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FTM ... 21 weeks!

I promised a photo. Every week I take a photo next to a chalkboard that has info. about what baby is up to or the size of that week. I don't post them, I just take them so my husband and I can track our progress and have them for a scrapbook. Everyone's been asking for a photo, so here goes. Here's my 20 week pic!

I'm currently 21 weeks, baby is now the length of a carrot, and is doing well! I had an appointment yesterday and the doctor says baby is doing great in there. I'm feeling flutters, nudges, and movement ALL THE TIME now which is an amazing and freaky feeling all at the same time. It's a miracle that there's a PERSON inside of me right now ... and it's freakish at the same time to be startled by a more forceful nudge in the middle of the night or in the middle of a store. This morning I popped into TJ Maxx (bc afterall, I'm a Maxxinisita) and as I was browsing the picture frames I JUMPED a little. Baby is bouncing all around in there! 

At the suggestion of a friend, early on in my pregnancy I joined the January 2015 birth club on the Baby Center APP. If you're pregnant and not on there yet here are my thoughts. It's awesome to be able to talk to hundreds of other women who are due around the same time as you ... but they will also make you crazy. They use all kinds of pregnancy lingo i'm still getting the hang of including FTM. Apparently that stands for FIRST TIME MOM. Instead of writing out most words, they have little codes ... like DH is DEAR HUSBAND ... DS is DEAR SON, DD is DEAR DAUGHTER. You get it. At first I felt like it was a game just to figure out what people were saying. The app is a blessing and curse. When I'm feeling emotional or nervous about something, I have to stay off of it. 

This FTM is excited to get baby's nursery rolling. I'm spending my nights on Pinterest dreaming up nursery ideas and finding inspiration for our tiny person's dwelling. There is so much excitement, but it comes with nerves too. I hope I'll be a good mom. That's something I think about all the time. When you've never done this before, there's a lot of unknown. I've gotten some pretty awesome emails from moms who listen to the show and have offered their words of wisdom and to all of you who took the time to reach out - thank you! :) Your emails make me smile! XO 

We're keeping the gender of BABY a secret until the end of September when we have a little gender reveal lunch with family and close friends. Ahhhhh the end of the month can't come soon enough ... I thought keeping my pregnancy hush until 14 weeks was hard, but not slipping on this secret might be even harder! XO 
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I look forward to Fridays because Friday is my NEW WEEK mark in my pregnancy. It means we're one week closer to meeting our little nugget ... and one more of developments are happening inside of me. It's crazy cool. I'm 20 weeks today ... and since I'm being induced around 39 weeks, I'm more than halfway there! Baby is the length of a banana and mom is finally feeling flutters! 

We still don't know if baby is a he or a she ... which is starting to drive me nuts because I'm so excited to start planning the nursery. We'll know soon enough. Everyone says it's a girl because I'm girly - that makes lots of sense, doesn't it? Not so much. We'll just have to wait and see! 

Hope you have a great weekend! I'll come back and post some pics next week! XO 
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Being someone who overshares EVERYTHING ... this was the hardest secret to keep over the past 14 weeks. John & I are expecting our first baby! We're due in January and our little nugget is currently the size of a lemon or beet. (The different apps use different fruits and vegetables to compare the size of the baby to!)

We are beyond thrilled and so excited not to have to hold this secret in any longer! It was really hard to keep this a surprise for Jeff too ... I just told him I was pregnant YESTERDAY on the air ... and let's just say, I GOT HIM. He didn't see it coming ... which is weird because he's been asking me when we were going to try and start a family for a while now. Either way, I mislead him and told him I lied to him about something and wanted to come clean about it ... then "dropped the bomb" on him as he likes to put it.

We're so excited to finally share this news with everyone! Baby has a strong heartbeat and I'm feeling pretty good. I think the worst of the exhaustion phase is over (thank god) ... other than that, I get nauseous at night once in a while, but no extreme morning sickness. Now I just can't wait to go back to the doctor now ... the wait between appointments is the worst! All I'm looking for is a little reassurance that everything is going ok and the weeks and weeks in between appointments is ROUGH! It's pretty amazing how INSTANTLY I felt protective over this little person.

I read WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING before I was even pregnant (can you tell I'm a planner to the extreme?) because I like to be armed with everyone ounce of information possible. So now I think I might re-read it now that it actually applies to me and I can relate to all of the week by week information.

I hear we're in for one wild ride ... of a life! Can't wait! :) Thank you for all of the love and support!

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Whip Nae Nae

You know those silly moments when you're driving with other people in the car and it just turns into a really strange mobile party? That's exactly what happened over the weekend, but it was one of those times I almost wish we were recording it because it was just that BAD.

I'm obsessed with Youtube videos of little kids doing the Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae dance. Seeing little kids do it makes me so happy because it's just adorable ...

I was describing this dance to my husband, John. At first he was acting like he wasn't really sure what I was talking about ... and next thing I knew JOHN BUSTS OUT THE DANCE!!! LOL Then it hit me, HE'S OBSESSED WITH WATCHING PEOPLE DO THIS DANCE TOO! Oh that husband of mine. I think my new favorite thing is watching HIM do it!

If you have videos of your kids doing the dance - send it to me! I love it!

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One Jurassic World Observation I Couldn't Get Over ...

I can barely WALK in high heels, forget RUN in them. While watching Jurassic World in 3D over the weekend with my husband, I couldn't help but laugh at the main female character as she RAN FOR HER LIFE  from dinosaurs in 5inch heels ... throughout MOST of the movie. Rather than focus on the plot of the movie itself ... I found myself thinking about what kind of footwear I would choose to wear if I was running all over the place in charge of an amusement park. 5inch heels ... NEVER. I'm one of those people that gets SO hung up on little details in a movie that I'm distracted from what's actually going on. 

This is all coming for the girl who is sitting here at a computer with Birkenstocks on. Clearly I'm a fashion icon! Ha! 


Awwwww Skinnamarinky Sad!

Sharon, Lois, and Bram and their song "Skinnamarink" were my JAM as a kid. Sad news today... Lois passed away. As I get older and my brain gets filled with useless information, this is one of those songs that will never be forgotten. I can't remember much from being a really small child, but this song and The Elephant Show will never be forgotten. I love you in the morning and in the afternoon I love you in the evening underneath the moon! Awwwwwww, such awesome memories!
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OMG - This video is PAINFUL to watch!

Jeff showed me this video and we both instantly felt queasy. This guy rips his quads! If you're going to the gym tonight to do LEGS, our thoughts and prayers are with.
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Local Pop Duo Needs Your Vote!

NEPA pop duo Kohn need your VOTE to help them get national exposure! Click here and VOTE for Kohn in the ‪#‎RisingStar‬ contest -!

Let's help them represent NEPA and get them the votes they need to win this contest!

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My boss thinks it's hilarious that every weekend I'm either at a wedding or a baby shower ... but that's just the typical life of women in their late 20's! Love is in the air ... over the weekend, my husband John's Best Man, Ryan and his fiance, (who we adore!) Linda got married in New Jersey! They are such a sweet and loving couple ... and I married into an AWESOME group of friends because John's friends know how to have a good time! The wedding was beautiful, full of love, everyone was beaming with joy ... but I just had to share this adorable idea! These were the table numbers!

The table numbers were photos of the bride and groom at the age of the table number. So these were photos of them when they are 7, for table 7! How sweet is that??? An awesome idea for any brides-to-be!

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Things to FEEL Good About in NEPA ... The Wackobs Make HUGE Donation!

Lots of exciting things are happening and I'm trying to be better about sharing the good news! I speak often about Candy's Place in Forty Fort and the wonderful services they offer to local cancer patients throughout their treatments, but for those who don't know, I am also a member of the Board of Directors at Candy's Place. It is a great honor and priveledge to be a part of such an incredible organization. Candy's Place is a home-like setting in Forty Fort, providing FREE wellness services to local cancer patients. Excercise classes, massages, Reiki, Yoga ... there is always something new going on and all of the services are provided free of charge to cancer patients ... thanks to annual fundraising and donations. Candy's Place survives on donations ... which is why I wanted to take a moment to thank EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU who purchased Jeff's most recent Wackjobs cd, Radio Clowns. Jeff donated 100% of the proceeds from the cd to Candy's Place ... and just presented the check for $9,049! Pictured with Jeff and the oversized check is Chris Ostroski, the director of Candy's Place. How AWESOME is that?! So cool.

If you want to support Candy's Place while having a good time with friends, please join us at our next fundraiser at Susquehanna Brewing Company - Happy Hour - Thursday, March 12 from 6-8! More info here! Admission includes beer and wine tastings, brewery, tours, beverages, and food courtesy of area restaurants!

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