Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Just as I imagined, the first week of school was exhausting.  And I didn’t even have any students!  Between coordinating my student’s schedules, talking with their former teachers, planning with their teachers for this year, trying to figure out my schedule, and decorating my classroom…  I’m exhausted.  Last night my momma felt bad that I was still at school close to 8PM so she came over to help.  Until the custodian kicked us out.

Despite the long days, I’m so excited for the school year to start!  My new coworkers are fun, the administration is supportive, and the building maintenance team couldn’t be more helpful.  Now, the only people who I need to meet are my students.

The PTA hosted an ice cream social Thursday afternoon, but none of my students came.  I was bummed, but it probably was for the better since my room was in shambles and I was sweating like a hog because the AC didn’t turn on until just before the students/parents arrived.


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

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

Size:  Acorn Squash {15.2 – 16.7 in.}

Symptoms:  I had some pain in my lower abdomen sporadically throughout the week.  Nothing seriously painful, but it felt similar to what I imagine bad period cramps feel like {thankfully, I don’t have bad period cramps regularly}.  It felt like my uterus was literally being stretched from side-to-side.  Laying/siting down helped.  I’ve noticed that I get fuller quicker – it feels like I ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbutton my pants…  Except I can’t unbutton my belly.  Even though I sometimes feel like I could eat a cow, I should start eating smaller, more frequent meals.

Movement:  This week was the first week when I could really notice Baby Szed’s movement through my shirt.  During one meeting she was wiggling for a good 10 minutes and one of my coworkers noticed it.  We couldn’t help but laugh!  Last week the ultrasound tech said that she was positioned with her head on my left side and her limbs on my right side…  Which makes sense because I feel the most movement on the right.

Weight Gain:  I haven’t weighed myself since last week at the doctor’s office.

Cravings:  No “I gotta have it!” cravings, but I’m loving two new-to-me products: Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds.  I’ve been eating handfuls of the Oatmeal Squares straight out of the box or will mix them into oatmeal or yogurt.  The Honey Roasted Almonds are a great mid-morning snack.  I’ve also been enjoying sour cream and onion chips.

Reading that makes it sound like I’ve been eating junk food all week, but I’ve made sure to include a healthy dose of fresh produce, fiber, protein, and calcium too.  Everything in moderation!

Aversions:  My thoughts on veggies change by the hour.  Sometimes they sound fine, other times they sound awful.  This has been pretty consistent throughout my pregnancy thus far.  But even though they don’t always sound appealing, I’ve found ways to sneak them in.

Fitness:  I managed to workout both days last weekend, but only two days this week.  Every morning I left for school around 7AM, worked Monday through Wednesday until 4PM before going to tutoring until 6PM, Thursday and Friday I worked past 7PM, and everyday after I finished tutoring/working I was ready for dinner and bed…  Not the gym.  With school starting on Tuesday, I’ll need to start going in the morning.

Sleep:  It was an off week.  I woke up every morning between 2:30 – 3:30AM.  I have a lot of things on my mind, school and baby related.  I’m not stressed, but I do feel a little overwhelmed and my brain can’t turn itself off at night.  I’ll feel better in a few weeks once things settle down.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Question:  Have you tried Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares or Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds?

Question:  How do you sleep when your brain can’t shut off?

— Allison


39 Questions {Survey}

Well, well, well…  I found this post in my draft folder and it was dated January 29th.  I can’t remember who shared this survey originally {sorry!}, but apparently I liked it enough to start but never finished.  It’s a long one, so grab a cup of coffee or wine and have a drink for me because I have three more months until I can enjoy some myself.

1.  Were you named after anyone?

My parents went back and forth between a few names…  But sometime before I was born, they met a couple who named their daughter Allison Elizabeth.  My momma said it was love at first sound, she instantly fell in love with the name.  They didn’t feel guilty for using the name because the couple moved away before I was born, ha!

Another fun tidbit: my birth mom originally named me Elizabeth.

2.  When was the last time you cried?

Two weeks ago.  Moving can be stressful.


3.  Do you like your handwriting?

I don’t hate it?  It’s oober bubbly.  It’s not really cursive, but I usually connect my letters.

4.  What is your favorite lunch meat?

Smoked turkey or honey ham.  Roasted turkey and smoked ham are not the same.

5.  Do you have kids?

Kinda?  Does it count if she’s in my belly?


6.  If you were another person, would you be friends with you?

Yes.  I truly cherish my friendships.  I appreciate all that my friends do for me, enjoy spending time with them, and love looking back on our memories.  I hope that I’m as good of a friend to them as they are to me.

7.  Do you use sarcasm a lot?

No…  Maybe…  Sometimes…  It depends on the situation…  And who I’m talking to.

8.  Do you still have your tonsils?

Yes.  And my appendix.

9.  Would you bungee jump?

No way.  The drop tower at Kings Dominion makes me cry.

10.  What is your favorite cereal?

Puffins or Rice Krispies.


11.  Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?

If they’re new and I don’t wanna scuff them, yes.  If they’re getting old, no – I just slip them off.

12.  Do you think you are strong?

Mentally, yes {most days}.  Lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed with all of the changes that are occurring, but I’m trying to remember that everything will work itself out.  Physically, I’m working on it and hope to get stronger after Baby Szed is born.

13.  What is your favorite ice cream?

Didn’t I just ask y’all this question?


14.  What is the first thing you notice about other people?

Their face.  A person’s facial expression can say a lot.

15.  Red or pink?


16.  What is your least favorite thing about yourself?

I can be very indecisive at times and stubborn.

17.  Any tattoos?

Yes, three.  And I plan to add a few more over the years.  They’re personal and small so they’re almost always covered.

18.  Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t do any hobbies regularly besides cooking, eating, and running/working out, but I do enjoy crafting, knitting {old soul}, making jewelry, painting, and scrapbooking.  I should make time to do those more often.

19.  What color shoes are you wearing?

No shoes, just bare feet.  I prefer to have bare feet than to wear socks, unless it’s winter – then I wear slipper socks.

20.  What was the last thing you ate?

Grapes and a bowl of oatmeal topped with Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and peanut butter + jelly.

21.  What are you listening to right now?

The news.

22.  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I was gonna say pink, but there are so many different shades.  The Crayola website is awesome and lets you explore their different colors.  Fluorescent pink and magenta are my favorite.


23.  Favorite smells?

If we’re talking about Yankee Candle, then Black Cherry, Red Apple Wreath, and Vanilla Cupcake.

24.  Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My momma.

25.  Mountain hideaway or beach house?

Beach house.  I love watching the sunrise and sunset over the water.


26.  Favorite sport to watch?

Baseball.  Go Nats!

27.  Hair color?


28.  Eye color?


29.  Do you wear contacts?

No, but I used to.  I had weak eye muscles when I was younger and had to do eye exercises {dork}.

30.  Scary movies or happy endings?

Romantic comedies.

31.  Last movie you watched?

Apollo 13.

32.  What color shirt are you wearing?

Blue and it says “BOSTON STRONG.”

33.  Summer or winter?

Summer.  But I’m starting to appreciate winter more.


34.  Hugs or kisses?

Hugs and kisses…  It depends on who it’s coming from or who I’m giving it to.

35.  Computer or television?

TV, especially reality TV.

36.  What book are you reading right now?

What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

37.  What’s on your mouse pad?

I use a laptop so it’s a silver touchpad.

38.  What color is your house?

Brown and tan.  It’s in desperate need of a facelift.

39.  What color is your car?

Black.  And I love it.


Question:  Answer one or more of the questions above!

— Allison


It’s Okay to Ask for Help

Oomph.  This past weekend was another doozy.  Last weekend we moved, this weekend we painted, and both weekends I didn’t shower for two days in a row.  I definitely had a “glow” to me and it wasn’t a pregnancy glow.


In high school my dad and I painted my bedroom, but I guess I forgot how much work painting entails.  The bottoms of my feet ache, my knees are tight, my shoulders are sore, and my neck is stiff.

Last week Ryan and I made a list of rooms that we wanted to repaint/touch up, but I completely misjudged how long the process would take.  Clean, sand, patch, sand, tape, edge, paint, apply a second coat, touch up mistakes, and finally clean {again}.  I thought we could plow through our entire list in two days.  I was wrong.

We managed to repaint the entire half bath and master bathroom, plus we patched/touched up the kitchen, dining room, and family room.  Next weekend we’re planning to tackle the master bedroom and nursery.  The basement bathroom and bedroom are last on our list.




Despite waking up this morning feeling like I did two full days of BodyPump, I actually enjoyed spending the weekend painting.  It’s so rewarding and much more budget friendly than hiring a contractor.  Not to mention, I learned a lot…

Like how to spackle holes in the wall.  That when in doubt, go with gravity and start painting the top first – ceiling, walls, doors, and the trim last.  Goof Off is a messy painters’ best friend.  I’m a messy painter who drips paint all over herself and the floor.  And most importantly, it’s okay to ask for help.

Ryan and I have had an overwhelming number of friends lend a helping hand the past couple of weeks.  From giving us boxes, to helping us pack/unpack, giving us a good laugh when frustrations are running high, keeping our bellies full with good food, and helping us fix mistakes the contractor made before we moved in.  It’s hard to put into words how appreciative and thankful we are.  We truly could not have done it without their help.

Help.  When the word first comes to mind, does it have a positive or a negative connotation?  In my personal life I’ve always struggled with asking for help.  I have no problem asking for help in work situations – if I don’t understand something, I’m the first to raise my hand.  But when it comes to asking for help from my family or friends, I tend to shy away and wait until I’m totally desperate.


Why?  Shouldn’t it be easier for us ask for help from the people we’re closest to {family and friends}?  One would think.  But time is precious.  It’s one of the few things in life that you never can get back.

In my mind, asking for help from is essentially the same thing as asking someone to share their time with me.  And I know how busy my family and friends lives are, so I assume that they don’t have extra time for my needs.  But the past two weekends have helped me to realize that my thinking couldn’t be further from the truth.

Family and friends are in our lives for numerous reasons and one of them is to help when called upon.  Asking for help doesn’t make a person weak.  It doesn’t make them needy.  It doesn’t mean that they’re incapable of doing things themselves.  It’s okay.

Thank you to all of our family and friends for your help.  You all have been wonderful and we definitely couldn’t have done it without your help.

— Allison