Monday, August 29, 2016

20 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  20 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 10 inches long (head to toe) and curled up is about the length of a small banana. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 7 pounds total as of my last appointment. I'll have another one this week, so I'll be up-to-date :)

Maternity clothes:  spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I LOVE feeling his little kicks and jabs :)

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine. 

What I miss:  everything is good! I told someone the other day that most days I don't feel pregnant :)

Cravings:  cheese, dr. Pepper, peanut butter crackers

Symptoms:  indigestion if I eat too much or too late in the evenings 

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 2-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  just feeling good in general has been phenomenal

20 Weeks (taken yesterday)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Two Things Tuesday (8/23)

1. So our baby got his first gift yesterday -- two new, adorable Woombies to keep him snug as a bug this winter and help prevent that awful startle reflex from disturbing his sweet, sweet slumber! Thank you, Nana and Grandpa!

2.  These two can be fighting and hollering about a toy one minute and then incredibly sweet to one another the next. I usually have them sit in chairs a distance away from one another for their 30 minutes of TV time in the mornings, but today they plopped down on the rug when we came inside from playing outside, and I thought I'd test out how well they'd do sitting that closely to one another. 
And, 20 minutes in they were still sitting like that. 
Ella actually did much better sitting right next to Jack than she normally does sitting on her own. She typically likes to roam around, and I have to tell her repeatedly to sit down and enjoy her show. Not today :) Not even once!

Monday, August 22, 2016

19 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  19 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 6 inches long (top of head to tip of tailbone) and is about the size of an heirloom tomato. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 7 pounds total so far. 

Maternity clothes:  mostly I wear spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I (and The Husband and Jack) have felt him move so much this week! 

Sleep:  Sleep has been fine. 

What I miss:  can't think of anything this week :) 

Cravings:  cheese, dr. Pepper

Symptoms:  hunger, indigestion 

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed 3-4 nights a week, 

Best moment this week:  feeling him really moving and not just flutters, and sharing that with Jack (who was in awe and now talks to the baby often)

19 Weeks (taken yesterday before church)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Five Facts Friday (8/19)

1.  I had an ARD meeting for Jack today at our local elementary. He qualifies for some help with his speech, in the skill of articulation (he tends to leave off endings of words which often makes his speech hard to understand), and he will be going twice a week for thirty minutes each time starting in two or three weeks. I'm happy he's getting help beyond what we've been able to get him at home. Hopefully, this year of specialized attention and practice at home will help him speak more clearly so that he can express his precious and intelligent thoughts to those around him :). 

2. Box time = fun time! 

3. This broccoli dish that I first started fixing a couple of weeks ago is seriously like veggie crack. Not that I know what crack is like. But, y'all. I could eat this all day. I AM NOT one of those lucky pregnant gals who craves only fruit and veggies. Bwahahahaha.  I crave stuff that is not great for me. But this. THIS. 
So, anywho, I didn't have two bags of frozen broccoli on hand, but I did have a bag of baby carrots. So I followed the same recipe, and cooked it all up at 350* for 22 minutes, and voila! 
Yummy yummy yummy. 

4.  With that scrumptious veggie dish, I also fixed a mixture of rosemary and olive oil quinoa and brown rice (it was a boxed mix), and chicken breast strips in the skillet.  Quinoa is kind of amazing. One serving of that dish has 8 grams of protein, and it tasted really good.  

I fixed a bowl of the quinoa and the veggies for myself, but chicken is not my forte, and it kind of makes me gag, so that got left out.  

5.  Just TWO more days to take advantage of the free membership and get started on a healthier you! If you want to talk more, I'm happy to share the different plans they offer and the benefits of each. They have so many awesome options based-on and backed-by science that I know after a short discussion we could find the right fit. Also, I found out that if you order this week, you get a $25 certificate to use on anything else you decide to try. That is a fantastic deal (one that I wish I'd gotten in on, haha.). 
Coulda shoulda woulda, right? ;)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thankful Thursday (8/18)

Today I'm thankful for my husband who is quick-thinking and caring. 
I went into the bathroom earlier and a wave of dizziness and hot flashes and cold sweats came over me all at once. I ended up lying on the floor. The door was shut and locked. I called for help, but he couldn't hear me because my voice wasn't strong enough. So I found energy and kicked the wall. I heard him running. He tried to get the door open and found it locked. I tried to tell him where the key is hidden (you know, in case a kiddo locks himself/herself in there), but he couldn't hear me. So he busted the lock. And the door. And the door frame. But he got in. 
He took care of me. He talked to The Bestie, who came over after seeing a patient. Low-blood pressure. Supposed to rest with my feet up. Must follow her orders :). So I tried. He went and picked up healthy lunches for all of us from a local restaurant run by a local family. They serve super healthy and very delicious meals, so that worked out well.  
He got the stuffed bell peppers, broccoli, and mashed sweet potatoes for the kids and himself. 
And, he got the veggie scramble with chorizo quiche for me. So tasty. 
I tried to rest some this afternoon and drink lots of water. I'm feeling better. Just very tired. 

This evening, The Husband got to feel our baby kick for the first time. It was a special moment between the three of us. 

I'm thankful for him and for how he served me and took care of me today. And, I guess I'm thankful that he loves me enough to order me around ;)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

18 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  18 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 5.5 inches long (top of head to tip of tailbone) and weighs about as much as a bell pepper. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 7 pounds total so far. 

Maternity clothes:  mostly I wear spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I have felt a few flutters here and there :)

Sleep:  Sleep has been ok. 

What I miss:  not having indigestion every night before bed. 

Cravings:  ice cream, pickles

Symptoms:  hunger, fatigue, indigestion 

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed most nights, occasional planks and squats

Best moment this week:  this week has been a blur. I can't really pinpoint a "best moment" 

18 Weeks (taken yesterday afternoon by my friend Stacey :)) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Update - Day 5

The Husband has been hard at work doing his 30-day cleanse. And by The Husband, I mean me. He's reaping the benefits of my hard work, haha, but if it helps him feel better and have more energy and get his metabolism back on track, then I will continue doing what I can to help. 

Day 5 started last night since his daily schedule is backwards from the average person. 

For breakfast (9pm), I fixed him a creamy Dutch chocolate isalean shake. I mixed it in the blender with about 10 ounces of water (the chocolate is much better with more water, in our opinion) and a handful of frozen mixed berries. The chocolate is not our favorite (but the vanilla rocks our socks off!), but with berries it's flavor is pretty good.  

I sent him to work with these two snacks. He eats one around 1am. 

Then, sometime between 3 and 4am for his lunch, he mixes up a shake in the shaker that came with our order. If had I to guess, I'd say he mixed up the strawberry cream. 

Around 6:30 or 7am, he eats his second snack. 
I've tried to rotate the snacks I send so that things don't get too monotonous. A few other items I've sent are apple slices and almonds and baby carrots and cheese sticks. I've got a good list going for healthy, protein-rich snacks, and come grocery day, I'll be adding those to our pantry. 

For dinner (our lunch), I fix a protein and veggie-heavy meal. Here's what he had for dinner today---one palm-of-hand sized portion of fajita meat with veggies, two fistfuls sized portion of salad with vinaigrette, and one fistful sized portion of pasta. So far, I've heard no complaints about the meals I've fixed :)

He tries to drink plenty of water a day, something he was already great about, and if he's working hard outside, I fix him one of these with 16 ounces of water to help him rehydrate. 

The shakes are very filling and are so good for him, but he is used to eating and eating and eating, so having two liquid meals a day has been a challenge for him. I'm so proud of him for doing this for himself. In a few more days, we'll take his measurements and compare to where he was on Day 1. But more importantly, his acid reflux has been SO much better! So yay for better health already!

Thanks to those of you who've sent messages of encouragement our way. Send him notes on FB or via text telling him to keep it up :) 
This is only the beginning of our road to good health!

Monday, August 8, 2016

17 Weeks - Pregnancy #4

Each Monday, I'd like to do a highlights post, including a picture, summarizing the differences in my pregnancy from week to week.  I totally "grabbed" this idea from Kelly.  I've done this with my three previous pregnancies (you can go to the search box and type in "pregnancy," or "week #" if you're interested in how my previous pregnancies progressed), as well, and I still think it is a great way to jot down the things that I don't want to forget later on.  

Pregnancy Highlights:

How far along:  17 weeks 

Size of baby:  This little one is about 5 inches long (top of head to tip of tailbone) and weighs about as much as a turnip. 

Total weight gain/loss:  I'm up 7 pounds total so far. 

Maternity clothes:  mostly I wear spaghetti strap shirts, loose skirts or summery dresses, and cute/comfy shorts

Gender:  boy :) 💙

Movement:  I have felt a few flutters here and there :)

Sleep:  Sleep has been ok. Not great, but not terrible. 

What I miss:  My coffee milk each morning, having a modicum of energy, and not having indigestion every night before bed. 

Cravings:  ice cream, cherry cokes, pickles

Symptoms:  hunger, exhaustion, indigestion 

Exercise:  walking a couple of times a week at the mall, 15-20 minutes of yoga stretches before bed most nights, occasional planks and squats

Best moment this week:  seeing our baby and finding out that he's a boy :) 💙

17 Weeks (taken yesterday before church) - big shout-out of thanks to my cousin Sarah for the very comfortable and soft skirt!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

A Little Revealing

**Hehehehe. My blog post title made me giggle.**

If you stayed tuned and saw on FB that we'd be announcing this afternoon, then you're in luck. 

So, without further adieu, Jack and Ella will be doing the honors. 




Now, go on ahead and post in the comments what you guessed :) I was right early on but then changed my mind, so any guess was a good one!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Day 1 - 30 Day Plan

I have fixed all of the meals for The Husband today, and I wrote out a schedule for him to follow while at work in the evenings. 

Here's what he ate today. It was far easier than I thought it would be, and everything was provided for us except the snacks. 

Breakfast - chocolate (not his favorite, but he said it wasn't bad. I may add in some frozen raspberries occasionally.)
Snack - (salted/roasted - no oil) - about three and a half hours later 
Lunch - (I found the package of 5 fillets in the frozen section. They were a huge hit. Yay for coupons! I added a teaspoon of olive oil to his mashed potatoes and a teaspoon to his green beans for his portion of good fats.)
Snack - pistachios and apple slices
Dinner - vanilla with a handful of frozen strawberries (he loved it--we'll definitely be ordering some individual containers of this flavor next month to help maintain!)
So that was his first day. We also took his measurements and weight and his picture :). We'll take them all again on Day 3. 

Our Very Last Gender Poll


Well, folks. Here it is. The very last gender poll I will ever post on this blog. So have at it. :) And if you're especially good, and we get lots of guesses, then we just might reveal earlier than we had planned ;)

What do you think? Will Jack & Ella be receiving a little brother or a little sister this winter?


pollcode.com free polls

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Thankful Thursday (8/4)

I had my 16-week prenatal appointment this morning. I also had to have an ultrasound to check on cervix length. 
The length looks good (something they want to monitor VERY often--ugh), but more excitingly (that's a word, right?), we found out the sex of the baby...............

....................Which we'll be sharing with friends and family (and with you all) very soon! I wish I could share a picture from today with you, but the technician labeled the sweet snapshot with "It's a _______," so that doesn't work ;) You'll just have to enjoy this picture of my growing belly and my super cute shorts. You're welcome. 
Now to pick out the name. Sigh. The Husband and I struggle with seeing eye to eye on names. 

In other exciting news----we got his box in!!!! 
If you haven't checked it out yet or are still on the fence, go check out the great items they offer and chat with me on FB or drop me a text or email if we're in real life friends. http://joyrawlins.isagenix.com/

If you're hesitant about spending 30 days on this, why not try out just the shakes once a day as a breakfast or dinner replacement? You can purchase any of the products individually (shakes, cleanse, snacks, the pro shakes for people who are working out a ton to gain muscle, etc) and decide what you like and what you don't. That's really what I like about the 30-day plan though. I like that we have a month to try out the different products and see what we'll stick with and what we can go without. 

He'll be starting it up tomorrow. I'm super pumped. He's, well, he WILL be pumped when he starts feeling better ;). Actually, I think he is excited, but he refuses to show it haha!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lifestyle Change - Taking a Leap

A few weeks ago, while we were on our anniversary trip in fact, we sat down with our friend Tina. I have known Tina for over 8 years, and her son, Ryan, was my man-of-honor in our wedding :) I kind of adore her and that family. 


Anywho, somehow we started talking about The Husband's health and how things have really taken an unpleasant turn. She, as a licensed and highly-educated nutritionist, whom I love and trust and respect immensely, discussed making adjustments to his diet, and highly recommended that he try out these shakes her family and many of their friends have been supplementing with. They're clean and healthy and have that perfect 40-30-30 ratio of protein, fats, and carbs (they use undenatured whey protein, or there's the vegan ones if whey is difficult to digest). Granted, eating healthy solid meals with fewer calories is ideal, but financially that would be a huge burden since those healthy, non-GMO, organic products are pretty expensive compared to the boxed and packaged stuff on the grocery shelves. But I digress. 
With our samples in hand (that I made up the next two nights for him before work and one for me in the morning), she suggested trying it for a month. 30 days. And then if we (I get to drink them, too, as a snack, since they're wonderfully healthy for pregnant gals to drink) didn't see good results (energy levels and weight are the main ones we're watching for him right now), then we need to look at something else being the cause of his troubles. And the bonus is that, if after 2 weeks we don't see any positive changes, we can get a full, 100% refund. Heck yeah. 

Which is good, because to be honest, it's hitting our budget hard. The 30-day plan (which includes 2 shakes that replace two meals a day, snack bars for between meals, cleanse drinks, chocolate snacks, and energy boosting drinks) boils down to a little under $11 a day (or a morning coffee at your local coffee house and a light lunch somewhere when you're on the go).  That's with tax and shipping and a year-long membership that gets the member discounts on shakes and other products  for the entire year--we actually got it for that price because I decided to offer it to friends and family; no one pressured me to do that. I was excited and impressed with the products and the company and decided to share it with others; and it doesn't hurt that we get discounts on products just for me being a member and for us trying it out and sharing what happens :).  
What I've found with research is that after a month of being on the program, people either order it again because they loved the results and want to lose more of the unhealthy stuff and gain more energy and lean muscle, or they go down to ordering just the bars and/or shakes (isalean or isalean pro) each month to help them have at least one nutritious meal a day. 

***In case you're curious, this is what we will essentially be getting in each shake:
Which comes down to 
60 essential micro nutrients
21 minerals
13 vitamins
7 enzymes
6 probiotics
2 essential fatty acids
in each meal. I think that sounds pretty spectacular.***

So, anywho, the hit to our grocery budget was rough, but because I added up what he's been spending on fast food and convenience store stuff working his crazy hours, we felt confident in trying this out as a replacement for those less-than-healthy items he's been filling his body with. 

We're hopeful that the nutrients in these shakes will jumpstart his body and get him on the road to feeling better and healthier and full of energy again. 

And, we'd love to have you join us on this journey to better health and greater energy. Like the trainer says in this video (https://youtu.be/Lol4ja2pD74) prove them wrong! If you don't see a difference in 2 weeks, you get a full refund, no questions asked. What's the harm in trying? And better yet, what good things can happen if you take this leap?
And I can't wait to see the results! This company has so many healthy products (including the isalean pro shake for body builders looking for a better source of quality protein, which The Husband will likely try -- once he's lost the weight he's put on and gained the energy back that he's lost -- in order to help him with muscle gain after working out), that I'm sure something will grab your attention if the prospect of a heathy lifestyle and weight-loss and more energy don't ;)

We're trying and believing and hoping that this is the right path for us to be on. And if he'll let me, I'll share with you his strides and successes along the journey. He's starting this weekend as soon as it arrives!  My mom and The Bestie will also be doing the 30-day plan starting next week, so I'm pumped to see their results, too! :).

If you're interested, visit my page (http://joyrawlins.isagenix.com/),
and send me a message in the upper right corner. Or call me up or drop by, and we can have a chat. 
I'm super pumped to see the good that's going to come from this.