20 Weeks ~ Halfway There!

How far along? 20 weeks.
How big is baby? Baby is the size of a banana. Baby's length is roughly 10 inches weighing in at 10.6 ounces.
Total weight gain/loss? 7 lbs UP.
Maternity clothes? The tank above is Gap maternity and I ordered another color + a few workout tanks. I also busted out some maternity shorts for an afternoon movie last weekend. I couldn't comfortably button my regular ones and that stretchy waistband felt good! I'm still mostly wearing my normal clothes but will probably purchase some new pants soon-ish.
Sleep? I'm sleeping pretty well but have noticed the last few nights I'm feeling a little warmer. Sometimes I wake up hungry, have to eat a snack and then move to the cool leather couch. I don't know why, but it helps!
Best moment this week? Finding out last Friday at our gender reveal party that we are having a sweet little GIRL!!! Pink confetti exploded out of the balloon and we can't wait to meet her.
Symptoms? A little bit of cramping/stretching occasionally and feeling warmer in general. I have to pee approximately 136 times a day. I told Ryan I'll get focused doing something and then am like, "ugh, I have to pee again."
Food cravings? I'm eating most of my normal foods these days. Veggies are back which is great, as are most forms of protein. Loving my chocolate Shakeology for b-fast!
Food aversions? Ice cream. I liked the shaved ice I had last night better.
Gender? GIRL!
Labor signs? No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Exercise? I'm doing my 21 Day Fix workouts and will also be starting PiYo soon! I can't wait! I've moved up from using my 5 lb dumbbells to 8's for several exercises. I will probably stay there though and not go to 10's unless I'm feeling adventurous. :) I'm all about lifting as heavy as you can but while pregnant, I'm also trying to be cautious. I'm modifying floor ab exercises as well.
What I miss? Not a lot. I'm loving this.
What I'm looking forward to? Getting the nursery painted and decorated. I spent the past week and weekend sorting Karlyn's old clothes into sizes and then bought 4 20-gallon tubs at Target. I marked them as to what sizes were inside and they're stored in the garage for now. I have a ton!
Milestones? I'm officially halfway through this pregnancy. That's amazing!
Movement? I've been feeling her move more but it's still light and not usually noticeable until I sit down to rest. Still, it's the coolest thing ever and I love it. I got a little worried yesterday because I didn't feel much but I was also moving pretty much all day. I felt her in Sunday School this morning, along with stomach growls. :>
Bump? I'm starting to get one! Depending on the top I'm wearing, it's more or less noticeable. 


Gender Reveal

Note to self: When planning a gender reveal party, start earlier than one week out. I got sick over Fourth of July weekend and decided in my downtime that I should probably start thinking about how I wanted to announce BOY or GIRL after our anatomy scan.

I found this pin on Pinterest and decided that was it! I loved the idea and the cool picture she got. Plus, I had already been thinking along the lines of balloons and I really didn't have time to decorate a big box. Although I think that idea is super cute too. Party City and Hobby Lobby were both out of stock for 36 inch black balloons so I paid $11.00 shipping to 2-day it from Amazon. So what if I paid double the amount on shipping that a 3-pack of these balloons cost me. It was going to be worth it. =)

I gathered more ideas for food on Pinterest and hit up Hobby Lobby, Target, and Tom Thumb for my party items. We had a small gathering of family and it was SO FUN and joyous to get to celebrate what felt like a monumental event for our little family. Would we be bringing home blue or pink in December?


Let me back up here for a second and talk about our sono the day before. We did decide not to find out the gender so that we could be surprised along with everyone else the next day. It took a tiny bit of excitement away from that day but it was SO worth it and I would definitely do it again. We had a new sono tech this time and right away she said, "Oh you're going to make this difficult, baby." Baby Ivey was all curled up and not wanting to budge which made it hard for her to look at and measure all that she needed to. Even still she got it all except for the face straight on. So I go back in two weeks for that. But we saw the four chambers of the heart, and the belly, arms, etc. She finally said, "OK, I'm going to look for the gender now. Ryan continued looking at the screen even though I told him to stop! ha. Then she said, "I'm going to type it now." He looked away and I asked her, "So you think you got it?" She said, "Yeah!"

Karlyn was begging me that night to open the envelope but honestly I really wasn't that tempted. I figured we had waited for this for a few years now - what was 24 more hours?


I took the day off to get the house ready and my sister (thank goodness!) came over to help. I worked from about 7:00 that morning until 7:30 that night when everyone arrived. It was a long day but the anticipation kept building and I couldn't wait! It was kind of crazy and I don't know if it's because I was going, going, going but that afternoon for like three hours or so I had pretty much a constant cramping feeling and sometimes it caught me off guard. Not really hurting per se but just ache-y, crampy. It worried me a little - although we had just had our sono the day before - but I figured it was just baby growing and things stretching and I remembered a day like that with Karlyn around this same time so I figured and hoped everything was well. <<You really don't stop worrying, I tell ya.>>


Karoline and I had fun at Party City and it didn't take long at all for them to put it together. We had a little bit of a hard time fitting the balloons in my car but once we moved Karlyn's car seat over one, they fit. I was glad I had her though because it was windy too! 

We got home and finished making snacks and put the finishing touches on a few things. 

Everyone started to arrive so we stood around and chatted, ate, and speculated. =)

My sister-in-law Sam and I. Sam and Luke are expecting baby Harper in November!

Sam, Ashley, and I. Sisters-in-Law!

Party Food. We went with a PINK + BLUE theme if you couldn't tell!

Ryan was in charge of a game so he had everyone go around and guess boy OR girl and write down their reason why. Karlyn told him red meant girl and black meant boy. Clearly.

Then it was time for the BIG MOMENT! I made a mistake here and forgot that we needed the balloons to be high so that the confetti could fall down. Ryan was thinking he would bring the black balloon down to Karlyn's level so that she could pop it so...the pictures of the actual balloon pop didn't turn out quite like I'd envisioned. But we decided to throw the confetti up afterwards and got a couple good ones that way. Live and learn!

This picture (above) was right after the balloon pop and shows our true reactions.

Ryan: Ah, seriously?!

Me: Yay!!


Confetti Toss

We're having a GIRL!

Karlyn asked the next day if we could keep the confetti out. That way when the baby came in December, she would know she's a girl. ;-) #toosweet

We are thrilled and so thankful for everyone that came to celebrate with us. What a fun, memorable evening! And thank you to Sharon for taking pictures for us!!


Coaching ~ 1 Month In!

One month ago today I decided to embark on this coaching journey. And it has been AMAZING! I truly feel like God brought me this opportunity to pursue my passion and fulfill a lifelong desire I've had to make a difference in people's lives and help others get FIT and HEALTHY.

I love my TEAM! These girls provide encouragement, support, and accountability on the good and bad days. I love the freedom working from home brings and LOVE being able to do it all close to my kiddos. <<< Yes plural soon! ;>

If any of this sparks an interest in you OR if you are interested in joining my Challenge Group to kick your health and fitness into gear, I would love to talk to you. You never know where one step in the direction of your dreams will lead. smile emoticon

***You can reach me through my "Contact" page above or on Facebook at ~ Kati Ivey Fitness


What I Miss

I think 18 weeks of pregnancy hormones has finally caught up with me. I came home from work today and just wanted to cry, scream, or throw something. I thought some yoga might help but eh. I think I would have really felt better after a good, long cry but it didn't come. I've got a couple of frustrating things going on but I feel like there's no one to really talk to about it. Of course I can lay it all out for Ryan.

On my pregnancy updates there's a section called What I miss.

And while I really don't have much to say there (because I'm overjoyed to finally be pregnant!) there is something else that I miss. I miss having friends. Or a best friend to be specific. I was with my mom the other night when she said something about "your best friend." And I just kinda sat there...because...I really don't have one.

And maybe that's normal! I don't know. Do 32 year olds have best friends? I know I had a few in high school and it was so much fun. I was never one that had or really needed a huge circle of friends and I definitely never considered myself high up in the popular crowd. But I did have a few close friends that changed over the years as I grew, and they grew, but there's something about that relationship that is so nice.

The kind of friend that knows what you're thinking, what you're about to say, what style of clothing you like and are probably going to buy, and the kind you can pretty much say anything to. Common interests, inside jokes. All that stuff. I guess I just miss having close girlfriends who really and truly know you.

I know that to have a friend, you have to be one and I will be the first to admit that I went through a time where I withdrew because I just couldn't. I didn't have the strength or the words to keep telling my story or hear someone else's for a while. But for some reason I just felt really alone today. <ah, here come the tears. good!> I knew this would help. ha. A facebook status that says, "I miss having friends!" is uber-pathetic, no? But it dawned on me that yes, I have a blog and I can write whatever I want there. And it's usually therapeutic.

I'm sure I'll be better tomorrow. Maybe I didn't get enough sleep. Maybe I'm having a GIRL and there's too much estrogen floating around in there! Maybe I need a pen-pal. Can we do those again?


18 Weeks

How far along? 18 weeks.
How big is baby? Baby is the size of a sweet potato or bell pepper. I like both! Baby's length is roughly 5.5 inches weighing in at 6.7 ounces.
Total weight gain/loss? 4-5 lbs up. It's fluctuating, especially since I got sick this weekend.
Maternity clothes? I wore a maternity top and dress to work one day. I'm still fitting into my normal clothes but can tell that my jeans are getting a bit more snug.
Sleep? I've been sleeping well! My secret combo is magnesium powder before bed + an Epsom salt bath or sleepy dust lotion.
Best moment this week? Hmmm...not really anything baby related I guess. I so enjoyed this long weekend and a little time at home to just VEG! Ok, here's one moment. After Karlyn's bath on Thursday, she told me, "I'm kind of hoping it's a boy a little bit." ha! She'll tell me that she mostly hopes it's a girl though.
Symptoms? I'm really feeling pretty good. Nausea is pretty much gone and energy is up.
Food cravings? No real cravings. Loving my chocolate Shakeology. =)
Food aversions? Sometimes sweets. Which is how I was with Karlyn first tri...
Gender? OK. So, my gut feeling says girl. I think we will all be surprised if it's a boy. But I really, truly don't care. I know girl...and boy will be new, uncharted territory but either way will be amazing!
Labor signs? No.
Belly button in or out? In.
Exercise? I'm really happy to be exercising again! As sore as I was after the first few workouts and not doing anything the first tri, I told Ryan, "Imagine if I didn't do anything the whole 9 months?!" I'm taking some walks and doing workouts from The 21 Day Fix >>> which by the way, is on SALE through July! <<<end shameless plug.
What I miss? Not a lot. I'm loving this.
What I'm looking forward to? We find out Thursday what we're having!!!   And I'm just a little bit excited. :-) :-) :-) The original plan was for Ryan and I to find out Thursday and let Karlyn / everyone else find out Friday at our gender reveal party. But now I'm wondering if it would be kind of fun for Ryan and I to not know until the party too. I haven't mentioned this to him yet - and honestly, I doubt it will happen. But it would be fun!
Milestones? I'm almost half-way through this pregnancy! Which is amazing.
Movement? I've felt tiny little 1-second things that I can't be 100% sure of and I'm ready to really feel something. With Karlyn, it started right around this time so cue jeopardy music.
Bump? I'm starting to get one! Depending on the top I'm wearing, it's more or less noticeable. I'm tall though. I love what my OB told me with Karlyn ~ tall women hide big babies. Or something like that. ;>


Shakeology ~ and a Giveaway!

So what IS Shakeology? 

Don't worry. That's what I wanted to know right off the bat too. As excited as I was about the Beachbody opportunity and the amazing workout programs they had to offer, I wanted to be 100% on board with all of it. I knew that there was no way I could tout the benefits of a shake I myself didn't love. 

It's very important to me that I know what's IN the nutritional supplements I choose to take for a couple of reasons. 
  • I don't want to just throw random ingredients into my body and hope for the best.
  • I want to be sure that my money is going towards the best things for me.
  • I've always been extra sensitive to supplements. This is in part due to the MTHFR genetic mutation I have.

Because of this, I will always scrutinize and research the ingredients of any new product I decide to take. Lastly, I count on my own body to give me feedback as to whether or not "xyz supplement" is going to work for me. This is so important I believe! And I'll give you an example why.

Being into health and fitness I've tried many different whey protein powders over the years. Experts say it's one of the easiest things for our bodies to absorb post-workout - whey that is - because it's easily absorbed by our muscle cells that are open and ready for replenishment after being torn apart during exercise. I never stayed with them long though because I could tell that my body couldn't handle it. Immediately after making a shake (that may or may not taste so great - usually not!) I would get gassy and bloated. Fun right? If you know anything about nutrition you know that gas and bloating directly after a meal means your body isn't digesting and absorbing what you just took in. So what is the point of spending X amount of dollars on a protein powder that my body isn't even going to reap the benefits of? No point.

I loved the ease and simplicity of blending up a shake but I never came across one that I actually looked forward to, felt a difference from drinking, and even craved.


Until Shakeology! Ya'll, I'm going to be real with you. I'm not good at lying. I was always the kid in class who spoiled the joke the rest of the class tried to play on the teacher or who ruined a surprise for someone because I felt so vigilant about speaking the truth. I don't have it in me to tell you how great a product is, if I really don't think that it is. I can't say, "Shakeology has given me so much energy!" if I haven't seen a difference in that area. I can't chug something down each day for breakfast that I don't honestly think tastes good.

I started off with 4 sample packets - 2 Vegan Chocolate and 2 Vegan Tropical Strawberry. I chose the vegan over the regular for two reasons. 
  1. The above mentioned MTHFR that I have. Because of that, I need to avoid folic acid in my food and supplements. Shakeology is filled with vitamins and minerals that for most people obviously don't pose a problem, but for me, I needed to go with the vegan to avoid the vitamin fortification. (I take special methylated vitamins of my own.)
  2. Also like I said before, my body has never loved whey protein. (People with MTHFR often don't handle dairy well.) The vegan shakeology is plant protein based - perfect!

Being at the end of my first trimester, I was still having a hard time getting enough protein in due to a huge meat aversion. After just a few days, I truly began craving these shakes filled with protein and a slew of super foods and nutrition that my body just hadn't been getting the past ten weeks. Hello, nausea!

I even stretched out my samples until my first order could arrive. And I've been drinking them every day since, alternating strawberry / chocolate every other day. I add banana, peanut butter, fruit, milk, water, ice - and it transforms into this amazingly thick, frosty drink that has become my favorite part of the morning. And so quick and easy to drink as I drive to work.

I also DID noticed an increase in energy! Shakeology contains no caffeine but after just a few days, I really started feeling great. Energized is really the only way I can describe it and for a busy mom - energy is everything. I was making it further into the day before I felt tired and I just felt ALIVE. No gas. No bloating.

I could go on :-) But I'm going to stop for now and let you take a look at what really goes into each serving of Shakeology. We're talking protein, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. 

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