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Weekend Wrap Up (Food, Fitness, Christmas Decorating, And a 2nd Thanksgiving)

Hello, friends! Well, now that Thanksgiving is over the countdown to Christmas has begun. I was able to get some of my shopping done (yay for online sales)!!

I feel bigger than ever due to excess amounts of food over break, along with this pregnancy.

Since I was on break, my days are slightly running together, but I’ll do my best to recap…

FRIDAY:

I woke up, had some coffee, and relaxed until I decided to venture to the gym. I did the elliptical, which was pretty much all I could handle for the day with my back pain!

I got some online shopping done and spent time doing housework, while my husband worked in the yard.

Dinner was leftovers of course!

SATURDAY:

The day started with online teaching and some coffee.

My back was hurting too bad to go out, so I did yoga at home.

I got quite a bit done on my to-do list. I organized baby presents, talked to the pediatrician, got in touch with our photographer about maternity pictures, and a few more boring, but necessary things.

The evening was filled with Christmas music and decorating with my husband! We had fun and the cats were hilarious playing with everything.

After we decorated, my husband picked up Chinese for us.

We ate while watching tv. What a nice evening!

SUNDAY:

The day started with coffee and a spin class. It felt good to do cardio, but I took it super easy!

I came home and got ready before heading to my husband’s hometown for his family Thanksgiving! He has a big family and they rent out a big space. We filled up on food, then everyone headed to the gym for basketball. I just watched because I was in pain.

Afterwards, we headed to my husband’s parents to play with the dogs and chat more before heading home.

Dinner was leftover Chinese.

That’s about it for the weekend!

Have a great week, everyone.

With love,

Carly

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Thanksgiving And The Start Of My Third Trimester

Hi, everyone! I hope the week treated you well!

Thanksgiving Day marked the beginning of my third trimester. I can’t believe we will be meeting our sweet girl so soon. It is surreal.

As far as how I am feeling…

Well, overall still pretty decent. My back pain ranges from dull, constant pain to severe shooting pains.

It is improving somewhat with my belly band and yoga!

As far as exercise goes, I was able to do a cycle class this week! Yay! I also did an upper body workout and a few barre workouts!

My skin seems to be getting better, too!

Cravings include grilled cheese, peanut butter cups, and fruit snacks LOL

I had the dreaded glucose test this past week.

The drink left me nauseous all day, but overall it wasn’t as bad as I expected! Plus, the results came back great! Baby is doing awesome!

Anyway, yesterday for Thanksgiving, my husband and I went to my mom’s place and had a delicious meal and watched football. It was just the three of us this year, which was nice and relaxing!

On Sunday, we have my husband’s side Thanksgiving, which will be big, so it was nice to spend the holiday the way we did.

Having some time off of work has been nice because I am getting things off of my to-do list! So much to do before Kennedy arrives!

Now off to (maybe) do some Christmas shopping and knock more off of my list!

Have a great weekend, all!

With love,

Carly

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A Baby Filled Weekend (A 1st Birthday Party And My Baby Shower)

Hi, all! Sunday is winding down, and I am laying here with my husband. Our weekend was so nice and full of love! It was busy, so I didn’t get my typical weekend cleaning done, but I have some time over Thanksgiving week to do that.

Let’s recap the weekend!

SATURDAY:

The day started early with online teaching. After teaching, I did a quick pure barre video before getting ready for the day.

My husband and I headed out late morning to go to Cincinnati to celebrate my niece’s first birthday!

When we got there, they had a taco bar for lunch.

It was yummy!

The birthday girl opened presents and gobbled down her cake. We also watched football and just enjoyed the day with my family!

By the time we got home, we didn’t want to cook so we picked up Jersey Mikes subs for dinner.

We ate and watched TV until bed.

SUNDAY:

My mom came over early and we went to church together. It was so nice. After church, we picked up smoothies before heading back to my place.

I had a hair appointment (which ended up being a slight fiasco). Insted of checking me in when I got there, they canceled my appointment. By the time it was all figured out, we started super late, and I didn’t have time to get my hair washed. She curled it quickly! Luckily, they didn’t charge me.

I hurried home, changed, then headed to my baby shower.

My adorable, delicious cake.

Our yummy spread of food!!

Our sweet girl was so spoiled today!! She will be here before we know it!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday And Pregnancy Pains (End Of The 2nd Trimester)

Hi, all! Well, I’m less than a week away from my 3rd trimester, which is crazy! It is officially a struggle due to some terrible back pain. I tried on the dress for my baby shower today and just can’t believe how much my belly is growing.

STRUGGLES:

*Baby girl is potentially laying on a nerve and it hurts to even walk. This makes work tough, but I have my amazing work bestie who helps me out all the time.

*Leg cramps: they come in the middle of the night and are excruciating.

*Continued acne and redness on my face.

*Hungry ALL the time….like so hungry haha

Pregnancy is hard as it is beautiful. I do love my growing belly and have SO much to be greatful for.

THANKFULNESS:

*Baby kicks: they literally are amazing.

*A healthy, growing baby girl.

*A husband that rubs out cramps in the middle of the night and helps me put my shoes on in the morning.

THIS WEEK IN FOOD:

Pasta, turkey meatballs, and toast.

Taco salad with coconut oil fried plantain.

Veggie burger (I had 2) and corn.

My hash/stew that was delicious! It had chunks of turkey, coconut oil fried sweet potatoes, onions, mushrooms, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. YUMMMM!

My bowl with toast. I love healthier comfort food!

THIS WEEK IN FITNESS:

I have done super low impact this week due to my back pain. I want to stay active and healthy, yet listen to my body and take it easy.

MONDAY: I took an upper body workout class at my gym. I avoided the cardio they did, but still lifted a little.

TUESDAY: I went for a swim which felt good to get cardio without impact.

WEDNESDAY: Pure barre video

THURSDAY: I did the stationary bike, then stretched out.

FRIDAY: A short pure barre video

This upcoming weekend will be busy, but I’m excited for it!!! Tomorrow, we are heading to Cincinnati for my niece’s first birthday party. It is about a 2 hour drive each way so we will be gone most of the day.

Sunday is my baby shower!! Yay!

I hope you all have a great weekend! With love,

Carly

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Our Chicago Getaway

Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. We are driving home from our mini vacation to Chicago. It was a blast! It was a perfect way to celebrate Brad’s 30th birthday, our anniversary, and our “babymoon.” Let’s jump right in…

FRIDAY:

We left home around 8am and made the 6 hour drive to Chicago. We arrived at our Airbnb around 2:30 ish, unpacked and settled in.

We changed, called an uber, then headed into the city.

Our first stop was the bean to get some pictures!

It started getting a little dark, so we walked over to the Chicago theater to see it all lit up. It was so pretty!!

The evening was absolutely freezing, so we decided on an early dinner at Giordano’s! We got salads and pizzas. Everything was super yummy!

After dinner, we ubered back to our Airbnb, watched a movie, then crashed hard!

SATURDAY:

I woke up before my husband, so I did a short pregnancy workout video. When he woke up, we walked (in the 19 degree weather) to Starbucks for coffee and breakfast.

After breakfast, we got ready for the day and ubered into the city. We walked around until it was time for our first activity!

At noon, we did the Chicago Theater Tour and it was absolutely fantastic! We loved learning the history and not to mention, I adore the theater!

I was like a kid in a candy store Haha!

After the tour, we stopped at a food truck for lunch and ate in the sunshine. Chicago style hot dogs are no joke! YUM!!!

After lunch, we headed to the field museum. It was huge and there was so much to see! We loved the dinosaur exhibit, and also ancient Egypt.

After the museum, we walked a bunch more and saw the bean at night, along with other cool parts of the city.

Our next stop was the John Hancock building! We did Chicago 360, which takes you super high to see some beautiful views. I’m so glad we went at night! There was a wait for this and I was getting nauseous, but felt better once we got to the top.

Afterwards, we were both wiped out from walking all day so we headed to dinner at Gino’s East. I needed water and to just sit. It felt amazing to relax. I wasn’t in the mood for pizza again so I got minestrone soup and a delicious salad with grilled chicken, candied walnuts, cranberries, radishes, cheese chunks, and their delicious house dressing.

After dinner, we ubered back to the Airbnb and both crashed quickly. My total steps on my Fitbit was almost 25,000 for the day! Crazy!!

SUNDAY:

This morning, we packed up early, grabbed Starbucks, and started the trip home. I can’t wait to see my kitties!!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone!

With love,

Carly