Thoughts on Pregnancy: 34 Weeks

Photo taken on 4/4/2015 at my baby shower (thank you Kristie and Brittany)!

WHEW. 34 WEEKS. My head is spinning pretty much all of the time – baby thoughts, work thoughts, Pure Romance parties, Pure Romance National Training – CRAZY. All such good things but my goodness there’s a lot going on! The above picture is from the baby shower that Kristie hosted at her house at the beginning of this month. She and Brittany put together the absolute BEST “friends shower”. There was a taco bar (Jackson grilled up some delicious pork and steak – ohhhh mannn), there were churro cupcakes, there were MOCKtails, and EVERYONE brought us diapers and wipes. It was freakin’ amazing. I ate so many churro cupcakes. I’m probably storing churro cupcakes in my cheeks in this picture. It definitely looks like it.

Being pregnant and seeing who all has rallied around us to help make this whole journey into the unknown of parenthood extra wonderful has got me sentimental and mushy. My sweetest girl friends – sigh – this picture – my heart! This picture kind of sums it up because I’ve got two of my closest girlfriends on the left (Brittany and Kristie) and two of my newest girlfriends on the right (Shelby and Sarah). And I just love them and appreciate them all so much for always making time for me and being so supportive. <3 Mwahhhh. I told you, sentimental. So much mush. Nate and I are so lucky to have such amazing friends and family!

How Far Along Are You: 34 Weeks
How Big Is The Baby?: 4.2 – 5.8 lbs and as big as a butternut squash! (according to that trusty baby app)
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: The normal amount. HA. I’m not sure at this point.
Maternity Clothes: Clothes are such a chore right now. But I keep finding more things I can fit into when I get desperate. Pure Romance National Training is this weekend and I have to dress very professionally for some things, business casual for others, AND I’m attending a “Derby Chic” party – trying to figure out what to wear has been… interesting! I really don’t want to go shopping at this point!
Stretch Marks: Still a few possibly forming on my boobs but none on my stomach or legs! I can handle it!
Sleep: Now that I’m finally getting over my most recent illness, I am finally sleeping better again. Some of the pain I was experiencing in my back and legs has subsided a bit.
Best Moment This Week: Attending our LAST birth class! Finding out that my Sister-in-law found the 4Moms Rockaroo swing that I wanted for me on clearance!
Movement: Pretty sure he never sleeps. It’s really fun to feel/see him moving on both sides of my belly at one time now – stretched all the way out!
Food Cravings: All food.
Food Aversions: None.
Labor Signs: None. I had some wicked gas last night for the first time and I was a little nervous! But you know.. then I realized it was gas. Whee.
Belly Button In or Out: Out! Poor, poor belly button. It’s not cute.
What I Miss: I’m pretty content right now. I think it’s going to feel really strange to not be pregnant now that I’ve been pregnant this long. I can’t wait to meet him but I’m going to miss these little kicks!
What I’m Looking Forward To: Finishing up the covering of the couch in the nursery (can’t wait to blog about it!), getting my house organized and super clean, buying a few remaining items off of my baby registry….. having a baby!! Eeee! Nate thinks he’ll be a few weeks early and I kind of do too!

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

My Favorite Iced Coffee At Home

Nate and I are both coffee lovers and we often treat ourselves by stopping in at our favorite local coffee shop for a delicious iced coffee – especially this time of year! I stick to my “one cup a day” rule at this point in my pregnancy and of course watch out for the stronger stuff! I water things down quite a bit or get half caff when I’m in doubt.

Going out to coffee shops can add up quite a bit though! So I love that I can make it at home and make it *just* as well! I’m not sure if you’ve ever attempted iced coffee at home by just pouring coffee over ice but – it just doesn’t work like that. It’s not good. My friend Kristie bought this iced coffee maker for me off of Amazon as a gift and I’ve been using it religiously ever since! It is unbelievably easy to use. It’s a good thing too because the instructions came 100% in Japanese! ;]

So how do you use it? Well let me tell you. It’s so simple! Because I’m super fancy (not really) I like to grind my own beans with a coffee grinder (I use this extremely cheap one) but you can use already ground coffee as well. I personally fill the reusable filter to about half full of coffee. You can really adjust this based on your taste! We’ve been using espresso beans recently so I tend to put a little less because it makes a stronger cup. Remember that you’ll be watering it down a bit by adding ice cubes as well! Next, place the coffee filter inside and fill with filtered water. This takes a little time because only so much water can fit as it seeps down through the coffee. I use a spoon to stir it as I put more and more water in to help the process along. Once it’s completely full of water put the lid on and pop it into the fridge! That’s it! I let ours sit over night and by morning it’s ready to go!

I like to put a little bit of creamer in mine and I’ve been eyeing this almond syrup for a while! I always order almond flavoring in my iced coffee so that would be the perfect touch! Right now I’m pretty obsessed with the chocolate chip cookie creamer I found at the grocery store though. It’s delicious!

Do you make iced coffee at home? I’d love to hear how you make yours!

My Immune System Went to Cabo

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Today I am 33 weeks pregnant. Today I am starting to kind of get over illness number 32049898 that has plagued my body since I became pregnant 809093409 years ago. I do not feel that this is an exaggeration at this moment in time. No, no – it is accurate.

You’ve seen all of those articles that tell you all about the things that “no one tells you about pregnancy”, right? Er, well, if you aren’t pregnant and/or you haven’t been in the last couple of years then maybe you haven’t. But they’re everywhere and the authors of said articles all have the same list of things to warn you about with a similar witty twist – they’re basically all poop related warnings, so I’ll spare you.

The one thing I feel I was not adequately prepared for by these articles, the books I’ve read, and all of the unsolicited advice I’ve received? Being sick the entire duration of pregnancy. And not just a little bit sick. No. While other people will catch a cold or have an allergic reaction to the change of the seasons – I will get the same thing and it will morph into pneumonia. If you sneeze within 100 feet of me I will catch what you have, even if you don’t think you have anything. If a flower blooms outside and my “allergies” act up, suddenly I have bronchitis. I have heard of the “pregnancy sniffles” – I don’t have them. I was prepared for them. I was prepared to feel kind of stuffy throughout pregnancy but otherwise mostly fine. Never an issue for me. It has been mentioned to me that the immune system is lowered during pregnancy (as to not fight off the baby) but I’ve got to tell you – my immune system is not “lowered” – my immune system is taking a 9 month long vacation on a beach in Cabo. NO ONE TOLD ME MY IMMUNE SYSTEM WOULD PACK IT’S SHIT AND LEAVE ME TO FEND FOR MYSELF IN THE GERM INFESTED WATERS OF DAILY LIFE WHEN I NEEDED IT MOST. I’m sorry, there is just no nice way to say that.

I have loved being pregnant and I feel that I have been spared many of the normal woes of pregnancy. I didn’t have much morning sickness, I was able to keep working out, I wore my high-waisted skinny jeans unreasonably well into my pregnancy, my skin didn’t do anything weird, my hands and feet have stayed the exact same size, I haven’t had super crazy cravings or food aversions, I haven’t had heartburn, I haven’t been irritable, unreasonable, or psychotic (until the last few days), I don’t have any stretch marks, and I’ve been able to poop consistently (you’re welcome). But I would honestly rather have endured some of the more unpleasant things on that list than be on again, off again every few weeks fighting razor blade sore throats, body aches, uncontrollable coughing (to the point of waking up every 5 minutes and/or throwing up), asthmatic breathing, and the complete inability to take care of myself and my house. I have been forced to take “pregnancy safe antibiotics” like 5xs because it was either take them and finally get better or wait it out and see if I ended up hospitalized. I’M OVER IT. I want to feel normal (“pregnant normal” will do), I want Nate to stop contracting my sicknesses (he never used to but I’m staying sick so long that it’s inevitable) and for us to just be able to get our house together and get ready to have the most amazing and exhausting experience of our lives. I need to be able to do my nesting – not be laying on the couch sobbing about how I can’t cook dinner or wash my hair between coughing fits while Nate tries to take care of both of us when he’s also feeling sick.

So, yes. Things no one tells you. Your immune system goes on vacation. Be prepared. Get a plastic bubble.

(I’ll be back with a regularly scheduled sunshine and rainbows pregnancy update soon, now that I have gotten that bit off of my chest.)

Keep Trying, Keep Moving, GO UP.

Pure Romance by Stephanie

I’m coming up on my one year anniversary with Pure Romance this month. I started this little part time “job” because I thought I could make an extra hundred bucks a month for silks classes, get a discount on products I loved, and enjoy some girl time at my parties while helping other women and doing something a little outside of my comfort zone. A great kit sale came along after a few years of watching my friend wildly succeed at making this a career (think paying off all student loan debt and buying a house- a BIG house!) and I knew I had to try this out! I just wanted to make an extra $100.

Admittedly, I was kind of lazy when I started. I had my first party at my house and it was a GREAT party – I paid off my kit with ONE party. But I was lazy about my business after that. If I’m being honest, it was probably because it felt so easy to pay off my initial investment – I felt free and clear from the start. I didn’t talk about my new business a lot to anyone so I didn’t book a lot of parties. And then I threw my own pity party when money didn’t just rain down from the sky. Pure Romance isn’t *hard* but it does require you to actually try.

Fast forward to the beginning of this year. I was finally over the gross feelings of the first trimester of pregnancy and I knew I wanted to start fresh and make Pure Romance something much bigger. So I started trying. It was that simple. I started talking to people more about my business, talking about the products I loved, and asking people to book parties. They get free stuff when they book parties so the idea that I’m bothering them by asking them to book a party is kind of silly – and once I got that through my head it really helped. I let my passion for the company and products shine through in my conversations and parties and that naturally attracted other women who thought this looked like a fun job! My mind was blown. I never thought a lot about sponsoring other women into the business because that wasn’t my goal going in. I wasn’t trying to quit my full time job or make this a career. But suddenly, I realized the financial blessing I was given by my friend who introduced me to Pure Romance and I couldn’t believe how, yet again, I let the idea that I was bothering people stand in the way of offering an amazing opportunity to them.

Yesterday, I promoted to Senior Consultant within the company!! That means that I now get a $100 lifestyle bonus check every month on top of the money I make at my parties (usually between $50-$100 an hour for 3 hours of work – sometimes more), on top of a percentage of what my downline makes, on top of the FREE product I get every month. This is a huge deal for me! Remember, I originally started JUST to make an extra $100 a month! I’m putting in around 5-8 hours of “work” a week at this “part time job” on my own schedule, on my time when I have it. My sponsor just promoted to the highest level in the company – her lifestyle bonus check is a whopping $1,000 a month on top of her parties and percentages earned on her downline. It’s just baffling. This company has no limit, no ceiling on what you can do. And I haven’t even mentioned the ridiculous free trips we earn.

I’m super excited to head to National Training with my sister consultants on the 17th in Cincinnati! Three days of learning how to be better at running this little business of mine, three days of getting dressed up for fun events, three days spent with corporate trainers and our top consultants! This is perfect timing because the education and motivation that I get at this training will carry me through my maternity leave. After that, there won’t be any stopping me!

If you want to talk about becoming a consultant – seriously, reach out to me! We can email, we can Skype, we can talk on the phone – I will answer your questions openly and honestly. I want to help other women who want this for themselves. Especially those who think they could never do this. I never thought it was possible for me and now I can’t help but want it for everyone else.

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