100 Happy Days: Day 9 – Day 17

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

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Charlie made me happy a lot last week, this week it looks like the focus has shifted to Baby Szed.  I always get so excited when we have the opportunity to hear her little {but mighty} swooshing heartbeat or see her on an ultrasound!

Day 9

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English muffins make Baby Szed very happy.  Which side to eat first?  Egg + cheese or almond butter {topped with bananas}?

—– double dose of happiness today —–

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Was on my way to bring my husband’s car to get an oil change and saw 2 pups running along the side of the road.  My heart started pounding…  When I pulled over I saw a lady walking a ways back with a leash in her hand…  She shouted “Please help!” and my instincts kicked in.  The pups were incredibly friendly and I didn’t have to chase after them for long, but the lady was so thankful.  I can’t imagine Charlie ever getting loose and hope a random passerby would do the same thing for me.

Day 10

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I’m so happy that {almost} everything is packed and my little family is back together after weeks of traveling.  I’m not so happy that the contractor has made no progress and we’re moving tomorrow…  Lord, give me patience and strength.

Day 11

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Baby Szed and I are supervising the move.  It’s been stressful {I may have had a meltdown}, but we’re making progress.

Day 12

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Happy to be almost done moving everything.  Happy that I married a great man,  Happy that Baby Szed has put up with 2 days of my craziness.  Happy that our new landlord has agreed to fix everything.  Happy that I have a blessed life.  Focusing on the positive.

Day 13

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I’m hoping that my husband will treat me to Starbucks after this glucose test.  Baby Szed is kicking up a storm…  We’re hungry!

Day 14

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He wakes up with me in the middle of the night when Baby Szed can’t get comfy.

Day 15

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In Cape Cod for my cousin’s wedding {a year ago from this past weekend}.  If you asked me that night what I thought life would be like a year from now…  I never would have imagined that I’d be a mom, he’d be a dad. or she’d be a meme in 3 months.

Day 16

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Today marks the first day of the third trimester!  So happy!  Just left our 28 weeks pregnant appointment.  Very thankful that my husband has come to every appointment – love his support.  I’m up 2 lbs from our appointment last month and our doctor said that I’m measuring at exactly 28 weeks.  Passed my glucose test.  Have an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure that lupus isn’t affecting Baby Szed.  Still able to workout 5 – 6 days a week.  Sandwiches, fruit, & {salted} fresh tomatoes are a few current food favorites.  Feeling blessed for an easy pregnancy!

Day 17

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So happy that she’s healthy!  3 lbs 1 oz, 71% for length, and still a contortionist ♥  We’re going back 2 more times over the next month to monitor everything.  Thanks bunches for all of the positive messages!

See past 100 Happy Days Challenge pictures…

Day 1 – Day 8

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

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

— Allison

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100 Happy Days: Day 1 – Day 8

Read about why I’m doing the 100 Happy Days challenge here.  Sign up to participate yourself or join me – for just a day or the remainder of the challenge – the more the merrier.  Don’t forget to tag your pictures with #100happydays and #lifesabowlhappydays.  Stay connected with Life’s a Bowl on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Below each picture I copied the caption, minus the hashtags #obvi.

100 Happy Days Challenge Header Evidently Charlie made me happy a lot last week.  He’s been great company this summer, especially while Ryan has been away for work.  He’s such a charmer and cuddler ;)

Day 1

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I love that he loves laying on my baby belly ♥  Today marks day 1 of the 100 Happy Days challenge…  I thought it would be a fun way to countdown to Baby Szed’s due date.  Day 100 is November 13th.

Day 2

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So much to be happy about today.  Today marks 26 weeks pregnant!

Day 3

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Spent this past week in Philly!  I LOVE{d} having the opportunity to travel with my husband {Charlie too} on a business trip and spend the days touring.  Back to VA to start packing for our move next week!

Day 4

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What a WONDERFUL night!  Had a blast celebrating the newly engaged couple and seeing old friends!

Day 5

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I’m incredibly thankful for everything my husband does for me and our growing family.  He’s the hardest worker that I know, is extremely modest, puts the biggest smile on my face, still makes my heart flutter after 5 years, and is gonna be a great dad…  So much love ♥  And yes, he’s showing off my baby bump!

Day 6

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Be the person your dog thinks you are.  Give lots of kisses, seize the day, always be ready for adventure, stick by the ones you love, and love unconditionally.  Love my first baby, my fur baby

Day 7

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Listening to the pouring rain, culling on the couch, and catching up on the DVR.

Day 8

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Happy to have a rich blue sky today after yesterday’s downpours – it’s a beautiful day in Virginia.

Question:  What’s made you happy lately?

Question:  Do you like listening to the rain?

— Allison

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A Few Days in Philly

I can’t write today’s post without mentioning the death of Robin Williams…  Such a tragic loss.  He was one of my favorite childhood actors.  I’ll never forget my dad doing impersonations of him or how much my brother loved Mrs. Doubtfire – he watched it daily while he was in and out of the hospital for much of his early childhood.  It’s touching to read how kind and generous he was, despite his A-list celebrity status.  He’ll always be one of my favorites, a classic, and never will be forgotten.

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Last week I mentioned that Charlie loved the fancy hotel life…  And was bummed when it came to an end on Friday when we drove home.  Since Ryan has been traveling a lot for work the past month, Charlie and I decided to accompany him for a few days in Philly.

I had been there twice before – for a basketball tournament in high school and for a work conference almost two years ago – but never had a chance to tour the popular sites.  And even last week, I ran out of time to see everything.  People were waiting in line for over an hour to see The Liberty Bell!

Every morning we woke up and walked Charlie in a park just a few blocks from our hotel.  This trip made me realize how important it is to have green space.  Charlie struggled to do his business on the busy city sidewalks.

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When Ryan left to go to training, I’d walk down to a nearby Starbucks for a breakfast sandwich {new pregnancy craving, YUM!} and to tap onto their free WiFi.  I get the most work done when I’m at Starbucks and thankfully, I don’t mind the smell anymore.  After a couple of hours of work, I walked back to the hotel for a workout, shower, and to walk Charlie.  Since I was alone for lunch I stuck with salad bars and delis.

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Afternoons were dedicated to touring and by the end of the day my feet and lower back were aching.  Around 5PM I met up with Ryan and his coworkers for happy hour before we were treated to delicious dinners.  Three days of good company, good food, and lots of fun!

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P.S.  I’m saving the pictures from Reading Terminal Market for a separate {mouthwatering} post.

Question:  Have you visited Philly?  What’s your favorite site to see?  Restaurant?  Shop?

Question:  What’s your favorite city to visit?

— Allison

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