weekends at ramsey canyon

^^^ 29 weeks 2 days at ramsey canyon, hereford, arizona

A couple friends of Ryan and mine asked if I could do a little favor for them and take some family pictures this past weekend at Ramsey Canyon and, wanting to get a few more miles on my legs for the day, I readily agreed. Ramsey Canyon is in Hereford, Arizona…just about 10 miles South of Sierra Vista. And the best part? It's green. I have an inkling we might even see fall foliage there in a little bit! 




Tell me that isn't that cutest family you've ever seen. Art and Shelby took really good care of me while Ryan was gone, and little Kapri kept me highly entertained throughout. I can say it here because nobody knows about this blog, but Shelby recently found out they're expecting baby number 2, so we got a few little announcement photos for them, too. I'm no great photographer, but it was fun to just do this for friends with no pressure or real strings attached. And maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get some sweet pictures of baby Moore when he or she comes along.

In other news, it's a big week here in the Moore household. My parents are flying in this coming Saturday morning to spend some time with us before heading up to Sedona, my 30-week appointment (a little early) is coming up on Wednesday and we're trying to make our house look as presentable as possible for the baby shower our friend Amanda is throwing for us on Sunday. Here's to what's (hopefully) going to be a great week!

29 week bumpdate

I can't believe I'm 29 weeks today. I feel bigger than ever, but I have to say that I also feel pretty darn awesome these days for being less than 3 months (hopefully) until nugget decides to make his or her grand entrance. With Ryan finally home, we're starting to slowly but surely get things in order, but it's amazing how much we still have to do. Babies are a lot of work, people...and this one isn't even born yet. 

^^^ selfies. so attractive. my apologies.


How far along: 29 weeks

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 9 lbs...I actually lost a few pounds in the past week, and I'll definitely be asking my OB about that next week. 9 lbs might not seem like a ton, but it feels like a ton.

Maternity clothes: I wear my maternity jeans and shorts these days, but I mix between pre-prego tops and maternity tops. I also love, love, love wearing maxi dresses and leggings with tunic tops. They're keeping me sane.

Stretch marks: None. I swear by pure coconut oil twice a day. I rub it all over my boobs, belly, back and sides, and it seems to be doing the trick thus far.

Belly button in or out: In, though that little indent over my belly button is a strange phenomenon.

Sleep: Still hit or miss. I usually fall dead asleep from about 9:30 to 12:30, then I wake up to go to the bathroom, go back to sleep, then wake up at 3:30 and 5:30 again - right until I wake up to work and Ryan leaves for PT.

Best moment this week: Ryan came home!!! Not much can really trump that, guys.

Miss anything: I miss my old body. I know this sounds silly and ungrateful and cliche, but it's so weird being in a body that's so foreign to me. I love it, but it's strange.

Movement: Baby Moore is a mover. Every time I get up to use the bathroom at night, baby wakes up and kicks. When I have breakfast, baby kicks. When I eat dinner, baby does barrel rolls. I've noticed that the longer I sit, too, the more baby moves. I think he/she is getting cramped in there.

Cravings: Ice water, cheese, smoothies and applesauce....annnnnd hot chocolate

Food aversions: Eggs and avocado. I've been adding a little more red meat into my diet slowly to boost my iron, and I seem to be surviving.

Looking forward to: I have my next OB appointment this coming Wednesday...so crazy that they're every two weeks now! Also, Ryan and I scheduled his hospital tour (blergh, I've seen it), as well as our childbirth classes. AND, we have our Arizona baby shower next weekend, as well as my parents coming to town. Busy, busy, busy!

life lately in the moore household

I'm a terrible blogger, and I've come to terms with that fact. Honestly, I'm okay with it because I'd rather live my life in the present and worry later about not having posted. Life is oh-so-sweet lately. Things are slowly but surely trucking along with this pregnancy, and while I'm excited for it to be over, I'm also totally okay letting it drag along for a while longer. Here's a little bit of what's going on around the Moore household though…because, let's be honest, I'm an unreliable blogger at best.

^^^ Ignore the awkward belly…it was all squished. Stella, however, was giving baby a hug. I died.

~ Ryan is HOME! He was supposed to get back home on Friday the 26th, but he got released from BOLC early, and he got home Tuesday night. I can't tell you how good it is to have him back. He's so amazed by this growing baby, and he's in love with our stroller. He wants our baby to be here just so he can push it around.

~ We're in the process of deciding when/how to relocate to Fort Drum. Ryan's current report date is January 2, 2015, but my OB requested an extension through January 26th. We're hoping to honor that January 26th report date, but planning to move back East just after the New Year. That should give us time to settle in before he's back to work, too.

~ I am 29 weeks tomorrow, which is both terrifying and exciting. This baby is officially viable, which means he/she would most likely survive if, for some reason, it was born early.

~ I am still running, which is a feat in and of itself! I did a 2-miler yesterday, and it was a struggle, but I did it. I'm also doing a lot of bodyweight exercises and HIIT at home, which feels amazing. I'm pretty amazed by what my body is capable of. 

~ My parents are coming to visit in just over a week, and I am so excited. My father is a genius (literally), and he's so excited to see the UAVs (drones) on post and "learn" from Ryan. My mother will be here for my Arizona baby shower, too, which I'm so excited about.

~ I went to Utah last weekend for a baby shower, and 18 of my college friends were invited, as well as my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece. Nobody came besides my family and the hostesses. I wish I was joking buttttt I'm not…and I'm over it now :)

~ I am in a constant state of flux between nerves, excitement, joy and sheer terror about baby Moore's impending arrival. My newest fear is that I won't love our child enough, or that our freedom will be completely gone. I'm sure I'll get over these in time.

nesting is very, very real

The Bump.com informed me this morning that Ryan and I have 86 days left of this pregnancy. Please tell me how that happened. I don't know if it's been the combination of Ryan's absence with training, working (and working out) like a  fiend or what, but the time is dwindling quickly, and we have a lot left to do. I went through a few weeks where I was stressing out a lot at night, but since starting to read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, I've felt a lot more relaxed about the whole process.

With our PCS date fast-approaching, as well, we haven't had the luxury of setting up a nursery for baby Moore, and I think that was a large part of my self-induced stress. All I've wanted to do is nest and prepare for the nugget's arrival. I'm telling you, people, nesting is a real thing. Right now though, we have three bedrooms. One is my dedicated office, one is the guest room and one is our master bedroom. First, there is no bedroom for baby in our current post housing and second, there's no point in setting up a nursery, only to have to break it down again a few weeks after the baby is born. 

^^^ our new master bedroom dresser area & thrifted end tables in our guest room

So, with Ryan's blessing, I'm nesting elsewhere! We've put off buying a dresser because we have the world's largest master closet, but I finally broke down and bought that gem the other day. It's going to double as our changing table here at Fort Huachuca because baby will be co-sleeping with us (I'll go into that more at a later date) anyway. In our guest room, we finally purchased a bigger guest bed since my parents are coming out next month, and I scored these amazing vintage hardwood end tables at a thrift store the other day for just $50 - for the pair! They had a nice, clean feel to that room, and I'm loving it.

As for the nursery once we get to Fort Drum? No clue yet, guys. Because we're waiting to find out the gender of baby Moore, I'm almost positive it's smart to wait to decorate, too. Our new house has four bedrooms, too, so baby will have his or her own space once we get there, as well. For now though, I'm cleaning like a madwoman, organizing like crazy and making this house a real home for the last 3.5 months of our stay here. 

Momma's, newlyweds and fellow pregos…do you nest? I never knew it was a real thing till now!

27-week bumpdate

I swear that when Ryan and I first found out we were expecting, I didn't know how I was ever going to make it to the third trimester, but here we are! It's insane. On the one hand, I feel like time is flying - probably because we don't yet have everything we need for this baby. On the other hand though, I feel like time is just dragging. I think that's because I feel large and in charge (less so in charge of my own body these days though). Ryan's coming home in just 12 days, and we couldn't be more excited for him to be finally be home and a part of this process, so here's to the last 13 weeks of this pregnancy!

^^^ looks are deceiving, folks. I included two pictures because the bump is different all the time.


How far along: 27 weeks + 3 days

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 11.5 lbs - I'm SO bloated these days though, too, so I don't know how much is water, how much is baby...and how much is copius amounts of horrible food I want.

Maternity clothes: I'm most comfortable in maternity pants these days. I can still fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans with a hair-tie, but once I sit down, all bets are off. I generally wear my maternity shorts from target, yoga pants from Victoria's Secret, leggings or maxi dresses.

Stretch marks: None. Friends, there is NO need to buy expensive creams. I've been using pure coconut oil since 14 weeks and slathering it on my belly, back, waist and boobs twice a day. It's been a game-changer thus far.

Belly button in or out: In. That indent over my belly button is definitely getting more prominent now though!

Sleep: Sleep is still so hit or miss. I usually lie awake for a few hours at night just thinking, and it's annoying. Then, when I finally fall asleep, I sleep hard for 2-3 hours, then I wake up every 2 hours to pee. It's a joyful time. 

Best moment this week: I ran 2.5 miles in full. I've been doing a lot of intervals since running has been a lot harder lately, but I felt good, and I ran the full thing. It felt awesome! I also toured the labor and delivery wing at our hospital...and unfortunately, I hate it. It's a military hospital - drab, gross and simple. It's a good thing that I plan to labor at home as long as possible. 

Miss anything: I miss Ryan like nobody's business. I also really miss seeing a much smaller number on the scale, and I miss the feeling of being able to button up my jeans. It's the little things, people. 

Movement: Constantly! I managed to get a good video of it for family the other day, and they all got a kick out of it. I'm not sure which body part is which yet, but Ryan can't wait until we can see little feet poking out here, there and everywhere. 

Cravings: Ice water, alfredo sauce, sundried tomatoes and salted caramel mochas from Starbucks.

Food aversions: Red meat, eggs, avocado. I also have no desire for kale or spinach, but I stick them in my green smoothies, and we're all good.

Looking forward to: I have my 28 week appointment a little early this week on Wednesday since I'm going out of town to Salt Lake City for my first baby shower this weekend! This is the last monthly visit...after this, visits are every two weeks. Holy reality check!

fall is the greatest season ever (and I miss it)

^^^ last year's apple-picking in New Hampshire

You know, I actually grew somewhat accustomed to the heat and dryness in Arizona, but lately (and maybe it's just the baby hormones), I really, really miss the East coast. There is absolutely nothing in this world that compares to a New England fall, and I'm really missing that this year. We're still in the 90's every day, whereas my family's been bragging about their crisp air, pretty leaves and fall fashions ad nauseum.  

Don't get me wrong, I'm probably going to be longing for this weather once we're in the cold and frosty Northeast come January, but there's something seriously lacking if you miss the changing of the seasons. It's just a transitional time that I love...plus, does it get more beautiful than this?

^^^ last fall in park city, utah

I think I'm going to overcompensate this year with crafting and forcing this place to feel and smell like fall. Pinterest has been my best friend lately, as have cinnamon and pumpkin candles burning almost constantly. I've also been having some little pangs lately about not having a cool, frosty Thanksgiving and Christmas. We're slated to PCS early January right now (though I think we're extending a few weeks due to my due date), Ryan's actual report date is January 2nd, but it looks like we'll be up there closer to mid-January.

All that aside though, I am absolutely thrilled to have little trick-or-treaters come by our house this year, so I'm going to make certain it looks like fall threw up all over our little cookie-cutter Army housing. Here are a few of my favorite affordable, fun, fresh and amazing looking fall craft projects that this nesting mama-to-be is going to be partaking in this year. And yes, I'm starting early. So there.

^^^ images via here, here & here

Yes, I will post my ventures in crafting...because I'm a terrible crafter. What do you do to get ready for fall? Do you love it as much as I do? If you don't live in a temperate climate, how do you compensate for the lack of a real fall season? 

maternity workout must-haves

From day one when Ryan and I found out we were expecting a little baby Moore, I knew I wanted this to be a very active pregnancy. From what I've read, heard and learned from my OB, the more physically active you are - consistently - the easier labor, delivery and recovery time are. Obviously, this is barring no complications (ie: c-sections, etc.). I've always been active, but I've only just started learning how different growing a human and working out is. 

Here's the thing, I didn't start gaining weight really until around 20 weeks, but it felt like I was long before that, and that added weight adds pressure in places I didn't know existed. Furthermore, my boobs skyrocketed from a small C-cup to a full D-cup in a matter of about 12 weeks, and you wouldn't believe how much extra weight that is - and stress on the spine. So, naturally, I've had to adapt both my workout routines, as well as those essentials that I always have on hand now. Here are a list of my workout must-haves for maternity.

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Clothing Essentials

^^^ images via here and here

For running these days, I focus on two types of bottoms. If I'm running outside, I wear my Lululemon Speed Shorts because of the southern Arizona heat. If I'm running inside, I usually wear my Nike Pro Compression Capris. There's two different fits for these bad boys. 

The Lulu shorts sit right below my bump now, which is getting a little less comfortable the heavier my gut is. However, they stretch amazingly, so they're worth the hefty price tag ($54 for basic black). And, I promise you, they last a long time. The compression crops tend to have a higher waistband, which is getting more comfortable the bigger the bump gets. It pulls comfortably over the belly now, and it adds a little extra support in the lower back area, which is awesome. The price is still a bit steep on these ($42 at Dick's), but they last a long time, and you can wear them before and after pregnancy, too.

^^^ image via

Compression socks and calf sleeves have recently become my newest best friend. At over 24 weeks, I've noticed my feet and ankles start to swell the longer I run. This is totally normal, and it's totally uncomfortable. These Brooks Infiniti Run Happy Calf Sleeves keep me sane and keep the swelling at bay. Plus, they've started to cut my recovery time in half, which I call a win-win scenario.

In terms of shirts, honestly, I wear what fits these days. A lot of my stretchy tanks still comfortably fit, so I wear them, and I wear them with pride. Plus, they add a little extra support where I need it most. If investing in new tops, I highly recommend scouring the discount racks at Marshall's. There are some great, cheap finds there!

Extra Gear

^^^ images via here and here

Hydrating is essential when running, so if I'm outside these days, I run with my Nathan QuickView Handheld Water Bottle. This kills two birds with one stone...I can hydrate and I can have my phone. If I'm running inside, which is more common these days during monsoon season, I run with my Camelbak Eddy bottle. Both are great in design, and neither is too bulky.

iPhone, FitBit Flex, Good Running Shoes

These are all things I always recommend to any runner, but especially to pregnant women. The iPhone or cellphone is a must these days. If I'm running outside and something should happen, having my phone for music and emergencies is incomparable. Watching your heart rate is also vital during pregnancy. I'm not always the world's biggest advocate of staying within that 160-180 range, but my FitBit Flex lets me know if I'm working out too hard for baby to be getting enough oxygen.

Shoes are probably the most important part of the equation. I invested in new shoes right before I did the first time tri at 20 weeks, and I'm surprised with how much I love them. I generally go with Brooks or Mizunos, but I went for the Nike Lunaron shoes because I desperately needed new shoes in a day. These have been awesome - minimalist, higher around the arch and ample room around the toes. Plus, the have just enough padding to keep my feet comfy for 2+ miles daily still! 

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I am by no means a great runner (and all opinions about these products are solely my own - I was not compensated in any way), but I am passionate about health and fitness. If you're a pregnant athlete, or you're a runner, what do you plan to use (or currently use) that you'd add to this list?

getting back in the groove + 26 week bumpdate

It's official. I'm the world's worst blogger ever. I swear that I wake up every day with every intention of blogging, but it somehow gets pushed to the back of my mind each time. If it's any consolation, my book blog has suffered, as well. Ryan's officially been gone for 5 weeks now. We have a little bit less than 3 weeks to go, and it looks like he'll be home on the 26th - finally! BOLC has been hard for him - I think he's really just ready to be home and to be a part of this awesome baby-growing process. But, thankfully, his training out of state is coming to an end! 

I've been MIA forever, and I feel like it's necessary to give a bumpdate/update upon my return, if only to get back in the swing of things. Plus, let's be honest, it's pretty much the most exciting thing happening in the Moore household right now.

^^^ sorry about the selfies. the hubs is my photographer, and he's clearly away right now.

How far along: 26 weeks 4 days

Gender: We're not finding out!

Weight gain: 9 lbs - though I'm weighing myself only once a week now. My OB told me to stop stressing about it because everything looks good, the baby is healthy, and all systems are go.

Maternity clothes: I've been wearing a mix. I can fit into my normal shirts, though I did purchase a few new options from Old Navy's maternity section the other day. I can also fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans, though I use the hair-tie trick to close them, or a belly band. I've bought one pair of maternity shorts thus far from Target (amazing), and I just bought some black stretchy pants/leggings. Other than that, maxi dresses, Lululemon shorts and my husband's pajama pants :)

Stretch marks: None. Friends, there is NO need to buy expensive creams. I've been using pure coconut oil since 14 weeks and slathering it on my belly, back, waist and boobs twice a day. It's been a game-changer thus far.

Belly button in or out: In…I do have a fun new indent over my belly button now, which my OB says indicates that the baby is lying with his/her back to my back, creating a pocket effect. 

Sleep: Sleep is crazy hit or miss these days. I'm exhausted, but if I nap, I can't sleep at night. I've also started to have insane dreams and a lot of anxiety at night lately. I did buy a body pillow, but I tend to kick it away from me in the middle of the night. 

Best moment this week: I assembled the baby's stroller the other day, and it was easy! After a LOT of thought and consideration, we purchased the Graco FastAction Fold Jogger Click Connect travel system in charcoal. We were sold on the quality of tires for all terrain, plus the fact that it's highly rated for running. And yes, it folds and clicks super easy, which is a huge plus for me. 

Miss anything: I miss my husband. A lot. I want him to experience these crazy little antics of our peanut because it drives me insane with love. I also miss my smaller boobs…and having boobs that didn't leak.

Movement: This baby is constantly moving, and he/she is most active early in the morning and late at night. After a rough few weeks of lots of crotch punches, the peanut has taking to tackling my ribs instead, which is actually preferable. 

Cravings: Ice water, cheese and salted caramel mochas from Starbucks. 

Food aversions: Red meat, eggs, avocado. I also have no desire for kale or spinach, but I stick them in my green smoothies, and we're all good. 

Looking forward to: Surprisingly, I'm looking forward to my glucose test and getting it out of the way. I'll be having it this coming Friday, and I'm hoping it comes back clean! Also, my Utah baby shower is on September 20th, so I'm super excited for that!

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I'm super proud to say that I'm still running at over 26 weeks pregnant, so tomorrow I'll be sharing some of my fit pregnancy must-haves!