17 Week Bumpdate!

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(This post is perhaps a week late … but better late than never!)
How far along: 17 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight gain: Also unknown.
Maternity clothes: I have invested in a few items of clothes, but not wearing much yet!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Seems to be good so far … aside from a few rough nights! Also this pillow has been a godsend! The only complaint I have is waking up too early because I’m hungry (but really, how can you complain about that?).
Best moment this week: FINALLY hearing baby’s heartbeat. One of the most amazing sounds I have heard in my entire life. Oh, and making it “facebook official” of course!
Worst moment this week: Pregnancy hormones are in full effect! I basically cry at everything. Like not fitting into any of my clothes. Yes. I cried.
Miss anything: SUSHI. DELI MEAT. AMERICANOS. I miss fitting into all of my clothes, I am in the “looks like I’ve eaten too much pizza” stage where most of my tops are just a little too snug but can’t make maternity tops work yet.
Movement: No … wait a second! *stomach gurgles* … nope. I patiently wait …
Cravings: Giant soft pretzels, nachos and cheese, and pancakes, but those seem to be the random ones of the week. Moreso all I want is oranges, apples, pears, strawberries and Greek yogurt. I could eat that every day!
Queasy or sick: None at all!
Aversions: Chicken (unless it is in some sort of dippable form OR loaded up with sauce), EGGS, PICKLES (RIGHT!? I had a horrible experience on Canada Day and ever since that .. nope). Also brushing my teeth has become a struggle.
Looking forward to: FALL! The cooler weather, giant sweaters, warm drinks and just being cozy and comfortable!
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I’m here … and guess what!

I have been wondering how I would start this blog for MONTHS. I had every intention of writing throughout summer, but things don’t go as planned my sweet blog had to be put on the back burner for a bit.

I won’t lie … I had been experiencing a little bit of a writer’s block to get this thing rolling. I mean, I didn’t do anything “blog worthy” over the summer and just sort of laid low.

But, I have good reason for this …

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YUP. WE ARE PREGNANT!

This journey has not been an easy one; it has been filled with tremendous anxiety, fear and hope, while excitement kind of sat on the back burner for the first trimester. BUT MORE ON THAT LATER …

Officially, WELCOME TO THE WILDERJESS!

I created this name on the idea that life is wild and unknown. You really have no idea what you’re in for – similar to adventuring out into the wilderness!
I’m pretty darn excited to get this thing going! As you can see from the headings, I have a LOT I want to blog about! I am also going to use this space as somewhere to document my journey through this pregnancy and onwards! My hope for this blog is that it becomes a place where I can share bits and pieces of my wild and unknown and connect with others.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend friends!

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YGK Craft Beer Fest 2017

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YGK Craft Beer Fest has become the teaser of summer for me. I have been lucky enough to have experienced this amazing event for the past three years and have watched it expand through both vendors and the number of people who attend.

Located on the hill at Fort Henry, YGK Craft Beer Fest boasts a number of local (and not so local) craft breweries, great local food trucks, and a fabulous line up of live music. Top it off with a beautiful sunny day (which have been few and far between this year!), that Fort Henry view of Kingston and Lake Ontario and it was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

The turnout this year was the best I have seen; but more people involves lines, lines … and more lines, so just be patient!

Here are some helpful hints for next year:

  • Purchase tickets in advance in order to avoid the ticket line.
  • Look around for the Beer Fest people in orange shirts – they have the beer tokens and will save you time from standing in yet another line!
  • Most vendors have debit/credit machines, so cash is not necessary, but it’s always good to have a little on hand, just in case.
  • Bring a blanket to get a spot on the hill. Beer, food and live music are much more enjoyable when you are sitting.
  • HYDRATE! Bring a reusable water bottle that you can fill up. The Utilities Kingston Water Buggy is onsite and definitely came in handy this year!
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat! I know, I know, how many times do you have to be reminded, right? But the only tents that are available are the beer tents. I don’t mind sitting in the sun, but wear sunscreen and re-apply it often!
  • Try something new! With so many breweries to choose from, you might as well! I tried the new Hawaiian Style Pale Ale from Spearhead (a new brewery in Kingston) and a delicious Stadium Island Peach cider from Brickworks Ciderhouse (Toronto).

Lastly, don’t forget to have fun!

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