I’ve mentioned this a few times, but since entering the second trimester, my hunger is all over the place.  Some days I feel completely normal, other days I feel like I could enter an eating competition and win, and then there are days when I don’t feel very hungry at all. (<– For the record, I’m not a fan of those days) For the most part, I’m eating as normal as I can.  Okay okay so maybe there are some extra pickles thrown in there or ketchup on just about everything, but you get the point.

I do say that I’m definitely eating more often than I used to.  I read that I should be eating every 2-3 hours and I think I’m doing a pretty good job at sticking with that.

Breakfast – 7:00am

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Bowl of Kashi H2H with strawberries, banana, almond milk, hemp seeds, and a bit of granola.

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Always with my glass of OJ and a side of prenatal vitamins.

Snack- 10am

I usually start to get hungry around 10:00am so I nibble on some pretzels stashed in my desk drawer.

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Lunch – 12:30am

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I told you I was all about the deli salads this week.  This was a honey dijon chicken salad from the cafe in my office building served over a small garden salad.  I paired this with a delicious orange.

Dessert was an Adora calcium disk.

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Snack – 2:30pm

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I love these Luna bars!  The strawberry peanut butter is my absolute favorite but the blueberry vanilla is mighty tasty too.

Dinner – 6:30pm

I was planning on making turkey burgers for dinner tonight, but John picked up Salmon on his way home from work.  I forgot I had asked him to do this earlier in the week and completely overlooked my craving for salmon salads.  Fortunately, he remembered so salmon salads were on!

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Tonight’s salad was baby spinach, strawberries, edamame, roasted asparagus, avocado, almonds and goat cheese.  Perfection!

Dessert – 8:30pm

I haven’t had this yet, but I already know it will be the very last of my baked oatmeal.  I’ve been enjoying this almost every night for dessert, topped with a little vanilla yogurt and chocolate chips.  I’m very sad to see this go but John has promised to make me another batch soon.  Figure he might as well perfect the recipe while I’m pregnant and can eat copious amounts.

And that is what a typical day looks like.  Again, there are some days when I am way more hungry and may have a few more snacks thrown in, but for the most part, I’m still eating as wholesome and as many nutrient dense meals as I can.


Question: What is your favorite granola bar? I’m partial to Lara bars and Luna bars.  I haven’t really jumped on the Quest protein bar train.  I think I’ve had one and didn’t think it was worth the price.


Baby Bump Update: Week 16

by Lauren on April 15, 2014

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Four months down, five to go!  For the most part, things are going very well.  I’m feeling good, staying healthy, and genuinely enjoy being pregnant.  I did take significant notice that the bump busted out this week! Holy belly, this little peanut is making quite the appearance.

My stomach is now round and hard and not just a big belly of bloat.  I was able to go out and get a few more maternity pieces for the wardrobe, which is helping me feel more comfortable.  But is it just me or do maternity clothes make you look noticeably more pregnant?  I swear when I put on the long maternity tops, the bump is totally accentuated.  I feel like people are now starting to observe that I’m pregnant and maybe I’m going crazy, but I’m constantly thinking that everyone is staring at my stomach.  That’s probably more in my head though.


Your baby continues to be busy, growing and developing inside of you. He’s now about the size of an avocado, measuring approximately four and a half inches and weighing roughly three ounces. His heart is now pumping 25 quarts of blood every day, and his bladder is emptying every 45 minutes. 

Her limbs are even more developed and her movements have become increasingly coordinated. She doesn’t have any hair yet, but the patterning of her scalp has begun.

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Weight Gained: You know, I really don’t know the exact number.  I was thinking about it, and I believe this is measured from your very first appointment correct?  Well, I have no idea what that number was.  Before I was going off my original weight (like months and months before baby) but obviously, I had gained a few pounds right around the time I got pregnant and those few weeks that I actually was pregnant.  So 15 pounds may have been a little bit of a stretch.  I would say more like 10-11 pounds?

Workouts: Still chugging along with the early morning workouts, although running is getting harder and harder.  Kudos to all you pregos out there that run 1/2 marathons during your pregnancy, I truly have no idea how you do it! I usually stick with 3-4 miles and at a slower speed.  I do have to stop every mile or so to drink water.  This morning, I tried running and noticed a sharp pain in my lower abdomen so I had to stop.  I know there will be a time soon when it will all have to come to a hiatus.

Symptoms: The urge to pee is a lot more intense these days, but not so much at night.  I think I only get up once a night, which I hear is pretty good.  Other symptoms include gas, bloating and burping, especially after I eat.

Symptoms I’m Not Having: Same as last week.

Food Aversions: Nothing that I can think of.

Food Cravings: SALT!  Anything salty I am all over.  Also, pickles, and not the quality top-shelf pickles, I’m talking the nasty generic-brand dill pickles.  Tuna/chicken/egg salads.  I usually hate mayo-based salads and prefer to make my own, but right now, I want deli-made salads.

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Sleep: Lots of it!

Baby Items Purchased: Still nothing, but I have a feeling that will change soon.

Next Doctor Appointment: April 29th is my ultrasound although, my mom is going to give me one this weekend when we go home.  Perks of having an OBGYN nurse as your mother.  We are pretty certain we will be able to find out the sex!  Fingers crossed that those little legs aren’t crossed.

Other Random Stuff:  I have been dying to feel the baby move!  Like, I keep reading that most women start to feel movement around week 15-16, so I try and lay super still and wait for something to happen.  Last night, John was talking to it and moments later; I swear I felt a little wave go through my stomach.  This could be gas, but I’m hoping these movements come more frequently and predominantly.

Also – Maxi skirts are probably the most comfortable thing ever!  Don’t be surprised if you don’t see me in pants for the remainder of this pregnancy.

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Looking Forward To: Finding out the sex!  We should know by Saturday.  What do you think, boy or girl?


John cannot wait to have a playmate.  He is so loving and playful to begin with, that the thought of having a mini-him to share his love of life brings him so much joy.  I don’t want to burst his bubble by telling him that baby won’t be too interested in building forts with him for a few years, so I’ll just be grateful to have an incredibly caring and involved father.


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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Baby Bump Update: 15 Weeks

April 8, 2014

15 weeks and growing like a weed! Well, not really a weed,.  More like an apple. SIZE   BABY DEVELOPMENTS: Here is what the baby is up to: Your little one is now roughly the size of an apple. She is about four inches long, and weighs about two and a half ounces. Her legs [...]

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April 7th

April 7, 2014

April 7th. Today is a bittersweet day in my world. I will always remember 4/7 as being my Nanny’s birthday, falling just a few days before mine.  We often would celebrate our special days together by getting together as a family to enjoy a big meal, filled with endless laughter and joy.   My beautiful [...]

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The Weekender {4.4-4.6}

April 6, 2014

Just as fast as this past week went, so did the weekend. We had a few things planned and some room for unplanned fun so it all came together in the end. SATURDAY I was up at my normal 6am hour on Saturday morning.  Thankfully, I was able to wait a few hours before I [...]

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