BUMPDATE: 24 WEEKS

BUMPDATE 24 WEEKS

WOWZERS!!!  Can you guys believe I have reached the 6 months mark?  WHERE in the WORLD has the time gone?  I am now officially freaking out about everything we have yet to do.  Yes, I have a precious Pinterest page with all sorts of inspiration, but we have not purchased a SINGLE thing.  We are headed out on our BABYMOON (yay!) soon, so hopefully, there will be plenty of time by the pool to get some things ordered.  Also, stay tuned for my 1st Trimester MUST HAVES coming soon!  THANK YOU ALL for the fabulous advice you gave me at my last BUMPDATE.  I LOVED reading all your funny stories, suggestions, and predictions. 🙂  Please keep them coming!

How far along: 24 weeks on the dot!

Cravings: No cravings!  I am back to my usual pre-pregnancy chips and chocolate addictions (only when I splurge).  We do have a bite of 80% cacao dark chocolate each night.

Aversions: None to report!  WHOO HOO!!!

Diet: Paleo!  We really try to cook as much as possible and focus on whole foods: seasonal, local veggies and lean meats.  The key is avoiding processed food and watching my sugar intake.  I have a major fear of gestational diabetes, so I am REALLY cutting back the sugar before my test in 3 weeks.

Weight gain: It varies.  Really anywhere between 12-15 lbs.  15 lbs after our trip to Napa!  12 lbs after a few days of my normal clean eating.

Bump watch: There is no “watch” anymore!  It has made its presence known and is the perfect accessory.

Mood: Mood is great!  I am embracing the changes and enjoying being preggo.  EXTRA happy this week anticipating our trip to Dominica!  One weird change: I am a LOT more laid back when pregnant.  Normally, I am super intense all the time, so I am enjoying (and so is the hubs) my go with the flow mentality!

How do I feel? I honestly have never felt better.  I traveled for 7 days straight last week…BHM>BOS>SFO>NAPA>BHM and really did not feel terrible at all.  I was tired by the end of the night and ready to hit the sack, but I had lot’s of energy during the day.  Again, I credit this to my workouts.  They are a lifesaver!

Body changes: Since my last bump date, I don’t really feel like much has changed at all.  My bump is getting bigger, but I feel like my weight gain is evening out some. (Someone please remind me of this when I go to put on a swimsuit).  My belly button is hanging on for dear life!  I feel like it will become an outie any day now.

Workout regimen: Y’all, I swear I have become addicted to exercising.  I have even found myself waking up at 5am JUST to get a WOD in when I travel (NOT a morning person).  Don’t worry, I am being EXTRA careful.  But the energy I get (and the sense of accomplishment) is something I look forward to everyday.  I honestly think my pregnancy would be much more difficult without the daily exercise.  I am definitely modifying where needed but feel even stronger now than I did pre-pregnanncy.  I have even beaten the hubs a time or two. 😉

Girl or Boy Prediction: I hear GIRL all the time, but people have been saying BOY a lot more lately.  I don’t know if it’s because Ryan always talks to the baby like it’s a boy or what, but I am starting to think BOY.  Speaking of…we have NO BOY NAMES!  Please help us!!!!

Nursery Updates: I can’t even.  I HAVE to get going on this.  In the meantime, check out The Lutz Nest on Pinterest.  Super cute ideas…now I just need to put them in action.

DAD: Ryan has been SO SO awesome!  I cannot brag on him enough!  He is SUPER excited and has been really hands on. He is hoping “number 2” is a little boy, but I know he would be such an amazing girl dad.  He is constantly talking to the baby and has really embraced my pregnancy.  (awww cue the sappy rom-com tunes)

BABY LUTZ: Baby Lutz is moving around like crazy, especially at night!  It really is the craziest feeling.  It feels like a butterfly is flying around in my tummy, and some times I swear the baby is hiccuping.  He or she is the size of an eggplant and is growing really quickly now.  Weighing well over a pound, he or she will double in weight over the next few weeks!  I am hoping to get another ultrasound at my next visit.  Fingers crossed!  If so, I will post a picture of his or her precious little face.

Well, that’s about it for this update.  A few posts coming up…1st Trimester Must Haves, NAPA, and another MY CHIC BUMP post.  Last week, I had the pleasure of guesting posting on the amazing blog, My Life Well Loved.  I was SO honored when Heather invited me to post while she was on vacation.  If you are not following her, you definitely should ASAP!  If you missed it, make sure you check out my recipe for a FABULOUS Citrus and Fennel Salad, as well as seasonal eating tips: How to Eat Seasonally.  Lastly, I collaborated with Healthy, Beauty, Life magazine to provide travel tips for their readers.  Before you plan your summer vacays, make sure you check out my article HOW TO Plan the BEST TRIP EVER.  You DON’T want to miss it!

I hope everyone has an awesome rest of the week!!  Love you ALL and appreciate the SUPPORT!  

always-LL


DRESS Mara Hoffman (lot’s of options HERE) • SHOES Chloe Gladiators • NECKLACE Dannijo (similar HERE)

 

ROCK THE BUMP: FRINGE + RIPS

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Oh hi!  I hope everyone is having a GREAT week!  I have been in the Boston area all week for work and am now jet-setting to Napa to meet the hubs.  YAY!  And what better time to kick off my new series: ROCK THE BUMP!  In an effort to inspire your most stylish bump, I will be compiling a collection of not-so-maternity, maternity options.  And the great news??  You don’t have to be preggo to wear these styles.  I have been avoiding traditional maternity clothes like the plague, so these options will work for anyone!

Right now, I am all about that FRINGE.  So, my first few posts within ROCK THE BUMP will feature my FAV LaMarque fringe jacket.  It is SO SO versatile and can be styled in many ways.  If you are not familiar with LaMarque, they are a designer brand based out of Montreal.  While their foundation is leather, their collections extend much further, offering a contemporary mix of leather, suede, mixed media sportswear, skirts, tops, etc.  Each piece is hand-crafted, both modern and edgy in distinction.

This time, I paired my fringe jacket with my go-to Rag & Bone ripped jeans, Christian Louboutin stacked heels, a Sincerely Jules sleeveless sweatshirt, and my Dannijo statement necklace.  PS, if you do not know about Sincerely Jules, go follow her immediately.  Her blog is ah-may-zing.  I love how this outfit mixes easy, breezy style with a couple luxury pieces.  For my fellow preggos, grab a belly band to make your regular jeans last well into your pregnancy.  My
favorite option right now is the Ingrid & Isabel Bellaband [purchase HERE].  All outfit details can be found at the end of the post, as well as clickable shopping links!  Lastly make sure you follow my Pinterest page: ROCK THE BUMP for more maternity inspo.  Have a great weekend!

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MY CHIC BUMP: Fringe + Rips

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SHIRT Sincerely Jules Piper Sleeveless Sweatshirt • JACKET LaMarque Zura Suede Blazer (on sale!) • JEANS Rag & Bone Rips • SHOES Christian Louboutin Hippik • NECKLACE Dannijo • SUNNIES Fendi Cat Eye • BRACELETS Vita Fede and Will Leather Goods



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AMAZING Paleo Cheesecake Bites

AWESOME Paleo Cheesecake Bites

Do you LOVE cheesecake or what?  I know I do, but it is SUCH a splurge.  Well, if you love it as much as I do, you will ADORE these AMAZING PALEO CHEESECAKE BTIES. They are seriously TO-DIE for and are both gluten-free and dairy free.  WHAT??  How is that possible??   And here is a question for ya: who invented the salted caramel combination?  Peas and carrots, peanut butter and jelly, green eggs and ham…those are all great, but give me SALTED CARAMEL anytime, any day and you have a  friend for life.  I know what you are thinking: there is no way these taste ANYTHING like cheesecake.  Ok, I dare you to try them!  Also, I am curious if you like these or the CHOCOLATE bites I posted a couple of months ago (see post HERE) better.  Let me know what you think!  If you love this recipe, please share the recipe with your friends via the social media icons at the end of the post.  xoxo

ENJOY!

Paleo Salted Caramel “Cheesecake” Bites

For the crust

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup almonds
5 pitted Medjool dates
2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
Pinch of salt

*Lindsey’s TIP: Add in a little maple syrup to sweeten this up a bit*

For the filling

2.5 cups raw cashews (soak overnight or for at LEAST 2 hours if in a hurry)
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt (I usually salt it to taste.  It’s better with more salt!)
2 tbsp almond milk

*Lindsey’s TIPS: Homemade almond milk makes these even better!  Also, do NOT substitute the coconut oil with a different oil.  The coconut oil is KEY in making these taste oh so fabulous!  LASTLY, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: do NOT dump the lemon juice in all at once.  Slowly pour this in as you taste the batter.  I honestly probably only use 1 tbsp at the most.  

For the caramel

3/4 cup coconut cream (the cream at the top of a can of coconut milk)
1/4 cup ghee
1 cup palm sugar
3 tbsp honey
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup palm shortening (Whole Foods has this)

Instructions

-Place the cashews in a bowl of water. Cover and soak overnight, rinse, and then drain.
-Place the dates in a bowl of water and soak for 10 minutes. Rinse and set aside.
-To make the crust, line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Place the walnuts and almonds into a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Add the dates, coconut flakes, and salt and blend until combined (add in the maple syrup here is you choose). Press the mixture into an even layer in the pan. Place in the freezer to chill while the filling is prepared.
-To make the filling, place all of the filling ingredients into a blender or food processor (I use a food processor here…it makes the consistency very creamy) and blend until it reaches a smooth, batter-like consistency. Pour the mixture over the crust in the baking pan. Place back in the freezer for at least one hour to harden.
-Meanwhile, make the caramel. Whisk together the coconut cream, ghee, palm sugar, honey, and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a soft boil, and then reduce the heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens and is a rich golden brown.
-Allow the sauce to cool for 2-3 minutes. Stir in the palm shortening until dissolved. Remove the cheesecake from the freezer and cut into bars. Add a dollop of caramel onto the top of each bar and use a spoon to spread over the top. Sprinkle with sea salt. Serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Servings: 12 bars
Difficulty: Medium-Hard (because of the caramel)
By Rebecca Bohl (http://paleogrubs.com/caramel-cheesecake-bar-recipe)

More Lindsey TIPS:

-For a quicker, easier version, leave off the caramel.  I know, that sounds crazy, but I wanted to give you the option.

-Sprinkle the top of the bites with sea salt.  YUM.

-If you do not add the caramel, add a little bit of honey + sea salt to the finished bite for an even healthier option.

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BUMPDATE: 21 Weeks

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Hey guys!  I hope everyone had a great week!  And just like that, we are over halfway there.  So, it’s time for a bump update.  This picture was taken this week at 21 weeks, but my last doctor’s appointment was 3 weeks ago.  We had our anatomy scan, and everything looked great!

How far along: 21 weeks + 1 day

Cravings: No cravings really.  I still love grapes and apples…really anything sweet!

Aversions: Nothing new to report.  I have not been in the mood for fish though.

Diet: I am still about 80% Paleo.  I do splurge on dessert once a week and have added in rice & potatoes.

Weight gain: Ugh.  Do I have to tell you?  Ok, fine [insert pouty face].  I have gained about 12 pounds total.

Bump watch: It is large and in charge!  I finally “popped” around week 18-19.  I love my new accessory!

Mood: Mood is ok!  I have been a little bit more up and down compared to weeks 15-19.

How do I feel? I feel pretty good!  My workouts are getting a little tougher, and I have not been sleeping AS well.  But overall,  I cannot complain.

Body changes: WHOA.  I feel like a LOT has changed in 4 weeks.  My belly has obviously popped, and I am definitely gaining weight in places I didn’t even know you could gain weight.  Other…ahem, “assets” continue to grow.  One symptom that I always read about but didn’t think much of: sinus problems.  I wake up pretty much everyday with congestion.  OH!  A question I always get: have your feet grown?  Unfortunately, this one is true!  I have gone up half a size, according to Jimmy, Chloe, and Christian. 😉  Oops, there has been some splurging lately.  In regards to my sleep…I have been having CRAZY dreams.  I am typically a very hard sleeper, so this has been a little tough to get used to.

Workout regimen: Still doing Irontribe (Crossfit for those of you that aren’t familiar with IronTribe) several times a week.  I AIM for 5 workouts per week, but of course, it doesn’t always happen.  I am not going to lie…today was TOUGH.  I felt like my balance was a little off, and running was more difficult with this belly.  But I am still hanging’ with the boys!  I have modified everything on my back.  So, no more sit-ups.  I have also modified my burpees to where I don’t land on my belly.  This modification is actually really tough, because you don’t have as much momentum.  Exercise definitely makes me feel SO much better!  If I am a little tired, there is nothing like a WOD to give me an energy boost.

Girl or Boy Prediction: I have NO CLUE!  Not even the slightest inkling.  I hear GIRL a lot, but I really do not know.  Chinese calendar says girl; my lack of morning sickness says boy.  We will see!

Nursery Updates: Head over to my Pinterest board [the lutz nest] to see my latest inspo.  I am LOVING the neon + pastel combo and am pretty sure this is what we will go with.

DAD: So, how is the Dad-to-be doing?  He is really excited!!!  He loves talking to the baby and making sure I eat enough food.  If I am in town, we work out together, which I LOVE.  He keeps me from overdoing it, and I just feel better with him being there.  Has he gained weight?  Um, no.  It is the opposite…Daddio is in the best shape of his life and looks awesome!  He SWEARS Baby Lutz is a boy.  I feel like we should make a friendly wager on this one.

Baby Stats: weight (at 19 weeks): 9 ounces | measuring: baby Lutz measured right at 18 weeks + 5 days, which is the exact day we had our appointment.  So, he or she is right on track! | heart rate: slowed down to 148 (does this mean boy???) | size (as of today): equivalent to a baby bok choy!  Everything looked great at the appointment.  My next one is in less than 3 weeks!

Well, that’s about it!!  Overall, I have had SUCH a great pregnancy.  My mood has been great [I have actually been more laid back than usual], and I have felt pretty much normal the entire time.  To all the moms out there: what should I expect over the next several weeks?  I feel like so much has changed since my last update, and I would LOVE any info you want to share.  Please leave me a comment if you have any advice!   Stay tuned for the next Lutz Bump update. 🙂

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