My First Pregnancy: Week 16

Okay, these past few weeks have flown by and I can’t believe the 16th week of my pregnancy is done. What the what?!

It was a fairly easy week considering my only challenge was being bothered that I only had one pair of maternity shorts to wear in the 80 degree weather every day. So I felt the urge to do some thrifting and headed over to Goodwill to see what I could find. After about a half hour or so of sifting through the racks (they mix them in with the non-pregnant shorts and pants so you have to hunt), I found 3 pairs of shorts that fit wonderfully. Two of the three are the Motherhood store brand which I scored for $5 each. Normally those can retail for nearly $35! Check your Goodwills, ladies!

I also wanted to find a few more maternity shirts but didn’t feel like scouring the Goodwill racks for those, so I headed over to Old Navy. They were having a sale for 30% off of every regularly priced item in the store, so I chose one shirt and called it good…for now. I’ve read to buy as you grow, so there will be a few more items bought in the future. Then I wandered into the infant clothes and found a cute little dress and hat for a total of $5. It was too good of a clearance deal and too cute of an outfit to pass up.

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Little miss was the size of an avocado this past week (about 4.6 inches and 3.5 oz) and will be growing very quickly over the next few weeks. By week 20 she will be nearly 10 inches long, if that tells you anything! Whew! We had a quick midwife visit on Friday and heard her little heart beating around 150 bpm! The midwife said that is right where she needs to be and everything seems great. Our next appointment is our ultrasound for her anatomy scan and that is the day after Memorial Day. I can’t wait to see her again!

I stuck to my usual eats again and tried to keep them as healthy as possible. I didn’t have any strong cravings this week…except one day when I splurged on some cronuts (croissant donut) from an awesome donut bakery here in Nashville called Five Daughters. I shared them with friends so I got my fix but didn’t overdo it. 😉

All in all, I’m feeling great. My energy levels are still up and I’m working out 4-5 times per week. I found a fantastic YouTube channel called “BodyFit by Amy” and she has an entire playlist of about 10 prenatal workouts that are just the right challenge level for someone growing a human. 😉 I always feel like I’ve gotten a good workout afterward. I’m also keeping yoga in my workout rotation, though there are definitely some poses that are being modified at this point. Obviously I am not lying flat on my back at this point, and any ab work is done standing or by doing planks.

I feel like my bump is at a stand-still right now but I’m sure it will be expanding a bit more in the next 4 weeks. I just want to look pregnant and not questionably pregnant, if you know what I mean. Right now it’s kinda like, “oh she has a food baby.” Ha!

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We’ll see what Week 17 holds in store. I’m one day into it right now and all I can say is I’M HUNGRY. I guess that growth spurt may be starting? 😉

:: Katie

 

 

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Precious Hearts

Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. It’s been rainy and muggy here in Nashville and I’m ready for the rain to go away! 

Last week was packed with stuff for Nate and I, including a CPR class for me! I now know how to save a life using CPR. I feel like I could be confident in an emergency situation and I want to encourage all of you to take a CPR class, especially if you have young children. 

I was required to learn and be certified for my new nanny job (per the parents’ request) but now that I’ve taken the class, I’ve found it’s important for anyone to know. It’s not difficult to learn and classes are reasonably priced. 

  

I used Precious Hearts here in Nashville to get certified in infant/child & adult CPR and I would recommend them to anyone. Grace is the RN who teaches the class. She was young, spunky, very knowledgable, and put the nerves I had at ease. There were moments when you have to practice and it’s easy to feel dumb, but she totally made that disappear. It was great! 

  

The class only took an hour and at the end I took a test and was certified. I learned what to do in an emergency choking situation, a situation where a person is non-responsive and heart has stopped, and a situation where an AED is needed. 

If you live in the Nashville area and would like to take a CPR class, please visit http://www.preciousheartscpr.com to see the schedule of classes that are offered. Grace did a fantastic job teaching me the basics of heart-saving and I believe anyone can benefit from learning this skill. 

Grace will also let you come back to any class to refresh your skills, free of charge. How great is that!? When you pay for your class you also get Grace’s free ebook that contains all of the information you learn in the class. Some great bonus tools! Sign up today!

**I was not paid to review this class. I’m giving my honest personal opinion of my experience and am not receiving benefits of any sort to give a positive review.  

Money Saving Apps: Scoutmob

Hi friends! I hope your Wednesday has been a good one. Are you ready for another fun app that will help save you money?

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Scoutmob is a free app you can download on your smartphone and use it to get some amazing local deals in your city. When you download the app, you will be asked to choose the city you live in. Once you choose, there will be a list of all the deals associated with your city. And they are pretty amazing. Most of them are 50% discounts with no catches. How cool is that?!

The deals range from coffee to beer to donuts to haircuts to clothing. If you’re looking for some new places to try around your city, why not get a discount in the process? 🙂

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Now, the sad part it there are only a handful of cities to choose from. Don’t be too disappointed if you don’t see yours there. Scoutmob appears to be growing slowly, so hold on! Maybe you’ll see your city listed soon.

For those of you who don’t have Scoutmob local deals, don’t worry! Scoutmob also has an online “shoppe” here that anyone can browse and find awesome deals on. If you’re looking for some unique Christmas gifts, it may be worth your time to browse the site a bit.

The best part about the Scoutmob local deals app is, of course… the mustache cam. 🙂

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Have you tried Scoutmob before? Likes or dislikes?
Goodnight, friends! See you later this week.