20 Week Bumpdate

Monday, September 30, 2013

How Far Along:
20 Weeks
Size of Baby:
A Banana
Total Weight Gain:
10 pounds
Stretch Marks:
Maternity Clothes:
I first felt movement between 18 and 19 weeks, and it's only gotten stronger since.
It feels like little twitches or spasms in my stomach. I feel it most often at night when I'm relaxing, but lately I've started feeling baby Jacob more often throughout the day.
I still wake up a couple times during the night to use the bathroom, but other than that I sleep fine.
What I miss:
Food Cravings:
Sugar. Chocolate. 
This isn't that far off from how I am normally though.
Food Aversions:
Not really
Headaches occasionally. Insane appetite. 
What I'm Looking Forward To:
The holidays :)
I'm excited to pregnant during the holidays. 

Halfway there!
Time seems to be flying by now!
Everything has been going good and I feel great. 
My bump just keeps on growing, and every week I am surprised by how much bigger it is.

I've gained about 10 pounds so far, which from what I'm told is exactly where I want to be at this point in my pregnancy. I've been putting on weight at a slow and steady pace, which makes me really happy.
I definitely eat more than I did before I was pregnant, but as long as it's less than my husband I feel like I'm doing ok!

I'm super excited for fall because we have lots to look forward to in the upcoming months. 
One of my closest friends its coming out to visit in two weeks, and I can't wait to show her around Italy! We also have a short girls trip to Paris planned, which I am definitely looking forward to.
Jacob and I have been working on the nursery, and it's coming along great. 

Bring on the cold weather and pumpkin-flavored everything, I'm ready!

Sinfully delicious hot chocolate in London

Friday, September 27, 2013

This is a story about the most amazing hot chocolate I have ever experienced in my entire life.

One of my favorite areas of London is Soho.
In a way it reminds me of certain areas of Portland.
It's hip, trendy, and full of young people.

When my husband and I travel we are all about food. We don't spend money on things like souviners, we spend it on delicious meals and treats. 

While wandering around Soho we came across Choccywoccydoodah, a chocolate shop that truly looks like it belongs in the Pearl District of downtown Portland.

The inside of the shop was just as quirky as its name, and upstairs you could sit down and enjoy some truly amazing treats in the "Bar du Chocolat."

I had some of the most sinfully delicious hot chocolate of my life.
Seriously, this stuff should come with a warning label.
It was so thick and rich that I felt like I was drinking straight melted chocolate.

There were a variety of tempting cakes and sweet treats, but there was no way I could handle that on top of my heaven in a cup.
I guess even I have a limit when it comes to chocolate and sugar.

This was definitely a neat find during our time in London!

Checking In on Jacob Douglas

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Yesterday we had a full anatomy scan for little Jacob Douglas.
I love any time that I get to see him and catch a glimpse of whats going on inside my belly.
This time was really neat because we could see him moving around in there.
He was kicking his legs, opening and closing his mouth, and trying to put his feet in his mouth.

The ultrasound took quite a while because Jacob was being stubborn and had squished himself down into a corner, refusing to show the tech what she needed to see.
We had to keep lowering part of the chair I was laying on to see if gravity would pull him out of his little cave. 

We were also able to verify that Jacob Douglas is indeed a boy. 

I won't find out any real information regarding Jacob's development until my next doctors appointment, which is in two weeks. 
Hopefully everything looks good!

After our appointment I had some errands to run, and came across a pair of baby Chuck's that I couldn't resist. 

Baby shoes are probably one of the most adorable things ever. 
I am a sucker for miniature versions of adult things. 

I can't believe we're already at the halfway point! 
Only 4 and a half more months until we meet our little man!

A Beauty Funk

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sometimes when you find yourself in a bit of a beauty funk, it means it's time to change something up.
I've desperately needed to get my hair cut for the past month, so when I finally made an appointment I knew it was my opportunity to do something a little different. 

I don't color my hair, and I prefer to wear it long. So those two obvious changes were out of the question.
What now?

Well when you have been binge watching episodes of New Girl, and listening to way too much Taylor Swift, this is what happens.


I swore I would never ever have bangs again after far too many years of the horrendous, curled under, hair sprayed mess that I rocked from middle school all the way through high school. 

I told myself it would be different this time around and went for it. 
My hair has always grown fast, but now it's up to freakishly warp speeds thanks to prenatal vitamins, so I figured I didn't have too much to lose.

I think the bangs are fun and definitely filled my craving for change.
My husband, on the other hand, isn't such a fan.

Should I keep them or grow them out asap?

What do you do when you find yourself in need of a change?

Project Nursery: Crib

Monday, September 23, 2013

Since we live overseas, getting nursery furniture out here can be a pain.
There is an Ikea about an hour away, but that isn't really our style.
Most companies won't ship an item that large out here, so Amazon (our usual go-to) was out of the question.
Luckily I tend to plan a head, because our best option was to order from AAFES. 
They wouldn't ship it to us personally, but we could place an order at the BX on base and it would be shipped there for free.
I'd heard rumors that it can take forever for things to arrive through AAFES, so I ordered our stuff way back in July.
I was told it could take anywhere from 3-6 months.

The day we got back from London I received a phone call notifying me that the crib and car seat we had ordered was ready to be picked up!

I would say "we" put the crib together, but in reality Jacob did while I watched and made lunch.

It really is better if I stay out of these sorts of things. 

Ordering a crib online made me a little nervous because you have no clue what you are getting until it arrives, but sometimes when you live in another country you don't have much of a choice.

I was pleasantly surprised with both the look and quality of our crib!

Jacob Douglas' room is slowly coming together!

The Name Game

Friday, September 20, 2013

It took about a week after we discovered we were having a boy to decide on a name.

Long before we decided to have a baby Jacob said if we had a little boy he wanted to name him Jacob. 

Douglas is my father's name, so I love that our baby boy will be named after my two favorite men.
I really like the idea of using family names. There is so much meaning behind it.

Everything feels more real now that this precious little baby inside of me has a name.

Jacob Douglas Cravinho, we cannot wait to meet you.
(Although Mama isn't ready yet, so you just stay cozy on the inside for another 4 months).

Schonbrunn Palace

Thursday, September 19, 2013

When visiting Vienna one of the top sites to see is the Schonbrunn Palace.
It's a bit outside of the city center, but if you simply hop on the underground metro you can find your way there without a problem. 

The Palace is big, and there's much more to see and do than to just take a tour of the inside.
There are a variety of different tickets that are available, and they all include different aspects of Schonbrunn. I made sure that our ticket included the apple strudel demonstration.

The first thing we did upon arrival was stop for a photo-op outside of the Palace.

The tours of the Palace are self guided, and you are provided with an audio device that tells you about each room as you enter it.
Unfortunately pictures were not allowed, but the rooms were very interesting. Marie Antoinette lived there for a period of time, and Mozart had his first performance there at the age of six. 

The Palace grounds and gardens are also a must see.

If you hiked uphill a bit you could get a stunning view of both the Palace and the city of Vienna.

I was determined to not miss the apple strudel demonstration, especially because it came with a tasting of apple strudel.

I'm not going to lie, this might have been my favorite part of our visit to Schonbrunn.
The demonstration was great, and I left with a wonderful recipe for apple strudel that I am determined to try this fall.

If you find your way to Vienna the Schonbrunn Palace is a must-see.

18 Week Bumpdate

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Platform 9 3/4, Kings Cross Station, London

How Far Along:
18 Weeks
Size of Baby:
A sweet potato
Total Weight Gain:
7-8 pounds
Stretch Marks:
Maternity Clothes:
Around 17 weeks I decided to hell with my regular jeans, and slipped into a pair of maternity ones.
SO much more comfortable!
With maternity jeans comes maternity tops, because who wants that stretchy fabric that goes up to your boobs poking out? I'm still working in some of my regular pieces (like the blazer and dress in my bump pic ), but when it comes to bottoms I am sticking to maternity wear. 
We weren't supposed to find out until 20 weeks, but you can read about it here.
Not yet
We spent most of the past week in a hotel in London, but I slept way better than when we were in Vienna. I was also utterly exhausted every single night.
What I miss:
No cider beers in the pubs of London for me.
Food Cravings:
Honestly, no.
Nothing that is out of the ordinary, or that I didn't crave before I was preggers.
Food Aversions:
Not really
None really.
What I'm Looking Forward To:
Feeling baby boy move!

I realize this bumpdate is a little late, seeing as though I'll be 19 weeks soon. BUT the picture is from 18 weeks, and I am writing this bumpdate based on last week.

I feel like in the past week my belly really popped.
Looking back on all of our London pics, I actually look pregnant.

When people say that the second trimester is the best, they sure weren't kidding.
Although I got tired must faster when we were in London, I felt good and we were able to see and do everything we wanted.
I no longer feel like I am going to die of hunger when I wake up in the morning, and I'm so glad that was only a phase!

Finding out that baby Cravinho is a boy is definitely one of the most exciting things that has happened in our pregnancy so far!
When we were in London we stumbled across a Baby Gap and couldn't resist checking it out. They were having a sale, so we scored some good deals even with the pounds/dollar difference.

Our little man is going to be styling.

I'm picky about my own clothes and my husbands clothes, so I don't see things being any different with the little one.

We've really started making plans for the nursery now that we know the gender, and plan on completely spoiling this little guy.
More on that another day. 

Fall & Burlap

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I currently have a mild obsession with burlap, and its manifesting itself in all things fall.

After making the "Boy" sign for our gender reveal, I discovered how insanely easy it is to paint letters on burlap using stencils and acrylic paint. 
So I decided to give our dining room table a fall makeover, and managed to sneak in some garnet and gold while I was at it (Go Noles!).

For the votives I simply took some empty jars we had laying around the house and covered them with burlap. I used a hot glue gun to secure the fabric around the jar. Next I took garnet and gold ribbon and tied it around the jar. 

For the "Fall" letters I measured and cut pieces of burlap to the size of the picture frame. Then I painted my letters using stencils and acrylic paint. I removed the glass from the 4x6" picture frames, and once my letters dried placed the burlap pieces inside. 
I put everything together and came up with my festive fall table.

While I was at it, I also made a set of letters for Halloween that spell "BOO."
Since I didn't adhere the "FALL" letters to the actual frame, they can be easily changed out for any holiday. 

Happy Fall Y'all!

It's a Boy!

Monday, September 9, 2013

We're having a boy!

This has all been very exciting for us because we weren't supposed to find out what Baby C is for another 3 weeks. 
Recently I had been going on and on to anyone who would listen about how badly I wanted to know what we were having. 

Well, ask and you shall receive.

Last Wednesday I had a routine 16 week check-up. Normally they wouldn't do an ultrasound, but the doctor wanted to check some stuff out. 
I coyly asked him if that meant that we would be able to see the baby today. He said yes, but to not get too excited because the type of ultrasound we were doing doesn't give a very clear picture. 
I then asked him if we could see if the baby had boy parts or girl parts. 
He told me we could try, but that unless the baby was sitting in the perfect position we wouldn't be able to see anything. 

Baby boy was sitting particularly low that day and the doctor was surprised by what a clear view we had of everything. He proceeded to point out the spine, heart, and all of that good stuff. He asked us if we were sure we wanted to know what we were having, but by looking up at the screen Jacob and I both already knew what he was about to point out.

I have an appointment in a few weeks for a full anatomy scan, which will verify that we are in fact having a boy. 
We have very little doubts because the doctor was pretty positive about what he saw.
We are still debating names, and haven't decided on the perfect one just yet.

We are both so excited to be bringing a little boy into the world.
I am SUPER excited to really start planning!

Off to London!

Our London vacation starts today!
As you are reading this chances are we're either on an airplane or exploring the city!

As always you can follow along with our travels via Instagram

Even though I'm out of town, I still have some great posts scheduled for y'all.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! 

My London Bucket List

Thursday, September 5, 2013

We leave for London next week, so lately I've been getting my British on.

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I am SO excited for this trip. We will be spending 5 days in this busy city, which is definitely one of the longer trips we've taken. Normally when we travel we only stay for 2-3 nights.
There is SO much that I want to see and do, but these are the things that are currently at the top of my list.

Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea
I want to do the whole shebang. I want pretty tea cups, I want yummy finger food, I want some delectable sweet treats.
I want to be fancy and enjoy afternoon tea.
I also don't want to totally break the bank (these things can be pricy!), so any suggestions from those who have been there and done that would be wonderful!

Find platform 9 and 3/4
I have recently started reading the Harry Potter series (I know, I'm a little late) and I love them.
I'm currently on the third book, and my goal is to finish them all well before the baby arrives. 
The hotel we are staying at is near King's Cross Station, and I'm pretty sure that when we take the train from the airport into the city that we will get off at King's Cross.
September 1st has come and gone, and I never received my letter from Hogwarts in the mail. 
But that's not going to stop me from finding platform 9 3/4.

Buckingham Palace
When we travel I absolutely LOVE seeing castles and palaces. Jacob is pretty sick of them, but I told him that he better get excited for Buckingham Palace because that's one place I'm not going to miss.
Perhaps its the little girl inside of me that always wanted to be a princess, but there is something magical about visiting these places. 

I tried my first Laduree macaron during a trip to Paris a couple of years ago, and they are divine. 
They have a few locations in London, so I must indulge in these fantastic treats. 
Pistachio is my favorite, but I'm looking forward to trying a few new flavors that I have recently learned about. Vacation is for spoiling yourself, right?

Take in a show
I want to go to the theater while we are in London.
The problem is, I don't know which show to choose!
It has to be something that my hubby will enjoy and sit through, and so far his vote seems to be with The Lion King.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I could go on forever, but I wanted to keep this list short and sweet.

Have you traveled to London or call this city home?
I would love to hear any recommendations!

Villefranche-sur-Mer: A hidden gem along the French Riviera

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Along the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco lays the picturesque village of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

We would have never known about this lovely little town if it weren't for a recommendation we received from a local.
We debated stopping here after spending a long day in the Monaco, and I'm so happy that we decided to.
Villefranche-sur-Mer was one of our favorite places we visited during our trip to the South of France. 
It is beautiful with a small town feel, and is a great escape from the more popular (and populated) cities. 
We enjoyed some drinks by the water and relaxed until dinner time.

We dined at a fantastic restaurant called Les Garcons.
The food was fabulous, as was the atmosphere. The outdoor courtyard seating made for a very intimate and romantic setting. There are no printed menus, but chalkboards with the menu written on them that the server will bring to your table and explain.

We started with the artichoke salad, which our server highly recommended.

I had the risotto and scallops with parmesan cheese, and it was delicious.

Jacob enjoyed the lamb shanks.

The evening was a lovely end to our weekend trip.
I would love to visit the French Riviera again. I know there were so many places that we didn't have time to see.
I would definitely choose a smaller town, like Villafranche-sur-Mer, as a home base if we ever get to travel to the area again. 

If you missed out on any of our South of France travels, you can catch up on our time in Nice, Monaco, and the Monte Carlo.

Our Anniversary

Monday, September 2, 2013

Today Jacob and I celebrate 3 years of marriage.
What makes this anniversary so special?
It is the first one that we will actually be spending together.

The past two we have spent a part in different countries due to deployments and TDYs, so we are excited to be enjoying our first one together. 

We are also starting our own little family, which makes this 3 year mark pretty special too. 

Married for 3 years and together for 5, I honestly cannot imagine my life without this man.

We have been through a lot, both difficult times and incredible experiences.
Those difficult times just made us stronger, and I am thankful that we have endured them.
Being a part from your loved one makes you appreciate them so much more, and makes you so thankful for what you have. 

To celebrate these past 3 years, we are headed to London next week for a little vacation.
Experiencing a new place together is one of our favorite things to do.

Since the moment this man re-entered my life, there has never been a dull moment.
I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us.

So cheers to an amazing 3 years, and many many more to come.

16 Week Bumpdate

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Schonbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria

How Far Along:
16 Weeks
Size of Baby:
An Avocado 
Total Weight Gain:
About 5 pounds
Stretch Marks:
Maternity Clothes:
Not yet!
Still fitting into my regular jeans, with the help of a rubber band to hold them closed.
I am DYING to know, and keep having dreams about it.
Not yet
Sleeping pretty well, but still getting up to use the bathroom 2-3 times a night.
I also wake up around 6am every single morning, and can't sleep past 6:30 because I get hungry.
What I miss:
I missed out on all of the fabulous beer in Austria this past weekend.
Food Cravings:
Honestly, I'm not really having food cravings.
As long as it's not Italian, I'm ok with it.
Food Aversions:
I wouldn't call it an aversion, but I am incredibly sick of Italian food.
From the moment I became pregnant I was just over it.
Slight cramping as my muscles stretch to make room, occasional headaches.
2nd trimester has been fabulous!
What I'm Looking Forward To:
Finding out if Baby C is a boy or girl!
It is driving me absolutely crazy!

We spent this past weekend in Vienna, Austria and it was the first trip I'd really been on pregnant.
I kept my purse filled with snacks, and would sometimes stop to rest after excessive walking.
As long as I didn't overheat, everything was great.
Even Jacob told me he was pretty impressed by how well I traveled.

I'm pretty happy that I can still fit into a lot of my regular clothes. I have no idea how much longer that will last though.
For some reason I thought I would be a bigger by 16 weeks, but I guess you never really know.
Luckily I held onto my "fat pants" from when I was a little bit bigger, and those have been working great!

If anything, Austria made me realize that I need to get back into some sort of workout routine.
My legs are sore from all the walking!
We leave for London in a week, so this trip was a great test-drive for our future travels.

I'm trying to do as much as I can before my second trimester ends!