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where have I been?

Wow!  It has been over two months since I last posted…and what a two months it has been!

On March 31, 2011 my husband and I welcomed our new baby girl at 7:19pm!

Hayden Lynne weighed in at 9 lbs 5 oz and was 20 inches long.  She was a big girl!

We have been having the time of our lives ever since.  We love Hayden so much and cherish every second with her.  It is amazing that two months have passed.  She turns two months old today!

She has changed so much in the past two months, just look at these photos…

Two Days Old

Two Weeks Old


One Month Old

Six Weeks Old

Two Months Old

I will be back with updates on my labor and how we have been adjusting to life as parents…it is the best!


i’m pregnant: week 30

I wasn’t planning on a pregnancy post this week, since I just recently posted a Second Trimester Recap, but I had to document some photos!

Week 10

Week 20

Week 30

It is amazing how much can happen over a 5-6 month timeframe.  It seems like just yesterday that we found out that we were pregnant…and here we are with just 9 weeks left to go until our due date!

i’m pregnant: second trimester recap

My second trimester has come and gone!  And, I have entered my third…

Week 28 (Trimester 3)


The second trimester was great!  I felt like I had tons of energy (compared to the first trimester) and I wasn’t nearly as tired.  My workouts were fairly normal – I did a lot of swimming and running towards the begining and more swimming and walking towards the end.  It was around week 21 when I had my last really good run…

The Turkey Trot!

I felt great during the run, but over the next few weeks my runs got more and more uncomfortable…so, I decided to ease more into walking.  Why be uncomfortable when I can walk and swim and get a great workout that way instead?!

By week 23, I was getting bigger:

But, not more uncomfortable, which was great.  I tried to keep my eating on the normal side…lots of whole foods – veggies, fruits, protein, etc.  I had my appetite back (which was non-existent in the first trimester), so I actually enjoyed eating again.

The next few weeks, I noticed a huge change.  It is incredible how much your body changes during pregnancy, especially in the late 2nd-early 3rd trimester (and I’m sure I haven’t even seen the most of it yet at week 29!)

We took our Childbirth Classes weeks 25-26, which made us feel much more prepared.  I am not sure that you can ever be 100% prepared to go into labor, but at least we feel more comfortable about it. 🙂

By Christmas, I was starting to get a little uncomfortable while I came to the end of trimester 2!

Week 27:

I felt the baby moving throughout trimester 2, but the real kicks started at the begining on December.  Since then, the baby has been moving like crazy!  Throughout the day I feel kicking, and it even wakes me up at night.

I am both excited and nervous to see what Trimester 3 holds.  I already feel a little more uncomfortable, and my sleeping is always interrupted (I guess I need to get used to it!!).  I find that I can’t eat as much as once because I just don’t have room!  Smaller meals/snacks throughout the day seems to work best for me at this point.

Nine months seems like an eternity when it starts, but now that we have less than 3 months to go…it feels like it flew!

where have i been?

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!  I sure did!  And, I just needed a mental break from my blog to come back refreshed and ready to go in 2011!

I’ve missed you the last few weeks, but I’m back and ready for the new year.

It’s a big year for my husband and I.  We have a new little one on the way!  This week started my third trimester…but, more about that in another post. 🙂

My holidays were great and I kept my healthy eating in check.  I enjoyed a lot of big family meals, but I made sure to load up my plate with veggies first, and then added some other delicious eats.

During the week, I made sure to fill my diet with good stuff…

Lots of oats


Hummus and veggie sandwiches

Healthy fats, including these delicious new almonds that were sent to me from Sahale Snacks…yum!

Fruits & Veggies

And, quinoa stirfry’s

I hope to resume my regular posting about healthy eating, fitness tips and pregnancy tips asap, so stay tuned… 🙂

white house tree lighting, 2010

Happy Holidays!  Can you believe that Christmas is next weekend?  I love the holiday season!

Check out my guest post on the Living Harvest website where I talk about Staying Healthy, Active and Motivated All Winter Long!

New Years is the time for resolutions, but my tips will help you keep it up throughout the year. 🙂


Late last week, I was lucky enough to fly down to Washington DC to attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting!

The tree was lit on Thursday night, so we flew down that morning and were seated by 4:00pm for the lighting.  Before heading to the airport, I made up a smoothie for breakfast (and packed up some snacks).

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 4 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1-1.5 cups milk

Topped with a little granola for garnish.

We were very close to the stage and the tree for the lighting!

Our family friends really hooked us up!

It was freezing cold!  So, we bundled up and sat close together for some warmth.  It was definitely worth it, though!

Once President Obama and the first family arrived at the lighting, the party was ready to start.

Ready, set…


Apparently, this is the most energy efficient Christmas tree ever!  I’m not really sure how it can be with all of those lights…

After the lighting, Maroon 5 and other singers performed before Santa made his way on stage.

It was a gorgeous night!