Friday, June 29, 2012

What a Week!

Good gracious! This week has FLOWN by!
Anyone else just cruise through the week?

I've been super busy at work which definitely helps but on top of that I've had a ton of post-work plans this week. 

On Monday, Jason and I had a little date night. 
I was gone all last weekend AND we found out the gender of our baby on Monday morning, so we thought it was appropriate to have a night out to spend some time together and celebrate our little baby ?
{You didn't think I'd let it slip that easily did you?}

We went to one of my favorite restaurants, PF Changs (I could literally eat Chinese food for every meal) and had ourselves quite the feast! We both started with Egg Drop Soup, then split the Chicken Lettuce Wraps (you can't go to PF Changs without getting the lettuce wraps), then I had the Sesame Chicken (YES! I ate chicken!) and Jason had the Honey Chicken. And, of course, we had to top the meal off with some little mini desserts! Red Velvet cake for me and some sort of Triple Chocolate Mousse for JJ!

On Tuesday, I had signed myself up to try prenatal yoga at a studio in Minneapolis called Blooma
I had heard good things from some friends and had really been missing yoga. Like I mentioned yesterday I have been too scared to go to class because I know there are certain poses you can't do during pregnancy and I was convinced I would end up in one of those poses. I figured going to a studio specializing in prenatal yoga would be a safe bet. Well, now I'm hooked. 
If you live in the area I definitely recommend Blooma. They offer prenatal, postnatal and mama/baby yoga classes as well as prenatal massage, birthing classes and doulas. 

On Wednesday, Jason and I met up with the Beeb and her hubby Jake to see the Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat concert at the Minnesota zoo! It was hotter than hell but I had a BLAST!


Last night I met my girlfriend Courtney for yoga and dinner. Courtney was the first of my friends to have a baby and is still one of the only mama friends that I have. 
Me, Court and her son Brogan the day after he was born almost THREE years ago!
I also need to add that Courtney and I are very similar in that we are hyper-organized and totally type-A so it wasn't at all surprising when Courtney offered to meet to discuss babies and baby gear. No lie, I printed out my registry to bring with so we could go through everything and she could help with what we needed and what we didn't. IT WAS AMAZING! Court was such a huge help and it's always awesome to get together and catch up! 

And tonight I get to go to the track and bet on some horsies with a few of the most amazing people I hubby (obviously), my Beeb, the Beeb's husband Jake, KELLY and her hubby Greg. Actually, I don't know if Greg is amazing because I haven't met him yet, but if he was cool enough to marry Kelly then he's probably going to be alright. 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

My Belly {21 weeks}

It's been a pretty fabulous week in the world of pregnancy. I am feeling really good, baby is looking perfect and I'm feeling really happy and excited.
 There's a lot of Arizona love in our house right now because one of our favorite Arizona Wildcats, Chase Budinger was just traded to the MN T-wolves! Jason and I are really, really, really excited!
Even Bailey is pumped...
I know, we're cruel.

Nugget this week... manufacturing meconium, the tarry black substance that will be found in the first diaper (oh joy!)
...if it's a girl she already has a lifetime supply of eggs in her womb

Size of the baby?  
About 10 1/2 inches (4 inches bigger than last week!) and according to the doctor weighing in at 12 ounces (as my MIL says "the size of a beer!")

Total Weight Gain/Loss?  
I'm up 13.6 pounds.

Maternity Clothes?  
Still rocking the pre-preggo clothes with a few maternity items mixed in. 

Stretch marks?  

Best Moments?  
Our doctor's appointment on Monday. I will never get tired of hearing that me and baby are progressing perfectly. And I won't lie, I cried like a baby (happy tears) when we found out the gender, it's a moment I will never forget. 

This child is a spaz. Nugget is squirming more and more and the movements are becoming more and more noticeable. I'm really hoping Jason will be able to feel it soon. 

Food Cravings?  
Really no cravings, but I do wish I could have a giant Turkey Tom from Jimmy John's. 

Anything making you queasy or sick? 
Meat and veggies.....still. 

What I miss?  
 I really don't miss anything this week, just happy to be healthy and have a healthy baby. 

What I'm looking forward to?  
Revealing the gender next weekend!!!


I'm feeling pretty good. Still some back pain here and there but nothing I can't handle. 

Labor signs?  
I am completely avoiding the topic of labor until I am forced to face it at our prenatal classes. 


Belly Button In or Out?  

Wedding rings On or Off?  
Suckers are still on! 

Sleeping great! 

Try prenatal yoga!
this pic was too creepy not to use. 
I am a big fan of yoga but have been nervous to practice since becoming pregnant for fear that I would push myself too hard and hurt myself or the baby. There is this GREAT prenatal yoga studio here in MPLS (blooma for all you locals) that specializes in prenatal yoga. So on Tuesday I gave it a whirl and I am so glad I did! It was still a great workout but more importantly it was so calming and relaxing. I really think everyone should try prenatal yoga a few times throughout their pregnancy. It really is a fabulous way to connect to your body and your baby. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Leadership Institute

Wednesday! It's seriously Wednesday? Where is this week going? 
I haven't even recapped last weekend! 
I am behind. 

Anyways, this past weekend I was fortunate enough to go to my sorority's Leadership Institute in Nashville, TN. I have been a proud member of Alpha Omicron Pi since my freshman year of college and still volunteer as an advisor for my chapter. 

I flew in on Friday night and was greeted in my hotel room with this super sweet note from my roommate, also an advisor, for her chapter in Michigan. 

Once Amanda came back in the room we chatted for a while but were both pretty exhausted, so we went straight to bed. Have I ever told you how much I love sleeping in hotels? I know it's weird, but I LOVE it. Especially this hotel..I had a giant, super comfy king sized bed all to myself (sorry Jason, I still love you) and it was incredible. I literally slept sprawled across the bed from one corner to the other. 

My alarm went off bright and early on Saturday morning and I got ready in my blogger approved Leadership Institute ensemble. Thanks friends! 
Baby Bump is lookin' large and in charge in this pic! 

I mosied on down to the lobby to grab the essentials....
Iced Soy Chai, Blueberry Bagel, My Name Tag (those who know me know it was a HUGE deal for me to wear this thing--I don't do name tags) and my itinerary for the weekend. 

 After breakfast I had just enough time to pop in to the AOTT Emporium to do a little shopping!
We LOVE our pandas!
I found this adorable little onesie that I just had to get for Nugget, along with a couple little trinkets for myself. 

Then, it was time to get the show on the road. Our day started with a fabulous speaker, Stacy Nadeau. 
Who remembers that big Dove campaign for real beauty?
Stacy, our speaker, is the second girl in from the left. She told her story of growing up with insecurities about her body, her road to finding herself on a billboard in Times Square in her underwear, her appearances on Oprah, Ellen and The Today Show and the amazing life changing responses to the campaign as well as the negative backlash. 
She was an incredible speaker! I enjoyed it so much. She had some great and inspiring advice in regards to self-image, which I think we can all use. One thing she said that really stuck with me was, "You have more to offer than your pant size." And it's SO true, all of us women have something to bring to the table besides our smashing good looks, so why do we beat ourselves up about losing weight, or wearing designer brands or having perfect skin? I could go on and on about her and her inspiring speech, but I won't. I will say thought, if you ever have the opportunity to hear her speak, definitely do it. 

(why that highlighted itself, I have no idea! Blogger must think it's really important. )

After Stacy's speech we all split up in to Power Sessions. Basically, there were several sessions throughout the day that you could choose to attend based on your position and interests in the house. The sessions I attended all had to do with advising, and I found them to be really helpful. I got a lot of really great ideas that I am excited to bring back to the other advisors as well as the chapter. 

Then, it was time for lunch. All of the girls reassembled in the ballroom for lunch and awards...there are a lot of awards that Chapters, Members and Alumnae can win throughout the year and Leadership Institute is where they all get handed out. 
the super cute collegiate members that were with me from my chapter. 

After lunch there were more power sessions, as well as a big update on what AOTT has accomplished as an organization so far this year and what we have planned for the near future. 
And then once again it was time to eat and listen to more awards. 
me and the girls from my chapter after dinner. 

Once dinner was over they had some fun after hours stuff planned for everyone--black jack, dancing and other fun activities but this mama was TIRED. It had been a really long day and I was exhausted, not to mention starving. When you have super high maintenance preggo meal requirements there isn't a whole lot to eat at a convention like I did what any normal mom-to-be would do...
I went back to my room, put on my sweats, watched Pretty Woman on TV and ordered a pizza. 

and then proceeded to eat almost the entire thing. 

Not going to lie. It was amazing! And I was really happy to get some quiet, relaxing time to myself this weekend. 

Sunday morning came much too soon, but it turned out to be a fabulous day. We all met in the ballroom for breakfast and some more programming. They had a panel of members of all ages who shared some of their AOTT experiences. The theme for the weekend was "Why, AOTT?" So they each talked a little bit about why they joined AOTT and why they are still involved today. It was pretty awesome to hear. One of the ladies has been a member for 67 years! She was adorable and hilarious and totally inspiring. After some other general programming and announcements it was time for Leadership Institute to officially come to an end.

After LI was over, me and two of my girls went on a tour of our National Headquarters which is located in Brentwood, TN. Let me start by saying my new life goal is to own a home in Brentwood! Those houses are to-die-for! 

The tour of headquarters was great. It was so fun to see where all the magic happens! It's a beautiful place and I would not mind moving to Brentwood and taking a job at headquarters. 
 GORGEOUS chandelier hanging in the entry way...could I get this for my house please? 
A trunk of things belonging to one of our founders.  

 Our founders. 

 We had to take a belly pic, just in case baby is a little AOTT legacy. 

After the wonderful tour, me and the girls made our way to spend the afternoon in Downtown Nashville. 
We grabbed lunch, walked by the river and bought some souvenirs. I have been to Nashville once before and absolutely LOVED it and this time was no different. If I had the chance to move there, I would take it in a heartbeat. I think my favorite thing about the city is that you can walk by a bar or restaurant any time of the day (in our case 3pm on a Sunday) and hear live country music. Literally every place we walked by had a live band playing. I love that! 
Our trip ended with some DELICIOUS homemade ice cream.
Raspberry Cheesecake ice cream in a homemade waffle cone! Probably the best cone I've ever had. 
It didn't hurt that it was over 10 degrees in Nashville that day. 

The weekend was exhausting but so much fun. I feel so honored that I had the opportunity to attend and I am so grateful for the chance to spend the weekend with over 700 of my sisters. I truly have never been more proud to be an AOTT and I am so excited to continue to be involved and see all the amazing things this organization will do in the future! 

Alpha love,