Welcome to the World!

Our plans this past weekend went out the window, very quickly.  We didn’t attend a 6-hour childbirth class or go apple picking or have our maternity pictures taken….  But rather, we attended a real birth and have taken dozens of pictures of our sweet baby girl.


Genevieve “Evie” Elizabeth

Saturday, October 18, 2014

time: 5:34 p.m.

weight: 6lbs 2 oz

length: 18.5 inches



Today I’m hoping to take advantage of downtime to type up our miracle baby’s birth story…  Stay tuned   Have a sweet Monday!

— Allison


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


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