{Pregnancy Update} 23 Weeks & Nursery Progress

How far along are you: 23 Weeks

How big is the baby: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.(source)

Baby’s Gender: Still a secret.  I am really on the fence this week. One minute I think boy and the next girl

Baby’s Name: Status is still the same- 5 boy names and 4 girls. <–notice something different, we eliminated one girls name.

Weight Gained: 16lbs

Clothes:  Some pre-maternity clothes are still fitting, although they are getting a little short.  The one thing I am having trouble with is workout pants, most are feeling a little snug around the middle.  The only ones that feel comfortable are my Lululemon Wunder Crops and well I have one pair and they are a bit of a luxury purchase right now…however I may give in and buy another pair.

How are you feeling: I’m feeling pretty good. I can tell I haven’t been to yoga in almost two weeks (minus the 25 minute at home session last week) because my hips are starting to ache again after about 6 hours of laying down.

What do you miss: Running. Wearing normal clothes. Being able to lift heavy things.

Symptoms: Indigestion, especially when I eat bananas.

Cravings: Asparagus and Salad with Briannas French Vinaigrette 

How are you sleeping: This week I have been sleeping pretty well.

Workouts: This week I took things as bit slow. Thursday and Friday I got some walking in, Saturday was a travel day and Sunday I took the day off because I was feeling some round ligament pain.  Monday I was just plain lazy, Tuesday I got in a strength workout and Wednesday I went did an at home prenatal fitness DVD.

Next Midwife Appointment:  March 28th.

Other News: We received our crib, a gift from my parents and we finally started phase 2 of organizing the to-be nursery.


Nursery Phase 2 ...because Phase 1 was too embarrassing to show

A few decorations



Clothes we picked up in Boston and at the GAP Outlet (that santa onesie was only 58 cents)

What I’m currently reading:

A review copy of Sacred Pregnancy <– amazing book that I will be blogging about next week

and I’m reading these:

Any other books you suggest to prepare for childbirth, breast feeding and/or the first year?

Missed Past Weekly Pregnancy Re-caps? No Problem:

Other Pregnancy Related Posts:


Good Morning! Hope you are having a great start to your week.

Janetha posted this A-Z survey and so I figured why not do it?

A is for age: 26

B is for breakfast today: Oatmeal with almond butter and banana

C is for currently craving: Asparagus and Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

D is for dinner tonight: TBD

E is for favorite type of exercise: Running and Yoga

At Wanderlust Vermont

F is for an irrational fear: no idea?

G is for gross food: cheese out of a can- EWWWW

H is for hometown: Colchester/Burlington, VT

I is for something important: My husband.

J is for current favorite jam: Raspberry? or do you mean jam as in song?

K is for kids: We’ve got one on the way!

L is for current location: Burlington, VT

M is for the most recent way you spent money: After vacation pantry/fridge restock!

N is for something you need: I need to clean the t0-be nursery

O is for occupation: Holistic Health Coach, Blogger, Administrative Assistant, Recipe Creator

P is for pet peeve: Leaving cupboards open

Q is for a quote: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” ― Hippocrates

R is for random fact about you: I am obsessed with notebooks.

S is for favorite healthy snack: Avocado on Wasa with Sriracha

T is for favorite treat: coconut ice cream

U is for something that makes you unique:

V is for favorite vegetable: asparagus

W is for today’s workout: Hasn’t happened yet but will be pre-natal yoga and/or a long walk

X is for X-rays you’ve had: Um not sure leg, knee, teeth

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Cleaning off my desk.

Z is for your time zone: Eastern.

Now it’s your turn! If you do this A-Z Survey on your blog come back and leave a comment so I can check it out! 

Recipe of the Week: Cucumber & Tomato Salad with Balsamic Shallot Reduction

This wonderful salad can be served at any time, but is guaranteed to impress your guests at your next party.

• 1 large tomato, sliced
• 1 large cucumber, sliced
• 1 cup baby spinach
• 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1 shallot, sliced
• 1T olive oil
• salt and pepper to taste

1. Place the balsamic and shallots in a small sauce pan on high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and reduce the vinegar by half. Set aside and let cool slightly while you prepare the remaining items.
2.Create a bed with the spinach for the tomato and cucumber to lay on; alternate the tomato and 2 slices of cucumber until all is used. Down the center top the cucumbers and tomatoes with the balsamic shallots and then drizzle the remaining sauce over.
3.Drizzle the olive oil over and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

And We’re Back!

Over the last 9 days we have traveled to Boston, Raleigh-Durham, Myrtle Beach and Charleston.  It was wonderful to get away and relax somewhere warmer but we are both so glad to be home and back in our own bed. Last night we arrived home and promptly planted ourselves on the couch with a bowl of spaghetti and caught up on Modern Family.

Today we plan on doing a little more relaxing (this pregnant lady is tired out) and I hope to conquer the mess of dirty vacation clothes.  I’ll be back to regular blogging tomorrow but until then here is a photo re-cap of our trip!




Fitness Friday: Vacation Workouts

Goals for Week of 3/2-8:

  • Th: Pre-natal yoga
  • F: OFF
  • S: 2.5+ walk
  • Su: 2 mile walk
  • M: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
  • T: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
  • W: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
This week was amazing for workouts and I have to say a big part of it was because I had workout buddies (my mom and Neil) and the weather was beautiful.  The only thing this week was lacking in was a really good yoga session but I was at least able to squeeze in a short at home session.
  • Th: 1 hour Pre-natal yoga (at studio)
  • F: OFF
  • S: 6 miles of walking
  • Su: OFF
  • M: 2 mile walk
  • T: 1.5 mile walk and 25 min pre-natal yoga DVD
  • W: 5 miles of walking

Now that I have gotten myself into a routine I think that keeping up with my workout goals will be easy and I am feeling great about things.

Goals for this Week of 3/9-15:

  • Th: 1.5 mile walk
  • F: 2 mile walk
  • S: OFF
  • Su: 2 mile walk
  • M: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD
  • T: Pre-natal Yoga
  • W: 2 mile walk and/or workout DVD

What are your Fitness Friday goals?