9 Months of Transformation

Happy Monday, y’all!  After yesterday’s Sunday Funday and sleeping for five hours straight last night, Evie woke up this morning with her first case of the Mondays.  She needs her beauty sleep!


This week I’m focusing on #AllAboutEvie.  I’ll be sharing our story about how the doctors told us we had a 1% chance of ever getting pregnant, Evie’s birth story, what we packed in our hospital bags, 10 must have items for new parents, Evie’s one month update, and today’s topic: my bumpdate transformation.

It was hard for me to notice how much my body changed over the nine months that I was pregnant, but the changes are evident when scrolling through the pictures.  We found out we were expecting when I was about 6 weeks pregnant, the same weekend that I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon.

In the beginning, I would scroll through pictures on Instagram and ask “Why isn’t my bump showing?  I want my belly to pop.  These girls are already showing and they’re only X weeks pregnant!”  One thing I learned early on is that pregnancy is an extremely personal journey.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Everyone’s experience is unique.  Oftentimes women say that each pregnancy is different from the last.  Although there are some “common” symptoms {and cravings}, there’s no checklist of things that all pregnant women go through from month one to month nine.  Additionally, there’s no specified time when everyone’s belly “pops.”  Every body responds differently.

During the first trimester I felt alright.  My energy level was low and I felt nauseous frequently, but I only got sick a couple of times.  When the second trimester arrived, I started to look bloated, but I was happy for my energy to return.  It wasn’t until around 22 weeks when I started to notice my belly rounding and suddenly my belly popped around 24 weeks.  The third trimester flew by.  And by 30 weeks I felt very pregnant – my clothes didn’t fit, my belly looked like a basketball, I couldn’t get comfortable laying down, and I wasn’t sleeping much.

Overall, I feel extremely blessed that my pregnancy was uneventful…  That is, until my water broke a month early.




























— Allison


Manitoba Hemp Hearts Review

Finally.  It’s only taken me two weeks to write this post, oye.  Over the past couple of months I’ve received a handful of great products to review {and giveaway!}.  I planned to write the reviews the weekend that Evie was born…  In addition to attending our childbirth class and having our maternity pictures taken…  But evidently our little girl had her own agenda.

Over the past two weeks Ryan and I have been learning how to live with a newborn.  For example, it’s absolutely adorable when Evie smiles and giggles, but that typically that means she’s about to unload.  And sometimes she’ll unload mid-diaper change which means we’ve been averaging a load of laundry a day.  In terms of food, she’s a good eater.  So good that she’s hungry every 1.5 – 2 hours {with a few longer stretches at night}.

Between diaper changes, outfit changes, feedings, burping, and cuddling, the morning turns to night and we’re getting ready for a repeat tomorrow.  A baby gives a whole new meaning to the word “busy,” but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  I love being a mom.


With the cooler weather rolling in and a limited amount of time to make breakfast, I’ve eaten a bowl of oatmeal {in bed} every morning for the past two weeks – with the exception of pancakes two days :)   Oatmeal is comforting, hearty, and warm…  What more does a new mom need on a crisp fall morning?  Besides a cup of coffee.

Oatmeal is a blank canvas and can be jazzed to suit almost anyone’s taste buds.  My personal favorite is cinnamon raisin swirled with plain yogurt, some type of crunchy sprinkled on top, and a spoonful of peanut butter that melts all over.



Most recently the crunchy I’ve been digging on top is Hemp Hearts.  They’re small but mighty and have a delicious nutty flavor.  Although they initially reminded me of bird food, they’re easily my favorite seed – sorry chia and flax.



So…  What is hemp?  What are Hemp Hearts?

  • Hemp is a super plant and every part of the plant can be used to make food, clothing, rope, paper, building materials, animal bedding/herd, plastic, paint, fuel, and more.
  • Hemp Hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds, located at the top of the hemp plant.
  • Hemp Hearts are ready to eat straight from the bag – there’s no need to cook or grind them.
  • Hemp Hearts are easily digestible.
  • Hemp Hearts are a complete {vegetarian} protein.  One tablespoon contains 10g of protein.
  • Hemp Hearts are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber.  One tablespoon contains 1g of fiber.
  • Hemp Hearts provide a great dose of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
  • Hemp Hearts are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B, D, and E, calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
  • Hemp Hearts are an excellent source of long-lasting energy.







Wanna try Hemp Hearts for yourself?  Manitoba Harvest is offering a 5lb bag to one lucky winner!  How to enter {the contest will be open through November 30th}:

Get creative in the kitchen and tag @manitobaharvest, #hemphearts, and #sweatpink in your Instagram and/or Twitter post for an automatic entry.

Also, Manitoba Harvest is offering 20% off everything at Manitoba Harvest with the code: HHSweatPink14.

Question:  Have you tried Hemp Hearts?

Question:  What’s your favorite source of vegetarian protein?

Disclaimer:  I received a sample of Manitoba Hemp Hearts to review through Sweat Pink.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.

— Allison


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