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16 weeks




I can’t find my watermark file anywhere so a quickie one will have to do! This is in California at Muir Beach.

Today I am 16 weeks pregnant. I’m not really into doing the weekly bullet point updates and comparing the Chicken to fruit, but I do want to occasionally keep some notes on changes and how I’m feeling. So how about a little update, shall we?

I feel like I’m staring to look a little pregnant and less like I’ve been drinking too much beer, although I have yet to have a stranger mention my pregnancy so maybe it is all in my head. 🙂  So far I’ve gained about 12 pounds, which I think is about where I should be, maybe extra pound or two thanks to the DELICIOUS gluten-free cookies and stacks of toast I consumed over the holidays. Bad Belle!

The only craving I have really had is for scrambled eggs, which is ridiculously poetic. Thanks Chicken! I eat two egg whites and one full egg every morning, scrambled with hot sauce and topped off with two tablespoons of roasted red pepper humus. For my dairy free ladies who miss cheesy eggs, red pepper or spicy humus makes a pretty good savory substitute! I also have two pieces of toast with breakfast because I’m pregnant and pregnant ladies get toast WHENEVER BABY (or hormones) DEMAND 🙂

Pregnant friends have complained about all the peeing in the past, but I never really put a lot of stock in it. Sure, you pee a little more, big deal!? HA! Jokes on me. I pee all the damn time. So much that after a day of using scratchy office TP my lady bits are irritated. I think I might start BYOR (Bringing My Own Roll) to work! Along the same lines,  I seem to have gotten the constipation under control. My solution? Two stool softeners before bed and 120-oz of water during the day. It’s actually not at all hard to get 120-oz down either with how thirsty I have been.

Not a lot of aches and pains to report. If I stretch in odd ways while sleeping I’ll be woken up by a sharp pain in my lower abdomen. Is this my round ligament? I have no idea! My legs are sore and feel heavy at the end of the day, which is something I don’t understand considering I have a desk job. Maybe it’s from the 9 trips to pee? I’ve also been having some dreadful shortness of breath that is stressing me out. This just started in the last few days and I’m not yet sure if it is pregnancy, anxiety or allergies. I’ll give it a few more days and if I don’t see an improvement I think I’ll ring my midwife.

I’m shooting to exercise for at least 45 minutes 5 days a week. For example, on Monday I did my Summer Sanders’ DVD, on Tuesday I rested, on Wednesday I walked 3 miles, on Thursday I did more Summer Sanders and this morning I did a prenatal yoga video. While huffing and puffing up the steep headlands of California the Professor and I decided that we need to work a weekly hike into our schedule. Hiking uses an entirely different muscle set then walking in the neighborhood and really gets your heart pumping. Last weekend we did a lovely 6 mile hike at Raven’s Run and this Saturday we are planning the same.

Now that I’m pregnant I find myself extremely hesitant to do anything that could put my baby in danger. While in California we hiked from the Tennessee Valley Beaches all the way to Muir beaches. It was a long hike with lots of hills and cliffs and I was a nervous disaster walking along those thin ledges! Normally I would trot and jog along with complete confidence in my balance and feet. Not this time, though! During that hike we came upon the outreach pictured above. It was so breathtaking and I wanted to go to the end of it and stare at the ocean and take gutsy photos. I got halfway out and the fear was so paralyzing that I had to sit down to compose myself and then have the Professor hold my hand the way back. It was the first time in my life I’ve been afraid of heights!

And last but not least: Pants. Still squeezing into the two pairs of pants that continue to sort of fit. I have tried maternity pants from Gap, Old Navy and Loft now and none of them fit properly. It’s terribly frustrating and I’m considering the pros and cons of wearing mumus instead! If I have time this weekend I might hit up a few consignment stores and see what they have as far as pants go. I’m still able to wear my stretchy shirts, and I’m loving the new sized up tanks and cardis I ordered a few weeks ago. Maybe I’ll do an early maternity fashion shoot soon?

That’s about all the notes I can think of right now. Honestly, the past 16 weeks have been pretty easy – a welcome change from the past two years for sure! I’ll take a new bump photo tomorrow. I need good natural light in my sewing room to get that fun shadow effect – photography snobbery beats timely photos. 🙂 I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


Leftovers: SNOW! Eyes! Exercise! Photos!




Oh my gosh, y’all! It’s SNOWING! I LOVE SNOW!

Too many caps? Sorry… I really do love snow. I grew up in Florida and Alabama so snow is still a real novelty in my book.  I want to take a photo but I forgot my camera today, which is actually surprising because anytime we have “weather” I tote it around hoping for some glorious photo-op. Must be the lingering news reporter in me or something.


As I posted last night, the headaches are not uveitis related. I’m tremendously relieved. The tricky thing about having chronic uveitis is that any time you have a headache that hangs around and has light sensitivity you have to see a doctor. If you don’t and it is a flare very bad things happen. For example:

I had no idea what uveitis was when I had my first flare so I ignored the headache and light sensitivity for WAAAAY too long. Then I went to a doc-in-a-box who diagnosed a sinus infection and prescribed antibiotics. Two days later my vision had decreased so much that I could not drive. Off to the ER I went where the eye doctor on call said I had conjunctivitis in both eyes and sent me home with medication for that.

Two days after that my vision was even worse, the pain was unreal and I was seeing insane floaters, flashes of light and wild things that made me wonder if the mushrooms I ate the night before were really normal mushrooms. By the time I finally got in front of a retina specialist my uveitis was so severe that both irises had swollen completely and adhered to the lens of my eye making it impossible for my pupil to expand and contract. I had so many floaters because of all the inflammatory cells in my eyes floating around in the vitreous fluid.  It took well over 3 months to recover from that flare and a solid month until my vision started to recover.

Sooo, that is the long way of saying that these pregnancy headaches are going to be tricky for me since I have this crazy eye disease. Now I know, though, that uveitis and pregnancy headaches are very similar and I can hopefully freak out a little less!


Now that I know the headache is not eye-related I felt comfortable finally breaking out Summer Sanders’ prenantal workout video (damn her perky pregnant booty) and completed the “express” first trimester workout this morning. Good grief you guys, I was hot, sweaty and winded by the end of it. I can’t believe how much my endurance has tanked after 12 13 weeks of just sitting around. But I toughed it out and after 37 minutes I felt BETTER and the headache had disappeared. It was amazing! I had almost a full hour of headache relief… and then it came back. But an hour of relief was delightful. I plan to do it again tomorrow morning and then use my hour of relief to do some laundry since I pulled my last pair of undies out of the

Belly Photos

I’m still terrified to do these. I started at 6 weeks with my last pregnancy and, well, we all know how long that lasted. 😦 I look back at the 7 week photo now and KNOW that I’m looking at a dead baby in my belly. Dreadful memories. That said, things are changing in my body and I really want to document them. Like so many other infertiles, this is going to be our only child unless my ovaries miraculously decide to start working so I WANT to be able to remember everything. With that in mind, I might take a photo tomorrow. Maybe. If I feel brave. And maybe if I can find the Chicken on the doppler.

What are y’alls takes on belly photos? Especially after infertility and loss? Did you do them? Do you know people who did them? How did you handle the “what if” anxiety?

7 Day Detox



I feel crummy lately. 18 months of synthetic hormones, a miscarriage, marital woes and more have left my body sluggish and my spirit laden with baggage. It’s not a fun place to be and I’m ready to do something about it.

In the past I have tried all kinds of crazy detox fads that claim to purge your body of toxins and make you feel refreshed and vibrant. Honestly, I have never completed one of them. I just can’t commit to days of ridiculous food, juices, supplements, etc. I end up more stressed out at the end then when I started! Instead, I am putting together my own “clean eating” 7 day plan that will hopefully springboard me into healthier living, and trim a little pudge off of my new muscles to show them off  🙂 I mentioned my detox plans in yesterday’s post and several of you expressed interest in joining so I here is my personal 7-Day Detox. BONUS: Once I hit publish this will be all official and I’ll have my 400-800 daily readers to keep me accountable!

Belle’s 7-Day Detox

Clean Eating Diet: 

  • 80 – 100 oz of water daily
  • 1 – 3 cups organic green tea daily
  • 1 glass of vibrant health immediately upon waking up
  • Breakfast: protein smoothie, a high-protein baked oatmeal (I will share this recipe tomorrow), scrambled eggs with veggies, et.
  • Mid morning snack: 1/2 cup of fruit
  • Lunch: Salad with veggies and either canned salmon or tempeh + 1 healthy fat (olive oil, avocado, seeds)
  • Afternoon snack: protein smoothie with light soy milk and frozen berries
  • Dinner: 1 serving lean protein (fish, tempeh, tofu) + 2 cups steamed or sautéed veggies + quinoa + 1 healthy fat (olive oil, avocado, seeds)
  • Dessert: Cinnamon tea


  • Coffee – Last year I gave up coffee completely and honestly had never felt more energetic. Today I’m back in my sad routine of one or two cups in the morning and a soy latte many afternoons. Not good when one wants a Baby Ready Body!
  • Wheat – I have noticed a definite correlation between bloating and wheat consumption.
  • Rice, amaranth, couscous, pasta, etc.
  • Earth Balance Buttery Spread – This is tough, but it is so processed. I have been trying to embrace olive oil more and am slowly starting to enjoy it.
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners


  • I will start every morning off with some form of physical activity. This weekend I am clearing a spot in my basement to set up my stability ball, yoga mat, hand weights and leg bands.
  • Walk 3-6 miles daily (basically my to work and home commute)
  • Full body strength training at the gym 3 times a week (I already do this)

Positive reflection:

This detox is about more than nutrition and activity. During these 7 days I want to spend time daily reflecting on things in my life that I should be thankful for. To do this I will:
  • Make time for pampering – Soaks in the tub some evenings, DIY facials, DIY mani/pedis, etc.
  • Blog daily about positive things in my life.
  • Turn off the TV – Included in this is streaming videos on Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, etc.
  • Play with my cats – I am sure this sounds strange, but spending time with your pets is supposed to lower blood pressure, stress, etc. I have four lovely kitties who deserve daily attention. This is the perfect time for me to start a new p.m. playtime ritual.

Detox will begin Sunday, July 15!

So there you have it. Let me know if anyone wants to join and either follow my guidelines or put together their own plan that better fits their lifestyle and needs and I’ll put together a list of participants. If you don’t want to participate, I invite you all to help me stay accountable and cheer me on when I find myself tempted by cake or Pinot Noir!