100 Happy Days: Day 9 – Day 17

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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


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 —–


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


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


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


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


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


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

Day 15


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


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


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


Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

This week marks the first week of the third trimester, WOOHOO!  On Monday I completed my glucose screening test.  The test checks for gestational diabetes which is a high blood sugar condition that a small percentage of women develop during pregnancy.  People have said that the glucose drink is awful, but despite a slight headache and stomach ache at the end of the hour, I didn’t think it was that bad…  It reminded me of flat, super sugary orange Fanta.  P.S. Baby Szed and I passed!


This week also marks my last week of summer.  As of 8AM on Monday I’ll be back in school, meeting my new coworkers, enjoying complimentary breakfasts, attending staff meetings, sitting in trainings, and setting up my classroom before the students return on September 2nd.

Due to countywide budget cuts, my position from last year got the axe.  It was a major bummer because I adored my coworkers and the students that I taught, but I’m optimistic that this year will be equally as rewarding.  This year I’ll be teaching 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students with multiple disabilities.  I’m feeling a little nervous, especially since I’ll be there for only a few months before I go out on maternity leave, but the people who I’ve interacted with thus far have all been very welcoming.

Tomorrow morning Ryan and I are planning to stop by my new classroom to drop off a few boxes of supplies before we spend the rest of the weekend painting.


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

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

Size:  Eggplant {13.6 – 14.8 in}

At our appointment yesterday, our doctor asked us to have an ultrasound to make sure that Baby Szed hasn’t been affected by my lupus.  This morning we had the ultrasound and the doctor said that everything looks perfect!  Baby Szed is approximately 3 lbs 1 oz and is 71% for length.  Her abdomen measured within normal size for her age, but her legs are super long.  We have to go back two more times over the next month to monitor her progress, but as of now she’s developing as she should.

Symptoms:  No new symptoms this week.  The acne has gotten a little better, but my chin still has a few breakouts.  My body has been a bit more achy than usual, but I’ve done a lot of work around the house this week.  Unpacking boxes, cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, and yesterday I spent two hours scrubbing the floors and stairs on my hands and knees.  It’s been a lot of work, but it’s rewarding.

I haven’t experienced any Braxton Hicks contractions yet, or at least I haven’t noticed them.  From what I’ve read, some women don’t even recognize that they’re having Braxton Hicks Contractions during their first pregnancy, but are more aware of them in later pregnancies.

From WebMD:

Before “true” labor begins, you may have “false” labor pains. These are also known as Braxton Hicks contractions. They are your body’s way of getting ready for the real thing — the day you give birth — but they are not a sign that labor has begun or is getting ready to begin.

Some women describe Braxton Hicks contractions as tightening in the abdomen that comes and goes. Many women say these “false” contractions feel like mild menstrual cramps. Braxton Hicks contractions may be uncomfortable, but they do not cause labor or open the cervix.

Movement:  Every week her movements are getting more noticeable – not surprising since she’s getting bigger and stronger.  I still don’t feel much movement when I’m standing up or moving around, but she’s a wiggle worm when I’m laying down.  She’s given me a few swift kicks during the middle of the night that have made sleeping a little uncomfortable.

Weight Gain:  I’ve gained 2 pounds since our appointment last month.

Cravings:  This week I’ve had the strangest craving yet.  For mayo.  I usually can’t stand it {it’s a texture thing – I don’t like greasy, slimy foods}, but this past week I’ve loved adding a schmear to my sandwiches.  I also imagine that it would taste good with fish sticks, like a tartar sauce, which I’m still loving.  Other than that, I haven’t had any major cravings.  I’ve been enjoying many of the same things that I’ve enjoyed for a while…  Eggs, fresh fruit, granola bars, peanut butter, pretzels, salted tomatoes, sandwiches, turkey bacon, and yogurt with cereal.

Aversions:  Nothing significant stands out.  Since I do most of the cooking and Ryan will eat whatever he’s served, I make whatever sounds good in the moment.

Fitness:  I’d really like to attend one or two workout classes a week, but none of the classes work with my current tutoring schedule and last weekend we moved.  This week I worked out five times and did a combo of the treadmill, the elliptical, and the machine that’s half bike and half elliptical {I need to ask someone for its real name}.

Sleep:  I slept really well the few nights that we stayed at my momma’s house earlier in the week, but the past few nights I’ve had trouble staying asleep.  I’ve been waking up once or twice to go to the bathroom and then again around 3AM.  At that point I can’t fall back asleep so I’ll go downstairs and watch TV.  Sometimes I’ll fall back asleep for an hour or two, but by 6:30ish I’m up and making breakfast.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Question:  Mayo – yay or nay?

Question:  What do you do when you can’t sleep?

— Allison


Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

It’s a few days late, but I didn’t wanna post my bumpdate without a picture and since Ryan was traveling through Thursday night and we packed all day Friday, yesterday was my first opportunity…  Amidst all of the moving day chaos.

To be totally honest, I’m feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, but I’m trying to focus on the positive.  There are many great things happening in my life.  There are many great people in my life.  Ryan keeps reassuring me that everything will work itself out, it always does.  But more on that tomorrow because today it’s all about Baby Szed and her progress :)


Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

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

Size:  Rutabaga {13.6 – 14.8 in}

Symptoms:  I did something to my left heel while I was walking around Philly {my chiropractor thinks I either badly bruised the bone or aggravated my Achilles tendon}, so I stayed off of my feet as much as possible for most of the beginning of the week.

Acne has come back and it’s super frustrating.  I struggled with acne during my early teen years because I played sports daily and wasn’t the most diligent about washing my face, but I’m almost 25-years-old.  Give me a break.  From everything that I’ve read, many women experience hair, nail, and skin changes during pregnancy due to the increase in hormones and things go back to how they were before baby once he/she is born.  I hope they’re right.  On the flip side: my nails have been growing ridiculously fast and are the strongest they’ve ever been.

Movement:  I tried to record videos to send to Ryan while he was traveling, but every time I’d start recording Baby Szed would stop kicking.  So bashful!  She’s still moving the most at night, especially after dinner and immediately when I lay down in bed.  Supposedly right around now is when I could start feeling her hiccups.  I’m not sure that I know the difference between what hiccups and kicking/punching feels like, but maybe she hasn’t had hiccups yet?

Weight Gain:  We don’t own a scale so I’m not sure what I currently weigh.  We’ll get an update at our appointment on Thursday.

Cravings:  I think the cravings have started.  Before, certain foods sounded better than others, but I didn’t need it right then and there.  Now, if something pops into my mind I want it ASAP.  Breakfast sandwiches are still my favorite for breakfast, specifically fluffy English muffins with eggs and turkey bacon.  I ate Fish Stick Tacos with Creamy Cocktail Slaw for lunch three days this past week so evidently Baby Szed likes {breaded} fish.  And the other night I had my first sweets craving…  For a chewy, freshly baked sugar cookie topped with M&Ms.  We ate a late dinner at Panera last night and I was hoping that they’d have one, but their bakery was wiped out.

Aversions:  Raw veggies aren’t very appealing again, except for fresh tomatoes with salt.  Roasted veggies are okay.  Peanut and almond butter are iffy again, too.  They sound good in the morning, but a few hours later the thought of something so thick makes my stomach wonky.  And I’m not sure if it’s an aversion or just a change in preference, but I used to be a big gum chewer but I’ve traded gum for wintergreen mints.

Fitness:  I’m still able to workout and it still feels good.  I stuck with mostly cardio again this week – bike, elliptical, treadmill – but did a few upper body weights on two days.  Once school starts, I have a feeling that it’ll be harder to fit in workouts because I’m enjoying sleeping in a little later than usual {6:30AM} and I’m typically exhausted at the end of the day.

Sleep:  I don’t have any pain, but it’s hard to get comfortable.  I’ve always tossed and turned throughout the night, but I’m doing it more than ever.  Probably because I used to sleep a lot on my stomach and now that’s not possible.  I know that I should just take the plunge and purchase a body pillow, but I saw them on sale a while ago and I’m stubbornly holding out in hopes that they’re on sale again soon.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Question:  What are your favorite breakfast sandwich ingredients?  Cheese?  Bacon or sausage?  English muffin or toast?

Question:  When was the last time you moved?

— Allison