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Pregnancy Diaries: Hello Third Trimester

Hi there! I still can’t believe baby boy and I are in the home stretch. Today I turned 28 weeks and it’s officially the start of our third trimester. Not going to lie, things are drastically changing from second trimester to now. Everything I imagined pregnancy to be has been that with a side of gross. Yes, I feel BEAUTIFUL, but at the same time I’m belching and all of these weird things are going on with my body. It’s insane, like a beautiful insane. So here are a few updates to put some things in perspective.

Cravings update: We are still in love with chocolate ice cream. But now I have a weird craving for rice bowls and dipping a spoon full of cream cheese every day. I’m not sure what’s so satisfying about eating a spoonful of cream cheese but I love it.

No belly oils: Honestly, I gave up on the concept of belly oiling/moisturizing a long time ago. Why? Well I had stretch marks on my belly long before I got pregnant, ha! A few tiger stripes have never stopped my show … so I just roll with it.

Indigestion is NO joke: A few weeks ago I had a huge scare. I’d never experienced indigestion before so I had no clue what was going on. All I knew is that I was in a lot of pain and I was about to make HD drive me to the hospital. Luckily my mom was around and shoved a Tum down my throat and told me to calm down (drama queen.) It was just indigestion, but a really bad case of it. I was experiencing sharp hot pains in my stomach and chest, and I felt awful. Lying down to feel better was probably the wrong idea and is ultimately what caused me to vomit my delicious dinner I had just consumed. So now I sit up after I eat and I try to stay away from greasy foods later in the day. So painful!

Pregnancy brain can cost you: No, like really cost you money. I find myself not being as alert or attentive to detail like I normally would be. Often leaving things behind or forgetting to do stuff. Last week I accidentally parked in the wrong park (a park that I use every single day), and my car was towed costing me $200. *Sigh*

I’m so sleepy: I felt like during my second trimester sleep was a breeze. I snuggled up every single night on my pregnancy pillow and was knocked out within minutes. Now insomnia has set in and I can’t get more than 2 hour cat naps at a time. I’m either running to pee, or feeling baby boy kick and wake me up all night long. I’m hoping for more sleep in the near future.

Moving while pregnant is hard: HD and I need more space for when our baby arrives, so we are on the hunt for a new house which is tough in ATL. The market is all over the place and school is starting back so the options are pretty limited. It’s been a little stressful, but I’ve learned to be content and practice “what’s for us won’t miss us.” So keep us in your prayers because I’m not looking forward to decorating a nursery while having a new born at home.

Overall I feel excellent! Baby boy and I are both very healthy. Today he’s the 2.5 pounds and about 15 inches long, comparable to the size of an egg plant! I can’t believe I’m carrying around a whole little being inside of me. As always, I’ll keep you guys informed on the journey.

Xx, Triena

4 Changes I’m Making This Spring

Spring has sprung y’all and my life is in literally moving at lightening speed. I can’t believe it’s nearly April! I had to do a quick check-in to see how everyone was doing. How are your goals? I hope you’re killing them! Me personally, I’m easing into my goals one step at a time.

There are a few things that I plan to do differently this season, and I thought I’d share them with you:

  1. Reward myself a bit more. I find myself working really hard to reach my goals, and then once I reach them I never even acknowledge the moment. I just move on to the next goal on my list.
  2. Be a little more active. HD and I have really changed our lifestyle for the better. We are laying low on meat, increasing our veggie intake, and I have completely stopped drinking sodas (YAYYY!) Y’all this is a big deal for me. I’ve been drinking at least 3 sodas a day since childhood. Now that we’ve gotten in the groove of making healthier decisions, I want to make sure I’m a bit more active. We’ve decided to be active for 1-hour a day to get things in motion. Nothing major, just power walks and maybe a little beginners yoga. So wish us luck!
  3. Save more than I spend. I know I’ve mentioned this before but, I’ve avidly attempting to save more than I spend. That means if I blow $200 a weekend on eating out and enjoying life then I better be putting $300 in savings!
  4. Enjoy the sun! This sounds pretty generic but, I don’t get enough vitamin D. Sometimes I find myself getting seasonally depressed because I haven’t been exposed to sunlight. Even if it’s just taking a stroll outside between conference calls, I owe it to myself to soak up some sun!

Do you have any goals for this spring? Make sure you share them with me. I may add them to my spring list, too!

5 Things I Plan To Do Differently In 2019

First off, Happy New Year!!! Everything is always a blur for me –ringing in the new year, mainly because it’s also my anniversary so I’m usually unplugged and sharing the moment with my husband.

But generally, always take some time during these last few days of the year to reflect on my the year that I’ve had, and how pleased I was with it. I also take that time to come up with long term goals and intentions for what’s ahead. Instead of a resolution, let’s work on a plan. If you haven’t already come up with a plan for your year, maybe mine will inspire you. Here are 5 things I plan to do differently this year.

  1. Take Time Off. I can honestly say I’ve never taken any time off from working. Over the past few years I’ve developed a “no days off” mentality and that’s just dangerous. Even God rested. It got so bad that I’ve even worked on extremely important days like my birthday, the day before my wedding, and I even snuck in an email or two during my honeymoon. It actually hurts me to even type that. I’m learning to close the MacBook, and turn my phone on sleep mode. I must take time off this year.
  2. Set A New Bottom Number. In 2017 I was able to develop a good budget and spending habit towards the end of the year. This year, I want to do more. I’ve decided I’m no longer letting my bank account get to $0. I’m setting a new 0. So I will cut off my spending once I hit $300 in my account. Why? Because I refuse to be broke, ever again.
  3. Create A Better Morning & Night Routine. Lately I’ve only been waking up in enough time to get ready and head out of the door for work; and at night, I work until it’s time for bed usually. I want to change that. I would like to wake up early enough to simply be present, get focused, enjoy a cup of coffee and some form of protein and not feel rushed. At night I want to cut off all work by 8pm, so that I can enjoy down time with my husband, then relax before bed. This is a major deal for me this year.
  4. Make Monthly Investments. I’ve been doing my research on smart investments. For years I was anxious about them because I didn’t understand the language and I simply thought I didn’t have enough money to “front” an investment. After learning more, I’ve discovered that you don’t really need a lot of money to make smart investments. Instead you just need consistent money. This year I plan to put any extra money I have at the end of the month aside for investment purposes, stocks, accounts with great interest, etc. This shouldn’t be too hard, because I would normally spend that money on shoes anyway lol.
  5. Check In On My Loved Ones. The sad part about this is, I’m typically really good at keeping in touch –but towards the end of 2018 I noticed I became less and less available to my friends. Partially because I started my dream job and had to adjust my life to a structured 9-5. But also because I just didn’t put forth the extra effort. I plan to check in more. A simple call, even a card to share that I’m thinking of someone. We all have to do better with checking in.

What are some things you want to change in 2019? I plan to follow up with this in June, to make sure we are all on track with our 2019 goals!

Operation Sleep – Our Lull Mattress Unboxing

Ahhh! So excited! Now that HD and I are finally getting around to making our new place a ‘home’ post wedding, we thought it was time to upgrade our bed. We recently got a new King Size bed, and have been on the hunt for the perfect mattress. Our biggest priority was SLEEP because we live a busy lifestyle.

We’re so glad we found Lull! Our busy schedules didn’t give us a huge amount of time to search for a new mattress, so Lull’s ‘delivery to your doorstep’ service was both perfect and practical for us. We ordered the mattress on a Monday, it arrived by Thursday and was on our bed in enough time to get some good rest!

Check out our unboxing video here:

I will follow-up with a review video after sleeping on the mattress for a few nights. Until then, goodnight!

My Summer Theme & How I’m Doing Things

The first day of summer was just days ago, and I’m making it my business to get ahead of the curve literally and figuratively. For me, summer is my busy season. My clients schedules are super demanding which makes my personal life a little hectic. There isn’t much space for me to have downtime between June and September. I try my best to squeeze lemonade out of these lemons.

With that said, I’m finding a balance this summer. Last week was BET weekend, which was insane for my calendar, and next week is Essence Fest, which will be even more crazy. But between these hectic days, you will find me checking out to enjoy my first summer as a new wife with my husband. Random road trips are in the works, endless pool days, late nights binge watching our favorite shows, lots of roof top brunch dates overlooking our new favorite city. I’m being selfish, and I’m super excited about it!

For some reason this Marigold Yellow Chiffon Dress from Torrid gives me the vibe of my summer theme. The theme is balance, and this dress really screams that for me. It makes me feel relaxed and comfortable but still gives me enough formality to be paired with cute shoes and heels for an evening out on the town. So this gorgeous sundress along with the theme of my summer is not losing sight of balance. As much hard work as I put in, I should also find time to enjoy life.

This dress is currently sold out, but you can shop similar looks here:

Yellow Jersey Dress

Photography by: Andrea Foster Photography

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