Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weekly Wonders

I have been eating a lot of cantaloupe lately.
I went strawberry picking at the most beautiful farm in Charlottesville, VA. (Chiles Peach Farm)
The oddly shaped strawberries are the best!
"Off with their heads!" :) De-stemming some strawberries.
A fun card and the most delicious wrapping paper that I found for a 7-year old's birthday.
Late afternoon puppy kisses.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ellie-Style (Maternity Black-Tie Wedding)

Back when I was only about 3 months pregnant I started thinking about my dear friends' black-tie wedding that would be taking place when I should be about 30-weeks pregnant. It was a daunting thing to think about because 1.) I wasn't showing yet, 2.) It was so far off, and 3.) I was still feeling like crap and couldn't imagine dressing up for a formal wedding. No matter, I was determined to tackle the issue before it became a last minute scramble before the wedding.

Luckily, my advanced planning paid off! In the early months of my pregnancy I was all about buying maternity clothes on sale from the last season. In the winter, everything from last summer was on super sale, so I got some really good deals and now I have a closet full of maternity summer dresses that I can wear without having ever broken the bank. Once place that I found to have great dress sales was That is where I found this awesome dress.

The dress was originally $100 something, but I bought it on sale for about $30. (Go me!) When it arrived I tried it on and it did not fit. At only 3-months pregnant I didn't have the belly or boobs to fill it out yet. I kept the dress anyway on the gamble that it would fit by 30-weeks. I tried the dress on one week before the wedding and it fit perfectly! Now I don't know if that is just good luck, or actually amazing planning and foresight.

The wedding was a blast and I received far more complements than I could have ever imagined! (Gay guy friend: "I think you know you look good. Can I just say, your boobs look incredible!") My body has never been this curvaceous, so while it is taking some getting used to, I definitely appreciate the complements. (People know how to make a pregnant lady feel good.) Really though, all the credit goes to this amazing dress that brought out my curves so perfectly.

{Dress is from, shoes are vera wang from Kohl's, clutch was thrifted, necklace was a gift}

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weekly Wonders

An old lime slowly drying out on my dad's window sill.
Thrift store trip for the win! I found real maternity clothes and JCrew pieces. All of it for $18!
Fun flowers in my step-mom's garden.
Blueberries and yogurt afternoon snack.
My friends' picturesque wedding venue in Charlottesville, VA. (Mount Ida Farm)
Friends gathered at a wedding.
Wedding champagne with a fizzing blackberry in it.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pregnancy Update: 30-weeks, 3rd trimester (7ish months)

Here are my 7-month stats: 
I am definitely feeling the weight of my belly these days. Until now, I haven't had too many issues and my energy has been great. With the growth of the baby and my belly though, I have begun to be physically tired more quickly. In fact, I was unloading the dishwasher the other night and was out of breath by the time I was finished. (Now that's just ridiculous!) My back also aches now, along with my ribs. Whoa, the rib pain is unreal! I assume my ribs are trying to expand along with the baby and that is causing me a LOT of uncomfortable pain. Sleeping is pretty much a joke at this fact, I welcome the days when the baby is here and at least I can be comfortable in bed while I am sleep deprived. Body comfort is something I don't think I will have again until after the baby is here...ho-hum! I did have an awesome prenatal massage though. It was complete bliss and I definitely plan to get more of those in the following months. I have also started working out again. Ha, yes in my third trimester! I felt well enough to exercise in my second trimester, but didn't make it priority. So now that I have finally gotten around to it, I hope it is not too late. I try to get to the gym at least 3-5 times a week for a good hour of walking on the treadmill and even some light weight lifting. (Go me!) So far, it has been ok. I am slow, but at least I am doing something. Emotionally, I am still all over the place. I have good weeks and bad weeks. I think going to the gym is helping me to balance my emotions though. Yes, the power of exercise!

The bump is GROWING. This lady is definitely pregnant, there is no more hiding it! In fact, the comments from strangers have begun. Now that people can see I am obviously pregnant they want to comment. For the most part I don't mind the comments and luckily I haven't had anyone be too grabby or touchy feely with my belly. (Though I don't mind that either. A pregnant belly is definitely something that begs to be rubbed. Even I as a pregnant lady myself, I want to grab every round pregnant belly that I see. So while I've got it, it may as well get the love from everyone else. So touch away, rub my belly for good luck! ...within moderation of course.)

My cravings are still short lived. I think pregnancy cravings are a myth. I really haven't had any earth shattering absolute definite cravings this whole pregnancy. Cravings are normal for everyone, I think in pregnancy though, we just tend to satisfy the cravings more often. If any craving were to stand out to me these days it would be cantaloupe. I eat it every day and can't get enough of it. I've also been eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (still), along with fish, quinoa, baked oatmeal, trail mix, clementines, bananas, and salad. I've been eating some giant plates of salad!

Baby Stats:
Babycenter says the baby is the size of a large cauliflower and probably weighs about 3 pounds. She is now able to open and close her eyes and apparently she regularly tastes the amniotic fluid. She is also drinking it and peeing it out on a regular basis so that her organs get a jump start on learning to process liquids and food. The biggest thing for baby girl right now is her brain and fat growth. I also feel her whomping kicks on a regular basis now. If I lay down on my left side she starts kicking right away.

Awkward Dream:
Lately, my dreams have been filled with ex-boyfriends. So weird! The last time I dreamt excessively about ex-boyfriends was right after I got married. I can understand why I drempt of them then, it was my subconscious processing the fact that I was committed to one person for the rest of my life. I am not quite sure what it means this time... Either way, the most recent dream that I had of ex-boyfriends was set in an airport. I was pregnant and with ALL the ex-boyfriends together. One by one I said heartfelt goodbyes (and even kissed them) as they each boarded a separate plane. Once they were all gone I sat in the middle of the airport floor and ate a giant bowl of spaghetti and meatballs. The saying goodbye part as each of them boarded a plan and flew away was quite symbolic, but the spaghetti and meatballs part just has me confused...

30-week Pregnancy Food:
Cantaloupe and honeydew melon with popcorn
Blueberry banana baked oatmeal with cinnamon and almond milk
Quinoa with pesto, parmesean asparagus, and twice baked potatoes (both sweet potatoes and regular)
Chocolate covered frozen banana chunks

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Weekly Wonders

My whisk after making a chocolate cake.
I am staying at my Dad's house this week and a common sight is open windows and stained glass. It is always one of the most relaxing places to be.
Chia seed kombucha. I love this stuff, it has such an interesting texture. I can never get through a whole bottle in one sitting though.
There is a new doughnut place near my dad's house so of course I had to check them out. You get to pick your doughnut base, then the icing, and then a topping. What fun!
Over the weekend Andy and I went canoeing and camping with some friends. We have to fit in all of these activities before the baby comes because life with a newborn won't be so flexible.
I made a flourless chocolate cake with a dark chocolate ganache topped with raspberries for my brothers birthday.
We are headed to a black-tie wedding this weekend!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pregnancy Body...aka dreaded weight gain

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Gaining weight in pregnancy is like watching a train wreck. You can see that it is going to happen, then it happens right in front of you, and you are forced to watch it while not being able to do a thing about it. That is precisely how I am feeling about my body these days.

First of all, I should start with yes, yes, I know my body is doing an amazing thing by growing a human being from scratch...but I'm tired of being polite. Creating a baby is an amazing feat, and while my body is totally capable of it, I also feel like it is wrecking me. So there's that. I put the generic "my body is capable" out there and now I am going to tell you how I really feel.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Pregnancy is not for me, I hate it. If I sound like a broken record that's probably because I am. First it was the cramps, then morning sickness, then heartburn...and now it's weight gain. I knew I was going to gain weight, duh I'm growing a baby, but I didn't know that it would make me feel so helpless, discouraged, and frustrated.

I have been healthy and conscious of my weight since high school. While I was a skinny mini in high school and didn't have anything to worry about, I still ate healthy and exercised. In college I grew some little hips and boobs. This was eye opening to me and I began to work out a little more. Since college, I have had fairly healthy habits of eating healthy, exercising, and being conscious of my weight. I am not obsessive, just healthy and really quite average.

For most of my pregnancy I have had little to no weight gain until about a month ago. When I hit month-6 of pregnancy I gained 5 pounds in one week. That started it off. Since then, the weight gain has been steady and it scares the crap out of me. I know it is inevitable that I'll gain weight because my baby needs to grow and become healthy, but at the same time I can't help but dread it. I have never been this heavy in my life! My boobs have gone from A-cup to D-cup and my hips are covered in stretch marks...just in time for bathing suit season too. Oh the horror!

So like I've said, pregnancy weight gain is like watching a train wreck. I am in the midst of the wreck right now and I can't help but feel helpless. Each time I get dressed, a feeling of dread comes over me. I try so hard to enjoy my baby bump and be happy that I my body is creating life, but instead I feel like a fat cow that needs to be put to pasture until this baby comes. There is no fix for this weight gain, it is happening whether I like it or not. All I can think is that at least I get a little baby at the end of it all. (And then I'll work my ass off to get back to my old body so I never have to feel this way again!!!)

Friday, May 1, 2015

Ellie-Style (Maternity)

Dressing for pregnancy has been hard to say the least. Not only do I feel fat and uncomfortable, but nothing seems to look right or fit properly. Getting dressed has been a challenge and usually consists of tights and a sweater (Every.Day.) Hopefully posting outfits here will help me to step it up a bit. Also, I want picture proof of this pregnancy. I want to be able to look back at this crazy journey and see my bump! Here I am at 28-weeks.

Sandals and dress are Target (non-maternity), sweater is TJ Max.
Purse is from a thrift store.