Times they are a-changin’

Long time, no speak, eh? A LOT has changed since the last time we spoke, namely:

The birth of one Miss Scarlett Rose (who is now almost 4 months!)


And my decision to leave my job as a second grade teacher to be a full time mommy. 


While I absolutely loved my job and was heartbroken to leave such a great school and staff behind, I just couldn’t picture going back to work working for our family. My long commute and finishing up my graduate degrees were just some of the big factors in my decision. 

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And let’s face it, I had trouble leaving Bud when he was a puppy, and a baby is a whole other level of mommy separation anxiety.

Buddy bonding with the bump

I had planned on going back to work, but in all honesty I knew that it was definitely a possibility that I would change my mind once I saw that little face for the first time. 

Well, as it turned out that face got me. It got me good.


It’s funny because I had always pictured myself staying home with my kids, as my mom did, but then again I had never imagined that I would have a job that, while incredibly stressful and draining at times, brought me so much joy and fulfillment every single day.

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There’s nothing quite like being greeted with a big hug or a breathless “Hi, Mrs. Allsup!” from a smiling student, or seeing the joy in a child’s eyes when they achieve something that was difficult for them, or laughing at the inventive insights of the 7-year-old mind. 


I know I’m incredibly lucky to even have had the option to stay home, as I know many new mamas do not have a choice on whether or not to go back to work. 

But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t sad, and still somewhat in shock, that I wasn’t starting another school year with a brand new group of kiddos a few weeks ago.


However, I know I will eventually return to teaching and I am excited about what the future holds for my career. And in the meantime, I’m still going to sub at the school I taught at so I can still get my fix every once in awhile!

But right now my full time job is loving on this little one, and I must say it’s my dream job:)


40 weeks

The Third Trimester: The Last 10 Weeks

Today I am 40 weeks and 1 day–holy moly! Yesterday was baby girl’s “guess date”, but I wasn’t too surprised that she didn’t choose to make her grand entrance to the world on that particular day. My family and I have joked that she is already like her mommy—everyone wants her to come this weekend, so she probably won’t;)

Things have been beyond crazy the past 2 months trying to get everything in order before baby comes–between teaching full-time, taking two Masters classes, and baby preparation, I have been one busy lady.

So without further ado, here is a snapshot of my last 10 weeks of pregnancy.

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Overall, the third trimester has been pretty good to me!

I had my first baby shower on March 29 when I was 35 weeks, hosted by Justin’s aunts and sister-in-law.

baby shower


My co-workers also threw me a shower before school on April 3–yogurt parfait bar and pink donuts for the win!


Last but not least, my sisters hosted a shower for me on April 4th at the Hearth Room Café in Town and Country when I was 36 weeks.


Baby Liam came to visit that weekend, too!! (he’s in the Baby K-Tan:)

The nursery is pretty much set, we’re just waiting on a rug and few more picture frames that will hang above the changing table. I’m very pleased with how it turned out!


Third Trimester Recap:

Nesting: The nesting instinct kicked in around 33 weeks–for both Justin and I:) We have spent the last few months getting the house ready for baby, and not just the nursery. We’ve made some updates to the whole house, including getting a new bed and mattress (next up will be a new dresser and nightstands), new curtains in the living room, updating some décor here and there throughout the house, and even Bud got a new bed!


Nausea: It will sometimes come creeping back (usually later in the day or anytime I’m really exhausted) but even then it is very mild compared to what it was earlier in my pregnancy.

Sleep: Besides having to get up more frequently throughout the night to pee (and therefore sometimes having trouble falling back asleep after taking my 3rd or 4th trip to the bathroom), I didn’t really  have any other sleep issues. Although I will say that the last 2 weeks have been the most challenging with trying to get (and stay) comfortable with this rather cumbersome belly:)

Cravings: Breakfast for dinner! The past three Friday nights, Justin and I have cooked up a delicious “brinner” of waffles or pancakes, scrambled eggs, chicken breakfast sausage, and fresh fruit–yum!

Aversions: Most of my food ones have passed, however my strongest aversion to any strong-smelling personal hygiene items such as deodorant and body wash has remained throughout my pregnancy. I have probably gone through at least 10 body washes in my quest to find one that didn’t nauseate me–the least offensive one I found to be Jason Pure Natural body wash in aloe vera.


Workouts: I stopped going to the gym around 35 weeks because let’s face it, Zumba and BodyCombat were starting to get a bit awkward with the belly. However, I have continued working out about 5 days a week at home. Up until about 36 weeks I was still doing BodyPump and BodyCombat via YouTube, as well as Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 (with many moves modified of course) and a little bit of walking/running on the treadmill if it felt ok (running would sometimes cause a bad side cramp and I would have to stop). The past two weeks have consisted mainly of walking Buddy and Jillian Michaels–her workouts have been perfect because they’re a little bit of strength training and cardio all in one quick 25 minute workout.

Body: I really think continuing to workout and eat healthy throughout my pregnancy has helped me to avoid many unpleasant pregnancy symptoms such as aches and pains, swelling, sleep issues, heartburn, etc. Besides having nausea until around 25 weeks, I have had a really comfortable pregnancy! There were two strange days (one during week 32 and the other during week 38) where I felt really off and was having Braxton Hicks for hours at a time, which I think was probably brought on by stress. I have always heard that by the end of the 3rd trimester you are so uncomfortable that you are just ready for that baby to come on out–however, these last few weeks I have felt pretty great and I’m content with baby girl staying put until she fells like she is ready:) My overall weight gain has fluctuated between 27-30 lbs the past three weeks.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous this weekend and I got to just spend some time relaxing and enjoying my little family before it becomes just a little bit bigger:)


It is so surreal and exciting to think that my next post will be introducing our baby girl!!! I can’t wait to meet her!!! <3 <3 <3

<3 VKG


The Third Trimester: Weeks 27-30

Last week I became an aunt!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


Liam Gregory

Born February 20th, 2015

6 lbs. 12 oz., 20.5 inches long


Be still my heart. I am so in love with this little guy that I’m a bit worried how my heart will be able to handle the arrival of our little girl in just 2 months<3

Weeks 27-30 Recap

Yesterday marked 31 weeks–holy cow! Only 9 more weeks to go! How am I feeling? BEYOND EXCITED. I cannot wait to meet our little girl:-)

The Bump Progression:


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29 weeks

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Baby Movement: Baby girl is very active, especially after meals and at night. I also feel her little hiccups quite often which I think is super cute:) I love having her with me at all times and it’s bittersweet that in 2 months I will be able to finally hold her in my arms, however she will never again be with me at every moment like she is now.

Morning Sickness: For the most part I am nausea-free (hooray!) but it still creeps up every now and then, especially when I’m tired. However, after 25 weeks of constant queasiness, I can handle a little here and there–no sweat!

Sleep: Justin bought me a Snoogle for Christmas, but I had tried it out one night soon after I got it, and I could not get comfortable so I shelved it until I really needed it. Around week 26 I noticed that I could no longer sleep comfortably in my usual half side/half stomach position, so it was time to give the Snoogle another chance. It took a few nights to get used to/figure it out, and now I am LOVING it! No pregnancy-induced insomnia here:-)



Cravings: I still require orange juice nightly before bed, I adore strawberry Greek yogurt with almonds, and recently I have had a strong hankering for Rainbow Chip cake & frosting…only to find out that Rainbow Chip frosting has been discontinued!!??? What is this insanity??

rainbow chip


Aversions: While I no longer have any strong aversions, many foods just don’t sound particularly appealing–it takes a lot longer for me to figure out groceries for the week, which for someone who struggles with indecisiveness to begin with, this is quite an added annoyance.

Weight Gain: At my last appointment at 30.5 weeks, I had reached the 20 lb. mark!

Stuffy Nose: My sinuses have definitely been awry throughout my pregnancy, but have been worse since catching a cold last month that refuses to leave and has slowly turned into a sinus infection.

Workouts: I’m still able to do some kind of workout most days of the week, however, I noticed this past week that things are definitely getting harder and I’m starting to slow down quite a bit. I just don’t have the same mobility/flexibility now that my belly is so much bigger, and some days it feels like my feet are moving through mud when I’m trying to do cardio. At Zumba on Tuesday I realized that this body just can’t move and groove like it used to–body rolling and twerking is pretty awkward at 30 weeks pregnant;)

Aches & Pains: No complaints here! I’ve been very fortunate to have been pretty comfortable throughout the pregnancy so far (besides the morning sickness). Starting a few weeks ago, I will sometimes get a side cramp when walking or jogging on the treadmill that kind of feels like the cramp you get if you exercise right after eating. There was also one incident where I woke up in the middle of the night with an excruciating charlie horse in the back of my leg, but luckily that hasn’t happened since (and I’m hoping it stays that way!) I think staying active and visiting my chiropractor/acupuncturist regularly has maybe helped?

Other Symptoms: 

  • My right palm is always itchy for some reason
  • I recently noticed I have peach fuzz all over my belly, but on the bright side no stretch marks so far! Let’s keep it that way, mmkay?
  • I can’t comfortably go up on my tippy toes without feeling as if a charlie horse is coming on
  • Energy levels are still pretty good during the day, however it’s a lot harder for me to get out of bed in the morning and I feel ready to go to bed by 7:30 most weeknights
  • I’m always thirsty
  • Very dry skin–I often have cracked, bleeding knuckles from having to wash my hands often at work due to being around germ-wrangling kids all day
  • I feel like I’ve been in a pretty good, even-keel mood these past 7 months–no major emotional outbursts, although I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster the day my nephew was born: I felt terribly sad that I couldn’t be there when he arrived but so incredibly, overwhelmingly happy and excited for him to enter the world

9 more weeks to go!

<3 VKG

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The Second Trimester: Weeks 21-25

Today marks my 29th week, but let’s back up a bit to weeks 21-25!

The Bump Progression

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Weekly Highlights

Week 21: As you can see, I was still wearing my nausea wristbands. On the plus side, I was finally starting to show more.

Week 22: This was when my bump first appeared noticeable from the front! (I also noticed that this dress kind of resembles a killer whale). During this week we also had a follow-up ultrasound to the one I had at 18 weeks. The reason for the follow-up was because they didn’t have clear enough images of the baby’s heart from the previous ultrasound, and also a choroid plexus cyst was spotted on her little brain–something the nurse assured me was very common but of course I still freaked out a bit:) Anyway, at the follow-up they were able to get all the images they needed and the doctor said everything looked great, AND that the cyst had disappeared–HOORAY!:-):-):-)

During my 22nd week we also had my sister’s baby shower. She is 9 weeks ahead of me, so she was 31 weeks at the time (we’re currently waiting for my sweet little nephew to arrive any day now and I can barely contain my excitement!!) Whew, this is a big year for me–not only am I going to be a first-time aunt, but also a first-time mom just a few months later:-)



Week 23: It was back to work after a nice, relaxing winter break and it definitely took some adjusting back to waking up super early. Hey, I’ve been enjoying being able to sleep in while I still can;)

Week 24: The baby started becoming VERY active around this week, which I absolutely loved! Feeling her jumping and jiving all the livelong day really makes it so much more real that I am actually growing a baby in my belly:-)

Week 25: Could it be?? Has the constant nausea FINALLY passed at long last?? This was an exciting week because I realized I was not needing to wear my wristbands anymore and that most of the time I was nausea-free! While it still creeps up occasionally, it is no longer an all-day, all-night thing and it is glorious!

Stay tuned for weeks 26-28 very soon!

<3 VKG


The Second Trimester: Weeks 18-20

Yesterday I had my 22 week doctor’s appointment, plus a follow-up ultrasound to the one I got at 18.5 weeks. The reason for the follow-up was because due to the baby’s positioning during the previous ultrasound, they were unable to get clear pictures of her heart. However, we did manage to get some extremely cute ones:


I can’t get over her adorable little profile with that tiny little nose:)


Future Olympic distance runner?


Oh hey, mom and dad!

Another reason for the follow-up yesterday was because a choroid plexus cyst was spotted on the baby’s brain during the initial ultrasound, which they assured me was very common and nothing to worry about…easier said than done, right?? However, after a little research and taking into account that they didn’t schedule the follow-up until 5 weeks later (I figured if it was something serious they would have me come back right away) helped assure me that everything was most likely okay. And guess what? It is!! After the ultrasound yesterday, the cyst had disappeared (which they usually do) and everything else looked great! :-)

Now let’s rewind a bit to weeks 18-20…


Week 18 was exciting because that’s when we found out we are having a baby girl!


We had the ultrasound on a Thursday and had the technician put the gender pic in an envelope which I dropped off at a bakery on my way home (I had to take it because I didn’t trust Justin not to peek!). The next day Justin picked up the cupcakes and we had my parents and sister over for dinner that night, followed by an extra special dessert.


We Skyped with my brother and my sister and her husband so they could join in on the big reveal!


It was a little anticlimactic because Justin saw a pink dot on the bottom of the cupcake when he removed it from the wrapper, and then I saw the little pink dot on the wrapper–it was still one of the most exciting moments of my life!!! For some reason, I was really thinking the baby was a boy that week leading up to the reveal, so it felt like a big surprise! It was like Christmas morning as a kid again, x a billion:)



Needless to say, week 18 was pretty great:)


It was during week 19 when I woke up one morning to discover that suddenly my pants didn’t fit. Hair-tie trick to the rescue!! I am also discovering that leggings=the best thing ever when you’re pregnant.


And of course, hitting the 20-week mark was very special to me because it meant I was officially halfway to meeting our baby girl:) While I won’t lie and say that it flew by (constant nausea has a way of slowing down time;), I still can’t believe that I’m already to this point, and I also can’t believe that it’s possible to get even more excited for her arrival every single day.

Oh, and week 20 brought about my first encounter with maternity pants. “Embrace the elastic” proclaimed one of my co-workers, so embrace I did and bought a pair of maternity corduroys from Loft. My question is, why aren’t regular pants this comfortable?! It may be hard transitioning back…


Other Pregnancy Updates

Cravings: Kalamata olives and orange juice are still the two big ones. I absolutely have to drink a glass of orange juice every night after dinner for some reason.

Aversions: Thankfully my dog-nose has calmed down a bit and I no longer gag at the everyday smells of the world around me, and that also means my food aversions are not as strong as they were. I still don’t care for sweets (although I do eat them occasionally, I just don’t really enjoy them), also garlic and onions.

Sleep: Still going A-OK! I go to bed earlier and naturally wake up earlier than I used to, which isn’t a bad thing! I’m hoping this continues and that I don’t have to deal with the pregnancy insomnia I have heard about…

Nausea: Still always have it to some degree, but much, much, more bearable than it was earlier on in the pregnancy.

Body: Most days I feel really good, but there are some days where I feel heavy and sluggish–I guess a little preview of what’s to come in the 3rd tri:) Some other body “issues” include: some itchiness here and there, stuffy nose, frequent need to pee (and becomes unbearable if I try to ignore it–especially when I’m walking Buddy at the park where the bathrooms have been shut down for the winter:-/), higher body temp than usual, extreme chapped lips, and the girls continue to grow each week it seems.

Workouts: Going really well! I am able to get in some form of workout 5-6 days per week. Favorites include: run/walk intervals on the treadmill, BodyPump, Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Zumba, and of course taking Bud for walks. Still have yet to practice yoga during this pregnancy…going on my to-do list as we speak!

Be back soon with a recap of the next few weeks!

<3 VKG