Archive for February, 2012

February 27, 2012

Random Monday

Happy Monday! 

I usually wake up with some idea of what I feel like blogging about.  Sometimes I try to keep themes, and sometimes I just go with what I’m feeling [one of the joys of having my own little creative space online is that I get to post whatever I want!].  But this morning, I have way too much energy and thus couldn’t decide what to write about, so I decided a random post was necessary. 

First off, I didn’t wake up with all this energy [in fact Ben is probably wondering whether I have multiple personalities considering he left a groggy and grouchy Haley at 7am].  I was craving chocolate this morning, and since I teach my Turbo class at 8am, I decided to have a couple pieces before leaving the house this morning.


People have differing views on whether hapai women should eat chocolate [due to caffeine content], but I believe in moderation, intuition, and keeping Momma happy. Winking smile  We usually don’t keep anything under 80% dark chocolate in the house, and I haven’t had any in a while.  I literally had two pieces of the stuff and felt so much energy I didn’t know what to do with myself.  Thank goodness I could put all that energy to use with my kickboxing class!  But I’m still feeling energized like crazy, so I must still be riding the caffeine wave…

Ben finally got his second pair of Vibram FiveFingers this past weekend [his first pair was on it’s way out and he wanted something specifically for running]! 


[He decided on the Komodo Sport and loves them!]

Watching him come back from a great run with a healthy glow makes me miss running.  He’s all signed up for the Valley to the Sea Half Marathon on March 24th, which means he’ll have his second half under his belt in less than a month!  I’m thinking I may just sign up to walk the 5 or 10K, but either way, I’ll be there cheering for him! 

I’ve been way more emotional than I’d like to admit over the past week or so.  I’ve been feeling lost with life, overly pessimistic about everything, wanting nothing to do with anyone other than Ben, and having no motivation for anything other than laying in bed and watching shows like this one on Netflix:


[Ben + I were late to catch on and are currently watching Season 5]

I keep telling myself to be patient with the process, but it’s difficult nowadays to tell which emotions are simply pregnancy hormones and which are real

I have far too many photos in my camera right now.  A few of my seriously random faves:


Candid unprepared healthy+hapai update shots.  Haha… I’m pretty sure I was griping about the stretching sensations happening. 


Tons of food-that-didn’t-work-out or I-haven’t-had-the-time-to-post recipe shots.  Those are sugar+wheat-free tahini cookies on the left, and [too] crispy french toast – gone wrong. 


Random adventure to the Melting Pot just for dessert [I thought I was craving it, but Ben and I got sick from all the sugar].  Needless to say, we weren’t such big fans. 


And finally, photos from Ben + Zak’s hike in the crater yesterday [these aren’t really mine since I wasn’t there, but I’m living vicariously]. 

Alright, I’d say that’s enough randomness for one day.  I’m off to get some Mom-time in – we’re gonna go run some errands – and then write a paper. 

I leave you with a thought:

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again.” –Bob Feller.

Make today count [even if that means laying in bed and watching How I Met Your Mother]Have a beautiful Monday! 

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February 23, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–21 Weeks

I’m shocked by how fast this week has gone by.  When Tuesday [our day to take photos] came around this week, Ben and I looked at each other and literally said, “already??  I knew time would start flying like crazy once we had the baby, but geez…


The baby continues to grow.  He’s now about 10 and a half inches long – about the size of a carrot – and weighs in at about 3/4 of a pound.  He’s gone through most of his vital developments at this point and just needs to grow from this point on!



I’m just going to come out and say it: I am a grouch this week. I’m not sure if it’s the hormones, the lack of good sleep [I can’t get comfortable on my side], or just being discontent with what’s going on in my personal life, but it’s been pretty bad since we got back from our awesome weekend vacation

I almost lost it when one of my clients started yelling at me for not letting her touch my belly yesterday.  Yes, she’s diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and has absolutely no filter, but REALLY?!  About five minutes later another client sat down next to me and told me how “fat” my belly was getting.  Ahh… the joys of working with severe mental illness. 

I have to keep reminding myself that my body is doing exactly what it’s meant to be doing at this point, and that my belly is beautiful.  I do have to say that I feel like I’ve finally reached that point where I’m a bit uncomfortable in my own skin.  Even at my biggest, I carried my weight mostly in my hips and thighs, so I’m really not used to having a belly.  I can’t wait til it is an undeniably pregnant belly rather than just looking like I’ve gained weight. 

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[Week 11 vs. Week 21 – What a difference 10 weeks makes!]

I haven’t been completely filled with fire lately, though. 

In my last post I wrote that the baby’s already getting spoiled with gifts, but Ben wanted me to let you all know that our baby isn’t spoiled, just very loved.  In any case, our baby got even more love this week.  We arrived home to a package sent from two of our best friends, Lorena + Luis, that had the cutest University of Oregon [our alma mater] onesies and more duck gear!


[We’ve already had to clear out a drawer for all the little one’s stuff.]

They also wrote a letter addressed to the baby that had me sobbing for over an hour [seriously, Lorena told me multiple times to stop crying while we talked on the phone].  I blame the hormones. 

Tidbits for this week:

Cravings: fruit like it’s nobody’s business, roasted veggies with cilantro… reading and naps.

Aversions: school school school.


[found this circulating on FB.  So. True.]

Plane rides taken with baby: Two – Thanksgiving weekend to Hawai`i island and this past weekend to O`ahu.

Workouts: less than usual this week… the low energy has really taken it’s toll, so I make sure to at least get a walk or some yoga in when I’m feeling extra lazy. 

Exciting new online workout find: Moms Into Fitness!  I stumbled across their free second trimester workout and am so excited to have the site as a resource for the rest of my pregnancy and beyond!  

Missing: sleeping on my back.  The snoogle’s great and all, but I toss and turn all night trying to get comfortable… and when I wake up I’m always on my back again. 

I just know that week 22 will be here sooner than I know it… even with all the grouchiness, I couldn’t be more excited for every single day of this process. 

I finally put together a Pregnancy Page!  You can find all my hapai posts and updates there.  Smile

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