And because it has nothing to do with me weekend or anything else posted above – I’ll close out this post with my new favorite artwork from my favorite first grader.

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Seriously, how can I be in a bad mood after seeing this? <3 <3 <3

What is making you happy this week?? 

Weekend Recap

No, I haven’t had the baby yet. See?

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Now that that’s out of the way – let me tell you about my weekend.

Friday was uneventful. I skipped my workout after work (it’s hard to work out when you leave the work out clothes at home) and went shopping instead. I know I am thoroughly ready for this baby because I went to Babies R Us and couldn’t find a single thing I needed. However, I trip to Carter’s proved that I needed these things…

I really need to stop shopping... but how cute??

That night I think I went to bed at 10:30. Probably a good thing because I had a bout of insomnia from about 1:30-4. That was pretty awesome. Thankfully, I went back to sleep for another 3 hours or so and didn’t feel that horrible in the morning. I wish I could say I was up for exciting reasons like contractions, but no. I was just awake.

Saturday morning was busy, as usual. I had to chose between taking L to dance and B to baseball. It was like Sophie’s Choice, junior edition. Why is it necessary for all kid activities to be scheduled at the same time? I went with baseball since B’s game AND practice were cancelled last week thanks to rain.

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After the game, a few of the kids stuck around and played in the nearby playground – until is randomly started pouring (for about 5 minutes – then we didn’t see rain for the rest of the day). I took that as a sign that we should get going and head to the gym where I spent 45 boring minutes on the treadmill. I walked 3 miles at a 2% incline. I’m trying to walk the baby out, but I’m pretty sure the only thing that it’s doing is giving me crotch pain.

After a typical Davis Bakery lunch, we headed home.

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The kids napped (a perk to early risers and being on the go all day, I guess) while I cleaned, wrote thank you notes, and did stuff around the house. Yeah,  thrilling. It was actually another exciting night in the house – we ate burgers for dinner, caught up on a few episodes of The Americans, spent some quality time with my exercise ball, and then went to bed early. What can I say, waking up 8 times a night to pee has turned me into a party animal.

I woke up with race envy (could I know more people running/racing this weekend??) and somehow convinced my husband to run up to Starbucks for breakfast. The kids continued their whole “It’s Sunday and you people are both home so we’re going to act insane” schtick, but thankfully got it all out of their system before he we headed to Winter Park for family/maternity pictures.

On our way to take family pictures. I never know if I'm wearing too much makeup or not enough.

I’m hoping pictures were a success! The kids were unbelievably happy and nice to each other – so at least we should get some cute pictures of them (hopefully of Dan and I too).

Afterwards, we decided to grab lunch and walk around Park Ave. I wished we lived closer to this area, because I would be here regularly for brunch!

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We decided to eat at Prato – sharing a beet salad and two different pizzas (Margherita and Amatriciana) .

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Yum!

I love the whole Italian farmhouse atmosphere. Winter Park can be very, umm, trendy (putting it nicely), but Prato is extremely family friendly which I appreciate.

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After eating we walked up and down Park Ave trying to find the chocolate shop Dan remembered going to as a kid. We couldn’t find it, but we ended up at Kilwin’s and managed to pick up some fudge there. I’m not a huge chocolate fan, but this fudge is good stuff. At least we know it will last a while. Or that we can share with friends.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning, napping, working out, and playing (depending on which family member you are talking about) and I went on an ALWAYS exciting food shopping trip. Our fridge is looking full! The real miracle is that nobody at Publix commented that I was “about to pop!”, which I’ve heard for the past 4 weeks (mostly from men – do you guys lose your filter around pregnant women or something??).  I think I’ve reached that scary point where people are afraid to make eye content with you with the fear that they will put you into labor and therefore will be responsible for delivering the baby. Or maybe I’m overthinking it? ;)

I have a busy week ahead of me full of movies, appointments, and a massage – and maybe a baby if he/she decides to join our family. No pressure, BW3 – but you are free to join us at ANY time.

How was your weekend? Did you run a race? PR? Eat yourself silly? Do tell!

Indulgent & Relaxing Weekend

This weekend I stuffed my face, treated myself to a pedicure, hung out with friends, and basically just tried to relax. I wasn’t seriously concerned about going into labor while we were at our friends house (3 hours away from my Doctors/hospita!), but it was always a possibly. The good news is that we are home safe and sound — and I am still pregnant!

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My weekend started at the Ravenous Pig with my brother, Ben, and sister-in-law, Christina.

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It was a fun dinner, we caught up and had some good laughs and great food including their soft-pretzels, shrimp tacos, salad with beets, goat cheese, and pistachios (I think I’ve found a new favorite salad!), lamb, and “pig tails” for dessert.

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It’s crazy to me that Ben and Christina have almost been married for a year. It feels like we just made the trek out to San Franciso/Sonoma (I’m super jealous – they are heading back out there in a few weeks to celebrate their anniversary). Dinner was great – although I might love Cask & Lader a little bit more…

Saturday was pretty low key. Baseball was cancelled and while L and I were at dance/getting our nails done – Dan ran some boy errands with B and installed the infant seat.

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Eek.

We then headed down to the West Palm Beach area around 1:30 and lounged around with our friends for the rest of the afternoon/night.

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Today was much of the same. The kids were up waaaay too early, but I guess I expected it! We spent most of the day swimming/laying out by the pool (I got a little swimming in, but I’m a super wuss and the water was COLD) most of the day before heading to a late lunch and then heading home.

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I’m feeling slightly exhausted right now, despite relaxing. I was up most of the night with irregular contractions (that then lasted the majority of the day as well). I am feeling better now, so I’m hoping tonight will be a better night! For what it’s worth, I vaguely remember the same thing happening with L – so I’m not thinking they actually mean anything – but who knows, Thursday is a full moon!

Truthfully, as uncomfortable as I was today, I still want to make it through this week — I have a hair appointment, book club, and my rescheduled family pictures on Sunday. Obviously, there’s no room in that schedule to have a baby :)

On that note… I’m off to have a low key Sunday night. Hope everyone had a great weekend and a Monday that doesn’t completely suck!

Weekend Full of Hormones

This weekend was pretty low key and that’s probably a good thing. We did a lot of the usual stuff – baseball, dance, and the gym and did a lot of relaxing when I got the chance. I even managed to take a nap yesterday – which in hindsight probably wasn’t a brilliant idea because I couldn’t get to sleep until past 2. Hmmm… that didn’t pan out so well.

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Today we spent the afternoon at a birthday party. Normally I would complain about birthday parties, but most of my friends (and their kids) were there and it was at one of the best places you can have a party – Double Down. It’s basically a gym with bounce houses, trampolines, a foam pit, and ropes. Adults AND kids can participate – plus you get the whole area to yourself and you can bring your own food. It’s actually ridiculously hard to find a place like this in my area.

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Boys will be boys.

They should really consider doing adult birthday parties.

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I have to say the kids have been really well behaved this entire weekend. Maybe it’s because they sense that I am literally on the brink of hormonal rage at all times?

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I’m seriously living in grumpy land right now, although I’m sure I’m mostly taking it out on Dan and road rage. Dan even pointed it out to me, which I assure you went over well.

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I’m sure it’s a combination of not getting the best sleep, not being able run/break a good sweat, hormones, and the numerous aches and pains I feel at any given time. Wow, I sound like a party. I’m not quite ready to have this baby — but my body is definitely starting to break down. I laugh at myself when I get like this because I know it’s not going to be any easier once the baby arrives, but I guess at least I’ve have a cute baby to stare at while I’m not sleeping?

The good news is that the house is staying relatively clean and organized. Right now, I’m feeling the urge to clean out my closet/bedroom. I think it’s going to happen this week. I have a feeling there’s A LOT of stuff in there that needs to be thrown out or donated. *rubs hands together*

The next few weeks should keep me occupied, but I apologize ahead of time for any emotional outbursts (and posts).

At least starting tonight I have Don Draper and Peggy Olson to keep me company. And I guess Betty, too.

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Hmmmm…. should I admit how many times I’ve done this lately?

Hope your weekend was hormone, rage, and drama free!

Weekend Recap – Out Like a Lion!

Another weekend in the books – and the end of March! How’d that happen? I hope everyone (who celebrates) had a great Easter.

My weekend started out like this…

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Yes, L passed out on the floor at 5pm on Friday. I was actually at the gym when this happened. I didn’t really know how the rest of the night was going to go so I decided this was the best option for dinner…

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Yep, the pancakes.

Turns out, L was out for the night. I was a little scared at what this was going to mean for Saturday morning wakeup, but in the end she got up at her normal time. Girlfriend was just exhausted from her sleepover at Grandma Tater Tots.

Saturday was really laid back, which is a good thing because I’m fairly certain I got about 3 hours of sleep the night before. Note to self: do not drink a gallon of water before you go to bed. On the plus side, I finished my book club book (Silver Linings Playbook).

I did force myself to go to the gym and did a pretty good spin workout. I mainly went because the kids were begging me to go (they LOOOOVE going to the gym), plus I knew I needed some endorphins. It’s really getting harder and harder to sit comfortably on the bike, but it doesn’t seem quite as bad once I warmup (and standing climbs actually feel really good). Plus, it made me feel less guilty about skipping today’s workout.

I tried to nap while the kids were napping, but I ended up just taking a 20 minute cat nap. I woke up to this face in my face. Lol.

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So much for that. At least it was cute.

We went over to a friend’s house once everyone was up and spent a few hours there. It was SUCH a beautiful afternoon, I really could have gone for a margarita or two. *sigh*

I crashed early last night and made up for my lack of sleep BIG TIME. I still woke up like 4 times to pee, but I got in about 11 hours of sleep and I feel so much better today. Better = less cranky, but still cranky.

Speaking of today – we don’t do the Easter Bunny at our house (read this post on my thoughts/experiences with Easter), but Dan did set up a fun egg hunt for the kids. They were just a little bit excited.

Earlier this morning -- patiently waiting to hunt for eggs.

We ate lunch with the in-laws at the their retirement home and then when we got home I got stuff accomplished….

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Hallelujah, this baby has a room!

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Dan put the crib together while I hung up a bunch of clothes and threw away even more crap that we don’t need. Where does this stuff come from? I still need to do a few things to finalize the room, but it’s not like we are really going to spend a TON of time in there the first 3 months.

Unfortunately, I bought the wrong size curtains, so there was a big closet fail.

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Of course, I already threw the receipt and packaging away. This is what you call pregnancy brain. Anyone need turquoise blackout curtains?

I’m also in full nesting mode and cleaned up L’s closet. It’s safe to say she has more clothes than any person I know (mostly thanks to hand-me-downs).

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This doesn’t include anything that is ALREADY IN HER CLOSET (which is full).

We are finishing up the night with coconut chicken fingers and asparagus… and The Wizard of Oz (and I might actually finish filing our taxes).

Tomorrow means back to school, back to real life, and one more month closer to meeting this baby! I think it’s finally sinking in — it’s both scary and exciting.

I hope everyone had a great weekend :)