Pin-Spired #4

I follow this blog that puts monthly Pinterest inspired outfits together. They call it Pin-spired. I’ve been joining them when I can (and when I remember to take pictures of my clothes).

pin signSince I have 2 months left in this pregnancy, I decided to continue sharing my Pin-spired pregnancy outfits. Here is what I wore.

Outfit #1 – Grey shirt, dark jeans, and leather jacket.26e7953ac9530839684f407a4001b0a8

My version: Heading out to a friend’s birthday dinner. Needed something cute but comfy to fit my 8 month belly. I grabbed my jacket on the way out. IMG_5693Shirt {HERE}, jeans {HERE},jacket {HERE}, flats {HERE}, and earrings {HERE}.

Outfit #2 – Pink shirt, jeans, and brown boots.5dfb06c2bed5e1f3a5cf7f255e4ff05cMy version: Heading out to a cancer event with some girlfriends so I thought it was fitting to wear pink. IMG_5711Shirt {HERE}, jeans {HERE}, boots {HERE}, and earrings {HERE}.

Outfit #3 – Grey shirt, black tights, boots and leather jacket. 847b922fef4ba5c1ebcc74a151ba4501

My version: I wore this to run errands around town. I also wore it another time for date night.IMG_5737Shirt {HERE}, tights {HERE}, boots {HERE}, jacket {HERE} and necklace {HERE}.

Outfit #4 – Chambray shirt, black tights and boots. 67ec5d3b6fb7d2c2ce4c08598d119bab

My version: I wore this to a play date one afternoon. It’s been cold so I decided to pair it with boots instead of flats. IMG_5745Shirt {HERE}, tank {HERE}, tights {HERE}, boots {HERE}, and necklace {birthday gift from a friend}.

 If you have outfits to link up, feel free to grab the button to add to your post.

Looking forward to seeing your outfits!
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Meal Planning Monday

This week marks one year of Meal Planning for my family (click here to see how it all started). It’s really helped our family stay organized and taken away the daily question, “What’s for dinner tonight?” I also hate going to the grocery store multiple times a week, so Meal Planning has personally helped me stay sane.

I’ve been sharing my weekly menu on a private Facebook group for a while now so I thought I’d expand a little bit and post our weekly meal plan here.

-Monday-

Unstuffed Cabbage Unstuffed CabbageRecipe can be found here.

-Tuesday-

Red & White Baked ZitiScreen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.13.13 PMRecipe can be found here.

-Wednesday-

Jewish Holiday: Purim.purimBBQ dinner at the festival.

-Thursday-

Crockpot Chicken TacosCrockpot Chicken TacosRecipe can be found here.

-Friday-

Shabbat dinner at a friend’s home.

-Saturday-

Date night! (whoo hoo)

-Sunday-

Ketchup (catch up) night aka left overs.

What are you making this week? Share below, I’d love to see.

My Baby Sprinkle

After a difficult week I was really looking forward to attending my Baby Sprinkle.

Never heard of a baby sprinkle? Instead of “showering” the mom with gifts, as in a baby shower, you “sprinkle” her with just a few necessities.

Ironically enough, it actually showered the day of my sprinkle.

I had 3 close friends organize my sprinkle. Walking into my friend, Liza’s home I was overwhelmed with happy thoughts. From the decor to the food everything was just perfect! These girls sure know how to throw a sprinkle!

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know how much I love all the details! Thanks to my super awesome hosts there were many amazing details (that were actually photographed) throughout the room.IMG_1263IMG_1265IMG_1272IMG_1273IMG_1275IMG_1276  IMG_1286 IMG_1383My favorite part has to be the book everyone signed! IMG_1277At my first shower, each guest was asked to bring a book in lieu of a card. To this day, hubby and I read these books to Sarah before nap and bed time that my guests brought. Looking forward to reading this signed book to baby many many times the year!

My friend made the cutest customized favors!IMG_1279The food was potluck style (my fav!) and everyone brought something that was vegetarian so that I didn’t have any restrictions. IMG_1281IMG_1268Another fun detail of the day was the photo booth! I love photo booths and props!picstitch(3)picstitch(4)My fabulous hosts!picstitch(1)My fellow preggo mamas!picstitch(2)So much fun!

Not to long ago I attended my friend, Lucy’s sprinkle (we are due 3 months apart). I invited her to my sprinkle knowing she might not make it. After all she just had a baby! However my brave and sweet friend brought her 3 week old baby Emmet to my sprinkle. So I had to post our before and after picture.picstitchThank you to all of my friends for sprinkling me with love!

IMG_1315 - group w:liza IMG_1307 - group w:erinA special thank you to my fabulous hosts for making my day so special! I love you girls more then you know!IMG_1381 - the hostsI am so blessed to have such amazing and loving friends!!

Only 9 more weeks until we meet baby!

Gestational Diabetes

I have gestational diabetes and I’m really upset about it.

After failing the the one hour glucose test I retested by taking the 3 hour glucose test. Both times I had to drink this super sweet drink.IMG_5253

People compare it to orange soda, I think it tastes like super sweet crap. Then I had to stay by the lab while I had my blood drawn 4 times, every hour on the hour. Ugh I hate needles!!

A couple days later I got a call from a nurse letting me know that my test was 3 points above normal. She then explains that I need to come in to meet with a dietitian who will give me a meal plan. Then I would meet with my case manager so that I can learn how to use my new blood sugar monitor. Confused by all of this new information, I asked to speak with my doctor. My doctor called me shortly after and explained some of the risks with not following their guidelines.

I reluctantly attended my meeting with my dietician where I met two more preggos who were only 3 and 4 months pregnant (yikes, I felt bad for them!). We went over the food plan and were given a couple worksheets with menu ideas.IMG_5468If you know me, then you know how much I HATE needles. For example, when I get a shot or have my blood drawn I am very particular. As soon as I get in the seat I turn my head and close my eyes. That way I don’t seem them prep the needle(s) and it’s over before I know it. I’m not so much scared of the blood, but the needles is what gets me.

The first day was the hardest! Every time I would bring the needle keeper close to my finger I would wimp out and pull away. After a few failed attempts I finally went for it but didn’t break the skin. Therefore I had to prick myself again. Ugh, I was so mad!

My friend who had GD told me about how she put a station together and that it was really helpful. A few days into checking my blood level I decided to do the same.IMG_5605

After a week of pricking my fingers it became a routine, but my numbers were not great.

My case manger scheduled a review meeting a week later. Between the time I saw her and my meeting I had two big events on the calendar, my baby sprinkle and a Bat Mitzvah. I explained to her how important these two events were so she requested I try to keep close to my meal plan.

 I decided to go all out at both events since they fell on the same day. My numbers were not great and pricking my finger 4 times a day was starting to make my fingers numb.

After a routine GYNO appointment hubby and I sat down for my review meeting. I met with my dietician, case manager and a social worker. I was super nervous and just wanted the meeting over with. After reviewing my numbers they told me what I didn’t want to hear. I was told that I needed to go on insulin. I was so upset. As is I am having a hard time checking my blood sugar, now they want me to add more needles! Luckily hubby was there, because thinking about it now I probably checked out at one point. He asked some questions and we were given instructions.

After a visit to the pharmacy we went home with the plan to start that evening.

After setting up yet another station, hubby was going to administer the insulin.

I FREAKED OUT!

I’m not sure if I had a panic attack, but it was bad. Like real bad!

Needless to say we didn’t get the job done that evening.

I was so upset and freaked out that I was still a mess the following day.

I felt like such a failure. I wasn’t able to take care of business instead I sobbed uncontrollably while I knew what I needed to do. My baby and I needed this medication. And I couldn’t do it.

Hubby took Sarah the following day for a few hours while I stayed home. I needed to chill out! My heart was racing, my eyes were puffy and my head was pounding. It’s sad that I couldn’t just do it. It’s just a needle! For some reason I just don’t do well around needles and the night before was really traumatic for me. 

Luckily we had leftovers from the night before because I was in no shape to deal with reality.

After dinner and Sarah’s bed time routine I asked hubby not to talk about it.

He did his prep work and I turned my head like I normally do at the doctor’s office. A few seconds later he administered the insulin and it was all over.

Hallelujah!

I did it!!!!!!!

Now the sucky part is I have 9 more weeks to do this shit! Ugh!!! I am so upset!

Have any recipes to share? Or advice?

I’m going to need a lot of strength in the next couple of months so please send me your good vibes.

Soccer

For the past few months Sarah has been taking soccer lessons.

She has been talking about wanting to play for a while now. I looked through our rec center catalog and a found a class for tots. After signing her up we were asked to bring a soccer ball and shin guards. With her ball in hand, (I never got around to buying her shin guards) we started our first class.

Every class started and ended with some stretching. IMG_4949IMG_4950The first 15 minutes of EVERY class, Sarah was very timid. She barely kicked the ball or participated in the drills.IMG_4813IMG_5501 Soon after she would get into it and kick the ball (surprisingly) far. IMG_4815IMG_4817 IMG_4824 IMG_4939I kept trying to encourage her to start off like she ended, but if you know Sarah then you’d know she needs a few minutes to get comfy in each setting (even if she’s been there before). Unfortunately the class was only 45 minutes long and at the end of nap so coming earlier to get her used to her surroundings was not an option.

Sarah’s favorite exercise was when each kid got to play one on one with the goal.IMG_4947 IMG_4948IMG_5493She even got to take a turn at being goalie!IMG_5495

It was not her favorite position.

Watching all the toddlers from my chair was my favorite. It’s so cute to see kids in all shapes and sizes play to the best of their ability.

Baby enjoyed his/her view too.

IMG_5502 Overall Sarah had fun! However waking her from her nap (yes she still naps regularly) every week and not being completely into it hubby and I decided to wait until she was a bit older to try again.

Camp Mommy Update

Last summer a couple of moms and I organized a Camp Mommy for our kids.

We had a simple schedule that was loaded with a lots of fun.

Camp Mommy ScheduleMake Monday: Make Something Monday. Try a new recipe, craft, or build something.

Amanda organized this day with lot’s of fun play dates. We did things like Popsicles in the Park, made Kiss Boxes, decorated cupcakes and more. 

Popsicles in the Park – Frozen Popsicle treats and colored Popsicle sticks made into flowers.

Mama Chit Chat: Camp MommyKiss Box – I blogged about this fun play date here. Each kid made their own box based on the book, The Kiss Box by Bonnie Verburg.

Mama Chit Chat: Camp MommyCupcake decorating at the park. Both fun and yummy!

Mama Chit Chat: Camp MommyToon Tuesday: Watch a movie at our local theater. Camp Mommy: Movies

Some movies did not work for our 3 year olds and some movies were just too scary. However this year Sarah was able to make it to a handful of movies. Where as last year the longest she made it in the movie theater was 30 minutes. Her favorite movie this summer was, Despicable Me.

Mama Chit Chat: Camp MommyWater Wednesday: swimming, water park, splash pad.

It was super hot this summer (over 100 degrees on most days) so it was a much needed break when we went to places like the pool, beach and water park.

IMG_9059 IMG_1523 IMG_1169IMG_1171Trip Thursday: museum, aquarium, farm, bowling, fire station, strawberry picking, pizza class and indoor play places.

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IMG_9585 - moms IMG_9536IMG_9743 IMG_9840 IMG_0201 - groupWe went to so many fun places this year! Looking forward to another fun filled summer!!

What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag

When I was 8 months pregnant with my first child, I already had my hospital bag (mostly) packed. Some people thought it was silly, but little did we know my water would brake 3 weeks after I packed my bag. All I had to do was grab a few last minute things and off we went to the hospital were I delivered two days later.

Once again I plan to pack my hospital bag at the 8 month mark. Going through this a second time, I know what I need and want with me in the hospital.IMG_5491- What to Pack In Your Hospital Bag-

  1. Pajamas – As soon as I’m able to take a shower I change into my button down pj’s. I’m most comfortable in my pj’s then the clip on hospital gown. Plus they are much easier to nurse with (if you plan to go that route). My favorites can be found here and here.
  2. Slippers and Socks – While in bed I like wearing my socks. Walking around the hospital room I’m most comfortable wearing my slippers. Once home I wash my slippers.
  3. Nursing Bra/Nursing Tank – I bring one bra to go home in and wear a nursing tanks the rest of the time. 
  4. Nursing Pads – If you plan to nurse, bring a box of pads with you.
  5. Boppy/Breast Friend – I didn’t bring my Boppy last time, but wish I had. Getting started with the right tools is really helpful when trying to nurse.
  6. Toiletries – I bring little bottles of each; shampoo, conditioner, face wash, body wash, face moisturizer, deodorant, lotion and toothpaste. I also bring a toothbrush, hair brush and extra ponytail holders.
  7. Chap Stick – As a chap stick addict I carry 2-3 of my favorite chap sticks with me at all times. There is no exception at the hospital where it is most needed.
  8. Plastic Bag for Laundry – Seems silly, but I don’t like my dirty clothes touching my clean things.
  9. Going Home Outfit – A pair of tights, a maternity shirt (you will still have a bump) and shoes are all you need to go home.
  10. Babies Going Home Outfit – I bring one boy outfit and one girl outfit since we don’t find out the gender.
  11. Car seat – My hospital walks you out to the car so that they can check to see that you have a car seat installed in your car.
  12. Blanket/swaddle – I bring a neutral color blanket so that I can cover baby in the car. *The hospital provides you with a blanket/swaddle during your stay.
  13. Sibling Gift – We plan to get something for Sarah from baby and maybe even a gift that Sarah will give baby.

-Grab Before You Head Out -

  1. Charger – What good is your phone/camera if you can’t charge it.
  2. Wallet – You will need your insurance card and Id so don’t forget to grab your purse.

Finally, have hubby pack a few items in his bag that he might need while in the hospital. Luckily he can go back home to get any last minute things you might want in the hospital.

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