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Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby #2!

It's hard to believe we're already at twenty one weeks in this pregnancy.  Actually, that first trimester was ROUGH, so I'm happy to be past that and feeling better!  I was SO sick in the beginning that I didn't have any energy to even think about writing a post about #2, so this might be a long one...

We found out on a Friday [way back in August] that we were expecting!  I just had that feeling that I was, so we took a family trip to Target to pick up a "test".  Sure enough...2 VERY bright lines showed up :)  I was happy...and nervous.  I didn't want to get myself to excited and wanted to take things one day at a time.  

From the time we found out until about week 5, I felt pretty good. No weird cravings, no aversions to any foods, pretty normal energy levels...so far so good!  

By about weeks 6-7, I could tell that I was already starting to feel pretty nauseous.  I felt nauseous with Dafney, so I wasn't all that surprised.  I was tired, but it wasn't horrible...YET.  Most foods were alright to eat, but nothing really tasted good.  

Just a few days after the 7 week mark, we went in for an early ultrasound.  To say I was completely nervous would be the understatement of the year.  I was terrified.  I prayed that we'd see baby's heartbeat and that all would like fine.  We met with the Nurse first and she tried to find the heartbeat, but no luck...she figured the baby was just to small yet, so we went in for our Ultrasound.  To our amazement, we immediately say the heartbeat fluttering away!  It was the greatest thing these eyes have seen in a LONG time!

The coming weeks were a challenge.  I was completely nauseous and exhausted.  Seriously.  By about weeks 8-9, I was having a hard time keeping food & liquids down.  So much in fact that I had to go to the Hospital to have an IV of fluids to keep me from getting dehydrated.  I was also given a prescription for some magical pills...otherwise known as anti-nausea medicine!  Those little pills were a LIFESAVER!  I had to take them about every 5 hours and if I didn't it was almost guaranteed that I'd be sick.  So I kept a strict schedule which helped keep that horrible nauseous feeling at bay.  Like I said, the pills were magical!

Just before week 11, we had our first "official" appointment.  And, even better, we finally got to hear baby's heartbeat!  It was amazing!  I was still not feeling the best and was constantly tired, but most importantly, all was well with our babe.  

Just after week 14, we had another appointment and another Ultrasound.  This time...to make sure there weren't TWO little ones in my belly.  The Dr. thought I was measuring rather large [awesome...something every pregnant lady wants to hear], so she had us do an Ultrasound to ensure all was good.  And, thankfully, there was only ONE sweet, baby in there!  Measuring a few days ahead of where we were, but nothing alarming.  It's always fun to be able to see the baby, so the Ultrasound was fun added bonus to our appointment...even if our blood pressure shot through the roof momentarily :)

By about week 15, I was finally feeling "good".  I was still a bit tired, but had hardly any nausea...[queue the confetti and party hats]!  My only concern was that I was 15 weeks along and still hadn't gained an ounce.  I know, probably most pregnant ladies dream, but I was nervous that it meant baby wasn't growing properly, but at the time, my Dr. had no concerns.  So, I rolled with it as best I could...and I took my first baby bump picture :)

..and then I forgot to take another one until week 19.  Definitely got bigger in those 4ish weeks!

At week 20, I was starting to feel human again.  I didn't have the feeling like I needed to nap constantly, no signs of nausea...hip-hip-hooray!

We had our 20 week Ultrasound at 20.5 weeks.  We decided not to find out the gender of the baby, so it will be a fun surprise when he/she decides to greet us with their presence :)  The Ultrasound went really well and everything checked out with baby.  We can already tell that he/she is going to be ADORABLE just like his/her sister!!

...seriously, that little face...squeal!

So, here I am, 21 weeks and I'm finally getting around to posting about the babe!  

How I'm feeling:  Great!  Seriously, anything is an improvement over how I felt 10 weeks ago...I'm finally at the stage where I'm absolutely LOVING this pregnancy!

Cravings:  Nothing really comes to mind.  There are times when I crave sweets and times when I crave salty foods.  There's not one thing that I'm constantly craving.

Aversions:  Nothing!  I can eat pretty much anything I want...although, I haven't been up for much Mexican type food after a little incident with Mexican food around week 14 [I won't gross you out bore you with the details.  

Weight gain:  I think I'm up about 5 pounds.  Although, I've never been one to really scrutinize the numbers on the scale, especially when I'm pregnant.

Favorite moment thus far:  I have 2...the 20 week ultrasound and hearing that everything looks good with the baby and feeling the baby's little kicks & jabs!  Ugh, I LOVE feeling them.

My gender guess:  Alright, I really have no idea and I really don't care as long as he/she is healthy.  But, the 2 dreams I've had about the baby were both that it was a boy.  But the more and more I think about it, I'm certain we're destined to have a house full of girls, so if I had to guess, I'd say girl :)

Alright, I think I've made this post long enough...now that we're up to speed, I hope to write weekly about the baby and our progress, fun weekly moments, etc!  

Oh and one last thing...a BIG birthday shout out to my sweet, funny, lovable HUBBY!  Hope you're reading this you have a wonderful birthday!!  LOVE YOU!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Latte with Leah #9: Special "Addition"

Hi Friends!  I know I've totally slacked on the whole blogging front lately, but I've got a special "addition" of Latte with Leah today! Without further adieu, let's get started!

~ Lately I've been feeling a bit blah.  Just feeling a bit "off".  Hopefully that feeling goes away soon! [side note: I started this post a few weeks ago and I'm happy to report that blah feeling has officially subsided]!

~ Whoa...this looks so tasty!  Perhaps my "go-to" during the Holiday's :)

Squeal....STOP the cuteness!  There's not much cuter than a brand new sleeping baby!!

~ I'll take a plate of these lovely's STAT!  Seriously.  No, really, I'm not kidding!

~ I joined Lindsay's and Elle's Elf4Health again this year, but am having a hard time getting motivated.  My Elf was a dud and never got back to me, so I'm doing the 1st half solo.  I need to dig deep and find my Elf4Health spirit and motivation!  Interested in joining the 2nd half of the session?  Check out Lindsay or Elle's blog for details.

~ I think I might need this dress for the Holiday's this year!  Adorbs!

~ Oh...and one last message from Dafney:

In case you hadn't guessed, we're expecting another little Superhero in April 2015!  We are beyond excited [and a wee bit nervous about having TWO kiddos] and feel totally blessed ♥

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween 2014

It's hard to believe that Halloween has already come and gone and we're well on our way to the craziness that is the Holiday Season. 


But, before we get engulfed in the Holiday madness, I figured I'd share our Halloween happenings.  This was the first year that Dafney sort of understood the whole concept.  And it was SO much fun to see the sheer excitement on her face when we told her she could finally wear her costume!  

Any guesses on what our little girl was?  Well, what else would a 2 going on 3 year old want to be other than THE ELSA?  Yes, just like 45131518648 other little girls in the world, she choose Elsa.  I quickly realized that my years of choosing her costume are long gone :(

Since it Halloween fell on a Friday this year, our daytime routine was the same.  School.  Work.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  But, after school/work, we came home and threw in a Lasagna and [semi] patiently waited for our friends and G & G to get to our house.  We thought it would be fun [and maybe a little less terrifying] if Dafney had her little friend "E" to go trick-or-treating with!

After a filling and quite chaotic dinner, we got the kids bundled up and headed out for some trick-or-treating!  

I thought for sure the girls would walk up to the door and stare blankly at the whomever answered the door.  I couldn't have been more WRONG!

They ran up to the first house and Dafney yelled "trick or treating" [seriously, love her] and held out her bag.  When they realized they got candy I think their excitement level quadrupled! They were both so polite and said "thank-you" to everyone!

We went to 12-15 houses and then headed to the Church for their "trunk-or-treat"!  There were probably 25 cars there and their trunks were all decorated so nicely!  Everyone was so sweet to the girls and the girls had SO much fun!  

After, we took the girls home and called it a night.  I think everyone was starting to get a bit cold and I think the girls' bags were to heavy for them to carry :)

It was such a fun Halloween...I can't wait until next year!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

summer in review

It's so hard for me to believe that summer 2014 has already come & gone!  Even though I feel like we sort of got the short stick on summer-time-weather, the MacKenzie's certainly had a fabulous summer {and the pictures to prove it}!  Here's a look back at how we spent our summer {don't worry, it's condensed...I wouldn't want to bore you with the 1,500+ pictures I took to capture our summer}!

We started out the summer with a trip to Grandma & Papa Mumm's camper for their "Easter weekend":

...then some celebrating the birth of a new baby with good friends:

...a lot of playing with water table and many water fights:

...the hubby and I celebrated our 4th wedding Anniversary with a date to one of our favorite local restaurants:

...spent many hours at local festivals and even had popcorn for dinner {!}:

...had our fair share of ice cream cones for dessert:

...took Dafney to the annual Turtle Derby, where she proceeded to win a cupcake at the cake walk:

...visited quite a few local splash pads:

...put a ton of miles on our bikes:

...rode the train:

...took more family selfies then I care to admit ;)

...went to the MOA and got a picture with Dora:

...took Dafney on her first "real" ride {and she LOVED all of them...she's definitely going to be a rides kind of gal:

...hubby and I enjoyed a lunch date while the All Star Baseball action was in town:

...we had MANY potty training success over the course of the summer:

...we finally got GRASS:

...hit up yet another local festival:

...a certain little girl got her first official haircut {don't let that smile fool you; it did not go well}:

...we went to a birthday party at Choo-Choo Bobs:

...went to a park opening:

...visited Olaf at Barnes & Noble:

...swam at G & G's pool:

...D got her hair colored at a daycare event:

...played with babies constantly:

...and more swimming at G & G's...this time with friends:

...soaked up the sun while playing in the sandbox:

...took Dafney to her first State Fair:

...got excited to cheer on the GOPHERS:

...fixed her bike {okay, not really, but she thought she was fixing it}:

...had a run-in with a Mosquito:

...visited a really cool park in Bloomington:

...and rounded out the summer with a little "back-to-school-shopping":

This is just a taste of what we did over the summer.  To say we had fun is an understatement!  It was one of the best summers of my life!  Seriously!  I hope your summer was as much fun as ours!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Latte with Leah: #8

Hi friends – it’s time again for another edition of Latte with Leah.  I lost my blogging mo-jo over the couple weeks, but I’m BACK!  So, let’s grab a drink and chat…

~ It’s September…which is also known as “ the month of everything Pumpkin”.  Now, I love pumpkin flavored stuff as much as the next guy, but does anyone else think it’s going a bit overboard?  I mean Pumpkin Spice Oreos…really?  I just don’t have it in me to try them, so if you have, I’d love to hear what you thought of them!

~ Okay, even though I think Oreo needs to stick with chocolate cookies and plain white filling, I am dying to try this cookies!  Like NOW.

~ The weather in MN has been crazy this summer.  It was never overly hot and we only hit 90+ TWICE.  WHAT?  I really love warm/hot weather so I’m beyond sad to see the nice warm weather leaving us.  Summer come back, please!

~ I know that Fall is right around the corner (no, not because everything is pumpkin-ified), but because my Thursday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday nights are surrounded by all things Football.  I think I will need to make some of these football themed foods during this year’s football season!

~ Somehow my calendar over the next 2 months is FULL.  I’m in a wedding in early November, am helping with the Bach party & a bridal shower, planning a baby shower for a co-worker – amongst a million other things.  Geez, before I know it, Thanksgiving and {gulp} Christmas will be here!  And in case anyone cares, my daughter’s 3rd birthday is in 86 days…

~ I recently got to change desks and I now have a fabulous view!  Not too shabby!

Alright, this is a short edition {sorry}, but I hope to be back soon!

Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

challenge update + Easy Mexican Skillet Recipe

Happy HUMP day, friends!

Just a quick update on my THREE challenges from the week

BeachBody August Challenge:
So far it’s going well and I’m following the workout schedule and having a shake daily!  My shake has consisted of 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk, 1 banana, handful of fresh raspberries, a couple spoonfulls of Greek Yogurt and my Shakeology protein powder.  I LOVE them!  I usually have it around 6:40ish and finish it by the time I get into work a bit after 7am.  

It keeps me full until 10ish and then I HAVE to have a snack.  My usual mid-morning snack is a KIND bar.  It’s healthy and is plenty to keep me full until lunch around noon.  In the afternoon I tend to have some apple slices or even another KIND bar if I’m craving something sweet.  Dinner has been pretty healthy.  I made a really great dinner on Monday {recipe below} – in fact I even won with said meal in my 2nd challenge!  At night I might have a handful of popcorn or cereal.  I’ve been working out at night and am keeping up with my PiYo workouts!  I absolutely have loved the Strength Intervals and the TurboFire Low 20 HIIT workouts!  They are amazing!  So far so good on this challenge!

7 Day Healthy Photo Challenge:
This has been a really FUN challenge put on by Katie!  Each day there is a new “healthy theme” and we post pictures, etc. on FB. 
Monday = Balanced Plate: I made a butternut squash/black bean skillet…and my picture/meal WON! 

Tuesday = Sweat Challenge: I went for a nice walk with the family and then did PiYo Strength Interval workout…I was definitely a sweaty mess after PiYo!

Wednesday = Water Challenge: I downloaded the app: Waterlogged.  You can set daily water intake goals and even set up reminders to help you keep on track! 

Excited to see what tomorrow’s challenge will be!!

5 Day Clean Eating Challenge:
Alright, this has been my hardest challenge.  I wasn’t very prepared when it started and admittedly, I’ve not done well.  I’m trying to eat clean, but it’s much harder than I thought.  Last night Dafney had a carnival at school and they had dinner for everyone.  I realized that though things might seem healthy, they are definitely NOT clean.  Other than the veggie tray, there wasn’t a single thing I could eat there that was “clean”.  Well, I’m not giving up, I just realized I have a LONG way to go before I can consider myself a clean eater {if ever} and have a TON to learn about clean foods.

Easy Mexican Skillet

4 cups butternut squash, diced
1 – 1 ½ cups of shredded chicken {I used some leftover baked chicken}
1 15oz can reduced sodium Black Beans, rinsed
1 red pepper. diced
½ medium onion, diced
1 10oz can of red {or green} enchilada sauce
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. chili powder
½ cup of cheese {Mexican, Colby Jack…whatever kind you have on hand}

Heat a large skillet to medium heat and add a small {~1 tsp.} amount of Olive Oil.  Once the oil is warm, add the butternut squash, chicken, red pepper and onion.  Let cook until the squash is for tender.  Add the cumin & chili powder and let sit another minute.  Add in the beans, cheese and enchilada sauce.  Let heat for 3-4 minutes and ENJOY!

Have a great day!