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2018 Highlights And Pictures

Happy New Year, friends! I spent the evening eating ice cream, and watching a movie with my husband and kitties. We did not make it to midnight haha! 2018 was a great year for us, and we are excited to welcome our baby girl in 2019!!

Let’s recap this past year, shall we?

JANUARY:

We took a trip to Hocking Hills, stayed in a beautiful cabin, played games, and went hiking.

FEBRUARY:

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a lovely ravioli dinner made by my hubby!

MARCH:

We celebrated my 29th birthday at Valley Vineyards with steak, salmon, wine, and family.

APRIL:

We visited my cousin in Nashville for Spring Break and had a blast!

MAY:

I had my procedure at the fertility clinic that would bring us the best news ever!

JUNE:

I had a positive pregnancy test and immediately called my husband because I couldn’t wait until he got home!

We saw Luke Bryan in concert with some friends!

We spent a week at the lake with my husband’s family where I experienced morning sickness for the first time.

JULY:

We spent a week enjoying the beach in North Carolina with my family!

AUGUST:

I went to Lake Michigan with my oldest brother and his family! It was fun spending time with my niece and nephews.

We had our gender reveal party!

SEPTEMBER:

We got to play bride and groom for a day! Our wedding photographer asked if we would do a photo shoot to help out a new venue! It was so fun.

OCTOBER:

We had our annual apple and pumpkin picking date.

NOVEMBER:

We celebrated my husband’s 30th birthday and took a trip to Chicago!

I had my baby shower!

I hit the third trimester on Thanksgiving Day.

DECEMBER:

I had baby shower #2.

We did some major baby prep, and celebrated Christmas with our families.

What a year it has been!

I hope you all had a blessed year!

With love,

Carly

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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And Baby Prep)

Hello, all!! How was your weekend?! Ours was busy, but we have made so much progress on getting ready for our sweet baby girl.

Let’s recap:

FRIDAY:

After work, I hit up the gym for 30 minutes of cardio. It felt so good, especially after a long day.

Dinner was a tuna melt and sweet potato waffle fries. I also had 2 (or 3) fudge cookies for dessert lol!

After dinner, we watched Ozark until bed.

SATURDAY:

The day started early with online teaching before heading to the gym for a quick pregnancy strength workout.

By the time we got home, my in-laws were over and ready to help with the nursery. The boys got to work on the drywall, while the girls went to Lowe’s for paint!

I just love our color scheme.

We grabbed lunch to take home from Jimmy Johns.

After lunch, it was back to work! We got to cleaning and setting some items up.

By dinner time we were all tired so we ate lasagna and rented a movie.

I read a little before bed.

SUNDAY:

The day started with coffee before getting to work. My mom came over and had lunch with me at Zoup. It was so tasty!

After lunch, we went shopping for more baby items. When we got home, I did laundry and swooned over baby clothes.

Now, I am relaxing a bit before getting back to some cleaning and organizing! I feel a touch under the weather, so I’m hoping I can get a lot of sleep tonight!

Have a great week, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Foodie Friday, Fitness, And Pregnancy (28 weeks)

Hello and happy Friday, all! I hope the week has treated you well! I feel like I have been a zombie all week. I have been absolutely exhausted. Guess that’s what two jobs and pregnancy do to you haha. I finally feel human today since I got to sleep in until 6! Yay!!

Anyway, as far as pregnancy goes, I am 28 weeks. Not too far away from meeting baby girl! Appointments are officially every 2 weeks at this point.

CHALLENGES:

*Exhaustion: If I lay down, I fall asleep. It is a painful tired most days.

*Acne: I sure do miss my nice, pre-pregnancy skin.

*Back pain: I am still having bad back pain, which makes even simple tasks so hard.

*Bladder pressure and cramps

*Itchy skin

Okay, enough complaining lol! Let’s talk positives!!

THE GOOD STUFF:

*Baby kicks: I love feeling her move!

*Seeing my belly grow: this was hard at first, but I love it now.

*Extra bonding with my husband.

*Getting our home baby-ready.

*We are so in love already!!!

FOOD THIS WEEK:

Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken with a salad.

Whole wheat pasta with meatballs.

Ground beef, onions, mushrooms, and cream of mushroom soup over brown rice.

Pizza!

Food was so good this week and I saved money shopping at Aldi! Yay!!

WORKOUTS:

I have been taking it easy since my back has been bad, but I’m getting them in!

*Monday- barre video

*Tuesay-arc trainer

*Wednesday-a pregnancy lifting video

*Thursday-a lateral cardio machine

Today will be a barre video after work!

Well, there’s the update! Have a great weekend!!

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