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Pregnancy Update Weeks 12-15 VLOG

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I am finally feeling a little bit human again and I am weening off of my nausea medications and after a Instagram poll y’all asked for a VLOG and here it is…. Hopefully, I did ok!

Here are some of the links I mentioned in the VLOG:
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I hope y’all enjoy! Do you want to see more VLOGS?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Pregnancy Week 1-12

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Well hello everyone! If you didn’t hear the BIG news we are pregnant with baby #2! I am so excited to being blogging pregnancy #2.  Moving forward I am hoping to do updates about every 2 weeks! This will cover my first trimester though since we just announced!

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The early days: I tested about 100 times because I just couldn’t believe it! We actually had a chemical pregnancy about two months before this so I was SUPER nervous about every little thing once I saw that “positive”.  So I kept testing to watch the positive line get darker… anyone else crazy about taking tests?!?!??

Symptoms: I didn’t really feel pregnant but my chest was sore.  That was really my only symptom until week 6 and then the nausea hit.  This started much earlier this go around and when I finally thought I was making a turn for the better I was up all night every 30 minutes throwing up… which landed me in the ER.  Official diagnosis: hyperemesis gravidarum. Now I am taking diclegis and it is working AMAZING! I feel so much better and I have actually been able to keep weight on!

Week 10: Saying no to the genetic test.  This was so hard to say no to.  It seems like everyone these days is doing it to find out the gender.  BUT goodness because I am not high risk the test would be almost $400…. that buys a lot of diapers y’all.  I also like that “finding out” is a good midway point and something to look forward to.  BUT it was so hard to resist doing it! I talked with my doctor and we both came to this choice and I am happy with it!

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Overall: I have just felt more tired but having a toddler keeps you on your toes most of the day.  I don’t have much of a bump and no significant weight gain at this point.  I don’t know if it is because I have experienced the joy of pregnancy and motherhood but man I am way more nervous this second time then the first.  I just always compare everything to the first go around ha!

I am looking forward to a hopefully *blissful* second trimester… knock on wood!

I am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all! I can wait for the fun, fashion and family to be taken to a whole new level!

What advice/tips/tricks can you mama’s share with me?  So much has changed since my first go around!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Fort Worth Favorites- Family Edition

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Hi y’all! I am back at it with another Fort Worth Favorites posts! This one is gears all towards families but specifically those of you with toddlers like me! Some of these I have mentioned in other post before but I wanted to put a comprehensive list together for all things kiddo!
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Free/cheap meals & Food
McAlister’s: Kids meals are under $4 and most days after 4pm are 99 cents with a purchase of an adult entree!
Original Pancake House– Free mini pancakes while you wait for your food!
Blu Mesa Brunch: Kids 5 and under are FREE and the food is amazing!! They have several locations too!
Firehouse Subs: One free kids meal for every adult meal purchased– day and time varies by the location.
Whole Foods: You get a free piece of fruit and they have story time Tuesday at 10am!
Favorite play spaces/ activities
Library: My personal favorite is the Benbrook Library.  They have a great play area and Story Times.  Their story times are broken down by different age groups.  They also have a TON of other fun actives throughout the week!
The Playspace: This is such a wonderful drop in “play care”! Lots of fun activities and you can drop in when you want! SO great for doctors appointments or when you just need a manicure!
Barnes and Noble Story Time- I think it varies by location but ours is Fridays at 10!
Happy Lark: One of our favorite indoor play areas! It is great during those hot summer months.  They also have story time and music time!
SeaQuest: Lots of fun to explore at this aquarium!
Flight Deck  & Pump it UP: They both have a toddler jump class.
Celebrations: A SUPER fun open play space for littles!
Parks: Castle Park is our favorite: Lots of equipment to play on for all ages and there is a pond! But we also love Z Boaz, Rolling Hills and Skyline Ranch.
Lone Star Gym: Open play on Friday Nights!
Fort Worth Zoo: Our favorite spot to explore on nice days in the Fort.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: Endless possibilities but Tripp loves the play grocery area!
Z Boaz Park: This is a small quaint park that we love to pop in and swing at. It is clean and surrounded by trees!
What are your favorite Fort Worth Activities?!
XOXO Gabbing Ginger

 

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Car Seat Smarts

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After we had Tripp we quickly realized that the car I had wasn’t the most car seat friendly.  If the car seat was behind the driver my husband couldn’t get the driver seat far enough back from the steering wheel to drive comfortably… and he isn’t the tallest guy.  We wanted to be able to find a great vehicle that could comfortable fit a car seat behind both the driver and the passenger seats without people feeling like they were riding in the dashboard.

I found out that I love that cars.com because they have put so much information together to help families find the perfect car for their needs!

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I would recommend checking out Cars.com and also bringing your carseat when test driving.  Try it in many combinations and see.  Thats what we did and it worked perfectly! Cars.com really helps you narrow down your car search, so hopefully you will find a perfect match the first try!

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A few last tips….

*If you aren’t sure if your carseat is installed correctly or if you just want to double check take it to a local car seat check!

*Remember, an infant seat only lasts so long.  If you are in the market for a new car but your child is in an infant seat I would also recommend getting the convertible carseat you are wanting to test it out too. If you want to know what carseat I love check on my blog here.

Are you team SUV or Minivan?

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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5 Ways To Put Quality Back Into Your Time Together

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Quality time can come in many different shapes and sizes, bear various levels of importance, and have a variety of unique definitions. These variables all depend on each person’s perception of what quality time means to them. One of my favorite celebrities eloquently summed up quality time in a way that really hits home for me: “I don’t think that the quantity of time is as special as the quality of time with your family.” – Reba McEntire. I love this quote for numerous reasons, but what strikes a chord with me the most is the fact of how relevant the quality vs. quantity struggle can be.

As the wife of a Certified Public Accountant, the time I’m able to spend with my husband is incredibly limited between the months of January and April. I know I’m not alone in being married to a career-oriented individual, and I’m quite sure that a lot you can resonate with the fact that quality time together can seem like a distant memory. I’ve noticed that even little things like watching a TV show together have turned into us half paying attention to the show, half paying attention to social media on our phones, and zero percent paying attention to each other. Sure we’re spending time together, but where is connection between us? We’re just two bodies sitting next to each other, barely interacting (and definitely not in quality way).

In world where there is so much going on around us and the distractions are infinite, how do we make the most of the incredibly limited time we have together? Disclaimer: I’m no expert. However, I do have a few ideas to help incorporate quality into the quantity of time you spend with your loved one(s).

  1. Engage Each Other – And no, I don’t mean put a ring on it. When you’re together, encourage open and engaging conversations. Step out of the “how was your day?” mindset and try the “what happened in your day that challenged you?” line of thinking. Ask open ended questions and show interest in the answers you receive. You’d be surprised how quickly deep, meaningful discussions can stem from a few thought-provoking topics.
  2. Put The Phone Down – I can not stress this enough. We are living our lives behind screens and losing touch with the reality that is all around us. Hey, I’m not pointing fingers as I’m just as guilty. But do you really have to Snapchat your dinner? Do you need to be the first one to like on Facebook that your junior prom date checked into a restaurant 964 miles away? I think the world will survive without seeing you post about your yoga class. Put the phone down and actually live your life with the person by your side, not with your Instagram followers who barely know your name.
  3. Take On A Task – One of the more relationship-building ways to spend quality time together is when you’re both working towards the same goal. Set out to accomplish something that’s been on your to-do list; paint a room, put together some furniture, clean out the basement. Working as a team can be rewarding and makes the time spent doing something you may not want to do a lot more enjoyable. Just remember to bring your patience and grace to the task at hand, fighting over the instructions of how to build a dresser isn’t going to help with the whole quality time concept.
  4. Get Out And Do Something – Go on a walk, take a bike ride, or run errands together. Get out of the house and do something. One of my favorite activities is playing tennis and my husband is such a good sport about tagging along. While this activity may not cultivate intellectually stimulating conversations and push us to get to know each other on a new level, it does show me how much he loves me. He is participating in something I have a passion for and that is a big deal to me. Not only is he giving up time that could be spent doing something he really enjoys to support me, he’s making and effort and taking interest in things that we can do together.
  5. Little Gestures – Something that I love to do during the long tax season days is bring my CPA hubby a treat to the office. Froyo and coffee are my main go-tos and two of his favorites. We’ll usually have a 10-15 minute “mini date” while sitting in my car, catching up about our days. It’s a little gesture, on both of our parts, that allows us time to actually spend together. 15 minutes of chatting, laughing, and just having a break in the day does both of us a world of good.

When I realized the amount of time spent together is insignificant compared to the quality of time spent together, I made changes to my approach. As Adlai E. Stevenson so perfectly stated, “It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts”. Think about it. Time is the most valuable and scarce commodity we have, make the most of it.

I’d love to hear what quality time means to you and how you’ve found a balance between quantity vs. quality of time!

 

About The CPA’s Wife

I’m a late twenties fashion forward foodie and dark beer drinker born and raised in the Chicagoland area. Being married to a CPA is a unique world to live in, where for approximately three and a half months each year my husband goes down the rabbit hole that is known as tax season. My two dogs do a great job of filling the void of children (for the time being) and I’m actively involved with helping the homeless (both people and pets) in my area. Wanderlust runs in my veins and I’m always looking for my next destination, especially during tax season. Who doesn’t yearn for a post-April 15 getaway?! I have a family-first mentality and an undying love of football, New York style pizza, and puzzles. I am always searching for new recipes, DIY projects, and life hacks in general. Everyone’s experiences are different and being the spouse of someone very career-oriented, I often find myself seeking out others who are in the same boat. You can find my blog at www.thecpaswife.com and follow me on social media @thecpaswife.

 

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Baby Tripp’s Birth Story

Well goodness gracious it has been awhile!  Time sure does fly once you have a baby! I thought I would give you all a baby Tripp update! Hopefully, now that things are a *little* more settled I can have posts up 1-2 per week!

Blog world meet Tripp!

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Isn’t he the sweetest! This little nugget was comfy in my belly.  Of course my Doctor was going out of town the week after I was due… so I knew that I would transfer to another in the practice when she left.  I went in Friday at [40 weeks 2 days] for my general follow up.  We did not want to induce until at least 41 weeks. My blood pressure was slightly higher than normal so she ordered a 24hr test that I would need to turn into the hospital on Monday. Went the whole weekend with no major issues [and no baby] so I went to the hospital on Monday [40 weeks and 4 days] and didn’t realize that they would also hook me up in triage while they ran blood work. I was in the clear with my test results and wasn’t having any major contractions so I then went to my Doctor for a follow up because it was her last day in the office before vacation.  We talked about the change of care plans and  I went home to wait out a baby until my next appointment [which was scheduled for Thursday].

I was feeling crampy that afternoon, but as many pregnant women know that is totally a normal feeling. Mark came home and made dinner and I was feeling more cramps so I took a shower. When I started to blow dry my hair I became really uncomfortable [I was having to stop to *breath*] so we decided to go to the hospital. Checked into L & D triage at 9pm was checked and told I was maybe a 4. At this point I was pretty uncomfortable and was getting sick to my stomach.  I was praying they would admit me because of how uncomfortable I was feeling.  They nurse had me stay 30 mins to be monitored and then the doctor came in and said your a 5.5 time to head to L & D. It was BABY time!

As soon as we got to L & D my contractions were back to back with no break and I had back labor. An epidural was always in my plan so they did my blood work and sent for the epidural.  Ten minutes later anesthesiologist was there and the epidural was set. I felt GREAT other then I did get the shivers! The nurse came in about 30 minutes later and asked how I was feeling,  I told her I was having a weird leg pain so she decided to check me and low and behold I was complete! So she broke my water and got the room set up for delivery. We couldn’t believe how fast this was going!

The nurse had me do practice pushes [it is about 1 am] and after 3 pushes they saw the head so we needed to wait for the doctor [who was delivering next door]. Finally the doctor came in and 5 pushes later Tripp was born at 1:38am.

This was NOT what I expected! It was so fast for a “first timer”.  The nurses were AMAZING and they were so impressed at how “easy” I made it seem.  Also, thank you medical world for epidurals!

We are just so in love with our little guy! I will definitely be blogging about life with a baby so stay tuned!

Photo Credit: Music Creek Photography 

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: It’s all about the YMCA

I think it is about time to outline another Fantastic Philanthropy! The YMCA has grown close to my heart over the last year.  My husband sits on the local board for one of the branches and I started working out there about a year ago.  We are involved specifically with the Westside and Benbrook YMCA’s.

The YMCA gives scholarships and youth program opportunities. Persons who wish to utilize the services of the Y, but cannot afford them, are given assistance based on their needs. This allows the YMCA to say “Yes!” to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. The YMCA offers a complete continuum of services for all ages.

Here is a great video of Cheryl who has benefitted from a YMCA scholarship:

Beyond the great things they do for the community the staff is great! I am greeted by my name everyday and asked how I am.  The group fitness instructors recognize you and also are very friendly and knowledgeable sources.

I think that goes to show how great the YMCA is not only for individuals but for the community.  Whether you are there to get fit, have children that play sports or are looking for a great philanthropy the YMCA serves all of those and much, much more!

Below are just a few pictures from my YMCA adventures:IMG_3296

Visit the YMCA for more info on how to volunteer, donate or join the gym!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Threading For the WIN

I was given the opportunity to try out Wink Threading last week.

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Don’t know what Threading is? Here is a blurb from the Wink website:

“For the sophisticate and the novice alike, threading has supplanted waxing as the safest, most effective eyebrow-hair-removing alternative. This precise method removes hair in a line formation to achieve an exact and angular brow – producing a look that will start drawing compliments from the moment you leave the Wink salon.

This gentle form of hair removal avoids contact with the skin and is the most hygienic process available, because there are no chemicals or tools used aside from a spool of antibacterial thread. In fact, dermatologists recommend threading for patients on topical medications because the skin is not irritated in any way by the procedure.

And – get this – it’s virtually pain free. Think of it as “tweezing with benefits.” It’s the same virtual sensation as tweezing, but the entire process is over much more quickly, as each hair is removed in clean, rapid, linear succession. No pain. Just gain!”

The environment at Wink is welcoming and clean.  The session was short [about the same amount of time as a typical wax]. Rather then painful it almost was a prickly tickle sensation but nothing that was super uncomfortable!

I love that they don’t just do a standard shape and they work with your face.  Also, they don’t do brows super thin which is fabulous although I am sure they can if you request it!

My favorite thing was the fact that my skin wasn’t bright red after the threading was over and it never turned red! Sensitive skin for the win! Pricing below is for Wink threading and it is fairly comparable to other area waxing salons.

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Below is my before and after.  My apologies that the quality isn’t the best. But they were taken in different lighting! TOP is before BOTTOM is after! LOVE The shape!

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They did a GREAT job and I will definitely be back! Make sure to like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for great deals and information!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger