Good morning and happy Monday! I’ve been sitting on the porch while writing these recaps for the past few Mondays, but today we’re getting dark and rainy weather, so I’m writing from the comfort of my couch. I’m not upset about it, though, because it’s helping me stay inside and get all my work done today. I get the worse FOMO when it’s sunny and warm outside. I always feel like I need to be out there walking, gardening, or playing with the dogs. My plants also appreciate the rain, and they are thriving this year (minus the stupid aphids!)
I only have a few weeks left (maybe even less!) before the baby arrives. I’ve never felt more ready for anything! I’m all packed, the house is organized and clean, and I’m super uncomfortable. I feel like I’m going to pop! Later in this blog, I’ll chat about being in the ninth month of pregnancy. These next two weeks are going to feel like the slowest! The crazy part is thinking that the baby can come at any minute now. I’m so ready when they are!
Last week, I mentioned the newest progress we made with Tux. He can officially go up and down the stairs! He has been sleeping with us in our room every night, and he wants to be up there anytime we are! The problem is that he loves it so much that he only wants to hang out up there. We keep it blocked off most of the day that way, he gets interaction downstairs with Leo and us. He gets so excited and runs up and down the hallway. I’ll make sure to film it because it’s so cute. When he wants us to get up in the morning, he licks our feet and sticks his face in ours (almost like a cat!) I am so proud of him because I feel he’s wanted to go upstairs for months and finally got the courage to do it. It took a few times for him to learn how to go down the stairs. He jumped from the sixth step and slid right into his water bowl the first time. Kyle took him up and down multiple times with a leash until he learned how to navigate the steps. He’s a pro now!
After my Monday morning recap, I took Leo for his mile walk around the block. I’ve still managed to walk him up until nine months. The walks are slow now because of the pressure, but he does so well with my pace. He likes it more because he has more time to sniff things out.
Breakfast lately has been Cheerios, almond milk, Quaker Oats granola, and coffee. I used to LOVE black coffee and probably will go back to it one day, but pregnancy has done crazy things to my coffee cravings. I went to hating everything about coffee and couldn’t even look at it. When Kyle made it, I would get super nauseous. I started to crave it again, but it had to be filled with almond milk. Now, I can drink it a little stronger but still need creamer. I usually have one cup a day, and then if I’m out and about, I’ll do an iced decaf with oat milk from Starbucks.
I spent the rest of Monday out on the patio working on a few blogs while the dogs hung out with me. I also did a thorough watering job on the plants! This usually takes about an hour. I feel so good now that most of the plants are done and ready for the summer. I was so nervous during the early stages of pregnancy that I wouldn’t be able to do any gardening before the baby arrived. Even though it’s a lot tougher and more painful, I managed to get it all done! Of course, there are still things left to plant, but all things I can do after the baby, or may even this weekend.
I did not feel like cooking on Monday night, so I ordered chicken and vegetable pad thai from Spice. It was either peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner or takeout this entire week. Both wer equally delicious.
We started The Dropout on Hulu this week and watched a few episodes each night. We finally finished, and it was so good. It’s crazy to think that it all happened in real life.
We had 80-degree weather on Tuesday!
I took Leo out for his mile walk, and we were both hot and burning up by the time we got back. I’m so excited to hopefully fit into some shorts here in a few weeks because right now, nothing fits other than my pregnancy leggings and oversized t-shirts. I feel so tight and big! And wearing my regular athleisure shorts feels awkward because I don’t know where to put the band. I’ve tried several maternity shorts and have disliked all of them. I’m so glad I’m not going to be pregnant during the summertime. Although, floating in the pool during the third trimester would have been amazing. I’ve been craving the swimming pool for the past few weeks. All I want to do is float. I know it’ll take me a while to get back into my pre-pregnancy shorts, but feeling uncomfortable is all the motivation I need.
I had my weekly doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. Everything was measuring fine, and the doctor decided to do the first cervical check. I appreciate no one warning me how uncomfortable (and painful for me) those would feel. WOW! Like, can I get an epidural before that next time? 😆 I read that it’s something you can opt-out of, and I plan to skip out on that next time until I feel it necessary. There was no dilation, the cervix began to soften, lower, and the baby was head down, ready to go. I have another appointment tomorrow, so I hope for more good news!
I finally ran out of the Belly Oil by Hatch Mama last week. I had to purchase a new bottle because this stuff is magical immediately. I’ve managed to get no new stretch marks (some of my older ones came out a bit on my sides), and I feel like this belly oil has played a significant role. As soon as I get out of the shower, I rub it all over my belly, lower back, top of the legs, and sides. I do another coat on my stomach before bed. I love that it doesn’t make my clothes oily, and it dries with a matte finish. It’s a bit pricy compared to other belly oils, but if you only have to purchase it twice in nine months, it’s so so so so worth it!
After my appointment, I picked up a grande decaf oat milk iced latte for the drive home, and then I laid on the couch with Leo for a bit. I needed a power nap after that appointment 😂
For lunch, I had a random salad bowl with a side of cotton candy grapes. I’m so happy cotton candy grape season is back! For dinner, I ordered chicken parm and meatballs from a local Italian restaurant, Fratellis, and that’s what Kyle and I split for dinner. I had been craving Italian for weeks and finally pulled the trigger on ordering. The food was delicious, and I’ll have to order from there again.
Another gorgeous day on Friday! Kyle and I did some house cleaning, organizing, and errands. We also painted our garage! We are going to do a fresh coat of paint on the back porch this weekend. We have to do it each spring because of the dirt from the winter.
And if you follow me on Instagram, you know the chocolate babka journey I went on. It was finally done and ready to try after almost thirty hours on Friday. I made the NYT Cooking chocolate babka recipe, which turned out so good! Next time, the only thing I would do differently is to leave out the nutmeg. The process was worth the outcome.
On Saturday morning, I did an intense power clean of the downstairs. I had the urge to scrub all the windows and window ceils, wash all the blankets, pillow covers, cabinets, and more. The house was sparkling before 8 am even hit.
We planned to do the mulching on Sunday morning, so I dug up the bulbs and started the drying out and storing process. I’ll blog about this in my tulip gardening post! I can’t decide if I want to put flowers by the tree or cover it with mulch. Let me know what you think.
After gardening, Kyle and I took Leo on a walk and then grabbed breakfast at First Watch before heading to the grocery store. I had their veggie and cheese omelet with a side of bacon! It was delicious.
When I got home, I started on the carrot cake! I wanted to make it the day before Easter that way, it could chill in the fridge overnight. The cake is always better the next day, especially a spiced cake.
While Kyle worked on getting the second coat of the garage painted, I took Leo to get a pup cup at Starbucks. I brought myself a matcha tea and another pup cup for Tux!
The flowers I put in the pots a few weeks back have started to fill in! They are looking so good.
On Easter morning, we started mulching all of the front and sides of the house after walking Leo and Tux. I’ll remove all of the mulch, add new topsoil, and mulch it again every two years. I cannot wait to see all of my roses bloom in the next few weeks! Those giant green shrubs everywhere are drift roses and knockout roses. I have pink, white, peach, yellow, red, and orange. After gardening, I was covered in dirt. I decided to cool off by setting up Leo’s pool and played with him for a few hours that morning. He is OBSESSED with his pool and the hose. I throw his toys into the pool, and he dives in and fishes them out. He went nonstop for an hour, running back and forth into the pool. He slept like a rock last night because of how tired he was.
This pool has been the best investment. Tux was scared of it, but I think he’ll come around eventually. I may even set the pool up when we get 90-degree weather and float around with Leo at the end of the week 😂. I wrote a blog about 10 Summer Items Your Dog Needs last year and some of those things we’ve purchased repeatedly. I love making sure the dogs get stimulated and entertained. They deserve more than just sleeping on the couch. Leo used to play in the pool with Grumples, and they’d chase the bubbles and pop them in the pool. I also bought Leo a splash pad! I may set both up this week and make him a mini waterpark day.
My parents came over for Easter dinner later in the day. We had ham, cheesy potatoes, rolls, deviled eggs, and roasted vegetables. The food was so tasty and put us all in food comas. We tried the non-alcoholic Fre sparkling brut with dinner, and I was surprised. It tasted just like champagne. Most of the on-alcoholic champagnes taste like apple cider juice, but this would have fooled anyone. I’d give it a 10/10. Now, I want to try the red Fre wine. I love the taste of champagne but don’t care too much about the alcohol aspect, so I plan to treat myself to this Fre in the summer.
After dinner, we played cornhole for about an hour while making some room for dessert! It was carrot cake time 😋 I made Sally’s Baking Addiction carrot cake but changed the frosting and didn’t add raisins, walnuts, pecans, and extra spices.
It was delicious! 😋 If you need a good carrot cake recipe, this one is it.
I decorated the cake with little frosting carrots inspired by Pinterest.
Food baby on top of a real baby! SO READY TO POP! 😂 I usually wear leggings and a t-shirt every day, so wearing a dress felt weird. I felt like a giant Easter egg. Some women look glamorous pregnant, but I’m just hanging in there. I didn’t want to do photos since I had no energy to do makeup or my hair, but these may be the last photos I had before the baby, so I did them anyway. I’m trying not to be so negative about my appearance, but it’s a transition to get used to. I know it’s all temporary, and being a mom will be so worth it!
Questions for you!
- Did you have a good Easter?
- What is one thing you love doing to keep your pets entertained?
- Are you team carrot cake or coconut cake for Easter?