23 Weeks…Time Flies

Time is flying,

 

As far as this pregnancy goes. I am almost in my 6th month (and according to some calendars I am in my 6th month).  One week away from it. So cool. According to everyone I am small, and my doctor thinks I need to slow down on my eating. I looked at myself and I see nothing but belly and boobs. I know myself, and I know my regular weight minus working out. It’s a little bigger, so I think she may be wrong but I am listening to her…sort of. I am not of an average size and I also don’t fit the standards when I gain muscle mass. But I have been active, walking, dancing, playing with my dog, ect. I’m not sitting around gaining weight. My butt would fall asleep!

As for school, I missed one whole entire discussion module(which is bad) but I passed all of my tests. Hopefully I do well in this last module. I would like to finish with a strong B in class and take a summer class. I want to finish by at least 2015. Pray for me!  Other than that I have been nesting and obsessing about my nursery and up and coming shower. Fun times. Here are some pics for your viewing pleasure.

 

Awesome Weekend Recap

What a weekend!

It was action packed. I;

  • Won a TV at work! O EM GEEEE!
  • Had my cousin come in from Chile (she is a flight attendant)
  • Organized the rest of my apartment
  • Got all angry pregnant lady on Pizza Hut for their poor customer service
  • Played with my dog
  • Got Pedi’s with my cousin
  • Ate at Joe’s
  • Went Grocery Shopping
  • Had my new mattress delivered ( I now sleep on clouds)
  • Went to the pool for a swim
  • Cooked dinner for my sister and cousin

It was pretty eventful! But fun. I moved to a new area of town recently and have yet to learn all the ins and outs of the area. Still I love the new pedi place, they serve alcoholic beverages. So trust me as soon as my daughter makes her appearance (Maybe a month or two after) I will have myself a tasty alcoholic beverage!

On Sunday the day was beautiful so my sister, cousin, Gizmo(my dog), and I went to the pool. Check out my mini photo shoot

 

So since I have had a growth spurt per say, my bikini tops no longer fit or should I say cover the bases. So Sports bra it is!  I even have a tough time with those, but hey! I will go swimsuit shopping soon (I will wear a bikini preggo and all). I cooked my famous stuffed shells for my sis and cousin, and they enjoyed it!  I am glad! I love cooking for people. Makes me feel domesticated! Ha!

This Monday I am getting back into the swing of things. I go from a later shift to an earlier shift and I now work the weekends this April. I did some finagling, and switched with a few co workers to volunteer for the MS150. I wish I could participate in the bike ride, but, hey, preggo power will support on the sidelines.  I also have to take 4 tests for school (thanks to my concentration issues/procastination) tonight by midnight. I have yet to take one test. Pray for me people!

In other pregnant news. I have never been so insecure about words/silly conversations in my life. Hormones are……irrational and at times so am I. My cousin decides to nickname me fatty and I know she means well, I know I am nowhere near fat, but my irrational mind really believes her, I had to stop her from saying it. I also got into a spat with a friend over the word MILF. As silly as that is, I wanted validation and I came to the conclusion that he does not think I am a MILF due to my pregnant status. It pissed me off, made me cry a little and then he got in his feelings and went for a verbal attack. I had to tell him I would talk to him later we both cannot be irrational and emotional. One of us has to be clear in life. I guess being pregnant and having friends who have never dealt with a pregnant woman do not understand things she will ask will be off the wall and matter no matter how silly Oh wells. One day when he has a wife, he will be like OHHHHH Light bulb!

Well I will keep you guys posted on my pregnant adventures! Bye!

20 weeks and a TMI Tag

I am officially 20 weeks pregnant!

This is basically the halfway point and I feel my baby move! At this particular week women go for what is called an anatomy scan to get the baby’s measurements and to see if they are growing adequately. My baby is on track and her legs and feet are long. Well, that is expected, being that I am a 6 footer and her Dad is just as tall as me. Every day her kicks are getting stronger and it is making me fall more and more in love with my baby. I have also become obsessed with my baby shower planning and making sure my registries are complete. Pinterest has become the place for all ideas that I am thinking of.  I also found a sale on a 4 in one crib for a decent price at Target So Awesome!

Enough baby talk! Let’s get to the TMI Tag, taken from The Dancing Runner’s blog :-)

 What are you wearing?
Grey slacks, an old hoochie shirt dress I am using as a shirt, and my grey blazer
2: Ever been in love?
I have, it was a while ago.
3: Ever had a terrible breakup?
absolutely
4: How tall are you?
6feet !
5: How much do you weigh?
With the baby? I am 190+
6: Any tattoos?
Three two on my pelvic bone(ouch an Orchid and butterfly) and a huge butterfly on my side.
7: Any piercings?
My ears and belly button
8: OTP?
Frozen Yogurt
9: Favorite show?
Bravo TV, Blacklist, Scandal!
10: Favorite bands?
Janelle Monae’s Orchestra
11: Something you miss?
My wonderful abs and the ability to overeat without barfing :-)
12: Favorite song?
Right now, Love on Top – Beyonce (Well because my baby is my little love on top!)
13: How old are you?
28 almost 29
14: Zodiac sign?
Taurus
15: Quality you look for in a partner?
Family oriented, charming, sense of humor, stable, and adventerous
16: Favorite Quote?
Character is who you are when no one is looking -MLK
17: Favorite actor?
I dont have one but I enjoy those who play very believable characters like those in Homeland
18: Favorite color?
Purple(any variation)
19: Loud music or soft?
Loud!
20: Where do you go when you’re sad?
To the couch to watch tv
21: How long does it take you to shower?
10 minutes.
22: How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
20 minutes max
23: Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes, a few. Back in the day, only to protect myself.
24: Turn on?
A person who takes good care of themselves
25: Turn off?
Cockiness
26: The reason I started blogging?
Just to chronicle my journey through my late 20′s and see if I could really give fitness my all.
27: Fears?
Killing bugs and having to sweep them up. Grosssss or a bug crawling on me.
28: Last thing that made you cry?
When Cyrus’ husband died on Scandal
29: Last time you said you loved someone?
Today when I left my dog to go to work
30: Meaning behind your blog Name?
Shoedooo is a nickname that my sister gave me years ago and it stuck!
31: Last book you read?
My Business and Society book for class
32: The book you’re currently reading?
Nothing but for school
33: Last show you watched?
Some show on Bravo
34: Last person you talked to?
Co-workers
35: The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
The father of my child.
36: Favorite food?
Mexican, Mac and Cheese, Cheese, Yogurt, ect
37: Place you want to visit?
Madrid
38: Last place you were?
Work
39: Do you have a crush?
Nobody as of yet
40: Last time you kissed someone?
Had to be November if you don’t count me kissing my dog
41: Last time you were insulted?
Eh…. Thursday or Friday.
42: Favorite flavor of sweet?
Dark Chocolate
43: What instruments do you play?
I can play piano by ear sometimes
44: Favorite piece of jewelery?
My watches
45: Last sport you played?
Flag Football???? I cant remember
46: Last song you sang?
Supposed to be Mine by – Vivian Green
47: Favorite chat up line?
What is a chat up line?
48: Have you ever used it?
I dont know….
49: Last time you hung out with anyone?
My sister, My cousin and a friend on Sunday
50: Who should answer these questions next?
All my Readers!

Busy Worker Bee

 

Has it been busy?

YES! I am excited to have energy to do a lot lately. I just literally finished moving into my new place, and I am in decorate mode. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not usually decorate anything, but My house is about to have an addition and I have officially begun to nest. I am also starting to work out the details of my baby shower and I am excited, and busy! School is also slightly demanding and I take naps in between writing papers and reading chapters. So between Registries, working out the logistics of the baby shower, studying, being a pet parent, trying to hang out with family and friends, I am BOOKED. Naps are essential at this point.

Up and coming this week is my 20 week ultrasound. I cannot believe I have been pregnant for almost 5 months. This is cray. I am beginning to feel normal and even forget I am pregnant sometimes and forget I cannot lift or bend over to get things with out my belly getting in the way. I’ve already taken a tumble or two. LOL I am naturally clumsy, so forgetting about the extra weight in the front of my body happens a lot. Just yesterday, I miscalculated sitting on the exercise ball and fell flat on my butt (Luckily there is a lot of cushion back there ;-) ) This confession is not to alarm you, but to let people know I am not made of glass or as fragile as my condition seems.  I can still do active things, take a small tumble on my butt and be okay. If my mother is reading this she is terrified for her grandchild. LOL tell her not to worry.

This weekend, me and my mom went to a family friends baby shower, we had a blast! It was fun and I enjoyed seeing one of my Childhood friends being celebrated. I think I am beginning to get a tad bit sentimental. I will be running a 5k at the beginning of the month and volunteering at the MS150. Excited!!!!! So I am trying to do this all at the same time. I like to stay busy. Life is cooler that way. Until next time! IMG_3095[1]

 

 

Bump Reveal

Today,

I revealed my bump! How exciting. Well at 1st there was not really a bump, it just appeared that I:

A) Did not Miss any meals

or

B) Had the best beer belly a woman could ever have

LOL Now that it look like I am not just gaining weight, I wore some maternity clothes to work, and PA-YOW, this baby is making her presence known! I am 18 weeks +5 days and will be going to the doctor tomorrow for a regular routine check up :-). Check out my mini photo shoot courtesy of my  iPhone and the work bathroom mirror!

OH WOW!

OH WOW!

Duck Lips

Duck Lips

Wow.. I have to lay off the Thin Mints

Wow.. I have to lay off the Thin Mints

Ignore the toilet!

Ignore the toilet!

Maybe she will wear glasses too

Maybe she will wear glasses too

(Outfit all purchased at Old Navy)

I might have had too much fun. For some time there, I was not feeling like any pictures were worth taking. Usually I am the pic-o-matic, but that changed to ambiguous pic- o-matic. So bear with me and my moodiness. I had an awesome lunch with an old co-worker friend and she got me my very 1st baby gift! THANKS HOOONEEEY! I really appreciate her a whole lot. It goes so far with me :-)

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So this whole thing is scary to me right, but a lot of Frozen yogurt and sour worms help me keep going (Seriously that stuff is heaven in my eyes at the moment) I am suspicious of a stretch mark, and I am violently rubbing bio oil all over my stomach, sides, boobs, you name it, if it looks like it will get a stretch mark, I’m oiling that puppy down. If and when I get stretch marks, I will make sure to invest in sun tan lotion. Stretch marks will not hold me back from my bikini dreams LOL.  I am also starting to feel movement. Yes, it is a lot less scary than I thought it would be. It feels almost like I might have rode a roller coaster type feeling you get, and also I feel more of a drum type feel. That’s what Flutters mean to me. It is really cool. Very exciting actually. Never thought I would get so very into this pregnancy, but I am actually having an okay experience. Sure, I am tired, slightly lazy, nauseated and feel like a rolley polley when I try to get out of bed, but it is not bad at all. I am here to tell you, it’s pretty enjoyable. Until next time!

Warby Parker Glasses

I am a person who believes in a bargain,

If I can find one, I believe it is always worth a shot. I needed new glasses since November. I got around to doing my eye exam and everything, I just failed to order glasses. Lets not talk about how I still have yet to pick up my paid for contacts. So I usually order from a place called 39dollarglasses.com and they are wonderful, I have no bad things to say about them, I just decided I wanted to try something new. Warby Parker. They are an online glasses retail store, and they have some really nice modern and inexpensive specs to choose from, they even do chic and modern prescription sunglasses! Usually, at the optometrist, I am out of pocket$ 200.00-$350.00 bucks depending on what glasses I want and what things I want done to them. With Warby Parker, you get everything at one set price. The prices start at $95.00 and range to $150.00. Not bad for an all inclusive store. Also, if you are as blind as me, you can opt to pay an additional $30.00 to get an even better lens that thins them out and makes vision sharper( I added this to my order of course). All you have to do to order glasses from this place is:

1). Log on to WarbyParker.com

2). Choose your style of glasses prescription or non-prescription

3). Upload your prescription from your doctor as a pdf (very very easy btw)

4). Make a payment

5). Wait for them to contact you

 

They will even let you choose 5 pairs, ship them to you for free to try on before you purchase! There communication was perfect! They let me know from start to finish what to expect and they even had a promo on free 3-day shipping! (thanks Retailmenot!). Also, they give back to communities, so if you buy a pair a person who is in need of glasses elsewhere gets a pair! How cool is that!

Overall I feel fancy and feel these glasses are a good representation of myself!

 

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Facebook Announcement

Hello!

I finally announced my pregnancy to my main social sites, Facebook and Instagram. It was not a secret, but I wanted to be very cute with my announcement. I wanted to incorporate my dog, since I treat him like my child and so I went and looked up pregnancy announcements. Here is the end result!

Retouched

 

Pretty cute huh! Hope my re-sizing is not too small but it was huge at the start. I took a picture with my Nikon J1 and it turned out great. I am now 17 weeks along and I am interested in feeling my baby move. I feel like I might have felt her move, but I cannot be too sure. I am sure that it will happen soon. Most 1st time mothers do not feel anything until 20 weeks or so.

School has been kicking my assets, and I find that concentrating on things is hard for me lately. I hear it is associated with being pregnant. Sucks, because I am the sharpest person to most people, and I have become extremely forgetful! I made an 85 on my midterm, and I am very satisfied with that being that I read 4 of the 8 chapters a couple of days before the midterm. I definitely should not let that happen again. EVER.

I have decided to wait on purchasing a home for now, and decided to continue to rent an apartment. Having a baby and a House note on my one person income may be too much for me. So once I get a decent raise, or promotion and adjust to life with a small baby, then I will start the exciting journey again. I move in a few weeks.

In workout news, I have not been motivated, I just have not done it. Period. I am however active, when it comes to work and when I am out, I am just not working out. When I move I will use our amazing apartment gym and take walks around our community. It will be good for the baby and me. I will also do some of these stretches I found on pinterest. So expect some bump pictures soon, I have honestly not been in a picture friendly mood. So I will get it together.

Trip to Atlanta and Such

Last week,

Me and my dad road tripped it to Atlanta. We could have flown, which is the easier alternative. I have not taken a road trip with him since I was a little girl, maybe four! So, it was a great bonding experience. We took our time, started out early, laughed joked and got there safely.

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Our reason for traveling so far was for a few reasons; He has not seen his step son from his 1st marriage since the 90′s, and I wanted to see my Extended family on my Mothers side. I got to see my Aunt, my cousins, and even got to hang out with everyone. It was overdue and I plan on coming back. I also got to bond with my Stepbrother and his wife. It was overall an awesome experience.

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I found out that I am pretty good at training dogs too. They had a big dog, a lab mix named Taz, and he was a very active dog. So I taught him a few more commands in addition to the ones my stepbro and wife taught him and helped him get more freedom! They kept him in the cage because he could be so excited with company. By the time I left back for Houston, he was a cool calm and collect dog. Exciting stuff. Gizmo, however, might not like that I cheated on him with another dog. LOL That is a whole other story. So I am officially 16 weeks and 5 days preggers and I am starting to poke out. Let me tell you it is weird and awesome. The only dislike I have is my breasts. They are LARGE. They have doubled in size and I think they are not done growing. I am glad I am tall and tig ol’es fit my body type. Otherwise it would truly look like I had some work done LOL.

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School has really kept me busy and with me trying to do it all and realizing I cannot, I have to learn to prioritize a little bit better. I am working on it!

 

 

12 Weeks

So guys remember that big announcement I was going to tell you guys about? Well it’s here. I am pregnant.

Yes, this was quite unexpected and I had a 16 and pregnant moment of what am I going to do? Then I realized I was 28, stable in my career and could handle the responsibility. Especially if I decided to do some deeds to land me in this position. At first I was nervous, this is my first child, and now that the shock is over and I am done obsessing about the amount that daycare is, I am happy. So this is why I have talked about naps and exhaustion, the 1st trimester is rough! Now that I have some of my mojo back, I am doing all I can to be and stay active. I’ve already had some weight gain, and the majority of that is going up a few bra sizes. HA! So I shall blog about the journey of being a 1st time mother and all of it’s occurrences. Maybe I should change my blog to Life as Pregnant Sharde. HAHA Stay tuned.

Weekly update

I’ve been trying to get back into being consistent with my blog, but it appears, I have not been doing so well!

I have a few things to announce:

  • I started school again and I will be taking 6 hours of grad courses
  • I finally have a lot more energy going on around here for a minute there I thought I would just be like a bear and hibernate
  • I will be doing two 5k’s one is in April.
  • I will be taking a road trip to ATL with my Dad!

 

I have some other very exciting things to announce in the coming weeks and you will be floored. “-)

This past week I have been reading for my classes, making sure my calendar is marked so I will not forget any assignments. I got my dog a nice little haircut and he is liking it I think. I plan on doing more dog parenty things with him. I need to step up my activity as a dog parent. Chasing him and playing fetch can only go so far. Well, here are some pics!

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I went and got a pedi and my eyebrows waxed

Had some lovely Froyo!

Gizmo and me cuddling