Holidays (Week 25-27)

Hello Readers!! The holidays are now over and we have reached 2014. I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season. We did a lot of travel over the holidays and got to spend time with some of our favorite people in Texas and in Toronto. My baby bump really blossomed over the holidays and little peanut has been crazy active. It was definitely weird at first but now I am used to it and we love watching my belly at night. It is our new form of entertainment!

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I would love to be able to tell you guys that I had kept up my workouts over the holidays but it just did not happen. We flew to Texas on the 21st and I came back from Toronto on the 1st. During that time the only workouts I had were walking in either the airport, shopping mall or to get up and eat! I had continued to wear my fitbit daily and I managed to average about 5000 steps per day. It could have been worse I guess. Traveling was still really easy for me. I was not sure how I would feel flying at this point in the pregnancy but they were short flights and went amazingly. No issues on the way there at all which was great. I did miss having my inflight bloody mary’s but Jon had my alcohol and I had mine virgin style.

Fit Pregnancy Blog While in Texas we had an amazing baby shower brunch thrown by a family friend. Lots of good food, games and laughs. We played baby charades which was amazing, even though my team was not the best at it! We also had red velvet cake and it just happens to be my favorite!

Fit Pregnancy BlogChristmas was great and I was very spoiled. I am sure that will not be the case next year when the baby comes and obviously we will want to shower the little one with gifts! Christmas day was extra special because Jon made us an amazing turkey dinner. I will say I really lucked out in finding this gem of a husband that not only cooks but can make a turkey dinner better than anyone I have ever met. He truly is one of a kind! Luckily my aversion to poultry is long gone and I was able to really enjoy the dinner that her prepared for all of us.

Fit Pregnancy BlogThe morning after Christmas we headed to the airport to get to Toronto. I take blame in the fact that we did not get there with a lot of time to spare but American Airlines did not make it any easier or help us to get on our flight. I did make it on but telling a pregnant lady good luck then telling her to run across the airport really is not the customer service you expect. Especially when we were flying priority class. I ran and I made it but I was not impressed with the way American had handled it. We got on our flight and Jon was able to enjoy some more bloody mary’s and I had some virgin ones. Once we got to Toronto we were greeted by a lot of beautiful snow and very cold temperatures.

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We had a great week in Toronto. I was treated to a second baby brunch and I could not have been happier with the gang that could make it out that day. There had been an ice storm that week that had left a lot of people with out power. I know some people could not make it out but we had fun with all of those that could get out that day. I think Jon’s favorite part was the cake and its voluptious shape!

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As for New Year’s We kept things low-key this year. Normally we would be partying the night away. This year we had a nice dinner out with family and toasted at midnight. We were in bed around 1am, this soon to be mamma was glad for the rest.

New Year’s Day we were headed home on American Airlines again. We arrived at the airport early and waited for our boarding time. Boarding time came and went with no messages of delays or anything told to us. We had rely on people just speculating that the flight was cancelled etc. Eventually they came on the speaker and said that crew members did not show up for work today and they were trying to get a crew together. We were only delayed about 90 minutes but there was a flight that was supposed to leave 4 hours before us and those poor people were still waiting when we left. It seems it was a trend that day at American Airlines. The weather was fine but all their flights going from Toronto to NYC had missing crew. You would think that they would have a back up plan for things like that on New Year’s Day. Well that is my rant of the day. I loved my visit with family and friends but it is always nice to get home to your own bed and sleep in. I also really missed my gym! I will be getting back into the swing of things this week.

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How was your holidays? What did you do for New Year’s Eve?

Week 23 and 24

Hey guys! I missed a week so I have decided to wrap them into one post. Things have been pretty hectic since coming home from St.  Lucia and getting ready for Christmas!

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We decided that we wanted to do a 3D ultrasound to give the photos to our families at Christmas. Going to the ultrasound was super exciting. It started off amazing! We saw the little peanut and he/she smiled and it was incredible. immediately after the peanut decided to hide out in a little nook that it has found in there. Once in that nook they can not be seen at all. The baby stayed there for the rest of the session. No matter what we tried, positions and stretches the baby did not come out! We made an appointment to go back the following week. We went back the next week and lo and behold the little one hid for the whole entire session. Back to the drawing board on Christmas gifts for the grandparents! Who knew the little one could be so stubborn in the womb, I think we are in for it in a few months.

Exercise has remained on the daily agenda. I have lost a lot of my strength and can admit I have not really been giving my 100% when I am at the gym. I thought it over and decided to go back to planning my workouts for the week in advance. Here is the workout plan that I have come up with:

5 Day pregnancy workout

I am hoping that this will keep me occupied over the next week. We will be in Texas for the holidays so I do not know how much exercise I will get in daily but I will try to fit something in!

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I have had the honor of being able to try out Seraphine Maternity for review. This would be the famous Kate Middleton front knot maternity dress. Updated to a 3/4 length sleeve for the holidays. Take a look at my full review. Seraphine Maternity Review. I am in love with this dress and can not wait to wear it at over the holidays.

We headed over to Rockefeller Center, with the intention of watching the tree lighting. Once arriving there and being trapped in the crowd we realized that it was not for us. We went home to watch it on tv, so much better than standing in that crowd for 4 hours! We did manage to sneak in a picture or two.

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I have to give a shout out to Big City Moms. Once again we attended a Big City Moms event and it was just as amazing as the Biggest Baby Shower. This time we had the pleasure of going to the Expectant Parent Dinner over at Kidville UES. What a great night! Jon was a little apprehensive since he ended up being the only Dad there but had an amazing time. One of the presenters was Daddy Scrubs and Daddy of the year was 90210’s Ian Ziering. He shared with us his experience in becoming a Dad and being in the delivery room. Ian was very entertaining and I think made the night for Jon. Being the only Dad there Jon received the Daddy Diaper bag. Which was an awesome Camo print back pack!

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Ian really helped in making Jon feel a part of things. As an expectant Dad sometimes they feel left out and I am so glad that I have been able to include my husband in everything. I also feel blessed to have a man in my life that wants to be involved in every step of this amazing journey. Other than the back pack we won a joovy hi-lo high chair in the raffle! We love the new high chair and it is already assembled and ready for the little one to try out.

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Now we are still getting ready for the holidays and they are quickly approaching us. The snow this weekend was beautiful and helped to get me inspired for Christmas. We spent out snowy afternoon looking at strollers. We are thinking of getting a Stokke Xplory. Do any of your moms out there have this stroller? I would love to hear some feedback on it. We also looked for cribs. This is more of a difficult decisions since we will still be in our tiny nyc 1 bedroom when the little one makes its arrival. We are considering the Stokke Sleepi, if any of you have one please let me know if you like it. Decisions, decisions.

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How was your week?? What are your plans for the holidays??

Week 22- Our BabyMoon

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What can I tell you about Week 22?

It was the best week of my whole pregnancy so far! If you are pregnant or are planning to be, you have to go on a babymoon. It was so great to get away with my hubby and have a full week of relaxation together. We stayed at the Sandals Halcyon in St Lucia. It is a quiet resort, with not a lot of night life. That suited us perfectly for this trip since I obviously was not there to party the night away! There are 3 Sandals Resorts in St Lucia and you can shuttle between the 3 resorts. We had a great time at all 3 and the beach at The Grande was the most beautiful I have ever seen.

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The food was plentiful and I was on vacation so I definitely steered away from my usual diet. My favorite thing for breakfast was pancakes covered with blueberries and 3 scoops of whipped cream!! It was decadent and well deserved since I normally eat fruit and multi-grain cereal daily. I got some looks but I did not care! Lunch was different everyday. Some days I had a burger, pizza or sandwiches. Lunch was either really good like the pizza or just ok like the sandwiches. For dinner we had lots of great food. My favorite dinner was the Sandals Returning Guest dinner because I got to have the most delicious lobster tail. It was the only lobster that I had that week and it was worth the wait. The other amazing dinner was the veal chop at Kelly’s Dockside. If you ever go Sandals Halcyon eat at Kelly’s Dockside and have the veal chop because it is soooooo good!

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I tried to work out everyday. I was doing really good until mid-week. I went to the gym that morning and then to breakfast. That had become my vacation routine. By the time we finished breakfast my feet were so swollen I could barely walk. That was it for my morning workouts. From that point on I struggled with the swelling until I got back home to NYC. Here is a picture of what my feet looked like our second last night there. This was the worst I have ever seen them. I have to warn you it is not a pretty sight!

My baby bump really developed this week when I arrived not one person noticed that I was pregnant but by the time we were leaving everyone there had been commenting on my baby bump. It was great to finally have people recognize that I was expecting and it helped with the puzzled looks I got every time I ordered a virgin drink! There are not a lot of virgin drinks ordered I guess. I did happen to see about 4 other pregnant ladies on vacation as well. It was great to know I was not the only one!

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I spent most of my week in my bathing suit. I was so happy that I was able to fit into all of my swimsuits that I already had. I was worried I would have to invest in a maternity swimsuit that I would never use again.

I can not express how amazing the week was. I am so glad that Jon and I were able to spend this great week together. Who knows when we will be able to take a romantic vacation together again. I want to give a shout out to my hubby for putting up with me and my swollen feet! It was limiting at the end and he was trooper heading back to the room before 10pm most nights. I really would love to go back to St Lucia someday. It is honestly a little piece of paradise.

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Did you take a BabyMoon? If you did, where did you go?

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Week 21

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It has been a very busy 2 weeks for us. I just got back from St Lucia this past weekend so I have not been able to post about week 21 till today. I will be doing Week 21 and 22 today for you guys that are keeping up with my pregnancy journey. I have been able to continue my workouts daily. I feel very lucky to still have all the energy that I do have to make it to the gym everyday and it is in my building so I do not really have any excuses about getting there. I have slowed down a little on the weight lifting and I have been mainly focusing on incline treadmill routines and elliptical cardio sessions.

Glutes and Leg Treadmill Workout!

Elliptical Blast!

My appetite has been pretty normal. I have been eating the way I normally so and have been on track for my weight gain. I am starting to show and I had my first experience with a stranger asking me if I was pregnant. It did not go down the way i thought it might. I had been running errands in my neighborhood and was approached by a homeless man who was asking for spare change. I had no change on me since I barely ever carry cash of any kind. I told him sorry and kept walking. He stared me up and down and said “Hey What are you pregnant??” I answered with “Yes I am”. To which he told me he thought I was just fat and was trying to insult me! He could not believe I was actually pregnant he thought I was pulling his leg. Yep that was the first time someone asked me if I was pregnant. I am glad to report that things have not gotten to out of hand I went home tried on my bikinis for our trip to St Lucia and they all still fit!

Fashion has started to become more of a daily issue though. There was a Nanette Lepore Sample Sale and if you know me, you know I can not miss a Nanette sale. Even though I am pregnant I still headed down to the sale and managed to find a few gems to add to more wardrobe. Check out this post I wrote about my purchases. I have also had the pleasure of doing a couple of maternity fashion reviews. If you have not seen them here are the links for you to check out:

Dressing your Baby Bump for the Holidays with Tiffany Rose Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity Review

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Stay tuned for Week 22 coming up later today!

Week 20

Week 20

Week 20 is now over and we are on to a new one. I am still really loving pregnancy I hope this period does not end because I feel awesome. I still have a great deal of energy and was able to make it to my workouts 6 days this week. I am hopping that will continue all the way through the rest of my pregnancy. Here is a look at some of my workouts:

Glues and Leg Treadmill Workout

Cardio Mix Up

Machine Leg Day and Cardio

HIIT

My diet has remained the same. We found a great new spot in the neighborhood for Kebab’s. It is so good we went twice last week! Here is a review I wrote about our experience at Ariana Kebab House NYC. The food is incredible! Jon has been awesome with the cooking and one of my favorite recipes he makes is Jon’s Famous Braised Short RIbs. I had to share this recipe. It is so yummy we made enough to eat it for 3 nights last week. It tastes better every day!

I am over my aversion to chicken and we have made it a few times lately. I really like the chicken to be roasted, so we came up with a different recipe for roasted chicken. This one has a lot more spice then the recipe that we usually use. If you like spicy check out our recipe for Clean Eating Spicy Chicken.

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The best part of the week was attending Big City Mom’s Biggest Baby Shower. While there I had the pleasure of meeting daytime diva Susan Lucci! If you have the chance to attend one of these events you should. We had so much fun and received so many great gifts from all of the sponsors. Take a look at my full post on how awesome the Biggest Baby Shower was.

I have started my journey into pregnancy fashion. I was invited to a maternity sample sale and I decided this would be the best time to take a look at some actual maternity clothes. I really wanted to get some maternity jeans but there was none left in my size. The only ones in my size were still $175. I am still on a budget when it comes to my maternity wear, so this was not an option. I did find a great little dress by Bellyisma which is what I wore to the Biggest Baby Shower. I was able to get that dress for the bargain price of $50.00. Here is a look at my new maternity look:

Week 20

We ended up our week with an ultrasound appointment. I am so glad that my placenta previa seems to have just been marginal and has fixed it self. This is great news because it means that a C Section may not be in order now. I was relieved until I then started to worry about natural childbirth instead! The last ultrasound we had we were able to see the babies face on 3D and get a few pictures. We were hoping to get some more but peanut had other plans. The baby kept hiding it’s face or was putting it’s hands over it’s face. The tech tried for about 45 minutes to an hour but it is going to have to wait till next time. It seems we have a stubborn little one on our hands! That is the end of week 20! How was your week??

Week 19

Week 19

I hope you all had a great week! I know we did. The pregnancy is still going along amazingly. I feel really good and have a lot of energy. I worked out 6 days in the last week. Here is a look at some of the workouts I did in the last week:

Upper Body Weight Routine and Cardio

Elliptical Blast!

 Cardio Mix Up

Even though I have been exercising 6 days a week, I can not change mother nature. My body is still going through changes. I was having this conversation with Jon, being a guy he once again put his foot in his mouth. He meant this as a compliment but being pregnant and hormonal I did not take it that way. He actually said to me” you have more of a butt now”. I was floored but he tried and tried to back track on how great he thinks I look pregnant. Poor guy did not mean the comment in a bad way but believe me I took like he said “you have a huge butt!” I will say it again, these poor men go through a lot during pregnancy as well. They have to put up with us everyday! The other body change is that I found the beginnings of 2 stretch marks on either side of my stomach. Despite the fact that I spend a great deal of time lotioning and oiling my growing body, it is happening. I will continue to lotion a few times a day and pray that it does not get any worse! Have any of you had any success with taming the stretch marks?

One thing that got me running to Starbucks last week was the reemergence of the red holiday cups and drinks. SO of course I had to get there that day and get the new and improved gingerbread latte. I am sorry Starbucks but you should not have changed a good thing. It saddens me  to report it was no where near as good as it used to be. I will stick to the Skinny Peppermint Mocha from now on. I was so excited I photographed the occasion 🙂

Red Cups are Here!

I am very excited because this upcoming week we will be attending the Biggest Baby Shower here in NYC. I will post all about it next week but I am sure it is going to be a great event. I got very lucky to get tickets. My baby brain made me forget to actually buy tickets and when Jon reminded me I went online and they were sold out. I emailed Casey at Big City Moms, who runs the event. I got so lucky she got back to me and said one set was just put back up on the site. If it wasn’t for Casey I would not be going. Thank you so much Casey from Big City Moms!

How was everyone else’s week??

Week 18

Week 18

This past week flew by and I still feel fantastic! I have continued with my workouts everyday. This past week i was able to fit in 6 days at the gym. Here is a look at some of the workouts I did this past week:

Bounce Back Fast DVD: http://wp.me/p3wWp1-22H

Cardio Mix Up: http://wp.me/p3wWp1-21h

Leg Day and Cardio: http://wp.me/p3wWp1-20t

Chest/Back and Cardio: http://wp.me/p3wWp1-1Os

Halloween came and went. We had only 3 kids come to the place so we had lots of left over candy. I will admit I spent Halloween on the couch eating a lot of chocolate. Thanks to the chocolate I ate the little peanut was making a lot of movements. After the chocolate I could feel the baby over my skin not just from the inside like I had already. This was a great opportunity for Jon to be able to put his hand on my stomach and feel the baby. It was a great moment and Jon was so excited to finally be able to feel what I have been telling him about!

Week 18

Even with Halloween we still had the time to cook up some great meals! With the weather getting a lot colder we decided to make a cold weather favorite of mine, Clean Eating Shepard’s Pie http://wp.me/p3wWp1-25W and it is delicious. Give it a try the next time you are planning a warm and cozy meal at home. We also ate one of my favorite’s Spaghetti Alla Carbonara  http://wp.me/p3wWp1-Yv twice this past week. If you like to have pasta once in awhile try the Carbonara it is amazing!

I have not bought any maternity clothes yet but I know that day will be coming soon. As soon as I get my first pieces I will feature that experience right here for you guys! I am still addicted to leggings and tunics or tops. How was your Halloween?