Barefoot and Pregnant – Our Wedding in Pictures

Travis and I got married on Saturday, May 30th. We threw a party in our backyard, made some food and ordered some food, stocked our bar, had a small local band play and invited 40 of our closest friends and family to help us celebrate. I was 32 weeks pregnant and he was barefoot when we walked down “the aisle” (which was a sidewalk leading to our backyard) and shared our vows. The day couldn’t have been more perfect!!

walking down the aisle

Travis, Elissa and Kuzma

cut the music2

ceremony Elissa and Travis

holding hands

ring exchange

Travis Elissa wedding2

Dance kiss

Coastal living scene

dont get bbq on the white dress

Elissa, Marna, Scott and Emily

Laura, Elissa, Marna and Emily

Teresa, Dana, Chris, Elissa and Zandria

cutting the cake2

feeding cake to Travis

sharing the cake

wedding kisses

Travis jammin

Dill Potato Salad

My sister Angela told me I should try this recipe. She made it for her family and she said that her husband, Troy, went on and on about how good it was. Since Travis loves potato salad in general AND because I have 4 pots of dill growing on my back patio, I knew I had to make it.

dill potato salad

We served it up with corn on the cob and seared Atlantic salmon.

dill potato salad and crabs

Travis also had a few steamed blue crabs with his dinner. He caught them with our crab pots right in the backyard. I was having a “pregnancy moment” and didn’t feel like getting my hands dirty and stinky with crab. I normally love them!

blue crabs caught in Lynnhaven Inlet

At first I was only going to link to the recipe for the potato salad but then I remembered that I not only cut the recipe in half but I also added eggs. Here’s what I put in mine:

Dill Potato Salad

  • 1 1/2 pounds small white/red/purple potatoes, cut in half or quarters depending on size
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 stalks chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion

Method

Place the potatoes, eggs and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the potatoes back in the pot leaving the eggs in the colander. Rinse the eggs with cold water and allow to cool while you prep the rest of the salad.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the Vegenaise, Dijon mustard, dill, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Add the potatoes and diced, hard boiled eggs. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

33 Weeks

Elissa 33 weeks
How far along? 33 weeks
Baby’s size: around 17 inches long and about 4.25 pounds.
Total weight gain: 27 pounds
Clothes: My jeans are AG Adriano Goldschmied from A Pea in the Pod and my black tank is from Free People (non-maternity). I bought the wedges a couple of weeks ago when Nordstrom was having a sale. They make me feel dressed up, they make my legs feel longer and slimmer (versus wearing flip flops like I usually do) and they are very comfy!
Workouts – Last week (June 1 – June 8)
  • 3.6 miles on the elliptical
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 2 mile walk
  • 3 miles on the elliptical
Symptoms: The braxton hicks contractions are getting more frequent. Not just in the evening but anytime of day. I had to rinse off in the shower and lay down for a while a couple of days ago because it seemed like they wouldn’t stop. You are also supposed to drink extra fluids. I already drink a ton of water so this frustrates me. The doctor wasn’t concerned and said I was doing all the right stuff. I’ve had zero heartburn in the last 2 weeks! Sleep is getting strange. I toss and turn a lot and sometimes have trouble falling back to sleep after I have woken up to go to the bathroom.
Movement: Baby is all up in my ribs. I think pregnancy has helped my posture, I notice that I sit up straighter and stand taller to make room for my growing baby. As soon as I slouch, try to bend forward while sitting or reach to grab something on the floor while sitting I either get a karate kick in the ribs or a overall tightening feeling that alerts me to give the baby more room.
33 week Dr visit: Baby is still measuring on time and had a heart rate in the 150’s. It was a pretty uneventful visit. I have another appointment in 2 weeks and then I start going every week. Eeeeeekkkkkk!!!
What I’m eating: I’m not feeling “real food”. I’ve been wanting smoothies more and more. I made a new combo with almond milk, roasted almonds, prunes, honey, cinnamon and frozen banana that is delish and refreshing. I’ve been snacking on nectarines, cantaloupe and almonds. I had toasted O cereal with sliced banana and unsweetened coconut one night for dinner. I had an awesome salad when out for lunch one day of mixed greens, shredded carrots, pecans, dried cranberries, sliced strawberries, apples and a scoop of chicken salad with a lemon vinaigrette. It was right up my alley! I also made a taco salad for lunch another day. I guess overall fruit and cold food is what I want over more savory foods.
Drinking: Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Orange Pineapple juice with lots of crushed ice. Cherry lime La Croix sparkling water. Ice water. Nepresso decaf coffee in the morning.

32 Weeks

 Emily and Elissa - Cape Henry Lighthouse
How far along? 32 weeks and my friend Emily (pictured above) is 28 weeks.
Baby’s size: around 16.7 inches long and about 3.75 pounds.
Total weight gain: Don’t know. Will wait to jump on the scale at my OB appointment next Monday.
Clothes: Maternity tank from Old Navy and maternity chevron stripe jersey maxi shirt from Old Navy.
Workouts – Last week (May 26 – June 1)
  • 1 mile walk around neighborhood
  • 13 mile bike ride through First Landing State Park
  • 2 mile walk on boardwalk
Now that it’s June we can officially say that we’re having a baby next month! What?! I’m not writing a full update this week. We had company from May 28th to June 2nd and we got married on Saturday, May 30th! It was a wonderful and beautiful long weekend but I’m tired today. Hoping to do a post of wedding pictures very soon!

31 Weeks

me at 31 weeks
How far along? 31+ weeks
Baby’s size: around 16.25 inches long and about 3.3 pounds.
Total weight gain: 23 pounds…no change from last week
Clothes: My striped tee is from Motherhood maternity. White shorts are from Target.
Workouts – Last week (May 19 – May 25)
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 3 miles on the elliptical
  • 3 mile walk
  • does lots of shopping and cleaning for house guests count? I think yes!
Symptoms: The braxton hicks contractions pop up every evening now. Somewhere between 7pm-8pm I start feeling them and then about every time I try to do something until I relax or go to bed. The doctor say this is normal! As long it you don’t have more than 5-6 an hour or if they don’t go away when you relax. I’ve also had some emotions I can’t control and some anxiety. But I also remind myself that I have a ton going on right now. Not only is the baby due in less than 60 days but we just had our house renovated, we’re getting married and throwing the party ourselves and my older son is about to graduate high school we’re struggling with a lot of things with him right now. I feel extremely lucky that I also don’t have the pressures of an outside job (I work part time for my fiance’s company) and that I can put my feet up pretty much whenever I want to or I would be SO overwhelmed.
Movement: Still mostly feeling the baby move low on my left side and in the top of my belly or ribs. Other than surprising me sometimes, it’s not painful and always amazing.
31 week Dr visit: Baby is still measuring on time and had a heart rate in the 150’s. I got to schedule all of my upcoming bi-weekly and weekly doctor appointments all the way to July 24th!
What I’m eating: Craving red meat and veggies…I think I had it like 4-5 times last week. Yogurt bowls or a smoothie in the morning. I remembered that fresh summer nectarines are my favorite fruit! I actually poked my lip out when I ate the last one. I’m going to buy more today but I also have a whole cut up watermelon and a cantaloupe in the fridge that must be eaten. Darn!
Drinking: Cherry lime La Croix sparkling water is the best(I’m holding above one while trying to take my picture)!! Zevia Ginger Ale. Kevita probiotic drinks. Ice water. Nepresso decaf coffee in the morning.
Looking forward to: Our wedding on Saturday. Having house guests starting Thursday until next Tuesday. A few more preparations today and I can sit back and enjoy the next few days!
Shotgun weddings: Technically a shotgun wedding means to be married due to an unplanned pregnancy. We did plan ours but Travis has joked about holding a shotgun in our wedding pics and I think a lot of people associate it with getting married while pregnant (ignoring the “unplanned” part). We have been together for 8 years and have been engaged for almost 2 years and now getting married about 8 weeks before our baby is due. I thought we were waiting a long time to get married until a few days ago when my new hairdresser told me about a her last OB visit. She is 28 weeks along and her appointments are at an office in the hospital (a different hospital than the one I will deliver). While she was there she heard a “code purple” called and inquired about what it meant. Apparently there was a woman in labor on the same floor and the couple had decided to be married before the baby came and the nurses were calling for a chaplain! It’s not what I would want to think about while in labor but it’s a cool story for them.

30 Weeks

me 30 weeks
Elissa 30 weeks
How far along? 30 weeks
Baby’s size: around 15.7 inches long and about 2.75-3 pounds.
Total weight gain: 23 pounds
Clothes: My long gray jersey maxi dress from Noah and Bowie and my sweater is from J Crew.
Workouts – Last week (May 12 – May 18).
  • 2.5 miles on elliptical
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 1 hour spin
Symptoms: The pain/discomfort in my tailbone area when I sit is sticking around. It may be caused by the babies position and therefore may be here to stay until the end. We’ll see. I hate that the heat wears me out because I usually love the heat of spring and summer. See below for how I’ve been dealing with it!
Movement: I’m starting to feel kicks in my ribs. I love it when the baby the moving around, every time it happens I think, “I love you baby.”
What I’m eating: This week I changed up from my regular coconut or vanilla yogurt and got plain. It’s really good with honey drizzled over the top of the granola and fruit. I roasted some bone-in chicken breast that was delish! The leftovers got turned into equally delish chicken salad that we had for lunch for 2 days. My favorite veggies last were zucchini and onions that I cooked in coconut oil and my diced baked sweet potatoes. I made a layered dip with lots of avocado mashed with lime juice as the base, some refried beans, a little sour cream and salsa on the top. That was my lunch on Sunday with some Late July tortilla chips. A little frozen yogurt or fruit popsicle is a must in the evenings after dinner.
Drinking: Zevia Ginger Ale. Kombucha. Ice water. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Enjoying: The fact that our pool is finally warm enough to get in and float around in! I’ve spent over an hour floating around each day for the last 4 days!
me and walter in pool
Looking forward to: Our wedding on May 30th. I’m trying to enjoy all the planning that has been required. I really can’t complain…everything is falling into place like I planned it months in advance.

29 Weeks

navy and white stripes
29 weeks
How far along? 29 weeks
Baby’s size: around 15.25 inches long (compared to a butternut squash) and about 2.5 pounds. At my ultrasound the tech said that the baby is between 2.5 and 3 pounds right now!
Total weight gain: 22 pounds. I’m happier about my weight now that I’m almost to 30 weeks. It’s average to gain about a pound per week in the third trimester and if I follow that trend I’ll be at a total of about 33 pounds at 40 weeks. We’ll see what happens…
Clothes: My striped tee is from Motherhood maternity. The gray tank is Old Navy. White shorts are from Target.
Workouts – Last week (May 5 – May 11). We went to Richmond 3 days in the last week and I also couldn’t work out the day that I had the 3 hour doctors appointment in the morning so there’s less gym class activity here than normal:
  • 2 hours cleaning house
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 3.6 miles on elliptical
  • 3 mile walk
  • 2 mile easy bike ride to Bay and back home
29 week doctor visit: I am happy to report that the placenta has moved up so its no longer covering my cervix! I don’t have to worry about the possibility of having to have a c-section! I want to go into labor and be rushed to the hospital and experience what happens on my own terms, not be scheduled to go in for surgery and know when my babies birthday will be in advance. This is such a relief! In related placenta news, it’s attached to the front part of my stomach (called an anterior placenta). Most of the time the placenta is attached to the part closest to your spine. The baby doesn’t care where it is and it poses no risks it just makes it harder for other people to feel kicks! This is probaby why Travis just felt the baby kick for a first time a little over a week ago. They look at the placenta by ultrasound so we also got to peek at the baby yesterday. He or she was in the proper head down position but was covering its face the whole time so we didn’t get a single good picture. The tech also said that the baby was having the hiccups and showed us how its stomach was jumping up and down. I could feel the movements and have felt them before. Travis was surprised that the baby could have hiccups while still in my belly! So cute! The glucose tolerance test was grueling. I chose the fruit punch flavor which was like a slightly carbonated version of the sweetest kool-aid ever. They drew my blood before I drank it, then an hour later and two hours later (for a total of 3 times drawing blood). I had to fast after midnight to prepare for the test and by the time I left the office at 12:30 pm I was feeling dizzy, had a slight headache and was so hot that I sweating everywhere (legs, arms, back). I felt better after lunch (which I ate slowly per their recommendation) but I was worn out and slept for an hour and a half after eating. Luckily the results came back all within normal limits. I start going to the doctor every 2 weeks now, until 36 weeks when I go once per week.
Symptoms: I still have discomfort in my tailbone area when I sit but it’s not as bad as last week.
Movement: Getting so much stronger by the day! It’s so weird to feel the baby kick while I walking around or bending over. Sometimes it takes my breath away.
What I’m eating: Seared salmon with mango salsa, sauteed snap peas and brown rice/quinoa blend on the side. Seared  salmon, roasted asparagus and a mexican quinoa with black beans mix that I made. Cooked salmon in sushi with avocado and cucumber. I was loving the a salmon again last week! Yogurt, granola and fruit bowls. Smoothies…for breakfast and sometimes for a snack. I bought the yummiest black pepper feta and had it on a salad twice and in scrambled eggs once.
Drinking: Back to the Zevia Ginger Ale. My water needs to have lots of ice and now when the water is gone I eat the ice before I get my refill. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Looking forward to: I have a few more pictures to take and edit and then I can share my post on our house before and after renovations. I’ll be sharing all but the nursery sometime this week…because the nursery will have its own separate post. Travis and I are getting married on May 30th in our backyard so that’s the next BIG thing before the baby gets here!