turkey trotting

For the first time in forever, my whole family managed to get together for Thanksgiving (except my future brother-in-law, Josh, who's on rotation as a doctor and couldn't get away). What does a family of crazies do to earn their Thanksgiving dinner? We get up early and do the Purity Springs 5k turkey trot, which turned out to be a trail race - something I never, ever train. It turned out to be so much fun though!

My little sister, Kristina, and I decided to run together since our road running pace is pretty much the same. We did well considering we never do trail runs, and we held about a 9:54 pace overall. Our finish time was 31:20, so while not exceptional, we'll take it! Plus, at 13 weeks pregnant, I've been pretty darn proud.

And that, my friends, is my incredible momma. She is 68 years old, and while she has done 5ks before, she's never run one. My sister helped her get on a training plan, and she bit the bullet, running her 5k for the first time ever! She's amazing, and we were all so darn proud of her. 

my older sister, Nikki, cheesing in the background (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

my brother-in-law, Adam, running in a turkey suit :) (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

my incredibly good-looking husband, running like a boss! (image credit to Joe Viger photography)

While all families have their traditions for the holidays, I truly hope we can make this one of ours. It was so fun to brave the cold, do a race and enjoy relaxing in the aftermath. I will never be the best runner, but I enjoy doing it now, and having a family that loves being active is such a treat. I really want to raise Spencer and our children loving this sort of thing, as well, because it really brought us together more than ever before.

I guess that means I need to buy a better jogger for baby number two…any recommendations?!


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Since I won't be blogging tomorrow over Thanksgiving, I figured I'd post today and make a wee little list of some of the oh-so-many things for which I am thankful. This year, I can honestly say that I'm blessed beyond measure, and I'm thrilled to be spending the holiday with family in New Hampshire. I am so grateful for this holiday, and I truly want to teach my son in the future that it's a holiday to reflect on all that we have - rather than what we think we need.

// I'm thankful for my husband. Ryan has been my rock throughout the past year, and I can't imagine where my life would have led without him. I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to meet, date, marry and start a family with such a wonderful man. He's the absolute best and always keeps me on my toes. May he always know how much I love him!

// I'm thankful for my sweet baby boy, Spencer. While this has been the most challenging year of my life, I can't imagine my life without that little peanut in it. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to be that sweet spirit's mama.

// I'm grateful to be carrying another little biscuit and to be growing this little family of ours. We are so blessed to have each other, and starting a family was always at the forefront of our hopes and wishes. We are so, so lucky.

// I'm grateful for our wonderful home, friends and Army family here in New York. I feel like we're setting roots here, and though that scares me because there's so much uncertainty in regards to permanence with the military, I'm so thrilled to have such an amazing support system.

// I'm thankful that we live in the United States. Though our country may have its very own issues, we are so blessed to live in the land of the free. I want my children to grow up knowing just how valuable that is in such uncertain times. 

To all my blogging friends: May you have an absolutely wonderful holiday with your families. Wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings ever :)

it's monday...i have goals

I finally feel like I've turned a corner in this pregnancy. For the past nearly 6 weeks, I've felt downright poopy - dealing with extreme morning sickness, bouts of vomiting in the evening and attempting to keep up with everyday life. Now, I'm 13 weeks, and I finally feel somewhat human again! Food isn't the worst thing to think about anymore, Christmas and holiday travels seem less daunting, and I'm running again, which makes me one happy lady.

As a swammer (that's an ex-swimmer, for those who didn't know), I find that setting goals is the way I get things done in life. I like a good challenge, so if I tell myself that I must do something in a certain timeframe, you'd better be certain I'll get it done! So, I'm putting up a few goals on the blog - mostly to hold myself accountable - and really keep myself in check.

1) My little biscuit boy is turning one in just 11 days. I really want to dedicate myself to putting down my phone and spending those sweet moments with him in the evenings and mornings we have together. He's growing up so fast, and I don't want him to think of me behind the screen of my phone when I'm right in front of him. A text message can wait. 

this little turkey is my favorite thing

2) I have a beautiful Canon DSLR that I rarely use. I usually rely solely on my iPhone for the convenience of it, but I find that the quality once printed lacks the crispness of my DSLR. I'm going to take the time to learn more about my camera, play around with the functions and really take some quality pictures in the coming months. I want to remember the clarity of the moment...not the convenience.

3) Now that I'm finally able to run again, I'm aiming to get around 10 miles in every single week. It's not easy because I hate the treadmill, it's getting colder out and my bladder is officially the size of a pea, but I really want to keep it up. Case and point? I did 3.13 this morning...outside...in the 28 degree weather. I remember feeling accomplished doing 1-2 miles while pregnant with Spencer, and I really want to up my game this time around.

4) While I'm not the craftiest person in the world, I've done a lot of fun, budget-friendly DIY projects lately - mostly involving holiday and home decor - and I really want to get better at sharing them. I'm hoping to share one of them with you later this week! Hopefully I can remind myself that I'm supposed to :)

5) In terms of blogging, I find that I'm finally getting back in a groove. I took a self-imposed hiatus because I found myself comparing myself to other bloggers and coming up short, and I never, ever want to allow myself to feel such a thing. I have a wonderful life, and I want to share it! I hope to keep up this blogging streak and (dare to dream) come up with 10 original posts a month. Can I do it?! I'm also going to work hard to update my about me page, etc. It's been a long time coming.

baby moore: 12 weeks

I won't do this every week like I did with Spencer, but I feel the need to show the biscuit some love, and I want to document parts! We're about 12 weeks, so I figured it was about time for a bump.

How far along: 12 weeks

Size of Baby: Passion fruit

Gender: We think we might find out this time, but I'm hesitant! I have a strong feeling that it's a girl though.

Weight Gain: I don't know if it's the fact that I got pregnant 20 lbs lighter than I did with Spencer, but holy moly. 12 weeks and up 4 lbs.

Movement: Nothing that I can feel yet

Sleep: What's that? I do one wakeup a night on average with Spencer and at least 3 potty breaks. Sigh.

Workouts: Finally running again! I'm averaging about 3 runs a week and 10 miles a week right now. I did 3 miles today.

Maternity Clothes: None yet, but I think I'll cave and wear them sooner this time around. All my clothes are tight because I got smaller clothes after losing so much weight.

Cravings/Aversions: Avoiding chicken like the plague, but craving poutine. I'm also struggling with spinach, but eating lots of fruit.

Best Part of the Week: Finally feeling like I could run again! I'm still struggling with nighttime nausea, but feeling a bit stronger, and I'll take it.

Can't Wait For: Feeling the baby kick! Right now it's still so surreal that we're having another baby. At my most recent appointment, we heard the biscuit's heart rate right at 160 bpm, and it was such a welcome sound. Love :)


I've definitely experience my fair share of mom fails this year. Who knew that you had to point their little man bits down before diapering and putting the baby boy to bed? That's not cradle cap...but rather severe eczema? Playing piranha with your baby boy might result in a bitten finger? (don't ask). This, however, takes the cake.

that's not pee on the sheet...it's water from his sippy cup...just fyi

Yesterday, Spencer was inconsolable. He would try to play, and then he would just cry and cry and cry. He wouldn't eat, he wouldn't take a bottle, and he would only really drink warm water from his sippy cup. I thought maybe he had a sore throat. He didn't have a fever, so I figured he wasn't too sick, so I just assumed we needed to wait it out. 

This morning, after an extremely rough night, mind you, I went to wake the baby bean, and he looked happy as a clam. He'd been fussy all night, would only really sleep in our arms and seemed so upset. So, naturally, I wondered what the heck changed in the last few hours. And then I noticed it...yellow stuff coming out of his ear and all over his sheet. Cue momma panic and a quick emergency visit to the pediatrician, and we were sent on our merry way with a diagnosis...perforated eardrum.

Let me just say that on the list of things I thought might be wrong, ear infection was really low on the list. From what the doctor says though, he thinks Spencer had an infection for about a week before the pressure built up until it burst yesterday. He had no classic signs of ear infection. He wasn't feverish or fussy till yesterday, and he wasn't rubbing his ears. He was constipated last week though and, apparently, that can be a sign. Go figure.

Anyhow, this sweet pea is now on a high dose of amoxicillin to fight infection for two weeks, momma feels so dang guilty and all I can say is this...always assume ear infection. Le sigh.

thoughts on a tuesday

With the holidays fast-approaching, I feel like I'm just barely getting into the swing of things. I recently switched OBs here in Watertown, NY because I had a horrible experience at the one I was originally referred to. The doctor's office was filthy, slow and there was a cockroach in the bathroom. Furthermore, there was a table in the back of unlabeled urine samples, and when given my own test results, I was led to doubt their verity. So, I took initiative and switched doctors, and I love my new OB office. It's bright, clean, the doctor is extremely knowledgeable, and I like that he listens to my concerns.

We discussed my morning sickness, and while he's not against medication, he's in favor of natural remedies whenever possible. I agreed to try his plan to drink 120 oz of water a day to see if it helps and...lo' and behold...it did! And so, the biscuit and I are medication-free, dealing with some food aversions, but are doing well otherwise. Besides all that, here's a few random thoughts from the Moore household this Tuesday morning.

Because Spencer pictures are a must :)
  • My sweet boy turns 1 on 12/4/14. We're having a sweet, simple birthday party over Thanksgiving in New Hampshire with my family, but oh my goodness...he's getting too big. This first year went by so fast, but I'd be lying if I said it wasn't the hardest year of my life. That said, it was also the best. 

  • This second baby is already neglected! I'm about 12 weeks along, but holy heck, I haven't done a single bump update, I've barely focused on the fact that he/she is in there! It's madness how much this baby matters to me, yet how much different this process is this time.

  • Picking Christmas cards is the hardest. decision. ever. #firstworldproblems

  • I have a shopping addiction. It relates entirely to Christmas decor. I need to curb myself before Thanksgiving though, and I swear it's the worst!

  • I am working on getting more freelance work, but I swear it's slow-going. If anyone has tips, please let me know! I've always gone by word-of-mouth referrals, and it seems it's failing me lately. I'm trying Upwork right now.

  • We booked our early Christmas trip to Utah! We'll be heading out there from the 15th through the 22nd of December. This will be the first Christmas I don't spend with my family in New Hampshire. We'll be spending at our little home here in New York as a family of three!

back on land

I was (un)intentionally MIA again...I'm sorry! Ryan and I went on our cruise to the Bahamas last week and had some much-needed us time. It was amazing. I'll be totally honest and say that I really missed my little handsome monkey though! He had a great time at Oma and Opa's though, and he learned to walk two days before we got back. I'm so thankful he did it for my parents, since it was such a special moment for them to have with their first grandchild.

I have a lot of posts in the queue just waiting to be shared with you all...not the least of which is a pregnancy update. Crazy how that becomes the second thought the second time around! But, for now, here's a little snippet of our cruise getaway.

We started our cruise in Manhattan, and we were scheduled to stop in Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, the Bahamas.We, unfortunately, didn't get to get off the ship at Great Stirrup Cay because the water was too rough to tender the boats. We did, however, head to Nassau early and got off the ship and explored Atlantis late at night to avoid the crowds. It was amazing.

In Nassau, we got off the ship early in the morning the second day and found a local who took us to Atholl Island to go snorkeling. It was so neat to be the only two at that time of morning in the gorgeous water and to see the Bahamas through the eyes of a local, rather than a tour guide. He pointed out some of the most amazing places on Paradise Island, and he recommended a great local-Bahamian place to eat - Lukka Kairi - which had the most incredible food.

Though we were disappointed we weren't able to get off the ship at Great Stirrup Cay, we had a wonderful time just relaxing on the ship and enjoying some much-needed rest. We even had a movie night with room service and everything...totally worth it!

It'll be a long time till we can do something like this again, so we're so appreciative for having had the opportunity. We're so, so glad to be home with our little guy again, who's precariously close to his first birthday. How did that happen?!