Happy News


So Big announcement today you guys, I’m prego!  We told close family on my visit home when I was 9 weeks; (Actually, true story, they pretty much guessed when I didn’t have any wine at dinner with my parents or at my sister’s shower; so observant they are, I haven’t got a tricky bone in my body ya’ll)!  My hubby wasn’t able to come with me due to his work but he called his family the same day and everyone seemed really happy for us.  I’m 20 weeks in 2 days and we are excited to find out the sex this month (fingers way crossed!).

Everything has gone really well, no sickness at all, just some nassau associated with smells (mostly feet, dog breath, eggs, the thought of raw chicken), heartburn, aversion to healthy foods like salad and green things (I’ve been eating broccoli and cucumbers lately tho), fatigue, and the emotional ups and downs (I teared up watching the Maury show, certain commercials, and a little during the movie Gravity which is seriously amazing).  I pretty much could live on breads, pasta, potatoes, cheese, skittles, pie and ice cream/yogurt for the next 5 months but I try to eat lots of protein too.  I’ve gained 4 pounds so far but I had previously gained like 10 since we got married but a friend told me that weight doesn’t count, humph.  I read for my pre-pregnant BMI I can gain the typical amount of 25-35 pounds.  I’m not trying to gain weight, I’m just waiting for it to happen and I’m totally surprised it hasn’t just piled on just yet due to my new diet. I do exercise when I feel like it, walking our dogs, yoga 1-2 times weekly, and sometimes I weight train with my husband. Otherwise, I’m just enjoying everything that my body is doing and reading a lot.  Since we’re seeing a midwife and planning a drug/intervention-free birth I’m reading tons of birth stories (this blog) and books written by midwives.

My husband and I are simply ecstatic about starting a family together and begin this amazing new journey.  xo Jessica

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New York in Instagrams


Last week I was lucky enough to take a trip with my dad and brother D.J. to visit our brother Michael who is stationed at a marine base in New York.  We took a dinner cruise around Manhatten and saw the Brooklyn bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the Freedom Tower. It was so breathtakingly beautiful.  We ate authentic Italian cuisine in Queens and had a yummy breakfast at a cute diner called Georgia’s.  We saw some interesting sights in TImes square; did you know it’s legal for women to be topless there? Well, that’s what they said…I love New York and can’t wait to go back someday. I’d love to see Central Park and a broadway show next time.  Have you been?IMG_8149 IMG_8143 IMG_8142 IMG_8141 IMG_8140 IMG_8151 IMG_8139 IMG_8147 IMG_8132 IMG_8150 IMG_8131 IMG_8138

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My sister-in-law is engaged! Photos


I’m super excited that my sis-in-law got engaged recently and her and the fiancé let me take lots of photos in Florida!  I mean, these two are super amazingly photogenic as you can see…Like I’m jelly.  But even better I just love these guys and am ecstatic to have them as family.  So. Happy!   Congrats again you two!DSC_0216engagementengagementengagementengagementengagementengagementDSC_0255DSC_0263engaged DSC_0459 DSC_0485engagement engagement engagement engagement

My sister-in-law is engaged!


My sister-in-law is engaged!

I’ve been wanting to post this for a few weeks but have been so busy! Congrats to my amazing sis-in-law Cheryl and her fiancé Tyler! I am sooooo happy for you two! Cheryl and Ty were such good sports while we were in Florida a few weeks ago and let me take a million pictures, I can’t wait to share more soon!
Meanwhile, Happy 4th of July and a shout out to my brother Michael, the marine in our family, I love you!