Pregnancy #3: 22 Weeks


How Far Along?

22 weeks + 3 days

Weight Gain

No weigh-in (our scale died). I’m guessing around/a little above 10lbs


Thursday: 10min yoga (Really sore from hiking + swimming)
Friday: 3mi run w/ Andrew + 2mi walk
Saturday: Short walk around Great Falls
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 2mi run w/ Andrew (short on time due to a sono in the AM)
Tuesday: Rest (went to a fall festival with the boys and planned to do a workout at home when we returned but Andrew almost drowned and well, my mind was elsewhere)
Wednesday: 20min ST+20min cardio+20min prenatal yoga (Rain + 100% humidity = no run)


Dare I say anything to jinx it? But I’ve gotten some pretty decent sleep lately and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve also tweaked my diet a little (starting today) and actually felt half alive all day. Wahoo!


My biggest craving is Italian Cream cupcakes from my favorite bakery. I just woke up from naptime drooling on my pillow, dreaming about them. Caramel apples still! And chocolate. I’d love copious amounts of both.


The aftertaste of garlic and onions.


Multiple times a day and often you can see it from the outside. SO FUN!


  • Slow digestion & indigestion. Everything’s slowed down, which is the usual for me and pregnancy. It’s one of the not so fun parts of the process but I’ve been trying to stay active, hydrated and keep my fiber up to help things. And the indigestion sucks. A lot of times after meals, especially dinner, I’ll kind of burp/puke for awhile if that makes sense. Yummy huh?
  • Exhaustion. But I’m trying to change my diet around to add more iron in hopes that it’ll help things. I was anemic with Jax but not with Andrew (cause I craved steak and burgers like crazy) so I’m increasing my intake of spinach, oatmeal and tonight we’re having pot roast! Hopefully it helps.
  • I had a few Braxton Hicks contractions yesterday that left me thinking “uh oh, not again!” But they went away. I think it was just extreme stress that caused it.
  • Really tight hips. Finally got back on my yoga mat this morning and feel infinitely better.

Sono Facts:

We had a sono Monday and Kyle is measuring a week ahead (due date from sono is Jan 25th). He’s weighing in at a whopping 1lb 4oz and has a big ol’ belly in the 80th percentile. Apparently this could be a sign that I have gestational diabetes (I have my test Friday with my OB) but seeing as his head is also measuring 80%+ I’m not too concerned. Though apparently it might explain some of my exhaustion <—I think I might be anemic again too. I was with Jax but not Drew. We shall see! And he’s still breech. Stinker.



Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup (VEGAN)

I took my old lentil soup recipe and kicked it up a notch by adding some various spices and bulking up the vegetable content. Besides being delicious, the fact that you can throw everything into the crockpot, go about your day and come back a couple hours later to a completely cooked meal is always a plus. Hope you enjoy!

Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup

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  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme or 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 large carrots, grated and diced
  • 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3c dry lentils
  • 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 32oz vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bag spinach


  1. Combine all ingredients besides spinach into large crock pot. Stir to combine.
  2. Set on low heat for 4-5 hours or medium heat for 2-3 hours
  3. Stir in spinach and let wilt for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir and serve into bowls

A Day of Eats: Second Trimester

5am: I slowly sip two cups of half decaf/half buttery caramel coffee with 1% milk + stevia while Jackson watches Netflix and Andrew still sleeps

7am: Get Andrew up and we all sit down to breakfast. I’ve been on a pancake kick lately. 1 serving of Kodiak power cakes made with 1 egg, 1% milk, 1/2c organic pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, chia seeds and ground flaxseed. Once cooked I top them with crunchy PB and 100% maple syrup

(Apparently I lost the picture. Whomp whomp)

9am: Several handfuls of TJ’S omega-3 trail mix


10am: After a 3mi run with Andrew in the jogging stroller I shovel in a cup of strawberry greek yogurt topped with cheerios (for a little extra crunch) while we walk back to the park.


Noon: A bowl of leftover Minestrone soup


and some of these while the soup reheated.


2pm: An apple. Plus a handful of graham crackers that the boys were eating.

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5pm: Seasoned turkey breast, stuffing, green beans and creamed spinach


7pm: About a cup+ of mixed walnuts, roasted & salted almonds, cashews and dark chocolate chips plus another apple


Some days I eat more, some days (like Saturday) are eaten completely out and include pizza, bagel sandwiches and delicious fried fish tacos with no vegetables in sight but overall I tend to eat when I’m hungry and attempt to include some nutritious things in each day for the babe’s sake.

Pregnancy #3: 21 Weeks

21 weeks

How Far Along?

21 weeks + 3 days

Weight Gain

+.8lbs (+8lbs total weight gain)


Thursday: 20min prenatal workout (strength training)
Friday: 3.66mi run w/ Andrew
Saturday: Hiked Harpers Ferry (2.2mi) with an adorable 30lb weight on my back
Sunday: Walked around my old college campus + 20min prenatal yoga
Monday: 3mi run + 2.25mi walk w/ Andrew
Tuesday: 2 hour hike w/ the boys (because the trail lied about being a loop) +20min ST+20min prenatal yoga
Wednesday: 25min/1000m swim <– I hadn’t swam laps since I was pregnant with Andrew!


I can honestly say I don’t remember ever feeling so exhausted. I think I might be fighting the cold the boys have but I basically feel like I could fall into a deep coma at any given moment, which makes productivity a bit impossible. I’m beat. Which makes me terrified for January when the real sleepless nights begin. Yikes. I did get an awesome night of sleep Monday night which was incredible. And then Tuesday night I tossed and turned the entire night (I think because my shoulders were so sore from carrying Andrew in the Ergo for 2 hours + I was really nauseous).


Caramel apples. And chocolate. If you offered me a dozen donuts right now, I would definitely not object either 🙂 Yesterday I really wanted Orange Beef so we had Chinese for dinner. It was yummy!


The aftertaste of garlic and onions.


Oh yes and it’s starting to become fairly predictable. He likes to party at naptime, at bedtime and any other time I could otherwise sneak in some shut eye 😉 His kicks are becoming rather strong too!


  • Bloating. As if the belly wasn’t big enough to begin with, I’ve been incredibly bloated this week which is incredibly uncomfortable. It was so bad towards the end of the week that I felt nauseous most of the day from it.
  • Nausea. It’s especially bad in the afternoons.
  • The girls have been tingly? this week. I think they’re growing/milk stuff is going on.

Fun Comparison:

Left: 21 weeks with Kyle, Right: 21 weeks with Andrew

21w comparison

Minestrone Soup

Sunday marked the first day of fall weather in this part of the country. Little to no humidity, highs in the mid 70s, a brisk, crispness in the air and falling leaves with the first signs of changing colors litter the ground, marking the beginning of my favorite season. On this week meal plan it took everything in me to limit the number of soups I made, but the one that I knew would definitely make the cut was minestrone soup. There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of soup and with two little ones and another growing in my belly, any way to secretly add vegetables to all our bowls is a winner. I had a general idea of what I wanted to add to our pot, a taste that I was looking to achieve and the outcome was everything I was looking for and more. Andrew even asked for seconds he enjoyed his so much!

If you’re looking for a delicious one pot meal that’s sure to satisfy and warm the soul, give it a try. I had some of the leftovers for lunch today and can honestly say, it’s even better the 2nd day.


Minestrone Soup

  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2- 14.5oz cans diced, fire-roasted tomatoes (any diced tomatoes would work)
  • 32oz vegetable broth (I’d even add more if you want a more brothy soup)
  • 1- 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1- 15oz can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1- 15oz can great northern beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2c green beans (I used a 15oz, rinsed)
  • 2c elbow pasta
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1.5 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2c grated Parmesan
  1. Heat olive oil in extra large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until opaque.
  2. Add carrots, zucchini and celery and continue cooking 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and all seasoning besides cheese. Stir to coat vegetables.
  3. Add vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, green beans and great northern beans. Stir to combine and continue cooking at a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add elbow pasta and Parmesan cheese. Cook 10 more minutes or until pasta is el dente.
  5. Add bag of spinach and stir to combine. Continue to cook until spinach is wilted and pasta is tender. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and serve in bowls. Delicious along side French bread!

Harpers Ferry

Saturday morning, after fueling with bagel sandwiches from Einstein Bagels, we headed out to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. We’d been once between, back in August 2014, and were itching to head back to explore more of it’s beauty. Every year since we met, we’ve bought a National Parks Pass which is an annual pass that allows you entrance to any national park for a calendar year. After realizing ours was due to expire at the end of the month, after not using it since we purchased it at Harpers Ferry last summer, we knew we needed to mark our calendars and head out soon.

We arrived at the park around 9am. Both boys napped for the last part of the drive and were excited and refreshed when we arrived at the visitor’s center. After perusing the map of the area we decided to embark on the Murphy-Chambers Farm Trail, which was a 2.2mi loop without scrambles. A perfect distance for a pregnant mama and hiking toddler. The trail began through a wooded area and soon opened up to acres of beautiful open space.


Jack excitedly hiked along, stabbing his hiking stick into he gravel as he walked.


The trail eventually wound back into the woods and led us to a gorgeous overlook of the Shenandoah River.


Pictures don’t do it justice.


We continued along the loop and when the trail opened up again, we let both boys out to explore and play for awhile. They had a great time running through the fields, picking wheat and flowers.

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Eventually we packed them in the hiking pack and Ergo to head back to the car. The whole hike took less than 2 hours and was a wonderful way to spend the morning as a family.


We really love Harpers Ferry. It’s natural beauty is astounding. We’ve even white water rafted down the rapids a couple of years ago, which was an awesome experience! Our favorite part of the area though is this delicious hole in the wall tex-mex restaurant called Ortega’s. They’re very affordable and have the most delicious baja fried fish tacos and carnitas. If you’re ever in the area, definitely go!


Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well. I’ll be back soon with another soup recipe, this time…MINESTRONE!


Its Bryan’s morning to wake up with the big one, so I’m hiding out in our bed waiting for tiny to awake to join them. It’s difficult for me to fall back asleep once I hear them up (& the banging of his trucks on the floor doesn’t help). As I lay here listening, I’m searching through all the blog posts I’ve written and never pushed the published button on. I think it’s about time to move some of these “drafts” to the blog.This one is from thanksgiving last year. Enjoy 🙂


It’s 3:05am. I’m sitting in the darkened office, typing by the light of the computer screen. I’ve spent the last 56 minutes draped over the side of the pack n play watching the rhythmic rise and fall of my son’s chest and listening to the peaceful lull of his sleeping breath. I can’t seem to find the strength to roll over and go back to sleep. I’m fully engrossed in everything about this little being. I’m mesmerized. Captivated. Amazed that this tiny little being is mine. And just as I’m consumed with this overwhelming feeling of pure elation, gratefulness and disbelief, I’m struck with this wonder at how and when he’s gotten so big.

His body, fully stretched, is the length of the pack n play now. Long gone are the skinny limbs of a newborn, replaced with the wonderful rolls of healthy fat and growing muscle that mark his transition into infancy. His adorable belly protrudes over the waistband of his striped pajama pants. His beautiful cheeks are full and begging to be constantly kissed. And I oblige. His light brown hair is quickly starting to come back in. His big, shining eyes are almost fully turned to brown. His smile. His laugh. His disposition. They’re engaging and gorgeous. They have a way of shocking you out of any thought process you may be having and leaving you staring back at him with all consuming love.

This little boy, who’s growing by leaps and bounds as I watch him sleep, wondering what he’s dreaming about, is one of the most amazing things to ever grace my life. Being his and his brother’s mommy is the greatest role I will ever play.

Today is his first Thanksgiving. As I sit here typing at the computer after spending 6 long minutes holding my breath as I tiptoed out of our room and down the steps, trying desperately not to wake anyone with the creaking of the floorboards, I’m consumed with this feeling of complete and utter gratitude. I am a lucky girl.

There are so many events that transpired this year that left me questioning the purpose of overcoming what at the time felt like endless challenges and trials. It felt unfair. But I’ve come to realize that everything really does happen for a reason, even if we can’t always see or agree with the reasoning. This year I’ve been reminded in the deepest core of my being that life is too short. There will always be someone who has it worse off than you do and even in the moments where it feels like everything is falling apart, there is always something to be thankful for.

I am thankful for my husband, for the family we’ve created together, for the ability and honor of being the mommy of the two greatest boys in the world. I’m thankful for my own mom who is my idol, my family by blood, marriage and friendship. I’m thankful for so much, even the trials we’ve been through because they’ve given me a reason to remember to appreciate even the small things in life. They’ve made me and our family stronger and taught me that while you can’t always control what happens in life, you have the power to change the course of how it affects you in your ability to control your reactions to it.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with food, family and fun.