July 20, 2013

Six Month Update: Baby Wonder

So cute!
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Presently waddling my way through the sixth month of this pregnancy and falling more in love with Shoebaby everyday! He is now actively kicking and stretching and keeping me up all night! He even had his first case of the hiccups last week--Brett and I sat in awe for five minutes just watching him "pop" over and over. What a cutie pie!

Sorry--I'll try not to keep posting about this kid, but he makes me so happy and excited! We're going to start on the nursery this weekend and already have pretty much all the furniture and decor stuff. I can't wait to show you pics!

Wonder what he'll be like? If his physical activity in-tummy is any indication of his future personality, he'll surely be a feisty fella. Will he look like little boy Brett? (Oh, I hope so, he was so adorable!) Which personality traits will he get from us? We can't wait to meet him!

Here's Husband and I when we were little:

See what I mean about Brett being the cutest little ever? Hmmmm...What happens when you combine these genes? Oh, and yeah, that ballerina lamb pic is totally rad. My momma still has that costume!

We got the breast pump in the mail this week and I sat in on the counter and stared at it. We own a breast pump. How weird. Note to future mommies: Brett's medical insurance covered the whole thing, so make sure you look into that before you register for or buy one!

Busy busy weekend of domestic duties. I hope you all are having a fun one!

July 17, 2013

Seattle Love

I have a special place in my heart for Seattle. It's where I lived for three years, made amazing friends, spent beautiful summers, had crazy memorable misadventures...and of course it's where I met and fell in love with Husband.

So when a good friend of mine asked me for Seattle recommendations, a ton of spots--both sentimental and just plain awesome--popped into mind. Since that was not the first time (or even the second, or third, but possibly the tenth!) I've been asked this question, I decided to write up a little post about my favorite places in Seattle. Here goes!

[all pics from Yelp]
Top place: Paseo's Cuban Sandwiches (locations in Fremont and Ballard). I dream about these sandwiches. I miss this place more than anything else about Seattle! Okay, fine, I miss my friends, but this is a close second ;) There's always a line so it's best to call ahead to place your order (the menu is online) and then cut to the front to pay and pick up. During the summer, they might sell out before three, so go for lunch and take your sammie to Golden Gardens for a picnic. Perfect afternoon.

Black Bottle

For tapas and drinks: Black Bottle (Belltown). Here's what to order: the smoked chicken and sun-dried cherry flatbread pizza, the blasted broccoli, and the kim chee pork belly. Oh, and actually anything else on the menu, it's all good. Super laid-back but date night-y atmosphere.
Also good for small plates: Spur Gastropub (Belltown)

Ray's 11/08

For the view: Ray's Boathouse (Ballard). The food is pretty good, but you're not really there for the food, to be honest. On a sunny day, grab a patio table and take in the beautiful Puget Sound. So pretty and relaxing. Apparently, there's been a renovation, so it's even better!
Other fun outdoor patio places: Ivars (Wallingford location), The Pink Door (Pike's Place), Poquitos (Capital Hill), Terra Plata (Capital Hill), and Shelter (Ballard).

For Korean: both the fancy food of Revel (Fremont) and comforting food at Kim Chee Bistro (Capital Hill) are yummy
For Japanese: a lot of people like the trendy and chic Umi but I still prefer the clean and simple Shiro's (both located in Belltown)
For Indian: Cedars (U-district)
For pizza: Serious Pie (downtown)
For Mexican: La Carta de Oaxaca (Ballard)
For beer: Brouwers (Fremont) great outdoor seating too! This is where Brett and I had brunch early in our relationship and he came up with the brilliant idea to have a beer pong Sunday Funday!
For fun: King's Hardware (Ballard), then bar hop afterwards. Belltown used to be fun, but who knows now anymore. I would go to Capital Hill (start at Sun Liquor) and Lake Union (Brave Horse) to bar hop nowadays too, I think.
For the speak-easy crowd: Bathtub Gin (Belltown), Tavern Law (Cap Hill)
For a cute brunch: Volunteer Park Cafe (Cap Hill), Portage Bay (U-district, downtown), Oddfellows (Cap Hill)

Special shout-out to Amber Lounge for hiring me and being the best "singles" bar which brought in the very rambunctious group of Brett and his friends every weekend. If it weren't for this place, my life would be very different.

Restaurants I haven't tried but I hear are amazing: The Walrus and the Carpenter (Ballard), The Blind Pig (Eastlake), Matt's in the Market (Pike's Place).



Mariner's baseball game! The bars around Safeco Field are fun to hit up before and afterward too! Sooo much fun had at these games with my crazy peoples. I don't even remember the actual baseball game, it's all about the friends, bad food, and beer ;) Seahawks games are fun, too, but usually too cold/cloudy/rainy to enjoy as much. Oh, and there's also the Sounders games. I found that baseball games are the funnest.

As for nearby bars, gotta suggest Cowgirls, Inc since it is a hoot and they let us shoot these pics there.

Ballard Locks: if you're lucky, you can see the salmon run as well as boats go in and out. It's pretty cool. Go to Paseo's afterwards.

Camp and float down Yakima River. I'm really having a blast, I promise.

See a show! The music scene in Seattle is so lively--take advantage of it! All of my favorite shows EVER have occurred in Seattle! From big concert venues like Key Arena to smaller ones (mo bettah) like Showbox, Triple Door, Paramount, Crocodile, and Neumos, there's always someone to go see. I miss that.

Take a road trip to Portland or Vancouver--use Yelp to find restaurants, it's pretty reliable.

Go wine-tasting. Apparently there's a lot of fab wineries around Seattle, but I've never been (Brett doesn't drink wine, boo!).

Space Needle, I guess. Kind of expensive, and only really worth it if it's a clear day (good luck with that!).

Pike's Place, duh. Flowers, fish, knick-knacks, ghosts, gum wall, chowder. Go get some.

Which brings us full circle to the opening picture of this post. Whew! I think that's enough recs, what do you think? I'm sure I'm missing a ton of things, but my brain hurts and now I want a Paseo's sandwich so I can't think straight. 

Thanks for reading--this post is LONG! Lol. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! 

July 4, 2013

My Mommy-to-be Must-Haves

  •  Mama Mio's Tummy Rub Oil: Ah, the dreaded stretch mark! This oil (there's a butter version, too) gets top scores for reliance, but I'm sure they're all good--although most experts say there's absolutely nothing you can do to prevent those tiger stripes. Mama Mio's smells good, too, and is a relaxing ritual before bed--although be careful, the oil can stain!
  • Ingrid & Isabel's Bella Band: The first items I was unable to wear were my favorite jeans but this little doo-dad makes it possible for me to wear all my pre-pregnancy pants! This is especially helpful for work and school since we have a business casual dress code. 
  • H&M Maternity Line: The only maternity line that I can get excited about. The jeans actually fit and most of the clothes aren't all boring basics. My sister spoiled me with clothes from the Motherhood Maternity line for my birthday, and I love them! But H&M is more in my budget. I also window shop at TopShop Maternity and ASOS. If only money grew on trees...
  • Happy Haleiwa bottle: My BFF got me this awesome mug bottle that keeps drinks warm or cold for hours and hours. I can literally put some iced water in it at 6 am and there will be ice cubes in it all day long. I used to never drink water, but now I'm thirsty 24/7 and drink about 8-10 mugs a day. Did you know a preg's blood volume increases by 40%? So cray. 

  • Tracy Anderson's Pregnancy Project: 9 DVDs for the 9 months of pregnancy, and she's pregnant too! These work out your arms, legs, butt, and even some ab work. All you need is a mat, 3 lb weights, and a hand towel. Each month corresponds to which muscles should be working (and not working) and differ in levels of strenuousness. Love them.

  • Jennifer Wolfe's Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga: I have only done the 45 minute practice once and it worked me. I was so tired I had to stop toward the end. Much better than the other too-slow DVDs I tried before. I'll def give it another shot this week. Doing any yoga is great for stress-relief, stretching (my body is so stiff and tired everyday, and yoga wakes it up), and a bit of sweat.

  • Baby Bargains: This book rates the latest cribs, strollers, car seats, nursery furniture, etc. so you can shop smarter. We made sure we took this book with us when we did our registry!

  • WeeSpring: I haven't used this much since I don't have any friends on it (super sad, pouty face!) so Mommies out there, please join and friend me! Give me recommendations! The most helpful suggestions have been from my fellow mommy-and-daddy-friends so thank you all for your recommendations! BUT I would love it to just hop online to look up which baby food maker you use, too. So go do it. Kthanksbai.

  • Sprout App for iPhone: Speaking of techie stuff, I use the following three apps every day! They keep track of your little one's progress, and this one even has tools like MD Visit Planner, Weight Tracker, and lots of lists to check off! One of my favorite uses of this app is the timeline which tells you by week what's going on with you, at the next doctor appointment, and with your baby. It's a quick way to plan your life at a glance.

  •  BabyBump app: Super informative by day AND week, plus keeps your baby bump progression photos cataloged for you. 

  • WebMD Pregnancy App: Great articles and more information about your developing baby and body by week. There's also a journal function, but I don't use it.
Of course my #1 Must-Have is other Mommies! You guys are seriously an endless source of information! Thank you girls for all your help! And, readers, what are some of your pregnancy must-haves?

As far as the first trimester goes, I did get a lot of morning sickness, and some people would recommend candied ginger, Preggie Pops, ginger ale and crackers, etc. but for me, NOTHING worked. So I didn't include any of those thangs on this list. 

Well, I hope y'all are having a wonderful Fourth of July weekend! I started my intro hospital rotation this week and it is very exciting! Although we don't get a four-day weekend, we do get to relax today before returning to work tomorrow.

Husband and I are going to Charleston, SC this weekend to visit Brett's BFF and his fam, what are you all up to? 

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