Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

It’s started.  It’s started.  The shopping has started!  We have only 15 more weeks until Baby Szed arrives {give or take a few days}, so I’d say that I’ve held off long enough.

My momma and I found a few outfits at Nordstrom, Janie and Jack, and Old Navy that were too adorable to pass up.  Not to mention, a few of the items were on sale so that made swiping the debit card a little easier.  We’re waiting until after we move later this month to buy any furniture, but I think that we found the crib.  Squee!






Charlie’s modeling Baby Szed’s new fancy winter hat

In addition to making some fashionable progress, I made great practical progress this week too…  I signed Ryan and I up for an orientation class at the pediatrician’s office {the same pediatrician that my brother and I went to!}, scheduled our hospital tour, and started looking at items for our baby registry.  There are a bazillion different car seats, strollers, high chairs, carriers, breast pumps, etc.  It’s kinda overwhelming.


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  We chose her name weeks ago, but just came up with a nickname this week.  Still keeping the name secret until she arrives.

Symptoms:  No complaints – overall I’m feeling great!  I’ve noticed that my back is starting to curve, but I’m not experiencing any back pain.  I’ve been going to my chiropractor since even before I knew that I was pregnant and have continued to see him every two weeks for adjustments, so that more than likely is helping to keep the aches and pains away.  I’ve also noticed that I have to pee every hour, if not sooner.  Between staying hydrated and a growing baby, my bladder is running out of space.

I haven’t experienced heartburn or indigestion, tingling hands, or restless leg syndrome {RLS} which are some of this week’s common symptoms according to What to Expect When You’re Expecting.  And thankfully, my skin has gotten better in recent weeks.  I was breaking out like a teenager going through puberty for a while and even experienced my first episode of bacne…  It was gross.  Pregnancy isn’t always glamorous!

Movement:  Yup, especially after I eat.  When I sit down on the couch after a meal I can feel her squirming – she’s all fueled up.

Weight Gain:  My belly feels bigger and rounder, but the scale hasn’t changed from last week.  As long as my baby is healthy and growing, that’s all that matters.  According to our last ultrasound, she’s already in the 90th percentile for length and I measured two weeks ahead.

Cravings:  Still no intense cravings and I’m still loving carbs, fruits, and salty foods.  Cheese, yogurt, dry cereal, pretzels, fluffy English muffins, and savory breakfasts.  Fruity yogurt with Trader Joe’s Honey Nut O’s {favorite new cereal} has been my go-to before bed.

Aversions:  Super sweet foods {except for THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies} are still unappealing and aruglua.  Arugula is a very random aversion, but my momma and I bought a bag from TJ’s this week and it was wayyy too peppery for my taste buds.  It’s strange how I can eat something and enjoy it, but within an hour the thought of it is completely unpleasant.  Example: peanut butter…  I enjoyed it for breakfast a few times this past week, but looking at my pictures later in the day on Instagram made my stomach churn.

Fitness:  My momma was a great motivator this week!  I went to the gym every day and did 45 – 60 minutes of walking on the treadmill, riding the elliptical, and/or on this new machine that’s a cross between a bike and elliptical.  Envision an elliptical machine, but you sit down.  Even though my workouts are less intense, I’m happy that I still have the energy and motivation to get myself to the gym.

Sleep:  I love waking up next to my husband {and Charlie} every morning and we have a comfy king-sized bed, but sleeping in my old bed by myself this past week was really, really nice.  I tend to toss and turn throughout the night, pulling the blankets with me which drives Ryan wild because he prefers his sheets tightly tucked.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Question:  Did you have a nickname as a child?  Do your family/friends still use it?  Everyone has always called me Allison.  Al, Ally, or Allie never really clicked.

Question:  Do you sleep like a rock or toss and turn throughout the night?

— Allison


WIAW: The Best {Gluten Free} Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever eaten a mouthful of peppercorns?  They’re those tiny black bombshells that most people grind up to make fresh pepper…  Except me.  Today I took it to a whole new level of crazy and ate what was probably close to 1/8 cup {which sounds even more badass than 2 tablespoons} because I hate letting food go to waste.  Especially meatballs.

When I flipped the plastic cover off and started twisting to grind the kernels, the whole top popped off!  Peppercorns spewed EVERYWHERE – into my bowl, onto the counter, bouncing across the hardwood floors.  It was a spicy mess.  Just when I thought that Charlie would eat anything off of the floor, I was wrong.  He wanted nothing to do with the menacing kernels.

This week my momma and I are having quality mother-daughter time while Ryan is traveling.  Sleeping in my Lily Pulitzer inspired room, having someone to watch The Bachelorette Season Finale with, eating dinner outside on the deck, and being introduced to THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies…  The #estrogenparty has been fabulous!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

Breakfast yesterday was a bowl of apple pie oatmeal with a side of newspaper, specifically the style section.  Sudoku puzzles make me feel like a wizard, crossword puzzles make me feel dumb.


apple cinnamon oats + plain Greek yogurt + diced apple + drizzle of maple syrup

I had a tutoring session at 9:30AM so on my way over to the kiddo’s house I stopped by Starbucks for some “teacher fuel” <– that’s what my students from last year called it.


a banana & a decaf Coffee Light Frappuccino

Between tutoring and a lunch date with my momma, I swung by the gym and did in 45 minutes of cardio.  I don’t remember the elliptical being that hard…?  The backs of my legs are feeling it today.

Lunch was a treat.  My momma and I have been going to the same hole-in-the-wall sushi joint since I was in high school and neither of our orders have changed.  Miso soup, ginger salad, and the #3 lunch special {California Roll, no roe + Cucumber Roll} for me, miso soup and shrimp tempura for her.


exchanged the California Roll above because it had mayo {blah} for one with real crab

We had no afternoon plans and since it was a nippy 68*F we decided against the pool.  If you’re familiar with the DMV {DC, Maryland, VA} area, you’ve probably heard that the new Silver Line on the Metro started running this past weekend.  There are a total of five new stops and a few of them are right near my momma’s house so we decided to take a test ride and go on an adventure.

After spending 10 minutes figuring out how to get a parking ticket to dispense and another 10 minutes getting my momma a Metro card, Dumb & Dumber finally made it onto the train.  It was hilarious, we couldn’t stop laughing at ourselves and neither could the Metro employees!

We took the Silver Line to the Eastern Market and sampled our way through the outdoor stands before perusing the shops inside.  It was my first time visiting during the week {my momma’s first time ever}, but I was surprised by how few vendors there were compared to the weekend.






While walking I munched on an apple and some peanut butter sandwich crackers.  We eventually wandered into a baby store, passed by the Capitol Building, and then walked over to Union Station to catch the Metro home.




Beef burritos were what we planned to make for dinner, but after our big adventure we both agreed to save the cooking for tonight.  I ended up making an orzo dish and served it with a small salad, cheesy tortillas, and a helping of organic ketchup because I currently can’t get enough of the stuff.  It was very random, but satisfying.


orzo + artichokes + peas + Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs + spices

And since I have to end every day on a sweet note, dessert was eaten while watching Extreme Weight Loss.  OH.MY.GOSH.  A little secret…  Trader Joe’s makes THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  Although I typically prefer my cookies to be full of gluten, dense, and chewy, these were delicious – buttery, crispy, very chocolatey, and no icky gluten free flour aftertaste. My momma says that she’s been buying them from years…  I don’t know why she’s now just sharing them with me.


cottage cheese + banana slices + THE BEST gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Question:  What’s your favorite gluten free cookie?  Homemade or store-bought?

Question:  Extreme Weight Loss or The Biggest Loser – which do you prefer?  I think that I like Extreme Weight Loss better?!  I know that’s a bold statement considering I’ve only watched it once, but I like how the trainers focus on one person and his/her goals, not a group of people.  Also, the weight loss doesn’t seem as dramatic and the contestants seem to be provided with more knowledge than on TBL.

— Allison


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?


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.








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.


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!




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!






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.


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