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Weekend in Photos


Hey ya'll! Happy Monday!
Many of you have asked, and yes, I'm still pregnant. 


How crazy is that? Two hospital stays including a 4 1/2 day run in anti-partum with this babe trying to make his debut numerous times and the second he's allowed to come (and Daddy has a week off from work) he decides he'd like to stay put in his ever shrinking current real estate. I was warned in the hospital (many times) that this happens often, but I just couldn't believe it would happen to us. Not with all of the pre-term drama we had going on. At this point, I've resigned myself to the fact that we may actually make it to our scheduled C Section (but you better believe that every single twinge and cramp has me hoping that I'm headed to Labor and Delivery!)

Anyways, back to this weekend!

I felt like a bad wife that my rogue pregnancy has prevented us from taking advantage of Justin's week off (his company closes for the week of July 4th) so I decided to "make vacation" in our back yard....complete with a kiddy pool, very uncomfy pool chairs and bistro bulbs.


 Of course, Justin had to install the bistro bulbs and has decided that my spacial awareness is the worst ever, so we're off to buy more today to step up the impact. When he got home on Friday, I was sunning my watermelon of a belly (his words) in a bikini drinking a mocktail by the "pool". 
Hey, at least I tried! 

On Saturday, we hit the road for an adventure....and found ourselves at the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival


Meet the Paul Bunyon Whoopie - pancake flavored pies, maple syrup frosting and real candied bacon mixed in:


Sadly, it was DISgusting...

 Whoopie Pies are a big deal in Maine....and this festival was people watching at it's finest. I made it a few hours before I had to call things off due to the heat and then proceeded to hope my water would break thanks to all of my walking and eating. It did not. 

We spent the rest of the weekend eating lemon flavored baked goods, grilling Justin's signature ribs, eating as much ice cream as possible, watching World Cup soccer, and staying out of the heat (high 80's, what?!).  






Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!




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Bumpdate: 36 Weeks


Hey ya'll! I'm still pregnant and I thought you might want to see what my belly looks like at 9 months pregnant. Let's face it, I'm super nosey and I always want to know what people's bellies end up looking like after they have a giant human inside of them. 

So here it is: a completely unedited, super un glam bathroom selfie.


How Far Along: 36 weeks, 2 days

Size of Babe: 7lbs
(one whole pound over schedule)

Gender: baby boy

Symptoms: incredible rib pain, no sleep at night, a big belly with a big breech baby in it.

Loving: still loving lemonade, lots of pillows, Pepsi in baby cans, being able to leave the house, that Justin has next week off!

Loathing: stranger comments about how I must be due any day. Um, technically, I'm not, Not even close. So shut it stranger people.

Husband: is ready to meet our baby! And to have a week off next week!

Wedding Rings: Nope

Belly Button: still flat, I'm thinking it might not pop

Movement: unless it's direct kick to my ribs, movements are slow stretches and head pokes out of my belly

Maternity Clothes: still mixing and matching!

Best Part of the Week: I hope it's tomorrow when they tell me I've dilated another centimeter and I can have him!

Worst Part of the Week: honestly, last night was the most painful of my pregnancy (including my nights in the hospital). 

Can't Wait: to be this babe's mama

 
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Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Welcome back to our BabyMoon recap! 

After our quick jaunt in Athens, we hopped a 45 minute flight on Aegean Air (my new fave airline of all time) and found ourselves in Heaven on Earth.

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini
We arranged for an airport transfer from the Santorini airport to our hotel, the Pezoules
On many of our travels, we just hop a cab or rent a car to get from the airport to our destination but in this case, I highly recommend an airport transfer. Because we arranged the transfer through our hotel, a staff member was awaiting our arrival at the transfer drop off point. This is crucial because you literally cannot park anywhere near any of the hotels as they are perched on a cliff. The hotel staff will carry your bags (yes, all 100 lbs of them!) through the streets and down the millions of steps for you. It would be impossible to do on your own (especially if one of you is 30 weeks pregnant). 

Many of you asked how we chose our hotel and if we used a travel agent...the answer is tons of research and nope! But Justin wanted me to let ya'll know that he'd be happy to do the research for your next trip for a small fee :-).  We use Trip Advisor religiously but are careful to take everything with a grain of salt. I'm a big fan of the real traveler photos to ensure that I understand what we're getting. 

I honestly cannot recommend Pezoules enough. I rarely ever want to return to a destination (because it's a big world out there and I've got a ton to see) but I would happily spend the rest of my life on our patio at the Pezoules. As is typical in Oia, the hotel is very small, comprised of only a handful of rooms. This allows for the staff to get to know you and your preferences personally and for their recommendations and service to be spot on. We wanted for nothing.

All of the photos in this post were taken from our room, balcony or on the Pezoules property.

Here is our first view of our home away from home....all the way down at the bottom of those steps is Pezoules...

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

We chose to stay in the Matzourana room, which is towards the top of the property. We had zero issues with privacy but if you want to have the most secluded spot, you'd want one of the two cave rooms at the bottom of the property (and they come with their own plunge pool!).

Our room was Heavenly. So airy and light and huge! We were just so, so pleased. 
Our room also had a teeny little kitchenette that was perfect for storing snacks and drinks (one of our favorite money saving tips! Make your own cocktail hour in your room to enjoy on your balcony!)

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini



Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

The plunge pool is tiny but perfect....the property is so small that we actually never had other guests with us when we were enjoying the pool...it was like our own little spot! 

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini
Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini


Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

One of the very best parts of staying at Pezoules is that breakfast is included, made to order and delivered to your balcony every morning. It was my job every morning to roll over in bed and order our breakfast. The staff was so accommodating and even noticed that we preferred some items over others (um, there were cookies for breakfast) and offered to bring us extras of our favorites instead of our least favorites. Justin jumped for joy on the days that extra cookies showed up!
I am huge bread junkie, rolls are my most favorite thing, and the bread made in house at Pezoules has now been ranked as my #1 best bread that I've ever had the pleasure of eating. Smothered in fresh butter and jam, I started every day with two giant rolls and a big smile on my face. Justin asked me if I was going to spend the rest of my life searching for a roll similar to my Pezoules rolls and I told him that I was confident that I would never find a replacement so I was just going to have to accept it and remember the Pezoules bread fondly.

Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini
Oia and Pezoules: Where to stay on the Island of Santorini

I would give anything to be back at Pezoules right this second, laying in the sun while my husband reads me recruiting reports from Tiger Net. Don't worry, I'm not done reminiscing about our trip, my favorite post is on the way: Oia Eats!

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Life Lately


Hey ya'll!
Well, I don't have a typical weekend recap post for you because I am stiiiiiiiiill on bed rest (today's the last official day!) but there are a few Life Lately items that I should certainly fill you in on.


My latest craving proves that this baby is, in fact, my husband 2.0. 
Justin loves all gummy candies and I typically do not. Recently, I've been raiding his candy drawer for red gummies of all shapes and sizes. Yesterday, my husband was sweet enough to share his brand new bag of gummy bears with me, as long as I promised to not eat just the red ones (because other people like the red ones, too).

Speaking of my baby daddy, today is his 29th birthday! 


This weekend he wanted a lobster dinner to celebrate so we headed up the road towards Bar Harbor for just that. Despite the fact that Justin managed to shoot lobster guts all over my bump, we had a perfect Maine meal and I didn't have to clean! 

On a totally different note, I think ASOS Maternity is killing it with their Summer line! I'm past caring about new maternity clothes (because I am the size of a house and buying clothes in size a trillion hurts your soul), but I was honestly tempted by some of their new pieces. I've been pleased with my items from ASOS and their prices can't be beat. 
Here are some of my current faves:


We tried this marindate the other night and loved it! 

Garlic Lime Zesty BBQ Marinade
In a small bowl, whisk:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Toss in a bag with boneless, skinless chicken breast and let marinate until grilling time!

So easy and so simple but tons of flavor.
Houses in Maine don't have air conditioning, so we grill a ton during the summer in order to avoid heating up the oven/kitchen. We plan to use this marinade for the rest of the summer! 

I rarely stay true to lip products. My lips tend to get super dry, no matter what the season so I have to be careful not to use lipsticks or glosses that will make my lip shedding worse. I have found my savior. I literally kept a tube of this Colour Riche Balm in my winter coat pocket from October through May. 


It kept my lips soft and moisturized and the Heavenly Berry color is almost a neutral on me so I looked polished but not "done". I recently finished the tube and had to stock back up! 

Hope everyone had a great weekend! 
Tomorrow the baby and I hit 36 weeks and our day of Freedom!
See you then!





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