32 Week Pregnancy Update

How far along? 32 weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/measurements: My belly is 39 inches! That's another half inch since last week.
Maternity clothes: I finally decided that I needed to go up a size for underwear. I'm kind of wearing both sizes during the day but I can't wear my pre-pregnancy size for sleeping at night. It's digging in too much now. I also ordered a pregnancy support band/belt...I'll post a picture when it gets delivered so you can see what I'm talking about. My friend has one and I'm jealous so I immediately went online and ordered one for me. Ha ha!
Stretch marks: Still none.
Sleep: I think the longest stretch I can get is 6 hours at a time, but if I really do get 6 hours in a row then it feels like a lucky day because usually it's more like 5 or less. Also, the naps are definitely here to stay. I'm about to go take one right now.
Best moment this week: We took a childbirth class that was all day on Saturday. My friend teaches it so it was fun to see her but aside from that, the class was really good. We had a tour of the labor and postpartum rooms and Steve felt like he learned a lot. I also learned some things, but I knew more about all this than he did so he learned way more than I did. :)
Miss anything? Full lung capacity.
Movement: I think the baby moves a little less often now, which is fine because supposedly it should be sleeping most of the time now. When it does move it's always big movements and a lot of times it looks a little creepy, like it's trying to climb right out the front of my body. Ha ha!

Food Cravings: Dairy, carbs and salt.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Chicken thighs.
Gender: We don't know.
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: Occasional Braxton Hicks contractions, my hips are getting sore more often, I need to stop and rest a lot more often when I'm doing things like walking, even just at the grocery store. As the weather is getting warmer I've noticed my feet starting to swell a little at the end of the day.
Belly button in or out? So, part of it is still in but I'm calling it. 32 weeks and it's an outie.
Wedding rings on or off? On...almost every day. Saturday was really hot and I needed Steve's help to get my rings off at night so I left them off for Sunday. I am wearing them today because it's a little cooler so I guess I'm not very swollen. I take them off every night anyway because I hate sleeping in them, so I'm taking it day by day. With a summer pregnancy I'm assuming they'll have to go at some point. :(
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy but emotional. We're starting to get things ready in our house, I've started working on packing my hospital bag and then we had that tour of where I'll be delivering. All of that has been making me think about the baby actually being here and it's making me cry from feeling overwhelmed. It's not from being nervous or upset, it's just a big deal and it's feeling a lot more real finally.
Looking forward to: My baby shower! It's very soon! :)


31 Week Pregnancy Update

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How far along? 31 weeks 6 days (the pictures are from yesterday)
Total weight gain/measurements: I have gained 21 lbs. since my first prenatal appointment which was at 10 weeks. My belly measured 38.5” yesterday.
Maternity clothes: Nothing new this week. Sometimes my maternity jeans feel like they are digging into me at the end of the day and I need to change into yoga pants or leggings. The worst are the ones from Old Navy because the elastic part is a little tighter than the elastic on the jeans from Destination Maternity. There is no perfect pair though because the leg part of the Old Navy jeans are more comfortable.
Stretch marks: Nope.
Sleep: I am getting enough overall but it's just not all at the same time.
Best moment this week: My midwife appointment and the ultrasound we had yesterday. I didn't want to talk about it until after we got some more information. If you want to hear about what happened then head over to the Alice Manfrida channel and watch the 31 week update video. :)
Miss anything? Nope.
Movement: Yup, so much! I've got an active little baby in there. Now that we are going to our super relaxing HypnoBirthing classes, when we are there the baby goes nuts because I actually have been able to relax. The instructor said that when you actually relax your muscles the baby gets a little more room so it's happy to bump around more.
Food Cravings: It's not really a craving but I've been eating more cereal lately. I'm eating it with the same frequency that I was before, but the amount in the bowls has gotten bigger.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope. But my arm is sore. I got a Tdap booster (tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccine) because my midwife said that it can help give the baby a little immunity boost for its first couple of months of life, while it doesn't have a strong immune system and hasn't been totally vaccinated yet. She also said it's a good idea to suggest that other people who will be around the baby a lot in those first couple of months make sure that they are up to date on it as well. If you fall in to that category I'm not telling you what to do with your own body, but it's probably not a bad idea to check when the last time you got that shot was. :)

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Gender: We don't know. I had to remind all of the people looking into my body with the ultrasound wand this week over and over again not to tell us. I don't mind having to remind them but seriously, I shouldn't need to tell a person twice. If it's your job then you are used to this and just be professional. The end.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: My perky runner's butt is no more...well, age has sagged that anyway so it's not a big deal, ha ha!! The new addition is cellulite, which I have never had before. It really only bothered me for a day because I was like, WHAT. IS. THAT?! But I'm over it. I don't want to say that I don't care because I'm old enough to be confident because I think plenty of women younger than me have body confidence and plenty of women older than me do not. I just genuinely am not concerned with the state of my backside.
Belly button in or out? Half and half still, but the out half is showing slightly through my clothes now.
Wedding rings on or off? On but a little more snug in the evenings.
Happy or moody most of the time: This week was really rough. (again...see the 31 week video update). I am really glad I decided to take a HypnoBirthing class because that is my new favorite time of the week.
Looking forward to: My diaper bag being delivered! We just ordered it last night so I probably have a little wait but I'm really excited to get it! I picked it out months ago and it's crazy that it's finally close enough to delivery day to actually start buying things!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


30 Week Pregnancy Update

Today I am actually 31 weeks pregnant and I didn't get a chance to get my 30 week update posted on Monday like normal.  Usually we take bump pictures every week on Sunday but it just didn't work out this week.  So the ultrasound picture is from Monday (30 weeks 5 days) and the picture of me is from Tuesday (30 weeks 6 days).  Anyway, on to the update!

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How far along? 30 weeks and 6 days
Total weight gain/measurements: 38 inches
Maternity clothes: I finally found a Target that had the maternity tank top I wanted in black and in my size!!! :)
Stretch marks: I don't think so. In other news, the dark line that I've had below my belly button has definitely extended up above it and has gotten a little darker/more defined.
Sleep: I had a few nights this week that I was up for a few hours in the middle of the night. I've also been taking afternoon naps almost every day.
Best moment this week: Finding out that my placenta is finally in a position that is safe for labor! Also, at the ultrasound we were able to see the baby making little chewing motions with it's mouth. It was super cute. :)
Miss anything? Not really.
Movement: When I feel movement it's almost always a really big one.  The ultrasound showed that the baby is head down and where all the rest of the body parts are so now when I feel it move I can better tell what it is that I'm feeling, which is really cool!
Food Cravings: Dairy. I've been really wanting cheese and ice cream and yogurt...just anything dairy.

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Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: We don't know.
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Leg cramps! Supposedly eating more potassium helps with this but I definitely eat plenty of potassium heavy foods every day so I think this one is kind of unavoidable. Also, stretching helps, but again, I'm pretty maxed out on that as well.
Belly button in or out? Mostly in still but a little out... it doesn't really make sense when I write it that way, but that's what it looks like.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: For the most part everything was fine this week but I was feeling increasingly nervous about going to our first childbirth class (just because I wasn't sure what to expect) and also about the ultrasound to check the position of the placenta because I knew I would either be very happy or very upset after it.
Looking forward to: My next childbirth class because the first one was super relaxing. :)

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


Birthday Dinner & Cupcakes | #TastyTuesday

We went out to dinner at Cafeteria on Newbury Street for my birthday last night.  The weather was so nice and we were able to eat outside, which was amazing after a solid week of being stuck inside from the rain!  I love Cafeteria because their menu is full of fancy grown up versions of the kinds of things you would get for lunch in the cafeteria when you were at school.  So they have things like pizza, macaroni and cheese and sandwiches, but fancy.

They had a couple of "mocktails" on their drinks menu so I got the Cucumber Lemon Rickey.  It had cucumber, lemons, limes, mint and soda water and it was really refreshing.  It was nice to be able to have something that wasn't just water for once.

The spinach dip we got as an appetizer was so good, although it might have had something to do with the crispy flat bread that came with it.  Ha ha!  Steve got this really amazing looking fig and goat cheese pizza and I got the black bean burger.  It came with lettuce tomato and avocado and then I swapped out the goat cheese for swiss cheese.

After dinner we went for a little walk in the Back Bay and then on our way home picked up some cupcakes from Sweet on Mass Ave.  I picked out four flavors and then at home we cut them all in half and shared.  I think my favorite was the mint chocolate one because the frosting was mint and the chocolate cupcake had mint flavoring in it, too.  The other ones were chocolate covered pretzel, confetti, and carrot cake.

I hope you enjoyed this slightly different Tasty Tuesday/What I Ate post.  I am basically drooling over these pictures and wish we were going back to have the same things again tonight!  Ha ha!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


29 Week Pregnancy Update | It's My Birthday!

How far along? 29 weeks 5 days (the pictures are from yesterday)
Total weight gain/measurements: I am up to a total of 17 lbs of weight gain as of my midwife appointment this morning. My belly is now 38 inches! It took two weeks to grow ¼ of an inch and then I jumped ¾ of an inch in the last week, which explains the stretching feelings I was having recently.
Maternity clothes: I broke down and bought a thin long sleeved maternity top since it's been so cold this spring. If you live near me, you're welcome. I jinxed myself and brought on the nice weather by buying that. :) I also bought some new underwear. I only got three pairs in the boy shorts style for sleeping because while I still do fit (sort of) in my normal size, I think at night I get really hot and feel a little swollen or squished in so I wanted something a little more comfortable in the next size up. I am going to wait to see if I really need to replace them all with the next size up. Mostly the issue is that my thighs are starting to get a little thicker. I don't think my butt is any bigger, although maybe my hips are getting wider as my pelvis loosens up...but I can't really tell yet.

Stretch marks: THAT is the question of the day. I might have a couple. We're going to check again later after I have been in comfy pj pants for a while to see if the marks are still there or if they were just crease marks from my pants.
Sleep: I've been taking naps most days and I'm having a harder time getting up in the morning. Once I'm asleep I don't have an issue but falling asleep is a little difficult with all of the baby movements that seem to get really intense around 11:30pm!

Best moment this week: TODAY! BECAUSE IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! :)
Miss anything? I would say being able to have a celebratory drink but the place we went to for dinner had a “mocktail” list so I got a Cucumber Lemon Rickey made with soda water and it was fancy and yummy enough that it didn't matter that it didn't have alcohol in it.
Movement: Like I said before, I've noticed a lot of movement at night. There is also usually about an hour right after I wake up when there is a lot also. Then throughout the day it's much less but honestly, it seems to move around all the time at least a little bit. I'm wondering if this baby actually ever sleeps. Ha ha!
Food Cravings: No but I am about to eat a giant pile of birthday cupcakes when I finish writing this update. :)
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: I've been thinking of doing some of those Old Wives' Tale predictions to see what they say. Maybe I'll do a few of them in a couple of weeks and make a video. I think it would be fun to see what the predictions are and then see if they were right when the baby is born.

Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: I've been more tired, and I've been having some nightmares about going into labor too early. I also waddle a lot and am really losing mobility.
Belly button in or out? In, well maybe mostly in and starting to stick out a little at the top.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: My emotions are all over the place. But at this exact moment I am happy because these cupcakes are staring at me.
Looking forward to: The cupcakes. (sorry...one track mind over here!)

Thanks for reading!

:) Alice


What I Ate on Sunday | Tasty Tuesday

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!  Today's #TastyTuesday was actually from Sunday.  It was a rainy weekend day so Steve and I spent most of the day on our ongoing project of cleaning out our storage room.  I've been really trying to spread out the food I eat so that I never have to eat too much at once since I'm getting full a lot faster now that I'm in my third trimester of pregnancy.  Every day is different (as long time Tasty Tuesday readers will know) but Sunday turned out to be pretty ideal.  I didn't track my water but Steve was being nice and doing most of the running up and down the stairs to refill my glass all day and he said he thought I drank a ton.  Ha ha!

Enjoy! :)


Breakfast was yogurt, maple sugar flavored cereal and lots of raspberries.  I also had a decaf black coffee.

Morning Snack:

This was a little strange for a morning snack but I was really hungry for lunch way earlier than it made sense to actually eat lunch.  So I had these Pecan Nut-Thins and some Garlic Lovers hummus.


Lunch today was a grilled cheese sandwich on rye bread and a pink lady apple.

Afternoon Snack:

I had some Simply Cheetos Puffs and a cup of tea for a not-so-healthy afternoon snack. :)


I made lamb curry and brown rice.  If you would like to know how I made it, I have an old blog post with the loose recipe linked here. (Lamb Curry Recipe)


Cookies & Cream ice cream for dessert!  Yum!

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice


28 Week Pregnancy Update

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How far along? 28 weeks 5 days
Total weight gain/measurements: 37 ¼ inches – also my belly seems to be sitting up higher than it was before, which is way more comfortable.
Maternity clothes: I've been living in Steve's sweatshirt because the only clothes that fit me now are warm-weather appropriate but it has been super cold.
Stretch marks: Nope.
Sleep: I'm definitely more uncomfortable
Best moment this week: Steve was able to hear the baby's heartbeat through my stomach! That was really cool because he has only been to one appointment and it was too early to hear a heartbeat.
Miss anything? Just a full night of sleep.
Movement: SO MUCH! Occasionally it's a little uncomfortable but it's not too bad.
Food Cravings: I really wanted chocolate chip cookies all week. That's the first time I've really, really wanted junk food. Ha ha!

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Anything making you queasy or sick? Just when I eat too much at once. Also, tomatoes are the things that give me the worst heartburn.
Gender: We're waiting until the birth.
Labor signs: None.
Symptoms: Still heartburn,
Belly button in or out? In, sort of. It's very shallow now and the top kind of sticks out a little.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time: This week my emotions have been all over the place. One night I was sobbing into the sink because of a dirty baking dish. That was the most ridiculous. Ha ha! (BTW, the dish did get clean.)
Looking forward to: My next appointment with my midwife now that I have switched to every other week appointments.

Thanks for reading!
:) Alice