Mom Brain [Beets Blu Key Finder Review]

Whoa, let’s blow the dust off this blog. Unfortunately, this little corner of mine on the interwebs has become slightly forgotten about. Well, not really. Just bumped down the priority list. Right now, Aisling has become my number one priority. I am currently balancing taking care of her (teething/going through a growth spurt), working, and all my other roles (wife, daughter, sister, aunt, me). Plus I am going back to the gym regularly. Add this and combine it with lack of sleep (Aisling doesn’t sleep through the night yet), I have serious mombie (mom+zombie) brain going on.


So when I was approached to review the Beets Blu Key Finder Wireless Pager Tag I was more then happy to do so. This little nifty device can help you keep track of your valuables (keys, wallets, suitcase, laptop bag, backpack – whatever is tagged with Pager Tag), detect the proximity of lost or forgotten items wirelessly, alert you when your item shifts outside of a connection range (about 15 feet/5 meters) and send sounds and enable an LED light to alert you.


Lately I have been misplacing my keys, so I have been using the pager tag to help me find them. My house keys and work keys are together and I switch bags a lot (regular work purse vs. diaper purse). The pager tag is very small and lightweight.


Set up was quite simple. All you have to do is put the battery in. There is a corresponding app (for both iOS and Android) that you can download for free. And then you just attach the pager tag to whatever you wish to not lose. When you try to locate the item, press the alarm button on the app, and the pager tag will make a sound alerting to its location. Easy peasy.


Other bonuses of the pager tag, is that it won’t drain the phone battery, using the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol and can be used as Android Trusted Device for automatic screen unlock. Most importantly, it saves you precious time and unneeded anxiety when looking for things. The Beets Blu Key Finder Wireless Pager Tag is also not very expensive – $24.95, so it is reasonable. I think it will make a great gift, especially during the holidays. I know a number of people who would benefit from the Beets Blu Key Finder Wireless Pager Tag.

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Coming up on the blog: Aisling’s heart surgery/health scare, my revised (and revised again) fitness/health goals, breastfeeding (ups/downs/in betweens) and the NY State Health Initiative and why I won’t actually be doing any full marathons this year. Stay tuned!

REVIEW: And The Beet Goes On… Beets Blu Heart Monitor

Disclaimer: I received the Beets Blu Heart Monitor Review in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own.

As someone who loves working out, I like to monitor items such as my caloric burn and my heart rate. When working out, it is ideal to know your heartrate because depending on the number, you know your effort – you can pick it up a notch or if you’re going too hard, you can scale back (in addition to the “can you carry a conversation” test). I have had my fair share of heart rate monitors in the past, such as Polar and FitBit. When offered the chance to review the Beets Blu Heart Monitor, I jumped at the chance!


I wanted to see how accurate it was in comparison to my other monitors. The instruction manual was fairly straightforward. Simply adjust the band to your body dimensions and wrap it around your chest (for me, this was beneath the bra line) and click the device in place. The strap itself is adjustable, thin, and very comfortable. I was surprised by that. I also liked that you did not necessarily need to wet the straps beforehand for it to work. That always annoyed me with other straps. It was such a pain, especially if I was short on time and in a rush during my workout, like when I would workout on my lunch break.



Note, the instructions do say you can wet the straps, and it is advisable to do so, as natural skin moisture may not be enough.

The Beets Blu Heart Monitor has an app you can connect it to, that you can download, which I did from the Apple Store. Once the app is open, all you need to do is enter your weight and your gender, and that is it! And then via Bluetooth technology, the device is immediately connected (just give a minute to calibrate).

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The Beets Blu Heart Monitor also stayed in place and did not move around, another bonus! Once you are done, simply take off the strap and store it away. The monitor will automatically enter a sleep mode when it loses contact with skin. The monitor’s battery (which it comes with, yay!) should last at least one year, which is great.

Other apps work with the Beets Blu Heart Monitor, at least 35 from the website – and that is just for iPhone. So you are not limited to just using the main app – there are many options to choose from.

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When compared to my other monitor, it is on par for tracking. The Beets Blu Heart Monitor is also reasonably priced in comparison to other monitors (it is only $44.95), which retail for a hundred plus dollars. I think the monitor is great for someone who is actively working out and wants to track their fitness or even for someone who is coming off cardiac illness and needs to monitor their rehabilitation. In the end, I am very happy with the Beets Blu Heart Monitor is a great device and certainly something I will be using in the long run.





Naps, Naps, Naps, Naps, EVERYBODY!

Disclaimer: this post was inspired by Casper who created a Napping 101 graphic to help de-stress for Stress Awareness Month. 

Hi friends!

It’s been quite some time since I have posted. If you know me personally or follow me on Instagram, you would know about my daughter’s recent health scare. For those who do not know, my daughter Aisling (“ash-lynn”) is recovering from congestive heart failure, for which she required open heart surgery. This all happened a little over a month ago, when she was 2 months old. Aisling is now 3 months old and is happy and healthy. To everyone who prayed for her and for us, thank you!

Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? Casper, whose commercials and ads about their mattresses you might have seen on TV and on the subway, wants to spread awareness on the importance of getting in a good nap. One thing that doesn’t happen with our busy days is napping. Napping is hard when you work in a big city like NYC. At my office, sometimes one of us might use our lunch break to take a little rest in a spare office. Napping has been shown to beneficial: you feel more rested, your stress is lowered, and you function better for both everyday activities and your health overall improves.

Casper wants to share the importance of napping as a stress reducer as well as some key tips on getting in a good nap and what quantifies as a nap:

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One thing that is super integral with a new baby is sleep. Sleep is non-existent with a new baby. I thought I was tired during pregnancy – ha! Boy was I wrong. During Aisling’s hospital stay, our stress levels were through the roof and sleep was even more critical but we hardly slept a wink. I would nap in her room or go to the Ronald McDonald house we were staying at to nap. Compounding the lack of sleep was pumping. Since I breastfeed, I had to pump around the clock to maintain my milk supply.  So every 3 hours, I was pumping… and running on very little sleep and we were so incredibly stressed. Now that we are back home, sleep is much better (we aren’t solidly sleeping through the night just yet but we’re close!) and I try to nap when the baby naps (though to be honest that doesn’t happen all the time). Even napping  as little as 15 minutes has been helpful and helps me feel more energized to take on the rest of the day. Napping will be more critical when Aisling turns 4 months and the dreaded 4 month old sleep regression  comes along.

I just wish when I was a kid, I didn’t fight naps as much as I did! Do you nap? On the weekends? Does your job allow for naps? Comment below!

What I’ve Been Up To & Pink Blush Maternity Review/Giveaway!

Disclaimer: I received a nursing dress from Pink Blush in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own.

Hi friends!!

Long time no see! I have been busy taking care of a newborn! Aisling is home and is adjusting well to life on the home front. Mommy and daddy are super tired but loving every minute of it. Aisling is almost 2 months old – it is crazy how fast time is flying by!

I am finally cleared to exercise and that is what I have been doing. I returned to the gym last week finally and attended some classes. I gained about 35 pounds and lost about 20. I am still not into my pre-pregnancy jeans yet and have not one, but two weddings, of which both I am in. So I am hopeful to lose this extra weight. I know it took me 9 (almost) months to put the weight on, it is not going to fall off overnight.

I am also exclusively breastfeeding so I am living in nursing-friendly tops right now. One of my favorite places for maternity wear and nursing wear is Pink Blush Maternity.  I came across Pink Blush through one of my favorite bloggers, Meals and Miles. I instantly fell in love with all of their pieces and bought a bunch of blouses and dresses with full intention to wear them through the rest of my pregnancy. Unfortunately, I went into early labor so that did not happen. I did wear a dress for my baby shower.


For Valentine’s Day, I wore one of their nursing dresses.




Ignore my messy bedroom…

Anyway, this dress in particular was really comfortable and beautiful (it’s olive green). But thanks to my ginormous jugs (I am up 2 cup sizes from a C to a DD), I could not comfortably nurse in it. I do think if you’re smaller chested, it would be a non-issue. Anyway, that’s not a negative on Pink Blush at all.

And bonus: even if you’re not pregnant or nursing, Pink Blush has a whole line of misses and plus sized clothing. So they cater to every woman, every lifestyle. And double bonus: their clothes are reasonably priced and usually they have some kind of sale going on.

Right now, Pink Blush is giving away a $50 gift card to one of my lucky readers! Enter below!



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Aisling’s Birth Story!

During week 35, I had not been feeling well. I chalked it up to general pregnancy symptoms, I was about to hit 36 weeks. My back primarily had hurt to the point that sitting was awful. I would fidget on the train and I would even stand for most of the ride to alleviate the pain. One night I called my husband from the train that I could not make the whole ride, my back hurt that much.

I called my OB who did not seem too concerned but during my weekly appointment, I brought it up again. Since the pain was by my upper back, he again did not seem too concerned. My appointment went well – I had a swab for GBS (Group B Strep) and got my flu shot. My doctor ended the appointment with “next week, we’ll start internals.” I was excited because I would finally figure out if I had made any progress and what the next steps would be.

On January 16th, I had my baby shower! I was so excited to see all of my friends and family. People came from far to see me and one friend even drove in a snowstorm! I had been worried about snow and it was a warm day! Baby R received SO much stuff we had no idea where to put it all!


Work fam!


So true!


College roomies + one roomie’s little!


My fam, sans my brother


Gym fam!

On Sunday, the 17th, I was going to an Islanders game with my college roommate and her husband and my husband. My husband’s birthday was that week, so I was planning on celebrating his birthday a few days ahead. At 8am, I had gone to the bathroom and when I did, I noticed I was bleeding. Not a lot but enough for me to be like, holy shit. I told my husband and I called the OB.  My doctor said it was normal, but to call if anything else happened. I hadn’t even packed a labor bag. But a gut feeling told me to…  so I decided to err on the side of caution and pack one. I took a shower, noticed the bleeding had stopped and I was relieved. It was about 10 am. I get dressed and have some coffee.

We went to print the tickets for the game that was later at 4pm. It was about 12:00 and we had to catch the LIRR at 1. My husband said the printer was out of ink, so  I squatted down to get more ink and my water broke – like epic crazy movie style. My husband was like are you sure? My jeans were soaked. I took a pic because why not? But I won’t share that here. I called my OB from the bathroom and he said to go to the hospital and get checked out. Since the hospital is 10 minutes away and I knew I wouldn’t be eating anything once admitted (if admitted), so I ate a breakfast burrito, had some water and finished packing the bag. I took off my contacts and my jewelry.  I left my nose ring in because LOL that bitch was not coming out. The plan was to call family if and only if I was admitted. Because it made no sense for my family to drive over an hour for nothing. I email my friend about our change in plans and they wished me luck.


Right before we left for the hospital.


Hi hospital!

Hi hospital!

I get admitted as an outpatient and I am checked – sure enough, my water broke. I get admitted as an inpatient. At this point, my contractions were OK. They felt like mild period cramps and thought I could handle the pain. It was an annoying pain but nothing too insane. After awhile, a doctor, who is not my doctor comes in – turns out my OB was out of town (he had been in earlier, but had left before I had called him about my water) but he was doing his best to get back. So I was being covered by his replacement. She was awesome. I have an internal exam which showed I was dilated a fingertip and effaced 50%. My husband brought Exploding Kittens and Uno and we played a few hands while watching X-Men on FX. I was in good spirits.

Shit was getting real at this point.

Shit was getting real at this point.

Hi hubs!

Hi hubs!

Within a few hours, I was dilated 2cm, effaced 75%.The contractions, which I can only describe as someone repeatedly stabbing and wringing my insides, were a minute apart, one on top of another. I could hear women down the hall screaming. That terrified me. I started to repeatedly vomit. The labor nurse discussed an epidural. I really wanted to do it on my own but I remember a friend from my gym and my colleague/friend telling me, take the epidural and not to be a hero.  The nurse told me the epidural would help me relax and make labor progress more quickly.  I took the epidural. Baby even had hiccups while I had contractions. Husband gets sent out of the room. The anesthesiologist tells me to keep still. Needles don’t bother me but holy shit did that hurt. I cried as I try to keep still. My left leg goes numb but not my right. I still feel the contractions. The epidural failed. I get another one. This one works and I was in heaven. I napped for 2 1/2 hours. I woke up because I started to feel pressure, which was the baby coming down. It felt like a weird burn/pressure.  It was about 11:00 pm. I was told that I would be checked at 11:30pm. The burning sensation intensified. At 11:20, I paged the nurse and beg to get checked. I get checked, dilated 9cm, 100% effaced. My husband called our folks. And I start taking practice pushes, which felt glorious. It was about 11:45pm. The room starts getting prepped for show time.

Baby warmer

Baby warmer

After 15 minutes of pushing, I had the baby! I had a small tear that required stitches. That was not fun. I felt every single stitch. Pushing which I was the most concerned with, was the least painful thing. We delayed cord clamping because baby was a premie, born at 35w, 4d. That also meant our skin to skin time was shortened to just 15 minutes because she had to go to NICU.  Her lungs were fine. The 2 vessel cord ended up being a non-issue. However, baby developed jaundice on Tuesday, so she stayed at the hospital. I was discharged Wednesday. Baby had light therapy and came home on the following Saturday, during the blizzard.

Less than 24 hours later (a mere 12 hours from when my water broke), Aisling Grace was born at 12:05 AM (on January 18th, at 5lbs, 5oz, 19 inches long). And we couldn’t be more in love.

Aisling Grace

Aisling Grace

Weeks 33-35 Review!

Hi friends! Long time no see!

It’s been busy here at the Raux household, trying to get ready for baby and dealing with the holidays. We are quickly approaching the end of this pregnancy and there is a lot to do – from finishing painting the nursery, ordering decorations for the nursery, going for pediatrician interviews, undergoing stress tests for the baby, and wrapping up work before I take my leave.

I promise one day this blog will be about actual running and not just all baby.

I miss running. I really do. I am having serious FOMO with Facebook and all the races.

But for now, the only running I am doing has come down to a waddle as I try to hustle up the subway stairs without getting run down by the massive mob behind me.

I had my shower yesterday, and baby girl was flooded with lots of love and gifts. I will do a separate recap on that – but in sum: SO MUCH FUN!

Onto the recap survey!




What fruit or vegetable are you? 33 weeks = pineapple, 34 weeks = cantaloupe, 35 weeks = coconut

How far along? Currently 36 weeks!

Due date: 2-14-16

Boy or girl? Girl!

Next appointment: Weekly appointments started at 34 weeks due to my 2 vessel cord. Baby is having weekly stress stress tests for her cord issue and also because my last growth scan showed higher amniotic fluid. So higher amniotic fluid is not good as is lower amniotic fluid. So I have been having bio-physical profiles, which are a combo on non-stress tests and growth scans. So far it baby has been doing well! But because of the cord, my doctor said I may not make it all the way to 40 weeks and I may get induced at 39 weeks! We’ll know more as we keep going to appointments. So 1/22/16 is my next appointment.


Total weight gain/loss: 30 lbs.

Exercise: I am still going but it’s challenging. I am fatigued easily and need more modifications. But it really makes me feel so good afterwards.

Stretch marks? Zero, zilch, nada.

Food cravings: None!

Symptoms: SO MANY BACKACHES. I have more difficulty sleeping and even sitting still.

Movement: Lots of movement! Usually in the early morning or late in the evening.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Maternity clothes: Still rocking.

Belly button in/out: In!

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting baby girl! And finishing the nursery! We are getting down to the wire!

Name: Still not telling!

Week 32 Recap & Maternity Stitch Fix Review!

Hi friends!

I hope those of you who celebrate, had a wonderful Christmas! My Christmas was fun but busy! We split the holiday half with my family and half with husband’s family. And then I met with my bestie who lives far away and her fiance for brunch.

I swallowed an ornament!

I swallowed an ornament!

Hubs, me, bestie & her fiance

Hubs, me, bestie & her fiance

Later that day, I went to have another growth scan to make sure baby is growing at the appropriate rate due to her having a 2 vessel cord (also known as a single umbilical artery).  Baby so far seems, good – and she finally showed us her face!!

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I am so excited to meet her! I think she looks more like me from just the sonos – only time will tell. I look a lot like my mom, it’s kind of nuts.

Also December has been a month of babies! I know 7 women who had babies within the last 3 weeks. Clearly there is something in the water, har, har. With the exception of my pregnancy group that I am in and 1 other person due after me, I kind of sometimes feel like I am the last person to go… but baby still needs to do some more cooking. It’s still too early for her to show. In addition, we have moved onto the every 2 week doctor visit portion of the pregnancy – soon enough it will be once a week!


What fruit/vegetable are you?  Honeydew melon (not my favorite).

Due date: 2-14-16!

How far along: Currently 33 weeks, 32 weeks for this recap!

Boy or girl? Girl!

Next appointment: 1/5/15!

Total weight gain/loss: 25-30? I have no idea, I haven’t stepped on the scale.

Exercise: Still doing kick-boxing, HIIT, upper/lower body strength training, and TRX. All on a modified level. I do take step classes but I don’t do too much with the step, or I keep it very low.

Stretch marks? None.

Food cravings: Nothing new…

Symptoms: Irritability, indigestion, and lots of backaches! The nausea and vomiting still occurs. FUN TIMES.

Movement: Lots of movement! Usually in the early morning or late in the evening.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Maternity clothes: Still rocking.

Belly button in/out: In!

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting baby girl! And my shower! And finishing the nursery. And watching all the shows I have on DVR once I do go on leave (I am leaving 2 weeks before my due date, so unless baby comes early, I have lots of time for TV). Also alcohol and eating all the foods I couldn’t before. Seriously – I sniffed my husband’s beer the other day. Hashtag desperate much.

Aaaaaand finally, because this post is not long enough, I did a maternity Stitch Fix since I had a $20 credit. I was hoping for something fun for the holidays or my shower.






IMG_9438I really loved everything that was sent to me, especially the skirt above (which was reversible, the other side, a bright purple). But nothing really called out to me. I liked the 2 tops but the stripe one is pretty basic and I have some tops already similar to it and the dress was really cute (it’s laser cut, which you can’t see) but it was not cute enough to justify spending $64 (with the $20 credit applied). I really want something more special for my shower. As for the skirt which I looooved, it was simply too big even with baby bump. So it all went back which was a bummer. I might do another one for when I transition from maternity back to regular sized clothing.

And that is all for now… in the meantime, best wishes for a Happy New Year (whoa)!!


Week 30 & 31 Recaps & What I am Looking Forward To…



Baby R is an ornament!

I cannot believe I am at the 8th month mark, with just 8 ½-9 more weeks to go. I know I probably sound like a broken record, but I really do feel like I just announced/found out. Time has been flying by. So much so that it’s almost Christmas! And I haven’t even finished all of my holiday shopping. Honestly, I just started. Am I the only one? Yes? No?  It’s also hard to get into the holiday spirit because it’s been tropical here in NY, with a very warm Fall/Winter, with temperatures easily in the mid-to-high 60s whereas last year we were covered in snow!

I am pretty sure I am going to blink the next few weeks away and baby is going to be here!

I have a million apps on my phone and in one of the chat rooms for one of the apps I use, a bunch of women were discussing the things they were looking forward to most once baby arrives. And ironically enough, I was also discussing this with my husband. So here is my list of things that I am looking forward to most:


  • Not puking everyday (this is my #1, after meeting and holding Baby R)
  • Having a beer or a hard cider (Husband is going to try to sneak one into the hospital, haha)
  • Having soft cheeses or smoked fish or a cold cut deli sandwich
  • Not peeing every 2.5 seconds
  • Less backaches
  • Being able to sleep without 20,000 pillows propping me up
  • No heartburn
  • Not getting winded as I bound up the stairs
  • Easily putting shoes on or bending/reaching down



What fruit/vegetable are you?  We went from a cucumber to a cabbage, broccoli stalk.  Other fun “size” items include: romaine lettuce, a foam finger, croquembouche, and a small clawed otter.

Due date: 2-14-16!

How far along: Currently 31 weeks!

Boy or girl? Girl!

Next appointment: 12/23/15 for a regular check up. This will be the LAST of my 3-week appointments. Then it’s onto every two weeks and then once a week. It is getting real!

Total weight gain/loss: 23 lbs at this recap.

Exercise: Still doing kick-boxing, HIIT, upper/lower body strength training, and TRX. All on a modified level. I do take step classes but I don’t do too much with the step, or I keep it very low.

Stretch marks? None.

Food cravings: Chinese food & chicken parm.

Symptoms: Irritability, indigestion, and lots of backaches! The nausea and vomiting still occurs. FUN TIMES.

Movement: Lots of movement! Usually in the early morning or late in the evening.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Maternity clothes: Still rocking.

Belly button in/out: In!

What I’m looking forward to: Going on maternity leave, I am not even gonna lie. I am tired and commuting for work is getting more of a pain (dodging crowds, stairs, rushing to make a train). I have 42 days left! Not that I am counting or anything… ;)


Week 29 Recap!!

Hi friends! Time for your weekly dose of Baby R! Let’s roll through week 29!

So end of week 28 through week 29 was not fun –As you know from my last post here, I spent the week sick with a terrible cold, which I am still getting over.  Baby did not like all the coughing. There was a lot of kicking (which I didn’t hate, but baby was probably like ENOUGH already). We even had to cancel our trip to Boston for Thanksgiving, which I was super pumped about seeing family and eating all the turkey.  Pregnancy has also made me super grateful (and long for) for simple things like cold medicine, which I cannot take. There is a lot of medicine you cannot take when you’re pregnant.  (There are things you can take, once you clear it with your doctor of course).

I also spent the end of week 29 going to a hockey game with le hubs and seeing the tree at our local park get lit up. They even had fireworks after… it was really nice and festive and got me in the holiday spirit.




 Onto week 29’s recap!!! Bee tee dubs, if you missed any of the recaps, check them out HERE!


What fruit/vegetable are you?  Butternut squash!

Due date: 2-14-16!

How far along: 29 weeks for this recap. Currently 30 weeks!

Boy or girl? Girl!

Next appointment: 12/23/15 for a regular check up. I had a growth scan which estimated the baby to be about 3lbs! She’s on track growth wise and at birth will be around 7lbs.  This next appointment on the 23rd will be the LAST of my 3-week appointments. Then it’s onto every two weeks and then once a week. It is getting real!

Total weight gain/loss: 21 lbs at this recap.

Exercise: Still doing kick-boxing, HIIT, upper/lower body strength training, and TRX. All on a modified level. I do take step classes but I don’t do too much with the step, or I keep it very low.  I miss prenatal yoga on the weekend. I really need to get back to it and I think I will again for the remainder of this pregnancy.

Stretch marks? None.

Food cravings: Chocolate chip cookies, apple slices with almond butter, iced tea.

Symptoms: Irritability; difficulty sleeping, and easily getting out of breath. The nausea and vomiting still occurs but not as much as before.

Movement: Lots of movement! Usually in the early morning or late in the evening.

Wedding rings on or off? Still on!

Maternity clothes: Still rocking.

What I’m looking forward to: Painting the nursery and building the crib. My shower, which is a month away still.

Week 28 Recap, Thanksgiving Edition!

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I spent my Thanksgiving being super sick. We were supposed to go to Quincy (in Massachusetts) to visit honey bunny’s family and we ended up not going. We started to drive and 20 minutes in I told honey bunny I couldn’t do it. The idea of being in the car for hours on end while all I wanted to do was be in bed with a blanket over my head brought me to near tears.  We spent our holiday at home, making our own mini Thanksgiving.  Thank goodness the store was open or we would have had no food except mozzarella and half of a Vidalia onion.


Pigs in a blanket


BBQ chicken bites

Corn bread, turkey tenders, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy

Corn bread, turkey tenders, corn, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy

 I wasn’t even well enough to see my family on Staten Island, which is only 75 minutes away. They’re all sick too, which stunk as well. So we made the best of it. And when you’re pregnant, your medication options are limited because most meds out there are harmful to the baby. So Tylenol and Vapor Rub are my best buds right now.

I am still super sick and am hopeful this blasted cold will be over and done with soon enough. Being sick sucks!  I am using the rest of the long weekend to rest and not do too much. You bet as soon as I am well enough, I am getting my flu shot. Being sick with a cold is hard enough – I can’t imagine the flu!

Ok, ok, onto the recap… hello third trimester!


What fruit/vegetable are you? Eggplant

Due date: Valentine’s Day 2016!

How far along: 28 weeks!

Boy or girl? Girl!

Total weight gain/loss: 23 lbs

Exercise: Still going as much as I can. I stopped doing yoga just because I don’t really have the time on the weekends at the moment, which stinks because I really liked it.  Most days I have bad morning sickness, which oddly enough, the gym really helps.  I am also listening to my body more – some moves I can’t do anymore because my belly gets in the way, so I just hold plank or do something else in its place.

Stretch marks? Nothing, zilch, nada. YAY!

Food cravings: Chocolate

Food aversions: Raw meat, hummus, stuffed peppers, beef stir-fry.

Other aversions: Smoke of any kind.

Symptoms: Nausea/dry-heaving, leg cramps, insomnia.

Movement: I am starting to notice Baby R more and more. But it is still kind of hard due to my anterior placenta.

Wedding rings on or off? Surprisingly still on!

Maternity clothes: Officially on!

What I’m looking forward to: Starting the nursery! We finally picked up the paint!

Baby purchases? No, but I bought a new tank top and pullover sweater for myself…

Name: We have a name! No, I am still not telling. ;)