A Much Overdue Coffee Date

by Lauren on October 18, 2016

Well hello!  I honestly feel like it has been ages since I’ve sat down and really caught up on life with you all.  Truth be told, I’ve been kind of in a rut.  My days are so jammed pack and when the evening comes, the only energy I have left is to lay lifeless on the couch for an hour or so before passing out in bed.  It’s an exciting life I tell ya!

But….it’s been on my mind for weeks to write a catch-up post so I think now is the perfect time to start.

Grab your coffee (mine would be fresh brewed La Colombe with steamed coconut milk) and let’s chat….


Well we are full swing into fall in these parts and just when we thought the weather was taking a beautiful cooler turn, we got hit with humid temps in the 80’s this week!  Seriously…..not cool!  I feel like the pre-pregnant me would be stoked for summer weather in October, but the highly uncomfortable and irritated 6 1/2 month pregnant me is not thrilled.  Regardless, we’ve been engaging in all of the fall activities like apple festivals, hay rides, outdoor play and lots of walks.


An update on Grayson….

Well ever since he turned two, life just changed.  Okay I may be exaggerating, but I honestly feel like parenting a 2 year-old is a whole new ball game.  For the most part, it’s a blast! His loving, funny and adventurous personality makes my days so eventful, but I’m also discovering how exhausting this whole parenting thing really is.  We are finally not lacking sleep (biting my tongue here because that will soon change) so it’s not really a physical exhaustion as it is a mental exhaustion.  I am constantly having to teach, redirect, discipline, think effectively…all the while feeling like this tiny little human doesn’t really understand a lick of what I’m saying.  It’s like I’m banging my head against a wall over and over.  In reality, I know he gets it and it truly is amazing how one day he will just wake up and start saying a new word or surprise us with a new skill, but man oh man are toddlers ever exhausting.  Tell me again how I’ll survive with a toddler AND a newborn?


If we were having coffee, I would also tell you how I’ve just been feeling off lately in a lot of ways.

I know pregnancy is 99% to blame for this, but physically, I just feel run down, large and uncomfortable and emotionally, I find myself worrying more and more about things that aren’t even in my control.  This election has me stressed, balancing work and a few other life projects has me crazed some days, the thought of cutting back on work when the baby comes has me worrying about finances, and the idea of moving AGAIN with a newborn and a toddler has me so anxious.  I’ve been praying….a lot!  I know His intentions are good and I place so much hope in that.


I also found out that it’s likely that I have another auto-immune condition.  It came up in some early blood work they did for my pregnancy and after more tests, they are concerned it may be Lupus.  I won’t know until I meet with a rheumatologist next month and honestly, I am just trying not to worry.  As long as the baby is fine, I am fine….after-all, chronic illness is something I’ve had to deal with for years now so getting another diagnosis doesn’t really bother me, it just may change some things.

We’re probably half way through our coffee now and this would be the part I would tell you I’m heading to Baltimore this weekend to get my Personal Training certification!  So this has been a desire of mine for a few years now, but I just kept putting it off and putting it off.  Finally, the opportunity arose a few months ago and I knew I couldn’t pass it up.  I really want to continue to educate and expand my experience and knowledge for fitness and helping others and this is just the next step.  I’m not entirely sure what I will do after I’m certified, but I am really hoping to build a niche of helping women, specifically moms looking to change their bodies in the most healthy and beautiful way.  It really is a big passion of mine.

Oh and speaking of passions and helping moms, did I also tell you I started a mom’s ministry at my church?  As if I didn’t have enough on my plate already, I started to feel called to begin a MOPS group a few months ago and after one thing led to another, it all came together.  We had our first meeting last week and it went so well!  I can’t tell you how significant having a MOPS group has been to me in the past so now that I get to run one, I am over the moon.  It’s a lot of work but it’s one of my favorite ways to work right now.


We’re getting near the end of our coffee date now and it’s probably that time when I would confess how difficult this pregnancy feels compared to last.  Aside from the big UC flare I dealt with last pregnancy, I just feel overall more tired, sore, and uncomfortable.  Oh and much bigger!  The doctor says I’m measuring right on track, but I really think your body just expands a little more the second time around.  Nothing fits or looks remotely good, I’m starting to break out a little, and my hair has a mind of its own.  I’m just not feeling so great about myself lately and I know a lot of it is probably hormonal, but I am just very excited to not be pregnant anymore.  The end result is so worth every little thing, but the 9 month journey has never been good to me.


And as we were wrapping up, I would probably tell you not to forget to check out my post on my personal experience with divorce and then enter to win $100 visa gift card.  There is only a few days left and I wouldn’t want you to miss out!

Thanks for catching up friends!  It feels good to unload and share what’s been going on lately…the good, the bad and everything in-between.




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I feel like we were just saying good-bye to summer and now, everyone is in full holiday mode! Between Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, Christmas, the next few months are just a whirlwind of to-do’s, events, travel, family and food.

I have a tendency to let the holidays sneak up on me.  For example, Trick or Treat night less than two weeks away and do you think we have a costume picked out for Grayson yet?  The answer is no.

I know so many people who prepare for the holidays months in advance and even heard that the average person has their Christmas shopping done by November.  Ummm, not really sure what they are classifying as “average” but I certainly don’t fall into that category when it comes to my shopping.

Another holiday check-list item that I never seem to stay on top of is designing and ordering our Christmas cards. Kudos to those that religiously send out Christmas cards weeks before December 25th, but I think I’ve only done it once my whole life.

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