Second Trimester

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In my opinion, the second trimester is actually pretty fun. I had a fairly typical second trimester - my energy levels went back up, my morning sickness slowly started to fade, and in general I just started to feel more used to being pregnant. It all starts to feel more normal and more real. You also finally get to share the big news, and then a little later can find out if you're expecting a girl or boy. Plus, that awkward new mid-section thickness starts to form into a real bump. All fun things. 

So just like I did before, I thought I'd share a few of the "must haves" that got me though my second trimester. 

A few of the things I did in my first trimester I continued into my second. Particularly, vitamin E oil on my belly to combat stretch marks twice a day, and a good body scrub to keep my more sensitive skin nourished and smooth. I found that doing a few things to pamper myself really went a long way - schedule as many mani-pedi dates as your girlfriends will tolerate. 

Take advantage of your energy during this time to plan any special trips and/or to make sure you get ample time in with your friends and partner. As you get further and further along, you'll probably start to feel more worn out again. 

I also continued to faithfully do my Tracy Anderson workouts and walked as much as possible. 

A few of the products I discovered that really made a difference were the bump nest pillow to ease restless nights, and the bella band to support your growing bump and to allow you to wear your pre-pregnancy pants (unbuttoned) longer. It's also a good time to invest in some cute flats, since (to my chagrin) heels become more and more uncomfortable. 

The second trimester is also a good time to read some books, not just on pregnancy, but on those early days of parenting as well. You know, before you're too exhausted to absorb what your reading. I read The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, What to Expect When You're Expecting, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Sleepeasy Solution, and Your Baby and Child. It's also a good time to get a journal and start recording all your thoughts and feelings going on at this time. 

Throughout it all my favorite app has been Pregnancy ++ - it's so through, it's actually the only one I've used. 

This was also when the hubs and I began our baby registry. We used so we could pick items from multiple stores.

In terms of  cravings, I still wanted the occasional burger and developed a particular weakness for pizza. But I found myself really wanting berries of all kinds (tangy and sweet, plus super good for you) and smoothies quickly became my-go to for when I needed to eat but nothing sounded yummy. 

Oh, and any of you Bay Area mom's to be, I can't say enough good things about Jane Austin's pre-natal pregnancy partners workshop. The hubs even enjoyed it (after admitting he had been coerced into going)

Okay mama's, did I miss anything? 

PS: Thoughts on pregnancy, half way through, and my other pregnancy and baby posts.

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Happy Earth Day

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day, y'all -- go hug a tree!

PS: check out my green living tips here.

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Tuesday's Tips & Tricks

Hopefully the weather is warming up where you are dolls. If so, we are getting into prime iced coffee territory. I love using cold brewed coffee for the coffee portion, but what about the ice cubes? The ice cubes are a crucial component here.

Regular ice cubes just dilute the coffee unless you gulp it down right away, but that defeats the relaxing and savoring part of an iced beverage. So, why not freeze coffee and use that for your iced coffee? Genius! So simple, so obvious, so brilliant.

You could simply freeze plain (cooled) brewed coffee, or you could jazz it up a bit by adding vanilla or cinnamon, perhaps a little sweetener or cream if your feeling frisky. The possibilities are endless.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014 has come and gone, but these babies are still going strong on our kitchen table. Nothing says spring time like a lovely mix of yellow and purple roses - if you ask me at least.

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Monday's Mantra

To my baby girl ...

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Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter and happy Passover to boot. Are you celebrating either this weekend? We usually go up to the hubs' home town for a Passover seder, but this year, despite our best intentions, I couldn't handle a long car ride (just four weeks from our due date!) so we'll be close to home this year.

I hope you al have a great holiday weekend - see you monday! xo.

Our seder plate (and thoughts on an interfaith marriage).

"Perfect" bodies according to men and women.

Children's rooms from around the world.

Raising a moral child.

The important statistic we're not talking about.

Why women don't ask for more money.

Job interviews for the world's hardest job.

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It's friday - Good Friday in fact. Shall we toast to that?

Kiss of Light Margarita
via magnolia days

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Licor 43
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 blood orange
Add tequila, Licor 43, and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour liquid into a rocks-type glass filled with ice. Squeeze and drop the 1/4 blood orange into the drink. 


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