Coconuts for YOU

Coconuts for YOU

SO folks, it’s exactly 31 weeks and 6 days of the bun cookin’ in the oven! Which means 8 weeks and 1 day left…EEKKKK!!!!! Baby is the size of a coconut and I am completely COCONUTS for him:) I’ve been in the third trimester for a bit now, I have had two baby showers, and one more this weekend, and let me tell you it has certainly been a ride! All these baby showers are the product of having loving family and friends all over the map, and we feel so blessed to be celebrated so many times!!

So for the good: I am OVER THE MOON excited and every time he moves I just get all giddy. I read a book or two to him every night and talk to him all of the time:) He has already flown on a few plane rides; Belize, Mexico, Erie, and Philadelphia, so far so good. His room is almost completed and we have officially trained his older brother, Alfie the dog, to not be deathly afraid of his stroller. He has a BIG appetite and craves different foods at all different times, making his Momma a bit food crazed. He especially loves fruit and lentils….I know lentils right?! He has a friend that lives down the street due a few days after him, and has another friend due in the Fall! Not to mention his very own cousin is on the way- we find out soon if it’s a boy or a girl!

For the not so good: Momma has developed a baaadddd case of Carpel Tunnel in her right hand, where her fingers are completely numb, and her wrist and hand have blown up like an octopus:( This keeps her up pretty much all night from the pain and she has been going a bit crazy. However, she came across a women named Sara Morrissey, who works at Balans spa in Boston and specializes in all sorts of interesting massages. She is also a chiropractor. We are hoping going twice a week helps out, and will keep everyone posted! I am also super hot ALL OF THE TIME, and blast the hubby out of the bedroom at night with air conditioning and a fan…sorry!!!! So I also have that baby brain issue people sometimes get when pregnant and maybe forever like Mom brain…eek, where your mind kinda stops working and you are all fuzzy, so  yea, that has been interesting and pretty funny at times. Also, this dress that used to be a bit loose, is now a bit too tight, hope it lasts for a few more chalkboard updates!

Babymoonin’ in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!

Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump! It’s funny how sometimes when you try to control things, nothing works out, but the very moment you let go, things just seem to fall into place. Desires and wants place you on your initial path, then life has its own ideas and path for you, and each moment seems to build on the last, eventually creating what becomes the life you are living.

I have always been one to try to plan everything out to the exact precise manner of what perfection would look like and feel like to me. Sometimes when I try to have too much control over things, I fall flat on my face and NOTHING works out. But recently, I have been leaving my life up to who I consider my Higher Power, God (We all have our own beliefs so thats why I mention my Higher Power, since others may have a different one). After going through some really difficult times last Fall, I have decided to put my trust in Him and ask Him to help guide me and let go of that intense need for control that can take over my mind and body, and allow Him to lead my life.

So, why I mention this is because this vacation was planned in a pretty spectacular manner. My husband gets three weeks vacation time each year. His work years starts in the summer, and so his vacation weeks are determined for him the summer before each year starts. He does not have much say, but can put in requests and reasons for his requests and just hope for the best. We knew that we wanted to get away sometime in the Spring from the harsh winters we can have in Boston (especially this year, by golly gee whiz!) and so his program granted us this past week off. We were not pregnant at the time of the request, nor did we know when we would be, but we had been trying and hoping and trying and hoping.

I had always dreamed of going on a babymoon and having that one last vacation, with the babe in the belly and my husband and I together before that baby is born. How magical and spectacular that this very week I hit 23 weeks, which is a week away from that six month mark.  My belly had just popped, and it just so happens to be a highly recommended time in pregnancy to go on a babymoon if so desired. I literally am sitting here tearing up, thinking of how much last summer I had wanted to be pregnant and how it was taking me longer than I had wanted and how I had just wished, wished so much that this very vacation we just went on, would in fact be our babymoon. Here it is, this exact vacation was our babymoon! And there it was, God working his magic. I had no control over when I got pregnant (all I could do was try) and I put my faith in him for everything working out in the way that He had planned for me. I guess we had similar plans!

Le Blanc Spa Resort in Cancun Mexico (highly recommend!):

Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!

I also wanted to give some time to reflect on just matters of life. How sometimes as women, getting pregnant just seems to happen, but sometimes it doesn’t work like that. Either we can’t get pregnant, can but with the help of certain aids, or lose a baby to a miscarrage, maybe even lose the baby in birth or lose a child after birth. As I document my journey, others  journeys of experiences are not forgotten and held close to my heart as a woman. I value celebrating something joyous and beautiful, but at the same time having a heart that is compassionate and understanding, and an open heart to listening. We all have our own journeys and we can find strength in each other, as well as ask for strength from one another. Life is beautiful, but it is not always peachy. I am so thankful and happy to celebrate this beautiful moment with everyone and add a Speck of Yellow. However, just like any human, I need those Specks of Yellow and that strength too, because there are times when things are black, blue and grey. This post is my Yellow and I hope that it brings hope and sunshine to your day as well, maybe even strength that life works in unpredictable ways! Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!

23 Week Baby Bump:

This little guy is the size of a PAPAYA or a GRAPEFRUIT depending on which website you look at and weighs 1 pound! He can hear the world… so yep time to start singing, reading, and talking to him.  It’s amazing to think that a human is growing inside of my belly. I am two humans in one! Sometimes I like to hug my belly at night and pretend I am hugging him. We are just so excited and in love with this little miracle God has given us to raise. And good news, I finally got my energy back for cooking so some yummy recipes will be making an appearance soon! 

Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!The hubby always seems to make me laugh harder than anyone!

Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!Babymoonin' in Mexico #23WeekBabyBump!

 

It’s a… boy/girl????

So silly me, before we purchased our tripod, we tried to set up our camera on top of books and take photos and videos of us opening this box together. Of course that didn’t work out! So here is my video recreation without us in the picture.

However, to tell you a little about the actual box opening:

We wanted to make this moment special and so we opened the box of balloons via Skype with both of our families. We both have ZERO family members who live in Boston but it was just so important for them to share this moment with us. So there in Erie, PA where the hubby is from, his Parents, Brothers and their Wives gathered together and awaited our Skype call! My Dad and Sister were working late that night but we just couldn’t wait so we gathered my family in Philadelphia later via Skype (sorry MOM) and opened the box again!

It was pretty funny since everyone thought we were having the opposite of what we are having so we were all celebrating in complete surprise!!! AND of course one of the first things that comes out of my husbands mouth was, “YES, SOMEONE TO WATCH SPORTS WITH!!!” ….gotta love him.

Baby Bump 19 Weeks: Mango!

Baby Bump 19 Weeks: Mango!It is crazy to think that this little baby is already the size of a Mango! I love mangos and seriously mangos are honestly like kinda big when it comes to being a baby in the belly.

Big News: So I also have some AMAZING news to share about this week. BABY STARTED KICKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! As I was sitting and watching TV after dinner, this little person started moving all over the place in the belly. It felt like baby was either swimming, having a dance party, or doing somersaults. Then, all of a sudden, I felt this kick and “owwww” I looked down and put my hand over where I felt the kick and sure enough, baby kicked three more times making my hand jump each time.  Baby has been kicking (or punching, or elbowing) ever since! Just knowing that this baby is there, partying in my belly, was one of the greatest feelings I have ever felt in my life. I am already SO IN LOVE!

Craving: Fruit, fruit fruit. I cannot get enough fruit. I feel like I eat fruit all day, especially apples, and strawberries. I wake up NEEDING FRUIT! Oh, and I am so thirsty all the time, it feels like I just ran for miles without water.

Feeling: Hungry, and itchy, and I seriously get winded very easily. For example, on this being winded issue, I was at the gym the other day just stretching, and by the end of stretching I was literally already out of breath! UMM, my workout didn’t even start yet body! But all of these feelings remind me that my baby is growing and so with each feeling, it is SO WORTH IT! Baby Bump 19 Weeks: Mango!

 

We Have a Bun Cookin in the Oven!

We Have a Bun Cookin in the Oven! speckledyellow.com

It is true! We are so excited to announce that WE ARE PREGGERS!!!!!!! This year has already certainly been filled with blessings so far, and to top it off, the best gift ever is coming to us this July!

We have been so thrilled and excited to share this news with the world.

I have wanted to get pregnant and start a family for sooo long, (FYI I started a Future Baby Pinterest page around 3 years ago!!!) but of course, with relocating and the hubby beginning a long journey of residency, the timing just didn’t seem right. So we waited and waited until one day we decided that no time will ever be the perfect time, and that this time is in fact perfect and wonderful all in its own right!

Friends around me were getting married and pregnant pregnant pregnant, and I was married but….nope, not pregnant. But let me tell you, it is worth the wait! The excitement it brings waiting for something you want soooo badly, is just unexplainable. So all you ladies out there remember this, THE WAIT IS WORTH THE BEAUTY!  Whatever it may be that you are waiting for, a ring, a wedding, a baby, a new job, whatever it is, the place we are is the place we’re meant to be.  No need to rush this lovely life we have.

Having a bun in the oven also explains why my blog has been MIA the past few months. I happened to have a wee bit of intense nausea in the first trimester, making me soo dizzy all I could do was curl up in a ball on the sofa…literally. When it came to cooking, anything and everything grossed me out, except for Indian takeout and pasta! I know, craziness right????? I don’t even like pasta! My body has taken control and my growing baby for sure some days decides for me what it wants to eat! But good news….most of that has subsided and I have been back to cooking, not as much as pre-preggers, but some more recipe posts are on their very way!

I am also planning some fun posts to document this amazing time so stay on the lookout! Next post coming is…”My FUN & SILLY facts about being PREGGERS right now”

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Dreaming of Sunnier Days While Cabin Fevered up in the “North Pole” aka Boston

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So as a lot of you know, New England has had some intense unrelenting snow fall this winter, I have been cooped up with crazy CABIN FEVER to the extreme!  Out of shear madness, I needed things to occupy my time so I went through some old photos on my computer and I came across these photos from when some friends came to visit us this past Fall. I swear I think these humans look like they came out of an Abercrombie and Fitch add! And yes, they are all beautiful creatures but beautiful in the way in which each one radiates kindness, love, and creativity into the world. Each one follows strong values and morals and that to me is what beauty represents. A persons heart can radiate this beauty on the outside.

I have also come to the conclusion that Boston has some beautiful weather, especially in the summer, and that the worst weather always comes in the months of February and March. I am not a winter/snow person at all, but I figure if we have three more years before relocating, instead of looking at it as three more crazy winters, its more like 6 more months of cold, bitter, snowiness. I can handle that; two months each year sounds better than three more years of Boston winters. So Yeehaw, I will survive!

I wanted to share our Fall Frolic by the Charles River and weekend outfits! I love Fall colors and you can certainly bring Fall colors and style into the winter months. This is Zina below. She is a warrior princess who lives in a castle on the rocks. She enjoys rock climbing, writing, and swinging on branches in the jungles of Costa Rica. Her favorite past time is motorcycling around the world with her boyfriend Chris, (shown in the other photos). Her style advice would be to layer, layer, layer and wear jewelry that you love!

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That large chunky scarf Zina has on in the above and below pictures is exactly something I am looking for to add to my wardrobe now!

Her outfit: Shoes are Vans; Jeans from Madewell; Long sleeve shirt from Forever 21; Sweater from American Apparel; Scarf from H&M

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Below is Chris, one of my husband’s best friends from collage and Zina’s boyfriend. He is a doctor of all trades and can be found traveling the globe bringing his skills to third world nations. He lives in the castle with Zina and they spend their nights cuddling by a fire place. IMG_4187IMG_4186

Zina’s outfit below can all be found at American Apparel! She a frequent shopper there:) IMG_4197

Below is my hubby, Brady. He enjoys a fine whiskey, Central American rum, or anything of that sort…He spends his days saving lives in the hospitals of Boston and spends his nights playing poker or enjoying my nightly home cooked meals, in which he devours quinoa, vegetables, tofu, beans and lentils. His secret talent is using his toes as a weapon to pinch innocent citizens!

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I was having a particularly good hair day that night! And was excited to wear for the first time my new leopard print heels from, believe it or not, Marshells!!!!! The grey tshirt is from Zara and my jeans are Carmar highwaisted (purchased them at LF on sale!) LF has amazing sales a few times a years and the biggest selection of Carmar jeans, my absolute favorite jeans I own! The leather jacket and purse I picked up on a trip to Florence, Italy with the hubby! Word of advice: when you go to Italy bring an empty carry-on…you will not regret it. I call the picture below, my “half-eyed laugh”.
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These boys are college besties who also played Water Polo together! What an interesting little bunch they are!

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This Man and his Dog hanging out on a bridge, entertaining the world. What cuties!
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That’s one of my hubby’s besties, Sean. His girlfriend, Caralin, was pictured above. They had just moved to Boston this past winter because she got a job with the Boston Ballet!!!!!! Sean and Caralin take long walks on the beach while he serenades her with lullabies. Pretty romantic I must say.  IMG_4271

Little Updates: Trip to Nicaragua

So….I have not posted in a week or so, and just wanted to update you all that I will be posting again soon! Warm weather is here (and doesn’t last very long in Boston) which means vacations, weddings, beach, etc. but I have not forgotten about you! I may be posting less frequently, but will be adding in some quick life updates to keep in touch!

The hubby had his last vacation week for the year before he enters into his third year (out of 6) as a plastic surgery resident at Harvard. We headed off to Nicaragua. Why Nicaragua? Well, we needed to escape from reality and just BE. Be with each other, no distractions, beach, yoga, sun, and all that good stuff.  It was AMAZING to say the least!!!

I had wanted to do a sneak peak of our trip before leaving, but just could not find the time. Anyways, here is one of my favorite pictures below which pretty much sums up a lot of things that I love: him…obviously, the beach, sun, ocean, sand, and seeing him surf for the first time (he always told me he could surf but after 5 years together I never saw him actually surf until now!)!

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Also, seeing him healthy and active in this picture reminds me that even though during his surgical residency program, I can feel so far away from him while he deals with unfathomable exhaustion and excruciatingly long work hours, I will always have this picture to remind me that he always comes back. He is still that goofy, healthy man that I married no matter how much he is worked to the bone.

More pics, and our itinerary to come! As well as some other fun recipes and posts coming in the next few weeks!

 

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