25 Weeks + {Chic Pipsqueak Giveaway}

Hey friends!

Here’s something random: I think I like chopping veggies & fruit. It makes me feel really at peace & awesome for preparing good foods for me & Jared (& baby).

It was just this zen moment I had the other evening….I don’t necessarily love to cook, but the chopping part can be quite fun, I’ve realized. I guess I just enjoy being in the kitchen chopping away with some nice music playing, and feeling like I’m doing something good for others (feeding them well).

Oh, and in other news? I like going to the dentist–oh, & I have really good teeth (what they said)…..

….annnnnddddd I’m worrying everyone right now because I am so weird.


Moving on.

Baby bump update time :)

25 Weeks 

Baby Perks is just over 25 weeks today and is about the size of a rutabaga.

Here’s what Baby Perks has been up to this week:

  • Head to heels, Baby Perks now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight is just over a pound and a half, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. Woot!
  • As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. Can’t wait to see who exactly she looks like!
  • She’s also growing more hair — and if we could see it, we’d now be able to discern its color and texture…so so curious to see what she winds up having. Especially because I am blonde and Jared is a red-head….both are recessive genes! However, I was born with brown hair, and there is brown hair in both lines. Sooooo once again, I am dying to know!

And here’s what’s been happening with me this past week:

25 weeks-pregnancy update

How far along? 25 weeks (& 2 days)

Baby’s size? rutabaga

Total weight gain/loss: +7 since last checkup, so that brings me to a total of 15. Finally in the more ‘normal’ ranges! I told you she (and I) had a growth spurt. 😉

Stretch marks? still nada (been rubbing belly butter on it though, when I remember)

Sleep: Fabulous. I sleep like a champ, folks, and we’re crossing our fingers she gets my genes on this one. 😉

Best moment this week: The whole weekend with Jared was pretty fantabulous…..other than that, I’ve really enjoyed feeling her kick/move around right after I eat.

Miss Anything? Lying on my stomach.

Movement: She is still moving quite a bit in there. We think she’ll come out either dancing or counting 8-counts….

Food cravings: Nothing new or crazy. But guys, I freaking love 7-11 slurpees. I’m going through another ‘fruity-cold’ food phase, and less of a chocolatey stage. I’ve also been loving fruit, pasta, sandwiches, Cafe Rio (always), and smoothies lately.

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Food aversions: Thankfully, nothing really.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I yarfed the other night again…. I think it’s going to be a bi-monthly thing? It just strikes at random times. Oh well, it’s better than every other day like it was!


Labor Signs: No. And I don’t even know what labor feels like…so how will I know?! hah.


  • getting more huffy/puffy by the end of our 3 flights of stairs
  • having a legit bump
  • her kicks/turns inside of me
  • my nails are super fast growing! It kinda bites b/c I like having them painted…but then a day later they’ve grown out!
  • eating often, but filling up quickly (my appetite is huge, but unfortunately it’s uncomfortable to eat a lot at once, so lots of mini-meals it is!)

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Maternity clothes? Nothing new. I’ve only bought like 4 tops so far, so we’ll see how long I go without having to buy more. That’s some $$ I’d like to save, ya know!?

Baby items purchased? Nothing new.  We have a car seat, and a Boppy pillow with a cover. And I’ve registered for a few items!

Happy or moody most of the time: really happy! I also had 3 different break-down moments where I just cried & cried, for like no reason. And then another evening Jared said something & it randomly set me off. Wasn’t his fault, I was just uber moody. Poor guy was like “what did I do?!” and I’m like “nothing!” and he’s like “???” hahaha.

Funny moments this week: Jared met our doctor for the first time. They joked a bit-it was kind of funny to see them interact. My doc is super bubbly & friendly & so is Jared, so it was kinda fun to see that exchange.

Also funny: I keep tripping over random bumps in side walks. I’ve got like 3 cuts on my toes! I need to be more careful-but it’s funny now that I’m fine.

Looking forward to: Jared being able to feel her kick/move! Hopefully soon?! COME on, baby Perks!


Fitness Thoughts at 25 weeks:

25 weeks-pregnancy update

{had just taught BP/CX-soooo sweaty. at 25W2D}

  • Once again, fitness-wise I feel really great. I feel uber blessed in that area, as I’ve hardly changed much in my teaching regimen so far (besides stopping coaching GRIT). My doc is totally all about me going off of how I feel (and adjusting accordingly), and I’ve continued to feel fine. We talked again on Friday, and he’s cool with everything I’m doing.
  • I’ve really liked being a fitness-role model for other pregnant ladies. And, motivation for some to get fitter before they get pregnant (I know this because people tell me these things). I think it’s super fun to forge into an area that seems a bit taboo, and to BUST those myths up. Fitness IS GOOD for pregnant women (barring any doc’s orders or high-risk stuff).
  • I’ve enjoyed being pregnant & working out too–it hasn’t gotten real awkward yet though, so we shall see! However, I might need some more fitness tops soon…. shopping spree!! 😉


Chic Pipsqueak Giveaway!

Oh my goodness! Have I got the best giveaway for you guys! And, even if you don’t have kids/aren’t having kids just yet, it’d be great to win and get gifts for people.

The nice lady at Chic Pipsqueak offered me a 25$ credit toward the store… SUCH cute stuff!

Check out what I chose:

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Ahhhhh! So cute.

pink satin baby bloomers

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hot pink shabby chic headband with center white pearl embellishment

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elastic headband 12-pack starter kit

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pink and brown damask baby hat

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Oh yesssss.

Oiiii! I can’t wait to put Baby Perks in these things! (the pack of headbands is so I can get crafty & make my own bows….yah, we shall see)

Now here’s the giveaway: ONE of you gets 25$ credit to her store!




  • tweet/IG/FB about this giveaway (& leave a comment stating you did so)

p.s. ALL of my readers get a 20% off DISCOUNT on all orders!

{I was sent products for review. All opinions are my own.}

**Giveaway ends Sunday at 5 p.m EST.**


Well folks, I am off to teach some early morning BP! It’s been 3 weeks actually (I took some time off), so it’ll be uber fun today with the new release!

Then work, work, work. And then after work, we’re off to the mountain house for Jared’s family vacay. I’ll work up there tomorrow, and then it all begins tomorrow night. So fun!

Have a FANTASTIC day! <3

ENTER the giveaway: Go LIKE Chic PipSqueak on FB! For fun though, what are YOU guys up to for the 4th (in the US)??! 

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  1. ok obviously i’m not entering but oh my gosh SUCH CUTE STUFF you chose!!!

    • ok sorry one more comment. i just checked out chic pipsqueak’s site (i like cute baby stuff, what can i say?!) and their stuff is SO affordable!! i look at what steph uses all the time and these are crazy inexpensive… totally awesome!!

      • isn’t it all SO SO cute?! I know, I was amazed by their prices. And you can totally enter/be entered in, because we BELIEVE. <3

  2. Wow! They have such cute stuff! You’re looking GREAT. Trust- you will know when you’re in labor hehe. That bread looks amazing. mmm. Makes me want to bake!

  3. Would love any of their stuff, I have 2 baby girls!

  4. I liked them on FB!

  5. Alexandra says:

    Liked them on FB! SUCH adorable things!

  6. Mister and I are trying for a baby right now and you are getting me so excited about continuing to workout during pregnancy! I have been tyring to up my workouts so I am in optimum shape when the time comes. Hopefully soon! Great post. You look adorable!

  7. Sarah G. says:

    Cute giveaway! I don’t have a girl or know anyone who has or is having one, otherwise I would totally enter!

    Hubs and I are going to the NJ shore with another couple we love to travel with and will be spending 4 days at the beach!! Woooohooooo :)

  8. Hilary says:

    I just found your blog and am loving it! I am 25w1d with my first baby and my husband and I are also expecting a girl :) I love reading your updates and it really is motivating to see you still teaching classes this far along. Congratulations and thank you for being such an inspiration for those days when I just don’t feel like exercising!

    All the items from Chic Pipsqueak are so cute! I liked them on FB.

  9. Seriously adorable! Love those bloomers too :)

  10. I liked their facebook and twitter! :)

  11. Plans for the 4th are spending time with my family in the 1000 islands for 2 days— I get to see my 3 month old nephew, I will pretty much hold him and play with him…the entire time.

  12. danielle says:

    okay i have no babies but OMG those little bloomers are ADORBZZZZZ!!!! i love the little hats and other stuff, too. and your pics rock!!!
    my boyfriend and i are cycling and then driving to San Antonio to hang with his family and his sister, and we’ll probably run and visit Fiesta Texas and Sea World… yay!!! :)

  13. So cute! I liked on fb.

  14. Ahh I love POPchips!! So good.
    I am obsessed with those hair ties!

  15. Tweeted your giveaway!
    The 4th will be pretty laid back, I am dogsitting right now. Basically I need to make sure the dogs live through the night with all the fireworks!

  16. Ok, that pipsqueak stuff is adorable. Wish I had a little one who could benefit! You crack me up with your veggies and teeth. Oddly enough, I love chopping too, AND the gave me a glowing review last month. Fingers crossed those 2 things keep up, it will sure make things easier in the long run!

    Your baby belly is as cute as ever! :-)

  17. Love your updates! I liked them on FB and checked out the site … So much cute stuff! I love leg warmers :). Can’t wait to see your girl in those rufflu bloomers!

  18. Oh my goodness, those little ruffle bloomers are the cutest things I have EVER seen!!!

    Thank you so very much for the reply…You have absolutely no idea how much that helped me and put me at ease. Thanks again!!

  19. Sara M says:

    I liked them on FB! I’m swooning over those vintage headbands!!

  20. Like them on FB!

  21. I checked out their facebook page and SO cute. I have 2 little girls so I could do some damage!

  22. I like them of Facebook!

  23. Kari Ploysa says:

    I liked it on facebook. so adorable! Thanks for introducing me.

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