I’m back, b*tches!

I’m officially on day 2 of my second trimester and wowee! I love second trimester energy so far. I still have random bouts of nausea, mostly at night, but overall, I almost feel like myself again. Never again will I take normal life, energy levels, appetite, or activities for granted.

shredded paper chain
Paper chain: ELIMINATED.


Lots of big news around these parts:

sweat pink fit pregnancy

  • I’m eating vegetables. Like, so many vegetables. And fruits. And eggs. And sweets. And basically anything with flavor. There’s a whole new world to explore.

kosmic kombucha

  • I got the green light to drink kombucha. My midwife said all the live cultures are great for me, and the tiny bit of alcohol wasn’t a concern. Her words were, “If you start feeling drunk, stop drinking it. Otherwise you should be fine.”
  • Speaking of… after dating interviewing lots of care providers, from OBs to nurse midwives at birthing centers to the hippiest of the hippie midwives, I’ve made my decision. More on why I’m going with midwives, coming soon.

sweat pink gaiam

  • I went to yoga this morning. My couch potato streak is over. Good riddance. I’m not fully up to speed with exercise—yoga this morning was a relatively low-intensity, not too challenging class, but still rather humbling. Even so, just being there and making it through the hour made me feel like a champion. Also, endorphins. How I’ve missed you, my pretties.

sweat pink fit pregnancy

  • I may have done the impossible and overdosed on my favorite food. I ate so much string cheese, cheese pizza, and grilled cheese sandos during first trimester that I’m kind of over cheese right now. Not so much that it makes me sick to think about or eat, but I am tired of it. I’m not choosing it.


  • My jeans feel really uncomfortable. I can mostly hide this bump situation—right now it just looks like I have a beer gut or ate too much queso—but ick, buttoning my jeans feels awful, as does zipping up several of my skirts. As I discovered this morning trying to get dressed for yoga, the same is true for most of my yoga pants/ athletic wear. This is the downside to having been at a more or less consistent weight for the last seven years: I don’t really have any fat clothes to rely on. The wardrobe options are getting more and more scarce. Time to go shopping, obviously. 


Now that I have all this energy, I have a few missions I’ve set for myself. First and foremost, get back into regular exercising. It couldn’t be more perfect timing that the #LJInspired challenge starts on Monday: I’m thinking of that challenge as the perfect opportunity to get my butt back into gear, and have some built-in accountability and motivation.

I’m planning to take full advantage of BlogFest next week, namely, some of the sponsors that will be there. One of my favorite yogurt brands, Siggi’s, is bringing us some super delicious yogurt snacks (!!) and I am so, so happy that I’ll actually be able to enjoy all that yogurt goodness.

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I’m also putting together some final thoughts on survival skills for the first trimester (coming soon). Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. If nothing else, I still have some venting to do, and y’all know how I love to vent.


Happy Friday, everyone!

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10 Replies to “I’m back, b*tches!”

  1. This is such an exciting time in your life yeah!!! Glad you are enjoying your 2nd T energy! The food on this post looks absolutely delicious (I’m so hungry right now)! Keep on having fun and enjoying every single minute of it!

  2. Glad you’re starting to feel better. I remember the exhaustion being TERRIBLE in the 1st trimester!

    If you get desperate try a hair elastic to hold your pants together (just loop around the button and through the hole.) It help me over until I was finally ready to buy some new clothes. Also maternity clothes are expensive and just sizing up is way cheaper 😉

    Have fun at Blogfest!! I wish I could be there but I hope to make it there next year! 🙂

    1. Ooh thanks for the hairband tip! I will pack extra for BlogFest: some for my hair, some for my pants. Hahaha. 😀

      We will miss you – hope you can make it next year!!

  3. Loved reading this! Ive never been pregnant and not sure if we ever will have kids (still haven’t figured out if it’s for me or not) but I love reading about pregnant women. I guess a part of me feels like if I ever do get pregnant I will be more prepared lol Even though I know you are never really prepared. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hahah I hear you – I’m still not 100% convinced pregnancy is the way to go. 😉 But here we are….

      And you’re so right. Nothing prepared me for just how much work it is to make a human, but it’s pretty cool that we have the magic to make it happen!

  4. This is lovely, Alyse! I haven’t gone through pregnancy yet but this miserable but beautiful time sounds exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about your experiences with the bump and getting some tips to look forward to!

  5. Thanks so much, Maggie! Miserable but beautiful just about sums it up… and hopefully something in here will be helpful if you do end up rocking the bump yourself. 😉

  6. Looking forward to your survival skills summary! I’m especially interested in your food and exercise thoughts. I feel like I’m supposed to be going to pretnatal yoga (how is it different from regular? WHO KNOWS!?!), and I KNOW I should be eating more fruits and veggies (and less ice cream…oops). So, whatever you find out/figure out about living the healthy lifestyle while growing a little one at the same time, I’d love to hear it!

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