Girlfriend Getaway – Our Bahama Cruise

So many of my closest friends are not yet doing the kid thing so I try really hard to make sure I take time to still be in my twenties (for another year) with them. Two of my best friends Jill and Katie who are a bit travel obsessed take a trip every December so I decided to tag along this year. We booked a cruise a couple months ago and we flew out to Miami for a long weekend. We left Friday morning, jumped ship (literally) by around 2:30 in the afternoon and by Saturday morning we were in the Bahamas. It was just a three day cruise, but I seriously felt like we were gone much longer. Not sure if It was because I missed my baby so much or just being in the Caribbean makes time slow down!

Our first stop was Atlantis, which was a bit of a cluster trying to figure out what we wanted to do on the island, but we eventually made it to the resort. I’m not usually a fan of water parks, or even pools for that matter. I prefer to sit near the pool. But since everyone else was doing the water park I didn’t want to sit out by myself all day. I am so happy that I did it, we had such a blast and it was just so much fun to play in the water like a kid! We even did the iconic Leap of Faith slide that Atlantis is known for!

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The other island we hit was a private Island that Norwegian Cruise Lines owns and we had an awesome day just relaxing and getting some sun before going back to cold winter in Buffalo.

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It was so nice to get away with my girlfriends for a weekend and as much as I missed my hubby and baby girl, I think its really important to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. Making sure I still feel like me helps me to be a better mom and spending time with my girlfriends is so important. Now I just need to convince Dan that we need to take a trip with just us since kids tend to suck the life out of you as a couple too!

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Our Family Trip to the Adirondacks

Just got home from our annual trip to the Adirondacks, It was my 7th year going with Dan’s family and I learn to enjoy it a bit more every year. This year was Ada’s first year, last year I was mega-pregnant! We all had a really great time, she was the perfect age to travel with this year, still young enough that we could relax, but not mobile enough that I had to follow her around. She was happy to just sit on my lap, nap in her stroller and had no problems sleeping, which is always my biggest fear when travelling. She also did great on the 4 hour car ride both there and back!

We took her on a hike, and she loved riding in the backpack with daddy.

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We tried to take her on a boat ride, but that lasted a hot second with the life vest. She did okay at first and then wanted nothing to do with it, so we had to leave her behind with Grandma while mommy and daddy went out.

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She of course loved the swings at the little playground we have right at our cabins, and was more then happy to hang out there all day if we let her!

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She was not too sure about the sand at all. In fact she ended up hating it, I don’t think she liked the feeling of the ground moving under her little feet.  I’m sure by next year she’ll be over that though!

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And of course with such a gorgeous background, I couldn’t resist doing a little photoshoot with my two loves.

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First Family Vacation – Washington D.C

We took our first family vacation last week to Washington D.C and baby girl was amazing! 6 months is really the best age! She was so much fun and was so excited to see everything, yet still little enough to transport easily and would still take nice long naps in the stroller. We traveled with our friends who also have a little girl who just turned one in February. It was a long car ride (about 8 hours) but both girls did great, we had so much fun and I would definitely do it again a million times over!

We visited the The National Zoo on our first day and lucked out with the best weather, not too hot but nice and sunny! Ada slept for most of the morning, but she got out of the stroller long enough to see the Panda Bears, the elephants and some of the monkeys.

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After the zoo we had lunch at an awesome Lebanese Restaurant called Lebanese Taverna! We then took the metro to downtown D.C and strolled passed some pretty famous buildings.

Our second day we ventured back into D.C and attempted to tour the Capitol Building, apparently security is pretty tight around there and they wouldn’t let us go in with 5 water bottles, and 2 huge overstuffed diaper bags, so we just walked around the building, saw all the beautiful Cherry Blossoms then headed over to the Smithsonian Buildings.

We first did the National Air and Space Museum. I had Ada in the baby Bjorn Carrier and she was loving life. Girlfriend was soooo excited to see everything, I’ve never heard her giggle, coo and smile so much in such a short amount of time!! We had lunch at a great Mexican restaurant called Oyamel Cocina Mexicana which was fantastic and I had a phenomenal mojito!! After lunch we did the Natural Museum of History and Ada decided as soon as it was dark and cool that she would take a little nap. So she slept through that whole museum too! Luckily she won’t remember this trip anyway (and hey, everything is free in D.C)!

Our last full day we played it more low key, the babies we’re getting tired of constantly being packed up so we walked the town of Old Alexandria where we stayed. We walked down the shops to the waterfront and just strolled in the sun, we then decided to have some drinks and a light lunch at any place with an outdoor patio, so we strolled back up the street and sat outside enjoying the nice weather at 3 different places (nothing like bar hopping with babies!) It was just the low key afternoon we needed though, the babes were so good and they loved sitting in our laps in the shade.

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We left fairly early on Sunday and made it home before bedtime. I was lucky enough to have Monday off of work so I had an extra day to get caught up and spend some quiet time with my little lady.

I am just loving every single minute with her lately, she is absolutely amazing to watch right now as she figures everything out. We started eating cereal and some veggies about 2 weeks ago and while its been tricky and a little frustrating at times, she’s starting to get the hang of it and gobbles everything I give her right up. She will reach for everything that is just a tad out of reach and watching her struggle to figure out how to get to it is amazing, she’s starting to try to twist those little legs underneath her and balance on one foot or a knee, which means crawling is right around the corner. She’ll use me as her stabilizer only to pull herself up to a stand, and will pull on everything else that’s nearby to help her get to where she wants to be. On our car ride home I was sitting in the far back seat of the van so the babies we’re facing us, and I just watched her as she moved her fingers and hands around in front of her face trying to figure out what else she might be able to do with them (like get herself into all sorts of trouble!) Going back to work this week was much harder then when I went back after maternity leave. She’s just so interactive and fun now that I want to spend all day just playing and teaching her things!

All in all it was a terrific family vacation and Ada was at a really great age to travel with! Would highly recommend D.C with kiddos and even so with a 6 month old!

14 Weeks

We spent week 13 in the Dominican Republic on vacation, so I took my 14 week photos at the tail end of the week! I feel like the baby bump started to show up a little bit this week, I still think I just look chubby but everyone else says I look pregnant. Vacation was amazing, even being at an all-inclusive resort not being able to drink was made tolerable by 86 degree days, sunshine and the bright Caribbean! So I can’t complain. We also finally took some photos to make our big reveal on Facebook, I’ve been trying to put this off for as long as possible, but I think my mother will go crazy if I don’t give her permission to announce that she is going to be a grandma soon. So after my 14 week update I will share some of those photos that are going up this week too.

How far along? 14 weeks today
Total weight gain/loss:  I weighed in today 2 lbs heavier, I think vacation and the all you can eat buffet is to blame on this one though!
Maternity clothes?  Just my leggings which are really the only comfortable thing I can wear to work
Stretch marks?  Nope
Sleep: I don’t have a good update on this since our bed on vacation was the worlds most uncomfortable mattress and pillows and caused me to wake up every hour all week
Best moment this week: Being on vacation! Probably our last one child less!
Have you told family and friends:  Yes, everyone close to us knows, Facebook Official is coming soon
Miss Anything?  Wine (of course) Not drinking on vacation wasn’t as bad as I thought, but I do miss cheese… brie, feta, bleu, it was on a lot of food in the restaurants this week and I had to just pick other things.
Movement:  I feel pregnant. I don’t feel the baby yet, but I sometimes can feel hard spots in my tummy or feel like I can feel things shifting around. Weird.
Food cravings:  I really wanted yogurt, granola and fresh fruit something bad this morning which isn’t anything I ever really liked combined before.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Depends on the time of day and what I ate on how big, but yes I think so.
Gender prediction: I am still so torn. I’m gonna stick with boy for now since that was my original guess, but I have no idea
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out?  In
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Going to register for the big baby items next weekend! Finding out the gender May 9! (This will be my answer to this question every week until May 9!)

 

So this was our second idea, that we thought conveyed the message better!