Lent, 21 Weeks, and a New House

How have you all been? I had a wonderful birthday weekend- thank you for all your sweet birthday wishes!   It wasn't the same without a margarita or wine but don't worry I made up for it with plenty of cupcakes.   I have about 1,000 things going on in life right now, it's all good stuff and nothing worth complaining over at all but my postings may be sparse as I try to get it all complete. 
Bear with me on this long update.  

Do you celebrate lent?  As a good Catholic girl I try to honor Lent every year.  Last year I gave up dairy, it was actually easier than I imagined it would be and I lost a couple of pounds.   I follewed a lactose free diet which you can see the details of here.  This year I can't even imagine giving up dairy and it probably wouldn't be good for baby boy so I decided to give up sweets. 
It's going to suck.  I have a huge sweet tooth and I have definitely been treating myself a lot lately, but it will be good for me and I know that I really shouldn't be loading up baby boy with tons of sugar.  So wish me luck!

I don't have any photos this week, so you'll just have to settle for an update:

How far along? 21 weeks
Baby Size: Spaghetti squash  - any idea what that is??
 Total weight gain/loss: 12lbs as of last appt so we're sticking with that
 Maternity clothes? Pants yes, dresses pretty much, shirts I can still pull off my pre-baby ones
Stretch marks? No and hoping it stays that way
Sleep:   Hasn't been too bad this week
Best moment this week:  Bought my first big baby item!
 Miss Anything?  Champagne or a Margarita would have been so nice on my birthday, oh and some raw sushi 
 Movement: Yes- this is one active baby boy- I feel him all the time now  
Food cravings:  Still milk and anything hot and spicy

Symptoms:  Shortness of breath, my doctor said it's totally normal and just a sign that I need to slow down a bit- which is hard for someone like me to do  
  Anything making you queasy or sick:  Not this week
 Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender prediction: Boy!!
 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:  Moving into our new house!
Last but not least in the LONG update.... 
 We bought a new house!! 

We settled on the house last Friday, so my husband keeps referring to it as my biggest birthday present ever.    It's obviously not new new, but it's new to us. It was built in 1987 and has about double the space of our townhouse.  It needs a lot of cosmetic updates but it has great bones and it's in a great neighborhood and very desirable school district.  
I can't wait to share more pictures with you and update you on all the changes we make.  It's being painted right now as we speak!


  1. OMG! It's so cute!!! Congrats on the house! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  2. Congrats!! That is so exciting. We just listed our house and are in the process of buying a new place too!

  3. Eeek congrats on the new house!!! Perfect size/area for a family ;) I can't wait to see more pics of it!!


  4. The best thing about having 'blogger friends' is when they buy/renovate houses! ; ) SO excited!!!

  5. How exciting! Can't wait to see more of your new house? Did you stay in Anne Arundel County?

  6. Congrats! A great amount of space for a new baby! :)

  7. congrats!!! i can't wait to see pics and see how you decorate/redesign. i love home improvement!!

    a peek of chic

  8. Love it! Can't wait to see more pictures. So much potential!

  9. How fun! We just got a house too!! I am going to post an update about it soon! :) Can't wait to see what you do to yours!

  10. congratulations!!! cant wait to see more photos - glad you had a great birthday! i have no idea what to give up yet!!


  11. What a good catholic girl you are! I always try to give stuff up but fail. I want to try again this year, perhaps I'll do sweets also. Just after I eat oooone more piece of candy... ;)
    Isn’t That Charming.

  12. Congrats! I can't wait to see more pics of the house! Exciting times :)

  13. Congrats on the new house!! How exciting! And baby on the way will be a huge motivator to get settled!! :)

  14. Congratulations!! So much exciting stuff going on for you! I can't wait to see the rest of the house! You are one tough lady giving up sweets while preggers. That is will power!!

  15. Wow, giving up sweets would be hard for me right now! I can't wait until I start feeling the baby, when did you start?! Also, I was going to do a post similar to your old wives tales post about whether or not the baby is a boy or a girl, I hope you don't mind :)

    Love the new house, so charming! Can't want to see more!!!

    {love jenny xoxo}

  16. just found your blog via shannon's design page. i'm turning 30 in less than 2 weeks and am also having my first, a little boy, in june! nice to "meet" you and looking forward to following along! congrats on the new house too!


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