20 Week Bumpdate!

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How far along: All I can think of for this is the chorus to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” – wooooah! we’re [officially] halfway there!
Gender: Unknown and it is safe to say it will be a surprise until this little bubs comes out!
Weight gain: SOON. ugh.
Maternity clothes: Still bits and pieces here and there, especially BOTTOMS! Have to invest in a few more pieces before we go full out with all the maternity wear. Thank goodness for online shopping!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Generally fairly good. I sleep through the night! It’s when I have to take those 4:30am washroom trips and get back into bed and my brain is like, “HA! Nice try. You’re wide awake now.”
Best moment this week: 
1. I am about 99% certain that I have FINALLY started to feel “flutters” – I would probably describe them more as like the feeling of gas bubbles! So amazing! I think I have felt a little kick the odd time too! It’s definitely different than anything I’ve ever felt. Can’t wait to feel them more!
2. Our 20 week ultrasound scan was just unbelievable. We got to see our little babe who would hardly stay still! Our US techs were wonderful and explained everything to us!
Miss anything: With all the wonderful moments this week, I couldn’t really miss anything!
Movement: YES! See above!
Cravings: Nothing wild.
Queasy or sick: I think the hot and then cool temps have decided to have some fun with me – might be coming down with a cold. We’ll see what happens.
Aversions: Nothing new – plain chicken, eggs, pickles … oh and mushrooms!
Looking forward to: Thanksgiving weekend! Eating all the mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy … and hopefully some turkey! Can’t forget all the delicious desserts!
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19 Week Bumpdate!

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How far along: 19 weeks!
Gender: Unknown
Weight gain: Also unknown – although I’m expecting to find out at my next appointment in October. Yikes.
Maternity clothes: I brought out a few shirts and tanks this week. Only because they are the only things that are currently comfortable, aside from leggings and sweatpants! And with this current weather, I’m running out of clothing!
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: Okay … there have been a few early mornings when I’m just -BAM- awake and can’t get back to sleep! Which is really great, when you have to teach all day.
Best moment this week: We picked out our crib, and now it is sitting in its box waiting for the nursery set up to begin! Now to try and find time to do that … still have loads of time right!?
Worst moment this week: Uh, well I ate delicious Vietnamese noodles with spring rolls and fresh vegetables and bean sprouts this week. It wasn’t until after that I discovered you are NOT supposed to be eating raw bean sprouts. So I had a mild (okay no so mild!)
Miss anything: Always missing sandwiches/deli meat/Subway. I almost caved and convinced myself that I could go get one that was toasted, but after the bean sprout fiasco … I think I’ll avoid foods I’m not supposed to eat for a while.
Movement: No 😦
Cravings: Still nothing out of the ordinary for me – apples and oranges. All the time.
Queasy or sick: None at all!
Aversions: … still plain chicken. I have been forcing myself to eat meat. I ate a STEAK this week. Pretty dark quickly but I still ate it!
Looking forward to: Our ultrasound coming up this week! Finishing up this registry! Oh, and also looking forward to hitting up The Baby Show (which, by the time this will be posted, I will have gone to already!)
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18 Week Bumpdate!

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How far along: 18 weeks
Gender: Unknown
Weight gain: Also unknown – although I’m expecting to find out at my next appointment in October. Yikes.
Maternity clothes: Not really … leggings, baggy tees and sweaters (when it’s cool enough!) are currently making up what I’m wearing these days.
Stretch marks: No
Belly button in or out: In
Sleep: FABULOUS. Work hasn’t quite picked up yet so I am in the wonderful first few weeks of September where I can just sleep in — and TRUST ME that is EXACTLY what I’ve been doing. I’ve heard it sleep becomes harder to come by as you get further along.
Best moment this week: Well, I’ve had my eye on a beautiful knitted blanket I have intended to start for a few weeks now … so I am attempting to learn how to knit! For those of you who know me, I have been an avid crocheter for the last few years. Knitting is a whole other ball (or skein … get it, anyone?).
… I also started incorporating YOGA into my workout routines. Let’s just say it was wayyy more difficult than I thought it would be.
Miss anything: The usual suspects (sushi, deli meat and caffeine). I had this random day when I REALLY wanted a glass of wine, but thats it!
Movement: NONE!
Cravings: Mostly carb-ish items. I did get the nachos I was craving last week this week though! For those of you who know me, food cravings are things that happen to me on a daily basis even when not pregnant so, I don’t think I’ve had cravings that are out of the ordinary. Still rocking quick and easy snacks though!
Queasy or sick: None at all!
Aversions: STILL chicken in plain naked form, and apparently whole olives.
Looking forward to: This HEAT to end. Seriously. I basically have NO clothes that fit comfortably and are suitable for this weather. So if the cooler weather could just get here … like SOON, that would be great!
Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on my blog and through Instagram about my blog! This is a whole new territory for me and definitely an opportunity to learn so I truly appreciate the love!!
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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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