may: life lately + giveaway

As of today, there’s no baby. And I’m okay with that. I’m still feeling good – except at night when I’m exhausted – and I’m enjoying every “extra” day with Mr. President.

There were a few second-tier items on the #bucketlistbeforebaby that I wasn’t sure we’d be able to check-off but thanks to a few extra days, we’re still out & about. Checking out the city. Riding the metro. Drinking milkshakes. And hanging out. I love it!

baby: Mr. President was born at 41 weeks, and I’m at 40 weeks 4 days with baby #2. Baby must be really snug, and I don’t blame him/her. Life is probably pretty easy in my big ol’ belly. I’m still feeling good! Tired at night but that’s to be expected, right? I’m getting anxious to know whether baby is a boy or girl but otherwise, I’m good for a few more days.

adventures: Mr. President, BJ and I went to DC last week for the WWII flyover airshow. And wow, was it cool! It was a way to honor veterans on VE-Day and celebrate 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII. So thankful for their service to our country, and to all who serve today!

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After I posted about our #bucketlistbeforebaby, a handful of friends suggested we check out Clemyjontri Park in Mclean. I wasn’t sure we’d make it before baby, but I’m happy to report that we did. Clemyjontri is a park for every kid – including those with disabilities. It’s such a cool playground and Mr. President had a great time.

food: I can’t get enough of Mexican Haystacks – a delicious combination of flavors and color.IMG_6489

Brown rice + cilantro
Ground chicken cooked with salsa
Toppings: red pepper, red onion, mango, avocado, tomatoes, and cilantro

Talk about delicious!

giveaway: I had a chance to try The Runner’s Choice and it’s been a lifesaver these last couple of weeks (hot temperatures + pregnancy + swollen feet). To put it simply, The Runner’s Choice is for those who have sore feet and want relief. It’s scientifically formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalyptol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint (bonus: it smells really good). I use it in the morning before LJ and I head out for the day (playground, long walks) and before bed (to soothe feet after a long day). It works really well! If you have sore or tired feet, are a runner, or on your feet all day, this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss.

3 lucky winners will win a bottle of The Runner’s Choice, valued at $20/bottle.

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post – mother’s day giveaway

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I am thrilled to partner with For Two Fitness for an amazing post-Mother’s Day giveaway. I love For Two Fitness maternity gear and wore it throughout both pregnancies! For Two Fitness is running a phenomenal giveaway for the new mom or mom-to-be.  Details + Enter: This year, we are celebrating Mother’s Day all week! We are so thankful to YOU — our community, customers, friends, moms and moms-to-be. To express our thanks, we are hosting a huge giveaway this week in partnership with some … [Read More...]

just us two

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To my sweet babe Abe, I hope you know how much I love you. I hope you know that you are my angel, my darling, my star. I love you more than the mountains, more than the stars, more than the fireflies lighting up jars. To the moon and back. You are my sunshine. 18 months ago YOU changed my life. To think that I knew what "love" was before I met you... Becoming a mom, your mom, is the greatest blessing life can give me. Thank you for changing my life. Watching you grow is an … [Read More...]

#bucketlistbeforebaby : completed

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Mr. President and I had so much fun checking adventures off of our #bucketlistbeforebaby. I loved spending the extra, quality time with Abe and it was such a gift to see the excitement on his face when we'd try something new. He is so much fun to be around and I'm so thankful to be his mom. Here's a recap of our adventures: 1) Lunch date (3) - because we love to eat and we have to eat 2) Donuts date - because donuts before 9am are always a good idea 3) Milkshake date - because who … [Read More...]

reveal: big boy bedroom

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I went back and forth on what to do for Mr. President's room when the baby came. Because we didn't know what we were having before LJ was born, his nursery was gender neutral. I loved it and it felt like his room. So I kept trying to decide what to do... Since we don't know sex of Baby #2, it made sense to convert the guest room to Mr. President's new room and keep the nursery as-is. But that felt hard and sad, so I waited until I had a change of heart. Thankfully, I did. LJ loves his "big boy … [Read More...]

slowing down

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Getting bigger, it's a funny yet beautiful thing. One day I can run 4 miles, pregnant and pushing a stroller - and the next day, it's a real struggle. At 37.5 weeks pregnant, I'm officially slowing down.  Let me first start by saying how thankful I am that I can still run, especially this far along. I know plenty of women who can't run or stop running early in the pregnancy - and even though I'm slow and sometimes have to walk, it's a blessing that my body (and bladder!) can handle the … [Read More...]

life lately + giveaway

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It’s officially spring and that means warmer weather, sunshine, and afternoons at the park. Mr. President and I couldn’t be happier. Life is busy but wonderful! Here’s a sneak peek of {life lately} 37 Weeks That’s right, I’m about to have a baby. With the exception of being tired (but who isn’t?!), I feel great! After a mini-scare, the baby is growing and right-on-track for where he/she should be. I’m thankful! LJ is getting excited about the baby and takes every opportunity he can to … [Read More...]

Bucket List before Baby

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Mom Confession: I'm so excited for baby #2 and can't wait to meet him or her - but part of me is really mourning the loss of "just the two of us", as in Mr. President & me. I know all of that will change the second I meet my sweet baby and get a whiff of that delicious newborn scent but until then, I can't help but cry when I think about how things are (drastically) going to change in +/-30 days. That's why I'm hoping to spend these precious moments with Mr. President, exploring & … [Read More...]

Chicken Quinoa Stew

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One of the ways I love & serve my community is by making meals for families with new babies. It's an opportunity for me to love my friends, my church community, or a new mom that I don't even know. I've enjoyed creating and trying new recipes - and then saving some for our family too (bonus!). One of my favorites has been Chicken Quinoa Stew. This recipe is so delicious and so easy, and the only thing you have to chop are the sweet potatoes. Throw everything into the crockpot and you have … [Read More...]

differences between first & second pregnancies: running edition

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I've been running most of my life, so I didn't want to stop when I became pregnant. But running with #2 has proven to be much different than running with #1. I quickly realized no two pregnancies are the same and priorities tend to shift from pre-baby to post-baby. Running when pregnant with Mr. President was a lot easier - from a time, weather, and physical (I wasn't sleep deprived) standpoint - but I've made a commitment (to myself, my family, and baby #2) to run when I can. Time I wish … [Read More...]

running updates: 29 weeks

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Wait, it's already the third trimester?! When did that happen? This pregnancy has flown by. I wish I could say the same thing about the winter. Unfortunately the winter has taken a toll on my running. Between snow, ice, and below freezing temperatures (+ double digit wind mph) it's been tough for Mr President and me to hit the trails. Thanks to my BOB weather shield, I'm comfortable running with LJ when temperatures are 30 degrees or higher (and even then, he's completely bundled up). … [Read More...]