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!


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!


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