Pregnancy Posts: Week 7

Pregnancy Posts: Week 7

I am so glad I wrote some pregnancy posts from the very beginning. It is nice now to look back and remember how each week progressed because let’s be honest – with pregnancy brain everything can get a little foggy! Week 7 of my pregnancy was actually a pretty rough one for me. This is when the fatigue and nausea really took over, and it was also the big start to my food aversions. I remember feeling like pregnancy was going to be a breeze during week 6, the first week I knew I was pregnant. I still had my normal appetite and I had a ton of energy for working out, but all that quickly changed as I transitioned into week 7.

Madewell Silk Tee Dress in Dot

Remember this post? I was actually 7 weeks pregnant when this picture was taken and it was the night of our Montgomery Inn Barbecue date!

Here were some of my symptoms/experiences/thoughts from Week 7 (Jan. 20-26) :

  • I literally go from nauseous to starving in seconds. I either want nothing to do with food, or I can’t get it into my body fast enough! My mind is definitely playing tricks on me when it comes to my appetite.


  • Salt, salt and more salt sounds absolutely amazing. You know what else sounds good? Carbs, carbs and more carbs! I had a bowl of plain Cheerios and milk before church on Sunday (01/25), and then we went to brunch at Scrambler Marie’s after the service. In just a couple short hours I was starving and wanted all the food  I could get my hands on! I ordered the Classic with scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, extra crispy hash browns and pancakes drenched with maple syrup and butter. Oh my goodness was this delicious! I ate half and actually ended up having the rest of my eggs, sausage and hash browns in the afternoon, and one of my pancakes for lunch the next day. Only when you’re pregnant do enormous butter and syrup-soaked pancakes sound like a good idea for a mid-day meal!


  • After brunch, we went to the grocery and I ordered a decaf latte, but unfortunately coffee and espresso are on my food aversion list. As much as I wanted to enjoy my coffee, this was just not going to happen. This started my aversion of coffee and hot drinks. I am not sure what it was, but any hot liquid, even hot tea or warm water was enough to make my stomach curl just thinking about it.


  • I have been in bed by 8:30 every night and can barely drink any water because any fluid in my stomach makes my nausea worse. If I am going to drink water though, it has to be really, really cold. I am however loving any carbonated drinks, including ginger ale and flavored sparkling waters from Kroger. My other favorite thing to drink right now? Lemonade! I have honestly never liked lemonade very much, and suddenly it is my favorite drink. I like adding a little lemonade to my water for a acidity and that seems to help me drink more.

Food Cravings:

  • Salt! – I am really craving chips but I try to avoid these as much as I can. I did however let myself have as many Saratoga chips at Montgomery Inn as I wanted and those were phenomenal!
  • Avocado toast with sea salt and a sprinkle of lemon juice
  • Chipotle – Anything with avocado/guacamole sounds good!

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

  • White Carbs – Chipotle white cilantro rice, plain bagels, soft pretzels, pancakes, macaroni and cheese – usually I am a whole grain/wheat girl, but suddenly I am obsessed with white carbohydrates and whole grains make me a little queasy.
  • Cottage Cheese with salt and pepper
  • Cereal – Plain Cheerios
  • Potatoes/French Fries – Again, I think it is the salt. Suddenly I am as obsessed with thinking about Five Guys french fries and extra crispy hash browns with a ton of ketchup, but I am trying to resist as much as I can.
  • Lemonade/Lemons/Sour Food – I used to dislike sour foods, but now it is tasting pretty good and the lemon really helps my nausea.

Food Aversions:

  • Smoothies – I think it is the liquid in my stomach that bothers me
  • Coffee – probably my saddest aversion of all…

Northstar Cafe - coffee and cookie

  • Fruits – especially apples for some reason
  • Hot Teas
  • Chocolate
  • Anything overly sweet
  • Dashing Dish Protein Shakes – These are my favorite ever, but I think they are just too sweet for now!
WIAW: First Pregnant Eats Post!

WIAW: First Pregnant Eats Post!

I haven’t shared many eats on the blog in awhile because honestly, I thought my diet would be a dead give away to my pregnancy. These past few weeks I have introduced vegetables back into my meals, but from about week 7-12 my days were consisting of bagels, saltine crackers, ginger ale, bread with butter, and pickles, pickles and more pickles. It was pretty clear to what was going on behind the scenes. I was (still am!) a pickle-loving pregnant cliche!

I have always been a pretty healthy eater and would like to remain that way throughout the course of my pregnancy, but I have definitely found myself enjoying chips and dip more than ever before. The funny thing though is that I really do find myself craving ‘real’ foods like baked sandwiches, cheeseburgers, soups, grilled chicken and veggies, pasta with chicken, marinara or meat sauce, tacos and burrito bowls, and chicken salads more than foods like cake, cookies or brownies. For someone who has always had a sweet tooth, my salty cravings have definitely taken over!

  • Chips and Guacamole - Pregnancy CravingsI have been obsessed with tomatoes and marinara sauce this entire pregnancy, so this past Friday I made homemade Chicken Parmesan from scratch. It was everything I hoped it would be! I sliced two large chicken breasts in half to create four thin pieces. I then dipped the chicken in egg and then in flour that had salt and pepper, grated parmesan, garlic powder, basil, oregano and onion powder mixed in as well. I then pan seared the chicken breasts in olive oil on both sides, poured in some marinara sauce (Store bought Tomato-Basil from Trader Joe’s), and topped the chicken with fresh mozzarella. Into the oven it went to finish cooking for about 12 minutes, and then I broiled on high for a minute or two to get the mozzarella slightly browned and bubbly.
  • Homemade Chicken Parmesan - Pregnancy CravingAny drink that is cold and delicious has been okay in my book! I have actually had a hard time drinking water this pregnancy, so I am hoping that craving will return soon. In the mean time, I have been obsessed with Icees and could literally drink one every day! I am limiting myself since I know all the sugar isn’t the best, but if I really want one then I cave. Besides, since my dessert cravings haven’t been there I figured a large Icee is just as fine as an ice cream sundae in moderation.
  • Coke Icee - Pregnancy CravingI have also been loving root beer floats! This and my gelato-ice (below) is the closest I have come to really craving desserts. I literally had a diet root beer + scoop of vanilla ice cream every single day until I ran out of root beer. This made me so happy!
  • Root  Beer Float - Pregnancy CravingSince I have been craving ice-types of drinks, I finally had my first Rita’s experience. I ordered the gelato, which was a half vanilla custard + half cherry starburst mix. Honestly before pregnancy I probably would have said the custard was my favorite part, but being pregnant and loving flavored ice, I believe the cherry half has now stolen my heart.
  • Rita's Frozen Ice - Pregnancy CravingMexican food has been one of my favorite go-to meals this pregnancy. I just can’t get enough of those spicy flavors, salty chips, and guacamole and sour cream toppings. I ordered this taco salad from Qdoba that had chicken, rice, black beans, light cheese, sour cream, mild salsa and guacamole all in a taco salad shell. Have I mentioned how much I love Qdoba? Chipotle is obviously amazing, but I really do think Qdoba is my favorite. They aren’t stingy with the toppings at all, and I love how their meats are grilled and slightly charred. If you have never ordered the Mexican Gumbo from there it is a must try before the weather gets too warm!
  • Qdoba Taco Salad - Pregnancy CravingHere is another Italian meal I had at my parents’ house. Tim was out of town on business so my parents invited me over to eat dinner and they ordered from one of my favorite childhood eateries in my hometown. We split a couple orders of the spaghetti with meatballs, garlic bread and a homemade chopped salad topped with beets, which I love as a salad topping. Since I arrived at their house a little early, I whipped up the salad with what I could find in the fridge, and along with the beets it also had carrots, mozzarella, diced tomatoes and chopped iceberg.
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs - Pregnancy CravingsSpring teased us on a beautiful Sunday, so we decided to grill outside for the first time this season! We made shrimp kabobs, filet and corn-on-the-cob and it was so delicious. I seriously cannot wait for summer to be able to grill out all the time! It makes everything so much tastier and clean-up is a breeze.
  • Grilling Shrimp, Filet and corn on the cob - Pregnancy CravingsThis was probably the healthiest pizza I’ve ever had – a butternut squash, sweet potato and kale pizza from Trader Joe’s. Honestly it wasn’t my favorite, I had to add a bit more parmesan to the top because it was really lacking a melty cheese layer, but it was great for squeezing in a ton of veggies while still getting to eat pizza! I had half the pizza along side pan seared Brussels sprouts cooked in bacon… because obviously that was the healthy choice!

Trader Joe's Pizza + Brussels

Happy WIAW! Thank you to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting!

What I Ate WednesdayConversation Time. 

  • If you have been pregnant before, what were your cravings? Were you loving more salty or sweet eats?
  • Or, even if you have never been pregnant, what do you prefer: salty or sweet?
  • What is your favorite type/brand/flavor of chips? I am looking for some new varieties to try!
  • Are you team Chipotle or Qdoba, or someplace similar?
  • What is the best thing you’ve eaten lately?
My Pregnancy 101

My Pregnancy 101

I just want to thank everyone for the sweet words and congrats on my pregnancy! Honestly, it still seems hard to believe and sometimes I have to just pinch myself to remember it is real. I have wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember, and now that the time is here, I get weepy just thinking about it.

Being pregnant has been a huge reason why I’ve had to take a step back from the blog for a minute. There was so much I wanted to share, but it all revolved around my pregnancy. Since I wasn’t quite ready to share my news, I found I really didn’t have anything else I wanted to talk about! My food hasn’t been healthy and creative, I haven’t been exercising a whole lot, and most of my weekends have revolved around naps and movie watching.

I have been writing posts for the past nine weeks though that reflect some of my thoughts and experiences so far. I also have kept weekly posts regarding pregnancy updates, so I am going to share those simultaneously on the blog as well. To begin with though, I thought I would complete this fun pregnancy survey I have seen on other blogs to kind of give a background of the pregnancy so far. (I took out a few questions that I couldn’t quite relate to!)

Jana and Tim - Engagement Picture

Engagement Announcement!

My pregnancy 101

Baby Announcement!

About Me

Name? Jana

Age? 26

Height? 5’3”

Hair color? dirty blonde

Eye color? green


About the Father

Name? Tim

Age? 28 (He’ll turn 29 before the baby is born!)

Height? 6′

Hair color? blonde

Eye color? blue

My pregnancy 101About My Pregnancy

Is this your first pregnancy? Yes!

When did you find out you were pregnant? Sat. January 10th

Was it planned? It had been planned for quite a while, but the timing was still a surprise!

What was your first reaction? My heart was literally beating out of my chest and I couldn’t believe it… I figured it had to be some kind of mistake!

Who was with you when you found out? I found out and then I came out of the bathroom smiling like a crazy person and told Tim. I think he thought it was a dream at first because it was 5:00 am on a Saturday morning. We literally just sat in the bed staring at the positive pregnancy test for at least a good 10 minutes. It was such a crazy feeling!

Who was the first person you told? Tim

How did your parents react? I think my mom thought I was joking at first, but then she was just so excited and nervous at the same time. I think we all felt a little cautiously optimistic! My dad was super excited too.

How far along are you? 16 weeks tomorrow!

What was your first symptom? An overwhelming feeling of fatigue and exhaustion. I literally did not want to get out of bed, much less workout, the week before I took the test. Not long after that, the nausea hit hardcore.

When is your due date? September 7, 2015

Do you know the sex of the baby? Not yet, but I have a hunch! (Although I know that doesn’t mean anything!!)

Have you picked out names? Yes! We have both our girl and boy name picked out.

How much weight have you gained? I haven’t been weighed since week 12, but then I was up about 3 pounds.

Do you have stretch marks? No… not yet at least!

Have you felt the baby move? Not yet!

Have you heard the heartbeat? Yes! We heard the heartbeat at Week 12 and it was so perfect and strong! :)

My pregnancy 101About the Baby

Home or hospital birth? Get me to a hospital please!

Natural or medicated birth? I truly believe this is a subject ‘to each their own’, but I definitely plan on having a little medicated assistance. I have read so many women discuss how much more enjoyable their delivery was once they received the epidural. I am not going to lie, I am pretty terrified of this part of the pregnancy so anything that will help soothe that fear and worry is good by me.

Who will be in the delivery room with you? Right now I am planning on just Tim and I. However, if I am mid-labor and need my mom then well, she’ll be joining us too!

Will you breastfeed? I plan to!!

Do you think you’ll need a c-section? I would hope not!

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time? I am pretty darn sure I will.

What’s the first thing you might say to him? I can’t even imagine, probably just that I love him or her and that I’m so happy to be his/her mommy!

Would you let someone videotape the birth? I am thinking that nobody really wants to see this, but I would like to get a few pictures right after.

Are you excited or scared about the birth? I kind of answered this question in the epidural part, but I am both excited and scared. I think every labor is different and I really don’t want to label mine until I go through it. Some women love labor and the experience of giving birth, while others haven’t had the best experience in the past. I am going to try and do everything I can to prepare myself the best I can and to just be healthy. I will pray and trust God and lean on my family for both physical and emotional support. Plus, I am going to try really hard to remind myself of the joyful blessing I will receive at the end of all the hard work!!

My pregnancy 101

Conversation Time.

  • You ask me – What other questions would you like answered regarding my pregnancy so far?
  • If you have been pregnant before, what experience really surprised you the most?
  • Do you have any tips for a first time expecting mother??
My. Favorite. Post. Ever.

My. Favorite. Post. Ever.

I know I’ve been MIA lately around these parts, but I promise there has been a good reason why… One very important, yet teeny-tiny reason why…

Without a doubt, this is by far my favorite blog post I’ve ever published.

Jana and Tim Baby Announcement…and Tebow has something very important he would like to share…

Tebow Baby AnnouncementTim and I are so excited to finally share that we are expecting our first baby this September! I am currently 15 1/2 weeks pregnant and we couldn’t be more over-the-moon happy about welcoming our sweet little babe into our family of three four (including big brother Tebow)! Thank you for continuing to read and follow this blog as I have been going through this transition. More news and pregnancy info to come soon!

Jana and Tim Baby Announcement

Sunshine for the Win (+ giveaway winner!)

Sunshine for the Win (+ giveaway winner!)

It’s official, the smell of spring is in the air and it’s making me so darn happy! My drive to work in the morning is still pretty dark and dreary and will probably be that way for awhile, but having warmer weather, longer days and more light in the evenings makes the trade off well worth it. It’s still a little chilly around these parts, but 50-60 degrees in Ohio after a cold and snowy winter may as well be considered a heat wave. I swear, the first time I am able to take Tebow on a walk while wearing shorts and a tank, followed by a grilled dinner on the patio will be pure perfection!

Grilling and Patio in the Summer

Ahh summer…

Tim has been in Kansas City most of this week for work and will finally be home tonight, just in time for the weekend! Tebow and I have been holding down the fort, but life is just not the same without our favorite guy around. We were blessed with a beautiful day yesterday though so what started as a short 2o minute walk quickly turned into an hour long stroll. The sunshine felt so nice so we just kept on walking!

Tebow WalkWhen Tim is away, I also take advantage of having veggie-filled dinners that he probably is okay with missing. On the same night I had a Kale, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Pizza from Trader Joe’s with Brussels Sprouts, Tim had a splurge-worthy barbecue dinner in Kansas City.

Kale, Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Pizza from Trader Joes

Tim's BBQ Kansas CityI am guessing he was happy with the trade off?! My parents are taking me out to dinner tonight since I am by myself and haven’t seen them in a couple weeks. My mom has also been gone on business this week as well, so I am looking forward to catching up and hearing how her trip went.

We don’t have any big plans for the weekend ahead, but I think we may start painting our hallway and some of the rooms upstairs to try and complete our remodel. (I still owe you all some pictures of the updates and the completely gutted and renovated bathroom, so I will try and get a post ready and published sometime during the next couple of weeks!) If there isn’t much rain, then you can bet there will be some long family walks thrown in there too. I may even try and talk Tim into a little spring clothing shopping if we have time, followed by a dinner date night out Saturday or Sunday evening. Is it Friday at quittin’ time yet??

Before I go, I just wanted to share the big news of the day, the winner of Thursday’s Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway:

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway Winner Number

Peanut Butter & Co. Giveaway WinnerCongratulations Linda!! Please email me your contact information and Peanut Butter & Co. will get your jars in the mail!

Conversation Time.

  • What springtime activity are you looking forward to enjoying the most?
  • Where should I go to dinner with my parents tonight? Any suggestions?
  • What new clothes/shoes/accessories are on your must-have list for spring?