Monday, July 14, 2014

Newlymeds + A Baby

We are so excited to introduce our son, Hudson Gordon Unger.  He was born on May 20th at 10:03AM weighing 7lbs 4oz and 19 inches long.


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p.s. Hudson is now 7 weeks old, but hey, better late than never!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Pregnancy and Sleep

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Pregnancy and Sleep.  These are two things that don't always go together.  A few weeks ago, after several restless nights, I ordered a pregnancy pillow.  Not only is a pregnancy pillow helping me sleep through the night, but it is a great cuddling companion when Doctor J is on call.  I should have thought of this earlier!

I did a good deal of research on pregnancy pillows and with the Bumpnest pillow, I didn't have to pick between comfort and style.  You get to choose between several different patterns to use as your pillow case.  I choose a design that complemented my room decor and looked cute on my bed.  Buying a pregnancy pillow is a commitment for a few reasons; one, they are HUGE and two, they can be costly, but a good nights sleep is…priceless.

Newlymed note:  Ensure your husband that when the baby comes the pillow will go.  You can change your story later!

Do you have a favorite pregnancy pillow you would recommend?  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

On working out while pregnant

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The other day I was heading to the gym feeling like a rock star.  I was pretty sick in my first trimester, so it feels great to feel "normal" again.  My energy was back, I was not nauseous and I was ready to sweat.  I was applauding myself for being pregnant AND working out.

Now fast forward 30 minutes, after my light gym workout, and I was passed out on the couch!  

You would think I had just completed a marathon.

Yes, it is slightly more exhausting to work out while pregnant, but I have found the silver lining.  Staying active has helped me feel better and more like myself.

Newlymed Note: A 30 minute jaunt at the gym will require a 2 hour nap!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The little things are the best things

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Yesterday was my birthday and I added the final number to my twenty-something age.   (Scary!)  The day made me realize, that the little things are the best things.

I went to work after starting my day off with an early morning yoga class.  I wouldn't say it was the most productive work day because it is WAY too easy, on your birthday, to be distracted by wonderful calls, emails, texts and Facebook posts!

That night Doctor J and I had planned a low key night in because he was on call.  He would have to field hospital calls and possibly go in if there were any emergencies.  I decided that being left at home in my p.j's was better than being left at a restaurant!

We picked up pizza from one of my favorite places, ate cake and watched a movie.  I have to say it was one of my best birthdays yet!  We said no presents this year as we are focusing more on the baby…I maaaay regret this later, but I didn't even feel like I was missing anything.

Yesterday made me realize that spending time with and hearing from the ones you love is what really makes birthdays so special.  I was overwhelmed with the love from friends and family.  I was sharing my feelings with Doctor J last night and became a little emotional about it.  Now maybe it was the pregnancy hormones, but I just feel so excited about bringing our baby into this world surrounded by the loving people we are so lucky to have in our lives.

Here is to making this year the best one yet!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's a...


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BOY!!!

Oh BOY, we are excited and shocked!  For some reason Doctor J and I both thought that we were having a girl, so we couldn't believe it when we saw the blue filling in the cupcakes.

After our New Years Eve dinner, it was time for the big reveal.  I immediately felt my nerves kick in!  We decided to up the cheese factor and fed each other our cupcakes - wedding champagne toast style.  Doctor J shoved half of the cupcake in his mouth (his typical method of cupcake eating), and I apparently didn't take a big enough bite, because he started screaming and I still couldn't see a thing! On second bite, I could see the blue shine through and it was double confirmed that we are having a BOY!!

Below are a few pictures from the reveal.
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{All of the cupcakes with the secret icing inside}
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{Pure excitement and shock}
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 I promise I didn't eat ALL of the cupcakes myself…

Newlymed Note:  Just in case you were worried that I was guzzling champagne, the bubbles in my glass were Martenelli's Sparkling Cider.  It's a fun and festive option for celebrations while pregnant and I swear it tastes just as good!

P.S. You can find my post on plotting the gender reveal here

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Years Nuts

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When company comes in town, it is always a good idea to have lots of snacks on hand.  I usually like to put a mix of sweet and savory snacks in bowls around my apartment.  It is also a fun excuse to whip out some of the pretty bowls you may have received as wedding gifts that are sitting in your cabinet collecting dust!

These New Years Nuts are something you can make, keep in your pantry, and then throw in a bowl for snacking when the guests arrive!

They also make a lovely holiday gift to bring to the office, but since I didn't get around to writing this post during holidays, we are now officially calling them New Years Nuts!

Here are the quick and easy steps to make your very own New Years Nuts.

INGREDIENTS:
1 pound of pecans or walnuts
1 egg white + 1 tablespoon of water (beat till frothy)
Sugar Mixture:
        1 cup sugar
        1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
        1 teaspoon salt

PROCEDURE:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees
Coat nuts with egg mixture in a bowl
Mix coated nuts with sugar mixture

Place on baking sheet in a single layer

Bake at 300 degrees for 1/2 hour.  Make sure to stir a few times and watch that your nuts don't burn.

Serve in small bowls or package up in a mason jar to bring over to a friend.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

On Residents making it places

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Residents can't always be counted on to show up places outside of the hospital.  Whether it is a friend's wedding, a dinner date or a prenatal doctor's appointment, if you are married to a resident you might just have to fly solo. Not that we can blame them; it's just how it goes.

Doctor J hasn't been able to make very many of my prenatal doctor's appointments, but he promises to make it to the delivery...or else!!

Last week Doctor J was not going to make it to the doctor's appointment, where I would find out the baby's gender.  This is something we wanted to experience together, so I came up with a plan!

I asked the doctor to write down the gender and put it in an envelope.  I took it straight to Sprinkles Cupcakes (before I could succumb to temptation!).  They offer gender reveal cupcakes where they put pink or blue filling inside the cupcake flavors of your choice.   I picked up the cupcakes the next day and served them for dessert at our New Years Eve dinner.  While driving home with the cupcakes in my passenger seat, I had the urge to shove a cupcake in my mouth at that very minute for two reasons; 1, because I was STARVING and 2, I could hardly wait any longer!  Would anyone notice if I served 11 cupcakes instead of 12?

So how did the big reveal go?  Check back soon for details!

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