Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Columbus Blue Jackets - My 1st Playoff Game Experience

Through my employer, I was able to purchase advance tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets Stanley Cup playoff games!  I jumped at the chance and bought 4 tickets to last night's game.  Our friends Christine & Joey went with us.

The first 2 games of this series were played in Pittsburgh against the Penguins and was tied 1-1 heading to Columbus.  This is the 2nd time in franchise history the Blue Jackets have made it to the playoffs (established in 2000 and made the playoffs in 2009).

My friend Christine lives right next to the Arena and had some us over to her place for food/drinks before the game, which was super fun!

The Arena (and the entire area outside of the arena) was electric last night!

Our seats were in the lower bowl (section 119, row MM) - we could see everything -it was fantastic!

The Blue Jackets scored 2 goals within the first 4 minutes of the start of the game - we couldn't believe it!  It was going to be a GREAT night!

Me & my Ry Guy (and Itty Bitty) - so happy to be experiencing our very first Stanley Cup playoff game!  I must admit, I had so much energy and did not feel "too pregnant" at  game.  I don't know quite how to articulate what it feels like to not feel "too pregnant" but it's a good feeling.  I felt normal… forgot about my belly for a while… forgot about my back pain… and was just completely immersed in my surroundings… it was a nice break from the physical changes I've been going through.

Though the Jackets lead most of the game, Pittsburgh rallied midway through the 3rd period and scored 3 goals in less than a 3 minute period…. we were stunned to stay the least.  The final score was 4-3 with a Pittsburgh win.  Though it depressing to lose, we had an awesome experience.  We were winning most of the night and just to be in the Arena and see the game live is something I'll never forget.  

Now… everyone be sure to root for the Jackets tomorrow night!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Pregnancy Update: Week 26

How far along: 26 weeks!

This is my "I haven't washed my hair in a few days, we've been running around all weekend and I'm on my way to the grocery store, but we haven't taken bump photo yet" look.

Baby Size: 

Weight gain: Up 17-18 pounds, which feels like A TON, but I haven't really gained weight in the prior few weeks, so I was due for an increase.  And yes, I feel like I've gained 50 pounds.

Symptoms: Back pain mostly on my left side directly below my shoulder blade.  I've also gotten a queasy stomach a few times this week (similar to how it felt in the 1st trimester) where I need crackers asap!

Movement:  Yes and I still love it!  I actually get sad when I go a few hours without feeling my sweet baby.  It feels like Itty Bitty is starting to flip flop around - his kicks are coming from different places now… or are those his arms? Or head? I have also felt sudden pressure on my bladder at various times this week - he loves squishing my bladder - must think it's funny when mommy goes sprinting to the restroom.  (I literally just got a good swift kick while writing this piece - think some one's ears are burning?)

Maternity clothes: Yes - they aren't as exciting as they used to be, though

Stretch marks: Nope and thankful for that!

What I miss: My flat tummy!

Food cravings: Still loving the sweets!  I picked up some Neapolitan frozen yogurt this weekend… check out me and Ryan's "his" and "hers" treats below - yummy!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing I can pin point, but as mentioned above my tummy has been feeling a little quest this week

Gender: B-O-Y!!!!

Labor Signs: No

Belly Button in or out: In, but I can make it pop out - Ryan decided today that he thinks its so cute and loves touching my belly button.  So bizarre!  The tank I have on in the picture below is thin - can you spy my belly button?

Weddings rings on or off: On!

Mood: Tired! (See "Sleep" below)  Also I said to Ryan this weekend, "I'm siiiiiiick of being pregnant…"  I think I am just starting to feel huge and know that I have a long way to go… hopefully I snap out of it this week!

Nursery - What else we've done to prepare: 

*Still haven't bit the bullet on a photographer - why is it so hard to make a decision?!
*Ordered a nightstand for Itty's bedroom from Amazon.  It arrived on Thursday night and we put it together Friday night - it's perfect :-)
*Spent 30+ minutes at Garden Ridge weighing all the lamp options and found a super cute one for Itty's room!
*Found a mirror for Itty's room at Garden Ridge and Ryan painted the frame white
*Painted 3 walls in Itty's bedroom 
*Picked up our nursery chair - it's AMAZING!
*Washed and hung up the black out curtains in our bedroom
*Thought even more about boy names and have some new favorites!

Workouts: Gym Monday with Ryan.  Trainer Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Prenatal yoga class Saturday with my friend Christine. :-)

Sleep: Not so hot this week. Waking up lots to use the restroom and tossing and turning like crazy!  Apparently my body is preparing me for all those late night feedings...

Best moment this week: Prenatal yoga was a highlight - I learned some tips for sitting and sleeping and got some good stretching in.  

Also, my sister-in-law, Tighe, cooked a SUPER delicious Easter brunch this morning… it was good to catch up with family!

Tighe & Chris, our lovely hosts!

Looking forward to: Hanging fun stuff in the nursery and the Blue Jackets game tomorrow!

Thanks for all of the thoughts, prayers and love for our Itty Bitty one!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Quick Life Update

I know I've been slacking on blogging lately, but hey, at least I've kept up on my weekly pregnancy updates.  For the most part, what's been going on in my life gets encompassed in my weekly pregnancy musings… so don't fret… you're not missing much outside of those entries.

BUT, for those of you who want a little more, here's a snippet of what else I've been up to lately…

{Yummy Beverages}

With Spring time and warm weather come cocktails!  Over the past few weeks, I've watched my family and friends throw back some delicious-looking beverages.  So, this past weekend, I took matters into my own hands… I quickly whipped up a pitcher of Crystal Light raspberry lemonade, tossed in some frozen fruit and filled up my stemless wine glasses… voia la!  A refreshing & a special drink for pregnant me (without crazy amounts of sugar or calories!)

{Yummy Food}

Ryan & I have been on a fresh/healthy kick for dinners lately (that's not to say I haven't been indulging in ice cream and chocolate post-meal).  We made an awesome salad to go along with Ryan's infamous salmon dish a few nights ago.  Who are we? We never make salad!  It was so fresh and delicious - we must do this more!

Ryan also whipped up a new concoction last night… we'll call it "The Ry Guy Bowl"… it has quinoa, steamed veggies, egg, avocado and a soy saucy drizzle dressing thingy… really scrumpscious!

{This happened}

I'm not that tired, but yes, this happened at last week's doctor's appointment… it was raining and I was without umbrella… what can I say? 

(Not gonna lie… I was kind of proud parking here and stepping out of the car with my belly sticking out :-)

{Blue Jackets}

For the 2nd time in franchise history, the Columbus Blue Jackets made the Stanley Cup playoffs!  Ryan & I scored tickets for Monday night's game (April 21st)!  We are going to the game with our friends Christine and Joey and are SO excited!  We have never been to a hockey playoff game - we heard it's a whole different "ball ice game."  Let's go Jackets!

{Wedding Excitement}

Did I mention that my brother is getting married this year??!? And did I mention how much I LOVE his fiancĂ©, Anissa?!? Seriously, she is AH-MAZE-ING!  I am getting so excited for the wedding festivities to commence!

And remember how my sister Aileen got engaged to the love of her life, Mr. Matt W?!  They are also hoping for a wedding later this year!  YAY!!!! I can't wait!

Happy Wednesday!