A pregnancy update: 21 weeks

I scrolled through the blog and it looks like it’s been a while since I did a pregnancy update; (like 10ish weeks)  so, I will do one today. Lucky you.

weekly progression

I’m great at taking pictures, I’m terrible at labeling them so I know how far along I actually am. I’m only sure about the 19 & 20 weeks pictures. The 14 & 17 are guesses…. bad first time mom, bad.


I am technically 21 weeks & 2 days – We had our anatomy scan a few weeks ago and she was measuring a few days ahead. According to that we are 21 weeks & 6 days. I really don’t think those few days matter all that much. She’s still due the end of December, beginning of January.

The 2nd trimester has been good to me, thus far. You enter the 2nd tri at 14 weeks, and the 3rd tri at 26-27weeks. I’m definitely feeling a lot better; haven’t had any nausea for 10ish weeks.

I don’t have any food aversions, that I can think of. I’m back to cooking regular meals, and eating veggies & fruit. I went way to long with out any kind of fruit & veggies in my diet.

My daily food usually consists of:
7am: breakfast (bagel or oatmea & COFFEE)
9am: snack (greek yogurt or uncrustable – don’t judge me)
11-12: lunch (leftovers or some kind of soup from the grocery store)
1-3: multiple snacks (more yogurt, babybel cheese, fruit)
4-5: more snacks (crackers, banana)
6ish: dinner

I’m currently up 12lbs, and feeling okay with that. This morning I was wondering how much weight I’ve actually gained vs. how much of my muscle has turned into mush? I don’t know what my body fat was prior to getting pregnant, so I don’t have any way of figuring out how much weight I’ve actually gained. It doesn’t matter, it was just something I was thinking about.

I’m not working out at all. Mostly just because I’m lazy, partly bc it rains every freaking day after work. Yes, I have a gym membership; I also have a treadmill & stationary bike in my garage… so I really have no excuse other than I just don’t feel like it.

21 weeks _2

thursday mornin’ & this mornin’

I started feeling Baby P moving around last weekend. I felt a few kicks and I wasn’t 100% sure what it was – but the thumping continued so I decided it was definitely her. I don’t feel her all that regularly, like today, she is being stubborn. She won’t let her Daddy feel her kick – she’s been laying low since yesterday when Chris got home.

We bought her crib & dresser a few weeks ago; got a stellar deal from Burlington Coat Factory. They have a surprisingly large collection of baby things. They had several cribs, infant seats, and strollers. I was really surprised at everything they had – and all for pretty decent prices.

Today we are painting her nursery. Don’t worry, I wore a super awesome mask.


annnnnnd I’ll leave you with that awesome picture. Gotta get cleaned up for dinner tonight. We are headed to Orlando to eat dinner with my family for my Mom & Step-Dad’s birthdays at Buca di Beppo.

At the rate I’m going the next time you see a pregnancy update from me, I’ll be in my 3rd tri and just a few weeks away from meeting Baby P.

You can follow me on instagram at Lifeisbeachykeen for picture updates.






We bought a car..again

From the instant I found out I was pregnant, I knew my 350Z would have to go. A 2 door, 2 seat car would just never work with a baby. (It barely works without a baby)


Our plan was to list the Z for sale on craigslist & auto trader – We thought that selling it private party would get us closer to what we owed vs. trading it in. Typically, you can sell your car private party for more than a dealer would give you for trade in.

Unfortunately for us, I think there is a small market for the 350Z; we got very few calls on my car. We felt it was priced fairly based on research, and other listings that we found.

The longer it was for sale, without any calls, the more anxious I became about being able to get rid of it before baby comes.

We considered becoming a 1 car family; I would drive Chris’ truck. He has a work issued truck so we didn’t need a vehicle for him to get back and forth to work. After lots of talking, and thinking we decided this wasn’t really feasible so we opted to start researching a 4dr sedan for me.

I started researching safety ratings, and reviews on all the cars I was interested in:

Nissan Altima: great mpg, great safety; don’t like the interior, not comfy on long car rides
Ford Fusion: good safety ratings, but felt a little small
Ford Edge: low mpg; a little more pricey than we wanted
Toyota Camry: low safety ratings- boring interior
Mazda 6: great safety ratings, nice interior, decent mpg (great price tag)
Mazda CX-7: great safety ratings, nice interior, low mpg, high price tag

I used Edmunds, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Kelley Blue Book & Auto trader to check out all the cars.

We test drove all of the above cars, except the Camry. It didn’t get great crash ratings, and Toyota never seems to upgrade their interior; so we crossed it off the list pretty quickly. The Fusion was sporty, and a great car, but it just felt a little to compact for what we were looking for.

The Altima is a great car; My sister drives one and that thing gets stellar gas mileage. However, I don’t care for the interior, and it wasn’t a super comfortable ride when we took it to NC a few months ago. I’ve never been interested in Mazda before, never even looked at them, but when I was searching for 4 door sedans the Mazda 3 & 6 popped up at a decent price. We crossed the Mazda 3 off almost immediately because it’s a pretty small 4 door car (in my opinion). We drove the Mazda 6 and I liked it well enough. I can’t say I was “OMG IN LOVE” with it. I’m still adjusting to the fact that I have to give up my 2dr coupes, and move into a 4 door car.

Ford Edge & Mazda CX7 : both are crossover SUVs. Both were really nice, and spacious. I liked them both, and had my budget been a little more I might have went for the CX7. The gas mileage also scared me off. I feel like I NEED to have good gas mileage – even though my commute is 24 miles round trip.. That’s, like, nothing. But, MPG was still a deciding factor so we opted to stick with the car.

We had no intention of buying when we went to the dealership. Remember, we still needed to sell my 350Z. We mainly went to look at & test drive the Mazda 6.. Well, if you know me (and you know the story behind the Z AND the F150) you knot that things NEVER go like we plan.

Long story short; The dealership ended up offering exactly what we had my car listed for on auto trader, then, due to a screw up at their corporate office, we ended up getting the Mazda 6 for cheaper than they wanted to sell it to us for.  (Thank you internet pricing and smart phones!)

After a lot of hemming & hawing, and anxiety we decided we should take the deal… after another hour or so we were the proud owners of a new-to-us 2010 Mazda 6.

Fun fact about me: I can’t drive without tinted windows. I mean, I can.. but I don’t prefer it.  It creeps me out knowing that people can just look right in your car and see everything. Nope. Had to get those babies tinted ASAP. Worth every penny!

It is a big weight off my shoulders to know that the Z is gone and that we have a car that baby can safely ride in. Plus, our insurance went down and the car payment is about $90/mth less than the payment on the Z. Winning!

AND ALSO, I don’t know if this is a Florida thing or if all states honor this but; We had an extended service contract, theft protection & tire warranty on the Z… Since we traded the car in before it was paid off, we got a refund on what was left of the contracts. Our warranties were for 5yr OR 60k miles. We had the car 15 months, and put 20k miles on it. So we got 2/3 of what we paid for the contracts  back from the dealership we bought the Z from. That was AWESOME (and a really simple process).

Where dreams are made

This past weekend we were fortunate enough to be able to head over to Daytona Beach for the weekend. A friend has a condo right on the beach that she rented out to us. It was AMAZING!

First of all, it’s bigger than my house. Second of all, IT’S RIGHT ON THE OCEAN, ‘Y’ALL.

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That’s the ocean right out that door y’all, the ocean. I was in HEAVEN.

The condo had 3 bedrooms, with two of the rooms having balconies. We got one room, Stacey & her husband got the other. We put the kids in the back room with no view. sorry kids, Aunt Jena NEEDS to hear the ocean. I LOVED having the door open and listening to the waves crash. We have one of those sound machines that has the waves crashing as one of the sounds; I love that thing, but the real thing is 1 million times better.

My goal in life is to live on the beach. Not just near the beach, ON THE BEACH.



Saturday morning was pretty overcast but that didn’t stop us from enjoying some time on the beach. We packed up around lunch time to head out and find some food.. but not before I could lock my keys in the trunk of my car. Yup, that happened.

Aidyn isn’t afraid of sharks…

thankfully we have roadside assistance with our auto insurance so they were able to open the car and I was able to retrieve the keys from the trunk.

We made our way over to Boondocks Restaurant on Peninsula Drive in Port Orange. Boondocks is a little, open-air, restaurant that sits right on the water. Nothing fancy, but the food was pretty good. The portions were gigantic. I ordered a cheeseburger, and that thing was the size of my head. I ate every bite. Baby P loved it!


After lunch we headed down to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.


I wasn’t about to walk up all those stairs, but Chris, Kailyn & Jeremy went. Stacey, Aidyn & I camped out at the bottom. They said there was 207 stairs; I’m out of breath just thinking about that climb!

After lunch we headed back to the condo for some more time in the sun. The clouds finally went away and we were able to get our suntan on.

baby bump
Found this picture on my sisters’ FB.. she spotted the baby bump in a bikini. eek!




We decided that dinner would be our big meal out; so after some google work we decided on Caribbean Jacks. Their Saturday night special was a Low Country Seafood Boil – We knew that was our place.

Caribbean Jacks sits on the water, and right next to Loggerhead Marina; so there are lots of boats to look at if you get outdoor seating. We opted for indoor seating. The wait was shorter, and we were expecting it to rain any time.

I had a pretty good feeling that this place would be good when we pulled up and there was pretty much no parking. We ended up having to park on the street a little ways down from the restaurant. Despite being busy, our waitress was super attentive and answered all of our ridiculous questions about crab legs.

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I ate a pound of crab legs, and a few pieces of sausage from the boil. SO TASTY! I LOVE crab legs! Yum yum yum!

I passed out at 9pm on Saturday night – I was so wiped out.
I promptly woke up at 6:30 on Sunday morning. I watched the sunrise with Stacey on the balcony while we waited for everyone else to wake up.

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Sunday we ate some breakfast, then headed down to the beach for a few hours before it was time to load up the car, and head back to Clermont to pick up the dogs. (They spent the weekend with my Step-Dad)

I loved being at the beach, but I was ready to get home & sleep in my own bed. I barely sleep as it is, so sleeping in a strange bed made for even worse sleep.


If there’s sand, I will go

Pardon me while I pout about not being in the Bahamas this week… August 1st marks opening day of lobster season in the Bahamas; we’ve been present for opening day for the last 2 years, but this year we couldn’t make it happen.

Okay, moving on….

I did get to spend a little time in the sun this weekend, which was nice & relaxing. My Mom had some friends in town and they were staying at the Sand Pearl Resort in Clearwater. They invited us to come hang out for the day.




It was a gorgeous day, and I had a great time! I get tired super easily, just laying in the sun takes it out of me, so we wrapped it up around 4 and headed back home.

Now it’s Monday and I’m already planning for next Saturday ~ The marina next to us rents out kayaks & this aqua cycle things so we are going to rent one of those next weekend and try to get out to the flats and do a little bit of relaxin’ & swimmin’. I’m excited!

Hope you had a wonderful & relaxing weekend!