Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Pregnancy Post - Second Trimester

Week 14: The morning sickness disappeared! I was discouraged throughout weeks 12 and 13, when the morning sickness seemed to be getting worse, not better. Week 14 - we turned a corner! Appetite is still pretty nonexistent. Also, I still get really tired at night. Some nights I make it until 10, some nights I'm asleep at 8:30.

Week 15: Overall an uneventful week. Baby bump is starting to show in some things that I wear, but it is still pretty easy to hide. 

Week 16: The baby bump is growing! Still wearing normal pants, but not sure how much longer that will last. The baby is the size of an avocado, and expected to double in size over the coming few weeks. My appetite is still bizarre. I'd be happy to live on chocolate chip ice cream and potatoes, but obviously that won't work. Main aversion - meat. I have forced it into my diet, but it is not a pleasant experience. Weekly staples: apples, strawberries, pineapple, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, potatoes, and chocolate chip ice cream.
The kitchen staff at work has been so sweet! Whenever they make the twice-baked mashed potato casserole, they make a little bowl for me. One day they made it and I was at a meeting at a different location. They sent the potatoes in a to go box for me to eat during my meeting! Another bonus - they all remember that my pregnant self doesn't like bacon (I know, it is real sad!), so they don't top the potatoes with bacon like they normally would. 

Week 17: I hit week 17 yesterday, so not too much to report yet. My pants are fine at the beginning of the day, but a little snug by the end of the day. I have implemented the ponytail holder method on my pant's button to help in the transition from regular pants to maternity pants. It's a nifty little trick that gives me a little more room. I do love putting on my favorite sweatpants at the end of the day, but let's be honest...I've always loved putting on my sweatpants this time of year. Countdown to the gender appointment....2 weeks! We are so ready to know!

I feel like this pregnancy is going by so fast. Up until this point, I have just been carrying on as usual, I haven't done much to prepare for what is about to happen. I have 3 books on my nightstand that I need to start reading. We are also in the beginning stages of cleaning out the room that will be the nursery. I think once we know the gender, I will really start my preparations! This week I received an email titled, "What labor really feels like", I deleted it. I'm not quite ready to think about that yet!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Life Lately

I am slowly feeling myself come out of the early pregnancy fog. The nausea has faded and my appetite is slowly returning. Our October was pretty low key, but I did want to share the highlights! Amidst my fog, I have still enjoyed some good times with sweet friends and family. We kicked off the month with a weekend at Reynold's Plantation. My sister's mother-in-law wanted to host a Noonday party, and hosted all of us for the weekend! She was so sweet to share Noonday with her friends, and we always love a reason to visit Lake Oconee! Other highlights - I saw Ben Rector in concert (sooooo good!) and we enjoyed all things autumn!

I chose not to use the picture of Sarah Beth, Anna, and me at the concert...my eyes were barely open.  I feel like pregnancy has slowed the pace of things at our house, but that is not a bad thing. We are truly thankful for this new season. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Anniversary Getaway

This weekend we enjoyed a little anniversary getaway. We spent two nights in Asheville, NC and then one night in Atlanta. We were debating between the two destinations for our anniversary weekend and it worked out so well to split up the trip and do one night in Atlanta on the way back. I had never been to Asheville before and I was so excited to go! I spent a lot of time researching and we had the best time exploring Asheville. Our first stop was Sunny Point Cafe. It was such a neat little breakfast spot. Fletcher ordered the shrimp and grits and I built my own omelet + potatoes. Their coffee was delicious!
Potatoes are my pregnancy jam.  Potatoes have been one of the only foods I've actually enjoyed over the last few months. Next stop of the morning, the Biltmore!

The day we went was the first day of their Christmas decorations. It was such a treat! I loved touring the house and learning more about the Vanderbilt family. It is crazy to see all of the amenities the house had and how advanced it was for it's time. Hours and miles later we wrapped up the tour and headed to downtown Asheville. 
 We stopped for lunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe. It was so great! My favorite parts were the mint sweet tea and my side of homemade macaroni and cheese. Fletcher's favorite part was the biscuits! After walking around downtown and soaking up the scenery, we did a little antiqueing.

My weary feet only had the energy for one antique store, so we chose the Tobacco barn. It was neat!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was the scenery. Asheville is so beautiful this time of year! I could not get enough of the trees and the mountains. We took a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway to soak up the fall beauty. 
We did pop in the world's nicest McDonalds in the Biltmore Village. There were way too many good restaurant options to spend a meal at McDonald's, but we did check it out. It was super nice! Grand piano and chandeliers! Saturday afternoon we hit the road to Atlanta. We loved our stay at the Intercontinental hotel and enjoyed a little shopping and of course more eating in Atlanta. 
We chose South City Kitchen for our Atlanta dinner and it did not disappoint. From the cornbread starter to the banana pudding for dessert, it was delicious! Southern food with a twist...how can you go wrong with that? I can not say enough good things about our getaway. It was such a wonderful weekend of quality time and rest. We loved our time in Asheville and look forward to going back again!