Friday, May 24, 2013

Baby Update - Second Trimester

Baby Girl Smiling 
I am terrible at blogging.  I want to keep track and up with this stuff but well... it hasn't happened - but so much has this trimester.  Overall I am feeling pretty good - not used to being this 'front heavy' as my sweet Bo called me the other day.  We lost our sweet Kahlua dog a few weeks ago and between that and the craziness of work - the past few months have flown by!  That is life I suppose! 

A few photos:
Jenna & me at Jennene's Wedding with our baby bumps- they will be the cutest couple in Raleigh!
24 Week photo 
Me and my first baby (nephew), Carson
The Stats:

How far along: 26 Weeks today!
Total weight gain: ~16-17 lbs depending on when I weigh myself (my preference is first thing in the morning before breakfast). 
Maternity clothes: OH YES! So thankful for having some wonderful friends who have passed along clothes to me. I have barely had to buy anything.  Old Navy and Target have been great though. I just can't justify spending tons of money... 
Stretch marks: nope not yet but I am using Burt's Bees Momma Bee Belly Butter and so far so good.  I will say areas of my skin are very sensitive. 
Sleep: Not too bad yet.  get up a few times a night for the bathroom. 
Miss anything: Not too much - Now that I am in my 2nd trimester I will partake in a 1/2 glass of red wine every now and then - at home - I think people may look at me funny if I order it at restaurant. 
Movement: OH YES - Flips, kicks, dancing on my bladder, you name it this baby MOVES
Food cravings: Nope although I do have a sweet tooth it seems. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: not anymore. 
Have you started to show yet: Oh yes, my tummy popped out about week 22/23
Gender: BABY GIRL - Stella Claire
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: starting to pop out!
Wedding rings on or off: On
Looking forward to: CHARLESTON this weekend to celebrate being married to my wonderful husband for 2 years! He is amazing and I can't wait to celebrate with him the next chapter in our lives!

14 more weeks to go! YIKES!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Baby Update - First Trimester

So many of you saw my Valentines Day Announcement:Photo: Candy and flowers are nothing compared to getting to hear the heartbeat of this little one today! Bo and I are so excited about the coming months! Happy Valentine's Day!

I will be 14 weeks on Friday and cannot believe how fast the first trimester has flown.  We found out a few days before Christmas and couldn't resist telling our parents!  We acted like we had a special Christmas gift for them.  In the bag was a frame with this photo: 

Their reaction was priceless!  But of course I had to swear them to secrecy since I was only about 5 weeks along at that point. 

So far I have felt pretty good - As long as I eat first thing in the mornings and don't get around any nasty smells, the nausea has been to a minimum.  I was expecting to be a lot more tired but that hasn't been terrible either - granted going to bed at 9 pm should help with that.  

So here are the 'typical questions' - Oh and I am due August 30 (yay for a Big, Hot Summer!) 

How far along: 13 weeks 
Total weight gain: none 
Maternity clothes: my work pants are tight and my friend, Karlla gave me a box of her maternity clothes- so I have been wearing a few pair of pants.   They are so comfy I may never go back to normal pants again after the baby is born. 
Stretch marks: nope not yet but I am using Burt's Bees Momma Bee Belly Butter to *hopefully* prevent some of that. 
Sleep: great.  get up 1 time to use the bathroom. 
Miss anything: Wine! - and deli meat (although I have had it a few times)
Movement: not yet
Food cravings: Nope!
Anything making you queasy or sick: I was having an aversion to Salad but that seems to be better now. Pork was not appetizing but that has been a few weeks ago. 
Have you started to show yet: I have a 'mini' bump but if you didn't know me you wouldn't see it. 
Gender: We find out March 27
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding rings on or off: On
Looking forward to: March 27 to find out the gender!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Running Update

Afternoon Folks! 

This past weekend I completed my 10K! 

I have been training over the past few months and as of two weeks ago only had done 4 miles (10K is 6.2 miles) -- YIKES!  So weekend before last I mentally prepared myself for 6 miles and completed it over at Lake Johnson (very hilly) - With that training confidence I set off this past Friday to New Bern for the Neuse River Bridge Run.  Bo and I enjoyed a yummy dinner at Captain Ratty's and at 5:40 am on Saturday morning I was up and ready!  The run was absolutely beautiful.  We ran over the Neuse River Bridge and back through historic downtown New Bern a Sunrise.  The view over the water was absolutely breath taking and made me think a lot about my dad and his love for his the North Carolina Coast.  My official Chip Time was 1 hour 5 min and 35 seconds.  Not to shabby.  My goal was right around 1 hour. 

View from the bridge during my run

After the run! Still Standing!
This weekend I am setting off for the Color Me Rad 5K!    I am super excited and will definitely be posting photos!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Join me for a few miles?

Dear Family & Friends,
I hope everyone is doing well! I wanted to reach out again to let you know about my new hobby – Running.  In January, I decided instead of always asking people for donations for Free to Breathe and not being able to even run a mile I would put my money where my mouth is and train.  In May, I completed my first 5K race in 31:29! Not too bad for my first race!  Thank you to everyone who donated to the Free to Breathe Charlotte and supported me along the way!   I have continued to run and am now working towards a 10K in October!  I won’t be fundraising for that one but I am really excited about it!   

However, I can’t let the fall go by without fundraising/nagging/asking you to join me! This fall I am participating in TWO 5Ks.  I will be running in both and would like to invite you to join me! You can run/walk or even just make a donation. There is a 5K & a 1 mile option.  I also will be doing a few FUNdraisers along the way including a Silpada Jewelry Party on Oct 10 and a Wine and Design night (Stay tuned for the date!).  If you are interested in either of those please let me know!


As many of you know my dad passed away from lung cancer in 2005.  After his death I became educated on lung cancer. To be honest when Beth, a lung cancer survivor came up to me and gave a sheet with statistics I thought she was loony – there was no way these AWFUL statistics could be true.  Unfortunately they are reality.  Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, colon and prostate cancers COMBINED.  (Essentially a jumbo jet crashing EVERY DAY is how many people lose their battle with lung cancer EVERYT DAY!) It is also the least federally funded which is unacceptable.  The stigma attached to this disease has made the fight even harder- NO one deserves lung cancer.  Since joining the NC Lung Cancer Partnership I have been privileged to meet a few other lung cancer survivors. They are my inspiration to continue to be passionate about this cause.  The new treatments and research going on are fascinating.  There cannot be progress without research – and unfortunately research takes money.  I urge you to join me in this fight.  To read more about how your money will be used please click here.   The National Lung Cancer Partnership (NC is a chapter) has a 4 star charity navigator rating, which is the best.  

Where do I sign up?
1.       Free to Breathe Raleigh, November 3 at North Hills – Team Nothin’ Fancy - (there has been interest in t-shirts?!)
2.       Free to Breathe Greensboro, November 10 at NewBridge Bank Park – I have joined my friend Laura’s team – Born to Run – Here is my personal page:

       Please help me by passing this along to anyone who you think may be interested in joining us!

Thank you all for your continued support as I continue my new hobby!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Before & After

This fall we decided to re-do the yard! The crab grass had overtaken our yard and grass from last year so we decided to kill it all, till up the yard and start from scratch!  We also decided to put plastic around the mulch beds to help keep it in there since the dog likes to kick it out! We have a few bare spots but I think it has turned out very nice- a heck of a lot better than when we moved in! 

Before: First you till! Thanks to my in-laws for helping!

our little garden: 

The yard as one big mud pit! no more grass!

Finishing touches...

Spread seed, water daily, spread more seed, water some more and wait 4-6 weeks and TADAAAA:

 So proud of my husband for finding his green thumb! I helped too! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Charlotte's Eviction Notice

So our good friend Charlotte the spider has taken up residence in the corner of our sliding glass door.  Charlotte, you have until we return from VA Beach on Sunday to find a new spot, otherwise your home will be destroyed. <3 The Hooper's

Although this normally would give me the hebeejebeez - how beautiful is this web?! I know 2 posting on spiders, we need more friends!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Dad and I during his birthday one year at Durham Creek
Today should have been my Dad's 60th birthday! It should have been a time where he would have another 'mid life crisis' and perm his hair like he did when he turned 30, or buy a crazy sports car like he did in his late 40s.  It should have been a celebration where we made fun of him for getting old. Instead - I am raising money in his memory.  I reached my goal last week thanks to all of you and thanks to a very sweet donation from my brother's racing team (Glenwood Clinical Racing).  Together, our team has funded over a week of lung cancer research!   

As I think about reaching goals, it was never a question that my dad thought we could reach any goal we set out to achieve.  He always supported anything we did, now that didn't mean he didn't give his two cents worth but ultimately we always knew he had our back.  I am thankful my parents were always so supportive.  They worked hard to make sure we had the opportunities they never had.  So what do you do when you reach your goal?  Set a new one of course! We are at $1,125.. The new goal - $1,500! 

To donate or join my team please visit my team page: Nothin' Fancy 

Here is what your money goes toward:

$10- allows 5 lung cancer patients to receive our free education materials, giving them the information, inspiration and hope they need to fight this disease.

$50- keeps our website running for a month, enabling 10,000 patients, their families and healthcare providers to access important information.

$150-funds one day of critical lung cancer research to help all lung cancer patients live longer and better

$500 – allows 50 lung cancer patients to receive our free education materials, giving them the information, inspiration and hope they need to fight this disease. 

THANK you for your help!