Hello again! I know it’s been a while since I last posted. The past few weeks I’ve been struggling with what to post about, really busy and on top of that I’ve been exhausted. I’m feeling so much better this week though, so before we head out for another long weekend away I wanted to check in with y’all with a little life lately update. Moms-to-be, scroll down for a fun giveaway!On Saturday we celebrated my mom’s 60th birthday! It was so nice being home for the weekend and of course celebrating my mom.
We transitioned Riggins from puppy food to adult food and I’m taking it pretty hard. (I know, I know, crazy dog lady here!). I can’t believe my puppy is no longer a puppy (even though I keep telling him he’ll always be our baby!).
After feeling really great for most of my pregnancy, I was feeling pretty exhausted last week and also pretty uncomfortable. I think I/the baby was going through a growth spurt because I a week ago Sunday I had no problem fitting into a pair of shorts and this past Sunday I couldn’t button them. It’s crazy how quickly things can change. I’m feeling so much better this week, just in time for our trip to NYC this weekend!
We are going to our godson’s baptism on Long Island this weekend, but first Brett and I are spending a day and a half in NYC. When we initially decided to add on some time in NYC to our trip, I wasn’t sure we really needed to, but now I’m really looking forward to one more trip just the two of us.
The Chicago Baby Show is next weekend at Navy Pier and I’m giving away 10 free tickets! Just register using this link. If you’re like me, you’re trying to soak up as much information as possible before baby comes. This is a great way to learn more about top brands and attend seminars by top speakers.
How I’m Feeling: I joke to Brett that although getting pregnant wasn’t easy for us, being easy has been smooth sailing for the most part. I finally got past the exhaustion and it’s been so nice having energy again. I don’t feel like I need to be in bed at 9pm. I think I’m starting to enter the nesting phase because I want to organize every inch of our house. This past weekend was the bathroom cabinet! Every once in a while I’ll get a bad headache, but that’s nothing new for me. It’s just that now I can’t take my prescription medication.
What I’m Craving: Still fresh fruit! In addition to berries and cherries I’ve been loving peaches. There was one day where all I wanted was a lobster roll and I thought maybe this was the start of cravings, but I haven’t been craving one since. (Not that I would turn one down, lobster rolls are still one of my favorite foods!)
Symptoms: No major symptoms yet. I haven’t noticed an increase in appetite, but I have noticed that I start to get headaches if I don’t eat every few hours, especially in the afternoons. Apples with PB2, granola bars and peanut butter crackers have been my go to. I’m still sleeping really well too.
Exercise: I’m still taking Bar Method 3 times a week and running twice a week. I also took an Orangetheory class last month and I’m hooked now. The first class I took was sponsored by Bump Club and Beyond so the class focused on modifications and safety for expectant moms. It’s pretty intense so I’m trying to go once a week until it gets uncomfortable. My doctor has given me her blessing to continue to exercise throughout the duration of my pregnancy and I’m so grateful for that.
What I’m Wearing: I’m still not showing unless I wear something really fitted, which isn’t really my style anyway, which means I’m still able to wear my non-maternity clothes. This dress and this have been a two of my favorites this summer. My jeans still fit (some with the rubber band trick), but I did buy a pair of maternity jeans when I saw them on sale (this pair) and OMG they are so comfy. I kind of want to wear them all the time!
Finding out we’re having a girl! Funny story about this. After we cut the cake and saw the pink frosting, Brett said let’s open the envelope to make sure it’s definitely a girl. We were expecting some medical report confirming the gender, but all it was was a white piece of paper with “It’s A Girl!” written in pen. We were like, “that’s it?”
Going shopping for baby clothes. As soon as we found out we were having a girl, my mom, sister and I went shopping to pick out outfits for our little baby. This was only my second time in a baby store since finding out we were expecting and my first time buying something for the baby. I was so nervous that something would happen early on that I didn’t want to jinx it by buying something.
Feeling the baby move. The first time I felt the baby move was around 16 weeks and it was at the end of Bar Method during final stretch. It took me a minute to realize it was the baby and not just some weird pulse in my belly. Lately I’ve been feeling what feel like little kicks and less like flutters. Brett still can’t feel any movement though, but he’s convinced Riggins can. He’s been curling up on my stomach a lot more at night than he normally does.
Our 20 week ultrasound appointment. When we originally made the appointment Brett was planning to come with me, but he found out he had a client meeting the same day a week or so before the appointment. We couldn’t get another appointment that worked with our schedules and the doctor’s schedule so I asked my mom to come with me instead. At first I was pretty disappointed that Brett couldn’t be there, but it ended up being a really special afternoon with my mom.
I don’t know about you, but whenever I travel I like to be two things. Comfortable and warm. Unless it’s a really early flight, I don’t like to wear yoga pants so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect travel dress. I think I’ve found it in this blue and white striped Everlane dress. Everlane is a new-to-me brand and I know I’ll be a repeat customer. I am so impressed with the quality of this dress, considering it is only $35! Last week I wore this dress to work with a chambray button down tied around my waist. In the fall I think this dress will be so cute with boots and a sweater layered over it.
My long overdue Bermuda travel recap is finally here! I’ve had a few people ask me for suggestions on what to do, where to eat and where stay so here you are!A few things first about Bermuda. There are only one or two all inclusive option hotels in Bermuda. We have always had really great experiences with all inclusives in the Caribbean so we were a little disappointed that this wasn’t a big thing in Bermuda. On top of that, food and transportation in Bermuda is pretty expensive and not that great (the food that is). The gorgeous beaches, beautiful weather and friendly people made up for these negatives though.
Why we chose Bermuda: If it wasn’t for Zika, we likely would have never consider Bermuda a vacation destination. We knew we wanted to take a trip before the baby came, and with our normal Carribbean destinations out of the picture, we still wanted a beach vacation, without a long flight. We considered the Amalfi Coast and Hawaii, but with only a week to take off, the long flights and potential jet lag didn’t really make sense. Bermuda sounded like the perfect option!Where we stayed: Like I said there are only a couple all inclusive options in Bermuda, the most popular one being Grotto Bay. We considered staying here, but to be honest we weren’t impressed with what we saw online so we decided to put the money we would have spent on upgrading to the all inclusive option to stay at a nicer hotel. We ended up choosing the Hamilton Princess Bermuda, a Fairmont hotel. The hotel recently went under a massive renovation and you can tell! Every corner you turn there is amazing art and the rooms were really nice. Our room was on the first floor, which I normally wouldn’t have liked but we had a private patio that looked out on a canal. There were some pretty amazing houses on the other side of the canal that were total #housegoals for Brett and I.Where we ate: Like I said, Bermuda isn’t exactly known for their food. It’s a lot of pub food, and we thought it was expensive for the quality and taste. The service also wasn’t great. Gratuity is automatically included at most restaurants, so servers aren’t going above and beyond. At one of of our favorite meals, at Swizzle Inn, we commented how great the service was and when we got the bill gratuity wasn’t included. Obviously we gave him a big tip! One of the things we loved about our hotel was that it was within walking distance to downtown and all the restaurants. Here’s where we ate:
We had breakfast at the hotel every morning and it was very good. There was always a ton of fresh fruit and Siggi’s yogurt (my favorite!), plus pastries, eggs bacon etc.
For lunch there was a great gourmet market right next to the hotel that we would pick up wraps and salads from to take to the beach or pool. It was a lot more affordable and a much healthier option than the fried entrees and burgers that were on a lot of lunch menus.
Our concierge recommended La Trattoria for Italian so we went there one night. It was good, but didn’t blow me away. I did like that you could order appetizer portions of all their pastas since I never eat a full plate of pasta anyway. Their pizza looked really good!
I was craving pizza our last night in Bermuda, so we went to Portofino, another Italian restaurant. I ordered the seafood pizza and it was massive. Again it was good, but nothing outstanding. The pasta here looked amazing though so I actually wish I would have had pizza at La Trattoria and pasta at Portofino.
Ever since our honeymoon, where we had conch fritters nearly every day, Brett and I have always tried to get conch frittters whenever we’re on an island. We tried the conch fritters at Flanagan’s, The Lobster Pot and Swizzle Inn and our favorites were at Swizzle Inn. I also had a really great fish sandwich at Swizzle Inn.
For dessert, I was told Bailey’s is the place to go for ice cream. It’s right across the street from the Swizzle Inn and was a really cute little ice cream shop. If we weren’t already at the Swizzle Inn, it’s not something I’d recommend going out of your way for though.
What we did: I’ll be honest we spend most of our time just lounging by the pool or at the beach. We wanted a relaxing vacation and that’s what we got!
The hotel is actually located on the marina and not a beach so they have a shuttle that takes you to their private beach, about 20 minutes away. It was a beautiful beach and they had kayaks, paddle boards and floats to use plus hammocks in the water. So fun!
After the beach one afternoon we took a taxi to Warwick Long Bay and then hiked along the coast to Horseshoe Bay. This was my favorite thing we did the entire trip. The hike was beautiful and we stopped along the way taking pictures and even dipping into the water a couple times. There were very few people in the coves on the hike, compared to Horseshoe Bay, which can get very crowded with tourists. Most of my pictures are from this hike or the beach.
In the evenings we really enjoyed walking around downtown Hamilton. Front Street parallels the harbor and there are quite a few shops we could pop into as well as restaurants. We felt very safe walking around at night. One thing we were surprised about was the lack of nightlife. Even with it being the height of their tourism season, downtown and the hotel were very quiet at night, typically starting at around 9pm. Of course, we weren’t looking for any nightlife so it didn’t bother us.
If you have any questions about traveling to Bermuda that I didn’t cover, please send them my way!