33 Weeks: Christmas 2014


Happy belated Christmas! I spent the holiday in Northern Virginia with family and enjoyed our usual holiday traditions, including waking up and opening stockings, eating panettone for breakfast, and exchanging gifts. We also prepared a Christmas feast that included a standing rib roast served with a red wine-mushroom sauce, cauliflower gratin, roast potatoes, carrots and peas. Dessert was very British, my mom's homemade Christmas pudding and leftover Buche de Noel cake. 


Brian and I both received some great gifts for Baby Riley, including a cute golf outfit from my older sister and brother-in-law, a Boon Grass drying rack, a NY Giants Onesie Jersey from my younger sister, and a digital photo frame from my parents. 


I also gifted Brian this useful t-shirt:)


The week ended with a birthday dinner celebration in honor of Brian, who is turning 31 this year. He was treated to a cauliflower, sage and truffle oil soup (made by me!), pasta with duck ragu (made by my mom), and a chocolate pear bundt cake served with ice cream and homemade cognac-caramel sauce (a joint effort by myself and Laura). 


We left Washington, D.C. yesterday via train and are spending the next few days in NYC before heading down to New Jersey to celebrate New Year's Eve with Brian's family. 

And last but not least...

Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:

  • Baby Riley now weighs over 4 pounds and is over 17 inches long, the size of a pineapple!
  • He or she is rapidly gaining weight and his or her skeleton is hardening
  • The bones in Baby Riley's head are not yet fused together, which makes it easier for the baby to fit through the birth canal. 

And what's happening with me:

Weight Gained: I'm going to guess 20 pounds (I think that I may have "popped" again over Christmas), but we'll know for sure after this week's doctor's appointment.

Favorite Moment: Spending Christmas with my family, and enjoying our last Christmas as a family of 2. Brian also gave me a cute gift on Christmas morning before everyone else woke up. He gave me a copy of Love you Forever, which I'll hopefully be reading to our baby in just a few short months.

Workouts: I actually made it to the gym 3 times while I was at home in Virginia, and the day after Christmas my mom treated my sisters and I to a barre class at Pure Barre. I was able to do most of the workout, with the exception of some of the ab and back exercises.

Symptoms: Tingly/numb hands while sleeping and occasional back pain. I haven't felt as many round ligament pains or braxton hicks contractions in the last few weeks. My younger sister was disappointed that the baby didn't move around as much as she would have liked, although she did feel hiccups on multiple occasions (the baby gets hiccups at least once a day). In hindsight, I think that the baby might have been going through a growth spurt this week and that it needed more sleep because when we got back to our apartment on Sunday the baby was moving almost all day long.

Food Aversions/Cravings: No aversions, but there are mornings where I don't feel the need to have coffee. I also very much enjoyed the sugar cookies from my baby shower last week and ate them throughout Christmas week, along with these delicious muffins that my sister made.

Sleep: I slept okay this week, but definitely went to bed too late almost every night! On the train on the way back to NYC on Sunday I took an hour long nap, and then proceeded to take a SECOND nap (unheard of for me) a few hours later while watching football.

Looking forward to: Our next doctor's appointment (which is this afternoon) and New Years Eve weekend in New Jersey.