Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcoming Emerson Quinn



We welcomed our beautiful little girl into the world at 12:39 a.m. on January 29, 2015. She weighed in at 7 lbs and measured 19 inches.

World say hello to Emerson Quinn.

She decided to make an appearance a day early and we're over the moon. Delivery was long and gurgling and baby had to be transportated to UC Davis NICU, but so far all the results are positive. I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Maternity Style // The Essentials

Since I'm 40 weeks this week (eek!) I think it's high time and safe for me to share what I've been wearing these last few months. I was very fortunate to fit into a majority of my non-maternity clothes throughout my entire pregnancy. Around 30 weeks I found myself rocking nothing but maternity bottoms and a mix of tops.

With a job that is "business casual" I focused mainly on pieces I could wear for work and play. Living in Tahoe I was forced to purchase a majority of my maternity clothes online. With that being said I stuck to stores with free shipping and returns. Free returns is key and my husband can confirm that I took full advantage of it. I didn't intentionally set out to, but after nine months I realized all my "maternity" items were either from the Gap or Old Navy.

Here's how I tackled shopping for maternity clothes.
  • I didn't shy away from over ordering so I could try on everything. You never know what you're going to like and dislike. I think I ordered seven pairs of jeans before finding a pair I liked.
  • Not looking to spend a lot I shopped the sale items. Remember you're only going to wear these items for a few months
  • I bought a few items early, but kept shopping. Since I was growing I didn't want to buy everything too ealry. I had a lot of success by purchasing my pre pregnancy size, but it might not be the case for you.
  • By re-imagining my closet I was able to create various combinations with items I already owned because I didn't just focus on "maternity" wear. See oversized sweaters below.
  • I choose to stick to neutrals and play it up with a scarf, necklace, etc.
Here's what worked for me.

Maternity Staples


Pants/Leggings
I only purchased two pairs of maternity pants (jeans // black twill pants) and two pairs of leggings (full length // cropped). In the beginning of my pregnancy I used a belly be band to help continue wearing non-maternity pants. I tried on a number of jeans before finally deciding on these demi panel skinny jeans from the Gap. I wasn't completely sold until I was further along in my pregnancy. I'm talking about 32/33ish weeks. I purchased my "pre pregnancy" size and felt as though they were a bit on the big size at first, but as my bump grew they fit better.

After trying on a number of pants I preferred the demi panel and didn't purchase any full panel pants. However, I've heard they are very comfortable and probably would purchase if I were bigger. The key is to try on all styles and find what fits your bump and body.

Regarding leggings these are a must for every pregnant woman. They are great for wearing with dresses, tunics and sweaters.

Tops
Simple Basics: I can't live without these. Basics can be in the form of tanks or t-shirts and are great for layering. I personally purchased four maternity short sleeve shirts, one long sleeve shirt and one tank. If you're pregnant in the middle of summer you might want to invest in more tanks. As I mentioned last week my favorite tee was Gap's pure body v-neck. Overall I loved the tees and tanks from Gap and Old Navy -- plus you can't beat the price.

Cute Tops: I was able to rock a number of non- maternity tops and tunics I already owned. However I did purchase a few "boyfriend" style tops (like this one) that are perfect for the bump and postpartum.

Oversized Sweaters
I already had a number of oversized cardigans before becoming pregnant and they we prefect in the fall and winter months. I loved layering these for work and play. I did pick up a non-maternity boyfriend sweater from the Gap and it will be perfect relaxing postpartum as well.

Dresses
I've loved wearing cotton dresses throughout my pregnancy. I only purchased three maternity dresses (including this one), but again I was able to wear a number of non-maternity options like the dress I wore to my So Cal baby shower. I love that maxi dress and purchased it after becoming pregnant at TJ Maxx. The Old Navy cotton dresses are amazing -- not only are they budget friendly, but very flattering whether you're 20 or 40 weeks. I was able to wear them with a blazer to work meetings or running errands with flip flops. I suggest buying a few. Oh, I wore a lot of maxi skirts early on too.

All in all I loved everything I purchased and feel I could wear them a second time around. Although I mainly shopped at Gap and Old Navy other maternity websites to consider include Target, Destination Maternity, Loft, H&M and ASOS. I know I'm just scratching the surface, but I feel the additional stores are more my style.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bump Update // 39 weeks

 
How far along
39 weeks today -- final countdown! I'm saying February 3 as it's a full moon.

Baby's size: 
She's the size of a watermelon (it feels like it), weighing in at 6-9lbs. and measuring at 18-20 inches! 

Weight gain:
As of this morning I'm only up 17-18 ish lbs. OMG -- However, my belly grew so much over the last week! Maybe it's all the Lara Bars/Aussie Bites I've been snacking on. I might make it without any love marks (aka stretch marks), but honestly I don't know and it's hard to tell. My mom has them so I feel like I'll end up with them too. Either way I keep slathering on the Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter (at least twice a day).

Food cravings: 
Last week was Mexican, but over all nothing really. 

Sleep: 
Sleeping the entire night is now over. I now wake up at least 3 times a night to use the bathroom, but luckily I can fall right back asleep. At least we know I'm well hydrated.

Gender:
Team Pink {reveal}

Movement:
TONS! She just doesn't stop. I'm not kidding -- even when I'm working out she's moving and grooving. 

Best moment this week: 
Knowing that it's only days until we meet her. 

Miss anything? 
Just feeling normal aka no belly!

Symptoms:
No contractions, but I do have what they call "lighting crotch." Yup that's a thing. All those sharp pains are from the baby sitting low in my pelvis and hitting nerve endings. Lovely.

Workouts: 
Still maintaining 5 slow workouts a week. After getting sick at 37 weeks and developing a slight cough I now have early signs of  diastasis recti. Per my doctor's advice and to help prevent any further damage, I'm now rocking a Bao Bei Maternity Belly Sports Bra. I wont really know how bad the separation is until after the baby is born, but I was told it didn't look bad and should reattach with exercise. Did you know it happens to 1/3 of pregnant women?!

Maternity Clothes?
Yes, daily. Lots of leggings, sweaters and dresses. I pretty much wear the same thing every week.

Mood: 
Happy and anxious. Looks like we're going to have a house full once the baby is born loving on her, but not sure it's the best thing for us or my sanity. I'm very type A. When were you willing to have company post baby?
 

Looking forward to: 
Meeting our little girl, new adventures as a party of three, and getting my body back in shape after baby (yup I went there).

Linking up with September Farm and A. Liz Adventures

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Third Trimester Favorites


Third Trimester Favorites

Wow where has the time gone?! The baby girl is due in nine days!!! I've been so fortunate to have had a very smooth pregnancy. Fingers crossed the delivery is as smooth as it can be. What better time than now to wrap up my pregnancy than with my "Third Trimester" favorites.

1. Gap Pure Body V-neck
I've lived in this tee during my third trimester and wish I would have bought a few more. It's the perfect length, super soft and forgiving -- three things every pregnant woman wants.

2. Waxlene
Throughout my pregnancy I've had the worse dry/chapped lips. Some lip balms work better than others, but the last month waxlene has been the best for me. I actually received a tube via Whole Baby (Swaggable + Whole Foods) to test out and OMG am I thankful. The best part about waxlene is it has over 100 uses.

3. Lara Bar
Perfect on-the-go snack! I have them stashed everywhere from from desk, purse and car. You never know when you'll need a little snack. Preggos/mamas you know what I'm talking about.

4. Brain Rules for Baby
This is the only "pregnancy" book I bought. Medina offers an interesting perspective to raising a child. I'm intrigued how life will go once she's actually here. I like that he paints a real picture and doesn't beat around the bush from pregnancy, martial relationships postpartum and raising a happy baby. I guess only time will tell.

5. Olay Facial Brush
I've had this facial brush well before becoming pregnant, but it's helped me look fresh and clean. I didn't have a single breakout and I think the brush helped play a part.

6. Lotion
I can't stress enough how important it is to moisturize daily. I use a combo of Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter. It's helped tremendously with itchy skin and love marks (aka stretch marks).

7. Hydroflask
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I can't drink enough water throughout the day. A good water bottle is key. I love hydroflask because it can keep beverages cold or hot for up to 24 hours!

8. TOMS
I've always been a big fan of TOMS, but in the last month it's all I wear. They are so easy to just slip on -- no need to bend over. I own a few pairs and I'm in the market for another :)

There you have it a few things that made my third trimester that much easier. I should note I never bought a pregnancy pillow and am happy with that decision.

Not pregnant? Maybe pin for later :)

First Trimester Favorites
Second Trimester Favorites

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chili Verde Chicken Enchiladas

I love three day weekends! Our weekend was the perfect combo of relaxing and working around the house. Big updates in the nursery included a new light fixture.

On the food front -- baby m was craving Mexican food for the last week so we indulged in semi- healthy chicken enchiladas Sunday night. The picture doesn't do it justice, but these were seriously delicious! Too good not to share.


Chicken Enchiladas
Adapted from Against All Grain

Ingredients

For the Chicken
1 lb chicken breast (I used shredded roasted chicken)
2 tbsp oil olive
1/4 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tsp salt

For the Sauce
1.5 lbs tomatillos
1 serrano chili
1 sm poblano chili
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/8 cup butter
1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)

For the Enchiladas
2 tbsp oil olive
1 cup shredded cheese (I used Tillamook Mexican blend)
8-10 tortillas
sour cream (for garnish)
Avocado (for garnish)
Queso Fresco (for garnish)

Directions

For the Chicken
Heat 2 tbsp oil in skillet. Saute onions and garlic until soft. Add shredded chicken and season with 1 tsp salt. Stir and set aside until sauce is finished.

For the Sauce
In a saucepan, combine tomatillos and serrano chili with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook for 15 minutes.

Roast the poblano chili under the boiler and turn until all sides are blackened. Remove from oven and place in a plastic bag for 15 minutes (the steam helps remove the skin). Remove the chili from the bag and peel the skin off. Cut it in half, and remove all the seeds. Place in a food processor.

Drain the tomatillos, garlic, and chili and add to a the food processor along with the cilantro. Process until smooth.

Heat oil in the sauce pan until hot. Quickly add tomatillo sauce, string constantly, until the sauce bubbles. Reduce heat to low and cook about 5 minutes. Remove 1 cup sauce and set aside. Add shredded chicken and salt.

For the enchiladas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Fill tortilla with chicken mixture and a pinch of cheese. Roll up and carefully flip the roll over so the seam is down.

Place in casserole dish. Continue previous step until pan is full/mixture is gone. Top with reserved sauce and remainder of the cheese.

Bake for about 15 minutes. Serve immediately and top with your favorite garnishes.

Blogger Notes:

  • If you're looking for paleo/grain-free enchiladas you should follow Against All Grain's recipe exactly. 
  • I prefer chili verde to traditional red sauce and this was a top notch recipe! 
  • I'm still loving my Hamilton Beach food processor
  • Next time I would probably add another serrano chili to make it a bit spicier. 
  • I recommend making Sunday night and having leftovers during the week. Or prep Sunday evening and cook during the week.
  • A little squeeze of lime would add a nice element.
What's your favorite Mexican dish to make at home?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Five // Currently Loving

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TGIF!

I'm looking forward my three day weekend and getting some things done around the house and in the nursery.

ONE.
Whole Baby -- Swaggable + Whole Foods brings you healthy and organic baby products! Come on you know Whole Foods is my jam so why wouldn't I love it. Well, I've been testing it out since early December and it's a pretty great concept. Currently Whole Baby is only open to moms in the Nor Cal/Reno area, but Swaggable is open to all moms. It's free to sign up.

How does it work? Whole Baby helps parents and parents-to-be discover new products relevant to their needs. You pick products you would like to try and Whole Baby/Swaggable will periodically send out samples to try as well as offer exclusive discounts and coupons.

Last month I received a tube of Waxelene and its been my favorite lip balm since! I have three Weleda products on the way to try next. More details on that later.



TWO.
Showtime anytime! Anyone else loving House of Lies? Over the holidays we binged on seasons 1-4 and are hooked. Season 5 just started this week. I'm also loving Homeland and Shameless! With the baby only a few weeks away this app is perfect!



THREE.
All things baby. Yup you could say I'm finally "nesting." Ha I guess better late than never. I bought the little miss Muffin the Moose and the baby dog thought it was for her. Silly dog. My sister can't help herself either -- she bought the little miss additional bedding from pottery barn kids.


FOUR.
These days I'm living in my TOMS. I'm in the market for a new pair and am I'm thinking about these or these.


FIVE.
Paleo pancakes! I know I just made these earlier this week, but I'm already craving them again. As I mentioned yesterday all I can think about these days is food!



What are you loving? 


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Fit Pregnancy // The Last 20 Weeks

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Before I was pregnant I worked my butt off to get into and stay in shape. Once learning I was pregnant I didn't stop working out, but I did slowly start to tailor back as weeks and months passed by. Basically I listened to my body and researched how to modify certain moves (specifically for crossfit).  Let's just say the first 20 weeks were much easier than the last.

Technically I'm 38 weeks tomorrow, but it's safe to say I'll be at the GYM slowly spinning, walking or even lifting a few weights until I deliver. Oh and this preggo will definitely still bust out a few burpees (sans the push up part). So lets break it down.

20-30 Weeks:
I was still hitting the gym hard. I probably logged 7-8 workouts a week between crossfit, spin, treadmill circuits and HIIT classes. Not to mention walking the dog a few days a week.

At 27 weeks preggo I increased my score by three over six weeks!

gap top (similar, similar)

Around 30 weeks we headed to San Diego for baby m's first shower and Thanksgiving. Instead of dropping in at a gym/box I took my workouts outside and opted to walk or hike for an hour plus everyday. Yes, there are trails in San Diego. The weather was gorgeous. I'm talking 75/80 degrees everyday.

gap top (similar, similar) // leggings


31-36 Weeks:
After Thanksgiving I really cutback. I noticed I had to modify too much at crossfit on top of not pushing myself too hard. It was mentally hard. I found it best if I just stuck to going to the local gym. Seven workouts were quickly cut back to five a week. However, now I was spending 1-2 hours a morning working out which included spin, treadmill circuits, circuit training and HIIT classes. Around 36 weeks I noticed I was moving a bit slower so I started focusing even more on form than I had before.

Over just 10 weeks my little bump grew a ton. 24 vs 34 weeks! I hope to take a similar photo at 40 weeks.

gap top (similar, similar)


Christmas and New Years workouts were spent outside. Since there was snow on the ground and our walks were flat I opted for Sorel boots (similar) for extra warmth. Me at 35 weeks.



Leggings // fleece // beanie // top // gloves


37-40 Weeks:
Ah, the home stretch. technically I'm 38 weeks tomorrow, but I'm 100% sure I'll be working out until I deliver. Per my OB's recommendation, I ordered a support band for the last few weeks and my Bao Bei Maternity belly sports bra should arrive today! At this point I'm consist with five workouts a week. I'm slow moving, but I'm moving. I've noticed soreness in my hips, but hey I'm carrying around extra weight!

The bump is bumpin. This was Wednesday after finishing a HIIT class. 37/38ish weeks and only up 17 pounds. Neither the top or pants are maternity.



top (I'm wearing a small) // leggings

Thanks for following along on my fit pregnancy journey. I am feel very thankful and fortunate to have been able to maintain a workout routine. Don't worry It's not going to stop here. I'll be back postpartum talking about body after baby.


In the meantime, head over to Two For Fitness and enter their awesome $1,000 Fit Mama giveaway which includes a BOB stroller! Hello. Yes, please.

 

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, health care provider, certifies trainer, dietitian or nutritionist. I'm just a fitness junkie who was able to workout her entire pregnancy with the sign off of a doctor. Please note, if you're pregnant you should always discuss your fitness routine with your OB.

Want more fit pregnancy -- check out:
The Best Workout Gear
How I'm Staying Fit While Pregnant
The First 20 Weeks
Fit, Pregnant & Tough -- Running Tough Mudder Four Months Pregnant
Staying Hydrated
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