100 Happy Days: Day 18 – Day 40

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Charlie made me happy a lot day 1 – day 8.  Then, the focus shifted to Baby Szed day 9 – day 17.  And this time it seems to be an even mix between family, home repair, and back-to-school stuff.  This week is an overflow of pictures because I didn’t share last week.  Whoops!

Day 18

Day 18

Painting and eating crumb cakes.  Thanks BUNCHES for the sweet find, Sarah!

Day 19


Two weekends moving, two days painting, two days without a shower…  We’re totally moved out!  Looking forward to making happy memories in our new house.

Day 20


        First, my student picks me flowers.  Then, an elderly lady stopped me in the grocery store to tell me “You look so pretty.  You’re going to have a beautiful baby.  Bless you.”  So happy to be surrounded by beautiful people!

Day 21

Day 21

A Day late, but happy National Dog Day!  We love you lots, Charlie

Day 22


Hard to believe how quickly time passes…  Four years ago I was about to begin my senior year at Boston University.  Two years ago we picked up our marriage license.  Both are very happy memories!

Day 23

Day 23

Pregnancy is a beautiful, incredible thing.

Day 24

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My momma felt bad that I was still at school so she came to help…  Until the custodian kicked us out.  After a week of 12+ hour workdays, I’m happy to have a 3-day weekend!

Day 25


Charlie mustache you a question…  Shall we shag now, or shall we shag later?

Day 26

Day 26

Supposed to increase my calcium intake…  The things I do for this little girl already.

Day 27


Adding some va-va-voom to his perm.

Day 28


Happy to have met my student and to have finished the first day of school without anyone having a meltdown!

Day 29

Day 29

He looked like such a stud

Day 30

Day 30

30 weeks pregnant today and I can still {barely} see my toes.

Day 31

Day 31

I’ve had a lot of “Ms. Szed, what if…?” questions this week.  TGIF!

Day 32


Pictures of cute baby giraffes make me so happy.  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us have been…  GIRAFFES!  Her themes are: giraffe and pink.  Baby Szed is already maxing out the growth chart so it’s fitting.

Day 33

Day 33

I love bread butts.  Topped with garlic hummus and pepper jack cheese.

Day 34

Day 34

Fueling momma and baby for our workout!  Luna Bar you made my day with this new-to-me flavor…  I’m sure Baby Szed will be a Luna lover like her momma {and dad}!

Day 35

Day 35

Squee!  My momma sent me a baby shower invitation!  I LOVE IT

Day 36


It’s been a hard week, but I’m happy to be at the gym for the third day in a row.  Gym time = me time.  Time to mentally checkout.

Day 37


First can of pumpkin this season – happy morning!  Made Pumpkin Oatmeal Fritters.

Day 38

Day 38

Happy {funny} Friday!

Day 39


Rainy weekend happiness.

Day 40


The master bedroom looks beautiful and our periwinkle storage room is starting to look like a baby girl’s nursery ♥  Happy to be almost done!

See past 100 Happy Days Challenge pictures…

Day 1 – Day 8

Day 9 – Day 17

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  What’s the last good thing you’ve done to help someone else?

— Allison


Bumpdate: 30 & 31 Weeks

Good morning, y’all!  After work yesterday Ryan and I each took a personal training session {it was free since we signed up for a new gym membership} and my legs are sore – I haven’t done that many weighted squats in months…  But it felt so good.  I’ve kept up with cardio, but it hasn’t been as rigorous as I’m used to and I’m missing that morning after burn.  I can’t wait to feel it all over my body again after Baby Szed is born.

This morning I have a chiropractor appointment and a prenatal massage, then Ryan and I are hoping to finish painting the trim in the master bedroom and start working in the nursery.  The contractor removed all of the damaged wood from the master bathroom, but it’s currently drywall and floorboards so it’s out of commission until at least Tuesday.



Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Pineapple {15.5 – 18 in.}

Symptoms:  Last week I woke up in the middle of the night and felt Baby Szed’s hiccups for the first time, it was precious.  It felt like a little heartbeat on the right side of my lower abdomen and lasted for about five minutes.  I also started feeling Braxton Hicks contractions.  They aren’t unbearable, but they aren’t comfortable and come on suddenly.  They kinda remind me of the IBS cramps I’ve experienced in the past, but thankfully the contractions only last a minute or two.  Bending over at my waist is a no-no and breathing has become more difficult.

This week I had a sharp pain in my lower back that shot down my left leg.  The trainer last night said it could be due to Baby Szed’s positioning which may have aggravated my sciatic nerve.

From What to Expect When You’re Expecting:

The sciatic nerve, the largest in the body, starts in the lower back, runs down the buttocks and branches down the back of the legs to the ankles and feet. In most cases sciatica — sharp, shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in the back or buttocks and radiates all the way down the backs of your legs – happens when this nerve gets compressed by bulging, slipped or ruptured discs, arthritis, or by a narrowing of the spinal cord (also called spinal stenosis). But rarely, women experience sciatica as a short-term side effect of pregnancy.

Sciatica will most likely occur during the third trimester, when both you and your baby are bulking up (it can develop earlier, but it’s not common). Most women typically experience pain just on one side, though you may feel it in both legs. Sciatica can be constant or intermittent, depending on the amount of pressure placed on the nerve — so pain may increase as you put on more weight and retain more fluid. And it can stick around for a few months or so after you’ve given birth, until you’ve shed the excess weight and fluid pressing on the nerve.

Movement:  Feeling her hiccups is the coolest – I’ve felt them twice.  She’s still the most active at night, although I’m starting to notice her movement more throughout the day, especially when I’ve been on my feet for a while and soon after I eat.

Weight Gain:  I haven’t weighed myself since we were last at the doctor’s office, but we have another appointment this Friday.

Cravings:  Last week I had a craving for roast beef so I bought some deli meat from the grocery store and ate a roast beef sandwich – with tomato slices, a little mayo, and cheese – for lunch and dinner.  It was delicious.  This week I’ve been loving frozen waffles, pumpkin puree, and hummus + pepper jack cheese + cucumber sandwiches.

Aversions:  Some things have stayed the same…  Peanut butter is hit or miss.  It sounds good in the morning, but awful in the evening.  Salad aren’t appealing, but I’ve been enjoying fresh tomatoes, cucumber slices, and cooked veggies with salt + pepper.  The thought of raw fish makes me squeamish, but we ate fish for dinner two nights this past week and I thought it was tasty.

Fitness:  Last week {the first week of school} I didn’t make it to the gym very often, but I still managed to get in about 10,000 steps every day.  This week I attended training for school for two days which ended earlier than my usual school day, so I went to the gym three days in a row.

I’m still struggling to figure out the best time to go…  I could go at 5AM, but I usually wake up hungry and need to eat or I’ll feel nauseous.  I could go after school but we’ve had something every evening such as tutoring, touring daycare centers, or doctor appointments, so I wouldn’t get to the gym before 6:30PM and wouldn’t be home before 8PM.

Sleep:  The second trimester high is fading.  I’m starting to feel as tired as I did during the first trimester and I’m usually asleep by 8:30PM.  Staying asleep is a challenge.  I can’t get comfortable or I wake up to go to the bathroom {around 3AM} and can’t fall back asleep.  

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Question:  What’s your favorite kind of cheese?  I’ve been loving pepper jack recently, but I’m also a fan of Muenster, white cheddar, a strong Swiss, feta, Parmesan, and creamy goat cheese.  Really, I like them all, but my least favorite is provolone.

Question:  Share one of your go-to strength training routines!

— Allison


Tangent Thursday 9.11.14

There must be something in the air today because my kiddos are going a million miles a minute in all different directions {some for the good, some for the bad} and so is my brain.  My photographer {aka Ryan} didn’t take a picture of my baby bump this morning, so I’ll share my week 30/31 bumpdate tomorrow.


This is my first year teaching when my students were born post-9/11.  It’s an event in their history books, not their mental memory.  Never forget and take time to remember.

I’ll never forget being ushered into the auditorium, but not being told why.  The auditorium was silent and all of the teachers had a look of fear on their faces.  I’ll always remember my dad picking me up early from school, stopping for gas on the way home because he said we didn’t know what else could happen, and being glued to the TV for days.  We were incredibly thankful that my brother was out of the hospital and safe at home.


Our master bedroom is no longer baby blue with speckles of apple green.  We still need to repaint the trim and doors, but tan suits the space so.much.better.  I also have developed a new obsession with curtains – they really spruce up a room.


My baby shower invitations have been sent!  Aren’t they adorable?  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us for Baby Szed have been giraffes.  We’re taking it as a sign {Baby Szed is already measuring super long} so we’ve decided to stick with the theme.


I spotted this yellow cruiser at Target over the weekend and I’m in love.  I’ve wanted to buy a bike for a while now, but the prices are ridiculously expensive.  Until I found this beauty.  For $125ish, it’s a steal.  Maybe it will make an appearance at my birthday this year *hint, hint*.


Our gym got this new machine.  I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a cross between a snowboard + wakeboard + skateboard.  There was a lady riding it for a while I was on the elliptical and I couldn’t stop watching.  I think I’d be thrown off within a few seconds I tried.


After almost two months without a haircut, Charlie went to the groomer on Sunday.  His hair was the longest it’s ever been and now it’s the shortest it’s ever been.  His eyes remind me of the lemurs in the movie Madagascar“I like to move it, move it!  I like to move it, move it!”


How amazing is this chalk drawing?  Ryan and I went out to dinner over the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and saw a bunch of awesome chalk drawings from the festival that took place earlier in the afternoon.  Too bad the rain that night washed everything away.


Baby Szed has me craving chocolate milk.  I can’t remember ever buying chocolate milk {we used to use Hershey’s syrup in 2% cow’s milk when I was a child}, but this version by Silk is deliciously rich.


Ryan found this guy stuck in our fire escape over the weekend.  Maybe if I gave him a kiss we wouldn’t have found water damage in our bathroom/first floor on Monday night?

Question:  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/01?

Question:  Have you tried Silk’s chocolate milk?  Or do you prefer using the classic Hershey’s chocolate syrup?  Or more Ovaltine, please?

— Allison