Friday was Eric's 27th birthday (happy birthday to my baby daddy!!!), so he took work off so we could have some fun in the sun! In the morning I was such a good wife and made him a full blown artery clogging breakfast that included bacon, sausages, eggs, hashbrowns, and a bowl of fruit (hey, he needed SOMETHING light in there). I should win wife of the year because then I cleaned up all the dishes afterwards too.

Next stop on the fun train, stroller shopping!! I had two front runners that I had done loads of research on that I couldn't wait to test out. Thanks YouTube for all the mommy reviews. The first was the Stokke (mainly because that is my maiden name, so that was an obvious DUH!). The second was the UppaBaby Cruz. Ding, ding, ding! We had a winner!! Then we did some bra shopping because man those bad boys were hurting. Currently we're at a strict 'look but don't touch' policy at the moment, haha! And THEN we went (or rather ran) to my doctors appointment for my glucose tolerance test. You have to get your blood drawn exactly an hour after drinking the glucose drink otherwise you have to do it all over again. Luckily I made it just in time. I was super nervous about this because all people talk about is how gross the drink is. Maybe there is something wrong with me but I totally could have gone back for seconds, maybe thirds of that sugary substance! That stuff was g-o-o-d!! My recommendation for all those who are about to take it, get the orange flavor!

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Don't worry, the whole day wasn't all about me. After my doctors appointment we headed downtown for lunch at Eric's favorite Thai restaurant, Mae Phim. *If you are ever in the area, head to the one in Pioneer Square off Columbia Street. Get the Mae Phim Special!! You can check out other fun things to do in Seattle here.* Then we walked around Pioneer Square people watching and museum walking. We had some time to spare before doing the Underground Tour of Seattle so we drove into Queen Anne (my old stomping grounds). If I had a billion dollars I would live here in a heart beat! Not only do you get amazing views of the city, but the homes are all so SO incredible! ^ See above! ^ Whenever we are in the area we love to walk around picking out our favorite homes and then stopping for a quick "tourist" pick at Kerry Park Viewpoint.
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Mt. Rainier sure was showing off that day. It seriously looked like a painting backdrop. We asked someone to take a picture of us, but you know how those typically go. Sadly, it is not a worthy picture to publicly show. Oh well.
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More "bumpin'" around Queen Anne. Seriously, isn't this place the cutest! Every street has gorgeous overhanging trees and ivy and more greenery! Nothing beats Seattle summers! Those 9 months of rain make up for it with luscious green in the summer time!
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^^ His goofy half smile gets me every time. I could kiss those cheeks forever!! xoxo ^^
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Seattle showing its pride for equal marriage. Flags were decked out all over Capitol Hill. I don't want to get all political or religious on my site but I will say that I'm so happy for all those who can now legally share their lives with the ones that they love!!
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After the underground tour we ended the night at Eric's favorite mexican restaurant in Capitol Hill, Mezcaleria Oaxaca. SOOOO good! As if we weren't full enough we topped off with some birthday dessert at Molly Moon's. Of course, it wasn't nearly as much fun as ending the night with a parking ticket. I swear, they give those things out like candy. Oh well, nothing was raining on our parade!
You stay classy Seattle!


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I've been going back and forth about writing any sort of pregnancy updates for some time. On the one hand, I have always loved reading other people's weekly pregnancy posts with all the cute questions that go along with it. On the other, I knew I wanted to keep some parts of my life secret from the online community. I have made some exceptions (this being a lifestyle blog and all), especially if I thought that my words might help someone else out there going through similar circumstances. So with that, I'm hoping I'll be able to eloquently put all of my feelings out there in a way that at least makes sense.

Today I am 23 weeks pregnant, although it might as well be more. For those of you who are new, I had a miscarriage back in October. One of the most difficult things I had ever been through, emotionally and physically. It's surreal to me to think that if everything would have gone smoothly I would have had my baby by now. Even more surreal that our due date now is almost to the day of our miscarriage. I want to emphasize how fortunate we know we are to have the opportunity to get pregnant again after this happened, and so quickly too. Some people have asked me if we think this is our baby that we lost. Eric and I have talked about it and agree that we don't think it is. Call it intuition, but somewhere deep inside I knew that baby wouldn't come back to us. But who knows what we'll come to find in heaven.

One main reason why we've kept this pregnancy under lock and key was because of the difficulty I had during my first trimester. I was practically put on bed rest every other week due to a condition called subchorionic hemorrhages or hematomas, along with a small tear in the sac. About 25% of women have signs of spotting or a little bit of blood during their first trimester, but unfortunately for me this was no slight spotting. TMI but sometimes I would go through four very large pads in the span of one night. That's a lot, even for a normal period. Being someone who had just suffered a miscarriage, you can imagine the amount of alarm, tears and rushed doctors visits we would go to on a weekly basis to make sure everything was still going smoothly. In site of everything we were going through, we decided to take the genetic testing that is now available. We were given the good news that everything with our sweet baby was perfect, no signs of genetic disorders or birth defects. We also were able to find out so soon the gender, a girl!! Good for me, because I have no patience for these types of things :)

At 23 weeks, I feel like I have finally allowed myself to take a deep breathe and fully except that I am pregnant. We kept our pregnancy a secret for a long time, even from our family, because I was so convinced that something was going to go wrong. I wouldn't allow myself to get attached to our baby. I wouldn't even think it. It was killing me inside when I kept seeing all these women around me post on their social media about their pregnancies, people whose due dates were even after mine. They all seemed so blindly and blissfully happy. How amazing to feel no sense of fear to the idea that something might go wrong. It felt like a stab to the heart that I couldn't feel that way. Today I have been suffering with massive amounts of guilt because of it. In a way I feel like I robbed myself of that precious first bonding time with her. I feel late to the game in everything, no name picked out, no nursery furniture, I'm just now getting to the registry. Poor Eric had to give me constant reassurance those first 4 months. I think deep down he wasn't allowing himself to believe it either, because every week when we went in for our doctors appointments he would cry tears of relief hearing the heartbeat. Today I can happily tell you that his favorite thing to do is get super close to my belly and talk to his little girl when he gets home from work. His expression every time she kicks is just about the cutest, I swear! And I love that the first thing he does in the morning when he wakes up is role over and put his hand on my belly. Keeper right there, I tell you! 

I should also be grateful that after making it through those scary first few months, everything really has been smooth sailing! So let's get to those happy updates I know you probably all came here to read in the first place shall we?

How Far Along? 23 weeks!
Weight Gain: 6 pounds, but I'm pretty sure I ate my weight in junk food yesterday sooooo not sure where that will leave me at our appointment next week.
Maternity Clothes: I'm still in my normal clothes thanks to my love of baggy shirts and hair ties for my jeans. I did buy myself a few maternity dresses that I was super pumped to wear but alas they are still a little too big. 
Sleep? I was having pretty bad pain in my hips early on (how could those bad boys get any bigger?) so I finally caved at week 20 and got myself a body pillow. Eric hates it but me and the pillow are having quite an amazing love affair. With that, sleep is going better! Although I have been having the strangest dreams.
Best Moment This Week: Feeling her hiccup. She's been doing karate kicks and punches in there since week 17 but I finally got to feel her little hiccups the other day. At first I thought she was just going to town enjoying my dinner but I finally realized it was her hiccuping. Too funny!
Weird Pregnancy Moment: I guess this isn't really a moment but I've been getting pretty bad nose bleeds every week. It always happens at night when I'm getting ready for bed. What is it with me and bleeding during this pregnancy?! She might just be the death of me, but worth every second. 
Movement: All. The. Time. That should be interesting once she finally gets here....
Food Cravings: This little one is going to come out a 20 inch long cheeto, I swear it!!!
Morning Sickness: I was very lucky to escape any sort of morning sickness. I guess that's the trade off for all the blood loss. 
What I'm Looking Forward To: Finding out if she will have blue eyes like her mama or brown like her dad. I guess we'll see in 17 weeks!!!


Europe was such a whirlwind of a trip! It was even more special getting to spend time with my in-laws in a different country. The word of the trip was "beautiful", because around every corner was something even more amazing, something more jaw-dropping, something more beautiful! Paris was our last stop of the trip. By this time, Eric and I finally got to spend one on one time together and explore the city of love! Paris will always have a little special place in my heart because this was the place where Eric and I shared our exciting news that we are EXPECTING A BABY GIRL due in October! I'll speak more about this later, but just in case you missed it!
 photo IMG_2888_zpsnlbwhhcw.jpg Back to Paris... We only had 24 hours in this incredible city and I didn't want to waste any minute of it! As soon as we got off the plane, we took the metro to our hotel, changed clothes, and hit the ground running! First stop was the Notre Dame. Because we had limited time we didn't go inside, but we decided to climb to the very top to get the 360° view of the city. We also got to see the bells and gargoyles (that I couldn't help but secretly wish would come to life like in the movie).  photo IMG_2892_zpsmmqfip2f.jpg
^^ While we waited in line to climb up top of the Notre Dame, Eric ran across the street to grab a yummy ham and grilled cheese sandwich from one of the food vendors. Thanks for the recommendation Allison! We also were fully entertained by a street performer who was honestly one of the best I had ever seen. So fun! ^^
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^^ Oh hello Eiffel Tower. I'll be coming to you soon!! ^^
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We were debating back and forth whether or not to go inside the Louvre. We only had about 1 hour until it closed but when it started pouring rain, we thought, why not?? Lucky us there were no lines (because we were so late) and we walked fast through the entire thing. We're both not huge museum poeple so it wasn't too disappointing to spend such a short time, but man, that place was HUGE and incredible! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Heads up, they are closed on Tuesdays. Why?????
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^^ Look Mom, I saw Mona Lisa!!! ;) ^
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^^ The original first selfie. I don't know why I cracked up so much after seeing this. ^^
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^^ All Eric had his heart set on was a baguette. The next morning, while the sun was shining, we walked two miles from our hotel to the cutest little bakery. I had read such great reviews. Eric was satisfied, and I nabbed myself this scrumptious apple pie concoction that I wish I could remember the name of! ^^
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^^ During another downpour we took advantage and headed straight to Angelina's for some hot chocolate and dessert. This lemon tart was A++++++. And I wish I had taken a picture of the inside, it was so fancy! ^^
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^^ For some reason, when I saw the Arc de Triomphe it reminded me of the MK&A movie Passport to Paris. Gosh, I love that movie! Needless to say, it made me excited. I wish we had time to have climbed to the top! ^^
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^^ Stealing smooches on top of the Eiffel Tower. ^^

Aw Paris, you were too short lived. I guess it's just another excuse to head back someday and see you again, but with more time! Miss you already Europe, but can't wait to see what our next adventure will be!!


After walking around Colmar in the rain we decided to head back to our airbnb apartment for a much needed nap and lunch. After that it was back out on the streets, this time exploring Eguisheim! If any town screamed Beauty & The Beast, this would be it! The tiny alleyways and hobbit doors to each home were almost too much for my little heart to handle!

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^^ The town square. That mini castle you see in the background is privately owned, so sadly it is closed to the public. Oh well, it sure is pretty even just to look at! ^^
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^^ Too much walking for sweet little Jane. ^^
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Next stop: PARIS!!!!!!


Like I said before, each city just got prettier and prettier. Prepare for picture overload my friends! Here's Colmar!

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 photo Colmar10_zps1rqr7p7r.jpg ^^ My sweet dog Teddy recently passed away after nearly 15 years together. I was devasted to say the least. I was so happy though when I was welcomed into Colmar by seeing this little fellow who looked exactly like my dog! Hopefully I didn't creep this girl out too much by stalking them down the street! ^^
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^^ Picture perfect right?!!! Around each cobblestone street just brought something more and more beautiful! Just wait till you see the next place! ^^

Next stop: Eguisheim, France

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