September 16, 2018

PLAY > Mariah Carey - GTFO

Not my favorite song, but this is getting me excited for her new album.
Yes, her ta-tas are out, so what? And her makeup? wow slay honeeeey.


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September 15, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 18


Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 18 weeks; baby has all kinds of moves right now

Size of baby: As big as an artichoke

Gender: 
Choosing not to open an envelope that says so don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 10 lbs

Symptoms: Occasional nausea

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: There's a permanent protrusion that I can't suck in...belly button is still an innie!

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: I have one pair of maternity pants that I wear all the time. I need to go shopping for more stuff. 

Diet: The constant hunger is driving me crazy.

Food cravings:
        • OJ (thought I was over OJ but I still love it)
        • Whole banana peppers 
        • Popcorn and rice cakes
        • Tomatoes in any form

Food aversions: I can eat most things right now.

Sleep: I’m sleeping really well still. I think my uterus is finally out of my pelvic area and not competing with my bladder for space. 

Miss anything in particular: I'm not a huge fan of sandwiches, but I really want a reuben or pastrami sandwich. How do you make corned beef without nitrates? 

Mood: Happy and grateful. Hoping the baby is okay.

Looking forward to: Bumming it next weekend while Evan is vacationing in Colorado.

Worst moment this week: Getting super nauseous on the bus and metro...the nausea just won't quit!

Best moment this week: I felt light "bubbles" in my belly. It feels like an internal fart, but supposedly it's the baby moving. I also enjoyed going to Olive & Oak for my birthday. 




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September 8, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 17


Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 17 weeks; baby's cartilage is turning into bone

Size of baby: As big as an pomegranate

Gender: 
Choosing not to open an envelope that says so don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 9.5 lbs

Symptoms: Occasional nausea

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Small bump is growing!

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: My regular clothes are getting tighter and stretchy pants are calling my name.
Workouts: I’m loving this 2nd trimester boost of energy. My workouts have been so much more enjoyable.

Diet: Still constantly hungry. Craving weird things.

Food cravings:
        • Bloody Mary mix or V8…with lots of Tabasco
        • Whole banana peppers 
        • Sourdough bread
        • Tomatoes in any form
        • Green beans
        • Blackberries

Food aversions: Meat still makes me feel a bit queasy.

Sleep: Still sleeping pretty well. Cooler weather helps!

Miss anything in particular: I just want an ice cold beer.

Mood: I’ve been on a bit of a pregnancy high this week…finally talking to our family about the baby made me so happy. 

Looking forward to: Maternity clothes shopping!

Worst moment this week: The nervousness and excitement of having to tell all of our friends and coworkers we were expecting.

Best moment this week: Telling people we were expecting and enjoying their reactions. More people to tell next week!



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September 1, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 16


Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 16 weeks; baby's cartilage is turning into bone

Size of baby: As big as an avocado

Gender: Choosing not to open an envelope that says so don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 9 lbs

Symptoms: Less severe headaches, still out of breath all the time

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: I think I can feel a small bump?!

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: My regular clothes are getting tighter and stretchy pants are calling my name.


Exercise: I’m loving this 2nd trimester boost of energy. My workouts have been so much more enjoyable.

Diet: Still constantly hungry. Craving weird things.

Food cravings:

        • Bloody Mary mix or V8…with lots of Tabasco
        • Whole banana peppers 
        • Sourdough bread
        • Tomatoes in any form
        • Green beans
        • Blackberries

Food aversions: Meat still makes me feel a bit queasy, but I can finally eat it without wanting to pass out.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping really well this week. I have even slept through a few nights without having to use the bathroom! 

Miss anything in particular: Beer. 

Mood: I’ve been on a bit of a pregnancy high this week…finally talking to our family about the baby made me so happy. 

Looking forward to: Telling our friends and coworkers our news.

Worst moment this week: The nervousness and excitement of sharing our news for the first time.

Best moment this week: Finally telling the family about our little babe.


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August 25, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 15



Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 15 weeks; baby's legs are supposedly growing this week

Size of baby: As big as a navel orange

Gender: Don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 7 lbs

Symptoms: Headache, nausea, indigestion

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Midsection till looks bloated, but no bump yet

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: Who makes the best belly band? I can't seem to find one that I like. Maybe I just need to be more pregnant. Also, maternity jeans shopping is the ABSOLUTE worst. Why do they all give you a pancake butt??

Diet:  I feel like I'm constantly hungry and constantly eating. I still love eating fruit and veggies. Really enjoying pasta right now. 


Food cravings:
        • OJ (a gallon a week)
        • Bloody Mary mix or V8

        • Korean food
        • Green beans
        • All the fruits (especially apples and berries)

Food aversions: Ate some rotisserie chicken and didn't want to vomit so yay! Getting more of my appetite back and not totally hating meat. The smell of pork still makes me a bit queasy though.


Exercise: Struggling in the gym, but managed to get through my workouts.

Sleep: I feel like it's getting worse. My dreams have been super vivid and I need to get up to pee all the time.

Miss anything in particular: Beer and sushi.

Mood: I've been so up and down lately...probably due to hormones fluctuating.

Looking forward to: Our next Ob/Gyn appointment - August 29th!


Worst moment this week: Having to deal with my hit and run issue and trying to find a decent autobody shop in St. Louis.

Best moment this week: Getting out test results back and feeling relieved that the baby is healthy and normal.




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August 18, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 14


Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 
14 weeks; baby has doubled in weight since last week


Size of baby: As big as peach

Gender: Don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 7 lbs

Symptoms: 
Headaches and nausea

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Bloat that comes and goes...fake bump alert!

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: Bought some maternity clothes from ASOS, but they're HUGE. Is that how big I'm going to get? ahh!

Diet: 
I still feel like I’m eating a lot of fruit and veggies, but I’m trying to eat a little bit of everything else.  


Food cravings:
        • OJ (a gallon a week)
        • Mint chocolate ice cream

        • Korean food
        • Pizza
        • Apples


Food aversions: I need chicken to not exist right now...

Exercise: Feeling more energetic. Trying to workout 3 times a week for 1 hour. Incorporating more yoga and breathing exercises. 

Sleep: Still g
etting up 4:30am every night to pee and not being able to fall back asleep.

Miss anything in particular: 
It continues to be a hot summer and all I want is an ice cold beer! I’m craving Boulevard’s Ginger Lemon Radler or Shock Top’s Lemon Shandy. And also anything fruited by Side Project.  


Mood: Happy but the nausea feels worse and it's super aggravating

Looking forward to: Having a weekend with nothing to do!

Worst moment this week: Wondering and waiting for our blood test results.

Best moment this week: 
When the mint chocolate chip ice cream hit my lips…I don’t even like mint chocolate ice cream, but I had a real hankering for it!    




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August 11, 2018

BUMPDATE: Week 13


Due date: February 11, 2019

How far along: 
13 weeks; baby’s head is 1/3 the size of its body

Size of baby: As big as lemon

Gender: Don’t know yet! 

Total weight gain: 7 lbs

Symptoms: 
Headaches and nausea; uterus growth causing round ligament pain

Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Looks super bloated, but no bump

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: 
Researching…bought some stretchy ponte pants and jeans from Target. Need to test them out.

Diet:  
I feel like I’m eating a lot of fruit and veggies, but I’m trying to eat a little bit of everything else. 

Food cravings:
        • OJ (a gallon a week)
        • Cheese quesadillas

        • Fruit (grapes, oranges, pineapples)
        • Green beans
        • All the fruits (especially apples and berries)

Food aversions: I can't even look at meat right now. Especially chicken.


Exercise: Still running but will probably stop after this week. I just can't catch my breath. 

Sleep: 
Not great…getting up 4:30am every night to pee and then I have a hard time falling back to sleep

Miss anything in particular: 
Beer! I love day drinking in the summer and summer beer releases are my favorite…

Mood: Generally pretty happy but the constant fatigue really gets me down sometimes.

Looking forward to: The second trimester and getting more energy...hopefully!

Worst moment this week: Getting more blood drawn to test for Down syndrome.

Best moment this week: 
Going to the PGA tournament and not needing to go pee once!   




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August 4, 2018

BUMPDATE: Weeks 9-12


Due date: February 11, 2019!!!

How far along: 12 weeks (debatable; Evan and I think it's more like 10 or 11 weeks)

Size of baby: As big as plum; 1:1 head to body ratio

Gender: Unknown

Total weight gain: 5 lbs

Symptoms: Major fatigue and nausea


Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Feeling super bloated still

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: N/A

Diet: I'm eating way more than normal and craving fruit like crazy.


Food cravings:

        • OJ (a gallon a week)

        • French fries
        • ALL the fruit (apples and bananas all day)

Food aversions: CHICKEN. OMG.

Exercise: I can't breath! Workouts have been challenging.

Sleep: The fr
equent urination is continues to interrupt my sleep.

Miss anything in particular: Beer!


Mood: Annoyed that I'm tired ALL THE TIME.

Looking forward to: Cooler weather...it has been so hot lately.

Worst moment this week: Getting out of bed every morning haha

Best moment this week: 
Having our
 first obstetrician appointment!


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July 27, 2018

PLAY > Zhavia - Candlelight

After falling for Zhavia on The Four, I knew my life wouldn't be complete without her.
Her new single gets better with every listen.


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July 7, 2018

BUMPDATE: Weeks 5-8

I thought my little pooch was just bloat - well turns out it was bloat and a baby!

Due date: Unknown

How far along: 8 weeks

Size of baby: As big as raspberry

Gender: Unknown

Total weight gain: 5 lbs

Symptoms: Increasing fatigue and slight nausea


Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Feeling super bloated

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: N/A

Diet: Still 
didn't know I was pregnant yet, but we suspected something was up.

Food cravings:

        • Albanese gummi bears

        • Korean food
        
Food aversions: None

Exercise: Starting to get out of breath more easily.

Sleep: 
Waking up in the middle of the night to urinate. Frequent urination overall.

Miss anything in particular: N/A


Mood: Happy. In love.

Looking forward to: Taking a pregnancy test!

Worst moment this week: N/A

Best moment this week: Jon and Taylor's wedding was a blast!




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June 21, 2018

My Summer Spotify Playlist (2018)

I'm sharing my summer playlist! This playlist consists of about 50ish songs, and I'm constantly tweaking it! So, if there's a song you like, don't forget to save it to your own playlist. As the summer goes by, the playlist will evolve. I hope it puts you guys in a good summer mindset! Happy listening!



Having trouble with the playlist? Click here to listen on Spotify.

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June 9, 2018

BUMPDATE: Weeks 1-4

Due date: Unknown

How far along: 4 weeks


Size of baby: As big as poppyseed

Gender: Unknown

Total weight gain: 2 lbs

Symptoms: Slight fatigue


Labor signs: None

Stretch marks: None

Belly and belly button: Feeling bloated

Wedding ring: On

Maternity clothes: N/A

Diet: 
Well...I didn't know I was pregnant yet, so I was still eating and drinking anything I wanted.

Food cravings:

        • gummi bears

        • Korean food
        
Food aversions: None

Exercise: Normal

Sleep: Normal

Miss anything in particular: N/A


Mood: Happy. In love.

Looking forward to: Jon and Taylor's wedding!

Worst moment this week: N/A

Best moment this week: N/A


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May 28, 2018

5 Things I Learned In Our First Month of Marriage

Now that I've been Mrs. O'Shea for a whopping 30 days, I'm practically an expert on this whole marriage thing, right? I wish I could say that without laughing, because I know nothing. I'm still going to reflect on the first month of our marriage and share what I've learned so far though.

1. Weddings are CONSUMING in every way
I'm FREE guys! Call me! Text me! Planning a wedding felt too much like a second job, and I'm happy to never think about it again. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed my wedding and would absolutely love to relive that day, but I don't want to go through the motion of planning another one. It required too much time and energy, and I'm relishing in my restored free time.

2. We feel the same
Friends and family keep asking us how it feels to be a married. Well, to be honest, it doesn't feel any different. We were committed to each other for many years, so getting married was more of a formality for us. In my opinion, I felt like our marriage was a right of passage rather than a union. It's like now we can do ALL the things without people raising any sort of concerns, and that's a nice feeling.

3. Go Team!
Even though we were already working as a unit, being married does force you to think a little differently. It's like there's this subtle shift in the way we approach our conversations and decisions. I don't know why consulting and confiding in each other feels more important than ever, but it just does. I suppose that's what happens when "me" suddenly becomes "we".

4. Adjusting to my new name and title
I plan on taking Evan's last name. I haven't figured out all of the logistics yet, because I'm also changing my first name and adding a middle name. The name change process will be quite complicated for me, so I'm not looking forward to the trials of getting my name the way I want it.

Anyways, it has been strange introducing myself as Mrs. Jenn O'Shea. New title AND new last name. Craziness. I continue to make the mistake of using my maiden name in emails or in conversations and have to quickly correct myself. I do enjoy my title as wife though and calling Evan, my husband. There's a sense of pride that comes along with being someone's wifey for lifey.

5. Kids?
Not many people have asked us about kids yet, but oddly enough, Evan has brought it up a few times. I had no idea he was ready to have a baby, so this came as a shock to me. A part of me wanted to enjoy a period of wedded bliss without kids. Heck, I wanted to get a puppy first. Maddie, our dog, just turned 11 years old, and I know I'll need an emotional buffer for when she passes. Lastly, I selfishly wanted more time to do some soul searching and explore alternative career options. I'm aware that this isn't about me anymore and agree with Evan's point that we're only getting older, so this may be the best time to consider growing our family. All and all, I guess the thought of having kids is terrifying in a thrilling kind of way, but maybe we'll start trying soon.




January 7, 2018

PLAY > Andy Grammar - Freeze

Fighting the Midwest freeze with 'Freeze'

PLAY


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