MIMM: 18 Hours in Richmond

Happy Monday, y’all!  Can you believe that Friday is already August 1st?!  School didn’t end until the last week of June and between tutoring a few times each week, spending time with family/friends, hosting a Gender Reveal Party, going on our babymoon Caribbean cruise, traveling for weddings and work, starting to pack for our move, and preparing for a baby…  The month of July has flown by.  This weekend was no exception.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

Saturday morning Ryan and I drove down to Richmond for a family friend’s wedding.  Unfortunately, we spent 3+ hours in traffic {beach traffic, most likely} so we entertained ourselves by making up silly songs and playing “I Spy.”  Ryan has a knack for creating silly songs – give him a topic and he’ll make a verse.  The next Weird Al?

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We did make a couple of stops along the way to use the bathroom {pregnancy problems} and buy drinks/snacks, despite having a cooler full of lunch/snack foods…  I can’t go anywhere over a two hours without snacks because when hunger strikes, it strikes hard.  Once we finally got to Richmond around 1:30PM we made a pit stop to see the new Redskins training facility.  It’s rumored to have cost a whopping $10 million dollars.

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Practice starts daily at 8:35AM and as we learned, typically lasts until 11:30ish.  We couldn’t stay for the 4:10PM walk-through because we needed to get ready for the wedding, so we didn’t see the guys in action, but the facility and field were nice looking.  On our way to the hotel, we stopped by my old house where I lived in from birth until I was about 5-years-old.

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Isn’t the key lime front door lovely?

After we primped and prepped, my momma, Ryan, and I drove over to the church.  I wish I could have taken a picture inside the church because the architecture and organ were breathtaking, but the wedding party politely asked for no pictures.  Not to mention, the bride looked stunning.  The last time we saw her she was dressed in her vestments {clothing worn by people who conduct worship services} at our wedding!

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St. James Church

picture via St. James’s Episcopal Church website

The reception was held at The Country Club of Virginia, which again, was beautiful!  No dinner was served, but there were plenty of delicious passed hors d’oeuvres and stations.  The shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, fresh pastas, and beef tenderloin were our favorites.  Towards the end of the evening, the couple cut the cake and served it with the an impressive coffee and tea station – chocolate shavings, real whipped cream, multiple milks/sugars – I felt like I was at a high tea party!

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After a late night of celebrating, waking up at 7AM was tough.  Ryan had a flight to catch so we wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to get home in case we got stuck in traffic {again}.  Thankfully, it took us only half of the time to get home as it did to get down to Richmond so we took Charlie for a walk, ate lunch, and relaxed before getting back into the car to go to the airport.

Even though I see him daily and we haven’t been in a long-distance relationship since I was in college, saying “See ya later!” to my husband is still hard.  I know that I’ll see him again soon and traveling is required for work {gotta make ze monies}, but I’m not sure that it’ll ever get easier – especially after we add a baby into the mix.  While driving home it felt like I had a pair of socks stuck in my throat and the radio magically played all of the sad songs…  Isn’t it ironic?

The rest of the afternoon was spent running errands, going to the gym, and cuddling with Charlie.  PSA to all women: don’t watch the movie Jersey Girl while pregnant.  The first 10 minutes got me all emotional.

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he’s the best cuddler

Question:  Do you prefer hors d’oeuvres {no dinner served}, a buffet, or a plated dinner at weddings?  This was my first experience where dinner wasn’t served, but I didn’t leave hungry.  It was nice having the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything, choose how much I wanted, and munch throughout the evening.  Buffets are nice because like hors d’oeuvres, they give guests the opportunity to taste a little bit of everything and take however much they want, but they also can be frustrating if the food runs out by the time your table is called to eat or if you have to wait in a long line.  Plated dinners typically are more formal and guests don’t have to wait in a line, but sometimes dinner comes out cold or what sounds good when you RSVP months ago may not look good when it’s actually in front of you.  Obviously, each option has its pros and cons!

Question:  What’s your favorite road trip snack?

— Allison

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Baby Szed’s Gender Reveal Party

Good morning, y’all!  Ryan and I are hurrying to get out the door this morning because we’re headed down to Richmond for a wedding.  It’s a quick 24-hour trip, but we’re thankful to have the opportunity to attend this wedding because it’s for a very good family friend…  She has known me since the day that I was born and is the pastor who married Ryan and me almost 2 years ago.  So many wonderful memories!

We’re also thankful for friends who generously offer to come watch Charlie while we’re away because he can be a real buddy sometimes.  Always wanting to cuddle, go for long walks, play, and do tricks for treats – it can get exhausting ;)

Oh Thursday I shared my first Bumpdate: 24 Weeks and thought it would be fun to rewind to our Gender Reveal Party, almost exactly a month ago on June 28th.

Ryan initially thought that I was crazy when I told him that I wanted to have a gender reveal party, some of our friends laughed out loud, and others had no idea what we’d be celebrating at a “gender reveal” party.  They said they first thought that Ryan or I were going to reveal a secret about our gender…  HA!

At the end of the night, everyone had a fun time.  It gave Ryan and I a chance to celebrate Baby Szed with our friends together since we’re planning to have separate showers – a traditional baby shower for me and a diaper party for Ryan.  Diaper party, another party that Ryan has never heard of.  I blame Pinterest for putting all of these silly party ideas in my head.

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Question:  What’s your favorite wedding memory?  I’ll always cherish the beautiful memories from my wedding, but one of my earliest wedding memories is from when I was a flower girl for one of my childhood babysitters.  As I approached the end of the aisle I turned around and scanned the crowd for my parents, simultaneously shouting “I HAVE TO PEE!”  I wish I could remember the look on my parents faces.

Question:  Have you ever attended a gender reveal party?  Or a diaper party?

— Allison

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Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Woosh, woosh, woosh.  Every time we have the chance to hear Baby Szed’s itty-bitty heartbeat, my heart swells.  Sometimes I still am in disbelief that I have a little person living inside my belly.  Today Ryan and I went to our monthly check-up and the doctor said that both momma and baby are doing great!

After the appointment I treated myself to a mani + pedi to celebrate the good news {and to complete this weekend’s wedding look} :)   “Princesses Rule” shellac on my fingers and “My Chihuahua Bites” on my toes.

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I was hoping to start sharing bumpdates {baby bump + updates} earlier in my pregnancy so that I could look back {and laugh}, but that didn’t happen.  Later is better than never, something is better than nothing.  I’ll try to do a first trimester recap sometime soon, but I warn you – I napped a lot, felt nauseous, and ate a lot of ramen noodles.

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th.  We’re taking bets on when she’ll actually arrive because there are a few family members with November birthdays.

Gender:  Girl!  We found out on June 26th {20 weeks}.

Name:  Choosing a name is one of the most difficult things we’ve had to do yet.  There are so many names, the possibilities are endless.  We ultimately chose a family name – it was the only name that Ryan said “I like that!”

Symptoms:  No aches or pains.  The only thing that’s uncomfortable is that it feels like I just ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbuckle my belt…  Except I’m not wearing a belt, that’s just my belly.  Thankfully, still no stretch marks.

Movement:  Yes!  And it’s so cool, although she sleeps most of the day and dances all night.  Party animal in the making!

Weight Gain:  My weight fluctuated up and down a pound or two during the first trimester, but I have been slowly gaining weight each week since.  Today the doctor said I’m right on track.

Cravings:  Nothing intense, like “I’ve gotta have it right now or I’m going to have an emotional breakdown!” but I’m still loving fruit, carbs, and salt.  Salt on everything – salads included.  Berries, cherries, melon, and pineapple as far as fruits.  Some type of doughy carb, crackers/chips, or pasta makes an appearance in every meal/snack.  As for protein,  I’ve stuck mostly with cheese, yogurt {regular, not Greek}, eggs with ketchup, and deli meat.  Some days I can’t stand the thought of meat.

Aversions:  None at the moment.  Coffee was a big aversion until just recently.  Some days I’ll sip a cup with breakfast, but I haven’t been able to finish a full cup.  The smell still sometimes makes me queasy.

Fitness:  I’m still working out about 5 days a week, give or take a day depending upon how I feel and our schedule.  Walking on the treadmill {with an incline} has been my go-to.  Today I ran 1 {very slow} mile but it was the first mile I’ve run in months – happy, happy!

Sleep:  I’ve been falling asleep in bed, but waking up around 1 – 2AM and moving out to the family room to sleep on the couch.  It helps to keep me from rolling onto my stomach.  I still haven’t purchased a full-body pillow but it’s high on my list.

Question:  What’s your favorite salty food/snack?

Question:  What’s your favorite nail polish color?

— Allison

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