Snow Mama

  • How far along: 32 weeks
  • Total weight gain: more than I care to admit! About 30 now! Eek. I've definitely broken down and cried several times. It's a hard adjustment to have once had a well defined tiny waist and now not be able to see your toes.
  • Maternity clothes: Yup, I finally had to admit that my pre-pregnancy pants wouldn't fit, even with the BellyButtonBand. I can still wear my scrub tops to work, but that number is also dwindling.
  • Stretch marks: Nope!
  • Sleep: I do pretty good. I don't need any special pillows or props. I start permanent dayshift this week, so the adjustment has been a little rough but I definitely LOVE seeing daylight!
  • Best moment so far: Getting ready! We got a family car (Subaru Forrester), installed the carseat, assembled the crib, and I made my first ever quilt for the baby.
  • Miss anything: Red, red wine. And sushi! <-- Those didn't change from last time! Haha
  • Movement: This baby has it's parent's dance moves :P Every few hours I smile at the little dance party in my belly and just revel in the experience.
  • Food cravings: I've been loving big bowls of cereal more than ever these past few weeks. Last week I finished off one of those big bags of off-brand cinnamon toast crunchies. This week it's Frooty pebbles!
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: I get heart burn. Like a lot. So I try to limit foods that usually set it off but sometimes a girl just needs a humongous slice of pepperoni pizza.
  • Have you started to show yet: Oh yes. There's no hiding it anymore! Strangers even ask when I'm due now and sometimes try to guess the baby's sex.
  • Gender: It's still a surprise! We were thinking boy for a while, then I thought girl, now I just have no clue. None.
  • Labor signs: Nope. I think I had one Braxton Hicks contraction. Once. :P
  • Belly button in or out: In, but getting weirdly shallow and flatter.
  • Wedding rings on or off: On. All the weight gain has gone to boobs, belly, and bottom.
  • Happy or moody most of the time: I've been a bit more moody this week, but I also attribute it to finally stepping on the scale and to the change in going from working nights to working days.
  • Looking forward to: March! I really can't wait to meet this lil babe!

 Thanks to my wonderful husband for taking these photos for me in 5 minutes flat! We got some snow the night before and I laid in bed that morning thinking how neat it would be to have a mini shoot. I was very happy to see that the silver skirt I have been holding onto fit above my bump! I'm glad I never got around to hemming the extra length off the bottom or else it would have been too short for this.

Flower Headband: Forever 21
Crochet Crop Top: Forever 21
Grey tank top: BumpStart 
Silver Skirt: thrifted
Snow boots: Chooka


Our Lil One: Pregnancy Update

Some days it feels like I've been pregnant forever, some days I look back at the calendar and wonder where the time went! My husband had been graciously taking intermittent bump photos for me and I wanted to share our progress thus far. The dress I chose is a nice stretchy T-shirt material but isn't actually maternity, so we'll see how long I can keep wearing it!

I found this handy little update survey on another blog, and tweeked it for my personal taste. Hope you find it fascinating ;)

  • How far along: 21 weeks
  • Total weight gain: about 12 lbs total
  • Maternity clothes: Here and there. I have about three tops and my BellyButtonBand I use for my tighter pants but I haven't splurged on maternity pants/jeans yet.
  • Stretch marks: None yet! I guess time will tell :P
  • Sleep: Some days are better than others. Even though I work night shift, on a night off, I still sleep the best at night with my hubby by my side. (aww!) I tried to limit my water intake a few hours before bed to prevent my getting up to pee so often, but I was getting headaches from dehydration so that stopped. Soooo it's back to getting up 1-2 times, depending on how long I am able to sleep.
  • Best moment so far: Abe (my husband) felt tiny baby kicks on Halloween night as baby was dancing around while we watched The Addam's Family. It was so sweet and precious, I of course cried! We also had our complete anatomy ultrasound on Halloween and we were able to take home a several photos and a video of baby on a CD. Lil One is definitely flexible and doesn't like to sit still. At one point baby reached up to scratch its nose with a foot! Too funny.
  • Miss anything: Red, red wine. And sushi!
  • Movement: Some days more than others. But I was surprised that I first started feeling baby at 15weeks on our wedding anniversary. Those were butterflies compared to the jumbleees I feel lately.
  • Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I won't turn down Taco Bell nachos!
  • Anything making you queasy or sick: It was tomatoes and fresh green salads during the first trimester. Still tomatoes at times, but it all depends on smells now.  The other day I was gagging at the smell of a mushroom quinoa dish Abe made. Sad day.
  • Have you started to show yet: Yup! Although if you don't know me, you'd think I had a beer belly. It's not quite obviously a baby bump, especially in my nursing scrubs which are most forgiving.
  • Gender: It's a surprise! At our 20 week ultrasound, the technician was very good at avoiding all the bits that could have revealed baby's sex.
  • Labor signs: NOPE! And lets keep it that way. It is way too early for Lil One to arrive.
  • Belly button in or out: Same innie as pre-pregnancy. But doesn't my belly look pointy?? I wonder why that is. I think it may be the dress actually, haha!
  • Wedding rings on or off: On and still the same fit. The only swelling I've noticed has been boobs and sometimes my ankles.
  • Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty happy actually. Everything makes me laugh and it's been so fun!
  • Looking forward to: Seeing my pregnant sister over Thanksgiving and rubbing her belly while she rubs mine! I can't wait to see how our bumps compare for being 2 months apart.

Today I return to get the rest of the ultrasound we started on Halloween. Baby wouldn't cooperate for the tech to visualize the spine or kidneys, but everything looked healthy otherwise which is a relief.  Little One likes to kick and swirl in my lower abdomen when I'm watching TV with my husband and again right when I lay down to start to sleep. We've picked up a car seat and stroller, my sister is giving us a crib, and I found some cute and basic gender-neutral clothing at a recent trip to my favorite thrift store. I washed everything, of course. All I feel I need is a carrying wrap, swing, and diapers. We're pretty low-key, so I'm not even planning on having a baby shower. But if you have recommendations on any "can't live without it" items, or a good cloth diaper you trust, please let me know!!


#1 Lumberjack


Oh happy day! I had been hunting everywhere for the perfect red & black buffalo check flannel top and I finally scored one from the men's department at my local JCPenney. I sized up for that comfy, over-sized feel which is ideal as it gives me room to grow and use it as a maternity top this winter too.

Side note, I just love how warm flannel is. It was only 53*F out when I shot these but because of the flannel and the sun, I was nice and toasty. Later, I will probably wear it with a faux fur vest and boots. Unless I have a hot date, then I'll bring out my black pointy heels and some jewelry to elevate it to a night look. So many options!

We have our half-way ultrasound this Friday (Halloween!). Crossing my fingers that baby is healthy and everything is looking as it should. We have decided to NOT find out the baby's sex, just in case that was your next question ;)

                                   Until next time,

Flannel Shirt: JCP men's
Jeans, backpack, & booties: thrifted


Firelight Camps and the Fingerlakes

This past Sunday marked 6 years since Abe and I tied the knot. If you recall from my Anniversary Countdown last year, we celebrate each year by going through the alphabet. The first year was A, second year was B... and so on. So this year, being 6 whole years as a married couple, we had the letter F to find something to do or place to go.  We initially were going to go to Fire Island in NY, but their season ended prior to when we would be able to get there.  So the runner up choice was to go see the Fingerlakes in upstate NY.  After deciding on a destination, we had to chose our lodgings.  Abe and I being the adventuresome duo that we are, we really wanted to find a place to camp and hike.  I happen upon the Firelight Camps at the La Tourelle Resort & Spa when I searched for campgrounds.  The photos on their website blew me away, I knew we had to stay there!  Firelight is not your typical campground with RV and tents site, guys.  This place was a legit heaven amongst the trees.  A real live glamping experience.

I didn't realize how new the glampground was. I had booked our tent a few months in advance not knowing that they had just opened in August!  We felt like we had stumbled upon a gold nugget in this camp.  Our stay was the best mini-honeymoon we could have asked for.  It did happen to rain both nights off and on, but that didn't dampen our spirits!  The site owner and manager, Scott, welcomed us with umbrellas, lanterns, and wine.  After Abe informed him I am expecting, I was privy to sample any of the local root beers, ginger beers, sodas, etc. that he had to offer. The site is located on the southern tip of Ithaca, NY, so I chose the local Ithaca RootBeer! Mmm I still crave it!

I'll let some of the pictures do the talking now. ;)

We just arrived and settled into our tent! My hair was soaked and doing a funny curly thing. But I'm all smiles with my Ithaca Rootbeer!

Each tent is equipped with a King or Queen size bed, a desk with chair, and a comfy chair.  The larger tents also offer a couch and other furnishings. The wine was complimentary because of the rain!

Seriously the most comfy bed ever. Even though it got to be in the 50's at night, we were nice and warm under the luscious covers and quilts. We never turned on the propane powered space heater!

The next morning's view of our tent's porch. Below the deck is a babbling stream that served as a wonderful lullaby to fall asleep to.

I enjoyed reading and taking in the sights and sounds of the woods from the porch. So peaceful!

There are a few ponds on the La Tourelle premises. This one is the front pond. I love the reflection of the yellow barn in the calm waters with the trees in the middle!

From the other side of the pond, there is a cute little gazebo. How adorable to have an afternoon tea, maybe?

If staying in a tent isn't your thing, there are several rooms to chose from at the La Tourelle Resort Hotel.  We only saw the main lobby and outside, but it looks lovely on the website.

This cute tower was marked "400" so I'm guessing that it is on of the rooms you could stay in. How fun would that be!

Just beside the Hotel is this huge chess board set on the lawn! It was never a good time for us to play a game, but I had to snap a pic nonetheless.

Another little gazebo and a even smaller pond.

I just realized I forgot to take any photos of the Welcome Tent where we had breakfast, evening campfires and s'mores, bocce ball, hammocks, etc! In all honesty, the weather conditions were not ideal at night to photograph the tent all lit up. After our first night in our tent, we were pleased to see that there was a hiking trail that connected from our camp all the way to the Buttermilk Falls State Park. We set out on it after our yummy complimentary breakfast while the sun was still trying to peek it's way through the clouds.

There were hundreds of stairs to climb and descend in order to circumnavigate the lake and falls. But look how gorgeous are the gorges!

Another babbling brook

The view of Lake Tremain at the Buttermilk Falls State Park. Look at that reflection!

My adorable hubby, my mountain man! And more stairs... :P

Crossing a small river/big stream to keep going around the lake.

The bridge was a perfect spot for a maternity style photo shoot! Haha!

Abe above the gorge that feeds the Buttermilk Falls which get their name for the color of the cascading water.

A fellow hiker offered to snap a photo of us! Can you see my budding belly bump? I swear it got larger after our trip!

After our hike around the lake and Buttermilk Falls, we found our way back to the camp despite the trail being practically hidden by fallen leaves! We, well mostly me, were starving after that so we headed into Ithaca's downtown scene for lunch. I reallllllly wanted a bagel and lox and we found it at College Town Bagels. I guess it's a staple eatery for the college students at Cornell, which is also in Ithaca.  After satisfying my craving, we stopped at a antique store, picked up a vintage Peter Rabbit book for our baby, and then hopped back in our car and set off to see another waterfall!

This is the Taughannock Falls that are along the western side of Cayuga Lake. It looks small, but it is actually 3 stories taller than the famous Niagara falls!

This is me without makeup! We packed very light for our trip, so that meant no makeup for me.

The mister and I above the Taughannock Falls. We didn't hike to the bottom of the falls because I was hiked out by then, but the overlook where we parked provided a remarkable view!

On our way back to our tent, we drove past this clearing with a decent view of Cayuga Lake. We visited two of the 11 fingerlakes on our journey. This one and Lake Seneca.

That concludes our second day of our trip! (Our first day was pretty much just driving the 4 hours from Harrisburg to Ithaca and all the winding, scenic roads. Then after checking in to our tent, we went to a fine dinner at John Thomas, then roasted s'mores over the campfire, then went to bed.) The second day was much more fun-filled and adventuresome.  After seeing the Taughannock Falls, we went back to the tent, napped, and then went out for authentic NY pizza just down the road from our glampground. We were in bed by 10pm! It was a fun, but exhausting day, especially for this preggo!

Next up, our last day in the Fingerlakes region on NY. We mainly just checked out, then went to another state park, then drove home.  But the pictures we took of that park are remarkable!

To be continued...

P.S. During our stay, we found out how much of an up and coming luxury spot Firelight Camps was! Here are some links from VOGUE and SELF magazine. Also be on the lookout for a review in The Wall Street Journal as our tent neighbor on the second night was a journalist!

**I was not compensated for my opinions. Photography by myself and my husband except the one of us taken by a fellow hiker.**