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A Twin Baby Shower

As I mentioned a few days ago, this past Saturday was my baby shower hosted by my mom and mother-in-law. I’m not the biggest fan of surprises, so I was involved in some of the planning including where the shower would take place. Since my family is Italian, I wanted the shower to take place at a local Italian restaurant. I arrived to the restaurant a few minutes prior to the time on the invitation. The restaurant and the decorations were beautiful! We didn’t have a specific theme per se, but there was lots of pink and blue.

Baby Shower1Baby ShowerIt was fun to greet my friends and family as they arrived seeing as some of them I hadn’t seen in quite some time – like my best friend Abi who hadn’t seen me since I told her I was pregnant and was barely showing.

Baby Shower6After everyone arrived it was time to sit down and enjoy some food. Believe it or not, we didn’t get any pictures of the food (I know, bad blogger!), but everything was super delicious and we had lots of courses. There was 3 different appetizers (bruschetta, calamari and antipasto), a garden salad, penne with marinara sauce, the entrée (the options included veal, chicken, fish and a vegetarian dish) and dessert.

In between courses, I walked around a bit and socialized some more with everyone.

Baby Shower3After we dinner, it was time to open presents and there were lots of them! I had help from Abi, two of my cousins and my mom, so things moved along fairly quickly.

Baby Shower2Baby Shower4In the midst of opening presents, Justin arrived (we forgot to take a picture of the two of us…bummer!). He said hello to everyone and started loading the cars with all the open presents. It was quite a task, but he managed to fit everything in our two cars.

After all the presents were opened, it was time for dessert – carrot cake from a local Italian bakery and a mini cannoli on the side (not pictured). I absolutely love how the cake turned out!

Baby Shower Cake

Before I knew it, those fours hours flew by, so we made sure to start handing out favors and I started saying my goodbyes.Baby Shower7Overall, the baby shower was a great success and turned out fantastic! We have a lot of wonderful memories from the shower and received a lot of much needed baby items to get us started for our little ones’ arrival!

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Week 29 – I Passed!

Soooo…I passed my glucose test!!! Woohoo!!! That was some pretty exciting news, especially given the fact that the doctor said my numbers were really good. What a relief!

Like I mentioned last week, we went to our first new baby class this past Friday. It essentially was baby 101. We learned about all the basics about taking care of a baby (well, I suppose I should say babies in our case!) – swaddling, feeding, diaper changing, bathing, burping and the importance of skin to skin contact after birth were just some of the many topics we covered. Both Justin and I enjoyed the class quite a bit. The only downfall was that it was three hours long on a Friday night, which was tough after having been at work a full day. We were exhausted be the time we got home, but taking the class was definitely worth it because we learned a lot!

And finally, the baby shower was awesome! It was so much fun and we got a TON of stuff. Those 4 hours flew by in a flash! The baby boy and baby girl clothes are seriously adorable! At this point, I’ve been making piles of like items, but I definitely have my work cut out for me!

Organzing NurseryOh and once, we get the nursery fully completed, I will be sharing pictures.

Okay, now on to the bumpdate!

29 weeksBabies’ size? An acorn squash (15.2 to 16.7 ins and 2.5 to 3.8 lbs).

Maternity clothes? Nope.

Stretch marks? No!

Sleep? Ugh, sleep! It’s totally hit or miss. I either sleep really well or I’m wide awake in the middle of the night. There’s no rhyme or reason to it.

Best moment this week? Definitely the baby shower!

Miss anything? Yes…normal sleep patterns! BUT, I guess I better get used to not sleeping so well once the babies are here, huh!?

Movement? All the time!

Food Cravings? Nope!

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating chicken is still not happening and certain food smells (like someone reheating food in the microwave) gives me nausea sometimes.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? A lot of the same – I’m still experiencing the pelvic and groin pain, swelling in my legs, feet and hands, lower back pain (especially when I stand too much) and nausea on and off. Something I’ve forgotten too much mention is that over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of hot flashes. My body temperature is definitely running high these days.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On for now!

Happy or Moody? I’m feeling happy!

Looking Forward To? Continuing to get the nursery organized and another baby class coming up on Friday. This time, we’re taking the breastfeeding class. I can’t even imagine nursing twins. Yikes!

Did you take any new baby classes when you were pregnant? Did you find them helpful?

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7 Fun Facts and 15 Inspiring Bloggers

Happy Monday friends! A few weeks ago Jill @ Jill Conyers nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I have to start off by saying a big THANK YOU to Jill because the nomination coming from her means a whole lot seeing as I’m constantly inspired by her posts and her words of wisdom everyday! She’s an amazing blogger so if you haven’t already, be sure and check out her blog, It’s pretty awesome! Inspire BloggerInspiring Blogger Award Rules:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  • List the rules and display the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, and let them know you have nominated them.

7 Fun Facts:

Fact #1…I turned 31 a little over a week ago (my birthday is August 16th).

Fact #2…As a child, I was extremely shy and very attached to my parents. Going to school, going to friend birthday parties or sleepovers was very difficult for me.

Fact #3…I’ve always wanted a tattoo, but have been too chicken to go get one and can’t get passed the idea that if I do get one, I may regret it one day.

Fact #4…I once helped my dad build a roof on a small building. Fun times, especially when it was during the heat of the summer…NOT!

Fact #5…Growing up, I always wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but instead I ended up in the criminal justice field.

Fact #6…I have 5 ear piercings – two in each ear lobe and one in my upper left ear (which by the way, hurt like heck when I got it and it was a year before I could sleep on that side because it was so tender).

Fact #7…I got my first pedicure when I was in my mid-20s. I always had a fear of getting nail fungus or something, but then one of my coworkers convinced me to go and I’ve been hooked ever since.

There are SO many amazing bloggers out there well worthy of this nomination, but here are my picks for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Be sure and stop by some of these blogs for some great recipes, inspiration, words of wisdom, workouts and much more!

My Nominations:

  1. Jessie @ Jessie Loves 2 Run
  2. Katie @ Healthy Diva Life
  3. Lindsay @ Cotter Crunch
  4. Linz @ Itz Linz
  5. Alexis @ Hummusapien
  6. Arman @ The Big Mans World
  7. Brittany @ My Own Balance
  8. Kim @ Fittin Pretty
  9. Erin @ The Almond Eater
  10. Sam @ Better with Sprinkles
  11. Annette @ Enjoy Your Healthy Life
  12. Sarah @ Creating a Better Tomorrow
  13. Amanda @ Running with Spoons
  14. Ashley @ Cookie Monster Cooking
  15. Danica @ It’s Progression

List one or two or three random facts about yourself.
Which blog(s) do you find the most inspirational?
Do you have any tattoos?

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Week 28 – Glucose Test and Growth Ultrasound

Hi there friends! Sorry this bumpdate is coming to you a few days late, but better late than never, right!?

So, this past Monday I had my 28 week check-up and all went well. The babies are doing great. Their heart rates, measurements and weights are right around where they should be for 28 weeks; although, our little guy is just a tad bit small than our little girl, but there wasn’t a huge difference in their sizes, so they aren’t too concerned about it. Oh and get this, my stomach is measuring as if I’m 9 months pregnant with a singleton pregnancy, but it’s a perfectly normal since I’m having twins. Guess I have quite a bit of growing and stretching to do! Yikes! Overall though, the doctor seemed to be very pleased with how the pregnancy was progressing. BEST news ever!

After my ultrasound was the dreaded glucose test, which if you don’t know already, requires you to drink 10 oz of a super sweet drink, wait an hour and then have your blood drawn. The test checks for gestational diabetes and it takes about a week to get the results. I was worried my stomach wouldn’t be able to handle all that sugar at once, but it actually all went really well. The drink tasted like flat orange soda and the only side effect I had was a bit of a headache about 1/2 an hour after I was done drinking it. Other than that, it wasn’t as I had heard it to be.

28 weeksBabies’ size? An eggplant (13.6 to 14.8 ins and 1.5 to 2.5 lbs).

Maternity clothes? No and at this point, I don’t plan on buying anymore. Now that the end is getting closer, I’ll just do my best to utilize what I already have.

Stretch marks? No!

Sleep? Sleep has gotten a bit more difficult this week. I had a number of nights where I just couldn’t get comfortable at all. I was tossing and turning, and one night I ended up turning on the TV for a few hours. The lack of sleep is definitely no fun and makes it much harder to get through the work day.

Best moment this week? Getting our maternity photos taken last Saturday. It was so much fun and I can’t wait to see them! We should be getting them back in the next few weeks or so. No worries, I will be sharing some on the blog! :-)

Miss anything? Feeling like myself. I’ve definitely been slowing down these days and daily tasks have gotten more difficult. Plus, one day I feel great and the next day I feel awful. It really goes back and forth on a daily basis.

Movement? All the time!

Food Cravings? No. I pretty much eat what I ate before I got pregnant with the exception of those foods that are not pregnancy approved.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Actually, chicken really turns me off these days, so I’ve been staying away from that for the time being.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? I’ve been experiencing quite a bit of pelvic and groin pain this week. It’s especially noticeable when I stand up and boy is it painful! It eases up a bit after I starting moving around and my muscles begin to loosen up. Also, I’ve noticed more swelling in my hands and legs, my nose is really stuffy at night, the usual back pain and I’ve been getting on and off nausea.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On, but starting to get a tad bit snug due to the swelling, especially in the afternoon.

Happy or Moody? Happy and SO excited for their arrival!

Looking Forward To? Justin and I are going to our first new baby class on Friday night and my baby shower is this weekend! :-)

What was your experience with the glucose test? Did you have any side effects?

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My Favorite Prenatal Workouts

Today I’m linking up with Katie’s Healthy Habits link-up! Thanks for hosting!

The information being shared in this post is based upon my own experiences and should not be taken as medical or professional advice. Please speak to a medical professional before making changes to or beginning a prenatal exercise regime.

A number of weeks ago, I wrote about my thoughts on prenatal exercise. Luckily, through the majority of my pregnancy, I’ve been able to continue to workout; although, being 27 weeks pregnant, my stamina has definitely slowed down and that’s why I mainly focus on workouts that are designed specifically for pregnancy because they’re much more gentle on the pregnant body. So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite prenatal workouts with you.

Suzanne Bowen’s Slim & Toned Prenatal Barre Workout

Prenatal BarreThis is the first prenatal workout DVD I purchased after reading Kim’s review of this workout on her blog. It quickly turned into one of my favorites and is one that I do at least once or twice a week. It’s my first introduction to the Barre method, which by the way, I’m loving. It’s gentle enough for pregnancy, but quite effective. I definitely feel it by the end of the DVD and the next day.

It’s broken up into four segments – Lean Lower Body, Slim Upper Body & Core, Cardio Sculpt and Aligned Stretch. Each of these segments are approximately 20 minutes long with the exception of the stretching segment which is approximately 10 minutes. I’ll either do the entire DVD or sometimes I just do two or three of the segments depending on how I’m feeling. The only equipment needed is a chair, a mat and a light set of dumbbells.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga has really been a life saver for me throughout my pregnancy so far. I get stiff easily and my muscles and joints can get very achy, so I need to do lots and lots of stretching to ease the discomfort. Yoga is perfect for that! I attend a local prenatal yoga class at least once a week. You know I’m a fan of group fitness, so I love being in that type of setting, plus it’s great to connect with some other moms to be. The instructor is very knowledgeable and really tailors the class to our needs. She asks us every week what we’re feeling and about our ailments, and based on our responses, she’ll incorporate moves that help to relieve lower back pain, round ligament pain, pelvic pain, etc.

If I can’t get to the class or need some additional yoga sessions during the week, I’ve found several YouTube videos that I’ve really been enjoying. The first one can be found HERE and the second one can be found HERE.

Whether I go to the prenatal yoga class or do one of the YouTube videos, after I’ve completed my session my body always feels so much better and much more limber than before I started. And in addition to stretching, I also love the focus on relaxation and breathing. Being stressed is the last thing you want during pregnancy, so yoga definitely helps calm the mind.

Suzanne Bowen’s Long and Lean Prenatal Workout

Long and Lean PrenatalThis DVD is the newest in my collection of prenatal workouts and so far I’m very pleased with it. This is a non-impact workout that focuses on fusion movements based on dance, Pilates and yoga. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that my fitness level isn’t where it used to be or what, but honestly, I find this workout to be quite challenging – in a good way of course. You will definitely feel the burn!

You use your own body weight, so no equipment is needed expect a mat if you’re working out on a hard surface. It’s broken up into three segments – a standing routine, a mat routine and a stretching routine, which leads right into relaxation segment where you can meditate and enjoy the calming music. The DVD also includes a bonus postnatal Pilates mat workout that focuses on strengthening and toning your abs after baby (obviously, I haven’t tried that routine yet).

Jessica Smith TV

I discovered Jessica’s YouTube channel while searching for prenatal workout DVDs and I was pleasantly surprised to find that she offered 3 full length prenatal routines. The first is a 20-Minute Low Impact Prenatal Cardio Workout, which I like to combine with the 20-Minute Prenatal Total Body Strength Workout and the 15-Minute Prenatal Total Body Stretch Routine. All of these routines are low impact, but will raise that heart rate to a safe level for pregnancy. The only equipment needed is a mat and a light set of dumbbells for the strength routine.

I’ve only tried the prenatal routines so far and seeing as I’ve really enjoyed them, I look forward to giving her other workouts a try after the babies are born. She has quite a variety of workouts and has released several DVDs, so there’s something for everyone even if you’re not pregnant.

Denise Austin: Fit & Firm Pregnancy

Fit and Firm PregnancyAnd last, but not least, this a workout DVD that was lent to me by one of my co-workers. It’s tailored for all aspects of your pregnancy, and focuses on strength, “perfect pregnancy posture” as well as reshaping your body after baby is born. The first segment is 5 minutes in length and focuses on breathing and core awareness, then there is a 20 minute cardio workout, which is adapted for all three trimesters as well as two 20 minute toning segments for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. And finally, there is a bonus 10 minutes bounce back workout that focuses on ab training. The only equipment needed is a mat, a chair and a light set of dumbbells for the toning routines.

You can easily do one of the workouts or all three depending on your fitness level for that day. This DVD is very low impact and, in my opinion, not overly challenging; however, it works perfectly for days when I want to move my body, but I’m feeling tired or just not feeling myself.

And for more awesome prenatal workout ideas, be sure and check out Brittany’s post where she shares some of her favorites as well!

What’s your favorite prenatal workout?
Have you ever tried the Barre method?

Are you a fan of yoga?

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WIAW #46 – Blueberry Muffins and Cookie Dough

It’s been a LONG time since I joined in on the WIAW party, so I’m excited to be back today. Thanks to Jenn for hosting!

Over the past several weeks, I tried a few new recipes from some of my favorite bloggers, so today I have not one but two recipe reviews for you. The first one is Healthy Blueberry Muffins from Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean. I just so happen to LOVE blueberry muffins. They’re by far my favorite, but they can be super unhealthy and fattening, so I will thrilled to discover this particular healthy version, and now that blueberry season is here, I have an excuse to make them.

Blueberry Muffins2First and foremost, this recipe is super simple and I typically have all the ingredients on hand, which makes them very convenient to whip up last minute. One of my favorite parts of these muffins is that not only do they taste delicious, but they’re very moist. I mean, one of the worse things is a dried out muffin, right!? Well, these are not at all that way. They just melt in your mouth. BUT, I’ll foreworn you, they’re quite addicting – like I may have had two or three in one sitting! ;-) Oh, and they’re also Justin approved!

Blueberry Muffins1 The second recipe comes from Linz @ Itz Linz. When she posted her recipe for Healthy Cookie Dough, I was more than excited seeing as cookie dough is one of those foods that I absolutely adore. When the recipe has cookie dough in the title, I’m all over it and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. This recipe requires a minimal amount of ingredients and can be made in a matter of minutes.

Cookie Dough1Oh and did I mention that it tastes exactly like cookie dough, but without the guilt (and the raw eggs)!? Yay! You can top it off with any of your favorite toppings, but you can never go wrong with plain old chocolate chips. In fact, as I’m typing this up, I think when I get home, I need to whip myself up another batch of this stuff. It’s just that good!

Cookie Dough2Well, there you have it! So be sure and check out Lindsay’s and Linz’s recipes. You certainly will not be disappointed!

What’s your favorite type of muffin?
Are you a cookie dough fan?
Favorite cookie dough mix-ins?

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Week 27 – Pregnancy Brain

Hey there friends! How are you all doing?

I just need to complain for a moment about one thing – PREGNANCY BRAIN! I mentioned this a while ago, but oh my gosh, has it gotten worse. There are days where my mind is literally barely function. I tell my co-workers to tell me nothing important because I won’t remember it after about a minute. No joke! I can’t spell, I can’t get my words out sometimes and I literally drop EVERYTHING…I mean EVERYTHING! It’s insanity! The dropping stuff thing is REALLY driving me nuts, especially since bending down to pick something up is no easy task these days! I’ve become such a klutz. I can only hope that this will get better once the babies are born! Ugh!

Okay, okay, enough complaining, now on to my 27 week bumpdate!

27 weeksBabies’ size? A rutabaga (13.6 to 14.8 ins and 1.5 to 2.5 lbs).

Maternity clothes? I ordered a couple of maxi skirts from PinkBlush Maternity last week for a few special occasions coming up in the near future (e.g. maternity photos, my baby shower and a wedding). They’re supposed to arrive within the next couple of days. I’m crossing my fingers that they fit!

Stretch marks? No!

Sleep? I had a few nights where I had a hard time getting comfortable, but overall not too bad.

Best moment this week? A few nights ago, the babies were moving around like crazy. I had Justin sit on the couch next so he could see their movements. We sat their for a few minutes staring at my stomach when finally one of them moved (it was a big one too!). Well, it startled Justin and jumped like a jack in the box was going to pop out! It was hysterical! I died laughing! hahaha…so funny!

Miss anything? The usual…runny eggs, cold cuts, sushi, my typical workouts, sleeping on my back, etc.

Movement? All the time! They’re movements are getting stronger and stronger by the day. Sometimes I think they’re doing somersaults in there!

Food Cravings? Ummm…none that I can think of.

Anything making you queasy or sick? I’m still getting those bouts of nausea once in while for no reason at all. It comes and goes as it pleases. I imagine it has to do with the hormonal fluctuations.

Genders? A BOY and a GIRL!

Labor Signs? No.

Symptoms? Mostly the same syptoms as I described a couple of weeks ago; although, my lower back (especially on the left side) has been really hurting quite a bit these days. I’ve been doing A LOT of stretching and yoga to help ease some of the discomfort.

Belly Button – in or out? Out!

Wedding Rings – on or off? On.

Happy or Moody? Happy, happy and happy!

Looking Forward To? Our friend is coming over on Saturday (which also happens to be my birthday!) to take maternity photos! I can’t wait!

Did you experience pregnancy brain during your pregnancy?

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