Pregnancy #3 Bump Update

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How far along? 15 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: None yet 
Maternity clothes? No
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Feeling what I think are flutters. I'm so excited to feel the baby regularly. It is one of my favorite things about being pregnant. :)  
Miss anything? Eating without getting sick and heartburn that is more controllable ha!
Movement:  A couple of flutters but nothing consistent yet
Food cravings: Cold fruit from the fridge, water with drink flavoring, hearty salads, corn on the cob, asparagus and cereal. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Certain foods, but it changes from day to day so I never know what is going to make me sick ha. 
Gender: Don't know yet
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Nausea, round ligament pain, very tired
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm happy but I have my moments. I am mostly just very tired. 
Looking forward to: My next doctor's appointment 
Exercise: Yep. I really enjoy exercising and I just listen to my body when it comes to any exercise I am doing. :)  
xoxo

Rachel

Summer Fun!

Monday, June 18, 2018

I have some pictures from the last couple of weeks that I wanted to post. We have been having a busy and fun summer with a lot of time spent outside.
We had the opportunity to go to a baptism a couple of weeks ago and it was a really fun experience for all of us. 
Rosalie had her ballet recitals and Riley was so excited to get a balloon after the last one. :) 
We have had a lot of great swim days! :) 
Lunch out as a family! This never happens so we really enjoyed it. Chanse is normally so busy so we treasure any time we get with him. 
Sunday Best for me and Rosalie and poor Ry-man was sick. :( 
My snuggle buddy 
Squirrel watching at the park. :) 
I love my littles! :)
Borus and Vampirina :) (If you don't know what I am talking about, they are characters from a cute show called Vampirina on Disney Junior.)
I will post a bump update for 15 weeks tomorrow. :) 

xoxo
Rachel 

Pregnancy #3 Bump Update Catch-Up

Friday, June 8, 2018

Yes this is my 3rd pregnancy, yes I am still doing bump updates. :) I haven't done one yet this pregnancy so this will be more of a catch-up post for the weeks I actually took pictures and then I will start doing weekly updates. 

So in the beginning my stomach was all over the place in how much it did or didn't show. I had a LOT of bloat, so one week my stomach would look at lot bigger and the next it would look much smaller ha. Most of these pictures were gym selfies, so they were taken in the morning. I am finally to the point where my stomach is fairly consistent in how much I am showing.
 7 weeks 
8 weeks
 10 weeks
 11 weeks
 12 weeks 
 13 weeks
14 weeks


How far along? 14 weeks (yesterday)

Total weight gain: Still down a couple of pounds, but hoping the sickness passes soon. 
Maternity clothes? No
Stretch marks? No
Best moment this week: Having Rosalie and Riley give the baby kisses and hugs in my tummy. :) 
Miss anything? Not feeling horribly sick every single time I eat something
Movement:  couple of flutters but nothing consistent yet
Food cravings: There are not Cafe Rios in Iowa and it breaks my heart. No I am not being dramatic... ;) So, I have been eating homemade Cafe Rio salads as a substitute. I also like bananas, cantaloupe, and strawberries. I keep thinking I want sweet treats, like fudge or no-bake cookies, but they make me the most sick EVERY SINGLE TIME. :( 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Food, drinking too much water at once
Gender: Don't know 
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Morning sickness and my boobs are SO sore. I don't remember if they were this sore with the others. 
Belly button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: I'm hormonal ha
Looking forward to: Starting to feel the baby move more.
Exercise: I definitely get tired more quickly and don't lift as heavy, but I'm doing good. I'm still teaching fitness classes at the YMCA and really enjoy it. 
xoxo
Rachel


A Recap Of Our Week

Saturday, June 2, 2018


I really am trying to do better about blogging, so here is a little recap of our week. We spent Monday outside swimming and having a good time. As long as I got in and out of the pool with the kiddos, I didn't get too hot in the 98 degree weather. 
 
Monday evening Chanse got home after being gone for 8 days and the kids and I were thrilled! We spent some time at the park until the dang bugs got so bad we had to go in. The gnats are SO bad right now! It is miserable!

This is her strong face. ;) 
On Wednesday I had my 13 week checkup and since Chanse had to be on campus, it was me and the kiddos. Thankfully, they are really good most of the time and I normally don't have a problem. Also, as a wife of a Ph.D. student, I am used to being alone A LOT ha! I'm sure a lot of other women can relate. 
Everything went great at the appointment and the doctor was even sweet enough to let Rosalie and Riley listen to their own heartbeats with the doppler. They were both thoroughly convinced it was their baby's heartbeats though. ;) We took these pictures before the appointment because my kids are obsessed with taking pictures. I wonder where they get that from... ;)
 Another hot day, more time spent outside swimming. :) 
 My belly is starting to show so I am just embracing it, even if it looks like I just had a larger meal than I should've haha!
 Chanse got home a bit earlier on Thursday and joined us outside. :) 
Rosalie had a busy week with stage rehearsals, dress rehearsals, and then her actual recital. She still has two more performances on Saturday and Sunday, and then we are done until August. She lives for ballet and dance in general though, so I know that we have a long future of dance ahead of us. And I am super excited because I want her to do what she loves! :) 
 CUTEST BUNNY EVER!
xoxo
Rachel

My Favorite Supplements

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Hey Guys!

Today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite workout supplements. Obviously right now I am not using all of them because I am pregnant, but these are my go-tos whenever I can use them. I don't use a ton of supplements because I don't feel that they are necessary for me, BUT here's what I love! :) 
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1. Xtend BCAAS- BCAAS are branch chain amino acids are the build blocks of our muscles. BCAAS give you these amino acids in a form that your muscles can use immediately during a workout. They can help to reduce muscle fatigue during a working and can help reduce soreness after. The biggest benefit I notice is the reduce of muscle fatigue while I am exercise. I drink them during my workout and feel like I can lift longer. Bodybuilding.com has some great information on them that you can read here. My favorite flavors are green apple and blue raspberry. 

2. IdealLean Protein- I love this protein because it is create specifically for women. It contains 20 grams of protein in a single scoop and only 80 calories. It also has no carbs, which is definitely a plus when tracking your macros. In terms of flavor, I think it tastes delicious! My favorites are Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Coconut. I have also tried Mint Chocolate and Caramel Mocha, but don't love them as much.  I either mix it with water and drink it, or add it into a smooth with almond milk, ice, spinach, a banana, and some berries or whatever I have on hand. 

3. IdealLean Pre-Workout- I tried a pre-workout for the first time after I finished nursing Riley at a year old and it CHANGED MY LIFE! I love taking a pre-workout and it honestly completely changed the game for me when it came to exercise. I had so much more energy during my workouts and I never suffered from a crash later on. I really like this pre-workout again because it is created for women, but also because I get the energy from the caffeine and the tingling pump from the beta alanine. Some people don't like the tingles, but I LOVE them. In fact, a pre-workout is one of the things I have missed the most this pregnancy. I still exercise of course, but have way less energy. I have only ever tried the watermelon and blue raspberry flavors. I love the watermelon, but was not a fan of the blue raspberry. 

I hope this helps you guys when it comes to shopping for supplements that work for you! Let me know if you have any questions. :) 

xoxo
Rachel

*This post is not sponsored, I just genuinely love these products. :)