It’s Been a While

Yes, it has been quite a while since I have stopped in to chit chat. 10 weeks to be exact!

To be honest, I was this close to shutting the ol’ blog down. Instead, I decided to take an extended break(a long one, obviously) to really think on it and make sure that was a decision I would have been happy with. Many weeks later, I am glad I made the decision to take the “wait and see” approach.

I have to admit, the time away from the computer was just what I needed. Instead of living life to share with the blog world, I just lived life for myself. No worrying about snapping extra pictures or trying to make a boring day seem like something it wasn’t. There were times however, I really missed hopping on and “journaling” some of the events happening in my life. For me, I have come to the conclusion that blogging has to be just for me!! Not for readers, not for sponsors, just for me! If I try to make it into something else, that is when the enjoyment leaves. I definitely want those who are reading to enjoy it but I don’t see that happening if I’m not loving it first. You know what I mean?!

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, how about I catch you up on the last 10 weeks, at least a little bit!

Obviously, my pregnancy has progressed quite a bit since my last bumpdate. Oh, and speaking of, I also won’t be documenting those on a weekly basis anymore. I mean, what’s the point after skipping so many.

22 weeks


24 weeks


26 weeks


29 weeks

They are going to be the best big brother and sister! Both are so ready to welcome the baby and they can’t get enough of touching my belly. When he kicks, they get especially excited. It’s pretty special and amazing!

I enjoyed a One Direction concert with my daughter. I bought Camryn tickets for her birthday and was pretty much dreading the occasion but much to my surprise, I had so much fun. The boys can sing, believe it or not and I thought they were quite entertaining. I’m a fan!!

School started for my kids. 4th and 1st grade. How is that even possible?

I became a working woman again! I’m working from home 16-24 hours per week for a high end department store and enjoying the discount. Kidding, I still can’t afford any of the items but it’s fun to pretend!!

I got my hair cut and I am loving it!! I know many people go gaga for long hair and I like it just fine but mid length hair definitely seems to fit me.

After way too many months of bare walls, I finally put something up on them. I’ll be the first to tell you that I am no decorator but I am still proud of how my collage turned out. Now to print the pictures to actually fill the frames. Baby steps, people!!

I’ve been buying baby clothes and getting the nursery set up. It’s not complete yet but just a few more decorations and a small piece of furniture and we should be set. Oh, and diapers. I need to get a lot of those!

So there you have it, the cliff notes version of what has been happening in the life of the Riley household. Boring to some, amazing to me!! I love this little life of mine and just feel blessed each day to share it with three(almost four) of the most amazing people in the world.

Tell me, what have you been up to lately?!

The Bumpdate: Weeks #20 and #21

It’s Friday and that is exciting for more reason than one. It’s the start of the weekend but it also means that I am one week further along in my pregnancy. That is one week closer to meeting my little boy. I can’t wait!!

I never got around to posting a bumpdate for week 20 but since there isn’t much changing at this point, I don’t think it will hurt to combine weeks 20 and 21 this week!

Before we get started, I have to share the most perfect picture from week 20.

Is he not the cutest?! We had the best sono tech who took his time and really explained everything to my kids and was patient enough to let the baby do his thing. We got to watch him move his hands from the top of his head to his mouth where he started sucking his thumb. Let’s all say, awwwwww!!

How far along: 21 weeks

This is actually a photo from week 20

Size of baby: The baby is now about the size of a Pomegranate weighing in at 12 ounces and 10.5 inches in length.

Weight gained: At my 20 week appointment, I was up 8 pounds total which I was happy about. I am pretty sure it is up to 9 pounds now. It looks like I am starting the trend of gaining a pound per week which is quite normal and puts me on track for a 25-35 pound weight gain.

Workouts: I have actually been quite active this week. I have made it a goal to get at least 8000 steps per day and 10,000 is even better. That means lots of outdoor and treadmill walking along with a prenatal cardio and toning workout a couple of times per week.

Symptoms: Lots and lots of kicking these days which I LOVE!! The “girls” are still growing and although I have decent energy throughout the day by night-time I am pretty tired. I have also been VERY emotional this last week. I cry at the drop of a hat which is very unusual for me. Got to love these pregnancy hormones!!

Food Aversions: Nothing I can think of!

Food cravings: Currently, I have a massive craving for some homemade soup from a little cafe down the road. Good thing that’s where I am headed for lunch! Also, pizza. Specifically, Margherita pizza. Sooooo good!

Sleep: This is becoming a real issue. I fall asleep just fine but at 3am almost every morning, I am wide awake and cannot get back to sleep for a couple of hours. There is nothing worse than tossing and turning when you WANT to sleep!

Belly button in or out? Still very much in.

Looking forward to: Getting started on the nursery! Within a week or two we should start painting and then after that, we will be installing new carpet in that room. Currently the room is filled with baby furniture and gear, my treadmill and some of my kids toys since it is what I used for my workout/kids playroom. I’m ready for it to look like a babies room!

I’m not one to normally show bare belly pregnancy photos but what they heck, I decided why not?! I’ve never been one to feel attractive while pregnant(at least not in the normal way) but I am really trying to embrace the weight gain and my growing bump. I mean, really, what is more beautiful than creating and growing a life inside your body?!

Here we are right before heading to the pool yesterday afternoon. Initially, I bought a tankini to wear while pregnant but honestly, I hated it. I think my bump is much cuter!!




What I Ate Wednesday: Am I Getting Enough Protein?


I said yesterday I would be back today with a What I Ate Wednesday post and well……here I am!

Let me start off by thanking Jenn for the link up, where it makes it easy to take a peak into many food filled days. Always lots of fun!

And now, let’s get started with what I ate yesterday.


My morning almost always starts off with a cup of coffee(half-caff) these days yet I almost never snap a picture. Mostly because I am tired and cranky and the last thing I want to do is interrupt my love affair with that beautiful cup of Joe! Let’s just say, I am not afraid of the creamer. Two tablespoons every morning. Yep, I love the stuff.

About 30 minutes to an hour after coffee comes breakfast. Yesterday it was in the form of two Kashi waffles topped with blueberries and Agave. I am digging this combination right now, especially with blueberries being so sweet and juicy right now!


After cleaning the bathrooms in my house, taking my dog for a walk, bathing the dog and walking on the treadmill I was in need of a snack and a quick one!

Around 10am I helped myself to a serving of olive hummus and veggie straws. I cannot get enough of this hummus right now and would have no problem spoon feeding it to myself. But I don’t. I mean, I try to be a lady…..sometimes!



My morning snack held me over for oh….10 minutes so by the time 11:30 rolled around I was getting HAN-GURY(Angry hungry). It didn’t help when I talked to Lance on the phone and he told me he was having Mellow Mushroom for lunch. Damn. I wanted pizza, too! Instead, I settled for a turkey/bacon/cheese/spinach sandwich and a side of carrots. It was good but I could have and probably should have had two. I mean, it was on a 100 calorie sandwich thin for crying out loud.


Fast forward to 2:30 which is the time I got home from picking my kids up at camp. I stopped at Sonic and got them a happy hour slush along with cheese sticks and a grilled cheese sandwich. I got nothin.’

Instead, I had a bowl of cottage cheese and pineapple which was actually just what I needed. The protein did a decent job of satisfying my hunger so it was a win-win and held me over until my next meal.


We eat dinner fairly early in my house, usually by 6pm. Last night was even earlier because Camryn had guitar and we had to leave the house no later than 6:15. It’s a good thing I had salsa chicken going in the Crock pot all day because it made dinner a breeze to throw together. I threw some veggies in a skillet, sauteed them in olive oil, salt and pepper, added some leftover cilantro lime rice and called it a meal. A pretty darn good one, too!

Sorry, my plate looks pretty gross but this was after I had already started digging in. I had done so good at snapping pics all day, I didn’t want to leave this one out. Even if it looks less than appetizing.


My daughter hates McDonald’s food, won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. Unless, it is their apple pies. For some reason, she loves them. It has become a tradition on Tuesdays to stop after guitar and buy her one as a treat. This evening was no different except this time, I got myself a chocolate dip cone, too. Oh my goodness. talk about delicious! Maybe it’s because  am pregnant but I will be getting a repeat on that next Tuesday myself.

While I am happy with my overall day of eating, I think tomorrow I am going to try to add some more protein into my meals, earlier in the day. I find myself getting hungry shortly after eating and I think the lack of protein may be the culprit. The only problem  is that protein isn’t my favorite thing right now. But hey, a girl can certainly try. It might be better than having a rumbly tummy……and wanting to reach for junk. Like Doritos. Or pizza. Or Ice Cream. Nah… cream is always a good thing!

What is your favorite meal of the day? Mine is between breakfast and dinner. Unless I am meeting a friend, then I say lunch because you get the gdod food and the social part of it.

What time do you eat dinner? Early like me or later in the evening?