WIAW {4.23.14}

by Lauren on April 23, 2014

Being that yesterday was my Monday, I can’t say the week started off on a great note. Thankfully, today was much better but I still wish I could have a do-over for yesterday.

One of the major reasons why my day sucked was this….

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I managed to slam my finger in the car door which resulted in what I think is a fractured finger tip.

I’ve definitely reached that point in my pregnancy when pure clumsiness kicks in.  I just seem to be beating myself up over it…literally.

About two weeks ago, I gave myself a black eye at work when I attempted to change the empty water cooler jug.

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That thing still isn’t completely healed yet.

Anyways, aside from my minor injuries, today was much better as I mentioned,


Breakfast – 7:00am

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Breakfast this morning was my leftover baked oatmeal from our trip to The Hershey Pantry on Monday.  I had to take John and order this so he could see how his version lived up.  I must say, his was spot on.

This bowl was topped with Greek yogurt, banana, walnuts, and sun butter.  So good!

On my way to work, I realized I was a bit early and decided to stop for an iced coffee.

Here is why I hate Dunkin.  I asked for a decade iced coffee with just a little cream.  The girl repeated my order to make sure it was correct but when I got my receipt it said extra cream.  I took the receipt back to her and told her to make sure it was light cream.  I even remember saying, “seriously, just a tiny bit.”

And then this was how my coffee came out.

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Yep, cream flavored coffee.  Blah!  I had a few sips before I had to throw the rest out.

I don’t know how you New Englanders do it.  I miss my Starbucks!


Snack – 10:00am

Around 10am, my stomach started to grumble so I snacked on a few nut clusters.

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These were so good!  Definitely hard to stop.

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Lunch – 12:30pm

Thankfully, I didn’t eat enough nuts to ruin my lunch or else I would have been pretty upset about missing out on this…

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I made egg salad and sandwiched it between two slices of whole wheat with smashed avocado.

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I went a little crazy with the avocado (probably 1/2 of one in there) but it turned out to be delicious.

I also had an apple and some unpictured Kashi crackers.

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Lunch dessert….

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Snack – 3:30pm

Some days I am completely stuffed after lunch and other days, I am hungry again a few hours later.  Today was one of those hungrier days.

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I enjoyed my favorite Luna bar to get me through the rest of the day.

Dinner – 6:30pm

Dinner was a huge win tonight.

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I made chicken pitas with sautéed zucchini.  I am still loving anything salty right now so feta, olives, hummus, and cucumber sauce all in one bite made my world.

And there you have it, a full day of eats.  Also consumed was 3 liters of water and a bunch of fruity tic tacs.  Thankfully, my low vegetable diet is helping as I’m feeling much better today.  I did sneak in a few veggies at dinner but hopefully not enough for my stomach to notice.




Baby Update: 17 Weeks

by Lauren on April 22, 2014

Time for another baby update already!

These weeks are really flying by now and I’m so close to being half way there.  Crazy.

It was quite the exciting week for us and the baby, more us I suppose.  On Saturday, we were able to find out the baby’s sex and in case you missed it on my Facebook or Instagram……



We are so thrilled about this!  Honestly, we would have been so happy with either outcome, but a little boy as our first one is just so exciting.


Your baby is now about the size of a turnip! He is roughly five inches long, and weighs five ounces (that’s even more than the placenta weighs).

Though no new structures have formed this week, he has developed fat deposits under his skin that will account for about 2 to 6 percent of his total body weight at his time of birth, just 23 weeks from now!

His skeleton, which up until this point has been made up of flexible cartilage, is now hardening into bone. Another exciting event…his sense of hearing begins to develop this week!



17 week

Weight Gained: Not sure.  I’ll have my next doctor’s appointment in 2 weeks.

Workouts: I’m running 3-4 miles about 3 days a week, doing an elliptical workout 2 days a week and trying to do weights 5 days a week.  I usually take the weekends off but I’m looking at taking a yoga class and/or a spin class on Saturday mornings.  I’m definitely missing these two things in my life.

Symptoms: The normal symptoms remain – frequent peeing, gas, heartburn, and just feeling tired more often. Oh and I’m still crying at almost anything these days.

Symptoms I’m Not Having: No bad dreams yet or super crazy unusual dreams.

Food Aversions: Unfortunately, my body is averting vegetables (I’ll get to that in a second)

Food Cravings: Still loving chicken, egg and tuna salads.  Pickles and olives are topping my list as well (typical).

Sleep: 8-9 hours a night, although I am starting to get uncomfortable in most positions.

Baby Items Purchased: Nada but now that we know it’s a boy, I’m ready to SHOP or at least register.

Next Doctor Appointment: I have my ultrasound next week and a follow up doctor’s appointment the following week. BUT, now I’ll have quite a few more doctor appointments I’m afraid.

Other Random Stuff:  Well, unfortunately, I believe I’m having the initial symptoms of a UC flare.  Things have been so good for so long, but last week, I took notice to some rather scary digestion issues that went beyond the usual pregnancy tummy troubles.  I called my midwife and just saw my family doctor today who is referring me to a GI.  Ugh, I’m so so upset about this.  Not only is is extremely scary, I just now have to be super careful with my diet, which unfortunately will not include fibrous vegetables, salad or anything hard to break down for a few weeks.  I’m not sure yet, but I also think I may be considered “high risk” now.

Looking Forward To: The next ultrasound.  I just love seeing this little guy moving all around.  Speaking of moving, I think I finally started to detect some slight movement this weekend but I’m looking forward to those little kicks all of the time.


I just asked John what his thoughts were this week and he exact response, “wooooo!!!”

John is ecstatic! He deemed Saturday (the day we found out we were having a boy) one of the best days of his life.  As much as John would have loved to have a little daddy’s girl, his heart was so full to see that little manhood on the screen.  He has still been spending a lot of time with my tummy, speaking wise words of wisdom to his son.  I’m pretty sure he is also in the process of purchasing a few Red Sox onesies for this little fan in the making.



Friday Confessions

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April 15, 2014

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Hershey Pantry Baked Oatmeal Recipe

April 14, 2014

Ever since I mentioned that John was able to inherit the exclusive baked oatmeal recipe from The Hershey Pantry, I had many of you requesting the recipe.  I wasn’t sure if I was allowed to share it, but I found out that this recipe is published in their recipe book and is not really kept [...]

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Meals + Fitness + A Chicken Pita Recipe

April 13, 2014

What a weekend! I am physically and mentally exhausted from moving apartments for the past two days, but entirely happy that it is all done.  We spread out the move over Saturday and Sunday which turned out to be the best method.  After all of the moving and unpacking, I am totally spent. Luckily, we [...]

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What I’m Loving Lately

April 12, 2014

Hey guys! This post was intended to go up last night, but I just never got around to it.  After working all day, the only thing I had on my mind was coming home, putting on some stretchy pants and lying horizontal on my couch, entirely unplugged for the rest of the evening.  It was [...]

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Hey Hey, It’s Your Birthday!

April 10, 2014

Today is my 28th birthday. I’d like to tell you it’s been a full out party over here, but in reality, I’ve enjoyed a pretty normal day with a few lovely surprises and warm wishes thrown in. I woke up at my normal hour and headed to the gym for a workout.  When I got [...]

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{WIAW} 4.9

April 9, 2014

Well, I think it has finally happened.  I think Spring is officially here and I know I’m not the only one sighing a HUGE breath of relief knowing that winter is behind us. It’s incredibly refreshing to see how everyone’s moods seem to change with the weather, including my own.  Warmth, sunshine, and blue skies [...]

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