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Amanda's Blog

August 22, 2013

Pineapple Lovato-31 weeks!


With only nine weeks to go, baby girl is the size of a PINEAPPLE. You can check out her progress here.

I have been taking very nice walks everyday with my main homegirl Luna Lovato.  We normally take these walks first thing in the morning, and I have I really come to love this part of my day.   Sometimes it’s just Luna and I alone, but sometimes we have guest walking partners, which is great!  It’s been a nice way for me to catch up with the good friends in my life.   So far guest walking partners include Jasmine, Katie, Melissa, Sammy, and Zoe.

Naturally, I have continued to buy some great gifts for Baby Lovato, so she has every adorable item that she needs.  Often Luna does no realize these presents are for the baby, so we allow her to test them out.

Here is a picture of Luna testing out the baby’s new babiators.  #Lunaapproved

Here is a picture of Luna on Baby Girl’s bunny seat. Everything in her mind is  ”Luna sized”. :)

I am a little concerned at how fit Luna seems to be getting. I just hope that she isn’t too disappointed after the baby is born because she won’t be getting her hour plus walks for a few weeks post birth.  Unless ML takes over all of her morning sessions.

Recently eating out has become a challenge. I just do…

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August 8, 2013

Baby Girl at 29 weeks: Acorn Squash Lovato


Baby girl is getting longer and more plump by the day and I can feel her kicks and punches constantly.

This is a nice little description from “the BUMP” about what is going on with baby girl  here.

The past three weeks of my pregnancy have been the happiest moments during my past 29 weeks. I feel pregnant, I look pregnant…and I am allowed to be active again which has been extremely helpful for my emotional side as well as physical.  At this point, I am feeling the baby move A LOT and I love it. If I slouch in my chair, I feel a punch in my ribs reminding me to sit up straight. I can tell that she already has a pretty strong personality.

We have finished our baby girl’s room. It is grey with lots of splashes of PINK. I really love it and I hope that she does too.


This little girl is already a diva. Her room looks better than mine and ML’s!

So far as my physical being, my body definitely let’s me know when it has had enough of whatever I am doing…whether it is riding my bicycle (my max is an hour…but 45 minutes feels better), hanging out with friends (I fall asleep while talking), or watching Michael’s and Jeanni’s race at…

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August 2, 2013

Entering the third Trimester-Eggplant Lovato


I have officially entered my third trimester and baby girl is the size of an eggplant. Only 84 days to go!

While I didn’t particularly enjoy the first 24-26 weeks of my pregnancy, I am really embracing it now. Everyone seems to love a pregnant woman and I have really enjoyed all of the wonderfully sweet attention. I really feel pregnant and I really look pregnant at this point!

Michael loves this picture…barefoot, pregnant, and making him dinner…while holding our baby doggie. LOL!

The baby room is almost finished and baby girl is already spoiled with so many sweet gifts that she has received from her grandmothers and from her parents’ friends. This child is so loved!

I have been getting lots of advice on how to introduce Luna Lovato (our baby doggie) to Baby girl. And I have no doubt that Luna will love this child. Luna loves children and she especially loves little babies.

Things that I have really noticed this past week:

Every 5-6 days, I can barely get out of bed. I am exhausted.

Around the 6pm-7pm hour, for the past few weeks, my stomach skin hurts. I can feel the skin stretching and it is so uncomfortable. Laying down seems to be the best remedy.

I have finally gotten some deep sleep the past few days. It has been awesome…

We have narrowed down our babies name. Coming up with the perfect name…

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July 25, 2013

Rutabaga Lovato-27 weeks


What the heck sort of vegetable is a Rutabaga anyway??  The first definition that I saw on google gave me this… and it made me worry that it wasn’t a veggie at all! Thankfully she is only going to be this size for one short week.  I would much rather think of her as something more appealing…like a sweet little peach. :)

Cool things that happened this week:

Michael felt her kick for the first time! YAY! At least now I can share some of the experiences that I am having with him.

When I see people now, they actually know that I am pregnant. At almost 7 months, I really look pregnant. Some of the perks of being pregnant include being offered a seat when there isn’t one available. That was really awesome while traveling back from the east coast last weekend.  I was also offered free food! ML, my brother and I were at the Walnut Cafe waiting to be seated when one of the owners specifically asked me if i needed anything…juice, bread, etc. I told her that I thought I was fine, but that I bet my husband was hungry…she said that he would be fine waiting the 20′, but she was concerned about me because I was pregnant. YES!

I have to say that I am really enjoying being pregnant this week. All restrictions have been lifted and I am even starting to run a little…

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July 18, 2013

Let-Tus entertain you Lovato!


This is Week 26. Our baby is the size of a head of lettuce! She is getting bigger and bigger and taking up more and more of my belly. This week I have experienced a bit more of pregnancy insomnia and I have experienced the uncomfortable feeling of my abs and skin stretching. Ugh. It sometimes just feels painful…Other than those two minor symptoms, this has been my best week yet.

I arrived in Baltimore last Thursday to visit with my sister and to have a get together celebration/shower for baby girl.  I am so lucky to have such amazing friends who have always stuck by me through thick and thin. Thank you Sara, Theresa, and Angela for the amazing shower. And I am so grateful to all of my friends who showed up from B-more and afar to celebrate.

And now that I am officially off of activity restriction, I had the opportunity to swim at Meadowbrook Aquatics. I learned how to swim here about 15 years ago. Little did I know back then that it was one of the best swimming pools that I would ever swim in! Here is a picture of the 50 meter outdoor pool. There is an indoor 50m pool as well…

After visiting with my friends in Baltimore, I flew up to Cape Cod to visit with my college friend, Lynne and her husband and her gorgeous little girls.

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July 10, 2013

Flower Power Lovato-Week 25


Week 25! Our baby is the size of a bunch of  Cauliflower.

I managed to make it through a very challenging week last week. Last Wednesday I lost my beloved whippet, Blue, who was my constant companion for 15 years. The hole in my heart has been deep and I am looking forward to forgetting his last couple of days and remembering his very full and eventful life. He was an amazing dog who inspired many of my friends to find whippets of their own. I miss him deeply and have really struggled. I just love him and I wish that dogs could live as long as us.

While last week was more than difficult, I had a lot of things to look forward to this week. I had another ultrasound on Monday. The ONLY beautiful thing about having a hematoma on my uterus is that I have monthly checkups to see how it’s healing. Lucky for me it has completely dissipated and my risk of miscarrying is minimal at this point. Michael and I were so excited to see our sweet little girl again.

Here she is:

Another positive thing about our ultrasound is that Our Doctor told us that our daughter was “pretty”.  While Michael and I agree with our doc, we were very curious why the doctor kept on saying that our daughter was such a pretty baby…after all, while her profile on the…

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July 4, 2013

Week 24: Good Lord! Our baby is the size of a cantaloup!


This morning when I heard the “bump” alert from my i-phone, I saw the phrase: Your baby is the size of a cantaloup! When I think of the size of a cantaloup…I think OMG…that is BIG. I started looking back at photos to see how far I have come. Here is a picture of me and ML in Cozumel this past November, about two months before getting pregnant.

Here I am now…24 weeks pregnant:

I can’t believe I only have 16 weeks to go! ML and I are still trying to figure out a name for this baby. I am hoping that we narrow it down soon…

This past week has been pretty tough and I am really looking forward to focusing more on the baby in the weeks to come.

Things to look forward to this week:

On July 8th I am getting my hair done…YES! There is nothing like getting a little bit of pampering when you just don’t feel that pretty. I love my hair stylist and she never fails me. I have another ultrasound and I get to see her beautiful little face. I am hoping that the hematoma that has been lingering around has dissipated so that I can at least start to swim…although I am not sure that I really want anyone that I know to see me in a bathing suit at this point.

On July 9th I turn 41…WTF?!? How did…

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June 28, 2013

At Week 23-Grapefruit!


How big is baby girl Lovato? She is about 10.5-11.8 inches this week. And she is 12.5-20 oz. She is the size of a grapefruit! My next ultrasound is in two weeks. I am so excited to see her beautiful little profile again. I can’t wait!

Doctors Appointments: My last appointment was this past Tuesday. I have gained 13pounds so far…but I think I have lost a lot of muscle from the lack of activity that I am normally used to.  Baby girls’ heart rate is 155bpm!

Coolest thing that happened this week: I felt her kick!!

Coolest Baby Gift So far: This gorgeous rocking horse from my friends, Kim and Dirk Friel. :)

What I’ve been up to: I am currently in Lubbock, TX supporting Michael who is racing this weekend! And driving…

About 9-10 hours worth of driving…

…and hanging out with my favorite sidekick: Luna Lovato

Luna is showing them how the swim is done!

Signs and Symptoms this week: Pregnancy induced insomnia for about 5-6 hours at a time or experiencing the deepest sleep one can imagine.

The Big Picture: This is what nearly 6 months looks like for me…

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June 20, 2013

18 weeks until race day. Papaya Lovato

Diaper Dude

The past week has been much better than any other week. I finally feel pregnant instead of feeling fat and I am getting more and more excited about meeting our little girl!

We are having a blast getting our nursery organized. Michael has been a real champ at putting the furniture together.

We celebrated our first father’s day this past weekend. I bought him a very masculine skulls and crossbones diaper bag by Diaper Dude filled with diapers, a blanket, changing pad, hand sterilizer, a couple of onesies, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, etc.

Diaper Dude

Isn’t he CUTE????  I think his favorite gift, however, was a mini Beastie Boys T-shirt for baby girl! :)

I am still on exercise restriction and will probably stay on it until the birth of this child. In the meantime, I am enjoying my walks with friends and with my main girl, Luna Lovato. Here is a picture of me and my friend Katie who is about 5 weeks behind me. Katie is a first time mom too and I love having someone who has a due date that is close to mine. We have the best time walking around Wonderland Lake talking about what to expect…

Amanda and Katie

Everyone, including my doctor, asks me how I am doing without exercise. At first, it was really hard. I have always identified with…

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June 13, 2013

Pom Lovato/ Life on the inside at 21 weeks.


I’m at 21 weeks and getting more round every day. Last week was the first time that someone outside my circle of friends asked how far along I was in my pregnancy. It was a good feeling to have someone think that I was pregnant …not just chubby. I feel “officially pregnant” now.

Unfortunately I still haven’t felt any kicks. Because the placenta is attached  to the front of my uterus, chances are that I may be waiting a while longer for those punches. I wish I could feel her moving around now!

Here is an update from the bump about our baby girl. She is the size of a Pomegranate this week…or the size of a carrot depending on if you want to go with a fruit or vegetable.

We are back from Costa Rica! Michael and I were down there to help host a camp for Race Quest Travel.  Michael’s Spanish along with his charm and ability to connect with people is incredible. He is awesome at his job!

Costa Rica never ceases to amaze me with it’s beauty. One of these days, I would love to go there for pleasure and enjoy some of the cool things that it has to offer.

Here are some photos from our trip:

Michael’s race in Costa Rica was awesome to watch!!

1k swim, 100k draft legal bike, 10k…

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