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life update

Posted on: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have some fun and v big news to share today! We are having a baby! And whew, it feels really good to finalllly share the news publicly (I’m so bad about being secretive). 💛 Our little BB is coming in January, so he/she will share a birthday month with me!

We found out we were pregnant when the baby was about 5 weeks and now we’re at about 16 weeks! At first, and especially during the first few weeks, it felt surreal and didn’t quite sink it that yes, we are having a kid. A few weeks ago, we had an ultrasound where we felt and heard the baby’s heartbeat and saw he/she moving (dancing) – it was so cool to experience and really clicked like THIS IS HAPPENING.

This is obviously a totally new phase of life for me/us and there’s a lot of unknowns but I’m trying to remind myself that so many other life phases were unknowns too – moving across the country, getting married, etc. And, I figured out those new phases out and learned a lot along the way. And I will do the same with this whole pregnancy/mamahood thing too!

Thank you to everyone for being so supportive and encouraging and amazing and kind to us! My support system is truly one of life’s biggest and richest gifts and words can’t quite explain how much I appreciate the advice, kindness, celebrations and love from our family and friends. ✨

And, I happen to think Prince Jack will be the cutest big (furry) brother. 💛 What do you guys think? 😉

In case you’re interested, here’s some random updates about my pregnancy so far!

FEELING (PHYSICALLY): overall, really good! Fortunately, I haven’t been sick at all (🙏🏻), but I have been super, super tired. Like, must-take-an-afternoon-nap and still go to bed at 9pm tired. Since I work remotely, my schedule is fairly flexible, so I’ve been waking up earlier to start work at 7/8am and then taking an hour or so nap in the afternoon and resuming work in the afternoon/evening. The tiredness was especially true/all-consuming during the first trimester, but like clockwork, I’ve started to get my energy back after hitting 13 or so weeks. Whew! I’ve also been feeling a lot more soreness in my lower back/hips/obliques. Not surprising, of course, since my body is obviously going to expand, but still kind of painful. My Saje pain release essential oil has been a lifesaver! Oh, and my acne realllllly flared up at the beginning, which has been a not-so-great (but apparently common) pregnancy symptom. Oh and one more not-so-glamourous and pretty gross physical thing — the first few weeks I was super gassy. It wasn’t great. This symptom wasn’t one I heard about a lot so…maybe people just keep that super private or maybe I’m the only one who experienced this symptom. 😂

FEELING (EMOTIONALLY/MENTALLY): When I first found out, I was a mix of happy and panicked. This happened a lot faster than we expected, so I guess I was just thrown off guard a bit! The all-encompassing emotion I felt especially in the first 5-9 weeks was just overwhelmed. By 8-9 weeks, I had told my family and inner circle of friends and I felt immediately better. Their support and encouragement really helped me shift towards more excitement over fear and stress. It was also stressful for me to keep this huge life thing private, especially when in social situations (aka – after saying you aren’t drinking after a few times, it’s just kind of obvious). I think a lot of this stress and overwhelmingness came from 1) being bombarded with lots of medical info and ‘worst case scenario’ doctor stuff about testing, etc and 2) feeling a little bit like a loner in the mom department. I don’t know a ton of moms/families in the Bay Area and that felt startling and difficult- how was I going to do this?! Thankfully, a lot of those feelings have subsided when I was reminded, over and over, that I have so many supportive and loving people in my life (moms and otherwise) both in the Bay Area and all over and everything was going to be okay. More than okay!

READING: Bringing Up Bébé, Mindful Birthing and allll of the MOTHER articles

WEARING: I still fit into all my pre-pregnancy clothes, but have been wearing less jeans and more flowy dresses/casual leggings + tshirt combo. I don’t really want to purchase a ton of maternity clothes, so going to try to work with what I have for the most part (said while I’m still fairly small and haven’t grown a ginormous belly *yet*) But, I do have my eye on the Storq leggings, jumpsuit and tank dress and I’ll probably get the Madewell maternity jeans too. Any other cool maternity brands/clothes you guys know of/recommend?

FITNESS: I’ve been continuing to work out 5x/week, mostly yoga and Pilates, plus a few SoulCycle classes. Other than making some modifications to different poses/moves, exercising has been pretty much the same since pre-pregnancy. Working out (as always) has been super beneficial both physically and mentally. I know this routine will likely change as my pregnancy progresses/I get much larger, so if any of you have recommendations on pre-natal friendly workouts, send my way!

FOOD AVERSIONS/CRAVINGS: I haven’t really had any aggressive aversions. I miss sushi. I’ve been craving cold and fruity, so have been making a lot of smoothies (but that’s pretty normal for me). I’m also drinking tons of water.

VITAMINS: Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins and Silver Fern Probiotic Vitamins (which I’m convinced have really helped clear my acne and help boost my immune system)

Thanks for reading! More photos below – and thanks to Lisha Wang for snapping these photos of us in our apartment!

 

Meet Jack!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

hi friends! say hello to our new puppy, jack! we’ve been wanting to rescue/adopt a dog for a few months now and it finally happened over the weekend. recently, we’ve been pretty much stalking rescue websites all over the bay area, applying/reaching out and not having too much luck. we ended up braving the rain and attending an adoption event on sunday afternoon that rocket dog rescue was hosting and met this sweet guy!

he had been in a loving foster home one week before the event, but before that, rocket dog rescue volunteers picked him up in the bakersfield area. apparently one of the volunteers saw a sign somewhere (like a grocery store or community bulletin board) that read “lost dog, will trade for iPhone” (😞😣). the amazing volunteers reached out to the guy and rescuing the dog from there. we aren’t sure where little jack was before that, but we’re v happy he’s here with us! i’m so amazed by the work that rocket dog rescue does to save and re-home these pups. their team/volunteers have been super responsive and helpful even these last few days answering questions about shots, crate training, etc. their adoption fee/donation also includes the cost of the dog’s neuter/spay appointment and all up-to-date shots. thank you rocket dog rescue! fun fact: he was previously named squirrel, which is mostly funny because i’m absolutely terrified of squirrels. we decided that jack was better suited for him instead!

he’s been super energetic and playful and at the same time, cuddly and sweet. we know he’s a terrier mix, and our guess is something closer to a border terrier mix based on his coloring and markings and personality traits he’s exhibited so far. we’re still working on crate and potty training (🙏🏻) but so far it’s been a pretty good transition welcoming jack into our home and making sure he feels comfortable. once he has all of his shots, we’ll be bringing him on a bunch of adventures! until then, SF friends, you guys should come meet him at our apartment. 😊 and we’re already planning jack’s big trip(s) to ohio when he’s a little older to meet his puppy cousin scout and our other family dog, rugby.

now…time to buy a puppy raincoat!

weekend in ohio!

Posted on: Monday, January 25, 2016

Athens, Ohio

I wanted to share a few snaps from my recent weekend trip to Ohio! Eric had a work trip in Nashville the week prior and I had a work trip in D.C. the following week, so we decided to meet up with my family in Ohio to hang out!

Weekend highlights included helping Kerry find her new apartment in Columbus (yay for your new job K!), going to my college town Athens with my sisters and E (SO FUN to explore my old stomping grounds…I felt so old), getting to see my parents and spending time with my adorable 11-week-old puppy niece, Scout! You should follow her on Instagram @scoutthesaint; I’m obsessed with her.

Have a great day! <3


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Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio

Where it all began…visiting my freshman year dorm!

Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio

happy birthday, e!

Posted on: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Eric and Andi

happiest birthday to my best friend, fiancee and the best life adventure partner! 27 is going to be an amazing year!

 

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