Friday, October 17, 2014

In PDX // PCS "Dreamgirls"

Happy Friday everyone! TGIF, amiright?

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of going to see "Dreamgirls" at Portland Center Stage

I saw the movie version of this musical back when the Beyonce one came out, but it had been quite awhile so I completely forgot just how great all the music for this show is. I love the Motown vibe of the songs, and PCS did a great job with all the fun costumes and colorful sets for their version.

I had the opportunity to attend a performance of Dreamgirls thanks so an event Rachel put together with PCS for some local bloggers, and I was mainly just looking forward to a fun night out with my friends as I figure I need to take advantage of doing things like this before the baby gets here! 

However, I ended up being really blown away by the talented cast for this show! Seriously, every single person had such an incredible voice and I was extremely impressed by the casting!

And I'm happy to share that right now, PCS is offering a special discount to Dreamgirls if you use the promo code 'PDXBLOGS' when you purchase tickets online! This code gets you  $20 tickets for Tuesday night performances as well as Halloween night, and then $5 off other nights, which is an awesome deal, especially given the talent of the cast!  If you live here in Portland, I'd highly suggest checking it out before it closes. The show runs until Nov. 2nd at the Gerding Theater at the Armory and it's such a great choice for a date night or girls' night out. (Plus the location of the theater in the Pearl District makes it ideal for making an evening of it and getting dinner or drinks too!) 

Although I did receive a complimentary ticket to attend Dreamgirls, I was not required to write a post about it. However, I wanted to do so because I genuinely enjoyed the show so much, and so all thoughts/opinions expressed are 100% my own :) If you live in PDX, go check this show out!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

(All photos by Patrick Weishampel and courtesy of Portland Center Stage)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bumpdate // 30-32 Weeks

I love this shirt! :)

How far along:
32 Weeks, 6 days...which mean I'm officially 33 weeks tomorrow!
(Seriously SO crazy!!)

Baby's size: 
According to my app, he weighs over 4 pounds already and is over 17 inches long.

Weight gain: 
At my 32 week appointment, I was 21 pounds above my average pre-pregnancy weight...but I'm pretty sure that number has already gone up thanks to all the cake and donuts from this weekend

Gender: Baby boy!

Still feeling lots of big movements and they're pretty visible from the outside too. When I was in New York, I was getting a pedicure and the baby was moving around and the person doing my nails could see my stomach moving - it's still really freaky to me! At my 32 week appointment, the midwife said that he's currently in a breech position (which I had a feeling was the case because I can see/feel that his head is up near the top of my belly) but that I shouldn't be concerned at this point because there is still plenty of time for him to turn over the next few weeks.

Food cravings: 
I've definitely been eating my fair share of fall treats like candy corn and cinnamon sugar donuts over the past few weeks, but not necessarily because of any sort of pregnancy craving. Honestly, it's more just because it's fall and that stuff is around and I feel like I have a good excuse to indulge a little :)

Sleep has been hit or miss lately. Thankfully, I can sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom, but I still just randomly wake up on the middle of the night and have a hard time falling back asleep. I've heard that's pretty common though, as it's sort of your body's way of getting you ready to get up with the baby. I've always been a person who can get by on not much sleep, and I'm hoping that all those all-nighters I pulled in college will help me in the months to come...ha!

Miss anything?
Although I do love having a bump, there are days that I do miss having my "normal" body and being able to do things like bend over to put on my shoes without it being annoying. Now that we're getting closer to the due date, I feel like time is sort of running out a little and so I miss just being able to do what I want without feeling like there is a constant to-do list hanging over my head. I'm working on prioritizing what actually has to get done before the baby arrives (aka installing our carseat, setting up the crib, etc.) vs. things that would just be nice to do but aren't necessary.

I walked a ton when I was in New York City, but I've definitely been slacking on walking since I've been back home. I did go back to prenatal yoga though, and I'm hoping to keep that up until the baby comes!

Maternity Clothes?
Pretty much all I'm wearing these days - I'll be sharing a post with some of my favorites next week!

Overall, I've still felt really really good and I'm so thankful for that! The only weird symptom I had this week is some acid reflux/heartburn - I haven't had that at all during my pregnancy (or ever in my life really) so it was a little weird, but it was really only one day and then it disappeared.

Overall, I'm feeling really good! It's definitely a mix of emotions right now though as I do feel really excited and eager for the baby to get here, but at the same time I'm also feeling a little bit of wistfulness every now and then over the fact that this chapter of just me, Cam, and Lola is coming to an end. I'm not really feeling too anxious about labor (yet...ha) but I suppose I am feeling a little uncertainty just over the fact that we're about to embark on an experience that is totally foreign territory and there is no way of truly knowing what it will be like until it happens.

Best moment from weeks 30-32:
I was in either Michigan or New York for pretty much this entire chunk of my pregnancy, and it was really great to spend a lot of time with family and friends. (I'm hoping to share some more photos this week!) My baby shower in Michigan was definitely the highlight for me though!

Looking forward to: 
I'm actually having another baby shower here in Portland this weekend and I can't wait!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Family // Birthdays + Pumpkin Patch

October is a busy month for birthdays in Cam's family, and this weekend, we spent some time celebrating together! This Saturday, we went to a birthday party for our niece Selah who just turned two. I feel like she was just a newborn but now she is getting so big and it's fun to watch her grow!

Sweet sisters :)

At the party, we also got to see my sister-in-law, Ashley, and our nephew, Lucas. It's crazy how much he's changed in the past few weeks and Ashley looks awesome already for just having a baby.
(Also, I'm really tall...ha!)

Sunday was my sweet husband's birthday, and so we spent the day at the pumpkin patch! His family always goes together every year (you can see last year's post here) and it's fun to keep the tradition going. We went to two different places, had really nice weather, and it was a fun afternoon :)

I want a little mini goat like this! Maybe some day...
Fresh cinnamon sugar donuts served warm (with apple cider) are the best!
It's crazy that we'll be a family of three for next year's pumpkin patch trip!
I'll gladly take snuggles with my sweet little nephew two days in a row!

Meara having fun on the train with Uncle Cam!

Alpacas are the silliest.
Cousin love :)

I forgot to get a group photo with everyone this year, whoops!
After the pumpkin patch, we came back to our house for cake and ice cream. Cam's older brother, Brandon, has his birthday three days before Cam and so they usually celebrate together.
Brotherly love :)

I'm really glad that Cameron had a good birthday, and after the a busy past few weeks, it was nice just to do something low-key. I've always been thankful for my husband, but going through my pregnancy has made me even more appreciative of him as he's been so supportive. I can't wait to watch him become a dad this year, it's hard to believe there are less than two months left!


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