Week 20: Half way there!

How Far Along? 20 weeks

Size of Baby: A banana

Nursery: Still trying to clear out some of my stuff to make room for Baby J.  

Symptoms: I've definitely been getting my sleep at night and naps when I can, but I'm thankful that I'm feeling pretty good.

Cravings: Still loving watermelon, but that's nothing new.  I'm having a hard time getting all of my protein, but I'm doing the best I can. 

What I Miss: Nothing particular this week;  I think I'm just too excited.

Best Moment This Week:  The 20 week appointment and talking about the baby with the husband and the sister. The husband also helped me get registered with our hospital.  It's still super early, but we're trying to getting things organized.

Looking Forward To: The gender reveal!

Happy Birthday to my Sister!

Today is my sister's birthday!  As you can probably tell from my blog, we are really close and I am seriously so thankful that she is my sister.  She is the most caring and loving person I know, and I know some really nice people!  Even though we celebrated  last week, I'm definitely thinking about her today. So happy birthday to my sweet sister!

Memorial Day Weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  We enjoyed celebrating the husband's birthday on Friday night. I got off from work a little earlier than usual, so I had time to make him some salmon, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.  We also celebrated with cake and presents!

On Saturday, we went to the Nationals game to continue the birthday celebrations.  It was a beautiful day, and it was actually hot where our seats were located.  I think summer is finally here!

On Sunday, two of our friends came up to visit and we decided to go to the zoo.  It was really great to see them, and we also enjoyed seeing all the different animals.  It's amazing how much personality the apes had.  Look at this one staring out the window looking at his friends playing above him.
We also saw the elephants (a personal favorite) and we were able to see the bears up close.  I wasn't able to get a photo of this, but the bear came up to the glass and there was a little girl on the other side and they just looked at each other, separated by a few inches of glass.

Monday was low-key, as the husband had some work to do, so I was able to catch up on chores and continue the quest to purge some of our belongings to make room for Baby J.  I was able to drop off three grocery bags of things at the Goodwill, so a little progress is being made! I'm thinking a trip to Ikea is in order a little later in the summer. In addition to donating things, we're also just going to have some smarter storage.  How was your weekend?  I hope it was relaxing!

Five for Friday: Celebrating May Birthdays!

Happy Friday!  This has been a nice little week, as it was a bit shorter due to my trip to visit my sister.

First up, I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed celebrating my sister's birthday.  We had a nice birthday dinner sitting by the river.
We also went to the beach twice, which was really relaxing.

I was sad to say goodbye to her on Tuesday, but I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to visit her and celebrate.
On the plane home I read Orphan Train, which was an easy but interesting read.

Finally, and just as importantly, today is the husband's birthday!  We're celebrating by going to a Nationals game on Saturday.  The weather is supposed to be great, so hopefully it will be a fun time!

Week 19!

I can't believe that I'm already at 19 weeks and soon to be 20.  Thank you for reading along.  Your sweet comments really do make my day!
How Far Along? 19 weeks

Size of Baby: An heirloom tomato
Nursery: As I'm outgrowing some of my summer clothes I'm packing them away to be put in storage and I also am parring down some of my shoes.  My goal is to clear out all of my things so that Baby J can have my half of the closet.

Symptoms:  I've felt really great this week, so I'm thankful for that. With my big work event this past week, I was really thankful that my body did not fail me!

Cravings: Watermelon, but that is probably because it is getting to be summer time.  My sister bought a big watermelon and I was pretty much in heaven.

What I Miss: I'm a little bummed that I can't celebrate my sister or husband's birthdays with a little champagne, but anything in a champagne glass always feels special.

Best Moment This Week:  Talking about the baby with my sister and starting to think more about the gender reveal party.  I can't wait to find out with everyone!

Looking Forward To: The 20 week appointment is this Tuesday and I'm just crossing my fingers that everything goes well!

A Birthday Gift for my Sister!

In honor of my sister's birthday, I flew down to Florida to visit her, but I also put together a few little gifts. Since she is traveling a lot this month, I picked up a travel water bottle, lots of lavender things (because she finds them calming), a devotional, a Kate Spade luggage tag.
I put everything in a file box from the Container Store, which she can re-use and tied it with a bow!
All in all, I think it came together well and it was great to personally deliver it to her!  What gifts do you love to give?

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a good week. It's been a pretty quiet week, but here are my five!
First, I can't wait until Sunday morning because that will mean that my big work event is over and I will be on a plane headed down to Florida to celebrate my sister's birthday!  I'm only staying a few days, but I'm really excited that I will be able to celebrate with her.

Second,  I'm excited that I will be wearing this super comfy maternity dress while traveling. It's pretty much like wearing pjs.
Third, last weekend, I had a $20 credit for Tiny Prints, so I purchased this invitation for our Fourth of July party.
Fourth, the husband has been working late this week, so I've been watching my share of Bravo tv, but one show we enjoy watching together is Wicked Tuna.  It's a ridiculous show in that it's just a bunch of people fishing  for tuna, but the husband got hooked when he was on a lengthy business trip last summer and it was one of the only things in English besides the news.  It's funny that we still watch it, but it's oddly entertaining.
Five is I've been enjoying these peonies all week as they've really bloomed.
I hope you have a happy weekend!

Pregnancy Update: Week 17 and 18

I did another two combining of the weeks so I can finally be on track next week.  It's funny because I really have felt differently these past two weeks.  During week 17 I felt pretty frazzled and absent-minded, partly because it's been so busy during work.  This week, it's still been pretty busy, but I feel more like myself.
How Far Along? 17 and 18 weeks

Size of Baby: A turnip

Nursery:  I organized one of my secret Pinterest boards of nursery inspiration into one for a boy and one for a girl.  It seems like a small thing, but I think some of my ideas are a little bit more organized. I've also spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this crib.
And if money were no object and we were having a girl, I would campaign hard for this one from Pottery Barn.
Symptoms:  For some reason I've had slight headaches.  Things have been pretty busy at work, so I think it's just tension and can't blame Baby J. During week 18 I really think I'm starting to show.  I have a feeling that some maternity clothes will be making a debut pretty soon.

Cravings: During week 17 nothing has really sounded very appealing.  Of course I've still been eating, but it's been hard to get my protein in. This week everything has sounded pretty tasty and I'm back to my healthy appetite.

What I Miss: I'm just thankful that everything is going okay, but every afternoon I miss caffeine and I could definitely go for a glass of champagne.

Best Moment This Week:  Over the weekend, I started to look at things that we might need to register for more closely.  While it's still really early, it was nice to get a more organized list ready so I can run it by experienced friends and family for their thoughts. When I visited my friend this past weekend she gave me some helpful advice, which made me feel better.

Looking Forward To: The 20 week appointment and the gender reveal! I got the gender reveal invites sent out to our families this past week, so it feels like it's getting closer!

Weekend Recap!

This weekend was relatively quiet, as I needed some time to re-group for a pretty busy week coming up ahead at work.  On Friday night the husband and I hung out and we enjoyed some sparkling cider on our balcony.  It was such a beautiful evening! 

Saturday I went to visit a friend and her baby.  It was really great to see her and she had lots of helpful advice about what you actually need for a baby.  I also got to see her son crawling, which was pretty exciting. 

Sunday was filled with lots of laundry and cleaning, but I did pick up these pretty flowers.

I was also excited that I was able to get this cooked up, so we could have an easy dinner for the first few nights of the week.  I also started thinking a little bit more about our gender reveal party in June, and I made a little sign that I will frame and also found some cute straws and dessert cups. Since we will just be celebrating with our immediate families, I'm keeping things really simple.
 In honor of  the elephant theme, I had to smile when I saw this card from my sister.
 How was your weekend?  Did you do anything special for Mother's Day?

Five for Friday!

This week has been a relatively productive one for the first week of May, as I've been trying to get lots done at work, but I have to admit I'm dragging.  Hopefully the weekend will change that!
When I checked the mail this week, I was very excited to see this adorable card from my sister.  I have to say that snail mail just makes my day!
Second, one of my co-workers got married this week, so a few of my colleagues and I organized a toast with champagne and cupcakes!  I think it turned out well, and it was so great to celebrate with the happy couple.
Third, I mentioned it has been a long week, so when I came home on Tuesday night and found the husband had actually made it home at a decent hour, plus tidied up the apartment, that pretty much made my week right there!

Fourth, I started to work on the paperwork for renewing my teacher's license last weekend, and I think I've finally gotten everything together, so I'm looking forward to mailing that out today.   It's nice to get this checked off my list!

Fifth, I discovered an easy pre-made meal for the husband and I, which is always exciting.  Growing up, my mom would frequently make Stouffer's lasagna as a go-to meal.  When I was a vegetarian, obviously that didn't work, but last weekend I picked up a mini one and it was a great dinner for both the husband and me, plus we had leftovers that I used for lunch with a big salad.  Especially for when the baby comes, things like this are nice to have on hand.
So that's what's been going on in my quiet little life.  How have things been going with you lately?  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

What I've been reading lately...

For the past few months now, what I've been reading was curriculum for my class or baby books, but on our trip to San Francisco, I took a few novels with me. 

On my way there, I read Enrique's Journey.  It was interesting and I feel like I learned a little bit more about illegal immigrants, but truthfully, I found it a bit slow.  Originally, I had thought about using this book if I ever went back to teaching, but after reading it, I don't think it would work as well as I had hoped.
On the way home I read And the Mountains Echoed.  My MIL had given me a copy of this for Christmas, and what a great gift it was!  Maybe it is just hormones, but I found it to be  a moving novel and cried no less than three times while reading it. 
Of course, I'm still reading my fair share of baby books, and I also read The Happiest Baby on the Block while traveling.  I'm not sure if I buy completely into all of the theories put forth, but I do feel like I now have a few ideas about how to soothe a baby.  Since the husband and I are going into this pretty clueless, any advice we can get is helpful!
So that's what I read this past week. I'm thinking about reading All the Light we Cannot See next, but first I need to buy a copy of the book!

Pregnancy Update: 15 and 16 Weeks

So I got a bit behind with the updates being on vacation last week, so I'm just combining 15 and 16 weeks.
How Far Along? 16 weeks

Size of Baby: An avocado!

Nursery: Still just our apartment, but we are slowly going through things and trying to pare down as much as possible to make room for our little one to be. We actually decided to look at two bedrooms in our apartment complex, but we were pretty unenthused.  We like the layout of our current place so much, and we also have a nice view of the city, which we would lose.  It was still helpful to know what is out there, but for now, I think we both feel pretty set on staying here.

Symptoms:  Overall I feel pretty good, so I'm hoping I can be productive this trimester.

Cravings: Craving sugar, but I'm trying to satiate that with fruit. I'm also loving my animal protein, which I still think is crazy.

What I Miss: The doctor has said it's okay to have a cup of coffee a day and I can also take Claritin if I need it (a huge relief with allergy season).  I'm trying to hold off, but I think I may splurge on a little coffee soon. 

Best Moment This Week: Seeing the baby on the ultrasound.  You can see his/her little feet.  The baby was really moving around a lot too, which was pretty neat!

Looking Forward To: I definitely can't wait to find out the gender, but I'm also trying to be more contemplative about the whole process.  My sister is really loving and when she is exercising she prays for Baby J.  I prayed a lot over Baby J at the beginning, but I've gotten a bit complacent, so I'm definitely focusing on doing this daily.

Mother's Day Gift Ideas!

I've been a bit behind, so while we were in San Francisco, I tried to use the extra time to start thinking about Mother's Day gifts.  We always keep things really simple for Mother's Day (see last year's gift here), but I wanted to make sure to do something that would make both of our moms feel special.

Since my MIL likes San Francisco a lot, I decided that she would enjoy a few local gifts. I picked up a vase from Heath Ceramics, some McEvoy olive oil, and these cute earrings at Jackson and Polk.  A few days earlier, I had also found this candle at Papyrus.  Even though they are just little tokens, I think it came together well.
My mom always insists that she doesn't need anything, but I can't help buying her just a little something.  While in San Francisco, I picked up these ginger snaps from Miette (they said they would stay good for up to three weeks!).  I was kind of at a loss for what else to get her, but then I saw this cup at Target and paired it with her favorite tea. It's definitely just a little something, but I hope it will brighten her day!
Even though we won't be celebrating together in person, I hope that these little packages will help our moms realize that we are thinking of them! What are your favorite gifts to give for Mother's Day?

Scenes from San Francisco!

So, San Francisco was awesome. Going into this trip, I was pretty excited, but the city exceeded my expectations. We were only there for a few days, but I think I was able to see a lot on my own. On Sunday we checked into the hotel, took a nap and then headed to the Ferry Building. I loved all the little stalls and actually headed back there later in the week to pick up some gifts. We ate at Cowgirl Creamery, which was good. I also saw the cute bakery Miette that was recommended by Positively Preppy in Pink.

The husband had to do work on Sunday afternoon, so I walked up to Coit Tower by myself. It was quite a walk, but the views were great and I got to see the murals. Later that night we walked toward Fisherman's Wharf and saw the seals and different street performers.
 The next day we explored  Golden Gate Park, and walked through the Japanese Tea Room.

Since it was close to our hotel, we also walked through Grace Church, which was really beautiful.
We had a picnic in Alamo Square and saw the painted ladies.
 I did some shopping in the afternoon on Chestnut street, and I enjoyed all of the different types of stores. That evening we decided to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, but the fog had rolled in.
The next day, I visited San Francisco's City Hall, which was gorgeous.
Later that day, I walked through China Town, and the Cable Car Museum.  The next day, I visited Alcatraz, which I found really intriguing.
 Even though the island is desolate, it still has beautiful flowers.
Afterwards, I walked to Fisherman's Wharf (stopping at Boudin for lunch), Ghiradelli Square and Lombard Street.
That evening I was thrilled to ride a street car up the hill after shopping in Union Square. My legs were pretty tired by that point.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip and it really helped to get a change of scenery.  I'm happy to be back in DC though and settling back into my routine.