Maternity Photos and Babymoon

Whoever thought of babymoon should be awarded! The purpose of a babymoon is to spend quality time with your partner to relax before the baby arrives. And Steve and I did just that for our babymoon because our life as Maddie and Steve will be long gone come Emma’s arrival!

We decided to do a weekend trip to Wilmington, NC for our babymoon. It was our first time in Wilmington and Wrightsville beach, and we fell in love! It was super relaxing to spend the weekend lounging at the beach, splashing in the water, and talking about us and our near future with Emma. A change of scene from our every day life was definitely needed, and we were able to really connect as a couple. It’s been nonstop on the go for us, so having this quality time before the baby’s arrival was essential. We also ate some really good foods in Wilmington, and that’s always a plus! 🙂

While we were at the beach, we decided to take advantage of the scenery and shoot my maternity photos. I’ve been contemplating a lot on how I wanted the maternity photos to look like… I wanted to be comfortable in my new body and embrace my belly because I think pregnancy is one of the beautiful looks for a woman. I definitely wanted to show my bare belly and at the same time reflect my own personal style. I made a flower crown with my favorite flower, baby’s breath and chose a few different outfits. Although we didn’t hire a professional photographer and did a DIY photo shoot, it turned out amazing! Steve did a great job capturing the style I was envisioning – his photography skill is improving every day, so talented! Here are my favorite photos from the shoot. I was just starting my 33 weeks. Enjoy!

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Weekend Recap

I know it’s already the start of a new weekend, but this week went by so fast! I didn’t get to upload this blog post until now. Better late than never right? 😛

This past weekend was jammed packed for us with my dear friends, MV and Kat visiting from Washington D.C., and a quick meet up with a couple of my sorority sisters, Sandy and Sarah from my chapter. We haven’t had visitors since Steve’s parents came when we first moved to NC, so it was nice seeing my friends and showing them around our hood. 😉
We explored downtown Durham, went on a 5 mile hike at the Eno State Park, had a girls night out to the movies and sushi (yes, mine was cooked), and ate a lot of really good food including NC BBQ at the Original Q Shack.
It’s always fun hosting people. Not only do we get to spend some quality time with them, but Steve and I also get to try different restaurants and explore the city as well. Although the weekend went by super fast, I’m so glad to have spent time with my girlfriends. Props to us for making the plan and following through! Y’all promised another visit after Emma is born, this time with more people, so I’m going to hold you to it!
After MV and Kat left (sad face), Steve and I went to the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. I’ve heard of food truck scene being strong in the triangle area, but I had no idea how huge these food truck festivals are! There were 50+ food trucks, and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t all that crowded! We met up with a couple of my sorority sisters who were in town from Chicago for a sisterhood event at UNC. It was nice seeing them and catching up a bit on the current news about my chapter. It made me miss my active days. 🙂

All in all, we had a lot of fun this past weekend. It’s been the two of us since we moved to NC, and although I love spending quality time just with my husband, being surrounded by friends was refreshing. I’m also trying to squeeze in as much face time as possible with friends and family before Emma comes. Steve’s siblings are visiting at the end of this month and my parents are visiting for Labor Day weekend, so we have a good amount of packed weekends ahead of us. Super excited to spend time with loved ones right before Emma arrives! For now, enjoy some pictures from the weekend (sorry most pictures are crappy cell phone quality).

Beef brisket, collard greens, coleslaw and hush puppies from the Original Q Shack!

Digging into those ribs!

Exploring downtown Durham!

Bacon, egg and cheese biscuit and blueberry cheesecake doughnut from Rise.


Preggo lady needs hiking poles..

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Falafel platter at the Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill after our hike to refuel 😉

Hubby at the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

With QT aKDPhi’s at the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo


Pregnancy Update : 26 – 29 Weeks


26 Weeks

Baby’s size: A head of lettuce!

Baby’s movement: All the time! I woke up the other day to one of her kicks.. I hope this means she’s going to be a calm baby when she is born.. 😉

Total weight gain: 19 lbs, lost a pound from last week.

Pregnancy symptoms: I am having major pelvic pressure. Sometimes it feels like she is moving down the birth canal and about to pop out! The doctor says it’s normal with baby’s growth. It’s definitely not pleasant especially when it wakes me up in the middle of the night. Additionally, my calves cramp almost every single night which also wakes me up.. Oh the glory of 2nd trimester!

Food love: I have discovered the goodness of donuts! Pre-pregnancy, I actually hated donuts. But this week, I saw a picture of Krispy Kreme donuts on Instagram, and I just had to have them. I think this was the first immediate grocery run for my cravings since becoming pregnant. Steve and I drove to a local grocery store just to buy Krispy Kreme donuts, and THEY WERE A GAME CHANGER! It was also my first time having Krispy Kreme donuts. It’s a dangerous road I’m going down here… We bought a box of donuts, and I am trying to be good limiting myself to one per day for breakfast until it runs out.

Food hate: Nothing new!

Sleep: Sleep has been the same, not great.

Currently living in: Maternity clothes! People weren’t kidding when they told me maternity clothes will change your life. They are SO comfortable!! Why was I being so stubborn before?

3 pros of this week: [1] Liking Duke Hospital a lot more than Johns Hopkins Hospital! [2] Hearing Emma’s heartbeat again. [3] Traveling to Chicago for our baby shower!

3 cons of this week: [1] Finding out that I have an abnormal shaped placenta. The doctor assured me that it’s nothing to worry about, but apparently my placenta is not a normal round disk shape. It’s sort of squished in the middle creating two blobs which can cause less nutrients to flow through the blood vessel to Emma. In turn, baby may be measuring small. I suspect that Hopkins didn’t mention this because Emma was measuring bigger than normal, but glad Duke decided to put it on my radar. One perk is that we get another ultrasound in a month to see our beautiful daughter 🙂 [2] Realizing traveling via plane is getting harder. [3] Having anxiety over the baby shower.

Looking forward to: Seeing all of our family and friends come together to celebrate Emma!

27 Weeks

Baby’s size: A Rutabaga – what is that?

Baby’s movement: Constant movements! I swear she is having a circus in there!

Total weight gain: 21 lbs!

Pregnancy symptoms: Same old.. leg cramps; pelvic pressure. Something new – Braxton Hicks contractions! It is definitely not pleasant and feels scary when my stomach gets ROCK HARD.

Food love: Nothing new this week.

Food hate: Nothing new!

Sleep: Sleep has been the same, not great.

Currently living in: Full on maternity clothes or loose fitting shift dresses!

Pro of this week: Celebrating baby Emma with our family and friends at our baby shower! It was so wonderful to see all of our loved ones. Thank you ALL for stopping by and for all of the thoughtful gifts! And major thanks to my sister who threw us the most gorgeous and fun baby shower! We are one lucky family!

3 cons of this week: [1] Having a short weekend trip to Chicago, wish we could have stayed longer! [2] Lots of emotions running high. [3] Having constant Braxton Hicks contractions!

Looking forward to: Nesting! I can’t wait to decorate Emma’s nursery!!

28 Weeks – I’m in my third trimester now!

Glucola drink for Glucose screening & tolerance test this week!

Glucola drink for Glucose screening & tolerance test this week!

Baby’s size: An eggplant!

Baby’s movement: I was told to start counting the movements starting week 28, but she moves so much that I lose count throughout the day.. Oops.

Total weight gain: 22 lbs!

Pregnancy symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions are full blown. I get them throughout the day, multiple times a day. It’s kind of crazy. I’m also experiencing major indigestion lately..Steve thinks it’s because I eat a lot of chips after dinner… Hey, I gotta have what I crave!

Food love: Bananas! Loving them this week.

Food hate: Nothing new!

Sleep: Not great per usual. Also, whenever I change positions in my sleep, I get sharp pain in my pelvic/groin area! Oh the joy of round ligament pains.

Currently living in: Unless I’m out and about, I repeat the same maternity clothes at home.. Hey, girl’s gotta be comfy with this burgeoning belly!

3 pros of this week: [1] Starting on the nursery!! We finally got the nursery going, and our 2nd bedroom is looking more like a baby’s room than a storage room. We, Steve put the crib and glider chair together. I’ve already spent some time in the chair reading to Emma. Can’t wait for the rest of the nursery to come together! I’ll definitely do a nursery reveal post later! [2] HELLO TARGET’S DIAPER DEAL! Thanks to First Time Mommy Group on FB, I learned about an amazing diaper sale at Target. We literally drove to three different Targets in the area and stocked up on diapers in various sizes. I’m pretty sure we are covered for at least 9 months if not more. [3] At this week’s doctor’s appointment, I had glucose screening & tolerance test done. Despite what I’ve read from other mommies, the drink I had to drink was NOT bad at all! I actually kind of liked my orange flavored drink. Haha. Anyway, the result came back, and I am in the clear for gestational diabetes, in fact, my result was pretty low compared to the standard range. I was kind of surprised, because I swear I consumed A LOT more sugar than pre-pregnancy – remember all my fruit cravings?? Nonetheless, I’m glad that I’m having a healthy pregnancy thus far! Also at the doctor’s this week, I was told Emma has turned around, and her head is now down! We will confirm at next week’s ultrasound appointment, but based on where her heart is, the doctor said she is in the ideal position for vaginal delivery, and it is unlikely that she will turn to breech position at this stage. This explains why I’ve been feeling so much pressure down below!

3 cons of this week: [1] Feeling anxious (what else is new?) about how little time we have until Emma arrives! And what if she arrives earlier than her due date? We still have a lot to prepare for including finishing the nursery! We also want to take a babymoon trip and do a maternity photo shoot. So much to do, so little time! [2] Feeling like house chores are ballooning! I’m moving so slow lately that things I want to do around the house takes longer than usual. [3] Not having enough energy lately.

Looking forward to: Seeing our beautiful girl’s face again during our next week’s ultrasound appointment!

29 Weeks

July 22, 2015 - Emma @ 29 weeks and 4 days! It looks like she's smiling at us! So in love <3

July 22, 2015 – Emma @ 29 weeks and 4 days! It looks like she’s smiling at us! So in love ❤

Baby’s size: An acorn squash!

Baby’s movement: She moves throughout the day per usual, but her movements are consistent in the morning when I wake up and at night when I lay down to sleep. I look forward to it every day 🙂

Total weight gain: 24 lbs!

Pregnancy symptoms: Oh. My. Lord. The other day, I told Steve that by far, this pain I feel in my pubic/pelvic region is the worst of my pregnancy. It is most painful when I move to get out of the bed and when I switch positions at night. I feel like someone is punching my down there repeatedly. It’s awful!! I love you babygirl, but man, mama is having the toughest time dealing with this pain.

Food love: I swear pregnancy makes you have the weirdest cravings. Like my doughnut craving not too long ago, I had a sudden urge to eat brownies after seeing a picture. I say weirdest cravings, because I never ever eat brownies! I don’t even like chocolate, yet I could not live without them this week. I’m hoping it’s just a one time thing like it was with Krispy Kreme doughnuts…

Food hate: Nothing new!

Sleep: Awful. I always wake up at least once to go to the bathroom, and it’s so painful in my pelvic region to get out of bed or change positions during my sleep. 😦

Currently living in: Same comfy maternity clothes on repeat.

3 pros of this week: [1] Seeing Emma for the growth ultrasound appointment! I know, I know, all the mamas in the world think their baby is the cutest and I don’t blame them, because Emma is the cutest in my eyes! She has plumped up a bit since we last saw her, and I can’t stand her little nose and mouth!! [2] Confirming Emma is growing well and healthy! She’s actually measuring longer and weighing more than average! [3] Shopping for Emma’s clothes! It’s happening!!

3 cons of this week: [1] Having major pubic/pelvic pains. [2] Hot weather in NC, we don’t get to enjoy outdoors as much as we’d like because it’s so hot! [3] Having a lot of work and trying to keep up.

Looking forward to: Getting away for the weekend! We are planning on doing a short trip to a beach for our babymoon!

Second Trimester Recap

People weren’t kidding when they say second trimester is the best trimester! Although I’ve had relatively easy pregnancy thus far, second trimester was a breeze! I felt more energized, I worked out a bit more, and my hormones were pretty much balanced. Remember how I broke out like crazy in the first trimester? I also noticed that my food aversions and cravings were pretty much stable until I got closer to the third trimester. I’m only two weeks into third trimester now, but in my opinion, second trimester is the most fun period! You get to see what your baby looks like, you get to find out what you are having, you start feeling the baby, and it just starts to feel so much more real that you will soon have a little bundle of joy to hold in your arms! 🙂 I think it also felt more real for Steve, because he was able to feel Emma as well. Overall, I’m thankful for a smooth/easy pregnancy, and Steve and I can’t wait until the day Emma is born! Here’s to the last trimester! I bet it’s going to fly by!