Welcome Little Valerie

I decided to let my spot here sit for a little too long when life got hectic. Now, after classes, job changes, moving, pregnancy, and birth, I think I’m finally ready to pick back up and say…

Welcome to the world, my little Valerie!

Baby Valerie

At 41 weeks (exactly 1 week “late”) Valerie was born on March 23rd, 2016 at 7:23 PM after my true labor started around 2 AM. My healthy little girl weighed 7 lbs 12 ounces and was nearly 20 inches in length. My life is forever changed with my new found love as a mother, which truly is greater than I imagined!

Valerie at the hospital

How is baby now?
Valerie is 3 weeks old this Wednesday and is still a completely healthy girl with a healthy appetite. She wakes up every 2.5 to 3 hours a night on average to eat/get a diaper change and hates falling asleep unless she is laying right next to or on top of mom or dad.


Sleepy Valerie

Valerie loves walks when she is worn in her Lille baby carrier (*review soon!) & is soothed by constant movement.


Our first walk with the Lille Baby carrier <3

Valerie lets us know she’s gone to the bathroom with little smiles and smirks, but I’m confident we will have a real, non-bathroom related smile soon!!!

How is mom?

After birth, I had 3rd degree tearing, a hematoma, hemorrhoids, and postpartum SPD (symphysis-pubis-dysfunction). Today, my biggest struggle is with the pelvic pain from SPD. For almost two weeks, walking and sitting were not options due to the pain. Everything was swollen and hurting down there and inside. Laying on my side seemed to be the only position I could manage.

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15 Week Pregnancy Update

Good afternoon! I can’t believe I’m almost 16 weeks pregnant! In the first trimester, I felt very pregnant (bloated!) with plenty of unpleasant symptoms. Now, I barely feel pregnant at all, but I know the little one is still in there and progressing along so far! <3 I wake up with almost no bump, but feel like I have one by the end of most days.

Bump?: (Okay, I’m cheating – this is actually the end of 14 weeks but it will have to work! I need to get better with my “bump photos” but bear with me for now 😉

How far along? 15 weeks 6 days

Weight Gained: From pre-pregnancy weight (which I actually don’t know exactly so this is an estimate based on first appt), .. Around 5 lbs!
Workouts: Feeling great still. Strength and cardio are close to pre-pregnancy, with some modifications and avoiding most traditional “ab” work. I’ve dropped the weight a little bit, and upped my reps. Cardio-wise, I feel less comfortable with all-out sprints so I either lower the intensity and extend my time, or I do quick workouts with high energy spurts (but not all out sprints like I could do pre-pregnancy)
Maternity clothes? Some cute shirts my mom found that can pass as non-maternity clothes. Other than that, I mostly wear athletic clothes/capris and some leggings that fit comfortably in the waist area.
Stretch marks?: Not other than the ones I’ve had on my thighs since high school 😉
Sleep: This is probably the biggest struggle for me so far. Especially with some very rude neighbors who wake us up banging on walls in the middle of the night most nights of the past few weeks… Ugh. I’ve never been the best sleeper, so I’m not completely surprised that I overheat and have trouble staying comfortable. Waking up several times a night to go to the bathroom isn’t quite helping.
Miss anything?: Good beers… I love fall and winter beers, but I’ll just have to set some aside until March. haha.
Movement: I think I feel some squirming down near my pubic bone when I lay very still and very quietly! It’s subtle, but not like anything else (such as gas) that I’ve felt before
Food cravings: Hmmm…. Outside of roasted chicken wings from Taco Mac, nothing too strong. I’ve enjoyed a good bit of The Heat is On” spicy peanut butter by Peanut Butter & Co. (it’s super unique but so good!) on top of rice cakes and by itself the past few days.

Gender: It’s a girl!!!
Symptoms: Sleeping troubles, some bloating by end of night, slight breakouts, and constipation (why wasn’t I warned?)
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time, but I do get moody due to lack of sleep and school stresses. ::Deep breaths::
Looking forward to: Meeting my little one :); My appointment next week to check in on things!
Purchases: None this week, although my mom got herself a Pack ‘n Play. Haha.
Thoughts/Feelings/Random Musings: Jeremy and I are still struggling with deciding on a girl’s name, but we’re starting to narrow it down!

Also, it’s been fun seeing how excited family & friends are about our big news! We can’t wait to share more and meet our little girl in March!

Fall news already! A surprise…

Honestly, I love the fact that the weather is starting to have more cooling trends, even when followed by a quick heat wave again. And, I’m not going to lie,  I’ve been eyeing some new pairs of leggings for the Fall. The Fall is one of my favorite seasons for many reasons, even though I enjoyed the end of the summer this month –  In fact, September has had many great events such as:

zoatsJeremy’s birthday on the 7th!

My brother Ryan’s birthday coming up on the 27th!

My first time trying “zoats” with berries <3 (Pictured left)

My first Biochemistry exam! Oh wait. Yes. ::insert sarcasm here::

Oh yeah! and I may have I announced my pregnancy to family and friends last week.

But for those who have missed it – I am now 15 weeks pregnant and excited for my growingultrasound family. <3

Jeremy and I are happy to announce that we are expecting a little one in Mid-March, 2016! I wish we had cute announcement photos, but I figure that a cliche ultrasound photo of the little one kicking about will work for now.

We went in for what we thought was a 12 week ultrasound two weeks ago to find out that (likely a she!) was measuring at 13 weeks, 1 day instead!
I am currently 15 weeks and 1 day, and enjoying the beginning of the second semester while continuing Biochemistry and Genetics (how appropriate!) classes in school.

I was quiet for the second half of the summer because, aside from morning sickness and related 1st trimester symptoms, I had hardly anything else on my mind besides the baby and school. It was difficult to keep quiet, but I wanted to wait to announce until I knew for sure everything was going smoothly with my pregnancy. I’m planning on updating more often as I continue my journey, and I plan to continue my active lifestyle as well!

So… Surprise! Now you know! I’m super glad to get the news out, and I can’t wait to share more details about my pregnancy so far in the upcoming weeks!