Pumpkin Patch

Fall Bucket List

Fall is my favorite time of the year! My mood in Autumn could not be better and I think it’s also a very fun and festive time to be pregnant! A lot of things I love to do during fall are things that I can’t wait to do with my new baby as well next year! Here are my top 5 bucket list fall activities, I’ve already checked off #1.

1. Orchard
I have gone either apple, pumpkin, corn, or peach picking since I was a kid every fall and I wasn’t going to miss out just because I moved to a different city and am expecting this year. I found Patterson’s Fruit Farm in Chesterfield, OH that has some of the best apple cider I’ve ever tasted and desserts galore just 30 minutes outside of Cleveland, OH. During the fall season they have Fun Fest and they offer hay rides, nature hikes, corn mazes, and more! Kids will have a great time and adult kids like me can enjoy picking fresh fruits and vegetables and eating their heart out!!

Patterson Fruit Farm

Pumpkin Patch

Fall Orchard Food

Rocking Chairs

Apple Picking

Fall Pumpkin Patch Farm

2. Haunted House

3. Escape Room

Escape Room Puzzle

4. Cedar Point

Roller coasters

5. Bonfire
I did this right after apple picking with a few of my husbands colleagues and it was a great time at Chesterfield County park in OH. It’s a great place to have a bonfire and go stargazing by the large ponds.

Bonfire

6. Scary Movie Night

Honestly, I hate scary movies. So this is more like a “close my eyes while we cuddle for 2 hours watching a movie” night.

Scary Movie Night

7. Hiking at a Forest Preserve

Brandywine FallsHiking

8. Attend a Fall Harvest Festival

9. Learn how to cook a new stew or chili

Chili Stew

10. Bake a pie (apple or sweet potato is my favorite).
Or discover a new kind that you like if you’re not the cooking type.

Fall Apple Pie

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The Best & Worst of My Pregnancy

| The Best and Worst of My Pregnancy|

Favorites

Feeling the baby’s small kicks

The SMALL ones! Not the big ones, those are painful and could be added to least favorite things during my pregnancy. When I felt the first kicks is when it truly hit me I was going to be a mama bear and boy am I in love already. Even more exciting, is getting to see my husband, friends, and parents reactions and expressions to seeing the baby move from the outside.

Baby Kicks

The Anticipation 

I can’t wait to meet our little bundle of joy and I can’t wait to be called mama. Imagine every holiday wrapped into one? That’s still not as exciting as my baby coming!

Baby anticipation

Getting to do mom stuff with my momma

I am incredibly close with my parents and my mom is one of those “I’m your mom, not your little friend” type mommas. To be able to relate to her in a way that truly defines who she is and be able to do “mommy” stuff together has been so much fun. I already did call her everyday (I’m a clingy daughter) and now I call her about three times a day just for advice and to vent about my pregnancy. I already thought she was a superhero but now being a soon to be momma myself, she’s more than a superhero, there is no word for it! Her baby is having a baby and seeing how excited she is and how much she loves US makes me even more excited that I get to experience that one day too!

Gilmore girls

No waiting in line or for ANYTHING

Once your bump gets bigger, people offer you everything from taken seats, spots to skip, and food. VIP all the time.

Beyonce

Bigger assets

My husbands favorite. As an extremely petite woman, I appreciate a little bit of “extra extra” in some places (mainly my boobs). I love these things!

Bigger boobs

No Period

I mean do I have to say more…..

Least Favorites

Sleeping

Basically, I can’t sleep. Any position I sleep in is extremely uncomfortable and I need to sleep all the time. I legitimately feel narcoleptic but I just can’t fall asleep properly and I end up keeping my husband up. If you haven’t experienced this yet, just wait until your bump gets bigger.  I’m completely exhausted and my baby seems to be most active at night which unfortunately means that is likely to be the babies sleeping pattern in a few months. Great, not!

Can't sleep

Hormones

If you thought you were moody while on your period, pregnancy hormones are 100X worse. I am already a crazy individual and can literally hear myself acting a fool and being a meanie face to my husband but I still can’t stop. One minute your angry, the next you’re sad, then extremely happy, ups and downs all around! The other day I cried because my husband went to the store and forgot to get Simply Lemonade.

Hormones

Having to Pee and Puke at Work

All of the symptoms are rough while at work but who wants to puke at work? No Bueno. I transferred locations due to my aforementioned move to another state so I have a brand new boss, and as much as I want to be extremely productive and show him I’m the best, because I am, it can be rough.

Working while pregnant

Feeling Incompetent and Lazy

Pregnancy brain is a real thing and exhaustion, stress, and building a baby is taxing on your brain on top of the fact that’s it’s rewiring itself for motherhood. Also, washing dishes, laundry, etc…..what is that? Just kidding! I keep up, but the last thing my new waddling self wants to do after coming home from a full day of work is cook, wash dishes, and do laundry. Sometimes I avoid going in my bedroom so I don’t pass out.  It’s safe assume that has already happened more than a few times in the first trimester.

Lazy

Looking Like A Bum

I’ve been looking as comfortable as can be in terms of clothing during my pregnancy. A Kim K pregnancy, heels, etc just isn’t me but I must admit I hate that I feel like it’s not me because I used to dress up regularly. The second trimester has been much better but the first trimester I just didn’t dress up at all and hoped my husband just remembered his wife was hot pre-pregnancy symptoms. He does lol, he loves me regular degular.

Maternity and Pregnancy clothes

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8 Tips For Moving/Living In A New City While Pregnant

| 8 Tips for Living in a New City While Pregnant | 

Moving to a new city can be extremely difficult. However, moving to a new city and being an expectant mother at the same time is arduous X 100 and a completely different experience. Shortly after getting married, my husband and I moved to Cleveland for his residency (add that on top living in a new city while pregnant) and became expectant parents. Obviously, he doesn’t waste any time. If I could describe the experience in 3 words it would be tasking, emotional, and lonely. Now, this article isn’t supposed to depress you, in fact I hope it’s helpful. For all of my expectant mothers in a new city I have some tips that can better prepare you for what will truly be an enlightening experience.

1. Find A Doctor

I know that you might have a whole bunch of moving headaches to tackle, but finding a doctor is more important. It can take weeks, sometimes months to get through to a doctor and find an OBGYN that meets your criteria. My husband and I moved to Cleveland, which has one of the highest rates of infant mortality in America so I was extremely picky about finding the right OBGYN. Even though, in many cases there is no way to prevent SIDS or certain cases of infant mortality and it involves the mother more than the physician, I was still nervous and picky about picking a physician. Ask for recommendations and make sure you have your medical records.

2. Find Friends

I moved to a city where I knew absolutely no one. On top of that my husband is a resident physician so I barely see him as well and that has been difficult as a newlywed too. I recommend finding a group of friends and socializing with them to get your mind off of the stressful move. A lot of ways to do this as an expectant mother are yoga, pilates, and expectant mother classes. You can go to the classes specifically for pregnant women and build you a group of friends in your new city. Some may even become lifelong friends and how cool would it be to have your kids grow up together?!

3. Stay Active

When I say “stay active”, I simply mean making time for a bit of exercise to get your mind off of your anxieties. You don’t have to compare yourself to the pregnant fitness Instagram models in the gym all of the time with perfect photo shopped pictures. Walking daily, pilates, cycling, or whatever exercise you like best will be helpful. Whenever you think about binge eating to get rid of your anxiety, go for a walk instead, you aren’t supposed to eat for 2. And yes, I know this is easier said than done!

 4. Wait on baby shopping

You are already trying to unpack and get settled; the last thing you need is MORE stuff immediately and if you haven’t quite moved yet, remember, relocation will be cheaper. Once, all of your original belongings are settled then you can begin NESTING! You will also be able to better assess what you really need for your new baby!

5. Don’t Be a Hero

Please! Please! Please hire professional movers unless your husband is already a professional mover and you trust him to move even your most fragile of belongings by himself. I wish somebody would have told me this before I thought it would be a good idea to do any heavy lifting. I ended up getting a hernia and now have the worst back pain ever even in my early months. On top of, nausea, headaches, fatigue, and more, the last thing you need is a hernia or more back pain.

 6. Listen To Your What Your Body Wants

As much as we think we can do anything, and we can, sometimes it’s best if we don’t. Don’t over exert yourself, listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, go to sleep! You should sleep at least 8 hours a day, you are growing another human inside of you. And that’s not just my recommendation that is the Mayo Clinics too paraphrased in my more enthused words. In a brand new city, you probably have even more tasks to do and things on your plate but you have to avoid pushing yourself to much. I promise, some things can wait.

7. Be Realistic and Communicate

Being in a brand new city and expecting a baby are not going to be easy and you don’t have to carry the difficulties alone. I know that we all want to be independent and for everyone to know it too but it is okay to ask for help and know your limitations. I am still having a really hard time with this as I hate asking for help. I pride myself on being able to do everything on my own but honestly sometimes you don’t have to. If you are one of those people who do have family and friends that would help if you asked, please do as some people are not as fortunate. Communication is also key, it’s important to communicate with your family and your spouse about your emotions, what’s going on, and things you may need help with. Communication with your significant other I believe is the most important because you will need to come up with plans to prepare for your new baby and you might have different expectations that you need to discuss and get on one accord. My husband isn’t a talker and I could debate, talk, and plan for hours on end (I’m a Virgo), but honestly it helps to hash everything out and prepare yourselves for what’s to come. I mean c’mon, you have to get used to a new city and you’re expecting a new baby. It’s not going to be all peaches and cream.

 8. Make Time For Romance

One of the things I learned about that I had no idea existed was a BABYMOON! I know you are probably thinking, I have so many things to do and so much to pay for already for this move, I can’t take a vacation. However, a babymoon can be for a short weekend and it doesn’t have to be expensive. My husband is a resident for heaven’s sake and he’s made time to take a weekend road trip to our hometown Chicago to see Hamilton on Broadway. A babymoon is basically just you or you and a significant other taking time out for yourselves to relax and enjoy the expectancy of the baby and not the stress of the baby. And when you have just moved to a new city, any break helps. It’s also great for the guys too because they also need a break, they aren’t necessarily carrying the baby, but they worry about you and the baby too. Not only that, but pregnancy can be lonely and dull for men sometimes too because they don’t get the “oo’s” and “aah’s” from family and strangers and they aren’t as close to the experience as you with your baby literally growing inside of you. Men are babies, okay.


I hope that the aforementioned is valuable and that you did not read all of this to be even more stressed! Relax, you truly have a miracle on the way, but prepare. You can move while pregnant and not go crazy and you can live in a brand new city and not feel horribly homesick. Personally, pregnancy has been tasking, emotional, and sometimes a bit lonely but it’s also been beautiful and exhilarating. Honestly, I love it, expecting this miracle to come is fun within itself. Once you finally get settled, trust me it gets better and the NESTING isn’t a chore, it’s exciting.

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