Third Trimester Recap

This final stretch has been the busiest few months of my pregnancy. Aside from the craziness that is always the end of the year with the holidays and New Years I had my baby shower, went to a wedding in Nashville, hosted multiple visitors in town and traveled to Italy. This little one has already done so much and he doesn’t even know it! Read More

Products I am loving right now

I am much more of an online shopper than in-store, Amazon Prime has really spoiled me with same day and next day shipping. Because of the ease and efficiency of online shopping and returns I tend to purchase and try out products that I wouldn’t otherwise. So I thought I would share some of my recent favorites that will undoubtedly stick around for a while. Read More

Second Trimester Recap

The second trimester was an exciting time – we did early genetic testing giving us the opportunity to find out the gender at 13 weeks and were excited to confirm it is a boy!  We also settled on a name quicker than I had expected…Jackson. I had a few ultrasounds, it’s fun to see the baby’s growth over these weeks. It’s also a bit sad because after 20 weeks I don’t have any more ultrasounds unless something is wrong.

Overall I really enjoyed this trimester, I finally got my energy back which couldn’t have been better timing-wise as it was a busy few months. We traveled to Colorado over the 4th of July, I had a work trip to NYC that I was able to extend through Labor Day Weekend to visit family on Shelter Island, my Mom and her BFF visited, and I took a girls trip to San Francisco…whew! Just thinking about all of that makes me exhausted now. Read More

Sicily

As I am sitting here patiently waiting for our little one to make his arrival…literally any day now!…I have thought a lot about how important family is. So as I make myself busy to pass the time I thought it’s appropriate to finish sharing our recent trip to Italy which was all centered around family.

After spending a few days exploring Rome with RG, we moved across the square to a hotel where we met up with my entire immediate family…parents, brothers and significant others. This chapter of our trip was kicked off with my youngest brother proposing to his girlfriend on the rooftop of our hotel. We are all excited to officially welcome her into our family and can’t wait for the celebration and wedding to come. Read More

My Favorite Books of 2015

I have a pretty long commute to work every day…while it’s technically only 22 miles from my house to the office it takes me at least 45 minutes in the morning and over an hour in the evenings. After months of this I thought I was going to go crazy in the car. Even with an XM Radio subscription I felt like I had heard every song 5x by the time I made it home, I had caught up with all of my friends and family who live around the country multiple times and NPR got depressing after a while. I really enjoyed listening to the Serial Podcast, but once I finished that I had trouble finding another one that held my attention consistently. Please pass along any podcast recommendations, I would love to check them out… Read More

First Trimester Recap

Since my expected due date is around the corner (just one week away…whoa!) I obviously won’t be documenting my full nine month journey…which is really closer to 10 months – 40 weeks – who knew?! I did want to give a few recaps of what I have experienced along the way because reading other blogs has really helped me through this journey to know what to expect, hopefully this will bring some clarity to those who are making their way through their own pregnancy or will embark on this journey soon.

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Rome, Italy

2015 was a busy year, filled with many weekend excursions that included spending the 4th of July in Boulder Colorado, a girls trip to San Fran and Napa, three trips to NYC, a cabin weekend in the North Georgia Mountains, and weddings in Nashville and Indiana – BUT the big trip was to Italy over Thanksgiving.

Italy had been planned for well over a year when I found out I was pregnant, and was anchored around my entire family meeting in Rome and then heading to Sicily to meet our extended family in Marsala. The dates were firm and when we found out I was pregnant there was concern that I would not be able to make the trip…who knew that when you hit 30 weeks of being pregnant it’s not exactly recommended to fly longer than two to three hours at a time and at 36 weeks no plane travel is recommended…I was going to be 33-35 weeks and taking an 11.5 hour flight. Fortunately my pregnancy has been uncomplicated and a week before we were supposed to go my doctor signed off on the trip.  I am so glad she did! Read More