Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anniversary and Babymoon

Hubby and I recently celebrated 11 years of marriage...wow did time fly by! We also thought it would be a good time for a "last hurrah" before baby gets here in 9 weeks. We decided to check out Naples, FL and we could not be more pleased with our choice. We used the TripAdvisor app to find the hotel and all of the places to eat. It was super helpful and 100% on the money when it came to the feedback!

Bellasera Hotel, Naples FL
Front Entrance
Main Lobby
View from the Cabana
Naples Pier
Beautiful Sunset

This was a sweet little place on Highway 41 called Blueberry's. TripAdvisor rated it one of the best in Naples to we gave it a try...
Fruit French Toast - I wish I was able to finish more than 1 piece but I had no more room left!
Bokamper's is a great place to watch sports and indulge in "bar food." Good stuff behind these doors!
I cannot believe it took me such a long time to discover that I love mahi mahi! The waiter and hubby coaxed me into a mahi mahi sandwich...YUM. I am still thinking about it!
For our anniversary, we wanted to check out an Italian place. TripAdvisor ranked this one a favorite for 2014 and the user reviews rated it one of the best in the area. They were 100% right! The fettuccine was to DIE for. These people are from the Rosedale section of Queens NYC and know what they are doing!
Naples has a TON of shopping and designer resale stores seems to be all over. Of course, I had to pop in...and I am so glad I did. Amongst the LV's, Chanels and other designer brands, I came across the Michael Kors display...
...and scored this little gem for $29! Yep, $29. 

Overall, it was a great little getaway. We will definitely be back!

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Thursday, July 31, 2014

28 Weeks

WOW...28 weeks has breezed by! With the exception of a few fun effects of pregnancy (Mom's know what I am referring too!) I have felt pretty good. Here is a snap from this morning (I am happy I can still wear my pre-maternity dresses):

 Grandpa started painting the baby's room yesterday...
 My latest addiction is cherries!
Things are moving ahead at a quicker speed for me now. I completed my pre-registration for the hospital, maternity wing tour and the birth plan paperwork. Next will be to put the baby room all together and pack my "go bag." I am not going to lie and say that I am not anxious at all about labor and delivery...it seems to be consuming my thoughts these days. Luckily, I have many close girlfriends who (each have their own birth story) but have given me a lot of good advise and tips with no sugar coating. I am the type of person that needs to hear it like it is! I am super thankful for them and not sure how I would get through things without them.

Funny moment of the week (at my doctor appointment):

Midwife: oh honey, is that your bra showing there? (She reaches over to fix it for me).
Me: Yep, that's it but I wouldn't worry about it. I am lucky I have a bra on at all today. In a few months, you will be hands-on in my vagina so a bra strap does not concern me at all.

Any other tips for labor and delivery for me?

Thank you for reading,
Kara

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pregnancy Update

WOW! Time has flown by! As of today, I am 23 weeks and baby girl B is the size of a bunch of grapes. She is moving like crazy! Here is a "bump shot" that I snapped this morning:


Overall, I feel pretty good with the exception of the occasional heartburn attack or the "I can't poop like I used to" moments! I have been eating a lot more fruits (still trying to work on my veggie intake), smaller but more frequent meals/snacks and still exercising for 20 minutes each morning. So far, I have only gained 1 lb but the doctor said this was ok since I started out a little heavier than what my ideal weight is. Baby girl B is within all of the healthy ranges (size, heartbeat etc).

Over the past few months, I have noticed a few things that I would like to share. I am sure someone out there can relate:

People say some really offensive and insensitive things!


Geez people! Have you ever heard of #1- think before you speak, #2- open mouth, insert foot and my childhood favorite from my parents #3- if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Here are the top comments that have been directed at me so far:

1- Pregnancy makes me uncomfortable.
Where do you think you came from? Were you incubated in a nest and hatched? Ok, I get that pregnancy is not for everyone but it is for ME. Can you be a little cooler about it that this?

2- Pregnancy is disgusting and babies are gross.
I am soooooo for real when I tell you that someone actually said this to me. I was dumbfounded and at that moment, my mind went completely blank. My friend found me crying in the hallway at work short time later…yeah, someone at work said this to me.

3- You will be pregnant over the summer...you really timed that right huh?
A**hole, if you had ANY idea on what I had to go through in order to become pregnant, you would have never made that comment. You are lucky that jail is an option if I were to punch you in the throat because believe me, I have contemplated it. I am blessed to be able to have a baby at this stage of my life and I don't care if it is over 100 degrees with unbearable humidity...ever. 

Regular vs. maternity clothing…it can be done!


I will not speak for any other woman who is or ever been pregnant but I have been very lucky to be able to still wear some non-maternity items...especially dresses…for now. I found that if you have the right silhouette, the garment will grow with you (see dress in picture above). I am not sure why the maternity clothing industry is lacking in stylish and affordable clothing, but they are. Why is a black t-shirt $12 and the maternity version $25? Twice as much? There isn't that much extra fabric people...come on. And why do I have a choice of only black leggings, heavy denim jeans and more black pants? Where are the cute pink capri pants, coral shorts and printed skirts? 

Dreams


I know hormones have taken over my body and my dreams are no longer mine at night but HOLY HELL, I have woken myself up with some of the sickest, wackiest, disturbing dreams I have ever had. In. My. Life. I mean, stuff that would make the director of the Saw movie series want to collaborate with me.  

Glowing skin


People say I am glowing...yay! I just hope to God it is not from having the oily skin that has plagued me since middle school. I hear about the pregnancy glow and am glad it is happening to me! After a small bought of what I thought was an incurable acne patch by the corner of my mouth during the 1st trimester, my skin looks really clear and refreshed. Bonus! I also heard about Bio Oil for stretch marks (more genetics than anything I also read) but you can also use it on your face, as I have been. I really do like the results and the dry patches on my cheeks are gone!

Body Changes

Ah yes, the varicose vain. I was shopping with my Mom last week and when I passed a full-length mirror, took the opportunity to make sure I looked presentable. What the? Oh, hello there! I discovered battle scar #1 staring back at me...I rock it like a badge of honor!


Stay tuned for my next blog posting on how I turned this dated brass chandelier into something super fabulous for Baby girl B's room:

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Sunday, May 18, 2014

DIY: Baby Name Chalkboard

Coming up with a name is hard…especially when you have a book containing 60,001 of them! I thought it would be a fun idea to have family and friends put their name suggestions on the board; I like to see what unique names they come up with. I found some cute supplies yesterday at Hobby Lobby to put one together:

Chalkboard $6.99
Easel $5.99
Wood decorations .67 each
Chalk and eraser $1.47 each



Bust out the hot glue gun, glue the wooden pieces to the corners and you are done! I already have 3 names on the board…:)

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Grandma Lost It

We found out last week what the sex of our baby was. Before we told the family, hubby and I had "our moment." We sat down to dinner and I slid the envelope over to hubby so he could open it first; I wanted to see his reaction. Man…talk about a poker face! He gave me no indication of what it was! He handed the envelope over to me and I nearly passed out…a GIRL! My instinct was waaaaay off….I was convinced it was a boy!


On Saturday night, all of the family was getting together for a BBQ. Hubby and I designed a "gender reveal" cake and thought it would be a fun idea to have both of the Grandma's cut into it to see what color the filling was:



video

The clothing shopping  commenced the next day when my Mom and I did some damage in Babies R Us…hubby doesn't get it.

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Monday, April 28, 2014

Enough books...

I don't want to sound ungrateful because I am not; I am very thankful for all of the support, advice and reading material that has been passed down to me. From my girlfriends, thank you. From the many "baby clubs" that I have been enrolled in since my pregnancy is considered public knowledge by the insurance company, PLEASE send me something more useful than another War and Peace thickness book:



How about a free pack of diapers, wipes or a paid college education fund? While it is a nice gesture, I am going to be honest here…I will NOT be reading these. To all the Mom's out there, are there any baby clubs that send you free samples of items, coupons or anything like that?

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Saturday, April 19, 2014

13 Weeks and Signs of a Baby Bump

This past week, I had back-to-back office visits that seemed like they would never end. Since I am 39, a first time mom and deemed "high risk", I am having a lot of genetic testing done. Hopefully, based on both familial histories, baby B will be just fine. In the meantime, I was able to have a 13 week sonogram (nuchal translucency) and got a ton of pictures. It was crazy to see how much the little peanut grew from my first sonogram 6 weeks ago:
Baby B at 13 weeks
I have officially entered the "what fits today" phase of pregnancy. This dress sounded like a good choice in the morning but by the time I got to work, I realized how tight and short it was! Just a little side pic of my blossoming bump:
I will have the results of the nuchal trans sonogram in 2 weeks…which includes the sex of the baby! YAY! Hubby and I were thinking about a gender reveal party…have you ever been to one? Any ideas or suggestions for themes?

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Three Sticks and One Prick

After a two month break, today is my return to blogging with a little announcement…WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!

How many times did it take before I believed it? Three pee sticks (including a frantic trip up to Walgreens to buy two different brands of pregnancy tests) and one trip to the doctor for the "official" blood test. 
I took this one at 8am
I took this one at 1pm
I took this one at 5pm

After testing three times on Sunday and still not 100% convinced that this wasn't a cruel, I had a blood test done on Monday morning. I was sure I left them my cell # since I was going back to work and needed to know the results as soon as they were ready. Hours passed and still no phone call. By 3pm, I was calling the lab like a maniac only to have to leave messages for the nurse to call me back. By the time I left work, still no call. Did they forget to call me? Did I not give enough blood? Was it bad news and no one wanted to tell me? 

Driving home that evening, I was upset that I didn't hear back from anyone. A bazillion things were going through my head. I soon pulled into the driveway and went into the house…and then I spotted it. THE RED LIGHT WAS BLINKING.

As I ran over and hit the play button, my heart was pounding. And then I heard the words I have waited years to hear…

Congratulations, you are pregnant!

As of today, I am in week #11. Thank you for all the support and well-wishes. Stay tuned for more more "pregnancy experiences." Oh, I've got some good ones too.

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Week of the Loft Cardigan

I was on a cardigan kick last week:

 Monday
Cardigan: Loft
Cami: Sears
Necklace: Dillard's
 Tuesday
Cardigan: Loft
Blouse: Loft
Necklace: Burlington
 Wednesday
Cardigan: Loft
Blouse: Macy's
Necklace: Burlington
 Thursday
Cardigan: Loft
Blouse: Marshall's
Necklace: Burlington
Friday
Cardigan: Loft
Blouse: Sears
Necklace: Burlington

Thanks for reading,
Kara

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Our Journey to Parenthood: Round 1 Done

First, I wanted to say thank you to all who have read and also commented on this series of blog postings. It is truly appreciated. I started this series with the intention of spreading the message that though you may feel broken, you aren't. You may feel like less of a woman, but you aren't. You may want to punch the famous-for-doing-nothing jerk-off's on TV that make it look soooooo easy, but you can't. Last year was an awful time for my emotions but I feel that I finally have them in check. I still have a few ups and downs but I know I am a good person and will deal with whatever card I am dealt along this journey.

After a lot of thought of how much I should share of this experience on the world wide web, I decided to tell all and not leave anything out (except when I need to clean up some overly graphic details). If even one posting can help someone else out there, then it was all worth it. Hopefully, I can even make a few people laugh along the way!

A close friend referred me to a great Facebook page called "Fertility is the New F-Word" and I took this off the page:

I did my first IUI on Sunday; progesterone started last night. I will need to do some blood work on Sunday to check my progesterone levels and then a prego test 1 week later. Let's hope this worked...

Thanks for reading,
Kara
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